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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:25:42 PSTMatt Wieters finally has a new team. ''It's tough finding a team when you can't do anything baseball-related,'' Wieters said Friday, when the catcher took batting practice and ran conditioning sprints at spring training with the Washington Nationals after his signing was announced. Now Wieters is working on getting up to speed with the pitching staff for the reigning NL East champions.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:58:18 PSTTrades don't surprise Drew Smyly anymore. At age 27, the Seattle Mariners left-hander has been dealt twice. The first swap sent him from the team that drafted and developed Smyly, the Detroit Tigers, to the Tampa Bay Rays in midseason 2014.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:51:12 PSTWade Davis was a promising starting pitcher when he made his major league debut for Joe Maddon and the Tampa Bay Rays almost eight years ago. Then he was a reliever, and then a starter again and then a reliever. Now he gets the ball from Maddon once again - only this time as the closer for the Chicago Cubs.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:39:46 PSTThe head of the Major League Baseball Players Association says it will be difficult for big leaguers to participate at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Baseball returns to Olympics after a 12-year absence for the Tokyo Games, which are scheduled for July 24-Aug. 9 - in the middle of baseball's season. ''There are challenges with the schedule, and there are challenges with major leaguers being involved,'' Clark said Thursday at the Baltimore Orioles' spring training camp.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:43:14 PSTNew York Yankees scheduled opening-day starter Masahiro Tanaka threw 74 pitches off a bullpen mound and during a simulated game Thursday in preparation for his first spring training appearance next week. The Japanese right-hander threw 30 pitches over two innings against Chase Headley, Brett Gardner and Chris Carter in the simulated game. Tanaka was a concern at the start of spring training last year after arthroscopic surgery in October 2015 to remove a bone spur from his throwing elbow.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:26:16 PSTAfter waiting and waiting to find a free-agent deal, four-time All-Star catcher Matt Wieters finally found a match with the Washington Nationals. Wieters and the Nationals agreed in principle on a $10.5 million contract for 2017, pending a physical, according to a person familiar with the deal. Wieters has played his entire career in the AL with the Baltimore Orioles after being taken with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2007 amateur draft.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:24:17 PSTOpen competition for a starting position has become a rarity in spring training. ''The guys involved know it's open, and it's a performance-based game,'' manager Brad Ausmus said. Tyler Collins, who started 22 games in center field for Detroit last season, and Mikie Mahtook, acquired from Tampa Bay, will get long looks.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:24:51 PSTAlthough Franklin Gutierrez officially joined the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday afternoon, the veteran outfielder had already been working out at their spring training complex for two days. The Dodgers reached a deal with him last week, but they couldn't formally announce his arrival because they hadn't been able to clear a spot for him on their 40-man roster until they traded veteran left-hander Vidal Nuno to Baltimore for a prospect on Sunday. Such is the nature of the Dodgers' remarkable roster depth heading into a season of enormous expectations.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:21:48 PSTEvan Longoria is sporting a new look in spring training and feeling better about what the Tampa Bay Rays have done in hopes of giving themselves a better chance to win. ''We were all a little bit upset by the loss of Logan. Coming off a 68-94 finish that was the club's worst since 2007, the Rays sought upgrades in several areas, signing catcher Wilson Ramos and outfielder Colby Rasmus in free agency and trading Forsythe and starting pitcher Drew Smyly in separate deals that brought pitching prospect Jose De Leon and speedy young outfielder Mallex Smith to Tampa Bay.
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:04:12 PSTNo baseball team has repeated as World Series champions since the New York Yankees reigned from 1998 through 2000. Jon Lester, a three-time World Series champion, thinks the Chicago Cubs have a few legs up on the situation. ''The biggest positive on our side is we have so many young guys who aren't banged up, who don't have a lot of innings or at-bats,'' said Lester, who helped Boston to titles in 2007 and 2013, as well as helping to anchor the Cubs' rotation last year.
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:19:09 PSTGLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Veteran free agent infielder Chase Utley has officially returned to the Los Angeles Dodgers, agreeing to a one-year, $2-million contract on Saturday.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:39:44 PSTPORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Reliever Tommy Hunter has agreed to a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, who are giving the 30-year right-hander an opportunity to earn a job in a revamped bullpen.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:53:10 PSTNick Franklin seems to enjoy his second job. Back then, before salaries exploded, baseball players couldn’t make a living solely playing the game. Times have changed. Player salaries have grown exponentially, and there’s no need for players to take on a second job in order to make ends meet.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:19:16 PST(corrects dateline) Feb 14 (The Sports Xchange) - Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach Ron Gardenhire revealed Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery this spring. The former Minnesota Twins manager said he was diagnosed earlier this month. A blood test taken during his physical exam cited the possibility and an MRI exam confirmed he had prostate cancer. Surgery will be performed after Gardenhire completes the preparation process. The 59-year-old Gardenhire told Arizona team officials that doctors told him the cancer was detected early. ...
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:30:22 PSTAs the leader of a pitching staff that underperformed last season, Chris Archer relishes the challenge of helping the revamped Tampa Bay Rays re-emerge as playoff contenders. Archer acknowledged before the first workout for pitchers and catchers that the Rays are built to thrive on a strong starting rotation. ''But I think it's time for us to shift away from relying solely on starting pitching.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:25:06 PSTThe Texas Rangers acquired right-handed knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa from the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, when they placed reliever Jake Diekman and first baseman Prince Fielder on the 60-day disabled list. Since Fielder didn't formally retire, he had to remain on the Rangers' 40-man roster during the offseason.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:08:15 PSTST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi, Houston's Collin McHugh and Toronto's Marcus Stroman won their salary arbitration cases Tuesday, and St. Louis' Michael Wacha, Milwaukee's Chase Anderson and Arizona's Taijuan Walker lost.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:12:21 PSTThe Tampa Bay Rays have finalized a $2 million, one-year contract with injured pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, a deal that allows him to earn an additional $5.5 million in 2018. The 27-year-old right-hander is expected to miss the 2017 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery last August, when he was with the New York Yankees. Eovaldi can earn $3.5 million in performance bonuses each year as a starter and $3 million as a reliever.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:47:10 PSTStarting his 10th season as New York Yankees manager, Joe Girardi wants to lead the team beyond 2017 and watch the Baby Bombers mature. Girardi is entering the final season of a $16 million, four-year contract. The Yankees won the 2009 World Series in his second season but have missed the postseason in three of the past four years, have not won a postseason game since the 2012 AL Division Series and pivoted toward youth last summer.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:21:08 PSTGrady Sizemore is returning to baseball and to the Cleveland Indians. Grady Sizemore has returned to the Cleveland Indians. The 34-year-old former center fielder has started a new chapter in his life, one where he doesn’t play baseball, but instead helps the players of today get prepared for what tomorrow may bring.
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:14:54 PSTST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Jake Odorizzi of Tampa Bay and Michael Wacha of St. Louis have gone to salary arbitration and are among six first-time eligible starting pitchers who could get decisions Tuesday.
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:25:30 PSTSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to minor-league deals with left-hander Brian Matusz and right-hander Kevin Jepsen.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:41:24 PSTJerry Dipoto keeps proving the ''Trader Jerry'' nickname is a valid one. The Seattle Mariners general manager is constantly tinkering, trying to create a club that can once again be a contender instead of an afterthought. ''There was a question about Jerry that a media member posed and they described him as 'uncomfortably energetic.' ... You stay busy, but in a good way,'' said director of baseball operations Justin Hollander, who had previously worked with Dipoto with the Los Angeles Angels.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:50:06 PSTThe goal of playing meaningful games in September and beyond remains the same for the cost-conscious Tampa Bay Rays, who feel a busy offseason has improved their chances of contending for a postseason berth. Escaping the basement in the AL East won't be easy, especially after trading left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly and lead-off man Logan Forsythe, however general manager Erick Neander likes the way the roster is shaping up heading into spring training. The Rays think they not only still have a chance to field one of the better rotations in the league, but have strengthened the offense and defense, too, while operating within a limited budget.
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:48:55 PSTAfter coming within two games of reaching the World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers had a simple plan going into the offseason: keep their roster intact and make a couple of additions. Now if they can just stay healthy in 2017 and have youngsters Corey Seager and Julio Urias continue to mature, the Dodgers could be well positioned to challenge the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, who knocked them out in the NL Championship Series.
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 18:19:17 PSTLOS ANGELES (AP) -- Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton and Baltimore star Adam Jones are among the returnees on the 28-man U.S. World Baseball Classic roster, which also includes Colorado's Nolan Arenado, Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt, San Francisco's Buster Posey and Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen.
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:54:10 PSTST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired catcher Jesus Sucre from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named or cash.
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:45:29 PSTAfter months of rumors, Mike Napoli is finally going back to Texas. FINALLY: The Texas Rangers have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with first baseman Mike Napoli. The 35-year-old Napoli hit .239/.335/.465, with 34 home runs, for the Cleveland Indians last season. It had been assumed Napoli would sign with the Rangers for weeks now, but the two sides put off finalizing a deal until now.
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:27:49 PSTNEW YORK (AP) -- Salary arbitration decisions for starting pitchers who are eligible for the first time will be held back until all the cases involving those players are finished.
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 15:55:11 PSTST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Free agent first baseman Logan Morrison and the Tampa Bay Rays have finalized a $2.5 million, one-year contract.