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Rangers, Angels Finalize Hamilton Trade

Apr 27, 2015 4:23 PM

Josh Hamilton is officially a member of the Texas Rangers once again.

The Los Angeles Angels have traded Hamilton to the Rangers for a player to be named or cash.

The Angels are expected to pay most of the remaining $80.2 million Hamilton is owed on his five-year, $125 million contract.

Hamilton never reported to the Angels this season after offseason right shoulder surgery. He self-reported a relapse of alcohol and cocaine use, but an arbitrator ruled he could not be disciplined by Major League Baseball.

ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Loria: Miami's Redmond Isn't On Hot Seat

Apr 27, 2015 4:35 PM

The Miami Marlins have rebounded after a 3-10 start and owner Jeffrey Loria says Mike Redmond is not on the hot seat.

"He's the manager. Period," Loria said. "All team go through bad moments. Ours came early. … He did a very nice job last year, and he works hard."

Redmond signed a three-year extension through the 2017 season on the final day of the 2014 campaign.

The Marlins have gone 5-1 since the initial report that Redmond's job was in jeopardy.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor

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Phillies Trying To Sell Red Sox On Re-Acquiring Papelbon

Apr 27, 2015 4:31 PM

The Boston Red Sox have issues with their pitching staff, including the rotation and bullpen.

Closer Koji Uehara's velocity is down about 3 miles per hour this season.

The Philadelphia Phillies have been trying to engage in trade talks with Boston, "trying to hook the Red Sox on bringing back Jonathan Papelbon."

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Marlins Designate Saltalamacchia For Assignment

Apr 27, 2015 4:27 PM

The Miami Marlins have designated Jarrod Saltalamacchia for assignment.

The move comes less than two years after the club signed the catcher to a three-year, $21 million contract.

Miami made the move Monday after reinstating Saltalamacchia from the paternity list.

He is hitting .069 (2 for 29) with one home run in nine games.

ESPN

Tags: Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor

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Cardinals Will Try To Replace Wainwright From Within

Apr 27, 2015 8:20 AM

Adam Wainwright may miss the remainder of the season with an Achilles injury, but the St. Louis Cardinals have no plans to swing a major trade.

John Mozeliak says the club's first move will be to replace Wainwright from within the organization.

"If you get into May and early June and you don't feel like the internal options are the solution you were hoping for then you might have to look outside," the general manager said.

Tyler Lyons, Tim Cooney and Zach Petrick could all be short-term options to fill Wainwright's spot in the rotation. Marco Gonzales and Jaime Garcia, who are both injured, could help later on.

Rick Hummel/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Hamilton Trade Expected To Be Finalized Monday

Apr 27, 2015 8:15 AM

The Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers are expected to finalized a trade involving Josh Hamilton on Monday.

There were reports that the deal would be completed by the end of the weekend, but details are still being worked out.

The trade, which requires approval, involves five parties -- the Angels, Rangers, Hamilton, the commissioner's office, and the players' union.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Red Sox Want To Draft, Develop More Versatile Players

Apr 27, 2015 8:10 AM

Brock Holt can play multiple infield and outfield positions and hold his own offensively, something the Boston Red Sox are starting to value.

The Red Sox want to begin drafting and developing more versatile players.

"Not everyone can do it — there are guys who are good players and talented but have a harder time staying productive if they're moving around in the field a lot and there are other guys who seem able to do it, and Holt's one of those guys, clearly," general manager Ben Cherington said.

"(Holt's skillset) has always been important, but with the challenges everyone faces of keeping teams and players healthy through a season and getting through the grind, those guys are becoming more and more important."

Michael Silverman/Boston Herald

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Draft, Misc Rumor

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Cain Believes Bad Blood With White Sox Is Over

Apr 27, 2015 8:04 AM

Lorenzo Cain is ready to move on after the Kansas City Royals brawled with the Chicago White Sox in the series opener on Thursday night.

Several players were suspended by Major League Baseball following the incident.

"I think we got all our emotions out that night and I think it's over and done with," Cain said. "I think we're going to try to go out here and go back to just playing baseball and leave it at that."

The brawl began when Yordano Ventura grabbed a seventh-inning grounder from Adam Eaton and the two exchanged words before Eaton was thrown out at first. Eaton had to be restrained from Ventura, who was ejected from his second straight start. Players from both dugouts and bullpens then ran onto the field for a fight that lasted several minutes.

Associated Press

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor

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Beltre Sends Richards Bill For Broken Bats

Apr 27, 2015 7:58 AM

Adrian Beltre broke his bat three times against Garrett Richards on Friday night, but the Texas Rangers third baseman had some fun with it.

Beltre sent the Los Angeles Angels pitcher an invoice totaling $300 for the broken bats.

The invoice looked legitimate, inscribed with "Cash only, no checks" and Beltre's signature.

"I always love facing him," Richards said. "We have that good battle every time."

ESPN

Tags: Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Scherzer: It's Time For DH To Be Used In NL

Apr 26, 2015 6:53 PM

Max Scherzer, who will likely miss his next start for the Nationals with a sprained thumb, says the NL would be better served if pitchers weren't asked to bat.

Following his injury batting, Scherzer told CBS Sports that it's time for the designated hitter to be used in both leagues.

ESPN.com

Tags: Washington Nationals, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Dodgers Place Puig On DL With Hamstring Injury
Yasiel Puig is on the 15-day disabled list for the first time.

ESPN.com

Wainwright Expected To Miss The Rest Of The Season
The Cardinals placed Adam Wainwright on the 15-day DL Sunday with what they termed as a left ankle and Achilles injury.

ESPN.com

Protesters Cause Disturbance Near Camden Yards
Fans at Camden Yards were asked to remain in the ballpark in the ninth inning, but were allowed to leave after the Orioles won in the 10th-inning.

ESPN.com

Four Royals Will Appeal Their Suspensions
Yordano Ventura, Edinson Volquez, Kelvin Herrera, and Lorenzo Cain remain eligible to play in games.

Press Release

Blue Jays Release Ricky Romero
Ricky Romero, 30, was in the final season of a five-year contract with the Blue Jays.

ESPN.com

A's Place Ben Zobrist On DL With Torn Knee Cartilage
The A's purchased the contract of infielder Max Muncy from Triple-A Nashville to take Ben Zobrist's place on the 25-man roster.

ESPN.com

MLB Disciplines Seven Players For Royals-White Sox Incident
Seven players have received suspensions and undisclosed fines for their roles in Thursday's game.

Press Release

Jose Fernandez Becomes U.S. Citizen
Jose Fernandez, a native of Cuba, became a United States citizen Friday and was the keynote speaker during the ceremony for 140 other South Florida residents.

ESPN

Angels Close To Trading Josh Hamilton To Rangers
The Angels are close to a trade agreement involving Josh Hamilton.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Source: Angels Could Cut Ties With Hamilton Soon
Josh Hamilton may never play for the Angels again and could be gone from the organization in a matter of days.

Michael McCann/SI

Greene Exceeding Expectations With Tigers
Shane Greene leads the Major Leagues with a 0.39 ERA in 23 innings through three starts this season.

Michael Clair/MLB

Yankees Growing Confident In Tanaka After Two Strong Starts
Masahiro Tanaka has allowed just one run over his last two appearances, which have spanned 13.1 innings.

Brendan Kuty/Star-Ledger

Ron Gardenhire Wants To Manage Again
Ron Gardenhire, 57, had one year left on his contract when the Twins fired him at the end of last season.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Jose Bautista Could Be Headed To DL
Jose Bautista could be headed to the disabled list with a sore shoulder after making an ill-advised throw earlier this week.

ESPN

Brewers' Owner Not Blaming Melvin, Roenicke For Slow Start
Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said Wednesday that the team's decision makers aren't to blame for a slow start.

ESPN

Pete Rose Will Be Allowed To Participate In All-Star Activities
Pete Rose will be allowed to participate in activities surrounding this summer's All-Star Game in his hometown of Cincinnati, according to Rob Manfred.

Associated Press

Nathan To Have Tommy John Surgery, No Plans To Retire
Joe Nathan, 40, will undergo Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with tears of the ulnar collateral ligament and flexor pronator in his right arm.

Jason Beck/MLB

Cubs Giving Kris Bryant Time In Center
Kris Bryant started in center on Thursday after subbing for Dexter Fowler, who is dealing with a right groin injury, a day earlier.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Price May Prefer NL Team In Free Agency
David Price's inclination to sign with a NL team is related to his love of hitting.

George A. King III/New York Post

Interest In Rafael Soriano Increasing
Rafael Soriano, 35, saved 32 games for the Nationals in 2014 and pitched to a 3.19 ERA.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

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