• The Mets and Juan Lagares are close to a four-year extension

    Hardball Talk "ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden reports that the Mets have signed OF Juan Lagares to a four-year contract extension. Andy Martino of the Daily News says it’s not a done deal yet, but is in its final stages. Bowden says the deal is going to exceed $20 million and will include a club option." April 01

  • MLB average salary to top $4 million

    Covers.com "The average Major League Baseball salary will cross the $4 million threshold when the regular season begins next week. According to an analysis by The Associated Press, the average salary is projected to be about $4.25 million in 2015, depending on transaction before the start of the season on..." April 01

  • Union could file grievance over Cubs' demotion of Kris Bryant

    Fox Sports "What's next in the Kris Bryant saga, now that the Chicago Cubs have sent the spring sensation to Triple-A? The Major League Baseball Players Association could file a grievance, to be settled by a jointly appointed arbitrator, based on the union's reference to "litigation" in a statement the..." April 01

  • Rays acquire pitcher Erasmo Ramirez from Mariners for Mike Montgomery

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays appear to have found the starting pitcher they were looking for to fill out their injury-depleted rotation, acquiring right-hander Erasmo Ramirez from Seattle late Tuesday in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery. Ramirez, 24, has pitched parts of three seasons for the Mariners, going..." April 01

  • Mattingly, Hale smooth things over

    ESPN Los Angeles "The latest feud between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks has been settled -- according to the teams' managers. Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly and his counterpart Chip Hale of the D-backs had an extended conversation at home plate while exchanging lineup cards prior to Monday's game. The chat came a..." April 01

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    Marc Carig @MarcCarig

    To clarify: Gee hasn't been officially informed but the decision has been made. He's the fifth starter.

  • Cubs: Wrigley Field safe, ready for home opener

    SI.com "The Chicago Cubs say that Wrigley Field will be ready for the team’s home open April 5 against the St. Louis Cardinals despite offseason construction to the stadium. The team will debut a new 3,990-square-foot video board in left field, but the left and right field bleachers won’t be completed...." April 01

  • Yankees believe Gregorius will be good to go for Opening Day

    New York Post "While the Yankees don’t seem too concerned about Didi Gregorius’ sprained left wrist, there was a degree of swelling in the area. “Didi still had a little swelling, so I don’t know if he will play [Wednesday],’’ Girardi said of Derek Jeter’s replacement at short after Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to the..." April 01

  • Price ends spring with bad start, but Tigers not worried

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Tigers left-hander David Price was roughed up for seven runs over six innings in his last spring start today against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Price allowed eight hits, no walks and had five strikeouts. He threw 85 pitches — 57 strikes — in a 7-3 loss. "Early, he looked sharp," Tigers..." April 01

  • Las Vegas taking big cash on Cubs

    ESPN Chicago "The Chicago Cubs are a longtime running joke among Las Vegas bookmakers: "You know how many casinos have been built on bets on the Cubs to win the World Series?" Vegas is once again poised for expansion. Heading into the opening week of baseball season, more money has been bet on the Cubs to..." April 01

  • Major League players’ meal per diem to be $100.50 in 2015

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday we learned what the annual salary was in Major League Baseball. Now we know what the meal money situation is. I’m curious why the 50 cents is on there. Or what leads to the decision to raise it $1.50 from last year. I’m sure there are some accountants at MLB who have this all down..." April 01

  • Giants’ Vogelsong adapting to new role as long reliever

    San Francisco Chronicle "Even if he knew what he was getting into when he re-signed with the Giants, Ryan Vogelsong admits that starting the season as a long reliever after four years as a starter weighs on him. “I’m not going to lie and say I don’t think about it,” Vogelsong said. “At the same time, it doesn’t change..." April 01

  • Masahiro Tanaka says he’s ready for the season after final spring outing for the Yankees

    New York Daily News "Masahiro Tanaka’s workload this spring would tell you he’s not quite ready for Opening Day. The pitcher says otherwise. Tanaka made his fourth and final start of the spring, allowing three runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings in a 3-1 loss to the Twins on Tuesday at Hammond Stadium. The..." April 01

  • Jose Mijares suspended 50 games for a drug of abuse

    Hardball Talk "This just in from MLB HQ: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that free agent Minor League left-handed pitcher Jose Mijares has received a 50-game suspension without pay following a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention..." March 31

  • Giancarlo's G-shaped face guard has been approved for use by MLB

    CBSSports.com "Marlins star Giancarlo Stanon's personalized face guard has been approved for use in the regular season by MLB, people familiar with the situation say. Stanton has been using the guard, with the signature “G” formed in plastic throughout spring training, and MLB powers have ruled it will be..." March 31

  • Tigers' Verlander could miss his first start of season

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander won't start Thursday, which was scheduled to be his final turn of the spring. He could pitch in a minor league game Friday, but if he doesn't, he will miss his first scheduled regular-season start next Wednesday. Verlander has been battling sore triceps..." March 31

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    John Fay @johnfayman

    Chapman is coming out. Don’t know what it is. Looks like he wanted to stay in. #reds

  • Dr. Andrews confirms MCL sprain for Nationals' Rendon; will seek 3rd opinion

    The Score "Though few doctors wield more esteem in the professional sports community than Dr. James Andrews, the orthopedist's opinion was insufficient for Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon. Hampered by discomfort in his knee since March 9, Rendon sought a second opinion from Andrews after..." March 31

  • Latest Tampa Bay Rays stadium search proposal appears dead

    Tampa Bay Times "Tampa Bay's five-year stalemate over a new baseball stadium continues — with no obvious end in sight. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman decided Monday he doesn't have enough City Council votes to forge an agreement that would allow the Tampa Bay Rays to explore potential new stadium sites on..." March 31

  • MLB’s delayed Josh Hamilton ruling could keep the Angels from extending Huston Street

    MLB.com "Opening Day is only a week away, and veteran closer Huston Street is still hopeful of getting an extension done with the Angels. The feeling is apparently mutual, but the Angels could be in a holding pattern while awaiting word from Major League Baseball on a potential suspension for Josh..." March 31

  • Luke Gregerson named Astros closer

    The Crawfish Boxes "The closer carousel stops on Gregerson for the Astros. The Astros signed Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek to improve a bullpen that had a league-worst 4.80 ERA. The Astros announced today that Gregerson will enter the 2015 season as the Astros closer - as reported by MLB.com's Brian..." March 31

  • John Axford leaves Rockies' spring training after son, 2, is bit by a rattlesnake

    Denver Post "Rockies relief pitcher John Axford, who hasn't pitched for the team since last Wednesday, was forced to leave spring training camp after his 2-year-old son was bit by a rattlesnake twice in his right foot. Axford pitched a relief appearance Wednesday, then, while leaving the Rockies' clubhouse,..." March 31

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    Colleen Kane @ChiTribKane

    Chris Sale scheduled for a minor league game tomorrow. Will throw 6 innings or 90 pitches.

  • Domonic Brown will start the season on the disabled list

    Hardball Talk "The Phillies made official today what everyone expected would happen when they informed Domonic Brown that will start the season on the disabled list. Brown has been dealing with a sore left Achilles since last week and his recovery was said to be coming along slowly." March 31

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Andrews gave same diagnosis on Rendon: Sprained MCL. He's now getting 3rd opinion from knee specialist in Colorado.

  • MLBPA says Bryant demotion to be 'addressed in litigation, bargaining'

    CBSSports.com "On Monday, the Cubs officially reassigned top prospect Kris Bryant to the minors, a move that is not at all surprising despite his gaudy spring stats. Bryant hit nine home runs with a 1.652 OPS in 14 Cactus League games after leading the minors with 43 homers in 2014. Chicago sent Bryant to the..." March 31

  • Get set for the booze at Citizens Bank Park

    Philly.com "Take me out to the ball game. Take me out to the ... bar? Beer has been part of baseball forever. But in a first this season, the Phillies and Aramark will sell cocktails and wine on the main concourse's general concession areas at Citizens Bank Park. If you think that the idea of a..." March 31

  • Baseball Working to Help Spanish-Speaking Players Express Themselves

    New York Times "When Jose Pirela, a 25-year-old Venezuelan utility player for the Yankees, sat on a dugout bench last Tuesday to speak with more than a dozen reporters about the concussion he sustained two days earlier from crashing into an outfield wall, he did not feel comfortable speaking in English to a..." March 31

  • Trevor Bauer ready to see if spring success carries into season

    MLB.com "With the regular season only one week away, Indians manager Terry Francona is excited about a potential breakout year for starting pitcher Trevor Bauer. Bauer has come on strong toward the end of Spring Training, even though his numbers don't tell the whole story. The right-hander has been..." March 31

  • Blue Jays To Release Dayan Viciedo

    MLB Trade Rumors "After failing to make the Blue Jays roster, outfielder Dayan Viciedo has requested and will be granted his release, GM Alex Anthopoulos tells reporters including Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca (Twitter link). Viciedo, a late entrant onto the free agent market when the White Sox released him,..." March 31

  • Rangers release veteran right-hander Jamey Wright

    Hardball Talk "Texas’ pitching staff certainly needs plenty of help, but apparently not enough to keep 40-year-old Jamey Wright around after a rough spring in which he allowed 11 runs in eight appearances. Wright’s late-career resurrgence has been remarkable considering he wasn’t all that good in his..." March 31

  • Red Sox won’t rush prospect Blake Swihart to the majors despite Christian Vazquez injury

    MLB.com "The Red Sox have a clear plan of attack when it comes to deciding to promote top prospects to the Major Leagues, and they resisted the temptation to let Christian Vazquez's injury affect the development of Blake Swihart. Monday's trade for catcher Sandy Leon was all but confirmation that..." March 31

  • Blue Jays' Hutchison to start Opening Day

    The Score "A new era is dawning for the Toronto Blue Jays. After handing the Opening Day start to veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in each of the last two seasons, the Blue Jays will send 24-year-old right-hander Drew Hutchison to the mound for this year's season-opener against the New York Yankees in..." March 31

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    Orioles on MASN @masnOrioles

    Chris Tillman has been named the #Orioles' Opening Day starter! #WelcomeBackBirds pic.twitter.com/HVATMzDrVd

  • Cards name Martinez their fifth starter

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As they spoke often this winter, manager Mike Matheny told pitcher Carlos Martinez that he would have every opportunity to be a starter in the majors this season and that the team had cleared the way for him to win the job he wanted. On Monday, Matheny told Martinez he had. "It is my dream,"..." March 31

  • Pirates trying again to lock up Polanco; third star in OF of future

    CBSSports.com "The Pirates and top young outfielder Gregory Polanco have rekindled contract talks, according to people familiar with the discussions. Chances for a deal before Opening Day remain unknown. The Pirates and Polanco, 23, talked about a long deal last May, with the team offering a seven-year..." March 31

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    Ken Gurnick @kengurnick

    Dodgers sign RHP Freddy Garcia to Minor League deal.

  • Scott Downs Only Interested In MLB Offers

    MLB Trade Rumors "After being released today by the Indians, veteran lefty Scott Downs is seeking another opportunity. But Downs is only interested in a deal that would give him a major league roster spot, MLBTR has learned. That insistence is understandable: the 39-year-old has thrown nothing but rehab innings..." March 30

  • Cubs Option Javier Baez To Iowa, Reassign Kris Bryant, Addison Russell To Minor-League Camp

    Bleed Cubbie Blue "The Cubs have made three important roster moves today: For those of you who thought Javier Baez would be going north with the team, the Cubs have decided to go in a different direction and get him some more experience at Triple-A Iowa. This likely means second base will be shared by Tommy La..." March 30

  • Mets add another lefty, acquire Jerry Blevins from Nationals

    Hardball Talk "Apparently the Mets were in the market for more than one left-handed reliever, because a few hours after acquiring lefty Alex Torres from the Padres they’ve picked up lefty Jerry Blevins from the Nationals in exchange for outfielder Matt den Dekker. Blevins spent one season in Washington after..." March 30

  • Tigers' Verlander no longer on track for Thursday start

    The Score "Despite leaving his most recent Grapefruit League start with cramping in his right triceps, Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander was slated to take the mound Thursday for his final spring outing. That no longer appears to be the case. Verlander reported improvement in his triceps..." March 30

  • Padres acquire RHP Cory Mazzoni from the New York Mets in exchange for LHP Alex Torres

    MLB.com "The San Diego Padres today announced that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named later from the New York Mets in exchange for left-handed pitcher Alex Torres. Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller made the announcement. Mazzoni, 25, pitched..." March 30

  • Mets still open to trading Dillon Gee

    ESPN New York "Despite losing Zack Wheeler to a ligament tear that required Tommy John surgery, the New York Mets still may trade right-hander Dillon Gee within the month, an organization source told ESPNNewYork.com. Gee is expected to open the season in the Mets' rotation, although there are dissenters among..." March 30

  • Orioles extending Chris Tillman would be another step in a winning direction

    Camden Chat "Not long ago did fans coincide "pitching" and "Orioles" with "excessive drinking." Go back as far as 2008, and the five men who led the O's in starts were Jeremy Guthrie, Daniel Cabrera, Garrett Olson, Brian Burres and Radhames Liz. Guthrie has found a new home in Kansas City, even leading the..." March 30

  • Red Sox Acquire Catcher Sandy Leon From Nationals In Exchange For Cash

    NESN "The Boston Red Sox added some catching depth Monday morning. The Red Sox acquired catcher Sandy Leon from the Washington Nationals in exchange for cash. The club also placed catcher Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow sprain, which ultimately is what precipitated the..." March 30

  • Daily fantasy sports Web sites find riches in Internet gaming law loophole

    Washington Post "Jason Robins has not been to the movies in three years, which is the kind of thing that happens when you’re helping change the way fans consume, interact with and — most profitably — risk money on sports. Robins is the chief executive of Draft­Kings Inc., the daily fantasy sports company he..." March 30

  • Reds Release Paul Maholm

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds announced that they have released veteran left-hander Paul Maholm (Twitter link). Cincinnati told Maholm a week ago that he wouldn’t earn a spot in the team’s rotation, but at the time, Maholm was still uncertain about exercising the out clause in his contract. Maholm, 32, spent last..." March 30

  • Denard Span on his progress from second core muscle surgery

    Washington Post "The past week has been much happier for Denard Span. Only three weeks ago, on March 9, he had his second core muscle surgery in three months. He was coming off one of his best seasons and entering his final year before free agency but now must rehab again. In recent days, Span has been able to run..." March 30

  • The New York press is getting desperate in their search for A-Rod intrigue

    Hardball Talk "Alex Rodriguez has been pretty uncooperative this spring training. Instead of breaking both hips and flailing miserably, he has hit pretty well for an old guy on a one-year layoff. Instead of being a big distraction he has put his head down, blended into the scenery, done his job and said all the..." March 30

  • Christian Vazquez Placed On 60-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox announced that they have acquired Leon from the Nationals in exchange for cash considerations. In order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, Vazquez has been placed on the 60-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow. 7:05am: Catcher Sandy Leon tells James Wagner of the..." March 30