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Padres could deal outfielder Seth Smith

getty images The Padres could trade outfielder Seth Smith. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports he’s head Smith’s name often in trade talks. It’s worth nothing that any trade involving Smith will probably have to wait until the Padres figure out whether or not they will complete the Matt Kemp trade with the Dodgers. If the Kemp trade does go though, as well as the one for Wil...
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants, Marlins and Braves all interested in Jake Peavy

Getty Images Free agent pitcher Jake Peavy is drawling interest from multiple teams including the Marlins, Giants and Braves. The Marlins interest seems to be tied to the belief that recently acquired Dan Haren will end up retiring after being dealt from the Dodgers. Both the Giants and Braves previously showed interest in Jon Lester but neither was willing to pony up the necessary...
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders QB Derek Carr limited in Wednesday practice

Derek Carr was limited in practice on Wednesday for the Raiders with injuries to his thumb and ankle but there does not seem to be any concern about his status for Sunday’s game. Carr made all of the throws he needed to make according to head coach Tony Sparano and should be under center for the game against the Bills. It will be a tough spot for the Raiders and Carr as the Bills...
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Jay Cutler benched, Bears will start Jimmy Clausen

The Chicago Bears have been bad this season and a large part of the blame has fallen on the shoulders of quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler of course has done himself no favors tossing 18 interceptions – including three in an embarrassing loss to the Saints on Monday – while also committing six fumbles. While he is the NFL’s highest paid player, Cutler has averaged a turnover...
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Ray McDonald being investigated for rape

Ray McDonald is being investigated by the San Jose Police Department on a rape allegation that was reported last Tuesday. The 49ers stood by McDonald earlier this year after he was accused of domestic violence. However with the 49ers now being out of the playoff picture they may choose to sit him this time around. McDonald was served with a search warrant reports ABC 7 after the...
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

DeMarco Murray practices on Wednesday with broken hand

Getty Images With his left hand wrapped, the NFL’s leading rusher participated in practice on Wednesday with the Cowboys. DeMarco Murray broke his non-dominant hand last Sunday but was able to do all of the individual drills at Cowboys practice on Wednesday and even caught some passes out of the backfield. It is looking like Murray will try and play in Week 16 against the Colts...
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Blake Bortles expected to start for Jaguars on Thursday night

Getty Images The Jaguars and Titans will face off against each other on Thursday night in a match-up of two teams with 2-12 records. One bit of good news for fans who will be tuning into this game is that Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles is expected to start despite a questionable tag with a sprained foot. The Titans will have Charlie Whitehurst under center. Miller questionable...
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox picking up Anthony Varvaro from Braves

The Boston Red Sox are set to acquire relief pitcher Anthony Varvaro from the Atlanta Braves. Varvaro, 30, was recently designated for assignment by the Braves to make room for Alberto Callaspo. The move would give the Red Sox a nice right handed arm as Varvaro holds a 2.99 ERA over 153 relief appearances and finished the 2014 season with a 2.63 mark adding 50 strikeouts over 54...
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Gavin Floyd will be in Indians rotation to start season

Gavin Floyd was given a one-year deal by the Indians on Tuesday. He will begin the 2015 season in the rotation. Floyd signed a one-year, $4 million big-league deal with the Indians on Tuesday. The contract contains $6 million in incentives based on starts and innings pitched. The bonuses don’t start until he reaches 19 starts and 160 innings. Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, Carlos...
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Chargers staying in San Diego though 2015

While there are rumors a team could move to Los Angeles as soon as 2015, it will not be the San Diego Chargers. On Tuesday Mark Fabini released a statement saying that the team was committed to staying in San Diego rather than exercise their termination clause with the city of San Diego and Qualcomm Stadium. On February 1st of every year since 2007, the Chargers have been eligible...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Julio Jones could miss Week 16

Getty Images The Falcons could again be without Julio Jones when they take the field in Week 16. While head coach Mike Smith expects Jones to suit up offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter was less optimistic. “It’s hard when you don’t know for sure if a guy is going to play,” Koetter said. “We kind of have to have a contingency both ways. We have some ‘what if Julio plays...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

NASCAR: Sprint out after 2016 season as title sponsor

Sprint, the title sponsor of NASCAR’s premier series announced Tuesday that it will not be extending its sponsorship with NASCAR following the 2016 season. “NASCAR and Sprint have enjoyed a long and productive partnership that has returned significant value to both parties.We understand the significant changes within Sprint  and the highly competitive business environment...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles sign Matt Tuiasosopo to minor league deal

The Orioles have added some organizational depth signing Matt Tuiasosopo to a minor league deal. Tuiasosopo, 28, will report to spring training trying to land a spot on the Orioles bench. He spent 2014 playing at the Triple-A level where he produced a .240/.357/.379 line with 13 home runs and 50 RBI over 122 games. Odds are that Tuiasosopo will begin the season in the minors. He...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees not in on free agent Max Scherzer, sign Chris Capuano

Some believe the Yankees are simply waiting for the market of free agent pitcher Max Scherzer to shake out before jumping into the fray. Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York says those theories are not true and that the Yankees are “absolutely not” interested in the former Tigers pitcher. A year after winning the Cy Young, Scherzer had another fine season in 2014 going 18-5 with...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Jerry Jones calls DeMarco Murray a game-time decision

Getty Images DeMarco Murray suffered a break in his left hand in Sunday night’s win over the Eagles. Murray underwent surgery on his left hand on Monday night and doctors say he can do no additional damage to it by playing. The NFL’s leading rusher is now questionable to play in Sunday’s Week 16 game at home against the Colts. Team owner Jerry Jones believes that Murray...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres land Brandon Morrow on one-year contract

The Padres have signed right handed pitcher Brandon Morrow to a one-year contract. Morrow, 30, has pitched just 87 2/3 innings over the past two seasons missing a good chunk of last season with a finger tendon injury. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Morrow will earn $2.5 million plus incentives next season. Restarting his career in Petco Park should immediately rebuild...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Morse gets two-year deal from Marlins

Getty Images The Marlin have pursued Mike Morse for much of the offseason and on Tuesday they reached a deal with him pending a physical. Morse, 32, becomes the latest addition to the Marlins who have been one of the busiest teams this offseason. In Morse they get a player who finished last season with .279/.336/.475 line, 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games with the Giants. Am...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Davis gets an exemption to use Adderall

Last season Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was suspended 25 games for using adderall. Davis played the 2013 season with an exemption to use adderall but did not receive an exemption for the 2014 season. Appearing on The Fan 105.7 Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Davis had received an exemption for the 2015 season. Buck just told 105.7 The Fan that Chris Davis got approved...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Brad Penny close to choosing team, Dan Johnson lands with Astros

Brad Penny will soon choose which team he will attempt to pitch for in the 2015 season. Penny apparently has three teams interested in signing him though all of the deals are likely of the minor league variety after he posted a 6.58 ERA in eight games last season. He sat out the entire 2013 season. Dan Johnson will continue his major league career after signing a minor league deal...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals waste money seeking outfield help in Alex Rios

The Royals have been looking for outfield help this offseason, whether or not they got it by signing Alex Rios remains to be seen. On Monday the Royals signed the 34-year-old to a one-year deal worth $11 million after he hit a pathetic .280/.311/.398 with four home runs over 521 plate appearances with the Rangers in 2014. I will be as critical as necessary on this one. Alex Rios...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Redskins told Jay Gruden he will return for 2015 season

Getty Images Redskins head coach Jay Gruden will return for a second season at the helm of the team reports NBC Washington’s Dianna Marie Russini. While Russini’s report is far from the Redskins publicly making a statement it does suggest that Daniel Snyder is not planning to eat four years of his salary for nothing. One could then assume that quarterback Robert Griffin III...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros bring back Jed Lowie on three-year deal

After years of being a laughing stock in the NL Central and then the AL West, the Houston Astros are showing a penchant for adding players this offseason. The latest addition by the Astros is infielder Jed Lowie who signed a three-year deal worth $23 million guaranteed. The deal includes a fourth year option. With Lowie now off the market the best options for shortstop needy teams...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves dump reliever Anthony Varvaro to make room for Alberto Callaspo

The Atlanta Braves announced the signing of infielder Alberto Callaspo to a one-year deal worth $3 million on Monday. Callaspo will serve as the Braves second baseman this season until prospect Jose Peraza is ready to take over the position. The move is a bit uninspiring given Callaspo’s lackluster .223/.290/.290 line with four homers and 39 RBI in 451 plate appearances last season...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

DeMarco Murray is an “uphill battle” to play against Colts

Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones is confident that running back DeMarco Murray will be on the field for the season ending game against the Redskins, but admitted on Sirius XM Radio that it was an “uphill battle” for him to be ready for this weekend’s game against the Colts. The Cowboys are not overly optimistic about the chances of Murray playing after he broken his hand...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Brian Vickers will miss start of 2015 season due to health issues

Michael Waltrip Racing announced on Monday that driver Brian Vickers will miss the start of the 2015 season due to heart-related health issues. Vickers 31, has been sidelined multiple times since the 2010 season due to health issues. “First, I want to thank everyone for their sincere support. I have faced obstacles before and it has made victory that much sweeter and I know that...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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