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AP source: Angels, Allen agree to $8.5M, 1-year contract

Jan. 18, 2019 2:57 PM EST

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says closer Cody Allen and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to an $8.5 million, one-year contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement was subject to a successful physical. The deal,...

Record 135 forgo college eligibility to enter NFL draft

Jan. 18, 2019 1:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A record number of college football players will bypass their remaining years of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. The 135 players forgoing eligibility surpasses the 119 from last year. The NFL released the official list on Friday. There are 103 underclassmen eligible for the April 25-27...

AP source: Ottavino, Yankees agree to $27M, 3-year contract

Jan. 18, 2019 12:41 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — While shying away from high-priced free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the New York Yankees are boosting their bullpen. Reliever Adam Ottavino and the Yankees agreed to a $27 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday....

Red Sox manager Cora hedges on White House visit

Jan. 17, 2019 6:39 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, a Puerto Rico native who has been outspoken about its need for hurricane relief, indicated on Thursday that he may skip the World Series celebration at the White House over President Donald Trump's policies toward the island. Cora previously said he would...

Lowrie can earn bonus with Mets for 550 plate appearances

Jan. 17, 2019 2:25 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jed Lowrie can earn a $500,000 performance bonus during each season of his deal with the New York Mets if he makes 550 plate appearances. The Mets and the infielder finalized the $20 million, two-year contract on Wednesday. He gets a $5 million signing bonus, of which $1 million is due on...

Bob Costas exits longtime home at NBC Sports

Jan. 17, 2019 12:14 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Costas, who stepped down as NBC's prime-time Olympics host two years ago, has left the network's sports division altogether. NBC Sports said Wednesday that Costas parted ways with his longtime employer, providing no further details. Sandy Montag, Costas' manager, said it was handled...

AP source: Diamondbacks sign Wilmer Flores to 1-year deal

Jan. 16, 2019 7:35 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a one-year, $3.75 million contract with former New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced....

Former Rangers closer Tolleson retires after rehab setback

Jan. 16, 2019 7:21 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers right-hander Shawn Tolleson has retired after a setback in the former closer's attempted comeback from Tommy John surgery. Tolleson made the announcement Wednesday, three days before his 31st birthday. He strained his right flexor tendon during a throwing session last...

Royals pitcher Skoglund given 80-game drug suspension

Jan. 16, 2019 6:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kansas City Royals pitcher Eric Skoglund was suspended Monday for the season's first 80 games after testing positive for two performance-enhancing substances. The commissioner's office said the positive tests were for selective androgen receptor modulators S-22 (Ostarine) and LGD-4033...

Yanks newcomer LeMahieu on his role: 'Bring a lot of gloves'

Jan. 16, 2019 5:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — DJ LeMahieu is putting away his mittens and packing more mitts. A star second baseman for Colorado, LeMahieu is set to join a crowded New York Yankees infield. "I was told to bring a lot of gloves," he said Wednesday on a conference call. That's fine with LeMahieu, who became a free agent...