This is the February 6, 2013 news archive. View today's MLB rumors and news.
Mickey Mantle’s $1,150 bonus check from Yankees up for auction
This might be the coolest piece of auction memorabilia The Stew has ever publicized: The $1,150 check Mickey Mantle received from the New York Yankees to cover his signing bonus in 1949. If that price sounds a little low for Mickey Mantle (even in 1949,…Upvote Share Tweet
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Free-agent designated hitter Luke Scott has agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.Upvote Share TweetHere we sit, 24 hours removed from Ryan Braun's second PED scandal. Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown and Jeff Passan broke the news on Tuesday afternoon that Braun's name is listed in the files of Biogenesis, the alleged PED clinic run by Anthony Bosch. Braun's…Upvote Share TweetSAN FRANCISCO (AP) Reliever Sergio Romo and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a $9 million, two-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.Upvote Share TweetCINCINNATI (AP) The Reds have agreed to a $3.06 million, one-year deal with right-hander Mike Leake, avoiding salary arbitration with their fifth starter.Upvote Share TweetA rare 148-year-old baseball card discovered at a rural Maine yard sale has been auctioned for $92,000.Upvote Share TweetThird baseman Alberto Callaspo and the Los Angeles Angels have finalized a two-year contract worth $8,975,000.Upvote Share TweetSEATTLE (AP) The agents who represent Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero and Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera say no one at their agency has ever heard of or knows anyone at the Florida anti-aging clinic currently under investigation by Major League…Upvote Share TweetThe Giants agreed to a two-year deal Wednesday with right-hander Sergio Romo, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing with their likely closer.Upvote Share TweetPraise Jesus and Rick Ankiel, there IS life for a major league pitcher after injuries and control issues make his career go kaput. The Washington Nationals signed Micah Owings today ... as a first baseman. Partially because Owings always showed that he …Upvote Share TweetTop prospect Jurickson Profar told Rangers officials on Wednesday that he wanted to take some more time to think about whether he'll participate in the World Baseball Classic and won't make a decision until spring training.Upvote Share TweetMinnesota Twins pitcher Anthony Swarzak has two cracked ribs, the freak result of some ill-fated horseplay during a gathering with teammates last month.Upvote Share Tweet
Source: Cubs' Marmol plans to report on timeCarlos Marmol plans to be in spring training camp on time despite a domestic abuse allegation in the Dominican Republic that he denies, a source told ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine.Upvote Share TweetColorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was arrested early this morning for driving under the influence of alcohol in Thornton, Colo. According to police, Helton was pulled over a few blocks away from his home at 2:39 a.m. Helton just released a stat…Upvote Share Tweet
Prouty promoted to general counsel of MLBPADave Prouty has been promoted to general counsel of the Major League Baseball Players Association.Upvote Share Tweet"NOOOOOO!" was the response from Batting Stance Guy in January when word started to swirl that Kevin Youkilis, newly-minted New York Yankee, would be changing his iconic stance. But now that Youkilis has gone on camera and confirmed the change…Upvote Share Tweet
Hunter Jr. commits to play football at Notre DameThe son of Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, Torii Hunter Jr., signed a national letter of intent to play football at Notre Dame on Wednesday.Upvote Share Tweet
In The Red Zone: Cincinnati added the leadoff hitter it has needed…CNNSI.com Updated Feb 6, 2013Cincinnati added the leadoff hitter it has needed for years and it may have found an in-house supplement to one of the NL's best staffs. Jay Jaffe breaks down the Reds' offseason.Upvote Share Tweet
Tim Wakefield teaches knuckleball to Doug Flutie on ‘The Next Knuckler’Your browser does not support iframes. The MLB Network is getting into the reality TV game with a solid concept called "The Next Knuckler." Former major leaguer Tim Wakefield will attempt to teach the knuckleball to five former NCAA quarterbacks - mostUpvote Share Tweet
Verlander set to hit the links at Pebble BeachTigers ace Justin Verlander is one of the most imposing players in the baseball, but he's about to go outside his comfort zone as a participant in the AT&T National Pro-Am golf tournament at Pebble Beach.Upvote Share TweetDodgers general manager Ned Colletti said in an interview with MLB Network on Wednesday that he did not expect free-agent third baseman Scott Rolen to sign with Los Angeles.Upvote Share TweetHold on, we already might have a winner: Cubs are asking fans to design logo for Wrigley’s 100th anniversary. Here’s my entry: twitter.com/mighty_flynn/s… - It's a long season. (@mighty_flynn) February 6, 2013 Now that's just sad. However, it alsoUpvote Share Tweet
Molina excited to represent Puerto Rico in ClassicJose Molina sat out the first two World Baseball Classics, but two factors made this year's a priority. The 37-year-old Rays catcher wanted the opportunity to play alongside his brother, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, for the first time, and he also w…Upvote Share Tweet
Stairway to heaven: Polo Grounds steps coming backThe John T. Brush Stairway, by which fans made their way to the Polo Grounds from Coogan's Bluff, will be restored and renovated in this, its 100-year anniversary, thanks to a New York City project to which MLB, the Mets, Yankees and Giants contributed.Upvote Share Tweet
Chemistry experiment: Talent isn't always the answerBaseball is a team sport built on one-on-one matchups. Logic suggests that the more good players a team has, the better its chances of winning. But that frequently prove to be the case.Upvote Share Tweet
Top 10 bullpens: Braves stacked with Kimbrel and Co.One of the few no-brainers in compiling a list of baseball's top 10 bullpens is putting the Braves at the No. 1 spot.Upvote Share Tweet
They aren’t Devo: Giancarlo Stanton, Evan Longoria, Brandon Phillips, Justin Upton and Shane VictorinoESPN the Magazine is good for some things, such as their "Music Issue," in which they re-create famous album covers of yesterday using sports stars of today. How they came up with Devo's "Freedom of Choice," and thought that Giancarl…Upvote Share Tweet
Yankees Angry With A-RodFeb 6ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand discusses the latest news surrounding Alex Rodriguez's connection to a Miami clinic.
Kershaw Ready To Get StartedFeb 6Clayton Kershaw talks about his hip injury, the Dodgers' offseason moves, playing for Don Mattingly, and the rivalry between the Angels and Dodgers.
Mike Krzyzewski still being courted by Team USA basketball, according to s…Feb 6Team USA basketball still is holding out hope that Mike Krzyzewski will remain the team's coach, according to sources.
NFL mailbag - Recovery drugs might be worth a lookFeb 6The NFL might be able do more when it comes to helping players recover from injury. Plus, answers to reader questions.