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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)

Matt Harvey entering Mets make-or-break season

For a long time, Matt Harvey was the savior of the New York Mets. The first-round pick with the blazing fastball, unhittable breaking pitches, and the changeup that fell off the table was going to lead the Mets into a new era of contention. Now, entering 2018, he’s not pitching for accolades; he’s pitching for his life. His struggles began in 2016, when his ERA ballooned to 4.86. (Elite Sports NY)

Total Tar Heels: Nov. 22, 2017

As we look ahead to Thanksgiving tomorrow, read on for numerous ways that UNC student-athletes show their gratitude and give back to our community. We're grateful for the way they represent Carolina. Total Tar Heels is a digest that provides a behind-the-scenes look at UNC student-athletes and some of the things they do away from competition. (GoHeels.com)

UNC pitching staff one of America's best heading into 2018

North Carolina's pitching staff starts with Luca Dalatri, who was a workhorse a year ago, making all 10 ACC weekend starts while logging 97 innings on the year. He finished 7-3 and showed advanced pitchability in walking only 19 while striking out 85. The 6''6" 240lb zone pounder was also impressive in three starts for the Team USA over the summer. (On Campus to the Cape)

Tar Heels and Gamecocks to Continue Baseball Rivalry Game in Charlotte for 2018 & 2019

The annual baseball rivalry game between the University of North Carolina and the University of South Carolina will continue to be played at BB&T Ballpark in 2018 and 2019. South Carolina will be the home team on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. UNC is the designated host for the 2019 contest on a date to be determined. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Bring Happy HEELoween To Hospital

The annual HEELoween party on Tuesday afternoon brought Halloween fun to patients at UNC Children's Hospital. Tar Heel student-athletes helped to decorate the hospital's Pediatric Play Atrium then played games and did crafts with patients who could come to the party, and visited rooms to meet with some of those who couldn't. (GoHeels.com)

North Carolina Announces 2018 Baseball Schedule

Home series against ACC foes Florida State, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech, a road-neutral-home series with East Carolina and three other games in Triple-A parks highlight the 2018 UNC baseball schedule. Carolina will face nine teams that competed in last season's NCAA tournament, including CWS participants FSU and Louisville. (GoHeels.com)

Vote: Does North Carolina or Arizona State have a better NFL/MLB/NBA trio?

It's time to round out the Final Four. Both trios from North Carolina and Arizona State include veteran leaders who have had plenty of career-defining moments. UNC: Julius Peppers, Carolina Panthers, Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians, Vince Carter, Sacramento Kings; ASU: Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens, Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox, James Harden, Houston Rockets. (NCAA.com)

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