Source: Tigers, J.D. reach 2-year deal

Source: Tigers, J.D. reach 2-year deal

DETROIT -- The Tigers' streak of settling arbitration cases before a hearing rolls on. The team has reached an agreement with outfielder J.D. Martinez on a two-year contract worth $18.5 million, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Monday.

The club has not confirmed the agreement, which is pending a physical. Robert Murray of Baseball Essential first reported the agreement.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB Showcase puts spotlight on international talent

59 players from 7 countries to participate in 2-day event

MLB Showcase puts spotlight on international talent

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Venezuela's Kevin Maitan, considered by many to be top player available during the upcoming international signing period that starts July 2, is expected to be there.

Outfielder Tirso Ornelas, the best teenage prospect in Mexico, will to be there, too. Right-handed Edisson Gonzalez will take the mound as the best teen pitcher Panama has to offer and outfielder Jeisson Rosario, one of the top outfielders from the Dominican Republic, will roam the grass at Estadio Quisqueya.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs sign reliever Clippard to 2-year deal

Right-hander has 2.88 ERA, 53 saves in big league career

D-backs sign reliever Clippard to 2-year deal

PHOENIX -- The D-backs officially signed free-agent reliever Tyler Clippard to a two-year contract on Monday.

According to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, the deal is worth $12.25 million and includes a $4 million signing bonus, a $4.1 million salary this year and a $4.15 million salary in 2017.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gurriel brothers, top Cuban players, defect

Yulieski said to be Major League-ready; Lourdes a highly regarded prospect

Gurriel brothers, top Cuban players, defect

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Two top players from the most famous baseball family in Cuba are not expected to return to the island.

Brothers Lourdes Gurriel Jr., 22, and Yulieski Gurriel, 31, defected from Cuba's Ciego de Avila team following the Caribbean Series that concluded Sunday in order to seek contracts with Major League teams, according to sources. Lourdes is considered the top prospect in Cuba while his brother is considered the country's best player.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rebounds could give Angels boost in 2016

Weaver, Pujols among players looking to bounce back

Rebounds could give Angels boost in 2016

There are two distinct ways you can choose to look at this upcoming Angels team, though the best approach usually resides somewhere in the middle. You can be pessimistic and lament the fact that they didn't attain the marquee bat they needed to keep pace in an ever-improving American League West, or you can be optimistic and consider that they fell one game shy of the postseason last year despite a rough August and underperformances throughout the roster.

A bevy of players -- players with good track records, in fact -- are coming off down years and are in need of a rebound. If they do bounce back, perhaps the Angels will find out that they didn't really need that shiny new left fielder or that accomplished new second baseman.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and Facebook , and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Baseball's on deck: Prepare to pick now!

Supporting cast helps boost Harper past Trout for top spot

Baseball's on deck: Prepare to pick now!

We're roughly two months away from Opening Day, when hope will spring anew at a ballpark near you.

Are you ready to swap sweater weather for fitted hats and baseball stats? If so, we have just what you need. Welcome to MLB.com's Fantasy Player Preview, your one-stop information shop for the upcoming campaign.

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Zachary Finkelstein is a fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

5 players primed for Manning-esque 'last rodeo'

5 players primed for Manning-esque 'last rodeo'

Surrounded by his comrades and confetti, Peyton Manning didn't explicitly say he was retiring after his Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50 on Sunday night. But in saying the win was a great way "to cap it off," he certainly hinted that this was his goodbye to the game -- and what a way to go.

Whether any baseball player will make a similarly enchanted exit in 2016 is a matter as-yet-undecided -- not just by the baseball fates, but also in most cases by the players themselves. But here are five who are possibly in position to achieve the ultimate walk-off win.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Road to World Baseball Classic starts Down Under

First qualifier for 2017 tournament set for Thursday in Australia

Road to World Baseball Classic starts Down Under

First, it'll be Sydney. Soon enough, it'll be the World.

Baseball's ultimate international tournament is still more than a year away, with the fourth World Baseball Classic slated for 2017. There's a lot to look forward to, including rosters packed with Major League talent.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lyle Spencer

5 potential impact arms in wild NL West

5 potential impact arms in wild NL West

Remodeled pitching staffs make the National League West one of the most unpredictable and fascinating of the six divisions as Spring Training approaches. Any number of arms could prove pivotal in a lively race. Here are five to watch:

1. Kenta Maeda, Dodgers
Division champions three years running with dominant starting pitching, the Dodgers can't replace what Zack Greinke gave them with one arm. But Maeda, polished and experienced on the international stage, is one of several who can help ease the impact of Greinke's move to Arizona.

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Lyle Spencer is a columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

New, cooler spring jerseys, caps available

MLB shows off on-field Flex Base designs for all 30 clubs

New, cooler spring jerseys, caps available

It is almost time for Zack Greinke to suit up for the D-backs, Todd Frazier for the White Sox, David Price for the Red Sox, Justin Upton for the Tigers, Johnny Cueto for the Giants, Jason Heyward for the Cubs, and all those other new faces in new places.

Shop now for new Flex Base Spring Training gear

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reports: Veteran outfielder Young arrested

Free-agent outfielder Delmon Young was arrested Sunday night in Miami and charged with battery after he allegedly choked and threatened a valet attendant, according to multiple reports.

A police report said that Young grabbed the attendant by the neck and began to choke him after the attendant did not allow Young to enter a nightclub at the Viceroy Hotel. Young also directed racial slurs towards the attendant and law enforcement, according to the police report.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Roberts: Reflecting on Jackie's influence

Roberts: Reflecting on Jackie's influence

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are the groundbreaking franchise of Jackie Robinson. When I put on this uniform as a player, I understood the special responsibility to honor those that played before me, as well as the amazing bond between the Dodgers and their fans. I feel that I have now come full circle in my career, and there is plenty of unfinished business left in L.A.

Observing Black History Month is important for baseball. For me, I became aware of Jackie Robinson right around age 15-16. My father is African-American. He told me as I was getting further along in my athletic career, he kind of educated me about Jackie and his story. So as I got older and more educated and wiser, just kind of digging more into his story, and I ultimately went to UCLA, and so I played at Jackie Robinson Field. So just seeing that really resonated with me and what an impact Jackie made on society and what a leader he was.

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Dave Roberts is the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mexico's walk-off HR wins Caribbean Series

Mazatlan defeats Venezuela to give nation third title in four years

Mexico's walk-off HR wins Caribbean Series

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The rhythmic chants began before the first pitch at Estadio Quisqueya Juan Marichal.

"Meh-he-co, Meh-he-co, Meh-he-co."

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Royals exemplify evolved bullpen usage

Teams spreading workload over larger relief corps

Royals exemplify evolved bullpen usage

The Royals brought the emergence of the bullpen to prominence during their road to the 2015 World Series championship, underscored by a bullpen that allowed only one unearned run in the seventh inning or later during the five-game World Series success against the Mets.

The role of the reliever, however, has undergone a major transformation during the expansion era, particularly during the last two decades.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Around the Horn: Cards starters must eat innings

Full season of Wainwright should boost rotation's biggest need

Around the Horn: Cards starters must eat innings

This is the fifth installment in a six-part Around the Horn series that will take a position-by-position look at the Cardinals' projected starters and backup options heading into Spring Training. After previously looking at the club's catching depth, corner infield, middle infield and outfield options, let's examine the group of starting pitchers.

ST. LOUIS -- Anchored by their rotation a year ago, the Cardinals enter 2016 hopeful of both rebound and repeat seasons. They'll need both, too, in order to match the success of a 2015 rotation that was baseball's best.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB, like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orioles invite 17 roster hopefuls to camp

Orioles invite 17 roster hopefuls to camp

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles will have 17 non-roster players in Major League Spring Training, the club announced on Monday.

The group is comprised of four left-handed pitchers, three right-handers, three catchers, four infielders and three outfielders. They will compete, along with the members of the Orioles' 40-man roster, for a spot on the team's Opening Day roster while in Sarasota, Fla.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pitchers get in last Turner Field workouts

Foltynewicz, Wisler and others will report to Orlando by Feb. 19

Pitchers get in last Turner Field workouts

ATLANTA -- Though there was still a little chill in the air, those who passed through the Braves clubhouse at Turner Field on Monday could certainly get the sense that the baseball season is quickly approaching.

Braves general manager John Coppolella added a couple suitcases to a group of boxes that will be placed on a moving truck that will transport most of the club's equipment to Spring Training on Friday. As Coppolella packed, pitchers Matt Wisler, Mike Foltynewicz and Williams Perez were at the stadium to complete one of their final workouts before heading to Florida. Braves pitchers and catchers are required to report to Spring Training by Feb. 19, but many of them will arrive in the Orlando area a few days early to get settled before entering daily grind of the baseball season.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Finding a common thread among MLB's best teams

Top 5 clubs show player development, smart talent assessment can be key

Finding a common thread among MLB's best teams

Baseball people spend a lot of time thinking about successful organizations. Specifically, is there a common thread running through them? Can success be traced back to spending, drafting, managing or some combination of everything?

With that in mind, let's look at baseball's winningest regular-season teams the past three seasons:

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Week Ahead: Teams prep for Spring Training

Sydney to host World Baseball Classic qualifier; free agents still remain

Week Ahead: Teams prep for Spring Training

The roar of dust and diesel kicks up as football is left in the national sports rearview mirror. Pitchers and catchers are straight ahead, with nothing blocking the roads to get there.

That's what's on tap for the week ahead in Major League Baseball: big rigs following a wonderful procession, carrying the precious gear and belongings of the 30 teams of the American League and the National League all the way to their spring homes in Arizona and Florida.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians sign Stammen to Minor League deal

Right-hander joins competition for spot in bullpen

Indians sign Stammen to Minor League deal

CLEVELAND -- After spending his entire career with the Nationals, reliever Craig Stammen is starting a new chapter with the Tribe.

The Indians finalized a Minor League contract on Monday with Stammen, who also received an invitation to attend Spring Training with the big league club. The veteran right-hander will go into camp with a chance at cracking Cleveland's bullpen, which has a handful of vacancies and a long list of competitors.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's Gray stars in Super Bowl ad with zombies

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A's Gray stars in Super Bowl ad with zombies

Starring in a commercial is pretty cool. But what's cooler? If that commercial airs during the Super Bowl. And what's coolest? If that commercial airs during the Super Bowl and also has zombies in it. Sonny Gray, during Sunday's Super Bowl 50 XFINITY commercial, was the coolest.

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Mets sign Bernadina to Minor League deal

Veteran outfielder will report to big league Spring Training

Mets sign Bernadina to Minor League deal

NEW YORK -- The Mets signed veteran outfielder Roger Bernadina to a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league Spring Training on Monday.

Bernadina, 31, spent all of last season in the Minors, batting .276 with 15 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 119 games for the Rockies' Triple-A Albuquerque affiliate.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Don't worry, Panthers, the Mets and Royals want you to know that they've been there

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Don't worry, Panthers, the Mets and Royals want you to know that they've been there

After months of ups, downs and working hard to achieve the ultimate goal, losing in a championship game is hard to shake. The Carolina Panthers know this better than anyone -- they went 15-1 in the regular season and blitzed through the playoffs, only to fall just short in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.

Alas, being a professional athlete who's lost the biggest game of his career isn't exactly a relatable experience. Without anybody to talk to, how will Cam Newton and Co. find closure and move on? Please step in, Dr. Bartolo will see you now.

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Red Sox counting on rebounds from several players

Red Sox counting on rebounds from several players

MLB.com is providing a multipart Spring Training primer over the next few days that will bring you up to speed on all the key issues as the Red Sox try to bounce back from consecutive last-place finishes.

Fittingly, the first segment features the players who are on a mission to have a rebound season.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers on the rebound entering camp

Darvish, Hamilton and Holland among players recovering from injury

Rangers on the rebound entering camp

ARLINGTON -- The time has come to begin the final countdown to Spring Training as Rangers pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 19.

The usual storylines are in play going into camp concerning position battles, top prospects, new players and those on the rebound. The last one is always crucial for a team as internal improvements have the potential of having the biggest impact.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

New Orleans set to host third Urban Invitational

New Orleans set to host third Urban Invitational

The Crescent City will again take center stage in Major League Baseball's annual effort to highlight baseball in the inner city. The Urban Invitational is headed back to New Orleans for the third straight season, and it will feature a few youth events as well as six colleges playing at two sites.

The University of New Orleans and the Urban Youth Academy in Pontchartrain Park will serve as the hosts for this year's tourney, which will take place Feb. 19-21. Southern University returns for the ninth straight season, and rival Grambling State will be featured for the fifth time.

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Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Enjoy these 10 surprising tales of player-managers who dazzled on the field and in the dugout

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Enjoy these 10 surprising tales of player-managers who dazzled on the field and in the dugout

Winning an MVP is one thing, but doing it while also juggling managerial duties is a different beast entirely. While it's no longer en vogue (much to the chagrin of Jimmy Rollins ), player-managers used to be all the rage (are the kids still saying "all the rage?") in Major League Baseball.

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10 days until Spring Training: Get your very own Marcus Stroman motivational quote

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10 days until Spring Training: Get your very own Marcus Stroman motivational quote

Spring Training is less than a month away! Let us keep you company until the first pitcher-and-catcher workouts on Feb. 18 with a team-by-team countdown of reasons to get excited for the 2016 MLB season. Today: The Toronto Blue Jays.

Previously: PHI | OAK | ATL | DET | CIN | SEA | COL | CWS | MIL | BOS | TB | ARI | MIA | BAL | SD | MIN | SF | CLE | PIT  | LAA

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Yankees counting on return to form for several

Castro, Ellsbury among group of players who could improve in 2016

Yankees counting on return to form for several

The countdown for the official report date of Yankees pitchers and catchers to Tampa, Fla., is ticking down -- it's Feb. 18, if you don't already have it circled on your calendar -- and anticipation is kicking into high gear for the upcoming season.

In the first installment of our Spring Training preview package, "On the Rebound," MLB.com will take a look at the Yankees players who are coming into camp eyeing bounce-back campaigns for one reason or another.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Duvall in mix for vacant LF spot

Slugger working to cut down K's, improve defense

Duvall in mix for vacant LF spot

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Throughout his career in the Minor Leagues, Adam Duvall has demonstrated he has power that can clear the fences. If Duvall can prove able to do that in the Major Leagues for the Reds on a consistent basis in 2016, he could emerge as their regular left fielder.

Duvall, 27, came from the Giants in the Trade Deadline deal for pitcher Mike Leake. This spring, he is part of a large pool of candidates seeking either the vacant starting spot in left field or a place on the bench.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.