As we gear up for the beginning of Spring Training, we continue our series of previews with Part II: The New Guys.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston designated hitter Evan Gattis underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia.
AL MVP Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays have completed their agreement on a $28.65 million, two-year contract. Donaldson receives $11.65 million this year and $17 million in 2017 under the deal announced Wednesday. Toronto and Donaldson had been scheduled for a salary arbitration hearing next week.
Checking out the new faces in camp is always a big part of the fun of Spring Training. Luckily, the Rays have plenty of offseason additions to get to know over the next two months, each of them looking for a chance to play a significant role for the team in 2015.
The Orioles are moving closer to landing the best free-agent starter still available: Yovani Gallardo.
J.D. Martinez and the Detroit Tigers finalized their $18.5 million, two-year contract Wednesday, a deal that avoided salary arbitration. The 28-year-old outfielder can become a free agent after the 2017 World Series. Martinez is part of what looks like a formidable batting order for the Tigers, who signed free agent outfielder Justin Upton last month in an effort to extend their window of opportunity to win a World Series.
Yet another sign that Spring Training is almost here: It was Royals Truck Day at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday.
The Blue Jays entered the offseason knowing they would be hanging onto one of the best lineups in baseball but there were plenty of question marks about whether there was enough pitching to repeat as 2015 American League East Division champions.
As MLB.com's Spring Training primer continues, it's time to introduce all the new faces on the Red Sox. After a highly-productive offseason by president of operations Dave Dombrowski, there are plenty of reasons to be excited.
Seung Hwan Oh, the South Korean reliever signed by the Cardinals last month, has received his work visa and is expected to report on Jupiter, Fla., on time for the start of Cardinals Spring Training.
Snow covered the field at PNC Park early Wednesday morning as winter weather finally settled in along the Allegheny River. But down the dugout stairs, in the tunnel underneath the stands, was one of the first signs of spring. Wednesday was "Truck Day" for the Pirates.
First baseman Mitch Moreland has agreed to a $5.7 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing set for Wednesday. Moreland gets a raise without an arbitration hearing for the third year in a row. Moreland made $2,975,000 last season, when he hit .278 with 23 home runs and 85 RBIs in 132 games, starting 110 of those at first base.
The countdown for Feb. 18, the official report date of Yankees pitchers and catchers, is ticking down. Activity has already started at the team complex in Tampa, Fla. and anticipation is kicking into high gear for the upcoming season.
The Dodgers and Giants have ruled the National League West in recent seasons with dominant pitching, but the division also houses some serious offense. The Rockies and D-backs scored the most runs in the league in 2015, with the Giants coming in fifth. Let's zero in on five pivotal NL West bats heading into Spring Training.
The Rangers avoided an arbitration hearing with first baseman Mitch Moreland almost at the last hour on Wednesday by agreeing on a contract for 2016. The deal is for $5.7 million, according to a source.
Reliever Tyler Clippard says that Arizona's potential to contend for a title was a big reason he signed with the Diamondbacks. Clippard agreed to a $12.25 million, two-year contract Monday, a move intended to add proven experience to the Diamondbacks' bullpen. Clippard receives salaries of $4.1 million this year and $4.15 million in 2017.
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The first leg of the 2017 World Baseball Classic gets underway with the first of four qualifying tournaments starting on Thursday at Blacktown International Sportspark just outside Sydney. Australia, the favorite, will host New Zealand, the Philippines and South Africa.
Former baseball commissioner Bud Selig will teach sports law and business at Arizona State's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. The university said Tuesday that Selig had been appointed the O'Connor distinguished professor of sports in America. In addition to teaching, he will become founding president of the sports law and business advisory board.
Brian McCann can't stop thinking about the possibilities. Dellin Betances in the seventh inning, Andrew Miller in the eighth and Aroldis Chapman in the ninth. "Yeah, I mean I think the options are endless," McCann, the Yankees' catcher, said Tuesday night before joining honorees at the 36th annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner.