• Bautista: I haven't paid for a meal or drink in Toronto since the bat flip

    The Score "In October, Jose Bautista authored one of the greatest moments in Toronto Blue Jays history with his go-ahead, three-run homer in Game 5 of ALDS against the Texas Rangers and the unforgettable bat flip that followed. On Friday, the 35-year-old superstar said he's been reaping the benefits of his..." February 13

  • Chipper Jones picks the Mets as 2016 World Series favorites

    CBS Sports "After years of punishing the Mets on the field, Braves legend Chipper Jones is picking them to win the 2016 World Series. "They're my early season pick to probably go all the way," he said during a recent appearance on MLB Network Radio. "I think the blueprint is kind of what the New York Mets..." February 13

  • Cleveland Indians sign RHP Tommy Hunter to 1-year deal worth $2 million

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians wanted to add another reliever to their stampede of pitchers before spring training opened next week and they did. The Tribe reached a one-year, $2 million deal with right-hander Tommy Hunter on Friday. Including Hunter, the Indians are bringing 18 relievers to camp and 31 pitchers..." February 13

  • Panik among injured Giants who returns at '100 percent'

    CSN Bay Area "Brian Sabean got his two starting pitchers. He got his center fielder. His roster is just about set, from the rotation to the lineup to the bullpen. So ... what keeps the vice president of baseball operations up at night as the season approaches? "Health. Health," Sabean said. "It's always..." February 13

  • Jenrry Mejia: “It is not like they say. I am sure that I did not use anything.”

    Hardball Talk "Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia was permanently suspended on Friday after testing positive for a third time for a performance-enhancing drug. The right-hander is maintaining his innocence, as ESPN’s Adam Rubin notes in quoting Dominican sports journalist Hector Gomez. Mejia said, “It is not like they..." February 13

  • Astros' Correa to appear in Roberto Clemente movie

    Fox 26 Houston "Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year, signed a five-year contract with Adidas on Wednesday. “This deal assures that Carlos will be compensated at the highest levels of Major League Baseball,” said Frankie Higginbotham, Correa’s marketing manager,..." February 13

  • Brewers trade Khris Davis to A's

    CBS Sports "The rebuilding Milwaukee Brewers have made another trade, dealing power-hitting outfielder Khris Davis to the Oakland Athletics. The Brewers announced the move as official Friday evening. The Brewers' return in the deal is a pair of minor leaguers. Catcher Jacob Nottingham and right-handed..." February 13

  • Pitchers to debut new protective headwear in spring training

    ESPN "Early in spring training, 20 big league pitchers are expected to receive newly designed protective headwear resulting from a collaboration between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association. "A hybrid of a cap and a helmet" is how MLB vice president Patrick Houlihan describes the..." February 13

  • Jenrry Mejia joins dubious list of permanently banned players

    CBS Sports "If there's any silver lining to Jenrry Mejia after he tested positive for a steroid and was slapped with a permanent ban from baseball, maybe it's that he's now immortalized in baseball history. There aren't many players to receive a permanent ban and he's actually the first to have it done via..." February 13

  • Jenrry Mejia gets permanent ban from MLB after third positive PED test

    New York Daily News "Forget about Jenrry Mejia helping out the Mets. Forget about Jenrry Mejia helping out any team. It’s three strikes and you’re out. " February 13

  • Yankees' Aroldis Chapman: Settles with Yankees at $11.325 million

    CBS Sports "Chapman and the Yankees avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $11.325 million deal, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.com reports. Chapman still faces a possible suspension for a domestic violence allegation dating back to last October, but this clears at least one offseason issue for the Cuban closer..." February 13

  • Cuban defector Yuliesky Gourriel reportedly interested in playing for New York

    Pinstripe Alley "After defecting from Cuba on Monday, Cuban third baseman Yuliesky Gourriel has reportedly expressed interest in playing for the Yankees. Gourriel, along with his younger brother, Lourdes, left their team hotel while in the Dominican Republic with the intention of playing baseball in the United..." February 12

  • Sources: Padres Have Tried to Trade Matt Kemp

    Baseball Essential "The San Diego Padres have tried to trade outfielder Matt Kemp, according to league sources. Mickey Koke of ThroughTheFenceBaseball.com tells me that Kemp hasn’t been involved in any of the offseason fan promotions or uniform unveiling. Kemp also was not mentioned by manager Andy Green when..." February 12

  • Twins’ Joe Mauer says concussions blurred vision; affected hitting

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Twins first baseman Joe Mauer has not suffered a concussion since ending his catching career in 2013, but lingering symptoms occasionally blurred his vision at the plate the past two seasons, he revealed during an interview. Mauer told the Pioneer Press this week he will experiment hitting with..." February 12

  • Denard Span, not Angel Pagan, will be Giants’ center fielder and leadoff hitter

    Hardball Talk "Making official what was assumed when the Giants signed Denard Span to a three-year, $31 million contract last month, manager Bruce Bochy announced that Span will start in center field and bat leadoff. That means 34-year-old Angel Pagan, who’s been the Giants’ starting center fielder and..." February 12

  • Stephen A. Smith, ESPN sued by parents of dethroned Little League champs

    Sporting News "Parents of Jackie Robinson West baseball players who were stripped of their 2014 U.S. Little League championship last year have filed a lawsuit against ESPN and commentator Stephen A. Smith, claiming they defamed the team. The team, composed of all African American youths from Chicago, captured..." February 12

  • Bryce Harper Comments on Potential of Receiving $400 Million Contract

    Bleacher Report "At 23 years old, Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper is becoming the face of Major League Baseball. He's a three-time All-Star in just four seasons in the majors and is the reigning National League MVP after a campaign in which he hit .330 with 42 home runs and 99 RBI. Although he won't be a..." February 12

  • Yankees, Aroldis Chapman arbitration hearing Feb. 19, report says

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Yankees and left-hander Aroldis Chapman will have an arbitration hearing February 19 to decide what the closer will be paid this season, per a report via Twitter from Jon Heyman: As Heyman wrote, Chapman is asking for $13.1 million while New York filed $9 million. This season will be..." February 12

  • Yankees' ace Tanaka isn't sure he'll be ready by Opening Day

    CBS Sports "Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka continues to recover from October surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow. However, Tanaka might not be ready to answer the bell for the Yankees' opener on April 4 in a 2015 AL wild card rematch at home against the Astros. MLB.com's Bryan Hoch writes that Tanaka..." February 12

  • Agent: Lazarito Armenteros Not Close To Decision

    MLB Trade Rumors "Charles Hairston, the agent for 16-year-old Cuban prospect Lazaro Armenteros (also the cousin of former Major Leaguers Scott Hairston and Jerry Hairston Jr.), tells MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez that his client is not close to a decision (links to Sanchez on Twitter). While multiple reports earlier this..." February 12

  • The Angels will never, ever, ever, ever, ever trade Mike Trout

    SB Nation "ESPN's Keith Law released his ranking of every farm system in baseball, and the Los Angeles Angels ranked No. 30. It was not a soft No. 30. I've been doing these rankings for eight years now, and this is by far the worst system I've ever seen. C'mon, don't mince words, man, give it to us..." February 12

  • Royals agree to a 2-year, $14.3 million deal with Mike Moustakas, avoiding arbitration

    Kansas City Star "In nearly a decade as Royals general manager, Dayton Moore had never gone to an arbitration hearing with an eligible player. On Thursday evening, in the week before the Royals will report to spring training in Surprise, Ariz., the streak stayed alive. The Royals agreed to a two-year contract..." February 12

  • Yankees talk to former Met Ike Davis, now a free agent, with Greg Bird out

    New York Daily News "Ike Davis might have a chance to make it New York after all. With the Yankees. GM Brian Cashman confirmed that the Bombers have been talking with the former Mets first baseman, currently a free agent, in light of Greg Bird being lost for this season due to shoulder surgery. “We’ve talked..." February 12

  • Tim Lincecum is working out in an “secret location”

    Hardball Talk "A free agent pitcher on the decline coming off of major surgery and still looking for work on February 12 isn’t exactly the definition of Big News. But as newspaper men have known for ages, if you make a bit of information sound cool enough, it becomes news. Or, in some cases, you can make a..." February 12

  • Report: Orioles like Reds' Jay Bruce

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Baltimore Orioles like Reds outfielder Jay Bruce in addition to a couple of other players, FOXSports.com senior baseball writer and MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reports via Twitter, though Rosenthal adds that Baltimore might not have the prospects to land Bruce in a deal with..." February 12

  • White Sox Considering Shortstop Ian Desmond

    CBSChicago.com "Two weeks ago, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn expressed his comfort with the team’s roster in present form, but admitted he’s still looking for players to add. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the White Sox are among teams considering shortstop Ian Desmond, previously of the..." February 11

  • Dan Duquette addresses possible free agent additions Yovani Gallardo, Dexter Fowler

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette appeared on the Orioles’ hot stove radio show on 105.7 The Fan on Thursday, and addressed a pair of free agents who have popped up as possible late additions to his ballclub — right-hander Yovani Gallardo and outfielder Dexter Fowler. When asked..." February 11

  • Rays present keys to Habitat for Humanity home they helped build

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays manager Kevin Cash presents the keys to a new Habitat for Humanity home to Lakeba Wallace and her daughter on Thursday, with St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, team president Brian Auld and other club officials and mascot Raymond looking on. The Rays not only provided funding for..." February 11

  • Padres name Hideo Nomo Advisor, Baseball Operations

    MLB.com "The San Diego Padres today announced the club has named former Major League pitcher Hideo Nomo advisor, baseball operations, a role in which he will be involved in player development and baseball operations, as well as helping the Padres expand their presence in the Pacific Rim. Executive Vice..." February 11

  • Red Sox may seek to improve bullpen

    Boston Globe "With spring training starting next week, the Red Sox are open to the idea of finding a bargain on the free agent market. One possibility would be improving the bullpen, a major league source said Thursday. Lefthanders Neal Cotts and Franklin Morales are among the relievers under consideration..." February 11

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Dodgers trying to trade IF/OF Alex Guerrero. Talking to numerous teams. Fits best with an AL club.

  • Bryce Harper's free agency is hard to ignore, even if it is three years away

    CBS Sports "It's already happening. People are already talking about the upcoming free agency of Nationals wunderkind Bryce Harper. And by people I mean fans, members of the media, and surely folks working inside the game for the 30 MLB clubs. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports wrote about Harper's free agency..." February 11

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Orioles making progress on Gallardo.

  • 1d
    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    #pirates sign LHP Cory Luebke to minor lg deal with NRI to spring training.

  • Bautista will 'pretend' to coach in NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    The Score "Jose Bautista isn't going to try to fool anyone with his basketball coaching abilities when he steps onto the sidelines this weekend. The Toronto Blue Jays slugger, who is one of four coaches of the Canadian team for Friday's NBA Celebrity All-Star Game in Toronto, will do his best to pretend..." February 11

  • The Orioles want all the leftover free agents

    SB Nation "The Orioles' offseason was in this weird holding pattern for much of the winter, mostly because they were staring at Scott Boras quietly in a room for two months, waiting for him to say that Chris Davis liked their offer. While they were doing that, unsure of what money they would have leftover..." February 11

  • Rob Manfred hopes to rule on MLB domestic violence cases by opening day

    Sporting News "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred hopes to make his rulings by opening day on three pending cases under baseball's new domestic violence policy. Manfred — in a recent Q&A with Harvard Law Today — discussed a wide range of topics, including pace of play, the DH and negotiations on a new collective..." February 11

  • Jacob deGrom to Mets: ‘Willing’ to do long-term deal now

    New York Post "The deGrom door is open. Last week Sandy Alderson said there was a chance the Mets could lock up all of their young starters. Though Matt Harvey may be impossible to keep for a variety of reasons, Jacob deGrom made it clear Wednesday that he is willing to listen to a long-term contract..." February 11

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    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    Lazaro "Lazarito” Armenteros, 16-yr-old Cuban phenom, expected to decide team today or tom Word is he was at #Padres complex 4 days recently

  • Blue Jays will have a closer competition this spring

    Hardball Talk "Roberto Osuna became the youngest pitcher to ever play for the Blue Jays last season at age 20 and he rose to the challenge with a 2.58 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 75/16 K/BB ratio in 69 2/3 frames. Osuna eventually took over as Toronto’s closer, earning 20 regular-season saves and one in the American..." February 11

  • Braves' system earns top grade from ESPN's Law

    The Score "Buoyed by a handful of opportunistic trades and some improved drafting of late, the Atlanta Braves' farm system was hailed as baseball's best ahead of the 2016 campaign by ESPN's Keith Law, who released his annual rankings Wednesday. The recent additions of Dansby Swanson - the Vanderbilt..." February 11

  • There might not be innings limits, but Mets will still be cautious with young pitchers

    New York Daily News "No doubt weary of all the hand-wringing over the issue last season, both Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins are on record saying there are no more innings limits for the Mets’ golden arms. But in truth it’s mostly semantics. That is, technically it may be true but the reality is the Mets are..." February 11

  • Ozzie Guillen to return to managing in Venezuela

    Chicago Tribune "Ozzie Guillen is set to return to managing, but not in Major League Baseball. Los Tiburones de La Guaira, a team in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, announced Wednesday on its social media account and website that Guillen would manage the team next season. Guillen confirmed the news..." February 11

  • Former Padres Player And Coach Tim Flannery Rips The Organization And Its Fans

    Deadspin "Most recently Tim Flannery was the crazy third base coach who windmilled home San Francisco Giants runners en route to three World Series victories, but the majority of his baseball career took place in San Diego. He played alongside Bruce Bochy as the Padres went to the 1984 World Series, and was..." February 11

  • How Andrew Miller is handling no longer being Yankees closer

    New York Post "Andrew Miller is ready to hand the title “Yankees closer” to Aroldis Chapman for a more undefined bullpen role. But the switch won’t exactly mean uncharted territory for the veteran lefty. “It wasn’t that long go that I did long-guy one day and I’d get an out in a tie game in the eighth inning..." February 11

  • Could Angels need to trade Mike Trout?

    Orange County Register "The latest shot was fired into the Angels farm system on Wednesday, with a jarring kicker. ESPN's Keith Law released his rankings of all 30 major league farm systems (for ESPN subscribers only). It's no surprise that Law ranked the Angels' dead last, especially considering last month two..." February 11

  • Potential Gallardo deal could open OF market to O's

    MLB.com "If the Orioles do land free-agent starter Yovani Gallardo, with the two sides in serious negotiations on Wednesday, Baltimore may not be done making moves. The O's, who have tried all winter to add an outfielder to go alongside center fielder Adam Jones, would forfeit their No. 14 overall pick..." February 11

  • After alcohol rehab, Yankees' CC Sabathia in battle for starting job

    ESPN "Stop me if you’ve read this one already: The position has been filled. That is the sign that should be posted outside the Yankees' spring training complex when position players arrive on Feb. 24. It is the same sign that should have been posted last spring. (It is not, thankfully, the sign that..." February 11

  • Is the Dodgers' rotation strong enough to again win the NL West?

    Los Angeles Times "It’s about pitching, stupid. About those arms that start every five days set the tone, lead the way. That’s the long-held belief, anyway. If teams have demonstrated there is more than one way to earn a ring, the consistent stable typically gets back to pitching, particularly of the starting..." February 10

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: Fowler possible for #Orioles if they complete Gallardo deal. Would be willing to part with second pick, currently No. 29.