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Rays offer contracts to 8 arbitration-eligible players, non-tender Xavier Cedeno

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays have tendered contract offers to nine of their arbitration-eligible players: right-handed pitcher Alex Colomé, outfielder/designated hitter Corey Dickerson, infielder Matt Duffy, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, left-handed pitcher Dan Jennings, infielder Brad Miller, right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi, outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and catcher Jesús Sucre. In addition, the Rays non-tendered left-handed pitcher Xavier Cedeño, ...

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Rangers don’t tender contracts to Hanser Alberto, 3 pitchers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have decided not to tender contracts to infielder Hanser Alberto and three right-handed pitchers. The trio of pitchers — Chi Chi Gonzalez, A.J. Griffin and Nick Martinez — also became free agents after the moves before Friday night’s non-tender deadline. Texas has two unfilled spots in its starting rotation. General manager Jon Daniels ...

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MLB approves Japan deal, allowing Ohtani bidding to start

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball owners voted unanimously Friday to approve a new posting agreement with their Japanese counterparts, a move that allowed bidding to start for coveted pitcher and outfielder Shohei Ohtani. Following the deal with Nippon Professional Baseball, Ohtani was put up for bid by the Pacific League’s Nippon Ham Fighters for the maximum $20 million posting ...

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Ohtani rumors start to swirl as MLB approves Japan deal

NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says Major League Baseball owners have approved a new posting agreement with their Japanese counterparts in a move that allows bidding to start for coveted pitcher and outfielder Shohei Ohtani. MLB owners voted Friday on the deal with Nippon Professional Baseball, and the unanimous decision to approve it was disclosed ...

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Royal ties: Moose, Holland win comeback player awards

A beloved Royals free agent and a former Royal were honored Friday as their respective leagues’ Comeback Player of the Year. Third baseman Mike Moustakas, who became a free agent this offseason, won the American League’s award as presented by Major League Baseball. He previously won similar honors from The Sporting News and the MLB Players’ Choice Awards. Rockies closer ...

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MLB approves Japan deal, allowing Ohtani bidding to start

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball owners voted unanimously Friday to approve a new posting agreement with their Japanese counterparts, a move that allowed bidding to start for coveted pitcher and outfielder Shohei Ohtani. Following the deal with Nippon Professional Baseball, Ohtani was put up for bid by the Pacific League’s Nippon Ham Fighters for the maximum $20 million ...

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D-backs acquire reliever Brad Boxberger from Tampa Bay

The Arizona Diamondbacks added a potential back-end piece to their bullpen Thursday, acquiring 29-year-old right-hander Brad Boxberger from the Tampa Bay Rays. Boxberger, who was paid $1.6 million last season, was an American League All-Star in 2015, when he led the AL in saves with 41. He surrendered the Tampa Bay closing job to Alex Colome the following year after ...

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Fister finalizes $4M deal with Rangers, who need starters

Right-hander Doug Fister spent a lot less time on the free agent market this offseason, finalizing a $4 million, one-year deal Tuesday with the pitching-needy Texas Rangers that could be worth up to $11.5 million over two seasons. After being unsigned last season until May, Fister became the first of this year’s 166 major league free agents to complete a ...

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Angels get Johnson, international bonus space from Braves

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Angels acquired pitcher Jim Johnson and the Atlanta Braves’ remaining $1.21 million in international bonus signing allocation on Thursday for minor league left-hander Justin Kelly, a deal that raises Los Angeles’ possible bonus offer to Shohei Ohtani to $1,315,000. Los Angeles had been 28th among the 30 teams in bonus space for Ohtani. The trade Thursday ...

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Braves trade veteran reliever Jim Johnson to Angels

The first Alex Anthopoulos trade is on the board for Atlanta. The new general manager sent veteran reliever Jim Johnson, who lost his job as the Braves’ closer last season, and international cap space to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for minor-league left-hander Justin Kelly on Thursday afternoon. Johnson is under contract through the 2018 season after signing a two-year, ...

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