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NEW YORK (AP) — A hedge fund manager whose company paid $1.8 billion in U.S. criminal and civil settlements is in negotiations to increase his stake in the New York Mets, who left open the possibility he eventually could become controlling owner. The team said Wednesday the deal between Sterling Partners and Steve Cohen would …

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NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco and Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson have won the Comeback Player of the Year awards. Major League Baseball made the announcement on Wednesday. Carrasco won the American League award. He was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in early June, missed three months while undergoing treatment …

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SEATTLE (AP) — Reliever Carl Edwards Jr. and the Seattle Mariners finalized a one-year contract on Wednesday with a $950,000 guaranteed salary. He can earn $500,000 in performance bonuses, half for games and half for games finished. He would get $50,000 for 30 games, $75,000 for 40 and $125,000 for 50 along with $50,000 for …

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MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins will join Major League Baseball’s trend toward artificial turf by installing the surface at Marlins Park for 2020, and they’ll move in the fences for the second time in four years. CEO Derek Jeter said an artificial surface solves the challenge the Marlins have had growing grass in the …

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants and left-hander Tyler Anderson agreed to a one-year deal Tuesday, a day after the club declined to tender him a contract and made him a free agent. Anderson, who turns 30 on Dec. 30, was claimed off waivers from NL West-rival Colorado on Oct. 30 and is …

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NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole, the top pitcher on the free-agent market, was set to meet with New York Yankees officials in California on Tuesday. General manager Brian Cashman, manager Aaron Boone and new Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake made the trip to speak with the 29-year-old right-hander, a person familiar with the planning …

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MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins will seek to add further pop to their lineup this offseason after acquiring slugging first baseman Jesús Aguilar and the versatile Jonathan Villar, who will be used primarily at third base and in the outfield. “We improved our offense, but we had a long way to go,” president of …

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Mitch Maier, a former player and coach for the Kansas City Royals, has been named the team’s director of baseball operations. Maier’s move from the field to the front office is the first major organizational change under John Sherman, who was introduced as the team’s new controlling owner last week. Maier replaces Alec Zumwalt, who has …

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Left-handed reliever Jake Diekman agreed to a $7.5 million, two-year contract to return to the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday after joining the club in a trade from Kansas City before last July’s deadline. Diekman’s deal includes a $4 million team option for the 2022 season. Oakland, which earned the top AL …

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Commissioner Rob Manfred and union chief Tony Clark will be negotiating in private and re-litigating their cases in public as Major League Baseball faces a difficult labor battle ahead of the Collective Bargaining Agreement’s expiration after 2021. (LG Patterson/MLB via Getty Images) I assume that all generations fancy themselves the first to discover cynicism as …

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