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Fri Feb 1414:08A's Kemp chose not to be part of Astros' 2017 sign-stealingMike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
Tony Kemp2B/LF/PHAthleticsFree Agent
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Called up in September 2017 by Houston, Tony Kemp immediately got asked by teammates whether he wanted to be a part of the Astros' sign-stealing scheme. His answer was a firm no, and Kemp didn't feel further pressure to do it.“That stood,” the second baseman said Friday after arriving in Oakland's spring training camp and reuniting with former Astros teammate Mike Fiers, who went public in November about Houston's sign-stealing that rocked the baseball offseason.“Once I got there in September the system was already in place and I just tried to keep my head down and play hard and not really concern myself with it,” Kemp said. He said what Houston did was wrong, and when asked whether the ‘17 World Series title is tainted, noted: “That’s a good question, everyone's going to have their own speculations about it, everyone's going to have their own opinions about it. I'm not sure.”Then-Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired o... [More]
Fri Feb 1413:58Hader loses to Brewers in arbitration, players drop to 1-6Shane GreeneRPBravesFree Agent
Josh HaderRPBrewersFree Agent
Joc Pederson1B/LF/PH/RFDodgersFree Agent
Juan SotoLFNationalsFree Agent
Tony WoltersCRockiesFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — All-Star closer Josh Hader lost his salary arbitration case against the Milwaukee Brewers, dropping players to 1-6 in hearings this year.Hader will earn $4.1 million rather than his $6.4 million request.Arbitrators Mark Burstein, Dan Brent and Frederic Horowitz made the decision Friday, a day after hearing arguments.A shaggy-haired left-hander who turns 26 in April, Hader had 37 saves in 44 chances and went 3-5 with a 2.62 ERA in his second straight All-Star season. He failed to hold a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning of the NL wild-card game, loading the bases by hitting one batter, walking another and allowing a bloop single, then giving up a two-out, bases-loaded single to Washington's Juan Soto that scored three runs. The Nationals won 4-3 and went on to their first World Series title.After making $687,600 last year, Hader just made the arbitration eligibility cutoff with 2 years, 115 days of major league service.Teams also beat Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodríguez, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson, Minnesota pitcher José Berríos, Atlanta reliever Shane Greene and Colorado catcher Tony Wolters.Dodgers reliever Pedro Báez has been the lone player to win.Seven players remain scheduled for hearings, which run through Feb. 21.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Feb 1413:48Maeda questions whether Astros' sign stealing hurt DarvishKenta MaedaSPTwinsFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Kenta Maeda wonders whether the Astros’ sign stealing affected the performance of teammate Yu Darvish during the Los Angeles Dodgers' 2017 World Series loss to Houston.Darvish lost Games 3 and 7. He gave up nine runs — eight earned — over just 3 1/3 total innings with two walks and no strikeouts. He didn’t make it out of the second innings in either game.“Yu Darvish usually doesn’t give up that many hits, in that sense now that this news has come out, it makes sense — and he didn’t get any strikeouts,” Maeda said through a translator Friday morning at Minnesota’s spring training complex, four days after he was acquired from Los Angeles. Maeda didn’t think it sign-stealing affected his performance. He gave up a tying, three-run homer in Game 5 to José Altuve in a game Houston went on to win.“That’s the only homer I gave up,” Maeda said. “I’m not even sure for 100% if he knew my signs, if he knew the pitch.”“If I knew for sure Altuve knew my pitch. I would have been bothered, frustrated,” Maeda said.He is bothered his chance to win the World Series was impacted“Being a Dodger at that time, it is a little frustrating because the Dodgers had a chance to win the whole thing,” Maeda said.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Feb 1413:38Mariners' Haniger undergoes second surgery in three weeksBraden BishopCFMarinersFree Agent
Jake FraleyRFMarinersFree Agent
Dee Strange-Gordon2BMarinersFree Agent
Mitch HanigerCF/RFMarinersFree Agent
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger is not likely to take the field anytime soon following his second surgery in less than a month.The Mariners said the 2018 All-Star had a lower back procedure Thursday that followed core surgery in January.Both are related to a ruptured testicle sustained in a game last June, an injury believed to have occurred when he fouled off a pitch and the ball hit him in the groin area. In working his way back, Haniger felt back pain and never played again last season.Haniger posted a photo of himself in a hospital bed on Instagram on Thursday with the caption reading “2nd surgery today in the last 3 weeks. Not how I imagined heading into the 2020 season but I’m really excited to start this recovery process and build myself back up. I’ll do whatever it takes to come back even better than I’ve ever been!”Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said Haniger, who hit .285 with 26 home runs and 93 runs batted in in 2018 before h... [More]
Fri Feb 1412:28Yonder Alonso, Braves finalize minor league contractYonder Alonso1B/DH/PHBravesFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BTwinsFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — First baseman Yonder Alonso and the Atlanta Braves finalized their minor league contract on Friday, and he will report to major league spring training.If added to the 40-man roster, he would get a one-year contract with a $1 million salary while in the major leagues.The 32-year-old gives the Braves depth behind Freddie Freeman, who had right elbow surgery in October. Freeman said last month he has no pain in the elbow and will be ready when position players report on Monday.Alonso hit .199 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs with Colorado and the Chicago White Sox last year, including .260 in 54 games with the Rockies.He drove in 83 runs, setting a career high, while hitting .250 with 23 homers for Cleveland in 2018. He made the 2017 AL All-Star team with Oakland.Alonso has appeared in 14 career games at third base, where the Braves have an opening after Josh Donaldson became a free agent and signed with Minnesota. Alonso has played only at first base and as a designated hitter since playing in seven games at third base with Oakland in 2016.He has a .259 batting average in 10 seasons. Alonso made his debut with Cincinnati in 2010 and played four seasons with San Diego.______More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Feb 1412:18Indians starter Mike Clevinger to have left knee surgery Mike ClevingerSPPadresFree Agent
Corey KluberSPRangersFree Agent
Domingo SantanaLF/RFIndiansFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger will have left knee surgery after an injury during a spring training workout.Clevinger went 13-4 last season and the Indians are counting on him to help fill some of the void after they traded two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber to the Texas Ranger this winter.Clevinger sustained a partial cartilage tear Wednesday at the team's complex in Goodyear, Arizona, the Indians said Friday. The right-hander will have surgery in nearby Avondale, and a timetable for his return will be set after the operation. But it's safe to assume he will miss at least several weeks.He has won 38 games over the past three seasons. He made 21 starts in 2019, but missed time early in the year with a strained back muscle. The 29-year-old had a 2.71 ERA last season.Clevinger avoided salary arbitration by signing a $4.1 million contract for this season. He's been outspoken about the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.Also, the Indians and outfielder Domingo Santana agreed to a $1.5 million contract that includes a $5 million club option for 2021. He played for Seattle last season, batting .253 with 21 homers and 69 RBIs in 121 games. The 27-year-old Santana missed 24 games in August and September with an injured right elbow.___More AP MLB coverage: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Feb 1411:58Yonder Alonso, Braves finalize minor league contractYonder Alonso1B/DH/PHBravesFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BTwinsFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — First baseman Yonder Alonso and the Atlanta Braves finalized their minor league contract on Friday, and he will report to major league spring training.The 32-year-old gives the Braves depth behind Freddie Freeman, who had right elbow surgery in October. Freeman said last month he has no pain in the elbow and will be ready when position players report on Monday.Alonso hit .199 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs with Colorado and the Chicago White Sox last year, including .260 in 54 games with the Rockies.He drove in 83 runs, setting a career high, while hitting .250 with 23 homers for Cleveland in 2018. He made the 2017 AL All-Star team with Oakland.Alonso has appeared in 14 career games at third base, where the Braves have an opening after Josh Donaldson became a free agent and signed with Minnesota. Alonso has played only at first base and as a designated hitter since playing in seven games at third base with Oakland in 2016.He has a .259 batting average in 10 seasons. Alonso made his debut with Cincinnati in 2010 and played four seasons with San Diego.______More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Feb 1410:58Indians starter Mike Clevinger to have left knee surgery Mike ClevingerSPPadresFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger will have left knee surgery after an injury during a spring training workout.Clevinger went 13-4 last season and the Indians are counting on him to help fill some of the void after they traded two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber to the Texas Ranger this winter.Clevinger sustained a partial cartilage tear Wednesday at the team's complex in Goodyear, Arizona, the team said Friday. The right-hander will have surgery in nearby Avondale, and a timetable for his return will be set after the operation. But it's safe to assume he will miss at least several weeks.Clevinger has won 38 games over the past three seasons. He made 21 starts in 2019, but missed time early in the year with a strained back muscle. The 29-year-old had a 2.71 ERA last season.Clevinger avoided salary arbitration by signing a $4.1 million contract for this season. He's been outspoken about the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.Also, the Indians signed free-agent outfielder Domingo Santana to a contract for 2020. He played for Seattle last season, batting .253 with 21 homers and 69 RBIs in 121 games. The 27-year-old Santana missed 24 games in August and September with an injured right elbow.
Fri Feb 1410:48Braves bringing veteran Yonder Alonso to spring trainingYonder Alonso1B/DH/PHBravesFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BTwinsFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have signed first baseman Yonder Alonso to a minor league contract with an invitation to the major league spring training.The 32-year-old Alonso gives the Braves depth behind Freddie Freeman, who had surgery in October on his right elbow. Freeman said last month he has no pain in the elbow and will be ready when position players report on Monday.Alonso hit a combined .199 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs with Colorado and the Chicago White Sox in 2019. He hit .260 in 54 games with the Rockies.Alonso drove in 83 runs, setting a career high, while hitting .250 with 23 homers for Cleveland in 2018. He made the 2017 AL All-Star team with Oakland.Alonso has appeared in 14 career games at third base, where the Braves have an opening after Josh Donaldson signed with the Twins. Alonso has played only at first base and as a designated hitter since playing in seven games at third base with Oakland in 2016.Alonso has a .259 career batting average in 10 seasons. He made his debut with Cincinnati in 2010 and played four seasons with San Diego.______More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Feb 1320:48Sticking to script: Bregman, Astros discuss sign stealingAlex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Sean DoolittleRPNationalsFree Agent
Lance McCullers Jr.SPAstrosFree Agent
Josh ReddickLF/RFAstrosFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Alex Bregman spoke for about 30 seconds and said he was sorry, but did not say why. He said he had learned, but did not say what.On a patch of grass between the Houston Astros' spring training building and fields, under a sun obscured by clouds, the star third baseman stepped to a microphone at a news conference, becoming the first player Thursday to apologize —-- without really discussing with any detail—-- for the sign-stealing scheme from the club's 2017 World Series championship season."I am really sorry about the choices that were made by my team, by the organization and by me. I have learned from this and I hope to regain the trust of baseball fans," Bregman began, before thanking Astros fans and saying he and his teammates "are totally focused on moving forward to the 2020 season."And thus the script was set. The most eyebrow-raising statement came soon thereafter, when Astros owner Jim Crane replied to a question from a reporter by saying: "Ou... [More]
Thu Feb 1319:18Corbin Burnes hopes to regain Brewers' rotation spotBrett AndersonSPBrewersFree Agent
Corbin BurnesRPBrewersFree Agent
Matt Carpenter3B/PHCardinalsFree Agent
Paul DeJongSSCardinalsFree Agent
Paul Goldschmidt1BCardinalsFree Agent
Eric LauerSPBrewersFree Agent
Josh LindblomSPBrewersFree Agent
Freddy PeraltaRPBrewersFree Agent
Brandon WoodruffSPBrewersFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Corbin Burnes is rebuilding, just like the Milwaukee Brewers were a few years ago,The 25-year-old right-hander spent most of his offseason at the team's spring training facility trying to rebound from an awful 2019 season.Milwaukee's minor league pitcher of the year in 2017, Burnes debut the following July and quickly established himself as a key bullpen contributor. He went 7-0 with a 2.61 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 38 innings over 30 regular-season appearances, then allowed two runs in six postseason innings.While he had a 4.84 ERA in seven spring training games last year, he started the season in the rotation. He struck out 12 in his first big league start but also gave up home runs in the first inning to the Cardinals' Paul DeJong and Matt Carpenter, then another in the fourth to Paul Goldschmidt. He allowed 11 home runs with a 10.70 ERA through four starts, was dropped from the rotation and finished with a 1-5 record and 8.82 ERA in 32 games overall.Except for a wee... [More]
Thu Feb 1318:28Dodgers begin spring training bolstered by addition of BettsCody Bellinger1B/CF/RFDodgersFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFDodgersFree Agent
Joc Pederson1B/LF/PH/RFDodgersFree Agent
AJ PollockCF/LFDodgersFree Agent
Ross StriplingRPBlue JaysFree Agent
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts opened spring training Thursday with his confidence boosted by the acquisition of Mookie Betts, who could prove crucial to the franchise’s quest to win its first World Series title since 1988.Betts, acquired from the Boston Red Sox this week in a multi-player deal, gives the Dodgers two recent MVPs in the outfield -- Betts, the 2018 AL MVP, in right and Cody Bellinger, the 2019 NL MVP, in center.Betts’ potent hitting could provide scoring opportunities that weren’t there during the Dodgers' run to the World Series in 2017 and 2018, Roberts said. Betts played for the Red Sox during Boston’s 2018 Series victory over the Dodgers.“Mostly, we just have to play better,’’ Roberts said. “Looking back, we haven’t played our best baseball in postseason. Betts makes us a lot better.’’The Dodgers also tried to trade Joc Pederson, pitcher Ross Stripling and prospect Andy Pages to the Angels. But the deal fell ap... [More]
Thu Feb 1318:17Shogo Akiyama begins transition to major leagues with RedsShogo AkiyamaCF/LFRedsFree Agent
Nick CastellanosRFRedsFree Agent
Wade MileySPRedsFree Agent
Mike Moustakas2B/3BRedsFree Agent
Pedro StropRPRedsFree Agent
Eugenio Suárez3BRedsFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Shogo Akiyama got into the batter's box and took his first swing with the Cincinnati Reds at spring training. He barely made contact.“I was very embarrassed,” Akiyama said through translator Luke Shinoda. “I'm looking forward to tomorrow now."He'll get plenty more chances.Cincinnati signed Akiyama to a $21 million, three-year deal as part of its expensive offseason makeover. Akiyama, 31, became a free agent after his ninth season with the Seibu Lions in Japan's Pacific League, where he was a five-time All-Star.The center fielder could move to one of the corner spots in the Reds' unsettled outfield. Manager David Bell envisions him playing often and hitting near the top of the order.Cincinnati has lacked a dependable leadoff hitter. Akiyama is known for making contact and getting on base. He had 56 triples and 251 doubles with the Lions.Cincinnati had been the only team in the majors that had not signed a player from Japan. Akiyama feels a responsibility t... [More]
Thu Feb 1318:08New-look Rays confident they'll be deeper, betterRandy ArozarenaCFRaysFree Agent
Kevin KiermaierCFRaysFree Agent
Aaron LoupRPRaysFree Agent
Brandon Lowe2BRaysFree Agent
Manuel MargotCF/PHRaysFree Agent
Austin MeadowsDH/LF/RFRaysFree Agent
Tommy PhamDH/LFPadresFree Agent
Hunter RenfroeLF/PH/RFRaysFree Agent
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — For a team that didn’t anticipate a lot of change after making the playoffs for the first time in six years, the Tampa Bay Rays have a lot of new faces on the roster entering spring training.Japanese slugger Yoshi Tsutsugo and trade acquisitions José Martinez, Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot and Randy Arozarena are among the newcomers the Rays are counting on to help a largely young team build on the success of the past two seasons.Key departures include catcher Travis d’Arnaud, closer Emilio Pagán and outfielders Tommy Pham and Avisaíl García, however expectations remain high after improving from 90 wins two years ago to 96 and an AL wild-card berth last season.“Expectations are up, but that’s what you want,” general manager Erik Neander said.“At the end of the day, the goal is to win by one. I think we’ve done enough on the offensive side to have a different look with guys who chip in in different ways,” Neander added. “And, I think w... [More]
Thu Feb 1318:08Bundy welcomes chance to be pitching-poor Angels' workhorseJustin AndersonRPAngelsFree Agent
Dylan BundySPAngelsFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BAngelsFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPPhilliesFree Agent
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Anthony Rendon met many of his new teammates for the first time Thursday during a quick visit to the Los Angeles Angels' clubhouse a few days before their position players' reporting date.Another newcomer with huge importance to the Angels' turnaround hopes is already hard at work in Arizona.While the $245 million third baseman was the Halos' highest-profile offseason addition, right-hander Dylan Bundy is expected to fill a need that's even more pressing for the Angels than offense.Bundy made 89 starts over the last three seasons for the Baltimore Orioles while averaging 167 2-3 innings per year, while only two starters in the last three years have made 30 starts for the Angels. Los Angeles had exactly one pitcher who managed to get through even 100 innings on its injury-riddled staff last season, and the Halos' 5.12 team ERA was 25th among the majors' 30 teams.To avoid overtaxing their bullpen again, the Angels badly needed durable, innings-eating starters. Bundy... [More]
Thu Feb 1317:58Scherzer, Nationals start quietly for World Series championsSean DoolittleRPNationalsFree Agent
Will HarrisRPNationalsFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Max Scherzer grunted and cursed his way to 56 pitches during his first formal bullpen session of spring training -- about 20 more throws than other Washington Nationals starters Thursday, but "standard" for him, the righty said -- and then was asked about ... the Houston Astros' cheating scandal.Manager Dave Martinez began camp in the last season for which his contract is guaranteed at the moment -- the Nationals hold an option for 2021 -- and then was prompted to talk about, well, another team entirely.Nationals players could look around their clubhouse at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and see the new locker nameplates or new red-and-blue clocks on the walls or patches stitched to the sleeves of their new jerseys, all festooned with some sort of logo proclaiming the club to be the 2019 World Series champions ... and then were queried about the club that was the runner-up last season.It was an odd dynamic: The Nationals and Astros were foes last Octobe... [More]
Thu Feb 1317:38Dodgers pay Maeda $1M trade bonus as part of trade to TwinsBrusdar GraterolSPDodgersFree Agent
Kenta MaedaSPTwinsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to pay Kenta Maeda's $1 million assignment bonus as part of their trade of the pitcher to the Minnesota Twins.Los Angeles also agreed to pay the Twins $3 million to cover part of Maeda's salary and reimburse Minnesota for up to $7 million of his earned bonuses, according to information obtained by The Associated Press.Meada's maximum cost to the Twins would be $3,713,500 this year if he earns $13.15 million, his total if he reaches all his roster and performance and bonus levels. His maximum to Minnesota would be $12,586,500 in 2021 and $13.15 million in both 2022 and '23, a total exposure to the Twins of $42.6 million.Los Angeles will pay $2,436,500 this year split into in 12 installments on the 15th and last day of each month from April through September. The first four installments are $203,041.66 and the last eight $203,041.67.A final payment of $563,500 is due on June 30, 2021.Maeda was acquired with catcher Jair Camargo on Monday f... [More]
Thu Feb 1317:28Kenta Maeda joins Twins rotation after week in limboAlex AvilaCTwinsFree Agent
Homer BaileySPTwinsFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFDodgersFree Agent
Tyler ClippardRPTwinsFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BTwinsFree Agent
Brusdar GraterolSPDodgersFree Agent
Rich HillSPTwinsFree Agent
Kenta MaedaSPTwinsFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsFree Agent
Michael PinedaSPTwinsFree Agent
David PriceSPDodgersFree Agent
Sergio RomoRPTwinsFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The acquisition of Kenta Maeda took the Minnesota Twins longer than they anticipated.The trade that was made to get him, the team believes, will be well worth the wait and the price.“We made a lot of decisions this offseason to invest in the now,” Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said. “Now we also get a pitcher here who we think is going to impact us now and beyond.”Maeda joined the AL Central champions on Thursday morning, three days after the Twins finalized the deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers and more than a week after the initial agreement on the three-team trade that also involved the Boston Red Sox was first struck.The move was the latest by the Twins in demonstration of their desire to play deeper into October. Last month, they signed third baseman Josh Donaldson to the biggest free agent contract in club history, a four-year deal worth $92 million. They’ve also added free agent pitchers Homer Bailey, Rich Hill and Tyler ... [More]
Thu Feb 1317:18Column: Cheating Astros just don't seem to get itJose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Alex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Kris Bryant3B/LF/RFCubsFree Agent
Yu DarvishSPCubsFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Josh ReddickLF/RFAstrosFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Ah, the Houston Astros.Good at stealing signs. Not so good at pretending they’re sorry about it.The team’s official mea culpa Thursday in Florida turned out to be as predictable as it gets. From owner to star players the message was the same, almost as if it had been rehearsed the night before.A few words of remorse for the worst scandal to hit baseball since the steroid era. Then it’s on to 2020 and, just maybe, a World Series title without having to cheat to get it. Why even try?If the Astros were as bad at stealing signs as they are at apologizing for it, there might be championship flags flying in Los Angeles and New York now. If they were getting paid for being honest and forthright, they would be driving Toyota Corollas to spring training instead of Range Rovers.Instead, they put on a dog and pony show, minus the pony. Well maybe not, because Astros owner Jim Crane was there to make the absurd claim that his team would have won the 2017 World Series even without cheating.... [More]
Thu Feb 1317:08Sticking to script: Bregman, Astros discuss sign stealingAlex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Sean DoolittleRPNationalsFree Agent
Lance McCullers Jr.SPAstrosFree Agent
Josh ReddickLF/RFAstrosFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Alex Bregman spoke for about 30 seconds and said he was sorry, but did not say why. He said he had learned, but did not say what.On a patch of grass between the Houston Astros' spring training building and fields, under a sun obscured by clouds, the star third baseman stepped to a microphone at a news conference, becoming the first player Thursday to apologize -- without really discussing with any details -- for the sign-stealing scheme from the club's 2017 World Series championship season."I am really sorry about the choices that were made by my team, by the organization and by me. I have learned from this and I hope to regain the trust of baseball fans," Bregman began, before thanking Astros fans and saying he and his teammates "are totally focused on moving forward to the 2020 season."And thus the script was set. The most eyebrow-raising statement came soon thereafter, when Astros owner Jim Crane replied to a question from a reporter by saying: "Our op... [More]
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