• Chris Davis discusses Adderall use for first time

    CSN Baltimore "For the first time since his 25-game suspension was announced, Chris Davis talked about Adderall at Saturday's FanFest. He hadn’t discussed it before, Davis said, because he didn’t want to take the focus off his teammates during last season’s postseason. Davis will report to Sarasota, Fla. for..." January 31

  • MLB.com names Byron Buxton as baseball’s top prospect for second straight year

    Hardball Talk "For the second straight year, MLB.com has ranked Twins center field prospect Byron Buxton as the No. 1 prospect in the game. Buxton got top honors despite appearing in just 31 games in the minors last season due to a left wrist injury and a concussion. The 21-year-old then suffered a small..." January 31

  • Garrett Richards agrees to $3.2M deal

    Orange County Register "Garrett Richards agreed with the Angels on a one-year, $3.2-million deal on Saturday, settling just above the midpoint and avoiding arbitration. Richards had asked the Angels for $3.8 million and the Angels offered $2.4 million. Matt Joyce is the Angels only remaining arbitration eligible..." January 31

  • Fans, former teammates, friends pay respects at Ernie Banks visitation

    Chicago Tribune "Ernie Banks loved baseball and he loved the fans. On Friday, the fans loved him back, paying their respects during a public visitation at Fourth Presbyterian Church in downtown Chicago. Banks' casket is draped with a No. 14 flag. Above the casket is a huge photo of a youthful Banks in a Cubs..." January 31

  • Matt Harrison unlikely to pitch for Texas Rangers before June

    Dallas Morning News "Matt Harrison got another reminder this week of just how sharp a climb he has back to the major leagues. Now stretching out towards real a long-toss program, Harrison has hit his first plateau since last year’s spinal fusion surgery. He is dealing with some stiffness in his right side from..." January 31

  • Consistency key for Jose Quintana in heart of White Sox rotation

    CSN Chicago "It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of the offseason moves the White Sox have made. Fans raved at SoxFest 2015 about the additions of Jeff Samardzija and David Robertson to the pitching staff, citing the need for more arms. But sitting quietly in the heart of the rotation is the calm but..." January 31

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays have signed RHP Ronald Belisario to minor-league deal, are likely to also sign INF Alexi Casilla. Both will compete for jobs in camp

  • Freeman excited about road ahead for Braves

    MLB.com "Given the close bond that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward have shared since entering the professional ranks together in 2007, Freeman does not like the fact that they will no longer be teammates. Nor is he overly excited about the fact that Justin Upton and Evan Gattis will..." January 31

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Padres have discussed #Brewers’ Sardinas as option at SS. Preller had Sardinas in TEX. No recent talks between clubs, however.

  • Brewers say “not much has happened lately” in trade talks for Jonathan Papelbon

    Hardball Talk "The Brewers finalized a one-year, $3 million contract with veteran left-handed reliever Neal Cotts on Friday, but they are still in the market for a closer. Jonathan Broxton currently projects to be the team’s closer for 2015, but Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash told Adam McCalvy of..." January 31

  • Joba Chamberlain is being pretty choosy

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports that Joba Chamberlain “has rejected multiple offers from teams he did not want to join.” Which, while he was decent enough in lower leverage situations last year, is somewhat surprising considering he’s, you know, Joba Chamberlain." January 30

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    Mike Wilner @Wilnerness590

    #Bluejays won't be signing Ronald Belisario - sides got very close, but deal has fallen through. The reliever remains a free agent. #Jays

  • Orioles' Duquette: 'I'm not used to being a trade rumor'

    The Score "Dan Duquette, the executive vice president of the Baltimore Orioles, discussed Thursday the atypical offseason he's endured, wherein the Blue Jays reportedly tried to pry him away from Baltimore for a loftier position in Toronto. "It's been interesting," Duquette told Eduardo A. Encina of the..." January 30

  • Phillies sign veteran pitcher Billingsley

    Philly.com "Many of the Phillies' offseason moves, via trade and free agency, have addressed starting pitching. They added another arm to the mix Thursday when they signed veteran righthander Chad Billingsley to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. Billingsley, 30, has not pitched since 2013 after undergoing..." January 30

  • Parking, rats among problems Wrigley Field neighbors cite in renovation

    Chicago Tribune "The sounds form a cacophony of construction — jackhammers' percussive pelting, the persistent beeping of vehicles in reverse and the shrill whine of buzz saws. Meanwhile, the sights are not exactly picturesque — the gray concrete trucks, the forklifts transporting material safely across mounds..." January 30

  • Tigers' Davis working on strength after groin injury

    Detroit Free Press "Rajai Davis isn't where he wants to be. Not just yet. "I'm healthy," he said during the Detroit Tigers' winter caravan last week. "I'm definitely healthy, but I'm definitely still working to where I expect to be." Where he expects to be, he said, is 100 percent by the time spring training..." January 30

  • Rockies Acquire David Hale, Gus Schlosser From Braves

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies have acquired right-handers David Hale and Gus Schlosser from the Braves in exchange for minor league catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O’Dowd, the teams announced today. Of the players involved in this trade, Hale easily has the most big league experience. The 27-year-old Hale has..." January 30

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    More on #Braves’ Gonzalez: Extension unlikely until team determines whether he fits with Hart in new leadership dynamic, per source.

  • Yankees sign Scott Baker to a minor league deal

    Pinstripe Alley "It seems that the Yankees offseason isn't over just yet. With Chris Capuano pencilled in as the fifth starter right now and the unreliable Bryan Mitchell and recovering Ivan Nova the only two pitchers available as realistic backups, the Yankees have decided to bring in another player into the..." January 30

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    justin jouvenal @jjouvenal

    BREAKING: Nats' Jayson Werth to serve 5 days in jail after pleading guilty to recklessly driving Porsche on 495. pic.twitter.com/2R2f2eV25X

  • Prospect rankings: ESPN's Keith Law thinks Kris Bryant is No. 1

    CSN Chicago "Kris Bryant has another "top prospect" label to toss on his resume. ESPN's Keith Law unveiled his Top 100 prospects Thursday morning and tabbed Bryant as No. 1, ahead of Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton, who was No. 1 last year on Law's rankings. Bryant came in at No. 15 on Law's list last..." January 29

  • Braves To Sign Eric Stults

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have agreed to sign left-hander Eric Stults to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, reports MLB.com’s Mark Bowman (on Twitter). Stults is a client of Pro Star Management, Inc. The 35-year-old Stults has spent the better part of the past three seasons in the Padres’..." January 29

  • Blue Jays agree to deal with reliever Belisario

    Sportsnet.ca "The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to sign right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario to a minor league deal, an industry source told Sportsnet. If Belisario makes the team, he will earn a salary of $1.7 million. If the hard-throwing Belisario can bounce back from a difficult 2014 season, he..." January 29

  • Brewers reach agreement with Neal Cotts

    The Score "The Milwaukee Brewers appear to have found a replacement for departed left-hander Zach Duke, as the club reached an agreement Thursday with veteran reliever Neal Cotts, a source told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Terms of the agreement were not immediately available, but..." January 29

  • Giants release Marco Scutaro

    Sporting News "The Giants on Wednesday released veteran infielder Marco Scutaro, who is attempting to come back from offseason back surgery. Scutaro was designated for assignment Jan. 21 to make room for newly signed outfielder Norichika Aoki on the 40-man roster. A month earlier, Scutaro underwent surgery to..." January 29

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    Daniel nava settles with red sox at $1.85M

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    Shi Davidi @ShiDavidi

    #BlueJays sign infielder Ramon Santiago to minor-league deal. Comes into camp for a look. OPS of .667 in 75 games for #Reds last year

  • Garrett Richards’ arbitration hearing set for February 11

    Hardball Talk "According to beat writer Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, an arbitration hearing for Angels starter Garrett Richards has been scheduled for February 11. Teams and players usually come to terms before hearings are needed — thus avoiding any drama — but Richards is a complicated case." January 29

  • Stephen Drew still starting material for Yankees despite awful 2014 season

    New York Daily News "Brian Cashman believes in, as he put it, "the back of the baseball card" on Stephen Drew, rather than Drew's dreadful, abbreviated 2014 season. That's why the Yankee GM said in a telephone interview Wednesday that Drew projects as "hopefully our everyday second baseman." Cashman also seems..." January 29

  • What does Max Scherzer's contract mean for Johnny Cueto?

    Red Reporter "This article is late considering the fact the Max Scherzer news, press conference, and much of the analysis was done last week. I got caught up in the 10th anniversary of Red Reporter, and I sincerely apologize. If you hadn't heard, Max Scherzer signed with the Washington Nationals for 7 years..." January 29

  • Padres bring back their brown uniforms, sort of

    Yahoo! Sports "There's a legion of baseball fans out there who've campaigned for years to get the San Diego Padres to bring back their brown uniforms. On Wednesday, their wish came true — sort of. The Padres announced that they'll wear their brown pinstriped uniforms from the late '80s for five games during..." January 29

  • Say hey, baseball: Jonathan Papelbon trade talks ongoing

    SB Nation "Wednesday morning's baseball includes continued Papelbon trade discussions, A's fans (legitimate) dislike of Bud Selig, and a Panda making a half-court shot from his butt. Listen, we know it's tough to catch up on everything happening in the baseball world each morning. There are all kinds of..." January 29

  • Shorter Games and More Offence? It's Possible

    Fox Sports "However, his comments about the shift came in the context of a stated desire to breathe some offense back into a sport that has shifted heavily toward the pitching side of the equation in recent years. With offense trending downward, the league clearly feels there is a point at which rules might..." January 29

  • Red Sox should wait it out with Allen Craig

    Boston Herald "No offense to Ryan Hanigan, who could supply minimal offense and still be a good backup catcher, but the Red Sox sold low on Will Middlebrooks last month and they know it. It would be foolish to do the same with Allen Craig. Look, we know 91 losses and a last-place finish last season make..." January 29

  • Dayan Viciedo is flawed, but would be worth it for Phillies

    CSN Philly "The Phillies are in the market for low-risk, high-reward players and one outfielder designated for assignment Wednesday fits that description. After a disappointing five-year run with the White Sox that included power but little else, 25-year-old outfielder/first baseman Dayan Viciedo was..." January 29

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Brandon Beachy’s agent, Rob Martin: “Brandon has decided not to sign a contract at this time. With each day his arm is getting stronger …

  • Union will back A-Rod if Yanks try to deny him HR bonuses: source

    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

  • Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka says elbow feels good, per report

    Newark Star-Ledger "Masahiro Tanaka says his elbow feels just fine as the 26-year-old ace readies for spring training, according to a report from the Japan Times. Tanaka worked out with his old team, Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles, last week and reported no pain his the elbow, the report said. The elbow has a..." January 28

  • White Sox Sign Gordon Beckham, Designate Dayan Viciedo For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The White Sox announced that they have signed infielder Gordon Beckham to a one-year, $2MM contract and designated outfielder Dayan Viciedo for assignment in order to clear a space on the 40-man roster. Earlier today, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo tweeted that a reunion between the Sox and Beckham was..." January 28

  • Report: Nationals sign P Janssen to one-year, $5 million contract

    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

  • Angels Avoid Arbitration With David Freese

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have avoided arbitration with third baseman David Freese, Mike Perchick of WAPT tweets. Freese will earn $6.425MM in his final season of arbitration eligibility, MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports on Twitter. That settlement amount represents the exact mid-point between the player and..." January 28

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    Jenrry mejia settles with mets at $2.595M. Above midpoint.

  • Phillies Announce David Montgomery Is Out As President

    CBS Philly "The Phillies announced on Wednesday that David Montgomery is out as President of the team. Montgomery will return to the team as Chairman, not President, confirming an October report from 94WIP’s Howard Eskin. Pat Gillick will continue his current position as President and Bill Giles will take..." January 28

  • Orioles acquire outfielder Travis Snider in trade with Pirates

    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

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    I get impression #Brewers would like to find way to do problematic Papelbon trade. If that fails, fall-back position likely is K-Rod.

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    timdierkes @timdierkes

    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.

  • Matt Moore throws off mound for first time since getting Tommy John elbow surgery

    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

  • Sources: Star Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada’s free agency imminent

    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

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    Anthony DiComo @AnthonyDiComo

    #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.

  • David Robertson thinks White Sox will be better than Yankees

    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