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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon spoke with Hector Rondon, admitting to him possible early season use or overuse may have led to his injury. Said having Davis from Day 1 will take the burden off Rondon but assured him there will times he will be closing.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox will trade a starting pitcher, but it could take a while. The longer they hold off, the more likely a pitching-strapped team might be to give up something of value, either in prospects or big-league talent.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Dusty Baker on how he keeps tabs on his players' off-sesaon conditioning. "Tap 'em on the stomach and tap 'em on the butt...they think I'm saying hello, but I'm really checking for fat content."

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

No one can clog a stairway with media quite like Scott Boras

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Mariners have been telling teams they're shopping for "reliable innings" in their hunt for another starter. The only two remaining free-agent starters who worked 162 IP & had an ERA under 4.50: Jason Hammel (3.83 in 166.2 IP) and Ivan Noval (4.17 in 162 IP).

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Scott Boras, doing his annual State of the Boras, said that he and the Nationals haven't had any contract extension talks regarding Bryce Harper.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Here is the translation of what Jorge Soler told me on being traded from the Cubs to the Royals: "I'd like to thank the Cubs for everything, especially for the chance to make it to the big leagues and win a World Series, and I'm excited to now go to Kansas City and earn the opportunity to play every day."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about Yoan Moncada, White Sox manager Rick Rentería drew a familiar comparison: "The first clip I saw of him, he reminded me a little bit from his setup and everything of (Robinson) Cano." Red Sox evaluators often likened Moncada to Cano. "I know that, at 21 years of age, he still has a long way to go in terms of what he's ultimately going to be," Rentería added. "I think he's a very talented human being who we hope is going to be an impact-type player."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Nats skipper Dusty Baker on free agent closer Aroldis Chapman, who spent four years with Baker in Cincinnati but would cost Washington a pretty penny. "Most of the time, salary supercedes the relationship."

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Royals GM Dayton Moore isn't just resigning himself to losing Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Danny Duffy when they become free agents after the 2017 season. "I think we'll make a run at some of these guys to long-term contracts," Moore said. "I can't tell you who." The Royals finalized a trade to send Wade Davis to the Cubs today. The addition of right fielder Jorge Soler gives the Royals more flexibility to listen to offers for Jarrod Dyson, who is also a year away from free agency.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees have made the Matt Holliday signing official. He'll DH, while also backing up in the outfield and first base.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Over the last three seasons, Wade Davis owns the lowest ERA and opponent OPS among pitchers with at least 100 innings pitched during that span.

Eric Karabell

How high should we value Ian Desmond now that he's on the Rockies? Eric Karabell makes the case that he'll be a top-10 outfielder in 2017. Desmond in Coors a top-10 fantasy outfielder

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Angels manager Mike Scioscia is planning to have Huston Street, Cam Bedrosian and Andrew Bailey compete for the team's closer job in spring training.

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