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Brewers SS Urías recovering from surgery on left hand

Jan. 28, 2020 10:33 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — New Brewers shortstop Luis Urías could miss the start of the season after he had surgery Tuesday to repair a broken bone in his left hand. Urías will be sidelined for about eight weeks. He is expected to make a full recovery with no lingering effects, but general manager David...

FILE -In this May 27, 2019 file photo Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress throws against the Minnesota Twins in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis. The Chicago Cubs and free-agent reliever Jeremy Jeffress have agreed to an $850,000, one-year contract. A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed the deal on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 on condition of anonymity because the move had not been announced. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Chicago Cubs reach deals with RHP Jeffress, OF Souza

Jan. 28, 2020 8:38 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs are taking two more low-risk fliers on a pair of players hoping to rebound from injuries, reaching one-year deals with reliever Jeremy Jeffress and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. Jeffress' contract is worth $850,000, and the 32-year-old right-hander can earn an additional $200,000 in...

Cincinnati Reds' Nick Castellanos waits for interviews during a news conference, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Cincinnati. Castellanos signed a $64 million, four-year deal with the baseball club. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Reds' Castellanos returns to ballpark where he's comfortable

Jan. 28, 2020 8:29 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Nick Castellanos has 17 career at-bats in Great American Ball Park. Six times, he reached base on a hit. Three times, he touched them all after putting the ball in those oh-so-close outfield seats. It's a small sample size, but it makes the Cincinnati Reds' new outfielder eager to find...

Brewers re-sign RHP Shelby Miller to minor league deal

Jan. 28, 2020 3:00 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Oft-injured pitcher Shelby Miller re-signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, agreeing to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to major league spring training camp. The team announced the move Monday on Twitter. Miller, an All-Star in 2015 with Atlanta, was released by Texas last...

In this Aug. 31, 2019 photo Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Starling Marte (6) in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver. Marte is heading to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Pirates sent the two-time Gold Glove outfielder and 2016 All-Star to the Diamondbacks for prospects Liover Peguero and Brennan Malone, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Diamondbacks acquire OF Starling Marte from Pirates

Jan. 27, 2020 7:40 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — When the Arizona Diamondbacks landed ace Madison Bumgarner in free agency last month, the three-time World Series winner made a surprising offer, one that came with a very urgent catch. Bumgarner told the Diamondbacks they could defer some of the money on his five-year deal if they...

FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo Detroit Tigers' Nicholas Castellanos bats in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Detroit. Castellanos agreed to a $64 million, four-year deal Monday in the Cincinnati Reds' latest big-money move to emerge from years of losing, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Reds get OF Nick Castellanos on $64 million, 4-year deal

Jan. 27, 2020 6:57 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Free agent outfielder Nick Castellanos signed a $64 million, four-year deal Monday with the Reds, Cincinnati's latest big-money move to emerge from years of losing. The deal allows Castellanos to opt out and become a free agent after the 2020 or 2021 seasons. He gets salaries of $16...

Kintzler agrees to $3.25 million, 1-year deal with Marlins

Jan. 27, 2020 6:41 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Right-handed reliever Brandon Kintzler has agreed to a $3.25 million, one-year deal with the Miami Marlins, pending a physical. Kintzler has a 3.37 career ERA in 10 seasons with four teams. He had a 2.68 ERA last year for the Cubs in 62 games. Kintzler had 28 saves for the Twins in 2017, when...

Brewers' Braun acknowledges this could be his final season

Jan. 26, 2020 6:33 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun acknowledges the possibility this might be his final season. "There’s at least a chance this is my last fan fest as a player," the 36-year-old said Sunday during the Brewers’ annual winter fan festival and convention. "You definitely...

Pirates' Taillon upbeat as he rehabs from elbow surgery

Jan. 25, 2020 3:04 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jameson Taillon has plenty of experience when it comes to rehabbing from injuries. The Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander has had two Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgeries during his professional career. He's also undergone surgeries to repair a sport hernia and remove cancerous tissue...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019 file photo St. Louis Cardinals catcher Matt Wieters pauses behind home plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. The Cardinals signed Wieters to a contract for the 2020 season on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 bringing back the 33-year-old veteran to fill the same role behind Yadier Molina as last season. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)

Wieters finalizes $2 million deal with Cardinals

Jan. 22, 2020 5:43 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Wieters finalized a $2 million, one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, a deal that brought back the 33-year-old to again back up Yadier Molina. Wieters can earn an additional $1 million in performance bonuses based on starts as part of the deal, which was agreed...