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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.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals tendered contracts to all their arbitration-eligible players except for reliever Seth Maness, who made $1.4 million in an injury-plagued 2016 season.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Nationals acquire Derek Norris from the Padres in a trade for RHP Pedro Avila, a 19 year old right-handed pitcher. Norris now back where it all started for him when he was drafted by the Nationals in the 4th round of the 2007 Draft and later used to acquire Gio Gonzalez in a trade with Oakland. Padres GM AJ Preller continues his signature trading for prospects with high ceilings but high risk high reward because of how far they are from the big leagues. The acquisition of Norris probably means Ramos won't be back with Nationals. Washington now will turn their attention back to trying to trade for Andrew McCutchen (or another bat) and trying to sign free agent closers like Mark Melancon and Kenley Jansen

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Teams in bottom 10 markets also get slightly higher international signing pools - $5.25 million or $5.75 million based on where they draft

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Teams in bottom 10 markets will still get an extra draft pick but no more lottery. They'll alternate after 1st round or 2nd round each year

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

There will be a 50-pct increase in random in-season PED tests. In-season random blood tests (for HGH use) will nearly double.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

An important change to offseason PED testing: Offseason urine tests rise from 350 to 1,550. And all players on 40-man rosters will be tested

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The new labor deal requires all teams to hire a bilingual "media-relations professional" - a long-overdue development in a global game.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The new deal gives an arbitration panel more power to reduce a PED suspension if it determines there were "mitigating circumstances"

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are some promotions in the Mets' hierarchy ...

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

No change in penalties for PED suspensions. But penalties for positive amphetamines/stimulants increase to 50 games/100/permanent ban

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

MLB announces details of new labor deal. One item we hadn't heard: ASG managers no longer select reserves. Commissioner's office now does it

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz, from his charity golf event, called Carlos Beltran "another good choice" for Red Sox. "Veteran-wise, a guy that cares and really wants to win, I know he's another choice. It all depends the shape the organization is in."

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The new CBA seems to be very good for the Yankees. While they very well could duck underneath the luxury tax threshold in 2018 when the number will climb to $197M, it may not be imperative. Even if they are slightly above it, their taxes will drop dramatically. With the Yankees youth movement, there is still a very good chance they will shop at the top of the market for multiple pieces in the winter prior to 2019 when Bryce Harper and Manny Machado lead an epic free agent class.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The incredible offseason of LHP David Rollins continues. Claimed by the Phillies today. He's now bounced from Seattle to the Cubs to Texas to Philly.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

There isn't a manager that Adam Jones would rather play for than Buck Showalter, but Orioles center fielder acknowledged "mistake" of not bringing closer Zach Britton into wild-card game. "With Showalter, you know that ain't going to happen again," Jones said from David Ortiz charity golf tournament. "He made a mistake once. It'll never happen again."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Ortiz on Edwin Encarnacion: "He knows the American League. He knows that this division is a tough division to play in and what he does is guaranteed. It's scary to think what he can do."