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The San Francisco Giants are putting up zeroes. When San Francisco added speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton with a minor league deal earlier this month, equipment manager Brad Grems called the league to make sure there’s a difference between the two – because new first base coach Antoan Richardson
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 18, 2020, 2:22 am
The Brewers are reportedly expected to sign infielder Brock Holt. He played all four infield positions last year as well as both corner outfield spots.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: February 18, 2020, 2:03 am
Elvis Andrus has a few aging distinctions going into his 12th major league season. The only player left in the Texas Rangers clubhouse to wear that uniform in a World Series, the 31-year-old shortstop is the club’s longest-tenured player by five years and expected to be the oldest regular starting
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 18, 2020, 1:23 am
Indians president Chris Antonetti spoke about Francisco Lindor’s status with the team on Monday. It seems likely he will be traded eventually.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: February 18, 2020, 1:12 am
St. Louis manager Mike Shildt described technology’s rapid encroachment on baseball in recent years as ethically murky, expressing his satisfaction in Commissioner Rob Manfred’s intention to cut down the use of in-game video. As expected, the commissioner addressed in-game use of technology,
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 18, 2020, 12:04 am
Eloy Jimenez got a big contract before playing in a major league game, and his bat justified the deal once the Chicago White Sox left fielder made his debut. Despite a sluggish start and injuries that cost him 40 games, Jimenez still managed to hit 31 homers and show what the excitement was all about
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 18, 2020, 12:00 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Backup infielder Aledmys Diaz went to arbitration Monday with the Houston Astros, who offered the same $2 million salary he earned last year.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 17, 2020, 11:45 pm
”My approach this year is winning here,” the four-time All-Star shortstop said Monday following the Indians’ first full-squad workout of training camp. ”If the negotiations or whatever make sense, it’s going to happen,” Lindor said.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 17, 2020, 11:42 pm
Houston Astros pitcher Francis Martes was suspended for the 2020 season following his second positive test for a performance-enhancing substance under baseball’s major league drug program. Martes tested positive for Boldenone, the commissioner’s office said Monday. A 24-year-old right-hander
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 17, 2020, 11:40 pm
MLB commissioner Robert Manfred talked briefly about the ongoing MASN dispute between the Orioles and Nationals on Sunday.
Author: NBC Sports Washington
Posted: February 17, 2020, 11:25 pm
Former top pitching prospect Francis Martes of the Astros was suspended 162 games after testing positive for a PED for the second time.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 11:07 pm
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts isn’t convinced bringing in more high-priced free agents during the offseason would have boosted Chicago. ”Where we place our resources is a baseball decision,” Ricketts said, referring to president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 17, 2020, 11:03 pm
Players who have won a World Series — and those who have come up short — seethed Monday at Commissioner Rob Manfred’s reference to the sport’s championship trophy as merely a ”piece of metal,” saying that comment reflected a disconnect between baseball’s boss and those
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 17, 2020, 11:00 pm
It’s been a rough week for the Astros.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: February 17, 2020, 10:59 pm
These are the new sounds of spring for the Houston Astros: a fan banging on a trash can, another calling Jose Altuve a cheater. Meanwhile, the two-time AL champions say they are focused on ignoring the noise, and hope the official start of spring training can signal a step forward for their scandal-ridden
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 17, 2020, 10:51 pm
The Washington Nationals won the World Series in 2019 despite losing their best position player, star outfielder Bryce Harper, in free agency the previous offseason. Could a similar situation unfold in Boston this season after the Red Sox traded their best player and former American League MVP winner
Author: NBC Sports Boston
Posted: February 17, 2020, 10:49 pm
Ryan Braun spent much of his first morning at spring training looking for equipment. The Milwaukee Brewers’ veteran outfielder is expecting to get significant time at first base this season after the team added Avisail Garcia to a mix that already included Braun, Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain and
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 17, 2020, 10:39 pm
The Cubs’ owner dodged a direct answer on if both were in the team’s longterm plans.
Author: NBC Sports Chicago
Posted: February 17, 2020, 10:14 pm
As expected, Boston Red Sox ownership’s explanation for the Mookie Betts trade wasn’t well-received. John Tomase has five things John Henry and Co. could have said to help their cause.
Author: NBC Sports Boston
Posted: February 17, 2020, 9:59 pm
Javier Báez wants his Chicago Cubs to be better prepared this season. The two-time All-Star said Sunday at spring training that he and the Cubs were lacking last year when it came to their pregame routines and work ethic. Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein said last week he could think
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 17, 2020, 9:54 pm
Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno acknowledges he scrapped the proposed trade that would have landed Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling from the Dodgers. Moreno also says the Angels can make an even bigger trade for an elite starting pitcher if they get a chance this season. Moreno covered many topics
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 17, 2020, 9:50 pm
Former Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper said the “blue-collar work ethic” of Philadelphia “made me want to play every single day.”
Author: NBC Sports Washington
Posted: February 17, 2020, 9:47 pm
Mike Trout thinks the Houston Astros should pay more dearly for their cheating ways. The Los Angeles Angels’ three-time AL MVP ripped the Astros and questioned the discipline handed out by Major League Baseball on Monday after he reported to spring training. Trout joined the chorus of prominent
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 17, 2020, 9:43 pm
Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres feels the Houston Astros cheated ”for sure” during the 2019 season. Major League Baseball found that the Astros used electronics to illegally steal catcher’s signs in 2017 and part of 2018 but not 2019. Houston players have apologized for rules
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 17, 2020, 9:32 pm
Andrew McCutchen can speak firsthand about modern medical advancements. ”I had an ACL injury when I was in high school, so to kind of compare the two, as far as the process goes and the rehab, it’s a lot quicker,” the Philadelphia outfielder said Monday. McCutchen played only
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 17, 2020, 9:11 pm
With Yahoo Fantasy Baseball here for the 2020 season, our analysts reveal their Top-300 draft rankings.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: February 17, 2020, 9:06 pm
Miguel Cabrera acknowledged Monday that he has something to prove after a disappointing season. ”I don’t want to change my swing anymore,” Cabrera said before the Tigers’ first full-squad workout of the spring. Hobbled by a sore right knee, Cabrera tried making several adjustments
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 17, 2020, 9:06 pm
Yoenis Céspedes arrived at spring training and was as silent as his bat has been for most of the past two seasons. The New York Mets outfielder stepped back toward his locker as the media approached before the team’s first full-squad workout on Monday and said, “Not today, not tomorrow, not at all
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 17, 2020, 9:03 pm
The hope is that this catches on and becomes part of the norm.
Author: NBC Sports BayArea
Posted: February 17, 2020, 8:59 pm
Red Sox owner John Henry says he knows why Boston fans are angry the team traded Mookie Betts. ”When I say I understand how many of you feel about this trade with the Dodgers, I know many of you – particularly our youngest fans – are disbelieving or angry or sad about it. Henry answered questions
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 17, 2020, 8:58 pm
When even the ever-stoic Mike Trout is ripping you, you know you REALLY messed up.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: February 17, 2020, 8:43 pm
Yes, the daily schedule posted in the clubhouse proclaimed this ”National Cabbage Day,” alongside a separate piece of paper listing the rosters for two teams of 20 pitchers and catchers each, one captained by Max Scherzer, the other by Stephen Strasburg. At precisely 9:30 a.m., clubhouse
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 17, 2020, 8:41 pm
J.T. Realmuto is dreading the long cross-country flight more than his arbitration hearing Wednesday. By Jim Salisbury
Author: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Posted: February 17, 2020, 8:28 pm
J.D. Martinez would have a bone to pick with MLB if it followed through on restricting players’ access to live video during games.
Author: NBC Sports Boston
Posted: February 17, 2020, 8:24 pm
Adalberto Mondesi might be one of the best kept secrets in baseball. The only player to make his big league debut in the World Series, the 24-year-old Mondesi has blossomed into an emerging star for the Kansas City Royals. In 2018, Mondesi became the only player to record at least 14 home runs and
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 17, 2020, 8:23 pm
The Nationals declined Yan Gomes’ option last offseason but the veteran catcher never wavered on his desire to return.
Author: NBC Sports Washington
Posted: February 17, 2020, 8:12 pm
Even the Miami Marlins can be optimistic at the start of spring training, which is why president of baseball operations Michael Hill stood facing the practice fields before the first full-squad workout Monday and didn’t flinch at what’s to come. ”It’s time,” manager Don
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 17, 2020, 8:06 pm
As the Phillies officially opened training camp, Joe Girardi told his team to give him their hearts. By Jim Salisbury
Author: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Posted: February 17, 2020, 8:06 pm
The Boston Red Sox replaced Alex Cora with Ron Roenicke, and one of the team’s best players believes it will be a smooth transition for the new manager.
Author: NBC Sports Boston
Posted: February 17, 2020, 8:02 pm
Turner: “I don’t know if the commissioner has ever won anything in his life”
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: February 17, 2020, 7:10 pm
Tom Ricketts disagreed with the notion that the team’s hamstrung by the Competitive Balance Tax.
Author: NBC Sports Chicago
Posted: February 17, 2020, 7:07 pm
Losing Mookie Betts will no doubt make the Red Sox offense less intimidating for opposing pitchers, but as J.D. Martinez told reporters at spring training Monday, Boston’s offense still has the potential to be quite potent.
Author: NBC Sports Boston
Posted: February 17, 2020, 7:04 pm
San Diego right-hander Chris Paddack has something new to show hitters this season – a blue-eyed lion. Two days before spring training opened, Paddack had a tattoo of a lion – his spirit animal – inked from wrist to elbow on the outside of his left forearm. Paddack is a candidate after going 9-7 with
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: February 17, 2020, 6:50 pm
Mark Canha showed off his versatility and power in a larger role last season.
Author: NBC Sports BayArea
Posted: February 17, 2020, 6:50 pm
Luis Robert is coming to the major leagues with more hype than any other White Sox prospect before him. Can he live up to the big expectations in his first taste of the bigs?
Author: NBC Sports Chicago
Posted: February 17, 2020, 6:43 pm
John Henry and the Red Sox’ brass opened themselves up to more criticism while trying to justify the Mookie Betts trade.
Author: NBC Sports Boston
Posted: February 17, 2020, 6:20 pm
Jose Altuve walked by a group of reporters at Spring Training Monday where they were able to catch a glimpse of his infamous collarbone tattoo.
Author: NBC Sports Washington
Posted: February 17, 2020, 5:54 pm
Jean Segura’s role in the Andrew McCutchen injury weighed on Segura last season, who is eager to move past that incident and his old diet. By Jim Salisbury
Posted: February 17, 2020, 5:11 pm
Rob Manfred basically admitted that MLB can’t be trusted to police cheating within the sport. So how will it stop the next looming scandal?
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: February 17, 2020, 2:13 pm

Utilityman Brock Holt has agreed to a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan, confirming a report by The Athletic.
Posted: February 18, 2020, 2:21 am
As outrage over the sign-stealing scandal burns baseball, how limited were options for punishing Houston’s players?
Posted: February 18, 2020, 1:17 am
In the wake of players and managers expressing outrage over Houston’s sign-stealing scandal, sportsbook William Hill on Monday set the over/under on number of Astros batters getting hit this season at 83.5.
Posted: February 18, 2020, 12:27 am
Despite questions about whether the Indians will want to pay the star shortstop when he hits free agency in two seasons, Francisco Lindor maintained that Cleveland is home for him.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 11:12 pm
Pitcher Francis Martes received a 162-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Monday for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the second time.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 11:00 pm
Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno says he nixed a proposed deal with the Dodgers for Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 9:52 pm
Andrew McCutchen can speak firsthand about modern medical advancements.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 9:22 pm
Yoenis Céspedes, arriving at spring training on Monday, said he felt no obligation to speak with the media. When asked whether he would talk, the two-time All-Star replied, “Not today, not tomorrow, not at all this year.”
Posted: February 17, 2020, 9:07 pm
Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez thinks the bashing of the Astros has gotten to be a little much and wants baseball to move on.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 8:05 pm
A speedy defensive specialist like Billy Hamilton? A big bat off the bench?
Posted: February 17, 2020, 12:33 pm
From roster size and September call-ups to curbs on position players pitching, here’s how baseball’s new rules will impact the game.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 12:27 pm
Houston’s apology fell flat and tempers are flaring as the scandal threatens to do even more damage.
Posted: February 16, 2020, 6:31 pm
Dealing with boisterous fans on the road this season will give the Astros another tough challenge to overcome.
Posted: February 16, 2020, 6:23 pm
With college baseball season starting, we break down the players your favorite MLB team could be eyeing.
Posted: February 15, 2020, 6:03 pm
Imagine a baseball world with no trades, no free agents and no switching teams after a player is drafted or signed. What would your team look like?
Posted: February 15, 2020, 6:03 pm

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts faced the press after a surprisingly quiet winter, proclaiming a “fresh start” and exuding optimism. MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian transcribed the session. Ricketts made no question of the goal: to return to the top of the heap in the National League Central. And he left no doubt of his belief in the roster’s…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: February 18, 2020, 2:50 am
The Brewers have agreed to a deal with infielder Brock Holt, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). If the physical checks out, Holt will be a late addition to a Milwaukee roster that has already seen multiple infield acquisitions. Holt was one of the top remaining free agents. The 31-year-old may not leap…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: February 18, 2020, 1:57 am
It doesn’t take a die-hard baseball fan to know the past few weeks have been an utter nightmare for the Astros. The club was among the game’s elite from 2017-19, but its accomplishments from that span are now in question as a result of a sign-stealing scheme. That scandal has forced major changes in the…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: February 18, 2020, 1:20 am
After an offseason of trade rumors, the Indians still employ superstar Francisco Lindor. This is the time of year for extension talks and there are indications of mutual interest. But it’s far from clear there’s a match to be made. Both Lindor and Cleveland president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti addressed the shortstop’s contract situation…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: February 18, 2020, 12:50 am
FEBRUARY 17, 5:42pm: Cowgill’s signing has also been announced, along with the previously reported deal with Carlos Gonzalez. 11:13am: Seattle has announced its deal with Anderson. Cowgill’s deal has yet to be finalized, it seems. FEBRUARY 15: The Mariners are nearing agreements with right-hander Cody Anderson and outfielder Collin Cowgill, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times (via…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: February 17, 2020, 11:42 pm
Apparently not content to let Jim Crane draw all the headlines for ownership comments worthy of skepticism, Red Sox principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president/CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday all denied that the trade of Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers was driven by a desire to dip south of…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: February 17, 2020, 11:35 pm
Astros righty Francis Martes has been suspended for 162 games after testing positive for the banned performance enhancing drug baldenone. It was his second such test; he had previously served an 80-game suspension during the 2019 season. Martes was once considered a high-grade prospect and still owns a 40-man roster spot. He was working back…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: February 17, 2020, 10:34 pm
The Dodgers outrighted first baseman Tyler White, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports on Twitter. He cleared waivers after recently being designated for assignment. White is slated to participate in MLB camp as a non-roster player. He’ll still have a shot at an Opening Day job, but that’ll likely only come to fruition if there’s an injury…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: February 17, 2020, 10:17 pm
Some may have scandal fatigue, but there are good reasons this one isn’t dying a quick death: the high level of anger from rival players and a still-running string of questionable statements and (non-)actions from those in positions of power. Today’s comments from two prominent, respected players — Mike Trout and Justin Turner — served…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: February 17, 2020, 9:52 pm
The White Sox have signed outfielder Gorkys Hernandez to a minor league contract, Hernandez himself tells Daniel Parra of SportsVenezuela.com. He’ll head straight to minor league camp it seems. Hernandez, 32, spent the 2019 season in the Red Sox organization but in a tiny sample of 57 Major League plate appearances (.143/.218/.243) and in a…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: February 17, 2020, 7:59 pm
The Marlins have talked about Jonathan Villar as a potential center field option since the day they acquired him, and manager Don Mattingly confirmed to reporters today that the organization’s plan is to work the speedster out as a potential center fielder this spring (Twitter link via Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald). Villar will…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: February 17, 2020, 7:47 pm
The Dodgers announced Monday that they’ve signed outfielder Terrance Gore to a minor league deal and invited him to Major League camp this spring. Gore, a client of the L. Warner Companies, seems to land on a postseason contender late every season one way or another. His blistering speed made him an ideal pinch-running specialist…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: February 17, 2020, 7:00 pm
The Angels have signed left-handed reliever Ryan Buchter to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League camp this spring, tweets Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. He’s represented by The L. Warner Companies. Buchter, who turned 33 earlier this week, is making the rounds in California, as he’s also spent time with the…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: February 17, 2020, 6:57 pm
The Astros have signed right-handed reliever Jared Hughes to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training, per Jake Kaplan of The Athletic (Twitter link). He’s repped by ISE Baseball. Hughes, 34, pitched to a 4.04 ERA with 6.8 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 1.64 HR/9 and a hefty 59.2 percent ground-ball rate…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: February 17, 2020, 5:48 pm
Six seasons have elapsed since Daniel Bard threw his last pitch in a Major League game, but the 34-year-old righty threw in front of scouts recently and is hoping to make a comeback, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports (via Twitter). Bard, for those who don’t recall or have only begun following baseball in…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: February 17, 2020, 4:13 pm