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Efficiency is the goal for Cashman, Epstein and Friedman – Buster Olney Blog

When Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has an idea for a trade, one of his staffers related the other day, he will wait days before raising the concept with the other team. In the interim, he and his staff will deliberate over all sides of the would-be proposal, assessing and reassessing, like geologists turning and studying each millimeter of a rock. Only after he is wholly educated on value involved will he make the call, fully armed to discuss what he wants out of the deal, and prepared to anticipate…

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Minnesota Twins fans meet Michael Pineda, but have to wait to see him pitch

MINNEAPOLIS — Michael Pineda is hard to miss, even when he’s not throwing 95 mph fastballs. The Minnesota Twins won’t witness any of those heaters for a while, but they’re still pleased to have the 6-foot-7 right-hander in-house until he’s ready. Pineda was introduced to his new fans at Twins Fest on Saturday after agreeing to a $10 million, two-year deal last month, though he’s still recovering from Tommy John surgery and is unlikely to pitch again until at least late this season. Indeed, Minnesota’s first major move this winter…

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Todd Frazier, ‘Thumbs Down Guy’ meet at autograph signing

All New York Mets fan Gary Dunaier did was show his disapproval for his crosstown rivals. Four months later, the “Thumbs-Down Guy” got to meet the New York Yankees‘ player who adopted his inverted digit as the team’s rallying cry. Dunaier surprised Todd Frazier on Saturday as they met each other for the first time at an autograph signing on Long Island. The free-agent third baseman greeted the 55-year-old fan with a hug. “It was good,” Frazier told the New York Daily News. “He’s a nice guy, to finally meet…

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Roy Halladay had amphetamine, morphine in system

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — An autopsy report says retired star pitcher Roy Halladay had evidence of amphetamine, morphine and an insomnia drug in his system when he died in a small plane crash in Florida last year. The Tampa Bay Times reported that an autopsy released Friday shows the former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies All-Star died from blunt force trauma with drowning as a contributing factor when he crashed his personal plane into the Gulf of Mexico near New Port Richey on Nov. 7. The National Transportation…

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Dillon Gee signs with Chunichi Dragons in Japan on one-year, $1.7 million deal

Pitcher Dillon Gee has agreed to a $1.7 million, one-year contract with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Central League, a deal that includes an additional $300,000 in performance bonuses. A right-hander who turns 32 in April, Gee was 3-2 with a 4.37 ERA in four starts and 14 relief appearances last year for Texas and Minnesota. He was released by the Rangers in June, then signed with the Twins. Gee is 51-48 with a 4.09 ERA in eight major league seasons that included time with the New York Mets (2010-15)…

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Randal Grichuk acquired by Toronto Blue Jays from St. Louis Cardinals

The Blue Jays have acquired OF Randal Grichuk from the Cardinals in exchange for RHP Dominic Leone and minor league RHP Conner Greene. Earlier this week, Grichuk expressed disappointment to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he was slated to be the fourth outfielder for the Cardinals, behind Marcell Ozuna, Dexter Fowler and Tommy Pham: “Fourth or fifth and, a bat off the bench, so far. Obviously, a lot still can happen in the offseason and a lot can happen this season in spring but that’s what it’s kind of shaping…

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Are the Red Sox gonna sign J.D. Martinez or what? Here’s what we know – Boston Red Sox Blog

It wasn’t an “Open For Business” sign, as his mentor Roland Hemond once hung on a table in a lobby at winter meetings long ago. But Dave Dombrowski sat in a hotel suite in Orlando, Florida, in December, pointed to a list of players in his jacket pocket, and said for all the world to hear that the Boston Red Sox were ready to make offseason deals. “We know who we want,” Dombrowski said. “But you’re in touch with two things: the trade market and also the free-agency market. You…

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Yasmany Tomas of Arizona Diamondbacks arrested on charges of reckless driving, criminal speeding

PHOENIX — Authorities say Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas has been accused of reckless driving and criminal speeding after his car was clocked at 105 mph on a metro Phoenix freeway. Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say troopers pulled over Tomas, 27, around 9:30 a.m. Thursday. He was booked into the downtown Phoenix jail, and his Mercedes Coupe was impounded. Authorities say Tomas could be facing up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500 on the criminal speeding charge. A reckless driving charge could lead…

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Howie Kendrick, /wsahinggon Nationals finalize $7 million, 2-year contract

WASHINGTON — Outfielder Howie Kendrick and the Washington Nationals have finalized their $7 million, two-year contract. The 34-year old will make $3 million this year and $4 million in 2019, and he can earn up to $1.1 million each season in in performance bonuses based on plate appearances. With Bryce Harper, Adam Eaton and Michael A. Taylor the favorites to earn the starting spots in the outfield and Victor Robles another possibility, Kendrick likely will be a bench option for first-year manager Dave Martinez. Kendrick hit .293 with seven home…

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How much should Baseball Hall of Fame voters care about defense? – SweetSpot

Omar Vizquel made his major league debut a few weeks shy of his 22nd birthday, on Opening Day in 1989. Ken Griffey Jr. made his debut in the same game. Hitting eighth, one spot ahead of Vizquel, was another rookie named Edgar Martinez. A fourth rookie, Randy Johnson, joined those Seattle Mariners later in the season. The skinny, little shortstop from Venezuela hit .220 that season, with just 11 extra-base hits and one stolen base in 143 games. Yet he outlasted all his famous teammates, playing his final game in…

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