Just so you know, there are several ties between baseball and why the Seattle Seahawks are a victory away from consecutive Super Bowl titles. You probably know about Russell Wilson. You may not know of Bryan Walters or the home-run derbies put on by head coach Pete Carroll as a team-bonding exercise.
Jeff Samardzija is a year away from free agency, but he and his agent Mark Rodgers are at least willing to listen to any offers from the White Sox about a long-term contract extension, Rodgers said Sunday on MLB Network Radio.
A team from Seattle vs. a team from Boston on the big stage. What's that you say? The Super what? No, no, I'm talking about the 2015 American League Championship Series. Could happen. Both the Mariners and Red Sox will be attempting to rise from the abyss of an October absence to reach playoff pay dirt in 2015.
James Shields is the only big-name free agent still out there, and even he is probably not enough to turn the tide of an entire offseason. With that in mind, here is a look at the five teams that improved most this winter.
Veteran infielder Clint Barmes signed his one-year, $1.6 million deal on Dec. 3 -- a little before the Padres became cool. Barmes, who turns 36 on March 6, is being brought to San Diego to help bring all the offseason excitement together in the form of winning baseball.
There were several moments Saturday night when Chris Sale found himself struggling to find the right words, or at a loss for them entirely. Why? Because Saturday night's jersey-retirement ceremony was about how much Chris Sale means to Florida Gulf Coast University. To Sale, it's always been just the opposite.
Hall of Fame broadcaster Denny Matthews signed a four-year extension to continue calling games on the Royals radio network Saturday.
The Perth Heat eliminated the Sydney Blue Sox on Saturday night, sweeping the best-of-three set to earn a bid in the Australian Baseball League Championship Series.
Zack Greinke said he hasn't decided if he will opt out of his contract after this coming season and said he wouldn't go into much detail about his thoughts on the possibility until Spring Training. Greinke did deliver with some candid and surprising appraisals when asked if the Dodgers are a better team now after a dramatic offseason of change than they were while winning 94 games last season.
Rockies owner, chairman and CEO Dick Monfort isn't afraid to express his belief in his club in 2015. "We feel we have the talent to win," said Monfort at the annual Friends of Baseball Breakfast, a fundraiser for the sport's efforts in Weld County that this year had Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry as the featured speaker.
Forget the calendar. "This is the official beginning of the 2015 year," iconic announcer Vin Scully said Saturday at Dodgers FanFest.
The Rays have signed reliever Ronald Belisario to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training and are close to completing a similar deal with infielder Alexi Casilla, a baseball source told MLB.com on Saturday.
If everything goes according to plan, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters believes he will be ready for Opening Day, and he'll be joined by Manny Machado.
Even as the Mariners go about their plans to make 2015 special for their own franchise, the club has expressed strong support for their Northwest neighbors in the pro sports world as the Seahawks prepare for Sunday's Super Bowl in Phoenix.
Royals All-Star left fielder Alex Gordon is still sporting a soft cast that runs from his right hand to his elbow as he recovers from December wrist surgery.
It's hard to walk away knowing you did it right. But Ernie Banks' family and friends, the sport of baseball and the city of Chicago can rest assured that they gave Mr. Cub a grand sendoff on Saturday, one befitting his standing as the all-time leader in love of the game.
Almost since the day Ned Yost took over as the Royals' manager in 2010, he's faced his fair share of criticism from the media. He even said he's heard insults from fans sitting behind the dugout.