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UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020

Larry Stone: Astros’ cheating, fallout compromise Major League Baseball’s credibility like steroids scandal once did

Pitchers and catchers report for spring training in a month, which usually is cause for celebration. But the carnage from baseball’s cheating scandal continues to grow, casting a pall on …


AP source: Twins, 3B Josh Donaldson agree to $92M, 4-year deal

The Minnesota Twins and 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson have agreed to a four-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press


Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired in sign-stealing scandal

Alex Cora has already been identified as a ringleader in an illegal system of sign stealing when he was with the Houston Astros.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Tim Dahlberg: Houston Astros get the punishment, Los Angeles Dodgers pay the price

AJ Hinch won’t be managing in the big leagues any time soon, if at all. Alex Cora will soon join him in the unemployment line, and it’s hard to believe …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 11, 2020

How a West Seattle woman is making history with the New York Yankees

Rachel Balkovec, 32, made sports history when she became the first woman to be hired as a full-time minor-league hitting coach for a major-league baseball team. She will report to …


Mariners reach deals with Mitch Haniger, Mallex Smith, Sam Tuivailala

The Mariners avoided arbitration after reaching agreements with outfielders Mitch Haniger and Mallex Smith and pitcher Sam Tuivailala on contracts for the upcoming season.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Marco Gonzales, other Mariners look forward to 2020 during Spokane stop

Marco Gonzales is only a few years removed from arriving at spring training hopeful he could carve out a role in the back end of the Seattle Mariners’ rotation.


AP source: Steve Cishek agrees to 1-year deal with White Sox

The Chicago White Sox bolstered their bullpen Tuesday, agreeing to a $6 million, one-year contract with free-agent reliever Steve Cishek.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

MLB to investigate reports 2018 champion Red Sox stole signs

Major League Baseball says it will investigate allegations the Boston Red Sox illegally used their video replay room to steal signs between opposing pitchers and catchers during their 2018 World …


Orioles hope SS Jose Iglesias provides defense, leadership

When it came time to find a new shortstop for the rebuilding Baltimore Orioles, general manager Mike Elias looked no further than Jose Iglesias.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Secret for new Nats INF Starlin Castro: launch angle

Starlin Castro offered up a two-word explanation for how he ended up with career highs of 22 homers and 86 RBIs in his 10th major league season, earning a two-year …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

Don Larsen, who threw only perfect World Series game, dies at 90

Don Larsen, the journeyman pitcher who reached the heights of baseball glory in 1956 for the New York Yankees when he threw a perfect game and the only no-hitter in …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 23, 2019

Curt Flood set off the free-agent revolution 50 years ago

Curt Flood set off the free-agent revolution 50 years ago Tuesday with a 128-word, two-paragraph letter to baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 22, 2019

AP source: Hyun-Jin Ryu, Blue Jays agree to $80 million, 4-year deal

Free agent pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to an $80 million, four-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations


Computer plate umps allowed in new labor deal

Computer plate umpires could be called up to the major leagues at some point during the next five seasons.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 14, 2019

Larry Stone: The worst might be yet to come for Mariners. So when will things turn for the better?

You know it had to have killed Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto to be a benign observer to the most active winter meetings in recent memory.


MLB, players union agree to testing for opioids

Major League Baseball will start testing for opioids and cocaine


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

Analysis: Based on the Seattle Mariners’ plan, Shed Long should be the starting second baseman on opening day

On the third day of these Major League Baseball winter meetings, where Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto has defied the odds by not making a single move, looking ahead to …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Teams are interested in Mitch Haniger, but are the Mariners interested in trading him?

The Mariners’ most coveted player last offseason remains one of their most coveted this offseason, despite an interrupted season in which he missed the last 99 games due to injury.


Yanks land Gerrit Cole on record 9-year, $324M deal

Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees have agreed to a record $324 million, nine-year deal, a person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press


Union exec Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons elected to Hall of Fame

Revolutionary players’ union leader Marvin Miller was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame along with eight-time All-Star Ted Simmons


Padres get Tommy Pham, Jake Cronenworth from Rays for Hunter Renfroe

The San Diego Padres have acquired outfielder Tommy Pham and infielder-pitcher Jake Cronenworth from the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Hunter Renfroe, minor league infielder Xavier Edwards and a player …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Rangers complete $28M, 3-year deal with RHP Kyle Gibson

The Texas Rangers have completed a $28 million, three-year contract with right-hander Kyle Gibson, adding another veteran in the middle of their starting rotation.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

AP sources: NLCS, Series star Howie Kendrick, Nats agree for 2020

Postseason star Howie Kendrick and the World Series champion Washington Nationals agreed in principle to a $6.25 million, one-year contract, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Yankees’ Brian Cashman rappels building, gets fan message on Gerrit Cole

While Brian Cashman was descending the outside of a building Friday, the New York Yankees’ general manager came across a message taped to a 10th-floor window from a fan: Please …


AP Source: Twins, Michael Pineda agree to 2-year, $20M deal

The Minnesota Twins and starting pitcher Michael Pineda agreed Thursday to a two-year, $20 million contract to bring the right-hander back after a suspension for a banned diuretic, according to …


J.D. Davis maintains he was unaware of Astros’ sign stealing

J.D. Davis maintains he was not aware of any electronic sign stealing by the Astros in 2017, when he made his major league debut with Houston.


Rays in listening phase entering winter meetings

The Tampa Bay Rays head into the upcoming winter meetings in the listening phase about ways to improve a roster that came within one win of reaching the American League …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Reds, Mike Moustakas complete $64 million, 4-year deal

Mike Moustakas watched the Reds from the visiting dugout and saw a team on the rise. He decided to become a key part in the franchise’s attempt to become a …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Mariners ship catcher Omar Narvaez to Brewers for minor-leaguer Adam Hill, 2020 draft pick

The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired catcher Omar Narvaez from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor-league pitcher Adam Hill and a comp pick in the 2020 amateur draft.