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  • AP source: Yanks thinking of not making $6M payment to A-Rod

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees are thinking about not making a $6 million payment to Alex Rodriguez if he hits six home runs and ties Willie Mays at 660 for fourth place…

  • Red Sox All-Star pitcher Bill Monbouquette dies at 78

    BOSTON (AP) — Bill Monbouquette, an All-Star pitcher who threw a no-hitter and had a 20-win season for his hometown Boston Red Sox, has died. He was 78. Monbouquette died Sunday at Brigham and Women’s…

  • Free Agents

    NEW YORK (AP) — The 75 free agents who have signed, with name, position, former club if different, and contract. The contract information was obtained by The Associated Press from player and management sources:For players…

  • Manfred hopeful of A’s getting new ballpark in Oakland

    NEW YORK (AP) — New baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is optimistic the Athletics will be able to get a new ballpark in Oakland. The A’s have been blocked from building a stadium in San Jose,…

  • Manfred knows he’ll get hit as commish _ his name is on ball

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rob Manfred knows he’ll get pounded now that he’s baseball commissioner — his name is printed in blue script on the sweet spot between the seams of every big league ball.…

  • Adam Ottavino, Rockies agree on $1.3M, 1-year contract

    DENVER (AP) — Reliever Adam Ottavino and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $1.3 million, one-year contract that avoided arbitration. The 6-foot-5, hard-throwing righty was 1-4 with a 3.60 ERA in a career-high 75…

  • Beeston will remain Blue Jays president through 2015 season

    TORONTO (AP) — The Blue Jays say Paul Beeston will remain as team president through the end of this season. Rogers Communications, which owns the team, announced Monday that Beeston signed a contract extension with…

  • Devin Mesoraco gets $28 million, 4-year deal from Reds

    CINCINNATI (AP) — All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco agreed to a $28 million, four-year contract on Monday, leaving the Cincinnati Reds with two players in salary arbitration. The Reds were trying to get deals with two…

  • Chavez, Gutierrez agree to minor league deals with Mariners

    SEATTLE (AP) — Outfielders Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez have agreed to minor league contracts with the Seattle Mariners and will report to big league training. Chavez hit .276 with 12 doubles and 23 RBIs…

  • Royals invite 23 non-roster players to spring training

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals have invited 23 non-roster players to spring training, including former fifth overall draft pick Bubba Starling and promising youngsters Miguel Almonte and Raul Mondesi. Starling, who grew up…

  • Al Alburquerque, Tigers agree at $1,725,000

    DETROIT (AP) — Relief pitcher Al Alburquerque and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year contract for $1,725,000. Alburquerque would earn a $12,500 bonus under Sunday’s deal if he appears in 75 games as…

  • Brewers’ Ryan Braun hopeful with spring training near

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Fatherhood has given Ryan Braun a different perspective on baseball and life in general. The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder has more pressing matters to worry about right now than whether an offseason medical…

  • Family attorney: Cubs great Ernie Banks died of heart attack

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks died after a heart attack, an attorney representing the Hall of Famer’s family said Sunday. With Banks’ widow standing nearby at a news conference at a downtown…

  • Bud Selig Timeline

    Timeline of Bud Selig’s tenure in charge of Major League Baseball: Sept. 9, 1992 — Selig is appointed to the newly created role of chairman of the executive council, two days after Commissioner Fay Vincent…

  • Hall of Famer Ernie Banks mourned in sports world and beyond

    CHICAGO (AP) — To Chicago Cubs fans, Ernie Banks was sunshine that cut through decades of darkness. To baseball players, he was the spirit of the game. His teammates loved him, and his list of…