• Josh Hamilton suffered drug relapse

    ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton suffered a drug relapse involving the use of cocaine and alcohol in the offseason, according to a New York Daily News report. Hamilton has a well-documented history of substance abuse problems dating to his days in the minor leagues, when he was..." February 27

  • 4h
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves Upton will miss most of spring training, be in walking boot for 6 wks. Has sesamoiditis (inflammation in bone behind ball of foot),

  • 3h
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #BlueJays, #Athletics among teams talking to Viciedo.

  • 'Nervous' Alex Rodriguez cheered

    ESPN New York "In his first appearance in a New York Yankees uniform in 17 months, Alex Rodriguez was cheered when he stepped out onto the field with his teammates shortly before noon, and he was cheered again when he came out of the dugout for batting practice about an hour later. The crowd ooohed and aahed..." February 27

  • Brewers, Francisco Rodriguez agree on two-year deal

    ESPN.com "Francisco Rodriguez and the Milwaukee Brewers are together again. The team agreed to terms Thursday with the free-agent reliever on a two-year contract to return to the team for a fourth time. The deal includes a club option for a third season. A source confirmed Rodriguez will make $13..." February 27

  • 6h
    Jeff Fletcher @JeffFletcherOCR

    #Angels not expecting verdict on Hamilton anytime soon. Could be weeks. Hoping by opening day. A lot of steps in process, which just started

  • 8h
    clarkspencer @clarkspencer

    Juan Pierre, a key member of the '03 W.S. champs, and one of most dedicated players I've ever covered, has officially retired. #Marlins

  • Blue Jays Sign Johan Santana To Minors Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have signed veteran left-hander Johan Santana to a minor league contract with an invitation to their big league Spring Training camp, according to a team press release. " February 27

  • 12h
    Alden Gonzalez @Alden_Gonzalez

    Huston Street & the #Angels haven't talked extension in Spring Training. Street wanted a week or so to settle in first, then they'll start.

  • Red Sox have 'no urgency' to acquire Hamels

    CSN New England "The Red Sox continue to closely monitor the Cole Hamels situation with the Philadelphia Phillies, but, according to an industry source, "there's no sense of urgency'' to get a deal done soon for the lefty starter. The Red Sox have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Hamels since last..." February 27

  • Papelbon: I'd be Interested in Trade to Jays

    CSN Philly "Jonathan Papelbon had just finished running sprints at Phillies camp when he heard that the Milwaukee Brewers had filled their vacant closer’s role by re-signing Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year, $13 million deal. Papelbon, who has not hidden his desire to pitch for a winner, had been on the..." February 27

  • Friend of Josh Hamilton says slugger should retire

    USA Today "Roy Silver, one of Josh Hamilton's closest friends and a mentor in his struggles with addiction, says the best thing for the Los Angeles Angels outfielder is to retire from baseball. Silver last spoke with Hamilton around Christmas and feared something was amiss. Since then, based on..." February 27

  • Sandberg impressed with Ryan Howard's improved quickness

    CSN Philly "Ryan Howard has yet to speak with reporters at Phillies camp, but it’s clear from watching him in workouts for a couple of days that he has gotten himself into pretty good shape. Howard’s improved physical condition — he looks trim and firm — stands out in baserunning and fielding drills. Gone..." February 27

  • How the Red Sox are starting to look like Evil Empire 2.0

    New York Post "The Yankees have much to worry about these days. One of their biggest concerns has to be the championship commitment from Red Sox ownership. Not only in dollars spent, but in mindset as well. Larry Lucchino, one of those Red Sox owners, recently got banged up in a motorcycle accident in..." February 26

  • Yankees owner 'absolutely comfortable' with Cashman, Girardi

    Sporting News "Can there be a vote of confidence in spring training? Because the Yankees' principal owner delivered what sounded like one Wednesday. Steinbrenner told the New York Post's Joel Sherman that general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi aren't in danger — yet — of losing their jobs after..." February 26

  • For the 100th time, the Yankees are not for sale

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week Mike Lupica — I know, whatever — said that he was convinced that the Steinbrenner family was going to sell the Yankees and chalked up the team’s failure to sign Max Scherzer as evidence of that. The idea: no more big albatross contracts so as to make the team a more desirable..." February 26

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    K-Rod has agreement with brewers 2-yr deal

  • Source: Mets eye March 6 for Harvey Day

    ESPN New York "A Matt Harvey Day is coming soon! Mets officials tentatively have scheduled Harvey to face the Detroit Tigers in the first home Grapefruit League game on March 6, a source told ESPNNewYork.com. The event would mark Harvey's first game action since Aug. 24, 2013. He underwent Tommy John surgery..." February 26

  • Red Sox expect Shane Victorino to resume switch-hitting

    Providence Journal "The Red Sox lineup might not lean as much to the right as expected. Manager John Farrell said Thursday that Shane Victorino is likely to resume switch-hitting in 2015. Victorino had abandoned the practice in early August of 2013 because of the discomfort he felt swinging from the left side of the..." February 26

  • Davis says teammates put suspension behind them

    CSN Baltimore "Chris Davis got back on the field for the Orioles on Wednesday, and it was an excellent feeling. “I don’t think it was nerve wracking. It was almost kind of relieving just to kind of be out there and be with everybody, to be on the field, to be a part of team activities,” Davis said. “I..." February 26

  • Too early to know if Josh Hamilton's relapse has implications for Angels

    CBSSports.com "On Wednesday, our Jon Heyman heard Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton suffered a relapse in his recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. He admitted the relapse to MLB and was in New York for a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday. Clearly, priority number one here is Hamilton's health. He will..." February 26

  • Josh Hamilton had a relapse this offseason that “involved at least cocaine”

    Hardball Talk "Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday afternoon that Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton had been summoned to New York City to meet with Major League Baseball officials concerning a “disciplinary issue.” There was immediate speculation from various corners of the internet that..." February 26

  • Ortiz: 'Things not good anymore' with A-Rod

    ESPN Boston "Once the best of friends, David Ortiz has not spoken with Alex Rodriguez since Rodriguez’s lawyer appeared to indirectly implicate Ortiz as a PED user in a radio interview. Ortiz said their friendship has not survived that controversy. “No, dude,’’ he said Wednesday afternoon. “I don’t..." February 26

  • Mark Ellis retires from baseball after 12 major league seasons

    San Francisco Chronicle "Mark Ellis, who spent nine of his 12 major-league seasons with the A’s, is retiring. “It was definitely time,” Ellis told The Chronicle on Wednesday evening. “My kids are getting older and I kind of realized it was time to do something else.” Ellis retires with a .991 fielding percentage,..." February 26

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    Shi Davidi @ShiDavidi

    #BlueJays say Michael Saunders tore meniscus in knee. Out to all star break

  • 2d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Asked a baseball executive if Hamilton’s discipline was for PEDs. His response: “Worse.” The executive declined to elaborate.

  • Angels “bracing for penalties” as Josh Hamilton meets with MLB about “disciplinary issue”

    Hardball Talk "Josh Hamilton is already facing a 2-3 month recovery timetable following shoulder surgery and now Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels outfielder “is meeting with Major League Baseball officials Wednesday about a disciplinary issue and the team is bracing for possible..." February 25

  • Yankees confident they can avoid paying A-Rod milestone bonuses

    CBSSports.com "The Yankees have long been presumed to be on the hook for up to $30 million in home run milestone bonuses to their disgraced superstar, Alex Rodriguez, and they still may be. But thanks to the wording in the marketing agreement, and maybe also the ability to put Rodriguez under oath in a potential..." February 25

  • Red Sox's Ortiz calls B.S. at MLB pace rules

    ESPN Boston "Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz launched a vivid and occasionally hilarious rant against baseball's new pace of play rules, especially the one that stipulates a batter keep one foot in the box at all times [with some exceptions]. "Is that new?'' Ortiz asked about the foot-in-box rule. "It..." February 25

  • Nick Markakis on Orioles: 'Don't believe a word they say'

    USA Today "Outfielder Nick Markakis had some pointed words for the Baltimore Orioles, telling USA TODAY Sports, "Don't believe a word they say," regarding his offseason departure. Markakis, 31, signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Atlanta Braves in early December, shortly after negotiations..." February 25

  • Ryan Braun expects to be 'one of the best' again

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Ryan Braun expects to be "one of the best players in the league" again in 2015, assuming his right thumb remains healthy. That's a big "if," of course, considering the Brewers' rightfielder has been plagued by the thumb issue for nearly two seasons. Braun had a cryotherapy procedure performed..." February 25

  • Pirates willing to consider high salary number to keep McCutchen

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "When Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton signed his $325 million contract in the offseason, it shook the financial landscape of baseball. The aftershocks will be felt in the Pirates front office when the club eventually decides whether to approach Andrew McCutchen about an..." February 25

  • Red Sox’s Buchholz, wife helpless after nude phone hack

    New York Post "Few things in life are more frustrating than being unable to get even with somebody who wronged you. Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz knows the feeling all too well after his iPhone was hacked last October, and explicit photos of his wife, Lindsay Clubine, went viral on the Internet. “Lindsay..." February 25

  • Sammy Sosa in Exile: There's Silence Rather Than Apology from Former Cubs Star

    Bleacher Report "At 30,000 feet, the seat belt signs were not illuminated, and the drink carts rolled freely up and down the aisle. The salsa music played on, and nobody could see the turbulence ahead during the heyday of the Sammy Sosa era with the Chicago Cubs. Charter flight after charter flight in 2003,..." February 25

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    paul hoynes @hoynsie

    Dayan Viciedo still on the open market and Indians are still interested, but only if he takes minor league deal.

  • Girardi plans to discuss first base with A-Rod

    ESPN New York "He probably won't be playing much third base, but the possibility remains that Alex Rodriguez, banished to the purgatory of right-handed DH, may yet find some playing time at first base. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday he "anticipated" discussing the position shift with A-Rod after..." February 25

  • Mark Teixeira: 'Feel like a kid again'

    ESPN.com "New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is now gluten free, sugar free and dairy free, which he hopes will keep him injury free. Teixeira's belief in his new diet and renewed weightlifting program makes him believe that he can stay fully healthy for the first time since 2011. If he does,..." February 25

  • Cliff Lee faces hitters, ready for next step

    Philly.com "After throwing off the mound with the rest of the Phillies projected starting rotation on Thursday, the first day of official workouts in Clearwater, Cliff Lee did not join Cole Hamels, Aaron Harang and company when they were back on the bumps Saturday. The Phillies are being cautious with Lee,..." February 25

  • Bailey nearly ready for mound work in recovery from surgery

    MLB.com "Reds right-hander Homer Bailey is continuing to make solid progress with his rehabilitation from surgery and could be working off a mound soon. Bailey, who had surgery Sept. 5 to repair a torn flexor mass tendon near his right elbow, came to camp slightly behind from where he would have been..." February 25

  • Yunel meets Nats brass, sheds misgivings and approves of 2B move

    CBSSports.com "New Nationals second baseman Yunel Escobar met on reporting day Wednesday with manager Matt Williams and general manager Mike Rizzo, and Escobar, after initially having strong misgivings about his move from shortstop, now is all aboard with the plan to make him a second baseman, and even seems..." February 25

  • San Francisco — and all of California — will consider a smokeless tobacco ban that includes MLB parks

    Hardball Talk "There has been increasing sentiment around baseball that something should be done about the use of smokeless tobacco by ballplayers. At one point Bud Selig claimed he’d propose a ban on it across all of baseball. While that hasn’t happened, the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement did outlaw..." February 25

  • 2d
    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    On need for Harper to carry more load, Williams: "It's safe to say he'll most likely hit somewhere in the middle of our lineup."

  • Larry Lucchino: Sox, Yanks different

    ESPN Boston "Boston Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino, who has repeatedly mocked the New York Yankees for their spending, on Wednesday rejected a suggestion that his team has become "Yankee-like" in how it operates. Since August, the Red Sox have spent over $300 million in new player acquisitions, assuming that..." February 25

  • Cliff Lee to the Red Sox? Report says it's possible

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Phillies have made their desire to rebuild no secret over the winter, and the ultimate move towards achieving that end would be to trade left-handed ace Cole Hamels. However, after trade talks between the Phillies, San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox stalled in recent weeks, Cliff Lee would..." February 25

  • Ruben Amaro: Phillies 'open minded' on trade options

    Courier-Post "It is no secret the Phillies are entertaining the option of trading their No. 1 starting pitcher Cole Hamels. General manger Ruben Amaro Jr. isn't willing to give him away for peanuts and rightfully so. There has been a perception from outside the organization that the Phillies are asking too..." February 25

  • GM: Big Papi can play 'as long as he wants'

    ESPN Boston "Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, asked whether the team has discussed David Ortiz's future beyond this season with him, said that "David knows he's going to be a Red Sox [player] as long as he wants to be a Red Sox [player]." Ortiz will turn 40 in 267 days. Only 10 position players in..." February 25

  • 2d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves Markakis was only cleared this week to run and work out extensively, at 8-week mark after neck surgery

  • New teammates on A-Rod: All can be forgiven if you perform

    New York Daily News "Alex Rodriguez cited his strong relationships with many people in the Yankees clubhouse when he said he had no need to address the team as a whole. But what about the 18 or so players he’s never played with? When A-Rod reports to Steinbrenner Field with the rest of the position players on..." February 25

  • Cubs sell ownership shares to help finance Wrigley renovation

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs have sold minority ownership shares to six investors, closing a deal that helps finance the Wrigley Field renovations. The investors recently bought into the Ricketts family’s holding company, according to a source familiar with the deal, after receiving approval from Major League..." February 25

  • A-Rod is no threat to steal Chase Headley’s third base job

    New York Post "They hugged. They talked. They hit in the same group. They fielded ground balls together. And when Chase Headley and Alex Rodriguez were done with a workout at the minor league complex Tuesday that made for a nice photo opportunity nothing had changed: Only a fool believes there is any chance..." February 24

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