• Alex Rodriguez says 'zero' chance he'll play again as he arrives at Yankees spring training as a special instructor

    New York Daily News "There’s a zero percent chance A-Rod ever plays again, but he’s still adding millions to his bank account during spring training. After spending his first day as a $21 million special instructor for the Yankees at spring training, Rodriguez confirmed his retirement and said he gave “zero”..." February 21

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Eric Hosmer: “I Never Said Anything About A 10-Year Deal”

    MLB Trade Rumors "While the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer will discuss a contract extension until Opening Day, there’s only a “remote” chance a deal will come together by then, per Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star. Kansas City has “been nothing but supportive,” Hosmer said Monday, but Dodd writes that..." February 21

  • Scherzer frustrated injured finger hasn't healed yet

    Masn "Until Max Scherzer can throw pain-free, he won’t be throwing off a mound. The Nationals right-hander is slowly progressing in his recovery from a hairline facture of the knuckle on the ring finger of his throwing hand. So far in camp, he’s been limited to long tossing on flat ground and..." February 21

  • Sammy Sosa has some regrets but won't beg for return

    ESPN "Billy Williams, Ryne Sandberg, Kerry Wood ... many former Chicago Cubs legends took part in the 2016 World Series celebration, but one was noticeably absent: Sammy Sosa. And from what he's saying, a reunion isn't likely anytime soon. Former Cubs media relations employee Chuck Wasserstrom spoke..." February 21

  • Matt Wieters, Nationals agree to 2-year deal

    ESPN "The Washington Nationals have reached agreement with former Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters on a two-year, $21 million deal, a source confirmed to ESPN's Jim Bowden on Tuesday. The deal is for $10 million in 2017 and $11 million for 2018, for which Wieters can opt out, a source confirmed..." February 21

  • Encarnacion: Blue Jays were ‘too hasty’ with free agent decision

    Sportsnet "For the first time in years Edwin Encarnacion is not in Blue Jays camp for spring training. But the new Cleveland Indians slugger maintains that Toronto was his first choice and says the Blue Jays were “too hasty” during his free agency this past off-season. “Toronto was always my first option,..." February 21

  • Braves Considering Kelly Johnson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves are among the organizations considering a move for free-agent infielder/outfielder Kelly Johnson, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). At this stage, though, Johnson is holding out for a MLB roster spot, per the report. Presumably, Atlanta isn’t currently willing to..." February 21

  • No timetable for when Cueto might report

    MLB.com "A week has gone by since pitchers and catchers reported to Giants camp and there's still no sign of right-hander Johnny Cueto. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Cueto is still at home in the Dominican Republic dealing with a personal issue involving his father, and there's still no timetable for..." February 20

  • Rick Ankiel admits to drinking before starts to deal with the yips

    CBS Sports "Given everything that happened in his career, it’s easy to forget just how great Rick Ankiel was at pitching. Baseball America ranked him as the best prospect in all of baseball prior to the 2000 season, and that year the then 20-year-old southpaw went out and finished second to Rafael Furcal in..." February 20

  • Timing of WBC not fair to Latin countries, V-Mart says

    Detroit News "It’s not a perfect set-up. Nobody associated with World Baseball Classic believes staging the tournament in early March is ideal, or conducive to getting the best players to play at peak performance. The games are essentially being played two to three weeks into spring training. “Let’s be..." February 20

  • Ex-Yankees sluggers know just what Dellin Betances is feeling

    New York Post "Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann still have Dellin Betances’ back in a big way even though they are no longer Yankees. “Dellin was our MVP I felt like for three straight years,’’ McCann told The Post Sunday at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. “I love him.’’ Noted Beltran of the 6-foot-8,..." February 20

  • Diamondbacks’ Shelby Miller expects strong results with refreshed attitude

    Fox Sports "It’s too early for regret. Well, at least, for complete regret. Dave Stewart, the Diamondbacks’ former general manager, told MLB Network Radio last week, “I should have stuck to my gut … My gut the whole time said I shouldn’t move Dansby Swanson.” Virtually the entire industry agreed with..." February 20

  • Blue Jays, Stroman emerge from arbitration with relationship unscathed

    Sportsnet "The risk in taking a player to arbitration is that emotions can spin out of control, the way they did over the weekend when the New York Yankees needlessly entered into a wild and acrimonious war of words with three-time all-star Dellin Betances. Marcus Stroman took note and appreciates that..." February 20

  • Union chief doesn't believe players would approve proposed extra-innings rule

    USA Today "Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Players Association, listens to the consternation, the rule change proposals, and the idea that baseball needs to step up with the times. Sorry, he just doesn’t buy the need for dramatic change. Clark assured reporters Sunday afternoon in a..." February 20

  • Neil Walker contract talks with Mets hit a snag, sources say

    Newsday "Despite recent meetings between Mets general manager Sandy Alderson and representatives for second baseman Neil Walker — talks that stoked optimism for getting a deal done — sources said on Monday morning that the sides are no closer to hammering out a contract extension. Sources said contract..." February 20

  • Dexter Fowler reacts in perfect way to fans upset about recent comments on Trump

    CBS Sports "New Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler has been in spring training with his new club for a few days now, and over the weekend he managed to upset some fans. Fowler, whose wife was born in Iran, made some comments about President Donald Trump’s travel ban against seven predominantly Muslim..." February 20

  • Mike Trout stays humble, but frustrated with Angels' progress

    USA Today "The world’s best baseball player has a new teammate on each side of his locker in the Los Angeles Angels clubhouse, corner infielder Luis Valbuena to the left, second baseman Danny Espinosa to the right. Yet another newcomer, outfielder Cameron Maybin, is just a couple of stalls away. They’re..." February 20

  • Jayson Werth says his Nats’ career is ‘pinned to this season’ — his seventh, and perhaps last

    Washington Post "Clouds and humidity hovered harmlessly over the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Sunday morning as fans braved newly forged sidewalks to see the Washington Nationals hold their first full squad workout of the 2017 season. A few hours before activity began, the oldest player on the Nationals’..." February 20

  • Royals reportedly talking extension with Hosmer, but not other pending free agents

    Fox Sports "He wants to stay. All of the Royals’ potential free agents want to stay. But as first baseman Eric Hosmer puts it, “I realize what hand Dayton was dealt.” Which isn’t to say that “Dayton” — Royals general manager Dayton Moore — is conceding that he will lose Hosmer, the most coveted of the..." February 20

  • Bautista admits he 'could have handled things differently' last season

    Sportsnet "The path back to the Toronto Blue Jays from last spring to this one for Jose Bautista remains a subject filled with intrigue. It was last Feb. 22, almost exactly a year ago, when the franchise icon revealed that, at the club’s request, he’d delivered terms for a contract extension and stated..." February 20

  • Francona won't guarantee Kluber Opening Day start

    CBS Sports "Kluber, who will be on a strict limit this spring, may not be ready to start on Opening Day, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports. Manager Terry Francona isn't ready to name his ace the Opening Day starter, and said the club is "slowing" the right-hander down early in camp. "If he's not..." February 20

  • Orioles acquire Vidal Nuno from Dodgers

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles added another piece to their pitching depth Sunday, acquiring left-handed reliever Vidal Nuño in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Orioles will send minor league right-hander Ryan Moseley, who pitched at short-season Class-A Aberdeen last season, to the Dodgers in the..." February 20

  • Braves’ Rodriguez: ‘Grateful and blessed’ that family survived wreck

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "As his wife and their two young sons lay on the ground, Giselle in agony from multiple broken bones and one son’s face covered in blood, Braves newcomer Sean Rodriguez wasn’t thinking about baseball or his own health. That was just over three weeks ago, Jan. 28, a day that Rodriguez will never..." February 20

  • Yankees sign former Mets lefty Jonathon Niese to minor-league deal

    New York Daily News "Jon Niese is back, now trying to make the team across town. The former Met lefty has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Yankees pending a physical, the Daily News confirmed. The 30-year-old could start or relieve for the Bombers. Niese is coming off a poor 2016 season in which he went..." February 20

  • Pujols hopes to be ready Opening Day after foot surgery

    Orange County Register "Nearly a week into his spring training, Albert Pujols is happy with the progress he’s making. “It’s been really good,” said Pujols, who reported Tuesday with the pitchers and catchers to Angels' camp. “No soreness at all afterwards. That’s a good sign. I got to start hitting in the cage and..." February 20

  • Rays' Smith jokes Mariners stint was 'best 77 minutes of my life'

    Tampa Bay Times "The first hint that new Rays outfielder Mallex Smith is a little bit different is the number on the back of his jersey: 0. After being traded to the Rays last month, the open-thinking, smooth-talking, fast-running Smith decided he wanted to distinguish himself by requesting the unusual digit,..." February 20

  • Jered Weaver is going to wear No. 27 with the Padres because he wants to hit like Mike Trout

    MLB.com "Jered Weaver racked up 150 victories and three top-five Cy Young Award finishes with the Angels, but he collected only four singles, with the last coming back in 2012. Not too surprising considering that he's, you know, a pitcher in the American League. But when it came time to pick out his number..." February 20

  • Dellin Betances has no regrets about unloading on critical Yankees president Randy Levine

    New York Daily News "Dellin Betances is ready to move on. A day after a war of words broke out between Yankees president Randy Levine and Betances and his agent following the team’s victory over the elite setup man in an arbitration hearing, Betances was glad to get back to baseball. “I’m in a good mindset as..." February 19

  • Josh Donaldson out 2-3 weeks with calf injury

    Hardball Talk "Blue Jays’ third baseman Josh Donaldson is expected to miss up to three weeks with a right calf strain, reports John Lott. Donaldson reportedly felt some discomfort in his calf during sprinting drills on Friday and was diagnosed with what looked like a mild strain after undergoing an MRI on..." February 19

  • Neil Walker, Mets still talking a new three-year deal

    New York Daily News "Neil Walker may be sticking around. The second baseman had been seeking a three-year deal with the Mets this winter before signing the $17.2 million qualifying offer. Sandy Alderson said Sunday that he has continued conversations with Walker’s agent, speaking as recently as Saturday, and he hoped..." February 19

  • Royals will experiment with Alex Gordon in all three outfield spots this year

    MLB.com "Royals manager Ned Yost revealed Friday that he may have some unusual outfield combinations this spring, and perhaps during the regular season. Yost indicated he plans to utilize Gold Glove left fielder Alex Gordon in all three outfield spots. "Every scenario is open," Yost said. "I'm going..." February 19

  • GM: Making McCutchen a Pirate for life requires 'financial common ground'

    ESPN "Andrew McCutchen's general manager, Neal Huntington, says "there was more smoke than fire" pouring out of those McCutchen trade rumors this winter. And you don't have to be a fire chief in Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh to think, well, he ought to know. But that would probably come as a surprise..." February 19

  • Miggy hints that Tigers have 1 more year of contention left

    Detroit News "The Tigers held their first full-squad workout Saturday, which is annually the day perennial All-Star and two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera gives his first extended interview of the new season. And, even after a long workout and a photo shoot, he was in rare form. He was his usual playful self, but..." February 19

  • Yankees' CC Sabathia tries to counsel Dellin Betances

    Newsday "In private, Dellin Betances expressed to CC Sabathia some of the same anger he would relay to the media later in the day, maybe even more. “Yeah [he was angry], and I knew he would be,” Sabathia said Saturday. “It’s just one of those things where at some point, I think, every player learns the..." February 19

  • McCarthy was involved in failed Puig-Braun trade

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "When the Milwaukee Brewers came close to sending Ryan Braun to the Los Angeles Dodgers last Aug. 31, there was a general perception that he would be traded over the off-season when no deadline clock was ticking. But there Braun was Saturday morning, reporting to the Brewers’ spring camp as..." February 19

  • Omar Infante hoping for chance to play centerfield for Detroit Tigers

    Detroit Free Press "Add another name into the centerfield competition. It’s an unlikely name, one that has the most outside of shots, given a number of factors. But veteran Omar Infante wants a shot to make the Detroit Tigers. And with Ian Kinsler firmly entrenched at second base, the best shot for Infante to..." February 19

  • Jeurys Familia leaves Mets again as MLB investigation advances

    New York Post "Major League Baseball’s investigation of Jeurys Familia appears to be progressing toward a conclusion. On Saturday, for the second straight day, Familia departed Tradition Field in the early morning as the Mets excused him from their pitchers and catchers workout. The closer won’t be in camp..." February 19

  • Yu Darvish is planning to throw the split-finger fastball once again

    Sports Day "During a 30-pitch bullpen session Friday, right-hander Yu Darvish threw a handful of split-finger fastballs. He wasn't simply fooling around. He intends to incorporate the pitch back into his repertoire. Darvish threw the split-finger pitch about 5 percent of the time before Tommy John surgery...." February 19

  • Dellin Betances’ agent fires back at Yankees president after heated arbitration hearing

    Fox Sports "The arbitration hearing between the New York Yankees and reliever Dellin Betances got contentious Saturday, so much so that Yankees president Randy Levine held a news conference to air his grievances with Betances’ representatives – after the arbiters ruled in favor of the team. Levine accused..." February 19

  • Pirates' Harrison ready if team needs him as utilityman

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "If Jung Ho Kang's legal woes keep him away from the Pirates for a significant stretch of time, Josh Harrison is willing to resume his role as a super-utility player. As spring training camp enters its sixth day Sunday, Kang remained in South Korea awaiting his Feb. 22 trial on drunk-driving..." February 19

  • Kershaw to start 7th straight Opening Day for Dodgers

    ESPN "- In one of the more obvious decisions of the 2017 major league season, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts on Saturday officially named Clayton Kershaw as his Opening Day starter. Kershaw will make his seventh consecutive Opening Day start when the Dodgers begin the season at home April 3..." February 19

  • Eric Gagne considering MLB comeback

    MLB.com "Former Cy Young Award winner Eric Gagne is serving as a guest pitching instructor for the Dodgers this week, but he's also been on the mound with a comeback under consideration. Gagne, 41, will pitch for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic this month after serving as the pitching coach..." February 19

  • Fowler reveals family affected by Trump's travel ban

    12 Up "The first few weeks of the Trump presidency have been controversial to say the least in the United States, with the low point likely being the travel 'ban' which effected people trying to fly into the U.S. from specific Muslim-majority countries. Of course, there are two sides to every coin,..." February 19

  • A’s Khris Davis leaning toward not playing in WBC

    San Francisco Chronicle "A’s left fielder Khris Davis, who is on Team Mexico’s roster for the World Baseball Classic, is strongly leaning toward not participating in the event, The Chronicle has learned. Davis, who is likely to address his WBC status on Sunday morning when he reports to Oakland’s camp, wants to focus..." February 19

  • Padres sign Jered Weaver to one-year, $3 million deal

    Fanrag Sports "The San Diego Padres have come to terms with starting pitcher Jered Weaver, sources tell FanRag Sports. Weaver will now earn a base salary of about $3 million as the result of his newly inked one-year deal. Bob Nightengale of USA Today was the first to report that the two sides were on the..." February 18

  • Dellin Betances threatens innings limit after Yankees prez ‘trashes’ him

    New York Post "Dellin Betances was prepared to forget losing Friday’s arbitration case. Then the Yankees’ reliever heard what team president Randy Levine said Saturday morning on a conference call. And the level of hurt Betances is feeling could lead to him avoiding working more than one inning at a time..." February 18

  • Evan Longoria laments Logan Forsythe trade, focuses on winning

    ESPN "It was less than four weeks ago -- on the day Tampa Bay traded productive second baseman Logan Forsythe to the Los Angeles Dodgers -- that the Rays' highest-profile player, Evan Longoria, delivered a three-word review of the deal that raised many eyebrows in baseball: "Surprised and upset," the..." February 18

  • Indians rightly name Cody Allen, not Andrew Miller, the closer for 2017

    CBS Sports "En route to the Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, Indians manager Terry Francona rewrote the book on bullpen usage during the postseason. He brought ace setup man Andrew Miller into games as early as the fifth inning, and both Miller and closer Cody Allen were used for multiple innings. That..." February 18