MLB Team News

  1. If the Cardinals want to keep up with the mini-dynasties brewing in Chicago and Los Angeles, Marcell Ozuna is a great start. But another signing -- say, Manny Machado or Josh Donaldson -- could return St. Louis to elite status in the NL.
  2. The MLB winter meetings are going strong in Orlando, and rumors are swirling across baseball. Here is what our writers are hearing today.
  3. Ian Kinsler is headed to Los Angeles as the veteran second baseman has been dealt by the Tigers to the Angels, according to ESPN's Buster Olney and multiple reports.
  4. Right-handed reliever Joe Smith has agreed to a two-year deal with the World Series-champion Astros, pending a physical, according to MLB.com.
  5. Right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio and the Mariners have agreed to a two-year deal, according to a report.
  6. The Miami Marlins released pitcher Edinson Volquez, freeing up a spot on their 40-man roster, but they could still re-sign him to a minor league deal.
  7. Agent Scott Boras said he has had preliminary talks with the Nationals about an extension for Bryce Harper.
  8. The Miami Marlins have continued their offseason purge, trading All-Star left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals, a source told ESPN. Ozuna is due to enter arbitration after a career-best season.
  9. With one of his two Miami Marlins clients traded Wednesday, agent Scott Boras says of the team: "We've seen one of our major league jewelry stores become a pawn shop.''
  10. After missing out on Giancarlo Stanton, St. Louis upgraded its lineup by landing Miami's other slugging outfield star.
  11. Sandy Alcantara was a key part of Miami's haul, but the upside of the prospects received might be hard-pressed to add up to Marcell Ozuna's worth.
  12. He certainly doesn't look the part. But there are a few good reasons the 6-foot-7, 282-pound Bronx Bomber could play a starring role in the 1-hole.
  13. By refusing to back down three years ago and again last week, the Marlins slugger set the stage for the Bronx Bombers to make a stunning deal.
  14. The Mets added a piece to the bullpen, agreeing to a two-year deal with right-handed reliever Anthony Swarzak.
  15. As a boy, Bob Costas took a cross-country drive with his dad, delighting in spinning the radio dial and listening "through the crackle and static" to broadcasts from far-flung ballparks.
  16. Signing three pitchers gave the Cubs needed depth, but that doesn't mean Joe Maddon and the front office have answers to every question yet.
  17. After signing reliever Bryan Shaw on Tuesday, the Rockies kept another piece in their bullpen by agreeing to a deal with lefty Jake McGee, according to reports.
  18. The Minnesota Twins announced Wednesday that they have signed former Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda to a two-year contract.