• Fowler agrees to deal with Cardinals, source says

    ESPN "Dexter Fowler is set to switch teams in the National League Central. The center fielder will be in St. Louis on Friday for a physical with the Cardinals after the sides agreed to a deal Thursday, sources told ESPN's Mark Saxon, confirming a story first reported by KSDK-TV. The agreement..." December 08

  • Aroldis Chapman explains why he chose to return to Yankees

    Larry Brown Sports "Aroldis Chapman is heading back to the New York Yankees after helping the Chicago Cubs break a 108-year championship curse. In terms of a career path, you can’t ask for much more than that. After he signed with the Yankees on Wednesday, Chapman revealed that he had narrowed his decision down to..." December 08

  • Report: Cubs will discuss extension with Jake Arrieta

    Cubs HQ "The Chicago Cubs have already made a huge offseason move trading away Jorge Soler for elite closer Wade Davis. However, the big news might not be the only one this offseason as ESPN reporter Jesse Rogers reports that agent Scott Boras and the Cubs will discuss a possible new deal in..." December 08

  • Nationals Discuss David Robertson With White Sox

    MLB Trade Rumors "1:24pm: The Nationals tried to expand the Eaton deal to include Robertson, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets. The White Sox turned them down, however, so the two sides will discuss a Robertson deal as a separate proposition. 11:05am: Here’s the latest on the Nationals’ hunt for a closer, with..." December 08

  • Joe Maddon Says LeBron James Can Play Centerfield For The Cubs Anytime

    Uproxx "With curses related to a billy goat and Steve Bartman finally a thing of the past, the Chicago Cubs are undoubtedly still celebrating their World Series win and feasting on the meats of slaughtered animals. But the champs have also been slightly retooling their roster. For starters, rental closer..." December 08

  • Cubs reportedly close to signing pitcher Koji Uehara

    CBS Sports "The Cubs are still not done adding to their bullpen even after acquiring Wade Davis from the Royals. According to a report by Nikkan Sports, and corroborated by Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald, the Cubbies are close to signing veteran right-hander Koji Uehara. The deal is not final and the..." December 08

  • The Aroldis Chapman fallout will be even more interesting than the deal itself

    Fox Sports "The fallout from the Yankees’ agreement with free agent Aroldis Chapman on a five-year, $86 million contract will be even more interesting than the deal itself. And the deal is pretty darned interesting, seeing as how it shattered the record for a closer by a mere $24 million. The details,..." December 08

  • Matt Holliday’s Yankees’ deal has no-trade clause to one team

    Sportsnaut "Matt Holliday is making it pretty darn clear that he doesn’t want to play baseball in one city. Outside of potentially visiting Oakland as a member of the New York Yankees, the veteran has no intention of repeating his nightmarish half season with the Athletics. According to Chris Cotillo of SB..." December 08

  • Dombrowski: 'If Ortiz wanted to come back, he would call'

    Providence Journal "Whether or not David Ortiz is serious about thinking about a return, Dave Dombrowski knows better than to ask. "I wouldn't want to reach out to him," the Red Sox president said. "I wouldn't want to keep bothering him." Ortiz responded to Boston's blockbuster trade for Chris Sale with an..." December 08

  • Pirates, Nats Awkwardly Blew McCutchen Trade

    12 Up "This has not been Mike Rizzo's finest offseason. For an extended period, the Nationals were in the news for rumors that they were after star Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen. And it was this close. Lucas Giolito and Dane Dunning were two of the Nationals' top pitching prospects. And..." December 08

  • Duquette on Bautista: ‘It’s true. The guy’s a villain in Baltimore’

    Baltimore Baseball "Jose Bautista probably has been Enemy No. 1 at Camden Yards for the past few years, but now that David Ortiz, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez are retired, there’s no question that the former Toronto Blue Jays superstar right fielder is in a class by himself when it comes to vitriol from Orioles..." December 08

  • Giants trade Chris Heston to Mariners

    CSN Bay Area "Faced with a crowded depth chart and a need for a roster spot, the Giants shipped right-hander Chris Heston to Seattle on Wednesday night. The Mariners announced the deal shortly after 7pm PT on Wednesday. Heston, who made 31 starts and threw a no-hitter for the Giants in 2015, would have..." December 08

  • Rockies, Blue Jays talking Blackmon-Stroman deal

    CBS Sports "Fox Sports' Jon Morosi on Wednesday tweeted that the Rockies and Blue Jays have discussed a deal that would send right-hander Marcus Stroman to Colorado in exchange for outfielder Charlie Blackmon. Yep, the Blue Jays understandably want more in order to part with Stroman. Stroman, 25, owns..." December 08

  • Orioles reportedly interested in Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner

    New York Daily News "The Yankees have fielded numerous trade offers for Brett Gardner, but would Brian Cashman really deal him within the American League East? FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported Wednesday that the Orioles see Gardner as a potential fit in their outfield, though Baltimore would want the Yankees to..." December 08

  • Astros discuss deal for Jose Quintana, but White Sox want a haul

    Houston Chronicle "- If this year's winter meetings have taught us anything, it's that the Chicago White Sox are all-in on their commitment to rebuild. In a span of two days, they've parted with ace Chris Sale and outfielder Adam Eaton to transform their farm system into one of the industry's best. Jose Quintana..." December 08

  • Rockies Remain Interested In Mark Trumbo, Could Trade OF To Clear Space

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies remain interested in signing Mark Trumbo despite their recent high-profile pact with Ian Desmond, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal writes (Twitter links). The idea is that, since they already lost the No. 11 overall pick in the Desmond deal, they would only lose a second-rounder as a result..." December 08

  • Marlins offered Chapman $87M before Yankees deal

    Miami Herald "The Marlins have failed in their bid to sign Aroldis Chapman. But they’re still in the picture for Kenley Jansen. Chapman agreed to terms with the New York Yankees late Wednesday on a five-year deal worth $86 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. But they still have a five-year..." December 08

  • Encarnacion's agent not panicking: 'He and I are patient'

    TSN "A return to the Toronto Blue Jays for slugger Edwin Encarnacion still seems unlikely according to reports, but the Jays haven't closed the door completely. According to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman, the Jays are at least monitoring Encarnacion and remain in touch with his agents. Heyman adds..." December 08

  • Nationals making push for Jansen

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rival executives don’t expect the Dodgers to match the Marlins’ offer, per Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times (Twitter link). The Nationals are now “making a push” for Jansen, reports FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal (Twitter links). However, the Nats are “uncomfortable” with the financial..." December 08

  • Red Sox Looking to Trade Clay Buchholz

    WEEI Boston "Dave Dombrowski noted Wednesday night that the Red Sox had spent the day fielding calls from teams interested in some of their starting pitchers. Specifically, the president of baseball operations noted, the focus from other clubs were on Eduardo Rodriguez, Drew Pomeranz, Steven Wright and Clay..." December 08

  • Royals not ruling out signing Greg Holland?

    ESPN "Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore said he's open to adding talent to the bullpen after trading Wade Davis. Former Royals closer Greg Holland, currently a free agent, fits that mold. A two-time All-Star, Holland, 31, did not pitch in the majors in 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Davis..." December 08

  • Yankees agree to 5-year deal with Aroldis Chapman

    Fanrag Sports "The New York Yankees’ latest signing is a familiar face. Late Wednesday night, sources confirmed to FanRag Sports that closer Aroldis Chapman agreed to a five-year, $86 million deal with the Yankees. The deal is a new record for a closer, eclipsing the contract Mark Melancon received earlier this..." December 08

  • White Sox deal Adam Eaton to Nats for top prospects

    Chicago Sun-Times "The White Sox were closing in on a trade to send outfielder Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals Wednesday. A source confirmed reports that Eaton, who is under club control for five more years and was the Sox’ most valuable position player in 2016, would go to the Nats in exchange for..." December 08

  • Mets hitting coach seriously thinks Tim Tebow can make it to the major leagues

    USA Today "Mets manager Terry Collins already said he wants Tim Tebow at camp for the Mets’ spring training. Mets hitting coach Kevin Long took it even further on Wednesday. He thinks that Tebow can actually make the big-league club. In an interview with Dan Dakich on 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis,..." December 08

  • Marlins To Sign A.J. Ellis

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins have agreed to a one-year, $2.5MM deal with veteran backstop A.J. Ellis, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney (on Twitter). Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald had just reported that the Marlins appeared to have a “good shot” at landing Ellis to be the new backup catcher in Miami, where he’ll be..." December 07

  • Cubs flex dynasty muscles with Wade Davis splash

    New York Post "Cubs officials were portraying this as their quiet offseason. They had the twin contentment of a relatively set roster plus — most importantly — their first championship since 1908. But under Theo Epstein, the Cubs’ version of quiet is like the concept of a small elephant. By comparison, one..." December 07

  • Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller, Patrick Corbin draw interest

    Arizona Republic "Last month’s addition of right-hander Taijuan Walker gave the Diamondbacks enviable starting pitching depth, enough they could feasibly peel away from it in trade. And, by all accounts, the Diamondbacks have been willing to discuss starting pitching this week at the winter meetings. But,..." December 07

  • Zack Wheeler on Mets bullpen plan: ‘It might be best thing’

    New York Post "Wheels up for the Mets bullpen – for now. Zack Wheeler gave his blessing Wednesday to working out of the Mets bullpen as he fights his way back from missing two seasons following Tommy John surgery. Earlier in the week, general manager Sandy Alderson said the bullpen may be where Wheeler..." December 07

  • Giants plan to go young in the bullpen behind Mark Melancon

    CBS Sports "The San Francisco Giants are planning to go young in the bullpen behind new closer Mark Melancon. With Melancon now anchoring the ninth inning, the Giants will reportedly allow several longtime members of their bullpen leave as free agents this offseason. They're essentially overhauling the..." December 07

  • Ian Desmond Signs With Rockies

    CBS Dallas Forth Worth "Free agent outfielder Ian Desmond has reached an agreement with the Colorado Rockies, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Texas now must address the lack of power in the lineup with the departures of Desmond, Mitch Moreland (Red Sox), Carlos Beltran (Astros) and Prince Fielder (Retired)..." December 07

  • Blue Jays sign Brett Oberholtzer

    Fanrag Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays signed veteran left-hander Brett Oberholtzer, sources tell FanRag Sports. After spending the first three years of his big league career as a member of the Houston Astros, Oberholtzer split the 2016 campaign between the Los Angeles Angels and Philadelphia Phillies. The..." December 07

  • Marlins sign Jeff Locke to one-year, $3 million deal

    Fanrag Sports "According to a Wednesday morning report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Miami Marlins have agreed to terms to with free agent left-hander Jeff Locke. The veteran southpaw previously became available on the open market as a result of being designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates..." December 07

  • 'Excited' Sale eager to win ring with Red Sox

    MLB.com "The newest Red Sox pitching star won't worry about being called "ace" on a staff that already includes reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and five-time All-Star and 2012 AL Cy Young Award winnerDavid Price. Instead, Chris Sale is ecstatic to join forces with his new..." December 07

  • Cleveland Indians continue search for offense, touch base with Mark Trumbo, Jose Bautista

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "When the Indians cast a wide net, they don't kid around. Besides free agent sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Mike Napoli, the Indians have checked in on Mark Trumbo and Jose Bautista, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Trumbo led the big leagues with 47 homers last season for Baltimore...." December 07

  • Brian Cashman dubs rival Red Sox 'Golden State Warriors of baseball' after Sale deal

    Sporting News "As general manager of the New York Yankees, it's not in Brian Cashman's blood to stand idly by while the Boston Red Sox add one of the five best pitchers in baseball to their riches. But even Cashman had to hand it to the rival Red Sox for acquiring ace Chris Sale in a blockbuster Monday..." December 07

  • White Sox Talking Jose Quintana Trades With Astros, Nationals, Other Teams

    MLB Trade Rumors "A day after trading Chris Sale to the Red Sox, the White Sox are now “in serious talks” with multiple teams about their other star left-hander Jose Quintana, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports (Twitter link). The Astros and Nationals are two of the clubs involved in discussions. The Astros..." December 07

  • 2016 postseason playoff shares announced

    Hardball Talk "There used to be a time when postseason money was bigger than most players’ actual salaries. Winning a pennant in baseball’s Golden Age was great for its own sake, but if you were one of the guys who hung around with, say, the Yankees for a long time like Frank Crosetti, the money was basically..." December 07

  • Report: Orioles not in on Bautista because their fans 'don't like him'

    Larry Brown Sports "The Orioles are in the market for outfield help, but it doesn’t appear Jose Bautista will be among the reinforcements. Major League Baseball’s winter meetings are taking place this week and with that comes a plethora of rumors about players changing teams. Representatives from each club are in..." December 07

  • Carlos Gomez agrees to deal with Rangers

    Fanrag Sports "Outfielder Carlos Gomez has agreed to a deal with the Texas Rangers (pending a physical), sources tell FanRag Sports. The deal is for one year and $11.5 million. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan was first to report the deal as close. Gomez joined the Rangers in August after being let go by the Houston..." December 07

  • Mariners in talks with Mark Trumbo?

    ESPN "The Seattle Mariners are seriously discussing signing free-agent slugger Mark Trumbo, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden. David Schoenfield's take: This is a strange idea, considering Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto has twice traded Trumbo -- once while GM of the Angels and then last offseason, when he..." December 07

  • Diamondbacks add sign-and-flip candidate Fernando Rodney

    CBS Sports "Under a completely new leadership group, one can expect the Arizona Diamondbacks to do some reshuffling in the offseason. Sometimes, that includes finding ways to deepen the farm system in creative ways. One of those is grabbing a player on a one-year deal that could possibly land something of..." December 07

  • Blue Jays met with Bautista, reunion not ruled out

    Fanrag Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays have two big bats on the free agent market in Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, and heading into the offseason the general consensus was that if the team was going to bring one back, it would be Encarnacion. While his future remains cloudy, the Jays have checked back in..." December 07

  • David Ortiz posts about comeback on Instagram

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Red Sox’s addition of Chris Sale via trade on Tuesday has David Ortiz contemplating a comeback. That’s according to the slugger’s Instagram account. Ortiz posted a photo on Instagram Tuesday of Sale, whom the Red Sox acquired from the White Sox. In his caption, Ortiz wrote, “My god..." December 07

  • Rays Sign Wilson Ramos

    MLB Trade Rumors "Free agent catcher Wilson Ramos and the Rays have agreed to a two-year deal, Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets. He cautions, however, that the deal is pending a physical, which is no sure thing due to Ramos’ recent knee injuries. Ramos will receive a total of $12.5MM guaranteed, with the..." December 07

  • Nationals Interested In Jose Quintana

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals are interested in White Sox lefty Jose Quintana, FanRag’s Jon Heyman tweets. The Nationals, of course, came up short in their attempt to trade for ChiSox ace Chris Sale, but it appears the two sides might not be done discussing starting pitchers. The White Sox have reportedly..." December 07

  • Royals Making Progress Toward Trading Jarrod Dyson; Athletics Interested

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals are advancing toward a potential trade of outfielder Jarrod Dyson, with the Athletics as a potential suitor, Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes (all Twitter links). (Jon Heyman of FanRag adds the Rangers and Orioles to the list of interested teams.) The idea, Sherman reports, is..." December 07

  • REPORT: MLB Not Currently Inclined to Create CBA Exception for Shohei Otani

    Bleacher Nation "Our hearts and hopes are just going to keep getting battered back and forth on this, aren’t they? The latest twist in the short-lived Shohei Otani saga comes from Ken Rosenthal, who answers one of our outstanding questions about whether the new Collective Bargaining Agreement would prevent..." December 06

  • Mets receiving little interest in Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson

    New York Daily News "As the Mets front office met with agents and talk to other teams during the first day of the MLB Winter Meetings, they have not found much interest from teams in Jay Bruce. Even the possibility of dealing Curtis Granderson has brought limited interest. The Mets need to move Bruce or Granderson..." December 06

  • Report: Yankees have made offers to both Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Yankees are hot on the prowl for an elite closer or two. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com on Tuesday, the Yankees have made contract offers to free agent relievers Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen. The 28-year-old Chapman, who was actually with the Yankees last season before..." December 06

  • Red Sox out of the running on Jose Bautista

    Boston Globe "The Red Sox have told Jose Bautista’s representatives that they are out on signing him. Bautista, who is seeking a two-year deal, had seen Boston as his No. 1 preference. The Red Sox ruled out Edwin Encarnacion earlier in the week because the former Toronto slugger wanted at least four..." December 06