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Cardinals hope Paul Goldschmidt can lead them back to playoffs

After missing postseason play for the past three seasons, the St. Louis Cardinals believe they’ve struck gold with Paul Goldschmidt in their quest to play into October. St. Louis acquired …


Carlos Correa, Tommy Pham both win arbitration cases, players lead 3-1

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa and Tampa Bay outfielder Tommy Pham have won their salary arbitration cases. The decisions gave players a 3-1 lead over teams in cases this winter. …


Cleared after aneurysm, Danny Farquhar agrees to deal with Yankees

Pitcher Danny Farquhar has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Yankees after recovering from a ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage sustained while pitching for the Chicago …


How New York and national media covered Jackie Robinson’s 1947 MLB debut

Thursday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier, and this is how media covered Jackie Robinson’s debut with the Brooklyn …


Nolan Arenado, Rockies agree at $26M, most ever for arb eligible

Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $26 million deal to avoid arbitration, the largest one-year salary for an arbitration-eligible player. Josh Donaldson set the previous mark …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 10:23 a.m.

Rangers’ new stadium will have synthetic turf, not grass

The Texas Rangers will use specially designed synthetic playing surface rather than grass in their new retractable-roof stadium that opens in 2020. Texas’ decision will make the Rangers the fourth …


Mariners finally get chance to honor Edgar Martinez’ election

Edgar Martinez finally got to celebrate his Hall of Fame election in the place he called home for his entire career. Martinez spent last week being honored on the East …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 5:01 p.m.

Back from lifetime ban, Jenrry Mejia gets minors deal with Red Sox

Relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia, allowed back into baseball after a lifetime ban caused by three positive drug tests, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox. …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 25, 2019, 2:49 p.m.

Mike Mussina will not have team logo on Hall of Fame plaque’s cap

Mike Mussina will not have a team logo on the cap of his Hall of Fame plaque. The Hall announced the decision three days after Mussina was elected. Mussina spent …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 25, 2019, 2 p.m.

Swoosh up front: Nike to replace Under Armour for MLB

The swoosh is expected to be on the front of Major League Baseball uniforms starting in 2020. Nike will take over from Majestic Athletic as Major League Baseball’s uniform supplier …


Mariners executives deny allegations they disparaged players

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto and director of player development Andy McKay have strongly denied allegations from the team’s former high performance director that they disparaged Latino players. Dipoto and …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 3:56 p.m.

AP source: A.J. Pollock agrees to $55M, 4-year deal with Dodgers

Free-agent outfielder A.J. Pollock and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a $55 million, four-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The 31-year-old outfielder …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 3:24 p.m.

Union: Dead time in free-agent market ‘threat to our game’

Baseball players’ association head Tony Clark expressed concern over a second straight offseason that has seen many free agents remain without deals less than a month before spring training. He …


Mariners won’t promise spot to Ichiro after Japan trip

The plan seems to be in place for Ichiro Suzuki to be on the Seattle Mariners expanded roster when they open the regular season with two games in his native …


AP source: MLB seeks to increase DL, option time

Major League Baseball has proposed going back to a 15-day disabled list and increasing the time optioned players usually must spend in the minor leagues, a person familiar with the …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 5:47 p.m.

No hat logo for Roy Halladay’s Hall plaque; Mike Mussina uncertain

Roy Halladay won’t have a logo on the cap of his Hall of Fame plaque, and Mike Mussina wants some time before giving his opinion to the Hall, which makes …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 5:42 p.m.

To Hall of Famers, baseball has transformed at dizzying pace

Baseball has transformed at dizzying speed since Edgar Martinez took his final swing and Mike Mussina, Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay threw their final pitches. Mussina, appearing at a news …


Mariners bring back Ichiro on minor league contract with invitation to spring training

Sources confirm the Mariners’ deal they have often said they were going to make with the iconic outfielder. He will go with the team on its trip to Japan.


Next year it’s Derek Jeter’s chance to join Mariano Rivera in the Hall

Derek Jeter headlines the group of candidates who will be newly eligible for baseball’s Hall of Fame next year. Mariano Rivera, Jeter’s longtime teammate with the New York Yankees, was …


Tim Dahlberg: Hall of Fame is becoming a crowded place

Edgar Martinez got in just as his chances were running out, meaning baseball’s Hall of Fame will have yet another designated hitter. Three pitchers are in the newly elected class, …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 11:04 p.m.

John Blanchette: Overlooked no more – Edgar Martinez gets the national recognition he deserves with Hall of Fame induction

Once the Seattle Mariners’ Hall of Fame designated hitter puts that decisive swing on Jack McDowell’s split-fingered fastball and the camera tracks the ball into left field, you never see …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 10 p.m.

‘Too valuable not to be on the field’: George Brett reacts to Edgar Martinez’s induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Martinez spent his entire 18 seasons with the M’s, a rarity in the free-agent era of the game. He shares that distinction with another Hall of Famer with area ties …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 11:07 p.m.

Mariano Rivera 1st unanimous Hall of Fame pick; Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina also in

Mariano Rivera has become baseball’s first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, elected along with Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina. Rivera received all 425 votes in balloting by the …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 8:59 p.m.

Seattle Mariners legend Edgar Martinez receives the call to the Hall

After nine years appearing on the ballot, and falling just 20 votes short last year, Seattle Mariners legend Edgar Martinez became the first player who played the majority of his …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 4:31 p.m.

Starter Sonny Gray knows about Reds’ history and ballpark

Sonny Gray knows what he’s getting into even before he arrives in Cincinnati. His father tried out for the Reds and failed to make the cut, but remained a huge …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 2:07 p.m.

Edgar Martinez, Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay seem set for Hall election

Mariano Rivera was picked by all 228 voters totaled through midafternoon Tuesday afternoon by Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame vote tracker, about half the expected ballots. Roy Halladay also appeared …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 5:33 p.m.

Nick Markakis stays with Braves for $6 million deal

The Braves have agreed to one-year contract to bring back All-Star outfielder Nick Markakis, a deal worth a guaranteed $6 million. Markakis’ deal includes a $4 million salary this year …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 20, 2019, 6:24 p.m.

Fussin’ and feudin’: Cards, Cubs stoke rivalry, trade barbs

ST. LOUIS – To St. Louis pitcher John Brebbia, this fussin’ and feudin’ between the Cardinals and Chicago Cubs is a perfect winter warmup. “Honestly, people were kind of forgetting …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 10:10 p.m.

Seattle left-hander Marco Gonzales returns to Spokane as part of Mariners Caravan

Dozens of children, most donning Mariners gear but a few representing Gonzaga, sat rapt in front of Marco Gonzales, taking turns asking questions.


Bone cancer claims Mel Stottlemyre at age 77

Mel Stottlemyre, who came out of the tiny Yakima Valley town of Mabton to become a star pitcher for the New York Yankees, has died of bone-marrow cancer at age …