Christian Yelich's relationship with Marlins is reportedly 'irretrievably broken'

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Christian Yelich doesn't want to be a Miami Marlin anymore.

His agent, Joe Longo, told ESPN on Tuesday that the outfielder's relationship with the Marlins is "irretrievably broken" and that the team would be best off trying to trade Yelich in advance of spring training next month.

The Marlins, under CEO Derek Jeter and chairman Bruce Sherman, ...Read more

Derek Jeter wants to get rid of Marlins home run sculpture

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MIAMI -- Derek Jeter may get an assist from Miami-Dade in ridding Marlins Park of its kitschy home run sculpture, which the new owner and the county's mayor both want removed.

"I just don't think they're all that crazy about it," Mayor Carlos Gimenez said after meeting with Jeter and other front-office executives at the county-owned ballpark on...Read more

Padres owner on Eric Hosmer offer: 'We like it. I don't know if Mr. Boras likes it.'

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Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler indicated Tuesday the team is not planning significant changes to its offer to free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer. The Union-Tribune reported earlier this month that the Padres had presented agent Scott Boras with a seven-year deal worth less than $140 million, and the club apparently has not budged from ...Read more

Danny Duffy enters DUI plea, receives probation

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Royals pitcher Danny Duffy has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Overland Park, Kan., and placed on probation, according to a city spokesman.

Sean Reilly, a communications manager of Overland Park, confirmed on Tuesday that Duffy entered the plea last Thursday. He was fined $1,220, including court fees and must not drink or use ...Read more

Yadier Molina plans to retire at the end of his three-year extension

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Repeating a stance that he took into contract negotiations a year ago, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said he has three more years on his contract and three more years of playing.

"Three more years, and that's it," Molina said.

The Cardinals catcher attended Day 3 of the team's Winter Warm-up and after signing autographs for two hours he ...Read more

Report: Giants acquire Andrew McCutchen in trade with Pirates

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SAN FRANCISCO -- After an offseason of fits and starts and false rumors, the Giants finally reeled in a high-profile outfielder Monday.

The team agreed to acquire center fielder Andrew McCutchen, a five-time All-Star and former MVP, from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported the deal was in place, pending a review...Read more

Darvish staying calm in stalled market, but would Rangers have a chance if he blinks?

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Yu Darvish can probably scratch the Houston Astros off his list of suitors.

The Astros, the reigning world champs, added to their deep starting rotation over the weekend by acquiring right-hander Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Texas Rangers figure to see him a least a couple times in 2018 over the 19 games the American League West...Read more

Mets reportedly set to sign Adrian Gonzalez

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The New York Mets are expected to sign former Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to a one-year contract, according to multiple media outlets.

The deal reportedly is contingent on the 35-year-old Gonzalez passing a physical examination. Gonzalez said last season that he has a herniated disk in his back.

Gonzalez, a five-time All-...Read more

Padres officially sign Brad Hand to three-year, $19.75 million extension

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The Padres on Sunday announced a three-year, $19.75 million extension for reliever Brad Hand.

The contract includes a club option for 2021, reportedly worth $10 million with a $1 million buyout. Hand made $1.375 million last season, when the left-hander was arbitration-eligible for the first time.

"The Padres gave me an opportunity and they ...Read more

No reunion imminent between Cubs, Sammy Sosa

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CHICAGO -- The red carpet won't be rolled out at Wrigley Field for Sammy Sosa until he comes clean.

Chairman Tom Ricketts had a lengthy but vague reply Saturday at Cubs Convention to a fan's suggestion that the former Cubs slugger be welcomed back.

"I just think we need to put everything on the table and move forward," Ricketts said of Sosa ...Read more

Pirates reportedly deal Gerrit Cole to Astros, which could benefit Cubs

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The Cubs have one less worry despite their relentless search for starting pitching.

According to multiple reports, the Pirates have reached an agreement to deal ace Gerrit Cole to the world champion Astros. Cole lost to Jake Arrieta in the 2015 National League wild-card game in one of the more memorable games of the Cubs' three-year playoff run...Read more

Reliever Addison Reed agrees to 2-year deal with Twins

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The Twins added a third free-agent relief pitcher on Saturday, according to published reports, adding needed depth to one of the team's weaknesses from last season.

Addison Reed, a 29-year-old right-hander who has struck out 425 hitters in 402 career innings, has agreed to a two-year contract, a major league baseball source confirmed. The ...Read more

Winter market has been frigid, but Cubs players stoking competitive fire

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CHICAGO -- President Theo Epstein stressed patience as he and his staff try to fortify the Cubs pitching staff during what has so far been a tedious winter.

"Realistically we'd like to add another pitcher," Epstein said Friday night as several thousand fans attended the opening ceremony of the Cubs Convention at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. "I ...Read more

Kelvin Herrera, Nathan Karns agree to contracts with Royals, avoiding arbitration

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The Royals avoided salary arbitration with two pitchers on Friday, agreeing to one-year contracts with reliever Kelvin Herrera and starter Nathan Karns. Yet they were not able to come to an agreement with a third, instead exchanging salary figures with reliever Brandon Maurer in advance of a scheduled arbitration hearing in February.

Maurer ...Read more

Indians reach one-year deals with Salazar and Chisenhall, will exchange salary figures with Bauer

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The Indians on Friday reached agreements on one-year deals with pitcher Danny Salazar and outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall and exchanged salary figures with Trevor Bauer, the club's last three remaining arbitration-eligible players this winter.

Salazar's one-year deal is valued at $5 million. Chisenhall, in his last year of arbitration eligibility,...Read more

Orioles agree to deals with Machado, four other arbitration-eligible players

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BALTIMORE -- A slow-developing deadline day for the Orioles in negotiating with their seven arbitration-eligible players is proving to be productive.

Friday's 1 p.m. deadline to exchange salary figures with arbitration-eligible players came and went with the club far apart with several key players, including third baseman Manny Machado.

But as...Read more

Cubs' Kris Bryant sets record with $10.85 million salary

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Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant set a record for a first-year arbitration-eligible player by agreeing Friday to a one-year, $10.85 million contract.

Bryant surpasses the previous mark of $10 million by Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies before the 2008 season. Bryant and Howard each won National League Rookie of the Year and Most ...Read more

Dave Roberts is putting all the heartache of 2017 behind him

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LOS ANGELES -- Dave Roberts plans to host a visitor at his home next week. He befriended Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch during half a decade together in the San Diego Padres organization, and their bond remained sturdy after seven games as World Series opponents. When Hinch mentioned he was attending a wedding near San Diego, Roberts invited ...Read more

New Cubs reliever Steve Cishek eager to join retooled bullpen

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CHICAGO -- Steve Cishek was pleased that the Cubs thought so highly of him so quickly in December that he agreed to be a part of their newly retooled bullpen.

And given the deliberate pace that the Cubs and other teams have embarked on in their search for starting pitching, Cishek accepts the responsibility that he and his fellow relievers will...Read more

Indians, Cody Allen agree on 1-year contract

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The Indians and closer Cody Allen have reached an agreement on a one-year deal for the 2018 season, avoiding arbitration.

Allen was entering his final season of arbitration eligibility. According to a report by the Associated Press, the one-year contract is valued at $10.575 million.

Allen has been one of the better closers in baseball over ...Read more