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Marlon Byrd knows the Reds traded for him because they think he’ll bring them more than just another run producer in left field. This is what you do.” Byrd was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball during the 2012 season after testing positive for a substance that can reduce side effects of steroid use and increase testosterone. The Reds got Byrd in a trade with Philadelphia in December to play left field, a trouble spot for the last two years with Ryan Ludwick hurt or slumping. To do any less is just a failure on my part.” Notes: Starter Homer Bailey threw off a mound for the first time on Friday, making 20 cautious pitches.

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Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton was on the minds of his teammates Thursday, a day after he was in New York to meet with Major League Baseball officials about an unspecified disciplinary issue. The 33-year-old Hamilton has a history of drug addiction and alcohol abuse, leading to suspensions that cost him more than three years while in the minors. The Angels have confirmed Hamilton’s meeting with MLB, but have declined to give any more information. ”We’ll wait for Major League Baseball and see what the next step is.

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New Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister finally got to address the entire team Thursday, more than four months after getting the job. In a team meeting before the first full-squad workout, Banister had a simple message. The Rangers had an American League-high 95 losses last season, their most since 1985. Great players.” With all the injuries last year, including losing slugger Prince Fielder and ace pitcher Yu Darvish for significant portions of the season, the Rangers hope last year was more of an anomaly.

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We’re learning some new information of the circumstances surrounding Josh Hamilton’s visit to MLB headquarters on Wednesday regarding a “disciplinary issue” that was reportedly worse than a possible “PED” violation . According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the circumstances are what we feared most, as he’s hearing that Hamilton willingly confessed to suffering a relapse in his battle with drug addiction. Hear hamilton had relapse. Believe occurred a couple months back. Involved at least cocaine. Honorably, he confessed. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 26, 2015 There’s no word of a failed test. Word is, Hamilton told mlb about relapse. He’d be put in program as 1st time offender. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 26, 2015 Forbe’s writer Maury Brown tweeted a similar report just prior to Heyman’s, citing Hamilton’s father-in-law. Josh Hamilton has “hit a bump in the road” according to father-in-law. Hearing this is (yet again) drug of abuse. Prior prob w/coke, alcohol — Maury Brown (@BizballMaury) February 26, 2015 All signs are pointing to this being the story, which is obviously an unfortunate turn for a man who has worked hard to get his life back on track. Hamilton was previously suspended from 2003-2005, but recovered from his drug and alcohol addiction to win the American League MVP award in 2010, play in two World Series for the Texas Rangers, and sign a $125 million free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels following the 2012 season. As a part of that contract, Hamilton was required to take three drug tests a week, so it’s interesting to note that Heyman hasn’t heard of a failed test. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Heyman also believes Hamilton would be considered a first- time offender, presumably because his past suspension occurred before he was on the major league roster. As such, Hamilton would not be subject to a suspension as long he complies with the league’s program. He could still face a 15- to 25- game ban however if he doesn’t comply, but his coming forward suggests he’s trying to do that right thing by himself and by the league’s standards. For what it’s worth, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times disagrees with Heyman’s take.  Hearing it’s unlikely Josh Hamilton would be treated as a first-time offender if — and this is not confirmed — he had drug relapse. — Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) February 26, 2015 Obviously, the details surrounding Hamilton’s status are not set in stone. We’ve yet to hear anything official from the league, the Angels or anyone from Hamilton’s camp. These are just dots being connected based on information from sources close to the situation. But regardless of the details, here’s hoping the next step Hamilton takes brings him one step closer to being happy and healthy.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish faced hitters for the first time since last August, throwing 30 pitches against teammates during live batting practice Wednesday.

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Cuban teenager Yoan Moncada has agreed a deal with the Boston Red Sox worth $31.5 million, according to the Major League Baseball (MLB) website Monday. The 19-year-old infielder, who began playing for Cuba’s Cienfuegos at 17 and batted .277 over parts of two seasons, landed a record sum for an international amateur player. Since Boston had already surpassed the bonus limit, they will have a 100 percent tax on Moncada’s deal, meaning the team will have to pay a further $31.5 million.

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The Boston Red Sox are all in on Cuba, with their pursuit of acclaimed prospect Yoan Moncada the latest example. Moncada’s representative, David Hastings, said Tuesday he is hopeful the contract with a $31.5 million signing bonus will be finalized by the end of the week. The cost for the Red Sox will double because of the tax for exceeding the international signing bonus pool, a provision in baseball’s collective bargaining agreement. ”With high-ceiling players, you have to take risks, especially on young players.” General manager Ben Cherington decline to confirm the agreement with Moncada, a switch-hitting, multi-skilled middle infielder who was heavily courted by multiple teams.

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Adrian Beltre and the Texas Rangers have reworked the final two seasons of the third baseman’s $96 million, six-year contract, eliminating the team’s conditional right to void his 2016 salary. ”It was really a no-brainer for us,” general manager Jon Daniels said. Beltre is a .285 hitter over 2,424 games in a career that began with his debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers in June 1998 when he was 19. He played with the Dodgers through 2004, then went to Seattle (2005-09) and Boston (2010) before signing with the Rangers.

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