Caption Close Prior to Friday's salary exchange deadline, the Astros agreed to one-year contracts with seven of their 10 arbitration-eligible players, but now face hearings with the three men with whom they could not come to terms. Starter Gerrit Cole, shortstop Carlos Correa, and reliever Chris
Posted: January 17, 2019, 5:53 am
The market for Manny Machado gets more interesting, the Rays close in on Avisail Garcia, plus the Mets introduce Jed Lowrie in Queens
Posted: January 17, 2019, 5:00 am
Over the course of his seven major league seasons, Brian Dozier, who inked a 1-year/$9M free agent deal with the Washington Nationals last weekend, has played just six games in Nationals Park, going 3 for 21 with a home run. Dozier will have plenty of time to get more comfortable in the nation's
Posted: January 17, 2019, 5:00 am
It's mid-January and, while the stove isn't quite lit, there are at least some rumblings of activity surrounding the Atlanta Braves. With that as the backdrop, Episode 149 of the Talking Chop Podcast is here and TC's own Scott Coleman joins the program for a fun show. Topics include the following
Posted: January 17, 2019, 5:00 am
Tonight, I am running a historical reproduction of a game from Cubs history, with a bit of a twist. As you settle in for tonight's game, the chronological time is March 29, 1871. The (2019) Chicago Cubs will host the Rockford Forest Citys, who were a big league club in 1871. As best as you can, feel
Posted: January 17, 2019, 4:37 am
With via-doom, the Seattle squeeze or traffic-ageddon â€” or whatever quippy thing people are calling it â€” expected to cripple the city and somehow make traffic worse, the Extra Innings podcast is back to make your commute in that soul-crushing slog just a little bit better, or worse, depending on your
Posted: January 17, 2019, 4:20 am
ST. LOUISÂ â€¢ While some of the conversation about the Cardinals' pitching staff this winter has fixated on whether they have an ace, who that ace is, and whether they ought to add an ace, one thing is clear as spring training approaches. A series of season-ending injuries has given Alex Reyes an unlikely
Posted: January 17, 2019, 4:20 am
Tonight's historical recreation wasn't a scrimmage game from March 1871 with teams of two different generations. Instead, the play-by-play came from a game from one of the Cubs' more notorious seasons, 1969. The box score notes that the pitcher for Rockford was none other than Hall-Of-Famer
Posted: January 17, 2019, 3:41 am
PORTLAND, Maine â€“ The Boston Red Sox are keeping their popular minor league affiliate in Maine's largest city through at least 2022. The Portland Sea Dogs announced the extension of their player development contract with the Red Sox on Tuesday. The club says the Red Sox will continue to keep their
Posted: January 17, 2019, 3:37 am
Manager Mike Shildt's recent declaration that the Cardinals' current roster includes five No. 1-type starting pitchers Â inspired us to publish Rick Hummel's compilation of the top 50 Cardinals pitchers since the franchise joined the National League in 1892. This list will exclude the legendary
Posted: January 17, 2019, 3:15 am
The $30 million baseball player isn't dead. But he can kill a major-league team's best chance to win the World Series. If third baseman Nolan Arenado and the Rockies can't agree on the basic economic principles of building a championship team, all talk of a long-term contract is a waste of
Posted: January 17, 2019, 2:00 am
DJ LeMahieu made it clear he understands what his role is with the Yankees. Asked on a conference call Wednesday about the fact the Yankees have an infield already filled with starters, the Gold Glove second baseman said he â€œwas told to bring a lot of gloves, if that's any indication.â€� The 30-year-old
Posted: January 17, 2019, 1:47 am
OGDEN â€” For the sixth time in six seasons, the Ogden Raptors will have a new manager â€” but this time, it's a familiar face. The 2019 Raptors will be led by Austin Chubb, who was the team's hitting coach in 2016, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced Wednesday. Chubb, who will turn 30 before the season
Posted: January 17, 2019, 1:45 am
The former fan favorite was the lone Met not to receive a tender offer before November's deadline as GM Brodie Van Wagenen reloaded the infield. The 27-year-old utility man spent six years with the Mets and played 83 of 126 games at first base last season, hitting .267 with 11 home runs and 51 RBIs
Posted: January 17, 2019, 1:38 am
The Mets reached third base on Wednesday with their introduction of Jed Lowrie at a Citi Field news conference. Can they advance the final 90 feet to turn this into a home-run winter? They'd have to make one more big move. One more boost â€” for the short term, the long term or both â€” to convince their
Posted: January 17, 2019, 1:25 am
MLB Pipeline will unveil its 2019 Top 100 Prospects list with a one-hour show on MLB Network and MLB.com on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position. There's a good amount of turnover on this year's Top 10 Catching
Posted: January 17, 2019, 1:23 am
The Kansas City Royals' Eric Skoglund was handed an 80-game suspension by MLB.
Posted: January 17, 2019, 12:35 am
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Posted: January 17, 2019, 12:34 am
The National Baseball Hall of Fame electees will be announced on Jan. 22. with the induction ceremony to take place on July 21. And just like clockwork, the question surrounding Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens has been brought up once again: Should Bonds and Clemens be considered for the Hall of Fame despite
Posted: January 16, 2019, 11:31 pm
The Milwaukee Brewers invited nine of their minor-league prospects to spring training on Wednesday, increasing their number of non-roster invitees to 14. Players on the 40-man roster automatically are invited to camp but these prospects have not reached that status yet. Topping the list is second baseman
Posted: January 16, 2019, 11:22 pm
CLEVELAND â€” The Cleveland Indians were unable to move either of their top two starting pitchers, Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer, at the 2018 Winter Meetings in Las Vegas last month, but they still appear to be trying to structure a deal around their two-time American League Cy Young Award winner. According
Posted: January 16, 2019, 11:18 pm
LOS ANGELESÂ â€” The Dodgers have set their minor-league coaching staffs for 2019, featuring new managers leading five of the seven affiliates. Not returning are Drew Saylor (Baseball America's Minor-League Manager of the Year at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga last season) and Bill Haselman (manager at Triple-A
Posted: January 16, 2019, 10:58 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Phillies have finalized their coaching staff by hiring infield coach Bobby Dickerson and first base coach Paco Figueroa.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 10:41 pm
What will the next championship-contending White Sox team look like? That's what we're setting out to determine (or at least make a guess at) this month. Next up: second base.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 9:54 pm
In the weeks leading up to the start of Spring Training, MLB.com will go Around the Horn, examining different facets of the Cubs' roster. This week: Bullpen. The Cubs headed into this offseason with the bullpen as an area in need of attention. That became even more true after last month's news
Posted: January 16, 2019, 9:38 pm
The Diamondbacks added depth on Wednesday, acquiring Tim Locastro from the Yankees.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 9:23 pm
In the latest edition of the On the Rox podcast, Denver Post beat writers Patrick Saunders and Kyle Newman make their early predictions for the Rockies' 2019 Opening Day lineup, and provide analysis on Daniel Murphy, Garrett Hampson, David Dahl and more. Like this story? Help support more local journalism
Posted: January 16, 2019, 9:08 pm
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers could have a set rotation in place right now if they are content to go into the season with three starters who underwent Tommy John surgery within the past two years. That's the mystery surrounding Texas with less than a month to go before pitchers and catchers report to
Posted: January 16, 2019, 9:05 pm
The Yankees on Tuesday held their fourth conference call of the offseason to introduce a new player and not once was the player on the other end of the phone named Bryce or Manny, and if you need their last names you may as well stop reading right now. If you needed any more evidence that not only the
Posted: January 16, 2019, 9:03 pm
The Ricketts family won't take questions from fans during the Cubs' annual convention.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 8:57 pm
Nunez, only 17, has already established himself as one of the Cardinals' prized young hitting prospects. The Cuban, who the Cardinals have been scouting since he was a standout on the national team in his early teens, completed his first professional season this past year and, oh, won the Triple
Posted: January 16, 2019, 8:50 pm
Their infamous, years-long courtship is fizzling right before our eyes.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 8:43 pm
Could we finally see A.J. Puk next by midseason in 2019? Perhaps.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 8:10 pm
Yahoo Sports MLB writer Mike Oz talks about the 2019 baseball Hall of Fame ballot, including the 20 first-timers, whether or not this is the year Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens get elected.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 7:56 pm
On the plus side for the Tigers as they stare at another juicy draft spot in 2019, there is a lush baseball orchard loaded with college and prep hitters who might meet a team's general preference for a game-busting bat when Detroit chooses with its No. 5 pick. That wasn't the case a year ago
Posted: January 16, 2019, 7:38 pm
Marty Brennaman â€” who called Cubs fans 'most obnoxious' â€” to retire after 46 seasons as Reds voice
Hall of Fame Reds radio announcer Marty Brennaman announced Wednesday he plans to retire after the coming season, his 46th with the team. Cubs fans may know Brennaman, 76, best as father of Thom Brennaman, 55, who called Cubs games from 1990-95 and is now a fellow Reds broadcaster among other responsibilities
Posted: January 16, 2019, 7:35 pm
Unlike the throngs of top-tier baseball prospects who shy away from the pinnacle of their existence, Forrest Whitley envisions the moment he is summoned to the major leagues for his debut. â€œI think about it every day,â€� Whitley said Thursday, his eyes widening with each word. â€œMultiple times a day.â€� The
Posted: January 16, 2019, 7:18 pm
The Boston Red Sox are heading to Washington, D.C. in less than a month. Here's their reasoning behind the early celebration date.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 7:13 pm
Omar Vizquel has become a key part in the White Sox rebuilding machine, recently promoted from the manager at Class A Winston-Salem to the skipper at Double-A Birmingham, and he got rave reviews from director of player development Chris Getz on Wednesday.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 7:07 pm
Cubs Convention panels we'd like to see: Where's Bryce? Why'd ya do that, Joe? Should Ronnie Woo retire?
A three-day infomercial for a multibillion-dollar business that people pay to attend, the convention model has been replicated by almost every professional sports franchise since, making the selling of a team a year-round event. The convention sometimes turned into a celebration of a memorable season
Posted: January 16, 2019, 7:05 pm
SportsPulse: Bryce Harper and Manny Machado both linger on the market. FTW's Ted Berg explains why the two superstars have yet to find a home. The Los Angeles Dodgers are the world's leader in attendance, drawing more fans than any venue in sports, and leading Major League Baseball in attendance
Posted: January 16, 2019, 7:01 pm
SEATTLE -- While much has been made of the Mariners' newly acquired youngsters this winter, there are a few returning prospects to keep an eye on when Spring Training opens next month in Peoria, Ariz., as well. One of those will be hard to miss, given Joey Curletta stands in at 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds
Posted: January 16, 2019, 6:57 pm
Last February, the Baltimore Orioles announced a multi-pronged partnership with the Naval Academy. It appears that some of the plans for 2019 will not happen. Naval Academy athletics officials have confirmed to The Capital the Baltimore Orioles will not play an exhibition game against another Major League
Posted: January 16, 2019, 6:30 pm
Pitchers and catchers report a month from now and the Braves still don't have a third outfielder. Well, they have Adam Duvall, but he produced and played little after joining them last July. I suppose the Braves could put Johan Camargo out there, but he was to be their super sub infielder and if
Posted: January 16, 2019, 6:15 pm
SAN FRANCISCOâ€“After signing free agent starter Derek Holland to a one-year deal Monday, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi announced the team would remain active in the starting pitcher market. Zaidi wants to continue building out the rotation, which indicates the Giants may not be
Posted: January 16, 2019, 5:31 pm
If the Giants do use an "opener" at all this year, they may have the perfect weapon with a pitch that can come at you with either arm.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 5:23 pm
KANSAS CITY -- It's not often that pitchers go from college closer to Minor League closer to Major League closer. Of course, former Royal Greg Holland comes to mind. But if all goes well, that will be the path for Royals right-hander Walker Sheller, selected in the ninth round of the 2016 Draft out
Posted: January 16, 2019, 5:21 pm
With Spring Training approaching and pitchers and catchers beginning their workouts on Feb. 13 (with position players following on Feb. 18), MLB.com is posting a series of position-by-position breakdowns leading into camp. Up next: the infield. MIAMI -- Perhaps the area on the Marlins' roster with
Posted: January 16, 2019, 5:13 pm
With Spring Training approaching, it's time for an in-depth look at the Pirates' roster. This is the fourth part of a series checking in on their current and future options at each position. Next up: first base. Big question: What kind of hitter is Josh Bell going to be? In some ways, Bell, 26
Posted: January 16, 2019, 5:09 pm
Joe Panik may not start the season in San Francisco. The Giants continue to shop the 28-year-old second baseman, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. The Brewers may look to add another infielder this offseason and could be a potential trade partner for San
Posted: January 16, 2019, 5:01 pm
NEW ORLEANS â€“ As more than 70,000 people gear up to pack Atlanta's Mercedes Benz Stadium for the National Football League's Super Bowl LIII, it's almost a sure bet that fans around the country will wager cash on the annual spectacle. In fact, millions of people in nine states will be able
Posted: January 15, 2019, 11:37 pm