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Top 20 players who will shape AL East race

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These aren’t necessarily the best players in the division, but they’re the ones whose 2018 performance will be most vital to their teams’ success this season, and seasons moving forward.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Angels acquire Blash from Yankees

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The Angels expanded their outfield depth on Wednesday by acquiring Jabari Blash from the Yankees in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Pence stays upbeat in face of uncertainty

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By various measures, Hunter Pence’s performance for the Giants has declined markedly the past three years. At Spring Training, he sounded thrilled about the potential that this season holds.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Injury updates: Murphy, Conforto, Sanchez

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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.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

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

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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.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

McCutchen takes Bumgarner deep in BP

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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.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Drury gives Yanks depth and experience

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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.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rockies ready to sort out starting pitching depth

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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.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

J-Up helps facilitate reunion with CY

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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.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Trout rides epic offseason into Angels camp

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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.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

D-backs sign speedy Dyson to 2-year deal

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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.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Who's on first? Comparing Duda, LoMo

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Logan Morrison and Lucas Duda are, in many ways, cut from the same cloth in this offseason’s free-agent market.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Padres' deal with Hosmer risky but defensible

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Eric Hosmer has reportedly signed an eight-year deal with San Diego, and it comes with a fair share of risk and uncertainty. But for all the questions about Hosmer, the Padres did what any team should do. They went out, and added a player who makes them better.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Angels add veterans C. Young, C. Carter

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Outfielder Chris Young signed a one-year contract with the Angels and first baseman Chris Carter signed to a Minor League deal with a Major League Spring Training invitation on Sunday. Carter’s deal is for $1.75 million if he makes the Major League roster and includes $600,000 in incentives, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Holland eyes spot on his family's favorite club

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Should Derek Holland win a job on the Giants’ Opening Day rotation, he’ll learn plenty about Willie Mays and Willie McCovey, Stu Miller and the 1961 All-Star Game, the Alou brothers, Masanori Murakami, Bobby and Barry Bonds, Jack and Will Clark, Brian Johnson, the ‘Stick (Candlestick Park) and the Shooter (Rod Beck). Count on it.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

How these 5 teams can still win the offseason

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It would seem the Astros have already won the offseason. When the World Series winner gets better, that has to be the automatic call. In a typical offseason, we would have already shipped the big shiny trophy to Astros GM Jeff Luhnow. But wait, there’s still time. Polls remain open.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Be a GM with Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball

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If you’re like millions around the country, you’re excited for not only Opening Day, but Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball, the Official Commissioner Game of MLB.com.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Here's another HR record the Yankees could break

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Imaginations across New York — and the entire baseball landscape — immediately jumped to the record books when the Yankees introduced Giancarlo Stanton two months ago.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

LIVE: Follow the Andre Dawson Classic

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Six historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), plus the University of Illinois at Chicago and tournament co-host University of New Orleans, are squaring off this weekend in the newly dubbed Andre Dawson Classic.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Davis reunites with Tribe on Minor League deal

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Rajai Davis went through a physical on Saturday to put the final touches on a Minor League contract with the Indians, who invited the veteran to big league camp with a shot at cracking the Opening Day roster.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

No closer? No problem, as past champs proved

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Every single one of the last seven World Series champions — every one! — has ended the year with a different closer than the one they started the season with. It’s a good reminder that in the saves role, little goes according to plan, and that’s OK.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

J.D. worth Red Sox taking another look

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If the Red Sox and J.D. Martinez really are $100 million apart (as has been rumored), there’s probably no reachable middle ground. But before Boston moves on to other options, how about one more run at striking a deal?
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Source: Cards set to sign Motte to Minors deal

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The Cardinals’ continued search for bullpen help led them to an old friend Friday, when the club agreed to terms on a Minor League deal with right-hander Jason Motte, according to a source.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Giants impressed by Lincecum's showcase

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The Giants liked what they saw of Tim Lincecum during the free agent’s showcase effort Thursday. Whether that was enough to prompt the club to seek a reunion with its former staff ace remains uncertain.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Healy out 4 to 6 weeks following hand surgery

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It wasn’t exactly the news the Mariners hoped to receive on the first day that players took the field at the start of Spring Training, but manager Scott Servais said Thursday the hope is for first baseman Ryon Healy to be back playing games before Opening Day after undergoing surgery on Valentine’s Day to remove a bone spur in his right hand.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Tulo could miss start of spring with bone spur

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The Blue Jays intend to take a “conservative” approach with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki because of a chronic condition in his right heel that has resulted in a “flared up” bone spur.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Why are vet starters Lynn, Cobb unsigned?

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Why haven’t Alex Cobb or Lance Lynn signed yet? Because teams may not see them as elite and are unwilling to lose the draft picks that signing a qualifying offer play would demand. There may only be a few teams in the market for this pair.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Source: Red Sox, Nunez agree to deal

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The Red Sox have agreed to a deal with super-utility man Eduardo Nunez, pending a physical, a source told MLB.com on Thursday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

The 10 most interesting players in Spring Training

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Possibilities are endless when the skies are clear and the sunshine bright, and almost every baseball fan has a checklist of players worth keeping an eye. Here are 10.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

D-backs leave Martinez's old locker open

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Even though the lockers in the Salt River Fields clubhouse have been set up for months now, it was hard not to notice that one of the few open lockers rested between No. 27 and No. 30.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Padres optimistic in pursuit of Hosmer

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For the time being, Eric Hosmer is among the high-profile free agents still seeking a contract for 2018 and beyond. The 28-year-old first baseman is testing free agency for the first time in his career, and while a reunion in Kansas City is still in play, he’s entertaining offers from other clubs.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Bregman's Valentine's delivery: iPads for kids

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It’s almost time for Alex Bregman to head to Florida for Spring Training, but on Wednesday, he dropped by Central Elementary in Angleton, Texas, where he delivered free iPads to a group of young students with special needs.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Angels to ponder 6-man rotation with Ohtani

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A six-man rotation has been mentioned as a possibility for the Angels for much of the offseason, and the idea received a level of confirmation Tuesday when pitchers and catchers reported to Tempe Diablo Stadium for the official start of Spring Training.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Most intriguing position battles for all 30 clubs

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This time of year is always full of hope, as every team has a fresh start and can dream about the upcoming season. Teams don’t have to cut down their roster to 25 yet, and fans can get a look at a wide range of players.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Cardinals could make free-agent splash

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Lucky for the Cardinals, there’s a smorgasbord of available free agents who could help them close the gap on the Cubs.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Predicting Opening Day starters for each team

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Of the many decisions a manager must make throughout a season, picking an Opening Day starter hardly is the most consequential. After all, every team needs at least five starters — and almost always more — to get through a grueling 162-game schedule.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Report: Dodgers, Utley in 'serious discussions'

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Free agent Chase Utley, who has been working out at Dodger Stadium all offseason with other Dodgers, is in “serious discussions” to re-sign, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reports.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

NLCS rubber match? Stacking up Cubs, LA

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So many things can get in the way — randomness, regression, injuries, the Washington Nationals, etc. But the Dodgers and Cubs enter 2018 with the distinct possibility of doing something unprecedented in the National League — meeting three straight seasons on the NL Championship Series stage.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Source: Cardinals add Norris to bullpen mix

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One of Cardinals manager Mike Matheny’s main objectives entering camp is to identify which arms, from among a considerable stock of relievers, to trust most in late-inning and high-leverage situations. Now he has another option, after the club agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former Angels closer Bud Norris on Monday, according to a source.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

30 clubs, 30 burning questions entering camp

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Are we excited for the start of Spring Training? No question, we are. Do we have questions about Spring Training? No question, we have questions. Here is a rundown of the biggest question facing each club at the start of camp.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Donaldson looks to carry over late '17 success

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The Blue Jays spent the final two months of the 2017 season buried in the depths of the American League Wild Card race. Following back-to-back AL Championship Series appearances, Toronto finished 76-86, nine games out of the second Wild Card berth.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Darvish fulfills Theo's desire to add pitching

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At the end of last season, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein acknowledged his team needed more pitching. He even said he was willing to move some of the Cubs’ young position players to get it. Instead, the Cubs were able to hang onto their talented core.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Odorizzi sparking trade interest

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We can count on one hand the number of days remaining before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. Yet many teams are still in pursuit of a viable back-end starter. The answer could lie in Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog