• Dustin Pedroia on Red Sox leadership: 'It's not one leader'

    ESPN "As the longest-tenured player on the Boston Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia understands and accepts his role as the team's leader. But he also knows he can't do it alone. Pedroia was in a pensive mood Saturday as he arrived at spring training for his 13th major-league season. The feisty second..." February 17

  • Manny Machado downplays significance of offseason trade talks

    Masn "Manny Machado’s equipment bag from the World Baseball Classic arrived at his locker this morning a few minutes before the three-time All-Star, who walked into the clubhouse with a big smile on his face, approached every teammate, and offered a handshake and a hug. One at a time. Every player he..." February 17

  • Rangers will not sign reliever Seung Hwan Oh; could Tim Lincecum be on tap?

    Sports Day "The Rangers are back to looking for a closer. The club broke off negotiations with Korean pitcher Seung Hwan Oh Saturday, a source said. The club had agreed to a one-year contract with the reliever, pending a physical, more than a week ago. But, according to a source, there were disconcerting..." February 17

  • Nunez: Contract with Red Sox hasn't been finalized

    Boston Globe "At a time when Eduardo Nunez may be close to rejoining the Red Sox, the free agent was at the team’s spring training facility on Saturday afternoon. The infielder, who hit .321/.353/.539 with eight homers in 38 games for the Red Sox after being acquired from the Giants in a late July trade, said..." February 17

  • Brewers' Broxton: 'I can't say I'm happy' about outfield additions

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "It’s safe to say that Keon Broxton was shocked when he heard the Milwaukee Brewers acquired outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain within a couple of hours on Jan. 25. Broxton certainly wasn’t pleased about what those moves meant for him. As the incumbent centerfielder, it wasn’t good..." February 17

  • Scioscia: Ohtani available to pinch hit, pinch run on non-pitching days

    12 Up "Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani ​signed with the Angels this offseason, and the talented two way player made his a desire to pitch and hit in the MLB clear when signing with the team. Ohtani seems to have gotten his wish, as manager Mike Scoscia plans to use Ohtani in a number of different..." February 17

  • Brandon Morrow's injury-plagued odyssey led him to role of Cubs closer

    Chicago Tribune "Replacing near-flawless Wade Davis despite a lack of recent closer experience doesn’t faze Brandon Morrow. “I don’t think mentally it will be too big for me,” Morrow said at spring training Wednesday in a calm but direct tone. “I think I have come a long way.” Considering his array of health..." February 17

  • CC Sabathia is the old man in Yankees' rotation but a new man on mound

    ESPN "CC Sabathia stood in front of his corner locker, at 37 the elder statesman on a New York Yankees team that will have fewer 30-somethings than it has had in a long time. As he took questions from the media, Ron Guidry -- Mr. Louisiana Lightning himself -- interrupted to ask Sabathia about..." February 17

  • Scooter Gennett wins arbitration case against Reds

    Hardball Talk "The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month. Gennett, 27,..." February 17

  • Indians to sign OF Rajai Davis to a minor-league deal

    WKYC "Remember this moment? It looks like the man who hit that memorable home run in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series is coming back to Cleveland. According to Indians.com/MLB.com's Jordan Bastian, Rajai Davis is in camp in Goodyear and is set to sign a minor league deal with the Tribe. Davis was..." February 17

  • Machado says heart is at shortstop, staying there could impact free agent decision

    CBS Sports "This is a year of great significance for Manny Machado. Machado will qualify for free agency come the winter, meaning this is likely his final go-around with the Baltimore Orioles. It's also his first season as an everyday shortstop, having previously played the position in just 52..." February 17

  • Mets' Wright: 'I don't know' if I can play in 2018

    New York Daily News "It sounds as if David Wright finally has come to the realization — and to grips with — the likelihood that the end is near. Wright spoke for the first time this spring at Mets camp on Saturday, and while he admirably refuses to give up on his multi-year quest to make it back to the field..." February 17

  • Giants adding reliever Tony Watson

    San Francisco Gate "The Giants are upgrading their bullpen with the addition of left-hander Tony Watson, who posted a 3.38 ERA for the Pirates and Dodgers last season. The Giants have been looking to deepen their relief corps, especially from the left side, while attempting to stay under the $197 million threshold..." February 17

  • Chris Tillman expected to choose team within next few days, could return to Orioles

    Baltimore Sun "A potential reunion between the Orioles and right-hander Chris Tillman is very much still alive as the team looks to continue to upgrade its rotation after the signing of former Texas Rangers starter Andrew Cashner. Mutual interest remains between the sides and Tillman is expected to make his..." February 17

  • Blue Jays’ Jaime Garcia believes his best years are ahead of him

    Sportsnet "Jaime Garcia pitched pretty well last year. Well enough that not one, but two contending teams acquired him late last July. Well enough to generate 2.1 wins above replacement, according to FanGraphs. The Toronto Blue Jays would likely welcome a repeat of the 4.41 ERA and 157 innings he..." February 17

  • Nationals GM Mike Rizzo believes he'll receive a contract extension

    Washington Post "On Thursday, Mike Rizzo hopped aboard a 20-minute flight out of West Palm Beach, Fla., to represent the Washington Nationals at the Governor’s Baseball Dinner at Tropicana Field. He is entering his 12th season with the organization, his ninth as general manager, and his fifth full campaign as..." February 16

  • Miami-Dade County suing Marlins, Loria ownership over profit sharing

    Miami Herald "Miami-Dade is taking Jeffrey Loria and Derek Jeter to court over the former Marlins owner’s claim that the county is owed nothing from a profit-sharing deal tied to his $1.2 billion sale of the baseball franchise. Joe Martinez, a Miami-Dade commissioner, said a county lawyer told him of the..." February 16

  • Giants GM interested in bringing back Lincecum

    NBC Sports "Three years after Tim Lincecum last pitched for them, the Giants still quietly keep No. 55 on the off-limits list. None of the 58 players in camp are wearing it, but some at Scottsdale Stadium have considered the possibility of returning it to the original owner. The Giants were in attendance..." February 16

  • Cardinals sign Jason Motte to a minor-league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Cardinals picked up free agent reliever Jason Motte on a minor-league deal, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday. The contract comes with an invitation to camp, but won’t be official until Motte passes his physical on Monday. It’s a homecoming of sorts for the..." February 16

  • Twins To Sign Anibal Sanchez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have reached agreement on a MLB contract with veteran righty Anibal Sanchez, per Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (Twitter links). Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN noted the connection on Twitter earlier this afternoon. Sanchez will receive a $2.5MM guarantee in the arrangement, per Heyman. He’ll..." February 16

  • Stroman, Blue Jays clear air after arbitration anger

    TSN "Marcus Stroman doesn’t have a problem with the Blue Jays, he has a problem with the arbitration process. He also has no problem speaking his mind. Full team workouts won’t even begin until Monday, but Stro has been the show in the first week of spring training thanks to his lost arbitration..." February 16

  • Giancarlo Stanton sees a lot of himself in Aaron Judge

    MLB.com "The second phase of Giancarlo Stanton's career is officially underway, as the reigning National League Most Valuable Player reported for his first Spring Training as a member of the Yankees on Friday. Having flown from the West Coast several days before the mandated report date for position..." February 16

  • Jon Lester rants on free-agent market

    Sporting News "Many around the game of baseball are dumbfounded with how many free agents remain available with spring training games starting next week. Even players who have contracts and nothing to worry about are chiming in. Jon Lester did a little bit more than chime in Friday, though. He isn't happy..." February 16

  • Did Cubs miscalculate Jake Arrieta’s value in deciding against re-signing him?

    Chicago Sun-Times "Nobody in the Cubs’ clubhouse has been closer to Jake Arrieta than Texas neighbor Tommy La Stella the last three years – so close that Arrieta still carries some of La Stella with him wherever he goes, even four months after his last pitch for the Cubs. Albeit, most of what he carries from La..." February 16

  • David Freese had a lot to say about the Pirates and their lack of a 'winning culture'

    CBS Sports "Pittsburgh Pirates fans have suffered through a lot in recent months. The front office traded Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole, the club's biggest star and its best pitcher, and as of Friday has yet to sign a free agent to a big-league deal. As a result, the Pirates are not likely to contend this..." February 16

  • Marlins’ Dan Straily ‘glad’ critical stars were traded

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s safe to say trading Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich weren’t popular moves among Miami Marlins fans, but at least one player is rather happy to see the back of them. Starting pitcher Dan Straily admitted he was glad to see both players go, as they’d been critical of the team’s..." February 16

  • Report: Mets would ‘love’ to start Tim Tebow in Double-A this season

    Larry Brown Sports "Most people laughed when Tim Tebow announced that he is trying his hand at professional baseball, but the former NFL quarterback will once again be playing in the minor leagues with the New York Mets this season. In fact, the team is hoping he does enough in spring training to get him one step..." February 16

  • Rangers sign Edinson Volquez to minor league deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with free agent right-handed pitcher Edinson Volquez on a minor league contract accompanied by an invitation to major league spring training, the team formally announced on Friday. The newly inked pact will be for both the 2018 and 2019 campaigns. The..." February 16

  • Hanley Ramirez Explains Why He Adopted Tom Brady’s ‘TB12 Method’ In Offseason

    NESN "Tom Brady has another satisfied customer, it seems. Hanley Ramirez reported to Fort Myers, Fla., on Friday for Boston Red Sox spring training, three days before the team’s first official workout. He looked a little slimmer, too, claiming he’s dropped 15 pounds over the offseason. His secret?..." February 16

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • Marlins Win Arbitration Hearing Over Dan Straily

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins won their arbitration hearing over right-hander Dan Straily, tweets FanRag’s Jon Heyman. He’ll earn the $3.375MM sum submitted by the team rather than the $3.55MM salary that he and his agents at Sosnick, Cobbe & Karon filed (as can be seen in MLBTR’s Arbitration Tracker). Straily will..." February 16

  • Royals win arbitration case against reliever Brandon Maurer

    Kansas City Star "Royals general manager Dayton Moore is still perfect in arbitration cases. In the Royals’ first arbitration hearing with a player since Moore took over in 2006, the club defeated reliever Brandon Maurer on Friday morning. Maurer will be paid $2.95 million in 2018. Maurer, 27, filed for $3.5..." February 16

  • Dodgers manager Dave Roberts doesn't shy away from rethinking his decisions in the World Series

    Los Angeles Times "Before the first game of last season's World Series, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts walked alone to center field at Dodger Stadium and carefully pulled a small vial out of his pocket. Across the deep green grass, he scattered some of his father's ashes. Seven months after Waymon Roberts died..." February 16

  • MLB Rumors: Phillies among favorites to land Bryce Harper after 2018 season

    Newark Star-Ledger "If you thought the Bryce Harper-Yankees rumors were over, think again. As the 2018 Yankees embark on a fascinating spring training with new faces (first-year manager Aaron Boone, 2017 NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton) and World Series expectations, there's little talk about the future. In the Bronx,..." February 16

  • Top Yankees Prospect Shot in Hip During Attempted Robbery in Venezuela

    12 Up "​New York Yankees ​manager Aaron Boone had some troubling news when he addressed the media on Friday. He announced that one of their top infield prospects, Thairo Estrada, was shot in the right hip in his native Venezuela during a robbery attempt last month." February 16

  • Sabathia ‘would be panicking’ if he were still a free agent

    New York Post "If CC Sabathia were a high-end free agent these days he would be swallowing Xanax. Fortunately, he doesn’t have to worry about the slow market, because he signed a one-year deal for $10 million to remain a Yankee in December, long before the free-agent waters froze. Yu Darvish signed a six-year..." February 16

  • Jason Vargas, Mets agree to two-year deal

    ESPN "The New York Mets and starting pitcher Jason Vargas have reached agreement on a two-year, $16 million deal, a source confirmed to ESPN on Friday. The deal, which is pending a physical, includes a club option for 2020, an MLB source told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. The agreement was first reported..." February 16

  • Albert Pujols looks like a new man on his first day at Angels camp

    Los Angeles Times "Albert Pujols didn't drop that spring-training "best-shape-of-my-life" cliche into his conversation with reporters upon arriving at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Friday, but the Angels first baseman was clearly in the best shape he has been in since 2013. Free of the shackles of physical therapy for..." February 16

  • Tim Lincecum’s fastball clocked at 93 m.p.h. during his scouting showcase

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday Tim Lincecum held his much awaited showcase, throwing 25 pitches for 20 scouts representing 15 major league teams. By all accounts, it went well. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that scouts walked away impressed, with most saying Lincecum was hitting 90-92 on the gun, and one saying..." February 16

  • D-backs sign pitcher Jorge De La Rosa to minor league contract

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed left-handed pitcher Jorge De La Rosa to a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. The deal includes an invitation to spring training. In 2017, De La Rosa went 3-1 for the Diamondbacks, posting a 4.21 ERA along with 45 strikeouts in 65 games. De..." February 16

  • White Sox’ starting rotation a mixed bag in 2018

    Chicago Sun-Times "The White Sox’ starting rotation includes two veterans who might be fifth starters on different teams and three young pitchers with pedigree but who are far from proven. With Carlos Rodon recovering from left shoulder surgery, the Sox’ starting five six weeks from now is shaping up as (not..." February 16

  • Brian Sabean “Will Be More Involved” In Running Giants In 2018

    MLB Trade Rumors "Brian Sabean, the long-time top baseball operations executive for the Giants, tells Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic (subscription link) that he “will be more involved” at the major-league level during the coming season. There’s no substitute for reading the piece in its entirety, but we’ll cover..." February 16

  • Low-risk signing could have inside track on Gleyber Torres’ spot

    New York Post "It’s clear even after Gleyber Torres missed much of last season with a torn ligament in his left elbow that the 21-year-old is the Yankees’ second baseman of the future — unless he ends up being shifted to third. In the meantime, though, Danny Espinosa — who signed a minor league deal with the..." February 16

  • Angels open to extension for Trout

    Los Angeles Times "Arte Moreno wants no part of Major League Baseball's growing tank battalion. No matter how far out of playoff contention his team might be, the Angels owner couldn't stomach the idea of trading away the bulk of his proven talent for prospects and going into total rebuild mode, even though..." February 15

  • Red Sox reportedly agree to a deal to bring Eduardo Nunez back to Boston

    CBS Sports "The Red Sox have reportedly agreed to terms with infielder Eduardo Nunez on a one-year deal with an option for 2019. Robert Murray of FanRag Sports was the first to report that a deal was done, and multiple reporters have since confirmed. The contract is a pending a physical, which is..." February 15

  • Cubs' Maddon: 'It doesn't make any sense' to own an automatic rifle

    CBS Chicago "Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Wednesday evening sent a text of support to first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who’s traveling from spring training in Arizona back to his hometown of Parkland, Florida, the site of a tragedy. Seventeen people were killed Wednesday during a mass shooting at Marjory..." February 15

  • Rob Manfred Says MLB Will Implement Pace-of-Play Rule Changes Next Season

    Bleacher Report "Expect a quicker pace of play during games in the 2018 Major League Baseball season. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday there will be new pace-of-play rule changes implemented for the upcoming year, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Nightengale noted Manfred explained the rule..." February 15

  • Blue Jays sign pitcher Jaime Garcia to $8 million contract

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays signed left-hander Jaime Garcia to a one-year, $8-million deal on Thursday. The contract includes a club option for the 2019 season. Garcia split last season with the Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees, tallying a 4.41 ERA and 4.25 FIP across 27 starts..." February 15

  • Lincecum threw showcase for at least 15 teams

    Newark Star-Ledger "Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum is hoping to make a comeback in 2018. To that end, he threw for several ballclubs on Thursday in Seattle. No word yet if the Yankees or Mets were among the clubs watching Lincecum throw. But both teams have been linked to the former San..." February 15

  • Twins win arbitration hearing against Kyle Gibson

    Yardbarker "The Twins came out ahead in their arbitration hearing with right-hander Kyle Gibson, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports (via Twitter). Gibson will earn the $4.2MM salary that was submitted by the team, as opposed to the $4.55MM figure that was submitted by his representatives at Rowley..." February 15