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Tue Feb 2522:45Yanks' Severino needs Tommy John surgery, out for yearLuis CessaSPYankeesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
Deivi GarciaSPYankeesFree 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
Gleyber Torres2BYankeesFree Agent
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Luis Severino will miss the season with an elbow injury that requires Tommy John surgery, and the New York Yankees' rotation no longer looks all that imposing.New York announced Tuesday that the 26-year-old right-hander has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, a development that means the two-time All-Star will miss all of 2020 after being sidelined for nearly all of 2019. Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek will operate Thursday in New York. “I am extremely disappointed that I will not be able to put on a Yankees uniform and compete with my teammates this year," Severino said in a statement posted on Twitter. “but I promise that I will be working tirelessly during this process to come back stronger than ever.” Left-hander James Paxton already was projected to miss the first two months of the season following back surgery on Feb. 5. Domingo Germán must serve the final 63 games of an 81-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s dome... [More]
Tue Feb 2520:55Yanks' Severino needs Tommy John surgery, out for yearLuis CessaSPYankeesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
Deivi GarciaSPYankeesFree 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
Gleyber Torres2BYankeesFree Agent
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Luis Severino will miss the season with an elbow injury that requires Tommy John surgery, and the New York Yankees' rotation no longer looks all that imposing.New York announced Tuesday that the 26-year-old right-hander has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, a development that means the two-time All-Star will miss all of 2020 after being sidelined for nearly all of 2019. Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek will operate Thursday in New York. Left-hander James Paxton already was projected to miss the first two months of the season following back surgery on Feb. 5. Domingo Germán must serve the final 63 games of an 81-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. He is eligible to return June 5, barring any postponements.Severino's injury leaves the AL East favorites with a rotation of newly signed ace Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ and two openings. The usual recovery time for Tommy John surgery is a year o... [More]
Tue Feb 2518:05Boston lefty Brian Johnson knows about perseveranceMookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Brian JohnsonRPRed SoxFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Brian Johnson knows about perseverance.Selected by Boston with the 31st overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft, the left-hander was hit on the face by a line drive that Aug. 18 at Fenway Park in his fourth professional appearance, a Class A game. He sustained multiple orbital fractures.Johnson recovered and made his big league debut for the Red Sox at Houston on July 21, 2015. He returned to Triple-A for two more starts but his season was cut short by elbow pain. That offseason, he was a passenger in a vehicle that was carjacked at gunpoint. He missed almost two months of the 2016 season due to anxiety and depression.Johnson made five starts for the Red Sox in 2017 — all wins — and his first opening day-roster in 2018 m when he had 13 starts and 25 relief appearances for a team that went on to win the World Series. He sank to 1-3 with a 6.02 ERA in seven starts and 14 relief appearances last year, was put on waivers, went unclaimed and was sent outright to... [More]
Tue Feb 2517:15Yanks' Severino needs Tommy John surgery, out for yearLuis CessaSPYankeesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
Deivi GarciaSPYankeesFree 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
Gleyber Torres2BYankeesFree Agent
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Luis Severino will miss the season with an elbow injury that requires Tommy John surgery, and the New York Yankees' rotation no longer looks all that imposing.New York announced Tuesday that the 26-year-old right-hander has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, a development that means the two-time All-Star will miss all of 2020 after being sidelined for nearly all of 2019.Left-hander James Paxton already was projected to miss the first two months of the season following back surgery on Feb. 5. Domingo Germán must serve the final 63 games of an 81-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. He is eligible to return June 5, barring any postponements.Severino's injury leaves the AL East favorites with a rotation of newly signed ace Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ and two openings. The usual recovery time for Tommy John surgery is a year or more.“I don’t want to sugarcoat the fact that being without Sevy, that... [More]
Tue Feb 2515:45Yanks righty Severino needs Tommy John surgery, out for yearLuis CessaSPYankeesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
Deivi GarciaSPYankeesFree 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 2514:35Astros' Verlander to debut Thursday vs. Scherzer, NationalsMichael BrantleyLFAstrosFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPAstrosFree Agent
Yuli Gurriel1BAstrosFree Agent
Josh ReddickRFAstrosFree Agent
George SpringerCFAstrosFree 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 2503:34AP Interview: Decisions came quickly for Boston's Bloom Mookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Brusdar GraterolSPTwinsFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
Alex VerdugoLF/RFDodgersFree 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 2420:45Altuve nicked by pitch, Astros stars booed on road vs TigersMatthew BoydSPTigersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Yuli Gurriel1BAstrosFree Agent
Nick Ramirez1BTigersFree 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 2420:05Altuve nicked by pitch, Astros stars booed on road vs TigersMatthew BoydSPTigersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Yuli Gurriel1BAstrosFree Agent
Nick Ramirez1BTigersFree 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 2417:54Maeda gives up leadoff HR in 1st start for Twins, settles inAlex AvilaCTwinsFree Agent
Mitch GarverCTwinsFree Agent
Brusdar GraterolSPTwinsFree 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 2414:54Indians invite top INF prospect Jones to major league campAaron CivaleSPIndiansFree Agent
Emmanuel ClaseRPIndiansFree Agent
Nolan JonesFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz (AP) — Nolan Jones hopes his older brother will now finally stop bugging him.The Indians' top infield prospect received a big surprise when he was invited to training camp on Monday after making a quick recovery following thumb surgery in October. Jones, a left-handed slugging third baseman who has moved quickly through Cleveland's minor league system, doesn't have to hear any more taunts and teasing from his brother, Peyton, a Penn State goaltender likely headed to play in the NHL.“My brother kept telling me I'm soft,” Jones said with a grin shortly after he was called into Indians manager Terry Francona's office and welcomed. “I'm super excited. It is a huge opportunity to learn from the best players in the game. I get to be around a lot of these guys and get to know them.”The thumb injury sustained in the Arizona Fall League marred a season in which Jones, the Indians' second overall draft pick in 2016, was making more progress. The 21-year-old was promoted ... [More]
Sun Feb 2317:54Astros stars sit again, Nats hoist World Series trophyAlex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Yuli Gurriel1BAstrosFree Agent
Howie KendrickLFNationalsFree 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]
Sun Feb 2317:34Friendly to Fiers: A's pitcher gets cheers in spring gameMike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
David OrtizFree Agent
Josh ReddickRFAstrosFree Agent
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Oakland Athletics fan K.C. Sandstrom was sitting down the right field line watching his team warm up while armed with a small dry-erase board, a marker and a statement written in all caps.“MIKE FIERS FOR PRESIDENT”It's been a tumultuous few months for Fiers, the current A's pitcher and former Houston player who helped expose the Astros' sign-stealing scandal that's rocked Major League Baseball. But on a cool Sunday in Arizona, the 34-year-old received a largely warm reception during his first spring training appearance in Mesa.“Oakland's going to support us no matter what," Fiers said after throwing two perfect innings against San Francisco. “They've always been there. It's fun, it's fun playing in front of these fans and with these guys. Just a great day of baseball.”While Fiers is now widely known for his connection to the Astros' sign-stealing, he's also an accomplished pitcher. He's thrown two no-hitters over nine seasons and is coming off his best ye... [More]
Sun Feb 2316:44Friendly to Fiers: A's pitcher gets cheers in spring gameMike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
David OrtizFree Agent
Josh ReddickRFAstrosFree Agent
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Oakland Athletics fan K.C. Sandstrom was sitting down the right field line watching his team warm up while armed with a small dry-erase board, a marker and a statement written in all caps.“MIKE FIERS FOR PRESIDENT”It's been a tumultuous few months for Fiers, the current A's pitcher and former Houston player who helped expose the Astros' sign-stealing scandal that's rocked Major League Baseball. But on a cool Sunday in Arizona, the 34-year-old received a largely warm reception during his first spring training appearance in Mesa.“Oakland's going to support us no matter what," Fiers said after throwing two perfect innings against San Francisco. “They've always been there. It's fun, it's fun playing in front of these fans and with these guys. Just a great day of baseball.”While Fiers is now widely known for his connection to the Astros' sign-stealing, he's also an accomplished pitcher. He's thrown two no-hitters over nine seasons and is coming off his best ye... [More]
Sun Feb 2315:44Red Sox put former AL MVP Pedroia on 60-day injured listMichael Chavis3BRed SoxFree Agent
Dustin Pedroia2BRed SoxFree Agent
Phillips ValdezSPMarinersFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox placed second baseman Dustin Pedroia on the 60-day injured list Sunday, further putting in doubt whether the former AL MVP will play again.The Red Sox made the move while claiming right-hander Phillips Valdez off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.The 36-year-old Pedroia has played just nine games over the last two seasons. The four-time All-Star has spent the time trying to recover from an injury he sustained when Baltimore's Manny Machado slid spikes-high into his left knee in May 2017.Pedroia has two years and $25 million remaining on his contract.Earlier this month, new Boston manager Ron Roenicke said Pedroia wouldn't report to spring training with the rest of the position players."When a guy just ages and then he's not as good, that part's easy to see. But not a guy who has an injury and because of it has not been able to perform," Roenicke said at the time. "That part is really difficult."This was the third straight spring the Red Sox ... [More]
Sun Feb 2315:34Red Sox put former AL MVP Pedroia n 60-day injured listMichael Chavis3BRed SoxFree Agent
Dustin Pedroia2BRed SoxFree Agent
Phillips ValdezSPMarinersFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox placed second baseman Dustin Pedroia on the 60-day injured list Sunday, further putting in doubt whether the former AL MVP will play again.The Red Sox made the move while claiming right-hander Phillips Valdez off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.The 36-year-old Pedroia has played just nine games over the last two seasons. The four-time All-Star has spent the time trying to recover from an injury he sustained when Baltimore's Manny Machado slid spikes-high into his left knee in May 2017.Pedroia has two years and $25 million remaining on his contract.Earlier this month, new Boston manager Ron Roenicke said Pedroia wouldn't report to spring training with the rest of the position players."When a guy just ages and then he's not as good, that part's easy to see. But not a guy who has an injury and because of it has not been able to perform," Roenicke said at the time. "That part is really difficult."This was the third straight spring the Red Sox ... [More]
Sun Feb 2312:04Brock Holt guaranteed $3.25M by BrewersBrock Holt2B/3BRed SoxFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Utilityman Brock Holt is guaranteed $3.25 million under his one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, which includes a club option for 2021 and performance bonuses that could make the deal worth $8.25 million over two seasons.Holt has a $2.5 million salary this year as part as the agreement announced Wednesday, and the Brewers have a $5 million option for 2021 with a $750,000 buyout. He can earn $750,000 in performance bonuses this year based on plate appearances: $250,000 each for 400, 425 and 450.He would earn $100,000 if he is voted MVP, $75,000 for finishing second and $50,000 for third. He also would get $50,000 each for All-Star selection, Comeback Player of the Year, Silver Slugger, Hank Aaron Award and World Series MVP. He would receive $25,000 apiece for Gold Glove and League Championship Series MVP.A 31-year-old left-handed batter, Holt spent his first eight major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was an All-Star in 2015.Holt hit a career-high .297 last year with three homers and 31 RBIs in 295 plate appearances while playing every position except pitcher, catcher and center field.He has a .271 career batting average and .714 OPS___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat Feb 2213:53White Sox agree to deals with Bummer, GarciaAaron BummerRPWhite SoxFree Agent
Leury GarcíaCFWhite SoxFree Agent
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Chicago White Sox agreed Saturday to a $16 million, five-year contract with reliever Aaron Bummer that includes two club options, and a $3.5 million, one-year deal with infielder Leury Garcia.Bummer is due $1 million in 2020, $2 million in 2021, $2.5 million in 2022, $3.75 million in 2023 and $5.5 million in 2024. The White Sox hold options for $7.25 million in 2025 and $7.5 million in 2026, with $1.25 million buyouts for either season.Garcia gets $3.25 million in 2020, with the White Sox holding a $3.5 million option for 2021 with a $250,000 buyout. He avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.25-million contract in January.The 26-year-old Bummer had a 2.13 ERA and 27 holds in 58 appearances with the White Sox last season.Garcia, 29, hit .279 with eight home runs, 40 RBIs and a team-leading 93 runs for Chicago last year.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Feb 2116:44It's champs vs. cheaters as Nats and Astros meet SaturdayJose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Cristian JavierSPAstrosFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It will be champs vs. cheaters in a World Series rematch when the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros play their exhibition opener on Saturday night.The last time these teams met, the Nationals were celebrating their first World Series title in Houston after winning Game 7 at Minute Maid Park. Since then, the Astros have become the league's villains, with a sign-stealing scandal sullying their reputation and casting a shadow on their 2017 title. As the Astros prepare to take the field for the first time since their cheating scam was uncovered there’s much speculation about what kind of reception they’ll receive, though the players say they're focused on baseball. “Honestly, I haven't thought about it,” shortstop Carlos Correa said. “But whatever it is, our job is to go there and play baseball. So, I'm not too concerned about that.”There have been a handful of hecklers at Astros camp this week as the team assembled for the first time since ... [More]
Fri Feb 2116:232-time Cy Young winner Kluber has 'a lot to prove' in TexasKyle GibsonSPRangersFree Agent
Corey KluberSPRangersFree Agent
Jordan LylesSPRangersFree Agent
Lance LynnSPRangersFree Agent
Mike MinorSPRangersFree Agent
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — After Corey Kluber was traded to Texas, his new manager got a lot of texts and calls from people saying what a phenomenal pitcher and person the Rangers got. The only message that surprised Chris Woodward was the one he got from the two-time Cy Young Award winner. “One of the first texts he sent me, 'I've got a lot to prove,'” Woodward said Friday. “You don't expect that to come from a guy who's had so much success."While the 33-year-old right-hander had an injury-plagued final season in Cleveland last year, he was coming off an extended stretch as one of baseball's best pitchers. He was a 20-game winner in 2018, and the American League Cy Young winner in 2014 and 2017 — all that during a five-year span when he threw at least 203 innings with 222 strikeouts or more each season.Kluber was the Indians' opening day starter for the fifth season in a row last year, but suffered a broken right forearm when he was hit by a comeback liner in his seventh start.... [More]
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