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Andrew Miller doesn't care he is no longer the closer, wants to win

In Andrew Miller's words, he pitched "as well as he possibly could have" in his first year as a closer for the Yankees in 2015. He had 36 saves and a 2.04 ERA. Now, he is no longer the closer. A lot of guys would be upset. Not Miller. "I came to New York to be a winner," Miller said on the Michael Kay Show on 98.7 ESPN. (ESPN.com)

Kyle Seager ready to do whatever he can to help Mariners reach postseason

In the battle of the Seager brothers’ baseball accomplishments, Kyle always has held the lead over younger Corey, a phenom for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kyle Seager, the Mariners’ third baseman, has four consecutive seasons of 20 homers or more and three out of four seasons with more than 80 RBI, an All-Star appearance, a Gold Glove award and a seven-year, $100 million contract. (Seattle Times)

Andrew Miller's No. 33 Retired Saturday

Former UNC pitcher Andrew Miller became the third player in program history to have his number retired, with Chancellor Carol Folt and Senior Associate A.D. Larry Gallo presenting his No. 33 jersey in a ceremony Saturday at the Dean E. Smith Center. Miller, a 10-year MLB veteran, joins Dave Lemonds and B.J. Surhoff as Tar Heels who have received this unique honor. (GoHeels.com)

For Yankees, replacing Adam Warren -- on and off the mound -- won't be easy

There may not be a nicer man in baseball than Adam Warren. But though he was respected by the Yankees' hierarchy, he always seemed to be an afterthought in the team's plans. The topper came at the end of June last season, when he was lifted from the starting rotation, even though his ERA was 3.59, while CC Sabathia's was 5.65. (ESPN.com)

UNC Baseball Picked to Finish Third in Coastal Division

North Carolina was picked to finish third in the Coastal Division in the ACC’s preseason baseball poll. Coach Mike Fox’s Tar Heels were picked to finish behind Miami and Virginia, both of which made it to the College World Series a year ago. Louisville was picked as the ACC's preseason favorite. The 2016 season begins on Friday, Feb. 19. (Wilmington Star News)

Adam Warren brings 'World Series or die' mentality from Yankees to Cubs

Adam Warren is used to great expectations after coming up with the Yankees and spending the last seven years in an organization with a "World Series or die" mentality. "Absolutely," it would be special to win one here, Warren said during last weekend’s Cubs Convention. "I was asked the question if I'd dreamed about it and I said: 'I wouldn't be human if I hadn't.' (CSN Chicago)

Braves reliever Rob Wooten fulfills his childhood dream

We all grew up wanting to be something great: an astronaut, a scientist, firefighter -- but few of us actually live out those dreams. Baseball players are probably already living out those dreams, but it looks like Rob Wooten has taken it a step further. He wanted to play for the Atlanta Braves, the team with which he just signed, and he even has the proof: (FOX Sports)

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)

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