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Credibility is payoff of all this Mets spending during offseaso…

Credibility is payoff of all this Mets spending during offseason

nydailynews.com Updated Dec 11, 2013
You can scoff all you want about the Mets giving $20 million to a 40-year-old fat man. You can scratch your head and wonder why, of all people, of all the available pitchers, the Mets decided to allocate a sizeable portion of their remaining winter reso…
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  • ‘Jeopardy!’ jab: Trivia show includes asterisk in answer refere…

    ‘Jeopardy!’ jab: Trivia show includes asterisk in answer referencing Barry Bonds

    yahoo.com Dec 11, 2013
    Every now and then the producers at the trivia show "Jeopardy" like to throw in a baseball reference that is relatively current or topical. Among the more recent examples, "That's a clown question, bro" was featured as a category fol…
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  • Yankees, Reds reportedly discussed Phillips deal

    Yankees, Reds reportedly discussed Phillips deal

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    The Reds and Yankees have held trade talks regarding All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips, MLB.com confirmed via an industry source on Wednesday night.
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  • Pitching market altered by Price speculation

    Pitching market altered by Price speculation

    CNNSI.com Dec 11, 2013
    Sports Illustrated's Steve Phillips explains how the trade market for Rays' pitcher David Price is creating a logjam for potential moves involving other pitchers.
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  • Mariano Rivera to be honored with street outside Yankee Stadium

    Mariano Rivera to be honored with street outside Yankee Stadium

    yahoo.com Dec 11, 2013
    The honors keep rolling in for New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera following his retirement from Major League Baseball. The latest — and undoubtedly one of the coolest — came on Tuesday when a City Council proposal to rename a street outside Yankee S…
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  • Angels keep tabs on free agents as Meetings wind down

    Angels keep tabs on free agents as Meetings wind down

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto called Wednesday a "relatively quiet day" and said that the chances he signs a free agent before the Winter Meetings wrap up Thursday morning are "highly unlikely."
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  • Francona says Indians won't deal Masterson

    Francona says Indians won't deal Masterson

    ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona has put to rest trade rumors involving right-hander Justin Masterson.
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  • MLB briefs managers, GMs on replay system

    MLB briefs managers, GMs on replay system

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Dec 11, 2013
    Major League Baseball officials spent two hours Wednesday briefing managers and general managers about tentative details of the new, challenge-based instant-replay system which will go into effect next season.
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  • Dodgers poised to exit Meetings unchanged

    Dodgers poised to exit Meetings unchanged

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    The Winter Meetings will close Thursday without the Dodgers concluding a significant deal, general manager Ned Colletti predicted Wednesday night.
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  • Scioscia leans toward keeping Trout second in lineup

    Scioscia leans toward keeping Trout second in lineup

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia didn't particularly lay out his lineup while addressing the media during the Winter Meetings on Wednesday, but he gave the impression that Mike Trout would bat second in front of Albert Pujols.
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  • Big deals done, Mets look to trading Davis or Duda

    Big deals done, Mets look to trading Davis or Duda

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    General manager Sandy Alderson has two left-handed-hitting first basemen on his roster and would ideally like to deal one of them for a young, controllable pitcher. Yet he cautioned on Wednesday that he will not make a deal just to make a deal.
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  • OF Davis, Tigers agree to 2-year, $10M deal

    OF Davis, Tigers agree to 2-year, $10M deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    Outfielder Rajai Davis and the Detroit Tigers agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth $10 million.
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  • The Walk-Off: Matt Kemp may not get traded after all; David Pri…

    The Walk-Off: Matt Kemp may not get traded after all; David Price prepared for a deal

    The Walk-Off is your end-of-the-day collection of news and gossip from the world of baseball, plus the best of the blogosphere and other assorted goodness. HOLD THE PHONE: According to Matt Kemp's agent, the Los Angeles Dodgers are no longer looking to …
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  • Scioscia places more value in on-field chemistry

    Scioscia places more value in on-field chemistry

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    As a catcher in the Dodgers' organization in the late 1970s and into the '80s, Mike Scioscia played on clubs that managed to win big amid untold internal strife. So the Angels' manager is of the view that clubhouse chemistry can be overrated in relation…
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  • Hurdle has new challenges after breakout '13 for Bucs

    Hurdle has new challenges after breakout '13 for Bucs

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    Much like the Pirates have a tough act to follow, manager Clint Hurdle will be hard-pressed to improve upon the tone he set with the team in a 2013 season that made joyous history in Pittsburgh.
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  • Cardinals continue to canvas infield market

    Cardinals continue to canvas infield market

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    The Cardinals have made their pitch to several free-agent infielders and now will wait to see if any of them are willing to join an organization where regular playing time is not being promised.
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  • Astros land RHP Bass in trade with Padres

    Astros land RHP Bass in trade with Padres

    ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    Right-hander Anthony Bass has been acquired by the Houston Astros from the San Diego Padres for a player to be named or cash.
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  • O's ramping up efforts at Winter Meetings

    O's ramping up efforts at Winter Meetings

    MLB.com yahoo.com Dec 11, 2013
    The Orioles are increasing their efforts to make a move, although it remains to be seen if they will have anything to show for it when they head north on Thursday.
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  • Filling rotation needs a challenge for Cashman

    Filling rotation needs a challenge for Cashman

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    Brian Cashman said on Wednesday that the asking prices for pitchers have made deals challenging, adding that the Yanks may instead turn to non-roster spring invitees to cobble together a rotation.
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  • Reported Volquez signing gives Bucs options at 1B

    Reported Volquez signing gives Bucs options at 1B

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    On a day when they signed Charlie Morton to a contract extension, the Pirates at last made some news on Day 3 of the Winter Meetings, and it's evident they'll still have some work to do once they leave the annual convention of baseball's decision-makers…
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  • MLB will outlaw crashes at home plate

    MLB will outlaw crashes at home plate

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Buster Posey, your agony won't be in vain, or forgotten. More than two years after Posey suffered a broken leg on a violent play at home plate, Major League Baseball announced it intends to ban the practice of a runner crashing …
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  • Porter ready to see continued development in 2014

    Porter ready to see continued development in 2014

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    The 2014 season can't come soon enough for Astros manager Bo Porter. He's ready to put last season behind him -- and who could him blame after a club-record 111 losses? -- and he's eager to see how his young roster and some new additions start blending …
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  • White Sox trying to check off final items on wish list

    White Sox trying to check off final items on wish list

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    General manager knows there is plenty of work left to be completed on reshaping the White Sox for the 2014 season. When exactly he will be able to cross off his final to-do items remains to be seen.
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  • A's acquire speedy Burns from Nats for Blevins

    A's acquire speedy Burns from Nats for Blevins

    MLB.com yahoo.com ESPN.com Dec 11, 2013
    The A's made their second deal in as many days Wednesday, acquiring speedy outfielder Billy Burns from the Nationals for lefty reliever Jerry Blevins.
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  • Mets Are Said to Spend Again, Agreeing to 2-Year Deal With Colo…

    Mets Are Said to Spend Again, Agreeing to 2-Year Deal With Colon

    Bartolo Colon, who went 18-6 for Oakland in 2013 and was named an All-Star, has agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Mets, pending a physical.
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  • Cubs staying the course as they search for upgrades

    Cubs staying the course as they search for upgrades

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    Whatever transaction the Cubs make won't be "significant" in terms of a huge contract or headline-grabbing All-Star players, but it will be another step in the team's effort to build a healthy organization. While Cubs fans are eager for some n…
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  • Braves busy on multiple fronts at Winter Meetings

    Braves busy on multiple fronts at Winter Meetings

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    Braves general manager Frank Wren feels he made progress as he conversed with a number of agents and other executives this week. But as the third day of this year's Winter Meetings neared its end, he was still looking to satisfy his wish to add depth to…
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  • Mattingly: Cards likely swiped signs in NLCS

    Mattingly: Cards likely swiped signs in NLCS

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2013
    Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly says the St. Louis Cardinals may have stolen his team's signs during the NLCS, but it wouldn't have had any bearing on the outcome of the series.
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  • Mariners make waves on Day 3 of Meetings

    Mariners make waves on Day 3 of Meetings

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    The Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., does not have a Starbucks, but on Wednesday, otherwise known as Day 3 of Major League Baseball's 2013 Winter Meetings, there was still plenty of Seattle to discuss.
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  • Mariners add Hart, LoMo to cap Meetings

    Mariners add Hart, LoMo to cap Meetings

    MLB.com yahoo.com ESPN.com Dec 11, 2013
    Looking to add more offensive punch, the Mariners agreed to a one-year deal with former Brewers slugger Corey Hart and then traded reliever Carter Capps to the Marlins for left fielder/first baseman Logan Morrison on Wednesday, according to multiple bas…
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  • Infielder Ramirez has surgery on left thumb

    Infielder Ramirez has surgery on left thumb

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    Indians infielder Jose Ramirez underwent a left-thumb ligament reconstruction on Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for at least two months.
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  • Red Sox continue to keep tabs on Drew

    Red Sox continue to keep tabs on Drew

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    Though the Red Sox aren't likely to execute a single transaction at this year's Winter Meetings, which conclude on Thursday, they continue to keep tabs on the market for free agent shortstop Stephen Drew.
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  • Orioles open to contract extension for Hardy

    Orioles open to contract extension for Hardy

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    The O's are considering an extension for J.J. Hardy, who is signed through 2014. "J.J. has had a couple of really good years for the team," Dan Duquette said on Wednesday, "and I think the interest is mutual between he and the Orioles and…
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  • Rays still in the market for first baseman

    Rays still in the market for first baseman

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    Finding a first baseman continued to be a pursuit for the Rays as Day 3 of baseball's Winter Meetings drew to a close at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort on Wednesday.
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  • D-backs unlikely to land front-line starter at Meetings

    D-backs unlikely to land front-line starter at Meetings

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    The D-backs may not come away from these Winter Meetings with a starting pitcher after all. One day after sounding confident that he would acquire a front-line starter, D-backs GM Kevin Towers on Wednesday sounded less optimistic of doing so before he h…
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  • Arrest made in Biogenesis documents theft

    Arrest made in Biogenesis documents theft

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2013
    Police in South Florida have made an arrest in the March theft of documents related to the Biogenesis of America clinic, which is alleged to have supplied performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez and at least a dozen other professional baseball pla…
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  • Clubs in search of rare gems at Thursday's Rule 5 Draft

    Clubs in search of rare gems at Thursday's Rule 5 Draft

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    The Rule 5 Draft has been likened to finding diamonds in the rough, or maybe even a needle in a haystack. The annual December Draft gives teams the chance, at a relatively low cost, to find big league talent among a collection of players whose original …
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  • Yankees expressing interest in ex-Met Santana

    Yankees expressing interest in ex-Met Santana

    CNNSI.com Dec 11, 2013
    Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets history. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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  • Pirates, P Morton agree to $21M extension

    Pirates, P Morton agree to $21M extension

    ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    Right-hander Charlie Morton has reached an agreement on a three-year, $21 million contract extension with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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  • Andrew McCutchen Proposed To His Girlfriend On The Ellen Show

    Andrew McCutchen Proposed To His Girlfriend On The Ellen Show

    It's been a great year for Cutch. His Pirates put together their first winning season in 20 years, he won the NL MVP award, and now he just got engaged on national TV.Read more...
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  • Hairston retires, may join Dodgers' broadcasts

    Hairston retires, may join Dodgers' broadcasts

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    Jerry Hairston announced his retirement Wednesday, following a 16-year Major League career that included a World Series title with the Yankees in 2009. The 37-year-old has a deal to serve as a pregame and postgame analyst for the Dodgers' television bro…
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  • Rangers broadcaster Nadel wins Frick Award

    Rangers broadcaster Nadel wins Frick Award

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    Eric Nadel, who has spent the past 35 years as the voice of the Texas Rangers, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
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  • Reports: MLB agrees to Japanese bid system

    Reports: MLB agrees to Japanese bid system

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2013
    Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have agreed in principle to a new posting system for Japanese players that have not reached free agency, according to multiple media reports.
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  • Winter League Roundup: Guzman leads Caracas

    Winter League Roundup: Guzman leads Caracas

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    The Padres' Jesus Guzman went 4-for-5 and broke up a tie in the ninth with a two-run double as Caracas beat Aragua, 9-5, on Tuesday in the Venezuelan Winter League.
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  • The Walk-Off: Masahiro Tanaka’s status still up in the air; D-b…

    The Walk-Off: Masahiro Tanaka’s status still up in the air; D-backs aren’t done yet

    yahoo.com Dec 11, 2013
    The Walk-Off is your end-of-the-day collection of news and gossip from the world of baseball, plus the best of the blogosphere and other assorted goodness. IMPORTANT: MLB is moving forward with new posting system, but it's still unclear whether Japanese…
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  • Curtis Granderson likely the end of Mets' winter shopping spree

    Curtis Granderson likely the end of Mets' winter shopping spree

    nydailynews.com Dec 11, 2013
    Now that Curtis Granderson is officially in the fold, for what Sandy Alderson Tuesday half-jokingly termed “your basic boiler-plate $60 million contract,” there is this perception of precious few dollars being left in the Mets’ winter kitty to address a…
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  • Colorado acquires LHP Anderson from A's

    Colorado acquires LHP Anderson from A's

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2013
    The Colorado Rockies have acquired Brett Anderson from the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday in exchange for pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Chris Jensen.
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  • Padres are quiet as Meetings pick up pace

    Padres are quiet as Meetings pick up pace

    MLB.com Dec 11, 2013
    The Winter Meetings picked up a bit on Tuesday, with one big trade, another less surprising swap and the introduction of one high-profile free-agent signing. But things remained quiet for the Padres.
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  • Video - Dodgers Have No Plans To Trade Kemp 01:18

    Dodgers Have No Plans To Trade Kemp

    Dec 11
    Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian and Curt Schilling react to the news that the Dodgers said they would not trade OF Matt Kemp.
  • Video - Gearing Up For More Deals 05:02

    Gearing Up For More Deals

    Dec 11
    Jon Sciambi, Buster Olney, Jayson Stark and Jim Bowden discuss the teams vying to sign Corey Hart and Nelson Cruz, as well as the potential for the Dodgers to deal Matt Kemp.
  • Video - Scioscia Expects Healthy Pujols 03:14

    Scioscia Expects Healthy Pujols

    Dec 11
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia talks to Tim Kurkjian about trading for Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago, the plan for Albert Pujols to play first base and what David Freese brings to the infield.
  • Video - Boras: Cubs Have Long Rebuild 02:36

    Boras: Cubs Have Long Rebuild

    Dec 11
    Jesse Rogers and Doug Padilla talk with Karl Ravech about Scott Boras' assessment of the Cubs rebuild, how manager Rick Renteria will create a positive culture in the clubhouse and how the White Sox aren't done dealing.

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