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White Sox have options with Machado to SD (Today)
The White Sox pursuit of Manny Machado appears to have come up short, as the Padres and the premium free agent have agreed to a deal for 10 years, $300 million, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

Royals sorting out right-field job this spring (Today)
All eyes will be on the battle for the right-field job this spring in Royals camp.

Sano sporting boot on injured right foot (Today)
Miguel Sano entered the Twins' clubhouse on Tuesday morning with a boot on his foot, the first visible indication of the laceration to his right heel area that has emerged as a slight stumbling block to his intense offseason of preparation.

Kershaw to make 9th straight Opening Day start (Today)
Clayton Kershaw, signed to a three-year, $93 million extension over the offseason, was again named the Dodgers' Opening Day starter by manager Dave Roberts on Tuesday. The Dodgers open the season March 28 against Arizona at Dodger Stadium.

Gallo, Mazara open to long-term deals (Today)
Outfielders Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara are both interested in long-term contract extensions if that's something the Rangers want to talk about in earnest this spring.

Most shocking free-agent decisions in MLB history (Today)
Since the first free agent signing of the modern era back in 1974, there have been several free agent deals that shook the baseball world and realigned power across the Majors. Here's a look at several moves that changed the landscape of baseball, and in some cases, were downright shocking:

With Manny off market, Phils' focus on Harper (Today)
The only question remaining is this: Will the Phillies sign Bryce Harper or not?

Biggest free-agent contracts in MLB history (Today)
Manny Machado has reportedly agreed to a 10-year, $300 million deal with the Padres, which would be the new biggest free-agent contract in MLB history. Here are the Top 10.

Dodgers legend Don Newcombe dies at 92 (Today)
Don Newcombe, one of the greatest pitchers in Dodgers history and one of the franchise's final links to Brooklyn and the days of Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella, died Tuesday after a lengthy illness. He was 92.

Machado to Padres on record deal, sources say (Today)
Free-agent infielder Manny Machado has agreed to a deal with the Padres, sources have told MLB.com. The agreement is for a record $300 million over 10 years, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand confirmed.

Here are the Nationals' 2019 Top 30 Prospects (Today)
Victor Robles and Luis Garcia headline a group of 28 homegrown players on the Nationals' preseason Top 30 list.

Here are the Phillies' Top 30 Prospects (Today)
The Phillies list isn't quite as strong as it once was because of the Realmuto deal, but there's still some very good talent at the top and some exciting players on the rise.

Here are the Mets' 2019 Top 30 Prospects (Today)
While there are 24 homegrown players on the new Mets Top 30 list, it's only fair to wonder how different the list could look a year from now as the front office continues to address its short-term needs.

'Great swing': Bregman tweet thrills young fan (Today)
It took only two words for Alex Bregman to send 9-year-old Jax Nystrom into a frenzy, but this kind of reaction -- young people freaking out at the slightest bit of attention from him -- has become commonplace for the Astros' All-Star third baseman.

Humble Bochy to get well-deserved victory lap (Today)
Bruce Bochy announced on Monday that his 25th season as a manager -- his 13th in an absurdly successful run with the Giants -- would be his last. In making the announcement, Bochy is going to give all of us the opportunity to say thanks during a 2019 season that will be something of a victory lap whether he likes it or not.

7 important MLB trends to watch in 2019 (Today)
The game is changing, perhaps more quickly than ever. Forget comparing the sport to what it looked like in the 1960s or the '80s; the game has changed massively in just the last half-decade. Remember, just five years ago, we were all talking about the lack of power ,and no one was talking about launch angle or spin rate. Things are slightly different now.

Shoulder concerns sideline Carlos Martinez (Today)
Concerned about the strength of the muscles around his right shoulder, the Cardinals transferred right-hander Carlos Martinez to a no-throw program for the next two weeks, manager Mike Shildt announced on Tuesday.

Rumors: Harper, Machado 'very close' to deals (Today)
It's Hot Stove season, and MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest free agent and trade rumors right here.

These are the ramifications if Bryce joins Giants (Monday, February 18)
It's unclear how close San Francisco might be to actually landing Bryce Harper, but, let's examine how such a scenario would look.

Giants see Bochy as lock for Hall of Fame (Monday, February 18)
Bruce Bochy isn't sure what his next step will be after he retires from managing the Giants at the end of the season, but it's safe to assume that a trip to Cooperstown is in his near future.

Lamb continues to progress at first base (Monday, February 18)
Jake Lamb's education at first base hit another checkpoint during Monday's initial full-squad workout when he went through bunt drills for the first time.

Eckstein, Cruz work to fuel Pirates' bats (Monday, February 18)
The Pirates hired hitting coach Rick Eckstein and assistant hitting coach Jacob Cruz this winter to get more out of their bats, and their work begins in earnest this week. Eckstein and Cruz have set out to extract more power and consistency from a lineup in need of improvement.

Notes: Tito gives speech; Kipnis named starter (Monday, February 18)
Prior to Monday's first full-squad workout, Indians manager Terry Francona gave his annual preseason speech, addressing his team as a whole for the first time this year.

Bell facing tough decisions for OF alignment (Monday, February 18)
Reds manager David Bell has great corner outfield depth, but he doesn't have a regular center fielder. Determining who will get to play where and sorting out the log jam should be a challenge for Bell in his first season as a skipper in the big leagues.

D-backs ready to move on from late 2018 skid (Monday, February 18)
They've talked in small groups. They've talked in larger groups. The front office has discussed it. It's a topic that kept manager Torey Lovullo up at night at times. What in the world happened to the D-backs last September when they watched the National League West Division lead slip away during an 8-19 finish?

Ackley rejoins Mariners with eye on roster spot (Monday, February 18)
There is irony now that Dustin Ackley has come full circle, returning to the Mariners this spring not as a heralded bonus baby, but as a 30-year-old veteran on a Minor League deal just looking for a chance to get some at-bats and revive a career spent in Triple-A with the Angels the past two seasons.

Counsell flush with options from left side (Monday, February 18)
Manager Craig Counsell referred to it as a "circular" lineup. Others would use the word "length." However one terms it, the Brewers believe the return of Mike Moustakas and the addition of Yasmani Grandal will make the lineup better than it was a year ago.

Herrmann excited for new opportunity with A's (Monday, February 18)
Let it be known that Chris Herrmann is considering a return to using a quintessential 1980s song, A-ha's "Take On Me," as his walkup music. This development should make the boisterous A's fans in right field at the Coliseum happy.

Galvis planning to be Blue Jays' regular SS (Monday, February 18)
Freddy Galvis conceded things might eventually change, but the veteran infielder is under the impression that he will be the Blue Jays' everyday shortstop at the start of the season.

Diaz aims to turn heads, cement everyday role (Monday, February 18)
When Yandy Diaz arrived at Rays camp on Sunday, he quickly established himself as the most muscular player inside the clubhouse. During Spring Training, his focus will be to establish himself as an everyday player.

Fulmer takes arbitration results in stride (Monday, February 18)
No, Michael Fulmer is not going to moonlight as a plumber this season after losing his arbitration hearing last week. He also isn't going to hold any grudges against the Tigers, either.

Cash reminder: Stay focused on the now (Monday, February 18)
All 66 players on the Rays' Spring Training roster took the field Monday as Tampa Bay went through its first full-squad workout.

Rangers mulling extensions for young core (Monday, February 18)
The Rangers are having internal discussions about approaching some of their younger players about long-term contracts before Spring Training is over, something that annually happens this time of year. Outfielders Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara and right-handed pitcher Jose Leclerc would be the players most likely to be approached.

Moncada gearing up for switch to third? (Monday, February 18)
Yoan Moncada has been working almost exclusively at third base while taking ground balls at Camelback Ranch over the past three days of White Sox Spring Training. That work indicates the possible first step of a position switch, one discussed by the team this offseason for the 23-year-old who played second base for the White Sox in 2018.

Moustakas may be Brewers' starting 2B (Monday, February 18)
It was assumed all offseason that if the Brewers re-signed Mike Moustakas, he would man third base and Travis Shaw would shift back to second. Turns out the team had the opposite alignment in mind.

Marlins welcome Mesa with open arms (Monday, February 18)
Before taking the field for the first time wearing a Marlins' uniform, Victor Victor Mesa received plenty of support from his teammates and coaches.

Bryant ready to show off old swing this spring (Monday, February 18)
On the field or in the clubhouse, there will be no easing into the spring for Cubs star Kris Bryant.

'He's huge for us': Miggy back in action at camp (Monday, February 18)
The buzz around Tigertown began as Matthew Boyd was working out in the weight room Monday morning before the Tigers' first full-squad workout of Spring Training. "He let me know he was facing me first," Boyd said of Miguel Cabrera. "I let him know what was coming. I told him, 'I'm still going to get you out.' We were jawing all day. It was good stuff."

30 intriguing position battles -- 1 for each team (Monday, February 18)
The next five weeks will see lots of shuffling on Major League rosters. Here are the most intriguing positional battles on each of the 30 MLB clubs.

These are the ramifications if Bryce joins Giants (Monday, February 18)
It's unclear how close San Francisco might be to actually landing Bryce Harper, but, let's examine how such a scenario would look.

Cards ready to see what Goldschmidt brings (Monday, February 18)
It may be a new team and a new year, but that's really all that's changed for Paul Goldschmidt.

Nats want Soto to stay the course in first camp (Monday, February 18)
Juan Soto said he had never actually been inside the Nationals' home clubhouse in West Palm Beach, not before he arrived Monday morning for his first big league camp. It was a brief reminder of just how meteoric Soto's rise to D.C. had been.

Betances' priorities? Baby boy, WS title quest (Monday, February 18)
Dellin Betances said that his representative has participated in conversations about a potential contract extension, but after witnessing the birth of his first child, the right-handed reliever said that his energy is focused on helping the Yankees win a World Series title.

Vlad Jr. embraces spotlight at Jays camp (Monday, February 18)
With each passing day, the hype continues to grow around Vladimir Guerrero Jr., but MLB Pipeline's top-ranked prospect seems to be keeping a pretty level head throughout all the chaos.

No more doubts: Wheeler confident in ability (Monday, February 18)
Over his last 11 starts of the 2018 season, Zack Wheeler went 9-1 with a 1.68 ERA, challenging Jacob deGrom as the game's best pitcher over that stretch. He not only proved that he could be an effective big leaguer, but shattered the doubts.

Kershaw impressive throwing first live BP (Monday, February 18)
Clayton Kershaw on Monday was the first Dodger to throw live batting practice this spring, with opposing batters Russell Martin and Josh Thole issuing rave reviews while Kershaw was typically underwhelmed.

Puig ready to take Cincy by storm: 'I love red' (Monday, February 18)
New Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig has been in camp for about a week, often hitting on his own on the backfields. With the first full-squad workout taking place on Monday, Puig was able to warm up, throw and hit with his teammates.

A year under his belt, Stanton comfy on Yanks (Monday, February 18)
Asked for the biggest takeaway of his first season in Yankees pinstripes, Giancarlo Stanton offered a not-so-veiled swipe at his former employer, noting how his new expectation is to keep the Yankee Stadium lights burning throughout the month of October.

Signing Sale to extension a priority for Red Sox (Monday, February 18)
Determined not to repeat the mistake they made with Jon Lester five years ago, Red Sox ownership on Monday voiced a priority to sign ace lefty Chris Sale to a long-term extension.

Trout on contract talks: 'I don't want to comment' (Monday, February 18)
Mike Trout and owner Arte Moreno met separately with the media on Monday, but neither would confirm that extension talks have begun between the Angels and Trout's agent, Craig Landis.

Pence's first workouts delayed by sore shoulder (Monday, February 18)
Outfielder Hunter Pence did not participate in the Rangers first full-squad workout on Monday because of a sore right shoulder. The Rangers do not believe it is serious but are going to give Pence some time off.

Marlins introduce Posada on Day 1 of workouts (Monday, February 18)
Full-squad workouts began for the Marlins on Monday afternoon, and it was an opportunity for organization to introduce one of its newest administrative additions. Jorge Posada, the five-time All-Star catcher and four-time World Series champion with the Yankees, is now a special adviser to baseball operations under Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter.

Bryant revisits St. Louis chatter at Cubs camp (Monday, February 18)
It did not take long for Kris Bryant's comments at Cubs Convention last month to make their way to St. Louis. His audience of Cubs fans was laughing and cheering, but the Cardinals players who caught wind of his remarks most certainly were not.

Werner: Kimbrel 'extremely unlikely' to rejoin Sox (Monday, February 18)
The Red Sox still haven't named a closer. Craig Kimbrel still hasn't found a home on the free-agent market. However, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner suggests not to read too much into those two independent factors.

Giants manager Bochy to retire after this season (Monday, February 18)
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said on Monday he will retire after the 2019 season.

Dodgers OF out indefinitely due to personal matter (Monday, February 18)
Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles will be out indefinitely while dealing with a personal matter, according to the club.

Here are the Yankees' 2019 Top 30 Prospects (Monday, February 18)
While the Yankees' farm system isn't as overflowing with big league-ready talent as it has been recently, they do have an impressive stockpile of high-ceiling/high-risk youngsters.

Reds reportedly add Dietrich on Minors deal (Monday, February 18)
The Reds have agreed to a Minor League deal with utilityman Derek Dietrich, according to a report by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.

Lindor talks injury, potential extension at Tribe camp (Monday, February 18)
Francisco Lindor may be battling through the first serious injury of his big league career, but his positivity has not been hindered.

Manfred: MLB will use pitch clock this spring (Monday, February 18)
Major League Baseball will install pitch clocks for Grapefruit and Cactus League games ahead of a possible implementation during the 2019 regular season, Commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters at Grapefruit League Media Day on Sunday.

Rumors: Kimbrel, Moose, Keuchel, Marwin (Sunday, February 17)
It's Hot Stove season, and MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest free agent and trade rumors right here.

How would Machado impact the White Sox? (Saturday, February 16)
The White Sox are one of the favorites to sign Manny Machado. Here's a breakdown of the potential impact if Machado did join Chicago for the 2019 season and beyond.

Desmond confident he'll thrive in move to CF (Sunday, February 17)
At an age that is generally considered to be past an athlete's prime, Ian Desmond will try to rely more on his speed as the Rockies move him to center field.

Sandoval instrumental in recruiting FA friends (Sunday, February 17)
Pablo Sandoval said he recruited his friends Gerardo Parra and Yangervis Solarte to the Giants in the offseason.

Votto aims to improve after 'frustrating' 2018 (Sunday, February 17)
Even before the Reds underscored their determination to improve by making major offseason acquisitions for the club, first baseman Joey Votto was already working to improve his hitting and his overall game.

Maddon putting emphasis on situational hitting (Sunday, February 17)
Cubs manager Joe Maddon does not expect onlookers to see a dramatic difference in how he navigates his way around the practice diamonds this spring.

Davis looks to remain in heart of A's lineup (Sunday, February 17)
Khris Davis is a simple man eyeing a complicated free-agent market, one he'd like to avoid altogether by signing an extension with the A's.

Nats GM deflects question about Harper (Sunday, February 17)
Mike Rizzo swatted away a question about where the Nationals stand with Bryce Harper, the 26-year-old star still without a home as camps are underway. "We're going to talk about the players we have on the team," Rizzo said. "We're not going to talk about players that we don't have on the team."

TCU defeats Vandy in MLB4 tournament finale (Sunday, February 17)
Brandon Williamson -- who opted to go to TCU rather than signing with the Brewers after being picked in the 36th round of the 2018 MLB Draft -- led the Horned Frogs to a 10-2 win over No. 1 Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon.

Robert learning ropes from Abreu, Moncada (Sunday, February 17)
The clubhouse locker belonging to Luis Robert is nestled between Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada. It's a trio with the potential to stand at the center of White Sox championship contention in the not-too-distant future.

Shortstops to watch in your fantasy draft (Sunday, February 17)
It's possible that we're seeing the best crop of young shortstops in history, meaning it's pretty hard for fantasy drafters to go wrong at the position. With that confidence in mind, here's a look at the top fantasy options at shortstop via MLB.com's 2019 rankings.

Reasons for optimism for each MLB club (Sunday, February 17)
On this opening week of Spring Training, all 30 Major League teams have one thing in common: optimism. Here's an optimism cheat sheet for each of them.

Padres reportedly serious Manny, Bryce bidder (Sunday, February 17)
Bryce Harper talks are "intensifying" and "heating up," and several teams are still in play, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman. One of those clubs is the Padres, who Heyman reports "have made serious offers for both [Manny] Machado and Harper."

Talks 'intensifying' between Harper, Phillies (Sunday, February 17)
The Phillies have been the favorites in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes for months, and that speculation heated up over the weekend.

Hansen enters White Sox spring camp healthy (Sunday, February 17)
Alec Hansen doesn't really have any expectations for the 2019 season, and that mindset is not exactly a bad thing for the 6-foot-7 right-handed hurler.

New-look Sano fully committed ahead of 2019 (Sunday, February 17)
What a difference a year makes. As Miguel Sano made his entrance to the Twins' clubhouse Sunday morning and was greeted by teammates and staff members, the consensus was clear: His body looks good.

Celtics coach Stevens visits Cora, Red Sox (Sunday, February 17)
As Red Sox manager Alex Cora got ready to do his daily press briefing after Sunday's workout, he saw from a distance that the media was preoccupied with another prominent Boston coach.

Archer 'can't wait to experience' home opener (Sunday, February 17)
Chris Archer is scheduled to start the Pirates' home opener against the Cardinals. When manager Clint Hurdle announced Pittsburgh's opening series rotation on Saturday, he also gave Archer the nod for the season's first game at PNC Park.

Source: Mets ink SS Hechavarria to Minors deal (Sunday, February 17)
The Mets have signed veteran shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to a Minor League contract with an invite to the club's Major League Spring Training, MLB.com has learned. The deal, which the club has not announced, is pending a completed physical on Monday.

Donaldson ready to prove GM, Braves right (Sunday, February 17)
While playing close to his Alabama home and enjoying a chance to once again work with Atlanta general manager Alex Anthopoulos, the former American League MVP Award winner Josh Donaldson also understands the importance of rejuvenating his career with his deal.

Boone on Judge: 'He's good to go' (Sunday, February 17)
Watching Aaron Judge pummel batting-practice fastballs at the Yankees' Minor League complex this week, two words came to Aaron Boone's mind: "Plus power."

Ohtani focused on next step of hitting off tee (Sunday, February 17)
Shohei Ohtani is continuing to make progress in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. On Sunday, he said he is hopeful he'll be able to start hitting off a tee in the next week.

Moustakas agrees to return to Crew (Source) (Sunday, February 17)
Free-agent slugger Mike Moustakas has agreed to return to the Brewers on a one-year contract, pending a physical, MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal said on Sunday. The club has not commented.

Notes: Grandy as leadoff, Rojas/Riddle battle (Sunday, February 17)
As a non-roster invitee, Curtis Granderson is in a position where he has to make the Marlins' Opening Day lineup. If he does, the veteran outfielder will be a leadoff option.

Franco ignoring rumors, ready for 3B battle (Sunday, February 17)
Maikel Franco followed the endless and often mind-numbing speculation the past few months from the Dominican Republic. Franco knows that Manny Machado could show up at Spectrum Field at any moment. The Phillies entertained him at Citizens Bank Park just before Christmas. They have made him at least one contract offer. If the Phillies sign him, Franco also knows he could be traded.

Pujols healthy, aims to be ready Opening Day (Sunday, February 17)
Angels first baseman Albert Pujols met with the media for the first time this spring on Sunday and said he's fully healthy after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in late August.

JV, Cole, Rodgers face live hitters at camp (Sunday, February 17)
The first live bullpen sessions of the spring typically draw a crowd, and that certainly was the case when Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Brady Rodgers faced hitters for the first time Sunday afternoon on the back fields at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Cardinals may split up closer duties (Sunday, February 17)
This is the final piece of a six-part Around the Horn series in which MLB.com is taking a position-by-position look at the Cardinals' projected starters and backup options heading into the 2019 season. After examining the position players and starting rotation, let's close with the bullpen.

Castellanos staying cool during trade rumors (Sunday, February 17)
Sunday marked Nicholas Castellanos' first comments on his trade situation since the end of last season. He was clearly on the trade market then, just as he is now amidst the Tigers' ongoing rebuild.

Friars get lefty bullpen option by signing Loup (Sunday, February 17)
The Padres and southpaw Aaron Loup agreed to a contract for 2019 on Sunday. The club made room on its 40-man roster by transferring right-hander Garrett Richards to the 60-day injured list.

'I feel like I'm 25': Cano joins Mets at camp (Sunday, February 17)
The list of position players productive at age 36 is small. At 37, even smaller. Beyond that, infinitesimal. So it was worth noting that shortly after Robinson Cano showed up to the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie for the first time, he stated: "I feel like I'm 25."

J.D. looking to build off monster 2018 campaign (Sunday, February 17)
A year ago at this time, J.D. Martinez was sweating away in solitude at his Miami training base, hoping his prolonged free agency would finally end.

Sources: Rangers ink Revere to Minors deal (Sunday, February 17)
The Rangers have signed veteran outfielder Ben Revere to a Triple-A contract with an invitation to Spring Training, according to Major League sources. The club has not confirmed the deal, which is pending a physical scheduled for Monday.

Count Angels among the suitors for Moose (Saturday, February 16)
Mike Moustakas has crushed 66 homers the past two seasons -- only Nolan Arenado, Manny Machado and Jose Ramirez have more among players with at least 50 percent of games at third base in that span. That power makes the 30-year-old, who is in his second straight offseason as a free agent, a solid alternative to Machado.

Vandy's Bleday standing out in MLB4 tourney (Saturday, February 16)
JJ Bleday could be the first college outfielder selected in the 2019 MLB Draft in June. During this weekend's inaugural MLB4 college baseball tournament, the Vanderbilt standout is showing why that's a strong possibility.

EKU a perfect fit for Andre Dawson Classic (Saturday, February 16)
The Andre Dawson Classic features teams that are mostly categorized as HBCU -- Historically Black Colleges and Universities. But the tournament isn't limited to only schools that fall under that purview. In its 12-year history, several non-HBCU schools have been invited to participate as well, including this year's lone non-HBCU team -- Eastern Kentucky University.

These are the ramifications if Bryce joins Phillies (Saturday, February 16)
It's already been a busy offseason for the Phillies, who have upgraded by trading for J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura, and signing Andrew McCutchen and David Robertson.

Where will remaining FAs sign? Here are some fits (Saturday, February 16)
We understand that things get a bit more complicated for unsigned free agents after camps start. Lots of teams want to take a look at their best prospects before signing an older free agent. On the other hand, this market is still so flush with talent that every team has avenues to improvement.

Crew would welcome Moose 'with open arms' (Saturday, February 16)
Brewers fans have been Moose hunting, wondering when veteran third baseman Mike Moustakas will finally escape free agency and find a home. His teammates during the second half of last season are wondering, too.

Dawson excited to attend eponymous Classic (Saturday, February 16)
Hall of Famer Andre Dawson was on site at the MLB New Orleans Youth Academy on Saturday, eager to mingle with the participants at the Andre Dawson Classic.

Reagins sees potential of MLB4 tournament (Saturday, February 16)
During this weekend's inaugural MLB4 college baseball tournament, the league's goal has been to expose the college level to a wider audience in an effort to continue to grow the sport. And Tony Reagins, MLB's executive vice president of baseball and softball development, has been pleased with the event.

WATCH LIVE: Andre Dawson Classic (Saturday, February 16)
Watch a simulcast of MLB Network's coverage as Eastern Kentucky and Florida A&M square off in the Andre Dawson Classic from New Orleans.

Giants reportedly adding Maybin to OF mix (Saturday, February 16)
Four days after signing Gerardo Parra, the Giants are close to adding another veteran reinforcement to their crop of outfielders. The Giants are working to finalize a Minor League deal with outfielder Cameron Maybin, according to a report from Andrew Baggarly and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Ichiro arrives to likely final camp in stellar shape (Saturday, February 16)
Ichiro has worked tirelessly this offseason in the hopes of being on the field for the Mariners' 2-game series in Tokyo.

O's ink veteran Escobar, extend spring invite (Saturday, February 16)
The Orioles' cloudy infield picture gained some clarity Saturday when the team signed veteran shortstop Alcides Escobar to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

Bregman progressing from elbow surgery (Saturday, February 16)
Astros third baseman Alex Bregman continues to progress from the arthroscopic elbow surgery he had a month to remove bone chips.

Seager has 'really good feeling' in recovery (Saturday, February 16)
Corey Seager's rehab from elbow and hip operations continues without setback, and the Dodgers shortstop still sees no reason why he won't be ready for Opening Day.

Acuna: 'I'd like to stay in the leadoff spot' (Saturday, February 16)
When the Braves re-signed Nick Markakis in January, they began leaning toward putting Ender Inciarte in the leadoff spot and moving Ronald Acuna Jr. to the cleanup role. But manager Brian Snitker said Acuna may still get his wish to stay at the top of the lineup.

Vlad Jr. draws praise upon spring arrival (Saturday, February 16)
The Blue Jays' biggest star arrived Saturday morning when top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. officially reported to Spring Training. Guerrero took part in a few rounds of batting practice and hit at least one ball out of the park. The Dominican native is expected to speak to the media Monday for the first time this spring as he sets out to begin his first full Major League Spring Training.

Catch? Pitch? Panda ready to do it all (Saturday, February 16)
Shortly after reporting to Giants camp this week, Pablo Sandoval met with manager Bruce Bochy and reiterated his desire to help the club in whatever way he can.

Yanks open to extensions for other big players (Saturday, February 16)
Now that Luis Severino and the Yankees were able to avoid salary arbitration and find common ground on a four-year, $40 million contract extension, could Aaron Judge or Gary Sanchez be the next "Baby Bombers" to cash in?

Tebow makes it clear: 'I'm all in on baseball' (Saturday, February 16)
Those who once dismissed Tim Tebow's transition from NFL quarterback to professional baseball player are officially on notice. Tebow is an outfielder first these days, the evidence plain to see in his slimmed-down body and shortened swing.

Talented Jimenez drawing comparisons to greats (Saturday, February 16)
The names of Manny Ramirez and Miguel Cabrera have been evoked when searching for comparisons involving Eloy Jimenez, the No. 1 White Sox prospect per MLB Pipeline and No. 3 overall in baseball.

Kiermaier eyeing 'huge rebound year' in 2019 (Saturday, February 16)
Kevin Kiermaier has always played with a chip on his shoulder, but he admits that there's some extra motivation heading into Spring Training after a frustrating 2018 season.

Segura moving forward with contending Phillies (Saturday, February 16)
Jean Segura became one of the Phillies' most notable offseason acquisitions, a two-time All-Star expected to give the organization its best overall production at shortstop since Jimmy Rollins left town, in part because of a little brawl he had late last season with Mariners teammate Dee Gordon.

Sevy confident after inking contract extension (Saturday, February 16)
Luis Severino had been cautioned that arbitration would not be a fun experience, voicing a desire to avoid the process. About thirty minutes before he and the Yankees would have gone head-to-head in a St. Petersburg conference room, both sides instead celebrated an agreement that provides the right-hander with financial security for generations.

Freeman pleased with Braves' offseason deals (Saturday, February 16)
Freddie Freeman spent the offseason sharing excitement about the possibility that Josh Donaldson would not end up being the Braves' only significant offseason addition.

Strasburg enters pivotal season with options (Saturday, February 16)
Comfort was one of the biggest reasons Stephen Strasburg signed a seven-year, $175 million contract extension with the Nationals in May of 2016, opting to remain with the only organization he has ever known rather that test free agency.

Elite rotation sets tone for Red Sox culture (Saturday, February 16)
The Red Sox might wind up boasting the best rotation in the Majors this season, and overpowering stuff will be a prominent reason, but not the only one.

Healthy Correa looks to put 2018 behind him (Saturday, February 16)
You can't help but learn a few things when you had the kind of year Astros star shortstop Carlos Correa experienced last season, when a nagging back injury derailed him in the second half and forced him to deal with the biggest adversity of his career.

CC formally announces retirement after 2019 (Saturday, February 16)
Yankees southpaw CC Sabathia formally announced Saturday that the 2019 season will be his last in a Major League uniform.

Alonso looks to force Mets' hand, crack roster (Saturday, February 16)
Fresh off a season in which he bashed 36 homers over two Minor League levels, including 19 in 67 games at Triple-A Las Vegas, Peter Alonso is arguably the Mets' best first-base option already. Unlike Atkins, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen has said he will carry Alonso on New York's Opening Day roster if he proves his mettle this spring.

Contenders hard at work on first drafts of 2019 (Saturday, February 16)
With or without Bryce Harper, you know the Nationals expect to contend this season. The Astros always expect to contend. But both Mike Rizzo and Jeff Luhnow, who run baseball operations for these two teams, know the same thing all bosses of contending teams know: They are only working on the first drafts of their seasons.

Vandy, Fullerton open inaugural MLB4 with wins (Friday, February 15)
Vanderbilt pounded out 17 hits in a 15-9 win in the MLB4 tournament's MLB Network showcase game.

Has Bryce picked a team? We'll see ... (Saturday, February 16)
After seven seasons with the Nationals in which he won the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year Award, was named NL MVP in 2015 and made six NL All-Star teams, Bryce Harper is now a free agent for the first time. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the outfielder.

Grandy sets example for baseball-playing cousin (Friday, February 15)
Family ties are common in baseball. But it's notable that Calvin Rucker's second cousin is Curtis Granderson, a veteran of 15 Major League seasons who is, according to Rucker, "one of the best family members and friends I could have asked for.

Wilson among non-roster hopefuls for Tribe (Friday, February 15)
There are a few names on the Indians' Spring Training non-roster invitee list that don't seem to belong, and manager Terry Francona's message to them has been: Don't worry.

Giants Duggar, Jones cleared for next step in recovery (Friday, February 15)
Steven Duggar and Ryder Jones continue to take steps forward in their rehab, as they were both cleared to take batting practice on the field Friday for the first time since their September surgeries.

'Campfire drill' helps D-backs pitchers, catchers bond (Friday, February 15)
After seeing improved communication between pitchers and catchers last year, the "campfire" drill was put back on the D-backs' schedule and took place Friday at Salt River Fields.

Blue Jays latest to embrace spin-rate machine (Friday, February 15)
The Blue Jays have followed the lead of several other teams around Major League Baseball by using a Rapsodo machine to analyze spin-rate data. A Rapsodo camer is used to understand how much movement, velocity and spin pitchers are getting on every toss.

Gonzales evolving into Seattle rotation cornerstone (Friday, February 15)
After leading the Mariners in wins with a 13-9 record in his first full year in the Majors and establishing himself as one of the up-and-coming lefties in the American League, Marco Gonzales has been earmarked by general manager Jerry Dipoto as one of building blocks for the future.

Russell contrite, takes responsibility for actions (Friday, February 15)
Addison Russell spoke methodically, navigating his way through a series of questions several months in the making. When the Cubs shortstop took his seat in an interview room on Friday morning, it was his first time talking publicly about his ongoing suspension for violating Major League Baseball's Domestic Abuse Policy since being placed on administrative leave in September.

Cole, Verlander push back on 'opener' concept (Friday, February 15)
Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander are not fans of the "opener" and explained why it's not a long-term option.

Veteran reliever Storen joins KC on Minors deal (Friday, February 15)
Veteran reliever Drew Storen on Friday agreed to a Minor League deal with the Royals.

Maddon to take a 'fluid' approach to closer role (Friday, February 15)
Standing at his locker, Cubs reliever Pedro Strop cracked a smile when asked for his thoughts on being the closer to start the season. "Did he tell you I'm going to be the closer?" Strop said with a laugh, referring to manager Joe Maddon.

Farquhar takes inspiring first step at camp (Friday, February 15)
His inspirational recovery from a brain hemorrhage complete, Danny Farquhar intends to continue beating the odds this year, aiming to return to a big league mound as a member of the Yankees' bullpen.

Greinke arrives at D-backs camp (Friday, February 15)
D-backs ace Zack Greinke reported to Salt River Fields on Friday after missing the first two days of pitcher and catcher workouts.

Diversity showcased at Andre Dawson Classic (Friday, February 15)
Six of the eight coaches involved in the Andre Dawson Classic, named after the Hall of Famer and alum of tournament participant Florida A&M University, are African American.

WATCH LIVE: Vanderbilt vs. Virginia on MLBN (Friday, February 15)
Watch live MLB Network coverage of the MLB4 College Baseball Tournament from Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz., featuring Vanderbilt University vs. University of Virginia.

How signing Machado would impact Padres (Friday, February 15)
The Padres are making a serious push for star third baseman Manny Machado. Here's a breakdown of how the star third baseman could affect the rest of the Padres' short-, medium- and long-term plans.

Domino effect: Bryce, Manny deals just the start? (Friday, February 15)
A look at what a Bryce Harper or Manny Machado signing would mean for the other as well as fellow top free agents Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel.

Twins commit to core, extend Kepler & Polanco (Friday, February 15)
The Twins' focus this season will be continuing to develop their young core, and they moved to secure two of those key pieces for the long term on Friday, officially inking shortstop Jorge Polanco and outfielder Max Kepler to five-year extensions.

Fowler receives affirmation from Bonds (Friday, February 15)
It was in early January, not long after Dexter Fowler had received full medical clearance to reengage in baseball activities, that he sent video of his swing to longtime mentor Barry Bonds.

Davis embracing data, new approach to improve (Friday, February 15)
Looking to preempt questions about his work ethic in a nightmare 2018 season, Chris Davis reported to Spring Training in Florida more than a week before Orioles position players were required to. That's when his efforts to rebound hit their first minor snag.

Kopech feels great -- but exercising caution (Friday, February 15)
How good does Michael Kopech feel approximately five months removed from Tommy John surgery? Let the 22-year-old right-hander explain those positive vibes from White Sox camp on Friday morning at Camelback Ranch.

Hellickson has 'upper hand' to be 5th starter (Friday, February 15)
Since the end of last season, Jeremy Hellickson hoped he would have a chance to return to the Nationals. He finally felt comfortable with his teammates, developed a rapport with the coaching and training staff and enjoyed being a part of a team with postseason aspirations. Plus, Washington was his fourth team in the past four years, so he wanted some stability.

Whitley throws first bullpen session of spring (Friday, February 15)
All eyes were on right-hander Forrest Whitley, MLB Pipeline's top pitching prospect, when he threw in the bullpen for the first time Friday in Major League camp. Astros manager AJ Hinch, assistant general manager Brandon Taubman and director of player development Pete Putila were all watching intently as Whitley threw 21 pitches -- fastballs, changeups and cutters.

Dodgers 'slow-playing' Buehler this spring (Friday, February 15)
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed the club is "slow-playing" pitcher Walker Buehler early this spring, but insisted Buehler will be ready when the regular season opens.

MacPhail: Phils are 'uniquely poised right now' (Friday, February 15)
Phillies president Andy MacPhail opened a 28-minute press conference on Friday afternoon at Spectrum Field with facts and figures about investments the organization made the past few seasons as the team wallowed at the bottom of the National League. Then MacPhail talked a lot about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado as well as manager Gabe Kapler.

Black likes Blackmon in role of leading man (Friday, February 15)
A year after looking for ways to move Charlie Blackmon out of the leadoff spot, Rockies manager Bud Black is counting the reasons to keep him up top.

MVP reports: Yelich welcomes new season (Friday, February 15)
It was back to baseball on Friday for the reigning National League MVP, and yeah, Christian Yelich knows you're wondering whether he can put up those big numbers again.

Cespedes confident he'll return to field in 2019 (Friday, February 15)
Yoenis Cespedes does not know if it will be in July, or August, or September. But he does firmly believe that at some point this season, he will return to uniform with the Mets.

Get ahead in your league with fantasy cheat sheet (Friday, February 15)
Make sure to have this one-stop information shop on hand during your auction or snake drafts, as it can help you stay organized, especially during the most hectic of draft moments.

Pending free agent Bogaerts open to extension (Friday, February 15)
Xander Bogaerts has been under the employ of the franchise since Aug. 23, 2009, when he signed as an international free agent out of Aruba at the age of 16. He went from a boy to a man with the Red Sox, and from a prospect to a star who will soon collect his second World Series ring. It's hard for him to picture putting on another uniform.

Here's every top prospect in big league camp (Friday, February 15)
Spring Training is finally here, and there is a plethora of prospects looking to make an impression in Florida and Arizona. Here's a look at every team's Top 30 prospects who are currently in big league camp.

Giants reportedly agree to deal with Solarte (Friday, February 15)
The Giants have agreed to a deal with free-agent infielder Yangervis Solarte, according to a report from The Athletic's Robert Murray on Friday.

Source: Severino, Yanks reach 4-year deal (Friday, February 15)
Luis Severino and the Yankees have agreed on a four-year, $40 million contract extension, avoiding salary arbitration, a source has confirmed to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

With Kimbrel still out there, Sox stay the course (Wednesday, February 13)
Craig Kimbrel has compiled an impressive resume during his nine seasons in the big leagues, recording a microscopic 1.91 ERA with a 0.92 WHIP, 333 saves and a 14.7 K/9 rate, and he should be a coveted asset on the free-agent market this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the right-hander.

Team-by-team transactions this offseason (Thursday, February 14)
With just weeks until camp opens for Spring Training, the Hot Stove continues to cook. A throng of players have meandered their way into the New Year preparing to suit up for a new team.

Prospects who should vie for a roster spot in camp (Thursday, February 14)
The 30 prospects below all are getting very long looks this spring with an eye toward breaking camp with the parent club. Even if they start the year in the Minors, they all should get the chance to contribute at some point in the very near future.

These are the ramifications if Bryce joins Yanks (Thursday, February 14)
The Yankees have done little this offseason to suggest they are targeting free agent Bryce Harper.

How will Hader, Crew's bullpen follow stellar '18? (Thursday, February 14)
As the Brewers bring back most of a bullpen that was their best strength, Josh Hader is not the only reliever bidding to build on 2018.

Brown is proud of Braves' rich history (Thursday, February 14)
It didn't come as a surprise to anyone when Dana Brown left the Blue Jays as a special assistant to general manager Ross Atkins to join the Braves as vice president of scouting.

Elite programs ready for inaugural MLB4 Tournament (Thursday, February 14)
Vanderbilt, TCU, Cal State Fullerton and Virginia are taking part in the inaugural MLB4 Tournament at Salt River Fields, the Spring Training home of the D-backs and Rockies.

This superstar tops MLB's Top 100 Right Now (Thursday, February 14)
The 2019 MLB season feels so close now. Spring Training has begun. Players are taking the field. So it's time to rank the best of the best.

First things first: Goldy tops 1B fantasy ranks (Tuesday, February 12)
The top of the first-base rankings has probably remained as static as any position in recent years, but a crop of up-and-comers forcefully threw their hats into the ring last season.

Five teams that can still win the offseason (Thursday, February 14)
We're reluctant to finalize our list of offseason winners because, as you may have heard, there are some prominent unsigned free agents. Not just Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, either.

Volquez, Smyly, Miller on regular camp program (Thursday, February 14)
Three pitchers who are coming back from Tommy John surgery are staying up with the others in Rangers camp in the early going.

Mariners fully embracing pitch-tracking revolution (Thursday, February 14)
This is the new world of Major League Baseball. Moments after throwing their first bullpen sessions of the spring at Mariners camp, veterans Wade LeBlanc and Cory Gearrin huddled to study the spin rate data on a hand-held Rapsodo machine.

Marte confident transition to CF will be smooth (Thursday, February 14)
Ketel Marte does not lack for confidence when it comes to switching from second base/shortstop to center field, which is where he's expected to see a lot of time this season.

Rockies trio competes for final rotation spot (Thursday, February 14)
Having two pitchers of notable accomplishment and one of immense promise is a luxury for the Rockies. But it creates a decision nonetheless for manager Bud Black.

Chatwood hopes small fix has big results in '19 (Thursday, February 14)
All Tyler Chatwood needs to do is look around the Cubs clubhouse to realize that the odds are stacked against him making the North Siders' starting rotation.

Bell names likely starting 5, staging 'pen battles (Thursday, February 14)
Unlike recent Reds Spring Trainings, much of the drama about who would comprise the rotation was already removed on the first day of camp. That's when manager David Bell revealed the starting five would likely be -- in no particular order -- Sonny Gray, Tanner Roark, Alex Wood, Luis Castillo and Anthony DeSclafani.

Kelly already knows his way around D-backs' facility (Thursday, February 14)
Yes, catcher Carson Kelly is new to the D-backs this spring, but this wasn't the first time he's gotten to see what the inside of Salt River Fields looks like.

Tomlin excited to join 'forward-thinking' Crew (Thursday, February 14)
When it became clear the Major League contract he'd been seeking wasn't out there, Josh Tomlin started searching for the right fit.

Corbin settling in, not feeling extra pressure (Thursday, February 14)
Patrick Corbin joins a Nationals team ready to win and a rotation, featuring Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, that figures to be one of the best in baseball.

Cole: Arb win a bigger victory for players to come (Thursday, February 14)
By winning his arbitration case against the Astros, pitcher Gerrit Cole stands to make $2,075,000 more this season than if he'd lost. That's a significant victory for Cole, who will double his salary this year and make $13.5 million, and a significant victory for other players to come, the veteran pitcher said.

Francona optimistic Lindor can beat timetable (Thursday, February 14)
When the Indians announced that shortstop Francisco Lindor had strained his right calf prior to Spring Training, it seemed unlikely he'd be with the team on Opening Day, but manager Terry Francona remains optimistic.

Padres' meeting with Manny shows their interest is high (Thursday, February 14)
The Padres might be making their play for Manny Machado.

Cole against baseball's opener strategy (Thursday, February 14)
Count Gerrit Cole among those who is not a fan of the opener strategy. "I'm not going to pay for a ticket to watch a math equation," the Astros right-hander told reporters Thursday morning at the team's Spring Training camp in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Scherzer prepping to face 'stiffest' NL East (Thursday, February 14)
It is becoming something of an annual spring tradition here in West Palm Beach: The high-intensity first bullpen session of the spring for Max Scherzer.

These are the ramifications if Bryce joins Yanks (Thursday, February 14)
The Yankees have done little this offseason to suggest they are targeting free agent Bryce Harper.

Arrieta reveals knee injury led to 2nd-half dip (Thursday, February 14)
Jake Arrieta on Thursday offered an unexpected explanation for his second-half struggles in 2018: he pitched much of last season with an injured left knee.

Astros have unfinished business this season (Thursday, February 14)
The Astros logo outside the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches really is something to see, all the way from Haverhill Rd. The closer you get the bigger it gets, the white "H" right there in front of the huge orange star. Underneath the "H" is the following message, white against orange: "2017 World Champions." It would have been a simple matter to put "2018" down there, too. There was room.

Buehler's brilliance drawing some high praise (Thursday, February 14)
The Dodgers know just how good Walker Buehler is and want to keep him that way, which is why he's the only pitcher in camp who hasn't thrown a bullpen session yet.

deGrom: 'I want to be part of this team's future' (Thursday, February 14)
Jacob deGrom wants a contract extension with the Mets, and they want to extend deGrom. So far, neither side has made significant movement toward that common goal.

Kikuchi to get a break from 10-hour workouts (Thursday, February 14)
After hearing new free-agent pitcher Yusei Kikuchi was used to 10-hour Spring Training practices in Japan, Mariners manager Scott Servais acknowledged Thursday he'd love to see how those teams conduct their workouts. But, no, the Mariners will not be changing up their spring routine anytime soon.

Harvey strains glute, out for a week and a half (Thursday, February 14)
Right-hander Matt Harvey sustained a glute strain while participating in agility drills on Wednesday and will be out for roughly a week and a half, Angels manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday.

20 questions that will define the NL Central (Thursday, February 14)
It was only five years ago that the Cardinals won the National League Central with only 90 wins. Heck, it was only 12 years ago that the Cubs won it with 85, and 13 that the Cardinals won it with 83. Point is: There have been times in recent baseball history that the NL Central was not exactly the toughest gauntlet in the sport. But in 2019, it looks like the scariest division in baseball.

Unburdened Price ready to go back to back (Thursday, February 14)
Without question, David Price felt a little lighter on Thursday as he held court with the Boston media to mark the beginning of his fourth season with the Red Sox.

Source: Twins extending Polanco, Kepler (Thursday, February 14)
The Twins' focus this season will be continuing to develop their young core, and they moved to secure two of those key pieces for the long term on Thursday. A source confirmed to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand that the Twins are set to extend both shortstop Jorge Polanco and outfielder Max Kepler.

Vlad Jr. yet to arrive but already talk of camp (Thursday, February 14)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hasn't even reported for duty yet and already he has become the main talking point at Blue Jays' Spring Training. General manager Ross Atkins was bombarded with questions about MLB Pipeline's top prospect during his first media availability of the spring on Thursday.

Sights and sounds from Spring Training (Thursday, February 14)
Spring Training is underway. Players around the league are stepping back onto the baseball field as they get ready for the 2019 season. MLB.com's beat reporters have you covered with the action from every team's training camp. Keep track of the latest highlights of Spring Training right here.

Betts believes he can be even better in 2019 (Thursday, February 14)
Life couldn't be much better for Mookie Betts these days. His team won the World Series last October. Betts won the American League MVP Award that eluded him two years ago. The right fielder won yet another Gold Glove Award -- his third in a row. Betts experienced the joy of his first child being born (a daughter named Kynlee Ivory). Oh, and he won another PBA bowling tournament on Super Bowl Sunday.

Arenado won't set hard deadline on negotiations (Thursday, February 14)
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado said Thursday he won't make Opening Day a hard deadline for negotiations on a possible multiyear contract.

Phils GM satisfied, but will keep eye on market (Thursday, February 14)
General Manager Matt Klentak discussed the Phillies' offseason in a press conference on Thursday in Clearwater, Fla. The Phillies remain in contact with the agents for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. The belief is that the front office still prefers Machado over Harper because of Machado's combination of offense and defense.

Do any teams regret their 2018 Draft pick? (Thursday, February 14)
Camps are full of prospects getting the opportunity to play alongside big leaguers and make an impression on the Major League staff. Some are competing for jobs, others know they'll head to Minor League camp soon enough. Either way, it's fun to watch them mix it up.

Sources: Twins, Polanco finalizing extension (Thursday, February 14)
The Twins are nearing an extension with shortstop Jorge Polanco, sources have confirmed to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.

Source: Cubs have deal with reliever Cedeno (Wednesday, February 13)
In search of relief help that would fit within their budget parameters, the Cubs have added veteran left-hander Xavier Cedeno on a $900,000 non-guaranteed deal, a source told MLB.com on Wednesday night. The club has not confirmed the deal.

Projected 2019 lineups, rotations for every team (Wednesday, February 13)
Spring Training is here, so now is a good time to project what each club's Opening Day lineup and rotation would look like if the season began today. Of course, rosters are still fluid at this point, but with help from all 30 MLB.com beat writers, here's a roundup of how they might turn out.

MLB hosts first Play Ball events in Brazil (Wednesday, February 13)
The popularity of baseball is on the rise world-wide, and in recent years, Major League Baseball has expanded its outreach to include countries not previously viewed as having a big presence in the game.

Giants acquire righty reliever Gott from Nats (Wednesday, February 13)
The Giants added another arm into their bullpen mix Wednesday, acquiring right-hander Trevor Gott from the Nationals for cash considerations.

Kopech playing catch as he begins long rehab (Wednesday, February 13)
Michael Kopech played catch again Wednesday on a back field of the White Sox complex at Camelback Ranch as part of his rehab work following Tommy John surgery last September to repair an ulnar collateral ligament tear. General manager Rick Hahn said the right-hander is exactly where he should be right now.

Marlins to mix and match in ninth inning (Wednesday, February 13)
Without a true closer, the Marlins are prepared to use matchups to help decide who takes the ball in the ninth inning. Right-hander Drew Steckenrider and lefty Adam Conley are regarded as the frontrunners to split the closer's role.

Morrow's injury adds intrigue to Cubs' bullpen (Wednesday, February 13)
A comeback from a right elbow injury will keep veteran reliever Brandon Morrow out of the picture for the season's first month, contributing to a Cubs bullpen competition that features a long list of arms.

5 things we learned from Boone's camp address (Wednesday, February 13)
One of Aaron Boone's so-called "bumper stickers" throughout his first spring as the Yankees' manager was that he wanted players to carry an "expectation of greatness." Having steered that club to 100 wins and the playoffs, he believes that the 2019 edition will be even more successful.

Nats notes: Strasburg, Eaton, Doolittle (Wednesday, February 13)
Stephen Strasburg spent a lot more time in D.C. this winter. It's getting harder to make those cross-country flights back to San Diego with a family and growing children who are getting used to the Washington area, plus he enjoys working year-round with the Nationals staff and at the team's facilities.

3 pitchers competing to be Rockies' ace (Wednesday, February 13)
If German Marquez, Kyle Freeland and Jon Gray want to battle it out for tops on the staff, that's perfectly fine with Rockies manager Bud Black.

Bucs camp begins with focus on pitching (Wednesday, February 13)
Before the Pirates' pitchers and catchers warmed up for their first workout on Wednesday, they gathered to meet with Clint Hurdle. Pittsburgh's manager delivered a quick message, he said, one meant to "reinforce the belief that the game leans heavily upon pitching."

D-backs to sort out closer role in spring (Wednesday, February 13)
After watching his pitchers and catchers go through their first workout Wednesday, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said it was too early to say whether Archie Bradley, Greg Holland or Yoshihisa Hirano would be his closer come Opening Day.

Brewers make fallen officer their '10th man' (Wednesday, February 13)
There is a locker in the Brewers' Spring Training clubhouse with a name you won't find on any roster. The navy blue jersey with "RITTNER" stitched across the top serves as a quiet tribute to Matthew Rittner, the fallen Milwaukee Police Department officer who was laid to rest on Wednesday, on the same day his favorite team reported to camp.

Greinke will report to camp later this week (Wednesday, February 13)
Zack Greinke will arrive at Spring Training a couple of days after the rest of the pitchers and catchers after requesting a little extra time.

Taking stock of CC's HOF credentials (Wednesday, February 13)
With CC Sabathia to formally announce his retirement following the 2019 season, it's a good time to look at his Hall of Fame credentials.

Diekman signs 1-year deal with Royals (Wednesday, February 13)
The Royals have signed left-handed reliever Jake Diekman to a one-year contract on Wednesday that includes a mutual option for 2020. The deal is for $2.25 million and there's a $500,000 buyout if the option is not exercised, a source told MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan.

Trim, fit Jansen enters spring on a mission (Wednesday, February 13)
Kenley Jansen said cardiologist Dr. Koonlawee Nademanee "is the best probably in the world" and it must be true, because the surgeon not only fixed Jansen's heart but also his mind. The Dodgers closer threw a bullpen session Wednesday as if he never had a 5 1/2-hour procedure performed in late November to correct a defect that caused an irregular heartbeat.

Darvish ready to be rid of last season's troubles (Wednesday, February 13)
Following a bullpen session on Wednesday morning, Yu Darvish made his way to a vacated practice field. With no coaches, teammates or staffers around, the Cubs right-hander worked through a series of tosses into a batting practice screen to continue refining his delivery.

9 comeback stories everyone's rooting for (Wednesday, February 13)
A year ago, Danny Farquhar was not going to be in the middle of a spring storyline. That's going to change this spring as he tries to win a spot in the Yankees' bullpen

Back on mound, Reyes calls baseball 'a blessing' (Wednesday, February 13)
Two years have passed since Alex Reyes sat at a nearby clinic having his ailing elbow examined while his teammates took the field for their first official spring workout. He never did return to join them.

Who is most -- and least -- likely to nab Bryce? (Wednesday, February 13)
Where does the saga dubbed "Harper's Bazaar" stand? Let's look at the longshots, contenders and -- dare we say? -- favorites, ranked from the least likely to most likely to sign Bryce Harper.

Kikuchi adjusting to life in the big leagues (Wednesday, February 13)
Yusei Kikuchi made his mound debut at Mariners camp on Wednesday with a 10-minute bullpen session that provided the Mariners a glimpse into what their new free agent has to offer.

Wood wins arbitration case with Reds (Wednesday, February 13)
Reds left-hander Alex Wood won his arbitration case over the club on Wednesday. Wood will earn $9.65 million on his one-year contract this season. Cincinnati had offered $8.7 million.

Source: Cole wins arbitration case vs. Astros (Wednesday, February 13)
All-Star right-hander Gerrit Cole won his arbitration case against the Astros, sources told MLB.com on Wednesday, meaning he will make $13.5 million this season. The team offerred $11.425 million, a difference of $2,075,000.

Fantasy SP ranks: Familiar names top list (Wednesday, February 13)
At a time when teams are relying more and more on their bullpens, and even deploying "openers" on occasion, true ace starting pitchers have become even more valuable for fantasy purposes, simply because they're rather rare. Pitching comes at a premium, you might say.

Agent: Fister retiring, ready for next chapter (Wednesday, February 13)
Doug Fister, a reliable right-hander for the Tigers' dominant rotations in the early years of this decade, has decided to retire from his Major League pitching career, his agent, Page Odle, told MLB.com on Wednesday.

Sources: Bauer wins arbitration case with Tribe (Wednesday, February 13)
For the second consecutive year, Trevor Bauer's salary was left to be determined by an arbitration panel and, just like in 2018, the latest ruling went in his favor.

Bumgarner, Posey welcome Bart to camp (Wednesday, February 13)
Less than two hours after meeting Madison Bumgarner, top Giants prospect Joey Bart found himself catching one of Bumgarner's bullpen sessions after the veteran left-hander approached him and said, "Let's go on No. 1."

Kapler faces pressure, shifts focus to players (Wednesday, February 13)
Gabe Kapler is trying to keep the focus on his players in 2019, but it might be an impossible task.

Here's how last spring's stars panned out (Wednesday, February 13)
Of all the wonderful things about Spring Training -- the sunshine, the grass, the pleasing puzzlement at all the players you've never heard of in your favorite team's lineup by the seventh inning -- the best is the hope.

Alonso, Jay arrive at camp amid Machado chatter (Wednesday, February 13)
The lockers of Yonder Alonso and Jon Jay sit side by side in the back-left corner of the White Sox clubhouse at Camelback Ranch, bringing a little Miami flair to the Arizona desert.

Injury to delay Ellsbury's arrival at Yanks camp (Wednesday, February 13)
Jacoby Ellsbury's locker will remain empty at Yankees camp for at least the rest of the month. Manager Aaron Boone said on Wednesday that the veteran outfielder -- who has not played in a Major League game since 2017 -- is not expected to report to camp with the rest of the team's position players because of plantar fasciitis that stalled his rehab from surgery.

Closer Diaz excited to team with Familia in 'pen (Wednesday, February 13)
From the moment the Mets traded for Edwin Diaz in December, they made it clear that Diaz -- perhaps the best closer in baseball last season -- would be their unquestioned ninth-inning man. A few weeks later, the Mets signed their old closer, Jeurys Familia, who made it equally clear that he is just fine with the new arrangement.

Acuna set to smash records this season (Wednesday, February 13)
Those hoping to watch Ronald Acuna Jr. extend last season's incredible post-All-Star break production should remember that his pace would have equated to 45 homers and 33 stolen bases over 162 games.

Astros open camp with bar 'set incredibly high' (Wednesday, February 13)
With this many stars and this much talent, you can't help but have visions of playing baseball deep into October. And considering it was only a year ago the Astros were talking about defending their World Series title, their window to win another one remains wide open.

Tigers open camp loaded with youth, optimism (Wednesday, February 13)
Detroit's dream is of a spring in which its top four prospects are not only in big league camp, but become the core of its rotation. That's at least a couple years away. For this spring, all of them are expected to open the season in the Minor Leagues.

Recovering Wieck reports after cancer surgery (Wednesday, February 13)
In two weeks, Brad Wieck wants to be throwing off a mound. In a month, he wants to be competing for a place in the Padres' bullpen. The 27-year-old left-hander is insistent that he's going to keep "rolling with the punches," even though the latest punch was a particularly dreadful one. In January, Wieck was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

A's add veteran Grossman to outfield mix (Wednesday, February 13)
A veteran presence is coming to a young Oakland outfield.

Dodgers have MLB's best pitching. Here's why (Wednesday, February 13)
The 2019 Dodgers are going to be good, and that's in large part thanks to the fact that they're projected to have the best run-prevention unit in baseball.

White Sox open camp with optimism, questions (Wednesday, February 13)
White Sox pitchers and catchers officially reported to Camelback Ranch for the start of Spring Training on Wednesday, although many players already made their way to Arizona. Year 3 of the rebuild begins with a great deal of optimism, knowing that the plan is starting to turn a major corner.

Roster in transition as Blue Jays open camp (Wednesday, February 13)
Charlie Montoyo is about to embark on the first spring of his managerial career, and based on the number of decisions he has to make, it's going to be a challenging six weeks.

D-backs agree to 1-year deal with Joseph (Wednesday, February 13)
The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with catcher Caleb Joseph on a one-year contract. To make room for Joseph on the roster, the D-backs placed right-hander Taijuan Walker on the 60-day injured list. The D-backs' 40-man roster remains at 40.

Boone: Severino set to get Opening Day nod (Wednesday, February 13)
The Yankees expect Luis Severino to be their Opening Day starter, manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday.

Source: CC to announce he'll retire after season (Wednesday, February 13)
Heading into his 19th big league campaign, Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia will hold a news conference Saturday at George M. Steinbrenner Field to officially announce that he will retire at the end of the 2019 season, a source tells MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

Sale: 'I'd love to keep playing here' (Wednesday, February 13)
Ace Chris Sale arrived with the Red Sox a couple of years ago thirsting for the chance to pitch in the playoffs and win a World Series title. As he chased those things, he fell in love with the sports passion of Boston and fit in seamlessly with his new organization.

Visa issues delay Sucre's arrival to O's camp (Wednesday, February 13)
It may take the Orioles a little longer than expected to sift through their crowded catching situation. A club source confirmed that catcher Jesus Sucre is held up by visa issues in his native Venezuela and will report to camp late.

Cubs to launch Marquee Sports Network (Wednesday, February 13)
The Chicago Cubs and Sinclair Broadcast Group on Wednesday announced the launch of Marquee Sports Network to provide increased access and around-the-clock coverage of the team. This new regional sports network will be the exclusive television home of the Chicago Cubs beginning in 2020.

Red Sox report with one word in mind: Repeat (Wednesday, February 13)
The last time a team repeated as World Series champions, you were probably looking for a dial-up modem to get hooked up to the internet. Hopefully you didn't get any Y2K bugs. The 21st century was just a couple of months away. This is to say: It's been a while. In fact, it is long overdue.

Giants acquire righty reliever Gott from Nats (Wednesday, February 13)
The Giants acquired right-handed pitcher Trevor Gott from the Nationals in exchange for cash considerations on Wednesday.

Yanks eager for 1st look at 'pen as camp opens (Wednesday, February 13)
As the greatest closer the sport has known prepares for his summer induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Mariano Rivera's successors boast the potential to make some history of their own.

Nola inks 4-year, $45 million extension (Wednesday, February 13)
Aaron Nola established himself as one of the best pitchers in baseball in 2018. The Phillies ensured on Wednesday that he will be the ace in their rotation for possibly the next five seasons.

5 Spring Training storylines to follow (Tuesday, February 12)
Spring Training is here. If you're ranking sentences, that one is up there pretty high, probably just behind, "Because you are so good-looking, your pizza is free." Here are five key storylines in MLB this spring.

Burnes vying for Brewers rotation spot (Tuesday, February 12)
Josh Hader broke into the big leagues as a reliever, found success in that role and never looked back. It looks like another highly regarded prospect, Corbin Burnes, will take a different path.

Epstein details rigorous expectations for Russell (Tuesday, February 12)
Addison Russell went through a normal morning workout at the Cubs' spring complex on Tuesday, but there is nothing routine about the shortstop's current situation. Once the regular season arrives, Russell will have a series of important steps to complete before being permitted to take the field again.

Dodgers have MLB's best pitching. Here's why (Tuesday, February 12)
The 2019 Dodgers are going to be good, and that's in large part thanks to the fact that they're projected to have the best run-prevention unit in baseball.

Brewers overwhelmed by new spring facility (Tuesday, February 12)
Following a $60 million renovation, the Brewers on Tuesday christened American Family Fields of Phoenix with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the rebirth of the Brewers' longtime Spring Training home. Players knew it was coming, but the most common reaction to seeing the finished result in person was, "Wow."

5 Spring Training story lines to follow (Tuesday, February 12)
Spring Training is here. If you're ranking sentences, that one is up there pretty high, probably just behind, "Because you are so good-looking, your pizza is free." Here are five key story lines in MLB this spring.

Kieboom, Garcia headline Nats' list of NRIs (Tuesday, February 12)
The Nationals announced their non-roster invitees to Major League Spring Training on Tuesday, a list of 19 players including some intriguing veterans and headlined by two promising young prospects.

White Sox believe they are title contenders (Tuesday, February 12)
Here's the interesting point about this young White Sox team. The club certainly would welcome the addition of a franchise-altering sort of talent such as Manny Machado or Bryce Harper, but the South Siders believe in themselves even as the group was laid out on Tuesday.

Engel hopes tweaks to swing increase offense (Tuesday, February 12)
There was a noticeable difference in Adam Engel as he took swings in the batting cages at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday. Engel was operating out of a crouch, with his bat lying flat on his shoulders as he sprayed line drives around the cage. It's a change the center fielder focused upon during the offseason.

Blackmon's been in Arenado's contract shoes (Tuesday, February 12)
Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon can identify with third baseman Nolan Arenado, which puts him in position to offer support rather than advice.

Gonzales feels 'energized' by new-look Mariners (Tuesday, February 12)
Marco Gonzales was the Mariners' most effective starter for much of last season, so it was fitting that the 27-year-old found himself in the first group of hurlers to take the mound for bullpen sessions on Tuesday at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Rotation depth takes focus as Marlins open ST (Tuesday, February 12)
With a new logo, new uniforms and the same starting pitching candidates from a year ago, the Marlins open Spring Training on Wednesday with pitcher and catcher workouts. How quickly the organization progresses towards being a playoff contender will largely hinge around the rotation depth assembled over the past 18 months.

Bird embraces underdog role at Yanks camp (Tuesday, February 12)
Once viewed as the Yankees' first baseman of the future, Greg Bird said that he had no issue when general manager Brian Cashman recently said that Luke Voit now holds "a leg up" in that battle. After several injury-plagued seasons, Bird is embracing that new role as an underdog.

Felix out to prove he's 'not done yet' in 2019 (Tuesday, February 12)
Felix Hernandez hears the talk. He's aware of the chatter that his career is over after a couple down seasons.

Salazar nearing return to mound for Indians (Tuesday, February 12)
Danny Salazar hasn't made a big league appearance since Game 4 of the 2017 American League Division Series against the Yankees, but the right-hander is hoping his return to the Indians is near.

Mets raised their floor more than any contender (Tuesday, February 12)
The 2019 Mets may not have added Manny Machado or Bryce Harper -- yet -- but they may have done something just as important. They've continually imported talent to raise the floor and add depth, and that's a big deal.

Bumgarner 'would love to stay' with Giants (Tuesday, February 12)
Despite trade speculation, Madison Bumgarner arrived at Scottsdale Stadium on Tuesday as Giants pitchers and catchers reported for Spring Training. He's still on track to be the club's starter on Opening Day, though his future in San Francisco remains murky as he prepares to enter his final season before free agency.

How has Cervelli brought 'sexy' back? Dingers (Tuesday, February 12)
Cervelli is feeling good as he prepares for his fifth -- and potentially final -- season with the Pirates. He missed time last year due to concussions, but he slugged a career-high 12 homers in 104 games and finished the season without any lingering issues. Now he eyes an increase in home runs from where he finished in 2018.

Fantasy 3rd basemen rankings: J-Ram tops list (Tuesday, February 12)
Third base might be the most talent-rich position in across the infield right now, with MVP Award candidates manning the hot corner around both leagues.

Phillies open camp amid Harper, Machado buzz (Tuesday, February 12)
Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain the No. 1 topics in the baseball world. They will remain the No. 1 topic in Phillies camp until both players sign.

Every team's Opening Day starter, predicted (Tuesday, February 12)
Even in an age of "openers" and extended bullpens, there is an undeniable cache to being a team's Opening Day starter. It's a legitimate honor.

This Reds pitcher could see time in outfield (Tuesday, February 12)
Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen's top priority in Spring Training will be to get innings and prepare himself to pitch in what could be a multitude of roles. However, Lorenzen's offseason workouts also included outfield work and batting practice -- and that could continue in the spring.

Royals ready to run with plethora of speed (Tuesday, February 12)
Speed will be an essential theme for a Royals club that already boasts the Major League steals leader in Whit Merrifield (45) and a rising star in Adalberto Mondesi, who stole 32 bases in 75 games.

Familiar faces open Rockies spring camp (Tuesday, February 12)
Familiar sounds of encouragement and needling filled a practice field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on Monday as Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story and the infielders took grounders and Charlie Blackmon and the outfielders gathered their bats and spikes. Only a few faces that always seemed to be around are missing as Spring Training begins.

Cubs open camp with high expectations (Tuesday, February 12)
The daily sense of urgency officially begins right now for the Cubs. On Tuesday, Chicago's pitchers and catchers were required to report to Arizona, marking the first step in Spring Training's six-week build toward Opening Day.

Top prospect Mize makes solid first impression (Tuesday, February 12)
Michael Fulmer and Daniel Norris wrapped up their throwing sessions quickly. Relief prospect Zac Houston was done soon after. By the middle of the morning Tuesday, seven of the eight bullpen mounds on the back fields at Tigertown were empty. The one mound that still had a pitcher on it had an audience.

Orioles considering using 'opener' strategy (Tuesday, February 12)
Since the Rays debuted "the opener" last May, no fewer than eight teams have helped transform the concept from a fad into a mini-movement. Consider the Orioles a candidate to dive in next.

Davidson embracing 2-way role with Rangers (Tuesday, February 12)
Rangers pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training on Tuesday and Matt Davidson was right there with them. A corner infielder by trade, Davidson will get some time on the mound as well.

Luzardo not feeling heat to win A's starting spot (Tuesday, February 12)
The A's most-talked-about prospect toed the rubber Tuesday for his first bullpen session of the spring, yet again prompting the big question: Will Jesus Luzardo be in the A's Opening Day rotation?

Gold Glover Bradley: I can get better in CF (Tuesday, February 12)
Jackie Bradley Jr. has had three months to reflect on it. So after finally reeling in the Gold Glove Award that he had been on the cusp of for so many years, what word first came out of his mouth when asked about it on Tuesday?

Sources: Giants add Parra to outfield mix (Tuesday, February 12)
As they continue to await a resolution to the Bryce Harper sweepstakes, the Giants augmented their outfield depth by signing veteran Gerardo Parra to a Minor League deal Tuesday, sources confirmed to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi and Mark Feinsand.

Martinez to build as starter but may see relief (Tuesday, February 12)
With a gaggle of 10 pitchers competing for five big league rotation spots this spring, the Cardinals will be forced into some creativity when it comes time to assigning roles to each at the end of March. That will mean a return to the Minors for some and a move into the 'pen for others.

Kershaw, Martin reunite in Dodgers camp (Tuesday, February 12)
Nine years later, the battery of Clayton Kershaw and Russell Martin was reunited on Tuesday as Dodgers pitchers and catchers reported for 2019 Spring Training at Camelback Ranch.

Phillies introduce All-Star catcher Realmuto (Tuesday, February 12)
The Phillies introduced J.T. Realmuto, their new All-Star catcher, in a news conference Tuesday at the team's Spring Training complex in Clearwater, Fla.

Source: Romo, Marlins agree to 1-year deal (Tuesday, February 12)
Veteran reliever Sergio Romo on Tuesday agreed to a one-year Major League deal with the Marlins for $2.5 million plus incentives, a source told MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. The deal, which the club has not confirmed, is pending a physical.

Angels' hope: Ohtani returns as DH in May (Tuesday, February 12)
Brad Ausmus held his first media session of the spring on the day pitchers and catchers officially reported on Tuesday, giving updates on rehabbing players such as Shohei Ohtani, Albert Pujols and Zack Cozart.

Roberts: Seager should be ready by OD (Tuesday, February 12)
It was reporting day for pitchers and catchers on Tuesday, but manager Dave Roberts also addressed the status of the Dodgers shortstop, Corey Seager, who is coming off elbow and hip operations.

Cardinals ready for 1st ST with Shildt at helm (Tuesday, February 12)
The chatter started weeks ago, as players started wondering aloud what a Spring Training under manager Mike Shildt might look like. The guesswork is about to go away.

Giants open spring camp as work in progress (Tuesday, February 12)
One year after making a pair of high-profile acquisitions in Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria, the Giants have experienced a far slower and quieter winter, leaving the club with quite a few question marks as pitchers and catchers reported to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the start of Spring Training on Tuesday.

R.B.I. Baseball 19 hits consoles on March 5 (Tuesday, February 12)
Can't wait for Opening Day? Good news -- you can take the field early when R.B.I. Baseball 19 is released on March 5.

Bell leads new-look Reds into Spring Training (Tuesday, February 12)
As Reds Spring Training opened with pitchers and catchers reporting for physicals on Tuesday, new manager David Bell was already be tasked with many responsibilities. But there will be one that looms largest. Following five years out of the postseason, including the past four with more than 90 losses, Bell must restore a culture of winning.

Around the Horn: Yanks loaded at outfield, DH (Tuesday, February 12)
With the start of Spring Training approaching, anticipation is building for the 2019 season. MLB.com is going around the horn to break down each area of the Yankees' roster, concluding this week with the outfield and designated hitter.

Uniform patch to mark 150 years of pro baseball (Tuesday, February 12)
All 30 Major League teams will wear special "MLB 150" patches on their uniforms for the entire 2019 season in honor of the 150th anniversary of the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first openly all-salaried professional baseball team.

Edwin expected to report to Mariners' camp (Tuesday, February 12)
When Seattle acquired Edwin Encarnacion from Cleveland at the Winter Meetings, the Mariners acknowledged almost immediately that Encarnacion could be traded again before the start of Spring Training.

'I think this is our year': Mets report ready to rock (Tuesday, February 12)
All told, 64 players are expected to filter into Mets camp this week and next, one of the largest gatherings the Mets have brought to First Data Field in years. Of those, 18 were not in the organization at the end of last season, including nine players on the 40-man roster. No matter your preferred calculation, the Mets have turned over about a quarter of their roster in the past three months, leaving the taste of consecutive fourth-place finishes well behind them.

deGrom sets deadline on extension talks (Tuesday, February 12)
Jacob deGrom's representatives have set an Opening Day deadline to complete an extension, a source confirmed to MLB.com, giving the sides six more weeks to work something out. deGrom has let the Mets know that he won't negotiate during the season, though it's possible he and the team could reopen talks next winter.

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