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Sun Dec 916:41As winter meetings arrive, a look at the top MLB free agentsMatt Adams1B/LF/PHCardinalsFree Agent
Logan Morrison1B/DHTwinsFree Agent
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 Adams1B/LF/PHCardinalsFree Agent
Adeiny HechavarriaSSYankeesFree Agent
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 Napoli1BRangersFree Agent
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/3B/PH/SSPhilliesFree Agent
Luis Valbuena1B/3B/PHAngelsFree 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 812:00Kluber, Bauer, Greinke could be dangled at winter meetingsRobinson Canó2BMetsBuchanalia
Burch SmithRP/SPRoyalsFree 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 RiveroFree Agent
Luis Valbuena1B/3B/PHAngelsFree 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 717:50Cards' Goldschmidt is not thinking beyond 2019 seasonMatt Carpenter1B/3BCardinalsFree Agent
Albert Pujols1B/DHAngelsFree 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 715:40Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crash in VenezuelaCarlos RiveroFree Agent
Luis Valbuena1B/3B/PHAngelsFree 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 RiveroFree Agent
Luis Valbuena1B/3B/PHAngelsFree 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 714:10Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crash in VenezuelaCarlos RiveroFree Agent
Luis Valbuena1B/3B/PHAngelsFree 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 710:00Ex-MLB players Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crashLuis Valbuena1B/3B/PHAngelsFree Agent
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former Major League Baseball players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo have been killed in a car crash in Venezuela.MLB tweeted late Thursday the 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died. Both were playing for Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuelan league.The team said their vehicle overturned as they were heading to the city of Barquisimeto after a game in the capital, Caracas.Valbuena played 96 games for the Los Angeles Angels this year before being released in August. He hit .226 with 114 home runs over 11 big league seasons with the Angels, Seattle, Cleveland, the Chicago Cubs and Houston.Castillo played five seasons with Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Houston. He had a .254 average with 39 home runs.
Fri Dec 708:30Ex-MLB players Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crashLuis Valbuena1B/3B/PHAngelsFree Agent
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former Major League Baseball players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo have been killed in a car crash in Venezuela.MLB tweeted late Thursday the 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died. Both were playing for Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuelan league.The team said their vehicle overturned as they were heading to the city of Barquisimeto after a game in the capital, Caracas.Valbuena played 96 games for the Los Angeles Angels this year before being released in August. He hit .226 with 114 home runs over 11 big league seasons with the Angels, Seattle, Cleveland, the Chicago Cubs and Houston.Castillo played five seasons with Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Houston. He had a .254 average with 39 home runs.
Thu Dec 617:20Chris Owings, Royals agree to $3M, 1-year contractChris Owings3B/CF/PH/RF/SSRoyalsFree Agent
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chris Owings has agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, five days after the utilityman was cut loose by Arizona.Owings can earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances as part of the deal announced Wednesday: $50,000 each for 325 and each additional 25 through 500, and $100,000 for 550.The 27-year-old Owings hit .206 in 106 games this year. He made 33 starts in right field, 10 in center, nine at third, eight and second and three in left. He had 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 2017.Owings had a $3.4 million salary this year, was eligible for salary arbitration and likely would have received a raise. But the Diamondbacks failed to offer a 2019 contract by last Friday's deadline.He is eligible for free agency after the 2019 season.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Dec 518:26Chris Owings, Royals agree to $3M, 1-year contractChris Owings3B/CF/PH/RF/SSRoyalsFree Agent
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chris Owings has agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, five days after the utilityman was cut loose by Arizona.Owings can earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses as part of the deal announced Wednesday.The 27-year-old Owings hit .206 in 106 games this year. He made 33 starts in right field, 10 in center, nine at third, eight and second and three in left. He had 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 2017.Owings had a $3.4 million salary this year, was eligible for salary arbitration and likely would have received a raise. But the Diamondbacks failed to offer a 2019 contract by last Friday's deadline.He is eligible for free agency after the 2019 season.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Dec 418:06Moore finalizes $2.5M, 1-year deal with TigersMatt MooreRP/SPTigersFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — Left-hander Matt Moore and the rebuilding Detroit Tigers finalized a $2.5 million, one-year contract on Tuesday that allows him to earn an additional $1 million in performance bonuses."Matt is a veteran left-handed starting pitcher with a solid three-pitch mix that we see competing for a spot in our rotation next season," Tigers general manager Al Avila said. "He has the ability to effectively use the whole strike zone with his arsenal, and we're excited for him to join our organization."Moore would earn $100,000 each for 10, 14, 16, 18, 20, 24, 27 and 30 starts, and $200,000 for 32 starts.The 29-year-old was 3-8 with a 6.79 ERA for Texas in 12 starts and 27 relief appearances last season.He is 54-56 with a 4.56 ERA over eight seasons with Tampa Bay, San Francisco and Texas. The Rays drafted him in the eighth round in 2007 out of high school in New Mexico and he was 17-4 and an All-Star for Tama Bay in 2013.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Dec 417:06Moore finalizes $2.5M, 1-year deal with TigersMatt MooreRP/SPTigersFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — Left-hander Matt Moore and the Detroit Tigers finalized a $2.5 million, one-year contract on Tuesday that allows him to earn an additional $1 million in performance bonuses.The 29-year-old pitcher has a chance to compete for a rotation spot after going 3-8 with a 6.79 ERA for Texas in 12 starts and 27 relief appearances.He is 54-56 with a 4.56 ERA over eight seasons with Tampa Bay, San Francisco and Texas. The Rays drafted him in the eighth round in 2007 out of high school in New Mexico and he was 17-4 and an All-Star for Tama Bay in 2013.Moore would earn $100,000 each for 10, 14, 16, 18, 20, 24, 27 and 30 starts, and $200,000 for 32.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Dec 321:47Mariners set sights on 2021 by dealing Cano, Diaz and SeguraGerson BautistaRP/SPMarinersFree Agent
Robinson Canó2BMetsBuchanalia
Álex ColoméRPWhite SoxDark Angel
J.P. CrawfordSSMarinersFree Agent
Marco GonzalesSPMarinersDark Angel
Mitch HanigerCF/RFMarinersTeam Joker
Guillermo HerediaCF/LFRaysFree Agent
Félix HernándezSPMarinersObi-Wan
Juan NicasioRPPhilliesFree Agent
James PaxtonSPYankeesTeam Erik
James PazosRPPhilliesFree Agent
Carlos Santana1B/3BMarinersFree Agent
Kyle Seager3BMarinersBallbusters
Jean SeguraSSPhilliesDoubleHeader
Anthony SwarzakRPMarinersFree Agent
Mike ZuninoCRaysBuchanalia
SEATTLE (AP) — Mariners fans have waited longer than any supporters in North America for a return to the postseason.General manager Jerry Dipoto is asking Seattle to wait a little bit more.Dipoto continued a whirlwind reshaping of the Mariners' roster Monday by sending Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets and Jean Segura, James Pazos and Juan Nicasio to Philadelphia. In exchange, Seattle received a bundle of prospects and freed up significant salary space for after the 2020 season."This is what a reset looks like," Dipoto said.Dipoto believes the flurry of moves he's made in the past few weeks can get the Mariners into contention by 2021, calling the strategy a "step back" rather than a rebuild, even though it could take longer than a couple of seasons for Seattle to return to relevancy.The Mariners have been the busiest team in baseball, making wholesale changes to begin the offseason. Salary and experience are being swapped for youth and hope, with an eye on opening a competiti... [More]
Mon Dec 320:17Mets get Cano, Diaz and cash from Mariners in 7-player tradeGerson BautistaRP/SPMarinersFree Agent
Jay Bruce1B/RFMarinersFree Agent
Robinson Canó2BMetsBuchanalia
J.P. CrawfordSSMarinersFree Agent
Jeurys FamiliaRPAthleticsBallbusters
Blaine HardyRP/SPTigersFree Agent
Juan NicasioRPPhilliesFree Agent
James PaxtonSPYankeesTeam Erik
James PazosRPPhilliesFree Agent
Carlos Santana1B/3BMarinersFree Agent
Jean SeguraSSPhilliesDoubleHeader
Anthony SwarzakRPMarinersFree Agent
Noah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Aiming for an instant upgrade after two failing seasons, the New York Mets and their rookie general manager turned to a most familiar face.The Mets made a splash — that much was certain — when they acquired eight-time All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano and major league saves leader Edwin Diaz from the Seattle Mariners in a seven-player trade Monday.In his first big move as Mets GM, Brodie Van Wagenen brought the 36-year-old Cano back to New York. Van Wagenen previously was an agent and represented the former Yankees slugger.The rebuilding Mariners also sent $20 million to the Mets for outfielder Jay Bruce, reliever Anthony Swarzak and three prospects: former first-round draft picks Justin Dunn and Jarred Kelenic, plus right-hander Gerson Bautista.Mets fans were strongly split on the deal.Some applauded the trade as a chance for a team three years removed from the World Series to quickly head back in that direction. The Mets went 77-85 this year despite a rotati... [More]
Mon Dec 317:27Mets get Cano, Diaz and cash from Mariners in 7-player tradeGerson BautistaRP/SPMarinersFree Agent
Jay Bruce1B/RFMarinersFree Agent
Robinson Canó2BMetsBuchanalia
J.P. CrawfordSSMarinersFree Agent
Marco GonzalesSPMarinersDark Angel
Mitch HanigerCF/RFMarinersTeam Joker
Blaine HardyRP/SPTigersFree Agent
Juan NicasioRPPhilliesFree Agent
James PaxtonSPYankeesTeam Erik
James PazosRPPhilliesFree Agent
Carlos Santana1B/3BMarinersFree Agent
Jean SeguraSSPhilliesDoubleHeader
Anthony SwarzakRPMarinersFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have acquired longtime star second baseman Robinson Cano and major league saves leader Edwin Diaz from the Seattle Mariners in a seven-player trade.The Mets also are getting $20 million from the rebuilding Mariners in the deal announced Monday.Seattle received outfielder Jay Bruce, reliever Anthony Swarzak and three prospects: former first-round draft picks Justin Dunn and Jarred Kelenic, plus right-hander Gerson Bautista.In his first big move as the Mets' general manager, Brodie Van Wagenen brought the 36-year-old Cano back to New York. Van Wagenen previously was an agent and represented the former Yankees slugger.Diaz's value may never have been higher after the hard-throwing 24-year-old topped the majors with 57 saves last season. The Mariners are completely revamping their roster this offseason, having already traded ace James Paxton to the Yankees. Seattle also traded All-Star shortstop Jean Segura and pitchers James Pazos and Juan Nicasio to Ph... [More]
Mon Dec 317:07Sources: Phillies get Segura from Mariners in 5-player dealJay Bruce1B/RFMarinersFree Agent
Robinson Canó2BMetsBuchanalia
J.P. CrawfordSSMarinersFree Agent
Juan NicasioRPPhilliesFree Agent
James PazosRPPhilliesFree Agent
Carlos Santana1B/3BMarinersFree Agent
Jean SeguraSSPhilliesDoubleHeader
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two people familiar with the deal say the Philadelphia Phillies are finalizing a trade with the Seattle Mariners to acquire two-time All-Star shortstop Jean Segura for veteran slugger Carlos Santana and infielder J.P. Crawford.Both people spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal hasn't been officially announced.The Phillies also get left-hander James Pazos and righty Juan Nicasio in the deal.The Mariners announced a major deal earlier Monday, sending second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz to the New York Mets for five players, including two top prospects and outfielder Jay Bruce.Segura hit .304 with 10 homers, 63 RBIs, 20 stolen bases and had a .341 on-base percentage last season. He is signed through 2022 and is owed $60 million.Santana batted a career-low .229 with 24 homers, 86 RBIs and a .352 OBP in his first season in Philadelphia after signing a $60 million, three-year contract.Crawford, a 2013 first-round pick, hit .214 in only 49 games. He's been plagued by injuries and has only 187 career at-bats.Pazos was 4-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 60 appearances, covering 50 innings. He struck out 45 and walked 15.Nicasio was 1-6 with a 6.00 ERA in 46 games. He pitched in two games for the Phillies in 2017.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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