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Ichiro bats twice before leaving to ovation

45-year-old was second-oldest position player to start Opening Day
@gregjohnsmlb
an hour ago

TOKYO -- Ichiro Suzuki didn't get any hits in the Mariners' 9-7 Opening Day win over the A’s in the Tokyo Dome on Wednesday, but the venerable outfielder clearly was the hit attraction for a sold-out crowd relishing his return to Japan. Ichiro popped out in the third and worked

Report: Brewers talking to Kimbrel

March 19, 2019

Closer Craig Kimbrel has compiled an impressive resume during his nine seasons in the big leagues, recording a microscopic 1.91 ERA with a 0.92 WHIP, 333 saves and a 14.7 K/9 rate. Below you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the right-hander, who remains unsigned.

Source: Bregman, Astros agree to extension

@brianmctaggart
March 19, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Astros and All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman have agreed to a five-year, $100 million contract extension, a source told MLB.com on Tuesday. The deal is tied for the second-highest contract in club history, trailing only the five-year, $151 million contract extension given to former

Santana, Beckham power Mariners past A's

@gregjohnsmlb
42 minutes ago

TOKYO -- Many of the Mariners' familiar names are gone after an offseason makeover by general manager Jerry Dipoto, but the new crew made its presence felt in a 9-7 win over the A's on Wednesday in the first game of the Opening Series at the Tokyo Dome.

Trout, Halos agree to record $400M+ deal (source)

@RhettBollinger
March 19, 2019

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels and Mike Trout have agreed to a record-setting 12-year contract worth $426.5 million, according to sources. The Angels have not confirmed the deal. Trout, 27, was eligible to become a free agent after the 2020 season upon the completion of the six-year, $144.5 million deal

Rays, Lowe complete 6-year contract extension

@juanctoribio
31 minutes ago

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Rays and infielder/outfielder Brandon Lowe have agreed to a six-year, $24 million contract extension with two club options, the team announced Wednesday. Lowe’s extension runs through the 2024 season, with the Rays having club options for '25 and '26. With the deal, Lowe will make

Injury updates: Fulmer, Kershaw, Betances, Hicks

10:00 AM EDT

Here’s a roundup of the latest injury news around the Majors. Michael Fulmer, Tigers After seeking three separate opinions on his sore right elbow, Fulmer revealed Wednesday that he will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair the damaged ulnar collateral ligament. Fulmer has not yet scheduled the surgery or picked

The 2019 Opening Day starters are...

@SlangsOnSports
March 19, 2019

MLB.com is keeping track of each team’s Opening Day starting pitcher as they are announced. Noted in parentheses are how many times that pitcher has started on Opening Day. AL EAST Blue Jays: Marcus Stroman (2nd) vs. DET 2018 OD starter: J.A. Happ Stroman was solid in his first opening

Projected 2019 lineups, rotations for every team

March 18, 2019

Spring Training is in full swing, and Opening Day is fast approaching. For some players, the Cactus League in Arizona and Grapefruit League in Florida provide nothing more than a chance to shake off some rust. For others, it’s an opportunity to win a roster spot or a starting position.

Fantasy Draft Central: Everything in one place

March 19, 2019

Is this your year to hoist a fantasy title (or two, or three)? MLB.com is here with the draft tools to help make that dream a reality. Top 800 fantasy player rankings: Whether you play in a standard-size league or a more challenging one, use this exhaustive list as your

Top prospects: Who's still up? Who got cut?

@GoldenSombrero and @_dadler
March 19, 2019

Many of the game’s top prospects had a chance to gain experience and show what they could do against Major League competition during Spring Training, but Opening Day is near, and teams are whittling down their rosters. Most of the prospects remaining in camp are either already assured of a

These 11 players could break out this season

March 17, 2019

The best players in baseball in 2018 were ... well, they were Mike Trout and Mookie Betts, obviously. Plus Jacob deGrom, and Max Scherzer, and Francisco Lindor, and on and on. There's so many superstars in the game right now. But the names you know right now that you may

Kikuchi set to debut on Thursday in Japan

Lefty slated to be first Japanese player to begin MLB career in country
@gregjohnsmlb
7:56 AM EDT

TOKYO -- While most eyes have been on Ichiro Suzuki this week, Yusei Kikuchi doesn’t mind. He’s as big a fan as anybody of the Mariners’ icon and has enjoyed his front-row seat to history. When Kikuchi first signed with Seattle in January, he’d only seen Ichiro from afar. Growing

A's mash three HRs, but edged out by Seattle

@JaneMLB
10:08 AM EDT

TOKYO -- For much of 2018, the A's relied on a deep lineup and a bullish bullpen to mask a weak rotation, a fickle formula that resulted in 97 wins and an unexpected playoff appearance. The club's decision-makers were consequently conservative in their offseason approach, hoping the same system works

9 teams most affected by Trout deal

@williamfleitch
March 19, 2019

Mike Trout agreeing to a 12-year, $430 million deal with the Angels is such a big deal that every team in baseball can’t help but be affected by it. The whole sport is altered by it. It’s the largest contract in sports history -- with the highest annual average and

A look at each club's closer situation in '19

March 19, 2019

Teams can have solid starting pitching, strong middle relief and a potent offense, but if they don’t have a closer waiting in the bullpen to finish off games, wins won’t be easy to come by. And while not every club has an Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen waiting in the

Buehler sharp, hits 99 mph in Cactus debut

@kengurnick
1:50 AM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Everything about Walker Buehler is special, even the way he rebounds from injury. Making a first Spring Training start that was delayed until Tuesday night by arm discomfort, Buehler threw 2 2/3 innings for the Dodgers in a 4-2 loss to the Indians and was pulled after

Henderson revels in sights and sounds of Tokyo

@JaneMLB
9:47 AM EDT

TOKYO -- Rickey Henderson was back in an A’s uniform Wednesday. Bat in hand, the Hall of Famer stepped to the plate, adorned in abundant applause from an electrified crowd at the Tokyo Dome, and whiffed at the ceremonial first pitch. Those were the orders, he said. Either take the

Every transaction from this offseason, team by team

March 17, 2019

With the new season underway soon, here is a list of each club's acquisitions this offseason. AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Blue Jays Clay Buchholz, RHP (free agent) Freddy Galvis, INF (free agent) Bud Norris, RHP (free agent) David Phelps, RHP (free agent) Clayton Richard, LHP (trade with Padres) Matt Shoemaker, RHP

The 10 largest contracts in MLB history

Via free agency or contract extensions, these superstars raised the bar
@mattkellyMLB
March 19, 2019

Alex Rodriguez’s second quarter-billion-dollar-plus contract in 2007 was large enough to boggle minds and reign as the industry standard for nearly a decade. But now, it’s clear the top end of baseball’s market has caught up. Mike Trout's reported record-setting deal with the Angels not only cements his status as

Mariners set 25-man Opening Day roster

Ichiro added, expected to start in RF on Wednesday
@gregjohnsmlb
March 19, 2019

TOKYO -- The Mariners have set their 25-man roster for Opening Day and, indeed, Ichiro Suzuki was added to the Major League roster, and is expected to start in right field when Seattle takes on the A’s in the first game of the Opening Series on Wednesday at 2:35 a.m.

A's finalize 28-man roster for Japan Series

@JaneMLB
March 19, 2019

TOKYO -- The A’s on Tuesday finalized their roster as they gear up for Wednesday's 2:35 a.m. PT first pitch against the Mariners at the Tokyo Dome. A handful of transactions were made in the process: The A’s selected catcher Nick Hundley’s contract in order to add him to the