• Six MLB teams that could surprise in 2018

    Larry Brown Sports "With the start of Major League Baseball’s regular season less than a week away, many are looking hard at predictions and projections to see who will be good and who won’t be this season. Expectations are low for a lot of teams, while others are expecting, at worst, a playoff run. Some teams may..." March 24

  • Red Sox sign C Christian Vazquez to 3-year extension

    Sporting News "The Red Sox have signed catcher Christian Vazquez to a three-year extension running through the 2021 season, with a club option for 2022, the team announced Saturday. No terms were released, but the Boston Herald reported that Vazquez will be paid $2.85 million in 2019, $4.2 million in 2020,..." March 24

  • Rangers release Bartolo Colon

    MLB.com "The Rangers released 44-year-old pitcher Bartolo Colon on Saturday, but Texas may look to re-sign him for depth at Triple-A. In five Cactus League starts, Colon allowed nine runs (six earned) and 19 hits over 18 innings while striking out 10." March 24

  • Mets option struggling righty Zack Wheeler to Triple-A

    New York Daily News "Zack Wheeler not only lost the battle for the fifth rotation spot, but the Mets right hander lost his place on the roster. Wheeler was optioned to Triple-A Saturday. The News reported Friday the Mets were leaning toward sending him to the minors to try and work out the kinks in his new..." March 24

  • Royals Release Michael Saunders, Ricky Nolasco

    Yardbarker "Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com tweets that the Royals have elected to release outfielder Michael Saunders and right-hander Ricky Nolasco from their respective minor-league contracts. The Royals will become the second team to release the 31-year-old Saunders this offseason, as the Pirates did so..." March 24

  • Luke Gregerson is injured, but the Cardinals aren't in a hurry to sign Greg Holland

    CBS Sports "With Opening Day less than a week away, nearly all of the top free agents have found homes. The exception is Greg Holland, the 32-year-old closer who last season saved 41 games and posted a 139 ERA+ for the Colorado Rockies. Throughout the winter, Holland made the most sense for the St. Louis..." March 24

  • Nationals Release Ryan Raburn

    MLB Trade Rumors "According to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, Ryan Raburn was seen shaking hands with teammates and walking out of the clubhouse with a duffel bag. This likely means that the Nationals have elected to release him rather than add him to the major league roster or pay him a $100K retention..." March 24

  • Michael Conforto passes DH test as early Mets return looks likely

    New York Post "The phone call came late the previous night to Michael Conforto and was succinct: Was he available to DH for the Mets on Friday in a Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals? On the opposite end of the phone, manager Mickey Callaway knew he probably didn’t have to ask, as Conforto had..." March 24

  • Yankees Release Wade LeBlanc

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Yankees announced today that they have released southpaw Wade LeBlanc. He had signed a minors pact in mid-January. The 33-year-old hurler has thrown 130 innings over the past two seasons in the majors, working to a 4.15 ERA with 7.3 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9. He threw 13 2/3 innings over seven..." March 24

  • Madison Bumgarner diagnosed with fractured left hand

    Larry Brown Sports "The San Francisco Giants have received very bad news on starter Madison Bumgarner. According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Bumgarner sustained a fractured left hand during Friday’s spring training game. Bumgarner sustained the injury when he was hit on the hand by a line..." March 23

  • Indians tab Corey Kluber for Opening Day start

    Hardball Talk "Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The Indians named Corey Kluber their Opening Day starter. “I think he knows,” Terry Francona said Friday. This will be the ace’s fourth consecutive Opening Day appointment with the club. Kluber, 31, is returning from a Cy Young Award-winning campaign in..." March 23

  • Kershaw wraps spring with 0.00 ERA

    MLB.com "Making his first start as a 30-year-old, Clayton Kershaw toyed with the Royals over 6 2/3 scoreless innings of Friday's 10-0 Dodgers win, allowing one hit to wrap up Spring Training with a 0.00 ERA. Despite having his fastball velocity still stuck around 90 mph, Kershaw couldn't have been much..." March 23

  • MLB Suspends Red Sox Pitcher Steven Wright For Violating Domestic Violence Policy

    CBS Boston "Steven Wright’s health status heading into opening day was a question mark for the Red Sox. Now, it won’t matter much. That’s because Wright was issued a 15-game suspension by Major League Baseball for violating its domestic violence policy, according to NBC Sports Boston’s Evan..." March 23

  • Twins' Miguel Sano won't be suspended by MLB after Twitter accusation

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Major League Baseball declined to suspend Miguel Sano after a lengthy investigation into an assault accusation. The Twins third baseman had been the subject of an inquiry by MLB after being accused, on Twitter, of assault in a 2015 incident at Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka. Sano was accused..." March 23

  • Cubs To Release Peter Bourjos

    Yardbarker "The Cubs will release outfielder Peter Bourjos, according to Patrick Mooney of The Athletic (via Twitter). Chicago decided not to add him to the active roster in order to keep an additional reliever. Soon to turn 31, the fleet-footed Bourjos could still hold appeal to other organizations as a..." March 23

  • Nationals Considering Bryce Harper in the Leadoff Spot

    The Sports Post "Bryce Harper is coming off another monster season for the Washington Nationals. And while it would be normal to see his name second or third in the lineup, manager Dave Martinez has another idea. In fact, there’s a chance Harper bats leadoff this season. “Maybe. We’ll talk about it, play with..." March 23

  • Yankees test out Aaron Judge in leadoff spot vs. Red Sox

    The Score "Aaron Boone and the New York Yankees might be giving audiences a sneak peak of their Opening Day lineup Friday when they play the Boston Red Sox, and it looks a little different. Home run slugger Aaron Judge hit leadoff for the Yankees, who are featuring a lineup better suited to facing a..." March 23

  • Phillies release IF Adam Rosales

    Yardbarker "The Phillies have released infielder Adam Rosales, according to an announcement from the team. Rosales was in camp on a minor league contract that would’ve paid him $1.75MM had he made the 25-man roster. The versatile Rosales was competing to win a job as Philadelphia’s utility infielder,..." March 23

  • Giants Release Andres Blanco

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have released infielder Andres Blanco, as Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports (Twitter links). He had been in camp on a minor-league deal. With that decision, it seems the Giants have narrowed their utility infield competition down to two finalists among the..." March 23

  • Trevor Plouffe: Released by Rangers

    CBS Sports "Plouffe was released by Texas on Friday, The Athletic's Levi Weaver reports. Plouffe decided that he would rather get a chance to pursue other opportunities than accept a minor-league assignment and the Rangers granted his request." March 23

  • Brewers' Counsell confirms Braun will start Opening Day at 1st base

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Experimentation is about to turn into implementation. Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell confirmed Friday that Ryan Braun will indeed serve as the primary starter at first base when the team faces left-handed pitching this season. "It's a go," Counsell said. That means that with the..." March 23

  • How does Phillies' Scott Kingery feel about inevitable trip to minors?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Baseball reality is about to hit Phillies prospect Scott Kingery. Despite an off-the-charts spring training for a rising Phillies team, Kingery is almost guaranteed to be heading to Triple-A next week when the big league season begins. The reason you'll hear from the Phillies: Kingery, a..." March 23

  • Michael Conforto unlikely to be on the Mets’ Opening Day roster

    Hardball Talk "Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters today that it was “unlikely” that Michael Conforto will make the opening roster. Not shocking given the shoulder surgery he had back in September, but given that he seems to be recovering more quickly than first anticipated, it was worth Alderson’s time to..." March 23

  • ESPN hires ex-Red Sox manager John Farrell as ‘Baseball Tonight’ analyst

    Awful Announcing "Months after being fired by the Red Sox following a first-round playoff exit, World Series-winning manager John Farrell is taking his talents to television. ESPN announced Friday that Farrell will serve as a studio analyst on Baseball Tonight, where he will work alongside Karl Ravech, David..." March 23

  • Marcell Ozuna's big move: From Marlins anonymity to Cardinals catalyst

    USA Today "Marcell Ozuna didn’t want to leave Miami. He didn’t see the trade coming. When first told he was going to St. Louis, the All-Star outfielder thought somebody was pulling a prank on him. Ozuna still doesn’t quite grasp what’s in store for him, to what extent Cardinals fans embrace their players...." March 23

  • Orioles name Dylan Bundy their Opening Day starter

    Baltimore Sun "On the eve of his final Grapefruit League start of the spring, right-hander Dylan Bundy was named the Orioles’ 2018 Opening Day starting pitcher. Bundy, the 2011 first-round draft pick who overcame years of injuries to become the team’s most consistent starter last season, will start the..." March 23

  • Cubs expect big things from renovated rotation in 2018

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jose Quintana is one of three members of the Cubs’ rotation who has made an All-Star team, and he wonders if all five might not have a chance to make this year’s National League team the way the staff has looked this spring. “It’s an honor for me to be in a rotation like that, no matter what..." March 23

  • Don Mattingly is keeping up morale amid bleak situation with Marlins

    New York Daily News "“I never went into a ballgame thinking I was gonna lose.” This was Don Mattingly the other day at Roger Dean Stadium as he observed his stripped-down Miami Marlins — who are in fact going to lose a lot of games this season — going through their spring training drills. In his third year as..." March 23

  • Erick Aybar Opts Out Of Twins Contract

    MLB Trade Rumors "Shortstop Erick Aybar is no longer in the Twins’ spring camp, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports (Twitter link), thus indicating that the veteran has decided to opt out of his minor league contract with the team. Today was Aybar’s opt-out date for his deal, and the..." March 23

  • Jacoby Ellsbury does more than expected in first return game

    New York Post "Three plate appearances when he was scheduled for two represents progress for Jacoby Ellsbury. It’s not likely going to keep him off the disabled list at the start of the season, but it was the high-priced center fielder’s first game since March 1 thanks to an oblique issue. “It was..." March 23

  • Astros' Tony Kemp making late push for outfield spot

    Houston Chronicle "Even A.J. Hinch acknowledges Derek Fisher was the favorite to capture Houston’s vacancy in left field when the club convened for spring training. Fisher’s offensive production has waned and, now, often-overlooked Tony Kemp has inserted himself into the conversation. “He’s putting on a pretty..." March 23

  • Braves’ Ruiz made recent strides, now a door has opened

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The immediate outlook for Braves third baseman Rio Ruiz has changed dramatically since 3-1/2 weeks ago, when he was struggling with a new swing and seemed on a course to start a third season at Triple-A Gwinnett. Ruiz’s production has improved sharply since that first week, fortuitous for him..." March 23

  • Jeff Samardzija having MRI on pitching shoulder

    San Jose Mercury News "The Giants nearly broke spring camp without suffering any serious losses due to injury. But Thursday afternoon, manager Bruce Bochy revealed that starter Jeff Samardzija had an MRI on his pitching shoulder. The Giants are concerned with Samardzija’s shoulder after the team’s No. 3 starter..." March 22

  • Jayson Werth is still looking for work

    Hardball Talk "Free agent outfielder Jayson Werth is still looking for work, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Werth has been working out and training with the intention of continuing his playing career. Werth, 38, completed his seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals when his club was..." March 22

  • Ex-MLBer wins lawsuit after breaking hand punching naked man on LSD

    New York Daily News "He may have landed the punch, but Greg Reynolds was the one who was hurt the most. That's the decision a California jury came to, awarding Reynolds, a former MLB pitcher, more than $2 million Monday after he flamed out of professional baseball following an incident where he punched a naked man..." March 22

  • Reds claim Kennys Vargas off waivers from Twins

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "The Twins have lost first baseman/DH Kennys Vargas to waivers. The Reds have picked up the big slugger from the waiver wire, the team announced Thursday. In his career with the Twins, Vargas hit .252/.311/.437 with 35 homers in 859 plate appearances. Vargas, who will be 28 this summer, has..." March 22

  • 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

  • PETA slams Rangers pitcher Martin Perez in open letter, asks him to go vegan

    Sporting News "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as PETA, called out Rangers pitcher Martin Perez after he admitted to slaughtering the bull that caused him to fall and break his elbow in December. In a released titled "Perez slammed for vengeful killing of bull," PETA asked Martin to..." 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