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The Orioles' roster for Friday's Wild Card game against the Rangers includes 11 pitchers and 14 position players.

Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Chris Tillman are not on the roster, but Steve Johnson is. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was considering him for the start, so he could be an alternative if Joe Saunders gets into some early trouble. Omar Quintanilla is the only mild surprise among the position players.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Fri, Oct 5, 2012 04:01:00 PM

Major League Baseball has confirmed in a statement that the Braves will lose the rights to shortstop prospect Kevin Maitan and 12 other international signees.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was first to report on the full breadth of the sanctions. These include a lifetime ban for former general manager John Coppolella, a one-year ban for former scout Gordon Blakeley, significant restrictions in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 international free agent classes, forfeiture of a third-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, and varying punishments for other members of the Braves' international baseball operations department. The dozen players (beyond Maitan) who are no longer under Atlanta's control: Juan Contreras, Yefri del Rosario, Abrahan Gutierrez, Juan Carlos Negret, Yenci Peña, Yunior Severino, Livan Soto, Guillermo Zuniga, Brandol Mezquita, Angel Rojas, Antonio Sucre, and Ji Hwan Bae. The hammer has dropped.
Nov 21 - 4:19 PM

Aaron Judge underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Monday.

The procedure involved a loose-body removal and cartilage clean-up. The good news is that he's expected to be recovered in time for spring training. It was acknowledged that Judge had a shoulder issue during his slide after the All-Star break, though he tried to downplay the severity of the situation. Obviously it was more serious than he wanted to say. Judge won the AL Rookie of the Year Award and finished second in the balloting for the AL MVP after batting .284/.422/.627 with a league-leading 52 homers.
Nov 21 - 3:28 PM

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com hears from a source that the Marlins and Giants have had "deeper discussions" on a possible Giancarlo Stanton trade.

The source believes that the Giants are the favorites to land Stanton, though the Cardinals are also in the mix. Craig Mish of SiriusXM reported Monday that there was talk of packaging Stanton with Dee Gordon for second baseman Joe Panik and prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw, but it's unclear if such a proposal is seriously being entertained by Miami or how much money would be exchanged. One thing we do know is that Stanton would likely be amenable to a trade to San Francisco. He has the power in this situation due to his full no-trade clause.
Nov 21 - 11:19 AM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Mets and Tigers have had preliminary discussions about a trade involving Ian Kinsler.

The Angels have also been connected to Kinsler, who Morosi says is "drawing trade interest from multiple clubs." The 35-year-old is set to make $11 million in 2018 in the final year of his contract after putting up a .236/.313/.412 batting line with 22 homers and 14 steals this past season in Detroit.
Nov 20 - 7:03 PM

Phillies designated RHP Mark Appel for assignment.

Yes, the same Mark Appel who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 Draft ahead of Kris Bryant. It's just never come together in pro ball for the 26-year-old, as Appel held a 5.27 ERA and 60/53 K/BB ratio over 82 Triple-A innings in 2017. Some team will give him a shot, but he can no longer be considered a prospect.
Nov 20 - 6:22 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Brewers are showing interest in Lance Lynn.

Morosi has also connected Milwaukee to Jake Arrieta and says the club is "showing interest in virtually every prominent free agent starting pitcher." They have money to spend and are looking to supplement a rotation that is expected to be without Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) for a chunk of next season. Lynn put up a 3.43 ERA this past season in his first year back from Tommy John surgery.
Source: MLB.com
Nov 20 - 5:26 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Blue Jays "could emerge as a dark horse candidate" for J.D. Martinez.

They are expected to let Jose Bautista walk as a free agent, which would create an opening in right field. The Blue Jays have also been connected to Jay Bruce. Martinez will certainly cost a pretty penny this winter, as his agent, Scott Boras, is reportedly seeking a seven-year, $210 million contract for his client.
Nov 20 - 4:50 PM

Chipper Jones is among the first-time eligible players on the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot.

Jim Thome, Omar Vizquel, and Johan Santana headline the other notable first-timers. Trevor Hoffman fell five votes short of 75 percent last year and should be in prime position to make it this time. Vladimir Guerrero (who was at 71.7 percent last year) should also be in good shape. Edgar Martinez, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Mussina, and Curt Schilling are among the other notable holdovers. Voting results will be announced on January 24.
Source: BBWAA.com
Nov 20 - 12:12 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers are showing interest in free agent right-hander Jake Arrieta.

Morosi notes that the Brewers are looking for top-of-the-rotation help with Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) sidelined and that the club has the payroll flexibility to make an impact move. Arrieta will be 32 years old next season, but it's not crazy to think that his agent, Scott Boras, will push for a four-year deal worth around $100 million.
Nov 20 - 11:07 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cardinals have made a formal trade offer to the Marlins for slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

The two sides have been involved in discussions for weeks now, and with an actual offer on the table it appears as though their discussions could be gaining traction. The Giants have been tabbed as the "most aggressive team" in trade talks for Stanton, so it'll be interesting to see if they come in behind and up the ante upon hearing of this. With each day, it looks increasingly likely that Stanton has played his last game in a Marlins' uniform.
Nov 19 - 5:42 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that Carlos Santana is "drawing continued interest" from the Red Sox and Phillies.

The Red Sox are an obvious match since they have an opening at either first base or designated hitter, while the fit with the Phillies is more difficult to figure out since they have Rhys Hoskins at first. Santana, who will turn 32 just after Opening Day in 2018, batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs for the Indians this past season. The Mets and Mariners have also been connected to him.
Nov 19 - 3:04 PM




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