AL East News and Rumors
yahoo.com 12 hours agoBoston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has a bright baseball future ahead of him. The 23-year-old broke out last season, slashing .291/.341/.479 while playing a strong center field. Betts even managed to pick up two down ballot MVP votes for his efforts…Share Tweet
Aardsma signs Minor League deal with Blue JaysMLB.com 17 hours agoThe Blue Jays signed free-agent right-hander David Aardsma to a Minor League contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training on Friday.Share Tweet
Rumor roundup: Active O's pursuing GallardoMLB.com Feb 5 (yesterday)The Baltimore Orioles accounted for much of the offseason action Thursday, announcing a trade with the Padres, avoiding arbitration with one of their players and surfacing in free-agent rumors.Share Tweet
Blue Jays reportedly set to sign veteran FloydThe Blue Jays and right-hander Gavin Floyd are nearing an agreement, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.Share Tweetnytimes.com Feb 4 (yesterday)A New York City Council member is set to introduce a bill that that would ban smokeless tobacco from public arenas in the five boroughs.Share Tweet
Clock ticking on locking up DonaldsonThe clock is ticking, but the Blue Jays apparently have not abandoned hope that 2015 American League MVP Award winner Josh Donaldson can be signed to a multiyear contract extension before his arbitration case is heard later this month.Share Tweet
Orioles avoid arbitration with MatuszThe Orioles and left-hander Brian Matusz have agreed to one-year deal to avoid arbitration.Share Tweet
Orioles trucks head south for Spring TrainingThe Orioles inched a little closer to Spring Training on Thursday.Share Tweetnytimes.com Feb 4 (yesterday)Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly has won baseball's first salary arbitration case this year.Share TweetA quick glance at the Baltimore Orioles roster may lead to some to believe the team hasn't done anything this offseason. That is, of course, not true. The Orioles most significant moves of the offseason involved bringing back their former players, givin…Share TweetThe era of the sliding pit is officially over. The Toronto Blue Jays, the last team in baseball to feature an artificial infield with dirt sliding pits around each base, have announced that they will install a real dirt infield before next season.Read m…Share Tweet
Lefty Okajima signs Minors deal with OriolesHideki Okajima, once a workhorse lefty in the Boston Red Sox's bullpen, picked a good day to sign a Minor League deal with the Orioles and attempt a comeback: Throwback Thursday.Share Tweet
Miller all for Chapman closing if it helps YanksWhen Aroldis Chapman puts on his Yankees uniform and steps on a bullpen mound for the first time, Andrew Miller plans to be close by. He wants to see -- and hear -- how that 104 mph fastball hits the catcher's glove.Share TweetShaq Thompson, a lightning-quick and hard-hitting rookie linebacker for the Carolina Panthers, will be on display for the world to see in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. But it wasn't that long ago that he briefly pursued a professional baseball career with th…Share Tweet
Kimbrel has a slight edge on ChapmanThis offseason, after the Red Sox obtained Craig Kimbrel, the Yankees answered by adding Aroldis Chapman. And now, arguably, baseball's two top closers are in the American League East.Share Tweet
Will the Orioles add another starter before spring? Their options are ...ESPN.com Feb 3 (2 days ago)Will the Orioles add another starter before spring? Their options are ...Share Tweet
Bird updates status from hospital bedGreg Bird's year ended before it even had a chance to begin, but the Yankees first baseman's social media game seems to be in midseason form. Bird posted a photo to Instagram and Twitter from his bed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on We…Share Tweetyahoo.com Feb 3 (3 days ago)We've already seen it on T-shirts, inked on human skin and even on ugly Christmas sweaters. Now Jose Bautista and his unforgettable bat flip from the Blue Jays' dramatic win in ALDS Game 5 against Texas is getting the classic baseball commemoration trea…Share Tweet
Around the Horn: Outfield and DHMLB.com Feb 3 (3 days ago)With the start of Spring Training almost here, anticipation is building for the 2016 season. MLB.com is going around the horn to break down each area of the Yankees' roster, continuing with the outfield and DH spots.Share Tweet
Around the Horn: OutfieldMLB.com Feb 3 (3 days ago)With the start of Spring Training just weeks away, anticipation is building for the 2016 season. MLB.com is going around the horn to break down each area of the Orioles, continuing with the outfield.Share Tweet
Ellsbury Confident He'll Be Ready For OpenerMar 19Wallace Matthews discusses Jacoby Ellsbury's oblique injury and when he could return to the Yankees.
Sabathia Discusses Spring DebutMar 17Buster Olney speaks with Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia about his first pitching outing since May. He allowed two runs in two innings Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
Mets Fall To Red SoxMar 16Matt Harvey allowed three hits over four scoreless innings for his second strong start following elbow surgery, but the Mets lost to the Red Sox 4-3.
A-Rod HomersMar 11Alex Rodriguez hit a home run in the Yankees' 10-6 loss to the Red Sox.