• Mike Rizzo waits on a contract extension from the Nationals, one he’s easily earned

    Washington Post "At a Wizards game, you may see Mike Rizzo’s bald head as he sits in the crowd of Washington fans. At a Capitals game, if you go for concessions between periods, mushed in with the mob, you may bump into Rizzo. “Great atmosphere!” he’ll say. On Capitol Hill, you may see him walking the four blocks..." March 19

  • Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco receives 80-game steroid suspension

    Twin Cities "Just 11 days before opening one of their most promising seasons in recent memory, the Twins were rocked Sunday afternoon by a bombshell involving starting shortstop Jorge Polanco. Major League Baseball announced an 80-game suspension without pay for Polanco after he tested positive for..." March 18

  • Jordan Zimmermann named Tigers’ Opening Day starter

    Detroit News "You kept waiting for the punch line. You kept waiting for manager Ron Gardenhire’s face to crack into that impish grin of his. But it never happened. “I am not kidding you,” he said. “I’m being serious.” Gardenhire announced his Opening Day starter Saturday following the Tigers’ 9-3..." March 18

  • Despite struggles, Ohtani will start in majors

    The Sports Post "It’s been a brutal spring for young stud Shohei Ohtani. But the Angels appear certain he will begin the season in the majors. In fact, General manager Billy Eppler says as much. “Pitching wise, absent a couple pitches each outing completely getting away from him, losing grip or feel, he’s been..." March 18

  • Angels' Shohei Ohtani Could Change Baseball Forever ... Says David Eckstein

    TMZ "Angels star Shohei Ohtani could be leading a baseball revolution -- so says MLB postseason legend David Eckstein. We spoke to the '06 World Series MVP after he paid a visit to Halos spring training ... and he told us Ohtani -- the team's huge offseason signing who can pitch, play outfield and..." March 18

  • Astros lock up Jose Altuve, but here's why it'll be much harder to keep Carlos Correa

    CBS Sports "The Houston Astros have reportedly signed AL MVP and star second baseman Jose Altuve to a five-year, $151 million contract extension. This is of course huge news for the 'Stros and their partisans, as it means one of the most beloved players in franchise history is now secured until his..." March 18

  • Royals sign Justin Grimm to a one-year, $1.25 million deal

    Kansas City Star "The Royals on Sunday signed former Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Justin Grimm to a one-year contract, which is worth $1.25 million with up to $300,000 in incentives. Grimm, released by the Cubs on Thursday, said he texted former Royals closer Wade Davis to talk about KC. " March 18

  • Jason Vargas may need surgery in possible blow to Mets rotation

    New York Post "Jason Vargas walked through the Mets clubhouse Sunday morning with a wrap on his right hand that could have doubled as a weapon. Now the big question is whether he will begin the season ready to pitch. The Mets left-hander has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of his glove hand,..." March 18

  • Former Red Sox Reggie Smith: 'I wish they would leave it Yawkey Way'

    Boston Globe "Reggie Smith and Jim Lonborg, two stars of the 1967 “Impossible Dream” Red Sox, are in favor of keeping the name “Yawkey Way” on the street that runs in front of Fenway Park. “I wish they would leave it Yawkey Way,’’ said the 72-year-old Smith, an African-American who came up through the Red..." March 18

  • Angels keep Shohei Ohtani indoors while team is at Tempe Diablo Stadium

    Los Angeles Times "While the topic of where Shohei Ohtani should open the season remained a lively one, the question of where he actually was Saturday also surfaced. Ohtani did not join his teammates on the field at Tempe Diablo Stadium, the Angels instead having him do most of his morning work indoors, including..." March 18

  • Roy’s impact felt as Braden Halladay makes emotional debut for Canada

    Sportsnet "When Braden Halladay first started playing organized baseball, he wondered where the locker rooms were, where the bullpen was and why nobody was broadcasting his games. He had grown up, after all, in the big-league ballparks that his father, Roy Halladay, had played in. Why wouldn’t T-ball..." March 18

  • Aaron Judge likely won’t play any left field for Yankees this season

    New York Daily News "Aaron Judge played five innings in left field during a Class A minor-league game on Saturday. Judge caught the only fly ball hit to him. Based on what Aaron Boone said Saturday, though, it appears that Judge playing left would only be in an emergency situation. Giancarlo Stanton has started..." March 17

  • Angels GM not guaranteeing Shohei Ohtani will make Opening Day roster

    Larry Brown Sports "When the Los Angeles Angels surprisingly signed Japanese star Shohei Ohtani in December, the prevailing thought was that they had landed a front-end starter who could help them with a playoff push. There were some considerations that Ohtani could even bring some power to the lineup as an..." March 17

  • Report: A’s agree to one-year deal with pitcher Trevor Cahill

    San Jose Mercury News "It appears Trevor Cahill and the A’s are going to have a reunion this season. According to a report from MLB.com’s Jane Lee, the A’s have an agreement with the right-handed pitcher on a one-year major league deal. Cahill, 30, was drafted by the A’s in 2006 and played three seasons, making..." March 17

  • Why Yankees aren’t panicking over Jacoby Ellsbury uncertainty

    New York Post "If Jacoby Ellsbury starts the season on the disabled list or wearing another uniform, it doesn’t mean the Yankees will take another outfielder to fill the roster spot. “Not necessarily,’’ Aaron Boone said prior to Saturday’s 9-3 loss to the Tigers at Publix Field. “It’s something we will..." March 17

  • A's lose Jharel Cotton to Tommy John surgery and may look to free agent market

    CBS Sports "March is typically a tough month for pitcher injuries, and the Oakland Athletics were dealt a blow this week. Right-hander Jharel Cotton suffered an elbow injury and will soon undergo Tommy John surgery. He'll miss the 2018 season. Cotton, who came over from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Rich..." March 17

  • Blue Jays claim left-hander Sam Moll from Mariners

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed left-handed pitcher Sam Moll on waivers from the Seattle Mariners, the team announced Saturday. Moll has spent the majority of his career in the minors but made 11 appearances with the Oakland Athletics last season, sporting a 10.80 ERA over 6.2 innings..." March 17

  • NY Yankees Luis Severino named Yankees opening day starter

    North Jersey "Luis Severino will get the ball on opening day. Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced his rotation on Saturday morning, leading with Severino— who draws his first opening day assignment on March 29 at Toronto. Severino will be followed in order by Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Sonny Gray..." March 17

  • Blue Jays sign veteran infielder Danny Espinosa to minor-league deal

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have signed veteran infielder Danny Espinosa to a minor-league contract with an invitation major-league spring training. The 30-year-old had signed a minor-league deal with the New York Yankees in late January and appeared in 12 spring games for them this year but was..." March 17

  • Jose Altuve Has Been Insanely Valuable to the Houston Astros

    The Sports Daily "Whenever we talk about which player is currently under the most team-friendly contract, it’s impossible to look past Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. The reigning World Series champ, American League MVP, and three-time batting champ is in the midst of a five-year, $18.5 million deal,..." March 17

  • Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

    Hardball Talk "Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in..." March 17

  • Manny Machado calls Aaron Judge ‘a great kid’ and says tampering talk ‘blown out of proportion’

    New York Daily News "Just leave our conversation on the field. That's the message Manny Machado had for Aaron Judge. Machado finally weighed in Friday after the Yankee slugger was reprimanded by Major League Baseball earlier this week for talking about the Orioles star. "I think it was just blown out of..." March 16

  • Didi Gregorius feels the looming Manny Machado threat

    New York Post "Didi Gregorius was well aware of Manny Machado’s impending free agency even before it gained national attention, when Aaron Judge told the Orioles’ shortstop that he would “look good in pinstripes.” And while many expect the Yankees to make a serious run at Machado following this season, it can..." March 16

  • Nationals sign Jeremy Hellickson to minors deal

    Hardball Talk "The Nationals inked right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to a minor-league deal on Friday, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. Hellickson will receive a non-roster invite to camp and is expected to compete for a role in the back end of the rotation. The team has not confirmed the..." March 16

  • Jays prospect Pannone suspended 80 games

    Sporting News "Blue Jays prospect Thomas Pannone has been suspended 80 games without pay after the left-handed pitcher tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance, the league announced Friday. The anabolic steroid dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, commonly known as DHCMT, was found in Pannone's..." March 16

  • Altuve near 5-year extension

    MLB Trade Rumors "Astros superstar Jose Altuve is close to signing a five-year extension worth $150 million that begins in 2020, MLB.com has learned. The club has not confirmed the report. Altuve had been signed through the end of the 2018 season, with Houston holding a club option for 2019. The five-time..." March 16

  • Rangers Release Jon Niese

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have released veteran southpaw Jon Niese, as Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News was among those to tweet. He had joined the organization on a minor-league deal over the offseason. Niese, 31, never really got going this spring owing to injuries, including a recent diagnosis of a..." March 16

  • Twins Acquire Jake Cave, Designate Kennys Vargas

    Yardbarker "The Twins have acquired outfielder Jake Cave from the Yankees, per Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press (via Twitter). Righty Luis Gil goes to the Twins in return. In a corresponding move, Minnesota has designated slugger Kennys Vargas for assignment." March 16

  • Phillies among front-runners to sign Bryce Harper

    Sportress of Blogitude "Bryce Harper could very well be the most sought after free agent in Major League Baseball history when he becomes available after the 2018 season. While a bidding war of unprecedented proportions is expected, one MLB insider already believes one dark horse team could very well already be among the..." March 16

  • The Rangers' Opening Day starter vs. Astros is ...

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Of all the decisions facing the Texas Rangers this spring, the one they announced Friday might have been their easiest. Cole Hamels was named the Opening Day starter March 29 against the Houston Astros. It will be Hamels' fourth career start in a team's season opener and his second for the..." March 16

  • Cut from the Twins, Anibal Sanchez latches on with the Braves

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "Anibal Sanchez’s tryout with the Minnesota Twins was cut short when the team signed Lance Lynn and needed a spot on the 40-man roster. The Twins cut Sanchez from camp, paid him a sort of ‘tryout bonus,’ and again made him a free agent. Now, Sanchez has latched on with the Atlanta Braves on a..." March 16

  • Cincinnati Reds sign Eugenio Suarez to 7-year deal

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Cincinnati Reds have signed third baseman Eugenio Suarez to a $66 million, seven-year deal with an option for an eighth year. The contract will keep Suarez, 26, a Red through at least 2024. “This is my family,” Suarez said. “I want to be a Red my whole career.” Suarez hit .260 with 26..." March 16

  • Phillies' Eickhoff out 6-8 weeks with strained lat

    Philly.com "Jerad Eickhoff will start the season on the disabled list, as he will be sidelined for six to eight weeks because of a strained back muscle. The Phillies likely will fill Eickhoff’s rotation spot with Ben Lively or Zach Eflin. Eickhoff last pitched on March 9 and seemed to have lost a bit of..." March 16

  • Zack Greinke probably won’t be ready for Opening Day

    Arizona Central "Torey Lovullo wouldn’t come out and say it, but the Diamondbacks manager seemed to suggest that right-hander Zack Greinke is no longer on target to start on Opening Day. Lovullo said Greinke, who departed his start on Wednesday after just one inning due to right groin tightness, will not throw..." March 16

  • Chris Archer to start Opening Day for Rays

    MLB.com "Chris Archer will be the Rays' Opening Day starter, which should come as little surprise to Rays fans. Rays fans have been trained to associate Opening Day with Archer being on the mound. The 29-year-old right-hander will be making his fourth consecutive Opening Day start, setting a new..." March 16

  • Rangers, Braves may pursue free agent Holland

    MLB.com "Among the high-profile Major Leaguers still unsigned is reliever Greg Holland, who's coming off a successful 2017 campaign as the Rockies' closer. Feinsand predicts Holland will sign with Rangers The Rangers have been holding tryouts for closer, with newly signed Tim Lincecum vying for the..." March 15

  • Justin Verlander blasts ex-Astros prospect Danry Vasquez over domestic violence video

    Sportress of Blogitude "Justin Verlander profanely blasted disgraced Danry Vasquez after shocking footage recently surfaced of the former Houston Astros prospect beating his girlfriend during a disturbing 2016 domestic violence incident. “(Expletive) you man,” Verlander wrote on Twitter Wednesday night, with the..." March 15

  • Danry Vasquez's Ex-GF 'I Wish I Would've Pressed Charges'

    TMZ "The woman who was brutalized by baseball player Danry Vasquez says she regrets not pressing charges against him ... and prays that he's a changed man for the sake of his new wife. Fabiana Perez spoke with Univision and confirms the two did not break up until months after the 2016 attack...." March 15

  • Royals tab Danny Duffy to start Opening Day

    Hardball Talk "Royals manager Ned Yost has announced that Danny Duffy will start on Opening Day for the Royals at home against the White Sox on March 29, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports. This will be Duffy’s second consecutive Opening Day start. Duffy, 29, finished last season with a 3.81 ERA and a 130/41..." March 15

  • Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire recovering after getting hit by BP ball

    Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire was still in pain Thursday, two days after he was struck in the ribs during batting practice. "It hurts. It hurt when it hit me, too, but I couldn't let them see it," Gardenhire said. Gardenhire was standing behind the protective screen placed behind..." March 15

  • Report: Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman to make spring debut Saturday

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman will pitch in his first game of spring training this Saturday, when he is slated for a couple of innings against the Canadian Junior National Team, according to Rob Longley of Postmedia. Stroman has been recovering from right shoulder inflammation...." March 15

  • Dodgers renew contracts of Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger

    Los Angeles Times "The Dodgers renewed the contracts of Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger on Wednesday, assigning the two young stars a salary after the players declined to agree to the team's offer. The Dodgers renewed Seager at $605,000 and Bellinger at $585,000. The major league minimum salary this season is..." March 15

  • Cubs To Release Justin Grimm

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have released right-handed reliever Justin Grimm, reports Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago (Twitter link). Grimm had previously lost an arbitration hearing against the Cubs, resulting in a $2.2MM salary for the upcoming season. However, since arb contracts aren’t fully guaranteed, the Cubs..." March 15

  • Aaron Judge’s Machado recruitment draws MLB warning

    New York Post "The Yankees got their first spring-training look at potential free-agent target Manny Machado on Wednesday. And Aaron Judge said he took the opportunity to make his pitch to the Baltimore third baseman-turned-shortstop, who is due to become one of the top two free-agent bats next..." March 15

  • If you're bummed that Jake Arrieta didn't sign with the Cubs, then blame Jake Arrieta

    Chicago Tribune "If you’re angry, frustrated or just bummed that one of the greatest and most important pitchers in Cubs history left town, then blame the pitcher. Because ultimately, Jake Arrieta left the Cubs because he chose to leave the Cubs. Arrieta looked funny in Phillies red instead of Cubs blue..." March 15

  • Giants’ Jeff Samardzija experimenting with new pitches

    San Francisco Chronicle "Jeff Samardzija is turning Japanese, at least in pitch repertoire, in his never-ending quest to force hitters off his fastball. Japanese pitchers usually lack major-league velocity, so they compensate with a kitchen-sink approach featuring all manner of pitches and speeds. Samardzija already..." March 15

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Eduardo Rodriguez is making things interesting for Red Sox

    WEEI Boston "The way things are going for the Red Sox and Eduardo Rodriguez, you might be able to harness that talk of a need for an April full of fill-in starts. Rodriguez took another big step toward re-entering the Red Sox' rotation, throwing three innings of live batting practice Thursday without..." March 15

  • Angels' Shohei Ohtani continues to struggle during transition to the majors

    Los Angeles Times "It's not just the results at the plate that should concern the Angels about Shohei Ohtani, the aspiring two-way player who went hitless in two at-bats in the team's 7-0 exhibition loss to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday and is batting .100 (two for 20) with seven strikeouts and three walks in..." March 15

  • Blake Swihart Expected To Add Third Base To His Resume

    CBS Boston "Red Sox Spring Training won’t end until Blake Swihart plays every position around the diamond. At least, that’s how it appears. Boston’s quest to turn the catcher/outfielder/catcher again into an ultra-utility man will send Swihart to third base, likely on Sunday when the Red Sox take on the..." March 15