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Rays sign Amed Rosario to 1-year, $1.5M contract  —  Infielder Amed Rosario has signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, the team announced Tuesday.  —  The deal is for $1.5 million, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.  —  Rosario, 28, will bring a strong bat against left-handed pitching …
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays add to infield options, sign Amed Rosario and Yu Chang  —  PORT CHARLOTTE — The Rays added to their abundant mix of infielders on Tuesday, signing Amed Rosario to a $1.5 million major-league contract after earlier signing Yu Chang to a minor-league deal.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
MLB expansion: History, teams, potential cities and hurdles  —  FOR THREE DECADES, Major League Baseball treated expansion as its own manifest destiny.  If the game was truly America's Pastime, it needed to be everywhere.  Almost as soon as the league began expanding from its original 16 teams …
John Shea / San Francisco Chronicle:
MLBPA chief Tony Clark of A's 2025 venue waffling: ‘It needs to get done’  —  MESA, Ariz. — The Oakland Athletics are the most problematic franchise in Major League Baseball for many reasons — tiniest payroll, lowest attendance, worst record, and that just touches the surface — and the players' union has every right to be fed up.
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Brayan Bello says extension talks with Red Sox are ongoing, may be heating up  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — On Sunday, Triston Casas told reporters that despite the Red Sox having approached him for early extension talks, the team had yet to present anything enticing enough for him to consider.
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Kenley Jansen trying to come to grips with his new world  —  ANOTHER HONEST SIT-DOWN WITH KENLEY JANSEN  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. - Five months ago, Kenley Jansen sat in the Fenway Park home dugout and offered his honest assessment on the frustrations that came with the 2023 season.
Associated Press:
Gleyber Torres sets ‘Yankee for life’ goal before free agency  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Starting what could be his final season with the New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres was clear about his intent.  —  “I don't want to leave,” the 27-year-old infielder said Wednesday.  “I want to be a Yankee for life.”
How Cincinnati Reds keeping ‘door open’ for Joey Votto when impact mentor done playing  —  Gordon Wittenmyer Charlie GoldsmithCincinnati Enquirer  —  GOODYEAR, Arizona —Joey Votto is gone, but certainly not forgotten by former teammates in the first Cincinnati Reds spring training of any of their lives without with him.
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Aaron Judge: Toe to require ‘constant maintenance’ rest of career  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Aaron Judge's big toe is more than a footnote for the New York Yankees.  —  Judge missed 42 games after tearing a ligament in his right big toe when he crashed into the right-field fence at Dodger Stadium last June 3 …
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Cubs ‘waiting’ on Cody Bellinger for serious contract talks  —  MESA, Ariz. — Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said on Monday the team is “waiting” on free agent Cody Bellinger and his agent, Scott Boras, to engage in contract negotiations.  Though the sides have had “discussions,” …
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