• Cubs issue 60 playoff shares at $122K per share

    ESPN "The Cubs issued a major league high 60 full playoff shares at $122,327.59 per share for their run to the NLCS in 2015, the league announced on Monday. Players with the team for the entire season automatically get a full share. Others, along with coaches, trainers and behind the scenes staff,..." November 30

  • Report: Padres will only move Ross for 'monster package'

    The Score "The San Diego Padres have already traded relievers Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel to the Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox, respectively, and right-hander Tyson Ross could be the next pitcher to depart, though the cost for teams showing interest will reportedly be steep. San Diego would..." November 30

  • Red Sox, Chris Young Agree To Multi-Year Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox and outfielder Chris Young are in agreement on a multi-year contract, pending a physical, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link). Young is represented by CAA Sports. The 32-year-old Young has significantly rebuilt his stock after a dismal showing with the 2014 Mets in..." November 30

  • Mets remain interested in Ben Zobrist, but four years not foreseeable

    ESPN New York "Make no mistake, the New York Mets are interested in free agent Ben Zobrist. Still, if Zobrist is capable of landing a four-year deal, it very likely will be elsewhere. Zobrist, 34, hit a combined .276/.359/.450 with the Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals in 2015, and his versatility is..." November 30

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Clubs in the Johnny Cueto market believe he's looking for a $140-160M payout. That's Cole Hamels-Jon Lester territory.

  • Miami Police Department considers Yasiel Puig case closed

    Hardball Talk "We have more details about Yasiel Puig‘s reported “brawl” at a bar in Miami. And while it’s a regrettable situation, it appears to be less serious than previously believed. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Major Delrish Moss of the Miami Police Department confirmed that..." November 30

  • Orioles Interested In Denard Span

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles have “some level of interest” in free agent outfielder Denard Span, MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko reports. It isn’t clear exactly how deep this interest is, Kubatko notes, though Span’s name has been discussed within Baltimore’s front office with some pro-Span voices feeling he would..." November 30

  • Marc Anthony gets into the agent business, signs Aroldis Chapman

    Hardball Talk "There is a somewhat mixed history of entertainers and musicians getting into the sports agent business. Sometimes it works out (Jay-Z has done OK). Sometimes it doesn’t (Master P says “Hi”). Add another one to the list. A pretty big one. Ken Rosenthal reports that Marc Anthony’s Magnus Media is..." November 30

  • Cueto rejected offer from Diamondbacks, GM says

    The Score "Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Sunday that right-hander Johnny Cueto rejected a contract offer from the club earlier this month, Nick Piecoro of AZCentral reports. According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, the offer was worth $120 million over six years, but Stewart didn't..." November 30

  • Red Sox trying to move Hanley Ramirez

    CBS Sports "The rumor: The Red Sox are "trying to move" former infielder/former left fielder/current first baseman in training Hanley Ramirez. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has the skinny: 1. Hanley Ramirez, 1B-DH, Red Sox — There's now talk in the front office that Dave Dombrowski is trying to move..." November 29

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Zobrist #Mets’ No. 1 target, sources say. #Nationals also in, along with #Braves, #SFGiants, others. #Royals not expected to offer same $$$.

  • Tigers agree to deal with starter Jordan Zimmermann

    Hardball Talk "Hey, the hot stove is finally generating some real fire … CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers have agreed to terms on a contract with free agent starter Jordan Zimmermann. No word yet on the framework of the deal, but it’s likely worth more than $100 million. Zimmermann, 29,..." November 29

  • Will the Red Sox meet the asking Price for David?

    Boston Globe "The Red Sox are prohibitive favorites, at least in the eyes of the media and a few baseball executives, to land free agent David Price for two reasons: president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski’s relationship with the lefthander, whom he acquired and then dealt over the last two trade..." November 29

  • Jonathan Papelbon is “untradeable”

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman of CBS Sports spoke to an anonymous baseball executive, who said that Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon is “untradeable”. The Nationals are hoping to trade both Papelbon and the man he displaced, Drew Storen. Papelbon has a poor reputation in baseball, particularly after a dugout..." November 29

  • Marlins TV analyst Tommy Hutton fired for negativity

    CBS Sports "Tommy Hutton spent 19 years as a TV analyst for the Miami Marlins. He didn't make it to 20 because the team fired him earlier this week, and reporter Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald seems to have found out why. The team, from the front office down to players on the field, considered Hutton to..." November 29

  • Cleveland Indians shopping in Shane Victorino's aisle for free-agent outfielders

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Thanksgiving has come and gone and the Indians still need outfielders. The good news is there are still more than four months to shop until opening day. The bad news is the Indians are still shopping in the same aisle. The Indians were never in play for the upper crust of free agent..." November 29

  • MLB to investigate Puig after reported physical altercation with sister

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will investigate Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig under the league's domestic violence policy following a reported physical altercation with his sister, according to the Los Angeles Times. Miami police spokesman Maj. Delrish Moss confirmed to The Associated Press..." November 29

  • Mike Hessman, Minors Home Run Leader, Retires

    Baseball America "The greatest home run hitter the domestic minor leagues have ever seen has decided that 19 seasons is enough. First baseman/third baseman Mike Hessman, the U.S. minor league career home run leader with 433 home runs, announced on Twitter on Saturday that he’s retiring to become a coach. The..." November 28

  • Orioles won't pay $150-175M to retain Davis

    Baltimore Sun "hometown discount. It’s a no-win phrase purposely avoided by those involved in pro sports negotiations. Ultimately, if a player gives “a hometown discount,” -- a lesser monetary deal to sign or re-sign at a familiar place -- he and his agent have settled. If he doesn’t, well, the player is..." November 28

  • Blue Jays interviewed Royals' Francisco for GM job

    The Score "Another potential candidate for the Toronto Blue Jays' general manager search has emerged. Kansas City Royals assistant GM of major-league and international operations Rene Francisco interviewed for the job, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Francisco joined the Royals in 2005 after..." November 28

  • Korean slugger Byung-ho Park is reportedly traveling to Minnesota

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Fresh off a starring turn in the Premier 12 tournament, Byung-ho Park is headed to the Twin Cities, according to a report by a South Korean news agency. According to a Google translation and MyKBO.net, the 29-year-old first baseman/designated hitter will depart for the U.S. on Sunday, stopping..." November 28

  • Alex Anthopoulos on David Price: 'He's probably the best teammate I've ever seen'

    WEEI Boston "When appearing on the Hot Stove Show Tuesday night, Red Sox manager John Farrell dropped this in when talking about his team’s pursuit of a front-line starter: “This [would be] someone guys can look up to. You would think it would be someone who would be a leader by example, in addition to the..." November 28

  • J.A. Happ, free-agent pitcher, signs 3-year, $36M deal with Blue Jays

    CBC Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays have added more depth to their starting rotation, signing left-hander J.A. Happ on Friday to a three-year contract worth $36 million US. Happ spent two-and-a-half seasons with the Blue Jays from 2012 to 2014, where he recorded a 19-20 record and 4.39 earned-run average in..." November 28

  • NL GM: Red Sox 'will go $30-40M above anyone else' for Price

    The Score "The baseball world took a breather for Thanksgiving on Thursday, but now every general manager's focus is turning to signing the top free agents leading up to the winter meetings in early December. Southpaw David Price is arguably the top pitcher available this fall, and one team appears to be..." November 28

  • Bringing back Jeff Samardzija a good risk for Cubs — at the right price

    Chicago Tribune "It was a little strange to hear that Cubs President Theo Epstein met last week with former Cubs and White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija at a North Side dive bar. The news wasn't surprising. We knew the Cubs were open to bringing Samardzija back, and the feeling appears to be mutual. Both sides..." November 27

  • Orioles searching everywhere for outfielders

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The Orioles have seven outfielders on their 40-man roster. Adam Jones and six others. Dariel Alvarez, L.J. Hoes, Junior Lake, David Lough, Nolan Reimold and Henry Urrutia are the others. How many of those six will open the season with the Orioles? How many will be there when spring training..." November 27

  • Black Friday: Bargain shopping on the Yankees roster

    The LoHud Yankees Blog "Not sure when we started calling this day Black Friday, or why the retail world agreed to put a bunch of stuff on sale so early in the morning on the day after Thanksgiving. I just know that I was asked to get up this morning so that I can shop for a new coat because my current coat is not very..." November 27

  • Yankees' GM Brian Cashman: I get along fine with Derek Jeter

    Newark Star-Ledger "Stan Grossfeld wrote in the Boston Globe Thursday about Yankees' general manager Brian Cashman, detailing parts of his night last week sleeping on the streets to raise awareness among homeless children. (NJ Advance Media was there.) But further down in the story Grossfeld references the..." November 27

  • Where Yankees' Gary Sanchez ranked among Arizona Fall League prospects

    Newark Star-Ledger "It seems Gary Sanchez's breakout 2015 was no fluke. The 22-year-old Yankees minor league catcher was the No. 2 overall prospect in the Arizona Fall League, according to Baseball America. Sanchez led the league in home runs with seven and tied for the lead in RBI with 21. He hit .295 with a..." November 27

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources; #Royals assistant GM of major-league and international operations Rene Francisco interviewed for #BlueJays GM job.

  • Odds and ends on Chris Davis

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles remain tight-lipped on the progress of their offseason talks with Chris Davis and agent Scott Boras, but one person within the organization at least termed the discussions thus far as “productive,” writes MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko. According to Kubatko, the Orioles aren’t turned..." November 27

  • Royals Release Wandy Rodriguez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals released left-hander Wandy Rodriguez earlier this week, Baseball America’s Matt Eddy reports. Rodriguez signed a minor league deal with Kansas City in August and made five relief appearances for Triple-A Omaha but was never called up to the big league roster. Rodriguez, who turns 37..." November 27

  • A's pitcher Sean Doolittle hosts 17 Syrian refugee families for Thanksgiving

    Sporting News "Great beard, better guy. That's Sean Doolittle. The Athletics reliever and his girlfriend hosted 17 Syrian refugee families for a Thanksgiving meal in Chicago on Wednesday night. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also attended. "Chicago is so lucky to have 17 Syrian refugee families now officially..." November 27

  • Report: Blue Jays not expected to be ‘major factor’ for David Price

    Sportsnet "David Price re-signing with the Toronto Blue Jays appears to be a long shot. While Price reportedly is open to coming back to the Blue Jays, Toronto is not expected be a “major factor” in his free agency, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports wrote in his column Wednesday. Rosenthal listed a handful..." November 26

  • Report: Athletics' Lawrie, Valencia on trade block

    The Score "The Oakland Athletics are always one of the most active teams in trade talks, and this offseason is no exception. Infielders Brett Lawrie and Danny Valencia are drawing trade interest from American League teams, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports. The acquisition of Jed..." November 26

  • Reports: Marlins, Mariners talking trade for Ozuna

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "During the recent general manager meetings, the Marlins’ top baseball executive said he and his counterparts were engaged in a preliminary dance to find partners that could lead to trades. Michael Hill, Marlins president of baseball operations, made it clear his top priority this offseason is..." November 26

  • Highlighting the major issues that could hang over the next labor deal

    ESPN "Here's something you can be thankful for as you chomp on your turkey and stuffing: Since the last baseball work stoppage -- and that's now 20 years ago, if you're scoring at home -- the three other major North American sports have had six of them. So how 'bout that. Baseball. The sports world's..." November 26

  • Demand for Price to be topped only by his upcoming offers

    Fox Sports "The baseball planets are aligned perfectly for David Price. Two heated rivals in the NL Central want him. So do two in the NL West. So does another team from his old AL East that is widely expected to be the high bidder. The essential dynamics, though, remain unchanged --€“ the teams with..." November 26

  • Red Sox Manager John Farrell Gives Health Update: ‘I Feel Great, Energized’

    NESN "John Farrell received some great news back in October that his cancer was in remission. The Boston Red Sox manager was diagnosed in August with Stage 1 lymphoma, which kept him out of the dugout for the final month-plus of the season. But he said Tuesday that he’s doing much better now as he..." November 26

  • Arizona Diamondbacks' surplus talent creates options

    Arizona Republic "General Manager Dave Stewart has made no secret of the fact that he is not eager to deal from the Diamondbacks’ core of young position players, saying last week he would do so only if he got “exactly what we want” in a trade (think: young, controllable starting pitching). This is a perfectly..." November 26

  • Holland's finish for Rangers 'bothered the crap out' of him

    The Score "Derek Holland didn't get too many opportunities to pitch in 2015 after spending most of the year on the disabled list with shoulder issues, so every start meant something to the 29-year-old, and he wasn't pleased with how he finished out the season with the Texas Rangers. "Just the way the..." November 26

  • Orioles have expressed interest in right-hander Yovani Gallardo

    Baltimore Sun "Dan Duquette has made it clear that upgrading the Orioles’ starting rotation is one of his top priorities this offseason. But the club’s executive vice president of baseball operations has also said the Orioles likely won’t be in the running for one of the free-agent market pitching gems, but..." November 25

  • Braves sign veteran starter Bud Norris

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves signed veteran right-hander Bud Norris to a one-year, $2.5 million contract on Wednesday, again following with their recent strategy of buying low on pitchers coming off injury or disappointing season. In the case of Norris, it was a bad 2015 season in which he went 3-11 with a 6.72..." November 25

  • Cubs acquire LHP Rex Brothers

    ESPN "The Chicago Cubs acquired lefty reliever Rex Brothers from the Colorado Rockies for minor league pitcher Wander Cabrera, the team announced on Wednesday. Brothers, 27, a five-year veteran who saved 19 games for the Rockies in 2013, was designated for assignment last week. Last season he split..." November 25

  • Report: MLB in serious talks about hosting games in London

    The Outside Corner "Major League Baseball could soon vacation to London, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi reported Wednesday morning that MLB “is making progress” in discussion with London officials about bringing games to the UK as early as 2017. The talks were first reported last weekend by The..." November 25

  • Report: Athletics acquire Jed Lowrie from Astros

    Baseball Essential "The Oakland Athletics have acquired Jed Lowrie from the Houston Astros, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com. Other pieces in this deal are not yet known. This is a reunion for Lowrie, as he previously played for the Athletics back in 2013 and 2014, where he hit a combined .271 with 21 home runs..." November 25

  • Report: Red Sox will generate highest offer to David Price

    The Score "If money talks, the Boston Red Sox will be the front-runners in the David Price sweepstakes. There's a "high expectation" among major league executives involved in the bidding for Price that the Red Sox will produce the highest contract offer, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. Olney's report..." November 25

  • White Sox sign free-agent catcher Alex Avila

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox upgraded their catching Wednesday by agreeing to terms with free agent Alex Avila on a one-year, $2.5 million contract. The left-handed hitting Avila, 29, is a career .242 hitter with 66 home runs over seven seasons. Avila was limited to 67 games with Detroit in 2015, missing..." November 25

  • Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto discusses the Robinson Cano unhappiness report, future moves, closers and more

    Seattle Times "While filling out the coaching staff and signing free agent Chris Iannetta to be their starting catcher were important Mariners’ developments throughout the day Monday, much of that was overshadowed by a story by John Harper in the New York Daily News. The story was basically a contradictory..." November 25

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    Joe Frisaro @JoeFrisaro

    Everything is subject to change, but am hearing nothing is imminent on a possible Ozuna trade. #Marlins #Mariners #StayTuned

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