Cubs reportedly add free-agent lefty Anderson

Jan 24, 2017 | No Comments

The Cubs have a deal in place with left-handed starter Brett Anderson, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal. The club has not confirmed the report.

‘A terrible pain’: Dominican Republic mourns Ventura, Marte

Jan 24, 2017 | No Comments

Yankees first-base coach Tony Pena was already crying when someone leaned over and told him about Yordano Ventura’s tragic death early Sunday morning.

Diamondbacks To Sign Josh Thole

Jan 24, 2017 | No Comments

The Diamondbacks have agreed to a minor-league deal with catcher Josh Thole, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). His potential salary and other terms have not been reported at this time. Thole, 30, had spent the last four years with the Blue Jays after an equivalent stint with the Mets. He went with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in the 2012 swap between those organizations, and continued to function as Dickey’s personal catcher in Toronto. Though he rates as a high-quality blocker and framer behind the dish, and did hit at around a league-average rate earlier in his career, the left-handed hitter has trailed off over the last five seasons

‘Great kid with a big heart. We lost a brother.’

Jan 23, 2017 | No Comments

Yordano Ventura, a rising star right-hander with the Royals, died early Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic at the age of 25.

Ventura’s growth was miraculous to see

Jan 22, 2017 | No Comments

In 2008, the Kansas City Royals — coming off a decade of baseball so discouraging that all seemed hopeless — signed Yordano Ventura, a 16-year-old kid from the Dominican Republic. There was nothing dazzling about him as a baseball player. There was something about him, though, something almost imperceptible, something about the way he threw a baseball that made a couple of the Royals scouts hope. And dream.

KC pitcher Ventura dies in car crash in DR

Jan 22, 2017 | No Comments

Yordano Ventura, a rising star right-hander with the Royals, died early Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic at the age of 25.

Former MLB infielder Marte dies at 33

Jan 22, 2017 | No Comments

Former Major League infielder Andy Marte died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33 years old.

Winner party: Night of triumph, legacy in NYC

Jan 22, 2017 | No Comments

The last time a Major League Baseball game was played, 80 days earlier, it was a Game 7 classic with Terry Francona managing the Indians and Jon Lester coming out of the bullpen to pitch three innings for the victorious Cubs. On Saturday night, those two sat side-by-side at the 94th New York Baseball Writers’ Association of America dinner, and Francona stepped up to the microphone to present his former protege with the Postseason MVP Award.

FanFest a thrill for Astros players, fans alike

Jan 22, 2017 | No Comments

The Astros passed out more than 26,000 vouchers for their annual FanFest on Saturday at Minute Maid Park, and the crush of orange-and-blue-clad fans who clamored for autographs and pictures with players while taking part in other activities was a clear sign that the team is as popular as it’s been in years.