• Was Jayson Werth's contract with the Nationals in 2011 really that bad?

    CBS Sports "A favorite exercise among baseball fans and media is complaining about -- or even merely just pointing out -- high salaries. Specifically, high salaries on players who aren't elite-tier players. "Worst contract" lists are popular. I'm not quite sure why, nor am I looking for a sociological..." November 19

  • Mike Napoli and Rays have “mutual interest” in a deal

    Hardball Talk "Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times unloaded a lot of interesting news items about the Rays last night, including a report that the Rays might have “mutual interest” in a deal with free agent first baseman/DH Mike Napoli. The Rangers declined Napoli’s $11 million option earlier this month and owe..." November 19

  • Rangers have interest in Alex Cobb

    Real GM Baseball "The Texas Rangers are looking to add pitching this offseason and remain interested Alex Cobb. "The Rangers saw enough value in Cobb last off-season that they were linked to him via a trade with Tampa Bay, despite facing his first full season after Tommy John surgery. After a successful season,..." November 19

  • Orioles yet to discuss extensions with Jones, Machado

    Masn "The Orioles are preoccupied with drumming up potential trade partners, putting the most appealing and affordable free agents on their board and getting their coaches and various staff members under contract for the 2018 season. Extension talks are on the back burner of the hot stove..." November 19

  • Tigers sign Edwin Espinal to minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "Free agent first baseman Edwin Espinal has signed a minor league deal with the Tigers, the infielder announced Saturday. The move has yet to be confirmed by the team. Espinal, 23, capped a seven-year run with the Pirates’ minor league affiliates in 2017. He split his season between Double-A..." November 19

  • Orioles face a tough reality with Zach Britton

    ESPN "In the eyes of some rival evaluators, the Orioles have been overachievers the past six years. With a win-loss record of 66 games over .500 in that span, Baltimore has reached the playoffs three times, despite inhabiting the same division as the Yankees and Red Sox, which is why those evaluators..." November 19

  • As Rays start dealing, how far will they go?

    Tampa Bay Times "After collecting intelligence at last week’s GM meetings, the Rays soon will launch their offseason mission of trading at least a couple of veterans to reduce payroll. The question is how far they will go — how many players they deal, and how big of names they are, with everyone in play on down..." November 19

  • Orioles Interested In Lance Lynn

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles are interested in free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports (Twitter link). Morosi adds that the Orioles slightly prefer fellow righty Alex Cobb, however, thanks to his vast experience in the American League East. Morosi first linked Cobb to the Orioles on..." November 19

  • Agent confirms Shohei Ohtani wants to pitch and hit in MLB

    CBS Sports "Come Monday, we will finally find out whether Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani will come over to MLB this offseason. The Nippon Ham Fighters want to post him, but MLB and NPB are in the middle of a posting dispute with the MLBPA. The MLBPA set a Monday deal to resolve things, otherwise Ohtani..." November 18

  • Chris Woodward interviewed for the Yankees’ managerial position

    Hardball Talk "The Yankees interviewed Aaron Boone for their managerial vacancy on Friday, and today it was Chris Woodward’s turn. That makes at least five interviews since the offseason began, and Woodward’s likely won’t be the last. Like fellow candidate Eric Wedge, whom the Yankees interviewed just last..." November 18

  • Mariners acquire Nick Rumbelow from Yankees

    Seattle Times "General manager Jerry Dipoto made his third trade in four days on Saturday, adding some relief pitching depth to the Mariners’ 40-man roster. Seattle acquired right-hander Nick Rumbelow from the Yankees in exchange for minor league pitchers JP Sears and Juan Then. “Nick is another young,..." November 18

  • After MVP year, Stanton's future unsettled

    MLB.com "Giancarlo Stanton claimed a big offseason prize on Thursday night, being named National League Most Valuable Player. It was the latest in a long list of awards the All-Star right fielder has received for his remarkable 2017 season. With the MVP decided, what's next for Stanton is still..." November 18

  • Braves prospect Ronald Acuna named Arizona Fall League MVP

    ESPN "Atlanta Braves No. 1 prospect Ronald Acuna earned the Joe Black Most Valuable Player Award of the Arizona Fall League after slashing .325/.414/.639 with seven home runs in 23 games. At 19 years old, he is the youngest player in AFL history to take home the honor. The outfielder turns 20 in..." November 18

  • Kate Upton and Justin Verlander missed their own wedding because of World Series Game 7

    USA Today "Kate Upton and Justin Verlander tied the knot in Italy a few days after winning the World Series, but in an appearance on The Tonight Show Friday, the happy couple explained that they had originally planned to be in Italy on the day of Game 7 because they didn’t expect the Detroit Tigers to still..." November 18

  • Jose Altuve and Corey Kluber head list of Esurance MLB Award winners

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball's hardware week came to a close Friday night with the Esurance Awards as players across the league were celebrated for their achievements throughout the 2017 season. But unlike the Rookie of the Year, MVP and the Cy Young Awards, the Esurance Awards weren't voted on..." November 18

  • Orioles interested in Cobb

    ESPN "After declining a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Tampa Bay Rays, pitcher Alex Cobb recently became a free agent and already is drawing interest from another AL East team. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Baltimore Orioles are eyeing the right-hander as they look to..." November 18

  • Athletics hire third base coach Matt Williams

    San Francisco Chronicle "Matt Williams, a Gold Glove third baseman and one of the most popular Giants in the ’80s and ’90s, was hired by the A’s to coach third base next season, the team announced Friday. Williams is reuniting with Oakland manager Bob Melvin, his former Giants teammate. “I know him about as well as..." November 18

  • Reds sign outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera to minor league deals

    Hardball Talk "The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler. Williams,..." November 18

  • Giants have reportedly made formal offer for Stanton, other teams to follow

    The Athletic "The trade offers are starting to roll in for National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton. The San Francisco Giants have made a proposal to the Miami Marlins for Stanton, and the Marlins expect to receive or have received bids from the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox as well, according to major..." November 17

  • Mike Moustakas reportedly wants to sign with Angels

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Angels have been tied to free agent Mike Moustakas once again. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Wednesday that Moustakas has the Angels No. 1 on his list of teams with whom he would like to sign. A former No. 2 overall pick by the Kansas City Royals, Moustakas turned down a..." November 17

  • 7 burning questions for the MLB offseason

    Fanrag Sports "It’s been a quiet offseason on the player movement front. Not much happened at the General Manager meetings here beyond the hiring of ex-Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos as the Braves’ new general manager being finalized and Ryon Healy being dealt from the Oakland Athletics to the in-division Seattle..." November 17

  • Mets sign Matt Purke to minors deal

    Hardball Talk "The Mets signed left-hander Matt Purke to a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Purke will also receive an invitation to spring training, where he could presumably beef up the club’s left-handed relief options alongside Jerry Blevins and Josh Smoker. Purke has not appeared in the..." November 17

  • Marlins' Stanton could be third reigning MVP to be traded, second with ties to Jeter

    CBS Sports "On Thursday, MLB and the Baseball Writers Association of America handed out this year's MVP Awards. Jose Altuve, the Houston Astros diminutive second baseman, won in the American League. Meanwhile, Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton took home the National League's hardware. That Stanton..." November 17

  • John Hart Leaves Braves Organization

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced on Friday that former president of baseball operations John Hart has stepped down and is leaving the organization “to pursue other opportunities.” Hart’s departure comes less than two months after GM John Coppolella resigned from his post due to infractions on the..." November 17

  • Yankees talk to Aaron Boone, who has one potential flaw

    New York Post "Aaron Boone joined the list of Yankees managerial candidates Friday when he interviewed for the job, but he’s the first of the four who are up for the job so far with no coaching or managing experience. And that could prove to be an issue — if not with general manager Brian Cashman, then at..." November 17

  • 'All teams have plenty of money,' says expensive MVP Stanton

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Giancarlo Stanton, a narrow winner Thursday of the National League Most Valuable Player award over Cincinnati’s Joey Votto, is in the midst of a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins, with $295 million and 10 years of it remaining. He has a no-trade clause but he seems eminently..." November 17

  • Cardinals may have interest in Eric Hosmer

    CBS Sports "The Cardinals are looking to add some juice to the lineup this offseason, as evinced by their bring one of the teams prominently in pursuit of trade candidate Giancarlo Stanton. In the event that they're unable to pull off such a blockbuster, the Cardinals may turn to the free agent pool for some..." November 17

  • Astros' Jose Altuve, Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton take home first MVP awards

    ESPN "Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros have grown together, enduring an arduous rebuild and coming out the other side among baseball's best. These days, nobody is standing taller. Altuve won the American League MVP award Thursday, towering over New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge by a wide..." November 17

  • Cubs are interested in Brandon Morrow

    Hardball Talk "Patrick Mooney of NBC Sports Chicago reports that the Chicago Cubs are going to target free agent reliever Brandon Morrow. Morrow had a fantastic season in his first year as a reliever, posting a 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43.2 innings. " November 17

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred confirms new pace-of-play rules coming to MLB in 2018

    CBS Sports "Once again, a hot topic this offseason is the pace of play. MLB wants to cut down on the downtime within games to make things more exciting. They don't like players standing around adjusting their batting gloves, or pitchers and catcher holding mound visits every other pitch, that sort of..." November 16

  • Astros showing interest in catcher Jonathan Lucroy

    Fanrag Sports "The World Series-champion Houston Astros are showing interest in top free-agent catcher Jonathan Lucroy. The pursuit may be something of a surprise since they already have veteran Brian McCann, but McCann was, at the very least, heavily-used last year, to the point where help is definitely..." November 16

  • Giants have had discussions about J.D. Martinez

    San Francisco Chronicle "Say this for the Giants. If a player with any degree of value is available, they’ll have interest. With an abundance of roster openings, they aren’t quick to rule anybody out. In other words, it’s not all about Giancarlo Stanton. It can be anyone from Eduardo Nuñez, who played in San..." November 16

  • Yankees Reportedly Interested In Jurickson Profar

    MLB Trade Rumors "10:57am: Most teams have at least checked in on Profar’s availability, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (on Twitter). Grant, however, adds that he finds it likelier that Profar would be part of a larger deal than this and/or that the Rangers would wait until deeper into the offseason to..." November 16

  • White Sox acquire minor-league pitcher Thyago Vieira

    Chicago Sun-Times "The White Sox are adding to their farm system this offseason. The White Sox announced Thursday morning that they have acquired minor-league pitcher Thyago Vieira from the Mariners in exchange for international signing bonus pool money. Vieira, who MLB.com rated as the No. 8 prospect in the..." November 16

  • Mets open to trading away some of their starting pitching depth

    New York Post "As much as the Mets are wary of trading from their potential starting pitching depth, general manager Sandy Alderson is open to the proposition. In an attempt to acquire position players, the Mets will listen if teams ask about the likes of Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo and Rafael Montero. “We..." November 16

  • Why Zach Britton no longer makes sense for Cubs team going in different direction with bullpen

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs executives who checked out of the Waldorf Astoria Orlando on Wednesday had to ask the Baltimore Orioles again about Zach Britton. But any standard due diligence during the general manager meetings doesn’t mean Britton will follow Aroldis Chapman and Wade Davis as the next All-Star rental..." November 16

  • Giancarlo has choice of uniforms until 2020 opt-out clause kicks in

    Sporting News "The potential trade of slugger Giancarlo Stanton has many moving parts. How much of the $295 million he’s guaranteed over the life of his contract are the Marlins willing to eat? What type of package of elite prospects are teams willing to send to Miami to acquire the Ruthian figure who hit 59..." November 16

  • The Angels are reportedly seeking a new second baseman

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Angels are coming off an inspiring 80-82 season -- inspiring because they were close to making the postseason despite Mike Trout and Garrett Richards each missing significant time and Albert Pujols decaying into one of baseball's worst regulars. Predictably, the Angels have..." November 16

  • Scott Boras says he and Nationals have not discussed an extension for Bryce Harper

    Washington Post "Sports agent Scott Boras addressed reporters as the general managers’ meetings wound down Wednesday afternoon, commanding the media masses into a massive scrum around him, then navigating questions for 45 minutes or so, in keeping with meetings tradition. Questions fly in from all around, about..." November 16

  • Jose Bautista Makes Desperate Concessions To Improve Free Agent Appeal

    12 Up "In past years, opposing pitchers would shiver at the thought of facing power-hitting righty Jose Bautista. Now, it appears as though Bautista is desperately trying to find a place to play. Due to recent struggles, teams just aren't as interested in Joey Bats as they once might have..." November 16

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • Orioles eyeing Tyler Chatwood?

    ESPN "After their starters combined to finish with the worst ERA in baseball last season, the Baltimore Orioles will likely be looking to bolster their rotation this winter. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, one name on Baltimore's radar is right-hander Tyler Chatwood. Chatwood, who turns 28..." November 16

  • Super agent Scott Boras rips Jeter, Marlins for cutting payroll and shopping Stanton

    CBS Sports "Scott Boras, baseball's best and most powerful agent, made his annual appearance at the GM meetings in Orlando on Wednesday. And, as always, he talked up his free-agent clients like Eric Hosmer. To wit Boras also took a moment to make sure everyone knew his thoughts on the Marlins and their..." November 16

  • Pirates' Latin American scouting director let go over improper payment

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates will not renew the contract of Rene Gayo, the director of Latin American scouting who was responsible for finding Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco, because of an investigation into financial impropriety. According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, who first reported the story, the..." November 16

  • Yankees may have fired Girardi even with World Series win

    Fanrag Sports "It definitely looks like the Hal Steinbrenner–Joe Girardi relationship was less than ideal as the since-fired manager finished his 10th season with the New York Yankees. Steinbrenner spoke on Wednesday about his stance regarding Girardi’s ouster, a decision he agreed was the right one by Brian..." November 16

  • Report: Braves will lose prospects as part of punishment

    Larry Brown Sports "The Atlanta Braves will be losing some prospects signed in the international market as part of the penalty for their multitude of violations, according to a report. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal says that while MLB still has not ruled on the Braves’ case, a penalty will include the loss of..." November 16

  • Mariners acquire slugger Healy from A's

    MLB.com "Jerry Dipoto made a habit of moving quickly to fill his offseason wish list during his first two years with Seattle, and the Mariners' general manager is at it again, acquiring young first baseman Ryon Healy from the A's on Wednesday in exchange for right-handed reliever Emilio Pagan and Minor..." November 16

  • Mets leaning towards having Asdrubal Cabrera as starting third baseman in 2018

    Hardball Talk "Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are leaning towards having Asdrubal Cabrera open the 2018 season as the starting third baseman. Nothing is official yet. The Mets picked up Cabrera’s 2018 option earlier this month at $8.25 million. He finished the 2017 season batting..." November 16

  • Mets get some great news on Michael Conforto

    New York Post "Michael Conforto has received excellent medical updates from his surgeons and should be swinging a bat by late January, according to his representatives. Conforto, who had left shoulder surgery in September, is working out regularly and should be a full-go for spring training, at which point it..." November 16

  • Indians ace Corey Kluber wins 2017 AL Cy Young award

    CBS Sports "Wednesday night, MLB and the Baseball Writers Association of American announced Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber has won the 2017 American League Cy Young Award. Red Sox lefty Chris Sale finished second in the voting and Yankees righty Luis Severino finished third. This is the second..." November 15