• Samardzija seems destined for free agency, but the trade was worth it

    CBSSports.com "The White Sox will tell you there were two big benefits to acquiring big right-hander Jeff Samardzija. First and most obviously, he is one of the better righty starters in baseball, and he should help them immensely in their realistic quest to get back to contention. Second, when they acquired..." March 06

  • MLBPA: leaks are from people “who want to see Josh Hamilton hurt personally and professionally”

    Hardball Talk "The MLBPA has released a statement bashing the leaks about Josh Hamilton and his case over in the past several days. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN passes it along: “It is regrettable that people who want to see Josh Hamilton hurt personally and professionally have started leaking information about..." March 06

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    Jesse Sanchez @JesseSanchezMLB

    Reps for Hector Olivera surprised to hear report & unaware of any UCL damage. Say HO feels fine & had private workout for a club last week.

  • Cuban Hector Olivera could have damaged UCL in throwing arm

    Yahoo! Sports "Serious concern exists that Cuban infielder Hector Olivera has a damaged ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm, potentially hindering the market for a free agent who many expected to contribute in the major leagues this season, sources told Yahoo Sports. Olivera, 29, recently underwent..." March 06

  • Cashman says Jeter should be last Yankees captain

    New York Daily News "Derek Jeter was the longest tenured captain in the storied history of the Yankees. Brian Cashman thinks he should also be the last. Speaking on The Mike Lupica Show on ESPN Radio Thursday, the Yankees general manager suggested that when the Yankees retire Jeter’s No. 2, the “captaincy should..." March 06

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    World Champs @SFGiants

    Pence non-displaced fracture in left forearm (Ulna bone). Expected out 6-8 weeks. #SFGiants

  • Report: Josh Hamilton facing one-year suspension

    Larry Brown Sports "Pending an independent arbitrator’s decision, Josh Hamilton could be suspended for the entire 2015 season. The Los Angeles Times reports that an arbitrator has been called upon to determine Hamilton’s fate after a decision could not be reached by a four-person panel made up of two lawyers and..." March 06

  • MLB's decision on Josh Hamilton could come as early as next week

    Fox Sports "A decision by Major League Baseball on discipline for Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is expected before Opening Day and could come as early as next week, industry sources told FOX Sports. An arbitrator has been appointed to determine whether Hamilton should enter a rehabilitation program..." March 05

  • Josh Hamilton's future rests with arbitrator as panel splits on rehab treatment

    Los Angeles Times "An arbitrator will have to break a split decision about how to handle Josh Hamilton. A four-person panel, which was to determine whether the Angels outfielder should enter a rehabilitation program for substance abuse, is deadlocked in its opinion, The Times has learned. The group is made up..." March 05

  • David Ortiz says he won't follow new rule

    Toronto Sun "Don't count Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz as a big fan of baseball's new speed-up-the-game plan. "When you come out of the box, you're thinking about what the guy is trying to do," Ortiz said in reaction to the rule, which states the batter must have at least one foot in the box..." March 05

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    Eduardo A. Encina @EddieInTheYard

    The #Orioles are working to finalize a deal that would allow Yoon out of his #MLB contract and return to South Korea to pitch.

  • Why all the trade talk is leaving Mets’ Dillon Gee so conflicted

    New York Post "Dillon Gee has gone from Opening Day starter last season to potentially left out in 2015. The right-hander admits he’s conflicted this exhibition season as he tries to balance his loyalty to the Mets with his desire to start somewhere. But as the sixth wheel in the Mets’ five-man rotation —..." March 05

  • After retirement thoughts, Dan Haren back 'for one more year at least'

    CBSSports.com "Dan Haren wasn't sure he wanted to move across the country to pitch another year. And then Haren wasn't sure how badly the Marlins wanted him. Yet, here Haren is, with the Marlins, 2,500 miles from where he wanted to be. "I've been traded a bunch before, but this one caught me off guard,"..." March 05

  • To move him, Dodgers offering to pay down Ethier's contract by half

    CBSSports.com "The Dodgers have offered to pay down "about half" the $56 million remaining over three years on Andre Ethier's contract in efforts to trade him, sources familiar with the talks say. Ethier appears to be the likely odd man out in a slightly less crowded Dodgers outfield situation, with coveted..." March 05

  • Billy Bean appreciates 'brave' Daniel Murphy's honesty

    Sporting News "Billy Bean had his say Wednesday in response to Daniel Murphy. Bean, an openly gay former player and now Major League Baseball's ambassador for inclusion, said he appreciated Murphy being honest when the Mets second baseman said Tuesday he "disagreed" with Bean's lifestyle, citing his religious..." March 05

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: Coke to #Cubs on minor-league deal.

  • Could Jose Quintana get Opening Day nod for White Sox?

    CSN Chicago "Jose Quintana would love a shot at an Opening Day start. The White Sox starter admitted earlier this week he was pretty geeked for Wednesday’s Cactus League opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He proceeded to throw strikes on 20 of 26 pitches and retire all six batters he faced in the first..." March 05

  • Giants' Peavy, Cain ready to push each other

    San Jose Mercury News "The newness of being a Giant has worn off for Jake Peavy. He's accustomed to putting on the uniform, interacting with teammates and seeing Bruce Bochy in the dugout. But there's one thing he hasn't yet experienced. "Oh, it's going to be a lot of fun to be in the same rotation with Matt..." March 05

  • Street handles business on and off the field

    MLB.com "One of few players without an agent, closer negotiating extension with Angels by himself There's an old saying that Huston Street frequently references, especially lately: He who represents himself has a fool for a client. The Angels' closer laughs at the thought, the irony..." March 05

  • Rangers’ Prince Fielder getting back into swing of things

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Take it from the one player in the Texas Rangers’ camp who knows Prince Fielder better than any other — the first baseman is in the right frame of mind for a rebound season. “He seems like the same guy from what I remember in Milwaukee,” said right-hander Yovani Gallardo, a Brewers teammate of..." March 05

  • A-Rod gets hit, walk in debut

    ESPN New York "It took nearly 18 months for Alex Rodriguez to get back on a baseball field -- and just one at-bat to get back into the swing of things with a single his first time up in Wednesday's spring training game between the Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies at Steinbrenner Field. A-Rod finished his..." March 04

  • Mets' Daniel Murphy vocal in disdain for Billy Bean's homosexuality

    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

  • Cubs considered playing entire 2015 home schedule in Milwaukee

    SI.com "The Chicago Cubs say they considered playing their entire home schedule in Milwaukee because of delays to the renovation of Wrigley Field. Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said the team did not go ahead with the plan to move the games to Miller Park because it was “too much..." March 04

  • Walker starts bid for spot in Mariners’ rotation with two strong innings

    The News Tribune "The time is right, Taijuan Walker believes, to validate his long-held status as the Mariners’ top pitching prospect. And Wednesday served as a strong opening statement. Walker delivered two strong innings against San Diego’s revamped lineup when the Mariners opened their 32-game Cactus League..." March 04

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    Eduardo A. Encina @EddieInTheYard

    Alex Cobb will start Opening Day for the #Rays vs. #Orioles, @TBTimes_Rays reports.

  • Derek Jeter’s departure paves way for Ellbury-Gardner combo

    New York Post "Much has been made of Didi Gregorius replacing Derek Jeter at short. But who is going to follow Jeter in the No. 2 spot in the Yankees’ batting order? Joe Girardi may have tipped his hand Tuesday when he used Jacoby Ellsbury in the leadoff spot and Brett Gardner hit second against the Phillies..." March 04

  • Hanrahan needs second Tommy John; Tigers release him

    Detroit News "It’s the worst kind of déjà vu for Joel Hanrahan. After two years of grueling and painstaking rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery, Hanrahan found out Tuesday that he has to do it all over again. “The first one was a failed surgery,” Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski..." March 04

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    Jane Lee @JaneMLB

    The A's have decided to move Coco Crisp to left field in attempt to help keep him healthy.

  • Royals pitcher Tim Collins to undergo MRI after leaving game with elbow injury

    Kansas City Star "Tim Collins could not remember the exact hitter he was facing, but he knew the pitch. It was a curveball in the fifth inning of the Royals’ 13-2 victory over Texas in their Cactus League opener. Collins thought it was a strike. He also noticed the sensation of tightness afflicting his left elbow..." March 04

  • Cubs waiting for Welington Castillo situation to play itself out

    CSN Chicago "Anyone need a catcher? The Cubs will be open for business when their Cactus League schedule begins on Thursday with two split-squad games. Some of the scouts sitting behind home plate will have to be watching Welington Castillo this spring. While the Cubs publicly insist it’s not impossible..." March 04

  • Dickey not tipping pitches any more

    Toronto Sun "Just before the all-star break in 2013, R.A. Dickey was jogging in the outfield at the Rogers Centre. A scout motioned for the new Blue Jays right-hander to come over to talk when he was finished. As Dickey approached the pro scout said “so, you’re fixed, huh?” Dickey had been tipping his..." March 04

  • Phillies don’t expect Chad Billingsley to be ready for Opening Day

    Hardball Talk "Philadelphia signed Chad Billingsley to an incentive-laden one-year deal in the hopes that he’ll bounce back well from Tommy John and flexor tendon surgeries, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that “he’s not expected to be big league-ready until late April.” That’s no surprise given that..." March 04

  • Yankees' Alex Rodriguez 'ready to go' in spring debut

    USA Today "It was 505 days ago that Alex Rodriguez watched a called third strike from David Price. That's the last pitch the Yankees' fallen star saw from an opponent until facing Philadelphia's Kevin Slowey in today's exhibition home opener. Rodriguez, now 39, was the designated hitter that September..." March 04

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    Marly~ESPN Deportes @MarlyRiveraESPN

    Source says Tanaka will probably start against Braves 3/12 here at George M. Steinbrenner Field; remains to be confirmed

  • A-Rod to make spring debut Wednesday: 'I'll be a little nervous'

    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

  • Yankees fire employee over alleged tweets about Curt Schilling’s daughter

    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

  • David Wright scolds Noah Syndergaard for not being on bench during Mets’ intrasquad game

    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

  • Victor Martinez on track to start season on time

    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

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    According to #Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, club hasn't finalized contract for K-Rod and there is no guess on arrival from Venezuela.

  • Mets, Rangers could match up on Dillon Gee trade

    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

  • No signs of progress in Red Sox, Phillies trade talks regarding Cole Hamels

    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

  • Matt Harvey to make his regular season debut on April 9

    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

  • Don Mattingly says Jimmy Rollins will be the Dodgers’ leadoff man

    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

  • Why Masahiro Tanaka isn't worried about the health of his elbow

    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

  • Cole Hamels Trade Talk ‘Motivation’ For Red Sox Pitching Staff

    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

  • Twins making progress on an extension for Brian Dozier

    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

  • Curt Schilling lowers the boom on some men tweeting threats against his daughter

    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

  • Cubs and Javier Baez trying unique ways to improve offensive approach

    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

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Free agent pitcher Chris Young is planning to review offers and make a decision on a team by the end of the week.

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    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    #pirates RHP Brandon Cumpton has elbow discomfort, will see Dr. Andrews next week.