• Yankees still planning Bryce Harper chase after 2018?

    Newark Star-Ledger "If you thought Bryce Harper to the Yankees rumors were over, think again. Despite the presence of both Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge on the roster to begin 2018, at least one baseball insider thinks the Yankees are still among a small group of teams that will land Harper when he hits the..." January 22

  • The best way to fix MLB’s pace of play problems

    New York Post "You want to improve the pace of play in the majors, then remove the smart off-field people from impacting the action. Notice the word “action.” Overwhelming sentiment is that hitters and pitches are not slowing down the game nearly as much as smart people are by feeding more information to..." January 22

  • Is a run at Christian Yelich next?

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Hello, Padres fans. I hope the offseason finds you well. It has been an odd winter, lacking the level of activity baseball-watchers crave before pitchers and catchers report. In this mailbag, we won’t bore you with much Eric Hosmer talk. (The stalemate between agent Scott Boras and the..." January 22

  • Brewers reportedly make an offer to Yu Darvish, one of top starters on free-agent market

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "There has been speculation all winter that the Milwaukee Brewers would jump in at some point on one of the top free-agent starting pitchers, and apparently they finally decided to do so with Yu Darvish. Reports out of both Japan and the United States on Sunday indicated the Brewers made an..." January 22

  • Chris Sale Embracing Role Of Mentor To Top Red Sox Prospect Jay Groome

    NESN "The similarities between Chris Sale and Jay Groome are obvious. Both are left-handed pitchers in the Boston Red Sox organization, both stand 6-foot-6, and both possess ungodly fastballs that routinely pop near triple-digit numbers on the radar gun. But that’s also where the similarities..." January 22

  • Beltre Wants Ring to Add to his HOF Resume

    Inside The Seams "This week, Vladimir Guerrero could become the third native of the Dominican Republic to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, joining Juan Marichal and Pedro Martinez. Chipper Jones seems a virtual lock to become the the 17th third baseman honored in Cooperstown, according to the Hall of Fame website..." January 21

  • Bartolo Colon reportedly has one goal in mind before retirement, and it could happen with the Mets

    CBS Sports "Over the last several years, Bartolo Colon has become an internet favorite. Blame it on his longevity, his fastball-heavy approach, his look, whatever. Unfortunately for those hoping Colon would pitch indefinitely, it appears he has one goal in mind before he hangs up his cleats. No, not 60..." January 21

  • Nolan Arenado setting high bar for Rockies’ young starters

    Denver Post "The Rockies’ sky-high expectations for the 2018 season rest, in large part, on their young starting rotation. All-star third baseman Nolan Arenado is excited about the rotation’s potential, but he’s setting a high bar for Jon Gray, German Marquez, Tyler Anderson, Jeff Hoffman and Antonio..." January 21

  • Orioles remain interested in Dyson

    Masn "There’s a guessing game attached to the bits of information that filter out of the Orioles organization in the winter. We know the areas of need. We just don’t always know the players under consideration. Manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette met for more than an hour..." January 21

  • Scott Boras likely won’t flinch any time soon, and his clients know it

    Boston Globe "All of baseball seems to be waiting for Scott Boras to get his top clients signed. J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Jake Arrieta, Greg Holland, Carlos Gonzalez, et al are waiting as the slowest free agent period in baseball history rolls on. Boras’s “under team control” client,..." January 21

  • Twins interested in Wade Miley

    Hardball Talk "Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly..." January 21

  • Twins owner 'on board' with pursuing Darvish

    MLB.com "The Twins have been linked to free-agent right-hander Yu Darvish all offseason and have stated their interest publicly, but for the first time, owner Jim Pohlad confirmed he would OK a deal for Darvish for the right price. Pohlad, speaking to fans during a question-and-answer session during..." January 20

  • Donaldson: No recent extension talks with Blue Jays 'to my knowledge'

    Toronto Star "A Jay for now. And that’s worth a sigh of relief. A marquee free agent at the end of the season. And that’s worth a heap of speculation directed Josh Donaldson’s way as the season turns. Money — in the marquee three-time all-star’s case, amounting to a Major League Baseball record one-year..." January 20

  • Why free agency hasn’t turned out fun (yet) for ex-Rays pitcher Alex Cobb

    Tampa Bay Times "RHP Alex Cobb never expected to be going into late January without knowing where he was going for spring training. The longtime Ray's first foray into free agency hasn't gone as planned, much like the 150-plus others waiting for something to give in a market colder than the weather. "You're..." January 20

  • Hanley on Red Sox: 'We can be world champs'

    MLB.com "A healthier pair of shoulders has given Hanley Ramirez a burst of excitement heading into 2018. The way Ramirez feels right now, there's little to stop him from having a monster year -- one that could end with a parade in Boston. "We can be world champs," Ramirez said Saturday at Red Sox..." January 20

  • Thornburg's surgically removed rib is in a jar on his parents' counter

    Mass Live "Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg walked away with an unusual souvenir from his surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder last June. Doctors gave Thornburg, who missed the entire 2017 season, his surgically removed rib. "It's a lot smaller than you would think," he..." January 20

  • Red Sox to extend protective netting at Fenway Park in 2018

    Hardball Talk "The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line..." January 20

  • Did Charlie Blackmon get a bad deal?

    Fanrag Sports "Charlie Blackmon was part of the group of three-year, four-year and five-year arb-eligible position players who made a big score with his settlement. Or it seemed that way, anyway. Arbitration experts say that Blackmon’s $6.7 million raise was actually up to $2 million short of what he should..." January 20

  • Rays Still Engaged in Archer Trade Talks

    The Sports Post "Over the past couple of weeks, MLB’s offseason has picked up. But there’s still plenty of work to be done. Many free agents remain on the market. And, teams appear unwilling to pay up anything at all. But the trade market? That’s an entirely different matter altogether. For instance, the Tampa Bay..." January 20

  • Uncertainty clouds Wright's comeback hopes

    MLB.com "The reality is that David Wright does not know if he will ever be a productive Major League Baseball player again. He does not know when, or if, he will next see the field. He does not know what his future holds, if there is even any future left for him as the Mets' third baseman. "It really..." January 20

  • Red Sox legends Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz want pitch clock before baseball gets boring

    WEEI Boston "Pedro Martinez was known for working quickly. David Ortiz took his time in the box. Both are now on the same page: baseball needs a pitch clock. The revelation hit Ortiz during his first year of retirement, when he became a baseball viewer instead of player. And even he can admit that the..." January 20

  • Blue Jays must now shift focus to improving pitching

    Sportsnet "The 2018 Toronto Blue Jays are gradually becoming easier to envision. Their first acquisitions of the winter, Aledmys Diaz and Yangervis Solarte, will provide depth behind the vulnerable middle infield duo of Troy Tulowitzki and Devon Travis. Curtis Granderson, who’s all-but-officially signed..." January 20

  • Twins determined in pursuit of Darvish

    MLB.com "As the Rule 5 Draft came to a close on Thursday, Twins general manager Thad Levine stood at the back of the room, waiting to meet with local reporters to talk about the Winter Meetings that were just wrapping up. But before Levine could do his media session, he was swarmed by a group of..." January 20

  • Finding A Center Fielder For The Giants

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants’ acquisitions of Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria have added a pair of offensive upgrades to their lineup, but the team is still facing a glaring hole in center field. Improving the outfield, both offensively and defensively, has been a long-stated goal of GM Bobby Evans and executive..." January 20

  • Scott Boras weighs in on slow market

    Fanrag Sports "It has been a weird and crazy free-agent market. On that score everyone agrees. The opinions differ when it comes to two things: What caused the market for the best free agents (and many others) to be the slowest in baseball history? And, more importantly, when will it turn? In the meantime..." January 20

  • Twins P Michael Pineda intends to pitch this year

    Larry Brown Sports "Michael Pineda says he intends to pitch this year even though he is still recovering from Tommy John surgery. Pineda was signed by the Minnesota Twins this offseason for two years at $10 million. The Twins signed him to a two-year deal knowing that he might not be able to pitch this season..." January 20

  • Indians and Orioles have talked Manny Machado trade

    CBS Sports "As we've known for a long time, the Orioles are open to trading star infielder Manny Machado, who's entering his walk year despite being just 25 years of age. Teams like the White Sox, Cardinals, Cubs, Yankees, Red Sox, and Diamondbacks have been mentioned in connection with Machado, but thus far..." January 19

  • Marlins' demands for Yelich becoming 'more reasonable'

    Miami Herald "The Marlins have conveyed to Christian Yelich that they will listen to trade offers but have given him no assurances that they will fulfill his trade request, a source fully briefed on the situation said Thursday evening. Yelich is displeased with the Marlins’ trading of Giancarlo Stanton,..." January 19

  • Eduardo Nunez in contact with 8 teams including Red Sox

    Boston Herald "Free agent infielder Eduardo Nunez has been in contact with at least eight teams, including the Red Sox, according to a source who said his market is picking up steam now that he’s been medically cleared for workouts. Doctors have declared Nunez’s right knee to be back to full health, and he..." January 19

  • 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