Dodgers acquire second baseman Logan Forsythe for pitching prospect Jose DeLeon

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have found a second baseman for 2017.

The team has traded pitching prospect Jose De Leon to Tampa Bay in exchange for Logan Forsythe. The deal was announced on Monday afternoon.

Forsythe, 29, averaged 18 home runs the last two seasons with a .791 on-base plus slugging percentage. As a right-handed hitter,...Read more

More details from Yordano Ventura's final night; police investigating speed as factor in wreck

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In the hours before his custom white Jeep careened off a road and ripped through a guard rail near the Dominican town of Juan Adrian, Yordano Ventura was enjoying the company of friends on Saturday evening at a festival in the province of San Jose de Ocoa.

The partygoers packed like sardines into a city block amongst trucks and vehicles ...Read more

Yasiel Puig says he wants to be a starter, whether it's with Dodgers or not

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LOS ANGELES -- For the first time since 2013, the year he debuted in the major leagues and created outsized expectations for his future, Yasiel Puig entered the off-season without a firm grasp on a starting job with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

His performance in 2016 cost him ownership of right field and reduced him to a part-time role for the ...Read more

As Royals ponder Ventura tributes, there are sadly too many examples

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Honoring Yordano Ventura remains in the working stages, Royals officials say. Sadly, there are too many similar incidents in recent years to reference as examples.

Ventura died early Sunday morning in his native Dominican Republic from a car crash. The 25-year-old was four years into his promising Royals' career with a contract that could have ...Read more

Mom recalls how Ventura gave her cancer-stricken daughter a chance to 'be a kid again'

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Yordano Ventura emerged from the Royals' dugout on a warm May afternoon last year, clutching a baseball.

Eight-year-old Amelia Meyer's joy couldn't be contained as she caught a glimpse of the pitcher. This was a dream come true: The two were going to be photographed together for the annual Braden's Hope calendar.

"When we got there to Kauffman...Read more

Royals GM Dayton Moore: 'Players like Yordano are why coaches and teachers exist'

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ATLANTA -- Dayton Moore is on the phone when he opens the door to his 26th floor hotel room here to let you in. The Royals general manager keeps his iPhone in a World Series logo case and it has buzzed for most of the day, except the two hours or so he was on a Delta flight from Kansas City.

Yordano Ventura, the supernaturally talented Royals ...Read more

Royals fans pay tribute to Yordano Ventura at Kauffman Stadium

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The ringtone on Byron Brooks' phone resonated outside Kauffman Stadium on Sunday, honoring his favorite Royals player.

"Oh, baby, we're going to the World Series again," pitcher Yordano Ventura could be heard saying.

Earlier in the morning, after that ringtone greeted Brooks with news Ventura had died in a car crash, Brooks joined other Royals...Read more

Was Yordano Ventura on a path to career greatness with the Royals?

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In three full seasons with the Royals, Yordano Ventura owned a 3.89 ERA, struck out 7.7 batters over nine innings and went 38-31. He surpassed 180 innings pitched in two of those seasons.

The numbers didn't get Ventura an All-Star invitation but they were solid, and at age 25 there was every reason to believe Ventura's best seasons were ahead ...Read more

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura dies in Dominican Republic vehicle crash at age 25

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, who mesmerized fans with his precocious talent, scintillating fastball and fiery swagger, was killed in a traffic crash in his native Dominican Republic, the team confirmed Sunday morning. Ventura was 25.

The wreck occurred on Carretera Juan Adrian, a highway near Rancho Arriba, a town in the San Jose de Ocoa ...Read more

Former Giants ace Tim Lincecum not ready to call it quits

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Tim Lincecum couldn't reestablish himself as a productive major league pitcher with the Los Angeles Angels last season, but the two-time Cy Young Award winner and Giants legend hasn't given up on recapturing his previous form.

Although he doesn't have a contract for 2017 and spring training is barely more than three weeks away, Lincecum "is ...Read more

Rangers plan to retire Ivan Rodriguez's jersey in August

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DALLAS -- Ivan Rodriguez will have his No. 7 jersey retired by the Texas Rangers in August, the club announced late Friday night at the Dr Pepper Awards Dinner.

The Rangers didn't announce a date for the ceremony, but it will come only a few weeks after Rodriguez is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He was voted for election to ...Read more

Cubs slugger Kris Bryant looks opposite way to improve lofty numbers

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Kris Bryant reduced his strikeout total by 45, raised his batting average by 17 points and increased his home run total by 13 en route to the National League Most Valuable Player Award in only his second major league season.

Yet Bryant seeks more statistical improvement.

"You have to pick the right numbers to concentrate on," Bryant said ...Read more

Mass for Jose Fernandez in Cuba attended by Marlins officials

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Even though four months have passed since the death of Jose Fernandez, the mourning continues for the Marlins.

That's why two team executives traveled to Cuba earlier this week to attend a Mass held in Fernandez's hometown of Santa Clara.

"We've said he was family and always will be, and we meant it," said Marlins president David Samson, who ...Read more

Marlins acquire right-handed starter Dan Straily in trade with Reds

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The Marlins provided everyone with a reminder Thursday that the offseason isn't over quite yet.

Miami added right-handed starter Dan Straily in a trade with the Reds, sending pitching prospects Luis Castillo and Austin Brice and minor league outfielder Isaiah White to Cincinnati.

The move strengthens the Marlins' projected rotation this season...Read more

Orioles agree to three-year deal with Mark Trumbo

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Another offseason-long saga of whether the major league home run champion would stay in Baltimore after testing free agency was resolved Thursday when the Orioles agreed to re-sign free-agent outfielder/designated hitter Mark Trumbo.

The two sides have a three-year agreement in place pending a physical, according to an industry source.

Trumbo,...Read more

Rangers, Ross finalize one-year deal

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The Texas Rangers have put the finishing touches on what they believe will be their starting rotation for most of the season.

Right-hander Tyson Ross passed his physical to make his one-year deal with the Rangers official. He will be paid a base salary of $6 million with the potential to earn $3 million more via incentives after missing all but...Read more

Glow, Canada: Raines in Hall

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If the last strike killed baseball in Montreal, Rick Monday wounded it.

Get to the World Series, and a town falls in love with its team -- not just the diehards, but the citizens more interested in civic pride than Curtis Pride. Before the 1994 Expos -- the best team in baseball when the strike hit -- there were the 1981 Expos.

They were one ...Read more

Trevor Hoffman narrowly misses election to Hall of Fame

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SAN DIEGO -- Thirty-four votes shrunk to five, but a margin, however slim, remains. Trevor Hoffman, the Padres icon who holds the National League saves record, will have to wait at least another year to gain entrance into baseball's Hall of Fame.

In his second year of eligibility, Hoffman appeared on 327 of 442 Baseball Writers' Association of ...Read more

Ex-Mariners DH Edgar Martinez again falls short in bid for Hall of Fame induction

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SEATTLE -- A change in thinking about the value of a designated hitter, the evolving use of sabermetric measures and growing sentiment among eligible voters gave Edgar Martinez his highest percentage of Baseball Hall of Fame votes since appearing on the ballot. But it wasn't enough to for the Mariners' great to garner induction for the 2017 ...Read more

Rangers catcher Rodriguez headed to Hall of Fame

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Former Texas Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez, the 1999 American League MVP and a 13-time Gold Glove winner and a 14-time All-Star, was voted for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday in his first year on the ballot.

Rodriguez appeared on 76 percent of the ballots submitted by eligible voters from the ...Read more