Latest News

Column: Players finding payoffs are changing in baseball
Column: Players finding payoffs are changing in baseball

Manny Machado's new $300 million contract put a stop - at least temporarily - to a growing chorus of player complaints that major league teams were conspiring to do deep damage to the free agent market. ''Markets change,'' commissioner Rob Manfred said the other day before Machado

Cubs Talk Podcast: 1-on-1 with Kyle Hendricks
Cubs Talk Podcast: 1-on-1 with Kyle Hendricks

Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss the impact a full season of Cole Hamels could have on the rotation and the team. And David Kaplan goes 1-on-1 with Kyle Hendricks. Find out which teammate Hendricks says most enjoys striking out in Spring Training

MLB notebook: Giants, Phillies reportedly in lead for Harper
MLB notebook: Giants, Phillies reportedly in lead for Harper

Free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, still hunting for a long-term deal, has reportedly turned down multiple offers worth at least $300 million in recent weeks, according to a report Wednesday by Jon Heyman of MLB Network. All eyes are on Harper after the San Diego Padres reportedly agreed this week

MLB notebook: Giants, Phillies reportedly in lead for Harper
MLB notebook: Giants, Phillies reportedly in lead for Harper

Free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, still hunting for a long-term deal, has reportedly turned down multiple offers worth at least $300 million in recent weeks, according to a report Wednesday by Jon Heyman of MLB Network. All eyes are on Harper after the San Diego Padres reportedly agreed this week

Cubs still wide open with leadoff spot in 2019:
Cubs still wide open with leadoff spot in 2019: 'If somebody wants to take it, take it'

Joe Maddon and the Cubs aren't planning on having a consistent leadoff hitter in 2019, but they're open to the possibility of somebody stepping up and taking the job.

AP source: Harrison has 1-year agreement with Tigers
AP source: Harrison has 1-year agreement with Tigers

Free agent Josh Harrison has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The 31-year-old Harrison spent his first eight major league seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Harrison did not have a great 2018 at the plate, hitting .250 with eight

Noah Syndergaard:
Noah Syndergaard: 'I feel like I'm going to bet (on) myself in free agency.'

Noah Syndergaard plans to test free agency rather than sign a team-friendly contract extension the way Luis Severino and Aaron Nola recently did.

Machado picking Padres over White Sox might
Machado picking Padres over White Sox might've been a mistake - Anderson

Tim Anderson was asked about Manny Machado's decision to reportedly turn down the Chicago White Sox in favour of the San Diego Padres.

McCutchen ready to boost Phillies in all sorts of ways
McCutchen ready to boost Phillies in all sorts of ways

Andrew McCutchen is ready to boost the Philadelphia Phillies with his bat, glove and brain. Signed to a $50 million, three-year contract, McCutchen said he enjoys his role as the veteran in the outfield and likes what he's seen from his younger teammates. The 32-year-old McCutchen is set to start

Buster Posey likely won
Buster Posey likely won't catch in early spring games

Buster Posey most likely will not catch in any spring training games until early March, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday. Posey, who had surgery in August to address a hip impingement and repair a torn labrum, has been catching pitchers' side sessions in camp so far. The

Nutting: pricey free agent would imbalance Pirates payroll

Having watched the San Diego Padres reach a $300 million, 10-year deal with Manny Machado, Pirates owner Bob Nutting doesn't think it makes sense Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington to add a pricey free agent. ''You get an imbalanced payroll, that you have much more challenging team

Zach Duke can earn $300,000 in performance bonuses with Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Zach Duke can earn $300,000 in performances as part of his $2 million, one-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds.

Derek Dietrich gets chance to compete for Reds' bench role

Derek Dietrich didn't have a team after the Miami Marlins designated him for assignment in November. Dietrich agreed to a minor league deal on Tuesday with the Cincinnati Reds, who plan to carry four players on the bench. The 29-year-old Dietrich will get an opportunity to win one of those spots

Mets
Mets' infielder Jed Lowrie to have MRI of left knee

The New York Mets uttered that dreaded three-letter acronym for the first time in spring training, and it involved Jed Lowrie: MRI. Lowrie was sought by new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, his former agent, for infield depth. ''We need to figure out what's going on first before we start

Yankees' Tulowitzki hits in first simulated game

Troy Tulowitzki took a called third strike in his first simulated game of spring training and followed with a drive down the right-field line that would have been over Yankee Stadium's right-field wall.

After veteran salaries drop, baseball players want change
After veteran salaries drop, baseball players want change

Greg Holland was cut from $14 million to $2 million this season. Daniel Murphy fell from $17.5 million to $10 million. While Manny Machado agreed to a pending $300 million, 10-year contract with San Diego and Bryce Harper is likely to top Giancarlo Stanton's record $325 million, 13-year deal, many

After veteran salaries drop, baseball players want change
After veteran salaries drop, baseball players want change

NEW YORK (AP) - Neil Walker's salary dropped from $17.2 million to $2 million in two years. Greg Holland was cut from $14 million to $2 million this season. Daniel Murphy fell from $17.5 million to $10 million.

Report: Tigers to sign Josh Harrison to one-year contract
Report: Tigers to sign Josh Harrison to one-year contract

The Tigers have reporteldy agreed to a one-year contract with two-time All-Star infielder Josh Harrison.

Royals' Gordon eager to play alongside new CF Hamilton

With six-time Gold Glove winner Alex Gordon in left and speedy Lorenzo Cain in center, the Kansas City Royals' outfield defense ranked among the best in the majors for the six years they were together. Royals manager Ned Yost started nine different players in center last year. Gordon started in

A
A's looking at Robbie Grossman as potential leadoff man

The Oakland Athletics will take a look at Robbie Grossman as a potential leadoff man when they open spring play. The Athletics host the Seattle Mariners on Thursday as the teams get a head start on spring training games. Oakland manager Bob Melvin wanted to get Grossman in the leadoff spot as soon

Cubs slugger Bryant says balky left shoulder feeling fine

Kris Bryant made it abundantly clear - with his bat - that his balky left shoulder of last season is completely healed. Bryant had been one of the most impressive players in Chicago Cubs camp leading up to the first day position players needed to report this week. A good sign for the Cubs after the

Moving on from Manny Machado: The White Sox superstar might already be here
Moving on from Manny Machado: The White Sox superstar might already be here

The White Sox and their fans are feeling the sting of Manny Machado signing with the Padres. But the team's superstar of the future might already be here.

MLB Odds: Red Sox not even favored to win AL East as defending champs
MLB Odds: Red Sox not even favored to win AL East as defending champs

The Boston Red Sox are the defending World Series champions, but oddsmakers aren't even picking them to win the American League East in 2019.

At 33, Braves' Donaldson trying to prove he can stay healthy

Finding a job was pretty easy for Josh Donaldson. The former AL MVP didn't have to wait long for a new opportunity, signing a one-year, $23 million contract with the Atlanta Braves less than a month after the World Series ended. ''I didn't expect it to go that quickly,'' Donaldson

Newcomer Daniel Murphy says Rockies are built to win now
Newcomer Daniel Murphy says Rockies are built to win now

Accustomed to the postseason, Daniel Murphy built his free agent checklist around playoff contenders. When the ascendant Colorado Rockies showed as much interest in Murphy as he had in them, working out the details of a two-year, $24 million contract was no big deal. ''When you get to a point

MLB to crack down on sign stealing
MLB to crack down on sign stealing

There were reportedly at least six teams using in-house cameras to steal signs last season

Cubs Reliever Role Call - at Least Until Morrow Returns
Cubs Reliever Role Call - at Least Until Morrow Returns

There are a few changes in the bullpen for 2019. How will they fit in and who will do what for the first month of the season (and in many cases beyond)? Let's do some "Reliever Role Call."

Lowdown: Machado Makes A Move
Lowdown: Machado Makes A Move

Nate Grimm talks about Manny Machado's megadeal with the Padres, Carlos Martinez's shutdown and Bruce Bochy's career in Wednesday's Offseason Lowdown.

Scooter Gennett upset with Reds over lack of communication regarding contract extension
Scooter Gennett upset with Reds over lack of communication regarding contract extension

Second baseman Scooter Gennett, who can become a free agent after the 2019 season, is upset the Reds haven't been in contact to discuss a contract extension.

With Machado in San Diego, the Cubs are adjusting to the new normal in NL
With Machado in San Diego, the Cubs are adjusting to the new normal in NL

The National League is going to be packed with good teams in 2019, making life a whole lot tougher for a Cubs team that already had plenty to prove.

MLB notebook: Machado, Padres reportedly agree to deal
MLB notebook: Machado, Padres reportedly agree to deal

The San Diego Padres reached an agreement with free agent infielder Manny Machado on a 10-year, $300 million deal, according to multiple reports Tuesday. Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler cautioned in an interview with The Athletic the deal was not done. Machado also needs to pass a physical.

MLB notebook: Machado, Padres reportedly agree to deal
MLB notebook: Machado, Padres reportedly agree to deal

The San Diego Padres reached an agreement with free agent infielder Manny Machado on a 10-year, $300 million deal, according to multiple reports Tuesday. Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler cautioned in an interview with The Athletic the deal was not done. Machado also needs to pass a physical.

Machado joining Padres would be great - MLB commissioner
Machado joining Padres would be great - MLB commissioner

Rob Manfred discussed Manny Machado's reported big-money move to the San Diego Padres.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez draws huge praise from Alex Cora, Pedro Martinez
Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez draws huge praise from Alex Cora, Pedro Martinez

Boston Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodrgiuez played well in 2018 and helped his team win the World Series, but could a breakout 2019 campaign be on the horizon?

Derek Dietrich and Reds finalize minor league contract

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Derek Dietrich and Cincinnati have finalized a minor league contract, giving the Reds another infield and outfield option.

Maikel Franco gets a reprieve, would welcome Bryce Harper as teammate
Maikel Franco gets a reprieve, would welcome Bryce Harper as teammate

The Padres signing Manny Machado opens up an opportunity for Maikel Franco to earn a permanent spot at third base. By Jim Salisbury

Moustakas has unfinished business in Milwaukee
Moustakas has unfinished business in Milwaukee

Mike Moustakas fell one win shy of reaching the World Series with the Milwaukee Brewers. ''I think we had some unfinished business after last year,'' Moustakas said Tuesday after finalizing a $10 million, one-year deal with the Brewers. After Milwaukee won the NL Central for the first

Cardinals shut down Carlos Martínez for two weeks due to shoulder issue
Cardinals shut down Carlos Martínez for two weeks due to shoulder issue

The Cardinals have shut pitcher Carlos Martínez down from throwing for two weeks due to his ailing right shoulder.

Giants encouraged by Jeff Samardzija
Giants encouraged by Jeff Samardzija's progress to begin spring training

Jeff Samardizja has said he has eight hurdles to clear this spring. He got through the first one unscathed, facing live hitters Tuesday.

Dodgers legend Don Newcombe dead at 92
Dodgers legend Don Newcombe dead at 92

Don Newcombe, among the greatest pitchers in the history of the Brooklyn-Los Angeles Dodgers franchise, died Tuesday after a long illness. "Newk" helped the club to the 1955 World Series title while based in Brooklyn, was traded to Cincinnati during the team's 1958 debut season in Los

Chatting on the bases is good-natured, a learning experience
Chatting on the bases is good-natured, a learning experience

While playing for Texas, Jurickson Profar always learned something from new teammate Khris Davis when the Oakland slugger stopped at Profar's second base spot. Majors home run leader Davis appreciates any chance he gets to talk baseball and life with Albert Pujols while spending a few moments on

White Sox in
White Sox in 'disbelief' after Machado reportedly picks Padres

Manny Machado's reported decision to sign for the San Diego Padres has stunned the Chicago White Sox.

Trevor Bauer takes shot at Red Sox ace Chris Sale
Trevor Bauer takes shot at Red Sox ace Chris Sale's second-half struggles

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer expected to win the Cy Young Award in the American League last season, and part of his reasoning was he believed Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale's performance would tail off in the second half of the year.

Dodgers legend Don Newcombe dies at 92
Dodgers legend Don Newcombe dies at 92

Newcombe won 27 games and the Cy Young and MVP Awards in 1956

Reliever Joe Kelly settling in quickly with Dodgers
Reliever Joe Kelly settling in quickly with Dodgers

Joe Kelly casually placed five bags of breakfast sandwiches on a table in the middle of the room as he entered the Dodgers clubhouse. It was his way of fitting in after not only playing for Boston the past four and a half seasons but also making a substantial relief pitching effort to help the Red Sox

Where Bryce Harper market stands after Manny Machado-Padres contract
Where Bryce Harper market stands after Manny Machado-Padres contract

Now that Manny Machado reportedly has his new team, where do things stand with Bryce Harper on the free agent market?

Machado, Padres agree to record US sports deal: reports
Machado, Padres agree to record US sports deal: reports

Manny Machado has agreed to the richest free agent contract in American sports history, a 10-year Major League Baseball deal worth $300 million with the San Diego Padres, according to multiple reports Tuesday. ESPN, USA Today and MLB's website all announced the agreement, citing unnamed sources,

Phillies manager on Bryce Harper reports:
Phillies manager on Bryce Harper reports: 'I stopped taking it seriously'

Phillies spring training is officially underway, and the speculation surrounding Bryce Harper's future is only growing.

How MLB Is Affected by Lack of Movement for Harper, Machado
How MLB Is Affected by Lack of Movement for Harper, Machado

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred shifted blame to the players for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remaining unsigned, but is their standoff with the league actually a bad thing for baseball?

The Braves want you to get excited about "monetary yield" and "glide slope"
The Braves want you to get excited about "monetary yield" and "glide slope"

Terry McGuirk and Alex Anthopoulos engage in some unsuccessful damage control.

Top News: Baseball

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.