Braves' Freeman says ailing right wrist is finally pain-free (The Associated Press)

Freddie Freeman's slow-healing right wrist finally is pain-free, allowing the Braves first baseman to take swings on back-to-back days this week for the first time this offseason. Freeman said at the Braves' FanFest on Saturday the wrist never fully recovered last season after he spent five weeks on the disabled list in June and July. ''It was a tough offseason, the first couple months to try to get healthy, but I am 100 percent healthy now,'' Freeman said.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 30, 2016

White Sox eye AL Central, not Cubs, as their competition (The Associated Press)

To Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, his team's main competition comes from all across the AL Central, not across town from the Cubs. Hahn and manager Robin Ventura kept touting the club's offseason moves, especially the acquisition of slugging third baseman Todd Frazier and second baseman Brett Lawrie, on Saturday at the White Sox fan convention. The White Sox peddled optimism heading into the 2015 season, but the team started off poorly and limped into fourth place in the division at 76-86 before dwindling crowds.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 30, 2016

Corey Seager is baseball’s No 1. prospect, according to MLB.com (Big League Stew)

For the first time since 2013, someone other than Byron Buxton is rated the No. 1 prospect in baseball, at least according to MLB.com's official rankings . The top spot now belongs to Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, who moved up from the No. 8 spot on the MLB Pipeline preseason list from 2015. [ 2016 Yahoo Fantasy Baseball is open for business. Sign up now ] The announcement was made during a live special which aired on MLB Network on Friday night. Seager takes over the top spot after enjoying a huge 2015, which included a late-season stint with the Dodgers that earned him playing time during their NLDS against the New York Mets.   And the new No. 1 on #Top100Prospects list: @Dodgers hitting machine Corey Seager. Watch: https://t.co/fZ1qUFDov5 pic.twitter.com/GQpTNwkZtT — MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) January 30, 2016 Seager hit .293/.344/.487 with 18 homers, 37 doubles and 76 RBI over 125 games between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City. For the Dodgers, Seager hit .337/.425/.561 with four homers and eight doubles over 27 games. Because he didn't log more 130 at-bats or spend 45 days on the active roster, Seager maintains his rookie and prospect status, making him the preseason favorite NL Rookie of the Year.  Buxton dropped to No. 2 in the rankings after struggling to breakthrough during the 2015 season. The 22-year-old outfielder appeared in 46 games for Minnesota last season, hitting just .209/.250/.326 with two home runs and two stolen bases. He would have lost his rookie status with two more at-bats. The top five was rounded out by Lucas Giolito of the Washington Nationals, Julio Urias of the Dodgers and J.P. Craword of the Philadelphia Phillies. It's important to remember these names too, because NL and AL Rookie of the Years winners Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa ranked second and third on this list last season. The impact of these players will be felt, and it could come sooner than later.   Among the other notable items from Friday's reveal: 

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 29, 2016

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

The New York Mets and second baseman Neil Walker agreed to a one-year, $10.55 million contract on Friday to avoid arbitration. Walker sought a salary of $11.8 million, and the Mets offered $9.4 million. Walker was acquired from Pittsburgh in the offseason in the deal that sent left-hander Jonathan Niese to the Pirates.

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Royals and Ian Kennedy finalize $70 million, 5-year contract (The Associated Press)

Ian Kennedy remembers watching the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets in five games to win the World Series and marveling at a dynamic defense that seemed to never make a mistake. Then he considered what was behind him in San Diego. ''Our defense was really bad,'' Kennedy said with a smile.

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Neil Walker, Mets agree to $10.55 million, 1-year contract (The Associated Press)

Second baseman Neil Walker has agreed to a $10.55 million, one-year contract with the New York Mets. The agreement, announced Friday, avoided a salary arbitration hearing. Walker batted .269 with 16 homers and 71 RBIs last season for his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates and earned $8 million after losing in arbitration.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 29, 2016