Trying to decide which of the many Mariners reclamation acquisitions might be most important in 2016 isn't simple.
The case could be made for Leonys Martin, who played himself out of a starting center-field spot with the Texas Rangers. One could point to catcher Chris Iannetta, who hit .188 last season for the Los Angeles Angels. Both are ...Read more
Don't call it a comeback.
Veteran right-hander Joe Nathan said last April he intended to return to the major leagues, and nine months after his second elbow ligament reconstruction surgery, those plans are still in place.
Fox Sports' Jon Morosi caught up with Nathan's agent, Dave Pepe, who said Nathan's workouts are "going well" and that he is...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Howie Kendrick has played 9,402 innings at second base, six at third base. He was the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting second baseman last year. Yet, had he insisted on the same role this year, the Dodgers might not have brought him back.
In the last two weeks, with no club willing to surrender the draft pick necessary to sign him ...Read more
The Orioles acquired right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne from the San Diego Padres for minor league pitcher Jean Cosme on Thursday, adding an optionable piece who has started and relieved in the majors over the past two seasons.
Executive vice president Dan Duquette said Despaigne, a sinker-ball pitcher, is "in the mix to help our staff. (He's a) ...Read more
There are, for the moment, two possible paths for left-hander Danny Duffy in 2016. He could find himself bolstering the Royals' deep bullpen, a power lefty joining ranks with Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, Joakim Soria and Luke Hochevar. Likewise, he could also find himself occupying space near the back end of the starting rotation, where he ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--A Los Angeles Dodgers front office already stocked with multiple executives with experience as general managers has added to its stable a Hall of Fame pitcher and one of the more beloved players in recent memory.
The team announced Tuesday the hiring of Greg Maddux and Raul Ibanez, with both men to function as special assistants to...Read more
Carlos Quentin, a two-time All-Star outfielder who hasn't played in the majors since 2014, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Twins, a source with knowledge of the signing said Tuesday, and will be in major league training camp later this month.
Quentin batted .177/.284/.315 in 50 games with the Padres two summers ago before being ...Read more
As a Chicago sports fan, William Petersen had some pretty good moments in January.
Two weeks ago, he was asked to narrate a documentary about Harry Caray -- no trivial request for a lifelong Cubs fan.
And when Petersen talked to the Tribune last week, he had just watched the Bulls dismantle the Lakers in Los Angeles.
So was the former "CSI" ...Read more
Nothing More, Nothing Less [Kindle Edition]Ashley Dukart
When Brandon finds that his mother committed suicide, he blames himself for her decision. His guilt drives his young life into a downward spiral of drugs, drug-dealing, and violent repercussions when his “business partners” don’t get what they want. Haunted by the past that will never ...
It has been 46 years since the Cardinals fired Harry Caray, and it was 18 years ago this month that he died. But Caray's legacy lives on, and MLB Network looks back on the remarkable career of the one-of-a-kind baseball broadcaster in a fine one-hour documentary that is set to debut at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The program shines because it addresses the...Read more
Uncertainty surrounded Prince Fielder a year ago as he reported all was well in his surgically repaired neck.
He was doing all the offseason stuff he normally did, including some unorthodox training that seemed better suited for UFC fighters and wannabes.
Texas Rangers brass, though, were holding their breath, waiting to see if the slugger ...Read more
Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun said Sunday he will not be 100 percent physically at the start of spring training after undergoing lower-back surgery in October. Braun said he does hope to be ready by opening day, however.
"I just got cleared to do rotational exercises about two weeks ago, so just started swinging a bat literally ...Read more
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ned Yost was starving. It was just past 2:50 p.m. on Friday afternoon, and the Royals manager was running on two cups of coffee and nothing else. His stomach required sustenance.
As he stood inside a street-level convention room at Bartle Hall, waiting to make his annual appearance at Royals FanFest, Yost conceded that his ...Read more
The Milwaukee Brewers knew they eventually would have to trade shortstop Jean Segura to make room for top prospect Orlando Arcia and that time came Saturday.
The Brewers sent Segura and minor league pitcher Tyler Wagner to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-hander Chase Anderson, veteran infielder Aaron Hill, shortstop prospect Isan...Read more
Among the many changes in Rod Carew's life since he nearly died twice last September from a major heart attack -- from the machinery he must wear to keep his heart pumping, to the determination he has found to regain his strength and normalize his life, to the anticipation he feels over undergoing a heart transplant later this year -- one new ...Read more
Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell plans to take it easy with star right fielder Ryan Braun in spring training but not because Braun is having any problems with his surgically-repaired lower back.
"If Ryan finished the (2015) season healthy, I'd still plan to take it easy on him in spring training," said Counsell, who will get to talk in ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--Adrift on the free-agent market and burdened by the albatross of draft-pick compensation, Howie Kendrick sought refuge in a reunion. He returned to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday in a deal that clarifies the team's situation at second base, deepens its bench and solidifies its lineup.
The sides agreed on a two-year, $20-million ...Read more
Rymer Liriano did not receive a second chance in San Diego. He may get one in Milwaukee.
The Padres on Thursday traded Liriano, once their most touted outfield prospect, to the Brewers for left-handed reliever Trevor Seidenberger.
Liriano, 24, was designated for assignment last week, opening a roster spot for new Padres shortstop Alexei ...Read more
Another Orioles starting rotation target came off the board Thursday when free-agent right-hander Doug Fister agreed to terms with the Houston Astros on a one-year contract.
Fister will receive a base salary of $7 million in 2016 with incentives that could raise the total value of the deal to $12 million, according to MLB Daily Dish, which ...Read more
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- The news reached Andre Ethier just as it rippled across the baseball landscape in early December. Zack Greinke text messaged Ethier to let him know he had spurned the Los Angeles Dodgers in free agency and signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Nearly two months later, the departure still stings.
"It hurts big losing ...Read more
Jefry Marte has a new home.
A week after being designated for assignment after the Tigers signed left fielder Justin Upton, the team traded the journeyman infielder to the Angels Wednesday morning for infield prospect Kody Eaves.
Eaves, 22, primarily plays second base and will start this upcoming season at Double-A Erie, general manager Al ...Read more