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Thu Nov 2117:45Catcher Yasmani Grandal, White Sox reach $73M, 4-year dealTim AndersonSSWhite SoxFree Agent
Dylan CeaseSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Lucas GiolitoSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Yasmani Grandal1B/C/PHWhite SoxFree Agent
James McCannCWhite SoxFree Agent
Daniel PalkaDH/LF/RFWhite SoxFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Yasmani Grandal saw a young team stocked with promising pitchers and hitters. He envisioned a bright future for the Chicago White Sox, and he chose to be part of it.No longer burdened by draft-pick compensation, Grandal found the multiyear contract he failed to get last offseason. The All-Star catcher agreed Thursday to a $73 million, four-year contract with the White Sox.“There’s a lot of young talent,” Grandal said. “The way I looked at it, this team could be a dark horse in the next year or so.”Grandal turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers last November. A team signing him during the 2018-19 offseason would have lost a top amateur draft pick and he found a slow market. He agreed in January to a deal with Milwaukee that guaranteed $18.25 million: a $16 million salary for 2019 and a $16 million mutual option for 2020 with a $2.25 million buyout.“Exciting day for us around here, being able to add one of the elite talents ... [More]
Thu Nov 2117:35MLB probing Astros back to ’17, ‘firm’ discipline possibleMike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Major League Baseball has widened its investigation of alleged sign stealing by the Houston Astros and will probe activity by the team over the past three seasons.After the conclusion of owners meetings Thursday, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said MLB will “investigate the Astros situation as thoroughly as humanly possible.” The probe includes the team’s firing of an assistant general manager during the World Series for clubhouse comments directed at female reporters, behavior the club at first accused Sports Illustrated of fabricating.“That investigation is going to encompass not only what we know about ‘17, but also ‘18 and ’19,” Manfred said. “To the extent we are talking to people all over the industry, former employees, competitors, whatever. To the extent that we find other leads, we're going to follow these leads.”Manfred has said for now the Astros are the only team being investigated for cheating allegations.“Our clubs, all 3... [More]
Thu Nov 2116:45MLB probing Astros back to ’17, `firm’ discipline possibleMike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Major League Baseball has widened its investigation of alleged sign stealing by the Houston Astros and will probe activity by the team over the past three seasons.After the conclusion of owners meetings Thursday, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said MLB will “investigate the Astros situation as thoroughly as humanly possible.” The probe includes the team’s firing of an assistant general manager during the World Series for clubhouse comments directed at female reporters, behavior the club at first accused Sports Illustrated of fabricating.“That investigation is going to encompass not only what we know about ‘17, but also ‘18 and ’19,” Manfred said. “To the extent we are talking to people all over the industry, former employees, competitors, whatever, to the extent that we find other leads, we're going to follow these leads.”Manfred has said for now the Astros are the only team being investigated for cheating allegations.“Our clubs, all 3... [More]
Thu Nov 2115:45Catcher Yasmani Grandal, White Sox reach $73M, 4-year dealTim AndersonSSWhite SoxFree Agent
Dylan CeaseSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Lucas GiolitoSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Yasmani Grandal1B/C/PHWhite SoxFree Agent
James McCannCWhite SoxFree Agent
Daniel PalkaDH/LF/RFWhite SoxFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — No longer burdened by draft-pick compensation, Yasmani Grandal found the multiyear contract he failed to get last offseason.The All-Star catcher agreed Thursday to a $73 million, four-year contract with the Chicago White Sox.“Exciting day for us around here, being able to add one of the elite talents at a premium position,” general manager Rick Hahn said.Grandal turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers last November. A team signing him during the 2018-19 offseason would have lost a top amateur draft pick and he found a slow market. He agreed in January to a deal with Milwaukee that guaranteed $18.25 million: a $16 million salary for 2019 and a $16 million mutual option for 2020 with a $2.25 million buyout.Selected for the All-Star team for the second time, the 31-year-old hit .246 and had career bests with 28 homers and 77 RBIs. He declined to exercise his part of the option and became a free agent again.A free agent may only be giv... [More]
Thu Nov 2115:05MLB will investigate Astros conduct over last 3 seasonsMike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Major League Baseball has widened its investigation of alleged sign stealing by the Houston Astros and will probe activity by the team over the past three seasons.After the conclusion of owners meetings Thursday, baseball Commissioner Manfred said MLB will “investigate the Astros situation as thoroughly as humanly possible.” The probe includes the team’s firing of an assistant general manager during the World Series for clubhouse comments directed at female reporters, behavior the club at first accused Sports Illustrated of fabricating.Oakland pitcher Mike Fiers told The Athletic in a story last week that while he was playing with the Astros during their 2017 World Series championship season the team stole signs during home games by using a camera positioned in center field. During this year’s playoffs, Houston players were suspected of whistling in the dugout to communicate pitch selection to batters.Manfred says “that investigation is going to encompass not only what we know about ‘17, but also ‘18 and ‘19.” MLB is “talking to people all over the industry, former employees, competitors, whatever. To the extent that we find other leads, we're going to follow these leads.”___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Nov 2113:45Catcher Yasmani Grandal, White Sox reach $73M, 4-year dealTim AndersonSSWhite SoxFree Agent
Dylan CeaseSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Lucas GiolitoSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Yasmani Grandal1B/C/PHWhite SoxFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal agreed to a $73 million, four-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, finding a more lucrative free-agent market now that he no longer is burdened by draft-pick compensation.Grandal will earn $18.25 million annually as part of the deal announced Thursday.“In addition to what he brings to the field, Yasmani is also a great benefit in the clubhouse,” general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “We foresee him playing an integral role on both the further development of our young pitchers and the continued improvement of our offense as we reach our championship goals.”Grandal turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers last November. A team signing him during the 2018-19 offseason would lose a top amateur draft pick and he found a slow market, agreeing in January to a deal with Milwaukee that guaranteed $18.25 million: a $16 million salary for 2019 and a $16 million mutual option for 2020 with a $2... [More]
Thu Nov 2113:15Catcher Yasmani Grandal, White Sox reach $73M, 4-year dealTim AndersonSSWhite SoxFree Agent
Dylan CeaseSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Lucas GiolitoSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Yasmani Grandal1B/C/PHWhite SoxFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal agreed to a $73 million, four-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, finding a more lucrative free-agent market now that he no longer is burdened by draft-pick compensation.Grandal will earn $18.25 million annually as part of the deal announced Thursday.“In addition to what he brings to the field, Yasmani is also a great benefit in the clubhouse,” general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “We foresee him playing an integral role on both the further development of our young pitchers and the continued improvement of our offense as we reach our championship goals.”Grandal turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers last November. A team signing him during the 2018-19 offseason would lose a top amateur draft pick and he found a slow market, agreeing in January to a deal with Milwaukee that guaranteed $18.25 million: a $16 million salary for 2019 and a $16 million mutual option for 2020 with a $2... [More]
Thu Nov 2112:45Catcher Yasmani Grandal, White Sox reach $73M, 4-year dealYasmani Grandal1B/C/PHWhite SoxFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal agreed to a $73 million, four-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, finding a more lucrative free-agent market now that he no longer is burdened by draft-pick compensation.Grandal will earn $18.25 million annually as part of the deal announced Thursday.He turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers last November. A team signing him during the 2018-19 offseason would lose a top amateur draft pick and he found a slow market, agreeing in January to a deal with Milwaukee that guaranteed $18.25 million: a $16 million salary for 2019 and a $16 million mutual option for 2020 with a $2.25 million buyout.Selected for the All-Star team for the second time, the 31-year-old hit .246 and had career bests with 28 homers and 77 RBIs. He declined to exercise his part of the option and became a free agent again.A free agent may only be given a qualifying offer once, so there was no draft-pick compensation attached this ... [More]
Thu Nov 2100:55Astros owner declines comment on sign stealing investigationMike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Houston Astros owner Jim Crane declined comment Wednesday on Major League Baseball’s investigation into allegations of sign stealing against his team.While walking through the lobby of the luxury hotel where MLB owners were meeting, Crane stopped briefly when approached by reporters.“If you want to talk about baseball, I’ll talk about baseball,” Crane said. “What else do you want to talk about?”When someone started to ask whether he had any comment about the allegations, Crane didn’t even let that question get finished before responding, “Any other issues?”Two sheriff’s deputies working security in the lobby then stepped in and escorted the Astros owner toward a flight of stairs that led upstairs to where the meetings were taking place.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday he hopes the investigation will be completed before the start of next season and that he has authority to impose discipline beyond the loss of amateur draft pick... [More]
Wed Nov 2023:25Ellsbury released by Yankees, who owe $26 millionNestor Cortes Jr.RP/SPYankeesFree Agent
Jacoby EllsburyCFYankeesFree Agent
Paul FryRPOriolesFree Agent
Andrew MillerRPCardinalsFree Agent
Luke Voit1B/DHYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees have given up on Jacoby Ellsbury, cutting the oft-injured outfielder with more than $26 million left in his $153 million, seven-year contract.Ellsbury, who has not played since 2017, was released Wednesday to clear a 40-man roster spot as New York added seven players to protect them from next month’s Rule 5 draft.Ellsbury is owed $26,285,714 by the Yankees in one of their biggest free agent mistakes: $21,142,857 for next season plus a $5 million buyout of a $21 million team option for 2021.New York also cut frequently injured first baseman Greg Bird and left-hander Nestor Cortes Jr., designating the pair for assignment.Outfielder Estevan Florial was added to the major league roster along with right-handers Deivi García, Luis Gil, Brooks Kriske, Luis Medina, Nick Nelson and Miguel Yajure.Now 36, Ellsbury hit .264 with 39 homers, 198 RBIs and 102 stolen bases in 520 games in six seasons with the Yankees. He spent his first seven seasons with Boston and wa... [More]
Wed Nov 2023:05Rays designate INF Duffy for assignment, trade RHP De LeonJosé De LeónSPRedsFree Agent
Matt Duffy3BRaysFree Agent
Lucius FoxSSRaysFree Agent
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have designated infielder Matt Duffy for assignment and traded pitcher Jose De Leon to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for a player to be named and cash.The team also announced minor league infielder Curtis Mead was acquired in a trade that sent left-hander Cristopher Sanchez to the Philadelphia Phillies. In addition, five prospects were added to the 40-man roster before Wednesday night’s deadline.A .282 career hitter, Duffy played just 46 games this year after starting the season on the injured list with left hamstring tightness. It was the third time in the past four seasons he missed significant time because of injuries since being acquired from the San Francisco Giants at the 2016 trade deadline.De León is a 27-year-old right-hander who made three relief appearances over four stints with the Rays after spending the first half of the 2019 season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Sánchez, 22, split time this year between Class A affiliates Bowling Green and Charlotte and Triple-A Durham.Mead is a 19-year-old infielder who hit .285 with four homers and 19 RBIs in 44 games with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Phillies this year.Infielders Vidal Bruján, Lucius Fox and Kevin Padlo, infielder/right-handed pitcher Jake Cronenworth and catcher Ronaldo Hernández were added to the 40-man roster.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Nov 2021:25Wei-Yin Chen designated for assignment by MarlinsWei-Yin ChenRP/SPMarlinsFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins have designated left-hander Wei-Yin Chen for assignment, parting with a pitcher they owe $22 million.Miami gave Chen an $80 million, five-year contract before the 2016 season, but he went 13-19 with a 5.10 ERA in four injury-plagued seasons. Last year Chen was demoted to the bullpen and had a 6.59 ERA in 45 games.President of baseball operations Michael Hill said the Marlins parted with Chen to create more room for young talent on their roster.“This decision was not about money,” Hill said Wednesday. “It was about building the best and deepest 40-man roster to allow us to compete in 2020 and beyond.”Chen will receive $5 million during the 2020 season and $5 million on Nov. 30, 2020. The $12 million remaining is part of deferred money payable through June 30, 2021.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Nov 2021:15Ellsbury released by Yankees, who owe $26 millionNestor Cortes Jr.RP/SPYankeesFree Agent
Jacoby EllsburyCFYankeesFree Agent
Paul FryRPOriolesFree Agent
Andrew MillerRPCardinalsFree Agent
Luke Voit1B/DHYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees have given up on Jacoby Ellsbury, cutting the oft-injured outfielder with more than $26 million left in his $153 million, seven-year contract.Ellsbury, who has not played since 2017, was released Wednesday to clear a 40-man roster spot as New York added seven players to protect them from next month’s Rule 5 draft.Ellsbury is owed $26,285,714 by the Yankees in one of their biggest free agent mistakes: $21,142,857 for next season plus a $5 million buyout of a $21 million team option for 2021.New York also cut frequently injured first baseman Greg Bird and left-hander Nestor Cortes Jr., designating the pair for assignment.Outfielder Estevan Florial was added to the major league roster along with right-handers Deivi García, Luis Gil, Brooks Kriske, Luis Medina, Nick Nelson and Miguel Yajure.Now 36, Ellsbury hit .264 with 39 homers, 198 RBIs and 102 stolen bases in 520 games in six seasons with the Yankees. He spent his first seven seasons with Boston and wa... [More]
Wed Nov 2020:45Astros owner declines comment on sign stealing investigationMike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Houston Astros owner Jim Crane declined comment Wednesday on Major League Baseball’s investigation into allegations of sign stealing against his team.While walking through the lobby of the luxury hotel where MLB owners were meeting, Crane stopped briefly when approached by reporters.“If you want to talk about baseball, I’ll talk about baseball,” Crane said. “What else do you want to talk about?”When someone started to ask whether he had any comment about the allegations, Crane didn’t even let that question get finished before responding, “Any other issues?”Two sheriff’s deputies working security in the lobby then stepped in and escorted the Astros owner toward a flight of stairs that led upstairs to where the meetings were taking place.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday he hopes the investigation will be completed before the start of next season and that he has authority to impose discipline beyond the loss of amateur draft pick... [More]
Wed Nov 2020:45Wei-Yin Chen designated for assignment by MarlinsWei-Yin ChenRP/SPMarlinsFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins have designated left-hander Wei-Yin Chen for assignment, parting with a pitcher they owe $22 million in 2020.Miami gave Chen an $80 million, five-year contract before the 2016 season, but he went 13-19 with a 5.10 ERA in four injury-plagued seasons. Last year Chen was demoted to the bullpen and had a 6.59 ERA in 45 games.President of baseball operations Michael Hill said the Marlins parted with Chen to create more room for young talent on their roster.“This decision was not about money,” Hill said Wednesday. “It was about building the best and deepest 40-man roster to allow us to compete in 2020 and beyond.”___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Nov 2020:45Ellsbury released by Yankees, who owe $26 millionNestor Cortes Jr.RP/SPYankeesFree Agent
Jacoby EllsburyCFYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees have given up on Jacoby Ellsbury, cutting the oft-injured outfielder with more than $26 million left in his $153 million, seven-year contract.Ellsbury, who has not played since 2017, was released Wednesday to clear a 40-man roster spot as New York added seven players to protect them from next month’s Rule 5 draft.Ellsbury is owed $26,285,714 by the Yankees in one of their biggest free agent mistakes: $21,142,857 for next season plus a $5 million buyout of a $21 million team option for 2021.New York also cut frequently injured first baseman Greg Bird and left-hander Nestor Cortes Jr., designating the pair for assignment.Outfielder Estevan Florial was added to the major league roster along with right-handers Deivi García, Luis Gil, Brooks Kriske, Luis Medina, Nick Nelson and Miguel Yajure.Now 36, Ellsbury hit .264 with 39 homers, 198 RBIs and 102 stolen bases in 520 games in six seasons with the Yankees. He spent his first seven seasons with Boston and was in All-Star in 2011, and arrived in New York with a .284 career average, 104 homers, 512 RBIs and 343 steals for Boston.Ellsbury injured an oblique muscle in his right side early during spring training in 2018, developed a bad back and had hip surgery on Aug. 6 to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. He experienced plantar fasciitis in his right foot during his rehab program before spring training this year.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Nov 2017:05Astros owner declines comment on sign stealing investigationMike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Houston Astros owner Jim Crane declined comment Wednesday on Major League Baseball’s investigation into allegations of sign stealing.While walking through the lobby of the luxury hotel where owners were meeting, Crane stopped briefly when approached by reporters.“If you want to talk about baseball, I’ll talk about baseball,” Crane said. “What else do you want to talk about?”When someone started to ask whether he had any comment about the allegations, Crane didn’t even let that question get finished before responding, “Any other issues?”Two sheriff’s deputies working security in the lobby then stepped in and escorted the Astros owner toward a flight of stairs that led upstairs to where the meetings were taking place.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday he hopes the investigation will be completed before the start of next season and that he has authority to impose discipline beyond the loss of amateur draft picks.Manfred is schedule... [More]
Wed Nov 2013:35Shark crosses Pacific: Parra joins Yomiuri GiantsGerardo ParraLF/PH/RFNationalsFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — The “Baby Shark” is moving to Japan.Outfielder Gerardo Parra has agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract with the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants.As part of the agreement announced Tuesday, Parra can earn $500,000 in bonuses next year. The deal includes a $3 million option for 2021 that could become guaranteed.A two-time Gold Glove winner and a backup on this year’s World Series champion Washington Nationals, the 32-year-old outfielder has a .276 batting average with 88 home runs and 522 RBIs over 11 major league seasons.He became a fan favorite at Nationals Park this year for his “Baby Shark” walkup song, a tribute to the musical taste of his 2-year-old daughter Aaliyah. Fans and teammates made shark-inspired hand gestures after each hit, including pinching together an index finger and thumb after singles. Some players worked out wearing headbands with the image of a cartoon shark, and some fans attended games in shark costumes.A native of Venezuela, ... [More]
Wed Nov 2013:35Astros owner declines comment on sign stealing investigationMike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Houston Astros owner Jim Crane has declined to comment on Major League Baseball’s investigation into allegations of sign stealing.While walking through the lobby of the hotel where owners were meeting Wednesday, Crane stopped briefly when approached by reporters. He said he’d talk about baseball, and when someone started to ask if he had any comment about the allegations, he responded, “Any other issues,” before being escorted away by two sheriff’s deputies working security in the lobby.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday he hopes the investigation will be complete by next season and that he has authority to impose discipline beyond the loss of amateur draft picks.Oakland pitcher Mike Fiers told The Athletic last week that while he was with the Astros during their 2017 World Series championship season the team stole signs during home games by using a camera positioned in center field.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Nov 2010:35Shark crosses Pacific: Parra signs with Yomiuri GiantsGerardo ParraLF/PH/RFNationalsFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — The “Baby Shark” is moving to Japan.Outfielder Gerardo Parra has agreed to a contract with the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants, the team said Tuesday.A two-time Gold Glove winner and a backup on this year’s World Series champion Washington Nationals, the 32-year-old outfielder has a .276 batting average with 88 home runs and 522 RBIs over 11 major league seasons.He became a fan favorite at Nationals Park this year for his “Baby Shark” walkup song, a tribute to the musical taste of his 2-year-old daughter Aaliyah. Fans and teammates made shark-inspired hand gestures after each hit, including pinching together an index finger and thumb after singles. Some players worked out wearing headbands with the image of a cartoon shark, and some fans attended games in shark costumes.A native of Venezuela, Parra hit .250 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs in 89 games for the Nationals after spending the first 30 games of the 2019 season with the San Francisco Giants.He started his big league career with Arizona in 2009 and also has played for Milwaukee, Baltimore and Colorado.The Tokyo-based Giants are Japan’s oldest professional team and won the Central League pennant for the first time in five years before getting swept by Fukuoka in the Japan Series.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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