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1/27/2015 | Starling to get taste of bigs at Spring Training

Once a mega-prospect considered by many to be the future of the Royals, center fielder Bubba Starling hasn't quite lived up to the massive expectations heaped on his shoulders. So the Royals are taking a bit of an unconventional approach in his development: They're inviting him to Major League Spring Training.


1/27/2015 | Smoltz recalls bellhop joke he played on teammates

John Smoltz, one of the electees to the Baseball Hall of Fame, once spent time as a bellhop. Well, not exactly. But he pretended to be one once for about 30 minutes to pull off a joke on his teammates after they arrived at a hotel late one morning on a road trip.


1/27/2015 | Pirates bolster farm in dealing Snider to O's

Travis Snider, a force the last two months of the season who stood to be pushed out of right field by Gregory Polanco's potential, was dealt on Tuesday by the Pirates to the Baltimore Orioles. Since December's Winter Meetings, the Pirates have been looking for a way to turn Snider, 26, into prospects. Stephen Tarpley, a 21-year-old left-hander, and a player to be named, possibly another lower-level Minor League pitcher, were acquired in the deal.


1/27/2015 | Orioles acquire Snider in trade with Pirates

The Orioles acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Pirates on Tuesday in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named.


1/27/2015 | In Minors, Russell Wilson tackled tornadoes

As a frightening string of destructive tornadoes ripped through the Southeast on April 27, 2011, Mike Dunn took precautionary measures to protect his Class A Rome Braves players and the visiting Asheville Tourists club that included a young second baseman named Russell Wilson.


1/27/2015 | Rangers acquire Ranaudo from Red Sox for Ross

The Rangers added another strong candidate to their rotation competition by acquiring rookie right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo in exchange for Robbie Ross Jr.


1/27/2015 | Blue Jays, Brewers talk potential trade for Papelbon

Talks between the Phillies, Blue Jays and Brewers regarding a Jonathan Papelbon trade continue, although the seriousness of those discussions is unclear.


1/27/2015 | At 36, Lohse feeling on top of his game

Statistically, Kyle Lohse is in the prime of his career, with four of his best seasons in terms of ERA+ and fielding independent pitching in the past five years. But he is also 36 years old, which explains why Lohse is asked more and more these days about his post-playing career plans.


1/27/2015 | Where will Moncada land among Major suitors?

Cuban teenage prospect Yoan Moncada has worked out privately for the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Giants, Rangers and Brewers, according to sources. The Rays, Cubs, Phillies and Cardinals have also shown interest. The question remains: When will Moncada sign? Here's what MLB.com knows.


1/27/2015 | Eaton enjoys reporting duties at Super Bowl Media Day

For the immediate future, Adam Eaton is more than satisfied to serve as the catalyst at the top of the White Sox batting order and anchor center field for what looks to be an up-and-coming team. But on Tuesday in Phoenix, the charismatic Eaton got thrown into the fire in a new profession as part of Super Bowl Media Day.


1/27/2015 | Top needs remaining as Hot Stove season winds down

The Orioles' corner outfield question represents the biggest area in need of upgrade, especially on a team motivated to build on recent success. Here are other needs that remain as the earliest go-getters start to be spotted at camps in Florida and Arizona.


1/27/2015 | Source: Arbitration-eligible Crawford gets $3.175 million

The Giants have avoided arbitration with shortstop Brandon Crawford by agreeing to a one-year, $3.175 million deal, a source told MLB.com's Paul Hagen on Tuesday.


1/27/2015 | Astros legend Bagwell to rejoin organization

Jeff Bagwell, who has been largely out of baseball since he decided not to remain as hitting coach of the Astros following the 2010 season, will return to the organization after accepting an offer from the team Tuesday to become a guest instructor at Spring Training.


1/27/2015 | Reflecting on Selig the man on his final day as Commissioner

Allan H. Selig will go down in history as the greatest Commissioner baseball has ever known. People will discuss the Wild Cards, the Mitchell Report and his handling of performance-enhancing drugs, instant replay, revenue sharing and economic success, labor peace, new ballparks and attendance records. But I'll remember him for more than that.


1/27/2015 | Angels to keep Baldoquin in Minor League camp

The Angels have opted against inviting Roberto Baldoquin to Major League Spring Training, mostly because they'll have a lot of infielders competing for jobs, but also because they want to give Baldoquin a chance to develop on his own time without added pressure.


1/27/2015 | Nationals preparing for new right side of infield

The Nationals might have a new Opening Day starter in Max Scherzer, and the infield standing behind the right-hander figures to look plenty different as well. With Spring Training less than a month away, Washington is set to move trade acquisition Yunel Escobar from shortstop to second base, and longtime third baseman Ryan Zimmerman to first.


1/27/2015 | Pipeline Perspectives: Turner to turn heads with steals

Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis are making their selections of who they think will lead the Minor Leagues in stolen bases in 2015. This is the second straight year they've tried to get this race right, and after how 2014 went down, no one would blame Mayo for being cautious with this year's prognostication. But instead of the safe bet, he's going with the worst kept player to be named secret in Trea Turner.


1/27/2015 | Dyson, Royals avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

The Royals have avoided arbitration with outfielder Jarrod Dyson by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal worth $1.225 million. The club confirmed that the sides reached a deal, but did not disclose the terns.


1/27/2015 | Wilhelmsen will move his way into any role for Mariners

Tom Wilhelmsen proved his versatility -- and personality -- at last weekend's FanFest with several impromptu singing and dancing performances atop the dugout at Safeco Field. But the looming question now figures to be where exactly he fits into Seattle's pitching plans when the games begin this spring.


1/27/2015 | Cards prospects make strides with offseason work

Experience gleaned from September callup experiences led both Xavier Scruggs and Sam Tuivailala to extend their 2014 seasons with an eye on improving their respective chances for a return to the Majors this year.


1/27/2015 | On 10th anniversary of signing, Iguchi reflects on '05 title

Tadahito Iguchi was invited to the July 17-19 weekend honoring the 10-year-anniversary of the 2005 White Sox World Series title, but he's an active player in Japan. So he brought his whole family from Japan to Chicago this past weekend to take part in SoxFest's first pitch for the anniversary celebration.


1/27/2015 | Pipeline Perspectives: Quinn the top Minor League burner

The Florida Panhandle produced several notable speedsters for the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. The fastest of them all was Gulf Coast Community College outfielder Terrance Gore, who rode his quickness alone to a spot on the Royals' postseason roster last fall. The best player among the Panhandle speed demons, however, is the Phillies' Roman Quinn.


1/27/2015 | Castellanos off to Texas for defensive refresher course

Nick Castellanos spent last offseason at home in Miami taking ground balls from Omar Vizquel in preparation for his return to third base. This offseason, his followup work is taking him next week to Lubbock, Texas. It's an odd place to go for a South Florida native in the middle of winter. However, it's where Tigers defensive coordinator Matt Martin lives in the offseason.


1/27/2015 | Preller's moves put Padres atop offseason heap

The San Diego Padres have won the offseason. Even with James Shields still on the market, it's going to be difficult to overtake what new general manager A.J. Preller has done.


1/27/2015 | Santana, Escobar to engage in shortstop competition

When Paul Molitor took over as Twins manager from Ron Gardenhire, one of the major questions was how he'd handle the shortstop position in 2015. Molitor quickly asserted he planned to move Danny Santana back to shortstop, creating a competition with Eduardo Escobar in Spring Training.




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