Rays finalizing deal with Japanese OF Tsutsugo

The Tampa Bay Rays are working to finalize a  two-year contract worth about $12 million with Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, a person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press

Today in History for December 14th

George Washington dies at age 67; Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his group reach South Pole; Leaders of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia sign an internationally-brokered peace treaty; Baseball's Roger Maris dies at age 51. (Dec. 14)

Fire breaks out at under construction Texas Rangers park

No injuries were reported after fire broke out at the future home of the Texas Rangers, which is under construction in Arlington

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AP sources: Red Sox agree with LHP Pérez, SS…

People familiar with the negotiations tell The Associated Press that the Boston Red Sox have agreed to one-year contracts with free agent left-hander Martin Pérez and shortstop José Peraza

AP Source: Angels, Anthony Rendon reach $245M…

Third baseman Anthony Rendon and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a $245 million, seven-year contract, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press

Rendon follows Strasburg, Cole to free agent…

Anthony Rendon completed a trifecta of nine-figure contracts for agent Scott Boras at the winter meetings when he agreed  to a $245 million, seven-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels

Raiders leaving Coliseum where every Sunday was…

The Raiders are preparing to say goodbye to Oakland when they host their final scheduled game at the Coliseum before next year's planned move to Las Vegas

Astros probe widens to almost 60 witnesses…

Major League Baseball has interviewed almost 60 people and obtained tens of thousands of electronic messages in its investigation into allegations the Houston Astros broke rules by using a television camera to steal signs

MLB Teams to Add More Safety Netting at Stadiums

MLB to Add More Safety Netting at Stadiums. All 30 teams in pro baseball will implement the extra safety precaution. The move comes after a rise in injuries to spectators from foul balls. In 2018, a 79-year-old woman in Los Angeles died from injuries after being hit. From 2012 to 2019, a report from NBC News says that foul balls have injured over 800 people. According to Commissioner Rob Manfred, some teams will have netting that spread over the whole field. Manfred adds that MLB teams agreed to having extra nets without a rule being passed. There was no rule passed or anything like that. We just went out, talked to the clubs, made the case that extending netting was the thing to do, and the clubs individually responded in a positive way

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Study: Inconsistent seams, player behavior behind…

The baseballs weren't juiced in 2019 but were flying farther, according to a study commissioned by Major League Baseball

Balkovec looks forward to breaking barrier as…

Rachel Balkovec wants to be a hit with the New York Yankees

Contraction chatter not slowing minor league job…

Threats of contraction haven't dimmed hopes for the more than 400 young professionals at minor league baseball's winter meetings job fair

'I Beat Her Up Pretty Bad': Attempted Murder…

Charges were filed Thursday, Dec. 12 against a Wisconsin man prosecutors said beat his wife with a baseball bat. That woman watched from the gallery with a gash on her forehead as her husband made his initial court appearance.

AP source: Yanks land ace Cole on record $324M, 9…

Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees have agreed to a record $324 million, nine-year deal, a person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press

AP source: Gregorius, Phillies agree to $14M…

Free-agent shortstop Didi Gregorius is reuniting with manager Joe Girardi in Philadelphia

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MLB draft relocating to Omaha ahead of College World Series

Major League Baseball is moving the opening round of its amateur draft in Omaha, Nebraska, ahead of the College World Series

MLB goes swoosh; Nike logos on upper right chest of jerseys

Nike’s logo will be on the upper right chest of Major League Baseball jerseys next season, a far a more prominent position than the Majestic Athletic logo previously on sleeves

Girardi: "I wasn't shocked" by Astros sign…

Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he wasn't surprised to read about allegations that the 2017 Houston Astros stole signs en route to a World Series championship