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Yanks’ Diehl thought trade to Rockies was prank

[ad_1] TAMPA, Fla. -- At first, Phillip Diehl was in disbelief.When New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone called the slim 24-year-old lefty into his office Saturday afternoon and said the words, "We're trading you," Diehl thought his second-year skipper was playing some kind of sick prank on him.After all, Diehl sort of felt like he deserved it. Earlier in the day, when the team barber had set up shop for
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Rays farmhand living out of bus

[ad_1] PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Grueling, late-night road trips are a loathed hallmark of minor league baseball, and most ballplayers can't wait to leave bus life behind.Jack Labosky is traveling in a different lane. A relief pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, Labosky used his $3,000 signing bonus to purchase a school bus, and he and girlfriend Madi Hiatt plan to live out of the renovated "skoolie'' during the
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Rays farmhand living out of bus

[ad_1] PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Grueling, late-night road trips are a loathed hallmark of minor league baseball, and most ballplayers can't wait to leave bus life behind.Jack Labosky is traveling in a different lane. A relief pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, Labosky used his $3,000 signing bonus to purchase a school bus, and he and girlfriend Madi Hiatt plan to live out of the renovated "skoolie'' during the
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Astros, Verlander reach $66M extension

[ad_1] The Houston Astros and ace Justin Verlander have agreed to a two-year, $66 million contract extension through the 2021 season, a league source with knowledge of the deal confirmed to ESPN on Saturday.Astros owner Jim Crane on Friday had said there was mutual interest for an extension for the 36-year-old right-hander.The news was first reported by KRIV-TV in Houston.Verlander, who will be a free agent after the 2019 season,
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Reds’ Gennett expected to miss 8-12 weeks

[ad_1] The Cincinnati Reds announced Saturday that All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett is expected to be out eight-to-12 weeks with a right groin strain.Gennett underwent an MRI to determine the nature of his injury after he left Friday's spring training game against the Milwaukee Brewers.The Reds sent Nick Senzel, their top prospect, to the minor leagues on Friday -- and the decision did not sit well with Joel Wolfe, Senzel's
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What a GM sees when he watches a baseball game

[ad_1] MESA, Ariz. -- How does a front-office executive watch a spring training game as compared to the average fan? How is it different than watching a regular-season contest or even a postseason one? On Thursday, Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer gave us an inside look, allowing access to the executive suite for several innings as his team hosted the San Francisco Giants at Sloan Park."In season, I'm looking
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Will pitchers bring the most heat ever in 2019? Not so fast

[ad_1] 10:00 AM ETSam MillerESPN.com CloseESPN baseball columnist/feature writerFormer editor-in-chief of Baseball ProspectusCo-author of "The Only Rule Is It Has To Work"I did not expect it to be so difficult to produce a confident answer to this question:In 2030, the MLB record velocity will be _____ and the average fastball velocity will be _____.— Hayden Ringer (@hjrrockies) August 14, 2018 The background for the question is that velocity has been
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Sources — Sale, Red Sox agree to 5-year extension

[ad_1] Left-hander Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a contract extension, pending a physical next week, league sources confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Passan.The five-year deal is worth $145 million, league sources told Passan. The deal adds to Sale's current contract (one year remaining) and will go through the 2024 season.The Athletic first reported that an agreement was in place.Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale wants to make
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Francona takes Indians crew skydiving

[ad_1] Cleveland manager Terry Francona went skydiving for the first time last week, and he liked it so much he persuaded a couple of Indians coaches to join him for another jump on Thursday.The team posted video on Friday of Francona making his second jump from two miles up, this time joined by bench coach Brad Mills and pitching coach Carl Willis."Hey, if this goes bad, tell Millsie not to
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Sources — Red Sox, Sale working on extension

[ad_1] Left-hander Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox are working toward a long-term contract extension, league sources confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Passan.A deal is not done but is trending that way, and the expectation is that it will get finished.A deal, if completed, is likely to be in the five-year, $150 million range, league sources told Passan.Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale wants to make 30-plus starts and pitch 200-plus