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Trevor Bauer apologizes for ‘childish’ antics during Sunday’s loss

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One MLB player waking up with shame and regret today is Cleveland Indians starter Trevor Bauer.

After allowing seven earned runs on nine hits in  4 1/3 innings innings pitched during the team’s 9-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, Bauer expressed his frustration by throwing the ball over the outfield wall in frustration as manager Terry Francona was heading to the mound to pull him from the game. Francona scolded him in front of the cameras before Bauer walked off with a look of regret on his face.

“First and foremost, I owe a sincere apology to all of my teammates, my coaching staff, the organization and all of our fans for how I conducted myself today…It’s unbecoming. It was childish, unprofessional. There’s no place for it in the game.” said Bauer following the game.

“I’m happy it didn’t result in any physical injury for anybody else. I realize I put people in danger. I want to be clear that my frustrations were with myself and my inability to stop the situation and keep my team in the game.”

No word yet on whether the team or the league will punish the 28-year old in any way.

The 2018 MLB All-Star has posted a 9-8 record, 3.79 ERA, and 1.21 WHIP in 156.2 innings pitched and 24 starts so far this season.

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Pedro Strop weighing offers from several clubs; Cubs and Rangers among those interested

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Veteran reliever Pedro Strop appears to be close to making a decision on where he will spend the 2020 MLB season.

According to a report from Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith, the 34-year old Dominican has received contract offers from at least three different teams. It is yet to be determined which exact teams are involved, but we do know that the Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers have all expressed interest in his services this offseason.

Strop is coming off an underwhelming 2019 campaign with the Cubs, posting a 2-5 record, 4.97 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 50 appearances. It ended a streak of six straight seasons where he finished with an ERA under 3.00.

He will be entering his 12th MLB season in 2020.

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Twins win the Josh Donaldson sweepstakes

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The Minnesota Twins have found their new third baseman.

The team announced that they have signed highly-touted free agent infielder Josh Donaldson to a four-year, $92 million contract with a fifth year club option worth $16 million.

The 34-year old had a bounce back season with the Atlanta Braves in 2019, posting a .259 batting average, .379 on-base percentage, 37 homers, and 94 RBI in 155 games.

The 2015 American League Most Valuable Player had a handful of suitors rumoured to be after his services, including the Braves, and World Series champion Washington Nationals.

Donaldson, who will be entering his 10th season, has a career .373/.464/.819 slash line with 10 homers in 22 career games at Target Field.

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Rangers considered favorites to sign free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos

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With most of the big names off the board, the rumours surrounding veteran outfielder Nicholas Castellanos have heated up this week.

While many teams have inquired about his availability, it appears more than likely he will be spending his 2020 season in the “Lone Star State”.

According to MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, the Texas Rangers are considered the favourites to sign Castellanos at this time. The Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants are also in the running.

The 27-year old split time between the Detroit Tigers and Cubs in 2018, posting a combined .289 batting average, .863 OPS, 27 homers and 73 RBI in 151 games.

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