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Larkin enjoyed long, fruitful career with Reds  

Larkin was a fixture on the Reds for nearly two decades, starring at shortstop for much of his 19 seasons in the big leagues from 1986-2004.

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2018-02-21 03:57:08



Rays Unlikely To Further Tear Down Roster  

The recent string of subtractions by the Rays — Jake Odorizzi, Corey Dickerson and Steven Souza have all been moved in the past five days — has fans of other clubs hoping for a full rebuild and, thus, trades of Chris Archer, Alex Colome and/or Kevin Kiermaier. However, Tampa Bay GM Erik Neander and senior vice…

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2018-02-21 03:45:19



Manfred supports finding Oakland park for A's  

As the A's continue to evaluate options for a new ballpark site, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred remains confident that a solution exists in Oakland. Speaking from a news conference in Glendale, Ariz., on Tuesday, Manfred said he's still "optimistic that we can make baseball work in Oakland."

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2018-02-21 03:24:29



Robert finding comfort zone at first spring camp  

Chicago's #3 overall prospect Luis Robert is adjusting well to his first Major League camp, having made the transition from playing in Cuba with the help of a stint in the Dominican Summer League in 2017.

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2018-02-21 03:15:03



McCutchen takes Bumgarner deep in BP  

The Giants scheduled their first session of live batting practice Tuesday, and Andrew McCutchen celebrated the occasion by clobbering a home run off Madison Bumgarner and crushing a wall ball off Andrew Suarez.

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2018-02-21 03:01:12



AL East Notes: Red Sox, Blue Jays, Tulo, Rays, Drury  

With J.D. Martinez heading to Boston, the Red Sox are facing somewhat of a roster crunch, writes Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston. It is not, however, at first base as many have suggested. Manager Alex Cora suggested Tuesday that he views Hanley Ramirez as his No. 3 hitter and primary first baseman, even though…

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2018-02-21 02:35:03



Rays receive pair of prospects, trade Souza  

The Rays continued to get younger on Tuesday, when they traded right fielder Steven Souza Jr. to the D-backs as part of a three-team deal that will return two prospects and two players to be named to the Rays.

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2018-02-21 02:18:34



McGriff's quiet consistency led to gaudy numbers  

Fred McGriff was one of baseball's most consistent home run hitters for much of his 19-year Major League career, bringing his powerful bat to six different teams -- the Blue Jays, Padres, Braves, Devil Rays, Cubs and Dodgers -- from 1986-2004.

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2018-02-21 02:17:17



Manfred talks pace of play, rebuilding clubs  

Touching on a number of issues at Cactus League media day, Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke on pace of play, rebuilding teams and the free-agent market.

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2018-02-21 02:12:03



Spring into action: D-backs set to host ASU  

The Grapefruit and Cactus League exhibition slates don't begin until Friday, but there will be Major Leaguers in action Tuesday as the D-backs host Arizona State University.

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2018-02-21 02:07:45



D-backs get Souza from TB, trade Drury to NYY  

One day after losing free-agent slugger J.D. Martinez to the Red Sox, the D-backs continued their outfield makeover on Tuesday by acquiring Steven Souza Jr. from the Rays as part of a three-team deal that sent Brandon Drury to the Yankees.

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2018-02-21 01:45:12



Trade for Drury could impact Torres, Andujar  

The Yankees have added insurance for their inexperienced infield, acquiring Brandon Drury from the D-backs on Tuesday as part of a three-team trade that also involved the Rays.

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2018-02-21 01:29:02



Injury updates: Murphy, Conforto, A. Sanchez  

Spring Training is underway -- and just as important as the players taking the field in Arizona and Florida are the ones who are in the process of making their way back to it.

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2018-02-21 01:21:04



A's playing it safe with Mateo's left knee injury  

Speedy A's prospect Jorge Mateo has been slowed down by a lingering left knee issue, which will prevent him from game action when the Cactus League season opens Friday.

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2018-02-20 20:59:05



J.D. deal embraced at Red Sox camp  

The official arrival of J.D. Martinez to the Red Sox could come Wednesday, once he passes his physical. The anticipation in the clubhouse for the arrival of this offseason's premier slugger was building by the end of Tuesday's team workout.

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2018-02-20 20:34:51



Elite speed sold D-backs on Dyson  

The tangibles were the first things D-backs general manager Mike Hazen and manager Torey Lovullo mentioned Tuesday when discussing the club's latest acquisition, outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

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2018-02-20 19:29:35



Bird eyes full season in middle of Yanks' order  

There is confidence in Greg Bird's stride as he navigates the pathways between practice fields at the Yankees' spring complex, observes manager Aaron Boone, who believes that the 25-year-old is primed to enjoy a productive -- and full -- season ahead.

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2018-02-20 19:25:19



Souza returns to camp focused on endurance  

Steven Souza Jr. returned to camp on Tuesday after a side trip to Seattle to take care of a personal matter.

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2018-02-20 19:20:54



Darvish impresses teammates with first live BP  

Yu Darvish and Kyle Schwarber squared off for the first time since the National League Championship Series during a live batting practice session on Tuesday. In October, Darvish was on the Dodgers, but now he and Schwarber are teammates.

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2018-02-20 19:20:47



Souza to ARI, Drury to NYY in 3-team deal  

The Yankees, Rays and D-backs swung a three-way deal on Tuesday, with Arizona infielder Brandon Drury heading to New York and Tampa Bay outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and right-hander Taylor Widener, New York's No. 14-ranked prospect, going to Arizona.

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2018-02-20 18:41:47



Albies' elbow issues a thing of the past in camp  

A refreshed and confident Ozzie Albies has returned to Braves camp thankful that he is no longer dealing with the concerns that surrounded him last year, when he entered Spring Training with some doubts about the fractured right elbow he'd suffered the previous September.

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2018-02-20 18:35:18



Larkin helping Senzel adjust to shortstop  

The original idea was that Reds top prospect Nick Senzel would be exposed to several positions throughout the infield and outfield to get comfortable and more versatile.

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2018-02-20 18:22:14



'Way better' Felix off to encouraging start  

It's a long way until Opening Day, but the Mariners like what they've seen from Felix Hernandez in his first two mound sessions of Spring Training. Hernandez was among the final group of eight pitchers to throw their second bullpen sessions of the spring on Tuesday, and the 31-year-old was encouraged by the results as well.

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2018-02-20 18:20:01



Attanasio tells Crew to seize opportunity in '18  

Fourteen Spring Training speeches later, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio remains first a fan, which is why all these years later he was genuinely giddy Tuesday to stand and speak in front of a team of Major League ballplayers.

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2018-02-20 17:17:56



Kershaw's first live spring BP short but solid  

Clayton Kershaw's least-favorite Spring Training assignment -- throwing live batting practice -- was rather routine, 22 pitches, most of them tracked and taken by Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Andrew Toles.

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2018-02-20 17:14:38



Dodgers have 'open dialogue' with Kershaw  

Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi would not say whether the Dodgers were having contract negotiations with Clayton Kershaw, who can opt out of his contract at the end of this season. But Zaidi, speaking at the annual Spring Training media day, acknowledged the team and pitcher have "open dialogue. He's our franchise player."

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2018-02-20 16:28:02



Jimenez adjusting to MLB life in spring camp  

There are high hopes for White Sox top prospect Eloy Jimenez as the outfielder sets out on a path paved by some of his heroes from his home in the Dominican Republic.

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2018-02-20 15:49:59



Mariners' goal is clear: End postseason drought  

As Scott Servais opened his first full-squad workout on Tuesday, the third-year manager wasted no time acknowledging the biggest thing that has been missing for the Mariners. Seattle hasn't been in the playoffs since 2001, the longest dry spell in the Major Leagues. And yes, Servais said, it's time to change that.

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2018-02-20 15:38:02



Norris clears hurdle, ready to add to workload  

Left-handed starter Daniel Norris threw a bullpen session Tuesday, a day after he traveled to Philadelphia for a follow-up visit with Dr. William Meyers, who examined Norris following his mid-season groin injury last year.

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2018-02-20 15:27:03



Pirates Acquire Bryce Brentz  

The Pirates have acquired outfielder Bryce Brentz from the Red Sox, according to an announcement from the Boston organization. Cash considerations will make up the return. Brentz, 29, is a former first-round pick who has seen only minimal MLB action in his professional career. He seemed unlikely to hold down a roster spot through camp…

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2018-02-20 14:53:36



Arenado not distracted by extension whispers  

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado said there have been no talks about a contract extension, but if any did arise he does not want them to distract him from the season.

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2018-02-20 14:26:02



Atkins confident Donaldson deal will get done  

One day after Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson shut down contract negotiations, general manager Ross Atkins addressed the media at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

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2018-02-20 13:40:30



Yankees Acquire Brandon Drury, D-Backs Acquire Steven Souza In Three-Team Trade With Rays  

The Rays, Yankees and D-backs have agreed to a significant three-team trade that will send outfielder Steven Souza from Tampa Bay to Arizona, infielder/outfielder Brandon Drury from Arizona to New York and prospects to Tampa Bay. The Rays will receive left-hander Anthony Banda and two players to be named later from the D-backs as well as…

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2018-02-20 13:16:34



Boon for Ohtani? Angels lower RF wall  

The Angels will lower the height of the home run boundary line in right field at Angel Stadium this season, the team announced Tuesday.

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2018-02-20 12:57:08



Murphy still limited but primed for Opening Day  

It has been difficult for Daniel Murphy to spend the past few months not being able to hit, limited as he recovers from the debridement and microfracture right knee surgery he underwent at the end of the season. Nationals position players participated in their first full-squad workouts on Tuesday, and Murphy was not able to participate in live batting practice.

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2018-02-20 12:44:57



All clubs to don Stoneman caps for ST openers  

All 30 Major League teams will wear Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball caps before their Spring Training games this weekend to show support for the Parkland, Fla., community and the Stoneman Douglas student body after the tragic shooting at the school on Feb. 14.

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2018-02-20 12:21:58



Davis vows to change approach at plate  

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis admitted Monday his problems at the plate last season were "completely mental," and the slugger heads into this spring committed to changing that.

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2018-02-20 11:39:46



Red Sox trade Brentz to Pirates for cash  

The Red Sox and Pirates have agreed to a deal that will send outfielder Bryce Brentz to Pittsburgh in exchange for cash considerations, the clubs announced Tuesday afternoon.

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2018-02-20 11:37:37



Castro warming up to new environment  

The introductions will continue for at least a while longer as the collection of new Marlins players get acquainted with each other, their surroundings and the organizational system.

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2018-02-20 11:33:17



Gallo ready to be anchored at first base  

The Rangers' third baseman of the future is now their first baseman of the present, and Joey Gallo loves the idea.

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2018-02-20 11:14:33



Waiting game: Mets won't rush eager Conforto  

The box is circled on Michael Conforto's calendar: May 1, the date Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has targeted for his return from shoulder surgery. The competitor in Conforto wants to come back sooner. The realist knows it could be later.

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2018-02-20 11:14:33



Reds GM Williams wants 'step forward' in '18  

When Reds first baseman Joey Votto arrived to Spring Training on Sunday underscoring his desire for the team to get better and start winning again, general manager Dick Williams was both paying attention and agreeing.

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2018-02-20 11:08:04



Opportunity for Reed to earn roster spot  

The Astros still have confidence in first base prospect A.J. Reed, and the club's second round pick in the 2014 Draft remains a viable piece of the 2018 puzzle. Another left-handed bat with power is what Reed hopes to provide for the Astros this season.

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2018-02-20 10:58:29



Yankees Designate Jabari Blash For Assignment  

The Yankees announced that they’ve designated outfielder Jabari Blash for assignment in order to clear a roster spot for newly acquired infielder Brandon Drury. The 28-year-old Blash has long boasted impressive power in the minors but hasn’t put that together in the Majors. Blash logged a career-high 195 plate appearances with the Padres this past…

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2018-02-20 10:37:53



Triple-H's hit triple digits, wow Cards mates  

The results on the back fields, the spring thinking goes, hardly matter. The impressions, though, the takeaways, could go a long way toward shaping a season. Take Tuesday, for example, when Cardinals pitchers faced hitters for the first time in live batting practice.

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2018-02-20 10:36:38



Wong takes yoga hoping to stay healthy in '18  

Kolten Wong has played 150 games just once in his six big league seasons, but the Cardinals second baseman hopes the addition of yoga to his regimen will help him stay healthy in 2018.

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2018-02-20 10:35:33



AL Central Notes: Royals, LoMo, Moose, Twins, Sano, Abreu  

For the Royals, replacing Eric Hosmer likely won’t mean paying another veteran significant dollars to line up at first base. As Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star writes, the current expectation is that Logan Morrison is an “unlikely” target. GM Dayton Moore tells Dodd that while the organization has long “admired” Morrison’s ability, the “economic…

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2018-02-20 10:26:51



Padres' bright future attracted Hosmer  

Eric Hosmer is officially the newest member of the Padres. One day after finalizing an eight-year, $144 million contract with Hosmer, San Diego introduced him as its cornerstone for the foreseeable future.

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2018-02-20 10:15:47



Stearns, Counsell preaching connectedness  

Brewers manager Craig Counsell and general manager David Stearns each stressed the concept of connectedness during the Brewers' first full team meeting on Tuesday, albeit with different meanings.

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2018-02-20 08:58:44



Yankees, White Sox top fits for Moustakas  

One National League executive said Monday that the Yankees and White Sox have the best chances to land Moustakas, based on current market conditions. The Royals also could re-sign Moustakas, although their front office is prepared to start rebuilding with younger players. Some within the industry see the Cardinals as a fit.

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2018-02-20 08:40:27



West Notes: Rockies, Giants, Lewis  

After making several bullpen moves and addressing their catching situation, the Rockies have had a quiet run-up to camp. It has long been wondered, though, whether the organization might yet add another player, particularly given the ongoing lack of clarity at first base. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports on the state of affairs as camp…

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2018-02-20 08:05:42



Giants prospect Shaw ready to showcase power  

Chris Shaw ranks No. 1 on MLB Pipeline's 2017 list of Giants prospects, lending the impression that his ascent to the Majors is inevitable. It just might be, given his propensity for power hitting.

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2018-02-20 07:42:34



Castellanos keeping it simple in transition to RF  

Nicholas Castellanos enters Spring Training knowing exactly what his position will be -- right field.

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2018-02-20 07:22:54



Josh Donaldson Expects To Test Free Agency  

Blue Jays fans have long hoped that 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson would ink a long-term deal to remain with the club beyond the 2018 campaign, but the third baseman acknowledged to reporters today that he expects to reach free agency after initial extension talks didn’t prove fruitful (link via Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith). “We’re not quite there,” said…

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2018-02-20 06:40:43



Pro Hockey Rumors: Your Source For NHL Trade Deadline Coverage  

There is just one week remaining until the February 26th NHL Trade Deadline, and our sister site Pro Hockey Rumors is the best place to stay up to date on the latest news. The Chicago Blackhawks started selling off their expiring contracts today—will it continue? Are the Anaheim Ducks a good fit for Thomas Vanek?…

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2018-02-20 06:02:29



Padres To Designate Rocky Gale  

The Padres will designate catcher Rocky Gale for assignment, according to Dennis Lin of The Athletic (Twitter link). That’ll open a 40-man spot to accommodate the signing of Eric Hosmer. Gale, who is just days from his thirtieth birthday, has seen limited MLB time in parts of two seasons. He spent the bulk of 2017…

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2018-02-20 06:01:54



NL East Notes: Harper, Glover, Sherman, Mets, Flores  

Nationals star Bryce Harper preempted any questions about his future, telling reporters including Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com today that he’s focused exclusively on “winning and playing hard” in the current season. Harper also says he’s in top physical form entering what could be his final year in D.C. Zuckerman’s write-up and Harper’s comments provide some…

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2018-02-20 05:17:58



Diamondbacks Sign Jarrod Dyson  

7:06pm: Arizona has announced the signing. Dyson will earn $3.5MM per year and also receives a $500K signing bonus, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter). 4:52pm: The Diamondbacks have agreed to a two-year deal with free-agent outfielder Jarrod Dyson, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). Dyson will be promised $7.5MM, per Jon Heyman…

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2018-02-20 04:46:07



The new pace of play rules, explained  

Here's everything you need to know about the rules changes announced for the 2018 season.

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2018-02-20 04:45:58



Tomas faces a battle in suddenly loaded outfield  

After Yasmany Tomas lost position battles at both third base and left field in 2015, he entered the following two spring camps as a starter in the outfield. But he's back to fighting for a spot this spring after the D-backs added outfielders Jarrod Dyson and Steven Souza Jr.

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2018-02-20 04:43:09



Players, managers react to pace of play rules  

Major League Baseball announced its pace of play rules changes for the 2018 season on Monday, and they include some major implementations. With Monday's news, players and managers around baseball have voiced their thoughts on the new rules. MLB.com is keeping track of their reactions right here.

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2018-02-20 04:20:24



Phillies Engaged In “Dialogue” With Jake Arrieta  

The Phillies are “having dialogue” with Jake Arrieta and his representatives, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). While there’s currently a “gap” between the sides’ bargaining positions, it seems there’s at least some real interest being explored. Philadelphia has long been cited as a possible landing spot for Arrieta, but this is…

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2018-02-20 04:13:18



Hall of Famer Cepeda hospitalized in Bay Area  

Giants legend and Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda was rushed to a Bay Area hospital on Monday night.

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2018-02-20 04:10:05



J.D. deal likely means a lot of 1st for Hanley  

For months, a healthier Hanley Ramirez has been saying he's ready and able to play a lot of first base this season. That is a good thing, because the Red Sox are now going to need him to.

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2018-02-20 04:08:47



All signs 'positive' for Sanchez in live BP  

Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez showed no signs of the lingering injuries that cost him most of the 2017 season after throwing his first session of live batting practice on Tuesday. The 25-year-old right-hander saw action against a group that included sluggers Kendrys Morales, Steve Pearce, Justin Smoak and Josh Donaldson at the Bobby Mattick Training Center practice fields.

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2018-02-20 03:58:28



Buckle up: Harper set for fascinating year  

Somehow, even in the Spring Training cluster of red jerseys on a back field on the Nationals side of The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches, with the sound of T.I. blasting out of a Sony speaker set in the green grass, the morning organizes itself around Bryce Harper, who is about to begin the most interesting potential walk year anyone has ever had in baseball.

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2018-02-20 03:26:47



Projections vary in tight AL East race  

Preseason prognosticators are having a tough time deciding whether the Yankees or Red Sox will win the AL East.

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2018-02-20 03:26:17



M's prospect Lewis out after minor knee surgery  

Outfielder Kyle Lewis, the Mariners' top-ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline, is not among the 40-plus players who began a Minor League mini-camp at the club's Peoria Sports Complex on Monday, as general manager Jerry Dipoto said he's recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his balky right knee.

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2018-02-20 03:23:48



Nationals To Sign Joaquin Benoit  

The Nationals have agreed to a contract with free-agent reliever Joaquin Benoit, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). It’s a one-year, Major League contract worth $1MM for the ACES client, per Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post (Twitter link). Benoit, 40, split the 2017 season between the Phillies and Pirates, delivering solid results in 42 innings…

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2018-02-20 03:21:39



Red Sox To Sign J.D. Martinez  

After months of negotiations, the Red Sox have reportedly reached an agreement to sign slugger J.D. Martinez. ESPN.com’s Pedro Gomez first tweeted that a deal was in place; Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports had tweeted that the sides were close. Martinez is represented by the Boras Corporation. The contract is for five years and $110MM, per…

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2018-02-20 02:51:33



Didi cool with playing between pair of rookies  

As touted prospects Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres pursue a place on the Yankees' Opening Day roster, shortstop Didi Gregorius has no concerns about the possibility of being sandwiched between a pair of rookies in the infield.

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2018-02-20 02:51:07



Giants in high spirits at first full workout  

Almost midway through their calisthenics before Monday's opening full-squad workout, the Giants suddenly broke into rhythmic clapping. As left fielder Hunter Pence revealed, the moment was indeed planned. But the feeling behind it was spontaneous.

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2018-02-20 02:49:20



Doolittle plans to tinker with slider during spring  

Nationals closer Sean Doolittle plans to spend the spring tinkering with his slider, trying to find a grip comfortable enough to regain his confidence in the pitch.

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2018-02-20 02:39:03



Rockies ready to sort out starting pitching depth  

Rockies manager Bud Black believes a Major League team needs to go into a season knowing it can depend on at least eight pitchers capable of starting. His Spring Training squad has seven who have actually done so. That means opportunity is there for pitchers to prove they are ready if needed.

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2018-02-20 02:35:49



J-Up helps facilitate reunion with CY  

Justin Upton has emerged as the chief recruiter of the Angels' offseason. Upton, who helped convince Ian Kinsler to waive his partial no-trade clause and accept a trade to Anaheim, also influenced outfielder Chris Young's decision to sign a one-year, $2 million deal with the Angels on Sunday.

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2018-02-20 02:35:41



Back from thumb injury, Marisnick raring to go  

After posting career highs during the regular season, then being relegated to watching from the sidelines with a fractured thumb as Houston won the World Series, center fielder Jake Marisnick might be the most anxious of all Astros to begin Spring Training.

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2018-02-20 02:35:39



Red Sox, J.D. Martinez Nearing Deal  

The free-agent dam is slowly beginning to break, as Eric Hosmer, Andrew Cashner, Jason Vargas and Tony Watson have all agreed to multi-year deals in the past five days, while Eduardo Nunez, Jaime Garcia and Chris Tillman have all come off the board on one-year pacts. J.D. Martinez, though, remains available as the top bat on…

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2018-02-20 02:20:46



Giants Designate Joan Gregorio For Assignment  

The Giants have designated right-hander Joan Gregorio for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Tony Watson, whose contract with San Francisco is now official (Twitter link via Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area). Gregorio, 26, has yet to reach the Majors and missed the second half of the 2017 season…

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2018-02-20 02:20:04



Hosmer to honor Yordano, wear No. 30 in SD  

The memory of his close friend and fallen former teammate, Yordano Ventura, remains embedded in Eric Hosmer. When Ventura was killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic in February of last year, the tragedy shook Hosmer and the Royals organization.

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2018-02-20 02:16:09



Tim Lincecum Reportedly Has Guaranteed Contract Offer  

Around two thirds of the league reportedly had at least one scout on hand at Tim Lincecum’s showcase last week, and SB Nation’s Grant Brisbee reports that one club came away with a favorable enough impression to offer Lincecum a guaranteed, Major League deal. That team is not the Giants, Brisbee adds, noting that the presence…

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2018-02-20 02:03:39



Otero finds happy place in Tribe's bullpen  

It didn't take long for the Indians to wrap up contract negotiations with Dan Otero in the offseason. The club reached out to the reliever and asked him if he would be open to signing a two-year deal. That was all he needed to hear.

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2018-02-20 01:33:38



MLBTR Chat Transcript: Padres, Moose, Royals, LoMo, More  

Click here to read a transcript of Tuesday’s chat with MLBTR’s Steve Adams.

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2018-02-20 01:26:08



Braves Designate Mauricio Cabrera  

The Braves have designated righty Mauricio Cabrera for assignment, per a club announcement (h/t David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on Twitter). His roster spot will go to fellow right-hander Peter Moylan, whose signing is now official. Dropping Cabrera would have been inconceivable this time last year. When camp opened in 2017, after all, the…

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2018-02-20 01:25:53



Julio Pablo Martinez Receives Clearance To Sign With MLB Organizations  

Cuban outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez has been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball and will be free to sign with a Major League organization beginning on March 6, reports Ben Badler of Baseball America. The 21-year-old Martinez is subject to international bonus pools due to his age and lack of professional experience in…

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2018-02-20 01:24:55



Watson open to any role in Giants bullpen  

Giants reliever Tony Watson is ready for anything. "Whatever the game dictates," he said in the Giants' clubhouse at Scottsdale Stadium on Monday, when the team officially announced his two-year deal with an option for a third season.

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2018-02-20 01:16:51



Minor MLB Transactions: 2/19/18  

Here are Monday’s minor signings from throughout the league… The Reds announced that they’ve signed right-handed reliever Ben Rowen to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training. The 29-year-old Rowen has just 11 2/3 MLB innings under his belt (none since 2016), but the sidearmer has a lengthy track record…

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2018-02-20 01:16:15



Trout rides epic offseason into Angels camp  

Mike Trout's offseason included marrying his high school sweetheart, Jessica Cox, helping the Angels land Japanese two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani and watching his beloved Eagles win the Super Bowl, but he didn't hesitate when asked to name the highlight of his winter.

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2018-02-19 20:42:38



Source: Benoit, Nats agree to one-year deal  

The Nationals agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent right-hander Joaquin Benoit, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Monday afternoon.

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2018-02-19 20:26:09



Melvin gets assist from Rickey, Stewart  

The A's reconvened at Hohokam Stadium on Monday afternoon, uniting for a message from manager Bob Melvin.

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2018-02-19 20:10:51



Fowler feeling healthy as his A's chapter begins  

All 59 players in A's camp took to the field for Monday's first full-squad workout injury-free, a group that included outfielder Dustin Fowler. The 23-year-old Fowler, who underwent surgery on an open rupture of his right patellar tendon just seven months ago, got through all of the day's activities without any issues.

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2018-02-19 19:57:55



D-backs sign speedy Dyson to 2-year deal  

Not long after word began coming out that J.D. Martinez had signed a five-year deal with the Red Sox, so too did the news that the D-backs had agreed to terms with Jarrod Dyson on a two-year contract.

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2018-02-19 19:17:41



Judge, Stanton add ding, zing to first spring BP  

Sixty players passed through the runway that leads from the home clubhouse to the dugout at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Monday morning, but all eyes seemed to be locked upon Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.

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2018-02-19 19:12:12



Arcia looks to take another step forward in '18  

Five months later, Orlando Arcia still cannot believe that ball stayed fair.

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2018-02-19 18:45:08



Padres prepare to unveil Hosmer on Tues.  

The Padres are expected to introduce Eric Hosmer, their shiny new first baseman, in a news conference Tuesday morning at the Peoria Sports Complex.

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2018-02-19 17:42:03



Bryce: 'I'm focused on this year,' not free agency  

Before he began his first press conference of the spring, Bryce Harper cut off the questions he knew would be coming.

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2018-02-19 17:12:29



High praise: HOFer Chipper an Acuna fan  

Chipper Jones grew up as a Major Leaguer with Andruw Jones and saw plenty of a young Vladimir Guerrero when the Braves shared a Spring Training complex with the Expos in the 1990s. But he's not sure he's ever seen anybody as impressive as Ronald Acuna, the Braves' 20-year-old five-tool outfielder who may be just a couple of months away from his Major League debut.

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2018-02-19 17:07:07



Tale of the fantasy tape: Cubs vs. Cardinals  

Before the Cubs and Cardinals write the next chapter in their storied rivalry, we can get a head start on assessing them by comparing the fantasy value of their key players for the upcoming campaign.

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2018-02-19 16:37:47



Yanks GM Cashman: 'I need another ring'  

Out of respect for what the Astros, Indians and Red Sox accomplished last season, Brian Cashman refuses to classify his Yankees as World Series favorites, but the general manager is making his objective clear for the upcoming season.

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2018-02-19 16:37:43



Yo-ga? Focused Cespedes more flexible  

Following two consecutive seasons defined by leg injuries, Yoenis Cespedes knew he needed to make a change. But he perhaps did not realize how deep the problem ran until he stepped into a yoga system for the first time this winter. That day, Cespedes could not even finish the class.

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2018-02-19 16:33:25



Phils emboldened by Kapler's spring message  

Gabe Kapler's first camp with the Phillies has been anything but ordinary. Sure, the bullpen sessions, batting practices and baserunning and bunting drills are there. But Camp Kapler has a decidedly different vibe than springs past.

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2018-02-19 16:24:38






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