• Yankees prospects praise A-Rod's coaching

    MLB.com "Embracing his new role as a Yankees special guest instructor, Alex Rodriguez said that he believed it would be valuable to take a group of young players out to a lengthy dinner, offering the Yankees hopefuls an opportunity to ask questions on a variety of topics. Rodriguez and the prospects..." February 24

  • Jose Fernandez Married His H.S. Sweetheart in 2012

    TMZ "We now know why Jose Fernandez's marital status was listed as divorced in his death certificate -- he wasn't even old enough to drink when he got married back in 2012. TMZ Sports did some digging and according to the marriage license we've obtained ... Jose and Alejandra Baleato Marichal got..." February 24

  • Orioles executive: Trump should apologize before throwing out a first pitch

    USA Today "A Baltimore Orioles executive says he'd prefer President Trump not throw out a first pitch at Camden Yards without first apologizing for statements that could be viewed as problematic "from a race, ethnicity, religious, gender, disability" standpoint. John Angelos, son of owner Peter Angelos..." February 24

  • Don Mattingly’s solution to speeding up baseball: Draft guys who don’t strikeout

    Sportsnaut "Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly was one of the best contact hitters during his 14-year career with the New York Yankees. The former first baseman never struck out more than 43 times in a single season. Now, as a manger on the bench, Mattingly decided he wanted to chime in on the whole..." February 24

  • Jose Fernandez Death Certificate Reveals He Was Divorced

    TMZ "Jose Fernandez was divorced at one point in his life, but it's unclear to whom he was married ... according to his death certificate. TMZ Sports obtained the document and his marital status is crystal clear -- DIVORCED. It's interesting ... we know Jose had a pregnant girlfriend when he died..." February 24

  • Romneys, who bid on Marlins, in talks to buy piece of Yankees

    Fanrag Sports "The Romney family is bidding to buy a small stake in the Yankees months after their try for the Marlins stalled. If the deal goes through, it is expected to be $25 million to $30 million per percentage point and thought to be interested in one or two percentage points. The Yankees are valued..." February 24

  • At 38, Jimmy Rollins determined to make the Giants: 'I don't have a Plan B'

    USA Today "Jimmy Rollins is the man baseball doesn’t want around. He represents old-school. The aging veteran who already had his glory, and is supposed to be gone, with only his memories hanging around. But in today's era where veterans are in their mid-20s, clubhouse conversation consists of Twitter..." February 24

  • MLBPA’s Clark: Martin understandably angry to miss WBC

    Sportsnet "Tony Clark expressed disappointment over the insurance complications that will prevent Russell Martin from playing in the upcoming World Baseball Classic Friday. After a particularly long two hour, 20 minute meeting with Toronto Blue Jays players, the MLBPA’s executive director discussed a wide..." February 24

  • Pedro Strop and Cubs agree to one-year extension

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs and reliever Pedro Strop reached an agreement Friday on a one-year extension for 2018 with a club option. Strop, who avoided an arbitration hearing by agreeing to a $5.5 million deal two weeks ago, will earn $5.85 million in 2018 with a $6.25 million option for 2019. Strop..." February 24

  • The Dodgers asked the Tigers about Justin Verlander this offseason

    Hardball Talk "File this under “man, that would’ve been cool.” Or, if you’re a Tigers fan, file it under “man, that would’ve signaled several years of misery.” However you fall on the matter, however, know that, according to Jon Heyman, the Dodgers inquired about trading for Justin Verlander over the..." February 24

  • Josh Hamilton on setback with knee: ‘My confidence hasn’t wavered at all’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Josh Hamilton insists there’s no discouragement whatsoever over a recent setback involving his surgically repaired left knee. The Texas Rangers veteran returned to Houston after leaving camp on Wednesday to have the knee examined by Dr. Walt Lowe, who performed his ACL reconstructive surgery on..." February 24

  • MLB veterans chafe at Rob Manfred's vision: Always 'some stupid new rule'

    USA Today "Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred insists he’s simply trying to be proactive, thinking that new rules to speed up his sport will provide more action and keep Millennials engaged. Among those who play the game, however, Manfred has provoked only disgust. Manfred wants the..." February 24

  • Max Scherzer still can’t throw fastballs

    Hardball Talk "The Nationals will be many people’s favorites in the NL East this season. Not everything is looking great, however. For example, their ace — defending NL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer — can’t even throw fastballs right now. The reason: the stress fracture he suffered last August is still causing..." February 24

  • Red Sox's $72.5 million man Rusney Castillo is already in John Farrell's doghouse

    Boston Herald "John Henry paid more for Triple-A outfielder Rusney Castillo than he did the Boston Globe. At least the Globe delivers. A $72.5 million bust, Castillo couldn’t even run out a ground ball in the very first Red Sox exhibition of the year — against a college team, no less. The Sox won 9-6..." February 24

  • Brewers' Villar passed on extension offer in $20M range

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Brewers “floated” an extension offer around $20 million to infielder Jonathan Villar, but the 25-year-old turned it down. Villar broke out last season, batting .285/.369/.457 with 19 home runs, 63 RBI, 92 runs scored, and a major league best 62..." February 24

  • Nationals trying to trade Derek Norris

    Number Fire "Washington Nationals catcher Derek Norris will likely be traded after the club signed free agent catcher Matt Wieters, manager Dusty Baker said on Tuesday. What It Means: Norris was acquired in a trade with the San Diego Padres at the beginning of December, but the Nationals apparently didn't..." February 24

  • Braves agree to minor-league deal with former NFLer Commings

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have agreed to sign former NFL defensive back Sanders Commings to a minor league contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Rosenthal wrote earlier this month that the former Kansas City Chiefs and University of Georgia corner had interest in pursuing a baseball career..." February 24

  • Rockies' Chad Bettis announces he's cancer-free: 'Today was a big day for me'

    MLB.com "Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis loves operating on the outskirts early in Spring Training. But his health report was in the spotlight for good reason Wednesday. Bettis has periodic checkups since undergoing surgery for testicular cancer in late November. He had blood work done Tuesday, and..." February 24

  • Justin Verlander says the AL and NL should have the same rules, would ditch DH

    CBS Sports "Those approaching hoof-beats? They belong to This, Our Baseball, and any time baseball is the matter at hand we’re honor-bound to thunder about the designated hitter. CBS Sports has learned that the AL uses the DH and the NL doesn’t, and that this has been the case since 1973. This stark..." February 23

  • Cubs Claim They're Done With Sammy Sosa Forever After Latest Weird Interview

    12 Up "​Sammy Sosa was one of the best power hitters of his time and nothing was more exciting than the home run battle between Mark McGwire and him in 1998. However, on the final day of the 2004 season, Sosa left the stadium before the game even started, and that is the exact moment his relationship..." February 23

  • Rangers, Rougned Odor Making New Push For Extension

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers and the reps for second baseman Rougned Odor have undertaken renewed efforts to reach agreement on a long-term deal, according to a report from Jon Heyman of Fan Rag. It’s not clear just how likely it is that the sides will see eye to eye, but Heyman says there’s “at least a bit of..." February 23

  • Kate Upton: No sex with Justin Verlander before games

    Sporting News "Kate Upton has revealed Justin Verlander's strict rules for sex. During an appearance on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" on Wednesday night, the engaged model apparently didn't mind sharing intimate information about her relationship with the Detroit Tigers pitcher. "There's no sex before..." February 23

  • David Ortiz might join Red Sox broadcast team this season

    WEEI Boston "There are two ways to interpret David Ortiz’s beach selfie from over the weekend: Either the slugger is enjoying his retirement, or he misses baseball dearly and wants affirmation that he made the right decision to walk away. Regardless, Ortiz will be around Fenway Park this season –– and may..." February 23

  • Giants pay off AT&T Park, prepare for another playoff run

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Giants made no announcement. Threw no party. Orchestrated no conga line through Willie Mays Plaza. On Dec. 15, six days after their news conference to introduce Mark Melancon as their $62 million closer, the Giants made the final payment on AT&T Park. The 20-year mortgage on the $170..." February 23

  • Yankees’ Joe Girardi believes earpieces would help speed up pace of play

    Fanrag Sports "Earlier in the week, Major League Baseball elected to remove the four-pitch sequence of the intentional walk from the game in order to speed up the pace of play. On Thursday, New York Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi threw his two cents into the ring regarding the current pace of play. However, the..." February 23

  • Francona's health will determine how long he manages Tribe

    MLB.com "In four years at the helm, manager Terry Francona has guided the Indians to two postseason appearances and one American League pennant. Based on what they have on their current roster, the Indians are expected to go deep in the postseason again this October. Francona, 57, has entered his 17th..." February 23

  • Don Mattingly: If hitters were afraid to strike out it would speed up play

    ESPN "Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly thinks reversing the tolerance for strikeouts would speed the pace of play. "Analytically, a few years back nobody cared about the strikeout, so it's OK to strike out 150, 160, 170 times, and that guy's still valued in a big way," Mattingly said. "Well, as..." February 23

  • Blue Jays’ Russell Martin sounds off on MLB rule changes

    Sportsnet "As a steady rain pushed back the start of Thursday’s workouts for the Toronto Blue Jays, a group of players sitting by the TV debated the looming introduction of the automatic intentional walk and other rule changes. Sarcastically, Russell Martin chimed in and suggested that if Major League..." February 23

  • Sammy Sosa compares himself to Jesus talking about PED accusations

    Sportsnaut "Once one of the most feared sluggers in MLB, former Chicago Cubs star Sammy Sosa is an outsider these days. He was on the outside looking in when the Cubbies finally won the World Series last year, and his relationship with the franchise remains toxic. No jersey retirement for the man who hit..." February 22

  • Josh Hamilton leaves Rangers camp for exam on left knee

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Josh Hamilton has flown to Houston to see his orthopedist after experiencing pain Tuesday in his reconstructed left knee. He felt the discomfort while running arcs on the outfield grass during the Texas Rangers’ first full-squad workout of spring training. The Rangers’ training staff consulted..." February 22

  • Padres considering new way to use SP depth

    MLB.com "The Padres are already tinkering with a few outside-the-box ideas to try this season. They entered camp with Christian Bethancourt as a pitcher/catcher/outfielder hybrid. They're going to try putting their two best defensive outfielders in the corners during Cactus League play. And they..." February 22

  • No more excuses. GM Jeff Bridich insists it’s time Rockies show this is “truly a playoff team.”

    Denver Post "This is the year we finally find out if Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich knows what he’s doing. This is the team that will begin to define him, as either one of baseball’s bright young minds or just another guy who can’t figure out how to win at Coors Field. In his third season on the job,..." February 22

  • Alex Rodriguez Embraces New Role at Yankees’ Camp

    New York Times "Alex Rodriguez was a recognizable sight as he made his way onto the diamond at Steinbrenner Field on Tuesday: pinstriped pant legs hiked up to just below the knee, dark blue practice jersey with No. 13 on the back, wraparound sunglasses shading his eyes, a packet of sunflower seeds. A crowd of..." February 22

  • Twins pitcher barfs before almost every appearance

    Hardball Talk "Twins righty Ryan O'Rourke has pitched in 54 big league games. He has barfed before almost every one of them. No, really: Through his first 54 big-league outings over the last past two years, O’Rourke estimates he emptied the contents of his stomach close to every time. “I don’t do it in..." February 22

  • Sammy Sosa speaks, but the Cubs aren’t listening

    Chicago Tribune "Sammy Sosa speaks about as often as the Sphinx these days, but when he does have something to say it’s usually over the top and ready to go viral. On Tuesday, Sosa chose an unusual outlet, a personal blog former Cubs media relations employee Chuck Wasserstrom writes, to relay his thoughts on..." February 22

  • Jung-Ho Kang: “I deeply regret what I have done”

    Hardball Talk "Pirates third baseman Jung-Ho Kang was in court in South Korea today to face DUI charges. He admitted to them in court and threw himself on the mercy of public opinion afterward, speaking to Yonhap News: “I deeply regret what I have done. If I can get one last chance, I will become an exemplary..." February 22

  • ‘The Simpsons’ to be honored at Baseball Hall of Fame for 25th anniversary of ‘Homer at the Bat’

    New York Daily News "Homer Simpson is going to Cooperstown. The National Baseball Hall of Fame will honor “The Simpsons” in May, 25 years after the baseball-themed episode “Homer at the Bat.” The February 1992 episode — which included guest appearances by MLB superstars Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey Jr., Ozzie Smith,..." February 22

  • David Wright won’t start playing third until at least mid-March

    New York Post "David Wright’s buildup to playing third base in an exhibition game could take about three weeks. The Mets captain played catch for the second time this spring Tuesday and is expected to see action at DH over the weekend in the Grapefruit League. But manager Terry Collins pinpointed mid-March as..." February 22

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Pedro Martinez Still Thinks David Ortiz Will Come Back This Season

    12 Up "​Say what now?! Last season, fans across baseball were forced to say goodbye to one of the league's best, as David Ortiz called it a career after an amazing 20 seasons in the MLB. However, many believed that Big Papi simply could not stay away from the game, and would return eventually. If..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • Yankees jack up ticket prices for Derek Jeter Night

    New York Daily News "If you’re planning on seeing Derek Jeter’s number retired, looks like you are going to be dealing with the Mother of all ticket increases. The Yankees website shows ticket prices for the May 14 (Mother’s Day) game against the Astros at 7:30 p.m. ranging from $90 bleacher seats to $500 Field..." February 22

  • Alex Rodriguez says 'zero' chance he'll play again as he arrives at Yankees spring training as a special instructor

    New York Daily News "There’s a zero percent chance A-Rod ever plays again, but he’s still adding millions to his bank account during spring training. After spending his first day as a $21 million special instructor for the Yankees at spring training, Rodriguez confirmed his retirement and said he gave “zero”..." February 21

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Eric Hosmer: “I Never Said Anything About A 10-Year Deal”

    MLB Trade Rumors "While the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer will discuss a contract extension until Opening Day, there’s only a “remote” chance a deal will come together by then, per Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star. Kansas City has “been nothing but supportive,” Hosmer said Monday, but Dodd writes that..." February 21

  • Scherzer frustrated injured finger hasn't healed yet

    Masn "Until Max Scherzer can throw pain-free, he won’t be throwing off a mound. The Nationals right-hander is slowly progressing in his recovery from a hairline facture of the knuckle on the ring finger of his throwing hand. So far in camp, he’s been limited to long tossing on flat ground and..." February 21

  • Sammy Sosa has some regrets but won't beg for return

    ESPN "Billy Williams, Ryne Sandberg, Kerry Wood ... many former Chicago Cubs legends took part in the 2016 World Series celebration, but one was noticeably absent: Sammy Sosa. And from what he's saying, a reunion isn't likely anytime soon. Former Cubs media relations employee Chuck Wasserstrom spoke..." February 21

  • Matt Wieters, Nationals agree to 2-year deal

    ESPN "The Washington Nationals have reached agreement with former Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters on a two-year, $21 million deal, a source confirmed to ESPN's Jim Bowden on Tuesday. The deal is for $10 million in 2017 and $11 million for 2018, for which Wieters can opt out, a source confirmed..." February 21

  • Encarnacion: Blue Jays were ‘too hasty’ with free agent decision

    Sportsnet "For the first time in years Edwin Encarnacion is not in Blue Jays camp for spring training. But the new Cleveland Indians slugger maintains that Toronto was his first choice and says the Blue Jays were “too hasty” during his free agency this past off-season. “Toronto was always my first option,..." February 21