Professional Baseball

FILE - In this Sept. 9,2019, file photo, San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws against a Pittsburgh Pirates' batter in the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco. Bumgarner has received a $17.8 million qualifying offer from the Giants, a move that likely will decrease demand for him in the free-agent market. (AP Photo/John Hefti, File)
November 04, 2019 - 3:06 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner has received a $17.8 million qualifying offer from the San Francisco Giants, a move that likely will decrease demand for him in the free-agent market. San Francisco's decision Monday means a team signing Bumgarner would lose at least one pick in next year's...
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November 04, 2019 - 2:36 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez has decided to keep his contract with the Red Sox instead of becoming a free agent again. Martinez signed a $110 million, five-year deal after teams had started reporting to spring training in 2018. In his two seasons in Boston, the 32-year-old...
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The new New York Mets manager, Carlos Beltran, center, poses for a picture with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, left, and Mets COO Jeff Wilpon during a baseball news conference at Citi Field, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in New York. Beltran, two years removed from his playing career and with no managerial experience, has been picked by the Mets to replace Mickey Callaway. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
November 04, 2019 - 2:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltrán was back in familiar blue pinstripes Monday, buttoning up a New York Mets uniform while standing next to his new boss, Brodie Van Wagenen. The first-time manager is taking over following a tenuous season at Citi Field, and his plan to calm the clubhouse works from the...
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Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, center, celebrates with teammates Anibal Sanchez, left, and Gerardo Parra during a rally following a parade to celebrate the team's World Series baseball championship over the Houston Astros, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
November 03, 2019 - 7:21 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Strasburg opted out of the final four years of his contract with the Washington Nationals, three days after the star pitcher was chosen MVP of the World Series. The move Saturday makes the 31-year-old right-hander a free agent. Strasburg gave up $100 million he had been...
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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, in Chicago. Starting pitcher Darvish and outfielder Jason Heyward are staying with the Chicago Cubs, who exercised their $11.5 million option for 2020 on left-hander José Quintana on Saturday, Nov. 2, and declined their $6.5 million option on lefty Derek Holland, which triggered a $500,000 buyout.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
November 03, 2019 - 12:48 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Starting pitcher Yu Darvish and outfielder Jason Heyward are staying with the Chicago Cubs, who exercised their $11.5 million option for 2020 on left-hander José Quintana on Saturday and declined their $6.5 million option on lefty Derek Holland, which triggered a $500,000 buyout...
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Milwaukee Brewers Josh Hader, right, and New York Yankees Aroldis Chapman pose with their reliever of the year trophies at a news conference before Game 4 of the baseball World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
November 02, 2019 - 11:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Aroldis Chapman is staying with the New York Yankees, amending his contract to a $48 million, three-year deal. The 31-year-old All-Star closer had been owed $15 million in each of the next two seasons as part of an $86 million, five-year contract, and he had the right to opt out of...
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Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo holds up the World Series trophy during a parade to celebrate the team's World Series baseball championship over the Houston Astros, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
November 02, 2019 - 6:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The song "Baby Shark" blared over loudspeakers and a wave of red washed across this politically blue capital Saturday as Nationals fans rejoiced at a parade marking Washington's first World Series victory since 1924. "They say good things come to those who wait. Ninety-five years...
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FILE - In this Friday, May 23, 2008 file photo, New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran waits to bat before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press the New York Mets have decided to hire Carlos Beltrán as their manager. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 because the team has not made an announcement. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
November 01, 2019 - 5:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltrán, two years removed from his playing career and with no managerial experience, has been picked by the New York Mets to replace Mickey Callaway. Beltrán received a three-year contract that includes a club option for 2023. The Mets announced the move Friday. A nine-time...
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, third from left, arrive for Game 5 of the World Series baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. Also pictured are Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., second from left, and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C, right. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
November 01, 2019 - 4:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will welcome the come-from-behind Washington Nationals who will celebrate their World Series victory Monday on the South Lawn of the White House. The Nationals beat the Houston Astros 6-2 on Wednesday to clinch the title in Game 7 of the World Series. They...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole walks to the dugout after the third inning of Game 5 of the baseball World Series against the Washington Nationals Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
October 31, 2019 - 5:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon became a free agent Thursday, a day after homering to spark Washington's seventh-inning comeback in Game 7 of the World Series. Houston pitcher Gerrit Cole also went free after warming up in the bullpen but never getting into the season finale...
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