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Reports: Boston interested in Hanley Ramirez

Free agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez could be headed back to where it all began – Boston. According to a pair of reports that began circulating on Sunday night, the Red Sox are interested in bringing Ramirez back to the organization that initially signed him as a teenager in 2000. First, there’s the report from Jon Heyman of CBS, who claims that the Red Sox are looking to bring...
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Rays announce manager finalists – Cash, Ibanez, Wakamatsu

ONE OF THESE THREE MEN WILL BE THE NEXT MANAGER OF THE TAMPA BAY RAYS #Rays have narrowed their managerial search from 10 finalists to three: Kevin Cash, Raul Ibañez and Don Wakamatsu. — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) November 21, 2014 Will it be Kevin Cash, the current Indians bullpen coach and a former Rays catcher? Will it be Raul Ibanez, who was sitting in the Royals dugout...
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White Sox sign Adam LaRoche to two-year, $25 million contract

The Chicago White Sox have replaced one aging first base/DH type on their roster with another, signing former Washington National Adam LaRoche to a two-year contract worth $25 million. The Chicago #WhiteSox just signed 1B Adam LaRoche to a 2 year, $25 million contract. — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 22, 2014 Of course, I doubt the White Sox will play LaRoche in...
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Mets won’t handle Matt Harvey like Nats did Strasburg in 2012

With an exciting, young starting rotation bolstered by the return of Matt Harvey and what appears to be a solid lineup, the New York Mets could be a contender next season in the NL East. Naturally, we’re early in the offseason and don’t yet know what moves each team in the NL East can still make. But the Braves look as if they’re renovating, while the Phillies are finally...
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Are the Braves trying to trade Upton brothers together?

$13 millionThe wild and wacky Atlanta Braves offseason is taking another strange turn. In this excellent column by ESPN’s Jayson Stark, he reveals that the Braves have apparently told several teams interested in Justin Upton (Stark mentions the Padres, Reds, and Mariners as suitors) that they’ll need to also take Justin’s older brother B.J. (and presumably, the remaining three...
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The Dodgers already have a better bullpen than 2014

One of Andrew Friedman’s main tasks as Dodgers president of baseball ops was to remake a bullpen that had consistently been a disappointment. In 2014, the Dodgers pen had a 3.80 ERA, and totaled just 0.7 fWAR in 489 2/3 innings. Taking dominant closer Kenley Jansen out of the situation, those numbers fall to a ghastly -1.3 fWAR and a 3.97 ERA in 424 1/3 innings. However, Friedman...
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Report: Braves in on Yasmany Tomas

The bizarre offseason of the Atlanta Braves is taking another twist – Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Braves are a “dark horse” contender for Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas, joining well-known aggressive pursuits from the Phillies, Padres, and Giants. Heyman’s report also claims that the Braves are the “mystery team” that has been recently linked to Tomas...
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The best potential values of the MLB offseason

The biggest free agent names and the blockbuster contracts they sign draw the headlines during the offseason. But it’s the players on the lower shelves — the ones you might have to squat down to find and check the labels carefully — that can become the best bargains for MLB teams and thus provide the best values for their new teams. Most of the players listed here are risks...
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Where should teams look for help at catcher?

The Toronto Blue Jays didn’t surprise too many people when they threw a whole bunch of money at Ontario native Russell Martin. And as blasphemous as a five-year deal for a catcher heading into his age 32 season may sound, it was probably necessary for them to actually be able to reign him in (even though we all know five years for a catcher heading into his age 32 season is...
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Marlins offer Adam LaRoche two years, $20 million

When Giancarlo Stanton signed his new megadeal, there were some questions on how the Marlins would surround him with talent and stay competitive. After all, they haven’t been known to spend big, and when they have, it’s been short-lived. But the fact that Stanton’s contract is so back-loaded may help Miami in the short-term, and it looks like we’re starting to get some clues...
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Report: 90% chance Red Sox sign Pablo Sandoval

The San Francisco Giants might soon be on the hunt for a third baseman. According to a report from Dennis O’Donnell of KPIX 5 in San Francisco, the Boston Red Sox have a 90% chance of signing Pablo Sandoval, and the Giants are basically out of the running. Sandoval was in Boston yesterday where I am told there is a 90 percent chance that he will sign with the Red Sox.  The...
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The biggest potential busts of the MLB offseason

It happens every year, MLB teams desperate to inject some life into their World Series hopes throw big money at players and almost immediately come to regret it. No matter how smart we think MLB front offices should be, they continue to make mistake after mistake. Sometimes it can’t be helped, but sometimes it can. These nine players are the players GMs should know better than...
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Giants players do impressions of Madison Bumgarner

On the DVD of the 2014 World Series Film, various Giants players do impressions of World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner. They are…well, they sure are unique. Tim Hudson’s mop wig is by far the highlight of this clip. Simple, yet hilarious. The post Giants players do impressions of Madison Bumgarner appeared first on The Outside Corner.
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Athletics agree to three-year deal with Billy Butler

The most stereotypical Oakland Athletics player is heading to the Bay Area. The A’s have reportedly agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with former Royals DH Billy Butler. The 28-year old Butler had arguably the worst year of his career in 2014, hitting .271/.323/.379 with just nine homers for Kansas City. However, he did thrash lefties to the tune of a .321/.387/.460...
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Zach Duke may have just gotten the most laughable contract of the winter

I think Zach Duke is a fine reliever. I ranked him eighth among all free agent relievers last week. However, for as much as I like Duke, I don’t like him enough to sign him to a three-year, $15 million contract, which the Chicago White Sox just did. Zach Duke's contract is three years for $15 million per the #WhiteSox. — Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) November 18, 2014 The breakdown...
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The Marlins might only pay Giancarlo Stanton $107 million

It’s taken awhile to get the full breakdown on Giancarlo Stanton’s mammoth new contract with the Marlins, but the numbers have finally been revealed by ESPN’s Jayson Stark. And as expected, they’re shocking, and the contract is severely backloaded. According to a major league source who had seen the terms, Stanton’s salaries over those first three seasons will be only ...
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Trading Jason Heyward needs to be the first step for the Braves

On Monday, the Atlanta Braves set Twitter abuzz by trading Gold Glove right fielder Jason Heyward to the Cardinals. And while the move makes sense from an objective perspective (heading into his walk year, in line for a massive payday, Braves needed young pitching), it hurts from an emotional perspective. This is a guy who grew up in Georgia and seemed destined to take the crown...
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The Braves didn’t recently make Jason Heyward a long-term offer

Jason Heyward is gone after today’s trade that sent him to the St. Louis Cardinals. The general consensus about why Heyward was traded is that he would be too expensive to sign long-term, and he’d leave as a free agent after the 2015 season. We don’t know that for sure, however. According to Heyward, who wanted to stay in Atlanta, the Braves didn’t even approach him with...
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The 10 MLB players most likely to be traded this winter

The MLB hot stove season is already off to an active start, with some big signings and trades made before Thanksgiving. Free agency has plenty of options for teams seeking starting pitching or relievers, but those without money to spend might find better options on the trade market. Clubs looking for offensive help will almost certainly have to make a deal to get what they need...
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Braves, Cards hook up to swap Jason Heyward and Shelby Miller

Over the last week, there was a burgeoning debate about which of the Atlanta Braves outfielders might get traded. That debate is over before it ever really began because the Braves just traded Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitchers Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins: The #Braves have acquired RHP Shelby Miller and RHP Tyrell Jenkins from...
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Blue Jays sign Russell Martin to five-year deal

In the first major free-agent signing in the the four-year long Alex Anthopolous tenure, the Toronto Blue Jays signed veteran catcher Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million deal. Peter Gammons initially announced the signing as a “(Brian) McCann-level contract”, with Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthal reporting the official length and worth. Catcher has long been a problem area...
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The MLB All-Stars got no-hit in Japan

It hasn’t been a good tour of Japan so far for the MLB All-Star team that has been sent over there. They’ve lost the first three games in the five game Japan All-Star Series, and on Saturday, they lost 4-0 and got no-hit. Hoo boy. Here’s a highlight video of Samurai Japan’s no-hitter. This wasn’t exactly a mediocre team that the MLB All-Stars put on the field. Stars like...
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Torii Hunter probably won’t be returning to Detroit in 2015

The Detroit Tigers will more than likely have a new every day right fielder in 2015. GM Dave Dombrowski told Hunter that after the signing of Victor Martinez earlier this week, he wouldn’t be retained. From the Detroit Free Press… “I called and said it just didn’t look like it was going to fit the way the club was getting put together,” Dombrowski said. “Thanked him for...
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Diamondbacks acquire Jeremy Hellickson from Rays

Earlier this week, a news tidbit broke that stated the Rays were getting close to dealing starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson to a National League team. Today, that news finally broke – Hellickson is heading to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers, the first significant move for the new regimes in Arizona and Tampa Bay. The @Dbacks acquire RHP Jeremy...
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A.J. Burnett returns to the Pirates for one year, $8.5 million

The Pittsburgh Pirates made probably the most shocking move of the early part of the MLB offseason, bringing back A.J. Burnett on a one-year deal worth $8.5 million. The #Pirates have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with RHP A.J. Burnett (@wudeydo34) for 2015. pic.twitter.com/qS623MDvzQ — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) November 14, 2014 Burnett shined for the Pirates from 2012...
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