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Sat Jan 2509:07AP source: Rockies, Story reach $27.5 million, 2-year dealNolan Arenado3BRockiesMoneyball
David DahlLFRockiesFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — All-Star shortstop Trevor Story and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $27.5 million, two-year contract that avoids an arbitration hearing, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday night because the agreement was pending a physical and had not been announced. Story can become a free agent following the 2021 World Series. When players and teams exchanged proposed 2020 salaries in salary arbitration two weeks ago, he asked for $11.5 million and Colorado offered him $10.75 million.A slick fielder and power hitter, the 27-year-old Story had 35 home runs and 23 stolen bases last season — making him the second shortstop in major league history with multiple 30-20 seasons. Alex Rodriguez is the other.Story also set career highs in runs (111), batting average (.294) and on-base percentage (.363) in 2019.A first-round draft pick in 2011, Story is a career .276 hitter since making his debut in Apr... [More]
Fri Jan 2423:56AP source: Zimmerman, Nationals agree on $2M plus incentivesHowie Kendrick2B/LFNationalsFree Agent
Eric Thames1B/LFBrewersPoison Pills
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
Washington Nationals “face of the franchise” Ryan Zimmerman agreed to terms on a $2 million contract for 2020 that includes the possibility of earning $3 million more in incentives.The parameters of the deal were described to The Associated Press on Friday by a person familiar with the negotiations, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was still pending a physical exam.The incentives are based on the number of games the first baseman plays and how many plate appearances he gets.The person also said the 35-year-old Zimmerman was given a full no-trade clause.He already had gotten a $2 million buyout when the Nationals declined their $18 million option for next season.The new agreement was first reported by The Washington Post.When Zimmerman became a free agent, he figured he either would be back with the Nationals — or out of baseball.“I think I’ve made my intentions pretty clear,” Zimmerman said in December. “It’s either play some more here or play mo... [More]
Fri Jan 2423:56AP source: Story, Rockies agree to $27.5 million, 2-yr dealNolan Arenado3BRockiesMoneyball
David DahlLFRockiesFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — All-Star shortstop Trevor Story and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $27.5 million, two-year contract that avoids an arbitration hearing, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday night because the agreement was pending a physical and had not been announced. Story can become a free agent following the 2021 World Series. When players and teams exchanged proposed 2020 salaries in salary arbitration two weeks ago, he asked for $11.5 million and Colorado offered him $10.75 million.A slick fielder and power hitter, the 27-year-old Story had 35 home runs and 23 stolen bases last season — making him the second shortstop in major league history with multiple 30-20 seasons. Alex Rodriguez is the other one.Story also set career highs in runs (111), batting average (.294) and on-base percentage (.363) in 2019.A first-round draft pick in 2011, Story is a career .276 hitter since making his debut in... [More]
Fri Jan 2422:56Fiers declines to discuss whistleblower role in cheat scamMike FiersSPTigersFree Agent
Liam HendriksRPAthleticsFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers didn't have any more to say regarding his role as a whistleblower.Fiers declined Friday to answer questions about revealing the sign-stealing scam that has engulfed Major League Baseball, instead saying he simply wanted to focus on the future. He spoke a day ahead of an A's fan event, his first public appearance since divulging the Houston Astros used electronics to illicitly steal signs from opposing catchers in 2017.“I don't want this to be a distraction to them. I want them to be ready for the season," Fiers said. “For me it's all about getting ready for the season, playing baseball and not being a distraction to this team.”Fiers said he would take “baseball questions." As for the cheating scam and its aftermath, “I'm not talking about that right now," he said.“We're moving forward," he reiterated several times without saying whether he expected to face scrutiny with his decision to disclose the Astros' cheati... [More]
Fri Jan 2422:36Fiers declines to discuss whistle-blower role in cheat scamMike FiersSPTigersFree Agent
Liam HendriksRPAthleticsFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers didn't have any more to say regarding his role as a whistleblower.Fiers declined Friday to answer questions about revealing the sign-stealing scam that has engulfed Major League Baseball, instead saying he simply wanted to focus on the future. He spoke a day ahead of an A's fan event, his first public appearance since divulging the Houston Astros used electronics to illicitly steal signs from opposing catchers in 2017.“I don't want this to be a distraction to them. I want them to be ready for the season," Fiers said. “For me it's all about getting ready for the season, playing baseball and not being a distraction to this team.”Fiers said he would take “baseball questions." As for the cheating scam and its aftermath, “I'm not talking about that right now," he said.“We're moving forward," he reiterated several times without saying whether he expected to face scrutiny with his decision to disclose the Astros' cheati... [More]
Fri Jan 2422:06Twins express confidence in rotation that carries questionsHomer BaileySPRedsFree Agent
Randy DobnakFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBlue JaysWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Kyle GibsonSPTwinsFree Agent
Rich HillSPDodgersWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Justin MorneauDHFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPRaysBig Chee
Michael PinedaSPTwinsDodger Blue
Sean PoppenFree Agent
Devin SmeltzerFree Agent
Lewis ThorpeSPTwinsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins set a major league record for home runs last season. They created a bigger buzz with their recent signing of star third baseman Josh Donaldson to a $92 million, four-year contract — the richest in club history for a free agent. Still, the defending AL Central champions carry with them a pressing question. Is their starting pitching going to be strong enough to not only help them get back to the postseason but play deeper into October this time?With spring training less than three weeks away, diminishing the likelihood of another acquisition, the Twins have publicly expressed confidence in their rotation for 2020.“As it stands right now, I feel really good about the group we have and the ability to build around that,” president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said. He added: “We never say never to anything, but we feel like we have a lot of good guys in the mix.”Twins starters in 2019 ranked 11th in the majors in ERA (4.11) and sixt... [More]
Fri Jan 2421:26Fiers declines to discuss whistle-blower role in cheat scamMike FiersSPTigersFree Agent
Liam HendriksRPAthleticsFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers didn't have any more to say regarding his role as a whistle-blower.Fiers declined Friday to answer questions about revealing the sign-stealing scam that has engulfed Major League Baseball, instead saying he simply wanted to focus on the future. He spoke a day ahead of an A's fan event, his first public appearance since divulging the Houston Astros used electronics to illicitly steal signs from opposing catchers in 2017.“I don't want this to be a distraction to them, I want them to be ready for the season," Fiers said. “For me it's all about getting ready for the season, playing baseball and not being a distraction to this team.”Fiers said he would take “baseball questions." As for the cheating scam and its aftermath, “I'm not talking about that right now," he said.“We're moving forward," he reiterated several times without saying whether he expected to face scrutiny with his decision to disclose with the Astros' ... [More]
Fri Jan 2419:26Royals star Pérez becomes US Citizen at team's fan eventAlex GordonLFRoyalsFree Agent
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Already a World Series MVP, six-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove catcher, Salvador Pérez became something else when he stepped onto the main stage at the Kansas City Royals' annual FanFest: a U.S. citizen.Pérez took his oath of citizenship on Friday, the completion of a five-year process that he described as long and difficult, but well worth it.“I would rather be in the World Series, bases loaded, two outs, 3-2, hitting than go through that again,” he said. “I was shaking and my eyes were super big. But it was fun.”“Becoming a U.S. citizen is great," said Pérez, who was born and raised in Venezuela.Pérez missed all of 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery during spring training. He’s healthy and hopes to regain his old form, which include 162-game averages of 24 home runs, 87 RBIs and a .266 average.“My elbow is great,” he said, noting that he lost 22 pounds this offseason. “If everything goes well, I’ll be in the lineup on op... [More]
Fri Jan 2418:36Keuchel apologizes for 2017 Astros' sign-stealing scandalAlex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Mike FiersSPTigersFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
CHICAGO (AP) — Dallas Keuchel has become the first member of the 2017 Houston Astros to offer a public apology for the team's sign-stealing scheme during their run to the World Series championship.Speaking Friday at the fan convention for the Chicago White Sox, who signed the left-hander to a $55.5 million, three-year contract in December, Keuchel said he felt what happened was blown out of proportion, but he was sorry.“I'm not going to go into specific detail, but during the course of the playoffs in ‘17, everybody was using multiple signs," Keuchel said, “I mean, for factual purposes, when there’s nobody on base, when in the history of major league baseball has there been multiple signs?“It's just what the state of baseball was at that point and time," the former AL Cy Young Award winner said. “Was it against the rules? Yes it was, and I personally am sorry for what's come about, the whole situation."An investigation by Major League Baseball found the Astros used the vi... [More]
Fri Jan 2417:46Keuchel apologizes for 2017 Astros' sign-stealing scandalAlex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Mike FiersSPTigersFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
CHICAGO (AP) — Dallas Keuchel has become the first member of the 2017 Houston Astros to offer a public apology for the team's sign-stealing scheme during their run to the World Series championship.Speaking Friday at the fan convention for the Chicago White Sox, who signed the left-hander to a $55.5 million, three-year contract in December, Keuchel said he felt what happened was blown out of proportion, but he was sorry.“I'm not going to go into specific detail, but during the course of the playoffs in ‘17, everybody was using multiple signs," Keuchel said, “I mean, for factual purposes, when there’s nobody on base, when in the history of major league baseball has there been multiple signs?“It's just what the state of baseball was at that point and time," the former AL Cy Young Award winner said. “Was it against the rules? Yes it was, and I personally am sorry for what's come about, the whole situation."An investigation by Major League Baseball found the Astros used the vi... [More]
Fri Jan 2413:36Royals' Alex Gordon agrees to accept trades starting June 16Alex GordonLFRoyalsFree Agent
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Gordon agreed to consent to a trade by the Kansas City Royals starting June 16, an unusual provision in his new $4 million, one-year contract.Gordon has spent his entire career with the Royals and has the right to block trades under baseball's collective bargaining agreement because his has at least 10 years of major league service, including five or more with his current team. The Royals lost more than 100 games in each of the last two seasons and are not projected to contend.If the 35-year-old outfielder is traded, he would receive a $500,000 assignment bonus each time he is dealt, payable by the receiving team. In addition, if he is traded he would be eligible for $500,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances starting after the initial swap: $100,000 each for 50, 100, 150, 200 and 250.A three-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove winner, Gordon has an array of award bonuses: $100,000 for MVP and $50,000 for second through fifth in the vo... [More]
Fri Jan 2412:56Royals' Alex Gordon agrees to accept trades starting June 16Alex GordonLFRoyalsFree Agent
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Gordon agreed to consent to a trade by the Kansas City Royals starting June 16, an unusual provision in his new $4 million, one-year contract.Gordon has spent his entire career with the Royals and has the right to block trades under baseball's collective bargaining agreement because his has at least 10 years of major league service, including five or more with his current team. The Royals lost more than 100 games in each of the last two seasons and are not projected to contend.If the 35-year-old outfielder is traded, he would receive a $500,000 assignment bonus each time he is dealt, payable by the receiving team. In addition, if he is traded he would be eligible for $500,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances starting after the initial swap: $100,000 each for 50, 100, 150, 200 and 250.A three-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove winner, Gordon has an array of award bonuses: $100,000 for MVP and $50,000 for second through fifth in the vo... [More]
Thu Jan 2319:16Mariners expect Mitch Haniger to miss start of seasonBraden BishopCFMarinersFree Agent
Justin DunnFree Agent
Jake FraleyCFRaysFree Agent
Dee Gordon2BMarinersPoison Pills
Mitch HanigerCF/RFMarinersFree Agent
Kyle LewisFree Agent
Shed Long2BRedsFree Agent
Kyle Seager3BMarinersPoison Pills
Evan WhiteFree Agent
SEATTLE (AP) — This was already going to be a year where the Seattle Mariners would be relying heavily on young players and some of their top prospects right from the beginning of the season. Now the Mariners expect to be without one of their few veterans — likely for the first month. Outfielder Mitch Haniger is expected to miss the start of the regular season and likely needs to undergo core muscle surgery, general manager Jerry Dipoto said Thursday. Haniger suffered the injury during one of his offseason workouts earlier this week. Dipoto said the latest setback is tied to Haniger's injury issues from last season. “I was expecting him to show up for the first day of spring training ready to go but that does not appear to be the case,” Dipoto said. Haniger missed the final 3 1/2 months of the season after suffering a ruptured testicle and then experiencing back and core issues during his recovery. Haniger was limited to 63 games and batted .220 with 15 homers and 32 RBIs. A ye... [More]
Thu Jan 2317:36Tigers eyeing Triple-A Toledo for top prospectsC.J. Cron1BAngelsMoneyball
Austin RomineCYankeesFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — It could be another long season for the Detroit Tigers, but fans in the Motor City may not have to look far for signs of hope.About 60 miles down Interstate 75.“We've got some pretty good ones going to Triple-A Toledo," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. "They ought to be pretty happy down there. They're going to see some pretty good pitchers.”Gardenhire and general manager Al Avila indicated Thursday that some of Detroit's top prospects will likely spend time at Toledo this season. The Tigers are hoping to improve after losing 114 games in 2019, but they're also leery of rushing young players too quickly.Avila was asked about right-handers Casey Mize and Matt Manning, two of the game's top 20 prospects according to Baseball America. Although Avila didn't say anything certain about the organization's plans, it does not sound like those two will be joining the Tigers right away in the big leagues.“I think it would be our preference for them to start in Toledo —... [More]
Thu Jan 2314:56Mariners expect Mitch Haniger to miss start of seasonMitch HanigerCF/RFMarinersFree Agent
SEATTLE (AP) — Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger is expected to miss the start of the regular season and likely needs to undergo core muscle surgery, general manager Jerry Dipoto said Thursday. Haniger suffered the injury during one of his offseason workouts earlier this week. Dipoto said the latest setback is tied to Haniger's injury issues from last season. Haniger missed the final 3 1/2 months of the season after suffering a ruptured testicle and then experiencing back issues during his recovery. Haniger was limited to 63 games and batted .220 with 15 homers and 32 RBIs. A year earlier, Haniger was an All-Star after hitting .285 with 26 homers and 93 RBIs and an OPS of .859. Dipoto said the hope is that Haniger's recovery will take about six to eight weeks following the surgery. He could be ready to join the major league club sometime in late April. ___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Jan 2217:05Phillies add Liriano, Norris, Storen, Walker on minors dealsFrancisco LirianoRP/SPAstrosFree Agent
Bud NorrisRP/SPAngelsFree Agent
Drew StorenRPRedsFree Agent
Neil Walker2BBrewersSportsWiseGuy.com
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have signed left-hander Francisco Liriano, right-handers Bud Norris and Drew Storen and infielder Neil Walker to minor league contracts with invitations to attend major league spring training.Liriano was 5-3 with a 3.47 ERA in 69 relief appearances for Pittsburgh last season. The 36-year-old Liriano is 112-114 with a 4.15 ERA and has averaged 9.01 strikeouts per nine innings over 419 career games.Norris hasn't pitched in the majors since 2018 when he had a 3.59 ERA with 28 saves in 33 opportunities for St. Louis. Norris, who turns 35 on March 2, attended major league spring training with Toronto last year. He is 67-90 with 47 saves and a 4.45 ERA in 355 career games, including 188 starts.Storen last pitched in the majors in 2017 for Cincinnati, posting a 4.45 ERA over 58 games. He made nine relief appearances for Kansas City's Double-A affiliate in 2019. The 32-year-old Storen is 29-18 with 99 saves and a 3.45 ERA in 470 career relief appearances.Walker batted .261 with a .344 on-base percentage, eight homers and 38 RBIs in 115 games for Miami last season. The 34-year-old switch-hitter has a .267 average, 149 homers and 606 RBIs in 1,288 career games. ___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Jan 2214:15Royals sign veteran OF Alex Gordon to $4M contract for 2020Hunter Dozier3BRoyalsFree Agent
Heath FillmyerSPAthleticsFree Agent
Maikel Franco3BPhilliesOld Hoss
Alex GordonLFRoyalsFree Agent
Whit Merrifield2BRoyalsFree Agent
Brett PhillipsCFBrewersFree Agent
Bubba StarlingCFRoyalsFree Agent
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals signed outfielder Alex Gordon to a $4 million contract for next season, giving the rebuilding club a veteran presence in what is expected to be a young lineup under new manager Mike Matheny.The Royals designated right-hander Heath Fillmyer for assignment Wednesday in a corresponding roster move.The 35-year-old Gordon, a three-time All-Star, won his seventh Gold Glove last season to move within one of Frank White for the most in franchise history. He committed just one error in 146 games played in the outfield. His seven outfield assists tied him for third among big league left fielders, and his .266 batting average was his best since the 2015 season.Gordon was even called upon to pitch twice in games that got out of hand.One of the club's most popular players, Gordon said late last season that he was leaning toward returning in 2020 but wanted to spend some time discussing his future with his family. The move also had to make financial s... [More]
Wed Jan 2211:25Royals sign veteran OF Alex Gordon to $4M contract for 2020Heath FillmyerSPAthleticsFree Agent
Alex GordonLFRoyalsFree Agent
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals signed outfielder Alex Gordon to a $4 million contract for next season, giving the rebuilding club a veteran presence in what is expected to be a young lineup under new manager Mike Matheny.The Royals designated right-hander Heath Fillmyer for assignment Wednesday in a corresponding roster move.The 35-year-old Gordon, a three-time All-Star, won his seventh Gold Glove last season to move within one of Frank White for the most in franchise history. He committed just one error in 146 games played in the outfield. His seven outfield assists tied him for third among big league left fielders, and his .266 batting average was his best since the 2015 season.Gordon was even called upon to pitch twice in games that got out of hand.The former Nebraska standout is among the most popular players in Kansas City. He already ranks in the top 10 on several franchise lists, including fourth in homers with 186 and sixth in hits with 1,609 in his 13 seasons.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jan 2121:25Jeter 1 vote shy of unanimous, Walker also elected to HallDavid OrtizDHRed SoxFree Agent
Alex RodriguezDHFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Known for two decades as No. 2, Derek Jeter is now linked to the number 1 — as in, who was the lone Hall of Fame voter who didn't put a check mark next to his name?Jeter came within one vote of being a unanimous pick, falling just shy of the standard set when longtime New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera became the first unanimous selection last year. Larry Walker also earned baseball's highest honor Tuesday in his last chance on the ballot.For now, the identity and motivation of the non-conformist remains a mystery.“Well, I look at all the votes that I got," Jeter said. “Trying to get that many people to agree on something is pretty difficult to do. So that's not something that's on mind."Longtime shortstop and captain of the Yankees, Jeter appeared on 396 of 397 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. His 99.7% moved above Ken Griffey Jr. (99.3%) for the second-highest share.Jeter was listed on all 219 ballots made public by Ryan Thib... [More]
Tue Jan 2121:05Free agent OF Ozuna, Braves reach $18 million, 1-year dealJohan Camargo3B/SSBravesFree Agent
Nicholas Castellanos3B/RFTigersSportsWiseGuy.com
Josh Donaldson3BBlue JaysWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Adam DuvallLFRedsLas Vegas Giants
Tyler FlowersCBravesFree Agent
Cole HamelsSPRangersThe Seals Guys
Ender InciarteCFBravesWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Nick MarkakisRFBravesBig Chee
Chris MartinRPRangersFree Agent
Marcell OzunaCF/LFCardinalsRoto Value
Austin RileyFree Agent
Will SmithRPGiantsFree Agent
Travis d'ArnaudCMetsFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves found their new cleanup hitter when then reached an agreement with free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna on an $18 million, one-year deal Tuesday.Ozuna joins the team he helped beat in the playoffs last October. He hit .429 with two home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals in their five-game win over the Braves in the NL Division Series.“We just focused on the player we thought was the best fit here,” Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. “We were looking for a middle of the order bat.”The 29-year-old Ozuna hit .241 with 29 home runs and 89 RBIs last season. His low batting average was something on an oddity because he ranked among the major league leaders in the highest percentage of hard-hit balls, according to Statcast.Ozuna will be the probable choice to fill the fourth spot in the Braves lineup that was left vacant when third baseman Josh Donaldson signed a $92 million, four-year deal with Minnesota.“The projection is he will bat cl... [More]
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