Nick Markakis of the rebuilding Braves

Freddie Freeman is the biggest highlight of a miserable Atlanta Braves season

Saying that the 2016 season has been miserable for the Atlanta Braves and their fans is probably an understatement. The team is an MLB-worst 45-80 and has a 4.5-game edge on the Minnesota Twins for the top pick in next June’s MLB Draft. They’re going to finish under .500 for the third straight season after finishing […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 05:  David Freese #23 of the Pittsburgh Pirates bounces a foul ball off his bat in the tenth inning during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park on April 5, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Report: Pirates ink David Freese to team-friendly two-year deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a two-year deal worth $11 million with third baseman David Freese reports Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball. The contract features a club option for 2019 worth $6 million and could be worth $22 million over three seasons if Freese reaches all of the incentives. Freese has been a welcome […]

Aaron Sanchez of the Blue Jays

Blue Jays demote AL Cy Young candidate Aaron Sanchez to minors

Aaron Sanchez has been demoted to the minors, but not because of performance issues. The Toronto Blue Jays optioned the 24-year-old to Single-A Dunedin on Sunday. On face value, the move makes little sense. Sanchez has been dynamite in 2016, posting a 12-2 record in 24 starts with a 2.99 ERA and 3.33 WHIP. The talented […]

NEW YORK - JULY 31:  Former players Darryl Strawberry (L) and Dwight Gooden speak during a press conference for their induction into the New York Mets Hall of Fame prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 31, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Darryl Strawberry worried for Dwight Gooden’s life after canceled event appearance

Darryl Strawberry is concerned about former teammate Dwight Gooden’s life. According to the New York Daily News, Gooden was a no-show for a scheduled appearance on WFAN. Gooden’s representatives told Strawberry he would be late for the event and eventually said he wasn’t coming at all. Gooden also canceled Friday’s appearance at FanFest. Gooden’s absence […]

Aaron Nola

Phillies shut down Aaron Nola for remainder of season

The season is over for young Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola. Nola was moved to the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday, making an assumed season shutdown official. Nola has met with Dr. James Andrews to evaluate some shoulder concerns. Dr. Andrews diagnosed Nola with a low-grade sprain of his UCL and a low-grade strain of his […]

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 29:  Coco Crisp #4 of the Oakland Athletics prepares for a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 29, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Coco Crisp ‘extremely hurt,’ believes A’s trying to stop vesting option

Coco Crisp isn’t happy with the Oakland Athletics and didn’t mince his words when voicing his unhappiness regarding playing time. The 36-year-old told the San Francisco Chronicle, he’s “extremely hurt” with how the A’s have handled his playing time and contract situation. Crisp claims he’s not receiving regular playing time because Oakland doesn’t want his […]

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay pitches against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, April 8, 2007 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Jays defeated the Rays 6-3. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Roy Halladay would wear Blue Jays hat if inducted into Hall of Fame

Roy Halladay is one of the greatest Toronto Blue Jays pitchers of all time and if he enters the Hall of Fame, he’d like to be honored as one. Speaking with Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star, Halladay admitted “I’d go as a Blue Jay” when asked about which team he’d like to represent should […]

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 27:  Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning in his first apperance for the team at Wrigley Field on July 27, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs won 8-1.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Cubs bafflingly play ‘Smack My Bi*** Up’ after Chapman closes out inning

The Chicago Cubs made a very disappointing music choice on Sunday night. Sarah Spain of reports the Cubs played The Prodigy’s 1997 hit ‘Smack My Bitch Up” after Aroldis Chapman closed out an inning during Chicago’s 6-4 loss against the St. Louis Cardinals. Why is the music choice disappointing? Because Chapman was involved in […]

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 04:  Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the tenth inning for the win during a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on September 4, 2015 in Washington, DC.  The Nationals won 5-2 in the 10th inning.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Report: Recently released Jonathan Papelbon would welcome return to Boston

Jonathan Papelbon would welcome a return to his big league roots. Papelbon, who was a member of the Boston Red Sox between 2005-11, was released by the Washington Nationals on Saturday. The former closer lost his job to newly acquired Mark Melancon and subsequently requested his release from Washington. Rob Bradford of reports Papelbon is now […]

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 08: Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants walks in the dugout after striking out in the 4th inning agains the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 8, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Hunter Pence

What to make of the struggling San Francisco Giants?

You’ll forgive San Francisco Giants fans if they checked their calendars in mid-July to make sure that it really wasn’t New Year’s Eve and it had suddenly become an odd year. That might be the only reasonable explanation for what’s happened to the team since then. The Giants have been beaten up in the second […]

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 30:  Mike Foltynewicz #26 of the Atlanta Braves pitches in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Turner Field on June 30, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Yankees asked Braves for Mike Foltynewicz, Ender Inciarte in Brian McCann deal

The New York Yankees did well in their efforts at rebuilding in advance of last Monday’s trade deadline. With the impending retirement of Mark Teixeira and the release of Alex Rodriguez, their rebuild is going to be in an even better place. One highly-paid veteran that hasn’t been moved is catcher Brian McCann. The Braves […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 24: Manager Terry Francona #17 of the Cleveland Indians watches from the dugout during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Progressive Field on August 24, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Terry Francona ’embarrassed’ by most recent health scare

Terry Francona was forced out of action on Tuesday after a health scare temporarily sidelined the Cleveland Indians manager. Francona, who’s twice suffered serious heart-related health issues, suffered chest pains on Tuesday after his heart rate jumped to more than 100 beats per minute, according to the Associated Press. After getting his heart checked and undergoing […]