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Tue Jan 2813:46Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals finalize $2M, 1-year contractGerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
Howie KendrickLFNationalsFree Agent
Eric Thames1BNationalsFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman and the World Series champion Washington Nationals finalized a $2 million, one-year contract on Wednesday.The 35-year-old first baseman, who has spent his entire 15-year big league career with the Nationals, can earn $3 million in performance bonuses. He can earn $1.5 million based on games: $250,000 each for 65, 80, 95, 110, 125 and 140. He also can get $1.5 million for plate appearances: $250,000 apiece for 250, 300, 350, 500, 450 and 500.Zimmerman also gets a full no-trade provision. Since he already has the right to block trades as a 10-year veteran who has spent five years with his current club, the provision would matter only if he accepts a trade, then wants to block a deal to a different team.He had become a free agent last fall after the Nationals declined an $18 million option, choosing to pay a $2 million buyout.Injuries limited Zimmerman to 52 games and a .257 average with six homers and 27 RBIs last year, but he was a key contributor in t... [More]
Tue Jan 2812:47Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals finalize $2M, 1-year contractHowie KendrickLFNationalsFree Agent
Eric Thames1BNationalsFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman and the World Series champion Washington Nationals finalized a $2 million, one-year contract on Wednesday.The 35-year-old first baseman, who has spent his entire 15-year big league career with the Nationals, can earn $3 million in performance bonuses. He can earn $1.5 million based on games: $250,000 each for 65, 80, 95, 110, 125 and 140. He also can get $1.5 million for plate appearances: $250,000 apiece for 250, 300, 350, 500, 450 and 500.Zimmerman also gets a full no-trade provision. Since he already has the right to block trades as a 10-year veteran who has spent five years with his current club, the provision would matter only if he accepts a trade, then wants to block a deal to a different team.He had become a free agent last fall after the Nationals declined an $18 million option, choosing to pay a $2 million buyout.Injuries limited Zimmerman to 52 games and a .257 average with six homers and 27 RBIs last year, but he was a key contributor in t... [More]
Mon Jan 2719:47Diamondbacks acquire OF Starling Marte from PiratesNick AhmedSSDiamondbacksFree Agent
Madison BumgarnerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Ketel MarteCFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Starling MarteCFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Gregory PolancoRFPiratesFree Agent
Bryan ReynoldsCFPiratesFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — When the Arizona Diamondbacks landed ace Madison Bumgarner in free agency last month, the three-time World Series winner made a surprising offer, one that came with a very urgent catch.Bumgarner told the Diamondbacks they could defer some of the money on his five-year deal if they promised to spend the up-front savings on making the club better in 2020. Arizona followed through Monday, acquiring two-time Gold Glove outfielder Starling Marte from the Pittsburgh Pirates.“He fits a lot of what we're trying to do,” Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen.Including free up Ketel Marte — no relation to Starling Marte — to move to second base on a semi-permanent basis. Ketel Marte split time between the center field and second last year while making the All-Star team for the first time and finishing fourth in NL MVP balloting. Hazen said he likes the chemistry Ketel Marte developed with shortstop Nick Ahmed, and Starling Marte's arrival should let that relationship... [More]
Mon Jan 2719:07Reds get OF Nick Castellanos on $64 million, 4-year dealShogo AkiyamaCFRedsFree Agent
Aristides AquinoRFRedsFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Jackie Bradley Jr.CFRed SoxFree Agent
Kris Bryant3BCubsFree Agent
Nick CastellanosRFRedsFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
Phillip ErvinCFRedsFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Wade MileySPRedsFree Agent
Mike Moustakas2BRedsFree Agent
Yasiel PuigFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BAngelsFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Nick SenzelCFRedsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Tony WatsonRPGiantsFree Agent
Matt WietersCCardinalsFree Agent
Jesse WinkerLFRedsFree Agent
CINCINNATI (AP) — Free agent outfielder Nick Castellanos signed a $64 million, four-year deal Monday with the Reds, Cincinnati's latest big-money move to emerge from years of losing.The deal allows Castellanos to opt out and become a free agent after the 2020 or 2021 seasons. He gets salaries of $16 million in 2020, $14 million in 2021, and $16 million in 2022 and 2023. There's a mutual option for 2024 at $20 million with a buyout of $2 million.It was the fourth significant move by the Reds, among the most active teams in free agency since their sixth consecutive losing season.“This is an off-season where we have prioritized adding to the offensive side of the club,” said Dick Williams, president of baseball operations. “Nick was one of the most attractive options on the market. He has been a consistently elite producer offensively and that complements our existing team well.”The Reds have has committed $164 million to new players, including the two biggest free agent deals i... [More]
Mon Jan 2717:17Diamondbacks acquire OF Starling Marte from PiratesStarling MarteCFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Gregory PolancoRFPiratesFree Agent
Bryan ReynoldsCFPiratesFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starling Marte is heading to the Arizona Diamondbacks.The Pittsburgh Pirates sent the two-time Gold Glove outfielder and 2016 All-Star to the Diamondbacks on Monday for prospects Liover Peguero and pitcher Brennan Malone. The Diamondbacks will receive $1.5 million from the Pirates on Sept. 15 as part of the deal, while Pittsburgh obtained $250,000 in international signing bonus allocation.The 31-year-old Marte is coming off a stellar 2019 in which he hit .295 and set career-highs with 23 home runs and 81 RBIs. He has an $11.5 million salary this year, and his contract includes a $12.5 million team option for 2021 with a $1 million buyout.Marte served as one of the core members of the group that led the Pirates to three consecutive playoff berths from 2013-15. He reached the All-Star game in 2016 but also served an 80-game suspension in 2017 after testing positive for steroids. The Pirates are in the midst of a rebuild after revamping their leadership structure follo... [More]
Mon Jan 2716:57Diamondbacks acquire OF Starling Marte from PiratesStarling MarteCFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Gregory PolancoRFPiratesFree Agent
Bryan ReynoldsCFPiratesFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starling Marte is heading to the Arizona Diamondbacks.The Pittsburgh Pirates sent the two-time Gold Glove outfielder and 2016 All-Star to the Diamondbacks on Monday for prospects Liover Peguero and pitcher Brennan Malone. The Diamondbacks will receive $1.5 million from the Pirates on Sept. 15 as part of the deal, while Pittsburgh obtained $250,000 in international signing bonus allocation.The 31-year-old Marte is coming off a stellar 2019 in which he hit .295 and set career-highs with 23 home runs and 81 RBIs. He has an $11.5 million salary this year, and his contract includes a $12.5 million team option for 2021 with a $1 million buyout.Marte served as one of the core members of the group that led the Pirates to three consecutive playoff berths from 2013-15. He reached the All-Star game in 2016 but also served an 80-game suspension in 2017 after testing positive for steroids. The Pirates are in the midst of a rebuild after revamping their leadership structure follo... [More]
Mon Jan 2716:57AP source: Reds, Castellanos agree to $64M, 4-year dealShogo AkiyamaCFRedsFree Agent
Aristides AquinoRFRedsFree Agent
Kris Bryant3BCubsFree Agent
Nick CastellanosRFRedsFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
Phillip ErvinCFRedsFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Wade MileySPRedsFree Agent
Mike Moustakas2BRedsFree Agent
Yasiel PuigFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BAngelsFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Nick SenzelCFRedsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Tony WatsonRPGiantsFree Agent
Matt WietersCCardinalsFree Agent
Jesse WinkerLFRedsFree Agent
CINCINNATI (AP) — Free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos agreed to a $64 million, four-year deal in the Cincinnati Reds' latest big-money move to emerge from years of losing, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Monday.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the club hadn't announced the deal, which would allow Castellanos to opt out and become a free agent after the 2020 or 2021 seasons. If he cuts the deal short after one year, he would receive $16 million.It was the fourth significant move by the Reds, among the most active teams in free agency since their sixth consecutive losing season. The Reds have has committed $174 million to new players, including the two biggest free agent deals in club history.Cincinnati signed second baseman Mike Moustakas to a $64 million, four-year contract and added left-handed starter Wade Miley on a $15 million, two-year deal. Japanese All-Star outfielder Shogo Akiyama got a $21 million, three-year de... [More]
Mon Jan 2716:27Diamondbacks acquire OF Starling Marte from PiratesStarling MarteCFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Gregory PolancoRFPiratesFree Agent
Bryan ReynoldsCFPiratesFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starling Marte is heading to the Arizona Diamondbacks.The Pittsburgh Pirates sent the two-time Gold Glove outfielder and 2016 All-Star to the Diamondbacks on Monday for prospects Liover Peguero and pitcher Brennan Malone. The Diamondbacks received cash considerations as part of the deal while Pittsburgh obtained $250,000 in international signing money.The 31-year-old Marte is coming off a stellar 2019 in which he hit .295 and set career-highs with 23 home runs and 81 RBIs. He has an $11.5 million salary this year, and his contract includes a $12.5 million team option for 2021 with a $1 million buyout.Marte served as one of the core members of the group that led the Pirates to three consecutive playoff berths from 2013-15. He reached the All-Star game in 2016 but also served an 80-game suspension in 2017 after testing positive for steroids. The Pirates are in the midst of a rebuild after revamping their leadership structure following a last-place finish in the NL Cen... [More]
Mon Jan 2712:07AP source: Reds, Castellanos agree to $64M, 4-year dealShogo AkiyamaCFRedsFree Agent
Aristides AquinoRFRedsFree Agent
Kris Bryant3BCubsFree Agent
Nick CastellanosRFRedsFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
Phillip ErvinCFRedsFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Wade MileySPRedsFree Agent
Mike Moustakas2BRedsFree Agent
Yasiel PuigFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BAngelsFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Nick SenzelCFRedsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Tony WatsonRPGiantsFree Agent
Matt WietersCCardinalsFree Agent
Jesse WinkerLFRedsFree Agent
CINCINNATI (AP) — Free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos agreed to a $64 million, four-year deal in the Cincinnati Reds' latest big-money move to emerge from years of losing, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Monday.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the club hadn't announced the deal, which would allow Castellanos to opt out and become a free agent after the 2020 season.It was the fourth significant move by the Reds, among the most active teams in free agency since their sixth consecutive losing season. The Reds have has committed $174 million to new players, including the two biggest free agent deals in club history.Cincinnati signed second baseman Mike Moustakas to a $64 million, four-year contract and added left-handed starter Wade Miley on a $15 million, two-year deal. Japanese All-Star outfielder Shogo Akiyama got a $21 million, three-year deal.Castellanos' deal raised the offseason total of contracts negotiated by agent ... [More]
Mon Jan 2711:17AP source: Reds, Castellanos agree to $64M, 4-year dealShogo AkiyamaCFRedsFree Agent
Aristides AquinoRFRedsFree Agent
Nick CastellanosRFRedsFree Agent
Phillip ErvinCFRedsFree Agent
Wade MileySPRedsFree Agent
Mike Moustakas2BRedsFree Agent
Yasiel PuigFree Agent
Nick SenzelCFRedsFree Agent
Jesse WinkerLFRedsFree Agent
CINCINNATI (AP) — Free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos agreed to a $64 million, four-year deal Monday in the Cincinnati Reds' latest big-money move to emerge from years of losing, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Monday.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the club hadn't announced the deal, which would allow Castellanos to opt out and become a free agent after the 2020 season.It's the fourth significant move by the Reds, who have been among the most active teams in free agency since they wrapped up their sixth consecutive losing season. Cincinnati has committed $174 million to new players, including the two biggest free agent deals in club history.The Reds signed second baseman Mike Moustakas to a $64 million, four-year deal and added left-handed starter Wade Miley on a $15 million, two-year deal. Japanese All-Star outfielder Shogo Akiyama got a $21 million, three-year deal.The Reds' biggest weakness last season was offense. ... [More]
Sun Jan 2619:16Rich Hill, Twins have sights set on World Series togetherRich HillSPTwinsFree Agent
Sergio RomoRPTwinsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After four playoff appearances, including two trips to the World Series, in four years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Rich Hill was a 39-year-old free agent coming off another elbow surgery.Unlikely to return until at least June, Hill wanted to find a team to get him back to the World Series. The Minnesota Twins came calling, seeking Hill for just for that reason.“He’s coming back from an injury, but I think we feel the reward is significant because, qualitatively, he has been a stellar pitcher when he’s been healthy,” Minnesota general manager Thad Levine said. “He’s pitched down the stretch in very tough situations and he’s pitched in the postseason, so I think we’re viewing him as a guy that has every bit a chance to start in a playoff series and that’s important for us.”Hill signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Twins. Speaking to reporters at the team’s annual fan festival this weekend, Hill said he will start throwing next week ... [More]
Sun Jan 2618:36Brewers' Braun acknowledges this could be his final seasonRyan BraunLFBrewersFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun acknowledges the possibility this might be his final season."There’s at least a chance this is my last fan fest as a player," the 36-year-old said Sunday during the Brewers’ annual winter fan festival and convention. "You definitely get a little nostalgic and think about how quickly it goes by. I’ve thought about it a little bit, but for me, the goal is always to stay fully present and try to be the best version of myself as a player this year, and then figure out the future when I get through the season."Braun is entering the final year of a five-year, $105 million contract. His 13-year career thus far has has included the highs of winning the National League Most Valuable Player award in 2011 and the lows of serving a 65-game suspension in 2013 when an investigation linked him to the Biogenesis scandal.When Braun returned from that suspension in 2014, a series of issues with his back and thumb plagued Braun of the power... [More]
Sat Jan 2521:07Rox sidestep rift between Arenado, front office at fan festNolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
David DahlLFRockiesFree Agent
Trevor StorySSRockiesFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — There was left-hander Kyle Freeland discussing his new, pause-free delivery. And there was shortstop Trevor Story hinting at agreeing to a $27.5 million, two-year deal that he really wasn't at liberty to discuss since it's not official yet. But there was no Nolan Arenado. And there was no media availability with general manager Jeff Bridich, either, during the Colorado Rockies fan fest Saturday at Coors Field.Manager Bud Black recently reached out to Arenado, who said this week he felt a level of "disrespect" from the front office in the wake of trade rumors and the team not being active in player acquisition this winter.Black left a message.Still, he fully believes that once the Rockies get to spring training, the situation will work itself out."Things are going to be fine," Black said. “Players, they stay united. ... It's a group of players that is pretty bonded, pretty united.”The notion that Arenado could be dealt began to bubble last month at the winter meeting... [More]
Sat Jan 2519:17Several Dodgers go public, peeved by Astros' cheating scamYu DarvishSPCubsFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCWhite SoxFree Agent
Kenley JansenRPDodgersFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Justin Turner3BDodgersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers would rather earn a World Series trophy on their own than accept any scraps from the Houston Astros or Boston Red Sox, the teams that beat them in 2017 and '18.Despite being eager to focus on the upcoming season, several Dodgers publicly for the first time expressed annoyance at the Astros for the sign-stealing system used during the 2017 season, when Houston beat them in seven games in the World Series.“They cheated and they got away with it,” utilityman Kiké Hernández said Saturday during the team's annual FanFest outside Dodger Stadium. “I don't think it hurts more now than it did three years ago when we lost the Series.”Hernández said the Dodgers “had our doubts” about the Astros in 2017.“Everybody warned us. A lot of people told us to worry about them,” Hernández said. “We just thought it was just rumors, but I guess not.”Two weeks ago, Major League Baseball released the findings of its investigation, which concl... [More]
Sat Jan 2519:17Dodgers' fan group ready to vent at Astros for sign stealingJustin Turner3BDodgersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A group of Los Angeles Dodgers fans is making plans to vent its frustration at the Houston Astros about baseball's sign-stealing scandal.Houston and the Dodgers don't play each other during the upcoming regular season, so Pantone 294 is snapping up tickets to the Los Angeles Angels' home opener against the Astros on April 3 in Anaheim, the Los Angeles Times reported. The group regularly organizes trips to support the Dodgers on the road.“Spirits are great, man,” utilityman Kiké Hernández said Saturday about the fans. “Positive vibes.”Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner joined several of his teammates in expressing frustration at the Astros for stealing signs during the 2017 season, when Houston beat them in seven games in the World Series.“It sucks for the fans as well. It sucks for a lot of people,” Turner said during the team's annual FanFest at Dodger Stadium.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat Jan 2519:07Dodgers' fan group ready to vent at Astros for sign stealingKiké Hernández2B/CFDodgersFree Agent
Justin Turner3BDodgersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A group of Los Angeles Dodgers fans is making plans to vent its frustration at the Houston Astros about baseball's sign-stealing scandal.Houston and the Dodgers don't play each other during the upcoming regular season, so Pantone 294 is snapping up tickets to the Los Angeles Angels' home opener against the Astros on April 3 in Anaheim, the Los Angeles Times reported. The group regularly organizes trips to support the Dodgers on the road.“Spirits are great, man,” utilityman Kike Hernandez said Saturday about the fans. “Positive vibes.”Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner joined several of his teammates in expressing frustration at the Astros for stealing signs during the 2017 season, when Houston beat them in seven games in the World Series.“It sucks for the fans as well. It sucks for a lot of people,” Turner said during the team's annual FanFest at Dodger Stadium.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat Jan 2519:07Fortified White Sox say they're ready to contend againTim AndersonSSWhite SoxFree Agent
Steve CishekRPWhite SoxFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCWhite SoxFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Nomar MazaraRFWhite SoxFree Agent
Yoán Moncada3BWhite SoxFree Agent
Luis RobertCFWhite SoxFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox and their long-frustrated fans say they're primed and pumped for the team to contend in 2020.The White Sox haven’t made the playoffs since 2008 and have endured seven straight losing seasons, but there was an optimistic buzz at the team's sold-out fan convention Saturday after a splashy offseason.“It hard not to be excited and feel that energy they’re giving us,” fourth-year manager Rick Renteria told the crowd. “Obviously, it’s our job to put it from paper to the field and accomplish those things you want us to accomplish.”The AL Central title — and more — may be within reach as the White Sox emerge from a rebuild and an offseason filled with free agent signings.“Our guys are telling our young players, 'Hey it’s time to go,’” Renteria said. “We don’t have time to mess around. We have a window of opportunity. Let’s take it. That’s where we’re at.”Renteria has been cautious with his words and patient with young... [More]
Sat Jan 2518:37Several Dodgers go public, peeved by Astros' cheating scamKiké Hernández2B/CFDodgersFree Agent
Kenley JansenRPDodgersFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Justin Turner3BDodgersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers would rather earn a World Series trophy on their own than accept any scraps from the Houston Astros or Boston Red Sox, the teams that beat them in 2017 and '18.Despite being eager to focus on the upcoming season, several Dodgers publicly for the first time expressed annoyance at the Astros for the sign-stealing system used during the 2017 season, when Houston beat them in seven games in the World Series.“They cheated and they got away with it,” utilityman Kike Hernandez said Saturday during the team's annual FanFest outside Dodger Stadium. “I don't think it hurts more now than it did three years ago when we lost the Series.”Hernandez said the Dodgers “had our doubts” about the Astros in 2017.“Everybody warned us. A lot of people told us to worry about them,” Hernandez said. “We just thought it was just rumors, but I guess not.”Two weeks ago, Major League Baseball released the findings of its investigation, which concluded... [More]
Sat Jan 2515:17Camargo determined to seize second chance at 3B for BravesJohan Camargo3BBravesFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BTwinsFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Marcell OzunaLFBravesFree Agent
Austin Riley3BBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Johan Camargo has a second chance to be the Atlanta Braves' starting third baseman.Camargo's renewed motivation to make the most of this opportunity comes after hard lessons learned in a demotion to the minors last season. His commitment shows with a renewed commitment to conditioning this offseason that has impressed his manager, Brian Snitker, and his teammates.“I want to be back, that's why,” Camargo said Saturday at the team's fan event at the newly renamed Truist Park.The Braves are looking for a new starter at third base after failing to re-sign Josh Donaldson, who landed a four-year deal with Minnesota.Atlanta filled Donaldson's vacated cleanup role by signing outfielder Marcell Ozuna to an $18 million, one-year deal. Camargo will compete with Austin Riley at third base this spring.The 26-year-old Camargo's edge is experience. He held the starting job most of the 2018 season, when he hit .272 with 19 homers and 76 RBIs.“He was great,” first baseman Fred... [More]
Sat Jan 2515:07Pirates' Taillon upbeat as he rehabs from elbow surgeryColin Moran3BPiratesFree Agent
Joe MusgroveSPPiratesFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jameson Taillon has plenty of experience when it comes to rehabbing from injuries.The Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander has had two Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgeries during his professional career. He's also undergone surgeries to repair a sport hernia and remove cancerous tissue from his scrotum.“I guess rehab is in my blood now,” Taillon said.Yet Taillon continues to be upbeat while the midst of his latest rehab. He underwent his latest Tommy John procedure in August that will cause him to miss the 2020 season.“I’m not happy go lucky about this, just to be happy go lucky,” Taillon said Saturday during the Pirates’ annual fan festival at PNC Park. “I really believe I have more to give and more to accomplish in my career. That is why I stay upbeat. I know there are better things to come.”The 28-year-old Taillon began a throwing program Monday in his hometown of Houston, playing catch from 60 feet.He emerged as the Pirates’ ace in 2018 when he... [More]
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