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Hanley Ramirez did not thrive as an outfielder with the Red Sox, and some are questioning how much success he will have at first base, according to Scott Lauber of The Boston Herald:
At the risk of stating the obvious, this one needs to go far better than the last. Ramirez was an unmitigated trainwreck in left field last season, statistically the worst defensive player in the American League, according to the metrics at FanGraphs.com. As much as he struggled with the physical aspects of his new position, his critics called into question his willingness to work to get better.
Tampa Bay is focusing on Corey Dickerson and Javier Baez in trade talks with the Rockies.
Who won the Yoenis Cespedes deal? The Mets and Dexter Fowler, for certain.
Nobody wants to take Washington's money. That's a major problem for the Nats.
Yu Darvish was not connected to his brother's gambling operation:
Baseball sources say that MLB has determined that Yu Darvish had no involvement with his brother's illegal gambling operation in Japan.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) January 23, 2016
Multiple clubs have considered trading for Angels starter C.J. Wilson:
a few teams have checked in on cj Wilson on a buy-low type trade but angels haven't heard anything worth doing yet— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 23, 2016
Before he signed with the Padres, Fernando Rodney was drawing interest from the Marlins.
Pittsburgh continues to lose members of its front office:
#Pirates director of player personnel Tyrone Brooks is leaving the club to take post with MLB commissioner's office.— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) January 21, 2016
Houston might not be done making moves this off-season:
Astros may not be done. They've tied for Upton and starters, and owner Jim Crane says they're "nosing around" a bit.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 20, 2016
Tim Lincecum is hoping to join a major league club in 2016:
free agent tim lincecum is shooting for the first half of february to hold a throwing showcase for teams— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 22, 2016
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