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Garret Richards, Padres finalize $15.5M, 2-year contract

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Free agent pitcher Garrett Richards and the San Diego Padres have finalized a $15.5 million, two-year contract. Richards will earn $7 million next year and $8.5 million in 2020 as part of the deal announced Friday. He can earn an additional $2.5 million annually in performance bonuses: $250,000 for each start from 21 through 30. Richards ...

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San Diego Padres Sign Garrett Richards to Two-Year Contract

  PADRES SIGN RHP GARRETT RICHARDS TO TWO-YEAR CONTRACT   SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres have signed right-hander Garrett Richards to a two-year contract through the 2020 season, Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller announced today.  To make room for Richards on the 40-man roster, the Padres designated infielder Carlos Asuaje for assignment. Richards, 30, went 5-4 with ...

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Cubs’ Morrow has elbow surgery, likely to start season late

CHICAGO (AP) — Closer Brandon Morrow likely will miss the start of the season for the Chicago Cubs following arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow last month. Chicago president of baseball operations Theo Epstein revealed Thursday that Morrow’s operation took place on Nov. 6. The Cubs waited to make an announcement because Morrow’s recovery will impact how they fill out ...

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AP source: Twins, Schoop working on $7.5M, 1-year deal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Second baseman Jonathan Schoop and the Twins agreed to a $7.5 million, one-year contract on Thursday, another step in an offseason remake of Minnesota’s infield. Schoop’s deal would allow him to earn a $100,000 performance bonus for reaching 600 plate appearances, plus additional award bonuses. He was an All-Star with Baltimore in 2017 when he hit .293 ...

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Ex-MLB players Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crash

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash caused by highway bandits who then robbed them, officials said Friday. The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thursday when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer around an object placed in the road, Yaracuy state Gov. Julio Leon ...

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Former Angels infielder Luis Valbuena killed in car crash in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash following a winter league game in Venezuela. The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thursday, according to Cardenales de Lara of the Venezuelan league. The team said their vehicle overturned as they were heading to the city of Barquisimeto after a game ...

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Eovaldi agrees to $68 million, 4-year deal with Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi’s marathon relief performance in Game 3 of the World Series is a moment that will resonate in Red Sox history. Boston rewarded him with a $68 million, four-year contract. “We’re very happy to have Nathan back with us,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement as the deal was announced ...

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Robinson Chirinos, Astros finalize $5.75M, 1-year contract

HOUSTON (AP) — Robinson Chirinos and the Astros have finalized a $5.75 million, one-year contract, giving catching-thin Houston another option behind the plate. The 34-year-old spent the past six seasons with the Texas Rangers and hit .222 this year while setting career bests with 18 homers and 65 RBIs in 113 games. His .757 OPS was second among AL catchers. ...

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