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Mon Feb 1920:01Phelps hoping for healthy season in Mariners' bullpenDavid PhelpsRPMarinersFree Agent
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — When Seattle traded for reliever David Phelps last July, Mariners manager Scott Servais believed his team was adding a player that could help the team reach the postseason."When we acquired him, first of all, I thought it was perfect, this was the piece," Servais said Monday.Seattle was contending for an AL wild-card spot and the talented righty added depth and experience to an overworked bullpen. Phelps helped Seattle go 6-1 in the first seven games he pitched in.That's when his season, as well as the Mariners' year, went sideways. An elbow injury sidelined him for a couple weeks in August. He returned later that month, but threw fewer than two innings before bone spurs in the same elbow ended his season. He had surgery to remove them in September."I think he was a key loss to us," Servais said, "if you look at last year's season when he went down."A check of the standings backs up Servais' claim. Seattle was 1 1/2 games back from a wild-card berth when Phelps f... [More]
Mon Feb 1919:51Brewers star Braun ready for grounders at first baseRyan BraunLFBrewersFree Agent
Keon BroxtonCFBrewersFree Agent
Lorenzo CainCFRoyalsFree Agent
Brett PhillipsCFBrewersFree Agent
Eric Thames1BBrewersFree Agent
Christian YelichCFMarlinsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Ryan Braun has never been a fan of spring training, but he'll have plenty of work to keep him busy this year.The Milwaukee left fielder reported to camp Monday to prepare for his 12th big league season. And for the first time since his rookie campaign in 2007, he'll be taking groundballs as the Brewers try to get him work at first base.Moving Braun became an option when Milwaukee acquired outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich in January. Their additions created a logjam in an already-crowded outfield, so to help ease the situation, general manager David Stearns and manager Craig Counsell approached Braun about potentially playing first base.With the Brewers trying to build off their surprising 2017 season that finished a victory short of the postseason, Braun embraced the opportunity."I don't know exactly what the plan is yet as far as how often I'll be at what position, but it's definitely something I'm looking forward to," Braun said. "If I can be more versat... [More]
Mon Feb 1919:41AP source: Dyson, D-backs reach 2-year, $7.5 million dealJarrod DysonLFMarinersFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million deal with outfielder Jarrod Dyson.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because there was no official agreement.Arizona made the deal shortly after the Boston Red Sox reached agreement on a five-year, $110 million contract with J.D. Martinez. He had a big half-season with Arizona last year after being traded from Detroit and the Diamondbacks were hopeful they could work out some sort of agreement to bring him back. But he was out of the price range for Arizona.Dyson hit .251 and stole 28 bases for Seattle last season. He hit five home runs with 30 RBIs in 111 games with the Mariners. He played all of his seven previous major league seasons with the Kansas City Royals.___AP Baseball Writer Ron Blum contributed to this report
Mon Feb 1919:31Dodgers glad to be back at work, away from World Series talkCody Bellinger1BDodgersFree Agent
Walker BuehlerSPDodgersFree Agent
Kenley JansenRPDodgersFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Yasiel PuigRFDodgersFree Agent
Corey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
Chris TaylorSSDodgersFree Agent
Justin Turner3BDodgersFree Agent
Alex WoodSPDodgersFree Agent
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Justin Turner heard about it for weeks. He couldn't get away from talk about the Dodgers' seven-game loss to the Houston Astros in the 2017 World Series.Waiters asked Turner about it when he tried to order a meal. The Los Angeles third baseman even heard about it at a wedding. Of course, the wedding also happened to be in Houston about a week after a 5-1 loss in Game 7.Nevertheless, Turner began to think there was just no escape from the noise. Or the disappointment.Turner remembered that he just wanted the season to continue as he watched the Astros pour onto the field at Dodger Stadium to celebrate their dramatic victory on Nov. 1."I didn't want to stop playing," Turner said. "It's so disappointing. That never really goes away."But the game always resumes. For Turner and his teammates, there was relief in that as they began to play again Monday in their first full-squad practice at Camelback Ranch."Everybody has been talking about the World Series and that's ... [More]
Mon Feb 1919:01AP source: JD Martinez, Red Sox agree to $110M, 5-year dealMitch Moreland1BRed SoxFree Agent
Mike Moustakas3BRoyalsFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonRFYankeesFree Agent
J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox have, at long last, come to an agreement.The slow dance between the free agent slugger and the power-deficient team wrapped up Monday when they settled on a $110 million, five-year contract.A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press about the deal, speaking on condition of anonymity because it was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced. Martinez has the right to opt out of the contract early and become a free agent again.Speculation Martinez and the AL East champions would eventually wind up together had been swirling ever since he became a free agent last November.Boston was seeking to add power to a lineup that hit an AL-low 168 home runs. The 30-year-old Martinez has changed his swing to improve his launch angle and become one of the top home-run threats in the majors.The move helps the Red Sox counter the huge deal their biggest rivals pulled off in December. The New York Yankees, who finished two game... [More]
Mon Feb 1918:31Chipper on Braves spring competition : 'It's a free-for-all'Ronald AcunaCFBravesFree Agent
Lane AdamsCFBravesFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Ender InciarteCFBravesFree Agent
Matt KempLFDodgersFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
Brandon McCarthySPBravesFree Agent
Preston TuckerLFBravesFree Agent
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Chipper Jones says this spring will be wide open for the Atlanta Braves."Guys need to know that this team and this organization are tired of the last few years," the former Braves star after Monday's first full-squad workout. "We're a very proud organization. We went through a rough offseason with the changing of the (front office), but ... there's definitely a change in attitude. You see it in the way the coaching staff is putting together spring training."The 45-year-old Jones was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility this winter. His 19-year career, all with Atlanta, ended in 2012 and nearly coincided with the Braves' run of 14 straight division titles. They come into 2018 on a streak of four straight losing seasons, including last year's 72-90 mark.In his role as a special assistant, the star third baseman is hoping that competition for positions might spark a revival."It's a free-for-all," Jones said. "There are a few people who had ... [More]
Mon Feb 1918:31Odorizzi welcomes cost-cutting Rays deal to optimistic TwinsC.J. Cron1BAngelsFree Agent
Corey DickersonDHRaysFree Agent
Brian Dozier2BTwinsFree Agent
Zach DukeRPTwinsFree Agent
Evan Longoria3BGiantsFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPRaysFree Agent
Michael PinedaSPTwinsFree Agent
Addison ReedRPRed SoxFree Agent
Fernando RodneyRPTwinsFree Agent
Ervin SantanaSPTwinsFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Jake Odorizzi joined the Minnesota Twins just in time for their first full-squad workout of spring training.He had a sense he'd land with them, actually, and it was a good feeling. Leaving behind the Tampa Bay Rays teammates he'd become close friends with wasn't fun, but leaving an organization cutting salary for one coming off a postseason appearance was a welcomed trade."I'm glad to have that closure now, where I don't have to worry about it each day waking up like, 'Is this could be the day I have a new team?'" Odorizzi said.That moment came on Saturday night, when the Rays sent the 27-year-old right-hander to the Twins for minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios."It's kind of a foregone thing when you're there, to a certain point. Everyone ends up leaving, whether it's time or dollars," Odorizzi said on Monday afternoon, after putting on his Twins uniform for the first time. "I'm out, so I'm happy to go to be here to be on a contending team."The Rays, who... [More]
Mon Feb 1918:21AP source: JD Martinez, Red Sox agree to $110M, 5-year dealMitch Moreland1BRed SoxFree Agent
A person familiar with the negotiations says slugger J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a $110 million, five-year contract.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the agreement was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced.Boston was seeking to add power to a lineup that hit an AL-low 168 home runs. The 30-year-old Martinez has changed his swing to improve his launch angle and become one of the top home-run threats in the majorsHe hit .303 with 45 homers and 104 RBIs last year for Detroit and Arizona, which acquired him on July 18 for three prospects. He had 29 homers and 65 RBIs in 62 games with the Diamondbacks, and hit a record-tying four home runs in a game.Martinez figures to become the primary designated hitter for the AL East champion Red Sox, which would turn Hanley Ramirez into a platoon player at first with Mitch Moreland.___More AP baseball:
Mon Feb 1918:11Trout hopes upcoming Angels' season can match his offseasonZack CozartSSAngelsFree Agent
Ian Kinsler2BAngelsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Trout is hoping his 2018 season can match a tremendous offseason: He got married, watched his beloved Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl and participated in the Angels' successful recruitment of Japanese pitcher-hitter Shohei Ohtani.Trout, who took part Monday in the team's first full-squad workout, said he tried to persuade Ohtani that the Angels were a good organization to play for "and just told him that we wanted him.""You obviously want to make a good case to get him to come here. Obviously, it worked," he said. "Talking to him and talking to his interpreter, I knew there was a shot. We wanted him. We got him."Trout found out the Angels landed Ohtani at the rehearsal dinner for his wedding in December to Jessica Tara Cox."I called some buddies, called some of my teammates," said Trout, who praised Angels general manager Billy Eppler for putting in years of work to sign Ohtani. "We were all happy."Trout, who grew up in New Jersey as an Eagles fan, sai... [More]
Mon Feb 1917:51Motte returns to Cardinals, hopes to earn bullpen spotLuke GregersonRPCardinalsFree Agent
Jason MotteRPBravesFree Agent
Bud NorrisSPAngelsFree Agent
Trevor RosenthalRPCardinalsFree Agent
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Beard and all, a most familiar face is back in the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse."Once I walked in, seeing the guys, seeing the coaches, it's like being back at home," reliever Jason Motte said Monday. "This is where I started my career. This is where everything began."After signing a minor league deal over the weekend, Motte returned to the Cardinals for the first time since 2014.The 35-year-old Motte began his professional career as catcher in the Cardinals' organization before making the switch to the mound. He took over the closer's role late in 2011 and was on the mound that fall, inducing a flyball from Texas' David Murphy for the final out in Game 7 of the World Series."He's been there, got some big outs for the Cardinals," St. Louis pitching coach Mike Maddux said.Motte led the National League with 42 saves for the Cardinals in 2012. An elbow injury that required ligament replacement surgery caused him to miss all of 2013.Upon his return, Motte posted a 4... [More]
Mon Feb 1917:51Must-see BP: Yanks' Stanton, Judge hit together for 1st timeAaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonRFYankeesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered off the scoreboard in left-center and hit three opposite-field homers to right. Aaron Judge drove a pitch over the left-field walkway and also went deep to right.The New York Yankees' first full-squad batting practice of spring training drew about 2,000 fans Monday. The two sluggers took 30 swings each, and fans reacted whenever the ball was lifted into the air."The moment we touched the dirt, they're buzzing and ready for us to get into the cage and hit," Stanton said afterward, wearing a sleeveless shirt. "That was really cool. Nothing like that (I had) experienced in spring."Brooks Cook and his son Brody from New Port Richey positioned themselves in left field, about 375 feet from the plate."We might be too close," Brooks Cook said.Brooks Cook noted there were more than Yankees' fans in attendance."I have a friend who's a die-hard Red Sox who's coming to see them hit," Brooks Cook said. "A Red Sox fan."Judge set a big league rookie reco... [More]
Mon Feb 1917:41Royals hold 1st full workout with several spots up for grabsJorge BonifacioRFRoyalsFree Agent
Lorenzo CainCFRoyalsFree Agent
Cheslor Cuthbert3BRoyalsFree Agent
Hunter Dozier3BRoyalsFree Agent
Alex GordonLFRoyalsFree Agent
Terrance GoreLFRoyalsFree Agent
Eric Hosmer1BRoyalsFree Agent
Mike Moustakas3BRoyalsFree Agent
Ryan O'Hearn1BRoyalsFree Agent
Jorge SolerRFRoyalsFree Agent
Jason VargasSPRoyalsFree Agent
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — It wasn't so much about who was on the field for Kansas City Royals' first full-squad workout of spring training. It was more notable who wasn't there.Several cornerstones of the Kansas City teams that reached the World Series in 2014 and 2015 are in other camps or are still looking for places to play.First baseman Eric Hosmer agreed to a $144 million contract with the San Diego Padres. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain signed with the Milwaukee Brewers. Left-hander Jason Vargas, an 18-game winner in 2017, signed with the New York Mets. Third baseman Mike Moustakas, who hit a franchise-record 38 home runs last year, remains unsigned.The Royals clubhouse is full of young, unproven talent pursing a chance to break into the majors or prove they are everyday players."The opportunity is abundant and they know that," manager Ned Yost said. "There's probably a higher level of excitement because of the new guys. I'm interested and excited to see what they bring to the table... [More]
Mon Feb 1917:32MLB imposes stricter mound limits, defers on pitch clocksJames McCannCTigersFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has imposed stricter limits on mound visits by players in an effort to speed games but decided against 20-second pitch clocks for 2018.After more than a year of negotiations, the Major League Baseball Players Association refused to agree to the changes but also signed an agreement that it will not oppose the rules.The amendments to the playing rules announced Monday include a general limit of six mound visits per nine-inning game without a pitching change, whether by a manager, coach or player."We'll have to just figure out a more non-verbal method of communication," Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "We're not going to be texting, I promise you that, even if we could."Detroit catcher James McCann objected."Some people may say that a catcher visiting with the pitcher isn't a big deal," he said, "but what if you've already had five mound visits and you got your closer on the mound in the ninth inning, and you're facing the three and four hitte... [More]
Mon Feb 1917:21Watson, Giants finalize deal that guarantees $9 millionTony WatsonRPDodgersFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Left-hander Tony Watson and the San Francisco Giants have finalized a two-year contract that includes a player option for 2020, a deal that guarantees the former All-Star reliever $9 million.The deal announced Monday could be worth $26 million over three years, including performance bonuses. Among the performance bonuses are $2.5 million annually in 2018 and 2019 based on games finished. The deal was structured in a manner that lowers its average annual value for the luxury tax.The 31-year-old left-hander was 7-4 with a 3.38 ERA last year in 71 relief appearances for Pittsburgh and the Los Angeles Dodgers, who acquired him on July 31. He was 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 24 regular-season games with the Dodgers, then 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in 11 postseason games.A 2014 All-Star, Watson pitched for the Pirates from 2011-17.___More AP baseball:
Mon Feb 1917:21Moreland, Red Sox gird for Stanton, Judge, grid-like YankeesMatt BarnesRPRed SoxFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Jackie Bradley Jr.CFRed SoxFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Mitch Moreland1BRed SoxFree Agent
Rick PorcelloSPRed SoxFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonRFYankeesFree Agent
Steven WrightSPRed SoxFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — As soon as Giancarlo Stanton touched down with their main rivals, the Boston Red Sox were eager to take on New York — the Yankees, or maybe even the Jets and Giants."They're fielding a football team out there is kind of what I was thinking," Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland said. "They're running a two tight-end set. They've got some big boys over there."The 6-foot-6 Stanton, who topped the majors in home runs and was the NL MVP last team, joins a lineup with 6-7 Aaron Judge, the AL homer leader. The Yankees got Stanton in a trade with the Miami Marlins in December."Job well done," Red Sox owner John Henry said Monday on the first day of full-squad workouts.Entering last season's camp, Boston was tabbed as the AL East favorite after landing one of the biggest prizes in ace lefty Chris Sale during the winter meetings. That prompted Yankees general manager Brian Cashman to reference another sport: "Boston's like the Golden State Warriors now in baseball," ... [More]
Mon Feb 1916:51Derek Jeter's blueprint begins to take shape at Marlins campStarlin Castro2BMarlinsFree Agent
Bryce HarperRFNationalsFree Agent
Miguel RojasSSMarlinsFree Agent
Christian YelichCFMarlinsFree Agent
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — At 6-foot-3, Miami Marlins outfield prospect Monte Harrison was surprised he stood eye to eye with new CEO Derek Jeter the first time they met last week."I was expecting him to be a little shorter. I can see why he played 20 years," Harrison said. "I never get star-struck, but when I saw him I was like, 'Wow, this is the real deal.'"The impact of Jeter's formidable presence was on full display Monday when the Marlins took the field for their first full-squad spring training workout. Of the 68 players in camp, 29 are new to the organization following a flurry of offseason trades Jeter swung to reduce payroll and rebuild a weak farm system.The heavy roster turnover transformed the start of camp into a meet and greet. Holdover shortstop Miguel Rojas said he arrived a week early to get a jump on introductory handshakes.Absent was half of last year's everyday lineup, including National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton. While Jeter and his players are anxious to turn the p... [More]
Mon Feb 1916:31Nats star Harper focused on 2018 season, not future beyondJake ArrietaSPCubsFree Agent
Charlie BlackmonCFRockiesFree Agent
Alex CobbSPRaysFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBlue JaysFree Agent
Bryce HarperRFNationalsFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Manny Machado3BOriolesFree Agent
Daniel Murphy2BNationalsFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Jayson WerthLFNationalsFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper is focusing on his immediate future. But don't bother asking him about plans beyond this year."If you guys do talk anything about that, I'll be walking right out the door," he said Monday.Everyone around baseball knows the Washington Nationals slugger could be part of a huge free agent class after the coming season. But if teams are saving money by passing on currently available players in hopes of signing a big star next year, that doesn't sound like the best way to impress Harper."I think if I'm an organization or a team I want the best players on my team," Harper said. "My fans deserve that, the players deserve that."Harper, Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, Charlie Blackmon and potentially Clayton Kershaw could be free agents next offseason. Some within the industry suggest this market is slow because teams have their eyes on 2019 — pitchers Jake Arrieta and Alex Cobb and position players J.D. Martinez and Mike Moustakas are among the play... [More]
Mon Feb 1916:31AP source: Tillman, Orioles agree to $3M, 1-year dealDylan BundySPOriolesFree Agent
Kevin GausmanSPOriolesFree Agent
Chris TillmanSPOriolesFree Agent
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.The deal includes performance bonuses, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He would be the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.Tillman likely would join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness."Better than he did last year at this time. I think he's got the chance to pitch well for somebody this year," Showalter said. "A lot of the challenges he had last year — this time last year — aren't there. Somebody's going to reap the benefits."Tillman's is 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA in nine major league seasons, all with the Orioles. He won 16 games in both 2013 and 2016."He's a guy when he's healthy you can bank on him giving you 200 innings and keeping his ERA between a 3 and a 4," Gausman said. "That in the AL East is always going to be very valuable."___More AP baseball:
Mon Feb 1916:31Red Sox owner Henry calls collusion talk 'ridiculous'Jake ArrietaSPCubsFree Agent
Mike Moustakas3BRoyalsFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Red Sox owner John Henry calls talk of collusion in free-agent negotiations "ridiculous."About half the 166 players who exercised free-agency rights in November remain unsigned."There are a lot of factors, I think, driving it, and I think they've all been identified," Henry said Monday as Boston began full-squad workouts. "There's a lot of factors that have driven this offseason, and you just can't expect every season to be a feeding frenzy, so to speak."J.D. Martinez, Jake Arrieta and Mike Moustakas were among the free agents still looking for a place to play."This one, it's surprised me," he said of the slow pace of agreements. "I think it's surprised all of us in baseball." ''But, I think probably next year will be quite different."Next year's free-agent class includes Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Josh Donaldson, plus possible Clayton Kershaw.___More AP baseball:
Mon Feb 1916:31Musgrove sees opportunity with trade to PiratesGerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
Michael FelizRPAstrosFree Agent
Chad KuhlSPPiratesFree Agent
Andrew McCutchenRFPiratesFree Agent
Colin Moran3BAstrosFree Agent
Joe MusgroveSPAstrosFree Agent
Trevor WilliamsSPPiratesFree Agent
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Joe Musgrove started in the All-Star Futures Games two years ago when he was a Houston Astros' prospect. Now, the Pittsburgh Pirates hope the right-hander can be a big part of their future.Musgrove was the centerpiece of a four-player package the Pirates acquired from the defending World Series champion Astros on Jan. 13 in a trade for right-hander Gerrit Cole.Three of those players are expected to be on Pittsburgh's opening-day roster — Musgrove, right-handed reliever Michael Feliz and third baseman Colin Moran — while outfielder Jason Martin is slated to begin the season at Triple-A Indianapolis."It was hard to leave the Astros," Musgrove said. "From a career standpoint, though, this is a really good move for me. I feel like I fit in with what the Pirates are doing."The Pirates are going out of their way not to use the word "rebuild" as they prepare for the 2018 season. They are, however, are at the very least retooling on the heels of back-to-back losing... [More]
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