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Mon Feb 1822:32Clark: Some teams make little effort to justify ticket costsKhris DavisLFBrewersFree Agent
Bryce HarperLFNationalsFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Craig KimbrelRPBravesFree Agent
Manny Machado3BOriolesFree Agent
Mike TroutLFAngelsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Players' union head Tony Clark took the extraordinary step of saying baseball fans should question whether it makes sense to purchase tickets for some teams, responding to Commissioner Rob Manfred's assertion that free-agent players have failed to adjust their economic demands in a market upended by analytics.Top free agents Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel remain unsigned with spring training under way, creating tension during negotiations on management's proposals for a pitch clock and new limitations on relief pitchers. The union responded with a wider list of plans that include economic initiatives such as expanding the designated hitter to the National League and altering the amateur draft to make rebuilding less appealing."Markets change," Manfred said Sunday. "We've had a lot of change in the game. People think about players differently. They analyze players differently. They negotiate differently."Clark led negotiations in 2016 for... [More]
Mon Feb 1819:42Indians hold first workout without star shortstopGreg AllenFree Agent
Trevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — After their best player discussed his injury and an uncertain future, the Indians got to work on the present.Cleveland held its first full-squad workout of spring training on Monday, the first step for a talented team that looks very different than the one which captured its third straight AL Central title in 2018.Following an eventful offseason culminated with All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor's calf injury, the Indians took the field after manager Terry Francona delivered his annual address. His message this year focused on moving forward."The way we feel about the game doesn't change," Francona said. "I told them that you can break spring training into three groups: You have the young guys trying to create a good first impression. You have the guys competing for a job. You have the veterans trying to get ready for a long season."Earlier, Lindor said now is not the time for him to worry about a long-term contract.The 25-year-old shortstop spoke for the firs... [More]
Mon Feb 1818:42Rangers SS Andrus in much different spot with Beltre retiredElvis AndrusSSRangersFree Agent
Adrián Béltre3BRangersFree Agent
Asdrubal CabreraSSIndiansFree Agent
Joey Gallo3BRangersFree Agent
Hunter PenceRFGiantsFree Agent
Ben RevereCFPhilliesFree Agent
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus prepared for the first full-squad workout at a different locker than in past springs.Now 30 and going into his 11th season, Andrus is in a much different place than just his spot in the clubhouse.With star third baseman Adrian Beltre now retired, Andrus will be assuming a bigger leadership role on a team with a lot of 20-something position players in the lineup with him."It's something as a player, when you get more years and more experience, you're looking forward," Andrus said Monday. "I think this is a natural to happen, be able to lead guys and help them."Like Beltre did in Texas the past eight seasons, while also preparing the shortstop for this expanded role.Andrus has been with the Rangers longer than anyone else on the roster, a distinction he held even when Beltre was on the team. Andrus is the only player remaining from their consecutive World Series teams in 2010 and 2011.Beltre announced his retirement in Novembe... [More]
Mon Feb 1818:12Cabrera faces pitcher for 1st time since June arm injuryMiguel Cabrera3BTigersFree Agent
Michael FulmerFree Agent
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit against a pitcher Monday for the first time since rupturing a tendon in his left biceps on June 12.The 35-year-old hit, fielded, threw and ran the bases Monday during the Detroit Tigers' first full-squad workout of spring training."I feel good about being back on the field and playing," the two-time AL MVP said. I can't be hurt this year. I want to do my job."Cabrera strained a hamstring last year and then had the arm injury that required season-ending surgery. He was limited to 38 games."I missed the game a lot," he said.He also missed 32 games in 2017 due to a strained groin and back issues."One guy in the lineup being hurt changed the whole lineup, changed everything," he said. "The bottom line is I've got to stay healthy."Cabrera has been running and lifting weights, and looks like the same 6-foot-4, 249-pound athlete who has 465 home runs with a .316 batting average."He's bouncing around, doing all kinds of stuff," manager Ron Gardenhire ... [More]
Mon Feb 1818:12A season from free agency, Abreu hopes to win with White SoxJosé Abreu1BWhite SoxFree Agent
Yonder Alonso1BPadresFree Agent
Manny Machado3BOriolesFree Agent
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — In his last season before becoming eligible for free agency, Jose Abreu thinks the Chicago White Sox can transform into a winning team."I'm excited because this year we're in a good position to compete," said the first baseman said through an interpreter Monday on the reporting day for position players. "We have a lot of talent. We're getting ready for the point where we're going to be a pretty good team. I think that this can be that year where we start showing what we can do."Abreu was an All-Star last season, but he got hurt in the second half and finished with 22 homers, 78 RBIs and a .265 average, all career lows since arriving from Cuba before the 2014 season. It was the first time in five seasons he did not have 100 RBIs.Chicago lost 100 games last season and the best record for the White Sox in the last five years was 78-84 in 2016."I am excited also because I know the quality of people we have here," he said. "I just want to get on the field and play a... [More]
Mon Feb 1817:52Rays' Kiermaier motivated to rebound from subpar seasonKevin KiermaierCFRaysFree Agent
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Kiermaier says his body feels as good as ever and he's determined to bounce back from a subpar season marked by injuries and inconsistency to help the Tampa Bay Rays contend for a playoff berth."I'm going to sound like a broken record all spring," the defensive whiz said, adding he has a lot to prove to teammates and fans after struggling offensively last year, when he missed two months with a torn ligament in his right thumb and also hurt a foot in September."I love where I'm at right now," Kiermaier added. "I couldn't ask for anything else, and now it's just my part to go execute and maybe win some hearts back from my performance last year."The Rays surprisingly won 90 games despite losing their centerfielder for 57 games from April 16 to June 18, then finishing the season with Kiermaier sidelined the final four games because of a hairline fracture in his right foot.It was the third straight season the 28-year-old, who batted .217 in a career-low 8... [More]
Mon Feb 1817:52Clark: Some teams make little effort to justify ticket costsKhris DavisLFBrewersFree Agent
Bryce HarperLFNationalsFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Craig KimbrelRPBravesFree Agent
Manny Machado3BOriolesFree Agent
Mike TroutLFAngelsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Players' union head Tony Clark took the extraordinary step of saying baseball fans should question whether it makes sense to purchase tickets for some teams, responding to Commissioner Rob Manfred's assertion that free-agent players have failed to adjust their economic demands in a market upended by analytics.Top free agents Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel remain unsigned with spring training underway, creating tension during negotiations on management's proposals for a pitch clock and new limitations on relief pitchers. The union responded with a wider list of plans that include economic initiatives such as expanding the designated hitter to the National League and altering the amateur draft to make rebuilding less appealing."Markets change," Manfred said Sunday. "We've had a lot of change in the game. People think about players differently. They analyze players differently. They negotiate differently."Clark led negotiations in 2016 for ... [More]
Mon Feb 1817:22Cards manager Shildt says Goldschmidt better than advertisedMatt Carpenter2BCardinalsFree Agent
Paul DeJongFree Agent
Paul Goldschmidt1BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Carson Kelly3BCardinalsFree Agent
Luke WeaverFree Agent
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis manager Mike Shildt's phone lit up with texts and calls praising the character of Paul Goldschmidt after the Cardinals traded for the slugging first baseman in December."A lot of times the hyperbole doesn't meet what's real," Shildt said. "In this case it's exceeded it. He's come in and been unbelievably engaging, thoughtful, proactive. He's really smart and he's really dedicated to what we're doing and how we're doing it. He's exceeded expectations already, before we even got on the field."Goldschmidt has physically been in Jupiter for about 10 days. Mentally, he's been in a Cardinals uniform for months.Shortly after the trade, he began swapping texts with Cardinals coaches and teammates discussing the finer points of the game, like baserunning and taking leads."They are not short conversations," Shildt said. "And they are not forced. He loves it, is my point. He's a baseball guy."For Goldschmidt, those kinds of offseason chats are the norm."Being new,... [More]
Mon Feb 1817:12Moustakas' return has Brewers' teammates excitedRyan BraunLFBrewersFree Agent
Lorenzo CainCFRoyalsFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCPadresFree Agent
Mike Moustakas3BRoyalsFree Agent
Hernán Pérez2BTigersFree Agent
Tyler SaladinoSSWhite SoxFree Agent
Travis Shaw1BRed SoxFree Agent
Christian YelichCFMarlinsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — NL MVP Christian Yelich tweeted a GIF of a leaping Moose .The Milwaukee Brewers were excited to know Mike Moustakas likely is sticking around for 2019.Moustakas and the Brewers are nearing a deal that would keep the third baseman in Milwaukee for a guarantee of $10 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Sunday. The person spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because the agreement will be subject to a successful physical. The sides were negotiating a deal that includes a mutual option for 2020, the person said."I've known Mikey forever, since he was a little kid," said Ryan Braun, who like Moustakas grew up and resides in Southern California. "He came here last year, fit in seamlessly, performed for us really well on the field. Obviously, became a big part of our culture in the locker room as well.Yelich, also a Southern California resident, spent the offseason working out with Braun and Moustakas and also teamed with them to org... [More]
Mon Feb 1817:02Kelly, Weaver ready to make their marks for DiamondbacksÁlex ÁvilaCTigersFree Agent
Zack GodleyFree Agent
Paul Goldschmidt1BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPDodgersFree Agent
Caleb JosephCOriolesFree Agent
Carson Kelly3BCardinalsFree Agent
Yadier MolinaCCardinalsFree Agent
Robbie RayFree Agent
Luke WeaverFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Carson Kelly and Luke Weaver will always been known as the other players in the Paul Goldschmidt trade. No matter what they do for the rest of their careers, good or bad, they will be linked to the Arizona Diamondbacks' fan-favorite first baseman.But the Diamondbacks do not consider them replacements for Goldschmidt.Goldschmidt was one of the best players in baseball during his eight seasons in Arizona, so matching his production would be difficult. Plus, Kelly is a catcher and Weaver a right-handed starting pitcher.The Diamondbacks just want them to be the best versions of themselves they can be."When they were traded over, those were the first conversations that I began to have with them about just being themselves, embracing the organization the way we're embracing them," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "We chose them for a reason: because they're very special players."Both are looking forward to a fresh start.For Kelly, the trade should mean an o... [More]
Mon Feb 1816:52Guerrero Jr. could start in minors, delaying free agencyFreddy Galvis2BPhilliesFree Agent
David PhelpsRPYankeesFree Agent
Clayton RichardSPPadresFree Agent
Aarón SánchezSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Justin ShaferFree Agent
Matt ShoemakerRPAngelsFree Agent
Marcus StromanSPBlue JaysFree Agent
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is not worrying about whether he will start the season with the Toronto Blue Jays.The 19-year-old son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero is considered the top prospect entering 2019. Yet, it would not be surprising if Toronto kept the third baseman in the minor leagues for the first 15 days and delayed his debut until at least April 12. By denying him 15 days of major league service, the Blue Jays would delay his eligibility for free agency by a year, until after the 2025 season."Controlling what I can control and then working hard everyday," Guerrero said through a translator on Monday as the Blue Jays held their first full-squad workout. "Making the best out of it. Trying to get better every day and giving the best of me."Guerrero hit .402 at Double-A and .336 at Triple-A last year, combining for 20 homers and 78 RBIs."Can't relate to being 19-years old and being that even-keeled and cool like that kid is," new Toronto manager Charlie Mont... [More]
Mon Feb 1816:42Giants manager Bruce Bochy to retire after this seasonMatt CainSPGiantsFree Agent
Brandon CrawfordSSGiantsFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Bruce Bochy has always managed with his gut. Those same instincts told him it's nearly time to retire.Bochy announced Monday this will be his last season managing the San Francisco Giants, his 25th in all as a big league manager.He told the team before Monday's spring training workout at Scottsdale Stadium."In my mind it's time," he said.Bochy, who turns 64 on April 16, had offseason hip replacement surgery that has him moving more swiftly and he insists "the health's great" and didn't factor into the choice.He begins his 13th season with the Giants. He led the club to World Series championships in 2010, '12 and '14."I've managed with my gut. I came up here in 2007 on my gut. So it's a gut feeling it's time," Bochy said. "It's been an unbelievable ride. There's so much in there to be grateful for, with the players, the city, the fans, my ride here. It's time. I'll stay in baseball and do something. ... I'm not going too far, trust me. I love this game. It's b... [More]
Mon Feb 1816:12Clark: Some teams make little effort to justify ticket costsBryce HarperLFNationalsFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Craig KimbrelRPBravesFree Agent
Manny Machado3BOriolesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Players' union head Tony Clark took the extraordinary step of saying baseball fans should question whether it makes sense to purchase tickets for some teams, responding to Commissioner Rob Manfred's assertion that free-agent players have failed to adjust their economic demands in a market upended by analytics.Top free agents Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel remain unsigned with spring training underway, creating tension during negotiations on management's proposals for a pitch clock and new limitations on relief pitchers. The union responded with a wider list of plans that include economic initiatives such as expanding the designated hitter to the National League and altering the amateur draft to make rebuilding less appealing."Markets change," Manfred said Sunday. "We've had a lot of change in the game. People think about players differently. They analyze players differently. They negotiate differently."Clark led negotiations in 2016 for ... [More]
Mon Feb 1816:12Harper, Machado chatter looms over Padres campBryce HarperLFNationalsFree Agent
Eric Hosmer1BRoyalsFree Agent
Manny Machado3BOriolesFree Agent
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Eric Hosmer knows what Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are dealing as spring training hits its stride.Hosmer was a free agent last offseason and signed with the Padres after spring training began. He said players need to be patient while researching a team before making a decision.The rebuilding Padres have made pitches to both Harper and Machado."I didn't hear an offer until about mid-January last year," Hosmer said Monday. "Those guys could be weighing out their options of what's presented to them on the table. You just don't know what's happening. For me, it's one of those things where I've learned to wait back and just wait for it to be official and read all the stuff afterward."The Padres have a glaring hole at third base, where Machado could fit in. But they've also made a push for Harper, who would be an instant upgrade in right field and at the ticket office."San Diego sells itself," Hosmer said. "Either player, they are a generational talent. They are guy... [More]
Mon Feb 1816:02Rockies moving All-Star Charlie Blackmon to right fieldCharlie BlackmonCFRockiesFree Agent
David DahlRPRockiesFree Agent
Ian DesmondSSNationalsFree Agent
Carlos GonzálezLFRockiesFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — It may not seem right, but Charlie Blackmon will be in right field for Colorado this season.Blackmon, a four-time All-Star who has anchored center field for the Rockies since 2014 and has played more games there than anyone else in franchise history, said Monday he spoke to manager Bud Black about the switch and is fine with it."He assured me this was going to help the Rockies win more games, and I'm all about that," Blackmon said.With Ian Desmond slated to play center field, the issue became which corner spot Blackmon would fill."If I had my choice, I would pick right," Blackmon said.The new alignment puts David Dahl in left.Blackmon has played all three outfield spots while hitting .302 in his eight-year career with the Rockies, but he has been almost strictly a center fielder since 2015, when he made four starts in each of the corner spots. He started 64 games in right field in 2014.He has played 691 games in center."I really enjoy playing center field," B... [More]
Mon Feb 1815:42Moreno says Angels have had internal talks on new Trout dealBryce HarperLFNationalsFree Agent
Matt HarveySPMetsFree Agent
Manny Machado3BOriolesFree Agent
Albert Pujols1BAngelsFree Agent
Mike TroutLFAngelsFree Agent
Justin UptonLFBravesFree Agent
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno said the team has had internal discussions regarding a new contract for outfielder Mike Trout, who can become a free agent after the 2020 season.The two-time AL MVP is owed $33.25 million in each of the next two seasons, completing a $144.5 million, six-year contract."One of the last interviews I gave I said it's not in the back of our mind but in the front of our minds," Angels Moreno said Monday.The 27-year-old Trout did not want to discuss his contract situation on the Angels' first day of full squad workouts."I enjoy it here. I'm having fun," he said. "Obviously, losing's not fun but I enjoy playing this game. I leave it out on the field every night, every day and I go from there."Trout has heard from plenty of fans back home in the Philadelphia area about where they'd like him to play."I don't think I went a day this offseason without somebody saying, 'Hey, when are you coming to Philly?'" Trout said. "I can't predict the ... [More]
Mon Feb 1815:32Clark: Some teams make little effort to justify ticket costsBryce HarperLFNationalsFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Craig KimbrelRPBravesFree Agent
Manny Machado3BOriolesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Players' union head Tony Clark criticized baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred for blaming players' demands for the slow free agent market and said an increasing number of teams are making little effort to "justify the price of a ticket."Top free agents Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel remain unsigned with spring training underway.Manfred said Sunday that "markets change" and "people think about players differently. They analyze players differently."Management has proposed changes to playing rules that include a pitch clock. The union responded with a wider list of proposals that include economic initiatives such as expanding the designated hitter to the National League and altering the amateur draft to make rebuilding less appealing.Clark said in a statement Monday, "We believe these substantive changes are imperative now — not in 2022 or 2025, but in 2019."He accused Manfred of "attempts to shift blame and distract from the main issues" and called the commissioner's comments "unconstructive and misleading at best."___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Feb 1814:12Toles has personal matter, doesn't report to DodgersMatt KempCFDodgersFree Agent
Yasiel PuigLFDodgersFree Agent
Andrew TolesFree Agent
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles did not report to spring training camp on Monday's voluntary full squad reporting day because of an unspecified personal matter.Manager Dave Roberts said there is no timeline for Toles' arrival. The mandatory reporting date is Saturday."We'll get Andrew here when things work out; he works through some personal things," Roberts said Monday. "He has our full support, certainly."Given the contact he and his staff keep with their players in the off-season, Robert said Toles' absence was surprising."Obviously, things are sometimes unpredictable and family, personal issues obviously have to come before baseball and you got to take care of that," Roberts said. "So, yeah, it was a surprise. And I think that is kind of the unpredictability of life. So, we've got to adjust, but like I said, he has our full support and we will go from there."Toles has a challenge to make the major league roster, even after outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp were traded to Cincinnati.The left-handed hitting Toles spent most of last year at Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he hit .306 with seven home runs and 39 RBIs in 71 games. He was the Dodgers' starting left fielder in the second half of 2016 and until May 9 the following year, when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Feb 1814:02Reds' Joey Votto tries to rebound from subpar seasonSonny GrayRPAthleticsFree Agent
Matt KempCFDodgersFree Agent
Yasiel PuigLFDodgersFree Agent
Tanner RoarkSPNationalsFree Agent
Joey Votto1BRedsFree Agent
Alex WoodSPBravesFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Joey Votto has spent the offseason trying to make sure he doesn't have another subpar season.The Cincinnati Reds star led the NL in on-base percentage last year but hit 12 homers, his fewest in a full season, and batted .284, his lowest since 2014. He had 67 RBIs."It was the first year where I had a poor offensive year," Votto said. "It is hard to speak on this without sounding arrogant. I've always performed at a certain level. Last year was a bit of a shock. I didn't perform anywhere near to what I'm used to."Votto, who turns 36 in September, was hit on the right knee by a pitch from Ryan Madson in August and went on the disabled list. His numbers were down even before the injury.Votto hit 37 homers during his 2010 NL MVP season and had 36 with 100 RBIs in 2017. He spent this offseason refining his swing."I did things differently, so I hope it works," Votto said. "Intuitively, I know why I wasn't ready and came up short last year. I just made sure I didn't d... [More]
Mon Feb 1814:02Mets, Hechavarria agree to minor league dealAdeiny HechavarriaSSMarlinsFree Agent
Amed RosarioFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and the New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league spring training.Hechavarria is a light hitter known for his defense. He gives New York a legitimate, established shortstop who could be a backup to young starter Amed Rosario. Even with a crowded infield, that's something the Mets were lacking as they opened spring training."From the onset we wanted to create depth and versatility at a variety of positions. The shortstop position in particular was one that we felt like we wanted to continue to create options," new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said at spring training media day. "Rosario is a premium guy. He's young and he's improving every day and the goal is to make sure we can surround him with not only support to get better, but also give us some protection in the event that we need to get him help or need to replace him in some scenario. So that was something we've wanted to ... [More]
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