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Associated Press:
Miami Marlins' president wants fans to give team a chance  —  MIAMI — The outfield grass at Marlins Park was a worn-out mess on Saturday, with those who arrived for the team's annual FanFest being greeted by signs reminding them that the turf will be replaced soon.
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Wells Dusenbury / Orlando Sentinel:
Marlins to play Brian Anderson at third base; Prado shifting to utility role  —  South Florida Sun Sentinel  —  One of the bright spots from a rough 2018 Miami Marlins season was the emergence of rookie Brian Anderson.  —  Splitting between right field and third base …
Clark Spencer / miamiherald:
The new catcher for the Marlins has arm strength.  It's his plate discipline that raises questions.  —  Miami Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro talks to the press during the 2019 FanFest at Marlins Park in Little Havana on Saturday, February.  9, 2019.  —  The Marlins love the strength in Jorge Alfaro's arm.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
3 Detroit Tigers prospects to watch in spring training  —  Free Press sports writer Anthony Fenech breaks down the Detroit Tigers' top three prospects to watch in spring training:  —  1. RHP Franklin Perez  —  Hooks pitcher Franklin Perez throws against the Tulsa Drillers at Whataburger Field on August 10, 2017.
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Ryan Ford / Detroit Free Press:   Many Detroit Tigers went from spring studs to season duds
Associated Press:
Alex Wilson agrees to minor league deal with Indians  —  CLEVELAND (AP) — Right-hander Alex Wilson has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and will report to big league spring training.  —  The 32-year-old had a 3.36 ERA in 59 games for Detroit last year, including a 0.71 ERA in his last 14 games.
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Lynn Worthy / Kansas City Star:
Royals add veteran starting pitcher Homer Bailey on minor-league deal
Discussion: Royals Review
Associated Press:   Mets sign Danny Espinosa to minor league deal
Jesse Yomtov / USA Today:
Giants president confirms ‘mutual interest’ with free agent Bryce Harper  —  Just days away from the official start of spring training, free agent Bryce Harper's meeting with the Giants was confirmed by the club's president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi.
Discussion: Bleacher Report
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Bob Brookover / Kansas City Star:   Phillies need Bryce Harper or Manny Machado to win the offseason and the NL East
Bill Madden / New York Daily News:
MLB owners aren't dumb — they see the need for changes — but don't expect anything in the immediate future
Discussion: Fish Stripes
ESPN:
Giants' Farhan Zaidi says ‘mutual interest’ led to Bryce Harper meeting
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals' spring questions for 2019  —  Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold identifies the critical issues as the Cardinals open camp in Jupiter, Fla.  —  ONE GOAL: RETURN TO OCTOBER  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • At one point Friday morning, four members of the Cardinals' pitching …
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Two of the Cardinals' most intriguing arms don't belong to pitchers
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Padres Pursuing Mike Moustakas  —  The Brewers are reportedly the front-runners to sign free-agent third baseman Mike Moustakas, but they're facing competition from at least one team.  The Padres, who have prioritized finding a third baseman this offseason, are “going after” Moustakas, according to AJ Cassavell of MLB.com.
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Ty Bradley / MLB Trade Rumors:
NL Notes: Brewers, Moustakas, Shaw, Marlins, Anderson
Discussion: Phillies Nation and Brew Crew Ball
Carlos Monarrez / Detroit Free Press:
It's time to elect Tigers' Lou Whitaker to Baseball Hall of Fame  —  Get the numbers on a Detroit Tigers' all-time great, Lou Whitaker  —  Every once in a while, my faith in humanity is restored.  —  This happened recently when the most unlikely of sources, baseball writers, did something they had never done.
John Fay / Cincinnati.com:
RedsXtra: What the proposed rule changes for mean to the Reds  —  When word got out of the big changes that were on the table for baseball, the first thought was the Reds will have a good spot for Matt Kemp.  —  That's in reference to the Players Association's proposal that the designated hitter …
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Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:   2019 Cincinnati Reds questions: Who hits leadoff and how will the lineup shape up?
Brian Robin / Orange County Register:
Kyle Allman Jr., Cal State Fullerton avenge earlier loss to UC Riverside  —  RIVERSIDE — All UC Riverside coach David Patrick could do was gaze in awe and wonder when he would coach a team that could do what Cal State Fullerton did to his Highlanders over a 65-second span late in the second half Saturday evening.
Bobby Nightengale / Courier-Journal:
Former Reds, Bats pitcher Homer Bailey signs with Royals minor league team  —  Homer Bailey will try to prove himself with a new team this spring.  —  Bailey signed a minor league contract with the Royals, the team announced Saturday, which includes an invitation to spring training.
 
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