Back in mid-December, there were some reports that the Los Angeles Angels were in exploratory talks with the Texas Rangers about trading outfielder Josh Hamilton back to the team he had left via free agency prior to the 2013 season. While nothing materialized at the time, the rumor has continued to live on.

Could Hamels go to Cards? 

January, 25, 2015
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The Philadelphia Phillies have stated that they are not actively shopping Cole Hamels at this time. Nevertheless, the general feeling around the league seems to be that the pitcher could still very well be dealt at some point in the next six months. One team that might be interested is the St. Louis Cardinals.

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No Papelbon deal on horizon? 

January, 25, 2015
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Earlier this week, there seemed to be some progress on a potential trade that would see the Milwaukee Brewers ending up with closer Jonathan Papelbon of the Philadelpia Phillies. However, after those initial reports, there doesn't seem to have been any movement towards a successful handshake between all involved parties.

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Who fills in for Doolittle? 

January, 24, 2015
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The Oakland Athletics learned Friday that All-Star closer Sean Doolittle has a slight rotator-cuff tear in his left shoulder and will miss the start of the regular season, assistant general manager David Forst told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Flowers still tops depth chart 

January, 24, 2015
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The Chicago White Sox insist Tyler Flowers is still their No. 1 catcher, even if they added some insurance Friday by agreeing to minor league deals with Geovany Soto and George Kottaras.

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Could Shields land on South Beach? 

January, 24, 2015
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The Washington Nationals were already the frontrunners in the National League East even before the blockbuster deal with Max Scherzer. Could the Miami Marlins answer their division rival with a deal for James Shields?

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Possible fits for Rafael Soriano 

January, 24, 2015
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A number of free agent relievers are still available a month before spring training, including Rafael Soriano, the owner of 207 career saves.

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Will a Papelbon deal get done? 

January, 24, 2015
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The buzz around baseball on Friday had the Philadelphia Phillies engaged in discussions to send closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Milwaukee Brewers, although a trade is not believed to be imminent.

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Friday rumor roundup 

January, 23, 2015
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Even though he has a Cy Young Award under his belt, Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians is nowhere near a major league millionaire. As Zack Meisel of the Cleveland Plain Dealer notes, "Kluber is under team control for at least the next four years. He earned $514,000 last season and stands to earn a similar salary in 2015."

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Reds rotation far from settled? 

January, 23, 2015
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The Cincinnati Reds are pretty much set at the top of their rotation for 2015 with the trio of Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey and Mike Leake. However, when it comes to filling out the rest of the starting five, things begin to get a bit murky.

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Does Craig have a home in Boston? 

January, 23, 2015
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It would not be surprising to see Allen Craig in the starting lineup for the Boston Red Sox on a rather routine basis in 2015, but exactly where he might end up defensively on any given day is a little bit harder to predict.

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Marlins in mix for Shields? 

January, 23, 2015
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With Max Scherzer off the board, all eyes now turn to the race to land James Shields, which almost assuredly will be the last big "lottery" of the offseason. The Miami Marlins "continue to be involved and are closely monitoring" the status of Shields, a source tells Jim Bowden of ESPN.com.

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Brewers pursuing Papelbon? 

January, 23, 2015
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The Milwaukee Brewers have publicly stated that a bullpen upgrade is still on the agenda for this offseason, which is why it should come as no surprise to hear that they are taking a long look at trading for Jonathan Papelbon of the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Baez no lock to make Cubs? 

January, 22, 2015
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Javier Baez of the Chicago Cubs may not be a lock to start the season on the major league roster, as the team is not satisfied with the young prospect's 41.5 percent strikeout rate in 2014.

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As the political landscape regarding the relationship between the United States and Cuba continues to develop, there may well be a time when baseball players from that nation all get a chance to migrate to the major leagues in one fell swoop. However, until that time occurs, we should expect a slow and steady influx of talent when Cuban players find a way to leave their island home.

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