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5 teams that could surprise us in '18

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:21:57 EDT

Figuring out who the surprise teams of '18 will be is the difficult part. But there are plenty of serious candidates. Here's a look at five who appear to have a legitimate chance to jump into contention.

Brewers reportedly make offer to Darvish

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:55:20 EDT

The Brewers reportedly have jumped into the fray for top free-agent starter Yu Darvish, who made sure his nearly two million Twitter followers knew all about it.

Trout sports dog mask to support Eagles

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 18:50:26 EDT

Trout sports dog mask to support Eagles

Old-school bat flip tops MLB Network's Top 50 list

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:00:00 EDT

The bat flip is one of the most exciting occurrences on a baseball diamond -- both in the punctuation it confers on the preceding home run, and in the personality behind its creativity. As we appreciate this artistic flourish, here's a look at the 50 greatest bat flips of all time.

Phils' Kingery leads Top 10 2B Prospects

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:31:25 EDT

The Top 10 second baseman list features just two holdovers from last year's list, the Phillies' Scott Kingery and the Padres' Luis Urias, who are now the top-ranked prospects on the list.

MLB Buzz: Mets consider reunion with Colon

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 18:13:05 EDT

The Hot Stove is open for business, and news, trade buzz and rumors are in full swing. Here's the latest from around the big leagues.

Applying Rock Hall standards to Baseball Hall

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:00:00 EDT

The Baseball Writers' Association of America will announce the 2018 Hall of Fame class at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday on MLB Network, and this is shaping up to be an inordinately large class.

Carter touching 'em all is MLB Network's top finish

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:00:00 EDT

Baseball has lavished fans with some incredible finishes over the years, and everyone has his or her favorite. MLB Network just ranked the Top 50 finishes of the Expansion Era (since 1961). The following list is bound to spark debate and stir some unforgettable memories. Where did your favorite baseball finish rank?

Yordano left indelible mark in Kansas City

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:02 EDT

Former Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura, who died in 2016, meant much more than the numbers and baseball achievements, and a couple of dusty pennants he helped win. Ventura was a symbol of what was possible.

10 reasons McGriff's HOF case is overlooked

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:00:00 EDT

Fred McGriff ranks among the more unfortunate Hall of Fame candidates in terms of the timing of his career. While his résumé will likely be passed on to the Veterans Committee, it's worth remembering where McGriff stood at the time of his peak.

Sharp eye, approach bolster Nimmo's value

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:00:00 EDT

Brandon Nimmo has been getting his time in the trade rumor mill, and it's as a player the Mets want to hold onto.

Lindor excited about landing on R.B.I. 18 cover

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:45:00 EDT

Over the past three seasons, Francisco Lindor has quickly established himself not only as one of the faces of Major League Baseball, but as an ambassador for the game. So it came as no surprise that Lindor -- now a household name among baseball fans -- was chosen to be featured on the cover of R.B.I. Baseball 18 on Saturday at Tribe Fest.

Todd Frazier and the thumbs-down Mets fan finally met and ... exchanged cheerful thumbs-downs

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:12:13 EDT

Frazier, thumbs-down Mets fan finally meet

Making sense of unsigned free agents

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:54:12 EDT

For years now, it has been clear to many people around the game that baseball is in the midst of a salary bubble … and eventually that bubble is probably going to burst. The bubble burst might be what we're seeing now with the collection of very good ballplayers -- J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, Yu Darvish, Lorenzo Cain, Jake Arrieta, Mike Moustakas, etc. -- still looking for their club even as Spring Training looms barely a month away.

'Patient' Lewis wise beyond his years

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:37:18 EDT

As a general rule, the Twins haven't brought in Draft picks from the previous year to TwinsFest because it can be a lot for a young player to handle, but they didn't hesitate to invite last year's No. 1 overall pick Royce Lewis to this weekend's TwinsFest.

Mazara rested, ready to get back to work

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:59:13 EDT

It was an enjoyable offseason for Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara -- at least for a little while.

Justin Upton made an appearance at the Anaheim Ducks' #AngelsNight18

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:18:02 EDT

Justin Upton made an appearance at the Ducks game

A year after Ventura's death, KC still hurting

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:02:00 EDT

Shock. Disbelief and denial. Overwhelming sadness.

HOF class could set record for living inductees

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:45:02 EDT

When Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson reveals the Baseball Writers' Association of America 2018 election results Wednesday on MLB Network and, it is expected to set a record for most living inductees over any five-year span.

BBWAA to hand out hardware at annual dinner

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:38:46 EDT

Each January, the baseball world gathers the best of the best in midtown Manhattan for the annual New York BBWAA Awards Dinner, putting a bow on the 2017 season while getting pumped up for the start of Spring Training.

Twins owner 'on board' with pursuing Darvish

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:38:38 EDT

The Twins have been linked to free-agent Yu Darvish all offseason and have stated their interest publicly, but for the first time, owner Jim Pohlad confirmed he'd OK a deal for Darvish for the right price.

Springer adds wedding to whirlwind winter

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:20:43 EDT

Springer adds wedding to whirlwind winter

MLB Network unveils Top 10 RF, 2B Right Now

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:04:03 EDT

MLB Network's countdown of baseball's best players at each position continued with the next two installments of the "Top 10 Right Now!" series, featuring the game's top right fielders and second basemen.

A new species of wasps in Florida was named after Ichiro Suzuki

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:14:09 EDT

New series of wasps named after Ichiro

Hanley on Red Sox: 'We can be world champs'

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:23:00 EDT

A healthier pair of shoulders has given Hanley Ramirez a burst of excitement heading into 2018.

Long-term talks quiet with Blue Jays, Donaldson

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:20:29 EDT

The Blue Jays avoided arbitration with star third baseman Josh Donaldson earlier this month, but there still has not been any progress on a long-term contract extension. In fact, the two sides haven't even talked about it.

Steph Curry joined Hunter and Lexi Pence for a couple friendly rounds of Mario Kart

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:24:56 EDT

Who won in 'Mario Kart'? Steph Curry or Pence?

Why I gave Rolen a Hall of Fame vote

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:00:00 EDT

Let's take this head on: There are only nine position players, nine total players, who have 70 or more Wins Above Replacement in both Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs configurations and are not in the Hall of Fame.

Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado fly fishing together is major offseason and friendship goals

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 22:28:03 EDT

Blackmon and Arenado went fly fishing

Tick, tock: Will MLB implement pitch clock?

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:48:51 EDT

If we see the implementation of a pitch clock in an attempt to speed up the pace of play in 2018, it will be nothing new to the scores of players who have come up through the Minor League ranks in recent years.

Kimbrel motivated, focused on daughter

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:08:58 EDT

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel's daughter, Lydia Joy, was born on Nov. 3, and he describes parenting his first child with his wife, Ashley, as, "one of the happiest, joyful times of our life." But it has also been a roller coaster of emotions.

Harper headlines Top 10 right fielders Right Now

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:12:41 EDT

Right field is an extremely top-heavy position, with five legitimate superstars in the first half, and then nearly a dozen contenders for the second half. Who fills out the list?

Kirilloff ready to return strong after year off

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:15:53 EDT

After a strong first professional season in 2016 after being the No. 15 overall selection in that year's Draft, outfielder Alex Kirilloff was hoping to build it on it with a successful '17 campaign.

Blackmon open to contract extension with Rox

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:04:37 EDT

Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon views the one-year, $14 million contract he signed to avoid arbitration as a beginning.

Sale prepping to be force down the stretch

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:13:16 EDT

The competitive fire within Chris Sale makes him never want to dial back his intensity, even when it comes to offseason and in-season preparation. However, the lefty has come to the realization that in order for him to be at his best when the Red Sox need him most -- in September and October -- he needs to tweak the way he ramps up.

Coors Field had fake coyotes and foxes 'roaming' around to keep the birds away

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:12:35 EDT

Coors field had fake animals roaming around

Daniels: Texas' next acquisition likely a pitcher

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:23:52 EDT

General manager Jon Daniels did a question-and-answer session with Rangers broadcaster Matt Hicks at FanFest on Saturday, and most of the time was spent discussing pace of play.

Lindor stars at jubilant Tribe Fest in Cleveland

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:16:33 EDT

While walking through the main hall at Tribe Fest on Saturday, Francisco Lindor retrieved a handful of red and blue bean bags from the ground. The Indians shortstop then handed one to an unsuspecting fan and insisted he stop to take on Lindor in an impromptu game of cornhole.

Arenado not going to rest on his laurels

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:17:19 EDT

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado skipped the team plane last fall and spent several depressive days in Phoenix after the Rockies' 11-8 loss in the 2017 National League Wild Card Game, filling his time with diversions, while longing for a baseball game that was not to come.

Altuve leads Top 10 second basemen into 2018

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:14:25 EDT

There's an obvious superstar atop the Top 10 Second Basemen list, but who follows him? The position is an interesting mix of long-time stars and first-time names.

Dozier willing to engage in extension talks

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:17:51 EDT

Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is headed into the final season of the four-year, $20-million extension he signed in 2015, and said he's willing to explore signing another extension, but the Twins have yet to offer him one yet.

MLBPAA hosts free youth clinic in Tucson

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:37:40 EDT

A familiar sound echoed throughout one of the practice fields at Kino Sports Complex.

Pineda, May make progress in TJ recovery

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:21:09 EDT

Twins right-handers Michael Pineda and Trevor May, who both underwent Tommy John surgery last year, said at TwinsFest they're continuing to rehab without any issues or setbacks.

Blue Jays remain on the hunt for pitching

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:00:00 EDT

For now, the Blue Jays appear to be set with the position players who will be on the roster for the upcoming season, but a lot of work still has to be done on the pitching staff.