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Theo Epstein provides an update on the Cubs’ trade rumors, plus the MLB pays tribute to former Royals owner David Glass after his passing
Author: MLB.com
Posted: January 18, 2020, 5:13 am
While they’ve made major shake-ups in every other corner of their organization, the Cubs have hardly touched their roster this winter with spring training less than a month away.
Author: NBC Sports Chicago
Posted: January 18, 2020, 3:33 am
The Boston Red Sox have a list of characteristics they want in their next manager, but they haven’t yet landed on a name. Three days after the Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora for his involvement in a cheating scandal, supporters pleaded for Boston’s front office to hire former catcher and team
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: January 18, 2020, 2:49 am
When it comes to Kris Bryant, or any other Chicago Cubs star on the precipice of free agency, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein is hoping for the best. Keeping his cards close to his chest, perhaps more than ever before, Epstein said Friday the team is ”more active on the phone
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: January 18, 2020, 2:44 am
Curt Schilling’s hateful rhetoric should eliminate him from baseball Hall of Fame consideration.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: January 18, 2020, 2:18 am
Houston Astros owner Jim Crane expects to hire a new manager by Feb. 3. The Astros need a new manager and general manager after AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow were fired Monday, hours after both were suspended by Major League Baseball for a year for the team’s sign-stealing scandal. Crane refused to
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: January 18, 2020, 1:25 am
“If I’m outside the Hall of Fame with Luis Tiant, I’m all right.” Curt Schilling isn’t worried about making it into the Baseball Hall of Fame this season.
Author: NBC Sports Boston
Posted: January 18, 2020, 1:17 am
MLB and MLBA say no MLB player, including Mike Trout, has been granted a TUE for HGH.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: January 18, 2020, 12:46 am
Drew Smyly can earn up to $6.75 million if he is a regular part of the San Francisco Giants” rotation this year. A left-hander who turns 31 in June, Smyly was 4-7 with a 6.24 ERA in 21 starts and four relief appearances last year for Texas, which released him in June, and Philadelphia, which
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: January 17, 2020, 11:30 pm
Reliever Craig Stammen finalized a $9 million, two-year contract Friday to remain with the San Diego Padres, who hold an option for a third season that could make the deal worth $12 million. Stammen led the Padres with 76 appearances last season, going 8-7 with four saves and a 3.29 ERA. To make room
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: January 17, 2020, 11:10 pm
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies pitcher Justin Lawrence has been suspended for 80 games under the major league drug program following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: January 17, 2020, 11:03 pm
Speaking Friday after an event, Martinez detailed his plans for the one void not filled in the offseason.
Author: NBC Sports Washington
Posted: January 17, 2020, 10:53 pm
Potential new faces to the Phillies roster had a chance to learn a thing or two from a Philadelphia native this week. By Corey Seidman
Author: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Posted: January 17, 2020, 10:43 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have acquired left-hander Matt Hall from Detroit for minor league catcher Jhon Nuñez.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: January 17, 2020, 10:19 pm
When future generations are documenting baseball history, Mike Fiers will surely be remembered as one of the game’s most significant figures. Let’s just hope all his fellow players give him a big tip of the cap when he takes the mound this season. After all, Fiers blew the lid off one of the
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: January 17, 2020, 9:17 pm
The Colorado Rockies will retire the jersey number of outfielder Larry Walker in a ceremony during the upcoming season. The Rockies announced Friday they will honor Walker on April 19 when they play another one of Walker’s former teams, the St. Louis Cardinals. Walker’s No. 33 will be displayed
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: January 17, 2020, 9:15 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired infielder Clayton Daniel from the Chicago Cubs on Friday in exchange for right-hander Casey Sadler.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: January 17, 2020, 9:08 pm
The Cubs still haven’t made a splashy move this winter, but they added another buy-low pitcher to the bullpen Friday.
Author: NBC Sports Chicago
Posted: January 17, 2020, 9:07 pm
The Boston Red Sox made their second trade of the week Friday.
Author: NBC Sports Boston
Posted: January 17, 2020, 9:03 pm
Giants Insider Alex Pavlovic answers fan questions about the cheating scandal, the offseason, the historic coaching hire, the Opening Day lineup, Hall of Fame chances for current Giants, and more.
Author: NBC Sports BayArea
Posted: January 17, 2020, 7:25 pm
Among the biggest questions facing the 2020 White Sox: When will Nick Madrigal reach the majors? And how will his skill set translate to the big leagues? A certainty: The White Sox believe in the kid they call “Magic.”
Author: NBC Sports Chicago
Posted: January 17, 2020, 6:56 pm
“I just was like ‘Yo, I got traded,’ and we just started screaming and yelling.”
Author: NBC Sports BayArea
Posted: January 17, 2020, 6:21 pm
AJ Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran are casualties, a triple play of hubris. At the cutting edge with the Houston Astros, now they have been cut. Video rooms and dugouts are now monitored by Major League Baseball, like proctors pacing an exam room to stifle students’ temptation to cheat.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: January 17, 2020, 5:49 pm
Austin Voth, Joe Ross and Erick Fedde are all expected to have a shot at making the back end of the Nationals’ rotation.
Author: NBC Sports Washington
Posted: January 17, 2020, 5:04 pm
The Braves and veteran infielder Adeiny Hechavarría are back together on a one-year, $1 million contract.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: January 17, 2020, 4:57 pm
White Sox fans suddenly have reason to stop focusing on the minor leagues. But even with meaningful baseball coming to the big league level, the organization still boasts some of the top prospects in the game.
Author: NBC Sports Chicago
Posted: January 17, 2020, 4:20 pm
Will baseball’s sign-stealing scandal have a silver lining for a South Side legend? The game’s got three sudden managerial openings, and Ozzie Guillen is talking up his World Series resume.
Author: NBC Sports Chicago
Posted: January 17, 2020, 3:16 pm
Baseball’s sign-stealing scandal is anything but over. Some are saying the Astros wore devices inside their uniforms that buzzed to indicate pitch types.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: January 17, 2020, 3:00 pm
Nakken is a former softball standout at first base for Sacramento State who joined the club in 2014 as an intern in baseball operations.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: January 17, 2020, 1:40 pm
The Red Sox are in a difficult spot as they wait for MLB to investigate their alleged 2018 sign-stealing operation.
Author: NBC Sports Boston
Posted: January 17, 2020, 12:57 pm
Jeff Nelson, Tim Stebbins, and Tony Andracki fill in for host David Kaplan as they discuss how different this year’s Cubs convention will be compared to previous years and how awkward it will be for Kris Bryant and other players who could be traded before the season. They also get into baseball’
Author: NBC Sports Chicago
Posted: January 17, 2020, 9:13 am
The Red Sox and Patriots have both now had to manage sign-stealing scandals, but they’ve handled them much differently. John Tomase says the Sox could’ve learned something from One Patriot Place.
Author: NBC Sports Boston
Posted: January 17, 2020, 5:21 am
Carlos Beltran and the Mets agree to part ways following the Astros investigation, plus George Springer and the Astros avoid arbitration
Author: MLB.com
Posted: January 17, 2020, 4:20 am
Springer had asked for $22.5 million in salary arbitration last week and the Astros offered $17.5 million, making the settlement $1 million over the midpoint. Springer led Houston to its first World Series title in 2017, hitting five homers in the seven-game win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: January 17, 2020, 4:10 am
Former Diamondbacks outfielder Alex Romero was suspended for 20 games for his role in a wild Venezuelan league brawl.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: January 17, 2020, 1:38 am
Adeiny Hechavarria agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract to remain with the Braves, a move Thursday that boosted Atlanta’s infield depth. The 30-year-old signed with the Braves on Aug. 16, two days after he was released by the New York Mets. Hechavarria, known for defense, hit .328 with four
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: January 17, 2020, 1:10 am
Alyssa Nakken became the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history Thursday when she was named an assistant under new Giants manager Gabe Kapler. Major League Baseball confirmed Nakken is the first woman coach in the majors. Nakken is a former softball standout at first base for
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: January 17, 2020, 12:49 am
Baseball fans will struggle to trust the game after the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme. And worse yet, there’s no easy way to prevent it in the future.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: January 17, 2020, 12:32 am
NBC Sports Boston’s own Gary Tanguay reports that Boston Red Sox ownership “had every intention” to keep Alex Cora, but opted to part ways with their manager when this nightmare scenario became a possibility.
Author: NBC Sports Boston
Posted: January 17, 2020, 12:32 am
The Venezuelan Professional Baseball League suspended outfielder Alex Romero for 20 games Wednesday for swinging his bat at an opposing catcher during a brawl last week. Right-hander Ángel Nesbitt was also banned for the rest of the Venezuelan postseason after starting the fracas Jan. 8 by throwing
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: January 17, 2020, 12:19 am
In the wake of their infamous sign-stealing scandal, the Astros could look to the North Side to fill their suddenly vacant managerial seat.
Author: NBC Sports Chicago
Posted: January 17, 2020, 12:09 am
ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza says pitcher Mike Fiers should have gone to Major League Baseball before he told a journalist about his allegation the Houston Astros had been using a camera to steal signs. Mendoza, a New York Mets adviser in addition to her media job, said Thursday on ESPN’s ‘&
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: January 17, 2020, 12:07 am
Gabe Kapler and the San Francisco Giants made history with hiring Alyssa Nakken, the first woman in a major-league coaching staff. By Brooke Destra
Author: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Posted: January 17, 2020, 12:02 am
To Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza, the sign-stealing scandal that’s enveloped Major League Baseball signals where the sport is these days. “Unfortunately, it’s an unintended consequence of the digital age and all this information,” Piazza said. Piazza was at the New York Mets’
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: January 16, 2020, 11:33 pm
Get all the latest rumors, signings and trades in Yahoo Sports’ Hot Stove Tracker.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: January 16, 2020, 11:33 pm

In the aftermath of the Astros’ cheating scandal, a big question lingers for former Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, who was rocked by Houston during the 2017 World Series: “Was I tipping [pitches], or were they stealing [signs]?”
Posted: January 18, 2020, 4:06 am
While Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said no real progress has been made in the team’s search for Alex Cora’s replacement, fans at the team’s winter carnival chanted “Hire Tek!” — a nod to former captain Jason Varitek.
Posted: January 18, 2020, 2:30 am
Houston Astros owner Jim Crane said Friday that he expects to hire a manager to replace AJ Hinch by Feb. 3. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired Monday after both were suspended by Major League Baseball for the team’s sign-stealing scandal.
Posted: January 18, 2020, 12:56 am
David Glass, who bought the Kansas City Royals in 2000, died last week at the age of 84, the team announced. Under Glass’ ownership, the team reached the World Series in 2014 and won the title in 2015.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 10:15 pm
The Rockies will retire Larry Walker’s No. 33 jersey on April 19, joining Todd Helton (17) as the only players to be so honored by the team.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 7:12 pm
Former White Sox pitcher Jack McDowell, who never played for Tony La Russa, said a camera-aided sign-stealing system was set up by the Hall of Fame manager prior to his being fired, and that was used after McDowell made his debut in 1987.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 7:10 pm
Major League Baseball has no hold on banned players after they die, a source told ESPN, which could be significant when it comes to Hall of Fame consideration for “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and others who were banned for life and have since died.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 4:42 pm
From video breakdowns to screengrabs to players weighing in, social media shaped MLB’s first uniquely 21st century scandal.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 4:11 pm
Three days of sign-stealing scandal buildup erupted on social media Thursday, leading to a wild day.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 4:10 pm
Cardinals QB Kyler Murray says he’s still focused on football, but he says he thinks “it would be fun” to play professional baseball at the same time. “Athletically, I think, yeah, I could do it,” he said.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 2:22 pm
Looking through a different statistical prism makes it clear both candidates belong in Cooperstown.
Posted: January 16, 2020, 10:20 pm
Amid all this scandal, the Mets get a rare mulligan in parting ways with a manager who wasn’t right for them.
Posted: January 16, 2020, 7:50 pm
Did the Astros and Alex Cora get what they deserved? How aware were opposing players? Here’s what those around the game told us.
Posted: January 16, 2020, 4:20 pm
Who could fill the unexpected managerial opening in Houston? Here are some names to watch.
Posted: January 16, 2020, 4:16 pm
Ted Williams, Stan Musial and Willie Mays could have company. Where will Derek Jeter fit in among Cooperstown’s tiers of greats?
Posted: January 15, 2020, 9:55 pm

Right-hander Carlos Zambrano hung up his cleats back in 2014, but he returned to professional baseball last season with the Chicago Dogs of the independent American Association. That comeback didn’t lead to a new opportunity in the majors, though, and now Zambrano says he’s done for good, per Carrie Muskat. The fiery Zambrano, now 38,…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: January 18, 2020, 6:03 am
In a Twins lineup loaded with power hitters, center fielder Byron Buxton can get lost in the shuffle. Buxton’s nevertheless a valuable member of the reigning AL Central champions’ roster, though, and after undergoing left shoulder surgery last September, he’s recovering well, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports. The 26-year-old Buxton received medical clearance…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: January 18, 2020, 5:22 am
The Josh Donaldson free-agency derby came to a long-awaited end Wednesday when the star third baseman agreed to a four-year, $92MM contract with the Twins. Previous reports indicated Donaldson’s preference was to re-sign with the Braves, with whom he thrived in 2019, but it doesn’t appear they made a spirited attempt to retain the 34-year-old.…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: January 18, 2020, 4:12 am
The Astros’ sign-stealing scandal from their World Series-winning 2017 season has cost them a GM and a manager this week. The club let go of Jeff Luhnow and A.J. Hinch, who were regarded as two of the best in the game at their jobs, on Monday after Major League Baseball suspended them for one season…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: January 18, 2020, 3:24 am
The Mets find themselves in need of a new manager after first-timer Carlos Beltran stepped down this week. Now in their second offseason search for a skipper, the Mets are considering veteran Dusty Baker for the role, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. The interest in Baker represents a change in direction for…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: January 18, 2020, 2:18 am
The Reds have signed left-handed reliever Jesse Biddle to a minor league contract, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training. Biddle’s the second veteran reliever the Reds have added on a minors pact this week. They previously picked up former White Sox standout Nate Jones…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: January 18, 2020, 1:31 am
The Cubs have done surprisingly little this offseason to date. Despite being amidst a four-team race in the NL Central, their only external additions to the 40-man roster have been Casey Sadler, Jharel Cotton and CD Pelham. If anything, much of the conversation the past few months has revolved around whether the Cubs could subtract from their roster. Kris Bryant…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: January 18, 2020, 1:20 am
The Red Sox have designated right-hander Travis Lakins for assignment, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com tweets. His designation clears roster space for newly acquired southpaw Matt Hall. This could bring an end to a Boston tenure that began when the team chose Lakins in the sixth round of the 2015 draft. Injuries have been a problem…
Author: Connor Byrne
Posted: January 18, 2020, 12:25 am
Let’s check in on a few roster situations from the National League. The Nationals plan to give Carter Kieboom an opportunity to win the third base job, manager Dave Martinez told reporters (including Todd Dybas of NBC Sports Washington). The 22-year-old is a consensus top prospect coming off a year in which he hit .303/.409/.493 with 16…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: January 18, 2020, 12:13 am
The Cubs have signed catcher Josh Phegley to a minor-league contract, reports Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune (via Twitter). No further details are available, although it seems likely Phegley will receive an invite to MLB spring training. Phegley is represented by Pro Star Management. Phegley (32 in February) has been with the A’s the past…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: January 17, 2020, 11:55 pm
Rockies’ reliever Justin Lawrence has been suspended without pay for 80 games, MLB announced today. He tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, a performance-enhancing substance. Lawrence, 25, was selected to the Rockies’ 40-man roster last offseason, although he has yet to make his MLB debut. After breaking out with a strong season in High-A and in the Arizona Fall…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: January 17, 2020, 10:31 pm
The Padres announced today they have designated left-hander Nick Margevicius for assignment. His spot on the 40-man roster was needed for the re-signing of reliever Craig Stammen. Margevicius surprisingly won a spot in the Friars’ rotation last spring. Unfortunately, he failed to stake much of a claim to it thereafter, managing only a 6.79 ERA across 57 MLB innings.…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: January 17, 2020, 10:10 pm
JANUARY 17: The Padres have announced the deal. JANUARY 4: The Padres have agreed to a multi-year contract with free-agent righty Craig Stammen, reports Robert Murray. It’s a two-year deal that will guarantee Stammen $9MM through the 2021 season with a team option for a third year, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. If exercised, that…
Author: George Miller
Posted: January 17, 2020, 10:04 pm
The Royals announced today that David Glass, who owned the franchise from 2000 to 2019, passed away last week at the age of 85. “Mr. Glass loved this game, this team, and our city with all his heart,” GM Dayton Moore said in a statement. “He cared deeply for our fans and for the future…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: January 17, 2020, 9:47 pm
The Cubs have acquired right-hander Casey Sadler from the Dodgers, per team announcements. Minor league infielder Clayton Daniel is headed back to L.A. Sadler lost his spot on the Dodgers’ 40-man when the club signed Alex Wood. The Cubs’ 40-man roster now sits at 39. Sadler, 29, pitched to a stellar 2.14 ERA in 46.1 innings between the…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: January 17, 2020, 8:35 pm