• Roy Halladay Autopsy Reveals He Had Traces of Morphine in System at Time of Crash

    TMZ "TMZ Sports has obtained Roy Halladay's autopsy report -- in which the coroner lists the cause of death as blunt trauma and drowning ... but points out the MLB star had morphine in his system. The 40-year-old died in a single passenger plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico back in November. As we..." January 19

  • Blue Jays acquire outfielder Randal Grichuk from Cardinals

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Randal Grichuk from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for pitchers Dominic Leone and Conner Greene. Grichuk, who is controllable through the 2020 season, hit .238 with 22 home runs and 59 RBI in 122 games for the Cardinals in 2017. The 26-year..." January 19

  • Red Sox have reportedly offered Martinez $125 million deal

    CBS Sports "A few days ago, we brought you a rumor that the Boston Red Sox had offered free-agent outfielder J.D. Martinez something along the lines of five years and $100 million. Now, it appears that number has changed -- perhaps all the way to $125 million. Martinez, 30, is the best free-agent hitter..." January 19

  • MLB players increasingly frustrated with union head Tony Clark

    The Athletic "The conference call Tuesday afternoon included union officials and about 60 players, with every major league club represented. After the 1,200 members of the union had failed in an informal survey to reach consensus on Major League Baseball’s pace-of-play proposal, the union gave the smaller group..." January 19

  • Indians' Miller hopes pace-of-play talks don't turn into 'ugly showdown'

    ESPN "Cleveland Indians reliever Andrew Miller, a prominent voice in the Major League Baseball Players Association, said he hopes that MLB's plan to introduce a pitch clock in 2018 doesn't lead to a "big fight or some sort of ugly showdown,'' even though players are overwhelmingly opposed to the..." January 19

  • Johan Santana still considering comeback: 'I'm not officially retired'

    Twin Cities "Johan Santana hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2012. The stylish left-hander turns 39 in March. And Friday the Twins announced him as the 31st and newest member of their hall of fame. His induction ceremony will be on Aug. 4 at Target Field before a Saturday home game against the..." January 19

  • Yu Darvish to Yankees on team-friendly contract?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The longer Yu Darvish sits out on the free-agent market, the more some will clamor for the Yankees to blow past the luxury-tax threshold and sign the strikeout artist. While that's not likely to happen anytime soon, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman could try to find a creative way to sign..." January 19

  • White Sox reportedly one of teams 'expressing interest' in Christian Yelich, but does a trade make sense?

    NBC Sports Chicago "A big offseason splash for the rebuilding White Sox? After being rumored to potentially trade for Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado last month during the Winter Meetings, the next name on many fans' offseason wish list is Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich. Yelich is an intriguing..." January 19

  • Pedroia cleared to start running, progressing well

    NBC Sports Boston "Dustin Pedroia has been cleared to run following October surgery on his right knee. “It’s been pretty much what they thought it would be,” Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Thursday. “This is always the time they had told me. So you start running at this point, but..." January 19

  • Persistent trade rumors fail to faze Jackie Bradley Jr.

    Boston Herald "Jackie Bradley Jr.’s feelings on being traded haven’t changed much since his first few years in the big leagues, back before he was an All-Star center fielder, when the rumors first began swirling. “You do see the rumors,” he said last night from the Boston Baseball Writers dinner at the..." January 19

  • Mets will soon wish they inked deGrom to a contract extension

    SNY TV "Jacob deGrom will reportedly earn $7.4 million this season after he and the Mets avoided arbitration and agreed earlier this month to a one-year contract. This is a bargain for a guy that has already won Rookie of the Year, pitched in the All Star Game, is 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA in the..." January 19

  • Tim Tebow invited to major league spring training with Mets

    Larry Brown Sports "Tim Tebow may never end up playing in the major leagues during his professional baseball career, but he is one step closer to being able to showcase his skills to the people in charge of deciding his future. On Friday, the New York Mets announced that Tebow is one of nine players not on their..." January 19

  • Diamondbacks' Yasmany Tomas arrested after driving 105 mph in Tempe

    Arizona Central "Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of driving in excess of 105 mph on Loop 101 in Tempe, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said. Tomas was arrested and booked on charges of criminal speeding and reckless driving, DPS said. Tomas was..." January 19

  • A trade that would fit Derek Jeter’s selfish mission

    New York Post "Derek Jeter not only has orchestrated a slashing of the Marlins’ payroll, he also now presides over what may be the thinnest baseball operations department in the sport. This comes as most organizations are expanding brainpower in baseball operations. And no team required it more than the..." January 19

  • 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

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