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Diamondbacks May Shift Yasmany Tomas To Left Field

Feb 8, 2016 7:19 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks may shuffle their outfield alignment, possibly having left fielder David Peralta and right fielder Yasmany Tomas switch places.

"We're definitely talking about it," Chip Hale said. "(Outfield coach) Dave McKay and I, (General Manager Dave Stewart) and (Chief Baseball Officer) Tony (La Russa), we think it might be best to switch them around."

Arizona traded last year's right fielder, Ender Inciarte, to the Atlanta Braves.

Teams typically want the player with the better throwing arm in right field, but Hale wasn’t sure who has the stronger arm between Peralta and Tomas.

"I'm hoping that Tomas, being a full-time outfielder now in spring training -- his arm strength is great but his accuracy wasn't very good last season, and I'm hoping that improves," Hale said.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor

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Will Cubs Sign Jake Arrieta To Long-Term Deal?

Feb 8, 2016 7:29 AM

The Chicago Cubs agreed to a one-year, $10.7 million contract with Jake Arrieta, but a long-term deal may make sense for both sides as the 2016 season approaches.

Arrieta will not be a free agent for two more seasons.

Bruce Levine of CBS Sports projects that Arrieta could sign a four-year deal worth in the range of $85 to $90 million with two club options that could add another $50 million to the right-hander's haul.

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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J.J. Hoover Beats Reds In Arbitration Hearing

Feb 8, 2016 7:10 AM

J.J. Hoover won his salary-arbitration case against the Cincinnati Reds.

Hoover was given a raise from $535,000 to $1.4 million by arbitrators James Oldham, Dan Brent and Sylvia Skratek. The team had argued for $1,225,000.

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly won the first decision of the year Thursday and will draw a $3.75 million salary rather than $3.2 million.

Associated Press

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Orioles, Zach Britton Reach $6.75M Deal

Feb 8, 2016 7:07 AM

The Baltimore Orioles have agreed on a one-year, $6.75 million deal with Zach Britton, avoiding arbitration.

Britton was asking for $7.9 million and Baltimore countered with a $5.6 million offer before a compromise was reached.

He made $3,525,000 last season.

Associated Press

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Mexico Wins Caribbean Series Championship

Feb 7, 2016 11:38 PM

Jorge Vazquez hit a home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday and lift Mexico's Mazatlan Venados to a 5-4 comeback victory over Venezuela's Aragua Tigres for the Caribbean Series championship.

It was Mexico's third title in four years.

Tags: Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Jesse Chavez Defeats Jays In Salary Arbitration

Feb 7, 2016 2:16 AM

Pitcher Jesse Chavez defeated the Blue Jays in salary arbitration, improving players to 3-0 this year in cases that went to hearings.

Chavez was awarded a $4 million salary on Saturday by arbitrators Mark Irvings, Steven Wolf and Edna Francis, who heard the case a day earlier. The Blue Jays argued the right-hander should be paid $3.6 million.

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

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Jays Sign Gavin Floyd; Hire Eric Wedge As Advisor

Feb 7, 2016 2:11 AM

The Blue Jays have signed right-hander Gavin Floyd to a one-year, $1 million dollar contract.

A 12-year veteran who has also pitched for Philadelphia, the Chicago White Sox and Atlanta, Floyd made seven relief appearances with Cleveland last season, missing significant time with a fractured elbow for the second straight year. 

Also Saturday, the Blue Jays hired former Cleveland and Seattle manager Eric Wedge as Player Development Advisor.

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Jays Explore Extensions For Bautista, Encarnacion

Feb 6, 2016 2:17 PM

Jose Bautista wants to play his entire career for the Blue Jays, and the team intends to explore an extension that could make that happen, sources told ESPN on Friday.

Bautista, 35, told the Canadian Press on Thursday that he would consider it "an honor" to finish his career with the Blue Jays.

"Fans-wise, city-wise, having the country behind us and every other aspect of being a Toronto Blue Jay player is something that I love," Bautista said. "Now, hopefully, that matches up with the new front office desire to win now, kind of like myself."

Sources told ESPN that the Blue Jays and Bautista's agent, Jay Alou, plan to begin negotiations about a potential extension during spring training. The sources also said the team expects to hold similar talks with the representatives for Edwin Encarnacion.

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

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Report: Cubs, Arrieta Agree To One-Year, $10.7M Deal

Feb 6, 2016 3:57 AM

Cubs ace Jake Arrieta has agreed to a $10.7 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with the highest one-year deal for a pitcher with four years of major league service, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday night.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Blue Jays Running Out Of Time To Extend Donaldson

Feb 5, 2016 9:30 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays haven't abandoned hope that Josh Donaldson can be signed to a contract extension before his arbitration case is heard later this month.

Arbitration dates are expected to remain confidential until a ruling is announced, but Donaldson's case will be heard before the start of Spring Training.

Donaldson submitted a figure of $11.8 million for arbitration while Toronto went with $11.35 million.

The 30-year-old remains under club control for three more years and he won't be eligible for free agency until after the 2018 season.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Dodgers Telling Teams Puig Is Off Limits
Andre Ethier has been the most discussed trade candidate for the Dodgers, in part, because the club is telling teams that Yasiel Puig is not available.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Citi Field, Yankee Stadium Could Ban Smokeless Tobacco
Already banned at three Major League stadiums, a bill will be introduced Friday that would make smokeless tobacco off limits at Citi Field, Yankee Stadium and other public arenas in New York City's f

Tim Rohan/New York Times

Orioles, Brian Matusz Agree To $3.9M Deal
The agreement allows the two sides to avoid arbitration.

Associated Press

Rogers Centre Will Have Dirt Infield In Time For Season
The Jays say it is too early to determine whether they would replace artificial turf with grass in some future season.

Associated Press

Smyly Wins Arbitration Case Against Rays
Drew Smyly asked arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte for a raise from $2.65 million to $3.75 million during a Wednesday hearing.

Associated Press

Orioles Acquire Despaigne From Padres
The Orioles have acquired Odrisamer Despaigne from the Padres in exchange for Minor League pitcher Jean Cosme.

Brittany Ghiroli/MLB

Mets, Jeurys Familia Agree To $4.1M Deal
The Mets have avoided arbitration with Jeurys Familia by agreeing to a one-year, $4.1 million deal.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Diamondbacks Unlikely To Make Further Moves
Arizona saved about $4 million in the trade that sent Aaron Hill and others to the Brewers for Jean Segura and more.

Steve Gilbert/MLB

Jonny Gomes Signs With Rakuten Golden Eagles
Jonny Gomes has signed a one-year contract with Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles.


Drew Smyly, Rays Argue First Arbitration Case Of Year
Drew Smyly, 26, asked arbitrators for a raise from $2.65 million to $3.75 million during a hearing Wednesday. The Rays argued for $3.2 million.

Associated Press

Mariners Sign Korean Slugger Dae-Ho Lee
The Korean slugger could earn up to $4 million with incentives if he makes the Major League roster.

Greg Johns/MLB

White Sox Seek Left-Handed Outfield Bat
A trade with the Dodgers for Andre Ethier has been mentioned as a possibility.

Phil Rogers/MLB

Dodgers Hire Greg Maddux, Raul Ibanez As Special Assistants
The Dodgers have hired Greg Maddux and Raul Ibanez as special assistants to president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Yankees Have No Concerns About Medical Procedures
The Yankees have received a pair of seemingly late diagnoses over the last year, but Brian Cashman has no concerns about the team's medical procedures.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Mark Buehrle Hasn't Ruled Out Comeback
Mark Buehrle doesn't plan to sign with a Major League club, but he isn't ready to officially retire from baseball either.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Indians Interested In Juan Uribe
The Indians are looking for a third baseman and continue to target Juan Uribe, according to a report.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Source: Braves Making Push For 'Lazarito'
The Braves are making a push to sign Cuban prospect Lazaro Robersy Armenteros Arango, who is expected to sign with a Major League team next week, according to a source.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Brendan Ryan To Sign With Nationals
Brendan Ryan exercised a $1 million option with the Yankees, but was traded to the Cubs in the Starlin Castro deal. Chicago released Ryan shortly after.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

MLB Owners Worried About Tanking
The subject of tanking was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Carlos Quentin To Attempt Comeback With Twins
The Twins have agreed to a Minor League contract with Carlos Quentin.

Associated Press

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