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Arrieta, Harper land big deals

Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Washington star Bryce Harper and Baltimore standouts Manny Machado and Zach Britton got big-money deals Friday as more than 100 major leaguers reached agreements for 2017 and left just 27 players on track for salary arbitration. After helping lead the Cubs to their first World ...

Nationals' Scherzer to skip WBC

Jan 10, 2017

Nationals' Scherzer to skip WBC

NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer revealed Monday that he pitched at the end of last season with an injured finger on his throwing hand and now will skip the World Baseball Classic. The Washington Nationals initially announced Monday on Twitter that their ...

Jan 6, 2017

Alfonzo named Brooklyn Cyclones manager

Former New York Mets infielder Edgardo Alfonzo on Thursday was promoted to manager of the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones. The 43-year-old spent the last three seasons as a coach with the New York-Penn League team. He played for the Mets in eight of his ...

Davis returning to A's from Indians

Jan 4, 2017

Davis returning to A's from Indians

After a World Series trip with Cleveland, runnin’ Rajai Davis is returning to the Bay Area with the Oakland Athletics on a $6 million, one-year contract to fill a void in center field. The A’s announced on Tuesday night that the outfielder and 2016 ...

Video coordinator Masamoto seizing chance with Cubs

Dec 31, 2016

Video coordinator Masamoto seizing chance with Cubs

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Getting a job in American pro baseball is an uphill battle, even more so for foreigners. But Naoto Masamoto is proof that the American dream is not an impossible one. Masamoto, the video coordinator for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, spoke little English ...

Ex-pitcher Saito lands job as adviser for Padres

Dec 27, 2016

Ex-pitcher Saito lands job as adviser for Padres

Former major leaguer Takashi Saito has been appointed club adviser for the San Diego Padres and will take on the new role starting Jan. 1, baseball sources said Tuesday. The 46-year-old had been working as an intern at the National League club’s front office ...

Dec 27, 2016

Former Rangers pitcher Barfield, 52, shot dead

John Barfield, a left-hander from Arkansas who pitched three seasons for the Texas Rangers beginning in 1989, died in a shooting in Little Rock, police and family members said. He was 52. Police said Barfield was fatally shot on Christmas Eve after an altercation ...

Cubs' World Series win named top sports story

Dec 26, 2016

Cubs' World Series win named top sports story

Everything changed for the Chicago Cubs on a rainy November night. A century-plus worth of heartache washed away by a wave of pure joy. There were hugs, cheers and tears — and bottles and bottles of booze, sprayed everywhere from Cleveland to the shadow ...

Turner, Dodgers finalize four-year deal

Dec 24, 2016

Turner, Dodgers finalize four-year deal

Third baseman Justin Turner and the Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized their $64 million, four-year contract. Turner gets a $4 million signing bonus, payable Dec. 31, under the agreement completed Friday, and salaries of $12 million next year, $11 million in 2018, $18 million ...

Dec 24, 2016

Yankees, Red Sox eye London series

Fans in London could get a taste of one of MLB’s fiercest rivalries if suggestions of a Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees series in London pan out, U.S. media reported Friday. The Boston Herald first reported the possibility, and Yankees president Randy Levine confirmed ...

Dec 23, 2016

Rockies promote Espy to hitting coach

The Colorado Rockies promoted Duane Espy to hitting coach, his second stint in the role for the team. Espy was one of several coaches manager Bud Black announced Thursday in filling out his staff for 2017. The 64-year-old Espy spent last season as the ...

Red Sox trade Buchholz to Phillies for minor leaguer

Dec 21, 2016

Red Sox trade Buchholz to Phillies for minor leaguer

The Red Sox kept adding starting pitchers, and Clay Buchholz kept getting bumped further down in the rotation. There was David Price last offseason and Drew Pomeranz mid-year. By the time Chris Sale was acquired from the Chicago White Sox at the winter meetings ...

Dec 20, 2016

Giants give veteran shortstop Rollins a minor league contract

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins could be headed back to his native Bay Area, agreeing to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants that includes an invitation to big league spring training camp. General manager Bobby Evans confirmed the deal Monday. While the Giants’ ...