• Padres sign Jered Weaver to one-year, $3 million deal

    Fanrag Sports "The San Diego Padres have come to terms with starting pitcher Jered Weaver, sources tell FanRag Sports. Weaver will now earn a base salary of about $3 million as the result of his newly inked one-year deal. Bob Nightengale of USA Today was the first to report that the two sides were on the..." February 18

  • Dellin Betances threatens innings limit after Yankees prez ‘trashes’ him

    New York Post "Dellin Betances was prepared to forget losing Friday’s arbitration case. Then the Yankees’ reliever heard what team president Randy Levine said Saturday morning on a conference call. And the level of hurt Betances is feeling could lead to him avoiding working more than one inning at a time..." February 18

  • Evan Longoria laments Logan Forsythe trade, focuses on winning

    ESPN "It was less than four weeks ago -- on the day Tampa Bay traded productive second baseman Logan Forsythe to the Los Angeles Dodgers -- that the Rays' highest-profile player, Evan Longoria, delivered a three-word review of the deal that raised many eyebrows in baseball: "Surprised and upset," the..." February 18

  • Indians rightly name Cody Allen, not Andrew Miller, the closer for 2017

    CBS Sports "En route to the Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, Indians manager Terry Francona rewrote the book on bullpen usage during the postseason. He brought ace setup man Andrew Miller into games as early as the fifth inning, and both Miller and closer Cody Allen were used for multiple innings. That..." February 18

  • Josh Donaldson ‘felt something’ in calf, misses 1st full workout

    Sportsnet " The Toronto Blue Jays sent Josh Donaldson to get checked out after the third baseman “felt something” in his right calf, forcing him to miss the club’s first full-squad workout of the spring, a team spokesman said. An update was expected later." February 18

  • Yankees President Randy Levine Annoyed By Dellin Betances Arbitration, Proclaims Self Astronaut

    Newark Star-Ledger "Randy Levine didn't just spike the football after the Yankees' $2 million win. He hit Dellin Betances' agent in the head with it. The Yankees' team president ripped Betances' agent, Jim Murray, over and over in a 17-minute conference call with reporters after learning the team beat the..." February 18

  • Angels owner says team will play in Angel Stadium through 2028

    Sporting News "The Angels apparently have decided to stick with their current stadium situation in Anaheim. The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that team owner Arte Moreno said the Angels now plan on playing in aging Angel Stadium through 2028. According to the Times, that's when the team's lease at the..." February 18

  • Bryce Harper Knows ‘Exactly’ Why he Struggled Last Year

    CBS Washington "Bryce Harper’s 2016 season has been the subject of a great deal of scrutiny, and there is substantial reason to believe he was playing through injury throughout. With the Nationals reporting for Spring Training this week, the media finally got its first chance to talk to the star right fielder..." February 18

  • Despite rivalry, Machado reached out to Ventura's family following death

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles third baseman Manny Machado reached out to the family of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura in the days following the right-hander’s death in an automobile accident in the Dominican Republic this offseason. During a June game against the Royals at Camden Yards, Machado charged the mound..." February 18

  • Dellin Betances loses arbitration case against Yankees, will get $3 million next season

    New York Daily News "Dellin Betances lost his arbitration case against the Yankees, missing out on $2 million. Betances will get $3 million in 2017 rather than the $5 million he sought, the Daily News confirmed Saturday. The two sides gave their cases during a hearing Friday. Betances filed at $5 million while..." February 18

  • The Atlanta Braves Can Be NL Contenders in 2017

    The Sports Post "There is no down time around SunTrust Park. It’s crunch time. The soon-to-be new home to the Atlanta Braves is less than 50 days away from opening its doors. Inside the park, signage is being added to the stadium sections. And the dirt below the infield and outfield grass is awaiting the laying..." February 18

  • Red Sox catcher Swihart struggling to throw ball back to pitcher

    Boston Herald "Blake Swihart has more to worry about now than a lob over Rick Porcello’s head. It's about trust. You think Porcello's going to want to throw to him if this keeps up? Swihart, the young Red Sox catcher who played outfield for a time last year, is having trouble throwing the ball back to the..." February 18

  • Ex-GM Dave Stewart wishes for redo on Shelby Miller deal

    USA Today "Former General Manager Dave Stewart said during a radio interview Wednesday that if he could have one mulligan from his time with the Diamondbacks, it would be the inclusion of shortstop Dansby Swanson in the Shelby Miller trade. “I would probably say,” Stewart told Sirius XM's MLB Network..." February 18

  • Padres' Christian Bethancourt aims for unprecedented double: Pitch and catch

    USA Today "Christian Bethancourt is familiar with the tale of Kenley Jansen, the former minor-league catcher who became an elite closer with the Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s an intriguing proposition, but not nearly as much as what the San Diego Padres catcher is aiming for. Bethancourt, 25, is..." February 18

  • Beltre to miss opening round of WBC with calf strain

    MLB.com "Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been ruled out for the start of the World Baseball Classic because of a strained left calf muscle, the club announced Friday. An MRI confirmed the diagnosis of a Grade 1 strain, and he is expected to be sidelined about three weeks. Beltre, who reported to..." February 18

  • Christian Vazquez could unseat Sandy Leon as Boston's starting catcher

    Providence Journal "John Farrell can acknowledge now that he might have ridden Sandy Leon a bit too hard during his magical season. Leon came out of spring training last season fourth on Boston's depth chart at catcher but seized the starting job midseason thanks to an offensive outburst that defied all..." February 18

  • Alex Rodriguez will be at Yankees spring training Tuesday

    New York Daily News "Alex Rodriguez will be back Tuesday. The retired Yankees third baseman-turned $21 million instructor will be in Tampa at spring training on Feb. 21, the Daily News confirmed. A-Rod is expected to be an instructor for three days. Hal Steinbrenner said Wednesday that he could envision A-Rod’s..." February 18

  • Goose Gossage rant: Comparisons to '1-inning' Mo Rivera are 'insulting'

    Newark Star-Ledger "In a wide-ranging, cutting interview, Hall of Fame reliever and Yankees great Goose Gossage on Friday ripped called Mariano Rivera and Aroldis Chapman "one-inning" relievers whose greatness couldn't be compared to his. Gossage spoke to NJ Advance Media in the home dugout at Steinbrenner Field..." February 17

  • Andrew McCutchen: ‘I’m a Pirate. I don’t want to be anything else’

    Sportsnaut "Andrew McCutchen is relieved that the flurry of trade rumors surrounding him this offseason never came to pass. In a Players’ Tribune article on Friday, McCutchen wrote “All I knew was that I wanted to keep playing in Pittsburgh,” adding “I’m a Pirate. I don’t want to be anything else.” The..." February 17

  • Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez: To shut down swinging for two weeks

    CBS Sports "Gonzalez will take two weeks off from swinging due to experiencing elbow inflammation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. Coming off his 11th consecutive season of registering at least 600 plate appearances, it appears Gonzalez will be forced to take things slowly in spring..." February 17

  • Reds, Raburn agree to minor-league deal

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds have signed veteran Ryan Raburn to a minor-league deal with an invitation to major-league training camp. Raburn, 35, played in 113 games for the Rockies last season, hitting .220/.309/.404 with nine home runs and 30 RBI. In parts of 11 seasons with the Tigers, Indians and Rockies, he’s..." February 17

  • Cardinals and Yadier Molina have preliminary extension talks

    Fanrag Sports "Cardinals star catcher Yadier Molina’s agent Melvin Roman and general manager John Mozeliak had preliminary talks about a contract extension for the iconic player. The sides will remain engaged this spring, with both suggesting talks will likely be confined to the spring training that just..." February 17

  • Braves’ Kurt Suzuki steps up big time for ill 3-year-old

    Fox Sports "The latest social media effort, the #TruckerToughChallenge, began Jan. 31. About four months earlier, the Dukes family had stopped radiation on their little Trucker, ending all of the conventional cancer treatment that his mother, Shauna, had labeled “soooo toxic.” Trucker, 3, had been..." February 17

  • 12-year MLB veteran Nick Swisher announces retirement

    Sportsnaut "“The dream is over, baby.” In a recent letter to The Players’ Tribune, 12-year MLB veteran Nick Swisher announced his retirement. After telling a story of a pick-up slow-pitch softball game, Swisher said it’s time to hang up his cleats. WHEW! That felt goooood. It’s like a weight has..." February 17

  • Andrew McCutchen says he wasn't asked about moving to right field

    ESPN "During his eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Andrew McCutchen thought he'd be the one to decide if he needed to move out of center field. But a few weeks ago, when the time arrived to make that move, he learned something shocking: He didn't have a vote. When the Pirates abruptly..." February 17

  • Brad Brach Wins Arbitration Hearing Against Orioles

    MLB Trade Rumors "Right-hander Brad Brach won his arbitration hearing against the Orioles yesterday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports (via Twitter). As a result, he’ll earn the $3.05MM that he and agent Brian Charles of Big League Management proposed instead of the $2.525MM proposed by the team. Brach’s salary..." February 17

  • Angels owner remarked about Huston Street’s weight loss

    Los Angeles Times "As the Angels assembled for their first team meeting of 2017 this week, their owner filtered through the Tempe Diablo Stadium clubhouse to offer handshakes and salutations across the room. When Arte Moreno reached the locker of Huston Street, the 33-year-old reliever he will pay $9 million this..." February 17

  • Twins pitcher explains why he kept the body part doctors removed during surgery

    Fox Sports "Phil Hughes lost seven games and four months of the 2016 season, along with a rib. Well, he hasn’t exactly lost the rib. The Twins’ right-hander had surgery in July after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome. It’s a procedure that involves the removal of a rib in order to take pressure..." February 17

  • Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre strained left calf, may be ruled out for World Baseball Classic

    Sports Day "Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre strained his left calf on Tuesday, SportsDay's Evan Grant reported. His participation in the World Baseball Classic is now in doubt though the decision isn't final. This is a developing story. More to come." February 17

  • Giants' Aaron Hill: Joins Giants on minors pact

    CBS Sports "Hill agreed to a minor league deal with the Giants, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. The deal likely includes an invite to spring training, with San Francisco throwing a dart on Hill's defensive versatility and sometimes useful bat. Over recent years, the power and speed Hill displayed in..." February 17

  • Manfred insists MLB is committed to World Baseball Classic beyond 2017

    Sportsnet "Commissioner Rob Manfred dismissed speculation that the upcoming World Baseball Classic will be the final one, insisting that Major League Baseball’s commitment to the event remains strong. During a brief interview Thursday following a spring training media day availability at the Detroit..." February 17

  • Dominican authorities: Yordano Ventura toxicology report won’t be released to public

    Kansas City Star "Authorities in the Dominican Republic told The Star on Thursday that the toxicology report on Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura following his fatal car crash will only be released to his family and attorneys. In the days following the Jan. 22 wreck, Royals officials said they were told toxicology..." February 17

  • MLB, players union discussing batting practice flip-flop

    New York Post "The Commissioners Office and Players Association are discussing a plan to flip-flop batting practice so the home team hits second rather than first, The Post has learned. By having the home team hit later, the hope is that more fans would come early to the ballpark to watch, which in turn..." February 17

  • Max Scherzer's knuckle issue causes concern his season debut could be delayed

    Washington Post "The knuckle at the base of Max Scherzer’s right ring finger became the most analyzed joint in the Washington Nationals‘ clubhouse on Thursday, knocking Stephen Strasburg’s right elbow out of its familiar spotlight, and delivering an unexpected blow to the early-season stability of the Nationals’..." February 17

  • White Sox infielder Carlos Sanchez changes his name

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox no longer have a player on their roster who will be called Carlos Sanchez. The infielder with that name who played 201 games with the Sox during the past three seasons would now like to be called Yolmer Sanchez, he and the team announced this week. "New year, new expectations..." February 17

  • Hamilton: 'I think I've got a lot left in the tank'

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "In the days after his 10th and most serious knee surgery last May, a procedure that reconstructed his left knee, Josh Hamilton considered retirement. The rehabilitation process and missing all of 2016 made a return seem impossible at the moment. But one morning walking out to his workout barn..." February 16

  • Tim Tebow won’t rule out running for president some day

    Sportsnaut "New York Mets outfielder and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow participated in a interview with GQ Magazine, during which he revealed some interesting facts and thoughts about his life. Health and diet were one of the topics covered in the interview. Tebow sticks to a strict ketogenic diet that..." February 16

  • Mets' Syndergaard gets Opening Day nod

    Fanrag Sports "According to an official statement released by the club on Thursday morning, the New York Mets have named Noah Syndergaard as their Opening Day starter for the 2017 season. Although this hardly comes as a surprise, the April 3 matchup against the Atlanta Braves will serve as “Thor’s” first outing..." February 16

  • Sandoval: 'I don't focus on the scale. I focus (on) doing my job'

    Mass Live "Pablo Sandoval delivered a different message to the media here Thursday than the one he did last year when he arrived at spring training camp. Sandoval trained in this area and at the JetBlue Park complex throughout the offseason. He worked out at the complex with teammates last..." February 16

  • Barry Zito first Cy Young winner on Billboard charts

    San Jose Mercury News "Barry Zito joined an exclusive club of just one this week by becoming the first Cy Young winner to make the Billboard charts. His debut album, No Secrets EP, sold 1,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. That ranks it No. 15 on Americana/Folk Album Sales, No. 18 on..." February 16

  • Hanley quashes rumors of Ortiz return: 'David's not coming back'

    Boston Herald "Wearing a No. 34 David Ortiz t-shirt, Hanley Ramirez strolled into the Red Sox clubhouse on Thursday morning and took his place at Ortiz’s old locker, which now belongs to Ramirez. “He told me he talked to the clubhouse guys because he wants me so bad to be a leader and be what he was to that..." February 16

  • Rays showing interest in converted knuckleballer Wilson

    Tampa Bay Times "Wilson, 34, is trying to make a comeback as a knuckleballer, having last pitched in the majors in 2014. The Rays have developed a program to work with and refine knuckleball pitchers, so their interest in Wilson - which would be on a minor-league deal and not a camp invite - would make..." February 16

  • Tony Watson loses arbitration hearing against Pirates

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Closer Tony Watson lost his salary arbitration hearing against the Pirates, a three-person arbitration panel ruled this morning. He will make $5.6 million next season, his final season before he reaches free agency, rather than the $6 million his representatives sought. Watson was excused from..." February 16

  • Chris Christie blasts Phillies, says they 'suck', calls Citizens Bank Park 'unsafe'

    CSN Philly "Since Chris Christie has not been given any sort of meaningful role in the Trump administration, he has plenty of time to talk about sports, namely Philadelphia sports. This clearly isn't the first time the Cowboys fan has ripped on Philadelphia. You all likely remember when he said Eagles fans..." February 16

  • Rays, Tommy Hunter agree to minor-league deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The two sides have an agreement in place, reports SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. The 30-year-old Hunter, long a member of the division-rival Orioles’ bullpen, split last season between Cleveland and Baltimore, pitching to a combined 3.18 ERA with 6.1 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 and a 49.5 percent ground-ball..." February 16

  • D-backs pitcher shares great reason for not shaving since Halloween

    Sportress of Blogitude "Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Archie Bradley showed up for spring training this week sporting a burly, unkempt beard. While many players may get lax on assorted grooming responsibilities during the offseason as way of relaxing, Bradley has a much more inspired reason for doing..." February 16

  • Blue Jays agree to deal with right-hander Mat Latos

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to sign right-hander Mat Latos, industry sources told Sportsnet. While terms of the agreement are not yet known, it’s expected that Latos will end up on a contract worth approximately $1.5 million if he’s at the MLB level. The 29-year-old, a veteran of 194 MLB..." February 16

  • Kenley Jansen turns down record deal to stay with Dodgers

    USA Today "Even as they were starting to build their current stretch of four consecutive NL West titles, the Los Angeles Dodgers were dogged by reports that they had a toxic clubhouse mix. That was one of the issues president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman wanted to address when he joined the club..." February 16

  • A Rays deal with Matt Wieters makes sense — at the right price

    Tampa Bay Times "There are several things we know about the Rays' interest in Matt Wieters, the former Orioles star catcher who surprisingly — check mlbtraderumors.com — yep, remains unsigned as camps open: First, and most important, is the Rays are serious enough to have made an offer, likely for one year and..." February 16

  • Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez to miss the entire 2017 season

    Hardball Talk "A tough, tough break for Sean Rodriguez and for the team which just signed him a couple of months ago. Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Rodriguez underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder on Tuesday. The surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, will put him on the shelf..." February 16