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Red Sox Prepare for JD Martinez, Smugly

Apparently, John Henry was trolling the ride-or-die fans of Boston recently when he spoke about the team’s lackluster off-season as making ‘significant changes.’ It goes without saying that the Red Sox needed a true power hitter if they were to compete with the young, powerful bats and arms on today’s best teams. Think: Dodgers, Yankees, Astros, and Indians. Up until Monday, they...
Via Off The Bench
10 minutes ago

Miguel Andujar reacts to Yankees trading for Brandon Drury

Tuesday night's trade seems to assure that Andujar will begin season in Triple-A. TAMPA -- Touted Yankees Baby Bomber Miguel Andujar looked to be the same happy-go-lucky guy before, during and after Wednesday's spring training practice. As usual, the 22-year-old Dominican did a lot of smiling on and off the field. Drury arrives in Tampa, says...
Via NJ.com
14 minutes ago

2018 DRaysBay Community Prospect special election

A pair of new players could shake up the list. Previous winner LHP Genesis Cabrera (6’1 170, 21 in 2018) 2017 statistics with Class A-Advanced Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery: 134 1/3 IP, 3.22 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 9.1 BB%, 19.5 K% Cabrera pitched very well again in 2017, even reaching Double A with Montgomery. Only three pitchers were younger than him in the Southern League. He has...
Via DRaysBay
41 minutes ago

Morning Briefing: Mets Set Pitching Rotation to Start Grapefruit League Play

Good morning Mets fans! Mickey Callaway announced his starters for this weekends opening spring games. Zack Wheeler will start Friday, followed by Seth Lugo on Saturday, and Robert Gsellman on Sunday. Latest Mets News Tim Britton of the Athletic provides you with the full pitching schedule for the teams first weekend of play here. Mickey Callaway said Wheeler is still a starting...
Via Mets Merized Online
43 minutes ago

The Orioles Aren't Rebuilding, But They're Not Reloading Either

It's a normal response to frequently ask what the Orioles are doing. They don't operate like other teams, and they don't often do what you want them to. Sometimes that's good, and it has led to wonderfully unexpected things in the Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette era. Hopefully you didn't overlook the return to relevancy.Regardless, this offseason has been a disaster for the Orioles...
Via Camden Depot
44 minutes ago

Artificial Turf Wars Ep. 89: Let the Games Begin!

Episode 89 Greg and Josh break down the latest news of the week starting with the impacts of the confusing offseasons of the Rays and Orioles and the Red Sox’ signing of J.D. Martinez. Then they discuss the impasse in Josh Donaldson’s contract negotiations, the Blue Jays lack of desire for a new backup catcher, Marcus Stroman’s new delivery, and Aaron Sanchez and Devon Travis’ progression...
Via BP Toronto
1 hour ago

Zack Wheeler to the bullpen? Not so fast

PORT ST. LUCIE — Zack Wheeler isn’t headed to the bullpen just yet. The Mets right-hander certainly hasn’t earned a job in the team’s potentially crowded starting rotation, but a club source called a report Wednesday that indicated a decision has been reached and Wheeler was headed to the bullpen “way premature.” Wheeler will get...
Via New York Post
3 hours ago

Pedro Baez Confident He Can Contribute In 2018 After Rough End To Last Season

The 2017 season was symbolic of a roller coaster for Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez, who went from the...
Via Dodger Blue
3 hours ago

Phillies manager has great quote about Nick Williams hitting his car with homer

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Williams nailed his Gabe Kapler’s rental car with a home run during batting practice on Tuesday, and the manager loved it.Kapler had a perfect quote about the matter when talking with reporters: What’s funny is that on Wednesday, Williams nearly repeated the trick. If this means Williams is in for a big season, Kapler will be game. The 24-year...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Brian Cashman believes Yankees are underdogs, not the Red Sox

TAMPA — Despite adding Giancarlo Stanton to an already muscular lineup and getting Brandon Drury to play third base, Brian Cashman said he doesn’t believe the Yankees have caught the Red Sox who likely will announce the signing of J.D. Martinez on Thursday. “They are the American League East champs so we are not on...
Via New York Post
5 hours ago

Angels add another OF to the bench in deal for Yankees’ Jabari Blash

Spring training games start this weekend, and Billy Eppler is still out there making deals and adding depth. Jabari Blash, once known only as a power-hitting outfield prospect in the Padres farm system, has had a whirlwind of an off-season. In December, he was part of the San Diego/New York trade that saw Chase Headley (and pitcher Bryan Mitchell) go to the Padres, meanwhile the...
Via Halos Heaven
6 hours ago

New Giants 3B Evan Longoria needs update his bat

One of the newest members of the San Francisco Giants may need to update some of his equipment accordingly.Evan Longoria was traded by the Tampa Bay Rays to the Giants over the offseason. Not only is he on a new team, but he also will be wearing the No. 10 since the Giants have the No. 3 retired.Some eagle-eyed fans noticed though that in his team photos for the Giants, the knob...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

It is Red Sox time again

There are plenty of opponents on BC's schedule that I wonder why we play. I don't question our annual exhibition against the Red Sox in Spring Training. Beyond serving as a recruiting tool, the BC-Red Sox game now serves as a sign of Spring for BC fans.The series took a break last year due to scheduling conflicts. BC has never won, although they've come close a few times. Thursday...
Via Eagle in Atlanta
6 hours ago

Atlanta Braves and getting around the new mound visit rules

If you hadn’t heard, there’s new rules that supposedly will better the pace of play in major league baseball.  Yeah… There’s one stat that I’m pretty sure isn’t routinely kept by teams – the number of mound visits per game.  I am guessing that the Atlanta Braves aren’t one of the worst violators, but with […] Atlanta Braves and getting around the new mound visit rules - Tomahawk...
Via Tomahawk Take
7 hours ago

Atlanta Braves get some recognition for their CF

MLB Networtk Radio on Sirius/XM has been doing a run-down of the Top 10 players at each position.  A familiar name has appeared on this list. He’s listed as the 10th of 10 names, but Atlanta Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte was named as one of the best CF’s in baseball for 2018 today. The […] Atlanta Braves get some recognition for their CF - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - An...
Via Tomahawk Take
7 hours ago

Rizzo: 'We have a lot to prove'

Anthony Rizzo talks about being a team leader entering his seventh season with the Cubs, and how his club has a lot to prove in 2018.
Via CSN Chicago
8 hours ago

Cubs conditioning coach has some fun in the sun at camp

Cubs strength and conditioning coordinator Tim Buss has some fun in the sun at camp, wearing a fur coat during workouts.
Via CSN Chicago
8 hours ago

Aaron Judge won’t be playing in first five spring training games

TAMPA — Don’t look for Aaron Judge until the sixth game of the exhibition season. “I would say within a week from now,’’ Aaron Boone said Wednesday when asked when Judge will make his first spring-training appearance. “That would be my tentative expectation.’’ Judge is being brought along slowly after undergoing left shoulder surgery in...
Via New York Post
8 hours ago

AL Central Notes: Mauer, Hochevar, Indians, ChiSox

On the heels of a bounceback 2017 season in which he posted a strong .305/.384/.417 slash line and finished as a finalist in AL Gold Glove voting, Joe Mauer tells MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger that he believes he can continue playing beyond the 2018 season — the final year on his eight-year, $184MM contract. Mauer adds that he cannot envision himself donning a uniform other than that...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Orioles Sign Colby Rasmus to Minor League Deal

Veteran outfielder Colby Rasmus has agreed to a one-year deal on a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles, as first reported by Mark Feinsand. Rasmus has been in the league nine seasons and has played with the St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, and, in 2017, with the Tampa Bay Rays. The 31-year-old Rasmus will compete for a platoon spot in right field...
Via Baseball Essential
8 hours ago

Hot-Stove: Rays sign Carlos Gomez to one-year, $4-million contract

The Tampa Bay Rays reportedly signed Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal, pending a physical. (Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) The Tampa Bay Rays ceased their salary dump on Wednesday, agreeing to a one-year, $4-million deal with veteran outfielder Carlos Gomez, pending a physical. The deal also includes $500-thousand in potential incentives, and a $500-thousand assignment...
Via X-Rays Spex
8 hours ago

Minnesota Twins 40-man in 40 days: Eduardo Escobar

Opening Day for the Minnesota Twins is little more than a month away. Puckett’s Pond is here to keep you informed on every player currently on the Twins 40 man roster. Eduardo Escobar is entering his eighth season in Major League Baseball and fifth full season in with the Minnesota Twins. Escobar had a power […] Minnesota Twins 40-man in 40 days: Eduardo Escobar - Puckett's Pond...
Via Puckett's Pond
8 hours ago

Bronx Beat Episode 133: Judge, Drury and Executioner (and Episode 132!)

I forgot to post Episode 132! Loyal fans, I apologize for the inconvenience. Here are episodes 132 and 133: EJ and Derek dissect the Yankee trade for Brandon Drury. EJ and Scott preview the Yankees non-roster invitees, and ponder free agents at a discount.
Via BP Bronx
8 hours ago

Indians, RP Torres agree to minor league deal

Free agent reliever Carlos Torres and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league contract.
Via ESPN
9 hours ago

Cubs Talk Podcast: Sitting down with new Cubs coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey

Spring training baseball games are up around the bend, but before boys of summer get into organized action, two of the teams new coaches Chili Davis and
Via CSN Chicago
9 hours ago
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