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Giants reportedly re-sign Sergio Romo for two years

The San Francisco Giants weren’t going to stay completely quiet this winter. The club has reportedly re-signed reliever Sergio Romo to a two-year, $15 million deal. Sources: Romo, #SFGiants in agreement on two-year, $15M deal. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 17, 2014 Romo has played a key role in the three Giants World Championships over the past five seasons, but...
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Cleveland Indians create depth with Gavin Floyd signing

On the day the White Sox announced Jeff Samardzija, the Indians stole a little of that thunder away by grabbing up former Chicago starting pitcher Gavin Floyd. Signing a starting pitcher had been a top priority of the Indians in this off-season, despite the rotation being the team’s greatest strength in 2014. In addition, by adding Floyd the Indians have essentially cemented their...
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Report: Padres, Rays talking Wil Myers trade

The San Diego Padres have made a significant splash this winter in acquiring Matt Kemp from the Dodgers, and they’ve sniffed around some other bats (Yasmany Tomas, Justin Upton, Pablo Sandova) as well. But San Diego’s latest potential venture in the trade market is one that I don’t think anyone saw coming – the team is reportedly discussing a blockbuster trade with the Tampa...
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Justin Upton fits with Giants, Rangers, Orioles, but Padres eager

One of the big moves that didn’t occur at last week’s winter meetings was a Justin Upton trade. It’s no secret that the Braves are trying to trade the 27-year-old slugger, but finding the right match obviously hasn’t happened yet. Rumblings are that Atlanta is looking for a better return than the one received from the Cardinals in exchange for Jason Heyward. That deal brought...
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Miami Marlins have been trying this winter

After the Miami Marlins signed Giancarlo Stanton to a monstrous 13-year, $325 million contract extension earlier this winter, the team’s braintrust vowed to surround Stanton with a winning team in 2015 and beyond. The days of Miami being the primary farm team for the rest of baseball were over – this was going to be a team that would strive to win championships. At least, that...
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Are the Royals failing to capitalize on World Series run?

The Kansas City Royals are still basking in the afterglow of their magical run to the World Series and enjoying all the benefits that come with it. The extra prestige of proving themselves as a contender, the buy-in from ownership that the team is heading in the right direction and, of course, that big influx of cash that comes with an extended postseason run. All of these things...
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Despite additions, Red Sox starting rotation still needs an ace

How important is an ace at the top of a starting rotation for a playoff hopeful or contender? The Boston Red Sox could provide some intriguing answers to that question next season. The first impulse is to believe that even the Red Sox believe in the importance of an unquestioned No. 1 starter, based on their attempt to re-sign Jon Lester before the left-hander opted to join the...
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Jed Lowrie returns to Astros on three-year deal

Before Spring Training 2013, the Houston Astros traded shortstop Jed Lowrie to the Oakland Athletics for a package of three players headlined by Chris Carter, who has launched 66 homers in two seasons with the club. Today, Houston brought the 30-year old Lowrie back on a three-year deal that also contains a club option for the 2018 season. The contract is worth $23 million over three...
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The Mariners turned down a Zimmermann/Desmond trade

Ken Rosenthal has a new column up on Fox Sports discussing the confusing offseason of the Washington Nationals. In the piece, Rosenthal casually mentions that the Nationals offered both Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond to the Seattle Mariners for Taijuan Walker and Brad Miller. If you don’t think that’s crazy enough, consider this – the Mariners rejected the trade. The Nats...
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Frank Coonelly shed some light on Giancarlo Stanton’s contract

This weekend during PirateFest in Pittsburgh, Pirates owner Frank Coonelly had some comments about Giancarlo Stanton’s landmark 13-year, $325 million contract. The numbers involved with the deal blow his mind, and he shared an interesting line of thinking from Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and president David Samson – they firmly expect Stanton to exercise the opt-out in the contract...
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Yoenis Cespedes has a Batmobile-esque Lamborghini

When you’re a pro athlete making tens of millions of dollars per year, you can generally afford anything you want. New Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has taken his material ownership to the extreme – he owns a Lamborghini that shoots fire like the fricking Batmobile. Check out Yoenis Cespedes Avorza Lamborghini Aventador On Tmz Hollywood Sports on Reelz Channel tonight...
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It looks like Chase Headley is staying with the Yankees

The free agent market is starting to get light on bats – third baseman Chase Headley has reportedly agreed to a four-year deal worth more than $50 million to stay with the New York Yankees. Sources: #Yankees close to signing free-agent 3B Chase Headley to four-year deal. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 15, 2014 headley deal is $52M. pending physical — Jon Heyman...
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Pirates unveil alternate camo jerseys for 2015 season

I thought the camo jersey craze was over. Apparently, it’s not. The Pittsburgh Pirates were hyping up a new alternate jersey for the 2015 season, and they revealed it at PirateFest on Saturday. Of course, it’s a hideous camo jersey that will be worn at all Thursday home games. WHY GOD, WHY?!?!? We're giving away some of our SIGNED camo jerseys all weekend! Just use #PirateFest...
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Report: Melky Cabrera, White Sox agree to 3-year deal

The Chicago White Sox just can’t stop spending, can they? In what has already been a huge offseason for them, they’ve now gone and made Melky Cabrera their latest in a long line of notable acquisitions. Source tells me Melky Cabrera agrees to three year deal with WhSox pending physical . — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) December 14, 2014   The deal is expected to...
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By trading Latos and Simon, Reds create flexibility for one more run

After the Reds traded Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon on Thursday, you might wonder if general manager Walt Jocketty is beginning a rebuilding project in Cincinnati. At the end of July and when the Reds were officially eliminated from playoff contention, I advocated this team trading off some pieces to get younger and more players under club control, rather than making one last run...
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Winners and losers of 2014 MLB Winter Meetings

This year’s Winter Meetings were crazy. There’s no other way to describe it: deals were coming fast and furious, at all hours of the day and night, from every angle possible. There was a lot of news to keep up with. So with all of the dust from the meetings settled, which teams came out smelling like a rose? Which players did the best for themselves? And on the flip side, who...
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Signing of Jon Lester changes perception of Chicago Cubs

Well, the Chicago Cubs did it. They landed their big free agent fish in signing Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million contract, prying him away from pursuing contenders in Boston and San Francisco. Though the deal is only a couple of days old, and not even official from the organizational standpoint, the reactions from around the baseball world have been quite interesting. In...
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Be very afraid of the revamped Los Angeles Dodgers

Just when we had gotten use to the new Los Angeles Dodgers and their bottomless, oft-used wallet, they’ve gone and changed it up once again. There was once a time where the Dodgers couldn’t say no to an expensive veteran and could give a contract extension to just about anyone on the roster. They were a good team, but not the elite team many had thought they could become. But...
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Yoenis Cespedes’ value lies solely in his name

Yoenis Cespedes is an extremely interesting case among Major League outfielders. He isn’t nearly as good as the general perception of his skill set might indicate. Yet, in the past six months, he’s been traded twice, for two fairly notable pitchers: first for Jon Lester and now he’s headed to Detroit in exchange for Rick Porcello. Although the two pitchers were rentals,...
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Tigers make Winter Meetings splash, getting Yoenis Cespedes and Alfredo Simon

Sometimes, there’s a reason baseball trade rumors just won’t die. They just need time to become true. Ever since the Red Sox signed Hanley Ramirez and announced he would play left field, Yoenis Cespedes became the odd man out of the Boston outfield. Actually, he was probably on the outside looking in before Ramirez was signed, as the Red Sox roster was loaded with outfielders...
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Twins add Ervin Santana to a veteran-heavy rotation

The Minnesota Twins have made another big splash in the starting pitching market. A year after signing both Phil Hughes and Ricky Nolasco to multi-year deals, the club inked former Brave Ervin Santana to a four-year, $55 million contract that includes a vesting option for a fifth year. Source: E. Santana deal with #Twins is actually four years, $55M. Includes $14M vesting option...
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Kendrys Morales finally gets two years – from the Royals

Last winter, Kendrys Morales turned down a qualifying offer from the Mariners and held out for a multi-year deal that never came. This year, Morales wasn’t eligible for a qualifying offer after getting signed by the Twins in June and traded Seattle to July, but that’s OK – he got his multi-year deal from the Kansas City Royals, to the tune of two years and $17 million. Source...
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Justin Masterson is returning to the Boston Red Sox

Justin Masterson was originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox way back in 2006. They shipped him to Cleveland at the 2009 trade deadline as part of a package for Victor Martinez. Five and a half years after that trade, Masterson is heading back to Boston on a one-year, $9.5 million contract. The Red Sox have an agreement with Justin Masterson. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December...
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Mat Latos is heading to Miami

Well, the rumors were correct – Mat Latos has been dealt from the Cincinnati Reds to the Miami Marlins for minor leaguers Anthony DeSclafani and Chad Wallach. Latos going to #Marlins for DeSclafani and Chad Wallach. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2014 The 24-year old DeSclafani came over to Miami in the blockbuster trade with the Blue Jays two winters ago. In...
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Tigers acquire Alfredo Simon from Reds

Detroit has moved quickly to replace Rick Porcello in their rotation, reportedly acquiring Alfredo Simon from the Reds. Source: #Tigers getting Alfredo Simon. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2014 Going the other way are Eugenio Suarez and Jonathon Crawford. The #Tigers have acquired Alfredo Simon from the #Reds for Eugenio Suarez & Jonathon Crawford, via...
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