1. Oakland A's GM Billy Beane Hedges Bets with Acquisition of Jed Lowrie

    Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane swung what he termed to be his final deal of the offseason on Monday by acquiring infielder Jed Lowrie and reliever Fernando ...

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  2. Michael Bourn and the New York Mets Are a Perfect Match

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported on Sunday that the New York Mets remain in pursuit of center fielder Michael Bourn on a "pillow-type contract...

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  3. San Francisco Giants: Why the Left Field Tandem Will Be a Strength in 2013

    Gregor Blanco —the San Francisco Giants projected starting left fielder—hit just .244/.333/.344 with five home runs last year. Andres Torres—the free agent the Giants brought in to compete with Blanco —hit just ...

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  4. San Francisco Giants: Playing Fact or Fiction with the Latest Rumors

    The latest rumors surrounding the San Francisco Giants deal with free agents Brian Wilson , Ryan Theriot , Brandon Lyon and star catcher Buster Posey...

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  5. Tampa Bay Rays Continue Bargain Shopping with Signing of Kelly Johnson

    According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports, the Tampa Bay Rays and Kelly Johnson have agreed on a one-year contract for 2013 ...

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  6. Oakland A's: Have They Done Enough This Winter to Repeat as AL West Champions?

    The Oakland A's shocked the baseball world last year by winning 94 games and sweeping the Texas Rangers during the final weekend of the season to win the AL West...

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  7. San Francisco Giants: One Thing Each Player Needs to Improve This Offseason

    San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean spent the winter keeping his championship team intact. However, after accomplishing that goal, he didn't have additional funds available to supplement the roster with a marquee free agent or two...

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  8. John Jaso Is a Perfect Fit for the Patient Oakland A's

    Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane swung a deal to steal catcher John Jaso from the division rival Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. According to multiple sources, the A's acquired Jaso from the Mariners and sent pitching prospects A...

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  9. San Francisco Giants: 5 Offseason Moves Team Should Have Made

    The San Francisco Giants should have made five moves this offseason in addition to re-signing free agents Jeremy Affeldt , Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro , and extending the contract of Santiago Casilla ...

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  10. MLB Free Agency: 9 Best Potential Bargains Still Available

    The latest free-agent buzz in Major League Baseball has surrounded three clients of Scott Boras , all currently left out in the cold of winter with spring training fast approaching...

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  11. What Exactly Is the Arizona Diamondbacks GM Doing This Winter?

    In Kevin Towers' first season as the general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks , he orchestrated a worst-to-first turnaround that brought the team from 65 wins to 94—a 29-win improvement good enough for the NL West crown in 2011...

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  12. San Francisco Giants: Breaking Down Signing of Japanese Infielder Kensuke Tanaka

    On Wednesday, the San Francisco Giants agreed to a minor league contract and spring training invite with Japanese second baseman Kensuke Tanaka according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle...

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  13. 2012 Hall of Fame: Examining the Case of San Francisco Giants Star Barry Bonds

    Members of the Baseball Writers Association of America ( BBWAA ) who vote for the Hall of Fame are instructed that “voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ...

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  14. San Francisco Giants: Handicapping Odds of Prospects Making Opening Day Roster

    Kyle Crick, Clayton Blackburn and Chris Stratton , the San Francisco Giants top three prospects according to FanGraphs , have yet to pitch above A-ball. Thus, they don't have the professional experience needed to make the opening day roster...

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  15. San Francisco Giants: Why Nick Swisher Would Have a Been Perfect Fit

    The weakest aspect of the San Francisco Giants current roster is the left field time share between Gregor Blanco and Andres Torres...

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  16. Buying or Selling the Latest San Francisco Giants Rumors

    After keeping the core of their championship team together by re-signing free agents Jeremy Affeldt , Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro , the latest rumors pertaining to the San Francisco Giants mostly surround the periphery of the roster...

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  17. San Francisco Giants: Did They Overpay for Santiago Casilla and Jeremy Affeldt?

    Earlier this offseason, when the San Francisco Giants re-signed reliever Jeremy Affeldt to a three-year, $18 million contract , I argued that the club overpaid to retain the 33-year-old lefty...

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  18. San Francisco Giants: Projecting the 25-Man Roster for Spring Training

    The San Francisco Giants' starting lineup, pitching rotation and six of the team's seven bullpen spots appear to already be set in stone...

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  19. San Francisco Giants Hoping to Continue Success with Minor League Free Agents

    Major League Baseball teams acquire amateur talent through the draft and by signing international free agents, and they acquire professional talent through free agency and trades...

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  20. Francisco Liriano: Breaking Down His Deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates

    As a fan of the two Bay Area baseball teams, most of my observed impressions of players around Major League Baseball are based on their performances against the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's...

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  21. Chicago Cubs Continue to Improve Pitching Staff with Edwin Jackson Signing

    Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer had a quiet first offseason last winter after taking over the reigns from former general manger Jim Hendry...

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  22. San Francisco Giants: Projecting Bruce Bochy's Batting Order & Pitching Staff

    Barring an injury or a late offseason acquisition, the Giants ' 2013 lineup is going to look almost identical to the one that closed out the World Series with an extra-inning, 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers to finish the sweep...

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  23. Hiroyuki Nakajima: Breaking Down the Oakland A's New Shortstop

    After trading shortstop Cliff Pennington to Arizona for outfielder Chris Young and losing Pennington's eventual successor Stephen Drew in free agency to the Boston Red Sox , ...

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  24. Toronto Blue Jays General Manager Alex Anthopoulos Has Gone All-in on 2013

    After winning 85 games in 2010 and 81 in 2011, the Toronto Blue Jays entered last season thinking that they were on the verge of playoff contention...

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  25. New England Patriots Pass Defense Exposed in Loss to San Francisco 49ers

    The New England Patriots were exposed in many ways in their 41-34 home loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football , but it was the continued struggles of the defense that stood out most...

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