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In crazy offseason, could something crazy still happen for Rangers?

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Fan Fest traditionally serves as the kickoff to another Texas Rangers season, and before any of those who attended Saturday's festivities know it, spring training will be upon them.

Rangers pitchers and catchers must be in the state of Arizona by Feb. 14 for report date. The positions players must report five days later. ...Read more

After a slow offseason, Indians don't see reason for pessimism ahead of 2018 season

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Terry Francona dropped the line of the winter this week.

The Indians manager guaranteed that once spring training begins next month, the Indians will come back "with a vengeance" in the wake of a disappointing, early exit from the 2017 postseason.

It's a line that sort of goes without saying, but it certainly fired up some Indians fans on ...Read more

Autopsy: Roy Halladay had morphine, sleeping aids in system at death

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An autopsy released Friday said that Roy Halladay had evidence of morphine, amphetamine, and zolpidem in his system in November when he fatally crashed his single-engine plane into the Gulf of Mexico.

The autopsy, conducted by the Pasco and Pinellas Counties (Fla.) medical examiner, listed the former Phillies pitcher's cause of death as blunt ...Read more

Cardinals trade Grichuk to Blue Jays for two pitchers

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The Cardinals made their second offseason deal with Toronto by shipping outfielder Randal Grichuk, who was going to be a reserve this season, to the Blue Jays on Friday for setup reliever Dominic Leone and another right-hander, Class AA pitcher Conner Greene.

Grichuk, 26, played four seasons with the Cardinals after coming over in a November ...Read more

Orioles draft pick Tucker Baca suspended 60 games for PED violation

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Orioles minor-league pitcher Tucker Baca, who was the club's 12th-round draft pick last June, was suspended 60 games without pay after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug in violation of the minor league drug prevention and treatment program.

Baca, who tested positive for the PED Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, posted a 4.50 ERA ...Read more

A crowded Cubs outfield has plenty to prove in 2018

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After Ben Zobrist earned his second straight ring and was named the World Series MVP in 2016, you can't blame him for taking some time to relax last offseason.

But that's old news.

Zobrist, who turns 37 in May, is coming off a subpar season and doesn't know how he will be used this year in Joe Maddon's revolving-door lineup. So Zobrist took ...Read more

Cubs' Contreras: Comment about 'going to be better' than Molina and Posey 'misinterpreted'

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Willson Contreras clarified a comment he made about fellow catchers Yadier Molina and Buster Posey, saying that his "I'm going to be better than them" quote is being misinterpreted.

The Cubs catcher led off a series of tweets late Wednesday acknowledging, "Many people have misinterpreted what was said during a recent interview, I see no wrong ...Read more

Christian Yelich's relationship with Marlins is reportedly 'irretrievably broken'

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Christian Yelich doesn't want to be a Miami Marlin anymore.

His agent, Joe Longo, told ESPN on Tuesday that the outfielder's relationship with the Marlins is "irretrievably broken" and that the team would be best off trying to trade Yelich in advance of spring training next month.

The Marlins, under CEO Derek Jeter and chairman Bruce Sherman, ...Read more

Derek Jeter wants to get rid of Marlins home run sculpture

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MIAMI -- Derek Jeter may get an assist from Miami-Dade in ridding Marlins Park of its kitschy home run sculpture, which the new owner and the county's mayor both want removed.

"I just don't think they're all that crazy about it," Mayor Carlos Gimenez said after meeting with Jeter and other front-office executives at the county-owned ballpark on...Read more

Padres owner on Eric Hosmer offer: 'We like it. I don't know if Mr. Boras likes it.'

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Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler indicated Tuesday the team is not planning significant changes to its offer to free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer. The Union-Tribune reported earlier this month that the Padres had presented agent Scott Boras with a seven-year deal worth less than $140 million, and the club apparently has not budged from ...Read more

Danny Duffy enters DUI plea, receives probation

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Royals pitcher Danny Duffy has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Overland Park, Kan., and placed on probation, according to a city spokesman.

Sean Reilly, a communications manager of Overland Park, confirmed on Tuesday that Duffy entered the plea last Thursday. He was fined $1,220, including court fees and must not drink or use ...Read more

Yadier Molina plans to retire at the end of his three-year extension

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Repeating a stance that he took into contract negotiations a year ago, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said he has three more years on his contract and three more years of playing.

"Three more years, and that's it," Molina said.

The Cardinals catcher attended Day 3 of the team's Winter Warm-up and after signing autographs for two hours he ...Read more

Report: Giants acquire Andrew McCutchen in trade with Pirates

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SAN FRANCISCO -- After an offseason of fits and starts and false rumors, the Giants finally reeled in a high-profile outfielder Monday.

The team agreed to acquire center fielder Andrew McCutchen, a five-time All-Star and former MVP, from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported the deal was in place, pending a review...Read more

Darvish staying calm in stalled market, but would Rangers have a chance if he blinks?

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Yu Darvish can probably scratch the Houston Astros off his list of suitors.

The Astros, the reigning world champs, added to their deep starting rotation over the weekend by acquiring right-hander Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Texas Rangers figure to see him a least a couple times in 2018 over the 19 games the American League West...Read more

Mets reportedly set to sign Adrian Gonzalez

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The New York Mets are expected to sign former Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to a one-year contract, according to multiple media outlets.

The deal reportedly is contingent on the 35-year-old Gonzalez passing a physical examination. Gonzalez said last season that he has a herniated disk in his back.

Gonzalez, a five-time All-...Read more

Padres officially sign Brad Hand to three-year, $19.75 million extension

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The Padres on Sunday announced a three-year, $19.75 million extension for reliever Brad Hand.

The contract includes a club option for 2021, reportedly worth $10 million with a $1 million buyout. Hand made $1.375 million last season, when the left-hander was arbitration-eligible for the first time.

"The Padres gave me an opportunity and they ...Read more

No reunion imminent between Cubs, Sammy Sosa

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CHICAGO -- The red carpet won't be rolled out at Wrigley Field for Sammy Sosa until he comes clean.

Chairman Tom Ricketts had a lengthy but vague reply Saturday at Cubs Convention to a fan's suggestion that the former Cubs slugger be welcomed back.

"I just think we need to put everything on the table and move forward," Ricketts said of Sosa ...Read more

Pirates reportedly deal Gerrit Cole to Astros, which could benefit Cubs

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The Cubs have one less worry despite their relentless search for starting pitching.

According to multiple reports, the Pirates have reached an agreement to deal ace Gerrit Cole to the world champion Astros. Cole lost to Jake Arrieta in the 2015 National League wild-card game in one of the more memorable games of the Cubs' three-year playoff run...Read more

Reliever Addison Reed agrees to 2-year deal with Twins

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The Twins added a third free-agent relief pitcher on Saturday, according to published reports, adding needed depth to one of the team's weaknesses from last season.

Addison Reed, a 29-year-old right-hander who has struck out 425 hitters in 402 career innings, has agreed to a two-year contract, a major league baseball source confirmed. The ...Read more

Winter market has been frigid, but Cubs players stoking competitive fire

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CHICAGO -- President Theo Epstein stressed patience as he and his staff try to fortify the Cubs pitching staff during what has so far been a tedious winter.

"Realistically we'd like to add another pitcher," Epstein said Friday night as several thousand fans attended the opening ceremony of the Cubs Convention at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. "I ...Read more