• 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

  • This could be Willson Contreras' season to clean up as Cubs' No. 4 hitter

    Chicago Tribune "Ian Happ downplayed the significance of his contributions this spring as manager Joe Maddon assesses various lineup options. “It’s not important who is going to be the leadoff guy,” Happ said. “It’s just the guys we have in the lineup. How deep we are is impressive. There’s no bad spot to hit..." March 20

  • Mariners To Sign Erik Goeddel

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have agreed to a contract with right-hander Erik Goeddel, MLBTR has learned. Terms of the agreement are not known at this time. Goeddel was cut loose by the Rangers just yesterday after spending the bulk of camp with the Texas organization. He struck out six and walked two batters..." March 20

  • The favorites for the last two spots in the Cubs bullpen

    Fanrag Sports "The Chicago Cubs have two open roster spots within two weeks of opening day. That’s a surprise, given that the majority of their roster was seemingly set as spring training got underway. But the Cubs released struggling reliever Justin Grimm, and right-handed reliever Pedro Strop has yet to..." March 20

  • Red Sox Legend David Ortiz Defends Boston Against Reputation For Racism

    NESN "The City of Boston has garnered a reputation as a racist city, but one legendary athlete says nothing could be farther from the truth. Red Sox legend David Ortiz remains adamant about how well Boston has treated him and African Americans alike. The 10-time All-Star went on The Glass Half Empty..." March 20

  • Dodgers Justin Turner breaks wrist, likely to be out several weeks

    CBS Sports "Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner suffered a broken left wrist Monday night and is out indefinitely, perhaps several weeks. Turner was hit by a Kendall Graveman pitch in the first inning of a spring training game against the Oakland Athletics. Turner said X-rays showed a "small, non-displaced..." March 20

  • How Yankees rebuilt Dellin Betances’ shaky delivery

    New York Post "Dellin Betances is in a good place this spring, both mentally and physically. But that does not mean the eighth inning will belong to him. It’s a new mix-and-match world for the Yankees’ bullpen. Aroldis Chapman is the closer, but the rest is up to the game situation. “Chapman is the closer,..." March 20

  • Milton Bradley Charged with Battery, Allegedly Beat Up Wife

    TMZ "Milton Bradley's in trouble with the law -- charged with battery -- for allegedly beating up a woman he's married to once again ... TMZ Sports has learned. We broke the story ... cops were called to Bradley's L.A. home back in January. When they arrived, his wife told them Bradley roughed her..." March 20

  • Braves Reassign Ronald Acuna To Minor League Camp

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have re-assigned much-hyped prospect Ronald Acuna to minor-league camp, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was among those to report on Twitter. He’ll presumably open the season at Triple-A. It’s rarely notable when a 20-year-old is moved out of major-league camp. Then..." March 19

  • Report: Yankees, Red Sox near agreement to play two-game series in London in 2019

    Hardball Talk "Janet Paskin and Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg are reporting that the Yankees and Red Sox are near an agreement to play a two-game series in London in 2019. The games would be played at London Stadium, which hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics. Major League Baseball has had games played..." March 19

  • A Curveball From the New Tax Law: It Makes Baseball Trades Harder

    New York Times "As President Trump congratulated the Houston Astros for winning the World Series at a White House ceremony last week, he also heaped praise on himself and congressional Republicans for passing a sweeping tax cut last year. He hailed Representative Kevin Brady of Texas, the House’s chief tax writer..." March 19

  • Yasmani Grandal to see majority of action at catcher for Dodgers

    Larry Brown Sports "Yasmani Grandal is reversing a trend that seemed to be developing at the end of last season for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Manager Dave Roberts said on Monday that Grandal will get most of the at-bats for the team at catcher in the upcoming season, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin." March 19

  • Mets' 'five aces' may be lined up for first-ever turn through rotation

    SNY TV "It should first be pointed out that at this point, the "five aces" moniker is more of a reference to what the five pitchers listed below were supposed to be -- not what they are now. But with the uncertainty surrounding Jason Vargas, the Mets' "five aces" -- Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom,..." March 19

  • Royals bringing former Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz into spring training camp

    Kansas City Star "The Royals are working toward an agreement with free-agent right-hander Clay Buchholz on a minor-league contract, a source told The Star. Buchholz, 33, missed almost all of 2017 after surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm. He made two starts for Philadelphia before the..." March 19

  • Shohei Ohtani is having a brutal spring training

    Hardball Talk "Spring training is tough for players under the best of circumstances. Even in an age when players work out all year, getting back into the swing of baseball-at-full-speed is tough. Many players spend the bulk of February and March knocking off the rust and getting their timing back. Because of..." March 19

  • Twins teammates vow to support suspended shortstop Jorge Polanco

    Twin Cities "Twins third baseman Miguel Sano has known Jorge Polanco since they were 12-year-old baseball prodigies in the famed town of San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic. So it was an emotional conversation on Sunday evening between the two teammates, friends for half their young lives, after..." March 19

  • Teheran to make fifth straight opening day start

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Julio Teheran was officially named opening day starter by the Braves on Monday, which was perhaps the least surprising announcements of spring but an historic one nonetheless. The Braves open the season March 29 at home against the Phillies. Teheran will be the first Atlanta-era Braves..." March 19

  • Indians Release Melvin Upton Jr., Ryan Hanigan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced Monday that they have released outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. and catcher Ryan Hanigan (via Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com). Both players signed minor league contracts with the Tribe over the winter. The Indians added the 33-year-old Upton with the hope that he’d experience a..." March 19

  • MLB Rumors: Yankees, Phillies battle for Rays' Archer?

    Newark Star-Ledger "It's been a long time (2009 World Series? Cliff Lee's free agency?) since the Yankees and Phillies were truly battling for the same thing. That could change this summer. With the Yankees possibly looking for the missing piece to a World Series title and the Phillies likely in need of one..." March 19

  • Nationals' treasure: Victor Robles is key to the future, with or without Bryce Harper

    USA Today "Back in 2005, Ryan Zimmerman was the first-ever draft pick of the newly minted Washington Nationals, an All-American from neighboring Virginia expected to steer the franchise through the early years after its move from Montreal. While his arrival was highly anticipated, he never engendered the..." March 19

  • Jacoby Ellsbury likely to start season on DL

    SNY TV "Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to start the season on the disabled list due to a strained oblique, manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Monday. Ellsbury, who has not appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 1, sustained the injury two weeks ago. He had began doing..." March 19

  • While Torres and Andujar failed to win jobs this spring, their opportunity with Yankees isn’t far away

    New York Daily News "After an exciting start, Miguel Andujar’s upset bid for the starting job at third base came up short. So now we wait for Andujar to finish off his development at Triple-A Scranton, with more-than-capable option Brandon Drury holding down the hot corner for the Yankees until he does. Andujar..." March 19