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Alex Rodriguez's second hip surgery must have Yankees feeling regret they signed him to long, lucrative contract
So this is what the Yankees hope, going into a season that might not start for Alex Rodriguez until he has turned 38: That the reason he looked as washed up as he did in the postseason of 2012 was because he now has two old-man hips instead of one.Upvote Share Tweet
Espinosa not bothered by trade speculationNationals second baseman Danny Espinosa said Monday night that he is not bothered by the trade rumors that have him linked to the Rays.Upvote Share TweetSAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants and free agent center fielder Angel Pagan have reached agreement on a four-year contract.Upvote Share Tweet
Melvin happy to keep strong outfield corps intactA's general manager Billy Beane is adamant about keeping all of his starting pitchers rather than dangling them as trade bait. The plan, as it currently stands, is similar in regard to his surplus of outfielders, and manager Bob Melvin expects all to be…Upvote Share Tweet
Ned Yost wants Royals to swing for fences in 2013NASHVILLE, Tenn. - These might not be your grandpa's Kansas City Royals anymore. Known during their golden era as speed freaks who pumped their legs in order to get around the bases, the Royals want to slug their way into contention in 2013 and going foUpvote Share Tweet
Auction: Win guitar lesson from Reds' ArroyoFans can win a round of golf with Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy, a day of batting practice with the Cleveland Indians and a 30-minute guitar lesson from Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo as part of a charity auction this week benefiting Stand Up To C…Upvote Share TweetNot that anyone was keeping score, but the Padres might well have struck the first deal of the 2012 Winter Meetings in Nashville.Upvote Share TweetOn the first day of his first Winter Meetings as general manager, Rick Hahn didn't experience much different from past years in the White Sox contingent.Upvote Share TweetThe Phillies have some interest in Rangers infielder Michael Young, and there are other clubs looking for a third baseman. The Yankees are among those teams now that Alex Rodriguez will miss at least the first three months of the season because of left …Upvote Share Tweet
This free-agent market requires taking gamblesThe signings of Angel Pagan, Melky Cabrera and Mike Napoli underscore the slim pickings for teams in search of run producers.Upvote Share Tweet
Potential roster turnover doesn't faze MaddonTurnover is a part of any Major League team. Rays manager Joe Maddon might be more familiar than other managers with the concept of having to bid farewell to familiar faces to make way for new faces in the spring.Upvote Share Tweet(AP) -- Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera is going to play for Venezuela in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.Upvote Share Tweet
On the injury front, Phillies feel Yankees' painIf anybody could empathize with the news that broke that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is expected to miss the first three months of the season recuperating from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, it's Phillies general manager Ruben…Upvote Share TweetNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A person familiar with the negotiations says catcher Mike Napoli and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a $39 million, three-year contract.Upvote Share Tweet
Indians feeling out other clubs at Nashville MeetingsAt the Winter Meetings, Cleveland is weighing the benefit of acquiring younger talent -- preferably top pitching prospects -- while also trying to fill holes via free agency.Upvote Share Tweet
While roster may change, Collins' focus does notThough he attends team meetings and sometimes dispenses advice, Mets manager Terry Collins notes often that his job is to worry about the 25 players on his active roster -- and nothing else.Upvote Share Tweet
Colletti calm, but knows he has work to doThe Dodgers have the highest payroll in the Major Leagues at $198.3 million, having pushed the Yankees down from their perennial perch, and Los Angeles doesn't appear to be finished spending.Upvote Share TweetWith no need or desire to go after this winter's top crop of available free agents, the Cardinals remained under the radar during a relatively quiet Day 1 at the Winter Meetings on Monday.Upvote Share Tweet
Rockies seek proven pitchers in trade talksIt will take no less than established starting pitching to pry either Dexter Fowler or Michael Cuddyer from the Rockies' outfield.Upvote Share TweetThere is speculation at the Winter Meetings that the interest in free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton is not as high as people expected. Rangers manager Jon Daniels doesn't buy it.Upvote Share Tweet
Sources: Unlikely replay ready for Opening DayIt's been only a month and a half since commissioner Bud Selig told the Los Angeles Times that baseball will expand its use of replay "for sure" by next season. But the sport has made so little headway since, it's not so "for sure" anymore.Upvote Share Tweet
A's well-armed to continue run of successHow can the Oakland Athletics stage a suitable encore of their amazing 2012 season? The literal answer to that comes in three parts -- pitching, pitching and pitching.Upvote Share TweetWhile talk continues to circulate at the Winter Meetings that the Mariners are pushing for a significant trade to upgrade their offense, general manager Jack Zduriencik didn't pull the trigger on anything Monday.Upvote Share TweetSandy Alderson insists the Mets are not leaning toward trading R.A. Dickey, but the general manager's actions Monday spoke volumes to the contrary. By late afternoon of his first day at the Winter Meetings, Alderson had met with "several" club…Upvote Share Tweet
Angels' list of targets doesn't end with GreinkeThe Angels are staying open-minded about their ongoing efforts to improve their pitching, but Zack Greinke tops their wish list as the Winter Meetings get under way in Nashville, Tenn.Upvote Share TweetYunel Escobar's tenure with the Marlins may be shorter than expected. According to an MLB source, Miami is actively shopping the 30-year-old infielder. At least two teams have been in contact with the Marlins, with one believed to be the A's.Upvote Share Tweet
Bowa talks about Team USA in ClassicLarry Bowa made it plain in a lengthy interview with MLB.com what kind of Team USA his group would like to put together: young, eager and energetic.Upvote Share TweetIt was clear on a quiet Day 1 of the Winter Meetings that Brewers general manager Doug Melvin prefers to remain quiet about his pursuit of free-agent starting pitcher Ryan Dempster.Upvote Share Tweet
Giants unveil 37-game Spring Training slateVariety highlights the Giants' 2013 exhibition schedule announced Monday, as the World Series champions will face each of their Cactus League brethren at least once at home.Upvote Share Tweet
Duke agrees to 1-year deal to stay with NatsLeft-hander Zach Duke has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Washington Nationals.Upvote Share Tweet
MLB, Having Given The Orioles' Owner Control Over Nats TV, Begs Fox To Buy Him Outdeadspin.com Updated Dec 3, 2012Tucked away in this Sports Business Daily article about Fox's ongoing quest to amass an empire of regional sports networks is this nugget, concerning Fox's attempts to buy MASN, the network that broadcasts Orioles and Nationals games, from Orioles owner…Upvote Share TweetFree-agent reliever Joakim Soria is close to agreeing on a contract with the Texas Rangers, a source confirmed.Upvote Share Tweet
‘Let them play!’: Bob Watson fondly recalls ‘Bad News Bears’ movie filmed at AstrodomeNASHVILLE - Bob Watson has held many roles during his life in baseball. He was an MLB vice president, a World Series-winning GM of the Yankees and he hit 184 home runs over a 19-year career that includes time with the Astros, Yankees and Braves. One ofUpvote Share Tweet
Jeter: No doubt I'll be in Opening Day lineupYankees shortstop Derek Jeter replied in the affirmative as to whether he'll be ready to play on Opening Day.Upvote Share Tweet
Done Deals: Ben Revere trade to Philly caps winter meetings activityWe kept a running list of trades and signings that went down during the winter meetings. Thanks for reading and come back for more signings and trades as the offseason continues! Thursday Twins send Ben Revere to Phillies for Vance Worley, Trevor May Fo…Upvote Share Tweet
DeWitt set for less stressful Winter MeetingsIn stark contrast to last year, Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. welcomed the opportunity to be seen and chat up media members on Monday, the first official day of the 2012 Winter Meetings.Upvote Share Tweet
Jack Morris says his career is more than just Game 7 of the 1991 World SeriesNASHVILLE - Having downed a carton of milk for breakfast before doing his show for MLB.com at baseball's winter meetings, possible Hall of Famer Jack Morris took a moment to discuss where he stands regarding Cooperstown. After not breaking 25 percent ofUpvote Share TweetThe Red Sox added Mike Napoli. The Yankees suddenly need a third baseman. And the game's top two free agents remain up for grabs. Jay Jaffe analyzes the week's key questions.Upvote Share Tweet
One Of The Mets' New Minority Owners Has Been Accused Of Consumer Fraud. He'll Fit Right In.deadspin.com Updated Dec 3, 2012Will the Mets ever be anything but an incorporated facepalm of a team? The latest addition to the team's ever-growing portfolio of pathetic missteps comes courtesy of The New York Times, which points out today that one of the team's new minority owners …Upvote Share TweetNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, longtime umpire Hank O'Day and barehanded catcher Deacon White have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame for their excellence through the first half of the 20th century.Upvote Share Tweet
Indians selling SportsTime network to Fox SportsThe Indians are in the process of selling their SportsTime Ohio television network to Fox Sports Ohio, MLB.com has confirmed.Upvote Share Tweet
Kruk replacing Francona in ESPN Sunday boothJohn Kruk is following Bobby Valentine and Terry Francona into ESPN's Sunday night baseball booth.Upvote Share TweetFree agent first baseman James Loney has agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Tampa Bay Rays pending a physical exam, said a baseball source.Upvote Share TweetNASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Juice has taken a short break from its offseason hibernation as Big League Stew's David Brown is on the scene of baseball's winter meetings in Nashville. Stop back on Tuesday and Wednesday to preview what's ahead at the biggest maUpvote Share TweetLet's get it on! Baseball's winter are starting down in Nashville and there's plenty of action about to take place. You're going to want to follow it all, so use this handy-dandy tracker to keep tabs on the action as the first day at the Opryland Hotel …Upvote Share Tweet
Bobby Valentine joins Brian Cashman in rappelling down 22-story Connecticut buildingIn what has become a yearly tradition, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman prepared for the Winter Meetings by donning an elf suit and rappelling down the side of the 22-story Landmark Building in downtown Stamford, Conn. Only this time, in a…Upvote Share Tweet
White Sox Winter Meetings UpdateDec 3ESPNChicago.com's Doug Padilla with the latest on John Danks, the trade market for White Sox pitchers, new GM Rick Hahn, and their response to the Tigers.
Source: Red Sox Interested In R.A. DickeyDec 3ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin on the teams interested in R.A. Dickey if the Mets can't reach an extension this offseason.
Needs For Phillies, Twins & RoyalsDec 3Jerry Crasnick and Keith Law discuss the Phillies' needs in center field, pitching options for the Twins and the Royals' lack of starters.
Mattingly, Dodgers Excited For Fresh StartDec 3Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talks about the importance of spring training, his plans for Hanley Ramirez, and free agent Zack Greinke.
East Side -- Shorter NBA season unnecessaryDec 3Shorten the season? There's too much money in an 82-game season, and losing a few games does little to help anyone.
West Side - NBA schedule should be 78 gamesDec 3No reason to sit starters if NBA scales back regular season by four games.
Peter King: Crennel, Quinn open up on Chiefs' inspired win with heavy hear…Dec 3On Sunday morning, I was talking to Joe Linta, the agent for the late Jovan Belcher, about the state of mind that might have made the Chiefs linebacker shoot his live-in girlfriend nine times with his own mother in the house and then, less than an hour …