• Blue Jays conducting investigation into spike of positive drug tests

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays are conducting an internal investigation into a sudden spike of positive drug tests, with six minor-leaguers disciplined over the past week by Major League Baseball for using the steroid Boldenone. A seventh player was suspended in September when Stanozolol metabolites..." November 23

  • Scouts believe Shohei Ohtani will sign with Yankees

    New York Post "Even without mega-millions to spend, the Yankees are considered the favorites to land two-way Japanese star Shohei Ohtani after he is posted by the Nippon Ham Fighters late next week. Ohtani, 23, will have 21 days to choose from the field of teams that filed the $20 million posting fee, meaning..." November 23

  • What are the Yankees' options with top prospect Gleyber Torres?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Breaking down what the Yankees will likely do with Gleyber Torres, perhaps the most exciting prospect to come through their system in years. The Yankees’ youth movement had been in the works for a long time before it broke through at the major-league level to huge results last year...." November 23

  • Mariners to make 'full-court press' for Shohei Ohtani

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball, Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and MLB Players Association (MLBPA) agreed on a new posting system Tuesday which clears the way for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani to play in MLB next season and the Mariners are already ready to sign the two-way star. Mariners general..." November 23

  • Could Ian Kinsler be in the mix for job with Red Sox?

    Boston Herald "The names that were being thrown around in Orlando last week, when president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was asked about Dustin Pedroia’s replacement options, might have been palatable if the Red Sox were a mid-market team not in dire need of offensive potency. But it’s tougher to..." November 23

  • Ryan Braun is optimistic that rebuilding Brewers will return to playoffs sooner than later

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Ryan Braun has only three years remaining on his long contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, but after the team’s surprising showing in 2017 he is optimistic about getting another shot at the playoffs before his career with the club ends. “It was a fun year, an exciting year,” said Braun, who..." November 23

  • Mets sign Zach Borenstein for outfield depth as Yoenis Cespedes' health improves

    New York Daily News "The Mets need an outfielder and Wednesday they signed one to add some depth to their organization — even if not to their major league roster. With Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto ending their 2017 season in the disabled list, the Mets need another reliable bat in case Conforto, who had..." November 23

  • Report: Phillies Considering Chase Utley As Bench Coach

    CBS Philly "Fresh off a World Series appearance, a former Phillie standout could be making a return to the ball club, according to a recent report. WIP’s Howard Eskin hinted on Twitter at the possible return of hometown legend Chase Utley, who recently experienced a World Series defeat with the Los Angeles..." November 23

  • Mets trying to pluck the workhorse behind Indians dominant bullpen

    New York Post "In a quiet holiday week, the Mets are getting a better idea about the free-agent bullpen landscape. One proven reliever is imperative to augment Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos and Jerry Blevins in the late innings next season. Ideally, general manager Sandy Alderson — who has spoken about his desire..." November 23

  • Has the 2017-18 offseason been slower than the last few offseasons?

    CBS Sports "So far this offseason, the Hot Stove League has been abuzz with rumors and speculation, but very little action. Justin Upton signed a $105 million extension with the Angels, the Athletics shipped Ryon Healy to the Mariners for Emilio Pagan, and that's about it. Just some minor-league signings...." November 22

  • Ohtani's role as a pitcher and hitter will be revolutionary

    ESPN "Even Babe Ruth really couldn’t maintain what the Babe Ruth of Japan, Shohei Ohtani, will attempt for some major league team in the seasons ahead -- to serve regularly as both a position player and pitcher. Ruth was used primarily as a pitcher early in his career, leading the American League..." November 22

  • New York radio legend Mike Francesa 'would love to try' to manage the Yankees

    CBS Sports "It has been exactly one month since the New York Yankees lost Game 7 of the ALCS to the Astros, sending them home for a winter following a successful 2017 season. Aaron Judge won Rookie of the Year and finished second in the MVP voting, plus Luis Severino finished third in the Cy Young voting...." November 22

  • Marlins owners seek $250M in additional investment

    Fanrag Sports "The Miami Marlins’ new ownership group, led by iconic Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Florida businessman Bruce Sherman, within two months of closing on the $1.2 billion deal to buy the team, has launched a campaign to add significant dollars to its coffers. An email, with the title “Project..." November 22

  • Teams to get $200K exemption for signing any of Braves' 12 former prospects

    MLB.com "For weeks, rumors and whispers swirled about what penalties the Atlanta Braves would incur based on violations of baseball's rules on signing international amateur free agents. Official word was handed down on Tuesday afternoon, and the consequences are severe. In addition to being severely..." November 22

  • Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay. Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three..." November 22

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015

    Forbes.com "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • What happens with all the players the Braves lost yesterday?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday’s unprecedented sanctions leveled on the Atlanta Braves hit them pretty hard, but it also turned a dozen players into free agents. What happens to them now? Who can sign them? When? And for how much? First off, they get to keep their signing bonuses the Braves gave them. It wasn’t..." November 22

  • Donaldson key to Blue Jays' rebound

    MLB.com "After reaching the American League Championship Series in back-to-back seasons, the Blue Jays' 2017 campaign was nothing short of a disappointment. Yet despite his team's 76-86 record, Toronto general manager Ross Atkins believes a return to the postseason in 2018 is only a roster tweak or two..." November 22

  • Twins Have Explored Trades For Gerrit Cole, Jake Odorizzi

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins are known to be on the hunt for rotation upgrades and have already been linked to top free agents Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta, but they’re also poking around the trade market. Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Minnesota has spoken to the Pirates about Gerrit Cole..." November 22

  • Are the Mets better off trading Matt Harvey, signing Lance Lynn?

    SNY TV "To be successful again, Matt Harvey must shed his past, move on from the Dark Knight persona and adjust to being the best pitcher he's currently capable of being, Mets manager Mickey Callaway told SNY during an interview on Mets Hot Stove earlier this month. "I think that's the key, to make..." November 22

  • Red Sox sign intriguing second base option

    WEEI Boston "When asked about Dustin Pedroia's return from knee surgery, Dave Dombrowski routinely cites May as a possibility. He also almost immediately surfaces Marco Hernandez's name as a logical replacement during Pedroia's absence. But the Red Sox have now signed another second base option that might..." November 22

  • Cardinals search for star power that could guide their return to playoffs

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "With a vested — and invested — interest in upselling teams on all the added benefits of offense, agent Scott Boras, who reps a handful of free-agent hitters this winter, arrived at last week’s GM meetings with a metaphorical map, one he said would lead teams out of the wilderness and into..." November 22

  • Angels hire Josh Paul as bench coach, add Brad Ausmus to front office

    Orange County Register "Josh Paul, who spent part of his big league career playing for the Angels under Mike Scioscia, has been hired as the Angels new bench coach. Earlier this month the Angels moved bench coach Dino Ebel to third base coach, replacing Ron Roenicke. Roenicke left to become the Boston Red Sox bench..." November 22

  • Dellin Betances: The manager option who would be popular choice

    New York Post "Dellin Betances said he hasn’t been closely following the Yankees’ search for Joe Girardi’s replacement or checking the internet to see if his name has been linked to trade rumors. Betances did mention that Rob Thomson, the club’s bench coach and the first man interviewed by general manager..." November 22

  • Cubs promote Brandon Hyde to bench coach, name Will Venable first-base coach

    Chicago Tribune "Brandon Hyde was promoted to be the Cubs bench coach and Will Venable will replace him as the team’s first-base coach, the team announced Tuesday. The Cubs also formally announced Jim Hickey will be the team’s new pitching coach and Jim Benedict will serve as special assistant to baseball..." November 22

  • Deal reached allowing Ohtani to be posted

    MLB.com "The stage is set for Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani to play in Major League Baseball next year. MLB, Nippon Professional Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed in principle on new terms of the posting system that would allow Japanese players to move to the Major Leagues,..." November 21

  • Breaking: Coppolella banned for life as part of MLB's sanctions

    ESPN "Former Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella has been placed on baseball's permanently ineligible list and the team will lose its top prospect as part of MLB's penalties against the team for rules violations in the international market. Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred ruled that the..." November 21

  • Jayson Werth not expected to return to Nationals in 2018

    Washington Post "Shortly after the Nationals were eliminated in the National League Division Series for the fourth time in six years, a stunned Jayson Werth, knowing he had probably just played his last game in a Nationals uniform, proclaimed he was proud to call himself a National. That was over five weeks..." November 21

  • Braves expected to lose as many as 12 prospects as a result of international signing violations

    Hardball Talk "UPDATE: Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that the Braves are expected to lose as many as 12 players as a result of the sanctions, plus they’ll suffer significant restrictions on international signings for the next four years, plus they will lose a draft pick in next year’s draft. 2:46PM: Major..." November 21

  • Yankees abruptly announce Aaron Judge shoulder surgery

    New York Post "The news for the right fielder came out of left field. The Yankees announced Tuesday that Aaron Judge had successful surgery a day prior on his left shoulder. According to the team, the procedure performed by Dr. Neil ElAttrache involved “a loose-body removal and cartilage clean-up.” The..." November 21

  • Giants are reportedly front-runners for Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "As you are no doubt aware, trade rumors continue to swirl about Marlins slugger and NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton, of course, is coming off a 59-homer campaign, and he'll be just 28 years of age next season. On the downside, he's still owed almost $300 million, assuming he doesn't exercise his..." November 21

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • Tigers discussing Ian Kinsler trade with ‘multiple clubs’

    Detroit News "The DetroitTigers, big-time sellers for the better part of a year, continue to have trade talks. A source with knowledge of the Tigers discussions said Monday night they are discussing with “multiple clubs” a possible deal for veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler. Jon Paul Morosi of mlb.com..." November 21

  • Braves Will Forfeit Rights To Prospect Kevin Maitan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves will lose their rights to highly regarded prospect Kevin Maitan, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter), as part of the punishment for international signing violations. Other members of the 2016-17 July 2 class are also expected to be stripped from the organization, others..." November 21

  • Shohei Otani to the Yankees seems like an inevitable conclusion after latest developments

    New York Daily News "This has to happen, right? That’s the obvious reaction to the news on Monday night that the MLB Players Association extended a soft deadline regarding a new agreement with Japanese Baseball that would allow Shohei Otani to come over here and play in the states next season. As a team..." November 21

  • Yankees, Cubs set to battle for Alex Cobb?

    Newark Star-Ledger "This qualifies as a surprise hot stove rumor for the Yankees. According to long-time MLB insider Peter Gammons, the Yankees will be heavily involved in the race to sign ex-Rays right-handed starter Alex Cobb. Heading for Thanksgiving, the industry consensus is that the Alex Cobb showdown..." November 21

  • Reds legend Joe Morgan to Hall of Fame voters: 'Steroid users don't belong here'

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The day after Hall of Fame ballots were sent to voters, Reds legend Joe Morgan sent an email, via the Baseball Hall of Fame, to voters asking them not to vote for suspected steroid users. Morgan was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1990 and sits on the board of the National Baseball Hall of Fame..." November 21

  • MLB, players' union, NPB push back deadline on Ohtani posting agreement

    CBS Sports "Those keeping up with the Shohei Ohtani predicament knew that Major League Baseball, the players' union, and Nippon Professional Baseball had set a deadline of 8 p.m. ET Monday night to come to an agreement on Ohtani jumping to the majors this offseason. An agreement was reached before that time..." November 21

  • Roy Halladay Crash Report: Wild Flying Patterns, Dangerously Close to Homes

    TMZ "Roy Halladay was flying dangerously close to homes -- and making wild turns and adjustments in altitude -- moments before his fatal crash ... this according to the NTSB. The National Transportation Safety Board released the preliminary report regarding the Nov. 7 crash in Florida that killed..." November 21

  • Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo won’t campaign for a contract extension

    Washington Post "Bryce Harper’s contract with the Washington Nationals expires after the 2018 season. So does Daniel Murphy’s. So does Gio Gonzalez’s. The list of Nationals staples who soon will be free to sign elsewhere is long, varied and potentially franchise-altering. But the soon-to-be free agent with the..." November 21

  • Yankees scramble to keep top-rated farm system together

    New York Post "The Yankees’ 40-man roster is at the limit. To make room on the roster for highly regarded prospects, Monday the Yankees shipped Ronald Herrera to the Rangers for lefty Reiver Sanmartin and infielder Garrett Cooper and lefty Caleb Smith to the Marlins for minor league right-hander Michael King...." November 21

  • Phils DFA Mark Appel as they set 40-man roster for Rule 5 draft

    ESPN "Mark Appel, a former No. 1 overall pick, was designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. The Phillies now have seven days to either trade him or place him on irrevocable waivers. The 26-year-old right-hander was the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft by the Astros, who traded..." November 21

  • Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers from Dodgers

    Hardball Talk "The Braves claimed lefty reliever Grant Dayton off waivers from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. " November 21

  • Mets engage in preliminary trade talks with Tigers regarding Ian Kinsler

    New York Daily News "The Mets have talked to the Tigers about second baseman Ian Kinsler, an industry source confirmed. The talks were described as “preliminary” and doing their “due diligence,” the source said, confirming a report by MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. The Tigers have also had talks with the Angels about..." November 21

  • Why Bryce Harper would be a bargain at $500 million

    NBC Washington "$500 million. That number is so hard to wrap your brain around, but it's a number a lot of professional baseball players may soon start seeing on their contracts. One player who could be the first to see that amount within the next year is Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper. Harper will..." November 20

  • Blue Jays could emerge as dark horse for JD Martinez

    Fanrag Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays could emerge as a dark horse candidate for star free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez. To this point, Martinez has been mostly connected to the Red Sox, the incumbent Diamondbacks, and at least a couple teams that are looking at superstar trade option Giancarlo Stanton first..." November 20

  • Marlins Acquire Garrett Cooper from Yankees

    Baseball America "This week, we have seen the New York Yankees desperately attempting to clear 40-man roster space to allow them to protect some of the players who are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. With less than an hour to go before the deadline, the Yankees announced one final trade with the Miami Marlins. They..." November 20

  • Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade

    NBC Bay Area "On Monday morning, some important details emerged. The Giants discussed Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw with the Marlins in a potential trade for Giancarlo Stanton, according to sports radio host Craig Mish. Last week, San Francisco reportedly made an actual offer for..." November 20

  • Cardinals make trade offer for Stanton

    MLB.com "The Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes have moved beyond the preliminary stage. The Cardinals have made a formal trade offer to the Marlins for the reigning National League MVP Award winner, a source told MLB.com Sunday. And they are not alone. MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal first reported..." November 20

  • Jake Arrieta Rumored to Be Receiving Interest from Milwaukee Brewers

    Bleacher Report "The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly interested in signing free-agent starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, according to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network. Per that report, "With Jimmy Nelson expected to miss a portion of 2018 after shoulder surgery, the team is looking for top-of-the-rotation..." November 20