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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Fitness-conscious Jake Arrieta has kindered soul in Phillies manager Gabe Kapler  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Manager Joe Maddon gushed about Jake Arrieta's contributions to the Cubs but sensed that his former star pitcher would blend well with Phillies manager Gabe Kapler.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs happy Jake Arrieta finally signed big-money, free-agent deal with Phillies  —  Chicago Tribune  —  “Dynamic.”  —  That's how manager Joe Maddon described the impact of Jake Arrieta during his final three seasons with the Cubs.  —  Maddon called Arrieta's 11-strikeout shutout …
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   As Cubs' new player rep, Kris Bryant eager to address many issues
Matt Breen /   Phillies have sights set on Bryce Harper-led free-agent class
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Carpenter vows to reclaim his identity as a hitter  —  • With plenty of time and plenty to unwind this offseason, Matt Carpenter scrolled through stats and tried to retrace his steps from the hitter he once was to the season he had just had.  His .241 average and the 125 strikeouts caused …
Ben Frederickson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cards break out with 11 runs in two innings  —  • When asked this weekend what he expects to see from his club's offense when wins and losses begin to count, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny dismissed concerns about meager spring-training statistics and picked out one word: dangerous.
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Cards win 11-4 as Martinez needs 85 pitches for four innings
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Back from the White House, Gregerson steps toward mound
Associated Press:
Eyeing postseason, Lance Lynn says Twins are a great fit  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — The unusually slow free-agent market took Lance Lynn's wait to find a team through the winter and well into spring training.  —  The offer he settled on from the Minnesota Twins also came with the expectation …
Discussion: ESPN
Mike Berardino / Twin Cities:
Twins owner Jim Pohlad gives front office free rein in spendy winter
Discussion: Halos Heaven and MLB Trade Rumors
Phil Miller / Star Tribune:
Despite impressive Lance Lynn outing, Orioles thump Twins
Discussion: Camden Chat and School of Roch
Mets send Tim Tebow to minor league camp after batting .056  —  The New York Mets have reassigned Tim Tebow to minor league camp.  —  Tebow had just one hit in 18 at-bats this spring (.056).  He had struck out 11 times.  —  Tebow said he was somewhat limited in camp by an ankle injury …
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Christian Red / New York Daily News:   Noah Syndergaard announced as Opening Day starter for Mets after another strong outing
Christian Red / New York Daily News:
David Wright dealt another setback as Mets captain shut down for eight more weeks with back, shoulder issues
Discussion: FanGraphs Baseball
Daily Record:
Mets send Tim Tebow to minor league camp
Mike Puma / New York Post:
A Juan Lagares trade is looking more and more possible  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — The planets are aligning, so much so that Juan Lagares could begin the season with another team.  —  According to industry sources, the Mets have received recent phone calls about the former Gold Glove winner and haven't ruled out the idea of trading him.
ST Daily: Willie Waits  —  Follow @drewsilv and @Rotoworld_BB on Twitter.  —  Willie Calhoun got his first taste of the major leagues last September with the Rangers, after being acquired from the Dodgers a few months earlier as the headliner in the Yu Darvish trade.
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:   ST Ranger Things (March 13): Why sending Willie Calhoun to the minors is about much more than service time
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Yes, Ron Gardenhire, Jordan Zimmermann should be in Tigers rotation  —  Detroit Tigers owner Chris Ilitch spoke to reporters on Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Lakeland, Fla. Video by George Sipple/DFP  —  TAMPA, Fla. — It's a mystery that will be solved another day.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Detroit Tigers' great debate: Keep OF Victor Reyes, or set him free?
Detroit Free Press:   Photos: Tigers 2, Yankees 2
Christian Red / New York Daily News:
Zack Wheeler struggles in latest start as he attempts to crack Mets' rotation  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Three of the spots in the Mets' starting rotation are still up for grabs, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Tuesday.  —  “They're open.  We'll see what happens,” …
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:   Noah Syndergaard to start second straight Mets opening day, deGrom to get second game
Associated Press:
Ivan Nova will start opening day, might not finish season with Pirates  —  BRADENTON, Fla. — Ivan Nova will be the Pirates' opening-day starting pitcher at Detroit on March 29.  It is unclear whether he will remain with Pittsburgh through the entire season.
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 …
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Mets' Yoenis Cespedes dealing with right wrist soreness, David Wright shut down
Discussion: USA Today
Jerry CrasnickESPN Senior / ESPN:
Why is Miguel Cabrera smiling this spring?  —  LAKELAND, Fla. — After feeling discomfort last year each time he eased out of bed or bent to tie his shoes, Miguel Cabrera is reveling in the positive signals his body is transmitting to his brain this spring.  He's so frisky, it's a challenge for him to stop running.
Troy Tulowitzki won't be healthy enough for opener  —  The Toronto Blue Jays won't have shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for Opening Day as he continues to deal with a bone spur in his right heel.  —  Manager John Gibbons made the announcement Tuesday.  Tulowitzki has participated in on-field work …
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:   Oh still waiting for clearance to join Jays pen
Tom Haudricourt / JSOnline:
Ji-Man Choi continuing to make an impact in Brewers camp  —  PHOENIX - Barring unforeseen personnel moves, Ji-Man Choi seems to have no real chance of making the Milwaukee Brewers' opening-day roster.  —  Nevertheless, the slugging first baseman from South Korea is making an impact in his first Brewers camp, on and off the field.
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays Journal: Archer's best is knowing worst, futures game, scary moment  —  CLEARWATER - The best thing about RHP Chris Archer's Tuesday outing may have been that he acknowledged the worst thing he did: walking speedy Roman Quinn to start the third inning after being up 0-and-2 in the count.
Tampa Bay Times:
Rays spring training info: at Pirates (Bradenton), 1:05  —  The Rays head north this morning to face the Pirates in Bradenton at 1:05.RHP Yonny Chirinos, one of their promising young pitchers competing for a long relief job, will get the start.  Closer Alex Co
David Pinto /
Team Offense, Baltimore Orioles  —  The 2018 series on team offense continues with the Baltimore Orioles.  The Orioles finished sixteenth in the major leagues and eighth in the American League in 2017 with 4.59 runs scored per game.  —  I am using RotoChamp as a source of default lineups.
Discussion: Camden Chat
Eduardo A. Encina / Baltimore Sun:   Key to Valencia earning Orioles roster spot will be showing he can play around the diamond
Dan Bickley / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks spring training - 2018 … Baseball is changing fast.  Somehow, Paul Goldschmidt stays the same.  —  He's unassuming and understated, reliable like the family dog.  He isn't jaded or jealous, never dwelling on missing MVP trophies and money left on the table.
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