• D-Backs, Dyson agree to 2-year, $7.5M deal

    Bleacher Report "Outfielder Jarrod Dyson signed with Arizona Diamondbacks Monday on a two-year deal Monday, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. He reportedly will receive $7.5 million over two years. The signing serves as a consolation for the Diamondbacks, who were unable to re-sign J.D. Martinez. The..." February 19

  • Will the market allow the Yankees to afford Mike Moustakas?

    CBS Sports "We're headed toward late February and third baseman Mike Moustakas -- coming off a 38-homer season in 2017 -- remains unsigned. That's the case for a number of notable free agents, as so often discussed this winter. The market for Moustakas, though, may be thin even by those standards. In..." February 19

  • JD Martinez, Red Sox agree to five- year deal

    SI "Free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez has reportedly reached an agreement with the Boston Red Sox on a deal worth $110 million over five years, according to to Pedro Gomez of ESPN and Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was the first to report that Martinez and the Red Sox were..." February 19

  • Bryce Harper says his focus is on 2018

    ESPN "Bryce Harper isn't talking about the future. On Monday afternoon, Harper addressed reporters for the first time this spring training and refused to discuss anything beyond the Washington Nationals' upcoming season. That includes potential free agency. "I will not be discussing anything..." February 19

  • Giants designate RHP Joan Gregorio for assignment

    Yardbarker "The Giants have designated right-hander Joan Gregorio for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Tony Watson, whose contract with San Francisco is now official (Twitter link via Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area). Gregorio, 26, has yet to reach the majors and missed the second..." February 19

  • Donaldson expects to hit free agency next winter

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays are setting aside extension talks after initial discussions didn’t build momentum toward a deal. “We’re not quite there,” Donaldson said. “That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” The sides didn’t exchange hard numbers,..." February 19

  • Cubs' Rizzo rejects claim his speech to shooting victims was political

    ESPN "Saying he was there to lend support for victims and their families, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo chastised anyone who claimed he was making a political statement when he returned home to Parkland, Florida, in the aftermath of the school shooting there last week. "I thought the..." February 19

  • MLB reduces mound visits, defers on pitch clock

    TSN "Major League Baseball announced Monday their initiatives for the upcoming season to improve the pace of play of games. The rules include limiting the number of mound visits in a game to six and reducing the time required for inning breaks and pitching changes. MLB decided to defer implemenation..." February 19

  • Red Sox owner John Henry: We 'don't need to be popular, we need to win'

    ESPN "As the Boston Red Sox stepped out into the sun Monday for their first full-squad workout of spring training, owner John Henry maintained that he's more concerned about W's and L's than the team's Q rating. "We really don't need to be popular," Henry said. "We need to win." But despite..." February 19

  • Charlie Morton has hilarious take on MLB rule changes

    Sportsnaut "MLB’s rule changes have clearly struck a nerve with the Houston Astros. Justin Verlander commented on the issues with them on Monday. Later in the day, teammate Charlie Morton did the same thing — only in a slightly different way. Verlander’s issues were about the practical issues of limiting..." February 19

  • Nationals To Sign Joaquin Benoit

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have agreed to a contract with free-agent reliever Joaquin Benoit, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). It’s a one-year, Major League contract worth $1MM for the ACES client, per Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post (Twitter link)." February 19

  • Tim Lincecum has a guaranteed offer from . . . someone

    Hardball Talk "Grant Brisbee of SB Nation reports that Tim Lincecum, who many speculated would have to accept a minor league deal after his year away from the game, has a guaranteed contract offer. While Brisbee is best known for covering the Giants, he says that the Giants are not the team that has made..." February 19

  • Justin Verlander speaks out against MLB rule change

    Sportsnaut "In hopes of picking up the pace of play, Major League Baseball made some strong rule changes on Monday. Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is not pleased with one of the amendments. One of the rules states that teams will only be allowed six mound visits per nine inning games. This..." February 19

  • Beltre would defer salary to help Rangers add players; wants Martinez

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Adrian Beltre said believes that the Texas Rangers' roster is good enough to compete in 2018, but the third baseman said on his first day of spring training that he would like to see general manager Jon Daniels continue to add to the roster. "There are still a lot of free agents out there,"..." February 19

  • Rays' Kiermaier 'very upset' with Dickerson DFA, Odorizzi trade

    Fanrag Sports "Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier did not mince his words when asked about his team’s decision to part ways with a few notable players, saying that he is frustrated with the club’s moves. “I am 100 percent frustrated and very upset with the moves,” said Kiermaier in reference to..." February 19

  • Royals only offered Eric Hosmer five-year deal

    Larry Brown Sports "The Kansas City Royals wanted Eric Hosmer back, but it’s quite clear why he ended up leaving the organization. According to Robert Murray of FanRag Sports, the Royals’ front office was serious about bringing Hosmer back, but ownership was less so. Subsequently, the team’s offer to Hosmer was..." February 19

  • Orioles Sign Alex Presley To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles announced that they’ve signed veteran outfielder Alex Presley to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training. Presley, a Sports Pro Services client, gives the Orioles a left-handed-hitting option to add to their outfield mix, which they’ve reportedly been..." February 19

  • Braves reportedly agree to terms with Peter Moylan

    Yardbarker "The Braves are in agreement on a contract with veteran right-handed reliever Peter Moylan, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). Moylan, a client of Paragon Sports, is in Orlando to take a physical for the deal today, Crasnick adds. It was reported yesterday that the Braves and Royals were..." February 19

  • Jim Thome discusses how he helps young White Sox hitters

    Sporting News "Jim Thome will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, but the former slugger has other things on his mind until then. Thome, who clubbed 612 home runs over 22 MLB seasons, serves as a special assistant to White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, along with appearing on MLB Network..." February 19

  • Ronald Acuna situation offers a way MLBPA can get back at owners over spending

    CBS Sports "Up until the past two weeks or so, the free-agent market was very slow-moving and teams were simply unwilling to spend. Big-market clubs like the Dodgers and Yankees are cutting payroll to get under the $197 million luxury tax threshold, and about one-third of the teams are rebuilding, so they..." February 19

  • Chris Tillman returning to Orioles on one-year, major league deal

    Baltimore Sun "The potential reunion between the Orioles and right-hander Chris Tillman always seemed to make sense for both sides, almost as if they needed each other. In retooling their starting rotation, the Orioles needed a pitcher who had proven to be successful and durable in the past, and Tillman needed..." February 19

  • Eric Hosmer fallout: Padres reportedly getting trade calls on Hunter Renfroe

    CBS Sports "The recent signing of Eric Hosmer by the Padres pushed Wil Myers to the outfield. That, in turn, has left San Diego with an overcrowded outfield situation -- Myers, Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot, and Jose Pirela are all worthy of regular playing time at the big-league level. Crowded rosters..." February 19

  • Chipper Jones undecided whether he wants Barry Bonds in Baseball Hall of Fame

    CBS Sports "Baseball Hall of Fame electee and huge NASCAR fan Chipper Jones was in attendance for the 60th running of the Daytona 500, serving as a "race official." Despite not being tasked with any official race duties, Jones did take time to talk to CBS Sports about one of the most controversial snubs for..." February 19

  • Pirates' Diaz felt 'overwhelming' joy after mother's rescue

    MLB.com "Pirates catcher Elias Diaz reported to Spring Training on Sunday morning, smiling as usual inside the Pirate City clubhouse, with some good news to share. His mother, Ana Isabel Soto, is "doing a lot better" after she was kidnapped and rescued in Venezuela, Diaz said. "She's doing well. That's..." February 18

  • Angels' Chris Young: Inks one-year deal with Angels

    CBS Sports "Young signed a one-year deal worth $2 million with the Angels on Sunday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Young served as a backup outfielder for the Red Sox last season. He played in 90 games and hit .235 with a .709 OPS. " February 18

  • Angels To Sign Chris Carter

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have agreed to a minor league deal with first baseman Chris Carter, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register tweets. He’ll rake in $1.75MM if he makes the Angels’ roster and could earn up to $600K in incentives, Jon Heyman of FanRag reports. The 31-year-old Carter could provide..." February 18

  • Evan Longoria: “I just kind of feel sorry for the Rays fan base.”

    Hardball Talk "The Rays were busy over the weekend, trading starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, designating All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment, and then picking up C.J. Cron in a deal with the Angels. The Rays saved about $4 million — Odorizzi’s $6.3 million less Cron’s $2.3 million salary — and..." February 18

  • Royals' Yost: I didn't hear from Hosmer 'even on my death bed'

    Kansas City Star "Royals manager Ned Yost sunk into a chair in his office here on Sunday morning and reflected on seven seasons spent with Eric Hosmer. He remarked on the World Series championship, the years of building and the joy of watching a young player grow into a star. He also offered one of his favorite..." February 18

  • Harrison echoes Freese's criticism of Pirates' efforts to win

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Josh Harrison on Sunday echoed the sentiments of the statement he released after the Pirates traded Andrew McCutchen: If you’re not trying to win, trade me too. “My main goal is to make sure wherever I am, that they understand that I want to win,” Harrison said after reporting to Pirate City...." February 18

  • Votto reports, issues 'winning' challenge to Reds

    MLB.com "By his own accounting, Joey Votto purposely tried not to do too much with his offseason. The Reds first baseman embraced his down time. "I tried to get fatter," Votto joked after completing his physical Sunday, when position players reported. "I succeeded at that apparently. We did all the..." February 18

  • Chris Tillman will decide on a team this week

    Hardball Talk "Free agent right-hander Chris Tillman is narrowing his pool of potential suitors, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Returning to the Orioles is one option, of course, but Heyman also mentions another two undisclosed teams who are still in the running. An earlier report from Eduardo Encina of the..." February 18

  • Hosmer deal quiets collusion talk, but questions linger in odd market

    Sportsnet "In recent weeks, some agents and executives downplayed concern about an exceptionally slow-moving off-season with speculation that Eric Hosmer had a substantial offer in hand. The eight-year, $144-million agreement Hosmer now has with the San Diego Padres represents the biggest deal of the..." February 18

  • Sandy Alderson believes Tim Tebow will reach the major leagues

    New York Daily News "Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Sunday that Tim Tebow will play in the major leagues at some point. The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback is in his first major league spring training. Team sources said Tebow will likely start in Double-A Binghamton and it would not be surprising..." February 18

  • Mauer: 'I have no intention' of leaving Twins after contract expires

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The first clue about Joe Mauer’s baseball future comes when he talks not about his contract or career, but his 4-year-old twin daughters. Emily and Maren are in Florida this spring, Mauer said, because “they’ll be in kindergarten next year, so they can’t come down here.” That’s as opposed to..." February 18

  • ‘No indication’ Royals are trying to re-sign Mike Moustakas

    Larry Brown Sports "With Eric Hosmer headed to the San Diego Padres, there has been some speculation that the Kansas City Royals could try to bring back third baseman Mike Moustakas instead. However, there is no real indication that’s going to happen, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, who reported Sunday that the..." February 18

  • Adam Jones: 'We are here for one reason'

    MLB.com "Adam Jones wants it known. The veteran outfielder, who is entering the final years of his extension with Baltimore, wants to win. At this stage in his career, Jones isn't prioritizing money or length of contract. The fierce competitor wants some hardware. "I'm going to make the best decision..." February 18

  • Eduardo Nunez began offseason seeking 5-year contract

    WEEI Boston "Eduardo Nunez is officially back. The Red Sox announced Sunday morning that the 30-year-old infielder has been signed to a one-year deal, with a player option for 2019. According to FanRag Sports, Nunez will receive $4 million this season, with the option year also coming in at $4 million...." February 18

  • Braves nearing deal with Peter Moylan

    Hardball Talk "The Braves are close to an agreement with free agent reliever Peter Moylan, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman writes. Terms of the deal are not yet known, though anything greater than a one-year contract would be surprising. This figures to be Moylan’s third run with the Braves. The 39-year-old..." February 18

  • Padres, Eric Hosmer agree to terms

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres got their man. The team and free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer have agreed to a deal, two sources said Saturday night. The average annual value of the eight-year deal is $18 million, the largest monetary commitment in Padres history. The Padres had said they would be..." February 18

  • Twins acquire RHP Jake Odorizzi from cash-strapped Rays

    Twin Cities "The Twins and the cash-strapped Tampa Bay Rays had plenty of trade conversations throughout the offseason. Saturday evening, all those cell minutes and text messages finally bore fruit. Right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who turns 28 just before Opening Day, will make the short drive from Port..." February 18

  • Rays Acquire C.J. Cron, Designate Corey Dickerson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later, both teams annonuced. In a surprising corresponding move, Tampa also announced that outfielder Corey Dickerson has been designated for assignment to create roster space. Cron had been noted as a..." February 18

  • Royals' Duffy 'excited to erase and re-record' after tumultuous 2017

    ESPN "Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy had a tumultuous 2017 on and off the field that included a DUI arrest and wildfires, but the left-hander is ready to start fresh. "The gamut of life," Duffy said. "Anything there is in life, I was pretty much able to achieve it last year. I'm looking..." February 18

  • Dustin Pedroia on Red Sox leadership: 'It's not one leader'

    ESPN "As the longest-tenured player on the Boston Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia understands and accepts his role as the team's leader. But he also knows he can't do it alone. Pedroia was in a pensive mood Saturday as he arrived at spring training for his 13th major-league season. The feisty second..." February 17

  • Manny Machado downplays significance of offseason trade talks

    Masn "Manny Machado’s equipment bag from the World Baseball Classic arrived at his locker this morning a few minutes before the three-time All-Star, who walked into the clubhouse with a big smile on his face, approached every teammate, and offered a handshake and a hug. One at a time. Every player he..." February 17

  • Rangers will not sign reliever Seung Hwan Oh; could Tim Lincecum be on tap?

    Sports Day "The Rangers are back to looking for a closer. The club broke off negotiations with Korean pitcher Seung Hwan Oh Saturday, a source said. The club had agreed to a one-year contract with the reliever, pending a physical, more than a week ago. But, according to a source, there were disconcerting..." February 17

  • Nunez: Contract with Red Sox hasn't been finalized

    Boston Globe "At a time when Eduardo Nunez may be close to rejoining the Red Sox, the free agent was at the team’s spring training facility on Saturday afternoon. The infielder, who hit .321/.353/.539 with eight homers in 38 games for the Red Sox after being acquired from the Giants in a late July trade, said..." February 17

  • Brewers' Broxton: 'I can't say I'm happy' about outfield additions

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "It’s safe to say that Keon Broxton was shocked when he heard the Milwaukee Brewers acquired outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain within a couple of hours on Jan. 25. Broxton certainly wasn’t pleased about what those moves meant for him. As the incumbent centerfielder, it wasn’t good..." February 17

  • Scioscia: Ohtani available to pinch hit, pinch run on non-pitching days

    12 Up "Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani ​signed with the Angels this offseason, and the talented two way player made his a desire to pitch and hit in the MLB clear when signing with the team. Ohtani seems to have gotten his wish, as manager Mike Scoscia plans to use Ohtani in a number of different..." February 17

  • Brandon Morrow's injury-plagued odyssey led him to role of Cubs closer

    Chicago Tribune "Replacing near-flawless Wade Davis despite a lack of recent closer experience doesn’t faze Brandon Morrow. “I don’t think mentally it will be too big for me,” Morrow said at spring training Wednesday in a calm but direct tone. “I think I have come a long way.” Considering his array of health..." February 17

  • CC Sabathia is the old man in Yankees' rotation but a new man on mound

    ESPN "CC Sabathia stood in front of his corner locker, at 37 the elder statesman on a New York Yankees team that will have fewer 30-somethings than it has had in a long time. As he took questions from the media, Ron Guidry -- Mr. Louisiana Lightning himself -- interrupted to ask Sabathia about..." February 17

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