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By signing the biggest free-agent deal in sports history, both the player and the Padres knew exactly what they were doing.

Why Manny Machado's record deal makes sense

By signing the biggest free-agent deal in sports history, both the player and the Padres knew exactly what they were doing. [http://www.espn.com]

A team spending to win? The third baseman's move to San Diego changes the prospect-packed Friars' timetable for a return to contention.

Law: Machado deal accelerates Padres' path back to the postseason

A team spending to win? The third baseman's move to San Diego changes the prospect-packed Friars' timetable for a return to contention. [http://www.espn.com]

The Baltimore Orioles have a season win total of 59.5, while the Yankees are at 96.5. Here are the odds you need to know for all 30 MLB teams.

Over/unders, World Series and playoff odds for all 30 MLB teams

The Baltimore Orioles have a season win total of 59.5, while the Yankees are at 96.5. Here are the odds you need to know for all 30 MLB teams. [http://www.espn.com]

Even with the rise of new tactics like the opener, old-school aces are leading the way.

MLB tiers: Ranking baseball's best starting pitchers

Even with the rise of new tactics like the opener, old-school aces are leading the way. [http://www.espn.com]

Former Dodgers great Don Newcombe has died at the age of 92, the team announced.

Former Dodgers pitching great Newcombe dies

Former Dodgers great Don Newcombe has died at the age of 92, the team announced. [http://www.espn.com]

Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez, who had an MRI this week that showed his right shoulder is structurally sound, will be shut down for two weeks and be re-evaluated March 5.

Cards' Martinez (shoulder) shut down for 2 weeks

Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez, who had an MRI this week that showed his right shoulder is structurally sound, will be shut down for two weeks and be re-evaluated March 5. [http://www.espn.com]

Hours after Manny Machado agreed to a $300 million, 10-year deal with San Diego, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the slow free-agent market is

Manfred again downplays slow free-agent market

Hours after Manny Machado agreed to a $300 million, 10-year deal with San Diego, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the slow free-agent market is "a little much ado about nothing if in fact those players all sign at the end of the day." [http://www.espn.com]

Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will miss at least the first week of full-squad workouts after he cut his foot while celebrating his team winning the Dominican Winter League championship.

Twins' Sano (cut foot) out for at least a week

Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will miss at least the first week of full-squad workouts after he cut his foot while celebrating his team winning the Dominican Winter League championship. [http://www.espn.com]

Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an SI.com report.

Source: MLB adding rules to prevent sign stealing

Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an SI.com report. [http://www.espn.com]

The World Series champion Red Sox are not the favorites to win the AL East this season. That honor goes to the Yankees.

Yankees favored over Red Sox to win AL East

The World Series champion Red Sox are not the favorites to win the AL East this season. That honor goes to the Yankees. [http://www.espn.com]