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Bryce Harper’s agent says Phillies star would agree to new deal beyond 2031

Bryce Harper’s agent says the Philadelphia Phillies star would be willing to accept a contract that goes beyond the expiration of his current deal in 2031.

Baltimore Orioles add reliever Craig Kimbrel to bullpen on 1-year, $13 million deal

The Baltimore Orioles have announced they added reliever Craig Kimbrel to their bullpen on a one-year deal for $13 million.

Mets owner Steve Cohen went to Japan to meet with pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto

New York Mets owner Steve Cohen and president of baseball operations David Stearns went to Japan before the winter meetings to speak with free agent pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto and his family.

Yadier Molina gets front-office job with the St. Louis Cardinals

Yadier Molina will remain with the St. Louis Cardinals as a special assistant to basebal chief John Mozeliak after the longtime catcher wrapped up his 19-year big league career in 2022.

Royals acquire pitcher Carlos Mateo from Astros for pitcher Dylan Coleman

The Kansas City Royals have swapped pitchers with the Astros, sending right-hander Dylan Coleman to Houston in exchange for minor league right-hander Carlos Mateo.

Jason Heyward and Los Angeles Dodgers finalize $9 million, 1-year contract

Outfielder Jason Heyward and the Los Angeles Dodgers finalized their $9 million, one-year contract. The 34-year-old hit .269 with 15 homers and 40 RBIs with the Dodgers, who signed Heyward for the $720,000 minimum after the Chicago Cubs released Heyward from an $184 million, eight-year contract sign

Red Sox radio announcer Joe Castiglione wins Hall of Fame’s Frick Award for broadcasting excellence

Joe Castiglione, a Boston Red Sox radio announcer for 41 years, won the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting.

Houston Astros and catcher Victor Caratini agree to $12 million, 2-year contract, APsource says

Catcher Victor Caratini and the Houston Astros have agreed to a $12 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the deal told 鶹ýapp.

Marco Gonzales traded to Pirates, 2 days after he was acquired by Braves from Mariners

Marco Gonzales’ time with the Atlanta Braves lasted just two days, ending when the pitcher was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates along with cash for a player to be named or cash.

In rare Yankees-Red Sox trade, outfielder Verdugo goes to New York and pitcher Weissert to Boston

The New York Yankees have made a rare trade with the rival Boston Red Sox, acquiring outfielder Alex Verdugo for right-handers Greg Weissert, Richard Fitts and Nicholas Judice.

New Padres manager Mike Shildt to meet with Juan Soto in Miami on Dec. 17

New San Diego manager Mike Shildt has texted with outfielder Juan Soto and plans to meet with the Padres superstar later this month.

Chicago White Sox and RHP Erick Fedde agree to $15 million, 2-year contract, APsource says

Erick Fedde is returning to the majors with the Chicago White Sox after spending last season in South Korea.

Dodgers acknowledge meeting with Ohtani. Yankees covet Yamamoto

The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first team to publicly acknowledge meeting with Shohei Ohtani when manager Dave Roberts disclosed what he said was a two-to-three hour get-together at Dodger Stadium a few days ago.

The Yankees hope chance meeting, scouting helps land Japanese pitcher Yamamoto

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone has met Japanese pitching sensation Yoshinobu Yamamoto. Once, very briefly.

Cleveland wins MLB draft lottery, will have top pick for 1st time

Cleveland will have the No. 1 pick in next year’s amateur baseball draft for the first time, winning a lottery on the second try after Washington came out with the top spot initially but was ineligible.

Rays sign RHP Chris Devenski to 1-year deal with 2025 club option

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed reliever Chris Devenski to a $1.1 million, one-year contract with a club option for 2025.

Shortstop José Iglesias agrees to minor league contract with Mets

Shortstop José Iglesias agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets and will report to big league spring training.

The Angels will not trade 3-time AL MVP Mike Trout, general manager confirms

The Los Angeles Angels will not trade three-time AL MVP Mike Trout. General manager Perry Minasian confirmed that Tuesday at MLB’s winter meetings.

Shohei Ohtani met with the Dodgers in LA for 2-3 hours, manager Dave Roberts says

Shohei Ohtani met with the Los Angeles Dodgers a few days ago at Dodger Stadium, manager Dave Roberts revealed at the winter meetings.

Baseball Hall of Fame to have retired players in May 25 tribute to Negro Leagues All-Star Game

Ken Griffey Jr. and Ozzie Smith have agreed to manage or coach in a May 25 tribute to he Negro Leagues All-Star Game at the Hall of Fame’s Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, New York.

Wisconsin governor signs off on $500 million plan to fund repairs and upgrades at Brewers stadium

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has signed a bill that spends half-a-billion in taxpayer dollars to help the Milwaukee Brewers cover stadium repairs over the next three decades.

Astros GM says team has no interest in trading Alex Bregman

Houston Astros general manager Dana Brown says the team isn’t exploring trades for Alex Bregman, even though the All-Star third baseman’s contract is set to expire after the 2024 season.

Gerry Fraley wins BBWAA Career Excellence Award, top honor for baseball writers

The late Gerry Fraley has been honored with the BBWAA Career Excellence Award. The honor was announced Tuesday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America at the winter meetings.

Texas Rangers’ Rich Rice wins Fishel Award for MLB public relations excellence

Rich Rice of the Texas Rangers has won Major League Baseball’s Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence.

Detroit Tigers give manager A.J. Hinch long-term contract extension and hire 4 new coaches

The Detroit Tigers have signed manager A.J. Hinch to what the team said was a long-term contract extension and hired four new coaches for his staff.

Waiting for Shohei: MLB free-agent market slow as Ohtani mulls big money

Big-name free agents appear in no hurry to strike deals at the winter meetings, biding time until Shohei Ohtani potentially breaks the record for richest contract set 4 1/2 years ago by Mike Trout.

Dave Roberts expects Mookie Betts to be Dodgers’ regular second baseman in 2024

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts tells MLB Network that Mookie Betts is set to become the regular second baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2024.

Jim Leyland touched by text messages from players he cut who never reached big leagues

Of the 294 text messages Jim Leyland received in the hours after his election to the Hall of Fame, the ones that touched him most were from former minor leaguers.

Phillies sign manager Rob Thomson to 1-year extension after 2 straight trips to NLCS

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed manager Rob Thomson to a one-year contract extension through the 2025 season after he led the team to two straight trips to the NL Championship Series.

South Korean outfielder Jung Hoo Lee becomes free agent, can sign through Jan. 3

Outfielder Jung Hoo Lee, a South Korean MVP and the son of a former MVP, will become a free agent Tuesday and major league teams can sign him through 5 p.m.