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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 - 9:42 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 - 6:44 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 - 8:40 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 - 10:23 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 - 10:22 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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File- This Oct. 28, 2018, shows Boston Red Sox owner John Henry, partially hidden at left, and chairman Tom Werner holding the championship trophy beside manager Alex Cora, right, after Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles. The World Series champion Red Sox owe $11.95 million in luxury tax for having baseball's top payroll, according to final calculations by the commissioner's office obtained by The Associated Press. The only other team that owes is the Washington Nationals, who must pay $2.39 million. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
December 15, 2018 - 12:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston should be happy to pay this tax bill. The World Series champion Red Sox owe $11,951,091 in luxury tax for having baseball's top payroll, according to final calculations by the commissioner's office obtained by The Associated Press. The only other team that owes is the...
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December 14, 2018 - 5:06 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles hired Brandon Hyde to be their new manager Friday, 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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FILE - In this July 23, 2018, file photo, Detroit Tigers' James McCann hits an RBI-double during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, in Kansas City, Mo. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says catcher James McCann has agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox. The 28-year-old McCann hit .220 with eight homers and 39 RBIs in 118 games last season with Detroit. The person spoke Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, on condition of anonymity because the contract is pending a physical. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)
December 14, 2018 - 4:18 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 March 27, 2008, file photo, Joan Steinbrenner and her husband, New York Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner, arrive for a pre-game ceremony renaming Legends Field as George M. Steinbrenner Field, in Tampa, Fla. Joan Steinbrenner, the widow of late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 at her home in Tampa, Fla. She was 83. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
December 14, 2018 - 1:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Steinbrenner, the wife of late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, died Friday. She was 83. The Yankees said she died surrounded by family at her home in Tampa, Florida. Joan Steinbrenner held the title of Yankees vice chair. Born Elizabeth Joan (pronounced Jo-Ann) Zieg...
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December 14, 2018 - 12:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The World Series champion Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will open Major League Baseball's first series in Britain with a night game and conclude the next day in the afternoon. MLB said Friday that the June 29 game at London's Olympic Stadium will start at 6:10 p.m. local...
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