• 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...

  • Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks statue moved downtown for tribute

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — Ernie Banks fans got their first chance to pay their respects to the most famous and beloved Chicago Cub who ever played after the statue of the Hall of Famer was placed in a downtown plaza Wednesday. One after another, fans stopped in Daley Plaza to take photos of the...

  • Chicago mayor places wreath at Cubs great Ernie Banks statue

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has joined those who have come to downtown's Daley Plaza to pay their respects to Cubs legend Ernie Banks. On Wednesday, Emanuel and Banks' widow placed a wreath near the statue of the Hall of Famer. The Chicago Cubs and the city brought the...

  • Red Sox send Anthony Ranaudo to Rangers for Robbie Ross

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers acquired right-hander Anthony Ranaudo from the Boston Red Sox for left-hander Robbie Ross. With the deal Tuesday night, the Rangers got the 6-foot-7 right-hander who didn't sign after being picked by them out of a New Jersey high school in the...

  • Crawford agrees to $3.1 million contract with Giants

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants and shortstop Brandon Crawford have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $3,175,000. The agreement Tuesday gives Crawford a raise from the $560,000 he earned last season. He had been asking for $3.95 million in his...

  • Royals, Dyson agree at $1,225,000 and avoid arbitration

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals and outfielder Jarrod Dyson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $1,225,000. Dyson, who is expected to be the Royals' fourth outfielder, can also make $25,000 for reaching 350 plate appearances and $50,000 if he's chosen...

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

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    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...

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

    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    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: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    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...

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