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Fri Dec 1316:05Ex-All-Star Wacha, Mets complete bonus-laden $3 million dealSteven MatzSPMetsFree Agent
Marcus StromanSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Noah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
Michael WachaSPCardinalsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Former All-Star right-hander Michael Wacha and the New York Mets completed a $3 million, one-year contract Friday that includes $8 million in performance bonuses.Wacha can earn $7 million under a points system and $1 million for relief appearances.New York's starting rotation includes Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz, and the Mets have a pending $10 million, one-year deal with Rick Porcello.The 28-year-old Wacha starred as a rookie for the pennant-winning St. Louis Cardinals in 2013, winning NL Championship Series MVP, but he's been hampered by injuries since. He had a 4.76 ERA over 126 2/3 innings last season in 24 starts and five relief appearances. He was diagnosed with a right shoulder strain in September and did not pitch in the postseason.Wacha was an All-Star in 2015, when he went 17-7.He is represented by CAA, where Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen was an agent before the Mets hired him in late 2018.Wacha would earn a point... [More]
Fri Dec 1315:35Red Sox sign SS Peraza; agree with LHP Pérez, AP source saysBrock Holt2B/3B/SSRed SoxFree Agent
Rick PorcelloSPRed SoxFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have signed shortstop José Peraza, and according to a person familiar with the negotiations, the team also agreed to terms with left-hander Martin Pérez.The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Friday because the Pérez deal had not yet been announced.Pérez is guaranteed $6.5 million, and Peraza has a $2.85 million salary.Pérez, 28, pitched for Minnesota last year after spending the first seven years of his career with the Rangers. In all, he has a 53-56 record with a 4.72 ERA.He helps take the place in the rotation left open when Rick Porcello agreed to a deal with the New York Mets.Pérez's deal includes a $6 million salary for 2020 and gives Boston a $6.25 million team option for 2021 with a $500,000 buyout. He can earn $250,000 each year in performance bonuses for innings.Peraza spent the last four years in Cincinnati. In all, he batted .273 with 28 homers and 154 RBIs. He could fill a spot at utility infielder if the Red Sox don't re-sign Brock Holt. He can earn an additional $150,000 in performance bonuses for plate appearances.———AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report. ———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Dec 1315:25Romine looks forward to good opportunity in DetroitMiguel Cabrera1BTigersFree Agent
Grayson GreinerCTigersFree Agent
Jake RogersCTigersFree Agent
Andrew Romine1B/2B/3B/CF/PR/SSMarinersFree Agent
Austin RomineCYankeesFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — Austin Romine tried to put his tussle with Miguel Cabrera in the past.They're teammates now.Romine and the Tigers finalized a $4.15 million, one-year deal on Friday that gives the 31-year-old catcher a chance for a bigger role. It also puts him in the same clubhouse as Cabrera after the two were involved in a brawl in 2017. During a game between Detroit and the New York Yankees, Cabrera shoved Romine, and the two wrestled each other to the ground.“No hard feelings,” Romine said on a conference call. “You move on.”Romine made his big league debut with the Yankees in 2011, and that has been the only big league team he's played for. He batted a career-best .281 with eight home runs and a .748 OPS in 72 games last season.Romine was a backup to Gary Sánchez with the Yankees. He's never played more than 80 games in a season, and the Tigers are a good fit for a catcher looking for more at-bats. Catcher Grayson Greiner hit just .202 for Detroit this year. Jake Rogers,... [More]
Fri Dec 1314:35Romine looks forward to good opportunity in DetroitMiguel Cabrera1BTigersFree Agent
Grayson GreinerCTigersFree Agent
Jake RogersCTigersFree Agent
Andrew Romine1B/2B/3B/CF/PR/SSMarinersFree Agent
Austin RomineCYankeesFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — Austin Romine tried to put his tussle with Miguel Cabrera in the past.They're teammates now.Romine and the Tigers finalized a $4.15 million, one-year deal on Friday that gives the 31-year-old catcher a chance for a bigger role. It also puts him in the same clubhouse as Cabrera after the two were involved in a brawl in 2017. During a game between Detroit and the New York Yankees, Cabrera shoved Romine, and the two wrestled each other to the ground.“No hard feelings,” Romine said on a conference call. “You move on.”Romine made his big league debut with the Yankees in 2011, and that has been the only big league team he's played for. He batted a career-best .281 with eight home runs and a .748 OPS in 72 games last season.Romine was a backup to Gary Sánchez with the Yankees. He's never played more than 80 games in a season, and the Tigers are a good fit for a catcher looking for more at-bats. Catcher Grayson Greiner hit just .202 for Detroit this year. Jake Rogers,... [More]
Fri Dec 1313:55AP sources: Red Sox agree with LHP Pérez, SS PerazaBrock Holt2B/3B/SSRed SoxFree Agent
Rick PorcelloSPRed SoxFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have agreed to one-year contracts with free agent left-hander Martin Pérez and shortstop José Peraza, people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The people spoke on the condition of anonymity Friday because the deals had not yet been announced.Pérez is guaranteed $6.5 million, and Peraza has a $2.85 million salary.Pérez, 28, pitched for Minnesota last year after spending the first seven years of his career with the Rangers. In all, he has a 53-56 record with a 4.72 ERA.He helps take the place in the rotation left open when Rick Porcello agreed to a deal with the New York Mets.Pérez's deal includes a $6 million salary for 2020 and gives Boston a $6.25 million team option for 2021 with a $500,000 buyout. He can earn $250,000 each year in performance bonuses for innings.Peraza spent the last four years in Cincinnati. In all, he batted .273 with 28 homers and 154 RBIs. He could fill a spot at utility infielder if the Red Sox don't re-sign Brock Holt. He can earn an additional $150,000 in performance bonuses for plate appearances.———AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report. ———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Dec 1313:25AP sources: Red Sox agree with LHP Pérez, SS PerazaBrock Holt2B/3B/SSRed SoxFree Agent
Rick PorcelloSPRed SoxFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have agreed to one-year contracts with free agent left-hander Martin Pérez and shortstop José Peraza, people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The people spoke on the condition of anonymity Friday because the deals had not yet been announced.Pérez is guaranteed $6.5 million, and Peraza has a $2.85 million salary.Pérez, 28, pitched for Minnesota last year after spending the first seven years of his career with the Rangers. In all, he has a 53-56 record with a 4.72 ERA.He helps take the place in the rotation left open when Rick Porcello agreed to a deal with the New York Mets.Pérez's deal includes a $6 million salary for 2020 and gives Boston a $6.25 million team option for 2021 with a $500,000 buyout. He can earn $250,000 each year in performance bonuses for innings.One year contract that guarantees $6.5 millionPeraza spent the last four years in Cincinnati. In all, he batted .273 with 28 homers and 154 RBIs. He could fill a spot at utility infielder if the Red Sox don't re-sign Brock Holt. He can earn an additional $150,000 in performance bonuses for plate appearances.———AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report. ———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Dec 1301:25AP source: Brett Gardner, Yankees reach $12.5M, 1-year dealGerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Brett GardnerCF/LFYankeesFree Agent
Didi GregoriusSSYankeesFree Agent
Aaron HicksCF/LFYankeesFree Agent
Kyle HigashiokaCYankeesFree Agent
Austin RomineCYankeesFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Outfielder Brett Gardner is staying with the New York Yankees after the best offensive season of his career, agreeing to a one-year contract that guarantees $12.5 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday became the agreement had not be announced.Gardner gets a $2 million signing bonus and an $8 million salary for next season. The Yankees have a $10 million option for 2021 with a $2.5 million buyout.He earned $7.5 million last season plus a $2 million buyout after New York declined his $12.5 million option for 2019 under his previous contract. Gardner he hit .251 and set career highs with 28 homers and 74 RBIs, a rare left-handed bat in a Yankees lineup dominated by right-handed hitters.“The constant that he is means a lot to the organization as well as the production on the field," assistant general manager Mike Fishman said.Originally slated to be a fourth outfielder, Gardner saw... [More]
Thu Dec 1215:55MLB, union agree to testing for opioids after Skaggs' deathTyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Major League Baseball will start testing for opioids and cocaine, but only players who do not cooperate with their treatment plans will be subject to discipline.Marijuana will be removed from the list of drugs of abuse and will be treated the same as alcohol as part of changes announced Thursday to the joint drug agreement between MLB and the players' association. In addition, suspensions for marijuana use will be dropped from the minor league drug program.Opioids are classified as a drug of abuse under the joint big league program, which began in late 2002 and until now has limited testing to performance-enhancing substances and banned stimulants. Talks to add testing for opioids began following the death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1 before the start of a series against the Texas. A medical examiner's office said the 27-year-old died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol a... [More]
Thu Dec 1215:45AP source: Tigers and C Romine agree to $4.15M, 1-year dealMiguel Cabrera1BTigersFree Agent
Grayson GreinerCTigersFree Agent
Austin RomineCYankeesFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers and catcher Austin Romine agreed to a $4.15 million, one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced and was pending a successful physical. The 31-year-old Romine has backed up Gary Sánchez for the New York Yankees the past four seasons. Praised mostly for his defense and management of the pitching staff, Romine has steadily improved as a hitter. He batted .281 with eight home runs and a .748 OPS in 72 games last season.Romine made $1.8 million last season. He will likely become Detroit's starter, with Grayson Greiner the primary backup.Romine is the younger brother of Andrew Romine, who was a utility player for Detroit from 2014-17.In 2017, Austin Romine and Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera were at the center of a nasty brawl between the Tigers and Yankees. Cabrera shoved Romine, and the two wrestled each other to the ground.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Dec 1215:35MLB's winter meetings turned into the Scott Boras showMadison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Nicholas Castellanos3B/RFTigersFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Zack Cozart3B/SSAngelsFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Brett GardnerCF/LFYankeesFree Agent
Will HarrisRPAstrosFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Nomar MazaraLF/RFRangersFree Agent
Marcell OzunaLFCardinalsFree Agent
Rick PorcelloSPRed SoxFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Austin RomineCYankeesFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Tyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Julio TeheranSPBravesFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A mostly dreary winter meetings lacking spectacular swaps will be remembered as the Scott Boras show.Baseball's most prominent agent dominated each of the three full days of meetings with a nine-figure contract, deals for Stephen Strasburg, Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon that totaled $814 million.Just two trades were announced: The San Francisco Giants acquired shortstop Zack Cozart and infield prospect Will Wilson from the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named or cash, and the Chicago White Sox obtained outfielder Nomar Mazara from the Texas Rangers for outfield prospect Steele Walker."I think it's hard to say that there hasn't been a trend," new Boston Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said. "It's important not to get too focused on artificial timetables. You want to be prepared to do something when you think it's going to help you, but you don't want to force anything."The podium and dais remained in nearly pristine condition, hosting just one playe... [More]
Thu Dec 1215:25Padres send Reed to A's to complete Profar-Allen tradeAustin AllenCPadresFree Agent
Jurickson Profar1B/2B/3B/SSAthleticsFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Oakland acquired minor league outfielder Buddy Reed from San Diego on Thursday to complete the Dec. 2 trade that sent second baseman Jurickson Profar to the Padres for catcher Austin Allen.Reed will be a non-roster invitee with the A's this spring.Reed batted .228 with a career-high 14 home runs and 50 RBIs in 121 games for Double-A Amarillo last year. He also walked a career-high 42 times for a .310 on-base percentage and ranked seventh in the Texas League with 23 stolen bases. The 24-year-old right-handed hitter is rated as the Padres' 25th best prospect by mlb.com. He was a second-round pick in the 2016 draft and is a .249 career hitter with 33 home runs, 160 RBIs and 101 stolen bases in 382 games in four seasons as a professional.___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Dec 1215:05Injured Knebel, Brewers agree to same $5,125,000 salaryCorey KnebelRPBrewersFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers agreed to a one-year contract for $5,125,000 with pitcher Corey Knebel, who is returning from Tommy John surgery.A 28-year-old right-hander, Knebel hurt his elbow during spring training and had surgery April 3. He had been eligible for salary arbitration and will have the same salary as in 2019.His deal includes a $50,000 bonus for comeback player of the year along with other award bonuses.Knebel had 39 saves in 2017, when he was an All-Star, and 16 the following season.His deal was announced Tuesday.___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Dec 1214:45MLB, union agree to testing for opioids after Skaggs' deathTyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Major League Baseball will start testing for opioids and cocaine, but only players who do not cooperate with their treatment plans will be subject to discipline.Marijuana will be removed from the list of drugs of abuse and will be treated the same as alcohol as part of changes announced Thursday to the joint drug agreement between MLB and the players' association. In addition, suspensions for marijuana use will be dropped from the minor league drug program.Opioids are classified as a drug of abuse under the joint big league program, which began in late 2002 and until now has limited testing to performance-enhancing substances and banned stimulants. Talks to add testing for opioids began following the death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1 before the start of a series against the Texas. A medical examiner's office said the 27-year-old died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol a... [More]
Thu Dec 1214:35AP source: Porcello, Mets agree to $10 million, 1-year dealRobert GsellmanRP/SPMetsFree Agent
Seth LugoRP/SPMetsFree Agent
Steven MatzSPMetsFree Agent
Rick PorcelloSPRed SoxFree Agent
Marcus StromanSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Noah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and the New York Mets have agreed to a $10 million, one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the agreement had not been announced.A right-hander who turns 31 on Dec. 27, Porcello joins a rotation that includes Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz.Porcello grew up in New Jersey and went to Seton Hall Prep in West Orange.He was 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts last year, his fifth and final season with Boston. His best year for the Red Sox was 2016, when he went 22-4 and won the AL Cy Young.“He's done it," general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "He's been battle tested. He's performed in the playoffs. He's got rings on his fingers.”Porcello has a 149-118 record and 4.36 ERA in 11 big league seasons, the first six with Detroit.New York also has a pending one-year contract with right-hander Michael Wacha. With Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman also preparing to come to spring training as starters, the Mets have eight potential starters vying for five spots in spring training.“I think we're probably the deepest starting pitching rotation in baseball,” Van Wagenen said. ___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Dec 1213:55 With extra roster spot, teams test options at Rule 5 draftJonathan ArauzSSAstrosFree Agent
Richie MartinSSOriolesFree Agent
Victor ReyesCF/DH/LF/PR/RFTigersFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Major league teams are getting an extra roster spot in 2020, and clubs went fishing for options at the Rule 5 draft Thursday.The Detroit Tigers selected right-hander Rony Garcia from the New York Yankees with the first pick at the winter meetings draft of unprotected minor leaguers. Eleven players were selected during the major league portion, and clubs must keep those players on the major league roster for all of next season or else offer them back to their original team for half of the $100,000 selection fee. Good news for this year's batch of big league hopefuls: More jobs are available.Active rosters are growing by one to 26 next season through Aug. 31, with expanded September rosters slimmed from 40 to 28. It's an opportunity for players like Garcia, a 21-year-old starter with a four-pitch mix who spent most of last season at Double-A.“Had a variety of people see him and think it's a good fit for us,” said Dave Littlefield, Tigers vice president of player de... [More]
Thu Dec 1213:55AP source: Tigers and C Romine agree to $4.15M, 1-year dealGrayson GreinerCTigersFree Agent
Austin RomineCYankeesFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers and catcher Austin Romine agreed to a $4.15 million, one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced and was pending a successful physical. The 31-year-old Romine has backed up Gary Sánchez for the New York Yankees the past four seasons. Praised mostly for his defense and management of the pitching staff, Romine has steadily improved as a hitter. He batted .281 with eight home runs and a .748 OPS in 72 games last season.Romine made $1.8 million last season. He will likely become Detroit's starter, with Grayson Greiner the primary backup.Romine is the younger brother of Andrew Romine, who was a utility player for Detroit from 2014-17.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Dec 1213:55MLB, union agree to testing for opioids after Skaggs' deathTyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Major League Baseball will start testing for opioids and cocaine, but only players who do not cooperate with their treatment plans will be subject to discipline.Marijuana will be removed from the list of drugs of abuse and will be treated the same as alcohol as part of changes announced Thursday to the joint drug agreement between MLB and the players' association. In addition, suspensions for marijuana use will be dropped from the minor league drug program.Opioids are classified as a drug of abuse under the joint big league program, which began in late 2002 and until now has limited testing to performance-enhancing substances and banned stimulants. Talks to add testing for opioids began following the death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1 before the start of a series against the Texas. A medical examiner's office said the 27-year-old died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol a... [More]
Thu Dec 1213:25AP source: Brett Gardner, Yankees reach $12.5M, 1-year dealGerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Brett GardnerCF/LFYankeesFree Agent
Aaron HicksCF/LFYankeesFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Outfielder Brett Gardner is staying with the New York Yankees after the best offensive season of his career, agreeing to a one-year contract that guarantees $12.5 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday became the agreement had not be announced.Gardner gets a $2 million signing bonus and an $8 million salary for next season. The Yankees have a $10 million option for 2021 with a $2.5 million buyout.He earned $7.5 million last season, when he hit .251 and set career highs with 28 homers and 74 RBIs. He is a rare left-handed bat in a Yankees lineup dominated by right-handed hitters.“The constant that he is means a lot to the organization as well as the production on the field," assistant general manager Mike Fishman said.Originally slated to be a fourth outfielder, Gardner saw increased playing time because of injuries to others and played center for much of the season while Aaron H... [More]
Thu Dec 1212:35AP source: Porcello, Mets agree to $10 million, 1-year dealRobert GsellmanRP/SPMetsFree Agent
Seth LugoRP/SPMetsFree Agent
Steven MatzSPMetsFree Agent
Rick PorcelloSPRed SoxFree Agent
Marcus StromanSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Noah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and the New York Mets have a agreed to a $10 million, one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the agreement had not been announced.A right-hander who turns 31 on Dec. 27, Porcello joins a rotation that includes Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz.Porcello grew up in New Jersey and went to Seton Hall Prep in West Orange.He was 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts last year, his fifth and final season with Boston. His best year for the Red Sox was 2016, when he went 22-4 and won the AL Cy Young.“He's done it," general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "He's been battle tested. He's performed in the playoffs. He's got rings on his fingers.”Porcello has a 149-118 record and 4.36 ERA in 11 big league seasons, the first six with Detroit.New York also has a pending one-year contract with right-hander Michael Wacha. With Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman also preparing to come to spring training as starters, the Mets have eight potential starters vying for five spots in spring training.“I think we're probably the deepest starting pitching rotation in baseball,” Van Wagenen said. ___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Dec 1212:05AP source: Brett Gardner, Yankees reach $12.5M, 1-year dealGerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Brett GardnerCF/LFYankeesFree Agent
Aaron HicksCF/LFYankeesFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Outfielder Brett Gardner is staying with the New York Yankees after the best offensive season of his career, agreeing to a one-year contract that guarantees $12.5 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday became the agreement had not be announced.Gardner gets a $2 million signing bonus and an $8 million salary for next season. The Yankees have a $10 million option for 2021 with a $2.5 million buyout.He earned $7.5 million last season, when he hit .251 and set career highs with 28 homers and 74 RBIs. He is a rare left-handed bat in a Yankees lineup dominated by right-handed hitters.Originally slated to be a fourth outfielder, Gardner saw increased playing time because of injuries to others and played center for much of the season while Aaron Hicks was injured. Hicks had Tommy John surgery after the season and is not expected to return until summer.Gardner turned 36 in August and is th... [More]
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