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Padres Sign Infielder Manny Machado to 10-Year Contract

Machado Signed Through the 2028 Season

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres have signed infielder Manny Machado to a 10-year, $300 million contract through the 2028 season, Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller announced today. The agreement, which is the largest for a free agent in Major League history, includes an opt-out clause after the 2023 season. To make room for Machado on the 40-man roster, the Padres transferred right-hander Dinelson Lamet to the 60-day Injured List.

 

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres have signed infielder Manny Machado to a 10-year, $300 million contract through the 2028 season, Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller announced today. The agreement, which is the largest for a free agent in Major League history, includes an opt-out clause after the 2023 season. To make room for Machado on the 40-man roster, the Padres transferred right-hander Dinelson Lamet to the 60-day Injured List.

 

In 162 games between the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers last season, Machado batted .297 (188-for-632) with a 6.2 WAR (FanGraphs) .367 OBP, .538 SLG, .905 OPS, 35 doubles, three triples, 37 home runs, 107 RBI (career high), 70 walks, 14 stolen bases and 84 runs scored. The 26-year-old tied for the most games played in MLB and finished T-3rd in hits, 4th in total bases (340), T-6th in multi-hit games (54), T-7thin game-winning RBI (14), T-8th in RBI, 9th in WAR, T-9th in HR, and 11th in SLG and OPS. His splits between right and left-handed pitchers were nearly identical, as he posted a .298/.358/.539 slash line against righties and a .297/.386/.535 line versus southpaws. During the 2018 postseason, Machado homered in three of his first five games and reached base safely in 13 of 16 games overall.  

 

"Manny Machado is a generational talent, and we're ecstatic that he's chosen to spend his prime years in a San Diego Padres uniform," Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler and General Partner Peter Seidler said in a joint statement today. "This momentous agreement speaks volumes to the direction of our organization, as well as our commitment to bringing a World Series Championship to the Friar Faithful and the City of San Diego."

 

"Manny is one of the truly elite players in baseball and impacts the game on both sides of the ball," said Preller. "The resume that Manny has built at such a young age puts him in an exclusive club of big-league talent, and we feel fortunate to have the support of Ron, Peter and the entire ownership group to make this deal possible. We've spent the last several years building a foundation of talent throughout our system that allows us to make a landmark signing such as this. Our scouting, front office and research & development groups all believe that Manny is the right player at the right time for us. His combination of youth, experience and ability makes him a perfect fit for the Padres both now and in the future as we work to build a perennial contender at the Major League level."

 

A four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner, Machado has posted a .282 average (1050-for-3720) with a .822 OPS, 211 doubles, 12 triples, 175 home runs, 513 RBI, 296 walks and 522 runs scored in 926 career games. Originally selected by the Orioles in the first round (third overall) of the 2010 First-Year Player draft out of Brito Miami Private High School (Fl.), Machado has finished in the Top 10 of AL MVP voting five times and Top 5 four times. Since his first full Major League season in 2013, he is tied with Joey Votto for sixth place among all position players in WAR (29.0), trailing only Mike Trout (54.0), Josh Donaldson (35.6), Paul Goldschmidt (32.9), Mookie Betts (30.5) and Jose Altuve (29.4). 

 

Machado will wear No. 13.

San Diego Padres

Phillies' Spring Training Home Opener on Saturday at Spectrum Field!

Pineapple Shack's Famous Dole Whips & More Foods with Florida Flavor to Debut; Plus St. Patrick's Day Game Details Announced

Baseball's back at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla!

On Saturday, February 23, the Phillies will host their Grapefruit League home opener during a 1:05 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This will be the first chance for fans to get a glimpse of the 2019 Phillies, as well as what's new at the ballpark, including Spring Training food, fandom and fashion.

Baseball's back at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla!

On Saturday, February 23, the Phillies will host their Grapefruit League home opener during a 1:05 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This will be the first chance for fans to get a glimpse of the 2019 Phillies, as well as what's new at the ballpark, including Spring Training food, fandom and fashion.

What to Know About Phillies Spring Training at Spectrum Field

 

1. Matchups and fan fun at Spectrum Field: The official Phillies Spring Training schedule features 16 home games, including matchups against the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros.

Other highlights include the annual St. Patrick's Day game against the Yankees on Sunday, March 17, a Spring Training tradition that features green attire - with all players wearing a new, on-field St. Patrick's Day hat. This game will also include the Phillies Charities Silent Auction & Wives Mystery Ball Sale. Fans will get the chance to bid on game-used and autographed memorabilia, as well as take part in a signed Mystery Ball Sale, all to benefit local charities in the City of Clearwater.>

The exclusive auction and mystery ball experience will also take place on Thursday, March 21, 1:05 p.m. vs. the Blue Jays.

The Club will play their final home Spring Training game on Monday, March 25, against the Rays. The full Spring Training schedule is available here.

2. Spectrum Field to offer tasty new foods indigenous to Florida and the Clearwater area, such as Pineapple Shack's famous Dole Whips! Food has always been a big part of the Phillies Spring Training experience - and this season is no different. The ballpark menu features a new lineup of "Florida's Phinest" foods. Offerings include:

 

  • Pineapple Shack's famous Dole Whips, the Aloha Colada Whips and Dole Pineapple Cones.
  • Orange juice ice cream, chocolate key lime pie on a stick, and homemade strawberry shortcake.
  • New seafood options, such as the grouper po'boy sandwich and the grouper meal, calamari and fried shrimp.
  • Giant root beer floats and creamsicle floats; soft service ice cream at the Westshore Pizza stand, also serving pizza and meatball sandwiches.
  • Fresh spun cotton candy.
  • New Pop Fusions gourmet popsicles made with only fresh ingredients like oranges, lemons and blueberries. Fans 21 and over can enjoy Pop Fusions gourmet popsicles infused with alcohol to dip in their drink from the Tiki Bar.
  • Other must-have foods include Delco's cheesesteaks, chicken cheesesteaks and cheesesteak nachos; Abe's Philly Fries, boneless wings and grouper bites; Pete and Shorty's famous Shorty Burgers; and tacos, bowls, chips with salsa, queso, or guacamole at Tijuana Flats. Also making its return is the Boar's Head Cuban Sandwich in right field. Fans can also enjoy Spectrum Field's specialty hot dog stand, as well as a new grill stand serving up jumbo Hatfield hot dogs, sausages and TNT hamburgers. Hampton Farms peanuts will be offered as well.

     

    3. The world-famous Frenchy's Tiki Bar returns to Spectrum Field! This popular area features everything from cold draft beer to rum buckets, to frozen drinks to margarita buckets and everything in between. Fans can also find many local craft beers throughout the ballpark.

    4. New Spring Training merchandise and on-field items will be available only at Diamond Outfitters, the Phillies Official Spring Training team store at Spectrum Field: Items include new Spring Training caps from New Era and '47 Brand, clothing with unique Florida designs for men, women and children, and jewelry and accessories galore.

    5. Be on the lookout for the Phillie Phanatic at every game at Spectrum Field. The best mascot in sports will be at every Spring Training game!

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Philadelphia Phillies

Phillies' Spring Training Home Opener on Saturday at Spectrum Field! Pineapple Shack's Famous Dole Whips & More Foods with Florida Flavor to Debut; Plus St. Patrick's Day Game Details Announced

Baseball's back at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla!

 

Baseball's back at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla!

 

On Saturday, February 23, the Phillies will host their Grapefruit League home opener during a 1:05 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This will be the first chance for fans to get a glimpse of the 2019 Phillies, as well as what's new at the ballpark, including Spring Training food, fandom and fashion.

 

What to Know About Phillies Spring Training at Spectrum Field

 

  1. Matchups and fan fun at Spectrum Field: The official Phillies Spring Training schedule features 16 home games, including matchups against the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros.

Other highlights include the annual St. Patrick's Day game against the Yankees on Sunday, March 17, a Spring Training tradition that features green attire - with all players wearing a new, on-field St. Patrick's Day hat. This game will also include the Phillies Charities Silent Auction & Wives Mystery Ball Sale. Fans will get the chance to bid on game-used and autographed memorabilia, as well as take part in a signed Mystery Ball Sale, all to benefit local charities in the City of Clearwater.

 

The exclusive auction and mystery ball experience will also take place on Thursday, March 21, 1:05 p.m. vs. the Blue Jays.

 

The Club will play their final home Spring Training game on Monday, March 25, against the Rays. The full Spring Training schedule is available here.

  1. Spectrum Field to offer tasty new foods indigenous to Florida and the Clearwater area, such as Pineapple Shack's famous Dole Whips! Food has always been a big part of the Phillies Spring Training experience - and this season is no different. The ballpark menu features a new lineup of "Florida's Phinest" foods. Offerings include:
  • Pineapple Shack's famous Dole Whips, the Aloha Colada Whips and Dole Pineapple Cones.
  • Orange juice ice cream, chocolate key lime pie on a stick, and homemade strawberry shortcake.
  • New seafood options, such as the grouper po'boy sandwich and the grouper meal, calamari and fried shrimp.
  • Giant root beer floats and creamsicle floats; soft service ice cream at the Westshore Pizza stand, also serving pizza and meatball sandwiches. 
  • Fresh spun cotton candy.
  • New Pop Fusions gourmet popsicles made with only fresh ingredients like oranges, lemons and blueberries. Fans 21 and over can enjoy Pop Fusions gourmet popsicles infused with alcohol to dip in their drink from the Tiki Bar.

Other must-have foods include Delco's cheesesteaks, chicken cheesesteaks and cheesesteak nachos; Abe's Philly Fries, boneless wings and grouper bites; Pete and Shorty's famous Shorty Burgers; and tacos, bowls, chips with salsa, queso, or guacamole at Tijuana Flats. Also making its return is the Boar's Head Cuban Sandwich in right field. Fans can also enjoy Spectrum Field's specialty hot dog stand, as well as a new grill stand serving up jumbo Hatfield hot dogs, sausages and TNT hamburgers. Hampton Farms peanuts will be offered as well.

  1. The world-famous Frenchy's Tiki Bar returns to Spectrum Field! This popular area features everything from cold draft beer to rum buckets, to frozen drinks to margarita buckets and everything in between. Fans can also find many local craft beers throughout the ballpark.
     
  2. New Spring Training merchandise and on-field items will be available only at Diamond Outfitters, the Phillies Official Spring Training team store at Spectrum Field:  Items include new Spring Training caps from New Era and '47 Brand, clothing with unique Florida designs for men, women and children, and jewelry and accessories galore.
     
  3. Be on the lookout for the Phillie Phanatic at every game at Spectrum Field. The best mascot in sports will be at every Spring Training game!

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Coco Crisp to join A's radio broadcast as game analyst

Crisp to debut on March 10 for Spring Training game versus the Giants

Bringing the Bernie Lean back to the Coliseum, the Oakland A's today announced that former A's outfielder Coco Crisp has joined the radio broadcast team as a game analyst.

Crisp will join the radio booth for 33 games throughout the 2019 season and will be featured in content on the A's channel on TuneIn. He will make his debut during Spring Training when the A's face off against the San Francisco Giants on March 10.

Bringing the Bernie Lean back to the Coliseum, the Oakland A's today announced that former A's outfielder Coco Crisp has joined the radio broadcast team as a game analyst.

Crisp will join the radio booth for 33 games throughout the 2019 season and will be featured in content on the A's channel on TuneIn. He will make his debut during Spring Training when the A's face off against the San Francisco Giants on March 10.

"The time I spent in Oakland as a player was very special, so to come back in any role is exciting," Crisp said. "This is a new venture for me - there's excitement when you are doing something new in baseball and this is definitely new. I looked at how Dallas Braden transitioned as a player with Oakland and I always thought that this might be an opportunity. This was a no-brainer for me when it was presented."

"We're so excited to welcome Coco back to our organization," said A's President Dave Kaval. "We know he'll bring his baseball knowledge and love for the green and gold into the radio booth to provide a unique perspective of the game for our listeners." 

Crisp will join the great voices of the A's radio network - Ken Korach, Vince Cotroneo, Ray Fosse, and Chris Townsend. The A's have partnered with KTRB 860 AM and KHTK-AM 1140 in Sacramento. The dual stations, along with 17 additional radio network affiliates, will provide the largest coverage map ever for A's baseball. KTRB 860 AM will air every A's game, and KHTK-AM will air every game minus Sacramento Kings game conflicts. The Club will also debut free in-territory live streaming and a dedicated A's channel on TuneIn, the leading global live audio streaming service. The A's TuneIn channel can be accessed at tunein.com/athletics.com.

Oakland Athletics

Royals partner with Sporting KC for theme nights

Theme tickets will include exclusive co-branded items

The Kansas City Royals are excited to partner with Sporting KC on theme nights this season. Sporting Night at The K will take place on Saturday, April 13 and Sporting KC will host Royals Night the following day on Sunday, April 14.

The Royals will host division rival Cleveland Indians for the first-ever Sporting Night at The K. Sporting KC elements will be featured throughout the night. Fans who purchase the specially-priced Theme Ticket will receive a custom-designed beanie featuring both the Royals and Sporting KC logos. Tickets can be purchased in the View Reserved, Outfield Plaza or Outfield Box online at royals.com/sporting. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.

The Kansas City Royals are excited to partner with Sporting KC on theme nights this season. Sporting Night at The K will take place on Saturday, April 13 and Sporting KC will host Royals Night the following day on Sunday, April 14.

The Royals will host division rival Cleveland Indians for the first-ever Sporting Night at The K. Sporting KC elements will be featured throughout the night. Fans who purchase the specially-priced Theme Ticket will receive a custom-designed beanie featuring both the Royals and Sporting KC logos. Tickets can be purchased in the View Reserved, Outfield Plaza or Outfield Box online at royals.com/sporting. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.

The following day, Sporting KC will host the New York Red Bulls at 6:00 p.m. Fans who purchase the special ticket package will get a co-branded scarf including both the Royals and Sporting logos. For more information, visit sportingkc.com/royals.

Kansas City Royals

Iconic Boog's BBQ coming to Ed Smith Stadium

Legendary Orioles slugger brings menu of fan favorites to Spring Training in sarasota

After 26 years of shaking hands, signing autographs, and serving millions of BBQ sandwiches in Maryland, Orioles Hall of Famer BOOG POWELL will bring his famed Boog's BBQ to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota for the 2019 Spring Training season.

"No trip to Oriole Park at Camden Yards is complete without a stop at Boog's BBQ, and we are delighted to offer the same experience to fans at Ed Smith Stadium," said GREG BADER, Orioles Vice President, Communications & Marketing. "As an Orioles Community Ambassador, Boog will meet and greet fans on Opening Day and at selected games throughout the Spring Training season, just as he does at the ballpark in Baltimore."

After 26 years of shaking hands, signing autographs, and serving millions of BBQ sandwiches in Maryland, Orioles Hall of Famer BOOG POWELL will bring his famed Boog's BBQ to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota for the 2019 Spring Training season.

"No trip to Oriole Park at Camden Yards is complete without a stop at Boog's BBQ, and we are delighted to offer the same experience to fans at Ed Smith Stadium," said GREG BADER, Orioles Vice President, Communications & Marketing. "As an Orioles Community Ambassador, Boog will meet and greet fans on Opening Day and at selected games throughout the Spring Training season, just as he does at the ballpark in Baltimore."

"Over many years, we've mastered our unique, award-winning barbecue menu," Powell said. "I can't wait to share it with baseball fans at Spring Training in Sarasota."

Boog's BBQ first opened on Eutaw Street at Baltimore's Camden Yards on Opening Day in 1992. Powell's son, J.W. POWELL, will operate the stand at Ed Smith Stadium, which opens for business at the Left Field Pavilion on Opening Day, Saturday, February 23.

A two-time World Series Champion (1966 and 1970) and four-time All-Star, Boog Powell played 14 seasons with the Orioles. He won the 1970 American league MVP and ranks third in Orioles history in home runs (303), fourth in RBI (1,063), and fifth in games played (1,763) and total bases (2,748). Boog was born in Lakeland, Fla., and operated a marina in Key West before opening Boog's BBQ at Camden Yards.

Baltimore Orioles

Statement from Giants President & CEO Laurence M. Baer regarding Bruce Bochy's retirement at the end of the 2019 season

Words cannot adequately express the amount of admiration, gratitude and respect the Giants family has for Bruce Bochy. His honesty, integrity, passion and brilliance led to the most successful period of Giants baseball in the history of our franchise. He will always be a Giant and we look forward to honoring him and all of his achievements throughout his final season in San Francisco and inevitably in Cooperstown.

Words cannot adequately express the amount of admiration, gratitude and respect the Giants family has for Bruce Bochy. His honesty, integrity, passion and brilliance led to the most successful period of Giants baseball in the history of our franchise. He will always be a Giant and we look forward to honoring him and all of his achievements throughout his final season in San Francisco and inevitably in Cooperstown.

San Francisco Giants

Royals agree to terms with six pre-arbitration eligible players

The Kansas City Royals announced Monday that the club has agreed to terms with six pre-arbitration eligible players. Among those include: pitchers Heath Fillmyer, Tim Hill, Jakob Junis, Trevor Oaks, Glenn Sparkman and Josh Staumont.

Last month, the Royals agreed to terms with 12 pre-arbitration players, including: pitchers Scott Barlow, Scott Blewett, Chris Ellis, Arnaldo Hernandez, Brad Keller, Kevin McCarthy, Sam McWilliams, Jake Newberry and Eric Skoglund, catcher Meibrys Viloria and infielders Hunter Dozier and Ryan O'Hearn.

Nine Royals remain unsigned for the 2019 season, including: pitchers Conner Greene, Ben Lively and Jorge López, catcher Cam Gallagher, infielders Kelvin Gutierrez and Adalberto Mondesi and outfielders Jorge Bonifacio, Brian Goodwin and Brett Phillips.
 

The Kansas City Royals announced Monday that the club has agreed to terms with six pre-arbitration eligible players. Among those include: pitchers Heath Fillmyer, Tim Hill, Jakob Junis, Trevor Oaks, Glenn Sparkman and Josh Staumont.

Last month, the Royals agreed to terms with 12 pre-arbitration players, including: pitchers Scott Barlow, Scott Blewett, Chris Ellis, Arnaldo Hernandez, Brad Keller, Kevin McCarthy, Sam McWilliams, Jake Newberry and Eric Skoglund, catcher Meibrys Viloria and infielders Hunter Dozier and Ryan O'Hearn.

Nine Royals remain unsigned for the 2019 season, including: pitchers Conner Greene, Ben Lively and Jorge López, catcher Cam Gallagher, infielders Kelvin Gutierrez and Adalberto Mondesi and outfielders Jorge Bonifacio, Brian Goodwin and Brett Phillips.
 

Kansas City Royals

Mets sign infielder Adeiny Hechavarria to a Minor League contract

FLUSHING, N.Y., February 18, 2019 - The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed infielder Adeiny Hechavarria to a minor league contract and invited him to major league Spring Training.

Hechavarria, 29, has played seven seasons in the majors with the Blue Jays, Marlins, Rays, Pirates and Yankees. According to FanGraphs, his 26 defensive runs saved over the past four seasons (2015-2018) rank sixth among all shortstops. Over the last six years (2013-2018), he ranks sixth in the majors with 35 triples.

FLUSHING, N.Y., February 18, 2019 - The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed infielder Adeiny Hechavarria to a minor league contract and invited him to major league Spring Training.

Hechavarria, 29, has played seven seasons in the majors with the Blue Jays, Marlins, Rays, Pirates and Yankees. According to FanGraphs, his 26 defensive runs saved over the past four seasons (2015-2018) rank sixth among all shortstops. Over the last six years (2013-2018), he ranks sixth in the majors with 35 triples.

The 6-0, 195-pounder hit .247 with 11 doubles, six homers and 31 RBI in 94 combined games with Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and the Yankees in 2018.

Overall, he's hit .254 with 101 doubles, 35 triples, 28 homers and 238 RBI in 811 major league games.

New York Mets

Rangers sign free agent outfielder Ben Revere to Minor League contract with invitation to Major League Spring Training

Texas now has 67 players on spring training roster

Arlington, Texas - The Rangers have officially announced the signing of outfielder Ben Revere (#43) to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training camp.

Revere, 30, played last season with Triple-A Salt Lake in the Angels organization, batting .277 with a .726 OPS over 40 games while missing two months (April 15-June 9) with a fracture in his left foot. He spent last spring in the Reds organization, but he was released on March 24 and signed with the Angels on March 29. He was released from Salt Lake on July 26.

Arlington, Texas - The Rangers have officially announced the signing of outfielder Ben Revere (#43) to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training camp.

Revere, 30, played last season with Triple-A Salt Lake in the Angels organization, batting .277 with a .726 OPS over 40 games while missing two months (April 15-June 9) with a fracture in his left foot. He spent last spring in the Reds organization, but he was released on March 24 and signed with the Angels on March 29. He was released from Salt Lake on July 26.

The left-handed batter last appeared in the majors with the Angels in 2017, when he batted .275 in 109 games. Primarily a centerfielder in his pro career, he has also seen significant time at both corner outfield spots, including starts in left field for Toronto in all 5 games of the 2015 American League Division Series against the Rangers. Originally selected in the first round (28th overall) of the 2007 June draft by the Twins, he has a career slash line of .284/.319/.343/.661 across 857 major league games with Minnesota (2010-12), Philadelphia (2013-15), Toronto (2015), Washington (2016), and Los Angeles-AL (2017). He tied for the National League lead in hits in 2014, and his career 79.9% stolen base percentage (211-for-264) ranks ninth-best among current players.

With today's additions, the Rangers have 67 players on the club's spring training roster: a full 40-man major league roster, along with 27 non-roster invitees.

Texas Rangers

Steinbrenner Field becomes a smoke- and tobacco-free stadium

New York Yankees today announced that Steinbrenner Field has become a smoke- and tobacco-free stadium. This policy will be in place for all stadium events, including all Yankees spring training workouts and games, and all Tampa Tarpons games.

The use of all tobacco products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and vapor mechanisms, will be prohibited in all areas of the stadium. Additionally, the majority of the grounds around the stadium will also be designated smoke- and tobacco-free. Patrons wishing to use tobacco products prior to entering Steinbrenner Field or after leaving Steinbrenner Field will be restricted to designated spaces on the grounds outside the stadium.

New York Yankees today announced that Steinbrenner Field has become a smoke- and tobacco-free stadium. This policy will be in place for all stadium events, including all Yankees spring training workouts and games, and all Tampa Tarpons games.

The use of all tobacco products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and vapor mechanisms, will be prohibited in all areas of the stadium. Additionally, the majority of the grounds around the stadium will also be designated smoke- and tobacco-free. Patrons wishing to use tobacco products prior to entering Steinbrenner Field or after leaving Steinbrenner Field will be restricted to designated spaces on the grounds outside the stadium.

For more information regarding Steinbrenner Field policies, please visit www.gmsfield.com.

New York Yankees

Padres Sign LHP Aaron Loup to One-Year Contract

Agreement includes club option for 2020

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres have signed left-hander Aaron Loup to a one-year contract with a club option for the 2020 season, Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller announced today. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Padres transferred right-hander Garrett Richards to the 60-day Injured List.
 
In 59 relief appearances between the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies last season, Loup posted a 4.54 ERA (20 ER, 39.2 IP) with a 3.61 FIP (FanGraphs) and 9.98 SO/9.0 IP ratio (44 strikeouts). He held left-handers to a .268 average and .341 slugging percentage with no home runs allowed.
 
A seven-year Major League veteran, Loup has posted a 3.49 ERA (125 ER, 322.2 IP) with a ground ball rate of 55.7%, 1.27 WHIP, 299 strikeouts and just 99 walks in 378 career games. He allowed only 26.6% of inherited runners to score with the Blue Jays from 2012-18 (237 IR, 63 scored), which was the 10th-lowest mark among all American League relievers over that stretch. The Raceland, La. native was originally selected by Toronto in the ninth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Tulane University.
 
Loup will wear No. 38.

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres have signed left-hander Aaron Loup to a one-year contract with a club option for the 2020 season, Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller announced today. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Padres transferred right-hander Garrett Richards to the 60-day Injured List.
 
In 59 relief appearances between the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies last season, Loup posted a 4.54 ERA (20 ER, 39.2 IP) with a 3.61 FIP (FanGraphs) and 9.98 SO/9.0 IP ratio (44 strikeouts). He held left-handers to a .268 average and .341 slugging percentage with no home runs allowed.
 
A seven-year Major League veteran, Loup has posted a 3.49 ERA (125 ER, 322.2 IP) with a ground ball rate of 55.7%, 1.27 WHIP, 299 strikeouts and just 99 walks in 378 career games. He allowed only 26.6% of inherited runners to score with the Blue Jays from 2012-18 (237 IR, 63 scored), which was the 10th-lowest mark among all American League relievers over that stretch. The Raceland, La. native was originally selected by Toronto in the ninth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Tulane University.
 
Loup will wear No. 38.

San Diego Padres

The #LegaCCy season: CC Sabathia to host 52 children from Boys & Girls Clubs of America at Yankee games across the country throughout final MLB season

To celebrate his 19th and final season, CC Sabathia will host 52 youth from local Boys & Girls Clubs at Yankee games in each American League city this season, as well as one National League series. Groups will be invited to the first game of the last away series with all American League opponents, as well as at Oracle Park in San Francisco on April 26th, as a nod to Sabathia's Bay Area roots.

Growing up in Vallejo, Calif., the Boys & Girls Club offered Sabathia a safe place to go after school. The Club also provided him the opportunity to attend his first Major League Baseball game and to meet his hero, Oakland A's pitcher Dave Stewart. To show his gratitude to the organization and mentor children much like his former self, Sabathia and his wife Amber partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, hosting a myriad of events throughout his career, such as holiday parties, baseball clinics and career panels.

"The Boys & Girls Club was a huge part of my life growing up and a major influence on where I am today," said Sabathia. "So many people at the organization touched my life and I'm excited to have them be a part of my final season. I hope by doing this that my legacy will inspire a new generation of youth to be unstoppable!"

The PitCCh In Foundation, which Sabathia and his wife Amber founded in 2008 enrich the lives of inner-city youth by raising their self-esteem through educational and athletic activities, will fund the season long program, providing transportation, tickets to the game, food vouchers, custom shirts and an on-field meet & greet with the World Champion and six-time All-Star.

Please see below for a complete list of games and markets Sabathia will host Boys & Girls Clubs members. Follow Sabathia's final season with the hashtag the #LegaCCy Season on social media.

April 26 - San Francisco Giants*
May 24 - Kansas City Royals
June 7 - Cleveland Indians
June 13 - Chicago White Sox
July 22 - Minnesota Twins
August 5 - Baltimore Orioles
August 20 - Oakland Athletics
August 23 - Los Angeles Angels
August 26 - Seattle Mariners
September 6 - Boston Red Sox
September 10 - Detroit Tigers
September 13 - Toronto Blue Jays
September 22 - New York Yankees (Last Yankees home game)
September 24 - Tampa Bay Rays
September 27 - Texas Rangers
*Indicates National League Game

About the PitCCh In Foundation:
The PitCCh In Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded by New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and his wife Amber. The foundation's mission is to enrich the lives of inner-city youth by raising their self-esteem through educational and athletic activities in the New York Tri-State area and Northern California. The foundation showcases three signature programs that provide young people
with the tools to be successful in school and on the field: All Star Baseball Clinic, Youth Backpack Program and Baseball Field Renovations. For more information on the PitCCh In Foundation, visit www.PItCCh.org or follow on Twitter and Instagram @PitCChInFdn, @CC_Sabathia, @AmberSabathia and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PitCChInFdn.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America:
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,300 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military
families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at Facebook and Twitter.

To celebrate his 19th and final season, CC Sabathia will host 52 youth from local Boys & Girls Clubs at Yankee games in each American League city this season, as well as one National League series. Groups will be invited to the first game of the last away series with all American League opponents, as well as at Oracle Park in San Francisco on April 26th, as a nod to Sabathia's Bay Area roots.

Growing up in Vallejo, Calif., the Boys & Girls Club offered Sabathia a safe place to go after school. The Club also provided him the opportunity to attend his first Major League Baseball game and to meet his hero, Oakland A's pitcher Dave Stewart. To show his gratitude to the organization and mentor children much like his former self, Sabathia and his wife Amber partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, hosting a myriad of events throughout his career, such as holiday parties, baseball clinics and career panels.

"The Boys & Girls Club was a huge part of my life growing up and a major influence on where I am today," said Sabathia. "So many people at the organization touched my life and I'm excited to have them be a part of my final season. I hope by doing this that my legacy will inspire a new generation of youth to be unstoppable!"

The PitCCh In Foundation, which Sabathia and his wife Amber founded in 2008 enrich the lives of inner-city youth by raising their self-esteem through educational and athletic activities, will fund the season long program, providing transportation, tickets to the game, food vouchers, custom shirts and an on-field meet & greet with the World Champion and six-time All-Star.

Please see below for a complete list of games and markets Sabathia will host Boys & Girls Clubs members. Follow Sabathia's final season with the hashtag the #LegaCCy Season on social media.

April 26 - San Francisco Giants*
May 24 - Kansas City Royals
June 7 - Cleveland Indians
June 13 - Chicago White Sox
July 22 - Minnesota Twins
August 5 - Baltimore Orioles
August 20 - Oakland Athletics
August 23 - Los Angeles Angels
August 26 - Seattle Mariners
September 6 - Boston Red Sox
September 10 - Detroit Tigers
September 13 - Toronto Blue Jays
September 22 - New York Yankees (Last Yankees home game)
September 24 - Tampa Bay Rays
September 27 - Texas Rangers
*Indicates National League Game

About the PitCCh In Foundation:
The PitCCh In Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded by New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and his wife Amber. The foundation's mission is to enrich the lives of inner-city youth by raising their self-esteem through educational and athletic activities in the New York Tri-State area and Northern California. The foundation showcases three signature programs that provide young people
with the tools to be successful in school and on the field: All Star Baseball Clinic, Youth Backpack Program and Baseball Field Renovations. For more information on the PitCCh In Foundation, visit www.PItCCh.org or follow on Twitter and Instagram @PitCChInFdn, @CC_Sabathia, @AmberSabathia and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PitCChInFdn.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America:
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,300 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military
families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at Facebook and Twitter.

New York Yankees

Statements regarding CC Sabathia's final season announcement

Saturday at a press conference at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia confirmed that 2019 would mark his final Major League season. Please find quotes below celebrating his career.

STATEMENT FROM YANKEES MANAGING GENERAL PARTNER HAL STEINBRENNER:
"CC has been a great ambassador for our game, and we are proud that he has represented our organization for the past decade. His competitive spirit is matched only by his devotion to family and his relentless philanthropic pursuits. CC has always been a pillar in our clubhouse, and we look forward to him further cementing his impressive legacy this season and contributing to our championship goals."

Saturday at a press conference at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia confirmed that 2019 would mark his final Major League season. Please find quotes below celebrating his career.

STATEMENT FROM YANKEES MANAGING GENERAL PARTNER HAL STEINBRENNER:
"CC has been a great ambassador for our game, and we are proud that he has represented our organization for the past decade. His competitive spirit is matched only by his devotion to family and his relentless philanthropic pursuits. CC has always been a pillar in our clubhouse, and we look forward to him further cementing his impressive legacy this season and contributing to our championship goals."

STATEMENT FROM FORMER YANKEES SHORTSTOP DEREK JETER:
"I had the pleasure of competing against CC and also with him, and have always considered him one of my favorite teammates. He rose to and exceeded the expectations and pressure, especially during his time with the Yankees, and was a key piece to the 2009 championship team. CC embodies what it means to be a professional athlete and has been an incredible ambassador for Baseball. He has an unwavering commitment to success on the field and an even greater desire to give back through his foundation work off the field."

STATEMENT FROM FORMER YANKEES CATCHER JORGE POSADA:
"I really loved everything about CC. He's one of my favorite teammates of all time. He always wanted the ball and never was afraid of any moment. He was perfect in big games and even more perfect in being there for his teammates." 

STATEMENT FROM FORMER YANKEES PITCHER ANDY PETTITTE:
"When the Yankees signed CC in 2009, boy was I excited! I knew we were getting a workhorse and a man with a lot of passion to win, which is exactly what we did. CC's will to win and competitive spirit is as good as I've seen in anyone I've ever pitched with. It's going to be sad to see him leave the game, but what a mark he left on it. A great friend and a great teammate - I'm looking forward to seeing him go into the Hall of Fame one day."

STATEMENT FROM FORMER YANKEES MANAGER JOE GIRARDI:
"I am thankful to have managed a man who was - and who I know still is - a fierce competitor. He was the one you wanted on the mound in the big games and who always put his team first over individual goals. He was a true gamer who always united a clubhouse and made the lives of everyone around him better."

STATEMENT FROM FORMER YANKEES PITCHER A.J. BURNETT:
"From the day we signed together becoming Yankees, to winning it all in '09, all the way through my last days as a Yankee, I can't say enough about CC. It was awesome throwing alongside you and winning a championship with you! You are a great teammate and a great man! Love ya big man! Congrats on a hell of a career!"

STATEMENT FROM LOS ANGELES LAKERS FORWARD LEBRON JAMES: 
"I want to congratulate CC on an incredible Major League career. Not only is he one of the best pitchers to ever play the game, but he'll also go down as one of the great competitors to ever pick up a baseball. His genuine love of the game and his undeniable passion have brought so much joy to fans for 19 seasons. It's been an honor to watch him play and I'm excited to see what he'll take on next. Congrats my friend." 

STATEMENT FROM GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS HEAD COACH STEVE KERR:
"As a baseball fan, I've been an admirer of CC for a long time and have marveled at the work he has done both on and off the field. The commitment and consistency that he has exemplified to his craft and to his community, including the Bay Area, over 18-plus years has been truly remarkable. Any pitcher that wins close to 250 games and a Cy Young Award is certainly ticketed for the Hall of Fame. He's had an incredible career."

STATEMENT FROM RAP/HIP-HOP ARTIST FAT JOE:
"CC has been one of the faces of Yankees baseball for a decade, and is a New York legend. I'm proud to call him a friend, and I'm proud of the impact he's had both on and off the field."

STATEMENT FROM VALLEJO, CALIF., MAYOR BOB SAMPAYAN (SABATHIA'S HOMETOWN):
"CC has been loved by Vallejo for many years and has been highly respected by the residents of Vallejo as a role model for our young people to follow. He has given back to the youth of Vallejo in all his many donations and sponsorships. Since 2001, when he signed on with the Cleveland Indians, to today as a valued pitcher for the New York Yankees, CC is our hometown hero. We thank him for recognizing his community and wish CC, his wife Amber and his children well in his retirement." 

STATEMENT FROM BASEBALL HALL OF FAMER AND MLB NETWORK ANALYST JIM THOME:
"I watched CC at a young age, I watched him progress, I've been a teammate of his, I've faced him, and on both sides I loved the way he was a great competitor. CC was very smart with how he attacked guys with his power and how he slowed the game down with his slider and the cutter that he used out over the plate to get you out. That's why he is going to be, I hope, a Hall of Famer. He's had a tremendous career and he is a wonderful person. All of those things combined, that's what we root for in the game at the end of the day. Andrea and I adore CC's mother, Margie. She was such a warm, gentle soul around the ballpark, and CC is a great reflection of her. As players, sometimes we go from team to team, but it's those types of relationships that you don't ever forget. CC was a great teammate. He is a class act. He has had a wonderful, long career and the thing I would say for him is to enjoy the moment this year. When you go out West or you go to a city you love, if this is going to be your last year, embrace it and enjoy it to the fullest."

STATEMENT FROM FORMER NEW YORK GIANTS RUNNING BACK TIKI BARBER:
"CC is leaving a lasting legacy on both the game of baseball and the city of New York. CC helped bring this city a championship, and has dedicated countless hours to giving back through his PitCChIn Foundation. I'm grateful to have witnessed his Hall of Fame career, and I will forever cherish my friendship with CC and the entire Sabathia family." 

New York Yankees

Angels announce 2019 Minor League development staffs

On Saturday, the Angels named their Minor League development and coaching staffs for the 2019 season in an announcement by Director of Minor League Operations Mike LaCassa.   

The Angels enter their 19th season affiliated with Triple-A Salt Lake and their third with Double-A Mobile. The Double-A franchise will move to North Alabama ('Rocket City') beginning in 2020. 

On Saturday, the Angels named their Minor League development and coaching staffs for the 2019 season in an announcement by Director of Minor League Operations Mike LaCassa.   

The Angels enter their 19th season affiliated with Triple-A Salt Lake and their third with Double-A Mobile. The Double-A franchise will move to North Alabama ('Rocket City') beginning in 2020. 

The Club also opens its ninth campaign with Advanced-A Inland Empire and seventh season with the Burlington Bees of the Midwest League. The Orem Owlz will begin their 15th year as an Angels affiliate. In 2019, the Halos will again field rookie teams in the Arizona Summer League (at the Tempe minor league complex since 2006) and the Dominican Summer League (in Boca Chica). 

Following is a look at the Angels' 2019 Minor League Development Staff:

 


  SALT LAKE (AAA)    MOBILE (AA)    INLAND EMPIRE (A)
MANAGER   Lou Marson   David Newhan   Ryan Barba
PITCHING COACH   Pat Rice   Jairo Cuevas   Michael Wuertz
HITTING COACH   Brian Betancourth   Matt Spring   Derek Florko
DEFENSIVE COACH   Ray Olmedo   Dylan Mazzo   Todd Cunningham
TRAINER   Brian Reinker   Matt Morrell   Yusuke Takahashi
STRENGTH & COND.   Adam Smith   Jon Hill   Ryan Orr
    
    BURLINGTON (A)    OREM (R)    TEMPE (R)     DOMINICAN (R)
MANAGER   Jack Howell   Jack Santora   Dave Stapleton   Hector De La Cruz
PITCHING COACH   Jonathan Van Eaton  Brian Garman & Tanner Reklaitis Tyler Anderson & Jon Watson Jose Marte & Enrique Gonzalez           
HITTING COACH    Will Bradley   Ryan Sebra & Casey Shaw Daniel Ortega & Tyler Jeske Raywilly Gomez & Anel De Los Santos
                    
DEFENSIVE COACH   Trevor Nyp           Sandy Martinez/Juan Zapata/Berbani Martinez
TRAINER   Nick Faciana   Alex Silcott   Maranda Huff   Rafael Abreu       
STRENGTH & COND.   Omar Porras   James Roberts   Andrea Nuñez   Edison Oviedo & Chris Rodriguez


FIELD COORDINATOR   Chad Tracy
FIELD COORDINATOR, LATIN AMERICA   Humberto Miranda 
COORDINATOR, LATIN AMERICAN OPERATIONS   Michael Noboa
PITCHING COORDINATOR   Matt Wise
ASSISTANT PITCHING COORDINATOR   Buddy Carlyle
PITCHING ANALYST   Jordan Oseguera
HITTING COORDINATOR   Damon Mashore
COORDINATOR, HITTING ANALYSIS   Ryan Parker
INFIELD COORDINATOR   Hainley Statia
OUTFIELD & BASE RUNNING COORDINATOR   Chris Constantine
CATCHING COORDINATOR   Eddy Rodriguez
SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT CATCHING INSTRUCTOR   Bill Lachemann
MEDICAL COORDINATOR   Geoff Hostetter
REHAB COACH   Kernan Ronan
REHAB COORDINATOR   Andrew Hawkins
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COORDINATOR   Daniel Escobar
RETURN TO PERFORMANCE STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COORDINATOR   Dylan Cintula
MANAGER, MINOR LEAGUE EQUIPMENT & ARIZONA OPERATIONS   Brett Crane
ASSISTANT CLUBHOUSE   Aaron Wiedeman
ASSISTANT ARIZONA OPERATIONS & CLUBHOUSE   Scott Newman
MINOR LEAGUE VIDEO COORDINATOR   Ryan Dundee

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