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With the MLB Off-Season underway, many teams are looking to upgrade, find replacements, and make major renovations to their clubs. Jonathan Isaac Magic Jersey . TSN.ca looks at the days hottest off-season rumors and speculations. White Sox want pitching Add the Chicago White Sox to the list of teams pursuing closer David Robertson. Along with their interest in Jeff Samardzija, the White Sox are looking to shore up a bullpen that posted a 4.38 ERA, bad enough for the third-highest in baseball. Chicago’s first round pick is protected, so the team would give away its second round selection as compensation if they sign Robertson. He rejected the New York Yankees’ qualifying offer earlier this off-season. It has been reported that Robertson is looking for a contract around four years and $50 million. Despite being the top closer on the free agent market, teams have been reluctant to offer big money to a reliever. Other teams in the mix for Robertson are the Yankees, Houston Astros and the Toronto Blue Jays. Posted Up South Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang is expected to be posted next week for MLB teams to bid on. The 27-year-old has spent nine seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization. Last year, Kang batted .354 with 39 home runs. He is already drawing interest from the Athletics, New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants. While primarily a shortstop, teams like the Giants could use him at second or third base. Stubbs to Baltimore? In search of pitching, the Colorado Rockies contacted the Baltimore Orioles offering outfielder Drew Stubbs. Having lost Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis to free agency, the Orioles are left with a corner outfield of Alejandro De Aza, David Lough and Steve Pearce. Adam Jones will remain in centerfield. Stubbs would complement the Orioles’ lineup as a right-handed bat. Last season, he hit a career-best .289 with 15 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Zimmermann talking to Nationals The Washington Nationals have re-opened contract negotiations with pitcher Jordan Zimmermann. A fair comparison to an extension for Zimmermann could be Matt Cain, who posted similar numbers before being re-signed by the San Francisco Giants for six years and $127.5 million. Zimmermann has been an all-star the past two seasons, winning 19 games in 2013. He threw a no-hitter against the Miami Marlins in September. Jonathan Isaac Jersey . Bale has had a successful debut season in Spain, and Ancelotti appears ready to reward him with a starting role on Saturday. Ancelotti says "Gareth had some problems at the beginning (of the season) but when he found good physical condition he scored a lot of goals, he had a good impact on the team. Jonathan Isaac Black Jersey . -- David Price didnt think he would be in Port Charlotte this spring.KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Roger Clemens tried to get across a sense of urgency to Houston Astros pitchers Wednesday. "If its working for you, stay with it. If its not, you need to change something. Thats something I said," Clemens said. "Obviously its not working for some of you so you need to re-evaluate what youre doing." In his capacity as special assistant to the general manager, Clemens addressed a group of young pitchers who were often overmatched last season. With a staff significantly different from the one assembled this spring, the Astros posted a 4.79 ERA while losing 111 games. "If you need to stay and do some extra work, conditioning, whatever it might be, that will make you mentally tougher than the next guy," Clemens said. "I think with all the conditioning I did throughout my career, that made me feel like I had an edge." On the eve of the teams first full-squad workout, the Astros brought in the 51-year-old, seven-time Cy Young Award winner for a morning pep talk. "I think these guys have got to realize that its not only just about them, that everybodys rooting hard and they want em to do well," Clemens said. "Obviously when they do that, a lot of people are going to start coming through the turnstiles again to watch em." Clemens pitched three of his 24 major league seasons in Houston, winning the National League ERA title in 2005 when the Astros won the pennant. The years since have been lean, especially the past three in which the Astros lost 106, 107 and 111 games. Thats one of the reasons Clemens was brought back last year, according to general manager Jeff Luhnow. "He really understands our philosophy as an organization," Luhnow said. "Hes been a part of this organization for a long time and he sees eye-to-eye with everything that were doing and is able to communicate the messages." One of the messages is to no longer acccept defeat. Jonathan Isaac Authentic Jersey. . "Theres more than a handful of guys that have an opportunity and they need to take a big step forward," Clemens said. "In spring training everybodys all giddy right now, and then you start the season and everybody gets punched in the face. Its not a lot of fun. I think theyre kind of taking the kid gloves off em a little bit and asking a lot of em to step up." The catchers, too. "I asked those guys today to step up a little bit when the pitchers not doing very well, and to get after him a little bit, see if you can stroke his emotions, get his attention so hes not lethargic out there," Clemens said. "Theres a fine line there, but its time for some of these guys to really take a giant step forward." Veteran Chad Qualls, brought in to compete for the closer job, said Clemens got his points across. "Anytime somebody with his presence steps into a room, he just kind of demands your attention," Qualls said. "You always open up and listen to what he has to say because hes been through everything, the ups and the downs. He knows exactly what hes talking about." And at some point in the spring, it will go behind talking. "At my advanced stage, I still enjoy putting the cleats on and demonstrating when I can. I like the teaching aspect, and then to turn em loose and for them to get after it," he said. "I enjoy rooting for the underdog and trying to motivate guys and answer their questions when they have them." Notes: Relief pitcher Jesse Crain strained his right calf while exercising in a gym Tuesday. The Astros are awaiting the result of an MRI. "That will be some sort of setback; I dont know how many days," Luhnow said. ... First baseman Japhet Amador, who hit .368 with 36 home runs in the Mexican League, will not report to spring training until further notice because of a family emergency. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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