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Weekend Dump: Choo rejects Yankees; Freel revealed to have CTE; Balfour to file grievance?

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Shin-Soo Choo rejects seven-year, $140 million deal from Yankees -

Holding out for a bigger payday? Sounds like a Boras client.

Rockies trade for OF Stubbs and RP Morales - MLBTR

Colorado sends reliever Josh Outman to Cleveland in exchange for Stubbs and infielder Jonathan Herrera to Boston for Morales, who returns to the team for which he made his debut in 2007. Morales gives the Rockies another lefty in their bullpen in addition to Boone Logan whom they signed last week.

Yankees sign Brian Roberts - NY Daily News

Roberts has played a total of 192 games over the last four years due to a plethora of injuries. During his healthy years, he was a two-time All-Star and a doubles machine, averaging 46 doubles between 2004 and 2009 and leading the league twice during that span, eclipsing 50 three times.

D-backs acquire RP Addison Reed from White Sox - ESPN

J.J. Putz will be pushed back to setup duty in Arizona. The trade opens a vacancy for the ninth-inning role in Chicago; MLBTR surmises Nate Jones, who has struck out 154 batters in 149.2 innings, as the most likely among internal candidates. Reed is the latest White Sox pitcher to leave in addition to Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain, but the team has also just signed lefty Scott Downs this week.

Average MLB salary jumps to $3.39 million - ESPN

The 5.4% increase is the highest since 2006, and the salary sets a new record high.

Ryan Freel found to have suffered from CTE - CBS

Freel, who committed suicide last December, suffered from Stage 2 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by concussions and other forms of head trauma with symptoms of headaches, depression and memory loss. He was known to have had up to 10 concussions during his playing days. Freel is the first MLB player known to have had CTE.

Starlin Castro has funds seized in legal dispute - Chicago Tribune

Apparently, Castro's father signed a contract with a baseball school in the D.R., and Castro's coach at the school is suing him for 3% of his contract with the school.

Grant Balfour may file grievance against Orioles - Yahoo

Balfour agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract with Baltimore, only for the team to nix the deal because it wasn't satisfied with Balfour's physical, even though he insists he's perfectly healthy.

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