CHICAGO -- Where's Bryce Harper?
"He's not signing here," a smiling Kris Bryant said when asked about his fellow Las Vegas native and friend before the opening ceremony of the Cubs Convention on Friday night at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.
For the record, Bryant never asked Harper about his future plans despite the two frequently appearing in ...Read more
CHICAGO -- The Cubs are banking on their offense rebounding from a second-half skid that resulted in an abrupt elimination from the playoffs. Most of that faith is in a young core of batters whose performances, with the exception of Javier Baez, dipped in some form last year.
With Addison Russell serving a 40-game suspension for violating Major...Read more
As the oldest of six children, Daniel Descalso realized the importance of setting a good example.
"I'm very proud of all my kids," George Descalso said. "The first one teaches you a lot about what to expect.
"(Daniel) was a natural leader. We tried to teach our kids early is on time and on time is late. He's always (on time)."
And after ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon has conducted meetings this week with his revamped coaching staff that includes Anthony Iapoce, the team's third hitting coach in as many seasons.
But before serving spaghetti to more than 125 homeless Chicagoans as part of his annual "Thanksmas" event, Maddon denied a report from New York that the Cubs "caved...Read more
BALTIMORE -- Absent anything but a 2014 American League East championship banner and a couple of good years of attendance, the most lasting relic from the early-to-mid-decade Orioles clubs that now seem a distant memory was established three years ago Wednesday: the seven-year, $161 million contract with two-time home run king Chris Davis.
At ...Read more
It's the middle of January, four weeks until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, and roughly 150 free agents remain unsigned. Clearly, nobody is in any hurry.
But, in many ways, the rest of the Phillies' offseason hinges on the outcome of the Manny Machado-Bryce Harper saga.
If the Phillies sign one of the 26-year-old megastars --...Read more
Eric Skoglund, who figured to compete for the Royals' starting rotation this season, will be suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Skoglund, 26, made 14 appearances with 13 starts for the Royals last season, finishing with a 5.14 ERA and a 1-6 record. The left-handed pitcher ...Read more
Hall of Fame Reds radio announcer Marty Brennaman announced Wednesday he plans to retire after the coming season, his 46th with the team.
Cubs fans may know Brennaman, 76, best as father of Thom Brennaman, 55, who called Cubs games from 1990-95 and is now a fellow Reds broadcaster among other responsibilities.
Cubs fans also may recall when ...Read more
Kyler Murray has officially decided for the NFL draft, but this baseball vs. football saga is only just beginning.
Monday's deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft really only cleared up the football side of things for Murray with a result that became an expectation for the A's over the past week. The true deadline for Murray ...Read more
It appears the Twins and Byron Buxton will avoid arbitration, as he closes in on a one-year contract worth around $1.7 million.
Two sources close to the negotiations confirmed the deal, which comes as major league teams try to reach contracts with arbitration-eligible players before Friday's filing deadline.
Buxton made $580,000 last season, ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Angels will not require arbitration hearings for right-handed pitchers J.C. Ramirez and Nick Tropeano. Both are coming back from arm problems.
Ramirez agreed to a one-year deal for $1,901,000 and Tropeano agreed in principle with a one-year contract for $1.075 million, according to a person with knowledge of the ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Nicky Delmonico gets a kick when someone plants a rubber snake in the White Sox clubhouse to scare a teammate, so he appreciates the next-level pranking that "The Carbonaro Effect" has pulled on unsuspecting Sox fans.
On Thursday night's episode on TruTV, Delmonico and teammate Daniel Palka, another fan of the show, join comedian ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Angels and the city of Anaheim are expected to agree to a one-year extension of the team's lease at Angel Stadium, which would keep the team in Anaheim through the 2020 season.
The Anaheim City Council is expected to consider the extension at its meeting Tuesday. Harry Sidhu, the city's new mayor, plans to ...Read more
SEATTLE -- With spring training looming just a month away, the Mariners are continuing to add final pieces to their 40-man roster in preparation for the 2019 season.
Major League Baseball sources confirm that infielder Tim Beckham and reliever Cory Gearrin have agreed to one-year big league contracts -- meaning both will be added to the 40-man ...Read more
CHICAGO -- The White Sox made it official Thursday, announcing they agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with free-agent outfielder Jon Jay.
The addition of Jay, along with the team's trade with the Indians last month for first baseman Yonder Alonso, has added to speculation that the Sox are going full tilt on free-agent target Manny ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Bryce Harper is already plenty familiar with Citizens Bank Park, so it makes sense that the Phillies will visit his hometown Saturday as they play their hand in Las Vegas at the Harper sweepstakes.
The Phillies will meet with Harper himself, and they are expected to be the highest bidder for his services. John Middleton is not ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers added a reliever to their roster by acquiring right-handed pitcher Jaime Schultz from Tampa Bay in exchange for minor-league pitcher Caleb Sampen.
Schultz, 27, posted a 5.64 earned-run average for the Rays in 2018. He struck out 10.4 batters per nine innings, but walked five batters per nine innings. ...Read more
The Phillies will visit Bryce Harper's hometown on Saturday for a sales pitch as they fly to Las Vegas to continue their pursuit of the superstar free agent, according to a source.
The meeting, first reported by USA Today, is the team's second high-profile presentation in three weeks after the Phillies hosted Manny Machado last month at ...Read more
The White Sox added another potential closer to their bullpen by signing former Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera to a two-year, $18 million deal.
Herrera has a 2.82 career ERA, including a 2.75 ERA with the Royals from 2011-18. He posted a 1.05 ERA in 27 outings in 2018 before being dealt to the Nationals in June. He struggled in 21 outings for ...Read more
SEATTLE -- The Mariners are opposing an attempt by their former high performance director, Dr. Lorena Martin, to quash a pending arbitration case over her firing and salary owed.
In a motion filed Friday in King County Superior Court, the team contends Martin's claims the arbitration case violates her rights to be heard in open court are ...Read more
- Kris Bryant: 'It's not good' that prized free agent Bryce Harper remains unsigned
- 'The Cubs got the perfect guy': Daniel Descalso brings leadership skills and versatility to Wrigley Field
- 5 Cubs hitters who can improve in 2019
- Joe Maddon denies report that Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo urged Chili Davis' firing
- Three years after Chris Davis' record contract with Orioles, ramifications for club, baseball only grow
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