2014 Bold Predictions: Red Sox fall back to the pack (The SportsXchange)

Boston erased a miserable 2012 season by rolling through the American League East and claiming an eighth World Series title and third in 10 seasons. The Red Sox approach -- chemistry and character -- to winning could be mimicked by other teams, but not the rival Yankees, who invested $240-plus million in player salaries while allowing second baseman Robinson Cano to flee in free agency to Seattle. Arizona Diamondbacks: New left fielder Mark Trumbo averaged 31 home runs over his first full three major league seasons, and a move to more hitter-friendly Chase Field helps. New closer Addison Reed also plugs a hole, but the key to the Diamondbacks' resurgence is a relatively injury-free year from major producers on both sides of the ball.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on December 27, 2013

Former Orioles star Paul Blair dies (The Associated Press)

Paul Blair, the eight-time Gold Glove center fielder who helped the Baltimore Orioles win a pair of World Series titles while gliding to make catches that former teammates still marvel at more than four decades later, has died. Blair died Thursday night at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Blair's wife, Gloria, told The Baltimore Sun, that Blair played a round of golf with friends Thursday morning and later lost consciousness at a celebrity bowling tournament in Pikesville. ''Paul was honestly too tired, but he never says no,'' Gloria Blair told the newspaper.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on December 27, 2013

Tanaka’s team says he can seek career in MLB (The Associated Press)

Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is set to move to the majors next season after his Japanese team Rakuten Eagles announced Wednesday it was prepared to let him leave, reversing its earlier rejection. Rakuten Eagles president Yozo Tachibana told a news conference that the team has decided to release him through the posting system, paving the way for his departure. Tachibana said Tanaka's outstanding performance over the past seven years, including this season, meant he deserved to be allowed to move to the U.S. Tanaka, a 25-year-old right-hander, went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA with the Eagles during the regular season and sought a move to the majors. But he has two years remaining on his contract and Rakuten was under no obligation to release him.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on December 25, 2013

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Dec 21 (The Sports Xchange) - The Texas Rangers and free-agent outfielder Choo Shin-soo agreed to a seven-year, $130 million contract, multiple media outlets reported Saturday. Choo reportedly had talks with his former team, the Cincinnati Reds, as well as the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees, among others. The Rangers' biggest offseason priority is to improve their offense. They targeted Choo as a top-of-the-order threat. He had a .423 on-base percentage for Cincinnati this year. ...

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MLB roundup: Rangers agree to $130M deal with Choo (The SportsXchange)

The Texas Rangers and free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo agreed to a seven-year, $130 million contract, multiple media outlets reported Saturday.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on December 21, 2013

Marlins sign Valdespin to minor-league deal (The SportsXchange)

The Miami Marlins signed outfielder Jordany Valdespin to a minor league contract, according to MLB.com.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on December 21, 2013

Back in New York, Beltran takes shots at Mets (The Associated Press)

On his first day in Yankees pinstripes, Carlos Beltran had some choice words - for the Mets. Having signed a $119 million, seven-year contract with the Mets before the 2005 season, Beltran was unhappy about his stay in Queens by the time he was dealt to San Francisco in July 2011. He felt he was unfairly targeted for taking a called third strike from St. Louis' Adam Wainwright on the final pitch of 2006 NL championship series Game 7. He was blamed for missing a team trip to the Walter Reed Medical Center in 2010 on a day when he had gone back home to Puerto Rico to do some charity work.

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Yankees introduce OF Beltran (The SportsXchange)

The New York Yankees introduced new right-fielder Carlos Beltran in a press conference Friday. Beltran officially signed a three-year, $45 million contract two weeks after the two sides agreed to the deal. Beltran will wear No. 36. The Yankees almost signed Beltran in 2005, but he ended up going to the New York Mets on a seven-year, $119 million deal.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on December 20, 2013

Beltran signs three-year deal with Yankees (Reuters)

(Reuters) - The New York Yankees beefed up their batting strength and likely postseason prowess by signing free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, an eight-time All-Star, to a three-year contract on Thursday. Beltran, 36, has a .283 career batting average in the majors with 1,346 runs, 446 doubles, 358 home runs, 1,327 runs batted in and 308 stolen bases and earned the nickname "the new Mr. October" because of his clutch hitting in the playoffs. Hall of Famer and five-time World Series champion Reggie Jackson was the original "Mr. October" because of his postseason exploits with the Oakland A's and Yankees in the 1970s. In 17 postseason games for the National League-champion St. Louis Cardinals this year, including his first trip to the World Series, Beltran batted .268 with three doubles, two home runs and 15 RBIs.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on December 19, 2013

Baseball-Beltran signs three-year deal with Yankees (Reuters)

The New York Yankees beefed up their batting strength and likely postseason prowess by signing free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, an eight-time All-Star, to a three-year contract on Thursday. Beltran, 36, has a .283 career batting average in the majors with 1,346 runs, 446 doubles, 358 home runs, 1,327 runs batted in and 308 stolen bases and earned the nickname "the new Mr. October" because of his clutch hitting in the playoffs. Hall of Famer and five-time World Series champion Reggie Jackson was the original "Mr. October" because of his postseason exploits with the Oakland A's and Yankees in the 1970s. In 17 postseason games for the National League-champion St. Louis Cardinals this year, including his first trip to the World Series, Beltran batted .268 with three doubles, two home runs and 15 RBIs.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on December 19, 2013