Fresh off the franchise’s first World Series victory, the Houston Astros didn’t have any major holes that needed filling this offseason. The thought of having multiple titles is way better than just one, though, which is why they’re continuing to put the proverbial pedal to the floor. (read more)

Chicago Cubs free agent pitcher Jake Arrieta is getting a wining-and-dining of sorts from a representative of one National League counterpart.CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reported this week that Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Williams is working out daily with Arrieta this offseason in Austin, Texas, and has been selling the ex-Cy Young winner on Philly. (read more)

Giants acquire Engelb Vielma

19-1-2018 1:51 AM | yardbarker | similar news

The Giants have acquired infielder Engelb Vielma from the Pirates, John Dreker of Pirates Prospects reports on Twitter. Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first tweeted that Vielma was on the move; he had been designated for assignment recently. (read more)

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas finds himself in a bit of trouble with authorities after being pulled over driving his 2015 Mercedes 150 mph on a Valley freeway early Thursday morning.Tomas, 27, was arrested for reckless driving and criminal speeding. (read more)

Pace of play has been one of the chief initiatives for MLB commissioner Rob Manfred since he succeeded Bud Selig, with a pitch clock among the potential rules changes most frequently discussed in recent months. Today, both Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription required/recommended) and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. (read more)

The New York Yankees vastly exceeded expectations in 2017, advancing to Game 7 of the ALCS in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year. That put the Bronx Bombers in the unfamiliar position of popular underdog. (read more)

CC Sabathia for one is relieved that order has been restored to the baseball universe as the New York Yankees are once again viewed as MLB’s “Evil Empire.”The feel-good story line about how the “Baby Bombers” overachieved last season was an entertaining one, to be sure. (read more)

Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler didn’t back down a bit when asked recently what to expect out of the team in 2018. In fact, Kapler took it to another level when he guaranteed the Phillies would amass a “s—load” of wins next season. (read more)

Do you hate the New York Yankees? If you’re a baseball fan outside of New York but still living within the United States, your answer is probably ‘Yes’. But guess what? Starting pitcher C. (read more)

The Brewers have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with veteran righty Ernesto Frieri, reports’s Mark Feinsand (on Twitter). (read more)

The Mets announced on Thursday that they’ve designated right-hander Chasen Bradford for assignment in order to clear a spot on the roster for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, whose one-year deal with the team has now been formally announced.Bradford, 28, made his big league debut with the Mets this past season and racked up a fair amount of time in the bullpen, appearing in 28 games and tallying 33 (read more)

Former New York Giants running back Derrick Ward recently had a restraining order placed on him by his wife, and he could be facing more legal trouble going forward.According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Naomi Lee Allen-Ward was granted a restraining order after she accused Ward of verbally and physically abusing her and threatening to kill her at one point. (read more)

Ryan Leaf had a hilariously perfect response to Mel Kiper Jr.’s first mock draft, which had Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen going No. (read more)

Eli Manning recently met with new New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman to discuss his future with the team.The New York Post on Thursday first reported about the meeting, which Newsday says happened last Friday. (read more)

The Arizona Cardinals will have a much different look in 2018. One of the new faces will be at quarterback, following the retirement of Carson Palmer. (read more)

Reports building up to Sunday’s AFC Championship Game have suggested that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may not be 100 percent. He missed Thursday’s practice with an injury to his throwing hand. (read more)


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