New York Post "Alex Rodriguez may have sued the Major League Baseball Players Association a year ago, but the union will back him if the Yankees attempt to deny him any future payments. “The union would challenge any breach of contract with the union,” a source close to the MLBPA said Tuesday. “A player can’t..." January 28
TSN.ca "The Washington Nationals have signed relief pitcher Casey Janssen to a one-year, $5 million contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The deal includes a mutual option for the 2016 season with a buyout. The 33-year-old has spent his entire eight-year career with the Toronto Blue..." January 28
Baltimore Sun "The Orioles acquired the left-handed-hitting outfielder they had been seeking all offseason, trading a minor league pitcher and a player to be named later to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night for Travis Snider. The Orioles have had interest in Snider since baseball's annual winter..." January 28
Joe Blanton holding an open workout and bullpen session for teams on Feb 4 in Nashville area. He's healthy and motivated to pitch this year.
Hardball Talk "Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times has the update: Matt Moore reached the next significant milestone in his recovery from Tommy John surgery Tuesday, throwing off the mound for the first time. Moore made 15 throws from about halfway up the bullpen mound at the Trop and said it couldn’t have..." January 28
Yahoo! Sports "Star Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada no longer needs a specific unblocking license to play baseball in the United States, paving the way for Major League Baseball teams to pursue him with a contract most expect to shatter bonus records, government and major league sources told Yahoo Sports. Recent..." January 28
#Mets not close on trading Dillon Gee (or any of their excess starters). But still 3 weeks until camp; these things can catch fire quickly.
CSN Chicago "To the critics who believe the White Sox overpaid to sign David Robertson to a 4-year, $46 million contract this off-season, Robertson has a very clear message for them: “I guess I'll have to show them I'm worth it,” said the new White Sox closer. If you didn’t know by now, Robertson is one..." January 28
Tampa Tribune "New baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says he is willing to help the Tampa Bay Rays solve their ongoing stadium conundrum. Manfred discussed the Rays and Oakland Athletics’ stadium problems in an interview with MLB Network Radio on Sirius/XM. “I think it’s always important to bear in mind..." January 28
Orange County Register "The Angels have decided not to bring highly touted Cuban shortstop Roberto Baldoquin to major league spring training, reversing what had been their stated plan since they agreed in November to sign him to an $8 million deal. General manager Jerry Dipoto said Tuesday that Baldoquin, 20, will..." January 27
#Rockies GM Jeff Bridich told me Tuesday it's "highly, highly unlikely" either Troy Tulowitzki or CarGo will be dealt before Opening Day.
ESPN.com "The Boston Red Sox traded right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday for left-handed pitcher Robbie Ross. Ranaudo, 25, made his major league debut with the Red Sox last season, going 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA in seven starts. Considered one of several high-ceiling..." January 27
MLB Blogs "The Phillies are still talking to the Brewers and Blue Jays about a Jonathan Papelbon trade. Two sources said this evening that talks are alive, although the seriousness of those discussions is unclear. Yahoo! Sports first reported Friday that the Phillies and Brewers were in serious..." January 27
ESPN.com "If not for his offseason problems, Everth Cabrera would likely have already been signed to a deal for 2015. There is still plenty of risk tied to the shortstop, making it unclear which teams, if any, are willing to roll the dice on the free agent. As Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune..." January 27
Brandon Crawford settles with #SFGiants at $3.175M. Midpoint signing.
Fox Sports "I want to see how both teams pick up the pieces. I want to hear Orioles general manager Dan Duquette explain how he will mend fences with an organization that he spent several months trying to bolt. And I want to hear Blue Jays chairman Ed Rogers explain why he is "elated" that Paul Beeston..." January 27
MLB slaps 5 minor leaguers w/50-game suspensions, including LHP Chad James (amphetamine), former #Marlins 1st-rd pick.
Johan Santana has been scratched from remainder of Venezuelan Winter League championship series, agent Peter Greenberg confirms.
Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians held a Town Hall meeting Monday with President Mark Shapiro and manager Terry Francona talking to season ticket holders. One of the key points of the discussion was Michael Bourn's efforts to re-establish himself as a the stolen base threat the Indians thought they were getting when..." January 27
astros are among teams looking at free-agent starter kevin correia. houston seeks back-end SP.
Orange County Register "With just over three weeks to go before the start of spring training, Garrett Richards is still moving forward in his rehab from knee surgery, leaving general manager Jerry Dipoto "optimistic" about his progress. The Angels remain hopeful that Richards will be ready for opening day. If Richards..." January 27
Covers.com "The Cleveland Indians announced Tuesday that their No. 1 minor-league prospect has been invited to Major League camp. Shortstop Francisco Lindor will be joined by catcher Jake Lowery, outfielders Tyler Naquin, Jordan Smith and James Ramsey." January 27
Adam ottavino settles with rockies. $1.3M for 2015.
The #Braves have given C John Buck a Minor League deal and a ST invite. Buck will be targeted to begin the year with Gwinnett.
Sporting News "Alex Rodriguez has been under the cloud of performance-enhancing drugs. His relationship with the Yankees and Major League Baseball fans has become strained. To make amends, Rodriguez is expected to issue a public apology when he reports to spring training in Tampa next month, according to USA..." January 26
Hardball Talk "Bud Norris and the Orioles have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $8.8 million contract. Norris asked for $10.25 million and the Orioles countered at $7.5 million in his final season of arbitration eligibility before hitting the open market as a free agent next winter." January 26
New York Daily News "The frayed relations between the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez are bound to be front and center when their one-time superstar reports to spring training next month with the goal of not only making the team but of cashing in on the marketing bonuses tied to his move up the ladder toward the all-time..." January 26
MLB Daily Dish "Arizona was linked to the 33-year old free agent who could sign soon with Max Scherzer off the board. With Max Scherzer off the market, teams seeking starting pitching depth could begin to pursue James Shields. Arizona was thought to be one of the teams most notably interested, but according to..." January 26
Red Reporter "Devin Mesoraco is up for arbitration for the first time this offseason. Tim Dierkes at MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that the team is working on a deal with their All Star catcher to skip over that process in a big way. Details are scarce right now. All we know is that it's rumored to be a..." January 26
Dallas Morning News "At Rangers Fan Fest on Saturday, general manager Jon Daniels was asked during a fan Q&A session what the chances were that Josh Hamilton would return to the Rangers. “Small,” Daniels responded. The response drew a laugh and then a round of applause from the crowd. “A rather popular..." January 26
Sporting News "Francisco Rodriguez recorded 44 saves for the Brewers last year, but it had appeared the team was going to move on from its closer. Milwaukee tried to acquire Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, but that deal has reportedly fallen through. So the Brewers have once again turned their attention to..." January 26
MLB.com "It sat near the edge of a table inside the training room within the Indians' clubhouse. The sides of the black plaque were smudged with the fingerprints of the many people who have handled it, wanting to get a close look at the honor bestowed upon Cleveland pitcher Corey Kluber. Following a..." January 26
From the due diligence department: Dayton Moore says KC is still monitoring James Shields’ free agency, but “I’m not sure there’s a fit.”
MLB.com "At one point last season, Jered Weaver stepped on the scale, saw “199” and committed himself to getting bigger. On Sunday night, 25 days before reporting for Spring Training, the Angels’ ace weighed in at a career-high 224. “I’ve never been higher than 218,” Weaver said. “I don’t know if my..." January 26
Sportsnet.ca "Negotiations for Dan Duquette are over after the Toronto Blue Jays refused to consider the Baltimore Orioles’ demands for promising right-hander Jeff Hoffman and two other top prospects as compensation for the executive. A deal between the American League East rivals was at no point close, and..." January 26
CBSSports.com "On his first day as commissioner of Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred embraced the idea of banning defensive shifts, as well as utilizing pitch clocks, as ways of "injecting additional offense into the game." In this ESPN interview excerpt, Manfred suggested that defensive shifts, which have..." January 26
CSN New England "Each off-season, professional athletes routinely undergo surgeries. Some get an elbow cleaned up from bone spurs. Some have cartilage removed from balky knees. There are fingers, toes and other parts of the body that need repair. But what Mike Napoli underwent last November was different..." January 26
MLB.com "Josh Hamilton's personal goals haven't changed, even though expectations from the outside have plunged. "I'm gonna say .300, 30 and 100," Hamilton said Sunday night, referencing his batting average, home run and RBI totals when asked about his own expectations for 2015. "Keep it simple. Those..." January 26
ESPN Chicago "Ernie Banks' family has announced that the Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer died after suffering a heart attack. Banks, a two-time National League MVP who spent his entire major league career with the Cubs, died Friday at the age of 83. The cause of his death was not announced until Sunday, when..." January 26
Baltimore Sun "The Orioles settled with utility infielder Ryan Flaherty on Sunday, agreeing to a $1.075 million deal for the 2015 season, according to multiple sources. Flaherty becomes the Orioles’ sixth arbitration-eligible player to come to terms, and the first since salary figures were exchanged last..." January 26
Los Angeles Times "Former Dodgers starting pitcher Ted Lilly, who retired in 2013, has been charged with three felonies for allegedly filing a false insurance claim. According to the San Luis Obispo Tribune, the charges stem from a claim Lilly filed in regard to damage sustained by a recreational vehicle he..." January 25
New York Daily News "The Yankees have answered Alex Rodriguez’s attempts to apologize for his season-long steroid suspension and the scorched-earth tactics he used to fight the ban with a Bronx cheer. The disgraced superstar offered to meet face-to-face with team executives to apologize for his role in the..." January 25
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Last year at “Brewers On Deck,” team principal owner Mark Attanasio stepped to a microphone and drew raucous applause from fans by announcing Milwaukee’s stunning four-year, $50 million free-agent deal with starting pitcher Matt Garza. Those hoping for another big announcement Sunday involving..." January 25
New York Post "In the latest stop of his rehabilitation tour, Alex Rodriguez entered the belly of the beast and met with an old nemesis, The Post has learned. Earlier this past week, the Yankees’ disgraced, returning slugger convened with commissioner-elect Rob Manfred at Major League Baseball’s midtown..." January 25
#Astros discussed Kyle Kendrick as back-end starter option before failed pursuit of Vogelsong. Not sure if they'll revisit.
Houston Chronicle "The Astros’ word of the day is “comfortable.” A pitcher who nearly signed with the Astros gave head-scratching answers Friday when asked why he went back to his old team instead of coming to Houston, where he visited for a physical and meetings with the staff this week. Ryan Vogelsong, a..." January 25
Hardball Talk "Hector Olivera defected from Cuba last September in hopes of signing with an MLB team and he’s drawing plenty of interest. According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, more than 200 scouts attended a workout for Olivera last week in the Dominican Republic. The 29-year-old second baseman still has to..." January 25
CBSSports.com "As a pitcher, James Shields is among the more predictable, even dependable, right-handers in the game. But as a free agent, to date he has been one giant mystery. Almost nothing useful about Shields' market has come out to this point (and there's less than a month to go until spring training!)...." January 25