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Good morning, baseball fans!
Here’s a roundup of what’s going on in the National League East.
- The Braves reached a deal with free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki, because we haven’t had our fill of nostalgia this offseason.
- Texas signed first baseman James Loney to a minor league deal, and he will have a chance to earn a spot on the club’s major league roster.
- The Indians were interested in free agent outfielder Jose Bautista before he signed with the Blue Jays, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe. With both Encarnacion and Bautista on the team, that would have been one tough AL Central.
- David Ross is the ultimate dad.
- Royals starter Yordano Ventura has passed away in a car accident. Our thoughts and condolences are with the Ventura family and the entire Royals community.
- In another equally devastating but unrelated car accident, former Cleveland Indian Andy Marte has passed away.
- The Red Sox are closing in on a deal with Drew Pomeranz, who is arbitration eligible.
- Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia changed agents because his former representative is leaving the industry, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.
- The Rangers are still after Mike Napoli, because it’s just too hard to let go of such a good party host.
- Tim Lincecum wants to serve as a starter for a major league team in 2017, according to Baggarrly. In related news, Santa DID get my letter because Timmy being back in baseball was all I wanted for Christmas.
- Even after adding starting pitching depth this winter, the Padres are interested in adding another pitcher, according to MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell.
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