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Zobrist, Semien give A's infield new look up the middle

Wed, 2015-01-21 01:12
The A's entered this offseason with seemingly just one clear need: a shortstop. Nearly four months later, they've overhauled their entire infield. In fact, not one of last year's everyday infielders is returning. New faces will be seen at every position on the infield, including Ben Zobrist and Marcus Semien up the middle.
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Ryan senses fans' urgency during Caravan stop

Wed, 2015-01-21 00:55
A special guest joined the Twins on their annual Winter Caravan on Tuesday, as general manager Terry Ryan made an appearance during the evening stop at the Kato Ballroom to participate in a question-and-answer session with fans.
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Appel intent on making Major League debut in '15

Wed, 2015-01-21 00:35
Mark Appel's visit to Methodist Hospital on Tuesday morning as part of the Astros' annual Caravan was a meaningful one for the big right-hander, who about a year ago was in the hospital himself after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.
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White 'invigorated' by move to Padres' front office

Wed, 2015-01-21 00:18
A new zip code, a new organization and a new job title -- actually, make that two new job titles -- has done more than revitalize Logan White. "The whole thing, coming down here, has invigorated me," said White, the Padres' senior advisor and professional scouting director. "It's been a lot of fun. We haven't won a game yet, but it's been fun to work at it and fun to see the excitement here in San Diego."
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Watch live when Nats unveil Scherzer

Tue, 2015-01-20 23:17
The Nationals will hold a news conference at Nationals Park on Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET in which they are expected to introduce right-hander Max Scherzer, who agreed to terms on a seven-year $210 million deal with the club on Monday. MLB.com will stream the event live.
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Acquired from Yanks, Germen a 'pen possibility for Texas

Tue, 2015-01-20 23:16
The Rangers added to their bullpen candidates on Tuesday by acquiring right-handed reliever Gonzalez Germen from the Yankees for cash considerations.
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Rasmus joins Astros' outfield mix, signs 1-year contract

Tue, 2015-01-20 23:02
Free-agent outfielder Colby Rasmus, in Houston on Tuesday to take his physical, reached agreement on a one-year contract with the Astros. While it remains to be seen where Rasmus fits in the club's outfield rotation, his arrival gives manager A.J. Hinch another bat in a revamped lineup.
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Bullpen a target after Rangers fortify rotation

Tue, 2015-01-20 22:13
Having addressed their starting rotation with the addition of Yovani Gallardo, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the next step would be adding more bullpen help before Spring Training.
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Aoki 'excited' to join defending-champion Giants

Tue, 2015-01-20 22:06
Nori Aoki, who is expected to be the starting left fielder for the defending World Series champions, was officially welcomed to San Francisco on Tuesday, a day after the free agent signed a one-year deal for 2015.
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Quiet Indians have pieces to make noise in AL Central

Tue, 2015-01-20 22:04
While the Tigers still have their fair share of star power and the Royals are coming off their October ride and the White Sox have been the darlings of the Hot Stove season, it's easy for Terry Francona's Indians to get overlooked.
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History to determine soundness of Scherzer investment

Tue, 2015-01-20 21:28
The Nationals took a flying leap into uncharted waters on Sunday night, when they agreed to a seven-year, $210 million contract with free-agent right-hander Max Scherzer. It's the first big-money, long-term deal for a pitcher in team history, dwarfing the five-year, $42 million extension lefty Gio Gonzalez signed before the 2012 season. And while it's impossible to predict how any individual player will fare in the future, history can provide some clues.
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No limitations for Wood heading into spring

Tue, 2015-01-20 21:06
As Alex Wood has spent the past few months going through his normal offseason preparations, he has not been given any reason to be concerned about the left forearm soreness that led the Braves to scratch him from starting their regular-season finale in September.
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Prospect Tucker talks about playing through torn ligament

Tue, 2015-01-20 21:02
The Pirates knew Cole Tucker was good. That is why they made the Phoenix shortstop their top pick in last summer's First-Year Player Draft. Now the Bucs know Tucker is also gutsy, a real gamer. He played his last 37 games with the Gulf Coast Pirates with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb -- which he had surgically repaired on Oct. 1.
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O's going with own script this offseason

Tue, 2015-01-20 20:29
The Nationals made a huge splash on the free-agent market by agreeing to a seven-year, $210 million deal with right-hander Max Scherzer on Sunday night. The move was bold and pricey. But don't expect their neighbors just up Interstate 95 to follow suit.
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Wood got early glimpse of MadBum's power

Tue, 2015-01-20 20:22
As Alex Wood watched Madison Bumgarner lead the Giants to their latest World Series title with one of the most dominant postseasons ever fashioned by a pitcher, he recognized the same competitive fire he had witnessed while watching Bumgarner pitch in a high school playoff game.
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Iannetta's health, production vital to Angels' success

Tue, 2015-01-20 20:20
With pitchers and catchers scheduled to report to Tempe, Ariz., by Feb. 19, it's time to dissect the Angels' 2015 roster. This is the first of a seven-part Around the Horn series taking a position-by-position look at projected starters and backup options heading into the season. First up: Catchers.
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Prospect Watch: Top 10 right-handed pitchers

Tue, 2015-01-20 19:56
There are always a ton of right-handed pitchers on the Top 100 Prospects list. The 2015 version is no different. All 10 on the list are in the Top 100, and then some. Some of the names are familiar. Five right-handers -- The Mets' Noah Syndergaard, Archie Bradley of the D-backs, the Rockies' Jon Gray, the Orioles' Dylan Bundy, Robert Stephenson of the Reds -- were on this list a year ago.
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Dozier preparing to build on breakout season with Twins

Tue, 2015-01-20 19:23
After a busy offseason that included a mission trip to Nicaragua in early January, Brian Dozier is gearing up for his third season as the Twins' everyday second baseman in 2015 and wants to build on his breakout season from last year.
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Sale seeks top prize at bargain price for White Sox

Tue, 2015-01-20 18:59
Chris Sale has begun his winter conditioning in earnest as he prepares to lead a reinvigorated White Sox club back into contention during 2015.
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Pirates have clean slate to find right cleanup man

Tue, 2015-01-20 18:31
In his four seasons of managing the Pirates, Clint Hurdle has gone through nearly as many cleanup hitters as wads of chewing gum. Eleven different players have started more than 10 games in that spot since 2011. Coming up with that serviceable No. 4 hitter will be one of Spring Training's main projects, both for production and protection for Andrew McCutchen.
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