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12/5/2013 | Cano will get lucrative deal, but not what he expected
Robinson Cano's performance on the field has set him up for a monster payday in free agency this offseason. But external forces are not only arguing, but practically conspiring, against the kind of numbers he and his camp have been seeking.

12/5/2013 | Teams seek the glue that holds them together
The most significant signings at next week's Winter Meetings may not be huge contracts for the top free agents, but rather savvy deals for proven veterans who can still play big roles off the bench and in the clubhouse.

12/5/2013 | MLB Notebook: Trout's assault on record books
From 1893-2012, 20 players qualified for the batting title in their age-20 season and finished that campaign with an on-base plus slugging percentage of at least 120.

12/5/2013 | Winter Leagues: Singleton adds to HR lead in PR
Jonathan Singleton, the Astros' No. 2 prospect, continued his power surge with a two-run home run during Santurce's five-run first inning. Singleton finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs and now leads the league with seven homers, three ahead of anyone else.

12/5/2013 | Nats eyeing Downs to fill lefty-reliever void
The Nationals are in need of left-handed relievers, and MLB.com has learned that the team has expressed interest in Scott Downs, who played for the Expos from 2000-04.

12/4/2013 | Hot Stove roundup: Pause for the cause
After Tuesday's flurry of deals, the Hot Stove returned to a light simmer on Wednesday, but there still was plenty of news, including progress on the agreement between MLB and Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball that will allow clubs to make their plays for pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

12/4/2013 | Cubs add lefty Wright to bullpen mix
The Cubs added another left-handed reliever to the bullpen mix on Wednesday night, signing free agent Wesley Wright to a one-year, $1.425 million deal, pending a physical.

12/4/2013 | Hosting day for kids has special meaning for Alonso
The Padres' Yonder Alonso gave most of his day Wednesday to a group of about 25 to 30 from the 4S Ranch branch of the Greater San Diego Boys & Girls Club, whom he hosted at Petco Park for a baseball clinic, lunch and a stadium tour.

12/4/2013 | Morrow poised to regroup in 2014
Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow appears well on his way to a full recovery from a right forearm injury and should be ready to go by the start of Spring Training.

12/4/2013 | Catching Dickey is key to Kratz's shot at backup role
Veteran catcher Erik Kratz appears destined for Triple-A Buffalo, but the Blue Jays have every intention of giving him an opportunity to compete with Josh Thole for the backup role in Toronto.

12/4/2013 | MLB, Nippon baseball near posting agreement
Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball may be nearing an agreement that changes the current posting system, putting a $20 million max on bids to negotiate with posted players.

12/4/2013 | Zim happy with normal offseason, excited for 2014
It's been a normal offseason of preparation thus far for Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, a welcome relief for a player who spent last winter rehabbing his surgically repaired right shoulder. Speaking at Cal Ripken's charity event on Wednesday night, Zimmerman said the shoulder is no longer giving him trouble and that Nats general manager Mike Rizzo does not want to shift him away from the hot corner.

12/4/2013 | Reds say Chapman likely to remain closer
Fans have grown accustomed to the excitement Reds closer Aroldis Chapman brings when he emerges from the bullpen to lock down a game. On Wednesday, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty indicated that Chapman would likely remain the Reds' closer in 2014. There had been speculation again over whether Chapman could move into the rotation.

12/4/2013 | Konerko's return to South Side shows character
If you fail to see the logic in Paul Konerko accepting a limited role on a White Sox roster that already has Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn as first basemen/DHs, compare it to Tony Perez returning to Cincinnati to finish his Hall of Fame career with the Reds.

12/4/2013 | Crew agrees with pair of pitchers, Minors free agents
The Brewers agreed to terms on 2014 contracts with 40-man roster pitchers Donovan Hand and Michael Olmsted, and also dipped into the Minor League free-agent market for the first time.

12/4/2013 | Miggy moving back to first; Castellanos to man third
Who's on first? Miguel Cabrera. Finally. It's official. The long-expected shift in the Tigers' infield was set on Wednesday. Cabrera, who moved to third base two years ago when Prince Fielder signed, will move back to first base next season. Nick Castellanos, the Tigers' top prospect who moved from third base to the outfield in the middle of the 2012 season, will return to third.

12/4/2013 | Benoit not likely to return to Tigers as setup man
Joaquin Benoit was a mainstay in the eighth inning for the Tigers for 2 1/2 years before stepping into the closer role with stellar results last summer. Now that the Tigers have signed Joe Nathan as their closer, don't expect Benoit to return as a setup man.

12/4/2013 | Dombrowski: Tigers likely out on big-ticket free agents
Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski spent the last few weeks listing closer as his top priority and avoiding talk about other needs until the club filled the role. Now that the Tigers have their closer in Joe Nathan, Dombrowski did not sound inclined for another big-ticket signing.

12/4/2013 | Tigers poised to make push for Scherzer extension
As Dave Dombrowski talked about the benefit of payroll flexibility while introducing new closer Joe Nathan on Wednesday at Comerica Park, he alluded that the flexibility will go in part for their internal concerns.

12/4/2013 | Blue Jays' annual award winners announced
Edwin Encarnacion was the big winner as the Blue Jays' annual award winners were named, with the veteran first baseman earning Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive year.

12/4/2013 | Zduriencik mum on pursuit of free-agent Cano
While reports persist that the Mariners are aggressively in pursuit of free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano, those rumors aren't coming from the club or general manager Jack Zduriencik.

12/4/2013 | Padres to welcome Mexico City for exhibition game
The Padres announced Wednesday that they will play the Mexico City Red Devils on March 27 in an exhibition game at Petco Park.

12/4/2013 | Kazmir lured by A's talent, ballpark
Left-hander Scott Kazmir, who's two-year, $22 million free-agent deal with the A's was made official on Wednesday, chose to come to Oakland because of the club's recent success and its pitcher-friendly ballpark.

12/4/2013 | New third-base coach Bundy has paid his dues
Major League managers and coaches are now being hired with little or no Minor League internship, but the Dodgers went old school when they promoted Triple-A manager Lorenzo Bundy to take over as third-base coach when Tim Wallach moved to the bench.

12/4/2013 | Texas seeking backup catcher who can step up
The Rangers have many options to consider, but one issue that must be addressed before the offseason is over is finding a backup catcher to pair with Geovany Soto behind the plate in 2014.


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