• Astros Talking Extensions With Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole

    12 Up "Astros fans, you may want to push your pitching concerns to the back burner. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported in a story early on Friday that the Houston Astros are discussing contract extensions with Justin Verlander and Gerrit..." March 22

  • Cardinals To Select Matt Wieters, Designate Chasen Shreve

    MLB Trade Rumors "Matt Wieters has officially made the Cardinals’ roster as the backup to Yadier Molina, tweets Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wieters, who signed a minor league deal in February, will have his contract selected, and the Cardinals will designate..." March 22

  • Blue Jays’ Dalton Pompey diagnosed with concussion

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey has been diagnosed with a concussion and will be placed under MLB concussion protocol. March 22

  • Peralta, Woodruff, Burnes and Davies fill out the Brewers' rotation, while Anderson moves to the bullpen

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Craig Counsell filled in the rest of the blanks in the Milwaukee Brewers' season-opening starting rotation on Thursday, and it has a definite youthful feel to it. Joining opening day starter Jhoulys Chacín will be 22-year-old Freddy Peralta, 26-year-old Brandon..." March 22

  • Yankees’ Luke Voit-Greg Bird battle will go into the season

    New York Post "No player needs spring training to be five weeks rather than six more than Greg Bird. He just can’t seem to get out of Dodge — or the Grapefruit League — without incurring a late-March injury. Bird was hit on his right elbow Wednesday, joking afterward that somehow..." March 22

  • Why Mookie Betts Believes Impending Payday Won’t Be Distraction For Red Sox

    NESN "Mookie Betts has been a popular man to talk to of late, but no one seems very interested in talking about the upcoming Major League Baseball season. Instead, recent headlines involving Betts have been centered around the Boston Red Sox star’s impending payday. Betts’ next..." March 22

  • Red Sox’s Dombrowski knows team is poised to lose key players

    Larry Brown Sports "The 2018 Boston Red Sox proved to be one of the best teams in recent MLB history, but their ability to keep all their top players together for the future is in doubt. Team executive Dave Dombrowski acknowledged that the Red Sox won’t be able to keep all their stars beyond this..." March 22

  • Brad Miller Opts Out Of Minor League Contract With Dodgers, Becomes Free Agent

    Dodger Blue "Despite being several weeks into Spring Training, the Los Angeles Dodgers remained active on the personnel front by signing utility infielder Brad Miller to a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league camp. Miller spent parts of six seasons with the Seattle Mariners,..." March 22

  • Yankees drop big hints on Gio Gonzalez’s immediate future

    Newark Star-Ledger "Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild had an interesting takeaway Thursday morning while watching newly acquired lefty Gio Gonzalez throw a bullpen session in Tampa. “He is pretty close to ready right now,” Rothschild told reporters. That..." March 22

  • CC Sabathia clears another hurdle on comeback trail

    New York Post "CC Sabathia’s next step toward joining the Yankees’ rotation will be Tuesday against a Phillies minor league club after his initial two innings of action went well Thursday. “I am two innings in, just keep going,’’ Sabathia said after throwing two frames..." March 22

  • Red Sox’s Andrew Benintendi Would Listen To Offers Like Alex Bregman’s

    NESN "Andrew Benintendi and Alex Bregman are a lot alike — from when each got called up to their big-league team to their career batting average (.282) — but one thing stands out among the differences. Bregman recently agreed to five-year, $100 million extension with the Houston..." March 22

  • Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals Agree to 5-Year, $130 Million Contract

    Bleacher Report "The St. Louis Cardinals and star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt have agreed to a five-year extension worth around $130 million, according to ESPN.com's Jeff Passan. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal first reported Thursday the two sides were nearing a deal. Goldschmidt is due..." March 21

  • Red Sox minor league team to have 'engagement party' promotion for A-Rod and Jennifer Lopez, for some reason

    CBS St. Louis "If you're hanging around Rhode Island this summer and looking to ironically celebrate Alex Rodriguez's recent engagement to Jennifer Lopez, boy do the PawSox have a promotion for you.  The Red Sox's Pawtucket-based Triple-A affiliate announced Thursday that..." March 21

  • Sources: Rays bank on Blake Snell with $50M deal

    ESPN "Reigning American League Cy Young winner Blake Snell agreed Thursday to a record-setting five-year, $50 million contract extension with the Tampa Bay Rays, league sources familiar with the deal told ESPN. Snell, 26, rode an otherworldly final two months of the 2018..." March 21

  • Red Sox looking to move on from catcher Sandy Leon

    Sporting News "The Red Sox apparently want a new backup catcher. Boston is actively discussing possible trades of Sandy Leon, according to ESPN. Leon batted .177 with five home runs and 22 RBIs for the Red Sox last year while throwing out 25.7 percent of baserunners. Where Leon..." March 21

  • Yankees’ CC Sabathia Makes 1st Appearance Since Heart Procedure

    NBC New York "New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia has returned to the mound for the first time since undergoing a heart procedure in December. Sabathia allowed one run and two hits over two innings on Thursday in a minor league exhibition game, striking out three for Triple-A..." March 21

  • Alex Wilson Opts Out Of Contract With Indians

    MLB Trade Rumors "Righty reliever Alex Wilson has opted out of his contract with the Indians, per a club announcement. He will head back onto the open market in search of a better opportunity elsewhere. Wilson, 32, had been competing for a spot in the Cleveland bullpen. " March 21

  • Mookie Betts not looking to give Red Sox discount

    Boston Herald "In the wake of Mike Trout’s big contract extension, reigning American League MVP Mookie Betts made it clear his “love” for playing in Boston won’t translate to a discount for the Red Sox. He sounds like a man in no hurry to hop on the bandwagon of players..." March 21

  • Corey Knebel’s elbow is ‘reason for concern’

    Hardball Talk "Brewers manager Craig Counsell said today that reliever Corey Knebel is dealing with an elbow issue. Indeed, he said that there is “reason for concern,” and that Knebel will have his elbow examined. He, in all likelihood, will start the season on the injured..." March 21

  • Both sides open to it, but still no extension talks between Tigers, Castellanos

    Detroit News "Earlier this spring, Tigers right fielder Nick Castellanos indicated a willingness to discuss a contract extension with the Tigers. Castellanos, 27, will be a free agent this offseason. “I think both sides know a conversation would be welcome,” he said..." March 21

  • A's Matt Olson exits game early due to discomfort in his right hand

    NBC Sports Bay Area "A lot happened for the A's in Tokyo during the early morning/late hours on Friday. Not all of it, good, unfortunately.  First baseman and 2018 Gold Glove Award winner Matt Olson exited the A's 5-4 loss to the Mariners due to some discomfort in his right..." March 21

  • Mets will change Citi Field address to honor Tom Seaver

    Newsday "The Mets will change 126th Street at Citi Field to 41 Seaver Way in honor of Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, a source said Thursday.  The Mets also will include Seaver’s name in a permanent change of address for the stadium.  The team continues to work on a plan for a..." March 21

  • Yankees' Greg Bird scratched, will undergo X-rays on elbow

    SNY TV "Yankees first baseman Greg Bird was scratched from Thursday's lineup so he could undergo X-rays on his elbow after he was hit by a pitch in Wednesday's game, according to The Athletic's Lindsey Adler. Bird, who has been competing with Luke Voit for..." March 21

  • MLB Insider Speculates Terms Of Potential Chris Sale Contract Extension

    NESN "Major League Baseball teams have been handing out contract extensions like they’re giveaways from “Oprah.” It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, as players might be reluctant to hit free agency given how the market has played out over the past couple of..." March 21

  • Is Giants’ Pablo Sandoval on the bubble? Tough roster decisions loom

    San Francisco Chronicle "Spring training statistics are a lot of hooey, particularly for players who are slow to rise. Numbers mean little amid desert air, regulars playing half a game while prospects play the other half, and the way hitters and pitchers use at-bats and innings to focus on refinements rather than..." March 21

  • Athletics' No. 1 prospect Luzardo shut down 4-6 weeks

    The Score "The Oakland Athletics are shutting down their top prospect, left-handed pitcher Jesus Luzardo, after he suffered a muscle strain in his shoulder, general manager David Forst told Daniel Brown of the Athletic. Luzardo, who did not travel to Japan for Oakland's..." March 21

  • Yankees’ Luis Severino ‘fine’ after test of achy shoulder

    New York Post "Twenty-five tosses from 60 feet on flat ground by the staff ace isn’t much to get excited about, but when Yankees right-hander Luis Severino completed that mundane exercise Wednesday, it had to be viewed as tiny progress. “It felt pretty normal, felt a little off maybe..." March 21

  • Braves Sign Josh Tomlin To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB.com’s Mark Bowman tweets that Tomlin will start Saturday’s Grapefruit League game for the Braves and could potentially break camp with the club as a long reliever. If not, it appears he’ll head to Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves announced Thursday that..." March 21

  • How the Milwaukee Brewers are revolutionizing what a starting rotation looks like

    Clutch Points "In a time that members of a starting rotation do not necessarily toe the rubber first in a game, the MLB is facing an identity crisis of sorts… but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Historically, pitchers have been known for their durability, as starters used to throw 200..." March 21

  • Alex Colome best bet to close for White Sox

    Chicago Sun-Times "Alex Colome hasn’t been named the White Sox’ closer — manager Rick Renteria hasn’t specified his ninth-inning guy other than to say he has more than one option — but most signs point to the right-hander being that guy. And that would be more than fine..." March 21

  • Ichiro Hugs Teammates as He Walks Off Field for Final Time

    12 Up "One of the most amazing careers in baseball history is came to a close on Thursday. Ichiro Suzuki has officially retired from the sport after a long and highly successful career in both the ?MLB and in Japan. He had a tremendous impact for the ?Seattle..." March 21

  • Tigers expect 12- to 14-month process for Fulmer to return to big-league action

    Detroit News "There is still no date or choice of surgeon for Michael Fulmer’s impending Tommy John surgery to replace the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. But on Thursday morning, the Tigers were still sifting through the fallout for Fulmer and the Tigers going..." March 21

  • Why Yankees’ Clint Frazier isn’t sweating his .140 Grapefruit League average

    Newark Star-Ledger "Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier boarded a team bus Wednesday focusing on a positive after maybe the worst game of his disappointing spring. There was a teeny bit of good in his work day, which included 0-for-3 with two strikeouts that dropped his Grapefruit League..." March 21

  • A different side of Pete Alonso, told through batting cage mishap

    New York Post "Pete Alonso is on the cusp of fulfilling a lifelong dream, Opening Day starter at first base for the Mets. This spring he has posted a .360 average and a 1.076 OPS. Those numbers only tell part of the Pete Alonso story. His passion and love for the game is off the..." March 21

  • Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor wants to play in opener, but practicing patience

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Francisco Lindor says his right calf is feeling good and he wants to play in the season opener on March 28. But common sense keeps whispering in his ear. “Of course, I want to play. I want to play this game,” Lindor said after playing in a minor-league game on Wednesday...." March 21

  • Will quieter emotions, quieter mitt take Cubs C Willson Contreras to next level?

    Chicago Sun-Times "It was still February, less than a week into spring training. Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, who gained far more attention last year for a late-season swoon than his fast start and All-Star selection, practiced wearing a T-shirt bearing the only five words he thinks are worth saying..." March 21

  • Former Giant Hunter Pence makes Rangers roster after successful spring

    NBC Sports Bay Area "A few hours after an emotional goodbye at Oracle Park last season, Hunter Pence started working on his swing. It paid off. Pence will make the Texas Rangers’ Opening Day roster, according to TR Sullivan of MLB.com. He was in camp with his childhood team as a..." March 21

  • Marlins Select Contract Of Curtis Granderson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins announced Thursday that they’ve selected the contract of veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson while optioning fellow outfielder Austin Dean to Triple-A New Orleans. Three non-roster players — lefty Mike Kickham, righty Hector Noesi and..." March 21

  • Report: Betts Turned Down 8-Year, $200 Million Extension From Red Sox After 2017 Season

    CBS Boston "Mookie Betts reportedly turned down a big-money deal from the Boston Red Sox following the 2017 season, a move that continues to pay off for the defending AL MVP. Betts will make $20 million next season, a record amount for a player in their second year of arbitration. He could have..." March 21

  • The hidden upside to so many Yankees going down with injuries

    New York Post "Jacoby Ellsbury is contagious. The player who never plays joined Yankees camp in the past week, and instantly the number of those who will not be ready for Opening Day increased. The List changed names from Disabled to Injured, but Ellsbury remained the same..." March 21

  • Source: Ichiro retiring after Thursday's game

    ESPN "Ichiro Suzuki has told the Seattle Mariners he will retire after Thursday's game in Tokyo, sources confirmed to ESPN. Kyodo News was first to report the story. Many expected Ichiro, 45, to retire after the series in Japan or when the Mariners returned home..." March 21

  • Phillies release 4, including Plouffe; send Anderson, Pazos to IronPigs

    The Morning Call "The Phillies released left-handed relievers Edward Paredes and Jeremy Bleich on Thursday, as well as infielders Trevor Plouffe and Gregorio Petit. The club also optioned right-handed starting pitcher Drew Anderson and left-handed reliever James Pazos to Triple-A..." March 21

  • Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw estimates he'll miss three weeks

    Sportsnaut "Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will spend time on the shelf for the fourth consecutive season. That much was made known earlier in the week as the three-time Cy Young winner makes his way back from a shoulder injury that has cost him all of spring..." March 20

  • Buster Olney Says it 'Wouldn't Surprise Him' if Kris Bryant Eventually Signs With Phillies

    12 Up "Could we be seeing the dawn of a super-team era in the MLB? On Wednesday, ESPN's Buster Olney said on the "Baseball Tonight" podcast that it would not surprise him at all if Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant signed with the..." March 20

  • Chase Utley to join Dodgers’ broadcast team

    Larry Brown Sports "Newly-retired Chase Utley is not staying far away from baseball. Utley will be joining the Los Angeles Dodgers’ SportsNet LA broadcast crew for “a select number of games,” as announced by SportsNet LA’s Alanna Rizzo on Wednesday. March 20

  • Orioles grant former All-Star infielder Alcides Escobar outright release

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles infielder Alcides Escobar was granted his unconditional release Wednesday, the team announced, as the club took another step toward paring down its Opening Day roster. Escobar, a former All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner with the Kansas City Royals, signed a minor league..." March 20

  • White Sox Win Big By Locking Up Eloy Jimenez Before He Hits The Majors

    The Big Lead "Eloy Jimenez is a hell of a prospect and is expected to transition well to the major leagues. That said, he hasn’t played a single game in the big leagues. Despite that, the Chicago White Sox are reportedly set to lock him up to a long-term deal. Honestly, this is a great deal...." March 20

  • White Sox close to deal with prospect Eloy Jimenez

    Chicago Sun-Times "The White Sox are close to finalizing a a long-term contract with top prospect Eloy Jimenez, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The team would not the confirm the report. According to Dominican reporter Hector Gomez of @z101digital, the deal would be an eight-year..." March 20

  • Giants sign veteran outfielder Matt Joyce to minor-league contract

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The competition to win outfield jobs hasn't exactly been an inspiring one, so on Wednesday the Giants added another option to the mix.  Veteran Matt Joyce signed a minor-league deal with the club on Wednesday and will join camp as a non-roster invitee. Joyce was let go..." March 20

  • Harper 'very happy' to see Trout land payday

    ESPN "From 2,000 miles away in Florida, Mike Trout's huge payday did not go unnoticed by Bryce Harper as he continues to prepare for his 2019 season debut with the Philadelphia Phillies. Harper famously got in hot water with Major League Baseball after attempting to recruit Trout, a..." March 20