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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts hits an RBI-double during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Boston. Betts has agreed to a $27 million contract with the Red Sox. It is the largest one-year salary for an arbitration-eligible player.  (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Betts' $27M, Bryant's $18.6M skip arbitration with big deals

Jan. 10, 2020 9:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Outfielder Mookie Betts agreed Friday to a $27 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, the largest one-year salary for an arbitration-eligible player, while Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant got an $18.6 million, one-year deal. Cincinnati pitcher Trevor Bauer struck a $17.5 million...

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor (12) bats against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning of a baseball game, in Chicago. Francisco Lindor's status with the Indians has been slightly upgraded. Team president Chris Antonetti said Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, that he's more confident that the All-Star shortstop will be in Cleveland's lineup to start the season after the Indians didn't receive a trade proposal over the past few weeks that made sense. (AP Photo/David Banks, File)

Indians, All-Star Lindor reach $17.5 million deal for 2020

Jan. 10, 2020 6:29 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Shortstop Francisco Lindor avoided salary arbitration and agreed Friday to a $17.5 million, one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians, who have so far rejected trade offers for the four-time All-Star. Lindor received the second-largest one-year deal for a player in his second season of...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2019 file photo Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer reacts after walking San Diego Padres' Josh Naylor in the first inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati. Bauer sent a series of tweets during the weekend, starting with a jab about Major League Baseball's threat to cut ties with minor league affiliates. Bauer followed up with: “At least Rob Manfred is trying to ruin baseball at all levels and isn't discriminating.” MLB had no immediate comment to Bauer's remarks, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. Manfred recently said MLB was pushing ahead with a rules change for 2020 that requires pitchers to face at least three batters or finish a half-inning. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Reds' Bauer skirts arbitration after sour '19 hearing vs CLE

Jan. 10, 2020 5:13 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Trevor Bauer agreed to a $17.5 million, one-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, bypassing salary arbitration after the All-Star pitcher had a contentious hearing with Cleveland last offseason. Bauer, acquired from the Indians in July, relished beating Cleveland in arbitration...

Tigers trade for Haase, designate Agrazal for assignment

Jan. 8, 2020 4:54 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers acquired catcher Eric Haase from the Cleveland Indians for cash on Wednesday and designated right-hander Dario Agrazal for assignment. Haase, who turned 27 last month, played in 19 games for Cleveland over the past two seasons, going 3 for 32 at the plate. He hit .226 with...

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor (12) bats against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning of a baseball game, in Chicago. Francisco Lindor's status with the Indians has been slightly upgraded. Team president Chris Antonetti said Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, that he's more confident that the All-Star shortstop will be in Cleveland's lineup to start the season after the Indians didn't receive a trade proposal over the past few weeks that made sense. (AP Photo/David Banks, File)

Indians more confident star Lindor begins season with them

Jan. 8, 2020 4:02 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor's status with the Indians has been slightly upgraded. Team president Chris Antonetti said Wednesday he's more confident the All-Star shortstop will be in Cleveland's lineup to start the season after the Indians didn't receive a trade proposal to their liking over the past...

Nats-Mets, Tigers-Indians start earliest opening day

Jan. 8, 2020 1:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The World Series champion Washington Nationals will be at the New York Mets, and Detroit will play at Cleveland on March 26 in the first two games of Major League Baseball's earliest opening day other than international games. Washington's game is part of a nationally televised tripleheader...

Plawecki would earn $1.15M with 350 plate appearances

Jan. 7, 2020 2:19 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Catcher Kevin Plawecki would earn $1.15 million from the Boston Red Sox this year if he has 350 plate appearances. Plawecki agreed Friday to a $900,000, one-year contract. The deal calls for $50,000 bonuses for 150, 200, 250, 300, and 350 plate appearances The 28-year-old is a five-year big...

Indians' Hernández can earn $250,000 in performance bonuses

Jan. 6, 2020 3:35 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Second baseman César Hernández can earn $250,000 in performance bonuses for plate appearances as part of his $6.25 million, one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians. The 29-year-old would get $50,000 for 525 plate appearances and $100,000 each for 575 and 625 under the deal...

Red Sox sign C Plawecki to 1-year deal, cut 1B/OF Travis

Jan. 2, 2020 5:39 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have signed catcher Kevin Plawecki to a $900,000, one-year contract. Boston also designated first baseman/outfielder Sam Travis for assignment to make space on the 40-man roster, chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said Thursday. The 28-year-old Plawecki is a five-year big...

File-This is a 2019 file photo of Cesar Hernandez of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. Free agent second baseman Hernandez signed a one-year, $6.25 million contract with the Cleveland Indians, a person familiar with with negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday, Dec.23, 2019. Hernandez, who spent the past seven seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, must past a physical later this week before the deal is announced, said the person who spoke on condition anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.  (AP Photo/File)

Indians, Hernández finalize $6.25 million, 1-year contract

Dec. 29, 2019 10:57 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Second baseman César Hernández and the Cleveland Indians finalized a $6.25 million, one-year contract Sunday. The sides agreed to terms early last week, pending a physical. The 29-year-old Hernández had spent his entire professional career in the Philadelphia Phillies...