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11:51 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” Free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal agreed to a one-year, $18.25 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, league sources told ESPN, joining the reigning National League Central champions on a short-term deal
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7:38 PM ET Associated Press SEATTLE — Former No. 2 overall pick Dustin Ackley is returning to the Seattle Mariners on a minor league deal after spending the past two seasons in the minors with the Los Angeles Angels, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on
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7:44 AM ET Former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Chris Duncan has taken a permanent leave of absence from his radio job to battle brain cancer. Duncan, who is the son of former Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan, hit 22 homers as a rookie during St. Louis’ 2006 title run. He played three more years in
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5:33 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — Left-hander Hector Santiago has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets. Santiago would get a $2 million salary in the major leagues if added to the 40-man roster as part of the deal announced Tuesday. He would be able to earn $400,000 in
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5:12 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has been cleared to resume working out, including baseball activities. The 38-year-old left-hander had a blockage in one artery to his heart and had a procedure Dec. 11 to insert a stent to clear the blockage. Sabathia had a scheduled follow-up stress test
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1:10 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” Free-agent outfielder Jon Jay agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal with the Chicago White Sox, a source confirmed to ESPN, adding another close friend of Manny Machado as the White Sox
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5:17 PM ET The New York Mets announced Monday that former captain and seven-time All-Star David Wright will take a job in the team’s front office. Wright will be special advisor to Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. “I again want to thank the Wilpon and Katz families for
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3:10 PM ET Associated Press CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians have acquired catcher Kevin Plawecki in a trade with the New York Mets. The three-time defending AL champions sent right-hander Walker Lockett and infielder Sam Haggerty to New York in exchange for Plawecki, who played in 78 games — 64 starts — for the Mets
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9:39 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” Reliever Zach Britton agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal to return to the New York Yankees on Saturday, league sources told ESPN, fortifying one of the game’s best bullpens after it
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8:12 AM ET If Tony Clark had asked, I would have suggested the Major League Baseball Players Association chief give a holiday read of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book “Leadership: In Turbulent Times.” Within it, she writes about the different leadership styles of Herbert Hoover and Franklin Delano Roosevelt as they faced the nation’s worst financial
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8:00 PM ET Associated Press ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers acquired right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell on a waiver claim Friday from the Los Angeles Angels. Texas also signed right-handers Adrian Sampson and Rafael Montero to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training. Farrell, the son of former big league manager John
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6:56 PM ET NEW YORK — Infielder Manny Machado might still be a free agent whom the New York Yankees desire, but the recently signed Troy Tulowitzki will open spring training next month with a legitimate chance to be the team’s “everyday shortstop,” general manager Brian Cashman said Friday. It was while speaking to reporters
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10:56 AM ET The Tampa Bay Rays, who ranked next to last in the majors in attendance last season, are eliminating more than 10,000 seats in an effort to create a more “intimate” experience for fans at Tropicana Field. The Rays on Friday said they would add a premium seating section in the lower level
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6:57 AM ET The Christmas holiday marks the midpoint of the baseball offseason. In fact, given an initial spring training reporting date of Feb. 13 for pitchers and catchers, the recent Dec. 25 respite neatly splits the hot stove season perfectly in two. We’re a week past that now, so we are officially on the
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1:54 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” Free-agent reliever David Robertson has agreed with the Philadelphia Phillies on a two-year, $23 million contract that includes a third-year club option, a source familiar with the agreement told ESPN. The 33-year-old
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5:41 PM ET CHICAGO — The Cubs hired former major league infielder Mark Loretta as their bench coach Wednesday, replacing Brandon Hyde, who was hired as the manager of the Baltimore Orioles last month. Loretta, 47, had spent the past nine years in the front office of the San Diego Padres. He’ll be manager Joe
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