MLB Injuries 1/23/2018
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Ender Inciarte is on the 15-day disabled list
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Archie Bradley is on the 15-day disabled list
Arizona Diamondbacks C Tuffy Gosewisch is on the 15-day disabled list and is expected to miss the remainder of the season
Arizona Diamondbacks IF Phil Gosselin is on the 15-day disabled list
Arizona Diamondbacks C Gerald Laird is on the 60-day disabled list
Full Injury Report
Monday, Jan 22, 2018

AP source: Cubs having active talks with RHP Yu Darvish

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs are having active talks with free agent Yu Darvish, hoping to add the right-hander to their rotation as they try for a second championship in three seasons.

The 31-year-old Darvish is one of the top players available in a slow-moving market this winter. He finished last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, helping them reach the World Series.

A person with direct knowledge of the discussions confirmed the talks to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday night because there was no agreement in place. The Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees also have expressed interest in Darvish.

The conversations come amid reports the Cubs have agreed to a minor league deal with Chris Gimenez, who regularly caught Darvish while they were in Texas and developed a trusted working relationship with the Japanese pitcher.

Darvish began a successful transition from Japan to the majors in 2012, going 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA in 29 starts for the Rangers. He was traded to Los Angeles in July and went 4-3 with a 3.44 ERA in nine starts with the Dodgers down the stretch.

Darvish shut down the Cubs in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series, striking out seven while pitching 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 victory at Wrigley Field. But he was hit hard in the World Series against Houston, managing just five outs in each of his two starts, and there was talk he was tipping his pitches.

The addition of Darvish would be a big boost for Chicago, which has made it to the NLCS in each of the past three years, winning the World Series in 2016. The Cubs also have looked at bringing back pitcher Jake Arrieta, who is a free agent after a successful run in the Windy City, but Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana are back from last year's club and Tyler Chatwood joined the rotation in December with a $38 million, three-year contract.

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AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in San Francisco contributed to this report.

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AP source: Cubs having active talks with RHP Yu Darvish

CHICAGO (AP) A person with direct knowledge of the discussions says the Chicago Cubs are having active talks with free-agent pitcher Yu Darvish.

The 31-year-old Darvish is one of the top remaining players available in a slow-moving market this winter. He finished last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, helping them reach the World Series.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday night because there was no agreement in place. The Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees also have expressed interest in signing the Japanese pitcher.

Darvish was 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA in 31 starts for the Rangers and Dodgers last year. The right-hander went 2-2 with a 6.14 ERA in four postseason starts, including a victory over the Cubs in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series at Wrigley Field.

The talks with Darvish come amid reports the Cubs have agreed to a minor league deal with Chris Gimenez, who regularly caught Darvish while they were in Texas and developed a trusted working relationship with the pitcher.

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AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in San Francisco contributed to this report.

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CF Austin Jackson agrees to two-year deal with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Center fielder Austin Jackson agreed to terms on a $6 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday, filling the club's top remaining void just a few weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training.

San Francisco announced the acquisition Monday, a week after the Giants traded for right fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Jackson will earn $3 million per season, two people with knowledge of the contract told the Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because no terms were announced. Jackson could also earn up to $2.5 million in bonuses.

San Francisco finished a surprising last in the NL West in 2017 and was seeking an offense-producing center fielder who also plays stellar defense. That was on display when Jackson robbed Boston's Hanley Ramirez of a sure home run in August at Fenway Park, where he

''He is a talented and versatile player who will strengthen our roster and provide additional depth at all three outfield positions,'' general manager Bobby Evans said.

Jackson, who turns 31 on Feb. 1, batted .318 with seven homers, 19 doubles, three triples and 35 RBIs while limited to just 85 games because of injuries for Cleveland last season. His .352 average against left-handed pitchers ranked fourth in the American League.

Jackson went on the disabled list twice, first with a hyperextended big toe on his left foot then later a strained left quadriceps muscle.

He will join manager Bruce Bochy's new-look lineup that includes McCutchen, acquired in a trade from Pittsburgh last week to replace the departed Denard Span. Span was traded to Tampa Bay last month in a swap that brought new third baseman Evan Longoria to the Giants.

With McCutchen and Jackson now in the fold, Bochy spoke to Hunter Pence about a move from right field to left - setting the starting outfield with a veteran threesome. Jackson gives the Giants versatility considering he plays all the outfield spots: He made 38 starts in center last year, 29 in left and 12 in right.

FanRag Sports first reported Jackson's deal.

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CF Austin Jackson agrees to two-year deal with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Center fielder Austin Jackson agreed to terms on a $6 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday, filling the club's top remaining void just a few weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training.

San Francisco announced the acquisition Monday, just a week after the Giants traded for right fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Jackson will earn $3 million per season, two people with knowledge of the contract told the Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because no terms were announced. Jackson could also earn up to $2.5 million in bonuses.

San Francisco finished a surprising last in the NL West in 2017 and was seeking an offense-producing center fielder who also plays stellar defense.

''He is a talented and versatile player who will strengthen our roster and provide additional depth at all three outfield positions,'' general manager Bobby Evans said.

Jackson, who turns 31 on Feb. 1, batted .318 with seven homers and 35 RBIs in 85 games for Cleveland last season. He will join manager Bruce Bochy's new-look lineup that includes McCutchen, acquired in a trade from Pittsburgh last week to replace the departed Denard Span. Span was traded to Tampa Bay last month in a swap that brought new third baseman Evan Longoria to the Giants.

With McCutchen and Jackson now in the fold, Bochy spoke to Hunter Pence about a move from right field to left - setting the starting outfield with a veteran threesome.

FanRag Sports first reported Jackson's deal.

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Duensing, Cubs finalize $7 million, 2-year contract

CHICAGO (AP) Left-hander Brian Duensing and Chicago have finalized a $7 million, two-year contract for the reliever to remain with the Cubs.

Duensing gets $3.5 million in each of the next two seasons as part of the agreement announced Monday. His 2019 salary can escalate by up to $1.25 million based on pitching appearances this year: $250,000 for 50, $333,333 each for 55 and 60, and $333,334 for 65.

Duensing went 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 68 appearances last season. He had agreed to the deal last week, pending a successful physical.

Duensing helped Chicago win the NL Central last season, but its bullpen faltered in the playoffs and the Cubs were eliminated by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series.

All-Star closer Wade Davis left as a free agent and agreed to a $52 million, three-year contract with Colorado, but the Cubs signed relievers Brandon Morrow and Steve Cishek before coming to an agreement with Duensing.

Duensing, who turns 35 next month, was selected by Minnesota in the third round of the 2005 amateur draft. He broke into the majors with the Twins in 2009 and is 43-38 with a 4.01 ERA in nine seasons.

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Chipper Jones set to join familiar names in Hall of Fame

ATLANTA (AP) When Chipper Jones took stock of all of the familiar names he's on the cusp of rejoining, he wondered if it might be time to expand the Baseball Hall of Fame.

''We need to see if we can erect our own room in Cooperstown,'' Jones quipped, flashing that dry sense of humor he was known for during his playing days.

All signs point to Jones becoming the latest member of those great Atlanta Braves teams of the 1990s and early 2000s to enter the Hall when the inductees are revealed on Wednesday.

The Braves' Big Three - pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz - already have taken their place in Cooperstown, along with Atlanta's longtime manager, Bobby Cox , and the architect of 14 straight division titles, general manager John Schuerholz.

A third baseman who played his entire 19-year career in Atlanta, Jones appears certain of election based on a tracking of ballots that show his support running at more than 98 percent , well above the 75 percent threshold.

His credentials include a .303 career average, 468 homers, nine seasons with at least 100 RBIs, eight All-Star Game appearances, a .401 on-base average, the 1999 NL MVP award, a batting title at age 36.

Jones always had a real appreciation for the history of the game and all the greats who came before him, which would make getting into the Hall even more poignant.

His father idolized Mickey Mantle, so he pushed young Chipper to become a switch-hitter. Jones wound up batting above .300 from both sides of the plate - an accomplishment that eluded even the Mick.

''I didn't play the game for money,'' Jones told The Associated Press in a recent interview. ''I never saw a pay stub my entire time in professional baseball. I didn't care. I didn't have to be the highest-paid player. Trust me, I was more than happy with what I got.''

Indeed, while he made about $177 million during his career, Jones never really came close to becoming a free agent. He wasn't interested in seeing what he could bring on the open market. He was content to remain with the Braves, always cognizant of how good he had it.

Jones broke into the lineup in 1995, helping win a fourth straight division title and what would be Atlanta's only World Series championship during this run. There were 10 more division titles in the unprecedented streak, which finally ended in 2006. Jones would play on two more playoff teams, then retired after the 2012 season, giving him 13 postseason appearances in all.

Only twice in his career did the Braves have a losing record.

''Man, it was a good marriage,'' Jones said. ''I was a big Dodgers fan growing up, but I never really thought about wanting to put on a Dodgers uniform. I never thought about playing in the big city lights of New York or wonder what it would be like to be a Yankee. I was a Brave.''

The Braves were one of baseball's worst teams when they drafted Jones with the No. 1 overall pick in 1990. Pitcher Todd Van Poppel was considered the top prospect that year, but many teams - Atlanta included - backed off when the right-hander vowed to attend college.

Turns out, Van Poppel did sign with the Oakland Athletics after they grabbed him with the 13th pick. But the Braves never had any second thoughts about their selection.

Van Poppel bounced around to six teams, going 40-52 with a 5.58 ERA.

Jones became the face of a franchise.

Of course, there are some regrets about all the postseason heartbreak - especially the 1996 World Series, when the Braves seemed a lock to capture their second straight championship.

''We win the first two at Yankee Stadium,'' Jones said, by a combined score of 16-1, no less. ''Riding home on the plane, I'm thinking to myself, `Two years in the big leagues, two World Series rings.' I counted my chickens before they hatched. As baseball normally does, it came back to humble me.''

The Braves lost the next four games - three in Atlanta - and never came so close again to a championship.

In the only other Series appearances of Jones' career, the Braves were swept by the Yankees in 1999. Nine more times, Atlanta was eliminated in an NL Division Series or Championship Series. And in his final game, the Braves lost to St. Louis in baseball's first wild-card playoff , with Jones making a crucial throwing error and fans littering the field with garbage after a disputed infield-fly call.

''To say we left at least one or two out there is not an understatement,'' he said ruefully.

In retirement, Jones and others wondered how he would fare without a game that was such a big part of his life.

Not to worry.

The 45-year-old married for a third time in 2015 and now has six children, all boys, the youngest of whom turned 1 a couple of weeks ago. He plays golf regularly and gets paid to pursue another passion on his weekly Sportsman Channel show ''Major League Bowhunter .'' He has attended spring training as a guest instructor of the Braves but has shown no real desire to get back into the game full time.

''Nobody was more shocked than I was,'' Jones said. ''I thought they would have to rip the uniform off me.''

While content with life after baseball, he is looking forward for a reunion this summer in Cooperstown.

With Maddux and Glavine and Smoltz .

With Cox and Schuerholz .

''Hopefully,'' Jones said, ''this will come to fruition and we'll all be back together again in one big group. That would be pretty cool.''

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