Sale on yielding ace role: 'We play for a trophy, not a tag'

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BOSTON (AP) -- New Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale says he isn't worried that he might not be the ace of the pitching staff after being traded from the White Sox to Boston....

AP source: Rodney, D-backs agree to $2.75M, 1-year contract
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- A person familiar with the negotiations says 39-year-old closer Fernando Rodney and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract....

AP source: Gomez agrees to $11.5M deal to stay with Rangers

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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- Outfielder Carlos Gomez has agreed to an $11.5 million, one-year contract to remain with the Texas Rangers, according to two people familiar with the negotiations....

LEADING OFF: What to watch at the baseball winter meetings

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A look at what's happening today at the baseball winter meetings in Oxon Hill, Maryland:...

Mark Melancon knew Giants were the perfect fit right away

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A thoughtful meeting in the Bay Area with the San Francisco brass and Mark Melancon didn't need much convincing. Not to mention he is already looking forward to talking nutrition and sport science with Hunter Pence, his former Houston teammate and yoga pal....

Sale traded to Red Sox, who's the next big name to move?

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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- The Cubs could use a closer, maybe someone like Wade Davis. Texas needs a center fielder, and most every team wants an extra arm....

Red Sox get ace Chris Sale from White Sox for hefty package

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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- No surprise that Chris Sale got traded, it was time to go. The real shocker? That the Boston Red Sox swooped in to snag him....

Tim Tebow could play for Mets in spring training

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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- Don't be surprised if the New York Mets sneak Tim Tebow into some spring training action....

Don't expect bullpen bingo from playoffs to become the norm

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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- Ned Yost enjoyed watching the Cleveland Indians' lights-out bullpen go to work in the playoffs because it was so familiar....

Benoit, Phillies finalize $7.5 million, 1-year contract

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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- Reliever Joaquin Benoit and the Philadelphia Phillies finalized a $7.5 million, one-year contract, part of the team's efforts to rebuild its bullpen....


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