Royals' Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic (The Associated Press)

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, whose electric arm and confident demeanor helped lead Kansas City to a long-awaited World Series championship in 2015, died in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic early Sunday. Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo said Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles northwest of Santo Domingo. Mateo did not say whether Ventura was driving.

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Could successful comeback solidify Johan Santana's Hall of Fame bid? (Big League Stew)

The 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot will include some interesting new names and cases, such as Chipper Jones and Jim Thome. Former Minnesota Twins and New York Mets left-hander Johan Santana is also currently slated to be among that group. As we first learned in November and FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reminded us Friday, Santana is working out again in hopes of making a comeback in 2017. Johan Santana is part of a strong crop of newcomers on next year's HoF ballot.

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Santiago Casilla returns to A's on $11M, 2-year contract (The Associated Press)

Casilla is crossing the bay once again, re-joining the A's with an $11 million, two-year contract after seven seasons with the Giants. While the right-hander lost his job as closer in mid-September last season for the Giants' struggling bullpen, he provides A's manager Bob Melvin with some options of when to use him. ''To be able to sign an experienced late-inning reliever who has performed in multiple World Series games makes our bullpen deeper and obviously better,'' Melvin said by text message.

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Edinson Volquez's brother murdered in Dominican Republic (Big League Stew)

Edinson Volquez’s brother was murdered in the Dominican Republic on Monday. For the second time in 15 months, Miami Marlins pitcher Edinson Volquez has tragically lost a family member. Brandy Volquez, the pitcher’s 25-year-old brother, was stabbed to death Monday, according to reports out of the Dominican Republic.

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Arrieta, Harper, Machado, Britton get big-money deals (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Washington star Bryce Harper and Baltimore standouts Manny Machado and Zach Britton got big-money deals Friday as more than 100 major leaguers reached agreements for 2017 and left just 27 players on track for salary arbitration.

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Mets settle with Familia, Harvey, deGrom, 3 others (The Associated Press)

All-Star closer Jeurys Familia got a sizable raise from the New York Mets on Friday while still waiting to find out whether he'll be suspended by Major League Baseball under the sport's domestic violence policy. Starters Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, who both had season-ending surgery, also settled on one-year contracts and averted arbitration. Harvey got a raise to $5,125,000 from $4,325,000 and deGrom's salary increased to $4.05 million from $607,000.

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Duda, Mets agree to $7.25M deal after injury-plagued season (The Associated Press)

First baseman Lucas Duda and the New York Mets avoided arbitration when they agreed to a $7.25 million, one-year contract, a small raise after an injury-plagued season. Duda, who hit 57 home runs from 2014-15, missed four months last year and was limited to 47 games because of a stress fracture in his lower back. The soft-spoken first baseman, who turns 31 next month, had a $6,725,000 salary last year and can become a free agent after the upcoming season.

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Man who forged baseball executive's signature gets 4 years (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- A New Jersey man who admitted to forging the signature of a Major League Baseball executive as part of an office equipment leasing scam will serve four years in federal prison for the crime.

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Wheeler gets $800,000 deal with Mets after missing 2 years (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Right-hander Zack Wheeler agreed to an $800,000, one-year contract with the New York Mets after missing two seasons because of a torn elbow ligament.

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Jewish-American pros look to boost baseball in Israel (The Associated Press)

Israel has just one baseball-specific field, and most Israelis know little about the game. Major leaguers Ike Davis, Sam Fuld and Ryan Lavarnway were among 10 team members who visited Israel for the first time this month to get a glimpse of the country and people they will represent - and to boost a sport that remains on the fringes of the local athletic scene. For Israel, the option of tapping into a deep pool of Jewish big leaguers offers a rare opportunity to compete internationally against powerhouses like the U.S., Japan and the Dominican Republic and lift baseball out of its longtime obscurity in the Holy Land.

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