Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|Justus Sheffield -- who is New York's No. 7 prospect, per Pipeline -- sometimes serves as a bit of a forgotten man in a Yankees rebuild project that has largely centered on the acquisition of position-player prospects.
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|Several modifications have been made to the rule book going into the 2017 season. Though Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association haven't agreed to an adjustment to the strike zone or grand-scale changes that might dramatically alter baseball as we know it, the seven tweaks announced on Thursday do have implications.
More»Justice on MLB rules modifications for 2017 season|
|The best documentation of Zach Britton's historic 2016 season came from Britton himself. He kept a journal with him all year, taking diligent notes about how he felt on a particular day, who he faced, what worked and what didn't.
More»Britton talks about improving for 2017, command|
|In the Mets' clubhouse, the fact that Jay Bruce is blocking Michael Conforto from getting the kind of developmental opportunity Bruce himself got long ago with the Reds hasn't prevented the pair from developing a mentor/mentee relationship.
|Gray skies hung over Cardinals camp Wednesday morning, arguably a week late. Alex Reyes' Tommy John surgery unfortunately falls right in line with the sour spring setbacks that this organization endured with Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, Jason Motte and Jaime Garcia in recent years, though the Cards know they are hardly outliers in this area.
|Within the new norm that is baseball's late free-agent market, the Nats agreed to terms with All-Star catcher Matt Wieters on what is reported to be a two-year, $21 million contract Tuesday, with a player opt-out after this season. This was also a signing that created more questions than it answered.
More»Castrovince talks Nats signing Wieters|
|We saw him in his other natural environment over the weekend, the six-strike string he put together in Chris Paul's Celebrity Invitational Charity Bowling Tournament that finished with a Larry Bird-like lookaway on the last roll. Mookie Betts in a bowling alley is arguably as enthralling as Mookie Betts on a baseball field.
More»Betts set for more success in 2017|
|Manny Machado's position for the Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Class is still uncertain. But what can be said for certain is that one of the game's great hot-corner defenders is still interested in a full-time return to his native position of shortstop -- not just in the Classic, but in the Majors.
More» Machado makes an amazing grab at short|
|Randy Levine's remarks were rough. But they weren't incorrect. The Yankees president had a barn-burner of a conference call with reporters Saturday about Dellin Betances' arbitration hearing, and Betances would later indicate he was as at least as upset about Levine's public comments as he was about the hearing's result.
More»Levine discusses Betances' arbitration case|
|For Jose Bautista, the offseason was long, strange and ultimately unrewarding. Or at least, relative to that $150 million figure that was floated around exactly one year ago.
More»Gibbons discusses Bautista's versatility|
|Proposed rules changes were the topic du jour at MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's news conference at Spring Training Media Day. If you could install a Major League rule change for one day, just to see how it impacts the strategy or the action, what would you it be?
More»MLB executives, managers on possible rule changes|
|Pitchers and catchers have reported, and position players are right behind, but a ceremonial first pitch for the Grapefruit League season occurs this afternoon, with Florida's installment of the annual Spring Training Media Day.
More»Florida's ready for Grapefruit League Media Day|
|Because of Mike Ilitch, the Tigers have been a superstar-laden squad for well north of a decade, the Red Wings brought the Stanley Cup to Hockeytown four times and the Fox Theater shines like the Woodward Avenue wonder it was intended to be.
More»Justice discusses Tigers owner Mike Ilitch's legacy|
|Here are 10 players who have a spring-specific source of fascination attached to them, be it a position switch, injury recovery or a spot to win.
More»Castrovince on guys who need bounce-back Springs|
|In Jerry Dipoto's estimation, if Seattle is going to have any chance of ending the game's longest postseason drought in 2017, it had to be this way, with a dizzying series of swaps that made him the Most Interesting -- or at least Most Active -- Man in Baseball this Hot Stove season.
More»Dipoto on retaining young talent after transactions|
|In a world of fiery fastballs and sculpted bodies and athletic ageism, one man set about to change everything we think we know about Major League Baseball. His name was Bartolo Colon. And his story could make for a movie.
More» Larger Than Life|
|As Major League Baseball continues to contemplate ways to improve pace of play and address the grind placed upon players over a 162-game season, Yahoo! Sports reported on Wednesday that the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and Arizona League will experiment with a rule change this year that would automatically place a runner on second base at the start of extra innings.
More»Possible rule change to speed up the game|
|"Super" weekend that this is, let's try to identify some of baseball's soon-to-be superstars, players who are bound and determined to occupy a more prominent place in the public consciousness.
More»Players most likely to become game's next superstars|
|No single day on the calendar has been usurped by cinema quite like Groundhog Day. Bill Murray's movie of the same name took an already bizarre holiday centered on a supposedly meteorological-minded rodent and gave it a time-loop layer. Now the phrase "Groundhog Day" is ubiquitous with the idea of repetition, which is why ballplayers often use it to describe the seemingly ceaseless and sometimes-monotonous Spring Training schedule.
More»Which memorable 2016 events may repeat in 2017?|
|Look, the Yankees and Red Sox had a nice run. For now, though, it's hard to consider it one of the more captivating clashes in Major League Baseball. In 2017, there are a few rivalries that rate a bit better.
More» Bumgarner homers off his fellow ace|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince On the day Robinson Cano got $240 million from the Mariners and Curtis Granderson got $60 million from the Mets and Scott Feldman got $30 million from the Astros, Chris Antonetti met with reporters in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field to discussâ¦ uhâ¦ the chicken marsala lunch special? […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince NOTE: This post has been updated with news of the Indians coming to an agreement with David Murphy. A small sliver of insight into the Tribeâs offseason spending strategy rests in the simple fact that when Tim Hudson fielded final offers earlier this week, the Indians had made what […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince When it was over, and the sea of red had begun to disperse, revealing the undertow of green plastic seats, a few hundred fans remained near the home dugout, standing, applauding. This American League Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Rays did not go to plan Wednesday night. […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince The last club Terry Francona managed went 7-20 in September to complete one of the great collapses in baseball history and end his otherwise successful tenure in Boston. This Tribe club managed by Francona went 21-6 in September to complete a stunning surge that, while undoubtedly schedule-aided, rejuvenated local […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Totally did not see this coming. I was optimistic, but not this optimistic. I was a believer, but not this big a believer. I knew the Indians would be better this year, and not just because things couldnât have gotten much worse than the 2012 freefall. I knew an […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Within a whisker of a postseason berth, the Indians are coming to the conclusion that they have no closer. Chris Perez is not a closer right now. With a 7.85 ERA, .350 average against and 1.116 OPS against in 18 1/3 innings over his last 19 appearances, heâs a […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince A Boston beat reporter got in touch with me the other day, because he has an AL Manager of the Year vote and he wanted to make sure he did his due diligence all the candidates, rather than just circling John Farrellâs name and being done with it. Heâs […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Well, this figures, right? Ubaldo Jimenez arrives here as a would-be ace with so much wanted and expected from him. And for the better part of two calendar years, he stinks, quite frankly. In the 2011 playoff chase, when the Indians are desperately trying to keep pace with the […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince None of the individual narratives seem to do justice to how fun and frustrating and ecstatic and exasperating and inherently weird this Cleveland Indians season has been. The Indians return home Thursday for the final homestand of 2013. Theyâve got a remaining schedule â four against Houston, two against […] More»|
|By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Yan Gomes walked by, and an Indians official said, âThere goes our starting catcher.â Indeed, the transition is complete. Gomes has started at catcher in 22 of the Indiansâ last 36 games. Publicly, Terry Francona says what youâd expect him to say, but the proof is in the pudding […] More»|