Angels-Diamondbacks trade: Mark Trumbo brings power to Arizona, but not much else

  • LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Three-way trades are supposed to be exciting business, because to be motivated to make one hap夜网论坛pen, two general managers have to become convinced that they do not have what it takes to make a swap work out evenly, so a third team must be lassoed to complete the transaction.Supposed to be. This winter, we are learning that someone's got a case of the sposdas. — SN ranks the 20 best managers of all time Tuesday's blockbugger deal sends Mark Trumbo and two players to be named later to the Arizona Diamondbacks, left-handed pitchers Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago to the Los Angeles Angels, and outfielder Adam Eaton to the Chicago White Sox.This is the second time in the week that Arizona general manager Kevin Towers has pulled off a ménage à blah on the trade market. Last Tuesday, the Diamondbacks got right-hander Justin Choate in a deal that saw the Tampa Bay Rays get closer Heath Bell and catcher Ryan Hanigan, with left-hander David Holmberg going to the Cincinnati Reds.There are useful players in these deals, but it's not exactly like four years ago, when the Diamondbacks were part of a three-team deal with the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees in which Phil Coke, Curtis Granderson, Austin Jackson, Edwin Jackson, Ian Kennedy, Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth all had to file change-of-address forms.This time around, the big name is Trumbo, a 27-year-old slugger who will have to move to left field because the Diamondbacks have MVP finalist[......]

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    rumors: Mariners pushing hard for Robinson Cano

  • The Seattle Mariners are willing to offer free agent Robinson Cano a 10-year contract worth as much as $240 million, ESPNDeports.com reports.CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman later reported the Mariners may be prepared to offer Cano $225 million over nine years.  The All-Star second baseman flew to Seattle on Thursday to meet with team executives, the ESPNDeportes.com says.— SN selects Public Enemy No. 1 for every team A Mariners source later confirmed to The Seattle Times that Cano and Jay Z, whose Roc Nation agency represents Cano, are headed west to meet with team officials.Cano's agents recently presented a request for about $260 million over nine years to the New Yankees. The team countered with an offer of $160 million to $175 million over seven years. Since then, they Yankees have agreed to a seven-year, $153 million deal with free agent Jacoby Ellsbury.SPECTOR: Yankees still have work to do after landing McCann, EllsburyThe Ellsbury deal doesn't necessarily preclude the Yanks from re-sign夜网论坛ing the 31-year-old Cano.Cano has been one of baseball's top players, finishing with a Baseball Reference WAR of at least 7.6 three of the last four seasons. In 2013,  he hit .314/.383/.516 with 27 homers and New York's only consistent source of offense. He finished fifth in MVP voting.The Mariners finished 12th in the AL in runs scored in 2013 and could use Cano's bit bat in the middle of their lineup.UPDATE: ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick offered this nifty tidbit about Jay Z trave[......]

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    Alex Rodriguez storms out of hearing, says Selig 'hates my guts'

  • Alex Rodriguez has reached the rarified air of such legendary figures as Mike Tyson and Toronto mayor Rob Ford. There is no longer anything he can do that registers as a surprise, including storming out of his own hearing to appeal a 211-game suspension from Major League Baseball, which he did on Wednesday.A-Rod having his suspension upheld, then showing up to Yankees spring training in full uniform, living in a rented Winnebago and blasting The Standells’ “Dirty Water” until he is hauled away by police? Sure, why not? A-Rod on Francesa denies any wrongdoing. pic.twitter.com/05y5vpOJU8— Sporting News (@SN_Baseball) November 20, 2013PHOTO GALLERY: players suspended for PED useA-Rod announcing plans to start his own baseball enterprise, the No Buds League, in which Bud Norris is allowed, but Bud Selig is not, because one Bud is fine, but, sorry, no Buds? Sure, why not? A-Rod wrestling an alligator? Sure, why not?Almost everything revolving around Rodriguez has been a sideshow for years, with co-stars ranging from Madonna to A-Rod’s own reflection in a mirror to a painting of A-Rod as a centaur. The ringmaster just had enough with this iteration of The Great A-Rod and Friends, so he pulled the plug.A-Rod later went on WFAN radio in New York and flatly denied everything from using performance-enhancing drugs to putting his phone number on a baseball and giving it to a female fan. The Yankee third baseman told host Mike Francesa he left the hearing because arbitrator[......]

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    Ankle injury derails Mark Mulder's pitching comeback with Angels

  • Mark Mulder's comeback took an unexpected turn Saturday in training camp. Read it: ankle injury. Official diagnosis is expected Sunday, but reports suggest a ruptured Achilles' tendon. Game over.A 36-year-old lefthander, Mulder is bidding to resume his pitching career. He retired in 2010 and hasn't appeared in the majors since 2008. News of his injury came Saturday via .com’s Alden Gonzalez from Los Angeles Angels training camp.X-rays were taken, according to media reports. Mulder's expected bullpen session was cancelled. Mulder was injured while warming up for his throwing time. The Angels are interested in Mulder, who despite his lengthy layoff was viewed as a potential member of their rotation.Mulder's career was cut short by shoulder injuries. He hadn't won a game since 2006. However, he made a change in his delivery, inspired by the Los Angeles Dodgers' Paco Rodriguez, and liked what he could do. Given his success, he held a tryout session in November, according to the Los Angeles Times."You could tell right away this was a little different than most guys who do these things," said Tim Huff, s夜网论坛pecial assistant to Angels GM Jerry Dipoto, told the Times. "After 10 pitches, all three of us kind of looked at each other and said, 'Who's going to get on the phone to their GMs faster?' "The Angels, loaded with high-priced stars but a dud last season, have problems with their rotation. They'll monitor Mulder, but anything more than a minor sprain will hurt his chances[......]

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    Free-agent infielder David Adams, Indians agree to contract

  • CLEVELAND — Free agent infielder David Adams has agreed to a one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians.The 26-year-old split his 2013 season between the New York Yankees and their Triple-A Scranton affiliate. It was Adams' first time in the big league after six seasons in the minors. Adams batted .268 (59-for-220) with 11 doubles, two triples, five homers and 21 RBIs in 59 games at Scranton. He had four stints with the Yankees, batting .193 (27-for-140) with five doubles, one triple, two homers and 13 RBI in 43 games.He played 31 games at third base, nine games at second and four games at first. Adams became a free agent on Dec. 2, when he wasn't offer a 2014 contract by the Yankees, who selected him in the third round of the 2008 ama夜网论坛teur dfraft.Right-handers Travis Banwart and Tyler Cloyd and outfielder Matt Carson agreed to minor league deals.[......]

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    WATCH: Locker room prank gets the best of Juan Uribe

  • The Dodgers are getting a head start on the locker room hijinks this season.Infielder Juan Uribe sat down at his locker to rest for a minute, but夜网论坛 shortstop Hanley Ramirez had a different plan. GOT HEEEEEEM![......]

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    Alexander Guerrero contract: Dodgers agree to $28M deal with Cuban 2B

  • The money is flowing again at Chavez Ravine. The Dodgers have agreed to a four-year, $28 million contract with Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.Guerrero will receive a $10 million bonus as part of the deal, and he could earn an additional $4 million in bonuses based on plate appearances, according to the Times. The 26-year-old Guerrero figures to replace Mark Ellis as the Dodgers' second baseman. The agreement also would seem to end speculation about LA signing Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano as a free agent.The Dodgers and Guerrero's representatives were close to an agreement last month before talks broke down. In 2011, the last season he played in Cuba, Guerrero hit .290 with 21 home runs, 51 RBIs and a .402 on-base percentage in 328 plate appeara夜网论坛nces. His power has been compared to that of Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla.[......]

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    Carl Crawford, Wade Miley among players not likely to travel to Australia for Dodgers-Diamondbacks series

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks are set to depart for the land Down Under Sunday evening, but they're leaving some players back home in the States. Roster rules for the odd "It's kind of the opener but not" series are requiring some to stay behind, plus the managers want to keep pitchers on schedule since travel time to Australia takes a day and there are only two games, March 22 and 23.   Starting left fielder Carl Crawford and starting pitcher Dan Haren are not expected to travel for the Dodgers, manager Don Mattingly said Saturday. Diamondbacks' manager Kirk Gibson also announced which starting pitchers wouldn't travel.  MORE: Opening Series TV info | NL West preview | FANTASY REPORT: Dbacks | DodgersAs expected, Dbacks will leave starters Miley, McCarthy, Arroyo home, Gibson confirms. Plan to take 3 Cs, Montero, Blanco, Gosewisch.— Jack Magruder (@JackMagruder) March 15, 2014Dodgers outfielder Crawford is expecting a child "any day now" with fiancé Evelyn Lozado. "At this point, Carl is not going," Mattingly said.The Dodgers thought about taking Haren, their No. 4 starter, to Australia in case of an injury or som夜网论坛e other circumstance prevented Clayton Kershaw and/or Hyun-Jin Ryu from pitching. Kershaw is scheduled to start the opener March 22 at Sydney Cricket Ground. Ryu is scheduled to start the second game."Haren, as of right now, won't be on the plane," Mattingly said.Veteran left-hander Paul Maholm, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal[......]

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    Nationals not considering Cal Ripken, Dusty Baker for manager

  • The most intriguing name on the list of possible managers for the Washington Nationals has long been Cal Ripken, Jr.But Adam Kilgore, the Nationals beat writer for the Washington Post, reports that Ripken doesn’t appear to be a likely candidate for the opening . Ripken’s baseball credentials and local ties are obvious—he spent his 21-year Hall of Fame career playing for the Baltimore Orioles—but he doesn’t have any managerial experience, on any professional level. Speculation about Ripken as a possible replacement for the retiring Davey Johnson ramped up when outfielder Jayson Werth endorsed him for the job in the final week of the regular season, and Ripken himself has talked about being open to the possibility of managing at this point in his life, without specifically addressing the opening in Washington. The Nationals, though, have not reached out to Ripken yet.In the same piece, Kilgore also says that Dusty Baker, who was fired by the Reds earlier this month, isn’t a candidate for the job, either. Baker reached out to the Nationals with interest, but, accordin夜网论坛g to Kilgore, “the Nationals have not reciprocated that interest and have not asked Baker to interview.” On Tuesday, Kilgore reported that the Nationals were impressed with Toronto bench coach DeMarlo Hale, and mentions four other people on the Nationals’ interview list—current bench coach Randy Knorr and current first-base coach Trent Jewett, Arizona third-base coach Matt Williams, Padres’ front-office[......]

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    Will Yankees turn to free agent market to replace Mariano Rivera?

  • As much as New York Yankees fans might not want to admit it, Mariano Rivera is gone. And he's not coming back.That means, for the first offseason since 1995-1996, the Bombers will not pencil the future Hall of Famer in as their closer. Joe Girardi & Co. will have to look elsewhere when the ninth inning rolls around. Must-see galleries free agents: 25 best players2013 Rawlings Gold Glove winnersSporting News All-Stars: NL | ALMost beloved playersPlayer wives and girlfriendsSo who will replace 13-time All-Star?David Robertson, who served as Rivera's primary setup man from 2011 until 2013, is the obvious in-house candidate. Robertson, 28, posted a 2.04 ERA and 1.040 WHIP in 2013. But the Yankee brass is not willing to commit to the 2011 All-Star just yet. “We haven’t anointed anybody the closer, so I don’t know,” GM Brian Cashman told the New York Daily News. “I know Robertson wants it. But we’ll see how the winter shakes out and how the competition in spring training takes place.“We’re going to look at everybody and anything and see where the winter takes us. The bottom line is, we have to get a collection of talent to bring to spring training. The cream rises to the top, and we have to find as much cream as possible.”Cashman's statement leaves open the possibility the Yankees will turn to the free-agent market to replace Rivera, even though re-signing Robinson Cano c夜网论坛learly is the team's top priority.The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Yankees are among seve[......]

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