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Andrew Baggarly / The Athletic:
Brandon Crawford on the end of his Giants tenure: ‘I was not wanted back’  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — It was far too quiet in the St. Louis Cardinals spring clubhouse Thursday morning.  So Brandon Crawford used his phone to scan for Bluetooth devices.  He correctly guessed which one connected to the clubhouse sound system.
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Matt Breen / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Phillies are replacing Dollar Dog Nights after 27 seasons with a buy-one, get-one promotion  —  The dollar-dog days are over.The Phillies are retiring Dollar Dog Night after 27 years and replacing the popular promotion with two games in April when fans will be able to buy two hot dogs for the price of one.
Associated Press:
Giants' Tristan Beck has aneurysm in upper part of pitching arm  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — San Francisco Giants right-hander Tristan Beck has been diagnosed with an aneurysm in the upper part of his pitching arm and is evaluating his treatment options after the condition was checked after he began experiencing numbness in his hand.
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New York Post:
Darren Waller was close to retiring after disappointing first Giants season  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Darren Waller will return for a second season with the Giants.  —  Why is this news?  Well, following the 2023 season, Waller expressed to individuals in the Giants organization that he was contemplating retirement, sources told the Post.
Chris Cotillo / masslive.com:
Red Sox signing former All-Star 1B to challenge Bobby Dalbec for roster spot … Boston has agreed to a minor league contract with veteran first baseman C.J. Cron, a source said Friday morning.  Financial details remain unknown.  Cron is expected to join the team in Fort Myers in the coming days.
University of Miami Athletics:
Hurricanes Come Up Short to Eagles in Extras  —  CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The University of Miami baseball team dropped a 12-10 heartbreaker in extra innings to the FGCU Eagles Wednesday evening at Mark Light Field.  —  “A loss is a loss,” head coach J.D. Arteaga said.  “They are all tough.
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Steve Stockmar / MLB.com:
Smyly tests new pitches in latest spring outing  —  Cubs preaching patience when determining who will fill DH role  —  MESA, Ariz. — Only in Spring Training could a pitcher allowing five runs on seven hits in two innings be considered a strong workout.  —  The scoreboard didn't favor …
Canadian Press:
Blue Jays' thoughts with Erik Swanson after reliever's son hit by car, hospitalized  —  Pitcher away from team indefinitely but manager says youngster ‘on road to recovery’  —  Toronto Blue Jays reliever Erik Swanson has left the team to be with his family after his son, Toby …
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Ben Clemens / FanGraphs Baseball:
A New Way of Looking at Depth  —  One of the great perks of working at FanGraphs is that I get to discuss baseball with my equally obsessed coworkers.  Obviously, this is the kind of job you don't get into unless you love the sport.  A lot of the time, that means we just end up nerding …
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Associated Press:
Texas Rangers coach Hector Ortiz, 54, dies of cancer  —  MLB, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals  —  PHOENIX — Hector Ortiz, who spent the past 18 years as a manager and coach in the Texas Rangers organization, died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer.  He was 54.
Ryan Divish / The Seattle Times:
What will the Mariners' roster look like on opening day?  Here's an early projection  —  PEORIA, Ariz. — If the folks at Netflix would have somehow convinced or cajoled the Mariners ownership group to be the team chosen for the streaming network's new all-access season-following docuseries on an MLB team …
Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds rotation unsettled no matter what might look obvious, David Bell says  —  Gordon Wittenmyer Charlie GoldsmithCincinnati Enquirer  —  GOODYEAR, Arizona — The way free agent addition Frankie Montas has looked in camp, and the way Andrew Abbott looks like the guy who broke …
Discussion: Redleg Nation and Red Reporter
Chris Kirschner / The Athletic:
Juan Soto Q&A: The Yankees star on his trade to New York, contract outlook and more  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Gerrit Cole said Juan Soto has the best feel for the strike zone of any player he's ever come across.  Aaron Judge called Soto “the greatest hitter out there.”
Martín Gallegos / MLB.com:
Muller banking on revamped delivery for success in '24  —  This story was excerpted from Martín Gallegos' A's Beat newsletter.  To read the full newsletter, click here.  And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.  —  Kyle Muller and his 6-foot-7, 250-pound frame are easy to distinguish whenever he takes the mound.
 
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