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Baseball Top 25 Breakdown: No. 16 North Carolina

North Carolina’s offense was inconsistent a year ago, when it ranked 205th in the nation in batting and 130th in scoring. The Tar Heels need their talented sophomores — Zack Gahagan, Logan Warmoth, Ryder Ryan and Brian Miller — to take big steps forward offensively, and the fall was very encouraging for all of them. (D1 Baseball)

New Cub Adam Warren: In the right place at right time

The Chicago Cubs front office says new right-handed pitcher Adam Warren will “open some eyes” when he dons his new uniform this spring. Warren was acquired from the New York Yankees for three-time all-star Starlin Castro during the winter meetings last month, and is getting his first taste of being a Cub at the fan convention this weekend. (ESPN.com)

Adam Warren agrees to terms with Cubs

Warren and the Cubs agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.7 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration in the process, the Chicago Tribune reports. Warren came over from the Yankees in the Starlin Castro deal, and while he may not be the most intriguing name, he was a steady arm for New York last season, compiling a 3.29 ERA in 43 appearances. (CBS Sports)

Tim Federowicz signs minor league deal with Chicago Cubs

Tim Federowicz signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs on Friday, Baseball America's Matt Eddy reports. He has a .194 average and five home runs in 271 MLB plate appearances, and will offer organizational catcher depth for the Cubs in 2016. (CBS Sports)

Dustin Ackley receives raise, avoids arbitration

The New York Yankees announced Friday that they avoided arbitration with two players—right-hander Michael Pineda and utility infielder/outfielder Dustin Ackley. A person with knowledge of Yankees personnel decisions confirmed to NJ Advance Media that Pineda will be paid $4.3 million for 2016 and Ackley will make $3.2 million. (NJ.com)

Matt Harvey, Mets settle on 2016 contract

Matt Harvey was among five arbitration-eligible New York Mets players who agreed to 2016 contracts on Friday. Harvey will receive $4.325 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He is not eligible for free agency until after the 2018 season. (ESPN.com)

UNC Ranked No. 16 In D1Baseball Preseason Poll

UNC will begin the 2016 baseball season ranked No. 16 in the country by D1Baseball. The Tar Heels, who will seek a spot in the NCAA tournament for the 16th time under head coach Mike Fox, are one of six programs from the ACC among the nation's top 25 teams. UNC will open the season on Feb. 19 with the first of a three-game series at No. 11 UCLA. (GoHeels.com)

Reliever Daniel Bard looks to resurrect career with Pirates

Five years ago, Daniel Bard was among the best setup relievers in baseball. Then, he lost everything — his control, his job in the majors, his confidence. Bard, 30, isn't ready to quit. He agreed last week to a minor-league contract with the Pirates. Monday, he reported to Pirate City to finalize the deal and participate in the team's five-day mini-camp. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Rob Wooten signs minor leauge contact with Atlanta Braves

Rob Wooten signed a minor league contract with the Braves on Friday. Wooten has spent the entirety of his career in the Brewers organization, but it appears he'll finally see a change of scenery. He's cracked the major league roster in each of the past three seasons, and had mixed results. He will now join the Braves organization and await another shot in the majors. (CBS Sports)

B.J. Surhoff continues to go to bat for autism awareness, with a little help from friends

Orioles Hall of Famer B.J. Surhoff might have retired from baseball after the 2005 season, but he's not really retired. He just changed hats and now serves as president of the board of Pathfinders for Autism, which provides support for people who live with autism and their families. (Baltimore Sun)

Vs. Cancer Raises Close To One Million Dollars In 2015

Vs. Cancer, a nonprofit started by former UNC baseball player Chase Jones, has raised nearly $1 million in the past year. “When I was diagnosed I promised to fight this disease as long as I could,” Jones said. “Point blank, we will continue to fight this disease. This year we are one million dollars closer to the bold and radical idea that we will truly end child cancer.” (Chapelboro.com)

Adam Warren learned Yankees traded him from watching TV while on vacation

Two weeks ago, the New York Yankees traded for second baseman Starlin Castro from the Chicago Cubs, shipping right-hander Adam Warren out in exchange. Warren said he found out about the news while on vacation. "We were in St. Lucia," Warren told MLB Network last Friday of the trade that went down on December 8. (NJ.com)

Yankees closer Andrew Miller commemorates 'Festivus' holiday with donations to charity

Though winter has not yet ushered in the cold blustery days of snow and ice, Yankees closer Andrew Miller has caught the Festivus bug in sunny Florida, his home state. While there, the lanky lefty felt inspired to conceive a "Festivus Miracle," and took to Twitter to make it happen. (YES Network)

North Carolina Baseball Has Active Fall In Community

In addition to a busy fall season of practices and scrimmages that concluded with the annual Fall World Series, the UNC baseball team had a full semester off the field serving the local community. In October, the team cleaned and made repairs at a local women's shelter and continued its work with the Miracle League, an organization that helps children with special needs. (GoHeels.com)

New York Yankees Will Regret Trading Adam Warren

Adam Warren was a very solid pitcher for the New York Yankees, one that was versatile and had a commendable work rate. He was often a victim of his own versatility, finding himself as the odd man out despite consistency and an attitude matched by few. Warren was a solid starter and a very effective reliever who will no doubt end up thriving in Chicago. (Elite Sports NY)

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