This is the January 14, 2013 news archive. View today's MLB rumors and news.
We pretty much know as much as you do on this one. All we have to go on are the exclusive details that were posted in the free agent outfielder's timeline in the last half hour or so. Well, that and Morgan's avatar now appears to show him kissing the wo…
Share TweetGoing into the offseason, one of the premier closers of this year's free-agent class was clearly Rafael Soriano. Now, in mid-January, Soriano is THE premier closer of this free-agent class, but he is still unsigned, available, searching for a new employ…Share TweetStarting Wednesday, Major League Baseball will kick off a busy week in the Dominican Republic with the second annual MLB Prospect League international showcase for players eligible to sign on July 2.Share TweetReliever J.J. Putz has agreed to a two-year, $13.5 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, a deal that adds a $7 million salary for 2014.
Pair of minor league catchers banned 50 gamesUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetTampa Bay catcher David Wendt and free-agent catcher Bryan Henry have been suspended for 50 games each following positive tests under baseball's minor league drug program.Source: ESPN.comShare TweetFormer major leaguer Enzo Hernandez has died in an apparent suicide.
Mets add five non-roster players to big league campUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetThe Mets on Monday announced they have invited catcher Juan Centeno, infielder Josh Satin, outfielder Matt den Dekker and right-handed pitchers Rafael Montero and Cory Mazzoni to Major League Spring Training.
Gallardo, Maldonado slated to play in ClassicUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetMexican-born Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo and catcher Martin Maldonado of Puerto Rico are expected to appear later this week on their homelands' preliminary rosters for the World Baseball Classic, separate sources said.
Karstens said to be returning to PittsburghUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetThe Pittsburgh Pirates have reportedly agreed to bring back veteran right-hander Jeff Karstens, whom the club had non-tendered two months ago.
Nothing middling about Tribe's key infield prospectsUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetWhen Francisco Lindor wandered through the visitors' clubhouse at Progressive Field on Monday afternoon, making his way to his temporary locker, a group of reporters quickly surrounded the prospect and peppered him with questions.
Perez, Pestano to be in Team USA's Classic 'penUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetThe back end of Team USA's bullpen will have a distinct Cleveland feel to it during the upcoming World Baseball Classic.Share TweetTORONTO (AP) -- Outfielder Adam Loewen has agreed to a minor league contract to return to the Toronto Blue Jays, who also settled with outfielder Colby Rasmus on a one-year deal worth $4,675,000.
Funny Moneyball: The sensuality of baseball scouting terms, as read by comedian Rob DelaneyUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetThis Youtube video of comedian Rob Delaney reading baseball scouting terms and commenting on their inherent sensuality (even sexuality in some cases) is not safe for work and should be watched by kids under parental supervision only. (There, that'll sto…
A's, Kottaras avoid arbitration with one-year dealUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetThe A's on Monday agreed to terms with George Kottaras on a one-year contract for the 2013 season to avoid arbitration.Share TweetSeven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens will be uniform as an instructor for the Astros at Spring Training next month.
Blackburn to miss start of season after wrist surgeryUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetRight-hander Nick Blackburn will miss the start of the season, as he's set to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist on Wednesday at the Mayo Clinic, and will be in a cast for six weeks.Share TweetWhen you think of Bruce Chen, you think: trailblazer. The journeyman starter may have to fight to crack the Royals' rotation in spring training, but he's going to make some baseball history in March. Chen will become the first major leaguer to play for …Source: deadspin.com
Vogelsong to join Team USA for 2013 ClassicUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetJust two years ago, Ryan Vogelsong was a non-roster invitee to the Giants' Spring Training camp. Now, the right-hander has committed to play for the United States in the World Baseball Classic.Share TweetBaseball owners approved a rule change last week, several sources have told ESPN, that would allow coaches and managers to bring interpreters to the mound this season for conferences with foreign-born pitchers who don't speak fluent English.Source: ESPN.comShare TweetBALTIMORE (AP) -- Pitcher Tommy Hunter and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $1.82 million, one-year contract, more than tripling his salary of $493,500 last year.
Keppinger's versatility with bat ideal for White SoxUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetJeff Keppinger's abilities with the bat make him the perfect second hitter, but that skill set also should give manager Robin Ventura a little room to work if he decides to go against the expected.
Watch the Blue Jays go curling in Saskatoon!Updated Jan 14 Share TweetYour browser does not support iframes. No matter where you put baseball and hockey in your sports preference list, they're pretty much the best sports to watch in person. But the most doggone sport ever invented by man has to be this curling. It's been …Share TweetMy personal favorite moment of 2012 might have been watching A's manager Bob Melvin -- exhausted, happy and soaked in champagne -- sit on a table outside his clubhouse and try to find the words to describe what had just happened.
Rodney plans to pitch for D.R. in ClassicUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetAccording to a report in the Dominican newspaper El Caribe, Rays closer Fernando Rodney is planning to pitch for his native Dominican Republic in the 2013 World Baseball Classic this March.
Blue Jays, Rasmus avoid arbitration with one-year dealUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetOutfielder Colby Rasmus, one of four prominent Blue Jays players eligible for salary arbitration this offseason, signed a one-year contract worth $4.67 million.
Top prospect Cowart among 21 invited to campUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetThe Angels announced 21 non-roster players who will be joining those on the 40-man roster in Spring Training next month.
Red, White and Who?: Roster for the World Baseball Classic won't be re…Updated Jan 14 Share TweetRoster for the World Baseball Classic won't be revealed until later in the week but Jay Jaffe takes an early look at who is -- and isn't -- likely to suit up for Team USA.Source: CNNSI.comShare TweetCubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will play for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic. The Classic rosters will be officially released on Thursday, but Rizzo confirmed on Monday that he will join the Italian team.
Herrera's maturation sets stage for upcoming yearUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetPerhaps no situation illustrated the maturation of Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera better than the sticky mess that he got himself into -- and out of -- last Sept. 29 in Cleveland.
Get a job with the Miami Marlins on TuesdayUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetUnhappy with your job? Out of work altogether? Always wanted to enter the world of Major League Baseball? Want to party with the Home Run Thingie? Don't like talking to the media? Now is your chance to cross all of that off your list and fulfill your dr…
McCann confident he'll be in Opening Day lineupUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetAs the early days of 2013 have elapsed, Brian McCann has replaced a fear of uncertainty with a sense that his surgically repaired right shoulder will be strong enough for him to be ready at the start of the most important year of his career.
Maples learned much from trying first seasonUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetA year ago, Cubs pitching prospect Dillon Maples was eagerly looking forward to his first season of pro baseball. But things didn't turn out as planned.
eBay: 2005 White Sox World Series ring for saleUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetShe's a beaut, ain't she? All right, who did it? Which one of the Chicago White Sox put a 2005 World Series ring for sale on eBay? So far, 14 offers have been on the 14k gold, 95-diamond work of art, but the seller is asking $24,999.99. In addition to t…
Non-roster pitchers could make significant impactUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetFew Phillies fans knew much about infielder Kevin Frandsen, catcher Erik Kratz and left-handers Jeremy Horst and Raul Valdes last offseason, but they helped the club at various points. Who are the candidates to surprise and help out in 2013?
Soria happy to set up, but hopes to close againUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetJoakim Soria said he signed with the Rangers because he wanted a place to pitch. He was a closer for five seasons for the Royals but understands that might not be his role with the Rangers.
Pierre to step out of comfort zone, become leaderUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetJuan Pierre will be making his second stint as a Marlin. On a youthful team, the 35-year-old's unrelenting work ethic is welcome. Some may question his size, lack of power and throwing arm. But no one can dispute his determination and drive.
Rangers' offseason may be for the bestUpdated Jan 14 Share TweetThis is a time of year when it's easy to look at a team's roster and get a queasy feeling about the question marks, but the Rangers have been careful about not throwing good money -- or prospects -- at bad.
Have the Diamondbacks Lost Their Leverage With Justin Upton?Updated Jan 14 Share TweetThe Diamondbacks negotiated a trade with the Mariners last week, one that would have netted a strong package of young talent. But when the two teams f...Source: grantland.com
Bob Melvin Gets 2-Year ExtensionJan 14David Schoenfield discusses Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin getting a two-year contract extension.
NFL mailbag -- Running QBs have leg up, for nowJan 14The pistol and read option have staying power, but defenses will eventually adjust. Plus, reader questions.
Peter King: Offensive outburst, meeting of legends set up conference final…Jan 14DENVER -- Ray Lewis was sick Saturday night, 90 minutes after the Ravens had stunned the Broncos here, and he was waiting in a stadium anteroom to be connected with Deion Sanders for an NFL Network interview. "Flu?'' someone asked him. He nodded in…