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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 file photo, St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna (23) hits a single against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning during Game 2 of a best-of-five National League Division Series in Atlanta. Free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna and the Atlanta Braves reached an $18 million, one-year deal Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 that puts him on the team he helped beat in the playoffs last October. (AP Photo/Scott Cunningham, File)

Free agent OF Ozuna, Braves reach $18 million, 1-year deal

Jan. 21, 2020 9:00 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves found their new cleanup hitter when then reached an agreement with free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna on an $18 million, one-year deal Tuesday. Ozuna joins the team he helped beat in the playoffs last October. He hit .429 with two home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals in...

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 file photo, Atlanta United defender Julian Gressel (24) reacts as he makes his way onstage for the trophy presentation after defeating the Portland Timbers 2-0 to win during the MLS Cup soccer championship in Atlanta. Atlanta United surrendered another big part of its MLS Cup-winning squad, trading midfielder Julian Gressel to D.C. United on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 after failing to reach agreement on a new contract. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Atlanta United deals MF Julian Gressel to D.C. United

Jan. 21, 2020 6:05 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta United surrendered another big part of its MLS Cup-winning squad, trading midfielder Julian Gressel to D.C. United on Tuesday after failing to reach agreement on a new contract. Atlanta acquired $650,000 in targeted allocation money in 2020 and another $100,000 in 2021, with the...

Veteran lefty Blevins joins Giants on minor league deal

Jan. 20, 2020 10:53 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Veteran left-hander Jerry Blevins agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi confirmed the deal and said Blevins had passed his physical. They reconnect...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2019, file photo, Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado warms up before a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Denver. Rockies star Arenado said he feels disrespected after Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich acknowledged listening to trade offers for the seven-time Gold Glove winner. Bridich told The Denver Post on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, that he expected Arenado to be Colorado's third baseman this season after discussing potential deals involving the 28-year-old this winter. The five-time All-Star agreed to a $260 million, eight-year contract with the Rockies last February. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Rockies' Arenado feels disrespected over trade rumors

Jan. 20, 2020 10:31 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Rockies star Nolan Arenado said he feels disrespected after Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich acknowledged listening to trade offers for the seven-time Gold Glove winner. Bridich told The Denver Post on Monday that he expected Arenado to be Colorado's third baseman this season after...

Cardinals' Carpenter 'just wanted to apologize' for bad 2019

Jan. 20, 2020 6:28 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — This was not what Matt Carpenter or the St. Louis Cardinals envisioned when he signed a new contract. Because when the three-time All-Star third baseman wasn't hurt last season, he wasn't hitting. "I certainly was candid with our front office and our coaching staff at the end of the year,"...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during the second inning of a baseball game in Baltimore. Longtime Mariners ace Hernandez reached a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, that includes an invite to big league spring training. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Ex-M's ace Félix Hernández has minor league deal with Braves

Jan. 20, 2020 6:04 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Longtime Seattle Mariners ace Félix Hernández reached a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves on Monday that includes an invite to big league spring training. The right-hander would get a $1 million, one-year contract if added to Atlanta's 40-man roster. Hernández, who...

Kansas City Chiefs' Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Mahomes (15) hold up the Lamar Hunt Trophy after the NFL AFC Championship football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, MO. The Chiefs won 35-24 to advance to Super Bowl 54. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

After cashing in on QB gambles, Niners, Chiefs in Super Bowl

Jan. 19, 2020 10:10 PM EST

A little more than two years ago, a pair of teams gambled on quarterbacks who had all kinds of potential but were far from a sure thing. Both teams guessed right. The Kansas City Chiefs will meet the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 in Miami. Oddsmakers opened the line at pick 'em in a title game...

Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein speaks to the media during the baseball team's convention, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Epstein understands fan frustration in Cubs' slow offseason

Jan. 18, 2020 5:34 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Theo Epstein understands the fans' frustration. He feels it, too, at times. The Chicago Cubs went from 95 wins in 2018 to 84 last year, finished third in the NL Central behind St. Louis and Milwaukee and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2014. But when it comes to big moves this...

Craig Stammen stays with Padres for $9 million, 2-year deal

Jan. 17, 2020 6:09 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Reliever Craig Stammen finalized a $9 million, two-year contract Friday to remain with the San Diego Padres, who hold an option for a third season that could make the deal worth $12 million. Stammen, who turns 36 on March 9, had been a free agent. He will earn $4 million each of the next...

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2019, file photo, Houston Astros' George Springer hits a home run during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Washington Nationals in Houston.  Springer asked for a raise from $12.15 million to $22.5 million and was offered $17.5 million in the biggest gap. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Astros avoid arbitration with Springer amid scandal

Jan. 16, 2020 11:09 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer, the World Series MVP of the tainted 2017 Houston Astros, and the team settled on a $21 million, one-year contract Thursday. Springer had asked for $22.5 million in salary arbitration last week and the Astros offered $17.5 million, making the settlement $1 million over the...