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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — As Reds Spring Training opened with pitchers and catchers reporting for physicals on Tuesday, new manager David Bell was already be tasked with many responsibilities. But there will be one that looms largest.

Following five years out of the postseason, including the past four with more than 90 losses, Bell must restore a culture of winning.

The front office provided Bell with many of the needed resources for success. The rotation was revamped with three new starters in Sonny Gray, Alex Wood and Tanner Roark, the offense was boosted with outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp and the club added a reliever in Zach Duke.

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Bell, 46, was able to add an almost all-new coaching staff that included plucking pitching coach Derek Johnson and hitting coach Turner Ward from playoff clubs and assistant coaches who understand the ins and outs of analytics.

The new additions join a core already in place that includes Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez, Scooter Gennett, Luis Castillo and Jared Hughes, while top prospect Nick Senzel has a legitimate chance to break into the big leagues this season.

“A lot of our projection models and the ones that are publicly available have this being a very tight division right now with a lot of talented teams. We feel like, right now, that we’re very comfortably in the mix. It’s a good place to be,” Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams said last month.

Pitchers and catchers will hold their first workout on Wednesday. The full squad is scheduled to report for physicals on Sunday and the entire team will work out together on Monday.

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That’s when all eyes will be fixed on Bell and how he goes about leading a team. He hasn’t tipped his hand too much on how he will conduct business. Based on his background, he will likely be merging his old-school background in the game while leaning hard on current methods of using data, video and analytics.

Bell is no stranger to the Reds Player Development Complex in Goodyear, where he spent a few Spring Trainings as a Minor League manager. This is now his first opportunity to manage in the big leagues after an extensive process in which he beat out 11 other candidates. Last season, Bell moved into upper management as the Giants’ director of player development. That would prove to be an important step in his preparation for managing in the big leagues.

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“[It was] just the process of valuing players, the process of how important it is to really understand your own players and who you have in the Minor League system, who you have on the Major League team,” Bell said in December. “How important it is to [have] all departments to work together — the front office, player development, scouting. I see that as a great challenge. I also see that as part of my job to help bring that together.”

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The family name and background experience won’t matter to Reds fans or ownership if the team isn’t winning under Bell. There is less of a honeymoon period than was afforded to predecessors like Dusty Baker and Bryan Price. Price was not given the same level of talent needed to win that Bell has been handed. An expectation to reach the postseason would be lofty, but not impossible.

Being a factor and turning a corner in the ultra-competitive National League Central is not too much to ask from Bell and the Reds, however. It starts with setting the right tone, and that began in earnest on Tuesday in Arizona.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and the Texas Rangers are in agreement on a one-year, $3.5 million deal, pending a physical, league sources tell ESPN.

Cabrera can play all around the diamond and slot into a utility role if necessary, but the Rangers’ plan is to play him at third base, the sources said.

The Athletic first reported news of the agreement.

The switch-hitting Cabrera, 33, batted .262 with 23 home runs and 75 RBIs in 147 games last season with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies. He hit .228 with five homers for Philadelphia after being acquired on July 28 to give the team some infield flexibility and pop for its playoff push.

Cabrera has spent most of his career at shortstop but started only at second for the Mets last season and split his time at second, third and shortstop with the Phillies after the trade, so he provides a lot of versatility.

Cabrera has a career batting average of .269. His best offensive season was 2011, when he was easily the Cleveland Indians’ most valuable player, batting .273 and posting career highs with 25 homers and 92 RBIs — power numbers few saw coming. Before that season, he had hit just 18 career homers. Cabrera led AL shortstops in RBIs, was tied for first in hits (165) and was second in doubles (32) and runs (87).

Beyond that, he made dazzling defensive plays that saved runs, turned games and earned him an almost nightly spot on TV highlight packages.

Cleveland acquired Cabrera from Seattle in 2006 in a trade for first baseman Eduardo Perez. After he was called up from Triple-A in 2007, Cabrera provided an immediate spark, helping push the Indians to an AL Central title and within one win of the World Series.

Cabrera followed with seven-plus productive years in which he emerged as one of the game’s best all-around middle infielders before he was traded to the Nationals in July 2014. He then played one season with the Tampa Bay Rays before signing with the Mets in 2016.

Also Tuesday, Texas announced a $1 million, one-year contract with right-hander Zach McAllister, a deal that also includes performance bonuses.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan contributed to this report.

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DETROIT — Matt Shepard is taking over as play-by-play announcer of the Detroit Tigers on their Fox Sports Detroit television broadcasts.

FSD said Tuesday that Shepard will work alongside analysts Jack Morris and Kirk Gibson. Dan Petry and Craig Monroe will be analysts for pregame and postgame shows.

The previous announcing duo of Mario Impemba and Rod Allen was suspended in September.

Shepard has worked for FSD in a variety of roles since 1999, including play-by-play for the Tigers and Detroit Pistons. He is also a radio announcer for Michigan basketball and Eastern Michigan football.

“This is the greatest honor I’ve ever had in my broadcasting career by far,” Shepard said. “I cried. I’m not afraid to admit that.”

Morris, Gibson and Petry were part of Detroit’s 1984 World Series champions, and Monroe also played for the Tigers.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels have reached one-year contract agreements with all six of their remaining arbitration-eligible players.

Left-handers Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney got the biggest deals, with Skaggs agreeing at $3.7 million and Heaney getting $3.4 million.

Relief pitcher Cam Bedrosian got $1.75 million and reliever Hansel Robles got $1.4 million. Two new Angels also finalized deals, with reliever Luis Garcia getting $1,675,000 and infielder Tommy La Stella getting $1.35 million.

Right-handers JC Ramirez and Nick Tropeano reached deals Thursday.