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11:00 AM ET, February 13, 2018

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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals to sign Norris, throwing open competition for bullpen roles  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • With a bullpen to restock and roles to sort out, the Cardinals have, in the words of one executive, “cast a wide net” and decided to throw a bunch of different options at the late innings, including a familiar addition Monday.
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Pham enjoys hitting second  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • When manager Mike Matheny was outlining the batting order probabilities for his top four hitters Monday, he spoke of Dexter Fowler hitting first, Matt Carpenter third and Marcell Ozuna fourth, where he had batted most often for the Miami Marlins last year.
David Carson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Watch Alex Reyes throw at St. Louis Cardinals spring training  —  From the Pitchers and catchers report: Watch videos from Cardinals spring training series  —  St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes throws off the mound at the Cardinals spring training complex in Jupiter, Fla. on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Matheny: Fowler will start at leadoff, Carpenter likely back to No. 3
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Photos: Former Cardinals Rookie of the Year, Wally Moon, dies at 87
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Mozeliak cautions not to forget about Valera for Cards' bench
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Fowler will start at leadoff, Carpenter likely back to No. 3, says Matheny
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Associated Press:
Former Cardinals, Dodgers outfielder Wally Moon dies at 87
Discussion: ESPN
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers pitchers and catchers report to spring training today  —  Video by George Sipple/DFP George Sipple/Detroit Free Press  —  LAKELAND, Fla. — Pitchers and catchers have reported.  —  After four long winter months, baseball is back as the Detroit Tigers will hold …
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
All eyes on jobless camp as MLB spring training opens: ‘Not one player wants to be there’  —  PHOENIX - They start arriving this week in the desert and Florida, with more than a thousand players getting ready for six weeks of spring training in 30 major-league camps, but this spring could be the oddest in two decades.
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus
Detroit Free Press:   Next Slide  —  LAKELAND, Fla. — He isn't wide-eyed …
Associated Press:
Nats get utility player Matt Reynolds from Mets for cash  —  WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals have acquired utility player Matt Reynolds from the New York Mets in exchange for cash.  —  The Nationals announced the move Monday night.  —  The 27-year-old Reynolds made his major league debut with the Mets in 2016.
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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Nationals Acquire Matt Reynolds  —  The Nationals have acquired utilityman Matt Reynolds from the division-rival Mets, per a club announcement.  Cash considerations will go to New York in the agreement for Reynolds, who had been designated for assignment recently.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rangers To Sign Trevor Plouffe  —  The Rangers are in agreement on a minor-league deal with third baseman Trevor Plouffe, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand (via Twitter).  Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic initially tweeted that there was an agreement, but shortly thereafter issued a correction …
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Associated Press:   Trevor Plouffe agrees to minor league contract with Rangers
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Anthony Rizzo, Justin Grimm see Yu Darvish as a natural fit with Cubs  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Anthony Rizzo won't blame Yu Darvish for messing up his golf swing.  Justin Grimm won't be shocked if Darvish pokes fun at him.  —  Rizzo and Grimm are among the Cubs players who believe …
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Kyle Schwarber calls Cubs' addition of Yu Darvish ‘the cherry on top’
Discussion: Cubs Insider
Associated Press:
Diamondbacks introduce newly acquired Yoshihisa Hirano  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Yoshihisa Hirano is not one for formalities.  —  “Please call me Yoshi,” the new Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher said Monday to open his introductory news conference.  —  The 33-year-old right-hander agreed …
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Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks newcomer Yoshihisa Hirano hopes to win closer's role
Matt Breen / Philly.com:
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.
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Matt Breen / Philly.com:   Phillies want to have a versatile spring training
Bob Brookover / Philly.com:   Gabe Kapler's relationship-building vital for Phillies in spring training
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
Inside the Red Sox rotation: Five pitchers, five issues for 2018  —  The way Dave Dombrowski chooses to see it, things will break the Boston Red Sox's way this season as long as the American League East turns into an arms race.  —  Forget all about the David Ortiz-sized hole in the middle of the batting order.
Discussion: Over the Monster
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays journal: Matt Duffy has ‘zero worries,’ Daniel Robertson honors dad, Wilson Ramos slims down  —  PORT CHARLOTTE — Matt Duffy knows what Rays fans are thinking.  —  Really, he does.  —  “If they roll their eyes when they hear my name, I don't blame them,” he said.  “I'd do the same thing.”
New York Daily News:
Goose Gossage spurned by Yankees, rips Brian Cashman: With power ‘you turn into a f—king a—hole’  —  TAMPA — Goose Gossage won't be flying south to help the Yankees — he never even recieved a call to become a guest instructor this season.  And now the Hall of Fame reliever is ripping Brian Cashman …
 
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