The influx of Cuban players in MLB has been much discussed, and after the wild success Jose Abreu had with the White Sox in 2014, teams will continue to scout and give big money to defectors. Yasmany Tomas is a perfect example, as the D-backs gave him a six-year, $68.5 million contract as a 24-year-old this offseason.
Hours after securing the last spot in the Cubs’ rotation, Travis Wood hit his second home run of the spring as a pinch hitter.
Starlin Castro hit a two-run double, and Edwin Jackson pitched four innings.
Chicago’s Carlos Rodon settled down after control issues in the first inning for the White Sox.
Jose Quintana, Chicago’s likely No. 3 starter, allowed one run and three hits in two innings while striking out three.
Looking for an upgrade in catching and left-handed hitting, Chicago traded for Arizona catcher Miguel Montero.
Pitching prospects Jeferson Mejia and Zack Godley are headed Arizona’s way.
Montero had 72 RBIs last season and is considered a strong defensive catcher.
Hale has served as the Athletics’ bench coach for the past three seasons.
Two home runs by Anthony Rizzo weren’t quite enough for the Chicago Cubs.
Sometimes a team’s best players don’t make the All-Star team. Here are the National League’s mid-season team MVPs.
Chase Anderson won his major league debut, Gerardo Parra and Miguel Montero homered, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1 on Sunday.
Leading 5-2 with newly anointed closer Pedro Strop on the hill, things where looking good for starter Jeff Samardzija. Leaving with the lead, the 29-year-old pitcher watched the bullpen give up 5 runs in the ninth in a 7-5 loss.
Jason Hammel pitched seven strong innings, Mike Olt hit a three-run homer and Nate Schierholtz drove in a pair of early runs to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 9-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
Travis Wood picked up his first win of the season Monday night against Arizona.
Travis Wood was so dangerous at the plate Monday night that Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson actually changed pitchers before the Cubs starter could bat with the bases loaded in the sixth.
Injuries mean opportunities. Diamondbacks’ Archie Bradley could land a spot in the starting rotation.
Cubs righty Jeff Samardzija is could be an ideal fit for Arizona, which wants another quality arm.
When asked to describe newly-acquired center fielder Adam Eaton, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn used the word “dirtbag.”
The Winter Meetings are underway in Lake Buena Vista and the White Sox are discussing a three-team trade.