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11:40 AM ET, February 28, 2017


 Top News: 
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
Cardinals face tricky negotiation with Yadier Molina  —  The normal process for clubs trying to extend a player entering his free-agent year is to ask, “What would he be worth on the open market?”  —  With the Cardinals' Yadier Molina, it's not quite that simple.
Mike Sielski /
Phillies have one request for Quinn: stay healthy  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. - Throughout batting practice in the morning and the Phillies' 7-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the afternoon Monday, Roman Quinn wore a white compression sleeve on his right arm.  He had practical reasons for doing so.
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Matt Gelb /
Phillies' Mackanin likes what he sees of two young sluggers
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Reds' Anthony DeSclafani scratched from spring debut with elbow soreness  —  GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani has been scratched from his first Cactus League start of the year with a tenderness in his right elbow.  —  Reds manager Bryan Price said DeSclafani felt …
Jeff Passan / Yahoo Sports:
Sources: MLB seeking new ball with stickier cover so it can enforce foreign-substance rule  —  The pitch clock and new strike zone could have company among changes in Major League Baseball's near future.  There may be a new ball, too.  —  Worry not, traditionalists.  It's still round.
John KeimESPN / ESPN:
As tag deadline looms, Redskins' best option could be trading Kirk Cousins  —  The reality of the situation continues to be apparent: It's hard to see the marriage between Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins lasting beyond 2017.  His price tag remains high; their love for him has a financial ceiling.
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
Rangers draw love, inspiration from coach Tony Beasley's health battle  —  Courtesy of Kelly Galvin, Texas Rangers  —  SURPRISE, Az.  - A little more than a year ago, when the Texas Rangers met before their first full workout of spring training, third base coach Tony Beasley made a shocking announcement.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers expect Hamilton to have procedure on knee  —  SURPRISE, ARIZ.  —  Josh Hamilton is headed back to Houston to see his orthopedist, and the Texas Rangers expect that the former league MVP will have arthroscopic surgery Monday on his left knee.  —  Assistant general manager Mike Daly …
Rich CiminiESPN / ESPN:
Subtracting Sheldon Richardson would be addition for Jets' D-line  —  With free agency approaching (March 9), we're analyzing the biggest needs on the New York Jets' roster, examining possible upgrades:  —  Position: Defensive line  —  2017 cap hits of top returnees:  —  Pending free agents: Mike Pennel (restricted).
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
David Wright Diagnosed With Shoulder Impingement  —  Mets third baseman David Wright will have to halt his throwing program after being diagnosed with a shoulder impingement, as Mike Puma of the New York Post was among those to report (Twitter links).  Though it seems he's still able to swing …
Discussion: FanRag Sports and MLB Daily Dish
Holly V. Hays / Indianapolis Star:
Colts defensive lineman David Parry arrested in Arizona  —  Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman David Parry was arrested over the weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona.  —  Parry, 24, was arrested just after 2:30 a.m. Saturday at an apartment complex in the 6900 block of East Osborn Road in Scottsdale …
Jorge L. Ortiz / USA Today:
All eyes on Garrett Richards, in hopes stem cells stave off Tommy John surgery  —  TEMPE, Ariz. - Garrett Richards' first thought when he found out about his torn elbow ligament last May was to schedule Tommy John surgery as soon as possible.  —  It made sense, considering …
J.J. Cooper / Baseball America:
2017 World Baseball Classic Notebook  —  Ahead of the Curve  —  When it comes to being in midseason form, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Cuba have a little-noticed advantage for the World Baseball Classic.  They prepare differently.  —  In the United States, the training schedule is set …
Discussion: Camden Chat and True Blue LA
CBS Chicago:
Levine: Jose Quintana Still In High Demand  —  By Bruce Levine-  —  GLENDALE, Ariz. — It may not be headline news given that no trade has taken place yet, but the demand for White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana appears to be as robust as ever a couple weeks into spring training.
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John Harper / New York Daily News:
Travis d'Arnaud must prove he's the man for Mets
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Mary Kay Cabot / Plain Dealer:
Browns still have no plans to franchise Terrelle Pryor with deadline looming
Tampa Bay Times:
Rays journal: New catcher Jesus Sucre's defense impresses Chris Archer
Discussion: DRaysBay and Beyond the Box Score
Mike ReissESPN / ESPN:
Rob Gronkowski hopes Martellus Bennett ‘breaks the bank’
Discussion: ProFootballTalk and FanRag Sports
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Royals know the deal: Win now, or say goodbye
Tegna / KING-TV:
Mariners win Cactus League opener, 13-3 over Padres
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball and Lookout Landing
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Erik Boland / Newsday:
Yankees' Gleyber Torres begins exhibition season with pair of doubles
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus
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Discussion: The Good Phight
Connor Hughes / New York Jets Fan Blog:
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