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Tue Feb 1815:59Batting champ Anderson says he won't change his styleTim AndersonSSWhite SoxFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCWhite SoxFree Agent
Brad KellerSPRoyalsFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPWhite SoxFree Agent
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — As far as Tim Anderson is concerned, winning a batting title doesn't change his status. Anderson led the major leagues with a .335 average last season for the Chicago White Sox. Despite a sprained ankle that limited him to 123 games, he hit 18 homers and stole 17 bases.The 26-year-old shortstop has emerged as a leader on a White Sox team seeking the franchise's first postseason berth since 2008. When Chicago failed to sign Manny Machado ahead of the 2019 season, Anderson told teammates not to get down and said: "Ride with us or get run over."“I just felt like everybody was depending on somebody that really wasn't here,” Anderson said this week. “So when everybody saw that it's was like we took a blow — no, we didn't! I'll fill that in for you guys.”"No hate against Machado, I wish him the best, rooting for him, but we had to do what we had to do here on the South Side to get to where we're trying to go," Anderson said. "He didn't want to be a part of ... [More]
Tue Feb 1815:49Slumping Davis considered retirement, back with OriolesHunter HarveyRPOriolesFree Agent
Trey ManciniLFOriolesFree Agent
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Chris Davis was so despondent last September about his prolonged woes, the slumping slugger considered drastic action. He thought about walking away from the Baltimore Orioles, the game of baseball and a rich contract.A two-time major league home run champion with a $161 million, seven-year deal, Davis has struggled mightily the last two seasons.In 2018, he hit just .168 — the lowest among all qualified major league batters — with 16 home runs and 49 RBIs, along with 192 strikeouts in 128 games. Last year wasn't much better. Davis hit only .179 with 12 homers and 36 RBIs in 105 games. He also began the season hitless in his first 33 at-bats, extended an overall that reached 0 for 54.Those sad stats were a long way from the 53 home runs he hit in 2013 and the 47 more he launched in 2015. That last bunch of longballs convinced the Orioles to hand him the biggest contract in team history, a seven-year pact at $23 million per season.His overall totals in the fir... [More]
Tue Feb 1815:29Mariners' young duo hoping to make mark in starting rotationJustin DunnSPMarinersFree Agent
Dee Gordon2BMarinersFree Agent
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The future of the Seattle Mariners’ starting rotation is now, with left-hander Justus Sheffield virtually assured of a spot and fellow rising prospect Justin Dunn a top contender to join the group.Both got a taste of the big leagues last season when they made their Mariners debuts. This season they figure to be a major part of Seattle’s rebuilding process as it enters its second year following a 68-94 season.“Every year’s a step forward, but mainly this year I’m looking forward to going out there and competing and changing this thing around,” said Sheffield, who was 0-1 in eight games, including seven starts, and posted a 5.50 ERA over 36 innings. The club appears to have set expectations for Sheffield, which he appreciates. “As they should,” he said. “As anyone should. Everyone has a sense of responsibility of going out there and proving what they can do.”Sheffield, 23, is in his second spring training with the Mariners. He’s learned from l... [More]
Tue Feb 1815:09Twins right fielder Max Kepler grew up idolizing Derek JeterJosh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Max KeplerRFTwinsFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Twins right fielder Max Kepler didn’t get to watch a lot of major league baseball growing up in Germany. The games he did did see included many Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees matchups, which caused him to become a big fan of Derek Jeter.“I loved watching Jeter, even though I’m a lefty and the complete opposite of what he was,” Kepler said Tuesday before Minnesota’s second full-squad workout. “He was the guy I really looked up to.”The 27-year-old Kepler never played against the Yankees shortstop but learned from afar by watching how Jeter handled himself on the field.“He was in the league for plenty of seasons and had countless awards and recognitions,” Kepler said. “He would go out there every year and play as if he was a rookie fighting for his job, which impressed me.”Kepler hopes that he’ll learn what it takes to establish a lengthy career.“To keep that type of consistency is tough because you can get full of your success, any suc... [More]
Tue Feb 1814:59Matt Williams back managing, with South Korean team Preston TuckerLFWhite SoxFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Back managing a team, just being able to talk with his players is a challenge for Matt Williams.About 10 miles from the spring training camps of the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins, the 54-year-old is at spring training with South Korea's Kia Tigers.“You never know whether you’re going to get another chance to manager or not, so I look at it as a challenge or an opportunity,’’ he said, sitting in some small metal bleachers. “So far it’s been a lot of fun.”A World Series champion with the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks, Williams was third-base coach with Oakland the past two years. The five-time All Star, who hit 378 homers over 17 years in the major leagues, was home in Los Angeles after last season when he got a call asking whether he was interested. Members of the organization came to LA, and a few days later he had the job.He was voted 2014 NL Manager of the Year with the Washington Nationals, then was fired after the 2015 season when the club d... [More]
Tue Feb 1814:49Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has minor right shoulder issueAaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge did not hit or throw during the team's first full squad workout on Tuesday because of what the team said was a minor right shoulder issue.Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the problem is not considered serious and Judge could start to ramp up activities in a couple days. Judge is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season."Just dealing with some crankiness, a little soreness in his shoulder," Boone said. “I feel like it's a pretty minor thing. Just something we wanted to try and get ahead of while we're at this point at this point in the calendar.” Judge had a number of tests, including an MRI, and did conditioning.The outfielder hit .272 with 27 homers with 55 RBIs in 102 games last season. He was on the injured list from April 21 to June 21 with a left oblique strain.Judge was scheduled to talk with reporters later Tuesday.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/ML B and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Feb 1814:19Braves' Markakis: Everyone on Astros `deserves a beating'Trevor BauerSPRedsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Before taking batting practice, Atlanta outfielder Nick Markakis teed off on the scam-ridden Houston Astros."I feel every single guy over there deserves a beating," he said Tuesday.Markakis wasn't happy with commissioner Rob Manfred, either.“I think the commissioner completely handled it the wrong way. But that's the way he did it and we got to live with that. I know a lot of people disagreed with the way he handled this decision," Markakis said. “He should be embarrassed of himself.”As the Braves began their first full-squad workout, Markakis became the latest major leaguer to take aim at the Astros in the wake of their sign-stealing scandal."I ain't commenting on everybody's comments. Go ahead. You want to beat on us, go ahead," new Astros manager Dusty Baker said. "I didn't think Markakis talked too much."When told Markakis doesn't, Baker said, “OK, maybe he had his Wheaties.”The Braves and Astros play twice in spring training. Houston closes the ... [More]
Tue Feb 1809:09Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has minor right shoulder issueAaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was not in any batting practice group for the team's first full squad workout on Tuesday because of a minor right shoulder issue.The problem is not considered serious and Judge is expected to take part in other drills.The outfielder hit .272 with 27 homers with 55 RBIs in 102 games last season. He was on the injured list from April 21-June 21 with a left oblique strain.Judge is scheduled to talk with reporters following the workout.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Feb 1720:29Rangers SS Andrus takes aging distinctions into 12th seasonElvis AndrusSSRangersFree Agent
Robinson ChirinosCAstrosFree Agent
Shin-Soo ChooDHRangersFree Agent
Nelson CruzDHTwinsFree Agent
Joey GalloLFRangersFree Agent
Mitch Moreland1BRed SoxFree Agent
Miguel RojasSSMarlinsFree Agent
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Elvis Andrus has a few aging distinctions going into his 12th major league season. The only player left in the Texas Rangers clubhouse to wear that uniform in a World Series, the 31-year-old shortstop is the club's longest-tenured player by five years and expected to be the oldest regular starting shortstop in the majors.“I still believe I'm a rookie," Andrus said Monday, when the Rangers had their first full-squad workout. “I never want to feel comfortable. I always want to feel that somebody is going to take my job, and that's the mentality and that's the reality of the game." Andrus hit .275 last season — matching his career average through 1,623 regular-season games. He was hitting .361 through the season's first month and was at .309 by the end of June, then batted .240 over the final 74 games of the season while Texas skidded to its third straight losing season since AL West titles in 2015 and 2016. Second-year manager Chris Woodward said the Ranger... [More]
Mon Feb 1719:59Rangers SS Andrus takes aging distinctions into 12th seasonElvis AndrusSSRangersFree Agent
Robinson ChirinosCAstrosFree Agent
Shin-Soo ChooDHRangersFree Agent
Nelson CruzDHTwinsFree Agent
Joey GalloLFRangersFree Agent
Mitch Moreland1BRed SoxFree Agent
Miguel RojasSSMarlinsFree Agent
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Elvis Andrus has a few aging distinctions going into his 12th major league season. The only player left in the Texas Rangers clubhouse to wear that uniform in a World Series, the 31-year-old shortstop is the club's longest-tenured player by five years and expected to be the oldest regular starting shortstop in the majors.“I still believe I'm a rookie," Andrus said Monday, when the Rangers had their first full-squad workout. “I never want to feel comfortable. I always want to feel that somebody is going to take my job, and that's the mentality and that's the reality of the game." Andrus hit .275 last season — matching his career average through 1,623 regular-season games. He was hitting .361 through the season's first month and was at .309 by the end of June, then batted .240 over the final 74 games of the season while Texas skidded to its third straight losing season since AL West titles in 2015 and 2016. Second-year manager Chris Woodward said the Ranger... [More]
Mon Feb 1719:39Rangers SS Andrus takes aging distinctions into 12th seasonElvis AndrusSSRangersFree Agent
Robinson ChirinosCAstrosFree Agent
Shin-Soo ChooDHRangersFree Agent
Nelson CruzDHTwinsFree Agent
Joey GalloLFRangersFree Agent
Mitch Moreland1BRed SoxFree Agent
Miguel RojasSSMarlinsFree Agent
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Elvis Andrus has a few aging distinctions going into his 12th major league season. The only player left in the Texas Rangers clubhouse to wear that uniform in a World Series, the 31-year-old shortstop is the club's longest-tenured player by five years and expected to be the oldest regular starting shortstop in the majors.“I still believe I'm a rookie," Andrus said Monday, when the Rangers had their first full-squad workout. “I never want to feel comfortable. I always want to feel that somebody is going to take my job, and that's the mentality and that's the reality of the game." Andrus hit .275 last season — matching his career average through 1,623 regular-season games. He was hitting .361 through the season's first month and was at .309 by the end of June, then batted .240 over the final 74 games of the season while Texas skidded to its third straight losing season since AL West titles in 2015 and 2016. Second-year manager Chris Woodward said the Ranger... [More]
Mon Feb 1718:19Indians' Lindor: "I want to win here. I want to stay here."Emmanuel ClaseRPIndiansFree Agent
Corey KluberSPRangersFree Agent
Francisco LindorSSIndiansFree Agent
Roberto PérezCIndiansFree Agent
Franmil ReyesRFIndiansFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Arizona (AP) — For now, Francisco Lindor isn't going anywhere. And, if he had his way, he'd never leave Cleveland.“My approach this year is winning here,’’ the four-time All-Star shortstop said Monday following the Indians' first full-squad workout of training camp. “I want to win here. I want to stay here in Cleveland; this is home. I’m not playing to get traded to put myself in a good spot to get traded … I am playing to win. I want to win here.”There's no way of knowing Lindor's future. He's under contract for two more seasons, but the Indians may not be able to afford to keep him and it's possible they'll have to trade him at some point rather than risk him walking away as a free agent in 2021.Lindor can't worry about what might happen, so he's concentrating on the here and now.“I am focusing on what I have in front of my toes,” he said. "We have a great group of guys in the clubhouse, a great coaching staff. I want to spend the whole year with them an... [More]
Mon Feb 1717:59Sounds of spring won't let Astros forget cheating scandal Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Jared HughesRPPhilliesFree Agent
George SpringerCFAstrosFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — These are the new sounds of spring for the Houston Astros: a fan banging on a trash can, another calling José Altuve a cheater.That's what greeted the Astros during their first full-squad workout at camp Monday. And with so many around baseball not ready to forgive or forget their sign stealing, this won’t be the last time they hear it.Meanwhile, the two-time AL champions say they are focused on ignoring the noise, and hope the official start of spring training can signal a step forward for their scandal-ridden team. “I understand the severity of the situation, I truly do,” outfielder George Springer said. “But I think ... the best thing for our game to try to do and especially for us is to try to put this behind us, however that’s possible.”The Astros have been bombarded with questions about the sign-stealing scam since arriving in Florida. A news conference last week with owner Jim Crane, Altuve and third baseman Alex Bregman featuring poor... [More]
Mon Feb 1716:59Angels owner Moreno acknowledges he killed Dodgers tradeDylan BundySPAngelsFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
Shohei OhtaniDHAngelsFree Agent
Joc PedersonLFDodgersFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BAngelsFree Agent
Luis Rengifo2BAngelsFree Agent
Ross StriplingSPDodgersFree Agent
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno acknowledges he scrapped the proposed trade that would have landed Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling from the Dodgers.Moreno also says the Angels can make an even bigger trade for an elite starting pitcher if they get a chance this season.Moreno covered many topics in his annual informal conversation with reporters on the training fields outside Tempe Diablo Stadium. He is excited about the potential impact of $245 million third baseman Anthony Rendon and optimistic about his pitching staff's ability to improve after a poor season.Moreno also is eager to move on from the scuttled trade that would have sent infielder Luis Rengifo and a prospect to the Dodgers for Pederson and Stripling earlier in the month.Both veterans likely would have played immediately for the Angels, but Moreno called off the talks around the deal while the Dodgers' blockbuster deal with Boston was delayed for several days.“It wasn't all impatience,” More... [More]
Mon Feb 1716:49Mike Trout rips cheating Astros, calls for bigger punishmentRyan BuchterRPAthleticsFree Agent
Joc PedersonLFDodgersFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BAngelsFree Agent
Luis Rengifo2BAngelsFree Agent
Ross StriplingSPDodgersFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Trout thinks the Houston Astros should pay more dearly for their cheating ways.The Los Angeles Angels' three-time AL MVP ripped the Astros and questioned the discipline handed out by Major League Baseball on Monday after he reported to spring training. Trout joined the chorus of prominent big leaguers angry about Houston's rampant sign stealing on its way to the 2017 World Series title and beyond.“It’s sad for baseball,” he said. "It’s tough. They cheated. I don’t agree with the punishments, the players not getting anything. It was a player-driven thing. It sucks, too, because guys' careers have been affected. A lot of people lost jobs. It was tough.“Me going up to the plate knowing what was coming? It would be fun up there. A lot of guys lost respect for some of the guys.”Trout said a few members of the Astros reached out to him during the offseason to explain their side, but Trout didn't sound impressed.“You don’t know what helped them or ... [More]
Mon Feb 1716:19Yankees' Torres thinks Astros cheated `for sure' in 2019Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonDHYankeesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
Gleyber Torres2BYankeesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres feels the Houston Astros cheated "for sure" during the 2019 season.Major League Baseball found that the Astros used electronics to illegally steal catcher's signs in 2017 and part of 2018 but not 2019.Houston players have apologized for rules violations in their 2017 World Series championship run and also in 2018 but deny any misdeeds in 2019, when the Astros beat the Yankees in the AL Championship Series for the second time in three seasons.“No, I don't believe them,” Torres said on Monday. “If you cheat in 2017 and you won, why don't do it the next year and the next year, too?"As an example, Torres talked about playing video games with pitcher Luis Severino in which he took advantage repeatedly after seeing his teammate's control panel.Torres heard from others about possible Astros cheating but didn't believe it.“First of all, it's not respect to baseball when you cheat,” Torres said. “We feel frustration. We play, our... [More]
Mon Feb 1716:09Tigers' Cabrera arrives with something to proveMiguel Cabrera1BTigersFree Agent
C.J. Cron1BTigersFree Agent
Cameron MaybinRFYankeesFree Agent
Iván NovaSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Austin RomineCTigersFree Agent
Jonathan Schoop2BTigersFree Agent
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Miguel Cabrera acknowledged Monday that he has something to prove after a disappointing season. But the Detroit Tigers slugger is definitely done tinkering with his swing."I don't want to change my swing anymore," Cabrera said before the Tigers' first full-squad workout of the spring. “I just want to be natural. The last three years I've been changing my swing a lot to feel comfortable at home plate.”Hobbled by a sore right knee, Cabrera tried making several adjustments to get through the 2019 season. In 136 games, he hit .282 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs — all well below his career standards.Manager Ron Gardenhire said a big part of the lack of production was Cabrera's weight, which drifted well over his official playing weight of 249 pounds.Cabrera was noticeably trimmer upon showing up for his 13th Tigers spring, and he said the knee feels "pretty good.""Last year I was heavy," he said. "I think I lost a lot of weight from last year to this year. I tri... [More]
Mon Feb 1715:39Mike Trout rips cheating Astros, calls for bigger punishmentRyan BuchterRPAthleticsFree Agent
Joc PedersonLFDodgersFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BAngelsFree Agent
Luis Rengifo2BAngelsFree Agent
Ross StriplingSPDodgersFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Trout thinks the Houston Astros should pay more dearly for their cheating ways.The Los Angeles Angels' three-time AL MVP ripped the Astros and questioned the discipline handed out by Major League Baseball on Monday after he reported to spring training. Trout joined the chorus of prominent big leaguers angry about Houston's rampant sign stealing on its way to the 2017 World Series title and beyond.“It’s sad for baseball,” he said. "It’s tough. They cheated. I don’t agree with the punishments, the players not getting anything. It was a player-driven thing. It sucks, too, because guys' careers have been affected. A lot of people lost jobs. It was tough.“Me going up to the plate knowing what was coming? It would be fun up there. A lot of guys lost respect for some of the guys.”Trout said a few members of the Astros reached out to him during the offseason to explain their side, but Trout didn't sound impressed.“You don’t know what helped them or ... [More]
Mon Feb 1715:39Red Sox owners speak for first time since Betts tradedMookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
Alex VerdugoLF/RFDodgersFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Red Sox owner John Henry says he knows why Boston fans are angry the team traded Mookie Betts.“When I say I understand how many of you feel about this trade with the Dodgers, I know many of you — particularly our youngest fans — are disbelieving or angry or sad about it. I know it’s difficult and disappointing,” Henry said Monday, reading from a statement on the first day of full-team workouts.Henry answered questions for about 30 minutes along with chairman Tom Werner and team president Sam Kennedy. Half of them addressed the trade of Betts and David Price to Los Angeles for outfielder Alex Verdugo and two prospects: infielder Jeter Downs and catcher Connor Wong. Boston will send $96 million to the Dodgers, which matches half of the $96 million owed to Price for the next three seasons, and shed itself of Betts' $27 million salary for this year.“This trade gives us a lot of flexibility,’ Werner said. “We have made unpopular trades — not all o... [More]
Mon Feb 1715:29At 24, Mondesi emerging as star shortstop for Royals Alex GordonLFRoyalsFree Agent
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Adalberto Mondesi might be one of the best kept secrets in baseball.The only player to make his big league debut in the World Series, the 24-year-old Mondesi has blossomed into an emerging star for the Kansas City Royals.Last season, his 10 triples tied for the most in the majors and his 43 stolen bases ranked second. He did that despite injuries limiting him to 102 games.In 2018, Mondesi became the only player to record at least 14 home runs and steal 32 bases in no more than 75 games.“I don’t think the baseball world has any idea how good this kid can be,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “Just look at some of the best shortstops and some of the ones that are getting the most attention and this guy can do everything they do and then some. He’s a special player and he’s a special person.”Mondesi went on the injured list twice last year with a groin strain and left shoulder trouble. He again hurt his shoulder in the final week while diving for a ... [More]
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