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Bucs ink two players to Minor League deals
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The Pirates announced a pair of Minor League free agent deals on Thursday, officially agreeing to sign outfielder Todd Cunningham and right-hander Richard Rodriguez.

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Former Cardinal Reyes fighting wildfires in LA
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Former Cardinals pitcher Anthony Reyes, best remembered for outdueling Justin Verlander in the 2006 World Series, is now engaged in a much more serious battle.

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Cards announce front-office promotions, hires
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The shuffle in job titles and responsibilities that began with John Mozeliak’s promotion to president of baseball operations over the summer has prompted another round of moves and new hires that the Cardinals announced on Thursday.

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Inbox: Is Schwarber a trade candidate?
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Will the Cubs consider trading Kyle Schwarber? Carrie Muskat answers this question and more in the latest Inbox.

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Chatwood agrees to 3-year deal with Cubs
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The Cubs may have filled one of the holes in their starting rotation on Thursday, signing free-agent right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood to a three-year, $38 million contract.

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Pirates take part in annual CARE-a-van
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A handful of Pirates kicked off the club’s annual CARE-a-van on Wednesday by going back to their roots in Altoona, home of the Bucs’ Double-A club, and getting in touch with their inner child at Highmark SportsWorks at the Carnegie Science Center.

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Secret Santas: Voit, Kelly surprise fans at drive
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First baseman Luke Voit and catcher Carson Kelly, both of whom are spending the offseason in St. Louis, joined members of the Cardinals organization to help with the sixth annual holiday event. For seven hours, volunteers collected donations that will be distributed to various charities throughout the month.

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Reds' front office takes wait-and-see approach
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Whether or not the Reds make an actual trade or signing at the Winter Meetings next week won’t be the standard to determine whether it was a successful five days. Like Cincinnati general managers before him, Dick Williams takes a longer view of the offseason.

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Ohtani, arms on Cubs to-do list at Meetings
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Finding pitching has been the Cubs’ No. 1 priority this offseason, and it’s still tops on their list heading into the Winter Meetings next week. Could they also make a splash by signing two-way Japanese player Shohei Ohtani?

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Pirates head to Meetings with holes to fill
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Are the Pirates buyers or sellers? Is this the time for one last push around Andrew McCutchen, or is it the start of a rebuilding process? Some clarity may come next week at the annual Winter Meetings.

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Cards in thick of Winter Meetings pursuit
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A confluence of events, including highly anticipated decisions by Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Otani, appear to be setting the stage for what could be a fascinating and frenzied four-day Winter Meetings next week. And look for the Cardinals to be in the middle of it all.

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Pirates have pieces for quality bullpen
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Two years ago, the Pirates employed the Majors’ most effective bullpen. The group, led by Mark Melancon, Tony Watson and Jared Hughes, quietly posted a 2.67 ERA, the best in the big leagues in 2015.

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