Rangers brothers Rougned Roberto Odor and Rougned Jose Odor shared the field for first time in their baseball careers.
Posted: March 18, 2018, 2:29 am
To make the Angels opening day roster, Shohei Ohtani might have to prove he’s one of their best 25 players right now.
Posted: March 17, 2018, 10:36 pm
Pittsburgh’s Alex Amos provided an early Play of the Year candidate when he dove over North Carolina’s catcher to score a run.
Posted: March 17, 2018, 5:53 pm
Joc Pederson’s brother, Champ, announced the Warriors starting lineup and assisted coach Steve Kerr on Special Needs Family Appreciation Night at Oracle Arena.
Posted: March 17, 2018, 3:33 pm
Jose Altuve is worth every penny of his $151M extension, but it will challenge the Astros ability to keep their core together.
Posted: March 16, 2018, 11:14 pm
Akron Rubberducks, Hawkins Demogorgons, Montgomery Biscuits and Grand Rapids Girl Scout Cookies — we asked fans at spring training, are these real Minor League Baseball teams?
Posted: March 16, 2018, 10:02 pm
Shohei Ohtani had another disappointing spring training appearance Friday and it makes sense to wonder whether he should start the season in Triple-A.
Posted: March 16, 2018, 9:44 pm
Roy Halladay’s son, Braden, will pitch against the Blue Jays as part of the Candian Junior National Team on Saturday
Posted: March 16, 2018, 7:00 pm
Ed Charles, who played a key role on the 1969 Miracle Mets, has died.
Posted: March 16, 2018, 2:54 am
Will MLB’s new pace-of-play rules limiting mound visits actually work? Our writers weigh in.
Posted: March 16, 2018, 12:34 am
Former University of Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido, who won more college baseball games than any other coach in history, has died at 79.
Posted: March 15, 2018, 6:16 pm
Mariners have fun with MLB’s new pace-of-play rules in television ad starring Robinson Cano.
Posted: March 15, 2018, 3:26 am
Yankees spring training television ratings on YES are up 89 percent over last season and are setting all kinds of records.
Posted: March 15, 2018, 1:54 am
Instead of just carrying on without him, the Royals decided to find a stand-in. Jim Caviezel, who is best known for his role as Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ,” stood in for Sveum in the team photo. “(Caviezel) put on Dale’s uniform and did a good job filling in,” manager Ned Yost said.
Posted: March 15, 2018, 1:31 am
Which of these top MLB prospects will make their team’s opening day roster?
Posted: March 15, 2018, 12:09 am
Aaron Judge is going to try and recruit future free agents to the Yankees.
Posted: March 14, 2018, 10:53 pm
Former Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd tries to explain why so many free agents waited so long this winter.
Posted: March 14, 2018, 9:21 pm
The Indians, Angels and Cardinals are among the teams that might have benefited from one more strong offseason move.
Posted: March 14, 2018, 8:39 pm
A new Minor League Baseball rule will drastically alter extra innings in baseball, could MLB be next?
Posted: March 14, 2018, 5:03 pm
Tim Tebow was cut by the Mets after picking up just one hit this spring.
Posted: March 13, 2018, 9:31 pm
MLB Network’s Kevin Millar opens a pack of 1994 Topps Stadium Club and finds the player every kid wanted to be — Ken Griffey Jr.
Posted: March 13, 2018, 9:05 pm
Our writers pick which baseball teams could disappoint in 2018 — could the Red Sox and Yankees be among them?
Posted: March 13, 2018, 7:14 pm
Mets third baseman David Wright is still dealing with lingering injuries.
Posted: March 13, 2018, 4:55 pm
Major League Baseball is creating a food festival with the best concession items from all 30 MLB stadiums
Posted: March 13, 2018, 4:30 pm
Which MLB teams could find break-out success in 2018? Our panel of writers has some choices
Posted: March 12, 2018, 10:30 pm
Jonathan Lucroy wouldn’t mind if the Athletics traded him this season.
Posted: March 12, 2018, 9:24 pm
The Orioles are making it easier for families to come to the ballpark by offering two free upper deck tickets for kids when an adult buys one at regular price.
Posted: March 12, 2018, 6:04 pm
José Altuve and Donald Trump shared a few weird moments at the Astros’ White House ceremony.
Posted: March 12, 2018, 6:01 pm
The Yankees fill second-base hole with free agent Neil Walker.
Posted: March 12, 2018, 4:15 pm
Bernie Sanders went to Dodgers camp and talked hitting with Yasiel Puig.
Posted: March 11, 2018, 11:20 pm
WWE superstar Braun Strowman credits Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun for inspiring his
Posted: March 11, 2018, 2:42 am
Jorge Bonifacio will miss the first half of the season due to a PED suspension after a promising rookie campaign in Kansas City.
Posted: March 11, 2018, 12:25 am
When Francisco Lindor’s No. 12 went missing, he found a ‘very nice’ replacement.
Posted: March 10, 2018, 11:08 pm
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone made a mistake Saturday that he can’t afford to repeat during the regular season.
Posted: March 10, 2018, 9:13 pm
Those hoping Giancarlo Stanton would return to Roger Dean Stadium to play against the Marlins Sunday will be disappointed.
Posted: March 10, 2018, 7:45 pm
Carlos Gonzalez reportedly turned down a three-year, $45 million extension from the Rockies last spring.
Posted: March 10, 2018, 6:17 pm
Before going to the rodeo, the Dodgers brought the rodeo to the clubhouse.
Posted: March 10, 2018, 3:15 am
Esteban Loaiza looks way different than we remember after his shocking drug bust.
Posted: March 10, 2018, 12:29 am
Hulk Hogan appeared at Philadelphia Phillies camp on Friday and found time to take a shot at former boss, WWE COO Vince McMaho
Posted: March 9, 2018, 10:28 pm
Chicago Cubs reserve infielder Tommy La Stella’s ongoing battle with the front office just escalated to all-out war.
Posted: March 9, 2018, 5:40 pm
The oddsmakers think the Brewers and Twins still have big moves left in them.
Posted: March 9, 2018, 3:00 am
Trevor Bauer is not happy after MLB encouraged players to speak out on political issues.
Posted: March 8, 2018, 11:51 pm
Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire tells stories after looking at packs of 1983 Fleer and 1987 Topps
Posted: March 8, 2018, 11:36 pm
Dallas Keuchel thinks the Astros are better than the Cubs, but the Cubs are done dealing with their World Series hangover — and the Astros are just beginning
Posted: March 8, 2018, 10:10 pm
It’s those occasions with sports-ignorant contestants that provide some of the more hilarious moments on “Jeopardy.”
Posted: March 8, 2018, 6:14 am
Aaron Judge as the Yankees leadoff man? Manager Aaron Boone says he’s thought about it.
Posted: March 8, 2018, 3:59 am
Would free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas benefit from waiting to sign after the MLB Draft? His agent, Scott Boras, seems to think so.
Posted: March 8, 2018, 2:10 am
The Royals held a meeting to tell their players pornography can be dangerous.
Posted: March 8, 2018, 12:31 am
17-year-old cancer survivor Josh Cohen pitched for scouts at Mets camp thanks to Make-A-Wish. (Play Ball)
Posted: March 8, 2018, 12:09 am
Shohei Ohtani ran into a Clayton Kershaw curveball and the result was exactly what you would expect.
Posted: March 7, 2018, 9:24 pm
The Rays are likely to continue with first baseman Brad Miller, which would seem to rule out potential pursuits for either free agent Adam Lind or just-designated Twin Kennys Vargas, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. It’s unclear, though, whether Miller will primarily occupy first, second base or the designated hitter spot this…
Posted: March 18, 2018, 4:42 am
Left-hander Sean Newcomb will open the year in the Braves’ rotation, Gabriel Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes. He’ll be part of a quintet that should also include Julio Teheran, Brandon McCarthy and Mike Foltynewicz, though it’s not yet clear who will occupy the fifth spot. The 24-year-old Newcomb debuted in the majors last season…
Posted: March 18, 2018, 3:29 am
There continues to be in-house “conversation and debate” about what the Dodgers will do in regards to their left field competition, according to Dave Roberts, but the manager seems bullish on veteran Matt Kemp (via Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register). “When you make the trade and you look at the seasons guys had…
Posted: March 18, 2018, 1:31 am
The Athletics have agreed to a one-year, major league contract, pending a physical, with right-hander Trevor Cahill, Jane Lee of MLB.com tweets. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier Saturday that Oakland could target Cahill, a client of John Boggs & Associates. With righty Jharel Cotton set to undergo Tommy John surgery and…
Posted: March 18, 2018, 12:00 am
While there have been questions over whether the Angels will demote Shohei Ohtani to the minors to begin the season, it seems they do plan to have him open 2018 in the majors, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. In terms of results, it hasn’t been a good spring for the 23-year-old Japanese…
Posted: March 17, 2018, 11:01 pm
Yesterday, it was reported that the Astros have agreed to a five-year, $151MM extension with Jose Altuve that’ll keep him in Houston through his age-34 season. As MLBTR’s Jeff Todd mentioned yesterday, the deal will be by far the largest extension ever given to a second baseman, handily topping the $110MM given to Dustin Pedroia by…
Posted: March 17, 2018, 9:53 pm
The struggles of Shohei Ohtani this spring have been well-documented already, and while he’s ranked as one of the top prospects in baseball in most publications, scouts have been vocal about some weaknesses in his game. Ohtani would seem to be a significant part of the Angels’ plans for 2018, but GM Billy Eppler recently…
Posted: March 17, 2018, 8:45 pm
The Blue Jays have claimed lefty reliever Sam Moll off waivers from the Mariners; both teams’ PR accounts have announced the move. It’s been a busy year for the 26-year-old Moll, who began last season with the Rockies, end it with the Athletics, and has since been the object of a waiver hot-potato game between…
Posted: March 17, 2018, 7:48 pm
We’ll keep track of the day’s minor moves here… The Marlins’ media info account tweeted that the team has acquired third baseman Eric Jagielo from the Reds in exchange for cash considerations. Jagielo was selected by the Yankees in the first round of the 2013 draft. After an excellent 2015 season with the club’s Double-A affiliate, Jagielo…
Posted: March 17, 2018, 7:00 pm
First baseman Logan Morrison ended up with the Twins, but many expected the Red Sox to pursue him more aggressively than they did. Alex Speier of the Boston Globe has some interesting quotes from LoMo, who smacked 38 homers for the Rays last season but ultimately settled for a meager $6.5MM guarantee with performance escalators and a vesting option. Morrison…
Posted: March 17, 2018, 6:30 pm
March 17: Cotton is set to undergo Tommy John surgery, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports via Twitter. March 16: Slusser tweets that Cotton is getting his second opinion today. The right-hander adds that he currently has full strength in his elbow and isn’t experiencing much in the way of pain. March 15: The Athletics received some…
Posted: March 17, 2018, 5:15 pm
It’s a new era in Miami, but there are sure to be growing pains after a winter of upheaval. Major League Signings Cameron Maybin, OF: One year, $3.25MM Trades And Claims Acquired OF Lewis Brinson, OF Monte Harrison, IF Isan Diaz, RHP Jordan Yamamoto from Brewers in exchange for OF Christian Yelich Acquired RHP Sandy Alcantara, OF…
Posted: March 17, 2018, 4:02 pm
Mark Sheldon of MLB.com posits that the Reds’ extension of Eugenio Suarez is a sign that the club is making an effort to keep a young core of players together for the foreseeable future, alongside potential future Hall-of-Famer Joey Votto. In the companion video, GM Dick Williams speaks highly of Suarez, particularly in regards to…
Posted: March 17, 2018, 3:02 pm
SATURDAY: The club has made the signing official. FRIDAY: The Nationals have agreed to a minor-league deal with righty Jeremy Hellickson, per ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). He’ll receive an invitation to join the MLB side of camp. Presumably, Hellickson will have a strong shot at earning the fifth starter’s job with the Nats. The organization has…
Posted: March 17, 2018, 2:35 pm
The Blue Jays have signed infielder Danny Espinosa to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports. Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports was first to report that Espinosa had been spotted in the Jays’ camp. The Yankees signed the 30-year-old switch-hitter to a minor-league deal earlier in the offseason. At…
Posted: March 17, 2018, 1:33 pm
It has been something of a trying spring for Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke. As Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes, the venerable starter is unlikely to be ready to take the ball on Opening Day — though that isn’t necessarily the primary concern for the organization. The more important consideration, surely, is to ensure that Greinke does…
Posted: March 17, 2018, 6:00 am
There were 18 players selected in the 2017 Rule 5 Draft — which is to say that 18 players who were left off their organizations’ respective 40-man rosters were selected by a new team and given a chance to break camp on a 25-man roster. Eligibility for the Rule 5 Draft is dependent on age…
Posted: March 17, 2018, 3:34 am
Righty Henderson Alvarez has agreed to a deal with the Mexican League’s Tigres de Quintana Roo, per Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). It’s a bit surprising that Alvarez couldn’t find a camp invite this spring, as he has still yet to turn 28 and has certainly had some impressive seasons with the Marlins.…
Posted: March 17, 2018, 1:48 am
The rebuilding Tigers did much of their heavy lifting on the trade front last summer, when they shipped out Justin Upton, Justin Verlander, Justin Wilson and J.D. Martinez, leading to a relatively quiet winter for the team that holds the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft. GM Al Avila and his staff made…
Posted: March 16, 2018, 11:41 pm
The Astros have reached a massive extension with star second baseman Jose Altuve, according to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. If completed, the deal would promise Altuve $151MM over five seasons. Altuve is already under contract through 2019, a season the Astros control through a $6.5MM club option under the incredibly team-friendly deal the sides struck back…
Posted: March 16, 2018, 9:55 pm
The Rangers have released veteran southpaw Jon Niese, as Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News was among those to tweet. He had joined the organization on a minor-league deal over the offseason. Niese, 31, never really got going this spring owing to injuries, including a recent diagnosis of a sub scapularis muscle strain. While it’s…
Posted: March 16, 2018, 8:34 pm
The Twins have acquired outfielder Jake Cave from the Yankees, per Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press (via Twitter). Righty Luis Gil goes to the Yankees in return. In a corresponding move, Minnesota has designated slugger Kennys Vargas for assignment. The 25-year-old Cave just didn’t have a place in the Yankees’ plans with the organization…
Posted: March 16, 2018, 7:34 pm
March 16: ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports that Gonzalez is actually guaranteed just $5MM on his deal with the Rox, though he can earn $3MM of incentives quite easily (Twitter link). Per Crasnick, Gonzalez will earn a $1MM bonus for accruing 125, 150 and 175 days of Major League service time this season. In other words,…
Posted: March 16, 2018, 7:00 pm
The Phillies announced Friday that they’ve selected the contract of infielder/outfielder Pedro Florimon and designated infielder Eliezer Alvarez for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. The move seemingly indicates that Florimon will head north with the Phils as a utilityman to open the season, as he’s out of minor league…
Posted: March 16, 2018, 4:20 pm
The Reds announced this morning that they’ve signed third baseman Eugenio Suarez to a seven-year contract extension that spans the 2018-24 seasons and contains a club option for the 2025 campaign. Suarez, an Octagon client, will reportedly be guaranteed a total of $66MM over the life of the contract, which does not include any incentives,…
Posted: March 16, 2018, 3:28 pm
The Braves announced that they’ve signed right-hander Anibal Sanchez to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League camp for the remainder of Spring Training. The veteran Sanchez, a client of agent Gene Mato, had previously been in camp with the Twins on a non-guaranteed deal but was cut loose when Minnesota’s signing…
Posted: March 16, 2018, 3:17 pm
The Phillies received some bad news on their rotation today, as Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports (via Twitter) that right-hander Jerad Eickhoff has been diagnosed with a strained lat muscle and will be sidelined for the next six to eight weeks. Eickhoff had been projected to occupy a rotation spot behind newly signed…
Posted: March 16, 2018, 3:13 pm
Blue Jays outfield prospect Anthony Alford will miss the next three to six weeks with a Grade 2 hamstring strain, writes Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet. Obviously, that takes the highly touted 23-year-old out of consideration for a spot on the Opening Day roster, though he was likely facing an uphill battle in that regard anyhow,…
Posted: March 16, 2018, 2:16 pm
Though some have wondered whether the Rangers could make a late play for one of the remaining free agents, GM Jon Daniels said today that isn’t in the cards, as Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Texas could surely stand to add another pitcher, with both Alex Cobb and Greg Holland seeming to…
Posted: March 16, 2018, 3:59 am
The Atlantic League’s York Revolution has reached agreement on a deal with lefty Ross Detwiler, per a club announcement. Detwiler, who recently turned 32 years of age, is a nine-year MLB veteran. Over 578 total MLB frames, he owns a lifetime 4.36 ERA with 5.5 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9. Detwiler’s best season came back in…
Posted: March 16, 2018, 2:21 am
The Cardinals won’t necessarily have a set role for right-hander Alex Reyes when he’s able to return from Tommy John surgery, writes Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He’ll be something of a hybrid pitcher, working out of the bullpen but also making occasional starts with a goal of reaching 90 to 100 innings…
Posted: March 16, 2018, 1:09 am
The Mariners have reached a minor-league deal with righty Josh Smith, per Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times (via Twitter). Details aren’t fully clear, but Divish notes that Smith is ultimately expected to land at the team’s top affiliate. Smith, 30, has thrown 127 1/3 total MLB innings of 5.30 ERA ball over the past…
Posted: March 15, 2018, 9:49 pm
Orioles designated hitter Mark Trumbo has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 quadriceps strain and will be out of action for the next three to four weeks, tweets Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun. Meoli adds in a followup tweet that top prospect Ryan Mountcastle has a nondisplaced fracture in his right hand and will…
Posted: March 15, 2018, 7:52 pm
Click here to read a transcript of today’s chat with host Jeff Todd.
Posted: March 15, 2018, 7:13 pm
The Cubs have released right-handed reliever Justin Grimm, reports Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago (Twitter link). Grimm had previously lost an arbitration hearing against the Cubs, resulting in a $2.2MM salary for the upcoming season. However, since arb contracts aren’t fully guaranteed, the Cubs can cut him and owe him 45 days of termination pay…
Posted: March 15, 2018, 7:06 pm
The market for Greg Holland has seemingly been tepid, at best, in recent months. Two teams that have at least considered him as of late, per FanRag’s Jon Heyman, are the Braves and the D-backs. Atlanta has “checked in” on Holland, while Arizona has considered a run at him as well. One oft-connected team that…
Posted: March 15, 2018, 6:08 pm
Neil Walker’s one-year, $4MM deal with the Yankees seems like one of the better bargains achieved by a team in an unprecedentedly slow offseason for free agents, and Ken Davidoff of the New York Post looks back to last offseason when the infielder was discussing a longer-term pact with the Mets. At some point last…
Posted: March 15, 2018, 4:54 pm
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic breaks down the race for some open spots in the Diamondbacks’ bullpen, noting that minor league signee Fernando Salas has outperformed the rest of the competition in terms of pure results. The eight-year veteran has tossed 6 2/3 shutout frames with a 6-to-1 K/BB ratio this spring, though competitors…
Posted: March 15, 2018, 2:21 pm
The White Sox announced on Wednesday that they’ve optioned top outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez to Double-A Birmingham. The 21-year-old homered twice and hit a triple in nine spring plate appearances with the Sox, but he was never viewed as a candidate to break camp with the team. Jimenez has just 18 games of Double-A ball…
Posted: March 15, 2018, 3:34 am
We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the minor-league rule book received some changes of its…
Posted: March 15, 2018, 1:16 am
Click here to view the transcript for MLBTR Chat With Jason Martinez: March 14, 2018
Posted: March 14, 2018, 11:29 pm
The Reds have hired former Red Sox skipper John Farrell, though he won’t be joining the coaching staff of Cinci manager Bryan Price. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com first tweeted news of the hiring. Farrell will function as a scout with the Cincinnati organization, per C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic (Twitter link). It seems the…
Posted: March 14, 2018, 11:15 pm
The Mariners have outrighted right-hander Mike Morin, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times (via Twitter). Evidently, he has already cleared waivers and been removed from the 40-man roster, leaving the organization with two openings. It does not seem that Seattle has imminent plans to fill those cleared roster spots, Perhaps the club felt…
Posted: March 14, 2018, 9:42 pm
With the big exception of a prominent new slugger, the Red Sox will head into 2018 with largely the same roster that won them the AL East last season. Major League Signings J.D. Martinez, OF/DH: Five years, $110MM (deal contains player opt-out clauses after the second, third, and fourth seasons; Red Sox can potentially convert…
Posted: March 14, 2018, 8:33 pm
March 14: Haudricourt tweets that the second opinion on Vogt’s shoulder revealed nothing new, confirming that he’s still suffering from a capsule strain in his throwing shoulder. That could mean he’s in line to open the season on the disabled list, which would temporarily solve the out-of-options logjam at backup catcher. Upon being cleared to…
Posted: March 14, 2018, 5:53 pm