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05-13

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What You Need to Know: Hello Noah
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Chris Mosch

05-07

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What You Need to Know: Thrice Harper!
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Chris Mosch

03-23

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Rumor Roundup: Chase Utley is 'Easily Attainable,' Though Probably Not By You
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Chris Mosch

03-20

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Rumor Roundup: Aaron-Starting Era Starting
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Chris Mosch

03-19

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Rumor Roundup: Make $50 Million Fast While Working Part-Time From Home
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Daniel Rathman

03-16

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Rumor Roundup: Alex Colome's Series of Unfortunate Events
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Daniel Rathman

03-12

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Rumor Roundup: The Only Thing Left That Matters Is Cuban
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Daniel Rathman

03-11

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Rumor Roundup: Olivera, Why Not Take Olivera?
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Chris Mosch

03-05

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Rumor Roundup: Huston Street Might Have Relief-Ace'd Himself Into the Angels' Future
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Chris Mosch

02-27

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Rumor Roundup: Diamondbacks Third Baseman is on the Bobbly Chair
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Daniel Rathman

02-26

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Rumor Roundup: It's Never Too Early to Think About Extending Andrew McCutchen Forever
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Chris Mosch

02-25

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Rumor Roundup: Closer Closer to Closing Deal
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Daniel Rathman

02-23

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Rumor Roundup: Mookie Betts, Fourth Outfielder?
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Chris Mosch

02-20

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Tools of Ignorance: How are the Phillies Framing the Cole Hamels Decision?
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Jeff Quinton

02-20

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Rumor Roundup: Yankees and Moncada Spotted Canoodling
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Daniel Rathman

02-19

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Rumor Roundup: The Cole Hamels Return That Amaro Turned Down
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Chris Mosch

02-18

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Rumor Roundup: A Bidding War is Building for Olivera, and the Dodgers Have Position
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Chris Mosch

02-17

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Rumor Roundup: Bradley Fielding Advice
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Daniel Rathman

02-13

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Rumor Roundup: Yoan Moncada Sets A 10-Day Countdown
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Chris Mosch

02-12

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Rumor Roundup: The Two-Thirds Cuban Roundup
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Chris Mosch

02-11

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Painting the Black: The Best 2015 Free Agents Left, And Where They Fit
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R.J. Anderson

02-11

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Rumor Roundup: Phillies' Dream: Veteran Who Catches AND Plays Shortstop
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Daniel Rathman

02-10

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Tools of Ignorance: How the Padres Won the Offseason
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Jeff Quinton

02-10

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Rumor Roundup: Mysterious Blob Will Attempt To Eat Yoan Moncada Next
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Daniel Rathman

02-09

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Rumor Roundup: Dayan Viciedo's Home Runs Are the Least Wanted Home Runs
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Daniel Rathman

02-06

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The Lineup Card: Eight Offseason Rumors That Fizzled
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Baseball Prospectus

02-06

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Rumor Roundup: How Many Trades Would it Take to Makes Shields a Cub?
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Daniel Rathman

02-05

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Rumor Roundup: Like Manna From Heaven Fall The James Shields Rumors
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Chris Mosch

02-04

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Rumor Roundup: Andruw Jones is a Candidate to Fill a Void
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Daniel Rathman

02-03

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Rumor Roundup: Until Ryan Howard Gets Moved, Cody Asche Might Be
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Chris Mosch

02-02

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Rumor Roundup: The Right-Handed Reliever You Covet For The Seventh Inning Might Still Be Available!
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Daniel Rathman

01-30

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Rumor Roundup: Brandon Beachy Cares Not For Your Impatience
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Daniel Rathman

01-29

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Rumor Roundup: Aaron Sanchez Is This Close To Saving 38 Games and Winning Rookie of the Year
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Chris Mosch

01-26

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Rumor Roundup: Papelbon Not Proven Closer To Milwaukee
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Chris Mosch

01-23

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Rumor Roundup: Everth Cabrera is a Wanted Man
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Daniel Rathman

01-22

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Rumor Roundup: Jonathan Singleton Is Probably Not the Breakout Candidate You're Looking For
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Chris Mosch

01-21

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Rumor Roundup: The World Is Drunk On Burke Badenhop Rumors
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Daniel Rathman

01-20

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Rumor Roundup: Brew Crew Clues True?
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Chris Mosch

01-20

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Transaction Analysis: The Rangers Get Durable
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R.J. Anderson, Mark Anderson and J.P. Breen

01-20

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Transaction Analysis: The Nationals Stare Into The Future
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Sam Miller and Mike Gianella

01-19

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Rumor Roundup: Big Yields Shields
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Daniel Rathman

01-16

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Rumor Roundup: Rangers Not Interested in Max Scherzer for Backup Catcher Search
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Chris Mosch

01-15

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Rumor Roundup: What Do You and the Dodgers Have In Common?
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Chris Mosch

01-14

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Rumor Roundup: One Of Alexi Ogando And Max Scherzer Likely To Sign Next Week
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Daniel Rathman

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: Three Stories About NL West Teams Pursuing Pitching
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Daniel Rathman

01-12

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Rumor Roundup: Tigers Talk Big About Scherzer
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Daniel Rathman

01-09

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Rumor Roundup: Cardinals Like Their Rotation, Intent On Improving Their Rotation At Great Cost
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Chris Mosch

01-08

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Rumor Roundup: Hot Mets Rumor: Nothing Is Likely To Occur
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Chris Mosch

01-06

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Rumor Roundup: Rasmus All About the Orioles?
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Daniel Rathman

01-05

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Rumor Roundup: Haren Not Feeling Fish
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Daniel Rathman

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May 13, 2015 10:17 am

What You Need to Know: Hello Noah

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Chris Mosch

Noah Syndergaard loses to an ace; Giancarlo Stanton has a jack; Strasburg flops; and the best defensive play of the day.

The Tuesday Takeaway
The debut of Noah Syndergaard was highly anticipated largely because the 6-foot-6 right-hander has the type of pedigree that gives him the potential to be one of the better pitchers in baseball down the road. However, Syndergaard is also 22 years old and is far from a finished product, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that the hard-throwing Texan ran into some issues against a talented Cubs lineup on Tuesday. It also shouldn’t come as a surprise that the guy opposite Syndergaard, Jake Arrieta, one-upped the rookie and pitched like a polished front-of-the-rotation starter, given that it’s pretty much what he’s been for the past year.


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May 7, 2015 9:41 am

What You Need to Know: Thrice Harper!

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Chris Mosch

Bryce goes yard, and yard, and yard again; Scherzer and Stanton have an epic showdown; Aroldis throws his changeup; and the TWO best defensive plays of the day.

The Wednesday Takeaway
It’s not as if Bryce Harper needed to prove himself to anybody. The 22-year-old entered Wednesday’s game against the Marlins the owner of a .294 True Average over 1,610 plate appearances, all while being younger than many of the game’s top prospects—Kris Bryant, Joc Pederson, Jorge Soler, and so on. And yes, the fun fact that he has yet to face a pitcher younger than him at any professional level still holds true.


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The Phillies second baseman could be traded, while the Rangers might look to Florida for pitching.

Chase Utley “easily attainable” for teams willing to pay salary
It’s no secret that the Phillies have begun to build toward the future. They’ve already traded away veterans Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and Antonio Bastardo this offseason. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. publicly voiced the organization’s desire to part ways with Ryan Howard and is reportedly willing to eat $50 million of the remaining $60 million owed to the declining first baseman over the next three seasons. And while nobody has been willing to meet the Phillies asking price for either Cole Hamels or Jonathan Papelbon this offseason, the endless stream of trade rumors surrounding the two hurlers will surely continue through July.


But the move that would truly signal a new era in Philadelphia—at least symbolically—would be the departure of Chase Utley. Before DL stints became a yearly ritual for Utley, he perennially performed at an MVP-caliber level and helped lead the Phillies to five straight NL East crowns and a World Series title in 2008. On Saturday, Alden Gonzalez, who covers the Angels for MLB.com, tweeted that he’s been hearing that Utley is “easily attainable” if a team is willing to take on his contract.



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March 20, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Aaron-Starting Era Starting

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Chris Mosch

The Blue Jays appear to have committed to Aaron Sanchez in the rotation, while the Red Sox consider committing to Mookie Betts for the better part of a decade.

John Gibbons indicates Aaron Sanchez is locked into rotation spot
It was universally expected that Aaron Sanchez would slide into the Blue Jays rotation after Marcus Stroman’s season-ending ACL tear last week. In case anyone still had doubts about the right-hander’s role come the start of the season, manager John Gibbons on Thursday all but officially confirmed that Sanchez will end up in the rotation. The Jays skipper told members of the media, including Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star, that the 22-year-old is "pretty much locked into where he is now.”

The Barstow, California native proceeded to pitch into the sixth inning, striking out three and issuing one free pass while generating eight grounders versus a single fly. Getting opposing hitters to beat the ball into ground was the key to Sanchez’s success out of the pen in the second half last year, as he heavily relied on a two-seam fastball that averaged 97 mph and resulted in a groundball percentage just a shade under 66 percent.


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All you need to do is take on Ryan Howard's contract.

Phillies willing to pay $50 million to rid themselves of Ryan Howard
So says Anthony Castrovince of Sports on Earth, who wrote yesterday that if the team really is open to carrying that sort of salary, a deal might be in the cards.

Howard has two years and $60 million remaining on his ill-advised five-year, $125 million extension, which means that an acquiring club would only have to pay him $5 million annually through 2016. The 34-year-old could justify that investment with merely 1.0 WARP production, depending on what sort of return the Phillies would seek in exchange for the massive salary coverage.


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March 16, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Alex Colome's Series of Unfortunate Events

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Daniel Rathman

Everything's going wrong for Alex Colome, Addison Reed is making changes, Leonys Martin will hit at the top, and Hector Olivera gets another mention here.

Rays’ Alex Colome battling pneumonia
Sometimes, players favored to win position battles struggle on the field and cede their projected roles. Unfortunately, if Alex Colome does not open the season in the Tampa Bay rotation, it will likely be the result of forces beyond his baseball control.


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March 12, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The Only Thing Left That Matters Is Cuban

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Daniel Rathman

The hot market for Hector Olivera.

Hector Olivera has four to six offers in hand
Free-agent Rumors are few and far between at this late stage of the offseason. Those that still occasionally light up the hot stove almost exclusively revolve around Cuban infielder Hector Olivera.


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March 11, 2015 6:17 am

Rumor Roundup: Olivera, Why Not Take Olivera?

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Chris Mosch

Can't you see they're no good without him?

Padres emerging as favorites for Hector Olivera


With spring training games finally underway, we’ve gotten to the time of the year when the majority of baseball news has been about position battles, “best shape of his life” reports and the unfortunate and inevitable injuries that have left the Twitter world broken-hearted. However, this year poses the unusual situation of a potential impact player becoming available in March with Cuban infielder Hector Olivera finally being declared a free agent by Major League Baseball last Friday. Over the past week, quite a few developments have occurred in the bidding for the 29-year-old.


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The Angels closer is ready to talk extension, while the Braves might change course of a recent trade acquisition.

Huston Street and Jerry Dipoto expected to exchange extension proposals soon
Back in December, David Robertson and Andrew Miller each cashed in on elite contract-push seasons with four-year deals on the free-agent market. Robertson had established himself as a dominant reliever prior to 2014 and turned in another top-notch campaign in his first crack at the closer’s role, resulting in a $46 million payday from the White Sox. Miller hadn’t yet established himself at the same type of level prior to 2014, but his transformation from failed starting pitcher prospect to bat-missing relief ace culminated last season when he cut his walk rate nearly in half and finished with the second-lowest FIP ever by a left-handed reliever. The Yankees rewarded him with a cool $36 million.


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February 27, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Diamondbacks Third Baseman is on the Bobbly Chair

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Daniel Rathman

Tomas boots some balls, while the golden age of Nate Freiman might be over.

Yasmany Tomas struggles at third base in early spring workouts
When the Diamondbacks splurged on Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas in late November, most teams viewed him as an outfielder. The Snakes were one of the few clubs open to giving him a look at the hot corner. That’s likely part of the reason they emerged as the high bidder in a race that culminated with a six-year, $68.5 million contract.


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The Pirates want to keep their star 'for a long, long time,' while the Mets' crowded rotation will likely squeeze out the team's top two prospects.

Pirates willing to go to “great lengths” to keep McCutchen past current contract
Andrew McCutchen is currently under what is easily one of baseball’s most team-friendly contracts, with the Pirates owing the 2013 NL MVP just $37 million over the next three years before having the option to bring him back for $14.5 million in 2018. The center fielder has emerged as one of the top players in the game and the face of the Pirates, tallying upwards of six WARP each of the past three seasons while helping the club to two straight postseason berths after the franchise had gone two decades without one.


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February 25, 2015 6:05 am

Rumor Roundup: Closer Closer to Closing Deal

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Daniel Rathman

Francisco Rodriguez will sign soon, Carlos Quentin could try first base, and Adam Lind might get a shot at non-platooning.

Brewers, Marlins appear to be the favorites to snag K-Rod
Now that Joba Chamberlain, who re-signed with the Tigers yesterday, is off the board, the veteran relief market is essentially down to Francisco Rodriguez and Rafael Soriano. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman wrote yesterday that K-Rod might soon leave Soriano as the last man standing.


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