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Wednesday News & Notes: Examining NRIs as pitchers & catchers prepare to report

It's almost that time of the year, and it's always fun to review the longshot candidates to make the big leagues

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After over 24 straight hours of travel, I'm here to bring you the latest edition of News & Notes. Here's a look at what's going on around the world of baseball:

Indians news & notes

Kipnis enjoyed an offseason that didn't include surgery, food poisoning, or jury duty | - For the first time in what seems like a long time, Jason Kipnis enjoyed an uneventful offseason that allowed him to focus on preparing for a repeat of his stellar 2015 season.

2016 Spring Training non-roster invitees | Burning River Baseball - Just eight more short days until pitchers and catchers report, so it's time to get familiarized with the bouquet of potential contributors that makes up this year's NRI list. Among the most intriguing names is, of course, former nemesis Justin "Joba" Chamberlain.

Tidbits from around MLB