• Suzuki says new sense of enthusiasm behind Marlins deal

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki says a renewed sense of enthusiasm was behind his decision to sign a $2 million, one-year contract with the Miami Marlins. "When I met (Miami) team executives yesterday, I felt incredible enthusiasm," Suzuki said at a press conference on Thursday. "So I...

  • White Sox agree to $2M deal with Beckham, cut Viciedo

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — The White Sox were looking to add versatility to their lineup, so they decided to bring back infielder Gordon Beckham after trading him last season. Beckham agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract with Chicago, which cleared a roster spot by designating outfielder...

  • Reliever Jenrry Mejia, Mets get 1-year deal, no arbitration

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Reliever Jenrry Mejia and the New York Mets reached agreement Wednesday on a one-year contract worth $2,595,000 and avoided salary arbitration. Mejia made $509,675 last year. He asked for $3 million this season and the team offered $2.1 million. The right-hander went...

  • Phillies elevate Montgomery to chairman

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have elevated David Montgomery from president to chairman and named Hall of Famer Pat Gillick team president. The move was announced Wednesday, several months after Montgomery took a leave to continue his recovery from jaw cancer....

  • Bagwell to help out Astros at spring training

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — Former Houston Astros star Jeff Bagwell will join the team at spring training as a guest instructor. The Astros aren't sure when he'll travel to Kissimmee, Florida to help out. They say he'll be there for several days. It will be the first time Bagwell has worked with...

  • D-Backs hire Joe Carter as assistant to GM Stewart

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired Joe Carter as special assistant to general manager Dave Stewart. Carter and Stewart played together for two seasons with Toronto, including the Blue Jays' 1993 World Series championship team. Carter's walk-off three-run home run off...

  • AP Source: RHP Casey Janssen, Nationals agree to contract

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Free-agent reliever Casey Janssen and the Washington Nationals agreed to a one-year contract with an option for 2016, a person familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday. The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it...

  • Bullpen perhaps in flux, but Brewers turn to Nelson to start

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — With a month until spring training, the Milwaukee Brewers are minus a workhorse starting pitcher and their All-Star closer. The team seems committed to staying in-house and turning to young right-hander Jimmy Nelson to fill the spot in rotation that opened following...

  • Braves agree to $6 million, 4-year deal with Toscano

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a $6 million, four-year contract The 25-year-old, a left-handed hitter, batted .356 during the 2012-13 season for Villa Clara in Cuba. His deal, announced Wednesday, includes a $1.2 million signing...

  • Marlins finalize $2 million, 1-year deal with Ichiro Suzuki

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki has passed his physical and finalized a $2 million, one-year contract with the Miami Marlins. The Marlins made the announcement Tuesday night. His deal includes $2.8 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances: $400,000 apiece for 300 and each...

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