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Report: Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays agree to two-year extension

Josh Donaldson is cashing in on his MVP season.According to a report from Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a two-year deal with the superstar third baseman, avoiding arbitration. The pact is for a total of $29 million.Donaldson, of course, is coming off a huge 2015 season, culminating in an AL MVP award. The 30-year-old slashed .297/.391/.568 with 41...
Via Fox Sports
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mutual respect: Harper, Donaldson go back and forth over hair

If you look up "real recognize real" in the dictionary, this Twitter exchange might be in there.On Monday night, the two reigning MVPs -- Bryce Harper and Josh Donaldson -- bonded over a mutual respect: their flow.Here's to hoping these two have plenty of opportunities to let the lettuce breathe in 2016.
Via Fox Sports
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jays, Donaldson agree to two-year extension

The Toronto Blue Jays and reigning American League Most Valuable Player Josh Donaldson have avoided arbitration and agreed to a two-year contract extension worth nearly $29 million. Donaldson still has one more arbitration-eligible year in 2018. When the two sides exchanged arbitration numbers, the Blue Jays were sitting at $11.35 million and Donaldson’s camp at $11.8 million...
Via Baseball Essential
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Teams shying away from Cliff Lee's asking price

Despite a productive 13-year-career and being cleared to pitch in 2016, Cliff Lee still has yet to sign with a team.The 37-year-old sat out the entire 2015 season while rehabbing a torn flexor tendon -- his last appearance was in July of 2014.According to a report from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, teams are shying away Lee, unwilling to give him a high starting salary:"There...
Via Fox Sports
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

2016 Cleveland Indians Preview & Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

When a team within your division wins the World Series, there is a sense of jealousy and "why not us" seeps into the brain. Out of the 19 matchups in 2015, Kansas City only had a 10-9 edge. The Indians outscored the Royals in those games 90-78. While the division was well out of hand (13.5 game back), Cleveland finished the 2015 season only 4.5 games out of the Wild Card spot. Most...
Via Fox Sports
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Yankees, Red Sox Send Valentine’s Day Tweets; Cubs, N.Y. Trade Twitter Jabs

The New York Yankees had an active Monday on Twitter. The Yankees sent a not-so-nice Valentine’s Day tweet to their archrival, and they also trolled the heck out of the Chicago Cubs for their World Series title drought. Their first tweet threw some shade at the Boston Red Sox. #BadValentineIn5Words: I'm a Red Sox fan. pic.twitter.com/REdgzIppF0 — New York Yankees (@Yankees...
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MLB reportedly close to rule preventing collisions at second base

The moment Chase Utley took out Ruben Tejada with a hard slide into second base during the Dodgers and Mets’ NLDS series, you had to know baseball would take a long look at rules governing such slides. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, MLB and the players union are making substantial progress in reforming the rules regarding takeout slides. In the ongoing talks between the...
Via The Comeback
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Craig Stammen signs minor league deal with Cleveland

Tyler Clippard is not the only former Nationals pitcher on the move Monday. Craig Stammen has a new team as well.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
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Aaron Hill's time with the Brewers could be short

Aaron Hill says he has no issue with being traded to a rebuilding franchise, but his time with the Milwaukee Brewers might not be very long.The Brewers acquired Hill, who turns 34 before the beginning of the season, in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks that sent shortstop Jean Segura to the D-backs at the end of January.The veteran infielder tells the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel...
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How Jake Arrieta stayed fresh without throwing a baseball this offseason

After logging an innings total far beyond anything he had experienced in his major-league career in 2015, Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta managed to uphold his usual offseason training regimen – only without actually throwing a baseball as he usually would at the beginning.Arrieta, who is known for adhering to a strict conditioning program and healthy diet, threw a combined 248 2...
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Alex Rodriguez, MLB manager? Yankees teammate believes it's possible

Despite the recent scandals, injuries, suspensions and other controversies continuously surrounding New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, he has always seemed most comfortable when on the baseball field, playing the game that put him on the map.Rodriguez is signed with the Yankees through 2017, and the relationship between him and the New York ball club has seen it's share of ups and...
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Report: Tigers agree to two-year, $18.5 million deal with J.D. Martinez

DETROIT (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the deal says J.D. Martinez has agreed to an $18.5 million, two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, avoiding salary arbitration.The person spoke Monday night on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.The 28-year-old Martinez was eligible for arbitration through next year and can become a free agent after the 2017...
Via AP on Fox
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees Quiet Offseason Could Mean Big Things

It’s been an offseason that may seem a little out of sorts for the New York Yankees. A team that we’ve all grown so accustomed to seeing spend major money on free agents has been dormant, yet to sign a single free agent in 2016. While at first this may seem as if they are completely content with the roster they plan on rolling out on opening day, it’s more likely the Yankees...
Via Baseball Essential
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AP source: J.D. Martinez, Tigers reach $18.5M, 2-year deal

DETROIT (AP) A person with knowledge of the deal says J.D. Martinez has agreed to an $18.5 million, two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, avoiding salary arbitration. The person spoke Monday night on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. The 28-year-old Martinez was eligible for arbitration through next year and can become a free agent after the...
Via AP on Fox
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Josey’s Inbox: Can the Cardinals hold off Chicago?

Full squad workouts begin on Tuesday, February 23, and the Cardinals’ first exhibition game is on the second day of March. It’s a fine time to discuss any questions that may be had heading toward the 2016 season. @Curtis_Josey @stlsportsminute thoughts on the Pena signing? — Jodi RVT Umo (@JodiUmo) February 6, 2016 The addition of Brayan Pena assists the Cardinals in more...
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Catcher Jason Castro, Astros argue salary arbitration case

PHOENIX (AP) Catcher Jason Castro and the Houston Astros argued their salary arbitration case despite a difference of only $250,000. Castro asked arbitrators Matt Goldberg, Gary Kendellen and James Oldham for a raise from $4 million to $5.25 million during Monday's hearing, and the Astros argued for $5 million. A decision is expected Tuesday. The 28-year-old was an All-Star in...
Via AP on Fox
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Source: Tigers, J.D. Martinez agree to two-year extension

The Detroit Tigers and outfielder J.D. Martinez have agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $18.5 million, a league source said. The two-year extension buys out the remaining two years of arbitration eligibility on Martinez’s contract. When arbitration figures were exchanged in mid-January, the Tigers and Martinez were $2 million apart, with the Tigers offering $6 million...
Via Baseball Essential
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Yankees and Cubs trade barbs on Twitter

Over the last couple of years, professional sports teams have got pretty good at maintaining enjoyable social media presences. It’s especially fun when teams interact with each other, because the idea of massive billion-dollar franchises teasing each other on Twitter is cute in a very 21st-century way. The Cubs have a pretty great Twitter account, which made it fairly controversial...
Via The Comeback
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers to avoid arbitration with J.D. Martinez

Breaking news here late on this Monday night as it is being reported that the Detroit Tigers and outfielder J.D. Martinez have agreed to a two year, $18.5 million dollar deal, eating up the final two years of Martinez’s arbitration eligibility. Have heard unconfirmed rumblings that the #Tigers and JD Martinez have agreed to a two-year, $18.5 million deal. — Robert Murray (...
Via The Majors Detroit
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals pull ultimate troll move on Mets

#Royals will split their World Series title ceremony to cover both games vs. #Mets. Banner before Sunday night opener. Rings before Game 2. — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) February 8, 2016
Via Macho Row
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Dodgers re-sign Chin-Hui Tsao to minor league deal

Last year Chin-Hui Tsao made it back to the major leagues. On Monday the 34-year-old signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers. Tsao appeared in seven games for the Dodgers after a late season call up pitching out of the bullpen. He pitched seven innings posting a 10.29 ERA. He had better numbers at Triple-A where he compiled a 2.77 ERA and 42/11 K/BB ratio over 39 innings. Ideally...
Via Tireball.com
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Look who has reported early to Red Sox Spring Training

(STAN GROSSFELD/GLOBE STAFF)Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer Pitchers and catchers don't report for weeks yet, but maybe the acquisition of David Price has put a sense of urgency into the Red Sox pitching staff.Last week Rob Bradfo posted a small article with video of the following already in Fort Myers, weeks ahead of the February 18 reporting date for pitchers and catchers...
Via RedSoxLife
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Yankees mock Cubs for title drought in Twitter exchange

The New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs got into a schoolyard scuffle on Twitter on Monday.It all began with a tweet posted by a fan suggesting that the Yankees' Twitter account was better than the Cubs'.The Cubs then replied to the fan by opening up the discussion to their Twitter followers and asking which team had the better account.The Yankees then jumped in on the debate and posted...
Via Fox Sports
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mets Add Outfield Depth With Roger Bernadina

The Mets announced that they have signed veteran outfielder Roger Bernadina to a minor league deal. He adds some much needed depth for the Mets at the Triple-A level where the outfield was lacking a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Via MetsMinor.net
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Clippard, Diamondbacks agree to $12.25M, 2-year contract

PHOENIX (AP) Reliever Tyler Clippard agreed Monday to a $12.25 million, two-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The deal with the right-hander, who turns 31 on Sunday, adds a late-game option for the Diamondbacks, who expect to be a contender after boosting their rotation by signing Zack Greinke and acquiring Shelby Miller in a trade with Atlanta. Clippard was 5-4 wth...
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10 hours ago  |  Discuss
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