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Dec 6, 2014

Rays appoint Cash as new manager

Kevin Cash is the new manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. The team announced the former Cleveland Indians bullpen coach as Joe Maddon’s replacement on Friday, selecting him over ex-Seattle Mariners manager and current Kansas City Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu. Cash, who turns ...

Yanks acquire Gregorius to replace retired Jeter

Dec 6, 2014

Yanks acquire Gregorius to replace retired Jeter

The Yankees made their first big moves to reshape for 2015, acquiring a shortstop to replace Derek Jeter and a relief pitcher who could take over for David Robertson as closer. As part of a three-team trade on Friday, the Yankees obtained shortstop Didi ...

Buffaloes snap up local hero Nakajima

Dec 5, 2014

Buffaloes snap up local hero Nakajima

Four-time Best IX shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima is returning to Japan on a three-year deal with the Orix Buffaloes, the Pacific League team said Friday. The deal is for ¥1.2 billion. The 32-year-old Nakajima spent the last two years in the United States in the ...

Otani signs ¥100 million deal

Dec 5, 2014

Otani signs ¥100 million deal

Sweet-swinging, hard-throwing Shohei Otani became the second player to sign a ¥100 million contract ahead of his third season out of high school with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. The 20-year-old Otani led the third-place Fighters with an 11-4 record, 179 strikeouts and a ...

Dec 4, 2014

Hawks sign hurler Matsuzaka

Two-time World Baseball Classic MVP Daisuke Matsuzaka has signed with the Pacific League’s Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, the Japan Series champions announced Thursday. The 34-year-old right-hander compiled a 3-3 record last season with one save and a 3.89 ERA over 34 games as a reliever ...

Dec 4, 2014

Nakajima won't return to Lions

Former Lions star Hiroyuki Nakajima has rejected the possibility of a return to his old club, Seibu managing director Haruhiko Suzuki said Thursday. Nakajima, a four-time winner of the Pacific League’s Best IX Award at shortstop, has spent the past two seasons in the ...

Dec 4, 2014

Swallows re-sign veteran reliever Barnette

Tokyo Yakult Swallows closer Tony Barnette has re-signed for the 2015 season, the Central League club announced Thursday. In an injury-shortened season, the 31-year-old Barnette, who was deactivated on Sept. 23 due to strained left oblique muscles, worked 33 games with a 1-2 record ...

Braves pick up free agent Markakis

Dec 4, 2014

Braves pick up free agent Markakis

Moving to fill an outfield void after the trade of Jason Heyward, the Atlanta Braves agreed on Wednesday to a four-year contract with free agent Nick Markakis. The Braves probably aren’t done dealing, either. The 31-year-old Markakis spent the first nine years of his ...

Seager receives blockbuster contract

Dec 3, 2014

Seager receives blockbuster contract

All-Star third baseman Kyle Seager and Seattle finalized a $100 million, seven-year contract Tuesday, the third nine-figure deal for the suddenly high-spending Mariners. The Mariners announced the deal Tuesday, a week after the sides first reached agreement. The contract includes a club option for ...

Kyoto University alum Tanaka joins pro ranks

Dec 2, 2014

Kyoto University alum Tanaka joins pro ranks

Right-hander Eisuke Tanaka, who was drafted in the second round by the Chiba Lotte Marines, will be the first-ever Kyoto University alumnus to become a Japanese pro baseball player. The 180-cm, 75-kg Tanaka has agreed to join the Pacific League team on the base ...

Dec 2, 2014

BayStars release slugger Blanco

The Yokohama BayStars opted not to extend the contract of slugger Tony Blanco and have released the Dominican first baseman, the Central League club announced on Tuesday. Blanco, 34, was notified the same day as the Nippon Professional Baseball’s commissioner’s office announced the names ...