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  • 2016 World Series Champion | Futures & Odds

    2016 World Series Champion | Futures & Odds

    By: Joe Berra The end of the football season means something a little different for everyone, for me it means Major League Baseball is just around the corner. There have been a lot of moves this off-season, some major pieces and some farm depth, but it’s soon time to get those MLB World Series Futures […]

  • Mets keep OF Cespedes for 3 years, $75M

    NEW YORK (AP) Slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is returning to the New York Mets. How long he stays, he’ll decide. A person familiar with the deal says the star free agent and the National League champions agreed Friday night to a three-year contract for $75 million. The 30-year-old Cespedes can opt out of the contract […]

  • Mets keep OF Cespedes for 3 years, $75M

    NEW YORK (AP) A person familiar with the deal says free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and the New York Mets have agreed to a three-year deal for $75 million. The slugger, who joined the Mets last July and helped lead them to the World Series, can opt out of the contract after one season and […]

  • LHP Hamels settling in as Rangers ace

    GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) Cole Hamels is the kind of pitcher the Texas Rangers would have been trying to get this winter, had they not gotten the ace left-hander midway through last season. Already part of an AL West title, Hamels is under contract with the Rangers for at least three more seasons. And he is […]

  • LHP Hamels settling in as Rangers ace

    GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) Cole Hamels is the kind of pitcher the Texas Rangers would have been trying to get this winter, had they not gotten the ace left-hander midway through last season. Already part of an AL West title, Hamels is under contract with the Rangers for at least three more seasons. And he is […]

  • Mets, LHP Bastardo complete $12M deal

    NEW YORK (AP) Left-hander Antonio Bastardo and the NL champion New York Mets have completed a $12 million, two-year contract. Bastardo gets a $250,000 signing bonus, payable on June 30. The deal announced Friday includes salaries of $5.25 million this year and $6.5 million in 2017. The 30-year-old Bastardo was 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA […]

  • Padres, SS Ramirez finalize 1-year deal

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Shortstop Alexei Ramirez and the San Diego Padres have finalized a $4 million, one-year contract. The 34-year-old gets a $3 million salary this season under the deal announced Friday, which includes a $4 million mutual option for 2017 with a $1 million buyout. If he has 550 plate appearances, it would become […]

  • Ex-big league RHP Burton banned 50 games

    NEW YORK (AP) Former big league pitcher Jared Burton has been suspended 50 games under baseball’s minor league drug program following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. The 34-year-old right-hander pitched for Cincinnati (2007-11) and Minnesota (2012-14), going 18-19 with a 3.44 ERA and 10 saves in 367 relief appearances. He spent […]

  • Ailing Carew to attend TwinsFest

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins say Hall of Famer Rod Carew is healthy enough to attend the team’s annual fan festival next weekend. Carew had a heart attack in September and is awaiting a heart transplant. But the Twins said Friday that he’s feeling strong enough and has been cleared by doctors to attend TwinsFest. […]

  • Twins, RHP Jepsen agree at $5,312,500

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Right-hander Kevin Jepsen have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $5,312,500. The agreement, announced Friday, gives the pitcher a raise of more than $2 million from his earnings of $3,025,000 last year. The settlement was above the $5,225,000 midpoint between the $5.4 million he had asked for and the […]

  • Davis signs $161M contract with Orioles

    BALTIMORE (AP) Chris Davis slipped on the Orioles jersey with No. 19 on it, smiled broadly and said, ”Feels familiar.” After spending much of the offseason wondering if he would continue his baseball career in Baltimore, Davis formally signed a $161 million, seven-year contract Thursday, a deal that includes $42 million in deferred money that […]

  • Davis signs $161M contract with Orioles

    BALTIMORE (AP) Chris Davis slipped on the Orioles jersey with No. 19 on it, smiled broadly and said, ”Feels familiar.” After spending much of the offseason wondering if he would continue his baseball career in Baltimore, Davis formally signed a $161 million, seven-year contract Thursday, a deal that includes $42 million in deferred money that […]

  • Revenue sharing debated among owners

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball owners held a lengthy executive session to discuss bargaining strategy over contentious issues such as revenue sharing ahead of the start of negotiations for a new labor contract with players. Revenue sharing was a divisive issue before and during the 1994-95 negotiations that led to a 7 1/2-month […]

  • White Sox, Albers agree to $2.25M deal

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox and reliever Matt Albers have agreed to a one-year contract that guarantees $2.25 million and includes a club option for 2017. The 33-year-old right-hander will receive $2 million next season. The White Sox hold a $3 million option for 2017 with a $250,000 buyout under the terms of the […]

  • Davis signs $161M contract with Orioles

    BALTIMORE (AP) Chris Davis has signed the richest contract in the history of the Baltimore Orioles. The defending major league home run champion put his name on a seven-year pact that will pay him $161 million. Davis became a free agent after the 2015 season and was pursued heavily by the Orioles, who finally struck […]

  • MLB to look at domestic violence probes

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball still is unsure when it will complete investigations of New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes under the sport’s new domestic violence policy. Under the agreement last August between MLB and the players’ association, discipline is not […]

  • Replay expands to help with interference

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball is making a slight expansion of instant replay this year, allowing video reviews to assist umpires in placing baserunners when balls go out of play. Joe Torre, MLB’s chief baseball officer, called the changes ”a couple of little tweaks.” Under the new regulations, video review can be used […]

  • Manfred: NL teams may be receptive to DH

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says National League teams may be more receptive to the designated hitter than in the past, even though owners ended two days of meetings without any serious discussion about expanding use of the DH. A decline in offense and injuries to pitchers while hitting have […]

  • MLB moves trade deadline back 1 day

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball is pushing back this year’s deadline to make trades without waivers by one day to Aug 1, wanting to avoid having players on the field during Sunday afternoon games as they are about to get dealt. Teams usually remove players from starting lineups and in mid-game when trades […]

  • MLB moves trade deadline back 1 day

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball is pushing back this year’s deadline to make trades without waivers by one day to Aug 1. Owners approved the change Thursday at their quarterly meeting. Commissioner Rob Manfred said the calendar dictated the decision. The trade deadline was June 15 from the 1923 season until it was […]

  • Yankees P Chapman won’t face charges

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Florida prosecutors have decided not to file charges in a domestic disturbance case involving New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman and his girlfriend. Broward Assistant State Attorney Stefanie Newman wrote in a close-out memo Wednesday that conflicting accounts and insufficient evidence made a conviction unlikely. Davie police had previously closed the Oct. […]

  • Upton ‘more than a tweak’ for Tigers

    DETROIT (AP) Al Avila says it was around Christmas that the Detroit Tigers’ offseason changed. Owner Mike Ilitch was concerned about the team’s ability to score runs. ”We had the company party here. He starts mentioning to me about, he’s worried about our offense – and that never stopped,” said Avila, Detroit’s general manager. ”He […]

  • Upton ‘more than a tweak’ for Tigers

    DETROIT (AP) Al Avila says it was around Christmas that the Detroit Tigers’ offseason changed. Owner Mike Ilitch was concerned about the team’s ability to score runs. ”We had the company party here. He starts mentioning to me about, he’s worried about our offense – and that never stopped,” said Avila, Detroit’s general manager. ”He […]

  • Padres give closer Rodney 1-year deal

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres and Fernando Rodney have agreed to a one-year contract, pending a physical exam. Rodney is expected to take over the closer’s role vacated when Craig Kimbrel was traded to Boston. Rodney, who turns 39 on March 18, split the 2015 season between Seattle and the Chicago Cubs. He’s […]

  • RHP Tazawa, Red Sox agree at $3,375,000

    BOSTON (AP) Junichi Tazawa and the Boston Red Sox have avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3,375,000. As part of the agreement announced Wednesday, Tazawa could earn a $25,000 performance bonus for pitching in 70 games. The deal is not guaranteed. The 29-year-old right-hander was 2-7 with three saves and a 4.14 […]

  • Mets give LHP Bastardo $12M for 2 years

    NEW YORK (AP) A person familiar with the deal says free agent reliever Antonio Bastardo and the NL champion New York Mets have agreed to terms on a $12 million, two-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the deal is pending a physical and no announcement had been made. Bastardo […]

  • Mets give LHP Bastardo $12M for 2 years

    NEW YORK (AP) A person familiar with the deal says free agent reliever Antonio Bastardo and the NL champion New York Mets have agreed to terms on a $12 million, two-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the deal is pending a physical and no announcement had been made. Bastardo […]

  • Rangers 2B Profar has no issue throwing

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar is throwing with no problems and expects to be fully healthy for spring training after missing the past two seasons because of right shoulder issues. ”Yeah, 100 percent,” Profar said Wednesday, during a break at the team’s winter camp. ”I’m ready to play baseball. … Now […]

  • Tigers, Upton finalize $132.75M contract

    DETROIT (AP) Al Avila says it was around Christmas that the Detroit Tigers’ offseason changed. Owner Mike Ilitch was concerned about the team’s ability to score runs. ”We had the company party here. He starts mentioning to me about, he’s worried about our offense – and that never stopped,” said Avila, Detroit’s general manager. ”He […]

  • Homeland Security head addresses owners

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) With worries about terrorism heightened following attacks in France and California, baseball owners began their two-day meeting Wednesday by discussing threat protection with the U.S. Homeland Security secretary. Presenting more than 2,400 games a year in venues that attract large crowds, Major League Baseball has tightened checks in recent years. Starting […]

  • Hal: Chapman’s guilt must be proven

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner says reliever Aroldis Chapman is ”innocent until proven otherwise.” New York acquired Chapman from Cincinnati last month, after a proposed trade between the Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers came apart when a Florida police investigation into an accusation of domestic violence involving the Cuban left-hander became public. […]

  • Hal: Chapman’s guilt must be proven

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner says reliever Aroldis Chapman is ”innocent until proven otherwise.” New York acquired Chapman from Cincinnati last month, after a proposed trade between the Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers came apart when a Florida police investigation into an accusation of domestic violence involving the Cuban left-hander became public. […]

  • Tigers, Upton finalize $132.75M contract

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have finalized their $132.75 million, six-year contract with free-agent outfielder Justin Upton. The Tigers introduced Upton at a news conference Wednesday. The 28-year-old gives Detroit another powerful bat in the middle of the lineup and fills a need in left field after Detroit dealt slugger Yoenis Cespedes at the deadline […]

  • Rockies finalize $27.5M deal with Parra

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies finalized a $27.5 million, three-year contract with outfielder Gerardo Parra. To make room on the 40-man roster, the team designated former first-round pick Kyle Parker for assignment. Parker, the 26th overall selection in the 2010 draft, hit .182 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 64 games with the Rockies. […]

  • Marlins Park fences moved in, lowered

    MIAMI (AP) The outfield fence will be easier to clear this year at Marlins Park, and Miami Marlins newcomer Wei-Yin Chen says that’s not all bad, even though he’s a pitcher. ”We have a very good hitting coach in Barry Bonds,” the Taiwanese left-hander said through a translator. ”So with the fence moving in, maybe […]

  • Marlins Park fences moved in, lowered

    MIAMI (AP) Marlins Park will likely remain pitcher-friendly, but work is underway to make the dimensions less daunting for hitters. The center field wall is being moved 11 feet closer to home plate and will be 407 feet away this season. That’s the biggest change, according to team president David Samson. In addition, the Marlins […]

  • C Lucroy: Brewers should trade me

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy says the Milwaukee Brewers should trade him as the team begins a rebuilding process. Lucroy says he wants to win, to go to a World Series, and that’s not going to happen with the Brewers in the foreseeable future. The 29-year-old catcher tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1Nj4pCX ) […]

  • Angels sign Alburquerque, cut Navarro

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have designated outfielder Efren Navarro for assignment. The team also announced the signing of reliever Al Alburquerque on Tuesday. Navarro has batted .246 in parts of four big league seasons with the Angels, playing both in the outfield and at first base. The 50th-round pick never got the […]

  • Marlins, Chen finalize $80M, 5-year deal

    MIAMI (AP) Wei-Yin Chen posed in his new Miami Marlins jersey, flanked on one side by his agent, Scott Boras, and on the other by team executives as everyone smiled for the clicking cameras. If the Marlins win this year for a change, it will be partly because they made peace with Boras. Chen’s new […]

  • Darvish denies gambling amid MLB probe

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish said he is not and has never been involved in gambling activities amid a Major League Baseball investigation after the arrest of his younger brother in Japan. Darvish issued a statement through his agent Tuesday that says he understands MLB must conduct an investigation. ”I am certain […]

  • C Stewart, Bucs agree to $3M for 2 years

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Catcher Chris Stewart and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a $3 million, two-year contract that avoids salary arbitration, a deal that includes a 2018 club option. Stewart will make $1.35 million this year and $1.4 million in 2017 under Tuesday’s agreement. The Pirates’ option is at $1.5 million with a $250,000 buyout. […]

  • Dodgers give RHP Blanton $4M for 1 year

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Right-hander Joe Blanton has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 35-year-old started 10 games for the Dodgers in late 2012 but is likely to be a long reliever this season. He can earn $1 million in performance bonuses based on innings under Tuesday’s agreement: $250,000 […]

  • Darvish denies gambling amid MLB probe

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish said he is not and has never been involved in gambling activities amid a Major League Baseball investigation after the arrest of his younger brother in Japan. Darvish issued a statement through his agent Tuesday that says he understands MLB must conduct an investigation. ”I am certain […]

  • Dodgers give RHP Blanton $4M for 1 year

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Right-hander Joe Blanton has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 35-year-old started 10 games for the Dodgers in late 2012 but is likely to be a long reliever this season. He can earn $1 million in performance bonuses based on innings under Tuesday’s agreement: $250,000 […]

  • Darvish denies gambling amid MLB probe

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish says he has never been involved in gambling activities amid a Major League Baseball investigation after the arrest of his younger brother in Japan. Darvish issued a statement Tuesday through his agent that says he understands MLB must conduct an investigation. He declined comment, but says he […]

  • Yankees agree with Eovaldi, Gregorius

    NEW YORK (AP) Nathan Eovaldi has agreed to a $5.6 million, one-year contract with the New York Yankees, who also settled with shortstop Didi Gregorius at $2,425,000. Eovaldi earned a raise from $3.3 million after going 14-3 with a 4.20 ERA in 27 starts during his first season with New York. His agreement, announced Tuesday, […]

  • Gregorius, Yankees agree to 1 yr., $2.4M

    NEW YORK (AP) Shortstop Didi Gregorius and the New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year contract worth $2,425,000, more than four times the $553,900 he earned last year. Gregorius’ contract is not guaranteed and avoids an arbitration hearing next month. Tuesday’s agreement was $12,500 above the midpoint of the $2,525,000 he had asked for […]

  • Reds to induct Rose into team’s Hall

    CINCINNATI (AP) Pete Rose is getting a hall of fame induction – in the Cincinnati Reds’ team hall during a weekend of honors this summer in his hometown – that will include retiring his No. 14. The Reds’ announcement Tuesday came after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred rejected Rose’s application for reinstatement to baseball last month. […]

  • Reds to induct Rose into team’s Hall

    CINCINNATI (AP) Pete Rose is getting a hall of fame induction: in the Cincinnati Reds’ team hall, during a weekend of honors this summer in his hometown that will include retiring his No. 14. The Reds’ announcements Tuesday came after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred last month rejected Rose’s application for reinstatement to baseball. Manfred concluded […]

  • Reds to induct Rose into team’s Hall

    CINCINNATI (AP) Pete Rose is getting a hall of fame induction: in the Cincinnati Reds’ team hall, during a weekend of honors this summer in his hometown that will include retiring his No. 14. The Reds’ announcements Tuesday came after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred last month rejected Rose’s application for reinstatement to baseball. Manfred concluded […]