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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2019, file photo, Milwaukee Brewers' Yasmani Grandal smiles in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, in Milwaukee. All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal agreed to a $73 million, four-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, finding a more lucrative free-agent market now that he no longer is burdened by draft-pick compensation. Grandal will earn $18.25 million annually as part of the deal announced Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash, File)
November 21, 2019 - 2:42 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Yasmani Grandal saw a young team stocked with promising pitchers and hitters. He envisioned a bright future for the Chicago White Sox, and he chose to be part of it. No longer burdened by draft-pick compensation, Grandal found the multiyear contract he failed to get last offseason...
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Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to the media at the owners meeting in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
November 21, 2019 - 12:03 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Major League Baseball has widened its investigation of alleged sign stealing by the Houston Astros and will probe activity by the team over the past three seasons. After the conclusion of owners meetings Thursday, baseball Commissioner Manfred said MLB will “investigate the...
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CORRECTS TO ONE GUARANTEED SEASON, INSTEAD OF TWO - FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2017, file photo, New York Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury reacts after grounding out to end the sixth inning in the first game of the baseball team's doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Yankees have given up on Ellsbury, cutting the oft-injured outfielder with one guaranteed season and more than $26 million left in his $153 million, seven-year contract. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
November 20, 2019 - 5:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees have given up on Jacoby Ellsbury, cutting the oft-injured outfielder with more than $26 million left in his $153 million, seven-year contract. Ellsbury, who has not played since 2017, was released Wednesday to clear a 40-man roster spot as New York added seven players to...
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FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals' Gerardo Parra hits a single during the sixth inning of Game 4 of the baseball National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, in Washington. The “Baby Shark” is moving to Japan. Outfielder Gerardo Parra has agreed to a contract with the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants, the team said Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. A two-time Gold Glove winner and a backup on this year’s World Series champion Washington Nationals, the 32-year-old outfielder became a fan favorite at Nationals Park this year for his “Baby Shark” walkup song, a tribute to the musical taste of his 2-year-old daughter Aaliyah. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
November 20, 2019 - 7:27 am
TOKYO (AP) — The “Baby Shark” is moving to Japan. Outfielder Gerardo Parra has agreed to a contract with the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants, the team said Tuesday. A two-time Gold Glove winner and a backup on this year’s World Series champion Washington Nationals, the 32-year-old outfielder...
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Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred listens to a question during a tour of the under construction new Texas Rangers stadium in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. Manfred hopes the investigation into sign stealing by the Houston Astros will be completed by next season and says he has broad authority to impose discipline beyond fines, the loss of amateur draft picks and taking away international signing bonus pool allocation. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
November 19, 2019 - 1:44 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred hopes the investigation into sign stealing by the Houston Astros will be complete by next season and says he has authority to impose discipline beyond the loss of amateur draft picks. Oakland pitcher Mike Fiers says that when he was with...
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FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter smiles as he speaks during a news conference in Miami. Derek Jeter is among 18 newcomers on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot, announced Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, and is likely to be an overwhelming choice to join former New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera in Cooperstown after the reliever last year became the first unanimous pick by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
November 18, 2019 - 9:20 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter is among 18 newcomers on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot. He is likely to be an overwhelming choice to join former New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera in Cooperstown after the reliever last year became the first unanimous pick by the Baseball Writers' Association of...
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FILE - In this March 24, 2014, file photo, Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington is shown during a press conference in Boston. A person familiar with the decision says the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to hire Ben Cherington as their general manager. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, because the agreement has not been announced. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
November 18, 2019 - 8:25 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Cherington is the new general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The club announced the move on Monday, three weeks after firing Neal Huntington from the same position following a last-place finish in the NL Central. Cherington won a World Series ring as general manager of the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman looks to first after fielding a grounder by Tampa Bay Rays' Tommy Pham, who was safe at first in the seventh inning during Game 1 of a baseball American League Division Series in Houston. If Bregman is the American League’s Most Valuable Player when the voting is announced Thursday, Nov. 14, the Astros will become the first team to have an MVP, Cy Young Award winner and Rookie of the Year in the same season. Justin Verlander took Cy Young honors, and Yordan Alvarez was picked as the AL’s top rookie. AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)
November 14, 2019 - 12:06 am
Alex Bregman will try to give the Houston Astros an unprecedented sweep. If the All-Star slugger is selected the American League’s Most Valuable Player when voting results are announced Thursday, the Astros will become the first team to have an MVP, Cy Young Award winner and Rookie of the Year in...
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FILE - In this July 24, 2019, file photo, Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws to an Oakland Athletics batter during a baseball game in Houston. Verlander has been awarded his second AL Cy Young Award. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)
November 13, 2019 - 6:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander has a second AL Cy Young Award — and a clear path paved toward Cooperstown. Verlander beat out teammate Gerrit Cole in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Wednesday night. Verlander got 17 first-place votes to 13 for Cole, who became a...
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Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow speaks during a media availability during the Major League Baseball general managers annual meetings Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
November 13, 2019 - 5:09 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Not too long ago, the Houston Astros were the feel-good story of baseball. Led by their diminutive Venezuelan dynamo and featuring smart play on the field and in the front office, they emerged from a morass of awful seasons that got them mocked as the ‘Lastros and ascended to the top...
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