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2:25 PM ET, February 16, 2017

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Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
The Royals aren't giving up on the 2017 season — or their free agents  —  It sort of goes without saying, considering the Royals' recent history, but the competitive DNA of this organization has become even more apparent since the tragic death of right-hander Yordano Ventura on Jan. 22.
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Mark SaxonESPN / ESPN:
Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes to have surgery, out for season  —  JUPITER, Fla. — St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes will undergo season-ending elbow surgery, general manager John Mozeliak announced Wednesday.  —  Reyes, the team's top prospect and a candidate to break camp with a rotation spot …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Reyes headed for Tommy John surgery, will miss 2017 season
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals braced for the worst after Reyes' elbow flares up
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Britax Recalls Strollers Due to Fall Hazard  —  Britax-B-Agile stroller (in travel system mode)  —  Britax B-Agile double stroller (in travel system mode)  —  B-Agile 4 stroller (in travel system mode)  —  BOB-Motion stroller (in travel system mode)  —  Recall Summary  —  Name of product:
Tampa Bay Times:
A Rays deal with Matt Wieters makes sense — at the right price  —  PORT CHARLOTTE — There are several things we know about the Rays' interest in Matt Wieters, the former Orioles star catcher who surprisingly — check mlbtraderumors.com — yep, remains unsigned as camps open:
CBS New York:
Sweeny: Randy Choate, ‘Loogy’ Extraordinaire, Calls It A Career  —  Randy Choate's idol is Jesse Orosco.  Very early in his career, when he came up with the Yankees in the early 2000s, Choate told me his goal was to be just like Orosco, who retired after appearing in a record 1,252 games and pitched until he was 47.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and FanRag Sports
Lee Judge / Kansas City Star:
The Tao of Wade Davis  —  I've got a long list of stuff I'd like to write about this season and this morning but I was trying to pick a subject when I read Rustin Dodd's piece about the Royals bullpen and how his former teammates are going to miss Wade Davis.
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Mets must scrap Zack Wheeler bullpen plan after starter's elbow ‘tenderness’  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — We should remember it all began with a blister.  Even if the Mets say the tenderness in Zack Wheeler's elbow is not really a concern, it raises some eyebrows.
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Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Matt Harvey couldn't feel his hand for three days after surgery
Discussion: Fox Sports
Rick Maese / Washington Post:
Trump will not fill out an NCAA tournament bracket  —  It appears that President Trump is passing on March Madness.  He will not continue his predecessor's annual tradition of filling out an NCAA tournament bracket on ESPN.  —  The network reached out to Trump's staff and invited the president …
Aaron Wilson / Houston Chronicle:
Texans unlikely to use franchise tag  —  Although the Texans ideally would like to retain free agent cornerback A.J. Bouye and hammer out a contract extension, a relatively tight salary-cap situation is expected to preclude them from designating him as their franchise player.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers to announce Mike Napoli deal on Thursday  —  SURPRISE, ARIZ.  —  The Texas Rangers have planned a Thursday morning news conference to announce a one-year, $8.5 million contract with first baseman Mike Napoli.  —  Napoli flew to Arizona on Wednesday to undergo a physical exam, which he passed.
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Ben Nicholson-Smith / Sportsnet.ca:
Blue Jays talking contract with right-hander Mat Latos  —  TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays' search for pitching depth has led them to a veteran right-hander seeking a bounce-back season.  According to industry sources, the club is far along in discussions with Mat Latos.
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
New England Patriots Super Bowl Hero's Life Story to Be Told in Biopic (Exclusive)  —  Malcolm Butler's journey — from running the fryolator at Popeyes to becoming the team's star cornerback — will be heading to the big screen in ‘The Secondary’ with the help of Daniel Levin …
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs' Kyle Schwarber officially cleared to catch  —  Cubs' Kyle Schwarber on his knee, catching and batting leadoff at spring training on Feb. 14, 2017.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Kyle Schwarber will get his wish, as the Chicago Cubs announced Wednesday morning …
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs will use restraint to ease Kyle Schwarber into limited catching role
 
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