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Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras sign 1-year deals with Cubs, avoiding arbitration

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CHICAGO — It has been another offseason of nonstop rumors for Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras, two of the three Chicago Cubs’ arbitration-eligible stars whose names have been brought up in trade rumors for the last couple of years.

With spring training set to begin in a month, both remain in a Cubs uniform, agreeing to one-year deals ...Read more

White Sox agree to terms with top international prospect Yoelqui Cespedes on deal that includes $2.05 million signing bonus

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CHICAGO — Yoelqui Cespedes followed Chicago White Sox players Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada while he was in Cuba.

He also had the chance to play against Luis Robert.

“I saw that they have a very good group of Cuban players,” Cespedes said of the Sox through an interpreter Friday during a conference call. “And I think that made easier my ...Read more

Shohei Ohtani heads to arbitration; Dylan Bundy and Andrew Heaney reach deals

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Two-way player Shohei Ohtani didn’t perform like the star the Angels had hoped would carry their rotation and lineup last year. He faltered at the plate. He wobbled on the mound. Playing in empty ballparks throughout the division, he barely resembled the phenom who pitched and hit at a level unseen in more than a century.

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Yankees finalizing deal with right-hander Corey Kluber: source

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NEW YORK — Corey Kluber was looking for a place to prove he’s healthy and back to his elite form and the Yankees, home to the biggest stage in the game, were looking for a veteran starter they could get on a reasonable, short contract. It seemed like a perfect fit and Friday night they were finalizing a one-year deal that would have the two-...Read more

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Phillies give Rhys Hoskins big raise, while J.T. Realmuto's free-agent options continue to narrow

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PHILADELPHIA — Rhys Hoskins, Vince Velasquez, and Jose Alvarado reached agreements on their 2021 salaries Friday, a generally positive outcome because they were able to avoid arbitration hearings next month. But even if they hadn’t, all three were under contract to play for the Phillies this year, and that was unlikely to change.

Of greater...Read more

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Dinelson Lamet's salary more than triples as Padres avoid arbitration

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SAN DIEGO — Dinelson Lamet more than tripled his salary for 2021 after a breakout season last year.

The 28-year-old Dominican and the Padres avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $4.2 million salary for 2021. Lamet would have made $1.3 million over a full season in 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic whittled the season to 60 games.

Lamet did ...Read more

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White Sox agree to 1-year deals with Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez, avoiding arbitration with both pitchers

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox avoided arbitration with pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez, coming to terms on one-year deals with both pitchers on Friday.

Giolito and the Sox agreed to a $4.15 million deal while Lopez signed a $2.1 million contract.

Giolito, the team’s ace, went 4-3 with a 3.48 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 12 starts ...Read more

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Cody Bellinger avoids arbitration, agrees to one-year, $16.1 million deal with Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES — Cody Bellinger and the Dodgers settled on a one-year, $16.1 million contract Friday to avoid arbitration, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The Dodgers entered Friday with the contracts for five arbitration-eligible players — Bellinger, Corey Seager, Walker Buehler, Julio Urías and Austin Barnes — still...Read more

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DJ LeMahieu agrees to deal with Yankees

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NEW YORK — DJ LeMahieu wanted to be in the Bronx. The Yankees wanted the invaluable second baseman back. All that it took was a three-month game of chicken and a six-year commitment that will be worth between $88-90 million to make it happen. According to two industry sources, the 32-year-old LeMahieu and Yankees are finalizing a deal to bring...Read more

Kerry Crowley: Charles Johnson's ownership is a shame for the Giants

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Charles B. Johnson, the San Francisco Giants’ largest shareholder, has the right to spend his personal fortune any way he sees fit.

It’s a shame Johnson reminds everyone so often.

In a five-month span leading up to the Nov. 3 election, Johnson donated the maximum allowable amount to the campaigns of three United States senators and at ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: What would the 2021 Cubs Convention be like this year? Since there won't be one, we can only imagine.

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs decided in July to cancel their annual offseason convention, which was scheduled to take place next weekend at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.

COVID-19 concerns made it impossible for the Cubs to plan that far ahead, and with the pandemic still raging six months later, they obviously made the right call.

The Cubs ...Read more

Curt Schilling believes his insurance company dropped him over his pro-Trump politics

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He puts the chilling in Schilling.

Former Boston Red Sox star Curt Schilling claims his insurance company dropped him — and he believes it’s because of his far right politics.

“We will be just fine, but wanted to let Americans know that AIG insurance canceled our insurance due to my ‘Social Media profile,’” the right-handed hurler ...Read more

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Mets sign ex-Cubs utility man Jose Martinez to one-year deal

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The Mets just keep making moves.

The Amazin’s have signed INF/OF Jose Martinez to a split one-year contract on Thursday, the team announced. The deal is worth $1 million with $500,000 in incentives if Martinez is added to the major league roster — $225,000 in incentives if he remains in the minors, according to MLB.com.

Martinez is a ...Read more

Source: Phillies agree to one-year deal with reliever Archie Bradley

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Relief at last.

After a handful of minor moves to add upside talent and depth to the worst bullpen in baseball last season, the Phillies made a bigger upgrade Thursday night by reaching an agreement with free-agent reliever Archie Bradley, a source confirmed. The one-year deal is worth $6 million, according to MLB.com.

Bradley, a 28-year-old ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Greg Garcia wanted to remain with Padres ‘more than anything'

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There’s no doubt Greg Garcia felt the sting of the Padres’ decision to set him adrift into a free agency period like no other, just as the franchise builds unequaled steam toward becoming a World Series contender.

Garcia sees where they’re headed, knows where they’re headed — and man, oh man, did he want to be a part of it.

“That��...Read more

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Mickey Mantle rookie card sells for a record $5.2 million, crushing Mike Trout record

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It's the Holy Grail.

It's the Mona Lisa.

Entrepreneur Rob Gough believes he got both wrapped in one when he purchased a rare Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card for a record $5.2 million in November.

"I've always wanted this card," Gough recently told Forbes. "I've been searching for this Holy Grail, the Mona Lisa of sports cards."

He also ...Read more

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Theo Epstein — 2 months after leaving Cubs — is hired by MLB as consultant in on-field matters

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CHICAGO — Two months after resigning from his role as Chicago Cubs president, Theo Epstein was hired Thursday as a consultant for Major League Baseball in on-field matters.

In his new role, Epstein will work in Commissioner Rob Manfred’s office with analytics experts on potential rules changes that MLB is exploring.

“It is an honor to ...Read more

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Some Arizona officials hope MLB delays start of spring training by a month

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LOS ANGELES — For baseball fans in Southern California, nothing says spring quite like a trip to the Cactus League. Hop in the car, or on a short flight to Phoenix, and sun-drenched baseball can be yours before the Dodgers and Angels return home for the new season.

In the Cactus League, tourists are the target audience. The stadiums almost ...Read more

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Bob Brookover: Curt Schilling belongs in Hall of Fame even though his views are worthy of nothing but shame

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The National Baseball Hall of Fame could soon be thrust into the middle of our country’s massive political firestorm. On Jan. 26, the results of the 2021 Hall of Fame balloting will be revealed and if former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling is finally elected in his ninth year on the ballot, the conference call with reporters figures to be an ...Read more

Now that Liam Hendriks is gone, who will close for the A's?

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Oakland A’s fans got to watch Liam Hendriks’ spectacular rise. The Australian went from being designated for assignment in 2018 to baseball’s best reliever, an Oakland hero through the truncated 2020 season.

Now, he’s leaving Oakland for a lucrative, three-year deal to play for the Chicago White Sox.

Yes, he’ll be joining the same ...Read more