• Pirates indicate McCutchen will be on 2017 opening day roster

    Sportsnet "As reported by Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, team president Frank Coonelly said he expects McCutchen will be in the lineup when the team opens the 2017 season. “We are really excited to have Andrew with us in 2017 and, hopefully, for a long time beyond 2017,” Coonelly..." December 10

  • Former Braves and Red Sox reliever Anthony Varvaro becomes a police officer

    New York Daily News "He's going from pitching to catching — crooks, that is. A former Major League Baseball player who gave up the game this year is set to graduate from the Port Authority Police academy on Friday. Anthony Varvaro, 32, a Staten Island resident and St. John’s University graduate, will join 79..." December 10

  • Murphy aims to prevent recurrence of leg problems

    Masn "The slow-to-heal upper left leg injury that limited Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy to three regular season at-bats after Sept. 17 - often referred to as a glute strain and possibly traced to a hamstring problem earlier in the season - may have been more serious than Murphy let..." December 10

  • Theo Epstein 'Steve Bartman Is Welcome at Wrigley But Leave That Guy Alone!!'

    TMZ "LEAVE STEVE BARTMAN ALONE ... so says Cubs GM Theo Epstein ... who says Cubs fans should back off Bartman for good -- unless he CHOOSES to come out of hiding. Of course, Bartman is the guy who was blamed for blowing the Cubs playoff run in 2003 when he interfered with a foul ball. Fans..." December 10

  • Twins minor-league pitcher dies in car accident

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins minor-league pitcher Yorman Landa died early Saturday morning in an auto accident in Venezuela, according to the team. Landa was 22 and had been in the Twins organization since being signed in 2010. Landa had been on the Twins' 40-man major league roster but was dropped after the..." December 10

  • McCutchen to attend Pirates fan fest amid trade rumors

    MLB.com "The 27th annual PirateFest is set to begin today, and after a busy week of trade rumors, all eyes will be on Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen is among the large contingent of players and coaches scheduled to appear at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center during the two-day event. This year's..." December 10

  • D-Backs, Rodney agree to 1-year deal

    Boston Herald "Closer Fernando Rodney and the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a $2.75 million, one-year contract that allows him to earn an additional $4 million in performance bonuses. Rodney agreed to the deal earlier this week, and it was completed Friday after he passed a physical. He can earn..." December 10

  • Tyson Ross could be one of the final pieces for Cubs’ offseason puzzle

    CSN Chicago "Tyson Ross could be one of the final pieces of the offseason puzzle as the Cubs try to defend their World Series title while still planning for the future. The Cubs left this week’s winter meetings in Maryland still involved in the Ross talks, sources said, monitoring an intriguing pitcher they..." December 10

  • Kevin Youkilis jokes about Bobby Valentine possibly being US Ambassador to Japan

    Larry Brown Sports "Even in retirement, Kevin Youkilis is still finding ways to entertain us. Word broke on Friday that President-elect Donald Trump is considering Bobby Valentine, Youkilis’ former manager with the Boston Red Sox, as the U.S. ambassador to Japan, where Valentine also managed for seven..." December 10

  • Orioles, Welington Castillo building toward deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Baltimore Orioles and free agent catcher Welington Castillo are currently building momentum towards a deal, sources tell FanRag Sports. While the sides have not yet come to a full agreement, it appears that the veteran backstop could be heading to Baltimore after recently being non-tendered by..." December 10

  • Omar Infante rejoins Tigers on minor-league deal

    Detroit News "Welcome back, Omar Infante. The 15-year veteran infielder was among 14 minor league free agents signed by the Tigers and announced Friday. It will be his third stint with the club. He started his career in Detroit from 2002-2007 and returned for the 2012 and 2013 seasons before signing with the..." December 10

  • Phillies agree to minor-league deal with Nava

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have agreed to a minor-league deal with outfielder Daniel Nava, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Twitter. Nava, 33, spent last year with the Angels and (briefly) the Royals. It has been some time since Nava was a productive major leaguer. He put up a roughly..." December 10

  • Astros sign top Cuban pitching prospect Cionel Perez

    Houston Chronicle "Cionel Perez is an Astro yet again. The team signed the 20-year-old Cuban lefthander to a reworked deal Friday after the previous terms fell through in October over a medical concern. Perez received a $2 million signing bonus, an industry source confirmed to the Chronicle, a significantly..." December 10

  • Johnny Monell signs with KBO’s KT Wiz

    Hardball Talk "Former Mets catcher Johnny Monell signed a contract with the KT Wiz of the Korea Baseball Organization, per a report by Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. The 30-year-old originally struck a deal with the NC Dinos on Thursday, but the deal appeared to fall through at the last minute, according to..." December 10

  • Phil Bickford Receives 50-Game Suspension For Drug Of Abuse

    MLB Trade Rumors "Brewers righty Phil Bickford has been hit with a 50-game suspension after testing positive for a drug of abuse for the second time, as Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times tweets. Bickford reportedly tested positive for marijuana before being drafted in 2015. Players on 40-man rosters are not at..." December 10

  • Giolito thrilled to join prospect-heavy White Sox

    MLB.com "A few moments existed on Monday when Lucas Giolito thought the White Sox stood as his next pitching destination as part of a high-level trade for Chris Sale. Such is the world of social media, especially at the Winter Meetings. Giolito ended up with the White Sox, but as part of a..." December 10

  • Cardinals go 'over the top' to catch Fowler

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When outfielder Dexter Fowler stepped off his flight at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Thursday night, set to become the Cardinals’ next center fielder, a Southwest Airlines employee greeted with him a bag of the company's signature peanuts. He’ll go nuts for St. Louis, the official..." December 09

  • Angels still looking to fill holes as winter meetings end

    Orange County Register "Billy Eppler left the winter meetings Thursday morning without a new second baseman, which is no doubt disappointing to many fans but irrelevant to the Angels. While the winter meetings provide a media-fueled atmosphere of anticipation, to the Angels general manager the meetings simply..." December 09

  • Marlins may target Neftali Feliz

    Larry Brown Sports "With the pool of available free agent relievers threatening to dry up quickly, the Miami Marlins may be forced to devise a creative backup plan. According to a report by Joe Frisaro of MLB.com on Thursday, the Marlins may target former All-Star closer Neftali Feliz as they await a decision from..." December 09

  • Fowler to wear McGwire's No. 25, but he's honoring Bonds

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Dexter Fowler has a smile as wide as a Phil Cuzzi strike zone. He's likable and loquacious and has a personality that when he says, “Nice to meet you,” he may, actually, honestly, find it nice to meet you. “And my mentor,” Fowler said, “is Barry Bonds.” Wait? Perhaps the most-likable player..." December 09

  • Trump considering Bobby Valentine for ambassador to Japan

    New York Post "Donald Trump is reportedly considering former Mets manager Bobby Valentine to be US ambassador to Japan. Valentine, a former Major League Baseball player who also managed Japan’s champion Chiba Lotte Marines, is on the short list for the diplomatic post, according to WEEI Radio in Boston, where..." December 09

  • Fort Lauderdale native Matt den Dekker signs minor league deal with Marlins

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Matt den Dekker, a Fort Lauderdale native who starred at Westminster Academy and the University of Florida, has joined the Marlins on a minor league deal with an invite to big league camp. “Excited to be back home,” den Dekker said in a text. “I’ll be in spring training competing for a..." December 09

  • Braves trade Jenkins, Feigl to Rangers for Luke Jackson

    Sports Day "The Rangers, kings of the getting-on-the-plane deal at the conclusion of the winter meetings, added more pitching depth options Thursday evening by acquiring pitchers Tyrell Jenkins and Brady Feigl from Atlanta for control-challenged reliever Luke Jackson. Jenkins, 24 of Henderson , Texas, was..." December 09

  • Padres grab top three picks, here's what all 30 teams did

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball's annual Winter Meetings wrap up Thursday morning with the Rule 5 draft each year. What is the Rule 5 draft? In short, it's a draft that makes sure teams can't stockpile too much minor-league talent and just stash players without a clear path to the majors. Players..." December 09

  • Fowler agrees to deal with Cardinals, source says

    ESPN "Dexter Fowler is set to switch teams in the National League Central. The center fielder will be in St. Louis on Friday for a physical with the Cardinals after the sides agreed to a deal Thursday, sources told ESPN's Mark Saxon, confirming a story first reported by KSDK-TV. The agreement..." December 08

  • Aroldis Chapman explains why he chose to return to Yankees

    Larry Brown Sports "Aroldis Chapman is heading back to the New York Yankees after helping the Chicago Cubs break a 108-year championship curse. In terms of a career path, you can’t ask for much more than that. After he signed with the Yankees on Wednesday, Chapman revealed that he had narrowed his decision down to..." December 08

  • Report: Cubs will discuss extension with Jake Arrieta

    Cubs HQ "The Chicago Cubs have already made a huge offseason move trading away Jorge Soler for elite closer Wade Davis. However, the big news might not be the only one this offseason as ESPN reporter Jesse Rogers reports that agent Scott Boras and the Cubs will discuss a possible new deal in..." December 08

  • Nationals Discuss David Robertson With White Sox

    MLB Trade Rumors "1:24pm: The Nationals tried to expand the Eaton deal to include Robertson, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets. The White Sox turned them down, however, so the two sides will discuss a Robertson deal as a separate proposition. 11:05am: Here’s the latest on the Nationals’ hunt for a closer, with..." December 08

  • Joe Maddon Says LeBron James Can Play Centerfield For The Cubs Anytime

    Uproxx "With curses related to a billy goat and Steve Bartman finally a thing of the past, the Chicago Cubs are undoubtedly still celebrating their World Series win and feasting on the meats of slaughtered animals. But the champs have also been slightly retooling their roster. For starters, rental closer..." December 08

  • Cubs reportedly close to signing pitcher Koji Uehara

    CBS Sports "The Cubs are still not done adding to their bullpen even after acquiring Wade Davis from the Royals. According to a report by Nikkan Sports, and corroborated by Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald, the Cubbies are close to signing veteran right-hander Koji Uehara. The deal is not final and the..." December 08

  • The Aroldis Chapman fallout will be even more interesting than the deal itself

    Fox Sports "The fallout from the Yankees’ agreement with free agent Aroldis Chapman on a five-year, $86 million contract will be even more interesting than the deal itself. And the deal is pretty darned interesting, seeing as how it shattered the record for a closer by a mere $24 million. The details,..." December 08

  • Matt Holliday’s Yankees’ deal has no-trade clause to one team

    Sportsnaut "Matt Holliday is making it pretty darn clear that he doesn’t want to play baseball in one city. Outside of potentially visiting Oakland as a member of the New York Yankees, the veteran has no intention of repeating his nightmarish half season with the Athletics. According to Chris Cotillo of SB..." December 08

  • Dombrowski: 'If Ortiz wanted to come back, he would call'

    Providence Journal "Whether or not David Ortiz is serious about thinking about a return, Dave Dombrowski knows better than to ask. "I wouldn't want to reach out to him," the Red Sox president said. "I wouldn't want to keep bothering him." Ortiz responded to Boston's blockbuster trade for Chris Sale with an..." December 08

  • Pirates, Nats Awkwardly Blew McCutchen Trade

    12 Up "This has not been Mike Rizzo's finest offseason. For an extended period, the Nationals were in the news for rumors that they were after star Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen. And it was this close. Lucas Giolito and Dane Dunning were two of the Nationals' top pitching prospects. And..." December 08

  • Duquette on Bautista: ‘It’s true. The guy’s a villain in Baltimore’

    Baltimore Baseball "Jose Bautista probably has been Enemy No. 1 at Camden Yards for the past few years, but now that David Ortiz, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez are retired, there’s no question that the former Toronto Blue Jays superstar right fielder is in a class by himself when it comes to vitriol from Orioles..." December 08

  • Giants trade Chris Heston to Mariners

    CSN Bay Area "Faced with a crowded depth chart and a need for a roster spot, the Giants shipped right-hander Chris Heston to Seattle on Wednesday night. The Mariners announced the deal shortly after 7pm PT on Wednesday. Heston, who made 31 starts and threw a no-hitter for the Giants in 2015, would have..." December 08

  • Rockies, Blue Jays talking Blackmon-Stroman deal

    CBS Sports "Fox Sports' Jon Morosi on Wednesday tweeted that the Rockies and Blue Jays have discussed a deal that would send right-hander Marcus Stroman to Colorado in exchange for outfielder Charlie Blackmon. Yep, the Blue Jays understandably want more in order to part with Stroman. Stroman, 25, owns..." December 08

  • Orioles reportedly interested in Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner

    New York Daily News "The Yankees have fielded numerous trade offers for Brett Gardner, but would Brian Cashman really deal him within the American League East? FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported Wednesday that the Orioles see Gardner as a potential fit in their outfield, though Baltimore would want the Yankees to..." December 08

  • Astros discuss deal for Jose Quintana, but White Sox want a haul

    Houston Chronicle "- If this year's winter meetings have taught us anything, it's that the Chicago White Sox are all-in on their commitment to rebuild. In a span of two days, they've parted with ace Chris Sale and outfielder Adam Eaton to transform their farm system into one of the industry's best. Jose Quintana..." December 08

  • Rockies Remain Interested In Mark Trumbo, Could Trade OF To Clear Space

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies remain interested in signing Mark Trumbo despite their recent high-profile pact with Ian Desmond, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal writes (Twitter links). The idea is that, since they already lost the No. 11 overall pick in the Desmond deal, they would only lose a second-rounder as a result..." December 08

  • Marlins offered Chapman $87M before Yankees deal

    Miami Herald "The Marlins have failed in their bid to sign Aroldis Chapman. But they’re still in the picture for Kenley Jansen. Chapman agreed to terms with the New York Yankees late Wednesday on a five-year deal worth $86 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. But they still have a five-year..." December 08

  • Encarnacion's agent not panicking: 'He and I are patient'

    TSN "A return to the Toronto Blue Jays for slugger Edwin Encarnacion still seems unlikely according to reports, but the Jays haven't closed the door completely. According to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman, the Jays are at least monitoring Encarnacion and remain in touch with his agents. Heyman adds..." December 08

  • Nationals making push for Jansen

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rival executives don’t expect the Dodgers to match the Marlins’ offer, per Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times (Twitter link). The Nationals are now “making a push” for Jansen, reports FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal (Twitter links). However, the Nats are “uncomfortable” with the financial..." December 08

  • Red Sox Looking to Trade Clay Buchholz

    WEEI Boston "Dave Dombrowski noted Wednesday night that the Red Sox had spent the day fielding calls from teams interested in some of their starting pitchers. Specifically, the president of baseball operations noted, the focus from other clubs were on Eduardo Rodriguez, Drew Pomeranz, Steven Wright and Clay..." December 08

  • Royals not ruling out signing Greg Holland?

    ESPN "Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore said he's open to adding talent to the bullpen after trading Wade Davis. Former Royals closer Greg Holland, currently a free agent, fits that mold. A two-time All-Star, Holland, 31, did not pitch in the majors in 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Davis..." December 08

  • Yankees agree to 5-year deal with Aroldis Chapman

    Fanrag Sports "The New York Yankees’ latest signing is a familiar face. Late Wednesday night, sources confirmed to FanRag Sports that closer Aroldis Chapman agreed to a five-year, $86 million deal with the Yankees. The deal is a new record for a closer, eclipsing the contract Mark Melancon received earlier this..." December 08

  • White Sox deal Adam Eaton to Nats for top prospects

    Chicago Sun-Times "The White Sox were closing in on a trade to send outfielder Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals Wednesday. A source confirmed reports that Eaton, who is under club control for five more years and was the Sox’ most valuable position player in 2016, would go to the Nats in exchange for..." December 08

  • Mets hitting coach seriously thinks Tim Tebow can make it to the major leagues

    USA Today "Mets manager Terry Collins already said he wants Tim Tebow at camp for the Mets’ spring training. Mets hitting coach Kevin Long took it even further on Wednesday. He thinks that Tebow can actually make the big-league club. In an interview with Dan Dakich on 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis,..." December 08

  • Marlins To Sign A.J. Ellis

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins have agreed to a one-year, $2.5MM deal with veteran backstop A.J. Ellis, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney (on Twitter). Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald had just reported that the Marlins appeared to have a “good shot” at landing Ellis to be the new backup catcher in Miami, where he’ll be..." December 07

  • Cubs flex dynasty muscles with Wade Davis splash

    New York Post "Cubs officials were portraying this as their quiet offseason. They had the twin contentment of a relatively set roster plus — most importantly — their first championship since 1908. But under Theo Epstein, the Cubs’ version of quiet is like the concept of a small elephant. By comparison, one..." December 07