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Cashman says A-Rod will be DH

Dec 17, 2014

Cashman says A-Rod will be DH

Alex Rodriguez faces a diminished role in his return to the New York Yankees, who have stripped A-Rod of his third-base job and plan to limit his role to full-time designated hitter — at most. General manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that A-Rod’s days ...

Dec 17, 2014

Man pleads guilty in Puig smuggling

A South Florida businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking part in a conspiracy to smuggle Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig out of Cuba in return for a sizable cut of the outfielder’s multimillion-dollar salary. Gilberto Suarez, 40, entered the plea Tuesday before U.S. ...

Dec 16, 2014

Nats, Harper OK two-year deal

Outfielder Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals came to terms on a $7.5 million, two-year contract, avoiding a grievance hearing. Harper will receive salaries of $2.5 million in 2015, and $5 million in 2016 from the reigning NL East champions, according to a person ...

Dec 16, 2014

Epstein stalker hit with probation

A woman has been placed on probation for two years after pleading guilty to stalking Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 47-year-old Kathleen Kearney pleaded guilty but mentally ill to one count of stalking Epstein as part of a plea ...

Dec 16, 2014

ChiSox give Cabrera $42M contract

The White Sox finalized a $42 million, three-year contract with free agent Melky Cabrera on Monday, bolstering their outfield with their latest big move in an impressive offseason. Cabrera will make $13 million in 2015, $14 million in 2016 and $15 million in the ...

Dec 16, 2014

Second baseman Tanaka returns to Fighters

After two years in the United States, most of it spent in Triple-A, second baseman Kensuke Tanaka is returning to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, the team announced Tuesday. Tanaka, 33, left the Pacific League club as a free agent and signed a minor ...

Dec 15, 2014

Gurriel signs two-year BayStars deal

The Central League’s Yokohama BayStars revealed their biggest victory of the offseason on Monday with the signing of a two-year deal for the services of slugging Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel. The 30-year-old Gurriel posted a .305 batting average this year with 11 home runs ...

Dec 15, 2014

Father of modern baseball card dies

The father of the modern baseball trading card who designed the famed Topps versions in the 1950s has died. Sy Berger was 91. His daughter, Maxine Berger-Bienstock, says Berger died of natural causes Sunday in Rockville Centre, New York. Using scissors and cardboard at ...

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

Veteran outfielder Hermida joins Fighters

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters on Friday announced the acquisition of former Florida Marlins and Boston Red Sox outfielder Jeremy Hermida. The 30-year-old Hermida, who played with the Milwaukee Brewers Triple-A affiliate Nashville this past season, joins the Fighters on a one-year deal worth ...