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10:25 AM ET, February 12, 2019


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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
First three Rangers pitchers to watch this spring have similar storyline, elbow scars  —  Shelby Miller was a National All-Star for the Braves in 2015 before getting traded after the season.  He hasn't been the same since, but the Rangers believe he can be effective again.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Everyone knows Andrus will be Rangers' leader in 2019, but will his bat lead offense?  —  The big Elvis Andrus news this off-season didn't have anything to do with what he was going to do on the field in 2019, but how he was going to take over the leadership duties in the Texas Rangers' clubhouse following …
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
19 questions the Rangers can answer for their future in 2019, including Joey Gallo's ability …
Associated Press:
Yankees reliever Zack Britton now using legal spelling of first name  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Even Zack Britton gets confused about the proper spelling of his first name.  —  Known throughout his baseball career as Zach, the 31-year-old New York Yankees reliever said last week that going forward his name should be spelled Zack.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Luis Severino aware he may have been tipping pitches last season and is ready to make changes
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Zack Britton's name revelation led to demise of original Yankees contract
Justin Verlander baffled rebuilding teams won't sign Machado, Harper  —  Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander isn't buying the theory that the market for big free agents is limited by rebuilding teams not being in position to sign stars. … Like last year, the marquee free agents this offseason …
Discussion: Deadspin, USA Today and New York Post
Tim Bannon / Chicago Tribune:
Manny Machado spotted with Kyle Schwarber at the baptism for Albert Almora's son
Discussion: Denver Post and
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Which Detroit Tigers could make the team with a strong spring?  —  Who will start for the Detroit Tigers in 2019 after their offseason acquisitions  —  Free Press sports writer Anthony Fenech breaks down the top three dark horses to make the Detroit Tigers' roster in spring training:  —  1. Brandon Dixon
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers look mostly unchanged entering spring training  —  Taking a look at what the Tigers' starting lineup and pitching rotation could look like to open the 2019 season.  Video by Anthony Fenech and Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press.  —  CONNECT  —  LAKELAND, Fla. …
Bobby Nightengale /
Lefty reliever Zach Duke signs 1-year contract with Cincinnati Reds  —  (Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports)  —  The Reds signed their first Major League free agent of the offseason Monday.  —  Left-handed reliever Zach Duke agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract, giving the Reds another lefty option in their bullpen.
RELATED:   2019 Cincinnati Reds questions: How many games will they win this year?
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Kyle Schwarber plans to be a full-time left fielder, not a DH  —  Infielder David Bote discusses the importance of each game this season for the Cubs during a workout at Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz., on Monday, Feb. 11, 2018.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Willson Contreras on Cubs' wild-card loss: ‘We needed that kick in the butt’
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Mets Spring Training: 5 burning questions facing the Amazin's  —  Not so far down the list of great American pastimes, beyond baseball and barbecues and lottery scratch-offs, is an old-fashioned summer fireworks show.  Fireworks are a funny thing — most of the fun is in the anticipation, the expectation.
Matt Ehalt /
Mets will train Jeff McNeil in outfield to open door for more at-bats
Associated Press:
Pirates announce deal with Melky Cabrera  —  PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates announced their minor league contract with outfielder Melky Cabrera, who will report to major league spring training.  —  If added to the 40-man roster, the 34-year-old would get a one-year contract …
Associated Press:
All-Star pitcher Gerrit Cole goes to arbitration with Astros  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Gerrit Cole has gone to arbitration with the Houston Astros, asking to be given $13.5 million rather than the team's offer of $11,425,000.  —  Cole made $6.75 million last year when he earned …
Richard Morin / Arizona Republic:
Three things to watch from the Los Angeles Angels at spring training  —  A brief look at what to expect from the Arizona Diamondbacks at Cactus League spring training.  Information regarding spring training venues, tickets and reporting dates can be found here.  —  Los Angeles Angels
Richard Morin / Arizona Republic:   Three things to watch from the Seattle Mariners at spring training
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:   Three things to watch from the Arizona Diamondbacks at spring training
Associated Press:
Country music legend Garth Brooks in spring training with Pittsburgh Pirates  —  BRADENTON, Fla. — Garth Brooks has come out of baseball retirement.  —  The country music legend will spend just over a week participating in spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates, reporting Monday with the pitchers and catchers.
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Endy Chavez catches on again as Mets minor-league coach  —  His signature moment as a Met came in the 2006 NLCS, when he reached over the leftfield wall at Shea Stadium to rob the Cardinals' Scott Rolen of a home run.  —  PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Endy Chavez, who made one of the most memorable catches …
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Associated Press:
Reliever Brad Brach, Cubs finalize $3M deal  —  CHICAGO — Brad Brach and the Chicago Cubs have finalized a one-year contract that guarantees the reliever $3 million and could be worth $8 million over two seasons.  —  Brach gets a $1.65 million salary this year and could earn $1.35 million …
Associated Press:
Nick Hundley agrees to minor league deal with A's  —  MESA, Ariz. — The Oakland Athletics added depth at catcher on Monday, agreeing to a minor league contract with Nick Hundley.  —  If added to the 40-man roster, the 35-year-old would get a one-year contract paying a $1.25 million salary while in the major leagues.
Discussion: ESPN and Athletics Nation
Associated Press:
Stephen Vogt agrees to minors deal with Giants  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Free-agent catcher Stephen Vogt is returning to the Bay Area, agreeing to a minor league contract with the Giants.  —  Vogt shared the news in a text message Monday, when he was en route to the club's spring training complex in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Discussion: Associated Press
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Giants, Stephen Vogt Agree To Minor League Deal
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Maria Torres / Los Angeles Times:
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Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Didi Gregorius takes giant step in rehab
Robert Morales / Orange County Register:
Ducks fire Randy Carlyle, name GM Bob Murray interim coach
Star Tribune:
Twins' young core players in line for multiyear contracts
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Column: White Sox prospect Nick Madrigal's incredible bat control could fast-track him to the majors …
Discussion: South Side Sox
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