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Fri Jan 1121:58Mets, deGrom agree to $17 million, 1-year contractMichael ConfortoCF/LFMetsFree Agent
Steven MatzSPMetsFree Agent
Noah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
Travis d'ArnaudCMetsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets agreed to a $17 million, one-year contract, a record raise for an arbitration-eligible player from his $7.4 million salary last year.The Mets reached deals with all six eligible players before Friday's scheduled exchange of salary figures. Starting pitchers Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz, outfielder Michael Conforto and catcher Travis d'Arnaud also got contracts for 2019.DeGrom's figure set a mark for a pitcher eligible for arbitration for the third time. Syndergaard agreed to a $6 million deal, doubling his salary.The 30-year-old deGrom led the majors with a 1.70 ERA in 217 innings and was selected to his second All-Star Game. He was fifth in MVP voting after receiving little support on a fourth-place squad.The right-hander went 10-9 with 269 strikeouts in 32 remarkably consistent starts for a team that finished 77-85. He can become a free agent after the 2020 season if the Mets don't sign th... [More]
Fri Jan 1121:48AP source: LeMahieu, Yankees agree to $24M, 2-year dealDellin BetancesRPYankeesFree Agent
Sonny GraySPRedsFree Agent
Didi GregoriusSSYankeesFree Agent
Aaron HicksCFYankeesFree Agent
Drew HutchisonFree Agent
DJ LeMahieu2BYankeesFree Agent
James PaxtonSPYankeesFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Troy TulowitzkiSSYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Gold Glove-winning free-agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu and the Yankees have agreed to a $24 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, a deal that would appear to eliminate New York as a destination for Manny Machado.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because no agreement had been announced.The 30-year-old LeMahieu spent the previous eight seasons with Colorado at hitter-friendly Coors Field and won the NL batting title in 2016 with a .348 average. He hit .276 last year with 15 homers and 62 RBIs, and he won his second straight Gold Glove and third overall.New York was seeking infielders in the absence of shortstop Didi Gregorius, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is not expected back until summer. The Yankees signed former Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki last week and said he will be their starting shortstop. LeMahieu likely will see time at second, third and possibly even first.NOTES... [More]
Fri Jan 1121:48Martin headed back to Dodgers in trade with Blue JaysPedro BáezRPDodgersFree Agent
Austin BarnesCDodgersFree Agent
Josh FieldsRPDodgersFree Agent
Yimi GarciaRPDodgersFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCBrewersFree Agent
Kiké HernándezLFDodgersFree Agent
Matt KempLFRedsFree Agent
Russell MartinCDodgersFree Agent
Joc PedersonCFDodgersFree Agent
J.T. RealmutoCMarlinsFree Agent
Corey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
Chris TaylorCFDodgersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers reacquired catcher Russell Martin in a trade with Toronto on Friday, and also reached one-year deals with their seven remaining arbitration-eligible players.The NL champions agreed with Corey Seager ($4 million), Joc Pederson ($5 million), Chris Taylor ($3.5 million), Enrique Hernandez ($3,725,000), Pedro Baez ($2.1 million), Josh Fields ($2.85 million) and Yimi Garcia ($710,000) on 2019 contracts.With catcher Yasmani Grandal leaving for a deal with Milwaukee earlier in the week, the Dodgers had room to bring back Martin.Whether they're done looking at catchers, including a trade for Miami's J.T. Realmuto, team executive Andrew Friedman wouldn't commit."Our focus is still and will always be on how we can continue to improve and make ourselves better," the club's president of baseball operations said. "That remains our mindset in every respect."In exchange for Martin, the Dodgers sent minor leaguers Andrew Sopko, a right-hander, and Ronny Bri... [More]
Fri Jan 1121:38Betts, deGrom, Davis get big-money deals, avoid arbitrationJosé Abreu1BWhite SoxFree Agent
Nolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
Trevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Xander BogaertsSSRed SoxFree Agent
Jackie Bradley Jr.CFRed SoxFree Agent
Kris Bryant3BCubsFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Khris DavisDHAthleticsFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Aaron NolaSPPhilliesFree Agent
Anthony Rendón3BNationalsFree Agent
Addison RussellFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Alex WoodSPRedsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — AL MVP Mookie Betts, NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and major league home run champion Khris Davis reached high-priced one-year deals to avoid salary arbitration, while slugger Nolan Arenado and pitchers Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino and Aaron Nola were among 15 players still on track for hearings.Betts and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox agreed to a $20 million, one-year contract on Friday, a $9.5 million raise for an arbitration-eligible player that topped pitcher Max Scherzer's $8.8 million raise from Detroit in 2014.Betts' record didn't last the day, broken when deGrom and the New York Mets agreed at $17 million, a $9.6 million increase.Davis and the Oakland Athletics reached a $16.5 million deal, a $6 million raise after he hit 48 home runs with a career-high 123 RBIs.Arenado asked for a record $30 million in arbitration from Colorado and was offered $24 million. He will top the record for a salary for an arbitration-eligible player, a $23 million de... [More]
Fri Jan 1121:28Lindor, Indians reach deal for $10.55M; Bauer swaps figuresTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
Francisco LindorSSIndiansFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians have reached agreement at $10.55 million for a 2019 contract, a huge raise over the $643,200 he made last year.The deal came before arbitration-eligible players were set to exchange salary figures Friday.The 25-year-old Lindor hit .277 with 38 home runs and 92 RBIs last season for the AL Central champions. He has been an All-Star in all three of his full seasons in the majors.Pitcher Trevor Bauer swapped salary numbers with the Indians. The 27-year-old righty who went 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA asked for $13 million and the team offered $11 million.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 1121:28Cardinals avoid arbitration with Wacha, Ozuna and LeoneDominic LeoneRPCardinalsFree Agent
Marcell OzunaLFCardinalsFree Agent
Michael WachaSPCardinalsFree Agent
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cardinals and right-hander Michael Wacha avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $6.35 million contract, a raise of $1.05 million.St. Louis also agreed to one-year deals with outfielder Marcell Ozuna at $12.25 million and right-hander Dominic Leone at $1.26 million.Wacha's 2018 season was interrupted by a strained muscle in his left side. Limited to 15 starts for St. Louis, he went 8-2 with a 3.20 ERA.He was injured on June 20 and placed on the 10-day disabled list a day later. His attempt to return ended when he was placed on the 60-day DL on Sept. 10.Ozuna made $9 million last year, when he hit .280 with 23 homers and 88 RBIs in his first season with St. Louis after being acquired from Miami in a trade. Leone earned $1,085,000 while going 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 29 appearances during his debut season with the Cardinals following a trade from the Blue Jays in January 2018.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 1121:18Astros agree to deals with 7 players, but not Cole or CorreaGerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Chris DevenskiRPAstrosFree Agent
Will HarrisRPAstrosFree Agent
Jake MarisnickCFAstrosFree Agent
Lance McCullersSPAstrosFree Agent
Collin McHughSPAstrosFree Agent
Roberto OsunaRPAstrosFree Agent
Brad PeacockSPAstrosFree Agent
Ryan PresslyRPAstrosFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have agreed to terms with seven of their arbitration-eligible players, but star shortstop Carlos Correa and right-hander Gerrit Cole are not among them.Correa, the top overall pick in the 2012 draft, made just $1 million last season. He asked for $5 million when swapping figures with the team, and the Astros offered $4.25 million. Cole, who made $6.75 million last year, asked for $13.5 million, and the team offered $11,425,000.Houston did agree to one-year deals with outfielder Jake Marisnick ($2,212,500) and right-handed pitchers Will Harris ($4,225,000), Lance McCullers Jr. ($4.1 million), Collin McHugh ($5.8 million), Roberto Osuna ($6.5 million), Brad Peacock ($3.11 million) and Ryan Pressly ($2.9 million).Reliever Chris Devenski remains eligible for arbitration. He asked for $1.65 million and the team offered $1.4 million.Cole made his second All-Star game last season. He went 15-5 with a 2.88 ERA in his first year in Houston after five seasons ... [More]
Fri Jan 1120:48Orioles agree to contracts with Bundy, Givens, VillarDylan BundySPOriolesFree Agent
Jonathan Villar2BOriolesFree Agent
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have avoided arbitration with three players, agreeing to one-year contracts with right-handers Dylan Bundy and Mychal Givens, and infielder Jonathan Villar.Bundy, Baltimore's first-round pick in the 2011 amateur draft, settled for $2.8 million on Friday. He made $1.64 million last year, when he went 8-16 with a 5.45 ERA and allowed a major league-leading 41 home runs. His 16 losses were tied for the most in the majors.Givens will earn $2,150,000 next season, a raise from $566,500. He was 0-7 with a 3.99 ERA in 69 relief appearances.Villar gets $4,825,000 after earning $2,550,000 last season, which he split between Milwaukee and Baltimore. He hit .260 with 14 homers and 46 RBIs overall.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 1120:48Astros agree to deals with 7 players, but not Cole or CorreaGerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Chris DevenskiRPAstrosFree Agent
Will HarrisRPAstrosFree Agent
Jake MarisnickCFAstrosFree Agent
Lance McCullersSPAstrosFree Agent
Collin McHughSPAstrosFree Agent
Roberto OsunaRPAstrosFree Agent
Brad PeacockSPAstrosFree Agent
Ryan PresslyRPAstrosFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have agreed to terms with seven of their arbitration-eligible players, but star shortstop Carlos Correa and right-hander Gerrit Cole are not among them.Correa, the top overall pick in the 2012 draft, made just $1 million last season. He asked for $5 million when swapping figures with the team, and the Astros offered $4.25 million. Cole, who made $6.75 million last year, asked for $13.5 million, and the team offered $11,425,000.Houston did agree to one-year deals with outfielder Jake Marisnick ($2,212,500) and right-handed pitchers Will Harris ($4,225,000), Lance McCullers Jr. ($4.1 million), Collin McHugh ($5.8 million), Roberto Osuna ($6.5 million), Brad Peacock ($3.11 million) and Ryan Pressly ($2.9 million).Reliver Chris Devenski remains eligible for arbitration. He asked for $1.65 million and the team offered $1.4 million.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 1120:38White Sox, Abreu agree to $16 million, 1-year dealJosé Abreu1BWhite SoxFree Agent
Álex ColoméRPWhite SoxFree Agent
Carlos RodonSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Yolmer Sánchez3BWhite SoxFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Slugger Jose Abreu and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $16 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.The White Sox also announced one-year deals with right-hander Alex Colome ($7,325,000), lefty Carlos Rodon ($4.2 million), and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez ($4,625,000) on Friday.Abreu gets a $3 million raise after making his second All-Star team. He hit .265, finishing with career lows in homers (22) and RBIs (78). Abreu also missed most of the final six weeks because of a testicular torsion and an infection in his right thigh.Colome has 96 saves in six seasons with Tampa Bay and Seattle.Rodon was 6-8 with a 4.18 ERA in 20 starts. Sanchez tied for the American League lead with 10 triples.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 1120:38Nationals avoid arbitration with Rendon, TurnerKyle BarracloughRPNationalsFree Agent
Anthony Rendón3BNationalsFree Agent
Trea TurnerSSNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals avoided arbitration with two star infielders, reaching an $18.8 million deal with Anthony Rendon and a $3,725,000 agreement with Trea Turner.The one-year deals Friday with Rendon and Turner left only two Washington players still eligible for arbitration. Outfielder Michael A. Taylor asked for $3.5 million, and the team offered $3.25 million. Reliever Kyle Barraclough asked for $2 million, and the team offered $1,725,000.Rendon and the Nationals have indicated an interest in trying to reach agreement on a long-term contract for the third baseman, who made $12.3 million in 2018. He's been one of Washington's top players the past few years, a key member of the lineup and a top-flight infielder, and last season Rendon hit .308 with an NL-high 44 doubles, 24 homers and 92 RBIs.Turner continued his progression as a key top-of-the-order member of the Nationals in 2018, when the shortstop played in all 162 games and led the NL with 43 stolen bases while batting .271 with 19 homers and 73 RBIs. Turner made $577,200 last season.The Nationals acquired Barraclough from the Miami Marlins in a trade earlier this offseason.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___This version has been corrected to show the team offered Taylor $3.25 million.
Fri Jan 1120:38Martin headed back to Dodgers in trade with Blue JaysPedro BáezRPDodgersFree Agent
Austin BarnesCDodgersFree Agent
Josh FieldsRPDodgersFree Agent
Yimi GarciaRPDodgersFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCBrewersFree Agent
Kiké HernándezLFDodgersFree Agent
Matt KempLFRedsFree Agent
Russell MartinCDodgersFree Agent
Joc PedersonCFDodgersFree Agent
J.T. RealmutoCMarlinsFree Agent
Corey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
Chris TaylorCFDodgersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers reacquired catcher Russell Martin in a trade with Toronto on Friday, and also reached one-year deals with their seven remaining arbitration-eligible players.The NL champions agreed with Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor, Enrique Hernandez, Pedro Baez, Josh Fields and Yimi Garcia on 2019 contracts.With catcher Yasmani Grandal leaving for a deal with Milwaukee earlier in the week, the Dodgers had room to bring back Martin.Whether they're done looking at catchers, including a trade for Miami's J.T. Realmuto, team executive Andrew Friedman wouldn't commit."Our focus is still and will always be on how we can continue to improve and make ourselves better," the club's president of baseball operations said. "That remains our mindset in every respect."In exchange for Martin, the Dodgers sent minor leaguers Andrew Sopko, a right-hander, and Ronny Brito, an infielder, to the Blue Jays. Toronto is sending $16.4 million to offset some of the $20 m... [More]
Fri Jan 1120:08Betts, deGrom, Davis get big-money deals, avoid arbitrationNolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Khris DavisDHAthleticsFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — AL MVP Mookie Betts, NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and major league home run champion Khris Davis reached high-priced one-year deals to avoid salary arbitration, while slugger Nolan Arenado and pitchers Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino and Aaron Nola failed to reach agreements and for now appeared headed to hearings.Betts and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox agreed to a $20 million, one-year contract on Friday, a $9.5 million raise for an arbitration-eligible player that topped pitcher Max Scherzer's $8.8 million raise from Detroit in 2014.Betts' record didn't last the day, broken when deGrom and the New York Mets agreed at $17 million, a $9.6 million increase.Davis and the Oakland Athletics reached a $16.5 million deal, a $6 million raise after he hit 48 home runs with a career-high 123 RBIs.Arenado asked for a record $30 million in arbitration from Colorado and was offered $24 million. He will top the record for a salary for an arbitration-eligible player, a $23 million deal last year by Toronto and third baseman Josh Donaldson.Among the 157 players eligible at the start of the day, just 15 remained without deals.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 1120:08Martin headed back to Dodgers in trade with Blue JaysPedro BáezRPDodgersFree Agent
Josh FieldsRPDodgersFree Agent
Yimi GarciaRPDodgersFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCBrewersFree Agent
Kiké HernándezLFDodgersFree Agent
Russell MartinCDodgersFree Agent
Joc PedersonCFDodgersFree Agent
Corey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
Chris TaylorCFDodgersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers reacquired catcher Russell Martin in a trade with Toronto on Friday, and also reached one-year deals with their seven remaining arbitration-eligible players.The NL champions agreed with Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor, Enrique Hernandez, Pedro Baez, Josh Fields and Yimi Garcia on 2019 contracts.With catcher Yasmani Grandal leaving for a deal with Milwaukee earlier in the week, the Dodgers had room to bring back Martin.In exchange, the Dodgers sent minor leaguers Andrew Sopko, a right-hander, and Ronny Brito, an infielder, to the Blue Jays. Toronto is sending $16.4 million to offset some of the $20 million Martin is owed in the final season of his contract.A four-time All-Star, Martin was with the Dodgers from 2006-10 and helped lead Los Angeles to three playoff appearances. The 35-year-old Canadian signed with the New York Yankees as a free agent after the 2010 season and spent two seasons in the Bronx before playing two seasons wit... [More]
Fri Jan 1119:58AL MVP Betts agrees to $20 million, 1-year deal with Red SoxMatt BarnesRPRed SoxFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Xander BogaertsSSRed SoxFree Agent
Jackie Bradley Jr.CFRed SoxFree Agent
Brock Holt2B/3BRed SoxFree Agent
Sandy LeónCRed SoxFree Agent
Eduardo RodríguezSPRed SoxFree Agent
Blake SwihartCRed SoxFree Agent
Brandon WorkmanRPRed SoxFree Agent
Steven WrightSPRed SoxFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — AL MVP Mookie Betts and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox agreed to a $20 million, one-year contract, a raise of $9.5 million that was for a few hours the highest for an arbitration-eligible player.Betts was surpassed later Friday by New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, who got a raise from $7.4 million to $17 million.The Red Sox reached deals with all nine players eligible for arbitration ahead of Friday's scheduled swap of salary figures. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts got a $12 million contract and outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. got $8.55 million.After beating the Red Sox in arbitration last offseason, the 26-year-old Betts led the major leagues in batting average (.346) and slugging percentage (.640) and was second in on-base average (.438). He also had 84 extra-base hits, including 32 home runs, and stole 30 bases. He also won his third straight Gold Glove.Betts can also make more in award bonuses. He is eligible for free agency after the 2020 World Series.All-purpose player Brock Holt ($3,575,000), pitchers Matt Barnes ($1.6 million), Eduardo Rodriguez ($4.3 million) and Brandon Workman ($1,150,000) and catchers Sandy Leon ($2,475,000) and Blake Swihart ($910,000) also reached agreements. Pitcher Steven Wright got a deal for $1,375,000 on Thursday night.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 1119:18Mets, deGrom agree to $17 million, 1-year contractMichael ConfortoCF/LFMetsFree Agent
Steven MatzSPMetsFree Agent
Noah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
Travis d'ArnaudCMetsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets agreed to a $17 million, one-year contract, a record raise for an arbitration-eligible player from his $7.4 million salary.The Mets reached deals with all six eligible players before Friday's scheduled exchange of salary figures. Pitchers Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz, outfielder Michael Conforto and catcher Travis d'Arnaud also got contracts for 2019.DeGrom's figure set a mark for a pitcher eligible for arbitration for the third time. Syndergaard agreed to a $6 million deal, doubling his salary.DeGrom led the majors with a 1.70 ERA in 217 innings and was selected to his second All-Star Game. He was fifth in MVP voting after receiving little run support on a fourth-place squad.The right-hander went 10-9 with 269 strikeouts in 32 remarkably consistent starts for a team that finished 77-85. The 30-year-old can become a free agent after the 2020 season if the Mets don't sign their electric ace t... [More]
Fri Jan 1118:38D-backs avoid arbitration with Ray, Lamb, 4 othersNick AhmedSSDiamondbacksFree Agent
Matt AndrieseSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Archie BradleyRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Andrew ChafinRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Jake Lamb3BDiamondbacksFree Agent
T.J. McFarlandRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
David PeraltaLFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Robbie RaySPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Steven Souza Jr.RFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Taijuan WalkerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration with six players, including starting pitcher Robbie Ray and third baseman Jake Lamb.Ray gets $6.05 million, a raise of $2.1 million, and Lamb receives $4,825,000, a raise of $550,000. Reliever Andrew Chafin will get $1,945,000, a raise of $750,000.The Diamondbacks also reached one-year deals with outfielder Steven Souza Jr. ($4,125,000), right-handed starter Taijuan Walker ($5,025,000) and right-handed reliever Matt Andriese.Ray was a 15-game winner two seasons ago but went just 6-2 in 24 starts last season. He has 739 strikeouts in four-plus major league seasons, including 218 in 2016 and 2017. He struck out 165 last season.Lamb was an All-Star in 2017 with 30 home runs and 105 RBIs but was sidelined with season-ending shoulder surgery last August. He appeared in just 56 games, hitting .222 with six homers and 31 RBIs.Chafin was the primarily left-hander out of the bullpen for Arizona, compiling a 3.10 ERA last year. C... [More]
Fri Jan 1118:28Suspended Russell, Cubs agree at $3.4M, $200,000 raiseJavier Báez2BCubsFree Agent
Kris Bryant3BCubsFree Agent
Carl Edwards Jr.RPCubsFree Agent
Kyle HendricksSPCubsFree Agent
Mike MontgomerySPCubsFree Agent
Addison RussellFree Agent
Kyle SchwarberLFCubsFree Agent
Christian YelichLFBrewersFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Suspended shortstop Addison Russell and the Chicago Cubs agreed Friday to a $3.4 million, one-year contract, a relatively small $200,000 raise for a player whose relationship with the team appeared strained after a domestic violence suspension.Russell accepted a 40-game suspension last October for violating baseball's domestic violence policy following allegations made by his ex-wife. He missed the final 11 regular-season games plus the wild-card playoff loss and will be eligible to return May 3, barring postponements.Russell will lose pay during the suspension. He can earn an additional $600,000 in roster bonuses if he is on the active roster for up to 150 days.Kris Bryant agreed to a $12.9 million, one-year deal, a raise from $10.85 million. Also agreeing to one-year deals were Javier Baez ($5.2 million), Kyle Schwarber ($3.39 million) and pitchers Kyle Hendricks ($7.405 million), Carl Edwards Jr. ($1.5 million) and Mike Montgomery ($2.44 million).The Cubs won 95 gam... [More]
Fri Jan 1118:18Indians' Martin feels blessed to be alive after health scareMichael BrantleyLFAstrosFree Agent
Willi Castro2BTigersFree Agent
A.J. ColeSPIndiansFree Agent
Leonys MartínCFIndiansFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Leonys Martin feels blessed to be alive after recovering from a life-threatening bacterial infection last summer.The Cleveland Indians outfielder spoke to the media Friday for the first time since the health scare. He thanked the doctors and staff at Cleveland Clinic, where he spent nearly two weeks after being rushed to the hospital following an Aug. 7 game."They saved my life," he said.The 30-year-old Martin said various thoughts have passed through his mind over the last several months."The most important thing is I'm able to see my family, my kids and play baseball again," he said.Martin said he might have blacked out and can't recall details of what happened the night he became ill after returning home from a game at Progressive Field."I still have no idea," he said. "The only thing I remember is feeling pain. I don't know where. I don't remember anything else."Martin isn't sure how got to the hospital and said he didn't fully understand what happened until he t... [More]
Fri Jan 1118:18Rangers agree to 1-year deals with Mazara, DeShieldsNomar MazaraRFRangersFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers agreed to one-year contracts with Nomar Mazara and Delino DeShields, avoiding arbitration with both outfielders Friday.Mazara gets $3.3 million, a big raise over the $563,560 he made last season. DeShields received a $1.4 million deal after earning $561,500 last year. They were the only two Texas players eligible for salary arbitration this winter.Mazara made his major league debut in 2016 at age 21 and has hit 20 home runs in each of his three seasons. The right fielder batted .258 with 77 RBIs in 128 games last year, when he missed a month because of a sprained right thumb. The thumb still bothered him after he returned in mid-August and he failed to homer in his last 22 games. But he didn't need surgery after a postseason exam.In 421 career games over three seasons, Mazara has a .258 average, 60 homers and 242 RBIs.The speedy DeShields, the team's opening-day center fielder two of the last three seasons, hit .216 with 20 stolen bases in 10... [More]
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