• December 22, 2014


AP source: Hammel, Cubs agree to $20M, 2-year deal

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Pitcher Jason Hammel agreed to a $20 million, two-year contract to return to the Chicago Cubs, a person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press.

Baseball meetings to open with stress on offense

SAN DIEGO (AP) — When baseball officials last gathered in San Diego for the winter meetings, the session took place at the Town and Country Resort in Mission Valley. No free agents reached agreements and players claimed collusion, which led to the first of three grievances against owners and eventually a $280 million settlement.

Yanks strike deal with Miller, acquire Gregorius

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees made their first big moves to reshape for 2015, acquiring a shortstop to replace Derek Jeter and a relief pitcher who could take over from David Robertson as closer.

Rays hire newcomer Kevin Cash as manager

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays aren't wary of Kevin Cash's age and inexperience.

Twins announce $10.5M deal with Torii Hunter

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Torii Hunter first came up to the major leagues in 1997, Paul Molitor was bringing a Hall of Fame playing career to a close with his hometown Minnesota Twins.

Braves agree to 4-year deal with OF Nick Markakis

ATLANTA (AP) — Moving to fill an outfield void after the trade of Jason Heyward, the Atlanta Braves agreed Wednesday to a four-year contract with free agent Nick Markakis.

Mets' Harvey willing to accept limits on starts

NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Harvey wants to make sure he's on the mound in late October — if the New York Mets get there for the first time since 2006.

AP source: Royals, Hochevar agree to 2-year deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Right-hander Luke Hochevar and the Kansas City Royals agreed to a $10 million, two-year deal that should give the defending American League champions even more firepower in their bullpen.

AP source: Hunter agrees to $10.5M deal with Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Torii Hunter is coming back to the place it all began.

AP sources: Mariners, Cruz nearing contract

SEATTLE (AP) — The Mariners are on the verge of landing the right-handed slugger they were seeking for the middle of their batting order.

Josh Donaldson says Toronto has elements to win

TORONTO (AP) — Josh Donaldson has good memories of playing in Toronto. He made his major league debut there in 2010, striking out as a pinch-hitter. The following day he smacked a game-winning, two-run homer for his first career hit.

Panda heads put away with Sandoval's departure

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Those oversized panda heads are being put away — at least the ones seen in the first row at AT&T Park. Pablo Sandoval's bamboo-eating buddies aren't following him to Beantown.

Brewers' Braun optimistic about injured right hand

MILWAUKEE (AP) — As drivers pulled up in their cars to drop off canned goods at Miller Park, Ryan Braun collected the Thanksgiving donations and offered a warm handshake with his gloved right hand.

Pablo Sandoval reaches multiyear deal with Red Sox

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — From his three-homer game in the 2012 World Series to that lasting image of his arms in the air celebrating another championship last month, Pablo Sandoval left quite a mark in San Francisco.

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz on Hall of Fame ballot

NEW YORK (AP) — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.

Youngsters will make Astro’s second half worth watching

The Houston Astros are 16 games under .500 and almost 20 games out of first place in the American League West, but all is not lost.

West Coast providing excitement for MLB

Barring some really good fortune in the next four months, the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers won’t be a buyer at the trade deadline nor will they be vying for a playoff berth.

Analysis: Astros on the road to nowhere

The Houston Astros are going nowhere fast and are in last place in the American League West.

Analysis: Banged-up Rangers mired in mediocrity

At the moment, it must hurt to be a Texas Rangers fan, but being on the roster is literally painful.

Choo, Feldman providing early boost for Texas teams

The Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros may be the American League West bottom feeders in the early portion of the season, but a couple of free- agent additions have given Lone Star State baseball fans a reason to cheer. 

A-Rod sues MLB over drug ban

Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and its players' union Monday, seeking to overturn a season-long suspension imposed by an arbitrator who ruled there was "clear and convincing evidence" the New York Yankees star used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the sport's drug investigation.

Hall of Fame not shamed in 2014

A sportswriter’s job, primarily, is to write. But sometimes the job of the sportswriter is to vote.

Hundley's 2-run double in 8th gives Padres 4-2 win

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