• Yankees will have competition for Cuba’s next big slugger

    New York Post "Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother, Lourdes, were said to have defected from Cuba in several reports. Before exiting, Yulieski generally was viewed as the best player left in Cuba — a middle-of-the-order mainstay for years for the national team. It could be months until either signs, but..." February 09

  • Jays sign Josh Donaldson to two-year deal

    Toronto Star "The Blue Jays steered clear of a potentially ugly confrontation with star third baseman Josh Donaldson, inking him to a two-year deal Monday night worth about $29-million and avoiding an arbitration hearing scheduled for next Monday. The signing was first reported on Twitter by Sportsnet. The..." February 09

  • Rays happy with roster, could still make moves to improve

    Tampa Bay Times "With two weeks until the opening of spring training, the Rays feel good about their roster, especially their depth and versatility. Assuming all key players make it through spring, the only thing they seemingly have to do by April is find a way to dispose of 1B James Loney, who is said to be in..." February 09

  • Marcus Stroman's vision for life beyond baseball: 'I want a lane in everything'

    USA Today "You look into Marcus Stroman’s brown eyes, see that powerful energy, feel his passion, and suddenly realize how deftly he can fit a lifetime worth of experiences into less than a one-year span. Spend just a few moments with the 24-year-old and you understand his zeal to become baseball’s finest..." February 09

  • 27m
    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    Astros beat jason Castro in arbitration

  • 3h
    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    Royals are still talking to WS MVP Salvy Perez in hopes of extending and reworking his original (read as awful) contract

  • 3h
    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    Lincecum’s agt, Rick Thurman, going to Az to watch client coming off hip surgery throw Wed. Then will determine when to do showcase in Tempe

  • 2h
    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    #Rays are still bargain shopping. But barring a change of heart, Ian Desmond is a long shot. They don't want to give up draft pick.

  • Orioles sign Rafael Palmeiro's son, Patrick, to minor league deal

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles made a small move last week by signing a big-name independent league player, adding Patrick Palmeiro, son of former slugger Rafael Palmeiro, to a minor league contract. Patrick Palmeiro, 26, played in 2015 for the Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters of the Atlantic League after three..." February 09

  • MLB, union closer to rule change for slides into second base

    ESPN "Progress has been made in Major League Baseball's effort to change the rules about slides into second base, which drew more attention late the past season after devastating leg injuries were suffered by the Pittsburgh Pirates' Jung Ho Kang and the New York Mets' Ruben Tejada, sources told..." February 09

  • Tigers and J.D. Martinez agree to a two-year, $18.5 million deal

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Tigers and outfielder J.D. Martinez have reportedly reached a deal. The two sides have agreed to a 2-year, $18.5-million deal, according to multiple reports, avoiding arbitration this year and next year. The deal is pending a physical." February 09

  • Report: Arizona Diamondbacks sign reliever Tyler Clippard

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks added to their bullpen Monday. Clippard, 30, pitched for the New York Mets and Oakland A’s last season, posting a 5-4 record with 19 saves and a 2.92 ERA. Prior to that, he spent seven seasons with the Washington Nationals, during which time he earned a reputation for..." February 08

  • Everyone will be interested in Bryce Harper

    SB Nation "Is it too early to start talking about the idea of Bryce Harper on the open market, breaking free agency and getting enough money to build an underground lair? According to the Internet, it is not. Jeff Passan suggests the Yankees might have Harper in their long-term plans. Jonah Keri wrote back..." February 08

  • O'Flaherty narrows possible destination to 4 teams

    The Score "Eric O'Flaherty is almost set to make a decision about his free agency. The left-handed reliever has reportedly shortened his list of suitors to four teams and should sign with one by the weekend, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick." February 08

  • 17h
    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Sources: Orioles, 2 other teams in talks for Yovani Gallardo. Rockies not thought to be in the mix.

  • Schilling thought ESPN might fire him, donation form shows

    The Score "Suspended for making insensitive comments through his Twitter account in late August, pitcher turned analyst Curt Schilling apparently believed his tenure with ESPN would end as a result. Schilling posted, then quickly deleted, a tweet that likened Muslim extremists to Nazis. ESPN responded..." February 08

  • The Red Sox offseason could take them from worst to first

    MLB Daily Dish "Dave Dombrowski was relieved of duties by the Detroit Tigers at the beginning of August. By mid-August, he had accepted a promotion to President of Baseball Operations with the Boston Red Sox. From that point, it was clear that Red Sox ownership was looking to move on from Ben Cherington, and he..." February 08

  • Cubs-Yankees Twitter battle gets personal

    The Score "The Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees won't meet this season - unless both teams reach the World Series - but that didn't prevent two of MLB's oldest clubs from renewing hostilities over the Internet on Monday. What began as one Yankees fan's simple preference turned into a Twitter battle..." February 08

  • Delmon Young accused of choking, threatening to kill valet attendant in Miami

    Local 10 "A Major League Baseball player was arrested Sunday night in Miami after he choked and threatened to kill a valet attendant, police said. Delmon Young, 30, faces a battery charge after the alleged incident at the Viceroy Miami. According to a Miami police report, Young grabbed a valet..." February 08

  • Cuba's Gurriel brothers believed to have defected

    MLB.com "Two top players from the most famous baseball family in Cuba are not expected to return to the island. Brothers Lourdes Gurriel Jr., 22, and Yulieski Gurriel, 31, are believed to have defected from Cuba's Ciego de Avila team following the Caribbean Series that concluded Sunday in order to seek..." February 08

  • Teams reluctant to gamble on Cliff Lee

    Hardball Talk "In Saturday’s column for the Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo suggests that free agent Cliff Lee is seeking a guaranteed major league deal between $6 and $8 million plus incentives. That is turning some otherwise interested teams away, as the lefty is still recovering from a torn flexor tendon in his..." February 08

  • Yankees' Alex Rodriguez a future manager? 1 teammate thinks so

    Newark Star-Ledger "From the moment Alex Rodriguez arrived in the majors as a teenager, his love for the game of baseball has been evident. Even through scandal, suspension and turmoil, the Yankees star has always seemed most comfortable at the park and around the game. While his playing career will end soon..." February 08

  • Indians close to signing ex-Nationals reliever Craig Stammen

    Hardball Talk "Right-hander Craig Stammen, who spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Nationals, is expected to sign with the Indians. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Indians “hope to finalize a deal” with Stammen today, adding veteran depth to the bullpen. It’ll likely be a..." February 08

  • Diamondbacks making progress with Clippard

    Arizona Republic "The Diamondbacks have been in contact with free-agent reliever Tyler Clippard and the club believes it has made progress toward a deal, a source said Monday. After the Jean Segura/Aaron Hill trade late last month saved the Diamondbacks around $4 million, the club took another look at the..." February 08

  • Agent: Qualifying offer had dramatic impact on Kendrick deal

    The Score "The agent for Howie Kendrick believes his client's earning potential was handicapped this winter due to the league's current qualifying offer system. Kendrick declined the Los Angeles Dodgers' initial one-year, $15.8-million qualifying offer in November in order to try to find a more lucrative..." February 07

  • Halladay proud he 'played the game the right way'

    Tampa Bay Times "Roy Halladay was thrilled along with the other honorees at Saturday's Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame induction, more so since he was a pitcher. And he showed he still had his fastball, explaining why he spoke out on Twitter last month against Hall of Fame candidates Roger Clemens and Barry..." February 07

  • Garcia to bid farewell in Caribbean finale

    MLB.com "Former Major League pitcher Freddy Garcia will end his career the same way he started it: On the mound representing Venezuela with the baseball hopes of a nation riding on his right arm. Garcia, who announced his retirement from Winter League play in Venezuela last month and has not pitched in..." February 07

  • Should the Red Sox sign Bogaerts or Betts to an extension?

    Boston Globe "In an offseason in which the Red Sox’ work was essentially done in December, a question looms: Why hasn’t the team had a bells-and-whistles press conference to announce an extension with either Xander Bogaerts or Mookie Betts? Such a line of inquiry is a bit misleading, of course, since it..." February 07

  • Yovani Gallardo again under consideration for the Orioles

    Masn "Just when it appeared that the Orioles had no interest in surrendering their first pick in the draft, they definitely are reconsidering as right-hander Yovani Gallardo remains on the free agent market. The latest shift in thinking apparently has occurred within the past week. They're checking..." February 07

  • Reds hire Lou Pinella as a senior advisor to baseball operations

    Hardball Talk "The Reds announced on Twitter that the club has hired former manager Lou Pinella in a consultant capacity as a senior advisor to baseball operations. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer adds that Pinella will also spend time with the team at spring training." February 07

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    Jesse Sanchez @JesseSanchezMLB

    Alexei Bell & Yordanis Linares workout Feb. 15 & 16th respectively at 10 AM at field @ Universidad Autonoma De Baja California in Mexicali.

  • Blue Jays add former manager Wedge to front office

    The Score "Another familiar face who gained notoriety with the Cleveland Indians organization is joining the Toronto Blue Jays. Former Indians and Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge has been hired by the Blue Jays as a player development advisor." February 07

  • 3d
    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Jesse Chavez won his arbitration case with the #BlueJays and will make $4 million this season.

  • Blue Jays add to rotation depth by signing Gavin Floyd

    CBS Sports "The Blue Jays on Saturday announced that they've signed veteran right-hander Gavin Floyd to a one-year contract that will pay him $1 million for 2016 with the opportunity for additional incentives. Floyd, 33, has worked a total of just 92 innings over the last three seasons because of elbow..." February 06

  • Harvey initially thought DeGrom was a woman

    The Score "Jacob deGrom's long locks have made him the envy of many, and apparently caused some confusion with one of his New York Mets teammates when he was first called up to the majors in 2014. Appearing on "Late Night with Seth Myers" on Wednesday, Matt Harvey recanted the first time he saw DeGrom and..." February 06

  • Diamondbacks, Rays among teams in on Tyler Clippard

    CBS Sports "From 2009-15, free agent right-hander Tyler Clippard was one of the best relievers in all of baseball. He posted a 2.68 ERA (147 ERA+) with a 3.52 FIP during that time while averaging 75 innings per season. Clippard was very effective and also a workhorse. And yet, Clippard remains unsigned..." February 06

  • Jake Arrieta, Cubs agree on $10.7 million, one-year deal

    Chicago Tribune "Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta has agreed to a $10.7 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with the highest one-year deal for a pitcher with four years of major league service. A person familiar with the negotiations disclosed the agreement on Friday night. The person spoke to The..." February 06

  • Jays to explore extensions for Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion

    ESPN "Jose Bautista wants to play his entire career for the Toronto Blue Jays, and the team intends to explore an extension that could make that happen once both sides arrive in spring training later this month, sources told ESPN on Friday. Bautista, 35, told the Canadian Press on Thursday that he..." February 06

  • Orioles Avoid Arbitration With Zach Britton

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles have agreed to a $6.75MM salary to avoid arbitration with closer Zach Britton, Jon Heyman reports on Twitter. He was projected by MLBTR to earn $6.9MM, and his ultimate settlement point lands at the precise midpoint between his $7.9MM and the club’s $5.6MM filing numbers. " February 06

  • Suddenly frugal Yankees playing long game with eye on Bryce Harper

    Yahoo! Sports "Here is the list of major league free agents signed this offseason by the New York Yankees: This is not a terribly overwhelming list. It is very pale. On the bright side, it has cost the Yankees exactly $0. No other team in Major League Baseball this offseason has spent the winter not even..." February 05

  • Reds hire Lou Piniella as senior advisor

    Red Reporter "If there's one thing the Cincinnati Reds have been good at for the last two years, it's been playing baseball bringing back hearty memories of the good old days. That trend continued on Friday when it was announced that they'd agreed to bring on former manager Lou Piniella as a senior advisor, as..." February 05

  • Royals or Mets? Who has the better chance to return to the World Series in 2016?

    Fox Sports "With pitchers and catchers set to report to spring training in just two weeks, it's time for every fan base to dream big -- even if contending is merely a dream for some of them. For the two teams that played into November, however, there are legitimate reasons to believe they can return to the..." February 05

  • Mark Shapiro tasked with winning over weary Jays fans

    Vice Sports "Many Blue Jays fans are still trying to figure out how they should feel about this year's team. The 2015 Jays took them on an exhilarating ride for two-and-a-half magical months. It was so new, and so much fun, that they ached to keep the magic alive in the offseason. David Price is gone? So..." February 05

  • Don't credit tanking for the success of Cubs and Astros

    ESPN "August Fagerstrom presented a good table of information over at FanGraphs, showing the current 40-man roster construction of all 30 teams -- including how many players were acquired via the amateur draft, trade, free agency, international signings and waivers. One thing I found particularly..." February 05

  • 3d
    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    The Giants have had discussions with Juan Uribe about a utility role, but the salary ask has been too expensive for them.

  • David Price gives $300,000 for field for special-needs kids

    Tennessean "Major league pitcher David Price on Thursday celebrated fundraising efforts for a Miracle Field for disabled ball players by donating $300,000. “It’s special,” Price told several dozen people gathered at the SportCom gym that’s within McKnight Park, where he competed as a young baseball..." February 05

  • Josh Donaldson arbitration hearing set

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays arbitration hearing with MVP third baseman Josh Donaldson is set for Feb. 15, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, giving the two sides 10 days to agree on a multi-year deal. If Donaldson and the Jays can't get a deal done by Feb. 15, then they will have to face an..." February 05

  • Citi Field and Yankee Stadium Could Become Off Limits to Smokeless Tobacco

    New York Times "Quietly during the 2015 baseball season, Major League Baseball and the players’ union jointly hired Dr. Michael Steinberg, the director of the Rutgers University tobacco-dependence program, to serve as a consultant to the sport. If any player or other club employee wanted to quit using smokeless..." February 05

  • Blue Jays reach agreement on deal with RHP Gavin Floyd

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays continue to build up their pitching depth, reaching agreement on a contract with right-hander Gavin Floyd, according to industry sources. Specific details of the pending deal weren’t immediately known, but it reconnects Floyd – who threw 13.1 innings over seven relief..." February 05

  • Padres' Fernando Rodney: Named favorite to close

    CBS Sports "Manager A.J. Preller indicated Thursday that Rodney continues to display velocity consistent with previous seasons, and appears to be the favorite for the closer job, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The 38-year-old reliever struggled in the role with the Mariners last season,..." February 05