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Good morning baseball fans. Today is the day, the day we emerge from our cold, baseball-less caves, and turn our heads towards the sun that is shining out of Florida and Arizona. Today, friends, pitchers and catchers report. Welcome to the start of baseball season.
Here’s a roundup of what’s going on around the National League West.
- Rob Manfred has been doing a lot of thinking lately and we’re not totally sure what to make of all of it.
- Major League Baseball is considering automatically putting runners in scoring position in extra innings. Because that’s a great way to make people love baseball again.
- It’s unlikely the Padres sign Jake Peavy in their pursuit of starting pitching depth, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
- Sean Rodriguez will miss 3-5 months due to his shoulder surgery.
- Toronto signed Jose Tabata to a minor league deal, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.
- Brandon Phillips has been traded to the Braves.
- The Pirates are still willing to trade McCutchen, in case anyone had forgotten that that was a thing.
- A new owner isn’t the answer to the Marlins myriad of problems. Sorry.
- Baltimore acquired righty Gabriel Ynoa from the Mets, and he could compete for a spot in the Orioles bullpen.
- The Dodgers have signed Chase Utley to a one-year deal.
- Pedro Alvarez could be among the players the Twins consider after Mike Napoli signed with the Rangers, according to Heyman.
- Thirteen teams watched former Mets pitcher Jon Niese throw Friday, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.
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Today in baseball: On February 13th, 1995, the Dodgers sign five-time Japanese all-star pitcher, Hideo Nomo.