• Pablo Sandoval and the Red Sox agree to a five-year deal at close to $100 million

    Hardball Talk "Big day for the Sox. On the same day they are expected to officially announce a deal with Hanley Ramirez, Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox have reached an agreement with Pablo Sandoval for five years and close to $100 million. Sandoval had offers from both the Giants and the Padres as well,..." November 24

  • Report: Boston, Hanley Ramirez finalizing $90M deal

    ESPN.com "The Boston Red Sox, not content to wait for third baseman Pablo Sandoval's decision as to whether he will sign with the club, reportedly have come to terms with Hanley Ramirez on what is expected to be in the range of a five-year, $90 million agreement, FoxSports.com reported Sunday. Ramirez..." November 24

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    #SFGiants also could pursue SP. Savings on Sandoval could put them in play for Lester, says one person with knowledge of club’s thinking.

  • “At least six” teams interested in Jon Lester

    Hardball Talk "The Red Sox and Cubs have long been considered the favorites to sign free agent Jon Lester, with the Braves and Cardinals also lingering. But there may be a surprise coming. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that there are “at least six” teams expressing serious interest in the left-handed..." November 24

  • Padres, Braves, Giants among clubs after Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas

    CBSSports.com "The Padres just made a big push for Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas, the Braves are on their way to the Dominican Republic to view Tomas and now the Giants, who've always been involved, have extra reason to make a bigger push for Tomas since Pablo Sandoval is going to Boston. Tomas, who's been..." November 24

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    #Rangers remain open to trading any SS in right deal, but Andrus now least likely to move. Team believes he is headed for big year.

  • Marlins have discussed trading for Wade Miley

    Hardball Talk "In his column for the Miami Herald, Barry Jackson reports that the Marlins have discussed trading starter Nathan Eovaldi to the Diamondbacks for starter Wade Miley. Jackson adds that the Marlins also have interest in free agent pitchers Francisco Liriano and Brandon Morrow. Miley, 28, was the..." November 24

  • The 2015 Hall of Fame ballot is out — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez are new on the ballot

    Hardball Talk "It’s almost that time! The time to argue for a couple of months on-end about the Hall of Fame! The ballot has been released. Here it is, with 17 holdovers and 17 newcomers. Here are the new guys: Randy Johnson Pedro Martinez John Smoltz Carlos Delgado Gary Sheffield Nomar..." November 24

  • Stanton Losing About $141 Million of Record Deal to Taxes

    Bloomberg "Giancarlo Stanton will give up more in taxes over his record contract than 24 Major League Baseball teams paid their players last season. The Miami Marlins outfielder two days ago signed a 13-year, $325 million deal, the richest in North American sports history. Federal, state, city and payroll..." November 24

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    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

    A source tells me the #Athletics have acquired Ike Davis from the #Pirates for international slot money. It's strictly a move for depth.

  • Twins hire new pitching coach Neil Allen from Rays’ minors

    Hardball Talk "Rays Triple-A pitching coach Neil Allen beat out longtime MLB pitching coach and former Twins reliever Carl Willis to become Minnesota’s new pitching coach. He joins first-year manager Paul Molitor’s new-look staff, which includes Tom Brunansky, Eddie Guardado, Gene Glynn, and Rudy Hernandez...." November 24

  • Derek Jeter went golfing with President Obama

    Hardball Talk "Derek Jeter is enjoying retirement just fine, thank you very much. The former Yankees shortstop and future Hall of Famer went golfing with the leader of the free world, President Barack Obama, earlier today according to Steve Holland of Reuters. Jeter and Obama were joined at Shadow Creek Golf..." November 24

  • Agent: Sandoval mulling offers, nearing pick

    ESPN.com "Free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval is expected to make a decision about his baseball future this week, according to his brother and co-agent. Michael Sandoval did not specify which teams are in the running, but he told ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes on Saturday that Pablo Sandoval has..." November 23

  • Torii Hunter, Twins have 'common interest' in reunion

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Free-agent outfielder Torii Hunter told the Pioneer Press on Saturday that he favors the Twins among teams with which he is considering signing and that he could make a decision in a week or so. "(Twins general manager) Terry Ryan and I have talked several times, and there's definitely a common..." November 23

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    #Rangers have spoken with #Braves about Justin Upton, as @Joelsherman1 said. Also have liked Upton in past. Pitching is more current focus.

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    Jim Bowden @JimBowden_ESPN

    Bobby Evans #Giants just told us that they at no time have said that they have made a “Final Offer” to Pablo XM 89

  • Astros interested in Robertson

    New York Post "A year ago, a Yankees homegrown All-Star bolted for a lousy American League West team. Could David Robertson follow the trail blazed by Robinson Cano? The Astros have communicated with Robertson’s agent Scott Leventhal to express their interest in the Yankees’ closer, an industry source..." November 23

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    Nick Piecoro @nickpiecoro

    Dbacks have traded RHP Mike Bolsinger to the Dodgers for cash considerations. He was designated for assignment on Thursday.

  • Pablo Sandoval leaning toward Red Sox — Padres have highest offer, SF Giants still in hunt

    San Francisco Gate "I hear Pablo Sandoval has received his highest contract offer from the Padres but is leaning toward accepting an offer from the Red Sox, though events could change in a hurry. Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans, who spoke with agent Gustavo Vasquez on Thursday morning, had suggested the third..." November 23

  • Curt Schilling’s son accidentally causes bomb squad to respond at Logan Airport

    WEEI Boston "It was an unusual Saturday morning for the Schilling family. While going through security at Logan Airport Saturday morning, Curt Schilling‘s son said he left a “fake grenade” in his bag. Moments later TSA agents called the bomb squad, but after they arrived and realized the situation, order..." November 23

  • Padres, Braves eyeing Tomas

    MLB.com "The Padres could be primed to make a big splash during the Hot Stove season moving forward. General manager A.J. Preller met with the agent for free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval on Friday in Miami and is expected to fly to the Dominican Republic on Saturday to meet with the agent for..." November 23

  • Red Sox make $95 million offer to Pablo Sandoval

    Boston Globe "The Red Sox might be pulling ahead in the race for Pablo Sandoval. A major league source indicated the Red Sox’ five-year, $95 million offer may be in the lead over Sandoval’s offers from the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres. It’s not certain whether any of the teams have..." November 23

  • No recent contact between Blue Jays, Sandoval

    Sportsnet.ca "Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos showed interest in Pablo Sandoval earlier in the off-season, but as bidding for the free agent third baseman intensifies, the Blue Jays are remaining on the sidelines. There’s been no contact between the Blue Jays and Sandoval’s agent, Gustavo Vasquez, in the last 48..." November 23

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Hearing #orioles and #sfgiants have Torii Hunter on the radar as a back-burner option depending on how other things unfold.

  • If Giants can’t bring back Pablo Sandoval, they’re expected to bid on Yasmany Tomas

    Hardball Talk "At the end of his column for the San Francisco Chronicle, John Shea writes that if the Giants aren’t able to retain Pablo Sandoval — he’s leaning towards the Red Sox at the moment — the club is expected to join the bidding for free agent Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas. The Giants will be..." November 22

  • Report: Reds considering dealing high-priced veterans

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "The Reds are considering lowering their payroll by trading top position players, including slugging outfielder Jay Bruce, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The team has made no secret of its desire to give up one of its starting pitchers, including premier talents such as Johnny Cueto..." November 22

  • Twins win bidding for Korean pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang

    Hardball Talk "Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins have won the bidding for Korean left-hander Hyeon-jong Yang, who was posted by the Kia Tigers three weeks ago. Yang won the Korean equivalent of the Cy Young award this season and the 26-year-old tops out at 92-95 miles per..." November 22

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays will bring each of the 3 finalists - Cash, Ibanez, Wakamatsu - in for interviews the week of Dec. 1, so no manager by Thanksgiving

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The Chicago #WhiteSox just signed 1B Adam LaRoche to a 2 year, $25 million contract.

  • Angels acquire Daniel Robertson from Rangers

    Hardball Talk "Speedy outfielder Daniel Robertson, who made his debut for Texas this season at age 28, has been traded from the Rangers to the Angels for a player to be named later or cash consideration." November 22

  • Kemp drawing interest

    CBSSports.com "While Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford were originally seen as the most likely high-profile, high-salaried Dodgers outfielders to be traded, that may not necessarily be the case at this point. Word is there is serious interest in Matt Kemp, which will weigh heavily into the equation. There was..." November 22

  • Yankees president relieved Stanton's deal topped ARod's

    New York Post "The Yankees fell out of first place in a well-known category Wednesday, and they probably never have been happier to take such a dive. When the Marlins announced their 13-year, $325 million extension with stud outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, they established a baseball record for the largest..." November 22

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Sources: #Rays have made Matt Joyce available on trade market and have had some talks with other clubs. He is comparable to Jay Bruce.

  • U.S. Attorney’s Office gave Alex Rodriguez special treatment during Biogenesis probe: court papers

    New York Daily News "Alex Rodriguez received special treatment from the U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuting Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, even though witnesses have “provided evidence that Mr. Rodriguez may have lied and may have allegedly facilitated Bosch’s illegal distribution of Schedule III controlled..." November 22

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Free agent Andrew Miller already has multiple offers of at least 3 years, source says; increasingly likely he will sign a 4-year deal.

  • Dodgers go to familiar well, get Rays' Peralta

    ESPN Los Angeles "The Dodgers acquired veteran reliever Joel Peralta and minor league left-hander Adam Liberatore from the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night in exchange for young right-handers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris. The move was the first major league trade under new Dodgers president of baseball..." November 22

  • Report: Padres Join Red Sox, Giants As Major Players For Pablo Sandoval

    NESN "The Pablo Sandoval sweepstakes just welcomed a surprise entrant. The San Diego Padres have joined the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants in aggressively pursuing Sandoval, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reported Thursday night. The Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox reportedly have shown..." November 21

  • Braves shopping Justin Upton at a steep price

    New York Post "The Braves are very much shopping Justin Upton and are requesting a higher return than they received earlier this week when they dealt their other corner outfielder, Jason Heyward. In exchange for Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden, Atlanta received from St. Louis a pretty good starter with..." November 21

  • Rangers change MRI date on Yu Darvish, change plans for Alexi Ogando

    Dallas Morning News "Right-hander Yu Darvish pushed back an MRI on his right elbow to next week. The Rangers still expect a normal result, which will allow Darvish to begin off-season work. He missed the final seven weeks this season because of elbow soreness. Right-hander Alexi Ogando, who did not pitch after the..." November 21

  • Family of the late Oscar Taveras uses Twitter to thank supporters

    Fox Sports Midwest "Family of the late Oscar Taveras took to Twitter on Thursday night to reach out to all those who supported them following their tragic loss. Taveras, the Cardinals' 22-year-old rookie outfielder who passed away along with his girlfriend in a car crash in the Dominican Republic last month, was..." November 21

  • Padres, Braves in hunt for Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas

    MLB.com "The race to sign Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas is heating up once again. The Braves and Padres have emerged as the frontrunners in the Tomas’ sweepstakes and top officials from both clubs are expected to meet with him this weekend in the Dominican Republic, according to industry..." November 21

  • Cubs, Dodgers, White Sox in on Miguel Montero

    Hardball Talk "If you can catch, you’re valuable. Miguel Montero can catch, ergo: The Diamondbacks continue to have dialogue with other clubs on a variety of players, including catcher Miguel Montero . . . Among the teams the Diamondbacks have spoken to about Montero are the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles..." November 21

  • Jose Canseco’s Finger Falling Off Apparently Was Bad Prank

    NESN "Jose Canseco is a prankster. Just not a very good one, apparently. After shooting his middle finger off and having it reattached, the former MLB slugger said it fell off again during a poker tournament. He then expressed interest in selling the detached finger on eBay. It turns out the..." November 21

  • David Robertson’s road to a $50 million pay day

    New York Post "Free agent closer David Robertson’s situation is tied to what another free agent reliever receives and teams being wary of the right-hander’s desire for a four-year pact worth $50 million after he proved replacing Mariano Rivera wasn’t a daunting task. An AL talent evaluator believes Robertson..." November 21

  • Anthony Rizzo excited for start of Maddon reign

    Chicago Tribune "Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is only 25, but he’s already on his fourth big league manager in Joe Maddon, who replaced the fired Rick Renteria last month. Rizzo said Friday he’s excited to play for Maddon after the two spoke recently over the phone. “Obviously tough losing Rick, but it’s..." November 21

  • Will Giancarlo Stanton’s historic contract ever impact Bryce Harper?

    Washington Post "Baseball salaries are determined very much like real estate prices, using a thorough perusal of the surrounding properties in the neighborhood – the “comps.” Who else around here has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths and was built in, say, 1990? Who else, after their first six years in the..." November 20

  • Braves enter Yasmany Tomas sweepstakes as derby expands

    CBSSports.com "The Atlanta Braves have entered the Yasmany Tomas sweepstakes as a dark horse. The Braves are slated to watch Tomas and his exploits in coming days, according to sources. They join a big field eying on the free-agent Cuban slugger. The Phillies, Padres and Giants have been seen as the most..." November 20

  • Reds at least considering trading big names, reducing payroll

    Fox Sports "It’s public knowledge that the Reds are open to trading a starting pitcher. They need to be proactive, considering four of their starters – Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Mike Leake and Alfredo Simon – are entering their free-agent years. Such trades, however, are not the only ones the team is..." November 20

  • Jordan Zimmermann wants to stay in D.C. but understands his situation

    Washington Post "In a perfect world, Jordan Zimmermann wants to stay in Washington, the only organization he has ever known. But it’s not that simple and the Nationals’ homegrown star understands the position he is in. The Nationals control him for only one more year, the 2015 season, before he is eligible for..." November 20

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    Veteran #Nats pitcher Doug Fister, who like Zimmermann also is eligible for free agency in 1 year, also is available if a deal makes sense