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11/11/2013 | Padres pleased with Spangenberg's defensive strides
Of all the gains Cory Spangenberg made in 2013, it's easy enough to observe how he didn't miss a step offensively following a June promotion from Class A Lake Elsinore to Double-A San Antonio. But while the second baseman hit .289 in 76 games with the Missions, his biggest gain might have come on defense and after working closely with manager Rich Dauer.

11/11/2013 | Miller garners ROY consideration, finishes third
Shelby Miller earned a third-place finish in the National League Rookie of the Year voting on Monday, finishing behind the Marlins' Jose Fernandez and the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig.

11/11/2013 | Iglesias finishes second for AL's top rookie honor
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias contributed to two playoff teams this season, excelling both with the glove and his bat, and Iglesias' stellar rookie season was rewarded with a second-place finish, behind Tampa Bay's Wil Myers, in American League Rookie of the Year balloting by the BBWAA.

11/11/2013 | Fernandez wins NL Rookie of the Year Award
Marlins righty Jose Fernandez, who has an inspiring personal story and mesmerizing talent, has been voted the National League Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

11/11/2013 | Cano, Kuroda, Granderson reject qualifying offers
Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Hiroki Kuroda declined qualifying offers from the Yankees on Monday, making them free agents.

11/11/2013 | Outfielders' health will determine Dodgers' plan
Addressing rumors that the Dodgers are shopping outfielders, general manager Ned Colletti compared the team's apparent surplus of outfielders to last winter's apparent surplus of starting pitchers.

11/11/2013 | Garcia gets cleanup surgery on pitching elbow
Dodgers left-handed reliever Onelki Garcia has undergone arthroscopic cleanup surgery on his left elbow, general manager Ned Colletti said Monday at the General Managers Meetings.

11/11/2013 | Myers runs away with AL Rookie of the Year Award
The pressure was on Wil Myers from his first day with the Rays after being acquired in the trade that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals last offseason. But the 22-year-old slugger still managed to live up to the enormous expectations, and he officially capped his impressive debut Monday night by winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award, beating out teammate and runner-up Chris Archer.

11/11/2013 | Amaro says Phillies could be in hunt for Tanaka
Most of the speculation surrounding Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has focused on the usual teams -- the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Angels and D-backs. But after arriving at the General Managers Meetings on Monday, GM Ruben Amaro hinted that the Phillies could also be on that list.

11/11/2013 | Santana turns down Royals' qualifying offer
Pitcher Ervin Santana made it official on Monday, turning down the Royals' one-year qualifying offer for $14.1 million. If Santana signs with another club, the qualifying offer nets the Royals an extra pick in the First-Year Player Draft's compensatory round next June.

11/11/2013 | Mendoza headed to Japan for 2014 season
The Royals have requested outright waivers on right-handed pitcher Luis Mendoza, who will pitch in Japan next season. Mendoza has goine 16-25 with a 5.39 ERA in seven Major League seasons with Kansas City and Texas.

11/11/2013 | Beltran declines qualifying offer from Cardinals
Carlos Beltran headed into the offseason open to a return to St. Louis but also clear in his desire to sign a multiyear deal. It came, then, as no surprise that Beltran turned down the Cardinals' one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer on Monday.

11/11/2013 | Morales rejects Mariners' qualifying offer
Mariners designated hitter Kendrys Morales rejected the Mariners' qualifying offer on Monday and is now a free agent.

11/11/2013 | Puig finishes second in NL Rookie of Year vote
It was an ebullient Cuban sensation who took home the Jackie Robinson National League Rookie of the Year Award on Monday night, but that rookie wasn't Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig.

11/11/2013 | All qualifying offers declined; Draft order clearer
There were 13 players headed toward free agency who were given qualifying offers to stay with their old clubs. On Monday, as the 5 p.m. ET deadline passed, all officially 13 declined the offers. That means there is the possibility of 13 additional Draft picks come June.

11/11/2013 | Tanaka's status in limbo due to posting fee change
Major League Baseball has terminated its posting fee agreement with Japan, according to a source, placing current young Nippon Professional Baseball players like pitcher Masahiro Tanaka in limbo.

11/11/2013 | Rangers promote Preller to assistant GM
The Rangers have promoted A.J. Preller to assistant general manager and named Mike Daly as the senior director of Minor League operations, the club announced on Monday.

11/11/2013 | McCann declines Braves' qualifying offer
Brian McCann took another step toward a big payday by declining the qualifying offer the Braves made him last week.

11/11/2013 | D-backs prospect Ahmed not listening to doubters
Nick Ahmed hit .236 for Double-A Mobile last season, and scouts have raised doubts about the shortstop's ability to hit at the big league level. Ahmed, though, does not share that view. "People that say I can't hit, I don't listen to that, because I know I'm going to hit," Ahmed said.

11/11/2013 | Angels agree to Minors deal with lefty LeBlanc
The Angels agreed to terms with left-hander Wade LeBlanc on a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training on Monday.

11/11/2013 | Bartlett signs Minor League deal, invited to Twins camp
The Twins signed infielder Jason Bartlett to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training, the club announced Monday. Bartlett, who played with the Twins from 2004-07, last played in the Majors in '12 with the Padres, and didn't play at all last season.

11/11/2013 | Mariners hire Jewett as bench coach
Lloyd McClendon's first order of business as Mariners manager is putting together a coaching staff, and Trent Jewett of the Nationals is the first addition.

11/11/2013 | Cruz turns down Rangers' qualifying offer
Free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz has turned down the Rangers qualifying offer of $14.1 million. Cruz, represented by agent Adam Katz, is looking for a multiyear offer.

11/11/2013 | Coleman couldn't wait to serve his country in military
Jerry Coleman is the only baseball player to see active duty in two armed conflicts. He flew 120 missions, earned two Distinguished Flyer Awards and three Navy citations.

11/11/2013 | Mauer to shift permanently to first base
Ending months of speculation after he sustained a season-ending concussion while catching on Aug. 19, the Twins announced Monday that Joe Mauer will be moved from catcher to first base next year.


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