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Blue Jays, OF Cabrera agree to 2-year contract

Blue Jays, OF Cabrera agree to 2-year contract

ESPN.com MLB.com Updated Nov 19, 2012
Free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera has agreed to a two-year contract worth $16 million with the Toronto Blue Jays, a source told ESPNDeportes.com's Enrique Rojas.
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  • Source: News Corp. working to own part of YES

    Source: News Corp. working to own part of YES

    ESPN.com Nov 19, 2012
    News Corporation, parent company of Fox Sports, is inching closer to acquiring 49 percent of the YES Network, sources who were briefed by its board of directors on Monday told ESPN.
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  • Motivating players Black's greatest strength

    Motivating players Black's greatest strength

    MLB.com ESPN.com Nov 19, 2012
    Bud Black's real gift as a manager can't be weighed or measured. It can't be found in his defensive alignments or how he organizes a bullpen. It has nothing to do with the construction of lineups or figuring out when a guy needs a day off.
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  • Young hitters put on display in this year's AFL

    Young hitters put on display in this year's AFL

    MLB.com Nov 19, 2012
    Two full decades of Arizona Fall League baseball are now in the books. And once again, in this anniversary season, the AFL showcased some of the best talent in the Minor Leagues.
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  • Voters are enthusiastic about GIBBYs

    Voters are enthusiastic about GIBBYs

    MLB.com Nov 19, 2012
    One thing that makes GIBBYs trophies the ultimate honor of Major League Baseball's awards season is the breadth of expert perspective that decides them.
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  • Dodgers reportedly meet with Japanese closer

    Dodgers reportedly meet with Japanese closer

    MLB.com Nov 19, 2012
    The Dodgers were one of several clubs that met with Japanese free-agent reliever Kyuji Fujikawa over the weekend, according to numerous reports in Japanese media.
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  • Belfiore impresses Orioles in Double-A, AFL

    Belfiore impresses Orioles in Double-A, AFL

    MLB.com Nov 19, 2012
    It's been an interesting year for Orioles prospect Mike Belfiore -- who was traded midseason from Arizona to Baltimore -- as the 24-year-old lefty excelled in his first taste of Double-A and continued to impress in the recently wrapped Arizona Fall Leag…
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  • Vasquez recovering from emergency brain surgery

    Vasquez recovering from emergency brain surgery

    MLB.com Nov 19, 2012
    Anthony Vasquez beat some long odds once already by reaching the Major Leagues for a brief stint as a starter with the Mariners in 2011, but the youngster won a far bigger battle over the weekend when he came out of emergency brain surgery in Phoenix wi…
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  • The Marlins' Megadeal Could Be Good For Miami If Jeffrey Loria …

    The Marlins' Megadeal Could Be Good For Miami If Jeffrey Loria Didn't Exist

    deadspin.com Nov 19, 2012
    It took almost a week, but everyone's taken their physicals and the commissioner's office has signed off on the crazypants deal. Deep breath: The Marlins will receive Henderson Alvarez, Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jeff Mathis, Jake Marisnick, Ant…
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  • Mets will get an earlier start on Grapefruit play

    Mets will get an earlier start on Grapefruit play

    MLB.com Nov 19, 2012
    The New York Mets will open their Spring Training schedule on Feb. 23 in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Due to the return of the World Baseball Classic, the Mets will begin Grapefruit League play about a week earlier than in most other years.
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  • Orioles hire Haas to be national crosschecker

    Orioles hire Haas to be national crosschecker

    MLB.com Nov 19, 2012
    The Orioles announced Monday that they have named Matt Haas as national crosschecker. Haas, 40, joins the Orioles' organization after four years as a regional crosschecker for the Marlins.
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  • Andrew McCutchen tweets powerful picture of his humble beginnin…

    Andrew McCutchen tweets powerful picture of his humble beginnings

    yahoo.com Nov 19, 2012
    Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen has always been a humble sort, often saying in media interviews that he'll never forget where he came from. That pledge was evident on Monday afternoon after McCutchen tweeted a photo of himself standin…
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  • Bud Selig approves Blue Jays-Marlins deal

    Bud Selig approves Blue Jays-Marlins deal

    yahoo.com Nov 19, 2012
    Jose Reyes can finally throw away the receipt for the Toronto Blue Jays gear he sported on Instagram over the weekend. That's because Bud Selig has finally approved the 12-player megatrade between the Jays and Marlins after completing a review of the co…
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  • Five arbitration-eligible Cards likely to receive offers

    Five arbitration-eligible Cards likely to receive offers

    MLB.com Nov 19, 2012
    The Cardinals already whittled their list of arbitration-eligible players to five by releasing Kyle McClellan last Tuesday. Now, the organization has until 10:59 p.m. CT on Nov. 30 to tender contracts to those other five -- reliever Mitchell Boggs, clos…
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  • Three top prospects included in Miami-Toronto deal

    Three top prospects included in Miami-Toronto deal

    MLB.com Nov 19, 2012
    The Toronto Blue Jays got quite a haul from the Miami Marlins at the big league level, but they did have to dig into their deep farm system to make a deal.
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  • Oh Brothers, Where Art Thou?

    Oh Brothers, Where Art Thou?

    CNNSI.com Nov 19, 2012
    B.J. Upton is a free-agent. Justin Upton is the frequent target of trade rumors. Tracking where the two talented brothers wind up will be fascinating to watch, writes Jay Jaffe.
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  • Report: Justin Upton likely to stay with Diamondbacks

    Report: Justin Upton likely to stay with Diamondbacks

    CNNSI.com Nov 19, 2012
    Report: Justin Upton likely to stay with Diamondbacks
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  • Camp staying with Cubs, agrees to one-year deal

    Camp staying with Cubs, agrees to one-year deal

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Nov 19, 2012
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Right-hander Shawn Camp is staying with the Chicago Cubs, agreeing Monday to a $1.35 million, one-year contract.
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  • Mariano Rivera returns to the mound for Yankees cologne commerc…

    Mariano Rivera returns to the mound for Yankees cologne commercial (Video)

    yahoo.com Nov 19, 2012
    Good news for those of you who were concerned the New York Yankees would release a cheesy cologne brand without also releasing a cheesy cologne commercial! This ad for the New York Yankees fragrance feature closer Mariano Rivera in black and white as he…
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  • Billy Hamilton scares Reds fans after ugly crash into outfield …

    Billy Hamilton scares Reds fans after ugly crash into outfield wall in Arizona Fall League

    yahoo.com Nov 19, 2012
    Say, what could wrong when a prospect who has played infield for four seasons starts getting turns in the outfield during the Arizona Fall League? Future Cincinnati speedster Billy Hamilton found out on Saturday night when he crashed into the center fie…
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  • Astros contemplating Rule 5 possibilities

    Astros contemplating Rule 5 possibilities

    MLB.com Nov 19, 2012
    Considering the Astros will need to preserve a few spots on their 40-man roster for any free agents they might sign, in addition to likely taking a flier on a Rule 5 Draft pick, they have some difficult decisions to make this week.
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  • Fowler welcomes leadership role with Rockies

    Fowler welcomes leadership role with Rockies

    MLB.com Nov 19, 2012
    Dexter Fowler, who turns 27 in March, enters next season with the clout that comes with the type of season the Rockies have long expected from him.
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  • Indians sign Carson, Hunter to Minor League deals

    Indians sign Carson, Hunter to Minor League deals

    MLB.com Nov 19, 2012
    On Monday, Cleveland announced that it has signed outfielders Matt Carson and Cedric Hunter to Minor League contracts. Both players also received non-roster invitations to attend Spring Training with the Major League club.
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  • Ichiro is a no-go for the World Baseball Classic

    Ichiro is a no-go for the World Baseball Classic

    yahoo.com MLB.com ESPN.com Nov 19, 2012
    You can now count Ichiro among the big group of Japanese major leaguers who aren't interested in helping defend the country's World Baseball Classic title next spring. The 39-year-old free agent outfielder confirmed on Monday that he won't be playing fo…
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  • Frazier preparing to be Reds' No. 1 man at third

    Frazier preparing to be Reds' No. 1 man at third

    MLB.com Nov 19, 2012
    While veteran third baseman Scott Rolen has yet to announce his intentions for 2013 -- whether to retire, play for the Reds, or play for another team -- Todd Frazier isn't waiting around for the answer.
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  • Brazil-Panama to decide final spot in Classic

    Brazil-Panama to decide final spot in Classic

    MLB.com Nov 19, 2012
    The stakes are higher in this qualifier rematch, as Panama and Brazil meet again, this time for the right to play in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
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  • Brewers contest allows fans to design alternate uniform

    Brewers contest allows fans to design alternate uniform

    yahoo.com Nov 19, 2012
    Alternate uniforms are a big hit with fans, which in turn makes them a big money maker for sports franchises, so why not let the paying customer have a role in designing them? Obviously that's how the Milwaukee Brewers feel on the subject, because they …
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