AL East News and Rumors
Orioles decline OF Markakis' $17.5M optionESPN.com 42 minutes agoThe Baltimore Orioles declined their $17.5 million mutual option on Nick Markakis' contract, perhaps ending the veteran outfielder's nine-year stint in Baltimore.Upvote Share Tweet
Revisions made to Yankees' spring scheduleMLB.com 15 hours agoThe Yankees announced on Friday that four revisions have been made to their 2015 Spring Training schedule.Upvote Share TweetThe Chicago Cubs will announce the hiring former Tampa Bay Rays skipper Joe Maddon as the 54th manager in franchise history on Monday, the team announced in a release Friday.Upvote Share Tweet
First to 10? Rays exercise option on ZobristESPN.com 16 hours agoBen Zobrist's $7.5 million option for 2015 has been exercised by the Tampa Bay Rays.Upvote Share Tweet
Red Sox decline Breslow's option for 2015MLB.com 18 hours agoThe Red Sox declined their $4 million option on reliever Craig Breslow -- key component during Boston's run to the 2013 World Series championship -- allowing the veteran lefty to become a free agent on Friday.Upvote Share Tweet
Blue Jays claim Dirks, sign Francis to Minor League dealMLB.com 18 hours agoThe Blue Jays brought in a couple experienced players on Friday, claiming outfielder Andy Dirks off waivers from Detroit and signing left-hander Jeff Francis to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.Upvote Share Tweet
Red Sox positioned for active Hot Stove seasonMLB.com 20 hours agoThe conclusion of the World Series means the beginning of what will be a busy Hot Stove season for Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington. A second last-place American League East finish in three seasons didn't sit well within anyone in the offices of 4…Upvote Share Tweetnydailynews.com Oct 31 (yesterday)The Jets once brought in Joe Girardi to teach Mark Sanchez how to slide. Now they should bring in Brian Cashman to teach John Idzik how to deal with the media. When it comes to maneuvering and manipulating, when it comes to either answering questions ca…Upvote Share TweetThe Orioles have exercised a $4.75 million option on left-hander Wei-Yin Chen and a $4.25 million option on right-hander Darren O'Day.Upvote Share Tweet
Cherington hopes to meet with LesterStarting on Tuesday, the Red Sox can start negotiating with free agents on other teams. And that could include a pitcher the Red Sox are extremely familiar with in lefty Jon Lester, the man they traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes back i…Upvote Share Tweet
Castillo may not play winter ball because of thumb injuryRed Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo's plan of getting a number of at-bats during the offseason has been derailed by a right thumb contusion he sustained while playing in the Arizona Fall League.Upvote Share TweetThe luster wore off Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara a bit in 2014, but the team still likes Uehara enough to extend him for two more seasons. The team announced Thursday a new two-year contract for Uehara, who will bypass free agency and make $18M ove…Upvote Share Tweet
Bird, Mondesi added to Fall Stars Game rostersThe Arizona Fall League announced Wednesday six players have been added to the rosters for Saturday's Fall Stars Game, including Scottsdale first baseman Greg Bird, the circuit's home run leader and Yankees' No. 11 prospect, and Peoria shortstop Raul Mo…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Oct 30 (yesterday)Former Boston Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis is retiring, his agent says.Upvote Share TweetMaddon, who managed the Tampa Bay Rays for the last nine seasons and exercised an opt-out clause in his contract last week to leave the team, reached a deal to manage the Cubs.Upvote Share Tweet
Imagine if the SF Giants could turn to Zack Wheeler in World Series Game 7 vs. the Royalsnydailynews.com Oct 29 (3 days ago)The Giants are proof of what great scouting and some good fortune can produce with high draft picks, the type the Yankees haven’t had in 20-some years.Upvote Share TweetMLB.com Oct 29 (3 days ago)Jake Peavy didn't help his cause with a rough Game 6 performance on Tuesday, but he could still join an exclusive club by winning a World Series in consecutive seasons with two teams following his championship with the Red Sox in 2013.Upvote Share TweetThe Toronto Blue Jays claimed Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers Tuesday.Upvote Share Tweet
Ex-Tigers pitcher Robinson dies at age 52Jeff Robinson, who helped the Detroit Tigers to an AL East championship as a rookie in 1987 and went on to pitch in the major leagues through 1992, has died. He was 52.Upvote Share Tweet
Yanks, Mets donate Berra replicas to museumAccording to a statement on the website of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls, New Jersey, Berra's two former teams, the Yankees and Mets, will donate replicas of the priceless items stolen from the museum in an Oct. 9th burglary.Upvote Share TweetThe Atlanta Braves have hired Kevin Seitzer from the Toronto Blue Jays to replace Greg Walker as hitting coach.Upvote Share Tweet
Roc Nation ties have Red Sox looking to deal Yoenis Cespedesnydailynews.com Oct 26 (6 days ago)Yoenis Cespedes’ decision to switch agents to Roc Nation is said to increase the likelihood the Red Sox will trade the Cuban slugger this winter while they can still get something substantial in return for him with his free agency pending after next sea…Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Oct 25The Detroit Tigers season ended earlier then they'd hoped and in very disappointing fashion after they were swept by the Baltimore Orioles in the ALDS. Now their offseason is getting off to a pretty rough start too after the team learned that Miguel Cab…Upvote Share Tweet
Youkilis To Retire From BaseballOct 30ESPN senior baseball writer Jerry Crasnick discusses Kevin Youkilis retiring from baseball.
Red Sox Sign Koji Uehara To Two-Year DealOct 30Gordon Edes discusses the two-year, $18 million deal Koji Uehara signed with the Boston Red Sox and what it means for the team.
Maddon Expected To Join CubsOct 29Buster Olney and Barry Larkin discuss the impact Joe Maddon would make on the Cubs as manager.
30 for 30: Brothers in Exile - TemptationOct 29Players are often tempted by outside influence while playing for The Cuban National Team. 30 for 30: Brothers in Exile premieres Tuesday November 4th at 9pm ET on ESPN.
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves agree to contract extensionOct 31With three hours to go before the midnight deadline Friday, Ricky Rubio and the Minnesota Timberwolves agreed to terms on a contract extension, the team announced.
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors agree on contract extensionOct 31The Golden State Warriors have agreed to a contract extension with shooting guard Klay Thompson, the team announced Friday.
The Race to SevenOct 31There are two premier games this weekend featuring four six-win teams. In the AFC, it’s 6-1 Denver at 6-2 New England, with superstars all over the field. In the NFC, it’s 6-1 Arizona at 6-2 Dallas, with emerging players like John Brown and Jeremy Mince…
NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder's West path gets trickier without Russell Westb…Oct 31Without a margin for error in the unforgiving West, the Thunder are winless and now perhaps starless, with Russell Westbrook joining Kevin Durant in street clothes.