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Fake names used by MLB players at hotels on road: Rick Sutcliffe (R. Redford), Roger Clemens (Red Glare), & C.C. Sabathia (George Jetson).

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Reliever Carlos Torres has agreed to terms on a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves. Torres opted out after being removed from the 40-man roster by the New York Mets when they needed a spot for the signing of Antonio Bastardo.

Law: 2016 ranking of MLB farm systems

The Braves jumped into the No. 1 spot despite not having even a top-5 farm system last year, according to Keith Law's rankings, while last year's best farm system (Cubs) slipped a couple of spots. Rankings (Insider)

Orioles, Gallardo talking 3-year deal

Free-agent SP Yovani Gallardo and the Orioles are deep into negotiations with the expectation that the deal will be in the range of $40 million to $45 million, according to ESPN's Buster Olney and media reports. Gallardo posted a 3.42 ERA in 33 starts last year.

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Possible BAL lineup if Fowler signs: LF Fowler, 3B Machado, 1B Davis, CF Jones, RF Kim/Reimold, DH Trumbo, C Wieters, SS Hardy, 2B Schoop.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

It's expected that if and when the Orioles' deal with Yovani Gallardo is finished, it'll be a 3-year deal in the range of $40-$45m

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

There has been at least informal conversation between the Orioles and center fielder Dexter Fowler, as they prepare for possible signing.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Yovani Gallardo to the Orioles seems like a bad idea and not just because the Orioles will lose their first-round pick if they sign him. This is a guy who allowed 94 hits in 71 innings in the second half and pitched even six innings just twice. Throw in some velocity issues and he looks a huge risk.

Next stop: Spring training

The Red Sox equipment truck left Fenway Park on Wednesday en route to spring training in Fort Myers, where it was 63 degrees and sunny. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 18.


CC Sabathia: Best I've felt in 3 years

The Yankees LHP, who spent a month in a rehab facility in October to battle an alcohol problem, is feeling strong, telling the New York Post: "I feel the best I have in three years. I am excited to get to Tampa with a clear head and a healthy body." Battling for starting job

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Talks between the Orioles and free agent pitcher Yovani Gallardo about a three-year contract are gaining momentum, says a baseball source. The two sides still have to make some "tweaks" to push the deal across the finish line, the source said. The Orioles would surrender a first-round draft pick if they sign Gallardo, who received a qualifying offer from the Rangers in November.