• 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

  • 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