• Kris Bryant's dad has some parental advice for LaVar Ball: Just let your kids play

    CBS Sports "Kris Bryant of the Cubs is of course the reigning National League MVP. If follows, then, that Mike Bryant, father of Kris, is indeed the parent of an MVP and the deep azure eyes of same. It further follows that the elder Mr. Bryant might have some informed opinions on the care and feeding of elite..." March 30

  • Marlins' Ichiro wants to play until he's 50: 'I think I’ll just die' when it's time to retire

    Miami Herald "Ichiro Suzuki doesn’t believe in vacations. The last time he took one — 2004 or ’05, he doesn’t recall which — was a week-long trip to Milan, Italy. He worked out pretty much the entire time and said the excursion threw him out of sync for two or three weeks. Never again, he..." March 30

  • Rockies sign 30-year, $200M lease to stay at Coors Field

    Denver Post "The Rockies on Wednesday struck an “11th hour” deal with Colorado after four years of difficult negotiation designed to keep the team at Coors Field for 30 more years. The Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, the state division that..." March 30

  • Montreal baseball investors have met MLB conditions

    Sportsnet "A group of Montreal investors has met the conditions laid out by Major League Baseball to get a team back in the city, a source has told The Canadian Press. "I can tell you we are no longer looking for investors and that we believe we have all the ingredients to be able to welcome a team, be it..." March 29

  • Matt Boyd earns No. 5 spot in Tigers’ starting rotation

    Hardball Talk "Matt Boyd has earned the No. 5 spot in the Tigers’ starting rotation, which means veteran Anibal Sanchez will pitch out of the bullpen, MLB.com’s Jason Beck reported on Wednesday. Boyd, 26, pitched well this spring, compiling a 2.49 ERA with a 21/0 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings. The lefty’s..." March 29

  • Mets' Steven Matz: Won't be ready for start of season

    CBS Sports "Matz (elbow) won't be ready for the start of the season, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports. He went for an MRI on his elbow Wednesday and regardless of the result, DiComo says Matz won't be ready for the start of the season, meaning he will start the year on the disabled list. Manager Terry..." March 29

  • Mets closer Jeurys Familia suspended 15 games for domestic violence arrest

    New York Daily News "The Mets need to implement their Plan B for the closer position now that Jeurys Familia will be sidelined with a suspension. Familia, the Mets’ closer, received a 15-game ban without pay from baseball commissioner Rob Manfred on Wednesday as a result of the Dominican righthander violating MLB..." March 29

  • Dodgers Reportedly Sign Jair Jurrjens

    Ddogers Nation "Less than 48 hours after adding to their minor league starting pitching depth by adding former ace Justin Masterson, the Dodgers have reportedly gone and signed themselves another in Jair Jurrjens. According to Hudson Belinsky of Baseball America, the Dodgers have inked Jurrjens to a minor..." March 29

  • Rangers expect Beltre in opener despite new ailment

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "An MRI exam on the right calf of Adrian Beltre showed no significant strain, and the Texas Rangers expect that their third baseman will be in the Opening Day lineup. Beltre said on Monday that he woke up with tightness in the calf, but not the same calf that had a Grade 1 strain when he..." March 29

  • Giant-sized Yankees slugger Aaron Judge won’t make Opening Day roster?

    Sportsnaut "When it comes to spring training it’s normal not to get attached to the numbers a player may produce. Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo at one point was hitting .182 and he himself said there was no cause for concern. The battles during the spring training months are what makes the introduction to..." March 29

  • Mariners' Drew Smyly: Scratched from start with arm soreness

    CBS Sports "Smyly has been scratched from his scheduled start Friday with arm soreness, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. Manager Scott Servais says he's not sure what the extent of the soreness is, but it seemed enough to warrant extra rest for the southpaw. All signs indicate the scratch is..." March 29

  • Cubs’ Opening Day Roster Set: Tommy La Stella, Matt Szczur Both Make Cut As Brian Duensing Starts Season On DL

    CBSChicago.com "Facing a difficult decision between keeping infielder Tommy La Stella or outfielder Matt Szczur on the 25-man roster to open the season, the Cubs decided to go with both. La Stella and Szczur will both break camp with the Cubs as left-handed reliever Brian Duensing will open the season on the..." March 29

  • Pirates' Drew Hutchison: Optioned to Triple-A

    CBS Sports "Hutchison was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The race for the No. 5 starter role in Pittsburgh is down to Tyler Glasnow and Trevor Williams with Hutchison out of the picture for the time being. Hutchison gave up just six hits..." March 29

  • Alex Bregman to bat second in Astros' lineup

    Houston Chronicle "Alex Bregman will begin the regular season as the Astros' two-hole hitter, manager A.J. Hinch confirmed Wednesday. Though Bregman was long the favorite to bat second, the left-handed hitting Josh Reddick was also an option as a means of breaking up a right-handed heavy top of the lineup. Hinch..." March 29

  • Pirates Release Jared Hughes

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have requested release waivers on righty Jared Hughes, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). " March 29

  • Mets offense should be better with Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda tandem wearing on pitchers down in the lineup

    New York Daily News "Adam Wainwright was working hard to escape trouble, pounding Jay Bruce with sliders down and in until finally, on the seventh pitch of the at-bat, he struck him out swinging at an inside fastball. Now, with two outs and runners still on first and second, Wainwright approached Lucas Duda in a..." March 29

  • Chipper Jones Explained How Greg Maddux Used To Get Away With Peeing On Players

    Uproxx "Now that the wonderful World Baseball Classic is over, the next time we’ll see a competitive baseball game in a non-Spring Training setting will be when the 2017 season begins on April 2. But before we get to that, let’s all learn about how Greg Maddux used to get away with peeing on Chipper..." March 29

  • Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

    Hardball Talk "We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot. McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four..." March 29

  • Red Sox's Josh Rutledge: Set to open season on DL

    CBS Sports "Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday that Rutledge (hamstring) will "require some time" off to recover and would likely open the season the 10-day DL, Tim Britton of the Providence Journalreports. Rutledge strained his left hamstring in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game, and while the..." March 29

  • Yankees bump up Gary Sanchez in telling peek at lineup

    New York Post "Two sensational months at the end of last season and a solid spring training convinced manager Joe Girardi he needed Gary Sanchez to hit high in the lineup. So Girardi moved Sanchez to the No. 2 spot ahead of No. 3 hitter Greg Bird and dropped Jacoby Ellsbury to No. 5 for Tuesday night’s 6-3..." March 29

  • Cubs Return Rule 5 Pick Caleb Smith To Yankees

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs are returning left-hander Caleb Smith to the Yankees, reports Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago (Twitter link). Chicago selected Smith in the Rule 5 draft in December. The 25-year-old Smith potentially could have made the Cubs’ bullpen as a southpaw swingman, but they’ll instead go with..." March 29

  • Source: Detroit Tigers' Anibal Sanchez to start season in long relief

    Detroit Free Press "It appears the Tigers have made a decision on their starting rotation. Right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez is expected to start the season as the team’s long-reliever, a person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday. The move would make left-hander Matt Boyd the likely final starter when..." March 29

  • Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

    Yardbarker "In Little League, it's extremely common for the best player on the team to be the ace of the pitching staff while also excelling in the field when he's not on the mound. That typically ends as players get older, particularly once they move on from high school ball and head to college or turn..." March 28

  • A.J. Pierzynski retires, joins FOX as full-time analyst

    CSN Chicago "Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski officially retired from MLB on Tuesday. Pierzynski will join FOX as a full-time analyst, according to a press release from FOX Sports. "We love having A.J. on the FOX Sports team," Fox Sports President John Entz said. "He’s confident in his opinions..." March 28

  • Reds Claim Scooter Gennett

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have claimed second baseman Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Brewers, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports on Twitter. It’s not yet clear what the corresponding 40-man roster move will be. Gennett, 26, agreed to a $2.525MM contract over the winter to avoid..." March 28

  • Phillies release Chris Coghlan; Brock Stassi's chances improve

    Philly.com "Brock Stassi’s unlikely path to reaching the major leagues cleared a little bit Tuesday when the Phillies released veteran outfielder Chris Coghlan. Stassi, a 33rd-round pick in 2011, is one of only three players left in camp competing for the team’s final two bench roles. He entered..." March 28

  • Diamondbacks Release, Re-Sign Gregor Blanco

    MLB Trade Rumors "TODAY: The D-Backs have indeed re-signed Blanco to a new minors deal, per a club announcement. YESTERDAY, 9:29pm: Arizona would like to re-sign Blanco, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic (Twitter links). With an oblique injury slowing Blanco, the club wasn’t “comfortable making the call..." March 28

  • MLB trade rumors: Yankees' Clint Frazier for White Sox's Jose Quintana?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The idea of Jose Quintana coming to rescue a suspect Yankees rotation won't go away. Here's the latest example. In a piece on Frazier's demotion to the minor leagues, George King of the New York Post spoke to talent evaluators who suggested Frazier's best use for the Yankees could be part of..." March 28

  • White Sox's Carlos Rodon: No structural damage

    CBS Sports "Rodon's second opinion revealed no structural damage, and he was diagnosed with biceps bursitis, the Chicago Tribune's Colleen Kane reports. He will be in a throwing program for two weeks and will then be re-evaluated. Similar to tendinosis, bursitis is a condition that results from..." March 28

  • White Sox trade CF Peter Bourjos to Rays for cash

    Chicago Sun-Times "Peter Bourjos, who appeared to be the leading candidate to open the season as the Sox’ center fielder, is headed to the Rays for cash considerations, a major-league source said. An announcement will be made Tuesday. The move opens the door for prospect Jacob May to begin the season in..." March 28

  • Dodgers To Sign Justin Masterson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have agreed to a minor-league deal with free-agent righty Justin Masterson, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). Additional terms were not reported. Masterson, who recently turned 32, had been looking for a new organization after failing to receive a shot at the majors..." March 28

  • Braves' Dansby Swanson not thinking about 'outside expectations' for 2017

    Sporting News "Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson would seem to have a lot of pressure on his young shoulders heading into 2017, but he quickly brushes away any such notion. Though he played just 39 games at the big-league level last season, expectations are high for him this year. That might be considered..." March 28

  • Jeurys Familia leaves MLB offices, Mets expect less than 30-game suspension announced this week

    New York Daily News "Mets closer Jeurys Familia was in Manhattan Monday, meeting with Major League Baseball officials at the league’s Park Avenue offices, but a decision on his expected suspension for an alleged domestic violence incident last October will come Tuesday at the earliest, according to sources. While..." March 28

  • Cardinals, Molina making big progress toward extension

    Fanrag Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals and revered catcher Yadier Molina are making major progress toward a possible contract extension, sources tell FanRag Sports. While the current terms being discussed are unknown, Molina was originally seeking a four-year extension, while the team countered with a two-year..." March 28

  • Why MLB will likely not join the NHL and NFL and move a team to Las Vegas

    CBS Sports "On Monday afternoon, National Football League owners approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The move is at least two years away, possibly three, but it has been agreed to. Owners voted 31-1 in favor of the move . Whenever the Raiders do move, they will become the second..." March 27

  • Phillies, Blue Jays Interested In Angel Pagan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies are the newest team to be linked to Angel Pagan, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter). The Blue Jays are also still connected to the Pagan hunt, though previous reports had indicated that Toronto was content with its current mix of left field options. Pagan would be..." March 27

  • Scott Kazmir to start the season on the DL

    Sportsnaut "Well, we saw this coming. According to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir will begin the season on the disabled list. The three-time All-Star has been experiencing some hip tightness throughout the spring, which could be the reason he’s been missing some..." March 27

  • Texas Rangers selling 2-foot long, $27 tamale hot dog

    Larry Brown Sports "The Texas Rangers have developed a reputation for producing jaw-dropping, gut-busting, over-sized food items at their ballgames, and this season will be no different. Actually, there will be something new this year that is worth a headline — their 2-foot long, $27 tamale hot..." March 27

  • Mat Latos will not make Opening Day roster for Blue Jays

    Sportsnaut "Mat Latos has been told by the Blue Jays he will not make the major league roster. According to Jays radio broadcaster Mike Wilner, the 29-year-old needs to decide if he wants to accept a Triple-A assignment or elect as a free agent. Latos was signed to a minor-league deal in February with..." March 27

  • Phillies Release Bryan Holaday, Ryan Hanigan

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran catcher Bryan Holaday has exercised the opt-out clause in his minor-league deal with the Phillies, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweets. The Phillies told Holaday he wouldn’t make the team’s Opening Day roster. The Phillies have also released veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan, tweets MLB.com’s Todd..." March 27

  • Suspension looming? Mets' Jeurys Familia meeting with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Mets could soon have clarity on Jeurys Familia's availability to start the season. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the star closer headed back to New York to meet with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. The likely reason for the spring visit to see baseball's leader: Discussion..." March 27

  • Jose Canseco is getting back in baseball as a television analyst covering the A's

    CBS Sports "Jose Canseco is back in baseball. According to Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area, Canseco is joining NBC Sports California as an on-air analyst for their pre- and postgame coverage of the Oakland Athletics, one of his former teams. From Stiglich: “I’ve got quite a bit of experience. I’ve pretty..." March 27

  • Rob Manfred Wants MLB to 'Own the Next Generation' of Sports Fans

    Bleacher Report "Long before the first batter stepped into the box at the start of his tenure as the 10th commissioner in baseball history, Rob Manfred threw out his own first pitch: Chief among his priorities would be to captivate the next generation of sports fans in a way that he was captivated when his parents..." March 27

  • Rangers Release James Loney

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have announced they’ve released veteran first baseman James Loney. They’ve also optioned righty Eddie Gamboa to Triple-A Round Rock and reassigned outfielder Jared Hoying to Round Rock. In addition, righty Anthony Bass and catcher Steven Lerud have been told they haven’t made the team,..." March 27

  • Royals' Jorge Soler diagnosed with strained oblique

    Number Fire "Kansas City Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique and will likely open the 2017 season on the disabled list. WHAT IT MEANS: Soler's disabled list stint can be backdated to sometime in March, which would allow him to return after only the first week of the..." March 27

  • Raul Mondesi wins starting second base job for the Royals

    Kansas City Star "When the Royals open the season next week in Minnesota, manager Ned Yost plans to write Raul Mondesi’s name in as the starting second baseman. Yost announced Monday that Mondesi had won the job, edging out Christian Colon, Whit Merrifield and Cheslor Cuthbert. Yost added the Cuthbert is in line..." March 27

  • Reds Release Ryan Raburn

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have released outfielder Ryan Raburn, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes (Twitter links). As Buchanan previously noted, Raburn was an Article XX(B) free agent, meaning that the team had until tomorrow to add him to their roster, and if they hadn’t, either offer him a $100K..." March 27

  • Orioles Announce Kevin Gausman As Opening Day Starter

    CBS Baltimore "Pitcher Kevin Gausman will get his day in the (hopefully) sun when the Baltimore Orioles return to Oriole Park at Camden Yards next Monday, April 3. Buck Showalter has officially announced Kevin Gausman will be the starting pitcher on Opening Day against the Blue Jays at Camden..." March 27

  • The Latest On Cuban Outfielder Luis Robert

    Baseball America "There should be some high-ranking club officials in the Dominican Republic this week. That’s because on Thursday, Luis Robert will have his first open showcase, giving teams their first open opportunity to watch the talented young Cuban outfielder since he arrived in the Dominican..." March 27

  • Nationals Release Joe Nathan, Matt Albers

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran closer Joe Nathan has been told he will not make the Nationals and has opted out of his minor-league deal with the team, according to tweets from various reporters, including Jamal Collier of MLB.com and Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post. The Nationals have announced that they’ve..." March 27