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Mon Dec 1023:01Posey could be limited early, should return to 100 percentSteven DuggarCFGiantsFree Agent
Mike GerberRFGiantsFree Agent
Buster Posey1B/CGiantsFree Agent
Jeff SamardzijaSPGiantsFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Buster Posey's recovery from right hip surgery might limit how much the San Francisco All-Star catches during spring training and at the start of the season.Posey had surgery in late August to repair a torn labrum in the hip and remove an impingement."Certainly with a guy like Buster coming off the major surgery it might impact his spring training workload and maybe even his early season workload, but for now all the indications are positive that he'll be 100 percent," new Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said at the winter meetings.The 31-year-old Posey played in just 105 games and his power numbers dipped with the hip affecting him all year. He batted .284 with five home runs and 41 RBIs.Right-hander Jeff Samardzija is beginning a throwing program after he was limited to 10 starts and 44 2/3 innings in 2018 because of recurring shoulder problems. Center fielder Steven Duggar, who suffered a season-ending left shoulder injury in late August from ... [More]
Mon Dec 1021:41King of clubs? Teams start to show cards at winter meetingsKaleb Cowart2B/3BMarinersFree Agent
Didi GregoriusSSYankeesFree Agent
Billy HamiltonCFRoyalsFree Agent
Manny Machado3B/SSDodgersFree Agent
J.T. RealmutoCMarlinsFree Agent
Tyson RossSPTigersFree Agent
Noah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Deal the New York Yankees in for the Manny Machado tournament. And J.T. Realmuto? A lot of teams already are sitting at that table.The baseball winter meetings began in earnest along the Vegas Strip on Monday, and clubs slowly started to show their cards.Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler are attracting trade interest, the Mets say. Corey Kluber and Madison Bumgarner keep popping up in swap speculation. But still no indication of where hometown slugger Bryce Harper might go.A couple of moves got done — speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton sprinted to the Kansas City Royals, pitcher Tyson Ross went to Detroit.The Yankees, as usual, were on the prowl.Always ramping up the rivalry with the champion Boston Red Sox, the Yankees linked themselves to Machado. General manager Brian Cashman said he's been talking to the infielder's agent."So we are definitely focused in the marketplace on those areas of need and he, obviously, is available and solves that area of need," Cashman ... [More]
Mon Dec 1020:41The Latest: Rangers claim INF Asuaje off waiversCarlos Asuaje2BRangersFree Agent
Homer BaileySPRedsFree Agent
Jalen BeeksSPRaysFree Agent
Jackie Bradley Jr.CFRed SoxFree Agent
Yonny ChirinosSPRaysFree Agent
Kaleb Cowart2B/3BMarinersFree Agent
Wilmer FontSPRaysFree Agent
Mike GerberRFGiantsFree Agent
Didi GregoriusSSYankeesFree Agent
Billy HamiltonCFRoyalsFree Agent
Liam HendriksRPAthleticsFree Agent
Craig KimbrelRPRed SoxFree Agent
Manny Machado3B/SSDodgersFree Agent
Wade MileySPBrewersFree Agent
Brandon WoodruffSPBrewersFree Agent
Ryan YarbroughRP/SPRaysFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Major League Baseball's winter meetings (all times local):5:33 p.m.The Texas Rangers have claimed infielder Carlos Asuaje off waivers from San Diego.Asuaje was designated for assignment Friday after spending parts of the past three seasons with the Padres, hitting .240 in 175 games. He also played at Triple-A El Paso last season, hitting .314 in 47 games.The 27-year-old Asuaje has played mostly second base in the major leagues, but has seen time at third base and left field as a pro. He has a .289 career batting average in the minors.Asuaje was an 11th-round pick by Boston in 2013 and was traded to San Diego two years later in the deal involving closer Craig Kimbrel.___4:15 p.m.Harold Baines knows there a lot of fans questioning whether his credentials are worthy of the Hall of Fame. He's not sweating that."Well, they can't take it away from me now, even if they don't think I should be there," he told The Associated Press.Baines was elected to Coopersto... [More]
Mon Dec 1020:21Cashman says Yankees interested in MachadoPatrick CorbinSPNationalsFree Agent
Jacoby EllsburyCFYankeesFree Agent
Clint FrazierLFYankeesFree Agent
Brett GardnerCF/LFYankeesFree Agent
Didi GregoriusSSYankeesFree Agent
J.A. HappSPYankeesFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Aaron HicksCF/LFYankeesFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Manny Machado3B/SSDodgersFree Agent
James PaxtonSPYankeesFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonDH/LF/RFYankeesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says he has been talking about Manny Machado with the infielder's agent.New York shortstop Didi Gregorius is expected to miss at least half of next season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, leaving the team in search of an infielder."I've had several conversations with Dan Lozano about Manny Machado," Cashman said Monday at the winter meetings. "So we are we are definitely focused in the marketplace on those areas of need and he, obviously, is available and solves that area of need. So, not going to deny we've had a conversation. Or two."Cashman said last month that Machado would have to explain his comments that he isn't "Johnny Hustle" and his failure to run hard on the bases, which became glaring in the postseason. Cashman would not say whether he plans to meet with Machado.Bryce Harper, the other top free agent, appears to be of little interest to the Yankees, at least publicly. Asked whether he had met with the Las Ve... [More]
Mon Dec 1020:11Reds claim left-hander Robby Scott off waivers from BostonRobby ScottRPRedsFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds have claimed left-hander Robby Scott off waivers from the Boston Red Sox.The 29-year-old reliever was 0-1 over nine relief appearances and 6 2/3 innings for Boston this year. He was 3-3 with a 1.36 ERA in 45 games for Triple-A Pawtucket, striking out 63 in 48 1/3 innings.Cincinnati announced the move Monday at the winter meetings.___For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/apf-Baseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Dec 1019:41RHP Tyson Ross, Tigers agree on 1-year dealTyson RossSPTigersFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Free agent right-hander Tyson Ross and the Detroit Tigers have reached a one-year deal for $5.75 million.The agreement came Monday at the winter meetings.Ross went a combined 8-9 with a 4.15 ERA for San Diego and St. Louis last season. He made 22 starts for the Padres, was claimed off waivers by the Cardinals in early August and pitched nine times for them, eight in relief.The 31-year-old Ross held righty hitters to a .176 batting average.Ross is 43-65 with a 3.95 ERA in nine seasons. He made his debut with Oakland in 2010 and was an All-Star with San Diego in 2014.Ross' contract includes $250,000 in roster bonuses — $50,000 for being with the major league team on opening day and $100,000 each for May 1 and June 1.
Mon Dec 1019:21The Latest: Baines says he's humbled by election to HallCarlos Asuaje2BRangersFree Agent
Homer BaileySPRedsFree Agent
Jalen BeeksSPRaysFree Agent
Jackie Bradley Jr.CFRed SoxFree Agent
Yonny ChirinosSPRaysFree Agent
Kaleb Cowart2B/3BMarinersFree Agent
Wilmer FontSPRaysFree Agent
Mike GerberRFGiantsFree Agent
Didi GregoriusSSYankeesFree Agent
Billy HamiltonCFRoyalsFree Agent
Liam HendriksRPAthleticsFree Agent
Manny Machado3B/SSDodgersFree Agent
Wade MileySPBrewersFree Agent
Brandon WoodruffSPBrewersFree Agent
Ryan YarbroughRP/SPRaysFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Major League Baseball's winter meetings (all times local):4:15 p.m.Harold Baines knows there a lot of fans questioning whether his credentials are worthy of the Hall of Fame. He's not sweating that."Well, they can't take it away from me now, even if they don't think I should be there," he told The Associated Press.Baines was elected to Cooperstown on Sunday by a Hall-picked panel of 16. The six-time All-Star with 2,866 hits was at the winter meetings Monday for a news conference along with newly chosen Lee Smith."I wasn't out there beating my chest and campaigning for this," Baines said. "I'm very honored and humbled."___4:05 p.m.Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says he has been talking about Manny Machado with the infielder's agent.New York shortstop Didi Gregorius is expected to miss at least half of next season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.Cashman says, "I've had several conversations with Dan Lozano about Manny Machado. So we are we... [More]
Mon Dec 1019:11The Latest: Cashman has been talking to Machado's agentCarlos Asuaje2BRangersFree Agent
Homer BaileySPRedsFree Agent
Jalen BeeksSPRaysFree Agent
Jackie Bradley Jr.CFRed SoxFree Agent
Yonny ChirinosSPRaysFree Agent
Kaleb Cowart2B/3BMarinersFree Agent
Wilmer FontSPRaysFree Agent
Mike GerberRFGiantsFree Agent
Didi GregoriusSSYankeesFree Agent
Billy HamiltonCFRoyalsFree Agent
Liam HendriksRPAthleticsFree Agent
Manny Machado3B/SSDodgersFree Agent
Wade MileySPBrewersFree Agent
Brandon WoodruffSPBrewersFree Agent
Ryan YarbroughRP/SPRaysFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Major League Baseball's winter meetings (all times local):4:05 p.m.Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says he has been talking about Manny Machado with the infielder's agent.New York shortstop Didi Gregorius is expected to miss at least half of next season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.Cashman says, "I've had several conversations with Dan Lozano about Manny Machado. So we are we are definitely focused in the marketplace on those areas of need and he obviously is available and solves that area of need. So, not going to deny we've had a conversation. Or two."___12:15 p.m.New Reds manager David Bell says he's talked to pitcher Homer Bailey about his role in the future. Bell says it was a good conversation and nothing has been finalized.Bailey went 1-14 with a 6.09 ERA last season, losing his last nine decisions and his spot in the rotation. The Reds went 1-19 in the games he started.The 32-year-old right-hander, who has pitched two no-hitter... [More]
Mon Dec 1017:01Eovaldi wanted to remain in Red Sox rotation, not relieveNathan EovaldiSPRed SoxFree Agent
Craig KimbrelRPRed SoxFree Agent
Max Muncy1B/3B/PHDodgersFree Agent
Drew PomeranzSPRed SoxFree Agent
Rick PorcelloSPRed SoxFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
Yasiel PuigRFDodgersFree Agent
Eduardo RodríguezSPRed SoxFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi loved what he started in Boston — emphasis on started."There were a lot of teams that reached out, wanted me to be a closer," he said. "I view myself as a starter, and that's something I've always done my entire career. And I enjoy doing that. So if I had that choice, I still wanted to be a starter."After shifting to the bullpen for three World Series relief appearances, including an epic 97-pitch outing in an 18-inning loss , Eovaldi decided last week to stay with the Red Sox for a $68 million, four-year contract ."I can't wait to see him again with us. He's going to be a huge part of this rotation," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Monday during a winter meetings news conference. "He's a workaholic."Eovaldi averaged nearly 98 mph with his fastball during the regular season but reached 100 mph six times in the first two games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, not needing to hold back. That velocity intrigued teams as he became a free agent.Before Octob... [More]
Mon Dec 1015:31The Latest: New Reds skip Bell talking to Bailey about roleCarlos Asuaje2BRangersFree Agent
Homer BaileySPRedsFree Agent
Jalen BeeksSPRaysFree Agent
Jackie Bradley Jr.CFRed SoxFree Agent
Yonny ChirinosSPRaysFree Agent
Kaleb Cowart2B/3BMarinersFree Agent
Wilmer FontSPRaysFree Agent
Mike GerberRFGiantsFree Agent
Billy HamiltonCFRoyalsFree Agent
Liam HendriksRPAthleticsFree Agent
Wade MileySPBrewersFree Agent
Brandon WoodruffSPBrewersFree Agent
Ryan YarbroughRP/SPRaysFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Major League Baseball's winter meetings (all times local):12:15 p.m.New Reds manager David Bell says he's talked to pitcher Homer Bailey about his role in the future. Bell says it was a good conversation and nothing has been finalized.Bailey went 1-14 with a 6.09 ERA last season, losing his last nine decisions and his spot in the rotation. The Reds went 1-19 in the games he started.The 32-year-old right-hander, who has pitched two no-hitters for the Reds, has been beset by serious injuries in recent years, including Tommy John surgery.The Reds gave Bailey a six-year, $105 million contract in 2014. He has one year left on his contract for $23 million, with an option for 2020 that includes a $5 million buyout."He's had such a great career. My focus and our focus is how can we maximize who he is, not only for us but who he is, and how he can feel great about the career he's had and be able to contribute. That's really the focus there," Bell said."Try to pu... [More]
Mon Dec 1015:21AP Source: Royals, Hamilton agree to $5.25M contractBrian GoodwinCF/LF/PH/RFRoyalsFree Agent
Billy HamiltonCFRoyalsFree Agent
Whit Merrifield2B/CFRoyalsFree Agent
Mike Moustakas3BBrewersFree Agent
Brett PhillipsCFRoyalsFree Agent
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals and speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton have agreed to a $5.25 million contract for next season that includes up to $1 million in incentives, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday.The Royals hope that spacious Kauffman Stadium will allow Hamilton to better use his speed than the bandbox of Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, where he spent his first six seasons with the Reds. The person who confirmed the deal spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal was pending a physical.The 28-year-old Hamilton made his big league debut in 2013, then proceeded to have four consecutive seasons in which he stole at least 50 bases. That number dipped to 34 last season, when the switch-hitting Hamilton hit .236 with four homers and 29 RBIs as the Reds' everyday center fielder.The Reds ultimately did not tender Hamilton a contract after paying him $4.6 million in the second year of arbitration. The Royal... [More]
Mon Dec 1015:21Sunday night baseball games an hour earlier in 2019Nathan EovaldiSPRed SoxFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Baseball players may get a little more sleep when traveling after Sunday night games next year.ESPN announced Monday it is moving up the starting time of the nationally televised game by one hour, with the first pitch planned for shortly after 7 p.m. Eastern."From a travel perspective, it's amazing what (difference) one hour can make," said Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, whose World Series champions already have been selected for five Sunday night games next year.Philadelphia hosts Atlanta in the first Sunday night game next season, on March 31, the second game of a television doubleheader that begins with Texas playing the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.Among other Sunday night games next year will be a World Series rematch between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston at Fenway Park on July 14, four games between the Red Sox and New York Yankees (June 2 and Aug. 4 in the Bronx, July 28 and Sept. 8 in Boston) and the Little League Class... [More]
Mon Dec 1015:11The Latest: Mariners claim Cowart, list him as pitcherCarlos Asuaje2BRangersFree Agent
Jalen BeeksSPRaysFree Agent
Jackie Bradley Jr.CFRed SoxFree Agent
Yonny ChirinosSPRaysFree Agent
Kaleb Cowart2B/3BMarinersFree Agent
Wilmer FontSPRaysFree Agent
Mike GerberRFGiantsFree Agent
Billy HamiltonCFRoyalsFree Agent
Liam HendriksRPAthleticsFree Agent
Wade MileySPBrewersFree Agent
Brandon WoodruffSPBrewersFree Agent
Ryan YarbroughRP/SPRaysFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Major League Baseball's winter meetings (all times local):12:05 p.m.The Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants have added players on waiver claims.The Mariners made the most interesting move, taking Kaleb Cowart from the Los Angeles Angels and announcing him as an infielder and right-handed pitcher.A prep star on the mound and at the plate, the 26-year-old Cowart has not pitched since the Angels drafted in the first round in 2010. He hit .134 with 10 RBIs in 47 games with Los Angeles last season.Texas acquired infielder Carlos Asuaje after he was cut by San Diego last week. The 27-year-old hit .240 in parts of the last three seasons with the Padres, and did well in the field at second base.The Giants got outfielder Mike Gerber from Detroit. The 26-year-old made his big league debut last season and went 4 for 42 in 18 games for the Tigers.___11:30 a.m.Phillies manager Gabe Kapler intends to be publicly critical of his players more in hi... [More]
Mon Dec 1015:11Kapler intends to be publicly critical of Phillies playersManny Machado3B/SSDodgersFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Phillies manager Gabe Kapler intends to be more publicly critical of his players in his second season following his team's late fade.Philadelphia led the NL East in early August, then went 16-33 and wound up with its sixth straight losing record at 80-82."One thing that I can do immediately that I think will really resonate well with our fans in Philadelphia is ... as much as I illuminate some of the things we're doing very well, I can be a little more assertive in illuminating the things that we need to work on," he said Monday at the winter meetings. "I do think that our fans demand that we hold them accountable. I think that I've shared and demonstrated to our fans that I do that behind closed doors. And I think that many of them would like to see me create that really high bar publicly. And I'm committed to doing that."Phillies president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail reinforced that message during an offseason dinner."Andy did say that he thinks that holdi... [More]
Mon Dec 1014:41The Latest: Phils manager Kapler plans to call out poor playJalen BeeksSPRaysFree Agent
Jackie Bradley Jr.CFRed SoxFree Agent
Yonny ChirinosSPRaysFree Agent
Wilmer FontSPRaysFree Agent
Billy HamiltonCFRoyalsFree Agent
Liam HendriksRPAthleticsFree Agent
Wade MileySPBrewersFree Agent
Brandon WoodruffSPBrewersFree Agent
Ryan YarbroughRP/SPRaysFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Major League Baseball's winter meetings (all times local):11:30 a.m.Phillies manager Gabe Kapler intends to be publicly critical of his players more in his second season following his team's late fade.Philadelphia led the NL East in early August, then went 16-33 and wound up with its sixth straight losing record at 80-82."One thing that I can do immediately that I think will really resonate well with our fans in Philadelphia is ... as much as I illuminate some of the things we're doing very well, I can be a little more assertive in illuminating the things that we need to work on. And I'm committed to taking that step," he said.Kapler said he wouldn't get on a player "just for the sake of calling them out.""However, I do think that our fans demand that we hold them accountable. I think that I've shared and demonstrated to our fans that I do that behind closed doors. And I think that many of them would like to see me create that really high bar publicly. ... [More]
Mon Dec 1014:41Braves INF Rio Ruiz claimed off waivers by OriolesJohan Camargo3B/SSBravesFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Michael FoltynewiczSPBravesFree Agent
Evan GattisC/DH/PHAstrosFree Agent
Rio Ruiz3BOriolesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves infielder Rio Ruiz has been claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles.The 24-year-old Ruiz played sparingly with the Braves the last three seasons and had little future with the team after the emergence of Johan Camargo and the signing of free agent Josh Donaldson.Ruiz played a total of 72 games with Atlanta, hitting .189 with four homers and 21 RBIs. He spent most of 2018 with Triple-A Gwinnett, where he batted .269 with nine homers and 72 RBIs.Originally drafted by Houston, Ruiz was dealt to the Braves in a January 2015 trade that also included pitcher Mike Foltynewicz and sent Evan Gattis to the Astros.___For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/apf-Baseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Dec 1014:21Rays' Cash will stick with using an opener in 2019Jalen BeeksSPRaysFree Agent
Yonny ChirinosSPRaysFree Agent
Wilmer FontSPRaysFree Agent
Liam HendriksRPAthleticsFree Agent
Wade MileySPBrewersFree Agent
Brandon WoodruffSPBrewersFree Agent
Ryan YarbroughRP/SPRaysFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Naturally, Tampa Bay's Kevin Cash was the opening manager to speak at the winter meetings.Cash said Monday the Rays will stick with their revolutionary practice of using an "opener" next season.The Rays deviated from baseball tradition this year, regularly using a relief pitcher to begin games rather than a traditional starting pitcher. Tampa Bay went 46-38 with usual starters and 44-34 when utilizing the bullpen."I think right now we're discussing internally whether we do it two times through the rotation or three times through the rotation," Cash said Monday at the winter meetings. "But the nice thing is we've got all that information last year and we have a bunch of candidates that we can fill in as a traditional starter if need be. Yonny Chirinos, Yarbs (Ryan Yarbrough), Wilmer Font, Jalen Beeks."Tampa Bay's innovation was copied by Oakland, which started reliever Liam Hendriks in the AL wild-card game against the New York Yankees, and Milwaukee. Brewers manager ... [More]
Mon Dec 1014:11The Latest: Mattingly not dwelling on his Hall caseJalen BeeksSPRaysFree Agent
Jackie Bradley Jr.CFRed SoxFree Agent
Yonny ChirinosSPRaysFree Agent
Wilmer FontSPRaysFree Agent
Liam HendriksRPAthleticsFree Agent
Wade MileySPBrewersFree Agent
Brandon WoodruffSPBrewersFree Agent
Ryan YarbroughRP/SPRaysFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Major League Baseball's winter meetings (all times local):11 a.m.Don Mattingly says he's not dwelling on whether he belongs in the Hall of Fame.A day after Harold Baines was a surprising choice for the Hall, Mattingly says he's content knowing what he accomplished on the field.The Miami manager was a six-time All-Star, won nine Gold Gloves at first base for the Yankees and hit .307 lifetime. Mattingly was the 1985 AL MVP and four times finished in the top seven of the MVP voting.Mattingly finished with 2,153 hits, 222 home runs and 1,099 RBIs in 14 seasons in a career limited by back trouble."I just didn't play long enough. Wasn't able to stay healthy long enough to really put that pile of numbers together," he said at the winter meetings. "So there was a period of time that I could hit with anybody and do things on the field at my position and with the bat that nobody was doing."Baines also was a six-time All-Star. He never finished higher than ninth i... [More]
Mon Dec 1013:51AP Source: Royals, Hamilton agree to $5.25M contractBilly HamiltonCFRoyalsFree Agent
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says the Kansas City Royals and outfielder Billy Hamilton have agreed to a $5.25 million contract for next season that includes up to $1 million in incentives.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal was pending a physical. No official announcement was expected as general managers were meeting in Las Vegas.Hamilton made $4.6 million with the Cincinnati Reds last season, when he was their everyday center fielder, but he was not tendered a contract for this season. The career .236 hitter's biggest attribute is his speed — he stole at least 50 bases four straight seasons before dipping to 34 last season.He helps to solidify what had been a shaky outfield for Kansas City last season.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Dec 1013:31Rays' Cash will stick with using an opener in 2019Jalen BeeksSPRaysFree Agent
Yonny ChirinosSPRaysFree Agent
Wilmer FontSPRaysFree Agent
Liam HendriksRPAthleticsFree Agent
Wade MileySPBrewersFree Agent
Brandon WoodruffSPBrewersFree Agent
Ryan YarbroughRP/SPRaysFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash will stick with using an "opener" next season.The Rays deviated from baseball tradition last season, regularly using a relief pitcher to begin games rather than a traditional starting pitcher. Tampa Bay went 46-38 with usual starters and 44-34 when utilizing the bullpen."I think right now we're discussing internally whether we do it two times through the rotation or three times through the rotation," Cash said Monday at the winter meetings. "But the nice thing is we've got all that information last year and we have a bunch of candidates that we can fill in as a traditional starter if need be. Yonny Chirinos, Yarbs (Ryan Yarbrough), Wilmer Font, Jalen Beeks."Tampa Bay's innovation was copied by Oakland, which started reliever Liam Hendriks in the AL wild-card game against the New York Yankees, and Milwaukee. Brewers manager Craig Counsell used left-hander Wade Miley for just one batter in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series against t... [More]
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