OFAC confirms stance on unblocking Cuban baseball players Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — Yoan Moncada and other Cuban baseball players currently pursuing Major League Baseball contracts officially cleared a major hurdle on Friday night. According to Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs , Moncada's agent, David Hastings, along with other Cubans players who requested a “specific license” from the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control, received an e-mail from OFAC confirming they...
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Sports Briefing | Baseball: Braves Trade Pitchers for Catchers

NY Times: Bats (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — The Atlanta Braves traded the right-handed pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Colorado Rockies on Friday for the minor league catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O’Dowd.
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Byron Buxton remains No. 1 on's prospect rankings Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — For the second straight season, Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is the No. 1 ranked prospect in baseball, according to's official rankings .  The announcement was made during a live special which aired on MLB Network on Friday night. Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant,  who was named baseball's No. 1 prospect by ESPN analyst Keith Law , was ranked No. 2. The top five also...
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Neal Cotts almost retired before signing with the Rangers in 2012 HardballTalk (Bill Baer) — Neal Cotts battled numerous injuries and nearly called it quits before the Rangers signed him to a minor league deal in 2012.
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Charlie Williams, a Met Traded for Mays, Dies at 67

NY Times: Bats (By PATRICK McGEEHAN) — Williams played eight seasons in the majors, but was best known as the trade bait that brought Willie Mays back to New York.
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Joe Kelly said he’s going to win the 2015 AL Cy Young Award HardballTalk (Bill Baer) — Joe Kelly has some bold words for non-believers.
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Yasiel Puig: “[Juan] Uribe’s a fatty” HardballTalk (Bill Baer) — Yasiel Puig meant it in a good way!
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Rockies sign Omar Quintanilla and Rafael Betancourt HardballTalk (Bill Baer) — The Rockies addressed their depth on Friday, signing reliever Rafael Betancourt and utility infielder Omar Quintanilla to minor league deals.
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Red Sox take wise gamble on Alexi Ogando Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — The Boston Red Sox search for pitchng depth continued on Friday with the signing of former All-Star Alex Ogando.  According to Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal , it's a one-year major league deal worth a guaranteed $1.5 million, which is roughly $1 million less than Ogando was projected to earn in arbitration before being non-tendered by the Texas Rangers.  And yes, there's a good reason why Ogando...
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Red Sox are willing to trade Edward Mujica HardballTalk (Bill Baer) — The Red Sox are willing to trade reliever Edward Mujica, according to a report.
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Chicagoans Pay Respects to Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks

NY Times: Bats (By REUTERS) — Chicagoans young and old and from all walks of life on Friday streamed past the closed casket of baseball great Ernie Banks, the Cubs Hall of Famer, paying their respects to one of the city's biggest heroes.
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Four more minor leaguers suspended HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — MLB has been suspending guys by the truckload lately.
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Orioles, Steve Pearce avoid arbitration for $3.7 million HardballTalk (Aaron Gleeman) — He hit .293 with 21 homers and a .930 OPS in 102 games last season, topping 200 plate appearances for the first time at age 31.
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The Braves and Rockies made a trade HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — A couple of pitchers who don't profile well in a hitters' environment for a couple of catchers who have shown a little at the plate. Advantage: Braves.
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