GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Relief pitcher Mike Adams and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

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Taijuan Walker will get the first crack at impressing the Seattle Mariners in his bid to make the team’s starting rotation. The 22-year-old with ace potential will start the team’s Cactus League opener Wednesday against San Diego at the Peoria Sports Complex. ”I feel comfortable, confident, too,” said Walker, who’s vying for the Mariners’ fifth starter spot. ”I’m just going to go out there and pretty much give all I have.” Starting the first game of spring training is a big change from where Walker found himself a year ago when a shoulder injury sidelined him during the preseason.

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Veteran outfielder Juan Pierre has officially announced his retirement after 14 seasons in Major League Baseball, confirming a report from Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. Thanks for all the tweets keep them coming it’s true today I’m officially retiring today.Blessed and grateful to have played the game I love — Juan Pierre (@JPBeastMode) February 27, 2015 The announcement comes as a mere formality, rather than a major surprise. The writing was on the wall for Pierre following a difficult year in 2013, which saw him hit just .247/.284/.305 across the board in 330 plate appearances. In fact, he seemed to be resigned to his fate in baseball following that season, understanding there wasn’t much demand for aging outfielders with limited offensive upside. “They can come and take away my jersey right now, and I’ll be fine. I’ll be OK with it either way.” Without a major league offer in hand, Pierre ended up sitting out the entire 2014 season. He didn’t appear on anybody’s radar this past winter either, so at 37 he’s officially ending his journey after appearing in 1,994 MLB games and winning one World Series championship with the then Florida Marlins in 2003. [ Baseball is back! Check out Yahoo For Spring Training for great spring training pics. ] Though Cooperstown won’t be calling in five years, there’s still a lot to appreciate about Pierre’s career. In addition to his longevity, Pierre was remarkably durable and productive during the prime years of his career, which mostly came during his first stint in Miami (2003-2005). During that time, Pierre never missed a game and established single-season franchise records for hits (221), singles (184), triples (13), and at-bats (678).

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Jimmy Rollins savors a bite of bacon at his locker, then steals a quick glimpse at the bright blue No. 11 uniform hanging behind him. It’s before 8 a.m. in the desert and the veteran shortstop becomes a bit poetic about it all, the cross-country move back to his home state of California, going from wearing bright red in Philadelphia to a more subdued blue. It goes back to being familiar with the uniform, seeing it so often.” The Dodgers dealt for Rollins in December, also receiving $1 million from the Phillies to help cover his $11 million salary for this season. They’re new as far as us being on the team together, but not so new that I don’t know anyone’s name.” The 36-year-old Rollins is thrilled to be playing in his home state of California again as a pro.

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Sandy Koufax is confident that Clayton Kershaw won’t be remembered for his playoff struggles. The 79-year-old Koufax was at the first full-squad workout for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, and the Hall of Famer said he was certain Kershaw would have success in future Octobers.

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The 19-year-old agreed to a $31.5 million bonus Monday.

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Andre Ethier wants to play every day, either in Los Angeles or somewhere else. His chance to earn a starting role in the Dodgers’ crowded outfield begins Thursday with their first full-squad workout. During a meeting Monday after Ethier arrived at camp, manager Don Mattingly, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi told the two-time All-Star he’ll get a chance to win a job. The projected Los Angeles starters are Carl Crawford in left field, rookie Joc Pederson in center and Yasiel Puig in right – with Ethier, Chris Heisey and Scott Van Slyke on the bench.

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If you’re a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers or Chicago White Sox and you’re headed to spring training at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz over the next few weeks, you might want to take note of this story. Scorpions are invading the complex. Scorpion invasion at the White Sox’s spring training complex. So there’s that. pic.twitter.com/y8WaTbagnw — Doug Padilla (@ESPNChiSox) February 21, 2015 Not that this was a completely unexpected development when we first learned about it over the weekend. When you set up shop in the middle of the desert, you’re bound to have some uninvited predatory arthropods show up. However, it needs to be pointed out that these scorpions aren’t just there for the atmosphere, they mean business. Dodgers official Jon Chapper can attest to that, as he was stung by a scorpion twice on Tuesday. Scorpion that stung Dodgers official Jon Chapper. pic.twitter.com/of9Y2mdo8e — Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) February 24, 2015 That photo was apparently taken in an area outside the complex where fans often stand to watch batting practice or fielding drills or whatever else might be taking place on the nearest field. So fans will definitely want to be aware of where they’re standing and what creepy crawlers might be around. As for Chapper’s condition. Well… “We’re gonna miss Chapper,” manager Don Mattingly told the media on Tuesday. Of course, he was only joking. Chapper emerged from the training room with an ice pack on his left arm and was back to work before the end of the day. He should be fine, but only if he can withstand the stinging reminders of his experience, which are sure to keep coming for the rest of spring training and well beyond. This scorpion won’t bite Chapper thanks to @redturn2 pic.twitter.com/JTvRm2IYCT — David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) February 25, 2015 BLS H/N: Cut 4 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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A California appeals court has refused to overturn a financial settlement between former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his ex-wife, who argued that McCourt misled her about the value of the team and television broadcast rights. The unanimous ruling Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeals leaves intact an agreement that paid Jamie McCourt $131 million and other assets to resolve financial issues in the pair’s divorce. The court ruled that there is no basis to overturn a ruling by a lower-court judge, who found that Jamie McCourt wasn’t credible when she testified that her ex-husband hadn’t provided accurate estimates of the Dodgers’ worth. The 22-page ruling noted that Frank McCourt gave more than 220,000 pages of financial records to his ex-wife’s lawyers during their divorce proceedings and that while Jamie McCourt was a team official in 2009 she reviewed a document estimating the combined value of the Dodgers and television rights at more than $2.4 billion.

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