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NL East News and Rumors
Espinosa not bothered by trade speculationNationals second baseman Danny Espinosa said Monday night that he is not bothered by the trade rumors that have him linked to the Rays.Upvote Share TweetThe Phillies have some interest in Rangers infielder Michael Young, and there are other clubs looking for a third baseman. The Yankees are among those teams now that Alex Rodriguez will miss at least the first three months of the season because of left …Upvote Share Tweet(AP) -- Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera is going to play for Venezuela in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.Upvote Share Tweet
On the injury front, Phillies feel Yankees' painIf anybody could empathize with the news that broke that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is expected to miss the first three months of the season recuperating from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, it's Phillies general manager Ruben…Upvote Share Tweet
While roster may change, Collins' focus does notThough he attends team meetings and sometimes dispenses advice, Mets manager Terry Collins notes often that his job is to worry about the 25 players on his active roster -- and nothing else.Upvote Share TweetSandy Alderson insists the Mets are not leaning toward trading R.A. Dickey, but the general manager's actions Monday spoke volumes to the contrary. By late afternoon of his first day at the Winter Meetings, Alderson had met with "several" club…Upvote Share TweetYunel Escobar's tenure with the Marlins may be shorter than expected. According to an MLB source, Miami is actively shopping the 30-year-old infielder. At least two teams have been in contact with the Marlins, with one believed to be the A's.Upvote Share Tweet
Duke agrees to 1-year deal to stay with NatsESPN.com Updated Dec 3, 2012Left-hander Zach Duke has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Washington Nationals.Upvote Share Tweet
MLB, Having Given The Orioles' Owner Control Over Nats TV, Begs Fox To Buy Him Outdeadspin.com Updated Dec 3, 2012Tucked away in this Sports Business Daily article about Fox's ongoing quest to amass an empire of regional sports networks is this nugget, concerning Fox's attempts to buy MASN, the network that broadcasts Orioles and Nationals games, from Orioles owner…Upvote Share Tweet
‘Let them play!’: Bob Watson fondly recalls ‘Bad News Bears’ movie filmed at Astrodomeyahoo.com Updated Dec 3, 2012NASHVILLE - Bob Watson has held many roles during his life in baseball. He was an MLB vice president, a World Series-winning GM of the Yankees and he hit 184 home runs over a 19-year career that includes time with the Astros, Yankees and Braves. One ofUpvote Share TweetNASHVILLE -- An idea has germinated in the minds of some clubs that Josh Hamilton can be had for as little as four years. I don't blame teams such as the Red Sox, Orioles, Brewers and Mariners for thinking Hamilton comes with enough concerns (injuries, …Upvote Share Tweet
One Of The Mets' New Minority Owners Has Been Accused Of Consumer Fraud. He'll Fit Right In.deadspin.com Updated Dec 3, 2012Will the Mets ever be anything but an incorporated facepalm of a team? The latest addition to the team's ever-growing portfolio of pathetic missteps comes courtesy of The New York Times, which points out today that one of the team's new minority owners …Upvote Share Tweet
Source: Red Sox Interested In R.A. DickeyDec 3ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin on the teams interested in R.A. Dickey if the Mets can't reach an extension this offseason.
Needs For Phillies, Twins & RoyalsDec 3Jerry Crasnick and Keith Law discuss the Phillies' needs in center field, pitching options for the Twins and the Royals' lack of starters.
The Greinke SweepstakesDec 3Baseball Tonight on the teams perusing free agent pitcher Zack Greinke and possible trade partners for the Mets and pitcher R.A. Dickey.
MLB Winter Meetings Morning UpdateDec 3Buster Olney reports on Alex Rodriguez's need for more surgery, the chances that the Mets will trade R.A. Dickey, and possible free-agent destinations for Josh Hamilton.
East Side -- Shorter NBA season unnecessaryDec 3Shorten the season? There's too much money in an 82-game season, and losing a few games does little to help anyone.
West Side - NBA schedule should be 78 gamesDec 3No reason to sit starters if NBA scales back regular season by four games.
Peter King: Crennel, Quinn open up on Chiefs' inspired win with heavy hear…Dec 3On Sunday morning, I was talking to Joe Linta, the agent for the late Jovan Belcher, about the state of mind that might have made the Chiefs linebacker shoot his live-in girlfriend nine times with his own mother in the house and then, less than an hour …