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11/25/2013 | Braves have Gattis to fill void left by McCann
It will not be easy for the Braves to compensate for all that they received from Brian McCann, who earned seven All-Star selections and won five Silver Slugger Awards since becoming Atlanta's starting catcher in 2006. But as McCann missed this past season's first six weeks recovering from shoulder surgery, Evan Gattis provided indication that he is prepared for his likely assignment to begin next year as the starting catcher.

11/25/2013 | Kinsler excited about starting Tigers career
As Detroit continues its quest for its first title since 1984, Ian Kinsler is confident that he can return to that big stage with his new club and, together, take home that coveted World Series trophy.

11/25/2013 | Halos trending with appointment of Eckstein
Rick Eckstein will essentially serve as an advanced scouting facilitator, an information allocator and an extra set of eyes for the Angels, a relatively new role that's quickly becoming a trend throughout Major League Baseball.

11/25/2013 | Donning No. 84, Prince unveiled by Texas
Prince Fielder is officially with the Rangers and his jersey -- No. 84 -- is now on sale at the Ballpark in Arlington after his introductory news conference on Monday afternoon.

11/25/2013 | Choo on this: Should Reds go after leadoff man?
There is no doubt that several teams -- the known and unknown -- pursuing free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo are finding out what the Reds learned last year during their due diligence. There is no leadoff hitter who reaches base better than Choo. And that could very well be the reason he floats above the Reds' price threshold.

11/25/2013 | Blue Jays not yet close to filling rotation gaps
Toronto's search for at least one -- possibly two starters -- has been well documented, but general manager Alex Anthopoulos downplayed recent reports he is close to trading for Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija.

11/25/2013 | Tigers name Coles assistant hitting coach
The organization on Monday announced that Darnell Coles will be an assistant hitting coach, working directly with newly named hitting coach Wally Joyner

11/25/2013 | Molson Coors sells share of Rockies' ownership
Molson Coors has ended its 22-year run as an equity owner of the Rockies, selling the company's 14.5 percent stake to Arizona developer Jay Stein.

11/25/2013 | A's swap with Nats, boost bullpen with Abad
The A's bolstered their bullpen depth by acquiring lefty reliever Fernando Abad from the Nationals in exchange for Class A outfielder John Wooten.

11/25/2013 | Bucs know market doesn't favor them for A.J.
Seven and a half weeks after throwing his last pitch, A.J. Burnett still hasn't decided if he'll throw another. But in continuing to contemplate retirement, if he has begun to listen to more than just his family -- to what the market is telling him -- his next pitch would likely have to come somewhere other than Pittsburgh.

11/25/2013 | Thomas thinks Konerko is far from finished
Though Paul Konerko seemingly understands that a return to the White Sox would mean a reduced role, Frank Thomas -- who was teammates with Konerko in Chicago from 1999 to 2005 -- feels a bench role doesn't suit Konerko and isn't right for what he has meant to the franchise.

11/25/2013 | Padres pick up Minor League star Dickerson
The Pirates on Monday traded outfield prospect Alex Dickerson to the Padres in exchange for outfielder Jaff Decker and right-hander Miles Mikolas.

11/25/2013 | Mariners announce McClendon's coaching staff
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon completed his coaching staff on Monday, and the group will have a mix of new and old faces, including Andy Van Slyke, when the club gathers for Spring Training this February in Peoria, Ariz.

11/25/2013 | Inbox: Who will lead off for Cubs in 2014?
Who will fill Chicago's leadoff role? Is Junior Lake the answer? When will Kris Bryant be called up? Carrie Muskat opens up the Cubs Inbox.

11/25/2013 | Orioles acquire Brach from Padres in swap of arms
The Orioles and Padres swapped young right-handers on Monday, with Brad Brach headed to Baltimore in exchange for Devin Jones.

11/25/2013 | New Royals uniforms enhance 'KC' logo
For the first time in franchise history, the familiar "KC" seen on the team's cap, is moving to a regular-season uniform jersey. But just for certain games away from home.

11/25/2013 | Notice taken when raises follow suspensions
During their tour of Spring Training camps earlier this year, Commissioner Bud Selig and the late Michael Weiner, head of the Major League Baseball Players Association, expressed the opinion that despite having the strongest drug policy in team sports, baseball might need to be even tougher on the users of performance-enhancing drugs.

11/25/2013 | Peralta addition keeps Cards stronger in other areas
The Cardinals got better at the one position they believed they needed to get better at, and they did it without surrendering one of their big arms. So if you're inclined to fret about how much money Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak paid for Jhonny Peralta, go right ahead.

11/25/2013 | The Week Ahead: Second helping of deals?
Even if your only big plan for the next seven days is to kick back, watch TV, soak in the smells coming from the kitchen and jack your prescribed calorie allotment into overdrive heading into Friday morning, there should be plenty to chew on in the Hot Stove world of baseball.

11/25/2013 | McCann deal speaks volumes about Yanks' intentions
The Yankees' signing of catcher Brian McCann sends a message that the other 29 Major League franchises do not necessarily want to hear. The Yankees' oft-stated desire to keep their payroll below the $189 million luxury-tax threshold notwithstanding, they are going to do what is necessary to regain Yankee-like status in 2014.

11/25/2013 | Yanks have promising outfield prospect in Williams
Mason Williams, the second ranked player on the Yankees' Top 20 Prospects list, is a fine athlete with great outfield skills and potential at the plate that's waiting to explode. That could happen at any time.

11/25/2013 | Boston's worst-to-first rise gives all clubs hope
The Red Sox finished 2012 in disarray but a year later were celebrating a World Series championship. Which of the six last-place teams from last season is in the best position to make a similar climb in 2014? One club in particular seems like a potential candidate.

11/25/2013 | Done deal: Murphy inks two-year pact with Tribe
On Monday morning, the Indians announced that they have signed free-agent outfielder David Murphy to a two-year contract to assume the role as their regular right fielder. Of course, the deal with Murphy has been old news for a Dallas-area daycare for nearly a week.

11/25/2013 | Winter Leagues: Arcia powers Aragua in twin bill
Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia hammered a walk-off solo shot for Aragua in the first game of a doubleheader against Margarita in the Venezuelan Winter League. Arcia also hit a grand slam in the nightcap.

11/25/2013 | Red Sox prospect holds free clinic in Newtown
Boston prospect Matt Barnes, a native of nearby Bethel, Conn., brought a contingent of players and coaches to the Newtown Youth Academy for a free instructional clinic on Sunday.

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