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Yankees Unlikely To Sign David Price, Yoenis Cespedes

Oct 8, 2015 3:41 PM

The New York Yankees are unlikely to pursue David Price or Yoenis Cespedes in free agency.

Hal Steinbrenner has been clear in not wanting to add another significant contract until Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira come off the books in 2016 and Brett Gardner, Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia expire after 2017.

The Yankees’ top 10 salaries from 2015 all return next year at a luxury tax price of roughly $190.3 million. The seven players they are likely to go to arbitration with would cost $22.7 million.

Signing Price for at least $30 million per year would be another $45 million annually for the Yankees.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Tags: New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Yankees Could Have Acquired Zobrist From A's For Refsnyder, Warren

Oct 8, 2015 3:48 PM

Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees turned down the opportunity to trade for Ben Zobrist from the Oakland A's.

The Yankees turned down an offer of Zobrist for Adam Warren and Rob Refsnyder.

The A's eventually traded Zobrist to the Kansas City Royals and has played well, but Refsnyder and Warren appear to be key components of the Yankees moving forward.

Chad Jennings/The Journal News

Tags: Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Mariners Waiting To Make Decision On Lloyd McClendon

Oct 8, 2015 3:45 PM

The Seattle Mariners are unlikely to make a decision on Lloyd McClendon until next week.

McClendon is signed through the 2016 season.

“I look in the mirror every night and know that I gave it everything I had every day,” McClendon said. “My players gave me everything they had every day. Some nights it was good enough. Some nights it wasn’t very good. The effort was always there. Obviously we have to shore some things up from a talent standpoint.”

Ryan Davish/Seattle Times

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor

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Phil Nevin Receiving Interest From Nationals, Marlins

Oct 8, 2015 3:37 PM

Phil Nevin has received interest from the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins for their managerial vacancies.

Nevin has been manager of the Reno Aces, AAA affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, since the 2014 season.

Zach Buchanan/Arizona Republic

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

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Teams Reliant On Home Runs Retain More Offense In Postseason

Oct 7, 2015 8:20 PM

Teams that rely more heavily on home runs score more often during the regular season and also retain a larger percentage of their offensive ability in October, according to data from 1995 to 2011.

There has been a common misconception that teams need to manufacture runs in October rather than hit homers.

In the postseason, teams more reliant on home runs have a decrease of runs per game of 22.4 percent, while teams less reliant on home runs have a 26.5 percent decrease.

Ben Lindbergh/Grantland

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Red Sox Tell Hanley Ramirez To Lose 15-20 Pounds

Oct 7, 2015 1:29 PM

The Boston Red Sox have told Hanley Ramirez to lose 15 to 20 pounds this offseason.

“To be an infielder, you have to be a little more agile,” Torey Lovullo said. “It’s all from a health standpoint, all for getting through a season and not having those aches and pains that a big body has.

“We all know when you carry extra weight it puts more stress on your joints. I think that’s the main reason why.”

Ramirez is listed at 225 pounds, but he reported to spring training at 240.

Scott Lauber/Boston Globe

Tags: Boston Red Sox

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Dusty Baker, Ron Gardenhire Interested In Nationals' Job

Oct 7, 2015 1:28 PM

Dusty Baker and Ron Gardenhire are interested in the Washington Nationals' managerial vacancy.

Gardenhire is said to be rejuvenated after a year away from the job.

Steve Adams/MLBTradeRumors

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

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Walt Weiss Will Return To Rockies In 2016

Oct 7, 2015 12:57 PM

Walt Weiss will return as manager of the Colorado Rockies in 2016.

The Rockies are 208-278 under Weiss and went 68-94 and finished last in the NL West this season. He has one year left on his contract.


Rockies players campaigned for his return in the waning days of the season, with third baseman Nolan Arenado saying, "We haven't been able to win. That's not a reflection on him. He's doing a fine job."


Tags: Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor

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Dan Jennings Won't Return As Manager Of Marlins

Oct 6, 2015 2:30 PM

Dan Jennings won't return as manager of the Miami Marlins in 2016, but he'll instead resume his role as general manager.

Jennings made the unusual move from GM to manager when the Marlins fired Mike Redmond in May after a 16-22 start.

Jennings has been with the Marlins since 2002 and is under contract through 2018.


Tags: Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor

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Matt Harvey Misses Mandatory Workout

Oct 6, 2015 2:29 PM

Matt Harvey missed a mandatory team workout Tuesday at Citi Field.

Sandy Alderson said he had no information as to the reason for Harvey's absence, which was not excused by the team.

Harvey is scheduled to pitch Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets

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Nationals Likely To Pick Manager With Previous Experience
Bud Black would be a logical choice, though Cal Ripken's name has come up as well.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Indians Name Chris Antonetti To President Of Baseball Ops
Chris Antonetti will be the top decision maker of the Indians following the departure of Mark Shapiro to the Blue Jays.

Paul Hoynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Marlins Re-Sign Ichiro Suzuki For 2016 Season
Ichiro is 65 hits away from 3,000 in his MLB career.

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CC Sabathia Leaving Yankees To Check Into Alcohol Rehab Center
CC Sabathia had a 4.73 ERA in 29 starts this season.

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Aroldis Chapman Threw 62 Fastest Pitches In MLB During 2015
Aroldis Chapman's fastest pitches ranged from 103.92 mph to 102.36 mph.


Angels Hire Billy Eppler As General Manager
Billy Eppler, 40, is a longtime executive of the Yankees and will now work with Arte Moreno and Mike Scioscia.


Kris Bryant Had MLB's Most Popular Selling Jersey In 2015
Kris Bryant was joined in the top-5 by Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout.

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Supreme Court Rejects San Jose's Appeal Of A's Move
San Jose sued MLB in June 2013 for conspiring to block the relocation.


Nationals Fire Matt Williams
The Nationals entered the season as a World Series favorite, but had an 83-79 record and finished seven games behind the Mets.


Padres Won't Hire Pat Murphy As Manager
San Diego was 42-53 under Murphy and finished fourth in the division.


Dan Haren To Retire After 13 Years
Dan Haren's ERA in August was 6.31, but it was just 2.36 in September.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Ichiro Pitches One Inning Of Relief
Ichiro Suzuki finished allowing one run on two hits with a ground out and two fly outs.


John Farrell To Remain Manager Of Red Sox In 2016
Torey Lovullo will return as bench coach for John Farrell.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Jerry Dipoto Not Planning Full Rebuild Of Mariners
Core players like Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Felix Hernandez won't be shopped in trade talks.

Charlie Wilmoth/MLBTradeRumors

Torii Hunter Not Rushing Decision On 2016
Torii Hunter is not interested in continuing his career in a part time role.

Brad Johnson/MLBTradeRumors

Santiago Casilla's 2016 Option With Giants Vests With 37th Save
Santiago Casilla was already guaranteed a $1 million buyout if it did not vest.

Brad Johnson/MLBTradeRumors

Braves Promote John Coppolella To General Manager
John Coppolella agreed to a four-year contract through the 2019 season, which will include the first three seasons at Atlanta's new SunTrust Park.


White Sox To Retain Robin Ventura As Manager
Robin Ventura and the White Sox had another disappointing season.

Brian Sandalow/Associated Press

Troy Tulowitzki Returns To Jays' Lineup For First Time Since Sept. 12
Troy Tulowitzki cracked his scapula and bruised muscles in his upper back after colliding with teammate Kevin Pillar.


Steve Bartman Won't Attend Cubs' First Playoff Game In Seven Years
Steve Bartman will not attend the first Cubs' playoff game in seven years despite a campaign to get him there.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

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