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Manfred gets confrontational over MLB union's resistance to pace-of-play changes

PHOENIX — I get the players’ perspective. They worry about the game on the field changing too radically due to pace-of-play improvements. They worry, as one told me, that, “If you try to control the game, you turn us into robots.”These are legitimate concerns — concerns to express in bargaining with the clubs. But in the view of commissioner Rob Manfred, the union is...
Via FOX Sports
10 hours ago

Storen aiming for Reds' closer role, Price mulling bullpen

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Drew Storen is comfortable with his catcher, and that's important for a former closer who is trying to earn the role with the Cincinnati Reds. Storen attended high school in Indiana with Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart, who lobbied for him to join Cincinnati in the offseason. Storen agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal and will be in competition for the closer...
Via AP on Fox
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Padres considering new way to use SP depth

The Padres are already tinkering with a few outside-the-box ideas to try this season.
Via Padres.com
10 hours ago

Bumgarner expecting to start Cactus opener

Left-hander Madison Bumgarner is likely to start for the Giants in Friday's Cactus League opener against the Reds.
Via Giants.com
10 hours ago

Angels to take time on naming first baseman

General manager Billy Eppler said Tuesday that it's hard to say how the first-base situation will shake out. He expects to spend the next six weeks of Spring Training contemplating the decision, and said he is in no rush to commit to a resolution.
Via Angels.com
10 hours ago

Rockies ready to compete with big spenders

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich hopes to follow the steps of the 2014 and '15 Royals and the '16 Indians as mid-market teams that reached the World Series.
Via mlb.com
10 hours ago

Will Kaleb Cowart Ever be a Regular?

Kaleb Cowart was once one of the Angels’ most prized prospects, heir apparent to third base, before his career was completely derailed. (What is it with the Angels and third base prospects, anyway? Remember Dallas McPherson? Or Brandon Wood?)Anyway, he struggled so mightily at the plate that he even briefly considered making a position switch to pitcher. He eventually got back...
Via Halo Headquarters
10 hours ago

SportsTalk Live: Maddon, Montero dine to settle differences

The SportsTalk Live panel discusses Joe Maddon and Miguel Montero dining to settle their differences.
Via CSN Chicago
10 hours ago

SportsTalk Live: Should Cubs let Sosa back next season?

Should the Cubs let Sammy Sosa back next season? The SportsTalk Live team debates.
Via CSN Chicago
10 hours ago

Rockies face another tough task in the NL West. They’re not alone in trying to upset the order.

PHOENIX — Torey Lovullo forged his manager’s identity over four seasons in the swingingest division in baseball. As bench coach of the Boston Red Sox next to skipper John Farrell, Lovullo soared and suffered watching a team finish first, last, last and first in consecutive seasons in the American League East. Now he’s the manager in Arizona with designs on dismantling a division...
Via The Denver Post
10 hours ago

Chicago Cubs host 39 pitchers in early weeks of camp

As the Chicago Cubs look to repeat their World Series success, finding depth will be a focus. With all the pitchers at camp, quality depth is possible. “No sir, you never have enough pitching. Just when you think you have it, it is usually the time when you suddenly find yourself with pitchers who can […] Chicago Cubs host 39 pitchers in early weeks of camp - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies...
Via Cubbies Crib
10 hours ago

Baseball chief says Diamondbacks' Chase Field 'needs work'

PHOENIX (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred came down on the side of the Arizona Diamondbacks' ownership in the team's court battle over Chase Field. The Diamondbacks have sued Maricopa County, seeking to remove a clause from its stadium lease that prevents the team from looking to move elsewhere. The team contends in the lawsuit that the county has failed to allocate some...
Via AP on Fox
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Daily Cubs Clip Fix (2/21/17): Eloy Jimenez Power Display, Jake Arrieta in Focus, Happ, Contreras & More

If you’ve never seen him in person, Eloy Jimenez is one big dude. Watching him hit batting practice is the baseball version of watching Metallica shred with the San Francisco Symphony. Smooth, sweet strokes with powerful crescendos. I know the Cubs are loaded with big league talent and it’s hard to envision Jimenez joining the big league team…this year. Just watch the clip...
Via Cubs Insider
10 hours ago

Moore not worried about losing big-name stars

This is the last year the core of the Royals' 2015 World Series championship team is guaranteed to stay together. Kansas City has four potential big-name free-agents after the '17 season -- third baseman Mike Moustakas, first baseman Eric Hosmer, center fielder Lorenzo Cain and shortstop Alcides Escobar.
Via Royals.com
10 hours ago

Gutierrez back with Dodgers, his first major league team

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Franklin Gutierrez got another chance from the team that gave him his first one in professional baseball. Gutierrez turned 34 Tuesday, a day after finalizing a $2.6 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Los Angeles signed the Venezuelan outfielder as an amateur in 2000. ''I started here.'' Gutierrez said Tuesday as he prepared to take...
Via AP on Fox
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Four veteran MLB umpires retire; Rob Manfred isn’t ready to bring in robots to call balls & strikes

It was announced on Tuesday that veteran Major League Baseball umpires Bob Davidson, John Hirschbeck, Jim Joyce, and Tim Welke are retiring before the 2017 season. After that news was announced, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was asked about his feelings on the league going to an electronic strike zone: Let’s start with the outgoing umpires. This is a group of umpires that have become...
Via The Comeback
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Terry Collins weighs 3 imperfect non-Reyes leadoff options

PORT ST. LUCIE — The Mets’ roster is loaded with proven and versatile bats, but is there a leadoff hitter in the bunch? Manager Terry Collins will keep that idea buried in the back of his mind for the next 5 ½ weeks, leaving plenty of time to evaluate his options. As the Mets are...
Via New York Post
10 hours ago

Yost: Royals coping with Ventura's death 'as a group' at spring training

PHOENIX -- Nearly a month after losing prized pitcher Yordano Ventura in a car accident, manager Ned Yost has thought about so much through all the pain and grief: What could the Kansas City Royals have possibly done to better support him? Yost and general manager Dayton Moore have spent hours discussing the loss of Ventura, and Moore had even offered Ventura the option to stay with...
Via AP on Fox
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mike Trout Wants A Championship

Spring Training has finally arrived, excitement returns as our Angels get ready to take on the season with a newly built lineup, but the star of our team is absolutely tired of the lack of success. It’s a fact we are all lucky to be alive to watch Mike Trout play baseball. The Angels, star center fielder was venting to reporters about the Angels not making the playoffs. The constant...
Via Halo Headquarters
11 hours ago

Zaidi: Gonzalez to get strategic rest in 2017

General manager Farhan Zaidi repeated manager Dave Roberts' desire to find more days off for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who earlier in the day said he will learn in the first week of March whether he will be cleared to begin hitting. Gonzalez has been shut down with right elbow tendinitis.
Via Dodgers.com
11 hours ago

Cubs' Schwarber not ready to let go of catching dream

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Kyle Schwarber made it known early in camp he was 100 percent healthy and wanted to return to catching, even in a limited role. The Cubs have the 23-year-old slugger projected to play left field, yet he's not quite ready to give up the facemask, chest protector and leg guards. Schwarber understands he's third behind Willson Contreras and Miguel Montero. He also...
Via AP on Fox
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jacoby Ellsbury’s baby arrives, and then he does

TAMPA — Jacoby Ellsbury checked into camp Tuesday after his arrival was delayed for two days due to the birth of his second child. General manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi have said they would like more from Ellsbury, who is in the fourth leg of a seven-year deal worth $153 million. In three...
Via New York Post
11 hours ago

4 new umps as Hirschbeck, Welke, Davidson, Joyce retire

NEW YORK (AP) Jim Joyce has joined John Hirschbeck, Tim Welke and Bob Davidson in retiring from Major League Baseball's umpire staff. The commissioner's office said Tuesday that Adam Hamari, Pat Hoberg, Gabe Morales and Carlos Torres have been promoted to the full-time staff. Hirschbeck, the crew chief in last year's World Series and a big league umpire since 1984, had announced...
Via AP on Fox
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Royals working through grieving process after Ventura death

PHOENIX (AP) Nearly a month after losing prized pitcher Yordano Ventura in a car accident, manager Ned Yost has thought about so much through all the pain and grief: What could the Kansas City Royals have possibly done to better support him? Yost and general manager Dayton Moore have spent hours discussing the loss of Ventura, and Moore had even offered Ventura the option to stay...
Via AP on Fox
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Prospects – Pitchers

There is no question that when the Braves blew things up before the 2015 season they had established a theme for their rebuild, pitching. Most of the moves the club made, beginning with the Jason Heyward trade all the way back in November of 2014, revolved around a young arm. As a result, the Braves completely turned around what was widely viewed as a weak farm system and made it...
Via Legends On Deck
11 hours ago
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