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FILE - In this July 26, 2020, file photo, Texas Rangers starting pitcher Corey Kluber pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, declined the $18 million contract option on Kluber, who lasted just one inning in his only start before a shoulder injury ended his season. Kluber gets a $1 million buyout, and the club has said it is interested in re-signing Kluber to a less expensive deal. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca, File)

Lester, Kluber, Hand boost free agent total to 175

Oct. 30, 2020 9:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Lester, Corey Kluber and Brad Hand were among 15 more major leaguers who became free agents Friday when teams declined their 2021 options, many the victims of budget cuts following a regular season without fans due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Also cut loose were Milwaukee...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2020, file photo, Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Brad Hand delivers to Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Bell during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland. The Cleveland Indians have declined contract options on Brad Hand and first baseman Carlos Santana for next season, decisions that will initially cut $27 million from the team's payroll. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)

Indians decline options on closer Hand, 1B Santana for 2021

Oct. 30, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Brad Hand's solid season didn't earn him another one with the Indians. Feeling the financial pinch from a shortened season, Cleveland declined Hand's $10 million contract option on Friday and also chose not to exercise options for either first baseman Carlos Santana ($17.5 million) or...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2020, file photo, Chicago White Sox' Edwin Encarnacion reacts during a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati. About 50 players would be eligible for free agency if their options are declined by Sunday, among them the White Sox designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster, File)

White Sox decline options on Encarnación, González

Oct. 30, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have declined a $12 million option for designated hitter Edwin Encarnación and a $7 million option for left-hander Gio González. The team announced the moves Friday, making both players free agents. Encarnación's deal did not include a buyout, while...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2019, file photo, Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch (14) reaches for a ball before Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees in New York. The Detroit Tigers have hired AJ Hinch to be their new manager, giving him a chance to return to a major league dugout after he was fired by Houston in the wake of the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Fresh off suspension, Hinch takes over as Tigers manager

Oct. 30, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — As he waited out his suspension this year, AJ Hinch knew he wanted to return to baseball. The question was whether anyone in the sport would be ready to welcome him. His answer came pretty quickly. “About 30 minutes after the World Series' last out, my phone rang,” Hinch said....

Longtime Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian elects free agency

Oct. 30, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Reliever Cam Bedrosian has cleared waivers and elected to become a free agent instead of accepting an outright assignment from the Los Angeles Angels. The club announced the decision Friday among several transactions. Bedrosian would have been eligible for arbitration this winter....

Rangers decline $18M option on Kluber after shoulder injury

Oct. 30, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers on Friday declined the $18 million contract option on right-hander Corey Kluber, who lasted just one inning in his only start before a shoulder injury ended his season. Kluber gets a $1 million buyout, and the club has said it is interested in re-signing Kluber to...

FILE - This Sept. 23, 1983 file photo shows Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa. La Russa, the Hall of Famer who won a World Series championship with the Oakland Athletics and two more with the St. Louis Cardinals, is returning to manage the Chicago White Sox 34 years after they fired him, the team announced Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/File)

Column: White Sox return to disco era to hire La Russa

Oct. 30, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

One bit of advice to any team searching for a manager: Don't hire a guy who began his career the same season as “Disco Demolition Night." Especially if you've got a team with swag. A team that is magnificently diverse. A team that isn't afraid to speak its mind or challenge the game's silly, outdated...

Orioles claim INF Sánchez off waivers from White Sox.

Oct. 30, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have claimed infielder Yolmer Sánchez off waivers from the Chicago White Sox. Sánchez spent seven years with the White Sox but played in only 11 games this season, going 5 for 16 with one homer, which accounted for his only RBI. The 28-year-old Sánchez...

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning in Game 3 of the baseball World Series Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Rays decline options on RHP Charlie Morton, C Mike Zunino

Oct. 30, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays are declining 2021 options on pitcher Charlie Morton and catcher Mike Zunino but the AL champions say they remain hopeful of re-signing them. Morton, who turns 37 next month, was due to earn $15 million. Zunino’s option was for $4.5 million. Both played...

Detroit Tigers hire former Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch

Oct. 30, 2020 1:09 PM EDT
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Tigers hire former Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch.