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Torres back with Giants on one-year, $2M deal

Torres back with Giants on one-year, $2M deal

ESPN.com CNNSI.com MLB.com Updated Dec 13, 2012
Andres Torres is returning to the San Francisco Giants, who gave the outfielder his first chance as a regular two years ago.
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  • Sabathia spreads cheer for kids at the Fan Cave

    Sabathia spreads cheer for kids at the Fan Cave

    MLB.com Dec 13, 2012
    CC and Amber Sabathia staged their second annual holiday party at the Fan Cave in New York, benefitting 52 local kids from the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx.
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  • Source: Ichiro accepts less money from Yanks

    Source: Ichiro accepts less money from Yanks

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Dec 13, 2012
    Ichiro Suzuki and the New York Yankees are closing in on a contract that would guarantee the outfielder between $12 million and $13 million.
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  • Hamilton, Angels deal Rangers another offseason blow

    Hamilton, Angels deal Rangers another offseason blow

    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was talking before lunch Thursday about the team still wanting to re-sign Josh Hamilton.
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  • Bourn may be next free agent to land surprising deal

    Bourn may be next free agent to land surprising deal

    MLB.com Dec 13, 2012
    If it can happen for Josh Hamilton, then maybe it can happen for Michael Bourn. That's how free agency works. Sometimes, just when a player starts thinking his options have dwindled, something unexpected happens.
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  • D-backs host over 600 children at holiday party

    D-backs host over 600 children at holiday party

    MLB.com Dec 13, 2012
    Chris Johnson and Aaron Hill were on hand Thursday as the Arizona Diamondbacks hosted more than 600 underprivileged children at the club's 15th annual Winter Classic Holiday Party at Chase Field.
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  • Blanco among nine invited to Spring Training

    Blanco among nine invited to Spring Training

    MLB.com Dec 13, 2012
    Veteran infielder Andres Blanco was among nine players to receive a non-roster invitation to Phillies Spring Training, the club announced on Thursday.
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  • This mega-contract seems about right

    This mega-contract seems about right

    CNNSI.com Dec 13, 2012
    The Los Anaheim Angels stole Josh Hamilton. Actually, they simply paid him what he is worth. But in baseball's free-agency market, that is a steal. Nobody pays the retail price in free agency -- everybody pays more, always. It's like the opposite of Koh…
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  • Padres bolster pitching depth in trade with Rays

    Padres bolster pitching depth in trade with Rays

    MLB.com Dec 13, 2012
    The Padres and Rays swapped Minor League players on Thursday, with San Diego landing 25-year-old left-handed pitcher Chris Rearick in exchange for infielder Vince Belnome.
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  • After closing in 2012, Cishek looks to retain role

    After closing in 2012, Cishek looks to retain role

    MLB.com Dec 13, 2012
    Entering 2013, Steve Cishek, the 26-year-old with the sidearm delivery, is the favorite to close for the Marlins. And like all successful closers, he craves that ninth-inning thrill.
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  • Hollywood Stars: Josh Hamilton is going to Los Angeles and so i…

    Hollywood Stars: Josh Hamilton is going to Los Angeles and so is t…

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Dec 13, 2012
    Josh Hamilton is going to Los Angeles and so is the game's balance of power, as the Angels and Dodgers engage in an arms race with no sign of slowing down, writes Joe Lemire.
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  • Anibal's suitors appear down to Cubs, Tigers

    Anibal's suitors appear down to Cubs, Tigers

    MLB.com Dec 13, 2012
    The Cubs were potentially moving in on one of the free-agent market's top arms on Thursday evening, with USA Today reporting the club had agreed to a five-year contract with right-hander Anibal Sanchez.
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  • Dempster gets deal with Red Sox

    Dempster gets deal with Red Sox

    BOSTON (AP) -- Two people familiar with the negotiations say the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a $26.5 million, two-year contract with right-hander Ryan Dempster.
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  • Torii Hunter Seems A Little Bitter About That Josh Hamilton Con…

    Torii Hunter Seems A Little Bitter About That Josh Hamilton Contract

    deadspin.com yahoo.com Dec 13, 2012
    Torii Hunter should be feeling good these days. He's coming off of a terrific season and he just signed a two-year, $26 million contract with the AL champion Detroit Tigers. Not bad for a 37-year-old outfielder! More »
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  • Dickerson promoted to third-base coach

    Dickerson promoted to third-base coach

    MLB.com Dec 13, 2012
    The Orioles named Bobby Dickerson as their new third-base coach on Thursday, filling the void DeMarlo Hale left when he was name the Blue Jays' bench coach last month.
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  • The Yankees' Lineup Is Going To Be Very Sad And Old This Season

    The Yankees' Lineup Is Going To Be Very Sad And Old This Season

    deadspin.com Dec 13, 2012
    The Yankees finally made their big free-agent splash this week, when they signed Kevin Youkilis, an aging third basemen with bad hips, to fill in for Alex Rodriguez, their incumbent aging third basemen with bad hips. OK, maybe it was less a "splash…
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  • Report: Jason Grilli Comes Right Out And Says The Pirates Suck

    Report: Jason Grilli Comes Right Out And Says The Pirates Suck

    deadspin.com Dec 13, 2012
    The Pittsburgh Pirates recently re-signed reliever Jason Grilli, locking him down for two more years at $6.75 million. Yesterday, during a press conference to announce the deal, Grilli said all the right things about wanting to win in Pittsburgh, about …
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  • Free agent Hannahan, Reds finalize 2-year deal

    Free agent Hannahan, Reds finalize 2-year deal

    ESPN.com Dec 13, 2012
    The Cincinnati Reds and free-agent infielder Jack Hannahan have finalized a two-year contract, giving the team added depth at third base.
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  • Twins finalize 2-year, $10M deal with Correia

    Twins finalize 2-year, $10M deal with Correia

    ESPN.com Dec 13, 2012
    The Minnesota Twins have finalized a $10 million, two-year contract with right-hander Kevin Correia to fill a rotation spot after their starters posted the second-worst ERA in the majors last season.
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  • Red Sox officially welcome outfielder Victorino

    Red Sox officially welcome outfielder Victorino

    ESPN.com Dec 13, 2012
    The Red Sox on Thursday made their three-year deal with Shane Victorino official.
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  • David Price and his bulldog Astro given keys to city of Tampa (…

    David Price and his bulldog Astro given keys to city of Tampa (Video)

    yahoo.com Dec 13, 2012
    A key to the city has a practical use, beyond the honorary and symbolic. After the city of Tampa awarded him such a key on Wednesday, left-hander David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays realized he can now try to open any Chick-fil-A restaurant on any given S…
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  • The St. Louis Cardinals Just Traded For Subject 7 From The Duke…

    The St. Louis Cardinals Just Traded For Subject 7 From The Duke Fuck List

    deadspin.com Dec 13, 2012
    On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals traded infielder Skip Schumaker to the Los Angeles Dodgers for some guy named Jake Lemmerman. Who is Jake Lemmerman? The baseball record says he's nobody special, a 24-year-old utility infielder who's put up decent nu…
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  • Change of scenery has White excited

    Change of scenery has White excited

    MLB.com Dec 13, 2012
    Acquired by Houston in last week's trade that sent reliever Wilton Lopez to the Rockies, Alex White said he's excited about the change of scenery and looks forward to being able to compete for a spot in the Astros' rotation next year.
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  • Cubs reportedly reach terms with Korean reliever

    Cubs reportedly reach terms with Korean reliever

    MLB.com Dec 13, 2012
    The Cubs have agreed to terms with South Korean reliever Chang-Yong Lim on a split contract worth up to $5 million, according to a report.
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  • MLB Notebook: Posey's '12  was historically great

    MLB Notebook: Posey's '12 was historically great

    MLB.com Dec 13, 2012
    Buster Posey's NL batting title and MVP Award came upon the conclusion of one of the best offensive performances by any catcher in baseball history.
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  • Report: Rays close to deal with righty Hernandez

    Report: Rays close to deal with righty Hernandez

    MLB.com Dec 13, 2012
    Tampa Bay is closing in on a deal to sign right-hander Roberto Hernandez, according to a report in Thursday's St. Petersburg Times.
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  • Decision on Dickey another chapter in knuckler's life

    Decision on Dickey another chapter in knuckler's life

    MLB.com Dec 13, 2012
    R.A. Dickey's story of triumph over personal adversity and later, professional adversity has a new storyline, as the Mets face a decision on moving the knuckler and building for the future, or keeping him with an extension.
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  • Shields brings ace mentality to Royals' clubhouse

    Shields brings ace mentality to Royals' clubhouse

    MLB.com Dec 13, 2012
    Along with his impressive track record earned on the mound, newly acquired right-hander James Shields also brings great leadership qualities to the Royals.
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  • Arms embargo: Stockpiling pitchers brings benefits

    Arms embargo: Stockpiling pitchers brings benefits

    MLB.com Dec 13, 2012
    The old adage is repeated so often in baseball that it's practically lost all meaning: You can never have too much pitching. General managers say it when asked about hoarding young starters. Managers say it when their rotations are so full that starters…
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  • Yanks' Rivera: 'I'll be ready' for Opening Day

    Yanks' Rivera: 'I'll be ready' for Opening Day

    ESPN.com Dec 13, 2012
    Mariano Rivera said Wednesday he'll be ready to pitch for the New York Yankees on Opening Day.
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  • Hamilton-to-Angels Is Setting 2013 Up for Some Serious West Coa…

    Hamilton-to-Angels Is Setting 2013 Up for Some Serious West Coast Bias

    grantland.com Dec 13, 2012
    Jumping suddenly and aggressively into the fray, the Angels reeled in Josh Hamilton for five years and $125 million, delivering a sharp blow to the ri...
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  • The Rangers' Hot-Stove Hangover

    The Rangers' Hot-Stove Hangover

    grantland.com Dec 13, 2012
    First, Zack Greinke flew off the board, signing the record-setting deal with the deep-pocketed Dodgers that we all should have expected. Then the Diam...
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  • Video - Red Sox Sign Ryan Dempster 00:41

    Red Sox Sign Ryan Dempster

    Dec 13
    Jayson Stark discusses Ryan Dempster's 2-year deal with the Red Sox.
  • Video - Hamilton Headed To Angels 05:01

    Hamilton Headed To Angels

    Dec 13
    Jerry Crasnick discusses free-agent slugger Josh Hamilton agreeing to a five-year deal with the Angels.
  • Video - Angels Make Win-Now Move 01:45

    Angels Make Win-Now Move

    Dec 13
    Pedro Gomez discusses Josh Hamilton's five-year deal with the Angels.

Sports Columnists

  • Weekend Dime: Top trade targets

    Dec 13
    Which top players are on the trading block? Marc Stein has the latest scoop.
  • ESPN columnist John Hollinger will join Memphis Grizzlies' front office

    Dec 13
    John Hollinger, a fixture of ESPN.com's coverage of the NBA for the past eight seasons, is leaving his role as a columnist to join the front office of the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • ESPN columnist John Hollinger will join Memphis Grizzlies' front office

    Dec 13
    John Hollinger, a fixture of ESPN.com's coverage of the NBA for the past eight seasons, is leaving his role as a columnist to join the front office of the Memphis Grizzlies.
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    Dec 13
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