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Chicago White Sox's Yoan Moncada, left, Luis Robert, center, and Jose Abreu pose for a video during the team's annual fan convention Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

1B Abreu looking forward to winning with White Sox

Jan. 25, 2020 2:42 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — José Abreu has known nothing but losing since he joined the Chicago White Sox. Six years, six losing seasons. Six consistent performances by the Cuban slugger, and six empty Octobers. Perhaps more than anyone else, Abreu is ready for the other side of Chicago's long-running rebuilding...

Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers ponders a question during an interview with the media on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. Fiers, the Oakland pitcher and whistleblower in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, appeared with teammates and manager Bob Melvin at team offices. Fiers has not spoken publicly about the sign stealing since the story was published in The Athletic in November. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Fiers declines to discuss whistleblower role in cheat scam

Jan. 24, 2020 10:49 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers didn't have any more to say regarding his role as a whistleblower. Fiers declined Friday to answer questions about revealing the sign-stealing scam that has engulfed Major League Baseball, instead saying he simply wanted to focus on the future. He...

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Twins pitcher Devin Smeltzer watches a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis. The Twins remain publicly confident in the rotation anchored by returning veterans Jose Berrios and Jake Odorizzi and supplemented by youngsters like Smeltzer, Randy Dobnak and Lewis Thorpe. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Twins express confidence in rotation that carries questions

Jan. 24, 2020 10:01 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins set a major league record for home runs last season. They created a bigger buzz with their recent signing of star third baseman Josh Donaldson to a $92 million, four-year contract — the richest in club history for a free agent. Still, the defending AL Central...

El nuevo manager de los Mets de Nueva York Luis Rojas (centro) posa con el gerente general Brodie Van Wagenen (izquierda) y el dueño Jeff Wilpon al ser presentado en una rueda de prensa, el viernes 24 de enero de 2020. (AP Foto/Bebeto Matthews)

From family of baseball royalty, Rojas promises Mets success

Jan. 24, 2020 7:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Luis Rojas never expected to be the man behind the microphone. Eleven days earlier, he was preparing for his second spring training as the Mets' relatively anonymous quality control coach. Now he was a major league manager, just like his dad, tasked with lifting New York's perennial No. 2...

Royals star Pérez becomes US Citizen at team's fan event

Jan. 24, 2020 7:21 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Already a World Series MVP, six-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove catcher, Salvador Pérez became something else when he stepped onto the main stage at the Kansas City Royals' annual FanFest: a U.S. citizen. Pérez took his oath of citizenship on Friday, the completion...

Chicago White Sox's Dallas Keuchel, center, is welcomed by fans after he was introduced during the team's annual fan convention Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Keuchel apologizes for 2017 Astros' sign-stealing scandal

Jan. 24, 2020 6:34 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Dallas Keuchel has become the first member of the 2017 Houston Astros to offer a public apology for the team's sign-stealing scheme during their run to the World Series championship. Speaking Friday at the fan convention for the Chicago White Sox, who signed the left-hander to a $55.5...

The Minnesota Twins new third baseman Josh Donaldson, flanked by team executive Derek Falvey, left, and manager Rocco Baldelli, is introduced during a baseball news conference Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at Target Field in Minneapolis. (Brian Peterson/Star Tribune via AP)

Donaldson's option price could escalate by $4 million

Jan. 24, 2020 5:43 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Donaldson's 2024 option with the Minnesota Twins can escalate an additional $4 million based on awards he earns during the first four seasons of the deal. Donaldson and the Twins finalized a $92 million, four-year contract on Wednesday. He gets a $3 million signing bonus payable...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon follows through on a swing during the third inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore. Alex Gordon has agreed to consent to a trade by the Kansas City Royals starting June 16, an unusual provision in the outfielder's new $4 million, one-year contract. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Royals' Alex Gordon agrees to accept trades starting June 16

Jan. 24, 2020 1:28 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Gordon agreed to consent to a trade by the Kansas City Royals starting June 16, an unusual provision in his new $4 million, one-year contract. Gordon has spent his entire career with the Royals and has the right to block trades under baseball's collective bargaining agreement...

FILE - This is a 2019 photo showing Luis Rojas of the New York Mets baseball team. The New York Mets are finalizing a multiyear agreement with quality control coach Luis Rojas to make him the team’s new manager, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Rojas would replace Carlos Beltrán, who left the team last week before managing a single game as part of the fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Mets make it official, announce Rojas as their new manager

Jan. 24, 2020 4:38 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets made it official, hiring Luis Rojas as their manager to replace Carlos Beltrán. New York announced the move Thursday, a week after Beltrán departed without managing a game. Rojas, who had been the Mets' quality control coach, was given a multiyear contract. “I will...

From left, Boston Red Sox owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, CEO Sam Kennedy and Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom participate in a baseball news conference at Fenway Park, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Boston. The Red Sox have parted ways with manager Alex Cora, with the move coming one day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred named him as a ringleader with Houston in the sport's sign-stealing scandal. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Bloom: Red Sox won't rush to have manager by spring training

Jan. 23, 2020 8:45 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are still hoping to have a manager in place by spring training, but chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said Thursday it's possible they won't hire someone before pitchers and catchers report Feb. 12. “It would certainly be ideal” to have replaced Alex Cora by...