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Adam McCalvy /
Broxton projected to close, but front office also seeking other veteran relievers  —  9/4/14: Making his Brewers debut, Jonathan Broxton gets Xavier Scruggs to go down swinging  —  MILWAUKEE — After the Brewers finalized a one-year pact with free-agent reliever Neal Cotts on Friday …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Bullpen Notes: Cotts, Mujica, Brewers, Papelbon, K-Rod  —  Recent Brewers signee Neal Cotts tells Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he came close to hanging up his spikes before the Rangers offered him a deal for the 2013 season.  After two fairly productive seasons in Texas …
Tom Haudricourt / JSOnline:
Neal Cotts didn't want injuries to end career
Discussion: HardballTalk
Mark Bowman /
First baseman optimistic club can exceed expectations in 2015  —  Freddie Freeman discusses the changes to the Braves' roster in the offseason and looking forward to playing in 2015  —  ATLANTA — Given the close bond that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward …
Mark Bowman /
Third-base coach played for skipper in Minors, was on Gonzalez's Marlins staff
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Patrick Saunders / Denver Post:
COLORADO ROCKIES / MLB  —  The Denver Post  —  Atlanta Braves pitcher David Hale works in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 25 in Atlanta.  Hale went 4-5 with a 3.30 ERA last season with the Braves.  (John Bazemore, The Associated Press)
Discussion: Rising Apple and MLB Trade Rumors
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rockies Acquire David Hale, Gus Schlosser From Braves
Justin Tasch / NY Daily News:10 minutes ago
Yankees skipper Joe Girardi claims ‘good’ relationship with Alex Rodriguez  —  Girardi: ‘Alex and I have kept in touch through all of this, so our relationship is good.  My job is to get him ready.’  —  As the relationship between disgraced slugger Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees continues …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Jesse Sanchez /
U.S. Treasury letter should clear way for signing with MLB club  —  Richard Justice talks with MLB Tonight about the possibility that Cuban slugger Yoan Moncada could be cleared to communicate with MLB clubs  —  David Hastings, the agent for Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada …
Brad Johnson / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rays Sign Ronald Belisario To Minor League Deal  —  The Rays have signed free agent reliever Ronald Belisario to a minor league deal, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter).  Belisario was recently tied to the Blue Jays, although their reported deal fell through yesterday.
Discussion: HardballTalk and
Jim Duquette /
5 most improved teams this winter  —'s Jim Duquette looks at some of the most improved teams heading into Spring Training for the 2015 season  —  James Shields is the only big-name free agent still out there, and even he is probably not enough to turn the tide of an entire offseason.
T.R. Sullivan /
Slugging third baseman joined by Alfaro, Mazara, Thompson and Gonzalez  —  2015 Top Prospects: Joey Gallo has hit 40 or more home runs in each of his first two full professional seasons  —  ARLINGTON — Led by power-hitting third baseman Joey Gallo, the Rangers have five players listed …
Discussion: Cubs 101 and Lone Star Ball
Teddy Cahill /
Buxton looking to defend No. 1 slot with 2015 rankings set to be unveiled
Matt Eddy / Baseball America:
Minor League Transactions: Jan. 23-29  —  The White Sox sign an infamous player from out of the past, while the Yankees try their luck with a reclamation project in the vein of Bartolo Colon or Freddy Garcia.  —  Official minor league transactions, conveyed to Baseball America by Major League Baseball, for the period Jan. 23-29.
Discussion: HardballTalk and MLB Trade Rumors
Anthony DiComo /
Mets' Triple-A pitching coach happy to bounce back after open-heart surgery last spring  —  Mets Triple-A pitching coach Frank Viola discusses Noah Syndergaard's potential for 2015 and other strong pitching in the Mets' farm system  —  NEW YORK — It was a Saturday morning last spring …
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Brian Costello / New York Post:
Eric Decker selling free agent Demaryius Thomas on Jets  —  Eric Decker is trying to reunite with Demaryius Thomas on the Jets.  —  PHOENIX — Jets wide receiver Eric Decker did some recruiting this week.  —  Decker spent a few days in Arizona with Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, his former teammate and close friend.
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Reliever seeks spot in bullpen while infielder provides utility depth
Discussion: HardballTalk
Mike Vorkunov / New Jersey Online:
Where does the Mets' future lay? A look at the farm system and prospects
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue and Metsblog
Greg Johns /
Center fielder looks to move past late-season struggles after being acquired by Seattle
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