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  • • Mesa brothers to leave Cuba to pursue MLB contracts
    Outfield prospects Victor Victor Mesa and Victor Mesa Jr. have left Cuba with the intent to pursue contracts with Major League clubs, reports Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com (Twitter link). The elder Mesa brother is 21 years of age, while the younger is still just 16. Victor Victor seemingly confirmed as much this morning by tweeting a picture in which he...
  • • MLB officially announces London series
    As expected, Major League Baseball has announced that it is taking its show across the Atlantic to the United Kingdom next year. The Yankees and Red Sox will play a two-game set on June 29 and June 30 at London Stadium, the facility that hosted the 2012 Olympics.This initiative is the latest in a line of MLB overseas adventures, but the first that ...
  • • Adam Jones' WBC catch, one year later
    The home run robbery by Team USA's Adam Jones against the Dominican Republic's Manny Machado in the 2017 World Baseball Classic was a great moment in U.S. patriotism. A year later, here's the story of Jones' instant Classic catch, as told by those who lived it....
  • • Cardinals place Rowan Wick on waivers
    The Cardinals have designated righty Rowan Wick for assignment, the team announced and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch first reported (via Twitter). His 40-man spot will go to righty Bud Norris, whose previously reported signing is now official.Wick has yet to pitch at the game’s highest level. The converted catcher/outfielder was adde...
  • • Projecting Team USA's roster for 2021 Classic
    There's little question the 2017 World Baseball Classic solidified the tournament's place on the global (and national) sports calendar....
  • • Brewers' gutsy moves ignite Hot Stove at last
    On Thursday, the Milwaukee Brewers awarded Lorenzo Cain with the richest free-agent contract signed by any player this offseason and traded for Christian Yelich, who is less than one year removed from his star turn as Team USA's No. 3 hitter at the World Baseball Classic. Thanks to an unlikely ignitor, the Hot Stove is smoldering at last....
  • • Report: Brewers, Ernesto Frieri agree to minor league deal
    The Brewers have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with veteran righty Ernesto Frieri, reports MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (on Twitter). The former Angels closer will be invited to Major League Spring Training and vie for a spot in the bullpen.Frieri, 32, did not pitch in the Majors or minors in 2016, but he used the 2017 World Baseball Classi...
  • • Gleyber has good shot at Opening Day roster
    There were two weeks remaining until Opening Day 2017 when bad news forced the Yankees to adjust one of their stars' travel itineraries. Didi Gregorius was boarding a flight in Los Angeles, where he'd injured his right shoulder playing in a World Baseball Classic exhibition....
  • • Gleyber has good shot at Opening Day roster
    There were two weeks remaining until Opening Day 2017 when bad news forced the Yankees to adjust one of their stars' travel itineraries. Didi Gregorius was boarding a flight in Los Angeles, where he'd injured his right shoulder playing in a World Baseball Classic exhibition....
  • • NL West notes: Yoshihisa Hirano excited for MLB debut; Padres coveted Bryan Mitchell
    New Diamondbacks reliever Yoshihisa Hirano, who has spent his entire pro career to date with the Orix Buffaloes in Nippon Professional Baseball, addressed the Japanese media following his completion of the contract and spoke about his jump from NPB to MLB (English link via the Kyodo News). Hirano said that the comfort he found using a major league ...
  • • Team USA brought thrills, fun to WBC title run
    Between now and the new year, MLB.com will be revisiting the top stories of 2017. We begin with Team USA's dramatic run to the World Baseball Classic title....
  • • Shohei Ohtani’s ankle said to be healing quickly
    The Los Angeles Angels are getting some positive injury news on the Shohei Ohtani front.Nikkan Sports reported on Wednesday that Ohtani practiced for the first time in four days and did some hitting off a machine, running, and played catch. The bigger news is that Ohtani was quoted as saying he was told his ankle is healing quickly.Ohtani underwent...
  • • Jeter fields questions as Fish fans hit town hall
    New Marlins CEO Derek Jeter saw the promise at this year's World Baseball Classic, which turned Marlins Park into a party atmosphere, complete with live music and sellout crowds. Jeter recognized that promise again on Tuesday night along the Skyline Terrace, where the organization held the first of a series of town-hall meetings with 200 season-tic...
  • • Q&A: Ohtani discusses MLB, two-way future
    Back in February, Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani sat down for an interview in advance of the World Baseball Classic to discuss his career to that point and plans for the future. Unfortunately, he injured his ankle and fans across the globe never got to see the two-way phenom in the Classic....
  • • Yankees Interview Chris Woodward, a Dodgers Coach, for Their Managing Job
    Woodward, 41, managed New Zealand during qualifying stages for the 2017 World Baseball Classic....

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