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12:05 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” IRVING, Texas — Major League Baseball locked out its players early Thursday morning, certifying the game’s first work stoppage in more than a quarter-century after months of talks yielded little progress toward
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8:00 PM ET The transaction orgy of the past few days has been stupendous for baseball fans accustomed to a more leisurely pace during the late autumn and winter months. That said, it’s been more stupendous for some fans than others, and no fan base ought to feel more adrenalized than that of the Texas
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4:45 PM ET Shortstop Corey Seager and the Texas Rangers are in agreement on a 10-year, $325 million deal, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The deal comes a day after the Rangers agreed to a seven-year, $175 million contract with second baseman Marcus Semien, sources told Passan. Seager, 27, batted .295/.364/.501
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6:13 PM ET The New York Mets are in agreement on a two-year, $20 million contract with free-agent infielder Eduardo Escobar, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to ESPN on Friday. Escobar, 32, is a versatile switch-hitter who can play second and third base but also played 18 games at first after being traded
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5:10 PM ET Catcher Pedro Severino and the Milwaukee Brewers are in agreement on a one-year, $1.9 million contract, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Sunday. The deal is pending a physical. Severino, 28, will join Omar Narvaez at catcher and has incentives in the deal that can earn him another
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12:02 PM ET Associated Press CLEVELAND — A special opening day for the newly named Cleveland Guardians began with a bang. Not the one they hoped for, either. While fans were buying the first available Guardians merchandise on Friday as the team officially transitioned from Indians after 106 years, a sign installed outside the team
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