• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Cubs close to trading Jorge Soler for Wade Davis

    CBS Sports "Coming off their first World Series title in several generations, the Cubs had few glaring needs heading into the offseason. Much of their young core is still intact, but they did need some bullpen depth. It appears they're going to bolster it by adding an elite arm to the back end. Ken..." 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

  • Jose Bautista draws interest from L.A. Dodgers

    Toronto Star "A source indicates that free-agent outfielder Jose Bautista and his camp have been contacted by the Los Angeles Dodgers regarding a potential contract, but that those talks are on hold until the major-league trade market further plays itself out. Bautista, 36, in the spring was reportedly..." December 06

  • Mets will try Jose Reyes in the outfield

    Newark Star-Ledger "General manager Sandy Alderson said Monday that the Mets will likely try Jose Reyes in the outfield during spring training. "I think we may run him out there," Alderson said on Day 1 of the 2016 Winter Meetings at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. "We didn't want to do it last..." December 06

  • Offers For Aroldis Chapman In Excess Of $80MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "One of the top three relievers, Mark Melancon, is off the board after agreeing to a record-setting $62MM deal with the Giants yesterday. But both Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, the top two relievers of the winter, remain unsigned. Both are likely to make Melancon’s time as the relief contract..." December 06

  • Red Sox acquire Sale from White Sox

    TSN "The Boston Red Sox have landed Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal reports the Red Sox will send third baseman Yoan Moncada, pitcher Michael Kopech and two other prospects to the White Sox. Sale posted a 17-10 record with a 3.34 ERA in 32..." December 06

  • Mets likely to put Tim Tebow in minor league camp for spring

    ESPN "Although the formal decision has not been made, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson foresees Tim Tebow being assigned to minor league camp during spring training. Tebow, a former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner with the Florida Gators, nonetheless would be borrowed for..." December 06

  • Diamondbacks name Dan Haren as pitching strategist

    Hardball Talk "The Diamondbacks announced on Tuesday afternoon that former major leaguer Dan Haren has been named the organization’s new pitching strategist. The role will include working with the front office, the major league coaching staff, and the analytics department. Haren, 36, ended his 13-year playing..." December 06

  • Jose Bautista market picking up

    Sportsnet "Things you hear at the winter meetings roaming around the lobby at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center: • A couple of industry sources say the market for Jose Bautista is picking up. That doesn’t mean anything is imminent, but with short-term bats like Carlos Beltran and Matt..." December 06

  • Nationals have struck out at the Winter Meetings — so far

    Sporting News "The Winter Meetings started with so much promise for Nationals fans. Their team was considered the leading contender to pry prized lefty Chris Sale away from the White Sox in a blockbuster trade. Their team was also considered the favorite to land former MVP Andrew McCutchen in a deal with the..." December 06

  • Red Sox, Indians Reportedly Pursuing Mitch Moreland

    MLB Trade Rumors "Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that Boston is “strongly in the mix” for Moreland. 10:17am: The Red Sox are in on first baseman Mitch Moreland, tweets Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, who also notes that the Indians are in the mix for Moreland. The Rangers, according to Wilson,..." December 06

  • Yankees remain focused on Aroldis Chapman

    Fanrag Sports "Though it isn’t known exactly where the team stands, the New York Yankees remain focused on bringing back closer Aroldis Chapman, with ex-Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen their primary backup plan. While Chapman is reportedly looking for a six-year deal, the Yankees won’t go that far; they are,..." December 06

  • Rockies-White Sox Have Preliminary Talks on Jose Abreu

    MLB.com "General manager Jeff Bridich said the Rockies are considering the heavy price tag for free-agent first basemen Mark Trumbo and Edwin Encarnacion. Additionally, multiple Major League sources said there have been preliminary talks about White Sox slugger Jose Abreu as the Rockies attempt to boost..." December 06

  • Mark Melancon eager to join Giants after scouting report from Ryan Vogelsong

    San Jose Mercury News "Though he spent last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, pitcher Ryan Vogelsong spoke often about how much he enjoyed his time in the Giants organization. His teammate, Mark Melancon, was listening. And when it came time to sign his free-agent deal, the one-time Pirates closer recalled..." December 06

  • Cardinals Make Fowler an Offer

    Fox Sports "The Cardinals met Monday with the agents for free-agent center fielder Dexter Fowler and made him an initial offer, according to major-league sources. The St. Louis interest in Fowler is no secret. The Blue Jays have made Fowler a four-year offer in the $60 million range, according to MLB..." December 06

  • Phillies vendor 'Pistachio Girl' says she was fired for supporting white nationalists

    Sporting News ""Pistachio Girl," a vendor who has been a fixture at Phillies games for seven years, has been fired from her job after she vocally supported the white nationalist ideas. Emily Youcis, 26, told Red Ice TV she was fired by Aramark, the company that operates concessions at Citizens Bank Park, on..." December 06

  • Red Sox Acquire Reliever Tyler Thornburg from Milwaukee

    WEEI Boston "The Red Sox have seemingly taken care of their top offseason priority. According to a major league source, the Red Sox have acquired hard-throwing relief pitcher Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers. Multiple outlets report that the Red Sox will “likely” be sending the Brewers infielder Travis..." December 06

  • Yankees to retire Derek Jeter's number in May

    SI "The New York Yankees will retire Derek Jeter's No. 2 jersey on May 14 against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium, the team announced. Jeter will also get a plaque in Monument Park. He will be the 22nd player to have his number retired by the team. With Jeter's number retired, all single..." December 06

  • Why the Cubs can lose 3 key free agents and still be World Series favorites

    Fox Sports "The Chicago Cubs will enter the 2017 season as the favorites to repeat, but they will do so with several significant roster changes. After all, not even the defending World Series champions can afford to bring everyone back. In addition to the retiring David Ross, Chicago is faced with the harsh..." December 06

  • Chris Colabello Rejects Outright Assignment, Elects Free Agency

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays announced this morning that first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello has elected free agency after rejecting an outright assignment. The 34-year-old had a terrific season with the Jays in 2015, hitting .321/.367/.520 with 15 homers in a part-time role that afforded him 360 plate..." December 06

  • Report: White Sox, Nats negotiating final pieces of Chris Sale trade

    CBS Sports "It appears one of the best pitchers in baseball may soon join one of the best teams in baseball. The White Sox and Nationals are still working on a Chris Sale trade, and at this point the two sides are only haggling over the final pieces of the deal. It seems this could go down..." December 06

  • Covering a lot of ground with Dan Duquette

    Masn "One of the hottest rumors of the day centered on the Mets offering outfielder Curtis Granderson to the Orioles for reliever Brad Brach. However, there doesn’t appear to be much traction. Granderson is owed $15 million next season and the Mets don’t seem inclined to eat salary, according to..." December 06

  • Indians, Edwin Encarnacion talking about multiyear deal

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians are negotiating with free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion about a multiyear deal. The deal might not happen. It might fall apart in the days to come, but right now the talks have traction. Encarnacion reportedly turned down an estimated four-year $80 million offer to stay with..." December 06

  • Kenley Jansen? Wade Davis? Cubs Keeping an Open Mind For the Ninth Inning

    CSN Chicago "The San Francisco Giants had been three outs away from forcing an elimination game that Johnny Cueto would have started at Wrigley Field – and five different relievers couldn’t protect a three-run lead against a Cubs team that made a stunning comeback. That October crash reverberated throughout..." December 06

  • Jimmy Rollins hopes to continue playing in 2017

    CBS Sports "Former NL MVP Jimmy Rollins is not ready to hang up his spikes. Rollins, who turned 38 last month, hopes to continue playing next season. He was released by the White Sox on June 15 this past season and did not hook on with another team. Prior to being released Rollins .221/.295/.329 (74 OPS+)..." December 06

  • Nationals, taken aback by Bryce Harper's contract demands, set to move on after '18

    USA Today "The Washington Nationals, balking at Bryce Harper’s demands in early talks about a long-term contract extension, now are preparing themselves to be without their All-Star outfielder after 2018, a high-ranking Nationals executive told USA TODAY Sports. The executive spoke to USA TODAY Sports on..." December 06

  • Red Sox exercise 2018 option on manager John Farrell

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Scott Lauber reports that the Red Sox have exercised their 2018 option on manager John Farrell. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said that “players played hard for him” and cited the skipper’s “solid presence.” Farrell, 54, has a 339-309 (.523) record in four seasons at..." December 05

  • Aroldis Chapman seeks six-year deal; Cubs appear to be out

    CBS Sports "With Mark Melancon now off the board, two elite closers remain in free agency: Lefty Aroldis Chapman and righty Kenley Jansen. In the case of the former, he tells ESPN.com's Marly Rivera that he's looking forward to reviewing his offers this week. "The only thing I have expressed is that I..." December 05

  • Nationals stepping up pursuit of Chris Sale

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s still unclear whether or not White Sox ace Chris Sale will be on the move, but at least one interested team is trying to get something done. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Washington Nationals are intensifying efforts to acquire Sale. Heyman notes that the Nationals may not..." December 05

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05