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FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 5, 2019 file photo, Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich rounds third after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Dario Agrazal during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh. The Milwaukee Brewers have a lot of work to do in spring training. Having Christian Yelich sure helps. Yelich was working on a strong case for his second straight NL MVP award last year when he broke his right kneecap in September, sidelining the All-Star slugger for the rest of the season. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

NL Central teams at the start of spring training

Feb. 7, 2020 12:39 PM EST

A team-by-team look at the National League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad: ___ St. Louis Cardinals Manager: Mike Shildt (third season). 2019: 91-71, first place, lost to Nationals in...

Cincinnati Reds' Nick Castellanos waits for interviews to begin during a news conference announcing his signing with the baseball club, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Cincinnati. Castellanos signed a $64 million, four-year deal with the Reds. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

$165 million later, Reds see themselves as a contender

Feb. 7, 2020 12:13 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Manager David Bell hears the buzz around town. Reds fans who haven't had much to cheer for six years are ruminating not only about a return to winning, but a spot in the 2020 postseason. A $165 million spending spree changed everything. Cincinnati was one of the biggest players in the...

Cincinnati Reds' Nick Castellanos waits for interviews during a news conference, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Cincinnati. Castellanos signed a $64 million, four-year deal with the baseball club. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Reds' Castellanos returns to ballpark where he's comfortable

Jan. 29, 2020 3:42 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Nick Castellanos has 17 career at-bats in Great American Ball Park. Six times, he reached base on a hit. Three times, he touched them all after putting the ball in those oh-so-close outfield seats. It's a small sample size, but it makes the Cincinnati Reds' new outfielder eager to find...

FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo Detroit Tigers' Nicholas Castellanos bats in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Detroit. Castellanos agreed to a $64 million, four-year deal Monday in the Cincinnati Reds' latest big-money move to emerge from years of losing, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Reds get OF Nick Castellanos on $64 million, 4-year deal

Jan. 27, 2020 6:57 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Free agent outfielder Nick Castellanos signed a $64 million, four-year deal Monday with the Reds, Cincinnati's latest big-money move to emerge from years of losing. The deal allows Castellanos to opt out and become a free agent after the 2020 or 2021 seasons. He gets salaries of $16...

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Shogo Akiyama stands for photographs at Great American Ballpark after a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Cincinnati. Outfielder Shogo Akiyama agreed to a $21 million, three-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds, the only major league baseball team that hasn't had a player born in Japan. The 31-year-old center fielder was a five-time All-Star during his nine seasons with the Seibu Lions in Japan's Pacific League. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Outfielder Shogo Akiyama wanted to make history with Reds

Jan. 8, 2020 3:46 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Shogo Akiyama knew the Cincinnati Reds were the only Major League Baseball team that never had a player born in Japan. The chance to break a barrier was part of his impetus to sign. Akiyama got a $21 million, three-year deal this week with the Reds. They introduced him Wednesday at Great...

FILE -In this Nov. 21, 2015, file photo, Japan's Shogo Akiyama rounds third base after hitting two-run home run against Mexico in the seventh inning to end their third-place game at the Premier12 world baseball tournament at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. Akiyama has agreed to a $21 million, three-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds, the only major league team that has not had a player born in Japan. Akiyama, 31, became a free agent after his ninth season with the Seibu Lions in Japan's Pacific League, where he was a five-time All-Star. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi, File)

Reds agree to $21 million, 3-year deal with OF Shogo Akiyama

Jan. 6, 2020 7:31 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Outfielder Shogo Akiyama agreed to a $21 million, three-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds, the only major league team that hasn't had a player born in Japan. Akiyama, 31, became a free agent after his ninth season with the Seibu Lions in Japan's Pacific League, where he was a five-time...