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Kike Hernandez leaving the Dodgers after reaching two-year deal with Red Sox

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Another member of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ World Series team found a new home Friday when utility player Kike Hernandez and the Boston Red Sox agreed on a two-year contract. The deal, which is pending a physical, is for $14 million, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Hernandez, 29, reached free agency with one priority: ...Read more

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Braves mourn Aaron: 'We lost a legend ... an unbelievably great person'

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ATLANTA — Even the great Braves players who came after him knew they could never reach the greatness of Hank Aaron.

“He played for the galactic All-Stars, you know,” Chipper Jones said Friday. “We’re just mere earthlings, and he’s on a different level.”

Aaron’s death at age 86 “absolutely devastated” the Braves organization...Read more

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Report: Red Sox, Kiké Hernandez agree to two-year deal

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The Red Sox have turned to an old World Series foe to bolster their depth at second base and, possibly, elsewhere in the field. reported Boston and former Dodgers infielder Kiké Hernandez agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal late Friday night. The 29-year-old was a free agent for the first time and is the fourth player to be signed ...Read more

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Michael Cunningham: Hank Aaron: Hero to many, especially Black people

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ATLANTA — I was an infant when Braves legend Hank Aaron hit home run No. 715. My impressions of what happened April 8, 1974 at Atlanta Stadium were formed by repeated viewings of the famous TV highlight. My thoughts about Aaron’s legacy are, believe or not, influenced by an argument among schoolmates when I was in sixth or seventh grade.

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Padres bring back Jurickson Profar on three-year deal

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SAN DIEGO — The Padres and Jurickson Profar are in agreement on a three-year contract, a source said Friday morning.

The contract can be worth up to $21 million, and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported Profar can opt out after each of the first two seasons.

Another source said Profar’s choices had been narrowed to the Padres and Red Sox ...Read more

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Mark Bradley: Hank Aaron, 1934-2021: A great player, a greater man

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ATLANTA — We think of him in that moment, that Monday night in April, NBC and Curt Gowdy on hand, Al Downing throwing, the bat whipping the ball high and deep, Bill Buckner attempting to scale the fence in left-center, the ball settling into Tom House’s glove in the bullpen, more than 50,000 people in the stands and millions more around the ...Read more

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Sam Mellinger: Remembering Henry Aaron, the home run king who was about so much more than home runs

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The home runs hid Henry Aaron's greatness. That is an audacious, ridiculous, outrageous thing to say. It is also true.

Aaron's legend will always be tied to the 755 home runs he hit, a number that baseball fans don't need to look up. That's more than any man before him, and even after Barry Bonds broke the record many still...Read more

Barry Bonds remembers Hank Aaron: 'Thank you for everything you taught us'

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The sports community mourned the loss of one of the greatest players in baseball history Friday as Henry "Hank" Aaron died at the age of 86.

Aaron, who played 23 seasons in the major leagues and finished his career with 755 home runs, was the all-time leader in home runs until San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds surpassed him in 2007....Read more


Why Kurt Suzuki isn't a post-James McCann consolation prize for Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Kurt Suzuki is not the type of catcher who will regularly steal strikes on the edges of the zone, saving his pitchers a few extra throws a night. He is not the young backstop who will block an errant pitch and, on the same play, heroically throw out a runner on the basepaths.

Yet, he might be the right fit for the Angels in ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: Boys will be boys? Men like Jared Porter are driven by entitlement and stupidity.

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LOS ANGELES — He was an executive of a sports league. He seemed old to me, but I was young then, just starting out in a business in which women were rare and their presence was generally unwelcome.

I had already learned I would be barred from entering locker rooms to get interviews after games, which put me at a significant professional ...Read more

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Larry Stone: Mariners' long-term outlook is promising, but fans will need to be patient (again) in 2021

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The Mariners are a team whose foundation was built on roster miscalculations.

Born in 1977, it took them 15 agonizing seasons before they had their first winning record (the expansion Arizona Diamondbacks, by contrast, won the World Series in their fourth year).

By the time the Mariners squeaked out an 83-79 record in 1991 and celebrated with ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Longtime Padres voice Bob Chandler says team ‘off the charts'

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Allow former broadcaster Bob Chandler some leash when you ask about the Padres. The chasing-big-names Padres. The still-spending-money Padres. The seemingly-built-for-the-long-haul Padres.

Let the man who covered the routinely bumbling bunch since the start in 1969, dutifully keeping at it until 2003, compose himself.

There’s a player with a...Read more

Joe Simpson: Don Sutton ‘is going to be sorely missed'

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Don Sutton was an All-Star pitcher when Joe Simpson broke in with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a rookie outfielder. And Sutton was in his fourth season as a Braves announcer when Simpson came to Atlanta to join the team’s broadcast booth.

In both cases, Simpson said Wednesday, Sutton made it a point to help the new guy.

“He was always ...Read more

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Blue Jays may call Tampa Bay-area home to start season

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The Blue Jays could join the Raptors as Toronto teams making their temporary regular-season home in the Tampa Bay area.

If coronavirus travel restrictions prevent the Jays from returning home for the start of the major-league season in April, their most likely option appears to be playing at their spring training stadium in Dunedin.

In doing ...Read more

Twins sign left-handed starter Happ to one-year deal

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins added a little balance to an all-right-handed starting rotation on Wednesday by signing veteran lefthander J.A. Happ to a one-year contract worth $8 million.

Happ (whose initials stand for James Anthony and are simply pronounced "Jay") has spent more than a decade in the big leagues, most recently the past three ...Read more

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With Jose Quintana leaving, 4 of the 5 pitchers who entered last spring in the Chicago Cubs rotation are now gone

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Three pitchers who entered last spring as the Nos. 3-4-5 starters in the Chicago Cubs rotation signed one-year deals with new teams over the last few days.

Jon Lester left for the Washington Nationals, Tyler Chatwood signed with the Toronto Blue Jays and Jose Quintana reunited with former Cubs manager Joe Maddon with the Los Angeles Angels on ...Read more

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Wade Davis follows in Holland's footsteps, returns to Royals on minor league contract

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In a turn-back-the-clock move, right-handed relief pitcher Wade Davis rejoined the Kansas City Royals organization he helped to back-to-back World Series appearances and where he was a two-time All-Star.

Davis, 35, signed a minor league contract worth $1.25 million if he's in majors with an additional $1.125 million in ...Read more

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What's next for Mets’ front office without Jared Porter?

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NEW YORK — The Mets are rolling up their sleeves and attempting to move on from their second offseason scandal in as many years, turning their attention to a new front-office structure without Jared Porter.

The former Mets GM was fired on Tuesday morning after an ESPN report revealed the 41-year-old sent unsolicited texts and graphic images ...Read more

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Tommy Lasorda given final farewell at Dodger Stadium as loved ones celebrate his life

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LOS ANGELES — Friends and family of former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda gathered at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday to pay their respects to the Hall of Fame manager at a celebration of life ceremony.

Participants of the ceremony included Keith Williams Jr. singing the national anthem, and prayers by Sister Johnellen Turner, Sister JoAnn Ashburn ...Read more

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Bob Brookover: Phillies want J.T. Realmuto back. The catcher still has some free-agent chips to play.

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PHILADELPHIA — We have arrived at an interesting place in J.T. Realmuto’s free-agency journey. It is clear that the Phillies, the team that let him hit the open market, want him back. It’s also reasonable to assume that Philadelphia is on the shrinking list of places where the two-time All-Star catcher wants to play in 2021.

Beyond that, ...Read more