MESA, Ariz. -- As spring training moves into high gear this week, here are three things we've learned from Cubs camp.
1. Ryan Dempster's ready to start his new chapter as a talk-show host.
Coming soon to a TV near you -- well, if your cable company carries the Marquee Sports Network -- is the Ryan Dempster Show.
The former Cubs pitcher and ...Read more
NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Marcell Ozuna joined his new teammates at Braves camp on Sunday, meeting many of them for the first time. It marked the unofficial beginning to what the player and team hope is a fruitful partnership.
The slugging outfielder, signed to a one-year, $18 million deal last month, possesses an element critical to the team's ...Read more
PEORIA, Ariz. -- In the days after the 2019 season mercifully came to an end, and before the offseason truly began for players not in the postseason, Scott Servais wanted to talk with Yusei Kikuchi.
The manager and the rookie pitcher, along with Kikuchi's translator at the time, met for breakfast in Seattle to discuss what went right and all ...Read more
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Luis Robert has a tattoo on the left side of his neck.
"It means 'warrior' in Chinese," Robert said through an interpreter Sunday. "As a Cuban, when you leave the island, you know that you are going to face a lot of challenges, tougher challenges. I consider myself a warrior."
Robert, 22, is ready to unleash that mentality ...Read more
NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred had some words of warning for pitchers seeking retribution against the Houston Astros for their illegal sign-stealing scheme that aided their 2017 World Series championship.
It was delivered Sunday to the managers of the 15 Florida-based teams and will be repeated Tuesday when Manfred meets ...Read more
NORTH PORT, Fla. -- The Pirates' free-agent acquisition of center fielder Jarrod Dyson last week pushed their projected 2020 payroll north of $51 million, according to Spotrac.com -- $51,148,500, to be exact.
Only the Marlins ($46.3 million) and Orioles ($45.5 million) are lower, while the Rays ($60 million) are projected to spend nearly $9 ...Read more
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Jim Crane has two of the things many others would crave having.
He is wildly rich, a billionaire, and also carries a single-digit handicap on the golf course, a low single-digit.
Bang loudly on a trash can if you would like to have both of those things.
That's a lot of banging.
He also has ownership of an MLB franchise and...Read more
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Joe Palumbo is bound to lose weight this spring, as most players do, but he might lose more than anyone else on the Texas Rangers' roster.
The left-hander doesn't have Valley Fever or a stomach bug. He's probably strong than he has ever been, and still will be that way once the regular season starts.
Palumbo is doing to drop...Read more
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Aaron Nola's first impression of the Phillies' new pitching coach: He isn't the old pitching coach.
That's a good thing, by the way, as far as Nola is concerned. The Phillies ace is on his fourth pitching coach in as many seasons and, well, let's just say that he preferred the traditional approach of experienced Bob McClure ...Read more
SARASOTA, Fla. -- It was as if Hanser Alberto slipped into the Orioles starting lineup last year while no one was looking.
How else do you explain the unlikely ascent of a guy who was employed by four teams during the previous offseason, didn't stick on the O's roster until March and ended up as the team's leading hitter?
Even now, if you look...Read more
MESA, Ariz. -- Javier Baez has emerged as one of the most dominant forces in the National League during the last three seasons, and the dazzling shortstop is adamant about helping set a tone to prevent more lapses that led to the Cubs' disappointing 2019 season and Joe Maddon's departure.
Baez admitted Sunday he was part of a group that took ...Read more
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Alex Verdugo left a mark in his first visit to Fenway Park, and not just with the four hits, including a homer, two RBIs and strong throw to gun down a runner at the plate in two games there for the Los Angeles Dodgers last July.
"A lot of people wouldn't know this, but growing up, my favorite team was the Boston Red Sox -- ...Read more
PHOENIX -- The Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse at Camelback Ranch was sparsely populated Saturday when an interview with Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, the latest chapter in a saga that refuses to fade, was shown on the televisions in the middle of the room.
A day after several Dodgers voiced candid opinions on the Astros' cheating ...Read more
MESA, Ariz. -- A candid Kris Bryant admitted to being somewhat surprised about returning to the Cubs but stressed his desire to stay in Chicago after losing his service-time grievance while also correcting false reports about contract offers and blasting the Astros for their sign-stealing scandal.
During an expansive news conference Saturday ...Read more
Carlos Correa has a message for Cody Bellinger: The Houston Astros won the 2017 World Series "fair and square."
Bellinger made headlines Friday by ripping the Astros, who defeated the Dodgers in seven games to win that championship but have since been exposed for using a sign-stealing scheme in 2017 and part of 2018. "Everyone knows they stole ...Read more
Spring camp just opened this week, but the Indians already have news that fans won't like, as it was announced that Mike Clevinger underwent knee surgery on Friday.
Clevinger hurt his knee while training at the team's complex in Goodyear, Ariz., on Wednesday and on Thursday was diagnosed with a partial tear of his left medial meniscus. Dr. Tim ...Read more
Once star-studded teammates with the New York Yankees, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter could potentially re-kindle their baseball rivalry from the owner's box.
According to the New Post, Rodriguez has emerged as a potential buyer for the New York Mets. The report says A-Rod is "kicking the tires" on joining an upcoming bidding for the franchise....Read more
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers are brimming with optimism about the 2020 season. They just added Mookie Betts and David Price to a roster teeming with talent. They are the overwhelming favorites to win the National League pennant. Winning their eighth straight division title should not be even a slight challenge.
But the Dodgers did not spend ...Read more
MESA, Ariz. -- Tony Kemp isn't one to make a grand entrance upon arrival to a new team. The 28-year-old new Oakland Athletic will take introductions slow, teammate by teammate.
But one Athletic took Kemp aside on his own. Pitcher Mike Fiers wanted to talk with his former Houston Astros teammate -- a teammate he celebrated a 2017 World Series ...Read more
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- There aren't many ways to significantly improve a 106-win team during an offseason, but the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled it off this week by acquiring Mookie Betts and David Price from the Boston Red Sox days before spring training.
The move, though not executed as smoothly the Dodgers hoped, was a booming conclusion to what ...Read more
- Apology from Houston Astros shows they don't care they cheated. After all, they won.
- How a 4,000-calorie 'Cup of Joe' helped Texas Rangers rookie Palumbo pack on pounds
- Big arms, big potential, big expectations. Texas Rangers pitchers to watch this spring.
- Javier Baez admits he was one of several Cubs who weren't totally ready before games: 'You can lose in the first inning'
- Aaron Nola on new Phillies pitching coach Bryan Price: 'He's not going to change how the game is played'