Free agency

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2018, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Mallex Smith makes a running catch on a fly ball hit by Toronto Blue Jays' Jon Berti during the fifth inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Speedy outfielder and leadoff hitter Mallex Smith has been acquired by the Seattle Mariners from the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher Mike Zunino and outfielder Guillermo Heredia as part of a five-player deal. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
November 08, 2018 - 4:28 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Mallex Smith was made a promise by Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto when he was acquired for a second time by the Mariners after an initial tenure that lasted less than two hours. "Dipoto didn't guarantee anything, but he said I at least have 78 minutes," Smith joked. "We'll see...
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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby (41) defends as Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant gains extra yardage after catching a pass in the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. A person familiar with the situation says free-agent Dez Bryant and the New Orleans Saints have agreed on contract terms that will add the former Cowboys star to one of the NFL’s top offenses. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, because the roster move has not been announced. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)
November 07, 2018 - 9:19 pm
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Dez Bryant has found a new team, agreeing to join the already prolific offense of the surging New Orleans Saints. The former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, who has been looking for an NFL home since becoming a free agent in April, will now have a chance to catch passes from one...
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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Manny Machado watches his single against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning in Game 3 of the baseball World Series in Los Angeles. Andrew Friedman knew he was getting a player who didn't hustle all the time when he traded for Machado. Still, the Dodgers' president of baseball operations was willing to acquire the four-time All-Star infielder because his good points outweighed the bad. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
November 06, 2018 - 10:44 pm
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Agent John Boggs stood in the lobby at the hotel hosting the general managers' meetings and talked about last winter, when dozens of free agents remained unsigned after spring training began, causing prices to plummet as opening day approached. "It's the greatest thing for...
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FILE - IN this Sept. 7, 2018, file photo, Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper takes off his batting helmet after he flied out during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Washington. The Nationals made an offer to Harper late in the season in an attempt to reach a deal before he became a free agent. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo disclosed the talks with agent Scott Boras at the general managers' meetings on Tuesday, Nov. 6. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
November 06, 2018 - 10:44 pm
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — The Washington Nationals made an offer to Bryce Harper late in the season in an attempt to reach a deal before he became a free agent. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo disclosed the talks with agent Scott Boras at the general managers' meetings on Tuesday. "We've had...
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to an Atlanta Braves batter during the first inning of Game 2 of a National League Division Series baseball game in Los Angeles. The Dodgers and three-time Cy Young Award winner Kershaw reached an agreement on a contract extension Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, that will keep the seven-time All-Star with the club through 2021. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
November 02, 2018 - 11:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington outfielder Bryce Harper and Boston closer Craig Kimbrel were among just seven free agents who received $17.9 million qualifying offers from their former clubs Friday, when Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw agreed to a $93 million, three-year contract rather than...
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw reacts to a pitch during the eighth inning of Game 2 of the baseball team's National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves in Los Angeles. Kershaw is staying with the Dodgers, agreeing to a $93 million, three-year contract that avoids free agency. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, FIle)
November 02, 2018 - 7:45 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw has heard the chatter that he's in decline. He's eager to prove the doubters wrong while wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform. The ace agreed to a $93 million, three-year contract Friday after initially opting out of his previous deal and choosing free agency. "...
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Los Angeles Dodger general manager Farhan Zaidi talks as President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, left, during a press conference, on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles (Scott Varley/The Orange County Register via AP)
November 01, 2018 - 10:03 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers are in ongoing negotiations with ace Clayton Kershaw, and they still need to resolve the future of manager Dave Roberts, too. According to president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, the talks with Kershaw's camp are "ongoingly pleasant." The three-time NL Cy...
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Boston Red Sox's David Price waves during a parade to celebrate the team's World Series championship over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
October 31, 2018 - 2:21 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Three days after a World Series victory that transformed him from a postseason flop to an October hero, Red Sox left-hander David Price said at the team's victory parade Wednesday that he would stay in Boston rather than opt out of his contract and become a free agent. "I'm not going...
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Manny Machado stands in the dugout after Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Red Sox won 5-1 to win the series 4 game to 1. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
October 29, 2018 - 6:21 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The World Series was baseball 2018 in a microcosm. Half the 44 runs scored by the champion Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers came across the plate on home runs. That's the second-highest percentage in baseball history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, behind only last year...
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Manny Machado stands in the dugout after Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Red Sox won 5-1 to win the series 4 game to 1. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
October 29, 2018 - 1:08 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles' hopes that Manny Machado would help deliver the Dodgers' first World Series title since 1988 ended up falling way short. Machado struggled against the Boston Red Sox in his first World Series, going 4 for 22. He was hitless in four at-bats in Game 5 on Sunday night,...
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