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Three-team trade sends Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati, prospect Tr…

Three-team trade sends Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati, prospect Trevor Bauer to Cleveland

yahoo.com ESPN.com CNNSI.com MLB.com Updated Dec 11, 2012
It's going some time to sort through this one, but here are the particulars of the big three-team, nine-player deal that was just finalized on Tuesday evening. According to Yahoo! Sports' own Jeff Passan, the Cleveland Indians are set to receive right-h…
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  • Deal gives Towers, D-backs chance to compete

    Deal gives Towers, D-backs chance to compete

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2012
    With respect possible for what the Giants have done and what the Dodgers are capable of doing, D-backs general manager Kevin Towers has his sights on another trip to October in 2013.
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  • Dodgers linked to trade for Cards' Schumaker

    Dodgers linked to trade for Cards' Schumaker

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2012
    The Dodgers have acquired utility man Skip Schumaker from the Cardinals, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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  • With Kevin Youkilis agreeing to join Yankees and Ichiro Suzuki …

    With Kevin Youkilis agreeing to join Yankees and Ichiro Suzuki expected to follow suit, the Bombers get older but maybe not bett

    nydailynews.com Dec 11, 2012
    Little by little, the Yankees’ old-age home is filling to capacity, so much so that the word now is they are already in the process of filling the clubhouse with rocking chairs.
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  • NY Mets make a mess of R.A. Dickey situation by stalling instea…

    NY Mets make a mess of R.A. Dickey situation by stalling instead of giving pitcher a two-year, $26 million extension

    If you thought the David Wright signing was some type of turning point for the Mets, from a financial, business and PR standpoint, the R.A. Dickey contract negotiation clearly suggests otherwise.
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  • Greinke may be Dodgers' last major expense

    Greinke may be Dodgers' last major expense

    ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 11, 2012
    Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti uttered the phrase the rest of baseball has been waiting all winter to hear.
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  • Tribe, D-backs, Reds complete nine-player deal

    Tribe, D-backs, Reds complete nine-player deal

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2012
    The Tribe traded Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds in a three-team, nine-player exchange that sent outfielder Drew Stubbs and pitcher Trevor Bauer to Cleveland and shortstop Didi Gregorius to Arizona.
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  • Kevin Youkilis signs one-year deal with Yankees

    Kevin Youkilis signs one-year deal with Yankees

    Kevin Youkilis is going to work for the enemy. A longtime fixture for the Boston Red Sox, Youkilis emerged from free agency Tuesday and agreed with the New York Yankees on a one-year, $12 million contract. By the Great Greek God of Walks' Shaved Goatee!…
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  • Nationals' Detwiler, Stammen join USO tour

    Nationals' Detwiler, Stammen join USO tour

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2012
    Nationals pitchers Ross Detwiler and Craig Stammen will join Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks will take part in the 2012 USO holiday tour led by the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey.
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  • Hurdle embraces opportunity to give back

    Hurdle embraces opportunity to give back

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2012
    On Tuesday, as the first official stop on the Pitates' annual Winter Caravan, manager Clint Hurdle was part of a large contingent from the Pirates and Pirates Charities that presented a $200,000 check to the Children's Institute's Centers of Excellence
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  • Rockies ink Kensing, McClendon to Minors deals

    Rockies ink Kensing, McClendon to Minors deals

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2012
    The Rockies have signed former Marlins and Nationals right-hander Logan Kensing and former Brewers righty Mike McClendon to Minor League contracts with invitations to Major League Spring Training, according to information received by MLB.com.
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  • Nets unveil new home of Ebbets Field flagpole

    Nets unveil new home of Ebbets Field flagpole

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    On Tuesday, the Brooklyn Nets held a ceremony to commemorate the new home of the Ebbets Field flagpole, just steps from Barclays Center.
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  • DiSarcina to manage Pawtucket in 2013

    DiSarcina to manage Pawtucket in 2013

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2012
    Massachusetts native Gary DiSarcina will manage Triple-A Pawtucket in 2013.
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  • Van Tol's hard work pays off with manager's job

    Van Tol's hard work pays off with manager's job

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2012
    The Cubs named Gary Van Tol as Class A Boise's 10th manager, and he'll be calling the shots June 14 when the Hawks' open the 2013 season.
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  • Rays ace honored with David Price Day in Tampa

    Rays ace honored with David Price Day in Tampa

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2012
    The first Cy Young Award in Tampa Bay Rays history was good enough to earn a key to the city of Tampa for David Price and his French bulldog, Astro.
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  • Price prepared to lead young Rays pitching staff

    Price prepared to lead young Rays pitching staff

    MLB.com deadspin.com Dec 11, 2012
    David Price was already an ace, but after Tampa Bay dealt starters James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City for four prospects late Sunday night, Price will take on an entirely new role as the leader of the Rays' talented young pitching staff.
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  • Source: Red Sox among 4 interested in Swisher

    Source: Red Sox among 4 interested in Swisher

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    The Boston Red Sox are one of four teams interested in signing free agent outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher, according to a baseball source.
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  • Sources: Deferred dollars were key for Wright

    Sources: Deferred dollars were key for Wright

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    The Mets will defer $15.5 million of the $138 million in David Wright's new eight-year extension, according to sources familiar with the details of the contract.
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  • Baseball signed by 1929 Yankees hits auction after being owned …

    Baseball signed by 1929 Yankees hits auction after being owned by a Benedictine monk

    yahoo.com Dec 11, 2012
    Back in 1929, a group of New York Yankees that included Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig signed a baseball. It ended up in the possession of a Benedictine monk who placed it in his room at St. Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, N.J. The relic sat there un…
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  • Cubs, Astros set for two spring games in Houston

    Cubs, Astros set for two spring games in Houston

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2012
    The Astros will play their former National League Central Division rivals, the Cubs, in two spring exhibition games March 29-30 at Minute Maid Park.
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  • Royals and Jays make minor moves for veterans

    Royals and Jays make minor moves for veterans

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Royals have signed veteran pitchers George Sherrill and Dan Wheeler and veteran outfielder Willy Taveras to minor league contracts.
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  • John Axford hangs his Robert Goulet mustache award among cheris…

    John Axford hangs his Robert Goulet mustache award among cherished liquor

    yahoo.com Dec 11, 2012
    Some professional athletes gather their trophies and stow them in their closets or basements, never to see them again until they put them up for sale in order to raise some cash. Others, like Greg Maddux for example, build a "Dig Me" room insi…
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  • Garza, Stewart continue recovery from injuries

    Garza, Stewart continue recovery from injuries

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2012
    Cubs pitcher Matt Garza and third baseman Ian Stewart are having good offseasons so far.
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  • Rangers' Washington wants Hamilton to return

    Rangers' Washington wants Hamilton to return

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington says he wants Josh Hamilton to re-sign with the club.
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  • Long Shot: Bernie Williams was a key component in the Yankee……

    Long Shot: Bernie Williams was a key component in the Yankee…

    CNNSI.com Dec 11, 2012
    Bernie Williams was a key component in the Yankees' dynasty. Despite four World Series titles, his individual numbers just don't add up for Hall of Fame induction, writes Jay Jaffe.
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  • Players who made Hall with highest vote percentage

    Players who made Hall with highest vote percentage

    CNNSI.com Dec 11, 2012
    Players who made Hall with highest vote percentage
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  • Top order of business: Find leadoff man

    Top order of business: Find leadoff man

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2012
    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has made no secret since his team was bounced from the National League Division Series in October that he wanted to improve the lineup at the leadoff spot.
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  • Royals sign speedy outfielder Taveras

    Royals sign speedy outfielder Taveras

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2012
    Out of the Majors since 2010, Willy Taveras has agreed to a Minor League deal with the Royals that includes an invite to Major League camp, the club confirmed on Tuesday.
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  • Green Monday sale great chance to stuff stockings

    Green Monday sale great chance to stuff stockings

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2012
    With the Green Monday sale extended through 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday at the MLB.com Shop and a chance to buy one item and get another at 50 percent off, the MLB.com Gift Guru has some advice on how to hang those stockings with care.
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  • Royals' Moore says criticism of trade 'insulting'

    Royals' Moore says criticism of trade 'insulting'

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    Royals general manager Dayton Moore is going for it and he's not happy that he's taking heat after trading his top prospect to the Rays.
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  • Ten reasons the MLB Fan Cave is opening its doors for the World…

    Ten reasons the MLB Fan Cave is opening its doors for the World Baseball Classic

    yahoo.com Dec 11, 2012
    Major League Baseball announced on Monday that it will be throwing opening the doors to its popular MLB Fan Cave for next spring's World Baseball Classic. Sixteen fans - one from each country represented in the tournament - will assemble in New York n
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  • All-Star Game statues up for auction through Dec. 20

    All-Star Game statues up for auction through Dec. 20

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2012
    Rare All-Star Game statues from past Midsummer Classics are available through auction through Dec. 20, with the bidding starting at $500 on each.
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  • Andruw Jones set to sign with Japanese team

    Andruw Jones set to sign with Japanese team

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    The Rakuten Eagles of Japan's Pacific League say they are set to sign veteran major league outfielder Andruw Jones.
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  • Importance of impact backstops begins to catch on

    Importance of impact backstops begins to catch on

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2012
    Over the years, catchers have tended to be a bit overlooked. But catchers are becoming impossible not to notice these days. A generation of young and talented receivers is putting the spotlight on those guys behind all that protective gear, stationed be…
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  • Rays-Royals Deal a Lesson in Team Building

    Rays-Royals Deal a Lesson in Team Building

    grantland.com Dec 11, 2012
    The blockbuster trade that swapped James Shields and Wade Davis for a package of prospects headed by Wil Myers has triggered more heated reactions tha...
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  • Video - Choo Dealt To Reds In Three-Team Trade 01:30

    Choo Dealt To Reds In Three-Team Trade

    Dec 11
    Jerry Crasnick has the latest on the three-team deal that sent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds and prized pitching prospect Trevor Bauer to the Indians.
  • Video - Sources: Youkilis To The Yankees 01:41

    Sources: Youkilis To The Yankees

    Dec 11
    Jerry Crasnick on the Yankees' agreeing to verbal deal with Kevin Youkilis and Red Sox's interest in Nick Swisher.
  • Video - R.A. Dickey Addresses Future With Mets 00:47

    R.A. Dickey Addresses Future With Mets

    Dec 11
    R.A. Dickey speaks to reporters about his contract talks with the Mets and trade rumors.

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