Hosmer talking extension, but prepared for breakup of Royals’ core

He wants to stay. All of the Royals’ potential free agents want to stay. But as first baseman Eric Hosmer puts it, “I realize what hand Dayton was dealt.” Which isn’t to say that “Dayton” — Royals general manager Dayton Moore — is conceding that he will lose Hosmer, the most coveted of the four […]

Nick Swisher announces retirement from baseball

With the colorful style he brought to the field in a 12-year big league career that included stops with the Athletics, White Sox, Yankees, Indians and Braves, Nick Swisher officially announced his retirement as a player in an essay on The Players’ Tribune Friday.  Swisher, who spent the 2016 season in the Yankees’ minor league system, kicked […]

The Royals aren’t giving up on the 2017 season — or their free agents

It sort of goes without saying, considering the Royals’ recent history, but the competitive DNA of this organization has become even more apparent since the tragic death of right-hander Yordano Ventura on Jan. 22. The Royals’ ensuing signings of first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss, right-hander Jason Hammel and left-hander Travis Wood to two-year contracts indicate that […]

The Marlins might sell for $1.6 billion, and you can bet the players will notice

Next time you’re tempted to complain about baseball player salaries, consider this: Jeffrey Loria bought the Marlins in 2002 for $158.5 million. Fifteen years later, he might sell them for $1.6 billion. That’s a 912 percent increase in less than 15 years, and the strongest possible evidence imaginable of how lucrative owning a major-league team […]

Free-agent slugger Mike Napoli finally lands a deal for 2017

Free-agent slugger Mike Napoli finally lands a deal for 2017

Free-agent slugger Mike Napoli is a free agent no more. The veteran first baseman/designated hitter has agreed to a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers, pending a physical, according to MLB.com. It will be Napoli’s third stint with the Rangers, who are in need of a full-time first baseman after losing Prince Fielder to a […]

Jose Bautista returns to the Blue Jays after testing free agency

Jose Bautista returns to the Blue Jays after testing free agency

Jose Bautista is staying with the Toronto Blue Jays after all. Bautista, 36, rejected the team’s one-year qualifying offer in November that would have paid him $17.2 million in the 2017 season. Instead, he opted to test the free-agent market, which wasn’t as lucrative as he expected. Limited to 116 games by injuries last season, […]

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