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Dec 9, 2015

Murata to remain with Indians

Right-hander Toru Murata has agreed to re-sign a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, an informed source said Tuesday. The 30-year-old, who joined Indians’ Single-A affiliate Kinston in 2011, made his major league debut for the Indians this season against the Baltimore Orioles ...

D-Backs add Miller behind Greinke

Dec 9, 2015

D-Backs add Miller behind Greinke

In another dramatic move to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, the Arizona Diamondbacks reached an agreement Tuesday to acquire All-Star right-hander Shelby Miller from the Atlanta Braves for overall No. 1 draft pick Dansby Swanson and two other prospects. ...

Maeda in spotlight as MLB teams mull options

Dec 9, 2015

Maeda in spotlight as MLB teams mull options

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With the haggling for posted Hiroshima Carp ace Kenta Maeda set to start, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday at the baseball winter meetings that the two-time Sawamura Award winner was an intriguing option for big league clubs. “We looked at the ...

Dec 8, 2015

MLBPA files grievance over Papelbon's suspension

The Major League Baseball Players Association has filed a grievance over the Washington Nationals’ four-game suspension of Jonathan Papelbon that followed the pitcher’s fight with teammate Bryce Harper. The grievance was filed shortly after the suspension was announced Sept. 28, costing Papelbon $284,153 of ...

Iwakuma poised to join Dodgers

Dec 7, 2015

Iwakuma poised to join Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a three-year contract with free agent right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, U.S. media reported on Sunday. According to both CBS Sports and NBC Sports, Iwakuma, pending completion of a physical, is set to sign with the Dodgers, who recently ...

Giants land Samardzija in free agency

Dec 6, 2015

Giants land Samardzija in free agency

The San Francisco Giants landed a top-tier starter to complement ace Madison Bumgarner, agreeing with free agent Jeff Samardzija on a $90 million, five-year contract Saturday, a day after losing out on Zack Greinke. The club said the deal will be formally announced once ...

Dec 5, 2015

Dodgers targeting Iwakuma: reports

The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to acquire free agent right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, U.S. media reported Friday. Iwakuma declined a $15.8 million one-year qualifying offer from the Seattle Mariners three weeks ago. The club stated the re-signing of the 34-year-old as its immediate priority, ...

Bonds back in the game

Dec 5, 2015

Bonds back in the game

If Barry Bonds thinks a full-time return to baseball will help his Hall of Fame chances, he could be disappointed. Maybe he’ll at least help the Miami Marlins. Bonds is joining the staff of new Marlins manager Don Mattingly as hitting coach. The media-shy, ...

Dec 5, 2015

Mets GM to begin chemotherapy

The New York Mets say general manager Sandy Alderson has cancer and will begin chemotherapy this week. Chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said in a statement Friday the cancer is “very treatable” and doctors are “optimistic about his full recovery.” The team did not ...

Diamondbacks land Greinke

Dec 5, 2015

Diamondbacks land Greinke

Zack Greinke will still pitch in the NL West. But surprise — with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks unexpectedly won the Greinke sweepstakes, beating out the rival Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants for the free agent ace Friday night. He reached agreement ...

Dec 4, 2015

Torre, Winfield to lead goodwill tour of Cuba

Joe Torre and Dave Winfield will be leading a baseball goodwill tour of Cuba this month. Major League Baseball and the Players Association said Thursday the Dec. 15-18 trip will include children’s clinics and a charity event. This is Major League Baseball’s first visit ...

Mariners sign Aoki to one-year deal

Dec 4, 2015

Mariners sign Aoki to one-year deal

The Seattle Mariners announced the signing of outfielder Norichika Aoki to a one-year contract on Thursday. The 33-year-old Aoki is the ninth Japanese player to sign with Seattle. According to CBSSports.com, his deal will pay him $5.5 million next year and includes a mutual ...