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6:10 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:
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: Bleed Cubbie Blue and Union-News
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Kyle Schwarber calls Cubs' addition of Yu Darvish ‘the cherry on top’
Discussion: Cubs Insider
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
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
Matt Breen /
Phillies want to have a versatile spring training  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. — Gabe Kapler oversaw the Dodgers' farm system for three seasons, helping to guide the stars of last season's National League champs to the big leagues.  But as Kapler prepares for his first spring training as Phillies manager …
Matt Breen /
Phillies spring training roster: A closer look at the players  —  Pitchers  —  RHP Drew Anderson (24): He pitched in just three games last season above double A, including two relief appearances with the Phillies.  Anderson's likely ticketed for the triple-A rotation.
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 …
John Healy / New York Daily News:
Blue Jays to retire Roy Halladay's No. 32 on Opening Day  —  Roy Halladay will forever be remembered by the Toronto Blue Jays.  —  The Blue Jays announced on Monday they will retire the late pitcher's number, 32, on Opening Day, March 29, and wear a commemorative No. 32 patch for the 2018 season.
ESPN:   Blue Jays to retire Roy Halladay's number on Opening Day
Detroit Free Press:
Next Slide  —  LAKELAND, Fla. — He isn't wide-eyed or pinching himself or in awe of being in big league camp.  —  No, Alex Faedo is just happy to be here.  —  “I just think of it as a good opportunity,” he said on Monday afternoon at Tiger Town.  —  Faedo, the Detroit Tigers' first-round pick …
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers will stink in 2018; here's why they'll be fun to watch
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
What Rays can't — or won't — tell you at Tuesday's pre-spring media session  —  PORT CHARLOTTE — Rays GM Erik Neander, senior VP Chaim Bloom and manager Kevin Cash will take their seats on the Charlotte Sports Park boardwalk under a spotlight sun just after noon Tuesday …
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays Journal: Brent Honeywell heads to camp with no doubt he's ready for majors
Discussion: FanRag Sports
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Mozeliak cautions not to forget about Valera for Cards' bench  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • John Mozeliak, the Cardinals' president of baseball operations, added a wrinkle to the projection of who would constitute the Cardinals' bench when he threw out the name of utility man Breyvic Valera Monday.
Associated Press:
Odd couple: Stanton, Ramos as NY roomies in house divided?  —  PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Talk about a house divided.  —  Giancarlo Stanton and AJ Ramos, former teammates with the Miami Marlins and still close friends, are looking into living together this season now that both play in New York.
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.
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
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.
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