• Chipper Jones Explained How Greg Maddux Used To Get Away With Peeing On Players

    Uproxx "Now that the wonderful World Baseball Classic is over, the next time we’ll see a competitive baseball game in a non-Spring Training setting will be when the 2017 season begins on April 2. But before we get to that, let’s all learn about how Greg Maddux used to get away with peeing on Chipper..." March 29

  • Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

    Yardbarker "In Little League, it's extremely common for the best player on the team to be the ace of the pitching staff while also excelling in the field when he's not on the mound. That typically ends as players get older, particularly once they move on from high school ball and head to college or turn..." March 28

  • A.J. Pierzynski retires, joins FOX as full-time analyst

    CSN Chicago "Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski officially retired from MLB on Tuesday. Pierzynski will join FOX as a full-time analyst, according to a press release from FOX Sports. "We love having A.J. on the FOX Sports team," Fox Sports President John Entz said. "He’s confident in his opinions..." March 28

  • Reds Claim Scooter Gennett

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have claimed second baseman Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Brewers, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports on Twitter. It’s not yet clear what the corresponding 40-man roster move will be. Gennett, 26, agreed to a $2.525MM contract over the winter to avoid..." March 28

  • Phillies release Chris Coghlan; Brock Stassi's chances improve

    Philly.com "Brock Stassi’s unlikely path to reaching the major leagues cleared a little bit Tuesday when the Phillies released veteran outfielder Chris Coghlan. Stassi, a 33rd-round pick in 2011, is one of only three players left in camp competing for the team’s final two bench roles. He entered..." March 28

  • Diamondbacks Release, Re-Sign Gregor Blanco

    MLB Trade Rumors "TODAY: The D-Backs have indeed re-signed Blanco to a new minors deal, per a club announcement. YESTERDAY, 9:29pm: Arizona would like to re-sign Blanco, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic (Twitter links). With an oblique injury slowing Blanco, the club wasn’t “comfortable making the call..." March 28

  • MLB trade rumors: Yankees' Clint Frazier for White Sox's Jose Quintana?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The idea of Jose Quintana coming to rescue a suspect Yankees rotation won't go away. Here's the latest example. In a piece on Frazier's demotion to the minor leagues, George King of the New York Post spoke to talent evaluators who suggested Frazier's best use for the Yankees could be part of..." March 28

  • White Sox's Carlos Rodon: No structural damage

    CBS Sports "Rodon's second opinion revealed no structural damage, and he was diagnosed with biceps bursitis, the Chicago Tribune's Colleen Kane reports. He will be in a throwing program for two weeks and will then be re-evaluated. Similar to tendinosis, bursitis is a condition that results from..." March 28

  • White Sox trade CF Peter Bourjos to Rays for cash

    Chicago Sun-Times "Peter Bourjos, who appeared to be the leading candidate to open the season as the Sox’ center fielder, is headed to the Rays for cash considerations, a major-league source said. An announcement will be made Tuesday. The move opens the door for prospect Jacob May to begin the season in..." March 28

  • Dodgers To Sign Justin Masterson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have agreed to a minor-league deal with free-agent righty Justin Masterson, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). Additional terms were not reported. Masterson, who recently turned 32, had been looking for a new organization after failing to receive a shot at the majors..." March 28

  • Braves' Dansby Swanson not thinking about 'outside expectations' for 2017

    Sporting News "Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson would seem to have a lot of pressure on his young shoulders heading into 2017, but he quickly brushes away any such notion. Though he played just 39 games at the big-league level last season, expectations are high for him this year. That might be considered..." March 28

  • Jeurys Familia leaves MLB offices, Mets expect less than 30-game suspension announced this week

    New York Daily News "Mets closer Jeurys Familia was in Manhattan Monday, meeting with Major League Baseball officials at the league’s Park Avenue offices, but a decision on his expected suspension for an alleged domestic violence incident last October will come Tuesday at the earliest, according to sources. While..." March 28

  • Cardinals, Molina making big progress toward extension

    Fanrag Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals and revered catcher Yadier Molina are making major progress toward a possible contract extension, sources tell FanRag Sports. While the current terms being discussed are unknown, Molina was originally seeking a four-year extension, while the team countered with a two-year..." March 28

  • Why MLB will likely not join the NHL and NFL and move a team to Las Vegas

    CBS Sports "On Monday afternoon, National Football League owners approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The move is at least two years away, possibly three, but it has been agreed to. Owners voted 31-1 in favor of the move . Whenever the Raiders do move, they will become the second..." March 27

  • Phillies, Blue Jays Interested In Angel Pagan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies are the newest team to be linked to Angel Pagan, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter). The Blue Jays are also still connected to the Pagan hunt, though previous reports had indicated that Toronto was content with its current mix of left field options. Pagan would be..." March 27

  • Scott Kazmir to start the season on the DL

    Sportsnaut "Well, we saw this coming. According to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir will begin the season on the disabled list. The three-time All-Star has been experiencing some hip tightness throughout the spring, which could be the reason he’s been missing some..." March 27

  • Texas Rangers selling 2-foot long, $27 tamale hot dog

    Larry Brown Sports "The Texas Rangers have developed a reputation for producing jaw-dropping, gut-busting, over-sized food items at their ballgames, and this season will be no different. Actually, there will be something new this year that is worth a headline — their 2-foot long, $27 tamale hot..." March 27

  • Mat Latos will not make Opening Day roster for Blue Jays

    Sportsnaut "Mat Latos has been told by the Blue Jays he will not make the major league roster. According to Jays radio broadcaster Mike Wilner, the 29-year-old needs to decide if he wants to accept a Triple-A assignment or elect as a free agent. Latos was signed to a minor-league deal in February with..." March 27

  • Phillies Release Bryan Holaday, Ryan Hanigan

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran catcher Bryan Holaday has exercised the opt-out clause in his minor-league deal with the Phillies, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweets. The Phillies told Holaday he wouldn’t make the team’s Opening Day roster. The Phillies have also released veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan, tweets MLB.com’s Todd..." March 27

  • Suspension looming? Mets' Jeurys Familia meeting with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Mets could soon have clarity on Jeurys Familia's availability to start the season. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the star closer headed back to New York to meet with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. The likely reason for the spring visit to see baseball's leader: Discussion..." March 27

  • Jose Canseco is getting back in baseball as a television analyst covering the A's

    CBS Sports "Jose Canseco is back in baseball. According to Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area, Canseco is joining NBC Sports California as an on-air analyst for their pre- and postgame coverage of the Oakland Athletics, one of his former teams. From Stiglich: “I’ve got quite a bit of experience. I’ve pretty..." March 27

  • Rob Manfred Wants MLB to 'Own the Next Generation' of Sports Fans

    Bleacher Report "Long before the first batter stepped into the box at the start of his tenure as the 10th commissioner in baseball history, Rob Manfred threw out his own first pitch: Chief among his priorities would be to captivate the next generation of sports fans in a way that he was captivated when his parents..." March 27

  • Rangers Release James Loney

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have announced they’ve released veteran first baseman James Loney. They’ve also optioned righty Eddie Gamboa to Triple-A Round Rock and reassigned outfielder Jared Hoying to Round Rock. In addition, righty Anthony Bass and catcher Steven Lerud have been told they haven’t made the team,..." March 27

  • Royals' Jorge Soler diagnosed with strained oblique

    Number Fire "Kansas City Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique and will likely open the 2017 season on the disabled list. WHAT IT MEANS: Soler's disabled list stint can be backdated to sometime in March, which would allow him to return after only the first week of the..." March 27

  • Raul Mondesi wins starting second base job for the Royals

    Kansas City Star "When the Royals open the season next week in Minnesota, manager Ned Yost plans to write Raul Mondesi’s name in as the starting second baseman. Yost announced Monday that Mondesi had won the job, edging out Christian Colon, Whit Merrifield and Cheslor Cuthbert. Yost added the Cuthbert is in line..." March 27

  • Reds Release Ryan Raburn

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have released outfielder Ryan Raburn, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes (Twitter links). As Buchanan previously noted, Raburn was an Article XX(B) free agent, meaning that the team had until tomorrow to add him to their roster, and if they hadn’t, either offer him a $100K..." March 27

  • Orioles Announce Kevin Gausman As Opening Day Starter

    CBS Baltimore "Pitcher Kevin Gausman will get his day in the (hopefully) sun when the Baltimore Orioles return to Oriole Park at Camden Yards next Monday, April 3. Buck Showalter has officially announced Kevin Gausman will be the starting pitcher on Opening Day against the Blue Jays at Camden..." March 27

  • The Latest On Cuban Outfielder Luis Robert

    Baseball America "There should be some high-ranking club officials in the Dominican Republic this week. That’s because on Thursday, Luis Robert will have his first open showcase, giving teams their first open opportunity to watch the talented young Cuban outfielder since he arrived in the Dominican..." March 27

  • Nationals Release Joe Nathan, Matt Albers

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran closer Joe Nathan has been told he will not make the Nationals and has opted out of his minor-league deal with the team, according to tweets from various reporters, including Jamal Collier of MLB.com and Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post. The Nationals have announced that they’ve..." March 27

  • Yankees show off Rob Refsnyder to interested team

    New York Post "The Rays have interest in Rob Refsnyder, whom the Yankees are open to shopping. Against Tampa on Sunday, the Yankees inserted Refsnyder in the fifth inning to play left. He moved to right an inning later. At bat, Refsnyder went 1-for-1 with a double and drew a walk. The Yankees may need..." March 27

  • A’s demote Jesse Hahn; Andrew Triggs, Raul Alcantara in rotation

    San Francisco Chronicle "Onetime A’s No. 3 starter Jesse Hahn was sent to minor-league camp Sunday as the A’s solidified their opening-week rotation, with Andrew Triggs becoming the No. 4 starter and Raul Alcantara No. 5. The rest of the roster also is coming into focus, too: Outfielder Alejandro De Aza is expected to..." March 27

  • Mike Trout proposes change to spring training umpiring

    ESPN "Mike Trout is widely regarded as baseball’s best player, and you’d also be hard-pressed to find a player who is more universally liked than Trout. He seems to have a running banter with almost everyone when he plays, from opposing catchers to infielders, to umpires. It was during one of those..." March 26

  • Wong backtracks on earlier trade comments: 'I want to be a Cardinal'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong asked the Post-Dispatch to clarify comments he made earlier Sunday about the team considering a platoon approach to second base to start the season. His words, in full, appear below: "That platoon word is something I don't get along with real well," Wong..." March 26

  • Bronson Arroyo inching closer to making Reds

    MLB.com "Reds manager Bryan Price wasn't yet ready Sunday to say that veteran pitcher Bronson Arroyo has made the club. To make the starting five, however, Arroyo appears to only need to get through the final days of camp healthy. Trying to come back from two years out of the big leagues as a non-roster..." March 26

  • Cardinals chairman prepared to make 'significant offer' to Molina

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "After a raucous and joyous run with Team Puerto Rico through the World Baseball Classic, Yadier Molina returned to the Cardinals with his dyed-blond hair, a silver medal and perhaps something even more valuable to him in the week and season ahead. He caught a youthful verve. “I feel like a..." March 26

  • D-backs nearing final staff after latest roster cuts

    Fox Sports "The Diamondbacks made a pair of cuts Saturday morning and the latest moves push the team closer to finalizing its Opening Day pitching staff. Zack Godley was optioned to Triple-A Reno while fellow righty Kevin Jepsen was released before the D-backs’ 7-4 loss to the Angels in Tempe. With..." March 26

  • Did Indians GM's adorable son leak news of a possible Lindor extension on the radio?

    CBS Sports "The Indians are of course finalizing a contract extension with third baseman Jose Ramirez, so locking up young core players is quite possibly in the air around camp. That brings us to the appearance of Brody Chernoff, the young son of Indians GM Mike Chernoff, on the Saturday’s Indians radio game..." March 26

  • Kolten Wong wants out of St. Louis if he's not everyday 2B

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Second baseman Kolten Wong expressed confusion and frustration Sunday about the news that the Cardinals are considering a platoon approach at Wong's position to start the regular season. "You know what, that's out of my control," Wong said before the Cardinals played the Marlins in a..." March 26

  • Cleveland Indians tell Austin Jackson he's on team

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Manager Terry Francona's 25-man roster, with one week left before breaking camp, is coming into view. On Sunday morning, the Indians told outfielder Austin Jackson that he'd made the team as long as he stays healthy between now and the April 3 season opener at Texas. Jackson had an out clause..." March 26

  • Stephen Strasburg named Nationals' Opening Day starter for 4th time

    MLB.com "Stephen Strasburg will start Opening Day for the Nationals, manager Dusty Baker announced Sunday. Washington opens its season at 1:05 p.m. ET on April 3 against the Marlins at Nationals Park. This marks the fourth career Opening Day assignment for the 28-year-old Strasburg. He previously..." March 26

  • Red Sox reassign Castillo, Craig, and their $22M in salaries to minors

    WEEI Boston "It was hardly a surprise. Rusney Castillo and Allen Craig were part of a group who was reassigned to the minor leagues Sunday morning, joining outfielder Brian Bogusevic, infielder Matt Dominguez, catcher Jake DePew and pitcher Hector Velazquez. Noe Ramirez, who made the Opening Day roster a..." March 26

  • Re-assigned Anthony Gose as a pitcher? Tigers will investigate

    Michigan Live "Anthony Gose was re-assigned to minor-league camp Sunday morning as part of the Detroit Tigers' wave of cuts. At the time, the non-roster invitee is odd man out in the competition for the Tigers' center-field spot. But as one door possibly closes for the 26-year-old from Bellflower, Calif.,..." March 26

  • Mat Latos remains part of logjam for Blue Jays’ final bullpen spot

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons described Mat Latos’s most recent work as solid but the right-hander remains part of a logjam for the final open spot in the bullpen. Latos allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits, one of them a Greg Bird homer, over three innings of work in a 6-5..." March 26

  • Mets' Matz scratched from start with elbow discomfort

    New York Daily News "Steven Matz has been scratched from his scheduled Monday start with "tenderness" and "irritation" in his surgically repaired left elbow. Sandy Alderson said that the Mets lefty has not yet been sent for an MRI on the elbow, but that he has been examined by team doctors. The Mets GM added that..." March 26

  • Tigers eating $5M salary to release struggling Lowe

    Michigan Live "Veteran reliever Mark Lowe was released Sunday, one of nine cuts made by the Detroit Tigers as Opening Day approaches. The Tigers also reassigned pitchers Joe Jimenez, Arcenio Leon, Ruben Alaniz, Logan Kensing and Edward Mujica; outfielder Anthony Gose; and infielder Dominic Ficociello to..." March 26

  • Brewers loading up with intriguing ‘what if’ talent

    Sportsnet "With a new MLB season looming, there’s cautious optimism in Milwaukee. It’s not that the Brewers are expected to contend this year — far from it. Rather, the team is in the midst of a rebuild, which means this season should give fans a glimpse of what the future has to offer. As we approach..." March 26

  • Will teams blow away White Sox for Jose Quintana?

    Boston Globe "It’s down to the final days before the start of the regular season, a time when team executives and their staffs make those last-minute decisions on the roster. Some are thinking big, others are thinking small. According to one major league source, the main name out there who could be traded..." March 26

  • Rangers Table Extension Talks With Jonathan Lucroy

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers and Jonathan Lucroy have tabled negotiations about a contract extension, the catcher tells Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Twitter link). It isn’t known whether the two sides will re-open talks prior to Opening Day or afterwards. Since many players prefer to avoid having..." March 26

  • Jose Quintana expects to remain with White Sox 'for a long time'

    Chicago Sun-Times "Even while the pop of the catcher’s mitt still reverberates around the ballpark, White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana is holding up his glove and requesting the ball back. Quintana already is locked in for his next delivery. This happens on every pitch because Quintana is zoned in and distracted..." March 26

  • Cubs left Las Vegas hotel minutes before nearby shooting

    Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs players and coaches avoided by minutes a shooting incident Saturday morning outside their hotel that led to an hourslong standoff between police and the gunman. “I didn’t know what was going on until the guys showed up [at Cashman Field],” center fielder Albert Almora said of teammates on..." March 26