MLB

1B Eric Hosmer and Padres finalize $144 million, 8-year deal

SAN DIEGO (AP) Eric Hosmer and the San Diego Padres finalized their $144 million, eight-year contract Monday night. The team announced the signing after Hosmer passed his physical. The first baseman, who spent his first seven major league seasons with Kansas City before becoming a free agent this winter, can opt out of the deal after five years. The contract ...

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Later spring training starts means some players are fresher

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Buster Posey gets going at Scottsdale Stadium around 7 a.m. most days of spring training, a couple of hours before he’s due to be there. It gives him time for a quick bite to eat, to lift weights or do some extra baseball work then have a real breakfast ahead of the Giants‘ formal workout. Years ago, ...

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Braves bring back Peter Moylan to bolster bullpen options

IKISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Braves have brought back a familiar face as they look to boost a bullpen full of young arms. Peter Moylan, who last pitched for Atlanta in 2015, has agreed o return to the organization for a third time, the Braves announced Monday. It’s a non-guaranteed major league deal with a salary escalator that will push it to $1.2 ...

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Alex Presley, Orioles agree to minor league contract

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Alex Presley and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a minor league contract, and the outfielder will report to major league spring training. The 32-year-old has a .263 average in eight seasons with Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Milwaukee and Detroit. He hit .314 with three home runs and 20 RBIs in 71 games for the Tigers in 2017. ...

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MLB imposes stricter mound limits, defers on pitch clocks

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball imposed stricter limits on mound visits by players in an effort to speed games but decided against 20-second pitch clocks for 2018. After more than a year of negotiations, the Major League Baseball Players Association refused to agree to the changes but also signed an agreement that it will not oppose the rules. The ...

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Harrison wants to win, no matter what team he’s playing on

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Josh Harrison is still with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and his feelings aren’t much different than they were a month ago. Harrison spoke to reporters Sunday, the day before the first spring training workout for Pittsburgh’s full squad. The Pirates traded outfielder Andrew McCutchen and right-hander Gerrit Cole this offseason, a retooling that inspired little confidence in the ...

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Red Sox re-sign Eduardo Nunez for infield insurance

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The Boston Red Sox have re-signed infielder Eduardo Nunez to a one-year contract with a player option for 2019, giving them another proven second baseman to fill in while Dustin Pedroia recovers from knee surgery . Nunez’s deal was done on Sunday, the day before the Red Sox hold their first full-squad workout of spring training. ...

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Hosmer’s departure leaves big void at first base for Royals

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) The Kansas City Royals came to camp Sunday and finally knew for sure: Eric Hosmer was gone. The move was not unexpected, but they had been dreading this day. Hosmer agreed to an eight-year, $144 million contract with the San Diego Padres this weekend, leaving the Royals with a big void at first base and in the ...

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Sano reports to Twins with several unanswered questions

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) With his hulking 6-foot-4 body that’s built for football and a slugger’s mentality at the plate that can swiftly produce majestic drives soaring high over the wall, the presence of Miguel Sano looms larger than anyone else around the Minnesota Twins. This spring, so do the questions. Sano arrived at the team’s training facility in Fort ...

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Rays acquire 1B Cron; designate OF Dickerson for assignment

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Los Angeles Angels and designated outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. The 28-year-old Cron was acquired Saturday night in exchange for a player to be named. He appeared in 100 games with 92 starts last season, hitting .248 ...

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