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Pair of Japan players made available to major league teams

Two players from Japan, Shun Yamaguchi and Ryosuke Kikuchi, have been made available to major league teams through the posting process. Clubs have until Jan. 2 (5 p.m. EST) to negotiate with them, Major League Baseball said Tuesday. Yamaguchi, a 32-year-old right-hander with the Yomiuri Giants, was

Treinen, Sanchez, Russell, Sánchez become free agents

Former All-Stars Blake Treinen, Aaron Sanchez and Addison Russell were among 56 players who became free agents along with current Gold Glove second baseman Yolmer Sanchez when their teams declined to offer 2020 contracts Monday rather than make them eligible for salary arbitration. Baltimore, faced

Cubs free agent focus: Didi Gregorius

With Hot Stove season underway, NBC Sports Chicago is taking a look at some of MLB's top free agents and how they'd fit with the Cubs.

Phillies free-agent target: Wade Miley

Wade Miley is the rare pitcher who's improved after the age of 30, but does he miss enough bats for the Phillies to sign him? By Jim Salisbury

Nats 1B Zimmerman plans to be back with champs - or retired

Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman figures he’ll either find himself back with the World Series champions next season - or out of baseball. “I think I’ve made my intentions pretty clear,” Zimmerman said Monday night, when he attended the premiere of a documentary about last season’s title

Marlins acquire infielders Jonathan Villar and Jesús Aguilar

The perennially thrifty Miami Marlins opened their purse strings Monday and added some speed and power to an offense that ranked last in the National League in runs and homers this year. Miami acquired infielder Jonathan Villar from the Baltimore Orioles for minor league left-hander Easton Lucas. The

AP source: Moustakas, Reds agree to $64 million, 4-year deal

All-Star infielder Mike Moustakas and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a $64 million, four-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, the team’s first move to upgrade a lineup that struggled to score. The 31-year-old Moustakas could fill the Reds’ hole at second

Twins sign Adrianza and Wisler, but non-tender Cron

The Minnesota Twins agreed Monday with backup infielder Ehire Adrianza and new reliever Matt Wisler on one-year contracts to avoid salary arbitration, and decided not to tender deals to first baseman C.J. Cron and relief pitcher Trevor Hildenberger. The moves came on deadline day for major league teams

Biagini agrees to deal with Astros, who cut Sanchez

HOUSTON (AP) -- Reliever Joe Biagini agreed Monday to a $1 million, one-year deal with the AL champion Houston Astros, who declined to offer a contract to starter Aaron Sanchez and allowed the former All-Star to become a free agent.

Padres acquire switch-hitting infielder Profar from A’s

Switch-hitting second baseman Jurickson Profar was acquired by the San Diego Padres from the Oakland Athletics on Monday for catcher Austin Allen and a player to be named. In his lone season with the A's, Profar matched his career high with 20 home runs and batted .218 with 67 RBIs over 139 games

Pirates part ways with catcher Elias Diaz

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Catcher Elias Diaz became a free agent after the Pittsburgh Pirates declined to offer him a contract for the 2020 season on Monday.

A’s decline to offer contract to 2018 All-Star Blake Treinen

The Oakland Athletics did not tender a contract to former closer Blake Treinen on Monday, letting the 2018 All-Star become a free agent. The right-handed Treinen posted a 0.78 ERA in 2018, but that number ballooned to 4.91 in 2019. Treinen was expected to command roughly $7.5 million in arbitration

Orioles cut payroll, trade Villar and likely $10M salary

The rebuilding Baltimore Orioles further slashed their slim salary payroll by trading infielder Jonathan Villar to Miami on Monday for minor league pitcher Easton Lucas. Villar played in all 162 games this year and led the Orioles with 176 hits, five triples and 40 stolen bases. ''He was a

12/2/19 MLB.com FastCast

Mike Moustakas reportedly signs a four-year deal with the Reds, plus the Padres trade for Jurickson Profar

Brewers part with Travis Shaw, Jimmy Nelson, 3 others

The Brewers declined to offer contracts to infielder Travis Shaw, right-hander Jimmy Nelson and three others Monday, making them free agents. Pitchers Alex Claudio and Junior Guerra and infielder Tyler Saladino were also let go by a Milwaukee club that has parted with a number of key players this offseason

Indians acquire veteran catcher Sandy León from Red Sox

The Indians acquired veteran catcher Sandy Leon in a trade from the Red Sox and agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract. Cleveland sent minor league right-hander Adenys Bautista to Boston on Monday for the 30-year-old Leon, who has split his eight-year major league career between Boston and Washington

Cubs cut Russell year after domestic violence ban

The Chicago Cubs did not offer a 2020 contract to shortstop Addison Russell on Monday, making the 2016 All-Star a free agent one year after he was suspended for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Russell was banned for 40 games last offseason after a series of allegations made

Braves allow popular Culberson to become free agent

The Braves did not offer a 2020 contract to Charlie Culberson on Monday, making the popular utility player a free agent. Atlanta also did not offer contracts to catcher John Ryan Murphy and outfielder Rafael Ortega. The 30-year-old Culberson played two years with Atlanta.

D-backs allow Souza, Walker and Joseph to become free agents

The Diamondbacks did not offer 2020 contracts to outfielder Steven Souza Jr., pitcher Taijuan Walker and catcher Caleb Joseph, making them free agents. Souza, 30, missed last season because of a left knee injury after he slipped on home plate and tore multiple ligaments near the end of spring training

Cubs non-tender Addison Russell

Shortstop Addison Russell, who was suspended by Major League Baseball in 2018 after his wife came forward with details of years of abuse, has been non-tendered by the Cubs.

Manfred meets with Bernie Sanders over minor league proposal

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders met Monday with baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to discuss MLB’s proposal to that would drop 42 minor league teams from their leagues after the 2020 season. MLB is negotiating a new agreement with the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues

Mariners allow Beckham, Santana to become free agents

The Mariners failed to offer 2020 contracts to infielder Tim Beckham and outfielder Domingo Santana on Monday, making them free agents. Beckham, who turns 30 in January, was suspended 80 games in August after testing positive for the banned performance-enhancing drug Stanozolol and missed Seattle'

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