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Orange County Register

White House: Trump says US will not withdraw from NAFTA

President Donald Trump on Wednesday told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that.

All Things Rockies | Denver Post

Ian Desmond ready for game action as Rockies set his rehab schedule

Ian Desmond is swinging a bat but he is not quite in the swing of things. The Rockies' big-ticket free-agent addition, though, is nearing a return to action.

Red Reporter

The Cincinnati Reds activated Devin Mesoraco. What now?

What the Reds can hope to get out of their former All Star catcher. Barring a rainout or an unexpected play-in for a playoff play-in appearance, the Cincinnati Reds have exactly 302 games to play before Devin Mesoraco will become a free agent. Between his first paycheck for this year and the time those 302 games have been played, the Reds will have paid him $20.45 million, but at least there’s a chance that we’ll begin to see what he’s got left in the tank since the team officially activated him from the 10-day DL on Thursday. #Reds RHP Barrett Astin optioned to AAA Louisville, C...

Grand Rapids Press

Al Avila: Tigers' big budget for minor-league depth paying off

The influx of veteran minor-league free agents has made the upper levels of the Tigers farm system the oldest in baseball. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers increased their budget -- and then went over that budget -- in order to build organizational depth by signing veteran players to stash away in Toledo and Erie, general manager Al Avila said Wednesday. The Tigers aggressively pursued minor-league free agents. The resulting influx of veterans has made the upper levels of the Tigers' farm system the oldest in baseball. "We made it a point this year to go out and...

National Post

Blue Jays series preview: On to St. Louis and an examination of Jose Bautista’s hitting woes

As Bautista limped out of the gate, there were observers willing to say the age concerns that dogged him during free agency had borne out

Red Reporter

Reds at Brewers, Game 2: Preview/Predictions Thread

A stage on which Eric Thames will swat dingers. Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers 7:40 PM ET Scott Feldman vs. Zach Davies Depending upon your exact interpretation of the value of a single Win Above Replacement on the free agent market, the 0.6 bWAR Scott Feldman has already provided the Cincinnati Reds already justifies the ~$2.5 million it took to sign him. Either way, he enters Tuesday’s contest with a 2.38 ERA in 22.2 IP, and will look to improve upon the April 14th start against the Brewers where he needed 104 pitches to get through just 5 IP (having allowed 2 ER and an ugly 5...

CBS Baltimore

Dodgers, Yanks Cut Projected Luxury Tax Bills Ahead Of Harper, Machado Free Agency

The Dodgers and the Yankees are cutting payroll and their luxury tax bills — just as Bryce Harper and Manny Machado near the free-agent market.

Washington Times

APNewsBreak: Dodgers, Yankees cut projected luxury tax bills

NEW YORK (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are cutting payroll and their luxury tax bills - just as Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and perhaps Clayton Kershaw near the free-agent market after the 2018 season. The Dodgers are on track to slice their tax bill by ...

All Things Rockies | Denver Post

Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees cut projected luxury tax bills

The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are cutting payroll and their luxury tax bills — just as Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and perhaps Clayton Kershaw near the free-agent market after the 2018 season.

Plain Dealer

Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians can sing 'Time is on Our Side' when it comes to negotiations

The fact that Francisco Lindor turned down a reported $100 million extension from the Indians doesn't mean the two parties can't find common ground on a multiyear deal. Lindor can't be a free agent until after the 2021 season.

CSN Chicago

White Sox eyeing newly cleared Cuban free agent Luis Robert

The White Sox potentially could add another significant piece to their farm system next month after Luis Robert was officially cleared for free agency on Thursday.

Red Reporter

Cincinnati Reds links - Top Cuban prospect Luis Robert declared a free agent

Thursday links! The highest rated international prospect in the game of baseball was officially declared a free agent by Major League Baseball on Thursday morning, meaning it’s highly likely that toolsy OF Luis Robert will become a very rich human in the near future. FOX’s Ken Rosenthal broke the news this morning, and while the timing of the news breaking isn’t necessarily important, the timing of his free agency being confirmed by MLB certainly is. You remember that the Cincinnati Reds blew past their international signing bonus pool within the last year to sign both Alfredo...

Sports Illustrated

'A re-setting of the market is coming': MLB's best young stars are eyeing record paydays

Top young players like Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant and Francisco Lindor seem willing to take their chances in free agency as MLB enters a shifting era of contract values.

Red Bird Rants

St. Louis Cardinals: Top Cuban Prospect Luis Robert is a MUST Sign

The St. Louis Cardinals are interested in top Cuban prospect Luis Robert and today it was announced that he will be an MLB free agent on May 20th. The St. Louis Cardinals along with a number of other MLB teams received the great news today that Cuban star prospect Luis Robert will be an eligible […] St. Louis Cardinals: Top Cuban Prospect Luis Robert is a MUST Sign - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - A St. Louis Cardinals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cardinals notes: Fowler looking for fix at the plate

Cardinals’ major free-agent signing saw his batting average shrink to .136 through 11 games after a zero-for-10 start to this interleague series.

Scout

Jeremy Guthrie Elects Free Agency

If he finds a new contract, Jeremy Guthrie will be joining his fifth team in just one year.

BSN Denver

BSN Nuggets Podcast: Spend big or stay conservative in free agency?

The BSN Nuggets Podcast tries to answer the biggest question facing Denver this summer: Spend big or stay conservative in free agency?

Newark Star-Ledger

What's Yankees' Greg Bird's problem at plate? | Mailbag

With so many questions surrounding the Yankees, beat reporter Brendan Kuty answers yours. Topics include Masahiro Tanaka, Greg Bird, Clint Frazier, free agents and more.

BSN Denver

Despite ups and downs, Nuggets planning to re-sign Mason Plumlee this summer

The Nuggets have been clear with their plans for restricted free agent to be Mason Plumlee, once he hits the open market this summer.

BSN Denver

Forget free agency, Nuggets’ No. 1 priority this summer should be to extend Gary Harris

Gary Harris' is more valuable to the Nuggets than he is to any other team. That's partly why Denver will try and extend Harris this summer.

Scout

Transaction Blog: Cuevas Called Up

With a need for long relief, the Tigers optioned Joe Jimenez back to Toledo just days after his big league call-up, and the same day as his big league debut. Replacing him will be long reliever William Cuevas, who the Tigers signed as a minor league free agent this past off-season.

philly.com

Clay Buchholz leaves Phillies game with apparent arm injury

The free-agent pickup exited the game with the Mets after 2 1/3 innings. he allowed six runs.

Newark Star-Ledger

Japan's Babe Ruth to Yankees? Why Shohei Otani rumors make sense

Rumors continue to connect Shohei Otani, 'Japan's Babe Ruth,' to the Yankees. A free-agent marriage makes sense.

CSN MidAtlantic

Manny Machado will become a free agent in 2018, so what's his future looking like?

By: Lisa Redmond Manny Machado is arguably one of the best third basemen in the league.At the tender age of 24, he has won two

Chicago Tribune

Gold rush: Ben Zobrist realizes significance of Cubs' special uniforms

Ben Zobrist didn't get to wear a special Royals uniform with gold lettering and trim last season because he had departed for the Cubs as a free agent after helping Kansas City win the 2015 title. Zobrist hopes his Cubs teammates will treasure wearing those unique jerseys and caps when the Cubs...

Washington Times

Padres put Cahill on disabled list, recall Lee from Triple-A

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Padres have placed right-hander Trevor Cahill on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain, a move retroactive to Thursday. San Diego recalled right-hander Zach Lee from Triple-A El Paso on Sunday Cahill, who left the Chicago Cubs as a free agent, lost 3-1 ...

Larry Brown Sports

Manny Machado downplays rumors linking him to Yankees

Big-money free agents tend to be linked to the New York Yankees. Manny Machado and Bryce Harper will both hit the open market after the end of the 2018 season barring an extension beforehand, and unsurprisingly, the whispers have already started. Machado, currently manning third base for the Baltimore Orioles, admitted he is “100 percent”...Read More

San Francisco Chronicle

Trevor Plouffe scratched from A’s lineup with illness

Plouffe, signed as a free-agent this winter, was Oakland’s best hitter during the spring, batting .380, but he missed much of the final week with a quad strain and he has gotten off to a slow start, batting .158 in the first five games. “I try to stick with my routine but when you do go through little stretches like this where I feel like my timing is a little off, I have a few drills I like to do,” said Plouffe, who took early batting practice Saturday. Susan Slusser is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

Morosi: Lawrie reunion only makes sense if Travis is unhealthy

MLB insider Jon Paul Morosi addresses the news that the Blue Jays may be interested in a reunion with now free agent, Brett Lawrie, wondering if he’s even a fit.

Bautista’s candid sit down interview with Hazel Mae

Jose Bautista sits down with Hazel Mae to talk about the free agency process, fan support and how age effects how he prepares going into a new season.

Should the New York Mets pursue Matt Wieters?

On SNY's Mets Hot Stove, Gary Apple, John Harper, and Nelson Figueroa take a look at free-agent catcher Matt Wieters as a possible target for the New York Mets behind the plate.