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1:30 PM ET, February 8, 2016


 Top News: 
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks in contact with reliever Tyler Clippard  —  The Diamondbacks have been in contact with free-agent reliever Tyler Clippard and the club believes it has made progress toward a deal, a source said Monday.  —  After the Jean Segura/Aaron Hill trade late last month saved …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks consider shifting Yasmany Tomas to LF  —  The Diamondbacks are considering rearranging the alignment of their outfield, potentially having left fielder David Peralta and right fielder Yasmany Tomas trade places, manager Chip Hale said Friday.  —  “We're definitely talking about it,” Hale said.
Charges: 9-year-old drives for drunk Wisconsin couple  —  BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (KMSP) - A Wisconsin mom and her boyfriend are facing felony charges for allowing her nine-year-old daughter drive them home in their pickup truck after they appeared too drunk to drive.
Nick Cafardo /
Here are the Red Sox storylines entering spring training  —  Some of the stories won't be warranted, but every now and then the hype is real.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Gurriel Brothers Reportedly Defect From Cuba  —  Yulieski Gurriel and his brother, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., each defected from Cuba while the Cuban National Team was in the Dominican Republic this past weekend, Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald first reported.  Sources tell's Jesse Sanchez the same …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Indians Working On Minor League Deal With Craig Stammen  —  The Indians are trying to finalize a deal with right-hander Craig Stammen today, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that the contract would be a minor league deal, if finalized, although nothing is done just yet.
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Scott Boeck / USA Today:
Organizational report: Cole Hamels gives Rangers playoff look  —  Sports Weekly takes an in-depth look at each major league organization during the offseason, from the major leagues to the farm system.  We start with teams with the worst records and move up.
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Arrieta, Cubs Agree at $10.7M, AP Source Says  —  CHICAGO — Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs found a number that worked in the canyon between their arbitration proposals.  —  Arrieta has agreed to a $10.7 million, one-year contract for the highest one-year deal for a pitcher eligible for arbitration for the second time.
David Pinto /
Programmable Umpires  —  Via BBTF, computers are programming human umpires: … Humans have excellent pattern recognition skills, and incentives can make them even better.  Robots, rather than calling the strike zone, are training the umpires to do a better job.
Jeff Quinton / Baseball Prospectus:
Tools of Ignorance  —  Forget It, Jake  —  The Rockies have done some things the past eight months.  They did a thing a couple weeks ago.  Like most of the things the Rockies have done lately, trading four years of Corey Dickerson for two years of Jake McGee has caused much head-scratching.
Discussion: Purple Row
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
The Cespedes gamble: The biggest MLB position-change risks  —  Starlin Castro, Yoenis Cespedes and Hanley Ramirez Photo: AP (2); Paul J. Bereswill  —  For much of this offseason, the Mets shied away from Yoenis Cespedes, in part, because they questioned if he was a full-time center fielder.
Discussion: ESPN and Amazin' Avenue
Scott Broden /
David Price gives $300,000 for field for special-needs kids  —  MURFREESBORO — Major league pitcher David Price on Thursday celebrated fundraising efforts for a Miracle Field for disabled ball players by donating $300,000.  —  “It's special,” Price told several dozen people gathered …
Tampa Bay Times:
WANTED: New home for American League baseball team  —  ST. PETERSBURG — Major League Baseball's version of House Hunters premiered Thursday when the Tampa Bay Rays released a one-page wish list for what the club wants in a new stadium.  —  4 Months Ago 4 Months Ago 6 Months Ago
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and DRaysBay
Christopher O'Donnell /
Rays, Hillsborough officials meet to discuss stadium search
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