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Baseball Roundup: Red Sox Accept White House Invitation

  • FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts watches batting practice before Game 4 of the World Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, in Los Angeles. The Dodgers have agreed on a four-year contract with manager Dave Roberts, which would keep him at the helm of the team through 2022. "Keeping Doc as our leader on the field was a top priority this offseason and now that we've accomplished that we are excited to collectively shift all of our focus to doing all we can to bring a World Championship to our passionate fans," Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers president of baseball operations, said in a statement Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, left, smiles as he greets Brian Dozier after they defeated the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game, in Seattle. The Dodgers have agreed on a four-year contract with manager Dave Roberts, which would keep him at the helm of the team through 2022. "Keeping Doc as our leader on the field was a top priority this offseason and now that we've accomplished that we are excited to collectively shift all of our focus to doing all we can to bring a World Championship to our passionate fans," Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers president of baseball operations, said in a statement Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

  • Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora smiles as he walks the red carpet prior to the premiere of "The 2018 World Series: Damage Done," documentary production that captures video moments of the Red Sox's march towards the 2018 World Series Championship, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy, right, and Dave Dombrowski, left, the team's president of baseball operations, arrive for the premiere of "The 2018 World Series: Damage Done," documentary production that captures video moments of the Red Sox's march towards the 2018 World Series Championship, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster walks the red carpet prior to the premiere of "The 2018 World Series: Damage Done," documentary production that captures video moments of the Red Sox's march towards the 2018 World Series Championship, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)



Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Boston — The Boston Red Sox have accepted an invitation to the White House to celebrate their World Series championship.

Team president Sam Kennedy said the ballclub is working out a date with the White House.

The traditional champions’ visit to Washington has become more politicized, with some teams declining invitations.

Kennedy said it’s up to players to decide whether they want to attend.

Manager Alex Cora says he’ll be there. A native of Puerto Rico, Cora has been vocal in his call for the president to do more in the wake of Hurricane Maria that devastated the island. He says he will use the platform “in the right way.”

Dodgers Give Roberts Extension

Los Angeles — Dave Roberts and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a four-year contract extension on Monday that would keep him as manager through 2022.

The 46-year-old skipper led the team to consecutive World Series appearances for the first time since 1977-78. The Dodgers lost in five games to Boston in October, and lost in seven games to Houston in 2017.

In three seasons, Roberts is 287-200 overall. The team has won three straight National League West titles under him and two straight NL pennants. Roberts was the 2016 NL manager of the year.

Mets Finalize Cano Deal

New York — The New York Mets have acquired longtime star second baseman Robinson Cano and major league saves leader Edwin Diaz from the Seattle Mariners in a seven-player trade.

The Mets also are getting $20 million from the rebuilding Mariners in the deal announced on Monday.

Seattle received outfielder Jay Bruce, reliever Anthony Swarzak and three prospects: former first-round draft picks Justin Dunn and Jarred Kelenic, plus right-hander Gerson Bautista.

Phils Add Segura From M’s

Philadelphia — The Philadelphia Phillies acquired two-time All-Star shortstop Jean Segura from the Seattle Mariners for veteran slugger Carlos Santana and infielder J.P. Crawford on Monday.

The Phillies also get left-hander James Pazos and righty Juan Nicasio in the trade.

It was the second major deal of the day for the Mariners. They also sent second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz to the New York Mets for five players, including two top prospects and outfielder Jay Bruce.

“Carlos Santana has been among the most durable players in the big leagues over the last eight years and has been a fixture in the middle of lineups during that time,” Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “He gets on base, he does damage at the plate and is quite an underrated first baseman. J.P. Crawford gives us a young shortstop who is very athletic and fills up the tool box; he hits, he runs, he plays defense, he throws, he has power. For the last four running, he’s been among the top 20 prospects in baseball.”

Seattle went 89-73 this year and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2001, the longest postseason drought among the four major pro American sports. The Phillies, who added Santana and Jake Arrieta last offseason, finished 80-82 after leading the NL East in early August.

Segura hit .304 with 10 homers, 63 RBIs, 20 stolen bases and had a .341 on-base percentage last season. He is signed through 2022 and is owed $60 million.

Santana batted a career-low .229 with 24 homers, 86 RBIs and a .352 OBP in his first season in Philadelphia after signing a $60 million, three-year contract.

Crawford, a 2013 first-round pick, hit .214 in only 49 games. He’s been plagued by injuries and has only 187 career at-bats.

Pazos was 4-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 60 appearances, covering 50 innings. He struck out 45 and walked 15.

Nicasio was 1-6 with a 6.00 ERA in 46 games. He pitched in two games for the Phillies in 2017.