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Wed Jan 1601:39Twins trade reliever Curtiss to Angels for minor leaguerJohn CurtissFree Agent
Blake ParkerRPCubsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have traded reliever John Curtiss to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league infielder Daniel Ozoria.Curtiss pitched in 17 games for the Twins over the past two seasons, going 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in 15 innings. He walked six and struck out 17. The right-hander was designated for assignment Monday to make room for pitcher Blake Parker.The 18-year-old Ozoria played for two rookie-level teams last season, batting a combined .195 with 12 RBIs in 51 games.Minnesota announced the deal Tuesday night.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jan 1518:09Dozier signs with Nationals, hopes to make postseason runPatrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Wilmer DifoFree Agent
Brian DozierSSTwinsFree Agent
Yan GomesCBlue JaysFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Daniel Murphy2BMetsFree Agent
Trevor RosenthalRPCardinalsFree Agent
Kurt SuzukiCNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brian Dozier turned down a more lucrative deal to join what he hopes is a playoff team with the Nationals.The 31-year-old signed a $9 million, one-year contract with Washington that makes him the new second baseman and potentially a bridge from Daniel Murphy to prospect Carter Kieboom. Dozier said Tuesday other clubs offered him more money and longer deals, but he and his wife opted for the opportunity to win now."We're not the ones to go with the highest bidder by any means or any of that kind of stuff," Dozier said on a conference call. "With more years and dollars out there, we felt like this one-year deal with the Nats would be the best fit for us."Dozier's contract includes $2 million deferred without interest until Jan. 15, 2020. Next winter could bring an even bigger windfall if he's able to get his swing back on track.Last season, Dozier battled a bone bruise in his left knee and hit a career-low .215 with 21 homers with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles D... [More]
Tue Jan 1514:59Yasmani Grandal chose Brewers for family and chance to winYasmani GrandalCPadresFree Agent
Erik KratzCPhilliesFree Agent
Jacob NottinghamFree Agent
Manny PiñaCRoyalsFree Agent
Christian YelichOFMarlinsFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Asked why he agreed to a one-year deal with Milwaukee rather than multiyear offers from other teams, catcher Yasmani Grandal gave two simple reasons: the chance to win and family.Grandal lives in Peoria, Arizona, not far from the Brewers' spring training camp."My wife told me: 'You get to have spring training here and be with your kids a little more,'" Grandal said Tuesday, a day after his $18.25 million deal was announced. "I have a 14-month-old right now who's running crazy around the house."Grandal's deal includes a $16 million salary this year and a $16 million mutual option for 2020 with a $2.25 million buyout due Dec. 31. Grandal has until the third day after the World Series to decide on the option, and the Brewers have until the fifth day.He spent the past four seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who won the last two NL pennants but lost in the World Series each time. The Brewers extended the Dodgers to Game 7 of last year's NL Championship Series.Brewers g... [More]
Tue Jan 1510:19Yasmani Grandal, Brewers finalize $18.25M, 1-year contractPatrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCPadresFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Matt KempCFDodgersFree Agent
Craig KimbrelRPBravesFree Agent
Erik KratzCPhilliesFree Agent
Mat LatosSPRedsFree Agent
Manny PiñaCRoyalsFree Agent
A.J. PollockCFDiamondbacksFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Catcher Yasmani Grandal and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized an $18.25 million, one-year contract.The deal, agreed to last week subject to a successful physical, includes a $16 million salary this year and a $16 million mutual option for 2020 with a $2.25 million buyout due Dec. 31. Grandal has until the third day after the World Series to decide on the option, and the Brewers have until the fifth day."Yasmani has proven that he is one of the most productive catchers in baseball, both offensively and defensively, and he fits our roster very well," Brewers general manager David Stearns said Monday. "Throughout this process, he expressed a consistent and sincere desire to join our organization."Grandal turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers in November. He is eligible for free agency again after this year's World Series and cannot be given a qualifying offer by the Brewers.Milwaukee forfeits its third-highest draft pic... [More]
Mon Jan 1421:19Twins complete $1.8M deal with ex-Angels closer Blake ParkerTrevor HildenbergerFree Agent
Blake ParkerRPCubsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have completed a $1.8 million, one-year contract with right-handed reliever Blake Parker, the team's first offseason addition to the bullpen.Parker could make an additional $1.4 million in bonuses for days on the active roster: $400,000 for 130, $500,000 for 140 and $250,000 each for 150 and 160.The Twins have an opening for closer after trading Fernando Rodney on Aug. 9, and Parker will be in the mix in spring training. Returners Addison Reed, Taylor Rogers, Trevor Hildenberger and Trevor May could also be candidates for the ninth-inning role. Parker's deal, which gives him the opportunity through incentives to earn as much as $3.2 million in 2019, was finalized on Monday.The 33-year-old Parker had a breakout season for the Los Angeles Angels in 2017, with a 2.54 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 67 1/3 innings. Last year, Parker led the Angels with 14 saves in 17 opportunities and posted a 3.26 ERA, but he was not offered a contract for 2019 and became a free agent.___More AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Jan 1421:19Infielder DJ LeMahieu, Yankees finalize $24M, 2-year dealDidi GregoriusSSRedsFree Agent
DJ LeMahieu2BRockiesFree Agent
Tim LocastroFree Agent
Troy TulowitzkiSSRockiesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Gold Glove-winning second baseman DJ LeMahieu and the New York Yankees have finalized a $24 million, two-year contract.The deal, which would appear to eliminate New York as a destination for Manny Machado, was agreed to Friday subject to a successful physical. He will earn $12 million in each of the next two seasons.The 30-year-old LeMahieu spent the previous eight seasons with Colorado at hitter-friendly Coors Field and won the NL batting title in 2016 with a .348 average. He hit .276 last year with 15 homers and 62 RBIs, and he won his second straight Gold Glove and third overall.New York was seeking infielders in the absence of shortstop Didi Gregorius, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is not expected back until summer. The Yankees signed former Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki last week and said he will be their starting shortstop. LeMahieu likely will see time at second, third and possibly even first.Outfielder Tim Locastro for was designated for assignment to open a roster spot.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Jan 1420:59Garcia, Rays agree to terms of 1-year contractAvisail GarcíaRFTigersFree Agent
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Avisail Garcia and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to terms on a one-year contract that would pay the former Chicago White Sox outfielder $3.5 million next season.With incentives, the deal could be worth more if the 27-year-old — one season removed from being an AL All-Star — rebounds from a disappointing 2018.Garcia, who's coming off arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, hit a career-high 19 home runs last season but slumped to .236 with 49 RBIs in 93 games after batting a career-best .330 with 18 homers and 80 RBIs in 136 games in 2017, when he was an All-Star.Garcia is a .271 career hitter with 76 home runs and 302 RBIs over seven seasons with the White Sox and Detroit Tigers.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Jan 1416:59Yasmani Grandal, Brewers finalize $18.25M, 1-year contractPatrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCPadresFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Matt KempCFDodgersFree Agent
Craig KimbrelRPBravesFree Agent
Erik KratzCPhilliesFree Agent
Mat LatosSPRedsFree Agent
Manny PiñaCRoyalsFree Agent
A.J. PollockCFDiamondbacksFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Catcher Yasmani Grandal and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized an $18.25 million, one-year contract.The deal, agreed to last week subject to a successful physical, includes a $16 million salary this year and a $16 million option for 2020 with a $2.25 million buyout. Either side may turn down the option."Yasmani has proven that he is one of the most productive catchers in baseball, both offensively and defensively, and he fits our roster very well," Brewers general manager David Stearns said Monday. "Throughout this process, he expressed a consistent and sincere desire to join our organization."Grandal turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers in November. He is eligible for free agency again after this year's World Series and cannot be given a qualifying offer by the Brewers.Milwaukee forfeits its third-highest draft pick this year, which would be about No. 104. Los Angeles gets a compensation pick after competitive balan... [More]
Mon Jan 1416:49Infielder DJ LeMahieu, Yankees finalize $24M, 2-year dealDidi GregoriusSSRedsFree Agent
DJ LeMahieu2BRockiesFree Agent
Troy TulowitzkiSSRockiesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Gold Glove-winning second baseman DJ LeMahieu and the New York Yankees have finalized a $24 million, two-year contract.The deal, which would appear to eliminate New York as a destination for Manny Machado, was agreed to Friday subject to a successful physical.The 30-year-old LeMahieu spent the previous eight seasons with Colorado at hitter-friendly Coors Field and won the NL batting title in 2016 with a .348 average. He hit .276 last year with 15 homers and 62 RBIs, and he won his second straight Gold Glove and third overall.New York was seeking infielders in the absence of shortstop Didi Gregorius, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is not expected back until summer. The Yankees signed former Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki last week and said he will be their starting shortstop. LeMahieu likely will see time at second, third and possibly even first.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Jan 1416:19Yasmani Grandal, Brewers finalize $18.25M, 1-year contractPatrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCPadresFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Matt KempCFDodgersFree Agent
Craig KimbrelRPBravesFree Agent
Erik KratzCPhilliesFree Agent
Mat LatosSPRedsFree Agent
Manny PiñaCRoyalsFree Agent
A.J. PollockCFDiamondbacksFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Catcher Yasmani Grandal and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized an $18.25 million, one-year contract.The deal, agreed to last week subject to a successful physical, was announced by the Brewers on Monday."Yasmani has proven that he is one of the most productive catchers in baseball, both offensively and defensively, and he fits our roster very well," Brewers general manager David Stearns said. "Throughout this process, he expressed a consistent and sincere desire to join our organization."Grandal turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers in November. He is eligible for free agency again after this year's World Series and cannot be given a qualifying offer by the Brewers.Milwaukee forfeits its third-highest draft pick this year, which would be about No. 104. Los Angeles gets a compensation pick after competitive balance round B, about No. 79.Now 30, Grandal was an All-Star in his first season with the Dodgers in 2015. He hi... [More]
Mon Jan 1415:39Giant keep lefty Derek Holland with $7M, 1-year dealMadison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Johnny CuetoSPRedsFree Agent
Derek HollandSPRangersFree Agent
Jeff SamardzijaSPCubsFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Left-hander Derek Holland is staying with the San Francisco Giants, agreeing to a one-year contract that guarantees $7 million.With all the injuries to the rotation last season, keeping the versatile Holland provides a big boost to the pitching staff."For me, it was just an easy decision to come back after everything these guys helped me basically as I looked at it as resurrecting my career," Holland said.Holland has a $6.5 million salary this season as part of the deal announced Monday, and the Giants have a $7 million option for 2020 with a $500,000 buyout. The option price can escalate based on starts this year, by $500,000 each for 24 and 28, and by $1 million for 32.The 32-year-old was 7-9 with a 3.57 ERA in 30 starts and six relief appearances over 171 1/3 innings in his first season for San Francisco."From our standpoint going back to the winter meetings, it's been a priority to add some starting pitchers, partly to take some of the pressure off the younge... [More]
Mon Jan 1414:58Giant keep lefty Derek Holland with $7M, 1-year dealMadison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Johnny CuetoSPRedsFree Agent
Derek HollandSPRangersFree Agent
Jeff SamardzijaSPCubsFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Left-hander Derek Holland is staying with the San Francisco Giants, agreeing to a one-year contract that guarantees $7 million.Holland has a $6.5 million salary as part of the deal announced Monday, and the Giants have a $7 million option for 2020 with a $500,000 buyout. The option price can escalate based on starts this year, by $500,000 each for 24 and 28, and by $1 million for 32.The 32-year-old was 7-9 with a 3.57 ERA in 30 starts and six relief appearances over 171 1/3 innings in his first season for San Francisco. He dropped his ERA from 6.20 with the White Sox the previous year, the second best improvement by major league pitchers, according to STATS.Holland, who spent the first eight of his 10 big league seasons with Texas, helped fill a void in the rotation when the Giants dealt with injuries Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Jan 1412:28Dozier's deal with Nationals includes $2M in deferred moneyMatt Adams1BCardinalsFree Agent
Kyle BarracloughFree Agent
Patrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Brian DozierSSTwinsFree Agent
Yan GomesCBlue JaysFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Trevor RosenthalRPCardinalsFree Agent
Kurt SuzukiCNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Free agent infielder Brian Dozier's $9 million, one-year contract with the Washington Nationals includes $2 million in salary that is deferred without interest until Jan. 15, 2020.Washington announced the deal Sunday, three days after it was agreed to subject to a successful physical.Dozier can earn additional award bonuses, such as for making the All-Star team, winning Gold Glove or Silver Slugger awards, finishing among the top three in MVP voting or earning the World Series of League Championship Series MVP award.Dozier, who played for the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers last season, fills Washington's need for a starting second baseman and could help add some power to the lineup, particularly important if slugging outfielder Bryce Harper ends up leaving as a free agent.By only committing to Dozier for one season, the Nationals leave open the possibility of turning to leading infield prospect Carter Kieboom at second base in 2020.Dozier batted a career-lo... [More]
Sat Jan 1215:48Padres' Wil Myers moving from 3B back to the outfieldEric Hosmer1BRoyalsFree Agent
Ian Kinsler2BRangersFree Agent
Wil MyersDHRoyalsFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers says he's moving back to the Padres' crowded outfield, indicating that San Diego probably is still in the market for a third baseman.Myers said Saturday at FanFest that the decision to switch positions yet again was made during a recent discussion with general manager A.J. Preller and manager Andy Green.Myers played outfield in 2015 after being acquired in a three-team trade. He then played first base for two seasons before making way for Eric Hosmer last year. He started out in the outfield in 2018 but was moved to third base late in the season and struggled to adjust.San Diego obtained infielder Ian Kinsler last month, but he's played only two innings at third base in his 13-year career.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 1122:28Mariners reach 1-year deal with Elias to avoid arbitrationNelson CruzRFRangersFree Agent
Roenis ElíasFree Agent
Domingo SantanaFree Agent
Christian YelichOFMarlinsFree Agent
SEATTLE (AP) — Roenis Elias and the Seattle Mariners have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract for $910,000.The left-hander was 3-1 with a 2.65 ERA in four starts and 19 relief appearances last season, when he made $598,000. He allowed 15 earned runs in 51 innings. Elias is likely to be a long reliever in 2019.The only other Seattle player eligible for arbitration this winter was Domingo Santana. The outfielder agreed Thursday to a $1.95 million, one-year contract, getting a raise from $572,400 in his first year of arbitration eligibility.The team announced both deals Friday.Acquired in an offseason trade, Santana hit .265 with five home runs and 20 RBIs during a down season last year as he lost his regular spot in Milwaukee's outfield after the Brewers acquired Christian Yelich. In 2017, Santana batted .278 with a career-high 30 home runs and 85 RBIs.Seattle is banking on Santana providing right-handed power in a lineup looking to replace slugger Nelson Cruz.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 1121:28Lindor, Indians reach deal for $10.55M; Bauer swaps figuresTrevor BauerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Francisco LindorFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians have reached agreement at $10.55 million for a 2019 contract, a huge raise over the $643,200 he made last year.The deal came before arbitration-eligible players were set to exchange salary figures Friday.The 25-year-old Lindor hit .277 with 38 home runs and 92 RBIs last season for the AL Central champions. He has been an All-Star in all three of his full seasons in the majors.Pitcher Trevor Bauer swapped salary numbers with the Indians. The 27-year-old righty who went 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA asked for $13 million and the team offered $11 million.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 1120:48Orioles agree to contracts with Bundy, Givens, VillarDylan BundyRPOriolesFree Agent
Jonathan VillarSSAstrosFree Agent
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have avoided arbitration with three players, agreeing to one-year contracts with right-handers Dylan Bundy and Mychal Givens, and infielder Jonathan Villar.Bundy, Baltimore's first-round pick in the 2011 amateur draft, settled for $2.8 million on Friday. He made $1.64 million last year, when he went 8-16 with a 5.45 ERA and allowed a major league-leading 41 home runs. His 16 losses were tied for the most in the majors.Givens will earn $2,150,000 next season, a raise from $566,500. He was 0-7 with a 3.99 ERA in 69 relief appearances.Villar gets $4,825,000 after earning $2,550,000 last season, which he split between Milwaukee and Baltimore. He hit .260 with 14 homers and 46 RBIs overall.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 1118:18Indians' Martin feels blessed to be alive after health scareMichael BrantleyCFIndiansFree Agent
Willi CastroFree Agent
A.J. ColeFree Agent
Leonys MartínCFRangersFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Leonys Martin feels blessed to be alive after recovering from a life-threatening bacterial infection last summer.The Cleveland Indians outfielder spoke to the media Friday for the first time since the health scare. He thanked the doctors and staff at Cleveland Clinic, where he spent nearly two weeks after being rushed to the hospital following an Aug. 7 game."They saved my life," he said.The 30-year-old Martin said various thoughts have passed through his mind over the last several months."The most important thing is I'm able to see my family, my kids and play baseball again," he said.Martin said he might have blacked out and can't recall details of what happened the night he became ill after returning home from a game at Progressive Field."I still have no idea," he said. "The only thing I remember is feeling pain. I don't know where. I don't remember anything else."Martin isn't sure how got to the hospital and said he didn't fully understand what happened until he t... [More]
Fri Jan 1117:08Dodgers reacquire catcher Martin in trade with Blue JaysYasmani GrandalCPadresFree Agent
Russell MartinCYankeesFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers reacquired catcher Russell Martin on Friday in a trade with Toronto, days after Yasmani Grandal left for a deal with Milwaukee.Los Angeles obtained the 35-year-old Canadian from the Blue Jays for minor leaguers Andrew Sopko, a right-hander, and Ronny Brito, an infielder. Toronto is sending cash to offset some of the $20 million Martin is owed in the final season of his contract.A four-time All-Star, Martin was with the Dodgers from 2006-10 and helped lead Los Angeles to three playoff appearances. He signed with the New York Yankees as a free agent after the 2010 season and spent two seasons in the Bronx before playing two seasons with Pittsburgh and four with Toronto.He started 71 games at catcher and 21 at third base last year, hitting .194 with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs.Martin was a 17th-round pick by the Dodgers in the 2002 amateur draft.Overall, Martin's teams have made the postseason nine times in 13 years. He has caught 1,519 games, including 1,455 starts, which ranks third among active players behind Yadier Molina (1,836) and Brian McCann (1,529).Sopko, 24, is 27-17 with a 3.61 ERA in four seasons. Brito, 19, signed with the Dodgers as an international free agent from the Dominican Republic on July 2, 2015. In three seasons, he has hit .259 with 15 homers and 104 RBIs.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 1116:48Lefty reliever Will Smith reaches one-year deal with GiantsWill SmithSPRoyalsFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants left-hander Will Smith reached agreement Friday on a $4,225,000 contract with the San Francisco Giants to avoid salary arbitration.Smith was a key member of the bullpen in a lost season for San Francisco after he came back in 2018 from a year sidelined following Tommy John surgery.The 29-year-old Smith, who earned $2.5 million last season, went 2-3 with a 2.55 ERA with 14 saves in 54 appearances and 53 innings.Smith received the 2018 "Willie Mac Award," with Hall of Famer Willie McCovey in attendance to present it during the season's final weekend. McCovey died just more than a month later on Oct. 31. The honor is voted on by the players, coaches and training staff to recognize the team's most inspirational player both on the field and in the clubhouse.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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