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Cardinals sign backup C Matt Wieters to deal for 2020

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Cardinals signed catcher Matt Wieters to a contract for the 2020 season on Wednesday, bringing back the 33-year-old veteran to fill the same role behind Yadier Molina as last season.

Larry Walker
Larry Walker's Hall plaque to feature Rockies cap, not Expos

Larry Walker's Hall of Fame plaque in Cooperstown will have a Colorado Rockies cap, not a Montreal Expos hat. Walker spoke with Hall officials after he was elected Tuesday in his 10th and final appearance on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot. Born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia

Twins, Donaldson finalize $92M deal, boost potent lineup
Twins, Donaldson finalize $92M deal, boost potent lineup

The Minnesota Twins and third baseman Josh Donaldson finalized their four-year, $92 million contract Wednesday that is the richest in team history for a free agent. Donaldson agreed last week to the deal that includes a club option for a fifth season. For 2024, the Twins can either retain him for $16

Royals sign veteran OF Alex Gordon to $4M contract for 2020
Royals sign veteran OF Alex Gordon to $4M contract for 2020

The Kansas City Royals signed outfielder Alex Gordon to a $4 million contract for next season, giving the rebuilding club a veteran presence in what is expected to be a young lineup under new manager Mike Matheny. The Royals designated right-hander Heath Fillmyer for assignment Wednesday in a corresponding

Davey Martinez on electronic sign stealing:
Davey Martinez on electronic sign stealing: 'This just didn't happen overnight'

Nationals manager Davey Martinez says the game has changed and MLB warned teams that it'd intervene if it became aware of any foul play.

Braves hoping Ozuna poised for repeat of career-best season
Braves hoping Ozuna poised for repeat of career-best season

Marcell Ozuna doesn't have to match his career-best numbers of 2017 or even meet the standards set by Josh Donaldson last season to make the Atlanta Braves feel good about their investment in the outfielder. Ozuna only needs an average season as Atlanta's new cleanup hitter to help the Braves

Mets tab Luis Rojas to replace Carlos Beltrán as manager
Mets tab Luis Rojas to replace Carlos Beltrán as manager

The New York Mets are finalizing a multiyear agreement with quality control coach Luis Rojas to make him the team's manager, staying in-house to replace the ousted Carlos Beltrán, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday. Rojas would take over for Beltrán, who left the Mets last week before

Mets to name Luis Rojas their new manager
Mets to name Luis Rojas their new manager

The long time Mets minor league manager will take over for Carlos Beltrán, who was recently fired as a result of the sign-stealing scandal.

Derek Jeter: one vote from unanimous and other Hall of Fame ballot oddities
Derek Jeter: one vote from unanimous and other Hall of Fame ballot oddities

I imagine Jeter's face looked something like this after being told that one guy left him off the ballot.

Derek Jeter elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Derek Jeter elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Derek Jeter has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The former Yankees shortstop was not selected unanimously, like his former teammate Mariano Rivera. But, Jeter says he's grateful he got the votes he did.

Schilling the one to watch in next Hall of Fame vote
Schilling the one to watch in next Hall of Fame vote

Derek Jeter's election to the Hall of Fame marked the seventh straight year with at least one first-ballot honoree. Tim Hudson, Torii Hunter and Mark Buehrle are among the newcomers expected on the next ballot, and although those three accomplished plenty as major leaguers, they seem unlikely to

Electronic sign stealing: A scandal two decades ago in Japan
Electronic sign stealing: A scandal two decades ago in Japan

If anyone thought that using technology to steal catchers' signs had only blemished Major League Baseball and the Houston Astros - or it's something new - think again. Japan went through a similar scandal just over 20 years ago. Officials of the Daiei Hawks - now the SoftBank Hawks - reportedly

Astros players plan to make a team statement on sign-stealing scandal during Spring Training
Astros players plan to make a team statement on sign-stealing scandal during Spring Training

Guess who are the next-door neighbors to the Astros this Spring Training? The Washington Nationals.

FastCast: 2020 HOF selections
FastCast: 2020 HOF selections

Derek Jeter and Larry Walker headline the 2020 Hall of Fame class, plus Marcell Ozuna signs a one-year deal with the Braves

Watch here as Gritty goes full savage mode on the Houston Astros
Watch here as Gritty goes full savage mode on the Houston Astros

If Gritty wasn't your favorite mascot before ... you may change your mind after watching this.

Marcell Ozuna signing with Braves rules out potential suitor for Kris Bryant
Marcell Ozuna signing with Braves rules out potential suitor for Kris Bryant

The Cubs don't have to trade Kris Bryant, but if they entertain such a move, the Braves likely won't be a suitor.

Former Nationals Adam Dunn, Alfonso Soriano receive Hall of Fame votes in first year eligible
Former Nationals Adam Dunn, Alfonso Soriano receive Hall of Fame votes in first year eligible

Still trying to figure out who exactly voted for Adam Dunn.

Free agent OF Ozuna, Braves reach $18 million, 1-year deal
Free agent OF Ozuna, Braves reach $18 million, 1-year deal

ATLANTA (AP) -- Free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna and the Atlanta Braves reached an $18 million, one-year deal Tuesday that puts him on the team he helped beat in the playoffs last October.

Larry Bowa recalls two special seasons with (almost unanimous) Hall of Famer Derek Jeter
Larry Bowa recalls two special seasons with (almost unanimous) Hall of Famer Derek Jeter

Larry Bowa served as the Yankees' third base coach in 2006 and 2007 and offered his thoughts on the greatness of Derek Jeter. By Jim Salisbury

MLB Rumors: Braves reportedly agree to one-year contract with OF Marcell Ozuna
MLB Rumors: Braves reportedly agree to one-year contract with OF Marcell Ozuna

After losing Josh Donaldson to the Twins, the Nationals' biggest rival in the NL East addressed a sizeable hole in their roster by agreeing to a one-year deal with Marcell Ozuna.

Derek Jeter, Larry Walker elected to baseball Hall of Fame
Derek Jeter, Larry Walker elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Derek Jeter came within one vote of being a unanimous pick for the Hall of Fame while Larry Walker also earned baseball's highest honor on Tuesday. The longtime New York Yankees captain appeared on 396 of 397 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, falling just shy of the

Braves sign Marcell Ozuna to one-year, $18 million deal
Braves sign Marcell Ozuna to one-year, $18 million deal

On Tuesday, the Braves inked corner outfielder Marcell Ozuna to a one-year deal worth $18 million.

Curt Schilling misses out on Baseball Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter, Larry Walker in
Curt Schilling misses out on Baseball Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter, Larry Walker in

In his eighth year on the ballot, Curt Schilling again fell short of making it in to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Cubs acquire reliever Lakins from Red Sox

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs acquired reliever Travis Lakins from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named or cash on Tuesday.

LA City Council says Dodgers should be awarded Series titles
LA City Council says Dodgers should be awarded Series titles

With Los Angeles fans reeling from news that two of the Dodgers' recent World Series opponents were linked to a cheating scandal that tipped off batters to what pitch was about to be thrown, the City Council voted Tuesday to ask Major League Baseball to strip the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox

Pedro Martínez thinks Mike Fiers broke clubhouse code telling on Astros
Pedro Martínez thinks Mike Fiers broke clubhouse code telling on Astros

Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martínez thinks former Astros hurler Mike Fiers broke clubhouse code by spilling the beans on the Astros' cheating scheme.

Red Sox
Red Sox's Pedroia has setback during knee rehabilitation

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had what the team called a "significant setback" while rehabbing his left knee, the latest blow to the four-time All-Star's attempt to return to the field. Boston spokesman Kevin Gregg confirmed the development Tuesday, which was first reported by The Boston

Phillies finally add to bullpen by agreeing to deal with Drew Storen
Phillies finally add to bullpen by agreeing to deal with Drew Storen

The Phillies haven't added to their bullpen at all this offseason but made a buy-low move this week with a reliever who had plenty of success earlier in the decade. By Corey Seidman

Jackie Bradley Jr. reacts to Red Sox trade rumors amid unique offseason
Jackie Bradley Jr. reacts to Red Sox trade rumors amid unique offseason

Jackie Bradley Jr. is one of several Boston Red Sox players whose future with the team beyond the 2020 season is uncertain.

MLB Rumors: Dustin Pedroia suffers
MLB Rumors: Dustin Pedroia suffers 'significant setback' in knee rehab

Has Dustin Pedroia reached the end of the line after reportedly dealing with another knee issue?

Nationals hunt for ways to maintain Gerardo Parra
Nationals hunt for ways to maintain Gerardo Parra's mojo without him

His former teammates are impressed by the new tattoo, searching for ways to maintain his good vibes and turning to technology to keep him around the clubhouse.

Ranking the odds of three leading Red Sox managerial candidates
Ranking the odds of three leading Red Sox managerial candidates

Will the Red Sox opt for the "safe" choice to replace Alex Cora? Will they go outside the organization for the hire? Or could a former fan favorite be the choice? John Tomase ranks the odds of the top candidates.

Craig Calcaterra
Craig Calcaterra's Imaginary Hall of Fame Ballot

Derek Jeter is a no-brainer. But that leaves nine other slots. Who fills them?

Félix Hernández signs a minor league deal with the Braves
Félix Hernández signs a minor league deal with the Braves

King Félix will make $1 million if he somehow manages to make the team following three below-league-average seasons.

Beanballs, boos, lost legacy? Astros, MLB brace for fallout
Beanballs, boos, lost legacy? Astros, MLB brace for fallout

AJ Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran lost their jobs in the wake of the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scam, leaving three teams without managers three weeks before the start of spring training. On and off the field, the fallout from one of the biggest scandals in Major League Baseball history

Veteran lefty Blevins joins Giants on minor league deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Veteran left-hander Jerry Blevins agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training.

Rockies
Rockies' Arenado feels disrespected over trade rumors

Rockies star Nolan Arenado said he feels disrespected after Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich acknowledged listening to trade offers for the seven-time Gold Glove winner. Bridich told The Denver Post on Monday that he expected Arenado to be Colorado's third baseman this season after discussing

Nolan Arenado feels
Nolan Arenado feels 'disrespected' by Rockies GM Jeff Bridich

Rockies third baseman Nolan Areando said he felt "disrespected" by Rockies GM Jeff Bridich after learning he wouldn't be traded this offseason.

MLB rumors: Jerry Blevins signs minor league contract with Giants
MLB rumors: Jerry Blevins signs minor league contract with Giants

The Giants reportedly have added another veteran pitcher that could be traded in July.

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich puts Nolan Arenado trade talks to bed
Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich puts Nolan Arenado trade talks to bed

If you were hoping the Cubs could miraculously acquire Nolan Arenado, here's some bad news for you!

Crosby woman dies from flu after trip to Israel, family says
Crosby woman dies from flu after trip to Israel, family says

The 21-year-old, who loved to travel, always seemed healthy, according to the family.

Reunion? Cubs interested in re-signing Pedro Strop, report says
Reunion? Cubs interested in re-signing Pedro Strop, report says

The Cubs have largely added low-cost relievers to stockpile potential arms for the big-league bullpen. That trend could soon change, thanks to a familiar face.

Cardinals' Carpenter 'just wanted to apologize' for bad 2019

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- This was not what Matt Carpenter or the St. Louis Cardinals envisioned when he signed a new contract.

Ex-M
Ex-M's ace Félix Hernández has minor league deal with Braves

ATLANTA (AP) -- Longtime Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez reached a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves on Monday that includes an invite to big league spring training.

Vince Velasquez "disappointed" by Astros
Vince Velasquez "disappointed" by Astros' scandal, ready to "click" in Phillies' rotation

For pitcher Vince Velasquez, his time with the Astros is way behind him. The recent sign stealing scandal isn't letting him move on quite easily. But the only thing on his mind is getting stronger with the Phillies. By Jim Salisbury

When it comes to unanimous Hall picks, Jeter could be No. 2
When it comes to unanimous Hall picks, Jeter could be No. 2

When it comes to unanimous picks for baseball's Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter quite appropriately has the chance to be No. 2. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera became the first player to appear on every ballot when he swept 425 votes in last year's election. Ken Griffey Jr. was three votes short perfection

How Antoan Richardson
How Antoan Richardson's journey to Giants' staff showed his perseverance

Antoan Richardson took the long road to the Giants' big league staff.

MLB Rumors: Reds interested in signing Brock Holt
MLB Rumors: Reds interested in signing Brock Holt

Less than one month from spring training, ex-Boston Red Sox utilityman Brock Holt reportedly is garnering interest from teams in free agency.

MLB Source: Cubs
MLB Source: Cubs 'got fat and happy' after World Series, culture must change

The Cubs said they needed change heading into the 2020 season, but are Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and David Ross capable of contending with a hole-filled roster?

MLB rumors: Red Sox have shown interest in Hensley Meulens for manager job
MLB rumors: Red Sox have shown interest in Hensley Meulens for manager job

The Boston Red Sox need a new manager with pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in less than a month, and one potential candidate is Hensley Meulens.


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