Tue Jan 17 2017 06:17:41 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Cubs' celebration of their 2016 World Series title continued Monday afternoon at the White House, where they were honored in the East Room by President Barack Obama for their drought-breaking championship.
Mon Jan 16 2017 20:23:39 GMT+0000 (UTC) - You know, in case this baseball thing doesn't work out.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:17:57 GMT+0000 (UTC) - On Monday night, a few days after sources told MLB.com that Wil Myers and the Padres were nearing a long-term contract extension, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported that the two sides had agreed to a six-year deal that includes one option year and is believed to be worth $83 million. The club has not confirmed the report.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:18:08 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Fourteen MLB.com reporters were among those eligible to cast ballots in the 2017 Hall of Fame vote conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Here's a look at how they voted.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:18:18 GMT+0000 (UTC) - It's never too early to think ahead, so let's see where next winter's free-agent class is at its strongest and weakest.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:18:29 GMT+0000 (UTC) - You'll receive better seats and lower prices than fans who buy game by game. Tickets for the first, second and Championship Rounds are on sale now.
Tue Jan 17 2017 05:06:17 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Leading up to the release of the 2017 Top 100 Prospects list, MLBPipeline.com looks at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position, starting with the best right-handed pitching prospects.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:18:57 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Team Japan entered the 2013 World Baseball Classic as two-time defending champions, having won the first two editions of the international tournament, in 2006 and '09. But after losing to Puerto Rico in the semifinal round four years ago, Japan has unfinished business when it opens WBC '17 in Tokyo on March 7 against Cuba.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:19:07 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Royals locked in emerging ace lefty Danny Duffy to a five-year deal worth $65 million on Monday. Duffy, who could have been a free agent after 2017, will be due $5 million in '17, $14 million in '18, $15.25 million in both '19 and '20 and $15.5 million in '21, according to an MLB.com source.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:19:20 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Blue Jays have emerged as the front-runner to sign slugger Jose Bautista, and he's said to be nearing a deal with the club, industry sources told MLB.com.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:19:31 GMT+0000 (UTC) - "It's more than just sports," President Barack Obama said, referring to how the love affair between the World Series champion Cubs and their followers is as unconditional as it gets.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:19:59 GMT+0000 (UTC) - MLB Network is teaming up with The Recording Academy to give fans of baseball and music the chance to attend the GRAMMY Awards, music's version of the World Series.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:20:09 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Cubs are World Series champions! Get T-shirts, caps, jerseys, sweatshirts and more official merchandise from the MLBshop.com.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:20:20 GMT+0000 (UTC) - It's been nearly two years since the Cardinals first learned they were under investigation by the FBI and Justice Department for unauthorized access of the Astros' database, but the organization expects to learn what punishment Major League Baseball will hand down before the start of Spring Training.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:20:29 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Stay on top of all the offseason moves with the MLB.com Hot Stove Tracker, which updates with the latest free-agent signings and trades.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:20:39 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Forgoing the mound for the mic, Adam Wainwright entertained a few hundred guests and raised several thousand dollars for charity on Monday night by hosting his first Big League Impact Sing-Off.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:20:46 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Check out MLBPipeline.com's updated Top 100 list for the 2016 season, including breakdowns by team and position.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:20:58 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Dan O'Brien Sr., a baseball lifer who was president and general manager of the Mariners as well as general manager for the Rangers and Angels, passed away in Dallas on Tuesday. He was 87.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:21:24 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Phillies have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent outfielder Michael Saunders, a source has confirmed to MLB.com. The club has not commented on the report.
Mon Jan 16 2017 23:27:15 GMT+0000 (UTC) - These days, there may be more value placed on defense and certainly more time spent on evaluating and quantifying it than ever before. When MLBPipeline.com surveyed front-officials as to which prospects stood out most for their glovework, there was no shortage of candidates for out 2017 All-Defense Team.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:21:52 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Sometimes a lopsided trade is pretty easy to identify. But what about deals which seemed fair at the time and turned into total steals? Let's look back over the last five years to find a dozen such trades. Spoiler alert: This is how the Cubs got so good.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:22:09 GMT+0000 (UTC) - It's a stock watch, of sorts, and these are the eight men who have seen the greatest gains in 2017.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:26:23 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Hot Stove season continues, and we keep you up to date with the latest free-agent news, trade buzz, rumors and more.
Mon Jan 16 2017 23:36:00 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Rangers are holding a minicamp for many of their young players this week in Arlington. It could be a significant week for some of them. Left-hander Yohander Mendez said it was significant for him last year, and he'll be honored at the Rangers' awards banquet Friday night in Dallas as the club's Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Mon Jan 16 2017 20:05:17 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Did David Ross just hint that he'll run in 2020?
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:22:43 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The annual topic of Yadier Molina's playing time -- and the question about whether this is the year the Cardinals rein it in -- predictably arose on the final day of the Cardinals' Winter Warm-Up. This time, though, manager Mike Matheny came with a bold and changed response.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:22:55 GMT+0000 (UTC) - For the Red Sox, Monday's opening of the annual Rookie Development Program included an event that befitted Martin Luther King Day, as players took part in community service.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:23:05 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Rangers are waiting on Tyson Ross to undergo a physical examination before they officially announce an agreement with him on a one-year, $6 million contract.
Mon Jan 16 2017 00:56:42 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Fandom runs deep.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:23:23 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Speaking publicly for the first time since signing a contract extension, Yangervis Solarte said he's "really happy, really grateful" to have secured his future in San Diego. But the Padres' third baseman made one other thing clear: He is not satisfied yet.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:23:32 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The chance for bounce-back and breakthrough seasons from several starters has the Cardinals confident they have the right pieces in the 2017 rotation.
Mon Jan 16 2017 16:21:57 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Making the most of a canceled flight.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:23:43 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The first day of the annual Twins Winter Caravan kicked off on Monday, and while he's not scheduled to appear on any of the caravan's four legs over the next two weeks, the biggest topic of conversation revolved around second baseman Brian Dozier.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:24:04 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Anthony Bass grew up in Trenton, Mich., and played college baseball at Wayne State University, where he trained for several winters. He still dreams of pitching one day for the Tigers, which may not be far-fetched as he wades through free agency this offseason.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:24:16 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Roman Quinn lifted up the netting to step inside the hitting cage Monday afternoon at the Ryan Howard Training Center. A boy with a bat in his hands patiently stood next to the practice tee. Quinn worked with the boy and other area youth playing through the Phillies' MLB Youth Academy on Monday as part of their MLK Day of Service.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:24:26 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Padres unveiled their 2017 coaching staff on Monday, adding two new faces and a familiar one to fill three vacancies. Johnny Washington will take over for Tarrik Brock as first-base coach. Former Padre Ramon Vazquez will work with the club's infielders, and Jonathan Mathews will work with the outfielders.
Tue Jan 17 2017 06:23:54 GMT+0000 (UTC) - As America celebrates its holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Hank Aaron isn't sure the nation is as close to overcoming all of its various forms of injustices as much as The Drum Major For Justice once urged it to do.
Mon Jan 16 2017 14:40:52 GMT+0000 (UTC) - He has plenty of material to work with.
Mon Jan 16 2017 23:42:52 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Perhaps it's fitting that the Cardinals and Cubs have dueling winter conventions this weekend, as both teams find themselves still having to talk about the other.
Mon Jan 16 2017 23:43:16 GMT+0000 (UTC) - It took Charlie Tilson exactly one at-bat to pick up his first Major League hit during his White Sox debut at Comerica Park on Aug. 2 last season. Two innings after that single to center off of Anibal Sanchez and the requisite talk at first base with Miguel Cabrera, Tilson's rookie campaign was finished when he sustained a torn left hamstring chasing Cabrera's double in right-center.
Mon Jan 16 2017 20:15:23 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Braves used 14 different starting outfielders over the course of the 267 games that were played from the start of the 2015 season through Aug. 1 of this past season. Their only players to make at least 75 starts as an outfielder within this span were Nick Markakis (249) and Cameron Maybin (126), who spent the entirety of the '16 season on the Tigers' roster.
Mon Jan 16 2017 19:19:09 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Rockies right-hander German Marquez's cellphone tells the story, in words and motion pictures, of a rapid climb that he hopes lands him in the big leagues for good when the 2017 season starts.
Mon Jan 16 2017 18:55:00 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Brad and Kyle Zimmer have talked about it plenty of times. Someday, and perhaps not too far off in the future, the brothers might get to face each other in the Majors. Brad is a fast-rising outfield prospect in the Indians' system, while Kyle is working his way up the Royals' organizational ladder.
Mon Jan 16 2017 20:54:04 GMT+0000 (UTC) - If knowledge is power, then right-hander Joan Gregorio is among the most mentally fortified pitchers in the Giants' farm system.
Mon Jan 16 2017 18:22:39 GMT+0000 (UTC) - When a young ballplayer's talent, performance and recognition earn him top prospect status, one perk is an invitation to MLB/MLBPA's Rookie Career Development Program, held earlier this month in Leesburg, Va. The program gathers future stars from each organization for a four-day seminar to learn about life in the big leagues, and this year's edition included Dodgers No. 1 prospect Cody Bellinger.
Mon Jan 16 2017 17:58:27 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Anthony Banda has catapulted to the top tier of D-backs prospects, ranked No. 2 according to MLBPipeline.com after turning in a strong 2016 campaign between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno.
Mon Jan 16 2017 14:55:21 GMT+0000 (UTC) - With a 12-5 win over South Africa in last February's Sydney qualifier final, Australia punched its ticket to the World Baseball Classic for the fourth time.
Mon Jan 16 2017 12:54:09 GMT+0000 (UTC) - For nearly two decades, opponents knew their time was running short when Lee Smith took the mound. Now, after an extended stay on the ballot, Smith is in danger of seeing his own Hall of Fame chances come to a close.
Mon Jan 16 2017 15:20:32 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Pirates pitchers call it a "vacuum." They throw a pitch down in the zone, maybe even just under the zone, and Francisco Cervelli's gloved left hand sucks it up.
Sun Jan 15 2017 16:54:23 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Tom Ricketts couldn't help himself. In his comments welcoming fans to the Cubs Convention, Ricketts made it clear just how things have changed for his franchise. "We're looking forward to 2017," Ricketts said. "I think that anyone who knows Cubs history knows that when the Cubs win a World Series, they always win again the next year."
Sun Jan 15 2017 16:39:36 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The calendar has flipped to 2017, which brings a clean slate to those whose '16 seasons were marred by disappointment and frustration. Here is a look at six hitters who are projected to bounce back significantly at the plate from '16 campaigns that fell well below their standards.
Sun Jan 15 2017 15:56:51 GMT+0000 (UTC) - If the early returns hold true, 2017 would mark a significant step forward for the two candidates -- even if they're not elected. Even better news for these two: A handful of Hall of Famers have already shown that these kinds of comebacks are possible.
Sat Jan 14 2017 20:16:47 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Top Draft prospect Hunter Greene read "The Captain: The journey of Derek Jeter", when he was 11 years old, and has since done his best to incorporate that book into his daily life.
Sun Jan 15 2017 16:21:59 GMT+0000 (UTC) - They were Edmontonians for a night.
Sat Jan 14 2017 21:25:29 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Major League Baseball and USA Baseball celebrated the start of a potentially groundbreaking endeavor on Saturday, when the two parties coordinated and engineered the completion of the first Prospect Development Pipeline Premier Event.
Sun Jan 15 2017 22:33:29 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Following a season in which he lost his everyday job and found himself back, albeit briefly, in the Minors, Kolten Wong spent his offseason assessing what went wrong while also listening to the Cardinals repeatedly affirm their intentions to open the 2017 season with him as their starting second baseman.
Fri Jan 13 2017 22:30:18 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Although winning 300 games is not a must for a starter to make it into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, it certainly has been a benchmark. No longer. Thus the criteria to judge Hall-worthy starters must change.
Sat Jan 14 2017 23:19:59 GMT+0000 (UTC) - It's only polite.
Sun Jan 15 2017 02:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC) - As the Hall of Fame announcement nears, it's time to revisit some of the most signature moments from the players who could be headed to Cooperstown in 2017.
Sun Jan 15 2017 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Team Venezuela hopes this can be the year it finally lives up to the lofty expectations of its star-studded roster as it prepares for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.