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Fighters' Laird in line to play for Mexico during WBC

Pacific League home run king Brandon Laird has agreed to play in the upcoming World Baseball Classic for Mexico, where the American infielder has an ancestral link, the Mexican team’s skipper confirmed Tuesday. Laird, this year’s Japan Series MVP for the PL champion Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, will suit up ...

Fowler signs with Cardinals

Dexter Fowler is headed from the World Series champions to their biggest rival. After helping the Chicago Cubs end their ...

Dec 9, 2016

Cubs hammer out deal with free-agent pitcher Uehara: reports

Boston Red Sox free agent Koji Uehara is close to signing with the Chicago Cubs, according to U.S. media reports on Thursday. According to reports by media including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, CBS Sports and Boston Herald, Uehara and the National League ...

Dec 8, 2016

Seibu Lions to sponsor international competition in Cambodia

The Seibu Lions will sponsor an international exhibition baseball competition scheduled in Cambodia this weekend in the first such attempt by a Nippon Professional Baseball team, the Pacific League club announced Thursday. The Lions, who have been donating baseball goods from their players and ...

Dec 8, 2016

Yankees on verge of signing Chapman

Aroldis Chapman found a spot in a most familiar bullpen — a very rich spot, too. The hard-throwing closer reached agreement to return to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night with the highest-priced contract ever for a relief pitcher, an $86 million deal ...

Bill King named Frick Award winner

Dec 8, 2016

Bill King named Frick Award winner

Former Oakland Athletics announcer Bill King has won the Ford C. Frick Award presented by the National Baseball Hall of Fame for excellence in broadcasting. The award was announced Wednesday at the winter meetings. King died in 2005 after 25 years of calling A’s ...

Yankees to retire Jeter’s No. 2

Dec 7, 2016

Yankees to retire Jeter’s No. 2

Derek Jeter’s No. 2, the last of the New York Yankees’ single digits, is being retired. The Yankees said Tuesday the number will be retired on May 14 before a Mother’s Day game against Houston, and a plaque in his honor will be unveiled ...

Dec 7, 2016

Astros skipper looks to Aoki for balance

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch expressed hope Tuesday that Norichika Aoki’s contact hitting will be a plus to his boom-or-bust offense. The Japanese outfielder signed with the Astros this offseason after the American League club claimed him on waivers. Speaking to reporters at baseball’s ...

Uehara parting ways with Red Sox

Dec 7, 2016

Uehara parting ways with Red Sox

Free agent reliever Koji Uehara’s agent said Tuesday the 41-year-old pitcher can expect a strong market for his services after the Boston Red Sox handed his job to someone else. His agent, Mark Pieper, said he was having “serious discussions” with at least six ...

MLB's rule change would affect Otani

Dec 7, 2016

MLB's rule change would affect Otani

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Major League Baseball prohibited its teams from paying market value for Japanese superstar Shohei Otani on Tuesday, according to a report in the U.S. media. If the report is true, MLB’s decision could encourage young Japanese stars to sign with big league clubs straight ...

Red Sox swoop for ace Sale

Dec 7, 2016

Red Sox swoop for ace Sale

No surprise that Chris Sale got traded. The real shocker? That the Boston Red Sox swooped in to snag him. The reloading Red Sox pulled off the biggest deal yet at the winter meetings, acquiring the dominant ace from the Chicago White Sox on ...

Tanaka advises Otani to make fast move to majors

Dec 6, 2016

Tanaka advises Otani to make fast move to majors

New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka urged Japanese baseball’s two-way phenom Shohei Otani to head to the majors as soon as possible if he wants to land the best deal he can. “If you have what it takes, I think the younger you are ...

Dec 6, 2016

Outfielder Yoh rejects offer from Buffaloes

Free-agent outfielder Daikan Yoh as turned down the Orix Buffaloes, the Pacific League team’s head of baseball operations said Tuesday. According to Hiroyuki Nagamura, Yang told the Buffaloes through his agent that he would sign with another team. The Yomiuri Giants and the Rakuten ...