MLB

AP source: Free agent first baseman Bour, Angels reach deal

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Justin Bour is set to bring the Los Angeles Angels key depth they need until stars Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani are fully recovered from surgery. The Angels and the free agent first baseman have reached a deal, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. Bour’s contract is pending ...

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Column: Defensive shift is killing baseball and needs to go

LAS VEGAS — Ask baseball managers what they think about the dreaded shift, and most of them have the same answer. It’s not a problem if the hitters don’t make it one. “There’s an easy way to combat that,” Oakland’s Bob Melvin said. “Just hit the ball the other way.” It’s a simple enough solution, though certainly an obvious one. ...

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McCutchen on the move, other deals percolate at meetings

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Andrew McCutchen moving into Philadelphia’s outfield, more talk about a megadeal involving Noah Syndergaard and J.T. Realmuto and veteran pitcher Ivan Nova on the go. The winter meetings picked up a bit Tuesday, but any big deals for the likes of Corey Kluber, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper remained on deck. There were reports the Baltimore ...

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Red Sox moving AL MVP Betts from leadoff to second slot

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Here along the Strip, the Boston Red Sox are placing their bets on a new leadoff man. AL MVP Mookie Betts will hit second next year, a season after he led the big leagues in batting average and slugging percentage from the top spot. Andrew Benintendi will move up a slot and hit first for the ...

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