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42 teams targeted to be dropped from current minor leagues

Nov. 20, 2019 2:17 PM EST

The 42 minor league teams identified by Major League Baseball as targets to be dropped from their current circuits in an initial proposal for a revised Professional Baseball Agreement that would start in 2021. Current major league affiliation in parentheses: Double-A Eastern League Binghamton, N.Y. (New York...

More than 100 in Congress ask MLB to reconsider minors plan

Nov. 20, 2019 2:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly one-quarter of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives asked Major League Baseball to reconsider its proposal for a restructuring of the minor leagues after the 2020 season that would lead to 42 teams being dropped from their current circuits. Reps. Lori Trahan, D-Mass.,...

Astros owner declines comment on sign stealing investigation

Nov. 20, 2019 1:31 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Houston Astros owner Jim Crane has declined to comment on Major League Baseball’s investigation into allegations of sign stealing. While walking through the lobby of the hotel where owners were meeting Wednesday, Crane stopped briefly when approached by reporters. He said...

Shark crosses Pacific: Parra joins Yomiuri Giants

Nov. 20, 2019 1:28 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The “Baby Shark” is moving to Japan. Outfielder Gerardo Parra has agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract with the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants. As part of the agreement announced Tuesday, Parra can earn $500,000 in bonuses next year. The deal includes a $3 million...

Former NBA executive wants to bring MLB to Orlando

Nov. 20, 2019 12:26 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The man who helped bring an NBA team to Orlando now wants to bring a Major League Baseball team to the theme park mecca. Pat Williams, a former executive with the NBA’s Orlando Magic, said Wednesday that Orlando was more deserving than a half-dozen other cities that have been...

US baseball’s prospects struggle to reach Olympics

Nov. 20, 2019 10:21 AM EST

Brandon Dickson, the U.S. closer who blew a ninth-inning lead, threw his last major league pitch in 2012. Caleb Thielbar, who gave up the game-winning hit in the 10th, threw his last big league pitch in 2015. The entire 28-man American roster at the Olympic qualifying tournament that ended Sunday combined for a...

Chris Martin, Braves agree to $14 million, 2-year deal

Nov. 19, 2019 9:41 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Pitcher Chris Martin and the Altanta Braves have agreed to a $14 million, two-year contract, a deal that brings back the right-hander after he closed 2019 with the club. The 33-year-old Martin was acquired by Atlanta from the Texas Rangers for left-hander Kolby Allard at the July 31 trade...

Will Smith celebrates return to home state with Braves

Nov. 19, 2019 9:18 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves are not promising Will Smith the closer’s role. Smith isn’t complaining. During his first news conference with his new team Tuesday, Smith said he’s fine with pitching in any inning. The Georgia native said he’s just happy to move close to home and to...

Manfred says has broad authority for Astros discipline

Nov. 19, 2019 8:09 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred hopes the investigation into sign stealing by the Houston Astros will be complete by next season and says he has authority to impose discipline beyond the loss of amateur draft picks. Oakland pitcher Mike Fiers says that when he was with Houston in...

Mets coach posts video of Céspedes taking batting practice

Nov. 19, 2019 7:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets outfielder Yoenis Céspedes is taking batting practice in his effort to return from a slew of lower-body injuries. Minor league instructor and former Mets player Endy Chavez posted and then deleted video on Tuesday of the 34-year-old Céspedes taking swings. That came a few...