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10:10 PM ET, January 30, 2013

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Bob Klapisch / NorthJersey.com:
A-Rod's lasting legacy is as an all-time cheater  —  Say goodbye to Alex Rodriguez and whatever good memories you have of this disgraced slugger, assuming there are any left to conjure.  A-Rod has been linked (again) to performance-enhancing drugs, as recently as last season …
Discussion: HardballTalk and WasWatching.com
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Fox Sports:
Exit strategy for A-Rod  —  The Yankees probably cannot void Alex Rodriguez's contract, and they might not even need to try.  —  A-Rod just might void himself.  —  Specifically, Rodriguez might find a doctor who says he is suffering from a career-ending injury, collect the $114 million remaining on his contract and never play again.
Justice4U:
My favorite A-Rod story occurred in a Kansas City restaurant  —  Your browser does not support iframes.  —  I was having lunch at Houston's in Country Club Plaza when one of the people at our table said, “Hey, look, that's one of A-Rod's guys.”  He pointed to a man who was engaged …
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and WasWatching.com
ESPN:
Sources: Yanks trying to void A-Rod's contract
Zach Links / MLB Rumors:
Yankees Working To Void Alex Rodriguez's Contract
Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com:
Breaking down MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects  —  It's the moment everyone has been waiting for: MLB.com's 2013 Top 100 Prospects list is now available for perusal and dissection.  Let the debate begin!  —  Lists like this are made to get people talking and arguing.
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Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com:
Bundy ranked No. 2 among Top 100 Prospects  —  Fellow righty Gausman slotted as game's 37th-best developing talent  —  In discussing why the Orioles haven't made any splashy offseason moves, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has said numerous times that future success …
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe and Camden Chat
MLB.com:
MLB.com's Top 100 Prospect list  —  MLB.com's 2013 Top 100 Prospects list is being counted down live on MLB.com and MLB Network.  The entire list, with video, photos, stats, scouting reports and grades will be available on MLBPipeline.com at 10 p.m. ET.  Here's a look at the players who have been unveiled so far:
Comcast SportsNet:
Marshall Faulk: 'I'll never be over being cheated out of Super Bowl'  —  NEW ORLEANS — The Super Bowl is back in New Orleans for the first time since February 2002, when the Patriots upset the mighty St. Louis Rams.  —  On Tuesday, I asked Marshall Faulk if being back in the Superdome this week conjured up any emotions from that day.
Evan Drellich / MLB.com:
Kalish's shoulder surgery successful  —  Young outfielder unlikely to be ready for Spring Training  —  BOSTON — Ryan Kalish's right shoulder surgery on Tuesday was successful, the Red Sox announced Wednesday.  —  Dr. Lewis Yocum performed the procedure, a right shoulder arthroscopy and posterior labrum repair, in Los Angeles.
Discussion: HardballTalk
Cash Kruth / MLB.com:
Schneider reportedly retires after 13 years  —  Catcher Brian Schneider — who caught 13 years with the Expos/Nationals organization, Mets and Phillies — has decided to retire, according to his hometown newspaper, the Allentown Morning Call, on Tuesday.  —  Schneider, 36, caught …
Discussion: Philliesflow.com
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Mandy Housenick / The Phillies Files:
Phillie saying goodbye to baseball
Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com:
Angels hire Vizquel as infield instructor  —  Defensive whiz retired in 2012 with 11 Gold Gloves in 24 seasons  —  ANAHEIM — Legendary shortstop Omar Vizquel has his first post-playing job — with the Angels, as their new roving infield instructor.  —  “It's a great presence that he brings …
Discussion: Halos Heaven and HardballTalk
Baseball America:
2013 San Francisco Giants Top 10 Prospects … The Giants strived for more than a half-century to win their first World Series title in San Francisco.  They didn't make their faithful wait nearly as long for the next parade down Market Street.  —  The road was far more treacherous than in 2010.
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
Bryan Hoch / MLB.com:
Pettitte passes on chance to pitch for Team USA  —  NEW YORK — Andy Pettitte will remain in Yankees camp this spring, passing on an opportunity to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.  —  The 40-year-old Pettitte informed the Yankees that he would not appear on manager Joe Torre's roster …
Discussion: HardballTalk
John Sickels / Minor League Ball:
My Take on Wilmer Flores  —  Here is my take in the 2013 Baseball Prospect Book on New York Mets prospect Wilmer Flores.  I was getting doubtful about him entering 2012 but I am very impressed with the improvement he showed with the bat.  —  Wilmer Flores, 3B-2B, New York Mets
Discussion: Metsblog and MLB Prospect Watch
Greg Johns / MLB.com:
Mariners reportedly close to deal with Shoppach  —  SEATTLE — Veteran catcher Kelly Shoppach is in Seattle meeting with Mariners officials and is scheduled to take a physical on Wednesday, according to a baseball source, as the club continues looking to add depth behind the plate.
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Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Mariners To Sign Kelly Shoppach
Discussion: Lookout Landing and MLB Daily Dish
 
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