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AL West Swap: Angels trade Kendrys Morales to Mariners for Jaso…

AL West Swap: Angels trade Kendrys Morales to Mariners for Jason Vargas

yahoo.com CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Updated Dec 19, 2012
Late Wednesday afternoon we learned of an interesting and rare deal between two American League West rivals. The Los Angeles Angels, who added even more elite depth to their lineup by signing Josh Hamilton last week, have traded first baseman/designated…
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  • Ichiro returns to Yankees on two-year deal

    Ichiro returns to Yankees on two-year deal

    A slow Wednesday in the baseball news department picked up a little steam in the late afternoon hours as a couple meaningful transactions were finalized. Despite some public posturing between general manager Brian Cashman and agent Tony Attansasio right…
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  • Lefty Francis completes $1.5M deal with Rockies

    Lefty Francis completes $1.5M deal with Rockies

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Dec 19, 2012
    DENVER (AP) -- Jeff Francis completed a $1.5 million, one-year contract to remain with the Colorado Rockies, a deal that allows the 31-year-old left-hander to double his income if he pitches 210 innings.
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  • Murphy overwhelmed by Hall of Fame support

    Murphy overwhelmed by Hall of Fame support

    MLB.com Dec 19, 2012
    Logic indicates that Dale Murphy will not receive the increase in votes he needs for election, but a letter from his son and social media have provided hope.
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  • Cubs eyeing pitchers Jackson, Villanueva

    Cubs eyeing pitchers Jackson, Villanueva

    MLB.com Dec 19, 2012
    The Cubs aren't finished shopping for pitching and are reportedly pursuing free agents Edwin Jackson and Carlos Villanueva.
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  • Dempster says he signed with Red Sox to win

    Dempster says he signed with Red Sox to win

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com MLB.com Dec 19, 2012
    The Boston Red Sox on Tuesday introduced righthanded pitcher Ryan Dempster, who said he chose to sign with the team because he believes they "have as much chance to win as anyone else."
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  • Brewers sign right-hander Figaro to Minors deal

    Brewers sign right-hander Figaro to Minors deal

    MLB.com Dec 19, 2012
    The Brewers signed right-hander Alfredo Figaro to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training, raising to four the number of non-roster pitchers who will compete for a job on a team in the process of renovating its bullpen.
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  • Diamondbacks add Sax, Ward to coaching staff

    Diamondbacks add Sax, Ward to coaching staff

    ESPN.com Dec 19, 2012
    The Arizona Diamondbacks hired Steve Sax as their first base coach on Wednesday, putting the former All-Star in a big league uniform for the first time in nearly two decades, and moved up Turner Ward to be their assistant hitting coach.
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  • Phil Mickelson Won't Be A Padres Owner, Doesn't Have The Money …

    Phil Mickelson Won't Be A Padres Owner, Doesn't Have The Money Time

    When the Padres were sold for $800 million, the new ownership group consisted of the family of former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley, local businessman Ron Fowler, and, among others, hometown hero Phil Mickelson. Except, a weird thing happened. When the d…
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  • Rangers linked to several remaining free agents

    Rangers linked to several remaining free agents

    MLB.com ESPN.com Dec 19, 2012
    The Rangers, while talking publicly about the possibility of committing to young players, are apparently doing some last-minute Christmas shopping among the list of second-tier free agents still sitting on the market.
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  • Dodgers trade Ely to Astros for minor league arm

    Dodgers trade Ely to Astros for minor league arm

    CNNSI.com Dec 19, 2012
    HOUSTON (AP) -- The Astros have traded minor league left-hander Rob Rasmussen to the Los Angeles for right-hander John Ely.
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  • Drew deal likely means Iglesias headed to Minors

    Drew deal likely means Iglesias headed to Minors

    MLB.com Dec 19, 2012
    Stephen Drew's physical with the Red Sox should come "soon," general manager Ben Cherington said on Wednesday without actually naming Drew.
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  • Hall Me? Maybe: The Hall of Fame debate features some difficult…

    Hall Me? Maybe: The Hall of Fame debate features some difficult c…

    CNNSI.com Dec 19, 2012
    The Hall of Fame debate features some difficult choices, especially concerning players linked to PEDs. Sometimes the question isn't as easy as yes or no, writes Michael Rosenberg.
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  • Mariners remain patient, but for how long?

    Mariners remain patient, but for how long?

    MLB.com Dec 19, 2012
    We know how the Blue Jays, with money and prospects to burn, responded to the daunting divisional challenge placed in front of them. They approached it in an alarmingly aggressive way. In the coming weeks, we'll see if the Mariners take a similar path. …
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  • Gregg Zaun Is Tired Of Seeing All These Fat Chicks In Toronto

    Gregg Zaun Is Tired Of Seeing All These Fat Chicks In Toronto

    deadspin.com Dec 19, 2012
    What's up, ladies? You see that handsome mug up there? That belongs to Gregg Zaun, former catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays and various other MLB teams. Pretty goddamn sexy, isn't he? Pump the brakes, though, sister. Don't think that you can just walk r…
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  • Ranking the sexiest GMs in baseball 1-30

    Ranking the sexiest GMs in baseball 1-30

    yahoo.com Dec 19, 2012
    The comments that new Oakland Athletics shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima made about GM Billy Beane, that he "is extremely sexy and cool," got me thinking. When it comes to sex appeal, Beane gets a lot of the attention among the general managers in …
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  • Blue Jays claim Storey off waivers from Astros

    Blue Jays claim Storey off waivers from Astros

    MLB.com Dec 19, 2012
    The Blue Jays claimed right-hander Mickey Storey off waivers from the Astros on Wednesday.
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  • Blue Jays should pack knockout punch in AL East

    Blue Jays should pack knockout punch in AL East

    MLB.com Dec 19, 2012
    Just like that, the Toronto has gone from looking bad to looking big and bad. It bodes well for the organization and for the American League East. Here come the Blue Jays, and they are coming in a hurry.
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  • Tigers sell contract of Wilk, outright Hoffman

    Tigers sell contract of Wilk, outright Hoffman

    MLB.com Dec 19, 2012
    The Tigers on Wednesday announced they have sold the contract of left-hander Adam Wilk to a team in the Korean Baseball League, and the club has also outrighted fellow southpaw Matt Hoffman to Triple-A Toledo.
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  • Wright: Dickey trade gives Mets a foundation

    Wright: Dickey trade gives Mets a foundation

    ESPN.com Dec 19, 2012
    David Wright, who agreed to an eight-year contract with the New York Mets in early December, said he signed the extension mindful that pitcher R.A. Dickey could be traded.
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  • Leake could still get plugged into Reds' rotation

    Leake could still get plugged into Reds' rotation

    MLB.com Dec 19, 2012
    As they work to prepare Aroldis Chapman for a transition from closer to starting pitcher, the Reds have not cast aside the pitcher many assumed would be losing his spot in the process. Fifth starter Mike Leake appears to still be in the team's plans.
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  • There May Be A Lot Of Empty Seats At Yankee Stadium This Year

    There May Be A Lot Of Empty Seats At Yankee Stadium This Year

    deadspin.com Dec 19, 2012
    Last week, Major League Baseball renewed its partnership with StubHub, making the service the official secondary ticket marketplace of MLB. The New York Yankees are not very happy about this, and have decided to strike out on their own, creating a partn…
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  • Shields, Davis, Santana to attend Royals FanFest

    Shields, Davis, Santana to attend Royals FanFest

    MLB.com Dec 19, 2012
    The three offseason additions to Kansas City's rotation -- James Shields, Wade Davis and Ervin Santana -- will attend the 2013 Royals FanFest on Jan. 19 at the Overland Park Convention Center.
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  • Cashman, Ibanez talk about possible return to Yanks

    Cashman, Ibanez talk about possible return to Yanks

    MLB.com Dec 19, 2012
    General manager Brian Cashman said on Tuesday the club is continuing talks with veteran free agent Raul Ibanez about returning to the Yankees in 2013, according to the New York Post.
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  • The Dodgers and the Curse of Plenty

    The Dodgers and the Curse of Plenty

    grantland.com Dec 19, 2012
    As the calendar flipped over to June last season, the Dodgers faced what seemed like an easy decision. Six and a half months earlier, they had signe...
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  • Video - Angels Trade Morales To Mariners For Vargas 02:20

    Angels Trade Morales To Mariners For Vargas

    Dec 19
    The Angels trade Kendrys Morales to the Mariners for Jason Vargas.
  • Video - Nakajima on reason for signing 00:49

    Nakajima on reason for signing

    Dec 19
    Nakajima reveals real reason for signing with the A's