• MLB Rumors: Rangers' Cole Hamels or Blue Jays' J.A. Happ to Yankees?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The 2018 MLB season could feature one of the most fierce pennant races between the Red Sox and Yankees in the history of these two storied franchises. Going into Tuesday's action, the clubs are tied for first place in the American League East. The..." June 19

  • Blue Jays plan to start Stroman in Angels series

    Sportsnet "Marcus Stroman is headed back to the Toronto Blue Jays. Stroman had been rehabbing a shoulder injury and was scheduled to make a start for the double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Monday, but his start was rained out. He instead threw a simulated game against some Fisher..." June 19

  • A trade isn’t the big move Mets should make with Jacob deGrom

    New York Post "Forget about trading Jacob deGrom. If the Mets really want to make a splash, they should extend deGrom as soon as possible and have him for the next five years. That is the move to make to bring stability to this fractured franchise. That is the move for the Wilpons to finally show..." June 19

  • Clayton Kershaw could start this weekend against Mets

    Hardball Talk "Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said starter Clayton Kershaw could come off of the 10-day disabled list to start this weekend against the Mets at Citi Field, Pedro Moura of The Athletic reports. Kershaw, 30, came off of the DL (from a biceps injury) to start against the..." June 19

  • Bryce Harper shaved his face before playing the Yankees and the conspiracy theorists went nuts

    CBS Sports "Bryce Harper's beard is no more.  The Washington Nationals outfielder showed up to the ballpark with a freshly shaved face on Monday. Normally, a player's facial hair (or lack thereof) wouldn't necessarily be newsworthy, but Harper's beard has..." June 19

  • Royals trade Herrera to Nats for 3 prospects

    MLB.com "The Royals continued their quest to restock the farm system as they traded closer Kelvin Herrera to the Nationals prior to Monday night's game against the Rangers. In exchange, the Royals acquired three Minor Leaguers: infielder Kelvin Gutierrez, who was ranked as..." June 19

  • Angels 'very optimistic' about Ohtani's prognosis

    The Score "Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia was able to relay some good news Monday regarding sidelined two-way star Shohei Ohtani, who is dealing with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. The Angels' medical staff is "very optimistic," about Ohtani's..." June 19

  • Mike Trout has no interest in Home Run Derby

    Larry Brown Sports "A Home Run Derby trophy is one of the only pieces of individual hardware that Mike Trout has yet to collect, but that may not change any time soon. Speaking with reporters on Monday, the Los Angeles Angels superstar said that he would not be participating in this year’s..." June 19

  • Trevor Bauer's 'tunneling' strategy aims to make Cleveland Indians pitcher more effective late in games

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Trevor Bauer isn't trying to reinvent the wheel, but he is putting his own spin on a pitching strategy that aims to make him more effective as he gets deeper into each start for the Cleveland Indians. After pitching seven innings of shutout ball against Chicago on..." June 19

  • Rays Designate Rob Refsnyder

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have designated infielder/outfielder Rob Refsnyder for assignment, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets. It seems that’s the roster move to enable the activation of center fielder Kevin Kiermaier. Refsnyder, 27, received a forty-game trial..." June 19

  • Dombrowski doesn't believe Red Sox match up for Machado trade

    The Score "After a number of blockbuster deals, there likely isn't enough prospect capital for the Boston Red Sox to trade for Manny Machado this summer. Despite Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski reportedly contacting the Orioles about the three-time All-Star's..." June 18

  • Astros Extend Jeff Luhnow Through 2023

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros have extended general manager Jeff Luhnow's contract until 2023 and promoted him to president of baseball operations. Luhnow joined owner Jim Crane at a news conference announcing the extension prior to Monday night's game at Minute Maid Park. Crane hired..." June 18

  • Clint Frazier voices frustration after spending majority of season at Triple-A

    ESPN "Clint Frazier feels fortunate to wear his New York Yankees uniform again for the next couple of days, but he was frank Monday when asked about his growing frustration with spending the bulk of the season at Triple-A. "It's in the back of your mind every time you turn the TV..." June 18

  • Report: Manny Machado may consider re-signing with one potential trade partner

    Larry Brown Sports "One potential factor in any Manny Machado trade is the fact that he’s poised to become a free agent at the end of the year, and any team trading for him may get a rental. Thus, any acquiring team would have to consider whether they think they can sign Machado to an extension before he..." June 18

  • Juan Soto's HR in Nationals' continued game to be recorded as pre-debut

    ESPN "Add time travel to the list of Juan Soto's accomplishments. On Monday, the Washington Nationals rookie crushed a pinch-hit homer against the New York Yankees in the continuation of a game that started May 15 -- five days before his big league debut. According to the..." June 18

  • Blue Jays’ Roberto Osuna intends to plead not guilty to assault charge

    Sportsnet "Roberto Osuna, the Toronto Blue Jays closer facing an assault charge, intends to plead not guilty, according to his lawyer, Domenic Basile. June 18

  • Clayton Kershaw inches closer to return, throws three-inning simulated game

    Yardbarker "Those hoping to see Clayton Kershaw back in action got some good news on Monday. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace threw a three-inning simulated game, and from all appearances, things seemed to go well. Kershaw had previously thrown off of the mound with no issue. This is even more good..." June 18

  • Why Yankees should give up Miguel Andujar for Mets' Jacob deGrom

    Newark Star-Ledger "Jacob deGrom to the Yankees chatter won’t go away. Last week, Jon Heyman of FRS Baseball talked to officials on both sides about the potential of a deal going down before the July 31 trade deadline. The idea of it actually coming to fruition seemed..." June 18

  • Mets need four things to happen if they want J.T. Realmuto

    SNY TV "The Mets are in dire need of a long-term, everyday catcher that can hit, deal with the pressure of New York and handle the team's pitching staff. This is why, if Sandy Alderson intends to change the complexion of the team via trade this summer, I'd like for him to find a way to get..." June 18

  • Giancarlo Stanton can’t count on his bat to do the talking right now

    New York Post "There are moments when you are embraced as a New York Yankee in the Bronx, signature moments when you get to announce yourself as a New York Yankee in a Ruthian way. And so here came that moment for Giancarlo Stanton: Bottom of the fifth inning, Yankees on first and second,..." June 18

  • Report: Mets ready to entertain trade offers for virtually everyone

    The Score "The New York Mets are open for business. With the club nine games under .500 and eight games back of a playoff spot, the front office is reportedly ready to entertain trade offers for almost everyone on the roster, but prefer to keep their top young players who are under..." June 18

  • Phillies option Hector Neris to Triple-A

    Hardball Talk "The Phillies announced that they’ve optioned right-hander Hector Neris to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Nerris, who saved 26 games as the Phillies closer in 2017 and ten games in that role this year, has struggled this year, posting a 6.00 ERA in 30 appearances. While his..." June 18

  • Report: Yankees, Mariners interested in Blue Jays’ Happ

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ is expected to be one of the top starters available on the trade market this summer, and suitors are already lining up. The New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners are both showing interest in acquiring..." June 18

  • Report: Nelson Cruz could get David Ortiz-like deal from Mariners for final years

    Larry Brown Sports "The Seattle Mariners seem to have an idea of how to approach the future with their aging but still productive slugger Nelson Cruz. According to a report by Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times on Sunday, the Mariners have approached Cruz about the possibility of a contract setup..." June 18

  • Melky Cabrera Elects Free Agency

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced Monday that outfielder/designated hitter Melky Cabrera has elected free agency rather than accepting an outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus. He’d been designated for assignment last week and cleared outright waivers. The 33-year-old veteran..." June 18

  • 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