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12/4/2013 | Cherington takes Ellsbury's departure in stride
Jacoby Ellsbury's imminent signing with the Yankees does not fall under the category of stunning for Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington.

12/4/2013 | Decision to join world champs easy for A.J.
For veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski, choosing the Boston Red Sox over the other teams who pursued him was one of the easiest decisions of his career. After all, only one team won the World Series last season.

12/4/2013 | Hansen joins Halos as assistant hitting coach
The Angels announced the hiring of Dave Hansen as an assistant hitting coach on Wednesday, rounding out a Mike Scioscia-led coaching staff that included one promotion and four new hires.

12/4/2013 | White Sox must maximize bench versatility
The White Sox are happy to welcome Paul Konerko back to the South Side for one more season, but they must now configure their bench with as much versatility as possible.

12/4/2013 | Garagiola Sr. to receive O'Neil Award from Hall of Fame
Joe Garagiola Sr. will be honored as the recipient of the 2014 John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given by the National Baseball Hall of Fame for extraordinary efforts to enhance baseball's positive impact on society.

12/4/2013 | Lefty Montgomery is a depth option for Rays
Rays lefty Mike Montgomery, who is the organization's No. 8-ranked prospect, could contribute as a starter or out of the bullpen.

12/4/2013 | Mo accepts award at March of Dimes Luncheon
Joe Torre called on Mariano Rivera as he had done so many times over the years, and this time it was to have the retired Yankees closer appear at the Waldorf-Astoria on Wednesday to accept the Sportsman of the Year Award and help double the usual attendance at the March of Dimes 30th Anniversary Sports Luncheon.

12/4/2013 | Sampson a quality pitching option for Padres
Padres prospect Keyvius Sampson has improving command and control to go along with mound presence and confidence that serve him well. He won't be an ace. He may be in the middle or the back end of the rotation, but he can help as a potential starting pitcher.

12/4/2013 | Can Cano fit into Yankees' salary picture?
No one has doubted that Robinson Cano will be paid handsomely, one way or another, but the team name in the upper left-hand corner of those future paychecks suddenly appears much blurrier.

12/4/2013 | Santana open to adding third base to his repertoire
The Indians will have versatile catcher Carlos Santana play some third base in winter ball in the Dominican Republic this offseason, possibly adding another position to his repertoire.

12/4/2013 | Change of direction is likely best plan for Tigers
With Jim Leyland having stepped aside as manager and the trades of Prince Fielder and Doug Fister, a change of direction is in store in Detroit.

12/4/2013 | Next year's Draft deeper, packed with pitchers
Though the Astros still have seven months to determine whom they'll take at No. 1, North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon has established himself as the frontrunner. Owner of a mid-90s fastball and a wipeout slider, Rodon topped NCAA Division I with 184 strikeouts last spring and led the Wolfpack to their first College World Series appearance in 45 years.

12/4/2013 | Fowler move a big step forward for Astros
By acquiring outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Rockies on Tuesday, the Astros took a major leap forward in their rebuilding process.

12/4/2013 | Callis, Mayo take first crack at top 10 2014 Draft picks
Our First-Year Player Draft experts, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, take their first crack at projecting how the top 10 selections in 2014 will unfold.

12/4/2013 | Next wave of Cuban players on deck
Jose Abreu, a Most Valuable Player in Cuba, could be the next best thing to come from there, but only one thing is certain: More players are coming. More Cuban prospects are expected to become free agents this winter and there's a chance some of them will show up on a big league field in near future.

12/4/2013 | Asian right-handers add intrigue to open market
When the baseball world converges for the annual Winter Meetings that begin Monday, almost every team will be looking to improve its pitching. That's not unusual. The twist this time around is that two Asian pitchers -- Japan's Masahiro Tanaka and South Korea's Suk-min Yoon -- could help determine where and when the market moves.

12/4/2013 | Rodon has all the makings of top pick in 2014 Draft
Left-hander Carlos Rodon has spent his first two years in college at North Carolina State building a very strong case to be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, a selection once again held by the Houston Astros.

12/4/2013 | Konerko decides to play another season
White Sox captain Paul Konerko will return to play next season. The six-time All-Star will remain with Chicago on a one-year, $2.5 million contract, with $1 million of it deferred until 2021.

12/4/2013 | Beane does heavy lifting before Winter Meetings
With the additions of closer Jim Johnson and starter Scott Kazmir, Billy Beane has addressed the A's biggest needs prior to the Winter Meetings.

12/4/2013 | Yanks close to deal with versatile Johnson
The Yankees are closing in on a one-year contract with free-agent infielder Kelly Johnson, according to the New York Post.

12/4/2013 | Hot Stove boils over on epic day of deals
In what was one of the more exciting days in recent Hot Stove history, nearly two dozen players changed teams Tuesday, including Jacoby Ellsbury, Joe Nathan and A.J. Pierzynski.

12/4/2013 | A's aren't waiting for Winter Meetings
GM Billy Beane's fast-paced maneuverings Monday and Tuesday perfectly encompassed the frenzy that is the predictably unpredictable offseason, as he lit up the Hot Stove with a flurry of impactful moves that could make for a low-key Winter Meetings next week in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

12/4/2013 | Hot Stove roundup: Ellsbury to Yanks leads wild day
From Jacoby Ellsbury heading to the Yankees with a $153 million free-agent deal to the Astros' heist of Dexter Fowler in a trade with the Rockies to the Tigers luring top closer Joe Nathan, Tuesday's action around Major League Baseball brought the Hot Stove to a boil.

12/3/2013 | Rockies nearing two-year contract with Morneau
The Rockies didn't waste much time using the payroll flexibility they created Tuesday afternoon to move close to a two-year deal with free-agent first baseman Justin Morneau on Tuesday night.

12/3/2013 | Yanks are back at Hot Stove's forefront
If the Brian McCann contract was an inkling, then Tuesday's rake of Jacoby Ellsbury was an outright announcement that the Yankees we know and love or loathe -- the ones prone to backing up the Brink's truck into the driveways of MLB's best and brightest -- are officially back in business.


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