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Sun Feb 2517:49Nola to start Phils' opener, would happily yield to veteranJake ArrietaSPCubsFree Agent
Jerad EickhoffSPPhilliesFree Agent
Maikel Franco3BPhilliesFree Agent
Cole HamelsSPRangersFree Agent
Aaron HicksRFYankeesFree Agent
Ben LivelyRPPhilliesFree Agent
Lance LynnSPCardinalsFree Agent
Aaron NolaSPPhilliesFree Agent
Vince VelásquezSPPhilliesFree Agent
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Gabe Kapler figured why wait? Aaron Nola will be his first opening-day starter as Philadelphia Phillies manager."Barring anything crazy happening, he's our guy. He is the man," Kapler said after Nola pitched two innings in his spring-training debut Sunday, an 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees.Still, the 24-year-old right-hander wouldn't mind deferring to a more accomplished option should the Phillies sign one of the big-name free agents still available, such as Jake Arrieta or Lance Lynn."It would definitely be good to get another veteran," Nola said before Kapler's postgame announcement. "It's always good to have veterans on your team, because for us younger guys it's good to learn from them, because they've been in our shoes before."Nola is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, not far from NOLA — New Orleans, as it happens. He's the ace of a young rotation that also could include Jerad Eickhoff, Vince Velasquez, Nick Pivetta and Ben Lively. Kapler said the decision... [More]
Sun Feb 2517:09Nats ace Scherzer loose, healthy following 1st spring startShawn KelleyRPNationalsFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Dansby SwansonSSBravesFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Max Scherzer joked about the home run he surrendered — a sure sign that while baseball is back on the diamond, it's still early in spring training.Dansby Swanson sent a fastball from Scherzer over the left field wall, keeping it inside the foul pole for the lone blemish against the Washington ace in a 9-3 win over Atlanta on Sunday.In the clubhouse not long afterward, teammate Shawn Kelley pointed his phone at the ultra-competitive Scherzer, mimicking reporters with their voice recorders. Kelley playfully barbed his teammate, asking what went wrong on the homer."That's great," Scherzer said, laughing. "Get them out of the way."In his first outing of the spring, Scherzer quickly dispatched six of the seven batters he faced, striking out three of them.He sped through two innings, needing only 23 pitches, 17 of them strikes."For a first outing, you really have no adrenaline in a spring start for your first one out," Scherzer said. "I was able to at least p... [More]
Sun Feb 2516:49Phillies infielder Middlebrooks broke leg in spring gameWill Middlebrooks3BRangersFree Agent
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies infielder Will Middlebrooks broke his leg during a collision with teammate Andrew Pullin during a spring training game.Phillies manager Gave Kapler said Sunday that Middlebrooks broke his left fibula. Kapler said additional tests were needed to determine whether Middlebrooks also had ankle damage."Really tough time for me, but it will pass," Middlebrooks tweeted. "I can't wait to get back on the field with this squad."Middlebrooks was playing third base during Saturday's exhibition against Baltimore and went back into left field attempting to catch DJ Stewart's popup when his ankle tangled underneath Pullin as the ball fell for a single. Middlebrooks was removed from the field on a cart.The 29-year-old is a veteran of five major league seasons with Boston (2012-14), San Diego (2015), Milwaukee (2016) and Texas (2017). He hit .211 in 22 games and 38 at-bats for the Rangers last year, when he spent most of the season at Triple-A Round Rock.Middlebrooks agreed in December to a minor league contract with the Phillies and would get a $1.2 million, one-year deal if added to the 40-man major league roster. He is married to Jenny Dell, a sideline reporter for CBS Sports who covered the Red Sox for NESN.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Sun Feb 2516:39Springer's energy propels World Series champion AstrosGeorge SpringerCFAstrosFree Agent
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — A.J. Hinch was attempting to answer a question about what he likes best about George Springer when the Houston Astros manager was drowned out by a faraway but exuberant bellow.The sound was the World Series MVP who was excitedly interacting with his teammates, illustrating what Hinch was about to say: Springer's top quality is the spirit and the energy he brings to the Astros."You walk in the clubhouse and he's the same every day," Hinch said. "He's got a bright personality. I mean, I can hear him right now. You know when he's in the building. He's got an infectious personality that rubs off on a lot of guys. Everybody likes him, everybody feeds off of him."And Springer shares that affinity for his teammates and raved about the bond they've built."The guys in here are all close," he said. "We all have fun together. We all enjoy being around each other. We're all like a family, and who doesn't like to be around family."As much as Springer sparks the team with his ... [More]
Sun Feb 2515:59For Orioles' Adam Jones, winning a ring is his thingBrad BrachRPOriolesFree Agent
Zach BrittonRPOriolesFree Agent
Adam JonesCFOriolesFree Agent
Manny Machado3BOriolesFree Agent
Chris TillmanSPOriolesFree Agent
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — For 10 seasons, Adam Jones has been the backbone of the Baltimore Orioles.The 32-year-old center fielder has the fourth-most hits in team history, has made five All-Star teams and won four Gold Gloves.Now in the final season of a six-year, $85.5 million contract, Jones wonders where his future lies."That's up to the front office. Business is business," Jones said.In his decade with the Orioles, Jones has performed brilliantly — on and off the field. He has seven straight seasons with more than 25 home runs and had six seasons of more than 80 RBIs. He's been the most visible and accessible player the team has and been extraordinarily active in community affairs.While Baltimore has been in the postseason three times in Jones' career, he's yet to play in a World Series, and that bothers him.With Jones, star shortstop Manny Machado and relievers Brad Brach and Zach Britton free agents after this season, he could go elsewhere."This is my career. This is not the fan... [More]
Sun Feb 2515:49At 38, Young tries to win spot on Padres' pitching staffEric Hosmer1BRoyalsFree Agent
Tyson RossSPRangersFree Agent
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — There's some living history in the San Diego Padres' clubhouse this spring.Chris Young is back with the Padres and trying to earn a spot on the staff, whether it's in the rotation or in the bullpen."Archaic, maybe, but I don't know about historic," the 38-year-old said with a laugh.Actually, he is historic. Young is the last Padres pitcher to win a playoff game. On Oct. 7, 2006, the 6-foot-10 right-hander threw 6 2-3 scoreless innings of four-hit ball in the Padres' 3-1 victory at St. Louis in Game 3 of their NL Division Series."I don't know if that's known throughout the clubhouse," Young said. "We'll see who figures it out."That's how long it's been since the Padres won a playoff game.The guy who got the save that day, Trevor Hoffman, is going into the Hall of Fame this summer. The Padres' catcher in that game, Mike Piazza, went into the Hall of Fame in 2016. The left fielder, Dave Roberts, is going into his third season as manager of the rival Los Angeles Dodg... [More]
Sun Feb 2515:09At 38, Young tries to win spot on Padres' pitching staffEric Hosmer1BRoyalsFree Agent
Tyson RossSPRangersFree Agent
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — There's some living history in the San Diego Padres' clubhouse this spring.Chris Young is back with the Padres and trying to earn a spot on the staff, whether it's in the rotation or in the bullpen."Archaic, maybe, but I don't know about historic," the 38-year-old said with a laugh.Actually, he is historic. Young is the last Padres pitcher to win a playoff game. On Oct. 7, 2006, the 6-foot-10 right-hander threw 6 2-3 scoreless innings of four-hit ball in the Padres' 3-1 victory at St. Louis in Game 3 of their NL division series."I don't know if that's known throughout the clubhouse," Young said. "We'll see who figures it out."That's how long it's been since the Padres won a playoff game.The guy who got the save that day, Trevor Hoffman, is going into the Hall of Fame this summer. The Padres' catcher in that game, Mike Piazza, went into the Hall of Fame in 2016. The left fielder, Dave Roberts, is going into his third season as manager of the rival Los Angeles Dodg... [More]
Sun Feb 2514:59Matt Belisle agrees to a minor league contract with IndiansCody AndersonSPIndiansFree Agent
Matt BelisleRPTwinsFree Agent
Bryan ShawRPRockiesFree Agent
Joe SmithRPAstrosFree Agent
Ben TaylorSPRed SoxFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Free agent reliever Matt Belisle has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and would get a $1.5 million, one-year deal if added to the 40-man big league roster.The 37-year-old right-hander would be able to earn an additional $1.75 million in performance bonuses based on games as part of the agreement announced Sunday: $100,000 for 20, $150,000 for 25 and each additional five through 55, and $200,000 apiece for 60, 65 and 70.Belisle was 2-2 with a 4.03 ERA and in 62 appearances for Minnesota last year, converting nine of 11 save chances after Brandon Kintzler was traded. The Indians have at least one open spot in their bullpen after Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith became free agents and left.Belisle is 51-57 with 14 saves and a 4.19 ERA in 660 appearances over 14 major league seasons. Belisle began his career with Atlanta and also has pitched for Cincinnati and Colorado. He led the NL with 80 appearances for the Rockies in 2012.The Indians also claimed righty reliever Ben Taylor off waivers from Boston. Right-hander Cody Anderson was put on the 60-day disabled list to make room.The 25-year-old Taylor made his major league debut last season, going 0-1 with one save and a 5.19 ERA in 14 games for Boston. He missed almost all of June with elbow inflammation and missed most of August with a side strain.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Sun Feb 2514:49A-Rod remains with Yankees as special adviserAaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Alex RodriguezFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonRFYankeesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Five years after claiming the Yankees were trying to run him out of baseball, Alex Rodriguez is remaining with New York as a revered elder statesman.New York said Sunday that A-Rod will be a special adviser."I think he has a lot to offer," new Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "Hopefully it's an opportunity for him to impact our team. I think everyone understands just how smart of a baseball mind he is and his ability I think to communicate that sometimes is really something he's special at, especially with the younger guys."When Rodriguez retired in August 2016 during a season-long slump, he agreed to serve as an adviser and instructor for the remainder of his $275 million, 10-year contract. Rodriguez spent a few days each year working with prospects, and when that deal expired at the end of last season he spoke with owner Hal Steinbrenner about remaining in some role.Nick Swisher also was added as a special adviser, joining Reggie Jackson and Hideki Matsui.Jackso... [More]
Sun Feb 2513:39Matt Belisle agrees to a minor league contract with IndiansMatt BelisleRPTwinsFree Agent
Bryan ShawRPRockiesFree Agent
Joe SmithRPAstrosFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Free agent reliever Matt Belisle has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and would get a $1.5 million, one-year deal if added to the 40-man big league roster.The 37-year-old right-hander would be able to earn an additional $1.75 million in performance bonuses based on games as part of the agreement announced Sunday: $100,000 for 20, $150,000 for 25 and each additional five through 55, and $200,000 apiece for 60, 65 and 70.Belisle was 2-2 with a 4.03 ERA and in 62 appearances for Minnesota last year, converting nine of 11 save chances after Brandon Kintzler was traded. The Indians have at least one open spot in their bullpen after Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith became free agents and left.Belisle is 51-57 with 14 saves and a 4.19 ERA in 660 appearances over 14 major league seasons. Belisle began his career with Atlanta and also has pitched for Cincinnati and Colorado. He led the NL with 80 appearances for the Rockies in 2012.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Sun Feb 2513:29Phillies infielder Middlebrooks broke leg in spring gameWill Middlebrooks3BRangersFree Agent
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies infielder Will Middlebrooks broke his leg during a collision with teammate Andrew Pullin during a spring training game.Phillies manager Gave Kapler said Sunday that Middlebrooks broke his left fibula. Kapler said additional tests were needed to determine whether Middlebrooks also had ankle damage.Middlebrooks was playing third base during Saturday's exhibition against Baltimore and went back into left field attempting to catch DJ Stewart's popup when his ankle tangled underneath Pullin as the ball fell for a single. Middlebrooks was removed from the field on a cart.The 29-year-old is a veteran of five major league seasons with Boston (2012-14), San Diego (2015), Milwaukee (2016) and Texas (2017). He hit .211 in 22 games and 38 at-bats for the Rangers last year, when he spent most of the season at Triple-A Round Rock.Middlebrooks agreed in December to a minor league contract with the Phillies and would get a $1.2 million, one-year deal if added to the 40-man major league roster. He is married to Jenny Dell, a sideline reporter for CBS Sports who covered the Red Sox for NESN.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Sat Feb 2419:58Ohtani has mixed results in first pitching start with AngelsKeon BroxtonCFBrewersFree Agent
Ji-Man Choi1BYankeesFree Agent
Brett PhillipsCFBrewersFree Agent
Jonathan Villar2BBrewersFree Agent
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani didn't quite dazzle in his spring pitching debut with the Los Angeles Angels.Maybe things will change when he swings the bat for the first time in a Cactus League game.The star two-way player from Japan had mixed results in his first big league mound appearance Saturday, when he allowed a home run and didn't make it through his scheduled two innings in a 6-5 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers.The 23-year-old right-hander threw some nice pitches, including a fastball clocked at 97 mph, and a curveball that came across at 69 mph.But he also struggled with his fastball command in allowing two runs, one earned, and two hits in 1 1-3 innings. Keon Broxton tagged him for a home run leading off the second inning."Besides the results, I mean, I had a lot of fun out there, so I think it went all well," Ohtani said through a translator.He struck out two and walked one. He threw 31 pitches, 17 for strikes.Ohtani didn't hit — he wasn't in manager Mike Scios... [More]
Sat Feb 2417:08After 2-day stay with Pirates, Saunders signs with RoyalsJorge BonifacioRFRoyalsFree Agent
Billy BurnsCFRoyalsFree Agent
Melky CabreraLFRoyalsFree Agent
Lorenzo CainCFRoyalsFree Agent
Corey DickersonDHRaysFree Agent
Alex GordonLFRoyalsFree Agent
Terrance GoreLFRoyalsFree Agent
Eric Hosmer1BRoyalsFree Agent
Brandon MossDHRoyalsFree Agent
Mike Moustakas3BRoyalsFree Agent
Paulo OrlandoRFRoyalsFree Agent
Michael SaundersRFBlue JaysFree Agent
Jorge SolerRFRoyalsFree Agent
Bubba StarlingCFRoyalsFree Agent
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Former All-Star outfielder Michael Saunders has ended his two-day stay with Pittsburgh, instead seeking a better chance to play with the Kansas City Royals.Saunders arrived at the Royals' camp on Saturday after signing a minor league contract. He will receive $1.5 million if he is put on the big league roster and could earn another $500,000 in performance bonuses.The Pirates had signed Saunders to a minor league contract Wednesday and he reported to their spring training complex in Bradenton, Florida. When Pittsburgh acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson in a trade with Tampa Bay on Thursday, Saunders was given his release to pursue other opportunities. The Royals promptly picked up the 31-year-old.Saunders hit a combined .202 last season with the Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, and Toronto released him after the season. He is a career .232 hitter in 775 major league games over nine seasons, the first six with Seattle.The Kansas City outfield remains in a st... [More]
Sat Feb 2415:58Peacock eager to build on breakout 2017 seasonGerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Brad PeacockSPAstrosFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Brad Peacock went into spring training last year with the Houston Astros worried he wouldn't make the team.After the best season of his career, the right-hander's spot with the club is now secure. Even so, he's maintained the same mindset he had when his career was on the line."I still want to keep that edge on me," he said.Out of options after four unimpressive seasons in Houston, things didn't look good for Peacock this time a year ago. But his solid spring, coupled with some injuries, gave him one more chance to prove himself with the Astros.He more than took advantage of the situation, winning 13 games after getting just 11 wins combined in his first five major league seasons. His 3.00 ERA and 161 strikeouts were also the best of his career, and he appeared in a career-high 34 games.Peacock opened the season as a reliever, but took a spot in the rotation when injuries began to pile up in May. He won eight games from June 4-Aug. 4 to steady Houston's p... [More]
Sat Feb 2414:58Nats closer Doolittle hopes slider makes him more completeBlake TreinenRPAthleticsFree Agent
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Comfortably installed as a closer for the first spring in his career, Washington Nationals lefty Sean Doolittle is taking advantage of role security to expand his pitching arsenal.During the early weeks of spring, Doolittle, with the help of new pitching coach Derek Lilliquist, is experiencing encouraging results from the slider he's been cultivating."It's sill in the research and development phase, but I'm excited about it," Doolittle said. "I've had some really good days working with Lilliquist on it."Of hurlers who threw more than 20 pitches last season, only four pitchers relied on their fastball more than Doolittle, throwing the four-seamer 87.7 percent of the time, according to FanGraphs.The 31-year-old Doolittle actually increased the use of his change-up last season and toyed with a slider that he threw only 5.2 percent of the time. He's always been inconsistent with the slider."I had (a feel for) it for a few weeks or months maybe at different points in ... [More]
Sat Feb 2414:28Clark: Players still concerned about unsigned free agentsJake ArrietaSPCubsFree Agent
Mike Moustakas3BRoyalsFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Nearly two full weeks into spring training, dozens of accomplished free agents around the major leagues are still unsigned.There's a new rule limiting visits to the mound, too, creating at least some early confusion about how to keep track.So while their collective bargaining agreement runs through four more seasons, players have been expressing more frustration with owners lately than usual during an offseason marked by increased tension between the sides."The goal of collective bargaining is not labor peace. It's a fair and equitable deal. Fifteen months in, we're seeing things that we've never seen before, and that raises concerns," union leader Tony Clark said. "We'll have to figure out in the near term and in the longer term how those concerns can be addressed, because invariably if they are affecting the industry adversely, everybody should have that concern."Clark began his annual tour of camps on Saturday with Boston. Clark said after the meeting in th... [More]
Sat Feb 2412:48Yankees prospect Estrada, shot in thigh, increasing workoutThairo Estrada2BYankeesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees minor league infielder Thairo Estrada is increasing his workout program after being shot in the right thigh area during a robbery attempt last month but may not be ready for the start of the season.The 22-year old Estrada was entering a restaurant with his wife in his hometown of Bejuma, Venezuela, when the incident took place."There's no chance we're going to push it too much with him," New York manager Aaron Boone said Saturday. "But I'm still hopeful that this isn't something that is going to cost him the bulk of the season by any means. Just see where we are tomorrow, see where we are next week and hopefully he'll continue to make progress."Boone said Estrada has advanced to working out on an elliptical machine."They're adding some things," Boone said. "I get the feeling just in talking with him that the last couple days he feels like a little more progress has been made. So, that's encouraging. But I think with the wound and everything, they're being really conservative before he gets going."The bullet remains lodged in soft tissue There currently are no plans to remove it.Estrada hit .301 with six homers and 48 RBIs in 122 games last season with Double-A Trenton. He was selected for the Eastern League's mid-season and postseason All-Star teams.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Sat Feb 2412:28Clark: Players still concerned about unsigned free agentsJake ArrietaSPCubsFree Agent
Mike Moustakas3BRoyalsFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Union leader Tony Clark says major league players remain concerned about the unusual amount of unsigned free agents with spring training nearing the end of its second week.Clark began his annual tour of camps on Saturday with Boston in Fort Myers. Clark said after his session in the Red Sox clubhouse that the union's special training camp for free agents in Bradenton will stay open indefinitely.About one-third of the 166 players who exercised free agency rights last November have not reached a contract agreement with a team. That includes stars like starting pitcher Jake Arrieta and third baseman Mike Moustakas.Clark said "everything's worthy of more discussion" on the subject of a potential tanking tax or a payroll floor for a future collective bargaining agreement.___For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Sat Feb 2412:28Pirates hope third baseman Moran lives up to draft pedigreeRichard BleierRPOriolesFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
Corey DickersonDHRaysFree Agent
David Freese3BPiratesFree Agent
Jung-Ho Kang3BPiratesFree Agent
Colin Moran3BAstrosFree Agent
Kevin SiegristRPPhilliesFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Colin Moran was considered one of the best players in college baseball in 2013 while starring at North Carolina."We loved him going into the draft that year," Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "He was a player we had a lot of interest in."The Pirates finally got their man Jan. 13 when they acquired Moran and three other players from the Houston Astros in a trade for right-hander Gerrit Cole. Moran is penciled in as the starting third baseman, with veteran David Freese moving into a backup role.The Pirates never got the chance to draft Moran four years ago. They had the ninth and 14th picks in the first round but the Miami Marlins chose him at No. 6.Moran has yet to make the impact that many scouts expected. The Marlins traded him to the Astros in 2014 and he played in just 16 major league games with Houston, hitting a combined .206 with one home run in 2016 and 2017.The Pirates, though, believe they are acquiring Moran at the right time after ... [More]
Sat Feb 2410:18Twins sign veteran SS Erick Aybar to minor league contractEhire Adrianza2B/SSTwinsFree Agent
Erick AybarSSPadresFree Agent
Brian Dozier2BTwinsFree Agent
Eduardo EscobarSSTwinsFree Agent
Jorge PolancoSSTwinsFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have signed 12-year veteran shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.The Twins announced the deal on Saturday, when Aybar was expected to report to camp. Aybar made his debut with the Los Angeles Angels in 2006 and was their everyday shortstop for seven seasons. He won a Gold Glove award in 2011 and made the All-Star team in 2014. He played last year for the San Diego Padres, batting .234 with 11 stolen bases in 333 at-bats.The Twins have plenty of middle infield depth behind second baseman Brian Dozier and shortstop Jorge Polanco with versatile backups Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza, so Aybar will be a long shot to make the team.___For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
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