Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox are reportedly engaged in trade talks centered around infielder Eduardo Escobar, per USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. With the White Sox’s Nick Madrigal undergoing season-ending surgery, Chicago is looking to replace their..." June 21
"About a year after he took a leave of absence from the Cubs, Ben Zobrist discovered his wife was having an affair with their minister, according to court documents.
The minister was also accused of defrauding Zobrist’s charity foundation, for which he worked.
CBS Sports "Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads all players in the latest round of All-Star Game voting, suggesting that he'll be part of this year's MLB All-Star Game when it's played on July 13 at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. Alas, Guerrero..." June 21
Sportsnaut "The Milwaukee Brewers pulled off the first big trade of the 2021 MLB season, acquiring Willy Adames from the Tampa Bay Rays. With this team clearly buying in the hopes of making the postseason, the MLB trade deadline offers plenty of possibilities for Milwaukee. Unlike many..." June 21
"With the 2021 Major League Baseball season rapidly approaching its halfway point, many players have played their way into fans' and pundits' good graces while many others have simply faded into the background.
Then there are the ones who are somewhere in between.
Complex "Former sportswriter Kat O’Brien revealed in an op-ed for the New York Times that at the age of 22, she was raped in 2002 by an MLB player while conducting an interview as a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Texas. O’Brien did not identify the..." June 21
ABC News "Baseball's rule against the use of foreign substances has been buried for decades underneath a gentlemen's agreement held among managers, who almost uniformly refused to ask umpires to check opposing pitchers because they knew that their own pitchers would not be checked. But..." June 21
Bluebird Banter "A week ago today, John Axford was a Sportsnet commentator who spoke about the Blue Jays’ bullpen woes in a pre-game show. Today, he is on the other side, with his now-former colleague Jamie Campbell reporting that he has signed a contract to return to the Blue Jays. Another former..." June 21
The Athletic "When Jarred Kelenic was first promoted by the Seattle Mariners last month, it meant that the first seven players drafted in 2018 had all debuted in the majors, less than three years since the date of that draft. (The eighth pick, Carter Stewart, didn’t sign, and is now playing..." June 21
ESPN "Top prospect Wander Franco is headed to the big leagues and will be called up from the minors by the Tampa Bay Rays, the team announced on Sunday. Franco, 20, is a switch-hitting infielder who entered the season ranked as the No. 1 prospect in baseball, according to..." June 21
Sportsnaut "The Boston Red Sox are one of the biggest surprises in 2021, sitting near the top of the MLB standings and demonstrating they are one of the best teams in baseball this year. With the trade deadline drawing closer, trade rumors are swirling about potential names on the..." June 20
MLB Trade Rumors
"The Twins have signed reliever Kyle Barraclough to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A St. Paul, according to an announcement from the Saints. The right-hander was released from a minors pact with the Yankees earlier this week.
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The Score "The Washington Nationals' decision to move Kyle Schwarber into the leadoff spot is paying off. Schwarber belted three home runs against the New York Mets on Sunday to tie an MLB record for the most round-trippers (five) hit during a two-game span, according..." June 20
MSN.com "Mets ace Jacob deGrom is the best pitcher in the world, and team owner Steve Cohen would presumably like the 33-year-old to play out his entire career in New York. DeGrom has an opt-out clause following the 2022 season, but Cohen said Saturday that he doesn't believe now is..." June 20
MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays are “focused on” upgrading the relief corps, general manager Ross Atkins told reporters (including Keegan Matheson of MLB.com). Presumably, that’ll involve acquiring some help from outside the organization, but rival clubs have set high asking prices on potential..." June 20
The Big Lead "The Miami Marlins beat the Chicago Cubs, 11-1, in an afternoon game at Wrigley Field on Saturday. A ball was hit into the bleachers early in the game and John Kim of the Chicago Tribune was able to get a couple incredible images of the chaos that can ensue when a ball enters the stands. Unless..." June 20
The Score "Cincinnati Reds slugger Joey Votto got his money's worth after being ejected for arguing balls and strikes during the first inning of Saturday's contest against the San Diego Padres. Votto seemed to take issue with an appealed check swing during his at-bat...." June 20
MSN.com "The Cardinals didn’t play on Saturday due to a rainout, and team president of baseball operations John Mozeliak admitted to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the unscheduled off-day had the benefit of providing “a timeout or break because right now..." June 20
The Athletic "It’s as if your favorite team is leading before the first pitch is even thrown. Impossible, you say? Well, advance notice of Major League Baseball’s crackdown on pitchers using foreign substances already is producing results. Now comes the difficult part – the actual..." June 20
ESPN "Fresh off of an NLCS appearance and loaded with young talent, the Atlanta Braves entered 2021 as heavy favorites to win the NL East and a trendy World Series pick. Things haven't exactly worked out that way so far. Entering Sunday's matchup with the St. Louis..." June 20
MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins announced that infielder Deven Marrero has been designated for assignment. Taking Marrero’s place on the roster is infielder Luis Marte, who is back in the majors after his contract was selected from Triple-A Jacksonville. Marrero had his..." June 20
Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays’ recent struggles have made the need for help on this roster clear for all to see. And as the July 31 trade deadline approaches, the Blue Jays hope to add talent, creating an intriguing tug of war between Toronto’s front office and the team executives..." June 19
MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks announced the signing of right-hander Jake Faria. Utilityman Ildemaro Vargas has been designated for assignment to open up a roster spot for Faria. Faria had been pitching for the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate before he was released earlier..." June 19
"Major League Baseball’s crackdown on the use of illegal substances by pitchers is certainly changing behavior, at the very least.
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ESPN "Beginning Monday, major league umpires will check pitchers for foreign substances after they've pitched -- with the exception of the closer, who will be inspected before entering the game -- sources familiar with the process said. Pitchers will be inspected between innings and/or..." June 19
USA Today "An Andy Reid doppelgänger fooled fans and apparently Kansas City announcers during a Royals-Red Sox game on Friday, and the moment went viral on Twitter after the team posted the video without clarifying that it was not, in fact, the Chiefs coach. Reid wasn’t actually..." June 19
MLB Trade Rumors
"The Blue Jays have acquired right-hander Jacob Barnes from the Mets for fellow righty Troy Miller, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com (via Twitter). The Mets only recently designated Barnes for assignment.
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"Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Alek Manoah was ejected from Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles after hitting Maikel Franco with a pitch.
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Bleacher Report "The New York Yankees returned home to the Bronx on Friday night for what was supposed to be a celebratory homecoming. The COVID-19 restrictions had been lifted, and a full-capacity crowd was expected at Yankee Stadium for the series opener against the Oakland A's. Instead, only..." June 19
The Big Lead "The Toronto Blue Jays took on the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday for some afternoon baseball. Things got chippy after Blue Jays pitcher Alek Manoah hit Orioles third baseman Mikael Franco following back-to-back home runs by Baltimore. Words were exchanged and benches were..." June 19
Sportsnaut "The game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Braves on Saturday was postponed because of inclement weather in the Atlanta area. Read More - Here's..." June 19
CBS Sports "Barraclough was released by the Yankees on Friday, Conor Foley of The Scranton Times-Tribune reports. Read More - Here's 5 trade scenarios the..." June 19
Larry Brown Sports "Things haven’t been going great for the Toronto Blue Jays lately, and manager Charlie Montoyo seems to have an amusing way of acknowledging it. Ahead of Friday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, Montoyo was seen on the field in a t-shirt offering repeated assurances..." June 19
MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals have signed right-hander Brandon Dickson to a minor league contract, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Twitter link) first reported. He’s been assigned to Triple-A Memphis. Dickson, 36, is looking to return to the majors after nearly a..." June 19
Sportsnaut "The Tampa Bay Rays’ pitching staff has dealt with an overwhelming amount of injuries since spring training, and Thursday marked the biggest blow of all, as ace Tyler Glasnow went on the 60-day injured list with an elbow injury. With Glasnow off the hill, manager Kevin Cash..." June 18
CBS Sports "On Friday, Angels two-way wunderkind Shohei Ohtani became the first player to commit to the 2021 Home Run Derby. Reigning champion Pete Alonso wants to defend his crown, plus Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Yordan Alvarez want in as well. One..." June 18
MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers announced Friday that they’ve claimed righty Shaun Anderson off waivers from the Twins and designated fellow right-hander Tyson Miller for assignment in order to open a spot on the 40-man roster. The waiver claim brings a quick Twins tenure for..." June 18
Bleacher Report "A fantastic first few months of baseball have unfortunately been marred a bit by the recent controversies surrounding MLB's new memo on foreign substances. That has been a sticking point, so to speak, for a number of pitchers. Tampa Bay Rays right-hander..." June 18
The Athletic "There are 6 1/2 weeks until the MLB trade deadline, but the Braves were 7 1/2 games out of first place after Wednesday night’s games and can’t risk waiting until late July to make moves to shore up glaring weaknesses that threaten to sink their postseason hopes. The Braves..." June 18
MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have agreed to a minor league deal with utilityman Alen Hanson, per an announcement from their player development department. Hanson, a client of Daniel Szew’s L.A. Sports Management, will report to Triple-A Tacoma. Hanson, 28, signed a similar deal with the..." June 18
Kansas City Star "Kansas City Royals right-handed reliever Scott Barlow takes the ball just about as often as any pitcher in Major League Baseball. He has pitched in 31 of the team’s first 67 games this year. Last year, he led the majors with 32 appearances in a 60-game season (he also..." June 18
MLB Trade Rumors "There are plenty of clichés about the usefulness of a closer on a rebuilding and/or last-place team, and for the most part they hold true. Locking down victories on the path to 100 losses — even if you’re doing your job well — often goes somewhat overlooked. A..." June 18
Yahoo! Sports "Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani can really do it all. He ranks third in MLB with 19 home runs, has a 2.70 ERA and is considered one of the front runners for the American League MVP award. As if that weren't enough, Ohtani will look to add yet another significant..." June 18
TMZ "Tampa Bay Rays prospect Tyler Zombro is clearly lucky to be alive today ... the pitcher revealed he needed brain surgery after being drilled in the head by a line drive this month -- and the scar he showed off Thursday is gnarly. Zombro -- who was struck by a comebacker in a..." June 18
Bleacher Report "The Arizona Diamondbacks have made history, but it's not the kind that they'll want to be remembered for. With a 10-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, the Diamondbacks set an MLB record for the longest road losing streak since 1900, which now stands at 23..." June 17
CBS Sports "Major League Baseball recently revealed that the league was going to start cracking down on pitchers using foreign substances. Beginning on June 21, any pitcher caught using a foreign substancewill be suspended for 10 games. On Wednesday, agent Scott Boras weighed in on the..." June 17
The Athletic "We interrupt this frenetic conversation about Spider Tack, spin rates and glop on the baseball for this important reminder: If you think this glop crackdown alone will “fix” offense, we need to ship you a radar gun immediately! That’s because … Today’s..." June 17
Larry Brown Sports "A self-titled MLB analyst apologized on Twitter Thursday for spreading cheating allegations on the social media platform a day earlier. MLB has been dealing with some serious cheating issues the last few years. The Houston Astros were caught cheating in the 2017 playoffs, the year..." June 17
Sports Grid "Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the St. Louis Cardinals have signed veteran left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc. The 13-year veteran last pitched in as a member of the Baltimore Orioles, starting one game, a 7-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics. He pitched 1.2 innings,..." June 17
The Score "The New York Yankees traded first baseman Mike Ford to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations and a player to be named later, the Rays announced Thursday. Ford was designated for assignment Saturday after struggling in 2021. He slashed .133/.278/.283..." June 17