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12/22/2013 | A. Cabrera sets Venezuelan record with 21st HR

Alex Cabrera, 41, broke the Venezuelan Winter League's 33-year-old record for most home runs in a season on Sunday, smacking his 21st for Tiburones de La Guaira.

12/22/2013 | Hot Stove roundup: Nearing decision on Tanaka

As the list of unsigned impact players continues to shrink, the big question hanging over the Hot Stove is whether Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will join the fray.

12/22/2013 | Beckham, Thome happy Konerko opted to return

Gordon Beckham had three primary reasons in wanting Paul Konerko to return to the White Sox for a 16th and final season. The White Sox second baseman didn't want the captain to end his stellar career with the 99-loss White Sox debacle of 2013. He wanted a healthy Konerko to have another shot after battling issues with his back last year. And the third one was a little more personal.

12/22/2013 | Thome lends insight to kids at hitting clinic

On Sunday morning at the Bulls/Sox Academy some 40 minutes outside of Chicago, Jim Thome was another instructor at a hitting clinic for 61 boys and girls between the ages of 7-14.

12/22/2013 | Back on the market, Balfour drawing interest

There are as many as four teams interested in signing Grant Balfour -- and one offer on the table -- the free-agent reliever told MLB Network Radio on Sunday.

12/22/2013 | Dodgers announce new Minor League managers

The Dodgers announced their Minor League coaching staff on Sunday, and each club has a new manager.

12/22/2013 | 'Tis the season to get holiday gifts for NL clubs

Anthony Castrovince takes a brief gander at each of MLB's 30 clubs and offers up a holiday gift to assist their efforts in the coming New Year. The National League is first in line. We'll address the AL on Thursday.

12/22/2013 | Ichiro's 4K milestone among 2013's top moments

It's not often that a Major League Baseball game comes to a complete halt so that one player's teammates can emerge from the dugout to congratulate him on the field. Yet that's exactly what happened to Ichiro Suzuki on Aug. 21.

12/22/2013 | Winter League roundup: Marte delivers for Escogido

Pirates outfielder Starling Marte went 2-for-3 with a double for Escogido, who broke through in the ninth inning of a scoreless game to come away with a 2-0 victory Saturday.

12/21/2013 | Pill set to join Korean team after Giants sell rights

The Giants never really found an ideal spot for Brett Pill, but he'll finally get an opportunity to play every day next year in Korea. San Francisco has sold Pill's rights to the KIA Tigers of the Korea Baseball Organization, and Pill has agreed to a one-year contract with the club, pending a physical.

12/21/2013 | Hot Stove roundup: Choo's choice shakes things up

The Rangers made another big offseason splash Saturday, reeling in the best remaining position player on the free-agent market with a seven-year, $130 million deal with outfielder and on-base machine Shin-Soo Choo.

12/21/2013 | Choo's dedication pays off with Ruthian-sized deal

Shin-Soo Choo was dogged in his belief that if he put in the time, the work, the sweat, he could ascend to the highest level of the sport and make a better life for himself and, ultimately, his family. Saturday's news of Choo's pending contract with the Texas Rangers is validation of everything Choo has done and all that he is.

12/21/2013 | Catcher Snyder rejoins Nats with Minor League deal

The Nationals agreed to terms with catcher Chris Snyder on a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training, the team announced Saturday.

12/21/2013 | Choo signing vaults Rangers to top of AL mountain

The Texas Rangers just won the offseason. In the end, it appears to be about that simple. That is, if winning the offseason is defined as identifying the club that has put itself in best position to win the World Series in 2014. If they're not at the top of the American League power rankings after adding two impact hitters -- Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo -- they're close.

12/21/2013 | Rakuten holding all cards when it comes to Tanaka

The Rakuten Golden Eagles have the upper hand in deciding whether to keep right-hander Masahiro Tanaka or allow him to be posted for bidding by Major League teams. They could see it as a win-win situation.

12/21/2013 | Free agent Choo lands seven-year deal with Texas

After missing the playoffs and seeing their offensive numbers slip in 2013, the Rangers made another significant splash on Saturday, agreeing to a seven-year, $130 million contract with free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.

12/21/2013 | Trio to make Hall of Fame history in 2014

The year of 2013 for Major League Baseball was punctuated in December by the election of three of the greatest managers of their generation into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

12/21/2013 | Winter League roundup: Cards' Martinez shines in DR

Aguilas bounced back from a one-run deficit with a three-run sixth inning, then pulled away with three more in the eighth. Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez struck out seven and allowed only one hit and an unearned run over 4 1/3 innings for Aguilas.

12/21/2013 | Ekstrom proving his worth with ABL dominance

Veteran right-hander Mike Ekstrom has dominated the Australian Baseball League this season. He has tossed 44 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on 19 hits, while compiling 50 strikeouts and issuing just nine walks. His record sits at 5-0, and his ERA at a dazzling 0.20.

12/20/2013 | Hot Stove roundup: Balfour-to-Orioles called off

There were some interesting twists and turns on the Hot Stove on Friday, especially in Baltimore, where the Orioles are still in search of a closer after the club's medical staff "wasn't satisfied" with 35-year-old Grant Balfour's physical exam this week.

12/20/2013 | Grace among big league names added to Minors staff

The D-backs announced their 2014 Minor League coaching staff, naming Mark Grace the Class A Hillsboro hitting coach and former Major Leaguer Phil Nevin as Triple-A Reno's manager.

12/20/2013 | Yanks make coaching, player-development moves

The Yankees on Friday officially added some managerial experience to the organization in a series of coaching and player-development personnel moves. The club has brought onto its staff, in various roles, Gary Tuck, Trey Hillman, Mike Quade and Matthew Krause.

12/20/2013 | Lough eager to seize regular role with Orioles

David Lough, who was acquired recently from the Royals, has the chance to compete for Baltimore's starting job in left field. His defense is highly regarded, and he adds a left-handed bat to the Orioles' lineup.

12/20/2013 | Four shows on tap for 2014 Mets Concert Series

The Mets added two new acts to their 2014 Mets Concert Series this week, announcing that 50 Cent and Austin Mahone will play following games at Citi Field.

12/20/2013 | Marlins add Valdespin on Minor League deal

The Marlins have signed outfielder Jordany Valdespin to a Minor League contract, but it does not include an invitation to Spring Training.

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