Braves to hire Alex Anthopoulos as GM

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Braves will hire former Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos as their next general manager, a person familiar with the situation confirmed late Sunday.

Anthopoulos served seven years as Blue Jays general manager through 2015 -- he was hired to that post at just 32 years of age -- before spending the past two ...Read more

Royals manager Ned Yost says he nearly died as result of fall from tree

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Royals manager Ned Yost broke his pelvis last week after a fall from a tree on his property in Meriwether County, Ga., and it proved to nearly be a deadly accident.

Yost was checking the safety straps in a tree stand, which deer hunters use, when he fell about 20 feet to the ground.

"I reached around to hook into the tree and right as soon as ...Read more

Cubs have appealing young position players to offer in trade

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The need for pitching -- particularly starting pitching -- is too obvious for the Cubs to ignore, even though to obtain it they realize they will need to sacrifice one of their prized young players.

For the last three seasons, President Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer have acknowledged the strong interests other teams have expressed ...Read more

Dodgers, Padres set for Mexico series in May

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are headed to Mexico next season.

The Dodgers and San Diego Padres will play a three-game series May 4-6 in Monterrey, Mexico, according to a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it publicly. An announcement is expected Monday.

The Padres will be the home team. The series in ...Read more

Ohtani to be posted, but what's next for the Babe Ruth of Japan?

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Reports from Japan early Friday morning say that Shohei Ohtani, the Babe Ruth of Japan and the player at the top of the Texas Rangers' offseason wish list, will be posted by the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.

It would have been far newsier had the Fighters decided not to post the 23-year-old hard-throwing right-hander, who just happens to hit ...Read more

Royals' competition for signing Eric Hosmer? Look at these teams

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Royals general manager Dayton Moore prefers a simple analogy for free agency: Musical chairs.

There are participants and music and there are a limited number of chairs. There is also a time constraint, and at some point, the music will stop.

The children's game metaphor glosses over the realities of the market, the competition between teams, ...Read more

Don Mattingly will manage Marlins in 2018

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Don Mattingly will be the Miami Marlins' manager in 2018.

"I didn't know a decision had to be made," president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Thursday when asked about Mattingly's status. "He's under contract. Just spoke to him today, he's doing great."

Last month, CEO Derek Jeter declined to say outright that Mattingly would return....Read more

Royals manager Ned Yost breaks pelvis in accident on property in Georgia

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Royals manager Ned Yost sustained a broken pelvis while working on his property in Meriwether County, Ga., the club confirmed Wednesday night.

Yost, 62, was working on a tree stand, an elevated platform used for hunting, when he suffered a fall that caused the injury. The incident apparently occurred a few days ago, with one club official ...Read more

Dodgers do not plan big changes

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Dodgers' top executives promised Tuesday that most of the roster and staff that fell one victory short of a World Series championship will return for another run in 2018.

Speaking six days after a World Series Game 7 loss to the Houston Astros, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said he expects ...Read more

Former Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels honors former teammate Roy Halladay

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Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi, drove to Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night through a cold, rain storm. The former Phillies pitcher, who still lives in Delaware County, had a message to deliver.

"This is from all of us," Hamels said as he began to remember Roy Halladay. "What he meant and what he still will mean to us. It's very, very ...Read more

Former Phillies, Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay dies in plane crash

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Roy Halladay, the ace pitcher who authored a Phillies perfect game and postseason no-hitter and could manipulate a baseball unlike few in his generation, died Tuesday when his small plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.

The Pasco County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office confirmed Halladay's death in a news conference. Authorities said Halladay's plane, ...Read more

Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton named a finalist for NL MVP

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Giancarlo Stanton is another step closer to -- and one step away from -- history.

The Miami Marlins' slugging right fielder, the subject of significant trade speculation, was named a finalist for the NL MVP Award on Monday night by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, which votes on the honor. Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt and Cincinnati'...Read more

Royals extend qualifying offers to Hosmer, Moustakas, Cain

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The Royals confirmed Monday that the club will give qualifying offers to free agents Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain, ensuring some level of compensation should those players sign elsewhere this offseason.

All three players have 10 days to accept or decline the qualifying offer, according to the terms of the latest collective-...Read more

Cubs make qualifying offers to Jake Arrieta, Wade Davis

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The Cubs made qualifying offers Monday to free agents Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis by Monday's 4 p.m. deadline.

By making an offer of $17.4 million to Arrieta and Davis, the Cubs are assured of a compensation pick in the 2018 draft if Arrieta or Davis reject the offer and sign with another team.

Davis is the top free-agent closer on the market,...Read more

Garvey, Trammell among Modern Baseball Era nominees for Hall of Fame

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Former Padres player Steve Garvey and native San Diegan Alan Trammell are among 10 nominees on the Modern Baseball Era ballot for potential enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Garvey and Trammell are joined by Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons and Luis Tiant. The ballot will be ...Read more

Dodgers bring back second baseman Logan Forysthe

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers exercised their option to retain Logan Forsythe on Monday, agreeing to pay $8.5 million to bring back their second baseman.

The move appears to lock in the Dodgers' starting infield for next season: Cody Bellinger at first base, Forsythe at second, Corey Seager at shortstop, and Justin Turner at third.

Forsythe, 30, ...Read more

Giants pick up options on Bumgarner, Moore and Sandoval as they gear up for critical offseason

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SAN FRANCISCO -- With the Giants' revamped coaching staff nearly assembled and a bit of standard bookkeeping out of the way (what, you thought they wouldn't exercise their $12 million option to bring back Madison Bumgarner?), their front office can move on to the heavier lifting of the offseason.

They are coming off a 98-loss campaign, and it ...Read more

Cardinals release Rosenthal, allow All-Star closer to become free agent

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ST. LOUIS -- Unsure how much he'd be able to pitch next season and unable to work out a palatable deal for them, the Cardinals released former All-Star closer Trevor Rosenthal on Monday and made the right-hander a free agent, though he'll spend much of the coming year recovering from elbow surgery.

The Cardinals' move came late Monday as part ...Read more

Dodgers decline option on Andre Ethier, making him a free agent

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers bid farewell to outfielder Andre Ethier on Sunday, declining his 2018 option and casting the longest-tenured member of their roster into free agency.

Ethier, 35, receives a $2.5-million buyout. The Dodgers would have owed him $17.5 million next season had they picked up his option.

Ethier played in a record 51 ...Read more

To no one's surprise, Wei-Yin Chen decides to stick with Marlins

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Not that there was ever any doubt, but Wei-Yin Chen -- perhaps the most regrettable free agent signing in franchise history -- has decided to collect his $65 million and remain a Marlin.

The oft-injured lefty made it official, informing the club that he was not opting out of his contract, sources said.

For a team that is looking to slash ...Read more