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February

23
Pirates, Mitch Keller agree to five-year extension

Right-hander Mitch Keller and the Pittsburgh Pirates are in agreement on a five-year, $77 million contract extension, sources tell ESPN, locking up another young core player as the team continues to try to return to the postseason for the first time in nearly a decade. The deal, which starts this year and ends after the 2028 season, will pay Keller $7.5 million in 2024 — more than $2 million above where he had settled with the team in arbitration, according to sources. In what would’ve been his final year of arbitration in 2025, Keller will receive $15 million. For the three free agent years […]

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February

21
Aaron Judge: Toe to require ‘constant maintenance’ rest of career

Aaron Judge’s big toe is more than a footnote for the New York Yankees. Judge missed 42 matches after tearing a ligament in his right big toe when he crashed into the right-field fence at Dodger Stadium last June 3, a big reason the Yankees fell from postseason contention. “It’s going to be I think a constant maintenance I think the rest of my career,” Judge said Tuesday. “Anything with injuries like that, you just got to stay on top of it so it doesn’t flare up again.” The affable 6-foot-7, 282-pound slugger returned July 28 and wound up hitting .262 […]

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February

19
Blue Jays’ Alek Manoah eyes bounce-back after trying 3-9 season

Alek Manoah didn’t look like himself when he arrived at spring training last year following a third-place finish in the AL Cy Young Award voting, according to Toronto Blue Jays teammate Kevin Gausman. “I think he tried to rush and get ready and never got into a good spot,” Gausman said Saturday. “Whether it was mechanically or physically with his arm, once you start the season, it’s hard to gain it back. You have to use spring training to get all those worked out.” Manoah, 26, was optioned to the minors twice and concluded 3-9 with a 5.87 ERA, down from a 16-7 record […]

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February

14
Exiting A’s to meet with Oakland about interim home

In an effort to find a temporary home in advance of a move to Las Vegas in 2028, the Oakland Athletics are expected to meet with Oakland city officials Thursday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday. The team’s lease at the Oakland Coliseum is set to expire at the end of 2024, leaving it unclear where it will play for three seasons in advance of a move to Nevada. While talks between the team and the city of Oakland have occurred at various intervals, Thursday’s meeting is considered to be a more “formal” affair. Reports have the A’s searching for temporary solutions […]

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February

08
Astros’ Jose Altuve gets to stay ‘home’ with contract extension

Ten months from free agency, Jose Altuve knew what he wanted. “Houston is my home,” he said. He achieved his goal to stay with the Astros, agreeing to a contract that will pay $125 million from 2025 to 2029, when he will be 39. “I have obviously two homes,” he said Wednesday at a news conference, a day after the deal was announced. “I grew up in Venezuela, my country. Every time I go there, I tell my wife, ‘Let’s go home.’ And then when it’s time to come back, I tell her, ‘Let’s come back home.'” An eight-time All-Star, two-time World Series […]

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January

30
Angels, OF Aaron Hicks agree to deal; Yankees on hook for $19M

The Los Angeles Angels agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran outfielder Aaron Hicks on Monday, adding him to an outfield mix that involves Mike Trout, Taylor Ward, Mickey Moniak and Jo Adell. Hicks is still under the seven-year, $70 million contract he initially signed with the New York Yankees, which extends through the 2025 season. The deal pays Hicks $9.5 million in 2024 and $9.5 million in 2025 and includes a $1 million buyout for a club option in 2026. The Yankees are still responsible for all of it minus the major league minimum of $740,000 the Angels will pay him in 2024. Looking for the […]

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January

24
Nationals, OF Joey Gallo agree to one-year deal

Outfielder Joey Gallo and the Washington Nationals are in agreement on a one-year, $5 million contract, sources told ESPN, filling an outfield slot with the rebuilding team as Gallo looks to regain full-time at-bats. Gallo, 30, hit .177/.301/.440 in a limited role with the Minnesota Twins last year. Though he hit 21 home runs in 332 plate appearances, he struck out 42.8% of the time, the highest single-season mark ever for a player with at least 300 plate appearances. Strikeouts have eaten into Gallo’s batting average, which last ended above .200 in the 2019 season. While his 14.5% walk rate ranked 13th among players with 300-plus […]

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January

12
Cubs, lefty Shota Imanaga reach 4-year, $53M deal

The Cubs have agreed to a four-year contract with Japanese lefty Shota Imanaga, the deal is worth $53 million. The deal has several provisions, including the team’s option to extend the contract — after both Years 2 and 3 — to $80 million over five years, sources said. But if the Cubs decline in either year, Imanaga can choose to become a free agent or remain on the original contract. The Cubs revealed their agreement with Imanaga on Thursday without disclosing the value. The deal came as Imanaga’s posting window was coming to a close. He had until Thursday to sign with […]

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January

09
Teoscar Hernández, Dodgers reach 1-year, $23.5M deal

Outfielder Teoscar Hernández and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed on a one-year, $23.5 million contract, sources told ESPN on Sunday, adding another All-Star bat to the lineup of a team that’s already the World Series favorite. Hernández, 31, entered an offseason with few impact veteran bats as among the best. But with a crowded outfield market and others available on the trade market, he opted for a big-money, one-year deal and the chance to join Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto and Tyler Glasnow as part of the supercharged Dodgers. The deal, which is pending a physical, includes deferrals, though not nearly to the level of Ohtani putting off $680 million […]

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January

05
Bader back to N.Y., but this time with Mets on one-year deal

Center fielder Harrison Bader and the New York Mets agreed on a one-year, $10.5 million contract Thursday, sources told ESPN, the latest in a series of short-term pacts for the Mets as they approach 2024 as a transitional season. The 29-year-old Bader is a gifted defensive outfielder, but an inconsistent bat and injury issues have hampered him. Under new president of baseball operations David Stearns, the Mets have added Bader and Tyrone Taylor, both of whom can play center, to complement incumbent center fielder Brandon Nimmo and right fielder Starling Marte. Following a standout 2022 postseason in which he hit five home runs in nine matches for the New […]

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