• Source: Contract language delaying J.D. deal

    MLB.com "The reason the Red Sox haven't held a press conference yet to announce the signing of prized slugger J.D. Martinez is because some contract language is still being worked out as a result of findings from the physical, a source told MLB.com. There are no concerns about Martinez's ability to play..." February 25

  • Brewers, Nationals, Others Still in on FA Pitching

    The Sports Post "Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn are still free agents. But their market is starting to heat up again, according to Jon Morosi. In fact, up to six teams–including the Brewers and Nationals–are monitoring their status. The Nationals are favorites to take the NL East again this season while..." February 25

  • MLB free-agents to play Japanese minor-league team

    NBC Sports Boston "At least some of the roughly 30 major league free agents participating in a union-run camp in Bradenton, Fla., are to see game action this week, against a team from Japan. One game is scheduled for Tuesday, sources said. The Major League Baseball Players Association has not officially..." February 25

  • Aaron Nola named the Phillies' 2018 Opening Day starter

    Number Fire "The Philadelphia Phillies have officially named pitcher Aaron Nola as their 2018 Opening Day starting pitcher. What It Means: No real surprise here as the 24-year-old Nola is coming off a career-best season in 2017. While the Phillies are rumored to be interested in free agent Jake Arrieta,..." February 25

  • Twins' Logan Morrison: Reaches deal with Twins

    CBS Sports "Morrison agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal with the Twins on Sunday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports. The deal is still pending a physical, but assuming everything checks out, Morrison could realistically be in line for up to a two-year, $16.5 million contract if he reaches certain..." February 25

  • Aaron Boone: Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb “Aren’t Really In Play” For Yankees

    MLB Trade Rumors "During their quest to acquire starting pitching in recent months, the Yankees have been connected to a litany of potential trade and free agent targets. The list includes right-handers Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb, who rank as two of the best free agents remaining in this year’s class. It doesn’t..." February 25

  • Alex Rodriguez rejoins the Yankees as a special adviser to the GM

    CBS Sports "Alex Rodriguez is officially back with the New York Yankees. Sunday morning, the Yankees announced A-Rod has rejoined the organization as a special adviser to general manager Brian Cashman. He is expected to be in spring training as an instructor at some point. Here is the statement A-Rod..." February 25

  • Orioles, Alvarez agree to minor-league deal

    Baltimore Sun "For the third straight year, the Orioles have signed veteran lefty slugger Pedro Alvarez as a spring training addition. The Orioles have agreed to terms on a minor league deal with Alvarez that will include an invitation to big league camp, according to an industry source. Given the fact..." February 25

  • Mets' Tim Tebow suffers ankle injury after stepping on a sprinkler head in the outfield

    CBS Sports "We have our first weird spring training injury of the year, and it involves everyone's favorite quarterback-turned-outfielder. Sunday morning, the New York Mets announced Tim Tebow is day-to-day with a left ankle sprain. How did he get hurt? Tebow stepped on a sprinkler head in the outfield, of..." February 25

  • Indians to sign Matt Belisle

    Yardbarker "The Indians have agreed to a minor league contract with reliever Matt Belisle, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports. The deal includes an invitation to big league camp. The 37-year-old Belisle spent last season with Minnesota, one of the Indians’ AL Central rivals, and emerged as the..." February 25

  • Ohtani to make 1st appearance at DH early next week

    ESPN "Shohei Ohtani's spring training pitching debut is one that he'll file under "learning curve.'' Ohtani took the mound with plenty of hype and a "B'' lineup in the field behind him in Saturday's game between the Los Angeles Angels and Milwaukee Brewers. He labored with his control and threw 31..." February 25

  • Bautista interested in playing for Rays

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is in full swing and Jose Bautista remains without a team. The former Toronto Blue Jays star is preparing for the season as if he will be playing, and the Tampa Bay Rays are being mentioned as a potential match for him. The Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin reported on Saturday that..." February 25

  • Brewers describe Shohei Ohtani’s fastball as firm but flat

    Yardbarker "Shohei Ohtani made his highly anticipated spring training debut for the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, and his reception was mixed. Ohtani went 1.1 innings, allowed two hits, two runs, a walk and struck out two. He allowed a home run to Milwaukee’s Keon Broxton. The Milwaukee Journal..." February 25

  • Red Sox sign Tommy Layne out of MLBPA free-agent camp

    Mass Live "The Red Sox signed left-hander Tommy Layne to a minor-league deal on Saturday. Layne, one of the several free agents who had been unsigned this offseason, spent the last two season with the Yankees organization. Layne pitched for the Red Sox from 2014-16, posting a 3.30 ERA over 128..." February 25

  • New Phillies manager Kapler creates social media challenge for his players

    MLB.com "Entering Spring Training new Phillies manager Gabe Kapler introduced a team motto: Be bold. While that primarily applies to the team's play on the field as it hopes to surprise other teams in the National League East, it seems to also apply to life off the field. In that vein, Kapler has..." February 25

  • Kris Bryant Says Players Are Ready to Fight for Big Changes in Next CBA

    12 Up "Can you really blame them? This offseason has been one of the weirdest in recent baseball memory. As Spring Training begins, many of the league's biggest free agents remain unsigned, including the likes of Jake Arrieta and Mike Moustakas. ​Even the big names that did sign had to wait, as Yu..." February 24

  • What to make of Shohei Ohtani's MLB debut as a pitcher

    CBS Sports "The Angels back in December signed Japanese ace/two-way star Shohei Ohtani to a bargain contract (a bargain because of the cap on international spending and Ohtani's exposure to those rules). On Saturday, Ohtani made his much-ballyhooed MLB debut against the Brewers in Cactus League play. While..." February 24

  • Medical issue delaying Martinez announcement with Red Sox

    NBC Sports Boston "J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox are indeed sorting through a medical matter, but one that a baseball source with knowledge of the situation said would not have any effect on Martinez in the immediate future. It's unclear what the specific issue is, but a better understanding between the parties..." February 24

  • Reds ink Oliver Perez to a minor-league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Reds have signed free agent reliever Oliver Perez to a minor-league contract, the team announced Saturday. The deal comes with a major-league invite and could be worth $1.25 million if Perez secures a roster spot this spring, with an additional $500,000 in potential performance..." February 24

  • Joe Maddon goes deep on impact of limiting mound visits

    ESPN "Unlike many who have spoken out about baseball’s new rules, Joe Maddon isn’t as worried about a limit to mound visits making it easier to steal signs as much as he’s concerned about what it does to the Cubs’ game plan. He wants his catchers to be able to communicate a strategy to his pitchers --..." February 24

  • Cora 'not concerned' as Sox mull J.D. physical

    MLB.com "Perhaps it's only fitting that the signing that took the entire offseason and into the early portion of Spring Training to happen would have a little bit more of a delay before it becomes official. Slugger J.D. Martinez is still expected to walk through the entrance to the Red Sox's clubhouse..." February 24

  • Twins to add veteran infielder Erick Aybar

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins have agreed to sign veteran infielder Erick Aybar to minor league contract with an invite to major league spring training, according to a source with knowledge of the deal. Aybar, 34, will compete for a utility spot on the roster. The 12-year veteran, spent last season with San..." February 24

  • Stanton: Yankees debut was better than spring in Miami

    MLB.com "Even though the details of Giancarlo Stanton's first stroll to home plate in pinstripes aren't likely to be referenced in any future history texts, the image seemed to drip with importance as the slugger dug into the right-handed batter's box on Friday afternoon. There are moments where..." February 24

  • White Sox likely to keep Carlos Rodon out until June

    Larry Brown Sports "Carlos Rodon The Chicago White Sox will be taking things slowly with pitcher Carlos Rodon. Rodon is returning from shoulder surgery he underwent in September. The team initially said he was likely to be out 6-8 months, and it sounds like he will be out towards the later end of that..." February 24

  • Topps turns Tulowitzki's pitcher pose into baseball card

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had a little fun during his spring training photo shoot on Thursday when he was asked to pose as pitcher. He totally looked the part and, lucky for us, Topps joined in on the fun and made the photo into a limited-edition baseball card...." February 24

  • Major League Baseball orders balls stored in climate controlled rooms for some reason

    Hardball Talk "Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reports that Major League Baseball will mandate that teams store baseballs in “an air-conditioned and enclosed room[s]” this season. He adds that the league will install climate sensors in each room to measure temperature and humidity during the 2018 season, with..." February 23

  • Royals sign Saunders 2 days after he joined Pirates, confusing everyone

    Kansas City Star "The Royals announced Friday afternoon the signing of former Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor-league contract with a spring training invite. Saunders signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates on Wednesday and even arrived at their camp in Bradenton, Fla., within hours of..." February 23

  • Dodgers Claim J.T. Chargois From Twins

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers announced that they’ve claimed right-handed reliever J.T. Chargois off waivers from the Twins. Left-hander Julio Urias has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported yesterday that Chargois..." February 23

  • Dominic Smith removed from Mets’ lineup after showing up late

    Newsday "Dominic Smith learned a hard lesson Friday under new Mets manager Mickey Callaway. Show up late, take a seat. Smith, who knew Thursday afternoon he was penciled in to start Friday’s Grapefruit League opener, didn’t get to the clubhouse in time for the 8:45 a.m. pregame meeting. As a result,..." February 23

  • Tigers sign veteran lefty Francisco Liriano, report says

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers have signed veteran left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano, according to FanRag Sports. Liriano, 34, has spent parts of 12 seasons in the big leagues, including seven with the Minnesota Twins under new Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire. Liriano struggled with the Toronto Blue..." February 23

  • Yasiel Puig scratched from spring training game with injury caused by new shoes

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s understandable if MLB players aren’t quite in the best shape yet in the month of February, but Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig brought that to a whole new level this week. Puig was scratched from the team’s spring opener against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, and manager Dave..." February 23

  • MLB Rumors: Tim Lincecum to Dodgers, Giants or Padres?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The MLB free agent market is starting to dry up, with just a few top-flight options remaining unsigned, including former NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta. The former Cubs ace won't come cheap, but teams looking for a bargain basement steal can grab a former two-time NL Cy Young Award..." February 23

  • White Sox’s Carlos Rodon Won’t Pitch In Cactus League

    CBS Chicago "White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon won’t pitch in Cactus League play as he continues to recover from the arthroscopic surgery that he had on his throwing shoulder last September, general manager Rick Hahn said Friday. Back in September, the White Sox announced Rodon’s timetable for a recovery..." February 23

  • Giancarlo Stanton gets his first Yankees at-bat

    New York Post "Giancarlo Stanton’s first Yankees at-bat ended anti-climactically. The slugger worked a full-count walk against Tigers’ lefty Ryan Carpenter. Stanton was hitting second in the Yankees spring training opener, between Jacoby Ellsbury and Greg Bird. Stanton, playing right field, got a nice..." February 23

  • Rays’ Brent Honeywell Diagnosed With Torn UCL

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rays top pitching prospect Brent Honeywell has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Tommy John surgery has been recommended for the promising 22-year-old. The diagnosis represents a worst-case scenario for the Rays..." February 23

  • How early is too early for Braves phenom Ronald Acuna?

    CBS Sports "Spring training is here. Soon every team will be playing actual, honest-to-goodness games. And in those games, across all of baseball, arguably no player's performance will matter more than Ronald Acuna's. You've probably heard about Acuna by now, whether because he's the top prospect in..." February 23

  • Rays, Marlins disorder is unfair to fans and other small-market teams that are trying to win

    New York Daily News "The three-team trade that brought infielder Brandon Drury to the Yankees and sent Tampa Bay Rays favorite Steven Souza Jr. to Arizona has served to further emphasize the tale of two teams in the same city — one loading up, the other stripping down — and the looming, much bigger problem in baseball..." February 23

  • Dominic Smith’s bid to make Mets begins with a benching

    New York Post "Dominic Smith’s spring training is off to a rough start. The second-year first baseman, who is far from assured a spot on the Mets roster, was scratched from the lineup Friday as punishment for arriving late to work. Smith was replaced at first base for the Mets’ Grapefruit League opener..." February 23

  • Martinez's physical with Red Sox not complete, announcement delayed

    CBS Boston "The Red Sox agreed to terms with free-agent power hitter J.D. Martinez on Monday, according to several reports. But as of Thursday afternoon, the team had yet to officially announce the signing, and an introductory press conference has reportedly been delayed for two days now. It all begs the..." February 22

  • Matheny in no rush to designate Cardinals closer

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals don’t really have a pitcher who qualifies as a top-drawer closer, but manager Mike Matheny said on Thursday that he would be all right with no one being designated the ninth-inning man when camp ends. And perhaps even beyond that. “That’s not a goal at all,” Matheny said. “It will..." February 22

  • Phillies open to 3-year contract for Arrieta

    MLB.com "Scott Boras is known to call an owner or two as he pursues and closes monster contracts for clients. The agent can be persuasive. So how often has Phillies owner John Middleton heard from Boras recently? Middleton shaped his thumb and index finger into a circle Thursday, a couple of hours..." February 22

  • Mets' Cespedes admits he hasn't played golf since July

    New York Post "Yoenis Cespedes is limiting his sports obsession to baseball. The Mets slugger hasn’t played golf since last July, he said Thursday, and has no plans to resume during the season, as he tries to remain focused on baseball and staying on the field for his team. Cespedes decided to bag golf..." February 22

  • Jeff Loria loses round one in his legal battle with Miami over proceeds from the Marlins sale

    Miami Herald "Jeffrey Loria’s financial team breached a 2009 agreement between local governments and the Miami Marlins in turning over a sparse, five-page justification of the former team owner’s claim of zero profits from his $1.2 billion sale of the franchise to Derek Jeter and partners, a judge ruled..." February 22

  • Giants tab Madison Bumgarner to start Opening Day

    CBS Sports "Bumgarner will start the Giants' Opening Day matchup with the Dodgers, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. This comes as no surprise, as "MadBum" continues to be one of the top pitchers in all of baseball. Bumgarner was limited a bit last year due to injuries, but he still managed to..." February 22

  • Twins place RHP J.T. Chargois on outright waivers

    Yardbarker "The Twins have placed righty J.T. Chargois on outright waivers, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press (Twitter link). It seems the hope is that the injured Chargois will clear waivers while leaving the organization a 40-man spot to work with. Chargois, a second-round pick in..." February 22

  • Why the Angels' 6-man rotation won't last

    MLB.com "It is difficult to come up with a more ideal situation for using a six-man rotation than what the Los Angeles Angels currently find themselves in. They have the three major ingredients: 1. They have Shohei Ohtani, the best pitcher coming over from Japan (who was apparently driven all the way..." February 22

  • Pirates Acquire Corey Dickerson From Rays

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced that they’ve acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Rays in exchange for reliever Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash. Tampa Bay recently designated Dickerson, 28, for assignment in a move that came as a surprise to many. Dickerson posted..." February 22

  • Russell Wilson to be at Yankees training camp next week

    Sporting News " Russell Wilson is set to embark on a different offseason than virtually every other NFL player. The Seahawks quarterback was traded to the Yankees by the Rangers earlier this month, and he announced Thursday that he plans on attending Yankees spring training starting Monday. " February 22

  • Shohei Ohtani to get first spring training start, as a pitcher, on Saturday

    Los Angeles Times "The Angels plan to start Shohei Ohtani — as a pitcher — on Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers at Diablo Stadium. That schedule will change only if something derails his workout Thursday, when he's set to throw a bullpen session. Manager Mike Scioscia confirmed that Ohtani will not hit on..." February 22

  • All-Star Game for Wrigley Field by 2022? ‘Stay tuned,’ says commissioner

    Chicago Sun-Times "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday he hopes in the next few months to announce All-Star Game sites for 2020 through 2022 and implied Wrigley Field could be in the running for one of those seasons. “Chicago has expressed a strong interest in having the game. Obviously places where..." February 22

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