12/5/2013 | Hot Stove roundup: Cano visits Seattle on busy day
Robinson Cano, widely considered the top free agent on this year's market, reportedly traveled Thursday to Seattle for a visit with the Mariners. Also, a number of deals for bullpen arms went down, with Edward Mujica's two-year deal with Boston leading the way.
12/5/2013 | Adding Cano would be huge step for Mariners
To all the people who care about the Seattle Mariners, signing free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano would be a huge deal, a franchise-changing deal. It would impact an entire sport, prompting other free agents to perhaps take a second look at Seattle.
12/5/2013 | Marlins bringing in Furcal on one-year deal
The Marlins and free-agent infielder Rafael Furcal have agreed to a one-year deal, pending a physical. Furcal, 36, missed all of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March.
12/5/2013 | In pursuing McCann, Yanks draw from Boss' playbook
Brian McCann's presence behind the plate, in the middle of the batting order and on the mound for all conversations clearly makes the Yankees a more formidable foe.
12/5/2013 | White Sox agree to deal with reliever Belisario
The White Sox added to their bullpen on Thursday, agreeing to a one-year, $3 million deal with right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario, according to a baseball source. Completion of the deal is pending a physical.
12/5/2013 | Cashman: Kuroda interested in Yankees return
Hiroki Kuroda not only intends to continue pitching in 2014, but the right-hander is interested in a third season with the Yankees, according to general manager Brian Cashman.
12/5/2013 | Cubs keeping options open for shortstop Baez
Javier Baez, the Cubs' first-round pick in the June 2011 First-Year Player Draft, is creating a lot of buzz as he gets closer to the big leagues. However, he's a shortstop, and the Cubs already have a talented shortstop in Starlin Castro. Do the Cubs move Baez? Not now, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said.
12/5/2013 | Votto launches foundation to assist veterans
Reds first baseman Joey Votto publicly launched the Joey Votto Foundation on Thursday with a clear vision -- to help military veterans and active service members in Cincinnati and his hometown of Toronto who cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
12/5/2013 | Yanks continue pursuing Cano as rumors swirl
As Robinson Cano reportedly wings it to the West Coast to talk with the Mariners, Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said that his club has not quit on the idea of retaining the All-Star second baseman.
12/5/2013 | A View from Studio 3: McCann fits in pinstripes
Brian McCann called his official introduction as a member of the Yankees one of the best days of his life. As MLB Network's Matt Yallof writes, it's a perfect situation for the team and the player.
12/5/2013 | Hudson 'optimistic' he'll re-sign with D-backs
The D-backs and Daniel Hudson continue to talk about a contract that will keep the right-hander with the team in the future. "I'm pretty optimistic," Hudson said. "I think we'll be able to figure something out here sooner or later."
12/5/2013 | Contreras signs Minors deal with spring camp invite
The Rangers are going to give right-hander Jose Contreras a chance to be the second-oldest pitcher in franchise history. The club announced on Thursday they have signed Contreras to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Contreras turns 42 on Friday.
12/5/2013 | Rays bring back Oviedo on one-year deal
The Rays added to their bullpen depth on Thursday by re-signing right-hander Juan Carlos Oviedo to a one-year deal.
12/5/2013 | Cano reportedly flies to Seattle for meeting with club
Free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano flew from New York to Seattle to meet with Mariners officials on Thursday, according to an ESPN Deportes report, as negotiating tactics for the five-time Yankees All-Star kicked up a notch.
12/5/2013 | Nearly a month after hire, relatable Renteria introduced
Rick Renteria has called or reached out via text to all of the players on the Cubs' roster. He's been doodling some potential lineup combinations. He's still doing rehab following right hip replacement surgery. On Thursday, he was finally at Wrigley Field to meet with the Chicago media for his first formal introduction as the new Cubs manager.
12/5/2013 | Anderson aware of swirling trade speculation
A trade involving pitcher Brett Anderson seems inevitable for the A's. Oakland has a surplus of arms for its Major League staff, and the 25-year-old left-hander might be an asset the Athletics move to help restock the farm system.
12/5/2013 | Wilson returns to Dodgers with new contract
The Dodgers accomplished their top offseason priority Thursday, re-signing setup reliever Brian Wilson to a one-year contract worth $10 million, according to a baseball source. Wilson also gets a player option for at least $8.5 million in 2015 that could climb to $10 million, plus $700,000 in incentives.
12/5/2013 | Phillies sign Nieves to be backup catcher
The Phillies announced Thursday afternoon they have signed catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year contract. He is expected to back up Carlos Ruiz.
12/5/2013 | Bloomquist excited to return to where career began
Veteran utility man Willie Bloomquist, who was drafted and played seven years with the Mariners at the beginning of his career, returned to his roots Thursday as Seattle officially announced his signing of a two-year deal.
12/5/2013 | Rangers bringing back TV, radio broadcast teams
The Rangers are bringing back all their television and radio broadcasters for 2014. The only change is television analyst Tom Grieve will have a slightly reduced workload, with Mark McLemore filling in for him on occasion.
12/5/2013 | Aoki trade a win for both Brewers and Royals
By trading Norichika Aoki to the Royals for Will Smith, the Brewers received the left-handed rotation candidate they were seeking while Kansas City acquired a rock-solid outfielder at a great cost.
12/5/2013 | Winfield joins MLBPA staff as special assistant
Hall of Famer Dave Winfield joined the Major League Baseball Players Association on Thursday as a special assistant to new executive director Tony Clark.
12/5/2013 | Samardzija would be bargain compared to Price
Who knows if David Price or Jeff Samardzija will be dealt this coming week or this winter. A Samardzija trade is a long shot, despite some recent reports. But between the two, Samardzija looks like the much better bargain.
12/5/2013 | CarGo could be among Rockies' leadoff options
Carlos Gonzalez is one of the game's top sluggers, but his versatility could also make him an attractive option as a leadoff man.
12/5/2013 | Mujica lands two-year, $9.5 million deal
An already eventful week for the Red Sox gained more steam on Thursday, with the news the club has agreed to terms with righty reliever Edward Mujica on a two-year, $9.5 million deal.
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