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O'Neil, Miñoso, Hodges, Kaat, Oliva, Fowler get baseball HOF

Dec. 05, 2021 23:42 PM EST

Buck O'Neil never uttered a single word of bitterness or regret about not being elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. Till the end, he urged those who loved and rooted for him to do the same. Now, long after a near miss that left many wondering if he'd ever make it, they...

To the Max: Scherzer, Mets finalize $130M, 3-year deal

Dec. 02, 2021 12:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets owner Steve Cohen promised a max effort bringing a World Series back to New York. Enter Max Scherzer, the newest ace in Queens. The Mets and the three-time Cy Young Award winner finalized a $130 million, three-year deal...

Rays, pitcher Kluber finalize $8 million, 1-year contract

Dec. 02, 2021 12:05 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and the Tampa Bay Rays finalized an $8 million, one-year free-agent contract on Wednesday. The deal includes an additional $5 million in performance bonuses based on starts: $500,000 each for 10 and...

Mariners moved quickly to wrap up Cy Young winner Robbie Ray

Dec. 02, 2021 12:03 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners were still in the middle of finishing their first big deal of the offseason when they started making an aggressive move to land a new ace for their pitching rotation, a signing that would grab even more attention. Once Robbie Ray...

Safe at home: Buxton relishes comfort of staying with Twins

Dec. 02, 2021 11:59 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first offer came from the Minnesota Twins nearly five years ago, initiating their attempt to sign center fielder Byron Buxton to a long-term contract and keep a potential superstar from reaching free agency and a bidding frenzy on the open market. ...

Báez gets $140M birthday present, closes deal with Tigers

Dec. 02, 2021 11:57 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Javier Báez hopes he's a big part of a turnaround with the Detroit Tigers, too. Báez celebrated his 29th birthday Wednesday by signing a $140 million, six-year contact to play shortstop for the revitalized Tigers. “This is a...

After twice turning down Toronto, righty Gausman joins Jays

Dec. 02, 2021 11:41 AM EST

TORONTO (AP) — In each of the past two offseasons, pitcher Kevin Gausman spurned free agent advances from the Toronto Blue Jays and general manager Ross Atkins. When Atkins called again this winter, Gausman couldn’t say no any longer. Gausman and...

LA Angels re-sign closer Raisel Iglesias to $58 million deal

Dec. 02, 2021 11:35 AM EST

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Closer Raisel Iglesias agreed to a four-year, $58 million deal Wednesday night to stay with the Los Angeles Angels. He gets $10 million next year and $16 million in each of the following three seasons. Iglesias was outstanding...

Red Sox sign LHPs Hill, Paxton, trade Renfroe for JBJ

Dec. 02, 2021 11:32 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox signed free agent left-handers Rich Hill and James Paxton on Wednesday night and reacquired outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. from Milwaukee in a trade that sent outfielder Hunter Renfroe to the Brewers. The flurry of moves came just a few...

Teams spend $1.4B in 1 day, then MLB locks out players

Dec. 02, 2021 11:20 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Before getting locked out, players loaded up Wednesday as big league teams unlocked their coffers for an unprecedented spending spree. Major League Baseball clubs committed to a one-day record $1.4 billion in salaries Wednesday, hours before the league...