Former MLB pitcher John Wetteland arrested on child sexual abuse charge

Former major league closer John Wetteland was arrested Monday on a charge of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, police records show. The 52-year-old was released from custody after posting a $25,000 surety bond according to the Denton County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office. In 12 seasons, Wetteland was 48-45 with a 2.93 ERA and 330 saves. He was a member of the New York Yankees‘ 1996 World Series championship team and was named MVP of the series. He also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos…

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MLB — Five teams ready to strike once Bryce and Manny sign elsewhere

As the pursuit of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado drags on, other free agents remain out of focus, waiting for the stars to land their contracts. Other teams, too, are waiting, expecting the free-agent market to gain some clarity once Machado and Harper are off the board. Several teams are well-positioned to strike and potentially move their teams forward even without Harper or Machado. Source link

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Buster’s MLB Buzz — Why next 30 days will be busiest of MLB offseason

Roger Bannister had the benefit of peer pressure when he became the first human to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. Two other runners, Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher, chopped up the track as pacesetters for him, running laps to push Bannister, fueling that part of the human condition that feeds on competition. Larry Bird and Magic Johnson brought out the best in each other; the same was true for Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, for teammates Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. Athletes need this kind of physiological…

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Oakland Athletics get OK from MLB to offer Kyler Murray more money to stick with baseball

7:55 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” The Oakland Athletics can sign Kyler Murray to a major league deal and offer him significant guaranteed money to choose baseball over football without running afoul of Major League Baseball rules, league sources told ESPN, the latest twist in a sport-vs.-sport battle for the Heisman Trophy winner that’s expected to be resolved in the coming days. Top A’s executives, a marketing executive from MLB and others met…

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MLB — Does DJ LeMahieu take Yankees out of Manny Machado mix

Just like that, we have Brian Dozier to the Nationals, Jed Lowrie to the Mets and DJ LeMahieu to the Yankees, the free-agent second basemen suddenly dropping like fruit flies. The second-base market was always going to be intriguing given the depth of free agents available at the position, and it was made even more interesting when the Mets traded for Robinson Cano and the A’s traded for Jurickson Profar. The Twins jumped on Jonathan Schoop on a one-year deal, the Padres scooped up Ian Kinsler and the Rockies signed…

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MLB — Bryce Harper, Manny Machado suitors might be better off spreading wealth

College football season is over, and the NFL already has trimmed its field of championship hopefuls from 32 to eight. The NBA has only 11 days left in its All-Star balloting process. On Sunday, will we be one month away from the initial spring training reporting date for pitchers and catchers. Yet we do not know where this year’s top free agents — Manny Machado and Bryce Harper — will be playing this season. Is this unusual? You bet it is. I maintain a database of various free agent-related data,…

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MLB — Milwaukee Brewers Yasmani Grandal at their price

Agents have nice things to say about working with David Stearns, the Milwaukee Brewers‘ general manager, with many mentioning his affability. “Good guy,” one agent said recently, relating some of the pleasant conversations he’s shared with Stearns. After passing up longer-term options earlier in the winter, free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal has agreed to a one-year, $18.25 million deal with the Brewers, who stretched beyond their planned budget to sign him, sources told ESPN. Over a high-stakes 48-hour stretch, players desperate for leverage actually have a say in what they get…

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Jeff Passan — Inside wild, wonky world of MLB salary arbitration

7:00 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” With $3 million at stake, the Boston Red Sox wanted to create the most compelling argument possible against Mookie Betts without alienating or insulting him. So last January, as they tried to convince a three-person arbitration panel that Betts deserved the $7.5 million salary they were offering and not the $10.5 million he requested, the Red Sox fashioned a novel approach in the typically staid, lawyerly arbitration…

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MLB payrolls dropped $18 million in 2018 for first decrease since 2010

NEW YORK — Spending on Major League Baseball payrolls dropped last season for the first time since 2010, an $18 million decrease attributable to drug and domestic violence suspensions and a player retiring at midseason. Still, even a year with flat payrolls is unusual for MLB. The only previous drops since 2002 were by $3 million in 2010 and by $32 million in 2004. Teams combined to spend $4.23 billion on major league payroll last year, according to final figures compiled by the commissioner’s office and obtained by The Associated…

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MLB — 2019’s stealth contenders and the next move each should make

I think many of us share an idea of who makes up the cream of the MLB crop. In the American League, it would be a shock not to see the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros return to the playoffs. In the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers are still up there, and the St. Louis Cardinals may have joined them. The Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves just won their divisions, the Chicago Cubs still possess most of their strengths, and the NL East…

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