Junichi Tazawa agrees to minor league contract with Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) — Reliever Junichi Tazawa has finalized a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs and will report to big league spring training.
If added to the 40-man roster, Tazawa would receive a one-year contract paying $800,000 while in the major leagues. He could earn $450,000 in performance bonuses for games pitched and $750,000 for games finished.
MILWAUKEE — Jesus Aguilar quickly found himself in an 0-2 hole while leading off the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Milwaukee Brewers first baseman eventually fouled off seven pitches, including three with a full count. On the 13th pitch of the at-bat, he broke through.
Aguilar homered to right-center off Miami Marlins reliever Junichi Tazawa, sending Milwaukee to a 6-5 victory Saturday night at Miller Park.
Aguilar’s walk-off homer leads Brewers past Marlins, 6-5
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jesus Aguilar certainly has made the most of his opportunities this season.
A late-inning replacement, Aguilar homered on the 13th pitch leading off the bottom of the ninth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied past the Miami Marlins 6-5 on Saturday night for their fifth consecutive win.
Stanton remains at 59 homers as Marlins defeat Braves 6-5
MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton went 2 for 4 with a single and a double and the Miami slugger remained at 59 home runs as the Atlanta Braves beat the Marlins 6-5 on Friday night.
Marcell Ozuna drove in three runs to lead Miami, which rallied from a 5-0 deficit and took the lead with a four-run seventh. Justin Bour's two-run single gave the Marlins a 6-5 lead. The Marlins also got run-scoring singles from Ozuna and Stanton off Braves reliever Dan Winkler (0-1).
Goodwin’s homer in 8th lifts Nationals over Marlins 3-2
WASHINGTON (AP) — On a team loaded with stars, two rookies played key roles in Washington's win Thursday night.
Brian Goodwin had two hits, including a home run into the second deck leading off the eighth inning, Andrew Stevenson made a game-saving catch and the Nationals rallied past the Miami Marlins 3-2.
Goodwin broke a 2-2 tie when he connected on a 1-0 fastball from Junichi Tazawa (1-2) for his 13th homer of the season and second RBI of the night.
MIAMI (AP) — Short on sleep, the Houston Astros were listless and hitless until the fifth inning. Then their lumber stirred from its slumber.
Yuli Gurriel hit a grand slam and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as Houston overcame a slow start to beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 Monday night.
AL East teams at the start of spring training
A team-by-team look at the American League East entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
Boston Red Sox
Manager: John Farrell (fifth season).
2016: 93-69, first place, lost to Cleveland in ALDS.
Training Town: Fort Myers, Florida.
Park: JetBlue Park.
First Workout: Feb. 14/17.
He's Here: LHP Chris Sale, RHP Tyler Thornburg, 1B Mitch Moreland.
Marlins acquire RHP Straily from Reds for 3 minor leaguers
MIAMI (AP) — Replacing Jose Fernandez will be a collective task for the Miami Marlins, with 14-game winner Dan Straily joining the effort Thursday.
Miami obtained Straily from the Cincinnati Reds for three minor leaguers, including right-handers Luis Castillo and Austin Brice, both highly regarded prospects in the Marlins' thin system. Outfielder Isaiah White was also dealt to Cincinnati.
Marlins finalize $16M, 2-year deal with pitcher Brad Ziegler
MIAMI (AP) — The Marlins sealed a deal Friday with right-hander Brad Ziegler, their latest move in an attempt to emulate recent playoff teams by building a strong bullpen.
Ziegler reached an agreement last week on the $16 million, two-year contract, which became final after he passed a physical. Miami also gave right-hander Junichi Tazawa a $12 million, two-year contract.
AP source: Ziegler gets $16 million, 2-year deal with Miami
MIAMI (AP) — The perennially thrifty Miami Marlins have become big spenders in the late innings.
Two people familiar with the deal said right-hander Brad Ziegler agreed Friday to a $16 million, two-year contract with the Marlins, who added their second former Red Sox reliever in as many days.
AP source: Ziegler gets $16 million, 2-year deal with Miami
MIAMI (AP) — Two people familiar with the deal say right-hander Brad Ziegler has agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract with the Miami Marlins, who added their second former Red Sox reliever in as many days.
The people confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because it won't be final until Ziegler passes a physical.
Tazawa finalizes $12 million, 2-year contract with Marlins
MIAMI (AP) — Before signing reliever Junichi Tazawa, the Miami Marlins consulted with an expert on Japanese pitching: Ichiro Suzuki.
Tazawa finalized his $12 million, two-year contract with the Marlins on Friday after passing a physical. The deal came with an endorsement from Suzuki, the Marlins' outfielder and 3,000-hit club member.
What was Suzuki's scouting report on his fellow native of Japan?
AP source: Tazawa takes $12 million, 2-year deal with Miami
MIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says free agent right-handed reliever Junichi Tazawa has agreed to a $12 million, two-year contract with the Miami Marlins.
The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the contract won't be final until Tazawa passes a physical. Tazawa gets $5 million next season and $7 million in 2018.
Drellich: In busy offseason arms market, Red Sox likely to narrow focus on bullpen help
As one American League official planning for the winter put it, teams are going to get raided for pitching this winter. The cost will be high, not that it was ever low.
That’s why the belief is the Red Sox will pick up Clay Buchholz’ $13.5 million option, which should really be a no-brainer.
Where do the Sox go from there? They could try to upgrade the rotation creatively, via trade.
Segedin has Dodger-record 4 RBIs in ML debut vs Red Sox
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rob Segedin set a Dodgers record with four RBIs in his major league debut, Adrian Gonzalez hit his 300th career home run and Los Angeles beat the Boston Red Sox 8-5 on Sunday night.
With the bases loaded and one out in the fourth, Segedin drilled a 2-0 pitch from David Price over the head of center fielder Mookie Betts for a two-run double, his first big league hit in his second at-bat.
Segedin came up again with two outs in the fifth and the...
Betts homers in 9th, Kimbrel saves in return for Red Sox
SEATTLE (AP) — Mookie Betts homered to lead off the ninth inning, Craig Kimbrel got his 18th save in his return from knee surgery and the Boston Red Sox beat James Paxton and the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Monday night.
Paxton held Boston to a run and four hits over eight innings before Betts hit his 22nd homer off closer Steve Cishek (2-6), who blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning Sunday against Chicago.
Kimbrel made his first appearance since having surgery to...
BOSTON The Twins didnt have the rally magic on Sunday as they fell just short in an 8-7 loss to the Red Sox.
The teams ended up splitting the four-game series, a series that included big plays and big innings. The Twins head back home having gone 4-3 on their seven-game road trip to Detroit and Boston.
After Miguel Sanos big error in the fifth put the Twins in a hole, they almost came back as a nervous announced crowd of 36,806 at Fenway Park looked on.