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» Friday, January 19, 2018

Tim Tebow will be at spring training with Mets

NEW YORK (AP) Tim Tebow will be at spring training with the New York Mets.

Tim Tebow will be at spring training with Mets

NEW YORK (AP) Tim Tebow will be at spring training with the New York Mets.

» Thursday, January 18, 2018

Diamondbacks OF Yasmany Tomas accused of reckless driving

PHOENIX (AP) Authorities say Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas has been accused of reckless driving and criminal speeding after his car was clocked at 105 mph on a metro Phoenix freeway.

Diamondbacks OF Yasmany Tomas accused of reckless driving

PHOENIX (AP) Authorities say Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas has been accused of reckless driving and criminal speeding after his car was clocked at 105 mph on a metro Phoenix freeway.

Rangers sign 3 to minor deals with spring training invites

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Rangers have signed three more players to minor league contracts that include invitations to major league spring training.

AP source: Baseball players reject pitch clock, mound limits

NEW YORK (AP) The players' association rejected Major League Baseball's proposal to institute 20-second pitch clocks and limits on mound visits, a move that dares management to unilaterally impose the changes designed to speed pace of games.

Kendrick, Nationals finalize $7 million, 2-year contract

WASHINGTON (AP) Outfielder Howie Kendrick and the Washington Nationals have finalized their $7 million, two-year contract.

Dombrowski: Red Sox prepared to go to camp without new bat

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox may head to spring training without the middle-of-the-lineup hitter they have been seeking since David Ortiz retired at the end of the 2016 season.

Mets finalize 1-year deal with 1B Adrian Gonzalez

NEW YORK (AP) Adrian Gonzalez vows to have a quiet voice with the New York Mets.

Felipe Rivero finalizes $22M, 4-year deal with Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) Felipe Rivero admits he was a little surprised when Pittsburgh Pirates parted with established stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen over the last week, part of a roster reset the club insists is not to be confused with an actual rebuild.

Felipe Rivero finalizes $22M, 4-year deal with Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) Felipe Rivero admits he was a little surprised when Pittsburgh Pirates parted with established stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen over the last week, part of a roster reset the club insists is not to be confused with an actual rebuild.

Twins hire ex-pitcher Jim Kaat as special assistant

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have hired former starting pitcher Jim Kaat as a special assistant to the organization.

Felipe Rivero finalizes $22M, 4-year deal with Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) Felipe Rivero admits he was a little surprised when Pittsburgh Pirates parted with established stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen over the last week, part of a roster reset the club insists is not to be confused with an actual rebuild.

Pirates sign closer Rivero to 4-year deal

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates' rebuilding process will include closer Felipe Rivero.

Mets finalize 1-year deal with 1B Adrian Gonzalez

NEW YORK (AP) Free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and the New York Mets have finalized a one-year contract for the $545,000 major league minimum.

» Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Reliever Jeremy Jeffress pleads guilty to drunken driving

DALLAS (AP) Milwaukee Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress has been sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated in Texas.

Tigers reach 1-year, $6,275,000 deal with Iglesias

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have avoided arbitration with Jose Iglesias, agreeing to a $6,275,000, one-year contract with the 28-year-old shortstop.

Minnesota Twins hire retired Justin Morneau as assistant

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have hired the recently retired Justin Morneau as a special assistant.

Slow market changed Bruce’s outlook before return to Mets

NEW YORK (AP) Jay Bruce was surprised by the free-agent market.

Cole excited to join Verlander, Keuchel on Astros staff

HOUSTON (AP) Gerrit Cole is joining a rotation filled with aces.

Pirates fans urge MLB to force owner Nutting to sell

PITTSBURGH (AP) Some Pittsburgh Pirates fans are signing a petition to express their frustration following the team's decision to trade star outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants.

AP source: Cubs, Duensing agree to $7 million, 2-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs bolstered their revamped bullpen on Wednesday, bringing back Brian Duensing with a $7 million, two-year contract.

Cole excited to join Verlander, Keuchel on Astros staff

HOUSTON (AP) Gerrit Cole is joining a rotation filled with aces.

Andrew McCutchen eager for challenge of a tough right field

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Andrew McCutchen figures San Francisco's AT&T Park outfield is so big, playing right field will make him feel like a center fielder all over again.

Hand’s $19.75M Padres’ deal includes $1.75M signing bonus

SAN DIEGO (AP) All-Star closer Brad Hand's $19.75 million, three-year contract with the San Diego Padres includes a $1.75 million signing bonus.

AP source: Cubs, Duensing agree to $7 million, 2-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs bolstered their revamped bullpen on Wednesday, bringing back Brian Duensing with a $7 million, two-year contract.

Jay Bruce has ’unfinished business’ in return to Mets

NEW YORK (AP) Jay Bruce says he has ''unfinished business'' with the New York Mets.

» Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Jay Bruce, Mets finalize $39 million, 3-year deal

NEW YORK (AP) Jay Bruce and the New York Mets have finalized a $39 million, three-year deal to bring his big bat back to Queens.

While Rangers want to add rotation depth, Yu still unlikely

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels anticipates adding depth to his rotation. It remains unlikely that pitcher will be a front-line starter.

Reliever Addison Reed, Twins finalize $16.75M, 2-year deal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Right-handed reliever Addison Reed and Minnesota have finalized a $16.75 million, two-year contract, putting another pitcher with closing experience in the back of the Twins' bullpen.

Royals hire former big league manager Lamont to help GM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Former big league manager Gene Lamont has been hired as a special assistant to Royals general manager Dayton Moore, reuniting him with the organization where he spent nearly a decade coaching prospects.

Andrew McCutchen eager for challenge of a tough right field

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Andrew McCutchen figures San Francisco's AT&T Park outfield is so big, playing right field will make him feel like a center fielder all over again.

While Rangers want to add rotation depth, Yu still unlikely

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels anticipates adding depth to his rotation. It is still unlikely that pitcher will be a front-line starter.

Lefty Wade LeBlanc agrees to a minor league deal with Yanks

NEW YORK (AP) Left-hander Wade LeBlanc has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Yankees and will report to major league spring training.

Royals pitcher Danny Duffy pleads guilty to DUI in KC suburb

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in a Kansas City suburb and has been placed on a year's probation.

Despite doping scandals, Olympic fever grips Russian cinemas

MOSCOW (AP) Russia's going crazy for the Olympics. The 1972 Olympics.

Despite doping scandals, Olympic fever grips Russian cinemas

MOSCOW (AP) Russia's going crazy for the Olympics. The 1972 Olympics.

» Monday, January 15, 2018

Bucs make "emotionally challenging" call to trade McCutchen

PITTSBURGH (AP) Andrew McCutchen didn't run from the challenge in Pittsburgh, he embraced it. A rising star on a franchise mired in two decades of losing, McCutchen bet on the Pirates in the spring of 2012 by signing a six-year contract, gambling that he could become one of the game's best while helping the city reconnect with a team it had long since abandoned.

West Coast Cutch; Giants acquire OF McCutchen from Pirates

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Giants found the outfielder they were looking for this winter, acquiring Andrew McCutchen from Pittsburgh on Monday to fill a key void.

West Coast Cutch; Giants acquire OF McCutchen from Pirates

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Giants acquired Andrew McCutchen from the Pittsburgh Pirates for right-hander Kyle Crick, minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international signing bonus allocation.

Reliever Addison Reed, Twins finalize $16.75M, 2-year deal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Right-handed reliever Addison Reed and Minnesota have finalized a $16.75 million, two-year contract, putting another pitcher with closing experience in the back of the Twins' bullpen.

Howie Kendrick and Nationals agree to $7M, 2-year contract

WASHINGTON (AP) The Nationals have agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with outfielder Howie Kendrick, a deal subject to a successful physical.

Morneau to make retirement official with Twins sendoff

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Justin Morneau, the 2006 AL MVP and Minnesota Twins first baseman whose career was derailed by concussion symptoms, is retiring after 1,603 hits and 247 home runs in 14 major league seasons.

Howie Kendrick and National agree to $7M, 2-year contract

WASHINGTON (AP) The Nationals have agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with outfielder Howie Kendrick, a deal subject to a successful physical.

Blue Jays announce plans for extended protective netting

TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays will extend the protective netting at Rogers Centre to the outfield end of each dugout this season and increase the height of netting behind home plate by approximately 10 feet to 28 feet.

Hand’s $19.75M Padres’ deal includes $1.75M signing bonus

SAN DIEGO (AP) All-Star closer Brad Hand's $19.75 million, three-year contract with the San Diego Padres includes a $1.75 million signing bonus.

Hall of Fame ump Harvey, called ’God’ by players, dies at 87

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) Doug Harvey was so sure of his calls on the diamond, he ended every game the same way. Following the last out, the umpire took his wad of chewing tobacco and flung it on home plate.

» Sunday, January 14, 2018

Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey dies at 87

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) Doug Harvey, one of 10 umpires enshrined in the baseball Hall of Fame, has died. He was 87.

Ozuna excited to join playoff contender in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) Marcell Ozuna knew he was likely to be traded when the Miami Marlins began their salary purge during the offseason, and he paid special attention to the rumors about where he might play this year.

Mets reach 1-year deal with free agent 1B Adrian Gonzalez

NEW YORK (AP) Free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and the New York Mets have reached agreement on a one-year contract.

» Saturday, January 13, 2018

Padres agree to 3-year contact with closer Hand

SAN DIEGO (AP) All-Star closer Brad Hand and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a three-year contract reportedly worth $19.75 million, pending the left-hander passing a physical.

Cole fire: Astros heat up hot stove by acquiring Pirates ace

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros already had two Cy Young winners on their staff. They're hoping Gerrit Cole can make it three.

Cole fire: Astros heat up hot stove by acquiring Pirates ace

HOUSTON (AP) The World Series champion Houston Astros have boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player trade.

St. Louis Cardinals not ruling out more free agent signings

ST. LOUIS (AP) John Mozeliak did his best to keep any emotional reaction to last season's disappointment at bay.

Cubs hitting coach Chili Davis already on job with Heyward

CHICAGO (AP) Spring training starts next month, and new Chicago Cubs hitting coach Chili Davis is already hard at work.

Padres agree to 3-year extension with closer Hand

SAN DIEGO (AP) All-Star closer Brad Hand and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a three-year contraction extension reportedly worth $19.75 million, pending the left-hander passing a physical.

Van Slyke, 2 pitchers sign minor league deals with Marlins

MIAMI (AP) Outfielder-first baseman Scott Van Slyke has signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins after spending the past six seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Colome, Dickerson among 7 avoiding arbitration with Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Closer Alex Colome and All-Star designated hitter/outfielder Corey Dickerson are among seven players who agreed to one-year contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays, avoiding salary arbitration.

Kelvin Herrera, Nate Karns agree to deals with Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals agreed with reliever Kelvin Herrera and starter Nate Karns on one-year contracts Friday to avoid arbitration, leaving reliever Brandon Maurer as their only player still on track for a hearing next month.

Josh Donaldson agrees to $23M, 1-year deal with Blue Jays

TORONTO (AP) Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $23 million contract Friday, the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player.

Mets reach deals with deGrom, Syndergaard, Harvey, 5 more

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets have reached one-year deals with starters Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey and settled with five other players.

Tigers avoid arbitration with Castellanos, Wilson, Greene

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year, $6.05 million contract with Nicholas Castellanos, avoiding arbitration.

Donaldson, Bryant set records ahead of arbitration swap

NEW YORK (AP) Third basemen Josh Donaldson and Kris Bryant set records Friday when they were among 145 players who agreed to one-year contracts rather than swap proposed salaries in arbitration with their teams.

» Friday, January 12, 2018

Dbacks settle with Pollock, Lamb, Ray, avoid arbitration

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have reached one-year deals with center fielder A.J. Pollock, third baseman Jake Lamb and starters Robbie Ray and Taijuan Walker, avoiding salary arbitration with them and several other players.

Brewers avoid arbitration with all their eligible players

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have avoided arbitration with all of their eligible players after reaching one-year agreements with pitchers Jimmy Nelson and Corey Knebel, as well as infielders Jonathan Villar and Hernan Perez.

Cardinals reach $9 million deal with Ozuna

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a one-year, $9 million contract with newly acquired outfielder Marcell Ozuna, avoiding arbitration.

Kelvin Herrera, Nate Karns agree to deals with Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals agreed with reliever Kelvin Herrera and starter Nate Karns on one-year contracts Friday to avoid arbitration, leaving reliever Brandon Maurer as their only player still on track for a hearing next month.

Angels reach deal with Richards, other arbitration eligibles

LOS ANGELES (AP) Pitchers Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs and Matt Shoemaker agreed to one-year deals with the Los Angeles Angels along with the team's other seven arbitration-eligible players.

Wood gets $6 million from Dodgers, Grandal $7.9 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) All-Star pitcher Alex Wood agreed to a $6 million deal with the Dodgers and catcher Yasmani Grandal settled at $7.9 million, among seven Los Angeles players agreeing to one-year contracts that avoiding arbitration.

Braves reach $3.4 million deal with Vizcaino for 2018

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year, $3.4 million deal with reliever Arodys Vizcaino, avoiding arbitration.

Mariners reach deals with Paxton, Zunino, 3 others

SEATTLE (AP) Left-handed starter James Paxton and catcher Mike Zunino are among five players who have agreed to one-year deals with the Seattle Mariners.

SS Freddy Galvis among 6 Padres to reach 1-year deals

SAN DIEGO (AP) Shortstop Freddy Galvis was one of six players to reach agreement on one-year deals with the San Diego Padres to avoid salary arbitration.

Phillies reach deals with Hernandez, Franco, 2 others

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a $5.1 million, one-year deal with Cesar Hernandez, avoiding arbitration with the second baseman who has led the team in batting average each of the past two seasons.

Derek Dietrich, Miguel Rojas agree to contracts with Marlins

MIAMI (AP) Third baseman Derek Dietrich has agreed to a $2.9 million contract for 2018 with the Miami Marlins.

Keuchel gets $13.2M deal from Astros after title

HOUSTON (AP) Astros starter Dallas Keuchel agreed to a $13.2 million, one-year contract after helping lead Houston to its first World Series title, and designated hitter/catcher Evan Gattis got a $6.7 million deal.

Blackmon, Rockies reach $14M, 1-year deal, avoid arbitration

DENVER (AP) NL batting champion Charlie Blackmon and the Colorado Rockies avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $14 million, one-year contract on Friday.

Reds reach $4.6 million deal with Hamilton for 2018

CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a one-year, $4.6 million contract with Billy Hamilton, avoiding arbitration with the speedy outfielder.

Shortstop Semien among 5 A’s to reach 1-year deals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Shortstop Marcus Semien is one of five players who reached agreement on a one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics to avoid salary arbitration, receiving a hefty raise to $3,125,000 from $545,000.

3B Anthony Rendon reaches $12.3 million, 1-yr deal with Nats

WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon more than doubled his salary going into 2018, reaching agreement on a $12.3 million contract Friday to avoid salary arbitration.

Tigers avoid arbitration with Castellanos, Wilson, Greene

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year, $6.05 million contract with Nicholas Castellanos, avoiding arbitration.

2B Joe Panik reaches one-year deal to avoid arbitration

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Second baseman Joe Panik reached agreement on a $3.45 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on Friday to avoid salary arbitration.

Mets reach deals with deGrom, Syndergaard, Harvey, 5 more

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets have reached one-year deals with starters Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey and settled with five other players.

Donaldson, Bryant set records ahead of arbitration swap

NEW YORK (AP) Third basemen Josh Donaldson and Kris Bryant set records Friday when they were among 145 players who agreed to one-year contracts rather than swap proposed salaries in arbitration with their teams.

Twins reach deals with Escobar, 4 others

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $4.85 million, one-year deal with infielder Eduardo Escobar, avoiding arbitration.

Diamondbacks settle with Lamb, Ray, more, avoid arbitration

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have avoided salary arbitration with third baseman Jake Lamb, lefty starter Robbie Ray, righty Taijuan Walker and several other players by reaching deals on one-year contracts.

Orioles avoid arbitration with Machado, Britton, 3 others

BALTIMORE (AP) The Orioles agreed to a $16 million contract with third baseman Manny Machado and a $12 million deal with injured closer Zach Britton, avoiding arbitration with both stars.

Bryant gets $10.85M, record for 1st arbitration eligible

CHICAGO (AP) Kris Bryant put up another big number on Friday.

Cardinals reach $9 million deal with Ozuna

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a one-year, $9 million contract with newly acquired outfielder Marcell Ozuna, avoiding arbitration.

All’s quiet for Cubs at fan convention

CHICAGO (AP) There was no surprise return for Jake Arrieta. No dramatic entrance for Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb or Greg Holland, either.

2B Joe Panik reaches one-year deal to avoid arbitration

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Second baseman Joe Panik has reached agreement on a $3.45 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants to avoid salary arbitration.

Josh Donaldson agrees to $23M, 1-year deal with Blue Jays

TORONTO (AP) Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $23 million contract Friday, the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player.

Pirates agree to terms with Cole, Mercer and Kontos

PITTSBURGH (AP) Gerrit Cole remains a Pittsburgh Pirate. For now, at least.

Derek Dietrich, Miguel Rojas agree to contracts with Marlins

MIAMI (AP) Third baseman Derek Dietrich and shortstop Miguel Rojas have agreed to contracts for 2018 with the Miami Marlins.

Donaldson, Bryant set records ahead of arbitration swap

NEW YORK (AP) Third basemen Josh Donaldson and Kris Bryant set records Friday when they were among 145 players who agreed to one-year contracts rather than swap proposed salaries in arbitration with their teams.

White Sox avoid arbitration with Abreu, 3 others

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $13 million, one-year deal with slugger Jose Abreu.

Indians reach arbitration deals, set hearing with Bauer

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians settled all their arbitration cases but one. Once again, Trevor Bauer is an exception.

Bogaerts, Bradley among 9 Red Sox to reach 1-year contracts

BOSTON (AP) Shortstop Xander Bogaerts and outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. were among nine Boston players who reached deals on one-year contracts Friday with the AL East champion Red Sox.

Colome, Dickerson among 7 avoiding arbitration with Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Closer Alex Colome and All-Star designated hitter/outfielder Corey Dickerson are among seven players who agreed to one-year contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays, avoiding salary arbitration.

Blackmon, Rockies reach $14M, 1-year deal, avoid arbitration

DENVER (AP) NL batting champion Charlie Blackmon and the Colorado Rockies avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $14 million, one-year contract on Friday.

Indians avoid arbitration with Salazar, Chisenhall

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians avoided salary arbitration with starter Danny Salazar and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall, agreeing to one-year contracts for 2018.

Keuchel gets $13.2M deal from Astros after title

HOUSTON (AP) Astros starter Dallas Keuchel agreed to a $13.2 million, one-year contract after helping lead Houston to its first World Series title.

Bogaerts, Bradley among 9 Red Sox to reach 1-year contracts

BOSTON (AP) Shortstop Xander Bogaerts and outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. were among nine Boston players who reached deals on one-year contracts Friday with the AL East champion Red Sox.

Kelvin Herrera, Nate Karns agree to deals with Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals agreed with reliever Kelvin Herrera and starter Nate Karns on one-year contracts Friday to avoid arbitration, leaving reliever Brandon Maurer as their only player still on track for a hearing next month.

Bogaerts, Bradley among 9 Red Sox to reach 1-year contracts

BOSTON (AP) Shortstop Xander Bogaerts and outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. are among nine Boston Red Sox players who have reached deals on one-year contracts.

Yankees settle with 6, on track to get under tax threshold

NEW YORK (AP) The Yankees reached one-year contracts with their remaining six players eligible for arbitration, leaving their projected luxury tax payroll at $177 million - $20 million below the threshold.

Josh Donaldson agrees to $23M, 1-year deal with Blue Jays

TORONTO (AP) Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $23 million contract Friday, the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player.

2B Joe Panik reaches one-year deal to avoid arbitration

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Second baseman Joe Panik has reached agreement on a $3.45 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants to avoid salary arbitration.

Bryant gets $10.85M, record for 1st arbitration eligible

CHICAGO (AP) Kris Bryant has agreed to a $10.85 million, one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs, a record for a player eligible for arbitration for the first time.

Orioles avoid arbitration with Machado, Britton

BALTIMORE (AP) The Orioles agreed to a $16 million contract with third baseman Manny Machado and a $12 million deal with injured closer Zach Britton, avoiding arbitration with both stars.

Bryant gets $10.85M, record for 1st arbitration eligible

CHICAGO (AP) Kris Bryant has agreed to a $10.85 million, one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs, a record for a player eligible for arbitration for the first time.

2B Joe Panik reaches one-year deal to avoid arbitration

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Second baseman Joe Panik has reached agreement on a $3.45 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants to avoid salary arbitration.

Blackmon, Rockies reach $14M, 1-year deal, avoid arbitration

DENVER (AP) NL batting champion Charlie Blackmon and the Colorado Rockies avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $14 million, one-year contract.

Profar, Diekman, Kela agree to deals with Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Relievers Jake Diekman and Keone Kela and infielder Jurickson Profar agreed one-year contracts with the Texas Rangers, who avoided arbitration with all of their eligible players.

Josh Donaldson agrees to $23M, 1-year deal with Blue Jays

TORONTO (AP) Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $23 million contract, the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player.

Blackmon, Rockies reach $14M, 1-year deal, avoid arbitration

DENVER (AP) NL batting champion Charlie Blackmon and the Colorado Rockies avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $14 million, one-year contract.

Josh Donaldson agrees to $23M, 1-year deal with Blue Jays

TORONTO (AP) Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $23 million, one-year contact, a $6 million raise for the 2015 AL MVP.

Blue Jays avoid arbitration with OF Carrera and LHP Loup

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays avoided arbitration with outfielder Ezequiel Carrera and left-hander Aaron Loup Friday, signing the pair to one-year contracts for 2018.

» Thursday, January 11, 2018

Donaldson, Machado, Bryant, Rendon in arbitration hot corner

NEW YORK (AP) The hot corner figures to be sizzling Friday when players and teams swap proposed salaries in arbitration.

Corbin, D-backs reach $7.5M, 1-year deal, avoid arbitration

PHOENIX (AP) Left-hander Patrick Corbin and the Arizona Diamondbacks avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $7.5 million, one-year contract.

Donaldson, Machado, Bryant, Rendon in arbitration hot corner

NEW YORK (AP) The hot corner figures to be sizzling Friday when players and teams swap proposed salaries in arbitration.

Donaldson, Machado, Bryant, Rendon in arbitration hot corner

NEW YORK (AP) The hot corner figures to be sizzling Friday when players and team swap proposed salaries in arbitration.

Aaron Hicks, Tommy Kahnle reach deals with Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) Outfielder Aaron Hicks agreed to a $2,825,000, one-year contract with the New York Yankees, who settled with reliever Tommy Kahnle at $1,312,500 in the first deals among the team's eight players eligible for salary arbitration.

Reliever Tommy Kahnle, Yankees agree at $1,312,500

NEW YORK (AP) Reliever Tommy Kahnle and the New York Yankees agreed to a one-year contract for $1,312,500, the first player to reach a deal among the team's eight who are eligible for salary arbitration.

McCann, Tigers reach 1-year deal for $2,375,000

DETROIT (AP) Catcher James McCann and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a $2,375,000, one-year contract that avoided arbitration.

OF Marisnick agrees to 1-year, $1.9 million deal with Astros

HOUSTON (AP) Outfielder Jake Marisnick has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $1.9 million, one-year contract with the Houston Astros.

Reliever Blake Parker, Angels agree to $1.8 million deal

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Reliever Blake Parker has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $1.8 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

Jeter imprint acquires book by Comfort Cases founder

NEW YORK (AP) The latest acquisition by Derek Jeter's publishing imprint: A memoir by Robert Scheer, founder of the foster youth charity Comfort Cases.

Zach McAllister, Indians agree to $2.45M, 1-year contract

CLEVELAND (AP) Reliever Zach McAllister and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a $2.45 million, one-year contract, a raise from the $1,825,000 he earned last season.

Baseball agent fired after report he placed camera in shower

ATLANTA (AP) A baseball agent has been fired after an accusation he used a camera to surreptitiously record clients in a shower.

Miguel Gonzalez and White Sox agree to $4.75M, 1-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) The White Sox have agreed to a $4.75 million, one-year contract with pitcher Miguel Gonzalez and are bringing back the right-hander after trading him late last season.

Miguel Gonzalez and White Sox agree to $4.75M, 1-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) The White Sox have agreed to a $4.75 million, one-year contract with pitcher Miguel Gonzalez and are bringing back the right-hander after trading him late last season.

Jeter imprint acquires book by Comfort Cases founder

NEW YORK (AP) The latest acquisition by Derek Jeter's publishing imprint: A memoir by Robert Scheer, founder of the foster youth charity Comfort Cases.

AP sources: Mets, Bruce agree to $39M, 3-year deal

NEW YORK (AP) Jay Bruce and his proven bat are headed back to the New York Mets.

Braves release 3B Garcia so he can play in South Korea

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have released third baseman Adonis Garcia so he can play overseas.

People familiar with deal: Mets, Bruce agree at $39M, 3 yrs

NEW YORK (AP) Jay Bruce and his proven bat are headed back to the New York Mets.

Jeter imprint acquires book by Comfort Cases founder

NEW YORK (AP) The latest acquisition by Derek Jeter's publishing imprint: A memoir by Robert Scheer, founder of the foster youth charity Comfort Cases.

People familiar with deal: Mets, Bruce agree at $39M, 3 yrs

NEW YORK (AP) Jay Bruce and his proven bat are headed back to the New York Mets.

» Wednesday, January 10, 2018

People familiar with deal: Mets, Bruce agree at $39M, 3 yrs

NEW YORK (AP) Jay Bruce and his proven bat are headed back to the New York Mets.

People familiar with deal: Mets, Bruce agree at $39M, 3 yrs

NEW YORK (AP) Two people familiar with the negotiations say free-agent outfielder Jay Bruce is set to return to the New York Mets after agreeing to a $39 million, three-year contract.

Khris Davis and Athletics agree to $10.5M, 1-year contract

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Slugger Khris Davis and the Oakland Athletics agreed to a $10.5 million, one-year contract, more than doubling his salary after he beat the team in arbitration last winter.

Baseball agent fired after report he placed camera in shower

ATLANTA (AP) A baseball agent has been fired after an accusation he used a camera to surreptitiously record clients in a shower.

Closer Cody Allen, Indians agree on $10,575,000, 1-year deal

CLEVELAND (AP) Closer Cody Allen and the Cleveland Indians have reached agreement on a $10,575,000, one-year contract.

Boone Logan, Brewers finalize $2.5 million, 1-year contract

MILWAUKEE (AP) Reliever Boone Logan has finalized a $2.5 million, one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, who also agreed to a minor league deal with right-hander J.J. Hoover.

Baseball agent fired after report he placed camera in shower

ATLANTA (AP) A baseball agent has been fired after an accusation he used a camera to surreptitiously record clients in a shower.

Khris Davis and Athletics agree to $10.5M, 1-year contract

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Slugger Khris Davis and the Oakland Athletics agreed to a $10.5 million, one-year contract, more than doubling his salary after he beat the team in arbitration last winter.

Khris Davis and Athletics agree to $10.5M, 1-year contract

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Slugger Khris Davis and the Oakland Athletics agreed to a $10.5 million, one-year contract, more than doubling his salary after he beat the team in arbitration last winter.

Baseball agent fired after report he placed camera in shower

ATLANTA (AP) A baseball agent has been fired after an accusation he used a camera to surreptitiously record clients in a shower.

Marlins host Cubs on March 29 in major league opener

NEW YORK (AP) The Miami Marlins will host the Chicago Cubs in this year's major league opener on March 29, the earliest start in the sport's history excluding international openers.

Yankees expanding protective netting past dugouts

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees are expanding netting to protect seats behind each dugout and for five sections past down both foul lines, a decision announced after several fans were injured last year.

Boone Logan, Brewers finalize $2.5 million, 1-year contract

MILWAUKEE (AP) Reliever Boone Logan and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a $2.5 million, one-year contract.

Rangers sign Ohlman to minor deal, invite to spring training

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Free agent catcher Mike Ohlman has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers and will report to major league spring training.

Boone Logan, Brewers finalize $2.5 million, 1-year contract

MILWAUKEE (AP) Reliever Boone Logan and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a $2.5 million, one-year contract.

Yankees expand protective netting past dugouts

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees are expanding netting to protect seats behind each dugout and for five sections past down both foul lines, a decision announced after several fans were injured last year.

Yankees expanding protective netting past dugouts

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees are expanding netting to protect seats behind each dugout and for five sections past down both foul lines, a decision announced after several fans were injured last year.

Veteran catcher Rene Rivera reaches $2.8M deal with Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Free-agent catcher Rene Rivera and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a $2.8 million, one-year contract.

Makita guaranteed $3.8 million in 2-year deal with Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) Japanese right-hander Kazuhisa Makita is guaranteed $3.8 million in his two-year contract with the San Diego Padres.

» Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Los Angeles Angels sign veteran backup catcher Rene Rivera

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Free-agent catcher Rene Rivera and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a one-year contract.

Angels re-sign Andrew Heaney to $800K, 1-year deal

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Left-hander Andrew Heaney has agreed to an $800,000, one-year deal to return to the Los Angeles Angels.

Rangers’ Ryan Rua avoids arbitration with $870,000 deal

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua has agreed to an $870,000, one-year contract to avoid salary arbitration.

Dodgers to pay White Sox $3M, receive $1M from Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The NL champion Dodgers will send $3 million to the Chicago White Sox and receive $1 million from Kansas City as part of last week's three-team trade that sent left-handed reliever Scott Alexander from the Royals to Los Angeles.

D-backs’ Delgado gets $2.25 million deal, avoids arbitration

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with Randall Delgado by agreeing to a $2.25 million, one-year contract with the right-handed reliever.

Makita guaranteed $3.8 million in 2-year deal with Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) Japanese right-hander Kazuhisa Makita is guaranteed $3.8 million in his two-year contract with the San Diego Padres.

» Monday, January 8, 2018

Sabathia can earn $2M in innings bonuses with Yanks

NEW YORK (AP) CC Sabathia can earn $2 million in performance bonuses based on innings as part of his $10 million, one-year contract with the New York Yankees.

Smith, Wright agree to 1-year deals with Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) Boston pitchers Carson Smith and Steven Wright, both coming off injuries, agreed to one-year contracts with the Red Sox that avoided salary arbitration.

Assault charge dropped against former big leaguer Ray Knight

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) Prosecutors have dropped a misdemeanor assault charge against former Major Leaguer and television analyst Ray Knight.

Stammen guaranteed $4.5M by Padres in 2-year deal

SAN DIEGO (AP) Right-hander Craig Stammen is guaranteed $4.5 million as part of his two-year contract with the San Diego Padres and can earn an additional $1 million in performance bonuses annually based on pitching appearances.

Smith, Wright agree to 1-year deals with Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) Boston pitchers Carson Smith and Steven Wright, both coming off injuries, agreed to one-year contracts with the Red Sox that avoided salary arbitration.

Adams can earn $500,000 in performance bonuses with Nats

WASHINGTON (AP) First baseman/outfielder Matt Adams can earn $500,000 in performance bonuses as part of his $4 million, one-year contract with the Washington Nationals.

Wade Davis would get $1million bonus if traded by Rockies

DENVER (AP) All-Star reliever Wade Davis would get a $1 million assignment bonus if traded by the Colorado Rockies under a provision in his $52 million, three-year contract.

Duke guaranteed $2.15M by Twins, can earn $1.5M more

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Left-hander Zach Duke is guaranteed $2.15 million as part of his one-year contract with the Minnesota Twins and can earn an additional $1.5 million based on pitching appearances.

Mejia, Mets agree to contract in formality, despite ban

NEW YORK (AP) Suspended reliever Jenrry Mejia and the New York Mets have agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,729,000, money the pitcher will not receive because of his three positive drug tests.

Sabathia can earn $2M in innings bonuses with Yanks

NEW YORK (AP) CC Sabathia can earn $2 million in performance bonuses based on innings as part of his $10 million, one-year contract with the New York Yankees.

Smith, Wright agree to 1-year deals with Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) Boston pitchers Carson Smith and Steven Wright, both coming off injuries, agreed to one-year contracts with the Red Sox that avoided salary arbitration.

» Saturday, January 6, 2018

Padres trade infielder Yangervis Solarte to Blue Jays

SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres sent infielder Yangervis Solarte to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday for prospects Edward Olivares and Jared Carkuff, and also signed two pitchers.

Padres sign Japanese right-hander Kazuhisa Makita

SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres signed Japanese right-hander Kazuhisa Makita to a two-year contract Saturday.

Blue Jays acquirer Yangervis Solarte from Padres

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays acquired infielder Yangervis Solarte from the San Diego Padres on Saturday for prospects Edward Olivares and Jared Carkuff.

Padres re-sign right-hander Craig Stammen to 2-year contract

SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres re-signed right-handed pitcher Craig Stammen to a two-year contract Saturday and designated infielder Jose Rondon for assignment.

» Friday, January 5, 2018

Rangers open baseball, business deal with Japan’s Nippon Ham

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers and Japan's Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters are starting a multiyear agreement this year that will involve baseball and business operations.

» Thursday, January 4, 2018

Dodgers get Alexander in 3-team trade with White Sox, Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired left-handed reliever Scott Alexander from Kansas City in a three-team trade that also included the Chicago White Sox.

Dodgers get Alexander in 3-team trade with White Sox, Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired left-handed reliever Scott Alexander from Kansas City in a three-team trade that also included the Chicago White Sox.

Dodgers hire former pitcher Mark Prior as bullpen coach

LOS ANGELES (AP) Former All-Star Mark Prior has joined the Los Angeles Dodgers as bullpen coach.

Former big leaguer, coach Rob Picciolo dies at 64

SAN DIEGO (AP) Rob Picciolo, a former major league infielder who later coached with the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Angels, has died. He was 64.

Former big leaguer, coach Rob Picciolo dies at 64

SAN DIEGO (AP) Rob Picciolo, a former major league player who later coached with the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Angels, has died. He was 64.

» Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Cubs sued for better wheelchair access at Wrigley Field

CHICAGO (AP) A 20-year-old Chicago Cubs fan is suing team owners to force them to provide better wheelchair access at Wrigley Field.

Cubs sued for better wheelchair access at Wrigley Field

CHICAGO (AP) A 20-year-old Chicago Cubs fan is suing team owners to force them to provide better wheelchair access at Wrigley Field.