• Bryce Harper lobbies for Matt Wieters and Greg Holland

    Hardball Talk "Nothing is happening as the baseball world waits four more hours for the Hall of Fame announcement. Question: why do it at 6pm? For MLB Network ratings? Let’s be real, there are “Golden Girls” reruns on third-tier basic cable that are gonna draw a bigger audience. Why not announce it now so people..." January 18

  • Blue Jays officially sign Bautista to 1-year deal

    Toronto Sun "Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista decided to test the free-agent market this off-season. A return to the city where he blossomed into one of the game’s top sluggers turned out to be the best fit. The Blue Jays confirmed Wednesday that Bautista has re-signed with the team, agreeing to..." January 18

  • Hall & Votes: Who'll be on list tonight at 6?

    MLB.com "It might seem like another ordinary Wednesday in the middle of January, but baseball fans know that this Jan. 18 is much more than that. It's a date with history. The Major League season doesn't start for nearly three months, but it's Hall of Fame season, and on Wednesday, the 2017 class of..." January 18

  • Indians sign Guyer to 2-year contract

    Fox 8 Cleveland "Outfielder Brandon Guyer has signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Indians. The deal includes a club option for 2019. Guyer was acquired from Tampa Bay in a trade on Aug. 1 and he provided offensive punch and defensive depth down the stretch as the Indians won the AL Central and..." January 18

  • President Obama pardons Giants legend McCovey for tax evasion

    USA Today "One day after the Chicago Cubs jokingly “pardoned” President Obama for his White Sox fandom, the outgoing president issued a real pardon to baseball Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. McCovey was among the 273 commutations and pardons announced by Obama on Tuesday, as the president forgave the San..." January 18

  • Cubs the latest team to no longer allow you to print tickets at home

    The Comeback "Those looking to attend a game in Wrigley Field to watch the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs will have one less option to get hands on tickets in 2017. The option to purchase a ticket online and have the ability to immediately print the tickets at home or at the office is no longer..." January 18

  • Yankees' Brian Cashman on 'big-game hunting' for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado in 2018

    Newark Star-Ledger "A lot of hard-core Yankees fans already can't until the 2018 offseason. They know the big names who can become free agents that year, and they've heard rumors that Yankees are freeing up money now to make a big run then for Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado. And so, GM Brian Cashman was put..." January 18

  • Michael Kopech clocked at 110 mph on throw

    Larry Brown Sports "Aroldis Chapman may have to watch his back, because there is another flamethrower coming for him. Michael Kopech, a top pitching prospect who was dealt from Boston to the White Sox in the Chris Sale deal, was clocked at 110 mph by a pocket radar on a throw at the APEC training..." January 18

  • Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds are on Hall of Fame trajectory

    New York Post "Getting Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens their deserved day in Cooperstown is similar to how Jerry described breaking up in an episode of “Seinfeld”: “[It’s] like knocking over a Coke machine. You can’t do it one push. You’ve got to rock it back and forth a few times and then it goes..." January 18

  • Rockies, Alexi Amarista agree to 1-year deal

    Denver Post "Utility player Alexi Amarista officially has a new baseball home. Amarista, 27, signed a one-year deal with the Rockies Tuesday. The deal, which had been pending since Dec. 26, was made official after Amarista passed his physical. He’ll play for a $1.1 million salary in 2017, and is guaranteed..." January 18

  • Bautista’s return to Blue Jays not your typical homecoming

    Sportsnet "One of the more intriguing questions about Jose Bautista’s pending return to the Toronto Blue Jays is how the two sides are going to package this. Clearly there’s a feel-good narrative to be spun here – iconic slugger and the club he’s starred for reuniting – that to some degree is valid, and..." January 18

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • A-Rod to host a reality show featuring broke ex-athletes

    Hardball Talk "Alex Rodriguez’s transition into retirement has featured a serious move into the business world. He has gone back to school, worked seriously on investments and has started his own corporation. Yes, he’s set for life after making more money than any baseball player in history, but even if his bank..." January 18

  • CC Sabathia Plans to Pitch Beyond 2017

    12 Up "It seems like every year the New York Yankees are having a farewell tour for a prominent member of their former success. From 2011-2014 the Yankees bid farewell to Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, and Derek Jeter--the core members of their 4 titles from 1996-2000. To a lesser..." January 18

  • Starlin Castro’s future may be at 3rd due to this Yankees prospect

    New York Post "Gleyber Torres made his first trip to New York this week and on Tuesday, he visited Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are counting on the 20-year-old shortstop, the highlight of the trade that sent Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs in July, to be a major part of the future. And if that turns out to be the..." January 18

  • Rays adding to bullpen, close to signing Shawn Tolleson

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays are making a move to bolster their bullpen as they are close to finalizing a deal with RHP Shawn Tolleson, the Tampa Bay Times has learned. Tolleson, 29 on Thursday, saved 35 games for the Rangers in 2015 but struggled through a rough 2016 season, losing his closer's job, getting sent..." January 18

  • Lester missed White House trip due to family death, not politics

    USA Today "Jon Lester was one of four current Chicago Cubs players who were on the roster for the franchise’s first World Series title in more than a century to miss Monday’s White House visit. The Cubs ace said on Twitter on Tuesday that his decision had nothing to do with President Obama, who is set to..." January 17

  • Diamondbacks, Gregor Blanco Agree To Minors Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "Longtime Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco has agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, Blanco’s agent, Wil Polidor, tells Manolo Hernandez of BeisbolPorGotas.com (Twitter link). SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo tweets that Blanco would receive a $1MM base..." January 17

  • Edinson Volquez's brother stabbed to death in the Dominican Republic

    Kansas City Star "A brother of former Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez was killed Monday in the Dominican Republic. According to Quisqueyanos En Los Deportes, Brandy Volquez was stabbed in the city of Santo Domingo Oeste. The report says that a suspect is in custody. A Dominican TV station said a brawl resulted..." January 17

  • The Angels are paying Josh Hamilton more than $26M to play for the Rangers

    CBS Sports "As has been expected for months, the Rangers re-signed Josh Hamilton on Tuesday to a minor-league deal. He can opt out of the deal and become a free agent by April 1 if he doesn't make the big-league club and it's for the league minimum (per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports). This is all very..." January 17

  • HOF voter misinterprets rules, submits blank ballot

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Major league baseball will confer bronzed immortality on a few players Wednesday when the results of the national baseball writers' balloting for the Hall of Fame will be announced. I had a 2017 ballot. I returned it signed, but blank, with an explanatory note. The steroid era puzzle I'm..." January 17

  • Blue Jays agree to one-year deal with Jose Bautista

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to re-sign Jose Bautista to a one-year contract, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The deal, which has not been announced by the team, would complete a reunion that seemed highly unlikely as recently as last month. After joining the Blue Jays in a..." January 17

  • Tigers have been in touch with Blanco, Bourjos

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers have opened a dialogue with free-agent outfielders Peter Bourjos and Gregor Blanco, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press (Twitter links). There’s no agreement close with either player, but the two are under consideration as the team looks to fill its void in center..." January 17

  • Boras: Sanchez ‘can be one of the most prominent Blue Jays in history’

    Sportsnet "Scott Boras joined Bob McCown and Elliotte Friedman on Sportsnet 590 The FAN’s Prime Time Sports on Monday evening to discuss his new client, Toronto Blue Jays‘ starter Aaron Sanchez. Boras, the well-known MLB player agent and president of the Boras Corporation, represents several top young..." January 17

  • 'Pudge' Rodriguez cried when he was told to be a catcher

    The Player's Tribune "Born: November 27, 1971 I grew up in a small town in Puerto Rico called Vega Baja. It’s out in the country. My mom was a hairstylist back then. My dad, he was an electrician. Our parents worked hard for us. They didn’t make a lot of money. We lived day to day, but we were a family. 1975 I..." January 17

  • Obama leaves out name of alleged abuser Aroldis Chapman in Cubs' White House ceremony

    New York Daily News "President Barack Obama honored the Cubs' World Series championship team on Monday, mentioning 14 players on the team by name during a 34-minute ceremony. Aroldis Chapman, who was suspended 30 games for violating MLB's domestic violence policy, wasn't among them. Chapman attended the ceremony at..." January 17

  • Cardinals still shopping for a lefthanded-hitting outfielder

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Although there are still a few sluggers out there who would alter the look of the Cardinals' lineup or bench, general manager John Mozeliak suggested Sunday that the team is more likely to stick with what it has in its lineup. That does not mean his winter shopping is over. The Cardinals..." January 17

  • Mets’ Jay Bruce trade market may be down to two

    New York Post "The narrow market for Jay Bruce is getting even thinner. With the Blue Jays and Phillies reportedly on the verge of filling outfield vacancies, the Mets may have to get creative in their efforts to trade Bruce, who became expendable when the club signed Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year contract..." January 17

  • Padres, Wil Myers agree to six-year extension

    Fanrag Sports "The San Diego Padres and All-Star Wil Myers have agreed to a six-year extension believed to be worth $83 million, sources tell FanRag Sports; FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was the first to report a possible deal. The deal also includes an option. This deal the sides are nearly agreed upon will..." January 17

  • 'Hackgate' punishment could come before spring training

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals could finally know their "Hackgate" punishment within weeks. "I expect, hope, that it will play out before the start of spring training," Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said Monday. "I know the goal is, for the commissioner, to get things completed by late January, hopefully..." January 17

  • Phillies reach 1-year, $9M deal with Michael Saunders

    ESPN "The Philadelphia Phillies and free-agent outfielder Michael Saunders have agreed to a one-year deal worth $9 million, according to Fox Sports. The contract also features a club option worth $11 million that increases to as much as $14 million, according to the report. Saunders, 30, hit a..." January 16

  • Astros still in contact with Athletics about Gray

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have been known to be seeking rotation upgrades for much of the offseason, and while the team’s pursuit of White Sox lefty Jose Quintana hasn’t gained much traction, FOX’s Ken Rosenthal tweets that Houston as also maintained contact with the Athletics regarding right-hander Sonny..." January 16

  • The Cubs visited President Obama at the White House and gave him some cool gifts

    CBS Sports "Monday afternoon, the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs -- I'm still getting used to saying that! -- were at the White House to visit with outgoing President Barack Obama. The team wanted to make the trip before President-Elect Donald Trump is sworn Friday. "David Ross and I have..." January 16

  • Royals, starter Danny Duffy agree to contract extension through 2021 season

    Kansas City Star "The Royals and left-handed starter Danny Duffy on Monday agreed to a new five-year, $65 million contract that runs through the 2021 season. Duffy could have become a free agent after the 2017 season, his final year of arbitration, but will instead make $5 million this season, $14 million in..." January 16

  • David Ortiz: 'My playing time has already expired'

    ESPN "David Ortiz says he is happily retired from baseball and that despite rumors to the contrary, his decision will not change. "My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. The 41-year-old slugger said that for the first time in more than two decades, he is not physically..." January 16

  • Deal with Jose Bautista would have far-reaching impact for Blue Jays

    Sportsnet "After months spent exploring the open market, Jose Bautista may be nearing a two-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays worth $35-40 million. Nothing’s official at this point, so there’s no guarantee that the 36-year-old returns for a 10th season in Toronto. But if Bautista does end up back with..." January 16

  • Bautista, Jays deal could be a two year deal worth $35-40M

    Yardbarker "It appears Jose Bautista is staying put, after all. The Toronto Blue Jays are the “front-runner” to re-sign Bautista and are “nearing a deal” with the free agent outfielder, MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reported Sunday night, citing a source. Bautista and the club are discussing a two-year contract..." January 16

  • The Cardinals could go to an arbitration hearing for the first time since 1999

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Darren Oliver spent two of his 20 seasons in the majors with the Cardinals, and since he last threw a pitch for the team two U.S. presidents have come and gone and a third is on the way, Twitter was invented, and the Cubs and Red Sox have both ended their curses. And, yet, soon, the Cardinals..." January 16

  • Collin McHugh calls out Donald Trump for criticism of John Lewis

    Hardball Talk "Astros pitcher Collin McHugh was among those who took to social media on Saturday after Donald Trump disparaged Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis on Twitter. During NBC News’ “Meet the Press” interview on Friday, Lewis called Trump’s presidency into question, casting doubt on its..." January 16

  • Teams have improved their offers for Quintana

    CBSChicago.com "Trade rumors have been swirling around White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana since early December. Now, the latest intelligence on the trade market is that several teams have made more significant offers in the last week with hope of acquiring Quintana as the White Sox continue on their rebuilding..." January 16

  • Mets want two prospects for Jay Bruce

    Hardball Talk "In a column for CSN Philly on Sunday, Jim Salisbury mentions that the Mets are seeking two prospects for outfielder Jay Bruce. “Prospects,” in this case, seems to be a nebulous term. Salisbury adds that the Phillies have had “longstanding interest” in Bruce, but the team prefers to hold onto its..." January 16

  • Cubs benched Jorge Soler several times in 2016 for lack of hustle

    CSN Chicago "When the Cubs traded Jorge Soler to the Kansas City Royals for elite closer Wade Davis, it was easy for the Chicago fanbase to understand why. After all, everybody saw the importance of relief pitching throughout the course of the 2016 postseason and there simply wouldn't be enough playing time..." January 16

  • Cardinals closer Oh Seung-hwan added to nat'l team for World Baseball Classic

    Yonhap News Agency "St. Louis Cardinals closer Oh Seung-hwan on Wednesday was added to the national baseball team for the upcoming World Baseball Classic (WBC). Despite recording 19 saves with a 1.92 ERA as a major league rookie last year, Oh was initially kept off the 28-man roster announced in November because..." January 16

  • Blue Jays nearing deal with Jose Bautista

    Sportsnet "After months of speculation, rumours, hearsay and tweets by a nervous fanbase, it appears the Toronto Blue Jays and outfielder Jose Bautista won’t be parting after all. The club appears to be nearing a deal to re-sign the free agent, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reported late Sunday..." January 16

  • Cubs pushing to host All-Star Game at Wrigley in 2020

    Chicago Sun-Times "President of business operations Crane Kenney said Saturday he’s optimistic the Cubs can land the All-Star Game in 2020, the year construction at Wrigley Field is expected to be finished. But that doesn’t mean it’s close to a done deal. ‘‘The city wants it; we want it,’’ Kenney said, addressing..." January 15

  • Kinsler 'possible fallback' if Dodgers can't land Dozier

    CBS Sports "Right now, the Dodgers are slated to open the 2017 season -- in which they'll aim for a fifth straight NL West title -- with Enrique Hernandez as their primary second baseman. Hernandez has his uses and is a useful player to have on the active roster, but he's stretched as an everyday player...." January 15

  • Chris Carter’s agent doesn’t see deal getting done anytime soon

    Fanrag Sports "Veteran slugger and first baseman Chris Carter still does not have a home for the 2017 season. Despite leading the entire National League in home runs as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers last season, Carter was not retained by the National League Central club for a second go-round. On Sunday..." January 15

  • Manny Ramirez’s desire to keep playing is being supported all over baseball

    Boston Globe "Manny Ramirez is 44 years old and attempting to play baseball again, for the Kochi Fighting Dogs of the independent Shikoku Island League in Japan. Ramirez appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this year, and it looks as if he’ll stay on the ballot — on Ryan Thibodaux’s website..." January 15

  • Russell Martin and Freddie Freeman to join Team Canada in 2017 WBC

    Hardball Talk "Reports from Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi and Ben Nicholson-Smith confirmed two more additions to Team Canada’s roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin. Martin is pegged to start at shortstop during the competition, which..." January 15

  • Gagne, Dempster planning to pitch for Canada at WBC

    Sportsnet "Last year, Ryan Dempster started throwing a baseball again and to his great surprise it didn’t hurt. So the native of Gibsons, B.C., who hadn’t been on a pitching mound since striking out Matt Adams to end Game 1 of 2013 World Series, kept on playing catch, eventually convincing himself to get..." January 15