One small-market franchise — San Diego ranked 28th in baseball in payroll in 2017 — moved itself from the ranks of “not trying” to “trying,” which means a lot in this market.

Only AL rookie of the year Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels were better run producers than Martinez in 2017.

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Martinez gives the Red Sox a powerful answer to the impressive winter moves of their American League East archrivals, the Yankees.

Daniel Murphy dreams about at-bats, but that’s as close as he’ll get to playing for a while

Murphy underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee in October, and while he's “generally optimistic” about his recovery, he won't commit to playing Opening Day.

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Whether Bryce Harper stays or goes, the Nationals have played this just right

Organizations that treat people correctly generally reap the rewards of the good reputation they develop.

Don Mattingly to Bryce Harper: ‘Take care of your business and we’ll take care of ours’

The Marlins manager didn't appreciate Harper's comments about his team's cost-cutting moves.

Commissioner Rob Manfred is determined to speed up baseball’s pace of play but unwilling to inflame the union at a time when labor relations are already tense.

Right fielder for the Washington Nationals, Bryce Harper, shared his thoughts on the upcoming Major League Baseball season.

The shooting in his hometown last week broke the Cubs star's heart, but he doesn't feel the need to join the raging gun control debate: “It’s [impossible] to be a baseball player and a politician at the same time.”

Sandy Alderson said Sunday that he guesses and hopes Tebow will play in the major leagues one day.

"No one’s tried to do this since Babe Ruth,” which puts the intriguing pitcher/hitter in “uncharted territory.”

Los Angeles GM Andrew Friedman isn't exactly in the business of handing out rich contracts, for starters.

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Martinez has waited so long for his shot, can you blame him for champing at the bit?

The first baseman, a 2007 graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, promised to support those who were grieving and added, “I am only who I am because of this community."

Someday it would reach the point when all the richest teams in MLB were also the smartest.

The MLB commissioner didn’t offer any specifics, but Manfred said the changes will focus on limiting downtime, including mound visits, time it takes for batters to get in the box, and breaks given to players.

Tony Clark never envisioned his annual tour of spring training camps beginning where it did this week: inside the gates of the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., at a camp without a name. It is there that some 20 to 30 unsigned free agents, the human faces of an unrelenting, vitriolic labor squabble, have gathered […]

A pair of recent episodes has Boston's WEEI announcing “an effort to ensure that our programming is never intolerant or harmful to our listeners or our city.”

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The Minnesota Twins have finalized their low-risk contract with right-hander Anibal Sanchez, securing another experienced candidate for their rotation.

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When last seen, Lance McCullers plunked four Los Angeles Dodgers during the first three innings of Game 7 of the World Series.

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The Texas Rangers are famished for success after a down 2017.

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The Los Angeles Angels are trying to fill a hole at second base that’s dragged down their offense the past couple of years.

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Nicholas Castellanos went into his fifth major league season as an established third baseman. He came out of it as the Detroit Tigers’ right fielder.

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The Boston Red Sox didn’t commit $110 million for J.D. Martinez to be a part-timer.

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The Boston Red Sox have traded outfielder Bryce Brentz to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash.

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Francisco Lindor changed his hair color. He can’t shake the sting from October.

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When the Baltimore Orioles acquired Tim Beckham from the Tampa Bay Rays last July 31, they hoped that he would be the successor to J.J. Hardy at shortstop.

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Hours after Red Sox owner John Henry said talk of collusion in free-agent negotiations was “ridiculous,” his team made a splash by reaching agreement with slugger J.D. Martinez on a $110 million, five-year contract.

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As soon as Giancarlo Stanton touched down with their main rivals, the Boston Red Sox were eager to take on New York — the Yankees, or maybe even the Jets and Giants.

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When Seattle traded for reliever David Phelps last July, Mariners manager Scott Servais believed his team was adding a player that could help the team reach the postseason.

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Avisail Garcia is trying to pick up where he left off last year. So far, so good.

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J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox have, at long last, come to an agreement.

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Jake Odorizzi joined the Minnesota Twins just in time for their first full-squad workout of spring training.

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