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12:35 PM ET, January 31, 2013


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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 …
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 …
Bob Klapisch /
A-Rod's lasting legacy is as an all-time cheater
Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
Kalish expected to miss at least six months  —  Here are a few items of interest:  —  • Was told earlier today that the recovery time for Ryan Kalish after his shoulder surgery is six months.  So he might not be ready to start baseball-type activities until August.
Evan Drellich /
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: Boston Globe and HardballTalk
Alex Speier / Full Count:
Jason Varitek not a likely candidate to replace Gary Tuck  —  Jason Varitek is not expected to join the Red Sox coaching staff this year (AP)  —  There will come a time, and it may be in the near future, that former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek can commence his big league coaching career with virtually his pick of jobs.
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
Corey Brock /
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
Mark Bowman /
Beachy on track despite ‘trying’ rehab work  —  ATLANTA — Right-hander Brandon Beachy has met with Braves physical therapist Lloyd Van Pamelen a little earlier in the day than normal over the past two weeks.  His motive has been to complete his therapy work in Gwinnett County, Ga. …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Jonathan Mayo /
Breaking down's Top 100 Prospects  —  It's the moment everyone has been waiting for:'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.
Brittany Ghiroli /
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: Lookout Landing and MLB Daily Dish
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.
Cash Kruth /
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 …
Mandy Housenick / The Phillies Files:
Phillie saying goodbye to baseball
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