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Rays Release Derek Norris

Jun 28, 2017 8:49 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have released Derek Norris after he cleared waivers.

The move was made to make room for Wilson Ramos, who will be activated from the 60-day disabled list.

Tampa Bay added Norris before the season after he was let go by the Washington Nationals.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

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Nationals Sign Francisco Rodriguez To Minors Deal

Jun 27, 2017 7:28 AM

The Washington Nationals have agreed to a Minor League deal with Francisco Rodriguez, according to multiple reports.

The Detroit Tigers released Rodriguez last week.

Rodriguez saved 44 games for the Tigers last season, but struggled with a 7.82 ERA in 25 1/3 innings this year.

The Nationals' bullpen has the third-west ERA (4.88) in the National League.

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Mike Trout Sought Lifetime Deal From Angels

Jun 23, 2017 10:49 AM

Mike Trout settled for a six-year extension with the Los Angeles Angels after bringing up the idea of a lifetime deal with the club, according to sources.

The $144 million agreement bought out three years of Trout's free agency.

Trout's current contract brings him to the open market at 29. The possibility of a 14- or 15-year deal was mentioned in talks with the club.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Free Agent Rumor, Personal Award

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Yonder Alonso Open To Extension With A's

Jun 19, 2017 7:48 AM

Yonder Alonso hopes to remain with the Oakland Athletics and is open to forgoing free agency by signing an extension at midseason.

Alonso believes Oakland's young players could make them competitive in the near future.

"I think that there is a great chance that I stay here," Alonso said. "I really do mean that. The guys they have, the young core that they have, are all guys I can relate to. ... A lot of players here say, 'I want to play well here, do well and get out.' I actually want to play well, do well and stay here."

Alonso, 30, is hitting .302/.397/.630 in 219 plate appearances this season.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Angels Sign First-Round Pick Jordon Adell

Jun 16, 2017 7:01 AM

The Los Angeles Angels signed first-round pick Jordon Adell after he passed a physical on Thursday.

According to Baseball America, the outfielder received a $4,376,800 signing bonus.

"To me it was a no-brainer," Adell said. "I'm in a situation where I felt like I was the guy. This organization believes in me."

The Angels selected Adell out of Ballard High School in Louisville with the 10th overall pick in Monday's Draft.

"I just want to soak up all the information I can, and get the at-bats that I need and the reps that I need," he said. "When I'm ready, that time will come."

Kaelen Jones/MLB

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Draft, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Jake Peavy Weighing Midseason Comeback

Jun 7, 2017 8:11 AM

Jake Peavy declined all offers as a free agent this past winter, but he tells Alex Speier of the Boston Globe that he will pitch again.

Peavy is weighing a midseason comeback, although he could wait and pursue a deal this coming offseason.

"I can tell you with certainty, without a shadow of a doubt, I will play baseball again," Peavy said. "Whether that be this year or next year, I'm still up in the air. There are some opportunities to [sign] tomorrow. If that was to happen, I'm grateful for that. But the last year of my life has presented challenges I didn't foresee coming. It's something I've embraced."

Alex Speier/Boston Globe

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Reds To Sign Cuban Shortstop Jose Israel Garcia

Jun 7, 2017 8:02 AM

The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to sign Cuban shortstop Jose Israel Garcia.

Garcia, who is subject to international bonus pools due to both his age and lack of professional experience, will receive a bonus of roughly $5 million on his Minor League deal.

Cincinnati has already exceeded their league-allotted international signing pool, they'll pay a 100 percent luxury tax on the signing.

Ben Badler/Baseball America

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Does Bryce Harper Want To Play For Cubs?

Jun 5, 2017 8:06 AM

Bryce Harper would like to play for the Chicago Cubs, according to Peter Gammons.

Gammons made the comment on 670 The Score. "I have people tell me that Bryce Harper, really, would prefer to play for the Cubs," the veteran reporter said.

Harper is eligible for free agency after the 2018 season and his next contract is expected to be worth more than $400 million.

Peter Gammons

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Blue Jays To Release Mat Latos

Jun 2, 2017 7:42 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have released Mat Latos from Triple-A Buffalo, according to a report.

Latos, 29, signed a Minor League deal with the Blue Jays this offseason and has made three starts at the Major League level. The right-hander allowed a total of 11 runs on 19 hits and eight walks with 10 strikeouts in 15 innings.

The release was a team decision.

Ben Wagner/Triple-A Buffalo

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Nationals Release Joe Nathan From Minor League Deal

Jun 2, 2017 7:29 AM

The Washington Nationals have released Joe Nathan from his Minor League deal.

Nathan, 42, requested his release when he wasn't promoted to the Major Leagues before Thursday.

The reliever struggled for Washington's Triple-A club in Syracuse, posting a 6.19 ERA in 16 innings. He was 0-2 with four saves.

ESPN

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White Sox 'Closing In' On Luis Robert
Luis Robert will earn a bonus of between $25 million and $30 million.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Carlos Zambrano Will Pitch In Venezuelan Winter League
Carlos Zambrano will return to the mound, but it remains to be seen if he will aim to make a Major League comeback.

Bruce Levine/670 The Score

Braves Release James Loney From Triple-A Contract
James Loney, 33, signed a Minor League deal with the team on Thursday after they learned Freddie Freeman will miss about 10 weeks with a fractured left wrist.

Associated Press

Eric Gagne Ends Comeback Attempt
Eric Gagne has elected to end his comeback attempt.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

White Sox, Cuban Outfield Prospect Agree On Deal
Luis Robert's deal with the White Sox is expected to be worth at least $25M, according to a Fox Sports report.

ESPN.com

White Sox, Cardinals Favorites To Sign Luis Robert
The White Sox and Cardinals are viewed as the favorites to sign Cuban youngster Luis Robert, according to reports.

Ben Badler/Baseball America

Angels To Sign Doug Fister
Doug Fister hasn't pitched this season and will likely be optioned to the Minor Leagues to prepare for a big league role.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Extension Talks 'Highly Doubtful' During Season For J.D. Martinez
J.D. Martinez says he'd love to remain with the Tigers, but that it's "highly unlikely" there will be any contract negotiations during the season.

Jordan Horrobin/MLB

Marlins Option Tom Koehler To Triple-A
Tom Koehler, 30, has been a fixture in Miami's rotation since 2013 and hasn't thrown a pitch in the Minor Leagues since then.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Mets Sign Neil Ramirez To Bolster Bullpen
Neil Ramirez was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Sunday.

ESPN

Diamondbacks Unlikely To Sign Doug Fister
The Diamondbacks are probably out of the running to sign Doug Fister, according to general manager Mike Hazen.

Jack Magruder/FanRag Sports

Ross Detwiler Opts Out Of Contract With Athletics
The Athletics have released Ross Detwiler from his Minor League contract after he exercised his opt-out clause with the club.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Braves Terminate Ryan Howard's Minor League Deal
Ryan Howard played in 11 games for Triple-A Gwinnett, hitting .184 with one homer and five RBIs.

Associated Press

Brad Ausmus Hints Tigers Could Make Change At Closer
After a pair of close losses this weekend, Brad Ausmus said the Tigers will discuss the closer situation going forward.

Alex Espinoza/MLB

Five Teams Watched Doug Fister Throw Last Week
The Angels, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Giants and Mets had scouts in attendance to watch Doug Fister throw in California last week.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Josh Reddick Wanted To Sign Extension With A's
Josh Reddick is very happy to be a member of the Astros, but maintains that he had a strong desire to sign an extension with the Athletics before he was traded at last summer's deadline.

Joe Stiglich/CSN Bay Area

Rosenhaus Agency Expands Into Baseball
Rosenhaus Sports Representation, the powerful NFL player agency led by Drew Rosenhaus, is expanding into baseball.

Liz Mullen/Sports Business Journal

Kris Bryant May 'Just Play It Out' Rather Than Seek Extension
Kris Bryant, drafted second overall in 2013, won't reach free agency until after the 2021 season.

Gordon Wittenmeyer/Chicago Sun-Times

Angel Pagan Won't Play MLB This Season
Angel Pagan, however, left the door open for a possible return in 2018.

ESPN

Agent: Carlos Correa Doesn't Want Long-Term Deal Now
Carlos Correa is still two years from arbitration and five years from free agency.

ESPN