Seattle outfielder Eric Filia, the Mariners' No. 22 prospect, has been suspended 100 games following a third positive drug test. Kansas City pitcher Jon Perrin and Boston pitcher Chase Shugart were suspended 50 games for positive drug tests.
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Chris Sale, who is reportedly in talks to sign a 5-year, $145 million contract extension with Sox, was scheduled to start in his last Grapefruit League game today, but he was scratched. Dan Runzler will be on the mound instead.
Left-hander Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a contract extension, pending a physical next week, league sources confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Passan.
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Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox are working toward a long-term contract extension. The Boston Globe first reported that the sides are getting close to a deal. If completed, the deal likely to be in the five-year, $150 million range, league sources tell ESPN - Jeff Passan
Buster & Karl Ravech discuss the activity in the NL Central, new-wave philosophies in front offices and much more (4:13). Plus, Marly Rivera talks Ichiro (28:32) and Jessica Mendoza discusses her recent interactions with Mike Trout and more (36:54).
Dustin Pedroia said he feels ready for Opening Day, but said he understands and appreciates why the Red Sox want to err on the side of caution with him because of his knee issues.
They aren't rookies, but these hitters and pitchers are primed to bust out and deliver bigger results in the new season.
Before Buster's extensive conversation with Phillies OF Andrew McCutchen (38:04), Josh Macri talks to David Schoenfield about Ichiro's goodbye, Mookie Betts' future, injuries to young stars & more (8:58). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (31:50).
Mookie Betts, who has a $20 million, one-year contract and is eligible for arbitration again next winter, isn't worried about the lack of a long-term deal with the Red Sox. "You just got to go out and play," he said.
A federal judge has approved an agreement for Wells Fargo Securities to pay an $800,000 civil penalty to end a lawsuit by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over Rhode Island's failed $75 million deal with former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt...
Buster discusses the first game of 2019 with Eduardo Perez (5:35), dishes on the Mike Trout & Alex Bregman deals with Keith Law (9:50), dives into the numbers with Hembo (24:19) and catches up with Mets OF Michael Conforto to talk about his perspective on the Trout deal and expectations for New York this season (30:40).
From future free agents to rival GMs to MLB's marketing department, the best player in the sport staying an Angel for life will impact every part the baseball world.
There are always quirks as a new baseball season begins. Here's how the opening slate affects top contenders.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will start the season on the injured list.
Can the Red Sox repeat? Will L.A. stumble? Who is MLB's best player? Pinch hit on this fill-in-the-blanks 2019 baseball forecast -- but we'll have the last word.
Before hearing from Nationals RP Sean Doolittle (31:43), Buster & Tim Kurkjian discuss A.J. Hinch's gripes, strength of schedule concerns, Carlos Gonzalez's signing & much more (8:11). Plus, Derrick Goold with some "Inside Heat" on the Cardinals' spring struggles (37:20).
World Series, season win totals and player props -- there are more ways than ever to bet baseball. Here are our nine best futures bets for this season.
Aaron Judge, Bryce Harper and ... Matt Adams? With big bucks now at stake, we asked our writers which eight sluggers they would want swinging for the fences.
From top prospects and rising young stars to bounce-back candidates, which players who missed the MLB Rank cut could soon find a place on the list?
Major League Baseball's first game in London, featuring the World Series champion Boston Red Sox and rival New York Yankees, is the best-selling game of the 2019 regular season, ticket seller StubHub said Thursday.
Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez missed Wednesday's game and will sit for at least a couple of days with a tight back, manager Alex Cora said.
Buster discusses ESPN's rankings of the top 100 players in baseball and much more with Jayson Stark (5:15) and Boog Sciambi (29:28). Plus, Yankees manager Aaron Boone (24:36) and Paul Hembekides dives into the numbers for "Hembo Knows" (49:23).
A major shake-up brings a new crew of All-Stars to the forefront, with some of the game's biggest names on the outside looking in.
You picked who? Where? We break down some of the questions to come out of the rankings -- and ask you to weigh in as well.
The games don't count. The numbers won't make the back of any baseball cards. But in camps across the Cactus and Grapefruit leagues, what happens now could still make a difference.