• Shohei Ohtani’s UCL tear is a new one

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani is dealing with another UCL tear, according to a report. Ohtani has been on the disabled list since June 7 with a Grade 2 UCL sprain in his elbow. When Ohtani first became an international free agent during the offseason, the medical information shared with clubs showed..." June 17

  • Javier Baez reportedly wants to participate in 2018 Home Run Derby

    Sporting News "Javier Baez wants to participate in the Home Run Derby. The 25-year-old Cubs infielder told ESPN earlier this week he’d like to enter this year’s event. Baez has hit a team-leading 14 home runs so far this season. FanRag Sports reported last week that MLB is..." June 17

  • GM: Bucs looking to add rather than subtract

    MLB.com "While there has been speculation that the Pirates could be sellers before next month's non-waiver Trade Deadline, general manager Neal Huntington said the club's current outlook is just the opposite. "We've had more conversations about adding players at this point in..." June 17

  • Yoenis Cespedes takes break from rehab, still has no timetable

    Yardbarker "The New York Mets are still waiting to see when Yoenis Cespedes will return from his hip injury. Cespedes took a break from rehab over the weekend, according to Tim Healey of Newsday, and will resume activities on Monday. Those activities are physical therapy, as the outfielder still..." June 17

  • Orioles Option Chance Sisco

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles have optioned starting catcher Chance Sisco to Triple-A Norfolk, per a team announcement. In a corresponding move, the Orioles will recall fellow backstop Caleb Joseph from Norfolk, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com tweets. Sisco last took the field for the Orioles on Friday,..." June 17

  • Bryce Harper's struggles are largely tied to shifts, but don't expect them to last

    CBS Sports "In Toronto, Marco Estrada and three Blue Jays relievers combined for a three-hit shutout of the Nationals. In that sense, no one in a Washington uniform was really hitting on this day. For Bryce Harper, though, it's a continuation of his recent struggles.  Harper hit for..." June 17

  • No. 2 overall pick Bart among Giants' signees

    MLB.com "The Giants announced on Sunday that they have signed the second overall selection in this year's MLB Draft, catcher Joey Bart, bringing their total of signed draftees to 32, including 23 of their first 25 selections and 29 of their first 33. Bart's deal is worth $7.025 million,..." June 17

  • Brewers expected to aggressively pursue starting pitching

    Larry Brown Sports "In the midst of a heated battle for the NL Central lead, the Milwaukee Brewers may be looking to address arguably their biggest weakness. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported on Saturday that rival executives expect the Brewers to “aggressively” pursue starting..." June 17

  • Moustakas offense has likely lowered trade value

    Yardbarker "Although Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is an obvious trade candidate, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears (video link) that he’s unlikely to bring back much in a deal at his current pace. As Rosenthal points out, Moustakas’ offensive output has faded as the season has..." June 17

  • Braves re-sign Luke Jackson

    Hardball Talk "The Braves inked right-handed reliever Luke Jackson to a major league deal on Sunday, per a team announcement. Jackson was designated for assignment by the club last Wednesday and elected free agency; with his return to Atlanta, he’ll take the place of fellow reliever Luiz..." June 17

  • Orioles now on pace to be one of the worst teams in MLB history

    Sportsnaut "The Baltimore Orioles are bad. Really, really bad. This was already known prior to them dropping Saturday’s home game against the hapless Miami Marlins. But following the loss, it’s now apparent that this year’s version of the Orioles could be among the worst in..." June 17

  • Jeff Samardzija on schedule to return to Giants’ rotation soon

    Larry Brown Sports "Jeff Samardzija is on schedule to return to the San Francisco Giants’ rotation soon. Giants manager Bruce Bochy spoke with the media before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and provided an update on Shark. Bochy said Samardzija’s velocity was up during..." June 17

  • Clayton Kershaw getting close to Dodgers return

    Larry Brown Sports "Clayton Kershaw is ready to get back on the mound and begin his journey back to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kershaw is set to throw a simulated game during the middle of next week and, if there are no setbacks, the next step will be a rehab start in the minor leagues. If that goes well,..." June 16

  • Orioles GM: Any team trading for Machado knows he's a rental

    The Score "Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette is making it no secret that Manny Machado intends on exploring free agency this winter, regardless of where he lands before the deadline. "I think any team that would be interested in Manny would do so knowing he's a..." June 16

  • Are the Red Sox willing to meet the cost of pursuing Manny Machado?

    Boston Globe "For the Red Sox to entertain the possibility of acquiring Manny Machado, it would, as usual, come down to money. With Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Chris Sale, Craig Kimbrel, Drew Pomeranz, Rick Porcello, and Joe Kelly coming due after this season and next, could the Red Sox add a..." June 16

  • Acuna could begin rehab assignment soon

    MLB.com "Ronald Acuna Jr. flashed a bright smile as he shook Braves manager Brian Snitker's hand and said, "Ready to go." Acuna has uttered this phrase a few times over the past week. But it seemingly gained more meaning Saturday, when the Braves' 20-year-old outfielder..." June 16

  • Dodgers Sign Drew Hutchison

    CBS Sports "Hutchison signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on Saturday, Alex Freedman of the Oklahoma City Dodgers reports. Hutchison posted a 4.64 ERA and 1.59 WHIP across 21.1 innings with the Phillies earlier this season prior to being designated for assignment May 31 and..." June 16

  • Evan Longoria to Have Surgery on Hand Injury; Expected to Miss 6-8 Weeks

    Bleacher Report "San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria confirmed Saturday that he will have surgery on his fractured left hand Tuesday, according to MLB.com's Chris Haft. The surgery is expected to sideline Longoria between six and eight weeks, but Longoria told reporters he "wants..." June 16

  • Nationals pitching coach praises rookie Juan Soto: 'His routine is flawless'

    Yardbarker "Though the Marlins made a few headline-worthy changes in the front office following the franchise’s transfer of ownership to Derek Jeter and company, there wasn’t a dramatic overhaul right away. Instead, as FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman notes, the club is “experiencing..." June 16

  • Kevin Cash compares Yankees' Loaisiga to Mariano Rivera after MLB debut

    MLB.com "The conversation took place on the bench of the visitors' dugout early on Friday evening, while Jonathan Loaisiga racked up four strikeouts through the first two innings of his big league debut. Rays manager Kevin Cash leaned over to bench coach Charlie Montoyo, and the baseball..." June 16

  • Banning the shift isn’t the answer to MLB’s drop in attendance and scoring

    Sportsnaut "At a time when attendance across baseball is in a steep decline, everyone around the sport wants solutions. Quite often, the finger is pointed at a lack of scoring and limited entertainment for fans. According to Baseball Reference, the league-wide batting average in 2018 is..." June 16

  • Britton frustrated by Orioles' situation: I'm basically showcasing myself

    The Score "Zach Britton returned from an Achilles injury, but the elite closer likely won't get many high-leverage opportunities with the Baltimore Orioles as the club sits 28 games back of first place, perilously out of contention even with three-and-a-half months remaining in the..." June 16

  • Matt Harvey spinning his wheels with the Reds, too

    New York Post "Matt Harvey isn’t racking up the wins for the Reds either. Harvey was outdueled by Chad Kuhl who pitched six solid innings to win for the first time since May 6, a span of seven starts as the Pirates edged the Reds 3-2 Friday night. The Pirates pulled ahead 3-2 in the..." June 16

  • Mariners Sign First-Rounder Logan Gilbert

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have signed their first-rounder, Stetson right-hander Logan Gilbert, for $3,883,800, which comes in at the exact slot value for the number 14 overall pick. The news comes courtesy of MLB.com’s Jim Callis. " June 16

  • Blue Jays' Gibbons on Donaldson injury: 'still couldn’t cut it loose'

    Yardbarker "Former AL MVP Josh Donaldson is expected to miss “at least a few more days” before getting a chance to return to the Blue Jays’ lineup. A report from Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com indicates that Donaldson still hasn’t felt comfortable running at full speed, or as..." June 16

  • Yankees GM says he's reached out to at least 20 teams about trades

    New York Daily News "More than six weeks away from the trade deadline, it’s time to start sifting through the market. Brian Cashman said he’s touched base with at least 20 teams to find out whom he could pry from other clubs and what it might cost. Chief among the Yankees’..." June 16

  • Alex Cora surprised Hanley Ramirez hasn't signed yet

    Boston Herald "Three weeks ago, the Red Sox designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment. He’s still not playing baseball. With a $22 million salary this year and a pending option for the same salary next year if he accumulates 497 plate appearances, it was a given the Sox would not be..." June 16

  • The Seattle Mariners have become experts in winning one-run games

    The Sports Daily "We just talked about how dominant the Houston Astros have been during their current winning streak, which has now reached nine games. It doesn’t matter what they do right now, though, because they can’t seem to shake the Seattle Mariners. Houston improved to 46-25 after..." June 16

  • Angels Activate Andrelton Simmons

    MLB Trade Rumors "Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons is on the lineup card for today’s game against the Athletics, as Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register was first to report. A corresponding move has not yet been announced for either Simmons’ activation nor starter John Lamb’s..." June 16

  • Bruce Maxwell Cussed Out Cops In Arrest Video 'This Is Why I Took a Knee'

    TMZ "Bruce Maxwell -- the only MLB player to kneel during the national anthem -- went off on cops during his Oct. 2017 arrest ... telling police he took a knee to protest "y'all motherf*ckers." As we previously reported, Maxwell was arrested for aggravated assault at his AZ..." June 16

  • Orioles keeping slumping Chris Davis on bench

    ESPN "First baseman Chris Davis hasn't played since Monday for the Baltimore Orioles, and manager Buck Showalter indicated before Friday night's 2-0 loss to the Miami Marlins that he doesn't expect that to change anytime soon. "Chris is continuing with some things that..." June 16

  • Albert Pujols to return to St. Louis for first time in 2019

    Larry Brown Sports "Albert Pujols’ homecoming to St. Louis may finally be happening at long last. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Friday that Pujols and the Los Angeles Angels are scheduled to visit the Cardinals at Busch Stadium in June 2019. The three-game interleague..." June 16

  • Yankees Acquire Wendell Rijo To Complete Erik Kratz Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Yankees have acquired second baseman Wendell Rijo, who is officially the player to be named later in May’s Erik Kratz trade with the Brewers; the club’s PR department has announced the acquisition. " June 16

  • Atkins: Blue Jays ‘not where we want to be’ as trade deadline looms

    Sportsnet "Roughly six weeks out from the non-waiver trade deadline, with the Toronto Blue Jays well back in both the American League East and wild card races, general manager Ross Atkins was asked Friday about where on the spectrum his team sits right now. "Not in a good situation,"..." June 16

  • Yankees GM not the least bit interested in trading Torres

    Sportsnaut "Any team looking to potentially pull a heist on the New York Yankees for stud youngster Gleyber Torres can now look elsewhere. In talking about the possibility of trading one of New York’s top young players, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn’t mince..." June 15

  • MLB suspends Matt Kemp, Robinson Chirinos for on-field skirmish

    USA Today "  Major League Baseball on Friday suspended Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos one game apiece for their involvement in Wednesday's bench-clearing incident. Kemp, who is having a breakout season since returning..." June 15

  • Ex-Dodgers GM Ned Colletti Reportedly Interviews for Orioles Executive Position

    Bleacher Report "Former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti has interviewed for an executive position with the Baltimore Orioles, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.  Rosenthal added it's "unclear how quickly the Orioles will act, if..." June 15

  • Pirates Reinstate Jung Ho Kang, Option Him To Triple-A

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced Friday that they’ve reinstated infielder Jung Ho Kang from the restricted list and optioned him to Triple-A Indianapolis. While he won’t be with the big league club for the time being, Kang is now back on the 40-man roster (which is full) and will once again..." June 15

  • Report: Yankees won't trade Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar for Mets' Jacob deGrom

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Yankees are on the hunt for another ace to team up with Luis Severino and the rumor mill is heating up that GM Brian Cashman is making a run at Mets righty Jacob deGrom. The rumors also have the Yankees possibly giving up their two rookie stars to get the National League..." June 15

  • Yankees Acquire International Pool Space From Brewers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Yankees announced today that they have acquired international bonus pool availability from the Brewers. The swap will send minor-league righty Chad Whitmer to Milwaukee for an undisclosed amount of spending capacity. It is not immediately clear whether the funds are from the..." June 15

  • Major League Baseball attendance continues to fall

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings wrapped up today and, while there wasn’t much in the way of actual decisions and high-level news to speak of, Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal saysthat, according to Rob Manfred, attendance is down 7% this year compared to last year. While..." June 15

  • MLB Rumors: Have Mets received calls for Jacob deGrom?

    Newark Star-Ledger "If the Mets pivot to becoming a true seller, tearing down a bad teamand rebuilding for the future, a Jacob deGrom sweepstakes could ensue between now and the July 31 trade deadline. Right now, that doesn't appear in the cards. Yet..." June 15

  • Pirates Agree To Terms With First-Rounder Travis Swaggerty

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates are in agreement with first-round pick Travis Swaggerty, reports Jim Callis of MLB.com (via Twitter). The former University of South Alabama center fielder’s deal, which is still pending a physical, will promise him a $4.4MM signing bonus. That checks in a bit shy of the No...." June 15

  • Of the 168 batters Corey Kluber has faced since May 8, he's walked none of them

    MLB.com "Since walking Domingo Santana in the fourth inning of the Indians' 3-2 loss to the Brewers on May 8, Corey Kluber hasn't walked a single batter. I want to emphasize how dramatic that is.  He's faced 168 batters, and none of them has drawn a..." June 15

  • Manfred unhappy video of Collins' argument with umpire leaked

    The Score "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred was one of the few people not entertained by a recently leaked video of former New York Mets manager Terry Collins having an expletive-laden exchange with umpires during the 2016 season. The video showed Collins running out to..." June 15

  • Efren Navarro Signs With Japan’s Hanshin Tigers

    MLB Trade Rumors "First baseman Efren Navarro has officially been released by the Cubs and reached an agreement with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball. The Tigers themselves announced the agreement. Navarro, 32, was designated for assignment by the Cubs back in late May..." June 15

  • MLB Rumors: League Concerned Home Run Derby Won’t Be ‘Star-Studded’

    NESN "The Home Run Derby is just over a month away and Major League Baseball fans already know a few players who won’t be participating. Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts voiced a strong “hell no” when asked if he had any interest in the event, while J.D...." June 15

  • Death of the hitting pitcher? MLB's Rob Manfred hints at progress on universal DH

    USA Today "Major League Baseball has moved methodically to eliminate many distinctions between the American and National leagues in recent years, and Thursday, Commissioner Rob Manfred indicated there is momentum toward perhaps the most significant such move: a unified designated hitter. "I..." June 15

  • Steven Matz back on schedule after blister burst

    New York Post "Steven Matz isn’t expecting further complications from the blister that moved his start in this series to Saturday. The Mets left-hander originally was scheduled to pitch Thursday against the Diamondbacks, but team officials inserted Jason Vargas into that spot after discovering..." June 15

  • Lefty specialist Jerry Blevins continues to struggle as Mets desperately try to find a solution

    New York Daily News "Jerry Blevins feels fine. He feels confident and strong. The Mets’ lefty specialist said he takes the mound each time feeling like he’s going to get “everybody out when I go out there.” But that just isn’t reality these days. Blevins..." June 15

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