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Mon Feb 1719:39Rangers SS Andrus takes aging distinctions into 12th seasonElvis AndrusSSRangersFree Agent
Robinson ChirinosCAstrosFree Agent
Shin-Soo ChooDH/LF/RFRangersFree Agent
Nelson CruzDHTwinsFree Agent
Joey Gallo1B/3B/LFRangersFree Agent
Mitch Moreland1BRed SoxFree Agent
Miguel Rojas1B/3B/SSMarlinsFree Agent
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Elvis Andrus has a few aging distinctions going into his 12th major league season. The only player left in the Texas Rangers clubhouse to wear that uniform in a World Series, the 31-year-old shortstop is the club's longest-tenured player by five years and expected to be the oldest regular starting shortstop in the majors.“I still believe I'm a rookie," Andrus said Monday, when the Rangers had their first full-squad workout. “I never want to feel comfortable. I always want to feel that somebody is going to take my job, and that's the mentality and that's the reality of the game." Andrus hit .275 last season — matching his career average through 1,623 regular-season games. He was hitting .361 through the season's first month and was at .309 by the end of June, then batted .240 over the final 74 games of the season while Texas skidded to its third straight losing season since AL West titles in 2015 and 2016. Second-year manager Chris Woodward said the Ranger... [More]
Mon Feb 1718:19Indians' Lindor: "I want to win here. I want to stay here."Emmanuel ClaseFree Agent
Corey KluberSPIndiansFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Arizona (AP) — For now, Francisco Lindor isn't going anywhere. And, if he had his way, he'd never leave Cleveland.“My approach this year is winning here,’’ the four-time All-Star shortstop said Monday following the Indians' first full-squad workout of training camp. “I want to win here. I want to stay here in Cleveland; this is home. I’m not playing to get traded to put myself in a good spot to get traded … I am playing to win. I want to win here.”There's no way of knowing Lindor's future. He's under contract for two more seasons, but the Indians may not be able to afford to keep him and it's possible they'll have to trade him at some point rather than risk him walking away as a free agent in 2021.Lindor can't worry about what might happen, so he's concentrating on the here and now.“I am focusing on what I have in front of my toes,” he said. "We have a great group of guys in the clubhouse, a great coaching staff. I want to spend the whole year with them an... [More]
Mon Feb 1718:09MLB stars hammer Manfred over 'piece of metal' trophy crackSean DoolittleRPNationalsFree Agent
Evan Longoria3BGiantsFree Agent
Joe MusgroveRP/SPPiratesFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Justin Turner3BDodgersFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Players who have won a World Series -- and those who have come up short -- seethed Monday at Commissioner Rob Manfred's reference to the sport's championship trophy as merely a "piece of metal," saying that comment reflected a disconnect between baseball's boss and those who produce the product on the field."It bothered me, man. I hated it. It made him sound really out of touch," said reliever Sean Doolittle, a member of the 2019 title-winning Washington Nationals. "That's the holy grail of our sport. That's what we show up for in the beginning of February, thinking about and working towards."Added Doolittle: "I just can't believe how out of touch that is. You're the commissioner of our game. You're the steward of this game. That's a really special thing. It's an iconic symbol of our game. Please don't say that, even off-hand, even tongue-in-cheek." As with so many things being talked about around the majors as spring training gets started, this all stems... [More]
Mon Feb 1718:09Astros pitcher Martes suspended for 2020 following drug testJustin LawrenceSPRockiesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Houston Astros pitcher Francis Martes was suspended for the 2020 season following his second positive test for a performance-enhancing substance under baseball's major league drug program.Martes tested positive for Boldenone, the commissioner's office said Monday. Boldenone is sold under the brand name Equipose and is used commonly on horses.A 24-year-old right-hander, Martes is on the Astros' 40-man major league roster but hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2017.He was suspended last March 12 for 80 games following a positive test for Clomiphene, a women's fertility drug that has been used by some athletes to counter side effects of steroids use. Martes returned Aug. 21 and made two starts for the rookie level Gulf Coast Astros and one for Quad Cities of the Class A Midwest League. He was 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in 5 1/3 innings.Martes' ban isn't quite the Houston-related cheating punishment fans and players have clamored for around baseball. The Astros have been pu... [More]
Mon Feb 1718:09Cubs' Ricketts not convinced spending more would boost teamKris Bryant3B/OFCubsFree Agent
Craig KimbrelRPRed SoxFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BIndiansFree Agent
David RossFree Agent
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts isn't convinced bringing in more high-priced free agents during the offseason would have boosted Chicago."Just because you spent a lot of money doesn't mean you're going to win. We've seen that in our own organization our last couple of years," Ricketts said Monday. "The fact is, it's not about how much you spend, it's about where you spend it and getting the right guys on board."Star third baseman Kris Bryant said last weekend the Cubs have the financial ability to keep their All-Star core together "if they want to."“Where we place our resources is a baseball decision,” Ricketts said, referring to president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.Ricketts insisted the $208 million luxury tax threshold isn't holding the Cubs back."Those aren't defining the decisions in the front office, but they are always a consideration in the front office," Ricketts said, adding later, "We had the highest baseball budget i... [More]
Mon Feb 1718:09Infielder Aledmys Díaz, Astros go to arbitration hearingArchie BradleyRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Brian GoodwinCF/LF/PH/RFRoyalsFree Agent
Shane GreeneRPTigersFree Agent
Josh HaderRPBrewersFree Agent
Joc PedersonCF/LF/PHDodgersFree Agent
J.T. RealmutoCMarlinsFree Agent
Tony WoltersCRockiesFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Backup infielder Aledmys Díaz went to arbitration Monday with the Houston Astros, who offered the same $2 million salary he earned last year.Díaz asked arbitrators Mark Burstein, Stephen Raymond, Gary Kendellen for a raise to $2.6 million.Acquired from Toronto in November 2018, Díaz hit .271 for the AL champions with nine homers and 40 RBIs in 247 plate appearances over 69 games. He was 0 for 9 with a walk in the postseason.A decision is expected Wednesday.Teams are 6-1 against players this year, beating Boston pitcher Eduardo Rodríguez, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson, Minnesota pitcher José Berríos, Milwaukee closer Josh Hader, Atlanta reliever Shane Greene and Colorado catcher Tony Wolters.Dodgers reliever Pedro Báez is the lone winning player so far.A decision is expected Wednesday for Miami first baseman Jesús Aguilar, whose hearing was Friday. Aguilar asked for a raise from $637,500 to $2,575,000 and the Marlins argued for $2,325,000.Four players remain scheduled for hearings this week: Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto and reliever Héctor Neris, Arizona reliever Archie Bradley and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Feb 1717:59Sounds of spring won't let Astros forget cheating scandal Alex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Jared HughesRPRedsFree Agent
George SpringerCF/RFAstrosFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — These are the new sounds of spring for the Houston Astros: a fan banging on a trash can, another calling José Altuve a cheater.That's what greeted the Astros during their first full-squad workout at camp Monday. And with so many around baseball not ready to forgive or forget their sign stealing, this won’t be the last time they hear it.Meanwhile, the two-time AL champions say they are focused on ignoring the noise, and hope the official start of spring training can signal a step forward for their scandal-ridden team. “I understand the severity of the situation, I truly do,” outfielder George Springer said. “But I think ... the best thing for our game to try to do and especially for us is to try to put this behind us, however that’s possible.”The Astros have been bombarded with questions about the sign-stealing scam since arriving in Florida. A news conference last week with owner Jim Crane, Altuve and third baseman Alex Bregman featuring poor... [More]
Mon Feb 1717:39If at first: Ryan Braun back at 1B for OF-heavy BrewersRyan Braun1B/LF/PHBrewersFree Agent
Lorenzo CainCFBrewersFree Agent
Ben GamelLF/PH/RFBrewersFree Agent
Christian YelichCF/LF/RFBrewersFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Ryan Braun spent much of his first morning at spring training looking for equipment.The Milwaukee Brewers' veteran outfielder is expecting to get significant time at first base this season after the team added Avisaíl García to a mix that already included Braun, Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain and Ben Gamel.First, he'll need a glove."I'm not sure if my first baseman's glove is still here," Braun joked Monday as Brewers position players reported to camp. "I'll have to dust it off and get it ready for action again."Milwaukee tried a similar move two years ago after acquiring Cain and Yelich during a splashy offseason. Braun spent much of camp getting work at his new position and handled it well enough to get the starting job on opening day that season. The experiment was short-lived; not because of anything Braun did — or didn't — do at the position. Instead, the emergence of Jesús Aguilar into an All-Star left little need for Braun's right-handed bat to share time... [More]
Mon Feb 1717:10Manfred's 'piece of metal' angers Doolittle, Turner, othersSean DoolittleRPNationalsFree Agent
Evan Longoria3BGiantsFree Agent
Joe MusgroveRP/SPPiratesFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Justin Turner3BDodgersFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Players who have won a World Series -- and those who have come up short -- seethed Monday at Commissioner Rob Manfred's reference to the sport's championship trophy as merely a "piece of metal," saying that comment reflected a disconnect between baseball's boss and those who produce the product on the field."It bothered me, man. I hated it. It made him sound really out of touch," said reliever Sean Doolittle, a member of the 2019 title-winning Washington Nationals. "That's the holy grail of our sport. That's what we show up for in the beginning of February, thinking about and working towards."Added Doolittle: "I just can't believe how out of touch that is. You're the commissioner of our game. You're the steward of this game. That's a really special thing. It's an iconic symbol of our game. Please don't say that, even off-hand, even tongue-in-cheek." As with so many things being talked about around the majors as spring training gets started, this all stems... [More]
Mon Feb 1716:59Angels owner Moreno acknowledges he killed Dodgers tradeDylan BundySPOriolesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Shohei OhtaniDH/PH/SPAngelsFree Agent
Joc PedersonCF/LF/PHDodgersFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Luis Rengifo2BAngelsFree Agent
Ross StriplingRP/SPDodgersFree Agent
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno acknowledges he scrapped the proposed trade that would have landed Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling from the Dodgers.Moreno also says the Angels can make an even bigger trade for an elite starting pitcher if they get a chance this season.Moreno covered many topics in his annual informal conversation with reporters on the training fields outside Tempe Diablo Stadium. He is excited about the potential impact of $245 million third baseman Anthony Rendon and optimistic about his pitching staff's ability to improve after a poor season.Moreno also is eager to move on from the scuttled trade that would have sent infielder Luis Rengifo and a prospect to the Dodgers for Pederson and Stripling earlier in the month.Both veterans likely would have played immediately for the Angels, but Moreno called off the talks around the deal while the Dodgers' blockbuster deal with Boston was delayed for several days.“It wasn't all impatience,” More... [More]
Mon Feb 1716:49Mike Trout rips cheating Astros, calls for bigger punishmentRyan BuchterRPAthleticsFree Agent
Joc PedersonCF/LF/PHDodgersFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Luis Rengifo2BAngelsFree Agent
Ross StriplingRP/SPDodgersFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Trout thinks the Houston Astros should pay more dearly for their cheating ways.The Los Angeles Angels' three-time AL MVP ripped the Astros and questioned the discipline handed out by Major League Baseball on Monday after he reported to spring training. Trout joined the chorus of prominent big leaguers angry about Houston's rampant sign stealing on its way to the 2017 World Series title and beyond.“It’s sad for baseball,” he said. "It’s tough. They cheated. I don’t agree with the punishments, the players not getting anything. It was a player-driven thing. It sucks, too, because guys' careers have been affected. A lot of people lost jobs. It was tough.“Me going up to the plate knowing what was coming? It would be fun up there. A lot of guys lost respect for some of the guys.”Trout said a few members of the Astros reached out to him during the offseason to explain their side, but Trout didn't sound impressed.“You don’t know what helped them or ... [More]
Mon Feb 1716:49San Francisco Giants are putting up zeroes, using Nos. 0, 00Brandon Belt1BGiantsFree Agent
Brennan BoeschFree Agent
Brandon CrawfordSSGiantsFree Agent
Billy HamiltonCFRoyalsFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The San Francisco Giants are putting up zeroes.They believe they might be doing something rarely seen: using uniform numbers 0 and 00 in the same year.When San Francisco added speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton with a minor league deal earlier this month, equipment manager Brad Grems called the league to make sure there's a difference between the two — because new first base coach Antoan Richardson aleady had claimed 00.“He's good with stuff like that,” shortstop Brandon Crawford said Monday of Grems' due diligence.Given the Giants have 11 retired numbers with their long list of Hall of Famers and 13 coaches and a pair of bullpen catchers in uniform under new manager Gabe Kapler, Hamilton's other choices were 96 or 98. San Francisco has 72 players in camp.Already having made history with the hiring of baseball's first female coach on a big league staff — Alyssa Nakken is wearing No. 92 — longtime equipment manager and current senior adviser Mike Murph... [More]
Mon Feb 1716:39Cubs' Ricketts not convinced spending more would boost teamKris Bryant3B/OFCubsFree Agent
Craig KimbrelRPRed SoxFree Agent
David RossFree Agent
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts isn't convinced bringing in more high-priced free agents during the offseason would have boosted Chicago."Just because you spent a lot of money doesn't mean you're going to win. We've seen that in our own organization our last couple of years," Ricketts said Monday. "The fact is, it's not about how much you spend, it's about where you spend it and getting the right guys on board."Star third baseman Kris Bryant said last weekend the Cubs have the financial ability to keep their All-Star core together "if they want to."“Where we place our resources is a baseball decision,” Ricketts said, referring to president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.Ricketts insisted the $208 million luxury tax threshold isn't holding the Cubs back."Those aren't defining the decisions in the front office, but they are always a consideration in the front office," Ricketts said, adding later, "We had the highest baseball budget i... [More]
Mon Feb 1716:19Yankees' Torres thinks Astros cheated `for sure' in 2019Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonDH/LF/RFYankeesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
Gleyber Torres2B/SSYankeesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres feels the Houston Astros cheated "for sure" during the 2019 season.Major League Baseball found that the Astros used electronics to illegally steal catcher's signs in 2017 and part of 2018 but not 2019.Houston players have apologized for rules violations in their 2017 World Series championship run and also in 2018 but deny any misdeeds in 2019, when the Astros beat the Yankees in the AL Championship Series for the second time in three seasons.“No, I don't believe them,” Torres said on Monday. “If you cheat in 2017 and you won, why don't do it the next year and the next year, too?"As an example, Torres talked about playing video games with pitcher Luis Severino in which he took advantage repeatedly after seeing his teammate's control panel.Torres heard from others about possible Astros cheating but didn't believe it.“First of all, it's not respect to baseball when you cheat,” Torres said. “We feel frustration. We play, our... [More]
Mon Feb 1716:19Phillies' McCutchen upbeat about recovery from knee injuryBryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Andrew McCutchenCF/RFPhilliesFree Agent
J.T. RealmutoCMarlinsFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Andrew McCutchen can speak firsthand about modern medical advancements.He tore his ACL last year — and it wasn't the first time."I had an ACL injury when I was in high school, so to kind of compare the two, as far as the process goes and the rehab, it's a lot quicker," the Philadelphia outfielder said Monday. "You're doing things a lot faster maybe than you did 16, 17 years ago. At the same time, I'm not 16 and rehabbing. I'm 33 now.”McCutchen played only 59 games last year before going down with a torn ACL in early June. The Phillies finished 81-81, a disappointment in their first season after signing Bryce Harper. Philadelphia replaced manager Gabe Kapler with Joe Girardi and added Zack Wheeler to its rotation. If he can stay healthy, McCutchen could give the team a lift as well.The Phillies held their first workout with the full squad Monday. McCutchen said he plans to be ready for opening day.“I'm doing everything. I don't have any limitations. It's ... [More]
Mon Feb 1716:09Céspedes arrives at spring training as silent as his batDellin BetancesRPYankeesFree Agent
Michael ConfortoCF/LFMetsFree Agent
Jed Lowrie2BAthleticsFree Agent
Amed RosarioSSMetsFree Agent
Michael WachaSPCardinalsFree Agent
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Yoenis Céspedes arrived at spring training and was as silent as his bat has been for most of the past two seasons. The New York Mets outfielder stepped back toward his locker as the media approached before the team's first full-squad workout on Monday and said, “Not today, not tomorrow, not at all this year” when asked if he would talk. A two-time All-Star, Céspedes said he felt no obligation to speak with the media. “Because I don’t want to,” he explained.Asked whether he would speak to his fans, he replied: “To my fans, maybe."Céspedes turned his back to media, spritzed cologne on and forcefully put the bottle down in his locker. Céspedes hit and ran but did not break with the outfielders as the horn sounded for the fielders to break into two groups when the Mets took the field for the first time in spring training. Against reliever Michael Wacha in batting practice, Céspedes turned on a curve and drove it just left of the foul pole in l... [More]
Mon Feb 1716:09Tigers' Cabrera arrives with something to proveMiguel Cabrera1BTigersFree Agent
C.J. Cron1B/DHTwinsFree Agent
Cameron MaybinCF/LF/PH/RFMarinersFree Agent
Iván NovaSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Austin RomineCYankeesFree Agent
Jonathan Schoop2BTwinsFree Agent
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Miguel Cabrera acknowledged Monday that he has something to prove after a disappointing season. But the Detroit Tigers slugger is definitely done tinkering with his swing."I don't want to change my swing anymore," Cabrera said before the Tigers' first full-squad workout of the spring. “I just want to be natural. The last three years I've been changing my swing a lot to feel comfortable at home plate.”Hobbled by a sore right knee, Cabrera tried making several adjustments to get through the 2019 season. In 136 games, he hit .282 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs — all well below his career standards.Manager Ron Gardenhire said a big part of the lack of production was Cabrera's weight, which drifted well over his official playing weight of 249 pounds.Cabrera was noticeably trimmer upon showing up for his 13th Tigers spring, and he said the knee feels "pretty good.""Last year I was heavy," he said. "I think I lost a lot of weight from last year to this year. I tri... [More]
Mon Feb 1715:49The champs are here: Cabbage race, Soto arrive at Nats camp Sean DoolittleRPNationalsFree Agent
Josh HaderRPBrewersFree Agent
Daniel HudsonRPDodgersFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Juan SotoLF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — On the day position players reported to camp, the Washington Nationals finally got around to putting up a sign on the ivy-covered wall near the entrance to their spring training facility with a curly "W," a rendering of the Capitol dome and, most significantly, the proclamation "2019 WORLD CHAMPIONS.""Now we are happy to come back," slugger Juan Soto said, "and show the people we can do it again."And two of the reasons the Nationals did what they did last season -- and, more significantly, figure repeating is a realistic goal to pursue this season -- also showed up Monday: Soto and an enthusiastic cabbage race.Say what?Yes, the daily schedule posted in the clubhouse proclaimed this "National Cabbage Day," alongside a separate piece of paper listing the rosters for two teams of 20 pitchers and catchers each, one captained by Max Scherzer, the other by Stephen Strasburg. At precisely 9:30 a.m., clubhouse and equipment manager Mike Wallace strode outside car... [More]
Mon Feb 1715:39Mike Trout rips cheating Astros, calls for bigger punishmentRyan BuchterRPAthleticsFree Agent
Joc PedersonCF/LF/PHDodgersFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Luis Rengifo2BAngelsFree Agent
Ross StriplingRP/SPDodgersFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Trout thinks the Houston Astros should pay more dearly for their cheating ways.The Los Angeles Angels' three-time AL MVP ripped the Astros and questioned the discipline handed out by Major League Baseball on Monday after he reported to spring training. Trout joined the chorus of prominent big leaguers angry about Houston's rampant sign stealing on its way to the 2017 World Series title and beyond.“It’s sad for baseball,” he said. "It’s tough. They cheated. I don’t agree with the punishments, the players not getting anything. It was a player-driven thing. It sucks, too, because guys' careers have been affected. A lot of people lost jobs. It was tough.“Me going up to the plate knowing what was coming? It would be fun up there. A lot of guys lost respect for some of the guys.”Trout said a few members of the Astros reached out to him during the offseason to explain their side, but Trout didn't sound impressed.“You don’t know what helped them or ... [More]
Mon Feb 1715:39Red Sox owners speak for first time since Betts tradedMookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
Alex VerdugoCFDodgersFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Red Sox owner John Henry says he knows why Boston fans are angry the team traded Mookie Betts.“When I say I understand how many of you feel about this trade with the Dodgers, I know many of you — particularly our youngest fans — are disbelieving or angry or sad about it. I know it’s difficult and disappointing,” Henry said Monday, reading from a statement on the first day of full-team workouts.Henry answered questions for about 30 minutes along with chairman Tom Werner and team president Sam Kennedy. Half of them addressed the trade of Betts and David Price to Los Angeles for outfielder Alex Verdugo and two prospects: infielder Jeter Downs and catcher Connor Wong. Boston will send $96 million to the Dodgers, which matches half of the $96 million owed to Price for the next three seasons, and shed itself of Betts' $27 million salary for this year.“This trade gives us a lot of flexibility,’ Werner said. “We have made unpopular trades — not all o... [More]
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