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Thu Mar 2117:19Yankees' Sabathia makes 1st appearance since heart procedureBilly BurnsCFYankeesFree Agent
Ryan LavarnwayCYankeesFree Agent
Jesus SucreCOriolesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia has returned to the mound for the first time since undergoing a heart procedure in December.Sabathia allowed one run and two hits over two innings on Thursday in a minor league exhibition game, striking out three for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Toledo, Detroit's Triple-A affiliate.Sabathia, who has announced he's retiring after the season, said he "felt great" after his 26-pitch outing."No problems. I felt like the ball was coming out of my hand pretty good. All positive," Sabathia said.Tigers center field prospect Daz Cameron, the son of former major leaguer Mike Cameron, had a first-inning double and Hector Sanchez hit an opposite-field homer to right during the second. Sabathia will make another minor league appearance on Tuesday against Philadelphia Phillies prospects. He expected to miss his first two or three regular season starts."He's progressed pretty well," Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. "... [More]
Thu Mar 2116:59Yankees' Sabathia makes 1st appearance since heart procedureBilly BurnsCFYankeesFree Agent
Ryan LavarnwayCYankeesFree Agent
Jesus SucreCOriolesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia has returned to the mound for the first time since undergoing a heart procedure in December.Sabathia allowed one run and two hits over two innings on Thursday in a minor league exhibition game, striking out three for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Toledo, Detroit's Triple-A affiliate.Sabathia, who has announced he's retiring after the season, said he "felt great" after his 26-pitch outing."No problems. I felt like the ball was coming out of my hand pretty good. All positive," Sabathia said.Tigers center field prospect Daz Cameron, the son of former major leaguer Mike Cameron, had a first-inning double and Hector Sanchez hit an opposite-field homer to right during the second. Sabathia will make another minor league appearance on Tuesday against Philadelphia Phillies prospects. He expected to miss his first two or three regular season starts."He's progressed pretty well," Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. "... [More]
Thu Mar 2116:29Cards, Carpenter being cautious as he sits againMatt Carpenter1B/3BCardinalsFree Agent
Paul DeJongSSCardinalsFree Agent
Dexter FowlerRFCardinalsFree Agent
Domingo GermánRPYankeesFree Agent
Paul Goldschmidt1BCardinalsFree Agent
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Even as Matt Carpenter's return to Grapefruit League play is delayed, both the team and the third baseman insist the lingering back tightness is no big deal."If this was the middle of the season and these games counted I would be just working through some of the soreness and tightness that I'm going through, but I don't feel the need to do that and go back to 70 percent because I'm pushing through a spring training game," Carpenter said.Originally expected to return on Wednesday, Carpenter now may not return until Sunday.Manager Mike Shildt doesn't believe the tightness will lead to Carpenter missing opening day next Thursday at Milwaukee."It's felt good the last three days," Shildt said. "Really positive. We just want to make sure we're progressing, nip it in the bud, being smart. We don't want it to flare up and miss any time in Milwaukee."Carpenter hasn't appeared in a game since Friday. He originally experienced the back tightness on Saturday during fielding ... [More]
Thu Mar 2115:47Spring stars: Mets' Alonso, Indians' Bieber, Cards' HudsonShane BieberSPIndiansFree Agent
Billy HamiltonCFRoyalsFree Agent
Dakota HudsonRP/SPCardinalsFree Agent
A.J. PollockCFDodgersFree Agent
Tanner RoarkSPRedsFree Agent
Dominic Smith1BMetsFree Agent
A weekly look at some of the standout players during spring training, with statistics through exhibition games played on Wednesday:PETE ALONSO, NEW YORK METS, 1B: The power-hitting prospect has made a strong case to open the season with the Mets after batting .360 with four homers and nine RBIs in spring training games. Alonso is fighting for the first base job with Dominic Smith, who has also played well. Alonso had 36 homers and 119 RBIs last season in the minors while splitting time between Double-A and Triple-A.DAKOTA HUDSON, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS, RHP: The 6-foot-5 right-hander could be a bigger part of the Cardinals' pitching plans after a strong spring that includes a 1.72 ERA and 17 strikeouts over 15 2/3 innings. The 2016 first-round pick out of Mississippi State had a 2.63 ERA in 26 relief appearances for the Cardinals in 2018.A.J. POLLOCK, LOS ANGELES DODGERS, CF: The 31-year-old free agent acquisition came to the Dodgers after seven impressive but injury-filled seasons with t... [More]
Thu Mar 2115:39Yankees' Sabathia makes 1st appearance since heart procedureJesus SucreCOriolesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia has returned to the mound for the first time since undergoing a heart procedure in December.Sabathia allowed one run and two hits over two innings on Thursday in a minor league exhibition game, striking out three for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Toledo, Detroit's Triple-A affiliate.Sabathia, who has announced he's retiring after the season, said he "felt great" after his 26-pitch outing."No problems. I felt like the ball was coming out of my hand pretty good. All positive," Sabathia said.Tigers center field prospect Daz Cameron, the son of former major leaguer Mike Cameron, had a first-inning double and Hector Sanchez hit an opposite-field homer to right during the second. Sabathia will make another minor league appearance on Tuesday against Philadelphia Phillies prospects. He expected to miss his first two or three regular season starts."He's progressed pretty well," Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. "... [More]
Thu Mar 2113:29Ichiro walks off into history in 'sayonara' at Tokyo DomeNori AokiFree Agent
Yusei KikuchiSPMarinersFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — At times, it seemed as if he'd go on hitting forever.But on Thursday night, a player who defined baseball at its very best on two continents for a generation, took his final swing.The great Ichiro has said "sayonara."Now 45, Ichiro Suzuki left the Tokyo Dome field in the eighth inning, waving goodbye to the packed crowd amid hugs from Seattle Mariners teammates in a three-minute walk that signaled to all his monumental run was over."I have ended my career and decided to retire," Ichiro said, speaking in Japanese at a news conference after a 5-4 win over Oakland in 12 innings.He said his contract was through the two games in Japan, and said he decided before arriving last week to step away."After the reception I got today, how could I possibly have any regrets?" he said. "I couldn't play well enough in spring training to earn an extension."Ichiro went 0 for 4 in his farewell. In his last at-bat, he came up with two outs, a runner on second and a tie score in the eighth. H... [More]
Thu Mar 2110:37Ichiro walks off into history in 'sayonara' at Tokyo DomeIchiro SuzukiRFMarinersFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki has said "sayonara."The 45-year-old Seattle Mariners star announced his retirement Thursday night, shortly after waving goodbye at the Tokyo Dome during a 5-4 win over Oakland in 12 innings.Ichiro went 0 for 4 and was pulled from right field in the eighth, saluting his adoring fans in the packed crowd. He drew hugs from teammates in a three-minute walk that signaled to all his great career had ended.The outfielder said in a statement after the game that he had "achieved so many of my dreams in baseball, both in my career in Japan and, since 2001, in Major League Baseball."He added that he was "honored to end my big league career where it started, with Seattle, and think it is fitting that my last games as a professional were played in my home country of Japan."Ichiro was a 10-time All-Star in the majors. He got 3,089 hits over a 19-year career in the big leagues after getting 1,278 while starring in Japan. His combined total of 4,367 is a professional record.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___AP Sports Writer Tim Booth contributed from Seattle.
Thu Mar 2110:19Trout, Angels finalize record $426.5 million, 12-year dealZack GreinkeSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFPhilliesFree Agent
Shohei OhtaniDH/PHAngelsFree Agent
Albert Pujols1B/DHAngelsFree Agent
Alex RodriguezFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels announced their $426.5 million, 12-year contract on Wednesday night, a record deal that ties baseball's top player to the Orange County club for what likely will be the rest of his career.Trout gets a $20 million signing bonus payable this May 31 and salaries of $16 million this year, $36 million in 2020 and $35.45 million in each of the final 10 years.He cannot be traded without his consent and gets a hotel suite on road trips. He also receives four Diamond Club tickets plus a luxury suite for 20 games this year, and for the remainder of the contract by each Jan. 2 he can pick either the Diamond Clubs tickets or the suite dates for that season.His deal tops the previous high set when Bryce Harper and Philadelphia struck a $330 million, 13-year agreement earlier in spring training.The Angels will celebrate with a public appearance by Trout outside Angel Stadium on Sunday when the team returns from spring training for the fi... [More]
Thu Mar 2109:49Trout, Angels finalize record $426.5 million, 12-year dealZack GreinkeSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFPhilliesFree Agent
Shohei OhtaniDH/PHAngelsFree Agent
Albert Pujols1B/DHAngelsFree Agent
Alex RodriguezFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels announced their $426.5 million, 12-year contract on Wednesday night, a record deal that ties baseball's top player to the Orange County club for what likely will be the rest of his career.Trout gets a $20 million signing bonus payable this March 31 and salaries of $16 million this year, $36 million in 2020 and $35.45 million in each of the final 10 years.He cannot be traded without his consent and gets a hotel suite on road trips. He also receives four Diamond Club tickets plus a luxury suite for 20 games this year, and for the remainder of the contract by each Jan. 2 he can pick either the Diamond Clubs tickets or the suite dates for that season.His deal tops the previous high set when Bryce Harper and Philadelphia struck a $330 million, 13-year agreement earlier in spring training.The Angels will celebrate with a public appearance by Trout outside Angel Stadium on Sunday when the team returns from spring training for the ... [More]
Thu Mar 2109:07Ichiro walks off into history before packed Tokyo Dome crowdIchiro SuzukiRFMarinersFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki seems to have said "sayonara."The 45-year-old Seattle Mariner star left the Tokyo Dome field in the eighth inning on Thursday night, waving goodbye to the crowd and being hugged by teammates in a three-minute walk that signaled to all his great career has ended.The Japanese agency Kyodo News reported during the game against Oakland that Ichiro would announce his retirement after it was over.Ichiro went 0 for 4. He took his spot in right field in the eighth, but then was pulled by manager Scott Servais and the walk into history began in front of a sellout of 45,000.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Mar 2107:17Report: Ichiro will retire in Japan after Mariners vs. A'sYusei KikuchiSPMarinersFree Agent
Ichiro SuzukiRFMarinersFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki started for the Seattle Mariners on Thursday in what the Japanese news agency Kyodo is reporting will be his final major league game.The 45-year-old Ichiro fouled out his first time up and grounded out in his next at-bat against Oakland. Each time the crowd chanted "Ichiro, Ichiro" as camera flashes and iPhone flashes lit up the 45,000 sellout at the Tokyo Dome.Kyodo didn't cite the source of its report.Seattle manager Scott Servais had hinted that, after Ichiro started in a season-opening victory against the Athletics on Wednesday, he might not start the final game of the brief series that opened the Major League Baseball season."I wasn't quite sure," Servais said. "I thought we'd give him the opportunity to go out there. And I'd love to see him get a couple of hits and finish on a high note here. I want to do the right thing."Ichiro has been swarmed over in games in Japan. On Thursday he signed caps, jerseys, photos and balls down the left field line with... [More]
Thu Mar 2104:36Harper gets 1st hit, Machado 1st home run of spring trainingRonald Acuña Jr.LFBravesFree Agent
Nolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
Álex ÁvilaC/PHDiamondbacksFree Agent
Brandon Belt1BGiantsFree Agent
Archie BradleyRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Dylan BundySPOriolesFree Agent
Byron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Miguel Cabrera1BTigersFree Agent
Carlos CarrascoSPIndiansFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
C.J. Cron1B/DHTwinsFree Agent
Ian Desmond1B/CFRockiesFree Agent
Lucas Duda1B/DH/PHTwinsFree Agent
Kyle Farmer3B/C/PHRedsFree Agent
Dexter FowlerRFCardinalsFree Agent
Ben GamelLF/PH/RFBrewersFree Agent
Reed GarrettRPTigersFree Agent
Lucas GiolitoSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Cole HamelsSPCubsFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFPhilliesFree Agent
Josh Harrison2BTigersFree Agent
Teoscar HernándezLF/RFBlue JaysFree Agent
Chris IannettaC/PHRockiesFree Agent
José IglesiasSSRedsFree Agent
Pablo LopezSPMarlinsFree Agent
Jordan LuplowLFIndiansFree Agent
Manny Machado3B/SSPadresFree Agent
Wade MileySPAstrosFree Agent
Cedric MullinsCFOriolesFree Agent
Daniel Murphy1B/2BRockiesFree Agent
Wil Myers3B/LFPadresFree Agent
Sean NewcombSPBravesFree Agent
Rougned Odor2BRangersFree Agent
Joe Panik2BGiantsFree Agent
Kevin PillarCFBlue JaysFree Agent
Manny PiñaCBrewersFree Agent
Michael PinedaSPTwinsFree Agent
A.J. PollockCFDodgersFree Agent
Drew PomeranzSPGiantsFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
Anthony Rizzo1BCubsFree Agent
Tanner RoarkSPRedsFree Agent
Drew RobinsonCFCardinalsFree Agent
Gary SánchezCYankeesFree Agent
Pablo Sandoval1B/3B/PHGiantsFree Agent
Ervin SantanaSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Jonathan Schoop2BTwinsFree Agent
Corey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Matt ShoemakerSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Tyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
Matt StrahmRPPadresFree Agent
Eric Thames1B/PH/RFBrewersFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Spencer TurnbullSPTigersFree Agent
Neil Walker1B/2B/3BMarlinsFree Agent
Brandon WoodruffSPBrewersFree Agent
Bryce Harper got his first hit with Philadelphia, and Manny Machado homered for San Diego.Both of baseball's big offseason free agents are finally getting into the swing of things at spring training.Harper lined a 97 mph fastball to center field for a single in the fourth inning Wednesday against Detroit, snapping his 0-for-9 start to Grapefruit League play with the Phillies. The slugger jokingly gestured toward the dugout that he wanted to keep the ball as a souvenir.It was Harper's 16th plate appearance over six exhibition games. Spencer Turnbull struck him out swinging in the first inning.His final time up, Harper walked against Reed Garrett leading off the seventh. The 2015 NL MVP has struck out six times and drawn five walks."Took great swings on pitches that he just missed and fouled back," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said after his team's 3-1 loss to the Tigers."And one swing, a foul ball (down the third base side) that was a real near-miss. You could see with just a little bit... [More]
Thu Mar 2103:47Ichiro gets the start in what could be his last MLB gameIchiro SuzukiRFMarinersFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki is in the starting lineup for the Mariners against the Oakland Athletics in what might be his last game in the majors.Seattle manager Scott Servais had earlier hinted that, after Ichiro started in a season-opening victory against the A's on Wednesday, he might not start on Thursday in the final game of the brief series.Servais says: I wasn't quite sure. I thought we'd give him the opportunity to go out there. And I'd love to see him get a couple of hits and finish on a high note here."The future of 45-year-old Ichiro is unclear. Many expect him to retire after the Japan series, or when the Mariners return home for two spring training games with the San Diego Padres before the regular season resumes against the Boston Red Sox.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Mar 2103:37Seager homers for Dodgers in return from elbow, hip surgeryJavier Báez2B/3B/SSCubsFree Agent
Cole HamelsSPCubsFree Agent
Manny Machado3B/SSPadresFree Agent
Anthony Rizzo1BCubsFree Agent
Corey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
Julio UríasSPDodgersFree Agent
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Corey Seager returned with a bang to the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup Wednesday night.The star shortstop, playing against major league competition for the first time in nearly a year, homered to center field in his second at-bat against Chicago Cubs left-hander Cole Hamels at Sloan Park."It was just fun. The adrenaline, the excitement, it was really good," Seager said after playing six innings in his Cactus League debut. "It's been a really long time since I've been out there. That was the excitement part of it."Seager added a sacrifice fly in the fifth."I was happy for him. He looked really good in the batter's box," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "A positive night."A two-time All-Star and the 2016 NL Rookie of the Year, Seager played just 26 games a year ago before an elbow injury ended his season on April 29.He had Tommy John surgery in early May and arthroscopic surgery on his left hip in August. The Dodgers made their second straight trip to the World Series... [More]
Thu Mar 2102:56Bryce Harper gets his 1st hit of spring trainingRonald Acuña Jr.LFBravesFree Agent
Nolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
Álex ÁvilaC/PHDiamondbacksFree Agent
Brandon Belt1BGiantsFree Agent
Archie BradleyRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Dylan BundySPOriolesFree Agent
Byron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Miguel Cabrera1BTigersFree Agent
Carlos CarrascoSPIndiansFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
C.J. Cron1B/DHTwinsFree Agent
Ian Desmond1B/CFRockiesFree Agent
Lucas Duda1B/DH/PHTwinsFree Agent
Kyle Farmer3B/C/PHRedsFree Agent
Dexter FowlerRFCardinalsFree Agent
Ben GamelLF/PH/RFBrewersFree Agent
Reed GarrettRPTigersFree Agent
Lucas GiolitoSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Cole HamelsSPCubsFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFPhilliesFree Agent
Josh Harrison2BTigersFree Agent
Teoscar HernándezLF/RFBlue JaysFree Agent
Chris IannettaC/PHRockiesFree Agent
José IglesiasSSRedsFree Agent
Pablo LopezSPMarlinsFree Agent
Jordan LuplowLFIndiansFree Agent
Manny Machado3B/SSPadresFree Agent
Wade MileySPAstrosFree Agent
Cedric MullinsCFOriolesFree Agent
Daniel Murphy1B/2BRockiesFree Agent
Wil Myers3B/LFPadresFree Agent
Sean NewcombSPBravesFree Agent
Rougned Odor2BRangersFree Agent
Joe Panik2BGiantsFree Agent
Kevin PillarCFBlue JaysFree Agent
Manny PiñaCBrewersFree Agent
Michael PinedaSPTwinsFree Agent
A.J. PollockCFDodgersFree Agent
Drew PomeranzSPGiantsFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
Anthony Rizzo1BCubsFree Agent
Tanner RoarkSPRedsFree Agent
Drew RobinsonCFCardinalsFree Agent
Gary SánchezCYankeesFree Agent
Pablo Sandoval1B/3B/PHGiantsFree Agent
Ervin SantanaSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Jonathan Schoop2BTwinsFree Agent
Corey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Matt ShoemakerSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Tyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
Matt StrahmRPPadresFree Agent
Eric Thames1B/PH/RFBrewersFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Spencer TurnbullSPTigersFree Agent
Neil Walker1B/2B/3BMarlinsFree Agent
Brandon WoodruffSPBrewersFree Agent
Bryce Harper is on the board at spring training.The slugger lined a 97 mph fastball to center field in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game against Detroit for his first hit with the Philadelphia Phillies after an 0-for-9 start.Harper jokingly gestured toward the dugout that he wanted to keep the ball.It was Harper's 16th plate appearance over six exhibition games. Spencer Turnbull struck him out swinging in the first.His final time up, Harper walked against Reed Garrett to lead off the seventh. Harper has struck out six times and drawn five walks."Took great swings on pitches that he just missed and fouled back," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said after the 3-1 loss to the Tigers."And one swing, a foul ball (down the third base side) that was a real near-miss. You could see with just a little bit better timing that ball is in the seats in left field. So, a lot to get excited about there with Bryce."Harper played seven innings in right field.Kapler plans to hit Harper third regularly d... [More]
Thu Mar 2100:19Status for Indians' Lindor for opening day still uncertainTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
A.J. ColeRP/SPIndiansFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BIndiansFree Agent
Francisco LindorSSIndiansFree Agent
Eric StametsSSIndiansFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — With a hop off his feet turning a double play and by driving a ball nearly over the fence, Indians three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor moved closer to returning from a right calf strain.Yet his status for opening day on March 28 at Minnesota remains uncertain.Batting every inning in a modified intrasquad minor league game, Lindor made eight plate appearances, going 0-for-6 with two walks.Eager to hit, Lindor swung on a 3-0 count during his sixth plate appearance, extending it to nine pitches and drawing a walk. Out of caution and because of his morning base running, he was replaced by a pinch runner.On a 3-0 count on his next plate appearance, he ripped a ball to the right field fence where prospect Oscar Gonzalez made a leaping catch, preventing a home run.Lindor was asked if he needs to appear in a Cactus League game to be ready for the season opener."I don't think so. I can play in the minor leagues or B games to be ready," he said."Baseball's suc... [More]
Wed Mar 2023:49Status for Indians' Lindor for opening day still uncertainTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
A.J. ColeRP/SPIndiansFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BIndiansFree Agent
Francisco LindorSSIndiansFree Agent
Eric StametsSSIndiansFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — With a hop off his feet turning a double play and by driving a ball nearly over the fence, Indians three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor moved closer to returning from a right calf strain.Yet his status for opening day on March 28 at Minnesota remains uncertain.Batting every inning in a modified intrasquad minor league game, Lindor made eight plate appearances, going 0-for-6 with two walks.Eager to hit, Lindor swung on a 3-0 count during his sixth plate appearance, extending it to nine pitches and drawing a walk. Out of caution and because of his morning base running, he was replaced by a pinch runner.On a 3-0 count on his next plate appearance, he ripped a ball to the right field fence where prospect Oscar Gonzalez made a leaping catch, preventing a home run.Lindor was asked if he needs to appear in a Cactus League game to be ready for the season opener."I don't think so. I can play in the minor leagues or B games to be ready," he said."Baseball's suc... [More]
Wed Mar 2023:19Trout, Angels finalize record $432 million, 12-year dealZack GreinkeSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFPhilliesFree Agent
Shohei OhtaniDH/PHAngelsFree Agent
Albert Pujols1B/DHAngelsFree Agent
Alex RodriguezFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night announced their 12-year contract, a record deal that ties baseball's top player to the Orange County club for what likely will be the rest of his career.A person with knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the deal is worth $432 million, shattering baseball's previous high set when Bryce Harper and Philadelphia struck a $330 million, 13-year agreement earlier in spring training. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been finalized.The Angels will celebrate with a public appearance by Trout outside Angel Stadium on Sunday when the team returns from spring training for the first of three exhibitions against the Dodgers. Fans are invited to welcome home the two-time AL MVP, who already ranks among the most accomplished players of his generation."This is where I wanted to be all along," Trout said in a statement. "I have enjoyed my time as an Ange... [More]
Wed Mar 2023:17Boston's Mookie Betts says he expects to become free agentNolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Alex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFPhilliesFree Agent
Manny Machado3B/SSPadresFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Don't expect AL MVP Mookie Betts to agree to a long-term contract with the Boston Red Sox before he can become a free agent in late 2020.Despite Mike Trout's $432 million, 12-year agreement with the Los Angeles Angels, Nolan Arenado's $260 million, eight-year deal with the Colorado Rockies and Alex Bregman's pending $100 million, six-year contract with the Houston Astros, Betts is content to remain on track for testing the market."That's exactly what I expect," he said Wednesday, the day after Trout's deal became widely known. "Didn't expect anything to happen until I'm a free agent. So, it's just one of those things where you just got to go out and play. Can't worry about the economics of the game right now. They have to take care of what they have to take care of. I'm going to take care of what I have to take care of. But the common thing is to win a World Series, and I think that's definitely what we both want to do."Manny Machado joined the San Diego Padre... [More]
Wed Mar 2022:59Status for Indians' Lindor for opening day still uncertainTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
A.J. ColeRP/SPIndiansFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BIndiansFree Agent
Francisco LindorSSIndiansFree Agent
Eric StametsSSIndiansFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — With a hop off his feet turning a double play and by driving a ball nearly over the fence, Indians three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor moved closer to returning from a right calf strain.Yet his status for opening day on March 28 at Minnesota remains uncertain.Batting every inning in a modified intrasquad minor league game, Lindor made eight plate appearances, going 0-for-6 with two walks.Eager to hit, Lindor swung on a 3-0 count during his sixth plate appearance, extending it to nine pitches and drawing a walk. Out of caution and because of his morning base running, he was replaced by a pinch runner.On a 3-0 count on his next plate appearance, he ripped a ball to the right field fence where prospect Oscar Gonzalez made a leaping catch, preventing a home run.Lindor was asked if he needs to appear in a Cactus League game to be ready for the season opener."I don't think so. I can play in the minor leagues or B games to be ready," he said."Baseball's suc... [More]
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