Heyman’s Latest: Villar, Lucroy, Tigers Veterans, Utley, Weaver, Lincecum, Clevenger

Feb 23, 2017 | No Comments

After grading every team’s offseason, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag provided a bevy of information on a variety of situations around the league in his latest notes post. Some is mostly of historical interest, and there’s lots more in the article, but these are some of the highlights with transactional ties: The Brewers “floated” an extension offer to infielder Jonathan Villar, says Heyman, but he wasn’t interested. The club’s initial offer, at least, would only have guaranteed him around $20MM. While Villar had a relatively undistinguished career before landing in Milwaukee, he was rather excellent last year and hasn’t yet turned 26. On the other hand, he won’t reach arbitration eligibility until next fall and still has to prove he can repeat that effort. Though Milwaukee owner Mark Attanasio may have been willing to green-light pursuit of Matt Wieters, it seems that the front office wasn’t enthusiastic about that possibility. While the Rangers haven’t yet opened extension talks with catcher Jonathan Lucroy, it’s still expected that a deal will at least be explored. GM Jon Daniels has acknowledged as much, though it’s unclear just when the discussions will get underway. If nothing comes together, Lucroy promises to be one of the game’s most widely pursued free agents next winter

Friday’s spring slate marks return of MLB.TV

Feb 23, 2017 | No Comments

MLB.TV, the world’s longest-running and most successful live streaming sports product, returns for its 15th-anniversary year, starting with Phillies at Yankees at 1:05 p.m. ET on Friday, followed by seven live games on Saturday and another eight on Sunday.

Spring in bloom: 3 games set for Thursday

Feb 23, 2017 | No Comments

Major League Baseball is back in action, and the schedule is filling up quickly. On Thursday, the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies will play in Spring Training exhibitions.

Hot topics: Cactus clubs look ahead to season

Feb 22, 2017 | No Comments

In advance of Friday’s opening round of spring exhibitions, the managers and general managers from the clubs competing in Arizona were on hand Tuesday for the fifth annual Cactus League Spring Training Media Day.

Braking news: Flashy car revs up Cubs camp

Feb 22, 2017 | No Comments

Cubs manager Joe Maddon has emphasized the need to be humble and moving on after winning the World Series. This was a play on that.

Ferrari helps in Cubs’ lesson to stay humble

Feb 21, 2017 | No Comments

The plan was for manager Joe Maddon to address the team during the first full-squad workout on Saturday about the need to stay humble after winning the Cubs’ first World Series since 1908, and then strength coach Buss would drive a Ferrari onto the field. Rain delayed that, so on Tuesday, when the field was finally dry, the players were gathered on the field and Buss drove the car onto the grass and slowly circled the group.

Nationals appear close to signing Wieters

Feb 21, 2017 | No Comments

The Nationals are nearing a deal with free-agent catcher Matt Wieters, a source has confirmed to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez.

Bourn gets one-year deal, invite to spring camp

Feb 21, 2017 | No Comments

Baltimore and veteran outfielder Michael Bourn have agreed to a one-year deal with an invite to Spring Training; the deal will be worth $2 million if Bourn makes the Major League club.