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Cespedes hopes to stay with Mets for rest of career

Having finalized a $110 million, four-year contract with the New York Mets, Yoenis Cespedes declared: “God willing, I will finish out my career with this team.” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson quickly interjected: “God willing, and a no-trade clause, by the way.” Acquired by the Mets at the July 31 ...

Cespedes, Mets agree to contract worth $110 million

Nov 30, 2016

Cespedes, Mets agree to contract worth $110 million

Yoenis Cespedes is staying with the New York Mets — again. After testing free agency for the second straight offseason, the slugging outfielder agreed to a $110 million, four-year contract with New York, a person familiar with the deal told AP on Tuesday. The ...

Nov 29, 2016

Veteran pitcher Volquez to join Marlins: source

The Miami Marlins have begun the painful task of revamping their rotation following the death of ace Jose Fernandez, reaching a deal with free agent Edinson Volquez. The veteran right-hander agreed to a $22 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the situation said ...

'Shot Heard 'Round World' pitcher Branca dies

Nov 24, 2016

'Shot Heard 'Round World' pitcher Branca dies

Ralph Branca’s career was defined by that one high-and-inside fastball. The Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who gave up Bobby Thomson’s famed “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” that still echoes more than six decades later as one of the most famous home runs in baseball history, ...

Nov 24, 2016

Mariners, D-Backs make five-player trade

The Seattle Mariners finally landed the established shortstop they’ve long been trying to find. To do it, they had to part with a talented young pitcher who still has the potential to blossom. Seattle and Arizona pulled off a five-player trade Wednesday night, with ...

Nov 22, 2016

Guerrero, Ramirez, Rodriguez newcomers on Hall of Fame ballot

Outfielders Vladimir Guerrero and Manny Ramirez and catcher Ivan Rodriguez are among the prominent newcomers to the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot released on Monday. But Ramirez, considered one of MLB’s best right-handed hitters of his generation, may have a difficult time winning ...

Cashner on move to Texas

Nov 19, 2016

Cashner on move to Texas

Right-hander Andrew Cashner is going home for a spot in the Texas Rangers’ rotation. A person familiar with the decision told AP on Friday that the free agent pitcher and the team had reached an agreement on a $10 million, one-year deal. That person ...

Nov 18, 2016

Hall of Famer Bench launches anti-bullying app

Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench has launched a new cellphone app aimed at combatting bullying in schools nationwide. The Cincinnati Reds great officially launched his “Smithfield School App” on Thursday at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse in downtown Cincinnati. The app — ...

Trout claims second AL MVP award; Bryant wins NL honor

Nov 18, 2016

Trout claims second AL MVP award; Bryant wins NL honor

While the Los Angeles Angels stumbled, Mike Trout soared again. Just too good to ignore. Trout won the AL MVP award Thursday for the second time in three years, and Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was voted NL MVP in balloting by the ...

Nationals' Scherzer, Red Sox hurler Porcello win Cy Young Awards

Nov 17, 2016

Nationals' Scherzer, Red Sox hurler Porcello win Cy Young Awards

Max Scherzer celebrated aboard a boat off the British Virgin Islands, doused by college pals on a floating party. Rick Porcello enjoyed the moment at his parents’ home in New Jersey, surrounded by family, friends and a few bottles of wine. As for Justin ...

Nov 15, 2016

Seager, Fulmer named top rookies

Corey Seager won the NL Rookie of the Year award unanimously. Michael Fulmer took the AL honor — and that vote wasn’t all that close, either. Seager and Fulmer were announced as the winners Monday night, when votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of ...

Braves reach deal with Colon

Nov 12, 2016

Braves reach deal with Colon

The Atlanta Braves are getting older in their starting rotation next season. A lot, lot older. Not content to add one 40-something starter, the Braves made it two by agreeing to terms with 43-year-old Bartolo Colon, a person familiar with the situation told AP ...