GLENDALE, Ariz. — Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras isn’t exactly on board with Major League Baseball’s new pace-of-play rules, which include a limit on mound visits per game. Contreras is claiming he’ll defy the rule that limits teams to six visits for the first nine innings of a game, minus a few exceptions. “I don’t
The Miami Marlins will honor victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by wearing the school’s hats before their Grapefruit League opener Friday. The Marlins will wear the hats during their workout and pregame before they face the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Florida. Miami is unlikely to be able to wear
The Miami Marlins will honor victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by wearing the school’s caps before their Grapefruit League opener Friday. The Marlins will wear the caps during their workout and pregame before they face the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Florida. Miami is unlikely to be able to wear
Recently we looked at 2017’s breakout hitters and examined whether they can repeat in 2018. Now let’s take a look at 10 pitchers. Interesting note: As I picked the 10 pitchers I wanted to write about, I realized all 10 pitched for winning teams (and all but one for playoff teams). If you want to
SAN DIEGO — Eric Hosmer and the San Diego Padres have finalized their $144 million, eight-year contract. The team announced the signing Monday night after Hosmer passed his physical. The first baseman, who spent his first seven major league seasons with Kansas City before becoming a free agent this offseason, can opt out of the
The market for J.D. Martinez appeared to comprise just one team — the Boston Red Sox, who had the means, motive and opportunity to sign the outfielder/DH whom no other team seemed to come close to in terms of offers. That may have contributed to the lengthy stalemate. I think the Red Sox blinked, giving
FORT MYERS, Fla. — J.D. Martinez isn’t such a large human that he grabs your attention simply by standing up. He also isn’t a former first-round draft pick who, at age 18, was hyped as the next Alex Rodriguez. But here’s something else Martinez is not: A consolation prize. Go ahead and rip the Boston
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Bryce Harper isn’t talking about the future. On Monday afternoon, Harper addressed reporters for the first time this spring training and refused to discuss anything beyond the Washington Nationals‘ upcoming season. “I will not be discussing anything relative to 2019 at all. I’m focused on this year. I’m focused on
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Alex Cora has been the manager of the Boston Red Sox for only 121 days, but it feels as though he has told this same story 120 times. It was Oct. 9, an overcast Monday afternoon at Fenway Park. Bottom of the first inning, one out in Game 4 of a
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Evan Longoria is in his first season as a San Francisco Giant after 10 years in a Tampa Bay Rays uniform, but he still follows his old organization from a new league and the opposite coast. He’s giving a thumbs-down to one particular roster move this spring. The Rays made a surprising
The Los Angeles Angels agreed to a one-year contract with outfielder Chris Young and a minor league contract with first baseman Chris Carter. Carter received an invitation to major league spring training. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed. Young, 34, spent the past two seasons with the Boston Red Sox. He hit .235
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — On his first day back at spring training after his dad’s funeral, Terry Francona seemed to exhale when the questions eventually turned to baseball. “Thanks, I made it,” the Cleveland manager said. He spent the first six minutes of his media session Sunday reflecting on his father, former Indians player Tito Francona.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has an answer for anyone wondering why Tim Tebow is in the team’s major league spring training camp less than two years after he returned to the game following a 12-year absence. Tebow is going to play in the major leagues and the
The San Diego Padres‘ decision to sign Eric Hosmer to an eight-year deal — really a five-year deal for $105 million with a three-year player option for another $39 million at the end — is the most inexplicable move of the offseason. Not only does it overvalue Hosmer’s production, it adds a player who doesn’t
FT. MYERS, Fla. — An agent paused to consider the list of the many unsigned major leaguers. “Some of these guys are going to get absolutely destroyed,” he said. What he meant is that solid, established players are eventually going to be forced to accept deals for ugly terms, for much less than what they
Free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer has agreed to a deal with the Padres, according to multiple reports. Hosmer’s deal is for eight years, with an opt-out clause after five years, according to MLB Network. The first five years of Hosmer’s deal carry an average annual value of at least $20 million, according to multiple reports.