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Across 14 games (two starts) and 36⅓ innings in 2020, Alexander picked up 34 strikeouts compared to nine walks. He set a major league reliever record with nine consecutive strikeouts.Baltimore Orioles

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“In order to shoot for a couple of ideal outcomes — not just one outcome — we wanted to make sure that we had alternatives to work off of that because, as you know, it’s difficult to acquire one free agent. It’s difficult to trade for one major-league everyday player. It’s more difficult to do that in concert and in multiple pieces so we wanted to make sure that we had different avenues to do that. And in order to do that, you had to cast a bigger net and understand the acquisition cost and the opportunity cost of those different kinds of constructs.”Atlanta Braves

And though the team announcing the move Monday came as a mild surprise, it doesn’t mean this is the end of López in a White Sox uniform. Though it was thought he could be a part of the bullpen even if he didn’t win the starter’s job, he won’t be, at least not on Opening Day. That leaves the relief corps without a true long man, the closest thing being the multi-inning capabilities of guys like Michael Kopech and Garrett Crochet.

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Also influencing those decisions will be the health statuses of a handful of key relievers, who may not be ready to open the season on time — most notably late-inning linchpin Rowan Wick, whose lingering oblique injury only recently subsided enough for him to begin a throwing program.San Diego Padres

Prior to facing the A’s on Monday, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen was scratched from his scheduled start after some lateral soreness in his forearm. The injury occurred due to Gallen swinging a bat during batting practice, MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert said.

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This spring, he has thrown pitches with his right eye closed in at least two of his outings to recalibrate when his focus and delivery fall off track. He toyed with the San Diego Padres the first time and later gloated about it in a vlog. He wasn’t as smooth the next time when he plunked the Seattle Mariners’ Ty France with a one-eyed curveball.

While firm plans haven’t yet been released by all 30 MLB teams, here’s the latest on what we know about each individual club’s plans, proposals and protocols.Chicago Cubs

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