• Mike Trout says staying with Angels was ‘never a question’

    Larry Brown Sports "There were a lot of rumors about Mike Trout heading home to his native Philadelphia when his contract expired, but that was, apparently, always overblown. At a rally confirming Trout’s 12-year, $430 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels, the outfielder said southern..." March 24

  • Boston Red Sox place Sandy Leon on waivers

    Mass Live "The Red Sox have placed catcher Sandy Leon on outright waivers, according to WEEI’s Evan Drellich. Leon will either be claimed by a club or clear waivers in the next 48 hours. Boston carried three catchers last year (Leon, Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart) but will only carry..." March 24

  • Blue Jays leave Florida with roster decisions still looming

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays broke for Montreal after six weeks in Florida with several roster decisions still looming, even with the pending addition of reliever Daniel Hudson bringing some stability to a making-it-up-on-the-fly bullpen. A rough outing for Sean Reid-Foley during an 18-5..." March 24

  • Braves to have two rookie starters in rotation

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print The Atlanta Braves optioned right-handed pitching prospect Touki Toussaint to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday, but two other rookie pitchers will be in the defending National League..." March 24

  • Dodgers Sign Justin Grimm To Minor League Deal

    Dodger Blue "The Los Angeles Dodgers announced the signing of veteran relief pitcher Justin Grimm to a Minor League contract. Grimm spent this spring with the Cleveland Indians but recently opted out of his contract to test free agency. Given the Dodgers’ injuries in their starting staff,..." March 24

  • Report: Indians’ Jose Ramirez appears to avoid broken bone

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians may have some initial positive news on the injury status of Jose Ramirez. Ramirez was carted off the field after fouling a ball off his leg during Sunday’s Spring Training game. With Opening Day approaching, there were serious concerns about his..." March 24

  • Noah Syndergaard Calls Out Mets for Not Giving Jacob deGrom an Extension Yet

    12 Up "New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard has some some things on his mind, and he doesn't sound happy with the way things are around the club. The Mets are playing an extended game of chicken in their extension talks with Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom, as both..." March 24

  • Hanley Ramirez expected to make Indians’ Opening Day roster

    Larry Brown Sports "Hanley Ramirez was forced to sign a minor-league deal with the Cleveland Indians last month after not receiving enough interest from other teams, but it looks like he will be on the major league roster come Opening Day. Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters over the weekend..." March 24

  • Blue Jays sign veteran RHP Hudson

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays have signed veteran reliever Daniel Hudson, who was recently released by the Los Angeles Angles, to a Major League contract. The 32-year-old Hudson pitched in 6.2 innings for the Angels this spring, recording a 6.75 earned run average and five..." March 24

  • Indians Sign Free Agent Infielder Brad Miller to Major League Contract

    12 Up "The Cleveland Indians have brought in a veteran infielder to help provide some needed cover while Jason Kipnis is sidelined. The team has signed Brad Miller to an MLB contract in hopes that he can ease the blow presented by Kipnis' strained calf. Miller..." March 24

  • Bobby Wilson winds up back with Tigers

    CBS Sports "Wilson signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Sunday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Wilson was let go Saturday but will remain in the organization. " March 24

  • Report: John Axford to undergo rehab, will re-sign with Blue Jays

    Sportsnet "Relief pitcher John Axford will undergo rehab for his elbow injury and re-sign with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to Jon Heyman of the MLB Network. Axford was released from his minor-league contract on Saturday shortly after his injury was diagnosed. " March 24

  • deGrom deal talks getting into crunch time

    MLB.com "Since the start of Spring Training, 17 big leaguers have signed contract extensions with their clubs. It's been a Who's Who of baseball's biggest stars: Mike Trout, Paul Goldschmidt, Alex Bregman, Nolan Arenado, Justin Verlander, Blake Snell and more. Notably absent is..." March 24

  • Braves option prospect Toussaint to Triple-A

    ESPN "The Atlanta Braves optioned three players to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday, including right-handed pitching prospect Touki Toussaint. The 22-year-old Toussaint, ranked as the No. 26th overall prospect in Major League Baseball by ESPN's Keith Law, was thought to have a shot to make..." March 24

  • Boston Red Sox set Opening Day deadline for extension talks, says Dave Dombrowski

    Mass Live "Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Saturday that the team would table all extension talks with players if negotiations were still active come Opening Day. “I think as far as negotiations are concerned, I think it’s usually wise to stop at Opening..." March 24

  • Cleveland Indians name Corey Kluber opening day starter; Trevor Bauer not happy

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The question has finally been answered. Corey Kluber will make his fifth straight opening day start for the Indians and Trevor Bauer is not happy about it. Manager Terry Francona announced his starting rotation after Bauer and the Indians beat Cincinnati, 8-5, Saturday in their final..." March 24

  • Indians' Trevor Bauer claps back at reporter after Corey Kluber named Opening Day starter

    Sporting News "Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer is setting the record straight.  Bauer responded to a reporter's tweet on Saturday, who shared a story implying Bauer is unhappy Corey Kluber got the Opening Day start over him. The cleveland.com article Bauer questioned was headlined:..." March 24

  • Giants trade C.J. Hinojosa to Brewers for Erik Kratz

    CBS Sports "Hinojosa was traded from the Giants to the Brewers on Sunday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. The exact details of the deal are not yet known, but veteran backstop Erik Kratz is rumored to be heading to San Francisco in the deal. " March 24

  • Yanks' Diehl thought trade to Rockies was prank

    ESPN "At first, Phillip Diehl was in disbelief. When New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone called the slim 24-year-old lefty into his office Saturday afternoon and said the words, "We're trading you," Diehl thought his second-year skipper was playing some kind of sick prank on..." March 24

  • Sale on deal with Boston: 'I want to be here'

    MLB.com "The first standing ovation Chris Sale received in 2019 was not from a packed house at Fenway Park. Instead, it came from a clubhouse full of appreciative teammates who were thrilled that their ace had just formalized a five-year, $145 million extension that should keep him with the Red Sox..." March 24

  • Giants Acquire Michael Reed From Twins

    NBC Bay Area "The Giants aren't done making moves. The team traded John Andreoli to the Twins for outfielder Michael Reed as NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reported on Saturday. Reed played in just seven games last year with the Braves hitting .286/.286/.286 -- the man, if..." March 24

  • Yankees swing deal for outfielder Mike Tauchman, trading Phillip Diehl to Colorado

    North Jersey "In a move designed to improve their outfield depth, the Yankees acquired Mike Tauchman from the Colorado Rockies in a Saturday afternoon trade. Left-handed pitcher Phillip Diehl, who impressed the Yankees in camp, was sent to Colorado in exchange for the lefty hitter who plays all..." March 24

  • Orioles, Giants Swap Mike Yastrzemski, Tyler Herb

    KNBR "The Giants are trading for Yastrzemski; well, a Yastrzemski. On the final day of the Cactus League season, a day which is already chockfull of roster moves, and likely has more to come, the Giants made a move for an outfielder: Mike Yastrzemski. In exchange for the 28-year-old..." March 24

  • In a surprise move, Cubs option Ian Happ to Triple-A

    NBC Sports Chicago "In a surprise move, Ian Happ will not be on the Cubs roster on Opening Day. Joe Maddon told reporters on Saturday afternoon that Happ will begin the season with Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs have since made the move official. Happ debuted with the Cubs in May of 2017 and had been up..." March 24

  • Bryan Holaday, Pedro Alvarez Opt Out Of Marlins Deals

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins are releasing catcher Bryan Holaday, who exercised the opt-out in his minor league contract, per Craig Mish of SiriusXM. Holaday spent the 2018 campaign in Miami serving as the primary backup to star J.T. Realmuto, whom the team traded to the Phillies in the..." March 24

  • Blue Jays Release John Axford

    Bluebird Banter "This surprised me, but then it is likely a smart move. The team has released John Axford. Axford, you remember, has a ‘stress reaction’ in his elbow, and was going to be shut down for a month and then reevaluated from there. So, at best he wasn’t likely to be in the..." March 24

  • Cubs Reportedly Release RP Junichi Tazawa

    Cubs Insider "The Cubs picked up former Red Sox relief standout Junichi Tazawa this winter on a minor league deal in the hopes that he’d recapture his old form. He did exactly that, allowing no runs on just two hits with nine strikeouts over 5.2 innings. Despite mighty struggles by at least two..." March 23

  • Braves signing OF Matt Joyce to minor league deal, per report

    Talking Chop "Over the past few offseasons (but before this one), I really wanted the Braves to sign Matt Joyce. He had a hilariously dreadful 2015 with the Angels and represented an obvious bounceback candidate that offseason — the Pirates snatched him up, and he rewarded them with a 136 wRC+ and 1.9..." March 23

  • Jacob deGrom less optimistic about new contract with Mets

    Yardbarker "New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom had been optimistic about reaching a contract extension with the team before his self-imposed deadline. Now, that seems less likely. On Saturday, deGrom said he was not as optimistic that the two sides could reach a deal before the end of spring..." March 23

  • Verlander, Astros agree on 2-year deal (source)

    MLB.com "After announcing the signing of All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman to a $100 million extension on Friday, the Astros reached a new deal with Justin Verlander, a source confirmed to MLB.com. The two-year deal will pay Verlander $66 million. The club has not commented, though Astros..." March 23

  • Reds’ Nick Senzel not blaming service time for losing outfield job

    Larry Brown Sports "A day after his agent blamed service time manipulation for him not winning a roster spot, Cincinnati Reds top prospect Nick Senzel is refusing to take the same approach publicly. On Saturday, Senzel simply credited teammate Scott Schebler for nailing down the team’s center field..." March 23

  • Bregman: Slow market didn't impact Astros deal

    Real GM Baseball "Alex Bregman signed a long-term deal with the Houston Astros, but says the decision wasn't impacted by baseball's second-straight slow free agent market. "I wanted to play here," he said. "I didn't want to play anywhere else. I wanted to be in orange and..." March 23

  • Giants look into trading for Blue Jays' Pillar

    The Score "The San Francisco Giants are in search for outfield help and have explored a trade for Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar, reports Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. Newly minted free agent Brandon Guyer is also an option after the veteran was released by the..." March 23

  • Jason Hammel retires, Jeanmar Gomez makes the roster

    Lone Star Ball "The Texas Rangers told Jason Hammel yesterday that he had made the team’s Opening Day roster and would be the long man. Jason Hammel told the Rangers today, thanks, but I’ve decided to retire, per the beat guys on Twitter. Hammel reportedly indicated that he wanted to..." March 23

  • Baltimore Orioles claim Pedro Severino from Washington Nationals

    Federal Baseball "Pedro Severino, once considered the Washington Nationals’ catcher of the future, is now a Baltimore Oriole, having been claimed on outright waivers by the Orioles this afternoon, as announced on the Nats’ PR Twitter feed. Severino, 25, struggled in 2018, given a chance to..." March 23

  • Yankees Analytics Guys Are 'Strongly Urging' Aaron Boone to Make Moves from the Tunnel

    The Big Lead "In Aaron Boone’s first year as the New York Yankees manager, he helped lead the team to a 100-win season and a playoff berth. He also may have cost them a divisional series win against the rival Boston Red Sox with questionable bullpen management. However, a new report about how..." March 23

  • Mets to Sign Infielder Ruben Tejada

    Mets Merized Online "The New York Mets have reportedly reunited with an old friend. Infielder Ruben Tejada has agreed to a minor league deal with the Mets, according to his agent Phil Terrano of Primetime Sports Group on Twitter. Tejada, 29, spent the 2018 season with the Baltimore Orioles..." March 23

  • Giants Release Veteran Rene Rivera, Clearing Path for Aramis Garcia

    NBC Bay Area "The battle to back up Buster Posey appears to be over.  The Giants released veteran catcher Rene Rivera on Saturday morning, clearing the way for Aramis Garcia to begin the season on the big league roster. Rivera and Garcia had been the last two standing, and for the last couple..." March 23

  • Yankees’ outfield plan clears up with Aaron Hicks concern, Clint Frazier reality

    New York Post "Aaron Hicks has stated he wants to be ready to come off the injured list when eligible on April 3, but Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Friday that isn’t likely to happen. Plus, Clint Frazier won’t be filling the void, as the outfielder, who has struggled this spring..." March 23

  • Chipper Jones Takes Obvious Shot at Bryce Harper in Tweet Praising Mike Trout

    12 Up "Atlanta Braves legend Chipper Jones wants absolutely nothing to do with your claims that Bryce Harper is the face of baseball. The Hall of Famer took to Twitter in a big way on Friday night to congratulate Mike Trout on his record-breaking contract, while crowning him the face of..." March 23

  • Reds' Gennett sidelined 8-12 weeks with right groin strain

    The Score "The Cincinnati Reds will be without All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett for 8-12 weeks after the 28-year-old suffered a right groin strain during Friday's spring training game.   " March 23

  • Pirates To Add Francisco Liriano, Melky Cabrera To Opening Day Roster

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have announced that left-hander Francisco Liriano and outfielder Melky Cabrera will be on the team’s 25-man roster for Opening Day.  (MLB.com’s Adam Berry was among those to report the news.)  Since both players are in camp on minor league contracts, the Bucs..." March 23

  • Yanks instructor Mazzilli released from hospital

    ESPN "New York Yankees guest hitting instructor Lee Mazzilli was released Friday after spending two nights in the hospital after being struck in the head by a ball during batting practice. Mazzilli was hurt Wednesday during a workout at New York's spring training complex at Steinbrenner..." March 23

  • Could Phillies set sights on Kris Bryant?

    Sportress of Blogitude "It was no secret the Philadelphia Phillies had visions of one day signing Mike Trout, but the Los Angeles Angels had other ideas and locked the superstar up with a record-breaking, 12-year, $430 million extension. With the New Jersey native set to spend the rest of his career in..." March 23

  • Verlander, Astros Nearing Two-Year, $66 Million Extension

    SI "The Astros are reportedly moving toward signing pitcher Justin Verlander to a two-year contract extension worth around $66 million, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. Earlier Friday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reported that Houston owner Jim Crane said that a contract..." March 23

  • Cole: 'There have been no contract negotiations' with Astros

    Houston Chronicle "Astros righthander Gerrit Cole refuted a report from The Athletic that he and the club are in negotiations for a contract extension. “Since the parties involved in what has been called a ‘contract negotiation’ like to air out the laundry, I guess I’ll bring..." March 23

  • Tigers purchase Gordon Beckham’s contract, option Ronny Rodriguez to minors

    Bless You Boys "Gordon Beckham has made the Detroit Tigers’ Opening Day roster. The club purchased Beckham’s contract on Saturday and optioned infielder Ronny Rodriguez to Triple-A Toledo. Beckham, 32, played in 22 games for the Seattle Mariners in 2018. He hit .182/.250/.205 in the..." March 23

  • Giants To Select Contracts Of Nick Vincent, Yangervis Solarte, Gerardo Parra

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have decided to carry a trio of veteran players who were in camp on minor-league deals, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic was among those to report on Twitter. Reliever Nick Vincent, infielder Yangervis Solarte, and outfielder Gerardo Parra are all headed onto the 40-man..." March 23

  • Twins release Tim Collins, Adam Rosales

    Yardbarker "The Twins have released lefty Tim Collins and infielder Adam Rosales, the team announced. Both were Article XX(B) free agents, meaning they’d have required $100K retention bonuses if kept but not added to the 40-man roster. With the Minnesota organization deciding to head..." March 23

  • 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