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This screen grab from a Zoom call shows New York Mets general manager Jared Porter Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Mets general manager Jared Porter sent graphic, uninvited text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 when he was working for the Chicago Cubs in their front office, ESPN reported Monday night, Jan. 18, 2021. (Zoom via AP, File)

Mets fire GM after he sent explicit texts to female reporter

Jan. 19, 2021 10:45 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jared Porter went from rising star to unemployed — literally overnight. Just more than a month after joining the New York Mets as general manager, Porter was fired Tuesday for sending sexually explicit, uninvited text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 when he was...

Cubs avoid arbitration with Bryant, Báez, Contreras

Jan. 16, 2021 12:56 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs avoided arbitration with three of their biggest stars, agreeing to one-year deals with third baseman Kris Bryant, shortstop Javier Báez and catcher Willson Contreras on Friday. Bryant, who struggled through injuries in his worst season, is set to earn $19.5 million. Baez is due...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2019, file photo, Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein speaks at a media availability during the Major League Baseball general managers annual meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. Former Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox executive Theo Epstein has been hired by Major League Baseball as a consultant for on-field matters and will evaluate possible rule changes. Epstein will work with baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, the owners’ competition committee and analytics experts, MLB said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Epstein hired as MLB consultant to evaluate rules changes

Jan. 14, 2021 4:27 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox executive Theo Epstein has been hired by Major League Baseball as a consultant for on-field matters and will evaluate possible rule changes. Epstein will work with baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, the owners’ competition committee and...

FILE - Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer talks on the phone as he watches players during the baseball team's practice at Wrigley Field in Chicago, in this Wednesday, July 8, 2020, file photo. Hoyer insisted the Chicago Cubs are taking a different approach this time. They plan to remain competitive while they retool rather than bring out the wrecking ball the way they did nine years ago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Hoyer insists Cubs plan to compete after dealing Darvish

Dec. 30, 2020 4:41 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Jed Hoyer insists this time won't be like 2011 for the Chicago Cubs. The team's new president of baseball operations said Wednesday that Chicago plans to retool rather than bring out the wrecking ball the way it did nine years ago. Still, this one will leave a mark. In his first major deal...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2020, file photo, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish throws during the first inning in Game 2 of the team's NL wild-card baseball series against the Miami Marlins in Chicago. The San Diego Padres traded for another big arm on Tuesday night, Dec. 29, acquiring Darvish in a blockbuster deal with the Cubs. The Padres got Darvish, catcher Victor Caratini and cash from the Cubs for right-hander Zach Davies and four young minor leaguers. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Padres acquire RHP Yu Darvish in blockbuster trade with Cubs

Dec. 30, 2020 12:39 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller reunited with an old friend in another blockbuster move Tuesday night. The aggressive Padres got Yu Darvish in a trade with the Chicago Cubs, adding another ace to their rotation after announcing a deal for Blake Snell earlier in the day. During...

Mets hire Scott from Boston as assistant general manager

Dec. 23, 2020 5:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets have hired Zack Scott as senior vice president and assistant general manager, reuniting the former Boston Red Sox executive with New York GM Jared Porter. The team announced the hiring Wednesday. The 43-year-old Scott spent the previous 17 seasons with Boston and was an assistant...

Chicago Cubs manager David Ross stands in the dugout during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cubs' Ross knew changes loomed, not shocked by Epstein exit

Dec. 16, 2020 7:28 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — When David Ross became the Chicago Cubs manager prior to last season, he knew he might not work with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein for too long. So it wasn't a big surprise when Epstein stepped aside last month and general manger Jed Hoyer took over. “It was...

This screen grab from a Zoom call shows new New York Mets general manager Jared Porter Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Porter knows his new boss with the Mets is counting on a championship. Pretty soon, too. That doesn’t bother him one bit. “Hearing comments like that motivates me,” Porter said Monday after being introduced as New York’s general manager.  (Zoom via AP)

Mets' new GM excited by Cohen's title expectations

Dec. 15, 2020 1:53 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jared Porter knows his new boss with the Mets is counting on a championship. Pretty soon, too. That doesn’t bother him one bit. “Hearing comments like that motivates me,” Porter said Monday after being introduced as New York’s general manager. “It shows a...

This photo from a Zoom press conference shows New York Mets President Sandy Alderson, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. Alderson returned as team president Friday when Steve Cohen bought the Mets from the Wilpon and Katz families. (New York Mets via AP)

Mets make it official, hire Porter as GM with 4-year deal

Dec. 13, 2020 7:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The busy New York Mets have a general manager in place — with plenty of work on his plate. Jared Porter and the Mets finalized a four-year contract Sunday that makes him the 14th general manager in franchise history. The team is scheduled to introduce him Monday in a news conference...

Longtime Cubs TV announcer Kasper joins White Sox radio team

Dec. 4, 2020 1:53 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Len Kasper, the longtime TV play-by-play broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs, is joining the radio booth of the crosstown White Sox. Kasper, who spent 16 seasons on the North Side, will call games alongside former major leaguer Darrin Jackson. He replaces Andy Masur, who took over after...