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AP source: Matt Wieters, Nationals agree, pending physical (Yahoo Sports)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:15:56 PST

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Free-agent catcher Matt Wieters and the Washington Nationals have an agreement in principle on a $10.5 million contract for 2017, pending a physical, according to a person familiar with the deal. Wieters is a four-time All-Star who has played his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles after being taken with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2007 amateur draft. The defending NL East champion Nationals had opened spring training - the first official full-squad workout was Sunday - with Derek Norris, who batted .186 for the San Diego Padres last season, penciled in as their starting catcher.



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Ankiel says he drank vodka before starts to tame anxiety (Yahoo Sports)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:37:49 PST

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Rick Ankiel says he drank vodka before his first two starts in 2001 to quell anxiety after throwing five wild pitches in one inning during the previous season's playoffs. Ankiel had a promising rookie season as a 20-year-old with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2000, but he lost his control in the postseason. Ankiel pitched five innings and got the win against Arizona.



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Giants' Cueto still in Dominican Republic with ailing father (Yahoo Sports)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:13:56 PST

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Johnny Cueto remains in the Dominican Republic helping his ailing father a week after pitchers and catchers reported to spring training, and the San Francisco Giants spoke with him on Monday and reported the right-hander is doing well and expects to join the team by this weekend. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said a decision will be made soon if Cueto remains on the World Baseball Classic roster for his country. Cueto is continuing his throwing at the team's academy in Boca Chica and Bochy said the pitcher is working to secure all the paperwork for his father to come to the United States.



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Powerful presence: Encarnacion gives Indians booming bat (Yahoo Sports)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:03:56 PST

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As fans lining the chain-linked fence next to Cleveland's main practice field jockeyed for better position to snatch an autograph or selfie with the team's newest star, Edwin Encarnacion showed no emotion. With his glove balanced on his head, Encarnacion signed baseballs, bats, cards and whatever else was thrust in front of him. ''Hey,'' he told Encarnacion.



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Buster Posey eager for fresh start, to raise power numbers (Yahoo Sports)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:24:58 PST

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Buster Posey leans on the back of the batting cage under Arizona's blue skies, one leg crossed over the other as he watches his teammates take their cuts while awaiting his own turn. ''Hi, Buster!'' hollered 6-year-old Jordan Larocco, a first-grader from Peoria who attended Monday's workout with father Michael and 1-year-old brother, Sebastian. Posey immediately turned and offered a wave and smile.



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Feliz in Brewers camp, ready to challenge for closer's role (Yahoo Sports)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:58:57 PST

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After sorting out work visa issues in his native Dominican Republic, the Brewers' Neftali Feliz arrived at Monday morning, ready to get to work with his new team. Feliz enters camp as Milwaukee's leading candidate to be the closer after the team parted ways with Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith at the deadline last season, and with Tyler Thornburg during the winter. Manager Craig Counsell wasn't ready to formally declare Feliz as his ninth-inning guy.



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Moreland isn't thinking about replacing Ortiz's production (Yahoo Sports)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:49:20 PST

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Mitch Moreland knows he's likely the only new player in Boston's lineup since David Ortiz retired at the end of last season. ''I try not to hear it because there's no replacing that guy,'' said the 31-year-old first baseman, who signed a $5.5-million, 1-year deal with the Red Sox during the offseason. After playing his first 6+ seasons in the majors with the Texas Rangers, Moreland is with a new organization for the first time in his career.



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For Werth, 'whole thing kind of hangs' on deal's final year (Yahoo Sports)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:01:53 PST

Bryce Harper had not yet turned 10 when Jayson Werth made his major league debut, batting ninth and getting a pair of hits. A decade and a half later, the 37-year-old Werth and 24-year-old Harper are fellow outfielders and clubhouse neighbors at spring training with the Washington Nationals. In many ways, the history of the Nationals can be split into two segments.



Rockies' Story wants to show power surge was not fiction (Yahoo Sports)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:40:56 PST

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For all Trevor Story accomplished in a record rookie season, his biggest takeaway is this: Slide feet first. A painful lesson and one that ended the Colorado Rockies shortstop's outstanding season in late July after he tore a ligament in his left thumb trying avoid a tag while reaching for second base . Before his injury, Story was making headlines for his improbable power surge to start his career, hitting two homers in his major league debut and seven in the opening week.



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Napoli's return alters expected roles for some young Rangers (Yahoo Sports)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:20:38 PST

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Jurickson Profar is pretty much off first base for now with the Texas Rangers. The team's reunion with slugger Mike Napoli has changed the outlook this season for those young players. It also will likely mean veteran Shin-Soo Choo spending more time as the designated hitter than in the outfield after being plagued by injuries in 2016.



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