Latest Minor league baseball News

Cubs exercise Rizzo's $16.5M option, decline Morrow, Barnett

Nov. 3, 2019 10:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs have exercised a $16.5 million option for next season on first baseman Anthony Rizzo and declined options on right-handers Brandon Morrow, Tony Barnette and Kendall Graveman. Rizzo, who won his third Gold Glove on Sunday, agreed in 2013 to a $41 million, seven-year contract that...

Castillo declines to opt out of Red Sox contract

Nov. 3, 2019 1:15 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — To the surprise of no one, outfielder Rusney Castillo declined to opt out of his contract with the Boston Red Sox and will remain in their minor league system. Castillo agreed to a $72.5 million, seven-year contract in 2014 and has not appeared in a major league game since 2016. He could have...

Padres to turn to Tingler to end their losing ways

Oct. 31, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Padres introduced their new manager and hinted about old uniform colors they'll wear in 2020. It's easy to predict which the team's weary, patient fans are more excited about. When Jayce Tingler was presented at a news conference on Thursday, he was wearing the club's classic brown...

White Sox trade catcher Welington Castillo to Rangers

Oct. 31, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have traded catcher Welington Castillo to the Texas Rangers, who might not exercise an $8 million option for next season and allow him to become a free agent. Texas also got an international signing bonus pool slot worth $250,000 in the deal while sending minor league...

Royals hire ex-Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny as manager

Oct. 31, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Matheny walked through the doors of Kauffman Stadium a year ago to take a job as a special adviser with the Kansas City Royals, an out-of-the-spotlight position that allowed him to take stock of his career and his shortcomings. He had been fired by the Cardinals earlier in the...

Former Rangers president Mike Stone dies at age 80

Oct. 29, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mike Stone, the former Texas Rangers president who later served as commissioner of the independent baseball Northern League, has died. He was 80. The Rangers said Tuesday that Stone died Friday at his home in Ajijic, Mexico. Stone was president of the Rangers from 1983-90 and was...

MLB's top prospects deal with good, bad of 'robot' umpires

Oct. 24, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — First baseman Ali Sanchez was standing in the on-deck circle so he had a great vantage point of the two-strike breaking ball to Jacob Heyward. It finished so low that by the time it reached the catcher it nearly bounced in the dirt. Sanchez — like everybody else who was...

MLB wants minors to upgrade some ballparks, cut travel

Oct. 23, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Major League Baseball wants the minor leagues to upgrade ballparks and decrease long travel. Negotiations have started on a new Professional Baseball Agreement to replace the deal between MLB and the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues that expires after the 2020 season....

Astros reliever James uses mental training to succeed

Oct. 23, 2019 3:23 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Josh James slowly walks slightly off the mound, turns around and fixes his gaze on the foul pole in right field. A few seconds pass before the hard-throwing Houston Astros reliever returns to the rubber and delivers his next pitch. It's a scene James repeats again and again, often when he...

Padres pitcher accused of breaking into Arizona home

Oct. 10, 2019 10:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Police arrested San Diego Padres pitcher Jacob Nix after he was accused of breaking into a suburban Phoenix home through a doggie door and was shot with a Taser by the homeowner. Nix, who is facing two counts of criminal trespassing, was released this week from the Maricopa County jail on...