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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 ...

Dec 6, 2016

Pete Rose's ex-bookie found dead

A man found dead in his Ohio apartment last month has been identified as a former bookie for baseball hits leader Pete Rose. The Warren County coroner’s office said Monday that Ronald Peters was found dead Nov. 19 during a welfare check by Franklin ...

Giants land top closer Melancon for $62 mil.

Dec 6, 2016

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 ...

Otani eyes MLB move after next season

Dec 5, 2016

Otani eyes MLB move after next season

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters right-hander Shohei Otani said Monday he has told club officials of his desire to try his luck in the major leagues from 2018. The 22-year-old, who re-signed with the Fighters in a deal worth ¥270 million ($2.37 million) for the ...

Dec 5, 2016

Selig, Schuerholz elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Bud Selig oversaw baseball during a time of transformation and turmoil — wild cards and a ballpark boom, the cancellation of a World Series and the Steroids Era. For much of his reign, though, there was one constant: those first-place Atlanta Braves, built by ...

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 ...