• Report: Dodgers expected to finalize $16M deal Thursday with Cuban pitcher Yadier Alvarez

    The Score "The Los Angeles Dodgers will reportedly finalize a deal with one of Cuba's most promising young pitchers Thursday when the new signing period for international prospects begins. Yadier Alvarez, a 19-year-old right-hander whose fastball can touch 99 miles per hour, is expected to complete a..." July 02

  • MLB, players' union commit $30 million to youth baseball development

    Fox Sports "When Rob Manfred became commissioner last January, he said his top priority was expanding baseball through youth participation. Manfred, in conjunction with the players' union, is putting substance behind those words. Major League Baseball and the union have agreed to a joint $30 million..." July 01

  • 14h
    Alden Gonzalez @Alden_Gonzalez

    Source: Jerry Dipoto has made a final decision. He is stepping down.

  • Joe Maddon brings in magician to 'lighten things up' amid Cubs' skid

    ESPN Chicago "Claiming zoo animals are too hard to find on the road at the last minute, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon instead brought a magician in to perform for his team before Tuesday's game against the New York Mets. "Joe started talking about [baseball] magic and the next thing I know there was a..." July 01

  • Ervin Santana ready to join Twins

    Hardball Talk "Ervin Santana, who signed a four-year, $55 million deal with the Twins this offseason and then got suspended 80 games for PEDs before throwing a pitch, is now ready to join the rotation. Santana has been “rehabbing” in the minors to prepare for being activated from the suspended list and he..." July 01

  • Reports: GM Jerry Dipoto Forced Out in Anaheim

    Deadspin "Jerry Dipoto has learned an inviolable rule of working for the Angels: get into a power struggle with Arte Moreno’s guy, and you’re not going to win it. According to multiple reports, the Anaheim GM resigned and packed up his office last night. Dipoto is “definitely out,” a source told ESPN,..." July 01

  • 16h
    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Assuming Jerry Dipoto is gone with the #Angels, signs are pointing toward Matt Klentak to replace him. Not confirmed yet.

  • Astros OF Colby Rasmus stays overnight in hospital to treat infection

    Houston Chronicle "Outfielder Colby Rasmus’ infection in his left wrist following a bug bite had him hospitalized overnight into Tuesday, manager A.J. Hinch said. Hinch said Rasmus’ condition didn’t worsen, but Hinch was less firm about Rasmus making the Astros’ upcoming road trip. The team departs Houston for..." July 01

  • Happy Bobby Bonilla Mets pay day

    CBS Sports "July 1 means many things in Major League Baseball, such as the beginning of the fourth month of the season -- so we can stop with "it's still early" talk for good. One of those things is Bobby Bonilla pay day. Yes, July 1 is when Bobby Bonilla annually gets a check from the Mets for..." July 01

  • Phillies name Pete Mackanin as interim manager for rest of season

    Sporting News "Following the resignation of their manager and the hiring of a new team president, the Phillies are a team in flux. At least they'll have the same field manager for the rest of the season. Bench coach Pete Mackanin was named interim manager following the surprise resignation of manager Ryne..." July 01

  • Ballhawk who caught A-Rod’s 3,000th hit ball says he’s received threats

    Sportress of Blogitude "Zack Hample, the so-called “professional ballhawk” who gained possession of the ball Alex Rodriguez deposited into the Yankee Stadium outfield seats for his 3,000th hit, claims he has received numerous “scary” threats due to his hard-line stance against freely relinquishing the coveted piece of..." July 01

  • Rangers activate Josh Hamilton, send Joey Gallo to minors

    Dallas Morning News "The Rangers on Tuesday activated Josh Hamilton from the DL and ended Joey Gallo’s one-month exposure to the major leagues. Gallo was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock in order to make room for Hamilton. Gallo had not played above Double-A before the Rangers purchased his contract on June..." July 01

  • Phil Kenner claims Ken Jowdy supplied Roger Clemens with PEDs

    New York Daily News "Alleged con man Phil Kenner has already accused a golf resort developer of stealing millions from NHL players and then conspiring with former FBI director Louis Freeh to pin the blame on Kenner. But wait, there’s more! The one-time financial adviser also indicated last week that he told the..." July 01

  • Freeman return could be closer to All-Star break

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves are cautiously optimistic about getting Freddie Freeman back before too much longer, but their top hitter isn’t going to be ready to come off the 15-day disabled list this weekend and his return could be closer to or even after the July 13-16 All-Star break. Freeman is recovering..." July 01

  • Fielder won’t turn down offer to compete in Home Run Derby

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "First things first: Prince Fielder has not been named to the American League All-Star team. No player has, and none will be until the starters are announced Sunday and the reserves Monday. But he is the strong favorite to be picked for the July 14 game at Cincinnati and is likely to be the..." June 30

  • The Chicago Sun-Times wants Ozzie Guillen to manage the White Sox again

    Hardball Talk "There was a time, not terribly long ago, when newspaper columnists more or less set the baseball news agenda. No one truly does that anymore. Too many voices, too many people, too much news. But back then a motivated columnist could get people truly talking merely by leaning back in their chair..." June 30

  • Yankees send RHP Adam Warren to bullpen after 14-game stint in rotation

    ESPN New York "For the month of June, Adam Warren has arguably been the New York Yankees' most reliable starting pitcher. However, he will start July out of the starting rotation and back in the bullpen. As earlier reported by the New York Daily News, Warren was informed by the Yankees following their 4-1..." June 30

  • Report: Tensions rise again between Mike Scioscia, Angels' front office

    The Score "Sitting four games back in the AL West doesn't mean everything is tulips and daisies with the Los Angeles Angels. In fact, it sounds like the opposite. It's no secret general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia don't see eye to eye, but just when we thought that was in the past,..." June 30

  • Anthopoulos: Jays aim to upgrade 'pen, rotation

    Sportsnet "The deep freeze that slowed the trade market throughout the early part of the season is starting to thaw, and Alex Anthopoulos hopes to take advantage of increased chatter to bolster the Toronto Blue Jays’ pitching staff. “We still need to make upgrades in the rotation and the bullpen, that..." June 30

  • All-Star starters to be revealed Sunday night

    MLB.com "While you continue to vote in these final and frenetic days of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, Major League Baseball announced today that the starting position players will be unveiled in a new manner at 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN,..." June 30

  • 1d
    San Francisco Giants @SFGiants

    #SFGiants purchase contract of IF Ehire Adrianza and IF Casey McGehee has been designated for assignment off 40-man roster.

  • Tigers obtain infielder Alexi Casilla, who delivered winning hit for Twins in Game 163

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers have traded away multiple middle infield prospects in the past year. They have added some veterans for depth in the past week. The Tigers obtained veteran infielder Alexi Casilla from the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday for a player to be named or cash considerations, MLive.com has..." June 30

  • 2d
    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Source: #Angels among teams thought to have interest in #Astros LJ Hoes, who is a trade candidate. #Orioles reportedly in as well.

  • Josh Hamilton could play center field for Rangers after return from DL

    Sporting News "Josh Hamilton is nearing a return from his latest stint on the disabled list, and the Rangers might have a different role in mind for the outfielder once he's back on the active roster. Hamilton could rejoin the team as early as Monday — and play center field. According to the Dallas Morning..." June 29

  • Report: Marlins have received multiple inquiries about Latos, Haren

    The Score "Two of the Miami Marlins' most experienced hurlers are reportedly generating interest as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline grows nearer. The Marlins have received multiple trade inquiries regarding veteran right-handers Mat Latos and Dan Haren - both of whom will hit free agency at season's..." June 29

  • Cubs: Pedro Strop accepts apology from Bob Costas

    CSN Chicago "Bob Costas apologized to Pedro Strop for his bizarre comments about the Cubs reliever’s family during an MLB Network broadcast. The two had a face-to-face meeting on Sunday in the lobby of the team’s St. Louis hotel. Costas had called a Cubs media-relations official to make the request, and..." June 29

  • Dodgers, Cubs interested in Jon Niese

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that both the Dodgers and Cubs have interest in Mets left-hander Jon Niese. It’s been no secret that the Mets would like to move Niese and/or Dillon Gee in the right circumstances as that would relieve the logjam in the starting rotation. Niese, 28, has..." June 29

  • McClendon says ‘hope’ is Rodney reclaims closer’s role

    Tacoma News Tribune "Fernando Rodney had just watched Carson Smith escape an eighth-inning jam Friday night when the phone rang in the Seattle Mariners’ bullpen. The message: Rodney was to warm up in order to pitch the ninth inning in what would be his first save situation since he lost his closer’s job after..." June 29

  • Major League Baseball is open to a rules change to let pitchers use some sticky goo

    Boston Globe "It’s a rule casually broken hundreds of times a day by players on every team in baseball. Umpires will not enforce it unless asked to, and even then they would rather leave well enough alone. “The pitcher shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.” That is what Rule 8.02(a)(4)..." June 29

  • Mike Napoli says umpire ejected him for not picking up bat after strikeout

    ESPN "Taking Mike Napoli at his word, this ranks as one of the oddest pretexts for an ejection ever. The Boston Red Sox first baseman, who was called out on strikes in the second inning and told plate umpire Tripp Gibson he disagreed with the call, was walking away from the plate when Gibson threw him..." June 29

  • 2d
    Todd Zolecki @ToddZolecki

    RHP Chad Billingsley will start for PHI on Thursday vs. MIL. A corresponding move will be made then to accommodate him on the roster.

  • Phillies to announce the hiring of Andy MacPhail at 2:30 today

    Hardball Talk "Ryne Sandberg bowed out Friday and today the next move in the reshaping of the Phillies future goes down: This has been a long-anticipated move, in which the man who built the 1980s-early 90s Twins, helped improve the Cubs and then set the Orioles on the road back to respectability will come in..." June 29

  • Costas apologizes to #Cubs Strop face to face

    MLB.com "MLB Network broadcaster Bob Costas met with Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop on Sunday to apologize for comments he made during Friday’s telecast. Strop had entered the game in the eighth inning with the Cubs leading 2-1 against the Cardinals. He served up a game-tying lead off home run to pinch-hitter..." June 29

  • Andrew McCutchen after HBP: 'Maybe I need to dropkick a pitcher'

    CBS Sports "After he was hit by a pitch for the eighth time this season, and for the second time in as many games Saturday night, Pirates star Andrew McCutchen joked about what he might do in order to stop opposing pitchers from plunking him and his mates. Pirates batters have been hit a major-league leading..." June 28

  • Yasiel Puig back in Dodgers' lineup, receives challenge from manager

    ESPN Los Angeles "In the clubhouse after the Los Angeles Dodgers' 3-2 loss to the Marlins on Saturday, Yasiel Puig yelled out, in Spanish and to one in particular, that he was "just a pinch hitter." Puig, of course, is no such thing. He is the Dodgers' talented and sometimes sarcastic, sometimes arrogant and..." June 28

  • Robinson Cano hit in head by warm-up ball, cleared of concussion

    ESPN "Seattle Mariners star Robinson Cano was hit in the head by a stray ball while the Los Angeles Angels were warming up in between innings Saturday and left the game because of dizziness. Cano was taken to the clubhouse after being struck by rookie shortstop Taylor Featherston's high throw over..." June 28

  • Bob Costas tells Daily News he owes Pedro Strop an apology and will meet with the Cubs' reliever on Sunday

    New York Daily News "Bob Costas is one of the most respected voices in baseball. But even legends strike out on occasion. The veteran broadcaster told the Daily News that he regretted his over-the-top criticism of Chicago reliever Pedro Strop on Friday during his call of the Cubs-Cardinals game for MLB..." June 28

  • Rays call up Grady Sizemore

    Sacramento Bee "The Tampa Bay Rays have called up veteran outfielder Grady Sizemore from the minors. Sizemore will serve as the Rays' designated hitter and bat second in the lineup Sunday against the Boston Red Sox. He recently signed a minor league contract with the Rays after being released by..." June 28

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Dodgers interested in #Mets' Niese. Reported yesterday in this video that #Cubs had discussed him. http://t.co/JFqc14US12

  • Tossing at Alex Rodriguez gets Brett Oberholtzer ejected

    ESPN New York "Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer was ejected in the second inning Saturday for throwing at Alex Rodriguez in apparent retaliation for the Yankees scoring six runs, including two long home runs. Oberholtzer, who had trouble with the strike zone during his short outing, missed Rodriguez with the..." June 28

  • Twins ponder rotation with Santana

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The countdown to the arrival of Ervin Santana is on. Santana on Tuesday will make the final of his three scheduled starts at Class AAA Rochester. That will put him on line to start July 5 at ­Kansas City. So the Twins have one week to figure out how to weave Santana into the rotation as the..." June 28

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    Chris Iott @Chris_Iott

    Been told Phil Coke signed a minor league deal with A's. Has a July 10 opt out. Assigned to high A Stockton, allows him to be near his home.

  • Hamels ‘open-minded’ on potential trade to Jays

    CSN Philly "Last month, there was a report that said he would not waive his no-trade clause to go to Toronto. This week, there was a report that said he would block a trade to Houston. “I hear it,” Cole Hamels said Friday. “Honestly, it makes me laugh.” It makes him laugh because he says he has not..." June 28

  • Tim Lincecum leaves game after line drive strikes his pitching arm

    San Jose Mercury News "Tim Lincecum walked off the mound with almost no discussion and without attempting a practice pitch after getting smoked near his right elbow by a line drive Saturday afternoon. Lincecum winced in apparent pain after his pitching arm absorbed the full force of D.J. Lemahieu’s line drive with..." June 28

  • Johan Santana suspends comeback bid

    ESPN New York "Two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana has suspended his bid to pitch in the majors and will try again in 2016, a source told ESPN.com. Santana has been dealing with a toe infection and became resigned that he would not have sufficient time to ramp up this season to pitch in the majors once..." June 28

  • Giancarlo Stanton out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

    ESPN "Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton will miss four to six weeks with a broken bone in his hand, ESPN's Tim Kurkjian reported. Stanton broke the hamate bone in his left hand during the Marlins' 7-1 loss to the Dodgers on Friday night. He is expected to have surgery and be out at least a..." June 28

  • Kris Bryant nixes rumors he was hung over during game

    CBS Sports "Thursday afternoon the Cubs dropped their series finale to the Dodgers at Wrigley Field (LAD 4, CHC 0), and, in the third inning, third baseman Kris Bryant had to exit the game for Chicago. The team said he was removed with flu-like symptoms. Almost immediately, there was speculation Bryant had..." June 28

  • 4d
    paul hoynes @hoynsie

    Michael Bourn had his hearing Friday to appeal one-game suspension. A decision will be made by July 10.

  • Ryne Sandberg resigns as Phillies manager

    ESPN "Ryne Sandberg has resigned as Philadelphia Phillies manager, he announced in a news conference Friday afternoon. Pete Mackanin has accepted the role as interim manager, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said. Mackanin will helm the team for at least its weekend series against the Washington..." June 27

  • White Sox's Kenny Williams: Robin Ventura has 'gotten exponentially better'

    ESPN Chicago "While Robin Ventura's status has been discussed in internal team meetings, Chicago White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams said Friday the manager is on solid footing. The subject was broached in the wake of the news Friday that Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg had..." June 27

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