• Teams have improved their offers for Quintana

    CBSChicago.com "Trade rumors have been swirling around White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana since early December. Now, the latest intelligence on the trade market is that several teams have made more significant offers in the last week with hope of acquiring Quintana as the White Sox continue on their rebuilding..." January 16

  • Mets want two prospects for Jay Bruce

    Hardball Talk "In a column for CSN Philly on Sunday, Jim Salisbury mentions that the Mets are seeking two prospects for outfielder Jay Bruce. “Prospects,” in this case, seems to be a nebulous term. Salisbury adds that the Phillies have had “longstanding interest” in Bruce, but the team prefers to hold onto its..." January 16

  • Cubs benched Jorge Soler several times in 2016 for lack of hustle

    CSN Chicago "When the Cubs traded Jorge Soler to the Kansas City Royals for elite closer Wade Davis, it was easy for the Chicago fanbase to understand why. After all, everybody saw the importance of relief pitching throughout the course of the 2016 postseason and there simply wouldn't be enough playing time..." January 16

  • Cardinals closer Oh Seung-hwan added to nat'l team for World Baseball Classic

    Yonhap News Agency "St. Louis Cardinals closer Oh Seung-hwan on Wednesday was added to the national baseball team for the upcoming World Baseball Classic (WBC). Despite recording 19 saves with a 1.92 ERA as a major league rookie last year, Oh was initially kept off the 28-man roster announced in November because..." January 16

  • Blue Jays nearing deal with Jose Bautista

    Sportsnet "After months of speculation, rumours, hearsay and tweets by a nervous fanbase, it appears the Toronto Blue Jays and outfielder Jose Bautista won’t be parting after all. The club appears to be nearing a deal to re-sign the free agent, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reported late Sunday..." January 16

  • Cubs pushing to host All-Star Game at Wrigley in 2020

    Chicago Sun-Times "President of business operations Crane Kenney said Saturday he’s optimistic the Cubs can land the All-Star Game in 2020, the year construction at Wrigley Field is expected to be finished. But that doesn’t mean it’s close to a done deal. ‘‘The city wants it; we want it,’’ Kenney said, addressing..." January 15

  • Kinsler 'possible fallback' if Dodgers can't land Dozier

    CBS Sports "Right now, the Dodgers are slated to open the 2017 season -- in which they'll aim for a fifth straight NL West title -- with Enrique Hernandez as their primary second baseman. Hernandez has his uses and is a useful player to have on the active roster, but he's stretched as an everyday player...." January 15

  • Chris Carter’s agent doesn’t see deal getting done anytime soon

    Fanrag Sports "Veteran slugger and first baseman Chris Carter still does not have a home for the 2017 season. Despite leading the entire National League in home runs as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers last season, Carter was not retained by the National League Central club for a second go-round. On Sunday..." January 15

  • Manny Ramirez’s desire to keep playing is being supported all over baseball

    Boston Globe "Manny Ramirez is 44 years old and attempting to play baseball again, for the Kochi Fighting Dogs of the independent Shikoku Island League in Japan. Ramirez appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this year, and it looks as if he’ll stay on the ballot — on Ryan Thibodaux’s website..." January 15

  • Russell Martin and Freddie Freeman to join Team Canada in 2017 WBC

    Hardball Talk "Reports from Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi and Ben Nicholson-Smith confirmed two more additions to Team Canada’s roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin. Martin is pegged to start at shortstop during the competition, which..." January 15

  • Gagne, Dempster planning to pitch for Canada at WBC

    Sportsnet "Last year, Ryan Dempster started throwing a baseball again and to his great surprise it didn’t hurt. So the native of Gibsons, B.C., who hadn’t been on a pitching mound since striking out Matt Adams to end Game 1 of 2013 World Series, kept on playing catch, eventually convincing himself to get..." January 15

  • Carl Crawford might be ready to call it quits

    Hardball Talk "According to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, a Dodgers official believes that free agent outfielder Carl Crawford is ready to retire from Major League Baseball. Crawford, 35, was released from the Dodgers last June during his fourth year with the organization. Prior to his release, Crawford..." January 15

  • Indians continuing to monitor Bautista, free-agent market

    CBS Sports "Earlier this offseason, the Cleveland Indians signed designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year pact worth $60 million -- the largest contract handed out in franchise history. It stood to reason the Indians wouldn't make another big move this winter -- at least not via the free-agent..." January 15

  • Michael Saunders still hopeful of return to Blue Jays

    Sportsnet "Calls from other teams haven’t diminished Michael Saunders’ interest in returning to the Toronto Blue Jays. Although clubs such as the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the free agent outfielder, he’s still hopeful of re-signing with the team he grew up rooting for. “We’ve been..." January 15

  • David Price says he heard racist taunts from Red Sox fans at Fenway Park in 2016

    CBS Sports "For the second straight offseason, the Red Sox went out and acquired a left-handed ace this winter. This year it was Chris Sale, who came over in a trade with the White Sox. Last year it was David Price, who inked a seven-year contract worth $217 million. It's the richest pitching contract in..." January 14

  • Jake Arrieta, Cubs May Be Moving On After 2017

    CBSChicago.com "Right-hander Jake Arrieta and the Cubs avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $15.6-million deal Friday, setting his salary for 2017. The agreement on the contract will be his last with the team unless he and the Cubs agree on a long-term extension. This coming November, Arrieta is set to become..." January 14

  • Jays, Stroman file arb. numbers

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays and starting pitcher Marcus Stroman filed their arbitration numbers Friday, with the Jays filing at $3.1 million and Stroman filing at $3.4 million, according to a report from MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm. The Jays and Stroman can still settle ahead of the arbitration..." January 14

  • Neftali Feliz Nearing Deal With Brewers

    MLB Trade Rumors "Free agent righty Neftali Feliz is close to agreeing to a deal with the Brewers, Fan Rag’s Jon Heyman writes (Twitter links). BrewerFan.net’s Jim Goulart was first to tweet a connection between Feliz and the Brew Crew. The 28-year-old Feliz is coming off a strong comeback season in the Pirates’..." January 14

  • Red Sox agree to terms with Bogaerts, Bradley Jr

    NESN "The Boston Red Sox took another step toward solidifying their 2017 roster Friday. The Red Sox agreed to terms with seven players on one-year contracts for the 2017 season. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., infielder Brock Holt, catcher Sandy Leon, and relief pitchers..." January 14

  • Yankees and Dellin Betances still $2 million apart in arbitration

    Hardball Talk "The Yankees have yet to agree to terms with right-handed reliever Dellin Betances, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. The two are reportedly $2 million apart from agreeing on a sum; Betances filed for $5 million, while the Yankees offered $3 million. Despite some late-season bumps in the..." January 14

  • Yankees avoid arbitration with Pineda, Gregorius

    New York Daily News "Six down. One to go. The Yankees agreed to terms with six of their seven arbitration-eligible players Friday, the lone exception being Dellin Betances, who will get a raise after making the major-league minimum ($507,000) last season. Michael Pineda ($7.4 million), Didi Gregorius ($5.1..." January 14

  • Cleveland locks up Salazar, three other right-handers

    Akron Beacon Journal "The Indians’ work with their arbitration-eligible players is nearly complete. On Friday, the club reached agreements on contracts for the 2017 season with five players, leaving only one without a deal. Four pitchers — Danny Salazar ($3.4 million), Cody Allen ($7.35 million), Bryan Shaw ($4.6..." January 14

  • Kiermaier among nine Rays to avoid arbitration

    CBS Sports "Kiermaier agreed to a one-year, $2.975 million contract with the Rays on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. A wrist injury cost Kiermaier a significant chunk of the season, but he finished strong with an .874 OPS, five homers and eight steals over the final..." January 14

  • Anthony Rizzo’s hilarious greeting to Dexter Fowler: ‘I can’t talk to you anymore’

    Chicago Tribune "Anthony Rizzo had a few words for Dexter Fowler at Kris Bryant’s wedding last weekend. “I said it’s 2017, so I can’t talk to you anymore,” Rizzo said jokingly to his former teammate, who signed last month with the rival St. Louis Cardinals. “But it’s just a friendly rivalry. I want to see him..." January 14

  • Cubs, Arrieta reach one-year deal worth $15.64M

    ESPN "The Chicago Cubs and 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $15.64 million deal, an MLB source confirmed to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick on Friday. FanRag Sports first reported the agreement. "It's nice to get that done so we don't..." January 14

  • Arrieta won't attend Cubs' ceremonial White House visit

    NBC Chicago "The Chicago Cubs are going to be heading to the White House to visit with President Barack Obama, but one of their biggest stars will not be accompanying them on the trip to the nation’s capital. That player is pitcher Jake Arrieta, who picked up a key win in Game 6 of the World Series en route..." January 14

  • Price vows to earn respect in Boston: 'I let people down last year'

    Boston Globe "David Price frowned when he looked over the lunch menu at The Southern, his favorite restaurant in this vibrant city. A chicken dish he had been raving about seconds before was not listed. A quick negotiation with the waiter fixed that. Price was assured the chef would be happy to put something..." January 14

  • Wil Myers inks six-year, $80 million extension with Padres

    MLB.com "The Padres already view Wil Myers as the face of the franchise. Now, it appears they intend to keep him as such for the long haul. Myers and the Padres are nearing a long-term contract extension, sources told MLB.com on Friday. The exact figures remain unclear, but MLB Network insider Ken..." January 14

  • Tyson Ross agrees to deal with Rangers

    CBS Dallas Forth Worth "Free agent pitcher Tyson Ross has agreed to a deal with the Texas Rangers, according to Jeff “Skin” Wade of 105.3 The Fan. Terms of the deal are not known at this time. Ross, 29, only pitched in one game for San Diego in 2016 before undergoing surgery to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome." January 14

  • Lefty reliever Aaron Loup, Blue Jays agree on $1.125 million deal

    ESPN "The Toronto Blue Jays have reached agreement on a one-year deal with left-hander Aaron Loup, avoiding arbitration. Loup's deal is worth $1,125,000, according to multiple reports. Toronto exchanged arbitration figures with right-hander Marcus Stroman. The team offered $3.1 million and Stroman..." January 14

  • D-Backs agree to 1-year deal with Iannetta

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks did not tender the contract of their 2016 starting catcher Welington Castillo, which resulted in him going elsewhere. Having already added a veteran catcher in December, the D-backs decided to sign another. It was reported Friday that Chris Iannetta, an 11-year pro who..." January 14

  • Padres, Solarte agree to 2-year deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres have announced a two-year deal with infielder Yangervis Solarte. He’ll pick up guaranteed money for the next two seasons while giving the club a pair of options for the 2019 and 2020 campaigns. It’s an unusual contract structure for the 29-year-old, who was eligible for arbitration..." January 14

  • White Sox settle on contract with Todd Frazier

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox have agreed to a one-year, $12-million contract to avoid arbitration with third baseman Todd Frazier, the team announced Friday. Frazier was one of five arbitration-eligible players who came to terms with the Sox this week. The Sox also agreed to one-year deals with..." January 14

  • Giants avoid arbitration with Nunez, Smith, Kontos

    CSN Bay Area "The Giants avoided arbitration with three more veterans on Friday, agreeing to one-year deals with third baseman Eduardo Nuñez, left-hander Will Smith and right-hander George Kontos. Financial details were not immediately available. MLB Trade Rumors' projections put Nuñez at about $4.4 million,..." January 14

  • Bregman commits to represent team USA at WBC

    Houston Chronicle "Astros third baseman Alex Bregman will play for the United States in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, he announced Friday via Twitter. Bregman, 22, is one of at least six Astros players who will miss part of spring training to participate in the WBC. Jose Altuve (Venezuela), Carlos Correa..." January 14

  • Cubs find a way to keep team and fan-favorite David Ross around after retirement

    Chicago Tribune "Fitting that David Ross' first job after retirement is, basically, an internship. "You could put it like that," the former backup catcher said Friday at the Cubs Convention after the team announced he would serve as a special assistant to baseball operations. That's a fancy title for, well,..." January 14

  • Shapiro: Blue Jays still expect to add to bullpen this off-season

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro joined the Jeff Blair Show on Sportsnet 590 The FAN Friday morning to discuss the team’s direction with just over one month remaining until pitchers and catchers report to Dunedin for spring training. After addressing Jose Bautista, who may still..." January 13

  • Harper avoids arbitration with $13.625M deal

    ESPN "The Washington Nationals and star outfielder Bryce Harper agreed to a one-year deal for $13,625,000 on Friday, a source told ESPN's Buster Olney. Harper will again avoid arbitration. He did so before the 2014 season by signing a two-year deal that paid him $5 million this past season. In..." January 13

  • Manny Machado Agrees To One-Year Deal With Orioles

    CBS Baltimore "Manny Machado and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms on $11.5-million deal for 2017, according to an industry source. RELATED: Manny Machado Named 2016 Most Valuable Oriole Machado agreed to the one-year deal to avoid arbitration. Machado had career highs in batting average (.294)..." January 13

  • Rockies ink Arenado to 2-year, $29.5M deal

    USA Today "The Colorado Rockies avoided salary arbitration and locked down Nolan Arenado for the next two seasons. The two-time All-Star and the Rockies agreed to a two-year $29.5 million extension on Friday. Arenado's new deal will pay him $11.75 million in 2017 and $17.75 million in 2018. He still..." January 13

  • Jean Segura and the Mariners avoid arbitration with a one-year, $6.2 million deal

    MLB.com "The Mariners agreed to terms on contracts with all eight of their arbitration-eligible players prior to Friday's deadline, including newcomers Drew Smyly, Jarrod Dyson, Danny Valencia and Jean Segura. Also agreeing to terms were center fielder Leonys Martin, starting pitcher James Paxton, and..." January 13

  • Dodgers trade infielder Micah Johnson to the Braves

    Fanrag Sports "As the MLB offseason focus shifts to free agency — or the bevy of teams and players avoiding arbitration by reaching deals — we have a trade that materialized on Friday: The Atlanta Braves acquired second baseman Micah Johnson from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named later..." January 13

  • Mark Trumbo willing to sign a three-year deal in the $40-50 million range

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that free agent 1B/OF Mark Trumbo recently asked the Orioles for a three-year, $50 million contract. However, he later told the team he would be willing to take a three year deal for slightly less money in the $40-50 million range. Back in November, Trumbo..." January 13

  • Orioles, Britton avoid arbitration with huge raise

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles closer Zach Britton was rewarded for his stellar season last year, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal for next season worth $11.4 million and avoiding arbitration. Britton -- who finished fourth in AL Cy Young voting after a season in which he converted all 47 save opportunities and..." January 13

  • Blue Jays' Shapiro: Bautista 'probably the most talented' available OF

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays appear to have serious interest in re-signing Jose Bautista, as team president and CEO Mark Shapiro described the free agent outfielder as “if not the best, one of the best” potential fits remaining on the market. “We clearly need a corner outfielder and Jose’s probably..." January 13

  • Verlander relieved Tigers didn't make major roster changes

    ESPN "Justin Verlander says he's happy rumors of a big Detroit Tigers selloff this offseason proved just that -- rumors. The Tigers ace, in an interview with MLB Network Radio on Friday, says he's happy Detroit has held on to its key players entering the 2017 season. "It would have been upsetting..." January 13

  • Matt Garza Blasts Jessica Chastain Over Birth Control 'It's Called Abstinence'

    TMZ "Jessica Chastain should quit her bitchin' about birth control costs and start preachin' about abstinence ... so says Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Matt Garza. Garza -- who has 6 kids -- went after the "Zero Dark Thirty" star after she tweeted about a Senate vote this week that struck down an..." January 13

  • Padres nearing deal with Trevor Cahill

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres are closing in on a deal with right-hander Trevor Cahill, sources said Thursday night. The Vista High graduate, primarily a reliever the last two seasons, is expected to compete for a rotation job with his hometown team. Cahill, 28, was effective in the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen last..." January 13

  • Tigers GM explains how he stepped away from his dad role when signing his son

    Detroit Free Press "Once again, Al Avila had to take himself out of the equation. Way back when the Detroit Tigers drafted his son, Alex, in the fifth round of the 2008 MLB draft, Al Avila would leave the room when his front office colleagues discussed the young catcher from Alabama. But this winter, now as the..." January 13

  • Jeter to build 8-foot fence around home to restrict paparazzi

    New York Post "Derek Jeter is swinging for the fences so he can be safe at home. The city of Tampa this week granted special permission to the Yankees icon to build taller barriers around his nine-bedroom Florida fortress to fend off nosy paparazzi and star-struck loiterers. Tampa’s Variance Review Board..." January 13