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Orioles acquire LHP Cole Irvin from A's

Orioles acquire LHP Cole Irvin from A's

The Baltimore Orioles acquired left-hander Cole Irvin and a minor leaguer from the Oakland A's on Thursday in exchange for a Double-A prospect.

The Orioles also get minor league right-hander Kyle Virbitsky in the deal announced Thursday. The A's get minor league infielder Darell Hernaiz, the 16th-rated prospect in Baltimore's system.

Irvin, 28, went 9-13 with a 3.98 ERA in 30 starts last season for Oakland. He set career highs in innings pitched (181) and strikeouts (128) and tied his career high with 15 quality starts. He also led the A's in wins.

Irvin is 21-30 with a 4.40 ERA in 81 career appearances (65 starts) in four seasons with Philadelphia (2019-20) and Oakland.

Virbitsky, 24, went 7-7 with a 4.63 ERA in 23 appearances (22 starts) between High-A Lansing and Low-A Stockton in his first full professional season in 2022.

Hernaiz, 21, slashed .273/.341/.438 with 12 home runs, 62 RBIs and 32 stolen bases in 105 games at three levels in the Orioles organization last year -- Double-A Bowie, High-A Aberdeen and Low-A Delmarva. He made at least 21 appearances at third base, second and shortstop.

In a corresponding move, the Orioles designated left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez for assignment.

Astros name Dana Brown general manager

Astros name Dana Brown general manager

The Houston Astros named longtime scouting executive Dana Brown their new general manager on Thursday.

The move comes more than two months after the Astros, fresh off their World Series title, opted against bringing back GM James Click, whose contract expired Oct. 31.

Brown spent the past four seasons with the Atlanta Braves as vice president of scouting.

"We are excited to have Dana join our organization," Astros owner Jim Crane said in a release. "He brings championship-caliber experience to our team and is the right fit for us to continue to deliver a winning franchise on and off the field. We welcome Dana and his family to the Astros family."

Brown becomes the second Black GM in Astros history (Bob Watson) and is the only current Black GM in baseball. Ken Williams is in charge of baseball operations for the Chicago White Sox, but his title is executive VP while Rick Hahn is GM in that structure.

Brown spent nine seasons with Toronto (2010-18) as special assistant to the GM before joining the Braves. He was also the director of scouting for the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals from 2001-09.

USA Today reported that former manager and longtime Astros catcher Brad Ausmus was runner-up for the post.

Click was hired as the Astros' general manager in January 2020 to replace Jeff Luhnow, who was fired following revelations that the 2017 World Series-winning team engaged in a sign-stealing scheme.

Pirates outright 3B Miguel Andujar to Triple-A

Pirates outright 3B Miguel Andujar to Triple-A

The Pittsburgh Pirates outrighted Miguel Andujar to Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday after the third baseman cleared waivers.

Andujar, 27, will be a non-roster invitee to spring training.

The Pirates designated Andujar for assignment to open a roster spot for outfielder Andrew McCutchen. Andujar is making $1.52 million this season.

The Pirates selected Andujar off waivers from the New York Yankees in late September. He batted .235 with one home run and 17 RBIs in 36 games for the Yankees and Pirates in 2022.

He's a career .272/.302/.447 hitter with 35 homers and 131 RBIs in 268 games. He was runner-up for the American League Rookie of the Year award in 2018 with a .297 average, 27 home runs and 92 RBIs.

Gary Peters, 1963 AL Rookie of the Year, dies at 85

Gary Peters, 1963 AL Rookie of the Year, dies at 85

Former Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox pitcher Gary Peters, who won the American League ERA title twice, has died at age 85.

The White Sox announced his death on Thursday but didn't provide further details.

Peters made his major league debut on Sept. 10, 1959, and pitched in just 12 games over four seasons before landing in the White Sox rotation in 1963, when he was named American League Rookie of the Year. That season, the left-hander was 19-8 and led the league in ERA (2.33) while throwing 243 innings in 41 games (30 starts). He had 13 complete games.

He won 20 games in 1964, leading the American League, and also had the league's lowest ERA in 1966 (1.98). He was selected to the AL All-Star team twice -- 1964 and 1967 -- with the White Sox.

Chicago traded Peters to Boston on Dec. 13, 1969, with Don Pavletich for Billy Farmer, Syd O'Brien and Gerry Janeski, who was later added to the deal.

The Red Sox released Peters following the 1972 season.

In 359 career games (286 starts), Peters compiled a 124-103 record with a 3.25 ERA. He was 91-78 with a 2.92 ERA for the White Sox, and his 1,098 strikeouts remain eighth in team history.

He also was a decent hitter for a pitcher, and his best season came in 1971 with Boston, when he hit .271 with three home runs and 19 RBIs.

Report: D-backs sign Jeurys Familia to minor league deal

Report: D-backs sign Jeurys Familia to minor league deal

The Arizona Diamondbacks signed right-hander Jeurys Familia to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league Spring Training, USA Today reported Wednesday.

Familia, 33, played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox in 2022 and was released by the Phillies and designated for assignment by Boston. He finished 2-3 overall with a 6.09 ERA in 48 relief appearances for the clubs.

Familia had his best years with the New York Mets, leading the major leagues with 51 saves in 2016, also his first and only All-Star nod. He also had 43 saves for the Mets in 2015.

Familia is 34-28 lifetime with a 3.51 ERA and 125 career saves in 547 games (one start) with four teams.

Jeff Kent displeased with Hall of Fame voting process

Jeff Kent displeased with Hall of Fame voting process

Jeff Kent came up empty in his 10th and final appearance on the writers' ballot for entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame and isn't happy about it.

The 2000 National League MVP for the San Francisco Giants received 46.5 percent of the vote on Tuesday from the Baseball Writers' Association of America, well short of the 75 percent necessary to earn enshrinement.

Kent, a five-time All-Star, took aim at the process, including people who don't cast a ballot.

"The voting over the years has been too much of a head-scratching embarrassment," the 54-year-old Kent told the San Francisco Chronicle via text. "Baseball is losing a couple generations of great players that were the best in their era because a couple non-voting stat folks keep comparing those players to players already voted in from generations past and are influencing the votes. It's unfair to the best players in their own era and those already voted in, in my opinion.

"Steroids clouded the whole system, too, and with the reduction of eligibility years, to clear the ballot deck, I got caught up in it all, I guess."

Kent's next opportunity to be considered for the Hall of Fame will come when the Contemporary Era Players Committee meets in the fall of 2025.

Kent, who was primarily a second baseman, batted .290 with 377 homers, 560 doubles and 1,518 RBIs over 16 seasons with six teams. He played hard but also was someone who rubbed people the wrong way, including baseball writers.

Third baseman Scott Rolen received 76.3 percent of the vote and was the only player to be voted in on Tuesday. He will be inducted at Cooperstown, N.Y., in July along with Fred McGriff, who was elected by the Contemporary committee.

Rays sign LHP Jeffrey Springs to 4-year extension

Rays sign LHP Jeffrey Springs to 4-year extension

The Tampa Bay Rays signed left-hander Jeffrey Springs to a four-year contract extension through 2026 on Wednesday.

The Rays did not announce financials, but the Tampa Bay Times reported the deal is worth $31 million, with a $15 million option for 2027 that could make it worth $65.75 million if Springs hits all of the incentives.

The deal will kick in this season, with Springs set to make $4 million, per the report.

Springs, 30, went 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 33 games (25 starts) for the Rays in 2022, his second season in Tampa.

He is 19-10 lifetime with a 3.57 ERA in 135 career appearances (27 starts) for Texas (2018-19), Boston (2020) and the Rays.

The Rays acquired Springs - along with pitcher Chris Mazza -- from the Red Sox in February 2021 for catcher Ronaldo Hernandez and infielder Nick Sogard.

Red Sox drop Matt Barnes to make room for Adam Duvall

Red Sox drop Matt Barnes to make room for Adam Duvall

Right-hander Matt Barnes, a 2021 All-Star and a career Red Sox pitcher, will be moving on from Boston.

The Red Sox designated the reliever for assignment on Tuesday to make room on the 40-man roster for free agent acquisition Adam Duvall, a versatile defensive outfielder who also hits for power.

Also on Tuesday, Boston strengthened its middle-infield depth by trading with the Kansas City Royals for Adalberto Mondesi.

Barnes, 32, was 0-4 in 2022 with eight saves and a 4.31 ERA in 39 2/3 innings over 44 games. He allowed 36 hits, 22 runs (19 earned) and 21 walks with 34 strikeouts.

Only briefly the longest-tenured Red Sox player after infielder Xander Bogaerts signed as a free agent with the San Diego Padres in December, Barnes began with the organization as a first-round draft pick (19th overall) in 2011 out of the University of Connecticut.

He made his major league debut in 2014 at age 24 and made the American League All-Star team in 2021 when he recorded a 3.79 ERA, 24 saves and a 6-5 record in 54.2 innings over 60 games. Barnes was a key contributor to Boston's 2018 World Series championship team.

Due $7.5 million for the 2023 season plus a $2.25 million buyout for 2024, Barnes was taken off the 40-man roster. The ballclub has seven days to trade him or place him on put him on irrevocable waivers.

"Obviously a really, really difficult decision," Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said. "The conversation itself (with Barnes) was one of the more difficult ones that I've had. Obviously the DFA process needs to play out, so there's a limited amount that I want to say about it until it does.

"But, you know, I think more than anything, this is just a function of where we're at in the offseason and with our 40-man roster. There are no easy decisions and regardless of recent accomplishments, regardless of what they have under their belts in their careers, everybody on our 40-man roster has real value.

"And so that forces tough choices, and it's obviously something we've been working through all offseason. And today we landed on Matt, but beyond that, it's certainly nothing negative about him."

Looking ahead at Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2024

Looking ahead at Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2024

The Baseball Hall of Fame announcement Tuesday was a celebration of third base, and it could be more of the same in 2024.

Former Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds star Scott Rolen was officially announced as a Hall of Famer through a vote by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America and will be enshrined at Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 23.

And while it might be a bit early to look ahead at the 2024 Hall of Fame class, before Rolen has even had a chance to work on his acceptance speech, there is no denying that a theme could be developing.

Rolen became the 18th third baseman inducted and a 19th might be on the way in 2024 when former Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers standout Adrian Beltre hits the ballot for the first time. Another first-timer on next year's ballot is former New York Mets third baseman David Wright.

Comparing Rolen to Beltre, each valued defense, although Rolen earned eight Gold Glove Awards while Beltre earned five. Beltre hit 477 home runs compared to Rolen's 316. Beltre finished in the top 10 of MVP voting six times while Rolen did it once.

Rolen will join former Atlanta Braves first baseman Fred McGriff as a member of the Hall Class of 2023 after McGriff was named by the contemporary baseball era committee in December.

Looking past this summer's speeches and celebrations, an eclectic group of new inductees and holdovers could be set to create the BBWAA's largest class since it voted in four players in 2019.

Longtime Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton just missed induction this year, while longtime Houston Astros left-hander Billy Wagner also inched closer. Helton received 72.2 percent of the vote, while Wagner was at 68.1 percent. They both are expected to break through the required 75 percent threshold next year.

A worthy 2024 class could include Helton, Wagner, Beltre and center fielder Andruw Jones, who played 17 seasons and had a run of 10 consecutive Gold Glove Awards as a member of the Atlanta Braves from 1998-2007. Jones was named Tuesday on 58.1 percent of the ballots.

Aside from Beltre and Wright, also making their ballot debut in 2024 will be six-time All-Star Jose Bautista, 21-year veteran Bartolo Colon, five-time Silver Slugger Joe Mauer and eight-time playoff participant Chase Utley. Like Beltre, Mauer and Utley have a chance to push toward first-time ballot-inductee status.

While there was no first-ballot inductee this year, there have been 14 in the past 10 years, including David Ortiz in 2022 and Derek Jeter in 2020. Six of those 14 first-time ballot inductees came from two votes in 2014 and 2015.

Players in the 2014 class included Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas, while the 2015 class included Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz. Other recent first-ballot inductees: Mariano Rivera (2019), Roy Halladay (2019), Chipper Jones (2018), Jim Thome (2018), Ivan Rodriguez (2017) and Ken Griffey Jr. (2016).

As interesting as who might make future Hall of Fame classes are the players who didn't find the voting process to be all that welcoming. Ties to gambling kept Pete Rose off the Hall of Fame ballot, while the Steroid Era has prevented the likes of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez from enshrinement.

The latest bit of baseball malfeasance where judgement is coming to pass is the Houston Astros' 2017 cheating scandal. A major player in that sordid affair was Carlos Beltran, who played the last of his 20 seasons with the 2017 World Series champion Astros.

Beltran's role in the sign-stealing affair already has cost him a chance to manage the New York Mets, but it might not damage his Hall of Fame prospects. Beltran was named on 46.5 percent of Hall ballots, the best of this year's first-timers.

Beltran can take comfort in the fact that Rolen received 10.2 percent of the vote in his first year on the ballot in 2018 before going to 17.2 percent, 35.3 percent, 52.9 percent and 63.2 percent in subsequent years before reaching 76.3 percent this year.

Then there is always the contemporary era committee, which elected McGriff to this year's class, but that group has not been kind to Hall prospects such as Bonds, Clemens and even Curt Schilling, who said he would rather be judged by his peers than the writers. It hasn't helped his cause.

The contemporary era committee is the last available path to enshrinement for longtime second baseman Jeff Kent, who now will fall off the writers' ballot after receiving 46.5 percent of the latest vote.

Reports: Athletics, 1B Jesus Aguilar agree to deal

Reports: Athletics, 1B Jesus Aguilar agree to deal

The Oakland Athletics and first baseman Jesus Aguilar agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

The deal is pending a physical.

Aguilar, 32, will join his sixth MLB team if the deal is finalized. The one-time All-Star spent most of 2022 with the Miami Marlins.

The Marlins designated Aguilar for assignment in late August while he was leading the team in hits, home runs and RBIs. Miami general manager Kim Ng said the club wanted to allow him the opportunity to catch on with a playoff contender while it gave younger players more at-bats.

Aguilar signed with the Baltimore Orioles and played in 16 games for them down the stretch, but Baltimore narrowly missed the playoffs.

In 129 games between Miami and Baltimore last season, Aguilar batted .235 with 16 homers, 19 doubles and 51 RBIs. His best season came with the Milwaukee Brewers his All-Star year in 2018, when he received National League MVP votes after hitting 35 homers, 25 doubles and 108 RBIs -- all of which remain career highs.

In 759 career games for Cleveland (2014-16), Milwaukee (2017-19), Tampa Bay (2019), Miami (2020-22) and Baltimore, Aguilar is a career .254 batter with 109 homers, 105 doubles and 393 RBIs. He's made most of his appearances at first base or as a designated hitter, along with 16 games at third base.

Scott Rolen elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Scott Rolen elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Scott Rolen became the newest member of the Baseball Hall of Fame Tuesday night, when the longtime third baseman received 76.3 percent of the vote in results announced by Hall of Fame president Josh Rawitch at the plaque gallery inside the museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Rolen will officially be inducted during ceremonies at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown on July 23 along with Fred McGriff, who was elected unanimously by the 16-member Contemporary Baseball Players Committee on Dec. 4.

Rolen, in his sixth year on the ballot, was named on 297 of the 389 ballots cast by eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America -- just five more than required to reach the 75 percent necessary for enshrinement.

Rolen, who played for four teams from 1996 through 2012, is the 18th third baseman elected to the Hall of Fame. While he spent the most time with the Philadelphia Phillies (844 games), he made four All-Star Games and won the World Series in 2006 with the St. Louis Cardinals, for whom Rolen played 661 games.

Longtime slugging first baseman Todd Helton and closer Billy Wagner came close to enshrinement in their fifth and eighth years on the ballot, respectively. Helton was named on 72.2 percent of the ballots, falling just 11 votes shy of the 292-vote minimum. Wagner earned 68.1 percent of the vote.

Jeff Kent received 46.5 percent of the vote in his 10th and final year on the ballot.

The only first-timers -- players who retired following the 2017 season -- to receive the five percent of the vote necessary to remain on the ballot were outfielder Carlos Beltran (46.5 percent) and closer Francisco Rodriguez (10.8 percent). Beltran hit 435 homers and made nine All-Stars teams, but his candidacy was expected to suffer initially after he was the only player on the 2017 Houston Astros named in Major League Baseball's report on the sign-stealing system used by the World Series-winning Astros.

Report: White Sox RHP Mike Clevinger facing ugly accusations

Report: White Sox RHP Mike Clevinger facing ugly accusations

Major League Baseball is investigating Chicago White Sox right-hander Mike Clevinger for allegations of domestic violence and child abuse, The Athletic reported Tuesday.

The investigation concerns claims made by the 24-year-old mother of Clevinger's 10-month-old daughter, per the report.

The woman told The Athletic that she has provided details of several alleged incidents to MLB investigators, including Clevinger choking her and slapping her and throwing used chewing tobacco on their child.

Clevinger's agent, Seth Levinson, responded to The Athletic's request for a comment. "We need to fairly and thoroughly protect our client and at the same time be respectful of the White Sox and MLB. We need time before responding."

Clevinger signed a one-year, $12 million deal with the White Sox in December. He will receive $8 million in 2023 with a mutual $12 million option for 2024 that includes a $4 million buyout.

Clevinger, 32, went 7-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 23 appearances (22 starts) for the San Diego Padres last season. He made two postseason starts and went 0-1 with a 23.63 ERA, and failed to record a single out in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The former fourth-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Angels in 2011 spent his first 4 1/2 seasons in Cleveland before his young career hit a snag. He was moved to the Padres at the 2020 trade deadline after he had been suspended for violating team COVID-19 protocol.

Clevinger then pitched just four games with the Padres in 2020 before he needed Tommy John surgery, forcing him to miss the entire 2021 campaign.

In 128 career appearances (114 starts), Clevinger has gone 51-30 with a 3.39 ERA and 694 strikeouts over 656 2/3 innings.

Red Sox acquire INF Adalberto Mondesi from Royals

Red Sox acquire INF Adalberto Mondesi from Royals

The Boston Red Sox acquired infielder Adalberto Mondesi from the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday in exchange for left-hander Josh Taylor.

Boston also will receive a player to be named later.

The Red Sox fortify their middle infield with Mondesi, who is mainly a shortstop but has also played 68 games at second and 20 games at third during his seven-year career.

Mondesi played in just 15 games in 2022 before an ACL injury that required surgery wiped out the rest of his season. It's one of several injuries Mondesi has endured since 2018.

Mondesi, 27, is a career .244 hitter with 38 home runs and 133 stolen bases in 358 career games with the Royals.

Taylor, 29, missed all of 2022 with a back injury. He appeared in 61 games in 2021 and sports a 4-3 record and 3.69 ERA in 121 career appearances (one start) over three seasons in Boston.

Twins add OF Michael A. Taylor in trade with Royals

Twins add OF Michael A. Taylor in trade with Royals

The Minnesota Twins acquired outfielder Michael A. Taylor from the Kansas City Royals on Monday in exchange for two prospects.

Left-hander Evan Sisk and right-hander Steven Cruz are headed to the Kansas City organization.

Taylor, 31, was a member of the Washington Nationals' 2019 World Series championship team, then won a Gold Glove with the Royals in 2021. He is due to make $4.5 million this year in the final season of a two-year, $9 million contract.

Taylor is primarily a center fielder, though that position is occupied in Minnesota by 2022 All-Star Byron Buxton. Taylor also has played both corner outfield positions.

Last year, Taylor hit .254 with a .313 on-base percentage, a .357 slugging percentage, nine homers and 43 RBIs in 124 games. For his career, Taylor has a .241/.296/.381 batting line with 74 homers and 281 RBIs in 840 games with Washington (2014-20) and Kansas City (2021-22).

Sisk, 25, split last season between Double-A Wichita and Triple-A St. Paul, going a combined 5-1 with one save and a 2.00 ERA in 50 appearances, all in relief.

Cruz, 23, spent the 2022 season with Double-A Wichita, where he went 1-4 with four saves and a 5.14 ERA in 46 relief outings.

Minnesota cleared a space on the 40-man roster for Taylor by designating right-hander A.J. Alexy for assignment. The Twins acquired Alexy, 24, from the Nationals in a trade earlier this month after Washington picked him up off waived from the Rangers in December.

Alexy went 1-1 with an 11.57 ERA in four relief appearances for Texas last year.

Moreno family to keep Angels after exploring sale

Moreno family to keep Angels after exploring sale

Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno has had a change of heart and announced Monday he is no longer interested in selling the American League club.

Moreno was interested in selling the club in August after 20 seasons as owner, with the club going as far as to announce the intention to sell. A financial advisor, Galatioto Sports Partners, was even hired to oversee the process.

Moreno paid $183.5 million for the Angels in 2003, with recent estimates showing the club worth as much as $2.2 billion.

Now, Moreno is starting to value a championship over a major payday.

"During this process, it became clear that we have unfinished business and feel we can make a positive impact on the future of the team and the fan experience," Moreno said in a statement. "This offseason we committed to a franchise-record player payroll and still want to accomplish our goal of bringing a World Series Championship back to our fans. We are excited about this next chapter of Angels Baseball."

The Angels are in line to have a payroll of more than $190 million next season, which would be the highest in club history.

While star outfielder Mike Trout is signed to a 12-year deal through 2030, pitching and hitting star Shohei Otani will be paid $30 million in 2023 before becoming a free agent in the offseason.

"As discussions advanced and began to crystallize, we realized our hearts remain with the Angels, and we are not ready to part ways with the fans, players and our employees," Moreno said.

The Angels have advanced to the postseason just once in the past 13 seasons and have not won a playoff game in that span. The last time Los Angeles had a winning season was in 2015, when the club went 85-77.

Commissioner Rob Manfred even weighed in on Moreno's change of heart.

"Despite strong buyer interest in the Angels, Arte Moreno's love of the game is most important to him," Manfred said in a statement. "I am very pleased that the Moreno Family has decided to continue owning the team."

Moreno originally expressed his intention to sell not long after the city of Anaheim pulled the plug on plans to redevelop the Angel Stadium property, which sits on 150 acres. Most of the land is the parking lot that surrounds the stadium.

Circumstances surrounding the redevelopment of the property, including reported FBI monitoring of communications and a subsequent corruption probe, led to the resignation of Anaheim mayor Harry Sidhu. The Angels were not implicated in any untoward activity with the redevelopment plans.

Scott Rolen, Todd Helton awaiting Hall voting results

Scott Rolen, Todd Helton awaiting Hall voting results

Scott Rolen and Todd Helton, who hit a combined 685 home runs in 4,285 major league games, are looking for one more trip around the bases.

On Tuesday night, Rolen and Helton are hopeful their chance for a curtain call will arrive when Baseball Hall of Fame voting results are announced at 6 PM EST on MLB Network.

With none of the first-timers on the ballot expected to receive anywhere near the 75 percent of the vote - cast by eligible members of the Baseball Writers Association of America - necessary for induction, Rolen and Helton are the most likely candidates to avoid the second BBWAA shutout in the last three years.

Any candidates elected via the BBWAA ballot will be inducted along with Fred McGriff in a ceremony scheduled for July 23 in Cooperstown, N.Y. McGriff, who hit 493 career homers, was unanimously elected by the 16-member Contemporary Baseball Players Committee on Dec. 4.

Voting trends suggest Rolen and Helton will fall short of joining McGriff.

As of late Sunday night, Rolen and Helton - at 79.3 percent apiece - were the only candidates polling at more than 75 percent at Ryan Thibodaux's Baseball Hall of Fame Tracker, which tabulates the votes of the BBWAA members who have made their ballots public. Former closer Billy Wagner was just behind at 73.3 percent.

But fewer than 50 percent of the ballots were known, and candidates' share of the vote is usually smaller in the final tally than the smaller sample size of publicly revealed ballots.

David Ortiz, the only player elected via the BBWAA in 2021, received 79.8 percent of the publicly revealed vote. He had 77.9 percent he received in the full balloting. The final percentage for the next six candidates behind Ortiz - Rolen, Helton and Wagner along with Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling, all of whom were in their 10th and final year on the ballot - was between 2.1 percent and 6.6 percent lower than their public vote percentage.

Rolen won eight Gold Gloves at third base and was named to seven All-Star teams from 1996 through 2012. He received 63.2 percent of the vote in his fifth year on the ballot last year. Helton, who won three Gold Gloves and earned four Silver Sluggers over a 17-season career spent entirely with the Colorado Rockies, received 52 percent in his fourth year of eligibility.

Wagner, who ranks sixth all-time with 422 saves, received 51 percent of the vote in 2021.

The lone first-timers likely to receive the five percent of the ballot necessary to remain on the ballot are Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez. Beltran hit 435 homers and made nine All-Stars teams, but his candidacy is expected to suffer initially after he was the only player on the 2017 Houston Astros named in Major League Baseball's report on the sign-stealing system used by the World Series-winning Astros.

Rodriguez finished with 437 saves, fourth all-time.

Reports: Dodgers agree to terms with RHP Tyler Cyr

Reports: Dodgers agree to terms with RHP Tyler Cyr

The Los Angeles Dodgers reached an agreement with free agent right-hander Tyler Cyr, multiple outlets reported Saturday.

The 29-year-old reliever made his major league debut last season and pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies and Oakland Athletics.

In a combined 12 relief appearances, Cyr was 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings.

Cyr was drafted in the 10th round by the San Francisco Giants in 2015.

Diamondbacks prospect suspended 120 games

Diamondbacks prospect suspended 120 games

Major League Baseball suspended Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Jose Valdez 120 games after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

His positive test for Stanozolol is the second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for Valdez, whose suspension without pay will begin with the start of the 2023 season.

Valdez received a 60-game suspension on Feb. 4, 2022, after a positive test for the same substance.

Valdez, 21, is currently on the roster of Arizona's Dominican Summer League team but hasn't pitched since 2021.

Angels star Mike Trout deems back 'non-issue'

Angels star Mike Trout deems back 'non-issue'

Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout said Friday that his back injury from last season is now a "non-issue."

There was concern last summer when Trout was diagnosed with a costovertebral dysfunction at his T5 vertebrae -- inflammation of a joint connected to a rib at the thoracic section of his spine.

Trout was sidelined for more than five weeks and there was dialogue that the injury could hamper the three-time American League MVP for the remainder of his career.

"The back's been a non-issue for the past four months," Trout said on a conference call to help promote the World Baseball Classic. "I felt it a little bit when I first came back, but I've been on top of it pretty well. Just keeping the same routine in the weight room, just to warm up and make sure all the muscles around it are strong."

Trout, 31, anticipates no problems being ready to go when the Angels open spring training in mid-February.

Trout will leave the Angels when Team USA opens its camp in Scottsdale, Ariz., on March 7. Team USA will have four WBC pool-play games in Phoenix from March 11-15.

This will be Trout's first time playing in the WBC. He didn't participate in 2013 and 2017 after reaching the majors.

"Last WBC, I was on the fence of doing it or not doing and when I decided not to do it, watching the games I kind of regretted that I didn't do it," Trout said.

If Team USA makes it out of pool play, it will play games in Miami for the remainder of its stay in the tournament.

In that case, it's conceivable that Trout could step into the batter's box to face his fellow Angels star, Shohei Ohtani of Team Japan.

"Every person I talk to that faces him says they don't want to be in the box," Trout said of Ohtani. "It's going to be interesting. I'm looking forward to it."

However, Trout also is skeptical of something Ohtani told him.

"He tried to tell me he's not the best player (on Team Japan)," Trout said. "There's no way."

Trout said Team USA's goal will be to the win the WBC.

"Every game means something. Every game is big time," Trout said. "So you just got to be the last one standing."

Trout batted .283 with 40 homers and 80 RBIs in 119 games last season. He hasn't played in more than 150 games since 2016.

The 10-time All-Star has a .303 career average with 350 homers and 896 RBIs in 1,407 games over 12 seasons with the Angels.

Twins trade batting champ Luis Arraez to Marlins for RHP Pablo Lopez, prospects

Twins trade batting champ Luis Arraez to Marlins for RHP Pablo Lopez, prospects

The Minnesota Twins traded infielder Luis Arraez, who won the American League batting title in 2022, to the Miami Marlins for starting pitcher Pablo Lopez and two others on Friday.

The Marlins also are sending shortstop Jose Salas and outfielder Byron Chourio to Minnesota.

Arraez, 25, is the first reigning batting champion to be traded since the Twins sent Rod Carew to the Angels following the 1978 season, in which he hit .333 and won his seventh batting title.

Arraez played in 144 games in 2022, his fourth season with the Twins. He batted .316 with 173 hits, including 31 doubles, eight home runs and 49 RBIs. He walked 50 times and struck out just 43, and he also was named to his first All-Star team.

In 389 games in Minnesota, Arraez hit .314 with 14 home runs, 132 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .374.

He was the only arbitration-eligible player whom the Twins failed to reach an agreement with before the deadline last week. Still, he will be under team control with the Marlins until 2026.

Lopez, however, agreed to a one-year, $5.45 million contract to avoid arbitration.

In 2022, Lopez was 10-10 with a 3.75 ERA in 32 starts, reaching career highs in innings pitched (180) and strikeouts (174). In five seasons with the Marlins, Lopez, 26, is 28-31 in 94 games (all starts) with a 3.94 ERA in 510 innings.

Salas, 19, was listed by MLB.com as the No. 5 prospect in the Miami system. In 109 games split between Single-A clubs Jupiter and Beloit, he batted .250 with nine homers, 41 RBIs, 33 stolen bases and an OPS of .723.

Chourio, 17, played 51 games in the Dominican Summer League in 2022. He hit.344 with one home run and 23 RBIs and 19 stolen bases, registering a .838 OPS.