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Catcher Simmons, ex-exec Miller elected to HOF

SAN DIEGO — Marvin Miller, the union leader who revolutionized baseball by empowering players to negotiate multimillion-dollar contracts and to play for teams of their own choosing, was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on Sunday along with former St. Louis Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons. After falling short in his first seven times on veterans […]

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Nats owner: Can’t keep Strasburg and Rendon

Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon were key components in the Washington Nationals’ winning the franchise’s first World Series title this year, but Mark Lerner, the team’s principal owner, is already preparing to say goodbye to at least one of them in free agency. “We really can only afford to have one of those two guys,” […]

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Sources: Pineda, Twins agree to 2-year contract

Right-hander Michael Pineda is returning to the Minnesota Twins, as the sides have reached an agreement on a two-year, $20 million contract, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. FOX 9 of Minneapolis was first to report on the agreement. Pineda will begin the 2020 season serving the remainder of a 60-game suspension that began in early […]

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Brewers fill need at catcher, acquire Narvaez

The Milwaukee Brewers completed a trade Thursday with the Seattle Mariners to acquire catcher Omar Narvaez in exchange for minor league pitcher Adam Hill and a competitive balance Round B draft pick. The Brewers had a need at catcher after starter Yasmani Grandal signed a four-year, $73 million contract with the Chicago White Sox last […]

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Hamels signs 1-year, $18M deal to join Braves

Left-hander Cole Hamels signed a one-year, $18 million contract with the Atlanta Braves, the team announced Wednesday. Hamels’ deal does not contain any no-trade protection, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney. Hamels joins a Braves rotation fronted by Mike Soroka and including Max Fried and Mike Foltynewicz. Two other members of the Braves’ 2019 rotation […]

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Sources: Hamels, Braves reach 1-year, $18M deal

Left-hander Cole Hamels and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year, $18 million contract, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Wednesday. Hamels, when right, was every bit as good as anyone in the National League last season, but he was plagued by injuries, both small and large, for the Chicago Cubs. Before an oblique […]

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One blockbuster move for all 30 MLB teams

Teams have made their 40-man roster additions, the non-tender deadline passed on Monday, the winter meetings loom next week and there have already been a few signings and trades of note this MLB offseason. So let’s play everyone’s favorite party game: Blockbuster Deals for Humanity, because we all deserve a little transaction intrigue during the […]

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Cubs, Russell part ways after two troubled years

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs tendered contracts for the 2020 season to six arbitration-eligible players but non-tendered infielder Addison Russell on Monday. Russell, 25, becomes a free agent after five years with the team, his final two seasons marked by controversy. The second baseman/shortstop was suspended for 40 games near the end of the 2018 […]