Sporting News "The Mets invited Billy Bean, Major League Baseball's inclusion ambassador, to spend Tuesday with the team at their spring training facility, but not everyone was thrilled to have the openly gay executive around. Second baseman Daniel Murphy was clear about where he stood. "I disagree with..." March 04
The Score "Alex Rodriguez is gearing up for his first game in more than 17 months. Rodriguez will be the starting designated hitter for the New York Yankees' spring home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, manager Joe Girardi confirmed. Rodriguez, who turns 40 this summer, admitted..." March 03
Sportress of Blogitude "A part-time ticket seller employed by the New York Yankees has been fired by the team after he was outed as one of the alleged individuals who sent Curt Schilling inappropriate tweets about his teenage daughter, according to a NJ.com report. Schilling had posted a message on Twitter last week..." March 03
New York Daily News "In his two years as Mets’ captain, David Wright has been touted as a lead-by-example kind of guy. On Tuesday, however, he realized it was time to say something — and Noah Syndergaard listened. The Mets captain had finished his work in the afternoon's intrasquad scrimmage Tuesday at Tradition..." March 03
Detroit News "Manager Brad Ausmus' fears regarding Victor Martinez and his well-meaning rambunctiousness were well-placed. Ausmus felt it was best to keep Martinez, recovering from arthroscopic surgery, away from spring training until he was capable of doing more baseball-related activities. "Victor isn't..." March 03
According to #Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, club hasn't finalized contract for K-Rod and there is no guess on arrival from Venezuela.
MLB Daily Dish "There is an expectation around baseball that Mets' starter Dillon Gee could be traded at some point during spring training, and some in the game believe the Rangers may make a push to acquire him, according to major-league sources. It is unclear if the sides are in active discussions about a deal..." March 03
Boston Herald "Despite the presence of a Philadelphia Phillies executive at JetBlue Park to scout the Boston Red Sox on Monday, there are no signs of any progress in trade talks involving Cole Hamels, two major league sources told The Boston Herald. Charley Kerfeld, a special assistant to the general manager..." March 03
New York Post "The Matt Harvey Plan is in place. If all goes well the rest of spring training, the Mets want the Comeback Kid to pitch in Washington against the Nationals — but not the season opener. Game 3 is likely and then he will make his Citi Field comeback in the Mets’ second home game of the season, a..." March 03
Hardball Talk "Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced that new shortstop Jimmy Rollins will be the team’s leadoff hitter, explaining: “We don’t truly have anyone else who fits in that role.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but whatever. Rollins fits the old stereotype of a leadoff hitter because he’s a..." March 03
Yahoo! Sports "Generally speaking, it bodes poorly when a team’s success going into a season depends upon contingencies. And yet here stand the New York Yankees, who have a bunch of ifs to show for their $215 million. As in: If CC Sabathia’s chronically degenerative knee holds up … and if Michael Pineda can make..." March 03
NESN "Cole Hamels this, Cole Hamels that. It’s impossible to bring up the Boston Red Sox in spring training without Hamels’ name coming up. The Red Sox’s lack of a starting pitcher who is considered a true ace has been a major storyline in Fort Myers, Fla., where the Red Sox opened their exhibition..." March 03
Twin Cities "Having already locked up Opening Day starter Phil Hughes earlier this winter with a three-year, $42 million contract extension through 2019, the Twins are working on an extension for second baseman Brian Dozier There were strong indications Tuesday that the Twins and Damon Lapa, Dozier’s agent,..." March 03
Hardball Talk "Curt Schilling wrote a proud papa tweet about his daughter being accepted to college and getting to continue to play softball, which she’s played for years. Anyone who is a parent — or anyone who had great, proud parents — have had or have been the recipient of those sorts of feelings before and..." March 03
SI.com "When Cubs second baseman Javier Baez took his cuts against new teammate Jon Lester in live batting practice last Friday, something very big was missing. Baez hit without his pronounced leg kick, when he lifts his front knee about waist high. Instead, Baez simply lifted his left heel off the..." March 03
Free agent pitcher Chris Young is planning to review offers and make a decision on a team by the end of the week.
#pirates RHP Brandon Cumpton has elbow discomfort, will see Dr. Andrews next week.
Hardball Talk "John Hickey of the Mercury-News reports that Josh Reddick gave up his number 16 to Billy Butler when Country Breakfast signed with the A’s. The price? Not high: “For Reddick, giving up 16 wasn’t a major hardship, particularly since he got a new X-Box from Butler out of it as a token of..." March 03
ESPN New York "The New York Yankees will open their exhibition season Tuesday without Alex Rodriguez in the lineup. Rodriguez, who is attempting to come back after a 17-month absence from baseball due to a season-long suspension for PED violations, is not on the travel roster for the Yankees' spring opener..." March 02
Chase Utley's right ankle isn't completely healthy. Didn't work out today. "They're not going to play him for a little while," Amaro said.
L.A. Daily News "To hear Dodgers pitcher Brandon League tell it, shedding 20 pounds and giving up alcohol were just a means to the end. The fact that the Dodgers are encouraging players to eat organic food in spring training, and League has been on a paleo diet for months? Pure coincidence. The only purpose..." March 02
Hardball Talk "Rangers starter Yu Darvish suffered a right elbow injury in August last season. He was expected back by the end of the month, but as the Rangers, who finished 67-95, weren’t headed anywhere, Darvish took it slow and eventually was shut down for the remainder of the season. Darvish’s toughness..." March 02
Bucs Dugout "As SuperBaes already noted in the FanPosts, longtime NL Central third baseman Aramis Ramirez appears set to retire after the 2015 season. Ramirez was, of course, a Pirates product, having signed with the organization all the way back in 1994. Unfortunately, they rushed him to the big leagues,..." March 02
ESPN Chicago "Initially hopeful that Chris Sale could return to pitch on Opening Day, the Chicago White Sox now are being more cautious with their optimism. Manager Robin Ventura expressed doubts that Sale would be far enough in his recovery from a fracture in his right foot to pitch in the season opener on..." March 02
New York Daily News "Alex Rodriguez will make his spring debut on Monday. Sort of. The polarizing slugger is batting fourth as a designated hitter in the Yankees' intrasquad game Monday afternoon, though he won't have a chance to measure himself against actual pitching as the game will be played with pitching..." March 02
Michigan Live "Yoenis Cespedes has been in camp with the Detroit Tigers for a short time. On Sunday, he made it clear he wouldn't mind playing for the Tigers for a long time. "I would like to be in a Tigers uniform for many years," Cespedes said Sunday through an interpreter in his first interview with..." March 02
MLB.com "Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper wants to improve his numbers from last year. He made it clear Sunday that he wants to stay injury-free and he would like to get better at the plate. Although he missed 62 games because of a thumb injury, Harper put up respectable numbers, hitting .273 with 13..." March 02
#Marlins ace Jose Fernandez to throw off mound for first time this since undergoing TJ surgery last May. Set to throw 15 FBs.
USA Today "In the back of the New York Yankees spring training clubhouse, there's a large open area where reporters have routinely gathered these past few days. It's the point of easiest access to the locker with a No. 13 jersey hanging on the rod. Down that same row of lockers, some 40 feet away, another..." March 01
New York Daily News "Matt Harvey sprinted to the mound. The Mets ace groomed the dirt around the rubber with his foot and waited for Travis d’Arnaud to give him the signal. About a dozen cameras were pointed at him, twice as many reporters and team personnel stood around the field, and behind the fences about 100 fans..." March 01
Fish Stripes "Giancarlo Stanton did not touch Henderson Alvarez's fastball on Saturday morning. Miami played its first intrasquad game of the spring, and Alvarez hit Stanton on the hip after attempting to throw a fastball inside. The pair subsequently laughed and shook hands, as Stanton faced live pitching for..." March 01
Sporting News "The Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki are recovering from offseason surgeries and are hopeful about starting on opening day, the team reported on Saturday. Both players are former All-Stars and have battled injuries on and off over the last two seasons. They are expected to start..." March 01
Sportsnet.ca "Dayan Viciedo and the Toronto Blue Jays reached agreement on a minor-league deal that will pay the Cuban slugger $2.5 million if he makes the team, industry sources told Sportsnet. The move, first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, adds outfield depth after the team suffered a scare with..." March 01
New York Daily News "Ruben Tejada has not talked to Jose Reyes in a while. But the struggling Mets shortstop said he might reach out to his former mentor after Reyes told a reporter that he was disappointed that Tejada had not taken the Mets’ starting shortstop job and run with it. “Every time I talk to him, I try..." March 01
San Francisco Chronicle "Tim Lincecum threw a fastball up, which is not his happy place, but got a huge swing and miss from Brandon Belt. “His fastball was deceptive,” Belt said. “It was getting on you quicker than you expected.” A lot of eyes will be focused on Lincecum in 2015 as he tries — again — to rediscover a..." March 01
SB Nation ""Mr. White Sox" has died. Minnie Minoso, one of the best baseball players of the 1950s, was found dead in his car early Saturday morning in Chicago. Although there are disputes about his age, he was believed to be 90 years old. Minoso was a seven-time All-Star, earning the nickname "The..." March 01
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Eury Perez, Eric Young Jr., Todd Cunningham, Zoilo Almonte. Those are the four candidates to replace injured center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. in the Braves’ opening day lineup. It’s also an early speculated order of the odds that each of those players gets the job, going from most likely to..." March 01
Sportsnet.ca "Michael Saunders woke up Saturday morning and could hardly believe the way he felt. He got out of bed easily, and he walked around freely. Shortly after he arrived in the Toronto Blue Jays clubhouse, he began strength and mobility exercises on a left knee from which 60 percent of the meniscus was..." March 01
New York Post "The Yankees were a mid-70s-win team each of the past two years that nevertheless won in the mid-80s for one significant reason — superb bullpens. The relief corps covered up a variety of sins. Lousy defense? You don’t have to field what isn’t hit, and last year the Yankees pen averaged 10.3..." March 01
CSN Chicago "The $155 million guaranteed obviously helped. But Jon Lester still had to buy into The Plan and believe the Cubs could evolve from a last-place team into a contender and eventually a World Series winner. For Lester, these last few weeks in Mesa haven’t been about any aha moments validating his..." March 01
Garrett Richards will throw a bullpen and do simulated PFP in OF today. #Angels expecting him ready 2-3 wks into season.
ESPN.com "Jimmy Rollins spent a lot of years with the Philadelphia Phillies antagonizing New York Mets fans with his swagger and competitive spirit. He was among a select group of opposing players that fans in Flushing Meadows most loved to hate. But when Rollins assembled his choice of preferred..." February 28
MLB.com "Josh Hamilton's potential suspension for a drug of abuse would not hinge on his recovery from shoulder surgery. The Angels' outfielder would begin serving a suspension at the beginning of the regular season, regardless of whether he would've started the year on the disabled list, according to..." February 28
ESPN.com "It was expected at some point Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton would have to react to getting hit by a pitch, but he probably didn't think he'd be the victim of friendly fire. Stanton was plunked in the hip by a Henderson Alvarez fastball during an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday. To his..." February 28
ESPN Chicago "Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale suffered a foot injury in an accident at his home and will miss at least three weeks of preparation time for the regular season. The White Sox announced the injury in a release Saturday, saying that Sale suffered an avulsion fracture to the lateral side of his..." February 28
Hardball Talk "Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp missed more than a week down the stretch in 2012 due to pinkeye and John Hickey of the San Jose Mercury News reports that he’s dealing with it again. Pinkeye, which is also called conjunctivitis, involves redness and swelling between the eyelid and eye surface...." February 28
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told me Friday the decision was made to close a deal with free-agent closer Francisco Rodriguez after ongoing talks with Philadelphia regarding closer Jonathan Papelbon hit a dead end. “We did engage them and didn’t come to a comparable deal for both sides,”..." February 28
ESPN.com "The Pittsburgh Pirates say it's "absolutely sickening" to see a photo of the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" wearing a Pirates hat. Sky News published a photo Friday of Mohammed Emwazi, who officials say is the masked front man for Islamic State hostage-beheading videos. The..." February 28
CSN Chicago "The union will be watching the Cubs to see how they handle the Kris Bryant situation. Tony Clark, the Major League Baseball Players Association’s executive director, declined to directly answer questions about the service-time math that will almost certainly force Bryant to start this season..." February 28
#Rays say Belisario was injured getting out of a swimming pool several weeks ago. Won't be ready to start season.