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Pirates win top pick in baseball's first draft lottery

Dec. 06, 2022 23:28 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates won baseball's first draft lottery Tuesday night and will get the top pick of eligible amateur players in July. The Washington Nationals will select second after finishing last season with the worst record in the major leagues at 55-107. The...

Orioles sign OF Nomar Mazara to minor league deal

Dec. 06, 2022 17:56 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have signed outfielder Nomar Mazara to a minor league contract. The team announced the move Tuesday. The 27-year-old Mazara hit .264 with two home runs and 18 RBIs in 55 games with San Diego this season. Prior to 2022, Mazara...

AP source: Verlander agrees to 2-year contract with Mets

Dec. 05, 2022 22:53 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Justin Verlander agreed to an $86.7 million, two-year contract with the New York Mets on Monday, reuniting the AL Cy Young Award winner with Max Scherzer and giving the team a high-profile replacement for Jacob deGrom. The contract is worth $43,333,333 per season...

Clevinger, White Sox finalize $12 million, 1-year deal

Dec. 04, 2022 22:38 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Mike Clevinger thinks the Chicago White Sox have everything in place for a big 2023 season. Plus, he loves the mound at Guaranteed Rate Field. The move just made sense for the long-haired pitcher. Clevinger joined the White Sox on Sunday, finalizing a...

Candelario guaranteed $5M in 1-year deal with Nationals

Dec. 03, 2022 17:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Infielder Jeimer Candelario is guaranteed $5 million under his one-year contract with the Washington Nationals. He can earn an additional $1 million in performance bonuses for plate appearances as part of the deal announced Tuesday: $200,000 for 200 and each...

Royals hire Guardians' Brian Sweeney as pitching coach

Dec. 01, 2022 12:27 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals hired Guardians bullpen coach Brian Sweeney as their new pitching coach and Nationals minor league coordinator Jose Alguacil as their infield coach Thursday, filling two of the spots on new manager Matt Quatraro's staff. The 48-year-old Sweeney...

Jeimer Candelario agrees to 1-year contract with Nationals

Nov. 29, 2022 17:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Infielder Jeimer Candelario agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, giving the club someone to compete for the starting job at third base. The 29-year-old Candelario is a switch-hitter who is coming off a down year for the Detroit...

White Sox round out coaching staff under new manager Grifol

Nov. 29, 2022 16:52 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox rounded out their coaching staff under new manager Pedro Grifol on Tuesday, hiring José Castro as their hitting coach and Eddie Rodriguez as third base coach. They also announced Chris Johnson as assistant hitting coach, Mike Tosar as major...

Slugging Abreu joins Astros team looking to repeat as champs

Nov. 29, 2022 14:42 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — José Abreu has spent his entire nine-year MLB career with the Chicago White Sox, but Astros owner Jim Crane isn’t worried about how the newly signed first baseman will fit in with his teammates in Houston. “José pulled out his phone last night and had the phone...

Free agent Abreu signs $58.5M. 3-year deal with Astros

Nov. 29, 2022 09:57 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — José Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a $58.5 million, three-year contract Monday, adding another powerful bat to Houston's lineup. Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons. He spent his first...