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Tue Nov 2019:23Indians OF Martin cleared to work out after medical scareJason Kipnis2BIndiansFree Agent
Leonys MartínCFRangersFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians outfielder Leonys Martin has been cleared to resume physical activities after a major health scare.The 30-year-old became extremely ill this summer shortly after he was acquired in a trade from the Detroit Tigers. Martin contracted a bacterial virus that affected his organs and jeopardized his life. Doctors were able to eradicate the infection and Martin was eventually released from the hospital.The Indians said Martin underwent a scheduled checkup Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic and was told he could begin an unrestricted offseason strength and conditioning program.The team anticipates him being ready for the start of the 2019 season.Cleveland had traded for Martin to address its pressing need for a center fielder following a slew of other injuries. But he ended up playing in only six games, and the Indians moved second baseman Jason Kipnis to center.Martin has a career .248 average with 49 home runs in five plus-seasons with Texas, Seattle, the Cubs, Tigers and Indians. He agreed to a $3 million, one-year deal with Cleveland last month to avoid salary arbitration.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Nov 2017:53Catcher Jeff Mathis, Rangers finalize $6.25M, 2-year dealJeff MathisCBlue JaysFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Catcher Jeff Mathis and the Texas Rangers have finalized a $6.25 million, two-year contract.He gets $3.25 million next year and $3 million in 2020 under the deal announced Tuesday.The 35-year-old is among baseball's top defensive catchers. He spent the last two years with Arizona and hit .200 this season with one homer and 20 RBIs in 69 games. He threw out 18 of 53 runners attempting to steal this year, and his 17 defensive runs saved were five more than any other catcher.Mathis is a .198 hitter in 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Angels (2005-11), Toronto (2012), Miami (2013-16) and Arizona (2017-18).___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Nov 2016:23Mariners hire Perry Hill as new 1st base and infield coachDee GordonSSDodgersFree Agent
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have hired veteran coach Perry Hill as their new first base and infield coach after Scott Brosius decided not to return to the coaching staff in 2019.Hill has spent the past six seasons with Miami and worked extensively with Seattle's Dee Gordon during his time there. Hill has spent 23 years coaching in the majors and 32 years overall in pro ball.Brosius had spent the past two seasons on the staff of manager Scott Servais and was invited back for 2019 but declined his contract offer. Brosius joined the team in 2017 as an assistant coach and was Seattle's third-base coach last year.Seattle will move Chris Prieto to third-base coach.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Nov 2016:13Rangers' Adrian Beltre retires after 21 seasons, 3,166 hitsElvis AndrusSSRangersFree Agent
Adrián Béltre3BRangersFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre had a sometimes-imposing stare and plenty of quirky habits. He also had a genuine love for the game, and a lot of fun in a Hall of Fame-caliber career.After 21 big league seasons in which Beltre hit 477 home runs and became the first player from the Dominican Republic to have 3,000 hits, the slick-fielding third baseman for the Texas Rangers retired Tuesday at age 39."After careful consideration and many sleepless nights, I have made the decision to retire from what I've been doing my whole life, which is playing baseball, the game I love," Beltre said in a statement. "I have thought about it a lot and although I appreciate all the opportunities and everything that baseball has given me, it's time to call it a career."Beltre, who will be eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot in five years, was a .286 hitter with 1,707 RBIs in 2,933 career games. His 3,166 hits rank 16th on the career list, with his homers total 30th and RBIs 24th. He played 2,759 ... [More]
Tue Nov 2016:03David Price, Jonny Venters earn Comeback Player awardsDavid PriceSPRaysFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston pitcher David Price has won the AL Comeback Player of the Year award and Atlanta reliever Jonny Venters has earned the NL honor.Price, a 33-year-old left-hander, was 16-7 with a 3.58 ERA in 30 starts for the Red Sox, who won their fourth World Series title in 15 seasons. He was 6-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 11 starts and five relief appearances in 2017, when he was slowed by left elbow inflammation.The 33-year-old Venters was 5-2 with three saves and a 3.67 ERA for Tampa Bay and Atlanta, which reacquired him on July 26. He had not appeared in the major leagues since 2012, undergoing Tommy John surgery for the second and third times.The awards, announced Tuesday, are voted on by beat writers for MLB.com.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Nov 2015:43Kurt Suzuki, Nationals finalize to $10M, 2-year dealSean DoolittleRPAthleticsFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Trevor RosenthalRPCardinalsFree Agent
Kurt SuzukiCNationalsFree Agent
Matt WietersCOriolesFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even after his last trip to free agency dragged into January, Kurt Suzuki wanted to go the open market again.This time, the catcher found a home much quicker.Suzuki on Tuesday finalized a $10 million, two-year contract to return to the Washington Nationals. The 35-year-old gets $4 million next year and $6 million in 2020, up from $3.5 million last season, his second with the Atlanta Braves.Suzuki is the first player of the 164 who hit free agency after the World Series to switch teams and the ninth with a finalized agreement."Obviously the last time I went to free agency wasn't as fun," Suzuki said during a conference call. "It's a lot nicer, more peace of mind knowing where you're going to be, especially for the next two years. I'm 35 years old. I feel like I've been getting better as a player. I feel like I have a lot to offer for younger players, as well. I just try to go with it."He hit .271 with 12 homers and 50 RBIs in 2018 as Atlanta won the NL East ahead of ... [More]
Tue Nov 2014:43Jenrry Mejia released by Mets after 3 drug suspensionsJenrry MejiaSP/RPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Pitcher Jenrry Mejia was released Tuesday by the New York Mets after serving three drug suspensions.The 29-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic was told in July by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred that he could return to the big leagues in 2019.Mejia was suspended for life on Feb. 12, 2016, after his third positive test for a banned steroid. The drug agreement allowed him to apply a year later for reinstatement that would be effective a minimum of two years after the ban started, with the decision at the commissioner's discretion.Mejia was the Mets' closer in 2014 and was suspended for 80 games on April 11, 2015, following a positive test for Stanozolol, a drug popular among bodybuilders. At the time, he maintained, "I can honestly say I have no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system."Mejia returned on July 12, appeared in seven games for New York, then was banned for 162 games on July 28 after a positive test for Stanozolol and Boldenone. The... [More]
Tue Nov 2014:33Jenrry Mejia released by Mets after 3 drug suspensionsJenrry MejiaSP/RPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Pitcher Jenrry Mejia was released Tuesday by the New York Mets after serving three drug suspensions.The 29-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic was told in July by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred that he could return to the big leagues in 2019.Mejia was suspended for life on Feb. 12, 2016, after his third positive test for a banned steroid. The drug agreement allowed him to apply a year later for reinstatement that would be effective a minimum of two years after the ban started, with the decision at the commissioner's discretion.Mejia was the Mets' closer in 2014 and was suspended for 80 games on April 11, 2015, following a positive test for Stanozolol, a drug popular among bodybuilders. At the time, he maintained, "I can honestly say I have no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system."Mejia returned on July 12, appeared in seven games for New York, then was banned for 162 games on July 28 after a positive test for Stanozolol and Boldenone. The... [More]
Tue Nov 2013:33Rangers' Adrian Beltre retires after 21 seasons, 3,166 hitsElvis AndrusSSRangersFree Agent
Adrián Béltre3BRangersFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers retired Tuesday after 21 seasons in a career in which he hit 477 home runs and became the first player from the Dominican Republic to have 3,000 hits.The 39-year-old third baseman announced his decision in a statement released by the Rangers, saying it is time for the "next chapter of my life.""After careful consideration and many sleepless nights, I have made the decision to retire from what I've been doing my whole life, which is playing baseball, the game I love," Beltre said. "I have thought about it a lot and although I appreciate all the opportunities and everything that baseball has given me, it's time to call it a career."Beltre was a .286 hitter with 1,707 RBIs in 2,933 career games. His 3,166 hits rank 16th on baseball's career list, with his homers total 30th and RBIs 24th. He played 2,759 games at third base — only Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson had more.The four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner was ... [More]
Tue Nov 2013:03Kurt Suzuki, Nationals finalize to $10M, 2-year dealSean DoolittleRPAthleticsFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Trevor RosenthalRPCardinalsFree Agent
Kurt SuzukiCNationalsFree Agent
Matt WietersCOriolesFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Catcher Kurt Suzuki is heading back to the Washington Nationals after finalizing a $10 million, two-year contractThe 35-year-old gets $4 million next year and $6 million in 2020, up from $3.5 million last season, his second with the Atlanta Braves.He became a free agent after batting .271 with 12 homers and 50 RBIs in 2018 as Atlanta won the NL East ahead of the second-place Nationals. The agreement was finalized Tuesday, after he passed a physical.Suzuki played for Washington in 2012 and 2013, part of a 12-year major league career in which he has been with four clubs and batted .258 with 114 home runs and 619 RBIs.He made the AL All-Star team in 2014 while with the Minnesota Twins.A right-handed hitter, Suzuki could wind up as part of a platoon at catcher for the Nationals, who have been in the market for help at that position after Matt Wieters batted under .240 in each of the past two seasons there.Washington is coming off an 82-80 season, its first under manager... [More]
Tue Nov 2011:23Rangers' Adrian Beltre retires after 21 seasons, 3,166 hitsAdrián Béltre3BRangersFree Agent
Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers retired Tuesday after 21 seasons in a career in which he hit 477 home runs and became the first player from the Dominican Republic to have 3,000 hits.The 39-year-old third baseman announced his decision in a statement released by the Rangers, saying it is time for the "next chapter of my life.""After careful consideration and many sleepless nights, I have made the decision to retire from what I've been doing my whole life, which is playing baseball, the game I love," Beltre said. "I have thought about it a lot and although I appreciate all the opportunities and everything that baseball has given me, it's time to call it a career."Beltre was a .286 hitter with 1,707 RBIs in 2,933 career games. His 3,166 hits rank 16th on baseball's career list, with his homers total 30th and RBIs 24th. He played 2,759 games at third base — only Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson had more.The four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner made his big league debut at 1... [More]
Tue Nov 2010:33Rangers' Adrian Beltre retires after 21 seasons, 3,166 hitsAdrián Béltre3BRangersFree Agent
Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers is retiring after 21 seasons and 3,166 hits.The 39-year-old third baseman announced his decision Tuesday in a statement released by the Rangers.The four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner says his decision came after "careful consideration and many sleepless nights."Beltre made his big league debut at 19 with the Dodgers in 1998. He played with Los Angeles until 2004, then was with the Seattle Mariners from 2005-09 and the Boston Red Sox in 2010. He joined the Rangers as a free agent in 2011 and appeared in his only World Series in his first season with Texas.In 2,933 career games, Beltre hit .286 with 477 home runs and 1,707 RBIs.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Nov 1920:43Yankees get Paxton from Mariners for Sheffield, 2 othersMiguel AndujarFree Agent
Didi GregoriusSSRedsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — James Paxton spent the first two months of the 2016 season in the minor leagues after an awful spring training caused his demotion.When he returned to the majors, he quickly emerged as the Mariners' ace, and now the Yankees hope he can bolster the thin rotation that contributed to New York's loss to Boston in the AL Division Series. New York acquired the 30-year-old left-hander from the rebuilding Seattle Mariners on Monday for top prospect Justus Sheffield and two other minor leaguers."I think I'll be a great fit. They seem very committed to winning, and so am I," Paxton said.New York sent the left-handed Sheffield to the Mariners along with right-hander Erik Swanson and outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams.Paxton turned 30 on Nov. 6 and went 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA in 28 starts last season, including a 16-strikeout start against Oakland on May 2 and a no-hitter at Toronto six days later. He struck out 208 and walked 42 in a career-high 160 1/3 innings, allowing 23 home run... [More]
Mon Nov 1917:22Series MVP Pearce says it's 'no-brainer' to stay in BostonIan Kinsler2BRangersFree Agent
Mitch Moreland1BRangersFree Agent
Steve Pearce1BOriolesFree Agent
Dustin Pedroia2BRed SoxFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — World Series MVP Steve Pearce says it was a "no-brainer" to return to the Red Sox for another year."This was the place that I wanted to be," he said on a conference call Monday, three days after agreeing to a $6.5 million, one-year deal with the defending champions. "The chemistry we had on and off the field, wanting to defend a title, that's a big deal."A 35-year-old journeyman who has played for seven teams — including the entire AL East — in a 12-year career, Pearce arrived in Boston at the end of June and spent most of this time with the Red Sox platooning at first base with Mitch Moreland.Pearce batted .279 in 50 games for Boston in the regular season, hitting seven homers — five of them against the New York Yankees, including three on Aug. 2. In five World Series games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he batted .333 with three homers, two of them in the Game 5 clincher, to earn MVP honors."The team I was on, everything that was done there, bringing everybody... [More]
Mon Nov 1914:13AP Source: Kurt Suzuki, Nationals agree to $10M, 2-year dealSean DoolittleRPAthleticsFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Trevor RosenthalRPCardinalsFree Agent
Kurt SuzukiCNationalsFree Agent
Matt WietersCOriolesFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Catcher Kurt Suzuki is heading back to the Washington Nationals after agreeing to a $10 million, two-year contract, a deal pending a successful physical.The deal was disclosed to The Associated Press on Monday by a person familiar with the agreement who spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract was not yet official.The 35-year-old Suzuki would get $4 million next year and $6 million in 2020, up from $3.5 million last season, his second with the Atlanta Braves.He became a free agent after batting .271 with 12 homers and 50 RBIs in 2018 as Atlanta won the NL East ahead of the second-place Nationals.Suzuki played for Washington in 2012 and 2013, part of a 12-year major league career in which he has been with four clubs and batted .258 with 114 home runs and 619 RBIs.He made the AL All-Star team in 2014 while with the Minnesota Twins.A right-handed hitter, Suzuki could wind up as part of a platoon at catcher for the Nationals, who have been in the market for ... [More]
Mon Nov 1913:23AP Source: Kurt Suzuki, Nationals agree to $10M, 2-year dealKurt SuzukiCNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Catcher Kurt Suzuki is heading back to the Washington Nationals after agreeing to a $10 million, two-year contract, a deal pending a successful physical.The deal was disclosed to The Associated Press on Monday by a person familiar with the agreement who spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract was not yet official.The 35-year-old Suzuki would get $4 million next year and $6 million in 2020, up from $3.5 million last season, his second with the Atlanta Braves.He became a free agent after batting .271 with 12 homers and 50 RBIs in 2018 as Atlanta won the NL East ahead of the second-place Nationals.Suzuki played for Washington in 2012 and 2013.___AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this report.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat Nov 1700:12Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen set for heart surgery soonKenley JansenRPDodgersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen will undergo heart surgery Nov. 26 and expects to be fully recovered by spring training.The All-Star has twice experienced an atrial fibrillation episode, otherwise known as an irregular heartbeat, while the Dodgers were in the high altitude of Colorado. It most recently occurred in August, when his heart had to be shocked back into a regular rhythm. He didn't travel with the team back to Colorado in September as a precaution.Jansen underwent a heart procedure in 2012 to help the issue.He said Friday while distributing holiday turkeys that if all goes well, he would be cleared in two weeks. But if doctors find anything abnormal, Jansen said he would be down for eight weeks although he could still do his offseason work to be ready for opening day.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Nov 1618:41World Series MVP Pearce stays with Red Sox for $6.25MSteve Pearce1BOriolesFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — World Series MVP Steve Pearce is staying with the Red Sox.The journeyman first baseman agreed to a $6.25 million, one-year contract with Boston on Friday.The 35-year-old Pearce was a free agent after completing a $12.5 million, two-year deal that he got from Toronto in December 2016. He earned an additional $150,000 bonus for his selection as World Series MVP. His new deal also includes award bonuses."We're thrilled to have Steve back with us for another year as we think he's a great fit for our club," Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. "Obviously, we all saw what kind of impact he can have on the field, especially with the postseason that he had. He also provides good depth and balance from the right side for us."A major league nomad of 12 teams, Pearce was traded to Boston in late June. He played 50 games for the Red Sox, hitting five home runs against the New York Yankees, including three on Aug. 2.He made his biggest impact... [More]
Fri Nov 1615:01Orioles hire Mike Elias from Astros as executive VP, GMCarlos CorreaFree Agent
Manny MachadoSSOriolesFree Agent
BALTIMORE (AP) — Astros assistant general manager Mike Elias was hired Friday to rebuild the Baltimore Orioles, who traded many of their star players last season before finishing with the worst record in the majors.Elias will carry the title of executive vice president and general manager. He will "oversee all baseball operations for the club and have full autonomy to build his staff and make decisions on all baseball matters," the Orioles said in a statement.Elias will be introduced at a news conference in Baltimore on Monday.The 35-year-old Elias comes to the Orioles after working as scouting director and assistant GM in Houston, where he helped transform a last-place team into 2017 World Series champions.Elias replaces executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, who was fired with manager Buck Showalter in October after Baltimore's dreadful 47-115 season.One of Elias' first tasks will be to find a new manager. He can then turn his attention toward reconstructing ... [More]
Thu Nov 1516:11It must be the shoes: MLB deal reached on colors of spikesSteve CishekRPMarlinsFree Agent
Kyle SchwarberFree Agent
Ben Zobrist2BRaysFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Peace in baseball is at hand — well, at feet.Major League Baseball and the players' association ended a footwear flap Thursday, agreeing to loosen restrictions on the colors of spikes that may be used.Ben Zobrist, Kyle Schwarber and Steve Cishek of the Chicago Cubs wore black spikes in May despite a warning from the commissioner's office that they were violating a regulation requiring that at least 51 percent of the exterior of a player's shoes be the club's designated primary shoe color. For the Cubs, that color is blue.The majority requirement was eliminated under the new agreement. Players may now wear shows with black, white, any colors on the team's uniform and additional colors approved by the team.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says "we believe that this agreement strikes the appropriate balance between the shared goal of permitting players to express their individuality while maintaining reasonable restrictions on shoe colors and designs."The new rules take effect for next season."Players welcome the expanded opportunity to express themselves and engage with fans through innovative design," union head Tony Clark says.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
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