• Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera on paternity suit: I'm here to play baseball

    Detroit Free Press "A day after reporting to spring training in Lakeland, Fla., Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera declined to comment on his ongoing paternity suit. “I’m just here to play baseball,” Cabrera said Monday. Cabrera is being sued by his ex-mistress, Belkis Rodriguez, claiming he isn't..." February 20

  • MLB Rumors: Mike Moustakas to Yankees or White Sox?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The MLB free agent market (finally) is starting to dry up, especially for teams looking to add an impact bat. Outfielder J.D. Martinez and his 45 home runs signed with the Boston Red Sox. First baseman Eric Hosmer and his 25 home runs signed with the San Diego Padres. Could former Kansas City..." February 20

  • Don Mattingly gets testy with Bryce Harper for no good reason

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday Bryce Harper was asked about the Miami Marlins offseason moves. Fair question. The Marlins are division rivals and that club’s tear-down was probably the biggest news inside the division of the offseason. Here’s what Harper said: “I was very shocked that they were going to let go of..." February 20

  • Christian Yelich: ‘Everything changed’ for Marlins after Jose Fernandez’s death

    Larry Brown Sports "The Miami Marlins have not reached the postseason since 2003, but one of their former up and coming stars believes all of that was about to change before tragedy struck the organization in September of 2016. Christian Yelich, who was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers this offseason after five..." February 20

  • Phillies Engaged In “Dialogue” With Jake Arrieta

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies are “having dialogue” with Jake Arrieta and his representatives, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). While there’s currently a “gap” between the sides’ bargaining positions, it seems there’s at least some real interest being explored. Philadelphia has long been cited..." February 20

  • Red Sox trade Bryce Brentz to Pirates

    WEEI Boston "It appears the Red Sox have done Bryce Brentz a favor. The team announced it had shipped the outfielder to the Pirates for cash considerations. The move comes after the impending acquisition of J.D. Martinez cut the likelihood of Brentz making the final 25-roster down significantly. Brentz..." February 20

  • The Shohei Ohtani effect? Angels to lower right-field wall Angel Stadium by 10 feet

    CBS Sports "Angel Stadium of Anaheim will likely see an increase in home runs to right-center this coming season. Tuesday, the Angels announced that the right-center wall will be lowered from 18 feet to eight feet before the season begins. Obviously, lowering the wall by 10 feet will lead to more balls..." February 20

  • The Rockies have a clear front-runner to play first base, and it’s not Ian Desmond

    Denver Post "Looking for intrigue at Rockies spring training? Look to first base. When position players gather for their first official workout Monday at Salt River Fields, the question about who will man the position remains unanswered. The issue became even more cloudy Sunday when veteran Ian Desmond..." February 20

  • Michael Conforto is hitting off tee, says he's ahead of schedule

    SNY TV "Mets OF Michael Conforto recently began hitting off a tee and said he's "actually ahead of schedule" as he returns from shoulder surgery. Conforto said he was cleared by doctors at the end of January start a swinging progression, and that his return could be earlier or later than the May 1..." February 20

  • The Diamondbacks will be OK without JD Martinez

    Locked On MLB "Now that J.D. Martinez is (almost) officially headed to the Boston Red Sox, the Arizona Diamondbacks can move on with an offseason that still feels incomplete. It feels like an inactive offseason for Arizona because the results haven’t been there in terms of completed deals. They haven’t made..." February 20

  • Jackie Bradley Jr reportedly unlikely to be traded despite Martinez signing

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Red Sox adding JD Martinez does not necessarily mean that they will be trading Jackie Bradley Jr. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported on Monday night that Boston is unlikely to trade Bradley Jr. Signing Martinez gives Boston a crowd at DH and outfield. They have Andrew Benintendi..." February 20

  • Yankees’ other untouchable gem is slobbering over outfield

    New York Post "After the main event of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge taking batting practice ended Monday, the other groups took BP at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Estevan Florial was in the final group, with mostly other young prospects, but he likely won’t stay there for long. Yankees officials love..." February 20

  • Reyes preps for utility role upon Mets reunion

    MLB.com "All offseason, the assumption around Flushing was that Jose Reyes would return at some point. Reyes, though, says he did his best to keep his mind off a reunion, lest it not come to pass. His wish ultimately came true in January, and Reyes returned to Mets camp this weekend, prepared to reprise..." February 20

  • Marlins owner: Jeter & Co. have ‘the right moves;’ franchise is ‘very sophisticated, well-heeled, financially set’

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Miami Marlins have plenty of money, had a very successful offseason and have received lots of positive fan reaction in recent months, Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter said Monday, despite public belief to the contrary. And, Sherman added, he’s happy to be here. “Finally, it’s spring..." February 20

  • Brian Cashman makes Yankees’ 2018 goal clear: ‘I need another ring’

    New York Daily News "The GM of the Yankees has only one goal in mind for 2018. “I need another ring,” said Brian Cashman, who already has four of them as GM, on Monday. “I’ve got rings, but there are other guys who don’t have rings. Some have rings somewhere else, but they want a Yankee ring. I think having a ring..." February 20

  • Koda Glover shut down due to shoulder soreness: ‘We’re just going to give it some time’

    Washington Post "Koda Glover’s young major league career has encountered another roadblock. The Nationals right-hander, who missed most of last season with a shoulder injury, reported to spring training last week with shoulder soreness. An MRI exam revealed inflammation and he was shut down. “We’re trying to be..." February 20

  • With Hosmer signed what’s next for the Padres?

    Fanrag Sports "If San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller has proven anything in his 3.5 years on the job, it’s that he is not wedded to any specific ideology. The signing of free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract seems unusual in several ways: The Padres are not..." February 20

  • D-Backs, Dyson agree to 2-year, $7.5M deal

    Bleacher Report "Outfielder Jarrod Dyson signed with Arizona Diamondbacks Monday on a two-year deal Monday, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. He reportedly will receive $7.5 million over two years. The signing serves as a consolation for the Diamondbacks, who were unable to re-sign J.D. Martinez. The..." February 19

  • Will the market allow the Yankees to afford Mike Moustakas?

    CBS Sports "We're headed toward late February and third baseman Mike Moustakas -- coming off a 38-homer season in 2017 -- remains unsigned. That's the case for a number of notable free agents, as so often discussed this winter. The market for Moustakas, though, may be thin even by those standards. In..." February 19

  • JD Martinez, Red Sox agree to five- year deal

    SI "Free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez has reportedly reached an agreement with the Boston Red Sox on a deal worth $110 million over five years, according to to Pedro Gomez of ESPN and Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was the first to report that Martinez and the Red Sox were..." February 19

  • Bryce Harper says his focus is on 2018

    ESPN "Bryce Harper isn't talking about the future. On Monday afternoon, Harper addressed reporters for the first time this spring training and refused to discuss anything beyond the Washington Nationals' upcoming season. That includes potential free agency. "I will not be discussing anything..." February 19

  • Giants designate RHP Joan Gregorio for assignment

    Yardbarker "The Giants have designated right-hander Joan Gregorio for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Tony Watson, whose contract with San Francisco is now official (Twitter link via Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area). Gregorio, 26, has yet to reach the majors and missed the second..." February 19

  • Donaldson expects to hit free agency next winter

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays are setting aside extension talks after initial discussions didn’t build momentum toward a deal. “We’re not quite there,” Donaldson said. “That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” The sides didn’t exchange hard numbers,..." February 19

  • Cubs' Rizzo rejects claim his speech to shooting victims was political

    ESPN "Saying he was there to lend support for victims and their families, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo chastised anyone who claimed he was making a political statement when he returned home to Parkland, Florida, in the aftermath of the school shooting there last week. "I thought the..." February 19

  • MLB reduces mound visits, defers on pitch clock

    TSN "Major League Baseball announced Monday their initiatives for the upcoming season to improve the pace of play of games. The rules include limiting the number of mound visits in a game to six and reducing the time required for inning breaks and pitching changes. MLB decided to defer implemenation..." February 19

  • Red Sox owner John Henry: We 'don't need to be popular, we need to win'

    ESPN "As the Boston Red Sox stepped out into the sun Monday for their first full-squad workout of spring training, owner John Henry maintained that he's more concerned about W's and L's than the team's Q rating. "We really don't need to be popular," Henry said. "We need to win." But despite..." February 19

  • Charlie Morton has hilarious take on MLB rule changes

    Sportsnaut "MLB’s rule changes have clearly struck a nerve with the Houston Astros. Justin Verlander commented on the issues with them on Monday. Later in the day, teammate Charlie Morton did the same thing — only in a slightly different way. Verlander’s issues were about the practical issues of limiting..." February 19

  • Nationals To Sign Joaquin Benoit

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have agreed to a contract with free-agent reliever Joaquin Benoit, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). It’s a one-year, Major League contract worth $1MM for the ACES client, per Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post (Twitter link)." February 19

  • Tim Lincecum has a guaranteed offer from . . . someone

    Hardball Talk "Grant Brisbee of SB Nation reports that Tim Lincecum, who many speculated would have to accept a minor league deal after his year away from the game, has a guaranteed contract offer. While Brisbee is best known for covering the Giants, he says that the Giants are not the team that has made..." February 19

  • Justin Verlander speaks out against MLB rule change

    Sportsnaut "In hopes of picking up the pace of play, Major League Baseball made some strong rule changes on Monday. Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is not pleased with one of the amendments. One of the rules states that teams will only be allowed six mound visits per nine inning games. This..." February 19

  • Beltre would defer salary to help Rangers add players; wants Martinez

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Adrian Beltre said believes that the Texas Rangers' roster is good enough to compete in 2018, but the third baseman said on his first day of spring training that he would like to see general manager Jon Daniels continue to add to the roster. "There are still a lot of free agents out there,"..." February 19

  • Rays' Kiermaier 'very upset' with Dickerson DFA, Odorizzi trade

    Fanrag Sports "Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier did not mince his words when asked about his team’s decision to part ways with a few notable players, saying that he is frustrated with the club’s moves. “I am 100 percent frustrated and very upset with the moves,” said Kiermaier in reference to..." February 19

  • Royals only offered Eric Hosmer five-year deal

    Larry Brown Sports "The Kansas City Royals wanted Eric Hosmer back, but it’s quite clear why he ended up leaving the organization. According to Robert Murray of FanRag Sports, the Royals’ front office was serious about bringing Hosmer back, but ownership was less so. Subsequently, the team’s offer to Hosmer was..." February 19

  • Orioles Sign Alex Presley To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles announced that they’ve signed veteran outfielder Alex Presley to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training. Presley, a Sports Pro Services client, gives the Orioles a left-handed-hitting option to add to their outfield mix, which they’ve reportedly been..." February 19

  • Braves reportedly agree to terms with Peter Moylan

    Yardbarker "The Braves are in agreement on a contract with veteran right-handed reliever Peter Moylan, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). Moylan, a client of Paragon Sports, is in Orlando to take a physical for the deal today, Crasnick adds. It was reported yesterday that the Braves and Royals were..." February 19

  • Jim Thome discusses how he helps young White Sox hitters

    Sporting News "Jim Thome will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, but the former slugger has other things on his mind until then. Thome, who clubbed 612 home runs over 22 MLB seasons, serves as a special assistant to White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, along with appearing on MLB Network..." February 19

  • Ronald Acuna situation offers a way MLBPA can get back at owners over spending

    CBS Sports "Up until the past two weeks or so, the free-agent market was very slow-moving and teams were simply unwilling to spend. Big-market clubs like the Dodgers and Yankees are cutting payroll to get under the $197 million luxury tax threshold, and about one-third of the teams are rebuilding, so they..." February 19

  • Chris Tillman returning to Orioles on one-year, major league deal

    Baltimore Sun "The potential reunion between the Orioles and right-hander Chris Tillman always seemed to make sense for both sides, almost as if they needed each other. In retooling their starting rotation, the Orioles needed a pitcher who had proven to be successful and durable in the past, and Tillman needed..." February 19

  • Eric Hosmer fallout: Padres reportedly getting trade calls on Hunter Renfroe

    CBS Sports "The recent signing of Eric Hosmer by the Padres pushed Wil Myers to the outfield. That, in turn, has left San Diego with an overcrowded outfield situation -- Myers, Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot, and Jose Pirela are all worthy of regular playing time at the big-league level. Crowded rosters..." February 19

  • Chipper Jones undecided whether he wants Barry Bonds in Baseball Hall of Fame

    CBS Sports "Baseball Hall of Fame electee and huge NASCAR fan Chipper Jones was in attendance for the 60th running of the Daytona 500, serving as a "race official." Despite not being tasked with any official race duties, Jones did take time to talk to CBS Sports about one of the most controversial snubs for..." February 19

  • Pirates' Diaz felt 'overwhelming' joy after mother's rescue

    MLB.com "Pirates catcher Elias Diaz reported to Spring Training on Sunday morning, smiling as usual inside the Pirate City clubhouse, with some good news to share. His mother, Ana Isabel Soto, is "doing a lot better" after she was kidnapped and rescued in Venezuela, Diaz said. "She's doing well. That's..." February 18

  • Angels' Chris Young: Inks one-year deal with Angels

    CBS Sports "Young signed a one-year deal worth $2 million with the Angels on Sunday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Young served as a backup outfielder for the Red Sox last season. He played in 90 games and hit .235 with a .709 OPS. " February 18

  • Angels To Sign Chris Carter

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have agreed to a minor league deal with first baseman Chris Carter, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register tweets. He’ll rake in $1.75MM if he makes the Angels’ roster and could earn up to $600K in incentives, Jon Heyman of FanRag reports. The 31-year-old Carter could provide..." February 18

  • Evan Longoria: “I just kind of feel sorry for the Rays fan base.”

    Hardball Talk "The Rays were busy over the weekend, trading starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, designating All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment, and then picking up C.J. Cron in a deal with the Angels. The Rays saved about $4 million — Odorizzi’s $6.3 million less Cron’s $2.3 million salary — and..." February 18

  • Royals' Yost: I didn't hear from Hosmer 'even on my death bed'

    Kansas City Star "Royals manager Ned Yost sunk into a chair in his office here on Sunday morning and reflected on seven seasons spent with Eric Hosmer. He remarked on the World Series championship, the years of building and the joy of watching a young player grow into a star. He also offered one of his favorite..." February 18

  • Harrison echoes Freese's criticism of Pirates' efforts to win

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Josh Harrison on Sunday echoed the sentiments of the statement he released after the Pirates traded Andrew McCutchen: If you’re not trying to win, trade me too. “My main goal is to make sure wherever I am, that they understand that I want to win,” Harrison said after reporting to Pirate City...." February 18

  • Votto reports, issues 'winning' challenge to Reds

    MLB.com "By his own accounting, Joey Votto purposely tried not to do too much with his offseason. The Reds first baseman embraced his down time. "I tried to get fatter," Votto joked after completing his physical Sunday, when position players reported. "I succeeded at that apparently. We did all the..." February 18

  • Chris Tillman will decide on a team this week

    Hardball Talk "Free agent right-hander Chris Tillman is narrowing his pool of potential suitors, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Returning to the Orioles is one option, of course, but Heyman also mentions another two undisclosed teams who are still in the running. An earlier report from Eduardo Encina of the..." February 18

  • Hosmer deal quiets collusion talk, but questions linger in odd market

    Sportsnet "In recent weeks, some agents and executives downplayed concern about an exceptionally slow-moving off-season with speculation that Eric Hosmer had a substantial offer in hand. The eight-year, $144-million agreement Hosmer now has with the San Diego Padres represents the biggest deal of the..." February 18

  • Sandy Alderson believes Tim Tebow will reach the major leagues

    New York Daily News "Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Sunday that Tim Tebow will play in the major leagues at some point. The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback is in his first major league spring training. Team sources said Tebow will likely start in Double-A Binghamton and it would not be surprising..." February 18