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Kelly Johnson and the Diamondbacks avoid arbitration

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Kelly Johnson and the Diamondbacks had an arbitration hearing scheduled for tomorrow, but the two sides have avoided the process by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $5.8 million.

Johnson requested $6.5 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $4.7 million, so they compromised at $200,000 more than the midpoint.

Atlanta non-tendered Johnson last offseason rather than commit to paying him around $3.5 million and he resurrected his career on a one-year, $2.35 million deal with Arizona, hitting .284 with career-highs in homers (26), steals (13), runs (96), and OPS (.865) while staying healthy for 154 games.

This is Johnson’s third and final season of arbitration eligibility, so a repeat of his 2010 performance would put him in position to cash in big as a 30-year-old free agent.

Here we go: Tim Tebow reports to Mets camp

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - SEPTEMBER 20: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Mets speaks at a press conference after a work out at an instructional league day at Tradition Field on September 20, 2016 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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The first few days of spring training have been pretty quiet. Guys are going about their business and games are being played, but we haven’t had any news or controversy or silliness or anything fun like that. That’s about to change, however, as Tim Tebow has arrived at Mets camp.

Tebow, a non-roster invite, arrived at the Mets facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida this morning and, unlike every other non-roster invite, had a press conference. You may be surprised to learn that he’s in great shape, is excited to get going and wants to improve steadily each day.

The plan for Tebow is to be a part of the minor league camp, not the major league one, so he’s not going to be as visible at workouts as you might expect. He will be playing in some major league spring training games, however, at least until we get deeper into spring training, after which you’d assume that veterans and players with a real shot of making the big club will play longer.

In the meantime, you can buy Tebow shirts. But not Curtis Granderson ones, it seems:

It’s spring training for groundskeepers too

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Or, I should say, it’s spring training for whatever automated timer thingie turns the sprinklers on and off.

This was the scene at Goodyear on Saturday as the Indians and Reds played in the bottom of the eighth in their spring training opener. Reds manager Bryan Price says that this was probably the second or third time this has happened in the middle of a game there.

Maybe investigate manually operating that bad boy? Just a suggestion!