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3:30 PM ET, February 12, 2018


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Star Tribune:
Rays' Chris Archer is in Twins' sights as spring training approaches  —  The Rays righthander has a club-friendly contract.  —  FORT MYERS, FLA. - After failing to land Yu Darvish with a five-year contract offer, the Twins are looking at several other free-agent pitchers …
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Kyle Schwarber calls Cubs' addition of Yu Darvish ‘the cherry on top’  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Kyle Schwarber doesn't dwell too much on what Yu Darvish did last season.  —  So even though Schwarber was one of the few Cubs to solve the marquee free-agent pitcher in the 2017 National League …
Discussion: Cubs Insider
Jon Heyman / FanRag Sports:
Where does Jake Arrieta go now?  —  Chicago Cubs were down the road with Yu Darvish, but before they completed a deal, Cubs baseball president Theo Epstein, respectfully, put in one last call to the Cubs' star free agent Jake Arrieta for one last, long-shot chance to see if — if need be …
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Scout on Yu Darvish: Cubs must get him to pitch aggressively  —  Chicago Tribune  —  On perhaps the last tranquil morning at the Cubs' spring training complex, a few support staff members moved luggage and unloaded boxes Sunday while fewer than a dozen fans awaited the arrival of Yu Darvish behind a fence.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs agree to terms with pitcher Yu Darvish on six-year, $126 million deal
Discussion: Union-News and Bleed Cubbie Blue
Dayn Perry /   Arrieta reportedly turned down big money from Cubs before they signed Darvish
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:   Cubs Reportedly Made Late Call To Arrieta Before Signing Darvish
Blue Jays to retire Roy Halladay's number on Opening Day  —  The Toronto Blue Jays announced Monday that they will retire Roy Halladay's No. 32 on Opening Day, March 29, when they host the New York Yankees.  —  The team will also wear a No. 32 patch on their uniforms this season in honor of Halladay …
John Healy / New York Daily News:
Blue Jays to retire Roy Halladay's No. 32 on Opening Day
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Fowler will start at leadoff, Carpenter likely back to No. 3, says Matheny  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • There are still more than six weeks, two dozen games, and a handful of at-bats for all of this to change, but as Cardinals manager Mike Matheny imagines his lineup today, this moment, he expects it to be back where it started last year.
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Lyons — healthier, stronger — prepares for any pitching role
Joe Stevenson / Northwest Herald:
Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz mulls retirement  —  Johnsburg grad suffered 3 concussions during 2017 season  —  JOHNSBURG - C.J. Fiedorowicz spent Friday night smiling a lot, posing for pictures with youngsters around Johnsburg's gymnasium and signing autographs.
Enrique RojasESPNdeportes / ESPN:
Marlins' Starlin Castro says he'll ‘try to set the best example’ for new teammates  —  Starlin Castro is now ready to mentor Miami's young Marlins in 2018 — at least for as long as he remains on those grounds.  —  The Dominican infielder, who will turn 28 just before Opening Day …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks newcomer Yoshihisa Hirano hopes to win closer's role  —  When Opening Day rolls around, right-hander Yoshihisa Hirano will be 34 years old, but the Diamondbacks' Japanese import has no concerns about his age factoring into his ability to get big-league hitters out.
Bob Brookover /
Gabe Kapler's relationship-building vital for Phillies in spring training  —  Amid the highest hopes they have had since the stars of another era began fading away, the Phillies will report to spring training Tuesday.  The first workout for pitchers and catchers on the four fields …
Associated Press:
Former Cardinals, Dodgers outfielder Wally Moon dies at 87  —  BRYAN, Texas — Former National League Rookie of the Year Wally Moon, who played on three World Series-winning teams with the Los Angeles Dodgers, has died.  He was 87.  —  Erin Giese, the funeral director at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan …
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports and ESPN
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cards prospect Greene digs deep to find answers to problems  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • It wasn't the elevated anxiety on the mound, the touch-and-go command, or even the jostled focus that finally assured Conner Greene something was amiss for him this past season.  A few phone calls with his father did.
Associated Press:
Kidnapped mother of Pirates' Elias Diaz rescued in Venezuela  —  CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan authorities say police have rescued the mother of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz three days after she was kidnapped.  —  Zulia state Gov. Omar Prieto announced Sunday evening …
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