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Phillies sign relief pitcher David Robertson

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The Phillies finally landed the high-leverage arm they had sought this offseason, signing right-handed relief pitcher David Robertson to a two-year deal Thursday.

Robertson, who will turn 34 in April, had a 3.23 ERA last season in 69 games with the Yankees and struck out 11.8 batters per nine innings. The ever-consistent Robertson has pitched ...Read more

White Sox make contract offer to Manny Machado: report

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Jerry Reinsdorf wants to know if you think Manny Machado looks good in a White Sox uniform.

OK, maybe not the White Sox chairman himself, but a Twitter feed from one of his companies.

The Twitter account @WatchStadium on Thursday edited a photo of Machado in a Sox uniform, along with a mention of a tweet from USA Today's Bob Nightingale ...Read more

Home run-hitting Nelson Cruz eager to join Twins lineup

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Nelson Cruz officially joined the Twins on Wednesday after the team announced the signing of the 38-year-old free agent designated hitter.

Cruz plugs into an everyday hole -- and might play some games in the outfield -- in the lineup after playing 144 games for Seattle last season.

He hit .256 with 37 home runs and 97 RBIs and made the ...Read more

Phillies to meet with Bryce Harper in Las Vegas, report says

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies' hunt for a superstar reportedly will take them back to Las Vegas this month, as their wait for Manny Machado has not removed them from the race for Bryce Harper.

Machado is expected to sign sometime this month with the White Sox, Yankees, or Phillies. He remains the Phillies' top priority this winter, but the ...Read more

Cubs and White Sox seasons storylines for 2019, from the Cactus League openers to the World Series

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The 2019 season is approaching, and though plenty of free agents remain unsigned, it's time to start thinking ahead.

Here's a monthly planner for the Cubs, White Sox and Major League Baseball:

January

Cubs Convention: Jan. 18-20 at Sheraton Grand Chicago

Joe Maddon explains what he has learned about millennials this offseason. Business ...Read more

Twins land six-time All-Star Nelson Cruz

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The Twins continued their quest for power during the offseason by agreeing to terms with veteran designated hitter Nelson Cruz on Thursday.

Cruz, 38, has 203 home runs over the past five seasons, more than any other player in Major League Baseball.

During that time, Cruz hit at least 40 homers in a season three times. When Brian Dozier hit 42 ...Read more

Orioles' highlights and lowlights from 2018, the worst season in club history

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BALTIMORE -- What's proved to be a year of seismic changes for the Orioles on and off the field still packed in plenty of actual baseball over the required 162 games, even if it might have been nice for them to mercifully end by about halfway through.

If 2018 is remembered for anything going forward with the Orioles, it will be the series of ...Read more

Cardinals' Carpenter already at work at everyday position, third base

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It might happen at the supermarket 30 minutes away from his ranch or at breakfast joint nearby when a neighbor or friend of a friend starts quizzing Matt Carpenter about his profession and inevitably asks what he has been unable to answer.

"Baseball, huh? What position do you play?" they'll say.

"It's actually a great question," he'll reply. "...Read more

Blockbuster trade raises more questions about Dodgers' offseason odyssey

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LOS ANGELES--In December 2016, as Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman doled out nearly $200 million in free-agent contracts, he crystallized the occasional need for baseball executives to eschew logic in the winter.

"If you're always rational on every free agent," he said, "you will finish third on every free ...Read more

Lorena Martin sues Mariners, says she complained to owner John Stanton, CEO Kevin Mather about 'mistreatment'

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SEATTLE -- A wrongful-termination lawsuit filed by Dr. Lorena Martin, the Mariners' former high-performance director, alleges she went to team owners John Stanton and Buck Ferguson and CEO Kevin Mather as far back as March to complain about alleged discriminatory treatment.

The lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court on Wednesday, counters...Read more

Dodgers send Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Alex Wood to Reds in blockbuster trade

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers completed a blockbuster trade with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday afternoon, sending outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp, catcher Kyle Farmer, left-hander Alex Wood and $7 million to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for right-hander Homer Bailey and two minor leaguers.

The move saves the Dodgers millions of dollars on...Read more

Cardinals sign All-Star lefty Andrew Miller to two-year deal

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ST. LOUIS -- Left-handed reliever Andrew Miller and the Cardinals were working to complete a multi-year deal Thursday night, multiple sources told the Post-Dispatch. The two-year contract was finalized and announced Friday morning. The contract will guarantee Miller $25 million and it includes a third year, for 2021, that will vest based on his ...Read more

Rangers trade Profar to A's in three-team deal that includes Rays

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The wait finally ended this season for the Texas Rangers to see infielder Jurickson Profar blossom into a full-time major league player.

Now that he has, and his value has soared, Profar has been traded.

A baseball source said that the Rangers traded Profar to the Oakland A's in a three-team trade that includes the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rangers...Read more

Angels sign veteran pitcher Trevor Cahill

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LOS ANGELES -- For weeks, Los Angeles Angels general manager Billy Eppler made calls on free-agent starting pitchers and attempted to barter his team's assets for an opportunity to acquire a starter via trade.

Free agents spurned Anaheim for East Coast destinations. Teams hoarded talent and declined exchange propositions. Solutions continually ...Read more

Source: Cardinals closing in on deal for lefty reliever Andrew Miller

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ST. LOUIS -- One of the first things the Cardinals said they needed to add this winter was an elite left-handed reliever for the bullpen, and with a few shopping days remaining before Christmas they closed in a deal with an All-Star who has helped reinvent on bullpens are used.

Andrew Miller and the Cardinals are working to finalize a deal that...Read more

Marshawn Lynch has a message for the Oakland City Council

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Marshawn Lynch is a man of few words.

But his reticence is no issue when it comes to his beloved hometown of Oakland, Calif., as the City Council learned Wednesday night.

Lynch, former Oakland Tech, Cal and Raiders running back addressed the council wearing sandals, shorts, hoodie and a backpack to advocate for the A's proposed ballpark at ...Read more

Manny Machado visits Phillies, who get their best chance to persuade him to choose Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA -- For years, Phillies officials ogled Manny Machado from afar. They lusted after him in trade talks last summer.

But it wasn't until Thursday that they were able to express their admiration face to face.

In the biggest day of Matt Klentak's three-year tenure as Phillies general manager, Machado paid a visit to Citizens Bank Park,...Read more

Dodgers have a surplus of starting pitchers that could work to their advantage

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LOS ANGELES -- A smile formed on Dave Roberts' face when the arithmetic was presented to him. He had just declared that the Dodgers view Alex Wood as a starting pitcher. He said the same about Kenta Maeda a little earlier. He revealed Ross Stripling would compete for a starting job and projected Julio Urias would be in the mix, on an innings ...Read more

Goodbye, Safeco Field. The Mariners' stadium is now called T-Mobile Park

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SEATTLE -- Welcome to T-Mobile Park.

For the first time since its construction in 1998 and opening in 1999, the baseball stadium in Seattle's Sodo district will be called something other than Safeco Field.

On Wednesday, the Mariners and the Bellevue, Washington-based telecommunications giant announced a 25-year naming-rights agreement. The ...Read more

MLB reaches deal that will allow Cuban players to sign with teams without defecting

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Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Cuban Baseball Federation have agreed to a groundbreaking accord that would permit players in Cuba to sign with major-league clubs without having to defect from the island, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

The deal doesn't need approval from the ...Read more