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7:40 AM ET, January 26, 2013


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Rob Bradford / Full Count:
Red Sox agree to minor league deal with OF Ryan Sweeney  —  According to a major league source, the Red Sox have reached an agreement on a minor league deal with outfielder Ryan Sweeney.  Sweeney, who turns 28 next month, spent 2012 with the Red Sox after being acquired from the A's …
External / ESPN:
Source: Surgery for Kalish; Sox sign Sweeney  —  Boston Red sox outfielder Ryan Kalish's determination to return to the big leagues has sustained another major setback.  —  Kalish, who made an auspicious big league debut in 2010 but missed all of the 2011 season and most of 2012 with neck …
Discussion: Boston Globe
Scott Lauber / Boston Herald:
Jonny Gomes: I'm no one-trick pony … Throughout his 10-year career, Jonny Gomes has had success against left-handed pitchers, batting .284 with an .894 on-base plus slugging percentage, while struggling against righties (.223, .782).  —  Nevertheless, he's preparing to be more than just a platoon left fielder for the Red Sox.
Bkallet / CBS New York:
Yankees GM: There's A ‘Chance’ A-Rod Could Miss 2013 Season  —  NEW YORK (WFAN) - Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez had surgery on his left hip on January 16, and he is expected to be out until after the All-Star break.  —  But there's a chance that you might not see the 14 …
Andrew Marchand / ESPN:
Yanks' GM: Possible, not likely, A-Rod out year  —  New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said there is “a chance” that Alex Rodriguez's hip surgery could keep him out for the entire season.  —  “It is possible,” Cashman said on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's Michael Kay Show.
Ben Badler / Baseball America:
MLB Investigating Age Questions On Aledmys Diaz  —  Major League Baseball is investigating the age of Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, according to multiple sources.  —  Diaz is presenting himself as a 23-year-old born Jan. 8, 1990.  However, that date conflicts with previous accounts of when he was born, according to multiple sources.
White Sox agree to terms with reliever Matt Lindstrom  —  CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox and right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom have agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.8-million contract which includes a club option for 2014.  —  Under terms of the agreement, Lindstrom will receive $2.3 million in 2013 …
Discussion: South Side Sox
Tom Timmermann / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Musial put Donora on the map, but town is fading away  —  DONORA, Pa.  • Exactly where home plate was at American Legion Field, which sits behind what used to be Donora High, alma mater of Stan Musial, is impossible to say.  Back then, the field had no grass, a byproduct …
Jeff Sullivan / FanGraphs Baseball:
The Truth About Rod Barajas  —  At one point last season, the Pirates were 63-47, right in the thick of the National League playoff race.  They were in excellent position to finish at .500 or above for the first time since 1992; they just needed to win 18 of their remaining 52 games.
Ben Badler / Baseball America:
Dodgers Sign Michael Medina For $275,000  —  The Dodgers have signed Michael Medina, a 16-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic, for $275,000.  —  Medina, who is from Santo Domingo and trained with Amauris Nina, is 6-foot-2, 185 pounds and played in the International Prospect League all-star game last week.
Discussion: True Blue LA
Chris Cwik / Sports News …:
Cardinals interested in shortstop Ronny Cedeno  —  The Cardinals are among the teams interested in shortstop Ronny Cedeno, according to Jon Heyman of  —  The Cardinals are entering the season with some question marks at short.  Rafael Furcal is penciled in as the team's starter …
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Discussion: HardballTalk
Eduardo A. Encina / Baltimore Sun:
Report: Orioles and right-handed starter Jair Jurrjens agree to one-year deal  —  Former Atlanta Braves starter, previously mentioned in trade talk last season, is coming off a rocky 2012 season … The Orioles have agreed to terms with free agent right-hander Jair Jurrjens on a one-year deal, according to a report from
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
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