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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

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Waiting game: Why the Dodgers' winter plans hinge on Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto

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LOS ANGELES — About a month into free agency, a de facto waiting game is underway — for both the Dodgers, and many other clubs around Major League Baseball.

In what has been a quiet offseason around the league, the Dodgers have been no exception; yet to orchestrate much of a ripple, let alone any discernible splash.

Instead, with the ...Read more

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Chase Utley's baserunning made him 'The Man.' Could it also make him a Hall of Famer?

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PHILADELPHIA — Chase Utley never stopped running as he rounded third base, but he also never stopped thinking. He played the game like a cyborg, from the way he studied the opposition in the hours before first pitch to the way he never shied away from an inside fastball to the way he moved on the basepaths. Everything had a purpose. His wheels...Read more

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David Murphy: If the Angels are smart, they'll trade Mike Trout. If the Phillies are smart, they 'll resist the (understandable) urge.

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PHILADELPHIA — I hate to be that guy. But, here we go again. Except, it’s different now.

For years, there was an easy rebuttal to the city of Philadelphia’s constant ooh-la-la-ing over the thought of Mike Trout in a Phillies uniform. Why would the Angels trade the best player in modern history while he is in the midst of an unprecedented ...Read more

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SF Giants should be center of attention at next week's MLB Winter Meetings

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About this time last year, Bob Melvin gussied himself up in a black blazer, took a seat at one of two tables set up in a nondescript hotel ballroom a stone’s throw from the San Diego waterfront and answered questions on the state of the Padres, fulfilling the manager’s media obligations at the annual gathering of the baseball world.

Next ...Read more

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Former Yankee Luis Severino agrees to 1-year, $13 million deal with Mets: source

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NEW YORK — Luis Severino is moving across town. The former Yankee has agreed to a one-year, $13 million deal with the New York Mets, a source confirmed on Wednesday. The right-handed pitcher spent the past eight seasons with the Bombers and will join new manager Carlos Mendoza in his departure to Flushing.

The two-time All-Star has had a ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: Andre Dawson fighting the odds to get his Hall of Fame plaque's cap changed. 'My preference all along was as a Cub.'

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CHICAGO — Andre Dawson never has let the odds bother him.

The former Chicago Cubs slugger overcame 12 knee surgeries during his 21-year, Hall of Fame career, and he famously offered the Cubs a blank contract as a free agent in spring training of 1987, telling the team to fill in the blanks with however much they felt comfortable paying him.

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Dodgers got outbid for Ichiro Suzuki in 2000. Will they lose out on Japan's next star?

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LOS ANGELES — The only knock on Yoshinobu Yamamoto, the most highly regarded pitcher on the free-agent market besides Shohei Ohtani, is that he's short and light at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds.

His reputation, however, is huge and his trophy case crammed with heavy metal after winning his third consecutive most valuable player award Tuesday on ...Read more

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Bill Shaikin: Wait for the A's to leave? Oakland is bringing in another baseball team next year.

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LOS ANGELES — For the past couple of years, as the Oakland Athletics flirted with Las Vegas, the comparison became painfully obvious: On any given night, the major league team in Oakland could be outdrawn by the minor league team in Las Vegas.

For 2024, we present this delicious possibility: On any given night, the major league team in ...Read more

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Dodgers set to re-sign Jason Heyward to a one-year deal

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The Dodgers have yet to make a major roster addition during the opening month of Major League Baseball's offseason. But on Monday, they ensured another important piece of their 2023 team would be back in the fold in 2024.

The club is nearing a new one-year contract with outfielder Jason Heyward worth $9 million pending a physical, according to ...Read more

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Mets hire ex-Bloomberg Media CEO M. Scott Havens to run business operations

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More than a year after Sandy Alderson stepped down from his role as team president, the Mets have finally hired someone to run the business side of the club. M. Scott Havens, the former CEO of Bloomberg Media, is set to join the Mets in January as the president of business operations, the club announced Monday.

Havens will report directly to ...Read more

Tigers reach two-year deal with starting pitcher Kenta Maeda

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DETROIT — The Tigers, according to multiple reports and confirmed by The News, have reached an agreement with veteran right-handed pitcher Kenta Maeda.

The deal, which is pending the completion of medicals, will be for two years and $24 million.

Maeda, who spent the first eight of his 15 professional seasons in Japan, is entering his age-36 ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Is the hiring of manager Mike Shildt truly GM A.J. Preller's last chance with Padres?

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SAN DIEGO — On the surface, you have to think this is the last shot for A.J. Preller, the Padres' president of baseball operations. He's been stitching together teams in San Diego since late 2014 with no division titles and one full-season playoff appearance.

It's been a run filled with bold stabs, wild spending and highs sandwiched by ...Read more

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Ron Cook: Jim Leyland absolutely belongs in Cooperstown

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PITTSBURGH — The Pirates haven't put one of their own from the modern era into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum since Bill Mazeroski in 2001. It is time for another. Jim Leyland has been nominated for consideration by the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee for managers, executives and umpires. He belongs in Cooperstown.

"I'd be ...Read more

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Ryan Divish: Will Eugenio Suarez trade lead to 'good vibes' for Mariners fans?

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SEATTLE — Depending on a person's time of arrival in the Mariners clubhouse for games at T-Mobile Park, they were usually greeted by the smiling face of Eugenio Suarez, whose locker was the first in the line of sight upon entering the posh space.

If Suarez wasn't in front of his locker holding court with teammates, a glaring bright neon sign ...Read more

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Ryan Divish: What will it take for the Mariners to sign Shohei Ohtani?

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SEATTLE — On normal occasions, the "Twitter" mailbag will solicit questions from its numerous followers for the sporadic foray into answering questions about the Mariners, Major League Baseball and the mysteries of life.

But given the general mood and reactions right now on all forms of Mariners social media, and the propensity for the same ...Read more

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Tom Krasovic: A.J. Preller made a good hire in Mike Shildt. Can the two get along?

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SAN DIEGO — I like the Padres' decision to hire Mike Shildt because each of his three Cardinals teams were winners, and because Shildt learned under wise men such as legendary baseball sensei George Kissell, a longtime ace in player development.

Here's a "George-ism" for a few Padres hitters to chew on:

Destroy the first pitch before it ...Read more

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Athletics eye Texas Rangers ballpark as blueprint for Las Vegas

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ARLINGTON, Texas — With the Oakland Athletics’ Las Vegas relocation approved, fans must be wondering what the new ballpark will look like.

The design is still in the works, but an example of what to expect sits adjacent to the site where MLB owners approved the team’s move to Southern Nevada — at Live! Lowes hotel.

Globe Life Field, ...Read more

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3 ways the Mets can upgrade their rotation heading into 2024

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NEW YORK — Aaron Nola will not be doing a reverse Zack Wheeler.

The Mets project to be one of the biggest players in the free-agent pitching market, so Aaron Nola’s seven-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies means two things: It’s one fewer elite starting pitcher to go after, and it means the level of competition in the NL East ...Read more

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Mariners trade third baseman Eugenio Suarez to Diamondbacks

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SEATTLE — As part of their offseason quest to reduce the number of strikeouts in their lineup, the Mariners were willing to sacrifice some the good vibes brought on a daily basis by Eugenio Suarez.

On Wednesday, in what is becoming a bit of a tradition of making news on the day before Thanksgiving, the organization traded the popular third ...Read more