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11/21/2014 | Abreu will benefit from LaRoche's presence

Jose Abreu had a great first season in North America, winning American League Rookie of the Year Award honors. He's likely to be an even more impressive hitter for the White Sox next season. He just might make an even stronger run to be the MVP in the AL than last season, when he finished fourth. One way or another, he'll thank general manager Rick Hahn for giving him the gift of Adam LaRoche.

11/21/2014 | Rumor roundup: Padres, Braves eyeing Tomas

The Padres were not the only club to emerge on Friday as a frontrunner to sign Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas, as the Braves have joined the mix. Here's a recap of the major Hot Stove stories of the day.

11/21/2014 | Samson: 'Great hope' for Marlins after Stanton deal

A buzz is building around Marlins Park since the record-setting signing of Giancarlo Stanton on Wednesday. As the story remains hot on the news cycle, the organization is looking to ride the momentum.

11/21/2014 | Sources: White Sox land LaRoche with two-year deal

The White Sox added a veteran power bat to mix with their young sluggers Friday evening, agreeing to a two-year, $25-million contract with first baseman Adam LaRoche, sources have told

11/21/2014 | Indians bullpen coach Cash a finalist for Rays manager

The Tampa Bay Rays have whittled their managerial candidates list from 10 to three, and Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash remains in play.

11/21/2014 | Source: Padres GM interested in Panda, Tomas

Padres GM A.J. Preller was in Miami on Friday to meet with Gustavo Vazquez, the agent for free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval. He was then expected to fly to the Dominican Republic on Saturday to meet with the agent for Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas, a baseball source told

11/21/2014 | Rays narrow managerial search to three

The Rays went from 10 managerial candidates to three on Friday. Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu compose the final group from which the organization plans to make its choice for Joe Maddon's successor.

11/21/2014 | Dombrowski 'not counting on' Scherzer deal

Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski tried to downplay the possibility of re-signing Max Scherzer and flipping David Price in an interview with MLB Network Radio on Friday afternoon.

11/21/2014 | Nats could have options with Zimmermann, Fister

According to USA Today, the Nationals have told opposing teams they would listen to possible deals involving right-handers Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister. Fister and Zimmermann are free agents after the 2015 season and general manager Mike Rizzo would like to sign them long term. Fister and Zimmermann were two of the Nationals' best pitchers this past season.

11/21/2014 | Stanton deal makes complete sense for Marlins

Maybe it's my background. In addition to spending nearly four decades as a professional sports journalist, I have a degree in economics. The principle I remember most from those days of leading indicators, Say's law and general equilibrium is that of supply and demand. So I've never understood why folks lose their mind when athletes sign for huge bucks.

11/21/2014 | Indians unveil spring schedule, open vs. Reds

For Northeast Ohioans already fighting off freezing temps and snowstorms in November, a welcomed sign of spring emerged Friday -- the release of the Indians' 2015 Spring Training schedule.

11/21/2014 | Urshela won't need surgery for knee sprain

Giovanny Urshela, freshly added to the 40-man roster, is an interesting name in the 2015 mix for an Indians team that struggled defensively last season. And on Friday, the team got good news in the form of official word that Urshela should be physically prepared to be a part of that mix by the start of the 2015 campaign.

11/21/2014 | Tigers add outfielder Avery on Minors deal

The Tigers added depth to their outfield ranks and footspeed to their camp this week by signing former Orioles and Mariners farmhand Xavier Avery to a Minor League contract.

11/21/2014 | Janish among three to sign Minor League deals

The Orioles signed a trio of players to Minor League deals on Friday, acquiring infielder Paul Janish, outfielder Quincy Latimore and right-handed pitcher Terry Doyle.

11/21/2014 | Avila pondering change in catcher's mask

Alex Avila isn't sure whether a change of masks will change his fortunes when it comes to concussions. At this point, however, he's willing to consider it.

11/21/2014 | Down year doesn't derail White Sox hopes for Johnson

Erik Johnson was penciled into the four-spot of the 2014 starting five, but his effort almost immediately didn't look anything like what the White Sox envisioned. Johnson made it through five starts with a 6.46 ERA before being moved back to Triple-A Charlotte, where his ERA checked in at 6.73 over 20 starts. So where do these pronounced struggles leave Johnson moving into '15 and beyond? Down, but not out in the mind of the organization.

11/21/2014 | Cubs, A's to play Spring Training games in Las Vegas

The Cubs are headed back to Las Vegas to play the Athletics in split-squad Spring Training games March 13-14.

11/21/2014 | Outfield an area Rangers are looking to upgrade

Starting pitching is still the Rangers' top priority this offseason, but if they can find the right fit, they could look to address a thin outfield.

11/21/2014 | Putz excited for new role with D-backs' front office

Since 2011, D-backs team president and CEO Derrick Hall and reliever J.J. Putz have talked about the right-hander coming to work for the organization once his playing career was over. Released by Arizona in June, Putz is now a special assistant to Hall.

11/21/2014 | Braves keeping options open with Lester, Tomas

Though they are not currently positioned to provide the financial riches Jon Lester and Cuban sensation Yasmany Tomas will soon receive, the Braves have not ruled out the possibility of signing at least one of these top-tier free agents.

11/21/2014 | Blue Jays put Navarro on block after Martin signing

Alex Anthopoulos rarely shows his hand, but even Toronto's general manager must have realized there's no point in hiding that Dioner Navarro is on the trading block.

11/21/2014 | Agent: Bruce wants to 'remain a Red for life'

Reds outfielder Jay Bruce's agent affirmed his client's "desire to remain a Red for life" amid a report that the team is open to trading the two-time All-Star after he declined a pair of offers for a contract extension earlier this year.

11/21/2014 | Pipeline Inbox: Is it surprising Braves didn't protect Martin?

Jonathan Mayo discusses the Braves leaving Cody Martin and J.R. Graham off the 40-man roster, the recent prospect trades and more in this week's Pipeline Inbox.

11/21/2014 | Rizzo thanks Renteria, calls Maddon hiring 'exciting news'

Anthony Rizzo made a point of reaching out to Rick Renteria shortly after he was dismissed as the Cubs manager, but also has talked with new skipper Joe Maddon and can't wait to start working with him. Rizzo, who was in Chicago on Friday to promote his first "Laugh Off for Cancer" event Jan. 15, said the addition of Maddon was "exciting news."

11/21/2014 | Friars show interest in dealing for Bruce

Say this much about first-year Padres general manager A.J. Preller: He's apparently leaving no stone unturned in his pursuit of offensive help. Now it appears the Padres may have interest in Reds outfielder Jay Bruce.

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