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Cubs add Blanco to Maddon's coaching staff

Cubs add Blanco to Maddon's coaching staff

MLB.com Updated 10 hours ago
Henry Blanco, who played for the Cubs from 2005-08, is back with the club, joining manager Joe Maddon's staff as a quality assurance coach.
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  • Bill Bavasi to be named director of MLB Scouting Bureau

    Bill Bavasi to be named director of MLB Scouting Bureau

    MLB.com 10 hours ago
    Former Angels and Mariners GM Bill Bavasi is set to be named as the new director of the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau (MLBSB), leaving his job as vice president of scouting, player development and international operations for the Reds.
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  • Cubs, A's to play Spring Training games in Las Vegas

    Cubs, A's to play Spring Training games in Las Vegas

    MLB.com Nov 21 (yesterday)
    The Cubs are headed back to Las Vegas to play the Athletics in split-squad Spring Training games March 13-14.
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  • Friars show interest in dealing for Bruce

    Friars show interest in dealing for Bruce

    MLB.com Nov 21 (yesterday)
    Say this much about first-year Padres general manager A.J. Preller: He's apparently leaving no stone unturned in his pursuit of offensive help. Now it appears the Padres may have interest in Reds outfielder Jay Bruce.
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  • White Sox reportedly asking about catcher Montero

    White Sox reportedly asking about catcher Montero

    MLB.com Nov 21 (yesterday)
    The White Sox are one of three teams inquiring about D-backs catcher Miguel Montero, according to a report Thursday in The Arizona Republic. Montero, 31, is a two-time All-Star who has drawn interest from the crosstown-rival Cubs and Dodgers, as well as…
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  • Counsell takes himself out of running for Rays job

    Counsell takes himself out of running for Rays job

    MLB.com Nov 21 (yesterday)
    Former big league infielder Craig Counsell said he has removed himself from the running to be the next Tampa Bay Rays manager, in part because he's enjoying his role as a special assistant to the general manager for the Brewers.
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  • Mariners acquire Gaviglio from Cards for Kelly

    Mariners acquire Gaviglio from Cards for Kelly

    MLB.com Nov 20 (yesterday)
    Mariners infielder Ty Kelly, who spent all of last season with Triple-A Tacoma, was traded to the Cardinals on Thursday for right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio.
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  • Pirates designate 1B Davis for assignment

    Pirates designate 1B Davis for assignment

    ESPN.com Nov 20 (2 days ago)
    The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated first baseman Ike Davis for assignment and have added pitcher Jameson Taillon to the 40-man roster.
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  • Cubs prepare to protect prospects from Rule 5 Draft

    Cubs prepare to protect prospects from Rule 5 Draft

    MLB.com Nov 20 (2 days ago)
    Last December, Cubs pitcher Marcos Mateo was selected by the D-backs in the Rule 5 Draft, one of nine players picked in the Major League section. Mateo was reclaimed in March, but Chicago must protect its top prospects -- such as C.J. Edwards -- in orde…
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  • Brewers face roster moves for Rule 5 eligible players

    Brewers face roster moves for Rule 5 eligible players

    MLB.com Nov 19 (3 days ago)
    Former first-round Draft pick Taylor Jungmann, fellow Top 20 Brewers prospect David Goforth and shortstop Yadiel Rivera are among the farmhands who must be added to Milwaukee's 40-man roster Thursday or be exposed to claims by other clubs during next mo…
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  • NL Central projects to be most dominant division in 2015

    NL Central projects to be most dominant division in 2015

    MLB.com Nov 19 (3 days ago)
    As we speak, the most balanced, deepest and quite possibly toughest division in baseball is the National League Central. No other division can claim to have this much talent, established or youthful, spread throughout its five clubs.
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  • Robinson, Boggs, Hurdle, Harrison honored by MLBPAA

    Robinson, Boggs, Hurdle, Harrison honored by MLBPAA

    MLB.com Nov 18 (4 days ago)
    Hall of Fame third basemen Brooks Robinson and Wade Boggs received Lifetime Achievement Awards, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was given the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award and Pirates All-Star Josh Harrison was named overall recipient of the Hear…
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  • Miller excited to get started with Braves

    Miller excited to get started with Braves

    MLB.com Nov 18 (4 days ago)
    Instead of worrying about what he is leaving behind, Shelby Miller has grown excited about the chance to become an integral part of a Braves organization that is currently making a flurry of changes with the hope of realizing some of the consistent succ…
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  • Melancon finds off-the-field calling a world away

    Melancon finds off-the-field calling a world away

    MLB.com Nov 18 (4 days ago)
    What sets Pirates closer Mark Melancon apart from the masses is that he has an unusual perspective, one that he strives to bring to life each day. He knows that if he does lose, which doesn't happen often, it's not the end of the world. Never was this m…
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  • Pirates bring back Lincoln on Minor League deal

    Pirates bring back Lincoln on Minor League deal

    MLB.com Nov 18 (4 days ago)
    One cannot rewrite history. But the Pirates, unable to bring back the joyride of the 2012 season, have at least brought back one of the unsung arms who had made it happen. Brad Lincoln, the valuable swingman of the pitching staff that had the Bucs in se…
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  • On Baseball: Russell Martin Heads to the Toronto Blue Jays

    On Baseball: Russell Martin Heads to the Toronto Blue Jays

    nytimes.com Nov 17 (5 days ago)
    Catcher Russell Martin, who helped the Pirates to consecutive wild-card berths, built on that success by agreeing with the Blue Jays on a five-year, $82 million contract.
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  • Waino trade in '03 similar to Braves-Cards deal

    Waino trade in '03 similar to Braves-Cards deal

    MLB.com Nov 17 (5 days ago)
    When the Braves and Cardinals announced a four-player trade that featured Jason Heyward and Shelby Miller on Monday, there was reason to draw similarities to the trade these two teams made 11 years ago. Only this time, it is the Braves who are hoping to…
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  • Cards land Heyward in four-player deal with Braves

    Cards land Heyward in four-player deal with Braves

    Needing to fill an unexpected hole in right field for 2015, the Cardinals went for a big splash, acquiring outfielder Jason Heyward from the Braves along with right-handed reliever Jordan Walden. The cost was heavy, however, as the Cardinals sent a pair…
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  • Cards-Braves deal full of varying upside, risk

    Cards-Braves deal full of varying upside, risk

    MLB.com Nov 17 (5 days ago)
    This is a tremendous trade for the St. Louis Cardinals. Not because they got the best of the Atlanta Braves. Truth is, they may not have. In fact, the Braves know exactly what they're getting, and it's plenty good. The Cardinals can't do this. They're g…
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  • Search for left-field pop brings challenges for Reds

    Search for left-field pop brings challenges for Reds

    MLB.com Nov 17 (5 days ago)
    If they didn't know it already, last week's General Managers Meetings in Phoenix made the Reds and GM Walt Jocketty aware that finding a free-agent left fielder -- even of the non-superstar variety -- is not going to be cheap or easy.
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  • Bucs recognize gains in expected loss of Martin

    Bucs recognize gains in expected loss of Martin

    MLB.com Nov 17 (5 days ago)
    The Pirates' formal divorce from catcher Russell Martin came as anything but a surprise and was on grounds of irreconcilable differences.
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  • Blue Jays hire Jacoby as new hitting coach

    Blue Jays hire Jacoby as new hitting coach

    MLB.com Nov 17 (5 days ago)
    The Blue Jays named Brook Jacoby their hitting coach on Monday. The former Reds hitting coach most recently worked as the Rangers' Minor League assistant hitting coordinator.
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  • Rizzo hosts third annual 'Walk-Off For Cancer' 5K

    Rizzo hosts third annual 'Walk-Off For Cancer' 5K

    MLB.com Nov 16 (6 days ago)
    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo blasted two walk-off home runs during his 2014 All-Star season. His latest came Sunday morning in his South Florida hometown for the third annual Walk-Off For Cancer at Pine Trails Park.
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  • Changes or no changes, Cards the NL Central favorite

    Changes or no changes, Cards the NL Central favorite

    MLB.com Nov 15
    If the St. Louis Cardinals didn't change a thing with their everyday lineup, how good would they be in 2015? Not many teams could even consider a question like that one. But the Cardinals are good enough to do just that. Spoiler alert. The Cardinals see…
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  • Cubs to host Cardinals in first-ever night opener at Wrigley Fi…

    Cubs to host Cardinals in first-ever night opener at Wrigley Field

    yahoo.com Nov 15
    One of baseball's oldest and greatest rivalries will take center stage in MLB's standalone Sunday night opener on April 5. And no, we're not talking about Yankees/Red Sox or Dodgers/Giants for a change. The back-to-back NL Central champion St. Louis Car…
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  • Video - Buster's Blog: Cubs Miss Martin 02:13

    Buster's Blog: Cubs Miss Martin

    Nov 20
    Buster Olney discusses Russell Martin signing with the Blue Jays and, in light of this, whether the Cubs will still prioritize signing a catcher in the offseason.
  • Video - Heyward Addition Big Plus For Cardinals 02:20

    Heyward Addition Big Plus For Cardinals

    Nov 17
    Eric Karabell and David Schoenfield discuss the Cardinals' trade for outfielder Jason Heyward.
  • Video - Braves Trade Heyward To Cardinals 00:46

    Braves Trade Heyward To Cardinals

    Nov 17
    Buster Olney breaks down the Braves' decision to trade Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden to the Cardinals for Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins.
  • Video - Blue Jays Sign C Martin To Five-Year Deal 02:00

    Blue Jays Sign C Martin To Five-Year Deal

    Nov 17
    Eric Karabell and David Schoenfield discuss why signing catcher Russell Martin was a good move for the playoff-hopeful Toronto Blue Jays.

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