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LHP Martin Perez returns to Boston Red Sox on one-year deal, source says

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Veteran left-hander Martin Perez has agreed to a one-year, guaranteed $5 million contract to return to the Boston Red Sox, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Perez’s agreement, which was first reported by the Athletic, includes a club option for a second year for 2022.

The 29-year-old spent last season with the Red Sox, going 3-5 with a 4.50 ERA, after going 10-7 with a 5.12 ERA during the 2019 season with the Twins. He had spent the previous seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, posting double-digit wins three separate times.

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Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. feels stronger, quicker after weight loss

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TORONTO — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was determined not to show up to another spring training carrying more weight than he wanted.

Embarrassed and apologetic after arriving out of shape at summer camp in 2020, the Toronto Blue Jays slugger worked aggressively on his conditioning this offseason, and said he has lost 42 pounds since last July.

“I came to spring training out of shape for a couple of years,” Guerrero said through a translator Wednesday from Blue Jays camp in Dunedin, Florida. “One day at my house in the Dominican I just sat down and thought about all this. I decided right then that I was going to get ready, I was going to prepare myself, I was going to work very hard for this year. I did, because my main focus is just to be ready and help the team win.”

A slimmer-looking Guerrero said he now feels stronger, quicker, and more resilient.

“I worked very hard on my legs because I really wanted to trust my legs,” he said. “Before, I wasn’t getting to ground balls. Sometimes at the plate I couldn’t stay back enough on the ball.

“I feel quicker in all aspects of my game right now,” Guerrero added. “Running the bases I feel great. Before I would feel a lot of fatigue after taking ground balls. Now I can take 50, 60 ground balls and I’m feeling good.”

Manager Charlie Montoyo praised Guerrero for his transformation.

“He met his goals,” Montoyo said. “He had a great offseason. All his work, it paid off. He looks really good.”

Guerrero, who turns 22 in March, hit .272 with 15 home runs and 69 RBI as a rookie in 2019. However, he hit his final home run on Aug. 16 and looked tired down the stretch, eventually missing time with a sore right knee.

Guerrero dropped weight before spring training in 2020, but gained it back after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down baseball for several months. Last November, Guerrero told a Dominican newspaper he had apologized to his Blue Jays teammates after showing up overweight for summer camp when baseball returned in July.

“For the last couple of years, they knew I was coming here out of shape,” Guerrero said Wednesday. “I didn’t prepare myself very well and I felt like at that moment that my teammates needed an apology from me.”

After switching from third base to first base in 2020, Guerrero hit .262 with nine homers and 33 RBI, playing in all 60 games of the pandemic-shortened season.

While working out this winter, both in the Dominican Republic and at Toronto’s Florida complex, Guerrero said he was motivated by his teammates – from current ones in Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, and Teoscar Hernandez, but also new ones signed in free agency, including outfielder George Springer and infielder Marcus Semien.

“We’re going to have a great season with those guys in our team,” Guerrero said.

Guerrero has been vocal about wanting a shot to improve defensively at third base, where he made a team-high 17 errors in 96 games in 2019. He said the Blue Jays told him to expect games at both first and third base this season.

Montoyo said he and general manager Ross Atkins spoke to Guerrero on Wednesday and told him to concentrate his efforts on improving at first base.

“My first baseman is Vlad Guerrero and my third baseman is Biggio,” Montoyo said. “But if we’re facing a tough lefty or something and I’m looking to give Biggio a day off, then Vladdy could play third.

“Our main message was ‘Become a Gold Glove first baseman and then we’ll move you to third, see how it goes.'”

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New York Yankees’ Domingo German apologizes for domestic incident

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TAMPA, Fla. — A day after addressing his teammates, New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German publicly apologized for his role in a domestic violence incident.

“I want to take this opportunity before answering questions to sincerely apologize to the Steinbrenner family, my teammates, the front office and those around me who love me,” he said through an interpreter on a Zoom call. “I have made mistakes of which I am not proud of, and for that I want to apologize.

“I want to thank Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman for being so patient with me. They have always sincerely tried to help me when I was going through my worst moment.”

German hasn’t played since September 2019 after receiving an 81-game suspension from Major League Baseball. The 28-year-old was 18-4 with a 4.03 ERA in 2019 when he was put on administrative leave while MLB investigated an alleged domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend, with whom he has at least one child.

The Yankees’ first full-squad workout was Tuesday.

The right-hander missed the final nine games of the 2019 regular season and all nine of New York’s postseason games. He was suspended for 81 games on Jan. 2 last year, a ban that had 63 games left and cost him the entire 2020 season and playoffs.

Germán made waves his first day back with the Yankees on reporting day a week ago because of an Instagram post he wrote in Spanish that said “Everything is over.” He deleted his posts, then wrote, “I’m ready” in Spanish.

German said Wednesday that he has gone to mandatory counseling. He would not discuss the specifics of the event that led to his suspension.

“I think it was something that benefited me,” he said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Jose Abreu tests positive for COVID-19, but Chicago White Sox say star 1B is ‘completely asymptomatic’

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Chicago White Sox star first baseman Jose Abreu has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be away from the club for the next several days.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn announced Wednesday that Abreu, the reigning American League MVP, is “completely asymptomatic” and “frustrated.”

Hahn said that Abreu believes he “contracted a mild case” of the coronavirus last month, a belief that is “reinforced by the presence of COVID antibodies in additional testing.”

“Other than being frustrated, Jose feels great and, like the rest of us, is looking forward to when he rejoins the club in the not too distant future,” Hahn said.

Abreu, 34, is entering his eighth season with the White Sox and is expected to be the centerpiece of Chicago’s powerful lineup.

The three-time All-Star led the White Sox to their first postseason appearance since 2008 last season, when he batted .317 with 19 home runs and led the majors with 60 RBIs.

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