Sports Briefing | Baseball: White Sox Reach Deal With Adam LaRoche

NY Times: Bats (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — LaRoche, a 35-year-old first baseman who played for the Nationals the last four seasons, agreed to a two-year, $25 million contract.
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Red Sox to use Hanley in outfield, is a trade next? Big League Stew (Israel Fehr) — When Hanley Ramirez went from the Red Sox to the Marlins in a blockbuster trade after the 2005 season, he was viewed as one of the best shortstop prospects in baseball. Now 30, Ramirez returned to Boston on Tuesday after signing a four-year deal for $88 million but it won't be at the position that made him such a hot commodity nine years ago. With fellow offseason acquisition Pablo...
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Giants casting “wide net” that includes Max Scherzer HardballTalk (Drew Silva) — Max Scherzer, a client of Scott Boras, seems comfortable with slow-playing this market. We've seen loads of rumors and reports involving the other prominent free agent ace, Jon Lester, but it's hard to identify which teams are in the running at the moment for Max. The Giants may be one ...
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Lucas Harrell, Jim Adduci both sign contracts in Korea HardballTalk (Drew Silva) — Via Jeeho Yoo of Seoul's Yonhap News, right-hander Lucas Harrell and outfielder Jim Adduci both agreed to one-year deals Tuesday in the Korea Baseball Organization -- Harrell with the KIA Tigers for $900K and Adduci with the Lotte Giants for $650K.
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Diamondbacks “among teams pushing hardest” for Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas HardballTalk (Drew Silva) — Arizona has been mentioned before as a potential landing spot for Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas, but it was never really considered a strong likelihood. Maybe that perception should be changing ...
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Red Sox announce four-year, $88 million deal with Hanley Ramirez, DFA Juan Francisco HardballTalk (Drew Silva) — The Red Sox have officially introduced Hanley Ramirez and his new four-year, $88 million pact. Juan Francisco was DFA'd in the process.
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Red Sox introduce Pablo Sandoval, with plenty of pandas Big League Stew (Mike Oz) — Pablo Sandoval put on a Boston Red Sox uniform Tuesday and was introduced to the media as Boston's new $95 million man . He sat there, next to Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, and said the things that players say at these types of press conferences: He was excited for a new challenge, he's looking forward to playing with David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia, he loves Fenway Park. The most existential...
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Yu Darvish has been cleared to resume throwing HardballTalk (Aaron Gleeman) — Darvish missed the final six weeks of the season with an elbow injury.
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The Senate will hold a hearing about domestic violence in professional sports HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — Possibly well-intentioned, possibly grandstanding. But it's hard to see how this is in Congress' bailiwick.
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Indians interested in Chase Headley HardballTalk (Aaron Gleeman) — What would happen to Lonnie Chisenhall?
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The Phillies are 'in no rush' to trade Cole Hamels Big League Stew (Mike Oz) — Once again, Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels is one of the most intriguing names in trade talks. All around baseball, people have already matched up the pitching-thirsty Boston Red Sox as the best suitor for Hamels, though you have to figure no team would turn down his services. The Red Sox, though, have the biggest surplus of hitters.  Not so fast, says Phillies general manager Ruben...
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The Cubs have offered Jon Lester “north of $135 million” HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — Based on what we know at the moment, the Cubs' offer is the richest one out there.
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Twins drop arbitration eligible Anthony Swarzak HardballTalk (Aaron Gleeman) — Swarzak was due for a raise to around $1.5 million via arbitration.
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How Twitter has changed baseball coverage. Which is part of the story, anyway. HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — Technology itself hasn't changed how reporters do their jobs. Rather reader demand, newly obvious by technology, has done so.
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Joe DiMaggio honored in crossword puzzles for his birthday Big League Stew (Mike Oz) — Joe DiMaggio, one of baseball's most beloved players ever, would have turned 100 on Tuesday were he alive. That fact wasn't lost on crossword-puzzle writers, as both the Los Angeles Times and New York Times featured DiMaggio-themed puzzles in their Tuesday editions. The answers weren't particularly hard if you're a baseball or DiMaggio fan — you had to know Joltin' Joe's nickname (the...
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