Anyone who has experienced lower back issues can tell you it's no fun when they flare up. That's the scenario Ryan Braun is trying to avoid and it has been so far, so good.
"I feel pretty good, knock on wood," said the Milwaukee Brewers right fielder, who had surgery the week after the season ended to repair a herniated disc is his lower back. ...Read more
Alex Avila is leaving Detroit, but he isn't traveling far.
The longtime Tigers catcher this morning signed a one-year deal with the division-rival Chicago White Sox. The deal is worth $2.5 million.
Avila, 28, is the oldest son of Tigers general manager Al Avila. He spent seven seasons with the Tigers, hitting .242 with 66 home runs.
He served...Read more
The Chicago Cubs continued to add relievers Wednesday by acquiring left-hander Rex Brothers from the Rockies in exchange for minor league reliever Wander Cabrera.
Brothers, 27, is 16-11 with a 3.42 ERA in 286 major league relief appearances covering the past five seasons. Brothers has struck out 278 batters in 2421/3 innings while limited ...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif.--Bud Black will return to the Angels as a special assistant to General Manager Billy Eppler, one of several front-office moves the team announced Tuesday.
Black, 58, a former Angels pitching coach, spent the last nine years as manager of the San Diego Padres, compiling a 649-713 (.477) record before being fired in June. He was a...Read more
The White Sox acquired reliever Tommy Kahnle from the Rockies on Tuesday for minor league pitcher Yency Almonte.
The 26-year-old Kahnle posted a 4.86 earned-run average with the Rockies over 331/3 innings in 2015, and has a 4.41 ERA in 90 appearances for Colorado the last two seasons.
Almonte, 21, was 11-7 with a 3.41 ERA in two Class-A stops ...Read more
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MIAMI -- What first struck them about Dee Gordon was his size, how small he was.
Here was a Major League All-Star, the first player since Jackie Robinson in 1949 to lead the league in both hitting and stolen bases, and he wasn't significantly taller than the Clowers sisters -- Cornecia, 13, and Trinity, 12 -- of Miramar.
But it was when they ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--The Dodgers named Dave Roberts as their new manager Monday.
"It's hard for me to put into words what it means to be named manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers," Roberts said in a news release. "This is truly the opportunity of a lifetime.
"The Dodgers are the ground-breaking franchise of Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Sandy Koufax...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Dave Roberts is expected to be named manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, according to multiple people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the hiring hasn't been announced.
A former Dodgers outfielder, the 43-year-old Roberts will be the first minority manager in the franchise's...Read more
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LOS ANGELES -- Dave Roberts is expected to be named manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, according to multiple people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the hiring hasn't been officially announced.
A former Dodgers outfielder, the 43-year-old Roberts will be the first minority manager in the ...Read more
Cubs manager Joe Maddon was eager to get involved in recruiting impact free agents such as former Rays standout David Price.
That was shortly before president Theo Epstein was courting Jeff Samardzija and during the same time Jake Arrieta said he would "love" to have Zack Greinke.
And the grin from catcher David Ross was very telling when ...Read more
Francisco Rodriguez doesn't have his fastball anymore.
Long gone are the days when the right-hander would blow his upper-90-mph fastball past hitters and leave them befuddled at the plate against his slider.
But the new Detroit Tigers closer -- acquired on Wednesday in a trade with the Brewers -- has a different out pitch these days: His ...Read more
A move from a month-long stay at a local hospital to a rehabilitation center on Thursday marked the first step of Lou Brock's new life.
That step, unfortunately, was made without his left foot because his leg had to be amputated after a dangerous infection seized him last month. "It was a whirlwind. It just came on and it took us places we ...Read more
Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns is handling trades like vitamins: one a day.
"I don't know if I can keep that up, but we've obviously had some activity the last couple of days," said Stearns, who added that he is in "active discussions" with other teams regarding possible trades.
For the third consecutive day, Stearns made a ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--As the Los Angeles Dodgers were playing their final regular-season games last month, they received word that a sidelined Yasiel Puig could return to them in time for the playoffs.
On the surface, a positive development. But that wasn't how the news was received in the clubhouse.
Multiple players said at the time their preference ...Read more
The Chicago Cubs continued to load up on relievers Friday by acquiring Spencer Patton from the Texas Rangers in exchange for minor league infielder Frandy De La Rosa.
Patton, 27, a former pitcher at Southern Illinois, is 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 36 games over parts of the past two seasons. Patton has a 15-14 record with a 3.49 ERA in 147 minor ...Read more
Cameron Maybin has come full circle.
In the latest of Al Avila's first moves as Detroit Tigers general manager, the team acquired their former first-round pick from the Atlanta Braves Friday in exchange for left-handed reliever Ian Krol and lefty prospect Gabe Speier.
"Cameron Maybin is a good outfielder with plenty of experience in center ...Read more
Even in defeat, Mike Trout made history.
Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays won the American League most valuable player award Thursday, with Trout finishing second and Lorenzo Cain of the World Series champion Kansas City Royals third.
Trout finished among the top two in AL MVP voting for the fourth consecutive season, a feat previously ...Read more
Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain finished third in the American League Most Valuable Player voting, a quality showing in a season dominated by Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson, who won the award, and Angels phenom Mike Trout, who finished second for the third time in four years.
Cain received 20 third-place votes, which placed him ahead of ...Read more
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was a unanimous selection as the National League Most Valuable Player.
Harper, 23, was named on all 30 ballots -- two from each of the 15 NL cities. Harper becomes the youngest unanimous NL MVP selection.
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks was second, followed by Joey Votto of the ...Read more
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper won the National League most valuable player award unanimously Thursday night, yet another piece of hardware for the first overall pick in 2010 and the 2012 rookie of the year.
Harper led all of baseball with a .460 on-base percentage and .649 slugging percentage. His 42 home runs tied for the league...Read more