study: MLB average salary on track for 2nd straight drop

Sports 03/26/19, 02:31

Even with huge new contracts for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Nolan Arenado, Major League Baseball's average salary is on track to drop on opening day for an unprecedented second straight season, according to projections by The Associated Press.The 872 players on rosters and injured lists on Monday evening averaged ...

American League West capsules

Baseball 03/22/19, 12:01

Capsules of American League West teams, listed in order of finish last year:___Houston Astros FILE - In this Thursday, March 7, 2019, file photo, Houston Astros' Carlos Correa follows through on a foul ball during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins at the ...

Verlander ready for more free agent signings

Baseball 03/07/19, 17:48

Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander wants to see the remaining free agents find jobs.While Bryce Harper and Manny Machado reached big-money deals, Verlander's former Astros teammates Dallas Keuchel and Evan Gattis remain unsigned along with Craig Kimbrel, Adam Jones and several dozen others."I hope that some of those names you ...

Machado attracted by Padres’ farm system _ and $300 million

Sports 02/22/19, 12:01

Manny Machado calls San Diego "one of the best cities in the world" and says he was attracted to the Padres by the team's strong farm system.The 26-year-old infielder was introduced at a news conference Friday, a day after his $300 million, 10-year contract was finalized.Machado will play third base ...

Clark: Machado’s deal doesn’t mean system is working

Baseball 02/21/19, 17:32

Players' union head Tony Clark says Adam Wainwright's comments about a possible strike were in line with widespread concern he hears from his members about a free-agent market they claim has become dysfunctional.Starting his tour of spring training camps, Clark said he isn't drawing conclusions about the market based on ...

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 ...

Even in bullpen age, several teams still built on starters

Baseball 02/15/19, 20:02

Forget about this bullpen obsession for a moment. Believe it or not, plenty of big league teams are still anchored by well-armed rotations.In this age of openers and closers, with relievers starting games and starters rarely finishing them, it might seem starting pitchers have been devalued by executives all over ...

Column: Stars missing, but baseball will avoid labor strife

Baseball 02/15/19, 16:39

Spring training has started, yet two of baseball's biggest stars, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, are sitting at home.For those who think this is a strong indication that the national pastime is headed toward another paralyzing labor dispute, do not fret.There's too much money at stake — on all sides ...

AL West teams at the start of spring training

Baseball 02/08/19, 09:48

A team-by-team look at the American League West entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:___Houston AstrosManager: AJ Hinch (fifth season).2018: 103-59, first place, lost to Boston in ALCS.Training Town: West Palm Beach, ...

Wade Miley, Astros agree to $4.5 million, 1-year deal

Baseball 01/31/19, 20:05

The Astros filled an opening in their rotation, agreeing to a $4.5 million, one-year contract with 32-year-old left-hander Wade Miley.Miley could earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses. Miley already has passed the physical needed to finalize the agreement, but the deal was not immediately announced by the Astros on ...

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 ...

Kershaw gets $93M deal, leaving Harper, Machado atop market

Baseball 11/02/18, 20:06

Washington outfielder Bryce Harper and Boston closer Craig Kimbrel were among just seven free agents who received $17.9 million qualifying offers from their former clubs Friday, when Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw agreed to a $93 million, three-year contract rather than test the market.Left-handers Patrick Corbin (Arizona) Dallas Keuchel ...

Altuve is Astros DH vs. Red Sox in ALCS Game 3

Baseball 10/16/18, 13:49

Six-time All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve is a designated hitter for the Houston Astros in the playoffs for the first time.Astros manager A.J. Hinch has Altuve as the DH for Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against Boston. Altuve bruised his right knee during the playoffs and it ...

Leading off: Bregman stirs up ALCS, Grandal sits for Dodgers

Baseball 10/15/18, 23:53

A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday: NO BOTHER Red Sox manager Alex Cora is brushing off the notion that Boston might be motivated for Game 3 of the AL Championship Series by a brazen social media post Monday from Astros star Alex Bregman. Houston's third baseman shared a video ...

Red Sox shuffle lineup heading into Game 2 of ALCS vs Astros

Baseball 10/14/18, 17:10

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora has shuffled his lineup for Game 2 against the Houston Astros, putting infielders Ian Kinsler and Rafael Devers and catcher Christian Vazquez in the starting lineup for the first time in the AL Championship Series.Devers was batting sixth and playing third base in place ...

Indians tweak slugging lineup for Game 3 of ALDS

Baseball 10/08/18, 11:31

Indians manager Terry Francona juggled his struggling lineup for Game 3 of the AL Division Series against Houston.With his club batting .100 (6 for 60) in the series and facing left-hander Dallas Keuchel, the Indians are starting right-handed hitters Yandy Diaz at designated hitter and Brandon Guyer in right field. ...

Leading off: Red Sox-Yankees all even, Astros try for sweep

Baseball 10/08/18, 00:27

A look at what's happening around the majors Monday:REVVED-UP RIVALSLuis Severino starts for the Yankees when they host Boston in Game 3 of the AL Division Series. They're 1-all going into the first playoff game between the teams in the Bronx since the Red Sox finished off a comeback from ...

Gonzalez, Bregman lift Astros over Indians for 2-0 ALDS lead

Baseball 10/06/18, 20:09

Marwin Gonzalez hit a go-ahead, two-run double, Alex Bregman homered for the second straight day and the Houston Astros beat the Cleveland Indians 3-1 Saturday to take a 2-0 AL Division Series lead.Francisco Lindor put Cleveland ahead with a third-inning homer off winner Gerrit Cole, but Gonzalez gave the Astros ...

Astros-Orioles rained out; makeup doubleheader Saturday

Baseball 09/27/18, 18:56

The Houston Astros aren't going to simply go through the motions while closing out the regular season.Houston's game against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night was postponed by rain, meaning the Astros will squeeze in four games over the final three days, including a doubleheader on Saturday.Not a problem for ...

McCann, Reddick go back-to-back, Astros beat Blue Jays 5-3

Baseball 09/25/18, 00:12

The Houston Astros kept rolling on the road and moved to the brink of their second straight AL West title.Brian McCann and Josh Reddick hit back-to-back home runs, and the Astros beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Monday night to close in on another division crown.The defending World Series ...

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