• Machado's agent slams 'completely wrong' reports of offers from White Sox

    The Score "Dan Lozano, the representative for superstar infielder Manny Machado, isn't happy with how his client's free agency is being handled through the media. In a statement obtained by MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Lozano expressed anger over how recent reports of the Chicago White..." January 16

  • Royals pitcher Eric Skoglund will miss half the season under PED suspension

    Kansas City Star "Eric Skoglund, who figured to compete for the Royals’ starting rotation this season, will be suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for banned performance-enhancing drugs. Skoglund, 26, made 14 appearances with 13 starts for the Royals last season,..." January 16

  • Several teams may become involved in Harper sweepstakes

    Larry Brown Sports "There remains little movement on free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, but there are supposedly a number of teams waiting on the periphery ready to get involved when the time is right. According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, only three teams are pursuing Harper at this moment, but..." January 16

  • Manny Machado reportedly seeking contract larger than Giancarlo Stanton’s

    Larry Brown Sports "If Manny Machado is looking to become the highest-paid player in the history of baseball, there’s a strong chance he is going to end up very disappointed. The Chicago White Sox are one of the teams that have shown interest in signing Machado, and ESPN’s Buster Olney..." January 16

  • Tolleson on retirement: ‘My elbow’s just not ready to throw baseballs like it used to’

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The success rate for pitchers returning from Tommy John surgery is high, but there are no guarantees. A second elbow replacement comes with even more risks. Shawn Tolleson knows that better than anyone. The former Texas Rangers closer retired Wednesday after yet another..." January 16

  • First Spring Training workout dates for all clubs

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball has revealed the first Spring Training workout dates for pitchers and catchers and those for the full squads for all 30 clubs. MLB also announced game times for all Cactus and Grapefruit League action in February and March. The A's, fresh off their surprise..." January 16

  • White Sox reportedly offer Manny Machado $175 million

    Sportsnaut "All-Star infielder Manny Machado has seen his market dwindle to three teams in free agency. It has not been as robust of a winter as the star had hoped — leading people to wonder if the MLB system is broke. If this latest news is any indication, those people could be..." January 16

  • Hanley Ramirez Is the Former $88M Superstar No MLB Team Wants to Sign

    Bleacher Report "Once upon a time, Hanley Ramirez was one of MLB's biggest superstars. It's safe to say those days are over. In May 2018, the Boston Red Sox designated Ramirez for assignment, which is a polite way of saying they opted to pay him approximately $15 million-plus to..." January 16

  • The Yankees’ way forward with Sonny Gray should be clear

    Pinstripe Alley "Last month, a surprise announcement came that CC Sabathia had to undergo an unexpected heart procedure. Thankfully, the operation seems to have been a success, as Sabathia’s recovery has gone smoothly thus far, but for a moment it seemed to throw a wrench into one offseason..." January 16

  • Yankees get Ronald Roman for Tim Locastro in trade with Diamondbacks

    North Jersey "On the same day they introduced D.J. Lemahieu, the Yankees traded away the player cut to make room for the former Rockies star. The Yankees announced the acquisition of pitcher Ronald Roman from the Diamondbacks in exchange for outfielder Tim Locastro. The latter was designated for..." January 16

  • Report: Bryce Harper and Gabe Kapler 'Hit it Off' During Phillies Meeting in Las Vegas

    12 Up "?It's no secret that the Philadelphia Phillies are interested in signing free agent outfielder Bryce Harper. With the case for Harper to Philly gaining steam by the day, the latest report from Jon Heyman will only add to the hype.  Bryce and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler..." January 16

  • Braves still connected with Yankees’ Sonny Gray

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "As the Yankees continue shopping Sonny Gray – and those talks will reportedly intensify soon - the Braves remain linked with the Vanderbilt product.  The Braves checked in on Gray earlier in the offseason and are among the teams who’ve maintained interest in the..." January 16

  • With Manny Machado unlikely, here's how Yankees can overtake Red Sox

    SNY TV "Manny Machado was supposed to help the Yankees surpass the Red Sox. He's apparently not coming (and neither is Bryce Harper), so the Yanks should double down on their strongest facet -- the bullpen. If the Yankees want to measure up to the Red Sox, they must..." January 16

  • Diamondbacks, Wilmer Flores Agree To Terms

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks are in agreement on a one-year contract with free-agent infielder Wilmer Flores, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN (via Twitter). The contract also contains a club option for a second season. Passan’s colleague, Pedro Gomez, had previously tweeted that the..." January 16

  • Does a 270-win career belong in Hall of Fame?

    USA Today "He weathered 18 seasons pitching in the American League East and famously finished with a flourish: Winning the final start of his career for his first, and only, 20-win season. Now, Mussina is poised for a similar finishing kick in his drive for Cooperstown. A massive leap..." January 16

  • Yankees, Bryce Harper need each other — and would be perfect fit

    New York Post "Just this past Sunday, the Oakland Athletics met with their 2018 top draft pick, outfielder Kyler Murray, and tried to convince him to stick with baseball. The next day, Murray, who also happens to be the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner as a quarterback for Oklahoma, applied for the NFL..." January 16

  • Report: Phillies to Make 'Big Play' for Mike Trout in Free Agency

    Sports Talk Philly "Could Philadelphia Phillies Managing Partner John Middleton's pledge to spend "stupid money" extend beyond this offseason? The Phillies — "regardless who they sign this winter" — will make a "big play" for seven-time All-Star and..." January 16

  • Report: Mike Trout Extension With Angels Now 'Unlikely'

    12 Up "Mike Trout has been an absolute superstar for the Los Angeles Angels.  Since his rookie year in 2012, Trout has been named an All-Star seven times, AL MVP twice, and won six Silver Slugger Awards. To say he is the face of the franchise would be an absolute understatement, but all..." January 16

  • Joe Maddon says Cubs are not going to sign Bryce Harper

    Larry Brown Sports "You can count the Chicago Cubs out of the Bryce Harper sweepstakes. Prior to this offseason, there was a lot of talk about the Cubs being contenders to sign Harper. After all, there had been rumors about wanting to play with the franchise. Fast forward to this offseason, and the..." January 16

  • Yasmani Grandal: Why I turned down Mets’ $60 million offer

    New York Post "Yasmani Grandal considered it a $60 million insult. Yes, the Mets were potentially offering him more years than other teams, but the then-free agent catcher felt the average money per year was beneath a player of his ilk. Grandal explained on MLB Network why he then accepted an..." January 16

  • Several Orioles will have career-defining years in 2019

    Camden Chat "Mike Elias and Brandon Hyde have injected excitement into an organization that had been reeling since early into the 2018 season. After superstar Manny Machado and former top pick Kevin Gausman were dealt away at the deadline, Orioles games held even less meaning...." January 16

  • Mets are monitoring the market of free agent A.J. Pollock

    SNY TV "The Mets are monitoring the market of free agent center fielder A.J. Pollock, reports SNY's Andy Martino. According to Martino, the Mets could be in play for Pollock if he becomes open to a "pillow contract" or an opt-out after the first year of a potential..." January 16

  • Bartolo Colon wants to keep pitching

    Hardball Talk "Earlier, we learned, via The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, that veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson wants to play another year in the majors. Rosenthal has since added that fellow veteran Bartolo Colon also wants to continue his playing career in..." January 16

  • Giants might not use pitching openers as much as first thought

    San Francisco Gate "The day after Farhan Zaidi suggested in December that the Giants might take the radical step, for them, of using pitching openers and other nontraditional methods of getting through nine innings, he expressed surprise at how much attention the story got. The Giants’ president of..." January 16

  • Phillies Could Sign Bryce Harper, Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel

    Sporting News "The Phillies aren't setting low expectations for the next few months. Philadelphia has "visions" of signing Bryce Harper, Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel in free agency, according to a report from USA Today, which cites unidentified team executives. The..." January 15

  • Giants hire pitching analyst to aid with training efforts

    ABC7 "The San Francisco Giants have hired pitching analyst Matt Daniels to join the staff of new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, who vowed when hired in November to find a wide array of experts to help the club. Now, he has a data-focused staff member to aid in pitching..." January 15

  • Champion Red Sox to visit White House during spring training

    ESPN "The World Series champion Boston Red Sox are scheduled to visit the White House on Feb. 15, team president Sam Kennedy told the Boston Globe. Kennedy said he expects "a healthy representation of ownership, executives, coaches and players" to attend the ceremony, but it is..." January 15

  • Nats' Dozier says he had longer, more lucrative offers on the table

    Masn "Even on the heels of a subpar 2018 season in which he played through a knee injury and saw his production decrease, Brian Dozier said he had multi-year offers from other clubs this winter. How, then, did it come to be that the veteran second baseman found himself on a conference call..." January 15

  • MLB Rumors: Phillies Don't Plan to Sign Both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado

    Bleacher Report "NFL CFB NBA World Football MLB NHL CBB MMA WWE Golf More Shows B/R Live Mag Get the App Tickets Sign..." January 15

  • Phillies reportedly confident they will sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado

    Larry Brown Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies are looking to spend big this offseason and have been linked to both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, and it sounds like they would be greatly disappointed if they somehow came away with neither free agent slugger. Sources told Matt Gelb of The Athletic that..." January 15

  • Deion Sanders advises Kyler Murray to choose baseball

    The Score "After declaring for the NFL draft on Monday, Kyler Murray must choose between football and baseball. One man who's been in Murray's position before, two-sport legend Deion Sanders, knows which decision he'd make if he was in the Heisman Trophy winner's shoes. Sanders..." January 15

  • Curtis Granderson intends to play in 2019

    Hardball Talk "There had been some thought that 37-year-old free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson might retire, but he intends to play in 2019, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Granderson spent last season with the Blue Jays and Brewers, batting a productive .242/.351/.431 with 13 home runs..." January 15

  • Grandal says he declined low-ball deals out of respect to star predecessors

    The Score "Yasmani Grandal signed a one-year, $18.25-million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers not just for his own benefit, but out of respect for the high-end catchers that came before him. That was the explanation Grandal gave to MLB Network following his introductory press conference..." January 15

  • Doug Brocail “In Line” To Become Orioles Pitching Coach

    MLB Trade Rumors "As they begin to build out a coaching staff, the Orioles appear to be nearing an agreement with Doug Brocail that would make him the team’s next pitching coach. Dan Connolly of The Athletic tweets that Brocail is “in line” to land in Baltimore. If the sides do indeed..." January 15

  • Hall of Fame pitcher John Wetteland arrested on child sex abuse charge

    Dallas Morning News "Texas Rangers Hall of Fame pitcher John Wetteland was arrested Monday on a child sex abuse charge. Wetteland, 52, is accused of continuously sexually abusing a child under the age of 14, according to Denton County jail records. The Trophy Club resident posted $25,000..." January 15

  • Dodgers are letting the luxury tax dictate their offseason

    True Blue L.A. "I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of talking about the luxury tax. Yes, it’s a dumb rule that was collectively bargained for back in 2012, but it’s exhausting to have to keep referring to it. The fact that the Dodgers — the Los..." January 15

  • Padres, Reds, Indians Have Discussed 3-Team Scenario Involving Corey Kluber

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres, Reds, and Indians have engaged in discussions regarding a possible three-team trade scenario, according to Dennis Lin and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter links). Precise permutations aren’t known, but the concept at play appears to be one that would send..." January 15

  • Report: Padres pursuing Kluber primarily to flip him

    The Score "If the San Diego Padres are successful in their pursuit of Cleveland Indians ace right-hander Corey Kluber, the union may be brief. The Padres, who remain in contact with the Indians about Kluber's availability, are looking to flip the three-time..." January 15

  • Melvin Upton Jr. says he will go by BJ again this season

    Larry Brown Sports "Melvin Upton Jr. intends to continue playing in 2019 despite not making an MLB roster last year, and the veteran outfielder may have a clever why of trying to convince teams he has turned back the clock. If you followed Upton during the best years of his career, you know that he used..." January 15

  • Report: Brewers look to trim payroll for another addition, Wade Miley reunion possible

    Brew Crew Ball "When the Brewers decided to drop $18.25 million on Yasmani Grandal, the thought was that the signing pretty much finalized their roster heading into Spring Training about a month from today. That kind of investment combined with finalizing deals for their..." January 15

  • A case for Jorge Lopez to be the Royals’ fifth starter

    Royals Review "I was scrolling through Twitter the other day and saw a graph roll through my timeline regarding Royals pitcher Jorge Lopez. Lopez, who came over in the Mike Moustakas trade last sumer, really impressed me in his brief time with KC in 2018. I believe he ought to be the Royals’ fifth..." January 15

  • Giants re-signing Derek Holland could be precursor for more moves

    NBC Sports Bay Area "It has been a slow offseason in general for MLB teams, but for the Giants, the pace has been particularly measured. Until they announced a one-year deal with Derek Holland on Monday morning, the Giants had guaranteed just $585,000 to free agents. That changed Monday,..." January 15

  • Pirates minor leaguer Tyler Eppler heads to Japan

    Hardball Talk "Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s Pacific League have purchased the contract of right-hander Tyler Eppler from the Pirates. Eppler, 26, was a sixth round draft pick of the Pirates back in 2014. He just completed his second season of..." January 15

  • Twins agree to terms with all arbitration-eligible players

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins on Friday reached one-year deals with all eight of their arbitration-eligible players, another step toward clearing up their 2019 payroll picture. Jake Odorizzi will get $9.5 million in 2019 after making $6.3 last season. The righthanded starter, who was 7-10 with a 4.49 ERA..." January 15

  • How do Yankees plan to use DJ LeMahieu? Here are a couple of ideas

    Newark Star-Ledger "By signing free-agent infielder DJ LeMahieu to a two-year, $24 million contract, the Yankees would seem to be out of the running for sluggerManny Machado. LeMahieu is a three-time Gold Glove winner at second base. However the Yankees already have Gleyber..." January 15

  • The Mariners are making some interesting “outsider” hires in the minors

    Lookout Landing "Yesterday, the Mariners announced their minor league coaching staffs for each of the various affiliates. Most of the names are familiar, but there are a few standouts both in new hires and in people being reshuffled at various levels of the organization. Like they’re doing on..." January 15

  • Bryce Harper would fit Phillies as well as Manny Machado — and maybe even better

    Philly.com "It was Sept. 12, and the Phillies had just lost to the Washington Nationals, 5-1, in the season finale between the rivals. Gabe Kapler sat behind a desk atop a stage, the setting for his news conference after home games, and answered a question about ace Aaron Nola. “His stuff..." January 15

  • Report: Rangers in contact with Ottavino, Allen

    The Score "Add one more team to the list of clubs interested in free-agent reliever Adam Ottavino. The Texas Rangers are speaking with the 33-year-old right-hander, as well as former Cleveland Indians closer Cody Allen, sources told The Athletic's Ken..." January 15

  • Anthony Rendon seeking an Altuve-like contract from Nationals

    Yardbarker "It’s well known that the Nationals hope to work out a long-term deal with third baseman Anthony Rendon before he reaches free agency next winter, and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic wrote over the weekend (subscription required) that Rendon and agent Scott Boras have been eyeing something..." January 14

  • Tampa Bay Rays close to signing OF Avisail Garcia, per report

    D-Rays Bay "The Tampa Bay Rays are closing in on free agent outfielder, Avisail Garcia, per a report from Ken Rosenthal. Garcia, 27, is coming off a down year with the Chicago White Sox in which he hit .236/.281/.438 with 19 HR over 385 PA, registering a 92 wRC+ and playing exactly at replacement..." January 14