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Tanaka not focusing on ability to be free agent after season

Feb 9, 2017

Tanaka not focusing on ability to be free agent after season

New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka says he is not thinking about his opt-out provision. Tanaka’s $155 million, seven-year contract allows him to terminate the deal after this season, give up a $23 million annual salary from 2018-20 and become a free agent. “It’s ...

Feb 7, 2017

Royals, pitcher Hammel hammer out two-year deal: source

The Royals knew at some point they would have to move on from grieving over the sudden and tragic death of Yordano Ventura and address the difficult task of replacing him. That apparently came when the Royals agreed with right-hander Jason Hammel on a ...

Feb 7, 2017

Yankees hurler Tanaka begins prep work for spring training

Masahiro Tanaka arrived at the New York Yankees’ minor league complex for pre-spring training workouts in Florida. Tanaka arrived Monday and is scheduled to throw off a mound Wednesday. The right-hander was a concern at the start of spring training last year after arthroscopic ...

Cuban player smuggling trial resumes in Miami

Feb 6, 2017

Cuban player smuggling trial resumes in Miami

The trial is resuming in Miami for a sports agent and a trainer accused of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States so they could sign lucrative professional contracts. Testimony is scheduled to continue Monday in the federal case against agent Bartolo Hernandez ...

Feb 4, 2017

Mets lock up free-agent relievers Blevins, Salas: source

Aiming to fill out their bullpen, the New York Mets are set to bring back a pair of important pieces from last year’s playoff team. Free-agent relievers Jerry Blevins and Fernando Salas have agreed to contract terms with the Mets, according to a person ...

Cards extend ace Martinez

Feb 4, 2017

Cards extend ace Martinez

In the final days of negotiations, the biggest thing standing in the way of the St. Louis Cardinals signing pitcher Carlos Martinez to a long-term deal was a few hundred kilometers of ocean. “It’s not easy to get in touch at sea,” general manager ...

Feb 3, 2017

Atlanta museum honors baseball legend Hank Aaron

Former Atlanta Braves slugger Henry Aaron is being honored Friday at the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta, two days before his 83rd birthday. The fundraiser for the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation will feature many artifacts from his career, most from the Baseball ...

Manfred hits Cards hard over hacking scandal

Jan 31, 2017

Manfred hits Cards hard over hacking scandal

The St. Louis Cardinals were stripped of their top two picks in this year’s amateur draft Monday and ordered to give them to Houston along with $2 million as compensation for hacking the Astros’ email system and scouting database, the final step in an ...

Jan 27, 2017

Former Padres pitching star Randy Jones battling throat cancer

Former MLB star Randy Jones, the 1976 National League Cy Young Award winner, revealed Thursday on the San Diego Padres’ website that he is fighting throat cancer. The 67-year-old left-hander said he was diagnosed with the disease in November and began chemotherapy and radiation ...

Jan 27, 2017

Matsui's wife gives birth to second son

Hideki Matsui’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second son earlier this month, the former New York Yankee confirmed Thursday. “He’s doing really well,” Matsui said of his newborn at his New York residence. Matsui’s first son was born in 2013, a year after ...

Mariners to retire Martinez's number

Jan 25, 2017

Mariners to retire Martinez's number

As Edgar Martinez’s candidacy for the baseball Hall of Fame began gaining more traction, the Seattle Mariners ownership started discussions of whether it was time to consider giving Martinez the ultimate honor from the franchise. When he made a significant jump in the Hall ...

Darvish rules out playing in World Baseball Classic

Jan 21, 2017

Darvish rules out playing in World Baseball Classic

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish said Friday he is healthy and looking forward to the new season, but confirmed he will play no part in the World Baseball Classic in March with the Japan national team. After undergoing Tommy John surgery on his throwing ...