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
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.
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
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.
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,
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
Posted: February 17, 2020, 11:00 pm
It’s been a rough week for the Astros.
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
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
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
Posted: February 17, 2020, 10:39 pm
The Cubs’ owner dodged a direct answer on if both were in the team’s longterm plans.
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.
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
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
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.”
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
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
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
Posted: February 17, 2020, 9:11 pm
With Yahoo Fantasy Baseball here for the 2020 season, our analysts reveal their Top-300 draft rankings.
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
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
Posted: February 17, 2020, 9:03 pm
The hope is that this catches on and becomes part of the norm.
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
Posted: February 17, 2020, 8:58 pm
When even the ever-stoic Mike Trout is ripping you, you know you REALLY messed up.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 8:02 pm
Turner: “I don’t know if the commissioner has ever won anything in his life”
Posted: February 17, 2020, 7:10 pm
Tom Ricketts disagreed with the notion that the team’s hamstrung by the Competitive Balance Tax.
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.
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
Posted: February 17, 2020, 6:50 pm
Mark Canha showed off his versatility and power in a larger role last season.
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?
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.
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.
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?
Posted: February 17, 2020, 2:13 pm