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Giants land top closer Melancon for $62 mil.

The San Francisco Giants landed the top-tier closer they have been seeking for months, agreeing to a $62 million, four-year contract with right-hander Mark Melancon on Monday. It’s the richest contract ever for a closer, topping Jonathan Papelbon’s $50 million, four-year deal with the Phillies from 2012-15 and Mariano Rivera’s ...

Dec 5, 2016

Holliday, Yankees agree to deal

Free agent outfielder Matt Holliday and the Yankees have agreed to a $13 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said Sunday, giving New York a veteran designated hitter as the team pivots to youth. The person spoke on condition of anonymity ...

Oh mentor Arakawa dies at 86

Dec 4, 2016

Oh mentor Arakawa dies at 86

Hiroshi Arakawa, the batting coach of baseball legend Sadaharu Oh at the Yomiuri Giants in the 1960s famous for equipping him his flamingo stance, died Sunday of cardiac arrest at a hospital in Tokyo. He was 86. Arakawa joined the Mainichi Orions in 1953 ...

Beltran reaches deal with Astros

Dec 4, 2016

Beltran reaches deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran is headed back to Houston, hoping his 20th season in the majors could bring him — and the Astros — a most elusive World Series championship. A person familiar with the deal told AP on Saturday that the free agent slugger and ...

Pujols has foot surgery, could miss four months

Dec 3, 2016

Pujols has foot surgery, could miss four months

Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols had surgery on his right foot Friday, possibly sidelining him past opening day. Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Pujols had the procedure Friday in North Carolina to release his plantar fascia, the ligament connecting the heel to ...

Dec 2, 2016

Matsuzaka to pitch for Puerto Rico winter ball team

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka joined the Gigantes de Carolina this week to play in Puerto Rico’s winter league. The 36-year-old right-hander, who spent this past season coming back from shoulder surgery in August 2015, is scheduled to play in the winter league ...

Dec 1, 2016

BayStars give slugger Tsutsugo a hefty salary increase

The Yokohama BayStars gave Yoshitomo Tsutsugo a huge pay raise and re-signed the outfielder Thursday to an annual salary of ¥300 million (about $2.6 million) for next season. “I have been offered an unbelievable amount of money and I am really thankful,” said Tsutsugo, ...

Dec 1, 2016

Hurler Yamaguchi set to join Giants

Right-hander Shun Yamaguchi, who declared himself a free agent from the Yokohama BayStars last month, is joining the Giants, Yomiuri general manager Tatsuyoshi Tsutsumi said Thursday. Tsutsumi said Yamaguchi, 29, contacted him around noon and told him he wants to play for the Giants. ...

Cespedes hopes to stay with Mets for rest of career

Dec 1, 2016

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 ...