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Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry Walker, left, and New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter shake hands after receiving their Baseball Hall of Fame jersey and cap, Wednesday Jan. 22, 2020, during a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Odd Couple: Jeter, Walker take different routes to Hall

Jan. 22, 2020 10:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter and Larry Walker rarely crossed paths during their time in the major leagues. "There was one time in the Bahamas, playing blackjack, that we sat down for a little while with Matt Damon, and we sat there and played for a little while," Walker recalled of a gambling evening where...

Rangers sign veteran LHP Nicasio to minor league contract

Jan. 22, 2020 8:10 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Free agent right-hander Juan Nicasio has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers and will go to spring training as a non-roster invitee. Nicasio has played for six big league teams in his nine major league seasons, and was on an opening day roster each of the past...

FILE - This is a 2019 photo showing Luis Rojas of the New York Mets baseball team. The New York Mets are finalizing a multiyear agreement with quality control coach Luis Rojas to make him the team’s new manager, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Rojas would replace Carlos Beltrán, who left the team last week before managing a single game as part of the fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Mets pick coach Luis Rojas to replace Beltrán as manager

Jan. 22, 2020 7:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Caught off guard in a quick split with Carlos Beltrán, the New York Mets want some continuity for a change. So with spring training only three weeks away, they picked his replacement from their very own bench. The club was working Wednesday to complete a multiyear agreement with...

Tigers agree to minor league deal with Santiago

Jan. 22, 2020 7:27 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander Héctor Santiago with an invite to major league spring training. The Tigers announced the move Wednesday. Santiago appeared in 19 games — including two starts — last season for the Chicago White Sox...

The Minnesota Twins new third baseman Josh Donaldson, flanked by team executive Derek Falvey, left, and manager Rocco Baldelli, is introduced during a baseball news conference Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at Target Field in Minneapolis. (Brian Peterson/Star Tribune via AP)

Twins, Donaldson finalize $92M deal, boost potent lineup

Jan. 22, 2020 6:51 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After signaling an intent to aggressively seek upgrades to a club that won 101 games last season, the Minnesota Twins were passed over in their initial pursuit of top-tier starting pitching. As the grousing from some corners of the fan base grew, the Twins were undeterred. They just...

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter fits his cap after receiving his outfit for the Baseball Hall of Fame, Wednesday Jan. 22, 2020, during a news conference in New York. Jeter and Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry Walker will both join the 2020 Hall of Fame class. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Identity of Hall voter who bypassed Jeter may never be known

Jan. 22, 2020 6:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The identity of the voter who kept Derek Jeter from being a unanimous Hall of Fame pick may never be known — and both Jeter and the Hall are OK with that. Individual members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America decide whether to make their votes public. When the BBWAA...

Mayors launch task force to oppose minor league contraction

Jan. 22, 2020 5:56 PM EST

Dozens of mayors from across the United States have formed a task force opposing a proposal by Major League Baseball to eliminate 42 affiliated minor league franchises for the 2021 season. The coalition launched Tuesday with three leaders and was up to 30 members by Wednesday afternoon, ranging from Chattanooga,...

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...

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, right, and Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry Walker pose after receiving their Baseball Hall of Fame Jerseys, Wednesday Jan. 22, 2020, during a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Larry Walker's Hall plaque to feature Rockies cap, not Expos

Jan. 22, 2020 5:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Larry Walker's Hall of Fame plaque in Cooperstown will have a Colorado Rockies cap, not a Montreal Expos hat. Walker spoke with Hall officials after he was elected Tuesday in his 10th and final appearance on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot. Born in Maple Ridge, British...

FILE - In this July 10, 2019, file photo, home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere, left, huddles with officials while wearing an earpiece connected to a ball and strikes calling system before the Atlantic League All-Star minor league baseball game in York, Pa. DeBrauwere wore the earpiece connected to an iPhone in his ball bag which relayed ball and strike calls upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let the computer call balls and strikes during the all star game. Umpires agreed to cooperate with Major League Baseball in the development and testing of an automated ball-strike system as part of a five-year labor contract announced Saturday, Dec. 21, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The Major League Baseball Umpires Association also agreed to cooperate and assist if Commissioner Rob Manfred decides to utilize the system

MLB to test but not use computer umps at spring training

Jan. 22, 2020 5:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will test computer plate umpires during spring training but will not use the system for decisions in any exhibition games. MLB experimented with the automated balls and strikes system during the second half of last season in the independent Atlantic League, and the...