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Larry Stone: Kolten Wong makes Mariners better, but more offseason work remains

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SEATTLE — For those clamoring for Jerry Dipoto to make a big-ticket splash in the free-agent market, Friday's trade with the Milwaukee Brewers was probably a disappointment by implication.

The biggest ticket of them all, outfielder Aaron Judge, was realistically above the Mariners' pay grade from the start. The team has no need to dip into ...Read more

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Olivia Pichardo blazing a trail as first woman to play DI college baseball

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NEW YORK — Every athlete’s playing days have to come to an end eventually.

Some are lucky enough to make it all the way to the professional ranks, collecting a fortune along the way. Others max out in college, while an overwhelming majority give up their game during childhood, the iron curtain of adulthood separating them from competitive ...Read more

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Orioles in agreement with veteran starting pitcher Kyle Gibson on one-year contract: reports

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BALTIMORE — The Orioles have supplied their rotation with a veteran presence for 2023, agreeing to terms with right-hander Kyle Gibson on a one-year contract, according to multiple reports. ESPN and The Athletic reported the deal is pending a physical.

Gibson, 35, has made 25 or more starts in every full season since 2014, pitching for the ...Read more

Bill Madden: Veterans committee can take a stand for character in Hall of Fame vote

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NEW YORK — Just when we thought we’d said goodbye to Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens for a while thanks to the Baseball Writers Association last January, they’re coming around again as two of the eight candidates on the Contemporary Era Hall of Fame ballot which will be voted on Sunday as the kickoff to the winter meetings in San Diego.

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When will Bryce Harper play again for the Phillies? These two cases offer some clues.

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PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper left an operating room in Los Angeles on Nov. 23 with a reconstructed ligament in his right elbow and a giant question mark over his head.

When might he play again?

In a tightly worded news release issued on Thanksgiving eve, the Phillies announced that the face of the franchise will be back in the lineup, ...Read more

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Larry Stone: Earning win No. 300 with Mariners made Seattle 'very special' for Gaylord Perry

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SEATTLE — Gaylord Perry used to call the spitball "my survival pitch," and by the time he got to Seattle in 1982 — barely hanging on at 43 years old, 21 years into his career — survival was his preeminent goal.

Perry was three wins shy of 300, the magic number he knew was needed to reach the Hall of Fame, considering the specter of ball-...Read more

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Padres at least perusing shortstop market, talking Trea Turner and Xander Bogaerts

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SAN DIEGO — A.J. Preller appears to be at it again.

Or perhaps the Padres President of Baseball Operations is simply doing his usual uniquely exhaustive due diligence.

While there is no real clarity on how advanced discussions are, the Padres have at least waded further into the deep free agent shortstop market.

A league source said Friday ...Read more

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Star pitcher Jacob deGrom agrees to five-year deal with Rangers

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Free agent pitcher Jacob deGrom has agreed to a five-year deal with the Texas Rangers.

The Rangers announced the signing Friday night and said a press conference to introduce deGrom would be held at Globe Life Field after the Winter Meetings, which are Sunday through Wednesday in San Diego.

The Rangers did not disclose terms, but Jeff Passan ...Read more

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Mariners finalize trade for Brewers second baseman Kolten Wong

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SEATTLE — With one somewhat expected transaction, the Mariners addressed their needs at second base while also cleaning up their roster in terms of positional fit and clubhouse chemistry.

With the start of the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings looming on Monday in San Diego, the Mariners reached an agreement with the Milwaukee Brewers ...Read more

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Former Dodgers star Yasiel Puig could face trial next month in sports betting case

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LOS ANGELES — Former Dodgers star Yasiel Puig could face trial Jan. 10.

Puig has been charged with making false statements in a federal investigation of an illegal sports betting operation. He had agreed to plead guilty, but his attorney said Wednesday he would withdraw from that agreement and plead not guilty.

Under the plea agreement, Puig...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: MLB's version of the Supreme Court may have the final word on the 'Steroids Era'

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CHICAGO — After years of debate over the Hall of Fame worthiness of players linked to performance-enhancing drugs, baseball’s Steroids Era stands trial this weekend in San Diego at the 2022 winter meetings.

If Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are selected to the Hall of Fame by the 16-member Contemporary Era committee that convenes Sunday, ...Read more

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Rays sign starter Zach Eflin to 3-year, $40 million deal

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Rays made their first big move of the offseason, agreeing to a three-year, $40 million contract with starting pitcher Zach Eflin.

The deal, pending a physical, is the largest the Rays ever have given to a free-agent player.

The Rays went into the offseason seeking to bolster their offense but opted to first improve...Read more

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Jason Mastrodonato: Have the Red Sox whiffed on Plan A and Plan B?

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Are the Red Sox still in the business of accomplishing Plan A or are they simply a second-tier franchise that now collects the scraps when the top teams are through?

That question is at the heart of the 2022 Red Sox offseason, and it’s starting to take shape as we get closer to the Winter Meetings, which begin Sunday in San Diego.

At the ...Read more

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Matthew Boyd returns to Tigers on one-year, $10 million deal

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DETROIT — The likelihood of a Matthew Boyd reunion in Detroit grew infinitely stronger the day Scott Harris was hired as the Tigers president of baseball operations.

It was Harris, then with the Giants, who signed Boyd last offseason for $5.5 million, even though Boyd was coming off flexor tendon surgery and wasn't going to be available until...Read more

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Where the Braves' payroll stands, what it could mean for rest of offseason

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A couple of months ago, Braves Chairman Terry McGuirk told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that his goal was for the organization to eventually have a top-five payroll – but did not specify when. Recently, Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei echoed this sentiment.

Ahead of next week’s Winter Meetings in San Diego, Braves fans have ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: José Abreu the latest White Sox great who will end his career elsewhere. But they never really leave 'the family.'

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn made a stunning admission Tuesday during a Zoom session with the media.

“Earlier today, foolishly, I was on Twitter,” Hahn said.

If anyone should have been avoiding Twitter, it was Hahn, especially on the day José Abreu was joining the Houston Astros. No good could come of it, as ...Read more

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What if the Phillies whiff on a shortstop? Exploring contingency plans to improve the roster.

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PHILADELPHIA — Years ago, before John Middleton became the face of the Phillies’ ownership group, Jimmy Rollins equated him with George Steinbrenner. It’s a comparison that Middleton never minded. Because the late Yankees owner was notoriously obsessed with winning, a trait that is admirable to a former college wrestler-turned-billionaire ...Read more

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Former Dodgers star Yasiel Puig now says he is not guilty in sports betting case

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LOS ANGELES — Former Dodgers star Yasiel Puig has withdrawn from an agreement to plead guilty to a charge of lying to federal investigators in a sports betting probe and has changed his plea to not guilty, his representatives said Wednesday.

"I want to clear my name," Puig said in a statement. "I never should have agreed to plead guilty to a ...Read more

Mariners promote Andy McKay to assistant general manager

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After overseeing a farm system that has developed into one of the best in baseball, Andy McKay has been rewarded for that success along with his loyalty and longterm commitment to the organization.

On Wednesday, the Mariners announced that McKay has been promoted to assistant general manager.

“It would be impossible to overstate the impact ...Read more

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Yankees offer to Aaron Judge around $300 million for eight years: report

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NEW YORK — The Aaron Judge watch is expected to kick into high gear with the start of the MLB Winter Meetings on Sunday.

And the Bombers don’t plan to go down without a fight.

The Yankees have an offer to Judge on the table that is around eight years and $300 million, according to ESPN. This would make him the highest-paid position player ...Read more