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Hot Stove roundup: Pitching market focuses on Tanaka

Hot Stove roundup: Pitching market focuses on Tanaka

MLB.com yahoo.com CNNSI.com Updated Dec 27, 2013
The starting-pitching market has focused on Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, whose recent posting opened up what is sure to be a hotly contested bidding war. The 25-year-old is expected to command at least $17 million per season, according to Bob …
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  • Paul Blair, Center Fielder for Champions, Dies at 69

    Paul Blair, Center Fielder for Champions, Dies at 69

    nytimes.com yahoo.com Dec 27, 2013
    Perhaps the finest outfielder of his era, Mr. Blair was known for his speed and grace, and for his ability to read a hitter’s swing and make a quick break on a fly ball.
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  • Angels finalize deal with veteran Ibanez

    Angels finalize deal with veteran Ibanez

    MLB.com CNNSI.com ESPN.com Dec 27, 2013
    The Angels' one-year contract with Raul Ibanez became official Friday, when the 41-year-old outfielder/designated hitter passed his physical. Ibanez will be paid a base salary of $2.75 million, plus another $2.25 million in incentives.
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  • Versatile Choo Seeks World Series Title With Rangers

    Versatile Choo Seeks World Series Title With Rangers

    The Texas Rangers say they signed South Korean outfielder Choo Shin-soo to a hefty contract for his versatility and will use him mostly as their lead-off hitter and in left field.
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  • Angels to release Korea-bound Volstad

    Angels to release Korea-bound Volstad

    MLB.com Dec 27, 2013
    The Angels plan to release right-hander Chris Volstad from his Minor League contract so he can pursue an opportunity to pitch in Korea. Meanwhile, buzz begins to build around Halos-target Mark Mulder's potential return to baseball.
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  • Carl Crawford gets engaged to reality TV star Evelyn Lozada, gi…

    Carl Crawford gets engaged to reality TV star Evelyn Lozada, gives her $1.4 million ring

    yahoo.com Dec 27, 2013
    What's that rule? A man should spend the equivalent of three months' salary on an engagement ring? Well, if Los Angeles Dodgers outfield Carl Crawford had done that, his bride-to-be might not be able to lift her hand.Crawford, who made $20 million last …
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  • Chicago Cubs agree to one-year deal with Veras

    Chicago Cubs agree to one-year deal with Veras

    CNNSI.com Dec 27, 2013
    CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs say they have agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Jose Veras that includes a club option for 2015.
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  • Schumaker discusses life away from field

    Schumaker discusses life away from field

    MLB.com Dec 27, 2013
    New Reds utility man Skip Schumaker talked to MLB.com's Meggie Zahneis about his life away from the field.
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  • Twins announce 2014 Minor League coaching staff

    Twins announce 2014 Minor League coaching staff

    MLB.com Dec 27, 2013
    The Twins announced their Minor League managerial and coaching staff on Friday, with only one major change from last season.
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  • Proactive Tigers retooling in pursuit of ultimate goal

    Proactive Tigers retooling in pursuit of ultimate goal

    MLB.com Dec 27, 2013
    After another run to the ALCS in 2013, the goal in Detroit now is to ensure the door doesn't close on this era of great Tigers teams before it can achieve its greatest goal -- a World Series title.
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  • Video - Remembering Paul Blair 02:07

    Remembering Paul Blair

    Dec 27
    Jerry Crasnick discusses the death of eight-time Gold Glove-winning center fielder Paul Blair.

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    Dec 27
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