• White Sox continue to work on Jose Quintana trade

    Larry Brown Sports "The Chicago White Sox seem determined to get a Jose Quintana trade done before the start of the season. Jim Bowden of ESPN reports on Wednesday that the White Sox continue to work on moving the All-Star left-hander and could have a deal done before Opening Day with the Houston Astros and the..." March 22

  • Puerto Rico is running out of blond hair dye due to WBC-related boost in demand

    CBS Sports "If you’ve watched any of Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, you’ve undoubtedly noticed how members of the team have dyed their hair blond. They aren’t the only ones. In fact, the citizens of Puerto Rico are taking the WBC so seriously that it’s causing a blond hair dye shortage -- yes,..." March 22

  • Max Scherzer says finger is healed, no longer an issue

    Sportsnaut "The Washington Nationals and their fans can rest easy. Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer — who was dealing with a knuckle injury — threw in Grapefruit League action on Wednesday, and had no negative effects. Scherzer went 4.2 innings, surrendered five hits, walked one, allowed two..." March 22

  • Cardinals tab Carlos Martinez as Opening Day starter against Cubs

    Fanrag Sports "According to a Wednesday morning report from Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Cardinals have found their Opening Day starter for the 2017 regular season. As a result, right-hander Carlos Martinez will take the mound for the club on Sunday, April 2 against the Chicago..." March 22

  • Girardi Confirms Greg Bird Will Be Yankees’ Starting First Baseman

    CBS New York "Greg Bird, whose status as Mark Teixeira’s heir apparent was tossed in doubt when he missed last season with a shoulder injury last year, has officially won the Yankees’ starting first base job. Manager Joe Girardi announced his decision Wednesday morning. The move was expected. Bird entered..." March 22

  • Giants easing Madison Bumgarner toward Opening Day start

    ESPN "San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy says Madison Bumgarner is "ready to go" for the start of the season after the ace left-hander pitched just two innings in his spring training start Tuesday. Bumgarner will get five days off before his spring training finale, slated for Monday against..." March 22

  • Carrasco once ate pizza for 90 straight days during spring training

    The Player's Tribune "The first time I set foot on a baseball field, I cried. And cried. And cried. At least that how my parents tell the story. I was four years old at the time, and my mom had taken me over to one of the little ball fields near our home in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. She wanted me to play..." March 22

  • O’s GM Dan Duquette: O’s fans really, really hate Jose Bautista

    Hardball Talk "Over the winter Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said that he would not pursue free agent outfielder Jose Bautista because Orioles fans didn’t like him. Whether that’s the real reason, as opposed to matters of cost, the team’s needs and Bautista’s value as a player going forward, is only..." March 22

  • Stroman's mom received 'vulgar comments' from Puerto Rican fans

    Fox Sports "The pitcher starting for the United States in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic originally intended to play for Team USA’s opponent, Puerto Rico. But Stroman, 25, changed his mind, announcing on Dec. 3 that he would play for Team USA rather than Puerto Rico, where his mother,..." March 22

  • Chicago Cubs World Series Movie in Development

    Variety "Ted Field’s Radar Pictures is developing a movie about the Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series — their first in 108 years — with the team and its recently-retired catcher David Ross. Radar has acquired movie rights to Ross’ upcoming memoir “Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World..." March 22

  • Encarnacion looking to maintain 100-RBI streak with Indians

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "At first, Edwin Encarnacion wasn't sure he wanted to talk. It was not a matter of being rude. By nature, Encarnacion is shy. The Cleveland Indians power hitter is trying to quietly fit into his new team. Encarnacion knows he's the most expensive free agent signing in Tribe history. He..." March 22

  • Yankees reassign top prospect Torres to minors after red-hot spring

    Fanrag Sports "The New York Yankees have reassigned infielder and top prospect Gleyber Torres to minor league camp in Double-A Trenton, the team announced on Tuesday. Torres is a prized prospect who’s been sharpening his tools ever since he joined the Yankees organization in the summer 2016. He was a..." March 22

  • First openly gay active minor league player David Denson retires

    Fanrag Sports "David Denson, the first openly gay active minor league player, has announced his retirement from the game. “I want to thank all of you for the amazing love and support over the years,” he wrote on Facebook on Monday, via the Milwaukee Brewers team site. “But my baseball journey has come to an..." March 22

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • Diamondbacks SS Nick Ahmed drawing interest on trade market

    Arizona Republic "Nick Ahmed’s potential availability via trade has sparked interest from at least a handful of teams, with the San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees all believed to have varying degrees of interest in the Diamondbacks shortstop. The Diamondbacks have depth at shortstop, with..." March 22

  • Michael Conforto 'paying his dues' as Mets outfielder fights for spot on major-league roster

    New York Daily News "The key is getting a good seat near the window in a quiet section of the bus. Michael Conforto made the mistake of driving with friends to Lakeland the last time. Two and a half hours on mostly two-lane backroads through the rural middle of Florida. “Just a whole lot of trees and cows,”..." March 22

  • Yankees’ rotation battle not going the way Joe Girardi hoped

    New York Post "Adam Warren is the only member of the five-men-for-two-spots rotation competition who is a lock to make the Yankees. “Outside of Warren, who isn’t going anywhere because he can go to the pen or be in the rotation, the rest of the guys have flexibility and options,’’ general manager Brian..." March 22

  • Didi Gregorius To Begin Season On DL Due To Shoulder Injury

    MLB Trade Rumors "Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has been shut down from baseball activities for two weeks due to a shoulder strain, and thus will be placed on the 10-day DL to begin the season, manager Joe Girardi told reporters" March 21

  • Jays finalizing extension with manager John Gibbons

    Fanrag Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays and manager John Gibbons are finalizing a multi-year extension and expect to have a deal in place by opening day, sources tell FanRag Sports. This comes just a week after a March 15 report from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun that the Jays were “extremely optimistic” about an..." March 21

  • Rangers sign Robinson Chirinos to multi-year deal; 'We have two starting-caliber catchers'

    Dallas Morning News "The Texas Rangers have signed backup catcher Robinson Chirinos to a multi-year deal, the team announced Tuesday. The option for 2019 is a club option. Chirinos, 32, has been a mainstay in the Rangers' lineup since 2014, though he assumed the backup role after Jonathan Lucroy was acquired..." March 21

  • Rangers GM open to in-season negotiations with Darvish

    MLB.com "The Rangers are not facing a deadline at the end of Spring Training in their contract discussions with pitcher Yu Darvish, as general manager Jon Daniels said that those discussions could carry on into the regular season. Some clubs are opposed to having contract discussions once the season..." March 21

  • Barry Bonds joins Giants front office

    CSN Bay Area "The Giants announced Tuesday that Barry Bonds has joined the organization as a special advisor to president and CEO Larry Baer. Bonds will join Giants camp on Wednesday. Bonds will represent the organization at community and organizational events in San Francisco and will spend a week in camp...." March 21

  • When minor-league teams attack: Red Sox affiliate blasts Tim Tebow in Twitter rant

    CBS Sports "On Monday, the New York Mets announced where Tim Tebow would begin his minor-league career -- in Class A, with the Columbia Fireflies . It didn’t take long for people to make jokes -- because Tebow can’t walk down the road without someone making a joke. Yet the noteworthy thing is who was..." March 21

  • Giants' Smith has UCL damage, no timetable for return

    San Jose Mercury News "The Giants were in the process of compiling their information on left-hander Will Smith’s ailing elbow Tuesday morning, but the initial read is not an optimistic one. Smith’s MRI exam showed some issues with the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow – structural concerns that had not..." March 21

  • White Sox, Tim Anderson agree to a six-year extension

    Hardball Talk "White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson has played only one season in the big leagues. It was a good season, though, as the rookie hit .283/.306/.432 (OPS+ 102) with nine homers and ten stolen bases in 99 games. As Bill mentioned last night, he and the White Sox were reported to be in talks about a..." March 21

  • 5 MLB teams that can dethrone the Cubs as World Series champions

    Yardbarker "It’s easy to see why the Chicago Cubs would be favored to win the World Series for a second consecutive season. They have a great lineup, a strong pitching staff, and depth almost everywhere. However, the safer bet would be to take the field over the Cubs in 2017. That, however, doesn’t do much to..." March 21

  • Recuperating David Price probably out until at least May

    CSN New England "The Red Sox believe David Price will recover from the elbow injury that's sidelined him in spring training, but it looks as if he won't return to action until May at the earliest. “I think he’ll be fine based upon what the doctors have told me, what David feels,” said Red Sox president of..." March 21

  • Yankees' Baby Bombers could be all grown up soon

    CBS Sports "These are not your father’s New York Yankees. Hell, they’re not even your slightly older brother’s New York Yankees. The team that spent megabucks on Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, and Jacoby Ellsbury is no more. A-Rod, Teixeira, and McCann are done, while Sabathia..." March 21

  • Liriano cements his place in Blue Jays' rotation with dominant spring

    MLB.com "With the exception of one pitch Monday, it was a flawless performance by Blue Jays left-hander Francisco Liriano. Ah, but that one pitch. Liriano left an 0-1 fastball too high in the zone, and Twins first baseman ByungHo Park drilled it for a no-doubt two-run homer over the..." March 21

  • A guy asked all 30 teams why he should root for them. Seven responded.

    Hardball Talk "A friend alerted me to a Reddit post from a Croatian guy who doesn’t know much about baseball but who was trying to figure out a rooting interest. His solution: he wrote to all 30 teams, asking them why he should root for them. Only seven responded: the Orioles, Indians, Mariners, Marlins,..." March 20

  • Astros' Jose Altuve would participate in another WBC

    Houston Chronicle "Upon his return to Astros' camp on Monday, Jose Altuve raved about his experience in the World Baseball Classic. Altuve and Team Venezuela were eliminated from the WBC on Saturday. The Astros' star second baseman returned to West Palm Beach from San Diego on Sunday and was back in the team's..." March 20

  • White Sox discussing long-term contract with Tim Anderson

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Scott Merkin reports that the White Sox are discussing a multi-year contract with shortstop Tim Anderson. Anderson, 23, made his major league debut last season, batting .283/.306/.432 with 37 extra-base hits, 30 RBI, 57 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 431 plate appearances. He..." March 20

  • Rockies' Black says Bettis eyeing summer return following chemotherapy

    Denver Post "Chad Bettis spent his Sunday scouting a minor-league game at Salt River Fields. On Monday, the veteran Rockies right-hander started chemotherapy, two weeks after learning his testicular cancer had returned. Bettis was pitching through spring training in full health after blood tests showed him..." March 20

  • Braves to release John Danks

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The trimmed three more from the camp roster Monday when they optioned reliever Luke Jackson and catcher Anthony Recker to Triple-A Gwinnett and released left-hander John Danks. The team hoped that Danks would accept their offer to go to Triple-A Gwinnett, but the veteran wanted to pitch in the..." March 20

  • Tim Tebow to be assigned to Columbia Fireflies, Mets’ low-A affiliate

    Newsday "Tim Tebow’s baseball odyssey will continue in South Carolina with the Columbia Fireflies, the Mets’ low Class-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, where he will play every day as he attempts his transition from quarterback to corner outfielder. “Sending him to a full season club is what..." March 20

  • Scott Feldman gets Reds' Opening Day nod

    Cincinnati Enquirer "In January the Reds signed veteran right-hander Scott Feldman to a one-year deal to pitch either in the team’s rotation or bullpen. On Monday, he was named the team’s Opening Day starter. Feldman, 34, will be making his third career Opening Day start, opening the season for the Rangers in 2010..." March 20

  • Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis begins chemotherapy for testicular cancer

    USA Today "As the Colorado Rockies prepared for yet another routine day of spring training on Monday, pitcher Chad Bettis began Day 1 of chemotherapy for testicular cancer. Bettis, who thought he’d beat cancer after off-season surgery, announced earlier this month that it had unexpectedly spread. He will..." March 20

  • Diamondbacks continue to push envelope with over-the-top concessions

    Sportsnaut "It’s a day ending in “y” so it’s a given the Arizona Diamondbacks are taking regular concession stand foods and more than likely injecting them with steroids. Okay, so that’s not entirely true, but a couple of the newest food items they are introducing are just plain ridiculous. The latest..." March 20

  • Yankees' Didi Gregorius leaves Netherlands WBC team due to a shoulder injury

    CBS Sports "It is unclear how many New York Yankees fans will root for the Netherlands in their World Baseball Classic semifinal ( how to watch ) on Monday night against Puerto Rico, but there’s one thing the bleacher creatures and the Dutch can agree on: a hurt Didi Gregorius is bad news. Gregorius, who..." March 20

  • Farrell confirms Red Sox in market for depth starter

    Boston Herald "The Red Sox are looking outside the organization for additional starting pitching depth and have been doing that for some time, manager John Farrell said on Monday morning. Farrell echoed statements made by president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski earlier in spring training, when..." March 20

  • Why are St. Louis Cardinals being overlooked as World Series contender in 2017?

    The Sports Daily "The St. Louis Cardinals are a class organization, and have one of the best farm systems in Major League Baseball. By that logic alone, they can never be counted out heading into each season as a legitimate contender. But with the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series in 2016, no one is talking..." March 20

  • Brady Anderson’s role with Orioles a topic of debate

    Fox Sports "His title is vice president of baseball operations. The Orioles list him No. 2 on their front-office depth chart, just under executive VP Dan Duquette. But to Brady Anderson, a role that typically equates to assistant general manager is not enough. “I made up my mind early on that I’m not going..." March 20

  • Torii Hunter Jr makes baseball debut

    Larry Brown Sports "Not too long ago, Torii Hunter Jr. was catching passes as a wide receiver at Notre Dame. On Sunday, he was playing in a spring training baseball game. Hunter played in nine games for the Fighting Irish last year, catching 38 passes for 521 yards and three touchdowns. He was also drafted by the..." March 20

  • Cubs' Maddon compares White Sox pitching prospect to Chapman

    MLB.com "The five strikeouts recorded by Michael Kopech over two innings Friday against the World Series champion Cubs earned high praise from manager Joe Maddon. "That's a really good arm. It was kind of like watching Aroldis Chapman the way the ball reacts at home plate," Maddon told reporters..." March 20

  • Pete Mackanin fines Phillies after Franco's error

    Philly.com "All the inhabitants of the Phillies clubhouse will feel the pain of Maikel Franco's error when they each have to pay manager Pete Mackanin a whopping $1 on Sunday morning. Mackanin said Franco's error - the third baseman lost a pop-up in the sun on Saturday afternoon despite having sunglasses..." March 20

  • USA didn't recall Archer due to his pitching schedule

    Tampa Bay Times "RHP Chris Archer chose his words carefully, but it was clear he was disappointed to wake up early Sunday to a text telling him not to take his scheduled flight to Los Angeles because he wouldn't be pitching for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic final. "I don't know what happened other than..." March 20

  • Cueto: I was criticized in Dominican for missing WBC

    San Jose Mercury News "Closer Mark Melancon is leaving to join Team USA for the final round of the World Baseball Classic, while another pitcher in Giants camp is left to deal with disappointment and deflect the carping of critics. Johnny Cueto said he would have pitched Tuesday’s semifinal game for the Dominican..." March 20

  • Gibbons not concerned about Bautista's back injury

    MLB.com "While Jose Bautista being a last-minute scratch from Team Dominican Republic's lineup before Saturday's World Baseball Classic game due to back stiffness may have initially been a cause for alarm, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he is not concerned. Gibbons described Bautista's issue on..." March 20

  • Phillies name Jeremy Hellickson as Opening Day starter

    Philly Voice "For the second year in a row, the Phillies are opening the regular season at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. And for the second year in a row, veteran right-hander Jeremy Hellickson has been given the assignment to start for the Phillies on Opening Day. Manager Pete Mackanin made the..." March 19

  • Julio Teheran to start 4th consecutive Opening Day for Braves

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "There were no surprises when the Braves announced their season-opening starting rotation Sunday, beginning with Julio Teheran in his fourth consecutive opening day start April 3 against the Mets. He’ll be followed by Braves veteran newcomers Bartolo Colon, Jaime Garcia and R.A. Dickey, with..." March 19