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FILE - In this  Friday, March 15, 2019 file photo, Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber bats during a spring training baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Glendale, Ariz. Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. became free agents Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 when the Chicago Cubs declined to offer contracts to two key players from their historic 2016 World Series championship. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Cubs non-tender OFs Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora Jr.

Dec. 3, 2020 12:58 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. became free agents Wednesday when the Chicago Cubs declined to offer contracts to two key players from their historic 2016 World Series championship. While Schwarber, Almora, slugger José Martínez and pitcher Ryan Tepera were non-tendered, the...

FILE - Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, rear, and Anthony Davis (3) celebrate after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in this Oct. 11, 2020, file photo. Anthony Davis is finalizing a five-year contract worth up to $190 million to return to the Los Angeles Lakers. Davis' agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, confirmed the terms of Davis' pending free agent deal to The Associated Press on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. One day after LeBron James agreed to a two-year, $85 million contract extension with the Lakers through 2022-23, Davis committed to the Lakers through the 2024-25 season. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Agent: Anthony Davis inking 5-year deal to return to Lakers

Dec. 3, 2020 12:16 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis is finalizing a five-year contract worth up to $190 million to return to the Los Angeles Lakers. Davis' agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, confirmed the terms of Davis' pending free agent deal to The Associated Press on Thursday. The Lakers didn't comment. One day after...

FILE - In this  Friday, March 15, 2019 file photo, Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber bats during a spring training baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Glendale, Ariz. Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. became free agents Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 when the Chicago Cubs declined to offer contracts to two key players from their historic 2016 World Series championship. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Schwarber, Bradley, Duvall among 59 cut in pandemic fallout

Dec. 3, 2020 3:50 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. were cut loose by the Chicago Cubs after helping the team win its first World Series title in more than a century, among 59 players who became free agents as part of the fallout from the coranavirus pandemic when their teams declined to offer them 2021...

FILE - In a  Monday, March 2, 2020 file photo, Washington Nationals pitcher Joe Ross throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Longtime infielder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross are opting out of playing the 2020 season as Major League Baseball tries to get back amid the COVID-19 pandemic. General manager Mike Rizzo says the team is 100% supportive of Zimmerman and Ross deciding not to play.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Joe Ross, Nationals agree to $1.5 million, 1-year contract

Dec. 3, 2020 2:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Ross and the Washington Nationals agreed to a $1.5 million contract Tuesday, one day before the deadline for teams to offer deals to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters. The 27-year-old right-hander, who had been eligible for salary arbitration, opted to sit out last season amid...

Milwaukee Brewers' Corey Knebel throws during a practice session Monday, July 13, 2020, at Miller Park in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Brewers trade reliever Knebel to Dodgers, cut 3 players

Dec. 3, 2020 2:33 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers traded reliever Corey Knebel to the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday for a player to be named or cash. The Brewers also announced they did not offer 2021 contracts to left-hander Alex Claudio, outfielder Ben Gamel and utilityman Jace Peterson....

Orioles cut Alberto, sign 4 players to 1-year deals

Dec. 3, 2020 2:15 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Starting second baseman Hanser Alberto was let go Wednesday by the Baltimore Orioles, who agreed to one-year contracts with catcher Pedro Severino and infielder Yolmer Sánchez. Severino gets $1,825,000, and Sánchez $1 million. Baltimore also reached one-year deals that avoided...

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Hector Neris, right, and catcher Rafael Marchan celebrate after winning the second baseball game in a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Neris, Eflin among 5 to reach deals with Phillies

Dec. 3, 2020 12:49 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pitchers Héctor Neris, Zach Eflin, David Hale and Seranthony Domínguez agreed to one-year contracts with the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday along with catcher Andrew Knapp. Neris gets $5 million and the chance to earn $50,000 in bonuses for games finished: $10,000 each for...

Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez, left, and pitcher Matt Barnes celebrate after clsoing out the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Red Sox reach deals with Barnes, Brasier, Brice, Plawecki

Dec. 3, 2020 12:31 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox agreed Wednesday to one-year contracts that avoided salary arbitration with right-handers Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier and Austin Brice and catcher Kevin Plawecki. Barnes gets $4.5 million, Brasier $1.25 million, Brice $870,000 and Plawecki $1.6 million. A day earlier, the Red Sox...

Milwaukee Brewers' Corey Knebel throws during a practice session Monday, July 13, 2020, at Miller Park in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Dodgers acquire Knebel, agree with Alexander on $1M deal

Dec. 3, 2020 12:21 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired reliever Corey Knebel from the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday for a player to be named or cash. Coming off their first World Series championship since 1988, the Dodgers also agreed with reliever Scott Alexander on a one-year deal for $1 million, avoiding...

Oakland Athletics' Matt Olson, right, is congratulated by Mark Canha after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning of Game 3 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Slugging first baseman Matt Olson receives $5M, 1-year deal

Dec. 2, 2020 11:54 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Slugging first baseman Matt Olson reached agreement Wednesday on a $5 million guaranteed contract for the 2021 season, avoiding salary arbitration. The deal includes award bonuses. Olson, 26, batted .195 with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs playing all 60 games for the AL West champion A's...