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Duffy on KC: 'I wouldn't have it any other way'MLB.com 23 hours agoBack in 2010, Royals left-hander Danny Duffy was toiling in the Minor Leagues when he suddenly decided he'd had enough of baseball and simply quit. He packed his bags and headed for his hometown of Lompoc, Calif. Almost seven years later, Duffy has emer…Share Tweetyahoo.com Jan 17 (yesterday)Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on during batting practice prior to game five of the American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Getty Images) Jose Bautista…Share Tweet
Jones eyeing Tigers' center-field spotMLB.com Jan 17 (yesterday)JaCoby Jones, seen by many as the Tigers' center fielder of the future, could end up wearing the same number as their center fielder of 2016. It was just a coincidence, he said, that he had number 4 -- which Cameron Maybin wore for Detroit last year -- …Share Tweet
Rumor Roundup: Astros interested in GrayMLB.com Dec 12, 2016The Hot Stove season continues, and we keep you up to date with the latest free-agent news, trade buzz, rumors and more.Share Tweetnytimes.com Jan 16 (yesterday)Mr. Obama celebrated a team that produced one of the more extraordinary sports moments in his time in office, a World Series triumph that ended a 108-year title drought.Share Tweet
Healthy Tilson should boost hometown White SoxMLB.com Jan 16 (yesterday)It took Charlie Tilson exactly one at-bat to pick up his first Major League hit during his White Sox debut at Comerica Park on Aug. 2 last season. Two innings after that single to center off of Anibal Sanchez and the requisite talk at first base with Mi…Share Tweet
Royals, left-hander Duffy agree to 5-year dealMLB.com Jan 16 (2 days ago)The Royals locked in emerging ace lefty Danny Duffy to a five-year deal worth $65 million on Monday. Duffy, who could have been a free agent after 2017, will be due $5 million in '17, $14 million in '18, $15.25 million in both '19 and '20 and $15.5 mill…Share Tweetyahoo.com Jan 15 (3 days ago)Cleveland Indians postseason hero Ryan Merritt is tipping his cap to supportive fans. (Getty Images) If you’re one of the many Cleveland Indians fans to send Ryan Merritt a wedding gift, make sure to check your mailbox. The unheralded rookie pitcher-tur…Share Tweet
Zobrist: After missing trip in '16, DC visit is 'huge'MLB.com Jan 14 (4 days ago)When the 2015 World Series champion Royals went to the White House last July at the invitation of President Barack Obama, Ben Zobrist wasn't able to go because he was busy with his new team, the Cubs. On Monday, Zobrist will get his chance.Share Tweet
Royals, Hosmer avoid arb with 1-year dealThe Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have agreed on a one-year deal, thus avoiding arbitration, the club announced. A source told MLB.com the deal is worth $12.25 million. Hosmer made $8.25 million in 2016.Share Tweetyahoo.com Jan 13 (5 days ago)Corey Kluber is giving the Indians Cy Young-level production at a bargain price. (Getty Images) The Cleveland Indians boast one of the best teams in the majors heading into 2017. After pushing the Chicago Cubs to Game 7 of the World Series, the Indians …Share TweetThe White Sox and power-hitting third baseman Todd Frazier have avoided arbitration, settling on a $12 million contract for 2017, the club announced Friday. Along with Frazier, Chicago reached one-year deals with it's four other arbitration-eligible pla…Share TweetWith a depleted pitching staff down the stretch and in the postseason, the Indians relied heavily on their bullpen. Cleveland will do so again this year -- and with a relief corps that will cost more than the team's talented starting rotation.Share Tweet
Tigers' Verlander: 'Too old' to be part of rebuildESPN.com Jan 13 (5 days ago)Tigers' Verlander: 'Too old' to be part of rebuildShare Tweet
Ringolsby: Payoff for long-term deals a mixed bagFrom Wayne Garland and the Indians in 1976 to Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins in 2015, there have been 14 players sign contracts with guarantees of 10 or more seasons, eight of them in the current decade. The payoffs for the investments have been mixe…Share Tweet
Steverson evaluates 4 young Sox hittersWhite Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson had a chance to work with 16 hitters during a minicamp from Monday through Wednesday at Camelback Ranch. He took some time after its completion to provide analysis on four young hitters.Share Tweet
Minicamp serves distinct purpose for White SoxAt the conclusion of a three-day White Sox hitters minicamp Wednesday afternoon, following hitting coach Todd Steverson's upbeat summation to the 16 players at Camelback Ranch, manager Rick Renteria added in his parting words.Share Tweet
Twins add catcher Gimenez on Minors dealThe Twins added a veteran catcher on Thursday, signing Chris Gimenez to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.Share TweetThe Indians prefer not to head to arbitration with their players, and the team started chipping away at its pile of cases on Thursday. The first arbitration case avoided was right-hander Trevor Bauer, who agreed to a one-year contract for the upcoming s…Share Tweet
Tigers' search for CF slows, turns to internal candidatesWith their offseason of more discussion than deals nearing an end, the Tigers continue to look for a center fielder on the market. Judging from general manager Al Avila's comments, that search seems likely to take until Spring Training.Share Tweet
Encarnacion in for annual Tribe FestThe Indians added an impact bat to their offense with the signing of free-agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion. The first baseman has also joined the planned lineup for Tribe Fest later this month.Share Tweet
Q&A: Get to know assistant hitting coach BuchananOne of the subtle offseason moves the Royals made was promoting Double-A Northwest Arkansas hitting coach Brian Buchanan to the Major League staff to assist hitting coach Dale Sveum.Share Tweet
Harvey Tosses 2 Perfect Innings In Mets' WinMar 6The Mets beat the Tigers 5-4 in Matt Harvey's return to the mound.
Royals Injury UpdateMar 4ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell discusses Royals outfielder Alex Gordon's recovery from offseason wrist surgery and pitcher Luke Hochevar's recovery from Tommy John surgery.
Price Excited For 2015 SeasonMar 3Tigers pitcher David Price discusses the status of his contract situation in Detroit and what he did in the offseason to get better.
Cabrera, Tigers Focused On TitleMar 3Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera says the team is focused on winning a championship and discusses his performance during last season during an injury-riddled campaign, and the importance of DH Victor Martinez.