• 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 27

  • 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

  • Yankees show off Rob Refsnyder to interested team

    New York Post "The Rays have interest in Rob Refsnyder, whom the Yankees are open to shopping. Against Tampa on Sunday, the Yankees inserted Refsnyder in the fifth inning to play left. He moved to right an inning later. At bat, Refsnyder went 1-for-1 with a double and drew a walk. The Yankees may need..." March 27

  • A’s demote Jesse Hahn; Andrew Triggs, Raul Alcantara in rotation

    San Francisco Chronicle "Onetime A’s No. 3 starter Jesse Hahn was sent to minor-league camp Sunday as the A’s solidified their opening-week rotation, with Andrew Triggs becoming the No. 4 starter and Raul Alcantara No. 5. The rest of the roster also is coming into focus, too: Outfielder Alejandro De Aza is expected to..." March 27

  • Mike Trout proposes change to spring training umpiring

    ESPN "Mike Trout is widely regarded as baseball’s best player, and you’d also be hard-pressed to find a player who is more universally liked than Trout. He seems to have a running banter with almost everyone when he plays, from opposing catchers to infielders, to umpires. It was during one of those..." March 26

  • Wong backtracks on earlier trade comments: 'I want to be a Cardinal'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong asked the Post-Dispatch to clarify comments he made earlier Sunday about the team considering a platoon approach to second base to start the season. His words, in full, appear below: "That platoon word is something I don't get along with real well," Wong..." March 26

  • Bronson Arroyo inching closer to making Reds

    MLB.com "Reds manager Bryan Price wasn't yet ready Sunday to say that veteran pitcher Bronson Arroyo has made the club. To make the starting five, however, Arroyo appears to only need to get through the final days of camp healthy. Trying to come back from two years out of the big leagues as a non-roster..." March 26

  • Cardinals chairman prepared to make 'significant offer' to Molina

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "After a raucous and joyous run with Team Puerto Rico through the World Baseball Classic, Yadier Molina returned to the Cardinals with his dyed-blond hair, a silver medal and perhaps something even more valuable to him in the week and season ahead. He caught a youthful verve. “I feel like a..." March 26

  • D-backs nearing final staff after latest roster cuts

    Fox Sports "The Diamondbacks made a pair of cuts Saturday morning and the latest moves push the team closer to finalizing its Opening Day pitching staff. Zack Godley was optioned to Triple-A Reno while fellow righty Kevin Jepsen was released before the D-backs’ 7-4 loss to the Angels in Tempe. With..." March 26

  • Did Indians GM's adorable son leak news of a possible Lindor extension on the radio?

    CBS Sports "The Indians are of course finalizing a contract extension with third baseman Jose Ramirez, so locking up young core players is quite possibly in the air around camp. That brings us to the appearance of Brody Chernoff, the young son of Indians GM Mike Chernoff, on the Saturday’s Indians radio game..." March 26

  • Kolten Wong wants out of St. Louis if he's not everyday 2B

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Second baseman Kolten Wong expressed confusion and frustration Sunday about the news that the Cardinals are considering a platoon approach at Wong's position to start the regular season. "You know what, that's out of my control," Wong said before the Cardinals played the Marlins in a..." March 26

  • Cleveland Indians tell Austin Jackson he's on team

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Manager Terry Francona's 25-man roster, with one week left before breaking camp, is coming into view. On Sunday morning, the Indians told outfielder Austin Jackson that he'd made the team as long as he stays healthy between now and the April 3 season opener at Texas. Jackson had an out clause..." March 26

  • Stephen Strasburg named Nationals' Opening Day starter for 4th time

    MLB.com "Stephen Strasburg will start Opening Day for the Nationals, manager Dusty Baker announced Sunday. Washington opens its season at 1:05 p.m. ET on April 3 against the Marlins at Nationals Park. This marks the fourth career Opening Day assignment for the 28-year-old Strasburg. He previously..." March 26

  • Red Sox reassign Castillo, Craig, and their $22M in salaries to minors

    WEEI Boston "It was hardly a surprise. Rusney Castillo and Allen Craig were part of a group who was reassigned to the minor leagues Sunday morning, joining outfielder Brian Bogusevic, infielder Matt Dominguez, catcher Jake DePew and pitcher Hector Velazquez. Noe Ramirez, who made the Opening Day roster a..." March 26

  • Re-assigned Anthony Gose as a pitcher? Tigers will investigate

    Michigan Live "Anthony Gose was re-assigned to minor-league camp Sunday morning as part of the Detroit Tigers' wave of cuts. At the time, the non-roster invitee is odd man out in the competition for the Tigers' center-field spot. But as one door possibly closes for the 26-year-old from Bellflower, Calif.,..." March 26

  • Mat Latos remains part of logjam for Blue Jays’ final bullpen spot

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons described Mat Latos’s most recent work as solid but the right-hander remains part of a logjam for the final open spot in the bullpen. Latos allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits, one of them a Greg Bird homer, over three innings of work in a 6-5..." March 26

  • Mets' Matz scratched from start with elbow discomfort

    New York Daily News "Steven Matz has been scratched from his scheduled Monday start with "tenderness" and "irritation" in his surgically repaired left elbow. Sandy Alderson said that the Mets lefty has not yet been sent for an MRI on the elbow, but that he has been examined by team doctors. The Mets GM added that..." March 26

  • Tigers eating $5M salary to release struggling Lowe

    Michigan Live "Veteran reliever Mark Lowe was released Sunday, one of nine cuts made by the Detroit Tigers as Opening Day approaches. The Tigers also reassigned pitchers Joe Jimenez, Arcenio Leon, Ruben Alaniz, Logan Kensing and Edward Mujica; outfielder Anthony Gose; and infielder Dominic Ficociello to..." March 26

  • Brewers loading up with intriguing ‘what if’ talent

    Sportsnet "With a new MLB season looming, there’s cautious optimism in Milwaukee. It’s not that the Brewers are expected to contend this year — far from it. Rather, the team is in the midst of a rebuild, which means this season should give fans a glimpse of what the future has to offer. As we approach..." March 26

  • Will teams blow away White Sox for Jose Quintana?

    Boston Globe "It’s down to the final days before the start of the regular season, a time when team executives and their staffs make those last-minute decisions on the roster. Some are thinking big, others are thinking small. According to one major league source, the main name out there who could be traded..." March 26

  • Rangers Table Extension Talks With Jonathan Lucroy

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers and Jonathan Lucroy have tabled negotiations about a contract extension, the catcher tells Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Twitter link). It isn’t known whether the two sides will re-open talks prior to Opening Day or afterwards. Since many players prefer to avoid having..." March 26

  • Jose Quintana expects to remain with White Sox 'for a long time'

    Chicago Sun-Times "Even while the pop of the catcher’s mitt still reverberates around the ballpark, White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana is holding up his glove and requesting the ball back. Quintana already is locked in for his next delivery. This happens on every pitch because Quintana is zoned in and distracted..." March 26

  • Cubs left Las Vegas hotel minutes before nearby shooting

    Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs players and coaches avoided by minutes a shooting incident Saturday morning outside their hotel that led to an hourslong standoff between police and the gunman. “I didn’t know what was going on until the guys showed up [at Cashman Field],” center fielder Albert Almora said of teammates on..." March 26

  • Cubs trying to trade Matt Szczur

    Chicago Tribune "Manager Joe Maddon stresses emphatically that Cubs backup outfielder Matt Szczur is a bona fide major-league player. But Szczur could be playing for another team soon. Two major-league sources confirmed Saturday the Cubs are trying to trade Szczur, who is out of minor-league options and..." March 26

  • The Rangers could extend Nomar Mazara next

    CBS Sports "Earlier on Saturday, the Texas Rangers reportedly agreed to a six-year extension with second baseman Rougned Odor. Turns out, the Rangers may be interested in a long-term deal with another one of their talented young players. That’s because Texas has reportedly engaged outfielder Nomar Mazara..." March 26

  • Royals' Danny Duffy will start Opening Day for Royals

    Kansas City Star "Royals manager Ned Yost on Saturday officially announced left-hander Danny Duffy will be the club’s opening day starter, confirming a move that had been expected for weeks, if not months. Duffy, 28, will make his first opening day start when the Royals open the season against the Twins on..." March 25

  • Juan Lagares suffers oblique strain and now Mets have more outfield questions

    CBS Sports "Lagares exited Saturday's spring training game with a left oblique strain, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. John Mora came on to replace Lagares after the gold glover strained his oblique early in Saturday's contest. " March 25

  • Adam Jones to Puerto Rico: 'I don't think I said anything wrong'

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles center fielder Adam Jones returns from the World Baseball Classic with a burnished reputation as one of the game’s stars and great leaders, owed in part to the front-man role he played for the title-winning United States team. Jones himself doesn’t feel like he did anything outside of..." March 25

  • Farrell: Price showed 'increased' strength in game of catch

    Boston Herald "After meeting a strength benchmark this afternoon, David Price has been cleared to "throw" a baseball again -- if you consider a game of short catch inside a batting cage to be throwing. There is still no timetable on when the left-handed starter, who has a strain of his flexor mass muscle..." March 25

  • Yu Darvish officially named Texas' Opening Day starter

    MLB.com "Yu Darvish, leading an international cast of teammates, was told by manager Ron Washington that he will be the Rangers' Opening Day starter on March 31 against the Phillies. Washington had already said that last month at FanFest, but he told Darvish in a short meeting on Tuesday morning. "Yu..." March 25

  • Yadier Molina sets Opening Day deadline for extension with Cardinals

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "His game already tournament-tested and his hair still blond from Puerto Rico’s run through the World Baseball Classic, Yadier Molina returned to Cardinals camp saying he’s refreshed and ready for “many” more years behind the plate. There’s a week to determine if those will be with the..." March 25

  • Rangers and Rougned Odor closing in on contract extension

    Sports Day "It has become a big week for Rangers who were teammates on the Venezuelan team in the World Baseball Classic. Albeit, it's about to be much bigger for Rougned Odor than Robinson Chirinos. Two MLB sources said the Rangers were growing increasingly optimistic they would complete a contract..." March 25

  • Why Travis d’Arnaud should never catch Noah Syndergaard

    New York Post "Let’s start with the easy part: Pair up Noah Syndergaard with Rene Rivera on Opening Day. On Memorial Day. On Columbus Day. Every day. Just like last year, the Mets’ ace, because his ability to prevent opponents’ running games is hindered by his size, should work regularly with the defensively..." March 25

  • Indians' Kluber to make 3rd straight Opening Day start

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Corey Kluber is all set for the Cleveland Indians opener on April 3 in Texas. "There's no doubt in his mind he's pitching Opening Day," said Tribe manager Terry Francona. "That's good enough for me." Kluber will be starting his third consecutive opener. Counting the postseason, Kluber..." March 25

  • A-Rod opens up about his 'mistakes' to college students

    CBS Miami "Just because Alex Rodriguez retired from baseball doesn’t mean he’s no longer a busy guy. If anything, his life after baseball might just even be more active, thanks in part to a new high-profile romance and a new business venture. A very candid A-Rod talked to a group of University of Miami..." March 25