This is the January 18, 2013 news archive. View today's MLB rumors and news.
Sources: Cubs, D-backs discussed Upton dealSources: Cubs, Diamondbacks discussed a Justin Upton trade.Upvote Share TweetThe Rockies and two of their three arbitration-eligible players -- center fielder Dexter Fowler and right-handed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin -- have a $900,000 gap in their arbitration filings, which were submitted Friday.Upvote Share Tweet
Irish alum Samardzija won't rush to judge Te'oCubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who was an All-America wide receiver at Notre Dame before committing to baseball, has watched the recent coverage of Manti Te'o in disbelief.Upvote Share TweetOutfielder Alfonso Soriano has two years remaining on his contract with the Cubs, which may be his last.Upvote Share Tweet
Rangers, Murphy remain apart as deadline passesThe Rangers and David Murphy failed to reach an agreement prior to Friday's noon CT arbitration deadline, with offers by the club and outfielder differing by about $1.5 million.Upvote Share TweetPadres third baseman Chase Headley requested a raise of nearly $7 million Friday when players and teams swapped figures in salary arbitration.Upvote Share Tweet
Dodgers announce itinerary for community caravanThe Dodgers will kick off their caravan Monday, with club alumni appearing around the Southland Monday through Thursday and current team members on Friday.Upvote Share TweetThe Cubs avoided arbitration with Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija and James Russell on Friday, which was a relief for the three pitchers as well as the team.Upvote Share TweetThe Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration with five players Friday, including outfielder Jason Heyward, starting pitcher Kris Medlen and reliever Eric O'Flaherty.Upvote Share TweetFriday was arbitration deadline day around baseball, which means teams, agents and arbitration eligible players had until 1 p.m. ET to exchange salary figures to be used in the event the sides can’t reach an agreement before hearings begin in February.Upvote Share Tweet
D-backs agree to one-year deal with KennedyThe Arizona Diamondbacks have reached agreement on terms for a one-year, $4,265,000 contract with right-hander Ian Kennedy, avoiding arbitration with the team's No. 1 starter from a year ago.Upvote Share TweetThe Houston Astros have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with shortstop Jed Lowrie, right-handed pitcher Bud Norris and left-handed reliever Wesley Wright, avoiding arbitration.Upvote Share Tweet
Bailey, Choo among six to swap figures with RedsAt Friday's deadline, the Reds and their six remaining players eligible for arbitration exchanged salary figures.Upvote Share TweetOn Friday afternoon, a handful of Cleveland's players gathered at Progressive Field in preparation of this weekend's Tribe Fest, and sung early praises over their new manager's efforts to build rapport.Upvote Share TweetThe Los Angeles Angels have avoided arbitration with Tommy Hanson and Jason Vargas, agreeing to one-year deals with both newly acquired starting pitchers.Upvote Share TweetMilwaukee Brewers first baseman Corey Hart will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee next week and will be out for the next three to four months.Upvote Share TweetA St. Louis County judge has ruled against St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny in his court battle with a bank over foreclosure of property he once owned.Upvote Share Tweet
Floundering Marlins: Another major Marlins offseason overhaul comes wi…CNNSI.com Updated Jan 18, 2013Another major Marlins offseason overhaul comes with little hope for the future, which is why Jay Jaffe gives Miami the lowest grade yet on his winter report cards.Upvote Share Tweet
Rays give one-year, $3M deal to RHP NiemannThe Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to one-year contracts with right-handed pitcher Jeff Niemann and infielder Ryan Roberts, along with outfielders Matt Joyce and Sam Fuld to avoid arbitration.Upvote Share Tweet
Bundy, Anderson stress exercise at caravan eventAbout 45 minutes through an exercise demonstration that had Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy instructing two lines of Commodore John Rodgers Elementary and Middle School kids in the way of pitching mechanics, special assistant Brady Anderson sprung up and ch…Upvote Share TweetThe Washington Nationals have agreed to a $2,337,500, one-year deal with left-handed starter Ross Detwiler, avoiding arbitration.Upvote Share TweetCHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox have agreed to one-year contracts with second baseman Gordon Beckham and outfielder Alejandro De Aza to avoid arbitration.Upvote Share Tweet
Mattingly lines up heavyweights for fund-raiserThe theme of Don Mattingly's charity event on Jan. 24 is comedy, but the purpose is no joke. All proceeds from the fund-raiser go to provide underprivileged youth, those in the greatest of need, with equipment to support baseball-related activities for …Upvote Share Tweet
Robinson, Colangelo win Jackie Robinson awardBaseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and former team owner Jerry Colangelo have won top honors from the Jackie Robinson Foundation.Upvote Share TweetThe Kansas City Royals have agreed to a one-year, $4.65 million contract with right-hander Luke Hochevar, avoiding arbitration.Upvote Share Tweet
A's avoid arbitration, agree with Moss, BlevinsThe A's came to terms with their final arbitration-eligible players on Friday, agreeing to one-year deals with Brandon Moss and Jerry Blevins.Upvote Share Tweet
Mariners agree to deals with Morales, RyanKendrys Morales and Brendan Ryan came to one-year contract agreements with the Mariners on Friday to avoid arbitration, leaving reliever Shawn Kelley as the only unsigned player on the 40-man roster.Upvote Share Tweet
Yanks, left-hander Logan agree on $1.25M raiseLeft-hander Boone Logan and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $3.15 million, one-year contract, a raise of $1.25 million.Upvote Share Tweet
Freese among trio to swap salary figures with CardsThe Cardinals' list of unsigned arbitration-eligible players shrunk to three on Friday, as the organization announced that it had reached contract agreements with relievers Mitchell Boggs and Edward Mujica.Upvote Share Tweet
Twins, Duensing agree on deal to avoid arbitrationThe Twins agreed to terms with left-hander Brian Duensing on a one-year deal worth $1.3 million to avoid arbitration on Friday.Upvote Share TweetLeft-hander J.A. Happ has agreed to a $3.7 million, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, who also reached a $2.6 million, one-year deal with infielder Emilio Bonifacio.Upvote Share TweetThe Philadelphia Phillies have agreed with left-hander Antonio Bastardo on a $1.4 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.Upvote Share TweetThe Brewers avoided arbitration with all three of their unsigned players Friday, agreeing to one-year contracts with right-handers John Axford, Burke Badenhop and Marco Estrada.Upvote Share TweetThe Indians sidestepped arbitration with Chris Perez and Joe Smith, signing both relievers to one-year pacts on Friday. Perez will earn $7.3 million for the 2013 campaign and Smith will merit $3.15 million, a source confirmed to MLB.com.Upvote Share Tweet
Breaking Down The Craziest Half-Inning In Television Historydeadspin.com Updated Jan 18, 2013Originally published in Baseball Prospectus. More »Upvote Share Tweet
In time, Didi's talents will shine with ArizonaWith outstanding agility, balance, coordination, strength, physical proportion and rhythm, Didi Gregorius has the potential to be D-backs' shortstop of the future.Upvote Share TweetFamous people's unwashed underwear. That's where the money's at. Sensing an opportunity to make some cash, former major leaguer Curt Schilling is auctioning the second-most famous sock of his career, a bloody one worn on his right foot when he pitched G…Upvote Share Tweet
Florence Freedom announce plans for ‘Manti Te’o Girlfriend Bobblehead Night’ in MayJust when you thought the Manti Te’o story and its fallout couldn’t get any more absurd, we present to you the Florence Freedom. Who are the Florence Freedom you ask? They're an Independent baseball team that plays in the Frontier League, which is mosUpvote Share TweetNeil Walker and Clint Barmes return as the Bucs' double-play combo, with Josh Harrison set to back up and prospects Chase d'Arnaud and Jordy Mercer to fight for time.Upvote Share Tweet
Showcase offers a feast of international prospectsThe MLB Prospect International Showcase was a scene unlike any other in the history of international scouting: a baseball festival complete with local dignitaries, Major League Baseball legends, hundreds of family and friends and scouts representing all…Upvote Share Tweet
New team, new look: John Jaso shaves his glorious beard in 4 easy stepsOn Wednesday, veteran catcher John Jaso was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the Oakland A’s as a part of the three-team, five-player deal that included the Washington Nationals. It was a fairly significant trade that featured Michael Morse as the ceUpvote Share Tweet
E:60 Exclusive: Terry FranconaJan 18Terry Francona sits down exclusively with E:60's Jeremy Schaap to discuss his new book- Francona: The Red Sox Years.
Peter King: Ravens owe consistent success to 'other' HarbaughJan 18ATLANTA -- I'll be spending the weekend covering the NFC Championship Game, but before I get too heavy into Niners-Falcons, I wanted to write about the most under-appreciated single person of the NFL weekend: John Harbaugh.
Don Banks: History not on Ravens' side as they try to get revenge on Patri…Jan 18The Baltimore Ravens have worked hard and admirably persevered through multiple challenges this season to get back to the same position they were in last year: playing at New England in the AFC Championship game. But history says the chances of the outc…
NFL playoffs -- John Clayton's First and Goal: Championship roundJan 18Teams put up 276 points in the divisional round of the playoffs. Will the trend continue?
The Sports Guy's All-Te'o MailbagJan 18Even the NFL playoffs can wait for the weirdest sports story of our age.