• Manfred hopeful of A's getting new ballpark in Oakland

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — New baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is optimistic the Athletics will be able to get a new ballpark in Oakland. The A's have been blocked from building a stadium in San Jose, which is in Santa Clara County, a territory of the San Francisco Giants. A month after the...

  • Beeston will remain Blue Jays president through 2015 season

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — The Blue Jays say Paul Beeson will remain as team president through the end of this season. Rogers Communications, which owns the team, announced Monday that Beeston signed a contract extension with the club and plans to retire at the end of the season. Beeston's...

  • AP source: Yanks thinking of not making $6M payment to A-Rod

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees are thinking about not making a $6 million payment to Alex Rodriguez if he hits six home runs and ties Willie Mays at 660 for fourth place on the career list. Rodriguez signed a $275 million, 10-year contract with the team in December 2007 and a...

  • Devin Mesoraco gets $28 million, 4-year deal from Reds

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco agreed to a $28 million, four-year contract on Monday, leaving the Cincinnati Reds with two players in salary arbitration. The Reds were trying to get deals with two other All-Stars, third baseman Todd Frazier and closer Aroldis...

  • Chavez, Gutierrez agree to minor league deals with Mariners

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — Outfielders Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez have agreed to minor league contracts with the Seattle Mariners and will report to big league training. Chavez hit .276 with 12 doubles and 23 RBIs in 80 games with the Mariners last season. Once a Gold Glove center...

  • Norris ($8.8M), Flaherty ($1,075,000) agree with Orioles

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Right-hander Bud Norris has agreed to an $8.8 million, one-year contract with Baltimore, and infielder Ryan Flaherty settled with the Orioles on a one-year deal for $1,075,000. Norris would get a $25,000 bonus for 180 innings and $50,000 more for 200 under Monday's...

  • Royals invite 23 non-roster players to spring training

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals have invited 23 non-roster players to spring training, including former fifth overall draft pick Bubba Starling and promising youngsters Miguel Almonte and Raul Mondesi. Starling, who grew up near Kansas City, has struggled in the minor leagues but...

  • Al Alburquerque, Tigers agree at $1,725,000

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Relief pitcher Al Alburquerque and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year contract for $1,725,000. Alburquerque would earn a $12,500 bonus under Sunday's deal if he appears in 75 games as a pitcher this year. The 28-year-old right-hander was 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA...

  • Brewers' Ryan Braun hopeful with spring training near

    Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Fatherhood has given Ryan Braun a different perspective on baseball and life in general. The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder has more pressing matters to worry about right now than whether an offseason medical procedure will finally fix the nerve damage near his right...

  • Hall of Famer Ernie Banks mourned in sports world and beyond

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — To Chicago Cubs fans, Ernie Banks was sunshine that cut through decades of darkness. To baseball players, he was the spirit of the game. His teammates loved him, and his list of admirers ranged from Barack Obama to Pearl Jam to athletes all over the sports world. And...

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