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Tue Feb 2314:54Travis Shaw returns to Brewers with minor league dealOrlando ArciaSSBrewersFree Agent
Daniel Robertson2B/3BBrewersFree Agent
Travis Shaw1B/3BBlue JaysFree Agent
Travis Shaw is back in Milwaukee to give the Brewers one more option for their unsettled situation at third base. The Brewers announced Tuesday that Shaw has signed a minor league contract that includes an invitation to major league camp. “I think he fits into a need that we have,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He has an opportunity to earn something. That’s how it was presented to Travis, and I think that’s what excited him about the opportunity.” Shaw, who turns 31 on April 16, last played for the Brewers from 2017-19. That three-year stint included some notable highs and lows. He had 31 homers, 101 RBIs and an .862 OPS in 2017. Shaw followed that up with 32 homers, 86 RBIs and an .825 OPS in 2018. But he tailed off dramatically in 2019, hitting just .157 with a .281 on-base percentage, .270 slugging percentage, seven homers and 16 RBIs in 86 games. “The Brewers have seen me at my absolute best and they’ve also seen me in my absolute worst in 2019,” Shaw sa... [More]
Tue Feb 2314:14Moneyball: Tatis took cash as prospect, owes part of fortuneFernando Tatis Jr.SSPadresFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Fernando Tatis Jr. 's payday from baseball’s longest contract is not quite what it appears. The 22-year-old star shortstop signed a $340 million, 14-year deal with the San Diego Padres, the third-highest deal in the sport's history. But the son of the only major leaguer to hit two grand slams in one inning will be giving up a percentage of his fortune to Big League Advance, a company founded in 2016 by former minor league pitcher Michael Schwimer to invest in prospects making low salaries. Think of it along the lines of stock traders buying Apple in the company's early years. Tatis agreed to receive money from BLA when he was just a budding prospect in exchange for part of his future salary. Only a small percentage of minor leaguers make it to the major leagues, and even a smaller chunk sticks long enough for the big paydays of salary arbitration and free agency. And Big League Advance develops computer programs to try to predict future All-Stars and then tries to ... [More]
Tue Feb 2314:14Marlins overachiever Rojas still improving as he turns 32Brian Anderson3BMarlinsFree Agent
Miguel RojasSSMarlinsFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins were about the take the field Tuesday for the initial full-squad workout of spring training, and manager Don Mattingly was eager to get his first look at a team trending upward and filled with players still growing into the job. That included shortstop Miguel Rojas, who turns 32 Wednesday. “I'm going to quit setting the bar on Miggy,” Mattingly said. “Every time you say that’s as good as he can get, he gets better.” Rojas has been with the Marlins since 2015, longer than any other player. He's a perfect fit for the small-budget franchise because he's an overachiever, and thus a sound investment. He's also the undisputed clubhouse leader who knows there's still work to be done for a team that last year made a surprising run to its first postseason berth since 2003. “We're getting picked again to be last in the division,” Rojas said with a smile. “That chip on the shoulder is still going to be there.” That chip has long helped to drive R... [More]
Tue Feb 2313:543B Jake Lamb finalizes $1 million deal with BravesJohan Camargo2B/3BBravesFree Agent
Phillip ErvinCF/LFBravesFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BBravesFree Agent
Jake Lamb1B/3BBravesFree Agent
Austin Riley3BBravesFree Agent
Pablo Sandoval3BBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves finalized a $1 million, one-year contract with third baseman Jake Lamb that is not guaranteed, adding another veteran bat Tuesday to an already deep competition for bench spots in spring training. Lamb, a 2017 All-Star with the Arizona Diamondbacks, was with the Braves for their first full-squad workout and will compete for a bench spot. He could provide insurance for Austin Riley, who is expected to start at third base. The 30-year-old Lamb joins Pablo Sandoval, Ehire Adrianza and Jason Kipnis as veterans who were added to compete for bench spots with Johan Camargo and others in spring training. “It’s a good group,” manager Brian Snitker said Monday. “All the guys so far we’ve brought in are guys who have had success in the major leagues. That’s exactly what you’re looking for with guys in sort of new roles in their career. That serves them well to have had that experience and been everyday players. I think it’s a good group that we... [More]
Tue Feb 2313:043B Jake Lamb finalizes $1 million deal with BravesJohan Camargo2B/3BBravesFree Agent
Phillip ErvinCF/LFBravesFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BBravesFree Agent
Jake Lamb1B/3BBravesFree Agent
Austin Riley3BBravesFree Agent
Pablo Sandoval3BBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves finalized a $1 million, one-year contract with third baseman Jake Lamb that is not guaranteed, adding another veteran bat Tuesday to an already deep competition for bench spots in spring training. Lamb, a 2017 All-Star with the Arizona Diamondbacks, was with the Braves for their first full-squad workout and will compete for a bench spot. He could provide insurance for Austin Riley, who is expected to start at third base. The 30-year-old Lamb joins Pablo Sandoval, Ehire Adrianza and Jason Kipnis as veterans who were added to compete for bench spots with Johan Camargo and others in spring training. “It’s a good group,” manager Brian Snitker said Monday. “All the guys so far we’ve brought in are guys who have had success in the major leagues. That’s exactly what you’re looking for with guys in sort of new roles in their career. That serves them well to have had that experience and been everyday players. I think it’s a good group that we... [More]
Tue Feb 2311:54Yankees finalize deals for Brett Gardner, Justin WilsonGreg AllenRFYankeesFree Agent
Zack BrittonRPYankeesFree Agent
Aroldis ChapmanRPYankeesFree Agent
Clint FrazierLF/RFYankeesFree Agent
Brett GardnerLFYankeesFree Agent
Chad GreenRPYankeesFree Agent
Aaron HicksCFYankeesFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Justin WilsonRPYankeesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees have finalized a $5.15 million, one-year contract for the outfielder to return for a 14th season. New York also finalized its one-year deal with left-hander Justin Wilson on Tuesday. To clear roster spots, right-hander Luis Severino was put on the 60-day injured list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery last Feb. 27, and outfielder Greg Allen was designated for assignment. Gardner gets a $1 million signing bonus and a $1.85 million salary this year. His agreement includes a $2.3 million player option for 2022. If Gardner declines the option, the Yankees would have a $7.15 million option for 2022 with a $1.15 million buyout. The 37-year outfielder is the last player remaining from the Yankees’ last World Series title in 2009. He had a one-year contract for 2020 with a $2 million signing bonus and a $10 million salary that became $2,962,963 in prorated pay. Gardner became a free agent after the Yankees declined a $10 milli... [More]
Mon Feb 2223:54Yankees' Germán talking with teammates about suspensionAroldis ChapmanRPYankeesFree Agent
Brett GardnerLFYankeesFree Agent
Corey KluberSPYankeesFree Agent
Gary SánchezCYankeesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán has started the process of talking to teammates about his domestic violence suspension that's kept him off the mound since September 2019. Germán was 18-4 with a 4.03 ERA in 2019 when he was put on administrative leave while Major League Baseball investigated an alleged domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend, with whom he has at least one child. “It is important to me that I have the opportunity to speak directly with my teammates, both individually and collectively and address them face to face before I speak to the media and our fans,” Germán said in a statement released by the Yankees on Sunday. “This process has begun but more time is needed, especially since half our team has yet to report to spring training. I recognize that speaking publicly will be an important step for me and I will do so in the upcoming days," he said. The Yankees' first full-squad workout is Tuesday. "It’s a very serious iss... [More]
Mon Feb 2223:04Free Agent SigningsAndrew ChafinRPCubsFree Agent
Tyler ChatwoodRPBlue JaysFree Agent
Robinson ChirinosCYankeesFree Agent
Adam EatonRFWhite SoxFree Agent
Billy HamiltonCFIndiansFree Agent
Liam HendriksRPWhite SoxFree Agent
Jon JayRFAngelsFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BBravesFree Agent
Corey KluberSPYankeesFree Agent
Tommy La Stella2BGiantsFree Agent
DJ LeMahieu2BYankeesFree Agent
Aaron LoupRPMetsFree Agent
Jed LowrieFree Agent
Jake MarisnickCFCubsFree Agent
James McCannCMetsFree Agent
Jimmy NelsonRPDodgersFree Agent
James PaxtonSPMarinersFree Agent
Joc PedersonLFCubsFree Agent
Erasmo RamírezSPTigersFree Agent
Wilson RamosCTigersFree Agent
Austin RomineCCubsFree Agent
Marcus StromanSPMetsFree Agent
Kurt SuzukiCAngelsFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaFree Agent
Blake TreinenRPDodgersFree Agent
Justin Turner3BDodgersFree Agent
Jonathan Villar2B/SSMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The 129 free agents who have signed, with name, position, former club if different, and contract. The contract information was obtained by The Associated Press from player and management sources. For players with minor league contracts, terms for major league contract base salaries are in parentheses: AMERICAN LEAGUEBALTIMORE (3) — Signed Freddy Galvis, ss, Cincinnati, to a $1.5 million, one-year contract; re-signed Wade LeBlanc, lhp, to a minor league contract $700,000); signed Matt Harvey, rhp, Kansas City, to a minor league contract ($1 million). BOSTON (3) — Signed Kiké Hernández, of-inf, Los Angeles Dodgers to a $14 million, two-year contract; signed Garrett Richards, rhp, San Diego, to a $10 million, one-year contract; re-signed Martin Pérez, lhp, to a $5 million, one-year contract. CHICAGO (2) — Signed Adam Eaton, of, Washington, to an $8 million, one-year contract; signed Liam Hendriks, rhp, Oakland, to a $54 million, four-year contract. CLEVELAND (3)... [More]
Mon Feb 2223:04Walker guaranteed $23M over 3 years by Mets; Pillar $5MAlbert Almora Jr.CFMetsFree Agent
Carlos CarrascoSPMetsFree Agent
Michael ConfortoRFMetsFree Agent
Francisco LindorSSMetsFree Agent
Seth LugoRPMetsFree Agent
Brandon NimmoCF/LFMetsFree Agent
Kevin PillarCF/RFMetsFree Agent
Dominic Smith1B/LFMetsFree Agent
Marcus StromanSPMetsFree Agent
Taijuan WalkerSPMetsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Taijuan Walker is guaranteed $23 million over three seasons in his contract with the New York Mets and would get $25.5 million if he pitches at least 175 innings in 2022. Veteran outfielder Kevin Pillar is guaranteed $5 million as part of his deal, which includes player and team options for 2022. Walker gets a $2 million signing bonus payable on April 1 and salaries of $8 million this season and $7 million in 2022 as part of the deal announced Saturday. His agreement includes a $6 million player option for 2023 with a $3 million buyout, and the option price can increase to as much as $8.5 million based on innings in 2022: $250,000 each for 125 and 135, and $500,000 apiece for 145, 155, 165 and 175. He would receive a one-time assignment bonus if traded, payable by the acquiring team. Walker also has award bonuses of $50,000 each for All-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger or League Championship Series MVP and $100,000 for World Series MVP. He would get $50,000 for winnin... [More]
Mon Feb 2222:54Closer Trevor Rosenthal finalizes $11M, 1-year deal with A'sDustin FowlerCFPiratesFree Agent
Liam HendriksRPWhite SoxFree Agent
Yusmeiro PetitRPAthleticsFree Agent
Trevor RosenthalRPAthleticsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Right-hander Trevor Rosenthal finalized an $11 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics on Monday, providing manager Bob Melvin with a new reliable ninth-inning option after former closer Liam Hendriks' departure in free agency. Rosenthal's deal includes $8 million that is deferred without interest, payable in installments of $3 million on Jan. 14, 2022 and $5 million on Jan. 13, 2023. The 30-year-old Rosenthal went 1-0 with a 1.90 ERA with 11 saves over 23 2/3 innings for the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres last season. He made $1,510,887 in the shortened 2020 season, including a $740,741 prorated share of a $2 million base and $770,146 in earned performance bonuses. He also received a $1 million buyout as part of the 2020 mutual option in his previous contract with Washington, which released him in July 2019. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A’s designated outfielder Dustin Fowler for assignment. Notes: Reliever Yusmeiro Petit’s $2.55 million, one-year contract, which was finalized Friday, includes $450,000 in performance bonuses for games pitched: $50,000 each for 45 and 50, $100,000 apiece for 55 and 60, and $150,000 for 65. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Feb 2222:54AP source: Tyler Clippard agrees to 1-year deal with D-backsAsdrúbal Cabrera1B/2BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Tyler ClippardRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Joakim SoriaRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $2.25 million, one-year contract with reliever Tyler Clippard, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The agreement was reached on Monday and confirmed to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical. The deal includes a $1.75 million salary this year and a $3.5 million mutual option for 2022 with a $500,000 buyout. The 36-year-old right-hander is a two-time All-Star and has 777 appearances over 14 seasons with a career 3.13 ERA. He had a 2.77 ERA in 26 appearances with the Minnesota Twins last season, when he made $1,018,519 in prorated pay from a $2.75 million base salary plus $190,021 in earned bonuses for total income of $1,208,540. This will be Clippard's second stint with the Diamondbacks. He appeared in 40 games with the team in 2016 before being sent to the New York Yankees in a trade. Clippard is the second veteran bullpen arm the D-backs have signed ... [More]
Mon Feb 2222:34Taijuan Walker guaranteed $23 million over 3 years by MetsCarlos CarrascoSPMetsFree Agent
Francisco LindorSSMetsFree Agent
Seth LugoRPMetsFree Agent
Marcus StromanSPMetsFree Agent
Taijuan WalkerSPMetsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Taijuan Walker is guaranteed $23 million over three seasons in his contract with the New York Mets and would get $25.5 million if he pitches at least 175 innings in 2022. Walker gets a $2 million signing bonus and salaries of $8 million this season and $7 million in 2022 as part of the deal announced Saturday. His agreement includes a $6 million player option for 2023 with a $3 million buyout, and the option price can increase to as much as $8.5 million based on innings in 2022: $250,000 each for 125 and 135, and $500,000 apiece for 145, 155, 165 and 175. He would receive a one-time assignment bonus if traded. Walker also has award bonuses of $50,000 each for All-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger or League Championship Series MVP and $100,000 for World Series MVP. He would get $50,000 for winning a Cy Young Award, $25,000 for finishing second in the voting and $10,000 for third. The 28-year-old Walker joins a rotation headed by two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGr... [More]
Mon Feb 2222:34Brewers' Narvaez seeks to regain hitting form he had in ALBrett AndersonSPBrewersFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers catcher Omar Narváez refuses to blame his hitting struggles last year on the unusual circumstances of the pandemic-delayed 2020 season. “Everything got out of control,” Narváez said Sunday from the Brewers’ spring training complex in Phoenix. “To me, it feels like there’s no excuses. It was a short season. Everyone talks about that. I feel like as a professional, I cannot have excuses. It didn’t go well.” Narváez, 29, arrived in Milwaukee with a reputation as a quality hitter and not so skilled defensively. He was just the opposite in his first season in the National League after the Brewers acquired him from the Seattle Mariners in December 2019. His batting average plunged from .278 in 2019 to .176 last year. His on-base percentage sank from .353 to .294. His OPS fell from .813 to .562. After homering 22 times in 132 games in 2019, he had two homers in 40 games last year. Hitting coach Andy Haines says Narváez was one of many batters putting too mu... [More]
Mon Feb 2221:34Pujols' wife suggests Angels slugger to retire after seasonAlbert Pujols1B/DHAngelsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols’ wife apparently disclosed that the Los Angeles Angels slugger intends to retire after the upcoming season, although she later amended her social media post to be less definitive. The 41-year-old Pujols, a three-time MVP and 10-time All-Star, reported to spring training with the Angels on Monday. In a post on her Instagram account later in the day, Deidre Pujols wrote: “Today is the first day of the last season of one of the most remarkable careers in sports!” Shortly afterward, she amended the statement with a parenthetical “based on his contract.” Pujols' 10-year, $240 million contract with the Angels ends after this season, his 21st in the majors. But the fifth-leading home run hitter in major league history has repeatedly declined to say whether this season will be his last, and he repeated his uncertainty earlier this month in an interview with ESPN Deportes. Pujols is the oldest player in the majors, and he is a decade removed from... [More]
Mon Feb 2220:54AP source: Tyler Clippard agrees to 1-year deal with D-backsAsdrúbal Cabrera1B/2BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Tyler ClippardRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Joakim SoriaRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $2.25 million, one-year contract with reliever Tyler Clippard, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The agreement was reached on Monday and confirmed to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical. The deal includes a $1.75 million salary this year and a $3.5 million mutual option for 2022 with a $500,000 buyout. The 36-year-old right-hander is a two-time All-Star and has 777 appearances over 14 seasons with a career 3.13 ERA. He had a 2.77 ERA in 26 appearances with the Minnesota Twins last season, when he made $1,018,519 in prorated pay from a $2.75 million base salary plus $190,021 in earned bonuses for total income of $1,208,540. This will be Clippard's second stint with the Diamondbacks. He appeared in 40 games with the team in 2016 before being sent to the New York Yankees in a trade. Clippard is the second veteran bullpen arm the D-backs have signed ... [More]
Mon Feb 2220:54Pujols' wife suggests Angels slugger to retire after seasonAlbert Pujols1B/DHAngelsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols’ wife apparently disclosed that the Los Angeles Angels slugger intends to retire after the upcoming season, although she later amended her social media post to be less definitive. The 41-year-old Pujols, a three-time MVP and 10-time All-Star, reported to spring training with the Angels on Monday. In a post on her Instagram account later in the day, Deidre Pujols wrote: “Today is the first day of the last season of one of the most remarkable careers in sports!” Shortly afterward, she amended the statement with a parenthetical “based on his contract.” Pujols' 10-year, $240 million contract with the Angels ends after this season, his 21st in the majors. But the fifth-leading home run hitter in major league history has repeatedly declined to say whether this season will be his last, and he repeated his uncertainty earlier this month in an interview with ESPN Deportes. Pujols is the oldest player in the majors, and he is a decade removed from... [More]
Mon Feb 2220:34AP source: RHP Clippard agrees to 1-year deal with D-backsAsdrúbal Cabrera1B/2BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Tyler ClippardRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Joakim SoriaRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $2.25 million, one-year contract with reliever Tyler Clippard, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The agreement was reached on Monday and confirmed to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical. The deal includes a $1.75 million salary this year and a $3.5 million mutual option for 2022 with a $500,000 buyout. The 36-year-old right-hander is a two-time All-Star and has 777 appearances over 14 seasons with a career 3.13 ERA. He had a 2.77 ERA in 26 appearances with the Minnesota Twins last season, when he made $1,018,519 in prorated pay from a $2.75 million base salary plus $190,021 in earned bonuses for total income of $1,208,540. This will be Clippard's second stint with the Diamondbacks. He appeared in 40 games with the team in 2016 before being sent to the New York Yankees in a trade. Clippard is the second veteran bullpen arm the D-backs have signed ... [More]
Mon Feb 2220:34Pujols' wife suggests Angels slugger to retire after seasonAlbert Pujols1B/DHAngelsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols’ wife apparently disclosed that the Los Angeles Angels slugger will retire after the upcoming season, although she later amended her social media post to be less definitive. The 41-year-old Pujols, a three-time MVP and ten-time All-Star, reported to spring training with the Angels on Monday. In a post on her Instagram account later in the day, Deidre Pujols wrote: “Today is the first day of the last season of one of the most remarkable careers in sports!” Shortly afterward, she amended the statement with a parenthetical “based on his contract.” Pujols' 10-year, $240 million contract with the Angels ends after this season, his 21st in the majors. But the fifth-leading home run hitter in major league history has repeatedly declined to say whether this season will be his last, and he repeated his uncertainty earlier this month in an interview with ESPN Deportes. Pujols is the oldest player in the majors, and he is a decade removed from his ... [More]
Mon Feb 2219:44Red Sox SS Bogaerts ready to step up as clubhouse leaderJett BandyCRed SoxFree Agent
Xander BogaertsSSRed SoxFree Agent
Franchy CorderoLFRed SoxFree Agent
Joel PayampsSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Dustin Pedroia2BRed SoxFree Agent
Corey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
Trevor StorySSRockiesFree Agent
Fernando Tatis Jr.SSPadresFree Agent
In less than a decade, Xander Bogaerts has gone from up-and-coming prospect to elder statesman in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse. “It’s kind of crazy to think how time flies that quickly,” Bogaerts told reporters in a Zoom call from spring training on Monday. “I was young, man. I just wanted to get to the big leagues, and make it from my little tiny Aruba. “Now I’m eight years in the big leagues and I’ve accomplished some stuff so far at a young age,” he said. “That fuels me to to continue to do it, to continue to be better and set an example." Sill just 28, Bogaerts is already the longest-tenured member of the Red Sox, who signed him as an amateur free agent in 2009. He broke in to the majors late in the 2013 season and the time the team reached the World Series, he had played his way into the starting lineup. “Now he’s the older one,” manager Alex Cora said on the first full day of team workouts. “I saw him today, walking around talking to players, growing in... [More]
Mon Feb 2219:441B Rizzo hopes to get long-term deal, remain with CubsKris Bryant3BCubsFree Agent
Yu DarvishSPPadresFree Agent
Jon LesterSPNationalsFree Agent
Anthony Rizzo1BCubsFree Agent
David RossFree Agent
Kyle SchwarberLFNationalsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — For the all of the uncertainty surrounding the future of the Chicago Cubs, Anthony Rizzo is sure of one thing. The star slugger wants to stay put. Rizzo said Monday he is hopeful about signing a long-term deal with the club before his contract expires at the end of the season. “This city and everything I love about the city, I kind of wear on my sleeve,” he said. “And I still love it. I still love our team. I still love what we have going on here.” President of baseball operations Jed Hoyer said last week he would discuss long-term contracts with Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Báez during spring training. All three players have expiring deals and are coming off difficult seasons. They also played huge roles in Chicago’s transformation from long-suffering, lovable losers to drought-busting champions. “If these guys go out and do what they are accustomed to doing, I think those things do take care of themselves,” manager David Ross said. “You can’t wor... [More]
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