• Agent: Christian Yelich 'needs to get on with his career'

    ESPN "Christian Yelich's relationship with the Miami Marlins is "irretrievably broken," and it would be in the best interests of both the outfielder and the organization if the Marlins trade him before the start of spring training, his agent told ESPN on Tuesday. Yelich, 26, is the Marlins' most..." January 16

  • With no MLB offer, Ichiro might return to Japan

    MLB.com "The Major League Baseball career of Ichiro Suzuki may be fading to black, the video term for the end of a production or show. At 44 years old, Ichiro has been pitched this offseason to most of the 30 Major League teams, thus far without any success. Spring Training is less than a month away...." January 16

  • Mets passed at the chance to trade for Andrew McCutchen

    CBS Sports "On Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded franchise cornerstone Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants as part of a three-player deal. But before the Pirates and Giants reached an agreement -- and before the New York Mets signed Jay Bruce -- the Pirates and Mets discussed a potential swap for..." January 16

  • Derek Jeter wants to get rid of the Marlins’ home run sculpture

    Miami Herald "Derek Jeter may get an assist from Miami-Dade in ridding Marlins Park of its kitschy home run sculpture, which the new owner and the county’s mayor both want removed. “I just don’t think they’re all that crazy about it,” Mayor Carlos Gimenez said after meeting with Jeter and other front-office..." January 16

  • Bochy says McCutchen will play RF

    KNBR "It appears we now have an answer to where recently acquired outfielder Andrew McCutchen will play in AT&T Park. McCutchen will be in centerfield as he has for much of his career, and will instead play a corner outfield spot — likely right field — according to reports from Buster Olney and Alex..." January 16

  • Royals pitcher Danny Duffy pleads guilty to DUI in Overland Park

    kctv5.com "Royals pitcher Danny Duffy has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Overland Park and has been placed on a year's probation. Sean Reilly, a spokesman for the city of Overland Park, Kansas, said Tuesday that Duffy entered the plea last week and will pay $1,220 in fines and court..." January 16

  • Giants still have work to do even after adding Longoria, McCutchen

    CBS Sports "With Spring Training only four weeks away, no team has done more to improve their roster this offseason than the San Francisco Giants. They went 64-98 last season, tied for the worst record in baseball, and they've responded by adding Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen this winter. If nothing..." January 16

  • Yankees sign Wade LeBlanc to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Wade LeBlanc to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. He can opt out of his deal at the end of spring training and if he makes the major league roster, he will earn a $1 million salary. LeBlanc, 33,..." January 16

  • Is the cost of landing Yu Darvish worth it for the Yankees?

    SNY TV "The New York Yankees are firmly and legitimately back in win-now mode. They claim year after year to be ready to compete for a championship, but the truth is the last couple of seasons there were more questions than answers. However, courtesy of an extended 2017 postseason run and the addition..." January 16

  • The Giants are looking at Jarrod Dyson for center field

    Hardball Talk "The Giants, you have have heard, picked up Andrew McCutchen yesterday. As things currently stand, McCutchen is first on the depth chart at center field. That’s probably a placeholder situation, though, because (a) McCutchen really shouldn’t be playing center field anymore; and (b) the Giants know..." January 16

  • Padres owner on Eric Hosmer offer: 'We like it. I don't know if Mr. Boras likes it.'

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler indicated Tuesday the team is not planning significant changes to its offer to free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer. The Union-Tribune reported earlier this month that the Padres had presented agent Scott Boras with a seven-year deal worth less than $140..." January 16

  • Josh Harrison wants to be traded if Pirates not serious about contending

    The Athletic "Josh Harrison wants to play for a winner. In a statement released Tuesday to The Athletic, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ All-Star, super-utility man responded to the team’s trades of pitcher Gerrit Cole and center fielder Andrew McCutchen by saying he would prefer to be traded if the team does not..." January 16

  • The veteran trade that would solve a lot of Yankees’ issues

    New York Post "No roster can be made bulletproof — after all, the long season will expose every weakness and create new ones via injury and/or under-performance. That does not deter clubs from trying to address vulnerable areas. The Yankees know they might be good enough to line up with what they have now and..." January 16

  • Rays' Chris Archer to Yankees?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Yankees lost out on the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes, but that doesn't mean the pursuit of an impact young arm is over. During the Yankees-Cole rumors bonanza, New York was linked to several other young, controllable starters such as Detroit's Michael Fulmer, Arizona's Patrick Corbin and Tampa..." January 16

  • Nicholas Castellanos takes top spot on the Detroit Tigers' trade block

    Detroit Free Press "It was bound to happen again sooner or later. Barring a surprising meeting of the minds, the Tigers will attend their first salary arbitration hearing with a player since 2001. That player is shortstop Jose Iglesias, whose days in Detroit are numbered and who valued his services next season at..." January 16

  • Jimmy Nelson ahead of schedule in shoulder recovery

    MLB.com "Here's news that will not surprise anyone who has met the man or watched him hustle from task to task around the Brewers' clubhouse: Jimmy Nelson is ahead of schedule in his comeback from shoulder surgery. Way ahead of schedule. Originally slated to begin a throwing program at the start of..." January 16

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Why Adrian Gonzalez can bother the Mets’ clubhouse

    New York Post "Adrian Gonzalez will bring a big résumé and personality to the Mets’ clubhouse, but also the potential for controversy. The 35-year-old first baseman, who agreed to terms with the club on a one-year contract over the weekend — the Mets will pay him only the minimum salary on the $22.4 million..." January 16

  • Detroit Tigers' trades looking better in hindsight

    Detroit Free Press "Now, perhaps, some further perspective can be added to the Detroit Tigers’ trades last summer. Over the past few days, the Pirates have unofficially joined the Tigers as one of baseball’s rebuilding teams, going the way general manager Al Avila did last season and the Marlins’ new ownership did..." January 16

  • Nobody will win in Mookie Betts arbitration gamble

    Boston Herald "It’s one thing to go to salary arbitration with a reliever by the name of Fernando Abad, like the Red Sox did last year. It’s quite another for the Sox to enter a room with the heart, soul and future of their organization — that’s Mookie Betts — and then say to his face all the ways they don’t..." January 16

  • Blue Jays sign Curtis Granderson to one-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have signed outfielder Curtis Granderson to a one-year contract, industry sources tell Sportsnet. The deal is worth $5 million with incentives for playing time. The 36-year-old, who will turn 37 by Opening Day, split last season between the New York Mets and Los Angeles..." January 15

  • Giants, Pirates Agree To Andrew McCutchen Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates and Giants are in agreement on a trade that will send outfielder Andrew McCutchen from Pittsburgh to San Francisco, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweets. The deal is pending review of medical records.. Jon Heyman and Robert Murray of FanRag had recently reported that talks between the..." January 15

  • Yadier Molina plans to retire after 2020 season

    Sportsnaut "The career of one of the decade’s best baseball players now has a definitive finish line. St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina announced on Monday that he’s planning on retiring after the 2020 season. That would take Molina through the end of his contract that will pay him $60 million over..." January 15

  • Report: Brewers pursuing both Jake Arrieta, Mike Moustakas

    Larry Brown Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly after a pair of All-Star free agents. According to The Athletic’s Jim Bowden on Monday, the Brewers are pursuing both Chicago Cubs righty Jake Arrieta and Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. Bowden also says that a Moustakas signing could be a..." January 15

  • Never more popular, Cubs eyeing their own network after 2019 season

    Awful Announcing "No Major League Baseball team (or any sports organization, for that matter) wants to leave money on the table. When the opportunity presents itself to maximize profits, teams and their owners are going to pounce on that additional revenue. Crane Kenney, the Chicago Cubs president of business..." January 15

  • Report: Pirates sign Felipe Rivero to four-year contract extension

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million. Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement..." January 15

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Report: Brewers sign South Korean first baseman Ji-Man Choi to minor-league deal

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "According to a report out of South Korea, the Brewers have signed slugging first baseman Ji-Man Choi to a minor-league deal with an invitation to big-league spring training, presumably to add depth at that position. The Brewers have not made an announcement, but South Korean journalist Sung Min..." January 15

  • Miguel Cabrera faces a paternity hearing on eve of spring training. He's asked a judge to bar media.

    Michigan Live "One day before the first Detroit Tigers report to Lakeland, Fla., for spring training, star first baseman Miguel Cabrera is scheduled to be 60 miles away in Orlando for a hearing in an ongoing paternity case. A judge will soon rule whether media will be allowed in the courtroom to view..." January 15

  • Yankees can create payroll flexibility to sign Yu Darvish by trading Jacoby Ellsbury, Clint Frazier to Giants

    New York Daily News "If the Yankees have any hope of trading Jacoby Ellsbury to help pave the way for signing Yu Darvish, they’ll probably have to include one of their best young players as an enticement. Most likely that means Clint Frazier, for the same reason Brian Cashman was willing to deal him for Gerrit..." January 15

  • Nationals Nearing Agreement With Howie Kendrick

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals are nearing a deal with infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter). The prospective contract would promise Kendrick $7MM over two years. If the contract is finalized, Kendrick will return to the place that he thrived in a..." January 15

  • Cubs know waiting for Bryce Harper and next winter's insane free-agent class is affecting baseball's offseason

    NBC Sports Chicago "You might have heard that baseball’s offseason has been slow. Dreadfully slow. Drive-you-crazy slow. What’s the deal? Well, one theory is that teams are hesitant to spend too much money this winter because they’re gearing up for next winter, when things will most definitely not be..." January 15

  • Willson Contreras: “I know that I’m going to be better than [Yadier Molina and Buster Posey].”

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs held their annual Cubs Convention over the weekend. There, catcher Willson Contreras explained that he used to study fellow catchers Yadier Molina and Buster Posey, but that isn’t the case anymore. Via Steve Greenberg of the Chicago Sun-Times, Contreras said, “I used to watch a lot of..." January 15

  • Red Sox have very few long long-term contracts on their books

    Boston Herald "Most of the Red Sox roster is under team control without any long-term commitment from the organization. The team currently has just eight players signed to long-term deals. They range from a staff ace to a platoon first baseman to a minor league outfielder. Here’s a breakdown: David..." January 15

  • Cubs continue to load up on players from Mexico: 'There’s more coming'

    Chicago Tribune "Recent international bonus limitations caused the Cubs to invest more heavily in Mexican talent, in which bonuses do not count toward a team’s international bonus pool. And the Cubs will continue to have a presence in Mexico while keeping a watch on Cuba. Three years ago, the Cubs gave an..." January 15

  • Cardinals exec feels there is 'momentum' for bringing the DH to the National League

    CBS Sports "At some point in the future, the designated hitter will be brought to the National League. I don't know if it'll happen in five years, or 10 years, or 50 years, but it'll happen eventually. It's inevitable. Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak is personally against bringing..." January 14

  • Cardinals interested in Chris Archer

    Hardball Talk "Discussions between the Cardinals and Rays have “centered on Chris Archer,” Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Nothing appears to be imminent, and it’s worth noting that trade talks between the two sides fizzled out last month. Still, as club president John Mozeliak suggested..." January 14

  • Hall of Fame umpire Harvey, 87, passes away

    MLB.com "Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey passed away, his wife, Joy, told MLB.com's Barry M. Bloom. He died on Saturday afternoon of natural causes at 87. Harvey was the ninth umpire elected to the Hall of Fame and one of the final Major League umpires who never attended an umpiring school. Over his 31..." January 14

  • For now, Mozeliak says Cardinals' bullpen is good enough

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As the Cardinals mapped their approach to this offseason and stirred internal debates about how to improve the roster from a third-place finish, executive John Mozeliak said his staff took a spin through lineup options, starter by starter, and “named them by name.” “They’re all good,” Mozeliak..." January 14

  • Kolten Wong relives Hawaii missile scare

    Snip Daily "St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong was busy Saturday participating in the team’s annual Winter Warm-Up in the gateway to the west. Further west, Wong’s homeland of Hawaii was seemingly under attack. For a good 30 minutes, citizens of the island state were frantically preparing for a..." January 14

  • Yankees, after passing on Gerrit Cole, now have real chance at getting Yu Darvish for ‘reasonable price’

    New York Daily News "So the Yankees didn’t get Gerrit Cole, who was traded to the Astros Saturday, but the package the Pirates received was underwhelming enough to make me think Brian Cashman has a bigger deal in mind. Yes, Yu Darvish. Two sources on Saturday night said Cashman’s interest in signing Darvish,..." January 14

  • Exploring The Trade Value Of Christian Yelich

    MLB Trade Rumors "The name of Marlins’ outfielder Christian Yelich is one that has popped up frequently in both trade rumors and trade speculation so far this offseason. The topic has certainly been covered at length (four links) here at MLBTR, and the frequency of Yelich mentions has continued to rise with each..." January 14

  • Jenrry Mejia expected to apply for reinstatement after 2016 lifetime ban

    SNY TV "Former Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia, who is suspended from the MLB for life after violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy three times, is expected to apply for reinstatement, according to Matt Ehalt of NorthJersey.com Mejia's ban was given to him on February 12, 2016. If his..." January 14

  • Report: Reds engaged in discussions with David Hernandez

    Hardball Talk "The Reds are engaged in “serious discussions” with free agent right-hander David Hernandez, according to Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Hernandez is one of several bullpen targets on the club’s radar this winter, though Buchanan points out that they’re still far from finalizing a deal..." January 14

  • MLB prospect expert weighs in on Pirates' haul for Cole

    CBS Sports "Earlier on Saturday, the Houston Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates struck a five-player deal. In return for ace Gerrit Cole, the Pirates nabbed pitchers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, as well as infielder Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin. To make sense of the deal, we asked Rotoworld's..." January 14

  • Mets, Adrian Gonzalez agree to deal: source

    New York Daily News "The Mets are adding some insurance at first base. The Amazin’s have agreed to terms with free agent Adrian Gonzalez pending a physical, a source confirmed to the Daily News. The veteran first baseman will likely split time at first depending on how much Dominic Smith, a 2013 first-round pick..." January 14

  • Pirates make mistake of selling low on Gerrit Cole now, and that will hurt them later

    Sporting News "The rich got richer Saturday night, as the Astros swung a deal for Pirates hurler Gerrit Cole. Houston, fresh off a World Series parade, now boasts a rotation featuring Cole, Dallas Keuchel, Justin Verlander, Lance McCullers and Charlie Morton, plus Brad Peacock wondering where he fits in...." January 14

  • Voit works toward adding outfielder to his Cardinals resumé

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "If you happened upon a recent Maryville baseball practice and thought, hey, that outfielder sure looks like Luke Voit, you are not losing it. The Cardinals' backup first baseman told the Post-Dispatch in November that he was going to tinker with corner outfield work in an attempt to diversify..." January 14

  • Gerrit Cole Reportedly Traded to Astros for Colin Moran, Joe Musgrove, More

    Bleacher Report "The Pittsburgh Pirates have finally decided to move on from Gerrit Cole after trading the right-handed pitcher to the Houston Astros on Saturday. Per Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, the Pirates will receive infielder Colin Moran and right-hander Joe Musgrove from the Astros for Cole. Jon..." January 13

  • After arbitration, Yankees projected to avoid luxury tax for 2018

    SNY TV "For the first time in 15 years, the Yankees are on track to stay under the luxury tax threshold. The Yankees have been public with their desire to get their 2018 payroll under $197 million. After agreeing to deals with eight players ahead of Friday's arbitration deadline, the Yankees 2018..." January 13