12/4/2013 | Hot Stove roundup: Pause for the cause
After Tuesday's flurry of deals, the Hot Stove returned to a light simmer on Wednesday, but there still was plenty of news, including progress on the agreement between MLB and Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball that will allow clubs to make their plays for pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.
12/4/2013 | Cubs add lefty Wright to bullpen mix
The Cubs added another left-handed reliever to the bullpen mix on Wednesday night, signing free agent Wesley Wright to a one-year, $1.425 million deal, pending a physical.
12/4/2013 | Hosting day for kids has special meaning for Alonso
The Padres' Yonder Alonso gave most of his day Wednesday to a group of about 25 to 30 from the 4S Ranch branch of the Greater San Diego Boys & Girls Club, whom he hosted at Petco Park for a baseball clinic, lunch and a stadium tour.
12/4/2013 | Morrow poised to regroup in 2014
Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow appears well on his way to a full recovery from a right forearm injury and should be ready to go by the start of Spring Training.
12/4/2013 | Catching Dickey is key to Kratz's shot at backup role
Veteran catcher Erik Kratz appears destined for Triple-A Buffalo, but the Blue Jays have every intention of giving him an opportunity to compete with Josh Thole for the backup role in Toronto.
12/4/2013 | MLB, Nippon baseball near posting agreement
Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball may be nearing an agreement that changes the current posting system, putting a $20 million max on bids to negotiate with posted players.
12/4/2013 | Zim happy with normal offseason, excited for 2014
It's been a normal offseason of preparation thus far for Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, a welcome relief for a player who spent last winter rehabbing his surgically repaired right shoulder. Speaking at Cal Ripken's charity event on Wednesday night, Zimmerman said the shoulder is no longer giving him trouble and that Nats general manager Mike Rizzo does not want to shift him away from the hot corner.
12/4/2013 | Reds say Chapman likely to remain closer
Fans have grown accustomed to the excitement Reds closer Aroldis Chapman brings when he emerges from the bullpen to lock down a game. On Wednesday, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty indicated that Chapman would likely remain the Reds' closer in 2014. There had been speculation again over whether Chapman could move into the rotation.
12/4/2013 | Konerko's return to South Side shows character
If you fail to see the logic in Paul Konerko accepting a limited role on a White Sox roster that already has Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn as first basemen/DHs, compare it to Tony Perez returning to Cincinnati to finish his Hall of Fame career with the Reds.
12/4/2013 | Crew agrees with pair of pitchers, Minors free agents
The Brewers agreed to terms on 2014 contracts with 40-man roster pitchers Donovan Hand and Michael Olmsted, and also dipped into the Minor League free-agent market for the first time.
12/4/2013 | Miggy moving back to first; Castellanos to man third
Who's on first? Miguel Cabrera. Finally. It's official. The long-expected shift in the Tigers' infield was set on Wednesday. Cabrera, who moved to third base two years ago when Prince Fielder signed, will move back to first base next season. Nick Castellanos, the Tigers' top prospect who moved from third base to the outfield in the middle of the 2012 season, will return to third.
12/4/2013 | Benoit not likely to return to Tigers as setup man
Joaquin Benoit was a mainstay in the eighth inning for the Tigers for 2 1/2 years before stepping into the closer role with stellar results last summer. Now that the Tigers have signed Joe Nathan as their closer, don't expect Benoit to return as a setup man.
12/4/2013 | Dombrowski: Tigers likely out on big-ticket free agents
Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski spent the last few weeks listing closer as his top priority and avoiding talk about other needs until the club filled the role. Now that the Tigers have their closer in Joe Nathan, Dombrowski did not sound inclined for another big-ticket signing.
12/4/2013 | Tigers poised to make push for Scherzer extension
As Dave Dombrowski talked about the benefit of payroll flexibility while introducing new closer Joe Nathan on Wednesday at Comerica Park, he alluded that the flexibility will go in part for their internal concerns.
12/4/2013 | Blue Jays' annual award winners announced
Edwin Encarnacion was the big winner as the Blue Jays' annual award winners were named, with the veteran first baseman earning Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive year.
12/4/2013 | Zduriencik mum on pursuit of free-agent Cano
While reports persist that the Mariners are aggressively in pursuit of free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano, those rumors aren't coming from the club or general manager Jack Zduriencik.
12/4/2013 | Padres to welcome Mexico City for exhibition game
The Padres announced Wednesday that they will play the Mexico City Red Devils on March 27 in an exhibition game at Petco Park.
12/4/2013 | Kazmir lured by A's talent, ballpark
Left-hander Scott Kazmir, who's two-year, $22 million free-agent deal with the A's was made official on Wednesday, chose to come to Oakland because of the club's recent success and its pitcher-friendly ballpark.
12/4/2013 | New third-base coach Bundy has paid his dues
Major League managers and coaches are now being hired with little or no Minor League internship, but the Dodgers went old school when they promoted Triple-A manager Lorenzo Bundy to take over as third-base coach when Tim Wallach moved to the bench.
12/4/2013 | Texas seeking backup catcher who can step up
The Rangers have many options to consider, but one issue that must be addressed before the offseason is over is finding a backup catcher to pair with Geovany Soto behind the plate in 2014.
12/4/2013 | Cherington takes Ellsbury's departure in stride
Jacoby Ellsbury's imminent signing with the Yankees does not fall under the category of stunning for Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington.
12/4/2013 | Decision to join world champs easy for A.J.
For veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski, choosing the Boston Red Sox over the other teams who pursued him was one of the easiest decisions of his career. After all, only one team won the World Series last season.
12/4/2013 | Hansen joins Halos as assistant hitting coach
The Angels announced the hiring of Dave Hansen as an assistant hitting coach on Wednesday, rounding out a Mike Scioscia-led coaching staff that included one promotion and four new hires.
12/4/2013 | White Sox must maximize bench versatility
The White Sox are happy to welcome Paul Konerko back to the South Side for one more season, but they must now configure their bench with as much versatility as possible.
12/4/2013 | Garagiola Sr. to receive O'Neil Award from Hall of Fame
Joe Garagiola Sr. will be honored as the recipient of the 2014 John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given by the National Baseball Hall of Fame for extraordinary efforts to enhance baseball's positive impact on society.
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