Padres bring back Jurickson Profar on three-year deal
SAN DIEGO — The Padres and Jurickson Profar are in agreement on a three-year contract, a source said Friday morning. The contract can be worth up to $21 million, and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported Profar can opt out after each of the first two seasons. Another source said Profar’s choices had been narrowed to the Padres and Red Sox before he made the decision to return to San Diego. Retaining Profar, who was acquired via a trade last offseason, had been one of the Padres’ priorities this winter, although it was a back-burner issue to the plethora of other moves they made. Bringing back Prof...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Tim Anderson selected as cover athlete for ‘RBI Baseball 21’ — 1st White Sox player to be on cover of the video game series
CHICAGO — Tim Anderson grew up playing video games. “When I couldn’t get outside to play ball or we had bad weather, that was a time to have fun with my friends and live out some fantasies,” Anderson said in a statement Now, the Chicago White Sox shortstop is on the cover of a game. Anderson is the cover athlete for “RBI Baseball 21,” Major League Baseball announced Thursday. “It was always cool to see who was on the cover every year — those were guys I aspired to be,” Anderson said in a statement. “So now to see myself on the cover of ‘RBI 21′ is really part of a dream come true. And I hope t...
Bryce Miller: Longtime Padres voice Bob Chandler says team ‘off the charts’
Allow former broadcaster Bob Chandler some leash when you ask about the Padres. The chasing-big-names Padres. The still-spending-money Padres. The seemingly-built-for-the-long-haul Padres. Let the man who covered the routinely bumbling bunch since the start in 1969, dutifully keeping at it until 2003, compose himself. There’s a player with a $30 million annual contract, in Manny Machado. There’s a Cy Young Award winner, in Blake Snell. There’s a Cy Young runner up, in Yu Darvish. There’s a generational player, in Fernando Tatis Jr. There’s a relentless push to improve, with the pickup of pitch...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Larry Stone: Mariners’ long-term outlook is promising, but fans will need to be patient (again) in 2021
The Mariners are a team whose foundation was built on roster miscalculations. Born in 1977, it took them 15 agonizing seasons before they had their first winning record (the expansion Arizona Diamondbacks, by contrast, won the World Series in their fourth year). By the time the Mariners squeaked out an 83-79 record in 1991 and celebrated with Champagne (true story), their expansion partner, the Toronto Blue Jays, had experienced nine consecutive winning seasons, three playoff berths and were one year from back-to-back World Series titles. The Mariners have been futilely chasing success ever si...
The Seattle Times
With Jose Quintana leaving, 4 of the 5 pitchers who entered last spring in the Chicago Cubs rotation are now gone
Three pitchers who entered last spring as the Nos. 3-4-5 starters in the Chicago Cubs rotation signed one-year deals with new teams over the last few days. Jon Lester left for the Washington Nationals, Tyler Chatwood signed with the Toronto Blue Jays and Jose Quintana reunited with former Cubs manager Joe Maddon with the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday on a one-year, $8 million deal. Only Lester ended 2020 in the Cubs rotation — Quintana underwent surgery on his left thumb before the restart and Chatwood made only five starts before going down with a season-ending right forearm injury. Even with...
Wade Davis follows in Holland's footsteps, returns to Royals on minor league contract
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In a turn-back-the-clock move, right-handed relief pitcher Wade Davis rejoined the Kansas City Royals organization he helped to back-to-back World Series appearances and where he was a two-time All-Star. Davis, 35, signed a minor league contract worth $1.25 million if he's in majors with an additional $1.125 million in performance bonuses on Wednesday, according to a source with knowledge of the deal. The contract terms are identical to the deal right-handed reliever Greg Holland signed last winter to return to the organization. Holland, who was part of the dominating "HDH" ...
The Kansas City Star
What’s next for Mets’ front office without Jared Porter?
NEW YORK — The Mets are rolling up their sleeves and attempting to move on from their second offseason scandal in as many years, turning their attention to a new front-office structure without Jared Porter. The former Mets GM was fired on Tuesday morning after an ESPN report revealed the 41-year-old sent unsolicited texts and graphic images to a female foreign correspondent nearly five years ago. Team president Sandy Alderson first learned of the report on Monday, when Porter apologized without fully explaining his inappropriate behavior. “Look, this is a wake-up call,” Alderson said in a pres...
New York Daily News
Bob Brookover: Phillies want J.T. Realmuto back. The catcher still has some free-agent chips to play.
PHILADELPHIA — We have arrived at an interesting place in J.T. Realmuto’s free-agency journey. It is clear that the Phillies, the team that let him hit the open market, want him back. It’s also reasonable to assume that Philadelphia is on the shrinking list of places where the two-time All-Star catcher wants to play in 2021. Beyond that, however, there is no guarantee he will re-sign with the Phillies and little reason to believe that either side is in a hurry to get a deal done. The first real developments in the slow-moving story took place in just the last few weeks with the revelation that...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Benjamin Hochman: Adam Wainwright would bring assurance and insurance to the 2021 Cardinals
This isn’t about a red jacket; it’s about beating the Reds. This isn’t about a Busch Stadium ceremony in September; it’s about getting the Cardinals to October. This isn’t about being sentimental; it’s about business sense. And it sure makes a lot of it for the Cardinals to bring back Adam Wainwright for 2021. In due time, all those other bows will be tied. But at this time, it’s about fortifying your rotation with an affordable force, the guy who had a 3.15 ERA last year and was arguably your most valuable starter. Yes, he only made 10 starts in the shortened season, so here’s thinking his 20...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Mets owner Steve Cohen on decision to fire new GM Jared Porter: ‘I have an organization of 400 employees that matter more’
NEW YORK — With the swift firing of Jared Porter, the Mets appear to have their priorities straight. Under new owner Steve Cohen, the club wasted little time in getting rid of their newly-hired GM after details surfaced about his graphic and sexual advances toward a female reporter back in 2016. Late Monday night, an ESPN report exposed Porter’s inappropriate behavior toward the woman. Porter was fired by the Mets early Tuesday morning. He announced the termination in a tweet before team president Sandy Alderson released an official statement. Cohen, in response to a fan wondering how Porter c...
New York Daily News