This is the January 11, 2013 news archive. View today's MLB rumors and news.
Prospects Cowart, Grichuk invited to spring campThird baseman Kaleb Cowart, MLB.com's top-ranked player in the Angels' system, will get his first taste of big league camp this spring.Share TweetTexas Rangers starter Yu Darvish will have a personal catcher in 2013, as manager Ron Washington indicated his plan is for Geovany Soto to catch most of Darvish's starts.Share Tweet
Loveable lovers? Cubs' Epstein has bigger goalsCubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein says he understands the ballclub's culture better now than he did when he first arrived in Chicago.Share Tweet
Rangers remain in contact with Lohse's agentThe Rangers continue to dance with the possibility of signing free-agent pitcher Kyle Lohse, and they have remained in contact with agent Scott Boras.Share TweetThe Toronto Blue Jays and catcher Henry Blanco have agreed to terms on a one-year, $750,000 non-guaranteed contract.Share Tweet
Fukudome returns to Japan after 5 years in MLBFormer major league outfielder Kosuke Fukudome has returned to Japan where he will play for the Hanshin Tigers of the Central League.Share TweetThe Orioles have avoided arbitration with Nolan Reimold, agreeing Friday to a one-year deal with the outfielder.Share Tweet
Giants add righty Tobin to bullpen competitionRight-hander Mason Tobin joined the competition for what's expected to be one, and only one, vacancy in the Giants' bullpen, signing a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league Spring Training.Share Tweet
Tigers set for Winter Caravan Jan. 24-25The Tigers' Winter Caravan is scheduled for Jan. 24-25, leading up to the return of TigerFest at Comerica Park on Saturday, Jan. 26. The full schedule of events for the caravan and players participating has not yet been released.Share Tweet
Top prospects among Mariners' non-roster inviteesHighly touted young prospects Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Mike Zunino and Nick Franklin are among 18 non-roster players invited to Major League Spring Training by the Mariners on Friday.Share Tweet
Walker Talks: Larry Walker won't be going to the Hall of Fame b…Larry Walker won't be going to the Hall of Fame but he has plenty of thoughts on the ballot, the PED controversy and why he treated this year's experience differently.Share Tweet
Indians Around the Horn: OutfieldRoughly one month remains until the start of Spring Training. The sound of baseballs popping in gloves. The smell of freshly trimmed outfield grass. It's all right around the corner. That makes this a good time to go Around the Horn, taking a look at th…Share Tweet
Milton Bradley facing 13 years in prison after spousal abuse charges are filedGiven a choice, Milton Bradley probably would prefer the days when we wrote stories about him raging at umpires or reporters. Bradley's alleged rage at his wife might have much more serious implications on his life. Bradleyfaces serious prison time - upShare TweetNow that the Mariners have come up empty in pursuit of a trade for D-backs right fielder Justin Upton, the obvious question is, what's next?Share TweetLOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former Los Angeles Dodgers and Seattle Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley has been charged with abusing his estranged wife and faces up to 13 years in jail if convicted, city prosecutors announced Friday.Share Tweet
McFarland to get a look as a starter in campThe Orioles selected left-hander T.J. McFarland from the Indians during the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings, and while it's typically easier to retain those players by stashing them in the bullpen, the plan remains to give the 23-year-old a look as …Share Tweet
Scott Boras says his unsigned free-agent ‘steak’ still has sizzleIf superagent Scott Boras has a beef with how newly modified rules are affecting his clients on the free-agent meat market, he is not complaining publicly. We are nearing mid-January and the best players available, all of whom were expected to make big …Share Tweet
Dodgers counting on healthy Crawford in 2013Carl Crawford, coming off Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery, will be the Dodgers' starting left fielder in 2013. That's their story and they're sticking to it.Share TweetFor Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, it was a no-brainer when invited to play for Team USA in this spring's World Baseball Classic.Share Tweet
The designated hitter turns 40 todayOn January 11, 1973, baseball owners agreed to the most significant change in baseball's history by allowing the American League to experiment for three years with a "designated pinch-hitter." The decision to try this in the AL was made after …Share TweetAfter going from starting pitcher to reliever and now closer, Glen Perkins has served in just about every pitching role for the Twins since being called up in 2006. He flourished in his role as closer in the second half of 2012 with Matt Capps dealing w…Share Tweet
Call them, maybe? 15 great pictures of baseball men talking on phonesMajor League Baseball announced this week that managers will now be able to use cell phones to call their bullpens, a story that sent us into the archives in search of an appropriate picture. We eventually settled on a picture of Lou Piniella chatting a…Share Tweet
Phils' Joseph has upside at and behind the plateWith middle-of-the-order power potential and improving defensive skills behind the plate, Tommy Joseph could be the Phillies' catcher of the future.Share Tweet
Hal: Yankees committed to fielding elite ballclubHal Steinbrenner said the Yankees' desire to avoid a luxury tax penalty will not impact their commitment to fielding a championship-caliber team.Share Tweet
Quirks of the Game: The Case for Fred McGriffnytimes.com Jan 11, 2013Fred McGriff's Hall of Fame credentials would be clearer had he not been overshadowed in baseball's steroid era.Share Tweet
Bucs corner infielders Alvarez, Jones pack punchIn baseball's ideal scheme, the corners of the infield are power positions, and the Pirates are in good position to live up to that blueprint with third baseman Pedro Alvarez and first baseman Garrett Jones.Share Tweet
Players put machismo aside for benefits of yogaBaseball is a macho sport. So if a player is willing to venture into the foreign land known as the yoga studio, he's usually in for the rudest of awakenings.Share Tweet
Jackpots always possible with under-the-radar dealsA number of players who have agreed to Minor League deals with a Spring Training invites could pay dividends for their respective teams this season.Share Tweet
Schaap Talk: NFL Players Not CoddledJan 11Jeremy Schaap says baseball players are coddled while football players are expendable.
John Danks' Road Back To The RotationJan 11White Sox pitcher John Danks talks about his offseason shoulder rehab and what he hopes to bring to the White Sox rotation in 2013.
NBA - Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant starting to show off his mean s…Jan 11Kevin Durant is starting to show the entire NBA how competitive he really is, writes J.A. Adande.
Don Banks: Niners-Patriots tops best potential Super Bowl matchupsJan 11The NFL's divisional round means we're down to the league's elite eight in the playoffs, and that's when the Super Bowl pairing starts to first come into view. There are still 16 potential matchups for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans next month, and her…
Dallas Mavericks in touch with Greg Oden's agent, source saysJan 11Count the Dallas Mavericks among the list of NBA teams who are keeping an eye on former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden.
Peter King: Ryan Longwell gets chance to rewrite historyJan 11RENTON, Wash. -- It's so strange to see Ryan Longwell here, out of retirement, into the NFL's Final Eight. This is the day he should have been doing a light jog, just to stay loose as his final pre-race prep for Sunday's Walt Disney World Marathon, whic…