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The Latest: New Reds skip Bell talking to Bailey about role

Dec. 10, 2018 3:25 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Major League Baseball's winter meetings (all times local): 12:15 p.m. New Reds manager David Bell says he's talked to pitcher Homer Bailey about his role in the future. Bell says it was a good conversation and nothing has been finalized. Bailey went 1-14 with a 6.09 ERA last...

AP Source: Royals, Hamilton agree to $5.25M contract

Dec. 10, 2018 3:19 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals and speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton have agreed to a $5.25 million contract for next season that includes up to $1 million in incentives, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday. The Royals hope that spacious Kauffman...

Sunday night baseball games an hour earlier in 2019

Dec. 10, 2018 3:15 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Baseball players may get a little more sleep when traveling after Sunday night games next year. ESPN announced Monday it is moving up the starting time of the nationally televised game by one hour, with the first pitch planned for shortly after 7 p.m. Eastern. "From a travel perspective,...

Kapler intends to be publicly critical of Phillies players

Dec. 10, 2018 3:11 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Phillies manager Gabe Kapler intends to be more publicly critical of his players in his second season following his team's late fade. Philadelphia led the NL East in early August, then went 16-33 and wound up with its sixth straight losing record at 80-82. "One thing that I can do...

Braves INF Rio Ruiz claimed off waivers by Orioles

Dec. 10, 2018 2:33 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves infielder Rio Ruiz has been claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles. The 24-year-old Ruiz played sparingly with the Braves the last three seasons and had little future with the team after the emergence of Johan Camargo and the signing of free agent Josh Donaldson. Ruiz...

Rays' Cash will stick with using an opener in 2019

Dec. 10, 2018 2:20 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Naturally, Tampa Bay's Kevin Cash was the opening manager to speak at the winter meetings. Cash said Monday the Rays will stick with their revolutionary practice of using an "opener" next season. The Rays deviated from baseball tradition this year, regularly using a relief pitcher to begin...

Atlanta celebrates a title, but revelry won't last long

Dec. 10, 2018 1:45 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Despite cold, drizzly weather, thousands of fans turned out Monday for a downtown parade and rally to celebrate the city's first championship since 1995. The revelry won't last long. Atlanta United must find a coach to replace Tata Martino and likely cope with the loss of star midfielder...

Baines surprised by Hall of Fame election _ many others, too

Dec. 10, 2018 3:11 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Harold Baines answered the phone and learned he was a Hall of Famer. "Very shocked," he admitted. So were many others around the baseball world. In fact, in the hours after his selection by a Hall-picked panel was announced Sunday at the Mandalay Bay resort, a lot of conversations at the...

Saved! Baines surprise pick for Hall, Lee Smith also chosen

Dec. 9, 2018 10:48 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Harold Baines was given a save as big as any Lee Smith ever posted. In a vote sure to spark renewed cries of cronyism at Cooperstown, Baines surprisingly was picked for the baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday after never coming close in any previous election. "Very shocked," the career .289...

As winter meetings arrive, a look at the top MLB free agents

Dec. 9, 2018 4:32 PM EST

Paul Goldschmidt and Robinson Cano have already switched teams this offseason, going to the Cardinals and Mets in major trades. As for Manny Machado and Bryce Harper — the jewels of the free agent market — they're still waiting. Patrick Corbin and Josh Donaldson are already signed, but there are...