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Sat Jan 2020:49Twins fans meet Pineda, but have to wait to see him pitchMichael PinedaSPTwinsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Michael Pineda is hard to miss, even when he's not throwing 95 mph fastballs. The Minnesota Twins won't witness any of those heaters for a while, but they're still pleased to have the 6-foot-7 right-hander in-house until he's ready.Pineda was introduced to his new fans at Twins Fest on Saturday after agreeing to a $10 million, two-year deal last month, though he's still recovering from Tommy John surgery and is unlikely to pitch again until at least late this season.Indeed, Minnesota's first major move this winter was mostly about 2019."It's very hard for me," Pineda said, adding that "I feel way better right now because now I have my team and they believe me."Minnesota chief baseball officer Derek Falvey believed enough in the Dominican righty to invest a year of recovery for a payoff down the road.Pineda said he threw for the first time since surgery Thursday, the day before heading to Minnesota, where he donned a Twins jersey for the first time and was introduce... [More]
Sat Jan 2004:39Tim Tebow invited to spring training by MetsChasen BradfordRPMarinersFree Agent
Kevin McGowanSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Tebow will be at spring training with the New York Mets.The 30-year-old outfielder was among a group of nine spring training invitees announced by the team Friday.The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback is preparing for his second professional baseball season. He hit .226 with eight homers, 52 RBIs and 126 strikeouts in 126 games last year at Class A with Columbia in the South Atlantic League and Port St. Lucie in the Florida State League.Tebow was 4 for 27 (.148) with no extra-base hits, one walk and eight strikeouts in nine spring training games for the Mets last year.New York also invited first baseman Peter Alonso, infielder David Thompson, outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski, catcher Patrick Mazeika, left-hander P.J. Conlon and right-handers Drew Smith, Corey Taylor and Adonis Uceta to spring training.In addition, the Mets announced that right-hander Chasen Bradford was claimed off waivers by Seattle.Right-hander Kevin McGowan cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Las Vegas. He will be invited to big league spring training as well.___More MLB baseball:
Sat Jan 2000:39Twins search for pitching begins with trio of relieversMatt BelisleFree Agent
Alan BusenitzRPTwinsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — While baseball's offseason crawls along waiting for a logjam of free agents to clear, Minnesota Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey remains fluid in trying to improve the team's pitching staff.Waiting out decisions by the top starters on the market, Falvey turned his sights to the bullpen, where Minnesota was tied for 20th in the majors in relief ERA (4.40) last season while making its surprise run to the American League wild-card game.As one of the more active teams in free agency, the Twins signed three relievers for a total of $23.4 million guaranteed in closer Fernando Rodney, left-hander Zach Duke and right-hander Addison Reed over the past month."You don't know, really, where things are going to go sometimes," Falvey said Friday as Minnesota began its annual fan festival at Target Field, with Rodney and Duke in attendance. "So, the way we looked at it was, let's find a way to augment our pitching. Ultimately, that could come in the starting rotation, th... [More]
Fri Jan 1918:29Evan Longoria considers speeding up games a tricky issueEvan Longoria3BGiantsFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Evan Longoria just can't envision it: a reliever riding in from the bullpen on a cart to speed up games.Sounds utterly far-fetched for America's tried-and-true pastime in the 21st century, right?Yet that was one idea players had, along with cutting down on the time between innings by running split-screen commercials.Longoria, acquired by San Francisco in a trade from Tampa Bay last month, has no interest in turning from his new third base spot at AT&T Park to watch a pitcher make way to the mound by cart from the bullpen behind his base."Let the guy run out," Longoria said Friday.On Thursday, the players' association rejected Major League Baseball's pace-of-game proposal.MLB can implement its proposal from last offseason to install 20-second pitch clocks and limit mound trips by a manager, coach or player to one per pitcher in an inning before a mandatory pitching change."That's why it's so tough to address, we want to keep the game looking the same because w... [More]
Fri Jan 1918:19Cardinals trade OF Randal Grichuk to Toronto for 2 pitchersDexter FowlerCFCardinalsFree Agent
Conner GreeneSPCardinalsFree Agent
Randal GrichukLFBlue JaysFree Agent
Dominic LeoneRPCardinalsFree Agent
Marcell OzunaLFCardinalsFree Agent
Tommy PhamCFCardinalsFree Agent
Stephen PiscottyRFAthleticsFree Agent
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Randal Grichuk wasn't too thrilled about the idea of playing in a reserve role this season for the St. Louis Cardinals.He won't have to worry about that any more.The Cardinals traded the 26-year-old outfielder to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday for reliever Dominic Leone and minor league pitcher Conner Greene.Grichuk hit .238 last season with 22 home runs and 59 RBIs in 122 games. He became expendable after St. Louis got big-hitting left fielder Marcell Ozuna in a trade with Miami last month, and because of the emergence of Tommy Pham in center.With Ozuna and Pham locked into starting spots, and former center fielder Dexter Fowler expected to move to right, Grichuk was the odd man out of the projected lineup."Knowing my role going in as the fourth outfielder and getting that pinch hit off the bench, it's going to be difficult," Grichuk said Monday. "I'll have to give it all I got when I get the opportunity. You can't let it get to you. This game is tough if you don't... [More]
Thu Jan 1822:39Diamondbacks OF Yasmany Tomas accused of reckless drivingYasmany TomásLFDiamondbacksFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas has been accused of reckless driving and criminal speeding after his car was clocked at 105 mph on a metro Phoenix freeway.Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say troopers pulled over the 27-year-old Tomas around 9:30 a.m. Thursday.He was booked into the downtown Phoenix jail and his Mercedes coupe was impounded.Authorities say Tomas could be facing up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500 on the criminal speeding charge while a reckless driving charge could lead to a suspended license."We are very disappointed to learn of this news," the Diamondbacks said in a statement issued Thursday afternoon. "We are still gathering facts, and will refrain from further comment at this time as this is a pending legal matter."Tomas hit 31 home runs in 140 games in 2016, but only played 47 games last season due to injury.
Thu Jan 1818:09Kendrick, Nationals finalize $7 million, 2-year contractAdam EatonCFNationalsFree Agent
Bryce HarperRFNationalsFree Agent
Howie KendrickLFNationalsFree Agent
Victor RoblesCFNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Outfielder Howie Kendrick and the Washington Nationals have finalized their $7 million, two-year contract.The 34-year old will make $3 million this year and $4 million in 2019, and he can earn up to $1.1 million each season in in performance bonuses based on plate appearances.With Bryce Harper, Adam Eaton and Michael A. Taylor the favorites to earn the starting spots in the outfield and Victor Robles another possibility, Kendrick likely will be a bench option for first-year manager Dave Martinez.Kendrick hit .293 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs in 52 games with Washington after he was acquired from Philadelphia. In 12 major league seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, Dodgers, Phillies and Nationals, the versatile right-handed hitter has batted .291 with a .755 OPS.Washington agreed to the deal earlier this week, pending a successful physical.___More AP baseball:
Thu Jan 1817:49Dombrowski: Red Sox prepared to go to camp without new batJosé Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Chad BettisSPRockiesFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Xander BogaertsSSRed SoxFree Agent
Rafael Devers3BRed SoxFree Agent
David OrtizFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
Robby ScottRPRed SoxFree Agent
George SpringerCFAstrosFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox may head to spring training without the middle-of-the-lineup hitter they have been seeking since David Ortiz retired at the end of the 2016 season.That's by necessity, not choice.After saying all winter that he would like a big bat to address the power outage that left the Red Sox last in the AL in homers in 2017, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said on Thursday that he's prepared to move forward without one."We'll keep working at it," Dombrowski said before the awards dinner for the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. "But I do think we have a good club, no matter what."After leading the majors in runs in 2016, Ortiz's last season before he retired, the Red Sox won 93 years for the second straight year in '17 to claim the first back-to-back AL East titles in franchise history. But without Ortiz, the offensive production plummeted: They were sixth in runs, and Mookie Betts led the team with 24 homers, the fe... [More]
Thu Jan 1817:19Mets finalize 1-year deal with 1B Adrian GonzalezChasen BradfordRPMarinersFree Agent
Jay BruceRFMetsFree Agent
Wilmer Flores3BMetsFree Agent
Adrián González1BMetsFree Agent
Matt KempLFDodgersFree Agent
Kevin McGowanSPMetsFree Agent
Dominic Smith1BMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez vows to have a quiet voice with the New York Mets.A month after the first baseman was released by Atlanta from a contract that guaranteed him $21.5 million this year, Gonzalez finalized a one-year deal with the Mets on Thursday for the $545,000 major league minimum.Bobby Valentine, Gonzalez's manager during Boston's last-place 2012 season, was quoted by the New York Post this week as saying: "He can really talk — he is a smart guy and he is excessive in his willingness to share his thoughts.""I think Bobby was in the right there," Gonzalez said. "I think going into that 2012 season I heard a lot of people tell me that I had to be more of a vocal leader and do things that were out of context for me. I feel like I went into that season trying to make myself do something that I'm not used to doing. And I do agree with Bobby: I think I had a lot of opinions that year. But I don't think it is who I am."Gonzalez said he reverted to his previous demeanor af... [More]
Thu Jan 1816:39Felipe Rivero finalizes $22M, 4-year deal with PiratesGerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Andrew McCutchenRFGiantsFree Agent
Felipe RiveroRPPiratesFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Felipe Rivero admits he was a little surprised when Pittsburgh Pirates parted with established stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen over the last week, part of a roster reset the club insists is not to be confused with an actual rebuild."They were saying they wanted to keep them," the Pirates closer said. "Tough to see two of the best guys leave."Rivero, however, doesn't appear likely to follow them out of Pittsburgh. The hard-throwing left-handed reliever finalized a $22 million, four-year contract on Thursday, a deal that includes two club options and could be worth $41 million over six seasons. The 26-year-old, acquired in a trade deadline deal with Washington in 2016, receives a $2 million signing bonus and agreed to a deal that covers his arbitration-eligible years, giving him peace of mind."I want to be relaxed the next few years and not have arbitration cases," Rivero said. "I just want to help the team as much as I can right now."Rivero took over as Pittsb... [More]
Wed Jan 1721:44Reliever Jeremy Jeffress pleads guilty to drunken drivingJeremy JeffressRPBrewersFree Agent
DALLAS (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress has been sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated in Texas.Jeffress was part of the Texas Rangers bullpen when he was stopped and arrested on a Dallas street in the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 26.The 30-year-old right-hander entered his plea Wednesday in a Dallas County court. A judge sentenced him to three days in jail and gave him credit for the jail time already served.Jeffress has a history of substance abuse. He was suspended for 50 games in 2007 and for 100 games in 2009, both times when he was in the minors.
Wed Jan 1720:14Tigers reach 1-year, $6,275,000 deal with IglesiasJosé IglesiasSSTigersFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have avoided arbitration with Jose Iglesias, agreeing to a $6,275,000, one-year contract with the 28-year-old shortstop.Iglesias was the only remaining Detroit player eligible for arbitration . He had asked for $6.8 million and the team had offered $5.6 million.Iglesias hit .255 with six home runs and 54 RBIs in 2017. In 531 major league games with the Tigers and Boston Red Sox, he's hit .270 with a .316 on-base percentage. He was an All-Star in 2015.His days with Detroit could be numbered. The Tigers have traded several of their top players over the past year, with an eye toward rebuilding for the future.___More AP baseball:
Wed Jan 1717:54Slow market changed Bruce's outlook before return to MetsJay BruceRFMetsFree Agent
Michael ConfortoLFMetsFree Agent
Wade DavisRPRockiesFree Agent
Wilmer Flores3BMetsFree Agent
Adrián González1BMetsFree Agent
Carlos Santana1BPhilliesFree Agent
Dominic Smith1BMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Bruce was surprised by the free-agent market."The way the offseason kind of went and the slowness of it kind of maybe changed my outlook on it a little bit," he said Wednesday at a Citi Field news conference.Bruce returned to the Mets for a $39 million, three-year contract, five months after New York traded the 30-year-old outfielder to Cleveland."I think there's been a sea change in the industry," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. "It's at least arithmetic in nature if not mathematical, so everybody's information is roughly the same, which means the assessments of players are probably more uniform today than they ever have been, because they're predicated not on subjective observation."Bruce agreed to the deal last week, and New York finalized the agreement Tuesday after the three-time All-Star passed a physical.His deal was the third-highest among free agents this offseason behind first baseman Carlos Santana's $60 million contract with Cleveland and clo... [More]
Wed Jan 1717:14Cole excited to join Verlander, Keuchel on Astros staffGerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Michael FelizRPPiratesFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Brian McCannCAstrosFree Agent
Colin Moran3BPiratesFree Agent
Charlie MortonSPAstrosFree Agent
Joe MusgroveSPPiratesFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole is joining a rotation filled with aces."I was just tremendously excited," Cole said Wednesday, four days after the Houston Astros acquired him from the Pittsburgh Pirates. "I was out with some friends having a good time for my wife's birthday weekend. So, it was a really good phone call. How you can ask for anything more than coming to the World Series champions."Wearing a No. 45 uniform, the 27-year-old right-hander was introduced at Minute Maid Park. He was obtained for right-handed reliever Michael Feliz, right-hander Joe Musgrove, infielder Colin Moran and outfield prospect Jason Martin.Houston ace Dallas Keuchel was joined late last season by Justin Verlander, who helped the Astros win their first championship."I'm certainly happy with the depth of this rotation," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "It's hard to argue the quality we can throw out there every day if we are healthy and if we continue to push forward."Cole was 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA last year... [More]
Wed Jan 1715:34Pirates fans urge MLB to force owner Nutting to sellGerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Andrew McCutchenRFGiantsFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Some Pittsburgh Pirates fans are signing a petition to express their frustration following the team's decision to trade star outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants.As of Wednesday, more than 28,000 fans signed a petition on asking Major League Baseball to force Pirates owner Bob Nutting to sell the team.Writing "we deserve better," the petition's starters aim to reach 35,000 signatures to protest the direction Nutting and the front office have taken in the offseason. Pittsburgh sent top starting pitcher Gerrit Cole to Houston on Saturday, then sent McCutchen to the Giants, shedding the organization of $20 million in salary in the process.The Pirates, who reached the playoffs three straight seasons from 2013-15, have finished below .500 each of the last two years.Nutting, who took over as the team's principal owner in 2007, called the decision to trade McCutchen the most difficult of his tenure.___More AP baseball:
Wed Jan 1715:14AP source: Cubs, Duensing agree to $7 million, 2-year dealSteve CishekRPCubsFree Agent
Wade DavisRPRockiesFree Agent
Brian DuensingRPCubsFree Agent
Brandon MorrowRPCubsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs bolstered their revamped bullpen on Wednesday, bringing back Brian Duensing with a $7 million, two-year contract.Duensing returns to Chicago after signing a one-year deal with the Cubs last winter. The left-hander went 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 68 appearances last season.A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed the contract to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because it is pending a physical.Duensing helped Chicago win the NL Central last season, but its bullpen faltered in the playoffs and it was eliminated by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series. All-Star closer Wade Davis then left in free agency, agreeing to a $52 million, three-year contract with Colorado, but the Cubs signed relievers Brandon Morrow and Steve Cishek before coming to an agreement with Duensing.Duensing, who turns 35 next month, played college ball at Nebraska before he was selected by Minnesota in the third round of the 2005 draft. He broke into the majors with the Twins in 2009 and is 43-38 with a 4.01 ERA in nine seasons.___More AP baseball:
Wed Jan 1714:34Hand's $19.75M Padres' deal includes $1.75M signing bonusBrad HandRPPadresFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — All-Star closer Brad Hand's $19.75 million, three-year contract with the San Diego Padres includes a $1.75 million signing bonus.Hand receives $750,000 of his signing bonus within 30 days of the deal's approval by the commissioner's office and $500,000 apiece on Nov. 15 this year and next.He gets salaries of $3.5 million this year, $6.5 million in 2019 and $7 million in 2020. The Padres have a $10 million option for 2021 with a $1 million buyout, under the deal announced Saturday.Hand went 3-4 with 21 saves and a 2.16 ERA last season. He would have been eligible for free agency after the 2019 season.___More AP baseball:
Wed Jan 1714:34Andrew McCutchen eager for challenge of a tough right fieldMadison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Kyle CrickSPPiratesFree Agent
Evan Longoria3BGiantsFree Agent
Andrew McCutchenRFGiantsFree Agent
Hunter PenceRFGiantsFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Andrew McCutchen figures San Francisco's AT&T Park outfield is so big, playing right field will make him feel like a center fielder all over again.Running catches, ricochets off the wall, tricky bounces and all.And if he can save his legs a little bit from the action in center, he might just steal a few more bases.The Giants acquired the popular McCutchen from Pittsburgh on Monday, and he will be their new starting right fielder. Manager Bruce Bochy quickly spoke to incumbent Hunter Pence about making the move from right to left."I'm looking forward to right field, that's one place people can't pick on me saying my defensive metrics are so bad," McCutchen said during a conference call Tuesday. "I'm looking forward to being able to play right field. I know there's a lot of room out there to run. It's definitely going to be a reminder almost like playing center. I've gotten to see Hunter Pence patrol out there quite a bit so I'll be able to pick his brain quite... [More]
Tue Jan 1621:04Jay Bruce, Mets finalize $39 million, 3-year dealJay BruceRFMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Bruce and the New York Mets have finalized a $39 million, three-year deal to bring his big bat back to Queens.The Mets announced Bruce's signing Tuesday night. They have scheduled a press conference for Wednesday morning.The 30-year-old Bruce had a career-high 36 home runs along with a .254 average and 101 RBIs last season. He hit 29 of those homers with the Mets before an August trade sent him to Cleveland.Bruce will get $10 million this season and $14.5 million in each of the following two years. He can designate five teams each year that he cannot be traded to without his consent.Bruce said in a statement he is "excited to return to the Mets to help finish what we set out to do at the beginning of last season."___More AP baseball:
Tue Jan 1619:34Reliever Addison Reed, Twins finalize $16.75M, 2-year dealJeurys FamiliaRPMetsFree Agent
Addison ReedRPTwinsFree Agent
Fernando RodneyRPTwinsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Right-handed reliever Addison Reed and Minnesota have finalized a $16.75 million, two-year contract, putting another pitcher with closing experience in the back of the Twins' bullpen.The deal, agreed to over the weekend, was announced Monday and calls for salaries of $8.25 million this year and $8.5 million in 2019. The Twins agreed to a deal with right-hander Fernando Rodney in the offseason.Reed has 125 saves in seven major league seasons. He started last season with the New York Mets, then was traded to the Boston Red Sox. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2010 and took over the ninth inning for them two years later.Reed had a career-best 40 saves in 2013, with 72 strikeouts in 71 1/3 innings and a 3.79 ERA. He was dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks the following offseason, then to the Mets in 2015. He served as their primary setup man for two years, filling in as the closer when Jeurys Familia was suspended or injured.___For more AP baseball coverage:
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