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Guardians' Naylor: "Baby" gesture not aimed at Yankees

Jan. 21, 2023 15:20 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Naylor's postseason “baby” has grown into something more than he intended. Cleveland's fiery first baseman insists he wasn't taunting New York pitcher Gerrit Cole or the Yankees in last season's playoffs with an emotional home run celebration in Game 4 of...

Soto, Alonso, Guerrero get big deals, 33 head to arbitration

Jan. 14, 2023 02:04 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Juan Soto, Pete Alonso and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reached big-money agreements on one-year contracts as more than 100 players avoided salary arbitration with deals Friday and 33 exchanged proposed figures with their teams. All-Star pitcher Max Fried and the Atlanta...

AP source: Twins, Paddack agree to $12.5M, 3-year contract

Jan. 14, 2023 01:38 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins and right-handed pitcher Chris Paddack agreed Friday to a $12.5 million, three-year contract, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was...

Bieber, Guards reach $10.01 million contract for '23 season

Jan. 13, 2023 22:12 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Guardians reached agreement Friday on contracts with all seven of their arbitration eligible players, including starter Shane Bieber, who agreed to a $10.01 million deal for next season. Bieber made $6 million last season while going 13-8 and leading...

AP source: Devers avoids arbitration via 1-year, $17.5M deal

Jan. 03, 2023 13:47 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have agreed to a one-year contract with two-time All-Star Rafael Devers, avoiding salary arbitration. The deal is for $17.5 million, according to a person with knowledge of the agreement who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity...

Braves sign new C Sean Murphy to $73 million, 6-year deal

Dec. 28, 2022 10:59 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves signed newly acquired catcher Sean Murphy to a $73 million, six-year contract, locking up another key player with a long-term deal. The contract signed Tuesday includes a $15 million club option for 2029 with no buyout that could raise the total...

Pirates GM Cherington wants to add more starting pitching

Dec. 21, 2022 16:22 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — It has been a busy offseason so far, at least by the small-market standards of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and general manager Ben Cherington would like to continue to bolster the roster of a team that has gone 142-242 over the past three seasons. “Don’t feel like...

Verlander: Cohen persuaded him Mets are building a winner

Dec. 20, 2022 12:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander's phone rang in November. New York Mets owner Steve Cohen was on the line. “It really wasn’t a baseball call. It was just a ‘Hey, this is Steve. You’re Justin. Let me get to know you a little bit,’" the pitcher recalled Tuesday. ...

AP source: Guardians, catcher Zunino agree to 1-year deal

Dec. 13, 2022 13:18 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Guardians have reached agreement with veteran free agent catcher Mike Zunino on a $6 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press on Tuesday. Zunino will sign once he completes medical tests, said the person,...