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Fri Dec 1301:25AP source: Brett Gardner, Yankees reach $12.5M, 1-year dealGerrit ColeFree Agent
Brett GardnerCF/LFYankeesFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Outfielder Brett Gardner is staying with the New York Yankees after the best offensive season of his career, agreeing to a one-year contract that guarantees $12.5 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday became the agreement had not be announced.Gardner gets a $2 million signing bonus and an $8 million salary for next season. The Yankees have a $10 million option for 2021 with a $2.5 million buyout.He earned $7.5 million last season plus a $2 million buyout after New York declined his $12.5 million option for 2019 under his previous contract. Gardner he hit .251 and set career highs with 28 homers and 74 RBIs, a rare left-handed bat in a Yankees lineup dominated by right-handed hitters.“The constant that he is means a lot to the organization as well as the production on the field," assistant general manager Mike Fishman said.Originally slated to be a fourth outfielder, Gardner saw... [More]
Thu Dec 1215:45AP source: Tigers and C Romine agree to $4.15M, 1-year dealMiguel Cabrera1BTigersFree Agent
Grayson GreinerFree Agent
Austin RomineCYankeesFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers and catcher Austin Romine agreed to a $4.15 million, one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced and was pending a successful physical. The 31-year-old Romine has backed up Gary Sánchez for the New York Yankees the past four seasons. Praised mostly for his defense and management of the pitching staff, Romine has steadily improved as a hitter. He batted .281 with eight home runs and a .748 OPS in 72 games last season.Romine made $1.8 million last season. He will likely become Detroit's starter, with Grayson Greiner the primary backup.Romine is the younger brother of Andrew Romine, who was a utility player for Detroit from 2014-17.In 2017, Austin Romine and Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera were at the center of a nasty brawl between the Tigers and Yankees. Cabrera shoved Romine, and the two wrestled each other to the ground.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Dec 1215:35MLB's winter meetings turned into the Scott Boras showMadison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Nicholas CastellanosFree Agent
Gerrit ColeFree Agent
Zack Cozart2BRedsFree Agent
Josh DonaldsonCAthleticsFree Agent
Brett GardnerCF/LFYankeesFree Agent
Will HarrisFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelFree Agent
Nomar MazaraFree Agent
Marcell OzunaOFMarlinsFree Agent
Rick PorcelloSPTigersFree Agent
Anthony RendonFree Agent
Austin RomineCYankeesFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuFree Agent
Tyler SkaggsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Julio TeheranFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A mostly dreary winter meetings lacking spectacular swaps will be remembered as the Scott Boras show.Baseball's most prominent agent dominated each of the three full days of meetings with a nine-figure contract, deals for Stephen Strasburg, Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon that totaled $814 million.Just two trades were announced: The San Francisco Giants acquired shortstop Zack Cozart and infield prospect Will Wilson from the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named or cash, and the Chicago White Sox obtained outfielder Nomar Mazara from the Texas Rangers for outfield prospect Steele Walker."I think it's hard to say that there hasn't been a trend," new Boston Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said. "It's important not to get too focused on artificial timetables. You want to be prepared to do something when you think it's going to help you, but you don't want to force anything."The podium and dais remained in nearly pristine condition, hosting just one playe... [More]
Thu Dec 1214:35AP source: Porcello, Mets agree to $10 million, 1-year dealRobert GsellmanFree Agent
Rick PorcelloSPTigersFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and the New York Mets have agreed to a $10 million, one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the agreement had not been announced.A right-hander who turns 31 on Dec. 27, Porcello joins a rotation that includes Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz.Porcello grew up in New Jersey and went to Seton Hall Prep in West Orange.He was 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts last year, his fifth and final season with Boston. His best year for the Red Sox was 2016, when he went 22-4 and won the AL Cy Young.“He's done it," general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "He's been battle tested. He's performed in the playoffs. He's got rings on his fingers.”Porcello has a 149-118 record and 4.36 ERA in 11 big league seasons, the first six with Detroit.New York also has a pending one-year contract with right-hander Michael Wacha. With Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman also preparing to come to spring training as starters, the Mets have eight potential starters vying for five spots in spring training.“I think we're probably the deepest starting pitching rotation in baseball,” Van Wagenen said. ___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Dec 1213:25AP source: Brett Gardner, Yankees reach $12.5M, 1-year dealGerrit ColeFree Agent
Brett GardnerCF/LFYankeesFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Outfielder Brett Gardner is staying with the New York Yankees after the best offensive season of his career, agreeing to a one-year contract that guarantees $12.5 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday became the agreement had not be announced.Gardner gets a $2 million signing bonus and an $8 million salary for next season. The Yankees have a $10 million option for 2021 with a $2.5 million buyout.He earned $7.5 million last season, when he hit .251 and set career highs with 28 homers and 74 RBIs. He is a rare left-handed bat in a Yankees lineup dominated by right-handed hitters.“The constant that he is means a lot to the organization as well as the production on the field," assistant general manager Mike Fishman said.Originally slated to be a fourth outfielder, Gardner saw increased playing time because of injuries to others and played center for much of the season while Aaron H... [More]
Thu Dec 1212:35AP source: Porcello, Mets agree to $10 million, 1-year dealRobert GsellmanFree Agent
Rick PorcelloSPTigersFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and the New York Mets have a agreed to a $10 million, one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the agreement had not been announced.A right-hander who turns 31 on Dec. 27, Porcello joins a rotation that includes Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz.Porcello grew up in New Jersey and went to Seton Hall Prep in West Orange.He was 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts last year, his fifth and final season with Boston. His best year for the Red Sox was 2016, when he went 22-4 and won the AL Cy Young.“He's done it," general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "He's been battle tested. He's performed in the playoffs. He's got rings on his fingers.”Porcello has a 149-118 record and 4.36 ERA in 11 big league seasons, the first six with Detroit.New York also has a pending one-year contract with right-hander Michael Wacha. With Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman also preparing to come to spring training as starters, the Mets have eight potential starters vying for five spots in spring training.“I think we're probably the deepest starting pitching rotation in baseball,” Van Wagenen said. ___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Dec 1212:05AP source: Brett Gardner, Yankees reach $12.5M, 1-year dealGerrit ColeFree Agent
Brett GardnerCF/LFYankeesFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Outfielder Brett Gardner is staying with the New York Yankees after the best offensive season of his career, agreeing to a one-year contract that guarantees $12.5 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday became the agreement had not be announced.Gardner gets a $2 million signing bonus and an $8 million salary for next season. The Yankees have a $10 million option for 2021 with a $2.5 million buyout.He earned $7.5 million last season, when he hit .251 and set career highs with 28 homers and 74 RBIs. He is a rare left-handed bat in a Yankees lineup dominated by right-handed hitters.Originally slated to be a fourth outfielder, Gardner saw increased playing time because of injuries to others and played center for much of the season while Aaron Hicks was injured. Hicks had Tommy John surgery after the season and is not expected to return until summer.Gardner turned 36 in August and is th... [More]
Thu Dec 1212:05AP source: Porcello, Mets agree to $10 million, 1-year dealSteven MatzFree Agent
Rick PorcelloSPTigersFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and the New York Mets have a agreed to a $10 million, one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the agreement had not been announced.A right-hander who turns 31 on Dec. 27, Porcello joins a rotation that includes Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz.Porcello grew up in New Jersey and went to Seton Hall Prep in West Orange.He was 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts last year, his fifth and final season with Boston. His best year for the Red Sox was 2016, when he went 22-4 and won the AL Cy Young.Porcello has a 149-118 record and 4.36 ERA in 11 big league seasons, the first six with Detroit.New York also has a pending one-year contract with right-hander Michael Wacha.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Dec 1211:15AP source: Porcello, Mets agree to $10 million, 1-year dealSteven MatzFree Agent
Rick PorcelloSPTigersFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and the New York Mets have a agreed to a $10 million, one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the agreement had not been announced.A right-hander who turns 31 on Dec. 27, Porcello joins a rotation that includes Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz.Porcello grew up in New Jersey and went to Seton Hall Prep in West Orange.He was 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts last year, his fifth and final season with Boston. His best year for the Red Sox was 2016, when he went 22-4 and won the AL Cy Young.Porcello has a 149-118 record and 4.36 ERA in 11 big league seasons, the first six with Detroit.New York also has a pending one-year contract with right-hander Michael Wacha.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Dec 1203:45AP Source: Angels, Anthony Rendon reach $245M, 7-year dealMookie BettsFree Agent
C.J. WilsonSPRangersFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Third baseman Anthony Rendon and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a $245 million, seven-year contract Wednesday, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced and was subject to a successful physical. Rendon gets a $4 million signing bonus payable by Dec. 31 and salaries of $25.5 million next season, $27.5 million in 2021, $36 million in 2022 and $38 million each year from 2023-26. He would receive a $250,000 bonus for World Series MVP, $150,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $125,000 for election as an All-Star starter and $100,000 for selection as a reserve.Rendon is the third prized free agent to strike a big-money deal at this week's baseball winter meetings. He'll join three-time MVPs Mike Trout and Albert Pujols on a team that's made just one postseason appearance in the past decade. The Angels had missed out on free agent right-hander Gerrit Col... [More]
Thu Dec 1200:25AP Source: Angels, Anthony Rendon reach $245M, 7-year dealMookie BettsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Third baseman Anthony Rendon and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a $245 million, seven-year contract Wednesday, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced and was subject to a successful physical. Rendon is the third prized free agent to strike a big-money deal at this week's baseball winter meetings. He'll join three-time MVPs Mike Trout and Albert Pujols on a team that's made just one postseason appearance in the past decade. The Angels had missed out on free agent right-hander Gerrit Cole, who agreed to a record $324 million, nine-year contract with the New York Yankees on Tuesday night, a person familiar with the deal told the AP. “With our flexibility, if we miss a big player, there’s still very talented players that are accessible in the free agent and trade market right now," Angels general manager Billy Eppler said earlier Wednesday. Rendon,... [More]
Thu Dec 1200:15Rendon follows Strasburg, Cole to free agent richesMookie BettsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Anthony Rendon is joining the Los Angeles Angels, quickly following mega-deals for Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg in a trifecta of nine-figure contracts for agent Scott Boras at a wild winter meetings.With baseball still buzzing over Cole's $324 million, nine-year agreement with the New York Yankees, Rendon found his own free-agent riches, reaching a $245 million, seven-year deal Wednesday night to play third base in an Angels lineup that features three-time MVP Mike Trout.Strasburg opened the annual gathering on Monday when the Washington Nationals announced a nearly identical $245 million, seven-year contract to keep the World Series MVP.That set a record for the largest deal given a pitcher, topping David Price's $217 million, seven-year agreement with the Boston Red Sox ahead of the 2016 season.Strasburg's standard lasted just a day, shattered Tuesday night when Cole agreed to pitch in pinstripes after two outstanding seasons with Houston.Then on the last full... [More]
Wed Dec 1123:45AP Source: Angels, Anthony Rendon reach $245M, 7-year dealMookie BettsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Third baseman Anthony Rendon and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a $245 million, seven-year contract Wednesday, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced and was subject to a successful physical. Rendon is the third prized free agent to strike a big-money deal at this week's baseball winter meetings. He'll join three-time MVPs Mike Trout and Albert Pujols on a team that's made just one postseason appearance in the past decade. The Angels had missed out on free agent right-hander Gerrit Cole, who agreed to a record $324 million, nine-year contract with the New York Yankees on Tuesday night, a person familiar with the deal told the AP. “With our flexibility, if we miss a big player, there’s still very talented players that are accessible in the free agent and trade market right now," Angels general manager Billy Eppler said earlier Wednesday. Rendon,... [More]
Wed Dec 1117:25MLB instituting 3-batter minimum for 2020 seasonDavid RossCBravesFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Major League Baseball is pushing ahead with a rules change for 2020 that requires pitchers to face at least three batters or finish a half-inning.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred also said Wednesday the injured list for pitchers will revert to 15 days from 10 days. In tandem, pitchers optioned to the minors will have to spend 15 days with farm teams before they can be recalled unless they replace a pitcher going on the IL.As part of a March 8 agreement with the players' association, management had the right to make the changes for 2020.“I've been kind of contemplating things in my head, what we want to do and what we want to see and the kind of pitchers we want in our bullpen," said Dave Martinez, manager of the World Series champion Washington Nationals said.All pitchers must face at least three batters or end a half-inning, unless injured. While the union refused to agree to that provision, it also said it will not challenge it. “It's already come up in a lot ... [More]
Tue Dec 1023:30Gomes, Kendrick officially back to World Series champ NatsJosh DonaldsonCAthleticsFree Agent
Yan GomesFree Agent
Howie Kendrick1B/2BAngelsFree Agent
Anthony RendonFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Kurt SuzukiCAthleticsFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Doing their best to keep as much of their World Series roster intact as possible, the Washington Nationals announced they re-signed catcher Yan Gomes and infielder Howie Kendrick on Tuesday, a day after bringing back Stephen Strasburg for $245 million.Gomes agreed to a $10 million, two-year contract with salaries of $4 million next year and $6 million in 2021. Kendrick is guaranteed $6.25 million under a deal that includes a $4 million salary next year and a $6.5 million mutual option for 2021 with a $2.25 million buyout.Mike Rizzo, Nationals general manager and president of baseball operations, said Tuesday there are on-going talks with representatives for third basemen Anthony Rendon and Josh Donaldson. Washington would like to bring back Rendon, a prized free agent on the open market for the first time, but must prepare a backup plan in case it doesn't happen. “We've had conversations about Anthony throughout the process. I don't get my daily update from (agent)... [More]
Tue Dec 1022:20Giants add infielder Cozart, prospect in trade with AngelsMadison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Zack Cozart2BRedsFree Agent
Johnny CuetoSPRedsFree Agent
David FletcherFree Agent
Kevin GausmanFree Agent
Tommy La StellaFree Agent
Evan Longoria3BRaysFree Agent
Luis RengifoFree Agent
Jeff SamardzijaRP/SPCubsFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Zack Cozart has had surgery on his left shoulder twice in two years.The San Francisco Giants will wait patiently for the 2017 All-Star to heal.They bolstered their infield Tuesday by acquiring Cozart and prized prospect in Will Wilson in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named or cash.San Francisco also announced Tuesday it signed right-hander Kevin Gausman to a $9 million, one-year contract. Cozart, if healthy after missing significant time in 2019 with shoulder and neck injuries, can play second or provide versatility behind third baseman Evan Longoria. The Giants are taking on Cozart's salary for next year of $12,666,667. Cozart is eligible for free agency after 2020.“He's got a ways to go in rehab," president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said. “He's had a couple of shoulder surgeries. He's swinging the bat, but he's got a ways to go and we're obviously going to do everything we can to help him get back on the field. "All-Star in 20... [More]
Tue Dec 1022:20Twins finalize deals for Michael Pineda, Alex AvilaAlex AvilaCTigersFree Agent
Michael PinedaPMarinersFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Minnesota Twins finalized a $20 million, two-year contract with suspended pitcher Michael Pineda on Tuesday and a $4.25 million, one-year deal with catcher Alex Avila.Pineda went 11-5 with a 4.01 ERA in 146 innings over 26 starts for the Twins in 2019, his first season with the team. He was suspended for 60 games by Major League Baseball on Sept. 7 following a positive test for the banned diurectic hydrochlorothiazide, which can be used for weight loss and blood pressure management. It is banned because it can mask the presence of steroids.A right-hander who tuns 31 next month, Pineda missed the Division Series loss to the New York Yankees and will have to finish serving the suspension before he can take the mound for the Twins in mid-May.Pineda, who is 6-foot-7 and 280 pounds, missed half of the 2017 season with the Yankees and the entire 2018 season after signing with the Twins following Tommy John surgery. He said he took an over-the-counter medication given to him by an acquaintance, not realizing the pills contained the banned substance. He apologized then to the organization, his teammates, his family and Twins fans for his error in judgment and said he did not intend to cheat.Avila, 32, spent the past two seasons with Arizona and hit .207 with nine homers and 24 RBIs in 164 at-bats this year.———More AP MLB coverage: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Dec 1019:10Giants add infielder Cozart, prospect in trade with AngelsMadison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Zack Cozart2BRedsFree Agent
Evan Longoria3BRaysFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants bolstered their infield Tuesday by acquiring Zack Cozart and prospect Will Wilson from the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named or cash.Cozart, if healthy after missing significant time in 2019 with shoulder and neck injuries, can play second or provide versatility behind third baseman Evan Longoria.Wilson was the Angels' first-round draft pick this year at No. 15 overall. The middle infielder batted .275 in rookie ball. San Francisco also announced it signed right-hander Kevin Gausman to a $9 million, one-year contract. One of the top priorities for president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi was finding a starting pitcher during this week's winter meetings. The team had planned to speak with left-hander Madison Bumgarner, but there were few signs that a reunion was imminent. Gausman can earn an additional $1 million in performance bonuses, $250,000 each for 18, 22, 26 and 30 starts.___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Dec 1012:10Giants seek pitching, but few signs Bumgarner returningMadison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants would sure like to add a pitcher at this week's winter meetings.It just might not be Madison Bumgarner.San Francisco president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi plans to meet with agents for the free agent left-hander, but there are few signs the Giants are ready to commit big money to him for the long haul. “We're in contact with his representatives and expect to meet with them here,” Zaidi said Monday. “We are in touch with them. We will meet with them in person at some point here."Bumgarner was perhaps the biggest reason San Francisco won a third World Series over five years in 2014 and earned MVP honors from the Fall Classic. He hasn't been quite so dominant since. The 30-year-old may seek a deal similar to Zack Wheeler, who finalized a $118 million, five-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. “I would expect us to add at least one starting pitcher here and by here I don't mean necessarily in San Diego, but there's ... [More]
Mon Dec 923:00Giants seek pitching, but few signs Bumgarner returningMadison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants would sure like to add a pitcher at this week's winter meetings.It just might not be Madison Bumgarner.San Francisco president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi plans to meet with agents for the free agent left-hander, but there are few signs the Giants are ready to commit big money to him for the long haul. “We're in contact with his representatives and expect to meet with them here,” Zaidi said Monday. “We are in touch with them. We will meet with them in person at some point here."Bumgarner was perhaps the biggest reason San Francisco won a third World Series over five years in 2014 and earned MVP honors from the Fall Classic. He hasn't been quite so dominant since. The 30-year-old may seek a deal similar to Zack Wheeler, who finalized a $118 million, five-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. “I would expect us to add at least one starting pitcher here and by here I don't mean necessarily in San Diego, but there's ... [More]
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