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Sat Jan 2311:11Austin Romine, Cubs finalize $1.5 million, 1-year contractMiguel AmayaCCubsFree Agent
Victor CaratiniC/1BPadresFree Agent
Willson ContrerasCCubsFree Agent
Austin RomineCCubsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs finalized a $1.5 million, one-year contract with catcher Austin Romine on Saturday. Chicago had been looking for a backup catcher since the Cubs traded Victor Caratini to San Diego last month. Miguel Amaya is among the organization’s top prospects, but he finished his last minor league season at the Class-A level. The 32-year-old Romine hit .238 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 37 games with Detroit last year, earning $1,537,037 in prorated pay from a $4.15 million salary. He played parts of eight seasons with the New York Yankees before signing with the Tigers as a free agent. Romine had his most productive season with New York in 2018, batting .244 with a career-high 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 77 games. Chicago has Willson Contreras in place as starting catcher, but he has been mentioned in trade rumors. The Cubs are retooling under President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer, but they are hoping to stay in the mix in the NL Central after winning the division in 2020. ___ Jay Cohen can be reached at https://twitter.com/jcohenap ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 2221:41Reaction to the death of Hank AaronFreddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Reaction to the death of one-time home run king Hank Aaron. He died Friday at the age of 86: “Thank you for everything you ever taught us, for being a trailblazer through adversity and setting an example for all of us African-American ballplayers who came after you. Being able to grow up and have the idols and role models I did, help shape me for a future I could have never dreamed of.” — Barry Bonds, who broke Aaron's home run record of 755, on Twitter ___ “Not long ago, he and I were walking the streets of Washington, D.C, together and talking about how we’ve been the best of friends for more than 60 years. Then Hank said, ‘Who would have ever thought all those years ago that a Black kid from Mobile, Alabama, would break Babe Ruth’s home run record and a Jewish kid from Milwaukee would become the commissioner of baseball?’ Aaron was beloved by his teammates and by his fans. He was a true Hall of Famer in every way.” — Former Commissioner Bud Selig ___ “Hank symb... [More]
Fri Jan 2220:41Reaction to the death of Hank AaronFreddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Reaction to the death of one-time home run king Hank Aaron. He died Friday at the age of 86: “Thank you for everything you ever taught us, for being a trailblazer through adversity and setting an example for all of us African-American ballplayers who came after you. Being able to grow up and have the idols and role models I did, help shape me for a future I could have never dreamed of.” — Barry Bonds, who broke Aaron's home run record of 755, on Twitter ___ “Not long ago, he and I were walking the streets of Washington, D.C, together and talking about how we’ve been the best of friends for more than 60 years. Then Hank said, ‘Who would have ever thought all those years ago that a Black kid from Mobile, Alabama, would break Babe Ruth’s home run record and a Jewish kid from Milwaukee would become the commissioner of baseball?’ Aaron was beloved by his teammates and by his fans. He was a true Hall of Famer in every way.” — Former Commissioner Bud Selig ___ “Hank symb... [More]
Fri Jan 2220:21JA Happ, Twins finalize $8 million, 1-year contractJ.A. HappSPTwinsFree Agent
Rich HillFree Agent
Kenta MaedaSPTwinsFree Agent
Manuel MargotCFRaysFree Agent
Jake OdorizziFree Agent
Michael PinedaSPTwinsFree Agent
Hansel RoblesRPTwinsFree Agent
Mike ZuninoCRaysFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — J.A. Happ won a World Series with Philadelphia in 2008 and returned to the final round with the Phillies the following season, but he hasn't been back since. The Minnesota Twins were Happ's pick to try to experience anew the fall success that has often been missing since early in his career. The left-hander finalized an $8 million, one-year contract with the Twins on Friday, giving the two-time defending AL Central champions — who are carrying a baseball-record 18-game postseason losing streak — a steady 38-year-old for the back of their rotation. “After family, that’s number two on the list: ‘Does this team have a chance to contend?’” Happ said on a conference call with reporters. “You know they certainly do." Happ spent the past 2 1/3 seasons with the New York Yankees. Acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays at the 2018 trade deadline, he went 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts down the stretch to finish 17-6. The Yankees then rewarded him with a $34 m... [More]
Fri Jan 2219:51Quintana finalizes $8 million, 1-year contract with AngelsDylan BundySPAngelsFree Agent
Griffin CanningSPAngelsFree Agent
Dylan CeaseSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Andrew HeaneySPAngelsFree Agent
Shohei OhtaniDH/SPAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Left-hander José Quintana finalized his $8 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. Los Angeles was looking to boost its rotation following a fourth-place finish in the AL West at 26-34, 10 games behind first-place Oakland. Angels starters had a 5.52 ERA in the shortened 2020 season, 29th among the 30 major league teams and ahead of only Detroit’s 6.37. Quintana joined a rotation projected to include left-hander Andrew Heaney and right-handers Shohei Ohtani, Dylan Bundy and Griffin Canning. Quintana was limited to one start and three relief appearances during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, when he started late after surgery July 2 to repair nerve damage caused by a cut on the thumb of his pitching hand. The Cubs said Quintana was hurt while washing dishes at his home in Miami and that he needed five stitches. Quintana made relief appearances on Aug. 25 and 30, and then was sidelined again by an inflamed muscle on the left side o... [More]
Fri Jan 2219:41Free Agent SigningsTyler ChatwoodRPBlue JaysFree Agent
Adam EatonRFWhite SoxFree Agent
J.A. HappSPTwinsFree Agent
Liam HendriksRPWhite SoxFree Agent
James McCannCMetsFree Agent
Marcus StromanSPMetsFree Agent
Blake TreinenRPDodgersFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The 26 free agents who have signed, with name, position, former club if different, and contract. The contract information was obtained by The Associated Press from player and management sources. AMERICAN LEAGUECHICAGO (2) — Signed Adam Eaton, of, Washington, to an $8 million, one-year contract; signed Liam Hendriks, rhp, Oakland, to a $54 million, four-year contract. DETROIT (1) — Signed Robbie Grossman, of, Oakland, to a $10 million, two-year contract. HOUSTON (2) — Signed Pedro Báez, rhp, Los Angeles Dodgers, to a $12.5 million, two-year contract; signed Jason Castro, c, Houston, to a $7 million, two-year contract. KANSAS CITY (3) — Signed Mike Minor, lhp, Oakland, to an $18 million, two-year contract; signed Carlos Santana, 1b, Cleveland, to a $17.5 million, two-year contract; re-signed Greg Holland, rhp, to a $2.75 million, one-year contract. MINNESOTA (1) — Signed JA Happ, lhp, New York Yankees, to an $8 million, one-year contract. LOS ANGELES (2) — ... [More]
Fri Jan 2219:21Free Agent SigningsTyler ChatwoodRPBlue JaysFree Agent
Adam EatonRFWhite SoxFree Agent
J.A. HappSPTwinsFree Agent
Liam HendriksRPWhite SoxFree Agent
James McCannCMetsFree Agent
Marcus StromanSPMetsFree Agent
Blake TreinenRPDodgersFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The 25 free agents who have signed, with name, position, former club if different, and contract. The contract information was obtained by The Associated Press from player and management sources. AMERICAN LEAGUECHICAGO (2) — Signed Adam Eaton, of, Washington, to an $8 million, one-year contract; signed Liam Hendriks, rhp, Oakland, to a $54 million, four-year contract. DETROIT (1) — Signed Robbie Grossman, of, Oakland, to a $10 million, two-year contract. HOUSTON (2) — Signed Pedro Báez, rhp, Los Angeles Dodgers, to a $12.5 million, two-year contract; signed Jason Castro, c, Houston, to a $7 million, two-year contract. KANSAS CITY (3) — Signed Mike Minor, lhp, Oakland, to an $18 million, two-year contract; signed Carlos Santana, 1b, Cleveland, to a $17.5 million, two-year contract; re-signed Greg Holland, rhp, to a $2.75 million, one-year contract. MINNESOTA (1) — Signed JA Happ, lhp, New York Yankees, to an $8 million, one-year contract. LOS ANGELES (1) — ... [More]
Fri Jan 2218:31Catcher Jason Castro, Astros finalize $7M, 2-year contractJason CastroCAstrosFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — Catcher Jason Castro and the Houston Astros finalized a $7 million, two-year contract on Friday. This will be Castro’s second stint with the team after he was selected in the first round of the 2008 amateur draft by the Astros and spent his first six MLB seasons with the team. The 33-year-old, who has lived in Houston since 2013, gives the Astros another veteran catcher to play behind starter Martín Maldonado. Castro started last season with the Los Angeles Angels and was acquired at the trade deadline by San Diego. He appeared in 27 games overall and hit .188 in 80 at-bats with two homers and nine RBIs. He spent the previous three seasons with the Twins where he played 208 games and hit .229. Castro had his best years with the Astros in 2010 and from 2012-16, a period that included an All-Star season in 2013, when he had 35 doubles and an .835 OPS. He hit .232 with 62 homers and 212 RBIs during six seasons in Houston. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 2217:11AP source: Zimmerman, Nats agree at $1M, pending physicalJosh Bell1BNationalsFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — First baseman Ryan Zimmerman is returning to the Washington Nationals after sitting out the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, agreeing in principle to a $1 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday. The contract would include additional bonus provisions. A second person confirmed to the AP there is an agreement in principle in place, without describing the terms. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement was subject to a successful physical. The 36-year-old Zimmerman has played 15 seasons in the majors, all for the Nationals, who selected him with their first pick in the 2005 amateur draft shortly after the club moved to Washington from Montreal. He helped the franchise win its first World Series title in 2019, but did not play last year, opting out of the season because of concerns about his family’s health amid the coronavirus pandemic. Zimmerman's mother has multiple sclerosis... [More]
Fri Jan 2217:01AP source: Zimmerman, Nats agree at $1M, pending physicalJosh Bell1BNationalsFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — First baseman Ryan Zimmerman is returning to the Washington Nationals after sitting out the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, agreeing in principle to a $1 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday. The contract would include additional bonus provisions. A second person confirmed to the AP there is an agreement in principle in place, without describing the terms. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement was subject to a successful physical. The 36-year-old Zimmerman has played 15 seasons in the majors, all for the Nationals, who selected him with their first pick in the 2005 amateur draft shortly after the club moved to Washington from Montreal. He helped the franchise win its first World Series title in 2019, but did not play last year, opting out of the season because of concerns about his family’s health amid the coronavirus pandemic. Zimmerman's mother has multiple sclerosis... [More]
Fri Jan 2216:01Robertson agrees to $900,000, one-year deal with BrewersDaniel Robertson2B/3BBrewersFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Utilityman Daniel Robertson has agreed to a $900,000, one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers that allows him to earn an additional $400,000 in performance bonuses. Robertson batted .333 with no homers and two RBIs in 17 games with the San Francisco Giants last season while making appearances at shortstop, second base, third base and the outfield. His contract was purchased from Tampa Bay on Aug. 23, and he had $157,808 in prorated earnings during the shortened season. He would earn 50,000 each for 250 plate appearances and each additional 50 through 550. “I feel like the game’s kind of evolving that way,” Robertson said Thursday. “Organizations like to carry a couple of guys that are kind of that Swiss Army knife, who can do a bunch of things. I feel like five years ago, maybe a little bit longer, you had that one kind of guy, that (Ben) Zobrist kind of guy. The game’s evolving and there’s more guys that are putting themselves in that kind of situat... [More]
Fri Jan 2216:01Blue Jays finalize deals with RHPs Yates, ChatwoodTyler ChatwoodRPBlue JaysFree Agent
Kirby YatesRPBlue JaysFree Agent
TORONTO (AP) — The Blue Jays finalized a $5.5 million, one-year contract with right-hander Kirby Yates and a $3 million, one-year deal with right-hander Tyler Chatwood. Yates, who turns 34 on March 25, is coming off surgery in August to remove bone chips from his right elbow. He led the major leagues in saves in 2019 with 41 for San Diego and earned a place on the National League All-Star team. Slowed by elbow soreness, he had two saves in six games with a 12.46 ERA during last year’s pandemic-shortened season. Yates earned $2,615,741 prorated from a salary of $7,062,500 last year. He can earn $4.5 million in performance bonuses based on relief appearances: $750,000 each for 20, 25, 30 and 35; $125,000 apiece for 40, 45 and 50; $250,000 each for 55, 60, and 65; and $375,000 for 70. Chatwood, 31, went 2-2 with a 5.30 ERA in five starts with the Chicago Cubs last year. He earned $4,814,815 prorated from a $13 million salary. He missed most of 2014 and all of 2015 following Tommy John surgery. He can earn $2.5 million in performance bonuses bases on innings: $125,000 each for 40, 50, 55 and 60; $250,000 apiece for 85 and 100; and $500,000 each for 120, 130 and 140. Toronto is coming off a season when it made its first playoff appearance since 2016. The Blue Jays were eliminated in the first postseason round by eventual AL champion Tampa Bay. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 2214:31AP source: Cubs, C Romine agree to $1.5 million, 1-year dealMiguel AmayaCCubsFree Agent
Victor CaratiniC/1BPadresFree Agent
Willson ContrerasCCubsFree Agent
Austin RomineCCubsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs added a veteran catcher, agreeing to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with Austin Romine, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday. The person confirmed the agreement on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been finalized. Chicago had been looking for a backup catcher since the Cubs traded Victor Caratini to San Diego last month. Miguel Amaya is among the organization's top prospects, but he finished his last minor league season at the Class-A level. The 32-year-old Romine hit .238 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 37 games with Detroit last year, earning $1,537,037 in prorated pay from a $4.15 million salary. He played parts of eight seasons with the New York Yankees before signing with the Tigers as a free agent. Romine had his most productive season with New York in 2018, batting .244 with a career-high 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 77 games. Chicago has Willson Contreras in place as starting catcher, but he has been mentioned in trade rumors. The Cubs are retooling under President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer, but they are hoping to stay in the mix in the NL Central after winning the division in 2020. ___ Jay Cohen can be reached at https://twitter.com/jcohenap ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 2214:21AP source: Profar agrees to $21M, 3-year deal with PadresJurickson Profar2BPadresFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Jurickson Profar is staying with the San Diego Padres, agreeing to a $21 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement is subject to a successful physical. Profar, who turns 28 on Feb. 20, was acquired by San Diego from Oakland in December 2019 and hit a career-best .278 in the pandemic-shortened season with seven homers and 25 RBIs. He mostly split time at second base and left field but also played two games in right field and one each in center and at first base. He earned $2,111,111 in prorated pay from a $5.7 million salary. Profar has a .238 average with 59 homers and 222 RBIs in seven major league seasons with Texas (2012-13, 2016-18), Oakland (2019) and San Diego. He missed 2014 and 2015 due to a shoulder injury. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 2213:41AP source: Cubs, C Romine agree to $1.5 million, 1-year dealMiguel AmayaCCubsFree Agent
Victor CaratiniC/1BPadresFree Agent
Willson ContrerasCCubsFree Agent
Austin RomineCCubsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs added a veteran catcher, agreeing to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with Austin Romine, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday. The person confirmed the agreement on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been finalized. Chicago had been looking for a backup catcher since the Cubs traded Victor Caratini to San Diego last month. Miguel Amaya is among the organization's top prospects, but he finished his last minor league season at the Class-A level. The 32-year-old Romine hit .238 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 37 games with Detroit last year, earning $1,537,037 in prorated pay from a $4.15 million salary. He played parts of eight seasons with the New York Yankees before signing with the Tigers as a free agent. Romine had his most productive season with New York in 2018, batting .244 with a career-high 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 77 games. Chicago has Willson Contreras in place as starting catcher, but he has been mentioned in trade rumors. The Cubs are retooling under President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer, but they are hoping to stay in the mix in the NL Central after winning the division in 2020. ___ Jay Cohen can be reached at https://twitter.com/jcohenap ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 2212:51JA Happ, Twins finalize $8 million, 1-year contractJ.A. HappSPTwinsFree Agent
Rich HillFree Agent
Kenta MaedaSPTwinsFree Agent
Manuel MargotCFRaysFree Agent
Jake OdorizziFree Agent
Michael PinedaSPTwinsFree Agent
Hansel RoblesRPTwinsFree Agent
Mike ZuninoCRaysFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins and pitcher J.A. Happ finalized an $8 million, one-year contract on Friday. The 38-year-old Happ spent the past 2 1/3 seasons with the New York Yankees. Acquired from Toronto at the 2018 trade deadline, the left-hander went 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts down the stretch to finish 17-6. The Yankees then rewarded him with a $34 million, two-year contract. Happ was the second offseason addition by the Twins, who also added relief pitcher Hansel Robles to the team that has won the AL Central division in each of the last two years. Jake Odorizzi and Rich Hill became free agents, creating openings in the rotation behind José Berríos, Kenta Maeda and Michael Pineda. Minnesota was third in the AL in 2020 with a team ERA of 3.58. Happ went 12-8 in 2019 and struggled at the start of the pandemic-delayed 2020 season, prompting the Yankees to skip his turn. Happ gained strength as the year went on and finished with a 2-2 record and 3.47 ERA in nine sta... [More]
Fri Jan 2212:21AP source: Profar agrees to $21M, 3-year deal with PadresJurickson Profar2BPadresFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Jurickson Profar is staying with the San Diego Padres, agreeing to a $21 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement is subject to a successful physical. Profar, who turns 28 on Feb. 20, was acquired by San Diego from Oakland in December 2019 and hit a career-best .278 in the pandemic-shortened season with seven homers and 25 RBIs. He mostly split time at second base and left field but also played two games in right field and one each in center and at first base. He earned $2,111,111 in prorated pay from a $5.7 million salary. Profar has a .238 average with 59 homers and 222 RBIs in seven major league seasons with Texas (2012-13, 2016-18), Oakland (2019) and San Diego. He missed 2014 and 2015 due to a shoulder injury. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 2211:51Reliever Anthony Bass agrees to terms on deal with MarlinsAnthony BassRPMarlinsFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Well-traveled right-hander Anthony Bass agreed to terms Friday on a deal with the Miami Marlins and is expected to compete for a role as their closer. Bass led the Toronto Blue Jays with seven saves last season, when he went 2-3 with a 3.51 ERA in 26 games. Bass has pitched for six major league teams and has a career ERA of 4.32 with 15 saves in nine seasons. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Jan 2119:51ChiSox's Anderson lands video game cover; next up, a ring?José Abreu1BWhite SoxFree Agent
Tim AndersonSSWhite SoxFree Agent
Adam EatonRFWhite SoxFree Agent
Lucas GiolitoSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Liam HendriksRPWhite SoxFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Lance LynnSPWhite SoxFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox star Tim Anderson has landed a spot on the cover of a video game. He wants a World Series ring to go with it. Anderson sees no reason why the White Sox can't win it all after loading up on the heels of a breakthrough playoff season. “Anything's possible,” he said. “That's always been the goal, to win the World Series, right? Never gonna shy away from that. ... I know what we can do.” Anderson spoke Thursday, hours after Major League Baseball announced he is the cover athlete for “RBI Baseball 21.” The dynamic shortstop is the first White Sox player to be on the cover of the video game series, with the latest edition due out in March. It's more attention for a franchise opening eyes after being overlooked even in its own city. “To get to this spot definitely shows that we’ve been working,” he said. “I think all the work is showing — how hard we’ve worked behind the scenes and not just what you guys see. I’m definitely happy with the p... [More]
Thu Jan 2119:21Free Agent SigningsTyler ChatwoodRPBlue JaysFree Agent
Adam EatonRFWhite SoxFree Agent
Liam HendriksRPWhite SoxFree Agent
James McCannCMetsFree Agent
Marcus StromanSPMetsFree Agent
Blake TreinenRPDodgersFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The 23 free agents who have signed, with name, position, former club if different, and contract. The contract information was obtained by The Associated Press from player and management sources. AMERICAN LEAGUECHICAGO (2) — Signed Adam Eaton, of, Washington, to an $8 million, one-year contract; signed Liam Hendriks, rhp, Oakland, to a $54 million, four-year contract. DETROIT (1) — Signed Robbie Grossman, of, Oakland, to a $10 million, two-year contract. HOUSTON (1) — Signed Pedro Báez, rhp, Los Angeles Dodgers, to a $12.5 million, two-year contract. KANSAS CITY (3) — Signed Mike Minor, lhp, Oakland, to an $18 million, two-year contract; signed Carlos Santana, 1b, Cleveland, to a $17.5 million, two-year contract; re-signed Greg Holland, rhp, to a $2.75 million, one-year contract. LOS ANGELES (1) — Signed Kurt Suzuki, c, Washington, to a $1.5 million, one-year contract. TAMPA BAY (2) — Re-signed Mike Zunino, c, to a $3 million, one-year contract; signed Mic... [More]
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