Jury selection begins in Cuban ballplayer smuggling case (The Associated Press)

MIAMI (AP) -- Jury selection is beginning in Miami federal court for a sports agent and an associate charged with illegally smuggling Cuban baseball players from the communist island to the U.S.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 30, 2017

Dodgers sign former Mets 1B Ike Davis to minor league deal (The Associated Press)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- First baseman Ike Davis and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to the team's spring training camp in Arizona.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 27, 2017

Cubs invite Henderson, Kawasaki to big league camp (The Associated Press)

CHICAGO (AP) -- Relief pitcher Jim Henderson and infielder Munenori Kawasaki are among the 24 non-roster players invited to the Chicago Cubs' big league camp for spring training.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 27, 2017

Trumbo 'quite happy' with 3-year deal, and so are Orioles (The Associated Press)

Mark Trumbo figured his first foray into free agency would be a blast. Trumbo topped the majors with 47 homers for the Orioles in 2016. As it turned out, Trumbo ended up right where he started: in Baltimore.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 27, 2017

Thole, Diamondbacks finalize minor league contract (The Associated Press)

PHOENIX (AP) -- Catcher Josh Thole and the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a minor league contract.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 25, 2017

Hot Stove Digest: It sounds like the Mets aren't trading Jay Bruce (Big League Stew)

JAY IS GONNA STAY: The New York Mets are prepared to open the season with Jay Bruce as their starting right fielder, reports Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, a move that signals their inability to find a trade partner for Bruce more than it does their faith in him. Bruce, 29, hit just .219 with eight homers in 50 games last season after coming over from the Reds in a trade-deadline deal.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 24, 2017

James Loney finalizes minor league contract with Rangers (The Associated Press)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- James Loney and the Texas Rangers have finalized a minor league contract that includes an invitation to big league spring training.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 24, 2017

AP Source: D-backs add another catcher in Josh Thole (The Associated Press)

PHOENIX (AP) -- A person close to the situation has confirmed that the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a one-year minor league contract with catcher Josh Thole.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 24, 2017

AP source: Rangers, James Loney agree to minor league deal (The Associated Press)

A person familiar with the agreement says the Texas Rangers and free agent first baseman James Loney have agreed to a minor league contract. If Loney makes the major league roster out of spring training, the Rangers will be his fourth team since 2012 after the 32-year-old spent his first seven-plus seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The first base job is open for Texas after Mitch Moreland signed with Boston and Prince Fielder was forced to retire because of a neck injury.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 23, 2017

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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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on January 22, 2017