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12/10/2013 | Matheny forgiving of new shortstop Peralta's past

Mike Matheny discussed the dilemma of fitting an excess of starting pitching candidates onto a roster that features only five rotation spots, and how Jon Jay still fits on a club that recently added another center fielder to the mix. Matheny talked at length, too, about where Jhonny Peralta can find a fit in an organization that has long boasted of holding its players to higher standards on and off the field.

12/10/2013 | Trade for Trumbo shows D-backs' aggressiveness

After the sting of a second-place standing to the Dodgers, aggressiveness was expected from a spurned D-backs club, and aggressiveness arrived Tuesday, when GM Kevin Towers bid boldly on a power-hitting corner outfielder named Mark Trumbo.

12/10/2013 | Williams: Nats can improve 'D,' offensive efficiency

Nationals manager Matt Williams has been on the job for over a month, and already he seems comfortable in his new surroundings. Williams fits in perfectly in team meetings. He has had sessions with the team's scouts, analytical people and coaching staff on how to improve the team. It's obvious to general manager Mike Rizzo that Williams is a good fit with the organization.

12/10/2013 | Difficult deals should make Angels better in end

Four seasons removed from the postseason, with a top-heavy payroll, the Angels have sacrificed two thrilling talents in Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos for needs. Rolling the dice, you never know how these things will play out.

12/10/2013 | Melvin feels it's up to Hart if he wants to return

Without detailing the club's offer, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin suggested Tuesday afternoon that it was up to free-agent first baseman Corey Hart to decide whether to return to Milwaukee. While Hart mulled his options, the rest of the Brewers' plans were on hold.

12/10/2013 | Papi the unanimous choice for Martinez Award

Since the inception of the DH in 1973, nobody has dominated the position for a sustained period quite like David Ortiz, who on Tuesday was named the winner of the Edgar Martinez Outstanding DH Award for the seventh time.

12/10/2013 | MLB agrees to new Japanese posting system

Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have reached an agreement in principle for a new posting system that will govern how Japanese players who haven't reached free agency in their native country to play in the United States.

12/10/2013 | Mets hoping for all clear after Parnell checkup

Bobby Parnell, who underwent surgery in September to remove a herniated disk from his neck, is scheduled for a checkup next week with the doctor who performed his operation. If all goes well, according to Mets manager Terry Collins, he could be cleared to resume baseball activities for the first time since his surgery.

12/10/2013 | Veras sets sights on return; slugger Morse on radar

Several names emerged Tuesday as potential free-agent targets for the Astros, including one that should still ring familiar to fans in Houston. Right-hander Jose Veras, who served as the Astros' closer the first half of the 2013 season, said Tuesday his agent has been talking to Houston about a possible return to the club.

12/10/2013 | Communication with Uggla, B.J. priority for Gonzalez

While there is still a chance Dan Uggla could be traded, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez currently has to maintain the assumption that one of his highest priorities will be to do whatever it takes to help Uggla and B.J. Upton avoid repeating the disastrous seasons they endured this year.

12/10/2013 | GIBBY Awards offer one more reason to reflect

Let's push the pause button on the comings and goings of a busy offseason to celebrate our amazing game. In the end, that's what our 12th annual Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards are all about.

12/10/2013 | Showalter confident Markakis will rebound next year

Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis is coming off the worst year of his career, but manager Buck Showalter cautioned reporters about counting out the 30-year-old's bounce-back ability.

12/10/2013 | Three-way benefit: Applauding an old-fashioned trade

In a three-team trade that included the Angels, D-backs and White Sox, each team met pre-Winter Meetings needs with one blockbuster deal.

12/10/2013 | Granderson adds spice to Yankees-Mets rivalry

Curtis Granderson did not waste any time adding some spice to the crosstown rivalry between the Yankees and the Mets, leaving little question where his allegiances now reside.

12/10/2013 | Rockies confident Anderson can be 'impact starter'

It was a good time for left-hander Brett Anderson to get a fresh start -- one he received Tuesday, when the Rockies acquired him and cash consideration from the Athletics for left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz and right-handed Minor League pitcher Chris Jensen.

12/10/2013 | D-backs use three-team deal to get Trumbo's power bat

The D-backs got the power bat they were seeking when they acquired outfielder Mark Trumbo from the Angels in a three-team trade Tuesday that sent Tyler Skaggs to the Halos and Adam Eaton to the White Sox.

12/10/2013 | Tigers completing deal with free agent Davis

The Tigers have found their answer in left field, and it's not the result of the much-speculated pursuit of Shin-Soo Choo. Instead, they're prepared to go with a platoon of Andy Dirks and Rajai Davis. The Tigers spent Tuesday working to complete an agreement with Davis on what is expected to be a two-year contract, according to sources.

12/10/2013 | Clippard, Storen getting attention of shoppers

A lot of teams have expressed interest in Nationals setup men Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen, learned Monday night. A talent evaluator outside the Nationals' organization said that Storen is more likely to be dealt, explaining that it would be a mistake to trade Clippard because he is versatile.

12/10/2013 | Recalling Angell's empathy with teenage fan

I've been privileged to know Roger Angell for almost 40 years, through exchanging letters and occasionally crossing paths. I'm overjoyed by his triumph in winning the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, though our association was forged at a point when I felt anything but triumphant.

12/10/2013 | 'Baseball's Greatest' leaves no stone unturned

There was a time, and not that long ago, when any decent saloon kept a copy of "The Baseball Encyclopedia" prominently displayed behind the bar. It came in handy to help settle arguments, or at least provide ammunition to one side or the other. These days, of course, a few taps on a smartphone can achieve the same result.

12/10/2013 | Halos swap Trumbo for pitching in three-way deal

The Angels, D-backs and White Sox have completed a three-team deal involving Angels first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo going to Arizona, starters Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago going to the Angels and D-backs center fielder Adam Eaton getting shipped to the White Sox.

12/10/2013 | Orioles showing interest in signing Balfour

As of Tuesday afternoon, there was no official offer from the Orioles to free agent Grant Balfour, but that's expected to change, as Baltimore remains interested in the fiery closer and is trying to get a deal done, according to multiple sources.

12/10/2013 | Detroit inks Davis to platoon with Dirks in left field

The Tigers are prepared to go with a platoon of Andy Dirks and Rajai Davis in left after reportedly signing the speedy veteran to a two-year deal.

12/10/2013 | The New Yorker's Angell wins Spink Award

Roger Angell, a senior editor at The New Yorker magazine and a longtime spinner of feature-length baseball yarns, was voted the winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in the annual balloting among members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday.

12/10/2013 | Rangers' focus is on Choo or Cruz

The Rangers are discussing the possibility of signing either free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo or Nelson Cruz.They appear to be the team in best position to land Choo, with other potential suitors dropping out, but GM Jon Daniels said the club won't force the issue.

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