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MLB notebook: Agent denies $175 million Machado offer

Hours after ESPN’s Buster Olney reported the Chicago White Sox offered Manny Machado a seven-year, $175 million deal, Machado’s agent referred to the report as “inaccurate and reckless” on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Aug 25, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Freddy Galvis (left) tags out Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) attempting to steal second base during the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Dan Lozano sharply criticized Olney and USA Today’s Bob Nightengale for their reporting on Machado’s free agency…

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MLB notebook: Dodgers deal Puig, Kemp to Reds

The Los Angeles Dodgers traded outfielders Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig to the Cincinnati Reds, the teams announced Friday. FILE PHOTO: Mar 27, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) celebrates with left fielder Matt Kemp (27) after hitting a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports Left-hander Alex Wood and backup catcher Kyle Farmer also were sent to Cincinnati, which dealt right-hander Homer Bailey to the Dodgers. Los Angeles sent…

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MLB notebook: Phillies get their shot to woo Machado

The Manny Machado Tour stopped in Philadelphia on Thursday as the free agent met with the Phillies, the only National League team known to be on his itinerary. FILE PHOTO: Oct 26, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado reacts after striking out against the Boston Red Sox in the eighth inning in game three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports According to reports, Machado, his wife Yainee Alonso and his representation arrived at Citizens Bank Park at…

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Cuban deal with MLB allows players to sign without defecting

NEW YORK/HAVANA (Reuters) – Major League Baseball has reached an historic agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation allowing Cuban players to sign with U.S. teams without needing to defect, seeking to end the practice of Cuban stars being smuggled off the island on speedboats. MLB, the Cuban federation and the Major League Baseball Players Association said they signed the deal on Wednesday after three years of negotiations, providing a ray of light during a period of fraught U.S.-Cuban relations. MLB teams will pay the Cuban Baseball Federation a release fee…

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MLB notebook: Machado kicks off free-agent tour

Manny Machado plans to visit the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies this week with additional teams lining up for weekend appointments. FILE PHOTO: Oct 16, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) celebrates with catcher Yasmani Grandal (9) after scoring on an RBI single by center fielder Cody Bellinger (not pictured) defeat the Milwaukee Brewers in the thirteenth inning in game four of the 2018 NLCS playoff baseball series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports On Monday, Machado met with the…

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MLB notebook: Encarnacion, Santana highlight 3-team deal

The Cleveland Indians traded slugger Edwin Encarnacion to the Seattle Mariners for Carlos Santana on Thursday as part of a three-team deal that also included the Tampa Bay Rays. FILE PHOTO: Sep 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Cleveland Indians first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (10) celebrates in the dugout with teammates in the third inning after scoring against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports Santana, 32, was traded for the second time in a span of 10 days. The Mariners acquired the first…

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MLB notebook: Lynn reportedly to sign with Rangers

Right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Texas Rangers, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Oct 5, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Lance Lynn (36) throws the ball against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning in game one of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports Lynn, who has spent most of his seven-year career as a starter for the St. Louis Cardinals, pitched last season for the Minnesota…

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MLB notebook: Yankees’ GM nixes bid for Harper

Don’t expect to see Bryce Harper donning pinstripes in the Bronx next year. FILE PHOTO: Washington Nationals batter Bryce Harper flips his bat after striking out against the Atlanta Braves in Game 2 of their day-night doubleheader during the third inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday at the winter meetings in Las Vegas that he has no intention of bidding for the star free agent outfielder. “We don’t have an (unlimited) amount…

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MLB notebook: MLB, MGM enter gambling partnership

Add Major League Baseball to the list of professional sports leagues partnering up with gaming operators. FILE PHOTO: Tampa Bay Rays’ Chris Archer pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto September 28, 2013. REUTERS/Jon Blacker The league announced Tuesday a multi-year partnership with MGM Resorts International, the same company with whom the NHL struck a similar deal in June and the NBA partnered with in October. The deal, which designates MGM Resorts as the first “Official Gaming Partner…

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Manfred says MLB will change protocols for political donations

FILE PHOTO: Rob Manfred, commissioner of Major League Baseball, takes part in the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit in New York, U.S., February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred on Tuesday said the league will change its protocols on political donations moving forward in the wake of its financial support of a controversial candidate in Mississippi. Manfred, speaking at an event in Manhattan, vowed changes after the league made a $10K contribution to Republican Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith, who recently made controversial public comments about attending…

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