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Alvarez could be an interesting target for Crew
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The Brewers have contacted agent Scott Boras about free-agent first baseman Pedro Alvarez, the left-handed-swinging slugger who hit the market after being non-tendered by the Pirates. He also happens to be the son-in-law of new Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy.

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Cards trade Cruz to Royals for Minor Leaguer
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Squeezed out of a fit on the Cardinals’ Major League roster after the team’s signing of Brayan Pena, catcher Tony Cruz was traded to the Royals on Wednesday for Minor League infielder Jose Martinez. The deal came just hours before the 10:59 p.m. CT deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players like Cruz.

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Reds' 2016 makeup still a work in progress
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Committed to a rebuilding process after losing 98 games last season, the Reds already began their transition with trades over the summer. During the Winter Meetings, more deals could certainly be in the works.

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Piniella recalls Reds' 1990 title club, great fans
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Lou Piniella said he’d talked enough baseball for one weekend.

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For Reds prospect Winker, 2015 about 'growth'
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The 2015 season wasn’t at all smooth for top Reds prospect Jesse Winker at Double-A Pensacola. The left fielder endured an extended funk at the plate for much of the first half before finding his way through to the other side. To Winker, it was the tough times that proved to be key in his […]

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Chapman gun incident being investigated
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Cincinnati Reds All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman is the subject of a domestic violence investigation after an incident in which he allegedly had a physical altercation with his girlfriend and fired eight gunshots into the garage of his Miami-area home, according to a Yahoo! Sports story.

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Pittsburgh native Walker proud of Bucs' days
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Neil Walker knew the day was coming. At some point, he had come to accept, he would no longer be a Pirate. Would there be a trade, or would he simply walk away as a free agent next year? The day finally came Wednesday, when Walker — the Pittsburgh Kid who’d never spent a day […]

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Pirates sign righty reliever Nicasio
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The Pirates added another intriguing power arm to their bullpen on Thursday, signing right-hander Juan Nicasio to a one-year contract on the final day of the Winter Meetings.

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Niese is nice, but Bucs have holes to fill
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The Pirates traded Neil Walker, a pending free agent projected to make $10.7 million next season, to the Mets and picked up Jon Niese in return.

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Future uncertain for Reds, Chapman
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On the day after allegations of domestic violence surfaced regarding Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, the ramifications of the report remained unclear.

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Bucs acquire Whitehead in Morton trade
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Three days after filling out their rotation by trading for Jon Niese, the Pirates opened up a spot by dealing right-hander Charlie Morton to the Phillies.

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Inbox: What will the Cubs do with Baez?
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Will Javier Baez play center field? Why is Jorge Soler on the trading block? Beat reporter Carrie Muskat answers these questions and more in the latest edition of the Cubs Inbox.

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