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Giants reportedly agree to deal with Solarte  

The Giants have agreed to a deal with free-agent infielder Yangervis Solarte, according to a report from The Athletic's Robert Murray on Friday.

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2019-02-15 11:23:20



Trevor Bauer Discusses Arbitration Victory, Future Contracts  

Indians righty Trevor Bauer defeated the club for the second straight year in arbitration. He chatted about his win in a fascinating interview with Bob Nightengale of USA Today in which he gave rare insight into the process and looked ahead to a third-straight hearing next winter. Bauer is a polarizing figure for a variety of reasons,…

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2019-02-15 05:45:37



Agency Changes: Gurriels, Calhoun  

Here are the latest agency changes from around the game. As always, you can find updated representation information in MLBTR’s Agency Database. Both of the Gurriel brothers — Yuli Gurriel of the Astros and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. of the Blue Jays — have hired Magnus Sports, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca (via Twitter). The elder…

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2019-02-15 05:17:56



Source: Severino, Yanks reach 4-year deal  

Luis Severino and the Yankees have agreed on a four-year, $40 million contract extension, avoiding salary arbitration, a source has confirmed to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

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2019-02-15 05:07:29



These are the ramifications if Bryce joins Yanks  

The Yankees have done little this offseason to suggest they are targeting free agent Bryce Harper.

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2019-02-15 04:24:36



First things first: Goldy tops 1B fantasy ranks  

The top of the first-base rankings has probably remained as static as any position in recent years, but a crop of up-and-comers forcefully threw their hats into the ring last season.

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2019-02-15 03:55:39



Prospects who should vie for a roster spot in camp  

The 30 prospects below all are getting very long looks this spring with an eye toward breaking camp with the parent club. Even if they start the year in the Minors, they all should get the chance to contribute at some point in the very near future.

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2019-02-15 03:11:03



Elite programs ready for inaugural MLB4 Tournament  

Vanderbilt, TCU, Cal State Fullerton and Virginia are taking part in the inaugural MLB4 Tournament at Salt River Fields, the Spring Training home of the D-backs and Rockies.

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2019-02-15 02:44:32



This superstar tops MLB's Top 100 Right Now  

The 2019 MLB season feels so close now. Spring Training has begun. Players are taking the field. So it's time to rank the best of the best.

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2019-02-15 02:30:38



AL Notes: Harper, Betts, Severino, Baldelli, Harvey, Kennedy  

It’s mostly of historical interest now, but Astros GM Jeff Luhnow acknowledged that the club had a deal all but locked down to land Bryce Harper last summer. (Via Mark Berman of FOX 26, on Twitter.) Reports indicated that the Nationals would have received a strong haul of talent had they agreed to give up Harper at the…

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2019-02-15 02:19:55



How will Hader, Crew's bullpen follow stellar '18?  

As the Brewers bring back most of a bullpen that was their best strength, Josh Hader is not the only reliever bidding to build on 2018.

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2019-02-15 02:14:07



Brown is proud of Braves' rich history  

It didn't come as a surprise to anyone when Dana Brown left the Blue Jays as a special assistant to general manager Ross Atkins to join the Braves as vice president of scouting.

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2019-02-15 01:59:28



Five teams that can still win the offseason  

We're reluctant to finalize our list of offseason winners because, as you may have heard, there are some prominent unsigned free agents. Not just Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, either.

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2019-02-15 01:16:47



MLBTR Chat Transcript: Keuchel, deGrom, Severino  

Click here to read a transcript of today’s chat with host Jeff Todd.

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2019-02-14 22:30:32



Corbin settling in, not feeling extra pressure  

Patrick Corbin joins a Nationals team ready to win and a rotation, featuring Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, that figures to be one of the best in baseball.

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2019-02-14 20:41:28



Unburdened Price ready to go back to back  

Without question, David Price felt a little lighter on Thursday as he held court with the Boston media to mark the beginning of his fourth season with the Red Sox.

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2019-02-14 20:32:43



Minor MLB Transactions: 2/14/19  

Here are Thursday’s minor moves from around the league… The Athletics announced that they’ve signed lefty Tyler Alexander to a minor league deal and invited him to Major League Spring Training. He’s been out of affiliated ball since the 2014 season, pitching on the independent circuit and in the Mexican League. Manager Bob Melvin spoke…

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2019-02-14 19:55:03



Red Sox notes: Betts, Pedroia, broadcast  

Life couldn't be much better for Mookie Betts these days. His team won the World Series last October. Betts won the American League MVP Award that eluded him two years ago. The right fielder won yet another Gold Glove Award -- his third in a row. Betts experienced the joy of his first child being born (a daughter named Kynlee Ivory). Oh, and he won another PBA bowling tournament on Super Bowl Sunday.

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2019-02-14 17:59:28



Rockies trio competes for final rotation spot  

Having two pitchers of notable accomplishment and one of immense promise is a luxury for the Rockies. But it creates a decision nonetheless for manager Bud Black.

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2019-02-14 16:28:56



Chatwood hopes small fix has big results in '19  

All Tyler Chatwood needs to do is look around the Cubs clubhouse to realize that the odds are stacked against him making the North Siders' starting rotation.

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2019-02-14 15:48:50



Tomlin excited to join 'forward-thinking' Crew  

When it became clear the Major League contract he'd been seeking wasn't out there, Josh Tomlin started searching for the right fit.

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2019-02-14 14:34:47



Buehler's brilliance drawing some high praise  

The Dodgers know just how good Walker Buehler is and want to keep him that way, which is why he's the only pitcher in camp who hasn't thrown a bullpen session yet.

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2019-02-14 13:56:49



Mariners fully embracing pitch-tracking revolution  

This is the new world of Major League Baseball. Moments after throwing their first bullpen sessions of the spring at Mariners camp, veterans Wade LeBlanc and Cory Gearrin huddled to study the spin rate data on a hand-held Rapsodo machine.

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2019-02-14 13:55:43



These are the ramifications if Bryce joins Yanks  

The Yankees have done little this offseason to suggest they are targeting free agent Bryce Harper.

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2019-02-14 13:49:11



Sources: Twins extending Polanco, Kepler  

The Twins are nearing an extension with shortstop Jorge Polanco, and have an agreement with outfielder Max Kepler on a similar long-term deal, according to sources.

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2019-02-14 12:02:12



Scherzer prepping to face 'stiffest' NL East  

It is becoming something of an annual spring tradition here in West Palm Beach: The high-intensity first bullpen session of the spring for Max Scherzer.

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2019-02-14 11:21:11



deGrom: 'I want to be part of this team's future'  

Jacob deGrom wants a contract extension with the Mets, and they want to extend deGrom. So far, neither side has made significant movement toward that common goal.

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2019-02-14 11:15:45



Arrieta reveals knee injury led to 2nd-half dip  

Jake Arrieta on Thursday offered an unexpected explanation for his second-half struggles in 2018: he pitched much of last season with an injured left knee.

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2019-02-14 10:41:56



Giants Interested In Yangervis Solarte  

The Giants have interest in veteran infielder Yangervis Solarte, according to Alex Palovic of NBC Sports Bay Area (Twitter link). While this connection is decidedly less splashy than another recently reported expression of interest, Solarte seems to be a readily achievable target. He is looking for a new opportunity after the Blue Jays declined a…

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2019-02-14 10:05:03



Twins To Extend Max Kepler  

11:25am: It’s a five-year deal worth $35MM for Kepler, reports MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (via Twitter). The deal also contains a club option for a sixth season, which is valued at $10MM, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan (Twitter link). 10:25am: The Twins are nearing the completion of a new contract with right fielder Max Kepler,…

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2019-02-14 09:21:54



Harvey strains glute, out for a week and a half  

Right-hander Matt Harvey sustained a glute strain while participating in agility drills on Wednesday and will be out for roughly a week and a half, Angels manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday.

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2019-02-14 08:22:45



Cole against baseball's opener strategy  

Count Gerrit Cole among those who is not a fan of the opener strategy. "I'm not going to pay for a ticket to watch a math equation," the Astros right-hander told reporters Thursday morning at the team's Spring Training camp in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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2019-02-14 07:48:57



Manny? Harper? Phillies satisfied but monitoring  

General Manager Matt Klentak discussed the Phillies' offseason in a press conference on Thursday in Clearwater, Fla. The Phillies remain in contact with the agents for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. The belief is that the front office still prefers Machado over Harper because of Machado's combination of offense and defense.

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2019-02-14 07:44:42



Twins To Extend Jorge Polanco  

9:45am: Polanco’s deal will pay him $25.75MM over the next five years, and it also includes club options for the 2024 and 2025 seasons, per Jim Bowden of The Athletic (Twitter link). 8:34am: ESPN’s Jeff Passan tweets that the contract will cover a total of seven seasons, at least five of which are guaranteed. The…

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2019-02-14 07:42:03



Astros have unfinished business this season  

The Astros logo outside the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches really is something to see, all the way from Haverhill Rd. The closer you get the bigger it gets, the white "H" right there in front of the huge orange star. Underneath the "H" is the following message, white against orange: "2017 World Champions." It would have been a simple matter to put "2018" down there, too. There was room.

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2019-02-14 07:31:32



Do any teams regret their top 2018 Draft pick?  

Camps are full of prospects getting the opportunity to play alongside big leaguers and make an impression on the Major League staff. Some are competing for jobs, others know they'll head to Minor League camp soon enough. Either way, it's fun to watch them mix it up.

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2019-02-14 07:22:08



Cole: Arb win a bigger victory for players to come  

By winning his arbitration case against the Astros, pitcher Gerrit Cole stands to make $2,075,000 more this season than if he'd lost. That's a significant victory for Cole, who will double his salary this year and make $13.5 million, and a significant victory for other players to come, the veteran pitcher said.

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2019-02-14 06:58:06



20 questions that will define the NL Central  

It was only five years ago that the Cardinals won the National League Central with only 90 wins. Heck, it was only 12 years ago that the Cubs won it with 85, and 13 that the Cardinals won it with 83. Point is: There have been times in recent baseball history that the NL Central was not exactly the toughest gauntlet in the sport. But in 2019, it looks like the scariest division in baseball.

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2019-02-14 06:53:37



Marte confident transition to CF will be smooth  

Ketel Marte does not lack for confidence when it comes to switching from second base/shortstop to center field, which is where he's expected to see a lot of time this season.

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2019-02-14 06:35:05



Volquez, Smyly, Miller on regular camp program  

Three pitchers who are coming back from Tommy John surgery are staying up with the others in Rangers camp in the early going.

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2019-02-14 06:28:31



Padres' meeting with Manny shows their interest is high  

The Padres might be making their play for Manny Machado.

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2019-02-14 06:22:03



Kelly already knows his way around D-backs' facility  

Yes, catcher Carson Kelly is new to the D-backs this spring, but this wasn't the first time he's gotten to see what the inside of Salt River Fields looks like.

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2019-02-14 05:51:31



Cardinals May Consider Utilizing Carlos Martinez In Bullpen  

While he’ll unquestionably enter camp as a starter, Carlos Martinez may well end up in the bullpen, MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports. Martinez ended the 2018 season in a relief role, though that decision was driven by the practical fact that he did not have time to work fully back from a shoulder injury. Though he…

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2019-02-14 05:41:12



Blue Jays, John Axford Nearing Deal  

The Blue Jays are close to a deal that’ll bring righty John Axford back to the organization, reports MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (Twitter link). Axford, 36 in April, spent most of the 2018 season with the Jays and had voiced a desire to return to his hometown organization earlier this offseason. Axford is represented by…

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2019-02-14 05:34:29



Kikuchi to get a break from 10-hour workouts  

After hearing new free-agent pitcher Yusei Kikuchi was used to 10-hour Spring Training practices in Japan, Mariners manager Scott Servais acknowledged Thursday he'd love to see how those teams conduct their workouts. But, no, the Mariners will not be changing up their spring routine anytime soon.

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2019-02-14 05:33:04



NL East Notes: Realmuto, CarGo, Marlins, Braves, Vargas  

Newly acquired catcher J.T. Realmuto and the Phillies have yet to discuss a contract extension, agent Jeff Berry said at this week’s news conference to introduce Realmuto to his new team (link via Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia). That doesn’t mean that the two sides won’t eventually sit down and try to work out…

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2019-02-14 05:24:24



Cubs To Sign Xavier Cedeno  

8:28pm: MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweets that Cedeno can earn an additional $300K worth of incentives on the contract. He’ll be in Major League camp as a non-roster invitee. 7:52pm: The Cubs are in agreement on a contract with left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno, per Patrick Mooney and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link). Mooney…

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2019-02-14 05:09:26



Royals Sign Jake Diekman  

The Royals announced Wednesday evening that they’ve signed left-handed reliever Jake Diekman to a one-year contract with a mutual option for the 2020 season. Right-hander Jesse Hahn has been transferred to the 60-day injured list in a corresponding move. MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Diekman, a client of the Beverly Hills Sports Council, will earn…

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2019-02-14 05:07:24



Projecting Payrolls: San Diego Padres  

As we still continue to wait for the new homes of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, let's move on to the 14th team payroll projection. Below find the links to the earlier posts in this series. Philadelphia Phillies Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Angels Atlanta Braves New York Yankees Chicago White Sox Boston Red Sox Minnesota Twins Milwaukee Brewers…

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2019-02-14 04:46:13



Sights and sounds from Spring Training  

Spring Training is underway. Players around the league are stepping back onto the baseball field as they get ready for the 2019 season. MLB.com's beat reporters have you covered with the action from every team's training camp. Keep track of the latest highlights of Spring Training right here.

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2019-02-14 04:44:44



Doug Fister Retires  

Veteran right-hander Doug Fister has elected to call it a career after spending parts of 10 seasons in the Majors, agent Page Odle tells Jon Morosi of MLB.com. Fister, 35, received multiple Major League contract offers this winter, according to Odle, but is instead making a “100 percent family-driven” decision to spend time with his…

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2019-02-14 04:04:20



Taking stock of CC's HOF credentials  

With CC Sabathia to formally announce his retirement following the 2019 season, it's a good time to look at his Hall of Fame credentials.

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2019-02-14 03:58:20



Source: Cubs have deal with reliever Cedeno  

In search of relief help that would fit within their budget parameters, the Cubs have added veteran left-hander Xavier Cedeno on a $900,000 non-guaranteed deal, a source told MLB.com on Wednesday night. The club has not confirmed the deal.

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2019-02-14 03:38:02



Francona optimistic Lindor can beat timetable  

When the Indians announced that shortstop Francisco Lindor had strained his right calf prior to Spring Training, it seemed unlikely he'd be with the team on Opening Day, but manager Terry Francona remains optimistic.

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2019-02-14 03:25:43



NL Health Notes: Wieck, Seager, Arrieta, Eickhoff  

Padres lefty Brad Wieck was diagnosed with testicular cancer earlier this year, as AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. The 27-year-old hurler went under the knife not long thereafter. Fortunately, the medical prognosis appears to be good, though it’s obviously something that’ll be watched closely by doctors. Though Wieck will be building back to full strength…

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2019-02-14 03:21:22



Projected 2019 lineups, rotations for every team  

Spring Training is here, so now is a good time to project what each club's Opening Day lineup and rotation would look like if the season began today.

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2019-02-14 03:21:05



Arenado won't set hard deadline on negotiations  

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado said Thursday he won't make Opening Day a hard deadline for negotiations on a possible multiyear contract.

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2019-02-14 03:18:05



D-backs to sort out closer role in spring  

After watching his pitchers and catchers go through their first workout Wednesday, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said it was too early to say whether Archie Bradley, Greg Holland or Yoshihisa Hirano would be his closer come Opening Day.

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2019-02-14 03:11:56



Vlad Jr. yet to arrive but already talk of camp  

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hasn't even reported for duty yet and already he has become the main talking point at Blue Jays Spring Training. General manager Ross Atkins was bombarded with questions about MLB Pipeline's top prospect during his first media availability of the spring on Thursday.

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2019-02-14 03:07:08



Bell names likely starting 5, staging 'pen battles  

Unlike recent Reds Spring Trainings, much of the drama about who would comprise the rotation was already removed on the first day of camp. That's when manager David Bell revealed the starting five would likely be -- in no particular order -- Sonny Gray, Tanner Roark, Alex Wood, Luis Castillo and Anthony DeSclafani.

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2019-02-14 02:45:36



9 comeback candidates to root for this season  

A year ago, Danny Farquhar was not going to be in the middle of a spring storyline. That's going to change this spring as he tries to win a spot in the Yankees' bullpen

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2019-02-14 02:26:20



Indians Sign Asher Wojciechowski, Tim Federowicz To Minor League Deals  

The Indians announced Thursday that they’ve signed right-hander Asher Wojciechowski and catcher Tim Federowicz to minor league contracts with invites to Major League Spring Training. Wojciechowski, 30, will give Cleveland some depth in both the rotation and the bullpen. He’s struggled to a 6.64 ERA with 9.2 K/9 against 3.0 BB/9 in 78 2/3 MLB…

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2019-02-14 02:22:34



Padres Met Recently With Manny Machado  

The Padres held a meeting earlier this week with star free agent Manny Machado, according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. It does not appear that an agreement is imminent, but it seems fair to say that there’s still serious interest from the San Diego organization. While the Friars have long been connected…

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2019-02-14 01:56:40



Bucs camp begins with focus on pitching  

Before the Pirates' pitchers and catchers warmed up for their first workout on Wednesday, they gathered to meet with Clint Hurdle. Pittsburgh's manager delivered a quick message, he said, one meant to "reinforce the belief that the game leans heavily upon pitching."

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2019-02-14 01:53:19



MLB hosts first Play Ball events in Brazil  

The popularity of baseball is on the rise world-wide, and in recent years, Major League Baseball has expanded its outreach to include countries not previously viewed as having a big presence in the game.

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2019-02-14 01:41:08



AL Injury Notes: Ellsbury, Angels, Salazar, Kaprielian  

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced to the media Wednesday that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury won’t be reporting to camp until next month, as he’s currently being slowed by a case of plantar fasciitis (link via Dan Martin of the New York Post). It’s not yet clear whether Ellsbury will be ready for Opening Day, nor…

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2019-02-14 01:34:39



Brewers make fallen officer their '10th man'  

There is a locker in the Brewers' Spring Training clubhouse with a name you won't find on any roster. The navy blue jersey with "RITTNER" stitched across the top serves as a quiet tribute to Matthew Rittner, the fallen Milwaukee Police Department officer who was laid to rest on Wednesday, on the same day his favorite team reported to camp.

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2019-02-13 20:14:14



Morrow's injury adds intrigue to Cubs' bullpen  

A comeback from a right elbow injury will keep veteran reliever Brandon Morrow out of the picture for the season's first month, contributing to a Cubs bullpen competition that features a long list of arms.

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2019-02-13 20:11:55



Trim, fit Jansen enters spring on a mission  

Kenley Jansen said cardiologist Dr. Koonlawee Nademanee "is the best probably in the world" and it must be true, because the surgeon not only fixed Jansen's heart but also his mind. The Dodgers closer threw a bullpen session Wednesday as if he never had a 5 1/2-hour procedure performed in late November to correct a defect that caused an irregular heartbeat.

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2019-02-13 19:54:45



Nats notes: Strasburg, Eaton, Doolittle  

Stephen Strasburg spent a lot more time in D.C. this winter. It's getting harder to make those cross-country flights back to San Diego with a family and growing children who are getting used to the Washington area, plus he enjoys working year-round with the Nationals staff and at the team's facilities.

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2019-02-13 19:29:39



Kapler faces pressure, shifts focus to players  

Gabe Kapler is trying to keep the focus on his players in 2019, but it might be an impossible task.

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2019-02-13 19:02:27



Boone: Severino expected to make OD start  

Luis Severino's electric fastball and slider combination placed the right-hander among the game's most dominant starters in the first half of last season, and there is no one that the Yankees would rather see take the mound on Opening Day. Severino is expected to get the nod for New York's March 28 season opener against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium, manager Aaron Boone said on Wednesday.

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2019-02-13 18:31:01



Giants acquire righty reliever Gott from Nats  

The Giants added another arm into their bullpen mix Wednesday, acquiring right-hander Trevor Gott from the Nationals for cash considerations.

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2019-02-13 17:54:07



A's add veteran Grossman to outfield mix  

A veteran presence is coming to a young Oakland outfield.

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2019-02-13 17:45:22



5 things we learned from Boone's camp address  

One of Aaron Boone's so-called "bumper stickers" throughout his first spring as the Yankees' manager was that he wanted players to carry an "expectation of greatness." Having steered that club to 100 wins and the playoffs, he believes that the 2019 edition will be even more successful.

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2019-02-13 17:45:15



Who is most -- and least -- likely to nab Bryce?  

Where does the saga dubbed "Harper's Bazaar" stand? Let's look at the longshots, contenders and -- dare we say? -- favorites, ranked from the least likely to most likely to sign Bryce Harper.

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2019-02-13 17:44:16



Here's how last spring's stars panned out  

Of all the wonderful things about Spring Training -- the sunshine, the grass, the pleasing puzzlement at all the players you've never heard of in your favorite team's lineup by the seventh inning -- the best is the hope.

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2019-02-13 17:11:30



Kikuchi adjusting to life in the big leagues  

Yusei Kikuchi made his mound debut at Mariners camp on Wednesday with a 10-minute bullpen session that provided the Mariners a glimpse into what their new free agent has to offer.

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2019-02-13 16:53:06



Notes: Diaz, rotation, McNeil  

From the moment the Mets traded for Edwin Diaz in December, they made it clear that Diaz -- perhaps the best closer in baseball last season -- would be their unquestioned ninth-inning man. A few weeks later, the Mets signed their old closer, Jeurys Familia, who made it equally clear that he is just fine with the new arrangement.

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2019-02-13 15:29:19



CC to announce he'll retire after 2019 season  

As he prepares for his 19th big league campaign, Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia will hold a news conference on Saturday to formally announce that he plans to retire at the end of the 2019 season.

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2019-02-13 15:13:57



Yankees Have Discussed Extension With Luis Severino  

The Yankees have held at least some extension talks with young righty Luis Severino, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (Twitter link). Whether a deal is likely, though, is not yet clear. For the time being, Severino remains scheduled to participate in an arbitration hearing to determine his salary for the 2019 season. He…

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2019-02-13 14:39:18



Roster in transition as Blue Jays open camp  

Charlie Montoyo is about to embark on the first spring of his managerial career, and based on the number of decisions he has to make, it's going to be a challenging six weeks.

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2019-02-13 13:50:20



Agent: Fister retiring, ready for next chapter  

Doug Fister, a reliable right-hander for the Tigers' dominant rotations in the early years of this decade, has decided to retire from his Major League pitching career, his agent, Page Odle, told MLB.com on Wednesday.

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2019-02-13 13:36:07



Dodgers have MLB's best pitching. Here's why  

The 2019 Dodgers are going to be good, and that's in large part thanks to the fact that they're projected to have the best run-prevention unit in baseball.

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2019-02-13 12:41:40



Greinke will report to camp later this week  

Zack Greinke will arrive at Spring Training a couple of days after the rest of the pitchers and catchers after requesting a little extra time.

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2019-02-13 12:20:57



Yanks eager for 1st look at 'pen as camp opens  

As the greatest closer the sport has known prepares for his summer induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Mariano Rivera's successors boast the potential to make some history of their own.

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2019-02-13 12:20:49



Injury to delay Ellsbury's arrival at Yanks camp  

Jacoby Ellsbury's locker will remain empty at Yankees camp for at least the rest of the month. Manager Aaron Boone said on Wednesday that the veteran outfielder -- who has not played in a Major League game since 2017 -- is not expected to report to camp with the rest of the team's position players because of plantar fasciitis that stalled his rehab from surgery.

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2019-02-13 12:08:59



Cubs Officially Announce Regional Sports Network  

The Cubs have announced their long-awaited formation of a regional sports network. The organization will partner with Sinclair Broadcast Group to launch the “Marquee Sports Network” beginning with the 2020 season. There’s risk and opportunity aplenty in taking this route, as the Cubs will now be seeking to work out carriage deals for a channel…

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2019-02-13 12:03:39



Diekman signs 1-year deal with Royals  

The Kansas City Royals announced on Wednesday that the club has signed left-handed pitcher Jake Diekman to a one-year contract, with a mutual option for the 2020 season. Consistent with club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. In a corresponding move, the Royals have placed right-handed pitcher Jesse Hahn on the 60-day injured list (recovery from ulnar collateral ligament surgery).

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2019-02-13 11:45:09



Recovering Wieck reports after cancer surgery  

In two weeks, Brad Wieck wants to be throwing off a mound. In a month, he wants to be competing for a place in the Padres' bullpen. The 27-year-old left-hander is insistent that he's going to keep "rolling with the punches," even though the latest punch was a particularly dreadful one. In January, Wieck was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

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2019-02-13 11:27:44



Alex Reyes looks to bounce back from injuries  

Two years have passed since Alex Reyes sat at a nearby clinic having his ailing elbow examined while his teammates took the field for their first official spring workout. He never did return to join them.

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2019-02-13 11:07:04



Fantasy SP ranks: Familiar names top list  

At a time when teams are relying more and more on their bullpens, and even deploying "openers" on occasion, true ace starting pitchers have become even more valuable for fantasy purposes, simply because they're rather rare. Pitching comes at a premium, you might say.

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2019-02-13 10:12:29



Sale: 'I'd love to keep playing here'  

Ace Chris Sale arrived with the Red Sox a couple of years ago thirsting for the chance to pitch in the playoffs and win a World Series title. As he chased those things, he fell in love with the sports passion of Boston and fit in seamlessly with his new organization.

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2019-02-13 09:30:13



Wood wins arbitration case with Reds  

Reds left-hander Alex Wood won his arbitration case over the club on Wednesday. Wood will earn $9.65 million on his one-year contract this season. Cincinnati had offered $8.7 million.

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2019-02-13 09:23:36



Kopech playing catch as he begins long rehab  

Michael Kopech played catch again Wednesday on a back field of the White Sox complex at Camelback Ranch as part of his rehab work following Tommy John surgery last September to repair an ulnar collateral ligament tear. General manager Rick Hahn said the right-hander is exactly where he should be right now.

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2019-02-13 09:20:21



Phillies Extend Aaron Nola  

The Phillies have officially reached a long-term deal with star righty Aaron Nola. The contract, which forestalls an arbitration hearing and expands the team’s control rights over its best pitcher, is said to be a four-year, $45MM deal that includes a club option. Nola, a client of Paragon Sports, will receive a $2MM signing bonus…

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2019-02-13 08:56:58



3 pitchers competing to be Rockies' ace  

If German Marquez, Kyle Freeland and Jon Gray want to battle it out for tops on the staff, that's perfectly fine with Rockies manager Bud Black.

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2019-02-13 07:31:42



Visa issues delay Sucre's arrival to O's camp  

It may take the Orioles a little longer than expected to sift through their crowded catching situation. A club source confirmed that catcher Jesus Sucre is held up by visa issues in his native Venezuela and will report to camp late.

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2019-02-13 07:31:06



Diamondbacks Sign Caleb Joseph  

The Diamondbacks announced today that they have agreed to a one-year deal with catcher Caleb Joseph. It’s a split deal that would pay $1.1MM in the majors or $250K in the minors, per Zach Buchanan of The Athletic (Twitter link). To open roster space, the D-Backs placed righty Taijuan Walker on the 60-day injured list.…

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2019-02-13 07:29:04



Tigers open camp loaded with youth, optimism  

Detroit's dream is of a spring in which its top four prospects are not only in big league camp, but become the core of its rotation. That's at least a couple years away. For this spring, all of them are expected to open the season in the Minor Leagues.

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2019-02-13 07:28:18






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