Dec 16, 2014

Epstein stalker hit with probation

A woman has been placed on probation for two years after pleading guilty to stalking Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 47-year-old Kathleen Kearney pleaded guilty but mentally ill to one count of stalking Epstein as part of a plea ...

Dec 16, 2014

ChiSox give Cabrera $42M contract

The White Sox finalized a $42 million, three-year contract with free agent Melky Cabrera on Monday, bolstering their outfield with their latest big move in an impressive offseason. Cabrera will make $13 million in 2015, $14 million in 2016 and $15 million in the ...

Dec 15, 2014

Gurriel signs two-year BayStars deal

The Central League’s Yokohama BayStars revealed their biggest victory of the offseason on Monday with the signing of a two-year deal for the services of slugging Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel. The 30-year-old Gurriel posted a .305 batting average this year with 11 home runs ...

Dec 15, 2014

Father of modern baseball card dies

The father of the modern baseball trading card who designed the famed Topps versions in the 1950s has died. Sy Berger was 91. His daughter, Maxine Berger-Bienstock, says Berger died of natural causes Sunday in Rockville Centre, New York. Using scissors and cardboard at ...

Dec 13, 2014

Stars on move at winter meetings

Baseball’s winter meetings ended with an old-style spurt of swaps, with All-Stars switching teams at a rapid pace and executives scrambling to fill roster voids. Alfredo Simon, Dee Gordon, Yoenis Cespedes, Miguel Montero, Jeff Samardzija, Brandon Moss, Dan Haren and Howie Kendrick were among ...

Dec 13, 2014

Fujikawa agrees to deal with Texas

Right-handed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa has agreed to join the Texas Rangers, according to a Friday report on mlb.com citing a source within Major League Baseball. Fujikawa, who saved 220 games for the Hanshin Tigers, joined the Chicago Cubs in 2013 on a two-year deal. ...

Dec 12, 2014

Padres eye Kemp in trade: sources

The San Diego Padres, desperate for a power bat to punch up the worst offense in the majors, have a deal in place to acquire outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz from the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers for catcher Yasmani Grandal and ...

Dec 12, 2014

Woman sues MLB for discrimination

Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first black manager in the big leagues, was sued with MLB commissioner Bud Selig by a woman executive who claims she was discriminated against. Sylvia Lind, 48, said in a complaint filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court that ...

Dec 11, 2014

Yankees say A-Rod still overweight

Alex Rodriguez isn’t yet at the weight the New York Yankees want him to be at when he reports to spring training in two months. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Matthew Krause, the team’s strength and conditioning coordinator, visited A-Rod on Wednesday in ...

Scherzer out for big bucks

Dec 11, 2014

Scherzer out for big bucks

Clayton Kershaw is considered the top pitcher in baseball, with three Cy Young Awards in four years for the Los Angeles Dodgers, an NL Most Valuable Player award and a $215 million, seven-year contract. Max Scherzer may be seeking an even bigger deal as ...

A's trade Samardzija to White Sox

Dec 10, 2014

A's trade Samardzija to White Sox

Jeff Samardzija has played for Notre Dame and the Cubs and now will get to pitch for the White Sox. “Being a Chicago guy, that’s one of the craziest things I’ve thought about,” he said Tuesday after Oakland dealt him to Chicago’s South Side. ...

Dec 10, 2014

Girardi has high hopes for Tanaka

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday he is optimistic about Masahiro Tanaka’s ability to take a leading role in the starting rotation in 2015 following a serious elbow injury this year that sidelined the right-hander for over two months. Speaking to reporters ...