Source: O's, Trumbo agree to 3-year deal

Source: O's, Trumbo agree to 3-year deal

The Orioles and free-agent first baseman/right fielder Mark Trumbo have agreed to a three-year deal for the slugger to return to Baltimore pending a physical, a Major League source told MLB.com. The club has not confirmed.

According to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan, the deal is for around $37 million.

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

New Hall of Famers get their close-up

New Hall of Famers get their close-up

The National Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2017 enjoyed its first day of immortality Thursday, when Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez thanked voters and fans at a news conference in New York.

The moment was particularly sweet for Raines, who was elected by the Baseball Writers' Association of America in his 10th and final year on the ballot.

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

MLB announces game times for 2017 season

MLB announces game times for 2017 season

Major League Baseball today announced the game times for its master 2017 regular season schedule, which will begin on April 2nd when the Tampa Bay Rays host the New York Yankees at 1:10 p.m. (ET) on ESPN. ESPN will continue its expanded Opening Day coverage with the San Francisco Giants at the Arizona Diamondbacks at 4:10 p.m. (ET)/1:10 p.m. (MT) on ESPN2, followed by "Sunday Night Baseball" on ESPN, featuring the St. Louis Cardinals hosting the World Champion Chicago Cubs at 8:35 p.m. (ET)/7:35 p.m. (CT). The final day of the 2017 regular season, which features 12 divisional match-ups, is scheduled for Sunday, October 1st. For the third consecutive year, all games played on the final scheduled day of the regular season will begin at 3:00 p.m. (ET).

ESPN, beginning its 28th season televising Major League Baseball, will also provide Opening Day coverage on Monday, April 3rd at 1:10 p.m. (ET) as the Atlanta Braves visit the New York Mets, followed by the San Diego Padres at the Los Angeles Dodgers at 4:10 p.m. (ET)/1:10 p.m. (PT), the American League Champion Cleveland Indians at the Texas Rangers at 7:05 p.m. (ET)/6:05 p.m. (CT), and the Los Angeles Angels at the Oakland Athletics at 10:05 p.m. (ET)/7:05 p.m. (PT). The seven games featured on ESPN on Sunday and Monday will include six of the 10 Clubs that participated in the 2016 Postseason. Traditional Opening Day on Monday, April 3rd will feature 12 games, and the first full slate of 15 games will be played on Wednesday, April 5th.

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Imperfect 10: Time to revise HOF rule

Writers should be permitted to vote for more candidates on ballot

Imperfect 10: Time to revise HOF rule

Let's talk about what the Hall of Fame voting will look like over the next few years … but first, we have to talk a little bit about the Rule of 10.

On Wednesday, Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez were all elected to the Hall of Fame. It was a banner year. Raines had waited a decade. Bagwell had waited seven years. And Pudge was the second catcher (after Johnny Bench) to be elected on his first ballot. All of that was fascinating and wonderful.

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Joe Posnanski is a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, an Emmy Award-winning writer and has been awarded National Sportswriter of the Year. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sources: Marlins reel in Straily for prospect haul

Miami sends trio of top-ranked youngsters to Reds for righty starter

Sources: Marlins reel in Straily for prospect haul

MIAMI -- Before the non-waiver Trade Deadline on Aug. 1, the Marlins explored trade options for Dan Straily. The club was in the market for controllable starting pitching

On Thursday, Miami was finally able to seal the deal, but it came at a high price. The Marlins parted with three of their top 16 prospects -- right-handers Luis Castillo and Austin Brice and outfielder Isaiah White -- to acquire Straily, who becomes a front-runner to win a rotation spot.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

2017 Prospect Watch: Top 10 Catchers

Converted infielder Kelly, Mejia grab top spots, Alfaro remains No. 3

2017 Prospect Watch: Top 10 Catchers

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2017 Top 100 Prospects list on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a one-hour show on MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

Heading into 2016, MLBPipeline's two top-rated catching prospects were Willson Contreras and Gary Sanchez. You may have heard something about their exploits last year. Contreras took over the starting job on a Cubs team that won its first World Series in 108 years, while Sanchez tied an 86-year-old record for fewest games needed (51) to hit 20 homers.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Alyson Footer

Bagwell remains in awe of Hall of Fame honor

Bagwell remains in awe of Hall of Fame honor

NEW YORK -- In the 15 years he spent on a Major League field, Jeff Bagwell never seemed overwhelmed by any situation presented to him -- not his big league debut, not his first postseason game, not the World Series, not even his number retirement ceremony in 2007, when 42,000 fans packed Minute Maid Park to salute him one final time.

But as soon as he was announced as part of the Hall of Fame class of 2017, Bagwell, quite frankly, has seemed a little over his skis.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tito lauds front office for landing Edwin

Manager excited for camp, but calls it 'bittersweet' to bid farewell to Napoli

Tito lauds front office for landing Edwin

BOSTON -- If the baseball world was a little surprised by the Indians landing the big bat of Edwin Encarnacion, manager Terry Francona has come to expect the unexpected from his resourceful front office.

Fresh off getting to Game 7 of the World Series, in which his team suffered a gut-wrenching loss to the Cubs, Francona looks forward to getting acquainted with his new slugger in Spring Training.

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Ian Browne has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Atkins: 'It was clear' Bautista wanted return

GM notes importance of Toronto to slugger as well as what he means to community

Atkins: 'It was clear' Bautista wanted return

Jose Bautista always wanted to come back to the Blue Jays.

Toronto is where Bautista became the face of a franchise and where he transformed into one of the most fearsome hitters in baseball. It's where he impressed with his huge home runs and memorable bat flips to help revitalize baseball in the city and lead the franchise to appearances in the past two American League Championship Series.

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bagwell was at Darren Rovell's bar mitzvah

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Bagwell was at Darren Rovell's bar mitzvah

This week, ESPN business reporter Darren Rovell really embraced the concept of "throwback Thursday" and shared a few photos of himself at his bar mitzvah in 1991. What, you may wonder, prompted this particular trip down memory lane? Well, just look at who's standing with him. 

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Brewers sign Feliz to 1-year deal

Right-hander is a candidate to take over closing duties

Brewers sign Feliz to 1-year deal

MILWAUKEE -- After spending recent months trading away high-leverage relievers for prospects, the Brewers added one via free agency on Thursday by closing a one-year deal with Neftali Feliz that positions him to pitch the ninth inning for Milwaukee in 2017.

The Brewers didn't confirm terms of the contract, but a source said it pays the 28-year-old right-hander $5.35 million and offers another $1.5 million in incentives.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

5 reasons Hoffman reaches Hall next year

5 reasons Hoffman reaches Hall next year

SAN DIEGO -- The disappointment in Padres country was palpable following Wednesday's announcement that legendary closer Trevor Hoffman had missed out on the Hall of Fame by five measly votes.

"I don't take being on the ballot lightly," Hoffman said in a statement. "I'm grateful for every vote, and I'm truly humbled to have come so close. I hope to one day soon share a Hall of Fame celebration with my family and friends."

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Coop, 3 it is! Bagwell, Raines, Pudge elected to HOF

Astros slugger makes it on 7th try, leadoff man enters in final year, backstop in 1st year

Coop, 3 it is! Bagwell, Raines, Pudge elected to HOF

NEW YORK -- For Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines, a long wait has ended. For Ivan Rodriguez, there was no wait at all.

Those three players will be part of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2017, taking their place alongside the game's legends in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 30, with Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig and Braves vice chairman John Schuerholz, who were elected last month by the 16-member Today's Game Committee. The news arrived on Wednesday evening, when Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson announced the Baseball Writers' Association of America's results live on MLB Network and MLB.com.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. Andrew Simon, who is a research analyst for MLB.com, contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Betances heading to arbitration hearing

Righty reliever, Yankees $2 million apart in contract discussions

Betances heading to arbitration hearing

NEW YORK -- Dellin Betances and the Yankees are $2 million apart in their contract discussions, and they will have the matter settled in an arbitration hearing next month, general manager Brian Cashman said on Thursday.

The right-handed reliever is in line for a sizable raise over his league-minimum salary from a year ago. Betances filed at $5 million, and New York countered at $3 million. Cashman said they will be unable to find common ground without an arbitrator.

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

Patient Rangers announce deal with righty Ross

Coming off thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, hurler won't return until he's 100 percent

Patient Rangers announce deal with righty Ross

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers feel they have signed an elite starting pitcher in free-agent right-hander Tyson Ross, even if it's not an immediate impact.

The Rangers admit Ross is not expected to be ready for Opening Day while finishing his recovery from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. Instead the goal is to get him back 100 percent healthy and in position to finish the 2017 season strong.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. 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.

E-Rod out for Classic after minor knee injury

E-Rod out for Classic after minor knee injury

BOSTON -- Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez won't pitch for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic due to a minor right knee injury he sustained in winter ball last month.

"Given what transpired in his last start in Venezuela, we'd like to hold him out," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We need to determine that physically, there are no issues or questions about his knee."

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rumor Roundup: Astros interested in Gray

Rumor Roundup: Astros interested in Gray

The Hot Stove season continues, and we're keeping you up to date with the latest free-agent news, trade buzz, rumors and more.

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Choo ready for spring, 'not ready for full-time DH'

After injury-plagued '16, veteran could have new role; Andrus also working out, feeling healthy

Choo ready for spring, 'not ready for full-time DH'

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, after a Thursday morning workout at a local high school, was asked if all his body parts were working.

"Yeah ... geez," Choo said wearily. "I feel good. A lot of people, first thing they ask me is about my health. I'm tired of being asked that, but after what happened last year ... my body feels good. I am ready for Spring Training."

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. 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.

Source: Astros' Fiers gets $3.45M, avoids arbitration

Source: Astros' Fiers gets $3.45M, avoids arbitration

HOUSTON -- The Astros agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.45 million with pitcher Mike Fiers on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, a source told MLB.com. That figure is the midpoint between what Fiers had filed ($3.9 million) and what the Astros offered ($3 million). The team has not confirmed the contract.

By striking a deal with Fiers, the Astros have three remaining arbitration-eligible players unsigned: starting pitcher Collin McHugh, relief pitcher Will Harris and utility player Marwin Gonzalez. Last week, the Astros reached deals with pitcher Dallas Keuchel ($9.15 million), outfielder George Springer ($3.9 million) and Jake Marisnick ($1.1 million) to avoid arbitration.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Correa reconnects at Sunshine Kids party

Correa reconnects at Sunshine Kids party

HOUSTON -- Astros shortstop Carlos Correa saw a familiar smile Thursday morning and then couldn't help but grin himself. The young face of Angel Rodriguez peeked from under an Astros cap, and Correa recognized him right away.

It was just two years earlier Correa had visited Rodriguez at a children's hospital in their native Puerto Rico, and they struck up a friendship. Correa, who was visiting a Sunshine Kids party at Texas Children's Hospital on Thursday with teammates Alex Bregman and Jake Marisnick as part of the Astros Caravan, had no idea Rodriguez was in Houston to seek further treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Raines' emotions high during HOF election news

Newly-elected outfielder will enter with Expos cap

Raines' emotions high during HOF election news

NEW YORK -- Tim Raines was introduced at the St. Regis Hotel on Thursday afternoon as one of the members of the Baseball Hall of Fame's Class of 2017.

The induction will be held on July 30 in Cooperstown, N.Y. Raines will be inducted alongside Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez, Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig and Braves vice chairman John Schuerholz.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Raines' delay: Better wait than never

Speedster's 10-year journey to HOF scripts beautiful ending

Raines' delay: Better wait than never

For the past 10 years, Tim Raines has been very much on our minds. This is the wonder of the Baseball Hall of Fame. We don't really have deep conversations about long-ago players like Raines in other sports -- you don't hear too many people celebrating or arguing about Alex English or Andre Tippett or Mike Gartner.

But Raines, yes, for a decade now people have been contemplating him, quarreling about him, remembering him as a blur between first and second base, remembering him as a part-time player for the second half of his career, learning all sorts of new things about him. Did you know that Raines got on base more times than Tony Gwynn? Wow. Did you know that in his rookie season in 1981, he stole 50 bases in his first 54 games? Raines was on pace to absolutely shatter the stolen base record. And then the strike came. Remember?

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Joe Posnanski is a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, an Emmy Award-winning writer and has been awarded National Sportswriter of the Year. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phils announce 1-year deal with Saunders

Phils announce 1-year deal with Saunders

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies got a hitter for the middle of their lineup.

The team announced Thursday it signed a one-year, $9 million contract with outfielder Michael Saunders, who made the American League All-Star team last season with the Blue Jays. The deal includes an $11 million club option, which can jump to $14 million with escalators. There is a $1 million buyout.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Inbox: Breaking down Braves pitching prospects

Jonathan Mayo answers fans' questions about baseball's future stars

Inbox: Breaking down Braves pitching prospects

It's ranking season! Be very, very quiet. We're ranking prospects.

That's best said in an Elmer Fudd voice, of course. Needless to say, we're very excited to start rolling out the rankings. This week, we debuted our top 10 by positions list, one a day. On Thursday, for instance, it was the 2017 Top 10 Catching Prospects list. All of this is a build-up to the big reveal: Our Top 100 list. That comes out on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a one-hour show on MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Happily Trevor after: HOFfman eyes '18

Happily Trevor after: HOFfman eyes '18

SAN DIEGO -- Trevor Hoffman, one of the greatest relief pitchers of all time, came just shy of closing out his Hall of Fame legacy on Wednesday.

In his second year on the ballot, the legendary Padres closer fell a mere five votes short of the 332 required for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bags to riches! Bagwell gets Hall call

Bagwell gets 86.2 percent of vote, joins Biggio as lone Houston players in Cooperstown

Bags to riches! Bagwell gets Hall call

HOUSTON -- One of the greatest players in Astros history, slugging first baseman Jeff Bagwell will soon take his place among the game's all-time legends.

Bagwell earned induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Wednesday, meaning he'll join longtime teammate Craig Biggio -- inducted in 2015 -- as the only players enshrined with an Astros logo on their plaques.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cooperstown calls Pudge on first ballot

Backstop elected to Class of 2017 with 76 percent of BBWAA votes

Cooperstown calls Pudge on first ballot

ARLINGTON -- Ivan Rodriguez wanted this badly. He wanted badly to be in the Hall of Fame, and he wanted to go in on the first ballot.

Rodriguez knew it would be close, even though he is one of the greatest catchers in the history of the game.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. 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.

Every Topps card of the 2017 HOF class

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Every Topps card of the 2017 HOF class

On Wednesday evening, Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez learned that they'll be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer -- the culmination of a combined 59 years in the Major Leagues.

While there are plenty of ways to illustrate that impressive longevity -- 7,195 games played, for example, or 930 combined dingers -- we've got something even better: every basic series Topps card from every year of their careers. After all, you know what they say: If you want the sum total of a player's career, check the front of the baseball card.

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Eliminating catcher's interferences could be key for Ellsbury

Hitting coach Cockrell believes moving outfielder's contact out a few inches would improve production

Eliminating catcher's interferences could be key for Ellsbury

NEW YORK -- Jacoby Ellsbury set a Major League record for catcher's interferences in a single season last year. Though it seemed to be an unorthodox way to get on base, Yankees hitting coach Alan Cockrell believes that eliminating those could be key to unlocking better performance from the veteran outfielder.

Ellsbury's swing clipped a catcher's glove 12 times in 2016, surpassing Roberto Kelly's eight in 1992 for the most in a single season. While opponents took note of Ellsbury's tendencies, warning their backstops to set up slightly deeper, Cockrell sees it as a warning sign of a larger issue.

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

Angels announce 3-year extension with Calhoun

Emerging outfielder gives team cost certainty, keeps strong presence in clubhouse

Angels announce 3-year extension with Calhoun

The Angels inked a key contributor to a long-term deal and added cost certainty on Wednesday by signing outfielder Kole Calhoun to a three-year contract with a club option for 2020.

The deal covers Calhoun's three remaining arbitration years and what would have been his first year of free agency. Terms were not disclosed, but The Orange County Register reported the contract is worth $26 million over three years with a $14 million option for '20.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.