• Red Sox reassign Castillo, Craig, and their $22M in salaries to minors

    WEEI Boston "It was hardly a surprise. Rusney Castillo and Allen Craig were part of a group who was reassigned to the minor leagues Sunday morning, joining outfielder Brian Bogusevic, infielder Matt Dominguez, catcher Jake DePew and pitcher Hector Velazquez. Noe Ramirez, who made the Opening Day roster a..." March 26

  • Mets' Matz scratched from start with elbow discomfort

    New York Daily News "Steven Matz has been scratched from his scheduled Monday start with "tenderness" and "irritation" in his surgically repaired left elbow. Sandy Alderson said that the Mets lefty has not yet been sent for an MRI on the elbow, but that he has been examined by team doctors. The Mets GM added that..." March 26

  • Tigers eating $5M salary to release struggling Lowe

    Michigan Live "Veteran reliever Mark Lowe was released Sunday, one of nine cuts made by the Detroit Tigers as Opening Day approaches. The Tigers also reassigned pitchers Joe Jimenez, Arcenio Leon, Ruben Alaniz, Logan Kensing and Edward Mujica; outfielder Anthony Gose; and infielder Dominic Ficociello to..." March 26

  • Will teams blow away White Sox for Jose Quintana?

    Boston Globe "It’s down to the final days before the start of the regular season, a time when team executives and their staffs make those last-minute decisions on the roster. Some are thinking big, others are thinking small. According to one major league source, the main name out there who could be traded..." March 26

  • Rangers Table Extension Talks With Jonathan Lucroy

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers and Jonathan Lucroy have tabled negotiations about a contract extension, the catcher tells Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Twitter link). It isn’t known whether the two sides will re-open talks prior to Opening Day or afterwards. Since many players prefer to avoid having..." March 26

  • Jose Quintana expects to remain with White Sox 'for a long time'

    Chicago Sun-Times "Even while the pop of the catcher’s mitt still reverberates around the ballpark, White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana is holding up his glove and requesting the ball back. Quintana already is locked in for his next delivery. This happens on every pitch because Quintana is zoned in and distracted..." March 26

  • Cubs left Las Vegas hotel minutes before nearby shooting

    Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs players and coaches avoided by minutes a shooting incident Saturday morning outside their hotel that led to an hourslong standoff between police and the gunman. “I didn’t know what was going on until the guys showed up [at Cashman Field],” center fielder Albert Almora said of teammates on..." March 26

  • Cubs trying to trade Matt Szczur

    Chicago Tribune "Manager Joe Maddon stresses emphatically that Cubs backup outfielder Matt Szczur is a bona fide major-league player. But Szczur could be playing for another team soon. Two major-league sources confirmed Saturday the Cubs are trying to trade Szczur, who is out of minor-league options and..." March 26

  • The Rangers could extend Nomar Mazara next

    CBS Sports "Earlier on Saturday, the Texas Rangers reportedly agreed to a six-year extension with second baseman Rougned Odor. Turns out, the Rangers may be interested in a long-term deal with another one of their talented young players. That’s because Texas has reportedly engaged outfielder Nomar Mazara..." March 26

  • Royals' Danny Duffy will start Opening Day for Royals

    Kansas City Star "Royals manager Ned Yost on Saturday officially announced left-hander Danny Duffy will be the club’s opening day starter, confirming a move that had been expected for weeks, if not months. Duffy, 28, will make his first opening day start when the Royals open the season against the Twins on..." March 25

  • Juan Lagares suffers oblique strain and now Mets have more outfield questions

    CBS Sports "Lagares exited Saturday's spring training game with a left oblique strain, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. John Mora came on to replace Lagares after the gold glover strained his oblique early in Saturday's contest. " March 25

  • Adam Jones to Puerto Rico: 'I don't think I said anything wrong'

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles center fielder Adam Jones returns from the World Baseball Classic with a burnished reputation as one of the game’s stars and great leaders, owed in part to the front-man role he played for the title-winning United States team. Jones himself doesn’t feel like he did anything outside of..." March 25

  • Farrell: Price showed 'increased' strength in game of catch

    Boston Herald "After meeting a strength benchmark this afternoon, David Price has been cleared to "throw" a baseball again -- if you consider a game of short catch inside a batting cage to be throwing. There is still no timetable on when the left-handed starter, who has a strain of his flexor mass muscle..." March 25

  • Yu Darvish officially named Texas' Opening Day starter

    MLB.com "Yu Darvish, leading an international cast of teammates, was told by manager Ron Washington that he will be the Rangers' Opening Day starter on March 31 against the Phillies. Washington had already said that last month at FanFest, but he told Darvish in a short meeting on Tuesday morning. "Yu..." March 25

  • Yadier Molina sets Opening Day deadline for extension with Cardinals

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "His game already tournament-tested and his hair still blond from Puerto Rico’s run through the World Baseball Classic, Yadier Molina returned to Cardinals camp saying he’s refreshed and ready for “many” more years behind the plate. There’s a week to determine if those will be with the..." March 25

  • Rangers and Rougned Odor closing in on contract extension

    Sports Day "It has become a big week for Rangers who were teammates on the Venezuelan team in the World Baseball Classic. Albeit, it's about to be much bigger for Rougned Odor than Robinson Chirinos. Two MLB sources said the Rangers were growing increasingly optimistic they would complete a contract..." March 25

  • Why Travis d’Arnaud should never catch Noah Syndergaard

    New York Post "Let’s start with the easy part: Pair up Noah Syndergaard with Rene Rivera on Opening Day. On Memorial Day. On Columbus Day. Every day. Just like last year, the Mets’ ace, because his ability to prevent opponents’ running games is hindered by his size, should work regularly with the defensively..." March 25

  • Indians' Kluber to make 3rd straight Opening Day start

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Corey Kluber is all set for the Cleveland Indians opener on April 3 in Texas. "There's no doubt in his mind he's pitching Opening Day," said Tribe manager Terry Francona. "That's good enough for me." Kluber will be starting his third consecutive opener. Counting the postseason, Kluber..." March 25

  • A-Rod opens up about his 'mistakes' to college students

    CBS Miami "Just because Alex Rodriguez retired from baseball doesn’t mean he’s no longer a busy guy. If anything, his life after baseball might just even be more active, thanks in part to a new high-profile romance and a new business venture. A very candid A-Rod talked to a group of University of Miami..." March 25

  • What makes Buster Posey baseball's best defensive catcher

    ESPN "For the first time in nearly a decade, the reigning National League Gold Glove Award winner at catcher is someone other than Yadier Molina and with that honor comes the transfer of the title of best defensive catcher in baseball. San Francisco Giants backstop Buster Posey won his first Gold..." March 25

  • Indians finalizing four-year extension with Jose Ramirez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians are close to finalizing a four-year deal with infielder Jose Ramirez, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. When it’s completed, the contract is expected to promise Ramirez $26MM, Passan tweets. It will also include a pair of options valued at $11MM and $13MM, respectively;..." March 25

  • Cubs to wear gold-trimmed jerseys to celebrate World Series win

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Chicago Cubs on Friday provided a glimpse of the special jerseys the team will wear for its first series of the 2017 MLB season to commemorate their World Series victory last fall. The Cubs official Twitter account teased images of the unis, which feature gold stitching and lettering. Gold..." March 25

  • Edinson Volquez named Marlins' Opening Day starter

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Edinson Volquez will start on Opening Day for the Miami Marlins, manager Don Mattingly announced Friday. The right-handed Volquez, the club’s signature offseason addition, will take the ball April 3 against the Nationals in Washington, D.C., pitching in his team’s first game of the season for..." March 24

  • White Sox tab Quintana for 1st Opening Day start

    Chicago Sun-Times "First-year manager Rick Renteria on Friday named Jose Quintana as his Opening Day starter. The announcement comes as no surprise as Quintana is clearly the staff ace now that Chris Sale, traded to the Boston Red Sox in December for four prospects, is gone. When Quintana said he was..." March 24

  • White Sox GM won't lower asking price in any trade talks

    MLB.com "Trying to decipher potential Jose Quintana trade destinations from this week's latest batch of rumors really isn't that difficult, even with Quintana throwing 5 2/3 perfect innings against the Reds on Thursday in front of 17 scouts during a 4-2 White Sox victory at Camelback Ranch. In fact,..." March 24

  • Rays agree to deal with Derek Norris

    Fanrag Sports "After narrowing down his decision to a few teams, veteran catcher Derek Norris has agreed to a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, sources confirmed to FanRag Sports. The deal is expected to pay over $1 million, with up to $800k in additional incentives. The Toronto Blue Jays were the other team most..." March 24

  • Astros tab Keuchel for 3rd straight OD start

    MLB.com "Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced Friday that lefty Dallas Keuchel will make his third consecutive Opening Day start on April 3 against Seattle. Keuchel has posted a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings over three Spring Training starts, and in 2016, he went 9-12 with a 4.55 ERA in 26 starts during the..." March 24

  • Marco Estrada to start for Blue Jays on opening day

    Sportsnet "With the MLB regular season less than two weeks away, the Toronto Blue Jays have found their opening day starter, according to Sportsnet’s Arash Madani. Master of deception Marco Estrada will get the ball to kick off the 2017 campaign, a reward for the level of consistency he has shown over the..." March 24

  • Giants reliever Will Smith to undergo Tommy John surgery

    San Francisco Chronicle "Will Smith just told us he will undergo Tommy John surgery in Los Angeles next week. Rehab options were discussed, but Smith said he did not want to risk missing both the 2017 and 2018 seasons if the rehab failed and he needed the surgery this summer anyway. " March 24

  • The Braves are banning outside food. And they’re probably lying about why they’re doing it.

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Atlanta Braves have changed the policy regarding food and beverages that fans are permitted to bring into the new SunTrust Park. Beginning this season, ticketholders will not be allowed to bring in outside food. Exceptions will be made for infant food and for special dietary restriction..." March 24

  • Jung-Ho Kang not granted a visa to enter the United States

    Hardball Talk "This could be a problem for the Pirates. Ballwriter Sung Min Kim tweets that, according to a Korean report, which you can read here if you know Korean, Pirates infielder Jung-Ho Kang has been denied a visa to enter the United States. The report just broke this morning and has yet to hit the..." March 24

  • Albert Pujols to solely DH this season

    Sportsnaut "According to Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia has “no plans to play Albert Pujols at first base this spring, and that it will stay that way indefinitely.” The 10-time All-Star was questioned on whether he would be ready for Opening Day. He..." March 24

  • Tommy John surgery recommended for Giants left-hander Will Smith

    San Jose Mercury News "The season won’t begin for another 10 days, but the Giants bullpen is getting hit hard already. Left-hander Will Smith has received two opinions recommending that he undergo Tommy John surgery and he is leaning toward having the reconstructive elbow procedure, manager Bruce Bochy said. The..." March 24

  • Rays owner 'confident' team will find stadium site despite setback

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg revealed some complications in his team's search for a new stadium on Thursday, yet said he's still confident they will find a new home in the Tampa Bay area. What were the Rays' top five choices for a new stadium — three in Tampa and two in St. Petersburg..." March 24

  • Yankees not pleased with Netherlands' use of Gregorius

    Fanrag Sports "Some Yankees people seemed a bit dismayed over the usage of Didi Gregorius in the World Baseball Classic. It seems they were under the impression Gregorius would be rotated in the field with Andrelton Simmons and Jonathan Schoop, and they wonder if his injury occurred because he mostly DH’ed..." March 24

  • Yoan Moncada developed Twinkie obsession when he came to US

    NESN "If you ever see Yoan Moncada in the sweets aisle at the grocery store, chances are he’s looking for the Twinkies. The former Boston Red Sox prospect apparently developed quite the sweet tooth when he came to the United States, as he once had 85 Twinkies in a week, according to his agent David..." March 24

  • Commissioner Manfred sounds like he's OK with bat flips, not a fan of midseason WBC

    CBS Sports "In light of the World Baseball Classic coming to a conclusion Wednesday night and proving a rousing success , I figured these two particular Rob Manfred videos from a few days ago were pertinent. First up, some seem to be fighting this culture war about how much outward emotion players are..." March 24

  • Rays tab Chris Archer for 3rd straight Opening Day start

    MLB.com "No big surprise: Chris Archer will be the Rays' Opening Day starter. Rays manager Kevin Cash annointed the right-hander as such following the Rays' 5-5 tie with the Yankees on Thursday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park. Archer will be followed in order by Jake Odorizzi, Alex Cobb, Blake..." March 24

  • Yadier Molina would like an apology from Adam Jones on behalf of Puerto Rico

    ESPN "Team captain Yadier Molina wants United States outfielder Adam Jones to apologize to Puerto Rico's players for saying they were planning a postgame party in San Juan before the World Baseball Classic championship game was even played. Molina made his comments to ESPN's Marly Rivera during..." March 24

  • Phillies, Blue Jays Interested In Angel Pagan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies are the newest team to be linked to Angel Pagan, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter). The Blue Jays are also still connected to the Pagan hunt, though previous reports had indicated that Toronto was content with its current mix of left field options. Pagan would be..." March 24

  • Yoenis Cespedes: MLB would grow if they played with Latin culture

    Larry Brown Sports "Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes has a message for American baseball players and fans. The New York Mets outfielder recorded a video shared by “We are Mitu” on Facebook in which he explained the difference between the Latin and American cultures of baseball. He said that Latin players celebrate..." March 23

  • Joe Girardi may wait before naming Yankees fifth starter

    New York Daily News "Joe Girardi said the Yankees may hold off on naming a fifth starter because of an off-day heavy schedule in April. "It's possible," the manager said. The Yankees have five off-days in the first month of the season, and do not play five days in a row until April 12-16. They could, of..." March 23

  • Nationals Ace Max Scherzer will not be team's opening day starter

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that Max Scherzer is not on track to be the team's opening day starter, and will most likely open the season as the third pitcher in the rotation. Scherzer has been the team's starter on opening day for the past two seasons, but a stress fracture in the..." March 23

  • Brett Anderson, Kyle Hendricks named Cubs' 4-5 starters

    Chicago Tribune "National League ERA leader Kyle Hendricks won't pitch until the fifth game of the Cubs season. The Cubs rotation to start the season will go like this: Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, John Lackey, Brett Anderson and Hendricks. The Cubs have a reason for the alignment announced Thursday by manager..." March 23

  • Jung Ho Kang won't be ready for opening day, Pirates GM says

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Asked about whether it is reasonable to rule out Jung Ho Kang for opening day, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said, “We’re pretty much there.” This is no surprise. Not only has Kang missed the entirety of spring training thus far, more than a month of work, but he is still waiting for..." March 23

  • Andre Ethier says back injury is deja vu all over again

    L.A. Daily News "Andre Ethier’s spring has suddenly taken on a very familiar feeling. “It feels like its Groundhogs Day all over again,” the Dodgers’ veteran outfielder said. “I’ve been stuck in spring training for 18 months now. That kind of hit me when I was sitting at home yesterday.” Limited for most of..." March 23

  • Athletics tab Graveman as Opening Day starter

    San Francisco Chronicle "As soon as the A’s announced that Sonny Gray would open the season on the disabled list, it was clear that Kendall Graveman would be the Opening Night starter, and Thursday, manager Bob Melvin made it official. “He’s up for it,” Melvin said. “I talked to him about it when Kendall went down and..." March 23

  • Tigers’ Cabrera still bothered by back pain

    Detroit News "From the sound of it, Miguel Cabrera is dealing with something a bit more severe than a routine stiff back. In fact, he wasn’t ready to make any predictions about when he might return to the lineup. “I don’t know,” he said Thursday afternoon. “I hurt my back the first (WBC) game in Mexico. Out..." March 23

  • Two-year-old’s mom claims son is reincarnation of Lou Gehrig

    Sportsnaut "Cathy Byrd’s son loves baseball. And we mean, he really loves baseball. It consumes him to his very core. The two-year-old is claimed to be a “baseball prodigy,” spending countless hours pitching and hitting balls. He also “insisted on wearing a baseball uniform every day,” according to People..." March 23

  • Puerto Rico: U.S. players misinterpreted planned celebration

    ESPN "That sense of disrespect that added fuel to the United States' victory in the World Baseball Classic championship game Wednesday might have been misplaced. Shortly after the United States' dominating 8-0 victory over Puerto Rico to win the WBC for the first time in four tries, center fielder..." March 23