Gone are the long dreadlocks that were once a Rickie Weeks staple. After 12 seasons in the Milwaukee organization, he signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners are trying him out in the outfield. ”That was the last time I played outfield fully.” Not to say Weeks won’t be exclusively used in left field for the Mariners.

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If you need more proof that California is the most interesting state in baseball these days, consider this: The top five merchandise movers in all of MLB play for California-based teams, according to new data from Fanatics.com , the top online retailer for sports merchandise. Couple that with the fact that four out of the five California MLB teams made the playoffs in 2014 , and the sunny West Coast is doing quite well on the diamond these days. Even the San Diego Padres bumped up their Q rating this offseason. Fanatics’ list isn’t limited to just jersey sales, but all MLB licensed merchandise.┬áHere’s the top five: 1. Madison Bumgarner 2. Mike Trout 3. Buster Posey 4. Clayton Kershaw 5. Yasiel Puig That’s the two reigning MVPs, the World Series MVP, a former MVP and arguably the most interesting new player of the past two seasons. Not a bad collection of talent playing up and down the state, even if it has the highest income-tax rate in the land . You can check out the rest of the top 10 list in the slideshow above.┬áSpoiler alert: There are no additional California stars to be found. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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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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As the full squad of his remodeled club stretched in front of him for the first time, Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler was asked about the flurry of offseason moves that have brought excitement and a record payroll to San Diego. Or I should say, A.J. spent our money wisely.” That would be new general manager A.J. Preller, who has been hearing nonstop praise after he turned a downtrodden team with baseball’s worst offense into a club that hopes to contend for a playoff spot. ”A.J. is a winner,” said Padres CEO Mike Dee. ”You can just feel it.” Now featuring a new ace in James Shields, outfield sluggers Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers, All-Star catcher Derek Norris and other newcomers, the Padres held their first full workout Wednesday in front of their smiling front office.

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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have signed former All-Star infielder Everth Cabrera to a one-year contract.

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Anti-smoking advocates are hoping to strike out chewing tobacco at California baseball games. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids announced Tuesday that it will sponsor legislation to ban all tobacco products at baseball venues, including Major League Baseball and organized league games. MLB says it supports banning smokeless tobacco and the spirit of the proposal. Using chewing tobacco, known as dipping, is already prohibited in minor leagues.

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By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – Major League Baseball players would be banned from using chewing tobacco at games in California under a bill expected to be introduced in the state legislature on Tuesday, the first in a nationwide campaign planned by anti-tobacco activists. The bill targets baseball’s ubiquitous habit less than a year after retired San Diego Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn died of cancer of the salivary glands, believed related to chewing tobacco or “dipping” it by lodging it between the lip and the gum. “Tony Gwynn was somebody I thought was a spokesman for baseball, a great role model as a person,” said Assembly member Tony Thurmond, a Democrat who represents Richmond and other suburbs east of San Francisco and the bill’s author. “I’m hopeful that this bill will lend to his legacy, that it will help to prevent illness for young people and young athletes.” Smoking is already banned in Major League Baseball, and the minor leagues have prohibited dipping and chewing, although some say the minor league rules are not strictly enforced.

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The stirrings of baseball in sun-drenched Florida and Arizona provide light at the end of a frigid tunnel and an optimistic renewal that fosters hope of better days ahead. “It’s a new beginning for all of us, each year,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters in Arizona on the joys of spring training. Many teams opened their coffers to restock rosters, notably the Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox who could change the MLB landscape.

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San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy is ”doing great” and is expected to be released from the hospital Friday, a day after a heart procedure to insert two stents. Brett Bochy, a pitcher with the team at spring training, said he visited his 59-year-old father at Scottsdale Healthcare Medical Center on Thursday and Friday morning before going to the clubhouse. The hospital is across the street from where the Giants work out. ”He’s doing great,” Brett Bochy said.

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