• Red Sox sign-stealing findings will be out by the end of next week

    Boston "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said on Sunday afternoon in Florida that findings in its investigation of the 2018 Red Sox and illicit sign stealing will be released by the end of next week. “We always want the investigations to go as quickly as possible. Never, however, at the..." February 17

  • Jose Altuve Overcame His Shyness, Let Reporters See His Tattoo

    The Big Lead "Jose Altuve did not want his teammates to rip off his jersey following a walk-off homer in last year's ALCS. The very shy former MVP was apparently concerned people, including his wife, would see an in-progress tattoo. A bad one. It was an explanation met with shakers full of..." February 17

  • Former quarterback Tim Tebow says he's had conversations with XFL but wants to keep playing baseball

    CBS Sports "Tim Tebow doesn't seem very eager to put the football pads back on, even if there's apparently some interest. Instead, he wants to continue his pursuit of a career in professional baseball. The former Heisman winner and NFL first-round pick reported to New..." February 17

  • Juan Soto Clearly Staying Humble With Comical Remark About Goals for Spring Training

    12 Up "Juan Soto is a full-grown man, albeit a young one. It would be hard for so many of us to have accomplished as much as he has at such a young age and keep the ol' noggin screwed on right. The Washington Nationals phenom was still just 20 years old when the 2019 postseason began,..." February 17

  • Brett Gardner files restraining order against obsessed fan

    New York Post "Yankees slugger Brett Gardner has reportedly asked a Bronx judge to keep a crazed fan — who calls herself the baseball player’s “future wife” — away from him and his family. An attorney for Gardner filed an order of protection against Gina Devasahayam..." February 17

  • Mookie Betts Thanks Red Sox, Sends Message To Los Angeles In Hype Video

    NESN "Mookie Betts is turning the page. After spending nearly a decade in the Red Sox organization, Betts will begin the next chapter of his Major League Baseball career in the 2020 season with the Dodgers. Los Angeles officially acquired Betts, as well as David Price, in a blockbuster deal with..." February 17

  • Rob Manfred hints Pete Rose’s latest appeal for reinstatement will be denied

    Larry Brown Sports "Pete Rose is using the punishment — or lack thereof — that was handed down in the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal to argue that he deserves to be reinstated by Major League Baseball, but commissioner Rob Manfred does not sound like he is ready to allow Rose back into the..." February 17

  • Seven MLB Stars Who Need To Step Up In 2020

    Sportsnaut "The MLB season is just around the corner and with players reporting for spring training, the work begins for some of the game’s biggest stars. For many of MLB’s stars, the pressure will be on from fans and the organization to step up and deliver on expectations in..." February 17

  • Yoenis Cespedes won't talk injuries, boar incident: 'Not at all this year'

    The Score "New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is preparing for his long-awaited return to baseball. However, his eyes - and mouth - are firmly fixed on the future instead of the past, he told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. "No," Cespedes replied when..." February 17

  • Blue Jays expect offensive payoff from ‘in way better shape’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

    Sportsnet "The tendency is to think all the work Vladimir Guerrero Jr., put in during the off-season to improve his strength, conditioning, agility and flexibility was primarily aimed at helping him move better defensively. Certainly, that was a big part of it, and Toronto Blue..." February 17

  • GM James Click: Astros Under No Spending Restrictions

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros sent out some mixed messages about how much the club was willing to spend this offseason, though newly-hired general manager James Click told the Houston Chronicle’s Brian T. Smith (Twitter link) and other reporters that Astros owner Jim Crane..." February 17

  • Mets’ Jed Lowrie sports leg brace at spring training, gives vague response why

    New York Daily News "Jed Lowrie was obscure, defensive and vague about the symptoms that caused him to show up to Mets camp wearing a large brace on Sunday. The black brace, quite intricate in design, starts near Lowrie’s left ankle and stretches up to his mid-thigh. “This is just a..." February 17

  • J.T. Realmuto’s arbitration hearing headlines big week for Phillies

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "This is going to be a busy week for the Phillies. The first full-squad workout of the spring takes place Monday. New manager Joe Girardi, general manager Matt Klentak and managing partner John Middleton will all speak to the full squad before it takes the field. On..." February 17

  • Braves Extend Alex Anthopoulos, Brian Snitker

    The Union Journal "The Braves introduced Monday early morning that they have actually advertised basic supervisor Alex Anthopoulos to head of state of baseball procedures as well as prolonged his agreement with the 2024 period. The Atlanta company additionally introduced agreement expansions for supervisor Brian..." February 17

  • Royals' Kyle Zimmer heads into pivotal 2020 season healthy

    MLB.com "As you might expect, this Spring Training is massively different for the mindset of right-hander Kyle Zimmer. After years of arm and shoulder surgeries, and endless rehab assignments, Zimmer spent much of 2018 at the renowned Driveline Baseball performance training center...." February 17

  • Cubs among high-revenue teams making hard choices on players, money

    Chicago Sun-Times "Third baseman Kris Bryant pointed out Saturday that the Cubs could keep their entire All-Star core together beyond arbitration years “if they want to.” “There’s certainly money out there. It’s a very profitable game,” he said. Then the..." February 17

  • Blocked at first base, Mets' Matt Adams will give leftfield a shot

    Newsday "When first baseman Matt Adams signed a minor-league contract with the Mets, who have lots of first basemen (including one of the best in the majors), he knew he would have to assimilate to the Mets’ nascent culture via versatility — a major buzzword for the organization..." February 17

  • Javier Baez Comments Shouldn't Absolve Cubs Players of Blame After Disappointing 2019

    12 Up "The Chicago Cubs might have been the most talented team in the NL last season, but they failed to make the playoffs after some woefully bad performances from many of their key players. Javier Baez crystallized why the end of the Joe Maddon era on the North Side was so haphazard, and..." February 16

  • Latest On Chris Sale

    MLB Trade Rumors "Chris Sale’s 2019 season came to an end in August when he hit the shelf with left elbow inflammation. Fortunately, he was able to treat the injury with a PRP injection and rest. The Red Sox ace began a throwing program in December, and he told reporters today (including..." February 16

  • Brewers, Brent Suter avoid arbitration with two-year deal

    NBC Sports "The Brewers announced on Sunday that the club and pitcher Brent Suter agreed on a two-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, the total value of the deal is $2.5 million. Suter can earn more by hitting innings pitched thresholds. " February 16

  • Rockies star Nolan Arenado not backing down from criticism of GM

    MSN.com "The drama-filled offseason surrounding star third baseman Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies is a thing of the past. On the trade block throughout the winter, Arenado is currently with the team during the early stages of Spring Training in Arizona. " February 16

  • MLB Commissioner Says Retaliation against the Astros won't be tolerated

    Sportsnaut "Drama has engulfed the Major League Baseball world more now than at any point since the Steroids Era. It obviously has to do with the Houston Astros stealing signs and the “harsh punishment” that has come with it. Most recently, rival players have..." February 16

  • Even Bryce Harper’s wife wonders if the Phillies did enough to improve

    NBC Sports " Even Bryce Harper’s wife wonders if the Phillies did enough to improve this winter. Harper reported to Phillies spring training Sunday with much less fanfare than he did a year ago. There was no top-of-the-dugout, televised news conference heralding his 13-year,..." February 16

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred defends punishment of Astros

    ESPN "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred defended his punishment of the Houston Astros for sign stealing in 2017 and said Major League Baseball will institute new rules to police the use of technology before the 2020 season. In a wide-ranging interview with ESPN's Karl Ravech,..." February 16

  • Yu Darvish wants Astros stripped of 2017 title

    Larry Brown Sports "Few players lost more in the 2017 World Series than Yu Darvish. His reputation was significantly hindered by his poor performances in Games 3 and 7 of that series, including a bad outing in the decisive Game 7. Now, given the information that has come to light, he’s feeling a bit..." February 16

  • Yankees fans give Gerrit Cole standing O for live BP

    MLB.com "The waves of applause cascaded from the grandstands as Gerrit Cole made the hard left turn from the George M. Steinbrenner Field bullpens, making a long walk across the grass for a live batting practice session. In years past, generating adrenaline for that ho-hum task might have..." February 16

  • MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred says "He can't say for 100% certain' Astros didn't use Buzzers

    Total Pro Sports "The fallout of the Houston Astros cheating continues for yet another day as fans lobby to get players suspended, their 2017 World Series Title vacated, and most of them hoping they get pitches thrown at their heads. One of the biggest claims was that the team used buzzers as well to..." February 16

  • Mike Fiers Won't Back up Carlos Correa Claim That Jose Altuve Didn't Use Illegal Sign-Stealing Technology

    12 Up "The Houston Astros continue to dig their hole a bit deeper with each non-apologetic statement that comes out of their mouth, and shortstop Carlos Correa has taken charge in that effort. " February 16

  • Blue Jays great Tony Fernandez was a singular talent with a drive to match

    Sportsnet "Too many players in too many games pass too early and in the sportswriting dodge you can grow too used to writing remembrances that tell too little about the athletes mourned. With that said, the news of the death of Tony Fernandez hits me far harder than most. His battle with kidney disease..." February 16

  • Blue Jays great Tony Fernandez dead at 57, receives tributes

    Larry Brown Sports "Former Blue Jays standout Tony Fernandez died on Saturday at the age of 57 due to complications from kidney disease. Fernandez, who was a five-time All-Star, dealt with complications from polycystic kidney disease earlier in February and was hospitalized in critical..." February 16

  • Nationals thinking about moving Victor Robles to top of order

    Yardbarker "The Washington Nationals will have to shuffle around their batting order to offset the loss of Anthony Rendon, and one young star could be a beneficiary.  Nats manager Davey Martinez said on Saturday that he is considering moving outfielder Victor Robles to..." February 16

  • Photos Reveal Jose Altuve Pulled Weird Move With Undershirt in ALCS

    12 Up "OK, so, folks, I know we're overanalyzing every little bit of Jose Altuve-related graphics, quick-changes, and slo-mo screaming, but you have to admit...this is weird. Altuve famously came to the plate late in Game 6, and sent the Astros to the World Series with a monster..." February 16

  • Nationals' Sean Doolittle signs autographs for fans in pouring rain

    Sportsnaut "Spring training is often a great opportunity for young baseball fans to meet their favorite MLB players and get autographs. While pouring rain might have kept most players inside, Washington Nationals closer Sean Doolittle showed how much fans mean to him with an incredible act. As..." February 16

  • 'Got to be a tough spot': Ex-Astros pitcher Will Harris finds himself in strange situation with Nationals

    USA Today "Imagine showing up to a new school and wondering if everyone already hates you. Such is life this month for veteran reliever Will Harris.  Here he is trying to get acclimated and familiarize himself with new teammates in the Washington..." February 16

  • Cubs 3B Kris Bryant Calls Astros' Sign Stealing Scandal 'Worse Than Steroids'

    Bleacher Report "Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant said Saturday the Houston Astros players who took part in the club's sign-stealing scheme "absolutely" should have received punishments from MLB. "I think it's worse than steroids,"..." February 15

  • Dusty Baker: MLB needs to stop talk of retaliation against Astros

    Houston Chronicle "As opponents continue to assail Astros players for their electronic sign-stealing scheme and subsequent apologies, manager Dusty Baker pleaded with Major League Baseball to somehow cease the comments and stop any “premeditated retaliation.” “I’m depending on..." February 15

  • Kris Bryant enters spring training seeking some assurance from the Cubs amid swirling trade rumors

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball's regular season will get underway in about five weeks' time. Even so, the Chicago Cubs have yet to give third baseman Kris Bryant any assurance that he will remain with the organization heading into Opening Day. Bryant, predictably, would..." February 15

  • Carlos Correa fires back at Cody Bellinger, reveals new reason why Jose Altuve didn't want jersey removed

    SI "Carlos Correa is refuting Cody Bellinger's claims that José Altuve "stole" the 2017 MVP  award from Aaron Judge. On Saturday, Correa spoke to Ken Rosenthal for a television interview that is set to air later on MLB Interview. Excerpts from the interview..." February 15

  • Kenley Jansen says Astros' cheating worse than steroids, gambling

    ESPN "Kenley Jansen threw a cutter more than 85 percent of the time during the 2017 season. But when he faced Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman in Game 4 of the World Series, with two outs in the ninth inning of a game the Los Angeles Dodgers led by five..." February 15

  • Yankees To Sign Chad Bettis

    Yahoo! Sports "Right-hander Chad Bettis has signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees, according to multiple reports. Joel Sherman says that Bettis will earn $1.5 million if he makes the team, and can earn another $2 million in performance bonuses. The..." February 15

  • Unanswered Questions as Anti-Astros Anger Rolls On with No End in Sight

    USA Today "The Houston Astros are the villains of MLB in the wake of the sign-stealing scandal that rocked the franchise and the sport this offseason. Their latest attempt to bandage that gaping wound did nothing to stanch the bleeding. In fact, the 'Stros cut..." February 15

  • Oakland A's Acquire Pitcher Burch Smith in Rare Trade With Giants

    12 Up "The San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's are not exactly cordial in trade talks out in the Bay Area -- but that changed as of mid-day Saturday We have ourselves a minor deal in place that will send right-handed Giants reliever Burch Smith across the Bay to the..." February 15

  • Phillies trade left-handed pitcher Tyler Gilbert to Dodgers for outfielder Kyle Garlick

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Trade! OK, maybe not the kind Phillies fans had been waiting on. The Phils acquired corner outfielder Kyle Garlick from the Dodgers on Saturday for left-handed reliever Tyler Gilbert. Garlick, 28, was designated for assignment by the Dodgers last week. The Phillies made..." February 15

  • Two-way Brendan McKay to focus on pitching this spring

    MLB.com "Brendan McKay will continue to operate as a two-way player heading into the 2020 season, but the Rays plan to put a bit more emphasis on McKay’s pitching during Spring Training. “He’s going to pitch; he’s going to get ready to pitch for us,” Rays..." February 15

  • Mariners Nearing Deals With Cody Anderson, Collin Cowgill

    The Union Journal "The Mariners are nearing arrangements with right-hander Cody Anderson and also outfielder Collin Cowgill, records Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times (via Twitter). Once settled, both gamers will certainly obtain invites to MLB springtime training on minor-league deals, Divish..." February 15

  • Brian Cashman better be right after vouching for Yankees’ integrity

    New York Post "The sign-stealing scandal heard ’round the world, starring the Astros, sent a warning to every baseball operations department in this tight-knit industry: Get your house in order. The onus falls upon each team to decide how much to get their words in order. And Brian..." February 15

  • Several Southern California youth leagues ban ‘Astros’ team name amid cheating scandal

    Yahoo! Sports "Many in the baseball world are upset with the Houston Astros amid their sign-stealing scandal that has dominated the offseason, and rightfully so. Several youth baseball leagues in Southern California, however, have taken it to the next level. According to the..." February 15

  • Josh Hader Blasts ‘Outdated’ Arbitration Process

    Sportsnaut "Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader has been one of the best relievers since making his debut in 2017. After going through the arbitration process for the first time, Hader didn’t hold back with his criticism of the system. Hader, who filed for a $6.4 million salary this..." February 15

  • Dan Patrick: Astros' Apologies Only Made Things Worse

    The Big Lead "The Houston Astros caused a serious uproar with their half-hearted apology press conference on Thursday. While we've heard from a ton of folks giving their reaction to it, Dan Patrick weighed in on his show Friday. He thinks Houston only made things worse. Check this..." February 15

  • Kevin Pillar Shares Enthusiastic Message About Signing With Red Sox

    NESN "It didn’t take long for Kevin Pillar to voice his enthusiasm about joining the Boston Red Sox. The veteran outfielder, who came to an agreement with the Red Sox on a one-year deal Friday morning, took to Twitter later in the evening and shared his..." February 15