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12/12/2012 | Some flexibility exists to potentially add pitching
With two months left in the offseason and four new, moderately-priced pitchers added to the staff, all people seem to be wondering about the Angels is: Are they done?

12/12/2012 | Madson determined to start season as closer
Ryan Madson will be cautious in his rehab but he's fully prepared to start the season as the Angels' closer.

12/12/2012 | Pirates announce two-year deal with Grilli
Jason Grilli's signing was officially announced Wednesday afternoon by the Pirates, who had made retaining the key setup reliever an offseason priority.

12/12/2012 | Rangers still in the hunt to re-sign Hamilton
With many of the Rangers' other preferred options starting to slip away, the best hope for an impact offseason move seems to be pointed mainly at re-signing Josh Hamilton.

12/12/2012 | Nieves named manager of Class A Dayton
Former Cubs and Angels infielder Jose Nieves was named the manager of Class A Dayton, the Dragons announced Wednesday. Additionally, Tony Fossas will rejoin the Dragons as pitching coach.

12/12/2012 | Mo: I'll be ready to pitch by Opening Day
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera promises that he will be ready to resume answering the call for save opportunities by Opening Day.

12/12/2012 | Blanton no stranger to being a team's backup plan
This awkward position Joe Blanton now finds himself in, as somewhat of a disappointment to a new fan base because he isn't the guy they envisioned, is nothing new to him.

12/12/2012 | Wren, Fredi take evaluation trip to Dominican
Braves general manager Frank Wren has been encouraged to hear and read about the success many of his players have experienced in winter leagues this year. This past weekend, he took manager Fredi Gonzalez and a few of his top front-office officials to the Dominican Republic to get a first-hand look at some of these players who could play important roles in Atlanta this year.

12/12/2012 | Reds reportedly agree to deal with Hannahan
Infielder Jack Hannahan has agreed to a deal with the Reds, pending a physical, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.

12/12/2012 | Shields, Davis poised to lead Royals' turnaround
The thrust of the big trade is a win-now approach by the Royals. James Shields and Wade Davis -- who met the media in Kansas City on Wednesday -- meshed with Ervin Santana and Jeremy Guthrie, are counted upon to lead a turnaround season.

12/12/2012 | Market never an obstacle for adept Jocketty
And so Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has done it again. Filled a need. Smartly. Efficiently. Finished his offseason checklist.

12/12/2012 | Acquiring top pitching requires deft planning
You have to use what currency you have and try to get the high-ceiling arms, which is what each of them has done. This isn't rotisserie, it's the reality of the market.

12/12/2012 | Cosart ready for any role Astros ask him to fill
Hard-throwing prospect Jarred Cosart has been a starter throughout his pro career, but he'd certainly try closing if it got him a spot on the Astros' roster in 2013.

12/12/2012 | Twelves reign supreme on calendar, diamond
This is last time for a long time that a date with three matching numbers will show like a slot machine winner. So we can't let this date pass with at least a dozen baseball references, random as they may be.

12/12/2012 | Greinke will find comfort and thrive with Dodgers
What makes Zack Greinke comfortable is a situation in which his team can win and in which his commitment to his craft can continue to be relentlessly, successfully applied. In this case, the size of the Los Angeles metropolitan area does not have to be considered as any sort of obstacle.

12/12/2012 | Managing expectations: Six new skippers take helm
This spring, fans will need to familiarize themselves with quite a few new managers. Assuming there are no other managerial changes between now and Opening Day, one-fifth of the 30 Major League teams will enter the 2013 season with a new skipper.

12/12/2012 | Deal gives Towers, D-backs chance to compete
With respect possible for what the Giants have done and what the Dodgers are capable of doing, D-backs general manager Kevin Towers has his sights on another trip to October in 2013.

12/12/2012 | Dodgers acquire Schumaker to fortify bench
The Dodgers checked another box off their winter shopping list on Wednesday by acquiring utility man Skip Schumaker from the St. Louis Cardinals for Minor League shortstop Jake Lemmerman.

12/11/2012 | Nationals' Detwiler, Stammen join USO tour
Nationals pitchers Ross Detwiler and Craig Stammen will join Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks will take part in the 2012 USO holiday tour led by the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey.

12/11/2012 | Hurdle embraces opportunity to give back
On Tuesday, as the first official stop on the Pitates' annual Winter Caravan, manager Clint Hurdle was part of a large contingent from the Pirates and Pirates Charities that presented a $200,000 check to the Children's Institute's Centers of Excellence

12/11/2012 | Rockies ink Kensing, McClendon to Minors deals
The Rockies have signed former Marlins and Nationals right-hander Logan Kensing and former Brewers righty Mike McClendon to Minor League contracts with invitations to Major League Spring Training, according to information received by MLB.com.

12/11/2012 | Holland looking for better results next season
Erratic location is the best reason to explain why Derek Holland gave up 32 home runs, fifth most in the American League in 2012. It also helps explain why Holland's final record of 12-7 with a 4.67 ERA was a relative disappointment after he went 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA in '11.

12/11/2012 | Kinsler ready to move on from injury-plagued year
Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler revealed Tuesday that he considered having surgery at the All-Star break on a painful left ankle that has been a persistent problem for him.

12/11/2012 | DiSarcina to manage Pawtucket in 2013
Massachusetts native Gary DiSarcina will manage Triple-A Pawtucket in 2013.

12/11/2012 | Van Tol's hard work pays off with manager's job
The Cubs named Gary Van Tol as Class A Boise's 10th manager, and he'll be calling the shots June 14 when the Hawks' open the 2013 season.


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