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Cards, Rzepczynski settle on 1-year, $1.1M deal

Cards, Rzepczynski settle on 1-year, $1.1M deal

CNNSI.com MLB.com Updated Feb 1, 2013
Left-hander Marc Rzepczynski and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $1.1 million, one-year contract and avoided salary arbitration.
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  • Hanley will primarily DH during Caribbean Series

    Hanley will primarily DH during Caribbean Series

    MLB.com ESPN.com Feb 1, 2013
    If Hanley Ramirez is going to get some preseason reps at shortstop, it probably won't come during the Caribbean Series, as the Dodgers star is expected to DH during the seven-day event.
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  • Mets' Bullpen Continues to Be a Concern

    Mets' Bullpen Continues to Be a Concern

    nytimes.com Feb 1, 2013
    Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson has added veterans on minor league contracts in recent days.Yet he remains less than confident about the state of the bullpen.
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  • Byrd agrees to minor league contract with Mets

    Byrd agrees to minor league contract with Mets

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    The New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Marlon Byrd, who served a 50-game suspension last season after testing positive in June for a performance enhancing drug while he was a free agent.
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  • Reds reach deals with lefty Parra, catcher Olivo

    Reds reach deals with lefty Parra, catcher Olivo

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    Left-hander Manny Parra and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract.
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  • KNBR 680/Giants FanFest to feature Trophy Pavilion

    KNBR 680/Giants FanFest to feature Trophy Pavilion

    MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    The Giants' 2012 World Series trophy, along with its 2010 counterpart and other symbols of victory, will be on display adjacent to San Francisco Bay -- at Pier 48, just beyond McCovey Cove -- when the 20th FanFest is held on Saturday, Feb. 9.
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  • Seager among 10 inked to 2013 contracts

    Seager among 10 inked to 2013 contracts

    MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    The Mariners announced on Friday that they have agreed to 2013 contracts with 10 players, including third baseman Kyle Seager.
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  • Brewers' Hart (knee): Late-April return realistic

    Brewers' Hart (knee): Late-April return realistic

    ESPN.com Feb 1, 2013
    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Corey Hart said Friday there's a "realistic" chance he could be ready to play by the end of April, nearly a month ahead of what was projected after he underwent knee surgery last week.
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  • Up to eight pitchers in hunt for Rangers' No. 5 spot

    Up to eight pitchers in hunt for Rangers' No. 5 spot

    MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux has been putting together his plan for Spring Training, and it includes stretching out 12 pitchers in preparation to be starters.
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  • Rodney confident he'll get extension from Rays

    Rodney confident he'll get extension from Rays

    MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    Fernando Rodney, currently pitching for the Dominican Republic's Leones del Escogido at the Caribbean Series, continues to express confidence that he'll eventually garner an extension from the Rays.
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  • Kansas City Royals make NRA’s list of enemies

    Kansas City Royals make NRA’s list of enemies

    yahoo.com Feb 1, 2013
    Do slugger Mike Moustakas, running back Jamaal Charles and coach Jeff Fisher realize they're working for an organization designated as an enemy of the National Rifle association? Does Yadier Molina know he's in the clear? What the NRA calls its list of …
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  • Hafner reaches incentive-laden deal with Yankees

    Hafner reaches incentive-laden deal with Yankees

    CNNSI.com Feb 1, 2013
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Travis Hafner and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract that allows him to earn up to $4 million more in bonuses based on plate appearances.
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  • Baez heads Cubs' list of 22 non-roster invitees

    Baez heads Cubs' list of 22 non-roster invitees

    MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    The Cubs on Friday announced the names of 22 non-roster invitees to Spring Training, with Javier Baez headlining the list.
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  • No deal for Aviles and Tribe, arbitration hearing ahead

    No deal for Aviles and Tribe, arbitration hearing ahead

    MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    The Indians believe Mike Aviles will play an important role for the ballclub this season. First, though, there is the matter of finalizing the infielder's contract.
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  • Overbay signs a minor league deal with Red Sox

    Overbay signs a minor league deal with Red Sox

    CNNSI.com Feb 1, 2013
    BOSTON (AP) -- An official with knowledge of the deal says the Boston Red Sox have signed first baseman Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract.
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  • Billingsley says his right elbow is feeling fine

    Billingsley says his right elbow is feeling fine

    MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    Chad Billingsley, whose uncertain health spurred the Dodgers to their offseason spending spree for starting pitchers, said he's had no issues with his right elbow during the winter.
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  • Low Star State: The Rangers' offseason has been defined more by…

    Low Star State: The Rangers' offseason has been defined more by w…

    CNNSI.com Feb 1, 2013
    The Rangers' offseason has been defined more by who left than who arrived, and that could doom them to miss the postseason for the first time since 2010, writes Jay Jaffe.
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  • White Sox add first baseman Anderson off waivers

    White Sox add first baseman Anderson off waivers

    MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    The White Sox on Friday added depth to their infield, acquiring left-handed first baseman Lars Anderson off waivers from the D-backs.
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  • Built to win now, Halos also look toward future

    Built to win now, Halos also look toward future

    MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    The Angels' recent success in the Majors has come at the expense of its depth in the Minors. The organization now looks to balance the two.
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  • Tony Bosch injected A-Rod personally with drugs, ESPN sources s…

    Tony Bosch injected A-Rod personally with drugs, ESPN sources say

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Feb 1, 2013
    For a guy who claims that Tony Bosch never treated him with PEDs, as has been alleged by the Miami New Times newspaper, Alex Rodriguez sure has people lining up against him saying otherwise. ESPN has published a story with information from sources sayin…
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  • Desert bound: Reds truck loaded for spring camp

    Desert bound: Reds truck loaded for spring camp

    MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    The loading dock at Great American Ball Park on Friday resembled an aisle from your average Costco wholesale store. Lots of boxes and supplies were stacked high and ready to move in bulk. A 53-foot tractor-trailer truck was backed up to receive these go…
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  • Miami's Alleged PED Kingpin Reportedly Injected A-Rod Personall…

    Miami's Alleged PED Kingpin Reportedly Injected A-Rod Personally, Made Him Bleed Everywhere

    deadspin.com Feb 1, 2013
    After the Miami New Times dropped its big doping story-a story that implicated Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Melky Cabrera, and others-on Tuesday, A-Rod did what anyone would have expected him to do: He denied everything in the story through a spokesma
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  • New Hampshire Man Can't Get His 27 Orphaned Bear Cubs To Go The…

    New Hampshire Man Can't Get His 27 Orphaned Bear Cubs To Go The Hell To Sleep

    deadspin.com Feb 1, 2013
    You know what's not easy? Taking care of 27 orphaned bear cubs. Sure, bear cubs are cute and furry, and helping to keep them alive probably fills one with a warming sense of accomplishment, but all that good stuff fades away when the bears won't stop fi…
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  • After clearing waivers, Mattison sent to Triple-A

    After clearing waivers, Mattison sent to Triple-A

    MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    Kevin Mattison will be with the Marlins in Spring Training after all. After clearing waivers, the Marlins on Friday outrighted Mattison to Triple-A New Orleans. The 27-year-old also will be at Spring Training as a non-roster invite.
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  • Reds assessing options to bring back Rolen

    Reds assessing options to bring back Rolen

    MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    The Reds are still exploring the notion of bringing back veteran third baseman Scott Rolen for one more season. To make that a reality, there appears to be more to do than crossing the T's and dotting some I's.
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  • Former New York mayor Ed Koch dies at 88

    Former New York mayor Ed Koch dies at 88

    yahoo.com Feb 1, 2013
    As an adult, former New York City mayor Ed Koch freely admitted to not being much of a baseball fan. Growing up in the Bronx in the 1930s, when the New York Yankees were gods, Koch desperately wanted to be a ballplayer someday. But he was a terrible ath…
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  • Apprenticeship complete, Castillo ready to take over

    Apprenticeship complete, Castillo ready to take over

    MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    Welington Castillo, 25, heads into spring as the Cubs' No. 1 catcher for the first time. He'll have look-a-like Dioner Navarro to aid his maturation process.
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  • Not to be forgotten: Unsigned players who can help

    Not to be forgotten: Unsigned players who can help

    MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    There are All-Stars, World Series champions and even potential Hall of Famers still looking for work, and here's what they can bring to any team looking for help.
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  • Matt Holliday wants ‘harsher’ PED penalties, including lifetime…

    Matt Holliday wants ‘harsher’ PED penalties, including lifetime ban for second offense

    yahoo.com Feb 1, 2013
    St. Louis Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday called for "harsher" penalties for players caught with performance-enhancing drugs, saying that violators "cost the team," that "fans should feel like they are watching a clean game"…
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  • Bourn's free agency a case of bad timing

    Bourn's free agency a case of bad timing

    MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    It seemed that Michael Bourn was in for a career payday, the only questions being with whom, for how much and for how long? But here we are in February, and Bourn remains a free agent, unemployed as Spring Training draws near.
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  • Santos eager to retake role of closer

    Santos eager to retake role of closer

    MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    Casey Janssen performed well last season in place of an injured Sergio Santos. With the two healthy, the role of Blue Jays closer is up for grabs.
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  • AL East is a stacked five-card deck

    AL East is a stacked five-card deck

    MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    The Blue Jays' winter of high-profile acquisitions made them a trendy favorite to win the American League East, but arguments can be made for the Yankees, Red Sox, Rays and Orioles as well. Only one thing is certain: The competition in the division will…
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  • Olt has the power to launch successful career

    Olt has the power to launch successful career

    MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    If the offseason reports and trade rumors are true, highly-regarded Texas Rangers prospect Mike Olt was at the center of many conversations. After having seen Olt play, the interest is totally understandable.
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  • Arbitration hearings loom for unsigned players

    Arbitration hearings loom for unsigned players

    MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    Orioles pitchers Jason Hammel and Jim Johnson and new Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo headline the list of Major League players who haven't completed a deal before Monday's arbitration deadline.
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  • Healthy Fuld eager to compete for starting spot

    Healthy Fuld eager to compete for starting spot

    MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    Rays outfielder Sam Fuld spent most of 2012 on the mend, but he has enjoyed a pain-free offseason and is excited to compete for a starting spot in 2013.
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  • Dodgers to give away Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Don Ne…

    Dodgers to give away Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe mini statue

    yahoo.com Feb 1, 2013
    April 15, recognized as Jackie Robinson Day all around Major League Baseball, is already the most significant and important date on the baseball calendar. That’s especially true for the Dodgers organization, because it was on that date and with the Broo
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  • Angels ink Japanese reliever Kobayashi to Minors deal

    Angels ink Japanese reliever Kobayashi to Minors deal

    MLB.com Feb 1, 2013
    The Angels have agreed to terms with Japanese reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi on a Minor League contract with a Spring Training invite, a source confirmed Thursday.
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  • Video - Business As Usual For Yanks 04:15

    Business As Usual For Yanks

    Feb 1
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman addresses Alex Rodriguez's future with the Yankees and Derek Jeter's recovery from a broken left ankle.
  • Video - Rating The Top Prospects In Baseball 04:30

    Rating The Top Prospects In Baseball

    Feb 1
    Keith Law weighs in on the top prospects in baseball and the Rangers' Jurickson Profar.
  • Video - American League Breakout Prospects 02:53

    American League Breakout Prospects

    Feb 1
    ESPN Insider Keith Law looks at the American League team reaching into its farm system the most and talks about the top breakout prospects.
  • Video - Top Organizations In Baseball 03:41

    Top Organizations In Baseball

    Feb 1
    ESPN Insider Keith Law looks at the top farm systems in baseball and says the St. Louis Cardinals have the most depth and impact players.

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    Feb 1
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