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Padres retool with blockbusters

The San Diego Padres took a break from a dizzying series of trades Friday afternoon to introduce one of their new sluggers, Matt Kemp. Kemp, in turn, put the blockbusters by general manager A.J. Preller into perspective as only a guy fresh from Hollywood could. “This is unbelievable. He’s a ...

Dec 19, 2014

O's show interest in Ichiro: report

The Baltimore Orioles are interested in signing 41-year-old free agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, CBSsports.com reported on Thursday. The Orioles are looking for an outfielder after losing Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis in free agency, the reports said. Ichiro is 156 hits shy of 3,000 ...

Dec 18, 2014

NPB teams keep eye on shift in U.S.-Cuba relations

For one year, at least, Nippon Professional Baseball has been the prime destination for Cuban ballplayers wishing to play overseas legally, but those days may be numbered. Following Thursday’s sudden policy shift by the United States toward normalizing relations with Cuba, the possibility looms ...

Dec 18, 2014

Giants win ¥1.6 million lawsuit against ex-GM Kiyotake

The Yomiuri Giants and its owner, Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings, defeated the club’s former general manager, Hidetoshi Kiyotake on Thursday in a lawsuit battle at the Tokyo District Court. The court’s ruling ordered Kiyotake to pay ¥1.6 million in damages for discrediting the Giants side ...

Dec 18, 2014

Carp decide not to post pitcher Maeda

Hiroshima Carp ace Kenta Maeda’s chances of playing in the big leagues next season were all but erased on Thursday, when the Central League club informed him that they will not allow him to leave via the posting system. The 26-year-old Maeda has spoken ...

Marlins hook slugger Morse

Dec 18, 2014

Marlins hook slugger Morse

Michael Morse and the Miami Marlins have finalized a $16 million, two-year contract. Morse gets a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $7 million next season and $8 million in 2016 under the agreement announced Wednesday. He can earn a $250,000 performance bonus ...

Tigers prepare bid for Sawamura Award winner Kaneko

Dec 17, 2014

Tigers prepare bid for Sawamura Award winner Kaneko

Hanshin Tigers general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura said Wednesday that the Central League club is ready to spend on free agent right-hander Chihiro Kaneko, but will not break the bank to bring in this year’s Sawamura Award winner. “We’ve put it (an offer) together, and ...

Dec 17, 2014

Eagles reach agreement in principle with Sanchez

The Pacific League’s Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles have reached an agreement in principle with 31-year-old first baseman Gaby Sanchez, managing director Hiroshi Abei revealed Wednesday. The one-year deal is for an estimated $2.5 million (roughly ¥290 million) with additional performance-based incentives. The deal is ...

Jeter, Matsui coming together to aid Tohoku children

Dec 17, 2014

Jeter, Matsui coming together to aid Tohoku children

by Jason Coskrey

Retired New York Yankees greats Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui are teaming up once again, this time in support of children in the Tohoku region. The former MLB All-Stars will participate in the Tomodachi Charity Baseball Game on March 21, 2015, at Tokyo Dome, ...

Cashman says A-Rod will be DH

Dec 17, 2014

Cashman says A-Rod will be DH

Alex Rodriguez faces a diminished role in his return to the New York Yankees, who have stripped A-Rod of his third-base job and plan to limit his role to full-time designated hitter — at most. General manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that A-Rod’s days ...

Dec 17, 2014

Man pleads guilty in Puig smuggling

A South Florida businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking part in a conspiracy to smuggle Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig out of Cuba in return for a sizable cut of the outfielder’s multimillion-dollar salary. Gilberto Suarez, 40, entered the plea Tuesday before U.S. ...

Dec 16, 2014

Nats, Harper OK two-year deal

Outfielder Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals came to terms on a $7.5 million, two-year contract, avoiding a grievance hearing. Harper will receive salaries of $2.5 million in 2015, and $5 million in 2016 from the reigning NL East champions, according to a person ...