Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer
Sixteen non-roster invites to spring training for the Red Sox.
Sixteen non-roster invites to spring training for the Red Sox.
Former A.L. MVP Josh Donaldson talks about the difference between nerves and adrenaline in golf and baseball. Advice on equipment when watching him golf?
Re-signing utilityman Howie Kendrick (for two years and $7 million) is the latest reflection that new Nationals skipper Dave Martinez is going to wind up managing almost entirely the same team Dusty Baker had a shot with last year. The biggest change will be a full season with a healed up Adam Eaton, while the most notable camp competition might be for the last slot in the rotation, with NRIs Edwin Jackson and Tommy Milone and prospect Erick Fedde in the mix.
Teams that have spoken with the Pirates have gotten the sense that GM Neal Huntington will be more receptive to trade offers for Andrew McCutchen now that Gerrit Cole has departed for Houston via trade. The Giants are among several clubs that have maintained a dialogue with Pittsburgh on McCutchen, who is a free agent at the end of the 2018 season.
Getting Gerrit Cole from the Pirates is great news for the Astros at almost any price (with Joe Musgrove and Colin Moran the named pieces so far). If they can work with him to get similar results as they did with Justin Verlander, weep for the rest of the AL West for the next two years. Scratch one landing spot for Yu Darvish, and watch to see how soon Andrew McCutchen gets dealt from Pittsburgh as well.
Toronto Blue Jays Josh Donaldson explains how he found out about his new deal, and how it affected his game... his golf game!
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts says Sammy Sosa needs to "put everything on the table" in reference to steroid use during his playing days before he can be welcomed back to the team. Also said he's sympathetic to players of that era but the truth is needed before the page can be turned.
Theo Epstein admits the Cubs are still looking to add to their team. They've been linked to Arrieta, Darvish and Cobb this offseason: "We're not done, " Epstein said. "We certainly would like to add another pitcher. I like our talent but we can add to the depth. You can do that through depth moves or you can do it through adding another real quality pitcher and bolster the depth more that way."
Theo Epstein, on the slow moving free agent market which he ties to the slow moving trade market as well: "Teams are trying to position themselves the best way they can, probably with one eye on next year's free agent market and trying to get their payroll where they want it to be. It's probably a combination of factors but I don't know we've seen anything quite like this."
Kyle Hendricks called his $4 million+ contract for 2018 as "life changing." He said he plays the game for fun but it's good to see the hard work pay off.
Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo catch up at the Cubs convention.
Watch Kris Bryant respond to setting a first year arbitration record after agreeing to terms with the Cubs on a $10.85 mil deal for 2018.
In all likelihood, Mookie Betts is eyeing the salary range of Kris Bryant, who today set a first-year arbitration record with a $10.85 million settlement. Betts lacks Bryant's Rookie of the Year and MVP awards, but has two Gold Gloves and the same number of top-10 MVP finishes (two) and All-Star Game appearances (two). Betts is projected to make $8.2 million, according to MLB Trade Rumors.
A sea of Cubs fans await the doors opening for the start of the team's annual fan convention. The Cubs say there will be no surprise announcements this weekend as they continue to talk with free agent pitchers.
After initialing filing for arbitration both Kris Bryant and Addison Russell settled with the Cubs on one year deals for 2018 with Bryant receiving a record for a first time arb eligible player. The Cubs will pay him $10.85 million next season while Russell will receive $3.2 million. Justin Grimm remains the only unsigned arb eligible player.
A tidy rundown of the Red Sox's arbitration settlements today: LHP Drew Pomeranz, $8.5M; SS Xander Bogaerts, $7.05M; Jackie Bradley Jr., $6.1M; Joe Kelly, $3.825M; Eduardo Rodriguez, $2.375M; Brock Holt, $2.225M; Sandy Leon, $1.95M; Christian Vazquez, $1.45M; Brandon Workman, $835,000.
Manny Machado reached agreement with the Baltimore Orioles on a one-year, $16 million contract Friday afternoon to avoid a salary arbitration hearing in February. Machado will be eligible for free agency after the 2018 season.
Xander Bogaerts will make $7.05 million this year. Bogaerts was in his second year of arbitration eligibility. He made $4.5 million with the Red Sox last season.
Red Sox announce they have avoided arbitration with all but one of their eligible players. Mookie Betts still hasn't reached an agreement. Betts made $950,000 last year and is in his first year of arbitration eligibility.
The Cubs came to an agreement on contracts for 2018 with three arbitration eligible players while three more will file and exchange salary figures with the team. Scott Boras' clients Kris Bryant and Addison Russell filed today as did reliever Justin Grimm. The sides can still work out deals before hearings take place in Feb. Meanwhile, Kyle Hendricks (4.175 mil), Justin Wilson (4.25), and Tommy La Stella (950k) all agreed to terms for '18. The Cubs have never needed an arbitration hearing for a player under the current front office.
Matt Harvey avoided a salary arbitration hearing when he reached agreement on a one-year, $5.625 million deal with the New York Mets. That's a $500,000 increase over Harvey's salary in 2017, when he went 5-7 with a 6.70 ERA in 19 appearances.
Ernesto Jerez, Carolina Guillén y Enrique Rojas están ya en la República Dominicana compartiendo esta mañana con los medios en la sede de Claro. Béisbol Esta Noche entregará el Premio Juan Marichal 2017 al 3B de los Indios de Cleveland José Ramírez como el dominicano más destacado de la temporada 2017 de las Grandes Ligas. Por segundo año consecutivo el programa principal de béisbol de habla hispana se produce en la República Dominicana.
Aaron Hicks avoided a salary arbitration hearing with the Yankees when he settled on a one-year, $2.825 million contract Thursday. Hicks, 28, enjoyed a nice breakout with a .266/.372/.475 slash line in 88 games in 2017. He is expected to log significant playing time in center field this season.
Watch new Cub and former Ray, Steve Cishek, discuss former teammates, Alex Cobb and Chris Archer.
Only Joe Maddon can include Leonardo da Vinci in a conversation about his team. Watch him dub da Vinci the first "Super U."