Rocco Baldelli spent his entire big league career (2003-10) with the Rays, and he feels the time is right to transition to his new position as the club's first-base coach.
A huge challenge for Didi Gregorius, in the first year of the post-Derek Jeter era, will be to ignore the constant reminders of who he is replacing at shortstop. All the Yankees are asking is that Gregorius play up to his potential, and if he can, they believe that should be plenty.
Having spent most of his career playing alongside three Hall of Famers in Atlanta, it's no surprise that Javy Lopez's favorite active player also appears to be destined for greatness.
The majority of the game's established catchers are in the 28-to-35 age group. In the 27-and-under class is an impressive collection of receivers determined to carve out their own identities. Here's a look at eight of the most promising.
Starlin Castro is healthy, and after moving his family to Arizona from the Dominican Republic in early January due to safety concerns, he has been able to get a head start on training.
Dellin Betances was among the honorees in New York on Tuesday at the 35th annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner, which celebrates success on the field and philanthropic works off it.
Dellin Betances is just a few weeks away from battling with Andrew Miller for the honor of serving as the next Yankees closer, but the right-hander said on Tuesday he is not thinking much about that upcoming competition.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Willy Garcia hit a two-run homer and the Dominican Republic beat Cuba 6-1 in the Caribbean Series on Tuesday.
For years, Pedro Martinez has talked proudly about his attachment to the Dominican Republic, as well as the affection his native country holds for him. If you thought Martinez was an icon in Boston, the place where he did his best pitching, it goes to another level back home.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn's culinary skills were on display Tuesday night at the Ronald McDonald House in downtown Chicago. But Hahn couldn't get away from baseball talk even during this tremendous volunteer endeavor.
Major league baseball scouts leaned forward as they steadied their radar guns and trained their video cameras on Cuban players who prepared to bat and pitch during Tuesday's Caribbean Series in Puerto Rico. It is the first time that top Cuban players are competing in the U.S. territory since Cuba and the U.S. moved to normalize relations, opening up the possibility that a greater number could eventually reach the big leagues. ''We're all excited about the possibility of having the ability to acquire Cuban players more easily now,'' Matt Slater, director of player personnel for the St. Louis Cardinals, told The Associated Press. It's good for the teams, it's good for the fans and the industry in general.'' Cuba returned to the round-robin tournament last year for the first time in 53 years, when it was held in Venezuela.
Two-time Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson will again visit the Texas Rangers during spring training. Details were still being worked out, but the Seattle Seahawks quarterback is likely to have a similar experience as last year. ''I'm still focused on thinking I still have a game on Sunday,'' Wilson said Tuesday. ''In terms of the Rangers, I'll probably go down there at some point.
Josh Hamilton's tumultuous ride with the Angels has hit another speed bump, just weeks before the buildup to his most important season yet. On Wednesday, 21 days before the first full-squad workout from Arizona, Hamilton underwent surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder, a procedure that is expected to keep him out six to eight weeks.
Josh Hamilton's tumultuous ride with the Angels has hit another speed bump, just weeks before the buildup to his most important season yet. On Wednesday, 21 days before the first full-squad workout from Arizona, Hamilton will undergo surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder, a procedure that is expected to keep him out six to eight weeks and makes him doubtful to be ready by Opening Day.
The Orioles made a bunch of minor moves on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with right-handed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, trading Steve Lombardozzi and Michael Ohlman, and bringing back outfielder Nolan Reimold on a Minor League contract.
The official reporting dates for pitchers and catchers start popping up in about two weeks, and that's good news. It also has to be just a little uncomfortable for the approximately three-dozen free agents who are still scanning the help-wanted ads.
The Cubs are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign left-hander Pedro Feliciano -- who made his name as a workhorse reliever -- to a Minor League contract with an invite to Spring Training.
The Pirates added to their cache of infield candidates on Tuesday, acquiring Steve Lombardozzi from the Orioles for cash considerations. Lombardozzi is not the player Baltimore still owes Pittsburgh for its Jan. 27 trade for Travis Snider.
Snow-covered sidewalks served as the red carpet that John Smoltz walked across as he entered Baseball's Hall of Fame on Tuesday morning for the first time as a Hall of Famer.
The Tigers' offseason shopping might not be over yet. Anything they do in these final two weeks before Spring Training, however, is likely to involve a smaller deal, probably a non-roster invite rather than a Major League contract.