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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:07:25 PST

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson expects to be sidelined two to three weeks due to a right calf strain. Donaldson admitted that he felt something grab his muscle while running sprints during a workout on Friday. The 2015 American League Most Valuable Player and three-time All-Star underwent an MRI exam the following day and required the use of crutches while walking in the clubhouse on Sunday.

Jays' Josh Donaldson misses workout with calf injury (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:31:49 PST

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Toronto slugger Josh Donaldson has missed the team's first full-squad workout because of a calf injury.

Marlins' Hechavarria admits lying in Cuban smuggling probe (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:25:03 PST

Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria told a federal jury Friday he lied to investigators about knowing a key figure in an alleged Cuban ballplayer smuggling network linked to a Florida sports agent and a trainer. Hechavarria testified in the trial of agent Bartolo Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada, who are accused of conspiracy and alien smuggling. Hechavarria admitted lying to federal agents in a 2012 interview about knowing a man who helped organize smuggling trips and obtain Cuban player documents.

Goose Gossage says it's 'insulting' to be compared to Mariano Rivera (Big League Stew)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:23:28 PST

Goose Gossage took aim at a Yankees legend. In what has now become a spring tradition, former New York Yankees reliever Goose Gossage sat down and gave his annual profane rant about the state of today’s game. Last year, Gossage took on Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista and nerds in baseball. This time around, he set his sights a little higher.

Orioles eager to get started, forget about playoff loss (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:22:54 PST

The Baltimore Orioles have been eager to get back to work and forget about losing the wild-card game to the Toronto Blue Jays last October. As Baltimore took the field for its first full-squad workout most of the prominent names were present, except for shortstop J.J. Hardy, whose sore lower back has prevented him from working out. Manager Buck Showalter was planning on playing Manny Machado at shortstop in early spring games because Machado wants to be ready to play the position for the Dominican Republic in next month's World Baseball Classic.

Mat Latos, Blue Jays agree to minor league contract (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:58:42 PST

Mat Latos agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, reported for big league spring training and will try to earn a spot on the 40-man roster. The 29-year-old right-hander went 6-2 with a 4.62 ERA in 11 starts for the Chicago White Sox last year, was released, then was 1-1 with a 6.52 ERA in one start and five relief appearances for Washington. ''I'm happy to just be playing baseball, let's be honest,'' Latos said after his deal was announced Thursday.

Gibbons, Blue Jays have higher hopes (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:49:51 PST

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is determined to guide his team into its third consecutive AL Championship Series. Recent flirtations with a pennant were satisfying for a franchise that failed to reach the postseason even once after winning a pair of consecutive World Series titles nearly a quarter-century ago. Gibbons wants greater satisfaction.

Stroman, McHugh, Odorizzi win; Wacha, Anderson, Walker lose (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:08:15 PST

ST. 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.

Cards right-hander Alex Reyes has sore elbow, will have MRI (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:46:00 PST

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes did not throw his scheduled bullpen session Tuesday because of a sore right elbow and will have an MRI. The 22-year-old right-hander made his major league debut Aug. 9 and was 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA in five starts and seven relief appearances. Reyes, a candidate for the final spot in the starting rotation, had been feeling soreness in the days leading up to camp, St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said.

Jake Odorizzi, Michael Wacha go to arbitration (The Associated Press)

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:14:54 PST

ST. 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.

Hot Stove Digest: Dodgers to re-sign Chase Utley, add Franklin Gutierrez to crowded roster (Big League Stew)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:48:31 PST

BIGGEST MOVES OF THE DAY: The Los Angeles Dodgers do not rest. On Friday, they made another pair of notable moves by re-signing Chase Utley and adding Franklin Gutierrez, both reportedly on one-year deals. Financial details on Utley’s deal were not immediately known. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Gutierrez’s contract will be worth $2.6M and could escalate to $3M based on incentives. Both signings come as something of a surprise given the Dodgers depth.

Royals depart for spring training after tragic offseason (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:49:49 PST

Dayton Moore was almost finished assembling a team he thought was capable of getting back to the playoffs, one that addressed many of the holes that plagued them a year ago. At first he thought it was a mistake, the news that young Kansas City pitcher Yordano Ventura had been killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. The hole in the rotation he dealt with this way: Moore signed veteran Jason Hammel to a two-year, $16 million contract a week before Royals pitchers and catchers were expected in suburban Phoenix.

RHP Joe Smith, Blue Jays complete $3M, 1-year contract (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:39:27 PST

TORONTO (AP) -- Right-handed reliever Joe Smith and the Toronto Blue Jays have finalized a $3 million, one-year contract.

Bautista back, Encarnacion gone from retooled Blue Jays (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:43:46 PST

Only one of the two sluggers who helped turn the Toronto Blue Jays into a contender will still be playing ball north of the border this season. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, it's not the one they wanted the most. Edwin Encarnacion, whose 11th-inning home run beat Baltimore in last year's AL wild-card game, called Toronto his ''first choice'' in free agency following a Championship Series loss to Cleveland.

Trevor Bauer goes on long rant defending tweet about liberal bias (Big League Stew)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:34:54 PST

Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer is determined. That much was clear when Bauer attempted to pitch through a painful cut on his pinky finger against the Toronto Blue Jays in the playoffs. Bauer even considered cauterizing the wound with a soldering iron just so he could take the mound. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that he’s persistent.

Texas Rangers head to spring after 'incomplete mission' (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:11:10 PST

The Texas Rangers have been AL West champions in each of manager Jeff Banister's first two seasons, and their 95 wins last year were the most in the American League. You've got to have talent, but desire overrides a lot of that,'' Banister said. Texas heads to spring training in Arizona five seasons removed from their only World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.

Lefty JP Howell, Blue Jays finalize $3M million, 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:49:01 PST

TORONTO (AP) -- Left-hander J.P. Howell and the Toronto Blue Jays have finalized a $3 million, one-year contract.

McCutchen's move, rotation provide intrigue for Pirates (The Associated Press)

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:30:06 PST

Andrew McCutchen's spot in center field was the fulcrum around which the Pittsburgh Pirates swung from laughingstock to contenders. Now it belongs to Starling Marte after McCutchen gracefully opted to pass the torch at his favorite position to pick up the torch at another: right field. The five-time All-Star and 2013 NL MVP will arrive in Bradenton, Florida for spring training as the starting right fielder as part of a shuffling that saw Marte - a two-time Gold Glove winner - slide over to center and Gregory Polanco flip from right to left.

Stanton, Jones headline US roster for World Baseball Classic (The Associated Press)

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 18:19:17 PST

LOS 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.

Rob Manfred having ongoing talks with Indians about Chief Wahoo (Big League Stew)

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:31:13 PST

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has shown a willingness to make changes to the game since he took over. Since Manfred has taken over as commissioner, he’s been asked countless times about whether he believes the team should use the mascot. While Manfred has acknowledged he understands why a certain set of fans find the logo offensive, and has hinted that he would like to see some changes made, he has yet to give a definitive answer on how the Indians and league plan to work through the issue.

Decisions held back for 1st-time eligible starting pitchers (The Associated Press)

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:27:49 PST

NEW 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.

Cubs no longer the class of the NL according to early projections (Big League Stew)

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 10:47:25 PST

The reigning World Series champion Chicago Cubs may find it a bit harder to repeat last season’s incredible success. The early projections are in, and while Chicago is still expected to be a great team, the Los Angeles Dodgers are projected to win the most games in baseball. The Dodgers might give the Cubs a run for their money in the NL.

AP source: Royals, Jason Hammel agree to $16M, 2-year deal (The Associated Press)

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:53:10 PST

The Royals knew at some point they would have to move on from grieving over the sudden and tragic death of Yordano Ventura and address the difficult task of replacing him. The 34-year-old Hammel is expected to take Ventura's place in the starting rotation. Hammel was 15-10 with a 3.83 ERA for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs last season and has proven to be a workhorse with at least 30 appearances in each of the past three seasons.

Hot Stove Digest: Jason Hammel's market remains surprisingly quiet (Big League Stew)

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 19:35:36 PST

HAMMEL TIME ON HOLD: Free agent Jason Hammel is having a difficult time finding work this winter. It’s reached the point where his lack of employment is threatening to carry over into spring training. Naturally, it goes right to what Hammel and his agent, Alan Nero, think he’s worth.

Royals announce $12 million, 2-year deal with Brandon Moss (The Associated Press)

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 15:09:09 PST

The most fun Brandon Moss has ever had playing baseball came in Kauffman Stadium. Moss had hit a pair of home runs, the A's had taken a big lead and all signs were pointing toward Oakland making a run at the World Series. Then, the Royals scored three times in the eighth inning and again in the ninth to knot the game, and Kansas City went on to win the memorable playoff matchup 9-8 in 12 innings.

Hot Stove Digest: Chris Carter could look for jobs in Japan (Big League Stew)

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:23:34 PST

A year after leading the NL in home runs, Chris Carter is struggling to receive offers. Just a few months after being non-tendered by the Milwaukee Brewers, reigning home run champ Chris Carter is considering taking his talents to Japan. Carter’s agent, Dave Stewart, confirmed Carter has been in touch with the Tampa Bay Rays, but there hasn’t been significant movement to get a deal done.

Colby Rasmus: MLB people dislike 'long hair and the redneck folks' (Big League Stew)

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 16:45:44 PST

Colby Rasmus believes he’s underrated due to his looks and lifestyle. New Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Colby Rasmus has something in common with comedian Rodney Dangerfield: He gets no respect. Like Dangerfield, Ramsus is not afraid to tell his audience about his current predicament.

AP Source: Royals agree to $12M, 2-year deal with Moss (The Associated Press)

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:05:49 PST

The Royals and designated hitter Brandon Moss have agreed to a $12 million, two-year contract to provide some power to the Kansas City lineup, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because Moss still must pass a physical to make the deal official. Moss hit just .225 in 128 games for the St. Louis Cardinals last season, but his average was dragged down by a poor final stretch.