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Angel Pagan Won't Play MLB This Season

Apr 20, 2017 7:21 AM

Angel Pagan told the Puerto Rican newspaper El Vocero that he has decided not to sign with any franchise for the 2017 season.

Pagan, however, left the door open for a possible return in 2018.

"I am now dedicating myself to focusing more on my family," Pagan, 35, said. "Devoting the time that my family deserves. I've spent a lot of time away from home."

His future has been up in the air since he hit free agency after the Giants declined to bring him back this offseason.

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Agent: Carlos Correa Doesn't Want Long-Term Deal Now

Apr 14, 2017 7:33 AM

Carlos Correa isn't interested in signing a long-term deal at this point, according to his agent.

"Carlos is never going to do an (early) multiyear contract," Greg Genske told FanRag Sports.

The Houston Astros shortstop in making the Major League minimum $535,000 this season. He is still two years from arbitration and five years from free agency.

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Orioles To Re-Sign Michael Bourn

Apr 11, 2017 3:18 PM

The Baltimore Orioles have reached an agreement on a Minor League deal with Michael Bourn.

Bourn will report to extended spring training.

The 34-year-old was expected to make the Orioles' Opening Day roster, but he suffered a broken finger.

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Nationals Re-Sign Joe Nathan To Minor League Deal

Apr 10, 2017 8:14 AM

The Washington Nationals are re-signing Joe Nathan to a Minor League deal.

Nathan opted out of his previous Minor League deal with the Nationals on March 27, but he was unable to land a Major League deal elsewhere.

Nathan, 42, threw just 6 2/3 Major League innings over the previous two seasons, largely because he underwent his second Tommy John procedure while with the Detroit Tigers in April 2015.

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Giants, Melvin Upton Jr. Agree To Minor League Deal

Apr 9, 2017 2:06 AM

The Giants and outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. have agreed to a Minor League contract on Saturday, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

The club has not confirmed the deal, which is pending a physical.

Upton hit .238 with 20 homers and 61 RBIs split between the Padres and Blue Jays in 2016. 

Upton is expected to report to Triple-A Sacramento, where he will join recently signed outfielder Drew Stubbs.

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Indians Plan To Explore Extension With Carlos Santana

Apr 7, 2017 6:55 AM

The Cleveland Indians plan to explore a contract extension with Carlos Santana in an attempt to keep him from becoming a free agent after this season.

The Indians recently agreed to long-term deals with Jose Ramirez and Roberto Perez, while also making an attempt to lock up Francisco Lindor.

Since the start of the 2011 season, Santana has averaged 153 games and 654 plate appearances per season. His initial contract was a five-year, $21 million deal.

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Jonathan Villar Willing To Bet On Himself, Take One-Year Deals

Apr 7, 2017 6:50 AM

Jonathan Villar is "willing to bet on himself and go year-to-year unless [the Milwaukee Brewers] approach us with a contract that makes sense," according to his agent, Melvin Roman.

The infielder reportedly rejected a contract extension this offseason that would have guaranteed him in the neighborhood of $20 million.

Villar, who turns 26 in May, hit .285/.369/.457 with 19 home runs, 63 RBI and 62 stolen bases in 679 plate appearances last season.

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Braves Sign Ryan Howard To Minors Deal

Apr 6, 2017 1:10 PM

The Atlanta Braves have signed Ryan Howard to a Minor League contract.

Howard will report to extended spring training next week then will join Triple-A Gwinnett.

Howard, 37, is a career .258 hitter with 382 home runs and 1,194 RBIs.

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Mets Sign Desmond Jennings To Minors Deal

Apr 5, 2017 4:48 PM

The New York Mets have signed Desmond Jennings to a Minor League contract.

Jennings has been assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

He spent spring training with the Cincinnati Reds but was released recently.

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Mike Pelfrey Agrees To Minors Deal With White Sox

Apr 5, 2017 4:44 PM

The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a Minor League deal with Mike Pelfrey.

The club will send Pelfrey, 33, to Triple-A Charlotte.

Pelfrey was released by the Detroit Tigers last week.

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Indians Sign Roberto Perez To Four-Year Extension
The Indians have signed Roberto Perez to a four-year, $9 million contract extension.

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Blue Jays Release Melvin Upton, Jr.
The Blue Jays have released Melvin Upton, Jr., who it was reported on Saturday would not make the team's Opening Day roster.

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Cardinals, Yadier Molina Agree Upon $60M Extension
The Cardinals have finalized a three-year, $60 million contract extension with Yadier Molina.

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Yadier Molina, Cardinals Agree Upon $55M Extension
The Cardinals have agreed in principle to a three-year contract extension with Yadier Molina that will guarantee him between $55 million and $65 million.

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Rougned Odor's Deal With Rangers Includes Two Horses
The contract has a club option for 2023, guarantees Odor at least $49.5 million and also comes with two horses.

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Jimmy Rollins Told He Won't Make Giants
After hitting just .125 in 40 at-bats this spring, the Giants have informed Jimmy Rollins that he won't make the club.

Andrew Baggarly/East Bay Times

Angel Pagan To Decide On Club Soon
His performance at the World Baseball Classic increased his value.

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Orioles Release Michael Bourn, Chris Johnson
Michael Bourn used his opt-out clause with the club as they failed to place him on the 40-man roster.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Cardinals, Yadier Molina 'Making Progress' In Extension Talks
The positive momentum towards a deal has the two sides "getting close" to an agreement.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Dodgers To Sign Justin Masterson
Justin Masterson, 32, was looking for a new team after failing to receive a shot at the Major League level with the Pirates last year.

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Nationals Release Joe Nathan, Matt Albers
Joe Nathan had a 3.86 ERA this spring, and has no plans to retire.

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White Sox, Tim Anderson Agree Upon $25.5M Extension
Tim Anderson has agreed to a six-year, $25.5 million contract extension with the White Sox.

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Rangers Open To Mid-Season Extension Talks With Yu Darvish
The Rangers are open to discussing a contract extension with Yu Darvish during the season, according to Jon Daniels.

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Cardinals 'Open For Business' On Yadier Molina Extension
Yadier Molina is entering the final guaranteed year of his contract with the Cardinals.

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Braves Have Made Several Attempts To Sign Angel Pagan
The Braves have made a number of attempts to sign Angel Pagan as a reserve, but he has yet to accept.

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Rays Have Had Conversations About Adding Derek Norris
The Rays "continue to have conversations" about adding Derek Norris, who was placed on waivers by the Nationals over the weekend.

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Rays, Kevin Kiermaier Agree Upon Six-Year Extension
The Tampa Bay Times has reported that the deal could be worth more than $50 million.

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Kris Bryant Receives Record $1.05M Deal
The Cubs and Kris Bryant have agreed to a one-year, $1.05 million deal for 2017, making the reigning National League MVP the highest-paid player ever in his second year of service time.

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Brett Lawrie Isn't Ready To Pursue New Contract
Brett Lawrie has no plans to sign with a Major League team in the near future as he focuses on rehabilitation from a soft tissue injury in his lower body.

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Jose Bautista Turned Down More Money To Re-Sign With Blue Jays
Jose Bautista turned down a contract offer worth considerably more than what he would eventually receive from the Blue Jays this offseason.

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