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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

01-19

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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

12-30

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Rumor Roundup: Blue Jays Interested in This Francisco Rodriguez Fun Fact
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Daniel Rathman

12-29

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Rumor Roundup: Tigers Like Tiger, Tigers Say
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Daniel Rathman

12-24

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Rumor Roundup: Marlins Not Really Interested In Having Exactly Three Outfielders On Their Roster
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Chris Mosch

12-24

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Ninety Percent Mental: What's Really Behind Salary Inflation
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Lewie Pollis

12-19

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Rumor Roundup: Kenta Maeda Will Not Be Appearing In This Feature (Beyond Today)
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Daniel Rathman

12-16

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Rumor Roundup: It's Hard To Make Dan Haren Happy
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Daniel Rathman

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February 20, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Yankees and Moncada Spotted Canoodling

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Daniel Rathman

Five days left before Moncada's self-imposed deadline; Joba could head west; Huston Street could stay west.

Yankees held second workout for Yoan Moncada
Despite the team’s apparent efforts to keep its intentions under wraps, George A. King III of the New York Post caught wind yesterday that the Yankees welcomed Yoan Moncada to their spring facility for another private workout.


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February 19, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The Cole Hamels Return That Amaro Turned Down

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Chris Mosch

The Phillies' ace is sad to be here, while the Braves are looking at Jackie Bradley Jr.

Cole Hamels wants out of Philadelphia
Cole Hamels trade rumors have been a common theme this winter, with a handful of teams reported to be active in talks with the Phillies only to be put off by the high price tag Ruben Amaro Jr. has put on the head of his ace. Hamels has remained quiet throughout the offseason regarding his next potential destination but finally broke his silence yesterday to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale:


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Why Juan Uribe is no roadblock to a potential $70 million Cuban acquisition.

Bidding war likely to ensue for Hector Olivera
There's just under a week until Cuban superprospect Yoan Moncada's self-imposed intended signing date. The Dodgers and Yankees continue to be viewed as the favorites to lock up the switch-hitting 19-year-old, with the Padres lying low as a potential wild card choice. The reported signing bonus that it will take to lock up Moncada has been a topic of wide-ranging opinion. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports writes that various team executives have given expected signing bonuses ranging from $20 million to $50 million, and that’s all before the 100 percent tax that must be paid on top of the bonus for exceeding international bonus pools.

At the end of the day, we’ll have to wait and see if the total expenditure used to acquire Moncada eclipses the Cuban-record $72.5 million the Red Sox dished out to bring Rusney Castillo to Boston last August. However, Moncada is not the only soon-to-be-signed Cuban prospect that could eclipse Castillo’s mark.



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February 17, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Bradley Fielding Advice

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Daniel Rathman

The Red Sox will try to coach Jackie Bradley Jr. back to success, Mets might by happy with their surplus, and Chad Gaudin exists.

Red Sox working to revamp Jackie Bradley Jr.’s swing
After signing Rusney Castillo and Hanley Ramirez this offseason, on the heels of an impressive debut by top prospect Mookie Betts, the Red Sox don’t have a whole lot invested in one of their most-celebrated 2011 draft picks. Jackie Bradley Jr. had his chances to secure a long-term role in Boston’s outfield, and he squandered them by performing so poorly at the plate that his wizardry in center field became an afterthought.


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February 13, 2015 9:41 am

Rumor Roundup: Yoan Moncada Sets A 10-Day Countdown

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Chris Mosch

The Dodgers hope to add to the Yasiel Puig comp for Moncada. Meanwhile, the Phillies can't move Jonathan Papelbon.

Moncada hopes to sign by February 23
The Yoan Moncada saga appears to be headed for the stretch run. Moncada’s agent, David Hastings, told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN on Wednesday night that his client has four or five more private workouts scheduled within the next week and intends to make a decision by February 23rd. The first of those private workouts was for the Dodgers on Thursday in Clearwater, where several high-level Dodgers executives were on hand to watch, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. This is now the second time that top Dodgers front office personnel have seen Moncada in person and Hastings indicated to Crasnick that several of the other workouts held in the upcoming week will also be follow-ups.

The Dodgers, Yankees and Red Sox are still believed to be the favorites to land Moncada, but the Padres could end being a wild card in the bidding. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports tweeted earlier this week that the Padres held a private workout for Moncada and that they “plan to be aggressive in bidding for him.” Regarding the Dodgers, it doesn’t appear any potential pursuit of fellow Cuban Hector Olivera will affect their bidding for Moncada. This, from J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News Group:



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February 12, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The Two-Thirds Cuban Roundup

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Chris Mosch

Everybody comes out to see Hector Olivera, while Yadiel Alvarez turns some heads.

Friedman and Byrnes among top executives at Olivera’s final open showcase
It was a packed house at Hector Olivera’s final public showcase in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, with reportedly over a hundred scouts and team executives in attendance, most notably Andrew Friedman and Josh Byrnes of the Dodgers. While the Dodgers had the strongest presence at the showcase, Ben Badler of Baseball America noted that a trio of other California teams also sent high-ranking executives to the event, with Athletics assistant GM Dan Kantrovitz, Giants assistant GM John Barr, and Padres senior advisor Logan White all attending.

Badler writes that Olivera “drove the ball with authority and out of the park to all fields” during batting practice and subsequently went 3-for-3 with a walk, hit by pitch and a pair of doubles at the event. Despite playing primarily at second base during his time in Cuba, Olivera manned the hot corner on Wednesday and is expected to be able to play either position at the big-league level.


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The cupboard is not empty. It's just close.

Welcome to the boring part of the offseason. Pitchers and catchers are a week away from reporting, and the hot stove is off now that James Shields has been signed and fitted for his habit. So how can we pass the time? You could read a book, watch a movie, connect with a loved one, argue with strangers on Twitter ... or you could embrace the spirit of Valentine's Day and seek relationships for nine interesting players who remain free agents. Let's do that.

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The Phillies are still shopping, Wilin Rosario might play some first, and the Luke Scott show is back from Korea.

Phillies could go shopping for veteran catcher and/or shortstop
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has said in recent days that the roster he has now is the one he expects to travel to Clearwater, Florida, for spring training. It might not, however, be the group that comes back north for Opening Day. ESPN’s Jayson Stark heard straight from the horse’s mouth that an experienced backstop or shortstop might be heading to Philadelphia before early April, even though it’s unlikely to happen before camp begins.


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San Diego's big offseason appeared to follow a strategy long prescribed for the amateur draft: Prioritize talent, not need.

Not sure if you have heard or not, but the Padres have gone from being incredibly boring to intriguing and, more importantly, playoff contenders. How did they do it? They acquired better players. How did they acquire better players? Through trades (mostly) and free agent signings (less-ly). The exciting part is that San Diego was able to do so without completely wiping out their farm system (holding onto their three top prospects in Austin Hedges, Hunter Renfroe, and Matt Wisler as well as Rymer Liriano) and without spending a ton of cash. Put differently, the Padres paid a price to become relevant, but it was a price far less than anyone would have guessed given the pieces they acquired.

So how were the Padres—a team that was thought to be relatively void of playoff-level talent—able to position themselves as playoff contenders at such a seemingly low price? They did so by being opportunistic and leveraging depth, which they were able to do by finding motivated sellers and acquiring value instead of focusing on need.

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The Padres move on to the next thing, while the Tigers talk Dioner.

Padres expect to bid “aggressively” for Yoan Moncada
No team has had a splashier offseason than the Padres, under the command of first-year general manager A.J. Preller, who added James Shields to his rotation late Sunday night. Now that the 2015 roster is close to set, Preller—previously the director of international and professional scouting for the Rangers—has his sights set on a piece for the not-too-distant future.


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The Reds apparently will pass on the former White Sox slugger, while the Marlins are sniffing Frankie Rodriguez.

Reds considered, likely to pass on Dayan Viciedo
Power hitters can be hard to come by these days, so players who crank 21 homers and collect 46 total extra-base hits don’t often get released the following winter. Dayan Viciedo, who on January 12th agreed to terms with the White Sox on a $4.4 million salary for 2015, became a rare exception to that rule just 26 days later. Chicago ultimately decided to cut him loose and pocket most of the money, save for the $721,311 in termination pay that Viciedo is still owed.


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The staff wonders what might have been if these moves had materialized.

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