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Cincinnati Reds' Nick Castellanos waits for interviews during a news conference, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Cincinnati. Castellanos signed a $64 million, four-year deal with the baseball club. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Reds' Castellanos returns to ballpark where he's comfortable

Jan. 28, 2020 6:22 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Nick Castellanos has 17 career at-bats in Great American Ball Park. Six times, he reached base on a hit. Three times, he touched them all after putting the ball in those oh-so-close outfield seats. It's a small sample size, but it makes the Cincinnati Reds' new outfielder eager to find...

Eduardo Núñez agrees to minor league deal with Mets

Jan. 28, 2020 6:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Eduardo Núñez is back in New York, this time with the Mets. New York said Tuesday the former All-Star infielder has agreed to a minor league contract and will report to big league spring training. Nunez, 32, has a .276 average with 58 homers, 309 RBIs and 141 steals in 10 big...

House resolution proposed against minor league contraction

Jan. 28, 2020 5:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four members of the House of Representatives introduced a resolution Tuesday urging Major League Baseball not to follow through with its proposal to eliminate 42 current minor league teams. MLB made the proposal last year to the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the...

FILE -In this May 27, 2019 file photo Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress throws against the Minnesota Twins in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis. The Chicago Cubs and free-agent reliever Jeremy Jeffress have agreed to an $850,000, one-year contract. A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed the deal on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 on condition of anonymity because the move had not been announced. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

AP source: RH Jeffress agrees to 1-year contract with Cubs

Jan. 28, 2020 5:42 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are taking another low-risk chance on an oft-injured reliever, agreeing to an $850,000, one-year contract with Jeremy Jeffress. The 32-year-old Jeffress can earn an additional $200,000 in incentives. A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed the deal Tuesday...

FILE - In this April 18, 2017, file photo, Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker watches batting practice before the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta.  A person with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, that Baker, 70,  is working to finalize an agreement to become manager of the Houston Astros. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been completed. (AP Photo/John Amis)

AP source: Astros, Dusty Baker working on manager deal

Jan. 28, 2020 3:31 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Dusty Baker is working to finalize an agreement to become manager of the Houston Astros, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been completed. The 70-year-old Baker becomes...

File - In this Nov. 18, 2019 photo, patrons visit the sports betting area of Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. Bills to allow sports betting at Indian casinos in Washington state, including events like the Super Bowl and the World Series, have been introduced in the Legislature. Sports betting is expanding in the United States following a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed for it to be legalized in every state. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Bills in Washington Legislature to allow sports betting

Jan. 28, 2020 3:29 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Bills to allow sports betting at Indian casinos in Washington state, including events like the Super Bowl and the World Series, have been introduced in the Legislature. The bills would allow owners of the 29 Indian casinos in the state to open Las Vegas-style sports books. However, a...

A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Dusty Baker is finalizing an agreement to become the Astros' manager.

Jan. 28, 2020 1:46 PM EST
HOUSTON (AP) — A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Dusty Baker is finalizing an agreement to become the Astros' manager.
FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman hits a home run during the second inning of Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros in Houston. Zimmerman and the World Series champion Nationals finalized a $2 million, one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals finalize $2M, 1-year contract

Jan. 28, 2020 1:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman and the World Series champion Washington Nationals finalized a $2 million, one-year contract on Wednesday. The 35-year-old first baseman, who has spent his entire 15-year big league career with the Nationals, can earn $3 million in performance bonuses. He can earn $1.5...

Brewers re-sign RHP Shelby Miller to minor league deal

Jan. 28, 2020 3:00 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Oft-injured pitcher Shelby Miller re-signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, agreeing to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to major league spring training camp. The team announced the move Monday on Twitter. Miller, an All-Star in 2015 with Atlanta, was released by Texas last...

In this Aug. 31, 2019 photo Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Starling Marte (6) in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver. Marte is heading to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Pirates sent the two-time Gold Glove outfielder and 2016 All-Star to the Diamondbacks for prospects Liover Peguero and Brennan Malone, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Diamondbacks acquire OF Starling Marte from Pirates

Jan. 27, 2020 7:40 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — When the Arizona Diamondbacks landed ace Madison Bumgarner in free agency last month, the three-time World Series winner made a surprising offer, one that came with a very urgent catch. Bumgarner told the Diamondbacks they could defer some of the money on his five-year deal if they...