Hall of Fame projections say Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Vladimir Guerrero are locks this year. But what about a couple others?
Posted: January 23, 2018, 10:54 pm
Mike Trout is beyond excited about the Eagles playing in the Super Bowl.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 7:47 pm
Alex Rodriguez will be sharing his talent with ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball,” but will still be on Fox Sports during the playoffs.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 5:36 pm
Giants sign free-agent Austin Jackson as final piece of their new-and-improved outfield for 2018
Posted: January 23, 2018, 1:28 am
Some are speculating Yu Darvish may be more likely to sign with the Cubs after their latest addition.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 1:09 am
One Mets fan really wants to take prom pictures at Citi Field, and is working as hard as she can to make it a reality.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 12:01 am
Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling are being kept out of the Hall due to controversies surrounding their character.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 8:22 pm
Surprise! Baseball America didn’t name Shohei Ohtani, the Japanese Babe Ruth, as its top prospect for 2018.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 7:33 pm
A new team has entered the Yu Darvish sweepstakes, and it’s the Milwaukee Brewers.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 3:38 pm
Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg’s rib removed during surgery is now in a jar on his parents’ counter.
Posted: January 21, 2018, 4:33 am
Giancarlo Stanton is ramping up his preparation for the 2018 season.
Posted: January 21, 2018, 2:02 am
Red Sox ace Chris Sale says he’ll welcome a pitch clock in MLB.
Posted: January 20, 2018, 9:54 pm
Mets all-time hits leader David Wright doesn’t want any regrets as he continues his comeback bid.
Posted: January 20, 2018, 5:45 pm
David Ortiz is blown away by the slow developing free agent market.
Posted: January 20, 2018, 2:29 am
Ex-Giants and Dodgers closer Brian Wilson appears without his famous beard on racing show, “The Grand Tour”
Posted: January 19, 2018, 11:40 pm
Edgar Martinez, Trevor Hoffman and Mike Mussina are among the players teetering on the brink of a Hall of Fame election.
Posted: January 19, 2018, 11:32 pm
Lance McCullers reveals one of the reasons the players rejected Rob Manfred’s pace of play proposal.
Posted: January 19, 2018, 11:26 pm
Roy Halladay’s autopsy report was released Friday and it revealed he had three drugs in his system at the time of his death.
Posted: January 19, 2018, 9:44 pm
Juan Francisco takes bat flips to new heights in the Dominican Winter League
Posted: January 19, 2018, 8:38 pm
Tim Tebow is headed back to the Mets’ major league spring training camp in February, though probably just for a little while.
Posted: January 19, 2018, 4:51 pm
Yasmany Tomas was arrested and charged after being pulled over on an Arizona highway for going over 100 mph.
Posted: January 19, 2018, 2:55 pm
Scott Rolen, Jeff Kent and Billy Wagner are among the players who are going to need a lot of help if they want to make it to Cooperstown.
Posted: January 19, 2018, 1:20 am
He’s making $34 million in 2018 — a raise of $14 million. Wow.
Posted: January 19, 2018, 12:07 am
The players plan to reject Rob Manfred’s pace of play proposals, but he’s going to move forward with them anyway.
Posted: January 18, 2018, 9:16 pm
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo eats gum from 1987 and tells stories about John Kruk, Jack Clark, chicken wings and more.
Posted: January 18, 2018, 7:06 pm
CC Sabathia is just fine with people hating the Yankees. The New York Yankees lost their lovable edge quickly this offseason. After an underdog year, the team turned back into its old self with a blockbuster trade for Giancarlo Stanton.
Posted: January 18, 2018, 6:07 pm
“Cool Runnings” is turning 25 years old, and the Charleston RiverDogs have a big celebration planned.
Posted: January 18, 2018, 5:35 pm
The Yankees Triple-A affiliate will honor Aaron Judge with a gavel-swinging bobblehead.
Posted: January 18, 2018, 4:20 am
Cole Hamels on experiencing Hawaii missile scare: ‘We would’ve been dead.’
Posted: January 18, 2018, 2:51 am
Johan Santana, Johnny Damon and Andruw Jones are among the players hoping to hang around the Hall of Fame ballot for another year.
Posted: January 18, 2018, 12:59 am
Count Gerrit Cole among the growing group of people frustrated with the Pirates.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 11:11 pm
Former Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro had more important things than baseball on his mind in 2017.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 8:57 pm
Yadier Molina responds to Willson Contreras’ comment that he wants to be the best catcher in MLB
Posted: January 17, 2018, 8:13 pm
Furious Pirates fans are urging Bob Nutting to sell the team after trading away Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 7:14 pm
Astros’ first baseman Yuli Gurriel on his league-mandated sensitivity training: “I learned a lot.”
Posted: January 17, 2018, 5:53 pm
Christian Yelich is not going to be happy if he reports to spring training as a member of the Marlins.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 1:18 am
Hall of Fame projections say as many as seven players could be headed to Cooperstown
Posted: January 16, 2018, 11:57 pm
After being turned down by local government, Derek Jeter might be able to get rid of the Marlins’ home-run sculpture thanks to a powerful ally.
Posted: January 16, 2018, 10:13 pm
Josh Harrison thinks it would be best if he and the Pirates parted ways.
Posted: January 16, 2018, 8:04 pm
Rob Manfred wants a pitch clock in baseball, and the players can’t do anything to stop him.
Posted: January 16, 2018, 4:50 pm
Curtis Granderson has signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Blue Jays.
Posted: January 16, 2018, 2:33 am
Yadier Molina is going to call it quits once his contract expires.
Posted: January 15, 2018, 11:00 pm
Giants have now added two big-name veterans in Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria, but they may not be able to hang in the NL West.
Posted: January 15, 2018, 10:57 pm
Andrew McCutchen used his non-baseball skills to cheer up a kid who had been diagnosed with cancer.
Posted: January 15, 2018, 10:02 pm
“God, please, leave me over here.”
Posted: January 15, 2018, 6:23 pm
The New York Mets have reached a deal with veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, according to multiple reports.
Posted: January 14, 2018, 4:13 am
D-Backs star Jake Lamb might want to reconsider living with teammate Archie Bradley after getting a pay raise.
Posted: January 14, 2018, 3:35 am
The Yankees didn’t necessarily need Gerrit Cole, but they needed someone other than the Astros to land him.
Posted: January 14, 2018, 1:55 am
WWE confirms ‘Million Dollar Arm’ pitcher Rinku Singh had signed a developmental deal.
Posted: January 13, 2018, 7:59 pm
Twins have reached a two-year agreement with veteran reliever Addison Reed.
Posted: January 13, 2018, 6:35 pm
Astros minor league first baseman Jon Singleton has received a 100-game suspension after a third positive test for a drug of abuse, the league announced today. Right-hander Dean Deetz, also in the Astros system, has received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a performance enhancing substance (dehydrochlormethyltestosterone). As Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper tweets, Deetz…
Posted: January 23, 2018, 10:22 pm
The Brewers have made an offer for Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich and are showing “strong interest” in him, according to Craig Mish of SiriusXM Fantasy (via Twitter). Unsurprisingly, other teams are also still said to be involved in pursuit of Yelich. Milwaukee’s involvement is a bit of a surprise at first glance, as the organization is overflowing…
Posted: January 23, 2018, 9:12 pm
Click here to read a transcript of Tuesday’s chat with MLBTR’s Steve Adams.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 8:26 pm
After a dismal 2017 season, the Mets entered the offseason in search of improvements and a return to the form that the roster had achieved in the prior two campaigns. At the same time, reporting indicated that the front office would be asked to get things done without a payroll boost — if not, in…
Posted: January 23, 2018, 8:14 pm
We’ll track the day’s minor moves in this post: Outfielder Jacob May was outrighted by the White Sox after clearing waivers, Baseball America’s Matt Eddy reports. Likewise, Angels lefty Nate Smith is headed for Triple-A via outright. Both were designated for assignment recently. Infielder Ty Kelly is returning to the Mets, per SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (via Twitter). The…
Posted: January 23, 2018, 6:59 pm
The Tigers have reached a minor-league deal with veteran infielder Alexi Amarista, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free-Press (Twitter links). He’ll receive an invitation to participate in MLB camp. Amarista, 28, spent the 2017 season with the Rockies. The Colorado organization declined a $2.5MM club option for the coming season, preferring instead to pay him…
Posted: January 23, 2018, 5:17 pm
Adding to a run on bounceback pitching candidates, the Diamondbacks have struck a minors deal with lefty Antonio Bastardo, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (Twitter links). He’ll earn at a $1.5MM rate if he can make the team out of camp and can also accrue up to $4MM in incentives, though that is seemingly tied to…
Posted: January 23, 2018, 4:00 pm
The Diamondbacks have agreed to a minor-league deal with righty Kris Medlen, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter). He’ll have an opt-out opportunity on March 27th if he’s not added to the MLB roster. If he is, Medlen can earn $1.1MM for the coming season. Medlen, who is now 32 years of…
Posted: January 23, 2018, 3:52 pm
The winter isn’t over — far from it, in fact — but a few teams have gone further than others in determining their direction for the coming season. Out in San Francisco, there’s no question that the Giants are pushing in some chips in hopes of rebounding from a miserable 2017 season, while at the…
Posted: January 23, 2018, 2:36 pm
10:45pm: The Cubs are “having active talks” with Darvish, according to a report from the Associated Press. That said, it’s also clear from the report that there is no agreement in place. Speculation surrounding the connection between Darvish and the Cubs already increased earlier tonight, as it emerged that the club has a deal in…
Posted: January 23, 2018, 4:45 am
The Padres have inked a minors pact with veteran first baseman Allen Craig, according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation (via Twitter). The contract includes an invitation to MLB Spring Training, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune tweets. Craig, 33, will be looking to get his career back on track after a disastrous tenure…
Posted: January 23, 2018, 3:47 am
The Giants have announced the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson, as Jon Heyman of Fan Rag first reported (via Twitter). It’s said to be a two-year, $6MM guarantee, but the Octagon client can also escalate his 2019 salary by as much as $2.5MM if he meets certain plate appearance-based targets, as Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic…
Posted: January 23, 2018, 3:15 am
The Diamondbacks have reached a minor-league deal with righty Fernando Salas, according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (Twitter link). Additional terms are not yet known, but it seems fair to presume he’ll receive an invitation to the MLB side of spring camp. Salas, 32, has bounced between the Angels and Mets over the past two…
Posted: January 23, 2018, 2:18 am
The Cubs appear to have a minor-league deal in place with catcher Chris Gimenez, which the University of Nevada baseball club (his collegiate team) tweeted recently and SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo confirms on Twitter. Other terms of the agreement are not yet known. While minors pacts with veteran catchers typically aren’t very exciting, this one…
Posted: January 23, 2018, 1:11 am
The Brewers have reportedly made an offer to free-agent righty Yu Darvish, but specifics of the proposal have yet to come to light. However, both Peter Gammons of Gammons Daily and Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel have explored the topic to varying degrees since initial word of the Darvish offer broke in Japan. Gammons suggests…
Posted: January 22, 2018, 11:54 pm
JANUARY 22, 4:40pm: Duensing’s salary is split into two equal installments, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter). Incentives based upon appearances can boost the annual rate by as much as $1.75MM, maxing out if and when Duensing takes the ball for the 65th time. 11:05am: Duensing has passed his physical, as the team…
Posted: January 22, 2018, 10:40 pm
The Astros have claimed left-handed reliever Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins, per a team announcement from Houston. Boshers was designated for assignment by the Twins in order to clear a roster spot for Addison Reed. Boshers pushes Houston’s 40-man roster up to a count of 39. Set to turn 30 in May, Boshers parlayed…
Posted: January 22, 2018, 8:08 pm
Here are Monday’s minor moves from around the league… The D-backs are in agreement with right-hander Michael Blazek on a minor league contract, tweets SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. Blazek, 29 in March, has spent his career to date with the Cardinals and Brewers, most recently pitching 8 1/3 innings for Milwaukee last season. He looked…
Posted: January 22, 2018, 7:11 pm
The White Sox announced a slew of non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training today, including minor league deals with right-hander Chris Volstad, left-hander T.J. House and corner infielder Matt Skole. (The Sox also confirmed their previously reported minor league agreements with free agents Rob Scahill, Michael Ynoa and Patrick Leonard.) Volstad, 31, will return…
Posted: January 22, 2018, 5:44 pm
In his latest column for The Athletic, Ken Rosenthal chats with five players — Max Scherzer, Daniel Murphy, Paul Goldschmidt, Jerry Blevins and Chris Iannetta — about their concerns over the proposed 20-second pitch clock and their more general thoughts on the league’s pace of play initiatives. All of the players express a willingness to change…
Posted: January 22, 2018, 3:56 pm
Phillies closer Hector Neris has changed his representation and is now a client of Octagon, FanRag Sports’ Robert Murray tweets. Neris joins Carlos Santana, Cesar Hernandez, and Cameron Rupp as notable Phillies players under the Octagon banner. After a breakout 2016 season, it was seen as just a matter of time before Neris was eventually…
Posted: January 22, 2018, 5:38 am
Colby Lewis’ playing career seemed to end back in November when he accepted a job as a special assistant to Rangers GM Jon Daniels, and the veteran righty confirmed to reporters (including MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan) that he has indeed hung up his glove. Drafted 38th overall by the Rangers in the 1999 draft, Lewis spent…
Posted: January 22, 2018, 4:21 am
The Brewers have made an official contract offer to Yu Darvish, according to reports from Yahoo Japan (hat tip to Kazuto Yamazaki for the translation). Interestingly, the original link was retweeted by Darvish himself, whose response of a thinking-face emoji could be interpreted in a few different ways. Darvish’s list of suitors had reportedly narrowed…
Posted: January 22, 2018, 1:56 am
Some news and notes from around the NL West… In a reader mailbag piece, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune casts doubt on the Padres’ chances of trading for Christian Yelich. The team’s pursuit of Eric Hosmer indicates a desire to acquire a younger star player who will still be productive when the Padres…
Posted: January 22, 2018, 12:53 am
Here are the latest minor league moves from around baseball, with the newest transactions at the top of the post… The Dodgers have agreed to a deal with right-hander Andrew Robinson, as announced by Robinson himself via Twitter. The contract is presumably a minor league pact for the former Georgia Tech hurler, who turns 30…
Posted: January 21, 2018, 11:57 pm
There’s “buzz” that the Brewers are closing in on a trade, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports. Crasnick doesn’t offer any details about an exact trade partner or players involved, though he notes that the Brewers have been discussing outfielders with multiple teams (Twitter link). At present, the Brewers have several outfielders who are either established…
Posted: January 21, 2018, 10:32 pm
Right-hander Alex Cobb entered free agency among the best available players, a 30-year-old destined to land one of the offseason’s richest contracts. While a hefty payday should still come, Cobb – like the rest of this year’s premier free agents – continues to wait for a deal nearly three months after the market opened. Cobb…
Posted: January 21, 2018, 10:01 pm
Here are the biggest stories MLBTR has featured since last weekend… Pittsburgh says goodbye to two stars: Dating back to the 2016 season, it seemed like a matter of when – not if – the Pirates would trade center fielder Andrew McCutchen and right-hander Gerrit Cole. It finally happened in separate deals over the past…
Posted: January 21, 2018, 7:53 pm
This week in baseball blogs… Pirates Breakdown (links: 1, 2), The Point of Pittsburgh and DiNardo’s Dugout (podcast) react to the franchise-altering trades the Bucs have made in the past week. Astros County analyzes the club’s acquisition of Gerrit Cole from the Pirates. Good Fundies borrows from “The Simpsons” to weigh the pros and cons…
Posted: January 21, 2018, 5:49 pm
Recapping this week’s original content from MLBTR… Even after acquiring Andrew McCutchen, the Giants are in the market for a center fielder. San Francisco’s preference to stay under the $197MM luxury tax threshold may limit its options, though Steve Adams still found 13 reasonably priced candidates whom the club could acquire via free agency or…
Posted: January 21, 2018, 4:26 pm
Free agent outfielder Jarrod Dyson is a possibility for the Orioles, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. The club has “checked his medicals,” Kubatko writes. This is the second straight offseason in which Dyson has been on the Orioles’ radar, as Kubatko notes that general manager Dan Duquette discussed Dyson with Kansas City before the…
Posted: January 21, 2018, 2:26 pm
A few notes from around MLB as we wrap up another day in this historically sluggish offseason… While free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas hasn’t drawn much reported interest of late, that wasn’t the case early in the offseason, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com writes. However, teams that initially pursued Moustakas balked at his asking price,…
Posted: January 21, 2018, 5:37 am
It remains unclear whether the Rays will move Chris Archer, but Jon Morosi of MLB.com writes that they and other teams have been “engaged in consistent trade talks” centering on the right-hander “in recent weeks.” Archer, a 29-year-old front-end starter who’s on one of baseball’s most appealing contracts (he’s controllable through 2021 for $34MM), has…
Posted: January 21, 2018, 3:26 am
The Twins and the agents for Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, Wade Miley, Chris Tillman and Mike Napoli are “maintaining regular dialogue,” according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN (on Twitter). Minnesota’s interest in nearly all of those names was already known before Saturday, though this is the first reported connection between the team…
Posted: January 21, 2018, 1:56 am
Injuries to his neck, spine, shoulder and back have limited Mets third baseman David Wright to 75 games since the start of 2015, derailing a potential Hall of Fame career. Now, having not played in a game since May 2016 and having undergone back surgery in October, Wright realizes the Mets can’t count on him…
Posted: January 21, 2018, 1:09 am
In updating the Rangers’ pursuit of starters, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that there has recently been “more activity between” other teams and free agent right-hander Yu Darvish. However, having spent nearly all of his career in Texas, Darvish is waiting for the Rangers to court him more aggressively, Wilson suggests. The…
Posted: January 20, 2018, 11:41 pm
There’s no official decision yet regarding where Manny Machado will play in 2018, but one could come as soon as this weekend. Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com provides some insight into Orioles manager Buck Showalter’s thought process in determining the young star’s position. Showalter has spoken with both Machado and Tim Beckham in regards to Baltimore’s infield…
Posted: January 20, 2018, 8:57 pm
Recent comments from Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski hint that the front office would feel confident going into the 2017 season with the pieces they have in the fold right now. But Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston isn’t convinced at all. In a candid editorial, Drellich blasts Dombrowski for his supposed comfort with the current roster. “Who really…
Posted: January 20, 2018, 7:13 pm
We’ll keep track of today’s minor moves in this post… The Indians have inked a minors pact with lefty reliever Adam Wilk, who’ll receive an invite to spring training. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Wilk stands to make $560K if he makes the opening day roster, and can opt out of his contract if he…
Posted: January 20, 2018, 5:42 pm
The Indians and Orioles were in contact last month about a trade that could have sent Manny Machado to Cleveland, Jon Morosi of MLB.com writes, although he adds that the two teams are no longer actively discussing a deal. The O’s have a notable dearth of viable starting pitchers, while Cleveland is said to be willing…
Posted: January 20, 2018, 4:47 pm
There’s some unrest in the Pittsburgh fan base regarding the team’s recent trades of Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole. Madasyn Czebiniak of TribLIVE.com highlights the story of lifelong Pirates fan Jason Kaufman, who started a change.org petition to force owner Bob Nutting to sell the team. The following excerpt gives a pretty good feel for…
Posted: January 20, 2018, 3:20 pm
The Giants’ acquisitions of Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria have added a pair of offensive upgrades to their lineup, but the team is still facing a glaring hole in center field. Improving the outfield, both offensively and defensively, has been a long-stated goal of GM Bobby Evans and executive vice president Brian Sabean. However, the…
Posted: January 20, 2018, 6:17 am
Super-agent Scott Boras is no stranger to the spotlight, but his unique role in the sport is in some respects more visible now than ever before. With free agency continuing to move at a remarkably slow pace, Boras provided some interesting comments on the matter to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag. As the most recognizable agent to…
Posted: January 20, 2018, 4:45 am
We have twice discussed infielder Eduardo Nunez today, as his free agent market kicks into action now that he’s on the mend from knee problems. Now we’ll check in on a few other injury situations from around the game: Rangers lefty Martin Perez says he does not expect to miss any time stemming from the fractured…
Posted: January 20, 2018, 2:44 am
After acquiring Randal Grichuk earlier today, the Blue Jays appear slated to utilize him as the primary option in right field, GM Ross Atkins tells Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca (Twitter links). That said, the team believes it can play Grichuk in any of the three spots, with that versatility increasing his appeal. What’s of greater interest,…
Posted: January 20, 2018, 12:36 am