• MLBPA says Bryant demotion to be 'addressed in litigation, bargaining'

    CBSSports.com "On Monday, the Cubs officially reassigned top prospect Kris Bryant to the minors, a move that is not at all surprising despite his gaudy spring stats. Bryant hit nine home runs with a 1.652 OPS in 14 Cactus League games after leading the minors with 43 homers in 2014. Chicago sent Bryant to the..." March 30

  • Scott Downs Only Interested In MLB Offers

    MLB Trade Rumors "After being released today by the Indians, veteran lefty Scott Downs is seeking another opportunity. But Downs is only interested in a deal that would give him a major league roster spot, MLBTR has learned. That insistence is understandable: the 39-year-old has thrown nothing but rehab innings..." March 30

  • Cubs Option Javier Baez To Iowa, Reassign Kris Bryant, Addison Russell To Minor-League Camp

    Bleed Cubbie Blue "The Cubs have made three important roster moves today: For those of you who thought Javier Baez would be going north with the team, the Cubs have decided to go in a different direction and get him some more experience at Triple-A Iowa. This likely means second base will be shared by Tommy La..." March 30

  • Mets add another lefty, acquire Jerry Blevins from Nationals

    Hardball Talk "Apparently the Mets were in the market for more than one left-handed reliever, because a few hours after acquiring lefty Alex Torres from the Padres they’ve picked up lefty Jerry Blevins from the Nationals in exchange for outfielder Matt den Dekker. Blevins spent one season in Washington after..." March 30

  • Tigers' Verlander no longer on track for Thursday start

    The Score "Despite leaving his most recent Grapefruit League start with cramping in his right triceps, Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander was slated to take the mound Thursday for his final spring outing. That no longer appears to be the case. Verlander reported improvement in his triceps..." March 30

  • Padres acquire RHP Cory Mazzoni from the New York Mets in exchange for LHP Alex Torres

    MLB.com "The San Diego Padres today announced that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named later from the New York Mets in exchange for left-handed pitcher Alex Torres. Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller made the announcement. Mazzoni, 25, pitched..." March 30

  • Cards name Martinez their fifth starter

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As they spoke often this winter, manager Mike Matheny told pitcher Carlos Martinez that he would have every opportunity to be a starter in the majors this season and that the team had cleared the way for him to win the job he wanted. On Monday, Matheny told Martinez he had. "It is my dream,"..." March 30

  • Mets still open to trading Dillon Gee

    ESPN New York "Despite losing Zack Wheeler to a ligament tear that required Tommy John surgery, the New York Mets still may trade right-hander Dillon Gee within the month, an organization source told ESPNNewYork.com. Gee is expected to open the season in the Mets' rotation, although there are dissenters among..." March 30

  • Orioles extending Chris Tillman would be another step in a winning direction

    Camden Chat "Not long ago did fans coincide "pitching" and "Orioles" with "excessive drinking." Go back as far as 2008, and the five men who led the O's in starts were Jeremy Guthrie, Daniel Cabrera, Garrett Olson, Brian Burres and Radhames Liz. Guthrie has found a new home in Kansas City, even leading the..." March 30

  • Pirates trying again to lock up Polanco; third star in OF of future

    CBSSports.com "The Pirates and top young outfielder Gregory Polanco have rekindled contract talks, according to people familiar with the discussions. Chances for a deal before Opening Day remain unknown. The Pirates and Polanco, 23, talked about a long deal last May, with the team offering a seven-year..." March 30

  • Red Sox Acquire Catcher Sandy Leon From Nationals In Exchange For Cash

    NESN "The Boston Red Sox added some catching depth Monday morning. The Red Sox acquired catcher Sandy Leon from the Washington Nationals in exchange for cash. The club also placed catcher Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow sprain, which ultimately is what precipitated the..." March 30

  • Daily fantasy sports Web sites find riches in Internet gaming law loophole

    Washington Post "Jason Robins has not been to the movies in three years, which is the kind of thing that happens when you’re helping change the way fans consume, interact with and — most profitably — risk money on sports. Robins is the chief executive of Draft­Kings Inc., the daily fantasy sports company he..." March 30

  • Reds Release Paul Maholm

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds announced that they have released veteran left-hander Paul Maholm (Twitter link). Cincinnati told Maholm a week ago that he wouldn’t earn a spot in the team’s rotation, but at the time, Maholm was still uncertain about exercising the out clause in his contract. Maholm, 32, spent last..." March 30

  • Denard Span on his progress from second core muscle surgery

    Washington Post "The past week has been much happier for Denard Span. Only three weeks ago, on March 9, he had his second core muscle surgery in three months. He was coming off one of his best seasons and entering his final year before free agency but now must rehab again. In recent days, Span has been able to run..." March 30

  • The New York press is getting desperate in their search for A-Rod intrigue

    Hardball Talk "Alex Rodriguez has been pretty uncooperative this spring training. Instead of breaking both hips and flailing miserably, he has hit pretty well for an old guy on a one-year layoff. Instead of being a big distraction he has put his head down, blended into the scenery, done his job and said all the..." March 30

  • Christian Vazquez Placed On 60-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox announced that they have acquired Leon from the Nationals in exchange for cash considerations. In order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, Vazquez has been placed on the 60-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow. 7:05am: Catcher Sandy Leon tells James Wagner of the..." March 30

  • 17h
    John Blake @RangerBlake

    OF Ryan Ludwick has been released from his minor league contract.

  • Brewers release former All-Star closer Chris Perez

    Hardball Talk "Here’s how quickly things have unraveled for right-hander Chris Perez: At age 26 he was an All-Star closer for the second straight season. At age 28 he was an ineffective middle reliever. And now at age 29 he was just released by the Brewers after settling for a minor-league contract. Perez..." March 30

  • 14h
    Jenifer Langosch @LangoschMLB

    #stlcards haven't made official announcement but every indication is that Martinez will open season as fifth starter, Gonzales to Triple-A.

  • 16h
    clarkspencer @clarkspencer

    Marlins ReedJohnson was granted his release

  • 13h
    Jenifer Langosch @LangoschMLB

    #stlcards announce that Jaime Garcia has been put on the 15-day disabled list. Nothing surprising about that news.

  • Angels remove Josh Hamilton, CJ Wilson banners from front of stadium

    Larry Brown Sports "C.J. Wilson and Josh Hamilton are no longer faces of the Angels’ franchise. The Angels on Thursday shared a photo on Twitter that shows which players will be featured on the six banners adorning the front of Angel Stadium in Anaheim. C.J. Wilson and Josh Hamilton are no longer faces of the..." March 29

  • Diamondbacks getting calls regarding Aaron Hill

    MLB Daily Rumors "The Arizona Diamondbacks are getting trade calls regarding second baseman Aaron Hill, according to a source. It is unclear who has expressed interest in Hill, but at least a few teams have come calling about him. Hill, 33, has been with the Diamondbacks since 2011 and has hit .282 with 49..." March 29

  • Mariners prospect Victor Sanchez dies from boat accident injuries

    Hardball Talk "Jose Grasso of FinanzasDigital.com is reporting that Mariners prospect Victor Sanchez has died at the age of 20. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune says that the Mariners have not confirmed the report yet. Sanchez was hit by a boat off of a beach in Carupano, Venezuela in February and was..." March 29

  • Joe Blanton unsure whether he’ll opt out of Royals minor-league deal

    Kansas City Star "Joe Blanton faces a choice in a few days. He can stay with the Royals organization and pitch for their Class AAA Omaha affiliate. Or he can attempt to latch onto another big-league roster. The choice results from the minor-league contract he signed with Kansas City last month. He can opt-out..." March 29

  • Nationals have tough decision to make on Dan Uggla

    Nats Insider "Dan Uggla has been in a big-league clubhouse during the final week of spring training for a decade now, but he hasn’t found himself in this position — uncertain whether he’d be heading north with his club for Opening Day — since his very first camp as a Rule 5 draft pick with the Marlins in..." March 29

  • Don’t be surprised if Mariners use modified six-man rotation

    Tacoma News Tribune "So left-hander Roenis Elias looks like the odd-man out in the Mariners’ spring game of rotation roulette. After a promising rookie season in 2014, Elias figures to open this season at Triple-A Tacoma. Right-hander Taijuan Walker certainly earned his spot in the five-man unit by pitching 18..." March 29

  • For Ichiro Suzuki, 41 Is the New 25 in Miami

    Hardball Talk "Marlins reserve outfielder Ichiro Suzuki used an interesting analogy to describe what it was like to be a free agent during the off-season. Via Brad Lefton of the Wall Street Journal: “That must be what it feels like to be a puppy at a pet shop,” Ichiro explained in his unique style. “Amongst..." March 29

  • Mets discuss contract extension with Duda

    New York Post "This is the first time Lucas Duda will be compared to Corey Kluber, but bear with me a second. The Mets and Duda are discussing a long-term contract extension, The Post has learned, and some of the elements that are complicating the Indians’ negotiations with Kluber are in play with Duda and..." March 29

  • Huh, interesting, Blue Jays’ GM watches Papelbon pitch

    CSN Philly "Maybe it was nothing. But, then again, maybe it was something. Maybe Alex Anthopoulos, general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, popped into Bright House Field on Friday afternoon because he enjoys those Delco’s cheesesteaks that they sell behind home plate. Or maybe he was there to see..." March 29

  • 2d
    Jayson Stark @jaysonst

    Mentioned earlier that #Cardinals were making LHP Sam Freeman available. Just traded him to #Rangers for a player to be named later or cash

  • 2d
    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    #Cubs give Felix Doubront his unconditional release (and owe him about $473,000, or 45 days worth of $1.925 million salary).

  • Top Cuban Alvarez drawing interest: Dodgers, Nats, Jays, Cards and more

    CBSSports.com "Top young Cuban righthander Yadier Alvarez is drawing interest from many major-league teams, including the Dodgers, Nationals, Blue Jays, Rangers, Phillies, Cardinals, Twins and Giants. Alvarez, who consistently registers 94-97 mph and recently hit 99, has petitioned MLB to be made eligible to..." March 28

  • Manfred suggests Boras stay out of Cubs business; Agent shoots back

    CBSSports.com "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred didn't hesitate to weigh in on the very public debate between the Cubs and agent Scott Boras regarding the hot topic of the spring, which is whether young slugger Kris Bryant should make the team's Opening Day roster, and it's no surprise Manfred took the Cubs'..." March 28

  • 2d
    Dennis Lin @dennistlin

    Bud Black announces that James "Shieldsy" Shields will start Opening Day at Dodger Stadium.

  • Twins have inquired about watching Rafael Soriano

    Hardball Talk "Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports that the Twins have inquired about watching free agent reliever Rafael Soriano throw. Soriano, 35, faltered in the closer’s role for the Nationals last season. He was taken out of the role in early September when he allowed runs in three..." March 28

  • Cubs' Bryant on making Opening Day roster: 'Why not me?'

    The Score "There's not much else Kris Bryant can do with his bat to make his case for cracking the Chicago Cubs' roster out of camp, so now he's trying to plead his case with his mouth. The top prospect in baseball has hammered nine home runs while slashing .406/.472/1.313 in 12 games this spring, but..." March 28

  • Julio Teheran to start Opening Day for the Braves

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "As expected, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announced that pitcher Julio Teheran will be Atlanta's Opening Day starter on April 6 at Marlins Park, per the team's official website. The announcement came shortly after Teheran's spring outing against the Red Sox. The right-hander yielded two runs..." March 28

  • David Ortiz Has Never 'Knowingly' Took Any Steroids

    The Player's Tribune "I was ready to shoot somebody, man. Literally. I was sleeping at my house in the Dominican this winter when I heard a banging on my front door at 7:30 in the morning. Now, I got security. My kids and family are sleeping in the house. I wasn’t expecting anyone. Who in the hell is banging on my..." March 28

  • Mariners reliever David Rollins suspended 80 games for steroid use

    The News Tribune "Mariners lefty reliever David Rollins, a Rule 5 pick from Houston, received an 80-game suspension Friday from Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. “This was when I got back from winter ball,” said Rollins, who had been making a strong push to win a..." March 28

  • Zimmermann: “It’s not looking good” for deal before opener

    Nats Insider "When Jordan Zimmermann reported for spring training nearly six weeks ago and said he wouldn’t hold any contract negotiations during the regular season, the right-hander essentially created a deadline for any talks with the Nationals to take place. And as that deadline fast approaches, there..." March 28

  • 3d
    Chris Iott @Chris_Iott

    Justin Verlander left the game due to cramp in his right triceps muscle. Tigers don't anticipate him missing next start.

  • Theo Epstein and Curt Schilling had a pretty interesting exchange about Kris Bryant

    Hardball Talk "Cubs president Theo Epstein was in the ESPN booth for a Cubs spring training game yesterday when Curt Schilling — back on broadcast duties this year, it’s good to note — challenged him regarding Kris Bryant’s presumably imminent demotion to the minor leagues. You know and I know that, in all..." March 27

  • Hal Steinbrenner hates losing to Mets just like father did, insists Yankees are not for sale

    New York Daily News "Sure, Hal Steinbrenner isn’t as blustery as his old man was. But losses to the Mets still cut him deeply, even if they come in meaningless March exhibition games. That’s why the Yankees’ loss to the Mets on Wednesday in Tampa made for “an unpleasant day here at Steinbrenner Field,” Steinbrenner..." March 27

  • As Betances struggles, Girardi undecided on Yankees’ closer

    New York Post "Dellin Betances’ subpar spring doesn’t have Yankees manager Joe Girardi delaying a decision as to who will replace David Robertson in the closer’s role. “That is a decision that will probably be talked about a lot next week,’’ Girardi said. “It’s not on the forefront of what we are trying to do..." March 27

  • Hamels unofficially starting the opener

    Courier-Post "It is the easiest question the Philadelphia Phillies will face this year. Who is the Phillies’ Opening Day starter? Common sense says it will be left-hander Cole Hamels, though Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg wouldn’t go as far as to confirm that after Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Blue..." March 27

  • A's Josh Reddick likely to start season on disabled list

    Oakland Tribune "The A's aren't counting on right fielder Josh Reddick to be healthy enough to start the season on the active roster. Reddick, who is scheduled to play in a minor league game Sunday, will need more at-bats to be on top of his game, manager Bob Melvin said." March 27

  • Koji Uehara Takes Sizable Step Forward In Injury Battle

    NESN "The Boston Red Sox really want that Chairman’s Cup, apparently. OK, the annual award given to the winner of the spring training series between the Red Sox and Minnesota Twins probably wasn’t on Boston’s mind as Thursday’s Grapefruit League game progressed at JetBlue Park. But the Red Sox still..." March 27

  • Pirates say decisions due soon on fifth starter, pitching depth

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Though the events of Thursday did little to clarify the back end of the Pirates rotation or their starting depth, they indicated decisions are near. Two of the men in the competition, Vance Worley and Clayton Richard, pitched Thursday. Both had uneven outings. While Worley competes with Jeff..." March 27

  • Resolution to Hamilton case expected to come before Opening Day

    CBSSports.com "A resolution to the Josh Hamilton situation is expected to come sometime before Opening Day, people familiar with the situation said. A suspension of some length has been expected almost since it was learned Hamilton suffered a relapse – although it isn't known what the resolution will..." March 27

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