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5:40 PM ET, February 14, 2017


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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves' Rodriguez to miss significant time for shoulder injury  —  As pleased as the Braves were to trade for second baseman Brandon Phillips and pay such a relatively small price for the former All-Star, they felt awful about the reason they needed to make the move: to replace injured Sean Rodriguez.
Reds trading second baseman Brandon Phillips to Braves
Kerouac Smith / Fox Sports:
Source: Reds expected to announce trade sending Brandon Phillips to Braves
Hannah Jeter / The Players' Tribune:
The Derek I Know  —  This is the first of a new editorial series in which family members, friends, and those closest to them, share special insights into the athletes they love.  —  I thought he was a pitcher.  —  I know it sounds strange that I didn't know he was a shortstop.
Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes has partial tear in elbow  —  St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and will get a second opinion, but season-ending Tommy John surgery is likely, a source told ESPN's Jim Bowden.  —  EDITOR'S PICKS
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals send Reyes for MRI on pitching elbow
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and Bleacher Nation
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Reds Claim Lisalverto Bonilla  —  The Reds announced on Monday that they've claimed right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla off waivers from the division-rival Pirates.  The 26-year-old Bonilla had been designated for assignment in Pittsburgh last week after the Bucs acquired righty Pat Light from the Twins.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Reds Claim Nefi Ogando
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Target Recalls Patio Benches Due to Fall Hazard  —  Recall Summary  —  Name of product:  —  Threshold patio benches  —  Hazard:  —  The patio benches can collapse while in use, posing a fall hazard to consumers.  —  Remedy:  —  Consumer Contact:  —  Target at 800-440-0680 from 7 …
Discussion: WHTM-TV
Adam Kilgore / Washington Post:
MLB spring training is unnecessarily long.  Blame pitchers.  —  Cubs pitchers Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis play catch at spring training on Feb. 13, 2017.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Early in his career, Ryan Zimmerman received a piece of advice from a veteran relief pitcher.
Fox Sports:   Red Sox TV analyst Remy announces cancer diagnosis
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs hope late-winter insurance protects rotation from rigors of season  —  Coming off the World Series win, the Cubs have only a few key roster spots to fill.  —  But a second consecutive lengthy postseason combined with a longer spring training will necessitate that several seasoned veterans be brought along slower than usual.
Baseball Prospectus:
The Top 101 Prospects of 2017  —  While it's entirely likely you'll skip right ahead to the rankings, we wanted to provide some context for the list.  As always, prospect lists are a snapshot in time—in this case January 1, when the list was compiled.  It's possible a prospect's situation …
Sources: MLB wants 30-second limit for managers to decide on replay challenges  —  As it zeroes in on ways to improve its pace of play, Major League Baseball has turned its attention to an area of built-in dead time — instant replay.  —  And its first target is managers.
Pete Blackburn / Fox Sports:
The Miami Marlins are tweaking their policy on facial hair  —  Regardless of where they finish in the standings, this season will be much hairier than last for the Miami Marlins.  —  That was assured when it was revealed recently that the team would be making some changes to the policy …
Discussion: FanRag Sports
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rangers Acquire Eddie Gamboa From Rays  —  The Rangers announced that they've acquired right-hander Eddie Gamboa from the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.  Both Prince Fielder and Jake Diekman have been placed on the 60-day disabled list, as well, per the Rangers' announcement.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Peter King /
Tom Brady Tells the Story of the Super Bowl 51 Comeback  —  Plus more on the Falcons, Terrell Owens, John Lynch and 10 Things  —  Will the Falcons ever get over Super Bowl loss?  —  The MMQB's Peter King takes twitter questions from his followers on Twitter.
Associated Press:
Rays' Jake Odorizzi, Cardinals' Michael Wacha go to salary arbitration  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jake Odorizzi of Tampa Bay and Michael Wacha of St. Louis have gone to salary arbitration and are among six first-time eligible starting pitchers who could get decisions Tuesday.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports and DRaysBay
Shi Davidi /
Blue Jays spring storylines: Biagini a potential starter  —  •Biagini will be stretched out this spring  —  •Who's in left field?  —  •Options at leadoff  —  DUNEDIN, Fla. - The opening of spring training seemed to sneak up quickly after an off-season that lingered on and on …
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