Tomas, D-backs agree on six-year deal

Tomas, D-backs agree on six-year deal

Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the D-backs have agreed to a six-year deal worth $68.5 million, according to industry sources.

The Tomas deal will include an opt-out after four years and is pending a physical, the sources said. The D-backs have not confirmed the agreement.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tomas contract would be record for D-backs

Deal for $68.5 million surpasses that given to Johnson before 1999 season

Tomas contract would be record for D-backs

PHOENIX -- Yasmany Tomas' six-year, $68.5 million deal will become the largest contract given to a free agent in D-backs history.

MLB.com reported Wednesday that the two sides had agreed on a deal pending a physical. The D-backs have not confirmed the agreement.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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D-backs dedicated to growing community initiatives

In 2014, club outfitted over 20,000 Little Leaguers, rebuilt fields, donated to schools

D-backs dedicated to growing community initiatives

PHOENIX -- With all the big numbers being thrown around in Major League Baseball during the hot stove season, here's one to keep in mind when it comes to the Arizona Diamondbacks: $40 million.

Since their inaugural season in 1998, that is the amount of money that the D-backs have given out through all of their community-related initiatives.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Get to know Arizona's new dinger-crushing sensation

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Get to know Arizona's new dinger-crushing sensation

As workers began fleeing their offices to sit in traffic on the night before Thanksgiving, word began leaking out the D-backs had signed Cuban top prospect Yasmany Tomas. MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported that the 24-year-old outfielder agreed to a six-year, $68.5 million deal with an opt-out included. 

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Tomas deal an extension of Cuba's impact

Contracts have come long way since Arocha's arrival in 1991

Tomas deal an extension of Cuba's impact

The wave of big-money deals for Cuban free agents continued to surge forward on Wednesday, when sources told MLB.com that the D-backs have agreed to a six-year, $68.5 million contract with 24-year-old slugger Yasmany Tomas, a deal the club has not confirmed.

It's been 23 years since pitcher Rene Arocha became the first player to defect from Cuba's national team, and 17 years since fellow right-hander Livan Hernandez made a splash as a rookie for the World Series champion Marlins. Since then, the flood of Cuban players to the Major Leagues has continued, and while not all have succeeded, the impact has been great enough to drive up prices in recent years.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Tomas signing gives D-backs fans chance to dream

Cuban outfielder could allow Arizona to compete with Giants, Dodgers

Tomas signing gives D-backs fans chance to dream

Score one for the D-backs. And, if Jose Abreu and Yoenis Cespedes are any indication, they will score big with Yasmany Tomas.

Cespedes helped the A's become a playoff team when he joined them three years ago. Abreu didn't have that much of an impact on the White Sox last season but it certainly wasn't his fault, as he was the American League's Rookie of the Year and an MVP contender.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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D-backs release Spring Training schedule

Arizona to open Cactus League as road team in home park March 4

D-backs release Spring Training schedule

PHOENIX -- The D-backs will open their fifth Spring Training at Salt River Fields on March 3 with an exhibition game against Arizona State University before opening up a 34-game schedule the following day against the Rockies.

Technically, the D-backs will be the road team during that March 4 game as they share the Salt River Fields complex with the Rockies. Overall, the D-backs will play 18 home games at Salt River Fields and three as the road team there.

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Johnson, Schilling reunited on Hall ballot

Big Unit a first-timer; D-backs teammate gets third crack

Johnson, Schilling reunited on Hall ballot

The two pitchers who carried the D-backs to their lone World Series title are together again on the 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.

Right-hander Curt Schilling returns to the ballot for the third year after finding his name on 29.2 percent of ballots last year and is joined by left-hander Randy Johnson, a first-timer.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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D-backs to open spring slate vs. ASU

Game kicks off six-year Collegiate Baseball Series, including UA, GCU

D-backs to open spring slate vs. ASU

PHOENIX -- The D-backs will take on the Arizona State University baseball team March 3 at 3:10 p.m. MST at Salt River Fields to begin what will be an annual Collegiate Baseball Series.

Over the next six springs, the D-backs will play two games apiece against the three Division I NCAA baseball programs in the state, with Grand Canyon University and the University of Arizona also part of the rotation.

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Johnson brings superb resume to Hall ballot

Big Unit tallied 303 wins, 4,875 strikeouts, five Cy Youngs in 22 seasons

Johnson brings superb resume to Hall ballot

There were certainly a lot of notable milestones in Randy Johnson's 22-year career in the big leagues -- being named to 10 All-Star teams, winning MVP of the World Series and five Cy Young Awards, tossing a perfect game and winning 303 games pitching for six different teams.

With that success, though, came a lot of responsibility, Johnson said. And there was never a tougher critic in terms of his performance than Johnson himself.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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D-backs deal right-handers Bolsinger, Brewer

Club to receive cash considerations for pitchers, who were designated for assignment

D-backs deal right-handers Bolsinger, Brewer

The D-backs traded right-handed pitcher Mike Bolsinger to the Dodgers on Saturday for cash considerations, the team announced.

Arizona also traded right-handed pitcher Charles Brewer to the Indians for cash considerations, according to a baseball source. The club did not confirm the Brewer trade.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Putz excited for new role with D-backs' front office

Former reliever now special assistant to president/CEO

Putz excited for new role with D-backs' front office

PHOENIX -- As his phone would buzz, Derrick Hall would look and see that he had a text message from J.J. Putz, and the D-backs' team president and CEO would smile knowing exactly what it was going to say.

"He's like a caged animal because he's texted me every night, 'Can I come to work tomorrow?'" Hall said. "No, not yet, we don't have the contract signed."

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D-backs add five to roster, designate pair

D-backs add five to roster, designate pair

The D-backs added five players to the 40-man roster Thursday, the deadline to set the roster in advance of the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 11.

The team added outfielder Socrates Brito, infielder Brandon Drury, left-handed pitcher Will Locante and right-handed pitchers A.J. Schugel and Kevin Munson to the roster.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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La Russa hosts weekend in Las Vegas supporting Pets for Vets

La Russa hosts weekend in Las Vegas supporting Pets for Vets

LAS VEGAS -- For more than 30 years, Tony La Russa has devoted himself to curbing the systematic euthanization of animals through the efforts of his ambitious Animal Rescue Foundation. The motto of ARF has been, "People rescuing animals."

Then La Russa felt it was time for the dogs and cats to return the favor. Thus, "Animals rescuing people" became the flip side of his mission statement, and that extension of the Hall of Fame manager's agenda was in full and emotional display during his foundation's third annual Leaders & Legends benefit at the MGM Grand Hotel.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Matt Yallof

A View from Studio 3: Goldschmidt's silence is golden

While big names are bandied about this offseason, D-backs star quietly preps for big return

A View from Studio 3: Goldschmidt's silence is golden

Paul Goldschmidt.

Remember him?

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Matt Yallof is the co-host of The Rundown on MLB Network from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Hale focused on teaching D-backs 'winning baseball'

New manager excited for Spring Training, working with La Russa

Hale focused on teaching D-backs 'winning baseball'

PHOENIX -- The early days of Spring Training workouts might last a little longer for the D-backs this year under first-year manager Chip Hale.

"I think if we do it the right way, it may be longer, but we're not going to be standing around," Hale said. "I think players, as long as they're not standing around, looking around, looking at the sky, they're fine with staying out there as long as it takes. So as long as we have a lot of action going on, I think they'll be OK. That's up to me and our staff to obviously teach them the right way and also to plan the day where there's a lot of movement and guys are getting their work done."

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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D-backs strengthening relationship south of border

World Series hero Gonzalez leads contingent of club executives on outreach trip to Hermosillo

D-backs strengthening relationship south of border

HERMOSILLO, Mexico -- Luis Gonzalez grew up in a low-income household with his parents, siblings, grandparents and aunt, parlaying his grandmother's message of hard work into a 19-year Major League career highlighted by the winning hit in the 2001 World Series. So as he looked out at a crowd of several hundred high school and college students Tuesday morning and told them to follow their dreams, he was living proof that they can come true.

"When I stood at home plate facing Mariano Rivera in Game 7 of the World Series, I wasn't thinking about how big the moment was," said Gonzalez. "In reality, I was thinking about my family. Of all the people in the world, only one person had that opportunity, and it was me."

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Lewis joins D-backs to lead analytics research

Former veterinarian previously collaborated with La Russa in St. Louis

Lewis joins D-backs to lead analytics research

The D-backs' director of baseball analytics and research isn't your typical numbers guy, as Dr. Ed Lewis' background comes in a completely different area.

Lewis, hired by the D-backs on Monday, is a former veterinary medical and surgical practitioner who has been a lifelong fan of baseball, statistics and, more recently, advanced analytics.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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D-backs land Hellickson for two prospects

Right-hander named AL's top rookie in 2011; coming off injury-shortened season

D-backs land Hellickson for two prospects

PHOENIX -- In his first trade, D-backs general manager Dave Stewart filled one of his team's biggest holes by acquiring right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from the Rays in exchange for a pair of prospects.

Stewart, who was hired as GM last month, made adding to the Arizona rotation his top priority this offseason and rumors of his interest in Hellickson made news at this past week's General Managers Meetings.

Prospects acquired by Rays
Andrew Velazquez, INF: Velazquez jumped on the radar when he set a Minor League record in 2014, reaching base in 74 consecutive games during his first taste of full-season ball. The high-energy middle infielder hails from Fordham Prep in New York City and started to put things together in 2014. His improved approach at the plate was key to his success this past season. He's a much more disciplined hitter, though he still strikes out at a fairly high rate. He has solid bat speed and can spray line drives to all fields, though he's never going to be a big power guy. His best tool is his speed, which he put to better use with his improved on-base skills, stealing 50 bases in 2014. An outfielder in high school, he's still getting used to his surroundings in the middle infield, though he has the tools, range and arm, to profile well there.
Justin Williams, OF: When the D-backs took Williams in the second round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, he was one of the youngest players in the class. He's been moved cautiously as a result, holding his own at every level. He has tremendous raw power, though he's still learning how to tap into it. He has a big, physical frame, but his approach at the plate still needs to be refined. He is capable of showing that power to all fields and, in time, he should be able to hit the ball out to any part of a ballpark. A middle infielder in high school, he was moved to the outfield immediately upon becoming a pro, seeing most of his time in left field, his likely home long term.
Top 20 Prospects: Rays | D-backs
-- Jonathan Mayo
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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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La Russa: D-backs not in midst of long rebuild

Arizona's chief baseball officer eyes 82-win mark and beyond in 2015

La Russa: D-backs not in midst of long rebuild

PHOENIX -- Tony La Russa does not believe the D-backs are in the midst of a long rebuilding plan, and the chief baseball officer expects that his team will finish above the break-even point in 2015.

"I've said it publicly that I will be absolutely brokenhearted if we don't have a winning record next year, which is 82-80," La Russa said Wednesday afternoon at the General Managers Meetings.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

A team-by-team breakdown of who impressed and how each club's top player fared

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. The AFL has produced 212 All-Stars, including 35 in this year's Midsummer Classic, 25 Rookies of the Year, 13 MVPs and five Cy Young Award winners.

Based on the quality of the talent in the AFL this year, more big leaguers and stars are on the way. The league wrapped up its 23rd season on Saturday, with the Salt River Rafters outlasting the Peoria Javelinas, 14-7, for their fourth title and first since 2011.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Hall honored by Anti-Defamation League

Torch of Liberty Award recognizes humanitarian endeavors

Hall honored by Anti-Defamation League

PHOENIX -- D-backs team president and CEO Derrick Hall will receive the prestigious Torch of Liberty Award from the Anti-Defamation League on Thursday night at the organization's annual dinner.

The award was created to recognize people who have exhibited extraordinary humanitarianism and whose everyday actions exemplify the principles of opportunity, anti-discrimination, equal rights, community involvement and fairness for all.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Fleck among prospects who saw stock rise in AFL

Performances in the desert can influence expectations, change career course

Fleck among prospects who saw stock rise in AFL

Playing in the Arizona Fall League can serve a number of purposes for the prospects who attend. Top prospects can put the finishing touches on their development en route to All-Star careers. Perhaps on the other side of the spectrum, several prospects who need to be protected will either earn spots on the 40-man roster or have made a strong enough impression with one of the other 29 teams to be selected December's Rule 5 Draft.

Every fall, Minor Leaguers raise their stock with their performances in Arizona. The caveats that are typically thrown out when discussing such matters: it's a small sample size and the AFL is always very hitter-friendly. Those are true, and as a result, evaluations have to be taken in context. But it's also undeniably true that every year, expectations around some prospects are heightened based on what they did during six weeks in the desert.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Stewart: All D-backs 'have been asked about'

Stewart: All D-backs 'have been asked about'

PHOENIX -- Catcher Miguel Montero's name has surfaced in trade rumors this offseason, but whether the D-backs are simply listening or actively trying to trade him depends on what reports you believe. For the record, general manager Dave Stewart said that he is not "shopping" Montero.

"I've tried to make it as clear as I can publicly that all of our players have been asked about," Stewart said. "I've not shopped any of our players. All of our players have been asked about. That's the best way I can put it."

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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O'Brien sharpening skills behind the plate in AFL

O'Brien sharpening skills behind the plate in AFL

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Peter O'Brien says that as a high school freshman in Florida, he was only 5-feet-4 inches tall and weighed 125 pounds.

No, really.

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Don Ketchum is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Ziegler chips in at D-backs' charity golf event

Reliever joins manager Hale, teammates, alumni to support military groups

Ziegler chips in at D-backs' charity golf event

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- When he was a kid, D-backs reliever Brad Ziegler saw the movie "Top Gun," which started him down a path that had him hooked on all things related to the military.

"I just became enthused about fighter jets, and as I grew up a little bit, I was a history buff in high school and wanted to major in history in college and then decided it was tougher to get a job that way. That's the only reason I didn't," Ziegler said. "But I took some history classes just to feed it, and the more I learned about that stuff, the more I realized how much sacrifice has happened to get our country to where it is -- the freedoms that we have, the rights that we have."

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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D-backs add former reliever Putz to front office

D-backs add former reliever Putz to front office

PHOENIX -- Former closer J.J. Putz is coming back to the D-backs. Not in a playing role this time, but rather as special assistant to team president and CEO Derrick Hall.

Putz will fill a variety of roles assisting not just Hall, but other departments on both the baseball and business sides of the organization.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Hall hosts Twitter chat with D-backs fans

Arizona Diamondbacks president & CEO Derrick Hall hosted his November chat with fans on Twitter. Fans were able to participate by tweeting their questions using the hashtag #DHallChat.

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Grace relishing new career as Major League coach

Former player and broadcaster proved himself in Minors

Grace relishing new career as Major League coach

PHOENIX -- As recently as a couple of years ago Mark Grace never would have guessed that as he turned 50 in the summer of 2014 he would be riding on a bus between Hillsboro, Oregon, and Boise, Idaho.

Back in 2012, Grace was a well-paid analyst on D-backs broadcasts, but a second DUI arrest in a two-year span caused him to lose his job and he served a four-month jail term, which ended in June 2013.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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On outfield trail, Marzilli making his way in AFL

Having started out as a pitcher, D-backs prospect gaining experience with playing time

On outfield trail, Marzilli making his way in AFL

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Evan Marzilli can recall those early days of youth baseball when he stood atop the pitcher's mound and let the ball loose. It didn't always go where he wanted.

"Pitching didn't work out too well," he said.

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Don Ketchum is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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