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David Wright Determined For Comeback

Jan 21, 2018 1:12 AM

After undergoing his third major surgery in three years in October, David Wright made it clear that he intends to continue working toward a comeback with the Mets.

Three months later, and with spring training now in sight, the only thing that’s changed is that Wright’s determination to see his comeback bid through has grown stronger.

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Tags: New York Mets, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Halliday's Autopsy Report Reveals Traces Of Drugs

Jan 20, 2018 1:39 PM

An autopsy report says retired pitcher Roy Halladay had evidence of amphetamine, morphine and an insomnia drug in his system when he died in a plane crash in Florida last year.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that an autopsy released Friday shows the former Blue Jays and Phillies All-Star died from blunt force trauma with drowning as a contributing factor when he crashed his personal plane into the Gulf of Mexico near New Port Richey on Nov. 7.

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Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Joey Gallo: Bryce Harper 'As Focused As I've Ever Seen Him'

Jan 19, 2018 7:50 AM

Joey Gallo has been working out with Bryce Harper regularly for the past three or four years in Las Vegas and has noticed something different this offseason.

"At the workouts, he's as focused as I've ever seen him," Gallo told MLB Network Radio. "He always is, but I mean, he's going through those workouts like nothing now. He's really focused, he's hitting and just the way he's talking, you can tell he's really prepared."

Harper altered his training programs a year ago, adding 15 pounds of muscle before Spring Training. In 111 games, he posted a 1.008 OPS with 29 home runs and 4.7 Wins Above Replacement. If it hadn't been for a left knee injury, he might have been a candidate to be named NL MVP.

He might also have other motivation. Harper is entering what is set to be the final season of his contract with the Washington Nationals.

"He's just a competitor," Gallo said. "I think, this year, I've never seen him as focused and as ready to play as I have, and I've trained with him [for] 3-4 years, so I'm really excited to see what he brings to the table this year."

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Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

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Union Rejects Pace-Of-Play Proposals

Jan 19, 2018 7:41 AM

The players' association has rejected Major League Baseball's latest pace-of-play proposal, according to sources.

The rejection increases the likelihood that baseball will unilaterally implement a pitch clock and a limit on mound visits in advance of the 2018 season.

Union executive director Tony Clark and commissioner Rob Manfred are scheduled to meet next week, but a source familiar with the negotiations said the sides remain far apart on the issue and are not optimistic they will reach an agreement through further talks.

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Twins Hire Jim Kaat As Special Assistant

Jan 19, 2018 7:36 AM

The Minnesota Twins have hired Jim Kaat as a special assistant to the organization.

Kaat, 79, will be involved in community and business initiatives in Minnesota as well as the Fort Myers area, where the team's spring training facility and minor league headquarters are located.

The former pitcher spent 25 seasons in the major leagues, including 13 years with the Twins from 1961-1972.

Associated Press

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Albert Pujols Working At First To Make Room For Shohei Ohtani At DH

Jan 18, 2018 8:12 AM

Albert Pujols, who has been limited defensively by foot injuries in recent years, is working at first base this spring to help make room for Shohei Ohtani at designated hitter.

While in Japan, Ohtani was the designated hitter for three games between starts. The Angels still haven't determined how exactly he'll be used in the Major Leagues.

"He's 23, and we have six years to work him into it," Arte Moreno said. "It's not like he needs to go right in there and pull the wagon. We have a lot of flexibility."

In 2017, Pujols started just six of his 149 games at first base. He hasn't played the position with real regularity since 2015.

"Albert's taking batting practice right now and has taken infield," Moreno said. "[Coach Dino Ebel] has been giving him infield [work] and said he looks strong. We won't know exactly what we're going to do until we see Albert play. But if we can get him into the field for 40-50 games, then Ohtani's going to have a lot of opportunity to bat."

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Marlins Want Ronald Acuna From Braves For Christian Yelich

Jan 18, 2018 8:05 AM

If the Miami Marlins trade Christian Yelich, they want a "huge return."

The Atlanta Braves have interest in Yelich, but the Marlins have been demanding top prospect Ronald Acuna.

"The Marlins told the Braves, 'Look, we'll do a three- or four- or five-for-one, but Ronald Acuna has to be in it or we don't go even to the second player,'" Peter Gammons said on MLB Network.

MLB.com currently has Acuna ranked as the No. 6 prospect in baseball.

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Red Sox Offer To J.D. Martinez 'In Range' Of $100M

Jan 18, 2018 7:59 AM

The five-year deal the Boston Red Sox have reportedly offered J.D. Martinez is "in the range of" $100 million, according to a report.

Martinez is waiting for those types of offers to increase. Scott Boras claims that the reported value of Boston's offer is "not accurate."

Boras and Martinez are believed to be seeking a six-year deal worth $30 million annually.

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Mets Expect Michael Conforto To Return In May

Jan 18, 2018 7:53 AM

The New York Mets don't expect Michael Conforto to be ready to return from shoulder surgery until May.

Conforto dislocated his left shoulder while swinging during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 24.

Conforto, 24, hit .279 with 27 home runs and 68 RBIs last season -- all career highs.

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Cubs, Brian Duensing Agree To Two-Year, $7M Deal

Jan 18, 2018 7:49 AM

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a two-year, $7 million deal with Brian Duensing, a source confirmed.

The deal is pending a physical.

Duensing, a 34-year-old left-hander, went 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 68 relief outings for the Cubs last season.

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With No Major League Offer, Ichiro Could Return To Japan
Ichiro Suzuki may be returning to Japan sooner rather than later.

Barry M. Bloom/MLB

Cubs Expected To Start Own Network After 2019 Season
The club's contracts with NBC Sports Chicago, ABC-7 and WGN-9 have just two years remaining.

Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune

Agent: Relationship Between Christian Yelich, Marlins 'Broken'
Joe Longo believes it would be in the best interests of both the outfielder and the organization if the Marlins trade him before the start of spring training.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Andrew McCutchen 'All For' Move To Right Field With Giants
Andrew McCutchen, 31, is entering the final season of a $51.5 million, six-year contract he signed in March 2012.

Associated Press

Josh Harrison Would Prefer Trade If Pirates Won't Contend
Following the recent trades of Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison says he'd prefer a trade from the Pirates if they don't have plans to contend.

ESPN

Yadier Molina Plans To Retire After 2020 Season
Yadier Molina plans to play out his current contract with the Cardinals and then retire.

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Nationals, Howie Kendrick Agree Upon Two-Year Deal
Howie Kendrick has agreed to a two-year, $7 million deal with the Nationals, according to sources.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Curtis Granderson Agrees To $5M Deal With Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with Curtis Granderson, according to sources.

ESPN

Giants Acquire Andrew McCutchen From Pirates
Andrew McCutchen has a slash of .291/.379/.487 for his career.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Yankees Were Willing To Deal Clint Frazier In Trade For Gerrit Cole
The Pirates dealt Gerrit Cole to the Astros on Saturday for a four-player package, but they reportedly valued Clint Frazier over everyone they received in the deal.

Connor Byrne/MLB Trade Rumors

Cardinals Executive Feels There Is 'Momentum' For Bringing DH To NL
John Mozeliak is against bringing the designated hitter to the National League, but the Cardinals general manager feels things are trending in that direction.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Twins To Sign Addison Reed To Two-Year Contract
The Twins have agreed to a two-year contract with Addison Reed worth just under $17 million, according to a source.

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Brad Hand Signs Three-Year Deal With Padres
Brad Hand, 27, went 3-4 with 21 saves and a 2.16 ERA last season.

Associated Press

Ricketts: Sammy Has To 'Put Everything On The Table'
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts wants Sammy Sosa to come clean in regard to PED use during his playing days.

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Mets, Adrian Gonzalez Agree To A Deal
Veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez spent the past six seasons with the Dodgers.

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Astros Swing Deal With Pirates To Land Gerrit Cole
The Astros have boosted their rotation by completing a trade with the Pirates for Gerrit Cole.

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Dodgers Agree To Deals With Alex Wood, Yasmani Grandal
Seven players agreed to one-year deals with the Dodgers on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

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deGrom, Syndergaard, Harvey Receive One-Year Deals From Mets
Jacob deGrom went 15-10 with a 3.53 ERA in 31 starts for the Mets last season.

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Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays Agree To Record $23M Deal
The Blue Jays and Josh Donaldson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $23 million deal, according to sources.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Diamondbacks Remain Persistent In Pursuit Of Manny Machado
It remains to be seen if the Orioles will move Machado this offseason.

Ken Rosenthal/MLB Network