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Tue Feb 1313:38Now an owner, Jeter heads to 1st spring training since 2014Giancarlo StantonDH/RFYankeesFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Derek Jeter is heading to his first spring training since his final season with the New York Yankees in 2014.Now the CEO of the Miami Marlins, Jeter says the franchise is on a path to long-term success following an offseason fire sale that purged the batting order of four starters, including slugger Giancarlo Stanton. The trades netted mostly prospects, making the immediate outlook bleak for a team that hasn't been to the playoffs since 2003.Jeter was a beloved five-time champion with the Yankees, but now he's a rookie owner who has been faulted for his handling of the Stanton deal and other offseason moves. Even so, Jeter said he has been encouraged by the reception he has received around baseball and from the South Florida business community.The Marlins open camp Wednesday in Jupiter, Florida.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Tue Feb 1312:08Odorizzi, Stroman have hearings in final arbitration weekTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
Kevin GausmanSPOriolesFree Agent
Adeiny HechavarriaSSRaysFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsFree Agent
Roberto OsunaRPBlue JaysFree Agent
Marcus StromanSPBlue JaysFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Toronto's Marcus Stroman and Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi went to hearings to begin the final week of what could be the busiest salary arbitration season since 1990.Stroman asked for a raise from $3.4 million to $6.9 million on Monday in a hearing before arbitrators Edna Francis, Elizabeth Neumeier and Gary Kendellan. The Blue Jays argued he should be paid $6.5 million.Odorizzi requested a hike from $4.1 million to $6.3 million instead of the Rays' $6.05 million offer in a case heard by Dennis Archer, Phillip LaPorte and Matt Goldberg.Players lead 7-6 with decisions pending until late this week for Stroman, Odorizzi and Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer. Six more hearings are scheduled, and 22 decisions would be the most since players won 14 of 24 cases in 1990.Baltimore and pitcher Kevin Gausman agreed Tuesday to a $5.6 million, one-year deal, avoiding a hearing scheduled for Wednesday.A 26-year-old right-hander, Stroman went 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA in 2017. He struck out 164,... [More]
Tue Feb 1312:08Gausman, Orioles agree to $5.6M deal, avoiding arbitrationDylan BundySPOriolesFree Agent
Kevin GausmanSPOriolesFree Agent
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Orioles avoided an arbitration hearing with pitcher Kevin Gausman, agreeing to a $5.6 million, one-year contract.Gausman had asked for $6,225,000 and the Orioles had submitted $5.3 million when proposed salaries were swapped last month, making the settlement $162,500 below the midpoint. He earned $3.45 million last year in his first of four arbitration-eligible seasons.His deal includes bonuses of $50,000 each for 25, 30, 33 starts; $50,000 if he makes the All-Star team; and $50,000 if he earns a Gold Glove.Gausman's hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday. With the agreement announced Tuesday, Baltimore avoided arbitration with all seven arbitration-eligible players.Gausman went 11-12 with a 4.68 ERA last season, making a career-high 34 starts with a personal-best 179 strikeouts. The right-hander was 3-7 on June 21 before rebounding.The 27-year-old is 34-43 with a 4.18 ERA in five major league seasons, all with the Orioles.Gausman and Dylan Bundy are the only two clear starters in Baltimore's rotation.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Tue Feb 1311:38Odorizzi, Stroman have hearings in final arbitration weekTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
Adeiny HechavarriaSSRaysFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsFree Agent
Roberto OsunaRPBlue JaysFree Agent
Marcus StromanSPBlue JaysFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Toronto's Marcus Stroman and Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi went to hearings to begin the final week of what could be the busiest salary arbitration season since 1990.Stroman asked for a raise from $3.4 million to $6.9 million on Monday in a hearing before arbitrators Edna Francis, Elizabeth Neumeier and Gary Kendellan. The Blue Jays argued he should be paid $6.5 million.Odorizzi requested a hike from $4.1 million to $6.3 million instead of the Rays' $6.05 million offer in a case heard by Dennis Archer, Phillip LaPorte and Matt Goldberg.Players lead 7-6 with decisions pending until late this week for Stroman, Odorizzi and Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer. Seven more hearings are scheduled, and 23 decisions would be the most since players won 14 of 24 cases in 1990.A 26-year-old right-hander, Stroman went 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA in 2017. He struck out 164, two shy of his career high, and walked a career-worst 62 in 201 innings.Odorizzi, a right-hander who turns 28 next month, was... [More]
Tue Feb 1303:34Giants ace Bumgarner eager for a new slate after bike injuryMadison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Austin JacksonCF/LFGiantsFree Agent
Evan Longoria3BGiantsFree Agent
Andrew McCutchenCF/RFGiantsFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Madison Bumgarner has been back on a bike, though it's hardly his first choice for fun. He rode a horse a handful of times this offseason.More than anything, Bumgarner is looking for a bounce-back season after the most forgettable one yet for the ace of the San Francisco Giants."I always worked hard but I spent a little bit more time getting myself in shape and getting stronger," he said in an interview with The Associated Press ahead of spring training. "I'm trying to be on the safer side, I guess. I definitely toned it down a little bit on my extracurricular activities."The 2014 World Series MVP missed nearly three months after a dirt bike accident April 20 during an off day in Colorado. It was an embarrassment, yet the left-hander took ownership of his mistake from Day 1.Bumgarner is focused on baseball, with Giants pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training Tuesday and set for their first workout Wednesday at Scottsdale Stadium. Riding doesn't int... [More]
Mon Feb 1221:24Mets counting on d'Arnaud-Plawecki duo to finally catch onKevin PlaweckiCMetsFree Agent
Travis d'ArnaudCMetsFree Agent
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — The way the New York Mets look at it, they have two catchers good enough to start in the majors.Some might say they have none.While the Mets focused on filling other holes this offseason, one thorny area where they didn't make a big move to mask their warts was behind the plate. They're still counting on once-touted prospects Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki — or at least one of them — to solidify the position."We like the potential of both players. We think the way they grade out against the rest of the league is at least a little above average, and looking at the alternatives available to us, we felt these two guys were our best option," general manager Sandy Alderson explained Monday, two days before New York's first formal workout at spring training.For this pitching-centric team trying to rebound from a 2017 flop, it's a leap of faith with the in-house guys.Time for them to catch on — for good."Both of us are very confident," d'Arnaud said.The... [More]
Mon Feb 1220:44Odorizzi, Stroman have hearings in final arbitration weekTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
Adeiny HechavarriaSSRaysFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsFree Agent
Roberto OsunaRPBlue JaysFree Agent
Marcus StromanSPBlue JaysFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Toronto's Marcus Stroman and Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi went to hearings to begin the final week of what could be the busiest salary arbitration season since 1990.Stroman asked for a raise from $3.4 million to $6.9 million on Monday in a hearing before arbitrators Edna Francis, Elizabeth Neumeier and Gary Kendellan. The Blue Jays argued he should be paid $6.5 million.Odorizzi requested a hike from $4.1 million to $6.3 million instead of the Rays' $6.05 million offer in a case heard by Dennis Archer, Phillip LaPorte and Matt Goldberg.Players lead 7-6 with decisions pending until late this week for Stroman, Odorizzi and Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer. Seven more hearings are scheduled, and 23 decisions would be the most since players won 14 of 24 cases in 1990.A 26-year-old right-hander, Stroman went 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA in 2017. He struck out 164, two shy of his career high, and walked a career-worst 62 in 201 innings.Odorizzi, a right-hander who turns 28 next month, was... [More]
Mon Feb 1220:44WBC experience leads Hirano to D-backs for late-inning roleBrad BoxbergerRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Archie BradleyRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Yoshihisa HiranoRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Yoshihisa Hirano is not one for formalities."Please call me Yoshi," the new Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher said Monday to open his introductory news conference.The 33-year-old right-hander agreed in December to a $6 million, two-year contract with the Diamondbacks after 12 seasons with Orix of Japan's Pacific League.With his wife and two young children joining him, Hirano said he hopes the entire family will learn English."The D-backs were the first team that made me an offer," Hirano said through an interpreter. "When me and my family came over to visit Arizona in December, general manager Mike Hazen and field manager Torey Lovullo were there, greeted me and my family very warmly and made my family feel like home now already and that was the reason I chose the Diamondbacks."Arizona won 93 games and an NL wild card berth, then was swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series. The Diamondbacks have tried to improve their bullpen in the offseason, and ... [More]
Mon Feb 1220:34Odorizzi, Stroman have hearings in final arbitration weekTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsFree Agent
Marcus StromanSPBlue JaysFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Toronto's Marcus Stroman and Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi went to hearings to begin the final week of what could be the busiest salary arbitration season since 1990.Stroman asked for a raise from $3.4 million to $6.9 million on Monday in a hearing before arbitrators Edna Francis, Elizabeth Neumeier and Gary Kendellan. The Blue Jays argued he should be paid $6.5 million.Odorizzi requested a hike from $4.1 million to $6.3 million instead of the Rays' $6.05 million offer in a case heard by Dennis Archer, Phillip LaPorte and Matt Goldberg.Players lead 7-6 with decisions pending until late this week for Stroman, Odorizzi and Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer. Seven more hearings are scheduled, and 23 decisions would be the most since players won 14 of 24 cases in 1990.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Mon Feb 1219:44Mets counting on d'Arnaud-Plawecki duo to finally catch onKevin PlaweckiCMetsFree Agent
Travis d'ArnaudCMetsFree Agent
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — The way the New York Mets look at it, they have two catchers good enough to start in the majors.Some might say they have none.While the Mets focused on filling other holes this offseason, one thorny area where they didn't make a big move to mask their warts was behind the plate. They're still counting on once-touted prospects Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki — or at least one of them — to solidify the position."We like the potential of both players. We think the way they grade out against the rest of the league is at least a little above average, and looking at the alternatives available to us, we felt these two guys were our best option," general manager Sandy Alderson explained Monday, two days before New York's first formal workout at spring training.For this pitching-centric team trying to rebound from a 2017 flop, it's a leap of faith with the in-house guys.Time for them to catch on — for good."Both of us are very confident," d'Arnaud said.The... [More]
Mon Feb 1219:04WBC experience leads Hirano to D-backs for late-inning roleBrad BoxbergerRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Archie BradleyRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Yoshihisa HiranoRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Yoshihisa Hirano is not one for formalities."Please call me Yoshi," the new Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher said Monday to open his introductory news conference.The 33-year-old right-hander agreed in December to a $6 million, two-year contract with the Diamondbacks after 12 seasons with Orix of Japan's Pacific League.With his wife and two young children joining him, Hirano said he hopes the entire family will learn English."The D-backs were the first team that made me an offer," Hirano said through an interpreter. "When me and my family came over to visit Arizona in December, general manager Mike Hazen and field manager Torey Lovullo were there, greeted me and my family very warmly and made my family feel like home now already and that was the reason I chose the Diamondbacks."Arizona won 93 games and an NL wild card berth, then was swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series. The Diamondbacks have tried to improve their bullpen in the offseason, and ... [More]
Mon Feb 1216:54Jake Odorizzi, Rays go to salary arbitration $250,000 apartTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
Adeiny HechavarriaSSRaysFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Pitcher Jake Odorizzi and the Tampa Bay Rays have gone to salary arbitration with the sides $250,000 apart.The right-hander, who turns 28 next month, asked arbitrators Dennis Archer, Phillip LaPorte and Matt Goldberg for a raise from $4.1 million to $6.3 million. The Rays argued during Monday's hearing that he should be paid $6.05 million.Odorizzi was 10-8 with a 4.14 ERA in 28 starts last year. He struck out 127, his lowest total in four full major league seasons, and walked a career-high 61.He is eligible for free agency after the 2019 season and could be dealt by the low-payroll Rays.Infielder Adeiny Hechavarria beat the Rays in arbitration on Feb. 3 and will get $5.9 million instead of the team's $5.3 million offer.Players lead 7-6 with decisions pending for Odoruzzki and Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer. Eight more hearings are scheduled for this week.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Mon Feb 1215:54Jake Odorizzi, Rays go to salary arbitration $250,000 apartTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
Adeiny HechavarriaSSRaysFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Pitcher Jake Odorizzi and the Tampa Bay Rays have gone to salary arbitration with the sides $250,000 apart.The right-hander, who turns 28 next month, asked arbitrators Dennis Archer, Phillip LaPorte and Matt Goldberg for a raise from $4.1 million to $6.3 million. The Rays argued during Monday's hearing that he should be paid $6.05 million.Odorizzi was 10-8 with a 4.14 ERA in 28 starts last year. He struck out 127, his lowest total in four full major league seasons, and walked a career-high 61.He is eligible for free agency after the 2019 season and could be dealt by the low-payroll Rays.Infielder Adeiny Hechavarria beat the Rays in arbitration on Feb. 3 and will get $5.9 million instead of the team's $5.3 million offer.Players lead 7-6 with decisions pending for Hechavarria and Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer. Eight more hearings are scheduled for this week.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Mon Feb 1215:24Odd couple: Stanton, Ramos as NY roomies in house divided?A.J. RamosRPMetsFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonDH/RFYankeesFree Agent
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Talk about a house divided.Giancarlo Stanton and AJ Ramos, former teammates with the Miami Marlins and still close friends, are looking into living together this season now that both play in New York. It would seem to be a convenient arrangement, with one on the road most of the time anyway — except when Stanton and the Yankees face Ramos and the Mets in the Subway Series."I'm going to be setting some traps for him. You know, might mess up his sleep a little bit, stuff like that," Ramos said. "But no, we're still looking. Nothing set in stone just yet."At spring training Monday, the Mets' reliever was asked how you split a grocery bill with a roommate who has a $325 million contract?"Oh, he buys it all. For sure," Ramos said with a smile. "I'm just playin'. Nah, it's good times, man."Ramos, a 2016 All-Star, was traded by the Marlins to the Mets last July. Stanton was dealt to the Yankees in December as part of Miami's payroll purge under new ownership.The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Stanton socked 59 home runs last year, most by a major leaguer since 2001, and won the NL MVP award. Now he moves from cavernous Marlins Park into hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium, with its familiar short porch in right field."I mean, he can get jammed and hit a ball out there. That park is very small," Ramos said. "He can basically burp a ball out. So I think he's gonna do pretty good."___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Mon Feb 1215:04Odd couple: Stanton, Ramos as NY roomies in house divided?A.J. RamosRPMetsFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonDH/RFYankeesFree Agent
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Talk about a house divided.Giancarlo Stanton and AJ Ramos, former teammates with the Miami Marlins and still close friends, are looking into living together this season now that both play in New York. It would seem to be a convenient arrangement, with at least one player on the road most of the time anyway — except when Stanton and the Yankees face Ramos and the Mets in the Subway Series."I'm going to be setting some traps for him. You know, might mess up his sleep a little bit, stuff like that," Ramos said. "But no, we're still looking. Nothing set in stone just yet."At spring training Monday, the Mets' reliever was asked how you split a grocery bill with a roommate who has a $325 million contract?"Oh, he buys it all. For sure," Ramos said with a smile. "I'm just playin'. Nah, it's good times, man."Ramos, a 2016 All-Star, was traded by the Marlins to the Mets last July. Stanton was dealt to the Yankees in December as part of Miami's payroll purge under new ownership.The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Stanton socked 59 home runs last year, most by a major leaguer since 2001, and won the NL MVP award. Now he moves from cavernous Marlins Park into hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium, with its familiar short porch in right field."I mean, he can get jammed and hit a ball out there. That park is very small," Ramos said. "He can basically burp a ball out. So I think he's gonna do pretty good."___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Mon Feb 1211:04Indians, catcher Ryan Hanigan agree to minor league dealYan GomesCIndiansFree Agent
Ryan HaniganCIndiansFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Free agent Ryan Hanigan has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, a deal contingent on the catcher passing a physical.The 37-year-old played 33 games last season for the Colorado Rockies, batting .267 with two homers and 12 RBIs.With Yan Gomes and Robert Perez on the roster, it is unlikely Hanigan could win a spot with the Indians, but he does give them protection and another experienced catcher during training camp.Hanigan has also played for Boston, Tampa Bay and Cincinnati during an 11-year major league career.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Sat Feb 1017:43Foltynewicz, Graveman lose in arbitration; players lead 7-6Trevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
Michael FoltynewiczSPBravesFree Agent
Kendall GravemanSPAthleticsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Atlanta pitcher Mike Foltynewicz and Oakland pitcher Kendall Graveman have lost to their teams in salary arbitration.The decisions Saturday left players with a 7-6 lead. There is one decision pending in the case of Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer and nine hearings scheduled for next week.Foltynewicz went to arbitration with the Braves over a difference of $100,000, the smallest gap in a hearing since 1994. He will get a raise from $544,000 to $2.2 million, rather than the $2.3 million he requested.Foltynewicz was 10-13 with a 4.79 ERA last year in a career-high 28 starts and one relief appearance for Atlanta.Graveman goes from $545,000 to $2.36 million, instead of the $2.6 million he sought. He was 6-4 with a 4.19 ERA in 19 starts and spent considerable time on the disabled list because of a strained right shoulder.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Sat Feb 1016:53AP source: Yu Darvish, Cubs reach $126 million, 6-year dealJake ArrietaSPCubsFree Agent
Tyler ChatwoodSPCubsFree Agent
Yu DarvishSPCubsFree Agent
Kyle HendricksSPCubsFree Agent
Jon LesterSPCubsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The winter-long dance is over. Yu Darvish is joining the Chicago Cubs.Darvish has agreed to a $126 million, six-year contract with Chicago, giving the Cubs one of the deepest rotations in baseball and taking one of the top players off the slow-moving free agent market.The 31-year-old Darvish met with Cubs officials way back in December and the sides remained in contact while the right-hander listened to other potential suitors. Texas, Milwaukee, Minnesota and the New York Yankees also reportedly expressed some level of interest, but Chicago's approach paid off with the agreement just days before the start of spring training.A person with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the contract to The Associated Press on Saturday on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement. The move was first reported by The Athletic.The addition of Darvish gives the Cubs a big boost as they try to return to the World Series after winning the title two years ago for ... [More]
Sat Feb 1016:33Former big leaguer Geltz, 3 more banned for drug violationsDean DeetzSPAstrosFree Agent
Nik TurleySPPiratesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Tampa Bay pitcher Steve Geltz and three other minor leaguers have been suspended for drug violations.The penalties were announced Saturday by the commissioner's office.Geltz was banned 100 games after a third positive test for a drug of abuse. The 30-year-old righty was on Philadelphia's Triple-A roster.In 2015, Geltz set a Rays record by retiring 32 straight batters. He last played in the majors in 2016. In four seasons with the Angels and Tampa Bay, he was a combined 2-9 with two saves and a 4.23 ERA in 110 games, all but two in relief.Tampa Bay catcher Nick Ciuffo, on the Triple-A roster, drew a 50-game penalty for a second positive test for a drug of abuse.San Diego Padres pitcher Alex Cunningham was suspended 50 games after testing positive for Amphetamine, a stimulant. He was at Single-A.Pittsburgh second baseman Mitchell Tolman, on the Double-A roster, drew a 50-game suspension after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.There have been 16 players suspended this year under the minor league program and three under the major league program: Houston pitcher Dean Deetz, Washington catcher Raudy Read and Pittsburgh pitcher Nik Turley.
Sat Feb 1016:03Mattingly says he's excited about new-look MarlinsStarlin Castro2BMarlinsFree Agent
Marcell OzunaLFCardinalsFree Agent
J.T. RealmutoCMarlinsFree Agent
Christian YelichCF/RFBrewersFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — After all the deals and departures, Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly says he's enthused about the upcoming season.Really, he is."You probably think I'm crazy but I'm really excited about what's going on," Mattingly said Saturday during the team's Fan Fest event at Marlins Park. "I can say it — look you right in the camera, look you right in the eye — I can tell you how excited I am to be here, and what we're doing."This will be his third season guiding the club, and he'll see a radically revamped roster without many stars when spring training begins within a week. Soon after taking over last fall, the new Marlins' ownership, overseen by majority partner Bruce Sherman and CEO Derek Jeter, traded half the club's starting lineup in an attempt to dramatically cut payroll and build an organizational foundation.Gone in exchange for prospects were reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton, who hit 59 home runs, and fellow outfielders Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich. They comb... [More]
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