Corey Kluber was suddenly on a roster of baseball immortality. ”Yeah, it kind of hit me then,” the Indians’ sublime right-hander said. ”I don’t think a lot of people down there watch Indians games.” Steady and stoic, almost robotic, Kluber became just the fourth pitcher in the past 28 years to win 18 games with a sub-2.50 ERA and at least 260 strikeouts. On Friday, the 28-year-old couldn’t play in the Indians’ annual charity golf outing with the Cincinnati Reds because he had to attend another photo shoot and autograph session, one of many during this whirlwind offseason.

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Major League Baseball is considering playing future spring training games in Cuba. Baseball players’ association president Tony Clark said Saturday there have been ”ongoing” discussions about playing exhibition games in Cuba, which recently renewed diplomatic ties with the United States. Clark said there were conversations about Cuba hosting games this spring, but there wasn’t enough time to finalize details. Cuba and the U.S. have a long-time connection through baseball.

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Marlon Byrd knows the Reds traded for him because they think he’ll bring them more than just another run producer in left field. This is what you do.” Byrd was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball during the 2012 season after testing positive for a substance that can reduce side effects of steroid use and increase testosterone. The Reds got Byrd in a trade with Philadelphia in December to play left field, a trouble spot for the last two years with Ryan Ludwick hurt or slumping. To do any less is just a failure on my part.” Notes: Starter Homer Bailey threw off a mound for the first time on Friday, making 20 cautious pitches.

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Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton was on the minds of his teammates Thursday, a day after he was in New York to meet with Major League Baseball officials about an unspecified disciplinary issue. The 33-year-old Hamilton has a history of drug addiction and alcohol abuse, leading to suspensions that cost him more than three years while in the minors. The Angels have confirmed Hamilton’s meeting with MLB, but have declined to give any more information. ”We’ll wait for Major League Baseball and see what the next step is.

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Cincinnati pitcher Homer Bailey doesn’t expect to be ready for the start of the season as he recovers from surgery in September to repair a tear in the flexor tendon by his right elbow. Bailey said on Wednesday that he hasn’t had any setbacks since arriving for spring training last week. They also need to replace starters Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon, who were traded in the offseason. He got a six-year, $105 million contract during spring training last year.

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Cincinnati traded away Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon in the offseason, freeing up money that could go toward a long-term deal for 20-game winner Johnny Cueto. Right-hander Anthony DeSclafani – obtained from Miami in the Latos trade – left-hander Tony Cingrani and right-hander Raisel Iglesias are front-runners in the competition for the open spots. There’s also 36-year-old Jason Marquis, who got a minor league deal and was invited to spring training. Marquis went 9-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 20 starts for the Padres in 2013 before having reconstructive elbow surgery.

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Reds manager Bryan Price says Miami pitcher Mat Latos’ suggestion that Cincinnati rushed him back from an injury and lacked leadership in the clubhouse are ”unfair and inaccurate.” Latos made his comments in an interview with Fox Sports that was published on Sunday. A day later, Price and Reds general manager Walt Jocketty took exception to several of Latos’ assertions. Latos said that when he was with the Reds last season, they rushed him back from a knee injury before he was ready.

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It’s a shame Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto can’t be appreciated for what he is — a former MVP who has reached base a remarkable 42 percent of the time during his career — and has to constantly answer questions about what certain people expect him to be — Babe Ruth in his prime, apparently — but that’s the routine that has been established over the years. This spring, it will clearly be no different. In fact, Hall of Famer Reds’ broadcaster Marty Brennaman already got the ball rolling with his usual criticism of Votto. “if this guy comes back and is content to lead the lead in OBP again, then this team is in deep trouble,”-Marty on Votto #Reds @700wl — Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) February 13, 2015 Last we checked, leading the league in on-base percentage is pretty good, and Votto has done that four out of eight big league seasons. It’s also helpful to the team’s cause, because — and you have to follow this closely — it’s easier to score runs when a batter reaches base as opposed to walking back to the dugout. That one was proven even before sabermetrics came into play.  [ Baseball is back! Check out Yahoo For Spring Training for great spring training pics. ] But from Votto, who signed a 10-year, $225 million extension prior to the 2012 season, people have always wanted more as a means to justify the money he’s owed. More home runs. More RBIs. More stats that look pretty when flashed across the scoreboard. And, of course, a more aggressive approach, because you can’t do those things if you’re walking all the time. It has to be an exhausting process for Votto to go through, knowing he doesn’t need the career advice. To Votto’s credit though, he never shies away from it and he always keeps an open mind, but one also can’t blame him for throwing a couple subtle jabs at those critics, which is what he did while speaking to the media at Reds camp.  Here are the quotes, courtesy of MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon: “I think that’s to be expected because I am the guy who has the big contract. There are times where it can be a bit of a nuisance because I have to answer a question. Most of it is noise. I think that I’ve proven, when healthy, that I’m a helpful part of the team. I do my part. “I have to be careful with what I say. In terms of being in the middle of it, sometimes I think it’s really, really silly. I’m not going to use the word ‘ignorant,’ but ignorant. I also think there’s some validity to it because it’s coming from a perspective that is being nostalgic. … Ultimately, it’s entertainment. I’m part of the entertainment industry. If there weren’t debates like this then, what the hell are we doing? I think this is great. “I’m the big money guy. I’m the guy that is supposed to do certain things and has done certain things in the past and it’s expected in the future. I’m not doing it so let’s talk about it, let’s get after it and I think that it’s great. I’m glad I can be a lightning rod, as long as I’m a lightning rod while performing one way or the other. Whether it’s the 2010 version or the 2013 version, you cannot deny that I haven’t performed and been able to provide value for the team and able to help the team get to the playoffs. Both examples, I was part of a playoff team. I’m not saying the main part or anything like that, but I was a part of it. As long as I’m part of it, it’s the most important thing. I think it’s fun. No one is getting hurt. I should expect it.” Like we said, subtle jabs, because Votto isn’t one to swing wildly on or off the field. His approach actually translates to his everyday life, which no doubt annoys his critics even more. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] In the process, Votto offered excellent perspective on his contributions, while acknowledging where his critics are coming from. He obviously understands what the big money contract means to certain people, but he can’t let that change who he is. It’s more important to understand what works for him, and to embrace how being that player most helps the Reds.  Honestly, a player with that mindset should be celebrated, not criticized. It would be easy for Votto to go into business for himself now that he’s secured his future, but he wants to win, and it’s clear he’ll do what’s necessary to make it happen.     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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Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels did little Saturday to clear up comments he recently made regarding his eagerness to begin the season with a team in a rebuilding mode. The 31-year-old Hamels threw a bullpen session on the third day of workouts for Phillies pitchers and catchers.

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