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  • Who's next? These MLB players could approach Mike Trout money

    USA Today "It took 11 years, but three players this winter have agreed to contracts larger than the record-setting 10-year, $275 million deal Alex Rodriguez signed with the New York Yankees in the fall of 2007. Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout will make $426.5 million over..." March 19

  • Sources: MLB eyes higher salaries in minors

    ESPN "Major League Baseball suggested sweeping changes to the minor leagues -- including a significant increase in salaries, a higher standard of living conditions and better transportation -- during an initial collective-bargaining session with the group that oversees the minors, sources familiar..." March 19

  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • Decision coming soon on Zack Greinke’s personal catcher

    Arizona Central "After throwing to Alex Avila on Sunday afternoon, Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke now has matched up with each of the four catchers in the running for a roster spot. While he is expected to wield significant influence on which catcher he primarily throws to this season, Greinke..." March 18

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14

  • Report: MLB, union agree to end August trades

    The Score "Baseball's trade season is about to get a major facelift. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to eliminate the August waiver trade period in favor of a single non-waiver trade deadline day for all transactions on July 31, sources told Ken..." March 13

  • Adam Jones, Diamondbacks Reportedly Agree to 1-Year, $3M Contract

    Bleacher Report "After spending more than a decade with the Baltimore Orioles, Adam Jones is changing uniforms. Jones reportedly has a deal in place with the Arizona Diamondbacks, pending a physical, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The contract is reportedly a..." March 11

  • As part of gambling deal, MLB lineups will now go to commissioner’s office before being made public

    Awful Announcing "It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite..." March 07

  • ‘Adapt or die’: MLB staffs have new look as coaches go from lab to dugout

    USA Today "Wes Johnson did not run from the labels. Weirdo. Iconoclast. Voodoo coach. Johnson heard some variation of them all over the past decade, when he first set up shop as the pitching coach of Dallas Baptist University armed with mysterious tracking technology, funny balls and a..." March 07

  • Inside Major League Baseball’s exploitation of minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "Ted Berg of For the Win has written an excellent story about what it’s like to be a minor league catcher in spring training. About how many of them there are and how much work they do. Of how critically important it is to the big league team and big league players that they are..." March 07

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says economic system ‘not broken’

    Boston Herald "Good thing the Internet hasn’t been invented yet because if it had been, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might have some explaining to do upon returning home to his wife, Colleen, mother to the couple’s four children. The marquee name at the Boston College..." March 07

  • Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause

    Larry Brown Sports "A new provision as part of Major League Baseball’s new gambling partnership has annoyed at least one manager. Last November, MLB made MGM their “official gaming partner” as sports betting becomes increasingly legal and accepted in the United States. Peter Gammons of..." March 06

  • Report: MLB planning changes to All-Star selection with 'election day'

    The Score "Major League Baseball plans to introduce an extra step to All-Star selection this season with a new "election day" to determine the starters at each position, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Standard online voting would still take place under the new format. Once..." March 06

  • Report: Active rosters to expand to 26 players in 2020

    Hardball Talk "Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are close to agreeing to expand active rosters to 26 players for the start of the 2020 regular season. This is in exchange for a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after Opening..." March 06

  • Diamondbacks’ Silvino Bracho Diagnosed With Partial UCL Tear

    MLB Trade Rumors "Diamondbacks righty Silvino Bracho has been diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, tweets Zach Buchanan of The Athletic. The results of his MRI have been sent to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion, but it’s obviously an unwelcome development..." March 05

  • MLB, MLBPA Nearing Rule Change Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes while publicly bickering over the operation of the player market. The sides now appear to be nearing agreement on a package of new rules, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link),..." March 05

  • $890M of Machado, Harper, Arenado Megadeals Huge Win for Players' War vs. Owners

    Bleacher Report "As it turns out, owners haven't slammed shut all of the financial spigots that run to the players. It just depends on which players. Bryce Harper, 26, set a record Thursday for the largest contract ever awarded to a free agent in professional sports, landing with the Philadelphia..." March 01

  • Reports: Blue Jays reach deal to add Buchholz

    ESPN "The Toronto Blue Jays and free-agent pitcher Clay Buchholz have agreed to a contract, according to multiple reports. The deal is pending a physical. Terms weren't immediately available. Following a series of injury-plagued seasons, Buchholz became..." March 01

  • Sources: MLB prepared to ditch clock until 2022

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is prepared to scuttle the implementation of a pitch clock until at least 2022 as part of a wide-ranging proposal to the MLB Players Association that would include the ability to implement a three-batter-minimum rule for pitchers and roster-size changes in 2020, sources..." February 27

  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • Jake Lamb has to make funny adjustment to play 1B for Diamondbacks

    MLB.com "Jake Lamb's education at first base hit another checkpoint during Monday's initial full-squad workout when he went through bunt drills for the first time. With Paul Goldschmidt gone to St. Louis, the D-backs are looking for Lamb to move from his usual third base over to first,..." February 21

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an SI.com report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • Zack Greinke shows up late to spring training, calls it 'boring'

    USA Today "Zack Greinke stood in front of the media on Saturday afternoon, his hair long, his neck sore. He had arrived the day before, two days after his fellow pitchers, and while his tardiness was his own choice – and while he seemed to have second thoughts about it – he did not seem to..." February 17

  • Diamondbacks closer Greg Holland, after being unsigned last offseason, has new take on free agency

    USA Today "Diamondbacks closer Greg Holland closes his eyes, takes a deep breath and allows those unpleasant memories to slowly trickle back into his thoughts. Bryce Harper is still unsigned. So is Manny Machado. And Dallas Keuchel. And Craig Kimbrel. And Marwin Gonzalez. And Josh Harrison...." February 17

  • Diamondbacks not doing much to repair Chase Field

    AZ Snake Pit "The Republic writes this morning: “Reports show the team spent about $150,000 from May 10 to Dec. 31 last year to fix freight elevators and purchase back-up lighting supplies.” This is quite the contrast to the position expressed by the team previously, when it was..." February 15

  • Diamondbacks sign catcher Caleb Joseph to 1-year deal

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Wednesday they signed catcher Caleb Joseph, the former Baltimore Oriole, to a one-year contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, Arizona placed right-hand pitcher Taijuan Walker on the 60-day injured list as he continues working back from Tommy..." February 13

  • Greinke will report to camp later this week

    MLB.com "Zack Greinke will arrive at Spring Training a couple of days after the rest of the pitchers and catchers after requesting a little extra time. "He was very proactive about it," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "He reached out to me and asked for a couple of extra..." February 13

  • Baseball players are not overpaid

    USA Today "I feel like I keep writing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in this space, and I apologize for repeating myself so much already. But with the NFL season over, the NBA season in its lull between the trade deadline and the playoff run, the NHL almost entirely..." February 13

  • MLBPA head Tony Clark rips rumored free agent contract specifics, says they come from 'obvious agenda'

    CBS Sports "For the second consecutive offseason, free agency has been incredibly slow and this time around, it feels like far too many contending teams with deep pockets are sitting out. We've started to see some grumbles from players like Jake Arrieta, Justin..." February 12

  • Diamondbacks sign Marc Rzepczynski, Ricky Nolasco to minor league deals

    Hardball Talk "The Diamondbacks have inked two free agent relievers to minor league pacts, the team announced Friday. Both left-hander Marc Rzepczynski and right-hander Ricky Nolasco will receive spring training invites. Rzepczynski, 33, has not pitched anything close to a full season since 2016. He..." February 09

  • Manfred: No DH in the National League until at least 2022

    Hardball Talk "The stuff that came out the other day about the National League possibly adopting the Designated Hitter soon? Forget it: Commissioner Rob Manfred said today that expanding the DH is something that’ll have to wait until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, which — barring an..." February 08

  • MLB Opposed To Near-Term Adoption Of Universal DH

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said today at the owners’ meetings that the league is not interested in considering certain union-proposed changes in advance of the 2019 season, as Ronald Blum of the AP reports. In particular, Manfred indicated he is not open to the introduction of the..." February 08

  • The universal DH makes sense, and it's time for the National League to make the switch

    CBS Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is reportedly pushing to add a designated hitter to National League rosters as soon as this season, one of several eye-opening changes being batted around by the union, and MLB. Per reports by Jeff Passan of ESPN and Ken..." February 07

  • Royals Nearing Agreement With Brad Boxberger

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals are “closing in” on a one-year contract with free-agent righty Brad Boxberger, according to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan (via Twitter). A client of the Boras Corporation, he’ll receive a $2.2MM guarantee along with $1MM in potential incentives, per Jon..." February 06

  • MLB's free agency freeze is an embarrassment for baseball

    USA Today "The baseball equipment and uniforms have been packed, the trucks are rolling on the highways, and in just a few days, spring training camps open in Florida and Arizona. While local TV crews have breathlessly showed clips and soundbites of team equipment trucks leaving their snowy..." February 06

  • Which MLB teams are actually trying to win in 2019?

    USA Today "Baseball has lurched to the one-week mark until almost every spring training camp opens, and of course you’re well-aware dozens of unsigned players won’t be walking through those doors. But never mind the unknown destinations of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and a..." February 06

  • Sources: MLB and players discussing rule changes that could alter game

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing potentially drastic changes to the on-field game and economic landscape of the sport in the middle of a..." February 06

  • MLBPA not expected to host free agent camp this year

    SNY TV "With less than two weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, dozens and dozens of quality major league free agents remain jobless. But there are no plans for the Players' Association to repeat last year's experiment with a training camp for unsigned..." February 04

  • Reliever Greg Holland, D-backs reportedly agree to 1-year deal

    Arizona Sports "Free agent reliever and three-time All-Star Greg Holland has agreed to join the Arizona Diamondbacks on a one-year deal pending a physical, reports The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray. The terms of the contract will start with a $3.5 million base salary and..." January 30

  • D-backs agree to contract extension with manager Torey Lovullo

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks announced on Tuesday they have agreed to a contract extension with manager Torey Lovullo. UPDATED: January 29, 2019 at 5:02 pm The Arizona Diamondbacks announced on Tuesday they have agreed to a contract extension with manager Torey..." January 29

  • Should an MLB star mimic Anthony Davis and help make trade demands more common in baseball?

    CBS Sports "If you're a New Orleans Pelicans fan today, you're heartbroken. Anthony Davis, the best player in franchise history and one of the best in the NBA, announced (through his agent) that he wants to be traded. By asking for a trade, Davis asserted a level of autonomy that we..." January 29

  • MLB, Nike Announce 10-Year Uniform, Merchandise Contract

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball and Nike agreed to a 10-year deal Friday that will make Nike the league's official on-field apparel and merchandise designer beginning in 2020. According to Eben Novy-Williams of Bloomberg, MLB and Under Armour originally agreed to a..." January 25

  • Head of MLBPA Tony Clark says slow free-agent periods are a 'threat to our game'

    Yahoo! Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is tired of seeing good MLB players sit on the free-agent market unsigned. Tony Clark, head of the MLBPA, spoke out Thursday, telling the Associated Press the slow free-agent periods have become a major “threat to our..." January 25

  • A.J. Pollock helps reload the Dodgers, who are the deepest team in baseball

    CBS Sports "The two-time defending NL champion Dodgers have had a busy winter. They made sure to retain Clayton Kershaw, made a trade with the Reds that cleared some salary and shipped some useful players out and now they've signed center fielder A.J. Pollock. They..." January 25

  • Dodgers sign A.J. Pollock

    True Blue L.A. "Per Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers have signed free-agent outfielder A.J. Pollock to a deal. The terms of the deal are unknown at the time. Pollock, 31, is a familiar face to the Dodgers. He spent the last seven seasons as a member of the D-Backs. He was an All-Star in 2015, as well as a..." January 24

  • Diamondbacks, T.J. McFarland Avoid Arbitration

    ESPN "The Arizona Diamondbacks and left-hander reliever T.J. McFarland agreed Wednesday to a one-year deal with a club option for 2020, thus avoiding arbitration. McFarland, 29, had a career year in 2018. He appeared in 47 games, allowing only 18 runs, holding opponents to a .239 average..." January 24

  • Diamondbacks To Sign Travis Snider

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks have agreed to a minor-league deal with outfielder Travis Snider, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America (via Twitter). It’s not evident whether it includes an invitation to MLB Spring Training. Snider, 30, has spent eight years in the big leagues,..." January 23