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April

07
All-Star outfielder Whit Merrifield agrees to restructured deal with Kansas City Royals

All-Star outfielder Whit Merrifield and the Kansas City Royals agreed to a restructured contract late Wednesday in which the club exercised its option for next season and the two sides added a mutual option for 2024. Merrifield, who made his second All-Star team last season, will earn $7 million this season and $2.75 million in 2023, a figure that would escalate by $4 million if he spends 109 days or fewer on the injured list this campaign. The mutual option is for $18 million with a $500,000 buyout. Looking for the best online betting site and Live betting? Visit Heritage Sports! The 33-year-old Merrifield […]

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April

05
St. Louis Cardinals’ Albert Pujols to make 22nd consecutive Opening Day start, will be DH on Thursday

Albert Pujols will be in the starting lineup for the St. Louis Cardinals versus the Pittsburgh Pirates when he starts his final big league season Thursday in what should be an emotional return to Busch Stadium. Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol announced Monday that Pujols, who signed a $2.5 million contract to return to the club where he became a star, will be the designated hitter for his 22nd consecutive Opening Day start. That matches Hank Aaron and Carl Yastrzemski for second most behind only Pete Rose, who made 23 straight during his career. “I don’t want to set expectations because I like to be surprised, […]

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March

15
‘Excited’ Seattle Mariners acquire Cincinnati Reds All-Star OF Jesse Winker and 3B Eugenio Suarez

The Seattle Mariners obtained All-Star outfielder Jesse Winker from the Cincinnati Reds, the teams revealed on Monday. Winker and third baseman Eugenio Suarez are headed to Seattle in exchange for right-handed pitcher Justin Dunn, outfielder Jake Fraley, 2019 second-round pick Brandon Williamson, a left-handed pitcher and a player to be named later. On a loaded offense in Cincinnati last season, Winker was a fixture in the lineup, appearing in 110 matches with 423 at-bats. He concluded with 24 home runs, 71 RBIs and 235 total bases. “We’re incredibly excited at the chance to acquire two All-Star-caliber players,” Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “Jesse has been one of the […]

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March

14
New York Mets acquire RHP Chris Bassitt from Oakland Athletics after All-Star season

All-Star right-hander Chris Bassitt, who made a remarkable recovery from a frightening line drive to the head last year, was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the New York Mets on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers. The Mets sent right-handers J.T. Ginn and Adam Oller to the A’s for Bassitt. Bassitt gives the Mets a much-needed starter for the middle of the rotation, seemingly a good fit behind aces Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer. The 33-year-old Bassitt came back to make two starts in late September, just more than a month after he took a 100 mph liner to the face on Aug. 17 in Chicago. The […]

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December

20
New York Mets hire Buck Showalter as new manager

The New York Mets have hired Buck Showalter as their new manager, team owner Steven Cohen revealed Saturday on Twitter. Showalter received a three-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the length of the agreement had not been announced. Showalter, 65, takes over for Luis Rojas, who was fired after a season in which the team held on to first place for 103 days but ultimately concluded 77-85 and missed the playoffs. Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro also were candidates for the […]

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December

01
Miami Marlins acquire Joey Wendle, send Kameron Misner to Tampa Bay Rays

The Miami Marlins obtained All-Star third baseman Joey Wendle as part of a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. In return, the Rays got back Kameron Misner, a 23-year-old outfield/third base prospect. Wendle spent the past four seasons with Tampa Bay. He had a career-high 11 home runs to go with 54 RBIs and 73 runs scored in 136 games this past season for the AL East champion Rays. Misner, the 35th overall selection in the 2019 draft, split time between Single-A and Double-A in 2021, hitting .253 with 12 home runs, 59 RBIs and 70 runs scored between the two. Looking for the […]

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November

18
Houston Astros keep ace Justin Verlander with one-year, $25 million deal

The Houston Astros and right-hander Justin Verlander have agreed to a one-year, $25 million contract with a player option for a second season, sources confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday. Verlander won the American League Cy Young Award for Houston in 2019 but made just one appearance during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season due to an elbow troubles. He had surgery to repair an ulnar collateral ligament Sept. 30, 2020, and missed all of the 2021 season, his last before the end of his contract with the Astros. He held a showcase for about 20 teams earlier this month and looked healthy and sharp, Astros general […]

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November

05
Nick Castellanos exercises opt-out clause in deal with Cincinnati Reds to become free agent

Cincinnati Reds star outfielder Nick Castellanos has exercised the opt-out clause in his contract and will become a free agent this offseason, the team revealed. Castellanos informed the Reds of his decision Thursday, opting out of the final two years and $34 million on his deal. Castellanos had two opt-out clauses in his four-year, $64 million deal, but he did not exercise the first one after the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. The Reds are expected to extend him the $18.4 million qualifying offer, which would yield Cincinnati a compensatory 2022 draft pick after the first round if Castellanos signs with another team. Castellanos’ decision […]

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September

22
Ben Simmons won’t report, done with Philadelphia 76ers

In a looming standoff that could have lasting implications for the NBA, Philadelphia 76ers All-Star forward Ben Simmons will not report for the opening of training camp next week and intends to never play another match for the franchise. Simmons, 25, wants a trade out of Philadelphia and told management that he has no plans to wear an NBA uniform again until he’s moved to a new team, sources said. This is setting up a showdown for a Sixers franchise with championship hopes that will be greatly diminished without Simmons on the floor — balancing the likely short-term losses with him sidelined against the […]

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September

03
Paul Millsap agrees to deal with Nets

Paul Millsap has agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, his agent, DeAngelo Simmons, told ESPN on Thursday. Millsap becomes the latest former All-Star to join the Nets over the past few seasons, joining Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden. Millsap’s four All-Star appearances bring Brooklyn’s total up to 38. For the first time since his second year in the league in 2007-08, Millsap failed to average double figures in scoring last campaign. He averaged just 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 56 matches for the Nuggets. Following a trade for Aaron Gordon in late March, Millsap lost the starting job he had held with Denver […]

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