• Jocketty says Reds won't trade Frazier

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Reds general manager Walt Jocketty is deliberately vague when he talks about trades. "We're always trying to make the club better" is his standard line. But Jocketty was very specific about one thing Thursday: Todd Frazier is not going to be traded. "No, I wouldn't trade him," he said. "I..." July 03

  • Cardinals fire scouting director; had admitted to hacking into Astros database

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The St. Louis Cardinals have terminated the contract of their scouting director, Chris Correa, after an “imposed leave of absence,” a lawyer for Cardinals executives said Thursday. James G. Martin, lawyer for chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and general manager John Mozeliak, declined to comment on the..." July 02

  • Blue Jays officially sign Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have signed the year’s top international prospect. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has agreed to a $3.9 million deal with the Blue Jays, industry sources confirmed to Sportsnet. The Guerrero Academy announced that the deal — first reported by Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com — and the..." July 02

  • Giants sign infielder Fox as int'l free agent

    MLB.com "The Giants are on the verge of adding another athletic infielder to their Minor League system, coming to terms with shortstop Lucius Fox of the Bahamas on a bonus of $6 million, according to industry sources. Fox, who turned 18 today, ranked No. 3 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects..." July 02

  • Mariners end $5.8 million reunon with Willie Bloomquist

    Hardball Talk "Last offseason Willie Bloomquist returned to Seattle for a second stint with the Mariners, signing a two-year, $5.8 million deal that seemed like a clear over-pay for a 36-year-old, career-long utility man. He hit like his usual self in a part-time role last season, posting a .643 OPS while..." July 02

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    Matt Eddy @MattEddyBA

    #Dodgers sign RHP Trevor Cahill, 27-year-old groundball machine whom #Braves released on June 20.

  • Yankees, A-Rod, union discussing charitable solution to bonus issue

    Fox Sports "Some charity is likely to benefit from Alex Rodriguez's negotiations with the Yankees over his disputed milestone bonus. Actually, multiple charities. Representatives for Rodriguez, the players' union and Yankees have been talking for weeks about a deal to redirect the $6 million bonus that..." July 02

  • Report: Dodgers expected to finalize $16M deal Thursday with Cuban pitcher Yadier Alvarez

    The Score "The Los Angeles Dodgers will reportedly finalize a deal with one of Cuba's most promising young pitchers Thursday when the new signing period for international prospects begins. Yadier Alvarez, a 19-year-old right-hander whose fastball can touch 99 miles per hour, is expected to complete a..." July 02

  • Bill Stoneman taking over as Angels’ interim GM

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez has been all over this story for years, and he is first here too … Stoneman was the Angels’ general manager in 2002, when the the franchise won its last World Series championship. He had been working in an advisory role for the past couple of seasons." July 02

  • John Henry says upping $200 M payroll possible

    Boston Herald "After making enough of a run over the final days of June to climb back toward contention, Red Sox owner John Henry yesterday told the Herald that adding to the club’s nearly $200 million payroll for more help in key areas is a possibility. “It’s not crazy (to say that),” Henry said. “But a few..." July 02

  • Report: Giants agree to sign touted Bahamian SS for $6M

    CSN Bay Area "MLB's international signing period began Thursday, and the Giants didn't wait long to make their splash. San Francisco signed switch-hitting Bahamian shortstop Lucius Fox on the day he turned 18, according to an MLB.com report. Fox will get a team record international signing bonus of $6..." July 02

  • David Wright gives Mets the update they’ve been hoping for

    New York Post "With fingers crossed, the Mets are hoping David Wright can begin limited baseball activities next week. Manager Terry Collins told The Post on Wednesday that he has spoken to the Mets captain in recent days, and Wright is the most upbeat he has been “in a long time” as he rehabs from spinal..." July 02

  • Rangers sign deal with OF Leodys Taveras, one of top-ranked international prospects

    Dallas Morning News "The Texas Rangers on Thursday signed outfielder Leodys Taveras of the Dominican Republic, according to the club. Thursday is the first day to sign international free agents. “Our international scouts did an outstanding job signing Leody Taveras, one of the most talented players in this..." July 02

  • Sonny Gray released from hospital after severe stomach bug

    San Francisco Chronicle "A severe case of bacterial gastroenteritis kept Sonny Gray in the hospital a second night, but the A’s right-hander was released Wednesday afternoon and will be back at the Coliseum on Thursday. Gray received IV fluids and antibiotics, but according to Dr. Allan Pont, the specific bacteria has..." July 02

  • Astros slugger George Springer likely headed to DL with wrist injury

    Houston Chronicle "Center fielder George Springer exited Wednesday night with a right wrist contusion one inning after he was hit in the right wrist by a pitch. Now the Astros might have to start the season’s second half without one of their most dynamic players. “I’m not optimistic he’s going to miss the DL,”..." July 02

  • V-Mart: 'I have no respect' for Pirates players, coaches

    Detroit Free Press "It was, Brad Ausmus said, yesterday's news. But when Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez said he had no respect for Pirates players and coaches after the team's 5-4 loss in 14 innings on Tuesday night — specifically naming right-hander Gerrit Cole — it spilled into the next..." July 02

  • Twins promote top prospect Miguel Sano

    The Score "After losing their top prospect to injury less than one week ago, the Minnesota Twins will turn to another highly touted youngster to bolster their 25-man roster. The Twins have promoted third baseman Miguel Sano from Double-A Chattanooga on Thursday, roughly five days after placing center..." July 02

  • Happy Jose Fernandez Day!

    Fox Sports "When Thursday's MLB slate begins at 12:10 p.m. ET, Jose Fernandez will throw his first pitch for the Marlins since May 9, 2014. Fernandez tore the UCL ligament in his elbow last season, leading to Tommy John surgery. In five minor-league rehab starts, Fernandez posted a 4.01 ERA but struck out..." July 02

  • Longtime Brewers GM Doug Melvin contemplating new role with team

    CBS Sports "Longtime Brewers GM Doug Melvin is seriously considering retiring from that job to take another position in the organization after a very nice run in that position, sources say. Melvin and Brewers owner Mark Attanasio have been talking about Melvin's likely next move over the past several..." July 02

  • Adrian Beltre loses Rangers 2011 AL Championship ring, suite tickets in burglary of home

    Dallas Morning News "As if Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre doesn’t have enough to deal with thanks to a painful left thumb, he’s also dealing with a burglary of his Bluffview/Preston Hollow area home. According to City of Dallas police reports, Beltre’s home was burglarized last Thursday morning shortly after..." July 02

  • Lack of hitting not the only problem the fading Mets face

    New York Post "The Mets breathed a sigh of relief early Wednesday when they learned Michael Cuddyer shouldn’t be out very long with an injured knee. The bad news is the Mets are still stuck with an offense that’s already on the disabled list. Another night at Citi Field reaped another wasted pitching..." July 02

  • MLB, players' union commit $30 million to youth baseball development

    Fox Sports "When Rob Manfred became commissioner last January, he said his top priority was expanding baseball through youth participation. Manfred, in conjunction with the players' union, is putting substance behind those words. Major League Baseball and the union have agreed to a joint $30 million..." July 01

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    Alden Gonzalez @Alden_Gonzalez

    Source: Jerry Dipoto has made a final decision. He is stepping down.

  • Joe Maddon brings in magician to 'lighten things up' amid Cubs' skid

    ESPN Chicago "Claiming zoo animals are too hard to find on the road at the last minute, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon instead brought a magician in to perform for his team before Tuesday's game against the New York Mets. "Joe started talking about [baseball] magic and the next thing I know there was a..." July 01

  • Ervin Santana ready to join Twins

    Hardball Talk "Ervin Santana, who signed a four-year, $55 million deal with the Twins this offseason and then got suspended 80 games for PEDs before throwing a pitch, is now ready to join the rotation. Santana has been “rehabbing” in the minors to prepare for being activated from the suspended list and he..." July 01

  • Reports: GM Jerry Dipoto Forced Out in Anaheim

    Deadspin "Jerry Dipoto has learned an inviolable rule of working for the Angels: get into a power struggle with Arte Moreno’s guy, and you’re not going to win it. According to multiple reports, the Anaheim GM resigned and packed up his office last night. Dipoto is “definitely out,” a source told ESPN,..." July 01

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Assuming Jerry Dipoto is gone with the #Angels, signs are pointing toward Matt Klentak to replace him. Not confirmed yet.

  • Astros OF Colby Rasmus stays overnight in hospital to treat infection

    Houston Chronicle "Outfielder Colby Rasmus’ infection in his left wrist following a bug bite had him hospitalized overnight into Tuesday, manager A.J. Hinch said. Hinch said Rasmus’ condition didn’t worsen, but Hinch was less firm about Rasmus making the Astros’ upcoming road trip. The team departs Houston for..." July 01

  • Happy Bobby Bonilla Mets pay day

    CBS Sports "July 1 means many things in Major League Baseball, such as the beginning of the fourth month of the season -- so we can stop with "it's still early" talk for good. One of those things is Bobby Bonilla pay day. Yes, July 1 is when Bobby Bonilla annually gets a check from the Mets for..." July 01

  • Phillies name Pete Mackanin as interim manager for rest of season

    Sporting News "Following the resignation of their manager and the hiring of a new team president, the Phillies are a team in flux. At least they'll have the same field manager for the rest of the season. Bench coach Pete Mackanin was named interim manager following the surprise resignation of manager Ryne..." July 01

  • Ballhawk who caught A-Rod’s 3,000th hit ball says he’s received threats

    Sportress of Blogitude "Zack Hample, the so-called “professional ballhawk” who gained possession of the ball Alex Rodriguez deposited into the Yankee Stadium outfield seats for his 3,000th hit, claims he has received numerous “scary” threats due to his hard-line stance against freely relinquishing the coveted piece of..." July 01

  • Rangers activate Josh Hamilton, send Joey Gallo to minors

    Dallas Morning News "The Rangers on Tuesday activated Josh Hamilton from the DL and ended Joey Gallo’s one-month exposure to the major leagues. Gallo was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock in order to make room for Hamilton. Gallo had not played above Double-A before the Rangers purchased his contract on June..." July 01

  • Phil Kenner claims Ken Jowdy supplied Roger Clemens with PEDs

    New York Daily News "Alleged con man Phil Kenner has already accused a golf resort developer of stealing millions from NHL players and then conspiring with former FBI director Louis Freeh to pin the blame on Kenner. But wait, there’s more! The one-time financial adviser also indicated last week that he told the..." July 01

  • Freeman return could be closer to All-Star break

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves are cautiously optimistic about getting Freddie Freeman back before too much longer, but their top hitter isn’t going to be ready to come off the 15-day disabled list this weekend and his return could be closer to or even after the July 13-16 All-Star break. Freeman is recovering..." July 01

  • Fielder won’t turn down offer to compete in Home Run Derby

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "First things first: Prince Fielder has not been named to the American League All-Star team. No player has, and none will be until the starters are announced Sunday and the reserves Monday. But he is the strong favorite to be picked for the July 14 game at Cincinnati and is likely to be the..." June 30

  • The Chicago Sun-Times wants Ozzie Guillen to manage the White Sox again

    Hardball Talk "There was a time, not terribly long ago, when newspaper columnists more or less set the baseball news agenda. No one truly does that anymore. Too many voices, too many people, too much news. But back then a motivated columnist could get people truly talking merely by leaning back in their chair..." June 30

  • Yankees send RHP Adam Warren to bullpen after 14-game stint in rotation

    ESPN New York "For the month of June, Adam Warren has arguably been the New York Yankees' most reliable starting pitcher. However, he will start July out of the starting rotation and back in the bullpen. As earlier reported by the New York Daily News, Warren was informed by the Yankees following their 4-1..." June 30

  • Report: Tensions rise again between Mike Scioscia, Angels' front office

    The Score "Sitting four games back in the AL West doesn't mean everything is tulips and daisies with the Los Angeles Angels. In fact, it sounds like the opposite. It's no secret general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia don't see eye to eye, but just when we thought that was in the past,..." June 30

  • Anthopoulos: Jays aim to upgrade 'pen, rotation

    Sportsnet "The deep freeze that slowed the trade market throughout the early part of the season is starting to thaw, and Alex Anthopoulos hopes to take advantage of increased chatter to bolster the Toronto Blue Jays’ pitching staff. “We still need to make upgrades in the rotation and the bullpen, that..." June 30

  • All-Star starters to be revealed Sunday night

    MLB.com "While you continue to vote in these final and frenetic days of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, Major League Baseball announced today that the starting position players will be unveiled in a new manner at 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN,..." June 30

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    San Francisco Giants @SFGiants

    #SFGiants purchase contract of IF Ehire Adrianza and IF Casey McGehee has been designated for assignment off 40-man roster.

  • Tigers obtain infielder Alexi Casilla, who delivered winning hit for Twins in Game 163

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers have traded away multiple middle infield prospects in the past year. They have added some veterans for depth in the past week. The Tigers obtained veteran infielder Alexi Casilla from the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday for a player to be named or cash considerations, MLive.com has..." June 30

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    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Source: #Angels among teams thought to have interest in #Astros LJ Hoes, who is a trade candidate. #Orioles reportedly in as well.

  • Josh Hamilton could play center field for Rangers after return from DL

    Sporting News "Josh Hamilton is nearing a return from his latest stint on the disabled list, and the Rangers might have a different role in mind for the outfielder once he's back on the active roster. Hamilton could rejoin the team as early as Monday — and play center field. According to the Dallas Morning..." June 29

  • Report: Marlins have received multiple inquiries about Latos, Haren

    The Score "Two of the Miami Marlins' most experienced hurlers are reportedly generating interest as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline grows nearer. The Marlins have received multiple trade inquiries regarding veteran right-handers Mat Latos and Dan Haren - both of whom will hit free agency at season's..." June 29

  • Cubs: Pedro Strop accepts apology from Bob Costas

    CSN Chicago "Bob Costas apologized to Pedro Strop for his bizarre comments about the Cubs reliever’s family during an MLB Network broadcast. The two had a face-to-face meeting on Sunday in the lobby of the team’s St. Louis hotel. Costas had called a Cubs media-relations official to make the request, and..." June 29

  • Dodgers, Cubs interested in Jon Niese

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that both the Dodgers and Cubs have interest in Mets left-hander Jon Niese. It’s been no secret that the Mets would like to move Niese and/or Dillon Gee in the right circumstances as that would relieve the logjam in the starting rotation. Niese, 28, has..." June 29

  • McClendon says ‘hope’ is Rodney reclaims closer’s role

    Tacoma News Tribune "Fernando Rodney had just watched Carson Smith escape an eighth-inning jam Friday night when the phone rang in the Seattle Mariners’ bullpen. The message: Rodney was to warm up in order to pitch the ninth inning in what would be his first save situation since he lost his closer’s job after..." June 29

  • Major League Baseball is open to a rules change to let pitchers use some sticky goo

    Boston Globe "It’s a rule casually broken hundreds of times a day by players on every team in baseball. Umpires will not enforce it unless asked to, and even then they would rather leave well enough alone. “The pitcher shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.” That is what Rule 8.02(a)(4)..." June 29

  • Mike Napoli says umpire ejected him for not picking up bat after strikeout

    ESPN "Taking Mike Napoli at his word, this ranks as one of the oddest pretexts for an ejection ever. The Boston Red Sox first baseman, who was called out on strikes in the second inning and told plate umpire Tripp Gibson he disagreed with the call, was walking away from the plate when Gibson threw him..." June 29