• NY Yankees Luis Severino named Yankees opening day starter

    North Jersey "Luis Severino will get the ball on opening day. Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced his rotation on Saturday morning, leading with Severino— who draws his first opening day assignment on March 29 at Toronto. Severino will be followed in order by Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Sonny Gray..." March 17

  • Blue Jays sign veteran infielder Danny Espinosa to minor-league deal

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have signed veteran infielder Danny Espinosa to a minor-league contract with an invitation major-league spring training. The 30-year-old had signed a minor-league deal with the New York Yankees in late January and appeared in 12 spring games for them this year but was..." March 17

  • Jose Altuve Has Been Insanely Valuable to the Houston Astros

    The Sports Daily "Whenever we talk about which player is currently under the most team-friendly contract, it’s impossible to look past Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. The reigning World Series champ, American League MVP, and three-time batting champ is in the midst of a five-year, $18.5 million deal,..." March 17

  • Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

    Hardball Talk "Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in..." March 17

  • Manny Machado calls Aaron Judge ‘a great kid’ and says tampering talk ‘blown out of proportion’

    New York Daily News "Just leave our conversation on the field. That's the message Manny Machado had for Aaron Judge. Machado finally weighed in Friday after the Yankee slugger was reprimanded by Major League Baseball earlier this week for talking about the Orioles star. "I think it was just blown out of..." March 16

  • Didi Gregorius feels the looming Manny Machado threat

    New York Post "Didi Gregorius was well aware of Manny Machado’s impending free agency even before it gained national attention, when Aaron Judge told the Orioles’ shortstop that he would “look good in pinstripes.” And while many expect the Yankees to make a serious run at Machado following this season, it can..." March 16

  • Nationals sign Jeremy Hellickson to minors deal

    Hardball Talk "The Nationals inked right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to a minor-league deal on Friday, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. Hellickson will receive a non-roster invite to camp and is expected to compete for a role in the back end of the rotation. The team has not confirmed the..." March 16

  • Jays prospect Pannone suspended 80 games

    Sporting News "Blue Jays prospect Thomas Pannone has been suspended 80 games without pay after the left-handed pitcher tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance, the league announced Friday. The anabolic steroid dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, commonly known as DHCMT, was found in Pannone's..." March 16

  • Altuve near 5-year extension

    MLB Trade Rumors "Astros superstar Jose Altuve is close to signing a five-year extension worth $150 million that begins in 2020, MLB.com has learned. The club has not confirmed the report. Altuve had been signed through the end of the 2018 season, with Houston holding a club option for 2019. The five-time..." March 16

  • Rangers Release Jon Niese

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have released veteran southpaw Jon Niese, as Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News was among those to tweet. He had joined the organization on a minor-league deal over the offseason. Niese, 31, never really got going this spring owing to injuries, including a recent diagnosis of a..." March 16

  • Twins Acquire Jake Cave, Designate Kennys Vargas

    Yardbarker "The Twins have acquired outfielder Jake Cave from the Yankees, per Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press (via Twitter). Righty Luis Gil goes to the Twins in return. In a corresponding move, Minnesota has designated slugger Kennys Vargas for assignment." March 16

  • Phillies among front-runners to sign Bryce Harper

    Sportress of Blogitude "Bryce Harper could very well be the most sought after free agent in Major League Baseball history when he becomes available after the 2018 season. While a bidding war of unprecedented proportions is expected, one MLB insider already believes one dark horse team could very well already be among the..." March 16

  • The Rangers' Opening Day starter vs. Astros is ...

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Of all the decisions facing the Texas Rangers this spring, the one they announced Friday might have been their easiest. Cole Hamels was named the Opening Day starter March 29 against the Houston Astros. It will be Hamels' fourth career start in a team's season opener and his second for the..." March 16

  • Cut from the Twins, Anibal Sanchez latches on with the Braves

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "Anibal Sanchez’s tryout with the Minnesota Twins was cut short when the team signed Lance Lynn and needed a spot on the 40-man roster. The Twins cut Sanchez from camp, paid him a sort of ‘tryout bonus,’ and again made him a free agent. Now, Sanchez has latched on with the Atlanta Braves on a..." March 16

  • Cincinnati Reds sign Eugenio Suarez to 7-year deal

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Cincinnati Reds have signed third baseman Eugenio Suarez to a $66 million, seven-year deal with an option for an eighth year. The contract will keep Suarez, 26, a Red through at least 2024. “This is my family,” Suarez said. “I want to be a Red my whole career.” Suarez hit .260 with 26..." March 16

  • Phillies' Eickhoff out 6-8 weeks with strained lat

    Philly.com "Jerad Eickhoff will start the season on the disabled list, as he will be sidelined for six to eight weeks because of a strained back muscle. The Phillies likely will fill Eickhoff’s rotation spot with Ben Lively or Zach Eflin. Eickhoff last pitched on March 9 and seemed to have lost a bit of..." March 16

  • Zack Greinke probably won’t be ready for Opening Day

    Arizona Central "Torey Lovullo wouldn’t come out and say it, but the Diamondbacks manager seemed to suggest that right-hander Zack Greinke is no longer on target to start on Opening Day. Lovullo said Greinke, who departed his start on Wednesday after just one inning due to right groin tightness, will not throw..." March 16

  • Chris Archer to start Opening Day for Rays

    MLB.com "Chris Archer will be the Rays' Opening Day starter, which should come as little surprise to Rays fans. Rays fans have been trained to associate Opening Day with Archer being on the mound. The 29-year-old right-hander will be making his fourth consecutive Opening Day start, setting a new..." March 16

  • Rangers, Braves may pursue free agent Holland

    MLB.com "Among the high-profile Major Leaguers still unsigned is reliever Greg Holland, who's coming off a successful 2017 campaign as the Rockies' closer. Feinsand predicts Holland will sign with Rangers The Rangers have been holding tryouts for closer, with newly signed Tim Lincecum vying for the..." March 15

  • Justin Verlander blasts ex-Astros prospect Danry Vasquez over domestic violence video

    Sportress of Blogitude "Justin Verlander profanely blasted disgraced Danry Vasquez after shocking footage recently surfaced of the former Houston Astros prospect beating his girlfriend during a disturbing 2016 domestic violence incident. “(Expletive) you man,” Verlander wrote on Twitter Wednesday night, with the..." March 15

  • Danry Vasquez's Ex-GF 'I Wish I Would've Pressed Charges'

    TMZ "The woman who was brutalized by baseball player Danry Vasquez says she regrets not pressing charges against him ... and prays that he's a changed man for the sake of his new wife. Fabiana Perez spoke with Univision and confirms the two did not break up until months after the 2016 attack...." March 15

  • Royals tab Danny Duffy to start Opening Day

    Hardball Talk "Royals manager Ned Yost has announced that Danny Duffy will start on Opening Day for the Royals at home against the White Sox on March 29, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports. This will be Duffy’s second consecutive Opening Day start. Duffy, 29, finished last season with a 3.81 ERA and a 130/41..." March 15

  • Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire recovering after getting hit by BP ball

    Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire was still in pain Thursday, two days after he was struck in the ribs during batting practice. "It hurts. It hurt when it hit me, too, but I couldn't let them see it," Gardenhire said. Gardenhire was standing behind the protective screen placed behind..." March 15

  • Report: Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman to make spring debut Saturday

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman will pitch in his first game of spring training this Saturday, when he is slated for a couple of innings against the Canadian Junior National Team, according to Rob Longley of Postmedia. Stroman has been recovering from right shoulder inflammation...." March 15

  • Dodgers renew contracts of Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger

    Los Angeles Times "The Dodgers renewed the contracts of Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger on Wednesday, assigning the two young stars a salary after the players declined to agree to the team's offer. The Dodgers renewed Seager at $605,000 and Bellinger at $585,000. The major league minimum salary this season is..." March 15

  • Cubs To Release Justin Grimm

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have released right-handed reliever Justin Grimm, reports Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago (Twitter link). Grimm had previously lost an arbitration hearing against the Cubs, resulting in a $2.2MM salary for the upcoming season. However, since arb contracts aren’t fully guaranteed, the Cubs..." March 15

  • Aaron Judge’s Machado recruitment draws MLB warning

    New York Post "The Yankees got their first spring-training look at potential free-agent target Manny Machado on Wednesday. And Aaron Judge said he took the opportunity to make his pitch to the Baltimore third baseman-turned-shortstop, who is due to become one of the top two free-agent bats next..." March 15

  • If you're bummed that Jake Arrieta didn't sign with the Cubs, then blame Jake Arrieta

    Chicago Tribune "If you’re angry, frustrated or just bummed that one of the greatest and most important pitchers in Cubs history left town, then blame the pitcher. Because ultimately, Jake Arrieta left the Cubs because he chose to leave the Cubs. Arrieta looked funny in Phillies red instead of Cubs blue..." March 15

  • Giants’ Jeff Samardzija experimenting with new pitches

    San Francisco Chronicle "Jeff Samardzija is turning Japanese, at least in pitch repertoire, in his never-ending quest to force hitters off his fastball. Japanese pitchers usually lack major-league velocity, so they compensate with a kitchen-sink approach featuring all manner of pitches and speeds. Samardzija already..." March 15

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Eduardo Rodriguez is making things interesting for Red Sox

    WEEI Boston "The way things are going for the Red Sox and Eduardo Rodriguez, you might be able to harness that talk of a need for an April full of fill-in starts. Rodriguez took another big step toward re-entering the Red Sox' rotation, throwing three innings of live batting practice Thursday without..." March 15

  • Angels' Shohei Ohtani continues to struggle during transition to the majors

    Los Angeles Times "It's not just the results at the plate that should concern the Angels about Shohei Ohtani, the aspiring two-way player who went hitless in two at-bats in the team's 7-0 exhibition loss to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday and is batting .100 (two for 20) with seven strikeouts and three walks in..." March 15

  • Blake Swihart Expected To Add Third Base To His Resume

    CBS Boston "Red Sox Spring Training won’t end until Blake Swihart plays every position around the diamond. At least, that’s how it appears. Boston’s quest to turn the catcher/outfielder/catcher again into an ultra-utility man will send Swihart to third base, likely on Sunday when the Red Sox take on the..." March 15

  • Yankees give Miguel Andujar a look at a new position

    New York Post "Miguel Andujar, who had been vying for the starting job at third before the acquisition of Brandon Drury and Neil Walker, played first base for Double-A Trenton in an intrasquad game against Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday. He has never played any position other than third in six..." March 15

  • Aaron Judge pitches Manny Machado on joining the Yankees: ‘He’d look good in pinstripes’

    New York Daily News "Manny Machado won't be a free agent until next offseason, but Aaron Judge is already making his pitch to the All-Star shortstop on why he should join the Yankees. "Adding him to our lineup that we've already got would be something special. I told him he'd look good in pinstripes," Judge..." March 14

  • Former Red Sox manager John Farrell joins Reds as scout

    ESPN "The Cincinnati Reds have added John Farrell as a scout. It will be Farrell's first job since the Red Sox dismissed him as their manager last October with one year left on his contract. He posted a 432-378 record over five seasons with Boston, including a World Series championship in 2013 and..." March 14

  • Zack Greinke exits with groin tightness

    Hardball Talk "Last week, Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke created cause for concern when he struggled to hit 90 MPH with his fastball. He wondered aloud if he just doesn’t have it anymore. Fortunately, during Tuesday’s appearance in a Cactus League game against the Reds, Greinke got his fastball up to 92..." March 14

  • Scott Boras adds fuel to Bryce Harper, Manny Machado Phillies rumors

    Newark Star-Ledger "The never-ending rumors are about to get louder, Phillies fans. With Jake Arrieta on board for the 2018 season, the Phillies have taken their rebuild into overdrive and committed toward chasing a winning season this summer. By next winter, we could be looking at an ascending team with a chance..." March 14

  • Spring stats don't matter, but the Braves' Ronald Acuna is destroying the ball

    CBS Sports "Remember the Kris Bryant situation in 2015? The future MVP for the Cubs was one of baseball's top prospects and he was crushing the ball all spring. Due to service-time manipulation (sorry, Theo, I mean Bryant needing some extra work on defense), Bryant started the season in the minors. He was..." March 14

  • Indians aren’t panicking about life after their super-bullpen

    New York Post "The conclusion of Cleveland’s great end game is near. Will that mark the finish of this terrific Indians run? Cody Allen and Andrew Miller — arguably the best 1-2 closing punch in the majors since being united at the 2016 trade deadline — are both in their walk year. With where the cost of..." March 14

  • Miguel Cabrera giving deposition in paternity case on Tigers' day off

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers don't play on Wednesday, but Miguel Cabrera was scheduled to spend his off-day giving a videotaped deposition in an ongoing paternity case. Cabrera's deposition will take place in an Orlando attorney's office, not a courtroom, and records indicate that a videographer,..." March 14

  • Video of abuse by former Astros prospect released

    CBS Sports "Danry Vasquez was released by the Lancaster Barnstormers -- an Atlantic League of Pro Baseball team in Pennsylvania -- after footage of a 2016 incident in which he beat his girlfriend in a stairwell was released. The video was taken in 2016, in Corpus Christi, Texas, when Vasquez was a..." March 14

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Why Yankees haven't picked Luis Severino yet to start Opening Day

    Newark Star-Ledger "The 2018 Yankees play their first real game in about two weeks and rookie manager Aaron Boone still hasn't named his Opening Day starter. We all know who it's going to be, right? It has to be right-hander Luis Severino, an AL Cy Young finalist last season, on the mound March 29 when the..." March 14

  • Jake Arrieta addresses the velocity concerns

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "As good as Jake Arrieta will look in red pinstripes, there's no hiding the fact that he comes with some red flags. His average fastball velocity dropped from 94.9 mph in his Cy Young season of 2015 to 92.6 mph last season, according to PITCHf/x data. This has been interpreted in some..." March 14

  • Neither Wheeler or Matz likely to be in bullpen to start season

    SNY TV "Neither Zack Wheeler or Steven Matz is likely to pitch in relief, at least according to the variety of Mets people I have talked with during the last week or so. I suppose it could happen at some point this season, such as down the stretch or during a postseason roster crunch. However, for..." March 14

  • What’s different for Hanley Ramirez this season?

    Boston Herald "The question tripped an alarm in Hanley Ramirez’ mind. “You’re trying to get me to say something about the coaches or manager last year. I know that’s what you want me to say, I know you,” he said. I get it. Ask a player what’s different with him and the team the year after the manager..." March 14

  • Red Sox' young stars have different paths to improvement

    NBC Sports Boston "Last names bonded by alliteration have made it easy to lot Jackie Bradley Jr., Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi together. The rebound of a Red Sox offense that had a brownout in 2017 requires not only the success of J.D. Martinez, but improvement among at least some of those..." March 14

  • What if Robinson Cano never left the Yankees?

    New York Post "In an alternate universe, the Yankees bend and Robinson Cano bends and maybe — just maybe — they meet in the middle of the 10 years he was demanding and the seven years the team was willing to consider, and rather than leave, he stays after the 2013 season. The Yankees then don’t sign Jacoby..." March 14

  • Red Sox having difficulty attracting additional pitching depth

    NBC Sports Boston "The Red Sox have had an eye on adding pitching depth in the form of minor-league free agents, according to a baseball source. But, in a situation similar to last year, they’re not the most appealing destination for veteran free agents because opportunity in the big leagues appears..." March 14