MLB NEWS ARCHIVE

» Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Indians, reliever Carlos Torres have agreement on minor deal

8:15 PM

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league contract with free agent reliever Carlos Torres, who could fill a bullpen opening.

Yankees trade OF Jabari Blash to Angels for player or cash

8:13 PM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The New York Yankees have traded outfielder Jabari Blash to the Los Angeles Angels for either a player to be named or cash.

Melancon back from dead-arm issue, returns as Giants closer

6:14 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Big league pitchers often talk about a ''dead arm'' period, when the ball does not seem to feel right or act properly.

Surprised by trade, Souza take prime role with Diamondbacks

6:04 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Surprised to be traded, Steven Souza Jr. heads to Arizona for what promises to be a key role on a Diamondbacks team that expects to be good.

Williams hoping to make a dent in Phillies’ lineup

5:33 PM

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Williams has set his sights on gaining a full-time role coming out of spring.

Merrifield went from non-prospect to leading AL in steals

5:03 PM

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Nobody saw this coming, not even the Kansas City Royals.

Renteria has White Sox feeling confident, working hard

4:58 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Even though the Chicago White Sox are relatively early in their rebuilding project, the enthusiasm is very high - even by spring training standards of optimism.

Newly acquired Drury now front-runner to play 3B for Yankees

4:51 PM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Newly acquired Brandon Drury is the now the favorite to be the starting third baseman for the New York Yankees.

New Cards pitching coach helping Martinez reach next level

4:42 PM

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Sixty times last season as Washington's pitching coach, Mike Maddux enjoyed a front-row seat for two of the best pitchers in baseball, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

With too many starters, Houston’s Hinch must make decision

4:34 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) With virtually every position already a lock for the Houston Astros at the beginning of spring training, the toughest decision manager A.J. Hinch might have to make this spring is which of his talented pitchers won't make the rotation.

Healthy, productive Mauer aims to play ’as long as I can’

4:26 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The final season of the franchise-record contract the Minnesota Twins gave Joe Mauer has begun, bringing with it the inevitable questions about his future.

OF Colby Rasmus returns to baseball, signs with Orioles

4:16 PM

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Outfielder Colby Rasmus has decided to return to baseball after walking away last summer, and has signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles.

Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda critical after cardiac incident

3:46 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants say Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda remains hospitalized in critical condition after a cardiac incident.

Span back home with Rays, but for how long?

3:41 PM

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Denard Span concedes he's hesitant to get comfortable with the idea of playing for his hometown team.

Outfielder Maybin signs $3.25 million contract with Marlins

3:27 PM

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin had to correct himself Wednesday as he talked about rejoining the team that first made him an everyday player.

Pirates sign free agent OF Michael Saunders to minor deal

2:50 PM

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed free agent outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor league contract and invited him to major league spring training.

Reds get minor leaguer from Texas for international money

2:42 PM

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) The Texas Rangers have traded minor league right-hander Miguel Medrano to the Cincinnati Reds for money to sign international free agents.

Nats announce 1-year deal with Benoit, put Ross on 60-day DL

2:10 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

Houston prospect Whitley suspended for 50 games

1:55 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Houston Astros minor league pitcher Forrest Whitley has been suspended for 50 games without pay for a violation of baseball's minor league drug prevention and treatment program.

Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda critical after cardiac incident

1:29 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants say Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda remains hospitalized in critical condition after a cardiac incident.

Houston prospect Whitley suspended for 50 games

12:15 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Houston Astros minor league pitcher Forrest Whitley has been suspended for 50 games without pay for a violation of baseball's minor league drug prevention and treatment program.

Outfielder Maybin signs 1-year contract with Marlins

11:58 AM

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin had to correct himself Wednesday as he talked about rejoining the team that first made him an everyday player.

Outfielder Maybin signs 1-year contract with Marlins

11:00 AM

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Outfielder Cameron Maybin has signed a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins, rejoining the team where he played in 2008-10.

Orioles bring back Chris Tillman to rotation

10:50 AM

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) The Baltimore Orioles signed pitcher Chris Tillman to a $3 million, one-year contract that includes performance bonuses.

Giants Johnny Cueto takes his fitness to Camelback Mountain

3:41 AM

PHOENIX (AP) ''Va-mannnn-os!'' echoes down from high above the humongous boulders in an area aptly named Echo Canyon.

» Tuesday, February 20, 2018

3-team trade sends Drury to Yankees, Souza to Diamondbacks

10:20 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks sent infielder Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees and received outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team trade Tuesday that included five players plus two to be named later.

3-team trade sends Drury to Yankees, Souza to Diamondbacks

9:09 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks sent infielder Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees and received outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team trade Tuesday that included five players.

3-team trade sends Drury to Yankees, Souza to Diamondbacks

8:42 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have sent infielder Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees and received outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team trade that includes five players.

Mariners’ Healy making best of delayed start to spring

8:18 PM

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Ryon Healy joined his new teammates Tuesday for the Seattle Mariners' first scheduled full-squad workout of spring training. But all he could do was stand around and watch.

Nationals 2B Murphy not sure he’ll be ready for opening day

7:43 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy isn't sure his surgically repaired right knee will be ready in time for opening day.

Brewers owner Attanasio has eye on ending playoff drought

7:43 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio says his team has the roster to end the franchise's seven-year postseason drought without having to make another move.

New MLB rules: Pitching change a must for 7th mound visit

7:25 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Managers or coaches must make a pitching change if they head to the mound for the seventh time in a game under baseball's new pace of play rules.

New MLB rules: Pitching change a must for 7th mound visit

6:59 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Managers or coaches must make a pitching change if they head to the mound for the seventh time in a game under baseball's new pace of play rules.

Decision on Ohtani’s first game still being mapped out

6:55 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Angels manager Mike Scioscia says the spring training game plan for Shohei Ohtani is still being mapped out.

MLB players honor Florida shooting victims, wear school hats

6:33 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Major League Baseball players will honor victims of last week's shooting in Florida by wearing Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hats at spring training games this week.

Twins finalize deal with reclamation righty Anibal Sanchez

6:13 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The Minnesota Twins have finalized their low-risk contract with right-hander Anibal Sanchez, securing another experienced candidate for their rotation.

Astros’ McCullers is back on mound with new rules in play

5:38 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) When last seen, Lance McCullers plunked four Los Angeles Dodgers during the first three innings of Game 7 of the World Series.

Astros’ McCullers is back on mound with new rules in play

5:05 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) When last seen, Lance McCullers plunked four Los Angeles Dodgers during the first three innings of Game 7 of the World Series.

Rangers hungry to get back to leading the AL West

5:02 PM

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) The Texas Rangers are famished for success after a down 2017.

Angels call on Kinsler for offensive punch at 2nd base

4:54 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels are trying to fill a hole at second base that's dragged down their offense the past couple of years.

Move to right field suits Tigers, Castellanos

4:42 PM

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) Nicholas Castellanos went into his fifth major league season as an established third baseman. He came out of it as the Detroit Tigers' right fielder.

Welcome, JD: Red Sox not worried about making room in lineup

4:38 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The Boston Red Sox didn't commit $110 million for J.D. Martinez to be a part-timer.

Hosmer joins Padres, wears number of late teammate Ventura

4:32 PM

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) For a few years now, the lowly San Diego Padres have preached about ''the process'' of their deep rebuild via the draft and signing international players after their win-now attempt with pricey veterans failed so spectacularly in 2015.

Marlins counting on their oldest player to close

4:01 PM

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) While the rebuilding Miami Marlins must rely heavily on unproven youngsters this season, they'll count on their oldest player to get the final out.

Cubs’ Zobrist hoping to bounce back after down season

3:51 PM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Throughout 2017, Ben Zobrist felt the strain of the previous two years.

Red Sox trade minor league slugger Brentz to Pirates

3:15 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The Boston Red Sox have traded outfielder Bryce Brentz to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash.

Hosmer joins Padres, wears number of late teammate Ventura

2:49 PM

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Eric Hosmer has joined the San Diego Padres, and will wear a jersey number to honor late Kansas City teammate Yordano Ventura.

Indians’ Lindor: new hair color, old pain from playoff loss

1:38 PM

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Francisco Lindor changed his hair color. He can't shake the sting from October.

Orioles’ Beckham making move from shortstop to third base

1:12 PM

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) When the Baltimore Orioles acquired Tim Beckham from the Tampa Bay Rays last July 31, they hoped that he would be the successor to J.J. Hardy at shortstop.

Twins finalize deal with reclamation righty Anibal Sanchez

12:14 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The Minnesota Twins have finalized their low-risk contract with right-hander Anibal Sanchez, securing another experienced candidate for their rotation.

Indians’ Lindor: new hair color, old pain from playoff loss

12:01 PM

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Francisco Lindor changed his hair color. He can't shake the sting from October.

Mattingly says Harper off base to critique Marlins’ moves

10:34 AM

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Marlins manager Don Mattingly says Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper should not be critiquing Miami's offseason moves.

Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda hospitalized in Bay Area

9:58 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda has been hospitalized in the Bay Area.

AP source: Nats, Benoit agree in principle for $1M, 1 year

1:25 AM

Joaquin Benoit and the Washington Nationals have agreed in principle to a major league contract that will pay the 40-year-old reliever $1 million for the 2018 season, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

Hosmer’s deal leaves Padres with overstuffed outfield

12:13 AM

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Now that San Diego's first base position is in Eric Hosmer's $144 million hands, it seems as if there are 144 million candidates for the one remaining starting spot in the Padres' outfield.

1B Eric Hosmer and Padres finalize $144 million, 8-year deal

12:04 AM

SAN DIEGO (AP) Eric Hosmer and the San Diego Padres finalized their $144 million, eight-year contract Monday night.

» Monday, February 19, 2018

1B Eric Hosmer and Padres finalize $144 million, 8-year deal

11:43 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) Eric Hosmer and the San Diego Padres finalized their $144 million, eight-year contract Monday night.

Diamondbacks, Dyson agree to $7.5 million, 2-year deal

10:20 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Speedy outfielder Jarrod Dyson and the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a $7.5 million, two-year contract Monday.

Yo is into yoga: Cespedes tries to improve flexibility

9:23 PM

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Yo is into yoga.

Red Sox owner Henry calls collusion talk ’ridiculous’

8:29 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Hours after Red Sox owner John Henry said talk of collusion in free-agent negotiations was ''ridiculous,'' his team made a splash by reaching agreement with slugger J.D. Martinez on a $110 million, five-year contract.

Nats star Harper focused on 2018 season, not future beyond

8:24 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Bryce Harper is focusing on his immediate future. But don't bother asking him about plans beyond this year.

Moreland, Red Sox gird for Stanton, Judge, grid-like Yankees

8:22 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) As soon as Giancarlo Stanton touched down with their main rivals, the Boston Red Sox were eager to take on New York - the Yankees, or maybe even the Jets and Giants.

OF Jarrod Dyson, D-backs reach 2-year, $7.5 million deal

8:09 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million deal with outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

Hosmer’s deal leaves Padres with overstuffed outfield

8:05 PM

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Now that San Diego's first base position is in Eric Hosmer's $144 million hands, it seems as if there are 144 million candidates for the one remaining starting spot in the Padres' outfield.

Phelps hoping for healthy season in Mariners’ bullpen

7:54 PM

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) When Seattle traded for reliever David Phelps last July, Mariners manager Scott Servais believed his team was adding a player that could help the team reach the postseason.

Brewers star Braun ready for grounders at first base

7:47 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Ryan Braun has never been a fan of spring training, but he'll have plenty of work to keep him busy this year.

AP source: Nats, Benoit agree in principle for $1M, 1 year

7:35 PM

Joaquin Benoit and the Washington Nationals have agreed in principle to a major league contract that will pay the 40-year-old reliever $1 million for the 2018 season, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

AP source: Dyson, D-backs reach 2-year, $7.5 million deal

7:34 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) A person familiar with the situation says the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million deal with outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

Dodgers glad to be back at work, away from World Series talk

7:23 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Justin Turner heard about it for weeks. He couldn't get away from talk about the Dodgers' seven-game loss to the Houston Astros in the 2017 World Series.

Garcia aims to build on All-Star season for White Sox

6:58 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Avisail Garcia is trying to pick up where he left off last year. So far, so good.

AP source: JD Martinez, Red Sox agree to $110M, 5-year deal

6:58 PM

J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox have, at long last, come to an agreement.

Yo is into yoga: Cespeds tries to improve flexibility

6:42 PM

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Yo is into yoga.

Odorizzi welcomes cost-cutting Rays deal to optimistic Twins

6:29 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Jake Odorizzi joined the Minnesota Twins just in time for their first full-squad workout of spring training.

Chipper on Braves spring competition : ’It’s a free-for-all’

6:24 PM

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Chipper Jones says this spring will be wide open for the Atlanta Braves.

Trout hopes upcoming Angels’ season can match his offseason

6:05 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Mike Trout is hoping his 2018 season can match a tremendous offseason: He got married, watched his beloved Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl and participated in the Angels' successful recruitment of Japanese pitcher-hitter Shohei Ohtani.

Must-see BP: Yanks’ Stanton, Judge hit together for 1st time

5:51 PM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Giancarlo Stanton homered off the scoreboard in left-center and hit three opposite-field homers to right. Aaron Judge drove a pitch over the left-field walkway and also went deep to right.

Motte returns to Cardinals, hopes to earn bullpen spot

5:50 PM

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Beard and all, a most familiar face is back in the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse.

Royals hold 1st full workout with several spots up for grabs

5:36 PM

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) It wasn't so much about who was on the field for Kansas City Royals' first full-squad workout of spring training. It was more notable who wasn't there.

MLB imposes stricter mound limits, defers on pitch clocks

5:27 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball has imposed stricter limits on mound visits by players in an effort to speed games but decided against 20-second pitch clocks for 2018.

Moreland, Red Sox gird for Stanton, Judge, grid-like Yankees

5:22 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) As soon as Giancarlo Stanton touched down with their main rivals, the Boston Red Sox were eager to take on New York - the Yankees, or maybe even the Jets and Giants.

Watson, Giants finalize deal that guarantees $9 million

5:15 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Left-hander Tony Watson and the San Francisco Giants have finalized a two-year contract that includes a player option for 2020, a deal that guarantees the former All-Star reliever $9 million.

Wrigley Field renovations making progress as 2018 begins

5:09 PM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Wrigley Field will still feel plenty familiar to Chicago Cubs fans this season even as the 104-year-old ballpark undergoes more major renovations.

Detroit’s Martinez realistic entering contract’s last season

5:02 PM

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) At age 39 - and fresh off a heart problem that cut his 2017 season short - Victor Martinez is grateful for the career he's had.

Fly Phils Fly! Eagles star Kelce center of attention at camp

4:53 PM

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce got plenty of attention for his salty language during the Super Bowl celebration parade. The All-Pro says he tried to tone it down when he spoke inside the Phillies clubhouse on Monday.

Derek Jeter’s blueprint begins to take shape at Marlins camp

4:49 PM

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) At 6-foot-3, Miami Marlins outfield prospect Monte Harrison was surprised he stood eye to eye with new CEO Derek Jeter the first time they met last week.

Nats star Harper focused on 2018 season, not future beyond

4:46 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Bryce Harper is focusing on his immediate future. But don't bother asking him about plans beyond this year.

Musgrove sees opportunity with trade to Pirates

4:31 PM

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Joe Musgrove started in the All-Star Futures Games two years ago when he was a Houston Astros' prospect. Now, the Pittsburgh Pirates hope the right-hander can be a big part of their future.

Red Sox owner Henry calls collusion talk ’ridiculous’

4:30 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Red Sox owner John Henry calls talk of collusion in free-agent negotiations ''ridiculous.''

AP source: Tillman, Orioles agree to $3M, 1-year deal

4:28 PM

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

Red Sox owner Henry calls collusion talk ’ridiculous’

4:27 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Red Sox owner John Henry calls talk of collusion in free-agent negotiations ''ridiculous.''

Beltre still the big name for Rangers without big additions

3:49 PM

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Adrian Beltre would bring in some big-time free agents if he was making those kinds of decisions for the Texas Rangers. The veteran third baseman just wants to win a World Series before the end of his career.

Moreland, Red Sox gird for Stanton, Judge, grid-like Yankees

3:38 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) As soon as Giancarlo Stanton touched down with their main rivals, the Boston Red Sox were eager to take on New York - the Yankees, or maybe even the Jets and Giants.

Joey Votto eager for Reds to turn corner, start winning

2:56 PM

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Joey Votto had one of his best seasons - good enough for second in the National League MVP voting - but Cincinnati lost more than 90 games yet again. The first baseman is yearning for the Reds to get back to a level when he's playing for more than acclaim.

Derek Jeter’s blueprint begins to take shape at Marlins camp

2:54 PM

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) At 6-foot-3, Miami Marlins outfield prospect Monte Harrison was surprised he stood eye to eye with new CEO Derek Jeter the first time they met last week.

His heart in Florida, Rizzo rejoins Cubs after mournful trip

2:39 PM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Anthony Rizzo's parents were among the first homeowners in Parkland, Florida. The Chicago Cubs first baseman has watched his tight-knit community grow and change dramatically. He remembers as a boy when there were no stoplights in town to the four there are now.

Wrigley Field renovations making progress as 2018 begins

1:47 PM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Wrigley Field will still feel plenty familiar to Chicago Cubs fans this season even as the 104-year-old ballpark undergoes more major renovations.

MLB imposes stricter mound limits, defers on pitch clocks

1:20 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball imposed stricter limits on mound visits by players in an effort to speed games but decided against 20-second pitch clocks for 2018.

His heart in Florida, Rizzo rejoins Cubs after mournful trip

1:11 PM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Anthony Rizzo's parents were among the first homeowners in Parkland, Florida. The Chicago Cubs first baseman has watched his tight-knit community grow and change dramatically. He remembers as a boy when there were no stoplights in town to the four there are now.

MLB imposes stricter mound limits, defers on pitch clocks

12:40 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball is imposing stricter limits on mound visits in an effort to speed games but decided against 20-second pitch clocks for 2018.

His heart in Florida, Rizzo rejoins Cubs after mournful trip

12:38 PM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Anthony Rizzo's parents were among the first homeowners in Parkland, Florida. He has watched his tight community grow and change dramatically. He remembers as a boy when there were no stoplights in town to the four there are now.

Alex Presley, Orioles agree to minor league contract

12:30 PM

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Alex Presley and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a minor league contract, and the outfielder will report to major league spring training.

Alex Presley, Orioles agree to minor league contract

11:42 AM

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Alex Presley and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a minor league contract, and the outfielder will report of major league spring training.

Mets GM says, yes, he thinks Tim Tebow will play in majors

11:34 AM

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Tim Tebow arrived at the New York Mets spring training camp on Sunday, and the attention immediately turned to whether the quarterback who became an outfielder could make it all the way to Citi Field in the future.

Cubs’ Rizzo rejoins team after mournful Florida trip

10:30 AM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Anthony Rizzo is back with the Chicago Cubs after spending time at home in Florida in support of victims of the deadly shooting at his former high school.

Later spring training starts means some players are fresher

1:32 AM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Buster Posey gets going at Scottsdale Stadium around 7 a.m. most days of spring training, a couple of hours before he's due to be there.

» Sunday, February 18, 2018

Maddon encouraged after seeing Cubs SS Russell rebound late

7:06 PM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Addison Russell was a rising All-Star on a World Series championship team going into last spring.

Dodgers back to work, months after falling a game short

6:18 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers entered spring training with five consecutive NL West titles and a major league-high 473 victories in that span.

Giants giving former sparkplug Gregor Blanco another shot

5:38 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Something about being back with the San Francisco Giants has Gregor Blanco feeling rejuvenated.

Angels sign veteran sluggers Chris Carter, Chris Young

5:30 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have signed veteran slugger Chris Carter and longtime outfielder Chris Young.

Sano reports to Twins with several unanswered questions

5:25 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) With his hulking 6-foot-4 body that's built for football and a slugger's mentality at the plate that can swiftly produce majestic drives soaring high over the wall, the presence of Miguel Sano looms larger than anyone else around the Minnesota Twins.

Francona rejoins Indians in camp after death of his father

5:24 PM

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) On his first day back at spring training after his dad's funeral, Terry Francona seemed to exhale when the questions eventually turned to baseball.

Red Sox re-sign Eduardo Nunez for infield insurance

5:11 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The Boston Red Sox have re-signed infielder Eduardo Nunez to a one-year contract with a player option for 2019, giving them another proven second baseman to fill in while Dustin Pedroia recovers from knee surgery .

Hosmer’s departure leaves big void at first base for Royals

5:03 PM

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) The Kansas City Royals came to camp Sunday and finally knew for sure: Eric Hosmer was gone.

Mets GM says, yes, he thinks Tim Tebow will play in majors

4:37 PM

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Tim Tebow arrived at the New York Mets spring training camp on Sunday, and the attention immediately turned to whether the quarterback who became an outfielder could make it all the way to Citi Field in the future.

Ellsbury says he hasn’t been asked to waive no-trade clause

4:31 PM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury says the team has not approached him about waiving his no-trade clause.

Harrison wants to win, no matter what team he’s playing on

4:03 PM

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Josh Harrison is still with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and his feelings aren't much different than they were a month ago.

Red Sox re-sign Eduardo Nunez for infield insurance

3:58 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The Boston Red Sox have re-signed infielder Eduardo Nunez to a one-year contract with a player option for 2019, giving them another proven second baseman to fill in while Dustin Pedroia recovers from knee surgery.

Pirates’ Diaz discusses mother’s kidnapping ordeal

3:44 PM

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) It was hard for Elias Diaz to explain exactly what went through his mind when he found out his mother had been kidnapped.

Francona rejoins Indians in camp after death of his father

3:41 PM

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Indians manager Terry Francona has rejoined the team at spring training after the death of his father, the former Cleveland player with whom he shares a nickname

Harrison wants to win, no matter what team he’s playing on

2:38 PM

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Josh Harrison is still with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and his feelings aren't much different than they were a month ago.

Rajai Davis back with Indians with big memory of huge homer

2:31 PM

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) The bat Rajai Davis used to hit one of the biggest home runs in Cleveland Indians history is nicely displayed in his office. The moment is deeply engraved in his memory.

Astros closer Giles working to ensure he’s around to finish

2:05 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Houston manager A. J. Hinch elected to give the Astros a shortened work schedule Sunday, the day before for position players report for workouts.

AP source: Hosmer, Padres reach preliminary eight-year deal

12:56 PM

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Just the thought of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer joining the downtrodden, youthful San Diego Padres sent a morning jolt through the spring training clubhouse.

Pirates’ Diaz discusses mother’s kidnapping ordeal

12:23 PM

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz says his mother is doing better after a harrowing kidnapping ordeal in Venezuela.

AP source: Hosmer, Padres reach preliminary eight-year deal

10:49 AM

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) A person with direct knowledge of the deal says free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer has reached preliminary agreement on an eight-year contract with the San Diego Padres, pending a physical.

Reports: Hosmer, Padres agree to 8-year, $144 million deal

4:50 AM

Free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer has agreed to an eight-year, $144 million deal with the San Diego Padres, according to published reports Saturday night.

» Saturday, February 17, 2018

Rays send righty Odorizzi to Twins for prospect

11:08 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins acquired right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi from the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night for minor league infielder Jermaine Palacios, securing some needed depth for their rotation after missing out on several free agents.

Rays acquire 1B Cron; designate OF Dickerson for assignment

10:37 PM

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Los Angeles Angels and designated outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

Rays send righty Odorizzi to Twins for prospect

10:36 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have acquired right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi from the Tampa Bay Rays for minor league infielder Jermaine Palacios, securing some needed depth for their rotation.

Mariners LHP Paxton aims for repeat performance, only longer

5:36 PM

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) If people want to say James Paxton is a pitch away from landing on the disabled list, the Seattle Mariners lefty won't argue with them.

White Sox banking on youth, confidence on the mound

5:25 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez made it to the Chicago White Sox roster last season. Top prospect Michael Kopech figures to land sometime this summer. Former first-round picks Carlos Rodon and Carson Fulmer remain in the mix.

Buster Posey, new SF teammate Andrew McCutchen go way back

5:17 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Buster Posey recalls watching Andrew McCutchen in awe.

Archer believes Rays could have best rotation in majors

5:01 PM

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Chris Archer believes Tampa Bay is capable of having the best rotation in the major leagues.

Royals lefty Duffy hoping to put tumultuous 2017 behind him

4:56 PM

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Danny Duffy is not much of a hitter, a .125 lifetime batting average. But the Royals pitcher acknowledges that earlier in his career, he wanted to slug some teammates.

More than a big bat, Marcell Ozuna is a presence for Cards

4:42 PM

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Marcell Ozuna danced to the music coming from Yadier Molina's speaker.

A’s center fielder Fowler making progress from knee surgery

4:33 PM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Athletics center fielder Dustin Fowler has begun doing sliding work at spring training to test his surgically repaired right knee ahead of Oakland's full-squad workouts beginning next week.

Mets’ Wright will give ’best shot’ on playing this season

4:14 PM

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) The big question surrounding David Wright is one that even he can't answer.

Familiar rotation a key as Blue Jays try to rebound

3:31 PM

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) It will be tough for anyone to outslug the Yankees in the AL East - so Toronto's starting rotation is under pressure to return to form.

Indians sign OF Rajai Davis, hit big HR in 2016 World Series

3:24 PM

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) The Cleveland Indians have signed free agent Rajai Davis to a minor league contract, bringing back the speedy outfielder who hit one of the biggest home runs in team history.

Reds’ Gennett wins in arbitration, players beat clubs 12-10

3:06 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett has won his salary arbitration case, giving players a final 12-10 margin over clubs this year.

Pedroia rehabs knee, to miss opener for 1st time in 12 years

3:03 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Dustin Pedroia knew this would be the deal after knee surgery in the offseason. The Red Sox second baseman will be missing from Boston's opening-day lineup for the first time in 12 years.

Cubs newcomer Morrow set to close in revamped bullpen

3:03 PM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Brandon Morrow has pitched in just about every role during his 11 seasons in the majors.

Orioles’ Machado ready to play shortstop ignore trade talk

2:51 PM

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Manny Machado reported to the Baltimore Orioles' spring training camp on Saturday and was ready to move - to shortstop, that is.

Gibbons says RHP Sanchez key part of Blue Jays rotation

2:50 PM

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) To have a healthy chance at a playoff spot this season, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons figures Toronto needs a totally healed Aaron Sanchez.

Reds’ Gennett wins in arbitration, players beat clubs 12-10

2:18 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett has won his salary arbitration case, giving players a final 12-10 margin over clubs this year.

Mets’ Wright will give ’best shot’ on playing this season

1:34 PM

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) The big question surrounding David Wright is the one that even he can't answer.

Hungry for more: Correa, tight-knit Astros talking dynasty

4:23 AM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Soon as George Springer and his World Series MVP trophy arrived at Houston Astros camp, the All-Star leadoff hitter began knocking balls over the fence in batting practice.

» Friday, February 16, 2018

Miami-Dade County sues seeking money from sale of Marlins

9:30 PM

MIAMI (AP) Miami-Dade County is suing former Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and the new ownership group led by Derek Jeter seeking money from the $1.2 billion sale of the team.

Freese thinks Pirates need to develop sense of urgency

8:46 PM

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) David Freese thinks the Pittsburgh Pirates need to have a serious mindset adjustment if they want to compete in the stacked NL Central.

Miami-Dade County sues seeking money from sale of Marlins

8:35 PM

MIAMI (AP) Miami-Dade County is suing former Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and the new ownership group led by Derek Jeter seeking money from the $1.2 billion sale of the team.

Brewers counting on another top season Knebel, bullpen

7:01 PM

PHOENIX (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers are counting on another top season from closer Corey Knebel to anchor a bullpen that was one of the National League's best last season.

At 25, Franco facing pivotal season for Phillies

6:43 PM

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) By the end of the 2017 season Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco had lost his role as the team's cleanup hitter and was spending as much time on the bench as he was in the lineup.

Martinez’s 1st camp as Nats manager includes player DJs

6:38 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Dave Martinez's first camp as Washington Nationals manager includes player DJs.

Dan Straily, Brandon Maurer lose in salary arbitration

6:35 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Pitchers Dan Straily of Miami and Brandon Maurer of Kansas City lost their salary arbitration cases Friday, leaving players with an 11-10 lead with only Cincinnati second baseman Scooter Gennett awaiting a decision.

Volquez returns to Rangers on minor deal while recovering

6:23 PM

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Edinson Volquez has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, returning to his original team with a chance to be a candidate for the rotation in 2019.

Iannetta back with Rockies for 1st time since 2011

6:21 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) A contributing member of the Colorado Rockies during their best seasons a decade ago, Chris Iannetta rejoined them with a reprise in mind.

Twins turn to inexperienced pitchers to fill rotation holes

6:15 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The Minnesota Twins have holes in their rotation and inexperience pitchers might fill them.

Reds hoping Homer Bailey can stay healthy, lead rotation

6:07 PM

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Homer Bailey went an entire offseason without surgery or rehabilitation sessions, the most encouraging sign for a Cincinnati Reds team that needs him to get back to the front of the rotation after three years of injuries.

Slimmed-down Pujols ready for more action at 1st base

5:56 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Albert Pujols is slim, trim and ready to dust off his first-baseman's mitt.

Stroman angry at Blue Jays over negativity in arbitration

5:26 PM

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Toronto pitcher Marcus Stroman met with Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins on Friday, a day after the 26-year old right-hander's salary arbitration loss triggered him to vent on Twitter.

Ramirez looks for big return after embracing TB12 method

5:26 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Coming off a career-worst batting average and sizeable drop in production, Red Sox DH Hanley Ramirez turned to a new offseason workout routine - he's following Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady's TB12 method.

Bud Norris, Cardinals finalize $3 million, 1-year contract

5:23 PM

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Pitcher Bud Norris and the St. Louis Cardinals finalized a $3 million, one-year contract on Wednesday as the team started spring training workouts.

Volquez returns to Rangers on minor deal while recovering

5:20 PM

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Edinson Volquez has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, returning to his original team with a chance to be a candidate for the rotation in 2019.

A’s hope patience pays off with arrival of young core talent

5:17 PM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) The often-rebuilding Oakland Athletics are leaning on young talent again in 2018, maintaining a philosophy of developing prospects from within their organization and acquiring them from other teams for more expensive veterans.

Cincinnati, Cleveland minor leaguers given drug suspensions

5:01 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Cincinnati pitcher Jake Ehret has been suspended for the first 50 games of the season under baseball's minor league drug program following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

AP source: Mets, Vargas agree to $16 million, 2-year deal

4:46 PM

Turns out, the New York Mets were ready and willing to spend this winter. More than just a few bucks, too.

Dan Straily, Brandon Maurer lose in salary arbitration

4:01 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Pitchers Dan Straily of Miami and Brandon Maurer of Kansas City lost their salary arbitration cases Friday, leaving players with an 11-10 lead with only Cincinnati second baseman Scooter Gennett awaiting a decision.

AP source: Mets, Vargas agree to $16 million, 2-year deal

3:57 PM

All-Star pitcher Jason Vargas and the Mets agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract Friday, adding depth to a New York rotation that has been riddled by injuries the past two seasons.

Fiers eager for a chance to contribute to rebuilding Tigers

3:41 PM

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) Mike Fiers has thrown a no-hitter and pitched for a World Series champion.

Cubs first baseman fights tears at Florida shooting vigil

3:33 PM

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo fought back tears as he spoke at a Florida vigil for the 17 victims killed in a shooting at his former high school, saying we're going to be ''a bit broken for a while.''

Freese thinks Pirates are not trying hard enough to win.

2:39 PM

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) David Freese thinks the Pittsburgh Pirates are not trying hard enough to win.

A’s hope patience pays off with arrival of young core talent

2:06 PM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) The often-rebuilding Oakland Athletics are leaning on young talent again in 2018, maintaining a philosophy of developing prospects from within their organization and acquiring them from other teams for more expensive veterans.

AP source: Mets, Vargas agree to $16 million, 2-year deal

1:52 PM

A person familiar with the deal says All-Star pitcher Jason Vargas and the Mets have agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract, adding depth to a New York rotation that's been riddled by injuries the past two seasons.

Dan Straily, Brandon Maurer lose in salary arbitration

1:25 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Pitcher Dan Straily of Miami and Brandon Maurer of Kansas City have lost their salary arbitration cases, leaving players with an 11-10 lead with one decision remaining.

Marlins pitcher Straily glad he wasn’t among those traded

1:22 PM

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) While Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich were happy to be traded by the Miami Marlins, right-hander Dan Straily says he wants to be a cornerstone of the team's rebuilding plan.

Brewers agree to minor league deal with LHP Wade Miley

12:04 PM

PHOENIX (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander Wade Miley.

» Thursday, February 15, 2018

RHP Cashner signs $16M, 2-year contract with Orioles

10:00 PM

SARASOTA, Florida (AP) The Baltimore Orioles signed right-hander Andrew Cashner to a two-year, $16 million contract on Thursday after searching for starting pitching all offseason.

Players win 3 of 5 arbitration cases, lead teams 11-8

9:26 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Cleveland's Trevor Bauer, Houston's Collin McHugh and Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi won their salary arbitration cases Thursday, and Toronto's Marcus Stroman and Minnesota's Kyle Gibson lost.

Dodgers confident Koehler will help fill bullpen void

8:56 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers are confident the free-agent acquisition of Tom Koehler will help fill a bullpen void left by Brandon Morrow's jump to the Chicago Cubs.

Scherzer comes out firing as Nationals try to get over hump

8:07 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Long after the other pitchers in his group were finished, Max Scherzer was the only one left on a bullpen mound, still firing away and working hard on specific game situations.

Greinke will get help from humidor in 3rd Arizona season

7:41 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Zack Greinke is beginning his third season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and this time the right-hander will be throwing home games with baseballs that have been stored in a humidor.

After searching for starters, Brewers sort through options

7:37 PM

PHOENIX (AP) All winter long, the Milwaukee Brewers were mentioned as a potential landing spot for just about every free agent pitcher as well as those potentially available on the trade market.

Jaime Garcia agrees to $10 million deal with Blue Jays

7:06 PM

DUNEDIN, Florida (AP) Left-hander Jaime Garcia and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a $10 million, one-year contract that includes a 2019 team option.

Manfred promises pace changes by next week

7:04 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says proposed rules changes to speed pace of play will be in place by the start of big league exhibition games on Feb. 23.

Healthy RHP Hahn competing for job in Royals rotation

6:40 PM

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Jesse Hahn has changed uniforms and spring training sites in the past three weeks, but his goal remains the same: to break camp as a starting pitcher

Brewers agree to minor league deal with LHP Wade Miley

6:31 PM

PHOENIX (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander Wade Miley subject to a successful physical.

AP source: Cashner, Orioles agree to $16M, 2-year contract

6:15 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) Pitcher Andrew Cashner and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations, a deal that could be worth $41 million over three seasons if he pitches 200 innings annually.

Retirement talk and contract chatter can wait for Wainwright

6:15 PM

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright says he isn't thinking about retirement. He also isn't pondering a contract extension.

Manfred promises pace changes by next week

5:56 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says proposed rules changes to speed pace of play with be in place by the start of big league exhibition games on Feb. 23.

Jaime Garcia agrees to $10 million deal with Blue Jays

5:52 PM

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Left-hander Jaime Garcia and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a $10 million, one-year contract that includes a 2019 team option.

Indians pitcher Salazar likely won’t be ready by opening day

5:50 PM

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Indians pitcher Danny Salazar is unlikely to be ready for the start of the regular season, another early blow to the team following the death of manager Terry Francona's father.

Shields, now a side-armer, hopes to lead White Sox staff

5:48 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) James Shields changed his delivery, and he hopes to be a part of a Chicago White Sox turnaround.

Rangers have quite an array in plans for rotation variation

5:16 PM

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) The Texas Rangers have quite an array of pitching candidates behind ace Cole Hamels along with a working plan for some variation outside of a traditional five-man rotation.

Mariners’ Hernandez could be dropped from opening day start

5:06 PM

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Felix Hernandez and opening day have been a constant since 2009. That could change.

Phillies allowing themselves a bit of optimism

5:00 PM

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) After six straight seasons without a winning record, the Philadelphia Phillies see light at the end of the tunnel.

Players win 3 of 5 arbitration cases, lead teams 11-8

4:33 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Cleveland's Trevor Bauer, Houston's Collin McHugh and Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi won their salary arbitration cases Thursday, and Toronto's Marcus Stroman and Minnesota's Kyle Gibson lost.

Betts still trying to figure out niche in Red Sox clubhouse

4:21 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Mookie Betts is still trying to figure out his niche in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse and his style of leadership.

Marlins still hoping for return on Chen investment

4:07 PM

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) The Miami Marlins' offseason fire sale didn't include their most expensive pitcher, probably because there's little market for an injury-plagued $18 million left-hander.

Manship’s contract voided by Reds, who add Pennington

4:00 PM

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) The Cincinnati Reds voided the minor league contract of right-handed reliever Jeff Manship on Thursday after he failed to pass a physical and they agreed to a minor league deal with former Los Angeles Angels infielder Cliff Pennington.

Sabathia would panic if still on free-agent market

3:53 PM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) CC Sabathia sees Jake Arrieta still unsigned as spring training starts and is happy not to be in a similar situation.

AP source: Cashner, Orioles agree to $16M, 2-year contract

3:48 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Andrew Cashner and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract.

Mets bring back OF Matt den Dekker on minor league deal

3:32 PM

NEW YORK (AP) The Mets are bringing back Matt den Dekker, adding depth in the outfield as they wait for All-Star slugger Michael Conforto to get healthy.

Cubs first baseman Rizzo travels to Florida to offer support

2:34 PM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo left spring training Thursday for his home in Parkland, Florida, to offer support in the wake of a deadly shooting at his former high school.

Players win 3 of 5 arbitration cases, lead teams 11-8

2:05 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Cleveland's Trevor Bauer, Houston's Collin McHugh and Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi won their salary arbitration cases Thursday, and Toronto's Marcus Stroman and Minnesota's Kyle Gibson lost.

Bauer, McHugh, Odorizzi win arbitration cases

1:43 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Cleveland's Trevor Bauer, Houston's Collin McHugh and Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi have won their salary arbitration cases. Toronto's Marcus Stroman and Minnesota's Kyle Gibson have lost.

Cubs first baseman Rizzo travels to Florida to offer support

12:22 PM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo left spring training Thursday for his home in Parkland, Florida, to offer support in the wake of a deadly shooting at his former high school.

Mariners’ Ryon Healy has hand surgery, out 4-6 weeks

11:55 AM

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Seattle Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy had surgery to remove a bone spur in his right hand and is expected to be sidelined for four-to-six weeks.

Cubs first baseman Rizzo travels to Florida to offer support

11:17 AM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is departing spring training for his home in Parkland, Florida, to offer support in the wake of a deadly shooting at his former high school.

Cubs first baseman Rizzo travels to Florida to offer support

10:53 AM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is departing spring training for his home in Parkland, Florida, to offer support in the wake of a deadly shooting at his former high school.

» Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ex-All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza denies dealing cocaine

11:15 PM

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who earned more than $43 million over 14 seasons, denied allegations Wednesday that he is a cocaine dealer.

Ex-All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza denies dealing cocaine

8:50 PM

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who earned more than $43 million over 14 seasons, denied allegations Wednesday that he is a cocaine dealer.

Mets hope to finally have dream rotation fully healthy

8:19 PM

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Back in October 2015, everything looked so rosy for the New York Mets and their pitching prodigies.

Royals scout kicked out as unusual free-agent camp opens

7:43 PM

As teams started spring training workouts across Florida and Arizona, the players' association had a Kansas City Royals scout escorted out of the union's opening training session for unsigned free agents.

Ex-All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza denies dealing cocaine

7:17 PM

CHULA VISTA, California (AP) Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who earned more than $43 million over 14 seasons, denied allegations Wednesday that he is a cocaine dealer.

As Martinez questions swirl, optimistic D-backs open camp

6:33 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Buoyed by optimism that just about everyone is back from a 93-win team, pitchers and catchers began spring training workouts for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

’Tito’ Francona, father of Indians manager Terry, dies.

6:10 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) Terry Francona loves to talk about his dad. Their relationship went way beyond baseball.

NL champion Dodgers getting started again with familiar 5

6:09 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) All-Star closer Kenley Jansen likes the way the defending National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers are getting started again - with a very familiar rotation.

Stars back on the field as pitchers, catchers begin workouts

6:09 PM

Justin Verlander is looking forward to a full season with the Houston Astros, while the New York Mets are hoping for a healthier year for their starting staff.

White Sox have high expectations after 67-win season

6:06 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Coming off a 67-win season, the Chicago White Sox have high expectations.

The Latest: Ex-pitcher Loaiza pleads not guilty in drug case

5:45 PM

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) The Latest on drug smuggling allegations against former Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza (all times local):

Pirates try to move on after departures of Cole, McCutchen

5:44 PM

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle says it's time for the team to move on as it begins spring training about four weeks after trading away star outfielder Andrew McCutchen and ace pitcher Gerrit Cole.

Reds open camp with only 1 open spot in the rotation

5:37 PM

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) The Reds opened camp on Wednesday with one unclaimed spot in the rotation, a major improvement over last year. The question is whether their three veteran starters can make it to opening day without any setbacks.

Ohtani begins with Angels to great fanfare, expectations

5:27 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Shohei Ohtani emerged from the clubhouse and tipped his cap to the swarm of Japanese countrymen capturing his every move, cameras clicking a mile a minute.

Mattingly begins sorting through Marlins pitching options

5:08 PM

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Miami Marlins pitchers and catchers were still gathering in the midday sun to begin the first spring training workout Wednesday when someone asked manager Don Mattingly if he had decided on an opening day starter.

Bud Norris, Cardinals finalize $3 million, 1-year contract

5:08 PM

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Pitcher Bud Norris and the St. Louis Cardinals finalized a $3 million, one-year contract on Wednesday as the team started spring training workouts.

Rockies might move leadoff bopper Blackmon to another slot

5:05 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Charlie Blackmon was historically good as a leadoff hitter last season. So good that the Colorado Rockies might try to move that production into a more productive spot in the lineup.

Astros start workouts with an unfamiliar ring - as champions

4:56 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Amid the long tossing, sprinting and bullpen sessions that comprised Houston's first spring workout, the Astros also informally dedicated time to a balancing act.

Marlins’ Chen not expected to be ready for opening day

4:51 PM

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Injury-plagued left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, the Miami Marlins' highest-paid pitcher, isn't expected to be ready for opening day, but the team hopes he can join the rotation sometime during the season.

Twins spring training brings rotation questions, openings

4:50 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) On the first day of spring training for the Minnesota Twins, it was difficult to watch the drills on the field without thinking about the potential starting pitchers who weren't there.

Baltimore Orioles have much uncertainty in pitching rotation

4:47 PM

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) The Baltimore Orioles began spring training on Wednesday with 35 pitchers and much uncertainty. Since last season ended, Baltimore shed four of its starters from the 2017 rotation: right-handers Jeremy Hellickson, Ubaldo Jimenez and Chris Tillman and left-hander Wade Miley.

Yanks’ Judge on track for opening day after shoulder surgery

4:41 PM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Yankees slugger Aaron Judge took batting practice for the first time since left shoulder surgery and said he is on track to play on opening day.

With Darvish, well-armed Cubs hold first spring workout

4:30 PM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) The Chicago Cubs, boosted by the addition of Yu Darvish, are certainly well armed as they start spring training. The result, they hope, is a drive toward a second crown in three years.

Stewart agrees to $575,000, 1-year deal with Braves

4:21 PM

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Catcher Chris Stewart has agreed to $575,000, one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.

Braves newcomer McCarthy hopes to improve wayward slider

4:02 PM

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Brandon McCarthy figures his slider needs some work this spring. The last one he threw didn't end up where he expected.

Upbeat Gardenhire excited to get started with Tigers

3:52 PM

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) Ron Gardenhire put on a glove and took some grounders at first base, tossing the ball to pitchers covering the bag and barking out words of encouragement.

Avisail Garcia wins arbitration vs White Sox, gets $6.7M

3:51 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia won his salary arbitration case against the team and will get a raise to $6.7 million instead of the club's $5.85 million offer.

NL champion Dodgers getting started again with familiar 5

3:32 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) All-Star closer Kenley Jansen likes the way the defending National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers are getting started again - with a very familiar rotation.

Ohtani begins with Angels to great fanfare, expectations

2:53 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Shohei Ohtani emerged from the clubhouse and tipped his cap to the swarm of Japanese countrymen capturing his every move, cameras clicking a mile a minute.

Avisail Garcia wins arbitration vs White Sox, gets $6.7M

2:45 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia won his salary arbitration case against the team and will get a raise to $6.7 million instead of the club's $5.85 million offer.

Dave Stewart rejoins A’s as spring training instructor

2:18 PM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Dave Stewart is back with the Oakland Athletics as a spring training instructor.

Ex-pitcher Esteban Loaiza to face charges of cocaine dealing

1:32 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who earned more than $43 million over 14 seasons, is accused of drug dealing involving 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of suspected cocaine.

’Tito’ Francona, father of Indians manager Terry, dies.

12:23 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) Former major leaguer John ''Tito'' Francona, the father of Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, has died. He was 84.

After offseason ranching, Cueto back with new-look Giants

12:22 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Johnny Cueto's offseason included time tending to cows, chickens and goats on his 500-acre ranch back home in the Dominican Republic. And it included a decision to stay with the San Francisco Giants rather than opt out of his contract and give up $89 million in guaranteed money to become a free agent again.

McHugh, Garcia go to arbitration; Gausman settles

11:51 AM

PHOENIX (AP) Collin McHugh became the second pitcher on the World Series champion Houston Astros to go to salary arbitration, and Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia also went to a hearing.

Ex-All Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza to face drug charges

2:24 AM

SAN DIEGO (AP) Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who earned more than $43 million over 14 seasons, is accused of drug dealing involving 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of suspected cocaine.

» Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Changeup: New manager Mickey Callaway has big ideas for Mets

11:54 PM

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) For a first-time manager, Mickey Callaway was mighty bold about his own expectations with the New York Mets.

Chase Utley appears headed back to Los Angeles Dodgers

8:40 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Chase Utley appears headed back to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Yu Darvish, Cubs finalize $126 million, 6-year contract

8:05 PM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) When Yu Darvish met with Theo Epstein and other Chicago Cubs' officials last December in the Dallas area, the Japanese pitcher liked what he heard.

McHugh, Garcia go to arbitration; Gausman settles

8:05 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Collin McHugh became the second pitcher on the World Series champion Houston Astros to go to salary arbitration, and Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia also went to a hearing.

Changeup: New manager Mickey Callaway has big ideas for Mets

7:50 PM

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) For a first-time manager, Mickey Callaway was mighty bold about his own expectations with the New York Mets.

Luke Gregerson rejoins Cardinals after a decade away

6:48 PM

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Newly re-acquired St. Louis Cardinals closer Luke Gregerson sat on a stool in front of his spring training locker reflecting on his first major league spring training experience more than a decade ago.

Ohtani reports to Angels with physical, swings and long toss

6:43 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Shohei Ohtani came onto the field with a bat in his hand after taking some swings in the cage, on his way to throw some long toss with his full-time interpreter.

Padres pitcher Torres won’t be at spring camp due to charges

6:33 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Left-hander Jose Torres was on the bubble for a spot in the bullpen before his arrest on domestic violence charges, San Diego Padres manager Andy Green said Tuesday.

Clayton Kershaw to start record 8th opener for Dodgers

6:28 PM

GLENDALE, Arizona (AP) No surprise here: Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Clayton Kershaw will make his team-record eighth opening-day start, against the visiting San Francisco Giants on March 29.

Price tries to rebound from injury-filled year with Red Sox

6:27 PM

FORT MYERS, Florida (AP) David Price says he'd rather stay in Boston to chase a title than opt out of his contract at the end of the season.

Boone embraces Yanks’ expectations as spring training starts

6:23 PM

TAMPA, Florida (AP) On the day pitchers and catchers reported for his first spring training as New York Yankees manager, Aaron Boone acknowledged the pressure.

Matt Kemp happy and hopeful about his return to the Dodgers

6:22 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Matt Kemp arrived early Tuesday to a Dodgers clubhouse he already knows and to a team he believes he can help win the World Series - if he gets the chance to stick around.

A’s catcher Maxwell no longer will kneel for national anthem

6:21 PM

MESA, Arizona (AP) Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell says he no longer will kneel for the national anthem as he did last season as a rookie, when he became the first major leaguer to do so following the lead of many NFL players.

Boone embraces Yanks’ expectations as spring training starts

5:56 PM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) On the day pitchers and catchers reported for his first spring training as New York Yankees manager, Aaron Boone acknowledged the pressure.

Royals bullpen remains a question with camp opening

5:51 PM

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) The Kansas City Royals had the most feared bullpen in the majors in 2014 and '15 with Wade Davis, Greg Holland and Kelvin Herrera helping them advance to back-to-back World Series.

A’s catcher Maxwell no longer will kneel for national anthem

5:51 PM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell says he no longer will kneel for the national anthem as he did last season as a rookie, when he became the first major leaguer to do so following the lead of many NFL players.

Chase Utley appears headed back to Los Angeles Dodgers

5:35 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Chase Utley appears headed back to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

McHugh goes to arbitration; Gausman settles

5:04 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Collin McHugh became the second pitcher on the World Series champion Houston Astros to go to salary arbitration, asking for a raise from $3.85 million to $5 million.

Ohtani reports to Angels with physical, swings and long toss

4:59 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Shohei Ohtani took some swings in a batting cage before going onto the field for some long toss with his interpreter. That was after he took a physical and unloaded some gear into his locker in the Los Angeles Angels clubhouse.

Yu Darvish, Cubs finalize $126 million, 6-year contract

4:23 PM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) When Yu Darvish met with Theo Epstein and other Chicago Cubs' officials last December in the Dallas area, the Japanese pitcher liked what he heard.

Price tries to rebound from injury-filled year with Red Sox

4:18 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) David Price says he'd rather stay in Boston to chase a title than opt out of his contract at the end of the season.

Red Sox report for 1st season under Cora

4:06 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The first order of business this spring for new Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora was getting to know his players as more than just players.

Jack Morris star-struck after Hall of Fame tour

3:52 PM

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) No longer the emotional wreck he was on that special day in December, Jack Morris settled into a director's chair inside the Baseball Hall of Fame's Plaque Gallery, a satisfied smile creasing his face.

Clayton Kershaw to start record 8th opener for Dodgers

2:50 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) No surprise here: Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Clayton Kershaw will make his team-record eighth opening-day start, against the visiting San Francisco Giants on March 29.

Yu Darvish, Cubs finalize $126 million, 6-year contract

2:44 PM

CHICAGO (AP) Yu Darvish and the Chicago Cubs have finalized their $126 million, six-year contract, by far the largest deal in a slow-moving free agent market.

Jeter: Marlins ’in a good spot’ as spring training begins

2:26 PM

MIAMI (AP) Speaking Tuesday at Marlins Park, Derek Jeter said he was about to jump in the car and head down to spring training, even though the Miami Marlins' camp is actually up in Jupiter, 90 miles north on Interstate 95.

Romo finalizes $2.5 million, 1-year contract with Rays

2:16 PM

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Free agent reliever Sergio Romo has finalized a $2.5 million, one-year contract to remain with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Padres pitcher Torres won’t be at spring camp due to charges

1:56 PM

PHOENIX (AP) The San Diego Padres have placed reliever Jose Torres on the restricted list and say he won't report for spring training with the team in Arizona because of a pending court case stemming from his arrest in Phoenix in December.

Odorizzi, Stroman have hearings in final arbitration week

1:50 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Toronto's Marcus Stroman and Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi went to hearings to begin the final week of what could be the busiest salary arbitration season since 1990.

Now an owner, Jeter heads to 1st spring training since 2014

1:31 PM

MIAMI (AP) Derek Jeter is heading to his first spring training since his final season with the New York Yankees in 2014.

Greg Bouris quits as spokesman for baseball players’ union

12:26 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Greg Bouris has resigned as director of communications for the Major League Baseball Players Association after 19 years.

Gausman, Orioles agree to $5.6M deal, avoiding arbitration

12:09 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) The Orioles avoided an arbitration hearing with pitcher Kevin Gausman, agreeing to a $5.6 million, one-year contract.

Gausman, Orioles agree to $5.6M deal, avoiding arbitration

12:06 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) The Orioles avoided an arbitration hearing with pitcher Kevin Gausman, agreeing to a $5.6 million, one-year contract.

Breslow agrees to minor league deal with Blue Jays

12:03 PM

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Left-hander Craig Breslow has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and will attend major league spring training.

Odorizzi, Stroman have hearings in final arbitration week

12:01 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Toronto's Marcus Stroman and Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi went to hearings to begin the final week of what could be the busiest salary arbitration season since 1990.

Breslow agrees to minor league deal with Blue Jays

11:48 AM

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Left-hander Craig Breslow has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and will attend major league spring training.

Greg Bouris quits as spokesman for baseball players’ union

11:36 AM

NEW YORK (AP) Greg Bouris has resigned as director of communications for the Major League Baseball Players Association after 19 years.

Rochester Red Wings ink NY stadium lease deal

9:08 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) The Rochester Red Wings have signed a lease deal with Monroe County, New York, to keep the minor league baseball team at Frontier Field for at least another decade.

Giants ace Bumgarner eager for a new slate after bike injury

3:26 AM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Madison Bumgarner has been back on a bike, though it's hardly his first choice for fun. He rode a horse a handful of times this offseason.

» Monday, February 12, 2018

Nats get utility player Matt Reynolds from Mets for cash

9:26 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals have acquired utility player Matt Reynolds from the New York Mets in exchange for cash.

Mets counting on d’Arnaud-Plawecki duo to finally catch on

9:24 PM

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) The way the New York Mets look at it, they have two catchers good enough to start in the majors.

Trevor Plouffe agrees to minor league deal with Rangers

8:48 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Infielder Trevor Plouffe has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers and will report to big league spring training.

WBC experience leads Hirano to D-backs for late-inning role

8:40 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Yoshihisa Hirano is not one for formalities.

Odorizzi, Stroman have hearings in final arbitration week

8:36 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Toronto's Marcus Stroman and Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi went to hearings to begin the final week of what could be the busiest salary arbitration season since 1990.

Mets counting on d’Arnaud-Plawecki duo to finally catch on

7:40 PM

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) The way the New York Mets look at it, they have two catchers good enough to start in the majors.

Union keeping free-agent camp closed to media

7:02 PM

NEW YORK (AP) The Major League Baseball Players Association is keeping media out of its free-agent training camp at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

WBC experience leads Hirano to D-backs for late-inning role

6:57 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Yoshihisa Hirano is not one for formalities.

Union keeping free-agent camp closed to media

6:28 PM

NEW YORK (AP) The Major League Baseball Players Association is keeping media out of its free-agent training camp at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Jake Odorizzi, Rays go to salary arbitration $250,000 apart

4:53 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Pitcher Jake Odorizzi and the Tampa Bay Rays have gone to salary arbitration with the sides $250,000 apart.

Ex-All Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested on drug charges

4:47 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza has been arrested on suspicion of trafficking drugs after packages containing a white powder believed to be cocaine were found at a home he rented in Southern California, officials said Monday.

The Latest: Ex-All Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested

4:16 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) The Latest on the arrest of former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza in California on suspicion of drug trafficking, (all times local):

Former NBA exec hired to lead Marlins business operations

4:06 PM

MIAMI (AP) Former NBA executive Chip Bowers has been hired as president of business operations for the Miami Marlins, who are anxious to increase revenue under new CEO Derek Jeter.

Ex-All Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested on drug charges

3:55 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza has been arrested on suspicion of trafficking drugs after packages containing a white powder believed to be cocaine were found at a home he rented in Southern California, officials said Monday.

Jake Odorizzi, Rays go to salary arbitration $250,000 apart

3:46 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Pitcher Jake Odorizzi and the Tampa Bay Rays have gone to salary arbitration with the sides $250,000 apart.

Odd couple: Stanton, Ramos as NY roomies in house divided?

3:27 PM

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Talk about a house divided.

Odd couple: Stanton, Ramos as NY roomies in house divided?

3:00 PM

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Talk about a house divided.

Ex-All Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested on drug charges

2:58 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza (loh-EYE-suh) has been arrested in California on suspicion of trafficking drugs.

Ex-baseball player Esteban Loaiza arrested on drug charges

1:20 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) Former Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza (loh-EYE-suh) has been arrested in California on suspicion of smuggling cocaine and heroin.

Former Cardinals, Dodgers outfielder Wally Moon dies at 87

1:07 PM

BRYAN, Texas (AP) Former National League Rookie of the Year Wally Moon, who played on three World Series-winning teams with the Los Angeles Dodgers, has died. He was 87.

Halladay’s No. 32 will be retired by Blue Jays before opener

11:43 AM

TORONTO (AP) Roy Halladay's No. 32 will be retired by the Toronto Blue Jays before their opener against the New York Yankees on March 29.

Indians, catcher Ryan Hanigan agree to minor league deal

10:59 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) Free agent Ryan Hanigan has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, a deal contingent on the catcher passing a physical.

Venezuela: Kidnapped mother of Pirates player rescued

10:42 AM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) Venezuelan authorities said police have rescued the mother of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz, three days after she was kidnapped.

» Sunday, February 11, 2018

Venezuela: Kidnapped mother of Pirates player rescued

8:49 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) Venezuelan authorities say police have rescued the mother of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz three days after she was kidnapped.

» Saturday, February 10, 2018

Foltynewicz, Graveman lose in arbitration; players lead 7-6

5:40 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Atlanta pitcher Mike Foltynewicz and Oakland pitcher Kendall Graveman have lost to their teams in salary arbitration.

AP source: Yu Darvish, Cubs reach $126 million, 6-year deal

4:51 PM

CHICAGO (AP) The winter-long dance is over. Yu Darvish is joining the Chicago Cubs.

Former big leaguer Geltz, 3 more banned for drug violations

4:34 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Former Tampa Bay pitcher Steve Geltz and three other minor leaguers have been suspended for drug violations.

Mattingly says he’s excited about new-look Marlins

3:57 PM

MIAMI (AP) After all the deals and departures, Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly says he's enthused about the upcoming season.

AP source: Yu Darvish, Cubs reach $126 million, 6-year deal

3:54 PM

CHICAGO (AP) Ace Yu Darvish and the Chicago Cubs have reached agreement on a $126 million, six-year contract, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday, bolstering their bid for a second World Series crown in three seasons.

Spring training opens with turmoil, many moves to make

3:48 PM

The Boston Red Sox plan to print 5,000 copies of their media guide during the last week of February. Their opening-day roster could include several players who won't make the deadline.

Martinez gone but D-backs return formidable roster

12:20 AM

PHOENIX (AP) There isn't a lot new to the Arizona Diamondbacks this spring, with a couple of notable exceptions.

» Friday, February 9, 2018

Lefty Derek Holland joins Giants on minor league contract

8:21 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Veteran left-hander Derek Holland has signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants.

Foltynewicz, Braves go to arbitration over $100,000 gap

7:59 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Pitcher Mike Foltynewicz went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves over a difference of $100,000, the smallest gap in a hearing since 1994.

Flaherty, Cowgill agree to minor league deals with Phillies

6:51 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Infielder Ryan Flaherty and outfielder Collin Cowgill have agreed to minor league contracts with the Philadelphia Phillies and will attend big league spring training.

Padres eager to get look at Tatis in spring training

6:38 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) With the San Diego Padres still in deep rebuilding mode, the player a lot of fans are interested in seeing the most is a 19-year-old shortstop who has yet to spend a day in the big leagues.

Rays owner Sternberg wants new ballpark across bay in Tampa

6:09 PM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg wants to make a historic neighborhood in Tampa the next home of the perennially low-drawing team, which wants to shift across the bay from St. Petersburg.

Rays’ owner wants to make Tampa the team’s home

5:38 PM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The owner of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team wants to make a historic neighborhood in the city of Tampa the team's next home.

White Sox see better days ahead with promising young players

5:18 PM

CHICAGO (AP) The White Sox go to spring training with a long line of promising prospects and a belief that better days are coming.

After ’17 turnaround and big bullpen spend, Twins aim higher

5:15 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The turnaround for Minnesota last year was sharp, with 26 more wins than the miserable 2016 season on a march to the AL wild card game.

Houston looking ahead after winning first World Series

5:06 PM

HOUSTON (AP) The celebration is over for the Houston Astros after winning their first World Series last season.

Outfielder Daniel Nava, Pirates finalize minor league deal

5:06 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) Outfielder Daniel Nava has finalized a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates and will report to major league spring training.

Royals head to spring with more questions than answers

4:59 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The offseason Royals fans have been dreading for years has come and gone, and now a team that could bear little resemblance to its championship past is ready to report to spring training in Arizona.

Foltynewicz, Braves go to arbitration over $100,000 gap

4:33 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Pitcher Mike Foltynewicz went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves over a difference of $100,000, the smallest gap in a hearing since 1994.

Boone and Stanton give rebuilt Yankees a new look

3:25 PM

NEW YORK (AP) There's a new manager in the dugout and a new slugger in the lineup.

With Khris Davis’ power, A’s look to build off strong finish

3:21 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) With Khris Davis slugging in the middle of a young lineup, the Oakland Athletics realize they still have much ground to overcome in a division featuring the World Series champion Houston Astros.

Mariners head to spring stuck in awkward middle ground

3:10 PM

SEATTLE (AP) As general manager Jerry Dipoto accurately explained, the Seattle Mariners are a team stuck in the middle.

Rangers know they have challenges in tougher AL West

2:56 PM

Adrian Beltre goes into his 21st major league season still seeking a World Series title. The offseason for the Texas Rangers likely would have gone much differently if the third baseman and 3,000-hit club member was their general manager.

Tigers trying to make the best of tough rebuilding process

2:49 PM

DETROIT (AP) Ron Gardenhire sized up his new team's future in a way Detroit fans can surely appreciate.

For starters, Orioles seek to fortify rotation this spring

2:34 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) There might come a time in the next few weeks when the Baltimore Orioles finally add a proven veteran to their stunningly thin starting rotation.

Jays hope healthy Sanchez can stabilize starting rotation

2:16 PM

TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays figure a healthy Aaron Sanchez can lead them back into the playoffs.

Ohtani joins Trout, Pujols as Angels hope for playoff return

1:43 PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Mike Trout, the best player in baseball, won't be the biggest attraction in spring training for the Los Angeles Angels.

Revamped Rays have new look in 2018 after 4 losing seasons

1:04 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays will have a new look in 2018.

After standing pat, Red Sox will try to hold off Yankees

12:49 PM

BOSTON (AP) The New York Yankees, Boston's biggest rival, added NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton to a lineup that already included fellow 50 home run-hitter and AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge.

Indians eyeing World Series title after ’17 postseason flop

11:54 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) Once the pain from their postseason elimination eased, the Cleveland Indians didn't panic.

Baseball players turn to football-style training

3:10 AM

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Carrying their bats and gloves, they leave the weight room and walk the palm tree-lined path past the baseball diamonds to the track.

Puerto Rico wins back-to back Caribbean Series titles

1:36 AM

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) Jonathan Morales hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning, and Puerto Rico won its second straight Caribbean Series title, rallying past the Dominican Republic 9-4 on Thursday night.

» Thursday, February 8, 2018

Wheeler beats Mets in arbitration, Grimm loses to Cubs

9:16 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Right-hander Zack Wheeler beat the New York Mets in salary arbitration on Thursday and reliever Justin Grimm lost to the Chicago Cubs, leaving players with a 7-4 record about halfway through this year's hearings.

Chicago Cubs looking for 2nd title in 3 years

8:17 PM

CHICAGO (AP) The young core of the Chicago Cubs is learning with each long playoff run.

Martinez gone but D-backs return formidable roster

7:21 PM

PHOENIX (AP) There isn't a lot new to the Arizona Diamondbacks this spring, with a couple of notable exceptions.

Pirates seek return of player’s missing mom in Venezuela

6:50 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates president Frank Coonelly says the team is working with authorities to secure the safe return of the mother of catcher Elias Diaz.

Lots of scrambling for jobs at Marlins spring training

5:49 PM

MIAMI (AP) A group of Miami Marlins fans angered by new CEO Derek Jeter's offseason salary dump wants to protest by not attending games.

Busy Brewers shift spring focus from rebuild to winning

5:11 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) The rebuilding plan for the Milwaukee Brewers is a smashing success, so much so that they're not really rebuilding anymore.

Phillies seem closer to becoming a contender

5:10 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Playing meaningful games in September seems attainable for the Philadelphia Phillies.

St. Louis Cardinals intent on ending 2-year playoff drought

5:09 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) Mike Matheny is well aware that he has yet to earn a World Series championship ring during his six seasons as the manager of the Cardinals. It's not like St. Louis, an 11-time World Series champion, would let him forget.

Busy Brewers shift spring focus from rebuild to winning

4:56 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) The rebuilding plan for the Milwaukee Brewers is a smashing success, so much so that they're not really rebuilding anymore.

Mets turn to new manager Mickey Callaway for pitching fix

4:55 PM

NEW YORK (AP) By the end of last season, the New York Mets' vaunted pitching staff was broken. So they brought in rookie manager Mickey Callaway as Mister Fix-it.

Padres eager to get look at Tatis in spring training

4:52 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) With the San Diego Padres still in deep rebuilding mode, the player a lot of fans are interested in seeing the most is a 19-year-old shortstop who has yet to spend a day in the big leagues.

Wheeler beats Mets in arbitration, Grimm loses to Cubs

4:29 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Right-hander Zack Wheeler beat the New York Mets in salary arbitration and reliever Justin Grimm lost to the Chicago Cubs, leaving players with a 7-4 record about halfway through this year's hearings.

Reds 2018: Can the rotation make it through spring healthy?

4:26 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) Can Cincinnati's rotation make it through spring training intact for once?

2 minor league players hit with drug bans

4:14 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Boston minor league catcher Jake Romanski has been suspended 100 games following a positive amphetamine test. It is his second ban for a stimulant under the minor league drug program.

New look Pirates head to camp searching for identity

3:52 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) Neal Huntington has a problem with the word ''rebuild.'' To the Pittsburgh Pirates general manager, the connotation hints at raising a white flag on the present.

Baseball union to open free agent camp in Bradenton

3:36 PM

NEW YORK (AP) The baseball players' union will open its own spring training camp for the first time since the end of the 1994-95 strike, inviting free agents to work out at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

White Sox hire longtime pitching coach Duncan as consultant

3:31 PM

CHICAGO (AP) The White Sox have hired longtime major league pitching coach Dave Duncan as a consultant.

Baseball union to open free agent camp in Bradenton

2:59 PM

NEW YORK (AP) The baseball players' union will open its own spring training camp for the first time since the end of the 1994-95 strike, inviting free agents to work out at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

White Sox hire longtime pitching coach Duncan as consultant

2:58 PM

CHICAGO (AP) The White Sox have hired longtime major league pitching coach Dave Duncan as a consultant.

Rockies boost bullpen in effort to make it back to playoffs

2:46 PM

DENVER (AP) Nolan Arenado didn't travel home with the team after the Colorado Rockies lost at Arizona in last October's wild-card game.

Chicago Cubs looking for 2nd title in 3 years

2:40 PM

CHICAGO (AP) The young core of the Chicago Cubs is learning with each long playoff run.

Giants add Longoria, McCutchen as they try to bounce back

2:36 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Bruce Bochy's first glimpse at his overhauled roster gives him hope the Giants will feature a lineup much like the ones of several seasons ago - back when his club was capturing World Series championships every other year.

Zack Wheeler beats Mets in salary arbitration

1:45 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Right-hander Zack Wheeler beat the Mets in salary arbitration and will get a raise from $800,000 to $1.9 million instead of New York's $1.5 million offer.

Young Ronald Acuna is player to watch for rebuilding Braves

1:07 PM

ATLANTA (AP) Brian Snitker is hoping to face some tough decisions at the end of March.

As Dave Martinez joins Nats, could Bryce Harper be out soon?

12:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) There will be one very important question hovering over Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals throughout spring training and the entire 2018 season: Will this be his last year with the club?

Dodgers look to take last step to elusive World Series title

11:53 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers' bid to win their first World Series in 29 years came up short in a Game 7 loss to Houston. They seek to take the final step to an elusive championship this season with the roster mostly intact and an eye on the future.

Puerto Rico vs Dominican Republic for Caribbean Series crown

2:26 AM

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) Anthony Garcia hit a grand slam and Puerto Rico rallied past Venezuela 6-5 on Wednesday to reach the championship game of the Caribbean Series for the second consecutive year.

» Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Jeter acknowledges decisions have been unpopular

8:14 PM

MIAMI (AP) Derek Jeter acknowledged he has made unpopular decisions in the offseason since taking over the Florida Marlins as a part owner.

Yolmer Sanchez wins in arbitration; players lead 6-3

8:01 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Infielder Yolmer Sanchez beat the Chicago White Sox in salary arbitration and will get a raise from $546,000 to $2.35 million rather than the team's $2.1 million offer.

Mets get bargains, like savvy shoppers at a season closeout

7:15 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Todd Frazier stood a few feet away, wearing the No. 21 Mets jersey of Cleon Jones, Carlos Delgado and Lucas Duda. New York general manager Sandy Alderson smiled.

Rangers trade QB-infielder Russell Wilson to Yankees

7:07 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been traded - from the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees.

Nats catcher Read suspended 80 games for positive drug test

6:05 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Washington catcher Raudy Read has been suspended for the first 80 games of the season following a positive test for Boldenone under Major League Baseball's drug-testing program.

Tanaka went with his heart in staying with Yankees

4:51 PM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Masahiro Tanaka went with his heart when deciding not to opt out of the final three seasons of his $155 million, seven-year contract signed in January 2014 with the New York Yankees.

Todd Frazier, Mets finalize $17 million, 2-year contract

4:21 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Todd Frazier and the New York Mets have finalized a $17 million, two-year contract after the third baseman passed his physical.

Rangers trade QB-infielder Russell Wilson to Yankees

4:19 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been traded - from the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees.

Zack Wheeler, Mets go to salary arbitration

3:56 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Right-hander Zack Wheeler went to salary arbitration with the New York Mets after struggling in his return from Tommy John surgery.

Yolmer Sanchez beats White Sox in salary arbitration

3:49 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Infielder Yolmer Sanchez beat the Chicago White Sox in salary arbitration and will get a raise from $546,000 to $2.35 million rather than the team's $2.1 million offer.

Rangers trade QB-infielder Russell Wilson to Yankees

3:37 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been traded - from the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees.

Syndergaard happy he made it back on a mound last September

3:08 PM

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Getting back on the mound late last season was important for Noah Syndergaard.

Syndergaard happy he made it back on a mound last September

2:46 PM

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Getting back on the mound late last season was important for Noah Syndergaard.

Joe Girardi hired by MLB Network as studio analyst

2:30 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Joe Girardi has an idea what Aaron Boone will face when the Yankees and the rookie manager open their spring training schedule on Feb. 23.

Todd Frazier, Mets finalize $17 million, 2-year contract

2:23 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Todd Frazier and the New York Mets have finalized a $17 million, two-year contract after the third baseman passed his physical.

Joe Girardi hired by MLB Network as studio analyst

12:03 PM

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi is joining the MLB Network as a studio analyst and was set to make his debut Wednesday night.

Joe Girardi hired by MLB Network as studio analyst

11:56 AM

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi is joining the MLB Network as a studio analyst and was set to make his debut Wednesday night.

Cuba leads Caribbean Series after first round

1:00 AM

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) Raul Gonzalez hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning and reliever Leandro Martinez pitched four scoreless innings as Cuba defeated reigning champion Puerto Rico 6-3 on Tuesday night to finish with the best record in the first round of the Caribbean Series.

» Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Baseball union head says rebuilding teams threaten integrity

8:32 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Players' union head Tony Clark claims the number of rebuilding teams and unsigned free agents in a historically slow market threatens the sport's integrity, an assertion immediately rejected by Major League Baseball.

Suarez loses in arbitration, Sanchez has hearing

8:11 PM

PHOENIX (AP) The Cincinnati Reds won their salary arbitration case against infielder Eugenio Suarez, and Chicago White Sox infielder Yolmer Sanchez became the latest player to go to a hearing.

Baseball union head says rebuilding teams threaten integrity

7:59 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Players' union head Tony Clark claims the number of rebuilding teams and unsigned free agents in a historically slow market threatens the sport's integrity, an assertion immediately rejected by Major League Baseball.

Suarez loses in arbitration, Sanchez has hearing

7:51 PM

PHOENIX (AP) The Cincinnati Reds won their salary arbitration case against infielder Eugenio Suarez, and Chicago White Sox infielder Yolmer Sanchez became the latest player to go to a hearing.

Hough acknowledges Marlins have made uncomfortable moves

7:18 PM

MIAMI (AP) Former Marlins pitcher Charlie Hough understands the frustration of Marlins fans, who have watched the team jettison Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich soon after Derek Jeter took over as chief executive.

Reds beat infielder Eugenio Suarez in salary arbitration

7:14 PM

PHOENIX (AP) The Cincinnati Reds won their salary arbitration case against infielder Eugenio Suarez, who gets a raise from $595,000 to $3.75 million rather than his request for $4.2 million.

Twins’ Santana to miss start of season after finger surgery

7:01 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Twins right-hander Ervin Santana will miss the start of the regular season after unexpected surgery on his right middle finger.

Baseball union head says rebuilding teams threaten integrity

6:49 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Players' union head Tony Clark claims the number of rebuilding teams and unsigned free agents in a historically slow market threatens the sport's integrity, an assertion immediately rejected by Major League Baseball.

Yanks open gates early for Stanton & Judge spring BP

5:57 PM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The New York Yankees will open the gates three hours before spring training home games, allowing fans to watch Aaron Judge and new teammate Giancarlo Stanton take their thwacks during batting practice.

Baseball union head says rebuilding teams threaten integrity

5:31 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Players' union head Tony Clark claims the number of rebuilding teams and unsigned free agents in a historically slow market threatens the sport's integrity, an assertion immediately rejected by Major League Baseball.

Infielder Darwin Barney, Rangers reach minor league deal

5:30 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Veteran infielder Darwin Barney has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers that includes an invitation to major league spring training.

Giants to retire Barry Bonds’ No. 25 jersey in August

5:21 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Home run king Barry Bonds will have his No. 25 jersey retired this August by the San Francisco Giants when his former Pittsburgh Pirates are in town.

Another change: Mascot latest to be fired by Miami Marlins

5:01 PM

MIAMI (AP) The latest person to be engulfed in the sweeping personnel changes with the Miami Marlins is the man who plays the team's mascot.

Giants to retire Barry Bonds’ No. 25 jersey in August

4:56 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Home run king Barry Bonds will have his No. 25 jersey retired this August by the San Francisco Giants when his former Pittsburgh Pirates are in town.

Giants to retire Barry Bonds’ No. 25 jersey in August

4:03 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Home run king Barry Bonds will have his No. 25 jersey retired this August by the San Francisco Giants when his former Pittsburgh Pirates are in town.

Baseball union head says rebuilding teams threaten integrity

2:43 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Players' union head Tony Clark says the number of rebuilding teams and unsigned free agents in a historically slow market threatens the sport's integrity, an assertion immediately rejected by Major League Baseball.

Schoop, Orioles agree to $8.5M deal, avoid arbitration

2:07 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) Second baseman Jonathan Schoop and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to an $8.5 million, one-year contract.

Schoop, Orioles agree to $8.5M deal, avoid arbitration

1:58 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) Second baseman Jonathan Schoop and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to an $8.5 million, one-year contract.

Redevelopment project revived for area next to Mets’ stadium

11:36 AM

NEW YORK (AP) A long-planned redevelopment project for a neighborhood of run-down car-repair shops next to the New York Mets' stadium is back on the drawing board, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.

AP source: 3B Todd Frazier, Mets agree on $17M, 2-year deal

11:17 AM

NEW YORK (AP) Free agent third baseman Todd Frazier is switching sides close to home, set to join the New York Mets and take over a spot that's been in flux since David Wright got injured.

Redevelopment project next to NY Mets’ stadium is revived

10:14 AM

NEW YORK (AP) A long-planned redevelopment project for a neighborhood of run-down car-repair shops next to the New York Mets' stadium is back on the drawing board.

Redevelopment project next to NY Mets’ stadium is revived

9:04 AM

NEW YORK (AP) A long-planned redevelopment project for a neighborhood of run-down car-repair shops next to the New York Mets' stadium is back on the drawing board.

Dominican Republic reaches semifinals of Caribbean Series

12:38 AM

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) Bryan Evans pitched seven solid innings, Junior Lake hit a two-run homer and the Dominican Republic defeated Cuba 7-1 on Monday night to reach the semifinals of the Caribbean Series.

» Monday, February 5, 2018

AP source: 3B Todd Frazier, Mets agree on $17M, 2-year deal

10:38 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Free agent third baseman Todd Frazier is switching sides close to home, set to join the New York Mets and take over a spot that's been in flux since David Wright got injured.

AP source: 3B Todd Frazier, Mets agree on $17M, 2-year deal

9:48 PM

NEW YORK (AP) A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent third baseman Todd Frazier and the New York Mets have agreed on a two-year contract for $17 million.

Infielder Eugenio Suarez has arbitration hearing with Reds

8:19 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Cincinnati infielder Eugenio Suarez went to arbitration, asking a panel for a raise from $595,000 to $4.2 million rather than the Reds' offer of $3.75 million.

Rangers sign INF Barney to minor deal with spring invite

5:53 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Veteran infielder Darwin Barney has signed a minor league contract with the Rangers that includes an invitation to major league spring training.

Marcus Thames promoted to Yankees hitting coach

5:03 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Marcus Thames was promoted to hitting coach by the New York Yankees, replacing Alan Cockrell on the staff of new manager Aaron Boone.

In slow market, Boras says MLB needs more incentive to win

5:01 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Agent Scott Boras says the number of major league teams rebuilding with younger, lower-cost rosters has become a cancer to the sport, attributing behavior to the strengthened luxury tax combining with restraints on draft-pick salaries.

Rangers give 44-year-old Bartolo Colon a minor league deal

3:22 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Bartolo Colon has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, and the 44-year-old right-hander will attend big league spring training.

Rangers give 44-year-old Bartolo Colon a minor league deal

12:39 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Bartolo Colon has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, and the 44-year-old right-hander will attend big league spring training.

Series MVP Springer, Astros reach $24 million, 2-year deal

11:04 AM

HOUSTON (AP) World Series MVP George Springer and the Houston Astros avoided salary arbitration by agreeing Monday to a $24 million, two-year contract.

Series MVP Springer, Astros reach $24 million, 2-year deal

11:00 AM

HOUSTON (AP) World Series MVP George Springer and the Houston Astros avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $24 million, two-year contract.

Rangers give 44-year-old Bartolo Colon a minor league deal

10:58 AM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Bartolo Colon has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, and the 44-year-old right-hander will attend big league spring training.

Rangers sign 44-year-old Bartolo Colon to minor league deal

12:01 AM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have signed 44-year-old Bartolo Colon to a minor league contract and invited the pitcher to big league spring training.

» Sunday, February 4, 2018

Rangers sign 44-year-old Bartolo Colon to minor league deal

5:56 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have signed 44-year-old Bartolo Colon to a minor league contract and invited the pitcher to big league spring training.

Cuba beats Mexico and is 2-0 in the Caribbean Series

1:51 AM

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) Raul Gonzalez hit a homer and then broke a tie with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning as Cuba rallied to beat Mexico 5-4 on Saturday night to get its second win in the Caribbean Series.

» Saturday, February 3, 2018

Giles, Hechavarria win arbitration cases, Osuna loses

5:57 PM

Houston closer Ken Giles and Tampa Bay shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria have won their salary arbitration cases and Toronto closer Roberto Osuna has lost.

Jim Thome wants block ’C,’ not Wahoo, on Hall of Fame plaque

11:18 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) Newly elected Hall of Famer Jim Thome won't be enshrined with Chief Wahoo.

Puerto Rico beats Mexico in the Caribbean Series

1:57 AM

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) David Vidal hit the go-ahead double during a three-run rally in the eighth inning, and reigning champion Puerto Rico beat Mexico 7-4 on Friday night to get their first win in the Caribbean Series.

» Friday, February 2, 2018

Realmuto loses to Marlins in salary arbitration; Bour wins

8:39 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Catcher J.T. Realmuto lost his salary arbitration case against Miami and first baseman Justin Bour beat the Marlins to leave players with a 3-1 record this year.

Realmuto loses to Marlins in salary arbitration; Bour wins

5:18 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Catcher J.T. Realmuto lost his salary arbitration case against Miami and first baseman Justin Bour beat the Marlins to leave players with a 3-1 record this year.

Prominent baseball agent suggests spring training boycott

4:45 PM

NEW YORK (AP) A prominent baseball agent said players are angered over the slow free-agent market and suggested they consider boycotting spring training.

Realmuto loses to Marlins in salary arbitration; Bour wins

4:20 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Catcher J.T. Realmuto lost his salary arbitration case against Miami and first baseman Justin Bour beat the Marlins to leave players with a 3-1 record this year.

Brewers trade backup catcher Andrew Susac to Orioles

3:15 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have acquired backup catcher Andrew Susac from the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named or cash.

Prominent baseball agent suggests spring training boycott

3:04 PM

NEW YORK (AP) A prominent baseball agent said players are angered over the slow free-agent market and suggested they consider boycotting spring training.

Prominent baseball agent suggests spring training boycott

12:57 PM

NEW YORK (AP) A prominent baseball agent says players are angered over the slow free-agent market and suggests they consider boycotting spring training.

Danny Espinosa agrees to minor league deal with Yankees

11:32 AM

NEW YORK (AP) Infielder Danny Espinosa has agreed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees and will attend big league spring training.

» Thursday, February 1, 2018

OF Bourjos agrees to minor league deal with Cubs

9:04 PM

CHICAGO (AP) Outfielder Peter Bourjos has agreed to a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs that includes an invitation to major league camp for spring training.

Alderson anticipates flurry of moves as free agents sign

8:40 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson anticipates a flurry of roster moves as a large number of players find teams in the next few weeks.

Injured Arizona RHP Miller wins in arbitration; players 2-0

8:13 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Pitcher Shelby Miller won his salary arbitration case on Thursday against Arizona after missing most of last season because of a torn elbow ligament, a decision that gave players a 2-0 record this year.

MLB would drop 2018 pitch clock if players agree to phase-in

7:38 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Major League Baseball has offered to ditch its proposal for a pitch clock this year and also would go without one in 2019 if the average time of a nine-inning game drops to at least 2 hours, 55 minutes this season.

Mark Appel, top pick of 2013 draft, quitting baseball

7:09 PM

The No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 draft has walked away from baseball without every throwing a pitch in the major leagues.

Nationals add Montero to compete for backup catcher role

6:42 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) Free-agent catcher Miguel Montero has agreed to a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals with an invitation to major league spring training.

MLB would drop 2018 pitch clock if players agree to phase-in

6:39 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Major League Baseball has offered to ditch its proposal for a pitch clock this year and also would go without one in 2019 if the average time of a nine-inning game drops to at least 2 hours, 55 minutes this season.

MLB would drop 2018 pitch clock if players agree to phase-in

5:46 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Major League Baseball has offered to ditch its proposal for a pitch clock this year and also would go without one in 2019 if the average time of a nine-inning game drops to at least 2 hours, 55 minutes this season.

MLB would drop 2018 pitch clock if players agree to phase-in

5:00 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Major League Baseball has offered to drop its proposal for a pitch clock this year and also would go without one in 2019 if the average time of a nine-inning game drops to at least 2 hours, 55 minutes this season.

Indians utility man Martinez tears Achilles, out 6 months

4:49 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Indians utility man Michael Martinez will be sidelined at least six months following Achilles tendon surgery, and his career could be in jeopardy.

Nationals add Montero to compete for backup catcher role

4:47 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) Free-agent catcher Miguel Montero has agreed to a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals with an invitation to major league spring training.

D-backs finalize $8.25M, 2-year deal with catch Alex Avila

4:46 PM

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized an $8.25 million, two-year contract with free agent catcher Alex Avila.

Injured Arizona RHP Miller wins in arbitration; players 2-0

4:02 PM

PHOENIX (AP) Pitcher Shelby Miller has won his salary arbitration case against Arizona after missing most of last season because of a torn elbow ligament, a decision that gave players a 2-0 record this year.

All 30 MLB ballparks to have expanded netting by opening day

1:08 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) All 30 major league ballparks will have expanded protective netting that reaches to at least the far ends of each dugout by opening day.

All 30 MLB ballparks to have expanded netting by opening day

1:08 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) All 30 major league ballparks will have expanded protective netting that reaches to at least the far ends of each dugout by opening day.

All 30 MLB ballparks to have expanded netting by opening day

11:25 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) All 30 major league ballparks will have expanded protective netting that reaches to at least the far ends of each dugout by opening day.