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Clark: MLB players concerned about FAs

(AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Nearly two full weeks into spring training, dozens of accomplished free agents around the major leagues are still unsigned.

There's a new rule limiting visits to the mound, too, creating at least some early confusion about how to keep track.

So while their collective bargaining agreement runs through four more seasons, players have been expressing more frustration with owners lately than usual during an offseason marked by increased tension between the sides.


Rays P prospect needs Tommy John surgery

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay top pitching prospect Brent Honeywell has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm and will have Tommy John surgery, sidelining him for the entire season.

The 22-year-old right-hander was hurt during a live batting practice session Thursday at spring training.


Twins sign SS Aybar to minors contract

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The Minnesota Twins have signed 12-year veteran shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

The Twins announced the deal on Saturday, when Aybar was expected to report to camp. Aybar made his debut with the Los Angeles Angels in 2006 and was their everyday shortstop for seven seasons. He won a Gold Glove award in 2011 and made the All-Star team in 2014. He played last year for the San Diego Padres, batting .234 with 11 stolen bases in 333 at-bats.


P Siegrist gets minors deal from Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Left-hander Kevin Siegrist agreed to a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates and will report to big league spring training.

The 28-year-old was 1-1 with one save and a 4.81 ERA in 46 games last year for St. Louis and Philadelphia, striking out 43 in 39 1/3 innings.


Pirates have high hopes for 3B Moran

PITTSBURGH (AP) Colin Moran was considered one of the best players in college baseball in 2013 while starring at North Carolina.

"We loved him going into the draft that year," Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "He was a player we had a lot of interest in."


Reds sign P Perez to minor league deal

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) The Cincinnati Reds have signed left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez to a minor league contract.

Perez spent the past two seasons with the Washington Nationals. He made 50 appearances with the Nationals last year, pitching 33 innings with a 4.64 ERA.


MLB honors shooting victims in openers

Spring training got off to a solemn start as MLB teams wore hats to honor Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were fatally shot nine days ago.

Stoneman Douglas baseball coach Todd Fitz-Gerald and his two sons were guests of the Houston Astros for their spring opener against the Washington Nationals. Members of the school's baseball and softball teams were guests of the Marlins and mingled on the field with players, coaches and CEO Derek Jeter.


Stanton walks, GIDP in Yankees debut

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Aaron Boone walked to home plate for his first game as a manager at any level and was greeted by Detroit's Ron Gardenhire, a 60-year-old baseball lifer back in charge of a big league team for the first time in four years.

"I told him to go easy on me," Boone said. "I didn't want to look him in the eye - like Jedi mind trick on me or something."


Tigers sign LHP Liriano for 1 year, $4M

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Detroit agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with left-hander Francisco Liriano, giving the Tigers added pitching depth.

The 34-year-old was 6-7 with a 4.62 ERA in 18 starts last season with Toronto and 20 relief appearances with World Series champion Houston, which acquired him at the July 31 trade deadline. He is 102-99 in a 12-year big league career.

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