WASHINGTON -- It was a bipartisan effort by the Ricketts siblings that led to Monday's White House celebration of the Cubs, who just managed to beat the clock before President Barack Obama's moving day.
So while Pennsylvania Avenue is fenced off in preparation for president-elect Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony on Friday, the World Series ...Read more
CHICAGO -- The Cubs have gone back in time this winter to help Jason Heyward rediscover the power that made him one of the game's most formidable prospects.
Cubs fans remember Heyward's first major-league at-bat -- a home run off Carlos Zambrano in 2010. But a more convincing sample size occurred in 2012, when Heyward hit a career-high 27 home ...Read more
Roger Clemens could have kept his mouth shut. People would have believed what they were going to believe. But Mr. Clemens went to Washington in 2008, for an extraordinary day of political theater.
Clemens testified under oath that he never had used steroids. Rep. Henry Waxman, the chairman of the congressional committee grilling Clemens, did ...Read more
CHICAGO -- The honeymoon remains passionate, especially for the fans who charged through the main ballroom doors of the Sheraton Grand Chicago to honor their heroes Friday night more than two hours before the official start of Cubs Convention.
It was a brief release of congestion for several thousand supporters wanting to express their ...Read more
CHICAGO -- It comes as little surprise Friday that the Chicago Cubs named recently retired catcher David Ross as a special assistant to baseball operations.
Ross, 39, who recently retired after 15 seasons (including the last two with the Cubs), will now contribute to all elements of the Cubs' baseball operations department, from major league ...Read more
In years past, Friday's annual deadline to exchange salary figures with arbitration-eligible players didn't have a lot of meaning. Most players agreed to terms on their one-year deals by the deadline, but the sides continued to work on cases that weren't resolved, and most times, they avoided arbitration hearings.
But with the Orioles set to ...Read more
After weeks of very little action toward building their 2017 roster, the Texas Rangers struck Friday afternoon with the signing of free agent right-hander Tyson Ross.
Two sources confirmed that the starting pitcher has agreed to a one-year deal pending a physical that he will take next week. Ross missed all but one start last season, on Opening...Read more
The White Sox have agreed to a one-year, $12-million contract to avoid arbitration with third baseman Todd Frazier, the team announced Friday.
Frazier was one of five arbitration-eligible players who came to terms with the Sox this week.
The Sox also agreed to one-year deals with right-handed starter Miguel Gonzalez ($5.9 million), left-handed...Read more
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The Indians and Trevor Bauer have agreed to a one-year deal for the 2017 season, thus avoiding arbitration.
Bauer will be paid $3.55 million this season, as first reported by Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball and FanRag Sports.
Bauer, who turns 26 on Tuesday, opened 2016 in the bullpen but after Cody Anderson struggled and Carlos Carrasco went...Read more
The Phillies avoided arbitration with their longest-tenured player Thursday as they signed Freddy Galvis to a one-year contract.
The contract, as reported by MLB.com, is worth $4.35 million. It is more than double what Galvis made last season when he hit 20 homers and was one of the National League's best defensive shortstops. Galvis batted ...Read more
The Cardinals and first baseman Matt Adams have agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.8 million, the Post-Dispatch confirmed Thursday.
The deal, which was first reported by MLB Network, arrived one day before the deadline that requires unsigned arbitration-eligible players and teams to swap desired salary figures.
Adams, 28, will avoid ...Read more
Chairman Tom Ricketts downplayed any suspicions regarding the timing of the Cubs' invitation to the White House on Monday -- four days before President-elect Donald Trump is to take office.
"Once we got invited, it was a scheduling thing for a while," Ricketts said Wednesday, confirming President Barack Obama invited the team shortly after the ...Read more
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The A's have reached an agreement on a two-year deal that would bring longtime Giants reliever Santiago Casilla back into the Oakland bullpen.
Casilla, who rose from setup man in 2010 and 2011 to become the primary closer in San Francisco four of the last five seasons, and the A's are trying to lock down a deal that would ...Read more
Early in the offseason, the Mariners targeted left-handed starting pitcher Drew Smyly, as a perfect fit for a starting rotation in need of an experienced talent upgrade. But with a farm system limited on prospects, finding the right package of players to send to the Tampa Bay Rays in return made the trade go from difficult to impossible.
"I've ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Confined to a 15-foot circle in the photo studio, Kyle Schwarber repeatedly simulated catching and throwing Monday during a 6 1/2-hour promotional session.
Schwarber laughed after an observer suggested he showed the range of motion and agility he wasn't allowed to display during the World Series.
"Everything is fine," he said. "...Read more
Once again, Al Avila had to take himself out of the equation.
Way back when the Detroit Tigers drafted his son, Alex, in the fifth round of the 2008 MLB draft, Al Avila would leave the room when his front office colleagues discussed the young catcher from Alabama.
But this winter, now as the general manager of the Tigers, Avila could not step ...Read more
Orioles left-hander Chris Lee jokes about it now, but he says when he was a toddler his mother worried about him because he would constantly bump into things. Eventually she found out her son was legally blind in his right eye, a condition that couldn't be corrected by treatment or by surgery.
"I can't even see a big old 'H' on the 1/8eye ...Read more
The Chicago Cubs will continue one of sports' most highly treasured honors for a champion by visiting the White House on Monday.
The Cubs will be honored for their first World Series title since 1908, a source confirmed Tuesday night. The visit holds special significance, since President Obama developed his political roots in Chicago and will ...Read more
CLEVELAND -- The Indians' signing of Edwin Encarnacion filled the club's biggest need on the roster, gave the lineup a significant upgrade and sent a shock wave through a fan base that had been waiting for that kind of a free-agent haul for quite some time.
The three-year, $60 million deal that includes a club option for a fourth year will send...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Charlie Culberson knows there's somebody out there in possession of the most important baseball of his career.
It doesn't have his name on it, but it once had his bat on it, and he knows it's out there. Maybe it's sitting on a fireplace mantle. Maybe buried in a junk drawer. Maybe two oblivious kids are playing catch with it ...Read more
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- Baseball Hall of Fame might no longer be off limits for MLB steroid-era players
- Orioles' Machado, Britton, Tillman, Schoop receive big raises for 2017
- Kyle Schwarber wants to catch, but will Cubs let him?