Bryce Harper aims to deliver a World Series title in Philly

Baseball 03/19/19, 14:04

Bryce Harper came to Philadelphia to do the one thing he didn't accomplish in Washington: Win in October.The Phillies gave him one of the biggest contracts in baseball history to deliver."I want to be on Broad Street and hold a (World Series) trophy over my head," Harper said after signing ...

Even as defending champ, Braves still underdogs in NL East

Baseball 03/19/19, 09:34

Freddie Freeman believes the Phillies, Nationals and Mets made so many moves this offseason because they wanted to catch up to the 2018 NL East champion Braves.If hype matters, those division rivals already passed the Braves. For Atlanta, repeating as division champion may be even more difficult than their surprise ...

Phils’ Harper back, still hitless; Hinch serves suspension

Baseball 03/17/19, 19:53

Bryce Harper hopes to change all those zeros soon. Naw, not the ones in his contract.Back in the lineup two days after being hit by a pitch in the ankle, the Phillies newcomer with the $330,000,000 deal was hitless Sunday, leaving him with a batting average of .000 in spring ...

source: Nats, lefty reliever Sipp agree to $1.25M deal

Baseball 03/13/19, 09:43

The Washington Nationals are counting on Tony Sipp to give them something their bullpen lacked: a lefty reliever to go after lefty hitters in late-game situations.A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Sipp and the Nationals agreed in principle on a one-year contract for ...

Mariners’ Seager out thru April, Braves’ Foltynewicz ailing

Sports 03/11/19, 18:31

Kyle Seager will be absent next week when the Seattle Mariners play the major league opener in Japan. Mike Foltynewicz will miss opening day for Atlanta, too.Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, meanwhile, is on the mend.The Mariners said Monday that Seager needs surgery on his left hand, sidelining the third baseman ...

Braves: Foltynewicz will not be ready for opening day

Baseball 03/11/19, 11:51

The Atlanta Braves say pitcher Mike Foltynewicz will not be ready for opening day.The right-hander hasn't been able to pitch during spring training because of discomfort in his elbow caused by bone spurs. While not believed to be a serious issue, Foltynewicz was forced to push back his throwing schedule.General ...

New-look NL East suddenly baseball’s deepest division

Baseball 03/07/19, 02:37

For years, the NL East has been soft as a bunt single.Not anymore.Even before Bryce Harper decided to stay inside the division, four of the five teams spent this offseason swinging for the fences. In addition to defending champion Atlanta, the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals all ...

That’s wild: Mets’ Syndergaard, Diaz struggle with control

Sports 03/02/19, 18:18

The New York Mets hope their hard-throwing pitchers can dominate in the NL East this season.First, they have a little work to do controlling the strike zone.Noah Syndergaard walked five over 2 2/3 innings and Edwin Diaz gave out two free passes in his spring debut Saturday, shaky efforts for ...

Bryce Harper has Phillies thinking October baseball

Sports 03/01/19, 14:32

Bryce Harper has the Philadelphia Phillies thinking October baseball before even arriving in camp.The six-time All-Star outfielder and the Phillies agreed Thursday to a $330 million, 13-year contract, the largest deal in baseball history. Now a team that hasn't had a winning record since 2011 is talking about winning championships."Everybody ...

Bryce is Right: Harper, Phils agree to record $330M deal

Baseball 03/01/19, 02:50

Bryce Harper is kind of a big deal in Philly.No, not just with his colossal contract — Harper and the Phillies agreed Thursday to a $330 million, 13-year deal that is the largest contract in baseball history.But as an attraction.FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2018, file photo, Bryce Harper ...

At 33, Braves’ Donaldson trying to prove he can stay healthy

Baseball 02/20/19, 14:53

Finding a job was pretty easy for Josh Donaldson. Proving he can keep it will be the tough part.The former AL MVP didn't have to wait long for a new opportunity, signing a one-year, $23 million contract with the Atlanta Braves less than a month after the World Series ended."I ...

Braves open spring training as confident NL East champions

Baseball 02/16/19, 17:21

Atlanta Braves pitchers and catchers had their first organized workout Saturday, officially ending a relatively quiet winter for the team that won the NL East.It may have been a little too quiet for some critics, considering the aggressive roster moves made by their division rivals. But All-Star first baseman Freddie ...

The Brodie Bunch: New-look Mets set to open spring training

Baseball 02/08/19, 19:51

Brodie Van Wagenen has certainly been busy since changing careers.Heading into his first spring training as Mets general manager, the former player agent has already engineered a major roster overhaul that has New York eyeing the playoffs in a beefed-up NL East.In a flurry of offseason moves that began with ...

NL East teams at the start of spring training

Baseball 02/08/19, 12:47

A team-by-team look at the National League East 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:___Atlanta BravesManager: Brian Snitker (fourth season).2018: 90-72, first place, lost to Dodgers in Division Series.Training Town: Kissimmee, Florida.Park: ...

Acuna, Braves enter spring looking to repeat 2018 success

Baseball 02/08/19, 10:12

Ronald Acuna Jr. helped the Atlanta Braves accelerate their rebuilding schedule in 2018, when they were the surprise NL East champions.As the Braves enter their last spring training at their Disney complex in Kissimmee, Florida, the next challenge is to move closer to their first World Series since 1999.Acuna won ...

Nationals again boost rotation, agree to deal with Sanchez

Sports 12/27/18, 15:49

The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with right-hander Anibal Sanchez.The deal, announced Thursday by the Nationals, includes a team option for 2021.The 34-year-old Sanchez will add depth to Washington's new-look rotation after boosting his appeal with a comeback season for NL East rival Atlanta. The ...

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 ...

Melvin likely would keep Callaway as Mets manager

Baseball 10/23/18, 15:09

If hired as general manager of the New York Mets, Doug Melvin likely would keep Mickey Callaway as manager.The former Texas and Milwaukee GM has his second interview Tuesday with the Mets, meeting with owner Fred Wilpon and his son, chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon. Agent Brodie Van Wagenen and ...

Snitker gets 2-year extension; managed Braves to playoffs

Baseball 10/15/18, 11:23

Braves manager Brian Snitker agreed to a two-year contract extension after guiding Atlanta to the NL East title and its first playoff berth since 2013. The deal announced Monday includes a club option for 2021.The extension is sure to be met with approval in a young clubhouse. The players constantly ...

Baby Braves can’t overcome lack of experience, depth in NLDS

Baseball 10/08/18, 21:02

After the Atlanta Braves leaned heavily on their youth in a breakout season, a lack of experience and depth finally caught up to them in October.The Baby Braves ran out of steam in the NL Division Series, falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 on Monday. Manny Machado delivered the ...

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