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Who is the team to beat in the NL Central? It just might be the Cincinnati Reds

[ad_1] Earlier this winter, I researched free-agent spending over the past decade and discovered the Cincinnati Reds had committed just $121.1 million in free agency during the 2010s, the lowest total of any team. Less than the Rays. Less than the Marlins. Less than the A's. The Reds do not spend in free agency.That's why I was skeptical when Reds owner Bob Castellini said at the beginning of the offseason
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Lessons from Nick Saban, Aaron Boone and others

[ad_1] It was August 2019, still a couple of months before David Ross would be introduced as the 55th manager of the Chicago Cubs. It also was the day before the Alabama Crimson Tide football team would begin practice.Alabama head coach Nick Saban had asked Ross to speak with his team about the one thing Ross knew more about than anything -- being a good teammate, hence making it the
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Similar to NFL officials, MLB umpires could get mic’d up

[ad_1] NEW YORK -- Big league players, managers and fans might be hearing a lot more from umpires this season.Much like NFL referees have done for years, umpires could be mic'd up and announce whether reviewed calls are upheld or overturned, sources told ESPN's Pedro Gomez. They may also explain rules, if necessary.Major League Baseball and the umpires are actively discussing the possibility. If the technical aspects can be worked
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Pirates trade Starling Marte to Diamondbacks

[ad_1] Outfielder Starling Marte has been traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Arizona Diamondbacks for two prospects, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Monday.Marte, 31, has spent his entire eight-year career with the Pirates. He has a career .287 batting average with 108 homers, 420 RBIs and 239 steals. He had career highs last season with 23 homers and 82 RBIs.Marte won Gold Gloves in 2015 and '16.The players
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Sources — Reds agree to $64M deal with Nick Castellanos

[ad_1] The Cincinnati Reds continued their busy offseason, matching the biggest free-agent contract in team history by agreeing to a four-year, $64 million deal with outfielder Nick Castellanos, sources confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Passan on Monday.The deal has an opt-out clause after the first season, sources said.Castellanos, who undoubtedly made some money for himself after his midseason trade from the Detroit Tigers to the Chicago Cubs, continued to be a
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Where a Mookie Betts, Nolan Arenado or Francisco Lindor trade would rank among winter blockbusters

[ad_1] Francisco Lindor, Mookie Betts and Nolan Arenado have taken turns at the center of trade rumors all winter. Will any of them be dealt before spring training? Maybe the Cardinals find a way to add Arenado. Maybe the Dodgers, having lost out on Anthony Rendon and Gerrit Cole as big-ticket free agents, will step up and acquire Lindor or Betts as a final piece to an already great team.
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Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso ‘ready to go’ as Mets’ new manager Luis Rojas prepares for spring training

[ad_1] New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom pitched for new manager Luis Rojas in the minor leagues, as the two-time Cy Young Award winner was preparing his skill set for the majors.So you can imagine deGrom's enthusiasm, after New York's roller-coaster offseason, that spring training is almost here and that there will be a familiar face captaining it.2 Related"He knows the game of baseball really well," deGrom said. "He communicates
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Dodgers frustrated by sign-steal scandal, but don’t want ‘fake banner’ for 2017

[ad_1] LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts echoed the feelings of some of his players in the wake of stark revelations about the Houston Astros illegally using technology to steal signs throughout the 2017 season."'Frustrating,'" Roberts said, "is probably the floor of my emotions."Despite those frustrations, all players who were made available during the team's annual FanFest at Dodger Stadium on Saturday said they had no interest in being
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Athletics’ Mike Fiers declines to discuss whistleblower role

[ad_1] OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers didn't have any more to say regarding his role as a whistleblower.Fiers declined Friday to answer questions about revealing the sign-stealing scandal that has engulfed Major League Baseball, instead saying he simply wanted to focus on the future. He spoke a day ahead of an A's fan event, his first public appearance since divulging that the Houston Astros used electronics to
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Dallas Keuchel apologizes for sign stealing, says ex-teammates should as well

[ad_1] About a week after some of his former Houston Astros teammates were mum on the subject of illegal sign stealing, Chicago White Sox pitcher Dallas Keuchel was both apologetic and surprised at the attention surrounding the biggest scandal to hit baseball since the steroid era."I think first and foremost, apologies should be in order ... for everyone on the team," Keuchel said Friday, becoming the first member of the