Twins betting on age-defying metrics of Josh Donaldson

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Among the side effects of baseball's information age and analytics- driven decisionmaking is the squeezing of the free-agent market for players who reach a certain age.

Data tells us that players tend to decline starting in their early 30s, and recent years have been filled with case after case of quality players in that age ...Read more

Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw wants the Houston Astros to express remorse for stealing signs

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The 2017 World Series was buried deep in the recesses of Clayton Kershaw's brain when the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scheme surfaced in November and unearthed the piercing memories again.

He has reflected on his start in Game 5 of that World Series at Minute Maid Park, site of the Astros' cheating, in the weeks since...Read more

Orioles All-Star John Means on Astros' sign-stealing scandal: 'I don't exactly love cheating'

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John Means has pitched against the Boston Red Sox more than any team in his major league career. He has never faced the Houston Astros. But with both teams mired in the middle of baseball's sign-stealing scandal, the Orioles' All-Star has expressed unhappiness with both the act and the punishment.

Major League Baseball completed its ...Read more

Marlins CEO Derek Jeter pays tribute to Kobe Bryant

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Miami Marlins CEO and former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter, whose career shared many parallels to Kobe Bryant, paid tribute following the NBA legend's sudden, tragic death.

On Sunday, Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California that claimed the lives of nine people, including Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

While ...Read more

Pirates trade Starling Marte to Diamondbacks in a move that 'signals rebuild'

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PITTSBURGH -- Up until this point, new Pirates general manager Ben Cherington had been mostly quiet about the Pirates' overall direction going forward. Now it seems as if the team is going into rebuilding mode under first-year manager Derek Shelton and its new leadership core, trading away one of their best players.

The Pirates dealt outfielder...Read more

Jason Benetti is taking a quickie trip to Rome, while Steve Stone blocks boors for fun. Checking in with the White Sox TV announcers and their fierce Twitter battle.

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CHICAGO -- Jason Benetti, who's spending his White Sox offseason calling basketball games on TV every few days, knows he needs a break to recharge before baseball returns in just a few weeks.

So right after SoxFest, he's getting on a plane bound for Rome, where he'll spend four whole days before jetting home and getting back to work.

"It's ...Read more

One year made all the difference for Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings

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PITTSBURGH -- Jacob Stallings has little interest in predicting what may happen for him this season, whether the Pirates sign someone to install as their No. 1 catcher, whether they acquire a timeshare candidate or whether they do nothing and he takes the field on opening day as the primary guy.

It makes sense, too, considering that, at this ...Read more

A pain-free Freeman is bullish on 2020 Braves

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ATLANTA -- When last we saw Freddie Freeman, at the ballpark formerly known as SunTrust, he clearly wasn't himself. While he refused to pin it on an elbow that had more loose bodies in it than the old Playboy mansion -- and still won't use the alibi to this day -- Freeman clearly was affected.

He went 4-for-20 with just one extra-base hit, a ...Read more

Texas Rangers fans got first look inside Globe Life Field. They left loving the roof.

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Hopefully this doesn't serve to damage the egos of Joey Gallo, Elvis Andrus, Mike Minor or any other member of the Texas Rangers who was signing autographs on Saturday at the Comerica Peek at the Park.

Their fans lined up early for the signing sessions, and those lines ran up to 225 people deep.

But that was nothing ...Read more

Time has healed Corey Kluber's wounds. He's ready to get going with Texas Rangers.

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- No player has a seamless transition following a trade, even if he had anticipated it.

Some of the transition can be handled by the club that traded him away, and some falls on the team that traded for him.

Time, though, also plays a role in the transition.

It's not just a matter of how quickly a player can relocate from ...Read more

The Marlins' revamping of their bullpen continues as spring training approaches

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MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins continue to fortify their bullpen.

As first reported Saturday night by ESPN's Jesse Rogers, the Marlins are signing right-handed relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler to a one-year deal that includes an option for the 2021 season.

The Marlins have not formally announced the signing and will need to make room on their 40-...Read more

Danny Farquhar throws himself into coaching after near-death experience: 'I'm just happy to still be alive and still in the baseball life'

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CHICAGO -- White Sox minor-league pitching coach Danny Farquhar is still fairly new to coaching, but he already has a philosophy he abides by: "You always want to be positive."

That philosophy applies to his life away from the diamond as well.

The former Sox reliever nearly died from a brain hemorrhage, caused by a ruptured aneurysm, which he ...Read more

Dodgers fan group ready to let the Astros hear it — at Angel Stadium

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LOS ANGELES -- Pitcher Ross Stripling was onstage at the Dodgers' fan festival Saturday, waiting to talk with team broadcaster Nomar Garciaparra. Stripling had to wait longer than he had anticipated, he said, because Garciaparra said something about the Houston Astros, and the crowd erupted into 30 solid seconds of boos.

To those fans that ...Read more

Top White Sox prospect Luis Robert is aware of the hype but isn't letting it get to him

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CHICAGO -- Baseball America recently listed Luis Robert as the No. 2 prospect in baseball.

MLB Pipeline ranked the White Sox center fielder as the top outfield prospect in the sport.

Robert isn't letting the hype get to him.

"I try to not pay attention to what happens with other guys," Robert said through an interpreter Friday at SoxFest. "I'...Read more

Cubs reportedly close to signing veteran outfielder Steven Souza Jr.

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CHICAGO -- With spring training closing in, the Cubs finally appear ready to make their big move.

Whether the imminent signing of free-agent outfielder Steven Souza Jr. is the move Cubs fans have been waiting for all winter is a different story.

Souza, who suffered a catastrophic knee injury in spring training with the Diamondbacks last year ...Read more

White Sox pitcher Dallas Keuchel apologizes for his role in Astros sign-stealing scandal but says, 'It wasn't every game'

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CHICAGO -- White Sox pitcher Dallas Keuchel apologized Friday for any role he played as a member of the 2017-18 Astros teams that Major League Baseball punished this month for running a system of stealing signs using technology.

Keuchel, who signed a three-year, $55.5 million deal with the Sox last month, didn't elaborate on the extent of his ...Read more

Padres have interest in Mookie Betts, but deal seems unlikely

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SAN DIEGO -- A.J. Preller is at it again.

Actually, the Padres general manager was never not at it. He is always trying to fit this or that unwieldly piece onto his roster to try to make it wildly better.

Sources on Thursday confirmed a report by The Athletic that said the Padres and Boston Red Sox have discussed a trade that would bring ...Read more

Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger to miss spring training and likely the start of the season

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SEATTLE -- The Mariners have lost their best player to injury 21/2 weeks before spring training.

At Thursday's pre-spring training luncheon, general manager Jerry Dipoto announced that All-Star outfielder Mitch Haniger won't be ready for opening day March 26.

Dipoto received a phone call Monday evening that Haniger suffered a setback injury to...Read more

Michael Kopech talks about returning from elbow surgery and his place on White Sox pitching staff

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CHICAGO -- Michael Kopech noticed a different energy recently while playing catch with White Sox teammates Ryan Burr, Zack Burdi and Yasmani Grandal.

"It was that camaraderie, but more so the underlying competitiveness in all of us," Kopech said Wednesday. "It felt like a different energy. We were all pulling in the same direction, which is ...Read more

MLB commissioner responds to Dodgers World Series resolution from LA City Council

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LOS ANGELES -- The commissioner of Major League Baseball politely but logically rebuked the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday, saying the league is not interested in the council's resolution calling for the Dodgers to be awarded the World Series championship trophies for 2017 and 2018.

"I think there's a long tradition in baseball of not ...Read more