• 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

  • Red Sox trade Bryce Brentz to Pirates

    WEEI Boston "It appears the Red Sox have done Bryce Brentz a favor. The team announced it had shipped the outfielder to the Pirates for cash considerations. The move comes after the impending acquisition of J.D. Martinez cut the likelihood of Brentz making the final 25-roster down significantly. Brentz..." February 20

  • The Shohei Ohtani effect? Angels to lower right-field wall Angel Stadium by 10 feet

    CBS Sports "Angel Stadium of Anaheim will likely see an increase in home runs to right-center this coming season. Tuesday, the Angels announced that the right-center wall will be lowered from 18 feet to eight feet before the season begins. Obviously, lowering the wall by 10 feet will lead to more balls..." February 20

  • Dodgers will rely on young pitchers for starting depth

    Orange County Register "The Dodgers saw a need this winter and added someone with more than 100 major-league starts in his past. Mark Prior was hired as the team’s new bullpen coach. The team’s starting pitching depth, on the other hand, is made up of young pitchers with far less experience than Prior’s 106 big-league..." February 20

  • The Rockies have a clear front-runner to play first base, and it’s not Ian Desmond

    Denver Post "Looking for intrigue at Rockies spring training? Look to first base. When position players gather for their first official workout Monday at Salt River Fields, the question about who will man the position remains unanswered. The issue became even more cloudy Sunday when veteran Ian Desmond..." February 20

  • Michael Conforto is hitting off tee, says he's ahead of schedule

    SNY TV "Mets OF Michael Conforto recently began hitting off a tee and said he's "actually ahead of schedule" as he returns from shoulder surgery. Conforto said he was cleared by doctors at the end of January start a swinging progression, and that his return could be earlier or later than the May 1..." February 20

  • The Diamondbacks will be OK without JD Martinez

    Locked On MLB "Now that J.D. Martinez is (almost) officially headed to the Boston Red Sox, the Arizona Diamondbacks can move on with an offseason that still feels incomplete. It feels like an inactive offseason for Arizona because the results haven’t been there in terms of completed deals. They haven’t made..." February 20

  • Jackie Bradley Jr reportedly unlikely to be traded despite Martinez signing

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Red Sox adding JD Martinez does not necessarily mean that they will be trading Jackie Bradley Jr. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported on Monday night that Boston is unlikely to trade Bradley Jr. Signing Martinez gives Boston a crowd at DH and outfield. They have Andrew Benintendi..." February 20

  • Yankees’ other untouchable gem is slobbering over outfield

    New York Post "After the main event of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge taking batting practice ended Monday, the other groups took BP at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Estevan Florial was in the final group, with mostly other young prospects, but he likely won’t stay there for long. Yankees officials love..." February 20

  • Reyes preps for utility role upon Mets reunion

    MLB.com "All offseason, the assumption around Flushing was that Jose Reyes would return at some point. Reyes, though, says he did his best to keep his mind off a reunion, lest it not come to pass. His wish ultimately came true in January, and Reyes returned to Mets camp this weekend, prepared to reprise..." February 20

  • Marlins owner: Jeter & Co. have ‘the right moves;’ franchise is ‘very sophisticated, well-heeled, financially set’

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Miami Marlins have plenty of money, had a very successful offseason and have received lots of positive fan reaction in recent months, Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter said Monday, despite public belief to the contrary. And, Sherman added, he’s happy to be here. “Finally, it’s spring..." February 20

  • Brian Cashman makes Yankees’ 2018 goal clear: ‘I need another ring’

    New York Daily News "The GM of the Yankees has only one goal in mind for 2018. “I need another ring,” said Brian Cashman, who already has four of them as GM, on Monday. “I’ve got rings, but there are other guys who don’t have rings. Some have rings somewhere else, but they want a Yankee ring. I think having a ring..." February 20

  • Koda Glover shut down due to shoulder soreness: ‘We’re just going to give it some time’

    Washington Post "Koda Glover’s young major league career has encountered another roadblock. The Nationals right-hander, who missed most of last season with a shoulder injury, reported to spring training last week with shoulder soreness. An MRI exam revealed inflammation and he was shut down. “We’re trying to be..." February 20

  • With Hosmer signed what’s next for the Padres?

    Fanrag Sports "If San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller has proven anything in his 3.5 years on the job, it’s that he is not wedded to any specific ideology. The signing of free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract seems unusual in several ways: The Padres are not..." February 20

  • 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