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Wed Jan 2213:55Braves hoping Ozuna poised for repeat of career-best seasonJosh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Adam DuvallLFBravesFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Ender InciarteCFBravesFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
Marcell OzunaLFCardinalsFree Agent
Cristian PacheCFBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Marcell Ozuna doesn't have to match his career-best numbers of 2017 or even meet the standards set by Josh Donaldson last season to make the Atlanta Braves feel good about their investment in the outfielder.Ozuna only needs an average season as Atlanta's new cleanup hitter to help the Braves' offense enjoy another productive season.Still, Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos dares to dream that Ozuna's 2020 season will be far more than average.“We'd be happy with what he did the last few years, but we think there's that upside in him to be even better,” Anthopoulos said Tuesday night after the Braves signed Ozuna, one of the top remaining free agents, to the $18 million, one-year deal.With Donaldson hitting cleanup in 2019, the Braves ranked third in the NL and seventh in the majors in runs scored. The Braves made a late bid to re-sign Donaldson, who instead signed a $92 million, four-year deal with Minnesota.Donaldson hit .259 with 37 homers and 94 RBIs in his... [More]
Wed Jan 2211:25Royals sign veteran OF Alex Gordon to $4M contract for 2020Heath FillmyerSPRoyalsFree 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 2123:25Electronic sign stealing: A scandal two decades ago in JapanYu DarvishSPCubsFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — If anyone thought that using technology to steal catchers' signs had only blemished Major League Baseball and the Houston Astros — or it's something new — think again. Japan went through a similar scandal just over 20 years ago. The Japanese revere baseball as much as Americans and have straddled the same thin line between gamesmanship and cheating.In a widely covered scandal in 1998, a camera in the Fukuoka Dome was discovered to be focused on the catcher. Officials of the Daiei Hawks — now the SoftBank Hawks — reportedly monitored the signs and relayed them by walkie-talkie to fans in the stands, who then used signals to batters to indicated the coming pitch.There was no trash-can banging, as the Astros did. Instead, a fan would hold up a megaphone in front of their body to indicate, say, a fastball. Holding it to the right meant curve. On the left was, say, a change up.A Japanese baseball investigation found no wrongdoing by the Hawks, who were managed then by... [More]
Tue Jan 2121:05Free agent OF Ozuna, Braves reach $18 million, 1-year dealJohan Camargo3BBravesFree Agent
Nicholas CastellanosRFTigersFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Adam DuvallLFBravesFree Agent
Tyler FlowersCBravesFree Agent
Cole HamelsSPCubsFree Agent
Ender InciarteCFBravesFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
Chris MartinRPRangersFree Agent
Marcell OzunaLFCardinalsFree Agent
Austin Riley3BBravesFree 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]
Tue Jan 2120:15Free agent OF Ozuna, Braves reach $18 million, 1-year dealNicholas CastellanosRFTigersFree Agent
Marcell OzunaLFCardinalsFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna and the Atlanta Braves reached an $18 million, one-year deal Tuesday that puts him on the team he helped beat in the playoffs last October.Ozuna hit .429 with two home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals in their five-game win over the Braves in the NL Division Series.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 is a two-time All-Star who spent his first five seasons with the Marlins, then was traded and played two years in St. Louis.Ozuna's signing leaves infielder-outfielder Nicholas Castellanos as the last remaining major free agent with spring training set to start in about three weeks.The two-time NL East champion Braves have been busy this offseason. On Monday, they signed former AL Cy Young Award winner and longtime Seattle ace Felix Hernández to a minor league with an invite to big league spring training.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jan 2119:25Free agent OF Ozuna, Braves reach $18 million, 1-year dealNicholas CastellanosRFTigersFree Agent
Marcell OzunaLFCardinalsFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna and the Atlanta Braves reached an $18 million, one-year deal Tuesday that puts him on the team he helped beat in the playoffs last October.Ozuna hit .429 with two home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals in their five-game win over the Braves in the NL Division Series.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 is a two-time All-Star who spent his first five seasons with the Marlins, then was traded and played two years in St. Louis.Ozuna's signing leaves infielder-outfielder Nicholas Castellanos as the last remaining major free agent with spring training set to start in about three weeks.The two-time NL East champion Braves have been busy this offseason. On Monday, they signed former AL Cy Young Award winner and longtime Seattle ace Felix Hernández to a minor league with an invite to big league spring training.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jan 2116:25Cubs acquire reliever Lakins from Red SoxTravis LakinsSPRed SoxFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs acquired reliever Travis Lakins from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named or cash on Tuesday.The 25-year-old right-hander debuted with Boston last season and posted a 3.86 ERA in 16 games. He was 3-4 with six saves and a 4.60 ERA in 40 appearances for Triple-A Pawtucket.The Cubs finished third in the NL Central at 84-78 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2014.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jan 2116:05Red Sox's Pedroia has setback during knee rehabilitationTravis LakinsSPRed SoxFree Agent
Dustin Pedroia2BRed SoxFree Agent
Bobby PoynerSPRed SoxFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had what the team called a "significant setback” while rehabbing his left knee, the latest blow to the four-time All-Star's attempt to return to the field. Boston spokesman Kevin Gregg confirmed the development Tuesday, which was first reported by The Boston Globe. It has left Pedroia's status for spring training uncertain. The Globe reported that he was meeting with his family, team and agents to decide his future. The 2008 American League MVP, the 36-year-old has been struggling since Baltimore's Manny Machado slid into the surgically repaired knee at second base on April 21, 2017. Pedroia had surgery that Oct. 25, followed by a procedure to remove scar tissue the following July 20. He had another operation last Aug. 6 to remove bone spurs and preserve the knee joint.A four-time All-Star, Pedroia has been limited to nine games over the past two seasons, three in May 2018 and six last April. Pedroia's contract includes salaries o... [More]
Tue Jan 2115:35Red Sox's Pedroia has setback during knee rehabilitationTravis LakinsSPRed SoxFree Agent
Dustin Pedroia2BRed SoxFree Agent
Bobby PoynerSPRed SoxFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had what the team called a "significant setback” while rehabbing his left knee, the latest blow to the four-time All-Star's attempt to return to the field. Boston spokesman Kevin Gregg confirmed the development Tuesday, which was first reported by The Boston Globe. It has left Pedroia's status for spring training uncertain. The Globe reported that he was meeting with his family, team and agents to decide his future. The 2008 American League MVP, the 36-year-old has been struggling since Baltimore's Manny Machado slid into the surgically repaired knee at second base on April 21, 2017. Pedroia had surgery that Oct. 25, followed by a procedure to remove scar tissue the following July 20. He had another operation last Aug. 6 to remove bone spurs and preserve the knee joint.A four-time All-Star, Pedroia has been limited to nine games over the past two seasons, three in May 2018 and six last April. Pedroia's contract includes salaries o... [More]
Tue Jan 2112:15Beanballs, boos, lost legacy? Astros, MLB brace for falloutJose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Mike ClevingerSPIndiansFree Agent
Mike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
AJ Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltrán lost their jobs in the wake of the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scam, leaving three teams without managers three weeks before the start of spring training.On and off the field, the fallout from one of the biggest scandals in Major League Baseball history is bound to carry over. A look at what's on deck for the Astros and MLB:THE FIERS FACTORWhistleblower or whiner? Fact is, when A's pitcher Mike Fiers went public, MLB was forced to act. If he speaks anonymously, most likely his comments get whisked into the whispers bin.Fiers won't have to bat against the Astros, and it'd be too obvious to bunt up the first base line and try to run him over. Will Houston hoot and holler at its ex-teammate? We won't need to wait long to see if there's any ill will — the Astros' first road game of the season is at Oakland on March 30, the start of a three-game series. Count on those Athletics fans in the outfield bleachers at the Coliseum to bang their drums lou... [More]
Tue Jan 2102:45Beanballs, boos, lost legacy? Astros, MLB brace for falloutJose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Mike ClevingerSPIndiansFree Agent
Mike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
AJ Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltrán lost their jobs in the wake of the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scam, leaving three teams without managers three weeks before the start of spring training.On and off the field, the fallout from one of the biggest scandals in Major League Baseball history is bound to carry over. A look at what's on deck for the Astros and MLB:THE FIERS FACTORWhistleblower or whiner? Fact is, when A's pitcher Mike Fiers went public, MLB was forced to act. If he speaks anonymously, most likely his comments get whisked into the whispers bin.Fiers won't have to bat against the Astros, and it'd be too obvious to bunt up the first base line and try to run him over. Will Houston hoot and holler at its ex-teammate? We won't need to wait long to see if there's any ill will — the Astros' first road game of the season is at Oakland on March 30, the start of a three-game series. Count on those Athletics fans in the outfield bleachers at the Coliseum to bang their drums lou... [More]
Mon Jan 2022:55Veteran lefty Blevins joins Giants on minor league dealJerry BlevinsRPMetsFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Veteran left-hander Jerry Blevins agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training.Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi confirmed the deal and said Blevins had passed his physical. They reconnect after Blevins pitched in Oakland when Zaidi was assistant general manager of the Athletics.The 36-year-old Blevins, who began his career with the A's and pitched in Oakland from 2007-2013, went 1-0 with a 3.90 ERA over 45 appearances last season for Atlanta. He spent the previous four years with the Mets after pitching with Washington in 2014.He could fill a bullpen void for new manager Gabe Kapler after the Giants traded away several key relievers at the deadline last summer.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Jan 2022:35Rockies' Arenado feels disrespected over trade rumorsNolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — Rockies star Nolan Arenado said he feels disrespected after Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich acknowledged listening to trade offers for the seven-time Gold Glove winner.Bridich told The Denver Post on Monday that he expected Arenado to be Colorado's third baseman this season after discussing potential deals involving the 28-year-old this winter. The five-time All-Star agreed to a $260 million, eight-year contract with the Rockies last February.Asked via text message about Bridich's comments, Arenado told The Associated Press: “I don't care what he says there's a lot of disrespect around there.”The slugger insisted he doesn't envision mending fences with Bridich. “There is no relationship anymore it's just play hard for my teammates and the fans,” Arenado said. Arenado was set to become a free agent after last season before signing his long-term contract, which includes a full no-trade clause. He can opt out of the deal after the 2021 season and become a free agent. Arenado hit a career-high .315 with 41 home runs, 118 RBIs and a .962 OPS last season, but Colorado went 71-91 and finished fourth in the NL West after making the playoffs the previous two seasons. The Rockies have had a quiet offseason — aside from constant speculation that Arenado could be shipped out. Colorado has not made a trade or signed any major league free agents since the end of the World Series.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Jan 2018:35Cardinals' Carpenter 'just wanted to apologize' for bad 2019Matt Carpenter1BCardinalsFree Agent
Paul Goldschmidt1BCardinalsFree Agent
Yadier MolinaCCardinalsFree Agent
Adam WainwrightSPCardinalsFree Agent
ST. LOUIS (AP) — This was not what Matt Carpenter or the St. Louis Cardinals envisioned when he signed a new contract.Because when the three-time All-Star third baseman wasn't hurt last season, he wasn't hitting."I certainly was candid with our front office and our coaching staff at the end of the year," Carpenter said Monday. "I just wanted to apologize. I felt like I'd let them down. I was really hard on myself the way that I played. I was hopeful that they still had faith in me. We had some real good conversations.”Coming off a career-high 36 home runs in 2018 that made him an MVP candidate, Carpenter signed a $39 million, two-year deal on April 19 that included a no-trade clause.But he wasn't able to reverse a slow start. He was hitting .216 with 10 home runs when he was put on the injured list with a lower back strain July 2. Carpenter was activated on July 11, placed back on the IL after fouling a ball off his foot and was out until early August.Carpenter finished hitting jus... [More]
Sat Jan 1821:04Astros, Red Sox look ahead in wake of sign-stealing scandalAlex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Nathan EovaldiSPRed SoxFree Agent
Mike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
Randal GrichukRFBlue JaysFree Agent
J.D. MartinezDHRed SoxFree Agent
George SpringerCFAstrosFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Players from two teams at the center of baseball’s sign-stealing scandal faced their fans on Saturday for the first time since the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox ousted their managers amid the fallout from the investigation into Houston’s elaborate scheme.The Astros and Red Sox held their annual fan fests on Saturday, and instead of discussing preparations for the season, players from both teams were left to answer questions about the cheating that resulted in both teams' managers being fired.“It's a tough situation and as a team we have to stay together and go through this as a team like we've been doing, always,” Houston star second baseman José Altuve said. “We have to talk about it at spring training and try not to let things in the past distract us for for next year.”Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for a year by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday after he found illicit use of electronics to steal signs during the Astros' ... [More]
Sat Jan 1820:14Astros, Red Sox look ahead in wake of sign-stealing scandalAlex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Nathan EovaldiSPRed SoxFree Agent
Mike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
Randal GrichukRFBlue JaysFree Agent
J.D. MartinezDHRed SoxFree Agent
George SpringerCFAstrosFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Players from two teams at the center of baseball’s sign-stealing scandal faced their fans on Saturday for the first time since the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox ousted their managers amid the fallout from the investigation into Houston’s elaborate scheme.The Astros and Red Sox held their annual fan fests on Saturday, and instead of discussing preparations for the season, players from both teams were left to answer questions about the sign-stealing that left them without managers.“It's a tough situation and as a team we have to stay together and go through this as a team like we've been doing, always,” Houston star second baseman José Altuve said. “We have to talk about it at spring training and try not to let things in the past distract us for for next year.”Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for a year by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday after he found illicit use of electronics to steal signs during the Astros' run to the 20... [More]
Sat Jan 1820:04Astros, Red Sox look ahead in wake of sign-stealing scandalAlex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Nathan EovaldiSPRed SoxFree Agent
Mike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
Randal GrichukRFBlue JaysFree Agent
J.D. MartinezDHRed SoxFree Agent
George SpringerCFAstrosFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Players from two teams at the center of baseball’s sign-stealing scandal faced their fans on Saturday for the first time since the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox ousted their managers amid the fallout from the investigation into Houston’s elaborate scheme.The Astros and Red Sox held their annual fan fests on Saturday, and instead of discussing preparations for the season, players from both teams were left to answer questions about the sign-stealing that left them without managers.“It's a tough situation and as a team we have to stay together and go through this as a team like we've been doing, always,” Houston star second baseman José Altuve said. “We have to talk about it at spring training and try not to let things in the past distract us for for next year.”Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for a year by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday after he found illicit use of electronics to steal signs during the Astros' run to the 20... [More]
Sat Jan 1818:24Bader confident he'll start in center field for CardinalsNolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
Harrison BaderRFCardinalsFree Agent
Dylan CarlsonFree Agent
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Harrison Bader is confident he'll be in center field for the St. Louis Cardinals when the season begins.Bader was in St. Louis on Saturday taking part in the annual Cardinals Winter Warm-Up."I'm the starting center fielder," the 25-year-old Bader said. "It's my position. I'm going to take it. There's no sense in talking about it. I'm looking forward to showing up Day One guns blazing and ready to go."While there is no question about his defensive ability and speed in center, it's his bat that gives some pause.Last season, Bader finished with a .205 batting average. He hit 12 home runs, drove in 39 runs and stole 11 bases."Last year, individually it wasn't what I wanted it to be production-wise," Bader said. "The biggest thing I've taken away at this point is how I responded. I've been very fortunate to be with people behind the scenes who've helped me take steps in the right direction to help me produce like I want to and how I know I can."There's no secret to it. Th... [More]
Sat Jan 1817:34Epstein understands fan frustration in Cubs' slow offseasonJosé Abreu1BWhite SoxFree Agent
Kris Bryant3BCubsFree Agent
Willson ContrerasCCubsFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCDodgersFree Agent
Jason HeywardRFCubsFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Anthony Rizzo1BCubsFree Agent
Luis RobertCFWhite SoxFree Agent
Kyle SchwarberLFCubsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Theo Epstein understands the fans' frustration. He feels it, too, at times.The Chicago Cubs went from 95 wins in 2018 to 84 last year, finished third in the NL Central behind St. Louis and Milwaukee and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2014. But when it comes to big moves this offseason, well, they have a new manager. Otherwise, they've been keeping the bat on their shoulder.“I understand the frustration,” said Epstein, the Cubs' president of baseball operations. “There’s a lot of days I’m frustrated, too, where you look out and there’s a great fit on a player who you know you can recruit and might sign a reasonable deal that he’s worth. And you can’t get that player. And that’s frustrating. But that’s the reality.”So is this:Fans who expected multiple World Series championships from the core group that helped win it all in 2016 and brought home the Cubs' first title since 1908 are restless. The trade rumors involving stars such as thi... [More]
Sat Jan 1810:24Where does Astros cheating rank in scandals? Ask Pete RoseTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
Cody Bellinger1BDodgersFree Agent
Mike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
Alex WoodSPRedsFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Pete Rose was taking a break from signing autographs at the MGM Grand hotel when asked a question he’s uniquely qualified to address.What’s worse, betting on baseball or cheating at baseball?“I don’t know,’’ Rose tells The Associated Press. “All I know is I’ve been suspended for 30 years now. I don’t know anybody that’s been suspended for 30 years."It’s a fair point, especially when compared to the punishments handed out so far in the worst scandal to hit baseball since the steroid era. What Rose did was wrong — according to baseball rules — but there’s still a lot of people who believe he should be adding a Hall of Fame designation when he signs memorabilia in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas.Still, 30 years away from the game he was so great at seems like an awful long time, especially when Major League Baseball and other sports leagues have made their peace — and are doing business — with the bookies who post lines on their games.A... [More]
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