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3:10 PM ET, March 13, 2018


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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Back from the White House, Gregerson steps toward mound  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • With that visit to the Oval Office out of the way, Cardinals reliever Luke Gregerson got back to work Tuesday morning and tested how close he was to returning to the mound.  —  On the Cardinals' first off …
Discussion: Associated Press
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Carpenter to DH; Martinez to face Marlins  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • Matt Carpenter, who hasn't played in an exhibition game yet as he has been tending to an ailing back, will be the designated hitter for the Cardinals on Tuesday as they face the Miami Marlins.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cards' Mayers is at his best going with his best  —  • When Chris Carpenter, the Cardinals' ace turned mentor, saw the young righthander in the PNC Park visitors' clubhouse this past summer, Mike Mayers had his head bowed, his ERA distended and his mind reeling from another unsettling outing in the majors.
David Haugh / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Hard to say goodbye after Jake Arrieta's classy note, but Scott Boras made it easy to leave  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Nothing but class screamed off the page Monday night as former Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta used perfect penmanship to craft a poignant farewell note under the heading “Chicago.”
Jorge L. Ortiz / Corpus Christi Caller-Times:
With Jake Arrieta on board, Phillies believe they're ready to contend
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Associated Press:
Mission accomplished: Tommy Hunter helps Phillies land Jake Arrieta
Matt Breen /   Phillies make room for Jake Arrieta by removing Tommy Joseph from roster
Associated Press:
Aaron Judge not eligible for arbitration, to earn $622K  —  NEW YORK — AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge will earn $622,300 in the major leagues as part of his one-year contract with the New York Yankees.  —  Judge, who led the AL with 52 home runs, is not eligible for salary arbitration until after the 2019 season.
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge to earn $622,300 for 2018  —  TAMPA — Aaron Judge's new bargain-rate contract works out to roughly $12,000 per home run from last season.  —  Judge, the reigning AL Rookie of the Year and MVP runner-up after belting 52 homers in his first full season with the Yankees …
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:   CC Sabathia starts; Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez in Yankees' lineup
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
White Sox prospect Dylan Cease relishes chance to face Ichiro Suzuki  —  Chicago Tribune  —  In his third Cactus League appearance Monday night at the Peoria Sports Complex, 22-year-old White Sox prospect Dylan Cease got a chance to face 44-year-old legend Ichiro Suzuki.  —  Weird, eh?
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Jim Thome excited to see what White Sox prospect Luis Robert becomes
Discussion: South Side Sox
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Battle for Mets fifth rotation spot, bullpen roles to heat up this week  —  The Mets break camp in less than two weeks, and these remaining Grapefruit League games will help the team craft its 25-man roster.  —  The biggest decision for the Mets will be selecting the fifth starter, and this week should help provide some clarity.
Christian Red / New York Daily News:
Zack Wheeler set to start Tuesday as Mets contemplate makeup of pitching staff
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Associated Press:
Mets' David Wright shut down for 8 weeks, Yoenis Cespedes injures wrist  —  PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Mets captain David Wright won't participate in baseball activities for two months because of back and shoulder issues, another setback in his attempt to return from injuries that have sidelined …
Jorge Castillo / Chicago Tribune:
15 years in, Nationals pitcher Edwin Jackson still trying to extend his journey  —  The Washington Post  —  When you pitch for 12 organizations across a decade-and-a-half, like Edwin Jackson, you figure out how the professional baseball world operates.  In his 15-year path from teenage super-prospect …
ST Daily: Walk This Way  —  Follow @Rotoworld_BB and @RyanPBoyer on Twitter.  —  The stagnant free agent market this offseason has affected players at all levels, but it seems to have been particularly rough on middle-tier guys like Neil Walker.  It took until mid-March …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
Neil Walker fits perfectly with Yankees as veteran infield insurance for unproven youngsters
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Reds Outright Dilson Herrera  —  Reds infielder Dilson Herrera has been outrighted to Triple-A after clearing waivers, per C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic (via Twitter).  He will remain in MLB camp for the time being but obviously will not be expected to make the active roster out of camp.
John Fay /
Can young starting pitching depth soften injury blow?  Cincinnati Reds are betting it can  —  GOODYEAR, Ariz. - It was a softball question.  —  I started the morning media session last week by lobbing this one to Bryan Price: “How is camp going so far?'  —  I expected Price to sing the usual song: “Things are are going well.
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:
Despite mixed results in Yankees camp, Masahiro Tanaka feels better than last spring  —  TAMPA, Fla. - Masahiro Tanaka saw another of his pitches fly out of the park, but the Yankees right-hander was generally pleased with Monday night's outing.  —  In his second Grapefruit League start …
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
What could Clayton Blackburn MRI tell Rangers?  Let's just say returning by All-Star break would be ‘good’ news...  And now the Rangers wait.  —  Clayton Blackburn walked off the mound Monday afternoon with a right elbow injury, then went straight for an MRI, fearing the worst.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Mike Florio / ProFootballTalk:
Plenty of teams chasing Dion Lewis  —  One of the top running backs in the 2018 free-agent class has plenty of potential options.  Currently, Patriots running back Dion Lewis has varying levels of interest from his current team, and from seven others.  —  The currently interested teams …
Which team would be MLB's best if every player were in his prime?  —  For every player in Major League Baseball, a hope exists somewhere — in the GM who signed him, the fans who will cheer for him, or the player himself — that this year he will play as well as he's ever played.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs prepare for Tuesday's split-squad madness  —  Chicago Tribune  —  It will be a long day for the Cubs' equipment staff as they prepared for a split-squad games on opposite sides of the Valley.  —  Left-hander Mike Montgomery will travel to Peoria to face the Padres in a split-squad game Tuesday at 3:05 at Peoria Sports Complex.
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
Matt Bush on going back to the bullpen: 'I'm very happy going back to doing what I know how to do'  —  SURPRISE, Ariz. - Any frustration Matt Bush had over his undetermined role with the Rangers seemed to subside with the club informing him he would move back to the bullpen.
Associated Press:   Bartolo Colon could pitch his way into Rangers' rotation with spring clinics
John Fay /
Former Cincinnati Red Zack Cozart happy to be an Angel, but misses his former teammates, Cincinnati  —  TEMPE, Ariz. - Zack Cozart harbors no bitterness.  —  Cozart is now a Los Angeles Angel after spending his entire professional career as a Cincinnati Red.  He was in the lineup against his old team for a game Monday.
John Fay /   Spring Training: Homer Bailey struggles again; Reds fall to Angels, 4-3
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