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Keith Law ESPN Senior Writer 

Tyson Ross missed pretty much all of 2016 with a sore shoulder and had surgery to address TOS in October. The year before he led the NL in walks and he's always had a high risk delivery. I can't blame the Padres for walking away from $9MM+ for him.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Source says Pedro Lopez will be promoted from Double-A Binghamton to Triple-A Las Vegas as manager, succeeding Wally Backman. Frank Viola will remain pitching coach and Jack Voigt will remain hitting coach.

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The Diamondbacks have reportedly agreed to a 2-year deal with catcher Jeff Mathis. Mathis was one of the game's top pitch-framers in 2016, ranking 4th among catchers in a stat known as "called strike rate above average." Marlins pitchers had a 3.28 ERA when Mathis caught them last season and a 4.26 ERA when others caught.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

If you've wondered whether Chris Carter was the first HR champ to get nontendered...correct! ESPN Stats & Info says the only thing close is the 1974 White Sox selling Dick Allen to the Braves because he said he was going to retire. Then the Phillies talked him into unretiring.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers tendered contracts to arbitration-eligible players Yasmani Grandal, Josh Fields, Alex Wood, Vidal Nuno and Luis Avilan, and all other players on the 40-man roster. The club did not tender a contract to pitcher Louis Coleman.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs tendered contracts to all four of their arbitration eligible players including Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon, Justin Grimm and Jake Arrieta. Four players not eligible for arbitration were not tendered contracts: lefties Zac Rosscup and Gerardo Concepcion along with righty Conor Mullee and inf Christian Villanueva, making them free agents. Overall, a total of 26 players were tendered contracts for 2017 including 22 not eligible for arb.

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The Mets re-signed backup catcher René Rivera. Rivera was Noah Syndergaard's personal catcher for most of 2016. Syndergaard had a 2.50 ERA in 140 1/3 innings (30 steals, 7 caught stealing) with Rivera catching and a 2.91 ERA in 43 1/3 innings (18 steals, 2 caught stealing) caught by others.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees have non-tendered lefty reliever Jacob Lindgren. Lindgren, 23, was the Yankees' top draft pick (55th overall) in 2014 out of Mississippi State. He made the big leagues in 2015, but has been beset by injuries, including an elbow ligament that required Tommy John surgery and will likely keep him out until 2018.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Old friends share a moment.

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The Nationals traded with the Padres to get catcher Derek Norris. Norris had the lowest batting average (.186) and 3rd-lowest OPS (.583) among the 24 players with at least 300 at-bats last season. However, his 15 defensive runs saved ranked 2nd among MLB catchers, trailing only Buster Posey's 23. The Padres were 54-59 when Norris started, 14-35 when he didn't.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwyane Wade chides LeBron James as he makes his walk of shame.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Source confirms a report the Cubs have agreed to terms with lefty reliever Brian Duensing on a one year deal. Duensing will be part of a group of lefty relievers competing for jobs potentially vacated by Travis Wood, Aroldis Chapman and Mike Montgomery -- the latter pitcher could be the Cubs 5th starter. Duensing was injured for part of 2016 but has a 3.72 career strikeout to walk ratio versus lefties.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals have acquired C Derek Norris from the Padres, essentially taking them out of the running for free agent Matt Wieters. A former fourth-round pick of the Nats (2007), Norris - who hit .186 last season but was an All-Star in 2014 - fills the void created by the departure of free agent Wilson Ramos. The move should allow GM Mike Rizzo to focus (even more of) his attention on adding an outfielder (see: McCuthchen, Andrew) and a closer.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Padres newly acquired Pedro Avila is a 5-11 RHP with a 95 mph fastball (without much downward plane) but has an above average curve ball when it's working. A top 25-30 type prospect in a strong Nationals farm system. The Padres deal means Austin Hedges becomes their starting catcher.