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Yankees legend Don Mattingly gets another shot at Hall of Fame

Don Mattingly’s latest chance of being enshrined in Cooperstown will come Sunday night. The former Yankees first baseman is on the eight-player ballot which the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee will vote on. The results will be announced at 8 p.m. on Sunday at MLB’s Winter Meetings in San Diego. The rest of the ballot is comprised of Barry Bonds, Rogers Clemens, Curt Schilling, Albert Belle, Fred McGriff, Dale Murphy and Rafael Palmeiro. Mattingly spent 15 years on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot, but never received the requisite 75 percent of the vote; the closest he came was in his first year...
COOPERSTOWN, NY
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Braves News: Braves trading a catcher?, Mets lose deGrom, more

Yesterday was a fine day for the Atlanta Braves. Not only did a member of the organization get some much deserved recognition, but we got some bona fide Braves rumors about at least one thing they are considering this offseason AND the Mets lost arguably the most talented pitcher in the entire leagues to free agency.
ATLANTA, GA
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Dodgers Rule 5 Draft thoughts: Ryan Noda, Carlos Duran & more

The 2022 Rule 5 Draft is coming on Wednesday at the winter meetings in San Diego, and a few Dodgers prospects are among the possible selections. Nobody covers the Rule 5 Draft better than the folks at Baseball America. This week, J.J. Cooper and Geoff Pontes co-hosted a Rule 5 preview podcast, in which a few Dodgers were mentioned.
LOS ANGELES, CA

Some ideas for Rays as they head to winter meetings looking to boost offense

ST. PETERSBURG — More than just about anything else, the Rays consider themselves opportunistic. Which is why they can go into an offseason openly saying their goal is to improve an offense in need of help and instead make an aggressive move by devoting a chunk of their limited resources to sign a starting pitcher — Zach Eflin, who agreed Thursday to a $40 million, three-year deal, pending a physical.
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The Entire Mariners Organization Takes Home A Special Award

The Seattle Mariners put together a season full of great memories and moments, winning 90 games and earning the second Wild Card spot in the American League. In doing so, the Mariners snapped what had been the longest active postseason drought in baseball. Seattle had not reached the playoffs since...
SEATTLE, WA

Brewers Outright Alex Jackson

The Brewers have outrighted catcher Alex Jackson, according to Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Jackson, 27 later this month, spent time in the majors with the Braves and Marlins prior to this season. Just as the 2022 campaign was about to kick off, the Brewers got the unfortunate news that Pedro Severino had been handed an 80-game suspension for failing a test for performance-enhancing drugs. They suddenly had to scramble to address their catching corps and quickly traded for both Victor Caratini and Jackson. Unfortunately, Jackson dealt with multiple injuries this year and only got into 38 games with just five of those coming at the major league level.
MILWAUKEE, WI
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Sunday Notes: Rebuffing Criticism, Bill Schmidt Likes The Rockies’ Direction

The Colorado Rockies have received their fair share of criticism since winning 91 games and earning a Wild Card berth in 2018. Four losing seasons have played a part in that, but so too have some questionable decisions, financial and otherwise. Four months ago — and he’s no lone wolf in having offered such a critique — my colleague Dan Szymborski called Colorado “The worst-run organization in baseball.”
DENVER, CO

Giants Claim Miguel Yajure From Pirates

The Giants announced they’ve claimed right-hander Miguel Yajure off waivers from the Pirates. San Francisco’s 40-man roster count jumps to 38, while Pittsburgh’s tally falls to 38. Yajure joined the professional ranks as an amateur signee with the Yankees in 2015. A few seasons of strong performance...
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
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Rapsodo Interview.

On Tuesday October 27, 2022 at 1900 EST, Makakilo and I got to sit down with Brian Page and Brittany Zoet of Rapsodo in St Louis, Missouri. They graciously answered all the questions we could come up with over the course of the next 45-60 minutes. They followed up with additional information. We sincerely and heartily thank them for taking the time to talk with us. I speak for myself and Mak when I say that it was exciting, enlightening, and also slightly disappointing (but that’s mostly on me).
ARIZONA STATE
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Guardians sign catcher to free agent deal

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – The Cleveland Guardians have signed free agent catcher Meibrys Viloria to a minor league contract. The deal also includes an invitation to 2023 Major League spring training camp. The 25-year old split the 2022 campaign spent last season with the Texas Rangers following eight seasons...
CLEVELAND, OH
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Royals Rumblings - News for December 2, 2022

Ken Rosenthal speculates that the White Sox could be interested in Salvador Perez due to the Pedro Grifol connection, but a trade is not likely. The Royals, however, are not inclined to move Perez, and certainly not to a team in their division. Perez is the last player remaining from their 2015 World Series champions. Club officials view him as an important part of the Royals’ offense and an asset in the development of their young pitchers.
KANSAS CITY, MO
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Braves Analyst Sums Up How The Front Office Won 2022

The Atlanta Braves received good news on Friday morning when it was announced that President of Baseball Operations Alex Anthopoulos had received the Executive of the Year Award presented by Baseball America. Anthopoulos came to the Braves organization after a six-year tenure with the Toronto Blue Jays as the team’s...
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