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Tue Feb 2516:25Volatile 2019 behind him, Pirates' Kela embracing new roleKyle CrickRPPiratesFree Agent
Derek Dietrich1B/3B/LF/PHMarlinsFree Agent
Keone KelaRPPiratesFree Agent
Felipe VázquezRPPiratesFree Agent
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Keone Kela spent most of 2019 angry. At losing. At his role in the Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen. At the team's coaching and support staffs for what he felt was preferential treatment they gave to some players but not others.While Kela insists that anger did not affect him when he stepped onto the mound, it ate at him nearly everywhere else. He'd been “raised” to be a closer by the Texas Rangers. Yet when arrived in Pittsburgh at the trade deadline in 2018, he found himself “shuffled” to the setup role. The competitor in him found it difficult to handle.“It definitely had me take a step back,” Kela said. “It was kind of a reality check like, 'Don't get it twisted, dude, this is a business.' That was something that definitely struck a chord and that was a big reason, last year, selfishly I didn't come in with the proper mindset."While Kela pitched well — going 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 32 appearances — it was hardly a smooth ride. Right shoulder infl... [More]
Tue Feb 2515:45Yanks righty Severino needs Tommy John surgery, out for yearLuis CessaSPYankeesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Deivi GarciaFree Agent
J.A. HappSPYankeesFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Michael KingSPYankeesFree Agent
Jonathan LoaisigaSPYankeesFree Agent
Jordan MontgomerySPYankeesFree Agent
James PaxtonSPYankeesFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2020 season, another setback for the two-time All-Star and the rotation of the AL East favorites.“His plan is to have it done as soon as possible,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday.The right-handed Severino, who turned 26 this month, was sidelined until the final weeks of the regular season last year. Yankees manager Aaron Boone recently said Severino had been feeling on and off discomfort since October. New York already expects to be without left-hander James Paxton for the first two months of the season following back surgery on Feb. 5. Severino's injury leaves the Yankees with a rotation of newly signed ace Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ and two openings until the return of Paxton and Domingo Germán, who must serve the final 63 games of an 81-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Germán is eligible to re... [More]
Tue Feb 2515:05Martin heals from playoff injury, Braves boast deep bullpen Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Mike FoltynewiczSPBravesFree Agent
Paul Goldschmidt1BCardinalsFree Agent
Shane GreeneRPTigersFree Agent
Luke JacksonRPBravesFree Agent
Chris MartinRPRangersFree Agent
Mark MelanconRPGiantsFree Agent
A.J. MinterRPBravesFree Agent
Will SmithRPGiantsFree Agent
NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — It’s still painful for reliever Chris Martin to talk about what happened in the playoffs.Game 1 of the NL Division Series last year. The 6-foot-7 reliever entered in the eighth inning against St. Louis with the Braves leading 3-1.After throwing his warmup pitches, Martin was finished.“I wanted to stay away from that question,” he said. “Real tough. One of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through.”Acquired from Texas in late July to help in those exact situations, Martin never threw a pitch in October. He suffered an oblique injury, underwent an MRI and was lost for the series.The Braves wound up losing the playoff opener 7-6 and eventually dropped the series in a decisive Game 5.“That hurt a lot,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said of Martin’s loss. “We win that first game and it’s a totally different series. That was a huge loss. At that time of year, you can’t afford to lose a guy like that.”To shore up their bullpen, the Braves sig... [More]
Tue Feb 2514:35Astros' Verlander to debut Thursday vs. Scherzer, NationalsMichael BrantleyLFAstrosFree Agent
Alex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Yuli Gurriel1B/3BAstrosFree Agent
Josh ReddickLF/RFAstrosFree Agent
George SpringerCF/RFAstrosFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston ace Justin Verlander is slated to make his 2020 spring training debut on Thursday, when former teammate Max Schezer is scheduled to be on the mound for World Series champion Washington.The pair were teammates on the Detroit Tigers from 2010-14 and have combined for five Cy Young Awards.“It wasn't done intentionally. That is a pretty good match-up, though,” new Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “I'm sure you guys will hype it up.”Verlander won his second Cy Young last season, going 21-6 with a 2.52 ERA. His 225 wins are the most among active players. Zack Greinke, second among active pitchers with 205 wins, is to make his first spring training appearances the following day.Scherzer, a the three-time Cy Young winner, won the World Series opener last October and did not get a decision in Game 7. Verlander lost Games 2 and 6.Scherzer opened spring training with two scoreless innings against Houston on Saturday.Houston's starting outfielders fro... [More]
Tue Feb 2513:35'The wall won' _ Kemp tries to revive career with MarlinsCorey DickersonDH/LFPiratesFree Agent
Curtis GrandersonCF/DH/LF/PH/RFBrewersFree Agent
Matt KempLF/PH/RFRedsFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Fans of The Clash, The Bobby Fuller Four and the Cincinnati Reds can agree Matt Kemp had the quote of the year after he broke a rib chasing a flyball last April.“I fought the wall, and the wall won,” Kemp said.He broke a rib and missed the final five months of the season. Now, at 35, the three-time All-Star outfielder is mounting a comeback with the Miami Marlins. Kemp waves off the idea Miami is where great outfielder careers come to die. Three-time All-Star Curtis Granderson batted .183 with the Marlins in his final season last year. Seven-time major league hits leader Ichiro Suzuki hit .256 in his final three full seasons with Miami in 2015-17.“That’s not my story,” Kemp said. “I’m for real. I can still do some damage out there. This is a redemption year. I had 40 at-bats last year, but I was an All-Star in 2018. Seriously, I can still play.”Kemp believes he's poised for a comeback that extends beyond 2020, and he wants to play at least four or five mo... [More]
Tue Feb 2512:25Braves' Freeman sidelined by right elbow irritationFreddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman wasn't in the Braves' starting lineup Tuesday because of irritation in his right elbow.Freeman felt discomfort Monday and again Tuesday.“We're trying to nip in the bud,"“He's been throwing balls and doing things,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “It's better that it's in February than the end of March."Snitker said he is not sure how long Freeman will be out.Freeman had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Oct. 18. The entire right elbow joint was cleaned during the procedure, which included removing three fragmented loose bodies and cleaning up multiple bone spur formations.Freeman played with the injury for part of last season. Despite that, he set career highs in home runs (38), RBIs (121) and runs (113). He was 4 for 20 with a home run in the playoffs.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Feb 2503:34AP Interview: Decisions came quickly for Boston's Bloom Mookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Brusdar GraterolFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
Alex VerdugoCFDodgersFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — This isn’t quite how Chaim Bloom imagined things would go, back when he dreamed of running a baseball team.Less than two months after taking over the Red Sox — and with the start of spring training looming — Boston's new chief baseball officer needed to replace a World Series-winning manager. Then Bloom incurred the wrath of the Fenway fans when he traded Mookie Betts, the ballclub’s best player, as part of a salary dump. And the team is still sweating out the results of an investigation into whether it cheated when it won the championship in 2018.Like a manager reshuffling his rotation after an 18-inning game, Bloom has been forced to adjust — and quickly.“Baseball will throw different things at you every day,” he last week as he settled into his first spring training with the Red Sox. “I've been in baseball long enough to know that there's a lot of things about this business that don't go according to plan, and it throws you a lot of unexpect... [More]
Mon Feb 2420:54Mariners' Gonzales struggles with command in spring debut Patrick CorbinSPNationalsFree Agent
Marco GonzalesSPMarinersFree Agent
David RossFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Taijuan WalkerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — For Marco Gonzales, better that this game came in his first start of spring training and not opening day at T-Mobile Park.The Seattle Mariners left-hander gave up five runs on three hits and two outs while getting just two outs Monday against the Chicago Cubs.“You go out in the first one, you just want to throw strikes. Timing was a little off and frustrated a little bit by my execution. But for the first time out, I wanted to feel good and have the ball feel good coming out got my hand,” Gonzales said. “So the results are what they are this time of year.”Gonzales, fresh off a four-year, $30 million contract he signed earlier this month, is expected to make his second consecutive opening day start for Seattle next month. At age 28, he’s coming off a 2019 season in which we he went 16-13 with a 3.99 ERA in 34 starts.Gonzales, who will make $1 million in this his third season with the Mariners, set career highs in wins, starts, innings pitched (203) and s... [More]
Mon Feb 2420:45Altuve nicked by pitch, Astros stars booed on road vs TigersMatthew BoydSPTigersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Yuli Gurriel1B/3BAstrosFree Agent
Nick RamirezFree Agent
Myles StrawLFAstrosFree Agent
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — José Altuve insisted he tuned out the hecklers. He couldn't avoid a pitch that grazed him.“He was hit in the foot. That ain’t nothing, you know what I mean?” Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday after an 11-1 win over Detroit at half-empty Joker Marchant Stadium. “It wasn’t intentional.”Altuve was loudly booed when he was introduced for his spring training debut, cheered when he struck out and called a cheater by several fans. Quite a difference from past years, when the diminutive All-Star second baseman was among the most popular players in the majors.But that was before Altuve and his Houston teammates were implicated in the sign-stealing scandal that’s rocked baseball.“We just heard a lot of noise, and that's it,” Altuve said.Altuve and fellow starters Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel all played for the first time in the exhibition season. After Houston opened the Grapefruit League in the stadium it shares with the Wo... [More]
Mon Feb 2420:44Yanks' Cole strikes out 2 in hitless inning of spring debutJosh Bell1BPiratesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Adam Frazier2B/LF/PHPiratesFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Bryan ReynoldsFree Agent
Gary SánchezCYankeesFree Agent
Cole TuckerSSPiratesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Gerrit Cole got off to a fast start in his spring training debut for the New York Yankees, throwing a 97 mph heater on his first pitch and striking out two in a hitless inning against Pittsburgh on Monday night.“It went well," Cole said. “It was fun. Made some good pitches."Leadoff man Adam Frazier popped out and Bryan Reynolds struck out before Cole Tucker drew a walk. Cole then fanned Josh Bell to finish up.“I lost the one guy, 0-2, Tucker,” Cole said. " A couple of quality fastballs at the top but one of those three has to be in the zone. So next outing will continue to fine tune some command, but also try to keep the execution in terms of how the stuff’s coming out very high. I think there was only one or two really pretty poor pitches, so it was good work. Quality work.”Cole signed a $324 million, nine-year contract as a free agent after going 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts last season for the AL champion Houston Astros. He has an overall ... [More]
Mon Feb 2420:05Altuve nicked by pitch, Astros stars booed on road vs TigersMatthew BoydSPTigersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Yuli Gurriel1B/3BAstrosFree Agent
Nick RamirezFree Agent
Myles StrawLFAstrosFree Agent
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — José Altuve insisted he tuned out the hecklers. He couldn't avoid a pitch that grazed him.``He was hit in the foot. That ain’t nothing, you know what I mean?’’ Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday after an 11-1 win over Detroit at half-empty Joker Marchant Stadium. “It wasn’t intentional.”Altuve was loudly booed when he was introduced for his spring training debut, cheered when he struck out and called a cheater by several fans. Quite a difference from past years, when the diminutive All-Star second baseman was among the most popular players in the majors.But that was before Altuve and his Houston teammates were implicated in the sign-stealing scandal that’s rocked baseball.“We just heard a lot of noise, and that's it,” Altuve said.Altuve and fellow starters Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel all played for the first time in the exhibition season. After Houston opened the Grapefruit League in the stadium it shares with the ... [More]
Mon Feb 2419:54Yanks' Cole strikes out 2 in hitless inning of spring debutJosh Bell1BPiratesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Adam Frazier2B/LF/PHPiratesFree Agent
Bryan ReynoldsFree Agent
Cole TuckerSSPiratesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Gerrit Cole struck out two and walked one over a hitless inning in his spring training debut for the New York Yankees against Pittsburgh on Monday night.Cole's first pitch to Adam Frazier was a 97 mph fastball. After Frazier popped out and Bryan Reynolds struck out, Cole Tucker drew a walk. The right-hander then fanned Josh Bell to finish up.Cole signed a $324 million, nine-year contract as a free agent after going 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts last season for the AL champion Houston Astros. He has an overall career record of 94-52.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Feb 2419:14Yanks' Cole strikes out 2 in hitless inning of spring debutJosh Bell1BPiratesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Adam Frazier2B/LF/PHPiratesFree Agent
Bryan ReynoldsFree Agent
Cole TuckerSSPiratesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Gerrit Cole struck out two and walked over a hitless inning in his spring training debut for the New York Yankees against Pittsburgh on Monday night.Cole's first pitch to Adam Frazier was a 97 mph fastball. After Frazier popped out and Bryan Reynolds struck out, Cole Tucker drew a walk. The right-hander then fanned Josh Bell to finish up.Cole signed a $324 million, nine-year contract as a free agent after going 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts last season for the AL champion Houston Astros. He has an overall career record of 94-52.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Feb 2417:54Maeda gives up leadoff HR in 1st start for Twins, settles inAlex AvilaC/PHDiamondbacksFree Agent
Mitch GarverCTwinsFree Agent
Brusdar GraterolFree Agent
Kenta MaedaSPDodgersFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Kenta Maeda got off to a memorable start for the Minnesota Twins, that's for sure.The Twins newcomer gave up a home run to Boston's Andrew Benintendi to begin the game Monday, prompting the Japanese pitcher to laugh later."First time facing hitters so I just wanted to get that feel back," Maeda said through an interpreter. "And I wasn't scheduled to give up a home run on the first hitter, just so you know."Maeda threw 37 pitches in two innings, allowing two hits with one walk and one strikeout. The Twins won 3-2."Everything felt fine. Velocity is up there way more than I expected. It's just the little things that need to be refined, adjusted," he said.It's all about adjustments for Maeda right now.Maeda, 32 in April, is entering his fifth MLB season after four with the Dodgers and eight years in Japan. He went 10-8 with a 4.04 ERA last season for Los Angeles.Minnesota acquired the right-hander earlier this month in a deal that sent its top pitching prospect, r... [More]
Mon Feb 2415:54Arizona GM: D-backs unaware of MadBum's rodeo careerMadison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks knew Madison Bumgarner lives on a ranch but were unaware of his recently-discovered side career as a rodeo participant.Bumgarner has been competing in rodeo events under the alias Mason Saunders and won $26,560 in a team-roping competition in December, The Athletic reported on Sunday.Arizona general manager Mike Hazen said on Monday he was aware Bumgarner was “a very strong horseman” and added even though he didn't know about the rodeos, that knowledge wouldn't have affected the team's decision to sign the 30-year-old left-hander to an $85 million, five-year contract. The GM said he wouldn't comment on what the team will allow the 2014 World Series MVP to do in his spare time or any specifics of the contract or guarantee language.“Madison's a grown man and we know he's committed to helping us achieve our goals as a team,” Hazen said. “Those have been the conversations that we've had from the time we first talked to him unti... [More]
Mon Feb 2415:24Strasburg, Corbin ramping up slowly after long postseasonPatrick CorbinSPNationalsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg will throw at least one more bullpen session before taking the mound in a spring training game.The World Series MVP opted out of his contract to become a free agent following last season, then re-signed with Washington for $245 million over seven years.“It's a combination of the workload last year but also just, it's a long season so you've got to build up gradually for it,” Strasburg said of his measured pace.Strasburg was 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA last season, topping 30 starts for the second time in his career and leading the NL with 209 innings. He went 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA in five postseason starts and one relief appearance, including wins in Games 2 and 6 of the World Series against Houston.He is to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, then possibly pitch in a game this weekend.Manager Dave Martinez expects left-hander Patrick Corbin to throw a batting practice session as early as Wednesday, then appear in a game a ... [More]
Mon Feb 2415:14Pirates' Archer scratched from start due to neck tightnessChris ArcherSPPiratesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Chris Archer was scratched from his scheduled Monday night against the New York Yankees and Gerrit Cole due to neck tightness.Pittsburgh said the move was precautionary and that Archer is day to day.Archer went 3-9 with a 5.19 ERA in 23 starts last season.Cole was scheduled to make his first start with the Yankees after signing a $324 million nine year contract as a free agent.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun Feb 2321:04Not his first rodeo: Bumgarner admits to roping under aliasMadison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeo events under the alias Mason Saunders and even won $26,560 in a team-roping competition in December, according to a story published Sunday by The Athletic.Bumgarner told the website he has discretely competed in rodeos for a while, including in March of last year two days before pitching for the San Francisco Giants in a Cactus League spring training game. He has been roping since he was 15 or 16 years old and said he's been at it so long that “it's just part of who you are.”The 2014 World Series MVP agreed to an $85 million, five-year contract with the Diamondbacks in December, about two weeks after winning the rodeo competition in Wickenburg, Arizona. Bumgarner infamously injured his shoulder in 2017 in a dirt bike accident and missed three months of San Francisco's season. He apologized at the time and called it a “stupid” decision that likely violated his contract, alth... [More]
Sun Feb 2318:142B Dozier gets agreement with Padres, invite to spring campBrian Dozier2BDodgersFree Agent
Ty France3BPadresFree Agent
Jurickson Profar1B/2B/3B/SSAthleticsFree Agent
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Free agent second baseman Brian Dozier and the San Diego Padres have reached agreement on a minor league contract with an invitation to big league spring training.Dozier has played in the World Series the past two years. He hit 20 home runs with 50 RBIs for the champion Washington Nationals last season, and was with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018.The 32-year-old Dozier was an All-Star with Minnesota in 2015 and hit 42 home runs for the Twins the next year.The Padres have several players vying for time at second base, including newcomer Jurickson Profar and Ty France.—-More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun Feb 2317:54Astros stars sit again, Nats hoist World Series trophyAlex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Yuli Gurriel1B/3BAstrosFree Agent
Howie Kendrick2B/LFNationalsFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Away from their friendly cocoon, Alex Bregman and some of the bigger names on the Houston Astros are about to see — and hear — how fans really feel about what happened.No hooting or hollering at Houston's most prominent sign stealers Sunday. Once again, the primary offenders were out of the Astros' lineup.For the second straight day, Astros manager Dusty Baker didn't start any of his stars against Washington Nationals at the spring training park the teams share.“It seems like a bit of a cop out to me,” Nationals fan Josh Kohn said. “This is the first two games of spring training. This is what the guys in MLB live for. They want to be out there. I have to imagine even the players are a little upset that they can't play today, but I understand why they are not out there.”Kohn also attended Saturday night's rained-out Grapefruit League opener between these same clubs, wearing a shirt that read “bang foul poles, not trash cans” — an homage t... [More]
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