• Yankees played their Aaron Judge cards perfectly

    New York Post "The decision to take it slow with Aaron Judge’s surgically repaired left shoulder at the beginning of spring training appears to have paid off. With five exhibition games remaining, Judge’s bat looks ready to open the season, which starts March 29 against the Blue Jays in Toronto. “It’s..." March 22

  • Mets not yet fully committed to Wheeler as fifth starter

    SNY TV "While much of the talk surrounds the Mets' much-hyped starting five finally pitching together in the regular season, another bad outing by Zack Wheeler could throw a wrench into those plans. The NY Post reports that team officials were concerned about Wheeler's last Grapefruit League start last..." March 22

  • 2-Time MVP Miguel Cabrera Is Stuck in Baseball Purgatory

    Bleacher Report "There we were, Miggy and me, in the tunnel off the dugout, when the Detroit Tigers big man paused to explain himself. "I'm not trying to be a dick," Miguel Cabrera says. He was talking about what happened a couple of hours earlier on this spring day, though there was no need for an..." March 22

  • Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

    NBC Sports Washington "Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans. Dancing is not. On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor...." March 22

  • Cards' closing role still up for grabs

    MLB.com "The Cardinals will break camp with no concrete answer to their ninth-inning question. That's not necessarily a surprise: manager Mike Matheny all but predicted the possibility in the second week of February. And while he couldn't foresee Luke Gregerson's strained oblique, Jordan Hicks' early..." March 22

  • Alex Rodriguez says working for both Yankees and ESPN won’t be a conflict

    New York Daily News "Despite his side gig as a Yankees special advisor, new ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst Alex Rodriguez said he will remain fair and balanced -- and is available to Hal Steinbrenner “24/7.” A-Rod also referred to the Yankees’ young players as “our” before catching himself in his attempt to..." March 22

  • Congress' 'Save America's Pastime Act' would allow teams to pay minor-leaguers less than minimum wage

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball might soon score a big win in its ongoing efforts to avoid paying minor-leaguers at a reasonable rate. Later this week, Congress is expected to vote on a new $1.3 trillion spending package to keep the government up and running. Tucked away on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page..." March 22

  • Welcome to Kyle Schwarber's comeback season

    ESPN "It was an unusual sight, particularly for a million-dollar athlete. Kyle Schwarber came walking through the Chicago Cubs' spring clubhouse one morning with Tupperware in his hand. Since when do major league baseball players bring their leftovers to work? The answer: since said player is trying..." March 22

  • It’s time for MLB service time manipulation to go

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are sending top prospect Ronald Acuña to Triple-A to start the 2018 baseball season. This is my shocked face. Like so many times in the past, leaving Acuña off the big league roster has less to do with talent or development than money. That needs to change. Acuña was signed..." March 22

  • Cardinals pave way for Motte to join Memphis, unless another team snags him

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "In order to get Jason Motte from their major-league camp to Class AAA Memphis' bullpen, the Cardinals had to perform a transaction tango, and that process began Thursday morning. Only another dance partner could keep Motte from staying with the team. The Cardinals granted Motte his..." March 22

  • Yankees get passionate over the myth of Gary Sanchez

    New York Post "Perception wins with Gary Sanchez and that perception is of indifference, which is part of the explanation of why he is so poor at blocking balls and the belief that as a catcher, he is a pretty good DH. But for the defense — literally — is Larry Rothschild. The Yankees pitching coach would win..." March 22

  • Astros have tough choice at first base with Tyler White, J.D. Davis

    Houston Chronicle "For the moment at 1B, 1A and 1B are in a virtual dead heat. Tyler White and J.D. Davis will accompany the Astros home for two exhibition games against the Brewers next week, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Wednesday. Final roster decisions will not be rendered until those games conclude, the..." March 22

  • Mets announce Rafael Montero has torn UCL in right elbow, will likely need Tommy John surgery

    New York Daily News "Righthander Rafael Montero has a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow and will likely need Tommy John surgery, the Mets announced Thursday afternoon. Montero, who was battling just to hold onto a roster spot, was scheduled to start in Friday’s spring game against..." March 22

  • D-backs’ Souza exits Cactus League game after straining right shoulder

    Arizona Sports "With Opening Day just eight days away, the Arizona Diamondbacks had a key piece exit Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the San Francisco Giants due to an injury. Right fielder Steven Souza Jr. was removed from the game at Salt River Fields after hurting his right shoulder. Souza will have..." March 22

  • David Phelps To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Mariners right-handed reliever David Phelps suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm and will miss the season, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. He’ll need to undergo Tommy John surgery, Greg Johns of MLB.com adds (Twitter links). Phelps suffered the injury on the..." March 22

  • How Francisco Lindor Exploded into Home Run Machine Without Getting Yoked

    Bleacher Report "From inside the Cleveland Indians' clubhouse, Jason Kipnis sometimes feels the need for shade, so often is he blinded by the sheer brilliance of superstar-in-the-making Francisco Lindor's toothpaste-perfect smile. "I hate that," Kipnis gruffly grumbles, good-naturedly. "Annoys the hell out of..." March 22

  • Indians' Carlos Carrasco struck in left foot by line drive, leaves game in 5th inning

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Carlos Carrasco, an 18-game winner for the Indians last year, limped off the field on Wednesday night after being struck in the left foot by a line drive in the fifth inning off the bat of Kansas City's Cheslor Cuthbert. Carrasco allowed six runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. Two of the hits..." March 22

  • Top prospects vying for Opening Day roster spots

    MLB.com "Over the course of the Grapefruit and Cactus League schedules, countless prospects get the chance to show what they can do on a larger stage. At the very least, they can make a positive impression on the big league staff. At most, they can nab a spot on the Opening Day roster. Some of the best..." March 21

  • No, the Royals are not going to send the struggling Alex Gordon to the minors

    CBS Sports "No doubt, the last two seasons have been awfully tough for Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon. Since winning the 2015 World Series and signing a $72 million contract, Gordon has hit .214/.302/.346 (73 OPS+) in 276 games. Ouch. Things are not going much better for Gordon this spring..." March 21

  • Blue Jays acquire pitcher Sam Gaviglio from Royals

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays acquired right-hander Sam Gaviglio from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations Wednesday, aiming to bolster their starting pitching depth at triple-A Buffalo after the suspension of Thomas Pannone. Gaviglio, 27, appeared in 16 big-league games with the Royals and..." March 21

  • Door open for Felix to make Opening Day start

    MLB.com "Seattle manager Scott Servais stopped short of announcing Felix Hernandez as the Mariners' Opening Day starter on Wednesday, but he has the 31-year-old right-hander lined up to pitch the first game against the Indians on March 29 and will stick with that plan if everything goes well in Hernandez's..." March 21

  • Inside the mask: An umpire crew chief on mound visits, mad managers and having your call overturned

    ESPN "Ted Barrett has been a major league umpire since 1994 and a crew chief since 2013. He has worked nine postseason division series, eight championship series and three World Series. He's well-respected among his peers, players and managers. After a recent spring game, he sat down for a Q&A, which..." March 21

  • Angels GM denies report that Ohtani will DH on Opening Day

    The Sports Post "Today appears to be the day for misleading reports. Or, flat out inaccurate reports. While Shohei Ohtani figures to have a role with the Angels on Opening Day, GM Billy Eppler suggests there are no plans just yet. “That is incorrect. We have not laid out plans for anyone at this time.” So..." March 21

  • A's allowing fans to pick price of own tickets; giving all proceeds to charity

    Sporting News "The Athletics will allow fans to name their price this season. Of their tickets, anyway. It was announced Wednesday that Oakland will be doing a promotion this season as part of Community Impact Wednesdays, where they will allow fans to decide what they want to pay for their ticket in Section..." March 21

  • Hall of Fame will no longer use Chief Wahoo on Hall of Fame plaques

    Hardball Talk "Last month, in the wake of his election to the Hall of Fame, Jim Thome made it clear that he wanted to be inducted as a Cleveland Indian but that he did not want to have Chief Wahoo on his plaque. His reasoning: even though that was the cap he wore for almost all of his time in Cleveland,..." March 21

  • Chris Sale gets Opening Day start

    Boston Herald "One year after injuring his elbow during a live batting practice session, David Price is one start away from completing an injury-free spring training. After Price made progress with another smooth outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday, Red Sox manager Alex Cora was happy to announce..." March 21

  • MLB Rumors: Rangers' Cole Hamels back to Phillies?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Here come the Phillies. With Jake Arrieta in tow, a team that hasn't posted a winning record since 2011 has a real chance to coalesce into a contender quickly. If that happens in 2018, don't be surprised if a front office led by general manager Matt Klentak attempts to add for a push at a..." March 21

  • Should the Mets go long on Michael Conforto?

    SNY TV "In 2003, GM Steve Phillips recommended to Fred Wilpon that the Mets offer 20-year-old rookie SS Jose Reyes a 10-year, $30 million contract, which would have paid for his three arbitration seasons and covered his first five years of free agency. In doing so, the former GM explained in January..." March 21

  • Where else Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton cash could’ve gone

    New York Post "The Yankees upgraded a strength rather than address a potential weakness in the offseason because they believed Giancarlo Stanton was a better risk at 10 years and $265 million than Yu Darvish at close to half that commitment. “Darvish was never a choice for us, in terms of length [of contract..." March 21

  • Nationals' Daniel Murphy expects to miss Opening Day

    ESPN "Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy, who is recovering from microfracture surgery on his right knee, doesn't think he'll be ready for Opening Day. "It's reasonable to expect I won't be in the Opening Day lineup," Murphy said Wednesday. Murphy, whose .322 batting average ranked..." March 21

  • Angels need to be honest with Shohei Ohtani

    Fanrag Sports "Shohei Ohtani: He hasn’t been good. That is not something to write on his tombstone, certainly, but spring training hasn’t been kind to the newest and most-ballyhooed signing of the Los Angeles Angels this offseason. Of course, when your other big signings are Zack Cozart (decent if kind of..." March 21

  • Yankees’ plan to fix Gary Sanchez’s problem begins with a wristband

    New York Post "Last Thursday, Gary Sanchez used a wristband during a spring training game for the first time. It was a concept the Yankees discussed last year in an attempt to offset sign-stealing and limit the number of times Sanchez had to stop action to go to the mound during innings. But never the club..." March 21

  • Jose Fernandez’s death put into motion a series of events that still impact Marlins today

    Miami Herald "The death of pitching ace Jose Fernandez in 2016 triggered a series of costly roster decisions that the Marlins’ new owners are having to contend with now. There is no shortage of ‘what ifs’ with how it all played out. But this much is clear: according to sources with knowledge of internal..." March 21

  • Joaquin Benoit Diagnosed With Forearm Strain

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran Nationals reliever Joaquin Benoit will not be ready for the start of the season owing to a forearm strain, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports (Twitter links). His timeline is not yet known, but he is not throwing for the time being. The Nats had added Benoit on a one-year,..." March 21

  • White Sox’ Lucas Giolito hoping for ‘awesome’ opening-day opportunity in 2019

    Chicago Sun-Times "If all goes well with this grand project aimed at positioning the White Sox as a postseason contender for years to come, there will come a time — and soon — when the matter of which starting pitcher gets the ball on opening day is almost beside the point. The whole idea is having a stable of..." March 21

  • David Price Could Be Most Important Piece To Red Sox Taking Next Step In 2018

    NESN "David Price turned in another fine effort Tuesday, the latest positive step in his attempts to once again become one of baseball’s best pitchers. That might be optimistic thinking for the Boston Red Sox pitcher who’s seven years removed from winning the Cy Young Award and who’s elbow may or may..." March 21

  • Revived Gerrit Cole enjoying fresh slate with Houston Astros

    USA Today "When agent Scott Boras met with Gerrit Cole for lunch recently, he noticed his client couldn’t stop smiling. That happens when you go from a team in decline to the World Series champions. Cole was traded to the Houston Astros in the offseason as part of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ revamping. He..." March 21

  • With another strong spring outing, Matt Harvey proving he doesn’t need to be ‘Dark Knight’ of old

    New York Daily News "After watching Matt Harvey grind through three innings on Tuesday, a scout at Roger Dean Stadium put down his radar gun and nodded at his colleague. “Maybe not the Matt Harvey of 2013 or 2015,” the scout said, “but that is certainly a much, much better Matt Harvey than we’ve seen in recent..." March 21

  • Red Sox signal they'll keep Swihart, may trade Marrero or Holt

    NBC Sports Boston "Blake Swihart’s strong spring seems to have the Red Sox more inclined to deal one of their natural utility infielders, such as Brock Holt or Deven Marrero, rather than Swihart, a converted catcher with high upside who's getting a look in other roles. "Sounds like they’re holding Swihart to..." March 21

  • Adrian Gonzalez finds his power after mechanical adjustment

    New York Post "Adrian Gonzalez’s spring training of zeroes finally added a tally on Tuesday. The Mets first baseman was without a homer or RBI in his first 49 plate appearances this spring before lofting a fly ball over the left-field fence at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in the sixth inning and circling the..." March 21

  • Stanton told Marlins he couldn't be 'forced somewhere' with trade

    SI "As midnight approached on Thursday, Dec. 7, Giancarlo Stanton stood on the sand behind the Faena Hotel in Miami Beach. It was the week of Art Basel, and 82,000 visitors, some of them actually interested in art, had descended upon his adopted home city. Beautiful people in asymmetric, tailored..." March 20

  • Cobb agrees with Orioles on 4-year, $60M deal

    ESPN "Veteran starter Alex Cobb has agreed with the Baltimore Orioles on a four-year contract worth close to $60 million, FanRag Sports reports. The 30-year-old right-hander posted career highs for wins, games started and innings pitched while going 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA over 29 starts with the Tampa..." March 20

  • Justin Turner injury to test Dodgers for several weeks, but they have options

    CBS Sports "Opening day is nearly one week away and the Dodgers were dealt a significant blow on Monday night. All-Star third baseman Justin Turner broke his wrist and will miss several weeks of the season. We don't yet know exactly how long Turner will be out, but common sense tells us this is generally a..." March 20

  • Astros Extend Jose Altuve

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have officially struck a massive extension with star second baseman Jose Altuve. The deal, which includes a full no-trade clause, reportedly promises Altuve $151MM over five seasons. Altuve is already under contract through 2019, a season the Astros control through a $6.5MM club..." March 20

  • Rangers' Perez on bull that caused fall: 'I killed him and I ate him'

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Talk about taking the bull by the horns. Left-hander Martin Perez said on Sunday that the bull that charged him in December and caused him to break his right elbow was slaughtered shortly after the accident for beef. And, it seems, revenge. It's what's for dinner. "I killed him and I ate..." March 20

  • Top prospect Victor Robles optioned to Class AAA, won’t be on Nationals’ Opening Day roster

    Washington Post "Victor Robles will not be on the Washington Nationals’ Opening Day roster, at least not this season. The organization optioned its top prospect to Class AAA Syracuse on Tuesday, a move that does not constitute a surprise and reinforces the statements made by General Manager Mike Rizzo that Robles..." March 20

  • Yankees' Sonny Gray feels 'best' stuff at perfect time

    Newark Star-Ledger "Getting to skip the 45-minute drive to Lakeland turned out the runner-up highlight to Sonny Gray's day. The Yankees starting pitcher said he felt the best he has all spring after throwing six innings against minor-leaguers at the team's player development complex Tuesday morning. "I felt..." March 20

  • J.A. Happ named Blue Jays’ opening day starter vs. Yankees

    Sportsnet "J.A. Happ has started 228 games in the big-leagues, but never before on opening day. That’ll change on March 29, as manager John Gibbons officially named Happ the Toronto Blue Jays‘ opening day starter Tuesday. Aaron Sanchez gets the ball for the second game of the season followed by Marco..." March 20

  • Marlins rotation muddled: Straily has sore arm; top pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara sent to minors

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The outlook for the Marlins’ starting rotation became muddled Tuesday when top pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara was sent to the minors and veteran Dan Straily was shut down temporarily. Straily, scheduled to pitch the second game of the regular season has mild right forearm inflammation and..." March 20

  • Ronald Acuna’s demotion is a farce

    Hardball Talk "Late yesterday the Atlanta Braves sent Ronald Acuna to the minors. This despite the fact that he destroyed three levels of minor league pitching last year, despite the fact he was arguably the most dominant player in all of spring training year and despite the fact that he is quite clearly the..." March 20