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Mets sign lefty specialist Blevins to 1-year deal
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In the end, the Mets found their lefty specialist in a familiar place. The team on Tuesday signed Jerry Blevins to a one-year contract worth a reported $4 million to reprise the bullpen role he played early last season.

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Baker getting good early impression of Nats
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Dusty Baker has been in D.C. for a couple of days, and he is already impressed by the Nationals fans at Winterfest. They are positive and excited about the 2016 team, according to him.

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Mets sign Carlyle, 3 others to Minors deals
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The Mets added to their organizational depth on Monday, signing right-hander Buddy Carlyle, left-hander Duane Below and infielder Marc Krauss to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training. The club also signed lefty Andrew Barbosa to a Minor League deal.

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Rule 5 Draft busy at Minor League levels
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The Marlins may not have completed any deals at the Winter Meetings, but they were among the busiest teams in the Rule 5 Draft. The club selected RHP Patrick Johnson and C Maxx Tissenbaum, and lost seven players to other teams in the Triple-A phase.

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Winter Meetings brings top prospects, depth
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The Braves exited the Winter Meetings on Thursday morning with fewer immediate needs, some money left to spend and the satisfaction of knowing they got even more than was anticipated when they decided to trade Shelby Miller.

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Braves select lefty Rutckyj in Rule 5 Draft
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Though the Rule 5 Draft primarily provides teams an opportunity to simply take a chance on Minor Leaguers who are seldom considered significant prospects, the Braves are hopeful they satisfied an immediate need via the acquisition of left-handed reliever Evan Rutckyj.

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Bonifacio back with Braves on 1-year deal
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The Braves took another step toward completing their 2016 roster on Wednesday afternoon, when they lured Emilio Bonifacio back to Atlanta to provide the same kind of versatility he did during the final two months of the ’14 season.

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Source: Nats moving closer to Phillips deal
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A baseball source said there is an “85 to 90 percent” chance that Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips will waive his no-trade protection and become a member of the Nationals. However, The Washington Post reported that as of Friday night the Nationals and Reds had made no progress because Phillips had not yet agreed to […]

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Nats sign southpaw Laffey to Minors deal
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The Nationals have signed left-hander Aaron Laffey to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, the team announced on Friday.

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Phillies bring holiday cheer to homeless
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The crowd cheered Friday afternoon when the Phanatic stormed into the Bethesda Project’s Our Brothers’ Place.

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Mets introduce Walker at holiday party
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Unlike Steven Matz, whose Santa suit covered him head to toe, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis, whose elf costume made him look more like a cartoon character than an outfielder, Neil Walker attended the Mets’ annual holiday party on Tuesday wearing his jersey. It was the latest model, No. 20 — his father’s number, which Walker could […]

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Mathis returning to Marlins on one-year deal
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Jeff Mathis, a valued clubhouse leader and dependable backup catcher, has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Marlins. Mathis will earn $1.5 million, the same figure he made in 2015.

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