With half the league already profiled, we’ll turn our attention to the bullpens of the AL Central.

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His story of recovery and perseverance was an inspiration, but sadly it is a tale that is still unfolding.

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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Former All-Star infielder Everth Cabrera and the Baltimore Orioles have finalized their $2.4 million, one-year contract.

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Alex Gordon’s season ended stranded on third base for the final out of Game 7 of the World Series. After having wrist surgery this winter, he vows he’ll be in the Kansas City Royals’ lineup for the start of this season.

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Nori Aoki has reconsidered his original plan to wrestle big ace Madison Bumgarner. ”Maybe after practice,” he cracked, chuckling while sitting at his locker before the San Francisco Giants hit the field for their first full-squad workout. Shortstop Brandon Crawford could have told his new teammate that much. Hunter Pence won’t try to talk Aoki out of a showdown, offering a, ”Have fun, good luck.” All good-natured wrestling talk aside, the Giants are thrilled with how their outfield is shaping up considering Pagan is healthy after the back surgery that derailed his 2014 season, the speedy Aoki is ready to be the regular left fielder, and Pence, well, he’s just the durable, do-everything Pence who plays every day in right.

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The Oakland Athletics might want to use nametags for the first full squad workout of the spring Wednesday. ”Your team makes nine trades involving 27 players, that probably doesn’t happen often,” manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday. Melvin had a lot of young players pass through the revolving door when he managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2005-09, but this is different in the sense that by comparison, the A’s have more experience and therefore are more of a puzzle for Melvin to put together. First base will be the domain of Ike Davis and Billy Butler.

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Bill Baer examines several pitchers returning from injury and predicts how they will fare in 2015.

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The Angels’ starter is returning from a knee injury that prematurely ended an excellent season.

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Tim McClelland, MLB’s second-longest tenured umpire and pehaps its most respected, has announced his immediately following 32 seasons of service . The 63-year-old veteran hasn’t actually umpired a game since September of 2013. A back injury kept him off the field for the entire 2014 season, but he remained on staff throughout. Now he’s stepping aside in advance of 2015, no doubt in part due to that ailment..   It’s probably not the exit he envisioned, but it was still terrific run for McClelland, However, If you know the name, it might not necessarily be for the aforementioned accolades. McClelland, who umpired over 4,200 games, including 94 in the postseason, happened to be directly or indirectly involved in several moments that will live forever in baseball lore, including one of its most infamous.  Of course, we’re referencing the infamous “Pine Tar Game” played at Yankee Stadium on July 24, 1983. [ Baseball is back! Check out Yahoo For Spring Training for great spring training pics. ] After George Brett of the Kansas City Royals hit a two-run homer to give them a 5-4 lead in the ninth inning, Yankees manager Billy Martin complained there was too much pine tar on Brett’s bat. McClelland, who was serving as the home plate umpire, investigated and called Brett out, which led to Brett’s memorable explosion out of the dugout to confront him. McClelland’s decision was later overturned after the Royals filed a protest, and the game was restarted from the point after Brett’s home run. Kansas City won the game 5-4. That season also happened to be McClelland’s first as a full-time umpire. Clearly, it didn’t take the spotlight long to find him, but that moment helped establish McClelland as an umpire who was willing to take charge.  Another of those moment that involved McClelland but has kind of been forgotten about in recent years is the Sammy Sosa corked bat incident from June 4, 2003. This time McClelland’s investigation proved fruitful. Sosa was immediately called out and ejected from the game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Sosa later served a seven-game suspension as a result, even though it was discovered the rest of his bat supply was clean. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] McClelland’s other notable moment came during the 2007 National League tiebreaker game when he ruled Matt Holliday of the Colorado Rockies safe at home despite serious questions about whether Holliday ever touched the plate. San Diego Padres catcher Michael Barrett had the plate blocked, but was unable to corral the ball, which McClelland says allowed Holliday to get his hand in. To this day, it remains impossible to confirm McClelland’s call based on replays. Of course, McClelland’s career wasn’t based around controversies exclusively. It’s just, when you’ve established a three-decade career in his line of work, those moments will find you. His just registered on a grander scale due to the circumstances and individuals involved. Tim McClelland wasn’t right all of time. No umpire is. His strike call may have been a little slow. OK, maybe a lot slow. But he was always professional. Our best to you, Tim McClelland. 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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Bruce Chen is getting a chance to pitch for an 11th team in the majors. The well-traveled left-hander has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, the team said Wednesday. Chen, who spent the past six seasons with Kansas City, will compete for a roster spot at spring training, and if would get a $1 million, one-year contract if he’s added to the 40-man roster plus a chance to earn up to $1 million in performance bonuses based on starts and $300,000 based on relief appearances. The 37-year-old has gone 82-80 in 16 major league seasons, pitching with six NL teams and four in the AL.

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