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4:01 AM ET The City of Anaheim voted in favor of a one-year extension to the Los Angeles Angels‘ stadium lease, giving both sides more time to potentially come up with a long-term solution. The Angels are now scheduled to play in Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, through the 2020 season, as approved by a
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7:22 PM ET The World Series champion Boston Red Sox are scheduled to visit the White House on Feb. 15, team president Sam Kennedy told the Boston Globe. With no one to cook a feast because of the government shutdown, President Donald Trump served up fast food when Clemson visited to celebrate its national title.
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1:36 PM ET Former major league closer John Wetteland was arrested Monday on a charge of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, police records show. The 52-year-old was released from custody after posting a $25,000 surety bond according to the Denton County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office. In 12 seasons, Wetteland had a
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4:21 PM ET Kyler Murray has elected to enter his name into the NFL draft, announcing the decision on Twitter. The Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner has given himself the option to choose the NFL over MLB, where he has a contract with the Oakland Athletics that includes a $4.66 million signing
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12:52 PM ET Left-hander Derek Holland is re-signing with the San Francisco Giants on a one-year, $7 million deal, a source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports. The deal includes a club option for the 2020 season. The news was first reported by The Athletic. Holland, 32, made 30 starts for the Giants last season and
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10:33 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” As the sweepstakes for baseball’s best free agents heats up, Manny Machado is sitting on an eight-year offer from the Chicago White Sox and is still engaged with the Philadelphia Phillies while
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12:49 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” The Oakland Athletics are sending a group of top executives to meet with Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray on Sunday in hopes of convincing him to pursue a professional baseball career as
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4:04 PM ET Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Wil Myers says he’s moving back to the Padres’ crowded outfield, indicating that San Diego probably is still in the market for a third baseman. The Padres agreed to one-year contracts with their three remaining arbitration-eligible players: closer Kirby Yates, catcher Austin Hedges and left-hander Robbie Erlin.
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6:47 PM ET Associated Press CLEVELAND — Leonys Martin feels blessed to be alive after recovering from a life-threatening bacterial infection last summer. The Cleveland Indians outfielder spoke to the media Friday for the first time since the health scare. He thanked the doctors and staff at Cleveland Clinic, where he spent nearly two weeks
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4:00 PM ET ESPN News Services NEW YORK — NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets agreed to a $17 million, one-year contract, a record raise for an arbitration-eligible player from his $7.4 million salary. The deal was agreed to Friday before the pitcher and team were to exchange proposed
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5:45 PM ET CHICAGO — The Cubs have signed suspended shortstop Addison Russell to a one-year deal worth $3.4 million, avoiding an arbitration hearing. Russell can make up to a total of $4 million with roster time incentives, pro-rated, after serving his suspension for violation of domestic abuse policies. Milwaukee won the crown. St. Louis
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2:28 PM ET The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired catcher Russell Martin in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Friday. The Toronto Blue Jays, who will receive minor-league players from the Dodgers, will be eating a significant portion of Martin’s $20 million salary, league sources told ESPN.
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1:31 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” American League MVP Mookie Betts, who went to a salary arbitration hearing and beat the Boston Red Sox last year, settled for $20 million this time around, a league source familiar with
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11:48 PM ET Associated Press Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print PHOENIX — Catcher John Ryan Murphy and the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a $900,000, one-year contract, a raise from his $558,000 salary last year. The 27-year-old set career bests with nine homers and 24 RBI in 223 plate appearances, hitting .202. He split
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6:19 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” The New York Mets have reached a two-year, $20 million deal with free-agent infielder Jed Lowrie, league sources told ESPN on Thursday, adding a versatile veteran to an overhauled team that hopes
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12:00 PM ET Agents have nice things to say about working with David Stearns, the Milwaukee Brewers‘ general manager, with many mentioning his affability. “Good guy,” one agent said recently, relating some of the pleasant conversations he’s shared with Stearns. After passing up longer-term options earlier in the winter, free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal has agreed
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