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10:45 AM ET, December 13, 2012


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Greinke wraps up Dodgers' spending spree  —  Joe McDonnell is an award-winning journalist/talk show host.  He joined in February 2011 as a writer/podcaster.  Named LA Daily News Sports Talk Host of the Decade, he won the yearly award 7 times.  He's also won 2 Golden Mics.
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Rangers still in the hunt to re-sign Hamilton  —  Outfielder lone remaining target for impact move; contract length biggest obstacle  —  ARLINGTON — Now there is outfielder Josh Hamilton.  With many of the Rangers' other preferred options starting to slip away, the best hope …
Andy Martino / NY Daily News:
Rival executive says Texas Rangers in the market for NY Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey  —  The Mets remained willing to pay the 38-year-old Dickey $25 million over three years, but team insiders continued to indicate an irreversible aversion to meeting the Cy Young Award winner's asking price …
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S. Korean pitcher Lim Chang-yong agrees to terms with Chicago Cubs  —  South Korean relief pitcher Lim Chang-yong said Thursday he has agreed to terms with the Chicago Cubs in Major League Baseball (MLB).  —  Lim, 36, left for the U.S. Thursday to sign the two-year contract.
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36-year-old Korean closer says he's headed to Cubs  —  South Korean closer Lim Chang-Yong is set to sign a deal with the Cubs, though the sidearm pitcher is unlikely to be able to take the mound again until late next season.  —  The 36-year-old right-hander, who had elbow surgery earlier this year …
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Kyle Boddy / Hardball Times:
Trevor Bauer needs to be left alone  —  Trevor Bauer has been traded to the Cleveland Indians as part of a three-team deal.  Over the weekend, I was fortunate enough to have presented at Ron Wolforth's Ultimate Coaches' Bootcamp in Montgomery, Tex., with Bauer, who spoke at length on using …
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Danny Knobler / Sports News …:
Reds in talks to acquire Choo from Indians
George A. King III / New York Post:
Damon thinks Youkilis will be ‘fine’ with Yankees  —  Take it from somebody who has been on each side of the aisle for the most intense rivalry in sports: Kevin Youkilis is going to be a wonderful fit in The Bronx after spending eight-plus seasons as a Red Sox.
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Olmedo among eight players signed by Twins  —  The Twins signed eight players to Minor League contracts on Wednesday, with three of them receiving Major League invitations.  —  Outfielder Brandon Boggs, shortstop Ray Olmedo and right-hander Bryan Augenstein will compete in Spring Training for spots on Minnesota's big league roster.
Adam McCalvy /
Brewers eyeing Segura's heavy winter workload  —  MILWAUKEE — Jean Segura logged a hit and an RBI on Tuesday as a Dominican All-Star team topped its Venezuelan rivals, continuing a long season for the 22-year-old Brewers shortstop that began in February and is still going strong.
Danny Knobler / Sports News …:
Rolen may return for another year with Reds  —  Already thrilled with their trade for Shin-Soo Choo, the Reds might be getting more good news.  —  Scott Rolen could be coming back for another year.  —  Rolen, who will turn 38 in April, seemed ready to retire when the Reds season ended with their playoff loss to the Giants.
Mark Saxon / ESPN:
Dodgers acquire Skip Schumaker  —  LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired utility player Skip Schumaker from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for minor league shortstop Jake Lemmerman, according to reports.  —  Schumaker is a .288 lifetime hitter over eight seasons, all in St. Louis.
Matt Gelb /
Phillies likely to seek a one-year rental for rotation  —  Two days after Zack Greinke signed the richest-ever deal for a righthanded pitcher, Kevin Correia agreed Monday to a two-year, $10 million contract with Minnesota.  Last week, former Phillie Joe Blanton signed with the Los Angeles Angels for $15 million over two seasons.
Tim Brown / Yahoo! Sports:
Dodgers' Don Mattingly embraces pressure after Zack Greinke pickup; 'If we lose, we're failures'  —  LOS ANGELES - Sometime back when, when Dante Bichette was just finding his way in the big leagues, he arrived at first base at Yankee Stadium and nodded to the icon with the black smears across his cheekbones.
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