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O's agree with closer Britton, avoid arbitration

O's agree with closer Britton, avoid arbitration

MLB.com Updated 8 hours ago
The Orioles and left-hander Zach Britton have agreed to a one-year, $6.75 million contract to avoid arbitration.
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  • Mookie Betts has now bowled two perfect games this offseason

    Mookie Betts has now bowled two perfect games this offseason

    yahoo.com 12 hours ago
    Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has a bright baseball future ahead of him. The 23-year-old broke out last season, slashing .291/.341/.479 while playing a strong center field. Betts even managed to pick up two down ballot MVP votes for his efforts…
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  • Aardsma signs Minor League deal with Blue Jays

    Aardsma signs Minor League deal with Blue Jays

    MLB.com 17 hours ago
    The Blue Jays signed free-agent right-hander David Aardsma to a Minor League contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training on Friday.
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  • Rumor roundup: Active O's pursuing Gallardo

    Rumor roundup: Active O's pursuing Gallardo

    MLB.com Feb 5 (yesterday)
    The Baltimore Orioles accounted for much of the offseason action Thursday, announcing a trade with the Padres, avoiding arbitration with one of their players and surfacing in free-agent rumors.
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  • Blue Jays reportedly set to sign veteran Floyd

    Blue Jays reportedly set to sign veteran Floyd

    MLB.com Feb 4 (yesterday)
    The Blue Jays and right-hander Gavin Floyd are nearing an agreement, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.
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  • Citi Field and Yankee Stadium Could Become Off Limits to Smokel…

    Citi Field and Yankee Stadium Could Become Off Limits to Smokeless Tobacco

    nytimes.com Feb 4 (yesterday)
    A New York City Council member is set to introduce a bill that that would ban smokeless tobacco from public arenas in the five boroughs.
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  • Clock ticking on locking up Donaldson

    Clock ticking on locking up Donaldson

    MLB.com Feb 4 (yesterday)
    The clock is ticking, but the Blue Jays apparently have not abandoned hope that 2015 American League MVP Award winner Josh Donaldson can be signed to a multiyear contract extension before his arbitration case is heard later this month.
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  • Orioles avoid arbitration with Matusz

    Orioles avoid arbitration with Matusz

    MLB.com Feb 4 (yesterday)
    The Orioles and left-hander Brian Matusz have agreed to one-year deal to avoid arbitration.
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  • Orioles trucks head south for Spring Training

    Orioles trucks head south for Spring Training

    MLB.com Feb 4 (yesterday)
    The Orioles inched a little closer to Spring Training on Thursday.
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  • Rays' Smyly Wins 1st MLB Salary Arbitration Case of Year

    Rays' Smyly Wins 1st MLB Salary Arbitration Case of Year

    nytimes.com Feb 4 (yesterday)
    Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly has won baseball's first salary arbitration case this year.
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  • Orioles attempt to patch massive hole with Odrisamer Despaigne

    Orioles attempt to patch massive hole with Odrisamer Despaigne

    yahoo.com MLB.com Feb 4 (yesterday)
    A quick glance at the Baltimore Orioles roster may lead to some to believe the team hasn't done anything this offseason. That is, of course, not true. The Orioles most significant moves of the offseason involved bringing back their former players, givin…
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  • The Blue Jays Are Getting A Dirt Infield

    The Blue Jays Are Getting A Dirt Infield

    The era of the sliding pit is officially over. The Toronto Blue Jays, the last team in baseball to feature an artificial infield with dirt sliding pits around each base, have announced that they will install a real dirt infield before next season.Read m…
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  • Lefty Okajima signs Minors deal with Orioles

    Lefty Okajima signs Minors deal with Orioles

    MLB.com Feb 4 (yesterday)
    Hideki Okajima, once a workhorse lefty in the Boston Red Sox's bullpen, picked a good day to sign a Minor League deal with the Orioles and attempt a comeback: Throwback Thursday.
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  • Miller all for Chapman closing if it helps Yanks

    Miller all for Chapman closing if it helps Yanks

    MLB.com Feb 4 (yesterday)
    When Aroldis Chapman puts on his Yankees uniform and steps on a bullpen mound for the first time, Andrew Miller plans to be close by. He wants to see -- and hear -- how that 104 mph fastball hits the catcher's glove.
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  • Carolina's Thompson had brief Red Sox career

    Carolina's Thompson had brief Red Sox career

    MLB.com Feb 3 (2 days ago)
    Shaq Thompson, a lightning-quick and hard-hitting rookie linebacker for the Carolina Panthers, will be on display for the world to see in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. But it wasn't that long ago that he briefly pursued a professional baseball career with th…
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  • Kimbrel has a slight edge on Chapman

    Kimbrel has a slight edge on Chapman

    MLB.com Feb 3 (2 days ago)
    This offseason, after the Red Sox obtained Craig Kimbrel, the Yankees answered by adding Aroldis Chapman. And now, arguably, baseball's two top closers are in the American League East.
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  • Will the Orioles add another starter before spring? Their optio…

    Will the Orioles add another starter before spring? Their options are ...

    ESPN.com Feb 3 (2 days ago)
    Will the Orioles add another starter before spring? Their options are ...
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  • Bird updates status from hospital bed

    Bird updates status from hospital bed

    MLB.com Feb 3 (2 days ago)
    Greg Bird's year ended before it even had a chance to begin, but the Yankees first baseman's social media game seems to be in midseason form. Bird posted a photo to Instagram and Twitter from his bed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on We…
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  • Jose Bautista bat flip immortalized on Topps card

    Jose Bautista bat flip immortalized on Topps card

    yahoo.com Feb 3 (3 days ago)
    We've already seen it on T-shirts, inked on human skin and even on ugly Christmas sweaters. Now Jose Bautista and his unforgettable bat flip from the Blue Jays' dramatic win in ALDS Game 5 against Texas is getting the classic baseball commemoration trea…
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  • Around the Horn: Outfield and DH

    Around the Horn: Outfield and DH

    MLB.com Feb 3 (3 days ago)
    With the start of Spring Training almost here, anticipation is building for the 2016 season. MLB.com is going around the horn to break down each area of the Yankees' roster, continuing with the outfield and DH spots.
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  • Around the Horn: Outfield

    Around the Horn: Outfield

    MLB.com Feb 3 (3 days ago)
    With the start of Spring Training just weeks away, anticipation is building for the 2016 season. MLB.com is going around the horn to break down each area of the Orioles, continuing with the outfield.
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  • Video - Ellsbury Confident He'll Be Ready For Opener 02:15

    Ellsbury Confident He'll Be Ready For Opener

    Mar 19
    Wallace Matthews discusses Jacoby Ellsbury's oblique injury and when he could return to the Yankees.
  • Video - Sabathia Discusses Spring Debut 00:46

    Sabathia Discusses Spring Debut

    Mar 17
    Buster Olney speaks with Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia about his first pitching outing since May. He allowed two runs in two innings Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
  • Video - Mets Fall To Red Sox 00:28

    Mets Fall To Red Sox

    Mar 16
    Matt Harvey allowed three hits over four scoreless innings for his second strong start following elbow surgery, but the Mets lost to the Red Sox 4-3.
  • Video - A-Rod Homers 00:39

    A-Rod Homers

    Mar 11
    Alex Rodriguez hit a home run in the Yankees' 10-6 loss to the Red Sox.