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Mets 3B Wright still in rehab process

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) The big question surrounding David Wright is the one that even he can't answer.

Can he play this season?

"I'm going to give it my best shot, certainly," the New York Mets captain and third baseman said Saturday from the dugout of the team's training complex. "I probably have a lot of the same questions you're asking me and a lot of people are asking of me. I just don't know. It's certainly been an uphill climb for me.

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Mets, Vargas agree to 2-year, $16M deal

Turns out, the New York Mets were ready and willing to spend this winter. More than just a few bucks, too.

All-Star pitcher Jason Vargas and the Mets agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract Friday, adding depth to a New York rotation that's been riddled by injuries the past two seasons.

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Straily glad Miami dealt Stanton, Yelich

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) While Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich were happy to be traded by the Miami Marlins, right-hander Dan Straily says he wants to be a cornerstone of the team's rebuilding plan.

And that's not all.

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Stroman angry at Jays' negativity at him

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Toronto pitcher Marcus Stroman met with Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins on Friday, a day after the 26-year old right-hander's salary arbitration loss triggered him to vent on Twitter.

Stroman received a raise from $3.4 million to $6.5 million instead of his $6.9 million request.

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Freese: Pirates not trying hard to win

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) David Freese thinks the Pittsburgh Pirates need to have a serious mindset adjustment if they want to compete in the stacked NL Central.

"The last two years, we didn't do as well as we could have because of our environment. That's what I think," the third baseman said Friday after reporting to spring training. "I walk in every day, and the demand to win just hasn't been in the air. That's what you need."

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Straily, Maurer lose arbitration cases

PHOENIX (AP) Pitchers Dan Straily of Miami and Brandon Maurer of Kansas City lost their salary arbitration cases Friday, leaving players with an 11-10 lead with only Cincinnati second baseman Scooter Gennett awaiting a decision.

The 22 hearings are the most since players went 14-10 in 1990. Just five players settled among the 27 players who swapped proposed salaries with their teams last month.

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P Volquez rejoins Rangers on minor deal

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Edinson Volquez has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, returning to his original team with a chance to be a candidate for the rotation in 2019.

The 34-year-old Volquez will not pitch this season while recovering from ligament reconstruction surgery on his right elbow last August.

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Slimmer Pujols set for more action at 1B

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Albert Pujols is slim, trim and ready to dust off his first-baseman's mitt.

The 38-year-old former MVP is looking to reverse a downward-trending career, in part by contributing more in the field now that he has shaken off injuries. The Angels are hoping Pujols can share the designated hitter's role with Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani.

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Norris, Cards finalize $3M, 1-year deal

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Pitcher Bud Norris and the St. Louis Cardinals finalized a $3 million, one-year contract on Wednesday as the team started spring training workouts.

The 32-year-old right-hander led the Los Angeles Angels with 19 saves in 23 chances last season. He went 2-6 with a 4.23 ERA in three starts and 57 relief appearances, striking out 74 in 62 innings.

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