Latest NL East News

Mets coach posts video of Céspedes taking batting practice

Nov. 19, 2019 7:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets outfielder Yoenis Céspedes is taking batting practice in his effort to return from a slew of lower-body injuries. Minor league instructor and former Mets player Endy Chavez posted and then deleted video on Tuesday of the 34-year-old Céspedes taking swings. That came a few...

Will Smith celebrates return to home state with Braves

Nov. 19, 2019 4:38 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves are not promising Will Smith the closer’s role. Smith isn’t complaining. During his first news conference with his new team on Tuesday, Smith said he’s fine with pitching in any inning. The Georgia native said he’s just happy to move close to home and...

Correction: Orioles-Nationals-TV Dispute story

Nov. 16, 2019 4:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Nov. 15 about a legal dispute between the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the judge denied a motion by the Nationals to reargue the case that led to his Aug. 22 decision to confirm an award recommended by an...

A position-by-position look at the free agent market

Nov. 15, 2019 3:46 AM EST

Patrick Corbin was an exception last offseason. Amid a slow free agent market — some stars didn’t sign until after the start of spring training — Corbin’s search for a new home was over in December when he received a $140 million, six-year contract from Washington. That worked out...

Braves bolster shaky bullpen, sign free agent LHP Will Smith

Nov. 14, 2019 6:36 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves made another move to bolster their shaky bullpen Thursday, signing left-hander reliever Will Smith to a three-year, $40 million contract. The free-agent deal includes a $13 million option for the 2023 season, with a $1 million buyout. The 30-year-old Smith went 6-0 with a...

Odorizzi, Abreu accept $17.8M offers to stay with teams

Nov. 14, 2019 5:42 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Pitcher Jake Odorizzi accepted a $17.8 million qualifying offer to stay with the Minnesota Twins and first baseman José Abreu took the same amount to remain with the Chicago White Sox as general managers headed home Thursday following their four-day annual meeting. Using the...

Astros can make history if Bregman wins MVP

Nov. 14, 2019 3:06 AM EST

Alex Bregman will try to give the Houston Astros an unprecedented sweep. If the All-Star slugger is selected the American League’s Most Valuable Player when voting results are announced Thursday, the Astros will become the first team to have an MVP, Cy Young Award winner and Rookie of the Year in the same...

Astros’ Verlander, Mets’ deGrom win 2nd Cy Young Awards

Nov. 13, 2019 11:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander has a second AL Cy Young Award — and a clear path paved toward Cooperstown. Verlander beat out Houston Astros teammate Gerrit Cole in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Wednesday night. Verlander got 17 first-place votes to 13...

Jacob deGrom of New York Mets wins second straight NL Cy Young Award

Nov. 13, 2019 6:20 PM EST
NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom of New York Mets wins second straight NL Cy Young Award.

Giants hire Gabe Kapler as manager to replace Bruce Bochy

Nov. 13, 2019 6:17 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gabe Kapler might need years to match the popularity of his predecessors with the San Francisco Giants. Farhan Zaidi believes he will get there eventually. Kapler has been hired as San Francisco’s manager a month after being fired from the same job by the Philadelphia Phillies....