Who replaces Gardenhire? 

September, 30, 2014
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The Minnesota Twins are looking to hire just their third manager since the Reagan Administration following the decision of general manager Terry Ryan to part ways with Ron Gardenhire on Monday.

Third base options in Baltimore 

September, 30, 2014
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The Baltimore Orioles have until 10 a.m. ET Thursday to finalize their roster for the American League Division Series against Detroit, but manager Buck Showalter indicated that he may make up his mind today, says Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com.

With Manny Machado out for the season following knee surgery and Chris Davis serving a suspension, the Orioles face a tough call at third base, where Ryan Flaherty, Kelly Johnson and Jimmy Paredes have split time over the last few weeks.

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Phillies seek power bat 

September, 30, 2014
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Adding a power outfield bat is one of the primary offseason goals for the Philadelphia Phillies, but it could come down to whether general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is willing to take another huge financial risk.

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Could Nava be in Giants' 2015 plans? 

September, 29, 2014
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Boston's suddenly abundant outfield could leave Daniel Nava on the trade market over the winter.

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Is Jackson the M's future in CF? 

September, 29, 2014
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Monday is a disappointing day for the Seattle Mariners, which on Sunday finished one-game short of a potential shot at their first playoff appearance in 13 seasons. As the team picks up the pieces in an otherwise uplifting and unexpected 87-win season and looks ahead to 2015, it will certainly look towards upgrades in the outfield.

Again, that was a weakness on this team in 2014, with Dustin Ackley in left, James Jones in center until the trade-deadline deal for Austin Jackson, and everyone from Michael Saunders and Endy Chavez to Stefen Romero in right. One player expected to stick around for at least another season is Jackson, who came at the expense of infield prospect Nick Franklin, and is arbitration eligible this winter. But is Jackson is Seattle's long-term plans?

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Pitching a big concern for Giants? 

September, 29, 2014
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Pitching is the primary reason the San Francisco Giants were able to rattle off World Series Championships in two of the last four years, and by pitching we mean all phases -- the starting staff, the setup men and a lock-down closer (first Brian Wilson, then Sergio Romo).

But with Tim Lincecum far from the dominant ace he once was, Matt Cain (elbow/ankle) out for the season and Tim Hudson (9-13) recording the first losing season of his long career, this is a Giants team that will enter Wednesday's wild-card game against Pittsburgh that will have to rely on a difference recipe to win ball games in October.

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Will Cespedes end up in RF in 2015? 

September, 29, 2014
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Yoenis Cespedes has one of the strongest outfield arms of anyone to have ever played the game. A bold statement? Perhaps. But it's one that's hard to argue against if you've seen throws like this one from June, when Cespedes's laser from left field beat a stunned Howie Kendrick to home plate.

Incredibly, though, in 275 career major league games Cespedes has yet to appear in right field, the position where most strong-armed sluggers call end up calling home. But, according to one story out of Boston, that's likely to change in 2015.

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Will Yankees spend on pitching? 

September, 29, 2014
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It is a knee-jerk reaction to connect the New York Yankees to any high-priced free agent, but that may not necessarily be the case this winter.

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Is Ichiro ready to call it quits? 

September, 29, 2014
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This morning my little nephew was wearing the same Seattle Mariners' Ichiro shirt that my son once wore years before, and it got me thinking about Ichiro, a player once regarded as one of the best in the game.

Is good 'ol Ichiro ready to hang 'em up? Has he played his last game? Or is the soon-to-be 41-year-old outfielder committed to playing in 2015? A story from over the weekend helped shed light on that.

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Could Dayton Moore return to Atlanta? 

September, 29, 2014
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Postseason baseball returns to Kansas City for the first time since 1985 on Tuesday, and with it comes some vindication for Royals general manager Dayton Moore, who took over during the 2006 season and did not have a winning season until 2013.

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Gardenhire's future in Minnesota 

September, 29, 2014
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The offseason managerial sweepstakes could take an interesting turn depending on what happens this week in Minnesota, where Twins general manager Terry Ryan will decide on the fate of manager Ron Gardenhire.

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Shoemaker's role in October 

September, 29, 2014
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The odds of Matt Shoemaker playing a prominent role for the Los Angeles Angels this October seemed to increase Sunday when the right-hander said he “felt great after a bullpen workout of 30-40 pitches,” reports Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

Shoemaker, sidelined since September 15 with a strained rib cage, is expected to face hitters in Angel Stadium on Tuesday or Wednesday. The 27-year-old enjoyed a breakout season with 16 wins, a 3.04 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.

The Angels are expected to start Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson in Games One and Two of the Division Series. DiGiovanna reports the Angels are “leaning heavily toward using a three-man rotation” with Shoemaker likely starting Game Three.

Depending on how Shoemaker’s workouts play out over the next few days, another possibility would be to use him out of the bullpen. He is among several middle- to back-of-the-rotation starters around the majors who could end up with prominent bullpen roles over the next few weeks.

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Zobrist staying in Tampa Bay? 

September, 29, 2014
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One of the big offseason decisions for the Tampa Bay Rays involves a $7.5 million option on Ben Zobrist, who started at five positions plus designated hitter and led the club with a .354 on-base percentage.

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Gibbons, Anthopoulos safe in Toronto? 

September, 29, 2014
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The futures of Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and general manager Alex Anthopoulos could hinge on whether team president Paul Beeston sticks around.

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Betances to close for Yanks in 2015? 

September, 28, 2014
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Replacing a legend is never an easy task, no matter which field it's in, and to David Robertson's credit the Yankees closer did very well replacing Mariano Rivera. Summoned from the setup role, he converted 39 of 44 save chances in 2014.

But Robertson is set to become a free agent this winter, and if he signs elsewhere it could be up to another stud setup man, young Dellin Betances, to assume the closer role in 2015.

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