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A's winter wish came true with Parker trade
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Seeking a left-handed complement to the right-handed power duo of Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, A’s general manager Sandy Alderson swung a deal for Dave Parker during the Winter Meetings in Dallas, sending pitchers Jose Rijo and Tim Birtsas to the Reds. “The Cobra” became Oakland’s primary DH, compiling 22 homers and 97 RBIs and […]

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Luhnow's move to Houston made '11 memorable
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The news broke late on a Wednesday night at the 2011 Winter Meetings in Dallas. Jeff Luhnow, a 45-year-old executive with the Cardinals, was set to become the first general manager hired by the Astros’ new ownership group led by Jim Crane.

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Angels went all-in with Pujols, C.J. deals in '11
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Six years ago, over the span of 48 frenzied hours at a hotel in Dallas, the Angels pulled off a $331.5 million free-agent splurge that left the baseball world stunned.

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Texas won't pivot from offseason pitching plan
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The Rangers await a yea or nay from Japanese pitcher Shohei Ohtani, but either way will not change their offseason direction. Texas is all about pitching this winter and to this point have shown little inclination to address any perceived concerns in its lineup.

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Rangers announce Minors coaching staffs
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A promotion for Spike Owen is prominent among the shifting and settling of Minor League personnel in the Rangers’ farm system for 2018.

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School kids receive gloves from Rangers
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Rangers players Nomar Mazara, Willie Calhoun, Jose Leclerc and Ricardo Rodriguez and TV broadcaster Dave Raymond joined the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and State Farm on Thursday to distribute over 300 baseball gloves to students at C.F. Carr Elementary School in Dallas.

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New Seattle star Gordon has skills for center
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Dee Gordon has never played center field in his Major League career. Never played any outfield in his life, for that matter, other than about a dozen Dominican Winter League games four years ago. But Jerry Dipoto believes Gordon is perfectly suited to play center field for Seattle while Robinson Cano continues to man second […]

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Speed & Dee-fense: Mariners acquire Gordon
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Looking to improve their team speed and baserunning ability, the Mariners made a bold move in that direction on Thursday by acquiring two-time National League All-Star Dee Gordon from the Marlins and another $1 million in international slot money in exchange for top pitching prospect Nick Neidert and two other Minor Leaguers. Seattle plans to […]

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Pursuing Ohtani, Mariners deal for bonus money
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Jerry Dipoto clearly is leaving no stone unturned in his efforts to lure Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani to Seattle, as the Mariners general manager traded Minor League catcher David Banuelos on Wednesday to the Twins to acquire an additional $1 million in international bonus pool money.

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Dipoto expects Iwakuma to have long-term role
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Hisashi Iwakuma doesn’t figure to be back competing for a role on the Mariners’ Major League roster until sometime around the end of May, general manager Jerry Dipoto said on his Wheelhouse Podcast on Wednesday, but the 36-year-old right-hander remains a key member of the organization going forward.

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Luhnow addresses Keuchel, offseason pace
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Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Wednesday that Dallas Keuchel pitched with discomfort in his left foot during the postseason and was diagnosed with a mild foot sprain in his exit physical, but he denied an ESPN report that the left-hander suffered from plantar fasciitis during the final two months of the season.

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Angels add cash to help recruit Ohtani
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The Angels made another push to better position themselves in the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes on Wednesday night, acquiring $1 million in international slot money from the Twins in exchange for outfield prospect Jacob Pearson.

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