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Marc Carig / Newsday:
Tim Tebow to be assigned to Columbia Fireflies, Mets' low-A affiliate  —  LAKELAND, Fla. — Tim Tebow's baseball odyssey will continue in South Carolina with the Columbia Fireflies, the Mets' low Class-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, where he will play every day as he attempts …
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James Wagner / New York Times:   Mets See Encouraging Signs in Matt Harvey's Latest Start
Marc Carig / Newsday:
Mets' Matt Harvey delivers encouraging outing
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Kyle Glaser / Baseball America:
With WBC On The Line, Tanner Roark Ready For Biggest Start Of His Career  —  LOS ANGELES—Tanner Roark has made a career of exceeding expectations.  —  The righthander was a 25th-round pick in the 2008 draft and didn't make his major league debut until he was 26 years old.
Discussion: Lookout Landing and Yahoo Sports
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
USA finds its identity at World Baseball Classic: ‘This is our team’
Discussion: MLB.com, Purple Row and Fish Stripes
Tampa Bay Times:   Rays journal: Archer disappointed to be told not to join Team USA in WBC
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
White Sox In Extension Talks With Tim Anderson  —  The White Sox are engaged in extension talks with young shortstop Tim Anderson, according to MLB.com's Scott Merkin (via Twitter).  —  Just how far along the sides are isn't clear at this time, though Anderson has been out of action for what the team has labeled “personal reasons.”
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
White Sox sign shortstop Tim Anderson to six-year, $25 million contract
Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:
Derek Holland on Kyle Schwarber's home run: ‘Hats off to Schreiber’
Discussion: Fox Sports
Jon Heyman / FanRag Sports:
Jays finalizing extension with manager John Gibbons  —  The Toronto Blue Jays and manager John Gibbons are finalizing a multi-year extension and expect to have a deal in place by opening day, sources tell FanRag Sports.  This comes just a week after a March 15 report from Rob Longley …
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Mark Zwolinski / Toronto Star:
Kevin Pillar helping Devon Travis get into the swing of Blue Jays' lineup  —  One of the two friends will likely hit leadoff for the Jays, with the other batting ninth.  —  TAMPA, FLA.—Kevin Pillar had the video camera on his phone pointing at Devon Travis every time the Jays second baseman came …
Charlie Wilmoth / MLB Trade Rumors:
Red Sox Still Looking To Acquire Starting Pitching Depth  —  Manager John Farrell says the Red Sox have been and continue to be trying to acquire starting pitching depth, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald writes.  The Red Sox are dealing with injuries to starters David Price and Drew Pomeranz.
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
Brady Anderson's role with Orioles a topic of debate  —  His title is vice president of baseball operations.  The Orioles list him No. 2 on their front-office depth chart, just under executive VP Dan Duquette.  But to Brady Anderson, a role that typically equates to assistant general manager is not enough.
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Michael Pineda has short-lived outing as questions still hover over Yankees rotation  —  TAMPA — CC Sabathia said recently that he thinks the Yankees' rotation is going to surprise some people this season.  —  Forgive us for being skeptical.  —  Sure, Masahiro Tanaka has been brilliant this spring …
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Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
CC Sabathia feels ‘good’ but admits he still isn't ready for season
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rangers Open To Mid-Season Contract Talks With Yu Darvish  —  The Rangers are open to holding contract negotiations with star righty Yu Darvish during the upcoming season, GM Jon Daniels said in an appearance on 1310 The Ticket (as MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports).
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and Lone Star Ball
Cincinnati.com:
Devin Mesoraco progressing, but could miss Opening Day  —  SURPRISE, Ariz. — Devin Mesoraco called Opening Day “arbitrary” among a 162-game season, so if the veteran catcher isn't ready by that day, he isn't ready, he said on Monday.  —  Mesoraco played four innings and was 1 for 2 …
Discussion: Redleg Nation and Red Reporter
Hollywood Reporter:
David Ross, Chicago Cubs' World Series Victory to Get Movie Treatment (Exclusive)  —  Radar Pictures is developing a film based on the catcher's memoir, ‘Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages.’  —  The Chicago Cubs' dramatic 2016 World Series victory is headed for a replay on the big screen.
Tampa Bay Times:
Why Kevin Kiermaier makes his $66.1 million deal worth it for the Rays  —  PORT CHARLOTTE — The obstacles, biases and long odds Kevin Kiermaier overcame in rising from 31st-round draft pick to the reward of a six-year, $53.5-million deal will be forever considered a testament to hard work, determination and drive.
Discussion: DRaysBay
 
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