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4:10 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” Major League Baseball will implement a 20-second pitch clock for spring training games, and sources told ESPN that adding it for this regular season is a real possibility. MLB announced the parameters
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6:59 AM ET WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — When it comes to filling big shoes, Matt Adams has nothing on Babe Dahlgren and Ryan Minor. Dahlgren is the man who replaced Lou Gehrig in the New York Yankees‘ lineup the day that the Iron Horse’s consecutive-games streak ended. Nearly 60 years later, Minor is the
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10:05 PM ET Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels have signed pitcher Dan Jennings to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. A left-hander, Jennings appeared in 72 games last season for the Milwaukee Brewers and had a 4-5 record with a 3.22 ERA. Jennings signed with the Brewers
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4:49 PM ET ESPN News Services FORT MYERS, Fla. — Longtime Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo has died after collapsing at the team’s spring training ballpark. The newspaper said Cafardo had an embolism Thursday and Red Sox medical staff was unable to revive him. He was 62. Nick Cafardo, our widely respected baseball columnist,
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7:16 PM ET Associated Press SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Buster Posey most likely will not catch in any spring training games until early March, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday. Posey, who had surgery in August to address a hip impingement and repair a torn labrum, has been catching pitchers’ side sessions in camp
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4:14 PM ET The Detroit Tigers and veteran infielder Josh Harrison have agreed to a one-year deal, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The Athletic was first to report the deal Wednesday. Harrison, a two-time All-Star, became a free agent when the Pittsburgh Pirates declined a $10.5 million option on his contract in November.
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11:56 PM ET Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, according to an SI.com report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers’ signs last season, including during the postseason, commissioner Rob Manfred had promised to have new directives in place this year to curtail
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2:36 PM ET One of the clown-sized shoes on the feet of the 2018-19 free-agent season has finally dropped: According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Manny Machado has agreed to a reported 10-year, $300 million contract with the … San Diego Padres? Manny Machado is headed to the Padres on the richest deal ever signed by
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8:53 PM ET Marly RiveraESPN Writer Close Marly Rivera is a writer for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com. DUNEDIN, Fla. — As he headed to his first big league camp with the Toronto Blue Jays, touted phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr. asked his famous father whether he had any words of wisdom for him. Vladimir Guerrero senior gave
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12:38 AM ET ESPN News Services WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Veteran shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and the New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to multiple reports. The deal is pending a physical planned for Monday, when Hechavarria is expected to arrive at Mets camp
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10:27 PM ET Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — 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
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3:42 PM ET TEMPE, Ariz. — Albert Pujols joined Mike Trout for some on-field batting practice in one of the backfields of the Tempe Diablo Stadium complex at around 10:30 a.m. MT on Sunday, by which point Shohei Ohtani had already left the facility altogether. Pujols and Ohtani reside in noticeably different stages of their
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8:49 PM ET Associated Press PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — By now, Tim Tebow has shown he belongs in professional baseball. He’s fully committed to the game and much more comfortable on the field. Sometimes, though, he still sounds like a football player. On his first day at spring training with the New York Mets,
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7:40 PM ET Associated Press PEORIA, Ariz. — Ichiro Suzuki fluidly went through a variety of stretches on the floor in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse even before going onto the field. Once outside, he smoothly went through fielding, hitting and baserunning drills. At 45 and in spring training again, Suzuki is working toward the chance
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