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January

06
Dodgers re-sign reliever Blake Treinen to a two-year deal

The Los Angeles Dodgers revealed on Tuesday they’ve re-signed hard-throwing reliever Blake Treinen to a two-year contract, fortifying the back end of their bullpen by bringing back one of the key cogs in their championship run. Treinen’s deal is valued at $17.5 million and contains a 2023 club option worth $8 million, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Treinen’s ERA ballooned from 0.78 to 4.91 in his final two campaigns with the Oakland Athletics, but the 32-year-old right-hander bounced back with the Dodgers in 2020, posting a 3.86 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and a 2.75 strikeout-to-walk ratio — numbers more closely in line with his first […]

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January

06
San Diego Padres reach deal with KBO star Ha-seong Kim

The San Diego Padres have added another big name this offseason, signing Korean star infielder Ha-seong Kim to a four-year contract. The Padres formally announced the signing on Thursday. Kim, 25, became one of the top infielders on the open market when he was posted earlier this month by the Kiwoom Heroes, his team in the Korea Baseball Organization. Multiple media outlets reported earlier Monday that Kim was traveling to the United States ahead of the Jan. 1 deadline for MLB teams to sign posted KBO players. San Diego already made headlines Sunday night by acquiring ace left-hander Blake Snell in a blockbuster trade […]

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December

21
Tampa Bay Rays, Michael Wacha agree to one-year, $3 million contract

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed right-hander Michael Wacha to a one-year, $3 million contract, the team informed Friday, filling a void in the rotation left by the departure of Charlie Morton. Wacha spent the 2020 season with the New York Mets, going 1-4 with a 6.62 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts). The chance to compete for a World Series title played a big role in Wacha’s decision to sign with the Rays. The chance to work with pitching coach Kyle Snyder and the rest of the organization also factored in, given Tampa Bay’s long reputation of helping pitchers return to top form. Snyder and […]

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December

14
New York Mets, catcher James McCann finalizing four-year deal

Catcher James McCann and the New York Mets are finalizing a four-year deal for $40 million-plus, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The Athletic first reported the sides were close to a deal. McCann, 30, shared catching duties last season with Yasmani Grandal, whose deal with the Chicago White Sox last offseason averaged $18.3 million per season — a record in free agency for a catcher. McCann had a career-high .289 batting average with seven home runs and 15 RBIs in 31 matches during the pandemic-shortened season, cutting down on his strikeout rate after a career-worst 137 strikeouts in 2019. Despite the Grandal deal (four years, $73 million), […]

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November

02
New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton to keep remaining $218 million in deal

Giancarlo Stanton is keeping the remaining $218 million and seven guaranteed years in his New York Yankees contract rather than opt out after a pair of injury-decimated campaigns. The designated hitter, who turns 31 on Nov. 8, hit .266 with 38 homers and 100 RBIs in his first campaign with the Yankees in 2018. He batted .288 with three homers and 13 RBIs in 2019, when he was limited to 18 games by a left biceps strain that sidelined him from April 1 to June 18 and a right knee strain that kept him out from June 26 to Sept. 18. He hit […]

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May

08
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni eager to coach if season resumes

Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni turns 69 on Friday, but ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reported D’Antoni “would have no reservations about being on the sideline if the NBA season resumes. Baxter Holmes of ESPN spoke to a pair of NBA general managers who expressed reservations about having older coaches and personnel work during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Based on all the information that we have today, probably people over 60 with preexisting conditions can’t go, for sure, no matter what their titles are,” one GM had stated. “Whether it’s a father of the star player or whether it’s the general manager […]

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February

11
Diamondbacks agree on 4 year extension with Nick Ahmed

The Diamondbacks have agreed to a four-year contract extension with shortstop Nick Ahmed, the club informed Monday afternoon. The deal is worth $32.5 million, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. Ahmed was set to hit free agency after this coming season, so it includes his final arbitration year and the first three years of would-be free agency.  Ahmed heads to his age-30 season coming off the best year of his career. He’s long been an exceptional defender at a premium position, but last season he upped his offensive game, hitting .254/.316/.437 (93 OPS+) with 33 doubles, six triples, 19 homers, 82 RBI, 79 runs […]

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February

03
Rockies finalize 2 year contract with SS Trevor Story

The Colorado Rockies and All-Star shortstop Trevor Story finalized a $27.5 million, two-year deal Friday, eluding arbitration. His agreement leaves 18 players still headed to arbitration hearings, which run from Tuesday through Feb. 21. Story gets a $2 million signing bonus payable within 30 days and salaries of $8 million this year and $17.5 million in 2021. He can earn $100,000 bonuses for league MVP and World Series MVP, $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP. $50,000 for Silver Slugger and $25,000 each for All-Star selection and Gold Glove. Story still eligible to become a free agent following the 2021 World […]

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January

07
Lakers set to guarantee Dwight Howard contract for remainder of season

The Los Angeles Lakers will reportedly guarantee veteran center Dwight Howard’s $2.56 million contract for the remainder of the 2019-20 season. According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, the Lakers have the option to waive Howard prior to the 5 p.m. ET deadline on Tuesday and move on from his contract, but they will keep him in the fold. The 34-year-old big man has been a key bench contributor across 36 appearances for the Lakers this campaign with 7.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 19.5 minutes per game. Howard was a superstar for a large part of his career, as the Orlando Magic took him No. […]

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December

31
Kole Calhoun agrees to 2 year deal with Diamondbacks

Former Los Angeles Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun agreed to a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday. League sources told ESPN and MLB Media that Calhoun and the Diamondbacks are in agreement on a two-year, $16 million deal. The contract also includes a third-year club option for $9 million, with a $2 million buyout. “This is really kind of a dream come true, honestly,” Calhoun said Monday. “I’m born and raised here, grew up a Diamondback fan. Anybody who dreams of playing in the big leagues and you get there, your dreams come true. But as a kid growing up, I always dreamed of playing for the Diamondbacks […]

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