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MLB, Umpires Reportedly Agree To New Five-Year Labor Deal

Finding a replacement for commissioner Bud Selig wasn't the only order of business Major League Baseball needed to address. Set to expire on Dec. 31 is the current labor agreement with umpires, which has been in effect for five years. As the deadline loomed and being at risk of a potential labor strike, MLB and the umpires reportedly agreed on a new five-year deal, according to ESPN: Several people familiar ...

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Jon Lester Agrees To Six-Year Deal With Chicago Cubs

As the second day of the Winter Meetings in San Diego came to a close, multiple teams were still awaiting word from Jon Lester as to whether or not he would be joining them. Of the four finalists, the San Francisco Giants were the first Lester informed were out of the running and the Los Angeles Dodgers soon followed. That left Lester deciding between the Boston Red Sox, who traded him to the Oakland Athlet ...

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MLB News: Andrew Miller Signs Four-Year Deal With Yankees

With the likes of Jon Lester, Max Scherzer and James Shields still available, a marquee reliever has been taken off the market. As first reported by Jack Curry of the YES Network, Miller signed a four-year, $36 million contract with the New York Yankees: Andrew Miller has agreed to a 4-year, $36 million deal with the Yankees, according to source involved in negotiations.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) De ...

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MLB News: Umpire Dale Scott Becomes First Official To Come Out

As the times change and society continues to progress, there has been a shift in the gay community that has allowed more people to be more comfortable being themselves. Last year Jason Collins became the first athlete in the four major sports to come out about his sexuality. After his coming out, he then became the first admitted gay athlete to play when he was signed by the Brooklyn Nets. Football player M ...

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MLB News: Rob Manfred Receives Five-Year Contract

After 22 years at the helm of Major League Baseball, Bug Selig's tenure as commissioner will come to a close in January and he'll be replaced by Rob Manfred, who's served as MLB's chief operating officer since September of 2013. While Manfred was named the Commissioner-elect in August, he had yet to receive a formal contract. That was until Thursday, when he was presented with a five-year contract, accordin ...

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MLB News: Russell Martin Signs With Toronto Blue Jays

Free agent catcher Russell Martin is considered the best at his position on the market and has drawn interest from a handful of teams. The Los Angeles Dodgers were one of four teams to be interested in the former Gold Glover and it would have been a return for Martin to Los Angeles. They were expected to have a meeting with Martin and his agent, along with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and the Toront ...

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MLB Partners With USA Baseball To Launch Pitch Smart Program

While injuries are par for the course in any athletic season, Major League Baseball was seemingly under siege in 2014 to Tommy John injuries that claimed the seasons of several players. Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu were both sidelined at various points throughout the season, but neither suffered the same fate as Bronson Arroyo, Jose Fernandez, Chris Withrow and more. Those pitchers were among the player ...

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MLB Free Agents List: Lester, Scherzer Headline Pitchers Available

With the San Francisco Giants winning their third World Series in five years, the 2014 MLB season officially came to an end Wednesday. While the closing of the season means no more baseball until Spring Training, it marks the start of free agency. As of Thursday, there are 121 free agents and the group includes both starting and relief pitchers that could land lucrative contracts. Among them is Jon Lester, ...

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MLB Rumors: Joe Maddon To Become Chicago Cubs Manager

UPDATE (Oct. 29, 3:30 p.m. PT): According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Joe Maddon's agent, Alan Nero, said his client has agreed to terms with the Chicago Cubs and has multiple offers to choose from: Maddon agent Nero said they could have something in the next few days. Has a media offer on table + several teams for managing, other roles— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) October 29, 2014 While th ...

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Oscar Taveras Dies In Car Accident, Dodgers Players Share Thoughts

With the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals playing pivotal Game 5 of the World Series, it was carried on with heavy hearts as it became known St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend tragically died in a car accident. Widely considered a top prospect, Taveras was in his native Dominican Republican and passed away at just 22 years old. This season was Taveras' sixth with the ...

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