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Newly signed Texas Rangers pitcher, Lance Lynn, center, responds to reporters questions as team general manager Jon Daniels, left, and manager Chris Woodward, right, look on in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Stephen Hawkins)
December 18, 2018 - 5:28 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The only time Lance Lynn has pitched in the home ballpark of the Texas Rangers was as a rookie in 2011, during the World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals. Lynn will now go into that stadium's final season in 2019 as a big part of the Texas rotation. He signed a $30 million...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2018, file photo, Washington Nationals' Matt Adams hits a three-run home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo in the first inning of a baseball game, n Cincinnati. The Nationals have agreed to terms a $4 million, one-year deal with first baseman Matt Adams that includes a mutual option for 2020. General manager Mike Rizzo announced the contract Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. He fills a void for Washington as a left-handed bat who is expected to split time at first base with Ryan Zimmerman. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
December 18, 2018 - 2:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Matt Adams is returning to a Nationals team he believes is better than the one he was traded from and has the potential to make even more moves this offseason. Adams agreed to terms Tuesday on a $4 million, one-year deal with a mutual option for 2020. The 30-year-old first baseman...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2018 file photo Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley runs to first base on a passed ball in the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Cleveland. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press the Houston Astros have agreed to a two-year deal with free agent outfielder Michael Brantley. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 because the club has not yet announced the move. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, file)
December 17, 2018 - 8:42 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press the Houston Astros have agreed to a two-year deal with free agent outfielder Michael Brantley. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Monday night because the club has not yet announced the move. The 31-year-...
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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo, New York Yankees' CC Sabathia points at the Tampa Bay Rays dugout after he was ejected for hitting Tampa Bay Rays' Jesus Sucre with a pitch during the sixth inning of a baseball game, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The New York Yankees gave pitcher CC Sabathia a $500,000 performance bonus, even though the 38-year-old left-hander was ejected from his final regular-season start six outs shy of the 155 innings specified for the payment in his contract. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
December 17, 2018 - 5:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Plunking an opponent paid off for CC Sabathia. The New York Yankees gave Sabathia a $500,000 performance bonus, even though the 38-year-old left-hander was ejected from his final regular-season start six outs shy of the 155 innings specified in his contract for the payment. Sabathia...
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FILE - In this July 9, 2018, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos heads for the field during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The New York Mets have agreed to a $19.5 million, two-year contract with Ramos, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The Mets will turn to the two-time All-Star, who is coming off a strong year with the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 because the deal has not been announced and is still pending a physical. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
December 16, 2018 - 7:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have agreed to a $19 million, two-year contract with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The agreement signals an end to the Mets' pursuit of Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. Instead, New York turned to a two-time...
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December 16, 2018 - 9:23 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — In a story Dec. 15 about Yonder Alonso's trade to the Chicago White Sox, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Alonso is married to the sister of star slugger Manny Machado. Machado is married to Alonso's sister. A corrected version of the story is below: Indians send 1B...
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December 16, 2018 - 9:22 am
CHICAGO (AP) — In a story Dec. 15 about Yonder Alonso's trade to the Chicago White Sox, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Alonso is married to the sister of star slugger Manny Machado. Machado is married to Alonso's sister. A corrected version of the story is below: AP source: White...
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December 14, 2018 - 3:30 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have hired Brandon Hyde to be their new manager, hoping his experience as Cubs bench coach will help the team move forward while in rebuilding mode. Hyde takes over for Buck Showalter, who was fired after Baltimore finished 47-115 — the worst record in the...
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December 14, 2018 - 2:55 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox answered one of their offseason questions on Friday, agreeing to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with catcher James McCann. The White Sox had an opening at the position after trading Omar Narvaez to Seattle on Nov. 30 for reliever Alex Colome. They also lost...
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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Indians' Edwin Encarnacion follows through on his second two-run home run of the night, during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, in Boston. Edwin Encarnacion has been traded to Seattle and first baseman Carlos Santana has returned to the Indians in a three-team deal that also involved Tampa Bay. The Rays got infielder Yandy Diaz and minor league right-hander Cole Slusser from Cleveland. The Indians also acquired first baseman Jake Bauers. The swap came Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at the close of the winter meetings. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)
December 13, 2018 - 5:43 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Carlos Santana and Jeurys Familia found friendly landing spots, Edwin Encarnacion took off for a more uncertain future. Joe Kelly joined the team he helped beat in the World Series, the Milwaukee Brewers boosted their imposing bullpen. The winter meetings wrapped up Thursday with a...
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