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Fire sends smoke through roof of new Texas Rangers stadium

A crate of materials caught fire inside the new Texas Rangers' ballpark that is under construction, sending black smoke through the stadium's retractable roof Saturday. The Arlington Fire Department tweeted that the fire was located and contained in the upper sections of the stadium. The fire

Anthony Rendon eager to team up with Trout in Angels
Anthony Rendon eager to team up with Trout in Angels' lineup

Anthony Rendon and agent Scott Boras had just wrapped up the third baseman's $245 million deal to join the Los Angeles Angels last Wednesday when Mike Trout began blowing up his phone. "Based on his exclamation points in his texts, he seemed really excited," Rendon said with a grin. Two of the majors

Nationals
Nationals 'love' Kris Bryant but potential holdup could stymie trade talks

The Nationals "love" Kris Bryant, put a potential holdup could stymie any talks between them and the Cubs.

Fire breaks out at under construction Texas Rangers park

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Fire broke out Saturday at the future home of the Texas Rangers, which is under construction in Arlington.

Don
Don't worry Nationals fans, Anthony Rendon was never going to be a Dodger

Anthony Rendon spoke at his introductory press conference about why he decided against signing with the Dodgers, saying the organization and Hollywood lifestyle "didn't seem like it would be a fit for me and my family."

Willson Contreras and his boundless energy join Cubs All-Decade Team
Willson Contreras and his boundless energy join Cubs All-Decade Team

With the 2010s coming to a close, NBC Sports Chicago is unveiling its Cubs All-Decade Team, highlighting the players who made the biggest impacts on the organization from 2010-19.

Why Giants mentioned Bryce Harper, Gerrit Cole in explaining new staff
Why Giants mentioned Bryce Harper, Gerrit Cole in explaining new staff

Gabe Kapler and Scott Harris believe their new coaching staff and player-development methods can get the most out of existing talent.

Veteran pitcher Straily signs one-year deal with Korean team

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Veteran pitcher Dan Straily has signed a one-year contract worth $800,000 with the Lotte Giants, the Korea Baseball Organization club announced on Saturday.

Star 3B Rendon, Angels complete $245 million, 7-year deal

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- All-Star third baseman Anthony Rendon and the Los Angeles Angels finalized a $245 million, seven-year contract on Friday, two days after the sides reached agreement at the winter meetings.

Dodgers signing Madison Bumgarner would be
Dodgers signing Madison Bumgarner would be 'great,' Clayton Kershaw says

Of course Clayton Kershaw would love for a proven postseason pitcher to come to the Dodgers.

MLB rumors: Brandon Belt would fit Brewers, according to rival execs
MLB rumors: Brandon Belt would fit Brewers, according to rival execs

The Brewers could benefit from an everyday first baseman and a left-handed bat.

MLB rumors: Padres
MLB rumors: Padres 'taking close look' at free agent Madison Bumgarner

A third NL West rival is now linked to former Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.

Phillies finalize 1-year deal with Gregorius
Phillies finalize 1-year deal with Gregorius

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Phillies and shortstop Didi Gregorius finalized their $14 million, one-year contract Friday.

Rangers finish $16M. 2-year deal with pitcher Jordan Lyles
Rangers finish $16M. 2-year deal with pitcher Jordan Lyles

The Rangers completed a $16 million, two-year contract with free agent right-hander Jordan Lyles, finalizing a deal that had been agreed upon before this week's winter meetings. Texas agreed to a $585,000, one-year contract on Friday with left-hander Jeffrey Springs, designated for assignment by

Injured Céspedes agrees to pay cut in grievance settlement
Injured Céspedes agrees to pay cut in grievance settlement

Yoenis Cespedes' salary for 2019 was cut in half and his pay for 2020 reduced as part of a settlement of a grievance between the injured outfielder and the New York Mets. The outfielder had surgery to remove bone calcification from his right heel on Aug. 2, 2018, and his left that Oct. 26. Mets

Rays finalizing deal with Japanese OF Tsutsugo
Rays finalizing deal with Japanese OF Tsutsugo

The Tampa Bay Rays are working to finalize a two-year contract worth about $12 million with Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. Tsutsugo was made available to major league teams through the posting process by Yokohama of Japan's

Jesse Hahn returns to Royals for $600,000, 1-year contract

Right-hander Jesse Hahn returned to the Kansas City Royals just 11 days after he was let go, agreeing Friday to a $600,000, one-year contract. Hahn had Tommy John surgery in 2010, injured his ulnar collateral ligament again during spring training in 2018 and had what is called primary repair procedure

Source: Free agent second baseman Eric Sogard interested in A
Source: Free agent second baseman Eric Sogard interested in A's return

Sogard spent six seasons with the A's and a lefty bat is what the team is searching for ...

LHP Brett Anderson, Brewers agree to $5M, 1-year deal
LHP Brett Anderson, Brewers agree to $5M, 1-year deal

Left-hander Brett Anderson is the latest addition to the quickly transforming Milwaukee Brewers, agreeing Friday to a $5 million, one-year contract. The 31-year-old left-hander was 13-9 with a 3.89 ERA in 31 starts with Oakland last season, when he had a $1.5 million base salary and earned $1 million

Cubs sign oft-injured reliever Brandon Morrow to minor-league deal
Cubs sign oft-injured reliever Brandon Morrow to minor-league deal

Brandon Morrow hasn't pitched in a big-league game since July 2018, but he'll get a shot at making a comeback next season.

Mets, Yoenis Céspedes agree to restructure contract
Mets, Yoenis Céspedes agree to restructure contract

Mets outfielder Yoenis Céspedes spent most of the last three years on the sideline, playing in a combined 119 games in 2017-18 before missing the entire '19 campaign. The slugger battled heel injuries and also suffered an accident on his ranch, described as a "violent fall," that resulted

Romine looks forward to good opportunity in Detroit
Romine looks forward to good opportunity in Detroit

Austin Romine tried to put his tussle with Miguel Cabrera in the past. Romine and the Tigers finalized a $4.15 million, one-year deal on Friday that gives the 31-year-old catcher a chance for a bigger role. It also puts him in the same clubhouse as Cabrera after the two were involved in a brawl in

MLB free agency: What we learned about Giants at Winter Meetings
MLB free agency: What we learned about Giants at Winter Meetings

We now know a little bit more about how the Giants plan to build their team.

The Marlins are talking to Yasiel Puig
The Marlins are talking to Yasiel Puig

The free agency of Yasiel Puig is definitely different than we expected it might be even a few short years ago

Ex-All-Star Wacha, Mets complete bonus-laden $3 million deal
Ex-All-Star Wacha, Mets complete bonus-laden $3 million deal

NEW YORK (AP) -- Former All-Star right-hander Michael Wacha and the New York Mets completed a $3 million, one-year contract Friday that includes $8 million in performance bonuses.

Brewers sign Brett Anderson to a one-year deal
Brewers sign Brett Anderson to a one-year deal

Anderson was healthy and productive for the entire 2019 season, which has not often been the case for him.

Astros sign Lance McCullers to a one-year, $4.1 million deal
Astros sign Lance McCullers to a one-year, $4.1 million deal

McCullers missed the entire 2019 season due to Tommy John surgery

AP sources: Red Sox agree with LHP Pérez, SS Peraza
AP sources: Red Sox agree with LHP Pérez, SS Peraza

The Boston Red Sox have agreed to one-year contracts with free agent left-hander Martin Perez and shortstop Jose Peraza, people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. Perez is guaranteed $6.5 million, and Peraza has a $2.85 million salary. Perez's deal includes a $6 million salary

If Rangers sign Nicholas Castellanos, it could lead them to Kris Bryant after
If Rangers sign Nicholas Castellanos, it could lead them to Kris Bryant after

The Rangers are showing interest in Nicholas Castellanos, and signing him would impact Kris Bryant's trade market,

With Winter Meetings over, Cubs gearing up for
With Winter Meetings over, Cubs gearing up for 'trading season'

With some top free agents coming off the board at the Winter Meetings, GM Jed Hoyer and the Cubs feel like the time to make deals is coming soon.

Rays sign outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo
Rays sign outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Tampa Bay Rays have signed Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo to a two-year deal worth around $12 million. They Rays will also will have to pay a 20 percent posting fee to his old team, the Yokohama DeNa BayStars. Tsutsugo, 28, has averaged 33 homers

Winter Meetings wrap: Why the White Sox left San Diego without a top-of-the-market free agent
Winter Meetings wrap: Why the White Sox left San Diego without a top-of-the-market free agent

The White Sox have stated goals to sign impact free agents, stated goals to spend big to do so. Yet Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon all signed big deals at the Winter Meetings with no word on any South Side interest. Why?

Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester kick-off Cubs All-Decade Team
Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester kick-off Cubs All-Decade Team

With the 2010s coming to a close, NBC Sports Chicago is unveiling its Cubs All-Decade Team, highlighting the players who made the biggest impacts on the organization from 2010-19.

Phillies to sign Matt Szczur, according to sources
Phillies to sign Matt Szczur, according to sources

The Phillies are about to sign a player with local ties and a resume chock-full of impressive - and important - accomplishments. By Jim Salisbury

MLB Rumors: These six teams pursued Martin Perez before Red Sox landed him
MLB Rumors: These six teams pursued Martin Perez before Red Sox landed him

Martin Perez apparently had a decent market in free agency before the Red Sox scooped him up.

Rob Manfred bashes Minor League Baseball
Rob Manfred bashes Minor League Baseball's response to his contraction scheme

A defensive-sounding Manfred accused Minor League Baseball of acting in bad faith.

Nationals could be a landing spot for Kyle Seager if Mariners make him available
Nationals could be a landing spot for Kyle Seager if Mariners make him available

The Nationals have an Anthony Rendon-sized hole at third base. Would they consider trading for the Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager?

MLB Rumors: Red Sox agree to contract with lefthanded pitcher Martin Perez
MLB Rumors: Red Sox agree to contract with lefthanded pitcher Martin Perez

The Boston Red Sox have reportedly signed another free agent to a one-year deal. This time, it's lefthander Martin Perez.

Cubs aren
Cubs aren't trading Yu Darvish this winter, despite reported inquiries

Despite the reported inquiries, the Cubs won't be trading starter Yu Darvish this winter.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: MLB 2019 Winter Meetings come to an end
Sports Talk Live Podcast: MLB 2019 Winter Meetings come to an end

SportsTalk Live is on location in San Diego for the final day of the MLB Winter Meetings.

Former Padres, Giants manager Bochy to manage French team

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Bruce Bochy isn't quite done managing after all.

Sources: Madison Bumgarner, Dodgers have mutual interest in free agency
Sources: Madison Bumgarner, Dodgers have mutual interest in free agency

This is every Giants fan's worst nightmare.

MLB
MLB's winter meetings turned into the Scott Boras show

A mostly dreary winter meetings lacking spectacular swaps will be remembered as the Scott Boras show. Baseball's most prominent agent dominated each of the three full days of meetings with a nine-figure contract, deals for Stephen Strasburg, Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon that totaled $814 million

MLB announces new tests for opioids after Tyler Skaggs
MLB announces new tests for opioids after Tyler Skaggs' death

Major League Baseball is making major updates to its drug testing policies. The league announced Thursday it will starting testing for opioids and cocaine, but has removed marijuana from its list of banned substances. The announcement comes after the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs. CBSN Los Angeles reports.

Giants announce changes to Oracle Park, move bullpens to outfield
Giants announce changes to Oracle Park, move bullpens to outfield

"Obviously it's something that started off really as a safety issue with some of what we've seen over the last couple of years, but there's going to be a fun baseball element."

Giants change bullpen location, move fences in at Oracle Park
Giants change bullpen location, move fences in at Oracle Park

The Giants announced on Thursday that some improvements have been made to their stadium, Oracle Park, for the 2020 season. New bullpens will be located behind the center field wall. They used to be in foul territory, which was a safety risk for players, particularly with the bullpen mounds when fielders

Cardinals meet with Keuchel and Ryu as they look to fill out rotation, per report
Cardinals meet with Keuchel and Ryu as they look to fill out rotation, per report

With longtime Cardinal Michael Wacha headed to the Mets, St. Louis is looking to two top free agent starters to address their rotation vacancy.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Are the Cubs are starting from scratch?
Cubs Talk Podcast: Are the Cubs are starting from scratch?

The crew wraps up the week for the Cubs on the final day of the Winter Meetings in San Diego

MLB rumors: Red Sox, free agent Jose Peraza agree to one-year contract
MLB rumors: Red Sox, free agent Jose Peraza agree to one-year contract

The Boston Red Sox bolstered their infield depth Thursday by agreeing to sign Jose Peraza to a one-year contract worth about $3 million plus incentives, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Could the White Sox trade with the Red Sox?
White Sox Talk Podcast: Could the White Sox trade with the Red Sox?

The crew wraps up the final day of the Winter Meetings for the White Sox.


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