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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

Woman sues MLB for discrimination

Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first black manager in the big leagues, was sued with MLB commissioner Bud Selig by a woman executive who claims she was discriminated against. Sylvia Lind, 48, said in a complaint filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court that ...

Scherzer out for big bucks

Dec 11, 2014

Scherzer out for big bucks

Clayton Kershaw is considered the top pitcher in baseball, with three Cy Young Awards in four years for the Los Angeles Dodgers, an NL Most Valuable Player award and a $215 million, seven-year contract. Max Scherzer may be seeking an even bigger deal as ...

A's trade Samardzija to White Sox

Dec 10, 2014

A's trade Samardzija to White Sox

Jeff Samardzija has played for Notre Dame and the Cubs and now will get to pitch for the White Sox. “Being a Chicago guy, that’s one of the craziest things I’ve thought about,” he said Tuesday after Oakland dealt him to Chicago’s South Side. ...

Dec 10, 2014

Girardi has high hopes for Tanaka

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday he is optimistic about Masahiro Tanaka’s ability to take a leading role in the starting rotation in 2015 following a serious elbow injury this year that sidelined the right-hander for over two months. Speaking to reporters ...

Dec 6, 2014

Rays appoint Cash as new manager

Kevin Cash is the new manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. The team announced the former Cleveland Indians bullpen coach as Joe Maddon’s replacement on Friday, selecting him over ex-Seattle Mariners manager and current Kansas City Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu. Cash, who turns ...

Yanks acquire Gregorius to replace retired Jeter

Dec 6, 2014

Yanks acquire Gregorius to replace retired Jeter

The Yankees made their first big moves to reshape for 2015, acquiring a shortstop to replace Derek Jeter and a relief pitcher who could take over for David Robertson as closer. As part of a three-team trade on Friday, the Yankees obtained shortstop Didi ...

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 ...