Mariners acquire All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier from the Padres

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SEATTLE — Instead of the day before Thanksgiving like in 2016, this time, Mariners' general manager Jerry Dipoto waited until two days after Thanksgiving to make his first trade of this offseason.

MLB sources confirmed a report from ESPN's Jeff Passan early Saturday morning that the Mariners are acquiring second baseman Adam Frazier from the ...Read more

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Rays finalize $200 million-plus deal with Wander Franco

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Wander Franco spent part of Saturday as he has many others, posting frequent updates to his Instagram account.

But this was no normal afternoon for the 20-year-old.

Not when hours earlier Franco and the Rays finalized and announced a record-breaking contract, one that guarantees the multi-talented phenom $182 million ...Read more

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John Romano: If you think Wander Franco got ripped off, I've got a broken-down reliever to sell you

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — There is a school of thought out there that the Rays bamboozled Wander Franco.

This is partly because, legend has it, the Rays never sign a bad deal. (This is absurdly false.) It’s partly because Franco could be leaving as much as $100 million on the table. (Possible, but only in an extreme outcome.) And it’s partly...Read more

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David Murphy: The cases for and against Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard as they join the Hall of Fame ballot

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PHILADELPHIA — You’d be hard pressed to find a team that had the success the Phillies did from 2008 to 2011 without having a sure-fire Hall of Famer in its lineup.

Truth be told, that’s one of the strongest arguments for each of the Big Three from those days. The story of those teams is in many ways the story of its individual stars: a ...Read more

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Mets have deal with infielder Eduardo Escobar: reports

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NEW YORK — The Mets have finally found someone to take their money. They have a two-year deal with power-hitting infielder Eduardo Escobar, according to multiple reports.

Escobar was an All-Star for the Diamondbacks this year before getting traded to the Brewers.

The journeyman had 28 homers in 2021 and 35 in the previous full season, 2019, ...Read more

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Mets' answers continue to fall flat about their stated commitment to changing the culture

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The Mets still won’t give straight answers when asked tough questions.

They’ve given us no reason to believe otherwise for the past 11 months. Rather than addressing their real culture problem in a candid and direct way, the Mets have resorted to platitudes like “due diligence” and “stuff happens.”

During last week’s introduction...Read more

Steady hand: Fan-favorite McGee is a key part of Cards coaching staff now

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There was much ado made about the Cardinals bringing in fan favorite Skip Schumaker as bench coach. There was high interest in the Cardinals signing longtime big leaguer and batting coach Turner Ward to be the assistant hitting coach.

Seven coaches return from the 2021 team, with one of them, Oli Marmol, having been promoted to manager. But ...Read more

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Miguel Amaya, Cubs' top catching prospect, reportedly needs Tommy John surgery and could miss 2022 season

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs’ future at catcher has become even murkier.

With All-Star catcher Willson Contreras due to become a free agent after the 2022 season, Miguel Amaya represented the best young, internal option at the position should the organization go in a different direction. Presumably, if the Cubs do not sign Contreras, 29, to a...Read more

Mark Bradley: We're thankful for the Braves

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We give thanks for the Braves. We give thanks for the team that spent four months making us throw things at the TV. We give thanks for the same team – the same but different – that left us crying happy tears in November. We give thanks for the world championship nobody saw coming and nobody will forget.

Jorge Soler was 1-for-11 in the ...Read more

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Steven Matz rejects Mets, lands four-year deal with Cardinals to dismay of Steve Cohen

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NEW YORK — It’s not just front office executives rejecting the Mets. Add a former player to the list of people apparently dodging Flushing.

Former Mets left-hander Steven Matz signed a four-year deal with the Cardinals on Wednesday morning. The Mets were one of at least eight teams competing for the southpaw, and owner Steve Cohen was ...Read more

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Phillies' challenge in 'next step': Don't waste prime years of their star core

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PHILADELPHIA — Here’s what the Phillies owe Bryce Harper: $248 million.

That’s it.

The Phillies can plug a major league roster that has more holes than a pool table, regrow an arid farm system, and morph back into a championship-caliber organization. Or not. As long as they keep depositing checks into Harper’s bank account through 2031...Read more

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Clint Frazier's time with the Yankees is officially over

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The incessant speculation about what the Yankees could get in a hypothetical Clint Frazier trade can finally be put to bed.

The club released Frazier and Rougned Odor on Tuesday, four days after they were designated for assignment. The Yankees were able to work out a trade for Tyler Wade, the other player DFA’d on Friday, sending him to the ...Read more

Reliever Kendall Graveman reportedly is signing with White Sox on 3-year deal

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox reportedly are on the verge of adding to their bullpen by signing free-agent reliever Kendall Graveman.

The Sox and Graveman were close on a contract in the range of three years for $24 million, Jon Heyman of MLB Network and Audacy Sports tweeted Tuesday. Heyman wrote in a second tweet later that the sides ...Read more

SF Giants' latest moves send a clear signal: Zaidi era has reached a turning point

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SAN FRANCISCO — In his earliest days as the Giants' president of baseball operations, Farhan Zaidi took great care to avoid using the word "rebuild" to describe his approach to shaping the team's 40-man roster.

Zaidi didn't believe the Giants needed to purge their core, tank for a top draft pick or trade all of their most productive players ...Read more

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Rays, Wander Franco close to new long-term $200 million deal

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Wander Franco made it to the majors this past season as a 20-year-old and quickly showed the talent to be a star for a long time.

The Rays were impressed enough to invest — at a record-breaking amount — in his future, and are close to finalizing a 10-plus year deal that will guarantee him close to $200 million, the ...Read more

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Chicago Cubs need to find more Frank Schwindels if they don't make notable offseason signings

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Count Oakland Athletics general manager David Forst among those who took notice of Frank Schwindel’s scorching final two months of the 2021 season.

Of course, Forst already had seen a glimpse of that from Schwindel. After all, Schwindel had a chance to star for the Chicago Cubs only after the trade deadline, thanks to a waiver claim and ...Read more

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MLB is operating under a business as usual idea, though the league knows things could soon get very unusual

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The prevailing line right now across MLB — a league facing a lockout if a new collective bargaining agreement isn’t signed by Dec. 1 — is that things are business as usual. Everyone involved knows what could be coming, but that’s a bridge they are avoiding until other conditions make it absolutely necessary to cross.

Brian Cashman said ...Read more

After agreeing to deal with DeSclafani, SF Giants reportedly near contract with another key starter

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SAN FRANCISCO — Moments after with Anthony DeSclafani on a three-year, $36 million deal to keep the veteran starter in San Francisco, the Giants' front office turned its attention to another pitcher who enjoyed a strong season with the club.

According to a report from FanSided's Robert Murray, left-hander Alex Wood is also close to a deal ...Read more

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Tyler Wade heads west as Yankees trade super utilityman to Angels

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The Yankees have found a suitor for Tyler Wade.

Wade was designated for assignment on Friday, and on Monday he was officially traded to the Los Angeles Angels. The Yankees will receive a player to be named later or cash considerations.

In 2021, Wade enjoyed a career year, posting career-highs in batting average (.268), on-base percentage (.354...Read more

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Patrick Reusse: Willians Astudillo might be gone from Twins, but he absolutely won't be forgotten

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MINNEAPOLIS — He was the Twins' one-man protest to the current marathon version of big league baseball, which years ago succeeded in turning away casual followers, and is now working overtime to do the same with us hardcores.

In this game of three true outcomes, strikeout, walk or home run, he offered one true outcome: If a pitch was within ...Read more