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It’s been a relatively uneventful offseason on the free-agent front, as Winter Meetings passed with little more than the middle-relief market coming into focus. For those who follow prospects, the offseason has provided a steady, comfortable buzz thanks to the usual trade action, an active Rule 5 draft and Atlanta’s punishment for circumventing international signing
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The Cleveland Indians have reached agreement on a contract with free-agent first baseman Yonder Alonso, a source told ESPN Tuesday. The deal is worth two years at $16 million, with a $8 million vesting option for a third year, as reported by The Athletic. Alonso, 30, is coming off a career-best season. He hit 28
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The Tampa Bay Rays are trading third baseman Evan Longoria to the San Francisco Giants, according to multiple reports. Longoria has five years remaining on a six-year, $100 million contract that also includes a seventh-year club option. The Rays will be getting infielder Christian Arroyo, minor league pitchers Matt Krook and Stephen Woods and must
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The Houston Astros are meeting with free-agent right-hander Yu Darvish in Texas, FanRag Sports reported Tuesday, citing sources. The Cardinals, Red Sox and Giants are among the clubs that need to be all-in next season. What big moves can win-now teams make to paint themselves into the playoff picture? Darvish is one of the top
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BOSTON — Six days before Christmas, the Boston Red Sox are understandably preoccupied by their protracted search for a middle-of-the-order slugger. But neither J.D. Martinez nor especially the return of Mitch Moreland is going to single-handedly bridge the club’s 93-run drop-off in production from 2016 to 2017. That’s where Tim Hyers comes in. Hired last
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DALLAS — The Chicago Cubs are making a pitch for Yu Darvish. The free-agent right-hander said he had a “very good meeting” on Monday with Cubs officials. Darvish tweeted a statement in Japanese confirming the get-together amid reports that Chicago executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were in Dallas to speak with him. Darvish is
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BOSTON — After announcing Monday evening that the Boston Red Sox re-signed first baseman Mitch Moreland to a two-year contract, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski declared he would be “comfortable” with not adding additional pieces to the offense that hit the fewest home runs in the American League last season. You don’t really believe
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