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1:25 AM ET, January 31, 2013

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Corey Brock / MLB.com:
Padres, Headley agree to $8.575M deal for '13  —  SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres avoided arbitration with third baseman Chase Headley on Wednesday, agreeing to a one-year, $8.575 million deal with the 2012 Silver Slugger and Gold Glove winner.  —  Headley, who finished fifth …
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MLB.com:
Padres agree to terms with INF Chase Headley on one-year contract for 2013 season  —  SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres today announced that they have agreed to terms with infielder Chase Headley on a one-year contract for the 2013 season.  Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes made the announcement.
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
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and WasWatching.com
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
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe and Camden Chat
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
Associated Press:
Mariners agree to one-year deal with RHP Kelley  —  SEATTLE — Shawn Kelley and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a $935,000, one-year contract that avoids salary arbitration.  —  The team announced the deal Wednesday.  —  Kelley gets a raise from $610,000 last season …
Discussion: Lookout Landing
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
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
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
 
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