• Jet belonging to Phillies owner John Middleton is in Bryce Harper's hometown of Las Vegas

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "John Middleton’s private jet is on the ground in Las Vegas, a person in that city told NBC Sports Philadelphia on Friday night. Las Vegas is the hometown of free-agent slugger Bryce Harper. It is just a meeting and no deal will be signed Friday night, a source tells..." February 23

  • Cubs' Rizzo calls for urgency from teammates in 2019

    The Score "Since winning the World Series in 2016, and ending a century-old drought in the process, the Chicago Cubs have been bounced from the last two postseasons in the NLCS and wild-card game, respectively. First baseman Anthony Rizzo is feeling the pressure to return to the World Series as..." February 23

  • Cardinals sign 2-year deal with outfielder Jose Martinez

    KSDK "The St. Louis Cardinals have signed outfielder Jose Martinez to a two-year contract, the team announced on Saturday. “José has been a key contributor to our team since his acquisition in 2016, and we’re pleased to announce this new two-year deal,”..." February 23

  • Manny Machado explains why he chose Padres in free agency

    Sporting News "Manny Machado opened up for the first time about his decision to sign with the Padres during free agency at the team's spring stadium in Arizona, calling San Diego the perfect fit. "I liked the game plan, from ownership to front office to the coaching staff to the..." February 23

  • Byung-Hyun Kim Announces Retirement

    MLB Trade Rumors "South Korean submariner Byung-Hyun Kim announced his retirement from professional baseball in an interview with Lee Jae-kook of SPOTV Sports Time, covered here by Naver Sports. Kim played in Australia last season at the age of 39 after stints in the MLB, Korea and Japan. Kim is..." February 23

  • Yankees contract signed by Babe Ruth sells for $295K

    Page Six "A historic 1932 Yankees contract signed by Babe Ruth sold at auction for $295,531 on Friday. The agreement, signed in the midst of the Great Depression, is special because the Bambino took a pay cut while the country was suffering through the economic disaster. " February 22

  • Tim Tebow movie premieres nationwide on Friday

    Sportsnaut "New York Mets left fielder and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is one busy man. Roughly two years ago, Tebow helped produce a movie called “Run the Race.” The movie will premiere nationwide on Friday. The movie is about two brothers who play high school football and also..." February 22

  • 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

  • Despite rumors, Bryce Harper has no issues playing in Philly

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "It's time to address longstanding rumors that Bryce Harper does not want to play in Philadelphia. Surely, you've heard them. They have hovered all winter like a pesky fruit fly around a rotting banana, and they continue to linger even as the Phillies ramp up their pursuit of..." February 22

  • Sources: No offer yet as Mets' talks with Jacob deGrom go underground

    SNY TV "Jacob deGrom's new representative at CAA, Jeff Berry, was in Mets camp on Thursday, part of the usual rounds that agents make this time of year. Berry dined with a different client, Tim Tebow, on Wednesday, and surely checked in with other players. But with..." February 22

  • The 3 reasons the Yankees didn't aggressively pursue Manny Machado

    Newsday "The Yankees’ all but non-interest in aggressively pursuing free-agent superstar infielder Manny Machado this winter essentially came down to three elements: A belief Troy Tulowitzki, who missed all of 2018, would be healthy enough to fill the void left by Didi Gregorius while he..." February 22

  • How Joe Maddon plans to tweak the Cubs' lineup situation in 2019

    NBC Sports Chicago "Did you really think the Cubs would have a set, stable lineup in 2019? That's cute.  It's not going to happen. Maybe someday, but not this year and probably not next season, either. There's no one person to blame for it. Joe Maddon doesn't want..." February 22

  • Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw taking step back from throwing

    ESPN "Clayton Kershaw, fresh off a $93 million extension, is taking a step back from his normal throwing progression after seemingly feeling displeased with his recent work off the mound. Kershaw was excused from Los Angeles Dodgers camp on Thursday and will not play catch for at..." February 22

  • Report: Bryce Harper to Padres is ‘not a possibility’

    Larry Brown Sports "Despite repeated rumors indicating that the San Diego Padres may also look into signing Bryce Harper as well, there isn’t any real indication that it’s happening. According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Harper to the Padres is simply “not..." February 22

  • Twins To Sign Marwin Gonzalez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have agreed to a contract with free-agent infielder/outfielder Marwin Gonzalez, reports Jon Heyman of the MLB Network (via Twitter). Dan Hayes of The Athletic first connected the two sides yesterday, reporting that they’d discussed a potential three-year pact (though..." February 22

  • Exclusive: Nats owner says they haven't heard from Bryce Harper in months

    NBC Sports Washington "The Washington Nationals are officially moving on from Bryce Harper. "Nothing's certainly changed on our end," owner Mark Lerner told NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas Friday. "We've moved on. As I said back then and we had to...." February 22

  • Report: Padres Execs Will Meet on Friday to Decide Whether or Not to Go After Bryce Harper

    12 Up "The San Diego Padres stunned the baseball world by signing superstar Manny Machado to the largest free agent contract in U.S. sports history earlier this week. It appears that despite the monolithic deal, they're not out on the offseason's other top free agent, Bryce..." February 22

  • The Braves are not just a baseball team. They’re a real estate company too.

    Hardball Talk "I’ve taken the Braves to task quite a bit in this space lately. This post and then, later, this post got a lot of attention, both from Braves fans who agree and nod their head and those who disagree and think I’m an overly cynical bad fan or..." February 22

  • White Sox agree to minor league deal with Ervin Santana

    Chicago Sun-Times "The White Sox and free-agent right-hander Ervin Santana  have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, a source confirmed. The White Sox have not announced the deal, which is pending a physical. He is expected in camp Saturday. Santana..." February 22

  • Red Sox manager Alex Cora pays tribute to the late Nick Cafardo

    NBC Sports Boston "Friday morning at JetBlue Park, Red Sox manager Alex Cora spent his entire press conference honoring the late Nick Cafardo. Cafardo passed away Thursday at the Red Sox spring training complex in Fort Myers due to an apparent embolism. The widely beloved Boston Globe reporter was..." February 22

  • Padres GM AJ Preller thought being able to sign Machado was a pipe dream

    ESPN "After realizing the San Diego Padres were making no progress in the trade market for a third baseman, general manager AJ Preller pivoted to the free-agent market. Waiting for him there was one of the premier talents in the game, and the pursuit for Manny..." February 22

  • Sonny Gray scratched from the Cincinnati Reds' spring training opener with stiff elbow

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Sonny Gray was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday in the Reds spring opener with right elbow stiffness. Tanner Roark will start instead.  Gray, the 29-year-old right-hander, came to the Reds in a Jan. 21 trade with the New York Yankees. The..." February 22

  • Braves shutting down Mike Soroka for 4-5 days due to shoulder problems

    Talking Chop "Mike Soroka looked the part of a front-line starter during his first couple starts in Atlanta last summer. Now, for the second time in nine months, his shoulder injury is a concern. According to MLB’s Mark Bowman, Soroka re-injured his shoulder a month ago while lifting..." February 22

  • Yankees can’t get over or touch Adam Ottavino’s ‘nasty’ slider

    New York Post "Adam Ottavino’s signature slider was on display Thursday, when the right-hander worked a simulated game on Field 2 at the Yankees’ spring training facility. Signed to a three-year, $27 million deal after leaving the Rockies as a free agent, the Brooklyn native..." 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

  • Reds Discussing Minor League Deal With Jose Iglesias

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds and shortstop Jose Iglesias have been discussing a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal and C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic report (via Twitter). If the deal comes to fruition, he’d join Derek Dietrich in MLB camp as a quality veteran with a strong chance..." February 22

  • Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen moving closer to playing center field in games

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Michael Lorenzen did some drills in the outfield Tuesday and took batting practice in the cages Thursday. It’s all a part of the team’s plan to prepare Lorenzen for spring training games. The priority is on pitching, but manager David Bell said Lorenzen will play some..." February 22

  • The bullpen spot Mets may not use ‘options’ to fill

    New York Post "The Mets won’t necessarily leave spring training with a second left-hander in their bullpen, but as pitching coach Dave Eiland surveys the rows of lockers inside his clubhouse, something different exists from a year ago: options. In Luis Avilan, Daniel Zamora and Hector..." February 22

  • Report: White Sox out on Bryce Harper free agency

    Larry Brown Sports "The Chicago White Sox initially were viewed as one of the contenders to sign Bryce Harper, but they are no longer a factor in his free agency, according to a report. Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago reported on Thursday that the White Sox will not bid on Harper. Chicago..." February 21

  • Giants grab Nick Vincent on a minor league deal

    McCovey Chronicles "Something’s amiss in Baseball if a reliever like Nick Vincent is still available after pitchers and catchers have reported and can only get a minor league deal. The 7-season veteran entered his final year of arbitration this offseason and became a victim of Seattle’s sudden rebuild..." February 21

  • Giants sign Fernando Abad

    Yardbarker "The Giants have reached agreement on a minors deal with lefty Fernando Abad, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). The deal will not include a MLB camp invite; Abad would earn a $800K salary in the majors. Abad, 33, had seen big-league time in eight straight seasons before..." February 21

  • 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

  • Ex-MLB player Aubrey Huff takes shot at ‘stat geek’ Keith Law

    Larry Brown Sports "Former MLB player Aubrey Huff has been retired since 2012 but has found a way to get his name back in headlines. Huff saw the 10-year, $300 million contract Manny Machado received on Tuesday and compared his stats to Machado’s, wondering why he didn’t receive such an offer..." February 21

  • Nick Cafardo, longtime Boston Globe baseball writer, dies at 62

    ESPN "Longtime Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo has died after collapsing at the team's spring training ballpark. The newspaper said Cafardo had an embolism Thursday and Red Sox medical staff was unable to revive him. He was 62. Cafardo joined the Globe in..." February 21

  • Phillies confident they will sign Bryce Harper as negotiations pick up

    Philly.com "The Phillies, according to a source, are confident they will sign Bryce Harper as they have ramped up their negotiations with the outfielder after being motivated by losing out on Manny Machado. The Phillies began the offseason with the expectation that they would sign either Harper..." February 21

  • Twins Interested In Marwin Gonzalez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins are showing interest in free agent infielder/outfielder Marwin Gonzalez, according to Dan Hayes of The Athletic (subscription link). The Minnesota organization has “discussed the parameters of a three-year deal,” per the report. Gonzalez’s market has..." February 21

  • Yankees' Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton Duo Can Make History with 100-HR Season

    Bleacher Report "It's all but official that the New York Yankees aren't getting Manny Machado. They almost certainly won't be getting Bryce Harper, either. It's a good thing they already have a dynamic duo ready to hit them, oh, say 100 home runs in 2019: Aaron Judge and Giancarlo..." February 21

  • Mike Clevinger has some deep thoughts about athleticism and, um, nipples

    Hardball Talk "I’m not given a commission by anyone for selling subscriptions to The Athletic. I mean, sure, for a lot of reasons I want that publication to do well. I have many friends who work for it and I think, for the most part, it does good work. But on some level they’re my competition, so..." February 21

  • MLB rumors: Mets’ Noah Syndergaard to Yankees? Why it could happen ... in 2 years

    Newark Star-Ledger "One by one, some of the top young pitchers in the game are signing away potential years in free agency. New York Yankees ace Luis Severino avoided arbitration by agreeing to a four-year, $40 million contract. Philadelphia Phillies ace Aaron Nola avoided..." February 21

  • MLB Rumors: Bryce Harper Giving Padres a Chance to Match Phillies' Offer

    12 Up "Is the MLB about to get itself a brand new super-team on the West Coast? In response to Manny Machado's massive deal with the Padres, the latest from the rumor mill holds that superstar free agent Bryce Harper is giving San Diego a..." February 21

  • The White Sox superstar might already be here

    NBC Sports Chicago "With the wounds still fresh from the White Sox losing out in the Manny Machado sweepstakes, how about we begin with some healing words from Indians general manager Chris Antonetti about future White Sox superstar Eloy Jimenez: “Can he go to San Diego, too? How about..." February 21

  • The Nats want Trea Turner to attempt 75-80 stolen bases this year

    Hardball Talk "When it comes to cliche spring training stories, we talk a lot about “Best Shape of His Life.” Sometimes we talk about the “[Pitcher] has been working on a changeup” or “[Hitter] has made an adjustment to his swing” stories too. Then there’s the..." February 21

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred confident in A's Howard Terminal site

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred expressed his confidence is the A's Howard Terminal site for a future ballpark on Tuesday, despite a recent report from the San Francisco Chronicle on hazardous chemicals and a costly cleanup.  “I am aware of some..." February 21

  • Jacob deGrom’s agent arrives at Mets camp amid contract drama

    New York Post "Could the Mets be preparing to talk turkey with Jacob deGrom? The pitcher’s lead agent, Jeff Berry, was in town Thursday, according to sources, and planning to meet with deGrom, as the reigning National League Cy Young award winner seeks a long-term contract with the..." February 21

  • What’s Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish got left? Almost 80 mph, that’s what

    Chicago Sun-Times "Two sides to everything? Just look at Yu Darvish. No, really, look at Yu Darvish. On any given day between Darvish’s assigned bullpen work or starts — spring or summer — a keen observer might notice the strange, wrong way he’s throwing the..." February 21

  • Report: Padres team store pulls Manny Machado jerseys because he hasn't been officially announced

    USA Today "Four-time all-star Manny Machado hasn't officially been introduced as a member of the San Diego Padres — but the team store at Petco Park tried to start selling his new jersey, anyway. According to a report from The San Diego Union-Tribune, No. 13 Machado..." February 21

  • Noah Syndergaard unlikely to sign an extension with Mets, willing to test free agency

    Yahoo! Sports "Maybe it’s Manny Machado’s recent $300 million contract. Maybe it’s the talk about fellow New York Mets starter Jacob deGrom setting an Opening Day deadline to sign an extension. Maybe he’s just feeling confident in himself. Regardless, Noah..." February 21

  • Cubs' millennial players are digging Joe Maddon's 'very groovy' message

    Chicago Tribune "Joe Maddon’s quest to communicate with his millennial players was off to a fine start less than two weeks into Cubs camp. “Very groovy,” Maddon said after Wednesday’s workout. I think Maddon meant “on fleek,” though I..." February 21

  • Greg Bird is fighting for a roster spot, and a chance to clear the Mendoza Line

    New York Daily News "The first baseman, a frustrating disappointment so far in his big league career, comes into spring as the underdog to win a roster spot. But after watching Bird pound some balls in batting practice Wednesday, Boone thinks that Bird is ready to put up a fight. “There is..." February 21