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  • Showalter: Davis gets nod from MLB to use Adderall

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Orioles manager Buck Showalter says Chris Davis will be allowed to use Adderall next season after the first baseman received a 25-game suspension this year for using the drug. Speaking to reporters at a holiday party Tuesday, Showalter said Davis told him he has received a therapeutic use exemption for Adderall in 2015. Major...

  • Morse and Marlins finalize $16 million, 2-year contract

    MIAMI (AP) — Michael Morse and the Miami Marlins have finalized a $16 million, two-year contract. Morse gets a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $7 million next season and $8 million in 2016 under the agreement announced Wednesday. The Marlins expect the Broward County native to replace Garrett Jones as their first baseman and to bat...

  • AP source: Morse agrees to $16M, 2-year deal with Marlins

    MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins' busy offseason reached first base Tuesday. Mike Morse agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract with the Marlins, pending a physical, a person familiar with the negotiations said. The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it had not been finalized. The Marlins...

  • Yankees GM Cashman: A-Rod now a full-time DH

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez faces a diminished role in his return to the New York Yankees, who have stripped A-Rod of his third-base job and plan to limit his role to full-time designated hitter — at most. General manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that A-Rod's days as an everyday fielder are over in the Bronx and Chase Headley will start...

  • Guilty plea in smuggling of Dodgers' Yasiel Puig

    MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking part in a conspiracy to smuggle Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig out of Cuba in return for a sizable cut of the outfielder's multimillion-dollar salary. Gilberto Suarez, 40, entered the plea Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Robert Scola, who set a March 6...

  • AP source: Lester $30M signing bonus sets record

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Lester set Major League Baseball records for largest signing bonus and biggest upfront payment with his $155 million, six-year deal with the Chicago Cubs. The pitcher's contract calls for a $30 million signing bonus, of which $15 million is due by April 1, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press on...

  • Red Sox, Tigers agree to Cespedes-Porcello swap

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Less than five months after acquiring Yoenis Cespedes as part of a big deadline deal, the Boston Red Sox traded the slugging outfielder to help bolster their rotation. The Detroit Tigers were happy to take him. Boston sent Cespedes to the Tigers on Thursday for right-hander Rick Porcello in a deal that both teams hope will...

  • Marlins acquire Latos from Reds

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Miami Marlins are serious about contending in the NL East. If signing slugger Giancarlo Stanton to a massive contract last month wasn't proof enough, a late flurry at the winter meetings sure made it clear. Miami acquired right-hander Mat Latos from the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday morning for pitching prospect Anthony...

  • AP Source: Padres acquire Kemp in 5-player deal

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Desperate for a power bat to punch up the worst offense in the majors, the San Diego Padres have a deal in place to acquire outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz from the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers for catcher Yasmani Grandal and two pitchers, two people familiar with the trade said Thursday. The people spoke...

  • Robertson and White Sox finalize $46 million deal

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — David Robertson is looking forward to playing with Jeff Samardzija on the new-look Chicago White Sox. Chicago announced a $46 million, four-year contract with Robertson on Wednesday, giving the White Sox a sorely needed presence at the back end of their bullpen after they had 21 blown saves last season, tied for seventh most...

  • Tomas can opt out of deal after $36M and 4 years

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yasmany Tomas can become a free agent again after receiving $36 million during the first four years of his contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Under the agreement announced Monday, the Cuban defector is guaranteed $68.5 million over six seasons. Tomas gets a $14 million signing bonus that is payable within 30 days of the...

  • Lester, Cubs agree to $155M, 6-year contract

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jon Lester agreed Tuesday night to a $155 million, six-year contract with the Cubs, the first big deal of the offseason involving a top-level starting pitcher and one Chicago hopes will help end more than a century of frustration at Wrigley Field's Friendly Confines. Lester's contract, agreed to on the second day of baseball's...

  • AP source: Robertson, White Sox reach 4-year deal

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — David Robertson is leaving the New York Yankees after one season as closer, agreeing to a $46 million, four-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. The people spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Monday night because the agreement had not been...

  • Diamondbacks finalize $68.5M deal with Tomas

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chip Hale thought back to the spark Yoenis Cespedes gave the Oakland Athletics. Now Arizona's new manager is hoping Yasmany Tomas can have the same effect on the Diamondbacks. At the first news conference of the winter meetings to discuss a player, Arizona announced Monday that it had finalized a six-year contract with the...

  • Yanks strike deal with Miller, acquire Gregorius

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees made their first big moves to reshape for 2015, acquiring a shortstop to replace Derek Jeter and a relief pitcher who could take over from David Robertson as closer. As part of a three-team trade, the Yankees obtained shortstop Didi Gregorius from Arizona and dealt right-hander Shane Greene to Detroit. A few hours...

  • Side Streets: Colorado Springs was smallest city to ever host baseball's winter meetings

    Thousands are expected to converge next week in San Diego as the professional baseball world convenes its annual winter meetings. It was a much different atmosphere in 1957 when Colorado Springs, with a population of about 70,000, became the smallest city to host the event. The assembly was a coup for the Pikes Peak region as both the major...

  • Panel OKs Wrigley plans for possible tax credit

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Commission on Chicago Landmarks on Thursday approved several changes the Chicago Cubs made to their Wrigley Field renovation plan in an effort to obtain a possible federal tax credit of $75 million. Cubs officials went before the panel to get a thumbs up for a plan to move some of the outfield ad signage for which it won...

  • Fowler-product Hochevar, Royals announce 2-year pact

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Luke Hochevar and the American League champion Kansas City Royals completed a $10 million, two-year contract Thursday that includes a mutual option for 2017. The right-hander will earn $4 million next season and $5.5 million in 2016, and the option includes a $500,000 buyout, a person familiar with the terms told The...

  • Mariners finalize $57M, 4-year deal with Cruz

    SEATTLE (AP) — Had things come together last season, Nelson Cruz's introduction with the Seattle Mariners would have taken place a year ago. Seattle pursued Cruz last year but when it didn't work out, he went on to lead the majors in home runs playing on a one-year deal in Baltimore. The Mariners were quick to try to find a deal that would...

  • Braves agree to 4-year deal with OF Nick Markakis

    ATLANTA (AP) — Moving to fill an outfield void after the trade of Jason Heyward, the Atlanta Braves agreed Wednesday to a four-year contract with free agent Nick Markakis. The Braves probably aren't done dealing, either. The 31-year-old Markakis spent the first nine years of his career with the Baltimore Orioles. This past season, he batted...

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