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RHP Hunter Wood gets minor deal with Rangers, spring invite

Jan. 19, 2021 5:45 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Right-hander Hunter Wood has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers that includes an invitation to major league spring training. Wood spent last season as part of Cleveland's 60-man player pool but didn't appear in any big league games. He had a 3.32 ERA in 66 games...

AL champion Rays avoid arbitration with Glasnow, 3 others

Jan. 16, 2021 12:54 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays agreed to terms on contracts for next season with four of the team’s six arbitration-eligible players, including right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow. Outfielder Manuel Margot, infielder Joey Wendle and right-hander Yonny Chirinos also reached agreements...

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....

Ryne Stanek, Astros agree to $1.1 million, 1-year contract

Jan. 7, 2021 11:34 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Right-hander Ryne Stanek and the Houston Astros agreed Thursday to a $1.1 million, one-year contract. Stanek spent last season with the Marlins, and he made $223,778 prorated from his $604,200 salary. He became a free agent he wasn't offered a contract by Miami by the Dec. 2 deadline. ...

Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda out of hospital

Jan. 5, 2021 8:21 PM EST

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda has returned home after being hospitalized in Southern California for nearly two months. The Los Angeles Dodgers tweeted Tuesday that their 93-year-old former manager left the hospital and returned to his Fullerton home. He had been hospitalized...

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 - Philadelphia Phillies' Garrett Cleavinger pitches during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Philadelphia, in this Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, file photo. The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired pitcher Garrett Cleavinger from the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-way trade with Tampa Bay and Philadelphia on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. The Dodgers will send minor league infielder Dillon Paulson and a player to be named later or cash considerations to Tampa Bay, while the Rays will send left-handed pitcher José Alvarado to Philadelphia to complete the transaction. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Dodgers get pitcher in 3-way trade with Rays, Phillies

Dec. 30, 2020 12:42 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired pitcher Garrett Cleavinger from the Phillies in a three-way trade Tuesday involving Tampa Bay and Philadelphia. The Dodgers will send minor league infielder Dillon Paulson and a player to be named or cash to Tampa Bay, while the Rays will send left-handed...

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,...

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 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AP source: Padres have deal in place to get Snell from Rays

Dec. 28, 2020 4:40 AM EST

Two months ago, Blake Snell got yanked off the mound with a two-hit shutout going in the final game of the World Series. Now, the Tampa Bay Rays are ready to ship him out of town. The San Diego Padres are close to completing a blockbuster trade to acquire Snell from the defending AL champions. The teams have an...

FILE - New York Mets starting pitcher Michael Wacha winds up during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in New York, in this Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, file photo. The American League champion Tampa Bay Rays signed right-hander Michael Wacha to a $3 million, one-year contract on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, to fill a void in the rotation with the departure of Charlie Morton. The 29-year old Wacha has a 60-43 record with a 4.01 ERA over eight seasons. After seven years with the St. Louis Cardinals, he went went 1-4 with a 6.62 ERA with the New York Mets in 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Rays sign pitcher Michael Wacha to $3 million, 1-year deal

Dec. 18, 2020 11:39 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The American League champion Tampa Bay Rays signed right-hander Michael Wacha to a $3 million, one-year contract on Friday to fill a void in the rotation with the departure of Charlie Morton. The 29-year old Wacha has a 60-43 record with a 4.01 ERA over eight seasons. After...