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First baseman optimistic club can exceed expectations in 2015  —  Freddie Freeman discusses the changes to the Braves' roster in the offseason and looking forward to playing in 2015  —  ATLANTA — Given the close bond that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward …
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Ben Badler / Baseball America:
Hector Olivera Works Out For Top Braves Officials  —  There is more evidence that the Braves are interested in 29-year-old Cuban second baseman Hector Olivera.  —  Today the Braves had a private workout for Olivera in the Dominican Republic.  Several top Braves officials were in attendance …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Jim Duquette /
5 most improved teams this winter  —'s Jim Duquette looks at some of the most improved teams heading into Spring Training for the 2015 season  —  James Shields is the only big-name free agent still out there, and even he is probably not enough to turn the tide of an entire offseason.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Zack Greinke not sold on Dodgers' winter makeover  —  The Dodgers won 94 games last year, repeating as champion of the National League West.  They could open the season with a new second baseman, shortstop, catcher and center fielder, with newcomers in 40% of the starting rotation and 50% of the bullpen.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and HardballTalk
Lynn Henning / The Detroit News:
Phenom Yoan Moncada not likely in Tigers' plans  —  Cuban star Yoan Moncada has been declared free to sign with big-league teams.  And wouldn't he fit nicely onto a Tigers roster that's looking for a speedy, switch-hitter with power, a big arm, and a slightly above-average glove at three infield positions?
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Jesse Sanchez /
U.S. Treasury letter should clear way for signing with MLB club
Adam McCalvy /
Broxton projected to close, but front office also seeking other veteran relievers  —  9/4/14: Making his Brewers debut, Jonathan Broxton gets Xavier Scruggs to go down swinging  —  MILWAUKEE — After the Brewers finalized a one-year pact with free-agent reliever Neal Cotts on Friday …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Bullpen Notes: Cotts, Mujica, Brewers, Papelbon, K-Rod
Tom Haudricourt / JSOnline:
Neal Cotts didn't want injuries to end career
Discussion: HardballTalk
Nick CafardoGLOBE /
Time to make DH universal  —  New commissioner Rob Manfred will hear, and already has heard, plenty of suggestions on how to increase offense, and he has thrown out a few ideas himself.  —  And while Manfred probably doesn't have the backing of the National League, the old standby is always there: make the designated hitter universal.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and HardballTalk
Edward Creech / MLB Trade Rumors:
Reds Sign Paul Maholm  —  The Reds have announced, via Twitter, they have signed left-hander Paul Maholm, which was first reported by's Jon Heyman.  It is a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training, tweets C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Justin Tasch / NY Daily News:
Yankees skipper Joe Girardi claims ‘good’ relationship with Alex Rodriguez  —  Girardi: ‘Alex and I have kept in touch through all of this, so our relationship is good.  My job is to get him ready.’  —  As the relationship between disgraced slugger Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees continues …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
As spring training nears, Rays hope to tweak roster  —  For most of the past three months, the Rays roster has been under massive renovation, with 15 players dropped from the 40-man roster and a half-dozen potentially key pieces brought in.  —  2 Months Ago 2 Months Ago 1 Month Ago
Patrick Saunders / Denver Post:
COLORADO ROCKIES / MLB  —  The Denver Post  —  Atlanta Braves pitcher David Hale works in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 25 in Atlanta.  Hale went 4-5 with a 3.30 ERA last season with the Braves.  (John Bazemore, The Associated Press)
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rockies Acquire David Hale, Gus Schlosser From Braves
Stefan / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Foul Territory Blog  —  Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar continues to be pleased with his recovery from a shoulder injury that forced him to miss last season.  —  He's throwing from 75 feet this week and hopes to move to 90 feet the following week if he's feeling good.  So far, so good.
Discussion: HardballTalk
Brad Johnson / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rays Sign Ronald Belisario To Minor League Deal  —  The Rays have signed free agent reliever Ronald Belisario to a minor league deal, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter).  Belisario was recently tied to the Blue Jays, although their reported deal fell through yesterday.
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