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 Posted: Thu Nov 5th, 2015 08:11 pm
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ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Los Angeles Angels have declined their $7 million contract option for next season on outfielder David Murphy, making him a free agent.

Angels spokesman Tim Mead confirmed the decision Wednesday. Murphy gets a $500,000 buyout.

Los Angeles acquired Murphy from the Cleveland Indians in late July for the playoff stretch. The 10-year veteran was a dependable contributor while batting .265 with five homers, starting as a designated hitter and then platooning in left field.

The Angels acquired Murphy, Shane Victorino and David DeJesus near the deadline in an attempt to boost their offense from left field, where the club never found a solid replacement for Josh Hamilton.

The Angels are expected to pursue higher-profile free-agent outfielders this winter. They also plan to stay in communication with Murphy.

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Dusty Baker will have some company when he is introduced as the new manager of the Washington Nationals at a press conference Thursday.

Mike Maddux agreed to a two-year deal to become the Nationals' pitching coach.

Maddux, 54, will take over the position left vacant by Steve McCatty when the Nationals fired Matt Williams and his entire staff Oct. 5.

After spending seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, Maddux parted ways with the club at the end of October.

The brother of Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux pitched 15 seasons in the bigs from 1986-2000, posting a career ERA of 4.05 in 472 career appearances.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 6th, 2015 02:20 am
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The Kansas City Royals exercised their 2016 contract options on closer Wade Davis and shortstop Alcides Escobar on Thursday, but declined their option on outfielder Jonny Gomes, who didn't make it onto the club's postseason roster.

Davis, who turned 30 in September, enjoyed another sublime season at the back of Kansas City's bullpen, leading all qualified relievers in ERA (0.94), WHIP (0.79), and opponents' batting average (.143) across 69 appearances. Though the 30-year-old spent much of the season in a setup role, Davis logged 17 saves in 18 opportunities, intermittently filling in for oft-injured Greg Holland, who had season-ending Tommy John surgery in September. Davis, an All-Star for the first time in 2015, will make $8 million next season.

Escobar earned his first All-Star berth this season, too, but hit only .257/.293/.320 with three home runs and 17 stolen bases in 148 games while producing fewer wins above replacement (1.5) than 19 other shortstops. The 28-year-old leadoff hitter exploded in the postseason, though, hitting .329/.347/.514 with eight extra-base hits in 16 games and grabbing MVP honors in the American League Championship Series. He will earn $5.25 million in 2016.

Gomes, however, will become a free agent following his brief stint in Kansas City. Acquired by the Royals in an August trade with the Atlanta Braves, the 34-year-old appeared in just 12 games throughout the final month of the campaign, hitting .167/.235/.233 with 14 strikeouts before being omitted from the playoff roster.

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Torii Hunter announced his retirement from baseball after 19 major-league seasons in October, but he officially said goodbye to the game he loves so much on Thursday in Minnesota.

Hunter took the podium with Twins manager Paul Molitor and general manager Terry Ryan for his retirement press conference at Target Field, and got extremely emotional during Ryan's initial address.

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— LaVelle E. Neal III (@LaVelleNeal) November 5, 2015
Hunter quickly wiped away the tears, though, and cut the tension by cracking a joke about being able to "lay out nude" on a beach with his wife Katrina now that baseball is in the rearview mirror. He then shifted his focus to thanking everyone that played an integral part in his career on and off the field before speaking about his decision to retire.

"I just thought it was time. It took me an hour and a half to get warmed up, I missed so many things with my family," the 40-year-old exclaimed. "Two years ago I was thinking about it. I played two extra years."

But it wasn't long until a reporter asked Hunter if he can actually step completely away from the game for good.

"Baseball is in my blood. I'm just transitioning. I might be taking some time off. Just focusing on today. In the near future, I'm definitely going to be in baseball in some way," Hunter replied.

Hunter, never at a loss for words, also revealed several TV networks have reached out to him about potentially becoming an analyst, but he plans to take a few months to consider the offers.

In 2,373 games, Hunter hit .277 with 353 homers and 1,391 RBIs for the Los Angeles Angels, Detroit Tigers, and Twins. He was a first-round selection of the Twins in the 1993 draft and played 12 years for the franchise.

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Aramis Ramirez, the Dominican native who quietly assembled one of the finest resumes ever by a third baseman, announced his retirement Thursday after 18 years in the major leagues.

Ramirez, 37, confirmed his retirement plans on Grandes en los Deportes, a sports talk show on ESPN Dominican Radio. The three-time All-Star may still play for Tigres del Licey of the Dominican Winter League, however, to give his countrymen one last chance to see him play.

"I'm not pulling out because I don't like baseball but because I want to be with my family," Ramirez said, as translated by theScore. "I'm almost certain that I'll stay involved in baseball but I don't know in what yet."

Ramirez, who made his MLB debut with the Pirates in 1998, spent parts of six seasons in Pittsburgh before getting traded to the Cubs. A frequent MVP also-ran throughout his nine years in Chicago, Ramirez left the Cubs following the 2011 season, signing a multi-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. After exercising his mutual option with Milwaukee for the 2015 season, however, he got to finish his career in the same city where it started after getting traded back to Pittsburgh ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Throughout nearly two decades in the majors, Ramirez hit .283/.341/.492 (115 OPS+) with 495 doubles and 386 home runs, good for seventh all time among third basemen. From 2001-12, Ramirez compiled more wins above replacement than all but six players at his position, hitting .290/.348/.515 while averaging 28 homers per season.

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NEW YORK - Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia says he had ''no other option'' than to leave the team for treatment for alcoholism ahead of its loss to Houston in the one-game AL wild-card playoff.

In his first remarks to media since seeking treatment, Sabathia told ABC ''it was just the time.''

An excerpt from the interview was posted Thursday ABC's website. The network says the interview will be broadcast Friday on ''Good Morning America.''

Related: Sabathia enters alcohol rehab

Sabathia says ''I know it was a bad time of the season, but there was no other option for me but to get help. And I understand where, you know, fans would be upset and people don't understand, but it's a disease.''

The 35-year-old left-hander was 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA this season, slowed by a chronic knee injury.

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New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson is expected to be ready for spring training after undergoing surgery earlier this week to repair an injured ligament in his left thumb, which he hurt during Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.

Despite hurting his thumb in the NLCS, Granderson was one of New York's few sources of offense throughout the World Series, going 5-for-20 (.250) with three homers, four walks, and a sacrifice fly in five games against the Kansas City Royals.

Granderson, a three-time All-Star, proved to be New York's most valuable player during the regular season, too, managing an .821 OPS (129 OPS+) with 26 homers and 33 doubles in 157 games in 2015, his second year with the Mets.

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lobo316 wrote: SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Giants declined their 2016 contract options on outfielders Nori AokiYESSSSSSS



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