When will the Cubs deal Castillo? 

March, 1, 2015
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Welington Castillo showed up at Mesa, Arizona and is wearing a Chicago Cubs' uniform, but for how much longer?
Last spring, the Seattle Mariners came to camp with Brad Miller and Nick Franklin competing for the job of starting shortstop. Miller won the job with a monster performance in Cactus League play (1.314 OPS), but failed to maintain his stroke during the regular season, posting a .221/.288/.365 slash line.

Franklin ended up being traded to Tampa Bay in July as part of three-way blockbuster deal involving David Price, and the Mariners again have an open competition at shortstop.

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Impact of Belisario's injury 

March, 1, 2015
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Add Ronald Belisario to the list of players who admits to an unusual off-the-field injury. As ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark reported Saturday, Belsario will be sidelined with a fractured left shoulder which he suffered getting out of a swimming pool.

Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman, announced Saturday that Belisario would not be able to throw "for several weeks" because of the injury to his non-pitching shoulder, which occurred at his home in Venezuela before he reported to spring training.

This injury is on par with Clint Barmes, who broke his collarbone in 2005, who fell while lugging a package of deer meat he got from teammate Todd Helton and broke his collarbone.

Belisario, signed to a minor league deal, seemed to have a "decent shot" to win a spot in the bullpen as a ground-ball specialist, says Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. If Belisario falls behind the pack, that would make it easier for someone like Steven Geltz to be with the big league club on Opening Day.

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Aramis Ramirez announced Friday that he intends to retire after the season, giving the Milwaukee Brewers plenty of time to decide who will be their next third baseman.

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Outfield an easy adjustment for Weeks? 

February, 28, 2015
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The Seattle Mariners signed Rickie Weeks to a one-year, $2 million deal in mid-February in a low-risk move intended to improve the team's depth in both the infield and outfield. But with the long-time infielder lacking experience in the outfield, how easy will adjusting to the new role be for the 32-year-old Weeks?

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Blue Jays among teams eyeing Viciedo? 

February, 28, 2015
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Dayan Viciedo was a frequent topic of trade talks over the past year, and now he's a free agent after being released by the Chicago White Sox on Feb. 4. Originally, the Cleveland Indians were linked to the 25-year-old outfielder, but now there are reportedly two other teams that may be the lead for his services.

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Reduced workload for Austin Jackson 

February, 27, 2015
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Austin Jackson is just 28 years old, but Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon apparently is worried about his center fielder’s workload.

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No four-out saves for Perkins? 

February, 27, 2015
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If new Minnesota Twins' manager Paul Molitor has his way (and who’s to say he won’t?), there will be few four-out saves for Glen Perkins.

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Brewers bullpen finalized? 

February, 27, 2015
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It took the entire offseason and a few days into spring training, but Francisco Rodriguez is again a member of the Milwaukee bullpen after agreeing to a two-year, $13 million deal on Wednesday. What does mean for the rest of the Brewers’ bullpen?

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Rockies looking to deal a catcher? 

February, 27, 2015
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The Colorado Rockies have no plans on keeping three pure catchers on their Opening Day roster, so either Wilin Rosario or Michael McKenry could be traded during spring training, says Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.

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Last year for Murphy in Queens? 

February, 27, 2015
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Daniel Murphy is open to signing a contract extension with the New York Mets, but no in-season talks are planned and the “expectation is the Mets will let him walk” next winter when he is eligible for free agency, reports Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.

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When you watch Michael Brantley play left field, your eyes tell you he's an above average defender out there. He moves well and is rangy, two qualities that certainly help in the outfield. But when you look at his advanced defensive metrics, the numbers tell another story.

Brantley's defensive value in left last season was estimated to be worth roughly -3 runs per 1,000 innings, and for his career, it's -2. That puts him slightly below average, to the shock and disbelief of many. Count Cleveland manager Terry Francona among the doubters.

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Wily Mo Pena staying overseas? 

February, 26, 2015
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After months of talk of a return to the major leagues, will former MLB outfielder Wily Mo Pena be suiting up in the states this season?

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Candidates to replace Saunders in Toronto 

February, 26, 2015
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Toronto's offseason trade with Seattle for outfielder Michael Saunders was supposed to fill the role left by Melky Cabrera (signed with the Chicago White Sox), but now that Saunders is out for the first half of the season due to a meniscus tear, the Blue Jays have a big void in the outfield. Who are the frontrunners to replace Saunders? Here's the latest on that.

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How long will Ortiz stay in Boston? 

February, 25, 2015
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Even though David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox will turn 40 during this upcoming season, the team has no interest in looking ahead to a time when he will not be in their lineup. General manager Ben Cherington says that "David knows he's going to be a Red Sox [player] as long as he wants to be a Red Sox [player]."

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