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Tue Apr 2317:15APNewsBreak: 2019 MLB payrolls drop due to signing bonusesCraig KimbrelRPRed SoxFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Big deals for Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and others that included large signing bonuses masked an otherwise flat market for the second straight offseason that caused Major League Baseball's opening-day payrolls to drop by $43 million for 2019.Payrolls, however, rose by $131 million when using the averages of multiyear contracts. Following a winter in which many journeymen took cuts, a string of stars signed huge long-term deals during March and April.Since the end of last season, teams agreed to a record $4.195 billion in guarantees beyond 2019, breaking the previous mark for out-year commitments of $3.414 billion set following the 2013 season, according to figures compiled by the commissioner's office and obtained by The Associated Press.Just three teams are on track to pay luxury tax. World Series champion Boston projects to owe $11.8 million, the Chicago Cubs $5.3 million and the New York Yankees just under $4 million. Figures will fluctuate during the season due to ... [More]
Tue Apr 2317:15Snell to return Wednesday from fractured toeJi-Man Choi1B/DHRaysFree Agent
Austin PruittRP/SPRaysFree Agent
Hunter WoodRP/SPRaysFree Agent
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell is scheduled to start against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday in his return from a fractured right fourth toe.The announcement Tuesday was made two days after Rays manager Kevin Cash said the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner was ready to be reinstated from the 10-day injured list.Snell threw 18 pitches off a mound Saturday and an eight-pitch bullpen session Monday."It felt good and I'm ready to go," Snell said.Snell hurt the toe attempting to move a decorative display in a bathroom on April 14."I know the first couple days, it was like no shot," Snell said. "I feel good, I feel I can pitch and feel like I can run. It should be good."Snell still has some discomfort in the toe when he walks, but says he does not when throwing on a mound."With the bullpen that I threw, felt very comfortable," Snell said. "Wednesday is a day that all of us believe in, and think I'll be 100 percent."Cash is completely confident that Snell is not ... [More]
Tue Apr 2316:25Pirates place Nick Burdi on IL with biceps, elbow painSteven BraultRP/SPPiratesFree Agent
Nick BurdiRPPiratesFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Reliever Nick Burdi has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the Pittsburgh Pirates with pain in his right biceps and elbow.Burdi grabbed his arm in pain after a pitch in the seventh inning of Pittsburgh's 12-4 loss to Arizona on Monday.Pittsburgh said Tuesday he had a magnetic resonance angiogram and is seeking a second opinion from Texas Rangers team physician Dr. Keith Meister.Burdi has thrown just 10 innings in the majors since returning from Tommy John surgery in 2017.Left-hander Steven Brault was recalled from Indianapolis, a day after he was optioned to the Triple-A team.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Apr 2316:15Matt Kemp put on IL by Reds because of broken ribPhillip ErvinCF/LF/RFRedsFree Agent
Matt KempLF/PH/RFRedsFree Agent
CINCINNATI (AP) — All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp has been put on the 10-day injured list by the Cincinnati Reds because of a broken left rib, a move retroactive to Monday.Kemp was hurt when he crashed into an outfield wall Sunday."I fought the wall and the wall won — as it usually does," Kemp said Tuesday. "The wall is undefeated."Kemp is batting .200 with one home run and five RBIs in 20 games.Cincinnati recalled outfielder Phillip Ervin from Triple-A Louisville.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Apr 2314:47Hanley Ramirez chooses free agency after stint with IndiansFrancisco LindorSSIndiansFree Agent
Hanley Ramírez1B/DHRed SoxFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Slugger Hanley Ramirez is again a free agent following a short stint with the Indians.Ramirez cleared waivers on Tuesday and rather than signing a minor league deal with Cleveland, the 35-year-old elected free agency. He played in 15 games for the Indians, batting .239 with two homers and eight RBIs.The Indians signed him in February to help offset the loss of power in their lineup. However, when All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor was activated from the injured list on Saturday, the club designated Ramirez for assignment.Manager Terry Francona plans to use Lindor occasionally as his DH, which made Ramirez expendable because the Indians also are keeping an extra infielder on their roster.Ramirez played in 44 games before he was released by the Boston Red Sox last season. He had his best season in 2016, hitting 30 homers with 111 RBIs. Ramirez spent three-plus seasons with Boston.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Apr 2313:25Boston's Eovaldi out 6 weeks after elbow surgeryNathan EovaldiSPRed SoxFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi had surgery Tuesday to remove a loose body in his right elbow.The arthroscopic procedure was performed by Yankees head team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Boston said Eovaldi is expected to return to pitching within six weeks."I don't want to give a timetable, but I think everybody knows around what it's going to take," Boston manager Alex Cora said before Tuesday's doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers. "He should be fine when he comes back and ready to roll."A 29-year-old right-hander, Eovaldi had similar surgery on March 30 last year while with Tampa Bay and made his season debut May 30. He also has had two Tommy John operations.Acquired by the Red Sox on July 25, Eovaldi went 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 12 games. He became a postseason star when he pitched six-plus innings of relief and threw 97 pitches in Game 3 of the World Series, an 18-inning loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. That preserved the rest of the bullpen for the Red Sox, won beat the Dodgers in five games.The 29-year-old agreed to a $68 million, four-year contract and was 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA in four starts this season. He pitched for the Yankees in 2015 and '16.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Apr 2303:27Pitcher Gio González released by Yankees; Loaisiga coming upJ.A. HappSPYankeesFree Agent
Joe HarveyRPYankeesFree Agent
Jonathan LoaisigaSPYankeesFree Agent
Brad Miller1B/2BBrewersFree Agent
James PaxtonSPYankeesFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Gio González was released Monday from his minor league contract with the New York Yankees.The 33-year-old left-hander agreed to the deal in mid-March. If added to the 40-man roster, he would have received a $3 million salary while in the major leagues and the chance to earn $9 million in performance bonuses: $300,000 for each start through 30.González was 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts and 15 innings with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Under the terms of his deal, he exercised his right Saturday to ask the Yankees to put him on the big league roster or release him within 48 hours.New York had been seeking additional pitching after ace Luis Severino got hurt. Domingo Germán was inserted into the rotation, joining Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, CC Sabathia and J.A. Happ.The Yankees have decided to recall Jonathan Loaisiga from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was initially going to make a spot start Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels, with manager Aar... [More]
Tue Apr 2303:15LEADING OFF: Sale tries to turn corner, Harper gets heatedNick BurdiRPPiratesFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Jonathan LoaisigaSPYankeesFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors today:PLAYING TWOAfter rain postponed his scheduled start Monday, Boston's Chris Sale gets the ball for Game One of a doubleheader against Detroit. Sale (0-4, 8.50) has concerned Red Sox fans with lousy results and subpar stuff this season, though his velocity ticked up in a loss to the Yankees last week. Boston is coming off a three-game sweep over the AL East-leading Rays, which pushed the reigning World Series champs to 9-13.HEATED HARPERBryce Harper is expected back in the Phillies lineup a night after bolting from the bench to angrily confront the plate umpire after being ejected against the Mets. Harper, miffed by a couple strike calls earlier from Mark Carlson, got tossed from the dugout with teammate César Hernández at-bat. Phillies manager Gabe Kapler quickly came out to argue, then Harper followed in a much bigger hurry. Harper yelled and pointed at Carlson over and over from close range, with Kapler repeatedly pushing away his s... [More]
Tue Apr 2300:35LEADING OFF: Sale tries to turn corner, Harper gets heatedNick BurdiRPPiratesFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Jonathan LoaisigaSPYankeesFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday:PLAYING TWOAfter rain postponed his scheduled start Monday, Boston's Chris Sale gets the ball for Game One of a doubleheader against Detroit. Sale (0-4, 8.50) has concerned Red Sox fans with lousy results and subpar stuff this season, though his velocity ticked up in a loss to the Yankees last week. Boston is coming off a three-game sweep over the AL East-leading Rays, which pushed the reigning World Series champs to 9-13.HEATED HARPERBryce Harper is expected back in the Phillies lineup a night after bolting from the bench to angrily confront the plate umpire after being ejected against the Mets. Harper, miffed by a couple strike calls earlier from Mark Carlson, got tossed from the dugout with teammate César Hernández at-bat. Phillies manager Gabe Kapler quickly came out to argue, then Harper followed in a much bigger hurry. Harper yelled and pointed at Carlson over and over from close range, with Kapler repeatedly pushing away his... [More]
Mon Apr 2222:50Harper ejected, bolts from dugout to confront plate umpireBryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Bryce Harper bolted from the dugout to angrily confront the plate umpire after being ejected Monday night, and it took three members of the Philadelphia Phillies to hold back the enraged slugger.Harper was tossed four batters after being called out on strikes by Mark Carlson to begin the fourth inning against the New York Mets. Harper became the first Phillies player ejected from a game since pitcher Justin De Fratus in 2015.Harper was already miffed by a couple of strikes in the upper part of the zone when he was ejected while sitting on the bench.Phillies manager Gabe Kapler came out of the dugout to argue, then Harper followed in a hurry. Harper yelled and pointed at Carlson over and over from close range, with Kapler repeatedly pushing him back his star player.Bench coach Rob Thomson wrapped up Harper and third base coach Dusty Wathan blocked his path to the plate.Kapler continued the argument as Harper made his way back to the bench and clubhouse.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Apr 2220:55MRI on Mets ace deGrom comes back clean, no damageRobinson Canó2BMetsFree Agent
Todd Frazier3BMetsFree Agent
Luis GuillormeSSMetsFree Agent
Amed RosarioSSMetsFree Agent
Paul SewaldRPMetsFree Agent
Justin WilsonRPCubsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets ace Jacob deGrom remains on track to start Friday night after an MRI on his right elbow showed no damage.New York general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the NL Cy Young Award winner had a test Monday morning that came back clean."No problems whatsoever," Van Wagenen said, later adding, "we got the answers we were hoping for."DeGrom threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Monday. He is lined up to come off the injured list and start the opener of a weekend series against Milwaukee at Citi Field.DeGrom reported soreness last week and the Mets put him on the injured list while the team was in St. Louis. The move followed two shaky starts by deGrom, leaving him 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA.Later, the team said deGrom had been slowed by strep throat. DeGrom and the club said his elbow trouble likely was a result of altering his routine during a recent bout of strep throat.The Mets made a series of roster moves before opening a series against Philadelphia. The game started more than ... [More]
Mon Apr 2220:17Pitcher Gio González released by Yankees; Loaisiga coming upJ.A. HappSPYankeesFree Agent
Jonathan LoaisigaSPYankeesFree Agent
Brad Miller1B/2BBrewersFree Agent
James PaxtonSPYankeesFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Gio González was released Monday from his minor league contract with the New York Yankees.The 33-year-old left-hander agreed to the deal in mid-March. If added to the 40-man roster, he would have received a $3 million salary while in the major leagues and the chance to earn $9 million in performance bonuses: $300,000 for each start through 30.González was 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts and 15 innings with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Under the terms of his deal, he exercised his right Saturday to ask the Yankees to put him on the big league roster or release him within 48 hours.New York had been seeking additional pitching after ace Luis Severino got hurt. Domingo Germán was inserted into the rotation, joining Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, CC Sabathia and J.A. Happ.The Yankees have decided to recall Jonathan Loaisiga from Scranton Wilkes-Barre to make a spot start Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels. Manager Aaron Boone wants to give an ext... [More]
Mon Apr 2219:07MRI on Mets ace deGrom comes back clean, no damageTodd Frazier3BMetsFree Agent
Luis GuillormeSSMetsFree Agent
Amed RosarioSSMetsFree Agent
Paul SewaldRPMetsFree Agent
Justin WilsonRPCubsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets ace Jacob deGrom remains on track to start Friday night after an MRI on his right elbow showed no damage.New York general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the NL Cy Young Award winner had a test Monday morning that came back clean."No problems whatsoever," Van Wagenen said, later adding, "we got the answers we were hoping for."DeGrom threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Monday. He is lined up to come off the injured list and start the opener of a weekend series against Milwaukee at Citi Field.DeGrom reported soreness last week and the Mets put him on the injured list while the team was in St. Louis. The move followed two shaky starts by deGrom, leaving him 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA.Later, the team said deGrom had been slowed by strep throat. DeGrom and the club said his elbow trouble likely was a result of altering his routine during a recent bout of strep throat.The Mets made a series of roster moves before opening a series against Philadelphia.Third baseman Todd Frazier w... [More]
Mon Apr 2219:07Pitcher Michael Wacha goes on Cardinals' injured listDaniel Ponce de LeonSPCardinalsFree Agent
Drew Robinson3B/CFCardinalsFree Agent
Michael WachaSPCardinalsFree Agent
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha was placed on the 10-day injured list because of patellar tendinitis in his left knee and will miss his scheduled start Tuesday against NL Central rival Milwaukee.St. Louis said the move was retroactive to Friday. Infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson was recalled Monday from Triple-A Memphis."Something he's had in the past," St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. "It occurred in a recovery workout from a start and just didn't feel like he was going to be able to go."Shildt thinks Wacha will miss just one turn."I definitely think this is something that we will put behind us once he takes his next start," the manager said.Wacha is sidelined for the fourth time in six years. He was 8-2 in 15 starts last year but did not pitch for the Cardinals after June 20 because of a strained oblique muscle in his left side.Wacha was on the disabled list from June 14 to Sept. 3, 2014, with a right shoulder stress reaction and from Aug. 9 to Sept. 13, 2... [More]
Mon Apr 2217:37Pirates activate Gregory Polanco off injured listSteven BraultRP/SPPiratesFree Agent
Lonnie ChisenhallRFPiratesFree Agent
Corey DickersonDH/LFPiratesFree Agent
Starling MarteCF/LFPiratesFree Agent
Gregory PolancoLF/RFPiratesFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gregory Polanco couldn't get the awkward slide into second base last September that dislocated his left shoulder out of his head. The Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder pored over the video during his lengthy rehab to the point where it simply got to be too much."It was terrible," Polanco said. "I watch it a lot of times and it was not a good feeling to watch it so I stopped."And focused on the long road back, one that reached a significant milestone on Monday when the Pirates activated the 27-year-old off the injured list and put him in the lineup in time for the opener of a four-game series with Arizona.Polanco was legging out a double against the Miami Marlins on Sept. 7 when he tried an unorthodox slide to avoid a tag. He appeared to leap in the air before extending his left leg toward the bag, tumbling forward and starting a sequence that ended with his left shoulder dislocated and the labrum in his throwing shoulder torn. He had surgery on Sept. 12, ending a sea... [More]
Mon Apr 2217:35Slugger Gallo relaxes, helps Rangers win without long ballElvis AndrusSSRangersFree Agent
Khris DavisDH/LFAthleticsFree Agent
Joey Gallo1B/3B/LFRangersFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo sometimes pauses for a deep breath or glances around the ballpark between pitches looking for something to slow his racing mind.The big Texas slugger grew up trying to hit baseballs as far as he could, so the idea of relaxing in the moments before one of the most powerful swings in the majors wasn't the easiest to grasp.Yet there he was, spending two hours with a Rangers coach discussing ways to clear his head in the middle of an at-bat after his average had dipped well below a career mark barely above .200.A week later, Gallo tied his career high of five RBIs without hitting a homer and had his first-ever sacrifice fly in the big leagues.With a little help from one of his typical sky-high popups that fell for a single , the left-handed hitter's batting average was .281 entering Monday, its highest since early in Gallo's first full season in the majors two years ago."I've always been really tense in trying to crush the ball," Gallo said. "It is toug... [More]
Mon Apr 2216:56Pitcher Gio González released by YankeesJ.A. HappSPYankeesFree Agent
Brad Miller1B/2BBrewersFree Agent
James PaxtonSPYankeesFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Gio González was released Monday from his minor league contract with the New York Yankees.The 33-year-old left-hander agreed to the deal in mid-March. If added to the 40-man roster, he would have received a $3 million salary while in the major leagues and the chance to earn $9 million in performance bonuses: $300,000 for each start through 30.González was 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts and 15 innings with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Under the terms of his deal, he exercised his right Saturday to ask the Yankees to put him on the big league roster or release him within 48 hours.New York had been seeking additional pitching after ace Luis Severino got hurt. Domingo Germán was inserted into the rotation, joining Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, CC Sabathia and J.A. Happ.González was 10-11 with a 4.21 ERA last season for Washington and Milwaukee, which acquired him on Aug. 31. He was 3-0 in five starts for the Brewers down the stretch.New York also agreed to a minor league contract with 29-year-old infielder Brad Miller. He hit .250 with one home and four RBIs this year for Cleveland, was designated for assignment on April 15 and elected free agency two days later.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Apr 2216:44Pitcher Michael Wacha goes on Cardinals' injured listDrew Robinson3B/CFCardinalsFree Agent
Michael WachaSPCardinalsFree Agent
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha was placed on the 10-day injured list because of patellar tendinitis in his left knee and will miss his scheduled start Tuesday against NL Central rival Milwaukee.St. Louis said the move was retroactive to Friday. Infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson was recalled Monday from Triple-A Memphis.Wacha is sidelined for the fourth time in six years. He was 8-2 in 15 starts last year but did not pitch for the Cardinals after June 20 because of a strained oblique muscle in his left side.Wacha was on the disabled list from June 14 to Sept. 3, 2014, with a right shoulder stress reaction and from Aug. 9 to Sept. 13, 2016, with right shoulder inflammation.He is 1-0 with a 4.64 ERA in four starts this season. He beat Milwaukee 6-3 last week, allowing two runs in six innings.Robinson played four games with St. Louis this season, in center field, and was 0 for 6.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Apr 2216:34Pirates activate Gregory Polanco off injured listSteven BraultRP/SPPiratesFree Agent
Lonnie ChisenhallRFPiratesFree Agent
Corey DickersonDH/LFPiratesFree Agent
Starling MarteCF/LFPiratesFree Agent
Gregory PolancoLF/RFPiratesFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates activated Gregory Polanco off the 10-day injured list after the right fielder completed a lengthy rehab from a dislocated left shoulder last September that cut short his 2018 season.Polanco was to bat third for the National League Central leading Pirates on Monday night against Arizona, a welcome jolt for a team dealing with a rash of injuries to the outfield. Starling Marte, Corey Dickerson and Lonnie Chisenhall are all out indefinitely while dealing with injuries.The 27-year-old Polanco hit a career-high 23 home runs for Pittsburgh in 2018 before his season ended thanks to an awkward slide into second base against Miami on Sept. 7. He underwent surgery on Sept. 12 to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.Polanco hit .300 with five RBIs and two stolen bases during a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis.To make room for Polanco, the Pirates assigned left-handed reliever Steven Brault to Triple-A.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Apr 2215:06Pitcher Gio González released by YankeesJ.A. HappSPYankeesFree Agent
James PaxtonSPYankeesFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Gio González was released Monday from his minor league contract with the New York Yankees.The 33-year-old left-hander agreed to the deal in mid-March. If added to the 40-man roster, he would have received a $3 million salary while in the major leagues and the chance to earn $9 million in performance bonuses: $300,000 for each start through 30.González was 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts and 15 innings with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Under the terms of his deal, he exercised his right Saturday to ask the Yankees to put him on the big league roster or release him within 48 hours.New York had been seeking additional pitching after ace Luis Severino got hurt. Domingo Germán was inserted into the rotation, joining Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, CC Sabathia and J.A. Happ.González was 10-11 with a 4.21 ERA last season for Washington and Milwaukee, which acquired him on Aug. 31. He was 3-0 in five starts for the Brewers down the stretch.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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