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Mets INF Lowrie to have MRI on left knee

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) The New York Mets uttered that dreaded three-letter acronym for the first time in spring training, and it involved Jed Lowrie: MRI.

Starting a $20 million, two-year contract, the infielder noticed the back of his left knee started to hurt last weekend after he was running, an issue he never felt before. He will go for a scan on Thursday.

"It's just one of those things we've got to get checked out," the 34-year-old said Wednesday. "It started when I starting ramping things up and doing top-end speed stuff and batting practice. "I just kind of felt something in the back side of my knee."

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Tigers sign 2B Harrison to 1-year deal

DETROIT (AP) Free agent Josh Harrison has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal was still subject to a successful physical.

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Padres buzzing over arrival of Machado

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) As workouts began to wind down, word began spreading across the San Diego Padres' practice fields at Peoria Sports Complex.

The Padres, a team stuck in a 12-year playoff-less rut, were on the verge of making their biggest free agent splash ever.

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Players want change as salaries drop

NEW YORK (AP) Neil Walker's salary dropped from $17.2 million to $2 million in two years. Greg Holland was cut from $14 million to $2 million this season. Daniel Murphy fell from $17.5 million to $10 million.

While Manny Machado agreed to a pending $300 million, 10-year contract with San Diego and Bryce Harper is likely to top Giancarlo Stanton's record $325 million, 13-year deal, many less-than-superstar veterans have been routed on the free-agent market.

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Disappointed ChiSox move on from Machado

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Chicago White Sox made no effort to hide their disappointment over losing the Manny Machado sweepstakes.

They went to extra lengths, bringing in Machado's brother-in-law, another close friend and pulling out the stops in attempting to sell the free agent on the future of White Sox baseball.

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Posey likely won't catch early in spring

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Buster Posey most likely will not catch in any spring training games until early March, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday.

Posey, who had surgery in August to address a hip impingement and repair a torn labrum, has been catching pitchers' side sessions in camp so far.

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A's looking at Grossman to bat leadoff

MESA, Ariz. (AP) The Oakland Athletics will take a look at Robbie Grossman as a potential leadoff man when they open spring play.

The Athletics host the Seattle Mariners on Thursday as the teams get a head start on spring training games. Both teams will also open the regular season ahead of the rest of the league when they face each other in Japan on March 20-21.

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Donaldson again tires to get over injury

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Finding a job was pretty easy for Josh Donaldson. Proving he can keep it will be the tough part.

The former AL MVP didn't have to wait long for a new opportunity, signing a one-year, $23 million contract with the Atlanta Braves less than a month after the World Series ended.

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Twins' Baldelli uncommitted to closer

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The normally gregarious Rocco Baldelli has been quite tight-lipped about his plans for the closer role, entering his first season as Minnesota's manager.

That's the biggest unanswered question for the Twins in spring training. The good news for them, and their rookie skipper, is that there is no shortage of options.

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