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Thu Mar 2113:29Ichiro walks off into history in 'sayonara' at Tokyo DomeNori AokiLF/RFFree Agent
Ichiro SuzukiPH/RFMarinersFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — At times, it seemed as if he'd go on hitting forever.But on Thursday night, a player who defined baseball at its very best on two continents for a generation, took his final swing.The great Ichiro has said "sayonara."Now 45, Ichiro Suzuki left the Tokyo Dome field in the eighth inning, waving goodbye to the packed crowd amid hugs from Seattle Mariners teammates in a three-minute walk that signaled to all his monumental run was over."I have ended my career and decided to retire," Ichiro said, speaking in Japanese at a news conference after a 5-4 win over Oakland in 12 innings.He said his contract was through the two games in Japan, and said he decided before arriving last week to step away."After the reception I got today, how could I possibly have any regrets?" he said. "I couldn't play well enough in spring training to earn an extension."Ichiro went 0 for 4 in his farewell. In his last at-bat, he came up with two outs, a runner on second and a tie score in the eighth. H... [More]
Thu Mar 2110:37Ichiro walks off into history in 'sayonara' at Tokyo DomeIchiro SuzukiPH/RFMarinersFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki has said "sayonara."The 45-year-old Seattle Mariners star announced his retirement Thursday night, shortly after waving goodbye at the Tokyo Dome during a 5-4 win over Oakland in 12 innings.Ichiro went 0 for 4 and was pulled from right field in the eighth, saluting his adoring fans in the packed crowd. He drew hugs from teammates in a three-minute walk that signaled to all his great career had ended.The outfielder said in a statement after the game that he had "achieved so many of my dreams in baseball, both in my career in Japan and, since 2001, in Major League Baseball."He added that he was "honored to end my big league career where it started, with Seattle, and think it is fitting that my last games as a professional were played in my home country of Japan."Ichiro was a 10-time All-Star in the majors. He got 3,089 hits over a 19-year career in the big leagues after getting 1,278 while starring in Japan. His combined total of 4,367 is a professional record.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___AP Sports Writer Tim Booth contributed from Seattle.
Thu Mar 2110:19Trout, Angels finalize record $426.5 million, 12-year dealZack GreinkeSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Shohei OhtaniDH/PH/SPAngelsFree Agent
Albert Pujols1B/DHAngelsFree Agent
Alex RodriguezFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels announced their $426.5 million, 12-year contract on Wednesday night, a record deal that ties baseball's top player to the Orange County club for what likely will be the rest of his career.Trout gets a $20 million signing bonus payable this May 31 and salaries of $16 million this year, $36 million in 2020 and $35.45 million in each of the final 10 years.He cannot be traded without his consent and gets a hotel suite on road trips. He also receives four Diamond Club tickets plus a luxury suite for 20 games this year, and for the remainder of the contract by each Jan. 2 he can pick either the Diamond Clubs tickets or the suite dates for that season.His deal tops the previous high set when Bryce Harper and Philadelphia struck a $330 million, 13-year agreement earlier in spring training.The Angels will celebrate with a public appearance by Trout outside Angel Stadium on Sunday when the team returns from spring training for the fi... [More]
Thu Mar 2109:49Trout, Angels finalize record $426.5 million, 12-year dealZack GreinkeSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Shohei OhtaniDH/PH/SPAngelsFree Agent
Albert Pujols1B/DHAngelsFree Agent
Alex RodriguezFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels announced their $426.5 million, 12-year contract on Wednesday night, a record deal that ties baseball's top player to the Orange County club for what likely will be the rest of his career.Trout gets a $20 million signing bonus payable this March 31 and salaries of $16 million this year, $36 million in 2020 and $35.45 million in each of the final 10 years.He cannot be traded without his consent and gets a hotel suite on road trips. He also receives four Diamond Club tickets plus a luxury suite for 20 games this year, and for the remainder of the contract by each Jan. 2 he can pick either the Diamond Clubs tickets or the suite dates for that season.His deal tops the previous high set when Bryce Harper and Philadelphia struck a $330 million, 13-year agreement earlier in spring training.The Angels will celebrate with a public appearance by Trout outside Angel Stadium on Sunday when the team returns from spring training for the ... [More]
Thu Mar 2109:37Ichiro walks off into history in 'sayonara' at Tokyo DomeNori AokiLF/RFFree Agent
Ichiro SuzukiPH/RFMarinersFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki seems to have said "sayonara."The 45-year-old Seattle Mariners star left the Tokyo Dome field in the eighth inning on Thursday night, waving goodbye to the packed crowd amid hugs from teammates in a three-minute walk that signaled to all his great career has ended.The Japanese agency Kyodo News reported during the game against Oakland that Ichiro would announce his retirement after it was over.Ichiro went 0 for 4. He took his spot in right field in the eighth, but then was pulled by manager Scott Servais and the walk into history began in front of a sellout of 45,000.He strolled from right field, turned and waved to the crowd with all of the usually reserved Japanese fans on their feet.To chants of "Ichiro, Ichiro, Ichiro" he was greeted at the dugout — and later in the dugout — by emotional embraces from teammates. Yusei Kikuchi, the Japanese rookie pitcher who started the game, openly broke down crying when he embraced Ichiro.Oakland players stood sol... [More]
Thu Mar 2109:07Ichiro walks off into history before packed Tokyo Dome crowdIchiro SuzukiPH/RFMarinersFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki seems to have said "sayonara."The 45-year-old Seattle Mariner star left the Tokyo Dome field in the eighth inning on Thursday night, waving goodbye to the crowd and being hugged by teammates in a three-minute walk that signaled to all his great career has ended.The Japanese agency Kyodo News reported during the game against Oakland that Ichiro would announce his retirement after it was over.Ichiro went 0 for 4. He took his spot in right field in the eighth, but then was pulled by manager Scott Servais and the walk into history began in front of a sellout of 45,000.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Mar 2107:17Report: Ichiro will retire in Japan after Mariners vs. A'sYusei KikuchiFree Agent
Ichiro SuzukiPH/RFMarinersFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki started for the Seattle Mariners on Thursday in what the Japanese news agency Kyodo is reporting will be his final major league game.The 45-year-old Ichiro fouled out his first time up and grounded out in his next at-bat against Oakland. Each time the crowd chanted "Ichiro, Ichiro" as camera flashes and iPhone flashes lit up the 45,000 sellout at the Tokyo Dome.Kyodo didn't cite the source of its report.Seattle manager Scott Servais had hinted that, after Ichiro started in a season-opening victory against the Athletics on Wednesday, he might not start the final game of the brief series that opened the Major League Baseball season."I wasn't quite sure," Servais said. "I thought we'd give him the opportunity to go out there. And I'd love to see him get a couple of hits and finish on a high note here. I want to do the right thing."Ichiro has been swarmed over in games in Japan. On Thursday he signed caps, jerseys, photos and balls down the left field line with... [More]
Thu Mar 2104:36Harper gets 1st hit, Machado 1st home run of spring trainingRonald Acuña Jr.CF/LFBravesFree Agent
Nolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
Álex ÁvilaC/PHDiamondbacksFree Agent
Brandon Belt1BGiantsFree Agent
Archie BradleyRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Dylan BundySPOriolesFree Agent
Byron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Miguel Cabrera1BTigersFree Agent
Carlos CarrascoSPIndiansFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
C.J. Cron1B/DHTwinsFree Agent
Ian Desmond1B/LFRockiesFree Agent
Lucas Duda1B/DH/PHBravesFree Agent
Kyle Farmer3B/C/PHRedsFree Agent
Dexter FowlerCF/RFCardinalsFree Agent
Ben GamelLF/PH/RFBrewersFree Agent
Reed GarrettRPTigersFree Agent
Lucas GiolitoSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Cole HamelsSPCubsFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Josh Harrison2B/3BPiratesFree Agent
Teoscar HernándezLF/RFBlue JaysFree Agent
Chris IannettaC/PHRockiesFree Agent
José IglesiasSSTigersFree Agent
Pablo LopezSPMarlinsFree Agent
Jordan LuplowLFIndiansFree Agent
Manny Machado3B/SSDodgersFree Agent
Wade MileySPBrewersFree Agent
Cedric MullinsCF/LFOriolesFree Agent
Daniel Murphy2BRockiesFree Agent
Wil Myers1B/3B/LF/RFPadresFree Agent
Sean NewcombSPBravesFree Agent
Rougned Odor2BRangersFree Agent
Joe Panik2BGiantsFree Agent
Kevin PillarCFBlue JaysFree Agent
Manny PiñaCBrewersFree Agent
Michael PinedaSPTwinsFree Agent
A.J. PollockCFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Drew PomeranzSPRed SoxFree Agent
Buster Posey1B/CGiantsFree Agent
Anthony Rizzo1BCubsFree Agent
Tanner RoarkSPRedsFree Agent
Drew Robinson3B/CFCardinalsFree Agent
Gary SánchezCYankeesFree Agent
Pablo Sandoval1B/3B/PHGiantsFree Agent
Ervin SantanaSPTwinsFree Agent
Jonathan Schoop2BTwinsFree Agent
Corey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Matt ShoemakerSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Tyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
Matt StrahmRPPadresFree Agent
Eric Thames1B/LF/PH/RFBrewersFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Spencer TurnbullSPTigersFree Agent
Neil Walker1B/2B/3BYankeesFree Agent
Brandon WoodruffSPBrewersFree Agent
Bryce Harper got his first hit with Philadelphia, and Manny Machado homered for San Diego.Both of baseball's big offseason free agents are finally getting into the swing of things at spring training.Harper lined a 97 mph fastball to center field for a single in the fourth inning Wednesday against Detroit, snapping his 0-for-9 start to Grapefruit League play with the Phillies. The slugger jokingly gestured toward the dugout that he wanted to keep the ball as a souvenir.It was Harper's 16th plate appearance over six exhibition games. Spencer Turnbull struck him out swinging in the first inning.His final time up, Harper walked against Reed Garrett leading off the seventh. The 2015 NL MVP has struck out six times and drawn five walks."Took great swings on pitches that he just missed and fouled back," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said after his team's 3-1 loss to the Tigers."And one swing, a foul ball (down the third base side) that was a real near-miss. You could see with just a little bit... [More]
Thu Mar 2103:47Ichiro gets the start in what could be his last MLB gameIchiro SuzukiPH/RFMarinersFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki is in the starting lineup for the Mariners against the Oakland Athletics in what might be his last game in the majors.Seattle manager Scott Servais had earlier hinted that, after Ichiro started in a season-opening victory against the A's on Wednesday, he might not start on Thursday in the final game of the brief series.Servais says: I wasn't quite sure. I thought we'd give him the opportunity to go out there. And I'd love to see him get a couple of hits and finish on a high note here."The future of 45-year-old Ichiro is unclear. Many expect him to retire after the Japan series, or when the Mariners return home for two spring training games with the San Diego Padres before the regular season resumes against the Boston Red Sox.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Mar 2103:37Seager homers for Dodgers in return from elbow, hip surgeryJavier Báez2B/3B/SSCubsFree Agent
Cole HamelsSPCubsFree Agent
Manny Machado3B/SSDodgersFree Agent
Anthony Rizzo1BCubsFree Agent
Corey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
Julio UríasSPDodgersFree Agent
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Corey Seager returned with a bang to the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup Wednesday night.The star shortstop, playing against major league competition for the first time in nearly a year, homered to center field in his second at-bat against Chicago Cubs left-hander Cole Hamels at Sloan Park."It was just fun. The adrenaline, the excitement, it was really good," Seager said after playing six innings in his Cactus League debut. "It's been a really long time since I've been out there. That was the excitement part of it."Seager added a sacrifice fly in the fifth."I was happy for him. He looked really good in the batter's box," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "A positive night."A two-time All-Star and the 2016 NL Rookie of the Year, Seager played just 26 games a year ago before an elbow injury ended his season on April 29.He had Tommy John surgery in early May and arthroscopic surgery on his left hip in August. The Dodgers made their second straight trip to the World Series... [More]
Thu Mar 2102:56Bryce Harper gets his 1st hit of spring trainingRonald Acuña Jr.CF/LFBravesFree Agent
Nolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
Álex ÁvilaC/PHDiamondbacksFree Agent
Brandon Belt1BGiantsFree Agent
Archie BradleyRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Dylan BundySPOriolesFree Agent
Byron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Miguel Cabrera1BTigersFree Agent
Carlos CarrascoSPIndiansFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
C.J. Cron1B/DHTwinsFree Agent
Ian Desmond1B/LFRockiesFree Agent
Lucas Duda1B/DH/PHBravesFree Agent
Kyle Farmer3B/C/PHRedsFree Agent
Dexter FowlerCF/RFCardinalsFree Agent
Ben GamelLF/PH/RFBrewersFree Agent
Reed GarrettRPTigersFree Agent
Lucas GiolitoSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Cole HamelsSPCubsFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Josh Harrison2B/3BPiratesFree Agent
Teoscar HernándezLF/RFBlue JaysFree Agent
Chris IannettaC/PHRockiesFree Agent
José IglesiasSSTigersFree Agent
Pablo LopezSPMarlinsFree Agent
Jordan LuplowLFIndiansFree Agent
Manny Machado3B/SSDodgersFree Agent
Wade MileySPBrewersFree Agent
Cedric MullinsCF/LFOriolesFree Agent
Daniel Murphy2BRockiesFree Agent
Wil Myers1B/3B/LF/RFPadresFree Agent
Sean NewcombSPBravesFree Agent
Rougned Odor2BRangersFree Agent
Joe Panik2BGiantsFree Agent
Kevin PillarCFBlue JaysFree Agent
Manny PiñaCBrewersFree Agent
Michael PinedaSPTwinsFree Agent
A.J. PollockCFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Drew PomeranzSPRed SoxFree Agent
Buster Posey1B/CGiantsFree Agent
Anthony Rizzo1BCubsFree Agent
Tanner RoarkSPRedsFree Agent
Drew Robinson3B/CFCardinalsFree Agent
Gary SánchezCYankeesFree Agent
Pablo Sandoval1B/3B/PHGiantsFree Agent
Ervin SantanaSPTwinsFree Agent
Jonathan Schoop2BTwinsFree Agent
Corey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Matt ShoemakerSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Tyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
Matt StrahmRPPadresFree Agent
Eric Thames1B/LF/PH/RFBrewersFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Spencer TurnbullSPTigersFree Agent
Neil Walker1B/2B/3BYankeesFree Agent
Brandon WoodruffSPBrewersFree Agent
Bryce Harper is on the board at spring training.The slugger lined a 97 mph fastball to center field in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game against Detroit for his first hit with the Philadelphia Phillies after an 0-for-9 start.Harper jokingly gestured toward the dugout that he wanted to keep the ball.It was Harper's 16th plate appearance over six exhibition games. Spencer Turnbull struck him out swinging in the first.His final time up, Harper walked against Reed Garrett to lead off the seventh. Harper has struck out six times and drawn five walks."Took great swings on pitches that he just missed and fouled back," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said after the 3-1 loss to the Tigers."And one swing, a foul ball (down the third base side) that was a real near-miss. You could see with just a little bit better timing that ball is in the seats in left field. So, a lot to get excited about there with Bryce."Harper played seven innings in right field.Kapler plans to hit Harper third regularly d... [More]
Thu Mar 2100:19Status for Indians' Lindor for opening day still uncertainTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
A.J. ColeRP/SPYankeesFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BIndiansFree Agent
Francisco LindorSSIndiansFree Agent
Eric StametsSSIndiansFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — With a hop off his feet turning a double play and by driving a ball nearly over the fence, Indians three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor moved closer to returning from a right calf strain.Yet his status for opening day on March 28 at Minnesota remains uncertain.Batting every inning in a modified intrasquad minor league game, Lindor made eight plate appearances, going 0-for-6 with two walks.Eager to hit, Lindor swung on a 3-0 count during his sixth plate appearance, extending it to nine pitches and drawing a walk. Out of caution and because of his morning base running, he was replaced by a pinch runner.On a 3-0 count on his next plate appearance, he ripped a ball to the right field fence where prospect Oscar Gonzalez made a leaping catch, preventing a home run.Lindor was asked if he needs to appear in a Cactus League game to be ready for the season opener."I don't think so. I can play in the minor leagues or B games to be ready," he said."Baseball's suc... [More]
Wed Mar 2023:49Status for Indians' Lindor for opening day still uncertainTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
A.J. ColeRP/SPYankeesFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BIndiansFree Agent
Francisco LindorSSIndiansFree Agent
Eric StametsSSIndiansFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — With a hop off his feet turning a double play and by driving a ball nearly over the fence, Indians three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor moved closer to returning from a right calf strain.Yet his status for opening day on March 28 at Minnesota remains uncertain.Batting every inning in a modified intrasquad minor league game, Lindor made eight plate appearances, going 0-for-6 with two walks.Eager to hit, Lindor swung on a 3-0 count during his sixth plate appearance, extending it to nine pitches and drawing a walk. Out of caution and because of his morning base running, he was replaced by a pinch runner.On a 3-0 count on his next plate appearance, he ripped a ball to the right field fence where prospect Oscar Gonzalez made a leaping catch, preventing a home run.Lindor was asked if he needs to appear in a Cactus League game to be ready for the season opener."I don't think so. I can play in the minor leagues or B games to be ready," he said."Baseball's suc... [More]
Wed Mar 2023:19Trout, Angels finalize record $432 million, 12-year dealZack GreinkeSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Shohei OhtaniDH/PH/SPAngelsFree Agent
Albert Pujols1B/DHAngelsFree Agent
Alex RodriguezFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night announced their 12-year contract, a record deal that ties baseball's top player to the Orange County club for what likely will be the rest of his career.A person with knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the deal is worth $432 million, shattering baseball's previous high set when Bryce Harper and Philadelphia struck a $330 million, 13-year agreement earlier in spring training. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been finalized.The Angels will celebrate with a public appearance by Trout outside Angel Stadium on Sunday when the team returns from spring training for the first of three exhibitions against the Dodgers. Fans are invited to welcome home the two-time AL MVP, who already ranks among the most accomplished players of his generation."This is where I wanted to be all along," Trout said in a statement. "I have enjoyed my time as an Ange... [More]
Wed Mar 2023:17Boston's Mookie Betts says he expects to become free agentNolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Alex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Manny Machado3B/SSDodgersFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Don't expect AL MVP Mookie Betts to agree to a long-term contract with the Boston Red Sox before he can become a free agent in late 2020.Despite Mike Trout's $432 million, 12-year agreement with the Los Angeles Angels, Nolan Arenado's $260 million, eight-year deal with the Colorado Rockies and Alex Bregman's pending $100 million, six-year contract with the Houston Astros, Betts is content to remain on track for testing the market."That's exactly what I expect," he said Wednesday, the day after Trout's deal became widely known. "Didn't expect anything to happen until I'm a free agent. So, it's just one of those things where you just got to go out and play. Can't worry about the economics of the game right now. They have to take care of what they have to take care of. I'm going to take care of what I have to take care of. But the common thing is to win a World Series, and I think that's definitely what we both want to do."Manny Machado joined the San Diego Padre... [More]
Wed Mar 2022:59Status for Indians' Lindor for opening day still uncertainTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
A.J. ColeRP/SPYankeesFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BIndiansFree Agent
Francisco LindorSSIndiansFree Agent
Eric StametsSSIndiansFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — With a hop off his feet turning a double play and by driving a ball nearly over the fence, Indians three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor moved closer to returning from a right calf strain.Yet his status for opening day on March 28 at Minnesota remains uncertain.Batting every inning in a modified intrasquad minor league game, Lindor made eight plate appearances, going 0-for-6 with two walks.Eager to hit, Lindor swung on a 3-0 count during his sixth plate appearance, extending it to nine pitches and drawing a walk. Out of caution and because of his morning base running, he was replaced by a pinch runner.On a 3-0 count on his next plate appearance, he ripped a ball to the right field fence where prospect Oscar Gonzalez made a leaping catch, preventing a home run.Lindor was asked if he needs to appear in a Cactus League game to be ready for the season opener."I don't think so. I can play in the minor leagues or B games to be ready," he said."Baseball's suc... [More]
Wed Mar 2022:39Status for Indians' Lindor for opening day still uncertainTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
A.J. ColeRP/SPYankeesFree Agent
Francisco LindorSSIndiansFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — With a hop off his feet turning a double play and by driving a ball nearly over the fence, Indians three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor moved closer to returning from a right calf strain.Yet his status for opening day on March 28 at Minnesota remains uncertain.Batting every inning in a modified intrasquad minor league game, Lindor made eight plate appearances, going 0-for-6 with two walks.Eager to hit, Lindor swung on a 3-0 count during his sixth plate appearance, extending it to nine pitches and drawing a walk. Out of caution and because of his morning base running, he was replaced by a pinch runner.On a 3-0 count on his next plate appearance, he ripped a ball to the right field fence where prospect Oscar Gonzalez made a leaping catch, preventing a home run.Lindor was asked if he needs to appear in a Cactus League game to be ready for the season opener."I don't think so. I can play in the minor leagues or B games to be ready," he said."Baseball's suc... [More]
Wed Mar 2022:37Trout, Angels finalize record $432 million, 12-year dealBryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and the Angels announced their 12-year contract, a record deal that ties baseball's top player to Los Angeles for what likely will be the rest of his career.A person with knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the deal is worth $432 million, shattering baseball's previous high set when Bryce Harper and Philadelphia struck a $330 million, 13-year agreement earlier in spring training. The person spoke on condition of anonymity the deal had not yet been finalized.Angels owner Arte Moreno says in a statement Wednesday he is thrilled Trout "has agreed to wear an Angels uniform for his entire career."Trout had been due $66.5 million over the next two seasons under his previous deal, a $144.5 million, six-year agreement.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Mar 2020:47AP source: White Sox near $43M, 6-year deal with JimenezEloy JiménezRFWhite SoxFree Agent
Scott Kingery2B/SSPhilliesFree Agent
José QuintanaSPCubsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox are nearing a $43 million, six-year contract with highly regarded outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal had not been agreed to. The contract would include team options for 2025 and 2026 that if exercised would make the agreement worth $77.5 million over eight years.Jimenez's deal would nearly double the previous high for a player with no major league service: Scott Kingery's $24 million, six-year contract with Philadelphia before 2018 season.Jimenez was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on March 13. Ifthe 22-year-old is kept in the minor leagues for the first 20 days of the season, it would push back his free agent eligibility by one year until after the 2025 season.Jimenez was a key part of the trade that sent pitcher Jose Quintana to the crosstown Cubs during the 2017 season. Jimenez hit .337 with 22 homers and 75 RBIs at Double-A and Triple-A last season.___AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Mar 2020:24Bryce Harper gets his 1st hit of spring trainingRonald Acuña Jr.CF/LFBravesFree Agent
Álex ÁvilaC/PHDiamondbacksFree Agent
Archie BradleyRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Byron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Miguel Cabrera1BTigersFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
C.J. Cron1B/DHTwinsFree Agent
Lucas Duda1B/DH/PHBravesFree Agent
Kyle Farmer3B/C/PHRedsFree Agent
Dexter FowlerCF/RFCardinalsFree Agent
Ben GamelLF/PH/RFBrewersFree Agent
Reed GarrettRPTigersFree Agent
Lucas GiolitoSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Josh Harrison2B/3BPiratesFree Agent
Teoscar HernándezLF/RFBlue JaysFree Agent
José IglesiasSSTigersFree Agent
Pablo LopezSPMarlinsFree Agent
Manny Machado3B/SSDodgersFree Agent
Wade MileySPBrewersFree Agent
Wil Myers1B/3B/LF/RFPadresFree Agent
Sean NewcombSPBravesFree Agent
Kevin PillarCFBlue JaysFree Agent
Manny PiñaCBrewersFree Agent
Michael PinedaSPTwinsFree Agent
Tanner RoarkSPRedsFree Agent
Drew Robinson3B/CFCardinalsFree Agent
Gary SánchezCYankeesFree Agent
Ervin SantanaSPTwinsFree Agent
Jonathan Schoop2BTwinsFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Matt ShoemakerSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Matt StrahmRPPadresFree Agent
Eric Thames1B/LF/PH/RFBrewersFree Agent
Spencer TurnbullSPTigersFree Agent
Neil Walker1B/2B/3BYankeesFree Agent
Brandon WoodruffSPBrewersFree Agent
Bryce Harper got his first hit of spring training.Harper lined a 97-mph fastball to center in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game against Detroit his first spring training hit with the Philadelphia Phillies after a 0-for-9 start.Harper jokingly gestured toward the dugout that he wanted to keep the ball.It was Harper's 16th plate appearance over six exhibition games. Spencer Turnbull struck him out swinging in the first.In his final at-bat, Harper walked against Reed Garrett to lead off the seventh. Harper has struck out six times and drawn five walks."Took great swings on pitches that he just missed and fouled back," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said after the 3-1 loss to the Tigers."And one swing, a foul ball (down the third-base side) that was a real near-miss. You could see with just a little bit better timing that ball is in the seats in left field. So, a lot to get excited about there with Bryce."Harper played seven innings in right field.Kapler plans to hit Harper third regular... [More]
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