Jerry Dipoto disputes Jarred Kelenic’s service time was manipulated

The Score

Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto believes Kevin Mather misspoke when the team's former president and CEO suggested top prospect Jarred Kelenic didn't play in 2020 due to service-time manipulation.

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Gerrit Cole: Using analytics to make product worse is ‘just stupid’

North Jersey

New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole had some pointed words about MLB’s practice of manipulating service time, following incendiary comments recently made by former Seattle Mariners club president Kevin Mather.

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Trea Turner on Nationals Contract Talks: I’d Love to Play My Entire Career Here

Bleacher Report

With his free agency not so far on the horizon in 2023, Washington Nationals star Trea Turner signaled a desire to remain in the nation's capital for the long haul.

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Albert Pujols to retire after 2021 MLB season

The Score

The 2021 campaign could be Albert Pujols' last in Major League Baseball, his wife, Deidre, announced on Monday.

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Mariners president Kevin Mather resigns

CBS Sports

The Seattle Mariners announced Monday that president Kevin Mather has resigned from his position following his disparaging comments that surfaced in a leaked video over the weekend. Mariners chairman and managing partner John Stanton will act as acting president and CEO until a successor is chosen, the team said in a statement.

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MLBPA Calls out Mariners CEO Kevin Mather for ‘Highly Disturbing’ Comments

Bleacher Report

The Major League Baseball Players' Association had harsh words for Seattle Mariners CEO Kevin Mather, who made a number of controversial and offensive comments about various players during a Rotary Club meeting in early February. 

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Clayton Kershaw has ‘no intentions’ to stop after ’21

MLB.com

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is entering the final year of his three-year, $93 million deal in 2021, creating some uncertainty for the left-hander’s future with the team. But regardless of what happens with Kershaw and the Dodgers, the future Hall of Famer expects to be on a big league mound again in 2022.

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Mets Designate Guillermo Heredia For Assignment

MLB Trade Rumors

The Mets have designated outfielder Guillermo Heredia for assignment.  The move was made to create a 40-man roster spot for Kevin Pillar, whose contract with the team is now official.

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Yankees’ Domingo German to address teammates about domestic violence suspension

The Score

New York Yankees right-hander Domingo German is planning to meet with his teammates about his 81-game domestic violence suspension before talking to the media.

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How Francisco Lindor’s defense could transform Mets

MLB.com

Whether the Mets can sign Francisco Lindor to an extension this spring will be among the top baseball storylines to follow as Opening Day draws near. New York acquired the All-Star shortstop from Cleveland in January, along with starter Carlos Carrasco. Lindor, 27, can become a free agent following the 2021 season.

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A Huge Portion of Fernando Tatis Jr.’s New $340M Contract is Owed To Investment Fund That He Signed With As A Teen

Total Pro Sports

Fernando Tatis Jr. signed a massive 14-year, $340 million contract on Wednesday with the San Diego Padres, which made it the third biggest contract in baseball history.

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Johnny Damon Released After DUI Arrest and Says Jail Sucks

TMZ

Former MLB star Johnny Damon has a clear view of jail after his DUI arrest … it sucks.

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Yankees, Brett Gardner Agree to Deal; What it Means For New York

SI

Brett Gardner is back in pinstripes.

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10 most interesting non-roster invites

The Score

Baseball is back.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci cautiously optimistic about return of fans for 2021 MLB season

ESPN

Dr. Anthony Fauci is cautiously optimistic about the prospect of fans returning to the stands for the 2021 MLB season, telling ESPN's Buster Olney there's a "pretty good chance" of it happening if the rate of COVID-19 infections continues to drop.

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Is Juan Soto next in line for an extension?

MLB.com

One of baseball’s brightest young stars just landed one of the biggest contracts in the game’s history. Could Juan Soto be next in line?

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After initial wariness, Astros’ Dusty Baker advocates for COVID-19 vaccine

Houston Chronicle

In November, as flu season neared, Dusty Baker received a warning from Houston doctors. The physicians worried for Baker’s health if he fell ill with the flu, especially given his many underlying conditions. Coupled with the continuing coronavirus pandemic, Baker faced a choice.

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Athletic commission investigating Jose Canseco fight

Larry Brown Sports

Jose Canseco has been accused of taking a dive in a pay-per-view fight that was hosted by Barstool Sports earlier this month, and West Virginia officials are looking into what exactly happened.

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Tony La Russa had one condition before accepting White Sox manager job

Larry Brown Sports

Tony La Russa surprised many by accepting the Chicago White Sox manager job during the offseason, but there was one major issue that had to be addressed before he did.

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Five Free Agent Starters Mets Could Still Target

Mets Merized Online

Pitching depth, both in the rotation and bullpen, has been one of the main points of emphasis for the New York Mets this offseason.

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Nolan Arenado unlikely to use opt-outs: ‘I plan on being a Cardinal’

The Score

Though he's only been in red for a couple of weeks, Nolan Arenado's quickly taken to life with the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Cincinnati Reds sign former Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian to minor-league deal

Cincinnati

On the eve of pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, the Cincinnati Reds signed former Los Angeles Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian to a minor-league contract with an invite to camp. 

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Dodgers Trade Josh Sborz To Rangers

MLB Trade Rumors

The Dodgers have traded recently designated-for-assignment righty Josh Sborz to the Rangers, reports Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times. The Rangers announced the move quickly after that initial report, revealing that they’ll send minor league righty Jhan Zambrano to L.A. in return. Fellow right-hander Jimmy Herget was designated for assignment by the Rangers in order to create roster space for Sborz.

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Braves win Dansby Swanson arbitration case

MLB.com

The Braves won their arbitration decision involving shortstop Dansby Swanson, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. Swanson will earn a $6 million salary in 2021 after he had filed for $6.7 million.

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Minnesota Twins, RHP Matt Shoemaker agree to 1-year, $2M deal

ESPN

Right-hander Matt Shoemaker and the Minnesota Twins are in agreement on a one-year, $2 million deal, pending a physical, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.

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