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Angels sign former Dodgers reliever Javy Guerra to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Angels have signed former Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox reliever Javy Guerra to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring-training camp, General Manager Billy Eppler confirmed on Wednesday.

Guerra, a 30-year-old right-hander, had two strong seasons for the Dodgers in 2011-2012, ...Read more

Belt, Giants avoid arbitration with one-year agreement

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SAN FRANCISCO -- For the second time in three years, the Giants and Brandon Belt came within minutes of entering the arbitration chamber before agreeing to terms on a one-year contract.

Belt will receive a $6.2 million salary, which is $200,000 less than the midpoint of the figures that he and the club exchanged last month.

Belt had filed at $...Read more

Orioles' interest in Yovani Gallardo could lead to Dexter Fowler, too

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The Orioles spent the offseason reluctant to pursue big-ticket free agents tied to qualifying offers because they were hesitant to forfeit their first-round pick in this year's draft. But they've still maintained steady interest in right-hander Yovani Gallardo, the only remaining free-agent pitcher who will require losing a draft pick to sign.

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Rangers' Darvish: 'I could throw 95 right now'

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Not only has Tommy John surgery fixed the right elbow of Yu Darvish, but it apparently has affected the three-time All-Star from head to toe and between the ears.

Saying he feels stronger in every way imaginable, including mentally, Darvish was more animated and at ease Tuesday afternoon than ever before when surrounded by ...Read more

White Sox sign pitcher Mat Latos to 1-year, $3 million deal

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The White Sox have agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with right-handed pitcher Mat Latos, the club announced Tuesday.

From 2010-2013 with the Padres and Reds, the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Latos started at least 31 games and posted an ERA under 3.50 each season. He had three 14-victory seasons during that stretch.

But he will look for a bounce-...Read more

Jake Arrieta preparing for heavy workload, but Cubs would be fine with less

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During the past 10 years, Jim Schlossnagle has witnessed Jake Arrieta vary his routines and workouts, and he was there when the pitcher learned a valuable lesson before his junior year at Texas Christian.

"Sometimes more isn't better," recalled Schlossnagle, Arrieta's coach at TCU. "He would lift 10 repetitions during his sophomore year (when ...Read more

Tigers, J.D. Martinez agree to 2-year deal

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J.D. Martinez has agreed to a contract.

After a lengthy negotiation process threatened the Tigers' lengthy track record of settling on arbitration-eligible contracts before a hearing, the team signed their All-Star right fielder to a two-year, $18.5 million extension Monday.

According to a person with knowledge of the situation, Martinez is ...Read more

Former Oriole Delmon Young arrested on battery charge in Miami on Sunday

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Former Orioles outfielder Delmon Young was arrested late Sunday night in Miami on a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly choking and threatening to kill a valet, police said Monday.

According to the report, the attendant refused Young entry into an elevator that led to a closed nightclub at the Viceroy hotel. Police said Young shouted, "...Read more

Cishek welcomes chance to stabilize Mariners' closer role

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Trying to decide which of the many Mariners reclamation acquisitions might be most important in 2016 isn't simple.

The case could be made for Leonys Martin, who played himself out of a starting center-field spot with the Texas Rangers. One could point to catcher Chris Iannetta, who hit .188 last season for the Los Angeles Angels. Both are ...Read more

Former Tigers closer Nathan expects to pitch in '16

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Don't call it a comeback.

Veteran right-hander Joe Nathan said last April he intended to return to the major leagues, and nine months after his second elbow ligament reconstruction surgery, those plans are still in place.

Fox Sports' Jon Morosi caught up with Nathan's agent, Dave Pepe, who said Nathan's workouts are "going well" and that he is...Read more

Howie Kendrick's open-mindedness led to new deal with Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES -- Howie Kendrick has played 9,402 innings at second base, six at third base. He was the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting second baseman last year. Yet, had he insisted on the same role this year, the Dodgers might not have brought him back.

In the last two weeks, with no club willing to surrender the draft pick necessary to sign him ...Read more

Orioles acquire right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne from Padres for minor league pitcher

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The Orioles acquired right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne from the San Diego Padres for minor league pitcher Jean Cosme on Thursday, adding an optionable piece who has started and relieved in the majors over the past two seasons.

Executive vice president Dan Duquette said Despaigne, a sinker-ball pitcher, is "in the mix to help our staff. (He's a) ...Read more

Royals' left-hander Danny Duffy says he welcomes role in bullpen or starting rotation

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There are, for the moment, two possible paths for left-hander Danny Duffy in 2016. He could find himself bolstering the Royals' deep bullpen, a power lefty joining ranks with Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, Joakim Soria and Luke Hochevar. Likewise, he could also find himself occupying space near the back end of the starting rotation, where he ...Read more

Dodgers add Maddux, Ibanez

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LOS ANGELES--A Los Angeles Dodgers front office already stocked with multiple executives with experience as general managers has added to its stable a Hall of Fame pitcher and one of the more beloved players in recent memory.

The team announced Tuesday the hiring of Greg Maddux and Raul Ibanez, with both men to function as special assistants to...Read more

Twins extend camp invitation to veteran outfielder Carlos Quentin

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Carlos Quentin, a two-time All-Star outfielder who hasn't played in the majors since 2014, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Twins, a source with knowledge of the signing said Tuesday, and will be in major league training camp later this month.

Quentin batted .177/.284/.315 in 50 games with the Padres two summers ago before being ...Read more

William Petersen talks about Harry Caray documentary, Wrigley Field memories

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As a Chicago sports fan, William Petersen had some pretty good moments in January.

Two weeks ago, he was asked to narrate a documentary about Harry Caray -- no trivial request for a lifelong Cubs fan.

And when Petersen talked to the Tribune last week, he had just watched the Bulls dismantle the Lakers in Los Angeles.

So was the former "CSI" ...Read more

A new look at Harry Caray's remarkable life

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It has been 46 years since the Cardinals fired Harry Caray, and it was 18 years ago this month that he died. But Caray's legacy lives on, and MLB Network looks back on the remarkable career of the one-of-a-kind baseball broadcaster in a fine one-hour documentary that is set to debut at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The program shines because it addresses the...Read more

Rangers' Prince Fielder expects more power this season

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Uncertainty surrounded Prince Fielder a year ago as he reported all was well in his surgically repaired neck.

He was doing all the offseason stuff he normally did, including some unorthodox training that seemed better suited for UFC fighters and wannabes.

Texas Rangers brass, though, were holding their breath, waiting to see if the slugger ...Read more

Brewers' Ryan Braun is behind schedule after back surgery

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Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun said Sunday he will not be 100 percent physically at the start of spring training after undergoing lower-back surgery in October. Braun said he does hope to be ready by opening day, however.

"I just got cleared to do rotational exercises about two weeks ago, so just started swinging a bat literally ...Read more

Royals manager Yost hungry to return to work after hectic offseason

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ned Yost was starving. It was just past 2:50 p.m. on Friday afternoon, and the Royals manager was running on two cups of coffee and nothing else. His stomach required sustenance.

As he stood inside a street-level convention room at Bartle Hall, waiting to make his annual appearance at Royals FanFest, Yost conceded that his ...Read more