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Council Bluffs baseball fields could be in for a big league upgrade

Baseball fields throughout Council Bluffs could soon attract leagues and tournaments to the city with a new feature — replica Major League Baseball stadiums surrounding the playing fields. At the Nov. 28 city council meeting, council members voted to approve a resolution awarding a $98,500 contract to HGM Associates, Inc. for the design and engineering …

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Japanese pitcher Shintaro Fujinami to be posted for MLB move

Major League Baseball has accepted the Hanshin Tigers’ application to post right-handed pitcher Shintaro Fujinami, the Japanese club said Thursday. Fujinami, who was two-way star Shohei Ohtani’s rival when they were in high school, will have until 5 pm Eastern time on Jan. 14 to complete contract talks with interested major league clubs willing to …

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Zach Eflin agrees to deal with Rays (source)

ST. PETERSBURG — While their top priority this offseason is improving their lineup, the Rays’ first significant addition was a move meant to upgrade their already-imposing starting rotation. The Rays are in agreement on a three-year, $40 million contract with right-hander Zach Eflin — the first notable strike on the free-agent pitching market this offseason …

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Rosenthal: What I’m hearing on the MLB Hot Stove about the Dodgers, Brewers and more

The Dodgers are capable of pivoting in virtually any direction, which is just how they like it. Including the return of Clayton Kershaw, whose deal is pending a physical, the Dodgers are about $45 million under the first luxury-tax threshold of $233 million. And if their history under Andrew Friedman is any indication, they are …

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New Royals pitching coach Brian Sweeney had a unique path to KC

Italy’s Brian Sweeney (19) and Mexico’s Oliver Perez (46) exchanged caps prior to a World Baseball Classic baseball game on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Matt York AP Kansas City Royals new pitching coach Brian Sweeney sat down for a video conference call, a map of …

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