MLB


Yahoo Sports – United States

Mark Melancon knew Giants were the perfect fit right away (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In a Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 file photo, Washington Nationals relief pitcher Mark Melancon throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the eighth inning of Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series, at Nationals Park, in Washington. The San Francisco Giants said Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, that they have agreed to a $62 million, four-year contract with closer Mark Melancon, pending a physical. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

A thoughtful meeting in the Bay Area with the San Francisco brass and Mark Melancon didn’t need much convincing. Not to mention he is already looking forward to talking nutrition and sport science with Hunter Pence, his former Houston teammate and yoga pal. ”I think we get a kick out of one another,” Melancon said Tuesday, a day after reaching a $62 million, four-year contract with the Giants, the richest contract so far for a closer.


Posted on 7 December 2016 @ 3:02 am

Red Sox get ace Chris Sale from White Sox for hefty package (Yahoo Sports)

FILe - This is a 2016 file photo showing Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox baseball team. A person familiar with the trade tells The Associated Press that the Boston Red Sox have gotten star pitcher Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, because the trade hadn't been announced. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

No surprise that Chris Sale got traded, it was time to go. ”The ability to get a Chris Sale doesn’t come along very often,” Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. Sale joins an already talented rotation with the AL East champions, now pitching alongside 2016 AL Young Award winner Rick Porcello, former winner David Price and knuckleballer Steven Wright.


Posted on 7 December 2016 @ 2:34 am

Wilson Ramos, Rays nearing agreement on 2-year contract (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2016, file photo, Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos goes down with a knee injury during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Washington. Ramos had surgery Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, on his right knee and his rehabilitation is expected to take six-to-eight months. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos and the Tampa Bay Rays were closing in Tuesday night on a two-year contract.


Posted on 7 December 2016 @ 2:29 am

Red Sox get setup man Thornburg from Brewers for INF Shaw (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2016, file photo, Milwaukee Brewers closer Tyler Thornburg delivers during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, in Pittsburgh. The Boston Red Sox got the man they wanted _ a setup man, in fact. The AL East champions locked down their eighth-inning spot Tuesday, , Dec. 6, 2016, acquiring right-hander Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers in a package that included infielder Travis Shaw.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Even before landing Chris Sale, the Boston Red Sox got the man they wanted – a setup man, in fact. The AL East champions locked down their eighth-inning spot Tuesday, acquiring right-hander Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers in a package that included infielder Travis Shaw. Relief pitchers have been a main focus across the majors this offseason, and Thornburg was the centerpiece in the first trade at baseball’s winter meetings.


Posted on 7 December 2016 @ 1:21 am

Tim Tebow could play for Mets in spring training (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In a Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 file photo, Tim Tebow practices his swing during batting practice, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. NY Mets manager Terry Collins said hed like Tebow to play in spring training games even though the former NFL quarterback has a long ways to go in his transition to baseball. Tebow may be a mainstay in Mets minor league camp, but Collins knows people,especially in Florida, want to see him play. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Don’t be surprised if the New York Mets sneak Tim Tebow into some spring training action. Manager Terry Collins said he’d like Tebow to play in spring training games even though the former NFL quarterback has a long ways to go in his transition to baseball. Tebow may be a mainstay in Mets minor league camp, but Collins knows people – especially close to where Tebow won the Heisman Trophy at the University of Florida – want to see him play.


Posted on 6 December 2016 @ 11:08 pm

Mathis, Diamondbacks finalize $4 million, 2-year contract (Yahoo Sports)

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez talks with catcher Jeff Mathis during a baseball game in Cleveland, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Catcher Jeff Mathis and the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a $4 million, two-year contract.


Posted on 6 December 2016 @ 8:43 pm

Claire Smith 1st woman to win Hall of Fame’s Spink Award (Yahoo Sports)

Claire Smith, ESPN's news editor of remote productions, poses during Major League Baseball's winter meetings, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 in Oxon Hill, Md. Smith is the first woman to win the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing and will be honored during the Hall of Fame's induction weekend next July in Cooperstown, New York. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Claire Smith is the first woman to win the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing and will be honored during the Hall of Fame’s induction weekend next July in Cooperstown, New York. The 62-year-old Smith covered the New York Yankees for the Hartford Courant for five years starting in 1983 and was a columnist for The New York Times from 1991-98 and The Philadelphia Inquirer from 1998-2007. Smith was given a standing ovation when her election was announced Tuesday at a Baseball Writers’ Association of America meeting, and she asked the other half dozen women in the room to stand alongside her as she spoke.


Posted on 6 December 2016 @ 5:44 pm



| Breaking | USA | World | Financial | Politics | Entertainment | Style | Movies | Technology | Health | Green | OpEd | NFL | NBA | MLB | NCAAF | NCAAB | Motorsports | FAQ |