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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:07:25 PST

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson expects to be sidelined two to three weeks due to a right calf strain. Donaldson admitted that he felt something grab his muscle while running sprints during a workout on Friday. The 2015 American League Most Valuable Player and three-time All-Star underwent an MRI exam the following day and required the use of crutches while walking in the clubhouse on Sunday.



Fowler fitting in perfectly with Cardinals (The Associated Press)

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:18:42 PST

Fowler is the new guy with the Cardinals, but he's already a clubhouse favorite despite spending last season helping the rival Chicago Cubs win the World Series. ''He's got great people skills,'' manager Mike Matheny said Sunday.



Royals pitcher Maness opts for pioneer elbow surgery (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:27:33 PST

Kansas City Royals right-hander Seth Maness is like many pitchers in spring training, trying to earn a bullpen job. Maness opted to pass on Tommy John surgery to repair the right elbow that blew out last season and try a different procedure that could cut the recovery time significantly. It normally takes 12 to 18 months to return from the Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.



Spring Training 2017: Nick Swisher retires after 12 MLB seasons (Big League Stew)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:05:12 PST

Nick Swisher calls it a career after 12 MLB seasons. Here you’ll find a quick recap on everything from the latest injury news to translations, along with other stuff from around the internet that we think is worth your time. THE DREAM IS OVER, BABY!: Those were the words of Nick Swisher, who announced his retirement in an article for The Players’ Tribune on Friday.



Miguel Montero prepares for another season as Cubs backup (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:39:55 PST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Miguel Montero produced one of the biggest hits of the Chicago Cubs' championship run in the game that decided it all, and now he's preparing again for life as a backup catcher.



Ventura toxicology report won't be released to public (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:58:50 PST

The toxicology report on Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura won't be released to the public following his death last month in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic. Tessie Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the Dominican attorney general's office, said the toxicology report is not a public document, The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/2ldVdLC ) reported Thursday. The findings only will be released to Ventura's family and attorneys.



Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes needs Tommy John surgery (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:50:11 PST

An offspeed pitch during a pre-spring training bullpen session effectively ended Alex Reyes' season before it began. The St. Louis Cardinals said Wednesday the 22-year-old right-hander will have Tommy John surgery to replace a ruptured elbow ligament in his pitching arm. ''I was throwing a side at home and I felt something different,'' Reyes said.



Reliever Fernando Salas, Mets finalize $3M, 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:52:09 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Reliever Fernando Salas and the New York Mets have finalized a $3 million, one-year contract.



Cardinals top prospect Alex Reyes needs Tommy John surgery (Big League Stew)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:28:52 PST

After worries about an injury on Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals and their No. 1 pitching prospect Alex Reyes have gotten the news they (and many fans) had been fearing. Alex Reyes, after review, will have a Tommy John surgery, #cardinals affirm. Reyes has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm, which is why he’s having the surgery.



Cards right-hander Alex Reyes has sore elbow, will have MRI (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:46:00 PST

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes did not throw his scheduled bullpen session Tuesday because of a sore right elbow and will have an MRI. The 22-year-old right-hander made his major league debut Aug. 9 and was 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA in five starts and seven relief appearances. Reyes, a candidate for the final spot in the starting rotation, had been feeling soreness in the days leading up to camp, St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said.



Cardinals top prospect Alex Reyes has MRI on first day of camp (Big League Stew)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:51:08 PST

Alex Reyes needed an MRI on the first day of camp. St. Louis Cardinals top pitching prospect Alex Reyes underwent an MRI on Tuesday after experiencing right elbow discomfort. While the MRI results are not expected until Wednesday, the news surrounding Reyes has slowly escalated throughout the day.



Hot Stove Digest: Travis Wood signs two-year deal with Royals (Big League Stew)

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:35:30 PST

BRING HIM IN: The Kansas City Royals have signed pitcher Travis Wood to a two-year deal. By most rankings, Wood was the best pitcher left on the market. After posting a 2.95 ERA over 61 innings with the Chicago Cubs, Wood ranked as the 38th best player on the market this winter according to our own Jeff Passan. Travis Wood will get a chance to start again with the Royals.



Seung-hwan Oh brings stability to back of Cardinals' bullpen (The Associated Press)

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:01:18 PST

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Tyler Lyons recalls being impressed. Then he wasn't so sure. Then, well, pretty much everyone realized what the Cardinals had in Seung-hwan Oh.



Cubs no longer sole favorite to win World Series according to odds (Big League Stew)

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:52:54 PST

The first repeat championship in Chicago since the late ’90s Chicago Bulls dynasty has been put on hold. After being favored to win the 2017 World Series all offseason, the Chicago Cubs now have some competition to bring home baseball’s ultimate prize. The company released its latest World Series odds Monday, and for the first time all offseason, the Cubs are not the odds-on favorite.



Royals depart for spring training after tragic offseason (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:49:49 PST

Dayton Moore was almost finished assembling a team he thought was capable of getting back to the playoffs, one that addressed many of the holes that plagued them a year ago. At first he thought it was a mistake, the news that young Kansas City pitcher Yordano Ventura had been killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. The hole in the rotation he dealt with this way: Moore signed veteran Jason Hammel to a two-year, $16 million contract a week before Royals pitchers and catchers were expected in suburban Phoenix.



Bautista back, Encarnacion gone from retooled Blue Jays (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:43:46 PST

Only one of the two sluggers who helped turn the Toronto Blue Jays into a contender will still be playing ball north of the border this season. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, it's not the one they wanted the most. Edwin Encarnacion, whose 11th-inning home run beat Baltimore in last year's AL wild-card game, called Toronto his ''first choice'' in free agency following a Championship Series loss to Cleveland.



Retooled Cardinals have sights set on postseason return (The Associated Press)

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:01:40 PST

It was one thing for many people to predict St. Louis would finish behind the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central Division before last season. It's another matter entirely for the Cardinals heading into this spring training, knowing they are indeed the team doing the chasing of the defending World Series champions. The Cardinals head to Jupiter, Florida, also know they are once again considered only a contender - not a favorite - behind their archrival.



Stanton, Jones headline US roster for World Baseball Classic (The Associated Press)

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 18:19:17 PST

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton and Baltimore star Adam Jones are among the returnees on the 28-man U.S. World Baseball Classic roster, which also includes Colorado's Nolan Arenado, Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt, San Francisco's Buster Posey and Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen.



Daniel Descalso agrees to $1.5M deal with Diamondbacks (The Associated Press)

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:35:12 PST

Versatile infielder Daniel Descalso has agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona has a $2 million option for 2018 with a $150,000 buyout. The 30-year-old, who bats left-handed, hit .264 with 12 doubles and 38 RBIs in 99 games with Colorado last season.



Decisions held back for 1st-time eligible starting pitchers (The Associated Press)

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:27:49 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Salary arbitration decisions for starting pitchers who are eligible for the first time will be held back until all the cases involving those players are finished.



AP source: Mets agree to re-sign Blevins, Salas in bullpen (The Associated Press)

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 01:56:12 PST

Aiming to fill out their bullpen, the New York Mets are set to bring back a pair of important pieces from last year's playoff team. Free-agent relievers Jerry Blevins and Fernando Salas have agreed to contract terms with the Mets, according to a person with knowledge of the deals. The person also confirmed that New York has signed veteran left-hander Tom Gorzelanny to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp at spring training.



St. Louis bans smokeless tobacco at Busch, other venues (The Associated Press)

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 12:54:57 PST

Baseball players with big wads of chewing tobacco in their cheek are now a thing from the past at Busch Stadium. The St. Louis Board of Aldermen voted Friday to prohibit the use of smokeless tobacco products like chewing tobacco, dip and snuff at all sports venues, including Cardinals games at Busch Stadium. "Today, St. Louis is sending a loud and clear message that baseball players and other athletes are role models for our nation's youth, and tobacco should no longer be associated with the sports culture," said Alderwoman Dionne Flowers, the sponsor of the bill.



Baseball owners look at rule changes to speed up game (The Associated Press)

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 12:33:57 PST

For those rooting for baseball to speed up the game, Commissioner Rob Manfred says: have patience. Owners and players ratified a new collective bargaining agreement in December, but they're still negotiating innovations designed to improve the pace of play. ''We did review some rule changes largely related to pace of game that are being discussed with the players' association,'' Manfred said.



Carlos Martinez agrees to $51M, 5-year deal with Cards (The Associated Press)

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 12:24:29 PST

In the final days of negotiations, the biggest thing standing in the way of the St. Louis Cardinals signing pitcher Carlos Martinez to a long-term deal was a few hundred miles of ocean. ''It's not easy to get in touch at sea,'' general manager John Mozeliak explained. During a news conference Thursday, the Cardinals announced their five-year pact with the talented young right-hander that includes a pair of club options that could keep him in St. Louis through the 2023 season.



Cardinals ink Martinez to five-year deal (Reuters)

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 18:48:09 PST

(Reuters) - All-Star pitcher Carlos Martinez has signed a five-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals worth a reported $51 million, according to multiple media outlets on Thursday. While the Cardinals did not disclose financial details of the deal, it would be the most lucrative contract for a first-time arbitration-eligible pitcher. "Thinking ahead to the future, my age, I really thought it was an opportunity that I couldn't let go," the 25-year-old was quoted as saying on the Cardinals' website.



Baseball-Cardinals ink Martinez to 5-year deal (Reuters)

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 18:35:56 PST

All-Star pitcher Carlos Martinez has signed a five-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals worth a reported $51 million, according to multiple media outlets on Thursday. While the Cardinals did not disclose financial details of the deal, it would be the most lucrative contract for a first-time arbitration-eligible pitcher. "Thinking ahead to the future, my age, I really thought it was an opportunity that I couldn't let go," the 25-year-old was quoted as saying on the Cardinals' website.



Report: Cardinals ready to lock up Carlos Martinez with record contract extension (Big League Stew)

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 20:02:01 PST

The St. Louis Cardinals are close to finalizing a five-year contract extension with pitcher Carlos Martinez, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The deal is expected to be worth $51M, which FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds would be record money for a first-time arbitration eligible pitcher.