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Andrew McCutchen of San Francisco Giants eager for challenge of playing right field at AT&T Park

SAN FRANCISCO — Andrew McCutchen figures San Francisco’s AT&T Park outfield is so big, playing right field will make him feel like a center fielder all over again. Running catches, ricochets off the wall, tricky bounces and all. And if he can save his legs a little bit from the action in center, he might just steal a few more bases. The Giants acquired the popular McCutchen from Pittsburgh on Monday, and he will be their new starting right fielder. Manager Bruce Bochy quickly spoke to incumbent Hunter Pence about…

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Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy pleads guilty to DUI

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Royals pitcher Danny Duffy has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in a Kansas City suburb and has been placed on a year’s probation. Sean Reilly, a spokesman for the city of Overland Park, Kansas, said Tuesday that Duffy entered the plea last week and will pay $1,220 in fines and court fees. Duffy must report to a probation officer once a month and abstain from drugs and alcohol. He also will be subject to random breath, urine or blood screenings. Royals spokesman Mike Swanson…

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Law: Giants fill outfield hole with McCutchen, but are still far from contention – Keith Law Blog

The Andrew McCutchen era in Pittsburgh is over with the Bucs trading their icon and leader to San Francisco as Pirates GM Neal Huntington continues to try to recapture some value for veterans before they leave as free agents. McCutchen is not the solution to the Giants’ center-field hole; he hasn’t been an average defensive center fielder for a few years now, but as it turns out, the Giants also have a sizable hole in left, where McCutchen should be at least average with the glove. San Francisco got bupkis…

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Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Curtis Granderson heading to Toronto Blue Jays on one-year deal

Free-agent center fielder Curtis Granderson is heading to the Toronto Blue Jays on a one-year, $5 million deal, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Buster Olney. The deal is pending a physical, a source told Olney. The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Granderson from the New York Mets in August for their postseason push, during which he hit .067 with zero home runs and zero RBIs. The Dodgers were Granderson’s fourth team as he started his career with the Detroit Tigers, then went to the New York Yankees and the Mets. Granderson, who…

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Andrew McCutchen traded to San Francisco Giants by Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates took a definitive step in their rebuild Monday, agreeing to trade former National League MVP Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants, according to multiple reports. It is not immediately clear what Pittsburgh will receive in exchange for McCutchen, a five-time All-Star outfielder who helped revitalize the Pirates franchise and led the club to three consecutive postseason appearances from 2013 to ’15. The Athletic was first to report the deal, which would be the second major trade this offseason for both teams. The trade is pending the…

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How evil can New York Yankees get? Imagine this dream/nightmare 2018 – Yankees Blog

It’s that time of year again, with spring training just a month away, when we drop the last letter of our name — turning ESPN into ESP — and predict the New York Yankees‘ future. Last season we had some fun and, as it turns out, our “dream 2017” scenario wasn’t that far off. Let’s hop back in the DeLorean to see what will happen in Aaron Boone’s first season as manager. (Note: A few of these things might not actually happen this year. Ahem.) Feb. 14: Boone, known for…

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Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey dies at 87

VISALIA, Calif. — Doug Harvey, one of 10 umpires enshrined in the baseball Hall of Fame, has died. He was 87. The Hall said Sunday that Harvey had been in hospice care in Visalia, California. He died Saturday of natural causes. “Hall of Famer Doug Harvey was one of the most accomplished umpires of all time,” MLB commissioner Rob Mandred said in statement Sunday. “Known for his strong presence and communication skills, he umpired some of the most memorable moments ever, including from behind the plate for Kirk Gibson’s walk-off…

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Olney: How do teams value leadership on the free-agent market? Not as much as you’d think – Buster Olney Blog

Jason Heyward knows first-hand that teams are much more likely to pay for defense than they would have been 15 or 20 years ago, having pulled an eight-year, $184 million deal from the Cubs mainly because of how he covers outfield. Teams will pay for on-base percentage, for swing-and-miss stuff in pitchers, for spin rate. When the Astros invested a two-year deal in Charlie Morton last winter after his sluggish performance in 2016, one of his first questions to them was: Why? He gave the answer himself with the closing…

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Adrian Gonzalez reaches agreement with New York Mets

Adrian Gonzalez has agreed to a deal with the New York Mets pending a physical, according to ESPN and other multiple reports. It’s the second significant move for New York this week. The team brought back free-agent outfielder Jay Bruce on a three-year, $39 million contract Wednesday. The New York Mets have reached one-year deals with starters Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey and settled with five other players. Gonzalez gives the Mets a veteran presence at first base, where Lucas Duda and Dominic Smith mainly patrolled last season….

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Law: Pirates get quantity for Cole, but come up short on quality – Keith Law Blog

Gerrit Cole hasn’t been a top-end starter the past two years, missing time with elbow and triceps injuries in 2016, pitching a full season in 2017 but with worse results than he had in his breakout 2015 season, when he was worth 4.5 WAR by his ERA and 5.5 by his peripherals. The Astros didn’t exactly have a hole in their rotation, but even if Cole repeats his 2017 performance he’s a soft upgrade, and the package Pittsburgh receives is more one of quantity than of impact. Who’s still on…

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