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5:15 PM ET, January 19, 2013


 Top News: 
Bill Madden / NY Daily News:
Earl Weaver dead at 82: Legendary Baltimore Orioles manager was one of baseball's most colorful characters  —  The Hall-of-Famer died early Saturday of an apparent heart attack  —  Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver looks on at Clark Sports Center during the 2009 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony …
Discussion: Camden Chat and Lone Star Ball
Earl Weaver / Baltimore Sun:
Former Orioles manager Earl Weaver dies at 82  —  Earl Weaver penned his own epitaph.  —  “On my tombstone just write, ‘The sorest loser that ever lived,’ ” he once said.  —  Weaver, the Orioles' irascible, chain-smoking, umpire-baiting manager who led the team to four American League pennants …
Bruce Levine / ESPN:
Sources: Cubs, Dbacks discussed Upton deal  —  The Chicago Cubs and the Arizona Diamondbacks recently discussed the feasibility of a trade that would have sent right fielder Justin Upton to the Cubs, according to two major league sources.  —  According to both sources …
Gordon Wittenmyer / Chicago Sun Times:
Cubs considered using Miller Park during Wrigley Field renovations  —  Cubs ownership long has insisted it doesn't consider U.S. Cellular Field an option as a temporary home while renovations to Wrigley Field are being done.  —  But could the team finally get its long-sought public handout …
Manti Te'o denies being part of hoax  —  Manti Te'o denied being part of a hoax involving a relationship with a person online whom he considered his girlfriend, during an interview with ESPN on Friday night.  —  “No. Never,” Te'o said in a 2½-hour interview with ESPN's Jeremy Schaap.
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Tampa Bay Rays agree to terms with final four arbitration-eligible players  —  ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays ended the arbitration process early this season, agreeing to terms with their four remaining eligible players before Friday's exchange of figures.  —  Outfielder Matt Joyce …
Discussion: DRaysBay
Marc Topkin / The Heater Feed:
Niemann agrees to $3-million deal, 3 more in talks
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
San Francisco Chronicle:
Crabtree in sex-assault investigation  —  San Francisco police have interviewed 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree about allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman after the team's victory last weekend.  —  The alleged attack occurred at an unnamed hotel early Sunday, hours after the team's victory over the Green Bay Packers.
Miller Lite Party Deck to Debut at Miller Park in 2013  —  MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers and MillerCoors today unveiled plans for a new Miller Park group entertainment area, The Miller Lite Party Deck.  —  The Party Deck will have a capacity of 70 and will be situated above the Miller Park right field Loge Bleachers.
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers leaning toward TV deal with Time Warner Cable  —  Stan Kasten, president and CEO of the Dodgers, right, and Janet Marie Smith, senior vice president of planning and development, speak about improvements to Dodger Stadium on Jan. 8.  (Reed Saxon / Associated Press)
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and HardballTalk
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Red Sox, Joel Hanrahan Avoid Arbitration  —  The Red Sox and Joel Hanrahan avoided arbitration with a one-year deal worth $7.04MM, MLBTR's Tim Dierkes has learned.  Hanrahan, a Reynolds Sports Management client, will earn 15K for completing 45 games, 50 games, 55 games and 60 games.
Jordan Bastian /
Francona not pleased with his Sox book teaser  —  CLEVELAND — Terry Francona was not particularly pleased with the portion of his upcoming book that was hand-selected as a teaser in the latest edition of Sports Illustrated.  —  On Friday, when Francona was in Cleveland for the team's Tribe Fest event …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Matt Eddy / Baseball America:
Minor League Transactions: Jan. 8-14  —  Official minor league transactions, conveyed to us by Major League Baseball, for the period Jan. 8-14.  —  Baltimore Orioles  —  Signed: RHP Stu Pomeranz (non-tendered and re-signed), C Chase Weems (re-signed), 1B Steve Pearce (re-signed after outright assignment), 2B Travis Adair (re-signed)
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David O'Brien / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Heyward, Medlen get big raises; Prado headed to arb hearing?
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Tom Haudricourt / JSOnline:
Corey Hart to undergo knee surgery, will miss start of season
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Adam Berry /
Wieters, three others avoid arbitration with Orioles
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Nats reach deals with five, with one case remaining
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Associated Press:
Phillies agree with Bastardo on $1.4M contract
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Venable avoids arbitration with Padres
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Troy E. Renck / Denver Post:
World Baseball Classic will have Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez, Ramon Hernandez in play
Discussion: Purple Row and HardballTalk
Dan Connolly / Baltimore Sun:
Brian Roberts had surgery for sports hernia last month
Anthony McCarron / NY Daily News:
NY Mets rookie Travis d'Arnaud has a chance to be Opening Day starting catcher
Anthony McCarron / NY Daily News:
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