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Inbox: When will quiet Bucs ignite Hot Stove?
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What is going on this offseason? It’s December and it seems like nothing has happened. Are the Pirates just waiting to see what everyone else does? — Bill K., Pittsburgh

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Cards deserve credit for going all-in on Stanton
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Let’s have a quick reality check as we await the possible resolution to the Giancarlo Stanton saga. Where did the Cardinals rank last season in runs and home runs? They were seventh in the National League with 761 runs and eighth with 196 homers. That’s the middle of the pack, not down there with the […]

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Cardinals not on Ohtani's reported list of teams
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Though the Cardinals never anticipated being in the running to land two-way Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, the organization officially learned on Sunday that they are not among the clubs being considered by the free agent.

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Reds not on Ohtani's list of finalists
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The Reds and general manager Dick Williams put a lot of time and attention in efforts to recruit Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani. But it appears that they are not one of the finalists to sign the two-way player.

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Maddon intrigued by Ohtani's two-way talent
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Could Shohei Ohtani pitch, hit and play the outfield for the Cubs? Manager Joe Maddon is definitely intrigued by the idea of having a two-way player.

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Crew prospects glad to be on journey together
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Monte Harrison continued to climb up prospect lists with a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League, while Corey Ray searched for his professional footing. But while their seasons unfolded in opposite directions, the Brewers outfield prospects are on the path together.

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Cardinals await Stanton's decision on trade
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Following a week in which the Cardinals and Giants tried to sell their respective organizations in pitches to Giancarlo Stanton and his representatives, momentum appears to be gaining toward a resolution.

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Brewers out of Ohtani sweepstakes
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The Brewers have been informed they’re out of the running for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, general manager David Stearns said Sunday.

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Source: Pirates not on short list to sign Ohtani
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On Wednesday, general manager Neal Huntington said the Pirates would “do everything in our power” to get beyond the first step of the Shohei Ohtani signing process. But it wasn’t enough to secure a meeting with the recently posted two-way Japanese superstar.

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'Tis the season: Schwarber, Rizzo give back
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The Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo were both active this weekend with their respective foundations.

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Senzel getting early start on new positions
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Reds top prospect Nick Senzel isn’t waiting until his first big league Spring Training to learn the new positions he’s already been told he’ll play.

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Iglesias happy in Cincy, not focused on rumors
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As a closer coming off a strong season, Raisel Iglesias could be the Reds’ strongest trade asset. But that doesn’t concern the right-hander.

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