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3:00 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.
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.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Matheny: Fowler will start at leadoff, Carpenter likely back to No. 3  —  St. Louis Cardinals' Dexter Fowler celebrates with teammate Matt Carpenter as he returns to the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers …
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
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's Mark Feinsand (via Twitter).  Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic initially tweeted that there was an agreement, but shortly thereafter issued a correction …
Associated Press:
Trevor Plouffe agrees to minor league contract with Rangers  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Infielder Trevor Plouffe has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers and will report to big league spring training.  —  He would get a $1.75 million, one-year contract if added …
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.
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.
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.
Matt Breen /   Phillies want to have a versatile spring training
Bob Brookover /   Gabe Kapler's relationship-building vital for Phillies in spring training
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 …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks newcomer Yoshihisa Hirano hopes to win closer's role
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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:
Kyle Schwarber calls Cubs' addition of Yu Darvish ‘the cherry on top’
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs agree to terms with pitcher Yu Darvish on six-year, $126 million deal
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Photos: Former Cardinals Rookie of the Year, Wally Moon, dies at 87  —  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.  Moon played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1954-58 …
Associated Press:
Former Cardinals, Dodgers outfielder Wally Moon dies at 87
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports and ESPN
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
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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
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 …
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Dave Martinez and the great casino heist … While researching a recent profile of Nationals manager Dave Martinez, which ran in Sunday's print edition, I looked into a story that MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds told when he interviewed Martinez at this year's winter meetings.
Robert Salonga / Mercury News:
Reuben Foster arrest: Girlfriend alleges 49ers player dragged her during argument, sources say  —  Domestic violence call in Los Gatos led to confiscation of rifle at heart of assault weapon allegation  —  LOS GATOS — The domestic-violence arrest of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster stemmed …
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 …
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