A.J. Pierzynski has been called a lot of things during his lengthy major league career, and not many of them are very nice. Pierzynski realizes that he is known for being an irritant, a pest, and quite a handful for any team wearing a different colored uniform. New to the Braves, the catcher was laughing it up with the Atlanta players during a workout this weekend. When the Braves signed him over the offseason, it became his seventh major league stop.

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Boston Red Sox outfielders Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo each stand shorter than 5-feet-10 and between them have played in only 62 big league games. ”I don’t look at it as a competition,” Betts said Sunday. I just look at it as getting ready for the season.” Opening day is more than a month away and the Red Sox have their final workout of the spring Monday before they start playing big league exhibition games. Red Sox manager John Farrell said he’s not close to deciding who will be in center field on April 6 when the Red Sox open the season in Philadelphia.

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The Boston Red Sox are all in on Cuba, with their pursuit of acclaimed prospect Yoan Moncada the latest example. Moncada’s representative, David Hastings, said Tuesday he is hopeful the contract with a $31.5 million signing bonus will be finalized by the end of the week. The cost for the Red Sox will double because of the tax for exceeding the international signing bonus pool, a provision in baseball’s collective bargaining agreement. ”With high-ceiling players, you have to take risks, especially on young players.” General manager Ben Cherington decline to confirm the agreement with Moncada, a switch-hitting, multi-skilled middle infielder who was heavily courted by multiple teams.

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As he works on his potent swing, Brandon Moss is also testing his patience this spring. Acquired in a December trade from Oakland to bring more power to Cleveland’s lineup, the All-Star from last season has been making solid progress as he recovers from hip surgery. Both he and the Indians’ training staff have been encouraged that he’s ahead of schedule. Moss has been at the Indians Player Development Complex rehabbing from the repair of a torn labrum in his right hip, an injury that caused pain every time he swung the bat in 2014.

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Casey McGehee has been everywhere on the baseball map. He played high school ball near Santa Cruz, California, played collegiately at Fresno State and then began a tour that took him to Chicago (Cubs), Milwaukee (Brewers), Pittsburgh (Pirates), New York (Yankees), Japan (Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles) and Miami (Marlins). Now he is back in his old stomping grounds, or close to them, after being traded from Miami to the San Francisco Giants and he said it ”just feels right.” ”I don’t know how else to put it,” McGehee said Friday.

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It’s a question the Boston Red Sox have been asked to address since Jon Lester was traded last summer and then signed a $155 million, six-year contract with the Chicago Cubs rather than return to Fenway Park. ”There’s only so many times you can ask somebody, ‘How are you going to do this without an ace of the staff?”’ right-hander Clay Buchholz said. If all five of us stay healthy, we’re not going to be easy to get past.”’ General manager Ben Cherington acquired right-hander Rick Porcello from Detroit and left-hander Wade Miley from Arizona during the offseason. He also signed former Boston right-hander Justin Masterson, coming off an injury-filled season, to a one-year deal.

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Yoan Moncada arrived Wednesday at the spring training headquarters of the Boston Red Sox, another step toward completion of a hefty contract for the 19-year-old Cuban. The Red Sox and Moncada’s agent reached an agreement earlier this week on a deal with a $31.5 million signing bonus, a record for an under-23 international amateur player. Moncada had physical exams scheduled this week in both Florida and Boston, before the contract can be finalized. His representative, David Hastings, said earlier this week he hoped the deal would be finalized by Friday.

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Major league players are against many of the radical changes introduced during the Arizona Fall League to speed up games. Baseball players’ association head Tony Clark is encouraging his membership to make slight adjustments that will improve the pace of games without completely altering the way they do their jobs. A former All-Star first baseman and the first player to head the union, Clark said Wednesday on the first stop of his spring training tour that extreme methods aren’t feasible at the sport’s highest level.

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Tom Ricketts says he thinks the Chicago Cubs are set to take big steps this year toward ending their century-plus of failure. ”Obviously, we all believe this year’s team has what it takes to win the division and go to the playoffs,” the Cubs owner said Wednesday at spring training. ”Now it’s about getting on the field and getting it started.” Chicago hasn’t won the World Series since 1908 and hasn’t reach the playoffs since 2008. Ricketts called midseason trades such as the one that sent pitchers Jeff Samardzia and Jason Hammel to Oakland for top prospect Addison Russell ”really the end of the beginning for us.” ”We’re looking forward to winning,” he said.

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