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FILE - In this Sunday, July 26, 2020 file photo, Tampa Bay Rays' Jose Martinez scores the game-winning run on a two-run, walk-off triple by Kevin Kiermaier off Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Shun Yamaguchi during the 10th inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla.  José Martínez and the New York Mets agreed Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 to a one-year contract that pays $1 million while he is in the major leagues and $225,000 while he's in the minors.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

José Martínez agrees to 1-year contract with Mets

Jan. 14, 2021 4:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — José Martínez and the New York Mets agreed Thursday to a one-year contract that pays $1 million while he is in the major leagues and $225,000 while he's in the minors. He can earn $500,000 in performance bonuses for plate appearances: $100,000 each for 300, 350, 400, 450 and 500....

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 - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber (12) bats during the second inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Chicago. Schwarber agreed in principle to a one-year, $10 million contract with the Washington Nationals, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021,  because a physical exam was still pending for Schwarber. (AP Photo/Matt Marton, File)

Schwarber signs $10M deal with Nats, reunites with Martinez

Jan. 9, 2021 6:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that they're both with the Washington Nationals, Kyle Schwarber recalls joking around with Dave Martinez when both were with the Chicago Cubs — Schwarber a slugger, Martinez a bench coach. “He goes, ‘Whenever I get a manager’s job, you are going to come...

Boog Sciambi to replace Len Kasper for Cubs TV broadcasts

Jan. 4, 2021 2:55 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Jon “Boog” Sciambi is the new TV play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Cubs, replacing Len Kasper. Sciambi joins color analyst Jim Deshaies in the booth for Marquee Sports Network, which is jointly owned by the Cubs and Sinclair Broadcast Group. Sciambi has worked at ESPN in a...

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)

Yu kidding? Darvish learned via Twitter of trade to Padres

Dec. 31, 2020 8:26 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yu Darvish found out things move fast when San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller is wheeling and dealing. The right-hander didn’t think he’d be traded away by the Chicago Cubs but was caught up in Preller’s vortex. Within the span of about 24 hours this week,...

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...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning in Game 6 of the baseball World Series, in Arlington, Texas. The San Diego Padres finalized their acquisition of ace left-hander Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, sending four prospects in exchange for the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Padres finalize deal acquiring ace Blake Snell from Rays

Dec. 30, 2020 1:05 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Blake Snell gave up the ball in Game 6 of the World Series, shaking his head after manager Kevin Cash’s curious pitching change. With three years left on his contract, Snell hardly considered that could be his final moment on the mound with the Tampa Bay Rays. The San Diego Padres,...

Cubs claim OF Phillip Ervin off waivers from Mariners

Dec. 22, 2020 3:32 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs claimed outfielder Phillip Ervin off waivers from the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday. Ervin spent time with Cincinnati and Seattle during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, batting .149 with four RBIs in 37 games. He was designated for assignment by the Mariners last week. The...

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2020 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and third baseman Justin Turner pose for a group picture after the Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays to win the baseball World Series in Arlington, Texas.  Roberts isn't sure Turner or former All-Star pitcher David Price will play with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2021.(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

AP Exclusive: MLB payrolls drop nearly $2.5B in pandemic

Dec. 19, 2020 8:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball payrolls plunged to $1.75 billion during the pandemic-shortened season from $4.22 billion, and the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers led with $98.6 million — the smallest for the top spender in 20 years. Base wages for 40-man rosters tumbled to $1.54...