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Chapman (shoulder surgery) to swing in 6 weeks

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Matt Chapman had successful surgery Friday on his left shoulder with Dr. William Workman at the Bass Surgical Center in Walnut Creek, Calif. Dr. Workman performed a distal clavicle resection procedure on Chapman’s left shoulder and anticipates that he will be ready to swing in six weeks. The third baseman will begin physical therapy next week.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

O's officially name Brandon Hyde manager

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For days, the Orioles tamped down reports that their managerial search, still ongoing two weeks into December, had led them to Brandon Hyde. Meanwhile, much of the industry considered Hyde’s hiring a foregone conclusion. All the two parties had to do was cross some T’s and dot some I’s.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Sources: Kinsler, Padres agree to 2-year deal

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San Diego agreed to a two-year deal with free-agent second baseman Ian Kinsler, sources told MLB.com. The club has yet to confirm the deal, which is reportedly worth $8 million and is pending a physical.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

10 notable examples of 3-team trades

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When it comes to pulling off a trade, three is sometimes not a crowd, but a necessity. With that in mind, here is a look back at 10 of the most notable three-way trades from recent history.
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Leaving Las Vegas: Where the market stands

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The Winter Meetings have come and gone, and most of the major free agents remain available for potential buyers. Teams used the past four days to kick the tires on a number of fronts, gaining traction on both the free-agent and trade markets. As the baseball world leaves Las Vegas, here’s where the market stands.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

7 teams most likely to make the next big move

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This week’s Winter Meetings produced a flurry of deals that added a bit of focus to the offseason puzzle. But virtually every team still has a lengthy to-do list. Let’s look at seven clubs most likely to make a move, and soon.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Tigers use Winter Meetings to plant seeds

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Tigers general manager Al Avila didn’t come to the 2018 Winter Meetings with a lot of payroll room to use. He didn’t come in with a mandate to win now. He left Las Vegas with several roster needs filled for next season and some seeds planted for bigger moves later this winter.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Happ helps staff, but Yanks still seeking more

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The Yankees identified upgrading their starting pitching as a priority entering the offseason, and as general manager Brian Cashman departed from the Winter Meetings on Thursday morning, there was confidence that his visit to Sin City had achieved that objective.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Source: Angels, slugger Bour agree to deal

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The Angels added insurance at first base on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with Justin Bour on a one-year deal, according to a Major League source. Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan first reported the deal. The club hasn’t confirmed the signing, as Bour must complete a physical.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Tigers reportedly agree to deal with Mercer

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The Tigers agreed on a contract with free-agent shortstop Jordy Mercer on Wednesday, according to a report by MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Padres' top talent in high demand at Meetings

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Who, exactly, is untouchable from the Padres’ loaded, top-ranked farm system? It’s a system headlined by Fernando Tatis Jr., a budding star at shortstop, and featuring 10 players in MLB Pipeline’s Top 100. You better believe rival general managers are calling to ask about A.J. Preller’s prospects.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Latest on O's skipper search

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The Orioles are expected to name Brandon Hyde their next manager, sources told MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday night.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Anthopoulos: 'We're going to have to be patient'

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When the Phillies reached an agreement with Andrew McCutchen on Tuesday, Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos erased an outfield target from his wish list and saw next year’s National League East race become even more intriguing.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Brewers could eye upgrade with catcher Ramos

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Brewers officials had what a baseball source characterized as a “very good” meeting on Monday with free-agent catcher Wilson Ramos, who is on hand with his representatives at the Winter Meetings to meet with teams.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

'Highest honor': Baines, Smith relish HOF call

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Harold Baines was surrounded by two of the men who’d guided, managed and mentored him: White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa. “Our friendship goes further than the game of baseball,” Baines said.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Baines, Smith enter Hall with fond O's memories

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Newest Hall of Famers Harold Baines and Lee Smith might be enshrined in Chicago colors, but they are forever linked to the city of Baltimore as well.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Here are Winter Meetings FAQs to know

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With the 2018 Winter Meetings about to begin at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Monday, here’s a primer on what this annual event is all about.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Lee Smith, Baines earn election to Hall of Fame

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Reliever Lee Smith and six-time All-Star Harold Baines have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, based on the Today’s Game Era voting results, which were revealed Sunday night at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

5 reasons to target this under-the-radar starter

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Patrick Corbin and Nathan Eovaldi are off the board, thinning the ranks of free-agent starting pitchers. The top option still available might be a matter of preference, but this pitcher has a compelling case as the best remaining starter on the market.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Every team's Winter Meetings wish list

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Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings are set to begin on Monday in Las Vegas, and that means Hot Stove season is about to really kick into high gear. Here are the biggest needs for each of the 30 MLB clubs.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Hall of Famer Trammell takes time to give back

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The whirlwind year had finally slowed down for Alan Trammell after his Hall of Fame induction in July, his number retirement in August and his season traversing the Tigers’ farm system. Now, in the middle of December, he’s on the move again.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

These are the 25 best baseball movies

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Baseball is older than the movies themselves, and the first baseball movies featured well-recognized baseball players as the stars themselves; in many ways, they were our first movie stars. Thus, sitting down to make a list of the best 25 baseball movies ever made is quite the challenge.
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50 women 'Take the Field' at MLB Vegas event

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“Take the Field” is a two-day event taking place in Las Vegas in advance of the Winter Meetings. The conference is designed for 50 pre-selected women who are pursuing careers in areas traditionally dominated by men.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Every team's current franchise icon

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Today, we look at the franchise icons for each team — the guy who, if he were traded, would break the hearts of the local fans.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Here's what next 6 years of Kimbrel could look like

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It raised some eyebrows last week when ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel is searching for a six-year contract this offseason.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Goldschmidt joins St. Louis … so what's next?

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The task of enhancing a roster that won 88 games without postseason berth began in earnest on Wednesday, when the Cardinals secured a needed middle-of-the-order bat with the acquisition of D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. The Cardinals completed the deal by sending Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly, Andy Young and a compensatory Draft pick to the D-backs.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Why Realmuto, Mets would be an ideal match

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The buzz that the Mets could trade for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto has picked up steam over the last couple of days. But even if they can, should they?
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Morrow had elbow surgery, may miss start of '19

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The Cubs were already in the market for bullpen help this offseason. That need became even more apparent on Thursday, when it was revealed that Brandon Morrow underwent a procedure on his right elbow last month.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Bettis focused after two difficult seasons

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After a year of illness, followed by a year of weirdness, right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis is working on a return to a key role in the Rockies’ starting rotation.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cards trade for Goldschmidt to snag elite bat

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The Cardinals’ search for an impact bat led them to the desert, where they plucked perennial All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the D-backs for a package that cost them former top prospects Carson Kelly and Luke Weaver. The Cardinals also sent Minor League infielder Andy Young and their compensation pick in Round B of the 2019 MLB Draft to Arizona to complete the deal Wednesday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

How will Goldy affect the rest of the NL Central?

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Is the Cardinals’ acquisition of Paul Goldschmidt the spark that ignites the NL Central? How should the rest of the division respond? Do the other teams even feel the need to respond? This offseason began with the Cardinals and Reds promising to be active and the Brewers, Cubs and Pirates less so. Things can change quickly, so stay tuned.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Keuchel's market has changed

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After a seven-season tenure with the Astros that included a trio of 200-inning seasons, an American League Cy Young Award in 2015 and an overall 3.66 ERA, Dallas Keuchel is now a free agent. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the left-hander.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Who are options for A's on pitching market?

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The A’s search for rotation help is no secret. But the cost-conscious club won’t be in play for the select, high-priced options for sale this offseason, leaving Oakland to mingle with the secondary options.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Corbin deal won't impact Nats' pursuit of Harper

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The Nationals made it clear from the start of the offseason that they did not intend to wait around while Bryce Harper made his decision in free agency. On Tuesday, they crossed another major item from their own to-do list when they agreed to a six-year, $140 million deal with free-agent left-hander Patrick Corbin, the top starting pitcher on the market, sources confirmed to MLB.com.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Mariners acquire Crawford, Santana from Phils

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Jerry Dipoto wasted no time shifting to the next move in the Mariners’ makeover on Monday as Seattle dealt All-Star shortstop Jean Segura, right-hander Juan Nicasio and left-hander James Pazos to the Phillies for young shortstop J.P. Crawford and veteran first baseman Carlos Santana.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

The perfect fit for Harper is …

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After seven seasons with the Nationals in which he won the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year Award, was named NL MVP in 2015 and made six NL All-Star teams, Bryce Harper is now a free agent for the first time. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the outfielder.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

3 candidates to be next season's Eovaldi

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While it’s unlikely that anyone else will be able to recreate Nathan Eovaldi’s amazing journey exactly, here is a look at three pitchers who over the next year will try to take a similar road from the disabled list to the free-agent hot list.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

A's top pick a Heisman finalist at Oklahoma

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Kyler Murray, the A’s top selection in the 2018 MLB Draft who helped Oklahoma reach this season’s College Football Playoff, was named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy on Monday. The award, given to college football’s top player, will be handed out Saturday in New York.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

These moves make too much sense not to happen

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We’re looking for perfect fits — something like the Red Sox got by signing J.D. Martinez last winter. Big-ticket free-agent signings seldom work out so perfectly: A team that was already very good got a guy who made them even better, on the field and in the clubhouse. And they jumped on duck boats and rode off into the sunset with a World Series trophy. Yeah, those kinds of fits. We’re working up our list and checking it two and three times more.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

A's top pick helps Sooners reach CFB playoffs

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Kyler Murray, the A’s top selection in this year’s MLB Draft, helped Oklahoma improve its case for a spot in this year’s College Football Playoff, leading the fifth-ranked Sooners to a 39-27 victory over No. 9 Texas in Saturday’s Big 12 championship game.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rendon on possible extension: 'I'm up for it'

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The Nationals already have perhaps the most high-profile free agent on the market in Bryce Harper, and the question of where he will sign his next contract is one of the most pressing in baseball. But another important question also looms for Washington, one high on its offseason priority list this winter: Determining the future of third baseman Anthony Rendon.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Stats show why Gary Sanchez 'is not for sale'

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In an interview with YES Network that will air Monday at 6 p.m. ET, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman did his best to quash the notion that the Bronx Bombers are willing to move catcher Gary Sanchez in a package for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

How much could Mets get out of Cano?

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It seems highly unlikely that Robinson Cano will be the star we’ve grown accustomed to all the way through 2023. But can he at least give the Mets two to three quality seasons?
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

This might be MLB's most feared hitter

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Exactly what kind of hitter is Bryce Harper? A look at his career stats reveals that to be a complicated question, as the talented 26-year-old looks to land a record free-agent contract this offseason.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Sources: Mets close to deal for Cano, Diaz

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In Brodie Van Wagenen’s first month as general manager, the Mets are working toward a blockbuster trade that could change the face of the franchise.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog