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Tigers, Zimmermann are early market match
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Jordan Zimmermann knew what his free-agent market value was, knew where he was wanted, and knew where he’d like to pitch. The right-hander didn’t need to wait for David Price and Zack Greinke to sign to figure that out.

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Royals acquire catcher Cruz from Cardinals
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The Royals acquired catcher Tony Cruz from the Cardinals on Wednesday in exchange for Minor League infielder Jose Martinez.

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Tigers ink Zimmermann to five-year deal
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Al Avila’s first offseason as Tigers general manager featured baseball’s first major signing off the deep free-agent starting-pitching market. Detroit announced Monday that it inked right-handed starter Jordan Zimmermann to a five-year contract and introduced him at an afternoon news conference.

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Morales named Outstanding DH Award winner
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Kendrys Morales of the Royals is the 2015 winner of the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award.

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Pitchers and catchers to report to camp Feb. 18
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Pitchers and catchers for the world champion Royals will report to Spring Training on Feb. 18, while the full squad will report Feb. 22, the team announced Tuesday.

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Brantley's return schedule affects offseason planning
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Losing left fielder Michael Brantley for even a month of next season is a big blow for the Indians. If the timetable extends deeper into the summer, Cleveland would be without arguably its most dynamic offensive player.

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Indians claim Butler off waivers from Rays
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The Indians claimed outfielder Joey Butler off waivers from the Rays on Monday, designating left-hander Jayson Aquino for assignment to make room on their 40-man roster.

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Progressive Field getting new scoreboard
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The scoreboard at Progressive Field looms large over the left-field bleachers and was a state-of-the-art addition to the ballpark a little more than a decade ago. Time and technology changes, and Cleveland is taking a necessary step with one of the focal points of its home stadium.

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Sluggers Alvarez, Carter targets for Indians?
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The Indians’ annual offseason search for more power is ongoing. Earlier this week, a pair of intriguing options hit the open market when sluggers Pedro Alvarez and Chris Carter were not tendered contracts and thus allowed to become free agents.

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With Shark to Giants, Sox have 3 Top 50 picks
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Jeff Samardzija and the Giants have agreed to a five-year deal, with the deal being worth $90 million per multiple reports. This move means the right-hander’s short tenure with the White Sox officially has come to a close.

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Navarro, White Sox finalize one-year deal
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A first look at the White Sox free-agent additions of Dioner Navarro and Alex Avila behind the plate would seem to indicate a change based on an offensive upgrade. Navarro’s deal became official on Friday, for one year at $4 million.

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Scouting profile: Adam Brett Walker II
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Few young prospects in baseball have the raw power of Adam Brett Walker II, the huge 6-foot-4, 225-pound right-handed hitting outfielder in the Twins organization. I have just watched Walker II compete in the 2015 Arizona Fall League. Having just turned 24 in October, Walker II hit some very long home runs as the ball […]

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