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Yankees' Sabathia confident he can return to being 200-inning pitcher
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia continues to deliver positive updates coming off July knee surgery.

"The knee, I have no complaints," Sabathia told YES Network. "I’m able to do all of my workouts. … I’m changing a few things. Not as much pounding and running. I’m in the pool a lot, on different machines to get cardio, (on the) bike. Just adding a few different things to get some cardio in."

Despite coming off surgery and being limited to eight starts (46 innings) in 2014, Sabathia feels he can get back to being a 30-start, 200-inning pitcher in 2015.

"Yeah, for sure," he said. "I feel like I can. If you asked me that a couple of months ago, I would have said, ‘I don’t know,’ but the way I’m feeling now and being able to work out, definitely."

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Report: Indians expressing interest in Kendrys Morales
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

The Indians have expressed inerest in DH/first baseman Kendrys Morales

Morales, who split time between the Twins and Mariners last season, hit .218 with 42 RBI.

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Brewers' Ryan Braun 'cautiously optimistic' coming off thumb surgery
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is optimistic coming off October thumb surgery. Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure in Los Angeles on Oct. 2, in which a needle was inserted at the base of his right thumb to essentially freeze a nerve.

"It definitely worked," Braun said Wednesday, per MLB.com. "It makes a huge difference."

Braun swung a bat 10 days after the procedure and was happy the pain in his thumb was gone.

"Right now, I don’t feel any [discomfort], and I haven’t been able to say that for two years," he said. "I think I’ve told you guys, it [bothered him] shaking hands, writing -- you know, just everyday activities. Now I don’t feel it at all, so I’m excited."

While Braun is definitely optimistic, he is also a bit cautious because he isn't in the grind of playing baseball every day. He has received full clearance, however, for all offseason activities.

"I’m encouraged by how it feels, but at the same time, I think I have to be cautiously optimistic [until] I get into spring training and see how it responds," Braun said. "But it hasn’t felt this good in a really long time."

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Alderson: Mets would 'consider' losing another pick to sign player
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Mets already gave up their first-round pick in 2015 to sign veteran outfielder Michael Cuddyer, who was given a qualifying offer by the Rockies. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said the team would be willing to surrender a second-round draft pick if needed to sign another player who turned down a qualifying offer, per NJ.com.

"I think we'd probably consider it," Alderson said on MLB Network Radio. "Look, if in Janaury, a player who's been extended a qualifying offer is going for in a Nelson Cruz kind of situation like last year and it's in an area of need we certainly would consider it."

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Rangers prospect Guzman involved in fatal car accident Tuesday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Rangers prospect Ronald Guzman was involved in a fatal car accident in the Dominican Republic early Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. 

Guzman reportedly struck a motorcycle, killing the rider: Eleazar Garcia. The incident occurred at 1 a.m., according to the report by the Dominican Republic National Police.

Guzman's agent told Vice Sports that Guzman will be held at the precint until the judge clears him completely. He also stressed that Guzman was not drinking and that the motorcycle slammed into his SUV. 

Guzman, 20, hit .218 with six homers and 63 RBI in Class A last season.

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Red Sox GM: Cespedes 'in our plans for next year'
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said in a radio interview Wednesday that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is in the team's plans for next year. 

“We acquired him at the deadline in the [Jon] Lester trade because we felt that was the best deal at the time, we still feel that way. He’s in our plans for next year and his versatility and skill in the outfield and gives us the flexibility, could play any of the three positions," Cherington said. "We’ll just see what the rest of the offseason brings. We have a long way to go, and as we get to January, closer to spring training, we’ll know more about who’s here and how it all adds up.”

Cespedes hit .260 with 100 RBI last season between Oakland and Boston. 

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Mets SP Matt Harvey eager for the start of spring training
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey, who missed the 2014 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, said "spring training can't come quick enough" during a radio interview Tuesday with WFAN.

"My whole goal is to be able to face hitters in February as soon as I get down to Florida," Harvey said, per NJ.com. "I haven't faced any hitters. I haven't done any batting practice."

Harvey, who was an All-Star in 2013, is 12-10 with a 2.39 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 36 career starts. He is also striking out 9.9 batters per nine innings.

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Report: Mets could wait to see if Red Sox put Bogaerts on trading block
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts could be a new name that pops up on the Mets' radar as they search for a new starting shortstop.

While it appears Bogaerts will remain with Boston with newly signed Hanley Ramirez moving to left field, a Mets source told the New York Post the team will be watching the Red Sox's situation.

"It’s not like we’re knocking down their door to see if [Bogaerts] is available," the source said. "But we’ll wait and see how things shake out."

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Yankees planning to offer three years for Headley
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

The Yankees are planning to offer third baseman Chase Headley a three-year contract, but he is likely to look for a bigger offer, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Among those teams, the Giants and Blue Jays appear to be the most likely candidates for Headley.

Headley hit .249 with 13 home runs and 49 RBI between San Diego and New York last season. 

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Report: Marlins showing interest in Evan Gattis, Chris Davis
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

The Marlins have expressed interest in acquiring Braves catcher Evan Gattis and Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, according to the Miami Herald.

Gattis has been mentioned in trade rumors this offseason. It has also been spectulated he could move from catcher to left field.

Gattis, 28, hit .263 with 22 homers and 52 RBI last season while Davis, 28, hit .196 with 26 homers and 72 RBI. Davis was also third in the MVP race in 2013, hitting .286, 53 homers, 138 RBI.

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