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Turner's Take: Gratitude

What a privilege! How grateful are we that we are Carolina? That doesn't mean that everything that Carolina does is right — as we've learned over the past seven years. But there's a reason that the ABC fans have to join forces. It's because they're not Carolina. In fact, Carolina so dominates the thoughts of some that they can't even fully enjoy their own successes. (Argyle Report)

Zac Gallen: Marlin on the Rise

Zac Gallen “grew up watching (UNC) go to Omaha on a constant basis,” which factored into his decision to attend. Another big influence? Basketball great Michael Jordan. “I wanted to go where he went,” the starting pitching prospect said. We spoke to Gallen barely a week after the Marlins officially acquired him from the St. Louis Cardinals in the Marcell Ozuna trade. (Fish Stripes)

A Christmas wish list for UNC athletics

It’s been a great year for UNC athletics. There’s been a national championship in men’s basketball, a couple of Final Four appearances for men’s soccer and field hockey, a national seed for baseball, a national runner-up finish for men’s tennis, and a handful of conference championships. Here now is a glimpse at my Christmas Wish List for UNC athletics in 2018. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Scott Forbes Among Top 10 College Baseball Assistant Coaches

4. Scott Forbes, North Carolina: Forbes, who ranked No. 5 on this list in 2012, has long been respected for his teaching ability and demeanor. He added a new wrinkle last season as he showed off his versatility. After 11 seasons as pitching coach, he moved to a new role as recruiting coordinator and hitting coach. Forbes, a former catcher, quickly found success. (Baseball America)

Tar Heels debut at No. 7 in Collegiate Baseball Poll

North Carolina will open the 2018 college baseball season ranked No. 7 nationally by Collegiate Baseball, the website announced in its preseason poll Tuesday. Carolina is one of eight teams in the ACC ranked in the top 40 and are joined by No. 4 Florida State, No. 15 Clemson, No. 16 Virginia, No. 20 Miami, No. 21 Louisville, No. 23 NC State and No. 29 Georgia Tech. (GoHeels.com)

What new Mets regime sees in Matt Harvey for last ride

At what mile marker of a marathon are you finishing no matter what? Aches. Cramps. Heck, maybe even broken bones. Twenty miles? Twenty-two? Twenty-three? This is where the Mets are with Matt Harvey. They have come so far and through so much with him that it makes no sense to end the marathon now. He is a free agent after the 2018 season. (New York Post)

Former UNC Pitcher Zac Gallen Included as Part of Cardinals’ Trade For Marlins OF Marcell Ozuna

As the Miami Marlins continue to sell off nearly every high-level player they have under a new ownership group including former Yankee Derek Jeter, a recent UNC standout found his way into the drama Wednesday. Right-handed pitcher Zac Gallen was part of a four-player package sent from the St. Louis Cardinals to Miami in exchange for All-Star left fielder Marcell Ozuna. (Chapelboro.com)

Tim Federowicz signs minors deal with Astros

Former North Carolina catcher Tim Federowicz signed a minor-league contract with the Houston Astros on Monday which includes an invitation to spring training. Federowicz spent most of the 2017 season with Triple-A Sacramento, hitting a respectable .300/.366/.463 across 77 games with the River Cats. He appeared in 13 games for the San Francisco Giants. (CBS Sports)

Due to input from manager, Mets decide not to trade Matt Harvey

We recently heard that the Mets were shopping starting pitcher Matt Harvey with the intent to trade him, but there's now been a course change. General manager Sandy Alderson, who presumably would have been the one making the decision to trade Harvey from the outset, told reporters Tuesday at the Winter Meetings that the Mets will keep Harvey after all. (CBS Sports)

Chris Iannetta, getting better with age, ready to carry catching load for Rockies

Catcher Chris Iannetta is really into wine. Back in 2012, Iannetta and former Angels teammate Vernon Wells established the Jack winery, based out of Napa, Calif.,and their venture has been chronicled in “Wine Spectator” magazine. And although Iannetta will turn 35 on April 8, he’s not ready to check in his gear and turn his full-time attention to growing grapes. (Denver Post)

Mets have talked to at least two teams about trading Matt Harvey: source

The Mets have talked to at least two teams about trading right-hander Matt Harvey, two sources told the News. "They are willing to move him," one source said, "and they said they wanted to try and flip him for a reliever." This isn't just a surreptitious fall for the one-time Dark Knight to be dealt for a bullpen arm, but also an example of how competitive a market the Mets are in. (New York Daily News)

Colorado Rockies sign Chris Iannetta to 2-year deal

The Colorado Rockies have agreed to a two-year deal worth $8.5 million with free agent catcher Chris Iannetta. Iannetta returns to the Rockies after having debuted with the club in 2006. He spent the 2017 season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, clubbing 17 home runs while batting .254. The 34-year old will join Tony Wolters and Tom Murphy behind the plate. (FanRag Sports)

Seager brothers share extreme hitting trait

We looked at some of baseball's most extreme spray charts, and we noticed that Kyle Seager and Corey Seager both tend to drive the ball to the middle of the field. A lot. Kyle hit the ball in the air to center field more times than any hitter in baseball in 2017. Meanwhile, Corey hit a higher share of his home runs to center than anyone who reached double-digit long balls. (MLB.com)

B.J. Surhoff to Headline UNC Baseball 2018 First Pitch Dinner

For the 10th consecutive year, supporters of the UNC baseball program will have the opportunity to kick off the upcoming season with a memorable evening at the Diamond Heels' First Pitch Dinner, scheduled for January 27 at the Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center. This year's event will feature 18-year MLB veteran and former No. 1 overall draft pick B.J. Surhoff. (GoHeels.com)

Mets will tender Matt Harvey a contract despite recent struggles

His 2017 season with the Mets was marred by injury, an embarrassing team-mandated, three-game suspension and poor results when he did take the mound, but Matt Harvey will be back in Flushing next year, as sources say the club will tender an offer to the arbitration-eligible pitcher. The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is Friday at 8 p.m. (New York Daily News)

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