12:06 PM EST, Tue January 17, 2017
Bless You Boys 14 hours ago
Danny Duffy signs contract extension with Royals, who are still a problem in the AL Central

Danny Duffy signs contract extension with Royals, who are still a problem in the AL Central

The Royals have quietly worked themselves into good position to compete while retaining the flexibility to rebuild. Rumors of the Kansas City Royals’ demise appear to have been exaggerated. Due to the difficulty of acquiring prospects for veteran players these days, an offseason that started out looking like a major sell-off has instead taken on the color of a canny retooling effort instead. A major piece of the puzzle was locked up for the long run on Monday, as the Royals inked lefthander Danny Duffy to a five year, $65 million extension. Putting aside Kansas City’s aggravating...
Twinkie Town 4 hours ago
Tuesday Twins: Status update on Joe Mauer’s legs and other notes

Tuesday Twins: Status update on Joe Mauer’s legs and other notes

Hey all! There’s not much news these days, but I still got the links: Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but new reports say Joe Mauer has been spending the off-season trying to strengthen his legs. “I needed some time to rest,” Joe told Mike Berardino. Sure, the Joe Mauer contract has been disappointing, but would it be better for the Twins to just admit that? Derek Wetmore explored the idea. If you’re bummed the Twins haven’t made more signings yet this off-season, Falvey and Levine can break it down for you: There’s just not much available. Randball (as in owner of...

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Kansas City Star 36 mins ago

The first pitch: Who do the Royals have under club control beyond 2017?

For most of this Royals offseason, a familiar narrative has taken root. It goes as follows: The club’s true window to compete is about to close when a massive free-agent …
Plain Dealer 3 hours ago
Indians Tribe Fest not the only fan fest scheduled; Akron, Lake County set Hot Stove events (photos)

Indians Tribe Fest not the only fan fest scheduled; Akron, Lake County set Hot Stove events (photos)

The Akron RubberDucks and the Lake County Captains have scheduled their Hot Stove events, off-season dinners and meet-and-greets with former Cleveland Indians.
News-Herald 11 hours ago
Larry Day to manage Lake County Captains in 2017

Larry Day to manage Lake County Captains in 2017

Larry Day will be in familiar surroundings this season at Classic Park in Eastlake.Day will be officially announced as manager of the Single-A Lake County Captains on Jan. 17 as the Indians unveil their roster of minor-league managers.The 31-year-old Massachusetts native and former University of Connecticut standout began his professional coaching career in 2015 as hitting coach of the Captains.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 14 hours ago

On the road for winter caravan, Twins do best to sell hope

Manager Paul Molitor and others told fans they believe in a turnaround after last year’s 103-loss disaster.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 15 hours ago

Gallery: Twins kick off Winter Caravan

The Twins kicked off their Winter Caravan in Hutchinson, Minn., on Monday.
Kansas City Star 18 hours ago

Danny Duffy and a contract extension that could help define the Royals’ next five years

The most predictable contract extension in the history of organized sports is official. Danny Duffy is five years closer to turning his “bury me a Royal” line of a few …
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 18 hours ago

Twins reach out to fans with Winter Caravan

Minnesota Twins Manager Paul Molitor and pitchers Ryan Pressly and Brandon Kintzler talked with fans on their first stop of the team's Winter Caravan on Monday.
Grand Rapids Press 20 hours ago
Shifting philosophy having an impact on Tigers, MLB

Shifting philosophy having an impact on Tigers, MLB

The Tigers use the shift less often than any team in the American League except the Kansas City Royals. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers employed a defensive shift 547 times in 2016. Five years ago, when the average Major League team shifted about once per game, that would have put them at the forefront of baseball. Today, it means the Tigers use the shift less often than any team in the American League except the Kansas City Royals, according to data from the Bill James Handbook. "Part of that was a product of the teams we play in our division. Part of it was a...
Kansas City Star 21 hours ago

Royals fans are thrilled about Danny Duffy’s contract extension

The timing couldn’t have been better. One day after a deflating Chiefs playoff loss, the Royals agreed to a new contract with left-hander Danny Duffy. We have agreed to a …
Kansas City Star 21 hours ago

Royals, starter Danny Duffy agree to contract extension through 2021 season

The Royals and left-handed starter Danny Duffy on Monday agreed to a new five-year, $65 million contract that runs through the 2021 season. Duffy could have become a free agent …
Plain Dealer Jan 15, 2017
Ryan Merritt sends thank-you notes to Cleveland Indians fans who cleaned out his wedding registry

Ryan Merritt sends thank-you notes to Cleveland Indians fans who cleaned out his wedding registry

The outpouring of support for his postseason feat did not go unnoticed. Neither did the blenders, the hand towels or the cutlery.
Plain Dealer Jan 14, 2017
Cleveland Indians have Terry Talkin' Trevor Bauer, Yandy Diaz, starters -- Terry Pluto

Cleveland Indians have Terry Talkin' Trevor Bauer, Yandy Diaz, starters -- Terry Pluto

Cleveland Indians starter Trevor Bauer will soon turn 26. It's important to remember how other Tribe starters needed time to mature.
News-Herald Jan 13, 2017
Cleveland Indians, closer Cody Allen, plus five others, avoid arbitration

Cleveland Indians, closer Cody Allen, plus five others, avoid arbitration

Arbitration can become contentious for a baseball team and the player seeking it because by definition somebody has to lose.The Indians and key members of their bullpen don't have to worry about that this year.Closer Cody Allen, set-up man Bryan Shaw, plus Zach McAllister and Dan Otero all reached one-year deals without going to the arbitrator, the Indians announced on Jan.

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