MLB

Phillies get lefty Alvarez from Angels for righty Garcia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies have acquired left-handed pitcher Jose Alvarez from the Los Angeles Angels for right-hander Luis Garcia. Alvarez was 6-4 with a 2.71 ERA and one save in 76 appearances in 2018, striking out 59 in 63 innings. He allowed only three home runs to the 261 batters he faced while holding left-handed hitters to a .206 ...

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Angels get RHP Luis Garcia from Phillies for LHP Jose Alvarez

The Angels have acquired right-handed pitcher Luis Garcia from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for left-hander Jose Alvarez. Garcia went 3-1 with a 6.07 ERA in 59 games last season after posting a career-best 2.65 ERA in 71 1/3 innings in 2017. He is 12-14 with a 4.12 ERA in 251 career appearances, all in relief. Garcia made $1.2 million this year ...

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Cardinals strike gold, get Goldschmidt from Diamondbacks

PHOENIX (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals struck gold in their search for a big hitter, acquiring slugging first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in a blockbuster trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Eager to push for the playoffs after a three-year absence, St. Louis sent pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, minor league infielder Andy Young and a 2019 draft ...

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Braves eyeing Acuña-Donaldson-Freeman trio to top 2019 lineup

ATLANTA — The last time Josh Donaldson hit second in a major-league lineup on a daily basis he took home a league MVP trophy, logged another top-five MVP finish, captured two Silver Slugger awards and made two All-Star appearances. The Atlanta Braves plan to hit their new right-handed slugger in his comfort zone. General manager Alex Anthopoulos’ preference is to hit Donaldson ...

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Chris Owings, Royals agree to $3M, 1-year contract

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chris Owings has agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, five days after the utilityman was cut loose by Arizona. Owings can earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses as part of the deal announced Wednesday. The 27-year-old Owings hit .206 in 106 games this year. He made 33 starts ...

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MLB players concerned about retooling teams, attendance drop

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players are concerned the Seattle Mariners have become yet another rebuilding team and may be joined by others following a season of steep attendance drops among clubs that faded early and never contended for the playoffs. Union head Tony Clark and new collective bargaining director Bruce Meyer said Wednesday their members also are concerned about ...

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Marlins hire Mel Stottlemyre Jr. as pitching coach, Trey Hillman as 1B and infield coach

MIAMI (AP) — Former Seattle Mariners pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. has been hired as pitching coach for the Miami Marlins. Also joining manager Don Mattingly’s staff is former Kansas City Royals manager Trey Hillman, who will be first base and infield coach. Like Mattingly and Marlins CEO Derek Jeter, Stottlemyre and Hillman have ties to the New York Yankees. ...

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Royals sign versatile IF/OF Chris Owings to one-year deal

The Kansas City Royals added a lot of options to their roster with the free-agent signing of one player, infielder/outfielder Chris Owings. Owings signed a one-year contract with the club, it announced Wednesday. Owings made 63 starts for the Diamondbacks last season at five positions — right field (33), center field (10), third base (9), second base (8) and left field ...

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Tigers agree to 1-year contract with left-hander Matt Moore

DETROIT (AP) — Left-hander Matt Moore and the rebuilding Detroit Tigers finalized a $2.5 million, one-year contract on Tuesday that allows him to earn an additional $1 million in performance bonuses. “Matt is a veteran left-handed starting pitcher with a solid three-pitch mix that we see competing for a spot in our rotation next season,” Tigers general manager Al Avila ...

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New Mets GM vows more moves after adding Cano, Diaz

NEW YORK (AP) — Wearing red Santa’s helper hats, Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz got right to work for the New York Mets — as elves, handing out presents to school kids during the team’s holiday party at Citi Field. A day after the club added the star second baseman and ace closer, new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen offered ...

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