• Players' union expected to reject MLB's pace-of-play proposal

    The Athletic "If baseball commissioner Rob Manfred follows through on his promise to introduce a pitch clock, it likely will be over the objections of major league players. The players’ union is expected to reject Manfred’s revised proposal on new rules to improve the pace of play, sources told The Athletic..." January 18

  • Felipe Rivero gets four-year contract from Pirates

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates and closer Felipe Rivero reached a four-year contract with two club options, the team announced Thursday. The contract extends through 2021 with club options for 2022 and 2023. Rivero will make $2.5 million in 2018, $4 million in 2019, $5.25 million in 2020, and $7.25 million in..." January 18

  • Why the Blue Jays have payroll flexibility beyond 2018

    Sportsnet "There’s a ruthlessness to the way that teams have traded franchise players like Giancarlo Stanton, Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen this winter. Rebuilding teams like the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates are prioritizing the future, often at the expense of present wins and fan sentiment...." January 18

  • Cubs catcher clarifies remarks that angered Yadier Molina

    Larry Brown Sports "Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras stirred up some drama last week with some comments about himself and his veteran counterparts at the position, but now he is taking time to clarify his remarks. In a recent interview with Steve Greenberg of the Chicago Sun-Times, Contreras said that he no..." January 18

  • New Phillies manager Gabe Kapler guarantees a ‘s—load’ of wins in 2018

    Sportress of Blogitude "Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler didn’t back down a bit when asked recently what to expect out of the team in 2018. In fact, Kapler took it to another level when he guaranteed the Phillies would amass a “s—load” of wins next season. The boisterous proclamation loaded with Kapler’s..." January 18

  • Christian Yelich undecided about attending mandatory Marlins FanFest

    Yardbarker "The standoff between the Miami Marlins and Christian Yelich may soon be coming to a head. Yelich’s agent Joe Longo said on Wednesday that the Marlins outfielder is undecided about attending the team’s FanFest event on Feb. 10, per Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. Crasnick also adds that attendance is..." January 18

  • Tough decisions loom for Dodgers amid payroll concerns

    Los Angeles Times "The foundation of another playoff run is being set in suburban Dallas, where Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish have become offseason throwing partners. The World Series didn’t unfold how either of them envisioned. Kershaw failed to protect leads of four runs and three runs in a Game 5 loss...." January 18

  • Neal Huntington: ‘We Are Not Rebuilding,” Has Spoken With Josh Harrison About Trade Demands

    CBS Pittsburgh "The day after trading the face of the franchise in Andrew McCutchen, Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington called into The Starkey and Mueller Show to talk about the decision and the direction the franchise is headed. Right out of the gates, Huntington talked with us about the tough decisions..." January 18

  • The World Needs Jose Bautista and Rougned Odor on the Same Team in 2018

    12 Up "​We all remember the ​"punch heard around the world", when Roughned Odor gave us the best punch in baseball history on ​Jose Bautista. For those of you that have forgot or never saw this amazing fight, here it is again. ​​This punch from Odor was retaliation for the playoffs the previous..." January 18

  • CC Sabathia glad with addition of Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees back to ‘being that hated team’

    New York Daily News "The Yankees are embracing the hate. CC Sabathia was still a free agent at the time the Bombers pulled off a blockbuster deal to acquire reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton. But after re-signing with the Yankees for 2018, Sabathia and Stanton are teammates, and the 37-year-old lefty is enjoying..." January 18

  • 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

  • Exploring Trade Market For Castellanos: Who Might Be Interested?

    CBS Detroit "Al Avila has cashed in most of his chips in the Tigers’ rebuild, but a few assets remain at his disposal. Foremost among them is Nicholas Castellanos. The rising slugger is coming off a career year at the plate and costs an affordable $6.05 million in 2018. He’s arbitration eligible for one..." January 18

  • Are the Detroit Tigers the worst team in MLB?

    Detroit Free Press "We're about a month away from a new era of Detroit Tigers baseball. That's right, pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Lakeland, Fla. on Feb. 13, and the team's first full-squad workout is Feb. 19. But it's unlikely to be a sunny season for the Tigers, who are coming off an..." 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

  • A crowded Cubs outfield has plenty to prove in 2018

    Chicago Tribune "After Ben Zobrist earned his second straight ring and was named the World Series MVP in 2016, you can’t blame him for taking some time to relax last offseason. But that’s old news. Zobrist, who turns 37 in May, is coming off a subpar season and doesn’t know how he will be used this year in..." January 18

  • Brewers Agree To Minor League Deal With Ernesto Frieri

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with veteran righty Ernesto Frieri, reports MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (on Twitter). The former Angels closer will be invited to Major League Spring Training and vie for a spot in the bullpen. Frieri, 32, did not pitch in the Majors or..." 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

  • 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