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Bill Baer / NBCSports.com:
Steve Kerr: 'Bryce [Harper], come to the Giants.  Let's go.'  —  On Saturday, before the Golden State Warriors played the Miami Heat on Saturday evening, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about recent rumors linking free agent outfielder Bryce Harper with the Giants.  —  Kerr said, “That would be fun.
Discussion: Bleacher Report
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Rotoworld.com:
Lowdown: Limping Lindor  —  Limping Lindor  —  The Indians, and fantasy owners alike, were handed a bit of bad news on Friday when it was announced that shortstop Francisco Lindor had sustained a right calf strain while working out in preparation for spring training.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Giants serious about Bryce Harper as late entrants into free-agent frenzy
Andy McCullough / Los Angeles Times:   Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and other stars remain free agents. What's going on?
John Shea / San Francisco Chronicle:
Larry Baer on Giants' pursuit of Bryce Harper: 'We're giving it a shot'
Discussion: NBCSports.com
Adam Woodard / Lansing State Journal:
Tampa Bay Rays' Tommy Pham stands by comments blasting fans, pleads for more support  —  Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Tommy Pham has doubled down on his criticism of his team's lack of fan support.  —  While addressing the Rays' poor attendance, Pham said in December that the organization has …
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Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Tommy Pham doesn't regret ripping lack of Rays fans, would like to see more of them
Discussion: Sporting News
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Baseball notebook: Free agents abound as spring camps open this week  —  Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel won't be around when the bat and ball bags are opened at spring training throughout Florida and Arizona this week.  —  They are among the dozens …
Associated Press:
Season-long tribute planned to pioneering 1869 Red Stockings  —  SHARE URL EMAIL FBMSNGR WHATSAPP SMS  —  CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds are fashionably celebrating the 150th anniversary of the professional baseball-pioneering Red Stockings team.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves preview: Georgian catching duo's impact will exceed numbers  —  Braves pitchers and catchers report to spring training Friday, with their first workout scheduled for Saturday.  The rest of team has until Feb. 20 to report, with the first full-squad workout scheduled for the next day.
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Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Braves preview: A bench built on versatility
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs prospect Adbert Alzolay ‘going to be a big piece this year’  —  Chicago Tribune  —  It's axiomatic that every spring training camp includes at least one much-hyped prospect on the verge of earning a spot on the major-league roster.  —  The stuff possessed by young relievers James Norwood …
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
3 Detroit Tigers positions that are up for grabs in spring training  —  Free Press sports writer Anthony Fenech breaks down the Detroit Tigers' top three position battles heading into spring training:  —  1. Fifth starter  —  Daniel Norris.  (Photo: Andy Marlin USA TODAY Sports)
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
This player might benefit from Rangers' deep dive into analytics more than any other  —  The last of the ballyhooed international signing class of 2011 and draft class of 2012 reached the majors last season, and, as Ronald Guzman said at the time, all that matters is that he was finally here.
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
9 spring training questions for the White Sox, including Manny Machado's whereabouts and Yoan Moncada's strikeouts  —  Photos of Manny Machado, one of the top free agents this season.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The White Sox still might make a few key additions before the season …
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
One thing to watch at spring training for all 30 teams  —  Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain unsigned.  As pitchers and catchers begin reporting this week to Arizona and Florida, that remains the big story across the majors, an ugly blot on what otherwise is a cheerful time of the year: The return of baseball.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
5 things to watch in the Cactus League, including an early start and a free-agency deep freeze  —  Tribune reporter Mark Gonzales takes viewers on a tour of Sloan Park, the spring training home of the Cubs.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune
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Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:   2019 Cincinnati Reds questions: How good is the National League Central?
Rob Goldberg / Bleacher Report:
MLB Trade Rumors: Indians' Corey Kluber Has ‘Almost No Chance’ of Being Moved  —  After some speculation the Cleveland Indians could trade Corey Kluber this offseason, it now appears any talks are now dead.  —  “Multiple sources said that there is almost no chance Kluber will be dealt …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
As Oquendo returns to minor-league role, he's still much in demand with Cardinals  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • Jose Oquendo, now a roving minor-league infield instructor instead of third-base and infield coach, will be on the big-league side for only about two weeks this spring.
 
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Confident and healthy Yu Darvish eager ‘to do something for Chicago and the Cubs’
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