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Alex Rodriguez's second hip surgery must have Yankees feeling r…

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.
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  • Espinosa not bothered by trade speculation

    Espinosa not bothered by trade speculation

    MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa said Monday night that he is not bothered by the trade rumors that have him linked to the Rays.
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  • Pagan and Giants reach four-year deal

    Pagan and Giants reach four-year deal

    CNNSI.com MLB.com ESPN.com Dec 3, 2012
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants and free agent center fielder Angel Pagan have reached agreement on a four-year contract.
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  • Melvin happy to keep strong outfield corps intact

    Melvin happy to keep strong outfield corps intact

    MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    A'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…
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  • Ned Yost wants Royals to swing for fences in 2013

    Ned Yost wants Royals to swing for fences in 2013

    yahoo.com Dec 3, 2012
    NASHVILLE, 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 fo
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  • Auction: Win guitar lesson from Reds' Arroyo

    Auction: Win guitar lesson from Reds' Arroyo

    ESPN.com Dec 3, 2012
    Fans 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…
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  • Padres open Winter Meetings with Marquis deal

    Padres open Winter Meetings with Marquis deal

    MLB.com ESPN.com Dec 3, 2012
    Not that anyone was keeping score, but the Padres might well have struck the first deal of the 2012 Winter Meetings in Nashville.
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  • Hahn comfortable as leader of discussion

    Hahn comfortable as leader of discussion

    MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    On 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.
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  • Rangers not interested in moving Young

    Rangers not interested in moving Young

    MLB.com ESPN.com Dec 3, 2012
    The 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 …
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  • This free-agent market requires taking gambles

    This free-agent market requires taking gambles

    MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    The signings of Angel Pagan, Melky Cabrera and Mike Napoli underscore the slim pickings for teams in search of run producers.
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  • Potential roster turnover doesn't faze Maddon

    Potential roster turnover doesn't faze Maddon

    MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    Turnover 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.
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  • U.S. to open vs. Mexico in World Baseball Classic

    U.S. to open vs. Mexico in World Baseball Classic

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    (AP) -- Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera is going to play for Venezuela in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
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  • On the injury front, Phillies feel Yankees' pain

    On the injury front, Phillies feel Yankees' pain

    MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    If 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…
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  • Napoli gets a three-year, $39M deal with Red Sox

    Napoli gets a three-year, $39M deal with Red Sox

    NASHVILLE, 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.
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  • Indians feeling out other clubs at Nashville Meetings

    Indians feeling out other clubs at Nashville Meetings

    MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    At 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.
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  • While roster may change, Collins' focus does not

    While roster may change, Collins' focus does not

    MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    Though 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.
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  • Colletti calm, but knows he has work to do

    Colletti calm, but knows he has work to do

    MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    The 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.
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  • Keeping tabs on market, Cards quiet on Day 1

    Keeping tabs on market, Cards quiet on Day 1

    MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    With 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.
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  • Rockies seek proven pitchers in trade talks

    Rockies seek proven pitchers in trade talks

    MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    It will take no less than established starting pitching to pry either Dexter Fowler or Michael Cuddyer from the Rockies' outfield.
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  • Hamilton big part of Rangers' Nashville agenda

    Hamilton big part of Rangers' Nashville agenda

    MLB.com CNNSI.com Dec 3, 2012
    There 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.
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  • Sources: Unlikely replay ready for Opening Day

    Sources: Unlikely replay ready for Opening Day

    ESPN.com Dec 3, 2012
    It'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.
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  • A's well-armed to continue run of success

    A's well-armed to continue run of success

    MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    How 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.
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  • Zduriencik continues trade talks, but no deals yet

    Zduriencik continues trade talks, but no deals yet

    MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    While 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.
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  • Sandy meets with 'several' clubs about Dickey

    Sandy meets with 'several' clubs about Dickey

    MLB.com ESPN.com Dec 3, 2012
    Sandy 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…
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  • Angels' list of targets doesn't end with Greinke

    Angels' list of targets doesn't end with Greinke

    MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    The 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.
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  • Marlins trying to deal recently acquired Escobar

    Marlins trying to deal recently acquired Escobar

    MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    Yunel 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.
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  • Bowa talks about Team USA in Classic

    Bowa talks about Team USA in Classic

    MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    Larry 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.
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  • Brewers stay pat on opening day of Meetings

    Brewers stay pat on opening day of Meetings

    MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    It 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.
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  • Giants unveil 37-game Spring Training slate

    Giants unveil 37-game Spring Training slate

    MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    Variety 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.
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  • Duke agrees to 1-year deal to stay with Nats

    Duke agrees to 1-year deal to stay with Nats

    ESPN.com Dec 3, 2012
    Left-hander Zach Duke has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Washington Nationals.
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  • MLB, Having Given The Orioles' Owner Control Over Nats TV, Begs…

    MLB, Having Given The Orioles' Owner Control Over Nats TV, Begs Fox To Buy Him Out

    deadspin.com Dec 3, 2012
    Tucked 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…
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  • Source: Reliever Soria nears deal with Rangers

    Source: Reliever Soria nears deal with Rangers

    ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    Free-agent reliever Joakim Soria is close to agreeing on a contract with the Texas Rangers, a source confirmed.
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  • ‘Let them play!’: Bob Watson fondly recalls ‘Bad News Bears’ mo…

    ‘Let them play!’: Bob Watson fondly recalls ‘Bad News Bears’ movie filmed at Astrodome

    yahoo.com Dec 3, 2012
    NASHVILLE - 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 of
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  • Jeter: No doubt I'll be in Opening Day lineup

    Jeter: No doubt I'll be in Opening Day lineup

    ESPN.com Dec 3, 2012
    Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter replied in the affirmative as to whether he'll be ready to play on Opening Day.
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  • Done Deals: Ben Revere trade to Philly caps winter meetings act…

    Done Deals: Ben Revere trade to Philly caps winter meetings activity

    yahoo.com Dec 3, 2012
    We 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…
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  • DeWitt set for less stressful Winter Meetings

    DeWitt set for less stressful Winter Meetings

    MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    In 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.
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  • Jack Morris says his career is more than just Game 7 of the 199…

    Jack Morris says his career is more than just Game 7 of the 1991 World Series

    yahoo.com Dec 3, 2012
    NASHVILLE - 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 of
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  • Hot Start At Winter Meetings

    Hot Start At Winter Meetings

    CNNSI.com grantland.com Dec 3, 2012
    The 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.
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  • One Of The Mets' New Minority Owners Has Been Accused Of Consum…

    One Of The Mets' New Minority Owners Has Been Accused Of Consumer Fraud. He'll Fit Right In.

    deadspin.com Dec 3, 2012
    Will 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 …
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  • Ruppert, O'Day and White elected to Hall of Fame

    Ruppert, O'Day and White elected to Hall of Fame

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    NASHVILLE, 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.
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  • Indians selling SportsTime network to Fox Sports

    Indians selling SportsTime network to Fox Sports

    MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    The Indians are in the process of selling their SportsTime Ohio television network to Fox Sports Ohio, MLB.com has confirmed.
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  • Kruk replacing Francona in ESPN Sunday booth

    Kruk replacing Francona in ESPN Sunday booth

    ESPN.com Dec 3, 2012
    John Kruk is following Bobby Valentine and Terry Francona into ESPN's Sunday night baseball booth.
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  • Rays add Loney to play first base, source says

    Rays add Loney to play first base, source says

    ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 3, 2012
    Free 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.
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  • The Juice: Welcome to the weird and wild world of baseball’s wi…

    The Juice: Welcome to the weird and wild world of baseball’s winter meetings

    yahoo.com Dec 3, 2012
    NASHVILLE, 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 ma
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  • The Stew’s winter meetings tracker: Monday

    The Stew’s winter meetings tracker: Monday

    yahoo.com Dec 3, 2012
    Let'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 …
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  • Bobby Valentine joins Brian Cashman in rappelling down 22-story…

    Bobby Valentine joins Brian Cashman in rappelling down 22-story Connecticut building

    yahoo.com Dec 3, 2012
    In 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…
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  • Video - White Sox Winter Meetings Update 02:47

    White Sox Winter Meetings Update

    Dec 3
    ESPNChicago.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.
  • Video - Source: Red Sox Interested In R.A. Dickey 02:48

    Source: Red Sox Interested In R.A. Dickey

    Dec 3
    ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin on the teams interested in R.A. Dickey if the Mets can't reach an extension this offseason.
  • Video - Needs For Phillies, Twins & Royals 04:44

    Needs For Phillies, Twins & Royals

    Dec 3
    Jerry Crasnick and Keith Law discuss the Phillies' needs in center field, pitching options for the Twins and the Royals' lack of starters.
  • Video - Mattingly, Dodgers Excited For Fresh Start 02:36

    Mattingly, Dodgers Excited For Fresh Start

    Dec 3
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talks about the importance of spring training, his plans for Hanley Ramirez, and free agent Zack Greinke.

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    Dec 3
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    Dec 3
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