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A position-by-position look at the free agent market

Nov. 15, 2019 3:46 AM EST

Patrick Corbin was an exception last offseason. Amid a slow free agent market — some stars didn’t sign until after the start of spring training — Corbin’s search for a new home was over in December when he received a $140 million, six-year contract from Washington. That worked out...

Braves bolster shaky bullpen, sign free agent LHP Will Smith

Nov. 14, 2019 6:36 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves made another move to bolster their shaky bullpen Thursday, signing left-hander reliever Will Smith to a three-year, $40 million contract. The free-agent deal includes a $13 million option for the 2023 season, with a $1 million buyout. The 30-year-old Smith went 6-0 with a...

Odorizzi, Abreu accept $17.8M offers to stay with teams

Nov. 14, 2019 5:42 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Pitcher Jake Odorizzi accepted a $17.8 million qualifying offer to stay with the Minnesota Twins and first baseman José Abreu took the same amount to remain with the Chicago White Sox as general managers headed home Thursday following their four-day annual meeting. Using the...

MadBum gets qualifying offer, Martinez stays with Red Sox

Nov. 4, 2019 10:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Madison Bumgarner was among 10 free agents who received $17.8 million qualifying offers from their former teams on Monday, a move that likely will decrease demand for the 30-year-old left-hander. Bumgarner, the 2014 World Series MVP, went 9-9 with a 3.90 ERA over 34 starts this year after...

Madison Bumgarner receives qualifying offer from Giants

Nov. 4, 2019 6:06 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner has received a $17.8 million qualifying offer from the San Francisco Giants, a move that likely will decrease demand for him in the free-agent market. San Francisco's decision Monday means a team signing Bumgarner would lose at least one pick in next year's amateur...

Kendrick slam in 10th lifts Nats over Dodgers 7-3, into NLCS

Oct. 10, 2019 2:53 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Howie Kendrick and the Washington Nationals got down again but were never out — and they finally ended their streak of playoff series futility in grand fashion. Kendrick hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the 10th inning and the Nationals, boosted by a lightning rally against Clayton...

Max effort: Nats turn aces' bullpen days into valuable outs

Oct. 5, 2019 4:27 AM EDT

The Washington Nationals turned a bullpen day for one of their aces into a postseason game day, and they may run more starters out for spot stints as a bridge to their unreliable relievers. Max Scherzer took an unexpected turn in relief during Washington's 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night,...

Strasburg, Scherzer pitch Nats past Dodgers to even NLDS

Oct. 5, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The bullpen gate swung open and out trotted ... Max Scherzer? Yep, Washington's ace surprised the Los Angeles Dodgers and even a few teammates in the eighth inning Friday night. "All the chips are on the table right now," Scherzer explained. "We weren't expecting that," Dodgers manager...

Giants enter offseason with long to-do list

Oct. 1, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Farhan Zaidi begins his second offseason with San Francisco with a daunting to-do list. The Giants' president of baseball operations addressed the challenges a team in transition faces at a season-ending news conference Tuesday. The Giants, who just finished their third straight losing...

Bochy loses to Dodgers 9-0 in final game as Giants manager

Sep. 29, 2019 10:31 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bruce Bochy spoke to a ballpark filled with thousands of lives he touched in some way and thanked them all straight from the heart, no notes necessary. Bochy bid an emotional farewell following 2 1/2 decades in what is certainly a Hall of Fame managerial career, finishing with a 9-0...