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2:30 PM ET, January 31, 2013


 Top News: 
NY Daily News:
Alex Rodriguez unlikely to return to Yankees, sources say, as third baseman is dealing with new drug scandal and lengthy hip surgery rehab  —  Even before the latest steroid allegations surfaced, Yankee officials had already privately begun preparing for the likelihood that Rodriguez …
Jeff Passan / Yahoo! Sports:
MLB to interview players implicated in Miami performance-enhancing drug scandal  —  Major League Baseball plans on interviewing all of the players accused of receiving performance-enhancing drugs from the Biogenesis clinic, though the league hopes first to obtain the documents that tied Alex Rodriguez …
Tim Keown / ESPN:
Bud Selig could send message  —  Severe punishment for A-Rod could signal end of era, warn others  —  On second thought, maybe the steroid era isn't over.  Our idea of the steroid era might have ended, along with the antiquated idea of guys sharing a bathroom stall to inject Winstrol …
Bob Klapisch /
A-Rod's lasting legacy is as an all-time cheater
Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
Kalish expected to miss at least six months  —  Here are a few items of interest:  —  • Was told earlier today that the recovery time for Ryan Kalish after his shoulder surgery is six months.  So he might not be ready to start baseball-type activities until August.
Evan Drellich /
Kalish's shoulder surgery successful
Discussion: Boston Globe and HardballTalk
Alex Speier / Full Count:
Jason Varitek not a likely candidate to replace Gary Tuck
Corey Brock /
Padres, Headley agree to $8.575M deal for '13  —  SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres avoided arbitration with third baseman Chase Headley on Wednesday, agreeing to a one-year, $8.575 million deal with the 2012 Silver Slugger and Gold Glove winner.  —  Headley, who finished fifth …
Discussion: Baseball Nation
Padres agree to terms with INF Chase Headley on one-year contract for 2013 season  —  SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres today announced that they have agreed to terms with infielder Chase Headley on a one-year contract for the 2013 season.  Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes made the announcement.
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and Gaslamp Ball
T.R. Sullivan /
Inbox: Are the Rangers overlooking Gentry?  —  Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers fans' questions  —  Please explain to me why Leonys Martin gets most of the talk about the center-field position.  Craig Gentry, in my opinion, has done nothing but prove himself over and over again.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Tom Haudricourt / JSOnline:
Brewers sign RHP Alfredo Figaro to minor-league deal  —  By Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel  —  As it turns out, right-hander Alfredo Figaro will be in the Brewers' spring camp after all.  —  The Brewers thought they had a minor-league deal with Figaro, 28, back in December …
Discussion: HardballTalk and Brew Crew Ball
Mark Sheldon /
Reds avoid arbitration with Heisey, Simon  —  Outfielder, reliever ink one-year deals; four remain as arbitration-eligible  —  CINCINNATI — The Reds and outfielder Chris Heisey avoided arbitration on Thursday, when he was signed to a one-year, $1.325 million contract.
Discussion: Redleg Nation
Laurie Merrill / Arizona Republic:
File  —  FONT:  —  By Laurie Merrill  —  Mark Grace pleaded guilty to endangerment and DUI in court Thursday, avoiding what could have been a lengthy prison sentence.  —  Instead, a judge imposed a sentence that includes work-release jail time as well as three years of supervised probation.
Mark Bowman /
Beachy on track despite ‘trying’ rehab work  —  ATLANTA — Right-hander Brandon Beachy has met with Braves physical therapist Lloyd Van Pamelen a little earlier in the day than normal over the past two weeks.  His motive has been to complete his therapy work in Gwinnett County, Ga. …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Steve Adams / MLB Rumors:
Mets To Sign LaTroy Hawkins  —  The Mets have signed LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale (on Twitter).  —  The 40-year-old Hawkins was effective in 42 innings for the Angels last season, pitching to a 3.64 ERA, 4.9 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9.
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