This is the January 16, 2013 news archive. View today's MLB rumors and news.
Martinez excited to mold young Miami hittersTino Martinez heard several job offers from Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria over the past few years, and a few more from elsewhere around the Majors, before finally deciding now was the right time and Miami was the right place.Upvote Share TweetYankees shortstop Derek Jeter says he's been cleared to start baseball activity in his recovery from a broken left ankle.Upvote Share TweetDespite his strong desire to avoid becoming a regular or even part-time designated hitter, Michael Morse may have little choice in the matter now that he has been traded to the Seattle Mariners in a three-team deal that also includes the Washington Nati…Upvote Share Tweet
Blue Jays pitcher Farina suspended 50 gamesBlue Jays Minor League pitcher Alan Farina received a 50-game suspension without pay on Thursday after testing positive for a drug of abuse.Upvote Share TweetThe Colorado Rockies have agreed to one-year contracts with right-hander Wilton Lopez and left-hander Josh Outman that avoided salary arbitration.Upvote Share Tweet
Dodgers expect Crawford to play Opening DayThe Los Angeles Dodgers got an update on the health of left fielder Carl Crawford Tuesday and it indicates he has begun a throwing program, making it more likely he could be ready by Opening Day.Upvote Share Tweet
Giants coach Flannery to hold benefit shows for StowGiants third-base coach Tim Flannery, who doubles as an accomplished musician, will continue his efforts to help Bryan Stow by performing in three upcoming northern California concerts to benefit the seriously injured man.Upvote Share TweetThe Boston Red Sox and Mike Napoli are working towards a one-year contract, sources with knowledge of discussions told ESPN.com's Jim Bowden.Upvote Share TweetNEW YORK (AP) -- Right-hander Phil Hughes and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $7.15 million, one-year contract, a raise of $3.75 million.Upvote Share TweetChicago Cubs president Theo Epstein said he expects rehabbing pitchers Matt Garza and Scott Baker to be ready by the start of the season.Upvote Share Tweet
Yanks, Hughes avoid arbitration with one-year dealPhil Hughes was 16-13 with a 4.23 ERA in 32 starts with the Yankees last season and was arbitration-eligible for the third and final time.Upvote Share Tweet
Clinic to give Braves hurlers jump-start on seasonThe Braves are less than a month away from staging their first Spring Training workouts in Florida. But some of the club's pitchers will get an early start when they come to Turner Field to participate in a voluntary early throwing program next week.Upvote Share TweetThe Orioles today announced contract extensions through the 2018 season for Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette and Manager Buck Showalter through 2018.Upvote Share TweetIf all goes well, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez should be back in major league games in July, his surgeon said.Upvote Share TweetThe Blue Jays say 42-year-old left-hander Darren Oliver has decided to pitch a 20th major league season.Upvote Share Tweet
Murphy believes Mets boast one of best infieldsThat the Mets remain the only big league team yet to sign a Major League free agent does not bother second baseman Daniel Murphy. Murphy believes the solution centers upon and around him, in what he considers one of the better infields in baseball.Upvote Share Tweet
Those Goddamn Sandy Hook Truthers Got Their Hooks In Denard Spandeadspin.com Jan 16, 2013If you don't know what a Sandy Hook Truther is, take a moment to read Max Read of Gawker's illuminating look into their strange world. Basically, they are people who believe that the Sandy Hook shooting was actually some kind of elaborate hoax perpretra…Upvote Share TweetWith the addition of closer Rafael Soriano on a two-year, $28 million contract, the Nationals have strengthened an already impressive bullpen, which will now feature former closers Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard in setup roles.Upvote Share TweetThe Dodgers' outfielder got the custom ink to pay tribute to his grandparents, Doris and the late Vernon Mukes. Vernon had died in November. What's not known is whether Doris is cool with Kemp's decision here. In August 2011, on the subject of Kemp gett…Upvote Share TweetMajor League Baseball's spring training schedule opens when the Boston Red Sox host Northeastern University on Feb. 21 at Fort Myers, Fla., in what the commissioner's office says is the earliest start to exhibition games.Upvote Share Tweet
Phils sign 3 veteran RHPs to minor league dealsRight-handers Aaron Cook, Juan Cruz and Rodrigo Lopez agreed Wednesday to minor league contracts with the Philadelphia Phillies and will report to spring training as non-roster players.Upvote Share Tweet
Grilli excited to contend for Team Italy againBefore new Pirates closer Jason Grilli pitches to new Pirates catcher Russell Martin, he will pitch against him. That will be one of many wrinkles in a World Baseball Classic-interrupted Spring Training.Upvote Share Tweet
Rangers RHP Nathan turns down WBC invitationTexas Rangers closer Joe Nathan has declined an invitation to pitch on the United States team in the World Baseball Classic in March. The veteran said he wanted a "full and normal" spring training.Upvote Share Tweet
David Price beats fiscal cliff deadline by signing clever $10 million contract with RaysAL Cy Young Award winner David Price probably has a great agent in Bo McKinnis. But, as columnist Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports points out, it also doesn't hurt if the client is smart enough to attend Vanderbilt. Morosi notes that Price's most recent co…Upvote Share Tweet
Improved NL Central poses challenge to retooled RedsTheoretically, the Reds' additions should have them improved and poised to repeat as National League Central champions. But of course, it's rarely that easy. Many of Cincinnati's rivals have been busy, too.Upvote Share Tweet
Angels working to let pitcher Reyes out of contractThe Angels and Jo-Jo Reyes are finalizing an agreement that would release the veteran left-hander from his contract and allow him to join the SK Wyverns of the Korean League, sources confirmed to MLB.com on Wednesday.Upvote Share Tweet
Batting Stance Guy reacts to Kevin Youkilis changing his iconic batting stanceNOOOOOO! RT @jackcurryyes: Interviewed Youkilis on Tues. He will revamp stance in 2013. Hands will be lower, legs will be wider apart.. - Batting Stance Guy (@BattingStanceG) January 16, 2013 When you have an awesome ability that is nonetheless "the leaUpvote Share Tweet
Yankees to play exhibition game at West PointThe Yankees are making one additional spring stop before returning home to open the regular season, having agreed to play in a March 30 exhibition game at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.Upvote Share Tweet
Bryce Harper tells Jimmy Kimmel he showers ‘seven times’ a day at ballparkAs a commenter at the Washington Post points out, Gio Gonzalez might have been the more perfect Washington Nationals choice to be a guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Tuesday night. He would have killed (figuratively). But Bryce Harper did just f…Upvote Share Tweet
Non-roster position players give Phillies depthOn Monday, MLB.com looked at the non-roster invitees and newcomers to the Phillies' 40-man roster on the pitching side. On Wednesday, it is the position players. Consider it a Spring Training primer with camp opening next month.Upvote Share TweetVeteran right-hander Vicente Padilla, who went 4-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 56 relief appearances with the Red Sox last season, has signed a one-year, $3.25 million deal with Japan's SoftBank Hawks, according to an industry source.Upvote Share Tweet
Dodgers reportedly ink catcher Flores to Minors dealThe Dodgers reportedly signed veteran catcher Jesus Flores to a Minor League contract and are rumored to be considering free agent Scott Rolen to play third base.Upvote Share Tweet
Top prospect Yelich won't let hype distract himFor Christian Yelich, the hype is about to begin. It will simmer when Spring Training gets under way and gradually gain momentum throughout the season. The buildup comes with the territory for being an organization's No. 1 prospect.Upvote Share TweetBrett Wallace showed up to camp last spring in tremendous shape, having lost 15 pounds and eager to win a spot on the Astros' roster. The problem for Wallace was there was another 270 pounds -- in the form of veteran first baseman Carlos Lee -- blocking…Upvote Share Tweet
Mark your calendar: Spring Training slate unveiledThe Spring Training schedule has been announced, with Feb. 23 marking the first full slate of games involving all 30 clubs.Upvote Share Tweet
Kinsler bought himself more time at secondIan Kinsler is not switching from second base to first base for the Texas Rangers, because he never got an ultimatum.Upvote Share Tweet
Nats vow not to limit Strasburg's in '13 ... sort ofCNNSI.com Jan 16, 2013Nats vow not to limit Strasburg's in '13 ... sort ofUpvote Share Tweet
Barry Bonds lists Beverly Hills home for $25 millionMaybe where you come from isn't all that great. But you can change that, and all you need to do is purchase the mansion in Beverly Hills that Barry Bonds has put on the market for $25 million. Close the deal, and you'll be rollin' like a celebrity. In t…Upvote Share Tweet
E:60 Exclusive Excerpt: Terry FranconaJan 16Terry Francona sits down exclusively with E:60's Jeremy Schaap to discuss his new book - Francona: The Red Sox Years. The full segment airs on SportsCenter this week.
Jeter Cleared To Resume Baseball ActivityJan 16Derek Jeter has been cleared to resume baseball activity in his recovery from a broken left ankle.
Buster Blog: Nationals Looking StrongJan 16Buster Olney blogs about the Nationals' signing of closer Rafael Soriano.
Don Banks: Kelly's move from Pacific Northwest will shake up traditional E…Jan 16I know the Philadelphia Eagles hired Chip Kelly to build a complete program and his task is to do more than fix an offense that has lost its way. But I still think nobody had a worse day Wednesday than Jim Haslett, Perry Fewell and Monte Kiffin, the thr…
Don Banks: Hero of last year's AFC Championship Game, Sterling Moore will …Jan 16Sterling Moore doesn't know yet if he'll watch the game at home in Dallas, or meet up with a couple teammates and head for "a Buffalo Wild Wings or something like that.''