Source: Kurt Suzuki, Nationals agree to $10M, 2-year deal

Baseball 11/19/18, 14:09

Catcher Kurt Suzuki is heading back to the Washington Nationals after agreeing to a $10 million, two-year contract, a deal pending a successful physical.The deal was disclosed to The Associated Press on Monday by a person familiar with the agreement who spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract was ...

Rivera, Halladay top newcomers on Hall of Fame ballot

Sports 11/19/18, 13:17

Career saves leader Mariano Rivera and late pitcher Roy Halladay are among 20 new candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for the Baseball Writers' Association of America, joined by 15 holdovers headed by Edgar Martinez.Left-hander Andy Pettitte and infielders Todd Helton, Michael Young and Miguel Tejada also are among ...

Orioles hire Mike Elias from Astros as executive VP, GM

Sports 11/16/18, 15:01

Astros assistant general manager Mike Elias was hired Friday to rebuild the Baltimore Orioles, who traded many of their star players last season before finishing with the worst record in the majors.Elias will carry the title of executive vice president and general manager. He will "oversee all baseball operations for ...

With win over All-Stars, Japan builds for 2020 Olympic gold

Baseball 11/16/18, 02:18

Coming off a strong showing against a team of Major League Baseball All-Stars, Japan manager Atsunori Inaba has every reason to be confident about his team's chances of winning a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Japan won the six-game exhibition series 5-1 against an MLB squad featuring National League ...

Boston’s Betts, Milwaukee’s Yelich win MVP Awards

Sports 11/15/18, 18:57

Boston's Mookie Betts and Milwaukee's Christian Yelich were runaway winners of the Most Valuable Player awards after the 26-year-old outfielders each led their teams to first-place finishes with dominant seasons that included batting titles.Betts received 28 first-place votes and 410 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting ...

Baseball owners extend Manfred’s contract, TV deal with Fox

Sports 11/15/18, 14:46

Baseball owners have locked down their commissioner and their main broadcast partner, too.Any decisions on speeding up the game and perhaps making it more enjoyable to watch will have to wait.After wrapping up two days of meetings at a hotel next to the Atlanta Braves' SunTrust Park, the owners announced ...

Japan beats MLB All-Stars 4-1 in final of exhibition series

Baseball 11/15/18, 08:47

Sosuke Genda drove in three runs with a bases-clearing triple as Japan beat the MLB All-Stars 4-1 in the final of their six-game exhibition series on Thursday.Genda tripled down the right field line off MLB starter Brian Johnson, and Ryosuke Kikuchi made it 4-0 on a sacrifice fly as Japan ...

Cy-zilla! Snell edges Verlander for AL Cy Young Award

Baseball 11/14/18, 18:29

Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays has won his first AL Cy Young Award in a tight race over past winners Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber.Snell got 17 first-place votes and 169 points in voting announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America to 13 firsts and 154 ...

Indians trade INF Gonzalez to Pirates in 5-player swap

Baseball 11/14/18, 17:36

The Indians traded one of their extra pieces. They're keeping their bigger ones — for now.Cleveland began what could be a busy offseason on Wednesday by dealing versatile infielder Erik Gonzalez to the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of a five-player swap.The AL Central champions sent the 27-year-old Gonzalez, who appeared ...

Oakland’s Melvin, Atlanta’s Snitker voted top managers

Sports 11/13/18, 19:05

Oakland's Bob Melvin was voted Manager of the Year for the third time, winning the American League honor after leading the Athletics to the playoffs despite the lowest opening-day payroll in the major leagues.Atlanta's Brian Snitker won the National League award for leading the Braves to a surprising first-place finish.Melvin ...

Ohtani wins AL Rookie of the Year; Acuna wins NL honor

Sports 11/12/18, 20:14

Two-way star Shohei Ohtani was a singular sensation in voting for AL Rookie of the Year.A standout on the mound and at the plate for the Los Angeles Angels, Ohtani was an overwhelming pick for American League Rookie of the Year after becoming the first player since Babe Ruth a ...

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 ...

Report: Twins’ Joe Mauer retiring after 15 seasons

Sports 11/09/18, 19:33

Minnesota Twins star Joe Mauer has decided to retire after 15 seasons.The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Friday that Mauer has taken out an ad in its Sunday paper to announce his retirement. The newspaper reported that Mauer, who missed significant time this season with a concussion, says in the ad ...

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 ...

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, ...

Mallex Smith dealt to Mariners by Rays for Zunino, Heredia

Sports 11/08/18, 15:42

Mallex Smith was made a promise by Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto when he was acquired for a second time by the Mariners after an initial tenure that lasted less than two hours."Dipoto didn't guarantee anything, but he said I at least have 78 minutes," Smith joked. "We'll see."Smith is ...

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