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How Avisail Garcia is trying to move on from two lost years to start his Marlins tenure

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JUPITER, Fla. — The key juncture of Avisail Garcia’s offseason began with a phone call to Miami Marlins teammate Luis Arraez.

“He called me and said ‘Hey, can I hit with you?’” recalled Arraez, who has won a batting title each of the past two years. “I said, ‘100 percent yes. Let’s go. Let’s hit together.’ He worked hard. ...Read more

Dodgers' Dustin May: 'You have no idea' how frustrating injuries have been

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – These have been trying times for Dustin May.

“You have no idea,” the 26-year-old right-hander said with all the weariness that two major elbow surgeries 26 months apart will bring.

“It was definitely not what I wanted to hear when I heard that I needed surgery again. … You can understand the first one. It’s, ‘...Read more

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Mets ace Kodai Senga receives PRP injection in right shoulder, will not throw for at least 3 weeks

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Kodai Senga has taken a step toward recovery.

The Mets’ ace flew to New York earlier this week to receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right shoulder. The hope is that it could expedite the healing process of the strain Senga has in the posterior capsule of his right shoulder.

Senga has been shut down ...Read more

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Cody Bellinger is back: Chicago Cubs re-sign left-handed outfielder to give lineup a big boost

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A reunion between the Chicago Cubs and outfielder Cody Bellinger felt inevitable all offseason.

Even as the free-agent market moved at a glacial pace the last 3 1/2 months, the Cubs seemed like an ideal fit for Bellinger, coming off a stellar bounce-back season.

The Cubs have reached an agreement with Bellinger on a three-year, $80 million ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Baseball guides Ruben Niebla from rough-and-tumble days in Calexico, Calif., to Padres clubhouse

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CALEXICO, Calif. — In the front yard of Ruben Niebla's childhood home, a small rectangular patch of grass served as a baseball infield.

In the carefree days before a fence was installed and a tree grew high in the approximate spot where the mound would be, outfielders fanned out along John Kennedy Street as balls made from tape or socks ...Read more

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Bill Madden: Teams not willing to play ball with Scott Boras and his ridiculous asking prices

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NEW YORK — It would appear Scott Boras’ winter of discontent is having a trickledown effect with the fans of a number of wannabe contenders — the Red Sox, Cubs, Angels, Twins and most notably the Mets — who are letting out a collective cry: “Is this all there is?”

At present there are five “top tier” unsigned free agents — ...Read more

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Michael Cunningham: Braves pitcher Charlie Morton doesn't need 'fountain of youth' to be good at 40

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NORTH PORT, Fla. — Braves pitcher Chris Sale sits a couple of stalls away from right-hander Charlie Morton at the team’s spring training clubhouse. That’s a good vantage point for Sale to do some investigation.

“I’ve been snooping through his locker to see if he’s got that little bottle of water for the fountain of youth or ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Catcher Kyle Higashioka brings guitar, experience to backup role with Padres

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PEORIA, Ariz. — When Kyle Higashioka joined the Staten Island Yankees as a low-A player in the New York-Penn League, he bought a $50 acoustic guitar at a pawn shop.

Though his parents first gave him something to strum when he was 13, it gathered dust. Once he dove into minor league baseball, he decided to pick up an instrument as he filled ...Read more

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Mets owner Steve Cohen on Pete Alonso's upcoming free agency: 'We want to keep him'

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At present time, the Mets are set to begin Grapefruit League action in Florida. But everyone is thinking about Pete Alonso’s upcoming free agency at the end of the 2024 season.

Both the Mets and the first baseman have expressed interest in a deal, but all signs are pointing to the homegrown star not signing an extension in the near future.

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Doctor weighs in on Mets ace Kodai Senga's shoulder injury: 'I think the key is going to be doing less than more'

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Much like Justin Verlander last season, Kodai Senga could be looking at an early May return to action.

The Mets didn’t give a timeline for Kodai Senga’s injury, with president of baseball operations David Stearns saying the Mets would shut him down until the symptoms subside. Stearns said timelines vary on a “case...Read more

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Dominican authorities freeze Wander Franco's bank accounts amid dispute

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Authorities in the Dominican Republic ordered a temporary freeze on three bank accounts linked to Wander Franco after one of the Rays shortstop’s former lawyers in Santo Domingo filed a lawsuit over unpaid fees.

Juan Francisco Rodríguez Consoró is seeking the equivalent of $256,000 for the seven weeks he says he represented Franco, Teodosio...Read more

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See-through pants. 'Knockoff' jerseys. New MLB uniforms trigger complaints, except from Dodgers.

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LOS ANGELES — Dodgers players haven't complained as much as others around baseball. Maybe when a team wins 100 or more games every year the players look and feel good no matter what they wear.

But the hot topic in MLB spring-training clubhouses spilled onto the field this week when teams held photo day dressed in new uniforms designed by Nike...Read more

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Dieter Kurtenbach: Three burning questions as Giants (really) start spring training

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The Giants are going to start their spring training exhibition schedule on Saturday, which is, itself, a reason to celebrate.

We did it, folks. We survived the long, cruel months without Major League Baseball. (Thanks for the help, Niners and Caribbean Series.)

But while (fake) games are about to be played, buddy, things are not hunky dory ...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: Bryce Harper risks alienating Phillies teammates and Philadelphia with his outrageous contract request

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And you thought Terrell Owens was crazy.

Not since T.O., who in 2005 wanted to renegotiate a seven-year deal with six years left, has a Philadelphia athlete requested anything as audacious as Bryce Harper. With eight years and $196 million left to go on a contract he signed just five years ago, Harper and his agent, Philly villain Scott Boras, ...Read more

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Would Yankees give Juan Soto more than Aaron Judge after offering Yoshinobu Yamamoto less than Gerrit Cole?

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TAMPA, Fla. — It’s almost certain that Juan Soto is going to make more money than Aaron Judge. The question is whether the Yankees will be the ones paying both.

Soto will spend the 2024 season in pinstripes, but the feared hitter is slated for free agency next winter. Only 25 and on a Hall of Fame track, Soto is expected to sign for more ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Ouch! Dodgers rough up Padres in spring training opener.

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PEORIA, Ariz. — If a Padres fan is hunting for a glass-half-full thought on the throttling at the hands of the Dodgers in a spring-training opener Thursday, it is this.

And only this: At least they got that out of their system.

It would have been the stuff of waking baseball nightmares, if only the 14-1 finish mattered. The Dodgers, a 100-...Read more

Paul Sullivan: Jerry Reinsdorf's about-face on White Sox possibly leaving Chicago is history -- and hypocrisy -- repeating itself

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CHICAGO — The good news for Chicago White Sox fans is the team eventually will be up for sale, according to Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.

The bad news is it won’t happen as long as Reinsdorf is alive.

Before he does go, Reinsdorf — who turns 88 Sunday — wants to leave Chicago with a special gift: a shiny, new ballpark for the Sox that ...Read more

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Dylan Hernández: 'It's a blast': ex-Dodger Andre Ethier relishes role of mentor with focus on Miguel Vargas

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PHOENIX — Wearing a smile as broad as his shoulders, Miguel Vargas explained how he viewed Andre Ethier as more than an instructor.

Ethier was a confidant.

Ethier was a friend.

“He’s a tremendous person,” Vargas said in Spanish.

Vargas described the former two-time All-Star as patient and supportive, as calm and sympathetic.

Imagine...Read more

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Orioles pitching prospects out to prove themselves at spring training

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SARASOTA, Fla. — The Orioles’ top-ranked farm system is so because of their position player prospects.

From Jackson Holliday to Samuel Basallo to Coby Mayo, the organization is chock-full of youngsters who have soared up prospect lists. The farm system is so good the Orioles didn’t have to give up any of their top five prospects to ...Read more

Tigers sign veteran infielder Gio Urshela; here is how it could affect the lineup

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LAKELAND, Fla. — This is all going to become clearer on Friday after manager AJ Hinch has a chance to explain the thought process and potential domino effect of the Tigers’ signing veteran infielder Gio Urshela on Thursday for one year and $1.5 million.

But the deal was announced after the Tigers’ workout Thursday, the day of the club’s...Read more