MLB.TV is back, better than ever

MLB.TV is back, better than ever

The first star player of 2016 has arrived: MLB.TV.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media announced the launch on Friday of yearly subscriptions for MLB.TV, returning for a 14th season with everything you expect from the most widely distributed and No. 1 sports streaming service.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets' Mejia handed permanent suspension

Mets' Mejia handed permanent suspension

NEW YORK -- Former Mets closer Jenrry Mejia became the first player in Major League Baseball history on Friday to earn a lifetime suspension for performance-enhancing drug use. MLB issued a lifetime ban to Mejia following his third positive test for a PED, linking him with Pete Rose as the only people actively serving the league's harshest punishment.

Mejia, 26, tested positive for Boldenone, while in the midst of a 162-game suspension for using both Boldenone and Stanozolol. The pitcher's second and third positive tests occurred while he was serving earlier suspensions.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's land slugging outfielder Davis from Brewers

Prospects Derby, Nottingham dealt to Milwaukee; Nolin designated for assignment

A's land slugging outfielder Davis from Brewers

OAKLAND -- The A's cruised into their final weekend of the offseason in splashy style, pulling off a trade with the Brewers for slugging outfielder Khris Davis on Friday afternoon.

Davis injects power into an A's lineup that was craving some, and he also stabilizes the left-field position. The A's had to pay a significant price to get him, though, sending the rebuilding Brewers a pair of top prospects in catcher Jacob Nottingham and pitcher Bubba Derby. Nottingham is the eighth-ranked catching prospect in baseball according to MLBPipeline. They also designated lefty Sean Nolin to make room on the 40-man roster.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tom Singer's sons pay loving tribute to dad

Tom Singer's sons pay loving tribute to dad

Malvina Singer is amazingly stoic, grieving the sudden loss of her husband of nearly 43 years, Tom, our 15-year colleague at MLB.com, at 67. It has been a whirlwind of shock for the family, fortunately a far-reaching, faithful, highly supportive and positive group. Mal's mom, a concentration camp survivor, was there, and stood as much as anybody for the poignant, impactful presence of Tom's spirit and the unconditional love surrounding his life.

The graveside service was moving in ways that are impossible to describe. Tom Singer, a great writer, would have framed it best. The Singers' sons did not fall far from that treasured tree. See for yourselves.

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Dinn Mann is Executive Vice President, Content for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Tracy Ringolsby

Nolan's 7 best bets to throw a no-no in 2016

Hall of Famer and owner of MLB-record 7 no-hitters handicaps the field

Nolan's 7 best bets to throw a no-no in 2016

Nolan knows no-nos.

No doubt about it.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Must-see MLB: 10 pivotal players to watch this spring

Stanton, Shark among top players to watch as camps prepare to open

Must-see MLB: 10 pivotal players to watch this spring

The first official report dates are about a week away, but the first reports are already emanating out of Spring Training camps. On Friday, for example, Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka told reporters that he "can't really say" whether he'll be ready for Opening Day until his progression from offseason elbow surgery involves throwing off a mound.

There's an instant area of intrigue for a Yankees staff with major durability concerns in the rotation. As was the case last year, given the minor ligament tear he's attempting to pitch through, Tanaka's every pitch will be watched with great scrutiny.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

$400M contract? Harper: 'Don't sell me short'

$400M contract? Harper: 'Don't sell me short'

As numerous record-breaking deals were handed out to free agents this offseason, speculation quickly shifted to Bryce Harper's possible free agency after the 2018 season. More specifically, how much money could Harper, the reigning National League Most Valuable Player, potentially earn if he reaches free agency at the prime age of 26?

Harper gave his thoughts when asked about a potential $400 million contract on Friday, telling Washington D.C.'s 106.7 FM The Fan, "don't sell me short" on his next big contract.

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tanaka: Opening Day status to be determined

Tanaka: Opening Day status to be determined

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka said on Friday that he "can't really say" if he will be ready for Opening Day until he resumes throwing off a mound and then in Grapefruit League games.

Tanaka had surgery this offseason to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow. As such, the 27-year-old is not ready to commit to being on the mound for the Yankees' opener on April 4 against the Astros, as the team expects to handle him cautiously this spring.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chapman, Yankees avoid arbitration

Ace reliever's contract for 2016 valued at $11.325M

Chapman, Yankees avoid arbitration

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees and left-handed closer Aroldis Chapman agreed to a one-year contract worth $11,325,000 Friday, avoiding arbitration.

The value of Chapman's contract is $275,000 above the midpoint of the two parties' filings and represents a considerable raise over the $8,075,000 he earned with the Reds last year.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Making Coors hockey-ready a big challenge

Conversion for Feb. 27 NHL game underway

Making Coors hockey-ready a big challenge

DENVER -- The nice days in Denver mean overnights for Mike Craig, the National Hockey League's senior manager of facilities operations.

Craig is in charge of the conversion of Coors Field from the baseball home of the Rockies into a hockey rink for the Feb. 27 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Colorado Avalanche, as well as other associated events such as the Wings-Avs alumni game the previous evening and the Division 1 collegiate rivalry between Colorado College and the University of Denver on Feb. 20.

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

New, cooler spring jerseys, caps available

MLB shows off on-field Flex Base designs for all 30 clubs

New, cooler spring jerseys, caps available

It is almost time for Zack Greinke to suit up for the D-backs, Todd Frazier for the White Sox, David Price for the Red Sox, Justin Upton for the Tigers, Johnny Cueto for the Giants, Jason Heyward for the Cubs, and all those other new faces in new places.

Shop now for new Flex Base Spring Training gear

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

7 reasons to watch 'First Boys of Spring'

Documentary recalls original Spring Training camps in Hot Springs, Ark.

7 reasons to watch 'First Boys of Spring'

Larry Foley, a professor and chair of the journalism department at the University of Arkansas, recently told his 15-year-old grandson Jeremy: "I've gone about as long as I can stand without baseball."

Pitchers and catchers are about to report to Spring Training starting on Wednesday, thankfully. And few know better than Foley just why that is about to be the case.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

New head protection for pitchers on the way

Hybrid devices designed to be worn under existing caps

New head protection for pitchers on the way

The campaign to protect pitchers from potentially dangerous line drives hit right back at them has taken another step forward.

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have collaborated on a new design for protective headgear that will be unveiled this spring. The development was first reported by ESPN.

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Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Zoolander and J.J. Watt have nothing on Brewers' new catcher of the future, Jacob Nottingham

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Zoolander and J.J. Watt have nothing on Brewers' new catcher of the future, Jacob Nottingham

In the last month of the 2015 season, outfielder Khris Davis hit .282 with 10 homers. So what does a 27-year-old darkhorse candidate for home run champ fetch you on the trade market?

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Healthy Pence hungry for Spring Training

RF 'better than ever' after injury-plagued '15

Healthy Pence hungry for Spring Training

SAN FRANCISCO -- Right fielder Hunter Pence described the Giants' collective attitude as containing "an undertone of extreme eagerness. There's a lot of excitement to get the ball rolling."

Pence might as well have been talking about himself Friday, as Giants players, coaches and manager Bruce Bochy spoke with reporters at AT&T Park in the club's annual day-before-FanFest media availability.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Australia rides combined gem to Qualifier final

Former Mariner Rowland-Smith and Co. keep South Africa at bay

Australia rides combined gem to Qualifier final

SYDNEY -- Four pitchers combined to strike out 11 as Team Australia (2-0) moved within one win of returning to its fourth World Baseball Classic following a 4-1 win over South Africa (1-1) on Friday night at Blacktown International Sportspark.

New Zealand (1-1), which eliminated the Philippines (0-2) with a 17-7 win on Friday, will play South Africa on Saturday at 2:30 a.m. ET/6:30 p.m. local time. The winner of that game will face Australia in the Qualifier championship at 2 p.m. local time Sunday (10 p.m. ET Saturday). Fans can watch all games live on MLB Network, MLB.com and WorldBaseballClassic.com.

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Niall Adler is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ex-Boston farmhand's 7 RBIs keep Kiwis alive

Moanaroa goes 4-for-5 with a homer in mercy-rule win over Philippines

Ex-Boston farmhand's 7 RBIs keep Kiwis alive

SYDNEY -- Former Red Sox prospect Boss Moanaroa went 4-for-5 with a homer, two doubles and seven RBIs to make a winner out of 18-year-old American high schooler Jimmy Boyce (1-0) and give New Zealand (1-1) a 17-7 mercy-rule win in eight innings over the Philippines (0-2) in a World Baseball Classic Qualifier elimination game on Friday at Blacktown International Sportspark.

"This was basically our last chance," said Moanaroa. "We said in the changing room, 'This is our final chance. Let's enjoy it and have fun.' And that's what we did."

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Niall Adler is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians sign reliever Hunter to 1-year deal

Indians sign reliever Hunter to 1-year deal

CLEVELAND -- The Indians already stood to have a tight bullpen race this spring. Cleveland just made the competition for relief jobs a little more interesting with the signing of right-hander Tommy Hunter to a one-year contract.

The Indians officially added Hunter to the fold on Friday, effectively eliminating one of the vacancies in the Tribe's bullpen. As things stand right now, Hunter joins closer Cody Allen, setup men Bryan Shaw and Zach McAllister, and righty Jeff Manship on the list of virtual locks for the Indians' relief corps.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Terence Moore

Stowe was comforting presence for Reds

Beloved member of clubhouse should not be forgotten

Stowe was comforting presence for Reds

More than a few people are smiling and nodding these days when they think about Bernie Stowe, the beloved clubhouse manager of the Reds who died this week, and I'm among his eternal admirers.

Stowe specialized in comforting. Trust me. He and I went back to May 1975, when I entered a Major League clubhouse for the first time ever, as a terrified freshman for the Miami University newspaper in Oxford, Ohio. I was 40 miles south of campus in Cincinnati at Riverfront Stadium, where I entered the world of my childhood heroes on the Big Red Machine.

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Terence Moore is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mauer: 2013 concussion has affected vision

Former AL MVP says he will wear sunglasses at plate during day games in 2016

Mauer: 2013 concussion has affected vision

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins first baseman Joe Mauer told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that his vision has been affected by the concussion that ended his 2013 season, especially during day games, as the sun makes it tough for him to pick up the ball. Mauer's offensive production has declined the past two seasons.

Mauer, who switched to first base in 2014 after sustaining the concussion from a foul tip while catching, is going to try something new this spring, as he'll wear sunglasses while batting for the first time.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cain confident injuries are behind him

Righty still big part of revamped rotation

Cain confident injuries are behind him

SAN FRANCISCO -- A year ago, Matt Cain was beaming with optimism as he enjoyed the last moments of the offseason, wrapping up the top amateur performance at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament. After a rough 2014 season that ended with elbow surgery, he was feeling good and raring to go to Arizona to get his career back on track, a wayward ace fully focused on the task ahead.

"I wanted to be excited about it, and I was excited about it," Cain said Friday during a media session at AT&T Park. "I thought I was physically where I needed to be, but my body told me to take a little step back right before the season started. That was kind of the path we had to take, and it was a little bit of a roller coaster from there."

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John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnSchlegelMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Panik optimistic about health for 2016 season

Giants All-Star '100 percent' recovered from lower back inflammation

Panik optimistic about health for 2016 season

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants All-Star second baseman Joe Panik insisted Friday that not only will he enter Spring Training fully recovered from lower back inflammation, but he'll also remain healthy through the season.

Panik, who missed most of the final two months of last season with his back woes, feels so fit that it's as if his injury never happened.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

HS star gladly risks eligibility for Classic 'W'

Washington prep star Boyce makes most of time with Team New Zealand

HS star gladly risks eligibility for Classic 'W'

SYDNEY -- For an 18-year-old American high school kid, the world stage is a dream come true. Add to that a win that keeps your native New Zealand alive in the World Baseball Classic? For Kiwi right-hander Jimmy Boyce, pitching 7,700 miles away from home, it gets a bit more complicated.

First, to the ballgame at hand Down Under. New Zealand had just surrendered the lead with three runs and was trailing, 7-4, with two outs in the sixth inning of the elimination game at Blacktown International Sportspark. The Mount Si High Wildcat came on and surrendered a single before getting former Mets and Marlins outfielder Chris Aguila on a called third strike.

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Niall Adler is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros GM: 'Our goal is win a championship'

Club upbeat about '16 as it hosts season preview luncheon for media

Astros GM: 'Our goal is win a championship'

HOUSTON -- The Astros held a season preview luncheon for the media Friday at Minute Maid Park that would have made the local optimist club envious.

Coming off a season in which they won the second American League Wild Card and lost to the eventual World Series champion Royals in the AL Division Series, the Astros are among the AL West favorites, and general manager Jeff Luhnow spoke confidently about the state of the club.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Montas may miss 4 months after rib surgery

Dodgers' fireballer was expected to begin season at Triple-A

Montas may miss 4 months after rib surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Rookie right-hander Frankie Montas, the centerpiece for the Dodgers in a December three-team trade, will miss two to four months after undergoing rib resection surgery on Friday, it was announced.

According to the club, Montas had a stress reaction in his rib, and the procedure was performed by Dr. Greg Pearl in Dallas. Pearl performed a similar operation for thoracic outlet syndrome on Josh Beckett two years ago when the veteran right-hander experienced numbness in his pitching hand. Beckett returned to action, threw a no-hitter, then retired at the end of the 2014 season.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Top White Sox prospects to compete for jobs in camp

Fulmer, Anderson and Engel among Minor Leaguers vying for roster spots this spring

Top White Sox prospects to compete for jobs in camp

CHICAGO -- In the third installment of MLB.com's seven-part Spring Training preview, we take a look at some of those White Sox prospects who could help the team in the future:

RHP Carson Fulmer: Some fans hope the team's No. 2 prospect follows the same quick path to the Majors as Chris Sale and Carlos Rodon. The White Sox certainly will promote Fulmer when he's ready, but they are not rushing him. General manager Rick Hahn said that the No. 8 selection from the 2015 MLB Draft would be ahead of schedule if he arrived by the outset of 2017.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers' prospects hope to leave camp with job

Fulmer, Jimenez and Machado among Minor Leaguers who received Spring Training invites

Tigers' prospects hope to leave camp with job

DETROIT -- The Tigers spent the offseason reloading rather than rebooting, rendering those deals for prospects at last summer's Trade Deadline more of a blip than a trend. The Tigers head to Spring Training looking to return to the American League Central race, but they believe some of those prospects could be a part of that run -- if not out of Spring Training, then perhaps around midseason.

That was one reason for new general manager Al Avila's offseason moves -- big and small free-agent signings, targeted trades and no highly rated prospects going out.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: What must Nats change to compete in East?

Beat reporter Bill Ladson answers questions from fans

Inbox: What must Nats change to compete in East?

What is the biggest change the Nationals must make to be competitive in the NL East?
-- Jason H., Rockwood, Tenn.

The bullpen must improve. It was below average during the second half of the season last year. Yes, the Nats revamped the relief corps by adding Shawn Kelley, Trevor Gott and Yusmeiro Petit, but we won't know how much they help until the season starts. I also want to know how much Jonathan Papelbon has left in the tank. He is 35 years old, and he had a respectable 3.04 ERA during his time with the Nationals last season.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Snowboarders get Big Air at Fenway Park

Snowboarders get Big Air at Fenway Park

Fenway Park was home to a different type of world-class athlete Thursday evening.

Snowboarders flocked to the historic ballpark for the Polartec Big Air at Fenway, which featured numerous competitors. U.S. snowboarder Julia Marino won the women's competition, while Canadian Max Parrot was the male champion.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

New teams in mix as Lazarito mulls options

Agent says 16-year-old Cuban is not close to a decision, may still sign during current period

New teams in mix as Lazarito mulls options

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Lazaro "Lazarito" Armenteros, one of the most dynamic young talents to come out of Cuba in recent memory, is still weighing his options, some of which are new.

The 16-year-old free agent was expected to make a decision Wednesday on where he will sign. But on Friday, his agent, Charles Hairston, told MLB.com that the 6-foot-2, 205-pound outfielder was not close to a decision and that there are new teams in the mix.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.