• Derek Jeter doesn’t have the money to buy the Marlins

    Hardball Talk "Derek Jeter met with Major League Baseball yesterday and told them that he does not yet have the money to purchase the Miami Marlins, reports the Associated Press. Jeter bid $1.3 billion for the Marlins, as did the group led by Tagg Romney and Tom Glavine. Bidding is one thing, however. Cash on..." June 23

  • Tanaka poised for long-awaited 1st U.S. duel with Darvish

    New York Daily News "The last time Masahiro Tanaka and Yu Darvish pitched against one another was in 2011 in Japan. The winner of that duel? "Darvish," Tanaka said flatly. The two Japanese righthanders will go toe to toe Friday night in the Bronx, their first meeting since each made the move to MLB; Darvish's..." June 23

  • Fan petitions to bring MLB to Charlotte, N.C.

    Yardbarker "When Rick Curti moved to Charlotte 11 years ago, he wondered why the community didn’t have a Major League Baseball team. MLB is the only major American professional league to not have a team in North Carolina. More specifically, the NBA has the Charlotte Hornets while the NFL hosts the Carolina..." June 23

  • Maddon expects short demotion for scuffling Schwarber

    ESPN "The Chicago Cubs are sending struggling outfielder Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa as the team embarks on an 11-game road trip. Schwarber, 24, is hitting .171 just seven months after helping the Cubs to a World Series victory. Chicago is in second place in the National League Central. "He..." June 23

  • Corey Knebel sets modern record for consecutive appearances with a strikeout

    Hardball Talk "Brewers closer Corey Knebel set a modern major league record for relievers to start a season, as Thursday’s appearance marked his 38th consecutive appearance with a strikeout. He set down the side in order in the ninth inning, striking Josh Bell out to start the frame. Aroldis Chapman held the..." June 23

  • Royals agree to deal with Feliz

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have reached an agreement with free-agent right-hander Neftali Feliz, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Feliz was designated for assignment and released by the Brewers over the past week. The 29-year-old Feliz inked a one-year, $5.35MM deal with the Brewers this..." June 23

  • Trevor Shaw splitting time between Brewers, visiting baby in hospital

    MLB.com "The easy part was the three hits and three RBIs. The hard part was getting on that airplane. Yet that is what the job required on Thursday of Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw, after his productive day at the plate fueled a 4-2 win over the Pirates at Miller Park. Shaw had spent the early..." June 23

  • Nationals showing interest in Phillies' Neshek

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have shown interest in Phillies righty Pat Neshek, reports FOX’s Ken Rosenthal (Twitter link). Other clubs are interested in the veteran setup man as well, he notes, which comes as little surprise given Neshek’s affordable salary and strong work thus far in 2017. Indeed, the..." June 23

  • Corey Knebel sets modern record for consecutive appearances with a strikeout

    Hardball Talk "Brewers closer Corey Knebel set a modern major league record for relievers to start a season, as Thursday’s appearance marked his 38th consecutive appearance with a strikeout. He set down the side in order in the ninth inning, striking Josh Bell out to start the frame. Aroldis Chapman held the..." June 22

  • MLB To Potential Marlins Owner: Nah, Jeets

    Deadspin "Derek Jeter has been trying to buy the Miami Marlins from their gross owner Jeffrey Loria for a few months, but things have not been going well for him lately. His good friend Jeb Bush dropped out of a joint pursuit with Jeets three weeks ago, and he reportedly spoke to MLB officials today and..." June 22

  • Angels, Trout had discussions about 'lifetime' contract

    Fanrag Sports "Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout was that rare young positional superstar who took a long-term deal with his team, and sources say the idea of a “lifetime” 14- or 15-year deal was even mentioned in talks with the Angels before he and the team settled for a straight six years that brings him..." June 22

  • Nationals have nice long list of possible closers

    Fanrag Sports "The Washington Nationals will, as everyone knows, seek a big-time closer, with ex-Nat Mark Melancon, Tony Watson, Kelvin Herrera and of course David Robertson among those on their list, according to sources. They tried to keep Melancon over the winter, but he hasn’t had a great start with the..." June 22

  • Votto believes he could win HR Derby: 'Think of me as the Canadian Ichiro'

    Cincinnati Enquirer "If asked, Joey Votto would consider participating in the Home Run Derby at next month’s All-Star Game, but he hasn’t been asked. Votto, who entered Thursday tied for second in the National League in home runs with 20, has never participated in the derby. He nearly did it in 2010, he said, but..." June 22

  • Marlins will trade Hechavarria in next few days

    Scout "The NL-East has been atrocious this season. With the exception of the Nationals, all four teams are nearly locks to sell. According to Jeff Passan, the Marlins are expected to strike first. Adeiny Hechavarria is reportedly on his way out of Miami. The Marlins are still fielding offers, but we..." June 22

  • Why Roger Clemens deserves a more prominent place in Blue Jays lore

    Sportsnet "Roy Halladay doesn’t own the record. Neither does Dave Stieb or Pat Hentgen or any other name that comes to mind. In fact, it’s not even close. The mark for best consecutive seasons by a Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher, based on pitching wins above replacement (WAR), is held by Roger..." June 22

  • Cueto expected to opt out after season

    Fanrag Sports "San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto is planning to opt out of his contract at the end of the year, but he would listen to any extension offer. The Giants don’t seem inclined to do that. Cueto has $84 million to go over four years. It would probably take an injury or major..." June 22

  • Cubs Are Sending Kyle Schwarber To Triple-A Iowa

    CBSChicago.com "A nightmarish season for Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber will now include a trip to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs are optioning the 24-year-old Schwarber down to the minor leagues as he continues to struggle, 670 The Score’s Bruce Levine confirmed. CSN Chicago first reported the news. Schwarber is..." June 22

  • Boston in hot (corner) pursuit before Deadline

    MLB.com "Pablo Sandoval was one of the game's biggest feel-good stories this spring, but his season has turned into a horror tale for the Red Sox, who are now in the market for a third baseman between now and the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Boston surged to the top of the American League East..." June 22

  • The A’s designate Stephen Vogt for assignment

    Hardball Talk "A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment. Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old..." June 22

  • Mets' Flores: Puig doesn't understand 'having respect for the game'

    MLB.com "As Yasiel Puig began his jog around the bases after belting a three-run home run in the fourth inning of the Dodgers' 8-2 victory on Wednesday, Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores had words for Puig. Puig decided to take a little extra time to watch his 13th home run of the season -- taking 32..." June 22

  • Verlander had no issue with Dyson bunt that ended perfect game

    Michigan Live "Justin Verlander was throwing a perfect game. Then Jarrod Dyson laid down the perfect bunt. And thus the potential violation of one of baseball's unlimited number of unwritten rules, albeit this was only in the sixth inning. You do not bunt to break up a no-hitter. Except Verlander --..." June 22

  • If back doesn’t heal, Adrian Gonzalez says he might retire when contract ends

    Orange County Register "Adrian Gonzalez has been dealing with back pain on and off since 2012 – more frequently on than off over the past two years. He is not willing to put up with it much longer. The Dodgers’ veteran first baseman said he went to the DL for the first time in his 14-year career last month “in good..." June 22

  • Francisco Cervelli out with 'acute-on-chronic' condition

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Continuing questions about Francisco Cervelli's health have forced the Pirates to carry three catchers on their active roster. On Wednesday, head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said Cervelli underwent “a battery of tests” and was examined by Milwaukee Brewers' doctors. Cervelli was scratched..." June 22

  • Boston is naming a street after David Ortiz

    Hardball Talk "The Red Sox are going to retire David Ortiz’s number 34 tomorrow. The City of Boston is going to give Ortiz a different honor: they’re going to name a street after him. The street: Yawkey Way Extension, which will be renamed David Ortiz Drive. Note: this is not the Yawkey Way that runs outside..." June 22

  • Padres CEO on Anthony Rizzo not getting suspended for hard slide: 'Pure BS'

    CBS Sports "ou are by now of course familiar with the Anthony Rizzo-Austin Hedges controversy. During Monday night's Padres-Cubs game at Wrigley (CHC 3, SD 2), Rizzo slid hard into Padres catcher Hedges during a play at the plate. Hedges held onto the ball, and Rizzo was called out. However, subsequent..." June 22

  • Yankees' Cashman: Girardi asked about replacing Carter at 1st base

    Newsday "Chris Carter has at least one important person in his corner, even if it is not Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Addressing reporters before Wednesday night’s game against the Angels, general manager Brian Cashman essentially said the struggling first baseman is the Yankees’ best available..." June 22

  • Tigers' Ausmus: 'We're playing like crap'

    Michigan Live "Two hours into Wednesday night's game, it looked like the Detroit Tigers were delivering exactly the kind of game they needed to break out of a lengthy slump. * Justin Verlander, in the midst of a perfect game, was in 2016 form. * The Tigers offense had gotten to a top pitcher, Seattle's..." June 22

  • Mariners Move Yovani Gallardo To Bullpen

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners selected the contract of top organizational prospect Andrew Moore earlier today, and they’ve informed reporters prior to tonight’s game that Yovani Gallardo will move to the bullpen to accommodate Moore’s arrival (Twitter link via the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish). MLB.com’s Greg Johns..." June 22

  • Wife of Cubs' Russell files for divorce, won't speak to MLB investigators

    TMZ "Chicago Cubs star Addison Russell's wife is filing for divorce ... just 2 weeks after the MLB opened a domestic violence investigation against the All-Star infielder. Melisa Russell had addressed the split on Instagram earlier this month ... hinting infidelity was the problem. Melisa's friend..." June 21

  • For Giants, failure to act could be the gravest error in a season full of them

    Yardbarker "If there has been one overused theme so far this season, it's that 2017 is a summer of great parity in Major League Baseball. Or at least, that is the sunny side up, glass half full version angle, because it has been a season where drastic cases of inconsistency and flat-out missed expectations..." June 21

  • The concerns over Hanley Ramirez's shoulders continue

    WEEI Boston "It isn't out of the realm of possibility that Hanley Ramirez goes on a tear at some point. The righty hitter experienced a similar downturn in May and June of last season before going on to hit 30 home runs. But, as John Farrell pointed out prior to his team's game against the Royals Wednesday..." June 21

  • Cody Bellinger Could Win MVP As a Rookie ... Says Ex-World Series Champ

    TMZ "Forget Rookie of the Year -- Cody Bellinger already has MVP chops ... so says L.A. Dodgers analyst/former Dodger Jerry Hairston. "He is a legit MVP candidate," Hairston told TMZ Sports before Tuesday night's game at Dodger Stadium ... a 12-0 L.A. blowout that saw Bellinger slug home run #22..." June 21

  • Red Sox sign first-round draft pick Tanner Houck

    Boston Herald "The Boston Red Sox announced that they have signed their first-round draft pick, right-handed pitcher Tanner Houck from the University of Missouri. He will report to the Red Sox short-season minor league team in Lowell, Massachusetts. Houck, 20, was the 24th selection overall in the Major..." June 21

  • Arizona Diamondbacks sign first-round pick Pavin Smith

    Arizona Republic "The Diamondbacks signed first-round pick Pavin Smith on Wednesday, and the slugging first baseman out of Virginia is expected to report to the club’s short-season Hillsboro affiliate. Smith received a bonus of $5,016,300, which is the full slot value for where he was selected at No. 7..." June 21

  • Phillies Agree To Terms With First-Rounder Adam Haseley

    MLB Trade Rumors "Philadelphia has announced the signing of Haseley and six other picks from the first ten rounds of the draft. 8:42am: The Phillies have agreed on bonus terms with first-round pick Adam Haseley, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. (CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury tweeted yesterday that the..." June 21

  • Yankees slugger Aaron Judge undecided on Home Run Derby

    Fanrag Sports "Right fielder Aaron Judge’s first full season with the New York Yankees has been a successful one thus far, as he’s hitting .333 with 24 home runs and 54 runs batted in on a team that currently leads the AL East. Combining his numbers with the fact that he’s currently the American League leader in..." June 21

  • Padres manager explains why retaliation against Anthony Rizzo would have been ‘asinine’

    Fox Sports "Anthony Rizzo did more damage against the Padres in the Cubs’ 4-0 win on Tuesday. One night after his home-plate collision – which was deemed illegal by Major League Baseball – Rizzo homered to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Some wondered whether the Padres would plunk Rizzo in..." June 21

  • Charleston RiverDogs GM issues apology for team's Tim Tebow jabs

    ESPN "Charleston RiverDogs general manager Dave Echols has apologized to those offended by the team poking fun at Columbia outfielder Tim Tebow last weekend. On Friday, in the first game for Tebow and the Fireflies in Charleston, the RiverDogs -- who list comedian Bill Murray as co-owner -- took..." June 21

  • Astros SP Lance McCullers Jr. to rejoin rotation Saturday, report says

    Sporting News "Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. is expected to return to the rotation Saturday against the Mariners, according to the Houston Chronicle. McCullers has been on the disabled list since June 9 due to back pain. He made it through a bullpen session on Monday. Houston has lost five of..." June 21

  • Anthony Rizzo won’t be disciplined for sliding into Austin Hedges

    Hardball Talk "Earlier, Craig wrote about Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo‘s slide into Padres catcher Austin Hedges last night, which violated Rule 7.13. Padres manager Andy Green called the slide “fairly egregious,” “disheartening,” and “a cheap shot.” There was a possibility that Rizzo could have received..." June 21

  • Freeman could return from DL at third base

    MLB.com "As the Braves have discussed how to keep both Freddie Freeman and Matt Adams in the lineup once Freeman returns from the disabled list, they have not ruled out the possibility that one of these first basemen will become a third baseman. "We can't rule out anything," Braves manager Brian Snitker..." June 21

  • Dave Roberts calls out Dodgers fans over weak All-Star voting

    Larry Brown Sports "The MLB All-Star Game may be meaningless to a lot of people, but Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is disappointed with the number of votes some of his players have received. In particular, Roberts can’t understand how Corey Seager is not the leading vote-getter at shortstop for the..." June 21

  • Yangervis Solarte Headed For DL Due To Strained Oblique

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres announced to reporters prior to tonight’s game that infielder Yangervis Solarte was scratched from the lineup due to a strained left oblique muscle (Twitter links via Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune). He’ll be placed on the 10-day disabled list due to the injury, which he..." June 21

  • If the Giants are going to trade Johnny Cueto, they need to deal him right now

    KNBR "After a Thursday evening contest in Atlanta, the San Francisco Giants will head to the airport for a five-hour flight to the west coast that every member of the team should already be dreading, none more so than pitcher Johnny Cueto. But if Cueto is lucky, he won’t be on the Giants’ charter..." June 20

  • Justin Verlander thinks the baseballs are juiced and sign-stealing lengthens games

    Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander was seated at a card table in the middle of the visitors’ clubhouse at Safeco Field. His eyes were riveted to his phone. “Are people talking about this?” he asked to no one in particular. He turned to a group of reporters in the clubhouse: “Are people..." June 20

  • Yankees' Aaron Judge says he's been invited to participate in the Home Run Derby

    CBS Sports "Yankees rookie Aaron Judge is presently the major-league leader in home runs, and a good number of those home runs have been of the jaw-dropping variety. Judge's absurd power in tandem with his towering physical stature would seem to make him an ideal fit for the 2017 Home Run Derby, which goes..." June 20

  • Phillies designate Saunders, Gomez for assignment

    Delaware Online "The Phillies are cutting ties with their notable offseason free-agent signing. Outfielder Michael Saunders was designated for assignment before Tuesday's game. Right-hander Jeanmar Gomez, who lost his closer job less than two weeks into the season, was also designated for assignment...." June 20

  • Giants To Sign First-Rounder Heliot Ramos

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have reached an agreement with first-rounder Heliot Ramos, reports Baseball America’s Hudson Belinsky. A high school outfielder out of Puerto Rico, Ramos will receive the full slot value of $3,101,700 that comes with the No. 19 overall selection. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, meanwhile, reports..." June 20

  • Brewers sign Tom Wilhelmsen to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Brewers signed reliever Tom Wilhelmsen to a minor league contract on Tuesday, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports. Wilhelmsen was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on June 11 and officially became a free agent on Monday. Wilhelmsen put up a mediocre 4.44 ERA with a 17/12 K/BB ratio..." June 20

  • Angels placed RHP Bud Norris on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation

    Rotoworld "It's been a lingering issue for Norris over the last couple of weeks and he'll now grab some extended rest. Cam Bedrosian worked a scoreless inning Saturday in his first appearance back from the disabled list and will probably now reclaim closer duties in Anaheim. Norris has posted an excellent..." June 20

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