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MLB notebook: Yankees GM Cashman: A-Rod will be DH

By Wire Reports
NEW YORK — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Alex Rodriguez’s days as an everyday fielder are over, and he hopes A-Rod will be New York’s fulltime designated hitter now that Chase Headley will be playing third. “I can’t expect Alex to be anything,” Cashman said Tuesday. “Even before the ...

MLB notebook: Cabrera carries baggage to White Sox

By Wire Reports
The stealth pursuit of free agent Melky Cabrera by the White Sox paid off late Saturday when the former Blue Jays outfielder agreed to a three-year deal. MLB.com confirmed the 30-year-old Cabrera agreed to a deal worth an estimated $42-43.5 million, ...

MLB notebook: League sued for gender discrimination

By Wire Reports
Sylvia Lind, Major League Baseball’s director of baseball initiatives, is suing the league for gender-based discrimination, according to the New York Post. The suit, which was filed in Manhattan federal court, alleges the league favored males when filling highly placed executive ...

MLB notebook: Padres pick up slugger Kemp from Dodgers in 5-player swap

By Wire Reports
Desperate for a power bat to punch up the worst offense in the majors, the Padres have a deal in place to acquire outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz from the division rival Dodgers for catcher Yasmani Grandal and ...

MLB notebook: Samardzija back in Chicago with White Sox

By Staff and Wire Reports
SAN DIEGO — Jeff Samardzija has played for Notre Dame and the Cubs, and now will get to pitch for the White Sox. “Being a Chicago guy, that’s one of the craziest things I’ve thought about,” he said Tuesday after Oakland ...

MLB notebook: D-Backs finalize deal with Cuban defector

By Wire Reports
Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the Diamondbacks finalized a $68.5 million, six-year contract. Arizona said Monday the deal was signed a day earlier in the Dominican Republic. Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said, “The opportunity to find a power bat like Tomas ...

MLB notebook: Rays choose Tampa native Cash as their new manager

By Wire Reports
The Rays aren’t wary of Kevin Cash’s age and inexperience. The team tabbed the former Indians bullpen coach as Joe Maddon’s replacement Friday, selecting him over ex-Mariners manager and current Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu. The Tampa, Fla., native who turns 37 ...

MLB notebook: Braves, Markakis agree to deal

By The Associated Press
Free agent outfielder Nick Markakis and the Braves agreed to a four-year contract Wednesday, pending a physical. The 31-year-old Markakis spent the first nine years of his career with the Orioles. This past season, he batted .276 with 14 homers ...

Report: Slugger Cruz agrees to terms on 4-year deal with Mariners

By Wire Reports
Free agent slugger Nelson Cruz and the Mariners have agreed on a contract, multiple sources reported Monday. El Caribe in the Dominican Republic first reported the agreement, saying it was worth $57 million over four years. Cruz led the majors ...

MLB notebook: Free agent signees Sandoval, Ramirez eager to team up with Red Sox

By Wire Reports
Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez spent the past two seasons as NL West rivals. Now they’re teammates in Boston, the result of a $183 million ...

MLB notebook: Sandoval, Ramirez heading to Boston

By The Associated Press
The Red Sox are hoping to spend their way out of the American League East cellar with two big free agent signings. The first team in major league history to go from worst to first and back again agreed to ...

MLB notebook: Rays’ managerial search narrowed to 3 finalists

By Wire Reports
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Raul Ibanez, Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu are the finalists to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. Dave Martinez, the Rays bench coach for the past seven seasons, was among seven candidates ...

MLB notebook: Owners approve 5-year term for new commissioner

By Wire Reports
• Praising the transition as quick and orderly, Bud Selig announced Thursday that baseball owners unanimously approved a five-year term for Rob Manfred, who will succeed the longtime commissioner early next year. Manfred, who has worked for MLB since 1998, ...

MLB notebook: Stanton’s deal with Marlins heavily backloaded

By Wire Reports 1:34 a.m.
• Giancarlo Stanton will make just $6.5 million in the first year of his record $325 million, 13-year contract with the Marlins. The agreement includes a $25 million club option for 2028 with a $10 million buyout. Stanton will earn ...

Marlins OF Stanton agrees to 13-year, $325M deal to stay in Miami

By The Associated Press
MIAMI — The Marlins are no longer pinching pennies, and Giancarlo Stanton won’t be, either. Stanton agreed to terms with the team Monday on a ...

MLB notebook: Braves, Cards address needs in 4-player swap

By Wire Reports
ATLANTA — Jason Heyward stirred up enormous expectations when he joined the Atlanta Braves at age 20. He homered in his first big league at-bat. He was voted to the All-Star Game as a rookie. He was hailed as the ...