Dodgers’ Ryu only player to accept $17.9M qualifying offer

Baseball 11/12/18, 18:23

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu was the only player to accept among the seven given $17.9 million qualifying offers by their former teams on Nov. 2.Ryu accepted the offer before Monday's deadline and is considered a signed player. He is just the sixth to accept among the 80 qualifying ...

For Joe Mauer, being from Minnesota means this isn’t goodbye

Baseball 11/12/18, 17:21

Joe Mauer is leaving the playing field after a 15-year major league career, but not Minnesota or the Twins.Mauer formalized his goodbye to the game on Monday at a news conference packed with people he's close to.Joe Mauer wipes away tears during his retirement news conference Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, ...

MLB All-Stars visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Baseball 11/12/18, 05:15

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda were among the members of Major League Baseball's All-Star tour of Japan who visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Monday.Mattingly laid a wreath at the cenotaph in the park which commemorates the victims of the atomic bombings ...

Molina, Realmuto homer to lead MLB All-Stars to win in Japan

Baseball 11/11/18, 09:41

Yadier Molina and J.T. Realmuto both homered on Sunday to lead the MLB All-Stars to a 7-3 win over Japan for their first win of the six-game exhibition series.Realmuto hit a solo homer to right in the fourth at Tokyo Dome and Mitch Haniger scored on a throwing error by ...

Japan beats MLB All-Stars 12-6 to take 2-0 series lead

Baseball 11/10/18, 10:08

Yuki Yanagita homered and drove in four runs Saturday to lead Japan to a 12-6 win over the MLB All-Stars and a 2-0 lead in the six-game exhibition series.Yanagita, who hit a game-ending two-run homer in Friday's 7-6 win, singled in a run in the first inning at Tokyo Dome ...

Dodgers release veteran 2B Chase Utley so he can retire

Baseball 11/10/18, 00:31

Chase Utley has been released by the Los Angeles Dodgers so he can officially retire after 16 years in the major leagues.The veteran second baseman said in July he would retire at season's end in order to be a full-time dad to his two young sons. He turns 40 next ...

JP Ricciardi leaving New York Mets after 8 seasons

Baseball 11/09/18, 18:22

J.P. Ricciardi is leaving the New York Mets after eight seasons.The Mets announced his decision Friday, a day after the end of the annual general managers' meetings and 11 days after hiring Brodie Van Wagenen to succeed Sandy Alderson as general manager.Ricciardi was hired as a special assistant to Alderson ...

Yanagita hits ‘sayonara’ home run to lift Japan over MLB

Baseball 11/09/18, 09:26

Yuki Yanagita hit a two-run walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday to lift Japan to a 7-6 win over the MLB All-Stars in the opening game of a six-game exhibition series.MLB All-Star left fielder Juan Soto, left, of the Washington Nationals celebrates with teammate Rhys ...

Marlins catcher Realmuto not distracted by trade rumors

Baseball 11/09/18, 06:24

Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto isn't letting trade rumors become a distraction either at home or in Japan, where he is currently part of an MLB All-Star tour.Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill has dismissed talk about trading Realmuto, but his agent, Jeff Berry, predicted that his client will ...

source: Owners plan vote next week on new Manfred term

Baseball 11/08/18, 20:47

Baseball owners plan to vote on a new term for Commissioner Rob Manfred, a new television contract with Fox and an agreement for in-game cut-ins with the subscription video streaming service DAZN when they meet next week in Atlanta, a person familiar with the agenda told The Associated Press.The person ...

No MLB rule changes likely until eve of spring training

Baseball 11/08/18, 20:30

Major League Baseball and its players' union likely will not decide until the eve of spring training whether to change rules in an effort to increase action on the field next year.New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks to reporters during the Major League Baseball General Manager Meetings Wednesday, ...

Willie McCovey remembered for humility and care for others

Baseball 11/08/18, 19:07

Aside from that fearsome left-handed swing everybody knew, Willie McCovey provided an example of humility in how he lived for many of his San Francisco Giants teammates year after year."McCovey was our leader," Gaylord Perry said as his fellow Hall of Famer was remembered in a celebration of his life ...

Pirates sign 3B Jung Ho Kang to 1-year deal

Baseball 11/08/18, 12:50

Jung Ho Kang is staying with the Pittsburgh Pirates.The Pirates and the veteran third baseman agreed to a one-year deal Thursday that will bring Kang back for the 2019 season.The move comes a week after Pittsburgh declined a $5.5 million club option for Kang, paying him a $250,000 buyout instead. ...

MLB All-Stars beat Japan’s Giants ahead of exhibition tour

Baseball 11/08/18, 09:01

J.T. Realmuto and Amed Rosario drove in two runs each to lead the MLB All-Stars over the Yomiuri Giants 9-6 on Thursday in a warm-up game ahead of their six-game exhibition series against Japan's national team.Juan Soto hit a double off the roof of Tokyo Dome in the third inning ...

Top agent Boras calls rebuilding teams ‘competitive cancer’

Baseball 11/07/18, 23:54

The agent for free agent Bryce Harper and many of baseball's top players claims rebuilding teams have become a "competitive cancer" that caused this season's 4 percent attendance drop.As the sport's officials start to consider possible rules changes to spark offense and speed pace, Scott Boras acidly critiqued several clubs ...

Farhan Zaidi ready to take a team effort leading Giants

Baseball 11/07/18, 23:26

Farhan Zaidi understands the intrigue that stems from his unique baseball path: from the small-budget Oakland Athletics to the big-spending Los Angeles Dodgers and back to the Bay Area to join the rival Giants.San Francisco's new front-office whiz plans to incorporate plenty from the franchise's rich tradition by leaning on ...

White Sox extend manager Rick Renteria’s contract past 2019

Baseball 11/07/18, 23:01

The rebuilding Chicago White Sox have extended manager Rick Renteria's contract.General manager Rick Hahn declined to give specifics Wednesday other than the extension goes past 2019, when Renteria's original three-year deal was set to end.Renteria is 129-195 in two seasons with the White Sox, including 62-100 this year. Prior to ...

Mattingly, Molina set to lead MLB All-Star tour of Japan

Baseball 11/07/18, 03:48

All-Star catcher Yadier Molina hopes to throw out some speedy runners. Don Mattingly looks forward to seeing Japan's national team.Mattingly and Molina are in Japan as part of a Major League Baseball All-Star tour that features six games against Japan.The series begins on Friday with three games on consecutive nights ...

Rizzo: Nats made offer to Bryce Harper late in season

Baseball 11/07/18, 00:00

The Washington Nationals made an offer to Bryce Harper late in the season in an attempt to reach a deal before he became a free agent.Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo disclosed the talks with agent Scott Boras at the general managers' meetings on Tuesday."We've had conversations and we utilized our ...

Friedman: Machado’s lack of hustle was not a secret

Baseball 11/06/18, 22:10

Andrew Friedman knew he was getting a player who didn't hustle all the time when he traded for Manny Machado. Still, the Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations was willing to acquire the four-time All-Star infielder because his good points outweighed the bad."He got booed in Baltimore three weeks ...