SAN DIEGO -- The MLB commissioner's office has interviewed more than 50 witnesses and reviewed more than 70,000 emails and additional messages as it looks into the Houston Astros' high-tech sign-stealing scheme.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said the initial round has created the need for follow-up interviews, which will push the investigation into ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Five months after Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died in a hotel room with two opioids in his bloodstream, Major League Baseball and its players union have agreed on a new drug policy that will add opioid testing for major leaguers and marijuana use will not be punished in the major or minor leagues.
The policy, which ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- The only area the Dodgers have specifically sought to upgrade this offseason is the bullpen. As president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman described it, the need to bolster a relief corps is "omnipresent."
The Dodgers were specifically looking for someone they believe could dominate batters in the later innings. On Wednesday,...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- The Braves surely are exploring unpredictable avenues, but they've been clear about their hopes to supplement their lineup with power. The addition could come at third base or the outfield; it could be re-signing Josh Donaldson or bringing in an alternative.
"It's fair to say we'd like to do something for the middle of the order," ...Read more
Agent Scott Boras said he's unsure whether Kris Bryant will be on the Cubs' Opening-Day roster.
So Boras is preparing his client for an array of scenarios -- including a possible trade as speculation spreads like brush fire at the winter meetings.
"We talk to Kris all the time," Boras told reporters Tuesday during a 52-minute briefing. "Kris ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- It might wind up being only a short stop for Didi Gregorius, but the Phillies have found their shortstop for 2020.
Gregorius and the Phillies agreed to terms on a one-year contract, a source confirmed Tuesday as the winter meetings continued here at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. The deal is reportedly worth $14 million, which would ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- The Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday traded veteran infielder Zack Cozart and 2019 first-round draft pick Will Wilson to the San Francisco Giants for cash or a player to be named, clearing space on the payroll and roster as negotiations heat up at baseball's winter meetings.
Cozart, 34, signed a three-year contract as a free agent ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Baseball super-agent Scott Boras made an extended metaphor about major league teams as different species of birds Tuesday at the winter meetings, but his comments on one bird in particular -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis -- were straightforward.
The representative that negotiated Davis' massive seven-year, $161 million ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- After years of slowed-down signings in free agency and a general cooling of baseball's hot stove, the winter meetings kicked off Monday with a flurry of activity and World Series Most Valuable Player Stephen Strasburg re-signing with the Washington Nationals for a record contract.
But as the player movement that's made the baseball...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Tommy Pham effectively passed a series of physicals this weekend, but the Padres' trade for the outfielder remains in limbo due to the team's lingering concerns over the health of his elbow.
"We're still working through some final details but hope to have some clarity on that in the next 24 hours," General Manager A.J. Preller said...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- For the past year, if not longer, the general assumption when it came to the Texas Rangers' finances was that ownership was biding its time for 2020.
The new ballpark, with the roof the owners wanted, would be ready for play.
The rebuild would be further along, with more known about the young players on the roster and with the ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- As the baseball world came together here Monday for the start of the winter meetings, the Phillies put a bow on their first big piece of offseason business.
Five days after reaching agreement on contract terms with free-agent pitcher Zack Wheeler, the Phillies finalized the five-year, $118 million deal. The 29-year-old right-hander...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- The Cubs finalized their 2020 coaching staff Monday by appointing Kyle Evans as senior director of major-league data and development and shifting Will Venable from first base coach to third base coach.
Venable, the first base coach the last two seasons, moved after the hiring of Craig Driver as first base/catching coach last month....Read more
SAN DIEGO -- The Washington Nationals, weeks removed from winning their first World Series title, arrived at baseball's winter meetings Sunday facing crucial decisions. Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon, two of their best players, were free agents. Clubs, including the Dodgers, were in pursuit and the prices would be high. Last week, owner ...Read more
When members of Mike Shildt's major-league staff begin contacting position players next week to discuss reports delivered this week and discuss how they'll prepare for this spring, the information will all be individualized, but the first question won't be.
"It's always going to be: 'What do you think?'" Shildt, the Cardinals' manager, said ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- The last time the Baseball Winter Meetings were in San Diego, A.J. Preller walked out of his temporary home at the Marriott Gaslamp Quarter each day, made his way toward Harbor Drive and entered the Manchester Grand Hyatt, where he launched a transformation of the Padres roster.
He didn't officially consummate any trades during ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- As Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos readies for baseball's winter meetings, which open Monday in San Diego, most of his to-do boxes are already checked.
Anthopoulos has wasted no time since the World Series concluded. He added All-Star reliever Will Smith on a healthy $13 million-a-year commitment. He retained seasoned ...Read more
The Twins might have to adjust.
The goal of the AL Central Division champions, entering the offseason, was clearly to upgrade the starting rotation.
They got Jake Odorizzi to accept a one-year, $17.8 million deal on a qualifying offer, keeping him with fellow All-Star Jose Berrios.
But so far, they have been unable to land the impact ...Read more
CHICAGO -- If the Cubs were to re-sign Nicholas Castellanos, they would bring back a player who was their most productive hitter for the last two months of the 2019 season after they acquired him in a trade-deadline deal with the Tigers, sparking an offense that had struggled for the first two-thirds of the season.
But "it's more complicated ...Read more
This much can be expected from general manager Jerry Dipoto and the Mariners at the upcoming Major League Baseball winter meetings -- he won't be making trades from a hospital bed like last year.
He might not make any trades at this year's winter meetings.
With all of baseball gathering in downtown San Diego for the annual event that brings ...Read more
- Boras says 'our ears are open' to a Bryant long-term extension with Cubs, but they're also preparing for other scenarios
- A look at some higher-profile options to fill Braves' power void
- Texas Rangers' plan for winter meetings, pursuit of Rendon buoyed by gains in 2019
- Phillies, shortstop Didi Gregorius agree to one-year contract, source says
- Angels trade Zack Cozart and prospect Will Wilson to Giants