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Chicago Cubs agree to 2-year deal with left-hander Drew Smyly

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a two-year deal with free-agent left-hander Drew Smyly, the team announced Tuesday night. Smyly will receive $10 million over two years, and he can earn $7 million in performance bonuses, a source told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. Smyly, the Seattle Mariners‘ big offseason acquisition last season, never threw a regular-season pitch due to arm troubles that eventually led to Tommy John surgery in June. Because the typical recovery time from ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction is 12 to 15 months, Smyly is likely to miss most…

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Trade grades –Headley deal all about the money for Yankees

The deal: The Yankees trade 3B Chase Headley and RHP Bryan Mitchell to the Padres for OF Jabari Blash. Why it’s a good deal for the Yankees: This is essentially a salary dump by the Yankees, trading Mitchell so the Padres will take on the $13 million owed to Headley in the final year of the third baseman’s contract. The Yankees are trying to get under the luxury-tax threshold for the first time — it’s at $197 million for 2018 — and trading Headley’s salary puts them at an estimated…

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MLB umpire Dale Scott retires rather than risk more concussions

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — As a big league umpire, Dale Scott saw maybe 1 million pitches from the field. His final call, it turned out, was the easiest of all. Rather than risk yet another concussion, Scott has decided to retire at 58. “I’m done,” he told The Associated Press. The veteran crew chief missed nearly the entire 2017 season after a foul ball off the bat of Baltimore slugger Mark Trumbo in Toronto on April 14 caught him hard in the mask, causing Scott’s second concussion in nine…

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Scott Boras taking Jake Arrieta pitch straight to MLB owners, bypassing front offices

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Agent Scott Boras is going straight to the top in his quest to find a home for Jake Arrieta. Boras said Monday that he has sent a 75-page binder exclusively to MLB owners on behalf of Arrieta, who hit the open market alongside Yu Darvish as the most coveted free-agent starter this winter. Over the past three seasons with the Chicago Cubs, Arrieta is 54-24 with a 2.71 ERA, second only to the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ Clayton Kershaw in that span. One MLB executive told…

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2017 MLB Winter Meetings Daily– latest news, buzz and rumors

The winter meetings are going strong, and speculation is heating up across baseball. Here is what you need to know: Winter meetings preview: Guide | Predictions | What’s next? Trade and signing reaction: Jeter’s new reality | Cubs add pitching depth More hot stove: Insider: Top free agents | Complete coverage Monday’s buzz “So little in return? You mean, in terms, of quantity?” Derek Jeter said when asked about receiving Starlin Castro and two Single-A players for Giancarlo Stanton. “We have people in place whose job is to know about…

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New York Mets have spoken to at least two teams about trading former ace Matt Harvey

The New York Mets have talked to at least two teams about trading right-hander Matt Harvey this offseason, according to a report in the New York Daily News. According to the report, the Mets are looking to move Harvey for a reliever. On Sunday, the first night of the annual MLB Winter Meetings, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters that no player in the organization is untouchable. Harvey, who was suspended three games last season after failing to show up for a game in May, is eligible for arbitration this…

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Steven Wright of Boston Red Sox arrested and charged with domestic assault

Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright was arrested and charged with domestic assault at his home in Tennessee. Wright’s family issued a statement to NBC Boston through Wright’s lawyer, Alex Little. “On Friday night, Steven was arrested at our home following a verbal argument, and the police charged him with domestic assault. Although he said things he deeply regrets, he did not raise his hand at anyone during the incident, and the situation was purely emotional. We are working together as a family to make our relationships stronger, and we…

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Olney: Teams turn to their next action items after Ohtani and Stanton – Buster Olney Blog

Major League Baseball’s winter market has finally reached the place that a lot of agents have waited for, through the sluggish days of November and early December. Shohei Ohtani’s future is settled, and the many teams that failed to land him must now shake themselves out of their dream state. The Miami Marlins have concluded one of the greatest salary dumps in professional sports history, moving Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees. Ohtani and Stanton were considered to be the most coveted market alternatives among starting pitchers and hitters,…

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Los Angeles Angels welcome Shohei Ohtani, plot course for 2-way Japanese star

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani has been formally introduced by the Los Angeles Angels after they won the fierce baseball-wide competition for the services of the two-way Japanese star. After weeks of wooing, persuading Shohei Ohtani to sign might be the easy part. Now the Angels need to figure out how to sustain his success as a two-way star. Despite repeated warnings by MLB prior to Shohei Ohtani’s decision to play for the Angels, sources told ESPN they wouldn’t be surprised if there were an investigation into the process. 1…

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Bye-bye, Baby Bombers! Adding Giancarlo Stanton signals return of the Evil Empire – Yankees Blog

NEW YORK — The alarm clocks Saturday morning should have played “Star Wars” music. As word trickled in that the New York Yankees were acquiring 28-year-old superstar Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins, you could almost hear the Darth Vader theme again. The easily likeable Baby Bombers of 2017 were all grown up. The Evil Empire is officially back. For Yankees fans, this Stanton heist will not be looked upon as anything sinister, just the evil genius of general manager Brian Cashman, who has been on a year-and-a-half-long winning streak….

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