Professional Baseball

February 23, 2019 - 6:41 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — If three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer has his way, Major League Baseball's pitch clock will die in the South Florida humidity. "I know as players that's something that MLB is trying to negotiate," the Washington Nationals ace said Saturday night. "I don't...
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February 23, 2019 - 1:19 pm
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Jose Martinez's teammates with the St. Louis Cardinals applauded his new contract Saturday, and the deal gave his family reason to cheer, too. The outfielder/first baseman signed a $3.25 million, two-year contract to remain with the Cardinals, who essentially bought out his...
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February 22, 2019 - 3:38 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The sun came out in Arizona. Free agents played for their new teams. Ichiro Suzuki was back in uniform at age 45. Baseball is back. A day after the scheduled exhibition opener was rained out, baseball returned to the ballparks of Florida and Arizona on Friday with the first...
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February 22, 2019 - 1:12 pm
Misbehaving owners of sports teams have drawn headlines pretty much since sports have been around. Now, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft faces misdemeanor charges of soliciting a prostitute after police said he was twice videotaped paying for a sex act at a massage parlor in Florida amid a...
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February 22, 2019 - 10:39 am
Versatile Marwin Gonzalez and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $21 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement is subject to a successful physical. Gonzalez would...
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2018, file photo, then-Los Angeles Dodgers' Manny Machado celebrates his two-run home run against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of Game 2 of a baseball National League Division Series, in Los Angeles. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that infielder Manny Machado has agreed to a $300 million, 10-year deal with the rebuilding San Diego Padres, the biggest contract ever for a free agent. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, because the agreement was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
February 22, 2019 - 9:48 am
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — After adding Manny Machado, the San Diego Padres didn't shoot down the notion that another big news conference could be ahead. With Bryce Harper, Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel still free agents, could the Padres make another surprising signing? "We're always open-minded to...
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FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2017, file photo, Executive Director of the Major League Players Association, Tony Clark, answers questions at a news conference in Phoenix. Players' union head Tony Clark is guarding against drawing any conclusions about the free-agent market based on Manny Machado’s contract and says Adam Wainwright’s recent comments about a possible strike were in line with the level of concern he hears from the pitcher’s colleagues. Clark met with the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, starting his spring training tour as several top players still look for teams. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
February 21, 2019 - 3:56 pm
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Players' union head Tony Clark says Adam Wainwright's comments about a possible strike were in line with widespread concern he hears from his members about a free-agent market they claim has become dysfunctional. Starting his tour of spring training camps, Clark said he isn't...
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February 21, 2019 - 3:49 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have announced their $300 million, 10-year deal with All-Star infielder Manny Machado, more than two days after the deal was agreed to. Machado will be introduced Friday at spring training in Peoria, Arizona. The agreement, the largest for a free agent in big...
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February 21, 2019 - 1:28 pm
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The spring training season started with a splash. Just not the kind fans hoped for. In the first major league exhibition game of the year, the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics were rained out Thursday. The Mariners roughed up Jerry Blevins and led 5-0 in the middle of the...
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Neil Walker of the Miami Marlins baseball team poses Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in Jupiter, Fla. While Manny Machado agreed to a pending $300 million, 10-year contract with San Diego and Bryce Harper is likely to top Giancarlo Stanton's record $325 million, 13-year deal, many less-than-superstar veterans have been routed on the free-agent market. Walker's salary dropped from $17.2 million to $2 million in two years. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
February 20, 2019 - 1:21 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Walker's salary dropped from $17.2 million to $2 million in two years. Greg Holland was cut from $14 million to $2 million this season. Daniel Murphy fell from $17.5 million to $10 million. While Manny Machado agreed to a pending $300 million, 10-year contract with San Diego...
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