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  • Ibanez, Cash, Wakamatsu finalists to manage Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Raul Ibanez, Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu are the finalists to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. Dave Martinez, the Rays' bench coach for the past seven seasons, was among seven candidates dropped Friday. Also cut were Barry Larkin, Doug Glanville, Manny Acta, Craig Counsell, Charlie Montoyo and...

  • Stanton signs record $325M deal at news conference

    MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton stood on the Miami Marlins' field Wednesday and scanned a sea of empty seats, mindful the stands look much the same at games. He had just signed a record $325 million, 13-year contract and conceded he wasn't certain he should have agreed to the deal. "There was no 100 percent sure answer," Stanton said. "But the...

  • Mets move in fences at Citi Field for 2nd time

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mired in a streak of six straight losing seasons and hoping to boost offense, the New York Mets are moving in their fences at Citi Field for the second time. The Mets unveiled the new dimensions Tuesday, which bring in the fences 3-to-11 feet in front of the bullpens in right field. Right-center field will be 380 feet, down...

  • Martin, Jays finalize $82 million, 5-year contract

    TORONTO (AP) — Free agent catcher Russell Martin and the Toronto Blue Jays have finalized an $82 million, five-year contract. Toronto announced the deal Tuesday, a day after Martin took a physical. A three-time All-Star, Martin hit .290 with 11 home runs and 67 RBIs last season, while also helping the Pirates to a second straight playoff...

  • AP source: Jays, Martin agree to 5-year deal

    TORONTO (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal says the Toronto Blue Jays and free agent catcher Russell Martin have agreed to a five-year, $82 million contract. Martin took a physical Monday and the Blue Jays are expected to finalize the deal Tuesday, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not...

  • Stanton agrees to record $325M deal with Marlins

    MIAMI (AP) — The Marlins are no longer pinching pennies, and Giancarlo Stanton won't be, either. Stanton agreed to terms with the team Monday on a $325 million, 13-year contract, Miami owner Jeffrey Loria said. It's the most lucrative deal for an American athlete and averages $25 million per season, or $154,321 per game. The deal includes a...

  • Heyward to Cards, Braves get Miller in 4-man deal

    ATLANTA (AP) — Jason Heyward stirred up enormous expectations when he joined the Atlanta Braves at age 20. He homered in his first big league at-bat. He was voted to the All-Star Game as a rookie. He was hailed as the future of the game by Hank Aaron. Heyward never quite lived up to the hype, and now he's heading to a team looking to bounce...

  • Tigers finalize $68M, 4-year deal with Martinez

    DETROIT (AP) — When Mike Ilitch was asked about the ramifications of another huge financial commitment by his Detroit Tigers, the octogenarian owner looked down for a couple seconds as if checking his wallet. "Yeah, I'm OK," Ilitch said. "I've got some 20s in there." The Tigers finalized a $68 million, four-year deal with Victor Martinez on...

  • Mets say Wright's shoulder shows improvement

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets say David Wright's shoulder has improved and he is progressing toward resuming baseball activities early next month. Wright didn't play after Sept. 8 because of persistent inflammation in his left rotator cuff. He was told to rest, then to undertake a six-week rehabilitation program to strengthen his entire shoulder....

  • Padres SS Cabrera charged with resisting arrest

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera was charged with resisting arrest after being stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana. The San Diego County district attorney's office said Thursday the 27-year-old Cabrera faces a maximum penalty of one year in jail if convicted of the misdemeanor. The office...

  • Giants turn all their attention to Pablo Sandoval

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Giants are planning their offseason around efforts to re-sign Pablo Sandoval. General manager Brian Sabean and his staff have told free-agent starting pitchers Jake Peavy and Ryan Vogelsong that the World Series champions need time to try to strike a deal with Sandoval before turning their attention to the mound or any...

  • Francona helps turn around culture in Cleveland

    CLEVELAND (AP) — In two seasons, Terry Francona helped turn the Cleveland Indians back into contenders. He'll get more time to make them champions. Francona and the Indians agreed Tuesday to a two-year contract extension, a deal which carries through the 2018 season and includes team options for 2019 and 2020. Financial terms of the...

  • Molitor: 'This is where I'm supposed to be'

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For more than two decades, Paul Molitor scratched and clawed his way to the Hall of Fame by turning every at-bat into a battle of wills. His competitiveness and instincts were rare traits that helped him speed through the minor leagues in just one year, pile up more than 3,300 hits and remain productive well after his 40th...

  • Chicago Cubs introduce Joe Maddon as manager

    CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Maddon's unusual road to the manager's office at Wrigley Field included a job interview at an RV park in Pensacola, Florida. The first public stop was a bar across the street from the iconic ballpark, where Maddon offered to buy a beer and a shot for everyone in the room. "The Hazleton way," he said in tribute to his...

  • Twins tab hometown Hall of Famer Molitor to manage

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The last time the Minnesota Twins searched for a manager, Paul Molitor was in the mix. He withdrew from consideration, with the franchise's future uncertain during Major League Baseball's failed attempt to eliminate two clubs. The job didn't open for another 13 years, but this time Molitor was ready. The challenge he...

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