Latest Professional baseball News

Bryce Harper gets his 1st hit of spring training

Mar. 21, 2019 2:46 AM EDT

Bryce Harper got his first hit of spring training. Harper lined a 97-mph fastball to center in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game against Detroit his first spring training hit with the Philadelphia Phillies after a 0-for-9 start. Harper jokingly gestured toward the dugout that he wanted to keep the ball. It...

Status for Indians' Lindor for opening day still uncertain

Mar. 21, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — With a hop off his feet turning a double play and by driving a ball nearly over the fence, Indians three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor moved closer to returning from a right calf strain. Yet his status for opening day on March 28 at Minnesota remains uncertain. Batting...

Boston's Mookie Betts says he expects to become free agent

Mar. 20, 2019 11:10 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Don't expect AL MVP Mookie Betts to agree to a long-term contract with the Boston Red Sox before he can become a free agent in late 2020. Despite Mike Trout's $432 million, 12-year agreement with the Los Angeles Angels, Nolan Arenado's $260 million, eight-year deal with the Colorado...

Trout, Angels finalize record $432 million, 12-year deal

Mar. 20, 2019 11:08 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night announced their 12-year contract, a record deal that ties baseball's top player to the Orange County club for what likely will be the rest of his career. A person with knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press on...

AP source: White Sox near $43M, 6-year deal with Jimenez

Mar. 20, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox are nearing a $43 million, six-year contract with highly regarded outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal had not been agreed to. The...

Rookie Lowe agrees to $24 million, 6-year contract with Rays

Mar. 20, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Brandon Lowe, who made his big league debut last August, has agreed to a $24 million, six-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. Lowe's deal, announced Wednesday, includes club options for 2025 and 2026 with escalators based on MVP voting that could make the agreement...

White Sox still see bright future despite no Harper, Machado

Mar. 20, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox made their pitch for Bryce Harper and took a big swing at landing Manny Machado. Though they went 0 for 2 trying to sign the superstar sluggers, the White Sox enter the season still believing they are setting themselves up for success. The big reasons for that are the...

Yankees guest instructor Lee Mazzilli struck by BP ball

Mar. 20, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees guest instructor Lee Mazzilli was struck in the head by a ball in batting practice Wednesday and taken to a local hospital. Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said in an email that Mazzilli "will spend the night at the hospital for observation." Yankees players not on the...

Braves may have 3 open spots in pitching rotation

Mar. 20, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — When they started spring training, the Atlanta Braves had one opening in their pitching rotation. With a week to go before opening day, they may have three. The Braves are holding out some hope that Kevin Gausman will work through his shoulder soreness in time to pitch a game in the...

Rangers have new manager and full surgery-repaired rotation

Mar. 20, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have an optimistic new manager, a converted middle infielder taking over for a retired star at third base and a rotation filled with starters who have missed significant time following surgery. First-time manager Chris Woodward is now in charge of a team coming off...