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Bochy predicts healthy competition in NL West
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Believe the hype about the National League West, Giants manager Bruce Bochy insisted as he met with reporters at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday.

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Shark, Giants hope to 'get along famously'
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The Giants’ newest starting pitcher officially donned the orange and black for the first time Friday afternoon at AT&T Park, as the club introduced right-hander Jeff Samardzija at a news conference.

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'Full circle' for Roberts as Dodgers manager
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With icons Maury Wills and Don Newcombe looking on and his African-American father and Japanese-American mother in the audience, Dave Roberts said he knows that being the first minority manager of the Dodgers is “huge.”

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Ellis signed; Dodgers non-tender 2 righties
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The Dodgers non-tendered right-handed pitchers Juan Nicasio and Lisalverto Bonilla on Wednesday night after reaching an agreement with catcher A.J. Ellis on a one-year, $4.5 million contract earlier in the day.

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Dodgers drop Brown from 40-man roster
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The Dodgers outrighted right-handed pitcher Brooks Brown to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday, clearing a spot on the 40-man roster.

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Cubs select three in Triple-A Rule 5 Draft
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The Cubs did not select a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft but did pick three players in the Triple-A phase, including catcher David Freitas.

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With Heyward, Cubs boast monster lineup
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Jason Heyward’s getting the biggest contract in Cubs history, but the eight-year, $184 million deal makes sense given the long-term potential of manager Joe Maddon’s team and how owner Tom Ricketts has invested in Wrigley Field to awaken a franchise that had been a sleeping giant. There are no guarantees, but the Cubs should be […]

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Cubs build around young core with Zobrist, Lackey
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The Winter Meetings for the Cubs the past few years were mostly about signing free agents who could possibly be flipped for prospects at the Trade Deadline. It was all part of the rebuilding plan. But this year was different.

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Cubs may move Soler for starting pitcher
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Jason Heyward, John Lackey, Ben Zobrist now are Cubs. Who’s next? According to reports, the Cubs are still in the market for another starting pitcher, and may be dangling outfielder Jorge Soler to teams. The Cubs have reportedly had discussions with the Padres regarding Tyson Ross and the Indians about Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar.

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Non-tender candidate Bourjos claimed by Phillies
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Outfielder Peter Bourjos, who never quite found traction during two seasons with the Cardinals, was claimed off waivers by the Phillies on Wednesday.

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Cards keep Moss, non-tender Cishek, Stanley
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The Cardinals tendered contracts to four arbitration-eligible players — Brandon Moss, Trevor Rosenthal, Matt Adams and Seth Maness — before Wednesday’s 10:59 pm CT deadline, but opted not to do so with reliever Steve Cishek. In addition, the club non-tendered catcher Cody Stanley, who is serving an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing […]

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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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