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Cards, Cubs stoke rivalry, trade barbs

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ST. LOUIS (AP) To St. Louis pitcher John Brebbia, this fussin' and feudin' between the Cardinals and Chicago Cubs is a perfect winter warmup.

"Honestly, people were kind of forgetting baseball season was coming up," Brebbia said Sunday. "So I think it was a good way to remind everyone that Cardinals-Cubs are going to be back in action soon."

"No more of this football or whatever it's called now," he said. "It's our time."

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Cubs eye spring '20 for own TV network

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs are launching their own sports network.

President of business operations Crane Kenney said the team hopes to have it running in time for spring training next year.

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Angels, Allen finalize 1-yr., $8.5M deal

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Relief pitcher Cody Allen and the Los Angeles Angels have finalized a one-year contract for $8.5 million.

He can earn an additional $2.5 million in performance bonuses for games finished as part of the deal announced Sunday: $250,000 each for 35 and 40, and $500,000 apiece for 45, 50 and 55.

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Cubs 3B Bryant healthy again

CHICAGO (AP) If Kris Bryant knows anything about where Bryce Harper is going in free agency, he is staying quiet for the moment.

Bryant does know at least one thing that should delight fans of the Chicago Cubs.

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Cubs: Russell's 2nd chance 'conditional'

CHICAGO (AP) Addison Russell's future with the Chicago Cubs is a tentative proposition.

President of baseball operations Theo Epstein says Russell is getting a "conditional second chance" with the Cubs after he was suspended for 40 games last October for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. Even the slightest misstep likely would mean the end of his time with the team.

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OF Garcia can earn up to $6M with Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Avisail Garcia can earn up to $6 million as part of his one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The team announced the deal Friday, an agreement that guarantees $3.5 million this season.

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Yankees, Ottavino agree on 3 years, $27M

NEW YORK (AP) While shying away from high-priced free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the New York Yankees are boosting their bullpen.

Reliever Adam Ottavino and the Yankees agreed to a $27 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal is subject to a successful physical.

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BoSox's Cora unsure on White House visit

BOSTON (AP) Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, a Puerto Rico native who has been outspoken about its need for hurricane relief, indicated on Thursday that he may skip the World Series celebration at the White House over President Donald Trump's policies toward the island.

Cora previously said he would make the traditional champion's visit to Washington to argue for more help for the American island that was devastated by Hurricane Maria. But in the wake of reports this week that Trump tried to redirect funds from Puerto Rico to Florida and Texas, Cora repeatedly prefaced his comments on Thursday with, "If I go ...."

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Lowrie can earn $500K PA bonus with Mets

NEW YORK (AP) Jed Lowrie can earn a $500,000 performance bonus during each season of his deal with the New York Mets if he makes 550 plate appearances.

The Mets and the infielder finalized the $20 million, two-year contract on Wednesday. He gets a $5 million signing bonus, of which $1 million is due on March 15, another $1 million on Nov. 15, $500,000 on Jan. 15 next year and $2.5 million on Jan. 15, 2021. He gets salaries of $6 million this year and $9 million in 2020.

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