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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
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
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
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
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
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
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