Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington says his players are looking forward to spring training to erase the memory of last September's collapse.
Cherington says he's ready to go, too, for his first spring training as GM.
Cherington spoke before the annual dinner of the Boston chapter of the BBWAA. Read More
Yu Darvish is coming to America to pitch.
Japan's best pitcher and the Texas Rangers agreed before Wednesday's deadline to a $60 million, six-year contract. In addition to the salary, the Rangers will pay a posting fee of $51,703,411 to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan's Pacific League.
"We look at this as really a perfect fit," general manager Jon Daniels said. "Obviously he has yet to pitch in the major leagues, but we feel he has proven himself on a big stage. ... "It's all winning." Read More
Third baseman Pablo Sandoval showed the San Francisco Giants last year that he’s serious about his conditioning.The Giants, in turn, showed Sandoval on Tuesday that they’re serious about him.Sandoval, who rebounded from a down year in 2010 by getting in better shape and then hitting .315 with 23 home runs and 70 RBI, got a three-year contract extension worth a reported $17.5 million. That will gobble up his final three years of arbitration. Read More
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has been given a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season.
Selig has held the position since 1992, first as acting commissioner and then as commissioner since 1998. He will turn 80 in July 2014.
If he stays until September 2016, he would surpass Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44) as the longest-serving baseball commissioner.
Selig's contract had been due to expire this Dec. 31. Read More
The Oakland Athletics traded All-Star closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday for outfielder Josh Reddick and prospects Miles Head and Raul Alcantara.In the deal, first reported by ESPN, new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has found a reliable ninth-inning guy in Bailey to replace the departed Jonathan Papelbon, who signed a $50 million, four-year contract as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies in November. Read More
Three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols agreed Thursday to a $254 million, 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.Pujols' contract is only the third in baseball to break the $200 million barrier, following Alex Rodriguez's $252 million, 10-year deal with Texas before the 2001 season and A-Rod's $275 million, 10-year contract with the Yankees before the 2008 season. Read More
Three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols agreed Thursday to a $254 million, 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.
Pujols' contract, which is subject to a physical, is the second-highest in baseball history and only the third to break the $200 million barrier, following Alex Rodriguez's $252 million, 10-year deal with Texas before the 2001 season and A-Rod's $275 million, 10-year contract with the Yankees before the 2008 season.
"This is a monumental day for Angel fans and I could not be more excited," Angels owner Arte Moreno said. Read More
Albert Pujols will get a huge contract, there's no doubt. But the team that will sign the three-time NL MVP remains unclear.
Will it be St. Louis, the team he's helped to two World Series titles in six seasons?
The new-look Miami Marlins, whose newfound riches from their new ballpark are dominating the free-agent market?
The Los Angeles Angels, until now in the background?
"He's not the only guy," Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said Tuesday, trailed by media whenever he walked the hallways. Read More
The Giants agreed to send outfielder Andres Torres and pitcher Ramon Ramirez to the New York Mets in exchange for outfielder Angel Pagan.
The deal, which came late Tuesday at the winter meetings, is contingent on all players passing physicals. Read More
Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death early Monday and his brother was arrested as a suspect, Dutch police said.Rotterdam Police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels said police were called to a home in the port city in the early hours of the morning and found the 24-year-old Dutch player bleeding from a stab wound.The officers and ambulance paramedics were unable to resuscitate Halman.Wessels said the officers arrested Halman's 22-year-old brother. She declined to give his name, in line with Dutch privacy rules. Read More