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JD Martinez, Tigers finalize $18.5 million, 2-year deal (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this June 20, 2014, file photo, Detroit Tigers' J.D. Martinez watches his ball after hitting a three-run home run off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher John Axford in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland. A person with knowledge of the deal says Martinez has agreed to an $18.5 million, two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, avoiding salary arbitration. The person spoke Monday night, Feb. 8, 2016, on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

J.D. Martinez and the Detroit Tigers finalized their $18.5 million, two-year contract Wednesday, a deal that avoided salary arbitration. The 28-year-old outfielder can become a free agent after the 2017 World Series. Martinez is part of what looks like a formidable batting order for the Tigers, who signed free agent outfielder Justin Upton last month in an effort to extend their window of opportunity to win a World Series.


Posted on 10 February 2016 @ 4:25 pm

Moreland’s $5.7M deal with Rangers avoids arbitration (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2015, file photo, Texas Rangers' Mitch Moreland, center, is greeted in the dugout after he hit a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, in Seattle. Moreland has agreed to a $5.7 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing set for later Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

First baseman Mitch Moreland has agreed to a $5.7 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing set for Wednesday. Moreland gets a raise without an arbitration hearing for the third year in a row. Moreland made $2,975,000 last season, when he hit .278 with 23 home runs and 85 RBIs in 132 games, starting 110 of those at first base.


Posted on 10 February 2016 @ 2:09 pm

Clippard says D-backs’ potential drew him to Arizona (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this May 5, 2016, file photo, Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Tyler Clippard throws against the Minnesota Twins in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis. Clippard agreed Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, to a $12.25 million, two-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Reliever Tyler Clippard says that Arizona’s potential to contend for a title was a big reason he signed with the Diamondbacks. Clippard agreed to a $12.25 million, two-year contract Monday, a move intended to add proven experience to the Diamondbacks’ bullpen. Clippard receives salaries of $4.1 million this year and $4.15 million in 2017.


Posted on 10 February 2016 @ 4:57 am

Darvish feeling strong in rehab, eager to rejoin Rangers (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 file photo, Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish of Japan watches from dugout a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Yu Darvish is feeling stronger than he did before elbow surgery, and has a renewed passion for the game after missing all of last season as the Texas Rangers were winning the AL West. While the right-hander feels good in rehabilitation, the Rangers and Darvish are taking their time with the pitcher who hopes to start throwing bullpen sessions again next month in Arizona. ”I have no problems at all right now, I have no concerns at all,” Darvish said Tuesday through his translator.


Posted on 10 February 2016 @ 12:53 am

RHP Mat Latos agrees to $3M, 1-year deal with White Sox (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2015, file photo, Los Angeles Angles pitcher Mat Latos throws during a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif. A person familiar with the situation says Latos has agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced by the team. (Kevin Sullivan/The Orange County Register via AP, File) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Mat Latos agreed Tuesday to a $3 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, giving manager Robin Ventura another option for the back end of his rotation. Latos had consecutive 14-win seasons with Cincinnati in 2012 and 2013, but the 6-foot-6 right-hander hasn’t been able to duplicate that success in recent years. ”Mat adds another quality veteran arm to our rotation and also increases our overall pitching depth, which always is essential to having a successful season,” general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement.


Posted on 9 February 2016 @ 9:46 pm

Tanaka throws off mound after offseason elbow surgery (Yahoo Sports)

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, coming back after arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow last October, has thrown off a bullpen mound. Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said the Japanese right-hander had a throwing session Tuesday in New York. After a pre-spring training workout at Steinbrenner Field, said Rothschild said all the reports are good regarding Tanaka’s rehabilitation program.

Posted on 9 February 2016 @ 8:25 pm

Skip Schumaker and Padres agree to minor league contract (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this May 26, 2015, file photo, Cincinnati Reds' Skip Schumaker watches his his game-winning double in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Cincinnati. Schumaker has agreed to a minor league contract Tuesday, Feb. 9, 0216, with the San Diego Padres and will be invited to big league spring training. The 36-year-old became a free agent after Cincinnati declined a $2.5 million club option in November. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Skip Schumaker has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres and will be invited to big league spring training.


Posted on 9 February 2016 @ 7:57 pm



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