Baseball Topics

Jan 14, 2015

Royals extend Yost through 2016

Once the new year rolled around, Ned Yost turned his attention to the upcoming season, the new pieces that the Kansas City Royals brought in and the possibilities for new lineups. He made the prospect of a contract extension seem almost like an afterthought. ...

Jan 11, 2015

Rays ship Zobrist, Escobar to A's

The Oakland Athletics acquired infielders Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher John Jaso and two minor leaguers Saturday in a trade between teams that have been real busy this offseason. The Rays also got infielder Daniel Robertson, outfielder ...

Jan 8, 2015

Pedro memoir set for May release

It’s a year for the books for Pedro Martinez, who was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this week: Now the pitcher has a memoir coming out in May. The book was first acquired in 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which on Wednesday ...

Hall of Fame announces 2015 class

Jan 7, 2015

Hall of Fame announces 2015 class

Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz dominated in an era of offense, each in their own way. The 208-cm Big Unit became the tallest of the 215 players elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame and the 180-cm Martinez the shortest pitcher picked for ...

Steroids Era greats denied Hall pass

Jan 7, 2015

Steroids Era greats denied Hall pass

Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire’s chances to enter the Hall of Fame are dwindling. Baseball writers so far overwhelmingly have decided the outsized statistics of the Steroids Era stars are tarnished by their connection to performance-enhancing drugs use. Once again ...

Jan 6, 2015

Former hurler Miller passes away

Stu Miller, the former San Francisco Giants pitcher who committed perhaps the most famous balk in All-Star Game history, has died. He was 87. The Giants said Monday that Miller died at his home in Cameron Park on Sunday after a brief illness. Miller ...

Jan 5, 2015

Royals sign veteran reliever Madson

The Royals have signed veteran right-hander Ryan Madson to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. The 34-year-old Madson hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2011, when he was 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA and 29 saves for the ...

Pedro awaits call from Hall

Jan 3, 2015

Pedro awaits call from Hall

As a Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster, Nomar Garciaparra watched Clayton Kershaw become the dominant pitcher in the National League, winning three of the last four NL Cy Young Awards — the last one unanimously. But when fans ask if he’s ever witnessed anyone as ...

Dec 31, 2014

Padres trade Smith for Maurer

The San Diego Padres traded outfielder Seth Smith to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday in exchange for hard-throwing reliever Brandon Maurer. Smith was left without a spot in the Padres outfield after San Diego’s makeover that included the acquisitions of Matt Kemp, Justin Upton ...

Dec 27, 2014

Nationals invite Uggla to camp

The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with second baseman Dan Uggla for a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training. The Nationals also announced similar deals Friday with reliever Heath Bell, third baseman Ian Stewart, first baseman Clint Robinson ...

Dec 26, 2014

Uehara says Red Sox have made good moves in offseason

Right-hander Koji Uehara praised the Boston Red Sox’s busy offseason on Friday, when he met reporters in Tokyo. “I think it’s going to be a really good team,” Uehara said of the Red Sox, who finished last in the American League East this year ...

Dec 23, 2014

Scutaro undergoes back surgery

San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro underwent back surgery that could end his career. Giants general manager Brian Sabean announced during a conference call Monday that Scutaro had the fusion procedure performed by Dr. Michael Wang in Miami on Friday to alleviate the ...