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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.

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)

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.

The best players on really awful teams

Even when a team loses 100-plus games, players having great seasons are still in that dugout -- so who have been the best players on the worst teams recently? Astros, Marlins, Cubs

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Fenway Park, like you've never seen it

A 140-foot high snowboarding ramp that's three times the size of the Green Monster at baseball's oldest park? You have to see it to believe it

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ICYMI: David Price donated $300K to build a ballpark for special-needs kids in his Tennessee hometown.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Executives believe it'll be very difficult for Dexter Fowler to get more than the 2-year, $20 million deal that Howie Kendrick got from LAD.