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03-25

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Rumor Roundup: The Diamondbacks' Shortstop Decision Will Affect 2B, 3B, and Perhaps All Three OF Positions
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Daniel Rathman

03-24

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Rumor Roundup: Olivera on the run/Driving in the sun/Looking out for Number 1
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Chris Mosch

03-23

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Rumor Roundup: Chase Utley is 'Easily Attainable,' Though Probably Not By You
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Chris Mosch

03-20

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Rumor Roundup: Aaron-Starting Era Starting
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Chris Mosch

03-19

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Rumor Roundup: Make $50 Million Fast While Working Part-Time From Home
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Daniel Rathman

03-18

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Rumor Roundup: Experts: Matt Wieters Can Squat
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Daniel Rathman

03-17

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Rumor Roundup: Tony Cingrani Won't Start, to Start
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Chris Mosch

03-16

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Rumor Roundup: Alex Colome's Series of Unfortunate Events
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Daniel Rathman

03-12

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Rumor Roundup: The Only Thing Left That Matters Is Cuban
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Daniel Rathman

03-11

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Rumor Roundup: Olivera, Why Not Take Olivera?
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Chris Mosch

03-10

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Rumor Roundup: The Top Prospect Everybody Wants To See Replace Yu Darvish
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Chris Mosch

03-06

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Rumor Roundup: Trout Pulling the Trigger
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Daniel Rathman

03-05

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Rumor Roundup: Huston Street Might Have Relief-Ace'd Himself Into the Angels' Future
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Chris Mosch

03-04

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Rumor Roundup: Don't Call It A Committee!
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Daniel Rathman

03-03

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Rumor Roundup: Shift Happenings
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Chris Mosch

03-02

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Rumor Roundup: You Can't Predict Padres
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Daniel Rathman

02-27

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Rumor Roundup: Diamondbacks Third Baseman is on the Bobbly Chair
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Daniel Rathman

02-26

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Rumor Roundup: It's Never Too Early to Think About Extending Andrew McCutchen Forever
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Chris Mosch

02-25

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Rumor Roundup: Closer Closer to Closing Deal
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Daniel Rathman

02-24

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Rumor Roundup: Baseball Player Fatter
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Daniel Rathman

02-23

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Rumor Roundup: Mookie Betts, Fourth Outfielder?
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Chris Mosch

02-20

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Rumor Roundup: Yankees and Moncada Spotted Canoodling
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Daniel Rathman

02-19

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Rumor Roundup: The Cole Hamels Return That Amaro Turned Down
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Chris Mosch

02-18

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Rumor Roundup: A Bidding War is Building for Olivera, and the Dodgers Have Position
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Chris Mosch

02-17

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Rumor Roundup: Bradley Fielding Advice
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Daniel Rathman

02-13

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Rumor Roundup: Yoan Moncada Sets A 10-Day Countdown
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Chris Mosch

02-12

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Rumor Roundup: The Two-Thirds Cuban Roundup
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Chris Mosch

02-11

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Rumor Roundup: Phillies' Dream: Veteran Who Catches AND Plays Shortstop
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Daniel Rathman

02-10

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Rumor Roundup: Mysterious Blob Will Attempt To Eat Yoan Moncada Next
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Daniel Rathman

02-09

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Rumor Roundup: Dayan Viciedo's Home Runs Are the Least Wanted Home Runs
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Daniel Rathman

02-06

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Rumor Roundup: How Many Trades Would it Take to Makes Shields a Cub?
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Daniel Rathman

02-05

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Rumor Roundup: Like Manna From Heaven Fall The James Shields Rumors
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Chris Mosch

02-04

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Rumor Roundup: Andruw Jones is a Candidate to Fill a Void
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Daniel Rathman

02-03

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Rumor Roundup: Until Ryan Howard Gets Moved, Cody Asche Might Be
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Chris Mosch

02-02

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Rumor Roundup: The Right-Handed Reliever You Covet For The Seventh Inning Might Still Be Available!
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Daniel Rathman

01-30

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Rumor Roundup: Brandon Beachy Cares Not For Your Impatience
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Daniel Rathman

01-29

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Rumor Roundup: Aaron Sanchez Is This Close To Saving 38 Games and Winning Rookie of the Year
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Chris Mosch

01-28

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Rumor Roundup: Only Half Of These Rumors Concern Kevin Correia
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Daniel Rathman

01-27

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Rumor Roundup: The Dodgers + Yoan Moncada Is So Obvious
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Daniel Rathman

01-26

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Rumor Roundup: Papelbon Not Proven Closer To Milwaukee
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Chris Mosch

01-23

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Rumor Roundup: Everth Cabrera is a Wanted Man
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Daniel Rathman

01-22

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Rumor Roundup: Jonathan Singleton Is Probably Not the Breakout Candidate You're Looking For
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Chris Mosch

01-21

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Rumor Roundup: The World Is Drunk On Burke Badenhop Rumors
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Daniel Rathman

01-20

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Rumor Roundup: Brew Crew Clues True?
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Chris Mosch

01-19

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Rumor Roundup: Big Yields Shields
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Daniel Rathman

01-16

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Rumor Roundup: Rangers Not Interested in Max Scherzer for Backup Catcher Search
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Chris Mosch

01-15

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Rumor Roundup: What Do You and the Dodgers Have In Common?
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Chris Mosch

01-14

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Rumor Roundup: One Of Alexi Ogando And Max Scherzer Likely To Sign Next Week
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Daniel Rathman

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: Three Stories About NL West Teams Pursuing Pitching
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Daniel Rathman

01-12

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Rumor Roundup: Tigers Talk Big About Scherzer
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Daniel Rathman

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Nick Ahmed might win the starting shortstop job, which had implications on the rest of the roster; while the Indians and Corey Kluber aren't even close on a contract extension.

Diamondbacks infield arrangement still in flux
A Monday morning report from Peter Gammons, which indicated that Nick Ahmed had gone from darkhorse to favorite in the battle to be the Diamondbacks’ Opening Day shortstop, set off a chain of speculation about the rest of the team’s infield plans. But hours later, first-year manager Chip Hale had a message for everyone eager to etch the club’s depth chart in stone: Hold your horses.


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Wherever Hector Olivera ends up this week, it'll probably be in California. Meanwhile, John Holdzkom might be on a path to Triple-A.

Caminero could force Holdzkom to the minors
John Holdzkom’s path from failing to make the roster of an indy ball team to becoming a valuable piece of the Pirates bullpen down the stretch all in one year was an improbable one for the lanky New Zealand native. However, it’s becoming increasingly likely that we'll have to wait some time before seeing the story continue in Pittsburgh, and that has little to do with any wrongdoing on his part.


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The Phillies second baseman could be traded, while the Rangers might look to Florida for pitching.

Chase Utley “easily attainable” for teams willing to pay salary
It’s no secret that the Phillies have begun to build toward the future. They’ve already traded away veterans Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and Antonio Bastardo this offseason. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. publicly voiced the organization’s desire to part ways with Ryan Howard and is reportedly willing to eat $50 million of the remaining $60 million owed to the declining first baseman over the next three seasons. And while nobody has been willing to meet the Phillies asking price for either Cole Hamels or Jonathan Papelbon this offseason, the endless stream of trade rumors surrounding the two hurlers will surely continue through July.


But the move that would truly signal a new era in Philadelphia—at least symbolically—would be the departure of Chase Utley. Before DL stints became a yearly ritual for Utley, he perennially performed at an MVP-caliber level and helped lead the Phillies to five straight NL East crowns and a World Series title in 2008. On Saturday, Alden Gonzalez, who covers the Angels for MLB.com, tweeted that he’s been hearing that Utley is “easily attainable” if a team is willing to take on his contract.



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March 20, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Aaron-Starting Era Starting

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Chris Mosch

The Blue Jays appear to have committed to Aaron Sanchez in the rotation, while the Red Sox consider committing to Mookie Betts for the better part of a decade.

John Gibbons indicates Aaron Sanchez is locked into rotation spot
It was universally expected that Aaron Sanchez would slide into the Blue Jays rotation after Marcus Stroman’s season-ending ACL tear last week. In case anyone still had doubts about the right-hander’s role come the start of the season, manager John Gibbons on Thursday all but officially confirmed that Sanchez will end up in the rotation. The Jays skipper told members of the media, including Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star, that the 22-year-old is "pretty much locked into where he is now.”

The Barstow, California native proceeded to pitch into the sixth inning, striking out three and issuing one free pass while generating eight grounders versus a single fly. Getting opposing hitters to beat the ball into ground was the key to Sanchez’s success out of the pen in the second half last year, as he heavily relied on a two-seam fastball that averaged 97 mph and resulted in a groundball percentage just a shade under 66 percent.


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All you need to do is take on Ryan Howard's contract.

Phillies willing to pay $50 million to rid themselves of Ryan Howard
So says Anthony Castrovince of Sports on Earth, who wrote yesterday that if the team really is open to carrying that sort of salary, a deal might be in the cards.

Howard has two years and $60 million remaining on his ill-advised five-year, $125 million extension, which means that an acquiring club would only have to pay him $5 million annually through 2016. The 34-year-old could justify that investment with merely 1.0 WARP production, depending on what sort of return the Phillies would seek in exchange for the massive salary coverage.


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March 18, 2015 10:32 am

Rumor Roundup: Experts: Matt Wieters Can Squat

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Daniel Rathman

The Orioles catcher is back behind the dish, Kris Bryant will be back at third soon, and Alex Rodriguez might stay at third.

Matt Wieters sports the tools of ignorance
It had been a while since Matt Wieters last put the gear on: May 4th of last year, to be exact, when his elbow began to bark. The 28-year-old was eventually diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament that required Tommy John surgery, going on the shelf May 10th and staying there for the rest of the season.


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March 17, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Tony Cingrani Won't Start, to Start

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Chris Mosch

The Reds move the promising young pitcher to the bullpen, while the Mets have an eye on Brian Matusz.

Reds moving Tony Cingrani to bullpen
After outperforming all expectations during his rookie season, Tony Cingrani’s sophomore campaign was one that he surely wanted to put behind him. Unfortunately for the 25-year-old, his 2015 season is already off to a rough start with Reds manager Bryan Price informing Cingrani on Monday that he will start the season in the bullpen.

Cingrani’s deceptive delivery helped his low-90s fastball generate more whiffs than either Matt Harvey or Shelby Miller in 2013, but the league adjusted the next season and the southpaw was unable to effectively counter. He did mix in his slider and changeup more frequently but still relied on his fastball three out of every four pitches, with opposing hitters squaring the offering up more frequently and with more authority to the tune of a .210 isolated power.


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March 16, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Alex Colome's Series of Unfortunate Events

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Daniel Rathman

Everything's going wrong for Alex Colome, Addison Reed is making changes, Leonys Martin will hit at the top, and Hector Olivera gets another mention here.

Rays’ Alex Colome battling pneumonia
Sometimes, players favored to win position battles struggle on the field and cede their projected roles. Unfortunately, if Alex Colome does not open the season in the Tampa Bay rotation, it will likely be the result of forces beyond his baseball control.


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March 12, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The Only Thing Left That Matters Is Cuban

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Daniel Rathman

The hot market for Hector Olivera.

Hector Olivera has four to six offers in hand
Free-agent Rumors are few and far between at this late stage of the offseason. Those that still occasionally light up the hot stove almost exclusively revolve around Cuban infielder Hector Olivera.


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March 11, 2015 6:17 am

Rumor Roundup: Olivera, Why Not Take Olivera?

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Chris Mosch

Can't you see they're no good without him?

Padres emerging as favorites for Hector Olivera


With spring training games finally underway, we’ve gotten to the time of the year when the majority of baseball news has been about position battles, “best shape of his life” reports and the unfortunate and inevitable injuries that have left the Twitter world broken-hearted. However, this year poses the unusual situation of a potential impact player becoming available in March with Cuban infielder Hector Olivera finally being declared a free agent by Major League Baseball last Friday. Over the past week, quite a few developments have occurred in the bidding for the 29-year-old.


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The Rangers might not need to make a trade to get 30 good starts this year.

Rangers plan on looking in-house to replace Darvish
With Yu Darvish getting a second opinion today on the sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, the Rangers will make an announcement on Wednesday regarding the future of their ace. It seems likely that Darvish will be the latest addition to the long list of pitchers that have recently had to go under the knife and the Rangers next move would be to find an arm to take the right-hander’s place in the starting rotation. The Rangers obviously won’t be able to replace the production of Darvish but the early word is that they plan to fill the void in the rotation internally.

Darvish’s injury makes it likely that Ross Detwiler ends slotting in the rotation behind Yovani Gallardo, Derek Holland and Colby Lewis. As for the final spot in the rotation, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News writes that the club’s first priority is to fill it with an internal option and that the competition for that spot is “wide open.” Grant lists Nick Tepesch, Nick Martinez, Anthony Ranaudo, Lisalverto Bonilla and Chi Chi Gonzalez as options that the team is willing to consider.


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March 6, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Trout Pulling the Trigger

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Daniel Rathman

Mike Trout plans to be more aggressive on the first pitch, a Cuban sensation faces possible surgery, and a Dodgers outfielder is finding his trade market lacking.

Mike Trout plans to be more aggressive at the plate
“Locked and loaded on the first pitch”—that’s what the defending American League Most Valuable Player told reporters about the mentality he’ll take to the batter’s box whenever he heads there this spring.


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