This is the January 24, 2013 news archive. View today's MLB rumors and news.
Honors for Rantz highlight annual Diamond AwardsSince announcing his plans to retire at the end of last season after 52 years with the Twins, Jim Rantz has received his fair share of accolades. But Rantz, who officially retired as farm director on Jan. 1, was especially touched on Thursday, when he w…Upvote Share TweetFree-agent right-hander Carl Pavano will miss six to eight weeks with a ruptured spleen, FoxSports.com reported Thursday, citing major league sources.Upvote Share Tweet
Torrealba rejoining Rockies on Minor League dealYorvit Torrealba, the Rockies' primary catcher on postseason teams in 2007 and '09, signed a Minor League contract on Thursday night to return to the club.Upvote Share TweetTeam USA manager Joe Torre cast considerable doubt Thursday on whether Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte will pitch for him in the World Baseball Classic.Upvote Share TweetStan Musial's funeral mass on Saturday will be closed to the public, but those wishing to watch the service can do so on cardinals.com and MLB.com, which will stream the funeral live.Upvote Share Tweet
Verlander's goal: Being a one-team athleteThe ties between Justin Verlander, the Tigers and Detroit are constant and strong, and with two seasons left on his contract, Verlander would like to keep it that way.Upvote Share Tweet
Reds extend affiliate agreement with LouisvilleThe Reds and Triple-A Louisville announced Thursday that they have signed a two-year extension to their affiliation agreement that will now run through the 2016 season.Upvote Share TweetThe Arizona Diamondbacks' decision to trade Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves for Martin Prado, Randall Delgado, and a handful of prospects is a curious one. Upton had a relatively disappointing season in 2012 (he still posted 2.5 WAR according to Fang…Upvote Share TweetFree-agent outfielder Nyjer Morgan has signed with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of Japan's Central League.Upvote Share Tweet
Uptons elated over 'surreal' turn of eventsWhen Justin Upton awoke on Thursday, he saw that he had a missed call and text message from his older brother. Like the rest of the baseball world, B.J. Upton wanted to confirm that the Braves had indeed acquired the younger Upton. "It’s kind of su…Upvote Share Tweet
Nats open to extensions for Zimmermann, DesmondNationals general manager Mike Rizzo left the door open Thursday evening for an extension for right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond.Upvote Share TweetNEW YORK (AP) -- A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press the New York Mets and free agent right-hander Shaun Marcum have agreed to terms on a one-year contract.Upvote Share TweetTerry Francona, who won two World Series championships in his eight years as manager of the Red Sox, was back in town to receive the Judge Emil Fuchs Award, a Boston Baseball Writers award presented for long and meritorious service to the game.Upvote Share TweetPedro Martinez rejoins the Red Sox as a special assistant to GM Ben Cherington.Upvote Share TweetBOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox signed left-handed pitcher Craig Breslow on Thursday.Upvote Share Tweet
Arbitration-eligible Aviles still waiting on dealIndians manager Terry Francona knows what he has in Mike Aviles from their time together with the Red Sox, but the arbitration-eligible Aviles needs a contract first.Upvote Share TweetWhile making sales calls on Thursday, White Sox closer Addison Reed discussed his expectations for the upcoming season.Upvote Share Tweet
Sternberg seeking long-term ballpark solutionPrincipal owner Stuart Sternberg expressed his desire to keep the Rays in Tampa Bay for the long haul despite the team's well-documented attendance issues. He added, however, that Major League Baseball as an industry, “at this point, doesn't believe…Upvote Share Tweet
Mendoza preparing for spring competitionIt’s just January and it’s already shaping up as a big year for Royals right-hander Luis Mendoza.Upvote Share Tweet
Right-hander Stewart returns to White SoxThe White Sox brought right-handed pitcher Zach Stewart back to Chicago on Thursday, claiming the 26-year-old off waivers from the Pirates.Upvote Share Tweet
Babe Ruth and Al Capone: Pals’ autographed baseball is up for auctionyahoo.com Updated Jan 24, 2013It was neat enough, getting the likes of New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth and "Scarface" Al Capone, icons of 1920s America, to autograph the same baseball. Hall of Fame pitcher Herb Pennock, a longtime teammate of Ruth's, somehow made it hap…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Updated Jan 24, 2013Ben Petrick, a former major league catcher who was forced to retire in 2004 due to early-onset Parkinson's disease, has been hired as a consultant to the coaching staff of the Diamondbacks' short-season Class A affiliate.Upvote Share Tweet
HGTV takes you into the multimillion-dollar domain of John Smoltzyahoo.com Updated Jan 24, 2013Who knew being a Cooperstown-lock pitcher could be so profitable? HGTV's drool-with-envy show "Million Dollar Rooms" is taking you inside (and outside) the Milton, Ga. home of former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz. And as you can see from …Upvote Share TweetReliever Kyle Farnsworth has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Tampa Bay Rays, a baseball source told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick on ThursdayUpvote Share Tweet
Marlins ink Slowey to Minors deal with camp inviteThe Marlins have signed former Twins starter Kevin Slowey to a Minor League deal with an invitation to big league camp. Slowey, 28, missed most of last season with a stress fracture in his rib cage.Upvote Share TweetThe Cubs have reportedly reached agreement with Scott Hairston on a two-year contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com and MLB Network. A team spokesman would not confirm the deal Thursday. Reports said the deal would be finalized once Hairs…Upvote Share Tweet
Brewers introduce new gold alternate jerseysThe Brewers announced Thursday that they will be adding a new gold-colored alternate jersey for the 2013 season.Upvote Share Tweet
The Clemente EffectJan 24Roberto Clemente's powerful life is examined in an new documentary coming soon to ESPN.
Braves Trade For Justin UptonJan 24Buster Olney breaks down the Braves' trade with the Diamondbacks for Justin Upton.
Greatest Team Of All TimeJan 24Buster Olney picks the 1998 Yankees as the greatest team of all time.
Buster Blog: Clock Ticking On Justin Upton DealJan 24Buster Olney blogs about why there should be a sense of urgency for the Diamondbacks to trade Justin Upton.
Don Banks: 2013 NFL Mock Draft 1.0Jan 24A mock draft in January is the ultimate example of the can't-wait-for-it mindset that prevails in today's world. Never mind that this year's draft class just became finalized days ago, or that NFL teams are still very early in the process of immersing t…