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Padres made late run at Aaron Judge, who remains with Yankees

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The Padres were a surprise entrant in the pursuit of Aaron Judge. But is anything like that really a surprise anymore?

From now on, let's just consider the Padres interested in every available player — and some players that aren't available.

They were in on Aaron Judge. Not in for very long. But in.

They were far more in on Judge than they ...Read more

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Sources: Cardinals complete deal for Willson Contreras

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SAN DIEGO — The St. Louis Cardinals have reached a deal with veteran free agent catcher Willson Contreras, sources confirm to the Post-Dispatch. The deal is valued at $87.5 million over a term of five years. This marks the largest free agent deal by the franchise for a player who was not previously a Cardinal.

The deal is pending a physical. ...Read more

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Red Sox to sign All-Star closer Kenley Jansen to two-year, $32 million deal, per report

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SAN DIEGO — In the middle of an offseason in which they’ve come up short signing several targets, the Red Sox landed an important one on Wednesday morning.

Kenley Jansen, the 35-year-old closer who won the World Series with the Dodgers in 2020 and was again effective in the ninth inning for the Braves in 2022, agreed to a two-year, $32 ...Read more

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He's coming back! Aaron Judge and Yankees agree on 9-year, $360M contract: sources

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NEW YORK — The Yankees couldn’t let him go and Aaron Judge couldn’t walk away from the Bronx.

After a historic year, the slugger earned himself a huge contract from the Bombers. Judge and the Yankees agreed on a deal that will pay him $360 million over nine years, sources confirmed Wednesday morning.

That is $146.5 million more than the ...Read more

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Michael Cunningham: Mets, Phillies spend big. Will Braves do same for Dansby Swanson?

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The Phillies committed $300 million to shortstop Trea Turner. The Mets are set to splurge on ace pitcher Justin Verlander. Meanwhile, the Braves have signed no free agents of note while their top priority, shortstop Dansby Swanson, remains on the market.

Sound familiar?

By now, we’re accustomed to the Mets and Phillies spending big on free ...Read more

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A blue wave at Chavez Ravine? Here's a look at the Dodgers' top prospects.

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SAN DIEGO — The seed was planted in early November when Dodgers president Stan Kasten told The Times that “we think we are now on the precipice of the next wave of young guys” and that the team “needs to make room to allow that to happen.”

Does that mean a full-fledged youth movement is about to sprout amid the veteran core of a club...Read more

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'These are the guys we want, so go get them': How owner John Middleton pushed the Phillies to land Trea Turner

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SAN DIEGO — Four years ago, John Middleton gassed up his private jet — the white Bombardier Challenger with a Phillies “P” on the tail — and flew to Las Vegas twice to meet with Bryce Harper and help close the largest deal in franchise history.

He wasn’t quite as hands-on when it came to the Phillies’ latest free-agent pursuit.

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Bryce Miller: Nelson Cruz says Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. needs to outwork, not outrun PED stain

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Nelson Cruz has been where Fernando Tatis Jr. finds himself, mired in the humiliating purgatory of a lengthy performance-enhancing drug suspension due to wreckage of his own making.

He's faced the boos, the uncomfortable stares, the unspoken words of wounded teammates. He's looked out at an uncertain, cratered road without a discernible horizon...Read more

Larry Stone: Have Mariners kept pace with AL West foes this offseason?

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SAN DIEGO — The Rangers hired a manager, Bruce Bochy, with three World Series titles and a burning desire for more. Then they signed All-World pitcher Jacob deGrom. The Angels have been steadily adding pieces this offseason in an attempt to build a team worthy of Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani

Oh, and those pesky Houston Astros, coming off 106 ...Read more

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Cody Bellinger agrees to a 1-year, $17.5 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, who are seeking a big payoff from the former NL MVP

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SAN DIEGO — The Chicago Cubs’ first splash in free agency features a high-upside gamble.

Center fielder Cody Bellinger agreed to a one-year, $17.5 million deal with the Cubs on Tuesday, a source confirmed to the Tribune.

Bellinger, 27, is the not the same hitter who won the 2019 National League MVP award with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Over ...Read more

Ben Frederickson: Matt Holliday, like Skip Schumaker, could grow from Cardinals bench coach into MLB manager

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SAN DIEGO — Skip Schumaker, sitting behind the microphone during his first Winter Meetings appearance as the manager of the Miami Marlins, stopped and considered how his Cardinals reunion helped secure this opportunity.

“I learned a lot,” Schumaker said about his one-and-done season as Cardinals manager Oli Marmol’s bench coach. “I ...Read more

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Will Chicago Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki represent Japan in the World Baseball Classic? 'We really want him to play.'

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Chicago Cubs right fielder Seiya Suzuki still is mulling whether to represent his country in the World Baseball Classic.

Team Japan manager Hideki Kuriyama said Tuesday at the winter meetings that the team will give Suzuki as much time as possible to decide — even if that means his decision lingers into February.

“I’m really just ...Read more

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David Murphy: With a hefty contract for Trea Turner, the Phillies are all in on the next five seasons

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The biggest question was when. You can’t often say that about $300 million contracts. But Trea Turner’s was one of them. That’s how much sense he made for the Phillies. And if the Phillies were willing to pay him $27.5 million a year through his 40th birthday, well, they certainly made sense for him.

There’s a lot to digest here. You ...Read more

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Jason Mastrodonato: Red Sox CBO Chaim Bloom under pressure at MLB Winter Meetings

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SAN DIEGO — Here at baseball’s annual Winter Meetings, it doesn’t take long to understand the hottest issues on the table.

The Yankees’ pursuit of Aaron Judge is clearly No. 1.

But No. 2? Pressure. Pressure on the Mets to replace Jacob deGrom and continue the upward trajectory the franchise has been striving for. Pressure on the Angels...Read more

Ben Frederickson: More bad news for Bonds and Clemens is even worse for Cardinals Hall of Famer McGwire

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SAN DIEGO — A Hall of Fame cycle that seems poised to bring good news for one former Cardinal and Cooperstown hopeful in Scott Rolen has presented some bad news for another, if you read between the glaring lines.

Cardinals Hall of Famer Mark McGwire was not in the eight-candidate pool considered by the inaugural Contemporary Baseball Era ...Read more

Five things to keep in mind about the Braves as offseason progresses

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SAN DIEGO — Jacob deGrom chose Texas. Trea Turner is headed to Philadelphia. Justin Verlander joined the Mets.

Things are heating up at the winter meetings.

The Braves, like their competitors, are exploring ways to improve their roster and, by association, their chances of winning another World Series in 2023. Since the Phillies eliminated ...Read more

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Aaron Judge and Carlos Rodon still in play for the Yankees on the first day of Winter Meetings

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With the Winter Meetings happening in person for the first time since 2019, Major League Baseball’s executives got going right away on Monday.

Justin Verlander jumped to the Mets on a two-year, $86 million deal, marking two years in a row that the Mets lured a future Hall of Fame pitcher on the strength of Steve Cohen’s money. The Yankees, ...Read more

Phillies, Trea Turner agree on 11-year, $300 million contract, source says

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SAN DIEGO — The Phillies got their man.

Again.

Trea Turner, the Phillies’ top target all along in a free-agent market overflowing with star shortstops, has agreed on an 11-year, $300 million contract that includes a full no-trade clause, a source said Monday as the winter meetings got underway at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. The deal has ...Read more

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Mets agree to two-year, $86 million deal with Justin Verlander

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SAN DIEGO — The Mets have their ace.

Just one day into the winter meetings the Mets are reportedly in agreement on a two-year contract with right-hander Justin Verlander. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the deal is for $86 million with a vesting option for a third year.

One of the most accomplished pitchers in baseball and a future Hall-...Read more

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Yankees re-sign GM Brian Cashman to four-year deal

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In the least surprising signing in the Bronx this winter, the Yankees announced they had re-signed General Manager Brian Cashman to a four-year deal on Monday. Cashman, who has been at the helm of the Bombers since 1998, had been working without a contract since the Yankees’ season ended in October.

Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner ...Read more