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Column: Baseball can't afford another extended labor dispute

Dec. 03, 2021 17:14 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Baseball's last labor dispute was devastating, but the comeback had two big things working in its favor. Cal Ripken Jr. and steroids. The sport won't be so fortuitous if this lockout lingers into the spring. For...

Cubs, Gomes finalize $13 million, two-year contract

Dec. 02, 2021 12:20 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and catcher Yan Gomes finalized a $13 million, two-year contract on Wednesday that includes a club option for 2024. The Cubs also have Willson Contreras behind the plate, but he is eligible for free agency after next season and the team...

Báez gets $140M birthday present, closes deal with Tigers

Dec. 02, 2021 11:57 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Javier Báez hopes he's a big part of a turnaround with the Detroit Tigers, too. Báez celebrated his 29th birthday Wednesday by signing a $140 million, six-year contact to play shortstop for the revitalized Tigers. “This is a...

Red Sox sign LHPs Hill, Paxton, trade Renfroe for JBJ

Dec. 02, 2021 11:32 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox signed free agent left-handers Rich Hill and James Paxton on Wednesday night and reacquired outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. from Milwaukee in a trade that sent outfielder Hunter Renfroe to the Brewers. The flurry of moves came just a few...

Teams spend $1.4B in 1 day, then MLB locks out players

Dec. 02, 2021 11:20 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Before getting locked out, players loaded up Wednesday as big league teams unlocked their coffers for an unprecedented spending spree. Major League Baseball clubs committed to a one-day record $1.4 billion in salaries Wednesday, hours before the league...

Cubs give Stroman $71M, 3-year deal to improve rotation

Dec. 02, 2021 11:12 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Marcus Stroman rushed to the airport and caught a flight from Los Angeles to Chicago as soon as he got the word from his agent. The right-hander arrived just in time with a lockout looming to complete a $71 million, three-year contract. And the Cubs...

Báez to Detroit, MLB teams race to finish biz before lockout

Dec. 01, 2021 01:37 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Javier Báez agreed to bring his high motor to the Motor City, while other teams around the majors raced to finish up business before Tuesday's deadline to tender contracts and a likely roster freeze coming when baseball's collective bargaining agreement expires Wednesday. ...

Brewers sign Tellez plus 2 catchers, non-tender Vogelbach

Nov. 30, 2021 21:16 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have signed first baseman Rowdy Tellez and catchers Pedro Severino and Brett Sullivan to one-year contracts while non-tendering first baseman Daniel Vogelbach. Vogelbach, an All-Star in 2019 while playing for Seattle, hit .219 with...

AP source: Pirates, catcher Roberto Pérez reach 1-year deal

Nov. 30, 2021 20:25 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates didn't waste time finding a replacement for Gold Glove catcher Jacob Stallings. A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press the Pirates have agreed to a 1-year deal worth $5 million with former Cleveland...

AP source: Tigers, Báez agree to $140 million, 6-year deal

Nov. 30, 2021 17:01 PM EST

Javier Báez is taking his high motor to Motor City. Báez has agreed to a $140 million, six-year contract with Detroit, giving the Tigers a dynamic bat for the middle of their order. Báez, who turns 29 on Wednesday, hit .265 with 31 homers and 87...