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Tue Nov 2011:23Rangers' Adrian Beltre retires after 21 seasons, 3,166 hitsAdrián Béltre3B/DHRangersBuchanalia
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 Béltre3B/DHRangersBuchanalia
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
Sonny GraySPAthleticsObi-Wan
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 1918:33Yankees get Paxton from Mariners for Sheffield, 2 othersJames PaxtonSPMarinersFree Agent
Luis SeverinoFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Left-hander James Paxton was acquired by the Yankees from the Seattle Mariners for a trio of prospects Monday, bolstering the thin starting rotation that contributed to New York's loss to Boston in the AL Division Series.New York sent left-hander Justus 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 no-hitter at Toronto on May 8. Paxton, a proud Canadian, is also known for keeping his composure as a bald eagle mistakenly landed on his shoulder prior to a start at Minnesota in April.He joins a rotation projected to include right-handers Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka and left-hander CC Sabathia.Paxton made $4.9 million last season and is eligible for salary arbitration. He can become a free agent after the 2020 season.Sheffield is rated among the top minor league prospects, made his big league debut in September and pitc... [More]
Mon Nov 1918:03AP source: Yankees agree to acquire Paxton from MarinersJames PaxtonSPMarinersFree Agent
Luis SeverinoFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press the New York Yankees have agreed to acquire left-hander James Paxton from the Seattle Mariners for left-hander Justus Sheffield and two other prospects.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the trade had not yet been announced.Paxton turned 30 on Nov. 6 and went 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA in 28 starts last season, including a no-hitter at Toronto on May 8. He joins a rotation projected to include right-handers Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka and left-hander CC Sabathia.Paxton made $4.9 million last season and is eligible for salary arbitration. He can become a free agent after the 2020 season.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Nov 1917:22Series MVP Pearce says it's 'no-brainer' to stay in BostonIan Kinsler2BRangersObi-Wan
Mitch Moreland1BRangersDoubleHeader
Steve Pearce1B/DH/LFOriolesFree Agent
Dustin Pedroia2BRed SoxBallbusters
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 DoolittleRPAthleticsThe Empire
Bryce HarperLF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Trevor RosenthalRPCardinalsFree Agent
Kurt SuzukiCAthleticsFree Agent
Matt WietersCOriolesBallbusters
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 SuzukiCAthleticsFree 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
Fri Nov 1618:41World Series MVP Pearce stays with Red Sox for $6.25MSteve Pearce1B/DH/LFOriolesFree 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 CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Manny Machado3BOriolesBuchanalia
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]
Fri Nov 1614:41Orioles hire Mike Elias from Astros as executive VP, GMCarlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Manny Machado3BOriolesBuchanalia
BALTIMORE (AP) — Astros assistant general manager Mike Elias has been hired 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," according to the Orioles, who made the announcement Friday in a press release.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 th... [More]
Thu Nov 1521:11Boston's Betts, Milwaukee's Yelich win MVP AwardsNolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
J.D. MartínezLF/RFAstrosDark Angel
NEW YORK (AP) — Mookie Betts is ready to become an ambassador for baseball, now that he's won a batting title, World Series and Most Valuable Player award with Boston."I enjoy being kind of a face around the game. I've kind of used this pedestal or whatever you want to say to spread knowledge that the game is fun," he said Thursday after his runaway victory for the AL MVP award.Milwaukee's Christian Yelich was close to a unanimous pick for the NL honor. A 26-year-old outfielder just like Betts, Yelich also won a batting championship and led his team to a division title. But while Betts has been with the Red Sox since he signed after the 2011 amateur draft, Yelich didn't join the Brewers until he was dealt to Milwaukee last January by the payroll-paring Miami Marlins."I'm thankful it all worked out because being traded, you never know how it's going to be," Yelich said. "Luckily for myself, it all went amazing."Yelich is signed through 2021 and his deal includes a team option for the ... [More]
Thu Nov 1519:01Boston's Betts, Milwaukee's Yelich win MVP AwardsNolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
Miguel Cabrera3BTigersDoubleHeader
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston's Mookie Betts and Milwaukee's Christian Yelich were runaway winners of the Most Valuable Player awards after the 26-year-old outfielders each led their teams to first-place finishes with dominant seasons that included batting titles.Betts received 28 first-place votes and 410 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Thursday.Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, a two-time MVP, followed with one first-place vote and 265 points. Trout tied the record of four second-place finishes shared by Stan Musial, Ted Williams and Albert Pujols. Trout won in 2014 and 2016; was finished second in '12, '13 and '15; and was fourth in 2017.Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez was third with 208 points, and Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez was next with one first and 198 points.Betts hit a major league-leading .346 with 32 homers, 80 RBIs and 30 stolen bases as the leadoff hitter for the Red Sox, who won a team-record 108 games ... [More]
Thu Nov 1518:31Milwaukee's Christian Yelich wins NL MVP AwardNolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsTeam Lorin
NEW YORK (AP) — Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich was a runaway winner for the National League Most Valuable Player award after helping the Brewers return to the playoffs for the first time in seven years.Yelich received 29 first-place votes and 415 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Thursday.Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez was next with 250 points, followed by Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado with 203. Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman finished fourth with 174, and the other first-place vote went to New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, the NL Cy Young Award winner, who finished fifth.Acquired from the payroll-paring Miami Marlins about a month before spring training, the 26-year-old Yelich won his first NL batting title — and the first in Brewers history — with a .326 average. He set career highs with 36 homers and 110 RBIs and had a 1.000 OPS.Yelich nearly became the NL's first Triple Crown winner since Joe Medwick in 1... [More]
Thu Nov 1516:11It must be the shoes: MLB deal reached on colors of spikesSteve CishekRPMarlinsFree Agent
Ben Zobrist2B/RF/SSRaysTeam Sapinski
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
Wed Nov 1421:46Mets' deGrom says no agent yet, open to extension talksYoenis CéspedesCF/DH/LFAthleticsDoubleHeader
Todd Frazier3BRedsFree Agent
Jacob deGromFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom says he has not yet chosen a new agent after Brodie Van Wagenen left his agency to become Mets general manager, and the NL Cy Young Award winner is open to discussing a contract extension with New York.Speaking on Wednesday night after being awarded his first Cy Young, deGrom said he is still "trying to figure everything out" after Van Wagenen gave up his career as an agent to deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes, Todd Frazier and others to become the Mets' general manager last month.The 30-year-old right-hander is under contractual control with New York through the 2020 season. He says he is open to signing an extension with the Mets, but says no discussions have begun. He says his "goal is to continue to keep an open dialogue and just see where things go."Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon has said there are provisions in Van Wagenen's contract "to deal with any conflicts of interest." Some players and rival agents have expressed concerns about Van Wagenen flipping labor-relations roles.___Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/Jake_Seiner___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Nov 1421:46Mets' deGrom gets Cy with record-low wins; Snell takes ALChris ArcherSPRaysBuchanalia
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
Patrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPDodgersFree Agent
Félix HernándezSPMarinersThe Empire
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Corey KluberSPIndiansBuchanalia
Aaron NolaFree Agent
David PriceSPRaysObi-Wan
Chris SaleSPWhite SoxTeam Joker
Max ScherzerSPTigersTeam Lorin
Justin VerlanderSPTigersDark Angel
Barry ZitoRP/SPGiantsFree Agent
Jacob deGromFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — After a season marred by narrow defeats, Jacob deGrom became a runaway winner.The New York Mets ace easily won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, a reward for a historically fruitless season in Flushing. The right-hander had just 10 victories, the fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter.The AL prize also reflected a change in voters' values, with Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays narrowly beating out past winners Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber for his first Cy Young. Snell pitched just 180 2/3 innings, fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter. Over full seasons, Snell is the second starter to win the award with fewer than 200 innings after Clayton Kershaw logged 198 1/3 in 2014."I definitely think the game has changed in that aspect," deGrom said."I feel like it's just turning more into quality of work and what did you accomplish in those innings," Snell said. "I think that's just the way it's going."DeGrom easily beat out Washington's Max Sc... [More]
Wed Nov 1420:56Mets' deGrom gets Cy with record-low wins; Snell takes ALChris ArcherSPRaysBuchanalia
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
Patrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPDodgersFree Agent
Félix HernándezSPMarinersThe Empire
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Corey KluberSPIndiansBuchanalia
Aaron NolaFree Agent
David PriceSPRaysObi-Wan
Chris SaleSPWhite SoxTeam Joker
Max ScherzerSPTigersTeam Lorin
Justin VerlanderSPTigersDark Angel
Barry ZitoRP/SPGiantsFree Agent
Jacob deGromFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — After a season marred by narrow defeats, Jacob deGrom became a runaway winner.The New York Mets ace easily won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, a reward for a historically fruitless season in Flushing. The right-hander had just 10 victories, the fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter.The AL prize also reflected a change in voters' values, with Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays narrowly beating out past winners Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber for his first Cy Young. Snell pitched just 180 2/3 innings, fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter. Over full seasons, Snell is the second starter to win the award with fewer than 200 innings after Clayton Kershaw logged 198 1/3 in 2014."I definitely think the game has changed in that aspect," deGrom said."I feel like it's just turning more into quality of work and what did you accomplish in those innings," Snell said. "I think that's just the way it's going."DeGrom easily beat out Washington's Max Sc... [More]
Wed Nov 1419:16Mets' deGrom gets Cy with record-low wins; Snell takes ALChris ArcherSPRaysBuchanalia
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
Patrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPDodgersFree Agent
Félix HernándezSPMarinersThe Empire
Corey KluberSPIndiansBuchanalia
Aaron NolaFree Agent
David PriceSPRaysObi-Wan
Chris SaleSPWhite SoxTeam Joker
Justin VerlanderSPTigersDark Angel
Barry ZitoRP/SPGiantsFree Agent
Jacob deGromFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — After a season marred by narrow defeats, Jacob deGrom became a runaway winner.The New York Mets ace easily won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, a reward for a historically fruitless season in Flushing. The right-hander won just 10 games, the fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter.DeGrom easily beat out Washington's Max Scherzer, who was seeking a third straight Cy Young and fourth overall. DeGrom got 29 first-place votes and 207 points from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Scherzer had the other first-place vote.Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays narrowly beat out past winners Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber for his first AL Cy Young after leading the majors with 21 victories.In his first season after chopping off his distinctive long hair, deGrom cut down hitters from start to finish despite little help from teammates. He had a 1.70 ERA, the lowest in the NL since Zack Greinke's 1.66 mark in 2015. Yet the 30-year-old ... [More]
Wed Nov 1419:06Winner, winner! Mets' deGrom gets Cy with record-low winsChris ArcherSPRaysBuchanalia
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
Patrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPDodgersFree Agent
Félix HernándezSPMarinersThe Empire
Corey KluberSPIndiansBuchanalia
Aaron NolaFree Agent
David PriceSPRaysObi-Wan
Chris SaleSPWhite SoxTeam Joker
Justin VerlanderSPTigersDark Angel
Barry ZitoRP/SPGiantsFree Agent
Jacob deGromFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets has easily won the National League Cy Young Award, and Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays has edged out two past winners for the American League prize.DeGrom won just 10 games, the fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter. He got 29 first-place votes and 207 points in voting announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Washington's Max Scherzer got the other first-place vote and finished second while seeking a third straight Cy Young and fourth overall.Snell narrowly beat Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber for his first AL Cy Young after leading the majors with 21 victories.In his first season after chopping off his distinctive long hair, deGrom cut down hitters from start to finish despite little help from teammates. He had a 1.70 ERA, the lowest in the NL since Zack Greinke's 1.66 mark in 2015. Yet the 30-year-old right-hander went 10-9, eclipsing the low bar among starters set by Seattle's Felix Hernandez whe... [More]
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