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Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein speaks to the media during the baseball team's convention, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Epstein understands fan frustration in Cubs' slow offseason

Jan. 18, 2020 5:34 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Theo Epstein understands the fans' frustration. He feels it, too, at times. The Chicago Cubs went from 95 wins in 2018 to 84 last year, finished third in the NL Central behind St. Louis and Milwaukee and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2014. But when it comes to big moves this...

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 Sept. 21, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Braves second baseman Adeiny Hechavarria throws out San Francisco Giants' Evan Longoria at first base after forcing out Buster Posey at second for a double play during the first inning of a baseball game in Atlanta. The Braves have boosted their infield depth by re-signing Hechavarria to a $1 million, one-year deal. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Hechavarría stays with Braves for $1 million, 1-year deal

Jan. 16, 2020 8:10 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Adeiny Hechavarría agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract to remain with the Braves, a move Thursday that boosted Atlanta's infield depth. The 30-year-old signed with the Braves on Aug. 16, two days after he was released by the New York Mets. Hechavarria, known for defense, hit .328...

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson throws to first for the out on Chicago White Sox's Eloy Jimenez during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Atlanta. The Minnesota Twins and Donaldson have agreed to a four-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The contract includes an $8 million club option for 2024. The 34-year-old third baseman returned after an injury-spoiled 2018 to bat .259 with 37 homers and 94 RBIs last season. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

AP source: Twins, 3B Donaldson agree to $92M, 4-year deal

Jan. 14, 2020 9:11 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins and 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson have agreed to a $92 million, four-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the deal had not been announced. The contract...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning of Game 1 of an American League Division Series baseball game in New York. Sano and the Twins avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $30 million, three-year contract on Friday, Jan. 10, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Twins finalize 3-year, $30M contract with Sanó

Jan. 14, 2020 8:46 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Sanó’s tenure with Minnesota has flashed all the potential the Twins envisioned when they started scouting him as a 13-year-old in the Dominican Republic. Sanó’s progress, highlighted by those prodigious home runs, have also been offset by hefty strikeout...

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer talks with members of the media during the team's

Nationals' Max Scherzer 'good,' 'strong' and rarin' to go

Jan. 11, 2020 3:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a “2019 World Series Champions” patch stitched onto the right sleeve of his white Washington Nationals jersey, and his eyes -- one brown, one blue -- open wide, Max Scherzer made it clear as clear can be Saturday that his neck is just fine and his preseason routine is...

Swanson, Foltynewicz reach deals with Braves

Jan. 10, 2020 10:18 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Shortstop Dansby Swanson and right-hander Mike Foltynewicz were among six Atlanta Braves eligible for salary arbitration who agreed to one-year contracts Friday. Swanson agreed at $3.15 million and Foltynewicz at $6,425,000. Also reaching deals were outfielder Adam Duvall ($3.25 million),...

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, center, departs with his daughters after a baseball media availability at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Strasburg returns, hopes to play whole career with Nationals

Dec. 18, 2019 7:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Naturally, Stephen Strasburg thought of himself pitching for a team other than the Nationals. After winning and being MVP of the World Series, Strasburg opted out of his contract and hit the open market. The possibility was real that he'd played his last game in a Washington uniform....

Baseball agent Scott Boras jokes during a news conference at the Major League Baseball winter meetings Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in San Diego. Nationals pitcher and World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg agreed to a record $245 million, seven-year contract on Monday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

MLB's winter meetings turned into the Scott Boras show

Dec. 12, 2019 3:32 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A mostly dreary winter meetings lacking spectacular swaps will be remembered as the Scott Boras show. Baseball's most prominent agent dominated each of the three full days of meetings with a nine-figure contract, deals for Stephen Strasburg, Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon that totaled $814...

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals' Howie Kendrick hits a two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of Game 7 of the baseball World Series, in Houston. A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells the AP that postseason star Howie Kendrick and the World Series champion Washington Nationals agreed in principle to a one-year contract worth $6.25 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is still pending a successful physical. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Gomes, Kendrick officially back to World Series champ Nats

Dec. 10, 2019 11:27 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Doing their best to keep as much of their World Series roster intact as possible, the Washington Nationals announced they re-signed catcher Yan Gomes and infielder Howie Kendrick on Tuesday, a day after bringing back Stephen Strasburg for $245 million. Gomes agreed to a $10 million,...