• Not so fast on the Cardinals’ reported interest in Jon Lester

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week Peter Gammons reported that the Cardinals planned to bring in free agent left-hander Jon Lester for a visit, but now that doesn’t appear to be the case. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes that the Cardinals “had no plans to bring Lester to St. Louis for a..." November 28

  • 8h
    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    Melky Cabrera's preference is to sign with a team other than the Blue Jays so he doesn't have to play his home games on artificial surface.

  • AL Central showing interest in Justin Masterson

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians haven't shown a lot of interest in Justin Masterson outside of some early contact at the start of the free agent season. That doesn't mean their former ace will be a stranger come next season. Masterson, 30, has received inquiries from the four other teams in the AL Central –..." November 28

  • Brandon Moss, Allen Craig on Marlins’ first base radar

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, we learned that the Marlins were considering Evan Gattis and Chris Davis as trade options for an upgrade at first base. You can add Brandon Moss of the Athletics to the list, per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, as well as Allen Craig of the Red Sox (via Clark Herald of the Miami Herald). The..." November 28

  • Cubs' Pedro Strop in car accident

    ESPN.com "Chicago Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop was involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Thursday night, but initial reports indicate he's doing fine, according to a team spokesman. Strop, 29, was 2-4 with a 2.21 ERA and two saves last season after joining the Cubs in a midseason trade in..." November 28

  • Cards can be patient with pitching market

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As John Mozeliak surveyed the Cardinals’ roster midway through spring training in 2008, his first as the club’s general manager, he saw a rotation light on innings and heavy with health issues. During a discussion with a member of his front office staff on how they might caulk the openings in the..." November 28

  • Shane Victorino says he should be the Red Sox’ starting right fielder

    WEEI Boston "Through all the uncertainty that has encompassed the Red Sox‘ offseason, Shane Victorino has taken solace in his own run of certainty. Monday, for the first time since undergoing back surgery, the outfielder will swing a bat. It is the latest step forward in a rehabilitation process that has..." November 28

  • Should the Cardinals pursue rotation help this offseason?

    CBSSports.com "Over the last few seasons the Cardinals have produced an impressive collection of homegrown starting pitchers. Lance Lynn started it all back in 2011, then it was Shelby Miller and Joe Kelly in 2012, Michael Wacha in 2013, and this past season it was southpaw Marco Gonzales. Twenty-nine other..." November 28

  • No extension talks between Doug Fister, Nationals since spring

    Washington Post "After the Nationals traded for Doug Fister last winter, the team approached him and his agent about a long-term contract extension. The Nationals made an offer but the sides couldn’t agree on the terms. And, according to a person familiar with the situation, there has been no progress since, and..." November 28

  • Royals, Marlins Swap Aaron Crow For Brian Flynn

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins have acquired right-hander Aaron Crow from the Royals in exchange for left-hander Brian Flynn, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports" November 28

  • Royals Re-Sign Jason Frasor

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals announced that they have re-signed right-hander Jason Frasor to a one-year deal with a mutual option for the 2016 season. Frasor, a client of agent Dave Meier, reportedly receives a $1.25MM base in 2015 with a $2MM option that contains a $550K buyout. That makes for a $1.8MM guarantee,..." November 28

  • 10h
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Padres getting “ton of inquiries” on their catchers - Grandal, Rivera and top prospect Austin Hedges. Talks active.

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    Rob Bradford @bradfo

    Source familiar with negotiations doesn't forsee Lester signing soon. Still going through the process (meeting with teams, etc.)

  • Mets waiting to see if Red Sox will dangle Xander Bogaerts

    New York Post "The Mets remain willing to let the market take shape and see if anything develops to their liking in their continued search for a starting shortstop. One new name that could intrigue them is Xander Bogaerts, but it appears he may stay in Boston with newly signed Hanley Ramirez shifting to left..." November 27

  • Mets over Yankees? Bovada bets on New York power shift

    Newark Star-Ledger "Are the Mets the kings of New York? Well, they at least have better chance at winning the World Series than the Yankees, according to Bovada. The sports betting website puts the Mets’ odds at winning at title at 20/1. The Yankees? Just behind at 22/1. The Yankees (84-78) finished with a..." November 27

  • Wrigley bleachers might not be ready for 2015 opener

    Chicago Tribune "An array of delays has forced the Chicago Cubs to make contingency plans in the event that construction on the Wrigley Field outfield bleachers isn't completed by the April 5 season opener against the National League Central champion St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs, already under a tight..." November 27

  • Rays cut ties with Rodriguez, add Frieri to bullpen

    Tampa Tribune "Sean Rodriguez watched the past few weeks as a handful of familiar faces left the team while the Tampa Bay Rays front office retooled the roster and bolstered the farm system. “I figured there were going to be some more moves,” Rodriguez said. “But I didn’t think I would be one of..." November 27

  • Yasmany Tomas signs with D-backs

    MLB.com "Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the D-backs have agreed to a six-year deal worth $68.5 million, according to industry sources. The Tomas deal is believed to have an opt-out and is pending a physical, the sources said. The D-backs have not confirmed the agreement. Tomas, who turned 24 on..." November 26

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources today again confirmed talks between #Padres, #Dodgers on Kemp. Nothing that recent. No deal close. Pads exploring multiple options.

  • 2d
    Adam McCalvy @AdamMcCalvy

    Ryan Braun says his thumb is 100 percent since surgery. "It definitely worked." #Brewers

  • Yankees won't get into bidding war for Chase Headley, according to source

    New York Daily News "Pablo Sandoval collected a payday of nearly $100 million from the Red Sox. Now Chase Headley is primed to cash in with a meaty contract of his own. No, Headley won’t be looking at a deal approaching nine figures like the Panda did, but with Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez both headed to Boston, the..." November 26

  • Red Sox owner: We'll pay luxury tax to add Lester, other pieces

    Sporting News "Well, there you go: The Red Sox are taking an old-school Yankees approach this offseason. A first-to-worst season will do that. Sox owner John Henry told reporters Tuesday night he's willing to pay the luxury tax next year to upgrade the roster. Boston's well on its way after signing free..." November 26

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    Jayson Stark @jaysonst

    Multiple sources say #Yankees talked to #Phillies about trading for Jimmy Rollins. But asking price was so high, Yanks moved on....

  • MRI comes back clean for Rangers' Darvish

    Fox Sports Southwest "The Texas Rangers got expected but good news on right-hander Yu Darvish Tuesday as the MRI on his right elbow came back clean. The right-hander is now free to begin his regular offseason workouts after getting the clean bill of health from Rangers team doctor Keith Meister. One change in..." November 26

  • White Sox announce two-year, $25 million contract with Adam LaRoche

    ESPN Chicago "The Chicago White Sox made the signing of Adam LaRoche official Tuesday, coming to terms on a two-year, $25 million contract with the first baseman. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Scott Carroll was designated for assignment. LaRoche,35, who batted .259 with 26 home..." November 26

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    Henry Schulman @hankschulman

    Now understand #sfgiants will look at all top arms — Lester, Scherzer, Shields, etc.. — w/ uncertainty over Timmy, Cain post-surgery,

  • Padres Focusing On Trade Market, Yasmany Tomas

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres missed out on Pablo Sandoval, who signed with the Red Sox earlier today, and MLB.com’s Corey Brock reports that the they are now heavily focused on trades, although Yasmany Tomas appears to be one notable exception. According to Brock, the Padres are believed to have reached out to the..." November 26

  • Chase Headley off Indians radar, but Chris Denorfia, Kendrys Morales possible targets

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "It's true the Indians made a few inquiries about Chase Headley, but the third baseman is not coming to Cleveland. He's too expensive and the Indians still have a feeling that they just might have a third baseman in Lonnie Chisenhall. The Indians are not going to be big players in this free..." November 26

  • Red Sox to move Cespedes to center or right field

    CSN Bay Area "The Red Sox introduced Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez on Tuesday. Sandoval will play third base, but Ramirez will shift from shortstop to left field due to the presence of 22-year-old Xander Bogaerts. That means incumbent left fielder Yoenis Cespedes will have to find a new..." November 26

  • Billy Hamilton was good in center, but can he improve?

    Cincinnati Enquirer "This is another in a periodic series of looks at the Reds position-by-position. Today we look at center field: Billy Hamilton was one of the feel-good stories of the 2014 Reds. He's going to be the center fielder for a long time. He exceeded expectations this year -- particularly until his..." November 26

  • Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez introduced as members of Red Sox

    CBSSports.com "Third baseman Pablo Sandoval, heretofore a Giants lifer, recently put the ink on a five-year, $95-million contract with the Red Sox -- a deal that includes a club option for a sixth season. On Tuesday, Sandoval was introduced to the media as a freshly minted Red Sox player. "I want a new..." November 25

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Another option for teams in need of SS: Yunel Escobar. #Rays will listen on anyone. Have alternatives at SS, including Zobrist.

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka is going back to Japan

    Hardball Talk "Daisuke Matsuzaka is returning to Japan after playing six seasons with the Red Sox and the past two seasons with the Mets. According to the Japan Times he’s agreed to a contract with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, who are the reigning Japanese League champions." November 25

  • Tribe considering new third-base option in Headley

    MLB.com "Publicly, the Indians have not made third base a priority in their offseason pursuits, focusing instead on rotation and bullpen depth. Privately, though, the Indians appear at least slightly open to the possibility of tinkering with the position, especially if it can improve their defensive..." November 25

  • Cubs have made offer 'north of $135 million' to Jon Lester

    CSN Chicago "Jon Lester is still one of the biggest dominos to fall in Major League Baseball's offseason. It's not even December yet, but Lester has already drawn interest from the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants in addition to the Boston Red Sox - his former team - and the..." November 25

  • Rockies reportedly unwilling to trade Troy Tulowitzki

    Purple Row "It would be foolish to say that the Tulo-to-New York talk is officially dead, but it appears we've just about reached that point. The Yankees have "no interest whatsoever" in acquiring Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and the $114 million owed to him, according to Andy Martino of the New York..." November 25

  • 3d
    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    #Mariners have had trade talks on multiple RH outfielders, including Matt Kemp, Yoenis Cespedes, and Justin Upton. They want to land one.

  • Red Sox trade rumors: Ranking Boston's top trade candidates

    Sporting News "One year, $10.5 million left on deal; free agent after 2015 Both at the plate and in the field, Cespedes is a highlight-reel player whose overall performance over a full season is not as impressive as you might think. In 2014, he hit .260/.301/.450 with 22 homers, which is nothing to sneeze at,..." November 25

  • No, the Marlins probably have not changed

    Fox Sports "In The New York Times last week, television critic Jon Caramanica led his story about some new reality shows with a bit about John Rocker ... which was odd, since Rocker was recently featured on the oldest reality show. The connection, however tenuous, is that Rocker was attempting to reinvent..." November 25

  • Source: Rangers inquire about J. Upton trade

    ESPN Dallas "The Texas Rangers have inquired about trading for Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton, according to a source. The Rangers tried to acquire Upton in previous seasons but couldn't finalize a deal. With the Rangers planning on moving left fielder Shin-Soo Choo to right field, they need..." November 25

  • 3d
    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The Los Angeles #Dodgers now also in pursuit of #Phillies ace Cole Hamels, joining #Redsox and others.

  • 3d
    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Blue Jays are, however, working to add a left-handed bat to their lineup. One name they are talking about: Jay Bruce.

  • 3d
    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    The #dbacks interest in Yasmany Tomas is "legit,'' according to one MLB exec. Five or six teams pursuing the Cuban OF.

  • 3d
    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    #Rangers looking for an OF, have checked in w/ #mariners on Michael Saunders. Mild interest from Texas' end.

  • 3d
    Pete Abraham @PeteAbe

    Two #RedSox team sources say Bogaerts is still the SS. Didn’t think that would change, but worth checking.

  • 3d
    Eduardo A. Encina @EddieInTheYard

    Ex-#Phillies mgr Charlie Manuel gave consideration 2 #Orioles hitting coach job & had opportunities w/ other AL East teams but declined all.

  • 3d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays have placed Jose Molina and Cole Figueroa on release waivers; assuming they clear Wednesday they will be officially released

  • 4d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sandoval’s agent, Gustavo Vasquez, finally acknowledging that deal with #RedSox is done. Pending physical. Press conference tomorrow.

  • 4d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Hanley Ramirez terms with #RedSox, per source: Four years, $88M with fifth-year vesting option valued at $22M.

  • Pablo Sandoval and the Red Sox agree to a five-year deal at close to $100 million

    Hardball Talk "Big day for the Sox. On the same day they are expected to officially announce a deal with Hanley Ramirez, Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox have reached an agreement with Pablo Sandoval for five years and close to $100 million. Sandoval had offers from both the Giants and the Padres as well,..." November 24