Andrew McCutchen eager for challenge of a tough right field

SAN FRANCISCO — Andrew McCutchen figures San Francisco’s AT&T Park outfield is so big, playing right field will make him feel like a center fielder all over again. Running catches, ricochets off the wall, tricky bounces and all. And if he can save his legs a little bit from the action in center, he might […]

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Astros heat up hot stove by acquiring Pirates ace Gerrit Cole

HOUSTON — The World Series champion Houston Astros have boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player trade. The deal was announced Saturday. The Pirates got right-handers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin for their ace. Cole will join […]

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Brian Cashman: RailRiders’ Gleyber Torres to get ‘fair look’ in spring training

Gleyber Torres is going to get his shot in spring training. New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was on WFAN Thursday afternoon and discussed a number of topics during his appearance on “The Afternoon Drive With Carlin, Bart and Maggie.” The first question asked of Cashman regarded the future at second and third base […]

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Astros star Altuve named AP Male Athlete of the Year

HOUSTON — Jose Altuve led the Houston Astros to their first World Series title with a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in November and picked up the franchise’s first MVP trophy in more than two decades a couple of weeks later. And as his huge 2017 is coming to a close, the diminutive second […]

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Giants acquire Evan Longoria from Rays for 4 players

SAN FRANCISCO — Evan Longoria expects to win immediately with the San Francisco Giants, whose run of success in even years is well documented — and the club’s new third baseman knows all about that. The Giants’ brass realizes adding Longoria to the lineup and an already-talented infield gives San Francisco a far better chance […]

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Sources: Yankees, CC Sabathia agree on one-year deal for 2018

The reunion that made too much sense not to happen finally did Saturday when free agent CC Sabathia agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with the Yankees, a source confirmed. The deal is contingent on the left-hander passing his physical. Re-signing the 37-year-old Sabathia, respected and beloved in all corners of the Yankees clubhouse, […]

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Padres acquire shortstop Freddy Galvis from Phillies

An apparent solution to the Padres’ greatest weakness is en route to San Diego. The club on Friday traded for shortstop Freddy Galvis, sending pitching prospect Enyel De Los Santos to the Philadelphia Phillies. Galvis represents the Padres’ latest attempt at plugging a troublesome position, though he is a younger and more viable option than […]

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Phillies sign first baseman Carlos Santana to 3-year deal

The Phillies agreed Friday to a three-year, $60 million contract with veteran first baseman Carlos Santana, the franchise’s biggest free-agent signing in seven years, and a stunning transaction that signaled a sudden change in philosophy for a team that had pledged at-bats to a young player at every position in 2018. That slow rebuilding process […]

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After fielding offers for Machado, Orioles return from winter meetings pondering huge decision

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Orioles left the winter meetings on Thursday in a much different place than when they arrived, with several trade offers in hand for Manny Machado, but were in no rush to deal the superstar third baseman as they departed the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. The team […]

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Parade of relievers keeps rolling as winter meetings end

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Much like the postseason, the baseball winter meetings became a parade of relievers. Steve Cishek and Fernando Rodney were on the move Thursday, joining Brandon Morrow, Luke Gregerson, Bryan Shaw, Joe Smith and other setup men, middlemen and specialists going to new teams this week. The bullpen gates figure to […]

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