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Callaway connection 'a big deal' for Bruce
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Early in the offseason, long before Jay Bruce fit together the puzzle pieces of his free agency, he spoke on the phone with Mickey Callaway. Recently hired as the Mets’ manager, Callaway had come to know Bruce during the outfielder’s brief tenure in Cleveland late last season. He outlined to Bruce his ideas and expectations […]

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Mets expect Conforto to return around May 1
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Although the Mets spoke briefly with Jay Bruce about playing some first base this season, it appears their need for him will be greatest in the outfield. The Mets do not expect Michael Conforto to return until around May 1, general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday, placing the most concrete timetable yet on the outfielder’s […]

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Mayors tour Marlins Park, discuss HR sculpture
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The Marlins had a couple of distinguished guests tour their ballpark on Tuesday. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez each made separate visits, and according to the team, they discussed a variety of topics.

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Ziegler says he won't ask Marlins to trade him
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Brad Ziegler signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Marlins last offseason, and the veteran right-hander has every intention to stick with the club until he is told otherwise.

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New job with Dodgers has Prior excited for '18
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New Dodgers bullpen coach Mark Prior joined MLB Network on Wednesday to discuss the transition to his role with the World Series runners-up.

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Get free tickets to Dodgers FanFest
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The Dodgers will host their sixth annual offseason FanFest presented by Coca-Cola and San Manuel Casino on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT, and fans can now claim their free tickets online at Dodgers.com/FanFest.

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Cards consider moving Carp out of top spot
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Without putting anything in ink for 2018, manager Mike Matheny hinted this week that the Cardinals are leaning toward a lineup configuration that does not feature Matt Carpenter up top.

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'Respect the ranks': Yadi responds to Contreras
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Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina appears to be taking exception to recent comments from Cubs catcher Willson Contreras about how he plans to be a better backstop than perennial All-Stars Molina and Buster Posey.

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Braves acquire righty Carle from Pirates
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The Braves added organizational depth on Wednesday, when they acquired right-handed pitcher Shane Carle from the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

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Duensing reportedly re-signs with Cubs
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The Cubs and left-handed reliever Brian Duensing are reuniting after the two sides agreed to a two-year deal on Wednesday, sources told MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

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Inciarte's elite defense backed by Statcast data
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Ender Inciarte might never have Hall of Fame credentials that equal those possessed by Andruw Jones, whose resume includes 434 home runs. But courtesy of the growing list of defensive metrics supplied by Statcast™, the current Braves center fielder will at least be able to have a better feel for exactly how he stacks up […]

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Sixto climbing up prospect rankings
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The best young arm in the Phillies’ system is not ready for that opportunity, but he could move himself into position with a strong 2018. MLB Pipeline on Tuesday ranked Sixto Sanchez as the 10th best right-handed prospect in baseball. He is the No. 47 prospect overall.

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