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Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant, left, fist-bumps fans after being announced during the baseball team's convention, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Chicago Cubs keeping options open with season on the horizon

Jan. 17, 2020 9:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — When it comes to Kris Bryant, or any other Chicago Cubs star on the precipice of free agency, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein is hoping for the best. He also is working on the alternative. That's about all he can say at the moment. Keeping his cards close to his chest, perhaps...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2018, file photo, Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos offers to toss a ball to a fan during a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, in Arlington, Texas. Robinson Chirinos and the Texas Rangers were close Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, to a $6.5 million, one-year contract to reunite after the veteran catcher spent a season with the AL West rival Houston Astros. A person familiar with the deal said the agreement was contingent on a successful physical. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there had been no official announcement. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter, File)

Rangers finalize deals for 3B Frazier, reunion with Chirinos

Jan. 15, 2020 5:45 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have formally reunited with catcher Robinson Chirinos and added third baseman Todd Frazier after completing one-year deals with the free agents. Chirinos and Frazier both got contracts that included club options for 2021. The deals were announced by the team...

Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz (11) is hit by Seattle Seahawks' Jadeveon Clowney (90) during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Seahawks face free agency questions beginning with Clowney

Jan. 14, 2020 6:18 PM EST

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — When the Seattle Seahawks head into free agency, it’s clear where their focus will need to be. The line of scrimmage must be a priority for general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll with several significant players that are pending free agents for the Seahawks. ...

White Sox, reliever Cishek finalize $6 million contract

Jan. 14, 2020 1:46 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox finalized a $6 million, one-year contract with free agent reliever Steve Cishek on Tuesday. The 33-year-old right-hander will earn $5.25 million next season under the deal reached last week. The White Sox hold a $6.75 million option for 2021 with a $750,000 buyout....

The media surrounds Seattle Seahawks' player Jacob Hollister for an interview as players clean out their lockers at Seahawks headquarters in Renton, Wash. Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP)

Another Seahawks playoff run falls short of expectations

Jan. 13, 2020 7:45 PM EST

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — It’s been six years since Russell Wilson raised the Super Bowl trophy. Five years since his fateful pass from the 1-yard line. While he’s become one of the top quarterbacks in the time since Wilson was last in the Super Bowl, the gap without a championship game...

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) walks off the field after an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Texans face long offseason after collapse against Chiefs

Jan. 13, 2020 6:31 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans were up 24-0 in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs and looked to be headed for their first AFC championship game, which they would have hosted. Then everything fell apart. And now instead of preparing for another playoff game, the Texans are left to wonder...

Baltimore Ravens offensive guard Patrick Mekari (65) leaves the field after an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Baltimore. The Titans won 28-12. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Ravens' memorable 2019 season spoiled by early playoff exit

Jan. 13, 2020 3:58 PM EST

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — As top-seeded Baltimore approached its playoff opener last week, linebacker Josh Bynes was asked to compare the current edition of the Ravens to the Super Bowl champions of 2012. Bynes, who played 10 games for the 2012 champs, replied, “That team is special, and this team is...

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2019, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant watches his three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Chicago. Bryant avoided arbitration with the Cubs, agreeing Friday, Jan. 10, 2010, to an $18.6 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Cubs, star Kris Bryant agree to $18.6 million, 1-year deal

Jan. 11, 2020 12:13 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Third baseman Kris Bryant avoided arbitration with the Chicago Cubs, agreeing Friday to an $18.6 million, one-year contract. The Cubs also avoided arbitration with their other five eligible players, agreeing to one-year deals with star shortstop Javier Báez ($10 million), All-Star...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 1989, file photo, baseball arbitrator George Nicolau poses in New York. Nicolau, who ruled against baseball owners in a pair of collusion cases and served as president of the National Academy of Arbitrators, has died. He was 94. Nicolau died Jan. 2 at Lenox Hill Hospital, Gene Orza, the former chief operating officer of the Major League Baseball Players Association, said Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/David Cantor, File)

George Nicolau dies at 94, arbitrator in MLB collusion cases

Jan. 10, 2020 3:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — George Nicolau, who ruled against baseball owners in two collusion cases and served as president of the National Academy of Arbitrators, has died. He was 94. Nicolau died Jan. 2 at Lenox Hill Hospital, Gene Orza, the former chief operating officer of the Major League Baseball Players...

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2019, file photo, Milwaukee Brewers' Eric Thames connects for a solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Denver. The Washington Nationals are bringing back reliever Daniel Hudson and adding Thames. Each deal was confirmed to the AP by people speaking on condition of anonymity because neither has been announced. Thames hit .247 with 25 homers, 61 RBIs and 140 strikeouts for the Brewers in 2019. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

After losing to Nats with Brewers, Thames joins champions

Jan. 8, 2020 8:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Thames still thinks about the eighth inning of the NL wild card game, when Milwaukee held a two-run lead against Washington and was four outs from advancing. “I'll never forget that feeling of being heartbroken, seeing Juan Soto's base hit over my head," Thames said....