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4:35 PM ET, January 11, 2013


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Fox Sports:
Sources: Upton rejected trade to M's  —  Justin Upton is still a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, but not for a lack of effort by the D-Backs in trying to move him.  —  The Diamondbacks were in agreement on a trade that would have sent Upton to the Seattle Mariners …
Scott Miller / Sports News …:
Justin Upton rejects Mariners deal, still could be short-timer in Arizona  —  The Mariners' quest to improve their offense took a hit when Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton rejected a proposed deal recently that would have sent him to Seattle for a multi-player package.
Hall talks Upton, Spring Training, FanFest in webchat  —  During his January webchat with fans, D-backs president and CEO Derrick Hall addressed Justin Upton trade rumors and said the surplus of outfielders not only creates healthy competition, but gives the club options and opportunities.
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Carson Cistulli / FanGraphs Baseball:
2013 ZiPS Projections - Milwaukee Brewers  —  Dan Szymborski's ZiPS projections, which have typically appeared in the pages of Baseball Think Factory, are being released at FanGraphs this year.  Below are the projections for the Milwaukee Brewers.  Szymborski can be found on Twitter at @DSzymborski.
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Adam McCalvy /
Crew signs Escobar, avoids arbitration with Narveson  —  Limited since 2007, righty inks Minors deal; southpaw agrees to one-year pact  —  Kelvim Escobar has made one Majors appearance since 2007; Chris Narveson was in his first year of arbitration-eligibility.  (AP)
Discussion: Brew Beat and Baseball Nation
Peter Botte / NY Daily News:
Yankees not done with offseason moves, ‘need another bat,’ says owner Hal Steinbrenner  —  'We've got some work to do,' said Steinbrenner.  The Yankees owner also allowed for slight wiggle room in the $189 million payroll target for 2013, as long it helps to ‘put together a championship-caliber team.’
Brian Costa / Metropolis:
Q&A: Hal Steinbrenner Talks Free Agents, Payroll, Empty Seats … Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner doesn't often talk to the media, but he stopped to take questions for several minutes on his way out of the Major League Baseball owners' meetings Thursday in Paradise Valley, Ariz. Here's what he had to say:
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Baseball to Expand Drug-Testing Program  —  WASHINGTON — Major League Baseball and its players union have reached a deal to expand their drug program, agreeing to in-season blood-testing for human growth hormone and to a new test designed to catch players using testosterone.
Chad Jennings / The LoHud Yankees Blog:
Baseball announces random blood testing for HGH
Discussion: River Avenue Blues
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Cardinals Notes: Kyle Lohse, Nick Punto  —  The Cardinals might not be making many headlines in relation to some of their more active National League rivals, but they could make another move or two and they do have five unresolved arbitration cases.  Mitchell Boggs, David Freese, Jason Motte …
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and HardballTalk
Troy E. Renck / Denver Post:
Todd Helton says he will return to Rockies for likely final season  —  There was no epiphany.  Todd Helton just followed his body's lead and listened to his head.  Three months of workouts and recent batting practice told him that his surgically-repaired left hip was healed …
Anthony Rieber / Newsday:
Mike Piazza's co-author says catcher provides answers, believes “he's clean”  —  The man who co-authored Mike Piazza's autobiography said Thursday that the former Mets catcher addresses longtime rumors of steroid use in the soon-to-be-released book.  —  Veteran scribe Lonnie Wheeler …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Jerry Crasnick / ESPN:
Scott Boras clients still seeking jobs  —  Michael Bourn, Kyle Lohse and Rafael Soriano are the last of the big free agents  —  Stop us if you've heard this one before: Spring training is fast approaching.  Scott Boras has several big-name clients who are still unemployed …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Phillies not expecting major losses to WBC  —  Phillies pitchers and catchers must report to Clearwater, Fla., by Feb. 12.  If it feels a bit early, that's because it is, thanks to the third iteration of the World Baseball Classic this spring.  —  Three years ago, the Phillies lost three …
T.R. Sullivan /
Oliver not expected back; trade to Texas unlikely  —  ARLINGTON — The Rangers have spoken to the Blue Jays about left-handed reliever Darren Oliver, but industry sources said a trade is unlikely to happen.  —  Oliver may end up retiring rather than returning to Toronto.
Associated Press:
Hall of Famers glad Bonds, Clemens denied  —  NEW YORK — Nobody was happier about the Hall of Fame shutout than the Hall of Famers themselves.  —  Goose Gossage, Al Kaline, Dennis Eckersley and others are in no rush to open the door to Cooperstown for anyone linked to steroids.
No players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame by writers
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2013 Hall of Fame vote an aberration
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