• Pirates' Diaz felt 'overwhelming' joy after mother's rescue

    MLB.com "Pirates catcher Elias Diaz reported to Spring Training on Sunday morning, smiling as usual inside the Pirate City clubhouse, with some good news to share. His mother, Ana Isabel Soto, is "doing a lot better" after she was kidnapped and rescued in Venezuela, Diaz said. "She's doing well. That's..." February 18

  • Angels' Chris Young: Inks one-year deal with Angels

    CBS Sports "Young signed a one-year deal worth $2 million with the Angels on Sunday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Young served as a backup outfielder for the Red Sox last season. He played in 90 games and hit .235 with a .709 OPS. " February 18

  • Angels To Sign Chris Carter

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have agreed to a minor league deal with first baseman Chris Carter, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register tweets. He’ll rake in $1.75MM if he makes the Angels’ roster and could earn up to $600K in incentives, Jon Heyman of FanRag reports. The 31-year-old Carter could provide..." February 18

  • Evan Longoria: “I just kind of feel sorry for the Rays fan base.”

    Hardball Talk "The Rays were busy over the weekend, trading starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, designating All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment, and then picking up C.J. Cron in a deal with the Angels. The Rays saved about $4 million — Odorizzi’s $6.3 million less Cron’s $2.3 million salary — and..." February 18

  • Royals' Yost: I didn't hear from Hosmer 'even on my death bed'

    Kansas City Star "Royals manager Ned Yost sunk into a chair in his office here on Sunday morning and reflected on seven seasons spent with Eric Hosmer. He remarked on the World Series championship, the years of building and the joy of watching a young player grow into a star. He also offered one of his favorite..." February 18

  • Harrison echoes Freese's criticism of Pirates' efforts to win

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Josh Harrison on Sunday echoed the sentiments of the statement he released after the Pirates traded Andrew McCutchen: If you’re not trying to win, trade me too. “My main goal is to make sure wherever I am, that they understand that I want to win,” Harrison said after reporting to Pirate City...." February 18

  • Votto reports, issues 'winning' challenge to Reds

    MLB.com "By his own accounting, Joey Votto purposely tried not to do too much with his offseason. The Reds first baseman embraced his down time. "I tried to get fatter," Votto joked after completing his physical Sunday, when position players reported. "I succeeded at that apparently. We did all the..." February 18

  • Chris Tillman will decide on a team this week

    Hardball Talk "Free agent right-hander Chris Tillman is narrowing his pool of potential suitors, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Returning to the Orioles is one option, of course, but Heyman also mentions another two undisclosed teams who are still in the running. An earlier report from Eduardo Encina of the..." February 18

  • Hosmer deal quiets collusion talk, but questions linger in odd market

    Sportsnet "In recent weeks, some agents and executives downplayed concern about an exceptionally slow-moving off-season with speculation that Eric Hosmer had a substantial offer in hand. The eight-year, $144-million agreement Hosmer now has with the San Diego Padres represents the biggest deal of the..." February 18

  • Sandy Alderson believes Tim Tebow will reach the major leagues

    New York Daily News "Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Sunday that Tim Tebow will play in the major leagues at some point. The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback is in his first major league spring training. Team sources said Tebow will likely start in Double-A Binghamton and it would not be surprising..." February 18

  • Mauer: 'I have no intention' of leaving Twins after contract expires

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The first clue about Joe Mauer’s baseball future comes when he talks not about his contract or career, but his 4-year-old twin daughters. Emily and Maren are in Florida this spring, Mauer said, because “they’ll be in kindergarten next year, so they can’t come down here.” That’s as opposed to..." February 18

  • ‘No indication’ Royals are trying to re-sign Mike Moustakas

    Larry Brown Sports "With Eric Hosmer headed to the San Diego Padres, there has been some speculation that the Kansas City Royals could try to bring back third baseman Mike Moustakas instead. However, there is no real indication that’s going to happen, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, who reported Sunday that the..." February 18

  • Adam Jones: 'We are here for one reason'

    MLB.com "Adam Jones wants it known. The veteran outfielder, who is entering the final years of his extension with Baltimore, wants to win. At this stage in his career, Jones isn't prioritizing money or length of contract. The fierce competitor wants some hardware. "I'm going to make the best decision..." February 18

  • Eduardo Nunez began offseason seeking 5-year contract

    WEEI Boston "Eduardo Nunez is officially back. The Red Sox announced Sunday morning that the 30-year-old infielder has been signed to a one-year deal, with a player option for 2019. According to FanRag Sports, Nunez will receive $4 million this season, with the option year also coming in at $4 million...." February 18

  • Braves nearing deal with Peter Moylan

    Hardball Talk "The Braves are close to an agreement with free agent reliever Peter Moylan, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman writes. Terms of the deal are not yet known, though anything greater than a one-year contract would be surprising. This figures to be Moylan’s third run with the Braves. The 39-year-old..." February 18

  • Padres, Eric Hosmer agree to terms

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres got their man. The team and free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer have agreed to a deal, two sources said Saturday night. The average annual value of the eight-year deal is $18 million, the largest monetary commitment in Padres history. The Padres had said they would be..." February 18

  • Twins acquire RHP Jake Odorizzi from cash-strapped Rays

    Twin Cities "The Twins and the cash-strapped Tampa Bay Rays had plenty of trade conversations throughout the offseason. Saturday evening, all those cell minutes and text messages finally bore fruit. Right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who turns 28 just before Opening Day, will make the short drive from Port..." February 18

  • Rays Acquire C.J. Cron, Designate Corey Dickerson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later, both teams annonuced. In a surprising corresponding move, Tampa also announced that outfielder Corey Dickerson has been designated for assignment to create roster space. Cron had been noted as a..." February 18

  • Royals' Duffy 'excited to erase and re-record' after tumultuous 2017

    ESPN "Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy had a tumultuous 2017 on and off the field that included a DUI arrest and wildfires, but the left-hander is ready to start fresh. "The gamut of life," Duffy said. "Anything there is in life, I was pretty much able to achieve it last year. I'm looking..." February 18

  • Dustin Pedroia on Red Sox leadership: 'It's not one leader'

    ESPN "As the longest-tenured player on the Boston Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia understands and accepts his role as the team's leader. But he also knows he can't do it alone. Pedroia was in a pensive mood Saturday as he arrived at spring training for his 13th major-league season. The feisty second..." February 17

  • Manny Machado downplays significance of offseason trade talks

    Masn "Manny Machado’s equipment bag from the World Baseball Classic arrived at his locker this morning a few minutes before the three-time All-Star, who walked into the clubhouse with a big smile on his face, approached every teammate, and offered a handshake and a hug. One at a time. Every player he..." February 17

  • Rangers will not sign reliever Seung Hwan Oh; could Tim Lincecum be on tap?

    Sports Day "The Rangers are back to looking for a closer. The club broke off negotiations with Korean pitcher Seung Hwan Oh Saturday, a source said. The club had agreed to a one-year contract with the reliever, pending a physical, more than a week ago. But, according to a source, there were disconcerting..." February 17

  • Nunez: Contract with Red Sox hasn't been finalized

    Boston Globe "At a time when Eduardo Nunez may be close to rejoining the Red Sox, the free agent was at the team’s spring training facility on Saturday afternoon. The infielder, who hit .321/.353/.539 with eight homers in 38 games for the Red Sox after being acquired from the Giants in a late July trade, said..." February 17

  • Brewers' Broxton: 'I can't say I'm happy' about outfield additions

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "It’s safe to say that Keon Broxton was shocked when he heard the Milwaukee Brewers acquired outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain within a couple of hours on Jan. 25. Broxton certainly wasn’t pleased about what those moves meant for him. As the incumbent centerfielder, it wasn’t good..." February 17

  • Scioscia: Ohtani available to pinch hit, pinch run on non-pitching days

    12 Up "Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani ​signed with the Angels this offseason, and the talented two way player made his a desire to pitch and hit in the MLB clear when signing with the team. Ohtani seems to have gotten his wish, as manager Mike Scoscia plans to use Ohtani in a number of different..." February 17

  • Brandon Morrow's injury-plagued odyssey led him to role of Cubs closer

    Chicago Tribune "Replacing near-flawless Wade Davis despite a lack of recent closer experience doesn’t faze Brandon Morrow. “I don’t think mentally it will be too big for me,” Morrow said at spring training Wednesday in a calm but direct tone. “I think I have come a long way.” Considering his array of health..." February 17

  • CC Sabathia is the old man in Yankees' rotation but a new man on mound

    ESPN "CC Sabathia stood in front of his corner locker, at 37 the elder statesman on a New York Yankees team that will have fewer 30-somethings than it has had in a long time. As he took questions from the media, Ron Guidry -- Mr. Louisiana Lightning himself -- interrupted to ask Sabathia about..." February 17

  • Scooter Gennett wins arbitration case against Reds

    Hardball Talk "The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month. Gennett, 27,..." February 17

  • Indians to sign OF Rajai Davis to a minor-league deal

    WKYC "Remember this moment? It looks like the man who hit that memorable home run in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series is coming back to Cleveland. According to Indians.com/MLB.com's Jordan Bastian, Rajai Davis is in camp in Goodyear and is set to sign a minor league deal with the Tribe. Davis was..." February 17

  • Machado says heart is at shortstop, staying there could impact free agent decision

    CBS Sports "This is a year of great significance for Manny Machado. Machado will qualify for free agency come the winter, meaning this is likely his final go-around with the Baltimore Orioles. It's also his first season as an everyday shortstop, having previously played the position in just 52..." February 17

  • Mets' Wright: 'I don't know' if I can play in 2018

    New York Daily News "It sounds as if David Wright finally has come to the realization — and to grips with — the likelihood that the end is near. Wright spoke for the first time this spring at Mets camp on Saturday, and while he admirably refuses to give up on his multi-year quest to make it back to the field..." February 17

  • Giants adding reliever Tony Watson

    San Francisco Gate "The Giants are upgrading their bullpen with the addition of left-hander Tony Watson, who posted a 3.38 ERA for the Pirates and Dodgers last season. The Giants have been looking to deepen their relief corps, especially from the left side, while attempting to stay under the $197 million threshold..." February 17

  • Chris Tillman expected to choose team within next few days, could return to Orioles

    Baltimore Sun "A potential reunion between the Orioles and right-hander Chris Tillman is very much still alive as the team looks to continue to upgrade its rotation after the signing of former Texas Rangers starter Andrew Cashner. Mutual interest remains between the sides and Tillman is expected to make his..." February 17

  • Blue Jays’ Jaime Garcia believes his best years are ahead of him

    Sportsnet "Jaime Garcia pitched pretty well last year. Well enough that not one, but two contending teams acquired him late last July. Well enough to generate 2.1 wins above replacement, according to FanGraphs. The Toronto Blue Jays would likely welcome a repeat of the 4.41 ERA and 157 innings he..." February 17

  • Nationals GM Mike Rizzo believes he'll receive a contract extension

    Washington Post "On Thursday, Mike Rizzo hopped aboard a 20-minute flight out of West Palm Beach, Fla., to represent the Washington Nationals at the Governor’s Baseball Dinner at Tropicana Field. He is entering his 12th season with the organization, his ninth as general manager, and his fifth full campaign as..." February 16

  • Miami-Dade County suing Marlins, Loria ownership over profit sharing

    Miami Herald "Miami-Dade is taking Jeffrey Loria and Derek Jeter to court over the former Marlins owner’s claim that the county is owed nothing from a profit-sharing deal tied to his $1.2 billion sale of the baseball franchise. Joe Martinez, a Miami-Dade commissioner, said a county lawyer told him of the..." February 16

  • Giants GM interested in bringing back Lincecum

    NBC Sports "Three years after Tim Lincecum last pitched for them, the Giants still quietly keep No. 55 on the off-limits list. None of the 58 players in camp are wearing it, but some at Scottsdale Stadium have considered the possibility of returning it to the original owner. The Giants were in attendance..." February 16

  • Cardinals sign Jason Motte to a minor-league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Cardinals picked up free agent reliever Jason Motte on a minor-league deal, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday. The contract comes with an invitation to camp, but won’t be official until Motte passes his physical on Monday. It’s a homecoming of sorts for the..." February 16

  • Twins To Sign Anibal Sanchez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have reached agreement on a MLB contract with veteran righty Anibal Sanchez, per Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (Twitter links). Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN noted the connection on Twitter earlier this afternoon. Sanchez will receive a $2.5MM guarantee in the arrangement, per Heyman. He’ll..." February 16

  • Stroman, Blue Jays clear air after arbitration anger

    TSN "Marcus Stroman doesn’t have a problem with the Blue Jays, he has a problem with the arbitration process. He also has no problem speaking his mind. Full team workouts won’t even begin until Monday, but Stro has been the show in the first week of spring training thanks to his lost arbitration..." February 16

  • Giancarlo Stanton sees a lot of himself in Aaron Judge

    MLB.com "The second phase of Giancarlo Stanton's career is officially underway, as the reigning National League Most Valuable Player reported for his first Spring Training as a member of the Yankees on Friday. Having flown from the West Coast several days before the mandated report date for position..." February 16

  • Jon Lester rants on free-agent market

    Sporting News "Many around the game of baseball are dumbfounded with how many free agents remain available with spring training games starting next week. Even players who have contracts and nothing to worry about are chiming in. Jon Lester did a little bit more than chime in Friday, though. He isn't happy..." February 16

  • Did Cubs miscalculate Jake Arrieta’s value in deciding against re-signing him?

    Chicago Sun-Times "Nobody in the Cubs’ clubhouse has been closer to Jake Arrieta than Texas neighbor Tommy La Stella the last three years – so close that Arrieta still carries some of La Stella with him wherever he goes, even four months after his last pitch for the Cubs. Albeit, most of what he carries from La..." February 16

  • David Freese had a lot to say about the Pirates and their lack of a 'winning culture'

    CBS Sports "Pittsburgh Pirates fans have suffered through a lot in recent months. The front office traded Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole, the club's biggest star and its best pitcher, and as of Friday has yet to sign a free agent to a big-league deal. As a result, the Pirates are not likely to contend this..." February 16

  • Marlins’ Dan Straily ‘glad’ critical stars were traded

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s safe to say trading Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich weren’t popular moves among Miami Marlins fans, but at least one player is rather happy to see the back of them. Starting pitcher Dan Straily admitted he was glad to see both players go, as they’d been critical of the team’s..." February 16

  • Report: Mets would ‘love’ to start Tim Tebow in Double-A this season

    Larry Brown Sports "Most people laughed when Tim Tebow announced that he is trying his hand at professional baseball, but the former NFL quarterback will once again be playing in the minor leagues with the New York Mets this season. In fact, the team is hoping he does enough in spring training to get him one step..." February 16

  • Rangers sign Edinson Volquez to minor league deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with free agent right-handed pitcher Edinson Volquez on a minor league contract accompanied by an invitation to major league spring training, the team formally announced on Friday. The newly inked pact will be for both the 2018 and 2019 campaigns. The..." February 16

  • Hanley Ramirez Explains Why He Adopted Tom Brady’s ‘TB12 Method’ In Offseason

    NESN "Tom Brady has another satisfied customer, it seems. Hanley Ramirez reported to Fort Myers, Fla., on Friday for Boston Red Sox spring training, three days before the team’s first official workout. He looked a little slimmer, too, claiming he’s dropped 15 pounds over the offseason. His secret?..." February 16

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • Marlins Win Arbitration Hearing Over Dan Straily

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins won their arbitration hearing over right-hander Dan Straily, tweets FanRag’s Jon Heyman. He’ll earn the $3.375MM sum submitted by the team rather than the $3.55MM salary that he and his agents at Sosnick, Cobbe & Karon filed (as can be seen in MLBTR’s Arbitration Tracker). Straily will..." February 16