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MLB News: Rob Manfred Receives Five-Year Contract

After 22 years at the helm of Major League Baseball, Bug Selig's tenure as commissioner will come to a close in January and he'll be replaced by Rob Manfred, who's served as MLB's chief operating officer since September of 2013. While Manfred was named the Commissioner-elect in August, he had yet to receive a formal contract. That was until Thursday, when he was presented with a five-year contract, accordin ...

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MLB News: Russell Martin Signs With Toronto Blue Jays

Free agent catcher Russell Martin is considered the best at his position on the market and has drawn interest from a handful of teams. The Los Angeles Dodgers were one of four teams to be interested in the former Gold Glover and it would have been a return for Martin to Los Angeles. They were expected to have a meeting with Martin and his agent, along with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and the Toront ...

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MLB Partners With USA Baseball To Launch Pitch Smart Program

While injuries are par for the course in any athletic season, Major League Baseball was seemingly under siege in 2014 to Tommy John injuries that claimed the seasons of several players. Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu were both sidelined at various points throughout the season, but neither suffered the same fate as Bronson Arroyo, Jose Fernandez, Chris Withrow and more. Those pitchers were among the player ...

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MLB Free Agents List: Lester, Scherzer Headline Pitchers Available

With the San Francisco Giants winning their third World Series in five years, the 2014 MLB season officially came to an end Wednesday. While the closing of the season means no more baseball until Spring Training, it marks the start of free agency. As of Thursday, there are 121 free agents and the group includes both starting and relief pitchers that could land lucrative contracts. Among them is Jon Lester, ...

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MLB Rumors: Joe Maddon To Become Chicago Cubs Manager

UPDATE (Oct. 29, 3:30 p.m. PT): According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Joe Maddon's agent, Alan Nero, said his client has agreed to terms with the Chicago Cubs and has multiple offers to choose from: Maddon agent Nero said they could have something in the next few days. Has a media offer on table + several teams for managing, other roles— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) October 29, 2014 While th ...

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Oscar Taveras Dies In Car Accident, Dodgers Players Share Thoughts

With the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals playing pivotal Game 5 of the World Series, it was carried on with heavy hearts as it became known St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend tragically died in a car accident. Widely considered a top prospect, Taveras was in his native Dominican Republican and passed away at just 22 years old. This season was Taveras' sixth with the ...

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Joe Maddon’s Agent Has Fielded Calls From Interested Teams

The MLB world was dealt a shock Friday when Joe Maddon made the decision to opt out of the final year of his contract as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. Maddon managed the Rays for nine seasons and his loss comes on the heels of the franchise also losing Andrew Friedman, who accepted the president of baseball operations position with the Los Angeles Dodgers. After nearly a decade with both Friedman and Maddo ...

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MLB Working To Develop Policy For Domestic Assault Cases

Widely considered the most popular American sports league, the NFL has played its 2014 season under a dark cloud that's been the result of multiple domestic violence issues. The NFL's and Baltimore Ravens' handling of the Ray Rice incident made national news and they've yet been able to escape the negative spotlight. Since the league's suspending of Rice, other players have been arrested for alleged domesti ...

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Joe Maddon: ‘I’ve Got To Hear What Everyone Has To Say’

The Los Angeles Dodgers made a first big splash when they hired Andrew Friedman as president of baseball operations. Considering the working relationship and friendship Friedman holds with Joe Maddon, a widespread presumption was he was next to leave the Tampa Bay Rays. However, Friedman backed Don Mattingly in his introductory press conference two days after Maddon said he wanted to remain with the Rays. O ...

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Twitter Reaction To Joe Maddon Leaving Tampa Bay Rays

The Los Angeles Dodgers made headlines when they lured Andrew Friedman away from the Tampa Bay Rays to assume the president of baseball operations role for the franchise with vast resources. Friedman's arrival had many believing Joe Maddon was the next shoe to fall, but Friedman said Mattingly would return next season and Maddon had one more year remaining on his contract barring the expected signing of an ...

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