Source: Cardinals finalizing deal for starter Lance Lynn's return to help rotation

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The Cardinals' first move to restock their rotation is a retro one.

Right-hander Lance Lynn, a fixture in the rotation for years, is finalizing a one-year deal to return to the Cardinals, and the contract includes an option for 2025, a source told the Post-Dispatch. The deal is pending a physical to be completed Tuesday.

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No more waiting list -- for now -- as Chicago Cubs make season tickets available for immediate purchase

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CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs fans wanting season tickets no longer need to hold off until their name comes up on the waiting list.

The Cubs released season tickets to the public Monday, including a new 20-game plan with seats available in the field box outfield, upper box infield, upper box midfield and upper box outfield sections. Fans also can ...Read more

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David Murphy: Phillies take a big but manageable risk on Aaron Nola and position themselves to improve elsewhere

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A fair deal.

That’s what the Phillies got themselves. That’s what they gave to Aaron Nola.

A smart deal?

That requires a little more thought. About biology. About physiology. About roster philosophy. About a slew of other factors — some known, some unknown, some impossible to know. To make matters even more complex, all of these ...Read more

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Source: Phillies agree to $172 million deal with Aaron Nola; still in play for Yoshinobu Yamamoto

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Aaron Nola has agreed to a seven-year, $172 million contract with the Phillies, The Inquirer confirmed on Sunday. The deal has a full no-trade clause and no opt-outs. According to a source, Nola turned down more money from other deals to stay in Philadelphia. He passed his physical on Sunday afternoon, making the deal official. The Phillies are ...Read more

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Ken Sugiura: Chipper Jones explains why Ron Washington's departure is 'a tremendous loss'

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ATLANTA — During the season, the favorite part of Chipper Jones’ day happened in the minutes just before the Braves took batting practice at Truist Park.

Just off of the home dugout, Jones said, third-base coach Ron Washington, first-base coach Eric Young and occasionally second baseman Ozzie Albies assembled for pointed conversations.

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John Romano: Blake Snell wins a Cy Young Award and the Rays lose a few IQ points

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Baseball is played differently around here and, over time, we’ve learned to revel in it.

Maybe the Rays underwhelm when it comes to crowds, payrolls and cover boys, but they make up for it in daring and ingenuity. And that ability to match Tampa Bay’s wits against Boston’s muscle and New York’s money has ...Read more

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Who would you rather sign, Aaron Nola or Blake Snell? We asked scouts around MLB.

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PHILADELPHIA — Last year, the Phillies charged into the offseason with a clear-eyed view of their biggest need and a strong preference for how to fill it. They targeted Trea Turner in a starry crop of free-agent shortstops, hurled $300 million at him, and planned a festive news conference.

It all seemed so simple.

But it’s worth ...Read more

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Mark Bradley: Is Braves' deal for Bummer a bummer of a deal?

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ATLANTA — The terms of this trade read like a misprint. The Braves sent five players — three were Round 1 picks, one being Michael Soroka — to the White Sox for a reliever who posted an ERA of 6.79.

The reliever’s name, no joke: Aaron Bummer. He’s 30. He’s a left-hander. He has never started a big league game. He has never been an ...Read more

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Another Braves surprise: Kyle Wright is traded to Royals

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ATLANTA — You probably were not prepared to read the sentence below on this Friday:

The Braves traded Kyle Wright to the Kansas City Royals.

In return, the Braves received right-hander Jackson Kowar. This was Atlanta’s second trade of the day with Kansas City after the Braves sent Nick Anderson to the Royals for cash considerations hours ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: GM Chris Getz gets an early start on dismantling the 2023 White Sox. Who will be next?

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox general manager Chris Getz stared back at a few dozen reporters on a Zoom call Friday afternoon after informing them top prospect Colson Montgomery doesn’t have to worry about making the team out of spring training.

No one had any more questions and no one was stopping the Zoom.

Getz wasn’t sure exactly what ...Read more

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Braves trade reliever Nick Anderson to Royals

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ATLANTA — The Braves were going to non-tender right-handed reliever Nick Anderson.

Instead, they traded him to the Royals for cash considerations.

The deadline for clubs to tender a contract to arbitration-eligible players is 8 p.m. Friday. The Braves removed a lot of the drama surrounding their decisions when they traded Michael Soroka and ...Read more

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With both Yankees and Mets interested, Yoshinobu Yamamoto to be posted Monday: report

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NEW YORK — The bidding for Yoshinobu Yamamoto is about to begin.

The Japanese ace is expected to be posted on Monday, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. From there, a 45-day window to negotiate with Yamamoto would begin on Tuesday.

The Yankees and Mets, among other big-market teams, are expected to pursue the 25-year-old right-hander.

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Paul Sullivan: Some unsolicited advice for Craig Counsell on handling his first year as Cubs manager

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CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs manager Craig Counsell wanted to take things slowly after a whirlwind chain of events since his initial Nov. 1 meeting with President Jed Hoyer.

You really can’t blame him. There’s a lot to learn about the Cubs organization, from the farm system to the current roster to the offseason game plan. He’s already begun ...Read more

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Sources say Phillies should be one of the top suitors for Yoshinobu Yamamoto. Here's why he could be a fit.

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PHILADELPHIA — Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has said publicly that signing Aaron Nola is their top offseason priority. But Nola, a free agent, has plenty of suitors, and it’s no guarantee that he returns to Philadelphia.

If he doesn’t, the Phillies are strongly considering right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto as a ...Read more

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Jim Souhan: Baldelli on Twins, rocking his twins and rockin' Target Field

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Rocco Baldelli set the scene:

"I'm sitting here at home in Rhode Island, wearing pajamas, holding Enzo Baldelli on my lap, and everything's quiet. So we're all doing great. But, yes, our lives have changed.''

The Baldellis welcomed their twins, Enzo and Nino, in September, a few days before the Twins clinched the American League Central title....Read more

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Bill Shaikin: John Fisher got his Vegas wish. Will he now try to hold the Oakland Coliseum 'hostage'?

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ARLINGTON, Texas — The Oakland Coliseum, soon to be deserted by the Oakland Athletics, sits within an underdeveloped and overly industrial corridor within the city. Kevin Jenkins, the councilman who represents the area, would like to tell you a little about his district.

“We lack a major grocery store,” he said.

People need places to ...Read more

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Shohei Ohtani wins AL MVP, becoming first player to win by unanimous vote twice

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Shohei Ohtani seemed like his own biggest competition most of the year. Not even a season derailed by injuries that affected his two-way abilities could have stopped him from winning his second American League most valuable player award.

Ohtani won the award Thursday, given by the Baseball Writers Assn. of America, by a unanimous vote. Texas ...Read more

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Braves superstar Ronald Acuña Jr. wins National League MVP Award

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After a record-breaking season, Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. was named the National League MVP, the first such honor of his career, but perhaps not the last. The superstar right fielder set MLB and team records.

Acuña beat out the Dodgers’ Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman (a former teammate) to win NL MVP. The vote was unanimous. The ...Read more

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Atlanta will host 2025 MLB All-Star game

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ATLANTA — MLB’s biggest and brightest stars will descend on Atlanta in 2025.

Atlanta will host the 2025 MLB All-Star game between the American League and National League – four years after the league pulled the event from the city and instead put it in Colorado. MLB, which awarded the event to Atlanta, hasn’t yet announced an exact date...Read more

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Eric Kutsenda to serve as Padres' point person following Chairman Peter Seidler's death

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SAN DIEGO — While Peter Seidler's long-term wish was for the Padres to remain in his family, one of the late chairman's trusted business partners will serve as point person for Major League Baseball — at least for the time being.

Eric Kutsenda, a co-founder and managing partner in Seidler's private equity firm, will serve as the Padres' ...Read more