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Tue Mar 1211:11Braves lefty Kolby Allard optioned to Triple-A GwinnettKolby AllardSPBravesFree Agent
Grant DaytonRPBravesFree Agent
Alex JacksonRFBravesFree Agent
Mike SorokaRPBravesFree Agent
Touki ToussaintSPBravesFree Agent
Jacob WebbRPBravesFree Agent
Bryse WilsonSPBravesFree Agent
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have sent seven players to the minors, including left-hander Kolby Allard, who was competing for a spot in the rotation.Allard, the 14th overall pick in the 2015 amateur draft, was 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in four games, including three starts.Among other contenders for the No. 5 spot in the rotation are right-handers Kyle Wright, Touki Toussaint, Mike Soroka and Bryse Wilson and left-hander Max Fried.Allard, left-hander Grant Dayton, catcher Alex Jackson and right-hander Jacob Webb were optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. Three left-handers, Thomas Burrows, Corbin Clouse and Tucker Davidson, were assigned to the minor league camp Tuesday.___For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/apf-Baseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Mar 1201:21Mariners' Seager out thru April, Braves' Foltynewicz ailingRonald AcunaLFBravesFree Agent
Ehire Adrianza2B/3B/SSTwinsFree Agent
Cody AllenRPAngelsFree Agent
Nolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
Homer BaileySPDodgersFree Agent
Miguel Cabrera1BTigersFree Agent
Jhoulys ChacinSPBrewersFree Agent
Ian Desmond1B/CFRockiesFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Jack FlahertySPCardinalsFree Agent
Mike FoltynewiczSPBravesFree Agent
Logan Forsythe2BRangersFree Agent
Avisail GarcíaRFRaysFree Agent
Paul Goldschmidt1BCardinalsFree Agent
Grayson GreinerCTigersFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFPhilliesFree Agent
Matt HarveySPAngelsFree Agent
Ryon Healy1BMarinersFree Agent
Matt KempLF/PH/RFRedsFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Kevin KiermaierCFRaysFree Agent
Patrick KivlehanFree Agent
José LobatónCMarinersFree Agent
Michael LorenzenRPRedsFree Agent
Andrew McCutchenRFPhilliesFree Agent
Sean NewcombSPBravesFree Agent
Hunter PenceLF/PHRangersFree Agent
Yasiel PuigRFRedsFree Agent
Tyson RossSPTigersFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Kyle Seager3BMarinersFree Agent
Jean SeguraSSPhilliesFree Agent
Chris StrattonSPGiantsFree Agent
Julio TeheránSPBravesFree Agent
Touki ToussaintSPBravesFree Agent
Jason VargasSPMetsFree Agent
Vince VelásquezSPPhilliesFree Agent
Christian YelichCF/LF/RFBrewersFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
Kyle Seager will be absent next week when the Seattle Mariners play the major league opener in Japan. Mike Foltynewicz will miss opening day for Atlanta, too.Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, meanwhile, is on the mend.The Mariners said Monday that Seager needs surgery on his left hand, sidelining the third baseman through at least April. The former All-Star and Gold Glove winner rolled his glove going for a grounder in a spring training game last week.Seattle is likely to move first baseman Ryon Healy across the diamond to third. The Mariners and Oakland begin the regular season on March 20 in Tokyo.The Braves had hoped Foltynewicz could start on March 28 when the NL East champions open at Philadelphia, but a sore elbow has slowed the All-Star righty.Foltynewicz has yet to make an appearance in an exhibition game because of discomfort that began about two weeks ago."We're just trying to figure out at what point do we get him up to five innings?" general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "He's ... [More]
Mon Mar 1123:00Angels' Ohtani gets raise to $650,000 from $545,000Shohei OhtaniDH/PHAngelsFree Agent
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani got a modest raise from the Los Angeles Angels after winning the AL Rookie of the Year award, agreeing to a one-year contract that boosts his pay to $650,000 from last year's minimum of $545,000.Los Angeles announced agreements Monday with 22 players not yet eligible for arbitration. Ohtani has a split contract with a salary of $272,500 while in the minor leagues.The 24-year-old two-way star went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 10 starts as a pitcher and played 104 games overall as a rookie, hitting .285 with 22 homers and 61 RBIs. He had surgery Oct. 1 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament, and the Angels think the earliest he could be ready to hit in games is in May. He isn't expected to pitch this year.Ohtani left the Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan's Central League after the 2017 season and signed with the Angels for a bonus of $2,315,000. He will not be eligible for salary arbitration until after the 2020 season.He will earn considerably more than Tampa Bay pitcher Blake Snell, last year's AL Cy Young Award winner. The Rays renewed his contract Sunday for a salary while in the majors of $573,700, a raise of $15,500 and a figure $18,700 above the major league minimum, which rose to $555,000.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Mar 1122:50Rays' Blake Snell focused on pitching, not contractBryce HarperCF/RFPhilliesFree Agent
Ryne StanekRP/SPRaysFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Joey Wendle2B/3BRaysFree Agent
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Blake Snell is focused on pitching and not his minuscule salary increase.The AL Cy Young Award winner threw a called third strike past Bryce Harper with a 96 mph fastball in the first inning of the Tampa Bay Rays' 8-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.Snell's contract was renewed Sunday for a salary while in the majors of $573,700, a raise of $15,500 and a figure $18,700 above the major league minimum, which rose $10,000 to $555,000. His deal calls for a $291,000 salary in the unlikely event he is in the minors.The 26-year-old left-hander likely will be eligible for salary arbitration next winter. He declined to discuss his contract.Snell struck out two over two perfect innings."Their lineup is nasty," Snell said. "I really don't key in on a guy. It's a lefty, it's righty, it's what I focus on. I've got to attack the zone. They're going to do what they do. I'm going to do what I do."Snell is slated to start Tampa Bay's March 28 against Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros.Tampa Bay also renewed the contracts of reliever Ryne Stanek ($564,200 in majors, $223,978 in minors) and infielder Joey Wendle ($570,400 in majors and $273,450 in minors).___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Mar 1122:40Angels' Ohtani gets raise to $650,000 from $545,000Shohei OhtaniDH/PHAngelsFree Agent
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani got a modest raise from the Los Angeles Angels after winning the AL Rookie of the Year award, agreeing to a one-year contract that boosts his pay to $650,000 from last year's minimum of $545,000.Los Angeles announced agreements Monday with 22 players not yet eligible for arbitration. Ohtani has a split contract with a salary of $272,500 while in the minor leagues.The 24-year-old two-way star went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 10 starts as a pitcher and played 104 games overall as a rookie, hitting .285 with 22 homers and 61 RBIs. He had surgery Oct. 1 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament, and the Angels think the earliest he could be ready to hit in games is in May. He isn't expected to pitch this year.Ohtani left the Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan's Central League after the 2017 season and signed with the Angels for a bonus of $2,315,000. He will not be eligible for salary arbitration until after the 2020 season.He will earn considerably more than Tampa Bay pitcher Blake Snell, last year's AL Cy Young Award winner. The Rays renewed his contract Sunday for a salary while in the majors of $573,700, a raise of $15,500 and a figure $18,700 above the major league minimum, which rose to $555,000.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Mar 1121:11Indians ace Kluber makes 1st spring start, faces RedsYu ChangSSIndiansFree Agent
Mike ClevingerSPIndiansFree Agent
James HoytRPIndiansFree Agent
Yasiel PuigRFRedsFree Agent
Ben TaylorSPIndiansFree Agent
Asher WojciechowskiSPIndiansFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cleveland Indians were waiting for the right time to turn Cory Kluber loose in spring inning.Kluber made his first Cactus League start Monday, pitching 3 2/3 innings against Cincinnati and giving up three runs and six hits, including a homer by Yasiel Puig.Indians manager Terry Francona wanted to limit the intensity for Kluber as he was building his pitch count in a controlled environment. The plan was for Kluber to pitch in intrasquad games and live batting practice to build to 50 pitches before launching him into game experience.The two-time Cy Young award said he kept under control."It is different from pitching on the back fields for sure," Kluber said. "You have the scoreboard and the fans that give you the extra little kick of adrenaline. That's the reason we, I don't want to say slow play it, but we wait until now to control the intensity a bit."The Indians have held Kluber out of games early in the spring since 2017, the year after Kluber pitched... [More]
Mon Mar 1120:21Reds' Lorenzen pitches an inning, moves to center fieldMike ClevingerSPIndiansFree Agent
Billy HamiltonCFRoyalsFree Agent
Jimmy HergetSPRedsFree Agent
Michael LorenzenRPRedsFree Agent
Nick SenzelCFRedsFree Agent
Jose SiriCFRedsFree Agent
Eric StametsSSIndiansFree Agent
Jackson StephensRP/SPRedsFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Reliever Michael Lorenzen has begun the Cincinnati Reds' mound-to-outfield experiment, pitching one inning and then moving to center field Monday in a game against the Cleveland Indians. It didn't take long for the ball to find him.Lorenzen chased Jose Ramirez's leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth inning of a 5-5 tie, his biggest test during his first time in the outfield."It was fun," Lorenzen said. "I didn't necessarily get any fly balls but I had a couple hit to me. Hopefully next time I get to run one down."The Reds are exploring options for replacing center fielder Billy Hamilton, who signed with the Royals. Lorenzen was a center fielder at Cal State Fullerton who also closed games on occasion. The Reds drafted him as a pitcher in 2013, and he has lobbied for a dual role in the majors.He finally got his chance Monday.Lorenzen came on to pitch the bottom of the fifth inning and retired all three Indians, two by strikeout. Instead of heading off to ice... [More]
Mon Mar 1120:11Mariners' Seager out thru April, Braves' Foltynewicz ailingRonald AcunaLFBravesFree Agent
Ehire Adrianza2B/3B/SSTwinsFree Agent
Cody AllenRPAngelsFree Agent
Nolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
Miguel Cabrera1BTigersFree Agent
Jhoulys ChacinSPBrewersFree Agent
Ian Desmond1B/CFRockiesFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Jack FlahertySPCardinalsFree Agent
Mike FoltynewiczSPBravesFree Agent
Avisail GarcíaRFRaysFree Agent
Paul Goldschmidt1BCardinalsFree Agent
Grayson GreinerCTigersFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFPhilliesFree Agent
Matt HarveySPAngelsFree Agent
Ryon Healy1BMarinersFree Agent
Matt KempLF/PH/RFRedsFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Kevin KiermaierCFRaysFree Agent
Patrick KivlehanFree Agent
Michael LorenzenRPRedsFree Agent
Andrew McCutchenRFPhilliesFree Agent
Sean NewcombSPBravesFree Agent
Hunter PenceLF/PHRangersFree Agent
Yasiel PuigRFRedsFree Agent
Tyson RossSPTigersFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Kyle Seager3BMarinersFree Agent
Jean SeguraSSPhilliesFree Agent
Chris StrattonSPGiantsFree Agent
Julio TeheránSPBravesFree Agent
Touki ToussaintSPBravesFree Agent
Jason VargasSPMetsFree Agent
Vince VelásquezSPPhilliesFree Agent
Christian YelichCF/LF/RFBrewersFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
Kyle Seager will be absent next week when the Seattle Mariners play the major league opener in Japan. Mike Foltynewicz will miss opening day for Atlanta, too.Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, meanwhile, is on the mend.The Mariners said Monday that Seager needs surgery on his left hand, sidelining the third baseman through at least April. The former All-Star and Gold Glove winner rolled his glove going for a grounder in a spring training game last week.Seattle is likely to move first baseman Ryon Healy across the diamond to third. The Mariners and Oakland begin the regular season on March 20 in Tokyo.The Braves had hoped Foltynewicz could start on March 28 when the NL East champions open at Philadelphia, but a sore elbow has slowed the All-Star righty.Foltynewicz has yet to make an appearance in an exhibition game because of discomfort that began about two weeks ago."We're just trying to figure out at what point do we get him up to five innings?" general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "He's ... [More]
Mon Mar 1119:41Mariners' Seager out thru April, Braves' Foltynewicz ailingRonald AcunaLFBravesFree Agent
Ehire Adrianza2B/3B/SSTwinsFree Agent
Miguel Cabrera1BTigersFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Mike FoltynewiczSPBravesFree Agent
Avisail GarcíaRFRaysFree Agent
Grayson GreinerCTigersFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFPhilliesFree Agent
Ryon Healy1BMarinersFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Kevin KiermaierCFRaysFree Agent
Andrew McCutchenRFPhilliesFree Agent
Sean NewcombSPBravesFree Agent
Tyson RossSPTigersFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Kyle Seager3BMarinersFree Agent
Jean SeguraSSPhilliesFree Agent
Julio TeheránSPBravesFree Agent
Touki ToussaintSPBravesFree Agent
Jason VargasSPMetsFree Agent
Vince VelásquezSPPhilliesFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
Kyle Seager will be absent next week when the Seattle Mariners play the major league opener in Japan. Mike Foltynewicz will miss opening day for Atlanta, too.Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, meanwhile, is on the mend.The Mariners said Monday that Seager needs surgery on his left hand, sidelining the third baseman through at least April. The former All-Star and Gold Glove winner rolled his glove going for a grounder in a spring training game last week.Seattle is likely to move first baseman Ryon Healy across the diamond to third. The Mariners and Oakland begin the regular season on March 20 in Tokyo.The Braves had hoped Foltynewicz could start on March 28 when the NL East champions open at Philadelphia, but a sore elbow has slowed the All-Star righty.Foltynewicz has yet to make an appearance in an exhibition game because of discomfort that began about two weeks ago."We're just trying to figure out at what point do we get him up to five innings?" general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "He's ... [More]
Mon Mar 1119:30Rockies' prospect Rodgers waits for opportunityIan Desmond1B/CFRockiesFree Agent
Josh Fuentes1B/3BRockiesFree Agent
Trevor StorySSRockiesFree Agent
Troy TulowitzkiSSYankeesFree Agent
Tony WoltersCRockiesFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Brendon Rodgers has had to wait for an opening in the Colorado Rockies' infield, just like Trevor Story did a few years ago.Selected third overall in the 2015 amateur draft, Rodgers has hit .291 in four minor league seasons. The 22-year-old played at Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque last season and is at big league training camp for the second straight year."With Brendan, I think he's confident to start with," Rockies manager Bud Black said Monday. "He's really confident in his abilities. He knows he's a good player and he knows he's talented. The way I see him move around the clubhouse and how he's interacting with the coaches and the players, his personality is more at ease. I think he's showing who he is."Story had to wait for Troy Tulowitzki's departure, then enjoyed a breakout 2016 following the trade of the shortstop to Toronto and became a first-time All-Star last year. That is a path Rodgers is eager to emulate."He wants to get better, and h... [More]
Mon Mar 1119:00Adam Jones, Diamondbacks finalize $3 million, 1-year dealSilvino BrachoRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Patrick CorbinSPNationalsFree Agent
Wilmer Flores1B/2B/PHDiamondbacksFree Agent
Paul Goldschmidt1BCardinalsFree Agent
Greg HollandRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Adam JonesCF/RFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Ketel Marte2B/CF/SSDiamondbacksFree Agent
David PeraltaLFDiamondbacksFree Agent
A.J. PollockCFDodgersFree Agent
Steven Souza Jr.RFDiamondbacksFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Outfielder Adam Jones and the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a $3 million, one-year contract.Jones is likely to start in center field between Steven Souza Jr. in right and David Peralta in left, pushing Ketel Marte into a utility infield and outfield role.Jones can earn $2 million in performance bonuses for plate appearances: $250,000 for 250 and each additional 50 through 600. He would get a $250,000 assignment bonus the first time he is traded.To clear a roster spot Monday, Arizona put right-hander Silvino Bracho on the 60-day injured list because of a torn elbow ligament that will require Tommy John surgery.A 33-year-old five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner, Jones spent the last 11 big league seasons with the Baltimore Orioles after making his debut in 2006 with Seattle.Jones was an All-Star annually from 2012-15 and hit .265 with 29 homers and 83 RBIs in 2016. He batted .285 the following year but slipped to 26 homers and 73 RBIs, then ... [More]
Mon Mar 1118:20Nats say Scherzer will start opener, faces Mets ace deGromJack FlahertySPCardinalsFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Nonchalantly, Washington manager Dave Martinez made official on Monday what most already assumed — ace Max Scherzer will be the first to get the ball for the Nationals."I'm going to go out on a limb today and tell you that Max will be our opening day starter. How's that?" Martinez said.That sets up a marquee matchup March 28 at Nationals Park: Scherzer vs. Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets.Between them, Scherzer and deGrom own four Cy Young awards, including the three most recent in the National League. Last year, the duo finished 1-2 in the voting, with deGrom claiming his first trophy.Martinez made the announcement after Scherzer surrendered three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out two in 6 1/3 innings against St. Louis. Scherzer advanced his pitch total to 75, facing 23 batters.The Nationals eschewed the designated hitter on Monday, allowing the 34-year-old Scherzer to bat for the second time this spring. This time, it nearly cost the Nationals d... [More]
Mon Mar 1117:50Kershaw throws first bullpen session since Feb 20Rich HillSPDodgersFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Russell Martin3B/CDodgersFree Agent
Corey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw threw his first bullpen since Feb. 20, an all-fastball session of 20 pitches.The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner has been slowed by left shoulder discomfort."Good day, good step forward, for sure, and just kind of keep going forward from here," Kershaw said after throwing to catcher Russell Martin. "Felt great. It was another good day. I'll take that right now, just keep moving forward from here and start building up."Los Angeles is not sure whether Kershaw will be available for its March 28 opener against Arizona. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Kershaw showed command and "the feel for what he was doing with the ball was very Kershaw-esque.""It looked really good, he felt really good," Friedman said. "He executed extremely well. For this step in the progression, it was everything we could have hoped for. "Kershaw will throw another bullpen and start throwing off-speed pitches soon. He ha... [More]
Mon Mar 1117:41Ozuna plays field for 1st time since shoulder surgeryLuke GregersonRPCardinalsFree Agent
Carlos MartínezSPCardinalsFree Agent
Marcell OzunaLFCardinalsFree Agent
Trea TurnerSSNationalsFree Agent
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Marcell Ozuna's surgically repaired right shoulder was given a quick test.Ozuna played the outfield for the first time since arthroscopic shoulder surgery last Oct. 30. Trea Turner, Washington's second batter in Monday's game against St. Louis, lopped a ball down the left-field line, rounded first and didn't slow down.Ozuna made a one-hop throw to second that Turner barely beat."What I like about that throw was that it was strong — no pain," Ozuna said.He had not started throwing from the outfield to bases until Saturday's drills.Ozuna first felt a pop in his shoulder during a throwing session following the 2014 season. By the end of last season, Ozuna struggled to make even routine throws."Already that throw was more representative than a lot of the throws last year," Cardinals' manager Mike Shildt said.Ozuna, a 28-year-old two-time All-Star, began 0 for 14 at the plate before dribbling a ball through the left side of the Houston infield for a single on Saturd... [More]
Mon Mar 1117:40Maldonado, Royals finalize $2.5M, 1-year contractMartin MaldonadoCRoyalsFree Agent
Salvador PérezC/DHRoyalsFree Agent
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have finalized a $2.5 million, one-year deal with Martin Maldonado, giving them a veteran catcher after losing Salvador Perez to a season-ending injury.The deal announced Monday includes up to $1.4 million in performance bonuses for games caught.Maldonado spent last season with the Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros, hitting .225 with nine homers and 44 RBIs in 119 games. But his biggest strength has been his ability to frame pitches and play defense, and his experience should help what is expected to be a young Royals team this season.Maldonado's Gold Glove in 2017 broke Perez's streak of four straight.Perez underwent Tommy John surgery last Wednesday after tearing a ligament in his throwing arm during a spring training workout.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Mon Mar 1117:40Mariners' Seager needs surgery on left hand, out for AprilRyon Healy1BMarinersFree Agent
Kyle Seager3BMarinersFree Agent
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager needs surgery on his left hand and will be out at least through April.Manager Scott Servais said Seager will have surgery Tuesday to repair the tendon of his middle finger. Seager had an MRI over the weekend that revealed the extent of the injury, which is just above the knuckle.This will be Seager's first time ever on the injured list. It's unclear how long he will be out.Seager is coming off the worst season of his career in 2018, when he hit .221. He changed his offseason training regimen and arrived at spring training slimmed down and in better condition. He was hitting .318 in nine spring training games.With Seager out, the Mariners are likely to move Ryon Healy to third base. Healy played in only two games at third base last season with Seattle, but made 103 starts at third during the 2016 and 2017 seasons with Oakland.___More AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Mar 1117:20Harper plays right field for first time for PhilliesJalen BeeksSPRaysFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFPhilliesFree Agent
Andrew McCutchenRFPhilliesFree Agent
Jean SeguraSSPhilliesFree Agent
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper played the outfield for the first time since signing a record $330 million, 13-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.Harper started in right field Monday against Tampa Bay. He took a 96 mph fastball for strike three in the first inning from AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell."He's good," Harper said. "I was just happy to go out there and face a guy like him, see some velo, see some offspeed, as well, and just see one of the best in baseball. It's always fun to be able to do that whether it's the third game in spring or the middle of the season. It's good to see."Harper then walked in the fourth after Andrew McCutchen and Jean Segura hit consecutive homers off Jalen Beeks.Harper caught two fly balls. He cleanly played a double high off the wall and then made a strong to third base during four innings of defense."It was nice to see him out there," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "Just kind of take this step by step."Harper was a designat... [More]
Mon Mar 1117:10Maldonado, Royals finalize $2.5M, 1-year contractMartin MaldonadoCRoyalsFree Agent
Salvador PérezC/DHRoyalsFree Agent
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have finalized a $2.5 million, one-year deal with Martin Maldonado, giving them a veteran catcher after losing Salvador Perez to a season-ending injury.The deal announced Monday includes up to $1.4 million in performance bonuses for games caught.Maldonado spent last season with the Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros, hitting .225 with nine homers and 44 RBIs in 119 games. But his biggest strength has been his ability to frame pitches and play defense, and his experience should help what is expected to be a young Royals team this season.Maldonado's Gold Glove in 2017 broke Perez's streak of four straight.Perez underwent Tommy John surgery last Wednesday after tearing a ligament in his throwing arm during a spring training workout.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Mon Mar 1117:00Rays' Blake Snell focused on pitching, not contractJustin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Blake Snell is focused on pitching and not his minuscule salary increase.The AL Cy Young Award winner threw a called third strike past Bryce Harper with a 96 mph fastball in the first inning of the Tampa Bay Rays' 8-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.Snell's contract was renewed Sunday for a salary while in the majors of $573,700, a raise of $15,500 and a figure $18,700 above the major league minimum, which rose $10,000 to $555,000.The 26-year-old left-hander likely will be eligible for salary arbitration next winter. He declined to discuss his contract.Snell struck out two over two perfect innings."Their lineup is nasty," Snell said. "I really don't key in on a guy. It's a lefty, it's righty, it's what I focus on. I've got to attack the zone. They're going to do what they do. I'm going to do what I do."Snell is slated to start Tampa Bay's March 28 against Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Mar 1116:50Kershaw throws first bullpen session since Feb 20Rich HillSPDodgersFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Russell Martin3B/CDodgersFree Agent
Corey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw threw his first bullpen since Feb. 20, an all-fastball session of 20 pitches.The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner has been slowed by left shoulder discomfort."Good day, good step forward, for sure, and just kind of keep going forward from here," Kershaw said after throwing to catcher Russell Martin. "Felt great. It was another good day. I'll take that right now, just keep moving forward from here and start building up."Los Angeles is not sure whether Kershaw will be available for its March 28 opener against Arizona. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Kershaw showed command and "the feel for what he was doing with the ball was very Kershaw-esque.""It looked really good, he felt really good," Friedman said. "He executed extremely well. For this step in the progression, it was everything we could have hoped for. "Kershaw will throw another bullpen and start throwing off-speed pitches soon. He ha... [More]
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