• Jose Fernandez’s death put into motion a series of events that still impact Marlins today

    Miami Herald "The death of pitching ace Jose Fernandez in 2016 triggered a series of costly roster decisions that the Marlins’ new owners are having to contend with now. There is no shortage of ‘what ifs’ with how it all played out. But this much is clear: according to sources with knowledge of internal..." March 21

  • Revived Gerrit Cole enjoying fresh slate with Houston Astros

    USA Today "When agent Scott Boras met with Gerrit Cole for lunch recently, he noticed his client couldn’t stop smiling. That happens when you go from a team in decline to the World Series champions. Cole was traded to the Houston Astros in the offseason as part of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ revamping. He..." March 21

  • Red Sox signal they'll keep Swihart, may trade Marrero or Holt

    NBC Sports Boston "Blake Swihart’s strong spring seems to have the Red Sox more inclined to deal one of their natural utility infielders, such as Brock Holt or Deven Marrero, rather than Swihart, a converted catcher with high upside who's getting a look in other roles. "Sounds like they’re holding Swihart to..." March 21

  • Stanton told Marlins he couldn't be 'forced somewhere' with trade

    SI "As midnight approached on Thursday, Dec. 7, Giancarlo Stanton stood on the sand behind the Faena Hotel in Miami Beach. It was the week of Art Basel, and 82,000 visitors, some of them actually interested in art, had descended upon his adopted home city. Beautiful people in asymmetric, tailored..." March 20

  • Cobb agrees with Orioles on 4-year, $60M deal

    ESPN "Veteran starter Alex Cobb has agreed with the Baltimore Orioles on a four-year contract worth close to $60 million, FanRag Sports reports. The 30-year-old right-hander posted career highs for wins, games started and innings pitched while going 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA over 29 starts with the Tampa..." March 20

  • Justin Turner injury to test Dodgers for several weeks, but they have options

    CBS Sports "Opening day is nearly one week away and the Dodgers were dealt a significant blow on Monday night. All-Star third baseman Justin Turner broke his wrist and will miss several weeks of the season. We don't yet know exactly how long Turner will be out, but common sense tells us this is generally a..." March 20

  • Astros Extend Jose Altuve

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have officially struck a massive extension with star second baseman Jose Altuve. The deal, which includes a full no-trade clause, reportedly promises Altuve $151MM over five seasons. Altuve is already under contract through 2019, a season the Astros control through a $6.5MM club..." March 20

  • Rangers' Perez on bull that caused fall: 'I killed him and I ate him'

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Talk about taking the bull by the horns. Left-hander Martin Perez said on Sunday that the bull that charged him in December and caused him to break his right elbow was slaughtered shortly after the accident for beef. And, it seems, revenge. It's what's for dinner. "I killed him and I ate..." March 20

  • Top prospect Victor Robles optioned to Class AAA, won’t be on Nationals’ Opening Day roster

    Washington Post "Victor Robles will not be on the Washington Nationals’ Opening Day roster, at least not this season. The organization optioned its top prospect to Class AAA Syracuse on Tuesday, a move that does not constitute a surprise and reinforces the statements made by General Manager Mike Rizzo that Robles..." March 20

  • Yankees' Sonny Gray feels 'best' stuff at perfect time

    Newark Star-Ledger "Getting to skip the 45-minute drive to Lakeland turned out the runner-up highlight to Sonny Gray's day. The Yankees starting pitcher said he felt the best he has all spring after throwing six innings against minor-leaguers at the team's player development complex Tuesday morning. "I felt..." March 20

  • J.A. Happ named Blue Jays’ opening day starter vs. Yankees

    Sportsnet "J.A. Happ has started 228 games in the big-leagues, but never before on opening day. That’ll change on March 29, as manager John Gibbons officially named Happ the Toronto Blue Jays‘ opening day starter Tuesday. Aaron Sanchez gets the ball for the second game of the season followed by Marco..." March 20

  • Marlins rotation muddled: Straily has sore arm; top pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara sent to minors

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The outlook for the Marlins’ starting rotation became muddled Tuesday when top pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara was sent to the minors and veteran Dan Straily was shut down temporarily. Straily, scheduled to pitch the second game of the regular season has mild right forearm inflammation and..." March 20

  • Ronald Acuna’s demotion is a farce

    Hardball Talk "Late yesterday the Atlanta Braves sent Ronald Acuna to the minors. This despite the fact that he destroyed three levels of minor league pitching last year, despite the fact he was arguably the most dominant player in all of spring training year and despite the fact that he is quite clearly the..." March 20

  • This could be Willson Contreras' season to clean up as Cubs' No. 4 hitter

    Chicago Tribune "Ian Happ downplayed the significance of his contributions this spring as manager Joe Maddon assesses various lineup options. “It’s not important who is going to be the leadoff guy,” Happ said. “It’s just the guys we have in the lineup. How deep we are is impressive. There’s no bad spot to hit..." March 20

  • Mariners To Sign Erik Goeddel

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have agreed to a contract with right-hander Erik Goeddel, MLBTR has learned. Terms of the agreement are not known at this time. Goeddel was cut loose by the Rangers just yesterday after spending the bulk of camp with the Texas organization. He struck out six and walked two batters..." March 20

  • The favorites for the last two spots in the Cubs bullpen

    Fanrag Sports "The Chicago Cubs have two open roster spots within two weeks of opening day. That’s a surprise, given that the majority of their roster was seemingly set as spring training got underway. But the Cubs released struggling reliever Justin Grimm, and right-handed reliever Pedro Strop has yet to..." March 20

  • Red Sox Legend David Ortiz Defends Boston Against Reputation For Racism

    NESN "The City of Boston has garnered a reputation as a racist city, but one legendary athlete says nothing could be farther from the truth. Red Sox legend David Ortiz remains adamant about how well Boston has treated him and African Americans alike. The 10-time All-Star went on The Glass Half Empty..." March 20

  • Dodgers Justin Turner breaks wrist, likely to be out several weeks

    CBS Sports "Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner suffered a broken left wrist Monday night and is out indefinitely, perhaps several weeks. Turner was hit by a Kendall Graveman pitch in the first inning of a spring training game against the Oakland Athletics. Turner said X-rays showed a "small, non-displaced..." March 20

  • How Yankees rebuilt Dellin Betances’ shaky delivery

    New York Post "Dellin Betances is in a good place this spring, both mentally and physically. But that does not mean the eighth inning will belong to him. It’s a new mix-and-match world for the Yankees’ bullpen. Aroldis Chapman is the closer, but the rest is up to the game situation. “Chapman is the closer,..." March 20

  • Milton Bradley Charged with Battery, Allegedly Beat Up Wife

    TMZ "Milton Bradley's in trouble with the law -- charged with battery -- for allegedly beating up a woman he's married to once again ... TMZ Sports has learned. We broke the story ... cops were called to Bradley's L.A. home back in January. When they arrived, his wife told them Bradley roughed her..." March 20

  • Braves Reassign Ronald Acuna To Minor League Camp

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have re-assigned much-hyped prospect Ronald Acuna to minor-league camp, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was among those to report on Twitter. He’ll presumably open the season at Triple-A. It’s rarely notable when a 20-year-old is moved out of major-league camp. Then..." March 19

  • Report: Yankees, Red Sox near agreement to play two-game series in London in 2019

    Hardball Talk "Janet Paskin and Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg are reporting that the Yankees and Red Sox are near an agreement to play a two-game series in London in 2019. The games would be played at London Stadium, which hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics. Major League Baseball has had games played..." March 19

  • A Curveball From the New Tax Law: It Makes Baseball Trades Harder

    New York Times "As President Trump congratulated the Houston Astros for winning the World Series at a White House ceremony last week, he also heaped praise on himself and congressional Republicans for passing a sweeping tax cut last year. He hailed Representative Kevin Brady of Texas, the House’s chief tax writer..." March 19

  • Yasmani Grandal to see majority of action at catcher for Dodgers

    Larry Brown Sports "Yasmani Grandal is reversing a trend that seemed to be developing at the end of last season for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Manager Dave Roberts said on Monday that Grandal will get most of the at-bats for the team at catcher in the upcoming season, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin." March 19

  • Mets' 'five aces' may be lined up for first-ever turn through rotation

    SNY TV "It should first be pointed out that at this point, the "five aces" moniker is more of a reference to what the five pitchers listed below were supposed to be -- not what they are now. But with the uncertainty surrounding Jason Vargas, the Mets' "five aces" -- Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom,..." March 19

  • Royals bringing former Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz into spring training camp

    Kansas City Star "The Royals are working toward an agreement with free-agent right-hander Clay Buchholz on a minor-league contract, a source told The Star. Buchholz, 33, missed almost all of 2017 after surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm. He made two starts for Philadelphia before the..." March 19

  • Shohei Ohtani is having a brutal spring training

    Hardball Talk "Spring training is tough for players under the best of circumstances. Even in an age when players work out all year, getting back into the swing of baseball-at-full-speed is tough. Many players spend the bulk of February and March knocking off the rust and getting their timing back. Because of..." March 19

  • Twins teammates vow to support suspended shortstop Jorge Polanco

    Twin Cities "Twins third baseman Miguel Sano has known Jorge Polanco since they were 12-year-old baseball prodigies in the famed town of San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic. So it was an emotional conversation on Sunday evening between the two teammates, friends for half their young lives, after..." March 19

  • Teheran to make fifth straight opening day start

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Julio Teheran was officially named opening day starter by the Braves on Monday, which was perhaps the least surprising announcements of spring but an historic one nonetheless. The Braves open the season March 29 at home against the Phillies. Teheran will be the first Atlanta-era Braves..." March 19

  • Indians Release Melvin Upton Jr., Ryan Hanigan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced Monday that they have released outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. and catcher Ryan Hanigan (via Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com). Both players signed minor league contracts with the Tribe over the winter. The Indians added the 33-year-old Upton with the hope that he’d experience a..." March 19

  • MLB Rumors: Yankees, Phillies battle for Rays' Archer?

    Newark Star-Ledger "It's been a long time (2009 World Series? Cliff Lee's free agency?) since the Yankees and Phillies were truly battling for the same thing. That could change this summer. With the Yankees possibly looking for the missing piece to a World Series title and the Phillies likely in need of one..." March 19

  • Nationals' treasure: Victor Robles is key to the future, with or without Bryce Harper

    USA Today "Back in 2005, Ryan Zimmerman was the first-ever draft pick of the newly minted Washington Nationals, an All-American from neighboring Virginia expected to steer the franchise through the early years after its move from Montreal. While his arrival was highly anticipated, he never engendered the..." March 19

  • Jacoby Ellsbury likely to start season on DL

    SNY TV "Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to start the season on the disabled list due to a strained oblique, manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Monday. Ellsbury, who has not appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 1, sustained the injury two weeks ago. He had began doing..." March 19

  • While Torres and Andujar failed to win jobs this spring, their opportunity with Yankees isn’t far away

    New York Daily News "After an exciting start, Miguel Andujar’s upset bid for the starting job at third base came up short. So now we wait for Andujar to finish off his development at Triple-A Scranton, with more-than-capable option Brandon Drury holding down the hot corner for the Yankees until he does. Andujar..." March 19

  • Pop at the top. The Miami Marlins are looking at this power bat for leadoff spot.

    Miami Herald "Lewis Brinson doesn’t profile as a leadoff man. He’s a table cleaner, not a table setter, a run producer whose primary duty has typically been to empty the bases with his bat, not scratch his way aboard by any means necessary. But given the lack of better alternatives, Marlins manager Don..." March 19

  • MLB Rumors: Phillies still after Alex Cobb?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Phillies have spent more money on free agents than all but one (Cubs) team this offseason. So why not add one more expenditure on the bill? With mid-rotation starter Jerad Eickhoff down with a lat injury, some believe the Phillies should pursue free-agent starter Alex Cobb--a pitcher the..." March 19

  • Confused by Rays pitching plans? Well, it’s complicated

    Tampa Bay Times "There are some answers we do have about the Rays plan to use four starters and mix in "bullpen days" when needed during at least the first six weeks. They are not doing it because they don't have a capable fifth. Nor — for the Twitterverse smart alecks — that they can't afford one. And they..." March 19

  • Clayton Kershaw is turning 30, but he doesn't feel that old

    Los Angeles Times "No competitor, in any sport, is more focused than Clayton Kershaw. On the days he pitches, there is no tolerance for distraction. But this is spring training, where the atmosphere is lighter and the crowd sits extra close to the field. On Sunday, as Kershaw adjusted his batting glove in the..." March 19

  • The A’s are considering rising sea levels in planning their future ballpark

    Hardball Talk "The Oakland Athletics ballpark saga has dragged on for years and years and years. They’ve considered San Jose, Fremont and at least three locations in Oakland as potential new ballpark sites. The whole process has lasted almost as long as the Braves and Rangers played in their old parks before..." March 19

  • Giants finally show off infield featuring 7 Gold Gloves

    San Francisco Gate "On a windy, dusty evening, in their 22nd exhibition game, the Giants finally got to see their entire infield play together Thursday night. Groundball pitchers in the house enjoyed a feast for the eyes. “It’s going to be an entertaining infield,” manager Bruce Bochy said after the 9-7 loss to..." March 19

  • Mike Rizzo waits on a contract extension from the Nationals, one he’s easily earned

    Washington Post "At a Wizards game, you may see Mike Rizzo’s bald head as he sits in the crowd of Washington fans. At a Capitals game, if you go for concessions between periods, mushed in with the mob, you may bump into Rizzo. “Great atmosphere!” he’ll say. On Capitol Hill, you may see him walking the four blocks..." March 19

  • Craig Kimbrel to return to Red Sox after almost three weeks away

    Boston Herald "The Red Sox are getting their flamethrowing closer back in spring training on Sunday, and the reason why he’s returning has the club relieved. Craig Kimbrel had spent nearly three weeks in Boston after his newborn daughter, Lydia Joy, needed another heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital...." March 19

  • Greg Bird is starting to quiet some whispering scouts

    New York Post "As the games that don’t count moved toward the ones that do, the buzz from the scouts who follow the Yankees was interesting. “It doesn’t look like he is confident,” one said. “He is not being very aggressive,” said another. Since the subject was Greg Bird, a lefty-swinging first baseman..." March 19

  • Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco receives 80-game steroid suspension

    Twin Cities "Just 11 days before opening one of their most promising seasons in recent memory, the Twins were rocked Sunday afternoon by a bombshell involving starting shortstop Jorge Polanco. Major League Baseball announced an 80-game suspension without pay for Polanco after he tested positive for..." March 18

  • Jordan Zimmermann named Tigers’ Opening Day starter

    Detroit News "You kept waiting for the punch line. You kept waiting for manager Ron Gardenhire’s face to crack into that impish grin of his. But it never happened. “I am not kidding you,” he said. “I’m being serious.” Gardenhire announced his Opening Day starter Saturday following the Tigers’ 9-3..." March 18

  • Despite struggles, Ohtani will start in majors

    The Sports Post "It’s been a brutal spring for young stud Shohei Ohtani. But the Angels appear certain he will begin the season in the majors. In fact, General manager Billy Eppler says as much. “Pitching wise, absent a couple pitches each outing completely getting away from him, losing grip or feel, he’s been..." March 18

  • Angels' Shohei Ohtani Could Change Baseball Forever ... Says David Eckstein

    TMZ "Angels star Shohei Ohtani could be leading a baseball revolution -- so says MLB postseason legend David Eckstein. We spoke to the '06 World Series MVP after he paid a visit to Halos spring training ... and he told us Ohtani -- the team's huge offseason signing who can pitch, play outfield and..." March 18

  • Astros lock up Jose Altuve, but here's why it'll be much harder to keep Carlos Correa

    CBS Sports "The Houston Astros have reportedly signed AL MVP and star second baseman Jose Altuve to a five-year, $151 million contract extension. This is of course huge news for the 'Stros and their partisans, as it means one of the most beloved players in franchise history is now secured until his..." March 18

  • Royals sign Justin Grimm to a one-year, $1.25 million deal

    Kansas City Star "The Royals on Sunday signed former Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Justin Grimm to a one-year contract, which is worth $1.25 million with up to $300,000 in incentives. Grimm, released by the Cubs on Thursday, said he texted former Royals closer Wade Davis to talk about KC. " March 18

  • Jason Vargas may need surgery in possible blow to Mets rotation

    New York Post "Jason Vargas walked through the Mets clubhouse Sunday morning with a wrap on his right hand that could have doubled as a weapon. Now the big question is whether he will begin the season ready to pitch. The Mets left-hander has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of his glove hand,..." March 18