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Nov 4, 2014

Cubs give Wada one-year extension

The Chicago Cubs announced they have extended left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada’s contract for one year Monday. According to the Cubs’ official website, the deal is for $4 million with an additional $2 million in performance-based incentives. The 33-year-old Wada, who will be in his fourth ...

Royals decline 2015 option on DH Butler

Nov 2, 2014

Royals decline 2015 option on DH Butler

Billy Butler hopes to be playing for the Kansas City Royals again next season. Of course, the business of baseball could change all of that. The Royals declined their option on Butler for next season Saturday, making the former All-Star designated hitter a free ...

Nov 2, 2014

Iwakuma to pitch in All-Star Series

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma will join teammate Robinson Cano as part of the MLB team traveling to Japan for the MLB-Japan All-Star series this month, the team announced Friday. Iwakuma, who had his $7 million contract option for 2015 vested by the ...

Nov 2, 2014

Player-manager Tanishige re-signs

Chunichi Dragons player-manager Motonobu Tanishige took a pay cut of ¥40 million after re-signing with the Central League club on Saturday. In his first year in dual roles, Tanishige’s Dragons finished in the bottom half of the standings. The 43-year-old skipper, who was limited ...

Longtime pitching star Kudo named new Hawks manager

Nov 1, 2014

Longtime pitching star Kudo named new Hawks manager

The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks unveiled new manager Kimiyasu Kudo Saturday after signing the former pitcher to a three-year contract. Kudo, 51, promised to do his utmost to continue leading the team at the same high level after the Pacific League champions won their sixth ...

Cubs ax Renteria, hire Maddon

Nov 1, 2014

Cubs ax Renteria, hire Maddon

Right after Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay, the Chicago Cubs were mentioned as a possible landing spot for one of baseball’s best managers. Flush with prospects and ready to make a splash in free agency, the Cubs already had ...

Oct 31, 2014

Hawks interested in signing Matsuzaka: Goto

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks acting owner Yoshimitsu Goto on Friday expressed interest in acquiring the services of free agent right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka. “He is a good player. We will see (about decisions on reinforcements) from now,” said Goto. “I will discuss this with (the staff ...