• 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...

  • Braves claim outfielder Eury Perez off waivers from Yankees

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves have added another contender to their outfield competition by claiming Eury Perez off waivers from the New York Yankees. The 24-year-old Perez hit .311 with 20 stolen bases with Triple-A Syracuse in the Nationals' organization last year. He was picked up off...

  • Braves agree to deal with outfielder Jonny Gomes

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves and outfielder Jonny Gomes agreed Thursday to a $4 million, one-year contract with a vesting option, a deal subject to a successful physical before it can be finalized. Gomes, who played for Boston and Oakland in 2014, could be part of a left field...

  • Jordan Schafer, Twins reach $1.55 million, 1-year deal

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins and outfielder Jordan Schafer have agreed on a $1.55 million, a one-year contract that avoided arbitration. The deal was reached Friday, giving the Twins contracts with five of their six arbitration-eligible players. Left-handed reliever Brian...

  • Nathan hoping for better start in 2nd season with Tigers

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — It would be an understatement to say Joe Nathan's first season with the Detroit Tigers was a rocky one. Nathan blew seven saves, allowed his most walks in over a decade and tested the patience of fans at Comerica Park throughout 2014. "It was a roller coaster," Nathan...

  • AP source: Marlins, Suzuki agree to $2 million deal

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki has decided to play for the Miami Marlins. Suzuki and the team have agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract, pending a physical, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because...

  • Tigers Winter Caravan to make stop at Detroit nonprofit

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — The Neighborhood Service Organization will unveil a commemorative logo and preview plans for its 60th anniversary celebration during a stop by the Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan. The celebration kicks off Friday morning with a rally at the NSO Bell Building headquarters...

  • Outfielder Gregor Blanco finalizes two-year deal with Giants

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Outfielder Gregor Blanco finalized his $7.5 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, a deal that covers his final two arbitration seasons. Blanco will earn $3.6 million in salary this season and $3.9 million for 2016. With the...

  • Tigers say they weren't shocked by Scherzer's departure

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander is doing his best to take Max Scherzer's departure in stride. Yes, the Detroit Tigers will miss Scherzer, one of the game's top right-handers. But his exit via free agency was by no means a shock. "Obviously you don't want to see a teammate go, but you...

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