This is the January 4, 2013 news archive. View today's MLB rumors and news.
Share TweetPerhaps retirement wasn’t all it was cracked up to be for Dontrelle Willis, or maybe the competitive fire of a 30-year-old hurler who should still have a few decent years left in his once dominant arm has been lit again. Whatever the case is, the quirkyShare TweetBlue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos does not expect left-handed reliever Darren Oliver to be a part of the revamped Toronto roster come Opening Day.
Wilson's NFL rise is no surprise to RockiesUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetWhen the Colorado Rockies drafted North Carolina State infielder Russell Wilson in the fourth-round in 2010, they knew he had NFL aspirations, and the Seahawks' rookie quarterback sensation is showing the world why.Share TweetLeft-hander J.P. Howell has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers for just under $3 million in base salary, plus performance bonuses, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.
In Mets-Like Move, Yankees Acquire OutfielderUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetAfter losing Nick Swisher to the Indians in free agency, the Yankees claimed Russ Canzler off waivers from Cleveland.Source: nytimes.com
Rockies to scout former Cy Young winner WebbUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetThe Rockies will be among the teams that will scout former Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb's throwing session in the next couple of weeks.Share TweetThe Indians are not done looking for ways to upgrade aspects of their roster. After signing right-hander Brett Myers, though, the club appears to be done doling out substantial big league contracts to free agents.Share TweetFormer Astros players Morgan Ensberg and Adam Everett, as well as former National League stolen base king Vince Coleman, are among those who will be on the Astros' Minor League field staff this season.
Brewers sign outfielder Garner to Minor League dealUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetThe Brewers added to their Minor League outfield depth Friday by finalizing a deal with Cole Garner, a 28-year-old who played in four games with the Rockies in 2011.
Bichette seeking new era of Blake Street BombersUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetNew hitting coach Dante Bichette offers a unique perspective on how to solve the home/road problem that has pestered the Rockies from the beginning.
Torii unhappy with controversial story, staying mumUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetAfter the reaction to his quote in a Los Angeles Times story last weekend about gay athletes and how Torii Hunter would react to having an openly gay teammate, it's hard to blame him for being reticent.
Should Steroids-Era Sportswriters Be Kept Out Of The Hall Of Fame Voting?Updated Jan 4 Share TweetJeff Pearlman has an interview up with Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci, one of the most accomplished baseball writers working. It's long and covers numerous subjects, but it only addresses steroids in two areas: Verducci's groundbreaking 2002 cover st…Source: deadspin.comShare TweetCatcher Luis Martinez has been claimed on waivers by the Orioles. At the same time, the Rangers announced that catcher Eli Whiteside has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Round Rock.
Olt to be honored as Rangers' top Minor LeaguerUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetInfielder Mike Olt has been named the winner of the 2012 Tom Grieve Award as the Rangers' top Minor League player. He will be honored at the Dr. Pepper Awards Show, which will be held next Friday at the Arlington Convention Center.
Pirates announce changes to Minor League staffsUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetThe Pirates unveiled a series of Minor League coaching staff changes on Friday, as new managers will take over at six of the organization's eight affiliates.
Blue Jays claim righty Beck off waiversUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetThe Blue Jays added a familiar face back to the organization on Friday, claiming right-hander Chad Beck off waivers from the Pirates.
Trumbo could make Angels' offense specialUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetIf Mark Trumbo can recover from a brutal second half and recapture the success that made him an All-Star leading up to it, then the Angels really have something special on offense.
Amaro searching for veteran corner outfielderUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetPhillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. continues to make calls and send text messages and emails in search of a veteran corner outfielder. He understands it would be risky to enter the season without one.
Back of Astros' rotation has plenty of competitionUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetAstros general manager Jeff Luhnow created plenty of competition in the back end of the pitching rotation this season with the addition of right-handers Philip Humber, Alex White and John Ely to a group that already included youngsters Dallas Keuchel an…
In A Position To ArgueUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetWho are the best players at each position not yet in the Hall of Fame? Many of them are new to this year's ballot but some, writes Jay Jaffe, have already fallen off.Source: CNNSI.com
Mariners outright Mitchell to Triple-A TacomaUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetRight-handed pitcher D.J. Mitchell was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma by the Mariners on Friday, remaining in the organization after being designated for assignment on Dec. 26 to make room on the 40-man roster for free-agent signee Raul Ibanez.
Kemp, Billingsley progressing from their injuriesUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetMatt Kemp and Chad Billingsley, two of the most prominent Dodgers rehabbing injuries, have made it to this point in the offseason without a physical setback, according to agent Dave Stewart.
Internet Commenters Should Probably Stop Trying To Trade For Giancarlo StantonUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetOriginally published in Baseball Prospectus. More »Source: deadspin.com
Home-schooling is answer for Carpenter at keystoneUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetThe settings vary, but nearly every day since the season ended, Matt Carpenter has been busy at work.
Beavan hopes continued work pays off in new yearUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetWhile he may not have the raw stuff of other big-name young pitchers, Blake Beavan has shown progress and an ability to command his fastball.
Nationals looking like team to beat in NL EastUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetArmed with arguably one of the best rotations in baseball, there is a feeling around baseball that the Nationals are the team to beat in the National League East.Share TweetThe Rangers continue to look for an upgrade in the middle of their lineup, and veteran free-agent Lance Berkman has said the club could have a "geographic advantage" for his services.
Alex Rodriguez waits for hip surgery date as Yankees power downUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetWith slugger Alex Rodriguez still waiting for the go-ahead to have surgery on his hip, New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman has made some candid statements about his club's power. And how it lacks. The Yankees led the majors in home runs and finished secon…Source: yahoo.com
Ifs remain for intriguing Red Sox in 2013Updated Jan 4 Share TweetWith the start of Spring Training coming fairly soon, it seems like the proper time to take an analytical look at the Red Sox and how they stack up after missing the postseason for three straight seasons.
Getting on base key to Brown's path to GiantsUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetGary Brown has speed to burn and is an above-average defender, but he'll need to prove that he can get on base consistently before earning a spot with the Giants.
Laser-pointing teen at Cards game pleads guiltyUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetHe who would lase has been made to pay. The teenager caught pointing a laser from a suite inside of Busch Stadium and causing a delay of a St. Louis Cardinals-San Francisco Giants game pleaded guilty in December, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Car…Source: yahoo.com
O's, Showalter meeting to discuss extensionUpdated Jan 4 Share TweetOrioles manager Buck Showalter traveled to Baltimore on Friday from his home in Texas to meet with the Orioles about a deal that would extend his contract beyond the 2013 season.Share TweetGiants right-hander Sergio Romo was cited and briefly detained by police on New Year's Day at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas after arguing with authorities, according to various reports
Daquean Cook to sign with Chicago Bulls after clearing waivers, agent saysJan 4Free-agent shooting specialist Daquean Cook will sign with the Chicago Bulls after clearing waivers Friday, according to his agent.
Daequan Cook to sign with Chicago Bulls after clearing waivers, agent saysJan 4Free-agent shooting specialist Daequan Cook will sign with the Chicago Bulls after clearing waivers Friday, according to his agent.
Don Banks: Kansas City gets its man, but history says Reid may not win bigJan 4The Kansas City Chiefs on Friday completed their whirlwind pursuit of Andy Reid and hired him as their next head coach, making the big, bold headline move in large part because they were drawn by his long NFL track record and history of winning in Phila…
Peter King: Quarterback play crucial in uncertain Wild Card roundJan 4Minnesota cornerback Antoine Winfield and Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco are two of the major difference-makers on Wild Card weekend in this 93rd NFL season, if you accept these premises: