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Column: Baseball can't afford another extended labor dispute

Dec. 03, 2021 17:14 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Baseball's last labor dispute was devastating, but the comeback had two big things working in its favor. Cal Ripken Jr. and steroids. The sport won't be so fortuitous if this lockout lingers into the spring. For...

Winter of waiting: Baseball fans hope MLB lockout fleeting

Dec. 02, 2021 19:01 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The only hint of activity outside of Chase Field on Thursday afternoon was the low humming noise from a construction crew, which was busy hanging some signs for an upcoming college football bowl game. Otherwise, the home of Major League Baseball's Arizona...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021

Dec. 02, 2021 13:59 PM EST

They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service. But both also saw their legacies tarnished by their actions in the long, bloody war in Iraq. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Defense Secretary...

Reliever Daniel Hudson returns to Dodgers on 1-year deal

Dec. 02, 2021 12:26 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Right-handed reliever Daniel Hudson has returned to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a $7 million, one-year contract. The Dodgers announced the deal Tuesday night for Hudson, who pitched in 40 games for Los Angeles in 2018. He gets a $6...

Marlins introduce Garcia, who already calls Miami home

Dec. 02, 2021 12:22 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Avisaíl García made his lone All-Star Game appearance on the Miami Marlins’ field. He has owned a house in the city for a few years. The native of Venezuela considers Miami home. That said, he still had to pass Derek Jeter’s test. ...

Cubs, Gomes finalize $13 million, two-year contract

Dec. 02, 2021 12:20 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and catcher Yan Gomes finalized a $13 million, two-year contract on Wednesday that includes a club option for 2024. The Cubs also have Willson Contreras behind the plate, but he is eligible for free agency after next season and the team...

D-backs add 4-time All-Star reliever Melancon on 2-year deal

Dec. 02, 2021 12:15 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks made a move to solidify the back end of their bullpen on Wednesday, adding four-time All-Star Mark Melancon on a $14 million, two-year deal. Now the D-backs have to get good enough to provide Melancon some games to actually save....

To the Max: Scherzer, Mets finalize $130M, 3-year deal

Dec. 02, 2021 12:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets owner Steve Cohen promised a max effort bringing a World Series back to New York. Enter Max Scherzer, the newest ace in Queens. The Mets and the three-time Cy Young Award winner finalized a $130 million, three-year deal...

Báez gets $140M birthday present, closes deal with Tigers

Dec. 02, 2021 11:57 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Javier Báez hopes he's a big part of a turnaround with the Detroit Tigers, too. Báez celebrated his 29th birthday Wednesday by signing a $140 million, six-year contact to play shortstop for the revitalized Tigers. “This is a...

After twice turning down Toronto, righty Gausman joins Jays

Dec. 02, 2021 11:41 AM EST

TORONTO (AP) — In each of the past two offseasons, pitcher Kevin Gausman spurned free agent advances from the Toronto Blue Jays and general manager Ross Atkins. When Atkins called again this winter, Gausman couldn’t say no any longer. Gausman and...