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FILE - New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka, of Japan, delivers a pitch during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York, in this Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, file photo. Former New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has signed a two-year contract with the Rakuten Eagles in Japanese baseball, the club said Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Tanaka leaves Yankees, rejoins former team to pitch in Japan

Jan. 28, 2021 10:54 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka is returning to pitch for his former team in Japan after seven seasons with the New York Yankees. The Rakuten Eagles said Thursday the 32-year-old free agent had signed a two-year contract. Local media reported it was worth almost $9 million annually. “WELCOME HOME our...

Ex-Marlins owner Loria reaches settlement on sale dispute

Jan. 28, 2021 10:45 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Former Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria reached a lawsuit settlement to reimburse local government $4.2 million for the cost of building Marlins Park, which opened in 2012. The payment stems from the $1.2 billion sale of team in 2017 by Loria to Derek Jeter and his ownership group. In 2009,...

New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Mets trade LHP Steven Matz to Blue Jays for 3 young arms

Jan. 28, 2021 1:22 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In a deal between two of baseball's busiest teams this winter, the New York Mets traded left-hander Steven Matz to the Toronto Blue Jays for three young pitchers Wednesday night. New York received reliever Sean Reid-Foley and minor league right-handers Josh Winckowski and Yennsy Díaz...

Bass can earn $8.5M over 3 years with Marlins if he closes

Jan. 27, 2021 11:38 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Right-hander Anthony Bass is guaranteed $5 million in his two-year contract with the Miami Marlins and could make $8.5 million over three seasons if a 2023 team option is exercised and he is used extensively as a closer during the first two years. Bass gets $1 million this year and $3 million...

FILE - San Diego Padres' Jurickson Profar gestures as he circles the bases after hitting a solo home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher James Pazos in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Denver, in this Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, file photo. Profar is staying with the San Diego Padres, agreeing to a $21 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, because the agreement is subject to a successful physical. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Versatile Profar signs $21M, 3-year deal with Padres

Jan. 27, 2021 11:25 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jurickson Profar, who played five positions for San Diego last season, signed a $21 million, three-year contract Wednesday to remain with the Padres. Profar had been a free agent. He chose to return to San Diego, which improved significantly this offseason with the additions of starting...

FILE - New York Yankees' DJ LeMahieu celebrates at second base after hitting a two-run double during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium in New York, in this Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, file photo. The New York Yankees and AL batting champion DJ LeMahieu worked Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, to put in place a six-year contract worth about $90 million, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement is subject to a successful physical. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin, File)

Yanks finalize deals with Kluber, LeMahieu, agree with O'Day

Jan. 27, 2021 11:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The retooling New York Yankees finalized a $90 million, six-year contract to retain AL batting champion DJ LeMahieu on Wednesday and completed an $11 million deal to add right-hander Corey Kluber. The Yankees also reached a $2.5 million, one-year deal with submarining right-handed reliever...

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2020, file photo, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester throws to a Chicago White Sox batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago. A person with knowledge of the deal has confirmed to The Associated Press that left-hander Lester and the Washington Nationals have an agreement in principle in place for a one-year contract. The deal is pending the successful completion of a physical exam. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Lefty Jon Lester finalizes $5M, 1-year deal with Nationals

Jan. 27, 2021 11:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jon Lester has been a part of three World Series champions and collected nearly 200 wins in the majors. He's been a five-time All-Star and a Cy Young runner-up. Now 37 and heading toward his 16th season in the big leagues, the left-hander is looking forward to being a member of a stacked...

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The Hammer makes one last trip to spot where he hit No. 715

Jan. 27, 2021 8:48 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Hammer made one last trip to the spot where he hit No. 715. After a nearly three-hour funeral service Wednesday that featured two former presidents, a long-time baseball commissioner and a civil rights icon, the hearse carrying Hank Aaron's body detoured off the road bearing his name to...

AP source: Lefty Aaron Loup agrees to 1-year deal with Mets

Jan. 27, 2021 8:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets added a left-hander to their bullpen, agreeing to a one-year contract with Aaron Loup, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement was subject to a successful physical. Loup, 33, was...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jan. 27, 2021 6:45 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Jan. 26 The Mercury News and East Bay Times on California's easing of coronavirus restrictions: Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to lift regional stay-at-home orders across the state makes absolutely no sense. The governor’s...