• Report: Alderson Expected To Return To Mets, But Collins’ May Retire

    CBS New York "Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is reportedly expected to return next season. As for manager Terry Collins’ future? That remains murky. Kristie Ackert of the Daily News reported Thursday that multiple sources told her Alderson, 69, whose contract expires after this season, will be back..." September 21

  • Yankees intend to get under luxury tax threshold for 2018

    Fanrag Sports "The New York Yankees have every intention to get below the luxury tax threshold for the 2018 season, which rises to $197 million next year, people familiar with their thinking say. New York has significant money coming off the books after the year, with CC Sabathia ($25 million salary in 2017)..." September 21

  • Reds will extend safety netting for 2018 following latest ballpark injury

    WCPO Cincinnati "The Reds have announced plans to extend safety netting to the end of the dugouts for the 2018 season following the gruesome injury to a child at Yankee Stadium this week. Thursday's announcement came after a 4-year-old girl was hit in the face by a foul line-drive hit by former Red Todd..." September 21

  • Orioles have no intention of shopping Manny Machado

    Fanrag Sports "The Baltimore Orioles have no intention to shop Manny Machado, though they haven’t yet decided whether they will make a second big attempt to lock him up long-term. Owner Peter Angelos has not yet made the commitment to extend an offer to Machado, which would presumably have to be for at least..." September 21

  • Pat Neshek vs. Zack Greinke autograph feud: Diamondbacks fans come to Greinke's defense

    USA Today "Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke hasn't said anything about Colorado reliever Pat Neshek's autograph claims. But Arizona Diamondback fans have come to his defense, flooding social media after the Rockies pitcher called out Greinke on Tuesday for refusing to sign some baseball cards for..." September 21

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Raul Mondesi sentenced to eight years in prison in Dominican Republic

    USA Today "Former major league outfielder Raul Mondesi was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined about $1.2 million for mishandling funds as a mayor of his hometown in the Dominican Republic, according to multiple reports. Mondesi, whose son plays for the Kansas City Royals, had been on house..." September 21

  • Blue Jays Still Looking To Add Starters This Winter

    Real GM Baseball "The Toronto Blue Jays have locked up Marco Estrada for next season, but they still plan to pursue starters this winter. Ross Atkins says the club wants to have eight or nine starters capable of starting at the Major League level. The Blue Jays will have more than $100 million committed to..." September 21

  • All over but the buyout for Miley, Orioles

    Baltimore Baseball "I’m not sure how much of a decision this is anymore. You have to think about halfway through this season that every power-that-is in the Orioles’ organization – and there are plenty of them – reached the consensus that lefty Wade Miley’s 2018 option won’t be picked up. But I heard the..." September 21

  • Here's what the Rangers' new ballpark will look like inside and out

    CBS Sports "Although Globe Life Park in Arlington isn't even 25 years old, the Rangers have plans to move into a new state-of-the-art baseball-only facility. It's going to be called Globe Life Field, and the groundbreaking is set for next week. So what will an estimated cost of more than $1 billion get..." September 21

  • Yoenis Cespedes plans to run more, lift less this offseason

    Hardball Talk "Yoenis Cespedes plans to be in The Best Shape of His Life next season. He didn’t really say that, but this article in the New York Post features Cespedes doing more or less what those Best Shape of His Life stories are aimed at doing: changing perceptions and/or trying to take the heat off of a..." September 21

  • Could Franklin Barreto get a look in center field for A's?

    CSN Bay Area "Don’t count out top prospect Franklin Barreto as a possibility for the A’s in center field. It’s long been speculated that the middle infielder might eventually get a look in center, and the idea has at least been discussed in team circles. It’s tied partially to whether the A’s exercise their..." September 21

  • Where have you gone, Tim Lincecum? In search of beloved Giants ace

    San Jose Mercury News "Tim Lincecum’s last known address is tucked behind a partial fence, just off a sloped dead-end street near the shores of Lake Washington. Getting to the front door of the barn-red building requires crossing a short bridge. It feels like walking the plank. This is where I rang the doorbell..." September 21

  • Todd Frazier, Yankees embracing thumbs down symbol

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Yankees have adopted a new rallying cry for the stretch run of the regular season, and to say it came from an unexpected source would be an understatement. During the Yankees’ Sept. 11 game against the Tampa Bay Rays, which was played at Citi Field due to scheduling changes caused..." September 21

  • Giants GM Bobby Evans, asst. GM Jeremy Shelley in Japan to scout Shohei Otani

    San Francisco Chronicle "General manager Bobby Evans and assistant GM Jeremy Shelley are in Japan to scout Shohei Otani, the pitcher and outfielder who probably will be courted by every major-league team when he is posted by the Nippon Ham Fighters. Otani, 23, is ready to come to the majors even though he cannot get a..." September 21

  • Here is why Royals reliever Peter Moylan would like to return to Royals in 2018

    Kansas City Star "Peter Moylan is a 38-year-old reliever who forged a baseball career after working manual labor and sales jobs in his native Australia. He is a pitcher who has endured two Tommy John surgeries on his right elbow, a torn rotator cuff and labrum in his shoulder and a procedure for a bulging disc in..." September 21

  • Twins fire international scouting coordinator Howard Norsetter

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins have fired international scouting coordinator Howard Norsetter, according to two sources with knowledge of the decision. It’s the latest in a series of moves as Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine continue to makeover the organization. Norsetter, who..." September 21

  • Young girl injured by Yankee Stadium foul ball 'doing alright,' father says

    Sporting News "The 2-year-old girl struck in the face by a foul ball during Wednesday's Yankees-Twins game at Yankee stadium was hospitalized overnight for observation but is expected to be OK, WABC-TV reported Thursday morning. "She's doing alright, just keep her in your thoughts," the victim's father told..." September 21

  • Sandy Alderson Suggests Mets Will Likely Retain Matt Harvey For 2018

    MLB Trade Rumors "Despite the increasingly worrying health issues and pitching struggles of former Mets ace Matt Harvey, the club isn’t ready to give up on his talent. As GM Sandy Alderson tells Mike Puma of the New York Post, “it’s high unlikely that we’re not going to bring [Harvey] back next year.” Harvey is..." September 21

  • Red Sox clinch postseason berth for second successive season

    CBS Sports "This is something we've pretty well assumed for much of the season and have known for at least the past several weeks, but it became officially official late Wednesday on the West Coast: The Boston Red Sox will take part in the 2017 MLB postseason. We still don't know for certain if we'll see them..." September 21

  • Play Halted After Line Drive Appears to Strike Child at Yankees-Twins Game

    SI "Wednesday's game between the Yankees and Twins was stopped for about four minutes after a foul ball off Todd Frazier's bat appeared to strike a young fan. After the line drive went into the stands, the crowd let out a gasp then when silent. Frazier looked distraught as he watched events..." September 20

  • Donaldson part of 2018 Blue Jays ‘almost a certainty’

    Sportsnet "Despite former American League MVP Josh Donaldson only having one more year on his contract before being eligible for free agency, don’t expect him to be wearing a different uniform in 2018. While Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro wasn’t as bullish on Donaldson’s long-term future with..." September 20

  • Even Brad Ausmus Thinks the Detroit Tigers Are Going To Fire Brad Ausmus

    SI "From his time as a major league catcher to his current job as manager of the Detroit Tigers, Brad Ausmus established himself as one of the wittier and more refreshing interviews across baseball. In 2009, when asked if he considered signing with a new team to start instead of backing up for the Los..." September 20

  • Pat Neshek roasts Zack Greinke for turning down autograph request

    Larry Brown Sports "Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Pat Neshek is an avid collector of autographs, and his status as an MLB player gives him access to a number of opportunities the common collector doesn’t have. Except, of course, when it comes to Zack Greinke. Neshek, who was the Phillies’ lone representative at..." September 20

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • Blue Jays, Marco Estrada Agree To Extension

    Real GM Baseball "The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a one-year, $13 million extension with Marco Estrada for the 2018 season. Estrada was slated to become a free agent at the end of the season. The 34-year-old has a 4.84 ERA, 4.54 FIP and 170 strikeouts in 176.2 innings pitched this year." September 20

  • Phillies fan follows through on chicken nugget promise following Hoskins homer

    CBS Sports "Last Thursday, Phillies fan Damon Miller Jr. tweeted himself into a bit of a corner. He promised to buy everyone chicken nuggets if rookie sensation Rhys Hoskins hit a home run that night. Hoskins, who is in the middle of a torrid home run hot streak, of course went deep that night. In terms of..." September 20

  • Price wasn't initially open to bullpen move: 'I definitely wanted to start'

    Washington Post "Some seven months later, David Price can still remember how good he felt when he showed up at Boston’s spring training camp in Fort Myers, Fla., his prized left arm in pristine condition, his second season on a seven-year, $217 million deal with the Red Sox containing all the makings of something..." September 19

  • Red Sox to show anti-racism PSA during games

    Boston Globe "Two racially charged incidents at Fenway Park, on consecutive nights in May, made it clear to the city’s sports and civic leaders that they had to do something to address a problem that has haunted Boston for decades. In the aftermath, the area’s five major sports franchises — the Red Sox,..." September 19

  • Bryce Harper injury news: Progress made and reasons for optimism for the Nationals

    CBS Sports "After losing two of three to the Dodgers over the weekend, the Washington Nationals are all but assured of finishing with the second best record in the National League. They're 5 1/2 games behind Los Angeles for the best record and four games up on the Diamondbacks for the second best..." September 19

  • Noah Syndergaard may not start for Mets again this season

    New York Post "As time runs out on this dismal Mets season, Noah Syndergaard wouldn’t mind bringing a ray of sunshine to the organization. And that entails pitching for the team again this year, preferably with two appearances over the final week of the regular season. The right-hander is again on the..." September 19

  • Final vote today on Braves spring training facility; cost tops $100M

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The cost has risen for the Braves’ planned new spring-training facility, which will be a done deal if city commissioners in North Port, Fla., vote to approve the final development agreement today. The project now carries a price tag of $100.56 million, according to the latest financing..." September 19

  • Matt Harvey says he was ‘terrible all the way around’

    Newsday "There was a time when Matt Harvey might have gotten away with hanging a slider. Even against the most dangerous of hitters, raw stuff buys this kind of leeway. These times, however, are not about the beauty that arises from the blend of an electric arm and an outsized ego. These are times of..." September 19

  • Clayton Kershaw Surrenders First Career Grand Slam

    Real GM Baseball "Clayton Kershaw gave up the first grand slam of his career on Monday night against the Philadelphia Phillies. Aaron Altherr drove in four runs with a single swing in Philadelphia's 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kershaw had faced 103 batters in his career with bases loaded without..." September 19

  • Martin Prado’s season in doubt after Hurricane Irma as Marlins’ days dwindle

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Martin Prado evacuated from South Florida to Orlando in advance of Hurricane Irma, thinking it would allow him better opportunity to continue rehabilitating his surgically repaired right knee as he tries to get back on the field before the Miami Marlins’ season ends. That didn’t happen. Irma..." September 19

  • Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez: Powerful bromance blooms in desert for Diamondbacks

    USA Today "J.D. Martinez didn’t need Paul Goldschmidt to complete his stunning reclamation, and Goldschmidt didn’t need Martinez to become one of the game’s greatest players. Yet, here they are, two months after becoming teammates with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and they have no idea how great they'd be..." September 19

  • Orioles pitcher Miguel Elias Gonzalez dies at 21 in car crash in Dominican Republic

    Hardball Talk "Orioles minor league pitcher Miguel Elias Gonzalez died from injuries sustained in a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Saturday, the team announced on Monday. Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said in a statement, “Our organization is deeply saddened by the..." September 18

  • A lot of things need to go right for the Pirates to contend in 2018

    CBS Sports "The Pirates have been eliminated from postseason contention, and not long ago they ensured a second-straight losing season. Given the recent baseball renaissance in Pittsburgh, that's a disappointing outcome. Will 2018 bring better fortunes? That's the matter at hand. The structural problem..." September 18

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • Bryce Harper took batting practice yesterday

    Hardball Talk "Bryce Harper has been on the disabled list since mid-August after he slipped on first base and hyperextended his left knee. At the time the injury looked horrific, with most people watching it assuming he shredded his knee. Thankfully, though it was diagnosed as a “significant bone bruise.” There..." September 18

  • Zach Britton likely in final days with Orioles

    Fanrag Sports "If Zach Britton had his way, he would spend his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles selected the left-hander in the third round of the 2006 amateur draft following his senior year of high school in Weatherford, Texas. They brought him to the major leagues in 2011, then..." September 18

  • NL MVP: Sorting out the crowded field won't be easy

    Sporting News "If you happen to run into a baseball writer who has a 2017 NL MVP vote, give that person a hug. They’ll need it. Trying to sort out this year’s crowded NL MVP race is a nearly impossible task. As many as six players have had seasons worthy of first-place votes, which means you’re going to see..." September 18

  • AL MVP: Jose Altuve is clear favorite, but race for second is star-studded

    Sporting News "Jose Altuve is putting the finishes on yet another incredible season for Houston. Remember when we were all amazed that a guy listed at 5-6 could be an impact player in the majors? Those days feel like a long, long time ago. At this point, Altuve has established himself as one of the best..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Wainwright joins bullpen, unlikely to start again this season

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals intend to have rookie Jack Flaherty finish the season in the rotation, though they expect to have another, more-seasoned option available as early as Tuesday to provide relief, as much as needed. Adam Wainwright faced hitters Sunday morning at Wrigley Field in a batting..." September 18

  • Minor in line to be Royals' full-time closer?

    MLB.com "What Royals fans saw out of left-hander Mike Minor in a closer's role in the 4-3 win over the Indians on Friday night had to make more than a few wonder: With that type of electric stuff, could Minor become a full-time closer? Minor struck out the side for his first career save, ending the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Betts exits, day to day with thumb injury

    MLB.com "Mookie Betts exited with a right thumb contusion in the fifth inning of Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Rays. X-rays came back negative, and he is listed as day to day, the team announced. The injury occurred in the fourth inning after Betts hit a grounder to third baseman Trevor Plouffe. Plouffe's..." September 18

  • Things could get ‘a little weird’ for Chase Utley if Dodgers clinch in Philadelphia

    Orange County Register "With their magic number shrinking daily now, the Dodgers could very well celebrate the clinching of their fifth consecutive NL West title during this week’s four-game series at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Uh, awkward. “I actually haven’t thought about it at all,” said Dodgers second..." September 18

  • Protecting Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox riding it out with Brock Holt

    Boston Herald "It’s no secret Brock Holt has been a different player since coming back from multiple concussions and, most recently, overcoming a bout with vertigo. But the Red Sox are desperate for options at second base with Eduardo Nunez out with a knee injury and Dustin Pedroia’s cranky left knee forcing..." September 18