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Mariners trade left-hander James Paxton to the Yankees for three prospects

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Re-imagine a Mariners' starting rotation without its most talented pitcher.

As part of the general manager Jerry Dipoto's offseason of change, which isn't a teardown, but it a re-imagination of the roster, Seattle has traded talented, but at times enigmatic left-handed pitcher James Paxton to the New York Yankees in exchange for three prospects...Read more

Indians unveil new alternate home uniform, other changes

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The Indians will be rocking a new alternate uniform at Progressive Field this season.

The club on Monday announced a new, red alternate home jersey, as well as minor changes to the other three options. These are the first changes with Chief Wahoo no longer a part of the uniforms or hats.

The new alternate has a red base color -- the first time...Read more

To victims, Yelich is most valuable presence

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LOS ANGELES--Maybe he could make someone smile. Maybe for a few seconds, maybe for a minute, maybe even five.

"There hasn't been a whole lot to smile about lately," Christian Yelich said.

It was Friday night at the Proactive Sports Performance in Westlake Village, and about 24 hours earlier the 26-year-old Milwaukee Brewers outfielder had been...Read more

Dodgers' Kenley Jansen sets date for heart surgery

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LOS ANGELES -- Kenley Jansen has known he needs heart surgery this offseason since early August, when he experienced a second episode of atrial fibrillation -- irregular heartbeats -- in Denver. The Dodgers closer was cleared to return within two weeks, but the operation loomed as the club advanced to another World Series.

Jansen, 31, will ...Read more

Phillies owner John Middleton vows to spend big this winter

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PHILADELPHIA -- For months, the presumption across baseball has been that the Phillies are poised to spend money -- big, big money -- this winter to acquire the generational superstar who will bridge the chasm between rebuilding and serious World Series contention.

Yet the man who controls the cash remained quiet.

John Middleton did not ...Read more

Orioles make it official: Astros' Mike Elias named general manager, executive VP

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BALTIMORE -- Mike Elias, who first as scouting director and later as assistant general manager played a major role in the Houston Astros' rebuild that culminated in a 2017 World Series title, will get the chance to replicate that as the Orioles' next executive vice president and general manager, the club announced Friday afternoon.

That ...Read more

The last Orioles world championship team is wondering how long they'll be known as such

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BALTIMORE -- It has been 35 years since Cal Ripken squeezed that last out in Philadelphia and the Orioles became world champions for the third time in the history of the Baltimore franchise, which makes some members of that 1983 team shake their heads in disbelief.

"It was Cal's second year and we won the World Series," said Ken Singleton, who ...Read more

Mookie Betts, Christian Yelich win AL and NL MVP awards

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Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts became the latest player to deny Mike Trout a third American League MVP award, while Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich captured the National League MVP in a nearly unanimous vote.

Betts joins elite company among those who have stood in Trout's way since the Angels outfielder debuted in 2012: ...Read more

Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich wins NL MVP Award; Cubs' Javier Baez a distant 2nd

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A finishing kick for the ages turned a tight National League Most Valuable Player duel with Javier Baez into a rout for Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich.

Baez entered September as the player to beat, but Yelich outperformed his rival when it mattered most, leading the Brewers past the Cubs in the NL Central and deservedly earning the MVP ...Read more

Jeter's group unveils new-look Marlins logo and colors following marketing campaign

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Now is the time ...

If they weren't the Marlins, a more fitting name for Miami's big-league team might be the Chameleons.

Once again, they are changing colors.

The Marlins on Thursday rolled out new uniform colors and a re-designed "M" logo, one more cosmetic touch in a total franchise makeover as new owners Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter ...Read more

Bench coach Manny Acta defends Scott Servais, Mariners after allegations of racism by Lorena Martin

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Mariners bench coach Manny Acta on Wednesday strongly defended manager Scott Servais and the organization against charges of racist comments levied this week by Dr. Lorena Martin, the team's director of high performance who was fired last month.

In a phone call from the Dominican Republic, where he is general manager of the Aguilas Cibaenas of ...Read more

A's manager Bob Melvin wins Manager of the Year for third time

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Few people in baseball are having a better offseason than Bob Melvin.

Two weeks after getting a contract extension through 2021, the A's manager was named American League Manager of the Year.

Melvin received 18 of the 30 first-place votes for the award given out by Baseball Writers' Association of America, finishing ahead of...Read more

Brian Snitker wins NL manager of the year

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Braves skipper Brian Snitker won National League manager of the year, the league announced Tuesday night.

Snitker oversaw one of MLB's most pleasant surprises, his Braves winning 90 games and claiming the National League East title.

Seventeen of the 30 first-place votes went to Snitker. Milwaukee's Craig Counsell finished second with 11 votes....Read more

MLB launches investigation into executive's allegations of racism against Mariners

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Major league baseball has launched an investigation into allegations from a former Seattle Mariners executive of racism and gender discrimination against the club.

Lorena Martin, the Mariners' director of high performance who was fired on Oct. 10, specifically named general manager Jerry Dipoto, manager Scott Servais and director of player ...Read more

Jose Abreu confident he will re-sign with White Sox: 'I'm going to be part of this organization for a very long time'

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White Sox slugger Jose Abreu doesn't seem too concerned about entering his walk season without a contract extension, believing everything will work out in the long run.

The Sox have repeatedly said Abreu is an integral part of the rebuild as a mentor to young players such as Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert. But unless he re-signs before the 2019 ...Read more

Angels' Shohei Ohtani is named AL Rookie of the Year

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The Angels' 2018 season did not end with their two-way player Shohei Ohtani leading them to their first postseason appearance since 2014.

But a month and a half after they wrapped up a third straight losing campaign and bid farewell to longtime manager Mike Scioscia, the Angels and Ohtani learned Monday the risks they took introducing Major ...Read more

Hyun-Jin Ryu accepts Dodgers' qualifying offer; Yasmani Grandal does not

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LOS ANGELES -- Somewhat lost in the Dodgers' hectic start to the offseason were the qualifying offers the club extended to two important pieces last week. Hyun-Jin Ryu and Yasmani Grandal have made significant contributions to the Dodgers in recent years and both had to decide whether to play for $17.9 million next season or test the free-agent ...Read more

After being fired by Mariners, director of high performance levels accusations of racism

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It was just over a year ago, Oct. 30, 2017 to be exact, that Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto gleefully announced the hiring of Dr. Lorena Martin, Ph.D to be the organization's director of high performance -- a position created specifically for her to help change and revolutionize the organization's commitment to training, conditioning and ...Read more

Emotional Joe Mauer bids farewell to Twins: 'I made the right decision'

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There will be more curtain calls for Joe Mauer. The Twins will have days honoring him, will likely retire his No. 7 and build a statue outside the ballpark. He might eventually get a call from the Hall of Fame.

But on Monday, Minnesota's most famous son faced the first formal gathering at an emotional news conference at Target Field to ...Read more

As baseball powers focus on competitive balance tax, Orioles payroll puts them on opposite end of spectrum

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Since the end of the World Series late last month, baseball's biggest teams have been outlining their plans for the offseason in relation to the league's competitive balance tax.

The Chicago Cubs, in trading injured left-hander Drew Smyly to clear salary and allow themselves to pick up the option on left-hander Cole Hamels, were using language ...Read more

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