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11/22/2014 | Rumor roundup: Kemp interest growing

Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is owed $107 million over the next five years, but an online report said that Kemp is "drawing interest." Here's a recap of the other Hot Stove stories of the day.


11/22/2014 | UCLA retires No. 42, renames athletic facilities after Jackie

In honor of Jackie Robinson's enrollment 75 years ago, UCLA retired No. 42 in all its sports and renamed its athletic facilities the "Jackie Robinson Athletics and Recreation Complex."


11/22/2014 | Musial exhibit sure to be hit with Cardinals fans

On Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum opened its first temporary exhibit, Stan Musial: "The Man" Off the Field. The exhibit focuses on the life and contributions that Musial made outside of baseball, and it will be in place until next November.


11/22/2014 | D-backs deal right-handers Bolsinger, Brewer

The D-backs traded right-handed pitcher Mike Bolsinger to the Dodgers on Saturday for cash considerations, the team announced, and sent right-hander Charles Brewer to the Indians.


11/22/2014 | Historic football rivalry runs wild in Yankee Stadium

The most-played rivalry in college football came to Yankee Stadium on Saturday as Lafayette defeated Lehigh, 27-7, in the 150th meeting between the schools. Among those in attendance for the game was Cubs manager Joe Maddon, a member of Lafayette's class of 1976.


11/22/2014 | Dodgers acquire Bolsinger from D-backs

The Dodgers acquired right-hander Mike Bolsinger from the D-backs on Saturday in exchange for cash considerations. Bolsinger made his big league debut this season and made his first career start at Dodger Stadium on April 19.


11/22/2014 | Fall League puts six players on fantasy watch

Plenty of under-the-radar prospects were able to raise their stock a bit in the Arizona Fall League. Here are six such players that could make an impact in fantasy leagues in 2015 or beyond.


11/22/2014 | Switch-pitcher Venditte inks Minor League deal

The ambidextrous Pat Venditte will take his switch-pitching talents to Oakland on a Minor League deal that includes an invitation to big league Spring Training, according to a recent tweet from his agent, Marc Kligman.


11/22/2014 | Twins reportedly win bidding on Korean lefty Yang

The Twins have won the bidding for Korean pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang and are nearing a deal with the left-hander, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. The club has not confirmed the report.


11/22/2014 | Cubs add Blanco to Maddon's coaching staff

Henry Blanco, who played for the Cubs from 2005-08, is back with the club, joining manager Joe Maddon's staff as a quality assurance coach.


11/22/2014 | Fantasy power: There are bargains to be had in 2015

Players with the ability to hit at least 20 homers are becoming a more valuable commodity in fantasy baseball given the dearth power in the big leagues, and many of these talents are available for a bargain price.


11/22/2014 | Panda to pick between SF, SD and Boston

The Red Sox could have the lead in the bidding for free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, with The Boston Globe reporting on Saturday that the club's five-year, $95 million offer may give it the edge over the Giants and Padres. The club has not commented on the report.


11/22/2014 | Bill Bavasi to be named director of MLB Scouting Bureau

Former Angels and Mariners GM Bill Bavasi is set to be named as the new director of the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau (MLBSB), leaving his job as vice president of scouting, player development and international operations for the Reds.


11/22/2014 | Ten big-name trade candidates

Right now, plenty of those swap discussions are taking place around Major League Baseball, and we've already seen one blockbuster trade this Hot Stove season. Given the escalating costs of free agency and the thin pool, there are more trades to come. Here are the 10 biggest names realistically in the trade mix this winter.


11/22/2014 | Speedskater-turned-businessman Plant makes mark on Atlanta

Mike Plant has made a significant impact since joining the Braves after the 2003 season, and he calls his efforts toward the forthcoming stadium in Cobb County the "crown jewel" of his career.


11/21/2014 | Abreu will benefit from LaRoche's presence

Jose Abreu had a great first season in North America, winning American League Rookie of the Year Award honors. He's likely to be an even more impressive hitter for the White Sox next season. He just might make an even stronger run to be the MVP in the AL than last season, when he finished fourth. One way or another, he'll thank general manager Rick Hahn for giving him the gift of Adam LaRoche.


11/21/2014 | Rumor roundup: Padres, Braves eyeing Tomas

The Padres were not the only club to emerge on Friday as a frontrunner to sign Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas, as the Braves have joined the mix. Here's a recap of the major Hot Stove stories of the day.


11/21/2014 | Samson: 'Great hope' for Marlins after Stanton deal

A buzz is building around Marlins Park since the record-setting signing of Giancarlo Stanton on Wednesday. As the story remains hot on the news cycle, the organization is looking to ride the momentum.


11/21/2014 | Sources: White Sox land LaRoche with two-year deal

The White Sox added a veteran power bat to mix with their young sluggers Friday evening, agreeing to a two-year, $25-million contract with first baseman Adam LaRoche, sources have told MLB.com.


11/21/2014 | Indians bullpen coach Cash a finalist for Rays manager

The Tampa Bay Rays have whittled their managerial candidates list from 10 to three, and Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash remains in play.


11/21/2014 | Source: Padres GM interested in Panda, Tomas

Padres GM A.J. Preller was in Miami on Friday to meet with Gustavo Vazquez, the agent for free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval. He was then expected to fly to the Dominican Republic on Saturday to meet with the agent for Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas, a baseball source told MLB.com.


11/21/2014 | Rays narrow managerial search to three

The Rays went from 10 managerial candidates to three on Friday. Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu compose the final group from which the organization plans to make its choice for Joe Maddon's successor.


11/21/2014 | Dombrowski 'not counting on' Scherzer deal

Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski tried to downplay the possibility of re-signing Max Scherzer and flipping David Price in an interview with MLB Network Radio on Friday afternoon.


11/21/2014 | Nats could have options with Zimmermann, Fister

According to USA Today, the Nationals have told opposing teams they would listen to possible deals involving right-handers Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister. Fister and Zimmermann are free agents after the 2015 season and general manager Mike Rizzo would like to sign them long term. Fister and Zimmermann were two of the Nationals' best pitchers this past season.


11/21/2014 | Stanton deal makes complete sense for Marlins

Maybe it's my background. In addition to spending nearly four decades as a professional sports journalist, I have a degree in economics. The principle I remember most from those days of leading indicators, Say's law and general equilibrium is that of supply and demand. So I've never understood why folks lose their mind when athletes sign for huge bucks.




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