Twins expect to complete deal with Korean slugger Park when he arrives in US

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Ten days remain to sign South Korean slugger Byung-ho Park, but the Twins now believe negotiations probably won't come down to the deadline, a source with knowledge of the talks said Saturday.

"He's coming to the U.S. (this week)," the source said. "There's a reason for that. ... (The Twins) think it will be done soon."

Park will fly to ...Read more

Shopping for pitchers could get pricey for Tigers

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The free agent starting pitching market has yet to take shape.

But if the latest signing is any indication, it will be an expensive one.

On Friday, the Toronto Blue Jays signed left-hander J.A. Happ to a three-year, $36 million deal. Happ, 33, has a career 4.13 ERA.

He positioned himself well on the market with a strong second half after ...Read more

Tommy John, son to baseball parents: Wake up

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Time exacts a toll on everything, including baseball legacies.

Tommy John was reminded of how memories muddy when he revisited a conversation with former Oakland A's star Gene Tenace, a bullpen coach at the time for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Tenace was working with one of the top pitchers in the organization when a name popped up. "Who's he, the ...Read more

Dodgers' Puig to be investigated by MLB

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Yasiel Puig will be investigated by the commissioner's office under Major League Baseball's new domestic violence policy after an incident at a Miami bar Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers' right fielder was involved in a fight with a bouncer, the Associated Press reported Friday, attributing the information to a Miami Police spokesman. Puig ...Read more

Brewers' Braun progressing well after back surgery

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Anyone who has experienced lower back issues can tell you it's no fun when they flare up. That's the scenario Ryan Braun is trying to avoid and it has been so far, so good.

"I feel pretty good, knock on wood," said the Milwaukee Brewers right fielder, who had surgery the week after the season ended to repair a herniated disc is his lower back. ...Read more

Alex Avila lands with White Sox

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Alex Avila is leaving Detroit, but he isn't traveling far.

The longtime Tigers catcher this morning signed a one-year deal with the division-rival Chicago White Sox. The deal is worth $2.5 million.

Avila, 28, is the oldest son of Tigers general manager Al Avila. He spent seven seasons with the Tigers, hitting .242 with 66 home runs.

He served...Read more

Cubs acquire left-hander Rex Brothers from Rockies

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The Chicago Cubs continued to add relievers Wednesday by acquiring left-hander Rex Brothers from the Rockies in exchange for minor league reliever Wander Cabrera.

Brothers, 27, is 16-11 with a 3.42 ERA in 286 major league relief appearances covering the past five seasons. Brothers has struck out 278 batters in 2421/3 innings while limited ...Read more

Bud Black returning to Angels as special assistant to new GM Billy Eppler

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--Bud Black will return to the Angels as a special assistant to General Manager Billy Eppler, one of several front-office moves the team announced Tuesday.

Black, 58, a former Angels pitching coach, spent the last nine years as manager of the San Diego Padres, compiling a 649-713 (.477) record before being fired in June. He was a...Read more

White Sox acquire reliever Tommy Kahnle from Rockies

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The White Sox acquired reliever Tommy Kahnle from the Rockies on Tuesday for minor league pitcher Yency Almonte.

The 26-year-old Kahnle posted a 4.86 earned-run average with the Rockies over 331/3 innings in 2015, and has a 4.41 ERA in 90 appearances for Colorado the last two seasons.

Almonte, 21, was 11-7 with a 3.41 ERA in two Class-A stops ...Read more

Loss of his mother to domestic violence spurred Dee Gordon to comfort others

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MIAMI -- What first struck them about Dee Gordon was his size, how small he was.

Here was a Major League All-Star, the first player since Jackie Robinson in 1949 to lead the league in both hitting and stolen bases, and he wasn't significantly taller than the Clowers sisters -- Cornecia, 13, and Trinity, 12 -- of Miramar.

But it was when they ...Read more

Dodgers hire Dave Roberts to manage

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LOS ANGELES--The Dodgers named Dave Roberts as their new manager Monday.

"It's hard for me to put into words what it means to be named manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers," Roberts said in a news release. "This is truly the opportunity of a lifetime.

"The Dodgers are the ground-breaking franchise of Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Sandy Koufax...Read more

Dodgers expected to hire Dave Roberts as manager

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LOS ANGELES -- Dave Roberts is expected to be named manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, according to multiple people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the hiring hasn't been announced.

A former Dodgers outfielder, the 43-year-old Roberts will be the first minority manager in the franchise's...Read more

Dodgers expected to hire Dave Roberts as manager

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LOS ANGELES -- Dave Roberts is expected to be named manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, according to multiple people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the hiring hasn't been officially announced.

A former Dodgers outfielder, the 43-year-old Roberts will be the first minority manager in the ...Read more

Cubs have many options available to fortify rotation

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon was eager to get involved in recruiting impact free agents such as former Rays standout David Price.

That was shortly before president Theo Epstein was courting Jeff Samardzija and during the same time Jake Arrieta said he would "love" to have Zack Greinke.

And the grin from catcher David Ross was very telling when ...Read more

New Tigers closer Rodriguez relies on change-up to record outs

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Francisco Rodriguez doesn't have his fastball anymore.

Long gone are the days when the right-hander would blow his upper-90-mph fastball past hitters and leave them befuddled at the plate against his slider.

But the new Detroit Tigers closer -- acquired on Wednesday in a trade with the Brewers -- has a different out pitch these days: His ...Read more

Lou Brock's message for his fans: 'It's great to be alive'

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A move from a month-long stay at a local hospital to a rehabilitation center on Thursday marked the first step of Lou Brock's new life.

That step, unfortunately, was made without his left foot because his leg had to be amputated after a dangerous infection seized him last month. "It was a whirlwind. It just came on and it took us places we ...Read more

Brewers send infielder Luis Sardinas to Mariners for outfielder Ramon Flores

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Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns is handling trades like vitamins: one a day.

"I don't know if I can keep that up, but we've obviously had some activity the last couple of days," said Stearns, who added that he is in "active discussions" with other teams regarding possible trades.

For the third consecutive day, Stearns made a ...Read more

Puig trade appears unlikely for Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES--As the Los Angeles Dodgers were playing their final regular-season games last month, they received word that a sidelined Yasiel Puig could return to them in time for the playoffs.

On the surface, a positive development. But that wasn't how the news was received in the clubhouse.

Multiple players said at the time their preference ...Read more

Cubs acquire reliever Spencer Patton from Rangers

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The Chicago Cubs continued to load up on relievers Friday by acquiring Spencer Patton from the Texas Rangers in exchange for minor league infielder Frandy De La Rosa.

Patton, 27, a former pitcher at Southern Illinois, is 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 36 games over parts of the past two seasons. Patton has a 15-14 record with a 3.49 ERA in 147 minor ...Read more

Tigers acquire Cameron Maybin in trade with Braves

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Cameron Maybin has come full circle.

In the latest of Al Avila's first moves as Detroit Tigers general manager, the team acquired their former first-round pick from the Atlanta Braves Friday in exchange for left-handed reliever Ian Krol and lefty prospect Gabe Speier.

"Cameron Maybin is a good outfielder with plenty of experience in center ...Read more