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AP source: Phillies, Saunders agree to $9M…

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that outfielder Michael Saunders and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed on a $9 million, one-year contract

Royals, Duffy agree to $65M, 5-year contract

The Royals and Danny Duffy have agreed to a $65 million, five-year contract that will keep the popular left-hander in Kansas City

Cubs offer Obama 'midnight pardon' for support of…

Theo Epstein and the Cubs went all out with gifts for President Obama, including a 'midnight pardon' for his support of the Chicago White Sox.

Obama jokes with Cubs: 'It took you long enough'

President Obama had some fun hosting the 2017 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs at the White House.

St. Louis Cardinals expect to add speed this season

A year after St. Louis finished last in the National League in stolen bases, the Cardinals are putting an emphasis on becoming more athletic and aggressive on the base paths this season

AP source: Bautista and Blue Jays working hard on return

A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that outfielder Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays are "working really hard" to bring him back to the club

Arrieta, Harper, Machado, Britton get big-money…

Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Washington star Bryce Harper and Baltimore standouts Manny Machado and Zach Britton got big-money deals Friday as more than 100 major leaguers reached agreements for 2017 and left just 29 players on track for salary arbitration

On ballot for final time, Tim Raines hopes for Hall entry

Raines gives it a final run: On writers' ballot for final time, former Montreal star hopes to join Dawson and Carter as the only Expos in baseball Hall of Fame

Arrieta skipping White House trip, cites family…

When the Chicago Cubs visit President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday, ace Jake Arrieta won't be with them. Arrieta said he needs to be home _ his mother-in-law is recovering from brain surgery, son Cooper is having a tooth pulled that day.

Bagwell's Hall of Fame wait likely to end after 7 years

Jeff Bagwell spent a career putting up huge stats, the kind that often get posted on plaques in Cooperstown