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Cubs: Russell's 2nd chance 'conditional'

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CHICAGO (AP) Addison Russell's future with the Chicago Cubs is a tentative proposition.

President of baseball operations Theo Epstein says Russell is getting a "conditional second chance" with the Cubs after he was suspended for 40 games last October for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. Even the slightest misstep likely would mean the end of his time with the team.

"We are going to take it one day at a time," Epstein said Friday on the first day of the Cubs' annual fan convention. "If he continues to meet the high standards we've laid out for him, put the work in, he will be eligible to return to the Cubs after serving his full suspension."

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Angels, Allen agree to 1-yr., $8.5M deal

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) After seven seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Cody Allen is looking to rebound with a new team.

Allen and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a $8.5 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday.

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Reds, Braves prospects receive drug bans

NEW YORK (AP) Cincinnati outfielder Nate Scantlin has been suspended for 50 games and Atlanta pitcher Carlos Caminero for 25 games under baseball's minor league drug program.

Scantlin was disciplined following a second positive test for a drug of abuse, the commissioner's office said Friday. Scantlin was cited for an unspecified violation; 25 games matches the penalty for the first violation for use or possession of a syringe or any injectable substance.

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OF Garcia can earn up to $6M with Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Avisail Garcia can earn up to $6 million as part of his one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The team announced the deal Friday, an agreement that guarantees $3.5 million this season.

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Yankees, Ottavino agree on 3 years, $27M

NEW YORK (AP) While shying away from high-priced free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the New York Yankees are boosting their bullpen.

Reliever Adam Ottavino and the Yankees agreed to a $27 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal is subject to a successful physical.

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Lowrie can earn $500K PA bonus with Mets

NEW YORK (AP) Jed Lowrie can earn a $500,000 performance bonus during each season of his deal with the New York Mets if he makes 550 plate appearances.

The Mets and the infielder finalized the $20 million, two-year contract on Wednesday. He gets a $5 million signing bonus, of which $1 million is due on March 15, another $1 million on Nov. 15, $500,000 on Jan. 15 next year and $2.5 million on Jan. 15, 2021. He gets salaries of $6 million this year and $9 million in 2020.

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Reds' Marty Brennaman to call final year

CINCINNATI (AP) Like his longtime broadcasting cohort used to say, Marty Brennaman is rounding third and heading for home.

The Reds play-by-play announcer said Wednesday that he'll retire after the 2019 season, his 46th in Cincinnati. His career started with a chance to call baseball history. It entered a final season with deep sighs and emotional moments.

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Royals' Skoglund gets 80-game PED ban

NEW YORK (AP) Kansas City Royals pitcher Eric Skoglund was suspended Monday for the season's first 80 games after testing positive for two performance-enhancing substances.

The commissioner's office said the positive tests were for selective androgen receptor modulators S-22 (Ostarine) and LGD-4033 (Ligandrol).

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Yanks' LeMahieu ready to play many roles

NEW YORK (AP) DJ LeMahieu is putting away his mittens and packing more mitts.

A star second baseman for Colorado, LeMahieu is set to join a crowded New York Yankees infield.

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