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  • Drug supplier pleads guilty in MLB doping case

    MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida man who admitted working as a black market chemist has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the Major League Baseball scandal over performance-enhancing substances. Brazilian citizen Paulo Berejuk pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to distribute testosterone. Investigators say Berejuk was the main supplier for Anthony Bosch, who ran…

  • Column: Thaw in US-Cuba relations warms up MLB

    If one ripple from the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations means baseball prospects get off the island and into the major leagues without payoffs to smugglers and threats from kidnappers, it’s hard to see the downside. Just don’t expect too much, too soon. Barely two hours after President Barack Obama’s dramatic announcement Wednesday in Washington, both…

  • AP source: Rays send Myers to Padres in big deal

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres acquired outfielder Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the deal said. Myers was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2013, when he hit .293 with 13 homers with 53 RBIs with Tampa Bay. But he was limited to…

  • Free Agents

    NEW YORK (AP) — The 41 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.: AMERICAN LEAGUE BOSTON (4) — Re-signed Koji Uehara, rhp, to an $18 million, two-year contract; signed Pablo Sandoval, 3b, San Francisco,…

  • Free Agent Signings

    NEW YORK (AP) — The 181 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: AMERICAN LEAGUE BALTIMORE (5) — Re-signed B.J. Surhoff, of, to a $1.1 million, one-year contract; signed Chris Gomez, ss, Toronto, to…

  • For MLB, changes in Cuba will take time to sort out

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fred Claire can see the day when Major League Baseball teams open academies for prospects in Cuba. “It’s absolutely a natural, just as the Dominican was and Venezuela. You go to where the talent is,” the former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager said Wednesday. “The high talent level for Cuban players…

  • US-Cuba thaw could benefit farmers, energy and travel firms

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Freighters once carried Cuban nickel and limestone to the port of New Orleans and North Dakota beans to Havana. Cuban families ate bowls of American rice, while U.S. tourists flocked to casinos and nightclubs in Havana. The United States’ commercial ties with Cuba were broken 54 years ago after Fidel Castro took…

  • D-backs avoid arbitration with reliever Hernandez

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration with reliever David Hernandez, agreeing to a $2 million, one-year contract. The hard-throwing right-hander missed all of last season after Tommy John surgery. Because the contract is not guaranteed, Hernandez could be released before opening day for roughly one-quarter or one-sixth of his salary in termination…

  • AP source: Romo close to $15M, 2-year deal with Giants

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Free agent reliever Sergio Romo is closing in on a $15 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because a final detail remained to be worked out and the agreement was subject to a…

  • Indians second baseman Kipnis has finger surgery

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis’ tough 2014 season has carried into his offseason. The Indians second baseman underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a damaged tendon in his left ring finger, an injury he sustained while working out with weights in Chicago. Kipnis was examined over the weekend by team medical personnel and his operation was…

  • Wednesday’s Sports Transactions

    BASEBALL American League BOSTON RED SOX — Acquired RHP Anthony Varvaro from Atlanta Braves for RHP Aaron Kurcz and cash considerations. SEATTLE MARINERS — Acquired OF Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs for RHP Matt Brazis. Designated RHP Logan Bawcom for assignment. TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Agreed to terms with OF Ryan Kalish on a…

  • A-Rod cousin seeks delay in drug trial

    MIAMI (AP) — A cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez is asking a federal judge to delay his trial on charges stemming from his dealings with the Florida clinic tied to more than a dozen baseball players suspended for violating the sport’s drug program. The lawyer for Yuri Sucart said in a court…

  • Wednesday’s Sports Transactions

    BASEBALL American League BOSTON RED SOX — Acquired RHP Anthony Varvaro from Atlanta Braves for RHP Aaron Kurcz and cash considerations. SEATTLE MARINERS — Acquired OF Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs for RHP Matt Brazis. Designated RHP Logan Bawcom for assignment. TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Agreed to terms with OF Ryan Kalish on a…

  • New Braves OF Nick Markakis has neck surgery

    ATLANTA (AP) — New Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has undergone surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. The fusion operation was performed Wednesday in Atlanta by Dr. Steven Wray. The Braves say the operation was a success and Markakis should be able to resume baseball activities before spring training in late February, though…

  • Morse and Marlins finalize $16 million, 2-year contract

    MIAMI (AP) — Michael Morse and the Miami Marlins have finalized a $16 million, two-year contract. Morse gets a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $7 million next season and $8 million in 2016 under the agreement announced Wednesday. He can earn a $250,000 performance bonus each year for reaching 550 plate appearances. The…