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Thu Oct 2920:52Yanks plan to exercise Britton option, not Gardner or HappZack BrittonRPOriolesSportsWiseGuy.com
Manuel MargotCFPadresFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees plan to plan to exercise two option years on reliever Zack Britton worth $27 million and to decline options on outfielder Brett Gardner and pitcher J.A. Happ. The decisions were disclosed by a person familiar with the team’s decisions who spoke on the condition of anonymity Thursday because they had not been announced. Gardner and Happ would become eligible for free agency. Gardner would get a $2.5 million buyout rather than a $10 million salary. Happ’s deal did not have a buyout. Britton, a 32-year-old left-hander, was 1-2 with a 1.89 ERA in 20 appearances, getting eight saves and filling the closer role when Aroldis Chapman was sidelined by COVID-19 from the start of the shortened season until Aug. 17. His deal calls for salaries of $13 million next year and $14 million in 2022. In addition to the team’s two-year option, Britton’s contract included a $13 million player option for 2021. Gardner, 37, has been with the Yankees since 2008 and is thei... [More]
Thu Oct 2920:22Yanks plan to exercise Britton option, not Gardner or HappZack BrittonRPOriolesSportsWiseGuy.com
Manuel MargotCFPadresFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees plan to plan to exercise two option years on reliever Zack Britton worth $27 million and to decline options on outfielder Brett Gardner and pitcher J.A. Happ. The decisions were disclosed by a person familiar with the team’s decisions who spoke on the condition of anonymity Thursday because they had not been announced. Gardner and Happ would become eligible for free agency. Gardner would get a $2.5 million buyout rather than a $10 million salary. Happ’s deal did not have a buyout. Britton, a 32-year-old left-hander, was 1-2 with a 1.89 ERA in 20 appearances, getting eight saves and filling the closer role when Aroldis Chapman was sidelined by COVID-19 from the start of the shortened season until Aug. 17. His deal calls for salaries of $13 million next year and $14 million in 2022. In addition to the team’s two-year option, Britton’s contract included a $13 million player option for 2021. Gardner, 37, has been with the Yankees since 2008 and is thei... [More]
Thu Oct 2919:22Mariners re-sign RHP Kendall Graveman to $1.25M, 1-year dealKendall GravemanSPAthleticsFree Agent
SEATTLE (AP) — Right-hander Kendall Graveman and the Seattle Mariners agreed to a $1.25 million one-year contract on Thursday after the team declined his $3.5 million option in favor of a $500,000 buyout. Graveman agreed last year to a $2 million deal that included a $1.5 million salary for 2020 plus the option year. He earned $555,556 in prorated pay. He made two starts before going on the injured list with a neck spasm. Graveman later revealed he has a benign bone tumor in his cervical spine, but could continue pitching and would be most effective as reliever. Graveman made nine appearances out of the bullpen in September and was 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 10 innings pitched. Graveman’s longest relief outing was two scoreless innings in his final appearance of the season against Oakland. Graveman will turn 30 before the start of next season. He previously pitched for Toronto and Oakland. His new deal includes $500,000 in performance bonuses for innings: $100,000 each for 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60. He also can earn $1.5 million for games finished: $500,000 apiece for 20, 30 and 40. Brach also can make $500,000 in roster bonuses: $100,000 each for 30, 60, 90, 120 and 150 days on the active major league roster. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Oct 2918:42White Sox reunite with La Russa, hire Hall of Fame managerTim AndersonSSWhite SoxFree Agent
Lucas GiolitoSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPDiamondbacksRoto Value
CHICAGO (AP) — Tony La Russa didn't envision returning to the dugout when he stood at the podium in Cooperstown six years ago and took his place alongside baseball's greats. That started to change the past few seasons. And he simply couldn't resist the opportunity the Chicago White Sox gave him. La Russa, the Hall of Famer who won a World Series with the Oakland Athletics and two more with the St. Louis Cardinals, is returning to manage the White Sox 34 years after they fired him. The 76-year-old La Russa rejoins the franchise where his big-league managing career began more than four decades ago. He takes over for Rick Renteria after what the White Sox insisted was a mutual agreement to split. “How rare it is to get an opportunity to manage a team that's this talented and this close to winning,” La Russa said. “Most of the time your chances are the opposite. The combination of looking forward to getting back down there and ... the White Sox making the call with a chance to win ... [More]
Thu Oct 2917:42Darren O’Day’s $3.5 million option declined by the BravesA.J. MinterRPBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Right-hander Darren O’Day’s $3.5 million club option for 2021 has been declined by the Atlanta Braves, making him eligible for free agency. O’Day receives a $250,000 buyout, completing a deal originally set to guarantee $2.5 million. He had a $2.25 million salary this year, which wound up being worth $833,333 in prorated pay for the shortened season. O’Day was 4-0 with a 1.10 ERA in 19 relief appearances this season, striking out 22 and walking five in 16 1/3 innings. He made five postseason appearances, allowing two runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings. O'Day gave up singles to Joc Pederson and Chris Taylor in Game 2 of the NL Championship Series, and both runners scored when Corey Seager homered off A.J. Minter in the Braves' 8-7 win. More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Oct 2915:32Dozen MLB players have options turned down, go freeChris ArcherSPRaysDodger Blue
Howie Kendrick2B/LFNationalsFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — What figures to be a down and perhaps brutal market for baseball free agents in the offseason following the pandemic began Wednesday when a dozen players were told their contract options had been declined, among them St. Louis Cardinals Gold Glove second baseman Kolten Wong. The 30-year-old Wong will receive a $1 million buyout. Wong, a first-round pick in the 2011 draft, made his big league debut in 2013 and spent his first eight seasons with St. Louis. Wong hit. 265 with a homer and 16 RBIs in 53 games during the pandemic-shortened season, helping the Cardinals make the playoffs for the second straight year. They were eliminated by San Diego in the first round. “STL will always have a special place in my heart and I will never forget all the amazing people who impacted me along the way! Much love,” Wong said Wednesday in an Instagram post. Many teams are cutting costs following a shortened regular season played with no fans in attendance due to the novel... [More]
Thu Oct 2914:32White Sox reunite with La Russa, hire Hall of Fame managerTim AndersonSSWhite SoxFree Agent
Lucas GiolitoSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPDiamondbacksRoto Value
Luis RobertFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Tony La Russa, the Hall of Famer who won a World Series with the Oakland Athletics and two more with the St. Louis Cardinals, is returning to manage the Chicago White Sox 34 years after they fired him. The 76-year-old La Russa rejoins the franchise where his managing career began more than four decades ago. He takes over for Rick Renteria after what the White Sox insisted was a mutual agreement to split. “We are extremely excited about the future of this team,” general manager Rick Hahn said Thursday. “As we showed in 2020, this is a young, talented club that we expect to only grow better and better in the coming years. Adding in a Hall of Fame manager who is recognized as being one of the best in the history of the game, we are a step closer to our goal of bringing White Sox fans another championship.” La Russa inherits a team loaded with young stars and productive veterans that made the playoffs for the first time since 2008, only to sputter down the stretch ... [More]
Thu Oct 2913:22Mariners re-sign RHP Kendall Graveman to one-year dealKendall GravemanSPAthleticsFree Agent
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners re-signed right-handed pitcher Kendall Graveman to a one-year contract Thursday. Seattle initially declined Graveman’s $3.5 million option for the 2021 season, making him a free agent following the World Series. His free agency was short-lived as Seattle locked up the converted reliever. Graveman signed last year to a two-year deal with the intention of becoming a starter in Seattle’s rotation. He made two starts before going on the injured list with a neck spasm. Graveman later revealed he has a benign bone tumor in his cervical spine, but could continue pitching and would be most effective as reliever. Graveman made nine appearances out of the bullpen in September and was 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 10 innings pitched. Graveman’s longest relief outing was two scoreless innings in his final appearance of the season against Oakland. Graveman will turn 30 before the start of next season. He previously pitched for Toronto and Oakland. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Oct 2910:02This Date in BaseballKris Bryant3B/LFCubsOld Hoss
David OrtizDHRed SoxFree Agent
Oct. 30 1945 — Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson to a minor-league contract for the 1946 season with Montreal of the International League. 1956 — The Brooklyn Dodgers sold Ebbets Field to real estate developer Marvin Kratter. Kratter leased the stadium back to the Dodgers through the 1959 season before using the site for a housing development. 1963 — Sandy Koufax of Los Angeles became the second player to win the Cy Young and MVP in the same year. Koufax beat out Dick Groat of the St. Louis Cardinals for the MVP award. 1974 — Oakland’s Catfish Hunter, who led the league with 25 wins and a 2.49 ERA, was named the American League’s Cy Young winner. 2001 — Roger Clemens and Mariano Rivera shut down Arizona for a 2-1 win that cut the Diamondbacks’ World series lead to two games-to-one. Clemens allowed only three hits and struck out nine and Rivera threw two perfect innings in relief. An early home run by Jorge Posada and a tiebreaking single by Scott Brosius in the sixth... [More]
Wed Oct 2821:41Dozen MLB players have options turned down, go freeChris ArcherSPRaysDodger Blue
Mike LeakeSPMarinersFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — What figures to be a down and perhaps brutal market for baseball free agents in the offseason following the pandemic began Wednesday when a dozen players were told their contract options had been declined, among them St. Louis Cardinals Gold Glove second baseman Kolten Wong. The 30-year-old Wong will receive a $1 million buyout. Wong, a first-round pick in the 2011 draft, made his big league debut in 2013 and spent his first eight seasons with St. Louis. Wong hit. 265 with a homer and 16 RBIs in 53 games during the pandemic-shortened season, helping the Cardinals make the playoffs for the second straight year. They were eliminated by San Diego in the first round. “STL will always have a special place in my heart and I will never forget all the amazing people who impacted me along the way! Much love,” Wong said Wednesday in an Instagram post. Many teams are cutting costs following a shortened regular season played with no fans in attendance due to the novel... [More]
Wed Oct 2821:01Cardinals decline $12.5M option for INF Kolten WongTommy EdmanFree Agent
Kolten Wong2B/PHCardinalsFree Agent
The St. Louis Cardinals have declined Kolten Wong's $12.5 million option, making the Gold Glove second baseman a free agent. The 30-year-old Wong will receive a $1 million buyout. Wong, a first-round pick in the 2011 draft, made his big league debut in 2013 and spent his first eight seasons with St. Louis. “STL will always have a special place in my heart and I will never forget all the amazing people who impacted me along the way! Much love,” Wong said Wednesday in an Instagram post. Wong hit. 265 with a homer and 16 RBIs in 53 games during the pandemic-shortened season, helping the Cardinals make the playoffs for the second straight year. They were eliminated by San Diego in the NL wild card round. Wong won his first Gold Glove last year. He is a finalist again this season, with the winner announced on Tuesday. John Mozeliak, the president of baseball operations for the Cardinals, said he spoke with Wong on Wednesday. “I told him that with some of the uncertainties, we're just ... [More]
Wed Oct 2820:51D-backs decline options for three pitchers, including LeakeArchie BradleyRP/SPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Junior GuerraSPBrewersPoison Pills
Mike LeakeSPMarinersFree Agent
Robbie RaySPDiamondbacksFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have declined options for the 2021 season for right-handed pitchers Mike Leake, Hector Rondón and Junior Guerra. Leake and Rondón become eligible for free agency, and Guerra for salary arbitration in February. The 32-year-old Leake went 3-3 with a 4.35 ERA in 10 starts for the D-backs in 2019 after being traded from the Mariners. He opted out of the 2020 season because of concerns with the coronavirus. His contract included an $18 million club option for 2021 with a $5 million buyout. Rondón, 32, had a disappointing season in 2020, finishing with a 7.65 ERA in 23 appearances. The reliever gets a $500,000 buyout instead of next year’s $4 million salary. Guerra, 35, pitched well in 2020 with a 3.04 ERA in 25 appearances. He receives a $100,000 buyout instead of a $3.5 million salary. The team faces a Dec. 2 deadline to offer contracts to Guerra and other unsigned players on its 40-man roster. The Diamondbacks are trying to rework their roster after finishing 25-35. They traded several of their key players at mid-season, including outfielder Starling Marté, left-handed pitcher Robbie Ray and right-handed closer Archie Bradley. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Oct 2817:21Mets decline options on Ramos, Chirinos and FrazierRobinson ChirinosCRangersFree Agent
Todd Frazier3BYankeesJetBlack
Wilson RamosCRaysOld Hoss
NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets declined 2021 options Wednesday on catchers Wilson Ramos and Robinson Chirinos and on infielder Todd Frazier, allowing all three to become eligible for free agency. Ramos gets a $1.5 million buyout rather than a $10 million salary for next year, completing a contract that guaranteed him $19 million for two seasons. Chirinos gets a $1 million buyout rather than a $6.5 million salary for next year, completing contract he originally signed with Texas that guaranteed him $6.75 million. Frazier gets a $1.5 million buyout rather than a $5.75 million salary for next year, completing a contract he originally signed with Texas that guaranteed him $5 million. Ramos, 33, hit .239 for his lowest average since 2015 with five homers and 15 RBIs in the pandemic-shortened season. The two-time All-Star signed with the Mets in 2018. Chirinos was acquired Aug. 31 from Texas and the 36-year-old batted .162 with one homer and seven RBIs this year, including .219 with one homer and five RBIs for the Mets. Frazier also was obtained Aug. 31 from the Rangers after spending 2018 and 2019 with the Mets. The former two-time All-Star batted .236 with four homers and 12 RBIs, including .224 with two homers and five RBIs for the Mets. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Oct 2810:01This Date in BaseballAlex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Kenley JansenRPDodgersRoto Value
Jason Kipnis2BIndiansTexas BigSticks
Mark Teixeira1BFree Agent
Oct. 29 1931 — Lefty Grove, winner of 31 games for the Philadelphia A’s, was named the American League MVP. 1942 — Branch Rickey, the architect of the St. Louis Cardinals’ farm system, resigned as the team’s vice president. Rickey was named president of the Dodgers on Nov. 1. 1979 — Willie Mays severed all ties to major league baseball after signing a contract with the Bally Corporation, which is involved with legalized gambling in Atlantic City, N.J. 2008 — Brad Lidge and the Philadelphia Phillies finished off the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in a three-inning sprint to win a suspended Game 5 nearly 50 hours after it started, capturing their first World Series title since 1980. Left in limbo by a two-day rainstorm, Pedro Feliz singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh and Lidge closed out his perfect season to deliver the title. 2009 — New York’s Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui hit solo homers off Pedro Martinez to back a sharp performance by A.J. Burnett and tie give the Y... [More]
Wed Oct 2803:51Dodgers ace Kershaw finally wins elusive World Series titleAustin Barnes2B/C/PHDodgersFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersSportsWiseGuy.com
Justin Turner3BDodgersThe Seals Guys
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clayton Kershaw stood in the Los Angeles bullpen in right-center field, watching Austin Barnes glove the final pitch, the one from Julio Urías that gave the Dodgers their first World Series title since 1988. Kershaw had finally become a champion, just like Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela and Orel Hershiser before him. The mission took 13 years in the majors, 15 since the Dodgers made him the seventh pick in the 2006 amateur draft. The left-hander raised both arms and pointed fingers toward the sky, a huge smile across his face. His blue Dodgers sweatshirt still on, the 32-year-old ace ran through the bullpen door and on to the infield to join his jumping teammates. “I was trying to take it all in, as best I could,” Kershaw said. “You never really script what you’re going to do or how you’re going to feel. It was just a content feeling — just like, the job is done. We won. We did it. We won our race and it’s over. And we completed our mission. ... [More]
Mon Oct 2620:11Rangers name 2 pitching coaches to split duties in 2021Lance LynnSPCardinalsFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers plan to utilize Doug Mathis and Brendan Sagara as co-pitching coaches in 2021, with Mathis directing from the dugout and Sagara working out of the bullpen. The pair replaces Julio Rangel, whose contract wasn't renewed after two seasons on the job. Rangers pitchers combined for a 5.07 ERA over the past two years, ranking 26th in the majors despite the success of veterans Lance Lynn and Mike Minor. The Rangers announced the change Monday, saying Mathis and Sagara will split duties and responsibilities while trying to mold a young pitching staff. Mathis, 37, was Texas’ bullpen coach last season, his first on the staff of third-year manager Chris Woodward. The 47-year-old Sagara was set to be the pitching coach with Texas' Triple-A team in Nashville but instead coached at the club's alternate training site after the minor league season was canceled. This will be Sagara's first major league coaching role after also working in player development ... [More]
Mon Oct 2619:31Dodgers hope Gonsolin more than an opener in Game 6Austin Barnes2B/C/PHDodgersFree Agent
Cody Bellinger1B/LFDodgersFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxThe Seals Guys
Walker BuehlerSPDodgersFree Agent
Tony GonsolinFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersSportsWiseGuy.com
Max Muncy1B/2B/OFAthleticsFree Agent
Joc PedersonCFDodgersDodger Blue
Corey SeagerSSDodgersSportsWiseGuy.com
Will SmithRPGiantsFree Agent
Chris Taylor2B/CF/LF/SSDodgersFree Agent
Justin Turner3BDodgersThe Seals Guys
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tony Gonsolin found out after Game 2 that he would be starting Game 6 as well for the Los Angeles Dodgers. This time, they plan for the rookie right-hander to be more than an opener with the Dodgers having a chance to clinch their first World Series title since 1988. “Tony's a starting pitcher tomorrow.” manager Dave Roberts said Monday. “I’m going to watch him pitch and then we’ll see what we do after that. ... I want to go as long as he possibly can, that’d be great." Gonsolin went 1 1/3 innings against Tampa Bay in Game 2, a planned bullpen game for the Dodgers. He was the loser after giving up only one run — the one that put the Rays ahead to stay in the 6-4 win — two days after he pitched two innings in relief in the clinching Game 7 of the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves. “With the extra day, it worked out nicely, I took the next day off and then got my two lifts and my bullpen and on would have been Gam... [More]
Mon Oct 2618:01Mets claim INF García off waivers from Reds, Cordell cutRyan CordellLFWhite SoxFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets claimed infielder Robel García off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds on Monday and designated outfielder Ryan Cordell for assignment. The 27-year-old García didn’t play in the majors this year while being a part of the Reds’ 60-man player pool. The switch-hitting García made his big league debut in 2019 with the Cubs, batting .208 with five home runs and 11 RBIs in 31 games. He spent the previous two seasons playing pro ball in Italy. The 28-year-old Cordell went 1 for 8 in five games for the Mets this year. He is career .202 with eight home runs in three seasons with the Chicago White Sox and Mets. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Oct 2602:40Column: Kershaw grinds and Roberts pushes the right buttonsWalker BuehlerSPDodgersFree Agent
Tony GonsolinFree Agent
Kenley JansenRPDodgersRoto Value
Clayton KershawSPDodgersSportsWiseGuy.com
Dustin MayFree Agent
Max Muncy1B/2B/OFAthleticsFree Agent
Blake TreinenRPAthleticsFree Agent
Justin Turner3BDodgersThe Seals Guys
If it wasn’t exactly redemption for Clayton Kershaw, it sure was for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Maybe Dave Roberts, too, though the jury will be out on the Dodgers manager until the moment his team finally hoists a World Series trophy. The Dodgers didn’t just win Game 5 on Sunday night to move within a game of doing just that. They also regained the swagger that could have easily been knocked out of them in a demoralizing loss the night before. They did it by shaking off the effect of a brutal walk off just hours earlier that might have destroyed lesser teams. They did it by getting just enough out of a pitcher whose Hall of Fame resume is lacking only one thing — a World Series ring. And they did it behind the chess moves of a manager who makes Dodger fans nervous every time he heads out to the mound. “I can’t get caught up with fan reactions to the decisions I make,’’ Roberts said. ”I wanted my talent out there and they made me look good tonight.’’ A night after Ke... [More]
Mon Oct 2600:40Despite big heat, small flaws doom Glasnow vs. DodgersAustin Barnes2B/C/PHDodgersFree Agent
Cody Bellinger1B/LFDodgersFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxThe Seals Guys
Tyler GlasnowSPPiratesFree Agent
Max Muncy1B/2B/OFAthleticsFree Agent
Joc PedersonCFDodgersDodger Blue
Corey SeagerSSDodgersSportsWiseGuy.com
Chris Taylor2B/CF/LF/SSDodgersFree Agent
The big man in Tampa Bay's rotation has struggled with the little things, and the Los Angeles Dodgers have pounced on seemingly every mistake Tyler Glasnow has made. Glasnow allowed four runs in five innings as the Rays fell 4-2 in Game 5 Sunday night, taking his second loss in this World Series. He threw a Series record three wild pitches, allowed his record ninth homer of the postseason, and despite overpowering stuff, never took control against a Dodger team that has exposed his few flaws while moving within one win of the title. Lanky and strong at 6-foot-8, Glasnow runs his fastball over 100 mph with electric rise and snaps his curveball violently toward the earth — a devastating 1-2 punch that rivals any in the game. Since being swindled away from the Pirates in a 2018 trade, the 27-year-old has looked the part of a knockout ace. And yet, his ERA through six postseason starts is a staggering 6.28. “I think it’s definitely not my greatest month of baseball, that’s for sur... [More]
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