Pirates reportedly deal Gerrit Cole to Astros, which could benefit Cubs

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The Cubs have one less worry despite their relentless search for starting pitching.

According to multiple reports, the Pirates have reached an agreement to deal ace Gerrit Cole to the world champion Astros. Cole lost to Jake Arrieta in the 2015 National League wild-card game in one of the more memorable games of the Cubs' three-year playoff run...Read more

Reliever Addison Reed agrees to 2-year deal with Twins

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The Twins added a third free-agent relief pitcher on Saturday, according to published reports, adding needed depth to one of the team's weaknesses from last season.

Addison Reed, a 29-year-old right-hander who has struck out 425 hitters in 402 career innings, has agreed to a two-year contract, a major league baseball source confirmed. The ...Read more

Winter market has been frigid, but Cubs players stoking competitive fire

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CHICAGO -- President Theo Epstein stressed patience as he and his staff try to fortify the Cubs pitching staff during what has so far been a tedious winter.

"Realistically we'd like to add another pitcher," Epstein said Friday night as several thousand fans attended the opening ceremony of the Cubs Convention at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. "I ...Read more

Kelvin Herrera, Nathan Karns agree to contracts with Royals, avoiding arbitration

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The Royals avoided salary arbitration with two pitchers on Friday, agreeing to one-year contracts with reliever Kelvin Herrera and starter Nathan Karns. Yet they were not able to come to an agreement with a third, instead exchanging salary figures with reliever Brandon Maurer in advance of a scheduled arbitration hearing in February.

Maurer ...Read more

Indians reach one-year deals with Salazar and Chisenhall, will exchange salary figures with Bauer

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The Indians on Friday reached agreements on one-year deals with pitcher Danny Salazar and outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall and exchanged salary figures with Trevor Bauer, the club's last three remaining arbitration-eligible players this winter.

Salazar's one-year deal is valued at $5 million. Chisenhall, in his last year of arbitration eligibility,...Read more

Orioles agree to deals with Machado, four other arbitration-eligible players

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BALTIMORE -- A slow-developing deadline day for the Orioles in negotiating with their seven arbitration-eligible players is proving to be productive.

Friday's 1 p.m. deadline to exchange salary figures with arbitration-eligible players came and went with the club far apart with several key players, including third baseman Manny Machado.

But as...Read more

Cubs' Kris Bryant sets record with $10.85 million salary

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Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant set a record for a first-year arbitration-eligible player by agreeing Friday to a one-year, $10.85 million contract.

Bryant surpasses the previous mark of $10 million by Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies before the 2008 season. Bryant and Howard each won National League Rookie of the Year and Most ...Read more

Dave Roberts is putting all the heartache of 2017 behind him

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LOS ANGELES -- Dave Roberts plans to host a visitor at his home next week. He befriended Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch during half a decade together in the San Diego Padres organization, and their bond remained sturdy after seven games as World Series opponents. When Hinch mentioned he was attending a wedding near San Diego, Roberts invited ...Read more

New Cubs reliever Steve Cishek eager to join retooled bullpen

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CHICAGO -- Steve Cishek was pleased that the Cubs thought so highly of him so quickly in December that he agreed to be a part of their newly retooled bullpen.

And given the deliberate pace that the Cubs and other teams have embarked on in their search for starting pitching, Cishek accepts the responsibility that he and his fellow relievers will...Read more

Indians, Cody Allen agree on 1-year contract

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The Indians and closer Cody Allen have reached an agreement on a one-year deal for the 2018 season, avoiding arbitration.

Allen was entering his final season of arbitration eligibility. According to a report by the Associated Press, the one-year contract is valued at $10.575 million.

Allen has been one of the better closers in baseball over ...Read more

A's make Khris Davis their highest-paid player

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The A's have made sure to secure a contract with one of baseball's premier sluggers.

The club announced Wednesday it has reached an agreement on a one-year, $10.5 million deal with Khris Davis to avoid arbitration. The deal will make Davis the highest-paid player on the team.

Davis set career-highs in both home runs (43) and RBIs (110) last ...Read more

Can Jeter's plan succeed? Here's one scenario where it could

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Final story in a five-part series on the new Marlins owners and their plans.

So how could this work?

How could this Marlins ownership's business model, with highly ambitious attendance and revenue targets, produce any better long-term results than the last regime's approach, which ended with 14 consecutive non playoff seasons, and Jeffrey ...Read more

Darvish still considering Rangers, but is it just wishful thinking?

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News, not particularly big news, was made Tuesday by the Texas Rangers, who avoided arbitration with outfielder Ryan Rua on a one-year deal with $870,000.

They also signed catcher Mike Ohlman to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Rua is one of four arbitration-eligible Rangers this season, along with infielder ...Read more

Justin Morneau hired by Twins for front office job

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Like most teams this winter, the Twins have made few major changes to their roster. But their front-office lineup keeps getting stronger.

Justin Morneau, whose Minnesota career included one of the franchise's five American League MVP awards, has been hired as a special assistant for his former team, according to a report on the Canadian ...Read more

Why potential investor says Jeter plan is badly flawed and will fail

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Fourth in a five-part series on the new Marlins owners and their plans.

New Marlins CEO Derek Jeter slashed payroll largely because investors were assured they would not be asked to cover losses. Jeter also cited the fact Miami hasn't been to the postseason since 2003.

But one investor who was asked to join Jeter's group said Jeter's plan has ...Read more

Padres reportedly favorites to sign Japanese submariner Kazuhisa Makita

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The Padres are likely to sign reliever Kazuhisa Makita, a 33-year-old right-hander who combines modest velocity with a submarine delivery, according to a Japanese report. Sports Hochi reported Friday that Makita was traveling to the U.S. to undergo a physical.

Makita and two-way star Shohei Ohtani were made available by their Japanese clubs and...Read more

Derek Jeter has extra financial incentive to make the Marlins profitable

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Third in a five-part series on the new Marlins owners and their plans.

Marlins co-owner Derek Jeter eventually will make back his modest financial investment in the team merely through the salary he is being paid as the team's chief executive officer.

But he could be paid substantially more than that if the team makes a profit.

According to ...Read more

Royals trade Joakim Soria, Scott Alexander in three-team deal, save $9 million

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On a Monday last month, Royals general manager Dayton Moore sat inside a hotel suite at Walt Disney World and promised to restock his club's farm system. He would listen to any deal that would expedite the process, he said. His focus was squarely on the future.

On Thursday, the Royals executed a three-team trade that sent relievers Joakim Soria...Read more

Dodgers acquire reliever Scott Alexander in three-team trade

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired groundball specialist Scott Alexander in a three-team trade with the Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox, according to people familiar with the situation. The Dodgers will send right-handed pitcher Trevor Oaks to Kansas City, while the White Sox will receive Dodgers reliever Luis Avilan.

The ...Read more

Phillies' Rhys Hoskins excited to play for new manager Gabe Kapler

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Rhys Hoskins did not know much about Gabe Kapler when the Phillies hired Kapler in November to be their manager. He remembered Kapler as a player and knew Kapler had been overseeing the Dodgers farm system. Someone told Hoskins that Kapler was big on healthy eating in the clubhouse and had an interest in sabermetrics.

"But I didn't know if any ...Read more