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Mon Dec 1015:31The Latest: New Reds skip Bell talking to Bailey about roleCarlos AsuajeFree Agent
Liam HendriksSPBlue JaysFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Major League Baseball's winter meetings (all times local):12:15 p.m.New Reds manager David Bell says he's talked to pitcher Homer Bailey about his role in the future. Bell says it was a good conversation and nothing has been finalized.Bailey went 1-14 with a 6.09 ERA last season, losing his last nine decisions and his spot in the rotation. The Reds went 1-19 in the games he started.The 32-year-old right-hander, who has pitched two no-hitters for the Reds, has been beset by serious injuries in recent years, including Tommy John surgery.The Reds gave Bailey a six-year, $105 million contract in 2014. He has one year left on his contract for $23 million, with an option for 2020 that includes a $5 million buyout."He's had such a great career. My focus and our focus is how can we maximize who he is, not only for us but who he is, and how he can feel great about the career he's had and be able to contribute. That's really the focus there," Bell said."Try to pu... [More]
Mon Dec 1015:21AP Source: Royals, Hamilton agree to $5.25M contractBrian GoodwinCFNationalsFree Agent
Billy HamiltonCFRedsFree Agent
Whit Merrifield2BRoyalsFree Agent
Mike Moustakas3BRoyalsFree Agent
Brett PhillipsFree Agent
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals and speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton have agreed to a $5.25 million contract for next season that includes up to $1 million in incentives, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday.The Royals hope that spacious Kauffman Stadium will allow Hamilton to better use his speed than the bandbox of Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, where he spent his first six seasons with the Reds. The person who confirmed the deal spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal was pending a physical.The 28-year-old Hamilton made his big league debut in 2013, then proceeded to have four consecutive seasons in which he stole at least 50 bases. That number dipped to 34 last season, when the switch-hitting Hamilton hit .236 with four homers and 29 RBIs as the Reds' everyday center fielder.The Reds ultimately did not tender Hamilton a contract after paying him $4.6 million in the second year of arbitration. The Royal... [More]
Mon Dec 1015:21Sunday night baseball games an hour earlier in 2019Nathan EovaldiSPMarlinsFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Baseball players may get a little more sleep when traveling after Sunday night games next year.ESPN announced Monday it is moving up the starting time of the nationally televised game by one hour, with the first pitch planned for shortly after 7 p.m. Eastern."From a travel perspective, it's amazing what (difference) one hour can make," said Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, whose World Series champions already have been selected for five Sunday night games next year.Philadelphia hosts Atlanta in the first Sunday night game next season, on March 31, the second game of a television doubleheader that begins with Texas playing the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.Among other Sunday night games next year will be a World Series rematch between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston at Fenway Park on July 14, four games between the Red Sox and New York Yankees (June 2 and Aug. 4 in the Bronx, July 28 and Sept. 8 in Boston) and the Little League Class... [More]
Mon Dec 1015:11The Latest: Mariners claim Cowart, list him as pitcherCarlos AsuajeFree Agent
Billy HamiltonCFRedsFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Major League Baseball's winter meetings (all times local):12:05 p.m.The Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants have added players on waiver claims.The Mariners made the most interesting move, taking Kaleb Cowart from the Los Angeles Angels and announcing him as an infielder and right-handed pitcher.A prep star on the mound and at the plate, the 26-year-old Cowart has not pitched since the Angels drafted in the first round in 2010. He hit .134 with 10 RBIs in 47 games with Los Angeles last season.Texas acquired infielder Carlos Asuaje after he was cut by San Diego last week. The 27-year-old hit .240 in parts of the last three seasons with the Padres, and did well in the field at second base.The Giants got outfielder Mike Gerber from Detroit. The 26-year-old made his big league debut last season and went 4 for 42 in 18 games for the Tigers.___11:30 a.m.Phillies manager Gabe Kapler intends to be publicly critical of his players more in hi... [More]
Mon Dec 1015:11Kapler intends to be publicly critical of Phillies playersManny Machado3BOriolesSportsWiseGuy.com
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Phillies manager Gabe Kapler intends to be more publicly critical of his players in his second season following his team's late fade.Philadelphia led the NL East in early August, then went 16-33 and wound up with its sixth straight losing record at 80-82."One thing that I can do immediately that I think will really resonate well with our fans in Philadelphia is ... as much as I illuminate some of the things we're doing very well, I can be a little more assertive in illuminating the things that we need to work on," he said Monday at the winter meetings. "I do think that our fans demand that we hold them accountable. I think that I've shared and demonstrated to our fans that I do that behind closed doors. And I think that many of them would like to see me create that really high bar publicly. And I'm committed to doing that."Phillies president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail reinforced that message during an offseason dinner."Andy did say that he thinks that holdi... [More]
Mon Dec 1014:41The Latest: Phils manager Kapler plans to call out poor playJalen BeeksFree Agent
Billy HamiltonCFRedsFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Major League Baseball's winter meetings (all times local):11:30 a.m.Phillies manager Gabe Kapler intends to be publicly critical of his players more in his second season following his team's late fade.Philadelphia led the NL East in early August, then went 16-33 and wound up with its sixth straight losing record at 80-82."One thing that I can do immediately that I think will really resonate well with our fans in Philadelphia is ... as much as I illuminate some of the things we're doing very well, I can be a little more assertive in illuminating the things that we need to work on. And I'm committed to taking that step," he said.Kapler said he wouldn't get on a player "just for the sake of calling them out.""However, I do think that our fans demand that we hold them accountable. I think that I've shared and demonstrated to our fans that I do that behind closed doors. And I think that many of them would like to see me create that really high bar publicly. ... [More]
Mon Dec 1013:51AP Source: Royals, Hamilton agree to $5.25M contractBilly HamiltonCFRedsFree Agent
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says the Kansas City Royals and outfielder Billy Hamilton have agreed to a $5.25 million contract for next season that includes up to $1 million in incentives.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal was pending a physical. No official announcement was expected as general managers were meeting in Las Vegas.Hamilton made $4.6 million with the Cincinnati Reds last season, when he was their everyday center fielder, but he was not tendered a contract for this season. The career .236 hitter's biggest attribute is his speed — he stole at least 50 bases four straight seasons before dipping to 34 last season.He helps to solidify what had been a shaky outfield for Kansas City last season.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun Dec 916:41As winter meetings arrive, a look at the top MLB free agentsMatt Adams1BCardinalsFree Agent
Cody AllenRPIndiansMoneyball
Michael BrantleyCF/LFIndiansLas Vegas Giants
Zach BrittonRPOriolesFree Agent
Asdrubal Cabrera2B/SSNationalsMoneyball
Robinson Canó2BMarinersDodger Blue
Patrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksTexas BigSticks
Nelson CruzDH/LF/RFOriolesJetBlack
Josh Donaldson3BAthleticsThe Seals Guys
Brian Dozier2BTwinsSportsWiseGuy.com
Carlos GonzálezLFRockiesLas Vegas Giants
Marwin GonzálezSSAstrosFree Agent
Yasmani Grandal1B/CPadresFree Agent
J.A. HappSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Bryce HarperLFNationalsSportsWiseGuy.com
Matt HarveySPMetsLas Vegas Giants
Adeiny HechavarriaSSMarlinsFree Agent
Kelvin HerreraRPRoyalsFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Craig KimbrelRPBravesOld Hoss
Ian Kinsler2BTigersBig Poison
DJ LeMahieu2BRockiesFree Agent
Lance LynnSPCardinalsThe Seals Guys
Manny Machado3BOriolesSportsWiseGuy.com
Andrew McCutchenCFPiratesDodger Blue
Andrew MillerRPOriolesFree Agent
Logan Morrison1B/RFMarinersFree Agent
Charlie MortonSPPiratesFree Agent
Mike Moustakas3BRoyalsFree Agent
Bud NorrisSPOriolesFree Agent
Adam OttavinoRPRockiesFree Agent
James PaxtonSPMarinersFree Agent
Oliver PérezRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
A.J. PollockCFDiamondbacksLas Vegas Giants
Drew PomeranzRPAthleticsFree Agent
Wilson RamosCNationalsTexas BigSticks
David RobertsonRPYankeesJetBlack
Paul Goldschmidt and Robinson Cano have already switched teams this offseason, going to the Cardinals and Mets in major trades.As for Manny Machado and Bryce Harper — the jewels of the free agent market — they're still waiting.Patrick Corbin and Josh Donaldson are already signed, but there are plenty of significant free agents still available heading into the winter meetings this week. The market appears less sluggish than a year ago, and Machado and Harper will remain focal points.Here's a look at the top free agents — broken down by position — who are still available. Players are listed with their most recent teams, with their ages in parentheses:LEFT-HANDED STARTERDallas Keuchel, Astros (30)With Corbin off the board , Keuchel may be the top remaining starter on the market. He slipped a bit after his Cy Young-winning performance of 2015, but this past season was encouraging from a health standpoint. He made a career-high 34 starts and posted a 3.74 ERA.Other options: J.A. Hap... [More]
Sun Dec 915:51As winter meetings arrive, a look at the top MLB free agentsMatt Adams1BCardinalsFree Agent
Cody AllenRPIndiansMoneyball
Michael BrantleyCF/LFIndiansLas Vegas Giants
Zach BrittonRPOriolesFree Agent
Asdrubal Cabrera2B/SSNationalsMoneyball
Robinson Canó2BMarinersDodger Blue
Patrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksTexas BigSticks
Nelson CruzDH/LF/RFOriolesJetBlack
Josh Donaldson3BAthleticsThe Seals Guys
Brian Dozier2BTwinsSportsWiseGuy.com
Carlos GonzálezLFRockiesLas Vegas Giants
Marwin GonzálezSSAstrosFree Agent
Yasmani Grandal1B/CPadresFree Agent
J.A. HappSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Bryce HarperLFNationalsSportsWiseGuy.com
Matt HarveySPMetsLas Vegas Giants
Adeiny HechavarriaSSMarlinsFree Agent
Kelvin HerreraRPRoyalsFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Craig KimbrelRPBravesOld Hoss
Ian Kinsler2BTigersBig Poison
DJ LeMahieu2BRockiesFree Agent
Lance LynnSPCardinalsThe Seals Guys
Manny Machado3BOriolesSportsWiseGuy.com
Andrew McCutchenCFPiratesDodger Blue
Andrew MillerRPOriolesFree Agent
Logan Morrison1B/RFMarinersFree Agent
Charlie MortonSPPiratesFree Agent
Mike Moustakas3BRoyalsFree Agent
Bud NorrisSPOriolesFree Agent
Adam OttavinoRPRockiesFree Agent
James PaxtonSPMarinersFree Agent
Oliver PérezRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
A.J. PollockCFDiamondbacksLas Vegas Giants
Drew PomeranzRPAthleticsFree Agent
Wilson RamosCNationalsTexas BigSticks
David RobertsonRPYankeesJetBlack
Paul Goldschmidt and Robinson Cano have already switched teams this offseason, going to the Cardinals and Mets in major trades.As for Manny Machado and Bryce Harper — the jewels of the free agent market — they're still waiting.Patrick Corbin and Josh Donaldson are already signed, but there are plenty of significant free agents still available heading into the winter meetings this week. The market appears less sluggish than a year ago, and Machado and Harper will remain focal points.Here's a look at the top free agents — broken down by position — who are still available. Players are listed with their most recent teams, with their ages in parentheses:LEFT-HANDED STARTERDallas Keuchel, Astros (30)With Corbin off the board , Keuchel may be the top remaining starter on the market. He slipped a bit after his Cy Young-winning performance of 2015, but this past season was encouraging from a health standpoint. He made a career-high 34 starts and posted a 3.74 ERA.Other options: J.A. Hap... [More]
Sat Dec 818:40Napoli announces retirement after 12-year MLB careerMike Napoli1BRed SoxWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Mike Napoli has announced his retirement after 12 years in the majors that included three trips to the World Series.The 37-year-old Napoli, who did not play last season because of a knee injury, announced his decision Saturday on Twitter .Napoli batted .246 with 267 homers and 744 RBIs over 1,392 games with the Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians. He entered the majors as a catcher before switching to first base.He had his best season in 2016 when he helped lead the Indians to the World Series. Napoli set career highs with 34 homers and 101 RBIs and was invaluable as a clubhouse leader for manager Terry Francona.He helped Boston win the Series in 2013 and reached the Fall Classic with the Rangers in 2011. Napoli was an All-Star in 2012.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat Dec 815:20Venezuelan baseball fans mourn death of ex-major leaguersAsdrubal Cabrera2B/SSNationalsMoneyball
Carlos Rivero3BRed SoxFree Agent
Luis Valbuena2B/3BCubsFree Agent
BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela (AP) — Dozens of Venezuelans waited in line outside a chapel in the state of Lara on Saturday, hoping to bid farewell to former major league baseball player Luis Valbuena, who was killed in a car accident along with teammate Jose Castillo.The corpse of Castillo was moved earlier in the morning to a different central-west state.The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo were both former players for the Houston Astros.They died late Thursday when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer around an object put on the road. Officials said some bandits place or throw objects on highways to force vehicles to stop so they can rob the occupants.Yaracuy state Gov. Julio Leon Heredia said four people were detained after being found with property of the athletes.Valbuena and Castillo were teammates on the Cardenales de Lara team in the Venezuelan winter league and were returning from a game in the capital when the crash occurred en route to the city of Barquisimeto in ... [More]
Sat Dec 815:10Venezuelan baseball fans mourn death of ex-major leaguersAsdrubal Cabrera2B/SSNationalsMoneyball
Carlos Rivero3BRed SoxFree Agent
BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela (AP) — Dozens of Venezuelans waited in lines outside a chapel in the state of Lara on Saturday, hoping to bid farewell to former major league baseball player Luis Valbuena, who was killed in a car accident along with teammate Jose Castillo.The corpse of Castillo was moved earlier in the morning to a different central-west state.The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo were both former players for the Houston Astros.They died late Thursday when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer around an object put on the road. Officials said some bandits place or throw objects on highways to force vehicles to stop so they can rob the occupants.Yaracuy state Gov. Julio Leon Heredia said four people were detained after being found with property of the athletes.Valbuena and Castillo were teammates on the Cardenales de Lara team in the Venezuelan winter league and were returning from a game in the capital when the crash occurred en route to the city of Barquisimeto in Lara.No others details about the incident were available.On Saturday, their deaths caused an outpouring of grief as fellow teammates, family members and fans wore shirts from the winter league and lined up to say goodbye.Retired Cardenales player Robert Perez and Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera were both in attendance.Cardenales third baseman Carlos Rivero, who survived the crash, visited the chapel wearing dark sunglasses and bore a small bruise on his forehead.
Sat Dec 812:00Kluber, Bauer, Greinke could be dangled at winter meetingsRobinson Canó2BMarinersDodger Blue
Patrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksTexas BigSticks
Josh Donaldson3BAthleticsThe Seals Guys
Nathan EovaldiSPMarlinsFree Agent
Paul Goldschmidt1BDiamondbacksWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Zack GreinkeSPDodgersRotoValue
Bryce HarperLFNationalsSportsWiseGuy.com
Brad KellerFree Agent
Craig KimbrelRPBravesOld Hoss
Manny Machado3BOriolesSportsWiseGuy.com
A.J. PollockCFDiamondbacksLas Vegas Giants
J.T. RealmutoCMarlinsFree Agent
Victor ReyesFree Agent
Kyle Seager3BMarinersRotoValue
Burch SmithSPPadresFree Agent
Carlos TocciFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Zack Greinke and Madison Bumgarner appear to be available for teams looking to bolster starting rotations.Hometown star Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the two top free agents, remain unsigned heading into the traditional high-point of the offseason.Catcher J.T. Realmuto, third baseman Kyle Seager could be among the position players dangled as trade bait in the suites of Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay, where executives and agents gather next week for the annual swap session, which in an age of complicated finances and medical records serves as a midpoint for talks as much as a place to finish deals.Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein predicted the week will be "really active.""It seems like there is plenty of trade talk, and there are still a lot of good free agents out there," he said. "A couple of moves have already occurred that sort of always set the stage for increased activity in the next week or so."First baseman Pau... [More]
Fri Dec 721:00Ex-major leaguers Valbuena, Castillo die in Venezuela crashCarlos Rivero3BRed SoxFree Agent
Luis Valbuena2B/3BCubsFree Agent
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash in Venezuela caused by highway bandits who then robbed them, officials said Friday.The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thursday when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer around an object on the road, Yaracuy state Gov. Julio Leon Heredia said on his Twitter account. Officials said some bandits place or throw objects on highways to force vehicles to stop or crash so they can rob the occupants.Heredia said four people have been detained after being found with property of the athletes.Valbuena and Castillo were teammates on the Cardenales de Lara team in the Venezuelan winter league and were returning from a game in the capital when the crash occurred en route to the city of Barquisimeto.Third baseman Carlos Rivero was in the car and survived, according to the website beisbolplay.Valbuena, an 11-year major league veteran, hit .199 with nine homers and... [More]
Fri Dec 719:10Nats GM: Corbin, Harper 'independent'; owner thinks OF gonePatrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksTexas BigSticks
Bryce HarperLFNationalsSportsWiseGuy.com
Max ScherzerSPTigersMoneyball
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsSportsWiseGuy.com
Ryan Zimmerman3B/LFNationalsOld Hoss
WASHINGTON (AP) — As with most things involving the Washington Nationals' offseason, a day that was supposed to be all about introducing Patrick Corbin morphed into a day about Bryce Harper.Washington announced its six-year contract with Corbin, a heavily back-loaded deal worth $140 million, and the All-Star lefty starter donned a No. 46 Nationals jersey as rotation-mates Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg looked on from the front row Friday. After the news conference, general manager Mike Rizzo was asked a key question:How might the big bucks he used to outbid the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies for Corbin affect the pursuit of Washington's own big-deal free agent, right fielder Harper?"I think they're independent of each other. I really do. We've gone about this business of creating a roster for 2019, and at the end of the day, we'll figure out whether that includes 'Harp' or not," Rizzo said. "We thought it was good business — we had to fix the things we needed to fix... [More]
Fri Dec 717:50Cards' Goldschmidt is not thinking beyond 2019 seasonMatt Carpenter2B/3BCardinalsMoneyball
Paul Goldschmidt1BDiamondbacksWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Luke GregersonRPAthleticsSportsWiseGuy.com
Carson Kelly3BCardinalsFree Agent
Albert Pujols1B/DHAngelsDodger Blue
Luke WeaverFree Agent
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Now that he is with the St. Louis Cardinals, Paul Goldschmidt is not thinking beyond the 2019 season.The six-time All-Star was acquired from Arizona this week and will earn $14.5 million in the final season of a seven-year deal that will pay $46 million, including a $1 million assignment bonus for the trade. If he doesn't sign a new contract, he would be among the top free agents next offseason."Try not to have any distractions, so anything like that won't be on my mind," Goldschmidt said at his introductory news conference Friday. "I think the biggest thing is I'm excited to be here, excited to be part of this team and organization and just focused on getting ready for spring training and opening day and the season and trying to help us win."St. Louis has a history of acquiring sluggers and signing them to long-term contracts, such as Mark McGwire and Matt Holliday."It's always hard to pencil out these types of deals when you only have one year of control," presiden... [More]
Fri Dec 717:10Nats GM: Corbin, Harper 'independent'; owner thinks OF gonePatrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksTexas BigSticks
Bryce HarperLFNationalsSportsWiseGuy.com
Max ScherzerSPTigersMoneyball
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsSportsWiseGuy.com
Ryan Zimmerman3B/LFNationalsOld Hoss
WASHINGTON (AP) — As with most things involving the Washington Nationals' offseason, a day that was supposed to be all about introducing Patrick Corbin morphed into a day about Bryce Harper.Washington announced its six-year contract with Corbin, a deal worth $140 million, and the All-Star lefty starter donned a No. 46 Nationals jersey as rotation-mates Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg looked on from the front row Friday. After the news conference, general manager Mike Rizzo was asked a key question:How might the big bucks he used to outbid the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies for Corbin affect the pursuit of Washington's own big-deal free agent, right fielder Harper?"I think they're independent of each other. I really do. We've gone about this business of creating a roster for 2019, and at the end of the day, we'll figure out whether that includes 'Harp' or not," Rizzo said. "We thought it was good business — we had to fix the things we needed to fix. 'Harp' is a big pa... [More]
Fri Dec 716:40Nats GM says Corbin signing 'independent' of Harper pursuitPatrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksTexas BigSticks
Bryce HarperLFNationalsSportsWiseGuy.com
Max ScherzerSPTigersMoneyball
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsSportsWiseGuy.com
Ryan Zimmerman3B/LFNationalsOld Hoss
WASHINGTON (AP) — As with most things involving the Washington Nationals' offseason, a day that was supposed to be all about introducing Patrick Corbin morphed into a day about Bryce Harper.Washington announced its six-year contract with Corbin, a deal worth $140 million, and the All-Star lefty starter donned a No. 46 Nationals jersey as rotation-mates Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg looked on from the front row Friday. After the news conference, general manager Mike Rizzo was asked a key question:How might the big bucks he used to outbid the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies for Corbin affect the pursuit of Washington's own big-deal free agent, right fielder Harper?"I think they're independent of each other. I really do. We've gone about this business of creating a roster for 2019, and at the end of the day, we'll figure out whether that includes 'Harp' or not," Rizzo said. "We thought it was good business — we had to fix the things we needed to fix. 'Harp' is a big pa... [More]
Fri Dec 715:40Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crash in VenezuelaCarlos Rivero3BRed SoxFree Agent
Luis Valbuena2B/3BCubsFree Agent
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash caused by highway bandits who then robbed them, officials said Friday.The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thursday when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer around an object placed in the road, Yaracuy state Gov. Julio Leon Heredia said on his Twitter account.He said four people have been detained after being found with property of the athletes.Valbuena and Castillo were teammates on the Cardenales de Lara team in the Venezuelan winter league and were returning from a game in the capital when the crash occurred en route to the city of Barquisimeto.Third baseman Carlos Rivero was in the car and survived, according to the website beisbolplay.Valbuena, an 11-year major league veteran, hit .199 with nine homers and 33 RBIs in 96 games this year for the Los Angeles Angels, who released him on Aug. 7."I will miss Luis' banter, smile, genuine love for his... [More]
Fri Dec 714:50Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crash in VenezuelaCarlos Rivero3BRed SoxFree Agent
Luis Valbuena2B/3BCubsFree Agent
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash caused by highway bandits who then robbed them, officials said Friday.The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thursday when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer around an object placed in the road, Yaracuy state Gov. Julio Leon Heredia said on his Twitter account.He said four people have been detained after being found with property of the athletes.Valbuena and Castillo were teammates on the Cardenales de Lara team in the Venezuelan winter league and were returning from a game in the capital when the crash occurred en route to the city of Barquisimeto.Third baseman Carlos Rivero was in the car and survived, according to the website beisbolplay.Valbuena, an 11-year major league veteran, hit .199 with nine homers and 33 RBIs in 96 games this year for the Los Angeles Angels, who released him on Aug. 7."I will miss Luis' banter, smile, genuine love for his... [More]
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