• A Curveball From the New Tax Law: It Makes Baseball Trades Harder

    New York Times "As President Trump congratulated the Houston Astros for winning the World Series at a White House ceremony last week, he also heaped praise on himself and congressional Republicans for passing a sweeping tax cut last year. He hailed Representative Kevin Brady of Texas, the House’s chief tax writer..." March 19

  • Mets' 'five aces' may be lined up for first-ever turn through rotation

    SNY TV "It should first be pointed out that at this point, the "five aces" moniker is more of a reference to what the five pitchers listed below were supposed to be -- not what they are now. But with the uncertainty surrounding Jason Vargas, the Mets' "five aces" -- Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom,..." March 19

  • Shohei Ohtani is having a brutal spring training

    Hardball Talk "Spring training is tough for players under the best of circumstances. Even in an age when players work out all year, getting back into the swing of baseball-at-full-speed is tough. Many players spend the bulk of February and March knocking off the rust and getting their timing back. Because of..." March 19

  • Twins teammates vow to support suspended shortstop Jorge Polanco

    Twin Cities "Twins third baseman Miguel Sano has known Jorge Polanco since they were 12-year-old baseball prodigies in the famed town of San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic. So it was an emotional conversation on Sunday evening between the two teammates, friends for half their young lives, after..." March 19

  • Teheran to make fifth straight opening day start

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Julio Teheran was officially named opening day starter by the Braves on Monday, which was perhaps the least surprising announcements of spring but an historic one nonetheless. The Braves open the season March 29 at home against the Phillies. Teheran will be the first Atlanta-era Braves..." March 19

  • Indians Release Melvin Upton Jr., Ryan Hanigan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced Monday that they have released outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. and catcher Ryan Hanigan (via Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com). Both players signed minor league contracts with the Tribe over the winter. The Indians added the 33-year-old Upton with the hope that he’d experience a..." March 19

  • MLB Rumors: Yankees, Phillies battle for Rays' Archer?

    Newark Star-Ledger "It's been a long time (2009 World Series? Cliff Lee's free agency?) since the Yankees and Phillies were truly battling for the same thing. That could change this summer. With the Yankees possibly looking for the missing piece to a World Series title and the Phillies likely in need of one..." March 19

  • Nationals' treasure: Victor Robles is key to the future, with or without Bryce Harper

    USA Today "Back in 2005, Ryan Zimmerman was the first-ever draft pick of the newly minted Washington Nationals, an All-American from neighboring Virginia expected to steer the franchise through the early years after its move from Montreal. While his arrival was highly anticipated, he never engendered the..." March 19

  • Jacoby Ellsbury likely to start season on DL

    SNY TV "Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to start the season on the disabled list due to a strained oblique, manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Monday. Ellsbury, who has not appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 1, sustained the injury two weeks ago. He had began doing..." March 19

  • While Torres and Andujar failed to win jobs this spring, their opportunity with Yankees isn’t far away

    New York Daily News "After an exciting start, Miguel Andujar’s upset bid for the starting job at third base came up short. So now we wait for Andujar to finish off his development at Triple-A Scranton, with more-than-capable option Brandon Drury holding down the hot corner for the Yankees until he does. Andujar..." March 19

  • Pop at the top. The Miami Marlins are looking at this power bat for leadoff spot.

    Miami Herald "Lewis Brinson doesn’t profile as a leadoff man. He’s a table cleaner, not a table setter, a run producer whose primary duty has typically been to empty the bases with his bat, not scratch his way aboard by any means necessary. But given the lack of better alternatives, Marlins manager Don..." March 19

  • MLB Rumors: Phillies still after Alex Cobb?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Phillies have spent more money on free agents than all but one (Cubs) team this offseason. So why not add one more expenditure on the bill? With mid-rotation starter Jerad Eickhoff down with a lat injury, some believe the Phillies should pursue free-agent starter Alex Cobb--a pitcher the..." March 19

  • Confused by Rays pitching plans? Well, it’s complicated

    Tampa Bay Times "There are some answers we do have about the Rays plan to use four starters and mix in "bullpen days" when needed during at least the first six weeks. They are not doing it because they don't have a capable fifth. Nor — for the Twitterverse smart alecks — that they can't afford one. And they..." March 19

  • Clayton Kershaw is turning 30, but he doesn't feel that old

    Los Angeles Times "No competitor, in any sport, is more focused than Clayton Kershaw. On the days he pitches, there is no tolerance for distraction. But this is spring training, where the atmosphere is lighter and the crowd sits extra close to the field. On Sunday, as Kershaw adjusted his batting glove in the..." March 19

  • The A’s are considering rising sea levels in planning their future ballpark

    Hardball Talk "The Oakland Athletics ballpark saga has dragged on for years and years and years. They’ve considered San Jose, Fremont and at least three locations in Oakland as potential new ballpark sites. The whole process has lasted almost as long as the Braves and Rangers played in their old parks before..." March 19

  • Giants finally show off infield featuring 7 Gold Gloves

    San Francisco Gate "On a windy, dusty evening, in their 22nd exhibition game, the Giants finally got to see their entire infield play together Thursday night. Groundball pitchers in the house enjoyed a feast for the eyes. “It’s going to be an entertaining infield,” manager Bruce Bochy said after the 9-7 loss to..." March 19

  • Mike Rizzo waits on a contract extension from the Nationals, one he’s easily earned

    Washington Post "At a Wizards game, you may see Mike Rizzo’s bald head as he sits in the crowd of Washington fans. At a Capitals game, if you go for concessions between periods, mushed in with the mob, you may bump into Rizzo. “Great atmosphere!” he’ll say. On Capitol Hill, you may see him walking the four blocks..." March 19

  • Craig Kimbrel to return to Red Sox after almost three weeks away

    Boston Herald "The Red Sox are getting their flamethrowing closer back in spring training on Sunday, and the reason why he’s returning has the club relieved. Craig Kimbrel had spent nearly three weeks in Boston after his newborn daughter, Lydia Joy, needed another heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital...." March 19

  • Greg Bird is starting to quiet some whispering scouts

    New York Post "As the games that don’t count moved toward the ones that do, the buzz from the scouts who follow the Yankees was interesting. “It doesn’t look like he is confident,” one said. “He is not being very aggressive,” said another. Since the subject was Greg Bird, a lefty-swinging first baseman..." March 19

  • Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco receives 80-game steroid suspension

    Twin Cities "Just 11 days before opening one of their most promising seasons in recent memory, the Twins were rocked Sunday afternoon by a bombshell involving starting shortstop Jorge Polanco. Major League Baseball announced an 80-game suspension without pay for Polanco after he tested positive for..." March 18

  • Jordan Zimmermann named Tigers’ Opening Day starter

    Detroit News "You kept waiting for the punch line. You kept waiting for manager Ron Gardenhire’s face to crack into that impish grin of his. But it never happened. “I am not kidding you,” he said. “I’m being serious.” Gardenhire announced his Opening Day starter Saturday following the Tigers’ 9-3..." March 18

  • Despite struggles, Ohtani will start in majors

    The Sports Post "It’s been a brutal spring for young stud Shohei Ohtani. But the Angels appear certain he will begin the season in the majors. In fact, General manager Billy Eppler says as much. “Pitching wise, absent a couple pitches each outing completely getting away from him, losing grip or feel, he’s been..." March 18

  • Angels' Shohei Ohtani Could Change Baseball Forever ... Says David Eckstein

    TMZ "Angels star Shohei Ohtani could be leading a baseball revolution -- so says MLB postseason legend David Eckstein. We spoke to the '06 World Series MVP after he paid a visit to Halos spring training ... and he told us Ohtani -- the team's huge offseason signing who can pitch, play outfield and..." March 18

  • Astros lock up Jose Altuve, but here's why it'll be much harder to keep Carlos Correa

    CBS Sports "The Houston Astros have reportedly signed AL MVP and star second baseman Jose Altuve to a five-year, $151 million contract extension. This is of course huge news for the 'Stros and their partisans, as it means one of the most beloved players in franchise history is now secured until his..." March 18

  • Royals sign Justin Grimm to a one-year, $1.25 million deal

    Kansas City Star "The Royals on Sunday signed former Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Justin Grimm to a one-year contract, which is worth $1.25 million with up to $300,000 in incentives. Grimm, released by the Cubs on Thursday, said he texted former Royals closer Wade Davis to talk about KC. " March 18

  • Jason Vargas may need surgery in possible blow to Mets rotation

    New York Post "Jason Vargas walked through the Mets clubhouse Sunday morning with a wrap on his right hand that could have doubled as a weapon. Now the big question is whether he will begin the season ready to pitch. The Mets left-hander has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of his glove hand,..." March 18

  • Former Red Sox Reggie Smith: 'I wish they would leave it Yawkey Way'

    Boston Globe "Reggie Smith and Jim Lonborg, two stars of the 1967 “Impossible Dream” Red Sox, are in favor of keeping the name “Yawkey Way” on the street that runs in front of Fenway Park. “I wish they would leave it Yawkey Way,’’ said the 72-year-old Smith, an African-American who came up through the Red..." March 18

  • Angels keep Shohei Ohtani indoors while team is at Tempe Diablo Stadium

    Los Angeles Times "While the topic of where Shohei Ohtani should open the season remained a lively one, the question of where he actually was Saturday also surfaced. Ohtani did not join his teammates on the field at Tempe Diablo Stadium, the Angels instead having him do most of his morning work indoors, including..." March 18

  • Roy’s impact felt as Braden Halladay makes emotional debut for Canada

    Sportsnet "When Braden Halladay first started playing organized baseball, he wondered where the locker rooms were, where the bullpen was and why nobody was broadcasting his games. He had grown up, after all, in the big-league ballparks that his father, Roy Halladay, had played in. Why wouldn’t T-ball..." March 18

  • Aaron Judge likely won’t play any left field for Yankees this season

    New York Daily News "Aaron Judge played five innings in left field during a Class A minor-league game on Saturday. Judge caught the only fly ball hit to him. Based on what Aaron Boone said Saturday, though, it appears that Judge playing left would only be in an emergency situation. Giancarlo Stanton has started..." March 17

  • Angels GM not guaranteeing Shohei Ohtani will make Opening Day roster

    Larry Brown Sports "When the Los Angeles Angels surprisingly signed Japanese star Shohei Ohtani in December, the prevailing thought was that they had landed a front-end starter who could help them with a playoff push. There were some considerations that Ohtani could even bring some power to the lineup as an..." March 17

  • Report: A’s agree to one-year deal with pitcher Trevor Cahill

    San Jose Mercury News "It appears Trevor Cahill and the A’s are going to have a reunion this season. According to a report from MLB.com’s Jane Lee, the A’s have an agreement with the right-handed pitcher on a one-year major league deal. Cahill, 30, was drafted by the A’s in 2006 and played three seasons, making..." March 17

  • Why Yankees aren’t panicking over Jacoby Ellsbury uncertainty

    New York Post "If Jacoby Ellsbury starts the season on the disabled list or wearing another uniform, it doesn’t mean the Yankees will take another outfielder to fill the roster spot. “Not necessarily,’’ Aaron Boone said prior to Saturday’s 9-3 loss to the Tigers at Publix Field. “It’s something we will..." March 17

  • A's lose Jharel Cotton to Tommy John surgery and may look to free agent market

    CBS Sports "March is typically a tough month for pitcher injuries, and the Oakland Athletics were dealt a blow this week. Right-hander Jharel Cotton suffered an elbow injury and will soon undergo Tommy John surgery. He'll miss the 2018 season. Cotton, who came over from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Rich..." March 17

  • Blue Jays claim left-hander Sam Moll from Mariners

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed left-handed pitcher Sam Moll on waivers from the Seattle Mariners, the team announced Saturday. Moll has spent the majority of his career in the minors but made 11 appearances with the Oakland Athletics last season, sporting a 10.80 ERA over 6.2 innings..." March 17

  • NY Yankees Luis Severino named Yankees opening day starter

    North Jersey "Luis Severino will get the ball on opening day. Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced his rotation on Saturday morning, leading with Severino— who draws his first opening day assignment on March 29 at Toronto. Severino will be followed in order by Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Sonny Gray..." March 17

  • Blue Jays sign veteran infielder Danny Espinosa to minor-league deal

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have signed veteran infielder Danny Espinosa to a minor-league contract with an invitation major-league spring training. The 30-year-old had signed a minor-league deal with the New York Yankees in late January and appeared in 12 spring games for them this year but was..." March 17

  • Jose Altuve Has Been Insanely Valuable to the Houston Astros

    The Sports Daily "Whenever we talk about which player is currently under the most team-friendly contract, it’s impossible to look past Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. The reigning World Series champ, American League MVP, and three-time batting champ is in the midst of a five-year, $18.5 million deal,..." March 17

  • Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

    Hardball Talk "Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in..." March 17

  • Manny Machado calls Aaron Judge ‘a great kid’ and says tampering talk ‘blown out of proportion’

    New York Daily News "Just leave our conversation on the field. That's the message Manny Machado had for Aaron Judge. Machado finally weighed in Friday after the Yankee slugger was reprimanded by Major League Baseball earlier this week for talking about the Orioles star. "I think it was just blown out of..." March 16

  • Didi Gregorius feels the looming Manny Machado threat

    New York Post "Didi Gregorius was well aware of Manny Machado’s impending free agency even before it gained national attention, when Aaron Judge told the Orioles’ shortstop that he would “look good in pinstripes.” And while many expect the Yankees to make a serious run at Machado following this season, it can..." March 16

  • Nationals sign Jeremy Hellickson to minors deal

    Hardball Talk "The Nationals inked right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to a minor-league deal on Friday, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. Hellickson will receive a non-roster invite to camp and is expected to compete for a role in the back end of the rotation. The team has not confirmed the..." March 16

  • Jays prospect Pannone suspended 80 games

    Sporting News "Blue Jays prospect Thomas Pannone has been suspended 80 games without pay after the left-handed pitcher tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance, the league announced Friday. The anabolic steroid dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, commonly known as DHCMT, was found in Pannone's..." March 16

  • Altuve near 5-year extension

    MLB Trade Rumors "Astros superstar Jose Altuve is close to signing a five-year extension worth $150 million that begins in 2020, MLB.com has learned. The club has not confirmed the report. Altuve had been signed through the end of the 2018 season, with Houston holding a club option for 2019. The five-time..." March 16

  • Rangers Release Jon Niese

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have released veteran southpaw Jon Niese, as Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News was among those to tweet. He had joined the organization on a minor-league deal over the offseason. Niese, 31, never really got going this spring owing to injuries, including a recent diagnosis of a..." March 16

  • Twins Acquire Jake Cave, Designate Kennys Vargas

    Yardbarker "The Twins have acquired outfielder Jake Cave from the Yankees, per Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press (via Twitter). Righty Luis Gil goes to the Twins in return. In a corresponding move, Minnesota has designated slugger Kennys Vargas for assignment." March 16

  • Phillies among front-runners to sign Bryce Harper

    Sportress of Blogitude "Bryce Harper could very well be the most sought after free agent in Major League Baseball history when he becomes available after the 2018 season. While a bidding war of unprecedented proportions is expected, one MLB insider already believes one dark horse team could very well already be among the..." March 16

  • The Rangers' Opening Day starter vs. Astros is ...

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Of all the decisions facing the Texas Rangers this spring, the one they announced Friday might have been their easiest. Cole Hamels was named the Opening Day starter March 29 against the Houston Astros. It will be Hamels' fourth career start in a team's season opener and his second for the..." March 16

  • Cut from the Twins, Anibal Sanchez latches on with the Braves

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "Anibal Sanchez’s tryout with the Minnesota Twins was cut short when the team signed Lance Lynn and needed a spot on the 40-man roster. The Twins cut Sanchez from camp, paid him a sort of ‘tryout bonus,’ and again made him a free agent. Now, Sanchez has latched on with the Atlanta Braves on a..." March 16

  • Cincinnati Reds sign Eugenio Suarez to 7-year deal

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Cincinnati Reds have signed third baseman Eugenio Suarez to a $66 million, seven-year deal with an option for an eighth year. The contract will keep Suarez, 26, a Red through at least 2024. “This is my family,” Suarez said. “I want to be a Red my whole career.” Suarez hit .260 with 26..." March 16