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JUPITER Derek Jeter Jersey , Fla. (AP) — Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander wants to see the remaining free agents find jobs.While Bryce Harper and Manny Machado reached big-money deals, Verlander’s former Astros teammates Dallas Keuchel and Evan Gattis remain unsigned along with Craig Kimbrel, Adam Jones and several dozen others.“I hope that some of those names you see behind those guys that are big names that would definitely help ball clubs start to go now,” Verlander said Thursday. “These guys deserve jobs. They make everybody better around them and they make the team better.”Verlander is earning $28 million this year at age 36, part of a deal that includes a $22 million option for 2020 that would become guaranteed if he is among the top five in Cy Young Award voting this year. He is attempting to add a changeup to his repertoire this spring training, throwing seven of them on Thursday in a 4-1 win over Miami.“I saw the reactions I wanted on almost every one I threw,” Verlander said.Verlander allowed five hits in 3 1/3 scoreless innings, struck out five and walked two.The 2011 AL MVP has unsuccessfully attempted to add a changeup in the last. He’s altered the way he’s releasing the pitch, which has him optimistic it will prove useful once the season starts.“He’s always evolved http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authent...ton-jersey ,” Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. “I watched him over the last 10 years, so it won’t surprise me if he makes it more of a part of his game, but I think he’s going to have to feel it and have some success to truly believe in it.”Verlander’s fastball reached 97 mph. He threw 60 pitches and left with the bases loaded.“I’m glad I went back out there for that last inning,” Verlander said. “Velo was where I’d like to see it. Got in a little bit of a jam so got some adrenaline going.”NOTES: 2B Jose Altuve from Thursday’s game because of general left side soreness. “Regular season he definitely could play,” Hinch said. “He has a scheduled day off tomorrow so we’ll see if he’s going to play tomorrow, but most likely it’ll be the weekend.” … 3B Alex Bregman didn’t play after leaving Wednesday’s game with back stiffness. Bregman may return to the lineup on Friday. TORONTO (AP) — There’s one rookie slugger everyone wants to see at Blue Jays spring training this year, even though no one expects him to crack the opening day lineup.Still, it won’t be long before Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and his booming bat become lineup fixtures for the rebuilding Blue Jays.Guerrero Jr. was born in Montreal, where his Hall of Fame father starred for the Expos.More than two decades after his dad flashed All-Star form north of the border Mariano Rivera Jersey , the son is set to take a different Canadian city by storm.Signed by Toronto in 2015, Guerrero Jr. turns 20 on March 16. Beefy and broad-shouldered, his stance and explosive swing are almost identical to those of his prodigious dad. Guerrero Jr. has battered baseballs at every level of the minors, flirting with .400 at Double-A last season before a knee injury in June. He returned and rose to Triple-A in July, posting a.381 average with 20 homers and 77 RBI in 91 games between the two levels.A third baseman whose defensive skills lag behind his bat, Guerrero’s big league arrival will likely wait a few weeks while the Blue Jaysdelay starting his service time long enough to guarantee a seventh season of club control before free agency.For now, Guerrero Jr. will only join his future teammates in spring exhibitions, giving everyone a glimpse of what’s to come.NEW LOOKToronto’s changes begin with rookie manager Charlie Montoyo, who left his job as Tampa Bay bench coach to replace John Gibbons. After dealing veterans J.A. Happ and Josh Donaldson last summer Babe Ruth Jersey , the Blue Jays continued to shed high-priced stars this offseason. In December, Toronto released oft-injured shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who had $38 million left on his contract. In January, the Jays traded catcher Russell Martin to the Dodgers, sending along more than $16 million of Martin’s $20 millionsalary. New faces include workhorse infielder Freddy Galvis, right-handers Matt Shoemaker and David Phelps and left-hander Clayton Richard.ROOKIES TO WATCHWith Martin gone, Toronto will make one of two rookies its primary catcher. Both Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire are 23 years old as camp opens. Each debuted last season, with Jansen arriving one month after playing in the All Star Futures game, and McGuire getting a brief cameo in September. Whoever doesn’t win the starting job will likely go to Triple-A Buffalo. Veteran Luke Maile is Toronto’s projected backup.THEY’RE SETMiddle infield. Besides dumping Tulo http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authent...ton-jersey , the Blue Jays lost two versatile infielders this offseason, trading Aledmys Diaz to Houston and parting ways with Yangervis Solarte. Even so, they’re still well-stocked with infielders, having added the sure-handed Galvis to a group including prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Devon Travis, Richard Urena, and Brandon Drury. Roles for these players remain unclear as camp begins, but the Blue Jays don’t lack options.THEY’RE NOTStarting pitching.Right-handers Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman give Toronto two potential horses at the top of the rotation, but both are coming off unproductive Joe DiMaggio Jersey , injury-marred seasons. Hopes are high for left-hander Ryan Borucki, who posted an impressive 3.87 ERA in 17 starts as a rookie, but there will likely be sophomore bumps. While Shoemaker and Richard provide veteran depth, the starting staff doesn’t inspire confidence.ON DECKThe Blue Jays will keep shopping for rotation and bullpen help throughout spring training, looking to add players on major and minor league deals. There’s also the possibility Toronto trades from its position player surplus, or deals a veteran such as Stroman, in exchange for young arms. Toronto begins the regular season at home to Detroit on March 28.
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