White Sox-Dodgers deal for outfielder Joc Pederson still possible, sources say

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Remember those reports from mid-January about the White Sox and Dodgers discussing a deal for slugging outfielder Joc Pederson?

Well, they were legit. And there's an outside chance that a trade still could come to fruition, a source told the Tribune.

There's a story within a story here. The report was broken Jan. 19 by Jason...Read more

Hunter Pence, Adam Moore excited to have an opportunity to put on Rangers uniform

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- For those wondering, Chris Martin was a freshman at Arlington High School when Hunter Pence was a senior, and Adam Moore transferred to UT-Arlington two years after Pence was selected in the 2004 draft.

They didn't know each other before MLB teams came calling.

All three were together Sunday in the Texas Rangers' clubhouse ...Read more

Farhan Zaidi is reshaping Giants' future to resemble recent past

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When the pitchers and catchers of the San Francisco Giants reported to camp a few days ago, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi assembled the group for a meeting.

During a decade with the Oakland Athletics and four seasons as Dodgers general manager, Zaidi developed a reputation for his embrace of innovation and ...Read more

At age 45, Ichiro prepares for a trip home to Japan with Mariners

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- At a distance, he looked like just like anyone else in a Mariners' uniform in the Saturday afternoon sunshine.

In fact, he moved better than the average player, running a little bit harder and faster than most. The arm produced throws that maybe aren't quite "something out of Star Wars" but are just as crisp and often more ...Read more

Jean Segura eager to start a new chapter with Phillies, not looking back at problems with Mariners

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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Upon being told that the Seattle Mariners were trading him, Jean Segura went live on Instagram, cranked the volume of the music in his car, and began to dance.

Clearly, he approved of the deal.

Left unsaid, however, was whether Segura was happier about joining the Phillies or simply to be leaving the Mariners, for whom he ...Read more

Orioles sign former Royals All-Star shortstop Alcides Escobar to minor league deal

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles got a little older Saturday with the free-agent signing of veteran infielder Alcides Escobar, who agreed to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training.

Escobar, 32, is not exactly the type of fringe player that typically signs a minor league contract in February. He's a former All-Star ...Read more

Royals' Skoglund emotionally insists he doesn't know what led to PED suspension

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Defiance comes in multiple forms. In the case of Royals pitcher Eric Skoglund, who will spend the first part of the regular season in baseball exile, defiance came with tears and a wave of emotion.

Saturday, Skoglund spoke to reporters in Arizona and addressed his 80-game suspension for violation of the MLB Joint Drug ...Read more

Padres' Manuel Margot '100 percent' after foul ball halted winter plans

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Manuel Margot had hoped his role as the catalyst in the Padres' walk-off win to close a disappointing 2018 campaign would buoy a productive offseason.

He planned on carrying the momentum into his work in the Dominican Republic this winter and ultimately into preparations for a bounce-back year. A foul ball off his left foot in ...Read more

Ex-Dodgers teammates laud Machado's 'awesome' skill and offer varying takes on 'Johnny Hustle' comment

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers and White Sox share a stadium at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix's west suburbs. They might be able to share memories one day of life with Manny Machado.

The Sox remain in hot pursuit of the player the Dodgers acquired at the 2018 All-Star break, an abundantly talented infielder who helped them reach the World Series ...Read more

Cubs' Addison Russell addresses domestic abuse suspension: 'I am not proud of the person I once was'

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MESA, Ariz. -- For the first time since October when he was suspended for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy, Cubs shortstop Addison Russell spoke to the media Friday.

"I am not proud of the person I once was," he said.

"I realize I've let a lot of people down. ... My past behaviors...Read more

Yasiel Puig is free from Dodgers' platoon, ready to thrive in Cincinnati

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The prospects gathered in the outfield grass around the veteran. For more than an hour Wednesday, as the rest of the Cincinnati Reds filtered into their clubhouse, a few young players received a tutorial on the path to big league success. The lesson came from an instructor dubbed, in the words of one Reds staffer, "coach Puig....Read more

Mozeliak: Cardinals aren't shopping for roster additions this spring

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JUPITER, Fla. -- Whoever remains available in the free-agent market and whatever the shape of the question, the Cardinals have established a stance entering spring training that they do not expect to add to the current roster.

But if they do, this past year's experience still stings.

And it informs.

The Cardinals signed All-Star closer Greg ...Read more

Julio Urias, though no longer 'The Teenager,' remains important to Dodgers' future

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PHOENIX -- Clayton Kershaw wanted an unobstructed view, so he marched over to join a group clustered near home plate, a few feet away from the catcher Thursday at Camelback Ranch. At the other end, as rain sprinkled the grounds, Julio Urias stood on a mound for his first bullpen session of the spring.

Other pitchers worked alongside Urias, but ...Read more

Tyler Chatwood believes he'll be better for Cubs in 2019, thanks to correcting a mechanical flaw

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MESA, Ariz. -- Tyler Chatwood believes he's still a starting pitcher with plenty of upside at 29.

But after a disastrous 2018 season, Chatwood faces a tight squeeze to receive innings with the Cubs rotation already set and several guaranteed contracts and reinforcements in the bullpen.

"If everybody were healthy, obviously it would be tough ...Read more

Padres GM met with Manny Machado

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres general manager A.J. Preller flew to Miami to meet with Manny Machado and his wife at some point in the past week, a step that indicates the sides continue to work toward a possible agreement.

The 26-year-old free agent is the team's first choice to fill its immediate vacancy at third base.

It is not believed Machado is...Read more

Phillies right-hander Jake Arrieta pitched last season with torn meniscus

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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jake Arrieta said he knew something was wrong with his left knee last summer, when pain flared as he left the mound to cover first base on a grounder or left the batter's box and ran down the line.

He suffered the injury sometime in May, but Arrieta, whom manager Gabe Kapler labeled "a tough individual," kept pitching and ...Read more

Twins agree to long-term deals with Jorge Polanco, Max Kepler

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins have agreed to long-term deals with two of their young players, shortstop Jorge Polanco and right fielder Max Kepler.

Polanco will get a seven-year contract, sources with knowledge of the transaction said, and the deal is expected to guarantee the Twins' incumbent shortstop $25.75 million through 2023, with team ...Read more

Giants' Johnny Cueto details full extent of elbow pain, hopeful for late 2019 return

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- As Johnny Cueto sat in front of his locker Thursday, the Giants pitcher rolled up a sock and began flipping it in the air with his right hand.

Six months ago, Cueto couldn't do that. Six months from now, Cueto hopes his surgically repaired right elbow will allow him to return to a major league mound.

The recovery process ...Read more

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to celebrate league's 100th anniversary in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is making big plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Kansas City meeting that started it all.

The museum announced plans for a yearlong celebration that will start on Feb. 13, 2020, the 100th anniversary of a meeting at the Paseo YMCA that sparked the Negro Leagues. Those sessions...Read more

Whiffing on Bryce Harper, Manny Machado would not make Phillies offseason a failure, Matt Klentak says

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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- It has been nearly two months since the Phillies dined in Center City with Manny Machado. Nearly five weeks have passed since the team's brain trust deboarded a flight in the snow after spending five hours in Las Vegas courting Bryce Harper.

The Phillies were prepared, John Middleton famously said in November, to "be a ...Read more

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