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Latest rumor: Bryce Harper close to signing deal with Phillies

Rumors have been swirling for several days that Bryce Harper is on the verge of signing a massive free-agent contract, and the general consensus seems to be the deal is with the Philadelphia Phillies. One specific rumor claims Harper has agreed to a 10-year deal with the Phillies worth around $300 million. If you want to really get carried away with the offseason speculation, another report claimed Harper was “in the mood to celebrate” last week and he finally has his big contract. It...

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Roberts hints that Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day

Walker Buehler may have emerged as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ best pitcher last season, but he still has not surpassed Clayton Kershaw in status. According to Dodgers.com reporter Ken Gurnick, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts strongly hinted on Friday that Kershaw will be the team’s Opening Day starter. Kershaw, 30, went 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 161.1 innings. Buehler had similar numbers for the season but emerged in the second half and postseason as the team’s top pitcher....

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Phillies president explains why team has not landed Harper or Machado

The Philadelphia Phillies made no secret of the fact that they planned to be in on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado this offseason. They have done so, but neither of them have signed with the Phillies as of the start of spring training. Phillies president Andy MacPhail answered for that on Friday, noting that negotiations were a two-way street and that the team had still improved this offseason. The Phillies are still in, but MacPhail makes it sound like neither player they’re targeting is...

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Adam Wainwright predicts MLB strike, fears players walking out midseason

MLB owners appear to once again be taking a stand this offseason against handing out massive long-term contracts to star free agents, and one veteran player is convinced the practice is going to eventually result in a work stoppage. Longtime St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainright said Friday that he is “100 percent” certain there is going to be a strike if MLB owners don’t show more of a willingness to pay players. The 37-year-old said he’s concerned it could happen in the middle...

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Report: Padres GM flew to Miami to meet with Manny Machado and his wife

The San Diego Padres have been making a strong push to land Manny Machado in recent days, and that includes a personal visit in Miami from general manager A.J. Preller. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports Preller flew out to Miami within the last week to meet with Machado and his wife, “a step that indicates the sides continue to work toward a possible agreement,” he wrote. Clearly, San Diego is determined to land a big fish before the start of the 2019 MLB season —...

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Dodgers notes: Jansen’s health, update on Seager, and more

With pitchers and catchers reporting this week, baseball is officially back. We’re just over 40 days away from Opening Day, and it’s almost time to start a brand new season.

Corey Seager update

Though the Dodgers had a somewhat quiet off-season, they will be adding one of the best young shortstops in the game to their lineup in 2019.

After missing most of the 2018 season, the Dodgers are optimistic Corey Seager will be ready to go for Opening Day.

Dave Roberts spoke with reporters and...

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Jon Lester: ‘It sucks’ Bryce Harper, Manny Machado remain unsigned

The free-agency sagas of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado slog on with seemingly no end in sight, a baffling development with Spring Training set to get underway. Count Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester among a group including Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander that believes there’s something awry about two of MLB’s biggest superstars still standing on the sideline at this late stage, calling it a “sad time” for baseball. While reports, speculation and rumors abound concerning the...

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Six dark horse Cy Young candidates for 2019

Major League Baseball has been blessed with tons of talented and young starting pitchers in today’s game. It can be hard for newcomers to get themselves in that elite group, but it can be done. Dominant pitchers like Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber, Chris Sale and more have constantly been one of the game’s very best. However, we also saw hurlers like Patrick Corbin, Gerrit Cole (again) and Aaron Nola shove their way into the conversation last...

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Baseball is back

Over the next few weeks there will inevitably be words written about fresh cut grass, birds singing and baseball coming back to life — or something like that. Every year there’s a countdown to Pitchers and Catchers Day that begins the second the previous season ends.

It’s an exciting day to be sure. The season is coming and actual team activities are finally underway this week. But before the season can begin, there is a long March, full of long afternoons of hoping Justin Turner...

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Yankees more interested in Nolan Arenado than Manny Machado?

The New York Yankees have been discussed as a possible destination for free agent Manny Machado, but according to a report, Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado really has New York’s eye. Andy Martino of SNY noted that while the Yankees have offered Machado a contract, it’s reportedly not a big offer. However, the interest in acquiring Arenado is high. “In other news about Yankees third base targets, Colorado and Nolan Arenado remain apart on extension talks, according to...

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Dodgers announce Spring Training broadcast schedule

With pitchers and catchers reporting this week, the Dodgers have officially announced their 2019 broadcast schedule for Spring Training.

There will be 20 games broadcasted on SportsNet LA, with 17 games on AM 570, eight games on Spanish radio and five webcasts on Dodgers.com. There will be a broadcast for every Spring Training game, with the exception of two.

Every Saturday and Sunday game will be televised live on SportsNet LA. They will also televise all three games during the...

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Dodgers begin 11th spring training at Camelback Ranch

Pitchers and catchers reporting marks the beginning of another season

Today is the first day of 2019 season for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pitchers and catchers will be walking into the clubhouse at Camelback Ranch. Some, like Dustin May, will be taking another step in their professional career. Others will just be trying to secure a position in the Dodger organization.

When manager Dave Roberts meets with the media later this morning, that will mark his fourth season with the Dodgers. ...

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Justin Verlander rips ‘broken’ MLB free agency

Major League Baseball players are growing frustrated with the fact that some teams have begun to report for spring training while the likes of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are unsigned. Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is certainly one of them, and he called out the “rebuilding” reasoning often cited as “BS” on a tweet on Monday. Verlander took on a few fans who disputed his points as well. Everything Verlander says makes sense. Few teams are trying to spend money and...

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Report: Yankees continue to ‘check in’ on Manny Machado

The New York Yankees aren’t out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes. According to Andy Martino of SNY, the team’s front office is still interested in signing the star. “As Yankees players trickle into spring training, the front office continues to check in with Machado’s camp, according to major league sources,” Martino wrote Monday morning. “The Yankees are not the frontrunners for Machado — both the White Sox and Phillies have been more aggressive — but they are not out on...

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Report: Ryan Madson 'thinking about not playing' in 2019

There had been indications of late that veteran reliever Ryan Madson could be closing in on a deal. Now, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports, there’s reason to wonder whether he’ll sign at all. Madson, 38, is said to be “thinking about not playing” in the 2019 campaign. Whether that is due to personal considerations or displeasure with the offers he has received is not clear, but it seems it’s not entirely certain that he’ll be back for a 14th MLB campaign. If Madson does...

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10 burning questions heading into MLB spring training

The MLB offseason is almost over. Pitchers and catchers will soon report to Arizona or Florida for spring training, and before the regular season begins, a number of burning questions linger. The Boston Red Sox enjoyed one of the greatest seasons in MLB history in 2018, but with 2019’s season right around the corner, they have a clear flaw that needs to be fixed. Another top team, the Houston Astros, has some questions around its starting rotation, which was an unquestioned strength a...

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Dodgers announce Spring Training non-roster invitees

With less than a week until pitchers and catchers report, the Dodgers announced the 21 players who will be receiving non-roster invites to spring training.

Among the Dodgers non-roster invitees is hard-throwing pitching convert Stetson Allie pic.twitter.com/3Y2xKJhvi8

— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) February 8, 2019

Notable names:

Daniel Corcino: Appeared in two games with LA in 2018. Went 5-4 with 3.41 ERA between Tulsa and Oklahoma city last year. Had 111 strikeouts in 111 innings....

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Phillies manager Gabe Kapler makes pitch to Bryce Harper, Manny Machado

The Philadelphia Phillies showed some signs of improvement last season when they won 80 games a year after finishing dead last in the NL East, and manager Gabe Kapler feels they have already proved this offseason that they are committed to contending for a World Series. With the Phillies having acquired star catcher JT Realmuto in a trade on Thursday, Kapler was asked on Friday how he would address star free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in the wake of some of the moves Philly has...

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Bryce Harper, Manny Machado still seeking $300M deals

Bryce Harper and Manny Machado somehow remain on the free agent market with spring training looming, but it’s possible the deals the two superstar sluggers reportedly are seeking are bogging things down. According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, both Harper and Machado are still waiting on $300 million deals — with Giancarlo Stanton’s $325 million contract setting the bar — despite the fact that even the teams said to be interested in signing them have balked at such exorbitant...

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Dodgers don’t deal for J.T. Realmuto

Was it the right move?

The long-awaited trade of the MLB offseason has finally happened. Everyone can take a collected breath.

On Thursday, the Miami Marlins announced they had traded their All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Philadelphia Phillies.

All offseason, the Dodgers had been linked to the 27-year-old catcher. LA had the arsenal to pull off a trade, but didn’t want to comply with Miami and their steep asking price. Though a deal never appeared close, it looked as if the...

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