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  • Cleveland Indians await results of MRI on Emmanuel Clase’s sore lat muscle

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Rookie reliever Emmanuel Clase is the latest Cleveland Indians pitcher to be sidelined in spring training as the club awaits the results of an MRI exam on his sore back. Clase, the centerpiece of an offseason trade that sent two-time Cy Young Award-winning starter Corey..." February 27

  • Five MLB stars who could be traded this season

    Sportsnaut "The 2020 MLB offseason delivered plenty of trades for baseball fans to enjoy. While the trade chatter will quiet down for a few weeks, there could be even more movement with MLB stars getting dealt this season. After months of rumors floating about a blockbuster trade in the winter,..." February 27

  • MLB enforcing rule to stop use of foreign substances on balls

    SNY TV "MLB is cracking down on use of foreign substances in 2020, reportedly moving forward with stricter enforcement on a rule that has long been understood among players as a gentlemen's agreement. Senior vice president Chris Young has spent spring training at league-wide..." February 27

  • MLB Appoints Kerwin Danley as First African American Crew Chief

    Inside Hook "For the first time in history, Major League Baseball will have an African American umpire working as a crew chief when the 2020 season starts. Though the official announcement has not been made yet, MLB promoted umpire Kerwin Danley to crew chief this week, a person familiar with the..." February 27

  • MLB Teams Reportedly Pursuing Pre-Arb Extension Blitz

    MLB Trade Rumors "Pre-arbitration extensions aren’t exactly a new phenomenon. We’ve seen an increasing number of long-term deals with newer MLB players — and even pre-MLB players — over the past decade or so. (Way back in 2013, for instance, I referred to a “baseball-wide..." February 27

  • Here's 6 Potential Trade Targets For Yankees’ Rotation

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Yankees’ rotation took a beating Tuesday with the loss of ace-caliber right-hander Luis Severino, who will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire season. This will essentially end up as the second straight lost year for Severino, who starred from 2017-18 before..." February 27

  • 2021 World Baseball Classic dates, venues announced

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball just announced the dates and venues for the 2021 World Baseball Classic The fifth installment of the WBC, which will be played from March 9-23, 2021, will take place at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan, Taoyuan International..." February 25

  • Predicting Each MLB Team's Most Valuable Player in 2020

    Bleacher Report "With spring training underway and Opening Day fast approaching, now is the perfect time for some predictions for the 2020 MLB season. Our goal this time around was to pinpoint each team's WAR leader during the upcoming campaign. While teams like the Los Angeles Angels..." February 24

  • Free Agent Market Still Stocked With Well-Known Players

    MLB Trade Rumors "As we all know, past performance — especially, long-past performance — is no guarantee of more in the future. Teams are looking at more than Baseball-Reference career totals. That said, track record does generally reflect a high degree of skill. And there’s always value in a..." February 24

  • How MLB Can Start to Regain Fan and Player Trust After Astros Scandal

    Bleacher Report "In case you're just now joining us, Major League Baseball is mired in its worst credibility crisis since the Steroid Era. Plenty of time has passed since the league investigated and punished the Houston Astros for a sign-stealing scheme that helped deliver the..." February 24

  • Andrew Cashner Being Marketed As Reliever

    MLB Trade Rumors "The 19 relief appearances that Andrew Cashner made with the Red Sox last year were his first bullpen outings since 2013, but it seems as though more could be in the offing. Cashner has been positioned as a bullpen option in recent conversations with teams, MLBTR has..." February 24

  • Wacky, weird, and confusing: The best photos from MLB spring training

    Sporting News "Some baseball players try to look serious and dignified in their photos, to convey the importance of the moment. Others might smile, or try to look menacing to intimidate the competition. And some just have too much fun with it. Here's a roundup of this year's..." February 22

  • 3 Stars Who Could Surprise Mike Trout and Steal the AL MVP

    12 Up "At just 28 years old, the Los Angeles Angels superstar already has three AL MVPs to his name. Despite playing in just 134 games in 2019 after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, Trout still took home the honor after hitting .291/.438/.645 with a 1.083 OPS, 45..." February 22

  • Closer Brad Hand, Cleveland Indians taking measures to keep him strong this season

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Brad Hand likes to pitch and his left arm always went along for the ride. Over the last four seasons, he’s made 283 appearances. In the big leagues, only Bryan Shaw has made more with 285. He’s done it in style, as well, leading all relievers in strikeouts with..." February 21

  • Francisco Lindor wants to stay with Indians, but says discounts 'don't exist'

    The Score "Cleveland Indians star shortstop Francisco Lindor won't take less money to sign a long-term extension with the only team he's played for over five MLB seasons. "When somebody talks about a discount, I immediately say: If you were from … Cleveland and..." February 21

  • Indians' Carlos Carrasco to undergo testing for discomfort in right leg

    ESPN "Cleveland Indians starter Carlos Carrasco is set to undergo testing on his right leg after experiencing discomfort during a Wednesday workout, according to the team. " February 20

  • Indians' Mike Clevinger Rips Astros' Weak Apology and Lack of Accountability

    12 Up "Virtually every big league player has weighed in on the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal, but (apart from Trevor Bauer) no one has been more vocal than Cleveland Indians starter Mike Clevinger. "Sunshine" has not held back his thoughts on Houston's..." February 20

  • The Not-So-Secret Hangout Of MLB's Tightest Fraternity

    Bleacher Report "It was the Monday after the Country Music Association Awards last fall, and it felt as if the after-party had extended into the Vanderbilt baseball weight room. "It was like a block party," Chris Ham, the program's strength and conditioning coach, said. "There..." February 20

  • Padres interested in Indians' Francisco Lindor

    Bleacher Report "Even though the Cleveland Indians appear ready to start this season with Francisco Lindor, the San Diego Padres reportedly still have their eyes on the four-time All-Star.   Per The Athletic's Dennis Lin, the Padres "remain interested" in acquiring..." February 20

  • Orioles Claim Andrew Velazquez From Indians, Designate Richard Urena

    NBC Sports Washington "The Orioles made another roster move Wednesday, claiming infielder Andrew Velazquez off waivers from the Indians. The team also designated infielder Richard Urena for assignment in a corresponding move.  Velazquez, 25, is an infielder that can play all over the diamond. He played..." February 20

  • Major League Baseball Is Getting Angrier and Rob Manfred is Losing Control

    The Big Lead "Fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal continues to dominate Major League Baseball. Each time commissioner Rob Manfred opens his mouth, he manages to make things slightly worse than they were before. Each time a non-Astros player opens his, it's clearer that the..." February 19

  • MLB tightening intentional HBP rules for 2020

    The Score "Major League Baseball has distributed a memo to all 30 teams detailing new protocols to try and curb incidences of intentional hit-by-pitches, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Tuesday. Under the new guidelines, umpires will confer on the field to determine whether there..." February 19

  • Pitcher Scott Kazmir continues comeback

    CBS Sports "Scott Kazmir will throw for multiple teams this week as he pursues a big-league comeback, Buster Olney of ESPN reports. The 36-year-old lefty hasn't appeared in the majors since 2016 and has been out of affiliated ball entirely the past two seasons.  " February 18

  • With Rob Manfred, the buck stops nowhere

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has completely and utterly stepped in it with respect to the Astros and the sign-stealing scandal. Everyone is mad, the highest profile players in the game are taking their turns raking him, the league, and the Astros over the coals, and the very integrity of the..." February 18

  • Mariners sign former Indians RHP Cody Anderson

    National Post "The Seattle Mariners signed right-hander Cody Anderson to a minor league contract Monday and invited him to spring training. Anderson, 29, was drafted by Cleveland in 2011 and has spent parts of three major league seasons with the Indians. " February 17

  • Francisco Lindor open to extension in Cleveland

    CBS Sports "Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor has been subject to trade rumors for a year now. Yet he remains open to signing long-term with Cleveland, according to comments he made as part of a Q&A with The Athletic's Zack Meisel. "If the negotiations or whatever make sense,..." February 17

  • 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

  • Mike Clevinger to undergo surgery to repair partially torn meniscus

    Let's Go Tribe "Mike Clevinger is to undergo surgery to repair a partial tear of his left medial meniscus, per Zack Meisel of The Athletic. Clevinger sustained the injury while training, and a timetable for his return will be set following the surgery.   " February 14

  • MLB, MLBPA Reportedly Discussing New Rules to Prevent Electronic Sign-Stealing

    Bleacher Report "Cheating by the Houston Astros has prompted new discussions between Major League Baseball and the player's union to develop new rules to prevent electronic sign-stealing.  According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the two sides are not far apart on a deal, but..." February 14

  • MLB players are not happy with the Astros’ ‘weak’ apology and lack of punishment

    SB Nation "One of the central goals of punishment is to discourage the recurrence of the event in question. The early read on the Astros sign-stealing penalties is MLB wasn’t nearly harsh enough. Astros players were granted immunity by Major League Baseball during their..." February 14

  • Indians Designate Andrew Velazquez For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced Friday that they’ve designated infielder Andrew Velazquez for assignment. His spot on the 40-man roster goes to outfielder/designated hitter Domingo Santana, whose one-year deal with the Indians has now been formally announced. " February 14

  • MLB raising minimum salary for minor leaguers in 2021

    Lone Star Ball "Major League Baseball is raising the minimum salary for minor league players as of the 2021 season, per the AP. Short-season players will now be at $400 per week, A ball players will be at $500 per week, AA players will be at $600 per week, and AAA players will be at $700 per week, per the..." February 14

  • Three Problems with Major League Baseball's Playoff Proposal

    The Big Lead "In the midst of the fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal, Major League Baseball had another juicy story this week. The New York Post first reported on Major League Baseball's proposal to increase its postseason format from 10 teams to 14, as well as..." February 14

  • Cleveland Indians sign OF Domingo Santana to $1.5 million one-year deal with club option

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Free agent outfielder Domingo Santana has agreed to a $1.5 million one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians that includes a $5 million club option for a second year. The team confirmed a report early Friday by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthall that the deal was..." February 14

  • Why MLB’s greed-driven playoff plan is doomed to fail fans

    New York Post "It’s clear MLB remains under the spell of the Greek goddess Preposterous. The seductive twin sister of Ponzious, she controls the destiny of mortals blinded by greed, those who seek solutions by making bad worse. This latest postseason scheme, as revealed by The Post’s..." February 14

  • Which MLB teams had the worst offseasons? Red Sox, Astros, Cardinals make list of disappointing winters

    CBS Sports "With pitchers and catchers reporting this week for spring training, it's time to shift into preseason mode. Part of that transition entails recapping what happened over the winter, including identifying which teams had the best offseasons, and which teams had the worst offseasons. For want..." February 13

  • MLB announces rule changes for 2020 season "Major League Baseball today announced the rule changes that will be in place for its 2020 Championship Season: THREE-BATTER MINIMUM: The Official Baseball Rules have been amended to require the starting or any relief pitcher to pitch to a minimum of three batters, including..." February 12

  • Introducing the LBS Plan: A solution to fix MLB’s playoffs and regular season

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering some radical changes to its existing playoff format in order to help increase interest in the sport, but we have a proposal that is much better than the one they are considering. THE PROBLEM One of the biggest issues plaguing..." February 12

  • Didi Gregorius Throws Shade at MLB for Rumored Playoff Format Changes

    12 Up "Major League Baseball is reportedly hoping to make a radical change to the playoff format. 14 teams would make the postseason and there would be byes, three-game opening series, and teams picking their opponents on live TV. This would serve as one of the more extreme..." February 12

  • The Athletics have an interest in Jason Kipnis

    Hardball Talk " reports that the Oakland A’s have reached out to free agent second baseman Jason Kipnis. Kipnis, who turns 33 in April, hit .245/.304/.410 with 17 home runs, 65 RBI, seven stolen bases, and 52 runs scored over 121 games with the Indians last season, " February 11

  • The new postseason proposal would be terrible for fans and for the game

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday someone at Major League Baseball leaked a new postseason idea they have brewing for 2022. The upshot: wild cards would be eliminated, there would be seven playoff teams in each league, up from five, and from there the format of the postseason would radically..." February 11

  • Chicago Cubs Reportedly Formalizing Free Agent Deal With Jason Kipnis

    WKYC "While it's been a foregone conclusion for weeks now, it appears Jason Kipnis' time with the Cleveland Indians is officially coming to an end. According to ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers, the Chicago Cubs are "zeroing in" on signing Kipnis to a minor league contract..." February 11

  • Rob Manfred is once again trying to fix a problem that doesn't exist

    The Score "Since taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball five years ago, Rob Manfred has worked tirelessly to create the illusion that he's doing The Important Things That Baseball Needs. The game is too long - and the pace of it too slow - so Manfred implemented a bunch of..." February 11

  • A Major League Baseball Selection Show Is a Cursed Idea

    The Big Lead "Major League Baseball floated a radical change to its postseason and it feels like a version of liquidating assets for a nice short-turn return without pause for what it will mean in the big picture. One of the motivating factors of expanded playoffs is to increase inventory for..." February 11

  • 4 Teams That Would Actually Benefit From Proposed New MLB Playoff Format

    12 Up "On Monday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred made perhaps the most absurd proposition in the history of the game, leaking the potential expansion of the playoff field to seven teams per league, and allowing the top seeds to choose their opponents. It's an interesting prospect, but one..." February 11

  • MLB could add four more playoff teams, make radical format changes

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering the possibility of adding more playoff teams and making significant changes to its postseason format, and the new system could be in place as soon as 2022. According to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, MLB is seriously weighing the..." February 10

  • Miguel Andujar, Luis Rojas among biggest MLB questions entering spring training

    New York Post "A year ago, a far-from finished Hot Stove League dominated our annual “30 teams, 30 questions” feature, always published around the time pitchers and catchers report. This year? The big names have signed. The dust has only begun to settle, however, from the illegal..." February 10

  • MLB Free Agent Tracker: Latest signings, top 50 ranking

    CBS Sports "For the sake of keeping you, the baseball enthusiast, informed of the latest hot stove moves, we present our 2019-20 MLB Free Agent Tracker. In this post we'll keep tabs on the top 50 free agents, as determined by our panel of MLB experts: R.J. Anderson, Katherine Acquavella, Mike..." February 09

  • Source: Giants' free-agency talks with Yasiel Puig 'all but dead'

    NBC Sports Bay Area "There were two rumors that floated out Friday morning about the Giants, and the two players involved are as different as can be.  The Giants are, in fact, signing Hunter Pence to a big league deal. Pence was having a physical Friday afternoon and will get a big league roster spot..." February 09

  • Mets 'aggressively' tried to acquire Francisco Lindor from Indians

    The Score "It appears that the New York Mets aren't scared of looking into blockbuster deals, even after last winter's trade with the Seattle Mariners didn't go according to plan. The Mets "aggressively" tried to acquire shortstop Francisco Lindor at the..." February 08