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Sonny Gray was denied insurance coverage for the World Baseball Classic
Gray's health issues in 2016 will keep him off WBC rosters this spring.
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Report: Josh Hamilton likely to undergo another knee surgery
The veteran outfielder could undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee as soon as Monday.
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Royals pay tribute to late Yordano Ventura during spring training opener
Ventura was honored with a video tribute and a commemorative plaque prior to the Royals' first spring training game.
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Gerrit Cole named Pirates’ Opening Day starter
Cole is set to make the first Opening Day start of his career.
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Brett Anderson and Mike Montgomery could share Cubs’ rotation spot in 2017
Joe Maddon is considering both left-handers for the back end of the rotation this spring.
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Michael Bourn to miss four weeks with a broken finger
The veteran outfielder is expected to miss most of spring training after breaking his finger during a game of catch.
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Orioles re-sign Paul Janish to minor league deal
The veteran shortstop is returning to Baltimore for a third run in 2017.
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Drew Smyly brings youth and experience to Mariners rotation
Trades don't surprise Drew Smyly anymore.
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Mitt Romney’s sons are trying to buy a stake in the Yankees
Mitt Romney built his professional life in Massachusetts and was once the governor of the state. As such, it is not surprising that he has long identified as a Red Sox fan. So this has to be troubling to...
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Max Scherzer still can’t throw fastballs
The Nationals will be many people’s favorites in the NL East this season. Not everything is looking great, however. For example, their ace — defending NL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer — can...
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The Dodgers asked the Tigers about Justin Verlander this offseason
File this under “man, that would’ve been cool.” Or, if you’re a Tigers fan, file it under “man, that would’ve signaled several years of misery.” However you fall on...
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Braves sign former football player Sanders Commings
The Braves have signed Sanders Commings, a former defensive back for the Chiefs, to a minor league contract.
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Justin Verlander: “I’d like to see the AL and NL have the same rules… I vote NL rules.”
Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander would get rid of the DH rule if it were up to him.
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Kyle Schwarber is the frontrunner to bat leadoff for the Cubs
Kyle Schwarber doesn't look like the prototypical leadoff hitter, but he's currently the front runner to bat leadoff in Joe Maddon's lineup.
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Homer Simpson to be inducted to the Hall of Fame
Well, sorta. Monday marked the 25th anniversary of “Homer at the Bat,” the famous episode of “The Simpsons” featuring Wade Boggs, Don Mattingly, Ken Griffey Jr., Ozzie Smith and a...
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Report: Jonathan Villar turned down a contract extension offer from the Brewers
The Brewers reportedly offered Jonathan Villar a contract extension, but the 25-year-old declined.
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Jake Peavy is having a bad go of things right now
Veteran hurler Jake Peavy has not signed with a team. It’s not because he’s not still capable of being a useful pitcher — he’s well-regarded and someone would likely take a late-...
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The AT&T Park mortgage is paid off
This is fun: The San Francisco Giants recently made their last payment on the $170 million, 20-year loan they obtained to finance the construction of AT&T Park. The joint is now officially paid for. The...
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The White Sox will retire Mark Buehrle’s number this June
Mark Buehrle last pitched in 2015, for the Toronto Blue Jays. He was still pretty effective and toyed with the idea of pitching last season, but he never signed anywhere and is, for all intents and purposes...
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Terry Francona isn’t sure how long his health will allow him to manage
Terry Francona just won the American League pennant, the Manager of the Year Award and his Cleveland Indians will likely be among the favorites to win it all in 2017. Between that and his 17-year track...
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Blue Jays reliever was a bike messenger a couple of offseasons ago
The Toronto Sun has a story about reliever Matt Dermody of the Blue Jays. Dermody made his big league debut in 2016, pitching in five games. Before that he pitched three full seasons in the minors, never...
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Sean Doolittle: “Refugees aren’t stealing a slice of the pie from Americans.”
Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle explains why we should have more compassion for refugees trying to enter the United States.
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Russell Martin is not a fan of the automatic intentional walk
Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin expressed his displeasure with baseball's new rule which allows managers to signal an intentional walk rather than having the pitcher throw four balls.
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Leonys Martin feared for his life from alleged human traffickers
Leonys Martin, outfielder for the Seattle Mariners, testified yesterday that he feared for his life after he was smuggled from Cuba by a group of men prosecutors say worked for a sports agent and a baseball...
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Josh Hamilton leaves camp with a tweaked knee
Josh Hamilton was already a long shot to make the Texas Rangers roster, but his shot got even longer today, as he left camp to have his reconstructed left knee examined after experiencing pain. As Jeff...
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Colby Rasmus looks very special this year
Dearest Martha, When I and the men with whom I share this most noble cause settled in this corner of the Wyoming Territory, we did so in the name of freedom. In the name of our righteous calling from Our...
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Twins pitcher barfs before almost every appearance
Twins righty Ryan O'Rourke has pitched in 54 big league games. He has barfed before almost every one of them. No, really: Through his first 54 big-league outings over the last past two years, O’Rourke...
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The new intentional walk rule isn’t a big deal but it’s still dumb
And not for the reasons you think.
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Jung-Ho Kang: “I deeply regret what I have done”
Pirates third baseman Jung-Ho Kang was in court in South Korea today to face DUI charges. He admitted to them in court and threw himself on the mercy of public opinion afterward, speaking to Yonhap News: “I...
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Columnist calls for Sammy Sosa to “come clean.” He probably shouldn’t.
His "coming clean" would only benefit the media, which LOVES telling people their apologies are not good enough.
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Rob Manfred on robot umps: “In general, I would be a keep-the-human-element-in-the-game guy.”
Rob Manfred isn't a fan of replacing human umpires with robots.
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Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk
Pitchers will no longer have to throw four pitches wide of the strike zone to avoid pitching to a hitter.
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Tony Clark responds to Rob Manfred’s claim that union had a “lack of cooperation”
MLBPA head Tony Clark responded to commissioner Rob Manfred's accusation that the players' union exhibited a "lack of cooperation" on some proposed rule changes.
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Umpires Bob Davidson, John Hirschbeck, Jim Joyce, and Tim Welke have retired
Four long-time MLB umpires have retired: Bob Davidson, Bob Hirschbeck, Jim Joyce, and Tim Welke.
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Report: Facebook and MLB in discussions to stream one game per week
Baseball fans may soon be able to watch baseball via a stream on Facebook.
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No big rules changes in 2017; Rob Manfred blames the union’s “lack of cooperation”
Don't buy his spin. The players have every much as right to weigh in on rules as MLB. They are not a rubber stamp.
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Edwin Encarnacion: “I think [the Blue Jays] got too hasty in making their decision.”
Edwin Encarnacion thinks the Blue Jays acted too quickly to address their 1B/DH situation, pushing him to sign with the Indians.
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Sammy Sosa compares himself to Jesus Christ
I’m on record saying that Sammy Sosa has been rather hosed by baseball history. The guy did amazing things. Unheard-of things. He was truly astounding at this peak and was incredibly important to both...
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Magic Johnson to take over the Lakers, but will still be part of Dodgers ownership
This is more significant for basketball fans than baseball fans, but Magic Johnson is taking over basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers. Dan Feldman over at PBT has the full story on that. For...
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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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Dexter Fowler: “I didn’t say anything wrong.”
Dexter Fowler stands by a statement he recently made about how President Trump's attempts to institute a travel ban have adversely affected his family.
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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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Rick Ankiel drank vodka before a start to deal with the yips
We know Rick Ankiel overcame a lot to remake his career. It was more than we knew.
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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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Must-Click Link: The Turbulent Final Year of Yordano Ventura’s Life
Threats, estrangement and a classic tale of too much, too fast for a young man to process.
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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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