SB Nation "ESPN's Keith Law released his ranking of every farm system in baseball, and the Los Angeles Angels ranked No. 30. It was not a soft No. 30. I've been doing these rankings for eight years now, and this is by far the worst system I've ever seen. C'mon, don't mince words, man, give it to us..." February 12
Moutakas, royals avoid arbitration with 2-year, $14.3M deal
CBSChicago.com "Two weeks ago, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn expressed his comfort with the team’s roster in present form, but admitted he’s still looking for players to add. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the White Sox are among teams considering shortstop Ian Desmond, previously of the..." February 11
Baltimore Sun "Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette appeared on the Orioles’ hot stove radio show on 105.7 The Fan on Thursday, and addressed a pair of free agents who have popped up as possible late additions to his ballclub — right-hander Yovani Gallardo and outfielder Dexter Fowler. When asked..." February 11
Tampa Bay Times "Rays manager Kevin Cash presents the keys to a new Habitat for Humanity home to Lakeba Wallace and her daughter on Thursday, with St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, team president Brian Auld and other club officials and mascot Raymond looking on. The Rays not only provided funding for..." February 11
MLB.com "The San Diego Padres today announced the club has named former Major League pitcher Hideo Nomo advisor, baseball operations, a role in which he will be involved in player development and baseball operations, as well as helping the Padres expand their presence in the Pacific Rim. Executive Vice..." February 11
Boston Globe "With spring training starting next week, the Red Sox are open to the idea of finding a bargain on the free agent market. One possibility would be improving the bullpen, a major league source said Thursday. Lefthanders Neal Cotts and Franklin Morales are among the relievers under consideration..." February 11
Sources: #Dodgers trying to trade IF/OF Alex Guerrero. Talking to numerous teams. Fits best with an AL club.
CBS Sports "It's already happening. People are already talking about the upcoming free agency of Nationals wunderkind Bryce Harper. And by people I mean fans, members of the media, and surely folks working inside the game for the 30 MLB clubs. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports wrote about Harper's free agency..." February 11
Sources: #Orioles making progress on Gallardo.
#pirates sign LHP Cory Luebke to minor lg deal with NRI to spring training.
The Score "Jose Bautista isn't going to try to fool anyone with his basketball coaching abilities when he steps onto the sidelines this weekend. The Toronto Blue Jays slugger, who is one of four coaches of the Canadian team for Friday's NBA Celebrity All-Star Game in Toronto, will do his best to pretend..." February 11
SB Nation "The Orioles' offseason was in this weird holding pattern for much of the winter, mostly because they were staring at Scott Boras quietly in a room for two months, waiting for him to say that Chris Davis liked their offer. While they were doing that, unsure of what money they would have leftover..." February 11
Sporting News "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred hopes to make his rulings by opening day on three pending cases under baseball's new domestic violence policy. Manfred — in a recent Q&A with Harvard Law Today — discussed a wide range of topics, including pace of play, the DH and negotiations on a new collective..." February 11
New York Post "The deGrom door is open. Last week Sandy Alderson said there was a chance the Mets could lock up all of their young starters. Though Matt Harvey may be impossible to keep for a variety of reasons, Jacob deGrom made it clear Wednesday that he is willing to listen to a long-term contract..." February 11
Lazaro "Lazarito” Armenteros, 16-yr-old Cuban phenom, expected to decide team today or tom Word is he was at #Padres complex 4 days recently
Hardball Talk "Roberto Osuna became the youngest pitcher to ever play for the Blue Jays last season at age 20 and he rose to the challenge with a 2.58 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 75/16 K/BB ratio in 69 2/3 frames. Osuna eventually took over as Toronto’s closer, earning 20 regular-season saves and one in the American..." February 11
The Score "Buoyed by a handful of opportunistic trades and some improved drafting of late, the Atlanta Braves' farm system was hailed as baseball's best ahead of the 2016 campaign by ESPN's Keith Law, who released his annual rankings Wednesday. The recent additions of Dansby Swanson - the Vanderbilt..." February 11
New York Daily News "No doubt weary of all the hand-wringing over the issue last season, both Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins are on record saying there are no more innings limits for the Mets’ golden arms. But in truth it’s mostly semantics. That is, technically it may be true but the reality is the Mets are..." February 11
Chicago Tribune "Ozzie Guillen is set to return to managing, but not in Major League Baseball. Los Tiburones de La Guaira, a team in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, announced Wednesday on its social media account and website that Guillen would manage the team next season. Guillen confirmed the news..." February 11
Deadspin "Most recently Tim Flannery was the crazy third base coach who windmilled home San Francisco Giants runners en route to three World Series victories, but the majority of his baseball career took place in San Diego. He played alongside Bruce Bochy as the Padres went to the 1984 World Series, and was..." February 11
New York Post "Andrew Miller is ready to hand the title “Yankees closer” to Aroldis Chapman for a more undefined bullpen role. But the switch won’t exactly mean uncharted territory for the veteran lefty. “It wasn’t that long go that I did long-guy one day and I’d get an out in a tie game in the eighth inning..." February 11
Orange County Register "The latest shot was fired into the Angels farm system on Wednesday, with a jarring kicker. ESPN's Keith Law released his rankings of all 30 major league farm systems (for ESPN subscribers only). It's no surprise that Law ranked the Angels' dead last, especially considering last month two..." February 11
MLB.com "If the Orioles do land free-agent starter Yovani Gallardo, with the two sides in serious negotiations on Wednesday, Baltimore may not be done making moves. The O's, who have tried all winter to add an outfielder to go alongside center fielder Adam Jones, would forfeit their No. 14 overall pick..." February 11
ESPN "Stop me if you’ve read this one already: The position has been filled. That is the sign that should be posted outside the Yankees' spring training complex when position players arrive on Feb. 24. It is the same sign that should have been posted last spring. (It is not, thankfully, the sign that..." February 11
Los Angeles Times "It’s about pitching, stupid. About those arms that start every five days set the tone, lead the way. That’s the long-held belief, anyway. If teams have demonstrated there is more than one way to earn a ring, the consistent stable typically gets back to pitching, particularly of the starting..." February 10
Sources: Fowler possible for #Orioles if they complete Gallardo deal. Would be willing to part with second pick, currently No. 29.
MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have avoided arbitration with first baseman Brandon Belt by agreeing to a one-year deal, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets. He’ll receive $6.2MM, Jon Heyman tweets. The sides had seemed headed for a hearing. MLBTR projected Belt to earn the exact amount he..." February 10
Hardball Talk "Right-hander Dale Thayer and the Orioles have agreed to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. Thayer had a rough 2015 season for the Padres, posting a 4.06 ERA and spending time in the minors, but he was a solid part of San Diego’s bullpen from 2012-2014 with a..." February 10
MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have acquired infielder Taylor Featherston from the Angels in exchange for cash or a player to be named later, Philadelphia has announced. He was recently designated for assignment by Los Angeles to clear roster space for the claim of lefty Christian Friedrich. New Philly GM Matt..." February 10
Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are “making progress” in talks with free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo has been on the market so long because he has a first round pick tied to him due to his declining the Rangers’ qualifying offer. The Orioles would have to forfeit the..." February 10
New York Post "His right knee has a lot of miles on it and sobriety is a lifelong battle, but when pitchers and catchers arrive in Tampa next week they will be greeted by CC Sabathia, who is encouraged how the hinge feels and stronger mentally after a monthlong stint at a rehab facility in October to battle a..." February 10
Rangers and Mitch Moreland settle at $5.7 million..... avoid arbitration hearing
Houston Chronicle "One of the Astros' big bats won't be taking hacks when the Astros hold their first full workout on Feb. 23. Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis recently underwent surgery to repair a hernia, the Chronicle has learned, taking away most of his spring training at a minimum. The recovery is four..." February 10
Executives believe it'll be very difficult for Dexter Fowler to get more than the 2-year, $20 million deal that Howie Kendrick got from LAD.
Cincinnati Enquirer "Plenty of legends walked out of the Reds' clubhouse through the years — from Frank Robinson to Pete Rose to Johnny Bench to Ken Griffey Jr. — but inside the clubhouse, nobody was bigger than Bernie Stowe. Stowe, the team’s long-time clubhouse manager, died on Tuesday at age 80. He is survived..." February 10
Larry Brown Sports "Yu Darvish on Tuesday commented on the gambling case involving his brother Sho in Japan, distancing himself from the matter. “I had nothing to do with what he’s done,” Darvish said via the Dallas Morning News. “That had no effect on me or what I’m doing right now. People make mistakes. My..." February 10
Newark Star-Ledger "Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since his surgery last October to remove a bone spur in his elbow, according to the Associated Press. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild told the AP that Tanaka threw in New York, and that his rehab process this..." February 10
The Score "The Houston Astros became the first MLB team this winter to successfully argue their arbitration case when a three-person panel sided with the club in its hearing against catcher Jason Castro. Castro will earn $5 million in his final season of arbitration eligibility after filing at $5.25..." February 09
Yahoo! Sports "The Chicago White Sox still have work to do. While the club made upgrades during the offseason, there are still some worrisome holes on the roster the team needs to address if they want to contend. They managed to plug one of those spots Tuesday, inking pitcher Mat Latos to a one-year deal,..." February 09
New York Post "Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother, Lourdes, were said to have defected from Cuba in several reports. Before exiting, Yulieski generally was viewed as the best player left in Cuba — a middle-of-the-order mainstay for years for the national team. It could be months until either signs, but..." February 09
Lone Star Ball "Texas Rangers update: Yu Darvish, who is rehabbing from March, 2015, Tommy John surgery, spoke to the media today, providing an update on his situation and return. Per Evan Grant on Twitter, Darvish is looking to throw his first bullpen next month, and is throwing six times per week currently...." February 09
Toronto Star "The Blue Jays steered clear of a potentially ugly confrontation with star third baseman Josh Donaldson, inking him to a two-year deal Monday night worth about $29-million and avoiding an arbitration hearing scheduled for next Monday. The signing was first reported on Twitter by Sportsnet. The..." February 09
Tampa Bay Times "With two weeks until the opening of spring training, the Rays feel good about their roster, especially their depth and versatility. Assuming all key players make it through spring, the only thing they seemingly have to do by April is find a way to dispose of 1B James Loney, who is said to be in..." February 09
Seattle Times "The Mariners announced Tuesday that they have signed right-handed reliever Joel Peralta to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training. The 39-year-old Peralta was 3-1 with a 4.34 ERA and three saves in 33 appearances in 2015 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He struck out 24 and..." February 09
USA Today "You look into Marcus Stroman’s brown eyes, see that powerful energy, feel his passion, and suddenly realize how deftly he can fit a lifetime worth of experiences into less than a one-year span. Spend just a few moments with the 24-year-old and you understand his zeal to become baseball’s finest..." February 09
Royals are still talking to WS MVP Salvy Perez in hopes of extending and reworking his original (read as awful) contract
Lincecum’s agt, Rick Thurman, going to Az to watch client coming off hip surgery throw Wed. Then will determine when to do showcase in Tempe
#Rays are still bargain shopping. But barring a change of heart, Ian Desmond is a long shot. They don't want to give up draft pick.