• Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona gives marching orders to Jason Kipnis, Jose Ramirez

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Manager Terry Francona's meetings with Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez on Sunday were direct. Here was the main theme of Francona's meeting with Kipnis: "I said go out and be a second baseman." He carbon copied the message to Ramirez: "I told him, 'Hey, the idea is you're probably playing..." February 22

  • After a year off, former Royal Luke Hochevar still seeks comeback, agent says

    Kansas City Star "Former Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar has not pitched in a major-league game since July 21, 2016. He missed all of last season after undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. But he’s not retiring. Hochevar is still planning to pitch again, his agent, Scott Boras, said Tuesday...." February 22

  • Martinez's signing delayed, but no problems anticipated

    NBC Sports Boston "After this winter, what’s a little more waiting? J.D. Martinez arrived at JetBlue Park on Wednesday morning and was examined during the day. There was a possibility the Red Sox would finish the day by introducing Martinez in his new uniform -- that his agreed-upon, five-year deal would become..." February 21

  • Brian Cashman refers to Yankees as 'The Little Engine That Could' in comparison to Red Sox

    ESPN "New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman thinks his team can compete for another division title this season, but until that potentially happens, he only sees them one way. "We're 'The Little Engine That Could,'" he said Wednesday as a guest on ESPN New York's "The Michael Kay..." February 21

  • Athletics, Mariners to open 2019 season in Tokyo

    Sporting News "The Athletics and Mariners are heading east next year — the Far East. The two teams, who played a two-game series in Japan to begin the 2012 MLB season, will open the 2019 season in Tokyo. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported Wednesday the A's are "eager" and "enthusiastic" about playing..." February 21

  • Rangers sign Jesse Chavez

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers have signed pitcher Jesse Chavez. He’ll earn a $1 million base salary that will increase to $1.5 million if he’s added to the active roster, Heyman notes. The right-hander can earn an additional $500,000 in incentives as a reliever and $1..." February 21

  • Giants GM: Mutual interest in extension with MadBum

    The Score "The San Francisco Giants are keenly aware their prized pitcher Madison Bumgarner is inching closer to free agency. General manager Bobby Evans said there's "mutual interest" in an extension to keep Bumgarner in San Francisco long term, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, though they aren't..." February 21

  • Twins' Miguel Sano healthy and happy but heavy

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Miguel Sano reported to spring training Sunday, the three issues that complicate his 2018 season — health, weight and an assault investigation — seemingly reduced to two. Sano has been given medical clearance to engage in all baseball workouts with his teammates, his surgically reinforced left..." February 21

  • Giants legend Cepeda in critical condition following cardiac incident

    NBC Bay Area "San Francisco Giants legend Orlando Cepeda is in critical condition after being rushed to the hospital Monday due to a "cardiac incident," the team announced Wednesday. The Hall of Famer is receiving care at an unknown Bay Area hospital, according to the team. Cepeda, 80, recently sat down..." February 21

  • Yankees GM: Initial plan is for Drury to play 3rd base

    MLB.com "Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had D-backs infielder Brandon Drury on his radar for years. He was finally able to get his target, obtaining Drury on Tuesday in a three-way trade that also included the Rays. "He is someone I think the industry has valued for a while because I know we..." February 21

  • Marlins Park sculpture artist could block Derek Jeter’s bid to remove it

    Sportress of Blogitude "Miami Marlins CEO and co-owner Derek Jeter’s desire to remove the home-run sculpture that sits in the outfield of Marlins Park could be thwarted by Red Grooms, the artist who designed it. According to a Miami Herald report, a Miami-Dade county official has indicated the artist who designed the..." February 21

  • Sixto Sanchez: 19-Year-Old Pedro Martinez Clone Already Has 102 MPH Heat

    Bleacher Report "The kid on the mound stood 6' tall, maybe a tick under. He had signed a couple of years earlier out of the Dominican Republic, and right away it was obvious he had a strong right arm. Comparisons were made to Pedro Martinez. That was no surprise, because there are always Pedro Martinez..." February 21

  • Rays prospect Brent Honeywell unhappy with recent trade

    Sportsnaut "The Tampa Bay Rays continued their fire sale on Tuesday, sending outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to the Arizona Diamondbacks. At least one of their players is unhappy about it. Brent Honeywell — MLB.com’s 12th ranked prospect who will likely debut in 2018 — seemed a bit perplexed about the..." February 21

  • Jake Arrieta won’t help the Phillies much, but could boost the Nationals

    Washington Post "Spring training is underway, but there is still one free agent pitcher who could make a difference for the acquiring team: right-handed starter Jake Arrieta. Arrieta, who turns 32 in March, won the 2015 Cy Young Award and trails only two National League pitchers, Clayton Kershaw of the Los..." February 21

  • MLB is still investigating the leak of Shohei Ohtani’s medical records

    Los Angeles Times "Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that baseball's investigation into the leak of Shohei Ohtani's medical records continues. In mid-December, after the Angels had signed Ohtani, Yahoo Sports reported that he has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. "We have not been..." February 21

  • Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw have ‘open dialogue’ with his opt-out looming

    Orange County Register "Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has said he isn’t thinking about the clause in his contract which allows him to opt out and become a free agent next fall. It would be unwise for the Dodgers’ front office to take such an approach. The Dodgers’ front office is many things. Unwise is not one of..." February 21

  • Martinez guaranteed $50 million minimum from Red Sox deal

    NBC Sports Boston "Even if J.D. Martinez opts out of his Red Sox contract after the second year, as he has the option to do, he's still guaranteed to pocket $50 million from the deal he agreed to earlier this week His salary of $23.75 million in each of the first two years totals $47.5 million. " February 21

  • Report: MLB floating idea of letting trailing team bat anyone they want in 9th inning

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been searching for ways in recent years to improve pace of play and inject more drama into games, but one idea that an MLB executive floated this week seems downright preposterous. During Tuesday’s edition of “The Rich Eisen Show,” Eisen revealed that he was told by an..." February 21

  • MLB Rumors: Madison Bumgarner? Cole Hamels? Predicting the next Yankees blockbuster

    Newark Star-Ledger "Here come the Yankees. With a trade complete for Brandon Drury, the heavy offseason lifting for general manager Brian Cashman is over. After falling one game short of the World Series in 2017, New York added reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton, resigned CC Sabathia, welcomed back Masahiro..." February 21

  • Astros pitching prospect Forrest Whitley suspended for violating drug program

    ESPN "Houston Astros minor leaguer Forrest Whitley, one of the game's top pitching prospects, has been suspended 50 games for a violation of minor league baseball's drug program, Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday. Whitley's suspension is without pay. Whitley, 20, was the Astros'..." February 21

  • Why the Phillies could make a surprising playoff run in 2018

    Sporting News "The breadth and volume of a baseball season causes a lot of leveling, for individual players and teams alike, but it also creates opportunity for a few surprises. Sometimes it’s one guy who steps forward, like Chris Taylor for the Dodgers last season, and sometimes it’s a team that reaches..." February 21

  • The Rays are a disgrace

    Hardball Talk "The Tampa Bay Rays have taken a hacksaw to their roster and their payroll this offseason and have hacked away particularly aggressively over the past several days. Earlier this offseason they dealt face-of-the-franchise Evan Longoria to the San Francisco Giants. The timing on this was no..." February 21

  • Marlins To Sign Cameron Maybin

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins have agreed to terms with outfielder Cameron Maybin, according to Tim Healey of the Sun-Sentinel (Twitter link). Terms are not yet known, but Healey notes that Maybin is already at the team’s spring facility. Maybin, 30, will help fill out a Miami outfield mix that was drastically..." February 21

  • Left field: Ryan Braun will see if versatility can help ease Brewers' outfield logjam

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Entering his 12th season with the Milwaukee Brewers, Ryan Braun is embarking on a spring training like no other during his career. “I don’t expect it to be easy by any means. I expect it to be challenging,” Braun said. After starting in left field for eight of the last 10 seasons, the..." February 21

  • Can Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton be 1st base option? Yankees say ...

    Newark Star-Ledger "Yankees manager Aaron Boone spent part of his Tuesday news conference going over his options at first base. The Yankees figure to keep two on their Opening Day roster, Greg Bird and probably Tyler Austin. Bird is the starter if he, knock on wood, finally stays healthy, and the Yankees still..." February 21

  • Rick Porcello Offers Honest Take On What J.D. Martinez Should Expect In Boston

    NESN "Rick Porcello has some advice for J.D. Martinez — and he speaks from experience. The Red Sox pitcher joined Rob Bradford’s most recent “Bradfo Sho” podcast to discuss, among other topics, Boston’s reported agreement with Martinez, who was Porcello’s Detroit Tigers teammate in 2014. Porcello..." February 21

  • Orioles' continued pursuit of lefty outfield bat leading them to Colby Rasmus

    Baltimore Sun "With the number of left-handed-hitting outfielders available on the free-agent market dwindling, the Orioles have turned their focus to a potential deal with veteran outfielder Colby Rasmus, according to an industry source. The club had interest in Rasmus throughout the offseason, but there..." February 21

  • With Jason Vargas crowding rotation, Mets plan to start Zack Wheeler out of the bullpen: source

    New York Daily News "Shortly after 11 a.m. it started to get crowded behind the cage on Field 6 of the Mets’ spring training complex. New manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland watched intently with scouts Tom Tanous and Bryn Alderson in the crowd. Above, on the second-story, covered deck that oversees..." February 21

  • Jimenez, Robert, Adolfo envision future White Sox outfield

    Chicago Sun-Times "Eloy Jimenez, the White Sox’ prized corner-outfield prospect, Luis Robert, a Cuban center-field prospect the Sox invested $52 million in, and Micker Adolfo, a strong-armed right fielder who as a 16-year-old from the Dominican Republic in 2013 got a team-record $1.6 million signing bonus, were..." February 21

  • Report: Canadian Michael Saunders signs minor-league deal with Pirates

    Sportsnet "Canadian outfielder Michael Saunders has signed a minor-league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Saunders, of Victoria, B.C., split last season between the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays. " February 21

  • Brandon Drury is an upside play at just the right price

    New York Post "The Yankees project as a very good team and what very good teams should be doing at this time of year is seeing if there are ways to address areas that could prevent them from being very good. The Yankees accomplished that Tuesday by obtaining Brandon Drury — and they believe Drury can be more..." February 21

  • It's the bench where Martinez creates roster dilemma

    NBC Sports Boston "Now that J.D. Martinez is about to join the fold, the Red Sox have some roster intrigue. But it's not at first base with Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez. It sits on the infield with Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Deven Marrero. The ideal Red Sox lineup right now — or at least, the version we..." February 21

  • Rays Unlikely To Further Tear Down Roster

    MLB Trade Rumors "The recent string of subtractions by the Rays — Jake Odorizzi, Corey Dickerson and Steven Souza have all been moved in the past five days — has fans of other clubs hoping for a full rebuild and, thus, trades of Chris Archer, Alex Colome and/or Kevin Kiermaier. However, Tampa Bay GM Erik Neander..." February 21

  • Yu Darvish makes quick favorable impression on new Cubs teammates

    Chicago Tribune "After watching one of Yu Darvish’s pitches during a batting-practice session Tuesday, Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber merely said, “Oh, God.” “Insane,” Willson Contreras added after catching Darvish’s first bullpen session and then following Schwarber in the cage. Manager Joe Maddon tried to..." February 21

  • Did Ron Fowler throw Wil Myers under the bus?

    Hardball Talk "Padres owner Ron Fowler may have thrown outfielder and former first baseman Wil Myers under the bus in praising new first baseman Eric Hosmer‘s ability to be the “franchise face.” Per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, Fowler said, “We’re hoping Eric is that guy. Myers has a lot of qualities, but he frankly..." February 21

  • Yankees, D-Backs, Rays Agree To Three-Team Trade; Souza To Arizona, Drury To New York

    MLB Trade Rumors "The D-backs are also sending left-hander Anthony Banda, one of their top overall prospects, to the Rays in the deal, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that minor league righty Taylor Weidner is going from Arizona to New York in the deal,..." February 20

  • Donaldson contract negotiations a balancing act for Blue Jays

    Sportsnet "At surface level, the comments made by Josh Donaldson and Ross Atkins are incongruous. On Thursday Donaldson said he expects to hit free agency after the 2018 season. On Friday, Atkins said “We feel good about the potential of him being here long-term.” So who should we believe if Donaldson..." February 20

  • Cubs' Willson Contreras not buying limit on mound visits

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs starting catcher Willson Contreras isn't exactly on board for the new MLB pace-of-play rules, which include a limit on mound visits per game. Contreras is claiming he'll defy the rule which limits teams to six visits for the first nine innings of a game, minus a few exceptions. "I..." February 20

  • 'Most' MLB teams to wear Stoneman Douglas hats in spring openers

    Miami Herald "To honor the victims of last week’s school shooting, Major League Baseball teams intend to wear Marjory Stoneman Douglas caps on Friday for the start of spring training games in Florida and Arizona. The league’s official cap company, New Era, is making the special caps for players to wear when..." February 20

  • Braves hope new collection of young arms leads to old-school success

    Sporting News "It's been a long time since the Braves saw Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Steve Avery emerge from the minors and help lead the team to unprecedented success in the 1990s, but there’s hope in Atlanta that the team will find a similar core in a new group of young arms. Sean Newcomb, Luis Gohara,..." February 20

  • Padres co-owner: Hosmer a 'more natural' leader than Myers

    ESPN "Eric Hosmer arrived at San Diego Padres camp Tuesday with a new uniform number, a desire to lead and a personal mandate to take the franchise to a place it's never been. Hosmer, 28, landed the biggest guaranteed payout of the MLB offseason when he agreed to an eight-year, $144 million deal..." February 20

  • In looking for Hosmer replacement, Royals signal coming rebuild

    Kansas City Star "As Eric Hosmer prepares for his first season in San Diego, the Royals are unlikely to search for his replacement on the free-agent market or seek a reunion with third baseman Mike Moustakas, general manager Dayton Moore said Sunday. The club could search for a cost-friendly alternative at first..." February 20

  • A's respond to Jon Gruden's diss of Oakland

    Sporting News "Jon Gruden questioned what the city of Oakland would have when the Raiders moved to Las Vegas in an interview with Sports Illustrated, and the A's took notice. The Raiders will move to Vegas for the 2020 season and Gruden, hired as the team's head coach last month, said it was sad to see the..." February 20

  • David Price, vilified in Boston, helps lure J.D. Martinez for new chapter

    USA Today "Maybe now, after all of the conjecture and rumors that Boston Red Sox ace David Price despises the city of Boston, and is counting the days to flee after the season, can finally be put to rest. Maybe, despite all the hatred he felt last year, the antagonism with the media, the hostile..." February 20

  • Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera on paternity suit: I'm here to play baseball

    Detroit Free Press "A day after reporting to spring training in Lakeland, Fla., Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera declined to comment on his ongoing paternity suit. “I’m just here to play baseball,” Cabrera said Monday. Cabrera is being sued by his ex-mistress, Belkis Rodriguez, claiming he isn't..." February 20

  • MLB Rumors: Mike Moustakas to Yankees or White Sox?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The MLB free agent market (finally) is starting to dry up, especially for teams looking to add an impact bat. Outfielder J.D. Martinez and his 45 home runs signed with the Boston Red Sox. First baseman Eric Hosmer and his 25 home runs signed with the San Diego Padres. Could former Kansas City..." February 20

  • Don Mattingly gets testy with Bryce Harper for no good reason

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday Bryce Harper was asked about the Miami Marlins offseason moves. Fair question. The Marlins are division rivals and that club’s tear-down was probably the biggest news inside the division of the offseason. Here’s what Harper said: “I was very shocked that they were going to let go of..." February 20

  • Christian Yelich: ‘Everything changed’ for Marlins after Jose Fernandez’s death

    Larry Brown Sports "The Miami Marlins have not reached the postseason since 2003, but one of their former up and coming stars believes all of that was about to change before tragedy struck the organization in September of 2016. Christian Yelich, who was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers this offseason after five..." February 20

  • The Marlins are rebuilding, but they don’t quite admit it

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The first rule of the Miami Marlins’ rebuild is: You do not say the word rebuild. That diction decision came straight from the top in early October when Derek Jeter, in his first public statements as team CEO, declared he didn’t like the re-word. It has since trickled down to the front office,..." February 20

  • Phillies Engaged In “Dialogue” With Jake Arrieta

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies are “having dialogue” with Jake Arrieta and his representatives, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). While there’s currently a “gap” between the sides’ bargaining positions, it seems there’s at least some real interest being explored. Philadelphia has long been cited..." February 20