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Tue Dec 1821:04Nationals finalize $4M, 1-year deal with AdamsMatt Adams1B/LF/PHNationalsSith Lords
Yan GomesCNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Matt Adams is returning to a Nationals team he believes is better than the one he was traded from and has the potential to make even more moves this offseason.Adams finalized a $4 million, one-year deal on Tuesday that includes a $3 million salary for next season and a $4 million mutual option for 2020 with a $1 million buyout. The 30-year-old first baseman is back with Washington after being traded to St. Louis in August for $50,000.The move by general manager Mike Rizzo fills a void with a left-handed hitter who's expected to split time at first base with Ryan Zimmerman."I'm kind of at a loss for words just because I'm excited for this opportunity," Adams said on a conference call. "The team is definitely better than it was last year with the acquisitions that Rizz has made so far this offseason, and I don't think that we're done yet, either. It's an exciting time for fans and we're excited to get things rolling in 2019."Rizzo bolstered the starting rotation by si... [More]
Tue Dec 1817:44Andrew McCutchen eager to play in hitter friendly ballparkBryce HarperCF/RFNationalsTeam Lorin
Jean SeguraSSPhilliesFree Agent
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Andrew McCutchen returned to his home state to join his third team in less than 12 months, intent on regaining his old hitting stroke.The Philadelphia Phillies introduced their newest outfielder at a news conference Tuesday, a week after giving him a $50 million, three-year contract that includes a team option for 2022 and could be worth $62 million over four seasons."This is a game of adjustments," McCutchen said. "I've definitely had to make some adjustments over the years, and I know that I can be even better than what I've been over the past few (seasons). There has been a decline, yes, but I do understand what I'm capable of doing.McCutchen hit .255 with 20 homers and 65 RBIs in 155 games this year for San Francisco and the New York Yankees. His average was a career-low and his homers and RBIs were his fewest since 2010. He spent his first nine years in Pittsburgh and was the 2013 NL Most Valuable Player."I know I can be better, and that's what I've been doin... [More]
Tue Dec 1817:14Ramos had grip on Mets from first handshakeRobinson Canó2BMetsFree Agent
Yoenis CéspedesLFMetsTeam Erik
Brandon NimmoCF/LF/PH/RFMetsBuchanalia
Kevin PlaweckiCMetsTeam Mike
Wilson RamosCMetsTeam Jim
Jason VargasSPMetsBallbusters
Travis d'ArnaudCMetsSalt City Sox
NEW YORK (AP) — Wilson Ramos had a grip on the New York Mets from the moment he walked into their winter meetings suite in Las Vegas last week."It was his handshake," new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen recalled Tuesday at the catcher's introductory news conference. "As some of you may get to know, this guy has really big, strong, strong mitts here for hands."Ramos agreed to a $19 million, two-year contract, the fourth All-Star to join the Mets since Van Wagenen was hired in late October. New York acquired second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz from Seattle and brought back former closer Jeurys Familia as a setup man."Internally, we would argue that we're the favorites in the division right now," Van Wagenen told the team's SNY network.Ramos commanded the room, according to Van Wagenen, when he met with the GM, manager Mickey Callaway and other New York executives. Ramos looked at home during the Citi Field news conference, wearing a sports shirt and sneakers as he sli... [More]
Tue Dec 1815:54Nationals finalize $4M, 1-year deal with AdamsMatt Adams1B/LF/PHNationalsSith Lords
Yan GomesCNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Matt Adams is returning to a Nationals team he believes is better than the one he was traded from and has the potential to make even more moves this offseason.Adams agreed to terms Tuesday on a $4 million, one-year deal with a mutual option for 2020. The 30-year-old first baseman is back with Washington after being traded to St. Louis in August for $50,000. The move by general manager Mike Rizzo fills a void with a left-handed hitter who's expected to split time at first base with Ryan Zimmerman."I'm kind of at a loss for words just because I'm excited for this opportunity," Adams said on a conference call. "The team is definitely better than it was last year with the acquisitions that Rizz has made so far this offseason, and I don't think that we're done yet, either. It's an exciting time for fans and we're excited to get things rolling in 2019."Rizzo bolstered the starting rotation by signing left-hander Patrick Corbin to a $140 million, six-year contract and shor... [More]
Tue Dec 1814:04Nationals finalize $4M, 1-year deal with AdamsMatt Adams1B/LF/PHNationalsSith Lords
Yan GomesCNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals have finalized a $4 million, one-year deal with first baseman Matt Adams that includes a mutual option for 2020.General manager Mike Rizzo announced the contract Tuesday. Washington and Adams agreed last weekend pending a successful physical.Adams returns to the Nationals after they traded him to St. Louis in August for $50,000. At the time of the trade, he considered the possibility of going back to Washington in 2019.The 30-year-old said Tuesday he's excited about the moves Rizzo has already made, signing left-handed starter Patrick Corbin and catcher Kurt Suzuki and acquiring catcher Yan Gomes from Cleveland, and would be happy if the Nationals brought back star outfielder Bryce Harper.Adams is a career .266 hitter and had 21 home runs and 57 RBIs last season with the Nationals and Cardinals. He fills a void for Washington as a left-handed bat who is expected to split time at first base with Ryan Zimmerman.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Dec 1716:33Familia's preference was a return to the MetsRobinson Canó2BMetsFree Agent
Jeurys FamiliaRPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Jeurys Familia would rather be a setup man for the New York Mets than close for another team.Familia had 123 saves for the Mets, who traded him to Oakland last July. He instructed agents Sam and Seth Levinson to pursue any possibility to return to the Mets."Honestly, that was my goal, be back with the Mets," Familia said during a conference call Monday, three says after his $30 million, three-year contract was finalized.New York recently acquired 2018 big league saves leader Edwin Diaz from Seattle along with All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano. Because of that, Familia will return in a different role."I want to pitch whatever innings they want to put me in the game," Familia said. "He's one of the best relievers in the game, the best closer. It's going to be fun."Familia gets a $2 million signing bonus payable on equal installments on July 1 and Dec. 10 next year. He has salaries of $6 million in 2019 and $11 million in each of the final two seasons. The Mets will ... [More]
Mon Dec 1714:43Jordan Lyles, Pirates finalize $2.05M, 1-year dealJordan LylesRP/SPPiratesFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pitcher Jordan Lyles and the Pittsburgh Pirates have finalized a $2.05 million, one-year contract.The 28-year-old right-hander can earn additional award bonuses as part of the deal, agreed to last week and announced Monday.Lyles is 31-52 with a 5.28 ERA in 217 appearances for Houston, Colorado, San Diego and Milwaukee. Though Lyles has worked primarily as a reliever since 2016, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Lyles will have an opportunity to earn a spot in the starting rotation during spring training.Lyles is coming off his best season, going 3-4 with a 4.11 ERA in 35 games with San Diego and Milwaukee, and his 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings tied his career best. He was more effective out of the bullpen (1-0, 3.32 ERA) than he was as a starter (2-4, 4.79) and seemed to hit his stride with the Brewers. Lyles was 1-0 with a 3.31 ERA 11 appearances, striking out 22 batters in 16 1/3 innings.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Dec 1714:23Rangers re-sign Bush on minor league deal amid elbow rehabZac CurtisRPRangersFree Agent
Chase d'Arnaud2B/3B/PH/SSGiantsFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers are bringing back reliever Matt Bush with a minor league contract as the right-hander recovers from elbow surgery.Texas said Monday it has agreed to minor league deals with Bush, pitchers Zac Curtis and Tim Dillard and infielder Chase d'Arnaud. They will report to major league spring training.Bush isn't expected to be ready until the second half of the season after surgery in September to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.The 32-year-old made the last of his 21 appearances for Texas last season on June 14. Bush had no record with a 4.70 ERA and became a free agent when the Rangers didn't offer a contract by the Nov. 20 deadline.The No. 1 overall pick as an infielder out of high school by San Diego in 2004, Bush finally made it to the big leagues as a hard-throwing reliever for the Rangers in 2016. He is 10-6 with a 3.35 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 137 innings over parts of three seasons.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Dec 1713:43Indians complete trade with Nats, get minor league infielderYan GomesCNationalsFree Agent
Jefry RodriguezRP/SPIndiansFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians have acquired infielder Andruw Monasterio from Washington to complete the trade that sent All-Star catcher Yan Gomes to the Nationals.Cleveland dealt Gomes last month for a package that included right-hander Jefry Rodriguez, outfielder Daniel Johnston and a player to be named, who turned to be Monasterio.The 21-year-old began last season in the Chicago Cubs organization before he was traded to the Nationals on July 31. He batted a combined .267 with three homers and 36 RBIs in 122 games.He played second base, shortstop and third base. Monasterio signed with the Cubs as a 17-year-old in 2014.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun Dec 1620:43AP source: Wilson Ramos, Mets agree to $19M, 2-year dealRobinson Canó2BMetsFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalC/PHDodgersSith Lords
Kevin PlaweckiCMetsTeam Mike
Wilson RamosCMetsTeam Jim
J.T. RealmutoCMarlinsDoppelganger
Travis d'ArnaudCMetsSalt City Sox
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have agreed to a $19 million, two-year contract with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.The agreement signals an end to the Mets' pursuit of Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. Instead, New York turned to a two-time All-Star coming off a strong year with the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the deal has not been announced and is pending a physical.He would get $8.25 million next year and $9.25 in 2020, and the Mets would have a $10 million option with a $1.5 million buyout.The 31-year-old Ramos batted .306 with 15 home runs and an .845 OPS last season, ranking fifth among catchers in Wins Above Replacement at 2.4, via Fangraphs.New York officials met last week with Ramos at the winter meetings in Las Vegas and with Yasmani Grandal, another free agent catcher, in Arizona. Ramos became the priority for the Mets, partl... [More]
Sun Dec 1620:13AP source: Wilson Ramos, Mets agree to $19M, 2-year dealRobinson Canó2BMetsFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalC/PHDodgersSith Lords
Kevin PlaweckiCMetsTeam Mike
Wilson RamosCMetsTeam Jim
J.T. RealmutoCMarlinsDoppelganger
Travis d'ArnaudCMetsSalt City Sox
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have agreed to a $19 million, two-year contract with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.The agreement signals an end to the Mets' pursuit of Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. Instead, New York turned to a two-time All-Star coming off a strong year with the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the deal has not been announced and is pending a physical.The 31-year-old Ramos batted .306 with 15 home runs and an .845 OPS last season, ranking fifth among catchers in Wins Above Replacement at 2.4, via Fangraphs.New York officials met last week with Ramos at the winter meetings in Las Vegas and with Yasmani Grandal, another free agent catcher, in Arizona. Ramos became the priority for the Mets, partly because of compensation required for signing Grandal, who turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Los Angeles Do... [More]
Sun Dec 1618:23AP source: Mets sign C Wilson Ramos to 2-year dealRobinson Canó2BMetsFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalC/PHDodgersSith Lords
Kevin PlaweckiCMetsTeam Mike
Wilson RamosCMetsTeam Jim
J.T. RealmutoCMarlinsDoppelganger
Travis d'ArnaudCMetsSalt City Sox
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have agreed to a $19.5 million, two-year contract with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.The deal likely signals an end to the Mets' pursuit of Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. Instead, New York will turn to a two-time All-Star in Ramos who is coming off a strong year with the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the deal has not been announced and is still pending a physical.The 31-year-old Ramos batted .306 with 15 home runs and an .845 OPS last season, ranking fifth among catchers in Wins Above Replacement at 2.4, via Fangraphs.New York officials met last week with Ramos at the winter meetings in Las Vegas and with Yasmani Grandal, another free agent catcher, in Arizona. Ramos became the priority for the Mets, partly because of compensation required for signing Grandal, who turned down a $17.9 million qualifying ... [More]
Sat Dec 1517:53AP Source: Nationals have agreement in principle with AdamsMatt Adams1B/LF/PHNationalsSith Lords
Yan GomesCNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Free agent first baseman Matt Adams has an agreement to return to the Washington Nationals, pending a successful physical exam.A person familiar with the deal confirmed to The Associated Press that Adams and the Nationals agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with a mutual option for 2020. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the club had not made an announcement.Adams was traded by Washington to St. Louis in August for $50,000. He hit .158 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 27 games with the Cardinals.The 30-year-old Adams is expected to split time at first base again with Ryan Zimmerman. The agreement was first reported by the Athletic.Getting Adams is the latest move this offseason for Washington, which signed left-handed starter Patrick Corbin and catcher Kurt Suzuki, traded for catcher Yan Gomes and is waiting to see what happens with star outfielder Bryce Harper.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat Dec 1515:23Free agent Justin Bour, Angels finalize $2.5M dealJustin Bour1B/PHAngelsTeam Erik
Andrew McCutchenRFPhilliesFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — First baseman Justin Bour and the Angels have finalized a $2.5 million, one-year contract, giving Los Angeles depth while Albert Pujols recovers from surgery.Bour can earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances under the deal announced Saturday: $125,000 each for 350, 400, 450 and 500.The 30-year-old hit 20 homers and drove in 59 runs with the Marlins and Phillies last season. He played 112 of his 141 games with Miami before an August trade to Philadelphia.Bour didn't find a regular spot with Philadelphia down the stretch. The Phillies wouldn't have a spot for him this year, either, after moving Rhys Hoskins back to first base and signing corner outfielder Andrew McCutchen to a $50 million, three-year contract during the winter meetings.Bour batted .227, missing time late with an oblique strain. He's hit 83 home runs over the last four years.He earned $3.4 million last season after beating Miami in salary arbitration, and then became a free agent last month when Philadelphia didn't offer a 2019 contract.Pujols, who turns 39 next month, is working back from surgery on his left knee and right elbow and hasn't yet swung a bat. He had season-ending knee surgery in August followed by the elbow procedure in September to remove bone spurs.He's likely to see more games at designated hitter while two-way star Shohei Ohtani recovers from Tommy John surgery.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Dec 1418:22Familia, Mets finalize $30 million, 3-year contractRobinson Canó2BMetsFree Agent
Jeurys FamiliaRPMetsFree Agent
Blake TreinenRPAthleticsFree Agent
Bobby WahlRPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Jeurys Familia and the Mets finalized a $30 million, three-year contract on Friday, bringing the reliever back to New York, where he figures to serve as a setup man for newly acquired closer Edwin Diaz.Familia gets a $2 million signing bonus payable on equal installments on July 1 and Dec. 10 next year. He has salaries of $6 million in 2019 and $11 million in each of the final two seasons. The Mets will defer $1 million of his 2020 salary, payable on Jan. 15, 2022. They will defer the same amount of his 2021 pay, payable on July 1, 2022.He gets a $500,000 performance bonus in any season he has 50 games finished. He would get a $1 million assignment bonus if traded.The 29-year-old righty agreed to the deal Wednesday, subject to a successful physical.Diaz was acquired from Seattle in a trade along with All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano.Before leaving the winter meetings Thursday, new general manager Van Wagenen said the Mets liked Familia because of his "age, perfor... [More]
Thu Dec 1320:32Encarnacion to Mariners, Santana to Indians in 3-team tradeYonder Alonso1BWhite SoxFree Agent
Jean SeguraSSPhilliesFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto was in a hospital, making a trade from a bed.Cleveland counterpart Chris Antonetti was boarding a plane headed back home, trying to finalize the deal before the flight pulled away from the gate.They managed to complete the swap as the winter meetings came to an end. Carlos Santana was sent back to Cleveland, where he was an Indians fan favorite. Edwin Encarnacion is headed to Seattle — no telling how long he'll stick there.The star hitters were dealt for each other Thursday, part of a three-team trade that also involved Tampa Bay.The Rays got infielder Yandy Diaz and minor league right-hander Cole Sulser from Cleveland. The Indians also acquired first baseman Jake Bauers from Tampa Bay, while the busy Mariners wound up with a draft pick. Tampa Bay will send $5 million to Seattle and the Mariners will pay $6 million to Cleveland."I called Edwin earlier this morning before we had final sign-off because again I wanted him ... [More]
Thu Dec 1320:32AP source: Joe Kelly, Dodgers agree to $25M, 3-year contractBrock Holt2B/3B/OF/PH/SSRed SoxFree Agent
Joe KellyRPDodgersFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Reliever Joe Kelly agreed Thursday to a $25 million, three-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.A 30-year-old right-hander who was born in Anaheim, California, Kelly was 4-2 with a 4.39 ERA and two saves in 73 games this year for the World Series champion Boston Red Sox. Kelly pitched in all five World Series games against the Dodgers this year and did not allow a run, striking out 10 in six innings. He gave up one earned run in nine postseason appearances with 13 strikeouts and no walks.According to Brooks Baseball, his fastball averaged 98.7 mph this year. The Red Sox acquired him from St. Louis in July 2014.Kelly broke a rib of the Dodgers' Hanley Ramirez when he hit him with a pitch in the 2013 NL Championship Series opener. Kelly hit the New York Yankees' Tyler Austin on the back with a pitch last April 11, four innings after Austin spiked Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt when he slid into second base with a high right foot. That set off a brawl and Kelly was suspended for six games.Kelley's departure leaves a gap in a Boston bullpen expected to lose closer Craig Kimbrel, who became a free agent. He will be a setup man in Los Angeles for closer Kenley Jansen.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Dec 1318:12Encarnacion, Santana go, 3-team trade wraps winter meetingsNelson CruzDHMarinersFree Agent
Joe KellyRPDodgersFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Carlos Santana and Jeurys Familia found friendly landing spots, Edwin Encarnacion took off for a more uncertain future. Joe Kelly joined the team he helped beat in the World Series, the Milwaukee Brewers boosted their imposing bullpen.The winter meetings wrapped up Thursday with a three-team trade involving Cleveland, Seattle and Tampa Bay, plus a couple more relievers reached free-agent deals.Even so, baseball fans might've felt a bit cheated this week. Because even after all clubs gathered along the Strip, no one went all in.Hometown slugger Bryce Harper stayed put, Manny Machado didn't move. A lot of trade talk about Corey Kluber, Noah Syndergaard and J.T. Realmuto, but no deals.Blame that, maybe, on a new way of doing business.In older days, a general managers or agent would've met around the blackjack table or roulette wheel in the wee hours and hammered out a swap on a handshake. Now, with so many financial, medical and analytical components, that's virtually i... [More]
Thu Dec 1317:42Encarnacion to Mariners, Santana to Indians in 3-team tradeYonder Alonso1BWhite SoxFree Agent
Jean SeguraSSPhilliesFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto was in the hospital, making a trade from a bed.Cleveland counterpart Chris Antonetti was boarding a plane headed back home, trying to finalize the deal before the flight pulled away from the gate.They managed to complete the swap as the winter meetings came to an end. Carlos Santana was sent back to Cleveland, where he was an Indians fan favorite. Edwin Encarnacion is headed to Seattle — no telling how long he'll stick there.The star hitters were dealt for each other Thursday, part of a three-team trade that also involved Tampa Bay.The Rays got infielder Yandy Diaz and minor league right-hander Cole Sulser from Cleveland. The Indians also acquired first baseman Jake Bauers from Tampa Bay, while the busy Mariners wound up with a draft pick. Tampa Bay will send $5 million to Seattle and the Mariners will pay $6 million to Cleveland."I called Edwin earlier this morning before we had final sign-off because again I wanted hi... [More]
Thu Dec 1315:32Encarnacion to Mariners, Santana to Indians in 3-team tradeYonder Alonso1BWhite SoxFree Agent
Jean SeguraSSPhilliesFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Carlos Santana is going back to Cleveland, where he was an Indians fan favorite. Edwin Encarnacion is headed to Seattle — no telling how long he'll stick there.The star hitters were swapped for each other Thursday, part of a three-team trade that also involved Tampa Bay as the winter meetings wrapped up.The Rays got infielder Yandy Diaz and minor league right-hander Cole Sulser from Cleveland. The Indians also acquired first baseman Jake Bauers from Tampa Bay, while the busy Mariners wound up with a draft pick. Tampa Bay will send $5 million to Seattle and the Mariners will pay $6 million to Cleveland."We'll see how it goes with Edwin, whether he stays with us or he moves on to another destination," Seattle assistant general manager Justin Hollander said.Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto finished the trade while in a hospital. He felt ill a day earlier and was checked "out of an abundance of caution," the team said.Coming off their third straight AL Central, the Indians had... [More]
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