Is the USMNT midfield better off without Weston McKennie?

USMNT Midfielder Wes McKennie is helped off the pitch after injuring his foot playing for Juventus in February.Image: Getty Images On the surface, it’s a patently ridiculous question. Of course the US can’t go without a player who regularly plays for one of the biggest clubs in the world, where his manager loves him, and … Read more

Tommy Pham agrees to deal with Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — After starting Spring Training by trading away several players, the re-working of the Reds’ roster has brought several new additions. The latest move by Cincinnati came late Wednesday, when the club agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free-agent outfielder Tommy Pham. The deal, which includes a mutual option for 2023, … Read more

Blue Jays plan to capitalize on pitching depth in 2022

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The past few seasons have taken traditional pitching roles and put them in a blender. This transition was already in its early stages, but there’s now a fast-growing middle ground of pitchers who go by many names, whether that be openers, long relievers, hybrids or bulk guys. Not quite a starter, but … Read more

Top 10 right fielders for 2022 discussion

Every year, MLB Network previews the upcoming season with its “Top 10 Players Right Now” specials, which break down the best at each position. The latest installment, on the Top 10 right fielders, aired Wednesday night. Now, MLB.com is continuing the debate with a panel of experts — Mark Feinsand, Sarah Langs and Mike Petriello … Read more

Will Middlebrooks recruited Trevor Story to Boston with New York joke

Former Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks played a role in recruiting Trevor Story, who signed a six-year, $140 million deal with Boston this week, and started off his pitch with a direct shot at New York. “I was selling it for days,” Middlebrooks told the Boston Globe, referring to previous conversations he had with … Read more