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Modern major league manager salesman as much as strategist

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Running a major league team for the first time in four seasons, 60-year-old Ron Gardenhire thought about all the data and video rammed into the microchip of his iPad, a slew of statistics his bosses hope transform defeats into triumphs....

Alex Cobb and Orioles finalize $57M, 4-year contract

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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Cobb's comfort and familiarity with the AL East was the deciding factor in his decision to sign with the Baltimore Orioles....

Rays' catchers using wristbands amid rotation experiment

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Major League Baseball made game-calling more difficult for catchers this winter when it changed the rules governing mound visits. For backstops with the Tampa Bay Rays, things got even trickier when the club announced plans for a four-man rotation to open the season....

Dodgers wait to hear how long Turner out with broken wrist

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The Los Angeles Dodgers might've caught a break with Justin Turner's broken wrist....

MVP Jose Altuve, Astros finalize $163.5M, 7-year contract

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Jose Altuve sat behind a table set up on the field at the Houston Astros' spring training complex, and his teammates looked on as the World Series champions announced his $163.5 million, seven-year contract, the longest in team history....

FANTASY PLAYS: Waiting on first base could be risky play

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The first base position has traditionally been loaded with talent and a primary source of power for fantasy players. With overall HR totals increasing for four straight seasons, and perceived depth at the position, some fantasy managers may put off selecting a first baseman until the later rounds of their drafts. That used to be a good strategy but in 2018 it may expose you to risk....

FANTASY PLAYS: Third base can vary, depending on your league
Third base is a polarizing position for 2018, as some fantasy analysts say it's extremely deep and others say it falls off tremendously after the top 10....

Twins SS Polanco suspended 80 games for PED violation

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, a big blow to a team that has made a series of roster-enhancing moves throughout the offseason and into spring training....

FANTASY PLAYS: Depth at second base means draft options

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Second base is a deep position in fantasy baseball this season. Like most positions it's loaded at the top before the value drops, but when it comes to selecting your middle infielder in the later rounds of your draft, you are much more likely to take a second baseman than a shortstop....

FANTASY PLAYS: Lots of depth at shortstop this season

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Shortstop offers depth and diversity this season for fantasy baseball owners, who will have the opportunity to use a top 30 pick or significant auction funds on a quartet of players that can become cornerstones of success....






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