• Commissioner Manfred on deaths of Ventura, Marte: 'Today is a very sad day'

    CBS Sports "Earlier on Sunday, news broke that Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former Cleveland Indians third baseman Andy Marte had died in separate car accidents. Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has since issued a statement concerning both: "Today is a very sad day for..." January 22

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Pedro Martinez thinks David Ortiz will return to Red Sox

    Larry Brown Sports "David Ortiz is retired, at least for now, but a former Boston Red Sox teammate doesn’t think that will last. Pedro Martinez told WEEI’s “Trenni & Tomase” that he won’t believe Ortiz is retired until he sees the slugger sit out an entire season. “David says he’s retired,” Martinez said, via..." January 22

  • Dominican police: Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash

    SI "Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic. He was 25. Dominican national police colonel Jacobo Mateo Moquete identified the victim of a fatal crash as Ventura. Ventura’s agency confirmed his death to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. Ventura’s death..." January 22

  • Like David Price, Pedro Martinez has faced hate from fans

    Boston Herald "Even the most recent Red Sox Hall of Famer, Pedro Martinez, one of the greatest pitchers of all-time and widely beloved, has heard it. He thinks everyone has. Martinez has walked in David Price's shoes as a newcomer in Boston with gigantic expectations. And Martinez, who's from the Dominican..." January 22

  • Sale 'blown away' by Red Sox fans' welcome

    MLB.com "Chris Sale figured he probably had to win some games for his new team before the knowledgeable and passionate Red Sox fans treated him like one of their own. It turns out he was wrong. The lefty has spent the last two days at the team's annual Winter Weekend convention at Foxwoods somewhat..." January 22

  • Andy Marte Dies In Car Crash

    MLB Trade Rumors "Former major league corner infielder Andy Marte died Sunday morning in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic, according to various reports. He was 33 years old. “Words can’t express the emotions from the loss of our client Andy Marte. Gone too soon. A great person on and off the field,”..." January 22

  • Here's why Angels could rise to playoff contention in 2017

    CBS Sports "The current shoals being navigated by Angels GM Billy Eppler are treacherous ones. On the one hand, you've got one of the weakest farm systems in the game and a major-league club that finished 14 games below .500 in 2016. On the other hand, you've got the best player in baseball -- Mike Trout..." January 22

  • Yu focused on elbow, not contract

    MLB.com "Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish is approaching free agency, but he doesn't seem too worried about it. "It's not about my contract," Darvish said at Friday's Texas Rangers Awards Dinner. "Coming back from Tommy John [surgery] for the second year, I want to see how my body reacts and how I do. ......" January 22

  • Rays still seeking bench, bullpen help

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays actually have had a busy offseason, what with three major-league free agent additions (C Wilson Ramos, OF Colby Rasmus, RHP Shawn Tolleson), four trades, several waiver claims and the usual assortment of minor-league deals. But even though it's mid January and there look to be 14 new..." January 22

  • Marlins contemplate using a four-man bench

    MLB.com "The Marlins continue to monitor the free-agent market for another bench player, but signing an impact bat is not a high priority. The organization is seriously considering going with a four-man bench and carrying an additional reliever. "The thought of eight relievers and carrying a 13-man..." January 22

  • Former Giants ace Tim Lincecum not ready to call it quits

    San Jose Mercury News "Tim Lincecum couldn’t reestablish himself as a productive major league pitcher with the Los Angeles Angels last season, but the two-time Cy Young Award winner and Giants legend hasn’t given up on recapturing his previous form. Although he doesn’t have a contract for 2017 and spring training is..." January 22

  • Tigers' Anibal Sanchez: Will prepare for starting role

    CBS Sports "Sanchez will compete for a starting role in spring training, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. The right-hander struggled throughout 2016, failing to bring his ERA below 4.08 in any month of the season. Those struggles resulted in some yo-yoing between the rotation and the bullpen -- he'd be..." January 22

  • Porcello taking whirlwind in stride

    MLB.com "For Rick Porcello, a whirlwind Saturday started at the Red Sox Winter Weekend, a festive event that gives fans a chance to have up-close interactions with their favorite players. It will finish at the New York Baseball Writers Dinner, where Porcello will formally receive his American League Cy..." January 21

  • First Pitch: New year, new Angels?

    Fanrag Sports "We’ve finally made it to the weekend, which means it’s time to catch up on anything you may have missed during a busy week. While we hope you use this time to peruse FanRag Sports, we also know plenty of other sites are putting out good, entertaining work. Here’s some of it: The Los Angeles..." January 21

  • Albert Pujols’ injury status is what’s driving the Angels’ recent activity

    Fox Sports "The Angels’ pending signing of free-agent infielder Luis Valbuena is more a reflection of the uncertainty surrounding first baseman Albert Pujols than a desire to trade first baseman C.J. Cron or any other player. Valbuena’s agreement with the Angels, reportedly for two years with a club..." January 21

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Bautista says he took less money but is happy in Toronto

    CTV News "Jose Bautista says he took less money to re-sign with the Toronto Blue Jays, but is happy even though he didn't get a long-term contract. The free agent slugger agreed to an $18.5 million, one-year contract last Tuesday that includes mutual options for more years. The 36-year-old Bautista..." January 21

  • Brad Ausmus announces Justin Verlander will be Tigers Opening Day starter

    Detroit Sports Nation "On Saturday at TigerFest, manager Brad Ausmus announced that Justin Verlander will be the Detroit Tigers Opening Day starting pitcher. The Tigers first game will be played on April 3rd in Chicago against the White Sox. Ausmus said the rest of the rotation was yet to be determined. Verlander..." January 21

  • Red Sox close to reaching deal with arbitration-eligible Drew Pomeranz

    Fanrag Sports "According to a Saturday morning report from Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski believes that the club is getting close to a deal with left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz, who was previously acquired by Boston midway through..." January 21

  • Atlanta Braves Sign Veteran Catcher Kurt Suzuki??

    Fox Sports "Braves Sign Another Catcher? A rumor is circling the twitter world that the Atlanta Braves have signed veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki. Chris Cotillo of SB Nation twitted out this morning that a source of his is reporting of the signing. So now the debate begins…where does Suzuki stack up..." January 21

  • Red Sox aim to 'cement' future role for David Ortiz

    Providence Journal "Aside from a tour of the team's player-development facility in El Toro, just outside Santo Domingo, the aim of the visit by the Red Sox ownership group to the Dominican Republic next week will be to discuss a role in the organization for David Ortiz. (That role will be of the non-playing..." January 21

  • Should the Nationals sign Matt Wieters?

    Washington Post "Matt Wieters’s name has hovered over the Nationals’ offseason from start to finish, buzzing like a fly they never seem to swat away for good. The Nationals have always been “interested” in Wieters, in the way any team that just lost an all-star catcher would be “interested” in a four-time..." January 21

  • Marlins considering Chris Carter, Mark Reynolds

    Larry Brown Sports "After hitting the second-fewest home runs in the MLB last season, the Miami Marlins are hoping to add some raw power on the free agent market. According to a report by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN on Friday, the Marlins want to sign a righty first baseman to complement Justin Bour and are considering..." January 21

  • A's refuse to rebuild, and their youngsters are paying the price

    CBS Sports "Just four seasons ago, the Oakland Athletics were a 96-win powerhouse coming off back-to-back AL West titles despite a shoestring budget. They were led by Cuban sensation Yoenis Cespedes, catcher-turned-third baseman Josh Donaldson, and a small army of platoon players cast aside by other..." January 21

  • Rangers plan to retire Pudge’s jersey in August

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Ivan Rodriguez will have his No. 7 jersey retired by the Texas Rangers in August, the club announced late Friday night at the Dr Pepper Awards Dinner. The Rangers didn’t announce a date for the ceremony, but it will come only a few weeks after Rodriguez is inducted into the National Baseball..." January 21

  • City council bans smokeless tobacco at Rays games

    Palm Beach Post "The St. Petersburg city council has given final approval to an ordinance banning use of smokeless tobacco products at organized sporting events, including baseball games at Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays. The measure approved Thursday not only applies to players, coaches and..." January 20

  • Stroman on relationship with Sanchez: We're not as close, but still friends

    Sportsnet "Marcus Stroman says he and Aaron Sanchez remain friends, even if they aren’t as close as they once were. “We’re still friends,” Stroman said Friday at Rogers Centre. “We’re not as close, but we’re still friends. I know everyone’s speculating here and there. We’re still good.” Though Stroman..." January 20

  • The Dodgers are looking all over the place for a second baseman

    Fox Sports "The Dodgers’ pursuit of Brian Dozier isn’t dead and won’t be dead until another second baseman is in their uniform — and who knows, even then a trade with the Twins might be possible. The stalemate over Dozier, however, has prompted the Dodgers to cast a wide net in their search for a second..." January 20

  • Red Sox turning to Pedroia for leadership in Ortiz's absence

    NESN "David Ortiz has developed a cruel habit of teasing Red Sox fans. But despite the Instagram jokes and cryptic tweets, the reality is that Big Papi won’t be in the heart of Boston’s lineup in 2017. “Oh yeah, he’s retired,” manager John Farrell told reporters Thursday ahead of a Boston..." January 20

  • Bautista expected to play for Dominican Republic at WBC

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is “likely to play” for the Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. Bautista, who signed a one-year, $18-million deal with the Blue Jays on Wednesday, would be joining a Dominican outfield that already..." January 20

  • Orioles agree to 3-year, $37.5M deal with Trumbo

    ABC News "The? Baltimore Orioles?and slugger? Mark Trumbo?have reached a three-year deal worth $37.5 million, a source confirmed to ESPN. FanRag earlier reported news of an agreement between the two sides. Completion of the deal is contingent upon Trumbo passing a team physical. Trumbo, 31, led the..." January 20

  • Wondering if Red Sox, Mookie Betts are talking contract extension? ‘Not a peep’

    WEEI Boston "A lot has been made of the window of opportunity the Red Sox may have. Within the next 3-4 years, the foundation of the team will see their contracts expire, leading to some intrigue when it comes to the possibility of extending certain deals. One of those players who will continue to be a..." January 20

  • Josh Johnson set to retire at age 32

    ESPN "Pitcher Josh Johnson, one of the most dominant starters in the major leagues during his peak seasons with the Florida Marlins, is retiring from baseball at age 32, his agent, Matt Sosnick, told ESPN.com Thursday. Johnson, who underwent three Tommy John surgeries on his right elbow during his..." January 20

  • Pablo Sandoval inexplicably thinking about playing in World Baseball Classic

    WEEI Boston "Prior to the Boston Baseball Writers’ Dinner Thursday night, Red Sox manager John Farrell rattled off which of his players he believed would be participating in the World Baseball Classic. Starting pitchers David Price, Rick Porcello and Chris Sale? Nope. Eduardo Rodriguez? We’ll see. The..." January 20

  • Red Sox won't let Rodriguez pitch in WBC after tweaking knee

    Mass Live "Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who had been slated to pitch in the World Baseball Classic, likely will not participate. Rodriguez pitched winter ball in Venezuela this offseason and tweaked his knee, the same he injured in spring training to start last year. "Given what transpired in..." January 20

  • Angels reportedly nearing multiyear deal with Luis Valbuena

    Orange County Register "The Angels are reportedly nearing a multiyear deal with free agent Luis Valbuena, who would add depth at multiple positions on their infield and another left-handed bat to their roster. Terms of the deal, reported Thursday by Venezuelan reporter Efrain Zavarace, were not available, although..." January 20

  • Mark Trumbo close to remaining an Oriole, according to reports

    ESPN "The Baltimore Orioles are closing in on a three-year deal with slugger Mark Trumbo that is expected to be for less than $40 million, according to multiple reports. Trumbo, 30, was an 18th-round pick of the Angels in 2004. Since debuting in 2010, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound slugger has played for..." January 19

  • Raines to wear an Expos cap, Pudge to wear a Rangers cap on their Hall of Fame plaques

    Hardball Talk "There is little if any controversy to be had about the caps this year’s inductees will wear on their Hall of Fame plaques, but in case there was any doubt at all, it was put to rest this afternoon at the Hall of Fame press conference: Tim Raines will wear a Montreal Expos cap and Ivan Rodriguez..." January 19

  • 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

  • The Tampa Bay Rays' MLB Draft failures in 2011 killed their organization

    The Comeback "A minor MLB trade was made on Wednesday, lost in all the hoopla of Hall of Fame voting. The Tampa Bay Rays traded 27-year old outfielder Mikie Mahtook to the Detroit Tigers for cash or a player to be named later. While the deal probably won’t have a significant impact on either the Rays or the..." January 19

  • Yankees batting coach’s plan to make Jacoby Ellsbury a productive hitter again

    New York Daily News "The Yankees would prefer Jacoby Ellsbury hit the ball - not the catcher’s mitt. As such, batting coach Alan Cockrell has been working with Ellsbury on moving his contact point 3-4 inches more in front of his body. Ellsbury set a major-league record last season by reaching base an..." 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

  • 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

  • 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