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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

George Springer's dad opens up about watching his son become a World Series MVP

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Security came around in the bottom of the ninth inning at Dodgers Stadium Wednesday night to escort family members of the Houston Astros down a stairwell to the field.

The man sitting in Section 110, Row L, Seat 6 had no intention of moving.

This was a private moment.

"I did not want to move," George Springer Jr., said ...Read more

Indians exercise 2018 club options for Michael Brantley and Josh Tomlin

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Two mainstays in the Indians' clubhouse will be back for at least one more season, though how they might fit into the construction of the 2018 roster remains to be seen.

The Indians on Friday exercised the 2018 club options for outfielder Michael Brantley and starting pitcher Josh Tomlin, valued at $12 million and $3 million, respectively.

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Marlins won't bring Ichiro back for 2018

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The Miami Marlins made their first official roster decision for 2018 on Friday, declining Ichiro Suzuki's $2 million team option.

Ichiro, 44, is a free agent after three seasons in Miami and 17 in the majors.

In saying so long to Ichiro, the Marlins pass on retaining a future Hall of Famer highly regarded throughout baseball for his work ethic...Read more

Dodgers: Eyeing a title

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LOS ANGELES--However anticlimatic and painful the ending, this was a glorious month of baseball in Los Angeles. The Dodgers overwhelmed their opponents in the first two rounds of the postseason to reach their first World Series in 29 years. A new generation of October heroes emerged, from All-Stars such as Justin Turner to role players such as ...Read more

Yasiel Puig's Encino home burglarized shortly after Dodgers lose World Series

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LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig's Encino, Calif., home was broken into Thursday night about an hour after the Los Angeles Dodgers lost Game 7 of the World Series, according to published media reports and police.

Los Angeles Police officers responded to a burglar alarm at a home on Puig's block around 9:45 p.m. local time, said ...Read more

Angels make first move of the offseason, re-sign Justin Upton to five-year deal

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On the first day of the offseason, the Angels re-signed Justin Upton to a five-year, $106-million contract, extending the slugging left fielder's agreement another year to keep him away from free agency.

Upton, 30, had the right to opt out of four years and $88.5 million left on his contract. He signed that deal two years ago with the Detroit ...Read more

Dodgers have decisions to make in quest for World Series return

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LOS ANGELES -- His eyes gleaming, his season over, Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen stood before a crowd of reporters and issued a declaration.

"This team is not going to give up," Jansen said. "We're going to bring a championship back to L.A. I promise you that."

On any day before Wednesday -- on Feb. 1 or July 1 or Oct. 1 -- the ...Read more

Gabe Kapler, Phillies manager, becomes face of ambitious change

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The four Phillies executives met the franchise's future, first, at a rented office space last month in Center City -- a few miles from the possible distractions and attention of Citizens Bank Park. They spent almost 12 hours with Gabe Kapler, and the interview bled into a posh dinner outing. They talked about baseball. They talked about life. ...Read more

Agent, trainer smuggled Cuban ballplayers into US. Now they're headed to prison

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MIAMI -- A Miami federal judge said Thursday she was struggling with the "paradox" of the good and bad sides presented in court about sports agent Bart Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada, who were found guilty of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States to capitalize on their multimillion-dollar major league contracts.

But in ...Read more

Lost in translation: Rangers weren't behind Darvish's missing passion

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One of the wonderful baseball writers from Japan called Thursday afternoon to warn that a quote from Yu Darvish following his disastrous start Wednesday in Game 7 of the World Series was lost in translation/interpretation.

This writer wasn't about to make any excuses for the performance of Darvish. This was to clarify what didn't quite make it ...Read more

Carlos Beltran wept on field after Astros won World Series

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When Carlos Beltran was 22 years old, he won the Rookie of the Year award after a sensational season with the Royals in 1999.

Four years later, Beltran finished ninth in MVP voting, and the next season he was an All-Star for the first time before being dealt to Houston before the trade deadline in 2004.

In seven seasons with the Royals, ...Read more

Twins' Miguel Sano to have surgery on left shin

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Miguel Sano is set to have surgery to help him recover from a stress reaction in his left shin, the Twins announced Thursday.

Surgery on the All-Star third baseman will be performed Nov. 13 in New York at the Hospital for Special Surgery, with the procedure being performed by Drs. William Ricci and Martin O'Malley.

A rod will be inserted into ...Read more