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Safe at home: Buxton relishes comfort of staying with Twins

Dec. 02, 2021 11:59 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first offer came from the Minnesota Twins nearly five years ago, initiating their attempt to sign center fielder Byron Buxton to a long-term contract and keep a potential superstar from reaching free agency and a bidding frenzy on the open market. ...

Báez gets $140M birthday present, closes deal with Tigers

Dec. 02, 2021 11:57 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Javier Báez hopes he's a big part of a turnaround with the Detroit Tigers, too. Báez celebrated his 29th birthday Wednesday by signing a $140 million, six-year contact to play shortstop for the revitalized Tigers. “This is a...

Teams spend $1.4B in 1 day, then MLB locks out players

Dec. 02, 2021 11:20 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Before getting locked out, players loaded up Wednesday as big league teams unlocked their coffers for an unprecedented spending spree. Major League Baseball clubs committed to a one-day record $1.4 billion in salaries Wednesday, hours before the league...

Twins start rotation rebuild, sign Dylan Bundy to $5M deal

Dec. 01, 2021 20:27 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins signed right-hander Dylan Bundy to a $5 million, one-year contract on Wednesday, taking their first step toward rebuilding a depleted rotation. Bundy will make $4 million in 2022. His deal comes with an $11 million club option for...

White Sox, Leury García finalize $16.5 million, 3-year deal

Dec. 01, 2021 15:39 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox and versatile Leury García have finalized a $16.5 million, three-year contract. The deal announced Wednesday calls for the 30-year-old Garcia to earn $5.5 million each of the next three years. He helped the White Sox win the AL...

1983 AL Cy Young Award winner LaMarr Hoyt dies at 66

Dec. 01, 2021 15:29 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — LaMarr Hoyt, who won the 1983 AL Cy Young Award with the Chicago White Sox, has died. He was 66. The White Sox announced his death on Wednesday. The team said he died Monday in his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina, following a lengthy illness. ...

Former player, labor lawyer lead MLB into 9th work stoppage

Dec. 01, 2021 12:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Clark was a minor league prospect in the Detroit Tigers’ system and Rob Manfred a junior lawyer on Major League Baseball management’s legal team during the sport's last work stoppage. Now, they lead billion-dollar factions of a fractured sport...

INF César Hernández, Nationals agree to terms on 1-year deal

Nov. 30, 2021 22:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Free agent César Hernández and the Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a $4 million, one-year contract Tuesday, giving the team a veteran middle infielder who hit a career-high 21 homers last season. Hernández can earn $1 million in performance...

White Sox sign reliever Graveman to $24 million, 3-year deal

Nov. 30, 2021 21:14 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Kendall Graveman talked to Lance Lynn and Dallas Keuchel, and he exchanged text messages with Liam Hendriks. All that homework led him to the Chicago White Sox. Graveman agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract with Chicago on...

AP source: Tigers, Báez agree to $140 million, 6-year deal

Nov. 30, 2021 17:01 PM EST

Javier Báez is taking his high motor to Motor City. Báez has agreed to a $140 million, six-year contract with Detroit, giving the Tigers a dynamic bat for the middle of their order. Báez, who turns 29 on Wednesday, hit .265 with 31 homers and 87...