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NY Daily News:
Alex Rodriguez unlikely to return to Yankees, sources say, as third baseman is dealing with new drug scandal and lengthy hip surgery rehab  —  Even before the latest steroid allegations surfaced, Yankee officials had already privately begun preparing for the likelihood that Rodriguez …
Discussion: MLB Rumors
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Tim Keown / ESPN:
Bud Selig could send message  —  Severe punishment for A-Rod could signal end of era, warn others  —  On second thought, maybe the steroid era isn't over.  Our idea of the steroid era might have ended, along with the antiquated idea of guys sharing a bathroom stall to inject Winstrol …
Discussion: USA Today, HardballTalk and Bats
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
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
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.
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and Gaslamp Ball
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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 …
Discussion: Baseball Nation
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
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: MLB Daily Dish and Lookout Landing
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
Steve Adams / MLB Rumors:
Mets To Sign LaTroy Hawkins  —  The Mets have signed LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale (on Twitter).  —  The 40-year-old Hawkins was effective in 42 innings for the Angels last season, pitching to a 3.64 ERA, 4.9 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue and Metsblog
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
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
 
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