Veteran infielder Clint Barmes signed his one-year, $1.6 million deal on Dec. 3 — a little before the Padres became cool. Barmes, who turns 36 on March 6, is being brought to San Diego to help bring all the offseason excitement together in the form of winning baseball.
Royals All-Star left fielder Alex Gordon is still sporting a soft cast that runs from his right hand to his elbow as he recovers from December wrist surgery.
Given the close bond that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward have shared since entering the professional ranks together in 2007, Freeman does not like the fact that they will no longer be teammates. Nor is he overly excited about the fact that Justin Upton and Evan Gattis will no longer be around to protect him in the middle of Atlanta’s lineup. But as Freeman evaluates all the Braves gained via their massive roster reconstruction this offseason, he is excited about what the future might bring and optimistic that many expectations will be exceeded during the upcoming season.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis wants people to know he didn’t take Adderall for an edge at the plate. Davis, who spoke for nearly 10 minutes on Saturday at FanFest for the first time since he received a 25-game suspension on Sept. 12 for violating baseball’s drug policy, called taking the drug “a moment of weakness” he deeply regrets.
Baseball greats, former teammates and several well-known politicians gathered on Saturday at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago to pay their respects to Cubs legend Ernie Banks.
The first 15 years of this millennium haven’t been too kind to fans of Puerto Rican baseball. But there have been positive signs the last two years. Jose Cruz Jr. reflected recently on what it meant to him to be a part of the country’s most recent title.
Yasiel Puig stood on a balcony in the 26th floor of City Hall on Friday afternoon, staring out into downtown Los Angeles before a luncheon to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project and talking mostly about how often he thinks about those pesky Cardinals, who have eliminated his Dodgers in back-to-back Octobers.
Thousands of Cubs fans took their turn standing in front of the altar Friday at Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church, paying their respects to the greatest and most beloved Cub of all time.
Right-hander Josh Wall and catcher Wilkin Castillo were signed to Minor League contracts on Friday by the Pirates, who also added them to the list of non-roster players invited to Spring Training.
The Braves officially announced the completion of their one-year deal with outfielder Jonny Gomes on Friday afternoon.