Sources: Bautista, Blue Jays have 1-year deal

Agreement includes options that could keep slugger in Toronto through 2019

Sources: Bautista, Blue Jays have 1-year deal

TORONTO -- Jose Bautista is coming back to the Blue Jays.

Toronto reached an agreement with Bautista on a one-year deal on Tuesday afternoon, multiple sources told MLB.com. The contract, which is pending the completion of a physical, includes a mutual option for 2018 and could keep Bautista with the Blue Jays through '19. Bautista, who declined Toronto's $17.2 million qualifying offer at the start of the offseason, will earn $18 million in 2017 and could earn up to $60 million if the deal lasts the full three years, MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman reported. The club has not confirmed the agreement.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers agree to Minors deal with Hamilton

Veteran will compete for roster spot, learn to play 1B in Spring Training

Rangers agree to Minors deal with Hamilton

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have a new candidate to play first base in 2017.

Josh Hamilton said he will be trying a new position in Spring Training after officially agreeing to a Minor League contract on Tuesday.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

How MLB.com writers voted in Hall of Fame balloting

How MLB.com writers voted in Hall of Fame balloting

Fourteen MLB.com reporters were among those eligible to cast ballots in the 2017 Hall of Fame vote conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

The results of the 73rd BBWAA Hall of Fame election will be revealed Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET live on MLB Network, and simulcast live on MLB.com beginning at 5 p.m.

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Trade market dwindling for Mets' Bruce

As camp nears, club may hang on to veteran OF

Trade market dwindling for Mets' Bruce

NEW YORK -- In two blinks of an eye this weekend, Jose Bautista zeroed in on a deal to return to the Blue Jays, while the Phillies agreed to terms with Michael Saunders. Those bits of news landed about a week after the Orioles traded for Seth Smith, fortifying an outfield in need of left-handed thump.

Just like that, the Mets' market for Jay Bruce, which as of New Year's Day included as many as a half-dozen suitors, evaporated down to one or two.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

10 teams poised to get boost from comebacks

10 teams poised to get boost from comebacks

Josh Hamilton is trying for another comeback. Good for him. Good for us, too. Baseball is more interesting when he's on a Major League diamond.

Here's the thing. It's impossible to know what kind of player he can be, since he's 35 and recovering from yet another surgical procedure -- this time to his left knee.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

2017 Prospect Watch: Top 10 right-handed pitchers

Reyes overtakes Giolito for top spot, Glasnow remains at No. 2

2017 Prospect Watch: Top 10 right-handed pitchers

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2017 Top 100 Prospects list on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a one-hour show on MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

Lucas Giolito headlined last year's list of the Top 10 right-handed pitching prospects, followed by Tyler Glasnow and Alex Reyes, respectively. That same trio checks in at the top of this year's list, too, only in a different order.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox to give away a Hawk alarm clock

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White Sox to give away a Hawk alarm clock

To some, he's Ken Harrelson, outfielder/first baseman who played for four clubs in a nine-year career that ended in 1971. To everybody else, he's referred to on a first-name basis as "Hawk," the White Sox Ford C. Frick Award-nominated broadcaster known for his unique style, emphatic delivery and that home run call ... that glorious, unforgettable home run call.

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Padres lock up Myers through at least 2022

Padres lock up Myers through at least 2022

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres on Tuesday announced they have signed infielder Wil Myers to a contract through the 2022 season with a club option for the 2023 season.

The club did not immediately announce the financial parameters of the deal, but sources told MLB.com it is worth $83 million over six years, with a $20 million team option for '23, making it the most lucrative contract in Padres history. The pact accounts for three of Myers' arbitration years and three years of free agency. 

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Barry M. Bloom

Who ya gonna Hall? Class of 2017 awaits call

Who ya gonna Hall? Class of 2017 awaits call

NEW YORK -- Wednesday is the big day. The National Baseball Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2017, selected in a vote last month by the eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

As many as five candidates -- and possibly six -- could be elected according to the public ballots amassed online, with Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell looking all but certain, plus Ivan Rodriguez, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman hovering around the 75 percent threshold. Even Edgar Martinez has made huge gains from last year and is within reach of election.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB Network, GRAMMYs team up for contest

Fans can enter to win trip to music's biggest night on Feb. 12 in LA

MLB Network, GRAMMYs team up for contest

They are the heavy hitters, the performers that step up on the grandest of stages and deliver moments that fans never forget. And we're not just talking about baseball.

The elite artists of the music world shine under the spotlights, too, and they have quite a bit in common with the stars of Major League Baseball. In that spirit, MLB Network is teaming up with The Recording Academy to give fans of baseball and music the chance to attend the GRAMMY Awards, music's version of the World Series.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Mike Petriello

Duffy's breakout suggests he could be a bargain

Career path to success reminiscent of Indians' Carrasco

Duffy's breakout suggests he could be a bargain

For years, the Royals had been waiting on Danny Duffy. They waited more than nine years since they selected him in the third round of the 2007 Draft, through a brief retirement in '10, Tommy John surgery in '12, and a career 3.80 ERA with only 352 strikeouts in 443 1/3 innings in parts of five up-and-down seasons entering '16. They waited six weeks into the '16 season to put him back in the rotation from the bullpen, and then only after Chris Young and Kris Medlen got injured.

By agreeing to a five-year extension worth $65 million (per MLB.com sources), as they did over the weekend, the Royals made a bet that the wait is over. They bet that the Duffy we saw flashes of in 2016 is the one we'll see going forward a whole lot more than the one who was injured or inconsistent for most of his first five big league seasons. So are they right? The good news for Kansas City fans is that it's not hard to see why the Royals think they are.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Many forces at play in GM's Quintana plans

Relenting from lofty demands could still yield impressive return before camp

Many forces at play in GM's Quintana plans

CHICAGO -- Greed is good.

We learned that lesson courtesy of Michael Douglas/Gordon Gekko in 1987.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rumor Roundup: Astros interested in Gray

Rumor Roundup: Astros interested in Gray

The Hot Stove season continues, and we're keeping you up to date with the latest free-agent news, trade buzz, rumors and more.

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Alex Rodriguez appears ready to get 'Back in the Game' with his own CNBC show (!)

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Alex Rodriguez appears ready to get 'Back in the Game' with his own CNBC show (!)

Alex Rodriguez has found plenty to do since his playing career ended back in August. He's played baseball with his daughter (his ERA rocketing up in the process), become a #TBT hero and, now, made the move to television.

As was shared to the Twittersphere by Politico's Alex Weprin on Tuesday, Rodriguez (who knows how to host a program) has apparently been tapped to be the host of a new CNBC program titled "Back in the Game." With executive producer/fellow former pro athlete Michael Strahan in tow, this should be a big deal: 

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Diekman to miss time after stomach surgery

Diekman to miss time after stomach surgery

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will be without left-handed reliever Jake Diekman for at least the first half of the 2017 season while he recovers from upcoming stomach surgery.

Diekman is scheduled to undergo the procedure on Jan. 25 to help alleviate his chronic ulcerative colitis. Diekman has dealt with that condition for many years and surgery was always a possibility.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braun expected at Brewers On Deck

Hall of Famers Yount, Fingers also scheduled for annual fan fest

Braun expected at Brewers On Deck

MILWAUKEE -- From Ryan Braun to Robin Yount, nearly all of the usual suspects are scheduled to attend the Brewers' annual fan fest later this month.

Brewers On Deck, featuring autograph and photo sessions, interactive games, Q&As with players and executives, merchandise and historical displays, and more, will take place Jan. 29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. CT at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. Ticket information is online at Brewers.com/OnDeck.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Former Cubs delight in White House festivities

Fowler, Chapman among 2016 team representatives to visit President Obama

Former Cubs delight in White House festivities

WASHINGTON -- Dexter Fowler, Aroldis Chapman, Chris Coghlan and Trevor Cahill are no longer on the Cubs' roster, but they contributed to the team's successful 2016 season and World Series championship, and they attended Monday's ceremony at the White House with President Barack Obama.

Fowler, who signed a five-year contract with St. Louis, posted on Twitter: "What an honor to be at the White House with my Cubs family. Can't wait to go back next year with my @Cardinals!"

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bagwell: 'I won't relax' until HOF results are in

Anxious slugger appears likely to gain induction in seventh year on ballot

Bagwell: 'I won't relax' until HOF results are in

HOUSTON -- He was the entire package. Jeff Bagwell hit for average and power. He was an excellent defensive player who might have even been a better baserunner, though he certainly didn't have tremendous speed. He was a terrific teammate and respected by everyone in the game.

Bagwell, who starred at first base for the Astros from 1991-2005, is the kind of player often enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and the slugger will find out Wednesday afternoon if he'll join long-time teammate Craig Biggio in getting enshrined in Cooperstown later this summer.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Duke progressing well after TJ surgery

Cardinals reliever could return before '17 season ends

Duke progressing well after TJ surgery

ST. LOUIS -- Zach Duke's scheduled appearance at the Cardinals' Winter Warm-Up was scrapped due to uncooperative weather, but good news about the lefty emerged over the weekend.

"It sounds like things are going well in his rehab," manager Mike Matheny said of Duke. "And we might see him before year's end, too."

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Grading the 2017-18 free-agent class

Grading the 2017-18 free-agent class

Take a big name off the free-agent board.

No, we're not talking about Jose Bautista reportedly close to an agreement with the Blue Jays this offseason. We're talking about Danny Duffy signing a five-year, $65 million extension with the Royals that pulls him out of free agency next offseason.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Texas signs Gee to compete for rotation spot

Texas signs Gee to compete for rotation spot

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers, while waiting on free-agent right-hander Tyson Ross to undergo his physical, added another veteran candidate to their rotation by signing righty Dillon Gee on Tuesday to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

Gee was born and raised in Cleburne, Texas, and he played collegiate baseball at UT-Arlington. He spent last season with the Royals, going 8-9 with a 4.68 ERA in 14 starts and 19 relief appearances.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies ink versatile Amarista to 1-year deal

Rockies ink versatile Amarista to 1-year deal

In a continuing effort to improve the versatility of their roster, the Rockies signed utility man Alexi Amarista to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

A six-year veteran, Amarista has played six positions over his career, including 191 games in the outfield and 384 in the infield. Amarista played second base, shortstop, third base, left field and right field for the Padres in 2016, when he hit .257 with 11 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 65 games.

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Catcher and the rye? Yankee delights at deli

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Catcher and the rye? Yankee delights at deli

Gary Sanchez is a man of many talents -- most of them involving the crushing of various dingers. He hit 20 last season ... in just 53 games. But there is more to a man than just his home runs, and on Monday afternoon, Sanchez got to show off one of his other special skills: making sandwiches.

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Fly The WH! Cubs' epic White House visit

'This was a thrill for all of us,' Epstein says of Obama hosting World Series champs

Fly The WH! Cubs' epic White House visit

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama was briefly a Cubs fan on Monday, and he helped celebrate the team's first World Series championship in 108 years. It helped the Cubs that first lady Michelle Obama was in their corner.

The Cubs were feted at the White House by the president, who is a noted White Sox fan, but he knows the impact the North Siders' championship has had on people, including his wife. Michelle Obama had never attended one of the White House celebrations for a sports team until Monday.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Should Bucs hold on to top prospects?

Pirates beat reporter Adam Berry answers fans' questions

Inbox: Should Bucs hold on to top prospects?

I don't see the Pirates giving up a bundle of their top prospects for Jose Quintana. As nice as he would look in the rotation, it is not only against their style, but they would also be trading away similar talents that they could control for an even longer period. What are the chances of the Bucs bringing in a short-term workhorse, even if it means overpaying for a year of an experienced pitcher while our young guys mature and gain experience?
-- Larry H., Pittsburgh

If the White Sox hold on to Quintana or trade him elsewhere, I wouldn't expect the Pirates to spend big on another starter -- a high-upside reclamation project on an affordable one-year deal, maybe, but not another veteran innings-eater.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins, Phillies unveil shared DR academy

Clubs partner on training facility that will also provide housing for prospects

Twins, Phillies unveil shared DR academy

The Twins officially opened their new baseball academy in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, hosting a grand opening in Boca Chica with the Phillies, who will share the facility.

The two clubs entered a partnership to help build the $18 million academy, which is housed on 45 aces and features six baseball fields and housing for prospects. It will allow prospects for both teams to live and train at the facility while also participating in education and cultural development programs.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Suarez shows signs of hitting to all fields

Statcast breaks down Reds third baseman's 2016 season

Suarez shows signs of hitting to all fields

CINCINNATI -- As a player learning to be an everyday player in the big leagues for the first time, Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez demonstrated a full spectrum at the plate. Suarez flexed some power with 21 home runs. He was also streaky, going into and out of extended funks.

But in an encouraging sign for a young batter of 25 still learning his way, Suarez showed he can hit to all fields. And because of the tools offered via Statcast™ and baseballsavant.com, we might have an idea why.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

WBC 2017 Preview: Breaking down Japan

WBC 2017 Preview: Breaking down Japan

Team Japan entered the 2013 World Baseball Classic as two-time defending champions, winning the first two editions of the international tournament in 2006 and '09. But after losing to Puerto Rico in the semifinal round four years ago, Japan has unfinished business when it opens WBC '17 in Tokyo on March 7 against Cuba.

The baseball world's eyes will be on Shohei Ohtani, the two-way sensation who has a 100-mph fastball and hit 22 home runs with a 1.004 OPS in 382 plate appearances for Nippon Professional Baseball's Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in 2016. But while the 22-year-old superstar may be the headliner, Japan will field a very talented group alongside him.

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals, left-hander Duffy agree to 5-year deal

Backloaded contract is worth $65 million, according to MLB.com source

Royals, left-hander Duffy agree to 5-year deal

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals locked in emerging ace lefty Danny Duffy to a five-year deal worth $65 million on Monday.

Duffy, who could have been a free agent after 2017, will be due $5 million in '17, $14 million in '18, $15.25 million in both '19 and '20 and $15.5 million in '21, according to an MLB.com source.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees add depth at first base with Choi

New York expects Bird, Austin to be primary contenders for position

Yankees add depth at first base with Choi

NEW YORK -- The Yankees have added some depth to their upcoming first-base competition, signing Ji-Man Choi to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. The Yanks have not officially announced the signing.

Choi, who turns 26 in May, batted .170 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in 54 games for the Angels last season. He was designated for assignment in December and opted for free agency.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.