Column: Players finding payoffs are changing in baseball

Baseball 02/21/19, 03:03

Manny Machado's new $300 million contract put a stop — at least temporarily — to a growing chorus of player complaints that major league teams were conspiring to do deep damage to the free agent market.It did nothing, however, to change the new reality of baseball. And that's something players ...

Source: Harrison has 1-year agreement with Tigers

Sports 02/20/19, 20:48

Free agent Josh Harrison has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal was still subject to a successful physical.The 31-year-old Harrison spent his first eight major league seasons with the ...

Baseball officials in Japan debate pitch limits

Sports 02/20/19, 20:46

Amateur baseball officials in Japan are debating the introduction of pitch limits aimed at preventing injuries to high school players.Marathon pitching performances have long been a trademark of the National Summer High School Baseball Championship which is held every August and is arguably the country's most popular sporting event."They have ...

After veteran salaries drop, baseball players want change

Baseball 02/20/19, 16:18

While Manny Machado agreed to a pending $300 million, 10-year contract with San Diego and Bryce Harper is likely to top Giancarlo Stanton's record $325 million, 13-year deal, many less-than-superstar veterans have been routed on the free-agent market.Of the 111 announced agreements among the 164 players who exercised their free-agency ...

Newcomer Daniel Murphy says Rockies are built to win now

Baseball 02/20/19, 13:35

Accustomed to the postseason, Daniel Murphy built his free agent checklist around playoff contenders.When the ascendant Colorado Rockies showed as much interest in Murphy as he had in them, working out the details of a two-year, $24 million contract was no big deal."When you get to a point in your ...

Mariano Rivera calls child support allegations ‘unfounded’

Baseball 02/19/19, 22:33

Just weeks after becoming baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, Mariano Rivera is defending himself from accusations in his native Panama that he has failed to support two children he had outside his marriage. The former New York Yankees' closer on Tuesday called the demands filed against him in the ...

Chatting on the bases is good-natured, a learning experience

Baseball 02/19/19, 16:53

While playing for Texas, Jurickson Profar always learned something from new teammate Khris Davis when the Oakland slugger stopped at Profar's second base spot.Majors home run leader Davis appreciates any chance he gets to talk baseball and life with Albert Pujols while spending a few moments on first alongside the ...

source: Machado, Padres agrees to $300M, 10-year deal

Baseball 02/19/19, 13:58

All-Star infielder Manny Machado has agreed to a $300 million, 10-year deal with the rebuilding San Diego Padres, the biggest contract ever for a free agent, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement ...

Murray waits to measure up after picking NFL over baseball

Sports 02/18/19, 19:19

Now that Kyler Murray has decided to play in the NFL instead of reporting to spring training as a first-round draft pick by baseball's Oakland Athletics, the questions can shift to the Heisman Trophy winner's height.The former Oklahoma star says everyone will get their answer at the NFL combine next ...

Kelly, Weaver ready to make their marks for Diamondbacks

Baseball 02/18/19, 17:00

Carson Kelly and Luke Weaver will always been known as the other players in the Paul Goldschmidt trade. No matter what they do for the rest of their careers, good or bad, they will be linked to the Arizona Diamondbacks' fan-favorite first baseman.But the Diamondbacks do not consider them replacements ...

Royals looking to build on strong finish to 2018

Baseball 02/18/19, 16:22

The Kansas City Royals lost 104 games in 2018 despite finishing the season 20-14. They hope they can begin this season like they ended the last one, and not the way they've started in recent years."These guys made a lot of progress from the middle of August all through September," ...

Clark: Some teams make little effort to justify ticket costs

Baseball 02/18/19, 16:07

Players' union head Tony Clark took the extraordinary step of saying baseball fans should question whether it makes sense to purchase tickets for some teams, responding to Commissioner Rob Manfred's assertion that free-agent players have failed to adjust their economic demands in a market upended by analytics.Top free agents Bryce ...

Iron Horse yields gold: Gehrig cap could sell for $200,000

Baseball 02/18/19, 12:11

Bob Ellis knew what he wanted from his mother-in-law's collection of Lou Gehrig memorabilia both times she asked him to pick something out as a Father's Day gift.It was a hat worn by the New York Yankees slugger and a baseball signed by fellow Hall of Famers Ty Cobb, Babe ...

Pitch clock coming for spring training games

Sports 02/17/19, 21:28

Major League Baseball is unilaterally starting the use of pitch clocks for spring training games, while brushing off complaints from players about the slow free agent market.With the sport looking for ways to speed the pace of play, pitchers generally will have 20 seconds to deliver to the plate when ...

Blue Jays’ Stroman disheartened by unsigned veteran players

Baseball 02/17/19, 17:03

Marcus Stroman says it is "pretty disheartening" that veteran players like Adam Jones remain unsigned as full-squad spring training workouts are set to begin."I'm someone who can speak on how much I have learned from these individuals, and I know how important they are to the game of baseball," the ...

Madison Bumgarner says he was joking over opener refusal

Baseball 02/17/19, 13:33

Madison Bumgarner was joking when he told manager Bruce Bochy he absolutely refuses to pitch behind an opener.It won't happen anyway.San Francisco's ace lefty is hardly a likely candidate to follow someone else to the mound who works the first inning."If you use an opener in my game, I'm walking ...

A’s Khris Davis would like to stay with A’s several years

Sports 02/17/19, 12:19

Major league home run leader Khris Davis would like a long-term deal from the Oakland Athletics that allows him to stay with the franchise for at least three more seasons.Davis says desire for a multiyear contract won't consume as he prepares to open the season in Japan next month against ...

Game changer: Tebow enters Mets camp ‘all in’ on baseball

Sports 02/16/19, 20:20

By now, Tim Tebow has shown he belongs in professional baseball. He's fully committed to the game and much more comfortable on the field.Sometimes, though, he still sounds like a football player.On his first day at spring training with the New York Mets, the former NFL quarterback was reflecting on ...

Ichiro back in M’s camp at 45 with chance to play at home

Sports 02/16/19, 18:59

Ichiro Suzuki fluidly went through a variety of stretches on the floor in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse even before going onto the field. Once outside, he smoothly went through fielding, hitting and baserunning drills.At 45 and in spring training again, Suzuki is working toward the chance to play for his ...

Tim Tebow says he advised Kyler Murray to follow his heart

Baseball 02/16/19, 16:16

Before picking football over baseball, Kyler Murray got some advice from another famous two-sport star.One Heisman Trophy winner to another.Tim Tebow says he told Murray to follow his heart when deciding between the Oakland Athletics and pursuing an NFL career. Murray, who won the Heisman last year in his lone ...

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