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Billy McKinney and Teoscar Hernandez will compete for the starting job in left field, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

John Axford signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays on Wednesday, Keegan Matheson of Baseball Toronto reports.

The Phillies will "take it slow" with Aaron Altherr (foot) at the beginning of spring training, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

Alex Verdugo will compete with Joc Pederson for the starting job in left field during spring training, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports.

Joc Pederson and Alex Verdugo will compete for the starting gig in left field during camp, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports.

Alex Avila will share time with at least two other catchers in 2019, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.

Carson Kelly is expected to split time with two other catchers in 2019, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.

Dinelson Lamet (elbow) is on track to return in mid-summer, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Xavier Cedeno signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Wednesday which includes an invitation to spring training, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.

Franmil Reyes (knee) will enter spring training with no restrictions, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. "I don't anticipate we hold him back at all," manager Andy Green said.

Luis Urias (hamtring) won't face any restrictions in camp, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Pedro Strop is expected open the season as the Cubs' closer, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Brandon Morrow (elbow) threw from 90 feet Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Jesse Hahn (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Wednesday.

Jake Diekman signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract with the Royals on Wednesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. The deal includes a mutual option for 2020.

Archie Bradley said his fingernail is 100 percent healthy, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports. "Woo! Boy, this nail is solid. I'm throwing some hammers this year. I'm going to have one of the best curveballs in the big leagues this year. It's nasty."

Tim Hill is a candidate to see occasional save opportunities in 2019, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

Manager Ned Yost would not name Wily Peralta as Kansas City's closer ahead of spring training, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. "The roles will define themselves over time," Yost said.

Manager Ned Yost would not name Brad Boxberger as the team's closer heading into camp, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. "The roles will define themselves over time," Yost said.

Doug Fister announced his decision to retire Wednesday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.