Time is running out for Red Sox's Rusney Castillo
Three years after signing a $72.5 million deal, Rusney Castillo is an afterthought in camp after failing to meet the lofty expectations put on him.
Bryce Harper says he's over 2016; maybe it's time to start listening
Nationals star Bryce Harper came to camp ready to keep last year in the rear-view mirror. Whatever the reason for his down season, he's moving on.
Mark Melancon ready to lead Giants' new-look pen
After last year's epic bullpen breakdown, the Giants turned the page and signed Mark Melancon to lead a new crew for late-game relief. Will his arrival cure what ailed them?
The Diamondbacks signed former Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa to a minor-league contract. De La Rosa is the Rockies all-time leader in wins (86) and strikeouts (985) and ranks in the top 3 in franchise history in WAR for pitchers, WHIP, win percentage, K per 9 and starts.
Tony Clark of the Players Association is holding a news conference today in Arizona. When asked if MLB players would ever consider a proposal to start an inning with a runner in second base when a game goes to extra innings, he responded with a flat "no."
Albom remembers Mike Ilitch's legacy.
Mitch Albom pays tribute to Detroit's own Mike Ilitch, remembering his impact as an owner on the city and on both the Tigers and Red Wings.
The Yankees have a minor league deal with Jon Niese, pending his physical, a source confirms. Niese was 8-7 with a 5.50 ERA last year. He will be an extra arm in camp with an outside chance to make the rotation. The New York Post first mentioned the signing.
Will Dexter Fowler's defense travel to St. Louis?
The Cardinals signed the star center fielder to improve their defensive metrics, but the plan only works if he lives up to his 2016 production.
Andrew McCutchen remains face of the Pirates, but for how long?
After a rough 2016, a winter of trade rumors and now a shift to right field, Andrew McCutchen is back. But if he can return to stardom, are there enough bucks to keep him with the Bucs?
The art of the tag.
Tim Kurkjian, Jessica Mendoza, and Aaron Boone breakdown the art of tagging someone attempting to steal a base and why players such as Javier Baez and J.J. Hardy make it look easy.
Marlins dismayed but resolute over Fernandez
The toxicology report from the Jose Fernandez boating accident changes nothing about how those closest to him on the Marlins will remember him, they say.
Did Joe Maddon break Bryce Harper?
In four not-so-fun days in Chicago last May, Bryce Harper batted 19 times and got 13 free passes. Incredibly, the weekend of walks took a toll on his entire season. Now, Bryce must battle back.
Cubs enlisting fans to hand out WS rings.
The Cubs will be handing out their World Series rings on April 12th and are enlisting the help of their fans. They're going to select 20 fans from an online Twitter contest called "#cubsringbearer" to help hand out the rings.
Fowler doesn't expect Durant treatment at Wrigley.
Dexter Fowler hopes his contribution to the Cubs' World Series victory will be enough for Chicago fans to spare him the Durant treatment when he returns to Wrigley field.
Injury comebacks worth watching this spring
Can Matt Harvey be an ace again? Will the legend of Kyle Schwarber grow? Here are the big names due back with something to prove.
Minnesota Twins right-handed pitcher Trevor May has joined Canadian esports organization Luminosity Gaming as a brand ambassador and will stream under the team's banner on gaming live streaming platform Twitch, May and Luminosity announced Friday. May tells ESPN he is not currently financially invested in the team, but that option has been discussed for the future.
How the Tribe are refueling after grueling postseason
Injuries, innings and even drones took their toll on Cleveland's arms in 2016. If the Indians can put those issues in the past, they could pitch their way to a World Series title.
Jon Lester working on his throws to first base. Cubs have talked to him about one-hopping throws because Anthony Rizzo will either catch it or block it. Ball won't end up in stands.
Swisher, 2 years after last MLB game, retires
Nick Swisher has officially retired from baseball after a 12-year major league playing career that included a World Series title with the Yankees.
Yankees president Randy Levine just criticized the agent for Dellin Betances for taking him to arbitration. Among other things, Levine called Betances a "victim" of his agent, Jim Murray, basically saying that Murray's proposal of $5 million was delusional. An arbitrator gave Betances $3 million, which was the Yankees' number.
Red Sox owners to team: Be like Tom Brady, Patriots
John Henry and Tom Werner, celebrating 15 years as the team's bosses, shared a simple plan for their players in their annual spring-training address.
A day after putting his Opening Day status in question, Nats ace Max Scherzer throws off flat ground.
Clayton Kershaw lets it fly during his second bullpen session of the spring. The lefty says he is feeling strong and has expressed his desire to reach 200 innings again this season.
Manfred committed to limiting 'dead time' in games.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred explains the potential rule changes the league can use to increase the pace of the game.
Villar to play second for Brewers, eyes big season
After playing only 14 games at second base in his brief major league career, Jonathan Villar better get used to it. He will man the position for the Milwaukee Brewers moving forward.
Can the Cubs repeat their brand of all-time awesome on defense?
Following their historic performance of stifling opponents' bats, do the world champs have a shot at doubling down and delivering again afield?
Here's Nats righty Stephen Strasburg throwing off a mound on the first official day of workouts. Strasburg's 2016 season ended in early September due to a flexor strain.
Which team made all the right moves to win in 2017?
The Red Sox nabbed their ace and the White Sox made two huge trades, but there was another team that won the hot stove league by playing winter like a game of chess.
Pirates LHP Watson gets $5.6M in arbitration loss
Reliever Tony Watson has lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in salary arbitration and will make $5.6 million this year rather than $6 million.
Dellin Betances will not report to Yankees camp until Friday because of his arbitration case. Technically, he has until February 22nd to show without any consequences. Betances requested $5 million, Yankees have offered $3M. Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said "the numbers were just too far apart" to reach an agreement.
Marlins face tough takeaways after losing Jose Fernandez
As they enter spring training without Jose Fernandez, Don Mattingly has a message to his young team about what they should learn from its former ace's death: "We're not bulletproof."
Verlander points to health as key for Tigers.
Justin Verlander thinks the Tigers can accomplish a lot this season as long as the team stays healthy.
Twins' Hughes keeps rib as surgery souvenir
Twins pitcher Phil Hughes kept his rib as a souvenir after having thoracic outlet syndrome surgery last year.
Arrieta hopes to remain a Cub beyond 2017
Jake Arrieta is hopeful of working out a new contract with the Cubs before he becomes eligible for free agency after the 2017 season, yet he also realizes this could be his final year in Chicago.
A-Rod, Swisher among Yanks' guest instructors
The Yankees' spring training guest instructors this season will include Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher.
The state of baseball's best teams
Are the Cubs positioned to repeat, or is another contender ready to steal the crown? We examine where MLB's elite stand heading into 2017.
- Betances: Levine's arbitration remarks 'unfair'
- Kershaw to tie Dodgers mark on Opening Day
- Indians taking slow approach with ace Kluber
- Longoria: 'I'll never get over losing' Forsythe
- Weaver, Padres agree to 1-year, $3M deal
- Trout takes subtle dig at Christie over Phils jab
- Bold predictions for spring training
Keith Law ranks the top 100 prospects of 2017. Who's ready to make their move from star on the farm to MLB regular, and who's on the way there?
The MLB season is right around the corner. Here's the schedule for spring training and beyond.
From the mound to behind the plate to the corners and every position in between, Buster Olney ranks the 10 best players and position groups in baseball.