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Kyle Schwarber is on a “mission to transform his body”

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Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com hears that Kyle Schwarber “has been on a mission this offseason to transform his body.”

Schwarber is only 24, but the former catcher turned outfielder may very well be on the express train to DH-ville unless he shows the Cubs that he can be a regular defender. And the Cubs — who may very well look to trade Schwarber in 2018 — will likely want to show potential trade partners that he can play defense too, so as not to limit his market.

Above all else Schwarber needs to show everyone that he can be a more consistent hitter. His terribly slow start in 2017 caused him to be demoted to the minors for a time, though he hit much better once he was recalled. If conditioning helps that, all the better.

Twins sign Fernando Rodney

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Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Twins have signed Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

Rodney, who will turn 41 before he season begins, went 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA and converted 39 of 45 save chances last season with the Diamondbacks. For his career he’s sitting on an even 300 saves over the course of 15 big league seasons in which he’s played for eight different teams, four of which lasted a single season or less.

The Twins make number nine.