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3:01 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” Free agent reliever Kelvin Herrera and the Chicago White Sox agreed on a two-year, $18 million contract that includes a vesting option for a third season, league sources familiar with the deal
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3:10 PM ET Associated Press CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians have acquired catcher Kevin Plawecki in a trade with the New York Mets. The three-time defending AL champions sent right-hander Walker Lockett and infielder Sam Haggerty to New York in exchange for Plawecki, who played in 78 games — 64 starts — for the Mets
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9:39 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” Reliever Zach Britton agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal to return to the New York Yankees on Saturday, league sources told ESPN, fortifying one of the game’s best bullpens after it
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8:12 AM ET If Tony Clark had asked, I would have suggested the Major League Baseball Players Association chief give a holiday read of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book “Leadership: In Turbulent Times.” Within it, she writes about the different leadership styles of Herbert Hoover and Franklin Delano Roosevelt as they faced the nation’s worst financial
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8:00 PM ET Associated Press ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers acquired right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell on a waiver claim Friday from the Los Angeles Angels. Texas also signed right-handers Adrian Sampson and Rafael Montero to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training. Farrell, the son of former big league manager John
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6:56 PM ET NEW YORK — Infielder Manny Machado might still be a free agent whom the New York Yankees desire, but the recently signed Troy Tulowitzki will open spring training next month with a legitimate chance to be the team’s “everyday shortstop,” general manager Brian Cashman said Friday. It was while speaking to reporters
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10:56 AM ET The Tampa Bay Rays, who ranked next to last in the majors in attendance last season, are eliminating more than 10,000 seats in an effort to create a more “intimate” experience for fans at Tropicana Field. The Rays on Friday said they would add a premium seating section in the lower level
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7:04 AM ET Sam MillerESPN.com Close ESPN baseball columnist/feature writerFormer editor-in-chief of Baseball ProspectusCo-author of “The Only Rule Is It Has To Work” Look, sometimes you just blow it. You go into the season with a well-thought-out plan at some position, you put your faith in the talented players whom you’ve acquired to fill that
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6:57 AM ET The Christmas holiday marks the midpoint of the baseball offseason. In fact, given an initial spring training reporting date of Feb. 13 for pitchers and catchers, the recent Dec. 25 respite neatly splits the hot stove season perfectly in two. We’re a week past that now, so we are officially on the
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