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By trading Juan Soto, Padres attempt to fix a mess of their own making

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — This was where the Padres were, so they did what they felt they had to do.

It can be true both that they made a mind-blowing choice to jettison a highly motivated future Hall of Famer in his prime and that they made what seems to be a strong effort to mitigate the stench of spilled milk.

At any rate, we can stop talking ...Read more

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Los Angeles vs. Toronto in a free-agency battle for Shohei Ohtani? It's on!

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LOS ANGELES — We don't know whether the Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays are the two finalists to sign Shohei Ohtani. We don't know much about Ohtani's free agency, by design.

But we do know that Ohtani has met with the Dodgers and Blue Jays in recent days, and that was enough to spark what turned into an international debate.

On Wednesday, on ...Read more

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What's next for Yankees after Juan Soto blockbuster?

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NEW YORK — Juan Soto is officially a Yankee.

The Bronx Bombers pulled off a blockbuster trade for the 25-year-old superstar and Trent Grisham late Wednesday night. Doing so took a ton of pitching, as the Yankees sent right-handers Michael King, Drew Thorpe, Jhony Brito and Randy Vásquez, along with catcher Kyle Higashioka, to the Padres.

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Jorge Castillo: Are Dave Roberts and Dodgers front office experiencing a disconnect?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On Tuesday, to the shock of just about anybody who cares, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts disclosed that his club indeed had a meeting with free agent Shohei Ohtani this offseason. He even offered some details.

It happened a “couple of days ago” at Dodger Stadium. He was there with a few team officials, but no Dodgers ...Read more

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Padres send Juan Soto, Trent Grisham to Yankees

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On the final day of baseball’s winter meetings, the Padres helped roust the annual gathering from its slumber.

And in completing a trade that sent outfielders Juan Soto and Trent Grisham to the Yankees, the Padres made strides toward achieving two of their overriding offseason objectives — adding to their starting ...Read more

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Jacob Calvin Meyer: John Angelos and the Orioles should follow their 'example' and, like Brewers, extend a young star

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The last time Baltimore-area media had the opportunity to ask Orioles CEO and Chairman John Angelos about the club’s low payroll, he named the Milwaukee Brewers as an organization to compare with Baltimore.

“I’m simply using Milwaukee as a good example of a market that’s similar to Baltimore, in the shadow of a much...Read more

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Jorge Castillo: The NBA In-Season Tournament has been a success. Could one work for MLB?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A year ago, one conversation driver during the winter meetings had nothing to do with free agency or the trade market. Major League Baseball, historically hesitant to implement change, had just announced a series of new rules designed to produce a more entertaining product for the 2023 season.

A pitch clock. Infield shift ...Read more

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Yankees acquire outfielder Alex Verdugo in trade with Red Sox: reports

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The Yankees were said to be searching for left-handed hitting outfielders, and they landed one on Tuesday.

The Bombers acquired outfielder Alex Verdugo in a trade with the rival Boston Red Sox, according to multiple reports.

Pitchers Richard Fitts, Greg Weissert and Nicholas Judice are reportedly heading back to Boston.

Verdugo slashed .264/....Read more

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Aaron Boone talks Juan Soto, Yoshinobu Yamamoto and more as Yankees eye upgrades, good health

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Yankees had yet to make any splashes by the time Aaron Boone spoke at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday afternoon, but that didn’t stop the manager from discussing some of his team’s top targets.

The first name to come up was naturally Juan Soto’s. The Yankees and Padres have discussed trade scenarios for the ...Read more

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Dave Roberts confirms Dodgers met with Shohei Ohtani, to the surprise of team officials

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Dodgers held a meeting with two-way star Shohei Ohtani at Dodger Stadium last week, manager Dave Roberts revealed Tuesday at Major League Baseball's winter meetings, marking the biggest on-the-record development in a free-agent pursuit that had previously been shrouded in secrecy and speculation.

"Yeah, we met with him,...Read more

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Half a billion: That's the latest price for a gondola to Dodger Stadium

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LOS ANGELES — In 2018, when the Dodger Stadium gondola was first proposed, the cost was estimated at $125 million. On Monday, an environmental impact report projected the cost at up to $500 million.

The report sets the stage for a series of votes and regulatory hurdles on the project, starting at Metro early next year and continuing to Los ...Read more

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Dodgers met with Shohei Ohtani last week, Dave Roberts says

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Dodgers held a meeting with two-way star Shohei Ohtani at Dodger Stadium last week, manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday at Major League Baseball’s winter meetings, marking the biggest on-the-record development in a free-agent pursuit that had previously been shrouded in secrecy and speculation.

“Yeah, we met with him...Read more

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Shohei Ohtani's free agency is playing out in secrecy. That's not good for MLB

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The night before this week's winter meetings launched inside a dystopian resort and convention center, the event's top storyline was plastered all over Major League Baseball's official website.

The homepage Saturday featured a box in the top right corner titled "Ohtani Watch," where readers could "keep track of the latest news and rumors."

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Yankees' Michael Fishman talks analytics, communication: 'We always could have done better'

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — While the Yankees didn’t have any scheduled media availability at the Winter Meetings on Monday, assistant general manager Michael Fishman answered a few questions regarding the team’s analytics department.

Fishman, previously the club’s director of quantitative analysis, has come under scrutiny recently, as there is ...Read more

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Mookie Betts will be Dodgers' everyday second baseman, Dave Roberts says

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Mookie Betts playing second base is no longer just an experiment.

According to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, the team is planning to move the former MVP right fielder to second base full time in 2024.

Roberts first made the announcement during an interview Monday afternoon on MLB Network, saying, "I think it's pretty safe to say No. 50, Mookie...Read more

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Braves acquire Jarred Kelenic, two others in trade with Mariners

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Even if there are no moves made, Alex Anthopoulos and his baseball operations team are always working.

“You’re talking to all the clubs all the time,” Anthopoulos said. “On and off, you’re having conversations.”

Late Sunday night in Nashville, the Braves and Mariners came together for a trade: The Braves ...Read more

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When will Shohei Ohtani make a decision? 3 questions facing the Chicago Cubs ahead of the winter meetings

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Two months ago, during the final week of the season after the Chicago Cubs’ tenuous hold on a playoff spot had slipped away, president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer looked across the field in Atlanta at the standard they were trying to reach.

The Braves, winners of six consecutive division titles and a World Series championship in that ...Read more

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Jim Leyland, manager of Marlins' first World Series team, elected to Hall of Fame

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Jim Leyland, who guided the Marlins to their first World Series title as part of his 22-year career as an MLB manager, has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

He will be inducted as part of the Class of 2024 in Cooperstown on July 21.

Leyland’s selection, announced Sunday night, came via Contemporary Baseball Era Committee ...Read more

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John Romano: Good grief, are we now having a petty argument over the St. Pete Rays?

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The argument about where to build a new baseball stadium was long, often feisty, but clearly necessary.

The negotiations about cost, revenues, infrastructure, real estate, amenities, history, housing and all the other details that creep up in a project of this size were extensive and, presumably, contentious but also ...Read more

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Dodgers nearing a deal to re-sign reliever Joe Kelly

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LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers and reliever Joe Kelly are nearing a deal to keep the right-hander in Los Angeles, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who wasn't authorized to speak publicly.

A longtime fan favorite and member of the club's 2020 World Series-winning team, Kelly was reacquired by the Dodgers at the trade deadline ...Read more