Padres, Eric Hosmer agree to terms

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SAN DIEGO -- The Padres got their man.

The team and free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer have agreed to a deal, two sources said Saturday night.

Terms were not available, but this will certainly be the largest monetary commitment in Padres history.

According to John Morosi of, Hosmer received an eight-year deal with an opt-out clause ...Read more

Twins add starting pitcher by trading with Rays for Jake Odorizzi

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The Twins acquired Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi on Saturday night, sending Tampa Bay shortstop prospect Jermaine Palacios.

Ordorizzi gives the Twins a starter who can fill out their rotation, a serious position of need going into the offseason, which was made more critical after Ervin Santana was lost for the first several weeks of the ...Read more

Manny Machado arrives at camp happy to be an Oriole, excited for transition to shortstop

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Manny Machado acknowledges there were some fleeting moments this offseason when he thought he might have played his final game for the Orioles as trade rumors swirled around him.

Even as Machado's equipment bag was unpacked Saturday morning as he arrived for spring training at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, there's no guarantee...Read more

Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Brewers and Cardinals: 'I want them to be good'

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MESA, Ariz. -- The free-agent market remains deep despite the Cubs' moves that include the recent signing of marquee starter Yu Darvish.

And manager Joe Maddon isn't concerned what moves the National League Central rival Brewers and Cardinals could make in their attempt to dethrone the Cubs.

"What I've taught myself over the years is it's ...Read more

Rest isn't a part of Seager's plan

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PHOENIX -- On Jan. 27, Corey Seager wrote on social media for only the second time since the World Series. He tweeted a video of himself spraying line drives from a batting cage inside a facility run by former Los Angeles Dodgers coach Shawn Wooten.

"No better place to get some work in," Seager wrote.

Earlier that day, most of his teammates ...Read more

Joe Maddon impressed by Anthony Rizzo's emotional speech at vigil: 'Give him a lot of credit'

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Anthony Rizzo's emotional speech Thursday in Florida at the vigil for victims of the Parkland school shooting continued to reverberate a day later.

Manager Joe Maddon texted his first baseman afterwards, telling Rizzo how proud he was after watching a video of the heartfelt speech on his iPad.

"What he said and how he said it, and the manner ...Read more

Marlins' Straily glad he wasn't traded and agrees with the rebuilding plan

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JUPITER, Fla. -- Giancarlo Stanton asked to be traded. So did Christian Yelich.

None wanted to be part of a Marlins rebuild. They wanted out.

Dan Straily didn't. He wanted to stay.

"Glad they're gone," Straily said. "If they don't want to be here, then good for them. They can continue their career elsewhere."

Straily said he wasn't insulted ...Read more

No tanks: Moreno wants Angels to win

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arte Moreno wants no part of Major League Baseball's growing tank battalion.

No matter how far out of playoff contention his team might be, the Angels owner can't stomach the idea of trading away the bulk of his proven talent for prospects and going into total rebuild mode, even though the strategy worked for the Chicago Cubs ...Read more

Emotional Cubs star Rizzo addresses Florida school shooting vigil: 'I grew up in Stoneman Douglas'

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Chicago Cubs star player Anthony Rizzo became emotional at a Thursday night vigil for the victims of the Florida school shooting at his alma mater, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, which killed 17 people and injured 14.

Rizzo, who late last month was in Coral Springs for a benefit to raise money so the baseball and softball ...Read more

Tim Lincecum shows off improved fastball in showcase for major league teams

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Former Giants star Tim Lincecum inched closer to a possible return to the major leagues Thursday when he showed off an improved fastball in a workout for scouts from 15-20 teams.

The Giants and Mariners were among the teams on hand to see the new Lincecum at Driveline Baseball Academy in Kent, Wash.

Lincecum, who was out of baseball last ...Read more

Cubs lend support to Anthony Rizzo in wake of Florida shooting

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MESA, Ariz. -- As soon as Kris Bryant realized via text messages Wednesday night that Anthony Rizzo was flying to Florida to support his grieving home community, the Cubs' third baseman immediately knew to give his teammate some space.

That's because Bryant understands the emotional stress Rizzo is experiencing after enduring similar trauma in ...Read more

'Ready to erase' last year, Duffy wants to be a role model for his Royals teammates

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals starter Danny Duffy stood at his locker Thursday morning and reminisced about the first time he found himself in this clubhouse located 45 minutes northwest of Phoenix.

He was near "the exact coordinates" of the locker he was given after being drafted in 2007, just a few feet from where he put on a blue Royals jersey ...Read more

Florida school shooting strikes close to home for Marlins

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JUPITER, Fla. -- The feeling of renewal and hope that usually accompanies the beginning of spring training was absent Thursday at Marlins camp.

The flags of 10 nations outside the clubhouse flew at half staff in mourning for victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. Marlins manager Don Mattingly began his morning media ...Read more

Orioles nearing two-year deal with veteran starting pitcher Andrew Cashner

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The Orioles were finalizing a two-year, $16 million deal with right-hander Andrew Cashner on Thursday afternoon, on the verge of adding a long-awaited and much-needed veteran to the team's starting rotation.

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Thursday that the club had a few more details to work out before the team would have an...Read more

Focused on recovery this spring, Orioles' Zach Britton can't help but think about future

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- While his teammates prepare for Opening Day over the next several weeks, Orioles closer Zach Britton will make his own steady strides at the Ed Smith Stadium complex recovering from a ruptured right Achilles tendon, an offseason injury that will likely delay the start of his final season before free agency for at least two ...Read more

Angels' two-way player Ohtani will pitch and be a DH, but he won't be allowed to slide head-first

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Los Angeles Angels plan to give Shohei Ohtani every opportunity to be an impact pitcher and hitter, but his pursuit of two-way stardom in the major leagues will come with some boundaries.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday that Ohtani will not work out in the outfield this spring, even though the 23-year-old played the ...Read more

Cubs counting on closer Brandon Morrow and fifth starter Tyler Chatwood

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MESA, Ariz. -- Sure, it helps to land the big blow of the offseason before spring training by adding marquee free agent Yu Darvish to a National League title contender.

But for the second consecutive day manager Joe Maddon reminded everyone that one player doesn't assure success, and the six free-agent pitchers joining the Cubs on Wednesday for...Read more

'I don't need a cane:' Ned Yost ready to take on Royals' rebuild after scary fall

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- On Ned Yost's first day as Royals manager, Eric Hosmer was a 20-year-old first baseman in Wilmington, N.C. Mike Moustakas was 21 and destroying opposing pitchers in Northwest Arkansas. Lorenzo Cain was 24 and a center fielder in Huntsville, Ala., plying his trade in the Milwaukee Brewers organization.

Nearly eight years later...Read more

Braves sign Chris Stewart for depth, insurance at catching position

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Braves signed veteran catcher Chris Stewart to a one-year major-league contract Wednesday, a non-guaranteed deal that provides more depth at a key position on a team that's counting heavily on the development of its young pitchers.

Stewart, who'll turn 36 next week, is a quality defensive catcher and pitch-framer ...Read more

Former Indians All-Star Tito Francona, father of Terry, passes away at the age of 84

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John Patsy "Tito" Francona, a former Indians All-Star and the father of current manager Terry Francona, passed away Tuesday night at his home in New Brighton, Pa., the club confirmed on Wednesday. He was 84 years old.

The elder Francona, who went by Tito just as his son often does today, said in 2016 that he tried to watch every Indians game on...Read more