Wed Feb 21 2018 00:56:21 GMT+0000 (UTC) - One day after losing free-agent slugger J.D. Martinez to the Red Sox, the D-backs continued their outfield makeover on Tuesday by acquiring Steven Souza Jr. from the Rays as part of a three-team deal that sent Brandon Drury to the Yankees.
Tue Feb 20 2018 20:10:46 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Yu Darvish and Kyle Schwarber squared off for the first time since the National League Championship Series during a live batting practice session on Tuesday. In October, Darvish was on the Dodgers, but now he and Schwarber are teammates.
Tue Feb 20 2018 23:46:29 GMT+0000 (UTC) - All 30 Major League teams will wear Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball caps before their Spring Training games this weekend to show support for the Parkland, Fla., community and the Stoneman Douglas student body after the tragic shooting at the school on Feb. 14.
Wed Feb 21 2018 00:56:12 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Giants scheduled their first session of live batting practice Tuesday, and Andrew McCutchen celebrated the occasion by clobbering a home run off Madison Bumgarner and crushing a wall ball off Andrew Suarez.
Wed Feb 21 2018 01:07:04 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Lucy won't be able to call him a blockhead now.
Wed Feb 21 2018 14:11:17 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Orioles officially announced the return of Chris Tillman to Baltimore on a one-year contract on Wednesday, adding the veteran righty who has been in the organization since 2008.
Wed Feb 21 2018 01:08:39 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Spring Training is underway -- and just as important as the players taking the field in Arizona and Florida are the ones who are in the process of making their way back to it.
Wed Feb 21 2018 14:19:19 GMT+0000 (UTC) - While Don Mattingly's Miami Marlins will enter the season with a mostly new-look outfield, one of the team's old faces is back.
Tue Feb 20 2018 04:00:54 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Grapefruit and Cactus League exhibition slates don't begin until Friday, but there will be Major Leaguers in action Tuesday as the D-backs host Arizona State University.
Wed Feb 21 2018 01:52:28 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Touching on a number of issues at Cactus League media day, Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke on pace of play, rebuilding teams and the free-agent market.
Wed Feb 21 2018 01:52:06 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Yankees have added insurance for their inexperienced infield, acquiring Brandon Drury from the D-backs on Tuesday as part of a three-team trade that also involved the Rays.
Tue Feb 20 2018 21:55:10 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Eric Hosmer is officially the newest member of the Padres. One day after finalizing an eight-year, $144 million contract with Hosmer, San Diego introduced him as its cornerstone for the foreseeable future.
Sat Feb 17 2018 04:03:10 GMT+0000 (UTC) - From baseball's brightest stars to the next great fantasy steal lurking on your favorite team's depth chart, everything you need to know is one click away.
Tue Feb 20 2018 13:45:34 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Perhaps the best option remaining on the free-agent pitching market is Jake Arrieta, the 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner.
Tue Feb 20 2018 19:30:47 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The official arrival of J.D. Martinez to the Red Sox could come Wednesday, once he passes his physical. The anticipation in the clubhouse for the arrival of this offseason's premier slugger was building by the end of Tuesday's team workout.
Tue Feb 20 2018 17:10:14 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Angels will lower the height of the home run boundary line in right field at Angel Stadium this season, the team announced Tuesday.
Tue Feb 20 2018 20:17:31 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Clayton Kershaw's least-favorite Spring Training assignment -- throwing live batting practice -- was rather routine, 22 pitches, most of them tracked and taken by Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Andrew Toles.
Tue Feb 20 2018 23:33:53 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado said there have been no talks about a contract extension, but if any did arise he does not want them to distract him from the season.
Tue Feb 20 2018 23:07:41 GMT+0000 (UTC) - It's a long way until Opening Day, but the Mariners like what they've seen from Felix Hernandez in his first two mound sessions of Spring Training. Hernandez was among the final group of eight pitchers to throw their second bullpen sessions of the spring on Tuesday, and the 31-year-old was encouraged by the results as well.
Tue Feb 20 2018 22:26:02 GMT+0000 (UTC) - It has been difficult for Daniel Murphy to spend the past few months not being able to hit, limited as he recovers from the debridement and microfracture right knee surgery he underwent at the end of the season. Nationals position players participated in their first full-squad workouts on Tuesday, and Murphy was not able to participate in live batting practice.
Wed Feb 21 2018 00:05:36 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Investigative journalism.
Tue Feb 20 2018 19:37:11 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Somehow, even in the Spring Training cluster of red jerseys on a back field on the Nationals side of The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches, with the sound of T.I. blasting out of a Sony speaker set in the green grass, the morning organizes itself around Bryce Harper, who is about to begin the most interesting potential walk year anyone has ever had in baseball.
Mon Feb 19 2018 18:13:32 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Here's everything you need to know about the rules changes announced for the 2018 season.
Wed Feb 21 2018 02:05:13 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Fred McGriff was one of baseball's most consistent home run hitters for much of his 19-year Major League career, bringing his powerful bat to six different teams -- the Blue Jays, Padres, Braves, Devil Rays, Cubs and Dodgers -- from 1986-2004.
Wed Feb 21 2018 00:48:26 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Larkin was a fixture on the Reds for nearly two decades, starring at shortstop for much of his 19 seasons in the big leagues from 1986-2004.
Wed Feb 21 2018 00:29:37 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Chicago's #3 overall prospect Luis Robert is adjusting well to his first Major League camp, having made the transition from playing in Cuba with the help of a stint in the Dominican Summer League in 2017.
Wed Feb 21 2018 00:25:31 GMT+0000 (UTC) - As the A's continue to evaluate options for a new ballpark site, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred remains confident that a solution exists in Oakland. Speaking from a news conference in Glendale, Ariz., on Tuesday, Manfred said he's still "optimistic that we can make baseball work in Oakland."
Tue Feb 20 2018 22:31:57 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi would not say whether the Dodgers were having contract negotiations with Clayton Kershaw, who can opt out of his contract at the end of this season. But Zaidi, speaking at the annual Spring Training media day, acknowledged the team and pitcher have "open dialogue. He's our franchise player."
Tue Feb 20 2018 21:03:26 GMT+0000 (UTC) - One day after Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson shut down contract negotiations, general manager Ross Atkins addressed the media at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
Tue Feb 20 2018 23:20:13 GMT+0000 (UTC) - When Reds first baseman Joey Votto arrived to Spring Training on Sunday underscoring his desire for the team to get better and start winning again, general manager Dick Williams was both paying attention and agreeing.
Tue Feb 20 2018 23:49:18 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The tangibles were the first things D-backs general manager Mike Hazen and manager Torey Lovullo mentioned Tuesday when discussing the club's latest acquisition, outfielder Jarrod Dyson.
Tue Feb 20 2018 21:48:23 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Kolten Wong has played 150 games just once in his six big league seasons, but the Cardinals second baseman hopes the addition of yoga to his regimen will help him stay healthy in 2018.
Tue Feb 20 2018 19:20:01 GMT+0000 (UTC) - He and Boston go way back.
Wed Feb 21 2018 01:58:19 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Rays continued to get younger on Tuesday, when they traded right fielder Steven Souza Jr. to the D-backs as part of a three-team deal that will return two prospects and two players to be named to the Rays.
Tue Feb 20 2018 22:58:29 GMT+0000 (UTC) - After Yasmany Tomas lost position battles at both third base and left field in 2015, he entered the following two spring camps as a starter in the outfield. But he's back to fighting for a spot this spring after the D-backs added outfielders Jarrod Dyson and Steven Souza Jr.
Tue Feb 20 2018 20:40:52 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The box is circled on Michael Conforto's calendar: May 1, the date Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has targeted for his return from shoulder surgery. The competitor in Conforto wants to come back sooner. The realist knows it could be later.
Tue Feb 20 2018 23:34:51 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Nationals closer Sean Doolittle plans to spend the spring tinkering with his slider, trying to find a grip comfortable enough to regain his confidence in the pitch.
Tue Feb 20 2018 22:47:50 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Nicholas Castellanos enters Spring Training knowing exactly what his position will be -- right field.
Tue Feb 20 2018 22:54:42 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The results on the back fields, the spring thinking goes, hardly matter. The impressions, though, the takeaways, could go a long way toward shaping a season. Take Tuesday, for example, when Cardinals pitchers faced hitters for the first time in live batting practice.
Wed Feb 21 2018 00:10:31 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Brewers manager Craig Counsell and general manager David Stearns each stressed the concept of connectedness during the Brewers' first full team meeting on Tuesday, albeit with different meanings.
Tue Feb 20 2018 22:33:05 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Left-handed starter Daniel Norris threw a bullpen session Tuesday, a day after he traveled to Philadelphia for a follow-up visit with Dr. William Meyers, who examined Norris following his mid-season groin injury last year.
Tue Feb 20 2018 20:20:02 GMT+0000 (UTC) - There is confidence in Greg Bird's stride as he navigates the pathways between practice fields at the Yankees' spring complex, observes manager Aaron Boone, who believes that the 25-year-old is primed to enjoy a productive -- and full -- season ahead.
Tue Feb 20 2018 23:19:08 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Chris Shaw ranks No. 1 on MLB Pipeline's 2017 list of Giants prospects, lending the impression that his ascent to the Majors is inevitable. It just might be, given his propensity for power hitting.
Tue Feb 20 2018 20:55:57 GMT+0000 (UTC) - There are high hopes for White Sox top prospect Eloy Jimenez as the outfielder sets out on a path paved by some of his heroes from his home in the Dominican Republic.
Tue Feb 20 2018 12:10:20 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The prolonged courtship of slugger J.D. Martinez has paid off for the Red Sox, as MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reported via sources that the sides have reached agreement on a five-year, $110 million contract that includes opt-outs after the second and third years of the deal.
Tue Feb 20 2018 19:46:13 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The original idea was that Reds top prospect Nick Senzel would be exposed to several positions throughout the infield and outfield to get comfortable and more versatile.
Tue Feb 20 2018 22:05:53 GMT+0000 (UTC) - It didn't take long for the Indians to wrap up contract negotiations with Dan Otero in the offseason. The club reached out to the reliever and asked him if he would be open to signing a two-year deal. That was all he needed to hear.
Tue Feb 20 2018 18:17:52 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Red Sox and Pirates have agreed to a deal that will send outfielder Bryce Brentz to Pittsburgh in exchange for cash considerations, the clubs announced Tuesday afternoon.
Tue Feb 20 2018 19:39:18 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Fourteen Spring Training speeches later, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio remains first a fan, which is why all these years later he was genuinely giddy Tuesday to stand and speak in front of a team of Major League ballplayers.
Tue Feb 20 2018 21:25:11 GMT+0000 (UTC) - A refreshed and confident Ozzie Albies has returned to Braves camp thankful that he is no longer dealing with the concerns that surrounded him last year, when he entered Spring Training with some doubts about the fractured right elbow he'd suffered the previous September.
Tue Feb 20 2018 22:00:16 GMT+0000 (UTC) - As Scott Servais opened his first full-squad workout on Tuesday, the third-year manager wasted no time acknowledging the biggest thing that has been missing for the Mariners. Seattle hasn't been in the playoffs since 2001, the longest dry spell in the Major Leagues. And yes, Servais said, it's time to change that.
Tue Feb 20 2018 19:22:46 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Rangers' third baseman of the future is now their first baseman of the present, and Joey Gallo loves the idea.
Tue Feb 20 2018 19:37:52 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez showed no signs of the lingering injuries that cost him most of the 2017 season after throwing his first session of live batting practice on Tuesday. The 25-year-old right-hander saw action against a group that included sluggers Kendrys Morales, Steve Pearce, Justin Smoak and Josh Donaldson at the Bobby Mattick Training Center practice fields.
Tue Feb 20 2018 18:50:53 GMT+0000 (UTC) - There are similarities ... maybe.
Tue Feb 20 2018 05:06:03 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Giants legend and Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda was rushed to a Bay Area hospital on Monday night.
Tue Feb 20 2018 17:03:21 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Speedy A's prospect Jorge Mateo has been slowed down by a lingering left knee issue, which will prevent him from game action when the Cactus League season opens Friday.
Tue Feb 20 2018 18:51:53 GMT+0000 (UTC) - The Astros still have confidence in first base prospect A.J. Reed, and the club's second round pick in the 2014 Draft remains a viable piece of the 2018 puzzle. Another left-handed bat with power is what Reed hopes to provide for the Astros this season.
Tue Feb 20 2018 17:42:23 GMT+0000 (UTC) - After posting career highs during the regular season, then being relegated to watching from the sidelines with a fractured thumb as Houston won the World Series, center fielder Jake Marisnick might be the most anxious of all Astros to begin Spring Training.
Tue Feb 20 2018 14:21:35 GMT+0000 (UTC) - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis admitted Monday his problems at the plate last season were "completely mental," and the slugger heads into this spring committed to changing that.
Tue Feb 20 2018 18:42:37 GMT+0000 (UTC) - For months, a healthier Hanley Ramirez has been saying he's ready and able to play a lot of first base this season. That is a good thing, because the Red Sox are now going to need him to.