• Angels Held Talks With C.C. Sabathia

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have spoken to free agent hurler C.C. Sabathia, George A. King III of the New York Post reports (Twitter link). The Halos made one big rotation addition earlier this week by landing Shohei Ohtani, but Sabathia would bring more veteran stability to a pitching staff that is full of..." December 11

  • Cleveland Indians make offer to Carlos Santana, but they have a lot of competition

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "At least six teams are in pursuit of former Indians first baseman Carlos Santana. The Indians are one of them. In fact, they have made Santana an offer, but currently his agents are waiting for the market to form. Yes, Giancarlo Stanton is off the books, but there are a lot of other offensive..." December 11

  • Red Sox Pitcher Steven Wright Charged With Domestic Assault

    CBS Boston "Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright was arrested at his home on domestic assault charges. Wright was arrested in Tennessee and released on Saturday morning after an incident with his wife. In a statement issued on behalf of the Wright family, attorney Alex Little said the pitcher didn’t “raise his..." December 11

  • Yankees still have money to spend even after the mega Stanton trade

    CBS Sports "On Saturday, after Giancarlo Stanton invoked his no-trade clause to block deals to the Giants and Cardinals, the New York Yankees swooped in to acquire the reigning NL MVP and Marlins star at what can charitably be described as a bargain price. Starlin Castro and second tier prospects Jorge Guzman..." December 10

  • Michael Conforto unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Hardball Talk "On Sunday, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he doesn’t believe outfielder Michael Conforto will be ready for Opening Day, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports. Conforto, 24, missed the last six weeks of the 2017 season with a left shoulder injury. He underwent surgery in early September to repair a tear..." December 10

  • Orioles have interesting reason for not pursuing Ohtani

    Larry Brown Sports "The Baltimore Orioles were one of the few teams that did not attempt to sign Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, and their decision apparently had nothing to do with scouting reports. Ohtani, who has the capability to be both a regular pitcher and hitter, was courted by several MLB teams as an..." December 10

  • Jack Morris and Alan Trammell voted into Hall of Fame by Modern Era Committee

    CBS Sports "The National Baseball Hall of Fame will induct at least two new members next summer. Sunday night, the Hall of Fame announced longtime Detroit Tigers teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell have been voted into Cooperstown by the 16-person Modern Era Committee. Twelve votes were needed for..." December 10

  • Yankees to officially announce Stanton trade on Monday

    Sportsnaut "The MLB Winter Meetings will get off to a rip-roaring start in Orlando on Monday with the New York Yankees set to officially announce the acquisition of reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins. This has long been expected. On Saturday, reports noted that the Yankees had indeed..." December 10

  • Shohei Ohtani signing made Angels GM fall out of his chair

    Orange County Register "The Angels practically knocked over the rest of baseball Friday when they stunningly won the race to sign Japanese two-way sensation and rock star-like royalty Shohei Ohtani. Still, that wasn’t even the most dramatic reaction. Because Ohtani’s potentially franchise-altering decision to join..." December 10

  • Cardinals sign Luke Gregerson to a two-year deal

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cardinals have signed free agent reliever Luke Gregerson to a two-year deal worth $11 million. The deal, which is pending a physical, also includes a vesting option for the 2020 season. Gregerson, 33, spent the last three seasons with the Astros,..." December 10

  • White Sox have Garcia, Abreu on trade block

    Sportsnaut "The Chicago White Sox are going into full-scale rebuild mode. After replenishing their farm system with multiple in-season trades, Chicago is now looking to move both Avisail Garcia and Jose Abreu. According to this report, it seems more likely that Garcia will be moved than his All-Star..." December 10

  • Marlins listening to offers for All-Star Marcell Ozuna

    Yardbarker "The firesale might be coming to a culmination here soon, but it’s apparent that part owner Derek Jeter and the new brass in Miami are remaining open for business Fresh off dealing former All-Star Dee Gordon to the Mariners and reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees, the Marlins are..." December 10

  • Cubs, Morrow closing in on deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs are “moving quickly” to sign free agent reliever Brandon Morrow, Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com reports (Twitter link). The two sides are “closing in” on an agreement, Jon Heyman of FanRag tweets. The Cubs’ interest in Morrow dates back to at least November, when Patrick Mooney of NBC..." December 10

  • Angels, Blue Jays showing interest in Pirates' Harrison

    Sportsnet "It’s not every day a reigning MVP gets traded. But when Giancarlo Stanton, fresh off a monster 59 home run season, was flipped to the New York Yankees on Sunday, the notion that players are untouchable was once again laid to rest. The blockbuster deal came at a perfect time with the MLB Winter..." December 10

  • Red Sox interested in Cubs' Schwarber

    Chicago Sun-Times "It’s no secret that most MLB teams covet the Cubs’ young hitters. Who wouldn’t? But this rumor becomes a bit more meaningful within the framework of the New York Yankees pending acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton. In order for Boston to keep up with the potential power pairing of Aaron Judge..." December 10

  • Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton trade ups the ante for the Red Sox

    ESPN "A year ago, after the Boston Red Sox pulled off a blockbuster trade for Chris Sale, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman showed his admiration by dubbing them "the Golden State Warriors of baseball." It's time for Red Sox honcho Dave Dombrowski to repay the compliment by calling the..." December 10

  • Harper’s agent has good news for Yanks fans

    New York Post "Scott Boras refuses to rule out the Yankees as a future destination of Bryce Harper. Or, at least, the super-agent is appealing to Hal Steinbrenner’s finer tastes. With the Yankees’ acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton spurring widespread speculation the Yankees appear far less likely of an..." December 10

  • It’s killing Derek Jeter that he might be helping the Yankees

    New York Post "Here in New York, we know better. Derek Jeter as a double agent, working to help his old team? That would make as much sense as suggesting the former Yankees captain would use Alex Rodriguez as his “Phone a friend” were he to ever appear on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” You can bet a..." December 10

  • Angels welcome Shohei Ohtani, while only hinting at how the two-way dream will work

    Orange County Register "The dream became a tangible, visible reality when Shohei Ohtani stood outside Angel Stadium at a Saturday afternoon rally, in front of hundreds of fans and television audiences on both sides of the Pacific, and pulled on a red Angels jersey. Now comes the hard part. How, exactly, is the..." December 10

  • Yankees 'weighing trades' for Ellsbury, Headley

    New York Post "Since losing Game 7 of the ALCS to the Astros, the Yankees have replaced Joe Girardi with Aaron Boone, had Shohei Ohtani spurn them and added reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton to a lineup that led the majors in home runs this past season. So, what’s left for general manager Brian Cashman to do..." December 10

  • Evan Longoria expected to be trade candidate during Winter Meetings

    Larry Brown Sports "The Tampa Bay Rays may be ready to finally part with franchise cornerstone Evan Longoria. The MLB Winter Meetings will take place Sunday-Thursday in Orlando, and reporter Jon Morosi says he expects Longoria to be mentioned in trade talks. Though many players have come and gone throughout the..." December 10

  • Royals discouraged by chances of re-signing Hosmer

    Kansas City Star "Shohei Ohtani chose the Angels. Giancarlo Stanton appears headed for New York. Is Eric Hosmer the next offseason domino to fall? That question could be answered this week as Major League Baseball convenes for its annual Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake..." December 10

  • Cubs will make a big push to sign Alex Cobb

    CBSChicago.com "The Cubs added to their rotation with the signing of right-hander Tyler Chatwood to a three-year deal Thursday, but there are still more valuable innings that need to be filled with Jake Arrieta and John Lackey shopping their talents in free agency. With that in mind, the Cubs are continuing..." December 10

  • Mets prioritize trading for second baseman, obtaining relief help

    Newsday "The crosstown Yankees turned the baseball world upside down Saturday with their pursuit of slugger Giancarlo Stanton. The Mets — again working with a limited payroll — enter this week’s winter meetings with more modest goals. Bolstering the bullpen remains a top priority, sources told Newsday,..." December 10

  • Ohtani wants fans to come up with nickname for him

    Yardbarker "Shohei Ohtani has enlisted the help of fans to come up with a nickname as he embarks on the next stage of his baseball career. The Angels made their free agent prize available to the media on Saturday and it didn’t take him long to feel comfortable. During his introductory press conference,..." December 10

  • Cardinals well-positioned to add impact bat even after missing out on Stanton

    CBS Sports "On Saturday, the New York Yankees and Miami Marlins reportedly agreed to a trade that will send NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the Bronx in exchange for Starlin Castro, prospects, and financial freedom. The move comes a day after the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants raised the white flag..." December 10

  • Nationals sign David Goforth to minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Nationals have signed free agent reliever David Goforth to a minor league deal, the team confirmed Saturday. The deal includes an invite to spring training. Goforth, 29, completed his third campaign with the Brewers in 2017. The right-hander lasted just four days in the majors, tossing one..." December 10

  • Dodgers, Marlins discussing Marcell Ozuna trade

    Larry Brown Sports "With Dee Gordon and (more notably) Giancarlo Stanton already on their way out of Miami, another player may be the next victim of the Marlins’ fire sale. Dustin Nosler of Dodgers Digest reported on Saturday that the Marlins are discussing a possible trade of outfielder Marcell Ozuna with the Los..." December 09

  • Mets to check in with Marlins about Starlin Castro

    New York Daily News "Don’t pack your bags just yet, Starlin! Starlin Castro may be one of the big pieces going to the Miami Marlins in the Yankees’ impending deal for Giancarlo Stanton, but the second baseman may not need to change addresses just yet. A Mets team source confirmed to the News on Saturday that..." December 09

  • The Pirates don't expect Jung Ho Kang to be back in 2018

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pirates general manager Neal Huntington and president Frank Coonelly on Saturday gave their strongest indications yet that they don’t expect third baseman Jung Ho Kang to return to the club in 2018. “We've gone into this offseason with the assumption that Jung Ho, regrettably, will not be part..." December 09

  • What does Stanton trade mean for Blue Jays?

    Sportsnet "The Miami Marlins dropped a Bronx bomb on the sports world Saturday by reportedly agreeing to trade National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees. Adding Stanton to a team that finished one win shy of reaching the World Series makes the Yankees even more formidable. The news..." December 09

  • Rangers sign former Braves prospect Yenci Pena

    Hardball Talk "Another former Braves prospect has latched onto a new team, per Baseball America’s Ben Badler. The Rangers reportedly inked shortstop Yenci Pena to a $675,000 signing bonus, which will add to the $1.05 million Pena already received from the Braves. Pena, 17, originally signed on with Atlanta..." December 09

  • Report: Yankees taking on upwards of $260 million to complete Stanton deal

    Larry Brown Sports "The Miami Marlins were looking for a trade partner who could relieve them of most of Giancarlo Stanton’s $295 million deal. That mission appears to be accomplished. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and the Athletic, the Yankees are taking on a massive amount of Stanton’s contract — at..." December 09

  • Marlins to receive Jorge Guzman, Jose Devers in trade for Giancarlo Stanton

    Hardball Talk "While the Yankees aren’t expected to finalize their acquisition of Marlins’ outfielder Giancarlo Stanton until later this weekend, the terms of the deal have been reported. The Marlins will receive veteran outfielder Starlin Castro, minor league right-hander Jorge Guzman and infielder Jose Devers..." December 09

  • Dodgers not expected to make last-ditch effort for Giancarlo Stanton

    Yardbarker "Giancarlo Stanton appears headed to the New York Yankees as no other potential suitors threaten a last-minute hijack of the currently agreed deal. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Saturday that Stanton was expected to formally approve a deal sending him to New York, and the likely main threat..." December 09

  • Cubs used virtual reality experience in pitch to Shohei Ohtani

    The Sports Daily "The Cubs came up short in the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes, but it clearly wasn’t due to lack of effort. Ohtani agreed to sign with the Angels on Friday, much to the dismay of a number of teams — including the Cubs. Chicago did use a unique method in attempting to court Ohtani, though. The..." December 09

  • Marlins’ Christian Yelich sends cryptic tweet amid Stanton rumors

    Larry Brown Sports "As the Miami Marlins prepare to ship Giancarlo Stanton to New York, one must wonder what current Marlins players are thinking. One, outfielder Christian Yelich, gave us a glimpse of that thought process. The 26-year-old sent a rather cryptic tweet on Saturday as the Stanton rumors intensified..." December 09

  • Derek Jeter conspiracy theories are flooding Twitter

    New York Post "Derek Jeter is being treated like a hero or saboteur, depending where you are looking on Twitter. The former Yankees captain is orchestrating a deal to send Giancarlo Stanton to his former team in his first major move — apologies, Dee Gordon — since becoming part-owner of the Marlins. Some..." December 09

  • Mets could explore deal for Pirates' Harrison

    sny.tv "The Mets may explore a possible trade with the Pirates to acquire IF/OF Josh Harrison, reports Marc Carig of Newsday. The Mets could utilize the winter meetings to discuss the trade, according to Carig. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported on Friday that Harrison could be available, and that..." December 09

  • Marcus Stroman ‘can’t wait’ to face Giancarlo Stanton

    Larry Brown Sports "Marcus Stroman is not one to back down from a challenge and that includes perhaps the premier power hitter in baseball today. On Saturay, many around the baseball world woke up to news the Yankees and Marlins had reportedly agreed on a trade that would send Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees. The..." December 09

  • Spurned by Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton, Giants can rebuild in a big way

    CBS Sports "Suffice it to say, this week has not been kind to the San Francisco Giants. First came news that the Giants lost out to the Angels for Shohei Ohtani despite being one of seven finalists for the Japanese two-way star. Then came this statement from the team regarding its pursuit of Marlins slugger..." December 09

  • Yunior Severino signs $2.5 million deal with Twins

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports that infield prospect Yunior Severino signed a $2.5 million deal with the Twins on Friday. The deal has not been publicly confirmed by the team and appears to be pending a physical. The 18-year-old infielder was one of 13 prospects removed from the Braves’ system..." December 09

  • Brewers' Domingo Santana reportedly drawing trade interest

    CBS Sports "Here's a nugget regarding the Brewers, who emerged as surprise contenders in 2017 ... That would be right fielder Domingo Santana. Last season, Santana enjoyed a breakout campaign, as he slashed .278/.371/.505 (126 OPS+) with 30 home runs and 15 stolen bases in 151 games. Santana's just 25..." December 09

  • Yankees score huge catch acquiring Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton

    New York Daily News "It was too good to pass up. The Yankees have taken advantage of a desperate Derek Jeter-led Marlins franchise, acquiring slugger Giancarlo Stanton. The two teams have a deal in place, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports tweeted Saturday. The deal bolsters an already formidable lineup, with..." December 09

  • Giants go 0-for-2 on Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani

    San Jose Mercury News "Friday was not a good day for the Giants. First came the reports from SiriusXM’s Craig Mish and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal that Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton will not approve a trade to the Giants or St. Louis, but would go to the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs..." December 08

  • Stanton says no to St. Louis

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals pursuit of Giancarlo Stanton is over as the Miami Marlins slugger has refused to waive his no-trade clause to come to St. Louis. The Cardinals had been willing to pick up somewhere between $230 million to $250 million of Stanton's current contract to get a deal done. "We had an..." December 08

  • Blue Jays left with lots of work to do in wake of Ohtani decision

    Sportsnet "Competing in the meat-grinder that is the American League East is enough of a challenge on its own for the Toronto Blue Jays, but Shohei Ohtani’s decision to join the Los Angeles Angels is the latest way the rest of the league keeps getting tougher, too. The Japanese sensation’s somewhat..." December 08

  • Chris Iannetta Reportedly Signs 2-Year Contract with Colorado Rockies

    Bleacher Report "Veteran catcher Chris Iannetta reportedly agreed to a deal with the Colorado Rockies on Friday. Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Iannetta's contract is for two years. Iannetta, 34, will be playing for his fourth team in as many years. He had a solid 2017 campaign for the Arizona..." December 08

  • The Yankees are “kicking the tires” on Stanton, but don’t hold your breath Yankees, fans

    Hardball Talk "In the wake of last night’s report that Giancarlo Stanton is unwilling to waive his no-trade clause for the Cardinals and Giants, but would do so for the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs or Astros, a new round of trade speculation and rumors has begun. First up, assessing the intent of the Yankees, who..." December 08

  • Report: MLB expected to investigate Shohei Ohtani signing

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is on heightened alert as to any potential wrongdoing in the courtship of Shohei Ohtani. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Friday that the Ohtani recruitment has been given “extraordinary scrutiny” by the league office, who recognize that the opportunity is there for potential..." December 08