• Nationals Acquire Derek Norris

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have dealt for catcher Derek Norris from the Padres, per a club announcement. Righty Pedro Avila will head to San Diego in return. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Norris, who was once a well-regarded prospect in the D.C. system before being shipped to Oakland in the deal that..." December 02

  • Report: Nats considering Ian Desmond reunion

    Larry Brown Sports "The Washington Nationals may find themselves dipping their toes into familiar territory this offseason. According to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Friday, though the Nationals remain focused on Andrew McCutchen as their top center field target, they’re also considering a number of..." December 02

  • Rene Rivera settles on $1.75M contract with Mets, report says

    Newark Star-Ledger "Rene Rivera is staying with the Mets after all. Rivera, the Mets' biggest non-tender candidate this offseason, has settled on a $1.75 million contract with the club for 2017, according to a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Friday is the non-tender deadline, but the Mets are expected..." December 02

  • A’s sign first baseman Yonder Alonso to a new one-year deal

    San Jose Mercury News "Yonder Alonso had to wonder if he’d be with the A’s for a second year after Oakland finished dead last and seeing one of Alonso’s best friends in the game, Danny Valencia, traded away to Seattle. Alonso is back, however, he and the A’s avoiding salary arbitration while agreeing on a one-year,..." December 02

  • White Sox more likely to move Eaton than Abreu

    12 Up "The Chicago White Sox are looking to trade some of their big name players after a disappointing season in 2016 where they finished with a 78-84 season. They also have struggled in the past few seasons as well. While there has been talk about the White Sox trading starter Chris Sale, there..." December 02

  • Pirates' Kang apologizes for fleeing scene of DUI accident

    Yonhap News Agency "South Korean major league player Kang Jung-ho was arrested after a crash that occurred under the influence of alcohol Friday, Seoul police said. According to Gangnam Police Station in southern Seoul, Kang was booked for fleeing the scene after crashing into a guardrail on his way to his hotel..." December 02

  • Hanley Ramirez willing to play first base or DH for Red Sox

    ESPN "Hanley Ramirez has come back here, to a resort on the eastern edge of his native country, to play golf and support the David Ortiz Children's Fund. But considering the guest list at Big Papi's ninth annual charity bash, Ramirez is in position to do some heavy duty recruiting for the Boston Red..." December 02

  • Marlins owner still mourning Jose Fernandez but vows he won't 'quit on this team'

    Fox Sports "Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria normally goes to Europe with his wife, Julie, at the end of November or early December. This year, following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez on Sept. 25, the Lorias did not wait that long. “We were so shocked and so upset, we just left for three or four..." December 02

  • Pirates 'extremely disappointed' in Jung Ho Kang after DUI arrest in Korea

    CBS Sports "According to multiple reports, Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang has been arrested in his native South Korea for DUI and fleeing the scene. Per Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Kang was released after being charged. Further details: Following Kang's arrest, Pirates president Frank..." December 02

  • Ideal MLB offseason blueprint for every team

    Sportsnaut "With the winter meetings imminent, we’re heading into what figures to be the busiest part of the MLB offseason. Teams that finished the 2016 season with a lot of questions are now going to get a strong sense of what they’ll look like in 2017. We can’t say what will happen. The MLB offseason..." December 02

  • Royals have received multiple inquiries on Dyson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have received multiple trade inquiries on fleet-footed right fielder Jarrod Dyson, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (Twitter links). As is the case with teammates Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Alcides Escobar and Wade Davis, Dyson is a free agent following the 2017 season, so..." December 02

  • Steven Matz cleared for regular offseason program

    Newsday "Mets lefthander Steven Matz said doctors have given him permission to return to his regular offseason routine, which will allow him to begin throwing for the first time since he had surgery in October to remove a bone spur from his elbow. “I got cleared,” Matz told WOR radio Thursday. “The..." December 02

  • The latest on the Chris Sale derby

    Fanrag Sports "Superstar White Sox left-hander Chris Sale is on the block, and it appears at least five teams are starting to separate themselves at the forefront of talks: the Nationals, Astros, Red Sox, Rangers and Braves. That doesn’t mean that any one of these teams is sure to get him, or even that Sale..." December 02

  • Fowler searching for multi-year deal worth $18M annually

    ESPN "As possibly the top free-agent outfielder currently available, Dexter Fowler likely won't come cheap. Fowler's camp believes they can get a multiyear deal worth $18 million per year, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals..." December 02

  • Yankees open for business after new collective-bargaining agreement

    New York Daily News "With a new labor deal struck between Major League Baseball and the MLBPA Wednesday night, the Yankees are now open for business. According to a source, the Yankees had been "staying put" until a new collective-bargaining agreement was put in place as they waited to see how a new deal will..." December 02

  • Venezuelan stars threaten WBC boycott after manager Vizquel replaced

    Michigan Live "The attempt to fire Omar Vizquel as manager of the Venezuela's World Baseball Classic team has prompted backlash from some of the country's biggest stars, including Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez. One by one, the players appeared on a Venezuelan sports radio show Thursday..." December 02

  • Royals trade right-hander Brooks Pounders to Angels for pitcher Jared Ruxer

    Kansas City Star "The Royals cleared space on their 40-man roster on Thursday, sending right-hander Brooks Pounders to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for minor league pitcher Jared Ruxer. The trade came on the eve of Friday’s deadline to tender contracts for arbitration-eligible players. It also offers..." December 02

  • Report: Jung Ho Kang Charged With Fleeing Scene Of DUI Crash

    Deadspin "According to reports from Yonhap News’ Jeeho Yoo and Korean outlet Naver, Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang has been charged with leaving the scene of a DUI crash in Seoul. It’s Friday in South Korea, and Kang was reportedly arrested at 2:48 a.m. local time with a blood alcohol level of 0.084..." December 01

  • Braves acquire Jaime Garcia from the Cardinals

    Hardball Talk "The Braves have acquired starter Jaime Garcia from the Cardinals in exchange for prospects, ESPN’s Mark Saxon reports. The Cardinals exercised Garcia’s $12 million club option for the 2017 season last month. He can become a free agent going into the 2018 season. Garcia, 30, was able to pitch a..." December 01

  • Did Yankees really give Fidel Castro a tryout?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Fidel Castro and the New York Yankees? Don't believe it. Though it's been a story that's lived for years -- and may still -- the late Cuban dictator definitely didn't try out for the Yankees and reports of his baseball-playing abilities may have been a little exaggerated, according to..." December 01

  • Rays 'will not turn away' from trade involving Longoria, Archer

    CBS Sports "The Tampa Bay Rays have the potential to be one of the offseason's biggest movers and shakers. Not only do the Rays have starting pitching to move, but they could theoretically make stars like Evan Longoria and Chris Archer available through trade. Predictably, the cash-strapped Rays are taking..." December 01

  • Nats reportedly think Aroldis Chapman is too pricey

    Larry Brown Sports "It looks like we can cross one team off the list of Aroldis Chapman suitors. According to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Thursday, the Washington Nationals think that Chapman is too rich for their taste and will instead aim to re-sign fellow closer Mark Melancon, who impressed on..." December 01

  • Mariners reach two-year deal with lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski

    Tacoma News Tribune "General manager Jerry Dipoto checked another item off the Mariners’ off-season shopping list Thursday when the club reached a two-year agreement with veteran free-agent lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski. Financial details of the deal, first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, are not yet..." December 01

  • Nats, Bucs Accelerating Talks On Andrew McCutchen

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals and Pirates have “ramped up” their negotiations on a possible deal involving star center fielder Andrew McCutchen, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports. There are indications that the Nats would like to wrap up an agreement today; it seems the club may well non-tender shortstop Danny..." December 01

  • Yankees’ Interest in Matt Holliday Gaining Momentum

    Yanks Go Yard "The Yankees are poised to ignite Major League Baseball’s Hot Stove following the completion of Wednesday’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement. General manager Brian Cashman has made contact with nearly every notable free agent on the market, and it feels like it’s only a matter of time before a..." December 01

  • Mets still trying to figure out closer situation, Jeurys Familia

    New York Daily News "The Mets are not any clearer about their closer situation than they were a month ago. With Jeurys Familia facing assault charges in a domestic violence incident and a possible suspension from the league, both Sandy Alderson and Jeff Wilpon said Wednesday they were waiting for the legal situation..." December 01

  • Will waiting on free agents work for the Orioles this year?

    Fanrag Sports "The free agent market is heating up. Yoenis Cespedes has just signed, setting the market for the highest-profile position player available this offseason, and now as the Winter Meetings loom the rest of Major League Baseball’s teams are getting serious — whether with free agents themselves, or in..." December 01

  • John Kruk to join the Phillies broadcast team

    Hardball Talk "John Kruk left ESPN at the end of the season when his contract was up. Matt Stairs left the CSNPhilly broadcast crew at the end of the season when he was hired to be the Phillies hitting coach. Ergo, CSN’s Jim Salisbury reports, Kruk will join the team’s television broadcast crew on CSNPhilly..." December 01

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • Orioles to non-tender Vance Worley?

    ESPN "The Orioles acquired right-hander Logan Verrett in a deal with the New York Mets, a trade that could signal the end of Vance Worley's tenure in Baltimore, reports Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com. Friday is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players, and..." December 01

  • Four teams to keep an eye on at the 2017 Winter Meetings

    Yardbarker "On Wednesday night, the baseball world got good news when the league's owners and the players union came to an agreement regarding the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The new CBA will be in place for the next five years and while both sides made concessions that people are moaning about, the most..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • New stadium may speed up with A’s revenue sharing cut phased out

    San Jose Mercury News "The Oakland A’s share of Major League Baseball’s revenue sharing will be phased out over the course of four years thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement between players and owners finalized Wednesday night. And a residual benefit of that could be a new home stadium for the A’s. As..." December 01

  • Jon Lester takes funny shot at himself for inability to throw to first base

    Larry Brown Sports "Jon Lester has a major problem with throwing to first base, but at least the Chicago Cubs ace has a sense of humor about it. Lester’s problems throwing to first gained a lot of attention after he signed a $155 million contract with the Cubs. He basically stopped trying to hold runners on..." December 01

  • Who will replace Big Papi in Boston?

    ESPN "Big Papi is retired. So, although Ortiz still occasionally walks through the doors of Fenway Park (he recently wrote for The Players' Tribune that he surprised team officials last month when he dropped by to work out), the Boston Red Sox must get on with replacing their iconic slugger -- or at..." December 01

  • Pirates increase efforts to trade Andrew McCutchen

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates are actively shopping center fielder Andrew McCutchen, according to multiple sources, and the likelihood of a trade is increasing as the winter meetings approach. The front office has started pursuing specific teams in an effort to work out a trade for young talent. McCutchen, 30,..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • Mets not moving Michael Conforto, Juan Lagares; prefer to trade Jay Bruce

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Mets apparently have a strict preference as to which of their outfielders they would like to keep and which they would like to deal. According to a report by Anthony DiComo of MLB.com on Wednesday, the Mets are making it clear that they don’t intend to deal Michael Conforto or Juan..." November 30

  • Mike Napoli’s former teams all interested in reunion

    Fanrag Sports "Mike Napoli is coming off one of the finer seasons of his career, and as a result, the free agent first baseman is drawing interest from several teams. Indications are that the three most serious in their pursuits of the 35-year-old slugger are all former teams of Napoli’s — the Boston Red Sox,..." November 30

  • New York in 'full pursuit' for Rich Hill, Boston 'in mix,'

    Mass Live "ESPN's Jim Bowden is reporting that the New York Yankees are among four teams "in full pursuit" of free agent starting pitcher Rich Hill while the Boston Red Sox are one of two teams "in the mix to a lesser degree." Bowden reported: "Rich Hill has four teams that are all 'in' full pursuit of..." November 30

  • Wrigley Field renovations continue now behind home plate

    CBS Sports "Back in 2013, the Cubs (relatively new at the time) ownership group laid out comprehensive plans to renovate Wrigley Field to the point that the old ballpark could remain the Cubs' home while offering the amenities of modern ballparks. Among the things we've seen in recent years are the two video..." November 30

  • Cubs will be "ALL-IN" on Japanese star

    Cubs HQ "The Chicago Cubs might not be big spenders this offseason with the acquisitions of Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist, and John Lackey last season. This year's free agent market is not that filled with superstars but look for the Cubs to be players in 2018 for two-way standout Shohei Otani according to..." November 30

  • Why trading McCutchen is a real possibility for the Pirates

    Fox Sports "Of all the big names available in trade, Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen might be the most likely to go. The Pirates continue to explore deals involving McCutchen, major-league sources say. McCutchen, 30, is coming off his worst offensive season and a below-average one defensively,..." November 30

  • Blue Jays interested in Dexter Fowler, Jay Bruce

    Fanrag Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays, knowing they may end up losing right fielder Jose Bautista this winter, are showing a strong interest in free agent center fielder Dexter Fowler, sources tell FanRag Sports. Fowler became a free agent this winter after, like Bautista, turning down a one-year, $17.2..." November 30

  • Rockies, Jordan Lyles Avoid Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies announced today that they’ve avoided arbitration with right-hander Jordan Lyles on a one-year deal. Terms of the contract weren’t disclosed. MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz had pegged Lyles for a $3.3MM salary in 2017, however. Lyles, 26, missed the majority of the 2015 season with a..." November 30

  • Mets Trade Verrett To Orioles, Reportedly Looking To Deal Bruce Or Granderson

    CBS New York "The Mets traded pitcher Logan Verrett to the Orioles on Wednesday and are reportedly trying to deal one of their left-handed-hitting outfielders. The Mets will receive an undisclosed sum of cash in exchange for Verrett, a right-hander who went 3-8 with a 5.20 ERA in 35 appearances, including 12..." November 30

  • Oakland Athletics Agree To Two-Year Deal With Matt Joyce

    Scout "One of the many journeymen in the MLB has reportedly found a new home for the next two seasons, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Matt Joyce and the Oakland Athletics are in agreement on a two-year deal worth $11 million, with the deal is currently pending a physical. The dynamics of..." November 30

  • The Blue Jays are still making big offseason plans

    CBS Sports "The Blue Jays are in a tricky spot this winter. On the one hand, they've made back-t0-back playoff appearances and have a strong rotation paired with an MVP-caliber cornerstone in Josh Donaldson. On the other hand, they're faced with significant free-agent losses. Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista..." November 30