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How Manny's mega-deal impacts Bryce, others

Is Harper set to top Machado's record-setting contract?
Feb. 19th, 2019

Manny Machado is set to become the richest free agent in the history of American team sports, agreeing to a 10-year, $300 million contract on Tuesday with the Padres.How long will that record last?:: Manny Machado's deal with Padres ::The Machado news had barely been digested when all eyes immediately turned to

Machado to Padres on record deal, sources say

10-year, $300 million agreement is largest free-agent pact in American sports history
Feb. 19th, 2019

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres' bright future is rapidly becoming the present, and Tuesday presented the clearest evidence yet: Manny Machado is headed to San Diego.The superstar free-agent infielder agreed to a deal with the Padres on Tuesday morning, sources have told MLB.com. The agreement is for a record $300

The latest Harper free-agent rumors

Dec. 28th, 2018

After a seven-season tenure with the Nationals that included a National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2012, an NL MVP Award in 2015 and six All-Star nods, Bryce Harper is now a free agent for the first time.Below you will find a list of the latest news and

Machado in '19, '20, '21 ... projecting star's future

Jan. 10th, 2019

A version of this story first appeared on MLB.com on Jan. 9.Manny Machado was seeking one of the biggest contracts in baseball history this offseason, and now he has it. MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, citing a league source, reported Tuesday that the 26-year-old infielder had agreed to a 10-year, $300 million

Dodgers legend Don Newcombe dies at 92

Feb. 19th, 2019

Don Newcombe, one of the greatest pitchers in Dodgers history and one of the franchise's final links to Brooklyn and the days of Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella, died Tuesday after a lengthy illness. He was 92."Mentor at first, friend at the end, missed by anyone who got to know

Biggest free-agent contracts in MLB history

Machado set to receive baseball's first $300 million free-agent deal
Oct. 31st, 2018

For a long time, the 2018-19 free agency period was hyped as a potentially historic one. Now it's exactly that.With Bryce Harper and Manny Machado both hitting the market at once, it seemed like it was just a matter of who would sign a record-setting contract first. On Tuesday, after

Analyzing every big offseason move (thus far)

Feb. 10th, 2019

There have been dozens of moves so far this winter, including trades, free-agent signings, waiver claims and so on, and we'll be examining each of them right here. For our purposes, we're only looking at players who found new homes, so moves like Nathan Eovaldi and Steve Pearce returning to Boston,

Most shocking free-agent decisions in MLB history

Nov. 12th, 2018

Since the first free-agent signing of the modern era back in 1974, there have been several free-agent deals that shook the baseball world and realigned power across the Majors. Here's a look at several moves that changed the landscape of baseball, and in some cases were downright shocking:2018-19: Manny Machado

Lifting off: Healthy Judge puts foes on notice

With wrist injury in past, OF shows power, lauds '19 version of Yanks
Feb. 19th, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. -- Aaron Judge's megawatt smile was on display at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Tuesday afternoon, accompanied by glimpses of his light-tower power. Any discomfort in his right wrist has long been extinguished, which has the Yankees dreaming of another big-time season from their slugging right fielder.As the

Who's in the mix for D-backs' closer role?

Bradley, Holland are front-runners, but there are dark-horse candidates
@SteveGilbertMLB
Feb. 19th, 2019

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There's competition for the final spots in the bullpen. There's still some bench spots to be sorted through. They'll need to figure out how Ketel Marte looks in center field and Jake Lamb at first. But the most high-profile battle for the D-backs this spring will be

With Manny off market, Phils' focus on Harper

Feb. 19th, 2019

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Bryce Harper is the final superstar standing for the Phillies.The pressure to sign him intensified Tuesday, when they learned that Manny Machado agreed to a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The Phillies had pursued Machado since July, when they tried to acquire him before the

Giants in no hurry to look for Bochy's successor

Feb. 19th, 2019

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi knows he will eventually have to start compiling a list of potential candidates to succeed Bruce Bochy as manager, but the upcoming search isn't currently at the forefront of his mind."We're focused on this season," Zaidi said Tuesday at Cactus

7 important MLB trends to watch in 2019

More sliders, fewer strikes and lots of wild pitches
Feb. 15th, 2019

The game is changing, perhaps more quickly than ever. Forget comparing the sport to what it looked like in the 1960s or the '80s; the game has changed massively in just the last half-decade. Remember, just five years ago, we were all talking about the lack of power ,and no

Bauer addresses controversial tell-all story

Feb. 19th, 2019

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- All publicity is good publicity, according to Trevor Bauer.On Tuesday, Sports Illustrated released a story with the headline: "Trevor Bauer Is More Concerned About Being Right Than Being Liked." It took a deep dive into his professional career and personal life including a wide range of topics,

Ichiro is back at Mariners camp and he's signing lightsabers for his teammates

Ichiro signed a lightsaber for a teammate
Feb. 19th, 2019

Before they were professional baseball players, most Major Leaguers were baseball fans. As kids, they looked up to and idolized big leaguers, just like the rest of us, so it's never a surprise when guys ask their teammates or opponents for the occasional autograph. Ichiro Suzuki is definitely one of those

30 intriguing position battles -- 1 for each team

Feb. 18th, 2019

Stars might put fans in the seats, but baseball is a sport that rewards the most complete clubs. That's what makes Spring Training more than a series of exhibitions; big league jobs are on the line, and they could end up having a major impact on the season-end standings. The next

The top eight things San Diego will love about Manny Machado

Eight things San Diego will love about Machado
Feb. 19th, 2019

After weeks and even months of anticipation, Manny Machado finally found a new home. In one of the most surprising free agent signings in recent memory, the Padres reportedly won Machado's services with a 10-year, $300 million deal for the star shortstop. Fans of the teams reported to be at the

Diaz catapults to top of fantasy relief rankings

New Mets closer joins established veterans as a top-tier bullpen option
Feb. 8th, 2019

The Mets valued Edwin Díaz highly enough to pull out all the stops to acquire him -- and fantasy owners should too.Diaz headlines the top tier of closers for 2019. If you're planning to grab a relief pitcher relatively early, it's going to be either him or one of the

Pedro, Sale wowed by E-Rod's BP outing

Fully healthy, left-hander ready to take leap forward this season
Feb. 19th, 2019

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Eduardo Rodriguez threw a pitch in the bullpen on Tuesday morning that was so on point, it prompted ace Chris Sale to laugh.The legendary Pedro Martinez knows ace-speak, so he knew exactly what Sale meant by the laugh.:: Spring Training coverage presented by Camping World ::•

R.B.I. Baseball 19 hits consoles on March 5

Pre-orders available for Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch
Feb. 12th, 2019

Can't wait for Opening Day? Good news -- you can take the field early when R.B.I. Baseball 19 is released on March 5.R.B.I. 19 can be pre-ordered for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch online now. Fans can also catch a glimpse of what the game will look like

For Padres, Manny's magic worth every penny

Feb. 19th, 2019

This is how free agency is supposed to work, whether you agree with 10-year contracts in baseball or not, whether you think the San Diego Padres just made a good $300 million bet on Manny Machado or not, as sources tell MLB.com. The Padres spent this big to buy hope

Shoulder concerns sideline Carlos Martinez

Right-hander will not throw for at least two weeks
Feb. 19th, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- Continuing concerns about areas of weakness around Carlos Martínez's right shoulder prompted the Cardinals to transfer the right-hander to a two-week, no-throwing program that now puts his readiness for Opening Day in jeopardy.Manager Mike Shildt relayed the change in plan on Tuesday, one day after Martinez was

Riveting Max-Soto show follows intense D drills

Nats emphasizing fundamentals; Scherzer tunes for Grapefruit opener
Feb. 19th, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Nationals manager Dave Martinez wants to run Spring Training a little bit differently this year. Yes, he still wants his team to have fun and stay loose, as evidenced by a cabbage race earlier this week, but this year he wants to put an even heavier