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Colin Moran’s Power Surge May Be Long Lasting

The Pirates new third baseman Colin Moran leaves Houston as one of the biggest success stories of the Astros' belief in the power of the fly ball. A year ago, Moran seemed locked into a low-impact role: He was a slow-footed third baseman with an ability to hit for average but without the power needed from a corner infield spot. Moran's career high in home runs was 10. (Baseball America)

UNC Baseball Checks in at No. 6 in D1Baseball Preseason Top 25

The latest round of preseason college baseball polls was released on Tuesday, with D1Baseball.com ranking UNC at No. 6 to start the 2018 season. Despite having three players taken in the first 36 picks of last summer’s MLB Draft, coach Mike Fox’s Tar Heels are expected to once again boast elite-level pitching with enough talented young hitters to get the job done. (Chapelboro.com)

What the Pittsburgh Pirates are getting in 3B Colin Moran

The Pittsburgh Pirates have consummated weeks of trade rumors, and yesterday traded Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros for a four-player package, including today’s subject in Colin Moran. Moran is a 25 year-old left handed hitting third baseman who can play at first base and left field as well. A first-round pick of the Miami Marlins in 2013, Moran made his MLB debut in 2016. (Pirates Breakdown)

An Ode to Daniel Bard: The Now-Retired Hurler Who Threw One of the Nastiest Pitches Ever

The career of former Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard was full of promise but short on success. Two-plus seasons of exemplary relief work from 2009 through '11 that gave way to a rough few months spent as a starter in '12 followed by several years of bouncing from team to team in the minors. Injuries piled up along the way, his control vanished, and now his career is over. (Sports Illustrated)

Houston Astros Reportedly Trade Former UNC Star Colin Moran to Pittsburgh Pirates

Former UNC third baseman Colin Moran was traded from the Houston Astros to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday as part of a four-player package for starting pitcher Gerrit Cole–which could turn into more by the time the deal is finalized. Moran is the centerpiece of the trade from Houston’s side–as he finished last season ranked as the organization’s No. 5 prospect. (Chapelboro.com)

Report: Matt Harvey Signs One-Year, $5.6 Million Deal

The New York Mets and pitcher Matt Harvey have agreed on a one-year, $5.625 million deal. The oft-injured pitcher went 5–7 last season with a career-worst 6.70 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 19 starts. Harvey, 28, dealt with hamstring and shoulder injuries that landed him on the disabled list in 2017. In five MLB seasons, Harvey has a record of 34–35 with a 3.51 ERA. (Sports Illustrated)

Adam Warren agrees to one-year, $3.315 million deal with Yankees

Adam Warren agreed to a one-year, $3.315 million deal with the Yankees on Friday to avoid arbitration. This was his last year as an arbitration-eligible player, as Warren is set to hit the open market following the 2018 season. He was a vital cog in the Yankees' bullpen during the 2017 campaign, posting a 2.35 ERA and 0.87 WHIP with 54 strikeouts in 57.1 innings. (CBS Sports)

UNC Baseball Ranked No. 7 in Perfect Game’s Preseason Top 25

With college baseball season just over a month away, Perfect Game released its preseason top 25 on Wednesday. Coming off an outstanding 2017 regular season, UNC will begin the year at No. 7 in the polls. The Tar Heels went 49-14 a year ago before a pair of upset losses to Davidson sent them home early from the Chapel Hill Regional in the NCAA Tournament. (Chapelboro.com)

Tar Heel Trio Joins N.C. Sports Hall Of Fame

All-America pitcher Scott Bankhead, tennis star Laura Dupont and golfer Donna Andrews headline the 2018 class of inductees for the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. This year's 15-person class is the largest in several years. Other inductees include an Olympic Gold Medal speed-skater, a veteran major league umpire and one of the top administrators in the NBA. (GoHeels.com)

In appreciation of now-retired Daniel Bard

Daniel Bard was a power reliever before they became the norm. But he wasn't just unique on the field. It didn't take long to realize the University of North Carolina product's thought process was deeper than most. Maybe that didn't help when trying to figure things out at the end, but it certainly wasn't a bad thing for those striking up clubhouse conversations. (WEEI.com)

Zac Gallen likeliest Miami Marlins prospect to start in 2018

While most of the prospects cut their teeth at the lower-levels, Zac Gallen appears primed to make the Miami roster. Gallen figures to pitch his way straight to the middle in time. He doesn’t have top-of-the-rotation type stuff, but his arsenal is deep and he keeps hitters off-balance. He saw extensive action in AA last year and pitched well. Last year, Gallen had a 3.79 ERA (Marlin Maniac)

After 5-year odyssey, Daniel Bard calls it a career

One major surgery, three arm-slot adjustments, and five minor league contracts later, Daniel Bard has called it a career. After some more tinkering with Mets coaches at the team’s facility in Port St. Lucie, the right-hander decided to retire in mid-August. “I ran into enough of those days where I said, ‘Is this really worth me being away from my family?’” (SB Nation)

Turner's Take: Best of 2017, Part One

It was a year of success and a year of change, as I was in Phoenix for the Final Four in early April and three months later, out of a contract and brainstorming a new venture. If you've followed me from GoHeels.com to Argyle Report, and I appreciate that. It's been fun to be the 'fan proxy' over these years, and I appreciate the opportunity to enhance your own experience. (Argyle Report)

Turner's Take: Gratitude

What a privilege! How grateful are we that we are Carolina? That doesn't mean that everything that Carolina does is right — as we've learned over the past seven years. But there's a reason that the ABC fans have to join forces. It's because they're not Carolina. In fact, Carolina so dominates the thoughts of some that they can't even fully enjoy their own successes. (Argyle Report)

Zac Gallen: Marlin on the Rise

Zac Gallen “grew up watching (UNC) go to Omaha on a constant basis,” which factored into his decision to attend. Another big influence? Basketball great Michael Jordan. “I wanted to go where he went,” the starting pitching prospect said. We spoke to Gallen barely a week after the Marlins officially acquired him from the St. Louis Cardinals in the Marcell Ozuna trade. (Fish Stripes)

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