Maddux, Glavine, Thomas headline Hall of Fame ballot (The SportsXchange)

Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, each a 300-game winner, and first baseman-designated hitter Frank Thomas are among 19 new candidates on the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot that is being mailed this week to more than 600 voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America They join 17 holdovers from the 2013 balloting that failed to produce a winning candidate for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., for the first time since 1996. The holdovers include a collection of steroid-tainted players — Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Results will be announced Jan. 8 and inductions held July 24 at Cooperstown.

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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Nov 25 (The Sports Xchange) – The Oakland A’s will remain at O.co Coliseum for at least two more years under a proposed lease extension that was expected to be approved Monday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. That would eliminate the possibility of the A’s playing their 2014 home games at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Major League Baseball threatened to use its anti-trust exemption powers to force the Giants to share AT&T Park with the A’s in the event an agreement with the Coliseum board is not reached. – - The A’s acquired left-handed relief pitcher Fernando Abad from the Washington Nationals in exchange for minor league outfielder John Wooten.

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MLB roundup: A’s, Coliseum expected to reach lease deal (The SportsXchange)

The Oakland A’s will remain at O.co Coliseum for at least two more years under a proposed lease extension that was expected to be approved Monday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Mariners name new coaching staff (The SportsXchange)

The Seattle Mariners announced their coaching staff Monday under new manager Lloyd McClendon.

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Matt Harvey, David Wright and other New York Mets sing in cringeworthy holiday video (Big League Stew)

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Our theory about why the New York Mets released a holiday video with its players singing “Sleigh Bells?” Whatever moves the team makes this winter won’t look as bad as this.
The 54-second long video — in which Matt Harvey, David Wright and a few other Mets butcher a Christmas classic — is as cringe-worthy as the annual Kardashian Christmas card . About as stiff too.
As bad as it is, though, we can’t stop watching it. In fact, we’ve watched the Mets holiday video enough to have decided the five most wonderful things about it:
1. The jolliness of Justin Turner
Seriously, this guy was just so into it. We wonder if he still believes in Santa.
2. David Wright’s eyebrows
Woah there. Next time he breaks a bat, he can peel one of those suckers off his face and swing it.
3. Matt Harvey legit wanting to impress us with his vocal talents
Is Matt Harvey going to release an album during his Tommy John rehab? He sounded like he was trying out for “The Voice” when we brought that bassy twang to the party.

4. Dillon Gee carrying this thing
Dillon Gee gives us some shoulder swaying and he has the longest part of the song, so he’s obviously the workhorse here. How long before he gets fed up and tries to go solo? Here’s hoping he calls himself Gee-Funk and it happens tomorrow.
5. Travis d’Arnaud is dead inside
He may have been steering the reindeer than ran over Grandma.

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Chris Young Signing Continues Old Worries for New York Mets Fans (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | Perhaps the best thing that can be said of the New York Mets’ first significant signing of the 2013 offseason is that if it doesn’t pan out, the deal won’t last very long. Desperately needing some outfield upgrades, the Mets turned to free agent Chris Young on Friday, November 22. Young Is a Good Outfielder, But the Mets Need Offense A very good defensive player with impressive speed, Young will certainly improve New York’s outfield.

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New York Mets: Two Shortstops to Target in a Potential Trade (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | External options at shortstop for the New York Mets narrowed once Jhonny Peralta agreed to a four-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. Sandy Alderson was interested in Peralta at the start of free agency. After serving a 50-game suspension in 2013 for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, New York hoped it could sign the shortstop to a two-year deal. Judging by the deals free agents are already receiving, the Mets will need to formulate a different plan if they want someone other than Ruben Tejada as their starting shortstop in 2014.

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Team Report – COLORADO ROCKIES (The SportsXchange)

Rockies set to add RHP Hawkins

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All-Star SS Peralta, Cardinals reach 4-year deal (The Associated Press)

Free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed on a four-year contract, giving the All-Star a fresh start after his Biogenesis drug suspension last summer. The Cardinals filled a need by getting a top-hitting shortstop a month after losing the World Series in six games to Boston. Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso, while generally good fielders, are light hitters. ”We are pleased to announce that Jhonny has agreed to terms and I know he is equally excited to be joining the Cardinals,” general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement.

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Report: Reliever Smith headed to Angels (The SportsXchange)

The Angels reached agreement with free agent relief pitcher Joe Smith on a three-year, $15 million contract, according to a CBSSports.com report on Saturday night.

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