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MLB: Reports: Prince Fielder talks to Rangers

January 13, 2012

Free-agent slugger Prince Fielder is in Dallas to meet with the Texas Rangers at an area hotel, according to multiple media reports.

According to USA Today, the former Milwaukee Brewers first baseman and Rangers general manager Jon Daniels were in the lobby of the hotel.

The Rangers are one of a handful of teams interested in the top hitter remaining on the free-agent market, but according to USA Today, the meeting should not be taken to mean that they are the favorite. According to CBSSports.com, Fielder has embarked on a tour of teams. (MORE>>>)

MLB Baseball: A's agree to trade Bailey, Sweeney to Red Sox

December 28, 2011

For Andrew Bailey, coming in from the bullpen at Fenway Park is a special feeling.

He’ll experience that a lot more next season.

New manager Bobby Valentine found his new man for the back end of the Boston bullpen on Wednesday when the Red Sox obtained the All-Star closer and outfielder Ryan Sweeney from the Oakland Athletics for outfielder Josh Reddick, infield prospect Miles Head and minor league pitcher Raul Alcantara.

In the deal, first reported by ESPN, Bailey gives the Red Sox a reliable ninth-inning guy to replace the departed Jonathan Papelbon, who signed a $50 million, four-year contract as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies in November. (MORE>>>)

MLB Baseball: Tigers' Justin Verlander wins AL Cy Young unanimously

November 15, 2011

There has been do doubt among baseball followers for some time that Justin Verlander would win this year's AL Cy Young Award. The question remains whether his magnificent season will earn him MVP honors as well.

That won't be answered until Monday, but for now Verlander will happily settle for claiming the first Cy Young of his career – and in unanimous fashion to boot.

The Detroit Tigers ace blew away the competition by winning pitching's Triple Crown, leading the league in victories with a 24-5 record, ERA at 2.40 and strikeouts with 250. Verlander also pitched the most innings (251) and finished with the best WHIP – walks plus hits per innings pitched – at 0.92. (MORE>>>)

MLB Baseball: Sources: Kemp, Dodgers agree on deal

November 14, 2011

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Matt Kemp are in agreement on a deal that would land the 27-year-old outfielder $160 million over eight years, pending a physical, sources told FOXSports.com.

It would rank as the seventh-largest contract in baseball history.

Kemp's sixth season in the majors was his best. He hit .324 with personal highs of 39 home runs, 126 RBIs and 40 stolen bases in 2011. His .586 slugging percentage and .985 OPS were also career highs. (MORE>>>)

MLB: Jim Thome agrees to 1-year deal with Phillies

November 4, 2011

Veteran slugger Jim Thome agreed Friday to a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, The Associated Press reported.

"I'll keep playing," Thome said last month. "I just need teams to call me. I can't go play in the backyard by myself. I don't know the demand for a 41-year-old DH, but my passion is I want to continue to play." (MORE>>>)

MLB Baseball: Agreeing to Sell, McCourt Gives Dodgers Fans Hope

November 2, 2011

First, Frank McCourt tried to buy his hometown Boston Red Sox. Then he sought the Anaheim Angels. Finally, in late 2003, McCourt, a land developer, triumphed: he and his wife, Jamie, bought the Los Angeles Dodgers for $430 million.

Now, after an ugly divorce, an angry battle with Major League Baseball and a decision to put the Dodgers into bankruptcy, McCourt on Tuesday night agreed during a meeting in his lawyers’ offices in Manhattan to sell the Dodgers in a process that will be supervised by a federal bankruptcy court judge. (MORE>>>)

MLB Baseball: Cubs fire manager Mike Quade

November 2, 2011

Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade was fired Wednesday in the first major move by Theo Epstein since becoming the team's president of baseball operations.

Epstein, who was introduced in his new position last week, said Quade would not return after traveling to Florida to tell him in person. He called Quade an "outstanding baseball guy" but it was time for a change.

Quade got the job after a 37-game audition at the end of the 2010 season, replacing Lou Piniella on an interim basis. The Cubs went 24-13 and he was chosen over Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg for the job last season. (MORE>>>)

MLB Basetball: Matt Kemp leads trio of Dodgers awarded Gold Gloves

November 1, 2011

Clayton Kershaw said he was surprised. Andre Ethier said he was shocked.

Kershaw and Ethier were awarded their first Gold Gloves on Tuesday, joining center fielder Matt Kemp to form the only trio of Dodgers to be recognized by managers and coaches as the league's best defensive players at their position in the same season. (MORE>>>)

MLB Baseball: Brian Cashman signs three-year deal to remain Yankees GM

November 1, 2011

The New York Yankees have re-signed senior vice president and general manager Brian Cashman to a three-year deal, the team reports.

Cashman's previous contract expired Oct. 31, though all signs pointed to the two sides coming to an agreement on a new contract. (MORE>>>)

MLB Baseball: Report- McCourt nearing deal with MLB to sell Dodgers

November 1, 2011

Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball are moving closer to settling their bankruptcy hearing, with McCourt possibly agreeing to sell the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

A sale of the franchise likely would also include Dodger Stadium and the parking lots surrounding the stadium, according to the report. The Times cites anonymous sources familiar with the negotiations. Such a package could bring back a record $1 billion or more, the Times estimated, although the report adds that McCourt has not decided to sell. (MORE>>>)

MLB Baseball: Sabathia agrees to $122M deal with Yankees

November 1, 2011

It was getting close. But CC Sabathia and the Yankees were able to get his new contract done last night to avoid the ace opting out of his previous deal.

Sabathia tweeted the announcement of his new contract at 7:23 p.m., four hours and 36 minutes before he could have opted out and become a free agent. The Yankees gave him an extension for $30 million guaranteed, with the increase potentially cresting to $50 million if an option is exercised.

Sabathia had four years and $92 million left on his deal through 2015 ($23 million annually). Now, in 2016, he will receive $25 million. And in 2017, he has a vesting club option for $25 million with a $5 million buyout. Thus, Sabathia is assured five years and $122 million, with the possibility of $142 million over six years. (MORE>>>)

MLB Baseball: Cardinals cap wild season with Game 7 win

October 29, 2011

Minutes after fireworks exploded above Busch Stadium, a light rain replaced the shower of red, white and blue confetti that dusted the delirious fans.

St. Louis Cardinals utility man Skip Schumaker interpreted it as a message from the baseball gods to a team of destiny.

"We had so many things happen this season," said Schumaker, after the Cardinals polished off the Texas Rangers 6-2 in a World Series Game 7 that was mundane compared to previous games of the series. (MORE>>>)

MLB Baseball: Home team holds upper hand in Game 7

October 28, 2011

The St. Louis Cardinals host the Texas Rangers in Game 7 of the World Series tonight. It's the first Game 7 played since 2002, when the Anaheim Angels beat Barry Bonds' San Francisco Giants.

The Series has gone seven games 17 times since 1962, with the visiting team winning the decisive game on seven occasions. But what's more telling -- the home team has won the last eight Game 7's. (MORE>>>)

MLB Baseball: Cardinals Stun Texas, Force World Series to Game 7

October 27, 2011

Twice down to their last strike, the St. Louis Cardinals kept rallying to win one of baseball's greatest thrillers.

David Freese completed a startling night of comebacks with a home run leading off the bottom of the 11th inning to beat Texas 10-9 on Thursday, and suddenly fans all over got something they have waited a long time to see: Game 7 in the World Series.

"You had to be here to believe it," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. (MORE>>>)

MLB Baseball: World Series Game 6 preview: Rangers have title in their sights

October 27, 2011

After a day of rain, the Rangers enter Game 6 in St. Louis on Thursday night one win away from the first world championship in franchise history. Created as the expansion Washington Senators in 1961 and moved to Texas in 1972, the Rangers are the oldest of the eight major league clubs to have never won a championship, and their 50 consecutive title-less seasons rank behind only those of the Cubs (103) and Indians (63) among active streaks. Three longer droughts have ended in the last seven years with the Red Sox (85 years), White Sox (87), and Giants (55) each winning their first World Series since before expansion came to the majors. (MORE>>>)

MLB Baseball: Angels' Mark Trumbo named AL rookie of the year by Sporting News

October 26, 2011

Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo, a former Villa Park High School star who hit .254 with a team-leading 29 home runs and 89 runs batted in this season, was named American League rookie of the year by the Sporting News on Wednesday.

Atlanta Braves closer Greg Kimbrel, who had 46 saves and a 2.10 earned run average, was named NL rookie of the year by the publication. Voting was done by 289 major league players, 177 in the AL and 112 in the NL. (MORE>>>)

MLB Baseball: World Series Game 6: Road to redemption

October 26, 2011

The phone lines from the dugouts to the bullpens at Busch Stadium have been checked out. They are working. Now the World Series focus can return to the field.

Texas takes a 3-games-to-2 lead into Game 6 of the World Series at Busch Stadium tonight, weather permitting.

Here are five storylines to follow tonight in Texas’ bid for its first world championship: (MORE>>>)

MLB Baseball: Rangers capitalize on gamble, miscue to steal Game 2

October 20, 2011

As Elvis Andrus says, when you're not hitting, you have to do other things.

Such as be aggressive running the bases. Such as play great defense. Such as pitch like crazy.

The Rangers did enough of those other things to steal a 2-1 victory in Game 2 of the World Series Thursday night. Andrus made perhaps the play of the postseason with a diving stop and throw from his glove that saved a run, and starter Colby Lewis gave the Rangers their first quality start of the postseason, shutting down the Cardinals for 6 2/3 innings. (MORE>>>)

MLB Baseball: Rhodes Makes World Series Debut, Cardinals Win 3-2

October 19, 2011

After 20 years in the majors and 900 games on the mound, Arthur Rhodes finally got his first chance to pitch in the World Series.

He did his job, too. Brought in to face left-handed slugger Josh Hamilton, Rhodes retired last year's AL MVP on a lazy fly to center for the final out of the eighth inning, keeping the Cardinals ahead by a run. (MORE>>>)

MLB Baseball: 2011 World Series position-by-position breakdown

October 18, 2011

Raise your hand if you had the Texas Rangers squaring off with the St. Louis Cardinals your preseason World Series picks.

If you did I'm sure you were in select company, but that is where we are as we get ready to open the 107th edition of the Fall Classic on Wednesday at Busch Stadium.

The Rangers are back in the World Series for the second straight season after losing in five games to the San Francisco Giants last year in their first- ever appearance.

After their second straight AL West title and a franchise-record 96 wins this past season, the Rangers disposed of the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS before "Cruz-ing" to a six-game win over the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS, as outfielder Nelson Cruz set the all-time mark for most home runs (six) and RBI (13) in a postseason series on his way to MVP honors. (MORE>>>)

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