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Kyler Murray chooses NFL over A's

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MESA, Ariz. -- The slim chance of Kyler Murray reporting to the A's spring training camp is officially over.

Murray, a two-sport star at Oklahoma, announced Tuesday via Twitter that he will focus on the NFL draft, scheduled for April 25-27. The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback didn't mention the A's in his post.

"Moving forward, I am firmly ...Read more

Marlins CEO Derek Jeter trying to construct a winner in Miami

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MIAMI -- Derek Jeter was asked about his vision for the Marlins when he turned to look behind him at the cranes and workers in hard hats making renovations to the ballpark.

"Under construction," Jeter answered.

His description applies to more than just hammers and nails.

As Jeter begins his second year as CEO of the Marlins, a franchise that ...Read more

Harper, Machado and other stars remain free agents. What's going on?

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Neither Bryce Harper nor Manny Machado plies his trade as a pitcher or a catcher, so this week's milestone is imprecise but still significant. As battery mates report to Arizona and Florida during the next few days, to be followed by the rest of the rosters next week, the central mystery of this bleak baseball offseason remains unsolved. Neither...Read more

Confident and healthy Yu Darvish eager 'to do something for Chicago and the Cubs'

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MESA, Ariz. -- The mound that Yu Darvish stood atop Sunday felt like a cozy home.

Entering his second season with the Cubs as he attempts to rebound from an injury-plagued 2018, Darvish said he felt a sense of comfort during a 45-pitch bullpen session.

It's a stark contrast from last spring, when he was caught in a whirlwind of developments ...Read more

Royals add veteran starting pitcher Homer Bailey on minor league deal

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The Royals added right-handed former Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey on minor league contract Saturday, adding another veteran pitcher with big league experience to the mix as they head into spring training.

Bailey, 32, has spent his entire 12-year career in the majors as a starter, and he has pitched exclusively in the National ...Read more

Considered Angels' best farm prospect since Mike Trout, Jo Adell is ready to take center stage sooner than later

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The outfielder who just might be the next face of the Angels is in the middle of a two-hour workout in his hometown when he balks at the next exercise set.

The prescribed weight is too heavy, he halfheartedly complains. He's already been to the gym four other times this week in January.

His strength coach shrugs and says, "...Read more

Yordano Ventura's guaranteed contract still not paid two years after death; estate is broke

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two years after Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a single-car crash in his native Dominican Republic, the $20.25 million remaining on his contract has not been paid.

And his estate is broke.

Ventura's 5-year-old daughter is listed as the sole heir of his estate, according to court documents. As the executor of the ...Read more

Buster Posey eyes Opening Day, changes approach to recruiting

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SAN FRANCISCO -- August hip surgery wiped out the final month of the season for Buster Posey.

But just as the Giants planned, Posey expects to be ready for Opening Day this March.

After undergoing an operation to repair a microfracture in his right hip, Posey said he began swinging the bat three weeks ago and plans to take the field for the ...Read more

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor sustains calf strain, could miss Opening Day

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The Indians are expected to be without Francisco Lindor through all of spring training, and the star shortstop could also miss the first couple weeks of the season.

The Indians announced on Friday that Lindor sustained a moderate calf strain while preparing for spring training in Orlando, Fla. He was evaluated Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic ...Read more

Cubs have struck out with homegrown pitchers in recent years, but they're working to change that

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Dylan Cease didn't advance very far in the Cubs organization before they traded him to the White Sox. But he hasn't forgotten the special care the Cubs gave him after his Tommy John surgery five years ago as he prepares to play a prominent role in the Sox's promising future.

"At the time, (I was) doing what I was told to do," said Cease, a 23-...Read more

Royals add to bullpen by officially signing Brad Boxberger

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals made official the addition of right-handed relief pitcher Brad Boxberger to help solidify the back end of what was the American League's worst bullpen last season. A former American League All-Star with Tampa Bay, Boxberger signed a one-year deal with the Royals.

Boxberger received a $2.2 million deal with up to $...Read more

Hunter Pence hopes to extend MLB career with hometown Rangers, signs minor-league deal

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Hunter Pence is coming home, potentially.

The Texas Rangers signed the former Arlington High School and UT Arlington star to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Pence, a former All-Star outfielder, is a 12-year veteran who turns 36 on April 13.

The Rangers appear to have their starting outfield set, but Pence could ...Read more

Phillies finalize trade for Marlins' JT Realmuto, give up Sixto Sanchez and Jorge Alfaro

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies finalized a trade on Thursday afternoon with the Marlins to acquire J.T. Realmuto.

The trade -- the details of which were first reported by ESPN -- will have the Phillies send Jorge Alfaro, top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez and minor-league left-hander Will Stewart to Miami. The Phillies will also send the Marlins...Read more

Report: MLB, players considering sweeping rules changes for 2019 season

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Spring training begins for pitchers and catchers next week and Opening Day is 50 days away, but MLB and the players association are considering jamming in significant rules changes for the regular season.

Among them, according to an ESPN report, is a universal designated hitter; a three-batter minimum for pitchers; one trade deadline before the...Read more

Report: Phillies 'must' give up top prospect Sixto Sanchez if they want J.T. Realmuto

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The Marlins might be eager to trade catcher J.T. Realmuto but they are not in a rush to bring down their asking price, according to a report Wednesday by MLB.com.

The Marlins, according to the report, view Phillies pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez as a "must" for a deal to be done to send Realmuto to the Phillies. The Marlins would like to ...Read more

MLB investigation into Mariners 'did not uncover any credible evidence' of Lorena Martin's allegations

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SEATTLE -- After almost three months of investigation by an independent firm, Major League Baseball released a statement of its findings on Wednesday morning regarding the allegations from Lorena Martin that members of the Mariners, specifically general manager Jerry Dipoto, manager Scott Servais and director of player personnel Andy McKay, made...Read more

Rangers reveal Adrian Beltre jersey retirement on this June on Saturday

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Many had speculated when in June the Texas Rangers were going to retire Adrian Beltre's jersey after the club announced late last month it would be doing so. Those who picked June 8 are the big winners.

The Rangers will retire No. 29 on the second Saturday of June in an 8:05 p.m. game against the Oakland A's. The first 15,000 fans through the ...Read more

Phillies continue to pursue J.T. Realmuto, invite Drew Butera to spring training

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The Phillies added depth behind the plate on Tuesday, but they are still looking to add one of baseball's premier catchers as spring training nears.

The Phillies continued Tuesday to inquire about the Marlins' J.T. Realmuto, a source confirmed, after they invited veteran Drew Butera to spring training on a minor-league deal. Butera, 35, could ...Read more

Marlins sign veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson

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Looking to add leadership and experience to its young roster, the Marlins are adding a 15-year veteran to the mix.

Miami signed outfielder Curtis Granderson to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

Granderson, 37, split last season with the Blue Jays and Brewers, hitting .242/.351/.431 with 13 home runs ...Read more

 

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