Where does Josh Donaldson best fit in Twins batting order?

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Rocco Baldelli said he spent a lot of time thinking about lineups last season, had almost daily conversations about some wrinkle or new possibility with bench coach Derek Shelton. The result was 145 different batting orders over the season's 162 games.

Now he's got Josh Donaldson to add to the mix, in the wake of the free agent third baseman's ...Read more

Slugger Josh Donaldson agrees to deal with Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have reached an agreement with free-agent third baseman Josh Donaldson, a former American League MVP, a major league source confirmed Tuesday night.

The deal is for four seasons with a fifth-year club option.'s Mark Feinsand reported there is $92 million guaranteed over the four years.

The Twins were one of the...Read more

Phillies designate Odubel Herrera for assignment, remove him from 40-man roster

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PHILADELPHIA -- Odubel Herrera's time with the Phillies may have come to an end as the outfielder was designated for assignment on Tuesday afternoon, a transaction that removes Herrera from the 40-man roster and could begin the process of releasing him.

The Phillies have seven days to either trade Herrera or place him on waivers. Herrera is ...Read more

Angels acquire pitcher Matt Andriese from Diamondbacks for minor leaguer

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Angels added to their pitching depth Tuesday by acquiring veteran right-hander Matt Andriese from the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league pitcher Jeremy Beasley.

Andriese, 30, pitched out of the bullpen for most of the past two seasons in Tampa Bay and Arizona, but Angels general manager Billy Eppler said ...Read more

Yu Darvish jokingly awaits Dodgers' 2017 World Series parade in the wake of Astros sign-stealing penalties

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Yu Darvish suffered two of his toughest losses with the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series, but the Cubs pitcher didn't lose his sense of humor.

After the Astros were assessed with record penalties Monday for sign-stealing in the 2017 and 2018 seasons -- which included their 2017 World Series title against Darvish and the Dodgers -- Darvish ...Read more

Q&A: What does Astros' sign-stealing punishment mean for the Dodgers or Alex Cora?

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LOS ANGELES -- It's official: The Houston Astros are cheaters. The commissioner of baseball himself said so, in a nine-page report issued Monday.

In his report, Rob Manfred cited the 2017 Astros for repeated violations of rules that banned the use of video equipment to steal signs during a game. In the last game of the 2017 season, the Astros ...Read more

Dodgers are bringing back pitcher Alex Wood on a one-year contract

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LOS ANGELES -- After a year apart, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Alex Wood are back together.

The Dodgers and the left-handed pitcher agreed to a one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the situation said Sunday. The deal is worth $4 million guaranteed and includes incentives that could boost Wood's salary to $10 million.

Wood returns to ...Read more

Only two months until Globe Life Field opens. How much work is left on new Rangers home?

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The first event at Globe Life Field is scheduled for March 14, when the Chris Stapleton All-American Road Show comes to Arlington.

(He's bringing Willie Nelson, too.)

That's in 62 days. The ballpark, as of Thursday, was 90% complete.

Here's an update from various areas around the park.

Kitchens and concessions stands are one of the main ...Read more

Miguel Sano agrees to three-year contract; five other Twins avoid arbitration

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins finally agreed to a long-term contract with a slugging All-Star third baseman on Friday, but it wasn't the one they've been pursuing for the past month.

Miguel Sano, who figures to move across the diamond to first base if Josh Donaldson accepts the Twins' month-old free-agent offer, signaled his apparently willingness ...Read more

Dodgers reach arbitration agreement with Cody Bellinger for record $11.5 million

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LOS ANGELES -- Cody Bellinger agreed to a one-year contract with the Dodgers for $11.5 million Friday, a record for a first-year arbitration player, according to people with knowledge of the deal. The National League most valuable player broke the record of $10.85 million set by the Cubs' Kris Bryant in 2018.

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, who...Read more

Housekeeper stole $45,000 diamond earrings from MLB star Madison Bumgarner's NC home

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A former housekeeper for Major League Baseball star pitcher Madison Bumgarner pleaded guilty in a North Carolina courtroom to stealing a $45,000 pair of diamond earrings from his and his wife's home.

Amanda Ashton Mundy pleaded guilty in Caldwell County Superior Court to the felony charge of obtaining property by false ...Read more

White Sox officially sign slugger Edwin Encarnacion to a 1-year, $12 million deal

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CHICAGO -- The White Sox announced the signing of veteran slugger Edwin Encarnacion on Thursday.

The designated hitter/first baseman agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract. The deal includes a club option for 2021.

Under terms of the agreement, Encarnacion will receive $12 million in 2020. The Sox hold a $12 million option for 2021, which ...Read more

Dodgers agree to a one-year deal with pitcher Jimmy Nelson

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers and veteran pitcher Jimmy Nelson agreed Tuesday to a major league deal for one year plus a vesting mutual option, according to a person with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to speak publicly about the contract.

Later in the day, the Dodgers signed reliever Edubray Ramos to a minor league deal...Read more

Reliever Steve Cishek signs 1-year, $6 million deal with White Sox, report says

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CHICAGO -- The back end of the bullpen was a strength for the White Sox in 2019.

They added another piece Tuesday, reportedly signing reliever Steve Cishek to a one-year, $6 million deal. The contract, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan, includes an option for a second season.

Cishek, 33, makes the short move from Wrigley Field to Guaranteed Rate...Read more

White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech marries 'Riverdale' actress Vanessa Morgan

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Michael Kopech ushered in 2020 with a wedding.

The White Sox pitcher married "Riverdale" actress Vanessa Morgan on Saturday in Homestead, Fla., according to E! News.

"We both knew the first day we met that 'this is it' and I'm so excited that today officially starts our forever," Morgan told E! News. "Today, I vowed to love my best friend for ...Read more

Onetime Orioles pitcher Don Larsen was fearless, hard-drinking and quite a character

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BALTIMORE -- Don Larsen's baseball career ran the gamut, from the ridiculous to the sublime. Yes, the big right-hander pitched a historic perfect game for the New York Yankees in the 1956 World Series. But he also played for the Orioles on their return to the big leagues in 1954, when Larsen went 3-21 and earned the nickname "Goony Bird" for his...Read more

Luis Robert, White Sox reach agreement on 6-year, $50 million deal

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CHICAGO -- It was apparent top prospect Luis Robert would spend a bulk of the 2020 season with the White Sox.

The only question was whether he would join the team out of spring training or spend a short time back in the minors.

The Sox likely provided an answer Thursday, agreeing to terms with Robert on a 6-year, $50 million deal. The contract...Read more

Twins sign starting pitchers Homer Bailey, Rich Hill

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins signed starting pitchers Homer Bailey and Rich Hill to one-year contracts Tuesday.

The 33-year-old Bailey is a 13-year major league veteran who split last season between Kansas City and Oakland, going 13-9 with a 4.57 ERA in 31 starts. In 243 major league games, all starts, the right-hander is 80-86 with a 4.57 ERA.

...Read more

The 2010s were the best of times for the Cubs, the worst of times for the White Sox

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The 2010s wasn't the greatest decade in Cubs history in terms of winning percentage, though it certainly felt that way for most Cubs fans, most of whom weren't around in the 1930s, the last time they played as well over a 10-year stretch.

And while it might not have been the worst decade in White Sox history, the Sox's .459 winning percentage ...Read more

Marlins agree to contract with outfielder Corey Dickerson

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Looking to upgrade the offense, the Miami Marlins are adding a consistent left-handed bat to the lineup.

The Marlins have agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent outfielder Corey Dickerson, according to the MLB Network. The deal is worth a reported $17.5 million. Dickerson, 30, fit all the parameters Miami was targeting in a free agent --...Read more