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Manny Ramirez only interested in MLB, Japan teams

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06:36 AM ET 04.19 | Free agent slugger Manny Ramirez has drawn interest from several Major League teams and is only considering a return to the majors, minors or Japan, MLBTR's Zach Links reports. These are the only options Ramirez would consider in order to continue his career, Links hears, as rumors connecting Ramirez to independent league teams are "totally untrue." There isn't any timetable on when, or if, Ramirez could sign with a team.

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Report: Mets want more attitude from Noah Syndergaard

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05:30 AM ET 04.19 | Noah Syndergaard has a major league fastball and curveball, but the Mets would like to see a little more "attitude" from their top pitching prospect. According to club sources, the stud right-hander disappointed organizational officials with his approach in his first two starts for Triple-A Las Vegas, but looked better on Monday after he was challenged by manager Wally Backman to bring more of a presence to the mound. "[Backman] told him to be more aggressive and asked him who he wants to become," said a person with knowledge of the conversation. "Does he want to become a middle-of-the-road starter or top-of-the-line starter? [Syndergaard] said he wanted to be a No. 1. He went out with a little more of an attitude [on Monday]."

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Ike Davis' dad happy he's no longer a Met

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05:51 AM ET 04.19 | Ron Davis, the former Yankee, was elated at the news Friday that his son Ike is no longer a Met. Davis told The Record of Hackensack, "That's the greatest news we've heard." He went on to tell the newspaper, "Why would you want to play for someone that didn't want you? They tried to get rid of him. Now he's playing for somebody that wants him. ... This is their choice. It's not the choice I would have made."

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What will White Sox do with Felipe Paulino?

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06:05 AM ET 04.19 | The Felipe Paulino project appears to be about over. If not, it's hard to see the right-hander, who got hammered by the Texas Rangers for 10 runs and 13 hits in 32/3 innings in the White Sox' 12-0 loss Friday night at Globe Life Park, getting one more chance to prove he belongs. Signed as a free agent during the offseason to fill a spot in the starting rotation after he missed most of the 2013 season because of elbow surgery, Paulino, 30, has averaged 42/3 innings over his four starts, allowing one, six, six and 10 earned runs. Paulino's velocity was fine, but the location on the fastball and slider was not. Manager Robin Ventura seemed to rule out a demotion to the bullpen as a long reliever as an option, although there is no obvious choice at Class AAA Charlotte to fill the role.

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Yankees, Mets, Red Sox among Hanrahan hopefuls

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07:48 AM ET 04.18 | Go figure: Multiple teams are interested in a hard-throwing bullpen arm who's now available. Close to 20 teams showed up to watch veteran closer Joel Hanrahan throw in a showcase at the University of Tampa on Thursday, and judging by the early reviews, don't be surprised if there's quite a bit of competition for the two-time All-Star. Scouts there say Hanrahan looked fit and healthy, and pitched at 87-93 mph, putting him possibly ahead of schedule for someone 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery. The Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Royals, Rockies and Indians are among the teams scouting Hanrahan, but that's only a fraction of those there to see the hard-throwing right-hander. Boston is an interesting entry in that Hanrahan was pitching for them when he went down with the elbow issue that led to the surgery.

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