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Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez are elected to the Hall of Fame

If the last strike killed baseball in Montreal, Rick Monday wounded it. Get to the World Series, and a town falls in love with its team — not just the diehards, but the citizens more interested in civic pride than Curtis Pride. Before the 1994 Expos — the best team in baseball when the strike hit...

  • Dodgers avoid arbitration with Yasmani Grandal, Alex Wood

    Dodgers avoid arbitration with Yasmani Grandal, Alex Wood

    The Dodgers settled their final four arbitration cases for the winter, reaching one-year agreements with catcher Yasmani Grandal, left-handed pitcher Alex Wood, right-handed pitcher Josh Fields and left-handed pitcher Luis Avilan. Grandal will earn the largest salary of the bunch, agreeing to a...

  • MLB report: Trevor Bauer agrees to $3.55-million, one-year deal with Indians

    MLB report: Trevor Bauer agrees to $3.55-million, one-year deal with Indians

    Not always in accord, Trevor Bauer and the Cleveland Indians met in the middle on something.  The enigmatic right-hander, whose best season in the majors was tarnished by a postseason drone accident in 2016, avoided salary arbitration with the team by agreeing Thursday to a $3.55-million, one-year...

  • Why Chargers' departure for L.A. won't make Padres a power, even as the only game in town

    Why Chargers' departure for L.A. won't make Padres a power, even as the only game in town

    The Clippers bolted for Los Angeles, and now the Chargers have followed more than 30 years later. The Padres are the lone major sports team left in San Diego, and the only Major League Baseball team that does not have to share its market with an NFL, NBA or NHL team. Good for the Padres? Sure. ...

  • Dodgers appear fairly well set except at second base

    Dodgers appear fairly well set except at second base

    Few baseball players available this off-season better fit the needs of the Dodgers than Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier. He plays a position the team seeks to upgrade as it prepares for 2017. He offers power as a right-handed hitter, a commodity the team often lacked last season. He...

  • Re-signing Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner redefines Dodgers

    Re-signing Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner redefines Dodgers

    Who are the Dodgers? For the last couple of years, they were Clayton Kershaw, Adrian Gonzalez and a group of replaceable mercenaries. They were Andrew Friedman’s mad experiment, a statistically driven machine that made transactions with minimal regard for the human cost. They were the team that...

  • Justin Turner: I had offers from others, but not from Angels

    Justin Turner: I had offers from others, but not from Angels

    Justin Turner wanted to return to the Dodgers, and the Dodgers wanted him back. But Turner said he considered offers from “a few” other teams before signing a four-year, $64-million contract with the Dodgers. “It’s obviously flattering to be wanted,” Turner said Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. “At...

  • Dodgers make it official, announce Kenley Jansen's new five-year deal

    Dodgers make it official, announce Kenley Jansen's new five-year deal

    A month after the terms were initially agreed on, the Dodgers on Tuesday formally announced a five-year, $80-million contract with closer Kenley Jansen. Jansen had embarked on his honeymoon shortly after the two sides reached a deal. The team is expected to hold a news conference with Jansen and...

  • Manny Ramirez signs to play in Japan

    Manny Ramirez signs to play in Japan

    Mannywood might be retired forever, but Manny Ramirez is not. The talented and enigmatic slugger has reached an agreement to play for Japan’s Kochi Fighting Dogs, the team announced. Ramirez, on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this year, is expected to fall far short of election. As...

  • MLB report: Mariners acquire Yovani Gallardo and Jarrod Dyson in pair of trades

    MLB report: Mariners acquire Yovani Gallardo and Jarrod Dyson in pair of trades

    The Seattle Mariners landed another option for their pitching rotation on Friday, acquiring right-hander Yovani Gallardo from the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder Seth Smith.  Seattle also will receive $2 million from the Orioles, equalizing the 2017 salaries of the players, in a deal that may...

  • Justin Turner signs $64-million, four-year Dodgers contract

    Justin Turner signs $64-million, four-year Dodgers contract

    Justin Turner and the Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized their $64-million, four-year deal, with the third baseman signing the contract Friday.  Turner gets a $4-million signing bonus, payable Dec. 31, under the agreement, and salaries of $12 million next year, $11 million in 2018, $18 million...

  • MLB notes: Rod Carew receives new heart and kidney

    MLB notes: Rod Carew receives new heart and kidney

    Former Angels infielder Rod Carew underwent successful heart and kidney transplant surgery Friday and is expected to make a full recovery. The Minnesota Twins said that the procedure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles lasted 13 hours. “We are overwhelmed with emotions right now — joy,...

  • Aroldis Chapman: Joe Maddon misused me in the World Series

    Aroldis Chapman: Joe Maddon misused me in the World Series

    A lot of people have questioned the way Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon used closer Aroldis Chapman during the World Series earlier this fall. Chapman is one of those people. “I believe there were a couple times where maybe I shouldn't be put in the game and he put me in,” Chapman said a day after...

  • MLB notes: Phillies keep Odubel Herrera with five-year deal

    MLB notes: Phillies keep Odubel Herrera with five-year deal

    The Philadelphia Phillies and Odubel Herrera agreed to a $30.5-million, five-year contract on Thursday, keeping the NL All-Star center fielder under the Phillies’ control through 2023. Herrera hit .286 with 15 homers, 87 runs and 25 stolen bases this year.  The Colorado Rockies agreed to a $19-million,...

  • Angels make a catching swap for Milwaukee's Martin Maldonado

    Angels make a catching swap for Milwaukee's Martin Maldonado

    The Angels acquired veteran catcher Martin Maldonado from Milwaukee on Tuesday in exchange for a younger player at the same position, Jett Bandy, who broke out this summer before fading in September. The Angels also received a right-handed relief prospect, Long Beach State product Drew Gagnon,...

  • As World Series drought approaches 30 years, Dodgers stand firm in their future

    As World Series drought approaches 30 years, Dodgers stand firm in their future

    It has been three long years since the Boston Red Sox last won the World Series. The Red Sox have not won a single postseason game since then. The preschools of New England are overflowing with kids that have not been alive long enough to see a championship parade. This kind of civic angst cannot...

  • New MLB policy bans hazing practice of dressing rookies as women

    New MLB policy bans hazing practice of dressing rookies as women

    The baseball hazing ritual of dressing up rookies as Wonder Woman, Hooters Girls and Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders is now banned. Major League Baseball created an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy that covers the practice. As part of the sport's new labor deal, set to be ratified by both sides...

  • Trade is a homecoming for new Anaheim Angels second baseman Danny Espinosa

    Trade is a homecoming for new Anaheim Angels second baseman Danny Espinosa

    Danny Espinosa did not ask for a trade from the only major league organization he'd ever known, but he was happy to hear that the Washington Nationals had traded him to the Angels on Saturday. He said during a conference call with reporters Monday that it was nice to feel wanted. The Angels are...

  • Why the luxury tax increase is tip money to the 2017 Dodgers

    Why the luxury tax increase is tip money to the 2017 Dodgers

    News: The Dodgers are expected to bring back their top three free agents — Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner and Rich Hill — at a combined commitment of $192 million. Reaction: What about those supposedly stiff luxury-tax penalties in the new collective bargaining agreement? They don’t fully kick in...

  • Re-signing Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner means the Dodgers can remain contenders

    Re-signing Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner means the Dodgers can remain contenders

    On the surface, what the Dodgers did Monday didn’t look like progress. They agreed to a new contract with Kenley Jansen and were on the verge of re-signing third baseman Justin Turner, which means the team they will field next year may be nearly identical to the team they fielded this year.  Except...

  • Dodgers splurge on Kenley Jansen, close in on reunion with Justin Turner

    Dodgers splurge on Kenley Jansen, close in on reunion with Justin Turner

    On Saturday evening, inside the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort in Curacao, four members of the 2016 Dodgers gathered with their spouses for a photograph. In the center of the shot, wearing a bow-tie, sat Kenley Jansen. To his left was Justin Turner, his collar unbuttoned, with Scott Van Slyke...

  • Dodgers re-sign closer Kenley Jansen to five-year, $80-million contract

    Dodgers re-sign closer Kenley Jansen to five-year, $80-million contract

    When the Dodgers left the Winter Meetings last week, a sense of pessimism pervaded their negotiations with closer Kenley Jansen. He was reportedly weighing a five-year, $80-million offer from Miami, and it was unclear if the Dodgers would match it. The weekend provided an answer. The Dodgers have...

  • Dodgers continue negotiations with Justin Turner

    Dodgers continue negotiations with Justin Turner

    As the Dodgers await closure on Kenley Jansen’s free agency, the team has continued negotiations on a multiyear contract with third baseman Justin Turner, according to people familiar with the situation who requested anonymity because the deal has not been finalized. UPDATE: The Dodgers signed...

  • Outfielder Dexter Fowler agrees to five-year deal with Cardinals

    Outfielder Dexter Fowler agrees to five-year deal with Cardinals

    After helping the Chicago Cubs end their long championship drought, center fielder Dexter Fowler finalized an $82.5-million, five-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. Fowler fills the last big hole left in the Cardinals lineup after moves made earlier in the off-season to shore...

  • MLB report: Red Sox land Mitch Moreland, draft Jeff Rutledge

    MLB report: Red Sox land Mitch Moreland, draft Jeff Rutledge

    The Boston Red Sox are bringing in Mitch Moreland to help replace David Ortiz in the batting order. The club agreed to terms with Moreland on a one-year contract Thursday. He is expected to share time with Hanley Ramirez at first base and designated hitter.  Moreland is a 31-year-old Gold Glove...

  • Angels conclude winter meetings without making a move

    Angels conclude winter meetings without making a move

    From Game 162 until the morning pitchers and catchers must report to Tempe Diablo Stadium for spring training in early February, the Angels’ off-season will span more than four months. Most of those days will be filled with inaction.  But the ethos of the annual winter meetings runs counter to...

  • As Kenley Jansen's market heats up, the Dodgers may need to ponder alternatives

    As Kenley Jansen's market heats up, the Dodgers may need to ponder alternatives

    A year ago, as the Dodgers pondered the free agency of a vital member of their pitching staff, the organization opted for restraint over aggression. The club declined to match Arizona’s offer for Zack Greinke, absorbed the public relations blowback and pieced together a rotation at less exorbitant...

  • Dodgers waiting on Kenley Jansen as Aroldis Chapman signs with Yankees

    Dodgers waiting on Kenley Jansen as Aroldis Chapman signs with Yankees

    At a quarter past 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dodgers General Manager Farhan Zaidi made a prediction that did not exactly classify as bold, given the languid pace of discussions this week at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. “I don’t necessarily see us doing anything in the next 12 hours,”...

  • Angels Manager Mike Scioscia continues to believe in set roles for his relievers

    Angels Manager Mike Scioscia continues to believe in set roles for his relievers

    Across baseball, the idea of more versatile, flexible bullpens is gaining traction, pushed along by several teams’ successful experimentation in this year’s postseason. It’s been the sport’s custom in recent decades, but a team’s most effective reliever need not always be reserved for the ninth...

  • Nationals acquire Adam Eaton; Rockies land Ian Desmond

    Nationals acquire Adam Eaton; Rockies land Ian Desmond

    The Washington Nationals did make a deal with the Chicago White Sox during their hometown winter meetings, after all, only it was for center fielder Adam Eaton, not lefty Chris Sale.  The price of Wednesday's swap was still steep: Washington parted with three young pitchers, including top prospect...

  • Cubs get closer Wade Davis from Royals for outfielder Jorge Soler

    Cubs get closer Wade Davis from Royals for outfielder Jorge Soler

    Wade Davis already had closed out a World Series. And that was part of his appeal for the Chicago Cubs. In a trade between the last two champions, the Cubs acquired the All-Star reliever from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for outfielder Jorge Soler. Davis immediately takes over the spot held...

  • Dodgers hope for more stamina from Kenta Maeda in 2017

    Dodgers hope for more stamina from Kenta Maeda in 2017

    Kenta Maeda made 32 starts in his rookie season. In 19 of them, he received more than four days of rest, operating on a schedule similar to the one he followed for years in Japan. As Maeda prepares for his second year as a Dodger, Manager Dave Roberts acknowledged that Maeda would need to conform...

  • Around the MLB: Sale goes to Boston in deal for prospects

    Around the MLB: Sale goes to Boston in deal for prospects

    The Boston Red Sox acquired left-hander Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday for a package of four prospects.  “The ability to get a Chris Sale doesn’t come along very often,” said Dave Dombrowski, president of baseball operations for the Red Sox.  Sale, 27, was an All-Star in each...

  • Angels have plenty of rotation options for 2017

    Angels have plenty of rotation options for 2017

    Naming them all took more than a minute. Twelve men have some chance to open 2016 in the Angels’ starting rotation, and Billy Eppler methodically went through them Tuesday evening in his Winter Meetings hotel room at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. It is essentially eight pitchers...

  • Still hopeful for reunion with Justin Turner, Dodgers explore infield trade market

    Still hopeful for reunion with Justin Turner, Dodgers explore infield trade market

    As the second day of baseball’s winter meetings wound to a close, the Dodgers churned through a variety of scenarios, searching for solutions to their vacancies at third base, second base and closer. Team officials arrived here Sunday aware of these holes. Andrew Friedman, the team’s president...

  • Red Sox display philosophical difference with Dodgers by trading top prospect for ace Chris Sale

    Red Sox display philosophical difference with Dodgers by trading top prospect for ace Chris Sale

    Corey Seager? Julio Urias? Joc Pederson?  The Dodgers have held onto all three, despite plenty of chances to trade them. The Dodgers believe — and they are not alone — that the best chance for long-term success is to retain their very best prospects and blend them onto the major league roster. ...

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