Major League Baseball return brings sense of normalcy

Baseball is back. And that is all that matters. Getting baseball back was a long and sometimes frustrating process – longer and more frustrating, surely, than anyone would have liked. This is not how anybody wanted to spend the beginning of March, that’s for sure. We’re supposed to spend this month watching players stretching in … Read more

MLB, MLBPA agree to CBA

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association reached an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement on Thursday, paving the way for the 2022 regular season to begin on April 7. The CBA was ratified by the owners with a unanimous 30-0 vote on Thursday evening. If it is ratified, both sides must then … Read more

Cardinals top prospects high expectations 2022.

JUPITER, Fla. – As he does every night before bed, Matthew Liberatore cleared his brain, slowed down his breathing and worked to get himself into an optimal state of mind. Once there, the 22-year-old left-hander visualized himself standing tall on the mound and throwing strike after strike on the first day of the Cardinals’ Minor … Read more

Players agree to shift restrictions, larger bases and a pitch clock

The shift was never the problem.Illustration: Shutterstock Negotiations in MLB didn’t really get any better yesterday. There was buzz that the players gave up even more in their quest to get the luxury tax threshold raised, even though they still haven’t really asked for any guarantee that more than a few teams would even approach … Read more

Amid uncertainty, multiple MLB teams have asked league about canceling Rule 5 draft this season, sources say

7:47 PM ET Kiley McDaniel Close ESPN MLB Insider ESPN MLB Insider Kiley McDaniel covers MLB prospects, the MLB Draft and more, including trades and free agency. Has worked for four MLB teams. Jeff Passan Close ESPN ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” Fallout … Read more

‘They need to stop treating us like we’re idiots’

4:15 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” Nine days into a marathon negotiating session that left all involved weary and worn, Major League Baseball and the MLBPA entered the bargaining room early Tuesday morning with a chance to save … Read more