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Cashman's Next Challenge: Taking a Patient Approach to Fixing t…

Cashman's Next Challenge: Taking a Patient Approach to Fixing the Yankees' Offense

nytimes.com MLB.com Updated Dec 2, 2012
The offensive meltdown the Yankees went through in the postseason will be General Manager Brian Cashman's concern to rectify at the winter meetings, which begin Monday in Nashville.
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  • Soto re-ups with Rangers on one-year pact

    Soto re-ups with Rangers on one-year pact

    MLB.com Dec 2, 2012
    The Rangers have signed catcher Geovany Soto to a one-year contract, pending a physical.
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  • Reliever Lidge informs agents he plans to retire

    Reliever Lidge informs agents he plans to retire

    ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 2, 2012
    Free agent reliever Brad Lidge has informed his agents, Rex, Gary and Jim Turner, that he plans to retire.
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  • Ozzie Smith sells Gold Glove trophies for $500K

    Ozzie Smith sells Gold Glove trophies for $500K

    CNNSI.com Dec 2, 2012
    LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) -- Ozzie Smith turned gold into cash.
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  • Bourn, Pagan, Victorino on Giants' outfield wish list

    Bourn, Pagan, Victorino on Giants' outfield wish list

    CNNSI.com Dec 2, 2012
    Bourn, Pagan, Victorino on Giants' outfield wish list
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  • Rangers top prospect Profar has inflammation

    Rangers top prospect Profar has inflammation

    ESPN.com Dec 2, 2012
    Texas Rangers infield prospect Jurickson Profar has mild inflammation in his right forearm and will not play any more games in the Dominican League this winter.
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  • Hamilton heads to Meetings with high asking price

    Hamilton heads to Meetings with high asking price

    MLB.com Dec 2, 2012
    Baseball has come to the capital of Tennessee for the Winter Meetings. So too has free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton.
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  • Hoping to bolster rotation, Nats might pursue Shields

    Hoping to bolster rotation, Nats might pursue Shields

    MLB.com Dec 2, 2012
    Don't count out the Nationals trying to trade for a pitcher like Rays right-hander James Shields, who has a contract worth $10.2 million for 2013, but could be a free agent if his option is not picked up for '14.
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  • Toronto eyes rotation depth at Winter Meetings

    Toronto eyes rotation depth at Winter Meetings

    MLB.com Dec 2, 2012
    The Blue Jays enter the Winter Meetings meetings with the main goal of continuing to build pitching depth within their organization.
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  • Source: Cubs working on deal for RHP Fujikawa

    Source: Cubs working on deal for RHP Fujikawa

    ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 2, 2012
    The Chicago Cubs are working on a deal to acquire Japanese relief pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa, according to major league sources.
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  • Rays must decide whether to shop excess pitchers

    Rays must decide whether to shop excess pitchers

    MLB.com Dec 2, 2012
    The Tampa Bay Rays have the one thing every other team craves. They have it in bunches, too, perhaps more than they really need. They've got some serious needs, too, so what's the problem?
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  • Hahn prepares for first Meetings as White Sox GM

    Hahn prepares for first Meetings as White Sox GM

    MLB.com Dec 2, 2012
    General manager Rick Hahn, who was officially promoted from a successful run as the team's assistant general manager at the start of this offseason, wanted to take care of the White Sox starting rotation first and foremost. Now, the focus turns to figur…
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  • Orioles' goal for offensive help unchanged

    Orioles' goal for offensive help unchanged

    MLB.com Dec 2, 2012
    The Orioles head to Nashville with the goal of continuing their search for added offense, specifically in the middle of the lineup.
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  • Tigers looking for holiday deals at Meetings

    Tigers looking for holiday deals at Meetings

    MLB.com Dec 2, 2012
    The reigning American League champions have a win-now approach, a few places to upgrade, an owner with the resources to do it and a general manager with ways to pull it off. Now, as club officials file into the Gaylord Opryland Hotel for this year's Win…
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  • Busy Wren not done, seeks leadoff hitter

    Busy Wren not done, seeks leadoff hitter

    MLB.com Dec 2, 2012
    GM Frank Wren landed his top target with the signing of B.J. Upton, and now has his sights set on finding another outfielder, preferably one who can bat in the leadoff spot.
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  • Dickey the focus of Mets' agenda at Meetings

    Dickey the focus of Mets' agenda at Meetings

    MLB.com Dec 2, 2012
    General manager Sandy Alderson and his staff will spend their time at the Winter Meetings this week continuing to work on a contract extension for R.A. Dickey, while also attempting to plug holes in their outfield, at catcher and in the bullpen.
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  • Mariners figure to be busy at Winter Meetings

    Mariners figure to be busy at Winter Meetings

    MLB.com Dec 2, 2012
    Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik figures to be in the middle of much of the conversation, as Seattle's baseball brass explores potential trades and free-agent acquisitions to upgrade a young roster looking to compete in the tough American League…
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  • Luhnow sets stage for Astros' upcoming moves

    Luhnow sets stage for Astros' upcoming moves

    MLB.com Dec 2, 2012
    The Astros will add at least one player later this week when they make the first selection in the Rule 5 Draft, and general manager Jeff Luhnow has been laying the groundwork in recent weeks to perhaps make even more additions.
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  • Watch every Miguel Cabrera home run and RBI from his historic T…

    Watch every Miguel Cabrera home run and RBI from his historic Triple Crown season (Video)

    yahoo.com Dec 2, 2012
    Your browser does not support iframes. Looking for something to do to help kill some time on the eve of the winter meetings? Just miss baseball in general? I kindly suggest you take five minutes of your time to check out this awesome video the folks ove…
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