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12:41 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” The San Diego Padres, intent on winning in 2020, agreed to a trade for outfielder Tommy Pham and two-way prospect Jake Cronenworth from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for outfielder Hunter
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Editor’s note: This story originally ran on Nov. 22. Zack Wheeler agreed to a five-year deal worth $118 million with the Philadelphia Phillies on Dec. 4. The final image we have of Gerrit Cole’s tenure with the Houston Astros was after Game 7 of the World Series, when he was wearing a Scott Boras Corporation
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NEW YORK — Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco and Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson have won the Comeback Player of the Year awards. Major League Baseball made the announcement on Wednesday. Carrasco won the American League award. He was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in early June, missed three months while undergoing treatment and
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The Los Angeles Angels addressed one of at least two holes in their starting rotation Wednesday, using four of their lower-tier pitching prospects to acquire right-hander Dylan Bundy from the Baltimore Orioles. “Our work’s not done,” Angels general manager Billy Eppler said during a conference call, “but we’re thankful to get one of our goals
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The bidding for right-hander Zack Wheeler continues to progress toward resolution, with the Philadelphia Phillies seen by sources as the most potent bidders — and the Reds, White Sox and Rangers also involved. Wheeler, 29, is widely viewed in the industry as the best of the second tier of free-agent starting pitchers, underneath the mega-expensive
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Some high-ranking club executives believe that third baseman Anthony Rendon will be the first of the mega-dollar free agents to come off the board this winter. Rendon has already had meetings with teams, including the Dodgers and Rangers, and before Rendon reached the open market, Washington made an offer in an effort to keep him.
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CHICAGO — All-Star catcher James McCann agreed to a $5.4 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox on Monday, more than doubling his salary. The 29-year-old McCann was eligible for arbitration. He signed a $2.5 million, one-year deal with Chicago last December after Detroit didn’t offer him a contract for the 2019 season. McCann
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NEW YORK — The number of major leaguers allowed to use otherwise-banned drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder dropped to the lowest level since the sport started issuing annual reports in 2008. The results come in a report issued Monday by Thomas Martin, the independent program administrator for the joint drug program of Major
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The Baltimore Orioles have placed slugging second baseman Jonathan Villar on outright waivers, according to multiple reports. Wednesday’s move, which appears designed to help the Orioles trade Villar out of Baltimore ahead of Monday’s non-tender deadline, was first reported by MASN Sports. The Baltimore-based sports network reported Villar was placed on outright waivers after the
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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco is rehabilitating from arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle and is expected to be fully recovered in plenty of time for spring training. The Twins announced Wednesday that Polanco underwent a debridement procedure Friday in Los Angeles with Dr. Richard Ferkel to address a chronic impingement injury stemming
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