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Sat Mar 2311:50Cards, Goldschmidt officially announce deal through 2024Paul Goldschmidt1BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Carson KellyFree Agent
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt will be a Cardinal through the 2024 season, St. Louis officially announced on Saturday.Goldschmidt and the Cardinals agreed on a five-year extension that will take effect following the 2019 season and pay $130 million.St. Louis acquired the slugging first baseman in a trade in December that sent pitcher Luke Wesver, catcher Carson Kelly and minor leaguer Andy Miller to Arizona.St. Louis president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said he originally expected to try to negotiate the deal during the season. But after learning a few weeks ago that Goldschmidt would be receptive to the idea, talks progressed faster than expected.A six-time All-Star, Goldschmidt's won four sliver slugger awards and three gold gloves.A career .297 hitter with 209 homers, the 31-year-old is hitting .283 this spring. Both of his Grapefruit League homers have come in the last week.Goldschmidt will be in the lineup against Washington on Saturday.
Sat Mar 2310:58Sale, Red Sox agree to deal adding $145 million to contractChris SaleSPWhite SoxFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Ace left-hander Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a new contract Saturday that guarantees an additional $145 million from 2020 to 2024.Sale has been an All-Star the last seven years and would have been eligible for free agency after this season.He is guaranteed $15 million this year under the second option year of the contract he signed with the Chicago White Sox before the 2013 season. The deal wound up to be worth $59 million over seven years plus award bonuses.The new contract adds $30 million salaries annually from 2020-22 and $27.5 million a year in 2023 and 2024. His salary can escalate by up to $2 million per season from 2021-24 based on finish in Cy Young Award voting.Since he was acquired from Chicago in December 2016, Sale is 29-12 with a 2.56 ERA, holding opponents to a .196 batting average and averaging 13.17 strikeouts per nine innings.He was 1-0 in four starts and four relief appearances in last year's postseason, striking out the side against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series to complete Boston's fourth title in 15 seasons.Over the last seven seasons, Sale is 103-62 with a 2.89 ERA and 1,789 strikeouts in 1,482 1/3 innings.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat Mar 2301:20Reds' Scooter Gennett injures leg, sent for scanYonder Alonso1BPadresFree Agent
Nolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
Javier Báez2BCubsFree Agent
Homer BaileySPRedsFree Agent
Xander BogaertsFree Agent
Jackie Bradley Jr.OFRed SoxFree Agent
Alex BregmanFree Agent
Madison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Trevor CahillSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Kole CalhounRFAngelsFree Agent
Starlin CastroSSCubsFree Agent
Zack CozartSSRedsFree Agent
Nelson CruzRFRangersFree Agent
Tyler DanishFree Agent
Zach DaviesFree Agent
Ian DesmondSSNationalsFree Agent
Rafael DeversFree Agent
Hunter DozierFree Agent
Logan Forsythe2B/3BPadresFree Agent
Avisaíl GarcíaRFTigersFree Agent
Leury GarcíaSSRangersFree Agent
Scooter Gennett2BBrewersFree Agent
Kyle GibsonPTwinsFree Agent
Paul Goldschmidt1BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Niko GoodrumSSTwinsFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCPadresFree Agent
Yuli GurrielFree Agent
Garrett HampsonFree Agent
Ian HappFree Agent
Gorkys HernándezCFMarlinsFree Agent
Odúbel HerreraSSRangersFree Agent
Dakota HudsonFree Agent
Connor JoeFree Agent
Adam JonesCFOriolesFree Agent
Jung Ho KangFree Agent
Max KeplerOFTwinsFree Agent
Scott KingeryFree Agent
Ian Kinsler2BRangersFree Agent
Corey KluberSPIndiansFree Agent
Eric LauerFree Agent
DJ LeMahieu2BRockiesFree Agent
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Jonathan LucroyCBrewersFree Agent
Martín MaldonadoCBrewersFree Agent
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Jenrry MejiaSP/RPMetsFree Agent
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Gerardo ParraCF/LF/RFDiamondbacksFree Agent
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José QuintanaSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Hanley Ramírez3BDodgersFree Agent
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Tyson RossSPAthleticsFree Agent
Addison RussellFree Agent
Casey SadlerFree Agent
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Nick SenzelFree Agent
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Duane Underwood Jr.Free Agent
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Neil Walker2BPiratesFree Agent
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PHOENIX (AP) — Cincinnati Reds All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett injured his right leg while fielding a grounder against Milwaukee and was helped off the field.Gennett ranged to his left for a ball off the bat of Yasmani Grandal leading off the second inning Friday. Gennett slid to make the stop and threw to pitcher Robert Stephenson covering first for the out. Gennett went to his knees and was helped off by Reds head athletic trainer Steve Baumann and manager David Bell."I don't know exactly if it was when he fell or when he made the throw," Bell said. "He felt something in his groin.Cincinnati says Gennett was to have an MRI.The 28-year-old Gennett reached the majors with the Brewers in 2013 and was claimed off waivers by his hometown Reds near the end of spring training two years ago. He made his first All-Star team last season, hitting .310 with 23 homers and 92 RBIs.Top prospect Nick Senzel could be a candidate to replace Gennett. Senzel was reassigned to minor league camp... [More]
Sat Mar 2300:18Reds' Scooter Gennett injures leg, sent for scanYonder Alonso1BPadresFree Agent
Javier Báez2BCubsFree Agent
Homer BaileySPRedsFree Agent
Xander BogaertsFree Agent
Jackie Bradley Jr.OFRed SoxFree Agent
Alex BregmanFree Agent
Madison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Trevor CahillSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Kole CalhounRFAngelsFree Agent
Starlin CastroSSCubsFree Agent
Nelson CruzRFRangersFree Agent
Zach DaviesFree Agent
Rafael DeversFree Agent
Hunter DozierFree Agent
Logan Forsythe2B/3BPadresFree Agent
Avisaíl GarcíaRFTigersFree Agent
Leury GarcíaSSRangersFree Agent
Scooter Gennett2BBrewersFree Agent
Kyle GibsonPTwinsFree Agent
Paul Goldschmidt1BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Niko GoodrumSSTwinsFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCPadresFree Agent
Yuli GurrielFree Agent
Ian HappFree Agent
Gorkys HernándezCFMarlinsFree Agent
Odúbel HerreraSSRangersFree Agent
Dakota HudsonFree Agent
Adam JonesCFOriolesFree Agent
Jung Ho KangFree Agent
Max KeplerOFTwinsFree Agent
Scott KingeryFree Agent
Corey KluberSPIndiansFree Agent
DJ LeMahieu2BRockiesFree Agent
Jonathan LoaisigaFree Agent
Brandon LoweFree Agent
Jonathan LucroyCBrewersFree Agent
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Hanley Ramírez3BDodgersFree Agent
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Tyson RossSPAthleticsFree Agent
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Casey SadlerFree Agent
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PHOENIX (AP) — Cincinnati Reds All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett injured his right leg while fielding a grounder against Milwaukee and was helped off the field.Gennett ranged to his left for a ball off the bat of Yasmani Grandal leading off the second inning Friday. Gennett slid to make the stop and threw to pitcher Robert Stephenson covering first for the out. Gennett went to his knees and was helped off by Reds head athletic trainer Steve Baumann and manager David Bell."I don't know exactly if it was when he fell or when he made the throw," Bell said. "He felt something in his groin.Cincinnati says Gennett was to have an MRI.The 28-year-old Gennett reached the majors with the Brewers in 2013 and was claimed off waivers by his hometown Reds near the end of spring training two years ago. He made his first All-Star team last season, hitting .310 with 23 homers and 92 RBIs.Top prospect Nick Senzel could be a candidate to replace Gennett. Senzel was reassigned to minor league camp... [More]
Fri Mar 2222:46Reds' Scooter Gennett injures leg, sent for scanYonder Alonso1BPadresFree Agent
Javier Báez2BCubsFree Agent
Xander BogaertsFree Agent
Jackie Bradley Jr.OFRed SoxFree Agent
Alex BregmanFree Agent
Trevor CahillSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Kole CalhounRFAngelsFree Agent
Starlin CastroSSCubsFree Agent
Nelson CruzRFRangersFree Agent
Zach DaviesFree Agent
Rafael DeversFree Agent
Logan Forsythe2B/3BPadresFree Agent
Avisaíl GarcíaRFTigersFree Agent
Leury GarcíaSSRangersFree Agent
Scooter Gennett2BBrewersFree Agent
Kyle GibsonPTwinsFree Agent
Paul Goldschmidt1BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Niko GoodrumSSTwinsFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCPadresFree Agent
Yuli GurrielFree Agent
Odúbel HerreraSSRangersFree Agent
Dakota HudsonFree Agent
Adam JonesCFOriolesFree Agent
Jung Ho KangFree Agent
Max KeplerOFTwinsFree Agent
Scott KingeryFree Agent
DJ LeMahieu2BRockiesFree Agent
Jonathan LoaisigaFree Agent
Brandon LoweFree Agent
Jonathan LucroyCBrewersFree Agent
Jeff McNeilFree Agent
Jenrry MejiaSP/RPMetsFree Agent
Yadier MolinaCCardinalsFree Agent
Eduardo Núñez3B/SSYankeesFree Agent
Marcell OzunaOFMarlinsFree Agent
Wes ParsonsFree Agent
Brad PeacockPAthleticsFree Agent
José QuintanaSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Carlos RodónFree Agent
Tyson RossSPAthleticsFree Agent
Casey SadlerFree Agent
Dennis SantanaFree Agent
Héctor SantiagoRPWhite SoxFree Agent
Nick SenzelFree Agent
Dominic SmithFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonRFMarlinsFree Agent
Robert StephensonFree Agent
Dansby SwansonFree Agent
Julio TeheránSP/RPBravesFree Agent
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsFree Agent
Justin Turner2BMetsFree Agent
Jason VargasSPMarinersFree Agent
Christian VázquezCRed SoxFree Agent
Neil Walker2BPiratesFree Agent
Mike WrightFree Agent
Ben Zobrist2BRaysFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Cincinnati Reds All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett injured his right leg while fielding a grounder against Milwaukee and was helped off the field.Gennett ranged to his left for a ball off the bat of Yasmani Grandal leading off the second inning Friday. Gennett slid to make the stop and threw to pitcher Robert Stephenson covering first for the out. Gennett went to his knees and was helped off by Reds head athletic trainer Steve Baumann and manager David Bell."I don't know exactly if it was when he fell or when he made the throw," Bell said. "He felt something in his groin.Cincinnati says Gennett was to have an MRI.The 28-year-old Gennett reached the majors with the Brewers in 2013 and was claimed off waivers by his hometown Reds near the end of spring training two years ago. He made his first All-Star team last season, hitting .310 with 23 homers and 92 RBIs.Top prospect Nick Senzel could be a candidate to replace Gennett. Senzel was reassigned to minor league camp... [More]
Fri Mar 2222:00Injured duo Lindor, Kipnis to miss opening day for IndiansJason Kipnis2BIndiansFree Agent
Francisco LindorFree Agent
Max MoroffFree Agent
Eric StametsFree Agent
Bradley ZimmerFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and double-play partner Jason Kipnis have been ruled out for opening day by the Cleveland Indians.The team said Friday night that neither player will be ready for Thursday's opener at Minnesota. Lindor will start the year on the 10-day injured list. He has been recovering from a right calf strain that's limited him during spring training. He has yet to appear in a Cactus League game but has participated in intrasquad minor league games. Potentially frigid weather in Minneapolis is an extra concern for Cleveland.Kipnis had an MRI on Thursday which confirmed a mild right calf strain. He won't do any baseball activities for 7 to 10 days before being re-evaluated.Eric Stamets is likely to replace Lindor at short, and either Jose Ramirez or Max Moroff will likely slot in at second.Outfielder Bradley Zimmer will also open the season on the 10-day IL. Zimmer had surgery on his right shoulder last July and is still recovering.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Mar 2220:02Reds' Scooter Gennett injures leg, sent for scanYonder Alonso1BPadresFree Agent
Javier Báez2BCubsFree Agent
Trevor CahillSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Kole CalhounRFAngelsFree Agent
Zach DaviesFree Agent
Avisaíl GarcíaRFTigersFree Agent
Leury GarcíaSSRangersFree Agent
Scooter Gennett2BBrewersFree Agent
Paul Goldschmidt1BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCPadresFree Agent
Dakota HudsonFree Agent
Jung Ho KangFree Agent
Brandon LoweFree Agent
Jonathan LucroyCBrewersFree Agent
Jeff McNeilFree Agent
Yadier MolinaCCardinalsFree Agent
Marcell OzunaOFMarlinsFree Agent
José QuintanaSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Carlos RodónFree Agent
Casey SadlerFree Agent
Dennis SantanaFree Agent
Héctor SantiagoRPWhite SoxFree Agent
Nick SenzelFree Agent
Robert StephensonFree Agent
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsFree Agent
Justin Turner2BMetsFree Agent
Ben Zobrist2BRaysFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Cincinnati Reds All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett injured his right leg while fielding a grounder against Milwaukee and was helped off the field.Gennett ranged to his left for a ball off the bat of Yasmani Grandal leading off the second inning Friday. Gennett slid to make the stop and threw to pitcher Robert Stephenson covering first for the out. Gennett went to his knees and was helped off by Reds head athletic trainer Steve Baumann and manager David Bell."I don't know exactly if it was when he fell or when he made the throw," Bell said. "He felt something in his groin.Cincinnati says Gennett was to have an MRI.The 28-year-old Gennett reached the majors with the Brewers in 2013 and was claimed off waivers by his hometown Reds near the end of spring training two years ago. He made his first All-Star team last season, hitting .310 with 23 homers and 92 RBIs.Top prospect Nick Senzel could be a candidate to replace Gennett. Senzel was reassigned to minor league camp... [More]
Fri Mar 2218:00Cards tab Wieters to back up Molina at catcherAvisaíl GarcíaRFTigersFree Agent
Paul Goldschmidt1BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Dakota HudsonFree Agent
Jung Ho KangFree Agent
Brandon LoweFree Agent
Jeff McNeilFree Agent
Yadier MolinaCCardinalsFree Agent
Marcell OzunaOFMarlinsFree Agent
Francisco PeñaCMetsFree Agent
Casey SadlerFree Agent
Chasen ShreveFree Agent
Matt WietersCOriolesFree Agent
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Matt Wieters has been added to the St. Louis Cardinals' roster after earning the back-up job behind catcher Yadier Molina.Wieters' contract was selected Friday from Triple-A Memphis. He gets a $1.5 million salary while in the major leagues and $200,000 while in the minors. He can earn $500,000 in performance bonuses based on games: $100,000 each for 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80.To clear a roster spot, the Cardinals designated left-hander Chasen Shreve for assignment.A four-time All-Star with Baltimore from 2009-16, Wieters was competing with Francisco Pena for the back-up job.Wieters spent the past two seasons with Washington. He hit .238 with eight homers and 30 RBIs last year, when he was sidelined between March 31 and April 12 with a strained left oblique muscle and between May 10 and July 9 with a strained left hamstring.His contract with the Nationals paid $21 million over the two years.Shreve, a 28-year-old left-hander, had a 5.00 ERA in eight spring training appe... [More]
Fri Mar 2216:48Wieters earns backup job to Cardinals' MolinaYadier MolinaCCardinalsFree Agent
Francisco PeñaCMetsFree Agent
Chasen ShreveFree Agent
Matt WietersCOriolesFree Agent
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Matt Wieters has been added to the St. Louis Cardinals' roster after earning the back-up job behind catcher Yadier Molina.Wieters' contract was selected Friday from Triple-A Memphis. He gets a $1.5 million salary while in the major leagues and $200,000 while in the minors. He can earn $500,000 in performance bonuses based on games: $100,000 each for 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80.To clear a roster spot, the Cardinals designated left-hander Chasen Shreve for assignment.A four-time All-Star with Baltimore from 2009-16, Wieters was competing with Francisco Pena for the back-up job.Wieters spent the past two seasons with Washington. He hit .238 with eight homers and 30 RBIs last year, when he was sidelined between March 31 and April 12 with a strained left oblique muscle and between May 10 and July 9 with a strained left hamstring.His contract with the Nationals paid $21 million over the two years.Shreve, a 28-year-old left-hander, had a 5.00 ERA in eight spring training appearances with nine walks and five strikeouts in nine innings.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Mar 2215:22AP source: Cards, Goldschmidt completing $130M, 5-year dealMatt Carpenter3BCardinalsFree Agent
Paul Goldschmidt1BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Matt HollidayLFCardinalsFree Agent
Carson KellyFree Agent
Manny MachadoSSOriolesFree Agent
Albert Pujols1BAngelsFree Agent
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsFree Agent
Luke WeaverFree Agent
The St. Louis Cardinals knew that Paul Goldschmidt had one year left on his contract when they acquired the slugging first baseman in an offseason trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks.They also made no secret of their desire to sign him to a long-term deal.Now, the Cardinals and the 31-year-old Goldschmidt are nearing completion of a $130 million, five-year agreement through the 2024 season that would make him the highest paid player in club history, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press on Friday.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because Goldschmidt still must pass a physical, which is mostly a formality. It is expected to take place later Friday, with an announcement likely Saturday.The Athletic was first to report that a deal was imminent."Goldschmidt has that residual value that is measurable and maybe not measurable," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. "His impact on other guys in the clubhouse. Obviously, he's a good player on the field. He... [More]
Fri Mar 2212:51Correction: Verlander Upton Dogs storyJustin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In a story March 20 about (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously that Verlander and Upton got their dogs from the Houston ASPCA. It should be the Houston SPCA.A corrected version of the story is below:Verlander, Upton unite service dogs with ailing veteransJustin Verlander and Kate Upton combined their two passions, creating the perfect marriage to help veterans suffering from PTSDBy CHUCK KINGAssociated PressWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Justin Verlander and Kate Upton combined two passions, creating the perfect marriage to help veterans suffering from PTSD.Their program is named Adopt. Rescue. Heal. It trains rescue dogs to become service dogs, then places them with veterans, aiding with the transition to civilian life."We're so excited to finally pair these dogs with their veterans," said the Houston Astros pitcher. "I think we all can agree that animals are so healing — at least in our family they are. I think it's such a great opportun... [More]
Fri Mar 2212:51AP source: Cards, Goldschmidt completing $130M, 5-year dealMatt Carpenter3BCardinalsFree Agent
Paul Goldschmidt1BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Carson KellyFree Agent
Manny MachadoSSOriolesFree Agent
Albert Pujols1BAngelsFree Agent
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsFree Agent
Luke WeaverFree Agent
The St. Louis Cardinals knew that Paul Goldschmidt had one year left on his contract when they acquired the slugging first baseman in an offseason trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks.They also made no secret of their desire to sign him to a long-term deal.Now, the Cardinals and the 31-year-old Goldschmidt are nearing completion of a $130 million, five-year agreement through the 2024 season that would make him the highest paid player in club history, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press on Friday.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because Goldschmidt still must pass a physical, which is mostly a formality. It is expected to take place later Friday, with an announcement likely Saturday.The Athletic was first to report that a deal was imminent."Goldschmidt has that residual value that is measurable and maybe not measurable," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. "His impact on other guys in the clubhouse. Obviously, he's a good player on the field. He... [More]
Fri Mar 2212:09AP source: Cards, Goldschmidt completing $130 million dealPaul Goldschmidt1BDiamondbacksFree Agent
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press the St. Louis Cardinals and slugging first baseman Paul Goldschmidt are nearing completion of a $130 million, five-year deal that would make him the highest-paid player in club history.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Goldschmidt must still pass a physical, which was expected to take place Friday. An announcement could come Saturday.The Athletic was first to report that a deal was close.The Cardinals acquired the 31-year-old Goldschmidt in a trade with Arizona, a move that club president John Mozeliak hoped would put the club over the top. Goldschmidt had just one year left on his contract, though, and his new deal would keep him with St. Louis through 2024.Mozeliak acknowledged to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that "we are working toward something," but club officials otherwise declined to comment on Goldschmidt's contract.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Mar 2121:572 hats are better than 1: Mendoza happy with ESPN, Mets roleAlex Rodriguez3BYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Jessica Mendoza has heard the ribbing.An ESPN "Sunday Night Baseball" analyst since 2015, she added a part-time role last month as a New York Mets baseball operations adviser."OK, you work for the Mets, we can't talk to you anymore," she recalled hearing from teams during her spring training rounds, quickly adding "in a joking way."She's not worried that wearing two hats will lead to less inside info for her two ears. In an era when players and clubs treat the tiniest tidbit as a state secret, Mendoza already felt teams were hesitant to provide her intelligence in her pundit role because they knew "information they would give me as a member from ESPN was about to go on air." She doesn't expect that to change with the new job title.Mendoza spoke Thursday during a conference call with booth-mate Alex Rodriguez to promote the 30th anniversary of ESPN's Sunday night broadcasts, which also include play-by-play man Matt Vasgersian.Mark Gross, ESPN senior vice president of p... [More]
Thu Mar 2121:49Status for Indians' Lindor for opening day still uncertainTrevor BauerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
A.J. ColeFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BIndiansFree Agent
Francisco LindorFree Agent
Eric StametsFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — With a hop off his feet turning a double play and by driving a ball nearly over the fence, Indians three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor moved closer to returning from a right calf strain.Yet his status for opening day on March 28 at Minnesota remains uncertain.Batting every inning in a modified intrasquad minor league game, Lindor made eight plate appearances, going 0-for-6 with two walks.Eager to hit, Lindor swung on a 3-0 count during his sixth plate appearance, extending it to nine pitches and drawing a walk. Out of caution and because of his morning base running, he was replaced by a pinch runner.On a 3-0 count on his next plate appearance, he ripped a ball to the right field fence where prospect Oscar Gonzalez made a leaping catch, preventing a home run.Lindor was asked if he needs to appear in a Cactus League game to be ready for the season opener."I don't think so. I can play in the minor leagues or B games to be ready," he said."Baseball's suc... [More]
Thu Mar 2121:07Bryce Harper hits first homers, goes deep twice for PhilliesBryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Andrew McCutchenCFPiratesFree Agent
Thomas PannoneFree Agent
J.T. RealmutoCMarlinsFree Agent
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsFree Agent
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper showed off his mighty power a week before opening day.The slugger hit his first two Grapefruit League homers for the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, driving one completely out of the ballpark."I feel good right now," Harper said. "The swing feels good. The timing is coming along. I'll take the next couple days and really try to solidify my timing, have good at-bats, keep seeing pitches, walking. When I'm walking, that's when I'm at my best. See as many pitches as I can, jump on some early and have good at-bats."Harper is hitting .231 (3 for 13) with two homers, three RBIs, six walks and seven strikeouts this spring. He got a late start after signing a $330 million, 13-year contract on March 2. The six-time All-Star with the Washington Nationals had the richest contract in baseball history for less than three weeks. The Los Angeles Angels gave Mike Trout a 12-year, $426.5 million contract Wednesday.Harper ripped a two-run shot off right-hander S... [More]
Thu Mar 2119:31Reaction to the retirement of Japanese star Ichiro SuzukiIchiro SuzukiRF/LFYankeesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaFree Agent
Reaction from the baseball world to the retirement of Japanese star Ichiro Suzuki, who played his final game Thursday with the Seattle Mariners against the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo.___"He was a superstar when I was in elementary school. I never thought I would be playing with him in my wildest dreams. I had the opportunity to be teammates with him in the (World Baseball Classic) in 2009 and obviously I had the chance to play with him (with the Yankees) in 2014. Just taking myself back to those moments, like I said earlier, I never thought that I would be able to be teammates and play on the same field with him in my wildest dreams. ... It's too grand of an impact. I can't even put them into words. He made a huge, huge impact." — Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka___"I'm not going to see him play anymore but I'll still have the memories. ... I was very thankful that he reached out and gave me some advice last year. It's really hard for someone that big and such a superstar to give me a... [More]
Thu Mar 2117:53Phils' Harper hits first HRs; 'Cutch, Realmuto also go deepChris ArcherSP/RPRaysFree Agent
Miguel Cabrera3BTigersFree Agent
Jeimer Candelario3BCubsFree Agent
Francisco CervelliCYankeesFree Agent
Wei-Yin ChenSPOriolesFree Agent
Michael ConfortoFree Agent
Dexter FowlerCFRockiesFree Agent
Domingo GermánFree Agent
Randal GrichukDHAngelsFree Agent
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.Free Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
David HessFree Agent
Dakota HudsonFree Agent
Jung Ho KangFree Agent
Tony KempFree Agent
Andrew KnappFree Agent
Evan Longoria3BRaysFree Agent
Brandon LoweFree Agent
Trey ManciniFree Agent
Steven MatzFree Agent
Andrew McCutchenCFPiratesFree Agent
Billy McKinneyFree Agent
Matt MooreSPRaysFree Agent
Gift NgoepeSSPiratesFree Agent
Brandon NimmoDHMetsFree Agent
Marcell OzunaOFMarlinsFree Agent
Thomas PannoneFree Agent
J.T. RealmutoCMarlinsFree Agent
Austin RileyFree Agent
Rowdy TellezFree Agent
Vince VelásquezFree Agent
Mike ZuninoFree Agent
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper has been playing catch-up since his free agency carried over into spring training.With a week left until opening day, the Philadelphia Phillies' big-money addition looks ready to pay off.Harper hit his first two Grapefruit League homers, combining with fellow new additions Andrew McCutchen and J.T. Realmuto to help Philadelphia pound the Toronto Blue Jays 13-6 Thursday.Harper smashed a two-run homer to right off Sam Gaviglio in the fourth inning and had a solo shot against lefty Thomas Pannone in the sixth. McCutchen also took Gaviglio deep in the second, and Realmuto had a three-run shot in the fourth. That trio has been sharp this spring, with Harper posting a 1.192 OPS, Realmuto at 1.285 and McCutchen .830.Gift Ngoepe and Andrew Knapp also went deep, and Vince Velasquez struck out nine but allowed three runs and two homers in 3 1/3 innings. Velasquez has a 12.79 ERA this spring.Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered to continue a hot spring with Toronto, ... [More]
Thu Mar 2117:37Yankees' Bird sent back to Tampa; Severino progressingGio GonzálezSPNationalsFree Agent
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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — New York manager Aaron Boone sent Greg Bird back to the Yankees complex in Tampa on Thursday after the first baseman developed stiffness in the elbow hit by a pitch a day earlier."He probably could have played," Boone said. "It was me saying, 'Go home.'"Bird took Wade Miley's offering off his right elbow during the first inning of Wednesday's loss to Houston but remained in the game. In the midst of a two-game spring road trip, the Yankees spent the night in the West Palm Beach area before playing St. Louis in Jupiter on Thursday.Bird hit 11 homers in 46 games during his 2015 debut season. Various injuries and ineffectiveness prevented Bird from playing more than 82 games in any year since then.Throughout the spring he's battled Luke Voit for the starting first baseman job, hitting .333 with three homers in 51 plate appearances. Voit has four homers while hitting .316 in Grapefruit League play."I don't know that anyone's won or lost it," Boone said. "Both guys ar... [More]
Thu Mar 2116:392 hats are better than 1: Mendoza happy with ESPN, Mets roleAlex Rodriguez3BYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Jessica Mendoza has heard the ribbing.An ESPN "Sunday Night Baseball" analyst since 2015, she added a part-time role last month as a New York Mets baseball operations adviser."OK, you work for the Mets, we can't talk to you anymore," she recalled hearing from teams during her spring training rounds, quickly adding "in a joking way."She's not worried that wearing two hats will lead to less inside info for her two ears. In an era when players and clubs treat the tiniest tidbit as a state secret, Mendoza already felt teams were hesitant to provide her intelligence in her pundit role because they knew "information they would give me as a member from ESPN was about to go on air." She doesn't expect that to change with the new job title.Mendoza spoke Thursday during a conference call with booth-mate Alex Rodriguez to promote the 30th anniversary of ESPN's Sunday night broadcasts, which also include play-by-play man Matt Vasgersian.Mark Gross, ESPN senior vice president of p... [More]
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