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Bucs claim righty Medina from Cubs
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The Pirates claimed right-hander Yoervis Medina off waivers on Wednesday from the Cubs.

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Pirates sign Jaso to 2-year deal
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The Pirates’ search for a left-handed-hitting first baseman led them to a player who has only spent five innings at first base.

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Caminiti tops my list among Padres third basemen
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Ken Caminiti is one of the more dynamic players in the history of the San Diego Padres. He is also one of the most controversial.

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New pitchers in Padres system finishing winter work
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The Latin American winter league seasons are winding down. The regular season in the Dominican Republic ended Dec. 21. The Mexican and Venezuelan leagues complete their seasons on Dec. 29. And the Puerto Rico season ends Jan. 4.

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Hall will eventually come calling for Hoffman
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Former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman will be inducted into the Hall of Fame someday soon — if not this year, his first on the ballot. Hoffman faces the age-old dilemma of how eligible voters from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America view relievers in general, and one-inning closers in particular.

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Catcher Pinto claimed by Brewers
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Josmil Pinto, who was claimed off waivers by the Padres in November, was claimed by the Brewers on Wednesday.

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Nats bring back Solano on Minor League deal
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The Nationals signed catcher Jhonatan Solano to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training, the team announced.

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Mets sign outfielder De Aza to 1-year deal
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The Mets on Wednesday announced they signed free-agent outfielder Alejandro De Aza to a one-year deal.

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Marlins announce Mathis deal, claim Berry
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Before taking a couple of days off to celebrate the holidays, the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon announced the signing of catcher Jeff Mathis to a one-year contract, and also claimed left-hander Tim Berry off waivers from the Orioles.

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Cubs claim lefty Olmos, release Ryan
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The Cubs claimed left-handed pitcher Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Orioles on Wednesday and released infielder Brendan Ryan, who was acquired from the Yankees in the Starlin Castro trade. Right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina also was claimed off waivers by the Pirates.

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Brewers fill 40-man roster with trio of claims
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The Brewers found another center-field option while also bolstering catcher and first base with a trio of waiver claims Wednesday. The team filled its 40-man roster by grabbing outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from the Mets, catcher Josmil Pinto from the Padres and first baseman Andy Wilkins from the Rangers.

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Braves, Ogando agree to Minor League deal
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Former All-Star Alexi Ogando will come to Spring Training with a strong chance to begin the upcoming season as a member of Atlanta’s bullpen.

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