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Young Braves could be NL's surprise team
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The Braves are going to give a ton of opportunity to a ton of unproven players this year, particularly in their rotation, and no one is smart enough to know how that goes. It’s the ceiling, though, that could make Atlanta this year’s surprise team in the National League.

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Phils, Abad agree to Minor League deal
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Free-agent left-hander Fernando Abad and the Phillies have agreed on a Minor League contract, a source told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. MLB Network insider Jon Heyman was first to report the agreement.

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Adrian reports to Mets' camp, confident in health
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For most of Adrian Gonzalez’s life, back issues were never a problem. A tweak in 2015 cost him a few games. An ache the following year cost him a few more. But it was not until last April, when Gonzalez’s back locked into place as he went to pick up his daughter, that he realized […]

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Marlins likely to carry extra pitcher on staff
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Carrying 13 pitchers worked well for the Marlins in 2017, and there’s a strong possibility the club will enter the season with an extra pitcher yet again.

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Swanson: 2017 struggles 'by the wayside'
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Dansby Swanson arrived in Braves camp on Friday with a clear message. “Last year is last year,” Swanson said. “That is in the past. I’ve already kind of reflected, and that is by the wayside.”

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MacPhail 'satisfied' with Phillies' direction
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Manager Gabe Kapler said Tuesday he thinks the Phillies can “shock people.” General manager Matt Klentak said Thursday that the Phillies taking an unexpected jump into postseason contention is “no longer a pipe dream.” Team president Andy MacPhail’s statements weren’t as rose-colored on Friday morning at Spectrum Field, but he said he is “excited” about […]

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Tunes a boon to Kapler's managing style
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Music has been a constant companion to the Phillies the first week of camp. That will not change.

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'Circle of Trust' among Martinez's camp features
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Dave Martinez is still creating his own routine as he begins his first camp as Nationals manager, but he has already introduced the first new wrinkles.

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Nats reach naming rights deal for spring park
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Executives from the Astros, Nationals and FITTEAM Global will announce FITTEAM as the naming-rights partner of The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Wednesday in a ceremony at home plate.

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Source: Mets ink lefty Vargas to 2-year deal
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The Mets iced their offseason with a rotation signing on Friday, inking veteran left-hander Jason Vargas to a two-year, $16 million deal with a club option for 2020, according to a source. The Mets have not confirmed the move, which is pending a physical.

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Straily eager to take on leadership role
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The Marlins are in the process of building an organization from the bottom up, and Dan Straily hopes to be an integral part of the process.

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Freeman rejuvenated by Lasik, resting wrist
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As Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman made an early arrival to Spring Training on Friday morning, he anxiously looked forward to testing the physical improvements he made during the offseason. A few months of rest allowed him to regain strength in the left wrist he fractured in May 2017, and the Lasik surgery he underwent […]

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