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Yelich, Brewers focus on clean slate after near-miss in 2018

Feb. 18, 2019 2:24 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Christian Yelich has already had conversations with some of his Milwaukee Brewers teammates about their biggest message this spring after coming up one win short of the World Series. "What you did last year means nothing basically. Whether it was good or bad for you as an individual or as a...

AP source: Mets, Hechavarria agree to minor league deal

Feb. 18, 2019 12:05 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Veteran shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and the New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the deal is...

AP source: Moustakas, Brewers nearing deal for $10M

Feb. 17, 2019 10:11 PM EST

Mike Moustakas and the Brewers are nearing a deal that would keep the third baseman in Milwaukee for a guarantee of $10 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because the agreement will be subject to a successful physical. The...

Pitch clock coming for spring training games

Feb. 17, 2019 9:51 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball is unilaterally starting the use of pitch clocks for spring training games, while brushing off complaints from players about the slow free agent market. With the sport looking for ways to speed the pace of play, pitchers generally will have 20 seconds to...

Cano says he feels 25, not 36, as he reports to Mets

Feb. 17, 2019 7:23 PM EST

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — New York Mets infielder Robinson Cano had a youthful perspective after reporting to spring training. "I feel like I'm 25," the 36-year-old All-Star second baseman said Sunday, a day ahead of the team's first full-squad workout. Cano took a physical and held a news conference. He...

Grandal gets proactive about learning staff with Brewers

Feb. 17, 2019 6:15 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The ink was hardly dry on his $18.25 million, one-year contract with Milwaukee when Yasmani Grandal started working the phone, reaching out to as many new teammates as possible from his offseason home in Peoria. The Brewers' new backstop wanted to get a running start when pitchers and...

Cubs' Maddon foresees 'fluid' situation for bullpen

Feb. 17, 2019 5:22 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Cubs manager Joe Maddon has a lot of experience cobbling together bullpens from pitchers without defined roles. Until closer Brandon Morrow is mended and ready, Maddon will once again be faced with a juggling act of sorts in the late innings. Maddon said Sunday the Cubs bullpen is a...

Blue Jays' Stroman disheartened by unsigned veteran players

Feb. 17, 2019 5:04 PM EST

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Marcus Stroman says it is "pretty disheartening" that veteran players like Adam Jones remain unsigned as full-squad spring training workouts are set to begin. "I'm someone who can speak on how much I have learned from these individuals, and I know how important they are to the game of...

M's new backstop Narvaez playing catch up with new staff

Feb. 17, 2019 4:20 PM EST

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Omar Narvaez is expected to do plenty with the bat as the Seattle Mariners new catcher. In his first spring training with the organization, he's doing some important work with a 5 iron, too. Narvaez has come into camp committed to establishing a rapport with Seattle's young pitching...

After Keller, Royals hope to hit again on Rule 5 picks

Feb. 17, 2019 3:52 PM EST

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — As a rule five draft selection, Brad Keller was a surprising success with Kansas City last season. The rebuilding Royals are hoping to do it again with Chris Ellis and Sam McWilliams. Kansas City plucked Keller from the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the right-hander rewarded them with a...