Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw agree to new, three-year, $93 million deal

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LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers' ace and the face of the franchise for the last decade, agreed Friday to a new, three-year, $93 million deal to remain with Los Angeles, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Kershaw, 30, initially had until Wednesday at 9 p.m. PDT -- three days after Sunday's season-ending loss to ...Read more

Cubs exercise $20 million option on Cole Hamels, trade Drew Smyly to Rangers

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The Cubs exercised their $20 million option on left-hander Cole Hamels by creating some financial space Friday.

They dealt left-hander Drew Smyly and a player to be named to the Rangers for a player to be named. The Cubs cleared $7 million by trading Smyly, who hasn't pitched in a major-league game since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in ...Read more

Clayton Kershaw and Dodgers agree to extend deadline on option decision to Friday

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LOS ANGELES -- Wednesday was supposed to mark the beginning of a busy Los Angeles Dodgers offseason. Clayton Kershaw had until midnight Eastern time -- three days after Sunday's season-ending loss to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series -- to decide whether to opt out of his contract. The Dodgers had the same deadline to decide whether to ...Read more

Giants legend Willie McCovey dies at 80

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Willie McCovey, the Giants first baseman who terrorized pitchers with his majestic home runs and charmed fans with his easy grace, died Wednesday, the team announced. He was 80.

One of the most beloved Giants of all-time, McCovey slugged 521 home runs over the course of a career that spanned four decades. He will be best remembered as Willie ...Read more

Cubs exercise $10.5 million option on Jose Quintana; Brandon Kintzler picks up $5 million player option

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The Cubs on Wednesday exercised their $10.5 million option on left-hander Jose Quintana.

Quintana, who signed a five-year contract with two team options with the White Sox before the 2014 season, was 13-11 with a 4.03 ERA in 32 starts with the Cubs in 2018. This marked the sixth consecutive season Quintana made at least 32 starts.

Quintana, 29...Read more

Royals cut ties with pitcher Jason Hammel, decline $12 million option

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Jason Hammel's rocky stint on the Royals pitching staff has come to a close after two seasons.

The Royals declined a $12 million option on Hammel on Tuesday, instead electing to pay a $2 million buyout of his contract. Hammel will become a free agent.

Hammel, who turned 36 in September, compiled a 5.59 earned-run average in his two years in ...Read more

Dodgers want Roberts back next season, but what about Kershaw, Machado and Ryu?

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LOS ANGELES -- For the second consecutive year, the Los Angeles Dodgers witnessed another team celebrate winning the World Series on their home turf. This October marks the 30th consecutive without a championship for Los Angeles. While there is plenty to digest from the latest heartbreak Sunday, the club's focus now shifts to preventing the ...Read more

Giants exercise Bumgarner's option, no guarantee he returns in 2019

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SAN FRANCISCO -- In what will go down as one the least surprising moves of the offseason, the Giants announced Monday that they have exercised the 2019 club option on Madison Bumgarner's contract.

By picking up the option, San Francisco is slated to pay Bumgarner $12 million in 2019 before he's scheduled to hit free agency next winter.

The ...Read more

Cubs face decisions on Cole Hamels and Pedro Strop as free agency starts

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The Bryce Harper/Manny Machado sweepstakes start Monday, but the Cubs and the other 29 major-league teams have some internal business to finalize first.

In the case of the Cubs, they must decide by Friday whether to pick up the options on starter Cole Hamels and relievers Pedro Strop and Brandon Kintzler.

Hamels is expected to remain with the ...Read more

After 16 seasons, Phillies legend Chase Utley's ride through major-league baseball comes to an end

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Chase Utley had not yet helped snap Philadelphia's title drought or blasted five home runs in a single World Series or picked up a nickname from Harry Kalas when he stood 15 years ago inside a Subway sandwich shop and waited for a ride.

Utley's career -- which ended Sunday after the Dodgers lost Game 5 of the World Series to the Red Sox -- ...Read more

Disappointment reigns in the Dodgers clubhouse

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It was quiet in the clubhouse that didn't see baseball players shoot corks at the ceiling Sunday night.

So quiet the noise clubhouse attendants made stretching packing tape over boxes was heard clearly on the other side of the room.

After a second consecutive World Series defeat, some Dodgers, like red-eyed reliever Pedro Baez, were too ...Read more

A's sign Billy Beane, David Forst, Bob Melvin to contract extensions

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Fresh off one of their most satisfying seasons in years, the A's announced Monday they're keeping their leadership intact by signing long-term contracts with vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane, general manager David Forst and manager Bob Melvin.

All three were instrumental in helping Oakland become the most surprising team in ...Read more

An irked Rich Hill has a comebacker for Trump

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On the morning after President Trump ripped Dodgers manager Dave Roberts for removing Rich Hill with a four-run lead in the World Series, Hill did not thank Trump for standing up for him. Instead, Hill ripped Trump for his tweet.

And then Hill stood up for himself, saying his interest in telling Roberts to keep an eye on him was "an act of ...Read more

Dodgers reliever Madson struggling through Series

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LOS ANGELES -- When the Dodgers have been in precarious situations in the middle innings this postseason, when the opposition is threatening with runners on base and the game's complexion is a swing away from a drastic shift, manager Dave Roberts has unflinchingly confided in one reliever. That reliever, Ryan Madson, pitched to a 5.47 earned-run...Read more

Dodgers collapse in 9-6 loss to Red Sox in Game 4 of World Series

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LOS ANGELES -- The manager botched the seventh inning. The closer botched the eighth. And in the ninth, with the lead gone and the energy leaking from Dodger Stadium, one of the few useful relievers acquired earlier in the summer by Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman botched the ninth.

Call it a historic ...Read more

Manfred rules out a rule to shorten postseason games

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LOS ANGELES -- On the day after the longest postseason game in major league history, Commissioner Rob Manfred said he had no intention of introducing any rule designed to shorten playoff games.

The Dodgers and Boston Red Sox played for 18 innings, seven hours and 20 minutes in Game 3 of the World Series. The game ended at 12:30 a.m. in Los ...Read more

Mariners closer Edwin Diaz named AL Reliever of the Year

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Following a brilliant season where he led all of baseball with 57 saves -- most of them protecting the slimmest of leads -- Mariners closer Edwin Diaz has earned the top relief pitching honor.

Before Game 4 of the World Series in Los Angeles, Major League Baseball announced that Diaz was has been named the 2018 Mariano Rivera American League ...Read more

By the numbers: Dodgers win historic Game 3 of World Series on walk-off home run

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Game 3 of the World Series kept going and going and going. It finally ended around 3:30 a.m. Eastern time. Here are some of the key numbers from the game, won by the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2, on a walk-off home run by Max Muncy:

-- 2: Performances of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" by the stadium organist. It was played during the seventh-inning...Read more

Dodgers beat Red Sox as Max Muncy's 18th-inning home run ends longest World Series game ever

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LOS ANGELES -- The joyous throng gathered around home plate at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, seven hours, 20 minutes after this monstrosity of a baseball game had begun. Never before had a World Series game lasted this long. Never before had a playoff game lasted this long. Never before had the Dodgers experienced a victory quite like their 3-2 walk-...Read more


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