• Farrell wouldn't be surprised if Red Sox sign 'middle-of-the-order bat'

    Bangor Daily News "When spring training begins next month, fifth-year Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell will be under pressure as there will be high expectations for the team after they acquired ace left-hander Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox to bolster a starting rotation that includes Cy Young Award..." January 19

  • Yankees, Betances heading to arbitration over $2M difference

    New York Daily News "The Yankees will have an arbitration hearing with Dellin Betances, general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday. Betances wants $5 million - after making the major-league minimum ($507,000) last season - while the Yankees have countered at $3 million. Betances, in his first year of..." January 19

  • Milwaukee signs relief pitcher Neftali Feliz to 1-year contract

    Wisconsin State Journal "The Milwaukee Brewers have signed right-handed relief pitcher Neftali Feliz to a one-year contract, according to Yahoo! Sports reporter Jeff Passan. Feliz, 28, spent the 2016 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, posting a 4-2 record with a 3.52 earned-run average in 53 2/3 innings pitched. He..." January 19

  • Marlins reel in Straily for prospect haul

    MLB.com "The Marlins are on the verge of acquiring right-hander Dan Straily from the Reds for three of their top 16 prospects, according to multiple sources. Straily gives Miami another veteran starter who projects to be in the Opening Day rotation. To secure the services of the 28-year-old, the Marlins..." January 19

  • Message to Baseball Hall of Fame voters: Be consistent or get out

    Sportsnaut "Baseball Hall of Fame voters are a joke. You’ve probably read something like that in past years. Unfortunately, you’re likely to be reading that in future years, too, because the voting in 2017 did nothing to inspire confidence that anything will change. For the record, this isn’t a argument..." January 19

  • Chipper Jones, Jim Thome among newcomers for 2018 Hall Of Fame ballot

    Yardbarker "The National Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2017 was announced Wednesday, making it the perfect time to look ahead to the 2018 ballot. So which players have a chance to join Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez in Cooperstown? Of the new eligible players for next year’s ballot, former..." January 19

  • Blue Jays’ focus believed to be on search for lefty reliever

    Sportsnet "Fresh off finalizing a reunion with Jose Bautista, the Toronto Blue Jays are believed to have shifted their focus to finding a left-handed reliever. Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, whom they’ve been linked to previously this off-season, are the top options remaining on the free-agent market...." January 19

  • Tigers acquire outfielder Mikie Mahtook, designate Anthony Gose for assignment

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers have added one player to the team's center field competition and subtracted another. The Tigers acquired Mikie Mahtook from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Anthony Gose was designated for assignment, which means he's removed from..." January 19

  • Curt Schilling laments writers as 'worst people,' as Hall vote dips

    Boston Herald "Curt Schilling prides himself on preparation, but he didn't expect his pride to take a hit this evening, when the former Red Sox pitcher was prepared for his percentage of the Hall of Fame vote to take a hit. And a dip it did, in fact, take in voting announced this evening. He fell from 52.8..." January 19

  • Jorge Posada's career hard to ignore despite losing Hall of Fame eligibility in first year on ballot

    New York Daily News "Jorge Posada is one-and-done. Posada received just 3.8% of the vote in first his first year on the ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame, and will be removed from the ballot going forward as a result. Posada, who received only 17 votes, needed to get a minimum of 5% of the vote to remain on..." January 19

  • Bonds and Clemens are closer to getting in, but still far from it

    CBS Sports "Foremost among the many subplots of the 2017 round of BBWAA Hall of Fame balloting is the intertwined fate of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. In a vacuum, Bonds and Clemens would be unassailable first-ballot Hall of Famers. Bonds, of course, is the all-time leader in home runs, a seven-time MVP..." January 19

  • Raines, Bagwell, Pudge elected to Hall of Fame

    MLB.com "Premier leadoff man Tim Raines, Astros slugger Jeff Bagwell and strong-armed backstop Ivan Rodriguez have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Results of the balloting of the Baseball Writers' Association of America were revealed on Wednesday. Raines, Bagwell and Pudge, along..." January 18

  • Rob Manfred: Defensive Shifts Out Of Control, But Don’t Expect Rules Changes

    CBS New York "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is not exactly a fan of the growing number of defensive shifts in his sport, but he’s reluctant to push for any drastic changes to address it. Speaking to WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Wednesday, Manfred acknowledged “there has been an explosion in terms of the..." January 18

  • Angels extend Calhoun with 3-year deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have agreed to a three-year contract extension with right fielder Kole Calhoun, per a club announcement, covering the 2017 through 2019 seasons. Importantly, the deal includes an option for 2020, which means that the team will pick up an added season of control while buying out all of..." January 18

  • Jose Bautista’s new deal with Blue Jays has attendance bonus

    Sportsnet "Jose Bautista is guaranteed to receive $18 million in 2017 after signing a one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. However, he could earn more than that depending on how many fans show up to the Rogers Centre this year. According to baseball insider Jon Heyman, Bautista’s new deal comes..." January 18

  • Bryce Harper lobbies for Matt Wieters and Greg Holland

    Hardball Talk "Nothing is happening as the baseball world waits four more hours for the Hall of Fame announcement. Question: why do it at 6pm? For MLB Network ratings? Let’s be real, there are “Golden Girls” reruns on third-tier basic cable that are gonna draw a bigger audience. Why not announce it now so people..." January 18

  • J.P. Arencibia retires after six seasons

    MLB Trade Rumors "Former big league catcher J.P Arencibia has announced his retirement from the game in a message on Twitter. He’ll hang ’em up after parts of a half-dozen seasons at the major league level. Arencibia didn’t spend any time in the big leagues last year, when he played at Triple-A with the Rays and..." January 18

  • Blue Jays officially sign Bautista to 1-year deal

    Toronto Sun "Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista decided to test the free-agent market this off-season. A return to the city where he blossomed into one of the game’s top sluggers turned out to be the best fit. The Blue Jays confirmed Wednesday that Bautista has re-signed with the team, agreeing to..." January 18

  • Hall & Votes: Who'll be on list tonight at 6?

    MLB.com "It might seem like another ordinary Wednesday in the middle of January, but baseball fans know that this Jan. 18 is much more than that. It's a date with history. The Major League season doesn't start for nearly three months, but it's Hall of Fame season, and on Wednesday, the 2017 class of..." January 18

  • Indians sign Guyer to 2-year contract

    Fox 8 Cleveland "Outfielder Brandon Guyer has signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Indians. The deal includes a club option for 2019. Guyer was acquired from Tampa Bay in a trade on Aug. 1 and he provided offensive punch and defensive depth down the stretch as the Indians won the AL Central and..." January 18

  • President Obama pardons Giants legend McCovey for tax evasion

    USA Today "One day after the Chicago Cubs jokingly “pardoned” President Obama for his White Sox fandom, the outgoing president issued a real pardon to baseball Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. McCovey was among the 273 commutations and pardons announced by Obama on Tuesday, as the president forgave the San..." January 18

  • Cubs the latest team to no longer allow you to print tickets at home

    The Comeback "Those looking to attend a game in Wrigley Field to watch the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs will have one less option to get hands on tickets in 2017. The option to purchase a ticket online and have the ability to immediately print the tickets at home or at the office is no longer..." January 18

  • Yankees' Brian Cashman on 'big-game hunting' for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado in 2018

    Newark Star-Ledger "A lot of hard-core Yankees fans already can't until the 2018 offseason. They know the big names who can become free agents that year, and they've heard rumors that Yankees are freeing up money now to make a big run then for Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado. And so, GM Brian Cashman was put..." January 18

  • Michael Kopech clocked at 110 mph on throw

    Larry Brown Sports "Aroldis Chapman may have to watch his back, because there is another flamethrower coming for him. Michael Kopech, a top pitching prospect who was dealt from Boston to the White Sox in the Chris Sale deal, was clocked at 110 mph by a pocket radar on a throw at the APEC training..." January 18

  • Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds are on Hall of Fame trajectory

    New York Post "Getting Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens their deserved day in Cooperstown is similar to how Jerry described breaking up in an episode of “Seinfeld”: “[It’s] like knocking over a Coke machine. You can’t do it one push. You’ve got to rock it back and forth a few times and then it goes..." January 18

  • Rockies, Alexi Amarista agree to 1-year deal

    Denver Post "Utility player Alexi Amarista officially has a new baseball home. Amarista, 27, signed a one-year deal with the Rockies Tuesday. The deal, which had been pending since Dec. 26, was made official after Amarista passed his physical. He’ll play for a $1.1 million salary in 2017, and is guaranteed..." January 18

  • Bautista’s return to Blue Jays not your typical homecoming

    Sportsnet "One of the more intriguing questions about Jose Bautista’s pending return to the Toronto Blue Jays is how the two sides are going to package this. Clearly there’s a feel-good narrative to be spun here – iconic slugger and the club he’s starred for reuniting – that to some degree is valid, and..." January 18

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • A-Rod to host a reality show featuring broke ex-athletes

    Hardball Talk "Alex Rodriguez’s transition into retirement has featured a serious move into the business world. He has gone back to school, worked seriously on investments and has started his own corporation. Yes, he’s set for life after making more money than any baseball player in history, but even if his bank..." January 18

  • CC Sabathia Plans to Pitch Beyond 2017

    12 Up "It seems like every year the New York Yankees are having a farewell tour for a prominent member of their former success. From 2011-2014 the Yankees bid farewell to Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, and Derek Jeter--the core members of their 4 titles from 1996-2000. To a lesser..." January 18

  • Starlin Castro’s future may be at 3rd due to this Yankees prospect

    New York Post "Gleyber Torres made his first trip to New York this week and on Tuesday, he visited Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are counting on the 20-year-old shortstop, the highlight of the trade that sent Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs in July, to be a major part of the future. And if that turns out to be the..." January 18

  • Rays adding to bullpen, close to signing Shawn Tolleson

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays are making a move to bolster their bullpen as they are close to finalizing a deal with RHP Shawn Tolleson, the Tampa Bay Times has learned. Tolleson, 29 on Thursday, saved 35 games for the Rangers in 2015 but struggled through a rough 2016 season, losing his closer's job, getting sent..." January 18

  • Lester missed White House trip due to family death, not politics

    USA Today "Jon Lester was one of four current Chicago Cubs players who were on the roster for the franchise’s first World Series title in more than a century to miss Monday’s White House visit. The Cubs ace said on Twitter on Tuesday that his decision had nothing to do with President Obama, who is set to..." January 17

  • Diamondbacks, Gregor Blanco Agree To Minors Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "Longtime Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco has agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, Blanco’s agent, Wil Polidor, tells Manolo Hernandez of BeisbolPorGotas.com (Twitter link). SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo tweets that Blanco would receive a $1MM base..." January 17

  • Edinson Volquez's brother stabbed to death in the Dominican Republic

    Kansas City Star "A brother of former Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez was killed Monday in the Dominican Republic. According to Quisqueyanos En Los Deportes, Brandy Volquez was stabbed in the city of Santo Domingo Oeste. The report says that a suspect is in custody. A Dominican TV station said a brawl resulted..." January 17

  • The Angels are paying Josh Hamilton more than $26M to play for the Rangers

    CBS Sports "As has been expected for months, the Rangers re-signed Josh Hamilton on Tuesday to a minor-league deal. He can opt out of the deal and become a free agent by April 1 if he doesn't make the big-league club and it's for the league minimum (per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports). This is all very..." January 17

  • HOF voter misinterprets rules, submits blank ballot

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Major league baseball will confer bronzed immortality on a few players Wednesday when the results of the national baseball writers' balloting for the Hall of Fame will be announced. I had a 2017 ballot. I returned it signed, but blank, with an explanatory note. The steroid era puzzle I'm..." January 17

  • Blue Jays agree to one-year deal with Jose Bautista

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to re-sign Jose Bautista to a one-year contract, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The deal, which has not been announced by the team, would complete a reunion that seemed highly unlikely as recently as last month. After joining the Blue Jays in a..." January 17

  • Tigers have been in touch with Blanco, Bourjos

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers have opened a dialogue with free-agent outfielders Peter Bourjos and Gregor Blanco, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press (Twitter links). There’s no agreement close with either player, but the two are under consideration as the team looks to fill its void in center..." January 17

  • Boras: Sanchez ‘can be one of the most prominent Blue Jays in history’

    Sportsnet "Scott Boras joined Bob McCown and Elliotte Friedman on Sportsnet 590 The FAN’s Prime Time Sports on Monday evening to discuss his new client, Toronto Blue Jays‘ starter Aaron Sanchez. Boras, the well-known MLB player agent and president of the Boras Corporation, represents several top young..." January 17

  • 'Pudge' Rodriguez cried when he was told to be a catcher

    The Player's Tribune "Born: November 27, 1971 I grew up in a small town in Puerto Rico called Vega Baja. It’s out in the country. My mom was a hairstylist back then. My dad, he was an electrician. Our parents worked hard for us. They didn’t make a lot of money. We lived day to day, but we were a family. 1975 I..." January 17

  • Obama leaves out name of alleged abuser Aroldis Chapman in Cubs' White House ceremony

    New York Daily News "President Barack Obama honored the Cubs' World Series championship team on Monday, mentioning 14 players on the team by name during a 34-minute ceremony. Aroldis Chapman, who was suspended 30 games for violating MLB's domestic violence policy, wasn't among them. Chapman attended the ceremony at..." January 17

  • Cardinals still shopping for a lefthanded-hitting outfielder

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Although there are still a few sluggers out there who would alter the look of the Cardinals' lineup or bench, general manager John Mozeliak suggested Sunday that the team is more likely to stick with what it has in its lineup. That does not mean his winter shopping is over. The Cardinals..." January 17

  • Mets’ Jay Bruce trade market may be down to two

    New York Post "The narrow market for Jay Bruce is getting even thinner. With the Blue Jays and Phillies reportedly on the verge of filling outfield vacancies, the Mets may have to get creative in their efforts to trade Bruce, who became expendable when the club signed Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year contract..." January 17

  • Padres, Wil Myers agree to six-year extension

    Fanrag Sports "The San Diego Padres and All-Star Wil Myers have agreed to a six-year extension believed to be worth $83 million, sources tell FanRag Sports; FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was the first to report a possible deal. The deal also includes an option. This deal the sides are nearly agreed upon will..." January 17

  • 'Hackgate' punishment could come before spring training

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals could finally know their "Hackgate" punishment within weeks. "I expect, hope, that it will play out before the start of spring training," Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said Monday. "I know the goal is, for the commissioner, to get things completed by late January, hopefully..." January 17

  • Phillies reach 1-year, $9M deal with Michael Saunders

    ESPN "The Philadelphia Phillies and free-agent outfielder Michael Saunders have agreed to a one-year deal worth $9 million, according to Fox Sports. The contract also features a club option worth $11 million that increases to as much as $14 million, according to the report. Saunders, 30, hit a..." January 16

  • Astros still in contact with Athletics about Gray

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have been known to be seeking rotation upgrades for much of the offseason, and while the team’s pursuit of White Sox lefty Jose Quintana hasn’t gained much traction, FOX’s Ken Rosenthal tweets that Houston as also maintained contact with the Athletics regarding right-hander Sonny..." January 16

  • The Cubs visited President Obama at the White House and gave him some cool gifts

    CBS Sports "Monday afternoon, the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs -- I'm still getting used to saying that! -- were at the White House to visit with outgoing President Barack Obama. The team wanted to make the trip before President-Elect Donald Trump is sworn Friday. "David Ross and I have..." January 16

  • Royals, starter Danny Duffy agree to contract extension through 2021 season

    Kansas City Star "The Royals and left-handed starter Danny Duffy on Monday agreed to a new five-year, $65 million contract that runs through the 2021 season. Duffy could have become a free agent after the 2017 season, his final year of arbitration, but will instead make $5 million this season, $14 million in..." January 16