• Dallas Keuchel, Astros did talk long-term contract

    Hardball Talk "Dallas Keuchel‘s agent Darek Braunecker told MLB Network Radio in early January that he had not engaged in any long-term contract negotiations with the Astros’ front office. Two weeks later, the sides reached a one-year, $7.25 million agreement, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing. So was a..." February 14

  • A.J. Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers will share the catching duties for the Braves

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Barring injuries or other unexpected developments, the Braves plan to have Freddie Freeman at first base and Nick Markakis in right field for almost every game in 2016 and have newcomer Ender Inciarte as the primary center fielder — at least until prospect Mallex Smith is ready, at which point..." February 14

  • Tanaka looks good in first session off mound

    MLB.com "Masahiro Tanaka looked good in his first session throwing off a mound, Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said on Sunday outside the George M. Steinbrenner Field complex. Tanaka threw about 20 pitches in the bullpen on Saturday, his first time on the hill since having offseason surgery to..." February 14

  • Jose Fernandez wants $30 million a year, Marlins don’t plan on paying

    Hardball Talk "You’ve heard the stories by now. Jose Fernandez does not get along with Marlins management and is doubtful to sign a long-term contract with the team. There’s still time for those relationships to be repaired — Fernandez can’t become a free agent until after the 2018 season — but we also have a..." February 14

  • Padres have tried to trade Matt Kemp

    Larry Brown Sports "Just one season after picking him up via trade, the San Diego Padres are reportedly trying to get out of Matt Kemp’s contract. Baseball Essential’s Robert Murray cited league sources saying that the Padres have tried to move the outfielder." February 14

  • Manfred: 'Makes sense' for Cubs to host All-Star Game soon

    The Score "The Midsummer Classic could be heading back to Wrigley Field in the near future. On Saturday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred suggested the Chicago Cubs ought to host the All-Star Game at their iconic ballpark for the first time since 1990 once ongoing renovations are completed. "It makes sense..." February 14

  • Mets’ Jenrry Mejia Is Said to Deny Doping Claims

    New York Times "Each time Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, he has declined to discuss the results or has maintained his innocence. Even after his third failed test in less than a year, which was announced Friday and resulted in a lifetime ban from Major League..." February 14

  • Mets GM Sandy Alderson: Goal for David Wright is 130 games

    ESPN "David Wright missed four months of last season because of spinal stenosis in his lower back. Now that he is back, the New York Mets will continue to be cautious with their 33-year-old captain. In fact, general manager Sandy Alderson said the goal is for Wright to play a maximum of 130 games..." February 14

  • MLBPA chief says it would be 'beneficial' to look into a draft lottery

    CBS Sports "At some point very soon, MLB and the MLBPA will sit down to begin discussions about the next collective bargaining agreement. The current CBA expires on Dec. 1. Baseball is going on 21 years of labor peace, and I can't imagine either side wants a work stoppage. Among the many items to be..." February 14

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    Pete Abraham @PeteAbe

    The #RedSox are considering free-agent LHPs. Neal Cotts and Frankljn Morales among those under consideration.

  • Tony Clark is not happy so many players remain unsigned

    Hardball Talk "We’re almost halfway through February. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training soon. And yet, there are more than a handful of solid free agents that remain unsigned. Among them: Yovani Gallardo, Ian Desmond, and Dexter Fowler. All three have draft pick compensation tied to them, as each..." February 14

  • San Francisco Giants' stellar infield could help Cueto, Samardzija cash in

    USA Today "Revamping the rotation was the focal point of the San Francisco Giants’ offseason, as the team spent a combined $220 million on free-agent starters Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. Much cheaper and just as important to the Giants’ quest for a fourth World Series title this decade will be the..." February 14

  • Bautista: I haven't paid for a meal or drink in Toronto since the bat flip

    The Score "In October, Jose Bautista authored one of the greatest moments in Toronto Blue Jays history with his go-ahead, three-run homer in Game 5 of ALDS against the Texas Rangers and the unforgettable bat flip that followed. On Friday, the 35-year-old superstar said he's been reaping the benefits of his..." February 13

  • Brewers GM: Acquiring Jacob Nottingham doesn’t change Jonathan Lucroy’s status

    Hardball Talk "The Brewers acquired prospects Jake Nottingham and Bubba Derby from the Athletics on Friday in exchange for slugging outfielder Khris Davis. The hope is that Nottingham will develop into the Brewers’ catcher of the future, so you could say that the club is planning for life after Jonathan Lucroy...." February 13

  • These teams are talking trades later than usual this offseason

    Fox Sports "Early February usually is a quiet time in baseball, reserved for non-roster invitations to spring training, maybe a stray free-agent signing or two. Not this year. Spring training camps open next week, and nearly 60 players remain free agents. Numerous teams also are engaged in trade talks,..." February 13

  • Chipper Jones picks the Mets as 2016 World Series favorites

    CBS Sports "After years of punishing the Mets on the field, Braves legend Chipper Jones is picking them to win the 2016 World Series. "They're my early season pick to probably go all the way," he said during a recent appearance on MLB Network Radio. "I think the blueprint is kind of what the New York Mets..." February 13

  • Cleveland Indians sign RHP Tommy Hunter to 1-year deal worth $2 million

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians wanted to add another reliever to their stampede of pitchers before spring training opened next week and they did. The Tribe reached a one-year, $2 million deal with right-hander Tommy Hunter on Friday. Including Hunter, the Indians are bringing 18 relievers to camp and 31 pitchers..." February 13

  • Panik among injured Giants who returns at '100 percent'

    CSN Bay Area "Brian Sabean got his two starting pitchers. He got his center fielder. His roster is just about set, from the rotation to the lineup to the bullpen. So ... what keeps the vice president of baseball operations up at night as the season approaches? "Health. Health," Sabean said. "It's always..." February 13

  • Jenrry Mejia: “It is not like they say. I am sure that I did not use anything.”

    Hardball Talk "Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia was permanently suspended on Friday after testing positive for a third time for a performance-enhancing drug. The right-hander is maintaining his innocence, as ESPN’s Adam Rubin notes in quoting Dominican sports journalist Hector Gomez. Mejia said, “It is not like they..." February 13

  • Astros' Correa to appear in Roberto Clemente movie

    Fox 26 Houston "Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year, signed a five-year contract with Adidas on Wednesday. “This deal assures that Carlos will be compensated at the highest levels of Major League Baseball,” said Frankie Higginbotham, Correa’s marketing manager,..." February 13

  • Brewers trade Khris Davis to A's

    CBS Sports "The rebuilding Milwaukee Brewers have made another trade, dealing power-hitting outfielder Khris Davis to the Oakland Athletics. The Brewers announced the move as official Friday evening. The Brewers' return in the deal is a pair of minor leaguers. Catcher Jacob Nottingham and right-handed..." February 13

  • Pitchers to debut new protective headwear in spring training

    ESPN "Early in spring training, 20 big league pitchers are expected to receive newly designed protective headwear resulting from a collaboration between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association. "A hybrid of a cap and a helmet" is how MLB vice president Patrick Houlihan describes the..." February 13

  • Jenrry Mejia joins dubious list of permanently banned players

    CBS Sports "If there's any silver lining to Jenrry Mejia after he tested positive for a steroid and was slapped with a permanent ban from baseball, maybe it's that he's now immortalized in baseball history. There aren't many players to receive a permanent ban and he's actually the first to have it done via..." February 13

  • Jenrry Mejia gets permanent ban from MLB after third positive PED test

    New York Daily News "Forget about Jenrry Mejia helping out the Mets. Forget about Jenrry Mejia helping out any team. It’s three strikes and you’re out. " February 13

  • Yankees' Aroldis Chapman: Settles with Yankees at $11.325 million

    CBS Sports "Chapman and the Yankees avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $11.325 million deal, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.com reports. Chapman still faces a possible suspension for a domestic violence allegation dating back to last October, but this clears at least one offseason issue for the Cuban closer..." February 13

  • Cuban defector Yuliesky Gourriel reportedly interested in playing for New York

    Pinstripe Alley "After defecting from Cuba on Monday, Cuban third baseman Yuliesky Gourriel has reportedly expressed interest in playing for the Yankees. Gourriel, along with his younger brother, Lourdes, left their team hotel while in the Dominican Republic with the intention of playing baseball in the United..." February 12

  • Sources: Padres Have Tried to Trade Matt Kemp

    Baseball Essential "The San Diego Padres have tried to trade outfielder Matt Kemp, according to league sources. Mickey Koke of ThroughTheFenceBaseball.com tells me that Kemp hasn’t been involved in any of the offseason fan promotions or uniform unveiling. Kemp also was not mentioned by manager Andy Green when..." February 12

  • Twins’ Joe Mauer says concussions blurred vision; affected hitting

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Twins first baseman Joe Mauer has not suffered a concussion since ending his catching career in 2013, but lingering symptoms occasionally blurred his vision at the plate the past two seasons, he revealed during an interview. Mauer told the Pioneer Press this week he will experiment hitting with..." February 12

  • Denard Span, not Angel Pagan, will be Giants’ center fielder and leadoff hitter

    Hardball Talk "Making official what was assumed when the Giants signed Denard Span to a three-year, $31 million contract last month, manager Bruce Bochy announced that Span will start in center field and bat leadoff. That means 34-year-old Angel Pagan, who’s been the Giants’ starting center fielder and..." February 12

  • Stephen A. Smith, ESPN sued by parents of dethroned Little League champs

    Sporting News "Parents of Jackie Robinson West baseball players who were stripped of their 2014 U.S. Little League championship last year have filed a lawsuit against ESPN and commentator Stephen A. Smith, claiming they defamed the team. The team, composed of all African American youths from Chicago, captured..." February 12

  • Bryce Harper Comments on Potential of Receiving $400 Million Contract

    Bleacher Report "At 23 years old, Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper is becoming the face of Major League Baseball. He's a three-time All-Star in just four seasons in the majors and is the reigning National League MVP after a campaign in which he hit .330 with 42 home runs and 99 RBI. Although he won't be a..." February 12

  • Yankees, Aroldis Chapman arbitration hearing Feb. 19, report says

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Yankees and left-hander Aroldis Chapman will have an arbitration hearing February 19 to decide what the closer will be paid this season, per a report via Twitter from Jon Heyman: As Heyman wrote, Chapman is asking for $13.1 million while New York filed $9 million. This season will be..." February 12

  • Yankees' ace Tanaka isn't sure he'll be ready by Opening Day

    CBS Sports "Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka continues to recover from October surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow. However, Tanaka might not be ready to answer the bell for the Yankees' opener on April 4 in a 2015 AL wild card rematch at home against the Astros. MLB.com's Bryan Hoch writes that Tanaka..." February 12

  • Agent: Lazarito Armenteros Not Close To Decision

    MLB Trade Rumors "Charles Hairston, the agent for 16-year-old Cuban prospect Lazaro Armenteros (also the cousin of former Major Leaguers Scott Hairston and Jerry Hairston Jr.), tells MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez that his client is not close to a decision (links to Sanchez on Twitter). While multiple reports earlier this..." February 12

  • The Angels will never, ever, ever, ever, ever trade Mike Trout

    SB Nation "ESPN's Keith Law released his ranking of every farm system in baseball, and the Los Angeles Angels ranked No. 30. It was not a soft No. 30. I've been doing these rankings for eight years now, and this is by far the worst system I've ever seen. C'mon, don't mince words, man, give it to us..." February 12

  • Royals agree to a 2-year, $14.3 million deal with Mike Moustakas, avoiding arbitration

    Kansas City Star "In nearly a decade as Royals general manager, Dayton Moore had never gone to an arbitration hearing with an eligible player. On Thursday evening, in the week before the Royals will report to spring training in Surprise, Ariz., the streak stayed alive. The Royals agreed to a two-year contract..." February 12

  • Yankees talk to former Met Ike Davis, now a free agent, with Greg Bird out

    New York Daily News "Ike Davis might have a chance to make it New York after all. With the Yankees. GM Brian Cashman confirmed that the Bombers have been talking with the former Mets first baseman, currently a free agent, in light of Greg Bird being lost for this season due to shoulder surgery. “We’ve talked..." February 12

  • Tim Lincecum is working out in an “secret location”

    Hardball Talk "A free agent pitcher on the decline coming off of major surgery and still looking for work on February 12 isn’t exactly the definition of Big News. But as newspaper men have known for ages, if you make a bit of information sound cool enough, it becomes news. Or, in some cases, you can make a..." February 12

  • Report: Orioles like Reds' Jay Bruce

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Baltimore Orioles like Reds outfielder Jay Bruce in addition to a couple of other players, FOXSports.com senior baseball writer and MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reports via Twitter, though Rosenthal adds that Baltimore might not have the prospects to land Bruce in a deal with..." February 12

  • White Sox Considering Shortstop Ian Desmond

    CBSChicago.com "Two weeks ago, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn expressed his comfort with the team’s roster in present form, but admitted he’s still looking for players to add. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the White Sox are among teams considering shortstop Ian Desmond, previously of the..." February 11

  • Dan Duquette addresses possible free agent additions Yovani Gallardo, Dexter Fowler

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette appeared on the Orioles’ hot stove radio show on 105.7 The Fan on Thursday, and addressed a pair of free agents who have popped up as possible late additions to his ballclub — right-hander Yovani Gallardo and outfielder Dexter Fowler. When asked..." February 11

  • Rays present keys to Habitat for Humanity home they helped build

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays manager Kevin Cash presents the keys to a new Habitat for Humanity home to Lakeba Wallace and her daughter on Thursday, with St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, team president Brian Auld and other club officials and mascot Raymond looking on. The Rays not only provided funding for..." February 11

  • Padres name Hideo Nomo Advisor, Baseball Operations

    MLB.com "The San Diego Padres today announced the club has named former Major League pitcher Hideo Nomo advisor, baseball operations, a role in which he will be involved in player development and baseball operations, as well as helping the Padres expand their presence in the Pacific Rim. Executive Vice..." February 11

  • Red Sox may seek to improve bullpen

    Boston Globe "With spring training starting next week, the Red Sox are open to the idea of finding a bargain on the free agent market. One possibility would be improving the bullpen, a major league source said Thursday. Lefthanders Neal Cotts and Franklin Morales are among the relievers under consideration..." February 11

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Dodgers trying to trade IF/OF Alex Guerrero. Talking to numerous teams. Fits best with an AL club.

  • Bryce Harper's free agency is hard to ignore, even if it is three years away

    CBS Sports "It's already happening. People are already talking about the upcoming free agency of Nationals wunderkind Bryce Harper. And by people I mean fans, members of the media, and surely folks working inside the game for the 30 MLB clubs. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports wrote about Harper's free agency..." February 11

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Orioles making progress on Gallardo.

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    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    #pirates sign LHP Cory Luebke to minor lg deal with NRI to spring training.

  • Bautista will 'pretend' to coach in NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    The Score "Jose Bautista isn't going to try to fool anyone with his basketball coaching abilities when he steps onto the sidelines this weekend. The Toronto Blue Jays slugger, who is one of four coaches of the Canadian team for Friday's NBA Celebrity All-Star Game in Toronto, will do his best to pretend..." February 11

  • The Orioles want all the leftover free agents

    SB Nation "The Orioles' offseason was in this weird holding pattern for much of the winter, mostly because they were staring at Scott Boras quietly in a room for two months, waiting for him to say that Chris Davis liked their offer. While they were doing that, unsure of what money they would have leftover..." February 11