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Sat Feb 1603:21Cubs looking to newcomer Descalso for veteran leadershipDaniel Descalso3BCardinalsFree Agent
Ben Zobrist2BRaysFree Agent
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — After the Cubs lost two straight games at Wrigley Field to give up the NL Central Division title and fall in the wild card game to end the 2018 season, reasons as to why a 95-win season finished short of equaling expectations began to surface.One that was echoed by the front office and the players was the level of leadership that seemed to walk out of the clubhouse with David Ross' retirement after the 2016 World Series."I think they made it clear to everybody," starting pitcher Jon Lester said Wednesday about the front office's belief there was a lack of leadership. "I think they hit the nail on the head."Clearly it was something that had to be addressed by the players already in the clubhouse but the front office did its part by bringing in a veteran like Daniel Descalso.The 32-year old came up in the Cardinals system and has earned the reputation as hard-nosed, clutch, fundamentally strong player who also plays the game hard while at multiple positions.It's that... [More]
Fri Feb 1521:01Cespedes says he thinks he'll return to Mets this seasonYoenis CéspedesLFRed SoxFree Agent
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes says he thinks he'll be able to play at some point this season.Recovering from surgery on both heels, the New York Mets slugger told reporters through a translator at spring training Friday he is finally pain-free. He has been working out and plans to begin throwing next week, but there's no timetable for when the 33-year-old left fielder will start running or hitting — and he's not sure when he might return to the lineup.The team has said Cespedes is expected to be sidelined until at least July. Mets manager Mickey Callaway said this week he hopes Cespedes can contribute "late in the season."The oft-injured Cespedes, who said he's been frustrated and bored while recovering, has been limited to 119 games since signing a $110 million, four-year contract after the 2016 season.He had separate operations to remove calcification and bone spurs from both heels, the first last August and the second in late October.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Feb 1520:41Cespedes says he thinks he'll return to Mets this seasonYoenis CéspedesLFRed SoxFree Agent
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes says he thinks he'll be able to play at some point this season.Recovering from surgery on both heels, the New York Mets slugger told reporters through a translator at spring training Friday he is finally pain-free. He has been working out and plans to begin throwing next week, but there's no timetable for when the 33-year-old left fielder will start running or hitting — and he's not sure when he might return to the lineup.The team has said Cespedes is expected to be sidelined until at least July. Mets manager Mickey Callaway said this week he hopes Cespedes can contribute "late in the season."The oft-injured Cespedes, who said he's been frustrated and bored while recovering, has been limited to 119 games since signing a $110 million, four-year contract after the 2016 season.He had separate operations to remove calcification and bone spurs from both heels, the first last August and the second in late October.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Feb 1520:11Even in bullpen age, several teams still built on startersTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
Walker BuehlerFree Agent
Matt Carpenter3BCardinalsFree Agent
Carlos CarrascoSPIndiansFree Agent
Mike ClevingerFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
Patrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Nathan EovaldiSPMarlinsFree Agent
Jeurys FamiliaRPMetsFree Agent
Gio GonzálezSPNationalsFree Agent
Rich HillRPYankeesFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Corey KluberSPIndiansFree Agent
Steven MatzRPMetsFree Agent
Collin McHughRPAstrosFree Agent
Wade MileySPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Charlie MortonSPPiratesFree Agent
Rick PorcelloSPTigersFree Agent
David PriceSPTigersFree Agent
Eduardo RodríguezSPRed SoxFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Chris SaleSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Anibal SánchezSPTigersFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPTigersFree Agent
Joakim SoriaRPTigersFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Noah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
Jason VargasSPRoyalsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Forget about this bullpen obsession for a moment. Believe it or not, plenty of big league teams are still anchored by well-armed rotations.In this age of openers and closers, with relievers starting games and starters rarely finishing them, it might seem starting pitchers have been devalued by executives all over baseball.Dallas Keuchel, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner, is a 31-year-old free agent still looking for a job. Same for fellow lefty Gio Gonzalez, a two-time All-Star one season removed from going 15-9 with a 2.96 ERA in 201 innings.Meanwhile, short relievers like Zack Britton ($39 million), Jeurys Familia ($30 million), Kelvin Herrera ($18 million) and Joakim Soria ($15 million) had no trouble getting multiyear deals this winter.Doesn't anyone remember what Koufax and Drysdale did for the Dodgers?Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz with the Braves?"At the end of the day, your starting staff is the backbone of your team," Washington ace Max Scherzer sai... [More]
Fri Feb 1519:11Farquhar wears protective cap for 1st bullpen sessionDellin BetancesRPYankeesFree Agent
Danny FarquharRPMarinersFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Danny Farquhar wore a specially designed protective cap Friday during his first spring training bullpen session with the New York Yankees.Farquhar collapsed in the Chicago White Sox dugout last April 20 after pitching in the sixth inning against Houston. He was diagnosed with a ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage, had surgery the next day and was hospitalized until May 7. Farquhar was not cleared to pitch again in 2018, became a free agent after the season and signed a minor league contract with the Yankees."I am extraordinarily just thankful," Farquhar said.He met with doctors and trainers at Steinbrenner Field on Monday to design his hat, which includes Kevlar and foam. After a proper fit was found, it took just two days to create the final product."It looks like a hat, it's just two sizes big and it's got like a skully protector on the inside," Farquhar said. "At first when I put it on, it felt a little shallow on my head, like kind of sitting up a little bit... [More]
Fri Feb 1519:01Catcher Tucker Barnhart glad Reds didn't pull off tradeJorge AlfaroDHRangersFree Agent
Sonny GraySPAthleticsFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Tucker Barnhart read about the Reds' interest in Miami catcher J.T. Realmuto and hoped that they wouldn't be able to swing a deal for the All-Star. Having endured the hardest part of a rebuild, he wanted to be in Cincinnati for a turnaround.Barnhart got his wish. Realmuto was dealt to Philadelphia — another team seemingly on the rise after major changes — and Barnhart got to stay with the Reds and handle a rotation that's been overhauled.After four straight 90-loss seasons, the Reds are trying to become competitive in the NL Central."I want to be a part of the finished product of the rebuild that was started when I came up in '14. It's continued since. I want to be a part of the winning," Barnhart said. "Hopefully, that starts now."Barnhart thought he would be an important part of the rebuild when the Reds gave him a $16 million, four-year contract that runs through 2021 and includes a club option for 2022. He was coming off a 2017 season in which he became... [More]
Fri Feb 1518:31Dodgers SS Seager close to return after elbow, hip surgeriesManny Machado3BOriolesFree Agent
Corey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Corey Seager never really wanted to know what the next step was in his rehab process after the young Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop had the kind of elbow surgery more common for pitchers, then hip surgery as well last season."I never wanted to look forward because I never wanted to get antsy, 'Oh why are we not doing this yet?'" Seager said Friday. "I just never knew when something was going to happen, so what I did that day was what I did that day."With the two-time defending NL champion Dodgers getting ready for their first full-squad workout Tuesday, and the regular season opener six weeks away, even Seager knows what comes next. While excited about getting back in games at some point soon, he is still trying to maintain some sense of that stay-in-the-day mentality.Manager Dave Roberts said the target date for Seager remains opening day, but the real goal is to get him fully healthy. The Dodgers don't want to get overanxious with their two-time All-Star and t... [More]
Fri Feb 1518:01Catcher Tucker Barnhart glad Reds didn't pull off tradeJorge AlfaroDHRangersFree Agent
Sonny GraySPAthleticsFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Tucker Barnhart read about the Reds' interest in Miami catcher J.T. Realmuto and hoped that they wouldn't be able to swing a deal for the All-Star. Having endured the hardest part of a rebuild, he wanted to be in Cincinnati for a turnaround.Barnhart got his wish. Realmuto was dealt to Philadelphia — another team seemingly on the rise after a rebuild — and Barnhart got to stay with the Reds and handle a rotation that's been overhauled. After four straight 90-loss seasons, the Reds are trying to become competitive in the NL Central."I want to be a part of the finished product of the rebuild that was started when I came up inBarnhart thought he would be an important part of the rebuild when the Reds gave him a $16 million, four-year contract that runs through 2021 and includes a club option for 2022. He was coming off a 2017 season in which he became only the third catcher in franchise history to win a Gold Glove.Last season, Barnhart batted .248 and set caree... [More]
Fri Feb 1517:21Matured Gonzales a building block for MarinersMarco GonzalesSPCardinalsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Left-hander Marco Gonzales is considered one of the Seattle Mariners' building blocks after a breakout 2018 season, but he does not define his role in those terms.He just wants to do his job and let the results speak for themselves."In my mind, it has always been that I have to earn everything that I get," Gonzales said. "We'll see where we are at when the season starts, but I am going to do everything I can to help us win games. Whatever you want to call that, that's what I'll be doing."Gonzales did it well a year ago, when he went 13-9 with a 4.00 ERA in 29 starts in his first full season with the Mariners after being acquired from St. Louis for outfielder Tyler O'Neil at the 2017 trade deadline.Gonzales was among the best pitchers in the American League during a 10-week midseason stretch, when he was 9-6 with a 2.61 ERA in 12 starts beginning May 23.After spending three weeks on the injured list with a neck strain in late August, he picked it up again, going 1... [More]
Fri Feb 1516:51Farquhar wears protective cap for 1st bullpen sessionDellin BetancesRPYankeesFree Agent
Danny FarquharRPMarinersFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Danny Farquhar wore a specially designed protective cap Friday during his first spring training bullpen session with the New York Yankees.Farquhar collapsed in the Chicago White Sox dugout last April 20 after pitching in the sixth inning against Houston. He was diagnosed with a ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage, had surgery the next day and was hospitalized until May 7. Farquhar was not cleared to pitch again in 2018, became a free agent after the season and signed a minor league contract with the Yankees."I am extraordinarily just thankful," Farquhar said.He met with doctors and trainers at Steinbrenner Field on Monday to design his hat, which includes Kevlar and foam. After a proper fit was found, it took just two days to create the final product."It looks like a hat, it's just two sizes big and it's got like a skully protector on the inside," Farquhar said. "At first when I put it on, it felt a little shallow on my head, like kind of sitting up a little bit... [More]
Fri Feb 1508:31Twins reach 5-year deals with Kepler, PolancoNelson CruzRFOriolesFree Agent
Max KeplerLFTwinsFree Agent
Martín PérezSPRangersFree Agent
Jorge Polanco2BTwinsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have locked up a pair of young position players for the long term by agreeing to five-year contracts with right fielder Max Kepler and shortstop Jorge Polanco.The contracts were announced Friday, a day after they were reached as pitchers and catchers went through their first workout in Fort Myers, Florida.Kepler's contract is worth $35 million and includes an option that could increase its value to at least $44 million over six years. Polanco's deal is valued at $25.75 million, has two options that could make it worth at least $47.25 million for seven seasons.Kepler, who turned 26 on Sunday, had agreed last month to a $3,125,000 salary for 2019 in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Entering his fourth full season as a regular in the lineup, Kepler won the team's defensive player of the year award in 2018. He never found a rhythm at the plate, batting a career-low .224, but he set his major league career high with 20 home runs.Raised in B... [More]
Thu Feb 1418:01AP sources: Twins reach 5-year deals with Kepler, PolancoNelson CruzRFOriolesFree Agent
Max KeplerLFTwinsFree Agent
Martín PérezSPRangersFree Agent
Jorge Polanco2BTwinsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have locked up a pair of young position players for the long term by agreeing to five-year contracts with right fielder Max Kepler and shortstop Jorge Polanco, according to two people with direct knowledge of the deals.The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had yet to announce the contracts, which were reached on Thursday as pitchers and catchers went through their first workout in Fort Myers, Florida. The Twins scheduled a news conference for Friday.Kepler's contract is worth $35 million and includes a $10 million club option for 2024 with a $1 million buyout. Polanco's deal, which is valued at $25.75 million, has a 2024 option that could become guaranteed as well as a 2025 club option.Kepler, who turned 26 on Sunday, had agreed last month to a $3,125,000 salary for 2019 in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Entering his fourth full season as a regular in the lineup, Kepler won the team's def... [More]
Thu Feb 1417:31Tatis Jr. knows his MLB debut with Padres is getting closerJames ShieldsSPRoyalsFree Agent
Fernando Tatis Jr.Free Agent
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Fernando Tatis Jr. has one goal during his second spring training with the San Diego Padres — make the team.The Padres might not bring him up right away, but there's a good chance the son of former big leaguer Fernando Tatis will make his major league debut at some point this season for rebuilding San Diego.Fans certainly are eager to see the 20-year-old shortstop light up Petco Park with his flashy style of play.His approach?"Same thing as always, come play baseball and do what I know how to do and keep having fun as always," he said.But Tatis, the No. 2 prospect overall in all of baseball, knows it's a little different this year."There's a reality now. There's a chance it might happen. I'm just working hard for it," he said.While his goal is to make the team, Tatis knows that "always in this game you've got to get better, learn, keep learning from these guys, ask a lot of questions from the guys with experience, and bring the show."Tatis can certainly do that... [More]
Thu Feb 1417:11Tatis Jr. knows his MLB debut with Padres is getting closerJames ShieldsSPRoyalsFree Agent
Fernando Tatis Jr.Free Agent
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Fernando Tatis Jr. has one goal during his second spring training with the San Diego Padres — make the team.The Padres might not bring him up right away, but there's a good chance the son of former big leaguer Fernando Tatis will make his major league debut at some point this season for rebuilding San Diego.Fans certainly are eager to see the 20-year-old shortstop light up Petco Park with his flashy style of play.His approach?"Same thing as always, come play baseball and do what I know how to do and keep having fun as always," he said.But Tatis, the No. 2 prospect overall in all of baseball, knows it's a little different this year."There's a reality now. There's a chance it might happen. I'm just working hard for it," he said.While his goal is to make the team, Tatis knows that "always in this game you've got to get better, learn, keep learning from these guys, ask a lot of questions from the guys with experience, and bring the show."Tatis can certainly do that... [More]
Thu Feb 1416:51Mookie Betts looks to follow up on title, MVP awardMookie BettsCFRed SoxFree Agent
Ryan BrasierRPAngelsFree Agent
Brock Holt2BRed SoxFree Agent
Mitch MorelandDHRangersFree Agent
Steve Pearce1B/DHOriolesFree Agent
Dustin Pedroia2BRed SoxFree Agent
David PriceSPTigersFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Mookie Betts won a World Series in October, became a first-time dad nine days later, earned his first AL MVP award and was part of a team that won a professional bowling event.What can the 26-year-old do for an encore with the Boston Red Sox?"He can do whatever he wants in sports," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "He can golf. He can shoot the basketball and he won a tournament in bowling. He can do it all. He's just gifted.""Yeah, it's been fun. It's been a great year," Betts said Thursday. "It's a new year now, so you have to look at in hindsight and smile about, know what's going on now and take care of things and view things that way."He hit a major league-leading .346 with 32 homers and 80 RBIs last year. Betts likely will be dropped a slot to second in the batting order behind Andrew Benintendi.Betts was a part of a Red Sox team that won a club-record 108 games and Boston's fourth World Series title in 15 season. During the offseason, girlfriend Brianna ... [More]
Thu Feb 1416:41Bauer calls hearing's ending 'character assassination'Trevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer thought the Cleveland Indians had presented a better overall case against him in their latest salary arbitration hearing, until the last 10 minutes in a rebuttal by Major League Baseball labor relations staff he viewed as "character assassination" against him."That kind of put a black mark on what I thought was a really well-argued case on both sides," Bauer said Thursday, a day after beating the Indians in arbitration for the second year in a row. "There's no room for that. ... Let's just stick to the numbers. Let the numbers decide."A day after Wednesday's hearing in Florida, Bauer was awarded $13 million by the three-person panel over the Indians' $11 million offer. Bauer who won't be eligible until free agency until after the 2020 season, said he never plans to sign more than a one-year contract. The pitcher said the process hasn't soured his feelings about the team."No, I understand it," Bauer said. "I look at it as a very int... [More]
Thu Feb 1416:01Adam Ottavino proud to be a 0 with YankeesDellin BetancesRPYankeesFree Agent
Zack BrittonRPOriolesFree Agent
Billy BurnsLFAthleticsFree Agent
Aroldis ChapmanRPRedsFree Agent
Adam OttavinoRPRockiesFree Agent
Alex Rodriguez3BYankeesFree Agent
Gary SánchezCYankeesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Adam Ottavino has a bagel on his back, supplanting Derek Jeter in one small area of New York Yankees history.The newly signed relief pitcher was playing catch at Steinbrenner Field during Thursday's opening workout of spring training, a white No. 0 on his dark blue practice jersey with the interlocking "NY" on the front. When he gets into a game, he will become the first player in the team's history to wear the number.Jeter was thought to be the last player with a single-digit uniform on the Yankees, and his No. 2 was retired in 2017.A Brooklyn native, Ottavino is wearing the number he used at Berkeley Carroll High School and for the past six seasons with the Colorado Rockies."I don't want to do anything to upset people, but I had to be myself and didn't know what the organization would think," Ottavino said. "So I said the ball is in your court. For me it's just a number. Something I'm comfortable with."New York has retired Nos. 1 (Billy Martin), 3 (Babe Ruth), 4 ... [More]
Thu Feb 1413:50Bauer calls hearing's ending 'character assassination'Trevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer thought the Cleveland Indians had presented a better overall case against him in their latest salary arbitration hearing, until the last 10 minutes he viewed as "character assassination" against him."That kind of put a black mark on what I thought was a really well-argued case on both sides," Bauer said Thursday, a day after beating the Indians in arbitration for the second year in a row. "There's no room for that. ... Let's just stick to the numbers. Let he numbers decide."At the hearing Wednesday in Florida, Bauer was awarded $13 million by the three-person panel over the Indians' $11 million offer. Bauer who won't be eligible until free agency until after the 2020 season, said he never plans to sign more than a one-year contract. The pitcher said the process hasn't soured his feelings about the team."No, I understand it," Bauer said. "I look at it as a very intellectual pursuit. It's very intellectual and not very emotional. The... [More]
Thu Feb 1413:31After getting big deal, Nola hopes for titles with PhilliesManny Machado3BOriolesFree Agent
Andrew McCutchenCFPiratesFree Agent
Aaron NolaFree Agent
J.T. RealmutoCMarlinsFree Agent
David RobertsonRPYankeesFree Agent
Jean SeguraSSBrewersFree Agent
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Nola hopes to win titles with the Philadelphia Phillies, and a $45 million, four-year contract will give him a chance."This is pretty surreal and special for me," the pitcher said Thursday, a day after agreeing to the deal. "I love it here. I love the city of Philadelphia. I want to be a part of this organization — a winning organization."His contract includes a 2023 club option that could make the deal worth $56.75 million over five years."I don't play specifically for the money," he said as parents and teammates watched at a news conference. "I play for the love of game and I play for my teammates. They know that. I'm here to win and maximize my potential as much as I can."The 25-year-old right hander is 41-28 in four seasons, including 17-6 last year with a 2.37 ERA and 0.975 WHIP. He finished third in the NL Cy Young Award voting behind Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer."There really is nobody that's more deserving of this than Aaron," general manager ... [More]
Thu Feb 1412:10Bauer calls hearing's ending 'character assassination'Trevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer says the final 10 minutes of his salary arbitration hearing with the Cleveland Indians was "character assassination" against him.Bauer beat Cleveland in arbitration for the second straight year and was awarded $13 million by the three-person panel over the Indians' $11 million offer.A day after the decision, Bauer said Thursday he views the process very intellectual and is unemotional about it. He says it didn't sour his feelings about the Indians.The 28-year-old right-hander finished sixth in AL Cy Young Award voting after going 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA. He missed six weeks late in the season after getting hit on the right leg by a line drive.Bauer anticipates going through arbitration next year. He is eligible for free agency after the 2020 season.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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