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Dec 22, 2015

Iwakuma to get signing bonus over three years

Pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma will receive his $1 million signing bonus from the Seattle Mariners in three equal payments through 2017 as part of his contract that guarantees $12 million but could be worth up to $47.5 million over three years. Iwakuma will get installments ...

Dec 22, 2015

Red Sox to retire Boggs' No. 26

Wade Boggs’ No. 26 will be retired by the Boston Red Sox. Boston said Monday it will retire the number of the Hall of Fame third baseman during a ceremony at Fenway Park on May 26, when the number will be added to the ...

Dec 19, 2015

Mets give Colon one-year contract

Fan favorite Bartolo Colon and the Mets on Friday finalized a $7.25 million, one-year contract that will keep the pitcher in New York for a third year. “I’ve had a great experience in New York,” Colon said through a translator. “The fans are great, ...

Iwakuma says Dodgers reneged on offer

Dec 19, 2015

Iwakuma says Dodgers reneged on offer

Throughout Hisashi Iwakuma’s free agency, the Seattle Mariners remained in contact, and the team moved swiftly when the pitcher unexpectedly became available again. How quick? Less than 48 hours after finding out Iwakuma was back on the market, the Mariners completed a deal with ...

Mariners re-sign pitcher Iwakuma

Dec 18, 2015

Mariners re-sign pitcher Iwakuma

The Seattle Mariners didn’t wait long to go after Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma after his agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers was never finalized. The Mariners re-signed Iwakuma late Thursday night, locking up the right-hander for 2016 with options for the 2017 and 2018 ...

Dec 17, 2015

Cardinals' Molina undergoes thumb surgery

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has undergone a second operation on his injured left thumb and will be in a cast for 4-5 weeks. The second surgery took place because Molina was still experiencing discomfort in the thumb. The first operation came in ...

Frazier goes from Reds to White Sox in three-team trade

Dec 17, 2015

Frazier goes from Reds to White Sox in three-team trade

The White Sox were looking to add some pop while solidifying third base, and they are counting on Todd Frazier to provide it. The All-Star third baseman was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday as part of a three-team, seven-player trade that also ...

Cuban baseball defectors visit home

Dec 16, 2015

Cuban baseball defectors visit home

A lineup of Cuban baseball stars, including some of the most famous defectors in recent memory, made a triumphant return Tuesday as part of the first Major League Baseball trip to the island since 1999. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, White Sox first ...

Barnette agrees to deal with Rangers

Dec 16, 2015

Barnette agrees to deal with Rangers

Right-handed closer Tony Barnette has agreed to a $3.5 million, two-year contract with the Texas Rangers after six seasons in Japan. Barnette gets $1.5 million next year and $1.75 million in 2017 under Tuesday’s agreement. Texas has a 2018 option with a $250,000 buyout. ...

Dec 15, 2015

Kawasaki dresses up as Santa Claus, visits hospital

Santa Claus came to Kurume University Hospital on Tuesday in the form of popular big league infielder Munenori Kawasaki. Dressed in a Santa suit, Kawasaki, who played for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015, made a surprise visit to the hospital to the delight ...