• Breaking: Coppolella banned for life as part of MLB's sanctions

    ESPN "Former Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella has been placed on baseball's permanently ineligible list and the team will lose its top prospect as part of MLB's penalties against the team for rules violations in the international market. Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred ruled that the..." November 21

  • Jayson Werth not expected to return to Nationals in 2018

    Washington Post "Shortly after the Nationals were eliminated in the National League Division Series for the fourth time in six years, a stunned Jayson Werth, knowing he had probably just played his last game in a Nationals uniform, proclaimed he was proud to call himself a National. That was over five weeks..." November 21

  • Braves expected to lose as many as 12 prospects as a result of international signing violations

    Hardball Talk "UPDATE: Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that the Braves are expected to lose as many as 12 players as a result of the sanctions, plus they’ll suffer significant restrictions on international signings for the next four years, plus they will lose a draft pick in next year’s draft. 2:46PM: Major..." November 21

  • Yankees abruptly announce Aaron Judge shoulder surgery

    New York Post "The news for the right fielder came out of left field. The Yankees announced Tuesday that Aaron Judge had successful surgery a day prior on his left shoulder. According to the team, the procedure performed by Dr. Neil ElAttrache involved “a loose-body removal and cartilage clean-up.” The..." November 21

  • Giants are reportedly front-runners for Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "As you are no doubt aware, trade rumors continue to swirl about Marlins slugger and NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton, of course, is coming off a 59-homer campaign, and he'll be just 28 years of age next season. On the downside, he's still owed almost $300 million, assuming he doesn't exercise his..." November 21

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • Tigers discussing Ian Kinsler trade with ‘multiple clubs’

    Detroit News "The DetroitTigers, big-time sellers for the better part of a year, continue to have trade talks. A source with knowledge of the Tigers discussions said Monday night they are discussing with “multiple clubs” a possible deal for veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler. Jon Paul Morosi of mlb.com..." November 21

  • Braves Will Forfeit Rights To Prospect Kevin Maitan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves will lose their rights to highly regarded prospect Kevin Maitan, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter), as part of the punishment for international signing violations. Other members of the 2016-17 July 2 class are also expected to be stripped from the organization, others..." November 21

  • Shohei Otani to the Yankees seems like an inevitable conclusion after latest developments

    New York Daily News "This has to happen, right? That’s the obvious reaction to the news on Monday night that the MLB Players Association extended a soft deadline regarding a new agreement with Japanese Baseball that would allow Shohei Otani to come over here and play in the states next season. As a team..." November 21

  • Yankees, Cubs set to battle for Alex Cobb?

    Newark Star-Ledger "This qualifies as a surprise hot stove rumor for the Yankees. According to long-time MLB insider Peter Gammons, the Yankees will be heavily involved in the race to sign ex-Rays right-handed starter Alex Cobb. Heading for Thanksgiving, the industry consensus is that the Alex Cobb showdown..." November 21

  • Reds legend Joe Morgan to Hall of Fame voters: 'Steroid users don't belong here'

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The day after Hall of Fame ballots were sent to voters, Reds legend Joe Morgan sent an email, via the Baseball Hall of Fame, to voters asking them not to vote for suspected steroid users. Morgan was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1990 and sits on the board of the National Baseball Hall of Fame..." November 21

  • MLB, players' union, NPB push back deadline on Ohtani posting agreement

    CBS Sports "Those keeping up with the Shohei Ohtani predicament knew that Major League Baseball, the players' union, and Nippon Professional Baseball had set a deadline of 8 p.m. ET Monday night to come to an agreement on Ohtani jumping to the majors this offseason. An agreement was reached before that time..." November 21

  • Roy Halladay Crash Report: Wild Flying Patterns, Dangerously Close to Homes

    TMZ "Roy Halladay was flying dangerously close to homes -- and making wild turns and adjustments in altitude -- moments before his fatal crash ... this according to the NTSB. The National Transportation Safety Board released the preliminary report regarding the Nov. 7 crash in Florida that killed..." November 21

  • Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo won’t campaign for a contract extension

    Washington Post "Bryce Harper’s contract with the Washington Nationals expires after the 2018 season. So does Daniel Murphy’s. So does Gio Gonzalez’s. The list of Nationals staples who soon will be free to sign elsewhere is long, varied and potentially franchise-altering. But the soon-to-be free agent with the..." November 21

  • Yankees scramble to keep top-rated farm system together

    New York Post "The Yankees’ 40-man roster is at the limit. To make room on the roster for highly regarded prospects, Monday the Yankees shipped Ronald Herrera to the Rangers for lefty Reiver Sanmartin and infielder Garrett Cooper and lefty Caleb Smith to the Marlins for minor league right-hander Michael King...." November 21

  • Phils DFA Mark Appel as they set 40-man roster for Rule 5 draft

    ESPN "Mark Appel, a former No. 1 overall pick, was designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. The Phillies now have seven days to either trade him or place him on irrevocable waivers. The 26-year-old right-hander was the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft by the Astros, who traded..." November 21

  • Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers from Dodgers

    Hardball Talk "The Braves claimed lefty reliever Grant Dayton off waivers from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. " November 21

  • Mets engage in preliminary trade talks with Tigers regarding Ian Kinsler

    New York Daily News "The Mets have talked to the Tigers about second baseman Ian Kinsler, an industry source confirmed. The talks were described as “preliminary” and doing their “due diligence,” the source said, confirming a report by MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. The Tigers have also had talks with the Angels about..." November 21

  • Why Bryce Harper would be a bargain at $500 million

    NBC Washington "$500 million. That number is so hard to wrap your brain around, but it's a number a lot of professional baseball players may soon start seeing on their contracts. One player who could be the first to see that amount within the next year is Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper. Harper will..." November 20

  • Blue Jays could emerge as dark horse for JD Martinez

    Fanrag Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays could emerge as a dark horse candidate for star free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez. To this point, Martinez has been mostly connected to the Red Sox, the incumbent Diamondbacks, and at least a couple teams that are looking at superstar trade option Giancarlo Stanton first..." November 20

  • Marlins Acquire Garrett Cooper from Yankees

    Baseball America "This week, we have seen the New York Yankees desperately attempting to clear 40-man roster space to allow them to protect some of the players who are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. With less than an hour to go before the deadline, the Yankees announced one final trade with the Miami Marlins. They..." November 20

  • Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade

    NBC Bay Area "On Monday morning, some important details emerged. The Giants discussed Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw with the Marlins in a potential trade for Giancarlo Stanton, according to sports radio host Craig Mish. Last week, San Francisco reportedly made an actual offer for..." November 20

  • Cardinals make trade offer for Stanton

    MLB.com "The Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes have moved beyond the preliminary stage. The Cardinals have made a formal trade offer to the Marlins for the reigning National League MVP Award winner, a source told MLB.com Sunday. And they are not alone. MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal first reported..." November 20

  • Jake Arrieta Rumored to Be Receiving Interest from Milwaukee Brewers

    Bleacher Report "The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly interested in signing free-agent starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, according to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network. Per that report, "With Jimmy Nelson expected to miss a portion of 2018 after shoulder surgery, the team is looking for top-of-the-rotation..." November 20

  • The Mariners have made an offer to bring back Hisashi Iwakuma

    Hardball Talk "Hisashi Iwakuma tells the Japan Times that the Mariners have made him an offer to return. Iwakuma became a free agent earlier this month after the Mariners, not surprisingly, declined his $10 million option for 2018. Iwakuma says that it’s “not a done deal,” but “hopefully I will be able to..." November 20

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Omar Vizquel will reportedly be a minor league manager for White Sox in 2018

    NBC Chicago "Former White Sox shortstop Omar Vizquel is reportedly about to become current White Sox minor league manager Omar Vizquel. According to a Sunday report, Vizquel will be the manager of the Winston-Salem Dash in 2018. Vizquel spent 24 seasons in the big leagues, most of those with the Seattle..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Hideki Matsui expects to play part in Yankees’ recruitment of Shohei Otani

    New York Daily News "Here comes Godzilla. Hideki Matsui, Yankees fan favorite and current special advisor to Brian Cashman, is preparing to help the Bombers reel in prized two-way Japanese baseball star Shohei Otani. “If he's allowed to come here and the Yankees are interested, then I expect to be involved in..." November 20

  • Red Sox, Phillies continue interest in Carlos Santana

    Sporting News "The Red Sox and Phillies have continued their interest in free agent first baseman Carlos Santana this offseason, according to Fox Sports. Santana had a .259/.363/.455 slash line last season — which was virtually similar to his 2016 numbers — while also hitting 23 home runs with 79 RBIs. A..." November 20

  • There is more than one way for Red Sox to add power this offseason

    Boston Herald "Twenty-nine teams spent last week at the general managers meetings trying to figure out how they can catch the baseball-bashing Houston Astros. For the Red Sox, that means one thing: Add power. Toward that end, we’ll take a stab at some potential scenarios: Trade CF Jackie Bradley Jr.,..." November 20

  • Hideki Matsui thinks Shohei Otani should pitch and hit in MLB

    Hardball Talk "Yankees’ special advisor and former outfielder Hideki Matsui expects to help the club “convince or recruit” Japanese two-way star Shohei Otani, according to a report from MLB.com’s Deesha Thosar. The Yankees are currently viewed as the favorites to sign Otani, though there still figures to be..." November 20

  • 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