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Friday’s deadline for non-tendering arbitration-eligible players provided few surprises among the 26 players added to this winter’s free-agent pool. The threat of paying them at arbitration-inflated prices might have liberated them to take their chances on the market, but they can use their newfound freedom to land solid deals to provide useful performances at affordable
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ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels have acquired pitcher Jim Johnson and the Atlanta Braves‘ remaining $1.21 million in international bonus signing allocation for minor league left-hander Justin Kelly, it was announced Thursday. The deal increases Los Angeles’ possible bonus offer to Shohei Ohtani to $1,315,000. Los Angeles had been 28th among the 30
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Right-hander Doug Fister spent a lot less time on the free-agent market this offseason, signing a $4 million deal Tuesday with the pitching-needy Texas Rangers. After being unsigned last season until May, Fister is now the first free agent to finalize a big league contract and the first to switch teams. “The Rangers approached me
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ATLANTA — Alex Anthopoulos began assembling his team in the Atlanta Braves‘ front office on Monday, hiring Andrew Tinnish as vice president of amateur and international scouting and promoting Perry Minasian to replace recently hired Adam Fisher as assistant general manager. Anthopoulos was hired as executive vice president and general manager two weeks ago, taking
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Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns confirmed on Sunday earlier reports that minor league infielder Javier Betancourt had been shot in his native Venezuela following an argument with a stranger on Friday. “We are aware of the incident and MLB security is investigating,” Stearns told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “Javier’s injuries are not life-threatening and he
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The Toronto Blue Jays have begun an internal investigation after the suspensions last week of six minor league players for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. “This situation is very disappointing and disturbing to the organization; disappointing that the players made these choices, but more so disturbing that some failure of our environment allowed this to
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