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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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Nats' Barrett recovering from ankle surgery
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Nationals right-hander Aaron Barrett isn’t just recovering from Tommy John surgery. He revealed at Winterfest on Sunday that he had bone chip and spurs removed from his left ankle on Dec. 3. Barrett was using a motorized scooter to get around the festivities.

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Papelbon reportedly updates no-trade list
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Nationals reliever Jonathan Papelbon has reportedly updated his no-trade list for the 2016 season, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick.

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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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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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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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Samardzija a fan of Giants before signing
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Despite never wearing a Giants uniform until he donned a ceremonial jersey during his introductory news conference, Jeff Samardzija displayed expert knowledge about his new team.

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Winter Meetings interview with Dave Roberts
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New Dodgers manager Dave Roberts met with the media Monday at the Winter Meetings.

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Center stage: Precedent for Heyward's move to CF
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For all intents and purposes, Jason Heyward is a corner outfielder. Thing is, his new team, the Cubs, do not need a corner outfielder. They need a center fielder. And chances are, they’re going to ask Heyward to be that guy.

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Cubs solidifying winning new reality
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Becoming accustomed to the Chicago Cubs being at the head of the class will not be an automatic activity. I mean, anyone less than 107 years old has not had any practice with this situation. Yet we must all acknowledge that the Cubs emerged from the first half of December as a Major League success […]

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Inbox: What will the Cubs do with Baez?
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Will Javier Baez play center field? Why is Jorge Soler on the trading block? Beat reporter Carrie Muskat answers these questions and more in the latest edition of the Cubs Inbox.

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Lackey comes off the board after deal with Cubs
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Veteran right-hander John Lackey, who spent one and a half seasons in St. Louis, will be pitching for the rival Cubs in 2016 after agreeing to a two-year contract reportedly worth $32 million.

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