• Lester missed White House trip due to family death, not politics

    USA Today "Jon Lester was one of four current Chicago Cubs players who were on the roster for the franchise’s first World Series title in more than a century to miss Monday’s White House visit. The Cubs ace said on Twitter on Tuesday that his decision had nothing to do with President Obama, who is set to..." January 17

  • Edinson Volquez's brother stabbed to death in the Dominican Republic

    Kansas City Star "A brother of former Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez was killed Monday in the Dominican Republic. According to Quisqueyanos En Los Deportes, Brandy Volquez was stabbed in the city of Santo Domingo Oeste. The report says that a suspect is in custody. A Dominican TV station said a brawl resulted..." January 17

  • The Angels are paying Josh Hamilton more than $26M to play for the Rangers

    CBS Sports "As has been expected for months, the Rangers re-signed Josh Hamilton on Tuesday to a minor-league deal. He can opt out of the deal and become a free agent by April 1 if he doesn't make the big-league club and it's for the league minimum (per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports). This is all very..." January 17

  • Tigers have been in touch with Blanco, Bourjos

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers have opened a dialogue with free-agent outfielders Peter Bourjos and Gregor Blanco, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press (Twitter links). There’s no agreement close with either player, but the two are under consideration as the team looks to fill its void in center..." January 17

  • HOF voter misinterprets rules, submits blank ballot

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Major league baseball will confer bronzed immortality on a few players Wednesday when the results of the national baseball writers' balloting for the Hall of Fame will be announced. I had a 2017 ballot. I returned it signed, but blank, with an explanatory note. The steroid era puzzle I'm..." January 17

  • Blue Jays agree to one-year deal with Jose Bautista

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to re-sign Jose Bautista to a one-year contract, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The deal, which has not been announced by the team, would complete a reunion that seemed highly unlikely as recently as last month. After joining the Blue Jays in a..." January 17

  • Boras: Sanchez ‘can be one of the most prominent Blue Jays in history’

    Sportsnet "Scott Boras joined Bob McCown and Elliotte Friedman on Sportsnet 590 The FAN’s Prime Time Sports on Monday evening to discuss his new client, Toronto Blue Jays‘ starter Aaron Sanchez. Boras, the well-known MLB player agent and president of the Boras Corporation, represents several top young..." January 17

  • 'Pudge' Rodriguez cried when he was told to be a catcher

    The Player's Tribune "Born: November 27, 1971 I grew up in a small town in Puerto Rico called Vega Baja. It’s out in the country. My mom was a hairstylist back then. My dad, he was an electrician. Our parents worked hard for us. They didn’t make a lot of money. We lived day to day, but we were a family. 1975 I..." January 17

  • Obama leaves out name of alleged abuser Aroldis Chapman in Cubs' White House ceremony

    New York Daily News "President Barack Obama honored the Cubs' World Series championship team on Monday, mentioning 14 players on the team by name during a 34-minute ceremony. Aroldis Chapman, who was suspended 30 games for violating MLB's domestic violence policy, wasn't among them. Chapman attended the ceremony at..." January 17

  • Cardinals still shopping for a lefthanded-hitting outfielder

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Although there are still a few sluggers out there who would alter the look of the Cardinals' lineup or bench, general manager John Mozeliak suggested Sunday that the team is more likely to stick with what it has in its lineup. That does not mean his winter shopping is over. The Cardinals..." January 17

  • Mets’ Jay Bruce trade market may be down to two

    New York Post "The narrow market for Jay Bruce is getting even thinner. With the Blue Jays and Phillies reportedly on the verge of filling outfield vacancies, the Mets may have to get creative in their efforts to trade Bruce, who became expendable when the club signed Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year contract..." January 17

  • Padres, Wil Myers agree to six-year extension

    Fanrag Sports "The San Diego Padres and All-Star Wil Myers have agreed to a six-year extension believed to be worth $83 million, sources tell FanRag Sports; FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was the first to report a possible deal. The deal also includes an option. This deal the sides are nearly agreed upon will..." January 17

  • 'Hackgate' punishment could come before spring training

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals could finally know their "Hackgate" punishment within weeks. "I expect, hope, that it will play out before the start of spring training," Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said Monday. "I know the goal is, for the commissioner, to get things completed by late January, hopefully..." January 17

  • Phillies reach 1-year, $9M deal with Michael Saunders

    ESPN "The Philadelphia Phillies and free-agent outfielder Michael Saunders have agreed to a one-year deal worth $9 million, according to Fox Sports. The contract also features a club option worth $11 million that increases to as much as $14 million, according to the report. Saunders, 30, hit a..." January 16

  • Astros still in contact with Athletics about Gray

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have been known to be seeking rotation upgrades for much of the offseason, and while the team’s pursuit of White Sox lefty Jose Quintana hasn’t gained much traction, FOX’s Ken Rosenthal tweets that Houston as also maintained contact with the Athletics regarding right-hander Sonny..." January 16

  • The Cubs visited President Obama at the White House and gave him some cool gifts

    CBS Sports "Monday afternoon, the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs -- I'm still getting used to saying that! -- were at the White House to visit with outgoing President Barack Obama. The team wanted to make the trip before President-Elect Donald Trump is sworn Friday. "David Ross and I have..." January 16

  • Royals, starter Danny Duffy agree to contract extension through 2021 season

    Kansas City Star "The Royals and left-handed starter Danny Duffy on Monday agreed to a new five-year, $65 million contract that runs through the 2021 season. Duffy could have become a free agent after the 2017 season, his final year of arbitration, but will instead make $5 million this season, $14 million in..." January 16

  • David Ortiz: 'My playing time has already expired'

    ESPN "David Ortiz says he is happily retired from baseball and that despite rumors to the contrary, his decision will not change. "My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. The 41-year-old slugger said that for the first time in more than two decades, he is not physically..." January 16

  • Deal with Jose Bautista would have far-reaching impact for Blue Jays

    Sportsnet "After months spent exploring the open market, Jose Bautista may be nearing a two-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays worth $35-40 million. Nothing’s official at this point, so there’s no guarantee that the 36-year-old returns for a 10th season in Toronto. But if Bautista does end up back with..." January 16

  • Bautista, Jays deal could be a two year deal worth $35-40M

    Yardbarker "It appears Jose Bautista is staying put, after all. The Toronto Blue Jays are the “front-runner” to re-sign Bautista and are “nearing a deal” with the free agent outfielder, MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reported Sunday night, citing a source. Bautista and the club are discussing a two-year contract..." January 16

  • The Cardinals could go to an arbitration hearing for the first time since 1999

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Darren Oliver spent two of his 20 seasons in the majors with the Cardinals, and since he last threw a pitch for the team two U.S. presidents have come and gone and a third is on the way, Twitter was invented, and the Cubs and Red Sox have both ended their curses. And, yet, soon, the Cardinals..." January 16

  • Collin McHugh calls out Donald Trump for criticism of John Lewis

    Hardball Talk "Astros pitcher Collin McHugh was among those who took to social media on Saturday after Donald Trump disparaged Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis on Twitter. During NBC News’ “Meet the Press” interview on Friday, Lewis called Trump’s presidency into question, casting doubt on its..." January 16

  • 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