• Jung Ho Kang won't be ready for opening day, Pirates GM says

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Asked about whether it is reasonable to rule out Jung Ho Kang for opening day, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said, “We’re pretty much there.” This is no surprise. Not only has Kang missed the entirety of spring training thus far, more than a month of work, but he is still waiting for..." March 23

  • Athletics tab Graveman as Opening Day starter

    San Francisco Chronicle "As soon as the A’s announced that Sonny Gray would open the season on the disabled list, it was clear that Kendall Graveman would be the Opening Night starter, and Thursday, manager Bob Melvin made it official. “He’s up for it,” Melvin said. “I talked to him about it when Kendall went down and..." March 23

  • Rob Manfred: WBC extra innings rule unlikely to come to MLB

    Larry Brown Sports "In news that will come as a massive relief to baseball purists, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said it is unlikely that the World Baseball Classic’s unique extra innings rules will be making the jump to the majors anytime soon. Manfred told MLB Network on Wednesday that the rule, in which teams..." March 23

  • Two-year-old’s mom claims son is reincarnation of Lou Gehrig

    Sportsnaut "Cathy Byrd’s son loves baseball. And we mean, he really loves baseball. It consumes him to his very core. The two-year-old is claimed to be a “baseball prodigy,” spending countless hours pitching and hitting balls. He also “insisted on wearing a baseball uniform every day,” according to People..." March 23

  • Puerto Rico: U.S. players misinterpreted planned celebration

    ESPN "That sense of disrespect that added fuel to the United States' victory in the World Baseball Classic championship game Wednesday might have been misplaced. Shortly after the United States' dominating 8-0 victory over Puerto Rico to win the WBC for the first time in four tries, center fielder..." March 23

  • Cubs president Theo Epstein named world’s greatest leader

    Sportsnet "Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein has been named world’s greatest leader by FORTUNE, which released a list on Thursday ranking global figures ranging from politicians and CEOs to musicians and sports figures. Epstein was followed on the list by Jack Ma, executive chairman of Alibaba Group,..." March 23

  • Farrell confirms Sandy Leon will be Opening Day catcher

    WEEI Boston "There was plenty to read into when digesting the plans for the Red Sox Thursday. First, the fact that Rick Porcello was pitching to Sandy Leon in a minor-league game on the back field at JetBlue Park was no coincidence. For one, John Farrell didn’t want Porcello to be pitching against the team,..." March 23

  • Zack Wheeler has a week to prove where he stands with Mets

    New York Post "Sunny day. Cloudy forecast. What’s next for Zack Wheeler? A Grapefruit League start Monday. And after that, the great unknown for the man whose future has been on hold for two years now. The long-inactive right-hander threw three up-and-down relief innings for the Mets on Wednesday, taking..." March 23

  • Cubs still look like baseball’s most talented team

    Sportsnet "Well, shoot, that took a while. The Chicago Cubs are World Series Champs. After 108 years you’d think we’d just let them enjoy this. Nah, the parade’s over, Cubbies. Time for 2017. As we approach the new season, we’re previewing what’s ahead for each of the 30 MLB teams. The Chicago Cubs are..." March 23

  • David DeJesus retires

    Hardball Talk "Outfielder David DeJesus announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be joining CSN Chicago for Cubs coverage. DeJesus, 37, spent 13 seasons in the big leagues from 2003-15 with the Royals, Athletics, Cubs, Nationals, Rays, and Angels. He hit a..." March 23

  • Ian Kinsler walks back controversial comments about Latino players

    ESPN "Team USA second baseman Ian Kinsler told ESPN on Wednesday any assumption that he disparaged Latin-American teams for their passionate style of play is off base, saying, "Everyone should be celebrated." Kinsler caught flak on social media for a quote he gave to The New York Times at the World..." March 23

  • Yankees open to trading for 'short-term' shortstop

    Newsday "The Yankees hope Didi Gregorius will be back from his shoulder injury in May and hope someone who is in camp now can hold the fort until then. But hope isn’t all the Yankees are banking on. According to a source, the Yankees are open to trading for a “short-term” answer at..." March 23

  • Cards' Wainwright endorses Martinez for Opening Day: 'He earned it'

    MLB.com "Insisting that he wouldn't "want anything I haven't earned," Adam Wainwright graciously congratulated Carlos Martinez on being named the team's Opening Night starter, a title that had belonged to Wainwright for the past four seasons. Martinez pitched five shutout innings Wednesday in the..." March 23

  • Dallas Green, manager for Phillies' 1st World Series win, dies at 82

    CBS Philly "A Philadelphia Phillies legend has passed away. Phillies’ Chris Wheeler tells WIP Sports Radio that Dallas Green died Wednesday. He was 82. Green’s family tells Eyewitness News that he passed away peacefully around 12:30 p.m. at Hahnemann Hospital. Green has been at Hahnemann for the past..." March 23

  • White Sox continue to work on Jose Quintana trade

    Larry Brown Sports "The Chicago White Sox seem determined to get a Jose Quintana trade done before the start of the season. Jim Bowden of ESPN reports on Wednesday that the White Sox continue to work on moving the All-Star left-hander and could have a deal done before Opening Day with the Houston Astros and the..." March 22

  • Puerto Rico is running out of blond hair dye due to WBC-related boost in demand

    CBS Sports "If you’ve watched any of Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, you’ve undoubtedly noticed how members of the team have dyed their hair blond. They aren’t the only ones. In fact, the citizens of Puerto Rico are taking the WBC so seriously that it’s causing a blond hair dye shortage -- yes,..." March 22

  • Max Scherzer says finger is healed, no longer an issue

    Sportsnaut "The Washington Nationals and their fans can rest easy. Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer — who was dealing with a knuckle injury — threw in Grapefruit League action on Wednesday, and had no negative effects. Scherzer went 4.2 innings, surrendered five hits, walked one, allowed two..." March 22

  • Cardinals tab Carlos Martinez as Opening Day starter against Cubs

    Fanrag Sports "According to a Wednesday morning report from Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Cardinals have found their Opening Day starter for the 2017 regular season. As a result, right-hander Carlos Martinez will take the mound for the club on Sunday, April 2 against the Chicago..." March 22

  • Girardi Confirms Greg Bird Will Be Yankees’ Starting First Baseman

    CBS New York "Greg Bird, whose status as Mark Teixeira’s heir apparent was tossed in doubt when he missed last season with a shoulder injury last year, has officially won the Yankees’ starting first base job. Manager Joe Girardi announced his decision Wednesday morning. The move was expected. Bird entered..." March 22

  • Giants easing Madison Bumgarner toward Opening Day start

    ESPN "San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy says Madison Bumgarner is "ready to go" for the start of the season after the ace left-hander pitched just two innings in his spring training start Tuesday. Bumgarner will get five days off before his spring training finale, slated for Monday against..." March 22

  • Carrasco once ate pizza for 90 straight days during spring training

    The Player's Tribune "The first time I set foot on a baseball field, I cried. And cried. And cried. At least that how my parents tell the story. I was four years old at the time, and my mom had taken me over to one of the little ball fields near our home in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. She wanted me to play..." March 22

  • O’s GM Dan Duquette: O’s fans really, really hate Jose Bautista

    Hardball Talk "Over the winter Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said that he would not pursue free agent outfielder Jose Bautista because Orioles fans didn’t like him. Whether that’s the real reason, as opposed to matters of cost, the team’s needs and Bautista’s value as a player going forward, is only..." March 22

  • Stroman's mom received 'vulgar comments' from Puerto Rican fans

    Fox Sports "The pitcher starting for the United States in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic originally intended to play for Team USA’s opponent, Puerto Rico. But Stroman, 25, changed his mind, announcing on Dec. 3 that he would play for Team USA rather than Puerto Rico, where his mother,..." March 22

  • Chicago Cubs World Series Movie in Development

    Variety "Ted Field’s Radar Pictures is developing a movie about the Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series — their first in 108 years — with the team and its recently-retired catcher David Ross. Radar has acquired movie rights to Ross’ upcoming memoir “Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World..." March 22

  • Encarnacion looking to maintain 100-RBI streak with Indians

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "At first, Edwin Encarnacion wasn't sure he wanted to talk. It was not a matter of being rude. By nature, Encarnacion is shy. The Cleveland Indians power hitter is trying to quietly fit into his new team. Encarnacion knows he's the most expensive free agent signing in Tribe history. He..." March 22

  • Yankees reassign top prospect Torres to minors after red-hot spring

    Fanrag Sports "The New York Yankees have reassigned infielder and top prospect Gleyber Torres to minor league camp in Double-A Trenton, the team announced on Tuesday. Torres is a prized prospect who’s been sharpening his tools ever since he joined the Yankees organization in the summer 2016. He was a..." March 22

  • First openly gay active minor league player David Denson retires

    Fanrag Sports "David Denson, the first openly gay active minor league player, has announced his retirement from the game. “I want to thank all of you for the amazing love and support over the years,” he wrote on Facebook on Monday, via the Milwaukee Brewers team site. “But my baseball journey has come to an..." March 22

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • Diamondbacks SS Nick Ahmed drawing interest on trade market

    Arizona Republic "Nick Ahmed’s potential availability via trade has sparked interest from at least a handful of teams, with the San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees all believed to have varying degrees of interest in the Diamondbacks shortstop. The Diamondbacks have depth at shortstop, with..." March 22

  • Michael Conforto 'paying his dues' as Mets outfielder fights for spot on major-league roster

    New York Daily News "The key is getting a good seat near the window in a quiet section of the bus. Michael Conforto made the mistake of driving with friends to Lakeland the last time. Two and a half hours on mostly two-lane backroads through the rural middle of Florida. “Just a whole lot of trees and cows,”..." March 22

  • Yankees’ rotation battle not going the way Joe Girardi hoped

    New York Post "Adam Warren is the only member of the five-men-for-two-spots rotation competition who is a lock to make the Yankees. “Outside of Warren, who isn’t going anywhere because he can go to the pen or be in the rotation, the rest of the guys have flexibility and options,’’ general manager Brian..." March 22

  • Didi Gregorius To Begin Season On DL Due To Shoulder Injury

    MLB Trade Rumors "Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has been shut down from baseball activities for two weeks due to a shoulder strain, and thus will be placed on the 10-day DL to begin the season, manager Joe Girardi told reporters" March 21

  • Jays finalizing extension with manager John Gibbons

    Fanrag Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays and manager John Gibbons are finalizing a multi-year extension and expect to have a deal in place by opening day, sources tell FanRag Sports. This comes just a week after a March 15 report from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun that the Jays were “extremely optimistic” about an..." March 21

  • Rangers sign Robinson Chirinos to multi-year deal; 'We have two starting-caliber catchers'

    Dallas Morning News "The Texas Rangers have signed backup catcher Robinson Chirinos to a multi-year deal, the team announced Tuesday. The option for 2019 is a club option. Chirinos, 32, has been a mainstay in the Rangers' lineup since 2014, though he assumed the backup role after Jonathan Lucroy was acquired..." March 21

  • Rangers GM open to in-season negotiations with Darvish

    MLB.com "The Rangers are not facing a deadline at the end of Spring Training in their contract discussions with pitcher Yu Darvish, as general manager Jon Daniels said that those discussions could carry on into the regular season. Some clubs are opposed to having contract discussions once the season..." March 21

  • Barry Bonds joins Giants front office

    CSN Bay Area "The Giants announced Tuesday that Barry Bonds has joined the organization as a special advisor to president and CEO Larry Baer. Bonds will join Giants camp on Wednesday. Bonds will represent the organization at community and organizational events in San Francisco and will spend a week in camp...." March 21

  • When minor-league teams attack: Red Sox affiliate blasts Tim Tebow in Twitter rant

    CBS Sports "On Monday, the New York Mets announced where Tim Tebow would begin his minor-league career -- in Class A, with the Columbia Fireflies . It didn’t take long for people to make jokes -- because Tebow can’t walk down the road without someone making a joke. Yet the noteworthy thing is who was..." March 21

  • Giants' Smith has UCL damage, no timetable for return

    San Jose Mercury News "The Giants were in the process of compiling their information on left-hander Will Smith’s ailing elbow Tuesday morning, but the initial read is not an optimistic one. Smith’s MRI exam showed some issues with the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow – structural concerns that had not..." March 21

  • White Sox, Tim Anderson agree to a six-year extension

    Hardball Talk "White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson has played only one season in the big leagues. It was a good season, though, as the rookie hit .283/.306/.432 (OPS+ 102) with nine homers and ten stolen bases in 99 games. As Bill mentioned last night, he and the White Sox were reported to be in talks about a..." March 21

  • 5 MLB teams that can dethrone the Cubs as World Series champions

    Yardbarker "It’s easy to see why the Chicago Cubs would be favored to win the World Series for a second consecutive season. They have a great lineup, a strong pitching staff, and depth almost everywhere. However, the safer bet would be to take the field over the Cubs in 2017. That, however, doesn’t do much to..." March 21

  • Recuperating David Price probably out until at least May

    CSN New England "The Red Sox believe David Price will recover from the elbow injury that's sidelined him in spring training, but it looks as if he won't return to action until May at the earliest. “I think he’ll be fine based upon what the doctors have told me, what David feels,” said Red Sox president of..." March 21

  • Yankees' Baby Bombers could be all grown up soon

    CBS Sports "These are not your father’s New York Yankees. Hell, they’re not even your slightly older brother’s New York Yankees. The team that spent megabucks on Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, and Jacoby Ellsbury is no more. A-Rod, Teixeira, and McCann are done, while Sabathia..." March 21

  • Liriano cements his place in Blue Jays' rotation with dominant spring

    MLB.com "With the exception of one pitch Monday, it was a flawless performance by Blue Jays left-hander Francisco Liriano. Ah, but that one pitch. Liriano left an 0-1 fastball too high in the zone, and Twins first baseman ByungHo Park drilled it for a no-doubt two-run homer over the..." March 21

  • A guy asked all 30 teams why he should root for them. Seven responded.

    Hardball Talk "A friend alerted me to a Reddit post from a Croatian guy who doesn’t know much about baseball but who was trying to figure out a rooting interest. His solution: he wrote to all 30 teams, asking them why he should root for them. Only seven responded: the Orioles, Indians, Mariners, Marlins,..." March 20

  • Astros' Jose Altuve would participate in another WBC

    Houston Chronicle "Upon his return to Astros' camp on Monday, Jose Altuve raved about his experience in the World Baseball Classic. Altuve and Team Venezuela were eliminated from the WBC on Saturday. The Astros' star second baseman returned to West Palm Beach from San Diego on Sunday and was back in the team's..." March 20

  • White Sox discussing long-term contract with Tim Anderson

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Scott Merkin reports that the White Sox are discussing a multi-year contract with shortstop Tim Anderson. Anderson, 23, made his major league debut last season, batting .283/.306/.432 with 37 extra-base hits, 30 RBI, 57 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 431 plate appearances. He..." March 20

  • Rockies' Black says Bettis eyeing summer return following chemotherapy

    Denver Post "Chad Bettis spent his Sunday scouting a minor-league game at Salt River Fields. On Monday, the veteran Rockies right-hander started chemotherapy, two weeks after learning his testicular cancer had returned. Bettis was pitching through spring training in full health after blood tests showed him..." March 20

  • Braves to release John Danks

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The trimmed three more from the camp roster Monday when they optioned reliever Luke Jackson and catcher Anthony Recker to Triple-A Gwinnett and released left-hander John Danks. The team hoped that Danks would accept their offer to go to Triple-A Gwinnett, but the veteran wanted to pitch in the..." March 20

  • Tim Tebow to be assigned to Columbia Fireflies, Mets’ low-A affiliate

    Newsday "Tim Tebow’s baseball odyssey will continue in South Carolina with the Columbia Fireflies, the Mets’ low Class-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, where he will play every day as he attempts his transition from quarterback to corner outfielder. “Sending him to a full season club is what..." March 20

  • Scott Feldman gets Reds' Opening Day nod

    Cincinnati Enquirer "In January the Reds signed veteran right-hander Scott Feldman to a one-year deal to pitch either in the team’s rotation or bullpen. On Monday, he was named the team’s Opening Day starter. Feldman, 34, will be making his third career Opening Day start, opening the season for the Rangers in 2010..." March 20