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Tue Nov 1921:25Will Smith celebrates return to home state with BravesJohan CamargoFree Agent
Mike Moustakas3BRoyalsFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves are not promising Will Smith the closer’s role.Smith isn’t complaining.During his first news conference with his new team Tuesday, Smith said he’s fine with pitching in any inning. The Georgia native said he’s just happy to move close to home and to pitch “for an organization I grew up watching with my family.”A 30-year-old left-hander, Smith wore No. 47 as a kid because that was Atlanta left-hander Tom Glavine’s number.Smith agreed to a $40 million, three-year contract with the Braves on Thursday following an All-Star season with San Francisco. The free agent turned down a $17.8 million qualifying from San Francisco and agreed to a deal that includes a $13 million annual salaries and a $13 million club option for 2023 with a $1 million buyout.The Braves continued to work on their bullpen by signing right-hander Chris Martin to a two-year, $14 million deal later Tuesday. Martin finished the 2019 season with Atlanta.Smith’s former clubhouse ne... [More]
Tue Nov 1916:45Will Smith celebrates return to home state with BravesJohan CamargoFree Agent
Shane GreeneRPYankeesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves are not promising Will Smith the closer’s role.Smith isn’t complaining.During his first news conference with his new team on Tuesday, Smith said he’s fine with pitching in any inning. The Georgia native said he’s just happy to move close to home and to pitch “for an organization I grew up watching with my family.”A 30-year-old left-hander, Smith wore No. 47 as a kid because that was Atlanta left-hander Tom Glavine’s number.Smith agreed to a $40 million, three-year contract with the Braves on Thursday following an All-Star season with San Francisco. The free agent turned down a $17.8 million qualifying from San Francisco and agreed to a deal that includes a $13 million annual salaries and a $13 million club option for 2023 with a $1 million buyout.Smith’s former clubhouse neighbor with the Giants, Mark Melancon, was 11 for 11 in saves opportunities with the Braves in 2019 following a midseason trade from San Francisco.Braves general manager Al... [More]
Tue Nov 1916:15Will Smith celebrates return to home state with BravesJohan CamargoFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BAthleticsFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves are not promising Will Smith the closer’s role.Smith isn’t complaining.At his first news conference with his new team on Tuesday, Smith said he’s fine with pitching in any inning. Smith, a Georgia native, said he’s just happy to move close to home and to pitch “for an organization I grew up watching with my family.”Smith, a left-hander, said he wore No. 47 as a kid because that was Braves left-hander Tom Glavine’s number.Smith, 30, signed a three-year, $40 million contract with the Braves Thursday, following an All-Star season with San Francisco. The free-agent deal includes a $13 million option for the 2023 season, with a $1 million buyout.Smith’s former clubhouse neighbor with the Giants, Mark Melancon, was 11 for 11 in saves opportunities with the Braves in 2019 following a midseason trade from San Francisco.Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Melancon is expected to enter spring training as the closer. The GM noted the de... [More]
Mon Nov 1818:05Cherington on Pirates: scouting will drive successChris ArcherSPRaysFree Agent
Josh BellRFPiratesFree Agent
A.J. BurnettSPPhilliesFree Agent
Kyle CrickRPGiantsFree Agent
Tyler GlasnowSPPiratesFree Agent
Keone KelaPRangersFree Agent
Russell MartinCPiratesFree Agent
Austin MeadowsCFPiratesFree Agent
Bryan ReynoldsFree Agent
Felipe VázquezSPNationalsFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Cherington earned three World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox, the last as general manager of the 2013 club that raced from worst to first.The challenge that lies ahead for Cherington with the Pittsburgh Pirates will be different.The market is smaller. So are the resources Cherington can draw from. The chance to supplement the major league roster with expensive free agents — as Cherington did in Boston — likely will not exist. Yet the 45-year-old does not appear to be intimidated by the financial realities his new job presents. Two decades in the business have taught him that while budgets may vary, the tenets of successful teams do not.“Obviously the bigger the payroll, it gives you more margin for error on certain types of decisions,” Cherington said Monday, when the Pirates announced he had been hired to succeed Neal Huntington. “But if you peel back in Boston and what really drove winning, I think, in most of the best years was really good wor... [More]
Fri Nov 1519:24Betting on himself: Odorizzi accepts offer for Twins' returnDallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPRaysFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Odorizzi watched Dallas Keuchel remain on the free-agent market until June and didn’t want to take a chance of lingering without a contract. So he accepted the Minnesota Twins’ $17.8 million qualifying offer for a one-year contact and put himself in position to become a free agent again after the 2020 season.“When it came down to it, the decision came down to me pretty much betting on myself and returning to a place I know very well and enjoyed and continue to improve on what I did last year and then re-entering the market next offseason with a different class,” Odorizzi said Friday, a day after accepting the offer just before the deadline.While this year’s free-agent class includes Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Zack Wheeler and Madison Bumgarner, next year’s is a less accomplished group headed by Trevor Bauer, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Marcus Stroman, José Quintana and Jake Arrieta.If Odorizzi had turned down the Twins’ offer and signed ... [More]
Fri Nov 1503:54A position-by-position look at the free agent marketDellin BetancesRPYankeesFree Agent
Jerry BlevinsRPNationalsFree Agent
Madison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Kole CalhounRFAngelsFree Agent
Nicholas Castellanos3BTigersFree Agent
Starlin CastroSSCubsFree Agent
Robinson ChirinosCRangersFree Agent
Steve CishekRPMarlinsFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
Patrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BAthleticsFree Agent
Brian Dozier2BTwinsFree Agent
Brett GardnerLFYankeesFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCPadresFree Agent
Didi GregoriusSSDiamondbacksFree Agent
Will HarrisRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Rich HillRPYankeesFree Agent
José IglesiasSSTigersFree Agent
Howie Kendrick2BAngelsFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Brandon KintzlerRPBrewersFree Agent
Mitch MorelandDHRangersFree Agent
Mike Moustakas3BRoyalsFree Agent
Marcell OzunaCFMarlinsFree Agent
Drew PomeranzRPAthleticsFree Agent
Yasiel PuigRFDodgersFree Agent
Anthony Rendon2BNationalsFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Jonathan Schoop2BOriolesFree Agent
Will SmithRPBrewersFree Agent
Justin Smoak1BBlue JaysFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
Patrick Corbin was an exception last offseason.Amid a slow free agent market — some stars didn’t sign until after the start of spring training — Corbin’s search for a new home was over in December when he received a $140 million, six-year contract from Washington.That worked out pretty well for both team and player. Corbin was a key part of the Nationals’ starting rotation this year, and he threw three scoreless innings in relief in Game 7 of the World Series, helping the team win its first World Series title.Now, another offseason is in full swing. It’s hard to say whether teams will be more aggressive in pursuing free agents, hoping to land the next Corbin, but the Atlanta Braves already made a significant move, signing reliever Will Smith away from San Francisco.Here’s a look at the top free agents still available, broken down by position. Players are listed with their most recent teams, with their ages in parentheses:LEFT-HANDED STARTERHyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers (32)The ru... [More]
Thu Nov 1417:53Braves bolster shaky bullpen, sign free agent LHP Will SmithTyler FlowersCWhite SoxFree Agent
Shane GreeneRPYankeesFree Agent
Luke JacksonFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFOriolesFree Agent
Mark MelanconRPPiratesFree Agent
Will SmithRPBrewersFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have bolstered their shaky bullpen by signing left-hander reliever Will Smith to a three-year, $40 million contract on Thursday.The free-agent deal announced Thursday includes a $13 million option for the 2023 season, with a $1 million buyout.The 30-year-old Smith went 6-0 with a 2.76 ERA and a career-best 34 saves for the San Francisco Giants this past season. He made the All-Star team for the first time.The NL East champion Braves were looking to upgrade the bullpen after going through several closers last season, including Luke Jackson, Shane Greene and Mark Melancon.Smith is Atlanta’s fourth free-agent signing of the offseason but the first to change teams. The Braves re-signed outfielder Nick Markakis, catcher Tyler Flowers and reliever Darren O’Day.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Nov 1417:13Braves bolster shaky bullpen, sign free agent LHP Will SmithTyler FlowersCWhite SoxFree Agent
Shane GreeneRPYankeesFree Agent
Luke JacksonFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFOriolesFree Agent
Mark MelanconRPPiratesFree Agent
Will SmithRPBrewersFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have bolstered their shaky bullpen by signing left-hander reliever Will Smith to a three-year, $40 million contract.The free agent deal announced Thursday includes a $13 million option for the 2023 season, with a $1 million buyout.The 30-year-old Smith went 6-0 with a 2.76 ERA and a career-best 34 saves for the San Francisco Giants this past season. He made the All-Star team for the first time.The NL East champion Braves were looking to upgrade the bullpen after going through several closers last season, including Luke Jackson, Shane Greene and Mark Melancon.All four free-agent signings of the offseason have landed with Atlanta, but Smith is the first to change teams. The team re-signed outfielder Nick Markakis, catcher Tyler Flowers and reliever Darren O’Day.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Nov 1417:03Yankees turn to young pitching coach for high-tech approachDellin BetancesRPYankeesFree Agent
Corey KluberSPIndiansFree Agent
Luis SeverinoFree Agent
Noah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Just four years ago, Matt Blake was varsity pitching coach at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, about 20 miles outside of Boston. Next spring, the 34-year-old will be guiding the high-priced arms of the New York Yankees."The biggest thing is just finding out where the player is at and what it is that makes him tick," Blake said Thursday after his hiring as Yankees pitching coach was formally announced. "Across different ages or nationalities and cultures, you got to get to the root of what is it that they are seeking for help and then bring it to the edge of their learning zone, if you will."Blake replaced Larry Rothschild, who was fired after nine seasons and got hired as pitching coach of the San Diego Padres.A 2007 graduate of Holy Cross, where he pitched, Blake started coaching at the youth level while working alongside his father."Just to give back because he coached me when I was younger, so it's kind of interesting jumping off point as a favor to t... [More]
Wed Nov 1320:33Astros sign stealing charges latest to tarnish reputationJose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
Mike FiersSPBrewersFree Agent
Roberto OsunaFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — Not too long ago, the Houston Astros were the feel-good story of baseball. Led by their diminutive Venezuelan dynamo and featuring smart play on the field and in the front office, they emerged from a morass of awful seasons that got them mocked as the ‘Lastros and ascended to the top of the big league galaxy as World Series champions.That picture of the sheer joy as the Astros celebrated their 2017 crown at Dodger Stadium sure looks different now.Fresh off a bitter Game 7 loss in its bid for another title, and tarnished by an executive’s clubhouse rant at female reporters and the failed attempt to smear the journalist who wrote about the scene, the franchise is now embroiled in a new scandal: allegations with on-the-record comments from a former player the Astros turned to technology to devise a sign-stealing scheme during their greatest season.Sign stealing may be as old as baseball. From a clandestine buzzer-and-spyglass system the New York Giants invented to ove... [More]
Wed Nov 1320:03Astros sign stealing charges latest to tarnish reputationJose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
Mike FiersSPBrewersFree Agent
Roberto OsunaFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — Not too long ago, the Houston Astros were the feel-good story of baseball. Led by their diminutive Venezuelan dynamo and featuring smart play on the field and in the front office, they emerged from a morass of awful seasons that got them mocked as the ‘Lastros and ascended to the top of the big league galaxy as World Series champions.That picture of the sheer joy as the Astros celebrated their 2017 crown at Dodger Stadium sure looks different now.Fresh off a bitter Game 7 loss in their bid for another title, and tarnished by an executive’s clubhouse rant at female reporters and the failed attempt to smear the journalist who wrote about it, the franchise is now embroiled in a new scandal: allegations with on-the-record comments from a former player the Astros turned to technology to devise a sign-stealing scheme during their greatest season.Sign stealing may be as old as baseball. From a clandestine buzzer-and-spyglass system the New York Giants invented to overtake... [More]
Tue Nov 1220:43MLB checking into report '17 Astros stole signs, broke rulesDanny FarquharRPMarinersFree Agent
Mike FiersSPBrewersFree Agent
Carson SmithSPMarinersFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Major League Baseball has expanded its investigation into the Houston Astros after The Athletic website reported the team stole signs during home games in 2017 by using a camera positioned in center field.The report Tuesday quoted pitcher Mike Fiers, who played for the Astros that season, and three other unidentified people with the club. The Astros won the World Series that year — two sources told The Athletic that Houston used the system into the playoffs while another source said the system ended before the postseason.The website said the process was started by a struggling hitter and a coach, neither of whom was identified. The camera at Minute Maid Park was connected to a television monitor in the tunnel between the Astros' dugout and clubhouse, The Athletic said, and team employees or players would communicate expected pitches by banging a trash can to signal off-speed pitches."I just want the game to be cleaned up a little bit because there are guys ... [More]
Tue Nov 1219:23MLB checking into report '17 Astros stole signs, broke rulesDanny FarquharRPMarinersFree Agent
Mike FiersSPBrewersFree Agent
Carson SmithSPMarinersFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Major League Baseball has expanded its investigation into the Houston Astros after The Athletic website reported the team stole signs during home games in 2017 by using a camera positioned in center field.The report Tuesday quoted pitcher Mike Fiers, who played for the Astros that season, and three other unidentified people with the club. The Astros won the World Series that year — two sources told The Athletic that Houston used the system into the playoffs while another source said the system ended before the postseason.The website said the process was started by a struggling hitter and a coach, neither of whom was identified. The camera at Minute Maid Park was connected to a television monitor in the tunnel between the Astros' dugout and clubhouse, The Athletic said, and team employees or players would communicate expected pitches by banging a trash can to signal off-speed pitches."I just want the game to be cleaned up a little bit because there are guys ... [More]
Tue Nov 1201:13Red Sox say Pedroia hopes to return next seasonDustin Pedroia2BRed SoxFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Dustin Pedroia is hoping to return to the Boston Red Sox next year after playing in just nine games during the past two seasons because of his injured left knee."Every indication I've gotten is that he's feeling good and intending on playing," Chaim Bloom, Boston's new chief baseball officer, said Monday after arriving at the annual general managers meetings.The 36-year-old second baseman lives in nearby Chandler, and Bloom has exchanged texts in the hope of setting up a meeting."I know he's working pretty hard to make sure he's in as good a shape as possible," Bloom said. "But mostly, certainly for me, a lot of it is going to be just getting to know him. Knowing his importance here and to this organization, wanted to make sure to build a rapport with him as quickly as I could."A four-time All-Star and the 2008 AL MVP, Pedroia has been slowed since a slide into his surgically repaired left knee at second base by Baltimore's Manny Machado on April 21, 2017. Pe... [More]
Mon Nov 1122:43Tampa Bay GM Erik Neander voted MLB Executive of the YearChris ArcherSPRaysFree Agent
Tyler GlasnowSPPiratesFree Agent
Austin MeadowsCFPiratesFree Agent
Charlie MortonSPPiratesFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays general manager Erik Neander has been voted Major League Baseball's Executive of the Year.Tampa Bay was 96-66, the second-most wins in team history, despite a big league-low payroll of $66 million. The Rays beat Oakland in the AL wild-card game, then lost to Houston in a five-game Division Series.Neander's moves included acquiring outfielder Austin Meadows and pitcher Tyler Glasnow at the 2018 trade deadline from Pittsburgh for pitcher Chris Archer, and signing free agent pitcher Charlie Morton ahead of the 2019 season.The 36-year-old Neander became the Rays' general manager in November 2016 and one year later replaced Matt Silverman as the team's top baseball official.New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman was second in voting announced Monday night on the first day of the annual GM meetings. Oakland Athletics executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and Minnesota Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey tied for third.Each team has one vote for the award, which began in 2018 and was won by Beane in its initial year.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Nov 1122:33Yankees plan to have talks with Cole, StrasburgDellin BetancesRPYankeesFree Agent
Aroldis ChapmanRPRedsFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
Brett GardnerLFYankeesFree Agent
Didi GregoriusSSDiamondbacksFree Agent
J.A. HappSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Aaron HicksCFTwinsFree Agent
Aaron JudgeFree Agent
Michael KingFree Agent
Jordan MontgomeryFree Agent
James PaxtonSPMarinersFree Agent
Luis SeverinoFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonRFMarlinsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
Gleyber TorresFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — After falling short of reaching the World Series for the 10th straight year, the New York Yankees intend to have conversations with top free agent pitchers Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg."It's a good time to be them," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday as the general managers meeting began. "Certainly we'll have conversations from our perspective. And they'll either lead to further ones or lesser ones."During a moonlit availability in a courtyard surrounded by palm trees, Cashman confirmed changes in the team's staff, led by Matt Blake replacing Larry Rothschild as pitching coach. He said New York has had conversations with the agents for several of its players who became free agents, including outfielder Brett Gardner, shortstop Didi Gregorius and reliever Dellin Betances.Starting pitching is the Yankees' biggest need following their loss to Houston in a six-game AL Championship Series. Manager Aaron Boone's rotation could use a premier arm... [More]
Mon Nov 1121:13Red Sox say Pedroia hopes to return next seasonDustin Pedroia2BRed SoxFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Dustin Pedroia is hoping to return to the Boston Red Sox next year after playing in just nine games during the past two seasons because of his injured left knee."Every indication I've gotten is that he's feeling good and intending on playing," Chaim Bloom, Boston's new chief baseball officer, said Monday after arriving at the annual general managers meetings.The 36-year-old second baseman lives in nearby Chandler, and Bloom has exchanged texts in the hope of setting up a meeting."I know he's working pretty hard to make sure he's in as good a shape as possible," Bloom said. "But mostly, certainly for me, a lot of it is going to be just getting to know him. Knowing his importance here and to this organization, wanted to make sure to build a rapport with him as quickly as I could."A four-time All-Star and the 2008 AL MVP, Pedroia has been slowed since a slide into his surgically repaired left knee at second base by Baltimore's Manny Machado on April 21, 2017. Pedroia had left knee surgery on Oct. 25, 2017, and was limited to three big league games in May 2018 and six this April, including four at second.His contract includes salaries of $13 million next year and $12 million in 2021, and he counts for $13.28 million toward Boston's luxury tax payroll.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Nov 1120:53Red Sox say Pedroia hopes to return next seasonDustin Pedroia2BRed SoxFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Dustin Pedroia is hoping to return to the Boston Red Sox next year after playing in just nine games during the past two seasons because of his injured left knee."Every indication I've gotten is that he's feeling good and intending on playing," Chaim Bloom, Boston's new chief baseball officer, said Monday after arriving at the annual general managers meetings.The 36-year-old second baseman lives in nearby Chandler, and Bloom has exchanged texts in the hope of setting up a meeting."I know he's working pretty hard to make sure he's in as good a shape as possible," Bloom said. "But mostly, certainly for me, a lot of it is going to be just getting to know him. Knowing his importance here and to this organization, wanted to make sure to build a rapport with him as quickly as I could."A four-time All-Star and the 2008 AL MVP, Pedroia has been slowed since a slide into his surgically repaired left knee at second base by Baltimore's Manny Machado on April 21, 2017. Pedroia had left knee surgery on Oct. 25, 2017, and was limited to three big league games in May 2018 and six this April, including four at second.His contract includes salaries of $13 million next year and $12 million in 2021, and he counts for $13.28 million toward Boston's luxury tax payroll.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun Nov 1021:52Indians Carrasco, Perez honored for strong 2019 seasonsCarlos CarrascoSPIndiansFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco's courage while fighting cancer and community service earned him another postseason honor.Carrasco won the Frank Gibbons-Steve Olin Good Guy Award, given annually by the Cleveland chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, for being accommodating with media members as well as for his work in the Cleveland community.The right-hander was honored along with catcher Roberto Pérez, who was named the team's Man of the Year.Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia in May. The 32-year-old was always available while battling the blood disorder and his inspirational battle became one of baseball's biggest stories this season. Carrasco was a unanimous selection by a panel of writers.Carrasco recently received the Roberto Clemente Award for his charitable efforts.Pérez emerged as one of the Indians' most consistent players in his first season as a full-time starter.After being a backup for the past five seasons, Pérez became a regular when the Indians traded Yan Gomes to Washington last winter. Pérez became the first catcher not to allow a passed ball in at least 118 games since Hall of Famer Johnny Bench in 1975.He also made just three errors in 1,137 total chances while playing on an ankle that required postseason surgery.Pérez batted .239 with a career-24 homers and 63 RBIs.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun Nov 1000:22Padres unveil new brown and gold color schemeEric Hosmer1BRoyalsFree Agent
Manny Machado3BOriolesFree Agent
Fernando Tatis Jr.Free Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Brown is back for the San Diego Padres.The Padres unveiled new uniforms Saturday night that feature a brown and gold color scheme, similar to the one used from the franchise's inception in 1969 through 1984.The new uniforms were unveiled at Petco Park in front a few thousand fans by players Fernando Tatis Jr., Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado.Machado modeled the home white uniform with brown pinstripes that included the word Padres in brown on the front, trimmed in gold.Hosmer showed off the solid brown primary road jersey with a yellow San Diego across the front, with sand pants.Tatis modeled a tan alternate road jersey with brown pinstripes. That jersey had San Diego across the front in brown and trimmed in gold.Fans have clamored for years for a return to the brown. The team's primary color scheme for several years has been blue and white."People wanted brown and we gave it to them," executive chairman Ron Fowler said. "Now we've got to start winning baseball games."... [More]
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