• Adam Wainwright predicts MLB strike, fears players walking out midseason

    Larry Brown Sports "MLB owners appear to once again be taking a stand this offseason against handing out massive long-term contracts to star free agents, and one veteran player is convinced the practice is going to eventually result in a work stoppage. Longtime St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainright..." February 15

  • Yoenis Cespedes expects to play for Mets in 2019 season

    Newsday "Almost four months removed from his most recent surgery, Yoenis Cespedes is frustrated and bored, he said, but is feeling good about both the Mets’ chances of competing and his chance of participating this year. Cespedes, speaking publicly for the first time since September,..." February 15

  • Trevor Bauer's radical idea on MLB contracts could benefit everyone

    USA Today "In one swoop Thursday morning, Trevor Bauer made the Cleveland Indians cringe, the unemployed free-agent class think and the players' union listen. In addition to airing his grievances about the arbitration process and the “character assassination” he endured,..." February 15

  • MLB rumors: Manny Machado ‘disappointed’ in offers; Padres trying to leapfrog Phillies, White Sox, Yankees

    Newark Star-Ledger "Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports Manny Machado is is no rush to sign a deal. Heard in Miami circles: It’s about the deal, he’s disappointed with the offers so far and Machado is willing to..." February 15

  • Padres meet with Manny Machado for second time

    New York Post "The Padres seem to be making a strong push for Manny Machado. San Diego general manager A.J. Preller flew to Miami to meet the 26-year-old free agent and his wife at some point in the past week, according to a report in the San Diego Union..." February 15

  • Stephen Strasburg’s first spring bullpen session inspires confidence

    Washington Post "Dave Martinez saw Stephen Strasburg throughout the winter, occasionally watching the pitcher work out back in Washington, but that didn’t stop the Nationals’ manager from lingering behind the mound as Strasburg threw his first pitches of spring training on..." February 15

  • Marlins name José Ureña their 2019 Opening Day starter

    Fish Stripes "It’s one of the enduring images of the 2018 Miami Marlins. On a beautiful afternoon—sun shining, roof open, the ballpark (mostly) full—José Ureña winds up and delivers the very first pitch of the MLB season. Ian Happ pulverized it. And..." February 15

  • Yasiel Puig is free from Dodgers’ platoon, ready to thrive in Cincinnati

    Los Angeles Times "The prospects gathered in the outfield grass around the veteran. For more than an hour Wednesday, as the rest of the Cincinnati Reds filtered into their clubhouse, a few young players received a tutorial on the path to big league success. The lesson came from an instructor dubbed, in the words..." February 15

  • Manager Terry Francona eyeing quick return for Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Shortstop Francisco Lindor, with his strained right calf and electric blue hair, walked into the Indians’ clubhouse on a rainy Thursday afternoon in the desert. “I feel great,” shouted Lindor, while opening a stack of boxes in front of his locker before heading into..." February 15

  • Why Yankees should avoid shifting Gleyber Torres off second base

    SNY TV "The Yankees are comfortable shifting Gleyber Torres to shortstop if immediate plans do not pan out in 2019. But the Yanks should reconsider the move (one that feels almost certain to be required) as a last resort -- not the first response. Torres enters his sophomore season..." February 15

  • Report: Angels enter mix for free agent Mike Moustakas

    The Score "A new team has apparently entered the Mike Moustakas sweepstakes. The Los Angeles Angels are in on the third baseman, reports MLB Network's Jon Heyman, who adds the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, and Philadelphia Phillies are other..." February 15

  • Orioles’ Chris Davis predicting bounceback season

    Larry Brown Sports "The Baltimore Orioles signed Chris Davis to a seven-year, $161 million deal prior to the 2016 season, and ever since then his statistics have been on a downward slide. Davis, however, believes that he can still be the player the Orioles invested in, and at the start of spring..." February 15

  • Diamondbacks not doing much to repair Chase Field

    AZ Snake Pit "The Republic writes this morning: “Reports show the team spent about $150,000 from May 10 to Dec. 31 last year to fix freight elevators and purchase back-up lighting supplies.” This is quite the contrast to the position expressed by the team previously, when it was..." February 15

  • Craig Kimbrel-Braves Rumors Intensify After He's Spotted at Orlando Airport

    12 Up "A Braves reunion for Craig Kimbrel may be in the cards if everything goes right for Atlanta. The prolific closer, who recently won the World Series with Boston in 2018, was drafted by the Braves in 2008 and stayed with the team until 2015. Kimbrel is now a free agent though and..." February 15

  • Yet another indication Bryce Harper is signing tomorrow! (Now today)

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Fitting the theme of our parody video yesterday ... there was yet another indication Thursday that Bryce Harper's decision could be coming tomorrow! "Tomorrow," of course, now means today, Friday, Feb. 15. We're not holding our breath. Chris Russell, a..." February 15

  • Phillies right-hander Jake Arrieta pitched last season with torn meniscus

    Philly.com "Jake Arrieta said he knew something was wrong with his left knee last summer, when pain flared as he left the mound to cover first base on a grounder or left the batter’s box and ran down the line. He suffered the injury sometime in May, but Arrieta, whom manager Gabe Kapler..." February 15

  • Luis Severino, Yankees avoid arbitration with new four-year contract

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Yankees and Luis Severino had an arbitration hearing scheduled for later this month to determine the star pitcher’s salary for 2019, but that will no longer be necessary. According to numerous reports, the Yankees have signed Severino to a four-year, $40 million..." February 15

  • Bogaerts on signing extension rather than risking free agency: 'You obviously have to think about that'

    WEEI Boston "We've been discussing a contract extension for Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts since about 2013, which makes it strange that his impending free agency seems to be catching so many of us by surprise. Bogaerts is entering his final season of Red Sox control and could easily be..." February 15

  • Julio Urias, though no longer 'The Teenager,' remains important to Dodgers' future

    Los Angeles Times "Clayton Kershaw wanted an unobstructed view, so he marched over to join a group clustered near home plate, a few feet away from the catcher Thursday at Camelback Ranch. At the other end, as rain sprinkled the grounds, Julio Urias stood on a mound for his first bullpen session of the..." February 15

  • Carlos Rodon's run-up to the 2019 season has been abnormal — and that's a good thing for him

    NBC Sports Chicago "At this point, an abnormal approach to the season is a good thing for Carlos Rodon. Two years ago, Rodon was injured before the season even started and didn’t make his first start until June. Last offseason, he was recovering from shoulder surgery at the end of the 2017..." February 15

  • Detroit Tigers win salary arbitration case against Michael Fulmer

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Tigers have won their salary arbitration case against Michael Fulmer. According to multiple people with knowledge of the situation, an arbitration panel sided with the team’s $2.8 million salary figure for 2019 over Fulmer’s $3.4 million..." February 15

  • Cubs vow there won't be a right-wing slant with their new TV network partnership with Sinclair

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs TV partnership with conservative-leaning Sinclair Broadcasting has some fans concerned. Will we see pro-Trump pundits in the booth during the seventh-inning stretch or discussions on the need for the border wall while Anthony Rizzo is at the..." February 15

  • A's should target a pair of pitchers as Marlins' fire sale continues

    NBC Sports Bay Area "At the rate they're going, the Marlins might not be able to field a team on Opening Day. Last week, Miami traded talented young catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Phillies, continuing their seemingly never-ending fire sale. As ESPN's Sam Miller pointed out, the..." February 15

  • Aaron Boone is ready to deploy his fully loaded bullpen

    New York Daily News "It’s not the numbers. When Yankee manager Aaron Boone looks at his fully-stocked bullpen, he is excited about the differences. With a healthy Zack Britton back and Adam Ottavino signed this winter, the Yankees have so many ways to attack hitters -- and not just late in..." February 15

  • Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia 'wouldn't have' had knee surgery after 2017 season

    ESPN "Dustin Pedroia says if he had to do it all over again, he wouldn't have had the knee surgery after the 2017 season that sidelined him for all but three games in 2018. "No, I wouldn't have done it. I don't regret doing it, but looking back and knowing what I know..." February 15

  • Giants in talks with Yangervis Solarte as they search for more infield depth

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The Giants are continuing to try to stockpile position player talent as report day nears, and they may be zeroing in on a very familiar infielder.  The team has had discussions with longtime Padre Yangervis Solarte, NBC Sports Bay Area has learned. Solarte, 31, could enter the..." February 15

  • Athletics Sign Cliff Pennington To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The A’s announced Friday that they’ve signed infielder Cliff Pennington to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training. With this deal, the Sosnick, Cobbe & Karon client returns to the organization that originally drafted him and the team..." February 15

  • Here’s the early plan Rangers have created for rotation trio returning from Tommy John

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Thursday was considered a success by Texas Rangers pitching coach Julio Rangel because the pitchers who were scheduled to throw their first bullpen sessions of spring training did so before rains soaked the Surprise Recreation Campus. Half of the 40 pitchers threw, chief among them..." February 15

  • Padres GM met with Manny Machado

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Padres General Manager A.J. Preller flew to Miami to meet with Manny Machado and his wife at some point in the past week, a step that indicates the sides continue to work toward a possible agreement. The 26-year-old free agent is the team’s first choice to fill its immediate..." February 14

  • Scherzer rips free agency: Lack of competitive teams 'poisons the game'

    ESPN "Mad Max is angry about the current state of free agency. "When there's too many teams that are not trying to win, that poisons the game, poisons the fan experience, and it creates bandwagon fans," Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer said Thursday morning before his..." February 14

  • Manny? Harper? Klentak satisfied but monitoring

    MLB.com "Phillies general manager Matt Klentak had just finished a press conference Thursday morning at Spectrum Field, where he discussed Aaron Nola's four-year, $45 million contract extension. He stretched his legs a moment before he sat back down to discuss anything else that happened to be on..." February 14

  • Indians' Bauer: I'll only sign 1-year contracts during my career

    The Score "Trevor Bauer is ready to bet on himself until the day he hangs 'em up. Just a few days after defeating his team in a contentious arbitration hearing, the outspoken Cleveland Indians right-hander shared a rather outside-the-box idea, stating he'll only sign one-year contracts..." February 14

  • Padres have much to gain — and lose — in Bryce Harper, Manny Machado pursuit

    Sporting News "Free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain unsigned through the first few days of spring training — a development that would’ve been shocking just a few years ago considering they are two of the game's biggest superstars.   But in 2019 hot..." February 14

  • Justin Verlander rips MLB teams for ‘hiding behind this rebuilding mantra’

    Houston Chronicle "Justin Verlander’s mere presence inside the Astros clubhouse on Thursday afternoon at Fitteam Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is a product of “rebuilding” — a scheme he’s thankful exists but also cautions is a misnomer. Perhaps the most outspoken of all..." February 14

  • Jon Lester: ‘It sucks’ Bryce Harper, Manny Machado remain unsigned

    Sportress of Blogitude "The free-agency sagas of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado slog on with seemingly no end in sight, a baffling development with Spring Training set to get underway. Count Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester among a group including Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander that believes..." February 14

  • Giants Interested In Yangervis Solarte

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have interest in veteran infielder Yangervis Solarte, according to Alex Palovic of NBC Sports Bay Area (Twitter link). While this connection is decidedly less splashy than another recently reported expression of interest, Solarte seems to be a readily achievable target. He..." February 14

  • MLB Rumors: Sounds like Manny Machado would fit great in Yankees’ clubhouse

    Newark Star-Ledger "Of course, Manny Machado would slide right into the Yankees’ lineup without a problem. He’d take over at third base and be an upgrade — the same way he’d upgrade just about any other big-league team. Sounds like he’d fit in the..." February 14

  • Todd Frazier: People could lose jobs due to free agency debacle

    Sportsnaut "New York Mets veteran infielder Todd Frazier can be counted among the MLB players frustrated with the slow free agency period. Per Matt Ehalt of The Record in North Jersey, Frazier said “You see what’s going on, it’s not good for the game. …..." February 14

  • Bauer blasts Indians for 'character assassination' during arbitration

    The Score "After Trevor Bauer defeated the Cleveland Indians in arbitration, the pitcher admitted he enjoyed most of the process. But he didn't enjoy the final portion of his hearing, during which the All-Star pitcher says the Indians' representatives engaged in "character assassination"..." February 14

  • Alex Cora sidesteps Alex Bregman’s anti-Boston smack talk

    Mass Live "Astros star Alex Bregman is best buddies with both Alex Cora and Blake Swihart, but he sure isn’t shy about expressing dislike for the dominance by Boston sports teams. The Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins have combined for 12 championships in the past 17..." February 14

  • MLB Rumors: Here’s When Bryce Harper, Manny Machado Could Finally Sign

    NESN "Spring training is getting underway and two of baseball’s biggest stars are currently unemployed and sitting at home. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado entered free agency expecting to ink lucrative, long-term contracts, but both stars have hit roadblocks this offseason. While..." February 14

  • Harper’s free agency continues to hang over life in the clubhouse

    NBC Sports Washington "Happening the first day at spring training is baseball at its most simplistic. A handful of pitchers ventured to the closest field, damp with passive rain, to throw. Stephen Strasburg mimicked coming set. Rejuvenation project Aaron Barrett played long toss with newcomer Tanner Rainey. They all..." February 14

  • Astros GM Confirms Team Had Agreement for Harper Trade at 2018 Deadline

    12 Up "Warning, Astros fans: once you read this you can't unread it. Via Astros beat writer Chandler Rome, Houston GM Jeff Luhnow confirmed that the team had an agreement in principle to trade for Bryce Harper at last season's deadline. February 14

  • Jacob deGrom doesn’t rule out innings limit without new contract

    New York Post "Jacob deGrom isn’t ruling out putting a restriction on his innings if he enters the season without a new contract. The Mets’ Cy Young winner has put a deadline of Opening Day for discussions over a long-term deal, as he is two years away from free agency...." February 14

  • Blue Jays announce plans to manipulate Vlad Guerrero Jr.’s service time

    Hardball Talk "In one of the least surprising moves of the offseason, the Toronto Blue Jays have, more or less, announced they plan to keep top prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr. at Triple-A to start the season. As reported by Keegan Matheson of BaseballToronto.com, Jays GM Ross Atkins..." February 14

  • Yankees expect a big rebound year from Gary Sanchez

    New York Daily News "Gary Sanchez appreciates the support. Fans in the Bronx may have been calling for the 26-year-old catcher to be dealt all winter, but he returns to Yankee spring training knowing that his manager believes in him. After a tough, injury-plagued 2018, the Yankee catcher said he..." February 14

  • Matt Harvey’s Angels tenure gets off to tough start

    New York Post "Matt Harvey has a pain in the butt. The former Met’s latest fresh start has already been stopped as Harvey will be down for a week and a half after suffering a strained glute Wednesday in agility drills, Angels manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Thursday. Harvey..." February 14

  • How’s the knee that troubled Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman pushed in the chair at his locker and quickly walked toward the clubhouse food room at George M. Steinbrenner Field. He looked like he didn’t have a problem with the left knee that troubled him throughout most of..." February 14

  • Mets could soon look to leave St. Lucie for new Spring Training home: Report

    SNY TV "The Mets are "on the verge of blowing up their stadium renovation deal" with St. Lucie and looking for a new Spring Training home, reports Keona Gardner of the TC Palm. According to Gardner, the potential of the Mets looking for a new Spring Training home comes amid the..." February 14

  • Twins To Extend Max Kepler

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins are nearing the completion of a new contract with right fielder Max Kepler, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. If and when the deal is completed, it’d be the second long-term deal hammered out by the Twins this week, as the team is also reported to..." February 14