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File-This July 30, 2019, file photo shows Atlanta Braves shortstop Johan Camargo throwing out Washington Nationals' Howie Kendrick at first base on his ground ball during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Washington. Camargo sees an open path to a second chance to be the Atlanta Braves' starting third baseman. After hard lessons in a demotion to the minors last season, Camargo has renewed motivation to make the most of this second opportunity.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Camargo determined to seize second chance at 3B for Braves

Jan. 25, 2020 3:07 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Johan Camargo has a second chance to be the Atlanta Braves' starting third baseman. Camargo's renewed motivation to make the most of this opportunity comes after hard lessons learned in a demotion to the minors last season. His commitment shows with a renewed commitment to conditioning this...

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Twins pitcher Devin Smeltzer watches a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis. The Twins remain publicly confident in the rotation anchored by returning veterans Jose Berrios and Jake Odorizzi and supplemented by youngsters like Smeltzer, Randy Dobnak and Lewis Thorpe. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Twins express confidence in rotation that carries questions

Jan. 24, 2020 10:01 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins set a major league record for home runs last season. They created a bigger buzz with their recent signing of star third baseman Josh Donaldson to a $92 million, four-year contract — the richest in club history for a free agent. Still, the defending AL Central...

The Minnesota Twins new third baseman Josh Donaldson, flanked by team executive Derek Falvey, left, and manager Rocco Baldelli, is introduced during a baseball news conference Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at Target Field in Minneapolis. (Brian Peterson/Star Tribune via AP)

Twins, Donaldson finalize $92M deal, boost potent lineup

Jan. 22, 2020 6:51 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After signaling an intent to aggressively seek upgrades to a club that won 101 games last season, the Minnesota Twins were passed over in their initial pursuit of top-tier starting pitching. As the grousing from some corners of the fan base grew, the Twins were undeterred. They just...

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)

Braves hoping Ozuna poised for repeat of career-best season

Jan. 22, 2020 1:49 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Marcell Ozuna doesn't have to match his career-best numbers of 2017 or even meet the standards set by Josh Donaldson last season to make the Atlanta Braves feel good about their investment in the outfielder. Ozuna only needs an average season as Atlanta's new cleanup hitter to help the...

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...

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...

Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant, left, fist-bumps fans after being announced during the baseball team's convention, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Chicago Cubs keeping options open with season on the horizon

Jan. 17, 2020 9:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — When it comes to Kris Bryant, or any other Chicago Cubs star on the precipice of free agency, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein is hoping for the best. He also is working on the alternative. That's about all he can say at the moment. Keeping his cards close to his chest, perhaps...

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Braves second baseman Adeiny Hechavarria throws out San Francisco Giants' Evan Longoria at first base after forcing out Buster Posey at second for a double play during the first inning of a baseball game in Atlanta. The Braves have boosted their infield depth by re-signing Hechavarria to a $1 million, one-year deal. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Hechavarría stays with Braves for $1 million, 1-year deal

Jan. 16, 2020 8:10 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Adeiny Hechavarría agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract to remain with the Braves, a move Thursday that boosted Atlanta's infield depth. The 30-year-old signed with the Braves on Aug. 16, two days after he was released by the New York Mets. Hechavarria, known for defense, hit .328...

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson throws to first for the out on Chicago White Sox's Eloy Jimenez during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Atlanta. The Minnesota Twins and Donaldson have agreed to a four-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The contract includes an $8 million club option for 2024. The 34-year-old third baseman returned after an injury-spoiled 2018 to bat .259 with 37 homers and 94 RBIs last season. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

AP source: Twins, 3B Donaldson agree to $92M, 4-year deal

Jan. 14, 2020 9:11 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins and 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson have agreed to a $92 million, four-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the deal had not been announced. The contract...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning of Game 1 of an American League Division Series baseball game in New York. Sano and the Twins avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $30 million, three-year contract on Friday, Jan. 10, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Twins finalize 3-year, $30M contract with Sanó

Jan. 14, 2020 8:46 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Sanó’s tenure with Minnesota has flashed all the potential the Twins envisioned when they started scouting him as a 13-year-old in the Dominican Republic. Sanó’s progress, highlighted by those prodigious home runs, have also been offset by hefty strikeout...