Angels superstar outfielder Mike Trout might call the East Coast his home, but he left no doubt where his baseball home is: Anaheim. With a handful of players signing record or near-record contracts this offseason, attention turned to Trout, the two-time Most Valuable Player, who could have become a free agent after the 2020 season. “That was one thing on my mind, talking to people — if I did leave in two years, maybe looking back I would’ve probably regretted it a little bit, because I love it here,” Trout, a six-time All-Star, told a few thousand fans who arrived early for the Angels’ home exhibition game with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:43 am
Mike Trout enjoyed a little pregame celebration and then went right back to work. Trout had an RBI double in his first home game since signing a record contract and agreeing to spend 12 more years with the Los Angeles Angels, who beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 in an exhibition game Sunday night. Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the first game of the annual preseason Freeway Series between the teams separated by 35 miles on the I-5.
Posted: March 25, 2019, 3:55 am
The Giants sent minor league infielder C.J. Hinojosa to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Kratz. Kratz, 38, agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.2 million, with $300,000 guaranteed, with the Brewers in November. Milwaukee added Kratz last May in a deal with the New York Yankees and he played in 67 games for the Brewers, batting .236 with six home runs and 23 RBIs.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 7:10 pm
The Cleveland Indians signed infielder Brad Miller to a one-year major league contract Sunday. The versatile veteran has played almost every position on the diamond, but the Indians will likely ask him to handle second base while All-Star Jason Kipnis recovers from a right calf strain. Miller, 29, hit .385 with two homers and three RBIs this spring in 12 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 6:10 pm
Reliever John Axford has been released from his minor-league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, the team announced on Saturday. The move comes on the heels of Axford being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right (throwing) elbow two days earlier. Axford, 35, was with Toronto for part of last season but was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in July.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 4:48 pm
Just ask Clayton Kershaw, Jason Heyward, Manny Machado, J.D. Martinez and David Price. “[Boras] knew from the beginning I didn’t want to be traded, and I didn’t want the opt-out at all,” Harper said. Machado, who held the record for the largest free agent contract for a little over a week, has an out after five years so that he can still hit the market again at age 31.
Posted: March 23, 2019, 8:03 pm
Editor’s note: Baseball is back and Yahoo Sports is previewing all 30 teams over the next month. This year’s previews will focus on fantasy and reality, as our MLB news staff and our fantasy baseball crew come together to assess each team before opening day. Next up, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Posted: March 23, 2019, 5:18 pm