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Indians sign Ryan Hanigan to minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have signed catcher Ryan Hanigan to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Hanigan will make $1.25 million if he makes the major league roster, but it’s hard to see him making that roster absent injuries given the presence of Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez. I suppose being in camp is better than being unemployed, though.

Hanigan, 37, appeared in 36 games with the Rockies last season while batting .267/.324/.347 in 112 plate appearances. 2018 will be his 12th year in the bigs. If he makes the bigs.

Mets scratch Jacob deGrom due to neck tightness

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PHILADELPHIA — The New York Mets have scratched two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom from his start against the Phillies on Friday.

DeGrom says he has neck tightness, but “everything is fine structurally” and he doesn’t plan to go on the injury list. The right-hander felt soreness playing catch after his last start. He threw from the mound Thursday and thought he could still pitch the opener of a three-game series in Philadelphia but will skip the outing as a precaution.

DeGrom is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four starts this season.