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Matt Wieters is close to signing with the Washington Nationals
Jon Heyman reports that the Nationals are closing in on a deal with catcher Matt Wieters. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that it’s a two-year deal. UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal reports that the...
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Sergio Romo experienced some difficulty in the past couple of years
Ken Rosenthal has an interesting story up about Sergio Romo as he begins spring training with his new team, the Los Angeles Dodgers. There is some fun stuff about his family, all Dodgers fans from southern...
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Trevor May joins eSports team Luminosity
Trevor May is now a professional in both baseball and eSports.
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Orioles re-sign Michael Bourn to a minor league deal
The Orioles added outfield depth on Monday, signing Michael Bourn to a minor league deal.
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Shelby Miller is in the best mental shape of his life
Shelby Miller is heading into 2017 with a very positive outlook after a disastrous 2016 campaign.
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Report: Extension talks between Mets, Neil Walker are “probably dead”
The Mets feel like there won't be any progress in extension talks with second baseman Neil Walker.
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Justin Turner talks “Easy D”
A couple of weeks ago our president wrote one of his more . . . vexing tweets. He was talking about immigration when he whipped out the phrase . . . “Easy D”: Big increase in traffic into our...
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Report: Royals and Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have been discussing a long-term contract extension.
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Yankees sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal
The Yankees added pitching depth on Sunday, signing Jon Niese to a minor league contract.
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Tigers to give Omar Infante some work in center field this spring
Omar Infante will play some center field this spring in an attempt to make the 25-man roster.
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Report: Orioles close to acquiring Vidal Nuno from the Dodgers
The Orioles are reportedly close to acquiring pitcher Vidal Nuno from the Dodgers.
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Report: Mets, Neil Walker discussing a contract extension
The Mets and Neil Walker are reportedly discussing a three-year extension worth "north of $40 million."
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Reds sign Ryan Raburn to minor league deal
Veteran utilityman Ryan Raburn is looking for a chance to rebound with the Reds in 2017.
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Dexter Fowler unhappy with President Trump’s attempts to institute a travel ban
Dexter Fowler explained how President Trump's attempts to institute a travel ban impact his family.
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Eric Gagne threw a bullpen session for the Dodgers
After seven years of retirement, the 41-year-old right-hander is contemplating a return to the mound.
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Diamondbacks sign Jorge De La Rosa to minor league deal
De La Rosa will likely transition to a bullpen role if he finds a spot on the Diamondbacks' major league roster.
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Josh Donaldson out 2-3 weeks with calf injury
Donaldson injured his right calf during sprinting drills on Friday and is expected to miss several weeks of spring training.
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Shapiro, Murray defend Dellin Betances after arbitration feud
Players union executive Rick Shapiro and Dellin Betances' agent Jim Murray are not happy with the Yankees' president.
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Royals will experiment with Alex Gordon in all three outfield spots this year
The three-time All-Star left fielder could see some starts in center field for the first time in his career.
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Report: Padres sign Jered Weaver to one-year, $3M deal
Veteran right-hander Jered Weaver is poised to head the Padres' rotation in 2017.
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Betances loses arbitration case against Yankees
Yankees' reliever Dellin Betances will receive a $3 million salary in 2017.
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Goose Gossage rants against modern baseball again, but at this point it’s not his fault
Rich Gossage is at Yankees spring training again this year. And again, as he has many times in the past, he went off on modern baseball, coddled pitchers, rich players, the good old days when men like him...
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The Giants have signed yet another backup infielder to a minor league deal
In the future, every journeyman infielder will be in Giants camp in Scottsdale for 15 minutes — Andy Warhol The Giants signed Aaron Hill to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring...
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Yankees 1B Tyler Austin breaks foot, out six weeks
The Yankees decision to sign Chris Carter to a one-year deal is looking pretty smart right about now.
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Yordano Ventura’s toxicology report will not be released
The Kansas City Star reports that the toxicology report on Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura won’t be released to the public following his death last month in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. The...
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MLB considers changing the order of batting practice
At present, the home team takes batting practice first followed by the visitors. Major League Baseball is considering changing that order, however. The reason: if the home team takes BP second, perhaps more...
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Mike Ilitch paid Rosa Parks’ rent for years
I read about this a few years ago, but it was a brief thing that didn’t make a ton of waves, mostly because the Tigers and their late owner Mike Ilitch weren’t interested in making a big deal...
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The Rockies are wearing a new shade of purple this year
The Rockies have had purple elements in their livery since the team began play in 1993, first as a mere accent color and then more prominently. Now they frequently wear a solid purple alternate jersey....
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Darin Ruf signs to play in South Korea
The Dodgers acquired 1B/OF Darin Ruf from the Phillies for Howie Kendrick back in November. Today the Yonhap News agency reports that the South Korean baseball club Samsung Lions signed Ruf to a one-year $1...
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Rob Manfred doesn't expect odd experiment to reach MLB
Rob Manfred said on Thursday that he doesn't expect the extra-inning rule being tested in rookie ball to ever be implemented in the majors.
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New Phillies hitting coach Matt Stairs shares his hitting philosophies
New Phillies hitting coach Matt Stairs inherits an offense that was at or near the bottom in many offensive categories. He shares what changes he hopes to see his players make.
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Nick Franklin was an Uber driver during the offseason
Nick Franklin found a way to keep himself busy during the offseason.
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Has Joey Votto gone largely underappreciated with Reds?
Joey Votto thinks that in a simpler time, 50 to 75 years ago, his batting average would've led to him being viewed as a great player.
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Noah Syndergaard will start Opening Day for Mets
No surprise: the Mets give Noah Syndergaard the honor of starting on Opening Day.
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The Detroit Tigers: Get Ready for the Trash Fire!
This has absolutely nothing to do with the Tigers’ competitive prospects for 2017. I think they’ll be OK, actually. At least a wild card contender and, if things break right as far as health and...
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: The Phillies “suck” and their ballpark is “unsafe”
Even though a large part of the state he leads is in the Philadelphia metro area, New Jersey governor Chris Christie is no Philly sports fan. He roots for the Cowboys (and hates the Eagles) and he prefers...
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A Chase Utley story shows us how the sausage of baseball history gets made
The Dodgers brought Chase Utley back because, in addition to still having at least some baseball left in him, he’s a good clubhouse guy and a good leader. No one has ever questioned that. It’s a...
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Greg Maddux goes incognito to prank Kris Bryant
"Sound guy has a pretty good curve"
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The bullpens at Wrigley Field are being moved under the bleachers
I imagine this was announced when the Cubs first announced ballpark renovations, but if I ever heard it I forgot about it. But it’s worth noting that, beginning in the 2017 season, the bullpens at...
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Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez to miss the entire 2017 season
A tough, tough break for Sean Rodriguez and for the team which just signed him a couple of months ago. Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Rodriguez underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his left...
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Dave Stewart: ‘My gut the whole time said I shouldn’t move Dansby Swanson.’
Former Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart went on MLB Network Radio to reflect on his time with the team.
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L.J. Hoes suspended 50 games for a drug of abuse
Free agent outfielder L.J. Hoes tested positive for a second time, resulting in a 50-game suspension.
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Report: Reince Priebus wants Jeffrey Loria to act as ambassador to France
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria might have a new job in the Trump administration.
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Report: Blue Jays “far along” in discussions with Mat Latos
The Blue Jays and pitcher Mat Latos have reportedly made progress in contract negotiations.
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Rollins on White Sox: Outspoken guys are no longer there
Jimmy Rollins, now a Giant, talked about the dysfunction in the White Sox organization he observed last season.
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Report: Nationals still interested in Matt Wieters
Matt Wieters is still available in free agency and the Nationals are still reportedly interested.
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Zack Wheeler has tenderness in his elbow
Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler has missed two straight seasons due to Tommy John surgery and a complication-filled recovery therefrom. Now his spring is starting out rocky as well. Mets pitching coach Dan...
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How is Carter Capps’ delivery legal?
Given that Padres reliever Carter Capps missed the entire 2016 season due to Tommy John surgery — and given that he’s only managed to pitch more than 20 games in a season twice since debuting in...
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The Phillies are featuring a famous Mets slogan on their clubhouse wall
In 1973, the Mets won the N.L. pennant. Their slogan that year was ‘Ya Gotta Believe.” As Tyler Kepner of the New York Times points out, the Phillies have put that slogan on the wall of their...
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Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes to have Tommy John surgery
Tough break for the Cardinals and their top prospect.
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The Miami Marlins can wear beards again
A year ago the Miami Marlins adopted a ban on facial hair for players. They never gave a good reason for it apart from vague allusions to image and professionalism, but really, there was no and could be no...
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Noah Syndergaard got roasted by Mr. Met on Twitter
Noah Syndergaard and Mr. Met had a Valentine's Day back-and-forth on Twitter that left Noah burned.
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Grady Sizemore hired as player development advisor with Indians
Three-time All-Star Grady Sizemore has returned to the Indians as a player development advisor.
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McHugh, Odorizzi, Stroman win their arbitration cases
Decisions on six first-time arbitration-eligible pitchers were revealed on Tuesday. Three won their cases, three did not.
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Rangers acquire Eddie Gamboa from the Rays
The Rangers acquired knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa from the Rays on Tuesday.
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Pete Mackanin: Jeanmar Gomez “deserves to be called our closer”
Phillies manager Pete Mackanin thinks Jeanmar Gomez deserves to be the Phillies' closer heading into spring training.
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Chris Tillman to miss Opening Day
Orioles starter Chris Tillman has pitched on Opening Day for the past three years. He is not expected to pitch Opening Day for the Orioles this year, however, after receiving a platelet-rich plasma...
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Royals reliever to miss eight weeks after falling through the roof of his barn
At the outset, let us be thankful that Kansas City Royals reliever Brian Flynn is OK. He has some broken ribs and other injuries and should be back in the Royals bullpen and ready for action sometime in the...
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Ron Gardenhire diagnosed with prostate cancer
Some bad news from Arizona. The Diamondbacks just announced that bench coach Ron Gardenhire has prostate cancer. He will have surgery to remove his prostate at a date yet to be determined and will take a...
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Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes has MRI on elbow, season in jeopardy
The young ace was sent for an MRI on his elbow this morning.
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Jung-Ho Kang to miss the start of spring training due to his DUI trial
Pirates President Frank Coonelly announced today that the team doesn’t expect third baseman Jung-Ho Kang to report with the rest of the team’s position players by Friday due to his DUI trail...
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For the fourth straight year, the Dodgers won’t be available on TV for most Dodgers fans
Last year the Dodgers aired a handful of late season games on broadcast TV so fans could see the final games of Vin Scully. It gave some people hope that, maybe, the team and its sports network, SportsNet...
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Giants sign reliever David Hernandez
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract. Mildly surprising that Hernandez had to settle for a minor league contract, but the free agent racket...
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Grady Sizemore and Nick Swisher never officially retired but have basically retired
Neither Nick Swisher nor Grady Sizemore ever retired. They just . . . stopped being signed by teams and given a chance to play. Now, despite, the lack of an official announcement, both have signaled that...
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Madison Bumgarner deserves a contract extension. He’s not getting it.
For that he can thank a bad Collective Bargaining Agreement.
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Chris Ilitch to be the Tigers owner
This is not at all surprising, but as this story in the Detroit News makes clear, Chris Ilitch, son of Mike, will now ascend to the Tigers’ ownership chair by virtue of his father’s passing....
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Steve Clevenger reflects on racist remarks he made on Twitter last year
Free agent catcher Steve Clevenger learned a lesson after making some insensitive tweets last September.
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Report: Royals to sign Travis Wood to a two-year contract
The Royals will reportedly sign pitcher Travis Wood to a two-year deal. He's expected to compete for a rotation spot.
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Chase Utley once dressed up like a batboy to discreetly speak with the home plate umpire
Peter Gammons provides a couple of interesting anecdotes about Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley.
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Reds claim Lisalverto Bonilla off waivers from the Pirates
The Reds added some pitching depth on Monday, claiming Lisalverto Bonilla off waivers from the Pirates.
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Major League Baseball wants a 30-second limit on manager replay challenges
Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that Major League Baseball wants a 30-second time limit for managers to decide whether or not to challenge an umpire’s call. Whether it will be a hard limit or a guideline...
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The Nationals are close to signing Adam Lind
Jim Bowden of ESPN reports that Adam Lind is close to signing with the Washington Nationals. A nice late-offseason pickup for the Nats. Lind’s 2016 was subpar, but he posted an OPS of .842 from 2013-...
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Jerry Remy has a relapse of lung cancer
Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008, had surgery to remove part of his lung. His recovery was a long one, but he made a recovery all the same and continues to be an...
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Derek Jeter is going to be a dad
Hannah Jeter writes a column in The Players Tribune. Writing can be a tough business to break into, but I guess she knows someone there or something. Anyway, the upshot of the column is Hannah, who you...
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“Field of Dreams” is absolutely terrible
I decided to watch "Field of Dreams" to see if I had been unfair to it in the past. To the contrary: it is worse than I remembered.
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Miklasz: Mike Matheny considers use of stats to be “personal attacks”
Mike Matheny appears to be defensive about the use of statistics.
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Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright prepare for spring training setbacks
Both pitchers will miss the first week of spring training as they recover from shoulder and elbow injuries.
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Sean Rodriguez could miss entire 2017 season due to shoulder injury
Braves utilityman Sean Rodriguez will soon undergo shoulder surgery which is expected to keep him out of action for 3-5 months, but it could threaten his entire season.
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Report: Rays close to signing Nathan Eovaldi
The Rays are reportedly considering free agent right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on a major league deal.
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Matt Wieters is drawing interest from the Rays
The Rays are rumored to be one of the “new teams” in on veteran catcher Matt Wieters, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. It’s no secret that Wieters’ market is shrinking...
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Reds trade Brandon Phillips to Braves
The Braves will receive Brandon Phillips, while the Reds will receive left-hander Andrew McKirahan and right-hander Carlos Portuondo.
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Cubs avoid arbitration with Pedro Strop
The Cubs avoided arbitration with right-handed reliever Pedro Strop on Saturday, per MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat. He’ll get $5.5 million for the 2017 season, a raise of approximately $1.1 million...
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Marlins will address stadium name change and TV deal in 2017
Marlins’ president David Samson has a lot left on his to-do list this year. During the club’s annual FanFest at Marlins Park on Saturday, Samson discussed some of the key decisions that face the...
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The Rockies’ fifth starter spot is still up for grabs
A report from Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post suggests that the Rockies have a few position battles ahead of them in spring training. That includes the back end of the starting rotation, where right-...
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Must-read: Lorenzen’s first career home run was a tribute to his late father
Reds’ reliever Michael Lorenzen hit his first career home run two days after his father died. An extraordinary feat for most pitchers was made even more poignant under unusual and heartbreaking...
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Pete Mackanin’s contract extension is still up in the air
Phillies’ GM Matt Klentak hasn’t committed to exercising manager Pete Mackanin’s 2018 option yet, writes Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Last spring, the 65-year-old skipper was signed to...
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Anthony Bass set to make MLB return with Rangers
Free agent right-handed reliever Anthony Bass is headed back to the majors, according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. Bass reportedly signed a minor league deal with the Rangers on Friday night, though...
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Families of men killed with Fernandez in boat crash file lawsuits
The families of the two men who were with Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez when his boat crashed - killing all three - are suing the All-Star's estate.
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Chase Utley to re-sign with Dodgers
Free agent second baseman Chase Utley reportedly has a one-year contract in place with the Dodgers, says Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times. The club has not yet confirmed the deal or reported its...
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Report: Dodgers sign Franklin Gutierrez to one-year deal
Free agent outfielder Franklin Gutierrez has reportedly signed with the Dodgers, according to Manolo Hernandez of Beisbol Por Gotas. The contract is for one year, $2.6 million with an extra $400,000 in...
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Diamondbacks sign Tom Wilhelmsen to minor league deal
The Diamondbacks have signed free agent right-handed reliever Tom Wilhelmsen to a minor league deal, per a team announcement on Friday. The contract comes with an invitation to spring training. Wilhelmsen...
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Tigers owner Mike Ilitch dies at 87
Tigers' owner Mike Ilitch died Friday afternoon.
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Report: Blue Jays sign Jose Tabata to minor league deal
The Blue Jays have agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Jose Tabata, per a report from FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. Details have yet to be confirmed by the team. Tabata, 28, was traded to...
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McKechnie Field is getting a new name no one should use
The Pittsburgh Pirates have trained in Bradenton, Florida since 1969. The ballpark in which they train, which has been around since 1923, has been known as McKechnie Field for the past 55 years. Now it...
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Settlement ends lawsuits over Curt Schilling’s failed video game company
A judge has approved a $16 million settlement, ending the lawsuit over arising out of the failure of Curt Schilling’s video game company which left Rhode Island taxpayers in the lurch on a $75 million...
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Prince Fielder to host a cooking show on Netflix and Hulu called “Fielder’s Choice”
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN spoke with Prince Fielder recently. Fielder, as you know. was forced to retire due to spinal injuries last year. These days he’s busy being a house husband and father. Also: he’...
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Chase Utley is narrowing down his choices
Unlike the majority of unsigned players, Chase Utley seems to have his choice of landing spots.
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Joshua Kushner bidding for Miami Marlins
He probably does not have the dough for the deal, though.
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Drew Storen thinks Jonathan Papelbon would win a “legit fight” against Bryce Harper
Flash back to late September 2015. The lowly Phillies are visiting the Nationals for an afternoon game. It’s tied 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth inning when outfielder Bryce Harper steps up to the...
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Pirates acquire Pat Light from the Twins
The Pirates added some relief depth on Thursday, acquiring Pat Light from the Twins.
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Asdrubal Cabrera upset about being left off Venezuela’s WBC roster
Carlos Guillen, GM of Venezuela's World Baseball Classic team, surprisingly left Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera off the roster.
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Noah Syndergaard has put on 17 pounds of muscle
How will Noah Syndergaard putting on 17 pounds of muscle in the offseason impact his performance?
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Wilson retires from baseball to pursue auto racing
C.J. Wilson is retiring from baseball to pursue auto racing and auto sales on a full time basis.
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Report: Loria has handshake agreement to sell Marlins
Reported selling price: $1.6 billion.
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Wanna buy a minority share in the Dodgers?
Are you a billionaire or, perhaps, a centimillionaire who is bored with day-to-day investing? Would you like to be treated like a god when you go to a ballgame rather than merely being treated like a king...
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Rob Manfred seems pretty gung-ho about legalizing sports gambling
But why on Earth would you wanna bet on baseball?
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Jung-Ho Kang’s DUI trial set for February 22
Pirates infielder Jung-Ho Kang, who was arrested back in December after fleeing the scene of an accident he caused while driving under the influence, is set to go on trial in South Korea on February 22....
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World Baseball Classic Rosters Released
In terms of teams represented on WBC rosters, the Tigers and Mets lead the way.
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Cubs acquire Alec Mills from the Royals
The Cubs acquired some pitching depth, acquiring Alec Mills from the Royals on Wednesday.
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Brian Wilson attempting a comeback as a knuckleballer
Three-time All-Star Brian Wilson hasn't pitched since 2014, but he's attempting a comeback as a knuckleballer.
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MLB to test new extra-innings rules, including starting with a runner at second base
MLB CBO Joe Torre is very interested in a new extra-innings rule being applied at the lowest levels of the minor leagues.
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Astros, Marwin Gonzalez avoid arbitration
The Astros and Marwin Gonzalez avoided arbitration on Wednesday.
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Javier Lopez announces his retirement
Veteran reliever Javier Lopez announces that he's retiring after spending 14 seasons in the majors.
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Angels sign Yusmeiro Petit to a minor league deal
The Angels added pitching depth on Wednesday, signing Yusmeiro Petit to a minor league contract.
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Homer Bailey will start season on DL after elbow surgery
Homer Bailey signed a six-year, $105M contract with the Reds in February 2014, and it's been quite a slog on the injury front since.
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Mariners trade catcher Jesus Sucre to the Rays
The Mariners have announced that they have traded catcher Jesus Sucre to the Tampa Bay Rays for a Player to be Named Later or Cash Considerations. Seucre has been with the M’s for four seasons. Last...
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Giants sign Gordon Beckham to a minor league deal
Jon Heyman reports that the Giants signed infielder Gordon Beckham to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. If he makes the club he’ll make $1.25 million. Beckham finished the...
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Twins sign Craig Breslow
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Minnesota Twins have signed Craig Breslow to a minor league deal. Breslow, 36, pitched for the Marlins in 2016, posting a 4.50 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 4.5 SO/9 over just 14 innings...
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It’s time to manufacture pace-of-play content once again
MLB proposes modest rules changes . . . and the media runs amok
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Mike Napoli’s deal with the Rangers: one year, $8.5 million with a 2018 option
On Tuesday, the Dallas Morning News reported that an agreement was in place between the Texas Rangers and Mike Napoli. Today the terms of the deal are known: one year, $8.5 million with a club option for...
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Twins sign Drew Stubbs to a minor league deal
The Twins added outfield depth on Tuesday, signing veteran Drew Stubbs to a minor league deal.
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Diamondbacks sign Daniel Descalso
The Diamondbacks added versatility on Tuesday by signing utilityman Daniel Descalso to a one-year contract.
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Nationals acquire Enny Romero from the Rays
The Nationals picked up Enny Romero in a trade with the Rays on Tuesday.
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Padres sign Erik Aybar to a minor league deal
Jeff Passan reports that the Padres have signed shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal. Aybar split last year between the Braves and Tigers, hitting .242/.293/.313 in 97 games in Atlanta and .250/.341...
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Yankees sign Chris Carter to a one-year, $3.5M deal
We weren't expecting that.
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UPDATE: Mike Napoli and the Rangers “have a deal in place”
UPDATE: Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers and Mike Napoli have a deal in place. No specifics on terms have been provided. 12:42PM: Mike Napoli and the Rangers have been rumored...
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Red Sox sign Mike Olt to a minor league deal
Mike Olt is signing with the Red Sox. He said so on his Instagram so it has to be true. It’s going to be a minor league deal of course, given that the Sox have Pablo Sandoval or Brock Holt at third...
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The Yankees and Dodgers have checked in on Chris Carter. Which makes little sense.
UPDATE: Welp, shows you what I know. The Yankees have signed Carter. 9:29 AM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers checked in on free agent slugger Chris Carter. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that...
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Royals sign Brayan Pena to a minor league deal
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals have signed Brayan Pena to a minor league deal. Pena played for the Royals from 2009 through 2012. Last year was spent in St. Louis, but he played only nine games due...
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Report: Mark Teixeira to join ESPN as an analyst
Former major league slugger Mark Teixeira is expected to join ESPN as an analyst, per a report from The New York Times.
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Athletics to name Coliseum field 'Rickey Henderson Field'
The Athletics will dedicate the name of their field to Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson.
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Must-click link: the pitcher who could not swing but got a hit
Almost everything Sam Miller of ESPN writes is entertaining and enlightening but this thing he wrote today about Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman is one of my favorites in a while. Gsellman, you may or may not...
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MLB's proposals to raise the strike zone, change intentional walk procedure
Commissioner Rob Manfred aims to improve the pace of play and the latest suggestions include raising the strike zone and eliminating the four-pitch intentional walk.
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Seth Maness had a showcase for 16 teams
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that scouts from 16 teams including the Cubs, Nationals and Royals attended Seth Maness‘ showcase Monday in St. Louis. This is not exactly gigantic...
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Sergio Romo signs with the Dodgers
It was rumored to be close over the weekend, but now the deal is in place: the Dodgers have acquired reliever Sergio Romo. Ken Rosenthal reports that it is a one-year, $3 million deal. Romo, 33, has pitched...
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White Sox and Nationals discussing a possible David Robertson trade
Ken Rosenthal reports the Nationals are talking to the White Sox about closer David Robertson. Man, it’s as if they have no faith in Joe Nathan. And as if they’ve lost Jonathan Papelbon‘s...
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There are still a lot of free agents available
As we noted earlier this morning, there are only eight days until pitchers and catchers start reporting. There are still a ton of free agents left on the market, however. Most of them are journeymen, but...
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Welcome to baseball season
You may still be on a Super Bowl high -- or low -- but baseball season is right around the corner.
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Report: Royals sign Jason Hammel to a two-year contract
The Royals have reportedly bolstered their rotation by inking Jason Hammel to a two-year deal.
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Mets 2017 rotation will feature a healthy Jacob deGrom
With an injury-riddled season behind them, the Mets could see all five starters back in the rotation for 2017. That includes 28-year-old right-hander Jacob deGrom, who told the New York Post’s Kevin...
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Pirates switching up outfield alignment in 2017
The Pirates are shaking things up in the outfield this season, according to a team announcement that was made on Sunday.
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Report: Blue Jays sign one-year deal with Joe Smith
The Blue Jays have reportedly signed free agent right-handed reliever Joe Smith to a one-year contract, per FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Details have yet to be released by the team, though Rosenthal...
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Orioles avoid arbitration with Kevin Gausman
The Orioles avoided arbitration with right-hander Kevin Gausman on Sunday, according to a report by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The two sides settled on a one-year, $3.45 million contract that includes...
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Angels sign Dustin Ackley to minor league deal
The Angels inked free agent infielder/outfielder Dustin Ackley to a minor league contract on Saturday, per a team announcement. The deal includes an invitation to spring training. Ackley, 28, missed the...
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Jung Ho Kang to enter alcohol treatment program
Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang will enter an alcohol treatment program following his drunk driving arrest in December of last year. Kang’s agent...
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Report: Mariners offered Jason Hammel a one-year deal
The Mariners reportedly proposed a one-year deal to free agent right-hander Jason Hammel, according to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo. Cafardo adds that the contract offer came with a $10 million...
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Chris Owings could see time in the outfield corners this spring
Diamondbacks’ infielder/outfielder Chris Owings is preparing for another defensive switch in 2017, the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro writes. According to GM Mike Hazen, the 25-year-old will...
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Wilmer Flores wins arbitration case against Mets
Mets’ infielder Wilmer Flores won his arbitration hearing against the team on Saturday, reports FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. Flores filed at $2.2 million, which was unsuccessfully countered with a...
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New smokeless tobacco ban will affect Busch Stadium
A new ban will prohibit all smokeless tobacco products at sports venues in St. Louis, according to a report.
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Report: Dodgers likely to sign Sergio Romo
The Dodgers appear to be closing in on a deal with free agent right-handed reliever Sergio Romo, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. While initial reports had Romo inking a deal with the team on...
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Report: Mets to sign left-hander Jerry Blevins
Free agent left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins picked up a contract with the Mets on Friday night, per FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman and the New York Post’s Ken Davidoff. The deal is for one year, $6...
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Report: Astros agree to two-year, $5 million deal with Will Harris
Per Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros avoided arbitration with right-handed reliever Will Harris on a two-year, $5 million deal. The contract figure breaks down to a $2.2 million salary for...
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Rob Manfred still wants to improve pace of play
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has his eye on the pitch clock again.
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Rays sign Rickie Weeks to minor league deal
The Rays have agreed to a minor league contract with infielder/outfielder Rickie Weeks, per a team announcement on Friday. The deal includes an invitation to spring training. Weeks, 34, finished a one-year...
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Reliever Fernando Salas signs with the Mets
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets have signed free agent reliever Fernando Salas to a one-year deal. Salas, 31, posted a 2.08 ERA and 19/0 K/BB ratio over 17.1 innings with the Mets in 2016 after coming...
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The Rays bring back Logan Morrison
The Rays have been rumored to be interested in a corner bat. Possibly Mike Napoli. Today they apparently closed that line of inquiry and speculation off as they have re-signed free agent first baseman Logan...
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The Twins DFA’d Byung Ho Park
This was not expected: the Minnesota Twins have designated DH Byung Ho Park for assignment. They did so in order to clear a roster spot for reliever Matt Belisle. Park had an awful first year with the Twins...
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Steinbrenner on A-Rod: “He’s always welcome in the Bronx”
Hal Steinbrenner says that A-Rod will be in uniform at Yankees spring training as a guest instructor.
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Diamondbacks beat Shelby Miller in arbitration
Shelby Miller continues to take losses. The Diamondbacks have won their arbitration hearing against starter Shelby Miller. Miller had filed at $5.1 million and the Dbacks filed at $4.7 million. Last season...
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All of the spring training caps and jerseys revealed
Last week we got a look at the Yankees spring training cap with the pinstripes on the bill. Today Sportslogos.net has every team’s caps and jerseys. There’s a lot to take in. The one that is...
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Caleb Joseph loses arbitration case with the Orioles
Caleb Joseph, who set a record for at-bats without an RBI in one season, lost his arbitration case with the Orioles.
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Twins sign Matt Belisle
The Twins have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran reliever Matt Belisle.
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Report: Reds close to a deal with Desmond Jennings
The Reds are reportedly close to signing speedy but injury-prone outfielder Desmond Jennings.
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Hal Steinbrenner on Aroldis Chapman’s past: “Sooner or later, we forget, right?”
Hal Steinbrenner thinks Aroldis Chapman should be forgiven and his misdeeds forgotten.
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MLB refutes claim that Familias have not cooperated
MLB's Chief Legal officer says that, contrary to a Wednesday report, the Familias are cooperating.
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The Indians sign reliever Boone Logan
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians have reached a one-year deal with free agent reliever Boone Logan, making an already excellent bullpen even better. Logan posted a 3.69 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 57/20 K/BB...
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Former Met Anthony Young has an inoperable brain tumor
Some unfortunate news for an ex-big leaguer. Anthony Young, who pitched for the Mets, Cubs and Astros from 1991 through 1996, has an inoperable brain tumor. It is not clear if the tumor is malignant. The...
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Will Venezuelan players have trouble getting into U.S.?
Travel restrictions similar to those placed on the Middle East may soon be in place on Venezuela.
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Meet Yoenis Cespedes’ little brother Yoelkis
Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com has a story about Yoelkis Cespedes Maceo, the younger half-brother of Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Yoelkis is only 19 and he’s a lot smaller than Yoenis, but many are...
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Brian Cashman went to prep school with Trump’s Supreme Court nominee
Stop. Before you say anything, yes, it’s a slow news day. I don’t care. I’ve had have a long fascination with the intersection of baseball and judges, primarily based on the fact that my...
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Report: Cards to sign Martinez to five-year, $51M extension
The Cardinals and pitcher Carlos Martinez are reportedly close to an agreement on a five-year, $51 million contract extension.
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Rockies sign Mark Reynolds to a minor league contract
The Rockies brought back slugger Mark Reynolds on a minor league contract.
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Orioles sign Johnny Giavotella
The Orioles added some depth at second base, signing Johnny Giavotella on Wednesday.
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What the offseason is like for fringe major leaguers
Find out what it's like to be a fringe major leaguer who changes teams multiple times during the offseason.
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Khris Davis wins his arbitration case over the Athletics
Khris Davis and the A’s went to arbitration today. David won. He’ll make $5 million in 2017 rather than the $4.65 million salary suggested submitted by the Athletics. Davis, who is 29, set...
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The Cubs and Rockies made a minor trade
The Chicago Cubs have acquired pitcher Eddie Butler and international bonus slot No. 74 from the Colorado Rockies for pitcher James Farris and international bonus slot No. 28. The trade of international...
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Shohei Otani will not pitch in the World Baseball Classic
I’m not a super World Baseball Classic enthusiast, but one of the things I was looking forward to in the WBC was seeing Japanese star Shohei Otani play. As we’ve mentioned before, the guy both...
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MLB doing wrong thing in leaking Familia investigation
MLB is doing the right thing in investigating Jeurys Familia. It's doing the wrong thing in leaking about it.
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The Indians sign Wily Mo Pena to a minor league deal
Big news? Of course not. But signings like this always make us wonder "what if?"
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Report: Chris Carter might leave North America to play baseball
Slugger Chris Carter is still on the market and his agent suggests he may soon entertain offers from overseas.
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Report: Blue Jays sign J.P. Howell
The Blue Jays have reportedly signed lefty reliever J.P. Howell to a one-year deal.
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The Nationals sign Joe Nathan and Matt Albers
The Washington Nationals have announced minor-league deals with relief pitchers Joe Nathan and Matt Albers. Nathan, who just turned 42, pitched ten games last year, totaling only six and a third innings,...
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Rockies sign Domonic Brown to a minor league deal
Here’s a blast from he past: Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that the Colorado Rockies have signed free agent outfielder Domonic Brown to a minor league deal. Brown, for years a top Phillies prospect, is...
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The Rays are pushing their spring training workouts back an hour
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Tampa Bay Rays will be moving their spring training workouts back an hour, starting at 10:30 AM instead of 9:30 AM. The reason: sleep studies which,...
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Must-Click Link: playing baseball for $12K a year
Ted Berg at USA Today has a good story today focusing on the life of a woefully underpaid minor leaguer: Kyle Johnson of the New York Mets. Johnson is one of the dozens of players who have joined in the...
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Ex-Cardinals employee Chris Correa lashes out at MLB from prison
Correa still maintains that he hacked the Astros because they hacked the Cardinals first.
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The Rays and Rangers are discussing a Jurickson Profar trade
File this under “eh, may not happen, but it’s interesting.” Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rays have “checked in” with the Rangers regarding a possible...
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Bronson Arroyo likely to be signed by the Reds
It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive: Reds and Bronson Arroyo are working on a deal...
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Aubrey Huff apologizes for Sunday night spat on Twitter
Aubrey Huff got into it on Twitter arguing about President Trump's executive order on immigration and the protests that followed.
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For the first time since 2002, the Red Sox went to arbitration with a player
The Red Sox went to an arbitration hearing with reliever Fernando Abad on Monday. It's the first time they've done so with a player since 2002.
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Rasmus: 'In the show they don’t necessarily like long hair and the redneck folks'
Colby Rasmus thinks his long hair and upbringing -- and Tony La Russa -- were factors in his not winning the Gold Glove Award as an outfielder last year.
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Dodgers trade Carlos Frias to the Indians
The Cleveland Indians have acquired righty Carlos Frias from the Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Frias was designated for assignment by the Dodgers last week to clear a 40-man...
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Cardinals fined $2M, must send two draft picks to Astros as hacking penalty
Chris Correa, who committed the crime, is serving 46 months in prison.
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Angels sign Bud Norris
The Angels have signed Bud Norris to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Norris . . . has not had a good go of it in recent years. He posted an ERA of 5.10 last season in 19...
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Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers
Yoenis Cespedes could be called as a witness in the trial, which is expected to begin on Wednesday.
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We could soon see a Justin Morneau-Minnesota Twins reunion
Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that there is mutual interest in a possible reunion between Justin Morneau and the Twins. Over the weekend LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune...
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Frank Thomas accuses Ivan Rodriguez and Jeff Bagwell of being PED users
Hall of Famer Frank Thomas was at a White Sox fan event over the weekend and the subject of the Hall of Fame and performance enhancing drugs came up. While The Big Hurt did not mention anyone by name, he...
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Is Yu Darvish affected by the Executive Order on Immigration?
Also: was Aubrey Huff angry at all the people who showed up to the Giants' World Series parades?
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Sean Rodriguez reportedly unharmed after being involved a car accident in Miami
Braves utilityman Sean Rodriguez was unharmed after being T-boned by a stolen police cruiser in Miami-Dade on Saturday.
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Yasmani Grandal expects to show up to spring training 10 pounds below playing weight
Yasmani Grandal cut meat out of his diet over the winter, allowing him to shed a few pounds.
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