This is the January 29, 2013 news archive. View today's MLB rumors and news.
The Steroid Era -- and Alex Rodriguez's involvement in it -- just won't go away, but Joe Lemire says it's time to acknowledge Major League Baseball's efforts to clean up the game.Share Tweet
Mark McGwire signs fan’s prosthetic legOn Monday, The Stew posted about John Axford of the Milwaukee Brewers signing the belly of a pregnant fan, and we wondered how unusual of a request it was. Well, how does former major league slugger Mark McGwire signing a fan's prosthetic leg sound? Not…Share TweetNEW YORK (AP) -- Second baseman Daniel Murphy and the New York Mets have agreed to a one-year contract worth $2,925,000, avoiding salary arbitration.Share Tweet
Schneider reportedly retires after 13 yearsCatcher Brian Schneider, who caught 13 years with the Expos/Nationals organization, Mets and Phillies, has decided to retire, according to his hometown newspaper, the Allentown Morning Call.Share TweetThe Yankees, against Andy Pettitte's participation in the international competition, announced that the left-hander had withdrawn from the tournament.Share TweetFree agent catcher Kelly Shoppach has reached an agreement with the Seattle Mariners on a one-year contract pending a physical exam, a baseball source told ESPN.com.Share TweetESPN.com Jan 29, 2013Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols says he hopes to play for the Dominican Republic after the second round of the World Baseball Classic.Share TweetThe New York Yankees better hope Alex Rodriguez heals up from hip surgery and starts hitting home runs again for the next five summers. Because there's almost zero chance they can void the remainder of his contract, which is worth $114 million, regardle…Share TweetWell-respected Red Sox bullpen coach Gary Tuck, who was to be the only holdover on the staff from a year ago, has decided not to return for 2013, according to a WEEI.com report Tuesday.Share TweetWhen Manny Upton was at Turner Field for his son B.J. Upton's introductory news conference in November, he playfully told a media member to tell Braves general manager Frank Wren to trade for his other son.Share TweetDENVER (AP) -- Starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (yo-LEES cha-SEEN) and the Colorado Rockies avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $6.5 million deal on Tuesday.Share TweetPHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Reliever Chad Durbin and the Phillies have finalized a $1 million, one-year contract.Share Tweet
Jose Contreras visits Cuba for first time since defecting"You can't go home again" is a figurative saying in the United States, meaning once you leave the nest for the first time, it's never quite the same once you happen to go back. For athletes who defected from Cuba, ones such as major league rig…Share Tweet
Rays brass meets with Pinellas County boardOn Tuesday afternoon, a contingent from the Rays headed by principal owner Stuart Sternberg addressed the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners. The message echoed that of the previous week, when the same contingent met with the Hillsborough Cou…Share Tweet
Walter O'Malley, Almost a Pay-Per-View Pioneernytimes.com Jan 29, 2013In the late 1950s, the Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley explored the idea of charging to watch baseball games on television.Share TweetThe Angels settled on a 2013 contract with relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen on Tuesday, thus avoiding arbitration with any of their eligible players.Share Tweet
Uptons the latest in a line of brotherly teammatesB.J. and Justin Upton are next in a line of approximately 100 sets of brothers to play as teammates. Though rare, brothers donning the same Major League uniform is nothing new. It can be traced as far back as 1882, when Bill and Jack Gleason suited up f…Share Tweet
Norris rooting for hometown Niners in Super BowlBud Norris and a bunch of his buddies are packing up the car and driving to New Orleans this weekend to see their beloved San Francisco 49ers play the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, but the Astros pitcher is anything but a front-running fan.Share Tweet
Bucs' non-roster invitees list includes familiar namesIn 2011, Joe Beimel converted the opportunity into becoming the primary lefty in the Pirates' bullpen for the first half of the season. Last spring, Juan Cruz earned a significant role as a valuable setup reliever. Who can emerge from this Spring Traini…Share Tweet
Gio disputes report of connection to PEDsNationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez denied that he used performance-enhancing drugs after a report from the Miami New Times linked the pitcher to Anthony Bosch, who reportedy supplied PEDs to professional athletes from Miami.Share TweetIn response to the New Times of Miami PED/Anthony Bosch story published Tuesday, New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has issued a complete denial. Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals did likewise and Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz, through h…Share Tweet
Josh Reddick, Coco Crisp have hair-A’s-ing timeAre either of these Oakland Athletics outfielders is using hair-enhancers? Nobody is saying for now. On the right, the Afro of Coco Crisp (or "Co-Fro") appears to be in mid-season form. Angela Davis is jealous, it's so kinky. Further, the San …Share Tweet
Hunter Becomes The HuntedCNNSI.com Jan 29, 2013The Tigers added Torii Hunter to a deep and talented team that looks to be in great shape to make a run at a third straight AL Central championship, writes Jay Jaffe.Share TweetScott Atchison, 36, pitched 51 1/3 innings out of the Boston bullpen last season and finished the season with a 1.58 earned run average.Share Tweet
Mercy Health to be official medical provider for CardsThe Cardinals announced on Tuesday that they have reached a multiyear agreement with Mercy Health of St. Louis that makes Mercy the official medical provider for the organization.Share Tweet
Rangers respond to Miami report on CruzThe Rangers offered little comment on a report out of Miami that stated outfielder Nelson Cruz was among a list of prominent clients at a clinic under investigation for the sale of performance-enhancing drugs.Share Tweet
Although deal unlikely, Mets meet with BournGeneral manager Sandy Alderson and assistant GM John Ricco flew to Houston last week to have dinner with Michael Bourn and his agent, Scott Boras, according to the New York Post. But the meeting "was more a getting-to-know-you session than a dollar…Share Tweet
MLB statement regarding Miami New Times reportMajor League Baseball issued a statement regarding today's story in the Miami New Times.Share Tweet
Johnson's arrival may push Zobrist to outfieldMultiple reports have indicated that the Rays have agreed to a one-year contract with second baseman Kelly Johnson. Interpreting the move for Johnson, it appears the Rays could make Ben Zobrist the team's full-time right ielder.Share Tweet
Good-fielding pitchers help themselves on moundWhile the catcher is considered the leader of the infield, set apart by his tools and multiple duties calling pitches, guiding pitchers and setting defenses, the man on the mound -- the fifth infielder -- is critical to defensive containment. His glove …Share Tweet
Future Of Alex RodriguezJan 29Buster Olney discusses whether Alex Rodriguez has played his last game for the Yankees.
Stephen A. Fed Up With A-RodJan 29Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss the reports that Alex Rodriguez has ties to a firm that sold PEDs.
Don Banks: Oher's story still resonating with Ravens; more Media Day SnapsJan 29NEW ORLEANS -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from Tuesday's Super Bowl Media Day at the Superdome, always the most inane day on the league's annual calendar...
Peter King: America tires of Ray Lewis, Alex Smith's fate, mailJan 29NEW ORLEANS -- One thing, as Super Bowl week kicks off in full Tuesday with Media Day at the Superdome, I think that I should have dropped into Monday Morning Quarterback:
Coast to Coast - Time for the Boston Celtics to blow it up?Jan 29Our experts discuss what Boston should do now that Rajon Rondo is on the shelf for the rest of the season.
Allen Iverson turns down Texas Legends' D-League offerJan 29Allen Iverson has announced that he remains hopeful of getting one last shot at the NBA but says he's turning down the opportunity to launch his comeback in the NBA Development League.