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Marlins Intend To Exercise Option On Starling Marte

Oct 19, 2020 9:35 AM

Derek Jeter has suggested that the Miami Marlins intend to exercise their club option on Starling Marte.

Miami acquired Marte as part of a four-player trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks at the deadline.

Marte, 32, hit .281/.340/.430 with six home runs and 10 stolen bases this season.

His contract included a $12.5 million option for next season, along with a $1 million buyout.

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Padres Will Look Into Long-Term Extension For Fernando Tatis, Jr.

Oct 16, 2020 8:30 AM

Fernando Tatis, Jr. is a candidate to win the National League MVP at just age 21.

He hit .277/.366/.571 with 17 home runs in 59 games for the San Diego Padres this season.

A.J. Preller confirmed the club is interested in signing Tatis, Jr. to a long-term contract.

"It was just such a short season and such a sprint to the finish line that I don't think there was a lot in the middle of all of that for trying to put a contract negotiation in there," Preller said. "We'll start to look more seriously at that here this offseason, and it sounds like there's interest on both sides, so we'll see where that goes."

Tatis is under San Diego's control for four more years. He won't be eligible for free agency under after the 2024 season.

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Aaron Sanchez Works Out For Teams

Oct 13, 2020 8:48 AM

Aaron Sanchez threw in front of "about 20 teams" last week, according to a report.

The right-hander was non-tendered by the Houston Astros last December.

Sanchez hasn't pitched since undergoing surgery to address a tear in his right shoulder capsule last September.

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MLB Qualifying Offer Jumps To $18.9M

Oct 9, 2020 8:16 AM

The Major League qualifying offer has increased by $1.1 million to a record $18.9 million.

The figure is determined by the average of the top 125 Major League contracts this year.

The price had dropped last offseason for the first time, by $100,000 to $17.8 million.

A qualifying offer can be made through the fifth day after the World Series, and a player has a week after that to accept.

Associated Press

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Phillies Owner Was Against Trade For J.T. Realmuto Without Extension

Oct 5, 2020 8:52 AM

J.T. Realmuto is a few weeks away from free agency a year after the Philadelphia Phillies completed a trade with the Miami Marlins for the catcher.

The Phillies traded Sixto Sanchez to the Marlins as part of the deal. The rookie right-hander helped lead Miami to the playoffs this season.

Owner John Middleton said Saturday that he was unhappy with the trade at the time. It was made by Matt Klentak, who stepped down as general manager.

"At the time it was being considered, my position was, I'd be willing to trade Sixto as long as you extend J.T. And if you don't extend J.T., I wouldn't trade Sixto," Middleton said. "Because we weren't at a point in the development of the team where the benefits that we were getting matched what we were giving up."

The Phillies have failed to extend Realmuto since acquiring him ahead of the 2019 campaign.

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Francisco Lindor: Cleveland Can Afford To Pay Me

Oct 2, 2020 8:14 AM

Francisco Lindor is due to become a free agent following the 2021 season and it appears unlikely the Cleveland Indians will re-sign him.

Given the recent market for free agents and extensions, Lindor is likely a $300-million player.

Lindor was asked on Thursday about staying with Cleveland, specifically whether the club can afford to retain him.

"Of course. It's a billion-dollar team," he said.

Lindor then noted Major League Baseball recently signed a new $3 billion television deal with TBS. Also, MLB signed a $5.1 billion extension with Fox that begins in 2022.

He reportedly turned down a contract extension with the Indians in the past, including a $100 million deal back in 2017.

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Yuli Gurriel Takes Pay Cut To Remain With Astros

Sep 30, 2020 8:00 AM

The Houston Astros and Yuli Gurriel have agreed to a one-year contract with an option for 2022 that guarantees $7 million, a cut of nearly 20% from his 2020 deal.

Gurriel's 2020 contract called for an $8.3 million salary and wound up being worth $3,074,074 prorated.

His new deal includes a $6.5 million salary for 2021 and an $8 million club option for 2021 with a $500,000 buyout.

Associated Press

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Braves Sign Pablo Sandoval To Minor League Deal

Sep 15, 2020 8:17 AM

Pablo Sandoval has signed a Minor League contract with the Atlanta Braves.

The veteran reported to the Braves' alternate training site in Gwinnett, Georgia.

The San Francisco Giants released Sandoval last week.

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Jake Lamb To Sign With A's

Sep 14, 2020 8:45 AM

The Oakland Athletics are expected to sign Jake Lamb once he qualifies for free agency on Monday.

Lamb was designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday. He was hitting .116/.240/.140 in 18 games.

The A's will be without Matt Chapman for the remainder of the season following hip surgery.

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Giants Release Pablo Sandoval

Sep 11, 2020 8:03 AM

The San Francisco Giants requested release waivers on Pablo Sandoval Thursday.

Sandoval, 34, who was in his second stint with the Giants, is hitting .220 with one home run and six RBIs this season.

In an Instagram post, Sandoval wrote that, "it's been an honor and privilege to play for you. My heart will forever be in San Francisco."

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Giants Sign Justin Smoak To Minors Deal

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Cubs Option Jose Martinez To Clear Roster Spot

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Cubs Add Pedro Strop, Billy Hamilton

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J.D. Martinez Admits He's Hesitant To Test Free Agency

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Astros Release Fernando Rodney

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Astros Set To Add Fernando Rodney To Bullpen

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Mets Sign Bruce Maxwell

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Nationals Sign Josh Harrison To One-Year Deal

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New Deal Will See Dodgers Pay Mookie Betts Through 2044

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Mookie Betts, Dodgers Nearing 13-Year, $380M Extension

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Tigers Grant Zack Godley Unconditional Release

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J.T. Realmuto 'Not Too Worried' About Next Contract

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Mookie Betts Doesn't Regret Turning Down $300M From Red Sox

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Addison Russell Signs With Korea's Kiwoom Heroes

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MLB Delays Start Of International Signing Period

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Matt Harvey Drawing Interest From Teams In Japan, Korea

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Denard Span Walked Away Due To Unimpressive Offers From Teams

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Javier Baez, Cubs Halt Extension Talks During Shutdown

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Yadier Molina Open To New Team If Cardinals Aren't Option

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Yasiel Puig Confirms Marlins, Others Made Him Offers

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