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Fri Nov 1519:24Betting on himself: Odorizzi accepts offer for Twins' returnDallas KeuchelSPBravesFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Odorizzi watched Dallas Keuchel remain on the free-agent market until June and didn’t want to take a chance of lingering without a contract. So he accepted the Minnesota Twins’ $17.8 million qualifying offer for a one-year contact and put himself in position to become a free agent again after the 2020 season.“When it came down to it, the decision came down to me pretty much betting on myself and returning to a place I know very well and enjoyed and continue to improve on what I did last year and then re-entering the market next offseason with a different class,” Odorizzi said Friday, a day after accepting the offer just before the deadline.While this year’s free-agent class includes Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Zack Wheeler and Madison Bumgarner, next year’s is a less accomplished group headed by Trevor Bauer, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Marcus Stroman, José Quintana and Jake Arrieta.If Odorizzi had turned down the Twins’ offer and signed ... [More]
Fri Nov 1503:54A position-by-position look at the free agent marketDellin BetancesRPYankeesFree Agent
José IglesiasSSRedsFree Agent
Patrick Corbin was an exception last offseason.Amid a slow free agent market — some stars didn’t sign until after the start of spring training — Corbin’s search for a new home was over in December when he received a $140 million, six-year contract from Washington.That worked out pretty well for both team and player. Corbin was a key part of the Nationals’ starting rotation this year, and he threw three scoreless innings in relief in Game 7 of the World Series, helping the team win its first World Series title.Now, another offseason is in full swing. It’s hard to say whether teams will be more aggressive in pursuing free agents, hoping to land the next Corbin, but the Atlanta Braves already made a significant move, signing reliever Will Smith away from San Francisco.Here’s a look at the top free agents still available, broken down by position. Players are listed with their most recent teams, with their ages in parentheses:LEFT-HANDED STARTERHyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers (32)The ru... [More]
Thu Nov 1421:23Angels’ Trout overcomes injury, tragedy to win 3rd AL MVPCody BellingerRFDodgersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Albert PujolsDHAngelsFree Agent
Alex RodriguezFree Agent
Tyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Christian YelichRFBrewersFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — It had never been so difficult for Mike Trout to arrive at the ballpark, get his mind and body ready, and perform at the level baseball fans have come to expect.And still, nobody did it better in the American League.Trout overcame injury and tragedy to win his third AL MVP award Thursday night, getting 17 of 30 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros was second, and that duo combined for all the first- and second-place votes. Trout also won the award in 2014 and ’16.“This year was probably the toughest year,” Trout said.Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger made it a Southern California sweep, beating out the Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich for the NL prize. Bellinger got 19 of 30 first-place votes, Yelich got 10, and Washington’s Anthony Rendon got one while finishing third. Yelich won the award last year.Trout had season-ending foot surgery in September while the Angels languished... [More]
Thu Nov 1419:13LA Sweep: Angels’ Trout, Dodgers’ Bellinger win MVP awardsCody BellingerRFDodgersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Albert PujolsDHAngelsFree Agent
Alex RodriguezFree Agent
Tyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Christian YelichRFBrewersFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has overcome injury and tragedy to win his third AL MVP award.Trout got 17 of 30 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Thursday night. Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros was second with the other 13 first-place votes. That duo combined for all the first- and second-place votes.Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger made it an LA sweep, beating out the Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich for the NL prize. Bellinger got 19 of 30 first-place votes, Yelich got 10, and Washington’s Anthony Rendon got one while finishing third. Yelich won the award last year.Trout had season-ending foot surgery in September. The outfielder played just 134 games but still set a career high with 45 homers. He batted .291, led the majors with a .438 on-base percentage and drove in 104 runs. It was just enough to avoid another second-place finish — he’s tied for the record with four runner-ups.The 28-year-old... [More]
Thu Nov 1419:03LA Sweep: Angels’ Trout, Dodgers’ Bellinger win MVP AwardsCody BellingerRFDodgersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Albert PujolsDHAngelsFree Agent
Alex RodriguezFree Agent
Tyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Christian YelichRFBrewersFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has overcome injury and tragedy to win his third AL MVP Award.Trout got 17 of 30 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Thursday night. Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros was second with the other 13 first-place votes. That duo combined for all the first- and second-place votes.Trout had season-ending foot surgery in September. The outfielder played just 134 games but still set a career high with 45 homers. He batted .291, led the majors with a .438 on-base percentage and drove in 104 runs.The 28-year-old shined even following the death of close friend and teammate Tyler Skaggs on July 1. Trout smashed a 454-foot homer wearing Skaggs’ No. 45 in the team’s first game back, when LA pitchers threw a combined no-hitter.Trout is the 10th three-time MVP and joins an elite group: Barry Bonds, Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez and Mike Schmidt. Bonds is the only player with more than three MVPs — he won seven.Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger beat out the Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich for the NL prize. Yelich won the award last year.___Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/Jake_Seiner___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Nov 1418:33Dodgers’ Bellinger beats Brewers’ Yelich for NL MVPCody BellingerRFDodgersFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Christian YelichRFBrewersFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger has beaten out the Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich to win NL MVP.Bellinger got 19 of 30 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Thursday night. Yelich got 10 first-place votes, and Washington’s Anthony Rendon got one while finishing third.The 24-year-old Bellinger and his loose, left-handed swing launched 47 home runs with a .305 average, 115 RBIs and a 1.035 OPS.He was the best player on the NL’s top team in the regular season, propelling Los Angeles to 106 wins. He’s the 10th different Dodgers player to win MVP and first since Clayton Kershaw in 2014.Bellinger teared up after learning he’d been chosen, getting emotional especially after hugging his father — former big leaguer Clay Bellinger.The AL prize was set to be awarded later Thursday.___Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/Jake_Seiner___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Nov 1417:53Braves bolster shaky bullpen, sign free agent LHP Will SmithTyler FlowersCBravesFree Agent
Shane GreeneRPBravesFree Agent
Luke JacksonRPBravesFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
Mark MelanconRPBravesFree Agent
Will SmithRPBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have bolstered their shaky bullpen by signing left-hander reliever Will Smith to a three-year, $40 million contract on Thursday.The free-agent deal announced Thursday includes a $13 million option for the 2023 season, with a $1 million buyout.The 30-year-old Smith went 6-0 with a 2.76 ERA and a career-best 34 saves for the San Francisco Giants this past season. He made the All-Star team for the first time.The NL East champion Braves were looking to upgrade the bullpen after going through several closers last season, including Luke Jackson, Shane Greene and Mark Melancon.Smith is Atlanta’s fourth free-agent signing of the offseason but the first to change teams. The Braves re-signed outfielder Nick Markakis, catcher Tyler Flowers and reliever Darren O’Day.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Nov 1417:13Braves bolster shaky bullpen, sign free agent LHP Will SmithTyler FlowersCBravesFree Agent
Shane GreeneRPBravesFree Agent
Luke JacksonRPBravesFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
Mark MelanconRPBravesFree Agent
Will SmithRPBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have bolstered their shaky bullpen by signing left-hander reliever Will Smith to a three-year, $40 million contract.The free agent deal announced Thursday includes a $13 million option for the 2023 season, with a $1 million buyout.The 30-year-old Smith went 6-0 with a 2.76 ERA and a career-best 34 saves for the San Francisco Giants this past season. He made the All-Star team for the first time.The NL East champion Braves were looking to upgrade the bullpen after going through several closers last season, including Luke Jackson, Shane Greene and Mark Melancon.All four free-agent signings of the offseason have landed with Atlanta, but Smith is the first to change teams. The team re-signed outfielder Nick Markakis, catcher Tyler Flowers and reliever Darren O’Day.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Nov 1403:13Astros can make history if Bregman wins MVPCody BellingerRFDodgersFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Christian YelichRFBrewersFree Agent
Alex Bregman will try to give the Houston Astros an unprecedented sweep.If the All-Star slugger is selected the American League’s Most Valuable Player when voting results are announced Thursday, the Astros will become the first team to have an MVP, Cy Young Award winner and Rookie of the Year in the same season. Justin Verlander took Cy Young honors, and Yordan Álvarez was a unanimous pick as the AL’s top rookie.Mike Trout is probably Bregman’s top competition, and the National League MVP figures to come down to Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers or Christian Yelich of the Brewers, with Anthony Rendon of the Nationals also a worthy finalist.Both MVP races were impacted by injuries. Trout was having another spectacular year for the Los Angeles Angels when right foot problems ended his season early. He did not play after Sept. 7 and was limited to 134 games.Trout still finished with a career-high 45 home runs, along with a .291 batting average, 104 RBIs, 110 runs and a 1.083 OPS. Trout... [More]
Wed Nov 1323:33Astros’ Verlander, Mets’ deGrom win 2nd Cy Young AwardsCody BellingerRFDodgersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Charlie MortonSPRaysFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Marcus SemienSSAthleticsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Christian YelichRFBrewersFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander has a second AL Cy Young Award — and a clear path paved toward Cooperstown.Verlander beat out Houston Astros teammate Gerrit Cole in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Wednesday night. Verlander got 17 first-place votes to 13 for Cole, who became a free agent after the season.Mets ace Jacob deGrom won the NL prize for the second straight year. He received 29 of 30 first-place votes, becoming the 11th pitcher to win Cy Youngs in consecutive years. He and Verlander are the 20th and 21st players to win the award multiple times.The 36-year-old Verlander won his first Cy Young in 2011 with Detroit, when he was also named MVP. Since then, he’d been a runner-up three times.“The adversity I went through puts a new perspective on everything,” he said. “I mean, still would’ve liked to have won a couple of them.”Verlander continued a marvelous second act to his career since a 2017 trade from Detroit to Houston. He ... [More]
Wed Nov 1321:43Astros’ Verlander, Mets’ deGrom win 2nd Cy Young AwardsCody BellingerRFDodgersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Charlie MortonSPRaysFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Marcus SemienSSAthleticsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Christian YelichRFBrewersFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander has a second AL Cy Young Award — and a clear path paved toward Cooperstown.Verlander beat out teammate Gerrit Cole in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Wednesday night. Verlander got 17 first-place votes to 13 for Cole, who became a free agent after the season.Mets ace Jacob deGrom won the NL prize for the second straight year. He received 29 of 30 first-place votes, becoming the 11th pitcher to win Cy Youngs in consecutive years. He and Verlander are the 20th and 21st players to win the award multiple times.The 36-year-old Verlander won his first Cy Young in 2011 with Detroit, when he was also named MVP. Since then, he’d been a runner-up three times.“The adversity I went through puts a new perspective on everything,” he said. “I mean, still would’ve liked to have won a couple of them.”Verlander continued a marvelous second act to his career since a 2017 trade from Detroit to Houston. He led the majors ... [More]
Wed Nov 1321:03Astros’ Verlander, Mets’ deGrom win 2nd Cy Young AwardsCody BellingerRFDodgersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Charlie MortonSPRaysFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Marcus SemienSSAthleticsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Christian YelichRFBrewersFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander has a second AL Cy Young Award — and a clear path paved toward Cooperstown.Verlander beat out teammate Gerrit Cole in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Wednesday night. Verlander got 17 first-place votes to 13 for Cole, who became a free agent after the season.Mets ace Jacob deGrom won the NL prize for the second straight year. He received 29 of 30 first-place votes, becoming the 11th pitcher to win Cy Youngs in consecutive years. He and Verlander are the 20th and 21st players to win the award multiple times.The 36-year-old Verlander won his first Cy Young in 2011 with Detroit, when he was also named MVP. Since then, he’d been a runner-up three times.“The adversity I went through puts a new perspective on everything,” he said. “I mean, still would’ve liked to have won a couple of them.”Verlander continued a marvelous second act to his career since a 2017 trade from Detroit to Houston. He led the majors ... [More]
Wed Nov 1319:23Astros’ Verlander, Mets’ deGrom win 2nd Cy Young AwardsCody BellingerRFDodgersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Charlie MortonSPRaysFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Marcus SemienSSAthleticsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Christian YelichRFBrewersFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander has a second AL Cy Young Award — and a clear path paved toward Cooperstown.Verlander beat out teammate Gerrit Cole in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced Wednesday night. Verlander got 17 first-place votes compared to 13 for Cole, who became a free agent after the season.Mets ace Jacob deGrom won the NL prize for the second straight year. He received 29 of 30 first-place votes, becoming the 11th pitcher to win Cy Youngs in consecutive years. He and Verlander are the 20th and 21st players to win the award multiple times.The previous repeat winner was Washington’s Max Scherzer in 2016 and ’17. Scherzer finished third this season, a slot behind the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu.Verlander continued a marvelous second act to his career since a 2017 trade from Detroit to Houston. He led the majors with 21 victories and padded his Hall of Fame resume by getting his 3,000th strikeout in his final start of the regular season. ... [More]
Wed Nov 1318:33Mets’ Jacob deGrom repeats as NL Cy Young Award winnerHyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets has been named the NL Cy Young Award winner for the second straight year.DeGrom received 29 of 30 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced Wednesday night.DeGrom is the 20th pitcher to win multiple Cy Youngs and 11th to win it consecutively. The previous repeat winner was Washington’s Max Scherzer in 2016 and ’17. Scherzer tied with the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu for second this year.A year after taking the award despite just 10 victories — fewest ever by a starting pitcher — deGrom earned 11 wins with a Mets team that’s struggled to support him.DeGrom led the NL with 255 strikeouts and posted a 2.43 ERA. His resume was bolstered by his durability — deGrom totaled 204 innings, compared to 172 1/3 for Scherzer and 182 2/3 for Ryu.The AL Cy Young Award winner was set to be unveiled later Wednesday.___Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/Jake_Seiner___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Nov 1318:23Giants hire Gabe Kapler as manager to replace Bruce BochyMadison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Bryce HarperRFPhilliesFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gabe Kapler might need years to match the popularity of his predecessors with the San Francisco Giants.Farhan Zaidi believes he will get there eventually.Kapler has been hired as San Francisco’s manager a month after being fired from the same job by the Philadelphia Phillies. Kapler received a three-year contract to replace Bruce Bochy, a beloved figure who retired at the end of the season following 13 years and three championships with San Francisco.The Giants made the announcement late Tuesday and made a formal introduction Wednesday afternoon. Kapler is the second big hire in a matter of days by Zaidi, the Giants’ president of baseball operations. On Monday, Zaidi introduced new general manager Scott Harris, most recently an assistant GM for the Chicago Cubs.Zaidi and Kapler are now reunited from their time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where Kapler served as director of player development and Zaidi the general manager.“The most important trait, if we co... [More]
Wed Nov 1311:23Wainwright guaranteed $5M by Cards, can earn $5M for startsAdam WainwrightSPCardinalsFree Agent
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright is guaranteed $5 million in his one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and can earn up to $5 million in performance bonuses, which allows the pitcher to match his 2019 earnings.That is up from a $2 million guarantee in his 2019 deal, in which he earned an additional $8 million based on starts.Wainwright’s contract, announced Tuesday, calls for $1.5 million each for 20 and 25 starts, and $2 million for 28.In the event he is shifted to the bullpen, he could earn $500,000 apiece for 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60 relief appearances.Wainwright also gets a full no-trade provision.Last season’s deal had a $500,000 bonus for five starts, $1 million each for 10 and 15, $1.5 million for 20, and $2 million apiece for 25 and 30. That was down from a $19.5 million salary in 2018, the final season of a $97.5 million, five-year contract.The 38-year-old Wainwright was drafted by the Braves in 2000 and traded to the Cardinals three years later. He made his maj... [More]
Tue Nov 1223:53Giants hire Gabe Kapler as manager to replace Bruce BochyMadison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Bryce HarperRFPhilliesFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gabe Kapler might need years to match the popularity of his predecessors with the San Francisco Giants.Farhan Zaidi believes he will get there eventually.Kapler has been hired as San Francisco's manager a month after being fired from the same job by the Philadelphia Phillies. Kapler received a three-year contract to replace Bruce Bochy, a beloved figure who retired at the end of the season following 13 years and three championships with San Francisco.The Giants made the announcement late Tuesday and planned a formal introduction Wednesday afternoon at the ballpark. Kapler is the second big hire in a matter of days by Zaidi, the Giants' president of baseball operations. On Monday, Zaidi introduced new general manager Scott Harris, most recently an assistant GM for the Chicago Cubs.Zaidi and Kapler are now reunited from their time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where Kapler served as director of player development and Zaidi the general manager."The most important tr... [More]
Tue Nov 1223:13Giants hire Gabe Kapler as manager to replace Bruce BochyMadison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Bryce HarperRFPhilliesFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gabe Kapler has been hired as manager of the San Francisco Giants, a month after being fired from the same job by the Philadelphia Phillies.Kapler received a three-year contract to replace Bruce Bochy, who retired at the end of the season following 13 years and three championships with San Francisco.The Giants made the announcement late Tuesday and planned a formal introduction Wednesday afternoon at the ballpark. Kapler is the second big hire in a matter of days by Giants President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi, who on Monday introduced new general manager Scott Harris, most recently an assistant GM for the Chicago Cubs.The 44-year-old Kapler was fired Oct. 10 after going 161-163 over two seasons with the Phillies. With slugger Bryce Harper their blockbuster acquisition, the Phillies finished 81-81 this year for their first non-losing season since 2012.Zaidi and Kapler are now reunited from their time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where Kapler served as di... [More]
Tue Nov 1222:43Giants hire Gabe Kapler as manager to replace Bruce BochyMadison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Bryce HarperRFPhilliesFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gabe Kapler has been hired as manager of the San Francisco Giants, a month after being fired from the same job by the Philadelphia Phillies.Kapler replaces Bruce Bochy, who retired at the end of the season following 13 years and three championships with San Francisco.The Giants made the announcement late Tuesday and planned a formal introduction to follow. Kapler is the second big hire in a matter of days by Giants President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi, who on Monday introduced new general manager Scott Harris, most recently an assistant GM for the Chicago Cubs.The 44-year-old Kapler was fired Oct. 10 after going 161-163 over two seasons as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. With slugger Bryce Harper their blockbuster acquisition, the Phillies finished 81-81 this year for their first non-losing season since 2012.Zaidi and Kapler are now reunited from their time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where Kapler served as director of player development.Last wee... [More]
Tue Nov 1221:13Cardinals agree to deal with Adam Wainwright for 2020 seasonAdam WainwrightSPCardinalsFree Agent
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals and Adam Wainwright have agreed to a contract for the 2020 season, increasing the likelihood the pitcher will finish his career with the only major league team he has played for.The 38-year-old Wainwright was drafted by the Braves in 2000 and traded to the Cardinals three years later. He made his major league debut in 2005 and has been a stalwart for St. Louis the past 14 seasons, going 162-95 with a 3.39 ERA and three All-Star appearances.He played last season with a $2 million base salary and proved he remained effective, going 14-10 with a 4.19 ERA while helping the Cardinals reach the NL Championship Series. He earned $8 million in bonuses based on starts.Wainwright was especially valuable down the stretch. He had a 2.97 ERA in September and a 1.62 ERA in the postseason, where the Cardinals were ousted by eventual World Series champion Washington."We're obviously excited we could reunite again," team president John Mozeliak said Tuesday at... [More]
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