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FILE - In this screen grab taken from video, Major League baseball player Francisco Lindor answers questions during a virtual press conference introducing him as the New York Mets new shortstop, in this Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, file photo. Lindor is among roughly 125 players who entered Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, eligible to exchange salary arbitration figures with their teams. (New York Mets via AP, File)

Lindor, Bryant, Bellinger, Seager get big-money deals

Jan. 16, 2021 2:05 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Francisco Lindor, Kris Bryant, Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager were among 112 players who agreed to one-year contracts Friday, leaving just 13 to swap salary arbitration figures during a slow offseason in the aftermath of the financial carnage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The deals...

Freeland among Rockies to avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

Jan. 16, 2021 12:59 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies avoided arbitration with left-hander Kyle Freeland and five other players Friday as the team tries to get back on track after missing the playoffs the past two seasons. Freeland agreed to a one-year contract for $5,025,000 following a bounce-back season. He made a...

Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman makes a throwing error on San Diego Padres' Manny Machado's ground ball during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Reliable third baseman Matt Chapman earns big raise from A's

Jan. 16, 2021 12:50 AM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Slick-fielding third baseman Matt Chapman reached agreement Friday on a guaranteed $6.49 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics to avoid arbitration, and the club also secured deals with its five other arbitration-eligible players. Chapman earned a hefty raise after...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo, Texas Rangers pitcher Corey Kluber throws during an intrasquad game in Arlington, Texas. The New York Yankees reached a deal with Kluber worth $11 million for one year, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday, Jan. 15, because the agreement is subject to a successful physical. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

AP source: Yankees reach deals with Kluber, LeMahieu

Jan. 15, 2021 8:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees made a pair of big moves on the free agent market, reaching a deal with right-hander Corey Kluber worth $11 million for one year and agreeing to a $90 million, six-year contract to keep AL batting champion DJ LeMahieu, a person familiar with the negotiations told The...

Knebel ($5.25M), Floro ($975,000) agree with Dodgers

Jan. 14, 2021 9:42 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Corey Knebel agreed to a $5.25 million, one-year contract on Thursday that avoided salary arbitration, and pitcher Dylan Floro agreed to $975,000. The 29-year-old Knebel was acquired from Milwaukee on Dec. 2 ahead of the deadline for teams to offer 2021...

Mets hire former player Tony Tarasco as first base coach

Dec. 30, 2020 10:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have hired Tony Tarasco to be their first base coach, bringing the former outfielder back to the franchise where he ended his playing career. The Mets announced the hiring Wednesday. The 50-year-old Tarasco will take over for Tony DeFrancesco, who is moving to a new role...

FILE - In this March 29, 2007, file photo, Baseball Hall of Famer Phil Niekro holds a knuckleball at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland. Niekro, who pitched well into his 40s with a knuckleball that baffled big league hitters for more than two decades, mostly with the Atlanta Braves, has died after a long fight with cancer, the team announced Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. He was 81. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Baseball Hall of Famer, knuckleballer Phil Niekro dies at 81

Dec. 27, 2020 7:29 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Phil Niekro threw a pitch that baffled hitters and catchers. Heck, he didn’t even know where it was going most of the time. But the knuckleball carried Niekro to more than 300 wins, earned him a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame and gave him a nickname that stuck for the rest of his...

FILE - In this July 16, 2020, file photo, Washington Nationals designated hitter Howie Kendrick jogs back to the dugout during a baseball intrasquad game at Nationals Park in Washington. Kendrick is retiring after 15 major league seasons that included earning NLCS MVP honors during the Nationals' 2019 World Series run. Kendrick announced his retirement Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, on Instagram. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Howie Kendrick retires after 15 major league seasons

Dec. 21, 2020 7:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Howie Kendrick is retiring after 15 major league seasons that included earning NLCS MVP honors during the Washington Nationals’ 2019 World Series run. Kendrick announced his retirement Monday night on Instagram, saying he's “forever grateful for the many life lessons”...

FILE - New York Mets starting pitcher Michael Wacha winds up during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in New York, in this Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, file photo. The American League champion Tampa Bay Rays signed right-hander Michael Wacha to a $3 million, one-year contract on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, to fill a void in the rotation with the departure of Charlie Morton. The 29-year old Wacha has a 60-43 record with a 4.01 ERA over eight seasons. After seven years with the St. Louis Cardinals, he went went 1-4 with a 6.62 ERA with the New York Mets in 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Rays sign pitcher Michael Wacha to $3 million, 1-year deal

Dec. 18, 2020 11:39 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The American League champion Tampa Bay Rays signed right-hander Michael Wacha to a $3 million, one-year contract on Friday to fill a void in the rotation with the departure of Charlie Morton. The 29-year old Wacha has a 60-43 record with a 4.01 ERA over eight seasons. After...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, file photo, Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich, right, celebrates with manager Craig Counsell after hitting an inside-the-park home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago. Counsell is confident former MVP Yelich’s 2020 hitting struggles won’t carry over into next season. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Brewers' Counsell confident Yelich will bounce back

Dec. 17, 2020 8:34 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell is confident former MVP Christian Yelich’s 2020 hitting struggles won’t carry over to next season. After winning consecutive NL batting titles in 2018 and 2019 during his first two years with the Brewers, Yelich hit just .205 with 12...