ESPN.com Jose Quintana is still be a member of the Chicago White Sox, but demand for the 28-year-old left-hander “appears to be as robust as ever,” reports Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago. According to Levine, the Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees are “dug into the sweepstakes" for Quintana. The rebuilding White Sox sent staff ace Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox this offseason and reportedly were seriously interested in dealing Quintana as well. Chicago is believed to be seeking several elite prospects in return for Quintana, whose value is even higher due to his team-friendly contract. Quintana is owed $14.35 million over the next two seasons, and the
PORT ST. LUCIE — Good fortune — or, to be more precise, good scheduling — put me at the Yankees’ Grapefruit League home opener Friday and the same for the Mets on Saturday. The Yankees put on a de facto commercial for their long-term plan, with their young pups displaying promise and, in Aaron Judge’s case, massive power. The Mets? Thankfully for them, in baseball — unlike in that old Head & Shoulders commercial — you do get a second chance to make a first impression. David Wright’s heartwarming return to game action couldn’t carry the Mets’ day (or this column). Not with Lucas Duda missing in action due to ailing hips and with Kevin Plawecki suffering a big scare, one that apparently could have
Wondering what kind of goodies the Rangers are planning on giving out next season? Brace yourself, because we now know the team's 2017 promotional schedule. The highlight by far comes on April 29, when the team will give away 15,000 Adrian Beltre "Dancing Legs" bobbleheads. Not getting the reference? Here you go. The Toadies will hold a postgame concert that same day. Other highlights include two different Elvis Andrus-Rougned Odor high-five bobbleheads (May 13 and July 29), patriotic Rangers caps (May 29), a Cole Hamels superhero bobblehead (June 3), '72 powder blue replica jerseys (July 8), a Pudge Rodriguez bobblehead (August 12) and a Star Wars-themed "Master Lucroy" bobblehead of catcher
Daniel Bard is hoping to pitch his way back to prominence. For a time, Daniel Bard was one of baseball’s most effective and feared relievers. Now the 31-year-old right-hander is scratching and clawing for one more opportunity in the big leagues, which he hopes will come this season with the St. Louis Cardinals.
MESA, AZ — I’ve been covering spring training for eight years, and in just those eight years a lot has changed in the Cactus and Grapefruit League experiences. The parks are bigger and fancier and the vibe is far more akin to a regular season major league one than the intimate and laid back atmosphere most people think of when they picture February and March baseball. Just imagine, however, how much has changed if you’ve been coming to Florida or Arizona for a really long time. “When we first started coming, you could bring your own beer in,” says Don Harper, a lifelong Cubs fan from Kennewick, Washington who spends his winters in Arizona. “You couldn’t bring a cooler, but you could bring a case
TAMPA — One of baseball’s oldest clichés is missing from Yankees camp. “I’ll do anything to help the team,’’ is uttered often when a player or pitcher is asked what position he wants to play, where he would like to hit in the order and whether he prefers being a starter or reliever. That hasn’t been the case in the second and third exhibition games for the Yankees, who have five pitchers vying for the final two spots in Joe Girardi’s rotation. One day after Adam Warren was firm in his stance that he prefers to start, Luis Severino followed with a plea to be in the rotation. “I want to be a starter,’’ Severino said following two solid innings against the Blue Jays’ junior varsity at George M.
PEORIA, Ariz. – Carlos Ruiz can often be seen sitting stoically at his locker, soaking it all in. And at age 38, Ruiz has one of those etched, character-infused faces that serve notice he’s seen it all. Ruiz’s experience, and wisdom, were as much of a lure for the Mariners at this stage of his career as his catching ability, though they are convinced that he still has the goods to catch 60 or more games a year. With a young starter like Mike Zunino, prone to slumps and still learning the craft, they see Ruiz as part-mentor, part-insurance policy. It’s a role he embraces. Ruiz had his decade as the spiritual leader of a special Phillies team, one that made it to two World Series and won one of
As the Cubs and Indians prepared Sunday for what some reporters dubbed "Game 8," Joe Maddon conceded he had not watched any of the replays of the World Series or documentaries on their memorable season. "I really haven't," Maddon said. "You know, you get busy. I didn't do that with the Angels (after their 2002 Series win) or the Rays (after the '08 Series)." So once it's done it's done? "Yeah," he said. "I probably will a couple years from now, but for right now, I'm good. I prefer reruns of TV shows." Maddon reiterated his wish from last spring training, saying he needed to get back to reading more novels. Last year he spent much of his downtime in his RV in Mesa watching the latest developments
Not so long ago, Baseball America ranked Dodgers minor-league first baseman Cody Bellinger, who’s in camp on an non-roster invitee, as the No. 7 overall prospect in all of baseball. On Sunday against Andrew Barbosa of the Brewers, he gave us momentary justification for that lofty standing. Witness the power, followed shortly thereafter by the glory ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. That’s a nifty power-swing right there. Bellinger gets plenty of hip torque and keeps that back elbow in while attacking the ball with a slight uppercut. The extension and follow-through are also present and accounted for. With an assist from Cactus League audio, that one sounded like a rifle report coming off
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Even for a spring training start, it was bad. The Detroit Tigers were hoping this afternoon that Anibal Sanchez could show them something to inspire confidence -- that perhaps he could resemble his front-line form of yesteryear and start competing for the fifth spot in the starting rotation. That did not happen. Sanchez struggled through a disastrous Grapefruit League debut against the Atlanta Braves, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk in one inning. He looked strikingly similar to last season, when he couldn’t be counted on in the starting rotation and was only slightly better in the bullpen. Sanchez allowed all singles and did not record an out until the 24th pitch
The head of the baseball players' union says "that page has been turned" in the spat regarding New York Yankees President Randy Levine and what he said about reliever Dellin Betances' agents. Levine had called Betances a victim of "over-the-top demands based on very little sense of reality" by his representatives at an arbitration hearing on Feb 18. The Yankees beat Betances in the case, and he will be paid $3 million rather than his $5 million request. "Dellin is focused in on the season, we're focused in on the season and look forward to have him continue to do what he's always done, which has been a tremendous contributor to his club and winning on the field," union chief Tony Clark said Sunday.
Jason Kipnis grew up in the northern suburbs and spent most of his early life surrounded by Cubs fans. He knows the culture. He even rehearsed what he would say to dejected Cubs fans had his Cleveland Indians ruined their trip to the World Series last fall. So Kipnis thought he was prepared — until that early morning at O’Hare in November. There was Kipnis — still stinging from that Game 7, extra-inning loss to the Cubs. There was the Cubs fan — clearly delighted to come face to face with the Indians star who could have ended Game 7 after getting a lollipop slider from Aroldis Chapman, but fouled off the gift-wrapped pitch instead. The fan yelled, “Go, Cubs, Go!” after spotting Kipnis and Kipnis
Matt Moore kept it simple in his first spring start for the San Francisco Giants. Moore struck out three in 1 1/3 innings and the Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-5 on Sunday. ''I told Nick (Hundley, his catcher) let's just go with what's working and what's going to get guys out,'' Moore said.
Despite not yet hitting free agency, the Angels are rumored to be interested in acquiring Mike Moustakas’ services next offseason, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal. Moustakas will finish up a two-year deal worth $14.3 million at the end of this season, that was originally signed to avoid arbitration. The 28-year old Moustakas will be hitting free agency for the first time this coming offseason. Of course, unless the Royals are able to work out a deal with their third baseman during the season; an option that seems to be slipping in likelihood. According to a report from Bob Nightengale, the Royals may wait until the offseason to deal with all of their pending free agents. Royals’ general
Josh Hamilton’s season will be delayed once again due to knee issues. NOT AGAIN: Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton’s comeback attempt has been put on hold once again. Hamilton underwent surgery to repair meniscus cartilage in his left knee.
SURPRISE, Ariz. - The Kansas City Royals talk about it, but only when asked. They think about it, but only when it's brought to their attention. They grasp the significance of it, but refuse to let it distract them. Free agency hovers over the Royals’ spring training camp more than any other team in baseball, with four members of their nucleus a half-year away from having the right to leave and never return. It’s essential for the Royals to have a strong start to their season, avoiding a breakup that would happen much earlier than anyone desires. The strategy is quite simple: Win and remain in the race, and the team will stay together for the entire season, vying for its third American League
New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Starlin Castro has heard the rumors and knows Gleyber Torres is coming. But Castro is paying it forward. Similar to how Alfonso Soriano mentored him in the Cubs’ system, Castro is mentoring Torres. Before and after games, the two can often be found together. Hopefully Castro doesn’t pass off his “swing at everything in the dirt” methodology of baseball. New York Post | Phil Mushnick: This coming May, the Yankees are planning on officially retiring Jeter’s number. This is being dubbed by some as Derek Jeter Night, but might as well be called Shameless Greed Night. That May 14th night, one thing will be proven once more. The Yankees will be out to suck every nickel
JUPITER, Fla. • When Cardinals reliever Matt Bowman arrived at the team’s spring training facility, he made a quick scan of the clubhouse and did not find his locker, not until he peered behind a column to see No. 67 hanging on the back wall. He joked that maybe it was a message. “Good motivator,” he said. “I’m one spot less than I was the year before. So, it’s even harder to make the team this year.” There is both tradition and reason when it comes to locker assignments at Cardinals spring training. One side of the room, closest to the entrance to the showers, is chocked with minor-leaguers who have little or no major-league experience. The other side is big-leaguers. Primo spots – closest to
Scott Van Slyke held his right hand in front of his face. He was trying to demonstrate his physical limitations in 2016. The wrist should be able to bend backwards 90 degrees, inverted “like you hold a pizza,” he said inside the Dodgers clubhouse at Camelback Ranch one day last week. In 2016, before he underwent arthroscopic surgery, his right wrist could not flex like that. He could only bend it a few degrees, not nearly enough to control the path of his bat or the direction of his relays from the outfield or, really, much of anything. “I could have played through it,” Van Slyke said. “But I wasn’t accurate with my throws. I wasn’t a benefit defensively, like I could have been, if I was healthy.
The Red Sox have a revamped room at Fenway just made for sleeping. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe) Boston’s rotation is loaded at the top, but just ask Philadelphia if that works all the time. (Scott Lauber; ESPN) According to Evan Drellich, the best way to set out the rotation situation is to send Eduardo Rodriguez to Triple-A. (Evan Drellich; Boston Herald) Is this the year we’ll see Xander Bogaerts reach his full potential? (Matt Kory; BP Boston) Andrew Benintendi’s arm is his biggest weakness, and it’s what he’s working on this spring. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal) His first spring game did not go well, but there’s no reason to worry about Tyler Thornburg. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has been diagnosed with a strained rotator cuff in his right shoulder, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. Kipnis has received a cortisone shot and will be shut down from throwing for the next four to five days. There’s a lot of spring left, so it’s perfectly sensible for the Indians to play it safe with their star player. The club already had Kipnis on a shoulder strengthening program. Kipnis, 29, helped the Indians to the playoffs after batting .275/.343/.469 with 23 home runs, 92 RBI, 91 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 688 plate appearances during the regular season last year. He then helped the Indians reach Game 7 of the World Series against the Cubs,
The fact that the baseball season gets boiled down from a 162-game regular season into a best-of-five short series in October demonstrates a simple truth about the game: The best team doesn’t always win. The 2003 Florida Marlins went into the postseason as the wild card, winning 91 games and taking on the San Francisco Giants in the NLDS. The Marlins had been a fairly mediocre team for the majority of the season, with a 70-63 record going into play on August 29.
The Orioles will be on TV for the first time this year and most of their real lineup will be playing. Unless youve gone down to Florida, you havent been able to actually watch any of the Orioles action so far this spring. For those outside of Orioles territory, the game will air on MLB Network.
Theres no television coverage of this afternoons game against the Twins, but you can listen to the Nationals in Fort Myers, FL via MLB.com or Sirius/XM radio. Youll have to wait until Tuesday afternoon, when MASN returns with coverage, to see the Washington Nationals in Grapefruit League action, but you can listen to todays game with the Minnesota Twins and tomorrows matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals via MLB.com and Sirius/XM satellite radio. Today in Fort Myers, Floridas CenturyLink Sports Complex, the Nats and Twins meet up at 1:05 PM EST with A.J. Cole on the mound against right-hander Trevor May.
For the first time in nearly a decade, there is a void in the Rangers' spring training in Surprise, Ari. The Dutch Oven himself Derek Holland is not with the Rangers after leaving to join the Chicago White Sox this offseason, although not without a heartfelt good-bye to Rangers fans. But if you thought perhaps a change of scenery would lessen Holland's appetite for fun, you thought wrong. The starting pitcher is still as goofy as he ever was with the Rangers, as evidenced by this video from White Sox picture day.