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Sat Jan 1818:24Bader confident he'll start in center field for CardinalsNolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
Harrison BaderCFCardinalsFree Agent
Dylan CarlsonCFCardinalsFree Agent
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Harrison Bader is confident he'll be in center field for the St. Louis Cardinals when the season begins.Bader was in St. Louis on Saturday taking part in the annual Cardinals Winter Warm-Up."I'm the starting center fielder," the 25-year-old Bader said. "It's my position. I'm going to take it. There's no sense in talking about it. I'm looking forward to showing up Day One guns blazing and ready to go."While there is no question about his defensive ability and speed in center, it's his bat that gives some pause.Last season, Bader finished with a .205 batting average. He hit 12 home runs, drove in 39 runs and stole 11 bases."Last year, individually it wasn't what I wanted it to be production-wise," Bader said. "The biggest thing I've taken away at this point is how I responded. I've been very fortunate to be with people behind the scenes who've helped me take steps in the right direction to help me produce like I want to and how I know I can."There's no secret to it. Th... [More]
Sat Jan 1817:34Epstein understands fan frustration in Cubs' slow offseasonJosé AbreuDHWhite SoxFree Agent
Anthony Rizzo1BCubsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Theo Epstein understands the fans' frustration. He feels it, too, at times.The Chicago Cubs went from 95 wins in 2018 to 84 last year, finished third in the NL Central behind St. Louis and Milwaukee and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2014. But when it comes to big moves this offseason, well, they have a new manager. Otherwise, they've been keeping the bat on their shoulder.“I understand the frustration,” said Epstein, the Cubs' president of baseball operations. “There’s a lot of days I’m frustrated, too, where you look out and there’s a great fit on a player who you know you can recruit and might sign a reasonable deal that he’s worth. And you can’t get that player. And that’s frustrating. But that’s the reality.”So is this:Fans who expected multiple World Series championships from the core group that helped win it all in 2016 and brought home the Cubs' first title since 1908 are restless. The trade rumors involving stars such as thi... [More]
Sat Jan 1810:24Where does Astros cheating rank in scandals? Ask Pete RoseTrevor BauerSPRedsFree Agent
Cody BellingerRFDodgersFree Agent
Mike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
Alex WoodSPRedsFree Agent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Pete Rose was taking a break from signing autographs at the MGM Grand hotel when asked a question he’s uniquely qualified to address.What’s worse, betting on baseball or cheating at baseball?“I don’t know,’’ Rose tells The Associated Press. “All I know is I’ve been suspended for 30 years now. I don’t know anybody that’s been suspended for 30 years."It’s a fair point, especially when compared to the punishments handed out so far in the worst scandal to hit baseball since the steroid era. What Rose did was wrong — according to baseball rules — but there’s still a lot of people who believe he should be adding a Hall of Fame designation when he signs memorabilia in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas.Still, 30 years away from the game he was so great at seems like an awful long time, especially when Major League Baseball and other sports leagues have made their peace — and are doing business — with the bookies who post lines on their games.A... [More]
Fri Jan 1721:54Chicago Cubs keeping options open with season on the horizonKris Bryant3BCubsFree Agent
Willson ContrerasCCubsFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BAngelsFree Agent
Anthony Rizzo1BCubsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — When it comes to Kris Bryant, or any other Chicago Cubs star on the precipice of free agency, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein is hoping for the best.He also is working on the alternative.That's about all he can say at the moment.Keeping his cards close to his chest, perhaps more than ever before, Epstein said Friday the team is “more active on the phone this January" than it had been in previous years. He also declared Chicago could bring back largely the same group after failing to make the playoffs last year for the first time since 2014.“Sometimes you're only one phone call away from signing a guy to a long-term contract. Sometimes you're one incoming call away from a deal," Epstein said on the first day of the team's annual fan convention. “What's most likely is status quo.“It's hard to get long-term extensions done. It's hard to get trades done, and we have what we feel is a pretty good club. We're trying to compete this year and we're not in... [More]
Fri Jan 1718:34Drew Smyly can earn up to $6.75 million with GiantsDrew SmylySPPhilliesFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Drew Smyly can earn up to $6.75 million if he is a regular part of the San Francisco Giants'' rotation this year.Smyly has a $4 million base salary as part of the one-year contract announced Thursday.He would get a $250,000 bonus if he either is on the opening-day active roster or spends 130 or more days on the active roster.Smyly can earn $2.5 million in bonuses based on starts: $250,000 each for 12, 14, 16 and 18, and $300,000 apiece for 20, 22, 24, 26 and 28.He also can earn $250,000 each for 25 and 35 games finished, and $125,000 apiece for 40, 50, 55 and 60 relief appearances.A left-hander who turns 31 in June, Smyly was 4-7 with a 6.24 ERA in 21 starts and four relief appearances last year for Texas, which released him in June, and Philadelphia, which signed him in July.He is 35-34 with a 4.16 ERA for Detroit (2012-14), Tampa Bay (2014-16), the Rangers and Phillies. He had Tommy John surgery in 2017 and spent most of the 2018 season recovering.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 1718:14Craig Stammen stays with Padres for $9 million, 2-year dealNick MargeviciusSPPadresFree Agent
Craig StammenRPPadresFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Reliever Craig Stammen finalized a $9 million, two-year contract Friday to remain with the San Diego Padres, who hold an option for a third season that could make the deal worth $12 million.Stammen, who turns 36 on March 9, had been a free agent. He will earn $4 million each of the next two seasons, and the Padres' option is for $4 million with a $1 million buyout. He can earn $500,000 annually in performance bonuses: $100,000 each for 40, 45, 40, 44 and 60 games pitched.Stammen led the Padres with 76 appearances last season, going 8-7 with four saves and a 3.29 ERA.He allowed four consecutive home runs to the Washington Nationals, his former team, in a 5-2 loss on June 9.In parts of 10 big league seasons, he is 44-37 with five saves and a 3.63 ERA.Stammen spent his first seven seasons with the Nationals. He signed with the Padres prior to the 2017 season.To make room for Stammen on the 40-man roster, left-hander Nick Margevicius was designated for assignment. Margevicius made his big league debut in last year, going 2-6 with a 6.79 ERA in 17 appearances, including 12 starts. ___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 1718:04Rockies pitcher Justin Lawrence gets 80-game drug banJustin LawrenceSPRockiesFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies pitcher Justin Lawrence has been suspended for 80 games under the major league drug program following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.The 25-year-old right-hander tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), the commissioner's office said Friday.Lawrence has been on the Rockies' 40-man roster since November 2018 and spent last season on option to the minor leagues. He has yet to make his big league debut.He began last season 1-1 with an 8.71 ERA in eight relief appearances at Triple-A Albuquerque, where he was promoted from Class A ball, then went on the injured list in late April. Lawrence was assigned to Double-A Hartford when he returned in early June and went 0-4 with a 8.78 ERA in 30 relief appearances.He was the first player suspended this year under the big league drug program.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 1716:24Column: MLB whistleblower deserves applause, not criticismMike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
Alex WoodSPRedsFree Agent
When future generations are documenting baseball history, Mike Fiers will surely be remembered as one of the game's most significant figures.Not necessarily for what he did on the field, though tossing a pair of no-hitters is certainly a worthy achievement.Let's just hope all his fellow players give him a big tip of the cap when he takes the mound this season.After all, Fiers blew the lid off one of the most nefarious schemes in the history of the national pastime, a scandal that ranks right up there with the Black Sox and the Steroids Era.There will surely be some who view him as a back-stabbing snitch for going public with revelations that Houston cheated its way to a World Series title in 2017 by stealing signs, who will whisper — or even say right out loud — that he violated one of baseball's cardinal rules by revealing the secrets of the clubhouse.We already got a sampling of that line of thought from ESPN analyst and New York Mets adviser Jessica Mendoza, who said Thursday th... [More]
Fri Jan 1716:14Dodgers acquire INF Clayton Daniel from Cubs for RHP SadlerCasey SadlerRPDodgersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired infielder Clayton Daniel from the Chicago Cubs on Friday in exchange for right-hander Casey Sadler.Daniel has been in the Cubs organization for two years, hitting a combined .290 with 72 runs scored and 36 RBIs across four different minor league levels. Last year, the 24-year-old from Alabama split his time between Low-A South Bend and Double-A Tennessee, hitting a combined .305 with 21 RBIs. He was drafted in the 31st round out of Jacksonville State in 2018.Sadler was designated for assignment Wednesday after spending most of last season with the Dodgers. The 29-year-old from Oklahoma was 4-0 with a 2.33 ERA in 24 appearances, including one start. He was originally acquired on July 3 from Tampa Bay in exchange for right-hander Nathan Witt. Sadler has been in the majors for parts of four seasons, going 5-1 with a 3.55 ERA in 42 games, including two starts.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Jan 1620:13Hechavarría stays with Braves for $1 million, 1-year dealJohan Camargo3BBravesFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Adeiny Hechavarría agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract to remain with the Braves, a move Thursday that boosted Atlanta's infield depth.The 30-year-old signed with the Braves on Aug. 16, two days after he was released by the New York Mets. Hechavarria, known for defense, hit .328 with four home runs in 24 games with Atlanta.Hechavarria batted only .204 with five homers in 60 games with the Mets. He has a .253 career average in eight seasons with Toronto, Miami, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, the Yankees, Mets and Braves.Hechavarria's primary position is shortstop but he also has played second base and third base. His potential to serve as a utility infielder could be especially important if Johan Camargo opens the season as the starter at third base. Atlanta fell short in its attempt to re-sign free agent third baseman Josh Donaldson, who instead agreed to a $92 million, four-year contract with Minnesota, a deal that is pending. Camargo played a utility role last year, when Donaldson started at third base.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Jan 1619:43Giants make Alyssa Nakken first female major league coachDrew SmylySPPhilliesFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alyssa Nakken became the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history Thursday when she was named an assistant under new Giants manager Gabe Kapler.Major League Baseball confirmed Nakken is the first woman coach in the majors. Nakken is a former softball standout at first base for Sacramento State who joined the club in 2014 as an intern in baseball operations. She and Mark Hallberg, who was also named as an assistant Thursday, will work to promote high performance along with a close-knit team atmosphere.Kapler, who expressed during the winter meetings that he would hire some coaches for nontraditional roles, said in a text message Nakken (nack-in) will be in uniform.The team said Nakken has been responsible for “developing, producing and directing a number of the organization’s health and wellness initiatives and events." The NBA has several female assistant coaches. The NFL's San Francisco 49ers, playing in this Sunday's NFC championship g... [More]
Thu Jan 1618:34Giants make Alyssa Nakken first female major league coachDrew SmylySPPhilliesFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alyssa Nakken became the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history Thursday when she was named an assistant under new Giants manager Gabe Kapler.Major League Baseball confirmed Nakken is the first woman coach in the majors. Nakken is a former softball standout at first base for Sacramento State who joined the club in 2014 as an intern in baseball operations. She and Mark Hallberg, who was also named as an assistant Thursday, will work to promote high performance along with a close-knit team atmosphere.Kapler said during the winter meetings that he would hire some coaches for nontraditional roles.The team said Nakken has been responsible for “developing, producing and directing a number of the organization’s health and wellness initiatives and events." At Sacramento State from 2009-2012, Nakken was a three-time all-conference player and four-time Academic All American. She went on to earn a master’s degree in sport management from the Un... [More]
Thu Jan 1618:24New Mets manager Beltrán out amid sign-stealing scandalPete Alonso1BMetsFree Agent
Mike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
Adam WainwrightSPCardinalsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltrán, called out on a curveball again. So for the second time since they last threw a pitch, the New York Mets are in the market for a new manager.Sign of the times. Beltrán's 2 1/2-month tenure as Mets manager ended Thursday before he spent a single game on the bench, the latest fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal that has rocked Major League Baseball. The Mets announced the decision in a news release, saying Beltrán and the team “agreed to mutually part ways.” The move came two days after Boston cut ties with manager Alex Cora, who was Houston’s bench coach in 2017 when Beltrán played for the Astros. A day before that, manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired by Houston soon after they were suspended for the 2020 season by Commissioner Rob Manfred for their roles in the cheating scheme. Next to fall was Beltrán, the only Astros player mentioned by name Monday when MLB issued its findings from an investigat... [More]
Thu Jan 1615:33New Mets manager Beltrán out amid sign-stealing scandalMike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
Adam WainwrightSPCardinalsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltrán is out as manager of the New York Mets before a single game, the latest fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal that has rocked Major League Baseball. The Mets announced the decision Thursday in a news release, saying Beltrán and the team “agreed to mutually part ways.” The move came two days after Boston cut ties with manager Alex Cora, who was Houston’s bench coach in 2017 when Beltrán played for the Astros. A day before that, manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired by Houston soon after they were suspended for the 2020 season by Commissioner Rob Manfred for their roles in the cheating scheme. Next to fall was Beltrán, the only Astros player mentioned by name Monday when MLB issued its findings from an investigation into the club’s conduct. No players were disciplined, but the nine-page report said Beltrán was among the group involved in the team's illicit use of electronics to pilfer signs during Hous... [More]
Thu Jan 1614:53New Mets manager Beltrán out amid sign-stealing scandalMike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
Adam WainwrightSPCardinalsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltrán is out as manager of the New York Mets before a single game, the latest fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal that has rocked Major League Baseball. The Mets announced the decision Thursday in a news release, saying Beltrán and the team “agreed to mutually part ways.” The move came two days after Boston cut ties with manager Alex Cora, who was Houston’s bench coach in 2017 when Beltrán played for the Astros. A day before that, manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired by Houston soon after they were suspended for the 2020 season by Commissioner Rob Manfred for their roles in the cheating scheme. Next to fall was Beltrán, the only Astros player mentioned by name Monday when MLB issued its findings from an investigation into the club’s conduct. No players were disciplined, but the nine-page report said Beltrán was among the group involved in the team's illicit use of electronics to pilfer signs during Hous... [More]
Thu Jan 1601:23Alex Wood returns to Dodgers with incentive-laden new dealWalker BuehlerSPDodgersFree Agent
Tony GonsolinSPDodgersFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Kenta MaedaSPDodgersFree Agent
Dustin MaySPDodgersFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Blake TreinenRPDodgersFree Agent
Alex WoodSPRedsFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Left-hander Alex Wood has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers.The seven-time defending NL West champions announced the deal Wednesday night with Wood, who spent last season with Cincinnati after the Dodgers traded him away in December 2018.The contract is laden with performance incentives for the 29-year-old veteran. Wood gets a $4 million base salary, but he can earn up to $3.5 million more on a points system.He gets one point for each start, or any relief appearance in which he gets 10 outs or more, and he will receive $250,000 each for earning 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20 points. After that, he would get $500,000 apiece for earning 22, 24, 26 and 28 points.He also could earn $2.5 million in innings incentives. He will get $500,000 apiece for pitching 110, 120, 130, 140 and 150 innings.Wood made just seven starts for the Reds last season while struggling to overcome a back injury. He didn't make his season debut until July ... [More]
Wed Jan 1521:13Alex Wood returns to Dodgers with incentive-laden new dealWalker BuehlerSPDodgersFree Agent
Tony GonsolinSPDodgersFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Kenta MaedaSPDodgersFree Agent
Dustin MaySPDodgersFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Blake TreinenRPDodgersFree Agent
Alex WoodSPRedsFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Left-hander Alex Wood has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers.The seven-time defending NL West champions announced the deal Wednesday night with Wood, who spent last season with Cincinnati after the Dodgers traded him away in December 2018.The contract is laden with performance incentives for the 29-year-old veteran. Wood gets a $4 million base salary, but he can earn up to $3.5 million more on a points system.He gets one point for a game in which he gets 10 outs or more, and he will receive $250,000 each for earning 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20 points. After that, he would get $500,000 apiece for earning 22, 24, 26 and 28 points.He also could earn $2.5 million in innings incentives. He will get $500,000 apiece for pitching 110, 120, 130, 140 and 150 innings.Wood made just seven starts for the Reds last season while struggling to overcome a back injury. He didn't make his season debut until July 28.But Wood was a solid starte... [More]
Tue Jan 1423:23Yankees overhaul training staff after setting injury recordMax ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Noah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Cressey thinks some injuries can be prevented. After a season in which medical updates overshadowed scouting reports, the New York Yankees hope so.Cressey was hired by the Yankees in the new role of director of player health and performance, a move made after New York had 30 players make a combined 39 trips to the injured list last year. New York set a big league record for sidelined players, topping the 28 on the 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers."You always want to separate bad processes from bad outcomes," Cressey said during a conference call Tuesday. "Players are going to be hit by pitches, but there are definitely things that we can do on the processes side of things to provide a level of individualization in the way that we assess players, in the way that we listen to players and solicit their feedback on what's worked for them."The 38-year-old founded Cressey Sports Performance in 2007 and will continue as president of the company, which specializes in kinesiology... [More]
Tue Jan 1422:53Yankees overhaul training staff after setting injury recordMax ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Noah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Cressey thinks some injuries can be prevented. After a season in which medical updates overshadowed scouting reports, the New York Yankees hope so.Cressey was hired by the Yankees in the new role of director of player health and performance, a move made after New York had 30 players make a combined 39 trips to the injured list last year. New York set a big league record for sidelined players, topping the 28 on the 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers."You always want to separate bad processes from bad outcomes," Cressey said during a conference call Tuesday. "Players are going to be hit by pitches, but there are definitely things that we can do on the processes side of things to provide a level of individualization in the way that we assess players, in the way that we listen to players and solicit their feedback on what's worked for them."The 38-year-old founded Cressey Sports Performance in 2007 and will continue as president of the company, which specializes in kinesiology... [More]
Tue Jan 1421:23Yankees overhaul training staff after setting injury recordMax ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Noah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Cressey thinks some injuries can be prevented. After a season in which medical updates overshadowed scouting reports, the New York Yankees hope so.Cressey was hired by the Yankees in the new role of director of player health and performance, a move made after New York had 30 players make a combined 39 trips to the injured list last year. New York set a big league record for sidelined players, topping the 28 on the 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers."You always want to separate bad processes from bad outcomes," Cressey said during a conference call Tuesday. "Players are going to be hit by pitches, but there are definitely things that we can do on the processes side of things to provide a level of individualization in the way that we assess players, in the way that we listen to players and solicit their feedback on what's worked for them."The 38-year-old founded Cressey Sports Performance in 2007 and will continue as president of the company, which specializes in kinesiology... [More]
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