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Padres retool with blockbusters

The San Diego Padres took a break from a dizzying series of trades Friday afternoon to introduce one of their new sluggers, Matt Kemp. Kemp, in turn, put the blockbusters by general manager A.J. Preller into perspective as only a guy fresh from Hollywood could. “This is unbelievable. He’s a ...

O's show interest in Ichiro: report

The Baltimore Orioles are interested in signing 41-year-old free agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, CBSsports.com reported on Thursday. The Orioles are ...

Marlins hook slugger Morse

Dec 18, 2014

Marlins hook slugger Morse

Michael Morse and the Miami Marlins have finalized a $16 million, two-year contract. Morse gets a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $7 million next season and $8 million in 2016 under the agreement announced Wednesday. He can earn a $250,000 performance bonus ...

Jeter, Matsui coming together to aid Tohoku children

Dec 17, 2014

Jeter, Matsui coming together to aid Tohoku children

by Jason Coskrey

Retired New York Yankees greats Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui are teaming up once again, this time in support of children in the Tohoku region. The former MLB All-Stars will participate in the Tomodachi Charity Baseball Game on March 21, 2015, at Tokyo Dome, ...

Cashman says A-Rod will be DH

Dec 17, 2014

Cashman says A-Rod will be DH

Alex Rodriguez faces a diminished role in his return to the New York Yankees, who have stripped A-Rod of his third-base job and plan to limit his role to full-time designated hitter — at most. General manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that A-Rod’s days ...

Dec 17, 2014

Man pleads guilty in Puig smuggling

A South Florida businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking part in a conspiracy to smuggle Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig out of Cuba in return for a sizable cut of the outfielder’s multimillion-dollar salary. Gilberto Suarez, 40, entered the plea Tuesday before U.S. ...

Dec 16, 2014

Nats, Harper OK two-year deal

Outfielder Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals came to terms on a $7.5 million, two-year contract, avoiding a grievance hearing. Harper will receive salaries of $2.5 million in 2015, and $5 million in 2016 from the reigning NL East champions, according to a person ...

Dec 16, 2014

Epstein stalker hit with probation

A woman has been placed on probation for two years after pleading guilty to stalking Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 47-year-old Kathleen Kearney pleaded guilty but mentally ill to one count of stalking Epstein as part of a plea ...

Dec 16, 2014

ChiSox give Cabrera $42M contract

The White Sox finalized a $42 million, three-year contract with free agent Melky Cabrera on Monday, bolstering their outfield with their latest big move in an impressive offseason. Cabrera will make $13 million in 2015, $14 million in 2016 and $15 million in the ...

Dec 15, 2014

Gurriel signs two-year BayStars deal

The Central League’s Yokohama BayStars revealed their biggest victory of the offseason on Monday with the signing of a two-year deal for the services of slugging Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel. The 30-year-old Gurriel posted a .305 batting average this year with 11 home runs ...

Dec 15, 2014

Father of modern baseball card dies

The father of the modern baseball trading card who designed the famed Topps versions in the 1950s has died. Sy Berger was 91. His daughter, Maxine Berger-Bienstock, says Berger died of natural causes Sunday in Rockville Centre, New York. Using scissors and cardboard at ...

Dec 13, 2014

Stars on move at winter meetings

Baseball’s winter meetings ended with an old-style spurt of swaps, with All-Stars switching teams at a rapid pace and executives scrambling to fill roster voids. Alfredo Simon, Dee Gordon, Yoenis Cespedes, Miguel Montero, Jeff Samardzija, Brandon Moss, Dan Haren and Howie Kendrick were among ...

Dec 13, 2014

Fujikawa agrees to deal with Texas

Right-handed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa has agreed to join the Texas Rangers, according to a Friday report on mlb.com citing a source within Major League Baseball. Fujikawa, who saved 220 games for the Hanshin Tigers, joined the Chicago Cubs in 2013 on a two-year deal. ...

Dec 12, 2014

Padres eye Kemp in trade: sources

The San Diego Padres, desperate for a power bat to punch up the worst offense in the majors, have a deal in place to acquire outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz from the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers for catcher Yasmani Grandal and ...