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  • MLB umpire Dale Scott comes out as gay Dec 2, 2014 1:27 PM
    Major League Baseball umpire Dale Scott says he is gay. The 55-year-old umpire tells the website outsports.com that he married Michael Rausch in November 2013. Scott has been a member of the big league staff since 1986 and is a crew chief. He worked the World Series in 1998, 2001 and 2004.

  • Cubs non-tender pitcher Wright, catcher Baker Dec 2, 2014 10:14 PM
    The Cubs did not tender 2015 contracts to two veteran players: backup catcher John Baker and left-handed reliever Wesley Wright. Tuesday night was the deadline for major-league clubs to offer contracts to their arbitration-eligible players, and the Cubs did so with eight.

  • More good sports books for holiday shoppers Nov 30, 2014 7:30 AM
    With the holidays coming, good sports books are in abundance this season. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles recommends a couple of baseball titles as well as a new one by broadcaster Al Michaels and United States World Cup goalkeeper Tim Howard.

  • Miles: Bilko book a big hit for baseball fans Nov 30, 2014 7:30 AM
    According to Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles, one of the better baseball books of 2014 centers on the Cubs of the 1950s and what might have been. "The Billko Athletic Club," by Gaylon H. White, tells the story of burly slugger Steve Bilko of the old Los Angeles Angels, who were affiliated with the Cubs.

  • Sox might be after Samardzija Nov 29, 2014 11:55 PM
    The rumor mill was cranking on Saturday, and trade talk had starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija joining the White Sox from the Oakland A's. While Samardzija would give the Sox a needed boost, beat writer Scot Gregor said there are some potential snags in the trade.

  • Spellman’s Scorecard: Always room for more morsels Nov 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    Some more sports morsels to digest between leftovers and shop stops including bits on teh Bears, Cubs, Sox, Hawks and Bulls.

  • It’s official: LaRoche joins White Sox Nov 25, 2014 9:01 PM
    The Chicago White Sox and Adam LaRoche made it official Tuesday, announcing they have agreed to terms on a two-year, $25-million contract for the 35-year-old first baseman. Rick Hahn, White Sox senior vice president/general manager, said LaRoche provides a proven left-handed bat in the middle of White Sox lineup, and brings veteran leadership to the club.

  • Sandoval reaches multiyear deal with Red Sox Nov 24, 2014 5:43 PM
    Kung Fu Panda is moving to Boston. Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, and the switch-hitting slugger informed the San Francisco Giants he’s leaving. Sandoval, the 2012 World Series MVP, had pondered an offer from the Giants worth close to $100 million over five years, a person with knowledge of that proposal said.

  • White Sox sign LaRoche to two-year, $25 million deal Nov 21, 2014 8:48 PM
    The White Sox need a left-handed power bat, and they are hoping Adam LaRoche fills the bill. According to a source, the Sox and LaRoche agreed on a two-year, $25 million contract Friday.

  • Cubs’ Rizzo excited to play for Maddon Nov 21, 2014 3:08 PM
    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is in town this weekend to promote a charity event scheduled for January. He spent a few minutes talking with the media and said he's excited to play for new manager Joe Maddon and that his own stats take a backseat to team success.

  • Spellman Scorecard: Bears don’t know how good they have it Nov 20, 2014 8:32 PM
    You’d think Bears players would want to play as hard as they possibly can for Marc Trestman because I’m pretty sure they don’t know how good they have it right now.

  • White Sox’ moves hint at future plans Nov 20, 2014 8:04 PM
    The White Sox made a flurry of roster moves Thursday, most notably designating Ronald Belisario for assignment and purchasing the contracts of pitcher Francellis Montas, infielders Rangel Ravelo and Tyler Saladino and catcher Kevan Smith.

  • Stanton signs record $325M deal at news conference Nov 19, 2014 5:58 PM
    Giancarlo Stanton stood on the Miami Marlins’ field Wednesday and scanned a sea of empty seats, mindful the stands look much the same at games. He had just signed a record $325 million, 13-year contract and conceded he wasn’t certain he should have agreed to the deal. “There was no 100 percent sure answer,” Stanton said. “But the decision is made. Once you make your decision, you go all-in with it.”

  • Is free agent Lester in town for talks with Cubs? Nov 18, 2014 9:35 PM
    The Cubs Tuesday were neither confirming nor denying reports that they had met with free-agent pitcher Jon Lester. The off-season has begun to heat up, and the Cubs already have lost out on free-agent catcher Russell Martin, who signed with the Blue Jays.

  • White Sox, Duke agree to three-year, $15 million deal Nov 18, 2014 8:03 PM
    The White Sox upgraded their bullpen on Tuesday, signing 31-year-old lefty Zach Duke to a three-year, $15 million contract. Duke was 5-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 4 relief appearances with the Brewers last season.

  • Stanton agrees to record $325M deal with Marlins Nov 17, 2014 8:36 PM
    The Marlins are no longer pinching pennies, and Giancarlo Stanton won’t be, either. Stanton agreed to terms with the team Monday on a $325 million, 13-year contract, Miami owner Jeffrey Loria said. It’s the most lucrative deal for an American athlete and averages $25 million per season, or $154,321 per game. The deal includes a no-trade clause, and Stanton can opt out after six years.

  • Heyward to Cards, Miller to Braves in 4-man deal Nov 17, 2014 4:45 PM
    Concerned that Jason Heyward would leave as a free agent after next season and rebuilding with an eye toward their new stadium, the Braves dealt their right fielder and reliever Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday for promising pitcher Shelby Miller and a minor-leaguer.

  • Cubs acquire infielder La Stella from Braves Nov 16, 2014 4:41 PM
    The Cubs on Sunday acquired left-handed hitting infielder Tommy La Stella from the Atlanta Braves for relief pitcher Arodys Vizcaino. International signing-bonus slots also were exchanged. The Cubs obtained Vizcaino from the Braves in July 2012.

  • Gregor: Veteran talent may be on the way for Sox Nov 15, 2014 9:50 PM
    Executive vice president Kenny Williams had some interesting comments last week, namely that he is tired of "taking it on the chin." That appears to be code for the White Sox beefing up the payroll with some needed veteran talent this off-season.

  • Cubs to play first night opener in history Nov 14, 2014 5:06 PM
    The Cubs will host the St. Louis Cardinals in the Sunday night major league opener on April 5. Originally scheduled for April 6, the game was moved up to become ESPN’s opening national telecast of the season.

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