Jace Evans USA TODAY Published 11:15 PM EST Dec 25, 2018 Kansas City Royals pitching prospect Brady Singer, a first-round pick in the 2018 MLB draft, used his newfound professional status to give his parents the ultimate Christmas gift: he paid off all their debt. In an emotional video Singer posted to his Twitter account, the right-hander presented his parents with their special gift. "Thank you for everything you've done to help me reach my dreams," Singer's letter said. "There's absolutely no way I could have done all this by myself. Both of you constantly took off of work and spent every dime you made just to put a smile on my face. My smile and appreciation for both of you has never stopped and it never will." After reading how he could never repay them, Singer's mother went into stunned silence as she read the line that was Singer's gift to them: paying off a loan from the bank and their debt. "What?!" Singer's mother eventually exclaimed upon … [Read more...] about MLB: Royals prospect Brady Singer pays off parents’ debt for Christmas
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielders Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, who helped the club reach this year's World Series, went to Cincinnati in a Major League Baseball trade Friday. The deal saw the Reds, who were a woeful 67-95 last season, also receive pitcher Alex Wood, catcher Kyle Farmer and $7 million while sending pitchers Homer Bailey and Josiah Gray and shortstop Jeter Downs to the Dodgers. The move clears the way for the Dodgers to chase free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, a star for the Washington Nationals in past campaigns, by trimming payroll -- potentially saving as much as $15 million -- and clearing outfield jobs. The Dodgers reached the World Series in each of the past two seasons, losing in October to Boston and last year to Houston. Kemp, 34, smacked 21 home runs and drove in 85 runs while hitting .290 as an MLB All-Star Game selection for the Dodgers last season while Puig, a 28-year-old Cuban, batted .267 with 23 homers and 63 runs batted in. Both would become free agents … [Read more...] about Dodgers send outfielders Puig, Kemp to Reds in MLB deal
Major League Baseball announced Wednesday Cuban players will no longer have to defect from the island nation to play professional baseball in the United States. The league said it reached an agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB). However, the Trump administration could still intervene.Until the end of the Obama administration, decades of frosty diplomatic relations prevented Cubans from coming to the U.S. legally unless they defected. For some players, that meant a dangerous journey to a third country that required payments to smugglers and the threat of extortion."This is strictly about ending human trafficking," Dan Halem, deputy MLB commissioner, told CBS in a phone interview. "We are just trying to create a safe way for Cubans to play in the major leagues."Under the new arrangement -- similar to those the league has with Japan and South Korea -- major league clubs will pay the FCB a fee -- potentially millions -- to release a Cuban player who would then come to the … [Read more...] about MLB announces Cuban players won’t have to defect to play in U.S.
Cuba's impressive baseball talent will no longer have to risk defection and human trafficking to play for American clubs under a deal announced Wednesday after three years of negotiations. Major League Baseball, its players' union and the Cuban Baseball Federation made a groundbreaking agreement that will allow players from the Communist island nation to sign with North American teams despite political strains between the US and Cuban governments. The MLB-Cuba deal would install a posting system similar to those used by MLB with Japanese, South Korean and Taiwan leagues when players want to jump to the richer deals of the major leagues. For decades, Cuban officials have sought to keep players on homeland sides and their powerhouse national amateur squad. Players have been forced to defect, often making deals with shady characters and forced into human trafficking to escape Cuba, forced to go to other nations before being able to sign as free agents with Major League Baseball clubs. One … [Read more...] about Historic deal will allow Cuban talent to sign with MLB
Jorge L. Ortiz and Alan Gomez USA TODAY Published 4:47 PM EST Dec 19, 2018 Major League Baseball and the players association announced this afternoon that they’ve reached an agreement with the Cuban government to allow players from the island to be scouted and signed by the league without having to defect. The deal facilitates Cuban players’ entry into American professional baseball while avoiding the dangerous journeys and dealings with human smugglers that have marked many of their departures. For decades, Cuban players have risked their lives and the possibility of jail time if caught by escaping from their homeland in furtive boat trips to destinations like Mexico, Haiti or the Dominican Republic, where they could establish residency and pursue multimillion-dollar contracts. All-Stars such as Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu made it out that way, though details of their escapes have been … [Read more...] about MLB, Cuba make historic deal on scouting, signing talent