• Report: Phillies making Maikel Franco available in trade discussions

    Hardball Talk "Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Phillies are making third baseman Maikel Franco “more than available” in trade discussions. Franco, 24, is having an abysmal season after showing promise in 2015 and ’16. Through 289 plate appearances, he’s hitting .221/.280/.365 with nine home..." June 26

  • Giancarlo Stanton officially commits to Home Run Derby, excited to defend title

    Sporting News "Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has committed to defending his title at the 2017 Home Run Derby in Miami. MLB's All-Star weekend is less than a month away, and the Home Run derby has been reinvigorated in recent years. Stanton, who bashed his 20th home run of the season during Sunday's 4-2..." June 26

  • Tim Tebow lands a promotion: The Mets plan to send him to High Class A in Florida

    CBS Sports "Mets GM Sandy Alderson on Sunday announced that outfield prospect and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is being promoted from Columbia of the Low-A South Atlantic League to St. Lucie of the High-A Florida State League. Tebow, 29, put up a batting line of .222/.311/.340 at Columbia with three..." June 25

  • Michael Conforto exits game after being hit on wrist

    Fanrag Sports "New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto exited Sunday’s game against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning after being hit by a pitch on the left wrist earlier in the contest. Giants starter Matt Moore hit Conforto in the fifth inning and after a short delay, he was able to run for..." June 25

  • Yankees concerned as Matt Holliday still not fully recovered from last week's allergic reaction

    New York Daily News "Matt Holliday still isn’t fully recovered from an allergic reaction he experienced just over a week ago in Oakland, and for that reason, he was out of the Yankees’ lineup Sunday against the Rangers. Aaron Judge started at designated hitter and Mason Williams played right field. “It’s not to..." June 25

  • Ichiro becomes oldest to start a game in CF

    MLB.com "With a rare start in center against the Cubs on Sunday, Ichiro Suzuki made history. At 43 years and 246 days old, the Marlins outfielder became the oldest starting center fielder since 1900, per Elias Sports." June 25

  • David Price dealing with cracked fingernail following Saturday's loss

    Boston Herald "Red Sox starter David Price is dealing with a cracked fingernail on the middle finger of his pitching hand, manager John Farrell explained today, a few hours before the finale of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park. Price left his start against the Angels on..." June 25

  • Maikel Franco Rumored to Be 'More Than Available' in Trade from Phillies

    Bleacher Report "The Philadelphia Phillies have made struggling third baseman Maikel Franco available in trade talks as MLB's hot stove heats up ahead of July's trade deadline. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe categorized Franco as "more than available," though it's unclear how much compensation the Phillies..." June 25

  • Brewers claim Vogt off waivers from Athletics

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers have claimed catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers from the Athletics, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN (on Twitter). Milwaukee was the only team to put in a claim for Vogt, tweets Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The 32-year-old Vogt had been in limbo since the A’s designated..." June 25

  • Jacob deGrom thriving after getting tip from John Smoltz

    New York Post "The rest of the Mets can learn from Jacob deGrom. When he had his issues this season, he fixed them the old-fashioned way. He worked and worked to get it right. “He’s a workaholic,” manager Terry Collins said. “Worked hard at fixing the things that needed to be fixed. It paid off. He studied..." June 25

  • Phillies have 'standing offer' on table for Neshek

    CSN Philly "There are five weeks to go before the non-waiver trade deadline and the Phillies have already received at least one offer for one of their players. The club has a "standing offer" on the table for veteran reliever Pat Neshek, according to a source. The right-hander is having a strong season...." June 25

  • Three A’s rookies hit their first big league home runs on Saturday

    Hardball Talk "The Athletics followed Friday’s 3-0 shutout with a rookie-led home run derby on Saturday afternoon, watching not one, not two, but three rookies belt their first major league home runs off of the White Sox’ James Shields. Right fielder Matt Olson was the first to strike, taking Shields deep on..." June 25

  • Mike Moustakas has a chance to blow Royals' home run record out of the water

    CBS Sports "Remember Steve Balboni? Many will. Many won't. The stocky first baseman/designated hitter had a quick run as the Royals' primary power hitter in the mid- to late-'80s, averaging 29 home runs per season from 1984-87 in K.C. He won a ring as part of that 1985 Royals team, hitting .320 in the World..." June 25

  • Ozzie Guillen says Mark Buehrle was best player he managed

    Chicago Sun-Times "Former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Saturday that left-hander Mark Buehrle was the best player he managed. And for a manager known to speak his mind, one can be sure he meant it. Guillen bragged about Buehrle before a ceremony to retire Buehrle’s No. 56 at Guaranteed Rate Field. ‘‘In..." June 25

  • Mets can’t ignore reality of lost season and must start to plan rebuild

    New York Daily News "Jay Bruce has already done this. For the first four months of last season, the right fielder spent part of every day either talking about possibly being traded or at least wondering about it. Signed by the Reds as an 18-year-old with braces and long hair, Bruce wondered about the baseball world..." June 25

  • Eduardo Rodriguez close to making his return

    WEEI Boston "The Red Sox might be close to actually having their entire rotation intact. Eduardo Rodriguez took his last step before heading out on a rehab assignment, throwing a 68-pitch simulated game at Fenway Park Saturday afternoon. It was the first time the lefty had faced live hitters since going on..." June 25

  • Tigers' Brad Ausmus worried about breaking losing streak, not job security

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus acknowledged the current seven-game losing streak feels similar to the stretch last May. The Tigers lost seven in a row and 11 of 12 before J.D. Martinez's home run at Baltimore helped spark the Tigers to a win. The Tigers went on to win eight of their next..." June 25

  • Cardinals bringing back Grichuk after Memphis hot streak, per source

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "During the press conference that should have ignited a resolute urgency around the Cardinals clubhouse, general manager John Mozeliak said at some point the team was going to have to bring outfielder Randal Grichuk back to the majors and have him "sink or swim." That time has arrived. A day..." June 25

  • Dodgers’ Corey Seager day-to-day with hamstring strain

    L.A. Daily News "For now, Corey Seager will avoid a trip to the disabled list. An MRI of Seager’s right hamstring on Saturday revealed he had suffered only a grade I strain, a positive development for the Dodgers’ star shortstop who was pulled from a 6-1 victory over Colorado the previous day after experiencing..." June 25

  • NESN won't air David Ortiz comedy roast due to vulgarity

    WEEI Boston "The David Ortiz comedy roast was too risque for NESN. According the Boston Globe, the network won't air the special this weekend due to vulgar and profane humor. Rob Gronkowski and Dustin Pedroia, as well as comedians Bill Burr, Lenny Clarke, and Sarah Tiana, gathered at the House of Blues..." June 24

  • The Mets’ 6 most valuable trade chips as they go into sell mode

    Fox Sports "Reality finally is setting in for the injury-plagued and inconsistent Mets, who are 12 games back in the NL East and 13.5 games behind in the NL wild-card race. According to an ESPN report, New York is “open for business now” in terms of trade talks, and GM Sandy Alderson didn’t exactly squash..." June 24

  • Rangers ace Cole Hamels to return from DL Monday

    Sporting News "Texas Rangers fans and fantasy owners alike can breathe a little easier now, Cole Hamels is back. The Rangers announced Saturday the 33-year-old starting pitcher will be making his return to the rotation Monday when Texas takes on the Indians in Cleveland. Hamels (oblique) has been on the..." June 24

  • 'Anxious and lost' Osuna seeing psychologist for mental illness

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna says he has felt “anxious and lost” of late. Osuna was not available in Friday night’s 5-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals, with manager John Gibbons saying after the game that the closer “wasn’t feeling good today. That’s all you need to know.”" June 24

  • Young Mets players can’t help but feel ‘weird’ about Asdrubal Cabrera situation, team being in rebuild mode

    New York Daily News "For a team that has been in the building-up mode for the last five seasons, Friday was something of a shock to the younger players in the Mets clubhouse. As word started to filter around the visiting clubhouse at AT&T Park that Asdrubal Cabrera was asking for a trade, younger players were..." June 24

  • Chris Carter designated for assignment; Yankees promote 1B Tyler Austin from minors

    ESPN "The New York Yankees have designated Chris Carter for assignment and will promote Tyler Austin from the minors in an attempt to boost their production at first base. The Yankees announced the moves late Friday after their extra-innings victory over the Texas Rangers. Austin will be recalled..." June 24

  • Dodgers berate Bellinger for not knowing who Jerry Seinfeld is

    SI "Cody Bellinger can never be Jerry Seinfeld's latex salesman. The Dodgers' phenom told ESPN's Scott Van Pelt on Friday that he isn't familiar with this Seinfeld guy. And there is definitely something wrong that. This all started when Bellinger's teammate (and Tweeter extraordinaire, Brandon..." June 24

  • Mark Buehrle admits he had a few drinks before World Series save

    Sportsnaut "Game 3 of the 2005 World Series is one of the more memorable in recent memory. The Chicago White Sox defeated the Houston Astros in 14 innings. The pitching staff’s were stretched so thin that Mark Buehrle — who had started Game 2 in Chicago two days earlier, picked up the save. In the years..." June 24

  • Mets' inexplicable Jose Reyes love causes Asdrubal Cabrera to request trade

    CBS Sports "The New York Mets love Jose Reyes -- that much is clear. Why the Mets love Reyes is unclear. He's an unskilled defender who entered Friday night hitting .193/.265/.321. Add in his domestic violence suspension last season, and there isn't much to recommend him. Yet the Mets have nonetheless..." June 24

  • Red Sox sign Peralta to minor-league deal

    WEEI Boston "The Red Sox have added some depth at third base. Speaking prior to Friday's game against the Angels, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announced the Red Sox have signed third baseman Jhonny Peralta to a minor league deal. He will report to Triple-A Pawtucket on..." June 24

  • Rays designate catcher Derek Norris for assignment

    Tampa Bay Times "C Derek Norris tied a career-high with three hits in Friday's 15-5 win against the Orioles then was designated for assignment after the game to make room on the 25-man roster for C Wilson Ramos. Ramos, signed in December to a two-year, $12.5 million, has been out since late September after..." June 24

  • Martin Perez's next start in jeopardy due to freak accident with hotel door

    Sports Day "The latest Rangers' pitching injury comes courtesy of a hotel room door. On Friday, the club said left-hander Martin Perez tore the nail off his right (non-pitching) thumb and also suffered a small fracture at the tip of the bone in his thumb after catching it in a door in his hotel room...." June 24

  • Dodgers' phenom Julio Urias will undergo shoulder surgery and miss rest of season

    CBS Sports "Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed pitcher Julio Urias has had a most unusual development arc. The 20-year-old has had his workload curbed by the Dodgers throughout his professional career, all with the hope that he'd be able to avoid the injuries that are so common in young pitchers. It looks like..." June 24

  • MLB trade rumors: Houston Astros after Mets' Jacob deGrom?

    Newark Star-Ledger "As the Mets crumble, it's time to look forward to the trade deadline in Queens. While general manager Sandy Alderson hasn't put up the 'FOR SALE' sign quite yet, the Mets should seriously think about marketing players in a trade deadline sell off. The usual suspects--veterans, soon-to-be free..." June 23

  • Mets Ready To Listen To Offers On Short-Term Veterans

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mets are “open for business now,” in the words of ESPN.com’s Buster Olney (via Twitter), whose report suggests the organization is preparing to throw in the towel on a snakebitten season. Per Olney, the Mets are amenable to dealing away a variety of veteran assets. As things stand, New York..." June 23

  • Tigers release struggling closer Francisco Rodriguez

    Detroit Free Press "Francisco Rodriguez wanted to pitch in high-leverage situations again. He won’t pitch in any situation again for the Tigers. The Tiger opted today to release Rodriguez, who had continued to struggle after losing the closer’s job to Justin Wilson. The Tigers announced this afternoon they have..." June 23

  • Royals won't be sellers unless they 'completely collapse'

    ESPN "Eric Hosmer was in high school in 2008 when Dayton Moore saw him for the first time. "I remember the presence and the athleticism," the Royals general manager recalled earlier this week. "The easiness around the bag. A plus-plus arm. Hard contact to the middle of the field." He paused and said..." June 23

  • Red Sox claim Doug Fister off waivers

    Hardball Talk "SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports that the Red Sox claimed Doug Fister off release waivers from the Angels. Fister, 33, opted out of his contract with the Angels the other day after posting allowing seven runs on 16 hits with five walks and 10 strikeouts in 15.2 innings at Triple-A Salt Lake..." June 23

  • Yankees’ third-base situation somehow got a little worse

    New York Post "A day after Gleyber Torres underwent Tommy John surgery that will knock him out for the season, ending any hope he could get to the majors in 2017, the Yankees’ current third baseman, Chase Headley, also went down with an injury. Headley missed Thursday’s 10-5 loss to the Angels with back..." June 23

  • 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

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