• Mariners announce plans to retire Edgar Martinez’s No. 11 this season

    Seattle Times "The Seattle Mariners aren’t waiting for Edgar Martinez to reach the Baseball Hall of Fame, something that could happen within the next two years. Instead, the organization is bending its own stringent guidelines to honor their current hitting coach and longtime designated hitter. At a press..." January 24

  • Blue Jays agree to minors deal with Saltalamacchia

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays and free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia are in agreement on a minor-league deal pending a physical, an industry source told Sportsnet on Tuesday. If completed, the 31-year-old switch-hitter would likely serve as a backup to starter Russell Martin and check off another..." January 24

  • Angels agree to minor-league deal with Eric Young Jr.

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels and fleet-footed outfielder Eric Young Jr. have agreed to a minor league contract and an invite to Major League Spring Training, reports Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times (via Twitter). The 31-year-old Young spent most of the 2016 season with the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate,..." January 24

  • The Braves want $14M more from Cobb County taxpayers for their new stadium

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Three months before the first pitch at SunTrust Park, the Atlanta Braves’ front office is claiming Cobb County taxpayers owe $14 million for roads, walkways and other pedestrian improvements at the team’s new stadium. The Braves have already paid most of those expenses, and team officials say..." January 24

  • Giants To Sign Nick Hundley

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have struck a deal on a contract with catcher Nick Hundley, per Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area News Group (via Twitter). He is expected to receive a $2MM guarantee. Hundley has already passed his physical, but the team is waiting to line up a 40-man move before making things official." January 24

  • Yordano Ventura was robbed and left to die after car accident

    Kansas City Star "Disturbing but unverified details have emerged about the death of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura. A story in the Spanish-language site Pio Deportes said that journalist Euri Cabral reported that Ventura “was carrying items such as cash, garments that included his World Series ring and other..." January 24

  • Man shot in face outside Nationals Park

    Larry Brown Sports "Police are investigating a shooting that took place outside of Nationals Park in Washington D.C. on Tuesday. According to WUSA 9, police received multiple calls about a shooting. When they arrived they found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was said to be conscious..." January 24

  • Longoria 'surprised and upset' by Rays' trade of Forsythe

    Tampa Bay Times "In admitting the pain of trading Logan Forsythe to the Dodgers on Monday night, Rays officials raved about how valuable he was hitting atop their lineup, playing a sturdy second base and providing professionalism and by-example leadership in their clubhouse. But, they insisted, the talented..." January 24

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • Yordano Ventura reportedly was not wearing a seatbelt during fatal crash

    CBS Sports "Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura died Sunday in a fatal car accident in his native Dominican Republic. While an investigation into the crash and Ventura's subsequent death are ongoing, some details are beginning to emerge. Here's an excerpt from Rustin Dodd's piece on the crash in the Kansas..." January 24

  • Report: Cubs have a deal with free-agent starting pitcher Brett Anderson

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs are reportedly adding another pitcher to their 2017 mix. According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs have agreed to a deal with veteran left-hander Brett Anderson. Anderson started his career with a bang back in 2009, starting 30 games and striking out 150 batters for the..." January 24

  • Rangers Only Interested In Mike Napoli On One-Year Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "It once seemed like the Rangers were moving swiftly toward a deal with free agent first baseman Mike Napoli, but nothing has come together as of yet. That may be because Texas is only interested in guaranteeing the veteran a single season, as ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports (Insider link). It’s..." January 24

  • Former Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson signs with Tampa Bay

    Dallas Morning News "Tampa Bay has agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract with free-agent right-hander Shawn Tolleson, who can make an additional $1.15 million in bonuses. The 29-year-old Tolleson, who played at Allen and Baylor, was 2-2 with 11 saves and a 7.68 ERA in 37 games last season with the Rangers" January 24

  • Report: Padres have made an offer of more than $1.75 million to Jered Weaver

    Hardball Talk "The Padres have reportedly made an offer of more than $1.75 million to free agent starter Jered Weaver, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Weaver, 34, isn’t the pitcher he was three years ago when he led the American League with 18 wins. He finished this past season with a 5.06 ERA and a..." January 24

  • Yankees have to love Masahiro Tanaka’s caution

    New York Post "Masahiro Tanaka made the obvious official Monday, and it’ll be music to the ears of the Yankees and their fans: The team’s ace will pass on the World Baseball Classic. In Tokyo, Tanaka said, “Taking various things into consideration, it would be difficult, so I will not participate,” according..." January 24

  • Report: Former Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole signs with Diamondbacks

    Sportsnet "The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor-league contract, according to reports. Thole spent four seasons in the Blue Jays organization, primarily as a personal catcher for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. " January 24

  • Dodgers, Rays swap 2B Logan Forsythe for Jose De Leon

    CBS Sports "The Dodgers have acquired second baseman Logan Forsythe from the Rays, in exchange for pitching prospect Jose De Leon. Forsythe, 30, hit .264/.333/.444 (113 OPS+) with 24 doubles, 20 home runs, 52 RBI, 76 runs and six stolen bases last season. A DL stint limited him to 127 games. He's served as..." January 23

  • Investigators Believe Yordano Ventura Was Speeding Before Crash

    TMZ "Transportation authorities in the Dominican Republic tell TMZ Sports they believe Yordano Ventura was speeding at the time of his fatal crash. The K.C. Royals pitcher was traveling on a mountainous highway around 4 AM on Sunday when he lost control and flipped his customized Jeep ... killing..." January 23

  • Korean third baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang signs with Giants

    Fanrag Sports "A source close to the situation has confirmed to FanRag Sports that Korean third baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang has signed with the San Francisco Giants. However, the details and financial terms surrounding the newly inked pact have yet to come to light. Andrew Baggarly was first to confirm a report..." January 23

  • Bo Jackson is not gonna change kids’ minds

    Hardball Talk "Last week Bo Jackson said that, if he had it to do all over again, he would have never played professional football and that he would never let his kids play. The sport is too violent, he said. “I’d tell them, ‘Play baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, just anything but football.’” Fair enough...." January 23

  • Blue Jays have expressed interest in Saltalamacchia

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have expressed interest in veteran catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). Toronto has been known to be looking for a backup to Russell Martin for quite some time, and Saltalamacchia could certainly fit that bill. The 31-year-old switch-hitter..." January 23

  • Blue Jays agree to minor-league deal with Gregorio Petit

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have signed infielder Gregorio Petit to a minor-league contract and claimed catcher Juan Graterol from the Los Angeles Angels, the team announced. Petit, 32, appeared in 89 games with the Angels in 2016, hitting .245 with a .647 OPS. The Venezuelan spent the 2016 season..." January 23

  • Why Mets outfield may be preventing them from fixing their bullpen

    CBS Sports "It's not often you can say the team that handed out the largest contract of the offseason has been mostly inactive this winter, but that is certainly the case with the New York Mets. Back in November, the Mets re-signed Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year contract worth $110 million, which is easily..." January 23

  • Astros 'not expecting' to add frontline starter

    Houston Chronicle "Twenty minutes into a question-and-answer session with general manager Jeff Luhnow on Saturday, Astros fan Mike Bray broached the topic on everyone's minds. "So, Jeff, are you still talking trades," asked Bray, 66, who occupied a second-row seat for the forum, part of the Astros' annual FanFest..." January 23

  • Yankees’ Tanaka opts to sit out WBC

    The Japan News " New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka said Monday he has decided not to participate in the World Baseball Classic in March. “Based on various factors, I thought it would be difficult to take part, so I decided not to take part,” Tanaka told reporters after working out in Sendai." January 23

  • Royals GM called Marlins president after news of Ventura's death

    ESPN "The news of Yordano Ventura's death spread quickly Sunday morning and pierced the veneer of a sports world focused on the NFL playoffs and Grand Slam tennis. With each new expression of grief or tweet of confirmation, we experienced the same sequence of emotions: shock and disbelief, followed by a..." January 23

  • Dominican officials say no alcohol found at scene of Ventura's fatal crash

    Kansas City Star "In life, Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura burned bright against the night sky, a flame-throwing right-hander who mesmerized baseball fans with his precocious talent, scintillating fastball and fiery swagger. A child of the Dominican Republic, he arrived in Kansas City four years ago and rode that..." January 23

  • Adam Jones to serve as penalty box attendant for minor league hockey team

    Larry Brown Sports "Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is embarking on a new career, if only for a day. Jones, a San Diego native and season ticket holder for the AHL’s San Diego Gulls, signed a contract for Friday that will allow him to be an off-ice official in the team’s next game. “I’m living out my..." January 23

  • Commissioner Manfred on deaths of Ventura, Marte: 'Today is a very sad day'

    CBS Sports "Earlier on Sunday, news broke that Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former Cleveland Indians third baseman Andy Marte had died in separate car accidents. Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has since issued a statement concerning both: "Today is a very sad day for..." January 22

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Pedro Martinez thinks David Ortiz will return to Red Sox

    Larry Brown Sports "David Ortiz is retired, at least for now, but a former Boston Red Sox teammate doesn’t think that will last. Pedro Martinez told WEEI’s “Trenni & Tomase” that he won’t believe Ortiz is retired until he sees the slugger sit out an entire season. “David says he’s retired,” Martinez said, via..." January 22

  • Dominican police: Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash

    SI "Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic. He was 25. Dominican national police colonel Jacobo Mateo Moquete identified the victim of a fatal crash as Ventura. Ventura’s agency confirmed his death to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. Ventura’s death..." January 22

  • Like David Price, Pedro Martinez has faced hate from fans

    Boston Herald "Even the most recent Red Sox Hall of Famer, Pedro Martinez, one of the greatest pitchers of all-time and widely beloved, has heard it. He thinks everyone has. Martinez has walked in David Price's shoes as a newcomer in Boston with gigantic expectations. And Martinez, who's from the Dominican..." January 22

  • Sale 'blown away' by Red Sox fans' welcome

    MLB.com "Chris Sale figured he probably had to win some games for his new team before the knowledgeable and passionate Red Sox fans treated him like one of their own. It turns out he was wrong. The lefty has spent the last two days at the team's annual Winter Weekend convention at Foxwoods somewhat..." January 22

  • Andy Marte Dies In Car Crash

    MLB Trade Rumors "Former major league corner infielder Andy Marte died Sunday morning in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic, according to various reports. He was 33 years old. “Words can’t express the emotions from the loss of our client Andy Marte. Gone too soon. A great person on and off the field,”..." January 22

  • Here's why Angels could rise to playoff contention in 2017

    CBS Sports "The current shoals being navigated by Angels GM Billy Eppler are treacherous ones. On the one hand, you've got one of the weakest farm systems in the game and a major-league club that finished 14 games below .500 in 2016. On the other hand, you've got the best player in baseball -- Mike Trout..." January 22

  • Yu focused on elbow, not contract

    MLB.com "Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish is approaching free agency, but he doesn't seem too worried about it. "It's not about my contract," Darvish said at Friday's Texas Rangers Awards Dinner. "Coming back from Tommy John [surgery] for the second year, I want to see how my body reacts and how I do. ......" January 22

  • Rays still seeking bench, bullpen help

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays actually have had a busy offseason, what with three major-league free agent additions (C Wilson Ramos, OF Colby Rasmus, RHP Shawn Tolleson), four trades, several waiver claims and the usual assortment of minor-league deals. But even though it's mid January and there look to be 14 new..." January 22

  • Marlins contemplate using a four-man bench

    MLB.com "The Marlins continue to monitor the free-agent market for another bench player, but signing an impact bat is not a high priority. The organization is seriously considering going with a four-man bench and carrying an additional reliever. "The thought of eight relievers and carrying a 13-man..." January 22

  • Former Giants ace Tim Lincecum not ready to call it quits

    San Jose Mercury News "Tim Lincecum couldn’t reestablish himself as a productive major league pitcher with the Los Angeles Angels last season, but the two-time Cy Young Award winner and Giants legend hasn’t given up on recapturing his previous form. Although he doesn’t have a contract for 2017 and spring training is..." January 22

  • Tigers' Anibal Sanchez: Will prepare for starting role

    CBS Sports "Sanchez will compete for a starting role in spring training, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. The right-hander struggled throughout 2016, failing to bring his ERA below 4.08 in any month of the season. Those struggles resulted in some yo-yoing between the rotation and the bullpen -- he'd be..." January 22

  • Porcello taking whirlwind in stride

    MLB.com "For Rick Porcello, a whirlwind Saturday started at the Red Sox Winter Weekend, a festive event that gives fans a chance to have up-close interactions with their favorite players. It will finish at the New York Baseball Writers Dinner, where Porcello will formally receive his American League Cy..." January 21

  • First Pitch: New year, new Angels?

    Fanrag Sports "We’ve finally made it to the weekend, which means it’s time to catch up on anything you may have missed during a busy week. While we hope you use this time to peruse FanRag Sports, we also know plenty of other sites are putting out good, entertaining work. Here’s some of it: The Los Angeles..." January 21

  • Albert Pujols’ injury status is what’s driving the Angels’ recent activity

    Fox Sports "The Angels’ pending signing of free-agent infielder Luis Valbuena is more a reflection of the uncertainty surrounding first baseman Albert Pujols than a desire to trade first baseman C.J. Cron or any other player. Valbuena’s agreement with the Angels, reportedly for two years with a club..." January 21

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Bautista says he took less money but is happy in Toronto

    CTV News "Jose Bautista says he took less money to re-sign with the Toronto Blue Jays, but is happy even though he didn't get a long-term contract. The free agent slugger agreed to an $18.5 million, one-year contract last Tuesday that includes mutual options for more years. The 36-year-old Bautista..." January 21

  • Brad Ausmus announces Justin Verlander will be Tigers Opening Day starter

    Detroit Sports Nation "On Saturday at TigerFest, manager Brad Ausmus announced that Justin Verlander will be the Detroit Tigers Opening Day starting pitcher. The Tigers first game will be played on April 3rd in Chicago against the White Sox. Ausmus said the rest of the rotation was yet to be determined. Verlander..." January 21

  • Red Sox close to reaching deal with arbitration-eligible Drew Pomeranz

    Fanrag Sports "According to a Saturday morning report from Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski believes that the club is getting close to a deal with left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz, who was previously acquired by Boston midway through..." January 21

  • Atlanta Braves Sign Veteran Catcher Kurt Suzuki??

    Fox Sports "Braves Sign Another Catcher? A rumor is circling the twitter world that the Atlanta Braves have signed veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki. Chris Cotillo of SB Nation twitted out this morning that a source of his is reporting of the signing. So now the debate begins…where does Suzuki stack up..." January 21