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Wed Feb 2610:25Brian Dozier can earn up to $4M with San Diego PadresBrian Dozier2BTwinsBig Chee
Greg Garcia2B/3B/PH/SSCardinalsFree Agent
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Second baseman Brian Dozier would get a $2.2 million, one-year contract if added to the San Diego Padres' 40-man roster and would have the chance to earn $1.8 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances.Dozier agreed to a minor league contract Monday and hopes to win the starting job. His deal allows nine levels of bonuses: He would get $200,000 for 200 plate appearances and each additional 50 through 600.Jurickson Profar and Greg Garcia, both on the 40-man roster, are the leading candidates to share time at second for the Padres.The 32-year-old Dozier spent last season with the World Series champion Washington Nationals and hit .238 with 20 homers and 50 RBIs in 482 plate appearances. He was Washington's regular starter for most of the first four months but played only occasionally after Asdrúbal Cabrera signed with the Nationals in early August.A veteran of eight major league seasons with Minnesota (2012-18), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2018) and the Nationals, Dozier has a .245 career average with 192 homers and 562 RBIs.___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Feb 2522:45Yanks' Severino needs Tommy John surgery, out for yearLuis CessaSPYankeesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Deivi GarciaFree Agent
J.A. HappSPBlue JaysOld Hoss
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesRoto Value
Michael KingFree Agent
Jonathan LoaisigaSPYankeesFree Agent
Jordan MontgomerySPYankeesFree Agent
James PaxtonSPMarinersFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesMoneyball
Gleyber TorresSSYankeesFree Agent
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Luis Severino will miss the season with an elbow injury that requires Tommy John surgery, and the New York Yankees' rotation no longer looks all that imposing.New York announced Tuesday that the 26-year-old right-hander has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, a development that means the two-time All-Star will miss all of 2020 after being sidelined for nearly all of 2019. Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek will operate Thursday in New York. “I am extremely disappointed that I will not be able to put on a Yankees uniform and compete with my teammates this year," Severino said in a statement posted on Twitter. “but I promise that I will be working tirelessly during this process to come back stronger than ever.” Left-hander James Paxton already was projected to miss the first two months of the season following back surgery on Feb. 5. Domingo Germán must serve the final 63 games of an 81-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s dome... [More]
Tue Feb 2520:55Yanks' Severino needs Tommy John surgery, out for yearLuis CessaSPYankeesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Deivi GarciaFree Agent
J.A. HappSPBlue JaysOld Hoss
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesRoto Value
Michael KingFree Agent
Jonathan LoaisigaSPYankeesFree Agent
Jordan MontgomerySPYankeesFree Agent
James PaxtonSPMarinersFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesMoneyball
Gleyber TorresSSYankeesFree Agent
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Luis Severino will miss the season with an elbow injury that requires Tommy John surgery, and the New York Yankees' rotation no longer looks all that imposing.New York announced Tuesday that the 26-year-old right-hander has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, a development that means the two-time All-Star will miss all of 2020 after being sidelined for nearly all of 2019. Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek will operate Thursday in New York. Left-hander James Paxton already was projected to miss the first two months of the season following back surgery on Feb. 5. Domingo Germán must serve the final 63 games of an 81-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. He is eligible to return June 5, barring any postponements.Severino's injury leaves the AL East favorites with a rotation of newly signed ace Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ and two openings. The usual recovery time for Tommy John surgery is a year o... [More]
Tue Feb 2520:25Angels newcomer Rendon goes 2 for 2 in spring debut Shogo AkiyamaFree Agent
Shohei OhtaniDH/SPAngelsFree Agent
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Anthony Rendon had to laugh at the notion that he picked up right where he left off in helping the Washington Nationals win the World Series last year. Still, it was nice to leave his first game in a new uniform with a 1.000 batting average.Rendon went 2 for 2 in his spring training debut with the Los Angeles Angels, driving in a run and scoring one Tuesday night during a 7-3 win over Cincinnati.Back from spending time with his wife and newborn child, the All-Star third baseman played three innings in the field.“It’s inevitable. You’ve got to get out there every day to get comfortable,” Rendon said. “So Day One, you take in stride and take it slow, too. Not try to get too crazy.”Rendon, who signed a $245 million, seven-year contract as a free agent last December, was just one of the big-name Angels players to play for the first time this spring. He batted third, between AL MVP Mike Trout and designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, the two-way star from Japan ... [More]
Tue Feb 2518:05Boston lefty Brian Johnson knows about perseveranceMookie BettsRFRed SoxThe Seals Guys
Brian JohnsonSPRed SoxFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Brian Johnson knows about perseverance.Selected by Boston with the 31st overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft, the left-hander was hit on the face by a line drive that Aug. 18 at Fenway Park in his fourth professional appearance, a Class A game. He sustained multiple orbital fractures.Johnson recovered and made his big league debut for the Red Sox at Houston on July 21, 2015. He returned to Triple-A for two more starts but his season was cut short by elbow pain. That offseason, he was a passenger in a vehicle that was carjacked at gunpoint. He missed almost two months of the 2016 season due to anxiety and depression.Johnson made five starts for the Red Sox in 2017 — all wins — and his first opening day-roster in 2018 m when he had 13 starts and 25 relief appearances for a team that went on to win the World Series. He sank to 1-3 with a 6.02 ERA in seven starts and 14 relief appearances last year, was put on waivers, went unclaimed and was sent outright to... [More]
Tue Feb 2517:15Yanks' Severino needs Tommy John surgery, out for yearLuis CessaSPYankeesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Deivi GarciaFree Agent
J.A. HappSPBlue JaysOld Hoss
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesRoto Value
Michael KingFree Agent
Jonathan LoaisigaSPYankeesFree Agent
Jordan MontgomerySPYankeesFree Agent
James PaxtonSPMarinersFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesMoneyball
Gleyber TorresSSYankeesFree Agent
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Luis Severino will miss the season with an elbow injury that requires Tommy John surgery, and the New York Yankees' rotation no longer looks all that imposing.New York announced Tuesday that the 26-year-old right-hander has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, a development that means the two-time All-Star will miss all of 2020 after being sidelined for nearly all of 2019.Left-hander James Paxton already was projected to miss the first two months of the season following back surgery on Feb. 5. Domingo Germán must serve the final 63 games of an 81-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. He is eligible to return June 5, barring any postponements.Severino's injury leaves the AL East favorites with a rotation of newly signed ace Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ and two openings. The usual recovery time for Tommy John surgery is a year or more.“I don’t want to sugarcoat the fact that being without Sevy, that... [More]
Tue Feb 2516:25Volatile 2019 behind him, Pirates' Kela embracing new roleKyle CrickRP/SPGiantsFree Agent
Derek Dietrich2B/3B/PHMarlinsFree Agent
Keone KelaRPRangersFree Agent
Felipe VázquezRPPiratesFree Agent
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Keone Kela spent most of 2019 angry. At losing. At his role in the Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen. At the team's coaching and support staffs for what he felt was preferential treatment they gave to some players but not others.While Kela insists that anger did not affect him when he stepped onto the mound, it ate at him nearly everywhere else. He'd been “raised” to be a closer by the Texas Rangers. Yet when arrived in Pittsburgh at the trade deadline in 2018, he found himself “shuffled” to the setup role. The competitor in him found it difficult to handle.“It definitely had me take a step back,” Kela said. “It was kind of a reality check like, 'Don't get it twisted, dude, this is a business.' That was something that definitely struck a chord and that was a big reason, last year, selfishly I didn't come in with the proper mindset."While Kela pitched well — going 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 32 appearances — it was hardly a smooth ride. Right shoulder infl... [More]
Tue Feb 2515:45Yanks righty Severino needs Tommy John surgery, out for yearLuis CessaSPYankeesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Deivi GarciaFree Agent
J.A. HappSPBlue JaysOld Hoss
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesRoto Value
Michael KingFree Agent
Jonathan LoaisigaSPYankeesFree Agent
Jordan MontgomerySPYankeesFree Agent
James PaxtonSPMarinersFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesMoneyball
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2020 season, another setback for the two-time All-Star and the rotation of the AL East favorites.“His plan is to have it done as soon as possible,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday.The right-handed Severino, who turned 26 this month, was sidelined until the final weeks of the regular season last year. Yankees manager Aaron Boone recently said Severino had been feeling on and off discomfort since October. New York already expects to be without left-hander James Paxton for the first two months of the season following back surgery on Feb. 5. Severino's injury leaves the Yankees with a rotation of newly signed ace Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ and two openings until the return of Paxton and Domingo Germán, who must serve the final 63 games of an 81-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Germán is eligible to re... [More]
Tue Feb 2514:35Astros' Verlander to debut Thursday vs. Scherzer, NationalsMichael BrantleyLFIndiansFree Agent
Alex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosMoneyball
Zack GreinkeSPDiamondbacksRoto Value
Yuli Gurriel1B/3BAstrosFree Agent
Josh ReddickLF/RFAstrosFree Agent
George SpringerCF/RFAstrosThe Seals Guys
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosPoison Pills
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston ace Justin Verlander is slated to make his 2020 spring training debut on Thursday, when former teammate Max Schezer is scheduled to be on the mound for World Series champion Washington.The pair were teammates on the Detroit Tigers from 2010-14 and have combined for five Cy Young Awards.“It wasn't done intentionally. That is a pretty good match-up, though,” new Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “I'm sure you guys will hype it up.”Verlander won his second Cy Young last season, going 21-6 with a 2.52 ERA. His 225 wins are the most among active players. Zack Greinke, second among active pitchers with 205 wins, is to make his first spring training appearances the following day.Scherzer, a the three-time Cy Young winner, won the World Series opener last October and did not get a decision in Game 7. Verlander lost Games 2 and 6.Scherzer opened spring training with two scoreless innings against Houston on Saturday.Houston's starting outfielders fro... [More]
Mon Feb 2420:54Mariners' Gonzales struggles with command in spring debut Patrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Marco GonzalesSPMarinersFree Agent
David RossCCubsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosPoison Pills
Taijuan WalkerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — For Marco Gonzales, better that this game came in his first start of spring training and not opening day at T-Mobile Park.The Seattle Mariners left-hander gave up five runs on three hits and two outs while getting just two outs Monday against the Chicago Cubs.“You go out in the first one, you just want to throw strikes. Timing was a little off and frustrated a little bit by my execution. But for the first time out, I wanted to feel good and have the ball feel good coming out got my hand,” Gonzales said. “So the results are what they are this time of year.”Gonzales, fresh off a four-year, $30 million contract he signed earlier this month, is expected to make his second consecutive opening day start for Seattle next month. At age 28, he’s coming off a 2019 season in which we he went 16-13 with a 3.99 ERA in 34 starts.Gonzales, who will make $1 million in this his third season with the Mariners, set career highs in wins, starts, innings pitched (203) and s... [More]
Mon Feb 2420:45Altuve nicked by pitch, Astros stars booed on road vs TigersMatthew BoydSPTigersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosMoneyball
Yuli Gurriel1B/3BAstrosFree Agent
Nick RamirezFree Agent
Myles StrawFree Agent
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — José Altuve insisted he tuned out the hecklers. He couldn't avoid a pitch that grazed him.“He was hit in the foot. That ain’t nothing, you know what I mean?” Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday after an 11-1 win over Detroit at half-empty Joker Marchant Stadium. “It wasn’t intentional.”Altuve was loudly booed when he was introduced for his spring training debut, cheered when he struck out and called a cheater by several fans. Quite a difference from past years, when the diminutive All-Star second baseman was among the most popular players in the majors.But that was before Altuve and his Houston teammates were implicated in the sign-stealing scandal that’s rocked baseball.“We just heard a lot of noise, and that's it,” Altuve said.Altuve and fellow starters Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel all played for the first time in the exhibition season. After Houston opened the Grapefruit League in the stadium it shares with the Wo... [More]
Mon Feb 2420:44Yanks' Cole strikes out 2 in hitless inning of spring debutJosh Bell1BPiratesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Adam Frazier2B/LF/PHPiratesFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesRoto Value
Bryan ReynoldsFree Agent
Gary SánchezCYankeesMoneyball
Cole TuckerSSPiratesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Gerrit Cole got off to a fast start in his spring training debut for the New York Yankees, throwing a 97 mph heater on his first pitch and striking out two in a hitless inning against Pittsburgh on Monday night.“It went well," Cole said. “It was fun. Made some good pitches."Leadoff man Adam Frazier popped out and Bryan Reynolds struck out before Cole Tucker drew a walk. Cole then fanned Josh Bell to finish up.“I lost the one guy, 0-2, Tucker,” Cole said. " A couple of quality fastballs at the top but one of those three has to be in the zone. So next outing will continue to fine tune some command, but also try to keep the execution in terms of how the stuff’s coming out very high. I think there was only one or two really pretty poor pitches, so it was good work. Quality work.”Cole signed a $324 million, nine-year contract as a free agent after going 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts last season for the AL champion Houston Astros. He has an overall ... [More]
Mon Feb 2420:05Altuve nicked by pitch, Astros stars booed on road vs TigersMatthew BoydSPTigersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosMoneyball
Yuli Gurriel1B/3BAstrosFree Agent
Nick RamirezFree Agent
Myles StrawFree Agent
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — José Altuve insisted he tuned out the hecklers. He couldn't avoid a pitch that grazed him.``He was hit in the foot. That ain’t nothing, you know what I mean?’’ Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday after an 11-1 win over Detroit at half-empty Joker Marchant Stadium. “It wasn’t intentional.”Altuve was loudly booed when he was introduced for his spring training debut, cheered when he struck out and called a cheater by several fans. Quite a difference from past years, when the diminutive All-Star second baseman was among the most popular players in the majors.But that was before Altuve and his Houston teammates were implicated in the sign-stealing scandal that’s rocked baseball.“We just heard a lot of noise, and that's it,” Altuve said.Altuve and fellow starters Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel all played for the first time in the exhibition season. After Houston opened the Grapefruit League in the stadium it shares with the ... [More]
Mon Feb 2419:54Yanks' Cole strikes out 2 in hitless inning of spring debutJosh Bell1BPiratesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Adam Frazier2B/LF/PHPiratesFree Agent
Bryan ReynoldsFree Agent
Cole TuckerSSPiratesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Gerrit Cole struck out two and walked one over a hitless inning in his spring training debut for the New York Yankees against Pittsburgh on Monday night.Cole's first pitch to Adam Frazier was a 97 mph fastball. After Frazier popped out and Bryan Reynolds struck out, Cole Tucker drew a walk. The right-hander then fanned Josh Bell to finish up.Cole signed a $324 million, nine-year contract as a free agent after going 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts last season for the AL champion Houston Astros. He has an overall career record of 94-52.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Feb 2419:14Yanks' Cole strikes out 2 in hitless inning of spring debutJosh Bell1BPiratesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Adam Frazier2B/LF/PHPiratesFree Agent
Bryan ReynoldsFree Agent
Cole TuckerSSPiratesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Gerrit Cole struck out two and walked over a hitless inning in his spring training debut for the New York Yankees against Pittsburgh on Monday night.Cole's first pitch to Adam Frazier was a 97 mph fastball. After Frazier popped out and Bryan Reynolds struck out, Cole Tucker drew a walk. The right-hander then fanned Josh Bell to finish up.Cole signed a $324 million, nine-year contract as a free agent after going 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts last season for the AL champion Houston Astros. He has an overall career record of 94-52.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Feb 2417:54Maeda gives up leadoff HR in 1st start for Twins, settles inAlex AvilaC/PHCubsFree Agent
Mitch GarverCTwinsFree Agent
Brusdar GraterolFree Agent
Kenta MaedaSPDodgersMoneyball
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Kenta Maeda got off to a memorable start for the Minnesota Twins, that's for sure.The Twins newcomer gave up a home run to Boston's Andrew Benintendi to begin the game Monday, prompting the Japanese pitcher to laugh later."First time facing hitters so I just wanted to get that feel back," Maeda said through an interpreter. "And I wasn't scheduled to give up a home run on the first hitter, just so you know."Maeda threw 37 pitches in two innings, allowing two hits with one walk and one strikeout. The Twins won 3-2."Everything felt fine. Velocity is up there way more than I expected. It's just the little things that need to be refined, adjusted," he said.It's all about adjustments for Maeda right now.Maeda, 32 in April, is entering his fifth MLB season after four with the Dodgers and eight years in Japan. He went 10-8 with a 4.04 ERA last season for Los Angeles.Minnesota acquired the right-hander earlier this month in a deal that sent its top pitching prospect, r... [More]
Mon Feb 2415:24Strasburg, Corbin ramping up slowly after long postseasonPatrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsOld Hoss
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg will throw at least one more bullpen session before taking the mound in a spring training game.The World Series MVP opted out of his contract to become a free agent following last season, then re-signed with Washington for $245 million over seven years.“It's a combination of the workload last year but also just, it's a long season so you've got to build up gradually for it,” Strasburg said of his measured pace.Strasburg was 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA last season, topping 30 starts for the second time in his career and leading the NL with 209 innings. He went 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA in five postseason starts and one relief appearance, including wins in Games 2 and 6 of the World Series against Houston.He is to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, then possibly pitch in a game this weekend.Manager Dave Martinez expects left-hander Patrick Corbin to throw a batting practice session as early as Wednesday, then appear in a game a ... [More]
Sun Feb 2317:54Astros stars sit again, Nats hoist World Series trophyAlex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosMoneyball
Yuli Gurriel1B/3BAstrosFree Agent
Howie Kendrick2B/LFNationalsFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Away from their friendly cocoon, Alex Bregman and some of the bigger names on the Houston Astros are about to see — and hear — how fans really feel about what happened.No hooting or hollering at Houston's most prominent sign stealers Sunday. Once again, the primary offenders were out of the Astros' lineup.For the second straight day, Astros manager Dusty Baker didn't start any of his stars against Washington Nationals at the spring training park the teams share.“It seems like a bit of a cop out to me,” Nationals fan Josh Kohn said. “This is the first two games of spring training. This is what the guys in MLB live for. They want to be out there. I have to imagine even the players are a little upset that they can't play today, but I understand why they are not out there.”Kohn also attended Saturday night's rained-out Grapefruit League opener between these same clubs, wearing a shirt that read “bang foul poles, not trash cans” — an homage t... [More]
Sun Feb 2317:34Friendly to Fiers: A's pitcher gets cheers in spring gameMike FiersSPTigersFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesRoto Value
David OrtizDHRed SoxFree Agent
Josh ReddickLF/RFAstrosFree Agent
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Oakland Athletics fan K.C. Sandstrom was sitting down the right field line watching his team warm up while armed with a small dry-erase board, a marker and a statement written in all caps.“MIKE FIERS FOR PRESIDENT”It's been a tumultuous few months for Fiers, the current A's pitcher and former Houston player who helped expose the Astros' sign-stealing scandal that's rocked Major League Baseball. But on a cool Sunday in Arizona, the 34-year-old received a largely warm reception during his first spring training appearance in Mesa.“Oakland's going to support us no matter what," Fiers said after throwing two perfect innings against San Francisco. “They've always been there. It's fun, it's fun playing in front of these fans and with these guys. Just a great day of baseball.”While Fiers is now widely known for his connection to the Astros' sign-stealing, he's also an accomplished pitcher. He's thrown two no-hitters over nine seasons and is coming off his best ye... [More]
Sun Feb 2316:44Friendly to Fiers: A's pitcher gets cheers in spring gameMike FiersSPTigersFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesRoto Value
David OrtizDHRed SoxFree Agent
Josh ReddickLF/RFAstrosFree Agent
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Oakland Athletics fan K.C. Sandstrom was sitting down the right field line watching his team warm up while armed with a small dry-erase board, a marker and a statement written in all caps.“MIKE FIERS FOR PRESIDENT”It's been a tumultuous few months for Fiers, the current A's pitcher and former Houston player who helped expose the Astros' sign-stealing scandal that's rocked Major League Baseball. But on a cool Sunday in Arizona, the 34-year-old received a largely warm reception during his first spring training appearance in Mesa.“Oakland's going to support us no matter what," Fiers said after throwing two perfect innings against San Francisco. “They've always been there. It's fun, it's fun playing in front of these fans and with these guys. Just a great day of baseball.”While Fiers is now widely known for his connection to the Astros' sign-stealing, he's also an accomplished pitcher. He's thrown two no-hitters over nine seasons and is coming off his best ye... [More]
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