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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Andrew McCutchen moving into Philadelphia’s outfield Francisco Rodriguez Jersey , more talk about a megadeal involving Noah Syndergaard and J.T. Realmuto and veteran pitcher Ivan Nova on the go.The winter meetings picked up a bit Tuesday, but any big deals for the likes of Corey Kluber, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper remained on deck.There were reports the Baltimore Orioles were close to hiring a manager in Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde. But the O’s said those stories were premature and they wouldn’t make a decision before leaving Las Vegas.“We don’t have a manager,” newly hired general manager Mike Elias said.The World Series champion Red Sox made a move, too — with their lineup. AL MVP Mookie Betts will shift out of the leadoff spot and bat behind Andrew Benintendi, manager Alex Cora said.“I think we’re going to maximize Mookie in a different spot. Flip-flop them, Beni leading off and Mookie hitting second. Talked to him, it makes sense,” Cora said.“And I know Beni’s OK with it. But if you play 162 games, you’re going to come up 162 at-bats with nobody on,” he said. “And last year, what I wanted from him in the leadoff spot Jake Arrieta Jersey , we accomplished. It’s a different season and we have to make adjustments, and that’s where we’re going to go.”Betts led the majors in batting (.346) and slugging percentage (.640) and was second in on-base average (.43cool for the 108-win Red Sox. He also had 84 extra-base hits, including 32 home runs.Speculation continued to swirl about a huge swap that would include the Yankees and Mets. The New York teams don’t usually do business directly, but this trade would enlist a third team — the Miami Marlins and Realmuto, their star catcher.“I’d like to think that we’re very open-minded and aggressive and talk to everybody about what’s available in the marketplace. And so it doesn’t matter really for most part what the team is. I’ll explore every opportunity that might be available,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said.McCutchen, meanwhile, and the Phillies agreed to a $50 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement, which includes a club option for 2022, is subject to a successful physical.The 32-year-old was the NL MVP in 2013 Nick Williams Jersey , highlighting his long run in Pittsburgh. He split last season with San Francisco and the Yankees, hitting a combined .255 with 20 homers and 65 RBIs.The Phillies have a surplus of outfielders, including Odubel Herrera, Nick Williams, Aaron Altherr and Roman Quinn. Rhys Hoskins is shifting from left field to first base after Carlos Santana was dealt to Seattle.Nova was traded from the Pirates to the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitcher Yordi Rosario and $500,000 in international signing bonus pool allocation. The 31-year-old righty was 9-9 with a 4.19 ERA in 29 starts this season.The White Sox were searching for a starter after prized rookie Michael Kopech had Tommy John surgery in September.“We think he’s going to be able to eat up some innings and pitch effectively for us,” Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. “I think the front office was doing their due diligence in trying to acquire someone of Nova’s status and stature, and all the reports from everybody we’ve spoken to, this kid’s a good pick up for us.” PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Kiermaier says his body feels as good as ever and he’s determined to bounce back from a subpar season marked by injuries and inconsistency to help the Tampa Bay Rays contend for a playoff berth.“I’m going to sound like a broken record all spring,” the defensive whiz said, adding he has a lot to prove to teammates and fans after struggling offensively last year Tommy Joseph Jersey , when he missed two months with a torn ligament in his right thumb and also hurt a foot in September.“I love where I’m at right now,” Kiermaier added. “I couldn’t ask for anything else, and now it’s just my part to go execute and maybe win some hearts back from my performance last year.”The Rays surprisingly won 90 games despite losing their centerfielder for 57 games from April 16 to June 18, then finishing the season with Kiermaier sidelined the final four games because of a hairline fracture in his right foot.It was the third straight season the 28-year-old, who batted .217 in a career-low 88 games, missed significant time because of injuries.Kiermaier reported to spring training last week, three days ahead of Monday’s first full-squad workout, eager to do his part to help the Rays build on last year’s success and contend for a postseason berth.“I feel better than ever. I know every baseball player says that every year. But I say it with a straight face, and I know I’m not lying through my teeth,” Kiermaier said.“I just want to help this team out,” he added. “Personally, I’m so happy for what we did as a team last year http://www.philliesfan...ntic-clay-buchholz-jersey , but I will make much more of a contribution this year. I promise you that.”A .254 career hitter over portions of five major league seasons, Kiermaier is best-known for his highlight-reel defensive exploits.The two-time Gold Glove winner’s batting average was the lowest of his career last season and came on the heels of hitting a career-best .276 with 15 homers and and 39 RBIs two years ago.“We are a different team when KK is on the field,” manager Kevin Cash said. “When he’s not, we miss him. Obviously, our defense is different. And with our offense, when he is going right, he has the ability to really ignite us.”One of the club’s top priorities in spring training is to do whatever’s necessary to help Kiermaier remain healthy.That may be the best way the Rays can help the centerfielder keep his pledge to rebound from a disappointing 2018.“KK can say what he wants and motivate himself however he wants, and we’re going to support him. But the last thing I’m going to do is put pressure on KK,” Cash said.“He’s a really good player and he’s been banged up with some unfortunate injuries,” the manager added. “Last year was about as fluke (of an injury) as they get. But I love the fact that he’s motivated, he’s very driven to be on the field and help us.”

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