• Marlins want No. 1 prospect Ronald Acuna from Braves for Yelich

    CBS Sports "In recent weeks Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich has made it no secret he wants to be traded. The club has already moved Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, and Marcell Ozuna in cost-cutting moves, leaving them with a bare-bones roster plus Yelich. He's not happy about it. The Marlins don't..." January 18

  • Brian Cashman says Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar infield plan for now, but here are Yankees’ other options

    New York Daily News "Will the Yankees go young in the infield? That’s the way things stand right now, with Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar potentially opening the 2018 season at second base and third base. Asked if he was intrigued by that exact scenario, Brian Cashman responded: “Intrigued? I mean, it’s kind..." January 18

  • Mets reportedly think price for Harrison should be lower than Nimmo

    SNY TV "The Mets are "not particularly enthusiastic" about trading OF Brandon Nimmo in exchange for INF/OF Josh Harrison of the Pirates, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post. While the Mets have engaged the Pirates in talks for Harrison, talks are not ongoing, Puma also reported on Wednesday. The..." January 18

  • Pirates fans start petition asking MLB to force owner Bob Nutting to sell team

    Sporting News "Pirates owner Bob Nutting has become Public Enemy No. 1 with Bucs fans, after trading away stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole in recent days. Many fans are frustrated that the team is apparently in full-rebuild mode. They should know the signs — the Pirates posted 20 straight losing..." January 18

  • Nick Williams talks up Phillies to a free-agent Cy Young winner

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "It's not clear whether the Phillies will add a starting pitcher before opening day, but surely they would like to. General manager Matt Klentak “is busting his ass every single day looking for every possible opportunity to upgrade our team from every perspective,” manager Gabe Kapler said on..." January 18

  • Tigers, Iglesias agree to 1-year deal

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Tigers’ streak of avoiding salary arbitration hearings remains intact. The team agreed to a one-year contract with shortstop Jose Iglesias on Wednesday afternoon, the team announced. The deal is worth $6.275 million, according to multiple persons with knowledge of the..." January 17

  • Yadier Molina Responds to Willson Contreras' Confident Comments in Latest Instagram

    12 Up "Having confidence as a young player in the MLB is a good thing. However, when you start claiming that you'll be better than the guys who have already proven themselves in the league over and over again, that's a problem. Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras claimed that he's going to be..." January 17

  • Cubs’ catcher Wilson Contreras: ‘I know that I’m going to be better’ than Buster Posey, Yadier Molina

    KNBR "Wilson Contreras has played in just 193 Major League games, and this year, the Chicago Cubs’ catcher will turn 26 years old. While Contreras has performed well at the plate to this point in his career, he hasn’t exactly established himself as one of baseball’s elite catchers. Contreras, though,..." January 17

  • Braves Acquire Shane Carle

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced that they’ve acquired right-hander Shane Carle from the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Pittsburgh had designated the 26-year-old Carle for assignment over the weekend in order to clear space on the roster for the players acquired..." January 17

  • Report: Red Sox have offered JD Martinez five years, $100 million

    Larry Brown Sports " J.D. Martinez reportedly has an offer in hand from the Boston Red Sox, and it’s easy to see now why he hasn’t taken it. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Martinez has an offer from the Red Sox for roughly five years and $100 million." January 17

  • Mets don't expect Michael Conforto back until May 1

    SNY TV "Michael Conforto has not had a setback as he recovers from shoulder surgery, but GM Sandy Alderson said the team does not expect him back until around May 1. "Everything's going as planned," Alderson said. "There's been no setbacks. But his schedule is such that I don't expect him back until..." January 17

  • Is this the contract that makes Yu Darvish a Yankee?

    New York Post "Yu Darvish, via Twitter, has indicated six teams are pursuing him in free agency, and Brian Cashman has copped that the Yankees remain among the interested. But it would take creativity for the Yankees to sign Darvish and even with the below plan, they still might have to find a way to offload..." January 17

  • Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury for Rockies' Ian Desmond?

    Newark Star-Ledger "As the baseball offseason becomes more and more about dollars and sense, potential moves and trades could start taking on the feel of salary cap leagues like the NBA and NHL. With Jacoby Ellsbury's long-term albatross handcuffing how the Yankees go about the rest of their winter business,..." January 17

  • Gerrit Cole throws shade at Pirates organization

    Fanrag Sports "The Houston Astros acquired right-handed starting pitcher Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates this past weekend, and Cole is thrilled to be a part of his new team. What is Cole thrilled about specifically? “It’s really special,” said Cole in his introductory press conference on..." January 17

  • Report: Cubs, Brian Duensing Agree To 2-Year Deal

    CBS Chicago "The Cubs have agreed to terms with a key part of their bullpen last season, signing Brian Duensing to a new two-year deal worth $7 million, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Duensing, 34, reportedly turned down better offers to rejoin the Cubs. In 2017, he posted a 2.74 ERA in 62.1..." January 17

  • MLB blames Scott Boras for slow free agent market

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball’s free agent market has moved extremely slowly, with many of the top names still available. Lots of people are still trying to figure out why this is. While the obvious explanation is teams simply aren’t willing to spend the money they once were, the league itself blamed..." January 17

  • REPORT: 'No Chance' Manny Machado Signs Long-Term Deal With Orioles

    12 Up "​The Orioles are ​open to trading ​Manny Machado if it means they would be bringing in talent that would be more than worth it. It does not seem like they have gotten any proposals up to their standards and it does not seem like they will. Machado will become a free agent in 2019. Before that..." January 17

  • MLB's Jeremy Jeffress Pleads Guilty In DWI Case

    TMZ "Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress has plead guilty in his drunk driving case -- but he's NOT going back to jail, TMZ Sports has learned. As we previously reported, Jeffress was popped on August 26, 2016 -- and during the stop, cops say he admitted to drinking 3 to 4 cups of Hennessy..." January 17

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • Dominic Smith's immediate future with Mets in doubt with Jay Bruce and Adrian Gonzalez now in the mix at first base

    New York Daily News "The Mets will re-introduce Jay Bruce today in a press conference at Citi Field to officially announce their three-year deal with the outfielder. It is just one piece in an Opening Day lineup for 2018 that seems far from set. The signing of Adrian Gonzalez Saturday night, a deal still pending..." January 17

  • Mark Reynolds wants to return to Rockies — at the right price

    Denver Post "Veteran first baseman Mark Reynolds would like to return to the Rockies for a third season, and he can rattle off a number of reasons why it makes sense. But that doesn’t mean it’s a sure thing. For one thing, Reynolds made it clear Tuesday that he’s looking to sign a guaranteed, big-league..." January 17

  • Agent: Christian Yelich 'needs to get on with his career'

    ESPN "Christian Yelich's relationship with the Miami Marlins is "irretrievably broken," and it would be in the best interests of both the outfielder and the organization if the Marlins trade him before the start of spring training, his agent told ESPN on Tuesday. Yelich, 26, is the Marlins' most..." January 16

  • With no MLB offer, Ichiro might return to Japan

    MLB.com "The Major League Baseball career of Ichiro Suzuki may be fading to black, the video term for the end of a production or show. At 44 years old, Ichiro has been pitched this offseason to most of the 30 Major League teams, thus far without any success. Spring Training is less than a month away...." January 16

  • Mets passed at the chance to trade for Andrew McCutchen

    CBS Sports "On Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded franchise cornerstone Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants as part of a three-player deal. But before the Pirates and Giants reached an agreement -- and before the New York Mets signed Jay Bruce -- the Pirates and Mets discussed a potential swap for..." January 16

  • Derek Jeter wants to get rid of the Marlins’ home run sculpture

    Miami Herald "Derek Jeter may get an assist from Miami-Dade in ridding Marlins Park of its kitschy home run sculpture, which the new owner and the county’s mayor both want removed. “I just don’t think they’re all that crazy about it,” Mayor Carlos Gimenez said after meeting with Jeter and other front-office..." January 16

  • Bochy says McCutchen will play RF

    KNBR "It appears we now have an answer to where recently acquired outfielder Andrew McCutchen will play in AT&T Park. McCutchen will be in centerfield as he has for much of his career, and will instead play a corner outfield spot — likely right field — according to reports from Buster Olney and Alex..." January 16

  • Royals pitcher Danny Duffy pleads guilty to DUI in Overland Park

    kctv5.com "Royals pitcher Danny Duffy has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Overland Park and has been placed on a year's probation. Sean Reilly, a spokesman for the city of Overland Park, Kansas, said Tuesday that Duffy entered the plea last week and will pay $1,220 in fines and court..." January 16

  • Giants still have work to do even after adding Longoria, McCutchen

    CBS Sports "With Spring Training only four weeks away, no team has done more to improve their roster this offseason than the San Francisco Giants. They went 64-98 last season, tied for the worst record in baseball, and they've responded by adding Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen this winter. If nothing..." January 16

  • Yankees sign Wade LeBlanc to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Wade LeBlanc to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. He can opt out of his deal at the end of spring training and if he makes the major league roster, he will earn a $1 million salary. LeBlanc, 33,..." January 16

  • Is the cost of landing Yu Darvish worth it for the Yankees?

    SNY TV "The New York Yankees are firmly and legitimately back in win-now mode. They claim year after year to be ready to compete for a championship, but the truth is the last couple of seasons there were more questions than answers. However, courtesy of an extended 2017 postseason run and the addition..." January 16

  • The Giants are looking at Jarrod Dyson for center field

    Hardball Talk "The Giants, you have have heard, picked up Andrew McCutchen yesterday. As things currently stand, McCutchen is first on the depth chart at center field. That’s probably a placeholder situation, though, because (a) McCutchen really shouldn’t be playing center field anymore; and (b) the Giants know..." January 16

  • Padres owner on Eric Hosmer offer: 'We like it. I don't know if Mr. Boras likes it.'

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler indicated Tuesday the team is not planning significant changes to its offer to free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer. The Union-Tribune reported earlier this month that the Padres had presented agent Scott Boras with a seven-year deal worth less than $140..." January 16

  • Josh Harrison wants to be traded if Pirates not serious about contending

    The Athletic "Josh Harrison wants to play for a winner. In a statement released Tuesday to The Athletic, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ All-Star, super-utility man responded to the team’s trades of pitcher Gerrit Cole and center fielder Andrew McCutchen by saying he would prefer to be traded if the team does not..." January 16

  • The veteran trade that would solve a lot of Yankees’ issues

    New York Post "No roster can be made bulletproof — after all, the long season will expose every weakness and create new ones via injury and/or under-performance. That does not deter clubs from trying to address vulnerable areas. The Yankees know they might be good enough to line up with what they have now and..." January 16

  • Rays' Chris Archer to Yankees?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Yankees lost out on the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes, but that doesn't mean the pursuit of an impact young arm is over. During the Yankees-Cole rumors bonanza, New York was linked to several other young, controllable starters such as Detroit's Michael Fulmer, Arizona's Patrick Corbin and Tampa..." January 16

  • Nicholas Castellanos takes top spot on the Detroit Tigers' trade block

    Detroit Free Press "It was bound to happen again sooner or later. Barring a surprising meeting of the minds, the Tigers will attend their first salary arbitration hearing with a player since 2001. That player is shortstop Jose Iglesias, whose days in Detroit are numbered and who valued his services next season at..." January 16

  • Jimmy Nelson ahead of schedule in shoulder recovery

    MLB.com "Here's news that will not surprise anyone who has met the man or watched him hustle from task to task around the Brewers' clubhouse: Jimmy Nelson is ahead of schedule in his comeback from shoulder surgery. Way ahead of schedule. Originally slated to begin a throwing program at the start of..." January 16

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Why Adrian Gonzalez can bother the Mets’ clubhouse

    New York Post "Adrian Gonzalez will bring a big résumé and personality to the Mets’ clubhouse, but also the potential for controversy. The 35-year-old first baseman, who agreed to terms with the club on a one-year contract over the weekend — the Mets will pay him only the minimum salary on the $22.4 million..." January 16

  • Detroit Tigers' trades looking better in hindsight

    Detroit Free Press "Now, perhaps, some further perspective can be added to the Detroit Tigers’ trades last summer. Over the past few days, the Pirates have unofficially joined the Tigers as one of baseball’s rebuilding teams, going the way general manager Al Avila did last season and the Marlins’ new ownership did..." January 16

  • Nobody will win in Mookie Betts arbitration gamble

    Boston Herald "It’s one thing to go to salary arbitration with a reliever by the name of Fernando Abad, like the Red Sox did last year. It’s quite another for the Sox to enter a room with the heart, soul and future of their organization — that’s Mookie Betts — and then say to his face all the ways they don’t..." January 16

  • Blue Jays sign Curtis Granderson to one-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have signed outfielder Curtis Granderson to a one-year contract, industry sources tell Sportsnet. The deal is worth $5 million with incentives for playing time. The 36-year-old, who will turn 37 by Opening Day, split last season between the New York Mets and Los Angeles..." January 15

  • Giants, Pirates Agree To Andrew McCutchen Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates and Giants are in agreement on a trade that will send outfielder Andrew McCutchen from Pittsburgh to San Francisco, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweets. The deal is pending review of medical records.. Jon Heyman and Robert Murray of FanRag had recently reported that talks between the..." January 15

  • Yadier Molina plans to retire after 2020 season

    Sportsnaut "The career of one of the decade’s best baseball players now has a definitive finish line. St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina announced on Monday that he’s planning on retiring after the 2020 season. That would take Molina through the end of his contract that will pay him $60 million over..." January 15

  • Report: Brewers pursuing both Jake Arrieta, Mike Moustakas

    Larry Brown Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly after a pair of All-Star free agents. According to The Athletic’s Jim Bowden on Monday, the Brewers are pursuing both Chicago Cubs righty Jake Arrieta and Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. Bowden also says that a Moustakas signing could be a..." January 15

  • Never more popular, Cubs eyeing their own network after 2019 season

    Awful Announcing "No Major League Baseball team (or any sports organization, for that matter) wants to leave money on the table. When the opportunity presents itself to maximize profits, teams and their owners are going to pounce on that additional revenue. Crane Kenney, the Chicago Cubs president of business..." January 15

  • Report: Pirates sign Felipe Rivero to four-year contract extension

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million. Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement..." January 15

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Report: Brewers sign South Korean first baseman Ji-Man Choi to minor-league deal

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "According to a report out of South Korea, the Brewers have signed slugging first baseman Ji-Man Choi to a minor-league deal with an invitation to big-league spring training, presumably to add depth at that position. The Brewers have not made an announcement, but South Korean journalist Sung Min..." January 15