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A’s fans will have to wait a little longer to see their new closer.
Author: NBC Sports BayArea
Posted: March 9, 2021, 6:38 am
Right-hander Jake Odorizzi and the Houston Astros finalized a $20.25 million, two-year contract Monday that guarantees $20.25 million over two years or $23.5 million over three seasons.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: March 9, 2021, 4:52 am
After a season of mostly empty ballparks in Chicago, the famed marquee at Wrigley Field said it all.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: March 9, 2021, 4:46 am
Corey Seager smashes his first home run of the spring, plus Javier Báez crushes a three-run homer on this edition of FastCast
Author: MLB.com
Posted: March 9, 2021, 3:11 am
Mets 2019 1st-round pick Brett Baty wasn’t expecting an invite to big league camp this spring but says it’s ‘been a dream come true’. He also talks about his “natural” opposite-field swing and changes he’s made to his physique.
Author: SNY
Posted: March 9, 2021, 2:15 am
David Price, who opted out of the 2020 season, has made 311 starts in 12 illustrious seasons. He offered to be a reliever if it’s best for the Dodgers.
Author: LA Times
Posted: March 9, 2021, 12:55 am
José Iglesias doesn’t seem to be feeling pressure replacing Gold Glove winner Andrelton Simmons at shortstop for the Angels, turning in jaw-dropping plays.
Author: LA Times
Posted: March 9, 2021, 12:51 am
On the Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino discuss the likely numbers that it would take for the Mets to get contract extensions done with Michael Conforto and Francisco Lindor.
Author: SNY
Posted: March 9, 2021, 12:30 am
Maddie Lee and Gordon Wittenmyer discuss fans returning to Wrigley Field this season and how it will impact Cubs players and the organization.
Author: NBC Sports Chicago
Posted: March 9, 2021, 12:21 am
J.D. Davis’ -8 DRS were tied for the worst for all third basemen, but he says he’s getting more comfortable and getting tips from Francisco Lindor.
Author: SNY
Posted: March 9, 2021, 12:21 am
The unprecedented leap from 60 games last year to 162 is creating the most puzzling roster planning in years for teams trying to project fatigue and injury risks for their pitching staffs.
Author: NBC Sports Chicago
Posted: March 9, 2021, 12:20 am
Mancini had plenty to say about baseball and other topics.
Author: NBC Sports Washington
Posted: March 9, 2021, 12:15 am
Angels fall, 10-9, to Milwaukee despite two home runs by Justin Upton and one each by Anthony Rendon, Jordyn Adams and José Rojas.
Author: LA Times
Posted: March 9, 2021, 12:10 am
The Dodgers defeated the White Sox, 8-0, and Julio Urías set the tone, retiring the first nine batters in order. Corey Seager hit a three-run homer.
Author: LA Times
Posted: March 8, 2021, 11:01 pm
News of Rheal Cormiers death at the age of 53 after a quiet battle with cancer was shocking and sad. Jim Salisbury remembers Cormier, a gutsy reliever and an even better man.
Author: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Posted: March 8, 2021, 10:49 pm
Evan Longoria is off to an encouraging start as the Giants ease him back onto the field.
Author: NBC Sports BayArea
Posted: March 8, 2021, 10:45 pm
Mets SS Francisco Lindor gets aboard twice and 2B Jake Hager hits a 3-run homer in New Yorks Monday spring training game against the Washington Nationals.
Author: SNY
Posted: March 8, 2021, 10:15 pm
Javier Bez’s three-run shot was part of a five-run fifth inning for the Cubs.
Author: NBC Sports Chicago
Posted: March 8, 2021, 10:11 pm
Jose Martinez will be out for at least four months with a torn meniscus, Mets manager Luis Rojas told reporters on Monday.
Author: SNY
Posted: March 8, 2021, 9:50 pm
While the Yankees continue their spring training schedule, here are the latest mailbag questions for SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino to answer…
Author: SNY
Posted: March 8, 2021, 9:46 pm
The Mets are reportedly among the teams interested in free agent third baseman Maikel Franco.
Author: SNY
Posted: March 8, 2021, 9:41 pm
Former Red Sox left-hander Rheal Cormier, a fixture on a pair of postseason teams in Boston, died of pancreatic cancer Monday at age 53.
Author: NBC Sports Boston
Posted: March 8, 2021, 9:34 pm
Francisco Lindor got his first two hits of spring training and Matt Allan debuted.
Author: SNY
Posted: March 8, 2021, 9:33 pm
Cubs outfielder Jake Marisnick has been working back from a minor calf injury.
Author: NBC Sports Chicago
Posted: March 8, 2021, 9:32 pm
After struggling in his spring debut on Thursday, Dellin Betances is much more confident about his fastball command after Monday’s outing.
Author: SNY
Posted: March 8, 2021, 9:18 pm
Manager Dave Roberts, whose mother is Japanese, wrote a letter to his Dodgers colleagues condemning the recent wave of violence against Asian Americans.
Author: LA Times
Posted: March 8, 2021, 8:47 pm
Mets pitcher Jordan Yamamoto breaks down his approach to making the Mets opening day roster, saying baseball is a game of numbers and he has to perform to keep his job. Yamamoto also laughs off his error in the first inning of today’s spring training game.
Author: SNY
Posted: March 8, 2021, 8:45 pm
Detroit Tigers catcher Grayson Greiner sends message after breaking nose in Sunday’s game against Toronto Blue Jays.
Author: Detroit Free Press
Posted: March 8, 2021, 8:15 pm
Sam McWilliams, Mets manager Luis Rojas, and new outfielder Kevin Pillar discuss the pitcher’s development so far in spring training.
Author: SNY
Posted: March 8, 2021, 7:30 pm
Cubs reliever Pedro Strop, who has been quarantined away from camp since violating COVID-19 protocols Friday, has tested negative and could rejoin the team Tuesday or Wednesday.
Author: NBC Sports Chicago
Posted: March 8, 2021, 7:04 pm
On Monday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the return of fans to Chicagos major-league ballparks.
Author: NBC Sports Chicago
Posted: March 8, 2021, 7:04 pm
The Mets added a lot of talent this off-season including players Francisco Lindor, Carlos Carrasco, James McCann, Trevor May and more. On this edition of The Cookie Club Crumbs presented by Insomnia Cookies, Dom Smith and J.D. Davis explain to Steve Gelbs who they believe was the most underrated addition to the team.
Author: SNY
Posted: March 8, 2021, 6:45 pm
There are plenty of new faces in the Red Sox dugout in 2021, and a few of them have our John Tomase excited. He shares three names who could bring some juice to Fenway this summer.
Author: NBC Sports Boston
Posted: March 8, 2021, 6:35 pm
Kervin Castro impressed the Giants in the instructional league and carried that over to the spring. He’s looking more and more like a bullpen option later this season.
Author: NBC Sports BayArea
Posted: March 8, 2021, 6:32 pm
Darvish showed support for his friend and fellow Japanese star.
Author: NBC Sports Washington
Posted: March 8, 2021, 6:05 pm
Our analysts reveal their favorite draft targets from the five NL Central teams.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: March 8, 2021, 5:01 pm
On International Women’s Day, MLB’s Sarah Langs discusses her level of interest in pursuing a front office MLB job, and whether or not the increasing number of stories regarding inappropriate conduct in those front offices have dissuaded her at all.
Author: SNY
Posted: March 8, 2021, 4:45 pm
There will be reduced capacities and new protocols at both Wrigley and Guaranteed Rate Field.
Author: NBC Sports Chicago
Posted: March 8, 2021, 4:32 pm
By the nature of their contracts, Garrett Richards and Corey Kluber might be compared to each other all season. That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, writes John Tomase.
Author: NBC Sports Boston
Posted: March 8, 2021, 3:50 pm
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed Monday that reliever Jeremy Jeffress was released due to personnel reasons.
Author: NBC Sports Washington
Posted: March 8, 2021, 3:17 pm
Here’s what happened on Sunday in Mets Land, in case you missed it.
Author: SNY
Posted: March 8, 2021, 2:54 pm
Jose Martinez got the start for the Mets at first base on Sunday, but he had to leave the game early following a bad knee injury.
Author: SNY
Posted: March 8, 2021, 2:13 pm
Yahoo Sports compiles the three longest and most impressive home runs for the New York Mets since 2015.
Author: Yahoo Sports Videos
Posted: March 8, 2021, 2:03 pm
Lindor, 27, has said he wants any negotiation to be done by Opening Day, though Sandy Alderson recently said he doesn’t view Opening Day as a hard deadline.
Author: SNY
Posted: March 8, 2021, 1:53 pm
Watch the Game Highlights from Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers, 03/07/2021
Author: NHL Highlights
Posted: March 8, 2021, 3:27 am
Now that Jake Arrieta is healthy, the Cubs are hoping to leverage their familiarity with the veteran right-hander into a bounce back season.
Author: NBC Sports Chicago
Posted: March 8, 2021, 12:27 am
Gordon Wittenmyer and Maddie Lee discuss Pedro Strop violating MLB’s COVID-19 safety protocols and Jake Arrieta’s first spring start.
Author: NBC Sports Chicago
Posted: March 8, 2021, 12:17 am
Yankees Aaron Judge compliments teammate Brett Gardner’s grand slam Sunday, saying it helped get the rest of the team going. Plus, Aaron Boone says he is confident in New York’s depth going into the season.
Author: SNY
Posted: March 8, 2021, 12:15 am
None of us are going to be mad at Pedro. Its just a little slip-up, said Jake Arrieta of teammate Pedro Strop’s COVID-19 protocol violation. Its a moment for us to realize that we need to take the protocols seriously and keep everybody as safe as possible so we can play all 162 this year.
Author: NBC Sports Chicago
Posted: March 8, 2021, 12:03 am
Jaime Barria retired six of seven batters and José Suarez threw two scoreless innings in the Angels’ 6-2 exhibition win over the Seattle Mariners.
Author: LA Times
Posted: March 7, 2021, 11:51 pm
The season is just around the corner, which means draft season is already underway. Everything you need to build a championship roster is only a click away.
Posted: March 7, 2021, 6:11 pm

David Price said he’s open to playing any role for the Dodgers, who boast a lineup with seven bona fide starting pitchers.
Posted: March 9, 2021, 6:28 am
Rheal Cormier’s baseball career saw him pitch 16 seasons in the majors and represent Canada in the Olympics twice. He died Monday at age 53 from cancer.
Posted: March 9, 2021, 1:54 am
In an internal email to the Dodgers organization, manager Dave Roberts, the son of a Black father and a Japanese mother, speaks out about the rise of violence against Asian Americans.
Posted: March 8, 2021, 8:26 pm
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo declined to specify why reliever Jeremy Jeffress was released Sunday, only saying Monday that it wasn’t related to his performance on the field. Meanwhile, Jon Lester returned to camp after having surgery last week.
Posted: March 8, 2021, 7:51 pm
Eric Karabell takes us on a tour of spring training action, including an Astros rotation that has to deal with some troubling injury news.
Posted: March 8, 2021, 6:25 pm
Chicago is lifting some coronavirus restrictions in time for MLB’s Opening Day, allowing fans to attend games at Wrigley Field and Guaranteed Rate Field for the first time in more than a year.
Posted: March 8, 2021, 6:18 pm
With the postseason set to shrink from 16 back to 10, we identify the six from last year’s field who could end up on the wrong side of the 2021 playoff picture.
Posted: March 8, 2021, 1:10 pm
Indians third baseman José Ramírez and slugger Franmil Reyes have been isolated from their teammates at spring training after breaking COVID-19 protocols.
Posted: March 7, 2021, 9:11 pm
Teams have manipulated service time for years. But things might be changing. Will it help, hurt or not matter to some of these big names with eyes on the majors?
Posted: March 7, 2021, 2:57 pm
Dodgers offseason acquisition Trevor Bauer navigated through his first inning against the Padres on Saturday by pitching mostly with his right eye closed, a training method he said he uses frequently as a means to make himself uncomfortable.
Posted: March 7, 2021, 12:35 pm
Chicago is rebuilding — but also good enough to compete in the NL Central. Here’s why that could create a big problem for the team’s future plans.
Posted: March 7, 2021, 4:10 am
Vandy’s ace duo is sure to come off the board early this summer. Here’s what seeing them pitch on the same day revealed about their draft stock.
Posted: March 5, 2021, 11:38 am
From former All-Stars trying to make one more roster to top prospects getting a first chance, there are some intriguing players to watch in every spring training camp.
Posted: March 1, 2021, 5:00 pm

José Martínez suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee yesterday, Mets manager Luis Rojas told reporters (including Anthony DiComo of MLB.com and Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News). The first baseman/corner outfielder will undergo surgery this weekend. He is expected to be out around four months. Martínez was injured when he collided…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: March 9, 2021, 5:09 am
The Blue Jays were one of the more active teams in baseball this offseason. Rumored to be interested in virtually every high-profile player on the free agent or trade markets, Toronto eventually made a handful of key additions, none bigger than George Springer. The former Astros star was followed by Marcus Semien, who rounds out a potentially…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: March 9, 2021, 4:35 am
The Astros have added the top player remaining in free agency, announcing an agreement with righty Jake Odorizzi. The deal is a two-year pact with a player option for the 2023 season. Odorizzi is represented by Excel Sports Management. Odorizzi is guaranteed $23.5MM. That takes the form of a $6MM signing bonus, a $6MM salary in…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: March 9, 2021, 2:43 am
The latest on COVID-19 and Major League Baseball: The Astros have placed Pedro Báez on the injured list, per a team announcement. The move clears space on the 40-man roster for Jake Odorizzi, whose signing has been made official. While the club didn’t give a reason for Báez’s IL placement, it’s almost certainly related to COVID-19. The veteran…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: March 9, 2021, 1:28 am
Athletics reliever Trevor Rosenthal is dealing with a slight groin strain, manager Bob Melvin told reporters (including Martín Gallegos of MLB.com and Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle). The team believes it’s a minor issue, Melvin says, but there’s no current timetable for when Rosenthal will resume throwing. It isn’t clear if Rosenthal will have…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: March 9, 2021, 12:23 am
4:49 pm: While the Mets have checked in on Franco, a deal is “unlikely to come together at the moment,” reports Tim Britton of the Athletic (via Twitter). 2:35 pm: Franco is expected to pick his next team within the next couple of days, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link).…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: March 8, 2021, 10:49 pm
The Nationals’ release of Jeremy Jeffress yesterday carried some mystery, both because it came so early in Spring Training (and within three weeks of Jeffress signing with the Nats) and because GM Mike Rizzo used the odd phrasing of describing the release as due to “personnel reasons.”  Rizzo didn’t provide much further clarification in speaking…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: March 8, 2021, 8:55 pm
After being halted in 2020 due to the pandemic, Major League Baseball’s revenue-sharing system between bigger-market and smaller-market teams will return in an altered form in 2021, The Athletic’s Evan Drellich reports (subscription required).  Smaller-market clubs will only receive half of the normal amount of funds this year, with the other half coming in 2022. …
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: March 8, 2021, 6:22 pm
TODAY: The Brewers officially announced Bradley’s deal.  To create roster space, utilityman Tim Lopes (oblique) has been moved to the 60-day injured list. MARCH 4, 1:05pm: Bradley’s 2021 salary is $13MM, tweets Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. He’ll earn $11MM in 2022 if he declines to opt out. 10:45am: Some of Bradley’s salary is deferred, tweets…
Author: Steve Adams
Posted: March 8, 2021, 5:31 pm
The Cubs will welcome fans back to Wrigley Field in 2021, the team announced today. They have been approved by the city to fill the stadium to 20 percent capacity, beginning on opening day. “In coordination with MLB, top health experts and local officials, we developed a comprehensive plan that prioritizes the health and safety…
Author: TC Zencka
Posted: March 8, 2021, 4:50 pm
The Washington Nationals have famously fielded top-heavy rosters typically built around a core of strong starting pitching. Since Washington’s first playoff appearance in 2012, they’ve advanced to postseason play five times in nine years, always on the backs of their starting pitching. The starting pitching units on their playoff teams (2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019)…
Author: TC Zencka
Posted: March 8, 2021, 3:58 pm
The Mets and Francisco Lindor will explore extension talks “in earnest” this week, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (via Twitter). Lindor has set opening day as the deadline for an extension, but the Mets have not appeared overly concerned by the limited timetable thus far. They are presumably confident in their ability to work something…
Author: TC Zencka
Posted: March 8, 2021, 2:37 pm
The Nationals have released right-hander Jeremy Jeffress, Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post reports.  The move was made due to “personnel reasons,” GM Mike Rizzo said in a statement. Jeffress only signed his minor league contract with the Nats back on February 22, and would have earned at least $1.25MM in guaranteed salary had he…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: March 8, 2021, 5:00 am
The White Sox probably won’t make any more additions before Opening Day, general manager Rick Hahn told Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times. While Hahn cautioned the front office would never foreclose the possibility of another pickup, it seems they’re content with the group of players already in the organization. “We still have conversations…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: March 8, 2021, 3:51 am
Mike Soroka threw two innings in “simulated game conditions” this morning, reports David O’Brien of the Athletic. That marks a key milestone in the 23-year-old’s recovery from the ruptured Achilles that ended his 2020 season last August. It remains unclear precisely when Soroka will be ready to pitch this year, although O’Brien notes there has been…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: March 8, 2021, 1:26 am