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Safeco Field's Griffey statue to undergo repairs

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Ken Griffey Jr.’s bronze statue in front of Safeco Field will be put back into one piece this weekend as repairs are scheduled for Saturday to fix the bat that was broken off by a vandal last October.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Commissioner seeking pace-of-play deal with MLBPA

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If Major League Baseball and its players are going to reach an agreement regarding pace-of-play rule changes this season, it’s almost certainly going to come within the next two weeks.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Caribbean Series set to begin on Friday

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This year’s Caribbean Series includes the Tomateros, the Winter League-champion Aguilas Cibaenas from the Dominican Republic, Criollos de Caguas from Puerto Rico and Venezuela’s Caribes de Anzoategui. Alazanes de Granma, the Serie Nacional champion, will represent Cuba as a special guest for the second year in a row.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

4 first-time candidates up for Cardinals HOF

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Joining returners Keith Hernandez, Scott Rolen and Jason Isringhausen on the Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot are four first-time modern-day candidates: Ray Lankford, Vince Coleman, Lee Smith and John Tudor.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rangers seek SP depth, but have options

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The Rangers appear to have a set rotation of Cole Hamels, Martin Perez, Doug Fister, Matt Moore and Mike Minor. But they have needed a minimum of 10 starting pitchers per season since getting by with seven in 2011. The Rangers may or may not add another front-line starting pitcher before the offseason is over, but adding starting-pitching depth appears to be paramount.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Avila, D-backs agree to 2-year deal

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The D-backs agreed to terms with free-agent catcher Alex Avila on a two-year, $8.25 million contract on Wednesday.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Avila, D-backs reportedly agree to deal

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The D-backs have come to an agreement with free-agent catcher Alex Avila, according to a report from MLB Network insider Jon Heyman on Tuesday. Terms of the deal are not yet known, and the club has not confirmed the report.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Gordon's speed will help ease transition to CF

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We don’t know exactly how Dee Gordon will look as the Mariners’ center fielder in 2018. After all, he’s never played a game outside the middle infield in his Major League career. But we do know this: He’s more than fast enough to handle the position.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Prospective Cards OFers eager to stand out

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In a spring camp that may not boast many true position competitions, the one between Harrison Bader and Tyler O’Neill will be one to watch.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Gwynn's SD impact highlighted by 'Mr. Padre'

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Reverence for Tony Gwynn, as both a person and a ballplayer, has extended throughout San Diego and the entire baseball landscape for decades.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Will Angels retire Vlad's No. 27?

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This summer, Vladimir Guerrero will become the first player to enter the Hall of Fame as an Angel. Could he also become the seventh person to have his number retired by the franchise?
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Taillon fights against bullying at X Games

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Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon took a break from his offseason routine over the weekend to stop by the 2018 X Games in Aspen, Colo. The 26-year-old right-hander was representing Major League Baseball on behalf of the Shred Hate bullying-prevention initiative.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Vlad receives hero's welcome in return to DR

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Former big league slugger Vladimir Guerrero was known for always being humble, and his people in the Dominican Republic welcomed him as a hero after being elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Source: D-backs add veteran reliever Feliz

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The D-backs continued to add veteran relief candidates Sunday as they agreed to terms with right-hander Neftali Feliz on a Minor League contact which includes an invitation to Spring Training.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

White Sox in no rush on future for Abreu, Avi

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The White Sox enter the 2018 season with Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia, two of their most valuable players on and off the field, remaining part of their rebuild. And with two years of club control remaining over each of these veteran stalwarts, there’s no rush to decide on their future.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Counsell: Hader to start season in bullpen

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After months of speculation about Josh Hader’s role for 2018, Brewers officials said Sunday that the left-hander will remain in a relief role to begin this season.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Best repped on Top 100: Braves, Padres, White Sox

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One of the best things about the release of MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects list is scouring it to see how your favorite team fares on the list. Who’s at the top in terms of top 100 representation? That can be answered in more than one way.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Breaking down the Top 100 Prospects list

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It’s that time of year again, prospect fans. MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects list is out, ready to be perused, deconstructed and analyzed. Undoubtedly, folks will have a lot to say about who is (and isn’t) on the rankings.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Jones talks pending free agency at FanFest

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Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has never been shy about sharing his opinions, and his appearance Saturday at Orioles FanFest was no different.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

MLB: Marlins, Pirates in compliance with Collective Bargaining Agreement

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Responding to concerns on the part of the Major League Baseball Players Association about the spending patterns of the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates, Major League Baseball released a statement Friday expressing confidence in both clubs’ compliance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement’s revenue sharing provisions.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Re-ranking the 2008 Top 50 Prospects list

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Ten years ago, MLB.com put out a Top 50 Prospects list. With a decade of performance and data to mine through, it’s a little easier to figure out a re-ranking.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Will Eaton's return provide big lift for Nats?

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Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made three key moves this offseason by signing slugger Matt Adams and reuniting with utility man Howie Kendrick and reliever Brandon Kintzler. The return of outfielder Adam Eaton, however, could ultimately prove to be Washington’s biggest addition.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Rodon cleared to begin throwing program

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Carlos Rodon has been cleared to begin a throwing program Monday as he works back toward the Majors following season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in September.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

White Sox to extend protective netting

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The White Sox plan to extend the protective netting at Guaranteed Rate Field to the end of each dugout and over the top of the dugout, as announced by the team Friday at SoxFest.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Braun open to playing first base for Crew

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With the Brewers suddenly flush with outfielders, Ryan Braun might be moving back to the infield — at least on an occasional basis.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Brewers' gutsy moves ignite Hot Stove at last

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On Thursday, the Milwaukee Brewers awarded Lorenzo Cain with the richest free-agent contract signed by any player this offseason and traded for Christian Yelich, who is less than one year removed from his star turn as Team USA’s No. 3 hitter at the World Baseball Classic. Thanks to an unlikely ignitor, the Hot Stove is smoldering at last.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Modern prospects rising faster than ever before

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The game’s increasing reliance on young talent tells us the vast majority of MLB Pipeline’s top 100 prospects in baseball are going to get their opportunity soon enough.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Yankees, Red Sox broadcasters talk rivalry

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The timeless rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees warmed the Hot Stove on Thursday evening, with two hours of baseball discussion between broadcasting legends Joe Castiglione, John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman, simulcast on WEEI in Boston and WFAN in New York.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Morning Lineup Podcast: Busy Brewers

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Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice look at the Brewers adding Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain, and what that means for the free-agent outfield market.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Brewers revamp outfield with Yelich, Cain

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It was a blockbuster Thursday night for the Brewers, who acquired Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich for four premium prospects, including top-rated Lewis Brinson, then struck a deal with free agent Lorenzo Cain pending a physical exam.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Tribe legend Thome a first-ballot Hall of Famer

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On Wednesday, Jim Thome was voted into the Hall of Fame Class of 2018 by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, alongside Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Diekman wins Hutch Award for community service

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Jake Diekman knows how to fight. He knows how to win. And he knows how to give back to others who also vow to fight and win. Diekman was honored as the 53rd recipient of the prestigious Hutch Award for outstanding community service during the annual Hutch Award Luncheon at Safeco Field on Wednesday afternoon
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Chipper, Vlad, Thome, Hoffman elected to Hall

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The results of the 74th annual BBWAA Hall of Fame election are in, and four players will be enshrined in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 29 as part of the Class of 2018: Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Santana falls off HOF ballot in first year

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Former Twins ace Johan Santana, a two-time American League Cy Young Award winner, fell short of remaining on the ballot for the Hall of Fame, receiving 2.4 percent of the votes, as announced on MLB Network on Wednesday night.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

DYK? Pace picks up as 4 head to Cooperstown

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Four new players are headed to Cooperstown. When the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced the results of its 2018 ballot on Wednesday night, first-timers Chipper Jones and Jim Thome had cleared the 75-percent threshold needed for induction, along with ballot holdovers Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Grichuk eyes bigger production with Toronto

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New Toronto outfielder Randal Grichuk has spend some of his offseason working to improve his swing — and his eyes. Grichuk has been doing eye-training exercises that he hopes will help lead to a productive season with the Blue Jays.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Report: Brewers make trade offer for Yelich

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If Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich is the next Miami player on the move, count the Brewers among the teams interested in reeling him in.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Fears assuaged: Sausages staying with Crew

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The racing sausages will keep sizzling at Miller Park in 2018 and beyond, the Brewers assured fans Tuesday in the wake of a report that the team had terminated its agreement with longtime sponsor Klement’s.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

How MLB.com writers voted in HOF balloting

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Thirteen MLB.com reporters were among those eligible to cast ballots in the 2018 Hall of Fame vote conducted by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Here’s a look at how they voted.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Source: Cubs ink Gimenez to Minors deal

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A source confirmed reports that the Cubs have signed Chris Gimenez, 35, to a Minor League deal with an invitation to big league Spring Training.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Giants find center fielder, sign free agent A-Jax

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The Giants and free-agent center fielder Austin Jackson have agreed to a two-year deal, the team announced Monday. A source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand that the contract is worth $6 million, and it could reach $8.5 million with incentives.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Inbox: Will Seattle try to extend Cruz's deal?

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Who will lead off for Seattle, Dee Gordon or Jean Segura? Can Nick Vincent avoid a late-season letdown? Beat reporter Greg Johns opens up the Inbox.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Crew in on Yu? Pitcher's tweet stirs intrigue

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Have the Brewers jumped into the fray for top free-agent starter Yu Darvish? The pitcher himself ensured his nearly two million Twitter followers were pondering that question on Sunday night.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

5 teams that could surprise us in '18

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Figuring out who the surprise teams of ’18 will be is the difficult part. But there are plenty of serious candidates. Here’s a look at five who appear to have a legitimate chance to jump into contention.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog