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Fri Feb 1516:11Infielder Solarte receives minor league contract from GiantsBrandon Belt1BGiantsFree Agent
Joe Panik2BGiantsFree Agent
Pablo Sandoval3BGiantsFree Agent
Yangervis Solarte3BBlue JaysFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Switch-hitting, versatile infielder Yangervis Solarte has reached agreement on a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants.If added to the 40-man roster, he would get a one-year contract with a $1.75 million salary while in the major leagues and would have a chance to earn $250,000 in performance bonuses.He will provide infield depth for manager Bruce Bochy. Solarte played every infield position last season for the Blue Jays, making 83 starts at third base and 28 at second.San Francisco dealt with significant injuries to first baseman Brandon Belt, second baseman Joe Panik and third baseman Pablo Sandoval last season and all missed extended time. Sandoval is recovering from August surgery to repair a torn right hamstring, while Belt has had repeated concussions and underwent season-ending right knee surgery in September.The 31-year-old Solarte batted .226 with 17 home runs and 54 RBIs in 122 games last season for Toronto. He played in the NL West the previous three-plus years with the Padres.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Feb 1516:11Cubs' Russell sorry for 'pain' he caused ex-wife, no detailsAddison RussellSSCubsFree Agent
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell says he's sorry for the "hurt and the pain" he caused his ex-wife but didn't detail what prompted a 40-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.Russell met with the media Friday for the first time since being suspended last fall, a penalty that he accepted without appeal. Russell spoke for nearly 20 minutes at Cubs camp, ahead of position players joining spring training workouts early next week.The suspension followed allegations made by ex-wife Melisa Reidy. Russell missed the final 11 regular-season games plus a wild-card playoff loss to Colorado. He will be eligible to return in early May, barring postponements.Russell said his "past behaviors were wrong and unacceptable."The 25-year-old Russell said, "I don't want to get into any specifics, but what I do want to say is I am accountable for my past actions. I'm not proud of the person I was, but I do want to own this issue and take responsibili... [More]
Fri Feb 1514:41Twins sign pair of core young players _ Kepler and PolancoMax KeplerRFTwinsFree Agent
Martín PérezSPRangersFree Agent
Jorge PolancoSSTwinsFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have talked a lot about how much they like their young core of players.They proved that Friday by locking up a pair of them, signing both right fielder Max Kepler and shortstop Jorge Polanco to five-year contracts."The idea that you can marry up your current players and core with ones that are coming along the way is a great thought, it allows for sustainability," chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said at news conference at the team's spring training facility."We've said all along that there was a core of players," he said. "We've felt strongly of this group since we've got here."The players were originally signed by Minnesota as international free agents in 2009 when they were each 16-year-olds, they started together as roommates and now they're the cornerstone of what the team hopes will be a successful run."We've got this tremendous core of players coming up," general manager Thad Levine said. "To have some of that at fixed costs is me... [More]
Fri Feb 1514:21Mariners' Smith slowed by sore shoulderDee GordonCFMarinersFree Agent
Guillermo HerediaLFRaysFree Agent
Mallex SmithLFMarinersFree Agent
Mike ZuninoCRaysFree Agent
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Seattle center fielder Mallex Smith will not participate in early throwing and fielding drills during spring training because of shoulder soreness sustained while throwing in January."We'll kind of slow-play him," manager Scott Servais said Friday. "He got a little over-zealous and did a lot of throwing right out of the chute. I think you'll see him swinging in the cage and hitting on the field."The 25-year-old Smith hit .296 with 27 doubles, 10 triples and 40 steals for Tampa Bay last season in his first full season in the major leagues.He was acquired in the trade that sent Mike Zunino, Guillermo Heredia and Michael Plassmeyer to Tampa Bay on Nov. 8, after the Mariners decided to return Dee Gordon to second base this season.___More AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Feb 1514:21Athletics sign outfielder Robbie GrossmanDaniel GossettSPAthleticsFree Agent
Robbie GrossmanDHTwinsFree Agent
Ramon LaureanoCFAthleticsFree Agent
Nick MartiniRFAthleticsFree Agent
Cliff Pennington2B/3B/SSRedsFree Agent
Stephen PiscottyRFAthleticsFree Agent
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics added depth to their outfield mix by signing outfielder Robbie Grossman to a one-year, $2 million contract Friday.Nick Martini, Stephen Piscotty, and Ramon Laureano are projected to get the majority of playing time in the A's outfield. Oakland manager Bob Melvin said the club would be looking at Grossman as an option in left field."Sitting here now, that's probably the spot he'd play more. We have a lot of depth at the outfield position and I don't think that's a bad thing," said Melvin, who called Grossman "a good pick up."Grossman acknowledged he was getting a little anxious waiting at home as camps opened. The A's have their first full squad workout Saturday."Being in that situation, it's tough right now, especially how the market is," Grossman said. "I'm excited to land here and excited to be an Oakland A."Grossman spent the last three seasons with the Twins. He batted .273 with five home runs and 48 RBIs last season.The Athletics also sig... [More]
Fri Feb 1513:51AP source: Severino, Yanks agree to $40M, 4-year contractAaron NolaSPPhilliesFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Right-hander Luis Severino avoided an arbitration hearing with the New York Yankees, agreeing Friday to a $40 million, four-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.Severino's deal includes a team option for 2023 that could make the agreement worth $52.25 million for five seasons. If the option is not exercised, Severino would be eligible for free agency after the 2022 season.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement is subject to a successful physical.Severino gets a $2 million signing bonus, $4 million in 2019, $10 million in 2020, $10.5 million in 2021 and $11 million in 2022. The team option is for $15 million with a $2.75 million buyout.He had been scheduled for the final salary arbitration hearing of the year on Friday morning at St. Petersburg, Florida. Severino had asked for a raise from $604,975 to $5.25 million in his first season of arbitration eligibility and the Yankees had offered $4.4 millio... [More]
Fri Feb 1513:21Francisco Liriano hopes return to Pirates sparks turnaroundSteven BraultSPPiratesFree Agent
Nick KinghamSPPiratesFree Agent
Francisco LirianoSPTigersFree Agent
Jordan LylesSPPiratesFree Agent
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Francisco Liriano had a handful of offers during free agency that were basically the same. Teams wanted him to come to spring training on a minor league contract.Realizing he was not getting a major league deal, he returned to the team where he had his best run during his 13-year career. The 35-year-old left-hander agreed to terms with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Feb. 4, one week before spring training.In a three seasons between 2013 and 2015, Liriano was a combined 35-25 with a 3.26 ERA in 86 starts. He was the winning pitcher in the 2013 NL wild-card game — the Pirates' first postseason appearance since 1992 — when he limited Cincinnati to one run in seven innings."To be honest, that's one of the best games I remember," Liriano said before pitchers and catchers worked out Friday. "I have a lot of good memories in Pittsburgh. Hopefully, it will continue this year, too. Hopefully, we can make the playoffs. You never know. You've got to go out there and play a... [More]
Fri Feb 1513:21Tigers beat Fulmer in final arbitration case this yearKyle BarracloughRPNationalsFree Agent
Trevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Michael FulmerSPTigersFree Agent
Max KeplerRFTwinsFree Agent
Aaron NolaSPPhilliesFree Agent
Tommy PhamCFRaysFree Agent
Manny PiñaCBrewersFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Ryan TeperaRPBlue JaysFree Agent
Blake TreinenRPAthleticsFree Agent
Alex WoodSPRedsFree Agent
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Detroit beat pitcher Michael Fulmer in the last salary arbitration case this year, leaving players with a 6-4 final record in decisions.Fulmer was awarded a raise from $575,200 to $2.8 million by Matt Goldberg, Robert Herzog and Elizabeth Neumeier, who heard the case Wednesday. Fulmer had asked for $3.4 million.The decision was withheld until Friday, when right-hander Luis Severino and the Yankees had been scheduled for a hearing.Fulmer was the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year and an All-Star in 2017. A right-hander who turns 26 on March 15, Fulmer was 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA in 132 1/3 innings last year. He didn't pitch for the Tigers between July 14 and Aug. 24 because of a left oblique strain, then didn't pitch after Sept. 15 because of a torn right lateral meniscus.Players had a winning record for the third time in four years but just the fifth time since 1996 and 11th time since arbitration started in 1974.Three starting pitchers won — Cleveland's Trevor Bau... [More]
Fri Feb 1513:21Reliever Sergio Romo, Marlins finalize $2.5M, 1-year dealJulian FernandezSPMarlinsFree Agent
Sergio RomoRPRaysFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Right-hander Sergio Romo and the Miami Marlins have finalized a one-year contract that guarantees the reliever $2.5 million.Romo can earn an additional $250,000 in performance bonuses for games finished as part of the deal announced Friday: $50,000 each for 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 games finished.The 35-year-old was 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA last year for Tampa Bay with 25 saves in 33 chances.Romo was an All-Star in 2013 for San Francisco and helped the Giants to World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014.He has a 2.86 career ERA in 638 relief appearances and five starts during 11 major league seasons.To open a roster spot, the Marlins put right-hander Julian Fernandez on the 60-day injured list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery,___More AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Feb 1513:21Infielder Solarte receives minor league contract from GiantsBrandon Belt1BGiantsFree Agent
Joe Panik2BGiantsFree Agent
Pablo Sandoval3BGiantsFree Agent
Yangervis Solarte3BBlue JaysFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Switch-hitting, versatile infielder Yangervis Solarte has reached agreement on a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants.He will provide infield depth for manager Bruce Bochy. Solarte played every infield position last season for the Blue Jays, making 83 starts at third base and 28 at second.San Francisco dealt with significant injuries to first baseman Brandon Belt, second baseman Joe Panik and third baseman Pablo Sandoval last season and all missed extended time. Sandoval is recovering from August surgery to repair a torn right hamstring, while Belt has had repeated concussions and underwent season-ending right knee surgery in September.The 31-year-old Solarte batted .226 with 17 home runs and 54 RBIs in 122 games last season for Toronto. He played in the NL West the previous three-plus years with the Padres.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Feb 1513:01Tigers beat Fulmer in final arbitration case this yearKyle BarracloughRPNationalsFree Agent
Trevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Michael FulmerSPTigersFree Agent
Max KeplerRFTwinsFree Agent
Aaron NolaSPPhilliesFree Agent
Tommy PhamCFRaysFree Agent
Manny PiñaCBrewersFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Ryan TeperaRPBlue JaysFree Agent
Blake TreinenRPAthleticsFree Agent
Alex WoodSPRedsFree Agent
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Detroit beat pitcher Michael Fulmer in the final salary arbitration case this year, leaving players with a 6-4 final record in decisions.Fulmer was awarded a raise from $575,200 to $2.8 million by Matt Goldberg, Robert Herzog and Elizabeth Neumeier, who heard the case Wednesday. Fulmer had asked for $3.4 million.The decision was withheld until Friday, when right-hander Luis Severino and the Yankees had been scheduled for a hearing.Fulmer was the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year and an All-Star in 2017. A right-hander who turns 26 on March 15, Fulmer was 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA in 132 1/3 innings last year. He didn't pitch for the Tigers between July 14 and Aug. 24 because of a left oblique strain, then didn't pitch after Sept. 15 because of a torn right lateral meniscus.Players had a winning record for the third time in four years but just the fifth time since 1996 and 11th time since arbitration started in 1974.Three starting pitchers won — Cleveland's Trevor Ba... [More]
Fri Feb 1512:41Francisco Liriano hopes return to Pirates sparks turnaroundSteven BraultSPPiratesFree Agent
Nick KinghamSPPiratesFree Agent
Francisco LirianoSPTigersFree Agent
Jordan LylesSPPiratesFree Agent
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Francisco Liriano had a handful of offers during free agency that were basically the same. Teams wanted him to come to spring training on a minor league contract.Realizing he was not getting a major league deal, he returned to the team where he had his best run during his 13-year career. The 35-year-old left-hander agreed to terms with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Feb. 4, one week before spring training.In a three seasons between 2013 and 2015, Liriano was a combined 35-25 with a 3.26 ERA in 86 starts. He was the winning pitcher in the 2013 NL wild-card game — the Pirates' first postseason appearance since 1992 — when he limited Cincinnati to one run in seven innings."To be honest, that's one of the best games I remember," Liriano said before pitchers and catchers worked out Friday. "I have a lot of good memories in Pittsburgh. Hopefully, it will continue this year, too. Hopefully, we can make the playoffs. You never know. You've got to go out there and play a... [More]
Fri Feb 1512:41AP source: Severino, Yanks agree to $40M, 4-year contractLuis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that right-hander Luis Severino avoided an arbitration hearing with the New York Yankees, agreeing to a $40 million, four-year contract.Severino's deal includes a team option for 2023 that could make the deal worth $52.25 million for five seasons. If the option is not exercised, Severino would be eligible for free agency after the 2022 season.The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the agreement is subject to a successful physical.Severino gets a $2 million signing bonus, $4 million in 2019, $10 million in 2020 and $10.5 million in 2021 and $11 million in 2022. The team option is for $15 million with a $2.75 million buyout.___More AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Feb 1512:31Reliever Sergio Romo, Giants finalize $2.5M, 1-year contractJulian FernandezSPMarlinsFree Agent
Sergio RomoRPRaysFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Right-hander Sergio Romo and the Miami Marlins have finalized a one-year contract that guarantees the reliever $2.5 million.Romo can earn an additional $250,000 in performance bonuses for games finished as part of the deal announced Friday: $50,000 each for 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 games finished.The 35-year-old was 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA last year for Tampa Bay with 25 saves in 33 chances.Romo was an All-Star in 2013 for San Francisco and helped the Giants to World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014.He has a 2.86 career ERA in 638 relief appearances and five starts during 11 major league seasons.To open a roster spot, the Marlins put right-hander Julian Fernandez on the 60-day injured list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery,___More AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Feb 1512:11Athletics sign outfielder Robbie GrossmanDaniel GossettSPAthleticsFree Agent
Robbie GrossmanDHTwinsFree Agent
Cliff Pennington2B/3B/SSRedsFree Agent
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics signed outfielder Robbie Grossman to a one-year, $2 million contract Friday.To make room for Grossman on the 40-man roster, right-hander Daniel Gossett was placed on the 60-day injured list.Grossman spent the last three seasons with the Twins. He batted .273 with five home runs and 48 RBIs last season.The Athletics also signed infielder Cliff Pennington to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.Pennington returns to the A's, where he began his big league career in 2008. He has compiled a .242 batting average in 11 seasons with the A's, Diamondbacks, Angels, Reds and Blue Jays.Gossett appeared in five games for the A's last year before undergoing Tommy John reconstruction surgery Aug. 1. He went 0-3 with a 5.18 ERA.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Feb 1508:31Twins reach 5-year deals with Kepler, PolancoNelson CruzDHTwinsFree Agent
Max KeplerRFTwinsFree Agent
Martín PérezSPRangersFree Agent
Jorge PolancoSSTwinsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have locked up a pair of young position players for the long term by agreeing to five-year contracts with right fielder Max Kepler and shortstop Jorge Polanco.The contracts were announced Friday, a day after they were reached as pitchers and catchers went through their first workout in Fort Myers, Florida.Kepler's contract is worth $35 million and includes an option that could increase its value to at least $44 million over six years. Polanco's deal is valued at $25.75 million, has two options that could make it worth at least $47.25 million for seven seasons.Kepler, who turned 26 on Sunday, had agreed last month to a $3,125,000 salary for 2019 in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Entering his fourth full season as a regular in the lineup, Kepler won the team's defensive player of the year award in 2018. He never found a rhythm at the plate, batting a career-low .224, but he set his major league career high with 20 home runs.Raised in B... [More]
Thu Feb 1420:21Seeking rich deal from hesitant Mets, deGrom weighs optionsJacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Just a few hours after Jacob deGrom threw his first practice pitch of spring training, the NL Cy Young Award winner let everyone know the score.He hasn't received a long-term contract offer from the New York Mets and isn't sure he will before opening day."I honestly have no clue. There hasn't really been many talks," deGrom said Thursday. "But that can change in one phone call. I just don't really know."The 30-year-old deGrom is set to make $17 million this season and is under club control through 2020. If he doesn't get a new deal this spring, however, he didn't rule out limiting his 2019 workload to protect his personal future.It's an idea that was floated by his agent, Jeff Berry of CAA, in a recent memo to major leaguers during a second consecutive slow free-agent market. If teams are so hesitant to sign accomplished veterans because they come with wear and tear, maybe players should take measures themselves to assure they stay fresh."I think that's go... [More]
Thu Feb 1418:31Rays open spring, praising success of their openersJalen BeeksSPRaysFree Agent
Yonny ChirinosSPRaysFree Agent
Tyler GlasnowSPRaysFree Agent
Charlie MortonSPRaysFree Agent
Ryne StanekRPRaysFree Agent
Ryan YarbroughSPRaysFree Agent
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays offer a simple response to critics of the team's creative use of openers to fill out their pitching rotation.It works.And, they plan to do it again this season, when they expect to contend for a playoff berth after winning more games in 2018 than any major league club that didn't make the postseason."At the end of the day, our motives are to win games and put our players in the best position that we believe possible to help us accomplish that. ... That will continue to be our guide," senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager Erik Neander said."We're going to do what we feel is best for our organization and our players," Neander added. "If that leads to winning games, that makes everybody happy."The Rays are coming off a turnaround season in which they won 90 games, in part because of the successful use of relievers to open games on days manager Kevin Cash elected to not begin with a traditional starter.An opener ge... [More]
Thu Feb 1418:11Cueto pitched with severe pain in elbow nearly 3 yearsMadison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Johnny CuetoSPGiantsFree Agent
Jeff SamardzijaSPGiantsFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — For nearly three years, Johnny Cueto pitched with a stabbing pain in his right elbow. He won 18 games for San Francisco in 2016 and started the All-Star game that year dealing with the discomfort.How he did so, Cueto isn't sure. And the animated right-hander can now envision how great it will be once he's back on the mound and pain-free following Tommy John reconstructive surgery."It was a lot for me to deal with. It was almost three years with pain in the elbow, and strong pain," said Cueto, who turns 33 on Friday. "It's not easy. Last year I started well, but it's a mental pain, it's a pain that felt like someone stuck a knife in my elbow and stabbed it over and over again. It was unbearable and I don't know how I was able to pitch and block the pain."Cueto arrived in Arizona a couple of days behind the Giants pitchers and catchers because of personal reasons and had his physical Thursday. He is scheduled to throw next week for the first time since his Augu... [More]
Thu Feb 1418:01AP sources: Twins reach 5-year deals with Kepler, PolancoNelson CruzDHTwinsFree Agent
Max KeplerRFTwinsFree Agent
Martín PérezSPRangersFree Agent
Jorge PolancoSSTwinsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have locked up a pair of young position players for the long term by agreeing to five-year contracts with right fielder Max Kepler and shortstop Jorge Polanco, according to two people with direct knowledge of the deals.The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had yet to announce the contracts, which were reached on Thursday as pitchers and catchers went through their first workout in Fort Myers, Florida. The Twins scheduled a news conference for Friday.Kepler's contract is worth $35 million and includes a $10 million club option for 2024 with a $1 million buyout. Polanco's deal, which is valued at $25.75 million, has a 2024 option that could become guaranteed as well as a 2025 club option.Kepler, who turned 26 on Sunday, had agreed last month to a $3,125,000 salary for 2019 in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Entering his fourth full season as a regular in the lineup, Kepler won the team's def... [More]
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