• Kendrys Morales wins the Edgar Martinez DH of the Year Award

    Hardball Talk "Only seven hitters in the American League got enough plate appearances while primarily serving time as DH to qualify for the batting title in 2015. And of those some of them — most notably Edwin Encarnacion — played a fair bit of defense, meaning that there weren’t too many guys who could really..." December 01

  • Twins To Sign Byung-Ho Park

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have struck a four-year, $12MM deal with Korean first baseman Byung-ho Park, according to reports from Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (on Twitter) and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Minnesota also picks up a $6.5MM option for a fifth season, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger tweets." December 01

  • Trumbo talks off between Rox, M's

    MLB.com "The Rockies talked with the Mariners about power-hitting first baseman Mark Trumbo, but those discussions are no longer current, a Major League source said Tuesday morning. That doesn't necessarily mean that the situation won't come up again, but it would have to be a new and separate round of..." December 01

  • The Tigers’ Next Move Should Be Alex Gordon

    Fangraphs "“I don’t care about the money,” (Mike Ilitch) said. “I want the best players.” The Tigers owner made that comment at yesterday’s press conference introducing Jordan Zimmermann as the newest member of Detroit’s rotation. For sure, Ilitch has indeed backed up that comment with significant..." December 01

  • Astros “shopping” slugger Chris Carter

    Hardball Talk "With tomorrow’s deadline to tender 2016 contracts to arbitration eligible players looming, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Astros are “shopping” first baseman Chris Carter. Few players in baseball have more power than Carter, who hit 24 homers in 129 games this year and has averaged..." December 01

  • Orioles "a new entry" in market for Mark Trumbo

    Camden Chat "The Orioles are "in the mix" of teams who have checked in the availability of Seattle first baseman Mark Trumbo, writes Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Remember always the first law of baseball rumors: Probably nothing will happen. Trumbo is believed to be on the trade block as the Mariners want to..." December 01

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Can confirm report by @BNightengale that Bonds is likely to become one of #Marlins’ two hitting coaches.

  • Royals, Chris Young working toward reunion

    MLB.com "The Royals and right-hander Chris Young have had encouraging talks about the possibility of bringing him back for the 2016 season and possibly beyond, according to those familiar with the situation. Young, 36, indicated shortly after the World Series that he was extremely fond of the..." December 01

  • Orioles make Darren O'Day 'competitive' offer, decision could come soon

    Baltimore Sun "Free-agent reliever Darren O’Day appears to be narrowing down his list of potential landing places for 2016 and Baltimore has re-entered the conversation. According to an industry source, the Orioles recently made a formal offer to the 33-year-old right-hander that has been deemed “competitive”..." December 01

  • Cubs likely to tender contracts to all arbitration-eligible players

    ESPN "Wednesday marks the deadline for teams to tender contracts to players who are arbitration eligible. The Chicago Cubs have nine who qualify, including newcomers Rex Brothers and Ryan Cook. Players who are non-tendered automatically become free agents but can re-sign with their old team as..." December 01

  • A's expected to non-tender several players

    MLB.com "The A's roster will drop in number this week, as the club is expected to shed several non-tender candidates ahead of Wednesday's 8:59 p.m. PT deadline. Oakland is carrying 13 arbitration-eligible players, nearly half of whom could be deemed not worthy of a potential raise in arbitration,..." December 01

  • Marlins mascot Billy listed among coaching staff on team's web site

    CBS Sports "With legendary slugger Barry Bonds considering a job with the Miami Marlins as one of their hitting coaches, he ought to consider who else is on manager Don Mattingly's staff. And not just Frank Menechino, the newly hired hitting coach who would have to figure out how to delegate with Bonds -- but..." December 01

  • Indians sign Joba Chamberlain, joke about his worst moment

    New York Post "The Cleveland Indians made a promise in signing Joba Chamberlain: No more midges. The former Yankees phenom signed a minor league deal with the Indians, the team announced Tuesday, that includes an invitation to big league spring training. And the Indians’ Twitter account showed a sense of..." December 01

  • Dodgers' tax bill comes due at record $43.7 million

    USA Today "The Los Angeles Dodgers will pay a record $43.7 million luxury tax penalty after finishing the 2015 season with the largest payroll in baseball history at $298.3 million, according to salary information obtained by USA TODAY Sports. The Dodgers — who paid about $50 million to players who never..." December 01

  • Where will Justin Upton end up signing?

    ESPN "Justin Upton was the first pick in the 2005 draft, reached the majors at 19, hit .300 with 26 home runs at 21 and finished fourth in the MVP voting in 2011 at 23. Despite the early promise that he'd be a perennial All-Star, the Arizona Diamondbacks traded Upton to the Atlanta Braves after the..." December 01

  • How long will Jeff Bagwell have to wait to make the Baseball Hall of Fame?

    Sporting News "Who he is: Historically, Jeff Bagwell is already an outlier in Hall of Fame voting terms. According to info culled from Baseball-Reference.com, Bagwell is one of 102 players to receive at least 50 percent of the vote in witthin his first five years on the Baseball Writers' Association of America..." December 01

  • Will the Cubs focus on Jason Heyward or finding another pitcher?

    ESPN Chicago "The dominoes have finally begun to fall, as the Thanksgiving holiday weekend saw one major free-agent pitcher, Jordan Zimmermann, come off the market. His five-year, $110 million agreement with the Detroit Tigers is a sign that things are beginning to heat up around baseball. The offseason has..." December 01

  • Greinke looking for $30M annual payout

    The Score "Zack Greinke wants the big bucks, and it could be one of the Los Angeles Dodgers or San Francisco Giants who give the right-hander what he craves. The 32-year-old Greinke is believed to seeking a deal that will pay him $30 million per year, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Crasnick also..." December 01

  • Is Denard Span a fit in right field for Orioles?

    Masn "In exactly one week, I'll be boarding a flight to Nashville for the Winter Meetings and complaining loudly every step of the way. That's a lot of complaining when you factor in the number of steps from the front desk to the elevators and media workroom at the spacious Gaylord Opryland Resort &..." December 01

  • Mariners showing interest in free-agent outfielder Nori Aoki

    Tacoma News Tribune "After a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Mariners are back to stoking the Hot Stove with free-agent outfielder Nori Aoki emerging as their latest possible target. "At this point," one industry source said, "there appears to be real interest (in Aoki) from the Mariners. Whether that leads..." December 01

  • Jordan Zimmermann happy to sign quickly as Tigers' top choice

    Sporting News "Jordan Zimmermann might not be considered a No. 1 starter, but he was the Tigers' top choice to step into their rotation this offseason. That made it easy for both parties to move quickly on a deal. Some eyebrows were raised when the 29-year-old right-hander agreed over the weekend to a..." December 01

  • Royals Avoid Arbitration With Tim Collins

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have agreed to contract terms with lefty Tim Collins to avoid arbitration, the club announced. Collins will earn $1.475MM for the 2015 season, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports on Twitter. That’s exactly what he made last year and what MLBTR predicted for the coming campaign. The..." December 01

  • Barry Bonds is under consideration to be a Marlins hitting coach

    CBS Sports "In what promises to be a bombshell move, if executed, all-time great slugger Barry Bonds is under consideration to become Marlins hitting coach. Team higherups have quietly been discussing this possibility for weeks. Bonds, known as a brilliant tactician, has worked as a special spring..." November 30

  • D-Backs pursue Cueto, and also clear air about a long-ago snub

    CBS Sports "Star free-agent righthander Johnny Cueto received a $120-million, six-year offer from the Diamondbacks, but it's no surprise Cueto didn't accept the proposal; Cueto has received calls of interest from the Dodgers, Giants, Red Sox, Cubs and others. While that is a reasonable first offer by Arizona,..." November 30

  • Shelby Miller market is hot; Luis Severino, Marcell Ozuna are linked

    CBS Sports "Young righthander Shelby Miller is creating quite a feeding frenzy on the trade market, and it's to the point it's got to be record interest for a pitcher who went 6-17. Of course, by now we know pitchers' won-loss records aren't a very useful tool in deciphering a pitcher's value. And that is..." November 30

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    Bob Dutton @TNT_Mariners

    Privately, #Mariners have long acknowledged it's a matter of when, not if, Cano shifts to first base. https://t.co/diqZSlqLuE

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    Rob Bradford @bradfo

    Per source, Indians showing most interest in Shane Victorino, who turns 35 today. Had offered him 4 year deal prior to '13 season

  • Will Cubs make another big splash in free agency?

    CSN Chicago "Theo Epstein has explained the mixed emotions during that first press conference. You hold up the jersey for the cameras and feel the initial rush of excitement after closing the deal with a big free agent, as well as the sense of dread lurking in the back of your head, because those contracts..." November 30

  • GM Jed Hoyer: Cubs not close but moves are coming

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer says the team isn’t close to making a big move but anticipates action over the next 14 days, which includes the winter meetings in Nashville. “Over the next two weeks, there will be a lot of activity,” Hoyer said on ESPN 1000 in Chicago on Monday. “I..." November 30

  • Braves Sign Jim Johnson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have signed righty Jim Johnson to a one-year deal, the club announced via press release. Johnson, 32, is a client of Moye Sports Associates. With the move, Atlanta has re-acquired a player that it traded away at least year’s deadline. Johnson was a part of the 13-player trade between..." November 30

  • Mets expected to tender a contract to Jenrry Mejia

    Hardball Talk "Jenrry Mejia appeared in just seven games this past season due to a pair of suspensions for performance-enhancing drugs, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets are expected to tender him a contract for 2016. While the Mets were vocal about their disappointment in Mejia’s actions,..." November 30

  • Blue Jays’ soft spot could go bust or send Yankees to oblivion

    New York Post "The Yankees finished second in the majors in runs in the way Twice a Prince came in second in the 1973 Belmont – 31 lengths behind Secretariat. The Blue Jays scored 891 runs in 2015, the Yankees 764. The 127-run gap was the largest between the leaders since the 1953 Dodgers outscored the..." November 30

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Zack Greinke's market is quietly heating up, says a source. #Dodgers, #SFGiants both looking for some clarity.

  • KBO’s Lotte Giants Post Third Baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang

    MLB Trade Rumors "NOV. 30: Hwang has now officially been posted. Clubs will have until 5:00pm ET on Friday to submit bids for the third baseman. NOV. 25: Hwang will actually be posted on the 30th, Han Lee of Global Sporting Integration tweets. Lotte is pushing back the date to accommodate the Thanksgiving..." November 30

  • Cubs issue 60 playoff shares at $122K per share

    ESPN "The Cubs issued a major league high 60 full playoff shares at $122,327.59 per share for their run to the NLCS in 2015, the league announced on Monday. Players with the team for the entire season automatically get a full share. Others, along with coaches, trainers and behind the scenes staff,..." November 30

  • Report: Padres will only move Ross for 'monster package'

    The Score "The San Diego Padres have already traded relievers Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel to the Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox, respectively, and right-hander Tyson Ross could be the next pitcher to depart, though the cost for teams showing interest will reportedly be steep. San Diego would..." November 30

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #STLCards sign free-agent catcher Brayan Pena to a two-year deal. Pena not only is valuable backup, but one of nicest guys in game.

  • Red Sox, Chris Young Agree To Multi-Year Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox and outfielder Chris Young are in agreement on a multi-year contract, pending a physical, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link). Young is represented by CAA Sports. The 32-year-old Young has significantly rebuilt his stock after a dismal showing with the 2014 Mets in..." November 30

  • Mets remain interested in Ben Zobrist, but four years not foreseeable

    ESPN New York "Make no mistake, the New York Mets are interested in free agent Ben Zobrist. Still, if Zobrist is capable of landing a four-year deal, it very likely will be elsewhere. Zobrist, 34, hit a combined .276/.359/.450 with the Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals in 2015, and his versatility is..." November 30

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Clubs in the Johnny Cueto market believe he's looking for a $140-160M payout. That's Cole Hamels-Jon Lester territory.

  • Miami Police Department considers Yasiel Puig case closed

    Hardball Talk "We have more details about Yasiel Puig‘s reported “brawl” at a bar in Miami. And while it’s a regrettable situation, it appears to be less serious than previously believed. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Major Delrish Moss of the Miami Police Department confirmed that..." November 30

  • Orioles Interested In Denard Span

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles have “some level of interest” in free agent outfielder Denard Span, MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko reports. It isn’t clear exactly how deep this interest is, Kubatko notes, though Span’s name has been discussed within Baltimore’s front office with some pro-Span voices feeling he would..." November 30

  • Marc Anthony gets into the agent business, signs Aroldis Chapman

    Hardball Talk "There is a somewhat mixed history of entertainers and musicians getting into the sports agent business. Sometimes it works out (Jay-Z has done OK). Sometimes it doesn’t (Master P says “Hi”). Add another one to the list. A pretty big one. Ken Rosenthal reports that Marc Anthony’s Magnus Media is..." November 30

  • Cueto rejected offer from Diamondbacks, GM says

    The Score "Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Sunday that right-hander Johnny Cueto rejected a contract offer from the club earlier this month, Nick Piecoro of AZCentral reports. According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, the offer was worth $120 million over six years, but Stewart didn't..." November 30

  • Red Sox trying to move Hanley Ramirez

    CBS Sports "The rumor: The Red Sox are "trying to move" former infielder/former left fielder/current first baseman in training Hanley Ramirez. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has the skinny: 1. Hanley Ramirez, 1B-DH, Red Sox — There's now talk in the front office that Dave Dombrowski is trying to move..." November 29

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Zobrist #Mets’ No. 1 target, sources say. #Nationals also in, along with #Braves, #SFGiants, others. #Royals not expected to offer same $$$.

  • Tigers agree to deal with starter Jordan Zimmermann

    Hardball Talk "Hey, the hot stove is finally generating some real fire … CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers have agreed to terms on a contract with free agent starter Jordan Zimmermann. No word yet on the framework of the deal, but it’s likely worth more than $100 million. Zimmermann, 29,..." November 29

  • Will the Red Sox meet the asking Price for David?

    Boston Globe "The Red Sox are prohibitive favorites, at least in the eyes of the media and a few baseball executives, to land free agent David Price for two reasons: president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski’s relationship with the lefthander, whom he acquired and then dealt over the last two trade..." November 29

  • Jonathan Papelbon is “untradeable”

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman of CBS Sports spoke to an anonymous baseball executive, who said that Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon is “untradeable”. The Nationals are hoping to trade both Papelbon and the man he displaced, Drew Storen. Papelbon has a poor reputation in baseball, particularly after a dugout..." November 29

  • Marlins TV analyst Tommy Hutton fired for negativity

    CBS Sports "Tommy Hutton spent 19 years as a TV analyst for the Miami Marlins. He didn't make it to 20 because the team fired him earlier this week, and reporter Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald seems to have found out why. The team, from the front office down to players on the field, considered Hutton to..." November 29

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