• MLB, MLBPA Reach Deal On Vesting Options, Roster Bonuses

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the MLBPA have finally come to a deal for 2020 centering on key contract issues such as vesting options and roster bonuses, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweets. As MLBTR’s Steve Adams recently explored, this agreement will impact..." July 13

  • Tony Kemp says black MLB players will make Opening Day statement of unity

    Larry Brown Sports "Oakland Athletics second baseman Tony Kemp said Monday that Major League Baseball’s black players will join other sports in staging some sort of show of unity on Opening Day. Kemp said the details were still up in the air, but there will be some sort of “statement of..." July 13

  • Gleyber Torres mission is simple: 'Win everything'

    MLB.com "Somewhere between the pin-drop silent visiting clubhouse of Houston’s Minute Maid Park and the boisterous first day that pitchers and catchers arrived at George M. Steinbrenner Field, the sting of playoff elimination transformed into hunger for Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres, who..." July 13

  • Charlie Blackmon Rejoins Rockies

    CBS Sports "Blackmon (illness) arrived at the Rockies' camp Monday, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports. Blackmon was quarantined in Georgia... " July 13

  • Is MLB's 60-Game Season Good or Bad for Baseball?

    Bleacher Report "MLB is about to embark on an unprecedented experiment: a 60-game season. It's the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the contentious negotiations over pay and safety between owners and players that followed. There will (almost certainly) be baseball. Fans of the game..." July 13

  • Cardinals’ Jordan Hicks opts out of 2020 season

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Already expected to miss the opening weeks of the season as he continues the yearlong recovery from elbow surgery, Cardinals closer Jordan Hicks notified the team that he intends to opt out of the 2020 season. The team made the announcement Monday. Hicks, who has Type 1..." July 13

  • Red Sox Interested In Zack Godley

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox are one of multiple teams showing interest in free-agent right-hander Zack Godley, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. Godley hit the market when the Tigers released him Monday. It’s no surprise that the Red Sox are seeking pitching help,..." July 13

  • Cleveland and Atlanta are on the clock: It's time for the Indians, Braves to make a statement with nicknames

    USA Today "Cleveland, you’re on the clock. It’s your turn to make a statement. It’s your time to make a difference. Drop the nickname from your Major League Baseball team, and do it before another fan ever sits in your ballpark again. Come on,..." July 13

  • MLB coronavirus testing delays continue to alter workout schedules with Opening Day looming

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball resumed baseball activities earlier this month with spring training 2.0, also known as "summer camp." The hope is that MLB will be able to fit in a 60-game regular season (imposed by commissioner Rob Manfred) amid the coronavirus pandemic. Opening Day..." July 13

  • Brian Urlacher, Travis Kelce, DeMarco Murray join Jennifer Lopez-Alex Rodriguez bid to buy Mets

    ESPN "Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher, Super Bowl champion Travis Kelce and 2014 NFL Offensive Player of the Year DeMarco Murray are part of a group of investors who have joined power couple Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez in a bid to buy the New York Mets. The group..." July 13

  • David Ross among 6 Cubs absent due to COVID-19 testing delays

    The Score "Chicago Cubs manager David Ross and five other Tier 1 individuals did not attend the team's Monday morning workouts due to delayed COVID-19 testing results. "We've decided to do the prudent thing so myself and the five others will not attend this morning's..." July 13

  • Indians likely to change Francisco Lindor’s spot in batting order

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians have grown accustomed to Francisco Lindor hitting in the leadoff spot for them, but that will probably be changing soon. Speaking with the media on Sunday, Indians manager Terry Francona said that Lindor will “likely” hit third in the batting..." July 13

  • What to expect from Blue Jays moving Guerrero Jr. to first base

    Sportsnet "The throw from Trent Thornton was a little high and Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., plucked it out of the air with his mitt, pulled it down quickly and said something audible only to Thornton, Bo Bichette and a few others including first base coach Luis Rivera. Chuckles all around. Thornton smiled..." July 13

  • Some MLB teams using outside labs for COVID-19 testing

    Hardball Talk "The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Zach Buchanan report that the Diamondbacks are one of several teams that have used labs other than the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory in Utah to process COVID-19 testing. MLB has encountered delays with its testing, despite..." July 13

  • Blue Jays' Travis Shaw apologizes for Twitter tirade by setting the record straight

    Toronto Sun "Blue Jays infielder Travis Shaw was contrite, authentic and quite transparent when he faced the music Sunday via Zoom video over comments he expressed on social media last week, comments he clearly wants to take back. Life in quarantine isn’t exactly ideal, regardless of..." July 13

  • 'If not now, when?': Black MLB players past and present on what needs to change

    ESPN "Freddie Freeman approached his minor league teammate Jason Heyward as they ran off the field after a game in 2008. Freeman had tears in his eyes. "Jay, did you hear the stuff people were saying to you?" he asked. "Yeah, I heard it, bro," Heyward..." July 13

  • Why these seven impending MLB free agents have the most on the line in shortened season

    CBS Sports "The 2020 MLB regular season promises to be unlike any other season in baseball history. The COVID-19 pandemic has shortened the season to 60 games, making it the shortest baseball season since 1877, and there will be a universal DH and an extra-inning tiebreaker rule. It will be weird, but MLB..." July 13

  • Mets Add Seven To 60-Man Player Pool

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mets announced Monday that they’ve added seven players to their 60-man player pool: right-handers Matt Blackham, Jordan Humphreys and Franklyn Kilome; left-handers Stephen Gonsalves and Thomas Szapucki; infielder Jake Hager; and..." July 13

  • Lack of drama gives Mets reason to ‘believe’

    New York Post "The hurdles to a season remain significant, but it’s OK to recognize small victories while stressing the need to stay vigilant. Spring training 2.0 reaches a midpoint Monday — which the Mets will denote by giving the players a day off from workouts — leaving a week..." July 13

  • Cards reliever Genesis Cabrera has second positive COVID-19 test

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Another day without relievers Giovanny Gallegos, Alex Reyes and Genesis Cabrera Sunday and Cardinals manager Mike Shildt barely can count on them being ready for the start of the season 11 days from now as summer camp has reached the halfway point. Cabrera, as well as infielder..." July 13

  • Tigers Release Zack Godley

    Detroit Sports Nation "  The Detroit Tigers have made a roster move today, granting RHP Zach Godley an unconditional release. " July 13

  • Eric Lauer's late arrival a result of his close contact with someone COVID-19 positive

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "COVID-19 delayed Eric Lauer's arrival to Milwaukee Brewers summer camp, even though the left-hander did not test positive for the virus himself. "I just want to start by saying I’m fine, I’m healthy, I’m all right," Lauer told..." July 13

  • Yu Darvish planning to stay with Cubs after seeing them comply with social distancing rules

    Larry Brown Sports "Yu Darvish was considering sitting out the 2020 season, but his Chicago Cubs teammates appear to have convinced him not to. Darvish said Sunday he wanted to see how seriously his teammates were taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and came away impressed enough to..." July 12

  • Braves not changing name, looking at 'chop' celebration

    ESPN "The Atlanta Braves said in an email to season-ticket holders Sunday that they will not be changing their nickname but will take a further look at the future of the tomahawk chop. The email was shared on Twitter by Paul Lukas, a journalist who runs the Uni Watch blog. He..." July 12

  • Twins’ Wilfredo Tovar Tests Positive For COVID-19

    MLB Trade Rumors "Infielder Wilfredo Tovar has tested positive for the coronavirus, Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey told reporters (including MLB.com’s Do-Hyoung Park and Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune).  Tovar was included on Minnesota’s..." July 12

  • Astros pitchers, coach absent from camp day after potential COVID-19 exposure causes cancelled workout

    CBS Sports "Houston Astros pitching coach Brent Strom and the team's big-league pitchers were absent from camp on Sunday, a day after the club cancelled its workout because a staff member had been potentially exposed to a COVID-19-positive individual. Manager Dusty Baker noted that the individual..." July 12

  • Marcus Stroman expects to be ‘one of the top arms’ in free agency after 2020

    Larry Brown Sports "New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman is set to become a free agent after the 2020 season, and he certainly thinks he’ll be one of the best pitchers available. Stroman said Sunday he expects to be one of the top pitchers available in free agency, offering up some reasons why he..." July 12

  • Yankees' Clint Frazier plans to wear mask during season: 'It's the right thing to do'

    The Score "New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier is planning on wearing a mask while batting during the short MLB season amid the coronavirus pandemic. "There are two people in the box with me, and I think it's an easy thing to do," Frazier said Sunday, according..." July 12

  • 6 stars who could become 1st-time MVP

    MLB.com "One of the more fascinating aspects of the MVP Award, particularly in a post-Barry Bonds age, is how many different people win one. Here’s a fun fact: In the past 10 years of the National League, 10 different players have won the MVP. That’s right, we’ve had no..." July 12

  • White Sox pitching coach concerned about Michael Kopech: 'I hope he's OK'

    ESPN "Chicago White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper says he is concerned about right-hander Michael Kopech, who recently opted out of the upcoming 2020 season. Kopech, 24, missed the entire 2019 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery but was expected to contend for a spot..." July 12

  • Tim Melville Reportedly Nearing Deal With CPBL’s Uni-President Lions

    MLB Trade Rumors "Former Rockies right-hander Tim Melville is nearing a deal with the Uni-Lions of Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League, per local reports (h/t to CPBL Stats). Colorado released the 30-year-old in May. Melville has played with seven affiliated organizations..." July 12

  • Kenley Jansen reports to Dodgers camp after testing positive for coronavirus

    Larry Brown Sports "We now know why Kenley Jansen was late to Los Angeles Dodgers camp, and it turns out he had a pretty good reason. Jansen arrived in camp Sunday and said he had previously tested positive for the coronavirus. Jansen said he had had a fever, but never had any intention of skipping the..." July 12

  • Rays' Kevan Smith: Players 'called names' by Florida residents for wearing masks

    Sporting News "Even as coronavirus (COVID-19) cases surge within the state, it seems many Florida residents aren't taking health and safety protocols seriously. Just ask Kevan Smith. The Rays catcher shared his experience with reporters Saturday as Tampa Bay and other MLB teams continue to..." July 12

  • Rangers' Joey Gallo Unsure He Had COVID-19 After Conflicting Test Results

    Bleacher Report "Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo tested positive twice for COVID-19, but the power-hitting 26-year-old said he's unsure if he had the disease. "I wish I had an answer," he said Saturday per the Associated Press. "I don't know. I really..." July 12

  • Justin Verlander’s Wife Kate Upton Shares Video of Her Intense Workout Plan

    Total Pro Sports "Kate Upton might be living the maried life, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to stop being in tip-top shape. The 28-year-old, who first appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2011, and was the cover model for the 2012, 2013 and 2017 issues, had to get real..." July 12

  • Red Sox Add Mike Kickham To Player Pool; Pitcher To Participate At Summer Camp

    NESN "Mike Kickham has rejoined the Boston Red Sox’s ranks. The Red Sox announced Saturday in a press release they’ve added the left-handed pitcher to their player pool. Kickham will participate in Boston’s Summer Camp as a non-roster invitee, as the team ramps up..." July 12

  • After COVID-19 battle, Scott Kingery rejoins Phillies teammates

    NBC Philadelphia "Phillies second baseman Scott Kingery, who was hit hard by coronavirus, rejoined his teammates and went through a workout at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday. Kingery took batting practice and did some fielding and throwing drills. He did not play in the team’s intrasquad..." July 12

  • Giants unlikely to have prospect Joey Bart replace Buster Posey

    Larry Brown Sports "The San Francisco Giants will need a replacement for Buster Posey this season, but it’s unlikely to be prospect Joey Bart. Posey opted out of the 2020 MLB season for family reasons. Some were wondering whether Bart, who was the No. 2 pick in the 2018 draft, would get the call to..." July 12

  • Latest On Diamondbacks, COVID-19

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks have been among the teams who have been most impacted by COVID-19 cases, with multiple players testing positive over the last few weeks.  That list added another name today, as manager Torey Lovullo told reporters (including The Athletic’s Zach Buchanan) that..." July 12

  • Eric Thames weighs in on MLB’s ‘terrible’ summer training

    Larry Brown Sports "Some MLB players are definitely struggling to adapt to the new rules and expectations that come with a mid-pandemic summer camp. Washington Nationals outfielder Eric Thames is one of them. Thames said summer camp has been “terrible,” citing the various social distancing..." July 11

  • The Giants Options For Replacing Buster Posey

    MLB Trade Rumors "The San Francisco Giants are in true limbo behind the plate. Organizationally, they have one of the better catching situations in all of baseball. On the one hand, they have a tried-and-true franchise legend still under contract in Buster Posey. Not only was he the backbone of..." July 11

  • Marcus Stroman blasts Randal Grichuk: 'Continue to underachieve and talk s— about teammates!'

    Sporting News "Marcus Stroman tore into former Blue Jays teammate Randal Grichuk via Twitter on Saturday after Grichuk backed an accusation about Stroman's prior treatment of minor league players. Grichuk said an allegation from Aubrey Huff that Stroman once kicked 30 younger teammates out of a..." July 11

  • Knock your Sox off: Luis Robert falls, homers anyway

    MLB.com "Luis Robert’s first unofficial home run for the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field had a unique twist to it. The No. 3 overall prospect, per MLB Pipeline, connected off Carlos Rodón in the third inning of Saturday’s Summer Camp intrasquad contest. But..." July 11

  • Houston Astros suspend workouts due to possible COVID-19 exposure

    Sportsnaut "The 2020 MLB season is right around the corner with Opening Day set for July 23, but another setback could jeopardize it all. For the second time since spring training began, the Houston Astros have suspended another workout due to COVID-19. Less than a week after the Houston..." July 11

  • Royals catcher Cam Gallagher tests positive for COVID-19

    Sportsnet "The Kansas City Royals announced on Saturday that catcher Cam Gallagher has tested positive for COVID-19. “To say this caught me by surprise would be an understatement,” said Gallagher in a statement. “I played in last night’s intrasquad..." July 11

  • Orioles have made Yasiel Puig contract offer

    Larry Brown Sports "Yasiel Puig remains unsigned as MLB summer camps ramp up, but he seems to have interest from a new team. The Baltimore Orioles are interested in Puig, according to Marc Feinsand of MLB.com. In fact, the Orioles have made Puig at least one contract offer. Puig has been a..." July 11

  • Yankees' Aroldis Chapman Diagnosed with COVID-19

    Bleacher Report "New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced Saturday that closer Aroldis Chapman tested positive for COVID-19. According to James Wagner of the New York Times, Boone said Chapman is experiencing "mild symptoms." Wagner wrote Chapman..." July 11

  • Detroit Tigers' Daniel Norris wants players to hear his message after contracting COVID-19

    USA Today "On Wednesday night, as teammates connected the dots of Daniel Norris’ absence at summer camp, the Detroit Tigers left-hander sent a group text to the team. “Hey guys, No. 1, I miss you guys like crazy, I wish I was there, I wish we were all hanging out..." July 11

  • The Yo' show will redebut on Opening Day

    MLB.com "In Yoenis Céspedes’ mind, there is no longer any doubt. When the Mets take the field for Opening Day on July 24, he will be among them, playing his first game in more than two years. “I know for certain now that I will be ready,” Céspedes said..." July 11

  • MLB players have been wearing masks on the field – and that could extend into actual games

    USA Today "As Cody Bellinger waited out Major League Baseball’s coronavirus-driven shutdown in his native Arizona, he saw the evolution of facial coverings firsthand. Arizona moved quickly through its reopening phases, complete with images of packed bars and patios over Memorial Day..." July 11