• Major League Baseball orders balls stored in climate controlled rooms for some reason

    Hardball Talk "Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reports that Major League Baseball will mandate that teams store baseballs in “an air-conditioned and enclosed room[s]” this season. He adds that the league will install climate sensors in each room to measure temperature and humidity during the 2018 season, with..." February 23

  • Royals sign Saunders 2 days after he joined Pirates, confusing everyone

    Kansas City Star "The Royals announced Friday afternoon the signing of former Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor-league contract with a spring training invite. Saunders signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates on Wednesday and even arrived at their camp in Bradenton, Fla., within hours of..." February 23

  • Tigers sign veteran lefty Francisco Liriano, report says

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers have signed veteran left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano, according to FanRag Sports. Liriano, 34, has spent parts of 12 seasons in the big leagues, including seven with the Minnesota Twins under new Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire. Liriano struggled with the Toronto Blue..." February 23

  • Yasiel Puig scratched from spring training game with injury caused by new shoes

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s understandable if MLB players aren’t quite in the best shape yet in the month of February, but Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig brought that to a whole new level this week. Puig was scratched from the team’s spring opener against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, and manager Dave..." February 23

  • MLB Rumors: Tim Lincecum to Dodgers, Giants or Padres?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The MLB free agent market is starting to dry up, with just a few top-flight options remaining unsigned, including former NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta. The former Cubs ace won't come cheap, but teams looking for a bargain basement steal can grab a former two-time NL Cy Young Award..." February 23

  • White Sox’s Carlos Rodon Won’t Pitch In Cactus League

    CBS Chicago "White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon won’t pitch in Cactus League play as he continues to recover from the arthroscopic surgery that he had on his throwing shoulder last September, general manager Rick Hahn said Friday. Back in September, the White Sox announced Rodon’s timetable for a recovery..." February 23

  • Giancarlo Stanton gets his first Yankees at-bat

    New York Post "Giancarlo Stanton’s first Yankees at-bat ended anti-climactically. The slugger worked a full-count walk against Tigers’ lefty Ryan Carpenter. Stanton was hitting second in the Yankees spring training opener, between Jacoby Ellsbury and Greg Bird. Stanton, playing right field, got a nice..." February 23

  • Rays’ Brent Honeywell Diagnosed With Torn UCL

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rays top pitching prospect Brent Honeywell has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Tommy John surgery has been recommended for the promising 22-year-old. The diagnosis represents a worst-case scenario for the Rays..." February 23

  • How early is too early for Braves phenom Ronald Acuna?

    CBS Sports "Spring training is here. Soon every team will be playing actual, honest-to-goodness games. And in those games, across all of baseball, arguably no player's performance will matter more than Ronald Acuna's. You've probably heard about Acuna by now, whether because he's the top prospect in..." February 23

  • Rays, Marlins disorder is unfair to fans and other small-market teams that are trying to win

    New York Daily News "The three-team trade that brought infielder Brandon Drury to the Yankees and sent Tampa Bay Rays favorite Steven Souza Jr. to Arizona has served to further emphasize the tale of two teams in the same city — one loading up, the other stripping down — and the looming, much bigger problem in baseball..." February 23

  • Dominic Smith’s bid to make Mets begins with a benching

    New York Post "Dominic Smith’s spring training is off to a rough start. The second-year first baseman, who is far from assured a spot on the Mets roster, was scratched from the lineup Friday as punishment for arriving late to work. Smith was replaced at first base for the Mets’ Grapefruit League opener..." February 23

  • Martinez's physical with Red Sox not complete, announcement delayed

    CBS Boston "The Red Sox agreed to terms with free-agent power hitter J.D. Martinez on Monday, according to several reports. But as of Thursday afternoon, the team had yet to officially announce the signing, and an introductory press conference has reportedly been delayed for two days now. It all begs the..." February 22

  • Matheny in no rush to designate Cardinals closer

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals don’t really have a pitcher who qualifies as a top-drawer closer, but manager Mike Matheny said on Thursday that he would be all right with no one being designated the ninth-inning man when camp ends. And perhaps even beyond that. “That’s not a goal at all,” Matheny said. “It will..." February 22

  • Phillies open to 3-year contract for Arrieta

    MLB.com "Scott Boras is known to call an owner or two as he pursues and closes monster contracts for clients. The agent can be persuasive. So how often has Phillies owner John Middleton heard from Boras recently? Middleton shaped his thumb and index finger into a circle Thursday, a couple of hours..." February 22

  • Mets' Cespedes admits he hasn't played golf since July

    New York Post "Yoenis Cespedes is limiting his sports obsession to baseball. The Mets slugger hasn’t played golf since last July, he said Thursday, and has no plans to resume during the season, as he tries to remain focused on baseball and staying on the field for his team. Cespedes decided to bag golf..." February 22

  • Jeff Loria loses round one in his legal battle with Miami over proceeds from the Marlins sale

    Miami Herald "Jeffrey Loria’s financial team breached a 2009 agreement between local governments and the Miami Marlins in turning over a sparse, five-page justification of the former team owner’s claim of zero profits from his $1.2 billion sale of the franchise to Derek Jeter and partners, a judge ruled..." February 22

  • Giants tab Madison Bumgarner to start Opening Day

    CBS Sports "Bumgarner will start the Giants' Opening Day matchup with the Dodgers, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. This comes as no surprise, as "MadBum" continues to be one of the top pitchers in all of baseball. Bumgarner was limited a bit last year due to injuries, but he still managed to..." February 22

  • Twins place RHP J.T. Chargois on outright waivers

    Yardbarker "The Twins have placed righty J.T. Chargois on outright waivers, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press (Twitter link). It seems the hope is that the injured Chargois will clear waivers while leaving the organization a 40-man spot to work with. Chargois, a second-round pick in..." February 22

  • Why the Angels' 6-man rotation won't last

    MLB.com "It is difficult to come up with a more ideal situation for using a six-man rotation than what the Los Angeles Angels currently find themselves in. They have the three major ingredients: 1. They have Shohei Ohtani, the best pitcher coming over from Japan (who was apparently driven all the way..." February 22

  • Pirates Acquire Corey Dickerson From Rays

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced that they’ve acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Rays in exchange for reliever Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash. Tampa Bay recently designated Dickerson, 28, for assignment in a move that came as a surprise to many. Dickerson posted..." February 22

  • Russell Wilson to be at Yankees training camp next week

    Sporting News " Russell Wilson is set to embark on a different offseason than virtually every other NFL player. The Seahawks quarterback was traded to the Yankees by the Rangers earlier this month, and he announced Thursday that he plans on attending Yankees spring training starting Monday. " February 22

  • Shohei Ohtani to get first spring training start, as a pitcher, on Saturday

    Los Angeles Times "The Angels plan to start Shohei Ohtani — as a pitcher — on Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers at Diablo Stadium. That schedule will change only if something derails his workout Thursday, when he's set to throw a bullpen session. Manager Mike Scioscia confirmed that Ohtani will not hit on..." February 22

  • All-Star Game for Wrigley Field by 2022? ‘Stay tuned,’ says commissioner

    Chicago Sun-Times "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday he hopes in the next few months to announce All-Star Game sites for 2020 through 2022 and implied Wrigley Field could be in the running for one of those seasons. “Chicago has expressed a strong interest in having the game. Obviously places where..." February 22

  • Could Lance Lynn be final piece for Twins?

    Fanrag Sports "The Minnesota Twins still have “some flexibility” to pursue a starting pitcher if they find a deal they like. And sources suggest that pitcher of interest could be Lance Lynn, who they seem to prefer among the remaining top free-agent starters. After losing out on Yu Darvish, who they met..." February 22

  • Brian Cashman: Yankees haven’t caught the Red Sox

    New York Post "Despite adding Giancarlo Stanton to an already muscular lineup and getting Brandon Drury to play third base, Brian Cashman said he doesn’t believe the Yankees have caught the Red Sox, who likely will announce the signing of J.D. Martinez on Thursday. “They are the American League East champs so..." February 22

  • Rays top pitching prospect Brent Honeywell suffers an arm injury in spring training

    CBS Sports "The whirlwind spring training for the Tampa Bay Rays took another turn on Thursday, with top pitching prospect Brent Honeywell apparently injuring his throwing arm. The eyewitness account Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters that Honeywell has a forearm strain and will be further evaluated...." February 22

  • Angels acquire Jabari Blash from the Yankees

    Hardball Talk "The Yankees announced on Wednesday that the club traded outfielder Jabari Blash to the Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Blash, 28, was acquired by the Yankees from the Padres back in December in the Chase Headley trade. In trading Blash to the Angels,..." February 22

  • 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

  • Derek Jeter Talks School Schooting, Marlins Will Help Florida Heal

    TMZ "Derek Jeter is vowing to use his experience playing after the 9/11 attacks to help Florida fans cope with the massacre that left 17 people dead in the Parkland school shooting. Jeter was in Ft. Lauderdale at a Chamber of Commerce meeting when Evan Golden -- a TV producer who graduated from..." February 22

  • How Yankees' Brandon Drury trade affects Gleyber Torres

    Newark Star-Ledger "Miguel Andujar won't be the only one affected by the arrival of Brandon Drury to Yankees camp. It means change for top prospect Gleyber Torres, too. Drury: Yankees are 'special' While Andujar will be asked to continue to work on his defense and compete for the starting third base job,..." February 22

  • Zack Wheeler to the bullpen? Not so fast

    New York Post "Zack Wheeler isn’t headed to the bullpen just yet. The Mets right-hander certainly hasn’t earned a job in the team’s potentially crowded starting rotation, but a club source called a report Wednesday that indicated a decision has been reached and Wheeler was headed to the bullpen “way..." 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