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11:05 AM ET, March 21, 2017


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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
White Sox sign shortstop Tim Anderson to six-year, $25 million contract  —  The Chicago White Sox signed shortstop Tim Anderson to a six-year, $25 million contract extension Tuesday morning, a high-ranking executive with direct knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports.
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'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.”
Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:
Derek Holland on Kyle Schwarber's home run: ‘Hats off to Schreiber’
Discussion: Fox Sports
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 …
James Wagner / New York Times:
Mets See Encouraging Signs in Matt Harvey's Latest Start  —  LAKELAND, Fla. — Before Monday's spring training game against the Detroit Tigers, the Mets gave starter Matt Harvey two goals: Maintain a consistent delivery and show improved command.  The team understands that Harvey's velocity …
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: Yahoo Sports
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
USA finds its identity at World Baseball Classic: ‘This is our team’
Discussion:, Purple Row and Fish Stripes
Tampa Bay Times:   Rays journal: Archer disappointed to be told not to join Team USA in WBC
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.
Brian MacPherson /
Farrell: MLB to crack down on DL manipulation
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 …
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
CC Sabathia feels ‘good’ but admits he still isn't ready for season
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
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
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 …
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's T.R. Sullivan reports).
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals starting pitchers ‘have to be horses’  —  Photo by Chris Lee,  —  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.  • Although he will be 18 months and one rebuilt ligament removed from the last major-league pitch he threw in anger, Lance Lynn has no interest in being coddled …
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