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Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Delmon Young (ankle) is "likely" to start the season on the disabled list.

Gelb says it's "unknown" when Young will be ready to play in Grapefruit League games, "or if he will at all." The 27-year-old underwent ankle surgery in November to remove bone spurs as well as smooth out cartilage, and while it was reported at the time that he would be 100 percent by February, it's clear that his recovery is going slower than expected. That means that two, rather than one, of Domonic Brown, Darin Ruf and John Mayberry Jr. will likely start on Opening Day.
Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:13:00 AM

Jarrod Dyson is starting in center field and batting eighth in Friday's World Series Game 3.

Lorenzo Cain has shifted over to right field, and Nori Aoki is on the bench. With the tough outfield at AT&T Park and flyball pitcher Jeremy Guthrie on the mound, Royals manager Ned Yost has elected to go with his best defensive outfield. Alex Gordon has moved up to the No. 2 spot in the lineup that was vacated by Aoki, while Mike Moustakas has moved up from the No. 9 spot to Gordon's old No. 5 spot.
Oct 24 - 3:13 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs are viewed as a "leading contender" to bring Joe Maddon aboard as their manager.

ESPN's Buster Olney and CBS Sports' Jon Heyman have also listed the Cubs as a possible landing spot for the former Rays skipper. Rick Renteria is under contract with the Cubs through 2016, but Rosenthal notes that the club has the money to simply buy him out of his deal. President Theo Epstein interviewed Maddon for the Red Sox' manager job in 2003 before he decided on Terry Francona.
Oct 24 - 1:57 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Rays manager Joe Maddon has exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and will leave the club immediately.

Wow. Maddon said just over a week ago that he "absolutely" wanted to remain the Rays' manager following the departure of Andrew Friedman, but he had a change of heart after extension talks with the club fell apart. The natural assumption was that he'd follow Friedman to the Dodgers, but CBS Sports' Jon Heyman and FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal both say it's not going to happen. Maddon will obviously be a hot commodity for anyone considering a change at manager. Bench coach Dave Martinez is a likely option to succeed Maddon in Tampa.
Oct 24 - 12:28 PM

Japanese right-hander Chihiro Kaneko has been scouted by the Phillies, Red Sox and Padres, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports Japan.

Slated to turn 31 in a couple weeks, Kaneko is eligible to be posted this offseason and is actually visiting the United States during the World Series to get a feel for the atmosphere of Major League Baseball. Kaneko is the ace of Nippon Professional Baseball’s Orix Buffaloes and is coming off a season where he put up a 1.91 ERA and 194/41 K/BB ratio over 184 innings. He holds a 2.69 mark over nine pro seasons and would surely cost a pretty penny if he winds up being posted this winter.
Oct 24 - 10:21 AM

Miguel Cabrera underwent surgery Wednesday to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone at top of his foot.

It had been known that Cabrera dealt with bone spurs down the stretch, but the stress fracture is a new revelation. The slugger will be re-evaluated in three months, so there would seem to be a chance that he'll be slowed at the beginning of spring training. Barring a setback, however, it shouldn't affect his availability for Opening Day.
Oct 24 - 10:00 AM

An MRI on Tim Lincecum's back showed no structural damage.

Lincecum was forced from Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday due to back pain and a precautionary MRI was ordered. He reported improvement Thursday and was able to do some throwing in the outfield at AT&T Park. The right-hander is expected to be available out of the bullpen for Friday's Game 3.
Oct 24 - 9:02 AM

Brandon Moss underwent surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum and also fix an impingement in his right hip.

Moss was bothered by the hip ailment for much of the second half and it showed at the plate, as he hit just .162 with a .575 OPS in 162 plate appearances after August 1. He'll be on crutches for four weeks and is expected to be able to run in 12 weeks. Moss might be eased into things at the beginning of spring training but should be fine by Opening Day.
Oct 23 - 7:38 PM

Phillies re-signed OF Grady Sizemore to a one-year, $2 million contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses. Sizemore, 32, batted .253/.313/.389 with three home runs and 12 RBI over 176 plate appearances after joining the Phillies around midseason and figures to serve as a part-time player in 2015.
Oct 23 - 5:20 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Blue Jays have begun contract talks with Melky Cabrera.

Heyman hears Toronto is "willing to offer at least a three-year deal" to the impending free agent outfielder, who batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI over 139 games this season. If an agreement isn't reached before the deadline for free agent filing, the Jays will make Cabrera a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer so they can get draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere. Melky turned 30 years old in August.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 23 - 2:48 PM

According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets have "concrete" interest in impending free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer.

Martino hears from "people familiar with the Mets' thinking" that the team would like to sign Cuddyer to a two-year deal this winter to provide power to their lineup and veteran presence to their clubhouse. The 35-year-old batted .332/.376/.579 in an injury-shortened 2014 for the Rockies. He posted a .919 OPS, 20 home runs, and 84 RBI across 130 games with Colorado in 2013.
Oct 23 - 1:06 PM

Brewers named Darnell Coles as hitting coach.

The club's previous hitting coach, Jerry Narron, was let go at the end of the regular season. Coles, a former major league outfielder who played for eight different teams, served as the Tigers' assistant hitting coach in 2013. He'll work under Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, who was retained despite the team's late-season collapse.
Oct 23 - 12:41 PM




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