Free agency

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2019, file photo, Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws against the Washington Nationals during the first inning of Game 5 of the baseball World Series in Washington. The top picks from the 2011 and 2009 drafts are both available this offseason. Cole gets the nod over Stephen Strasburg because he is two years younger. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
November 15, 2019 - 3:45 am
Patrick Corbin was an exception last offseason. Amid a slow free agent market — some stars didn’t sign until after the start of spring training — Corbin’s search for a new home was over in December when he received a $140 million, six-year contract from Washington. That worked out pretty well for...
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Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein speaks at a media availability during the Major League Baseball general managers annual meetings, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
November 14, 2019 - 5:42 pm
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Pitcher Jake Odorizzi accepted a $17.8 million qualifying offer to stay with the Minnesota Twins and first baseman José Abreu took the same amount to remain with the Chicago White Sox as general managers headed home Thursday following their four-day annual meeting. Using...
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Sports agent Scott Boras speaks to the media after a session of the Major League Baseball general managers annual meetings, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
November 13, 2019 - 7:59 pm
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Baseball’s most prominent agent criticized teams for a lack of competition, proclaiming rebuilding teams have caused four straight years of attendance drops, then said he senses a faster-paced free agent market that could lead to earlier signings this offseason. Scott Boras...
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Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo speaks during a media availability during the Major League Baseball general managers annual meetings Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
November 13, 2019 - 10:31 am
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Washington went against baseball's trend toward bulked-up bullpens, dedicating 39% of its payroll to three starting pitchers: Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin. The trio triumphed, lifting the Nationals to the first World Series title in the team's 51-...
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FILE - In this July 24, 2014, file photo, Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith (77), center Travis Frederick (72) and guard Zack Martin (70) take the field for afternoon practice during an NFL football training camp in Oxnard, Calif. The Cowboys invested heavily in their offensive line and have become consistent winners behind the unit with the NFL’s highest salary-cap figure. While Dallas isn’t the only example of a club benefiting from a heavy investment up front, the New England Patriots are several notches higher than Dallas as an elite team with a more frugal approach. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)
November 12, 2019 - 6:37 pm
Travis Frederick didn't fully understand the business of football when the Dallas Cowboys drafted their center six years ago and made him an instant starter. Eventually, the four-time Pro Bowler saw what Dallas was trying to build by using first-round picks on offensive linemen three times in four...
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FILE - In this Sept. 9,2019, file photo, San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws against a Pittsburgh Pirates' batter in the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco. Bumgarner has received a $17.8 million qualifying offer from the Giants, a move that likely will decrease demand for him in the free-agent market. (AP Photo/John Hefti, File)
November 04, 2019 - 10:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Madison Bumgarner was among 10 free agents who received $17.8 million qualifying offers from their former teams on Monday, a move that likely will decrease demand for the 30-year-old left-hander. Bumgarner, the 2014 World Series MVP, went 9-9 with a 3.90 ERA over 34 starts this year...
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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2019, file photo, Boston Red Sox's J.D. Martinez hits a solo home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Boston. Red Sox designated hitter Martinez has decided to keep his contract with the team instead of becoming a free agent again. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
November 04, 2019 - 6:14 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez has decided to stay in Boston instead of becoming a free agent, declining an option that would have voided the last three years of the contract he signed after teams had reported to spring training in 2018. The move saves the Red Sox from...
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FILE - In this Sept. 9,2019, file photo, San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws against a Pittsburgh Pirates' batter in the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco. Bumgarner has received a $17.8 million qualifying offer from the Giants, a move that likely will decrease demand for him in the free-agent market. (AP Photo/John Hefti, File)
November 04, 2019 - 6:06 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner has received a $17.8 million qualifying offer from the San Francisco Giants, a move that likely will decrease demand for him in the free-agent market. San Francisco's decision Monday means a team signing Bumgarner would lose at least one pick in next year's...
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Milwaukee Brewers Josh Hader, right, and New York Yankees Aroldis Chapman pose with their reliever of the year trophies at a news conference before Game 4 of the baseball World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
November 03, 2019 - 1:51 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Aroldis Chapman is staying with the New York Yankees, amending his contract to a $48 million, three-year deal. The 31-year-old All-Star closer had been owed $15 million in each of the next two seasons as part of an $86 million, five-year contract, and he had the right to opt out of...
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Houston Astros take batting practice for baseball's World Series Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Houston. The Houston Astros face the Washington Nationals in Game 1 on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
October 21, 2019 - 10:00 pm
A position-by-position look at the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros going into the World Series, starting Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park: ___ First Base: Nationals: Ryan Zimmerman. The longtime face of the franchise, Zimmerman was Washington's first draft pick in 2005 after the team moved...
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