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Indians reach minor league deals with Melvin Upton Jr. and Alexi Ogando

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Morning news and notes for Friday, December 22, 2017.

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I hope you all have some time off starting today (if you haven’t started already) to enjoy spending time with friends and family this holiday season!

Tribe news

Upton Jr., Ogando ink Minors deals with Tribe | MLB

No big, sexy signings for the Tribe thus far this winter. Instead, the Indians have signed Melvin Upton Jr. and Alexi Ogando to spring training on minor league deals. The Indians have been pretty good over the past few seasons, however, in finding diamonds in the rough among aging veterans, so here’s hoping that they can continue this trend going into 2018.

Lit chat: GMs sealing deals via text message | MLB

No word on whether or not the emoji made an appearance this winter.

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