• Dodgers Shopping Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers are shopping Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy and others, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports (Twitter link). Roster flexibility is one factor in these trade explorations, as Los Angeles currently has 39 players on its 40-man roster. Rich Hill could fill that last open spot, as the Dodgers are..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • Could Nationals Trade For Chris Sale And Andrew McCutchen?

    NESN "The Washington Nationals have a win-now roster and are looking to hit an offseason home run with the MLB Winter Meetings set to begin Monday in Maryland. The Nats have been linked in trade rumors involving Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen and Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale..." December 04

  • Yankees land their DH in Matt Holliday

    New York Post "The compensation draft pick it would have cost to sign Edwin Encarnacion to a multi-year deal for big money didn’t appeal to the Yankees. Signing Carlos Beltran, 40 in April, didn’t light a fire for them, even if the switch hitter had a good year in The Bronx before being dealt to the Rangers..." December 04

  • Some scenarios that could develop at this year’s Winter Meetings

    Boston Globe "Just a few days ago, baseball’s Winter Meetings were going to be a waste of time. Not anymore. With a new collective bargaining agreement in place, teams will proceed on the trade and free agent fronts in what should be an eventful few days in National Harbor, Md. The new CBA isn’t..." December 04

  • Dansby Swanson not for sale, even for Sale

    Fanrag Sports "The Braves continue to talk to the White Sox about star left-hander Chris Sale, and while several big Braves prospects’ names have been exchanged, rival executives have noted that top prospect Dansby Swanson is not being made available in trade talks. Braves general manager John Coppolella..." December 04

  • There are plenty of possibilities for Dodgers

    L.A. Daily News "The Dodgers might re-sign Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner. But the odds are against it. They might trade for Chris Sale or Justin Verlander. But they probably won’t. They might sign Aroldis Chapman and trade for Andrew McCutchen. But probably not. Maybe they’ll sign Mark Melancon..." December 04

  • Minnesota Twins must be ‘really inspired’ to trade Brian Dozier

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Whether Brian Dozier’s career year will result in a franchise-bolstering trade for the Twins this offseason remains an open question with baseball’s winter meetings set to open Monday outside Washington, D.C. A rival executive said recently the Twins had told at least one team they would “have..." December 04

  • Pedro Alvarez emerging on Red Sox radar

    Fanrag Sports "Pedro Alvarez, who spent his 2016 season with the Baltimore Orioles, has emerged as another name on Boston Red Sox radar, along with Mike Napoli and Matt Holliday. All would be considered to play first base or designated hitter as the team attempts to make up some of the production lost by the..." December 04

  • Braves sign Jacob Lindgren to one-year deal

    Hardball Talk "The Braves signed left-handed reliever Jacob Lindgren to a one-year deal, according to a team announcement on Sunday. Lindgren, the Yankees’ top draft pick in 2014, was nicknamed “The Strikeout Factory” after blowing through four levels of New York’s farm system in 2014. He started the 2015..." December 04

  • McCutchen, pitching at issue for Pirates at winter meetings

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates got a taste of the winter meetings spotlight last December when they traded Neil Walker to the New York Mets. This year, when baseball’s power brokers gather at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., they’ll be on center stage right out of the..." December 04

  • Market thins for Edwin Encarnacion, but several fits remain

    CBS Sports "When it comes to free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion, the market for his services may be thinning a bit. First, the Astros on Saturday reportedly agreed to terms with veteran batsman Carlos Beltran on a one-year contract. Since Beltran at this stage of his career fills the same role that..." December 04

  • Cubs expected to shop selectively at winter meetings

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs went on a shopping spree last December worthy of two offseasons of acquisitions. And the World Series champions want to continue replenishing their stock at this year's winter meetings this week. "You never stop trying to build depth, but I think the bulk of our heavy lifting is..." December 04

  • Giants, Nationals make 4-year offers to Melancon

    KNBR "After blowing a league high 30 saves last season, Giants general manager Bobby Evans has made it clear time and again this offseason that finding a closer is priority number one. It would appear Evans finally has his target, with Jon Heyman of MLB Network reporting on Saturday evening that the..." December 04

  • Casey McGehee signs one-year deal with Yomiuri Giants

    Hardball Talk "Former Tigers infielder Casey McGehee has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. It’s the fourth move the corner infielder has made in the last two seasons after seeing short-term stints with the..." December 04

  • Who closes for the Reds in 2017?

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Who is the Reds’ closer? Even if the question is simple, the answer is not. “I'd say right now that we have a series of guys that I'm comfortable with in the ninth inning and that would include (Raisel) Iglesias, (Tony) Cingrani and (Michael Lorenzen)," Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday at..." December 04

  • Dodgers making progress on reunion with Rich Hill as winter meetings approach

    Los Angeles Times "On the eve of the winter meetings, the Dodgers appeared on the verge of re-signing the pitcher they viewed as the best of this free-agent class. The team was believed to be making progress toward a multi-year reunion with Rich Hill, according to people familiar with the situation. The people..." December 04

  • Rockies showing interest in home-run champ Mark Trumbo

    ESPN "The Colorado Rockies led the National League in slugging percentage last season, and they are now reportedly eyeing one of 2016's most prolific sluggers in free agency. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Rockies have shown continued interest in outfielder Mark Trumbo. The..." December 04

  • Astros owner: 'We've made our big moves' after signing Beltran

    Fox 26 Houston "The Astros have agreed to terms with free agent slugger Carlos Beltran to a one year deal worth $16 million. "He was a good option without a long-term deal," Astros owner Jim Crane said in an interview with Fox 26 Sports. "Some of these deals are a little risky with what they want. His..." December 04

  • D-Backs have reached out to Ziegler, Hudson

    Arizona Republic "General Manager Mike Hazen enters this week’s winter meetings with increased payroll flexibility and an apparent intention to use it, saying the Diamondbacks’ recent moves have created some financial wiggle room without sacrificing their big-picture outlook. After trading infielder Jean Segura..." December 04

  • Miggy open to trade but wants to be in Detroit

    MLB.com "Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera told Venezuelan reporters on Saturday that he would like to remain with the club, but he would not stand in the way of a trade if it benefits both sides. As the Tigers listen to trade interest in all of their veteran players heading into the Winter Meetings..." December 03

  • Contract talks between Rangers, Desmond intensifying

    MLB Trade Rumors "Talks between free agent center fielder Ian Desmond and the Rangers have “intensified” lately, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports writes (Twitter links). Desmond is likely to receive a four-year deal, Morosi adds. Desmond rejected the Rangers’ qualifying offer last month (as was expected), but it appears..." December 03

  • Venezuela keeps Vizquel as WBC manager

    ESPN "Omar Vizquel has been confirmed as the manager of the Venezuelan national team that will compete in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The announcement made by the country's baseball federation on Friday night puts an end to a series of twists that triggered a potential boycott among Venezuela's..." December 03

  • Royals GM on static payroll: 'We don't make excuses for our market'

    Kansas City Star "The quiet has persisted for weeks, the Royals’ offseason defined by the usual secrecy and general inertia. For the moment, it might not change, either. The waiting will continue as the organization’s brain trust prepares for its annual trip to baseball’s Winter Meetings, which begin on Sunday..." December 03

  • The best Winter Meetings trades of all time

    MLB.com "There aren't many weeks on the baseball calendar more exciting than the annual Winter Meetings. OK, OK -- the weeks with actual games can be pretty fun, too. But as far as the offseason goes, the Winter Meetings are the pinnacle. Through the years, we've seen some fantastic wheeling and..." December 03

  • Astros continue aggressive offseason with signing of Carlos Beltran

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have agreed to a one-year, $16MM deal with free agent DH Carlos Beltran, ESPN’s Buster Olney writes (Twitter links). Beltran will receive a no-trade clause, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets. Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News had previously tweeted that Beltran would sign..." December 03

  • Players union head: New CBA shields integrity of World Series

    New York Post "Much in the way Elaine’s refusal to take her coat off irked everyone on “Seinfeld,” the 14-year connection between baseball’s All-Star Game and World Series greatly annoyed the game’s players. Tony Clark, an All-Star himself in 2001 — before the game “counted” — squashed this bug in the collective..." December 03

  • Jones: Buck should have used Britton in WC Game

    MLB.com "Perhaps because Adam Jones considers Buck Showalter one of his best friends in baseball, the Orioles' center fielder felt he could be candid about the manager's much-scrutinized decision not to deploy Zach Britton in the American League Wild Card Game against the Blue Jays this past..." December 03

  • Blue Jays appear focused on rebuilding lineup as winter meetings loom

    Sportsnet "The biggest question of the off-season removed with a new collective bargaining agreement reached, the Toronto Blue Jays shifted gears Thursday to the looming winter meetings, and getting on with the business of a stunted off-season. Kendrys Morales is their only impact add so far, and holes in..." December 03

  • Winter meetings shopping guide: Let's make a deal in D.C.

    ESPN "So now that we've got that pesky little labor snafu out of the way, let baseball's real offseason fun begin. And by that, of course, we mean: Bring on the winter meetings! They will come roaring at us from the shores of the Potomac River, starting Sunday. And when you consider all the..." December 03

  • Yankees GM wants to 'hit the ground running' at winter meetings

    New York Post "The Airlander that is the Yankees finds itself in a holding pattern. The Hot Stove League will have to wait a little longer. Brian Cashman said Friday morning he had alerted a host of agents representing available players, as well as executives of other teams with whom he had engaged in trade..." December 03

  • Nationals, Pirates Still Discussing Andrew McCutchen Scenarios

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals and Pirates re continuing to discuss “a lot of different angles” that would result in outfielder Andrew McCutchen landing in D.C., according to ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden (via Twitter). He notes that the information came from a source in the Pittsburgh organization. There had been some..." December 03

  • Brett Lawrie will take a pay cut to avoid arbitration with White Sox

    Hardball Talk "Infielder Brett Lawrie successfully avoided arbitration and signed a one-year contract with the White Sox on Friday, per a team announcement. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman added that the deal was for $3.5 million, significantly lower than the $4.125 million Lawrie was paid by the White Sox in..." December 03

  • Brewers officially part ways with Chris Carter

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Milwaukee Brewers knew the odds weren't great of trading slugger Chris Carter after they designated him for assignment four days before the non-tender deadline, but general manager David Stearns said he actually had a few bites. "There were points where we thought we were going to be able..." December 03

  • Mariners, lefty Marc Rzepczynski agree on 2-year deal worth $11M

    ESPN "Free-agent lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski has agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal with the Seattle Mariners, an MLB source told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick on Friday. Rzepczynski, 31, posted a 2.64 ERA in 47⅔ innings last season for the Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals. The Nationals..." December 03

  • Padres non-tender Tyson Ross, making him an intriguing free agent

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres parted ways Friday with two players once thought to be potential cornerstones. One departure came as no surprise. The other rated closer to stunning, even if the door was left open for a return. Several hours after catcher Derek Norris was traded to the Washington Nationals for..." December 03

  • Rays expected to pursue catcher Welington Castillo

    Tampa Bay Times "There were no surprises Friday as the Rays tendered contracts to all of their majors-most 11 arbitration-eligible players. But an unexpected decision by the Diamondbacks not to tender Welington Castillo put the Rays in position to fill one of their main offseason goals in landing a proven..." December 03

  • Diamondbacks non-tender Welington Castillo, Rubby De La Rosa

    Arizona Republic "The Diamondbacks parted ways with catcher Welington Castillo and right-hander Rubby De La Rosa on Friday, non-tendering a pair of players held in high regard by the previous regime, then filled Castillo’s vacancy by agreeing to terms with free-agent catcher Jeff Mathis on a two-year deal. The..." December 03

  • D-Backs agree to 2-year, $4M deal with Mathis

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "You can add another bullet point to the Marlins’ offseason to-do list: Pick a backup catcher. Jeff Mathis signed a two-year, $4 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, a source confirmed to the Sun Sentinel, ending his four-year tenure as Miami’s backup backstop. The loss is a..." December 03

  • Hanley won't recruit Encarnacion, Bautista while vacationing

    Boston Herald "Hanley Ramirez's first choice seems to be no choice. Or he's just being shy. The Red Sox first baseman said here Friday afternoon that he didn't care whether he plays first base or is the designated hitter in 2017. "Why you got to come up with that? I don’t care," Ramirez said. "I just want..." December 03

  • Jeff Locke: Non-tendered by Pirates

    CBS Sports "Locke was non-tendered by the Pirates on Friday and will now hit free agency. Locke was designated for assignment on Tuesday, so the non-tendering is mostly a procedural move as Locke seeks out another team. " December 03

  • Giants reportedly looking at J.D. Martinez

    CBS Sports "As the Winter Meetings approach, the Tigers are expected to be one of the most aggressive teams in terms of selling off some veteran talent. Among the names bandied about in the rumor mill is power-hitting outfielder J.D. Martinez. It makes sense, as he surely has great value as a slugger and is..." December 03

  • Angels' Albert Pujols has foot surgery, expected to be out four months

    Los Angeles Times "Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols underwent surgery on his right plantar fascia Friday, after a conservative approach to his painful injury failed to produce positive results. The tense ligament bothered him for much of the year, but particularly after August, when he wore orthotics that..." December 03

  • 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