He carries a gallon of kale juice around the Chicago Cubs’ spring training facility. So it’s no wonder that Arrieta has hit it off with new Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who is best known for his offbeat ways of managing a team. It was a breakout season for Arrieta, who turns 29 on March 6.

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The Toronto Blue Jays have signed two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana to a minor league contract, hoping the former ace can make it back to the majors. The Blue Jays announced the deal Thursday and invited him to big league spring training. He last pitched in the majors in 2012 with the New York Mets and has undergone two operations on his left shoulder in recent years. Santana was in Baltimore’s minor league system last year and tore his left Achilles tendon in June.

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Without some of their most recognizable names, the re-tooled Baltimore Orioles have reported to spring training. Gone are Nelson Cruz, Nick Markakis and Andrew Miller. The latest edition of the Orioles features newcomers Travis Snider, and Everth Cabrera, the former All-Star infielder who signed on Wednesday. Manny Machado and Matt Wieters are back from injuries.

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Coming off three consecutive injury-plagued seasons in which he missed a total of 225 games, New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira made some drastic changes to his diet and his overall preparation in hopes to stay healthy moving forward. According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York , Teixeira is now on a “gluten free, sugar free and dairy free” diet, which he hopes will keep him injury free. So far, Teixeria says the results of his self-described “no fun” diet are encouraging and will hopefully lead to a more fun season. [ Baseball is back! Check out Yahoo For Spring Training for great spring training pics. ] During the offseason, Teixeira says he lost 13 pounds of fat and added 15 pounds of muscle, which he believes will give him added strength, durability, and above all, confidence. “Last year was really, really difficult, physically and mentally,’’ said Teixeira. “I felt like garbage all season. When you are feeling like that and trying to perform, you get beaten down and you wonder, ‘Am I ever going to be the same?’ This offseason I asked my body to do a lot of things, and it responded. That’s the exciting thing, everything I wanted to accomplish I did, and I feel great going into the season.’’ Teixeira decided to apply the diet after consulting with trainer Ben Prentiss, who’s closely associated with several NHL players. As for what the diet consists of. According to Teixeira, bread is a no-no, but he will be consuming a lot of buffalo meat between now and the end of his career.  “I have to go all-in,” Teixeira said. Yeah, he’s definitely made the commitment. Now it  will be interesting to see how much impact it has actually on his health and performance. It should be noted that despite battling a nagging right wrist injury last season, Teixeira still hit  .216 with 22 home runs and 62 RBIs in 123 games. Sure, that’s a lousy average, but it’s easy to see that a healthy Teixeira can still provide a boost in the power department, and would likely be much improved all around.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Speaking along those lines, Teixeira also weighed in on another tppic that’s garnered some attention in recent months thanks to new commissioner Rob Manfred. That would be defensive shifts, which Teixeira says have contributed to his drop in production. However, unlike Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis, who says he’ll be more willing to bunt to beat shifts this season, Teixeira simply wants to hit the ball over the defense for extra bases and also draw more walks.   “We have talked about it ad nauseam,” Teixeira said. “Every time I try to talk about it and slap the ball the other way, it just doesn’t go well for anybody. That’s exactly what the other team wants, to take a middle-of-the-order power hitter and turn him into a slap hitter.” Hey, he’s already changed his body. One can’t expect him to alter his approach along with it. Really though, all the Yankees care about going into the 2015 season is keeping Mark Teixeira healthy and on the field. And if that does indeed happen, perhaps we should expect the menu to change in their clubhouse.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Former All-Star infielder Everth Cabrera and the Baltimore Orioles have finalized their $2.4 million, one-year contract.

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Joba Chamberlain returned to Detroit’s spring training facility, not completely clean shaven, but without the scraggly, overgrown beard that made him so easily identifiable with the Tigers last season. They didn’t recognize who I was.” Chamberlain is back for a second season with Detroit after agreeing to a $1 million, one-year deal. The right-hander was a free agent this offseason, and although the Tigers ended up bringing him back, it doesn’t look like his role will be quite the same, at least initially. Chamberlain went 2-5 with a 3.57 ERA last year, but he struggled down the stretch, posting a 4.97 ERA after the All-Star break and allowing four earned runs over two postseason appearances.

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Ubaldo Jimenez is hoping that 2015 is a complete turnaround from 2014. A year ago, Jimenez signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles when spring training was already underway. In his second year with the Orioles, the right-hander is vowing that things will be different, much different this time around.

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