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Rangers close to finalizing trade for Josh Hamilton

wfaa.com — The 2010 AL MVP who said Dallas/Fort Worth was 'not a baseball town' appears headed back to North Texas. The Rangers and Angels are close to agreeing on a deal that would bring troubled slugger Josh Hamilton back to Texas, according to multiple reports.

Cubs to call up top prospect Kris Bryant on Friday

indystar.com — Kris Bryant's long-anticipated debut for the Chicago Cubs is less than 24 hours away. Bryant, baseball's top prospect whose major league debut was delayed so the club could retain his rights another year, will be recalled Friday and will be in the lineup for the Cubs' game against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation.

Kevin Towers lives with Dave Stewart, the man who replaced him

azcentral.com — SCOTTSDALE - It's potentially baseball's most awkward living arrangement, considering the circumstances. Dave Stewart, the Arizona Diamondbacks' new general manager, is living in a house in Scottsdale owned by the man he replaced on the job, Kevin Towers.

Cole Hamels: Trade me to a team that can win

courierpostonline.com — The words flow out of Cole Hamels' mouth without hesitation, equivocation, or the slightest tinge of remorse. He wants to be traded from the Philadelphia Phillies. This is not a threat. He is not demanding a trade. He's not about to insult the Phillies, or say anything derogatory that would alienate himself from the only team that's employed him.

Cole Hamels: Trade me to a team that can win

delawareonline.com — The words flow out of Cole Hamels' mouth without hesitation, equivocation, or the slightest tinge of remorse. He wants to be traded from the Phillies. This is not a threat. He is not demanding a trade. He's not about to insult the Phillies, or say anything derogatory that would alienate himself from the only team that's employed him.

Source: Astros acquire Evan Gattis from Braves

khou.com — Gattis was in Houston on Wednesday undergoing a physical exam The Atlanta Braves are engaged with three teams in trade talks for catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis, according to a baseball official with direct knowledge of the negotiations.

Nelson Cruz agrees to 4-year deal with Seattle Mariners

usatoday.com — Nelson Cruz, the top right-handed slugger on the free agent market, has agreed to a four-year contract worth at least $57 million with the Seattle Mariners, according to a report in the Dominican Republic. Cruz's signing would continue a huge financial push for the Mariners, bringing their long-term contract commitments since February 2013 to a whopping $572 million.

Marlins, Stanton agree on $325 million contract

ksdk.com — The Miami Marlins, notorious for their firesales and miniscule player payrolls more than their two World Series titles, completed an image makeover by signing All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to the largest contract in North American team sports history. The Marlins, finalized a 13-year, $325 million deal with their marquee player.

Nightengale: Marlins buy credibility with Stanton deal

azcentral.com — It's like waking up to the shrill of that alarm clock, groggily getting out of bed, and being jolted to your senses when you see your next-door-neighbors pulling up in a new Bentley. Yes, the same neighbors who recently had a foreclosure notice on their home, whose idea of fine dining is the local burger joint, and who snubbed the troop selling Girl Scout cookies.

Marlins, Giancarlo Stanton finalize 13-yr, $325M deal

wtsp.com — The Miami Marlins, notorious for their firesales and miniscule player payrolls more than their two World Series titles, completed an image makeover by signing All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to the largest contract in North American team sports history. The Marlins, finalized a 13-year, $325 million deal with their marquee player.
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Apr 28, 2015

It was a disaster in Anaheim, a mistake signing w #Angels, but back w #Rangers, it"s as if Josh Hamilton never left. usat.ly/1GzWzEO

Apr 27, 2015

Taijuan Walker pitches gem, gives up one unearned run over 7 IP, and #Mariners beat #Rangers, 3-1

Apr 27, 2015

Josh Hamilton, saying it feels so good to be back w #Rangers, admits now he never should have signed with #Angels. usat.ly/1GzWzEO

Apr 27, 2015

It will be a game-time decision Tuesday whether #Orioles and #White Sox will play a day game in Baltimore tomorrow. usat.ly/1GznWyV

Apr 27, 2015

Cole Hamels, in his best start of the season, yields just 4 hits and one run, striking out 9, in 7 IP in #Phillies win over #STLCards.

Apr 27, 2015

The free-falling #Nats lose again, and now find themselves in last place in the NL East, 8 games behind the #Mets.

Apr 27, 2015

Now that #Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy has torn UCL,and #STLCards ace Adam Wainwright has torn Achilles, Cole Hamels' value increases

Apr 27, 2015

Tanner Scheppers optioned to Triple A Round Rock but 1st must serve 3G suspension. #Rangers

Apr 27, 2015

Hamilton says he now is being tested 5 times a week for drugs and alcohol. #Rangers.

Apr 27, 2015

The key member of Hamiltons support group was fired by #Angels after 1st year he says

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