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  • Twins sign SS Aybar to minor league contract
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, February 24, 2018

    The Minnesota Twins signed veteran shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor league contract Saturday with an invitation to major league spring training.

    • The 34-year-old Aybar played last season for the San Diego Padres, hitting .234 with seven home runs, 22 RBIs and 11 steals in 108 games.

      Aybar spent the first 10 seasons of his 12-year major league career with the Los Angles Angels, making his debut in 2006. He won a Gold Glove Award at shortstop in 2011 and was an All-Star in 2014. He split the 2016 season between the Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers.

      For his career, Aybar owns a .271 batting average with 58 homers, 473 RBIs and 155 stolen bases.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pirates sign LHP Siegrist to minor league deal
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, February 24, 2018

    The Pittsburgh Pirates signed left-handed relief pitcher Kevin Siegrist to a minor league contract Saturday with an invitation to major league spring training.

    • The 28-year-old Siegrist was 1-1 with one save and a 4.81 ERA in 46 games last season with the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies, who claimed him off waivers on Sept. 2. He had 43 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings.

      Siegrist has an 18-10 career record with 10 saves and a 3.04 ERA in 276 relief appearances over five major league seasons with the Cardinals and Phillies.

      Siegrist will compete for a spot in the Pirates' Opening Day bullpen.

      "I just think it's a good opportunity to make a team out of camp. I think I bring some experience that I can bring to the bullpen," Siegrist said Saturday morning at spring training in Bradenton, Fla. "I've been in pretty much almost every situation you can ask for. I look to bring that here as well, fill in some spots."

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Red Sox still evaluating Martinez's physical
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 23, 2018

    Four days after agreeing to a reported five-year, $110 million deal with the Boston Red Sox, outfielder J.D. Martinez has yet to be introduced by the club or take the field with his teammates.

    • And now, the speculation as to why is heating up.

      MLB Network on Friday reported the club is still studying the free-agent slugger's physical, which took place on Wednesday. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told ESPN's Scott Lauber via text that Martinez "continues to take his physical."

      The delay sparks particular interest considering Martinez's injury history, plus the size of the contract and the amount of time it took to get done. A knee sprain and wrist injury limited Martinez to 86 games with the Astros in 2013, and he's also missed more than 40 games in each of the last two seasons. In 2016 he suffered a broken elbow crashing into a wall, and a foot injury sustained in spring training cost him the first six weeks of last season.

      --Tampa Bay Rays right-handed pitcher Brent Honeywell was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and needs Tommy John ligament replacement surgery.

      The Rays announced the diagnosis Friday morning, one day after Honeywell shouted expletives and marched off the mound in pain after releasing a pitch.

      Honeywell, the No. 1 prospect in the Rays' system and No. 12 in Major League Baseball according to MLBPipeline.com, threw 10 pitches before cutting the session short when he felt discomfort in his right forearm. The starting pitcher is ranked 14th in a Baseball America ranking of prospects.

      --Left-hander Francisco Liriano signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Detroit Tigers on Friday.

      Liriano, who ended last season with the World Series champion Houston Astros as a reliever, is expected to compete for the No. 4 or No. 5 spot in Detroit's revamped rotation.

      Liriano struggled with control and excessive walk totals with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2017. He was 6-7 combined last season with a 5.66 ERA. The 34-year-old was traded in July to the Astros and was used exclusively out of the bullpen from then on.

      --The Texas Rangers signed free agent right-hander Jesse Chavez to a one-year contract Friday.

      The $1 million deal is not guaranteed and reportedly would escalate to $1.5 million if the 34-year-old Chavez is on the 25-man active roster on Opening Day.

      Chavez had a 7-11 record and a 5.35 ERA over 138 innings in 38 games (21 starts) last season with the Los Angeles Angels.

      --Field Level Media

  • Spring roundup: Stanton hitless in Yankees debut
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 23, 2018

    Giancarlo Stanton made his first appearance in a New York uniform and Jorge Saez went 2-for-3 with a two-run single as the Yankees opened spring-training play by defeating the Detroit Tigers 3-1 on Friday at Tampa, Fla.

    • Stanton, the reigning National League MVP, was acquired from the Miami Marlins in an offseason trade and walked and hit into a double play in two plate appearances. Chad Huffman delivered a run-scoring single in the first inning for the Tigers.

      Results from Friday's spring training games:

      Brewers (ss) 2, Cubs 1

      Eric Sogard delivered a two-run triple in the fourth inning as Milwaukee edged Chicago at Maryvale, Ariz. Both teams, as well as all the other teams playing Friday, wore hats with the logo and colors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site where 17 people were killed on Feb. 14 and the alma mater of Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

      Astros 3, Nationals 2

      J.D. Davis connected on the tiebreaking homer in the fifth inning as defending World Series champion Houston defeated Washington. Max Stassi hit a two-run homer in the third inning for the Astros, while Chris Dominguez and Jose Marmolejos provided run-scoring singles for the Nationals.

      Dodgers 13, White Sox 5

      Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer and Justin Turner, Enrique Hernandez and Logan Forsythe hit solo shots as Los Angeles rolled over Chicago at Glendale, Ariz. Tim Anderson hit a three-run blast for the White Sox.

      Red Sox 4, Twins 3

      Jeremy Barfield connected on a two-run double during a three-run fourth inning to help Boston edge Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla. Ryan LaMarre drove in all three runs for the Twins.

      Marlins 6, Cardinals 4

      Scott Van Slyke blasted two homers and drove in five runs as Miami defeated St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla. Former Marlin Marcell Ozuna served as the designated hitter for the Cardinals and went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly in three plate appearances.

      Rays (ss) 6, Orioles 3

      Kevin Padlo hit a two-run homer and Nick Ciuffo delivered a two-run single as Tampa Bay knocked off Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla. Chance Sisco hit a three-run homer for the Orioles.

      Blue Jays 2, Phillies 1

      Curtis Granderson homered on the first pitch of the game and Joe Biagini pitched two shutout innings as Toronto edged Philadelphia at Dunedin, Fla. Danny Ortiz homered in the eighth for Philadelphia.

      Rays (ss) 6, Pirates 3

      Adeiny Hechavarria homered and Denard Span had two hits as Tampa Bay beat Pittsburgh at Port Charlotte, Fla. Austin Meadows went 3-for-3 with two RBIs for the Pirates.

      Mets 6, Braves 2

      Zach Borenstein smacked a tying two-run double during a six-run eighth inning as New York rallied to defeat Atlanta at Port St. Lucie, Fla. Right-hander Matt Wisler started with two shutout innings for the Braves.

      Reds 6, Indians 4

      Tucker Barnhart and Brandon Dixon hit two-run homers to help Cincinnati down Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz. Yonder Alonso went deep for the Indians in his first at-bat with the club.

      Mariners 3, Padres 2

      Kyle Seager went 2-for-2 with an RBI double to help Seattle slip past San Diego at Peoria, Ariz. Fernando Tatis Jr. homered for the Padres.

      Brewers (ss) 6, Giants 5

      Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-2 in his return to the Milwaukee organization, and the Brewers took advantage of six San Francisco errors in the victory at Scottsdale, Ariz. Pablo Sandoval and Nick Hundley homered for the Giants, while offseason acquisition Andrew McCutchen went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

      Diamondbacks 7, Rockies 6 (10)

      Galli Cribbs and Daniel Robertson notched run-scoring singles in the top of the 10th, and Arizona held on to defeat Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz. Raimel Tapia and Brendan Rodgers homered for the Rockies.

      Athletics 9, Angels 8

      Anthony Garcia slapped a two-run single with one out in the bottom of the ninth to lift Oakland to victory over Los Angeles at Mesa, Ariz. Chris Carter drove in two runs for the Angels.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Sox continue to evaluate Martinez's physical, delaying his debut
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 23, 2018

    Four days after agreeing to a reported five-year, $110 million deal with the Boston Red Sox, outfielder J.D. Martinez has yet to be introduced by the club or take the field with his teammates.

    • And now, the speculation as to why is heating up.

      MLB Network on Friday reported the club is still studying the free-agent slugger's physical, which took place on Wednesday. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told ESPN's Scott Lauber via text that Martinez "continues to take his physical."

      Dombrowski added he was unsure if Martinez would work out with the Red Sox on Friday.

      On Thursday, MassLive.com's Christopher Smith reported the team did not expect the physical to be completed "until at least Friday."

      The delay sparks particular interest considering Martinez's injury history, plus the size of the contract and the amount of time it took to get done. Boston's courtship of Martinez seemed to sour at times this offseason, an offseason in which the free-agent market was unusually slow to develop.

      Martinez, 30, is a career .285 hitter with 152 home runs and 476 RBIs in 772 games with Houston, Detroit and Arizona. But his stock really took off at the end of last season, when he hit 29 home runs and drove in 65 in only 62 games with the Diamondbacks following a trade.

      A knee sprain and wrist injury limited Martinez to 86 games with the Astros in 2013, and he also missed more than 40 games in each of the last two seasons. In 2016 he suffered a broken elbow crashing into a wall, and foot injury sustained in spring training cost him the first six weeks of last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rangers sign RHP Chavez to one-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Friday, February 23, 2018

    The Texas Rangers signed free agent right-hander Jesse Chavez to a one-year contract Friday.

    • The $1 million deal is not guaranteed and reportedly would escalate to $1.5 million if the 34-year-old Chavez is on the 25-man active roster on Opening Day.

      Chavez had a 7-11 record and 5.35 ERA over 138 innings in 38 games (21 starts) last season with the Los Angeles Angels.

      Chavez has pitched for seven different clubs spanning a 10-year major league career, going 33-51 with a 4.69 ERA in 353 games (70 starts) with Pittsburgh (2008-09), Atlanta (2010), Kansas City (2010-11), Toronto (2012), Oakland (2012-15), Toronto (2016), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2016) and Angels (2017).

      To make room for Chavez on the major league roster, the Rangers placed left-hander Joe Palumbo (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Pirates pick up slugger Dickerson from Rays
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 22, 2018

    The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired All-Star outfielder/designated hitter Corey Dickerson in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.

    • The Pirates sent right-handed reliever Daniel Hudson, minor-league infielder Tristan Gray and cash considerations to the Rays as part of the deal announced Thursday. Dickerson had surprisingly been designated for assignment by Tampa Bay over the weekend after being selected as the American League's starting designated hitter in last year's All-Star Game.

      The 28-year-old slashed .282/.325/.490 with a career-high 27 home runs and 62 RBIs last season, ranking second on the Rays with an .815 OPS. Dickerson's batting average slipped from .312 in the first half to .241 in the second, but he still remained a key part of the Rays' offense down the stretch.

      "Corey Dickerson adds a quality power threat to our lineup as evidenced by his 60-plus extra base hits and 20-plus home runs each of the last two seasons," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement. "Corey is a driven player who will also add a quality presence to our clubhouse."

      --Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said on his Instagram account that he will join the New York Yankees at their spring training camp for a week in Tampa, Fla., beginning Monday.

      "Hey New York City, I'm here, I got the Yankees hat on," Wilson said in a video post while standing on a street corner in New York. "I'm heading to spring training on Monday. I can't wait to see you guys Feb. 26. We're going to have some fun for that week."

      Wilson was acquired by the Yankees from the Texas Rangers in exchange for future considerations in a Feb. 7 trade. The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback was a fourth-round pick by the Colorado Rockies and played minor-league baseball for the organization in 2010-11 before focusing on his football career.

      --Rays top prospect Brent Honeywell bolted off the mound in disgust after a brief workout with an apparent arm injury.

      Honeywell, the No. 1 prospect in the system and No. 12 in Major League Baseball according to MLBPipeline.com, threw 10 pitches before cutting the session short when he felt discomfort in his right forearm. The right-handed starting pitcher is ranked 14th in a Baseball America ranking of prospects.

      "He was throwing pretty good, he was throwing perfect," said catcher Jesus Sucre, who witnessed the incident. "He threw a changeup first pitch to Wilson. Next pitch (was a fastball and) he was screaming."

      --Yankees general manager Brian Cashman admitted to chasing Brandon Drury for months, and doing so with a plan in mind: slotting him at third base.

      Coach Phil Nevin, who spent the previous three seasons in Arizona and worked with Drury on the Diamondbacks' coaching staff, helped push Cashman's appreciation for Drury to a new level. Acquired in a three-way trade with the Diamondbacks and Rays, Drury was the primary second baseman in Arizona last season. He also has logged time at both corner outfield positions and third base.

      "He is someone I think the industry has valued for a while because I know we have," Cashman said.

      --Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman was not present at the team's workouts as he underwent an MRI exam on his right hand, according to a report from MLB.com

      Chapman, 24, was dealing with some soreness in his right palm. He visited orthopedic hand surgeon Dr. Steven Shin near his hometown in Los Angeles for the precautionary examination.

      "We don't believe it's serious," A's general manager David Forst said of the injury in an email to the San Francisco Chronicle.

      --Looking to add a starting pitcher ahead of Opening Day, the Philadelphia Phillies have been linked to prized free-agent right-hander Jake Arrieta in recent days.

      Arrieta, a surprise leftover on the market in the final days of February, is represented by agent Scott Boras, who often negotiates with owners directly when it comes to his biggest clients. That hasn't been the case with the Phillies, though, as owner John Middleton told reporters that he's had no contact with Boras. That will continue to be the case moving forward.

      "We're pretty clear that [general manager Matt Klentak's] the guy," Middleton said. "I think you have to do that or you cut the legs out from your general manager. Look, I don't know what I'd do if my phone rang right now and it was Scott Boras. I mean, honestly, I think what I'd say is, 'Scott, it's nice to talk to you, but I don't negotiate. Matt does. I don't want to be rude, but I'm paying the guy a lot of money.'"

      --Carlos Torres agreed to a contract with the Cleveland Indians, who lost two of their most dependable right-handed relievers in the offseason.

      Torres, who has pitched at least 59 innings in each of the past four seasons, was added to help offset the subtraction of Bryan Shaw (Colorado Rockies) and Joe Smith (Houston Astros) in free agency.

      Torres, 35, was 4-1 with a 4.21 ERA with the Milwaukee Brewers last season.

      --A testicular cancer diagnosis midway through last season has Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon seeing things in a new light entering his third major-league campaign.

      "I know people always say that when they've gone through something like cancer, but it really is true," Taillon told reporters at the Pirates' spring training facility. "I look at life differently. I'm a little more serious about things. I'm a more mature person than I was a year ago at this time."

      After returning June 12 from his May diagnosis and surgery, Taillon went 8-7 with a 4.44 ERA in 25 starts for the season. Despite the diagnosis marring what looked to be a breakout campaign for the former top prospect through the season's first month, Taillon described the fact that it happened during the season as a "best-case scenario."

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Athletics 3B Chapman visits hand surgeon in L.A. for exam
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 22, 2018

    Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman was not present at the team's workouts Thursday as he underwent an MRI exam on his right hand, according to a report from MLB.com

    • Chapman, 24, was dealing with some soreness in his right palm. He visited orthopedic hand surgeon Dr. Steven Shin near his hometown in Los Angeles for the precautionary examination.

      "We don't believe it's serious," A's general manager David Forst said of the injury in an email to the San Francisco Chronicle.

      If Chapman is sidelined, Renato Nunez and Chad Pinder are options to replace him at third.

      As a rookie last season, Chapman hit .234 with 14 home runs and 40 RBIs over 84 games, impressing with his defense at the hot corner.

      Chapman is a native of Victorville, Calif., and played college ball at Cal State Fullerton.

      --Field Level Media

  • Phillies owner: Not talking Arrieta with Boras
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 22, 2018

    Looking to add a starting pitcher ahead of Opening Day, the Philadelphia Phillies have been linked to prized free-agent right-hander Jake Arrieta in recent days.

    • Arrieta, a surprise leftover on the market in the final days of February, is represented by superagent Scott Boras, who often negotiates with owners directly when it comes to his biggest clients. That hasn't been the case with the Phillies, though, as owner John Middleton told reporters Thursday that he's had no contact with Boras. That will continue to be the case moving forward.

      "We're pretty clear that [general manager Matt Klentak's] the guy," Middleton said. "I think you have to do that or you cut the legs out from your general manager. Look, I don't know what I'd do if my phone rang right now and it was Scott Boras. I mean, honestly, I think what I'd say is, 'Scott, it's nice to talk to you, but I don't negotiate. Matt does. I don't want to be rude, but I'm paying the guy a lot of money.'"

      Reports earlier this week had the Phillies engaged in preliminary talks regarding a deal with Arrieta, who won the 2015 National League Cy Young Award as a member of the Chicago Cubs. The Phils are open to a three-year contract with the 31-year-old but are unwilling to commit for as long as six to seven years, MLB.com reports, citing sources.

      Arrieta was 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA in 2015 and 68-31 with a 2.73 ERA in 128 starts with the Cubs over the last five seasons.

      When asked about his team's chances of adding a starter this spring, Middleton suggested signing a free agent or making a trade are both potential options on the table.

      "It's hard to characterize it at this point," Middleton said. "It's not so remote that you'd say no, there's really no chance. But I would tell you we're not just looking at free agents. We're talking to teams about trades, because there are players that we would trade for.

      "We want to improve the team, we're always trying to improve the team, but we've got to do it a way that makes sense now and next year. We don't want to sacrifice something significant in the future by making a short-term move. Whether it's a trade or a signing, if we get the deal we think is right, we'll do it. We'll pull the trigger. Money is zero object. No object whatsoever."

      --Field Level Media

  • Rays' No. 1 prospect Honeywell needs TJ surgery
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 22, 2018

    Tampa Bay Rays right-handed pitcher Brent Honeywell was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and needs Tommy John ligament replacement surgery.

    • The Rays announced the diagnosis Friday morning, one day after Honeywell shouted expletives and marched off the mound in pain after releasing a pitch.

      Honeywell, the No. 1 prospect in the Rays' system and No. 12 in Major League Baseball according to MLBPipeline.com, threw 10 pitches before cutting the session short when he felt discomfort in his right forearm. The starting pitcher is ranked 14th in a Baseball America ranking of prospects.

      "I heard he was very frustrated, and rightfully so. He worked hard this offseason," manager Kevin Cash said Thursday.

      Catcher Jesus Sucre was an eyewitness during the Honeywell-Wilson Ramos workout.

      "He was throwing pretty good, he was throwing perfect," Sucre said. "He threw a changeup first pitch to Wilson. Next pitch (was a fastball and) he was screaming."

      Honeywell, whose fastball has been clocked in the mid-90s, turns 22 next month. He pitched last season at Triple-A and went 12-8 with a 3.64 ERA.

      There was speculation this week Honeywell might join the Rays sometime in April after Jake Odorizzi was traded to the Minnesota Twins. But Cash said the Rays plan to employ a four-man rotation to start the season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pirates' Taillon: 'Different person' after cancer scare
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 22, 2018

    A testicular cancer diagnosis midway through last season has Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon seeing things in a new light entering his third major league campaign.

    • "I know people always say that when they've gone through something like cancer, but it really is true," Taillon told reporters at the Pirates' spring training facility. "I look at life differently. I'm a little more serious about things. I'm a more mature person than I was a year ago at this time."

      Taillon received his diagnosis in May and had surgery shortly afterward. He returned to the mound for the Pirates on June 12, throwing five shutout innings against the Colorado Rockies.

      Taillon went 8-7 with a 4.44 ERA in 25 starts last year. Despite the diagnosis marring what looked to be a breakout campaign for the former top prospect through the season's first month, Taillon described the fact that it happened during the season as a "best-case scenario."

      "I had my teammates for support, and I had a goal of returning to help the team to serve as a distraction," he said.

      "I don't want to say I feel things are easier now, because this game is never easy, but I do feel a lot more comfortable," Taillon added. "Not just with the pitching aspect, but just everything that goes into playing in the major leagues.

      With Gerrit Cole traded to the Houston Astros, Taillon figures to be in the mix for the Pirates' Opening Day starter nod. Manager Clint Hurdle has already endorsed the 26-year-old as one of the club's top leaders.

      "It's not so much his words, but his actions," Hurdle said. "The way he goes about things. The way he handles himself. The work he puts in. The adversity he has overcome. Those kinds of things make the other guys take notice."

      --Field Level Media

  • Pirates acquire All-Star Dickerson from Rays
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 22, 2018

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired All-Star outfielder/designated hitter Corey Dickerson in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.

    • The Pirates sent right-handed reliever Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash considerations to the Rays as part of the deal announced Thursday. Dickerson had surprisingly been designated for assignment by Tampa Bay over the weekend after being selected as the American League's starting designated hitter in last year's All-Star Game.

      The 28-year-old slashed .282/.325/.490 with a career-high 27 home runs and 62 RBIs last season, ranking second on the Rays with an .815 OPS. Dickerson's batting average slipped from .312 in the first half to .241 in the second, but he still remained a key part of the Rays' offense down the stretch.

      "Corey Dickerson adds a quality power threat to our lineup as evidenced by his 60-plus extra base hits and 20-plus home runs each of the last two seasons," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement. "Corey is a driven player who will also add a quality presence to our clubhouse."

      Last month, the Rays avoided arbitration with Dickerson by agreeing to a $5.95 million contract for 2018. He still has a year of arbitration remaining before becoming a free agent after the 2019 season.

      Dickerson should slot in left field for the Pirates after he played 93 games at the position for the Rays last season. He played 55 games as the team's designated hitter.

      Hudson, 30, posted a 4.38 ERA and struck out 66 batters across 61 2/3 innings in 71 games with Pittsburgh last season after joining the club on a two-year, $11 million contract that will pay him $5.5 million in 2018. The right-hander previously pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2010-16, excelling as a starter early in his time with the team before multiple elbow injuries pushed him to the bullpen.

      Gray, 21, hit .269 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs for the West Virginia Black Bears of the short-season New York-Penn League in his first minor league action after being selected by the Pirates in the 13th round of last year's draft. He received playing time at both second base and shortstop.

      -Field Level Media

  • Russell Wilson to join Yankees' camp Monday
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 22, 2018

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said on his Instagram account Thursday that he will join the New York Yankees at their spring training camp for a week in Tampa, Fla., beginning Monday.

    • "Hey New York City, I'm here, I got the Yankees hat on," Wilson said in a video post while standing on a street corner in New York. "I'm heading to spring training on Monday. I can't wait to see you guys Feb. 26. We're going to have some fun for that week."

      Wilson was acquired by the Yankees from the Texas Rangers in exchange for future considerations in a Feb. 7 trade. The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback was a fourth-round pick by the Colorado Rockies and played minor league baseball for the franchise in 2010-11 before focusing on his football career.

      "Hey, Aaron Judge, I know you want to throw some passes, so let's play some ball," Wilson said Thursday. "We'll see, we'll have a little home run derby, too. (Giancarlo) Stanton, I'm coming for you, too. We'll have some fun, baby. Hey, and let's go win a World Series, why not? Peace!"

      The Yankees assigned Wilson to Double-A Trenton's roster after acquiring him. The Rangers acquired his rights in the 2013 Rule 5 draft.

      "We've admired Russell's career from afar for quite some time," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said in a statement following the trade. "This is a unique opportunity for us to learn from an extraordinary athlete who has reached the pinnacle of his profession.

      "After talking to a number of our players, there is a genuine excitement in having Russell join us for a short time in camp. We are all looking forward to gaining insight into how he leads teammates toward a common goal, prepares on a daily basis for the rigors of his sport, and navigates the successes and failures of a season."

      Wilson has no plans to try his hand at being a two-sport athlete similar to Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders, according to ESPN. Instead, he'll participate in pregame workouts with the club and watch games from the Yankees' dugout.

      Wilson, 29, is coming off his fourth Pro Bowl season in the NFL. He led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl championship in 2014.

      Wilson hit .229 with five home runs, 19 stolen bases and 26 RBIs in two seasons as a Rockies minor leaguer. He is listed as a second baseman by MLB.com.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees to play Drury at 3B
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 22, 2018

    General manager Brian Cashman admitted to chasing Brandon Drury for months, and doing so with a plan in mind: slotting him at third base.

    • Coach Phil Nevin, who spent the previous three seasons in Arizona and working with Drury on the Diamondbacks' coaching staff, helped push Cashman's appreciation for Drury to a new level. Cashman said he first broached acquiring Drury during the MLB Winter Meetings in December and ramped up talks last month.

      "He is someone I think the industry has valued for a while because I know we have," Cashman said.

      Acquired in a three-way trade with the Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays, Drury was the primary second baseman in Arizona last season. He also has logged time at both corner outfield positions and third base.

      After letting Todd Frazier leave in free agency and dealing Chase Headley back to the San Diego Padres, the Yankees coveted Drury to nail down the hot corner.

      Drury, 25, hit 31 home runs in three seasons with the Diamondbacks, but the Yankees project a power surge that began in the second half of last season to continue.

      "We believe there is some more gas in that tank," Cashman said. "Our pro scouts are really high on his potential to dream on a little bit, so we are going to dream on a little bit. At the very least, we are happy with where he is at and what he is capable of. I think there is power in there, which he has already shown at the big league level," Boone said. "But I think his athleticism will allow him to potentially take another step. This is a guy that has had success already, but hasn't had a regular role and I think he has that opportunity here."

      --Field Level Media

  • Indians agree to deal with RHP Torres
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, February 22, 2018

    Carlos Torres agreed to a contract with the Cleveland Indians, who lost two of their most dependable right-handed relievers in the offseason.

    • Torres, who has pitched at least 59 innings in each of the past four seasons, was added to help offset the subtraction of Bryan Shaw (Colorado Rockies) and Joe Smith (Houston Astros) in free agency.

      Torres, 35, was 4-1 with a 4.21 ERA with the Milwaukee Brewers last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: All teams to participate in Stoneman Douglas tribute
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    All 30 Major League Baseball teams will recognize the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by wearing the school's baseball hats at the opening spring training games Friday and Saturday.

    • Seventeen people were killed in a mass shooting at the Parkland, Fla., school on Feb. 14. A former student at the school was arrested and charged with premeditated murder.

      Baseball's tribute began when the Miami Marlins announced Tuesday that players, coaches and personnel would wear Stoneman Douglas hats for the Grapefruit League opener Friday at Jupiter, Fla.

      Later Tuesday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced that all team personnel and umpires would wear the school's hats pregame Friday, with the option to continue wearing the hats during the games that day. Players subsequently will sign the hats and donate them to an auction benefiting the Broward Education Foundation, which will designate the proceeds to the official Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund, according to MLB.com.

      --After losing free agent slugger J.D. Martinez, the Arizona Diamondbacks apparently are trying to replace some of the missing power.

      In a three-way trade, Arizona dealt infielder Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees and received slugging right fielder Steven Souza from the Tampa Bay Rays, according to multiple reports.

      The Diamondbacks also will receive right-handed pitcher Taylor Widener from the Yankees, according to the New York Post. FanRag and ESPN both reported that the Yankees are shipping second base prospect Nick Solak to Rays.

      --The Minnesota Twins signed right-hander Anibal Sanchez to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract.

      Sanchez, who turns 34 on Feb. 27, agreed to a deal that would pay him $2.5 million should he make the major league club out of spring training. He officially joined workouts with the team on Tuesday.

      Sanchez can also earn $2.5 million in incentives.

      --The Martinez signing in Boston caused its first ripple effect, as the Red Sox traded minor league outfielder Bryce Brentz to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.

      Brentz, 29, is out of minor league options and will try to win a job at spring training camp with the Pirates. He played a combined 34 major league games for Boston in 2014 and 2016, hitting .311 with one homer and nine RBIs.

      --With No. 35 not available in San Diego, Eric Hosmer found a way to honor late close friend Yordano Ventura.

      Hosmer announced Tuesday that he would wear No. 30 with the Padres, the number Ventura wore when the two were teammates with the Kansas City Royals. On Monday, Hosmer signed an eight-year, $144 million deal with San Diego, the richest contract in team history.

      Ventura was killed 13 months ago in a car accident in the Dominican Republic at age 25.

      --Perhaps the Philadelphia Phillies can pull an ace out of their sleeve days into spring training.

      According to MLB Network, the Phillies are engaged in preliminary contract talks with ace right-hander Jake Arrieta, the 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner with the Chicago Cubs. Arrieta, 31, is a surprise leftover on the market in the final days of February.

      However, the Scott Boras client is reportedly generating significant interest from multiple National League teams even after declining a six-year deal from the Cubs that opened the door for Yu Darvish to join Chicago's staff.

      --Harsh opinions of the offseason moves made by the Marlins have been splashed everywhere for months, but manager Don Mattingly rejected the input of one notable division rival.

      Washington Nationals All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper said he was shocked when the Marlins traded away their entire outfield -- National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, center fielder Christian Yelich and left fielder Marcell Ozuna.

      "He doesn't really know what goes on over here," Mattingly said. "He may think he does, but he doesn't know what the discussions are. He doesn't know our players."

      --Field Level Media

  • 3-way trade sends Souza to D-backs, Drury to Yanks
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    After losing free agent slugger J.D. Martinez, the Arizona Diamondbacks are trying to replace some of the missing power.

    • In a three-way trade Tuesday, Arizona dealt infielder Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees and received slugging right fielder Steven Souza from the Tampa Bay Rays.

      The Diamondbacks also got right-handed pitching prospect Taylor Widener from the Yankees. New York shipped second base prospect Nick Solak to Rays.

      Arizona will give up three minor-leaguers, with prized left-hander Anthony Banda and two other players to be named going from the Diamondbacks to Tampa Bay.

      The D-backs clearly hope Souza, who turns 29 in April, can help replace the loss of Martinez, who hit a career-high 45 home runs in 2017. Martinez reportedly agreed to a free agent deal with the Boston Red Sox on Monday.

      Souza is coming off a career year in Tampa Bay, where he reached career highs in homers (30), RBIs (78), stolen bases (16), slugging percentage (.459) and OPS (.810). The right fielder first broke into the majors with the Washington Nationals in 2014 but spent the past three years with the Rays.

      A career .236 hitter, Souza has averaged 21 home runs and nearly 12 steals over the past three seasons.

      Drury hits for a higher average and brings decent power to New York along with plenty of positional versatility. The 25-year-old has played second and third base as well as outfield in his three-year career. Over the past two seasons, Drury averaged 34 doubles and 14.5 home runs, and he owns a career .271 batting average.

      Widener, 23, went 7-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 27 starts for high Class A Tampa last year.

      Solak, 23, split last season between high Class A and Double-A, hitting a combined .297 with a .384 on-base percentage, a .452 slugging percentage, 12 homers and 53 RBIs in 130 games.

      Banda, 24, appeared in eight major league games for Arizona last year, including four starts. He went 2-3 with a 5.96 ERA. In 22 starts for Triple-A Reno, he finished 8-7 with a 5.39 ERA.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Sox trade minor-league slugger Brentz to Pirates
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    The J.D. Martinez signing in Boston caused its first ripple effect.

    • The Red Sox traded minor league outfielder Bryce Brentz to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations, the Red Sox announced Tuesday.

      Brentz, 29, in out of minor-league options and will try to win a job at spring training camp with the Pirates.

      Brentz, originally picked in the first round (36th overall) of the 2010 MLB draft, was an International League All-Star in 2017 and hit 31 home runs with 85 RBI for Boston's Triple-A affiliate.

      Despite 127 career HR in the minors and two brief MLB stints with the Red Sox in 2014 and 2016 (.287, 1 HR, 9 RBI in 90 plate appearance), Bruntz's path to the majors became much more difficult once the team signed Martinez to a five-year, $120 million deal on Monday.

      To make room for Bruntz on Pittsburgh's 40-man roster, the Pirates moved pitcher Nick Burdi to the 60-day disabled list.

      --Field Level Media

  • Hosmer to honor late Ventura, wear No. 30
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    With No. 35 not available in San Diego, Eric Hosmer found a way to honor late close friend Yordano Ventura.

    • Hosmer announced Tuesday that he will wear No. 30 with the Padres, the number Ventura wore when the two were teammates with the Kansas City Royals.

      Ventura was killed 13 months ago in a car accident in the Dominican Republic at age 25.

      "It really meant a lot to me to wear and carry on this number," Hosmer said during his Tuesday introductory press conference. "It's something that myself and the core guys of Kansas City want to continue to make sure Yordano's legacy is lived out."

      Hosmer signed an eight-year, $144 million contact to join the Padres after spending his entire career in Kansas City.

      He was unable to wear No. 35 as the Padres retired that number in honor of 1976 Cy Young Award winner Randy Jones, one of the franchise's first bona fide stars.

      Third-base coach Glenn Hoffman was wearing No. 30 for San Diego, and Hosmer approached him and told him why he's like to wear the number.

      "I spoke to Glenn Hoffman yesterday and I know he wears No. 30 and basically told him it would mean a lot to me if I can wear No. 30 and continue Yordano's legacy," Hosmer said. "It really meant a lot to me and Hoff was more than open of letting me carry on that number. And like I told him, 'I'll wear it with pride each and every day' and it's something that myself and the core guys with Kansas City want to continue to make sure that Yordano's legacy is lived out."

      --Field Level Media

  • Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas HS in spring openers
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    All 30 Major League Baseball teams will recognize the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by wearing the school's baseball hats at the opening spring training games Friday and Saturday.

    • Seventeen people were killed in a mass shooting at the Parkland, Fla., school on Feb. 14. A former student at the school was arrested and charged with premeditated murder.

      Baseball's tribute began when the Miami Marlins announced Tuesday that players, coaches and personnel would wear Stoneman Douglas hats for the Grapefruit League opener Friday at Jupiter, Fla.

      Later Tuesday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced that all team personnel and umpires would wear the school's hats pregame Friday, with the option to continue wearing the hats during the games that day.

      The two teams that are off Friday, the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers, will wear the Stoneman Douglas hats Saturday.

      Players subsequently will sign the hats and donate them to an auction benefiting the Broward Education Foundation, which will designate the proceeds to the official Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund, according to MLB.com.

      Manfred said of the hat tribute that MLB received "really strong sentiment of the clubs it was the appropriate thing to do immediately."

      Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who attended the school and still resides in the area in the offseason, left the team last week to speak at a candlelight vigil.

      Multiple members of the Marlins have visited shooting survivors and invited them to be part of spring training sessions.

      Lewis Brinson, a 23-year-old Marlins outfielder who played against Stoneman Douglas as a rival of his school in Coral Springs, Fla., visited area hospitals and vowed to return.

      "It was a hard moment for me last week just to know something could go on in a neighborhood I grew up in," Brinson said. "It was a tough pill for me to swallow. But they'll get through it.

      "Those kids are warriors. What they went through, all the wounds they have. They have battle scars for being in high school. That's unheard of. It needs to stop at some point."

      --Field Level Media

  • Marlins' Mattingly to Harper 'mind your own dugout'
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    Harsh opinions of the offseason moves made by the Miami Marlins have been splashed everywhere for months, but manager Don Mattingly rejected the input of one notable division rival on Monday.

    • Washington Nationals All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper said he was shocked when the Marlins traded away their entire outfield -- National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, centerfielder Christian Yelich and left fielder Marcell Ozuna.

      "He doesn't really know what goes on over here," Mattingly said. "He may think he does. But he doesn't know what the discussions are. He doesn't know our players."

      Harper said he felt the Marlins were only a pitcher or two away from being a contender. The teams play 19 times per season as tenants of the National League East.

      The dramatic facelift in Florida is ongoing, an effort new CEO Derek Jeter repeated last week was an effort to clear debt, payroll and rebuild from the ground floor.

      Mattingly said it's important to "take care of your own dugout," in reply to Harper's suggestions.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Phillies talking deal with RHP Arrieta
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    Perhaps the Philadelphia Phillies can pull an ace out of their sleeve days into spring training.

    • According to MLB Network, the Phillies are engaged in preliminary contract talks with ace right-hander Jake Arrieta, the 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner with the Chicago Cubs.

      Arrieta, 31, is a surprise leftover on the market in the final days of February.

      However, the Scott Boras client is reportedly generating significant interest from multiple National League teams even after declining a six-year deal from the Cubs that opened the door for Yu Darvish to join Chicago's staff.

      The Milwaukee Brewers, Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Twins and Phillies have now been linked to the right-hander, who was traded to the Cubs from the Baltimore Orioles 2013 -- by Phillies president Andy MacPhail.

      Arrieta was 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA in 2015 and 68-31 with a 2.73 ERA in 128 starts with the Cubs.

      Little action was expected from the rebuilding Phillies in free agency, but MacPhail made the first big splash of the winter when he signed first baseman Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million contract.

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants, Watson finalize 2-year contract
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    The San Francisco Giants finalized a two-year contract with free agent relief pitcher Tony Watson on Monday.

    • The 32-year-old left-hander will make a minimum of $9 million, but the contract features a player option for a third year plus bonuses tied to games finished. Over three years, he could wind up earning as much as $21 million to $26 million, according to various media reports.

      Watson went 7-4 with 10 saves and 53 strikeouts in 71 relief appearances (66 2/3 innings) last year while splitting the season between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Dodgers. He was acquired by Los Angeles for two minor-leaguers at the July 31 trade deadline.

      In seven postseason innings over 11 relief outings, Watson had a 2.57 ERA, helping the Dodgers get to Game 7 of the World Series.

      He was 5-3 with a 3.66 ERA in 47 games for the Pirates last season after beginning the season in the closer role.

      Watson has a 33-17 career record with 30 saves and a 2.68 ERA in 474 relief appearances since making his major league debut in 2011. He was an All-Star in 2014, when he led the National League with 78 appearances and finished 10-2 with two saves and a 1.63 ERA.

      The Giants cleared a spot on the 40-man roster for Watson by designating right-hander Joan Gregorio for assignment. Gregorio, 26, served an 80-game suspension last year after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

      Formerly a top prospect, Gregorio never reached the majors despite spending eight seasons in the San Francisco farm system. He went 4-4 with a 3.04 ERA in 13 starts for Triple-A Sacramento last year.

      --Field Level Media

  • Padres, Hosmer finalize 8-year, $144M deal
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    Eric Hosmer owns the richest contract in San Diego Padres history after signing an eight-year, $144 million deal Monday.

    • Padres executive vice president/general manager A.J. Preller announced that the deal was finalized. Hosmer is signed through 2025, though he could opt out after the 2022 season.

      "We're truly excited to have Eric as part of the Padres organization," Preller said in a prepared statement. "His resume speaks for itself. Eric has been a winner throughout his career, both as an integral part of a championship team and as a player who's earned a tremendous reputation on and off the field. We believe his leadership and passion for the game will be invaluable as we work towards our goal of a World Series championship."

      Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler and general partner Peter Seidler said in a joint statement released by the team, "Eric's decision to join our club represents a significant moment in Padres history. He has competed on baseball's biggest stages and has embraced each opportunity. The intangibles and experience that he brings to the table will be vital as we continue the development of our young club and strive to bring a championship to deserving Padres fans everywhere."

      Hosmer, 28, will make $20 million each of the first five seasons and $13 million in each of the last three, equating to an $18 million average, and will also get a $5 million signing bonus.

      Last year, Hosmer hit .318 with a .385 on-base percentage, a .498 slugging percentage, 25 home runs and 94 RBIs while playing all 162 games for the Royals. He was part of a World Series title team for Kansas City in 2015. He was an All-Star in 2016, and he is a four-time American League Gold Glove winner.

      For his career, Hosmer has a .284/.342/.439 batting line with 127 home runs and 566 RBIs in seven years with the Royals. Kansas City selected him third overall in the 2008 draft.

      Hosmer's arrival in San Diego likely will bump Wil Myers from first base to the outfield. Myers previously had the biggest contract in Padres history, a six-year, $83 million deal signed in 2017.

      MLB.com reported that Hosmer would wear No. 30 in San Diego, the number worn by his late Royals teammate, Yordano Ventura, who died in a January 2017 car accident.

      The Padres will hold a press conference to introduce Hosmer on Tuesday at 8 a.m. PST.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Martinez agrees to terms with Red Sox
    By Field Level Media / Monday, February 19, 2018

    Outfielder J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a five-year, $110 million contract that will bring Boston the big bat it coveted the entire offseason.

    • USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported the length of the contract and financial terms late Monday afternoon. FanRag Sports reported there are two opt-out clauses in Martinez's deal, and the outlet said he will receive $50 million over the first two seasons.

      Martinez, 30, rode a career year in 2017 into free agency. He posted a slugging percentage of .690 with 45 home runs in 119 games. That included a destructive 62-game tour with the Arizona Diamondbacks after a mid-July trade from the Detroit Tigers. Martinez belted 29 homers in 62 games with Arizona.

      --Washington Nationals star outfielder Bryce Harper wants to lock in on 2018 without regard for what's on deck: his first foray into free agency.

      Harper, who can become a free agent in November with the potential for a historic contract offer, addressed reporters for the first time this spring training on Monday and refused to discuss anything beyond the upcoming season.

      "I will not be discussing anything relative to 2019 at all," Harper said while reading his prepared opening remarks from his phone. "I'm focused on this year. I'm focused on winning and playing hard like every single year. So if you guys have any questions after 2018, you can call (agent) Scott (Boras), and he can answer you guys. If you guys do talk anything about that, then I'll be walking right out the door."

      --Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo rejoined his team on Monday for the first full-squad workout of spring training. Rizzo left the team last week to support victims of the mass shooting at his former high school in Parkland, Fla.

      "They'll be in my heart every day. They'll be in my thoughts and prayers. I think about them every night I go to sleep," Rizzo told reporters Monday on how he will honor the victims.

      Rizzo had been an early arrival at camp in Mesa, Ariz., before leaving Thursday for Parkland, one day after 17 people were shot to death by a former student. Rizzo remains closely attached with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School since graduating in 2007. He makes his home in the area and recently donated $150,000 to pay for lights at the school's baseball field.

      --The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with outfielder Jarrod Dyson, shortly after losing out in the Martinez sweepstakes.

      Dyson reportedly will receive a two-year, $7.5 million deal, much smaller than the reported five-year, $110-million deal Martinez received from the Boston Red Sox. Martinez finished the 2017 season with the Diamondbacks.

      Dyson, 33, is known for his speed and defense. He recorded 28 steals while batting .251 for the Seattle Mariners last season. Last season was Dyson's only season in Seattle. He spent his first seven years with the Kansas City Royals and was part of that franchise's World Series teams in 2014 and 2015.

      --Free agent right-hander Chris Tillman agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal to remain with the Baltimore Orioles, according to multiple reports.

      The 29-year-old Tillman can reportedly earn an additional $7 million in the incentive-laden contract. He has spent his entire nine-year major league career with the Orioles.

      Tillman struggled with shoulder injuries last season and went 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 93 innings over 19 starts and five relief appearances. Overall, he holds a 73-55 record with a 4.43 ERA in 203 games (198 starts) since breaking into the major leagues in 2009.

      --The Washington Nationals and right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit agreed to a one-year deal, according to multiple reports.

      The club has not confirmed the deal, which will be worth a reported $1 million. The 40-year-old Benoit holds a 58-49 career record with a 3.83 ERA over 15 major league seasons.

      Benoit split last season between the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates, going a combined 1-6 with two saves and 4.65 ERA over 50 1/3 innings in 52 appearances.

      --Right-handed relief pitcher Peter Moylan agreed to return to the Atlanta Braves for the 2018 season.

      Moylan, 39, spent the past two seasons with the Kansas City Royals and tied for the American League lead with 79 appearances in 2017. Moylan spent eight of his 11 seasons with the Braves.

      Moylan has 460 career relief appearances and a 3.00 ERA in 390 1/3 innings.

      --On the day the majority of MLB clubs conducted their first full-squad workouts of spring training, commissioner Rob Manfred announced the pace-of-play rule changes to be implemented for the 2018 season.

      While the rules focus on three main areas of play, perhaps most notable is the omission of any timers, either between pitches or between batters. On that note, the league stated through a release, "The Commissioner has decided to defer the implementation of a pitch timer and a between-batter timer in 2018 in order to provide players with an opportunity to speed up the game without the use of those timers."

      Instead, the new rules will attempt to shorten game times with changes to mound visits, inning breaks and pitching changes and video review. Each team is limited to six mound visits without a pitching change per nine innings; the time allotted between innings and pitching changes will be 2 minutes, 5 seconds for games only on local TV, 2:25 for games on national TV, and 2:55 for playoff games; and all MLB team video rooms will receive direct slow-motion camera angles, will have direct phone lines to the video-review room, and those phone lines will be monitored to prevent sign stealing.

      --Rebuilding shifted into overdrive with the Tampa Bay Rays parting with face-of-the-franchise third baseman Evan Longoria in the offseason and then weekend moves that saw right-handed starter Jake Odorizzi traded to the Minnesota Twins, and 2017 All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson designated for assignment.

      Ace right-handed pitcher Chris Archer said the decision to designate Dickerson for assignment was "perplexing." Two-time Gold Glove center fielder Kevin Kiermaier voiced his displeasure by saying, "we lost two great players. It's terrible."

      Longoria reported to the San Francisco Giants and expressed shock over the Dickerson decision: "I kind of just feel bad for the Rays' fan, and I feel bad for the guys this year who were probably counting on Corey to put up numbers to help the team win. I'm not going to take too many shots. But I think it's pretty obvious that the guy is a valuable player and didn't deserve to be DFA'd."

      --Miami Marlins principal owner Bruce Sherman said CEO and part owner Derek Jeter "made all the right moves" and supports the team's trading of four star players in Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich and Dee Gordon.

      The moves to cut payroll and put the franchise on more solid financial footing made Jeter unpopular with baseball fans in South Florida.

      "From my perspective, I think the management of the team has made all the right moves," Sherman said, per the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel. "I've been involved in every decision. I support every decision, our partners support every decision. We're building something for the long haul here."

      --After years of court filings and one side's issuance of nearly 50 subpoenas, a trial date has been set for the family of Tony Gwynn's lawsuit against the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company: Sept. 20, 2019.

      The family of the San Diego Padres legend filed the lawsuit more than three years ago. The Hall of Fame member died at age 54 in 2014 after battling cancer of the salivary gland. His family claims he began using the product in 1977, a decade before warnings began appearing on smokeless tobacco products.

      By the time the warnings did appear, the lawsuit claims, Gwynn was "hopelessly addicted" to smokeless tobacco. According to USA Today, the company's response to the lawsuit claims Gwynn was "warned or otherwise made aware of the alleged risks of using smokeless tobacco products."

      --Field Level Media