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MLB plans to sponsor U.S. Olympic softball team
Major League Baseball is using its financial muscle to support the U.S. women's softball team, which already is assured a spot in the Tokyo Olympics while the American men's baseball team struggles to qualify.[read more]

Why Betts, Bryant, Lindor and Arenado should (and shouldn't) be dealt
The Red Sox, Cubs, Indians and Rockies face tough decisions in weighing offers for their stars.[read more]

Rockies' Arenado: Focus is baseball, not chatter
Rockies All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado said Wednesday in a statement to the Denver Post that he will no longer publicly comment on his relationship with the club.[read more]

Phils add Liriano, Walker, 2 RHPs on minors deals
The Phillies have signed left-hander Francisco Liriano, right-handers Bud Norris and Drew Storen, and infielder Neil Walker to minor league contracts with invitations to attend major league spring training.[read more]

Walker's plaque to show Rockies cap, not Expos
Larry Walker's Hall of Fame plaque in Cooperstown will have a Colorado Rockies cap, not a Montreal Expos one, he said Wednesday. "It's a hard decision, being a Canadian," he said.[read more]

GM: Mets close to naming Rojas new manager
The Mets are nearing agreement on a deal to name Luis Rojas their new manager.[read more]

Umps' union clarifies use of electronics in spring
Hours after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred indicated that an electronic strike zone would be used in spring training games, the executive committee of the umpires' union clarified that the electronics would not be used in place of a plate ump's judgment.[read more]

MLB: No plans to strip Astros, Red Sox of titles
Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball has no plans to strip World Series titles from the Houston Astros or Boston Red Sox as a result of the sign-stealing scandal.[read more]

Gordon returning for 14th season with Royals
The Royals have signed Alex Gordon to a one-year deal as the outfielder returns to Kansas City for a 14th season.[read more]

Braves give Ozuna $18 million contract for 2020
Outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who hit 29 home runs for the Cardinals last season, will play for the Atlanta Braves in 2020 on a one-year contract worth $18 million.[read more]