It is the most awkward scene of the spring. Standing at his locker, the veteran catcher tries to piece his fractured career back together. Next locker over, the drug cheat attempting to swipe his job paces, caged for now by his impending 50-game suspension.
Different day, different scene, same old PED drip. Saturday, it was suspended Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal atoning for his synthetic sins, first by apologizing to his team in an early morning clubhouse meeting, then by reading a brief statement to reporters and refusing to take questions. ...more
The Mariners' quest to improve their offense took a hit when Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton rejected a proposed deal recently that would have sent him to Seattle for a multi-player package. ... ...more
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- There aren't many chairs left as the center field dance slows down, and as Michael Bourn looks for a home, the Phillies and Mariners continue to show strong interest, according to CBSSports.com sources. ...more
Buster Posey of the Giants was my pick for NL MVP this year, and I think it's pretty evident that's the only pick. Nobody impacts a game the way a catcher does. And nobody impacted the 2012 NL West champion Giants the way Posey did. ... ...more
The times in a general manager's life when he has an opportunity to trade for a franchise-changing player range from infrequent to never. Which is why the Tigers' Dave Dombrowski went onto high alert when the Marlins put Miguel Cabrera on the market following the 2007 season. ... ...more
Andre Ethier is one of the Dodgers' big guns, key pieces, most potent bats. They will pay him $85 million over the next five seasons because he is an important fixture in the middle of their lineup. Important. But clearly not essential. ... ...more