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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 ...

Mariners on verge of deal with slugger Cruz

Dec 2, 2014

Mariners on verge of deal with slugger Cruz

The Mariners are on the verge of landing the right-handed slugger they were seeking for the middle of their batting order. Free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz and Seattle are nearing agreement on a contract, two people with knowledge of the deal told AP on ...

Matsui signs two-year deal

Nov 29, 2014

Matsui signs two-year deal

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles infielder Kazuo Matsui re-signed Saturday with the Pacific League team on a fresh, two-year contract for an estimated annual salary of ¥160 million, plus performance-based incentives. The Eagles captain, who will turn 40 in October next year, expressed his appreciation ...

Doctors clear Rangers ace Darvish for throwing program

Nov 26, 2014

Doctors clear Rangers ace Darvish for throwing program

Yu Darvish has been cleared to start his offseason throwing program for the Texas Rangers. Darvish, who missed the last seven weeks of the MLB season because of inflammation in his right elbow, had an MRI and was examined Tuesday by team physician Dr. ...

Panda runs off to Red Sox

Nov 25, 2014

Panda runs off to Red Sox

The Kung Fu Panda is moving to Boston. Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, and the switch-hitting slugger has informed the San Francisco Giants he’s leaving. “Got the call. He is going to ...

Nov 24, 2014

Toritani still unsure about future

Free agent shortstop Takashi Toritani said Monday that his decision about whether to move to the majors or remain in Japan with the Hanshin Tigers will not be made until at least the middle of December. Toritani, who last week won his fifth Central ...

Owners give Manfred five-year term as MLB commissioner

Nov 21, 2014

Owners give Manfred five-year term as MLB commissioner

Praising the transition as quick and orderly, Bud Selig announced on Thursday that baseball owners unanimously approved a five-year term for Rob Manfred, who will succeed the longtime commissioner early next year. Selig spoke at the conclusion of two days of meetings in Kansas ...

Stanton signs record deal, vows to turn Marlins around

Nov 20, 2014

Stanton signs record deal, vows to turn Marlins around

Giancarlo Stanton stood on the Miami Marlins’ field Wednesday and scanned a sea of empty seats, mindful the stands look much the same at games. He had just signed a record $325 million, 13-year contract and conceded he wasn’t certain he should have agreed ...

Nov 18, 2014

Darvish reveals he's dating ex-wrestler Yamamoto

Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish is dating four-time former wrestling world champion Seiko Yamamoto, he revealed Tuesday on Twitter. With a photo of the pair smiling in an embrace, Darvish, 28, tweets: “The two of us discussed this, and we decided to date openly.” ...

Stanton agrees to massive $325 mil. deal with Marlins

Nov 18, 2014

Stanton agrees to massive $325 mil. deal with Marlins

The Marlins are no longer pinching pennies, and Giancarlo Stanton won’t be, either. Stanton agreed to terms with the team Monday on a $325 million, 13-year contract, Miami owner Jeffrey Loria said. It’s the most lucrative deal for an American athlete and averages $25 ...