This is the December 27, 2013 news archive. View today's MLB rumors and news.
The starting-pitching market has focused on Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, whose recent posting opened up what is sure to be a hotly contested bidding war. The 25-year-old is expected to command at least $17 million per season, according to Bob …Share Tweet
Perhaps the finest outfielder of his era, Mr. Blair was known for his speed and grace, and for his ability to read a hitter’s swing and make a quick break on a fly ball.Share TweetThe Angels' one-year contract with Raul Ibanez became official Friday, when the 41-year-old outfielder/designated hitter passed his physical. Ibanez will be paid a base salary of $2.75 million, plus another $2.25 million in incentives.Share TweetThe Texas Rangers say they signed South Korean outfielder Choo Shin-soo to a hefty contract for his versatility and will use him mostly as their lead-off hitter and in left field.Share TweetThe Angels plan to release right-hander Chris Volstad from his Minor League contract so he can pursue an opportunity to pitch in Korea. Meanwhile, buzz begins to build around Halos-target Mark Mulder's potential return to baseball.Share Tweet
Carl Crawford gets engaged to reality TV star Evelyn Lozada, gives her $1.4 million ringyahoo.com Dec 27, 2013What's that rule? A man should spend the equivalent of three months' salary on an engagement ring? Well, if Los Angeles Dodgers outfield Carl Crawford had done that, his bride-to-be might not be able to lift her hand.Crawford, who made $20 million last …Share Tweet
Chicago Cubs agree to one-year deal with VerasCNNSI.com Dec 27, 2013CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs say they have agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Jose Veras that includes a club option for 2015.Share Tweet
Schumaker discusses life away from fieldNew Reds utility man Skip Schumaker talked to MLB.com's Meggie Zahneis about his life away from the field.Share Tweet
Twins announce 2014 Minor League coaching staffThe Twins announced their Minor League managerial and coaching staff on Friday, with only one major change from last season.Share Tweet
Proactive Tigers retooling in pursuit of ultimate goalAfter another run to the ALCS in 2013, the goal in Detroit now is to ensure the door doesn't close on this era of great Tigers teams before it can achieve its greatest goal -- a World Series title.Share Tweet
Remembering Paul BlairDec 27Jerry Crasnick discusses the death of eight-time Gold Glove-winning center fielder Paul Blair.
Don Banks: NFL Week 17 picksDec 27Things we know with one jam-packed day of NFL regular-season play remaining in 2013:
James Dolan told New York Knicks no trades, coach firingsDec 27New York Knicks chairman James Dolan told Knicks players in a meeting Thursday that there are no trades or changes to the coaching staff forthcoming, ESPN.com has learned.
Here Comes KyleDec 27The circle of life in the NFL playoffs always seems to come down to Week 17 and the Dallas Cowboys, and the Sunday night prime time game on NBC, game 256 of the season. “We probably should just circle that date on our calendars every year,’’ Dallas tigh…
Bill Simmons on Week 17 in the NFLDec 27The Sports Guy embarks on a mission to try to salvage the most abysmal NFL handicapping season of his career.