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Jan 22, 2015

Brewers latest to give Willis chance

Dontrelle Willis is going to try to return to the major leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers. The team signed the left-handed pitcher to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training on Wednesday. Once known as the “D-Train,” Willis won ...

Nats bolster rotation with Scherzer

Jan 22, 2015

Nats bolster rotation with Scherzer

Forgive Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner if he got swept up in the scene. Speaking after a news conference Wednesday to announce the addition — via a $210 million, seven-year contract — of 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, Lerner was thinking ...

Aoki finalizes move to World Series champion Giants

Jan 21, 2015

Aoki finalizes move to World Series champion Giants

Norichika Aoki is offering a bold challenge to World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, one of his new San Francisco Giants teammates. “I’ve heard that Madison likes to wrestle, I think I’m going to initiate the wrestling,” the left fielder joked Tuesday. Aoki brings more ...

Jan 20, 2015

Aoki seals contract with S.F. Giants

Free agent outfielder Nori Aoki has finalized a $4.7 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants. The team announced the deal Monday after he passed a physical exam. Aoki played last season with Kansas City, which lost the World Series to the Giants ...

Jan 19, 2015

Marlins mulling two-year Ichiro deal

The Miami Marlins are preparing to table a two-year deal in the acquisition of 10-time All-Star Ichiro Suzuki, the team announced on its official website on Sunday. The Marlins are in the market for a fourth outfielder and the 41-year-old Ichiro, who is a ...

Jan 17, 2015

Kawasaki agrees to deal with Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays announced on Friday that they had re-signed infielder Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league contract. The 33-year-old Kawasaki, a favorite among fans, teammates and local media for his fun-loving personality, received an invitation to spring camp. Kawasaki batted .258 with ...

Aoki joining Giants

Jan 17, 2015

Aoki joining Giants

After losing to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series, Norichika Aoki has joined them. The free agent outfielder agreed Friday to a $4.7 million, one-year contract with San Francisco, a person with knowledge of the agreement said. The person spoke on condition ...

Jan 16, 2015

MLB orders pitch clock for minors

Major League Baseball will use a pitch clock this season in Class Triple-A and Double-A games. Commissioner Bud Selig made the announcement on Thursday at the conclusion of baseball’s owners meetings. He said the decision followed a successful experiment with the clock in the ...

Jan 14, 2015

Royals extend Yost through 2016

Once the new year rolled around, Ned Yost turned his attention to the upcoming season, the new pieces that the Kansas City Royals brought in and the possibilities for new lineups. He made the prospect of a contract extension seem almost like an afterthought. ...

Jan 11, 2015

Rays ship Zobrist, Escobar to A's

The Oakland Athletics acquired infielders Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher John Jaso and two minor leaguers Saturday in a trade between teams that have been real busy this offseason. The Rays also got infielder Daniel Robertson, outfielder ...