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    Injured All-Star SS Lindor arrives
    February 14, 2019
    By The Associated Press


    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Injured shortstop Francisco Lindor arrived at the Cleveland Indians spring training complex Thursday, exactly six weeks before their season opener.

    The three-time All-Star strained his right calf while working out recently in Florida. The team said last week the injury would keep one of baseball's best all-around players out seven to nine weeks. He won't be on the field for the start of camp.

    Manager Terry Francona said that he's ''betting on the under'' of that timetable because the 25-year-old shortstop is in good shape and works hard.

    Francona said there are no plans to slide third baseman Carlos Santana to shortstop, even though he has played 109 games at that position. Among the options are Yu Chang, Mike Freeman and Max Moroff.

    Lindor avoided salary arbitration last month by agreeing to a $10.55 million contract for 2019.
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    Cueto has been pitching with elbow pain
    February 14, 2019
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    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) For nearly three years, Johnny Cueto pitched with a stabbing pain in his right elbow. He won 18 games for San Francisco in 2016 and started the All-Star game that year dealing with the discomfort.

    How he did so, Cueto isn't sure. And the animated right-hander can now envision how great it will be once he's back on the mound and pain-free following Tommy John reconstructive surgery.

    ''It was a lot for me to deal with. It was almost three years with pain in the elbow, and strong pain,'' said Cueto, who turns 33 on Friday. ''It's not easy. Last year I started well, but it's a mental pain, it's a pain that felt like someone stuck a knife in my elbow and stabbed it over and over again. It was unbearable and I don't know how I was able to pitch and block the pain.''

    Cueto arrived in Arizona a couple of days behind the Giants pitchers and catchers because of personal reasons and had his physical Thursday. He is scheduled to throw next week for the first time since his August operation.

    The Giants' rotation was plagued by injuries for a second straight year in 2018 with Cueto, ace lefty Madison Bumgarner and right-hander Jeff Samardzija all missing significant time.

    Cueto is down about 20 pounds to 226 thanks to regular meals of salad and fish. Yet he expects to be back at 230 or more once he's ready to return - hopefully before season's end around Sept. 1, to which Cueto noted, ''If that's the case I'll be very happy.''

    ''We would love to see Johnny start. That means we probably are sitting in a pretty good position,'' manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday following a successful workout after one rainstorm, before it began pouring again. ''But we're not going to do something that doesn't make sense with our medical staff and where he's at. Because you get through that then you have another offseason to really heal up. We'll see where he's at when we get to August.''

    Cueto acknowledged he will let the experts guide him when it comes to a timeline and taking each important step along the way to come back.

    ''Right now I feel like I'm ready but I know I'm not,'' he said. ''My frustration was at the beginning when I couldn't move the arm to take a shower, but right now I feel normal and like any other pitcher. I know what my problem is. The only thing I have to do is take it easy and continue with my rehab.''

    He begins the fourth season of a $130 million, six-year contract he signed before the 2016 season.

    Cueto did his offseason rehab back home in the Dominican Republic, where one of his half-dozen horses, Popeye, just died.

    He made 25 starts in 2017 then just nine with 53 innings last year before surgery. On Friday, he plans to throw a plastic ball against a trampoline-like screen.

    When appropriate, he will embrace the chance to mentor the young pitchers, particularly those from Latin America who look up to Cueto's example in training and his accomplishments on the mound.

    ''I feel really good. I'm working out and conditioning,'' Cueto said. ''I'm working hard to return strong to help my team. ... I just want to make sure that my rehab is coming along well, that's my main concern right now.''
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    Mets' deGrom weighs options, seeks deal
    February 14, 2019
    By The Associated Press


    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Just a few hours after Jacob deGrom threw his first practice pitch of spring training, the NL Cy Young Award winner let everyone know the score.

    He hasn't received a long-term contract offer from the New York Mets and isn't sure he will before opening day.

    ''I honestly have no clue. There hasn't really been many talks,'' deGrom said Thursday. ''But that can change in one phone call. I just don't really know.''

    The 30-year-old deGrom is set to make $17 million this season and is under club control through 2020. If he doesn't get a new deal this spring, however, he didn't rule out limiting his 2019 workload to protect his personal future.

    It's an idea that was floated by his agent, Jeff Berry of CAA, in a recent memo to major leaguers during a second consecutive slow free-agent market. If teams are so hesitant to sign accomplished veterans because they come with wear and tear, maybe players should take measures themselves to assure they stay fresh.

    ''I think that's going to be a discussion that's going to have to be had with my agents,'' deGrom said, wearing a blue and orange Mets cap following the club's first scheduled workout for pitchers and catchers. ''I'm going to have to sit down with them and really see what they think is best for me moving forward.

    ''You play this game `cause you love it and then, you know, you have an opportunity to look out for your family and your future. So I think, just, you have to see what's right for you to do.''

    Adding to it all is the bizarre fact that new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen was deGrom's agent with CAA before switching sides at the bargaining table last fall.

    Van Wagenen insisted he's not worried about deGrom taking a seat to save his arm.

    ''I don't anticipate any concerns,'' Van Wagenen said. ''We want to protect Jacob deGrom as much as Jacob deGrom and as much as his agents want to protect him because he matters to us not just during the regular season but his impact is even more important for us in October. So, as far as managing workloads with or without an extension, we're going to make sure that the player's health is considered.''

    The developing saga has already commanded much of the attention as the new-look Mets open camp with an improved roster and playoff aspirations. Teammates have spoken out in support of the humble deGrom getting financially rewarded for his consistent excellence on the mound, and the sides set an opening-day deadline for striking a deal so talks don't create a distraction during the season.

    New York opens up March 28 in Washington, and manager Mickey Callaway drew laughs from reporters when - unprovoked - he made a point to announce deGrom (quite obviously) would get the ball.

    If no contract agreement is reached by then, discussions could always resume next offseason. As of now, at least

    ''There's been plenty of conversations but no offers exchanged,'' Van Wagenen said. ''I have no doubt that the two sides will know each other's positions, if nothing else, by the end of camp, and hopefully we'll be on the same page.''

    It was Van Wagenen - on the pitcher's behalf - who suggested last July the organization should consider trading deGrom if it wasn't planning to commit to him long-term.

    ''That was just I think him trying to get something moving,'' deGrom said with a sheepish smile. ''We had heard the possibility of us talking and it's never gotten anywhere. So, I think it was just trying to get the ball rolling and seeing what was happening and seeing if I was in this team's future plans and not just right now.''

    A two-time All-Star and the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year, deGrom reiterated how much he loves playing in New York and wants to stay. He's made it clear he's interested in signing a multiyear contract now rather than testing free agency.

    Of course, chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and his father, owner Fred Wilpon, would be the ones approving any lucrative deal.

    So what are the Mets waiting for?

    ''Jacob is 100 percent a part of our future now and hopefully for years to come,'' Van Wagenen said. ''Offers and contract negotiations can be complicated processes. It needs to have analysis done on the club side, it needs to have analysis done on the player's side. We are still going through our considerations on the club side and once we have those done, we'll obviously communicate some of that information to the player and his agent.''

    Last month, deGrom and the Mets agreed to a $17 million, one-year contract to avoid arbitration - a raise of $9.6 million over his 2018 salary.

    ''I think first and foremost we wanted to get the arbitration, one-year number resolved,'' Van Wagenen said. ''You never want to create contention between players and the team they play for, so that was a real priority for us.

    ''That goodwill hopefully now is shifting over to the next phase of our process,'' he added. ''Everybody knows that Jacob deGrom is great. Everybody knows that Jacob deGrom deserves to be handsomely rewarded for his performance.''

    After leading the majors with a 1.70 ERA in 217 innings last year, deGrom was a runaway winner in NL Cy Young Award balloting. He went just 10-9 with 269 strikeouts in 32 starts, receiving little support from a fourth-place team that finished 77-85.

    ''I think that Jacob's season last year, we're probably never going to see anything like it again in our lifetime,'' Callaway said.
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    Brewers open spring with familiar faces
    February 14, 2019
    By The Associated Press


    PHOENIX (AP) It didn't take long for the Milwaukee Brewers to start enjoying the benefits of a $60 million renovation to their spring training facility.

    As rain fell in Phoenix on Thursday, Milwaukee's pitchers and catchers headed out to new covered mounds for the first official bullpen session of the spring.

    ''It's awesome,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ''It's absolutely remarkable.''

    The upgrade is one of the few things that's new for the Brewers as they begin their quest to defend their National League Central Division title. With few exceptions - most notably catcher Yasmani Grandal - the players in the new clubhouse Thursday morning were the same ones who left the home clubhouse at Miller Park wondering what might have been after a Game 7 loss to the Dodgers in the NLCS.

    Still, Counsell was quick to point out that while last year was special, it's a new year with new challenges and goals.

    ''This team - underline `this' - hasn't accomplished anything yet,'' Counsell said. ''This is a new team and we kind of have to make our own tracks here.''

    That will include new roles for some of Milwaukee's returning players.

    Erik Kratz will open camp third on the catching depth chart behind Grandal and Manny Pina, leaving him likely to open the regular season in Triple-A. It's a difficult situation for someone who contributed down the stretch as much as Kratz did, but Counsell was confident the 39-year-old journeyman could handle the challenge.

    ''He's seen a lot, he understands a lot and he's capable of handling a lot,'' Counsell said. ''That's why he's still going strong at age 39 - because he's able to adapt.''

    Right-hander Junior Guerra will get stretched out during camp but appears headed for a bullpen role once the season begins. Guerra lost his spot in the rotation after allowing four runs over three innings of a 9-4 victory over the Nationals on Sept. 2 but closed the season strong, throwing six scoreless innings of relief and another 4 2/3 scoreless innings in the postseason.

    Nearly everybody reported to camp healthy and ready to go. Left-hander Brent Suter, recovering from Tommy John surgery, is Milwaukee's only unavailable player at this point, while right-hander Jimmy Nelson is set to throw his first official bullpen session Friday and infield prospect Mauricio Dubon is as close to full strength as possible after tearing his ACL last May.

    ''We're in a really healthy spot,'' Counsell said. ''So far, so good.''
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    Rays praise success of their openers
    February 14, 2019
    By The Associated Press


    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays offer a simple response to critics of the team's creative use of openers to fill out their pitching rotation.

    It works.

    And, they plan to do it again this season, when they expect to contend for a playoff berth after winning more games in 2018 than any major league club that didn't make the postseason.

    ''At the end of the day, our motives are to win games and put our players in the best position that we believe possible to help us accomplish that. ... That will continue to be our guide,'' senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager Erik Neander said.

    ''We're going to do what we feel is best for our organization and our players,'' Neander added. ''If that leads to winning games, that makes everybody happy.''

    The Rays are coming off a turnaround season in which they won 90 games, in part because of the successful use of relievers to open games on days manager Kevin Cash elected to not begin with a traditional starter.

    An opener generally faced three to nine batters, depending on matchups - primarily with a goal of getting the first three to six outs of a game.

    Cash also used ''bullpen days'' - outings started by relievers who usually worked deeper into games - when necessary after injuries and a series of salary-slashing moves left Tampa Bay without a customary five-man rotation.

    ''We're going to have very similar plans as to what we did last year,'' Cash said, citing depth and versatility as biggest strengths of not only a mostly young pitching staff led by 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell, but of the entire roster.

    ''We have a lot of guys who can play different roles, that can hit in different parts of the lineup,'' Cash added. ''And we showed last year we've got a pretty special pitching staff that can pitch in different parts of the ballgame, and we're going to utilize that again.''

    The Rays, who reported to spring training this week with a projected season-opening rotation of Snell, Charlie Morton and Tyler Glasnow, used traditional starters 84 times last season.

    Openers took the ball first 55 times, with Tampa Bay going 32-23 in those games. The remaining 23 starts were filled with bullpen days.

    ''We have a young roster. They're willing to do, I think, whatever is asked of them and trust,'' Neander said.

    ''At the end of the day, I appreciate the trust they have in (Cash) and the staff to put them in the best position to succeed,'' the GM added. ''We saw what's possible when you have that in place.''

    Other big league teams have taken notice of Tampa Bay's success and have explored variations of the concept.

    The Rays have been the target of some criticism, too,

    While the club notes the approach to using the bullpen has contributed to the development of young pitchers such Ryne Stanek, Ryan Yarbrough, Yonny Chirinos and Jalen Beeks, skeptics argue the concept devalues the role of traditional starters and also can undermine a pitcher's earning potential.

    Cash reiterated that a big part of Tampa Bay's success was the willingness of veterans, as well as younger players, to buy in to the concept that made its debut May 19.

    From that point on, Rays pitchers had the third-best ERA (3.50) in the majors behind the Los Angeles Dodgers (3.19) and Houston Astros (3.39).

    ''We certainly value our players quite a bit. And looking at what some of these guys did, whether it was the opener or the bullpen guys who followed them, they all had pretty special seasons,'' Cash said.

    ''All those guys bought in, and we're going to need that again,'' the manager said. ''But I also think they really valued and cherished winning games. And that helped us win games.''
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    SIZE=4]Armadillo: Friday's six-pack[/SIZE]

    — Hofstra 99, Charleston 95— Pride is 12-1, has a 2-game lead in CAA.

    — Furman 67, NC-Greensboro 57— Spartans fall two games behind Wofford in SoCon.

    — Gonzaga 73, LMU 60— Lions played well, played their hearts out, but lost by 13.

    — Utah 83, Arizona 76— Parker Van Dyke was 7-10 behind the arc.

    — Murray State 73, Austin Peay 71— Governors’ tying hoop was split-second after the buzzer.

    — Omaha 85, South Dakota State 84— Mavericks hit a contested baseline jumper at the buzzer for the win.


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    Armadillo: Friday's List of 13: Random stuff with weekend here…..

    13) In the first 7.5 months of legalized sports gambling in New Jersey, a total of $1.63B was wagered; how much did those people also spend on restaurants/shopping while they were out gambling in the Garden State? It is time for New York State to wake up and legalize sports wagering.

    12) 76ers are a combined 1-7 against Toronto, Milwaukee and the Celtics, which doesn’t bode well for the Eastern Conference playoffs this spring.

    11) Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl odds before the Flacco trade: 60-1
    Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl odds after the Flacco trade: 60-1

    The guy who is the head of the Westgate SuperBook is a Broncos’ fan, by the way.

    10) Saw a video on Twitter the other day of a woman throwing a chair off a 45th story balcony along a busy downtown Toronto street; now that woman is facing charges, She is charged with mischief endangering life, mischief endangering property and common nuisance.

    I’m watching this video and thinking “Why would someone do this?” Luckily, no one got hurt; if there had been a car accident and someone died, thats criminally negligent homicide, right?

    9) Golfer Matt Kuchar apparently paid his caddy $5,000 during his win at the Mayakoba Classic last fall, where he won $1.3M. Thats a 0.38% tip. Not good.

    Going rate for caddies is 10% if the player wins, which obviously would be $130,000.

    The caddy is not Kuchar’s normal caddy; he offered the guy an additional $15,000 later on, which the caddy (for some reason) turned down.

    Weird story that basically makes Kuchar look like a cheap bastard.

    8) Lot of times, I rattle on in this space about things I think should happen, and it is just me typing stuff that has no chance of ever happening, but every once in a while……..

    Late last month, the San Diego Padres informed MLB that starting in 2020, they’ll have new uniforms, and those uniforms’ main colors will be brown and gold!!!!!

    This is excellent, the Padres returning to their Nate Colbert/Randy Jones roots, when they had very cool uniforms. Can’t wait to see them.

    7) Donald Trump played golf with Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods couple weeks ago after not having left Washington since Thanksgiving; you know he had to have been practicing golf somewhere. Least surprising news ever: There is a golf simulator in the White House, where you can play simulated “rounds” on courses all over the world.

    The new $50,000 simulator replaced an older one that President Obama used in the White House. Stressful job, the president needs an outlet to release his frustrations, and just to have fun with.

    6) San Francisco Giants signed Gerardo Parra to a minor-league deal, which could be a signal that they’re out of the Bryce Harper sweepstakes, seeing how Parra is a lefty-hitting OF, just like Harper.

    5) Oregon Ducks’ football team fired DC Jim Leavitt this week; he was making $1.75M after Willie Taggart wanted to bring him to Florida State, but Oregon boosters were mad at Taggart because he used one of their planes to fly to a job interview with FSU, so they overpaid Leavitt to prevent him from going to the Seminoles.

    4) Mississippi State DT Jeffery Simmons, projected to be a top 15-pick in the NFL Draft, suffered a knee injury during training that is thought to be a torn ACL. Simmons was already not invited to the NFL Combine; he was seen on video in 2016 striking a woman.

    3) Utah’s great point guard John Stockton missed a total of 22 games in his entire 19-year career, so I’m guessing he didn’t need “maintenance days” when the Jazz had games on consecutive nights.

    2) Unusual fact that annoys me a little; I pay for the NBA Full Court package, so I can see every NBA game live, but when games are re-broadcast late at night, those games get blacked out on the local cable channels, except for Knicks/Nets and anything on NBA TV. Since I’m paying a decent amount of money, shouldn’t I be able to watch those replays?

    I do not have the NHL package, but their late night replays aren’t blacked out, I can watch any of those games I want to- it makes no sense. Too bad I like basketball better than hockey.

    1) Last three NFL teams who appeared on HBO’s Hard Knocks went a combined 16-31-1 that season; all three of those coaches have been fired, two during the season where they were on Hard Knocks. Of course, those two coaches were also breaking in rookie QB’s that year.

    This year, looks like the final five are: Lions, Redskins, Raiders, Giants, 49ers. We’ll be seeing a lot of one of those teams next summer on HBO, and I’m guessing they’re saving the Raiders for 2020, when they move to Las Vegas.
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    Reliever Sergio Romo, Giants finalize $2.5M, 1-year contract
    February 15, 2019
    By The Associated Press


    MIAMI (AP) - Right-hander Sergio Romo and the Miami Marlins have finalized a one-year contract that guarantees the reliever $2.5 million.

    Romo can earn an additional $250,000 in performance bonuses for games finished as part of the deal announced Friday: $50,000 each for 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 games finished.

    The 35-year-old was 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA last year for Tampa Bay with 25 saves in 33 chances.

    Romo was an All-Star in 2013 for San Francisco and helped the Giants to World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

    He has a 2.86 career ERA in 638 relief appearances and five starts during 11 major league seasons.

    To open a roster spot, the Marlins put right-hander Julian Fernandez on the 60-day injured list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery,
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    AP source: Severino, Yanks agree to $40M, 4-year contract
    February 15, 2019
    By The Associated Press


    NEW YORK (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that right-hander Luis Severino avoided an arbitration hearing with the New York Yankees, agreeing to a $40 million, four-year contract.

    Severino's deal includes a team option for 2023 that could make the deal worth $52.25 million for five seasons. If the option is not exercised, Severino would be eligible for free agency after the 2022 season.

    The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the agreement is subject to a successful physical.

    Severino gets a $2 million signing bonus, $4 million in 2019, $10 million in 2020 and $10.5 million in 2021 and $11 million in 2022. The team option is for $15 million with a $2.75 million buyout.
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    Francisco Liriano hopes return to Pirates sparks turnaround
    February 15, 2019
    By The Associated Press


    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Francisco Liriano had a handful of offers during free agency that were basically the same. Teams wanted him to come to spring training on a minor league contract.

    Realizing he was not getting a major league deal, he returned to the team where he had his best run during his 13-year career. The 35-year-old left-hander agreed to terms with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Feb. 4, one week before spring training.

    In a three seasons between 2013 and 2015, Liriano was a combined 35-25 with a 3.26 ERA in 86 starts. He was the winning pitcher in the 2013 NL wild-card game - the Pirates' first postseason appearance since 1992 - when he limited Cincinnati to one run in seven innings.

    ''To be honest, that's one of the best games I remember,'' Liriano said before pitchers and catchers worked out Friday. ''I have a lot of good memories in Pittsburgh. Hopefully, it will continue this year, too. Hopefully, we can make the playoffs. You never know. You've got to go out there and play and give it everything you have.''

    Liriano didn't have much to offer the Detroit Tigers last season, going 5-12 with a 4.58 ERA in 27 games, all but one a start. He believes reuniting with manager Clint Hurdle and pitching coach Ray Searage can help get him back on track.

    ''The coaches here know me and saw me when I was at my best,'' Liriano said.

    Liriano might have a different role if he makes the team. The Pirates need left-handed relief help, and he profiles as a potential bullpen option.

    Liriano can still handle left-handed batters, limiting them to a .170 batting average and .516 OPS in 98 plate appearances last season. Opponents also batted just .221 with a .635 OPS against Liriano the first time through the order.

    The Pirates haven't ruled out Liriano as a starter. But four of the five spots are already accounted for and there are already three others who will compete for the No. 5 job - lefty Steven Brault and right-handers Nick Kingham and Jordan Lyles.

    If added to the 40-man roster, Liriano would have a $1.8 million salary while in the major leagues and $150,000 while in the minors. He could earn up to $1.5 million in performance bonuses based on a points system in which he would get one point for an appearance of less than two innings or an appearance without a game finished, two for an appearance of at least two innings or a game finished and three for an appearance of three points for an appearance of four innings or more, two for an appearance of at least four innings.

    He would get $125,000 each for 30 and 35 points, $150,000 apiece for 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 and 65, and $175,000 each for 70 and 75.

    ''I think I can do both starting and relieving, as far as spring training,'' Liriano said. ''We'll see how they want me to pitch and talk to them. I'm willing to do both. Whatever it takes.''

    The Pirates traded Liriano to the Toronto Blue Jays during the 2016 season after he struggled to a 6-11 record and 5.41 ERA in 21 starts. Now Pittsburgh might beckon again.

    ''Baseball is crazy,'' he said. ''You never know.''
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    Athletics sign outfielder Robbie Grossman
    February 15, 2019
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    MESA, Ariz. (AP) The Oakland Athletics signed outfielder Robbie Grossman to a one-year, $2 million contract Friday.

    To make room for Grossman on the 40-man roster, right-hander Daniel Gossett was placed on the 60-day injured list.

    Grossman spent the last three seasons with the Twins. He batted .273 with five home runs and 48 RBIs last season.

    The Athletics also signed infielder Cliff Pennington to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

    Pennington returns to the A's, where he began his big league career in 2008. He has compiled a .242 batting average in 11 seasons with the A's, Diamondbacks, Angels, Reds and Blue Jays.

    Gossett appeared in five games for the A's last year before undergoing Tommy John reconstruction surgery Aug. 1. He went 0-3 with a 5.18 ERA.
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    Infielder Solarte receives minor league contract from Giants
    February 15, 2019
    By The Associated Press


    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Switch-hitting, versatile infielder Yangervis Solarte has reached agreement on a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants.

    He will provide infield depth for manager Bruce Bochy. Solarte played every infield position last season for the Blue Jays, making 83 starts at third base and 28 at second.

    San Francisco dealt with significant injuries to first baseman Brandon Belt, second baseman Joe Panik and third baseman Pablo Sandoval last season and all missed extended time. Sandoval is recovering from August surgery to repair a torn right hamstring, while Belt has had repeated concussions and underwent season-ending right knee surgery in September.

    The 31-year-old Solarte batted .226 with 17 home runs and 54 RBIs in 122 games last season for Toronto. He played in the NL West the previous three-plus years with the Padres.
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