• Report: Braves, Brewers final suitors for Craig Kimbrel

    Larry Brown Sports "It appears that closer Craig Kimbrel may be inching closer to finding a home for the 2019 season. According to David O’Brien of The Athletic, the Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves are the main suitors for Kimbrel barring an unexpected late contender. March 22

  • Giants Release Cameron Maybin

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants announced that they have released veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin, as Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group was among those to tweet. It is not clear at this time if Maybin opted out of his contract. While it had seemed at one point that Maybin would likely..." March 22

  • There is little correlation between player salaries and ticket prices

    Hardball Talk "With the recent spate of contract extensions and big name free agent signings, more than a handful of fans have expressed concern that deals signed by the likes of Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Manny Machado will drive up ticket prices. Research on the subject is scarce, but..." March 22

  • Dodgers tab Ryu for Opening Day with Hill sidelined

    The Score "The Los Angeles Dodgers have selected left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu as their Opening Day starter, the team announced Friday. With ace Clayton Kershaw scheduled to open the season on the shelf and Walker Buehler unavailable due..." March 22

  • Bryce Harper reveals he was choosing between Giants and Phillies

    NBC Sports Bay Area "I was the ring leader of the "Bring Bryce Harper to the Giants" circus during the offseason. I even wrote an embarrassing letter to try and convince him to wear Orange and Black. I should have had it notarized. Anyways, we've moved on -- I'm still..." March 22

  • Nick Senzel will start season in minors, agent says it's an 'egregious case of service time manipulation'

    CBS Sports "When the 2019 regular season begins next week, top prospect Nick Senzel will not be with the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds sent Senzel to minor league camp Friday morning and he will begin the season in Triple-A. Senzel, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft, went 12 for 39..." March 22

  • Chris Sale contract extension: Boston Red Sox nearing 5-year, $150 million deal with ace starter (reports)

    Mass Live "The Red Sox are closing in on a contract extension with left-hander Chris Sale, according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe. It’s expected to be in the five-year, $150 million range, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Sale, who is entering his third season with..." March 22

  • Alex Colome unsurprisingly named White Sox closer, though bullpen mysteries abound ahead of Opening Day

    NBC Sports Chicago "Though Rick Renteria isn't fond of naming one, the White Sox have a closer. Alex Colome, acquired in a trade with the Seattle Mariners this offseason, will be the White Sox designated closer when the season starts next week in Kansas City, Renteria shared with reporters..." March 22

  • 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

  • Focus on hitting ought to boost Shohei Ohtani's numbers

    Los Angeles Times "Shohei Ohtani would reject it and the Angels would never do it, not to mention the fans, who would absolutely deplore it. Still, the idea is worth contemplating, which is why the scout on the phone raised the possibility of Ohtani eventually becoming a full-time..." March 22

  • Why the Mets need to consider extensions with Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard ASAP

    SNY TV "Fearing that free agency might never be quite the golden goose it was before analytics seemingly devalued just about everyone this side of Mike Trout, MLB players are suddenly signing team-friendly contract extensions faster than Brandon Nimmo runs to first base on a..." March 22

  • Dodgers’ Rich Hill to open season on DL with knee injury

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers are pretty banged up heading into the 2019 season, and they have had to go deep into their rotation to name an Opening Day starter because of it. On Friday, the Dodgers announced that Rich Hill will begin the season on the disabled list, as he is dealing with a..." March 22

  • Brewers To Sign Alex Wilson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers are in agreement with free-agent right-hander Alex Wilson, per Robert Murray and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link). The 32-year-old opted out of a minor league contract with the Indians earlier this week. Wilson has been a steady member of the..." March 22

  • White Sox add Alcides Escobar on a minor league deal, release Brandon Guyer

    NBC Sports Chicago "The White Sox have yet to make the reported long-term contract for top prospect Eloy Jimenez official, but they're making some other moves in the closing days of spring training. The team released outfielder Brandon Guyer, brought in earlier in the offseason to provide some..." March 22

  • Austin Barnes will get the majority of Dodgers’ playing time at catcher

    Orange County Register "If there was a job to be won, Austin Barnes has won it – or at least most of it. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Thursday that he expects the playing time at catcher to tilt in the younger Barnes’ favor this season with 36-year-old veteran Russell Martin in a lesser..." March 22

  • Nick Senzel reassigned to Reds minor league camp, won’t make Opening Day roster

    Red Reporter "Nick Senzel entered camp with the Cincinnati Reds in Goodyear, AZ with a point to prove, namely that he was the best person for their CF job in the wake of Billy Hamilton being non-tendered. The consensus top prospect in the Reds system - and consensus Top 10 overall..." March 22

  • Giants’ Brandon Belt says a healthy infield will ‘do some damage’

    San Francisco Chronicle "In the hour before the Giants began their daily workout in Scottsdale on Wednesday, they held a hitters meeting, then howled as a comic magician who was invited to put on a brief show performed his sleight of hand in the clubhouse. The Giants then scored 13 runs against Cleveland. Was..." 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

  • Mets' top prospect Pete Alonso likely to start season with team

    SNY TV "As SNY's Andy Martino has hinted to on several occassions, and most recently by Jon Heyman, the Mets appear as if they will start the season with Pete Alonso on the 25-man roster.  It is also a strong possibility fellow first baseman Dominic..." 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