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12:30 PM ET, November 17, 2012

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Fox Sports:
Sources: Marlins broke promises  —  Miami Marlins fans are not the only ones feeling betrayed by ownership's decision to break up the club.  —  Shortstop Jose Reyes and left-hander Mark Buehrle, two of the five Marlins headed to Toronto in a pending blockbuster, are upset …
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Peter Gammons / MLB.com:
Stanton solely focused on ‘winning philosophy’  —  Marlins slugger frustrated after five teammates traded to Toronto  —  Giancarlo Stanton was home in Westwood, Calif., on Tuesday when he heard the news that five of his teammates were being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Discussion: HardballTalk and Miami Marlins
Joe Capozzi / Fish Tank blog:
Ricky Nolasco will pitch for Marlins in 2013, says team president
Adam Kilgore / Nationals Journal:
Nationals have talked with B.J. Upton  —  As the Nationals wait for a resolution to their ongoing talks with first baseman Adam LaRoche, they have had initial dialogue with free agent outfielder B.J. Upton, according to a person familiar with the situation, and are expected to have increased communication with Upton in the near future.
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Market heats up for B.J. Upton  —  The full-court press is on for free-agent center fielder B.J. Upton.  —  Upton not only met with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, but also spoke with the Philadelphia Phillies earlier in the week, according to major-league sources.
Mark Bowman / Bowman's Blog:
B.J. Upton visits with Braves at Turner Field
Mark Bowman / MLB.com:
Braves host free-agent outfielder Upton
Discussion: The Heater Feed
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Blue Jays To Sign Melky Cabrera  —  The Blue Jays have agreed to sign Melky Cabrera to a two-year, $16MM contract, Enrique Rojas of ESPNdeportes.com reports.  ACES represents Cabrera, who must pass a physical for the deal to be completed.  —  Cabrera served a season-ending 50 game suspension under …
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Globe and Mail:
Report: Blue Jays sign free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera
Discussion: Bats
David Lennon / Newsday:
Bud Selig gives Fred Wilpon's ownership group a vote of confidence  —  ROSEMONT, Ill. — In light of obvious financial problems with the Marlins, and possibly the future of baseball in South Florida, commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that he has no concerns about the Mets, who still are facing a cash crunch of their own.
Discussion: Metsblog
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Buster Olney / ESPN.com:
Wilpons should re-sign Dickey or sell Mets
Discussion: New York Post, Metsblog and MLB Rumors
Greg Johns / MLB.com:
Zduriencik says Mariners aren't targeting Hamilton  —  SEATTLE — Although the Mariners plan to pursue offensive upgrades this offseason, general manager Jack Zduriencik said Friday he doesn't see Seattle being big players in the pursuit of free-agent slugger Josh Hamilton.
ESPN.com:
Sources: Toronto close to naming new manager  —  The Toronto Blue Jays are close to announcing their next manager less than a month after John Farrell left for the same position as part of a trade with the Boston Red Sox, sources have told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.
Discussion: MLB Rumors, Purple Row, ESPN and MLB
John Manuel / Baseball America:
Brazil Upsets Host Panama In Qualifier Opener  —  Astros farmhand Murilo Gouvea retired the first 10 batters he faced, and Rays farmhand Leonardo Reginatto scored two of Brazil's runs and drove in a third as Brazil upset Panama 3-2 to open the World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
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Debby Wu / MLB.com:
New Zealand bounces Thailand with qualifier upset
Discussion: HardballTalk
Adam McCalvy / MLB.com:
Science gives Crew edge in keeping arms healthy  —  Injury prevention for pitchers is focus of team's unique three-day medical symposium  —  MILWAUKEE — For nearly a decade, the Brewers quietly have been on the forefront of injury prevention, particularly in the pitching department.
Dick Kaegel / MLB.com:
Trout is Negro Leagues Legacy Awards' AL MVP  —  Pirates outfielder McCutchen receives National League's top honor  —  KANSAS CITY — Mike Trout settled for runner-up when the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced its choice for American League MVP on Thursday …
Discussion: Pinstriped Bible
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Mark Berman / MyFoxHouston:
Astros owner Jim Crane meets with Lance Berkman who is working as volunteer at Rice  —  Houston Astros owner Jim Crane told FOX 26 Sports he met last week with free agent first baseman Lance Berkman.  —  “We had a chat in my office,” Crane said.  “He was just seeing where we were at.
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Padres Acquire Ross For Parrino, Werner  —  The Padres announced that they acquired right-hander Tyson Ross and infielder A.J. Kirby-Jones from the A's for infielder Andy Parrino and left-hander Andrew Werner.  None of the four players have enough service time to be arbitration eligible.
Rob Bradford / WEEI:
SOURCE: RED SOX NOT PRIORITIZING HAMILTON  —  According to a baseball source, reports of the Red Sox' interest in free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton have been “overblown.”  —  While the Red Sox are in the market for a pair of outfielders this offseason, Hamilton — considered …
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Dave Studeman / Hardball Times:
It's the 2013 Hardball Times Baseball Annual  —  The Hardball Times Baseball Annual for 2013 is now yours for the purchasing.  This is something we do every year, just for the heck of it.  In fact, this is our ninth THT Annual, and we're trying a few new things this year.
 
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