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Clark: Concern high despite Machado deal

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Players' union head Tony Clark says Adam Wainwright's comments about a possible strike were in line with widespread concern he hears from his members about a free-agent market they claim has become dysfunctional.

Starting his tour of spring training camps, Clark said he isn't drawing conclusions about the market based on Manny Machado's $300 million, 10-year contract with the San Diego Padres, which would be the second-highest contract in baseball history. Bryce Harper, Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel are among dozens of free agents still looking for a deal.

"We're glad Manny found a home. We're curious as to why it took as long as it did," Clark said Thursday. "And we're also still concerned about the players that are out there that their phone isn't ringing and that they haven't had an opportunity and camps are opened up and the season's opened up and we're in a position where fans and players alike are asking `Where are we held up and what's going on?'"

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Arenado not afraid of entering FA market

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The sluggish free-agent market the last two years has not scared Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado, who could be among the most prized players after this season.

"I'm not afraid of it at all," Arenado said. "It doesn't have an effect on me. I think free agency is something you earn. You've been in the big leagues this long, you get there and you earn it. I don't know how it is going to work out, I can't speak on that. But you definitely earn it."

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Longtime Globe writer dies at BoSox camp

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo, who covered the Red Sox and the rest of the sport for more than three decades, died Thursday after collapsing outside the team's spring training clubhouse. He was 62.

The newspaper said Cafardo appeared to have an embolism. The team's medical staff responded quickly but was unable to revive him.

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Padres announce Machado's $300M deal

SAN DIEGO (AP) The Padres are getting closer to getting Manny Machado in uniform and on the field.

San Diego announced its $300 million, 10-year contract with the All-Star infielder on Thursday, more than two days after the deal was agreed to.

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Dodgers to honor Newcombe with patch

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers will honor pitching great Don Newcombe by adding a commemorative No. 36 patch to their uniforms this season.

Newcombe died Tuesday at 92.

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BoSox's Pedroia easing back from injury

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Dustin Pedroia's goal isn't merely to come back from his knee injury.

He's done that before.

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Braves' Inciarte, Albies could lead off

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) If Ronald Acuna Jr. is dropped down in the Atlanta Braves' batter order, Ender Inciarte and Ozzie Albies could be the top candidates to lead off.

"I'm going to wait and see where we're at in a couple of weeks. I don't think we have to set a lineup right now, and it could change," manager Brian Snitker said. "I have different ideas but I don't think right now or even a week from now we have to have anything set."

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Marlins begin rollout of Cuban OF Mesa

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) For a franchise that has been a perennial loser, Victor Victor Mesa sounds like a winner.

The Miami Marlins can't be sure, however, because they they've never seen Mesa play. They agreed to a $5.25 million signing bonus last October with the highly touted Cuban defector and can begin to assess the investment Saturday when their spring training season starts.

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Ex-Phillies slugger Howard joins ESPN

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Former Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard has joined ESPN as an analyst on "Baseball Tonight."

The network said Thursday that Howard will start in early March. He also will appear on other television and radio formats at ESPN.

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