• White Sox hire Coleman as base-running instructor

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have hired six-time National League steals champion Vince Coleman as a baserunning instructor. General manager Rick Hahn announced the hiring Saturday at the team's annual fan convention. Coleman, the last player with 100 steals in a season when...

  • Athletics, infielder Eric Sogard agree on 1-year contract

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Infielder Eric Sogard has reached a $1,075,000, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics to avoid salary arbitration, and left-hander Fernando Abad also agreed to a one-year deal Friday. Sogard, who earned $510,000 last year, asked for $1,425,000, while the...

  • Recovered Buxton aims for bounce back, debut with Twins

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The fast track Byron Buxton has been on to the majors with the Minnesota Twins hit a huge speed bump last season. Three dives in center field for fly balls led to three serious injuries. Ranked by Baseball America magazine as the top prospect in the game when the...

  • Fielder, Darvish feeling good and ready for Rangers return

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) — The Texas Rangers are getting back a slugger and an ace. Prince Fielder and Yu Darvish both say they feel good after injury-shortened seasons. "I'll play a pickup game right now. I'm ready to go," Fielder said Friday night before the team's awards dinner. "I'm good, I'm...

  • Returning White Sox excited about offseason moves

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — When the Chicago White Sox started making moves this winter, Adam Eaton got more and more excited. The center fielder finally got a chance to express his gratitude when he caught up with general manager Rick Hahn before the opening ceremony for the team's annual fan...

  • A's reliever Doolittle not expected ready for opening day

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics closer Sean Doolittle is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season because of a slight tear to the rotator cuff in his left shoulder along with considerable inflammation and irritation in the area. Doolittle had a platelet-rich plasma...

  • Moreland, Rangers agree at $2.95 million, avoid arbitration

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) — First baseman-designated hitter Mitch Moreland has agreed to a $2.95 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers, who avoided going to salary arbitration for the 15th year in a row. As part of Friday's deal, Moreland would earn a $25,000 bonus for 500 plate...

  • Ryan Vogelsong, Giants agree to $4 million, 1-year deal

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ryan Vogelsong visited the Houston Astros this week and had an uncomfortable feeling about how he might fit in, and he had discussions with other teams during the course of this offseason. Each time, everything pointed him back to the Bay Area and the Giants. His...

  • Cubs, Fowler agree to $9.5 million, 1-year deal

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs and recently acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler have agreed to a $9.5 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Chicago also claimed right-handed pitcher Gonzalez Germen off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Friday, becoming the right-hander's fourth...

  • Infielder Marwin Gonzalez and Astros agree at $1,062,500.

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — Infielder Marwin Gonzalez and the Houston Astros have agreed to a one-year contract for $1,062,500. The 25-year-old hit .277 with six homers and 23 RBIS in 285 at-bats last year, when he made $504,500. He had asked for $1.4 million in arbitration and had been offered...

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