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Oakland Athletics' Matt Olson, right, is congratulated by Mark Canha after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning of Game 3 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Slugging first baseman Matt Olson receives $5M, 1-year deal

Dec. 2, 2020 11:54 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Slugging first baseman Matt Olson reached agreement Wednesday on a $5 million guaranteed contract for the 2021 season, avoiding salary arbitration. The deal includes award bonuses. Olson, 26, batted .195 with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs playing all 60 games for the AL West champion A's...

Angels acquire SS José Iglesias from Orioles for 2 prospects

Dec. 2, 2020 9:05 PM EST

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels acquired veteran shortstop José Iglesias from the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday in a trade for minor league right-handers Garrett Stallings and Jean Pinto. Iglesias batted .373 with three homers and 17 RBIs in 39 games with the Orioles last season. He...

Injured Santana allowed to become free agent by Rangers

Dec. 2, 2020 9:04 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Switch-hitting outfielder Danny Santana will continue his rehab from elbow surgery as a free agent after the Texas Rangers didn't offer him a contract before Wednesday's deadline. The Rangers also didn't offer contracts to right-hander Jimmy Herget and outfielder Scott Heineman,...

Astros offer contracts to Correa, Díaz, McCullers

Dec. 2, 2020 8:23 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros offered contracts to arbitration-eligible shortstop Carlos Correa, infielder Aledmys Díaz and right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. on Wednesday. The Astros, who made the playoffs despite a 29-31 record in the pandemic-shortened season, also reached a one-year deal with...

Oakland Athletics' Mike Minor pitches against the Seattle Mariners' during the fifth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

Royals sign lefty starter Mike Minor to 2 year, $18M deal

Dec. 2, 2020 11:32 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Left-hander Mike Minor and the Kansas City Royals have finalized an $18 million, two-year deal, reuniting the 32-year-old starter with the club that helped him revive his career. Kansas City announced the signing Monday, bringing in the 2019 All-Star to boost a rotation that leaned...

Oakland Athletics' Chad Pinder rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of Game 3 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Pinder ($2,275,000), Smith ($705,000) reach deals with A's

Dec. 1, 2020 7:49 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Utilityman Chad Pinder reached a $2,275,000, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics a day before Wednesday's deadline for teams to offer deals to unsigned players on their rosters. In addition, right-hander Burch Smith agreed to a $705,000, one-year deal. Pinder returned from a...

Rangers plan for Kiner-Falefa to be starting SS over Andrus

Dec. 1, 2020 6:06 PM EST

The Texas Rangers will give Gold Glove-winning third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa the opportunity to be their starting shortstop next season and have told Elvis Andrus to prepare to play all infield positions. Andrus, at 32 the longest-tenured Ranger after 12 seasons, is the only player remaining from their...

A photo, date not known, provided by the Atlanta Braves via the Los Angeles Angels shows Perry Minasian. Minasian has been named the Los Angeles Angels' general manager. The Angels announced the hiring of the Atlanta Braves' assistant general manager on Thursday. Nov. 12, 2020, to replace Billy Eppler. (Kevin Liles/Atlanta Braves via Los Angeles Angels via AP)

New GM Minasian: Angels can do 'really great things' soon

Nov. 17, 2020 6:20 PM EST

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Perry Minasian had never been interviewed for a general manager job before he joined the field of 40 candidates hoping to take over the Los Angeles Angels last month. The 40-year-old Braves assistant GM went through several rounds of lengthy Zoom interviews and emerged as a finalist....

Ken Griffey Jr. joins ownership group for Seattle Sounders

Nov. 17, 2020 3:43 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Sounders have added Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. to the club’s ownership group. Griffey’s ownership stake was finalized earlier in the year, but the announcement had been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team said Tuesday. Griffey and his family...

A photo, date not known, provided by the Atlanta Braves via the Los Angeles Angels shows Perry Minasian. Minasian has been named the Los Angeles Angels' general manager. The Angels announced the hiring of the Atlanta Braves' assistant general manager on Thursday. Nov. 12, 2020, to replace Billy Eppler. (Kevin Liles/Atlanta Braves via Los Angeles Angels via AP)

Angels hire Braves' Perry Minasian as new general manager

Nov. 12, 2020 7:25 PM EST

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Perry Minasian once served as a batboy for the Texas Rangers when they made road trips to Angel Stadium. He's headed back to Anaheim three decades later as the Los Angeles Angels' general manager. The Angels announced the hiring of the Atlanta Braves' assistant general manager...