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  • Mike Fiers Won't Back up Carlos Correa Claim That Jose Altuve Didn't Use Illegal Sign-Stealing Technology

    12 Up "The Houston Astros continue to dig their hole a bit deeper with each non-apologetic statement that comes out of their mouth, and shortstop Carlos Correa has taken charge in that effort. " February 16

  • Dusty Baker: MLB needs to stop talk of retaliation against Astros

    Houston Chronicle "As opponents continue to assail Astros players for their electronic sign-stealing scheme and subsequent apologies, manager Dusty Baker pleaded with Major League Baseball to somehow cease the comments and stop any “premeditated retaliation.” “I’m depending on..." February 15

  • Angels' Parker Markel Outrighted to Triple-A

    CBS Sports "Parker Markel cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday. The 29-year-old was removed from the 40-man roster earlier this week but will stay in the organization after going unclaimed on waivers. " February 15

  • Injuries to Justin Anderson, prospect Jose Soriano "The Angels had their first notable injury of the spring, as reliever Justin Anderson suffered a Grade 2 left oblique strain while playing catch Tuesday and will be out four to six weeks, manager Joe Maddon said Thursday. Anderson, 27, had a legitimate shot to make the..." February 14

  • MLB, MLBPA Reportedly Discussing New Rules to Prevent Electronic Sign-Stealing

    Bleacher Report "Cheating by the Houston Astros has prompted new discussions between Major League Baseball and the player's union to develop new rules to prevent electronic sign-stealing.  According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the two sides are not far apart on a deal, but..." February 14

  • MLB players are not happy with the Astros’ ‘weak’ apology and lack of punishment

    SB Nation "One of the central goals of punishment is to discourage the recurrence of the event in question. The early read on the Astros sign-stealing penalties is MLB wasn’t nearly harsh enough. Astros players were granted immunity by Major League Baseball during their..." February 14

  • MLB raising minimum salary for minor leaguers in 2021

    Lone Star Ball "Major League Baseball is raising the minimum salary for minor league players as of the 2021 season, per the AP. Short-season players will now be at $400 per week, A ball players will be at $500 per week, AA players will be at $600 per week, and AAA players will be at $700 per week, per the..." February 14

  • Three Problems with Major League Baseball's Playoff Proposal

    The Big Lead "In the midst of the fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal, Major League Baseball had another juicy story this week. The New York Post first reported on Major League Baseball's proposal to increase its postseason format from 10 teams to 14, as well as..." February 14

  • Why MLB’s greed-driven playoff plan is doomed to fail fans

    New York Post "It’s clear MLB remains under the spell of the Greek goddess Preposterous. The seductive twin sister of Ponzious, she controls the destiny of mortals blinded by greed, those who seek solutions by making bad worse. This latest postseason scheme, as revealed by The Post’s..." February 14

  • Angels SS Andrelton Simmons appears to troll Astros on Instagram story

    Larry Brown Sports "Thursday went from Houston Astros Apology Day to Everyone Bash the Astros Day. Even a rival appeared to take a shot at them. Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons posted an image on his Instagram story that showed three asterisks. The asterisks post came after Simmons shared..." February 13

  • Shohei Ohtani thinks he could have pitched Opening Day but is OK with Angels’ plan

    Orange County Register "A day after the Angels revealed their plan to give Shohei Ohtani a late start as a pitcher, Ohtani said it was not a concession he needed. “I was getting prepared to start on Opening Day, but if that is what the team wants me to do, then I’ll be prepared to delay..." February 13

  • Joe Maddon is a Maniac for Not Knowing Where Mike Trout Will Bat Opening Day

    12 Up "Managing in the MLB is a tremendously laborious job, and yet, skippers are often quick to be met with venom from analysts and fans after the most trivial of missteps. Some players, however, are so unbelievably great at what they do that they mitigate the..." February 13

  • MLB announces rule changes for 2020 season "Major League Baseball today announced the rule changes that will be in place for its 2020 Championship Season: THREE-BATTER MINIMUM: The Official Baseball Rules have been amended to require the starting or any relief pitcher to pitch to a minimum of three batters, including..." February 12

  • Introducing the LBS Plan: A solution to fix MLB’s playoffs and regular season

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering some radical changes to its existing playoff format in order to help increase interest in the sport, but we have a proposal that is much better than the one they are considering. THE PROBLEM One of the biggest issues plaguing..." February 12

  • Theo Epstein seems surprised by Joe Maddon’s comments about Cubs departure

    12 Up "Joe Maddon has been one of the most well-liked and highly revered people in baseball since his days managing the Tampa Bay Rays. He's gotten results too, as he brought the Rays to their first-ever World Series in 2008, and in 2016 he led the Chicago Cubs their first World Series in 108..." February 12

  • Angels GM Billy Eppler, after failed Dodgers deal, says ‘nothing active right now’

    Orange County Register "Two days after the Angels deal to add Ross Stripling and Joc Pederson collapsed, Billy Eppler gave no indication that those trade talks with the Dodgers had been revived. “I have nothing active right now,” Eppler said Tuesday morning, the day Angels pitchers and catchers..." February 12

  • Didi Gregorius Throws Shade at MLB for Rumored Playoff Format Changes

    12 Up "Major League Baseball is reportedly hoping to make a radical change to the playoff format. 14 teams would make the postseason and there would be byes, three-game opening series, and teams picking their opponents on live TV. This would serve as one of the more extreme..." February 12

  • Bo Jackson's Rare Broken Bat From Final Season Up For Auction

    TMZ "Bo Jackson was notorious for snapping his baseball bat like a toothpick, and now the last piece of lumber he obliterated can be yours ... if you've got 20,000 bucks. The bat's from April 6th, 1994 ... when Jackson's California Angels took on the Minnesota Twins at the..." February 11

  • The new postseason proposal would be terrible for fans and for the game

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday someone at Major League Baseball leaked a new postseason idea they have brewing for 2022. The upshot: wild cards would be eliminated, there would be seven playoff teams in each league, up from five, and from there the format of the postseason would radically..." February 11

  • Rob Manfred is once again trying to fix a problem that doesn't exist

    The Score "Since taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball five years ago, Rob Manfred has worked tirelessly to create the illusion that he's doing The Important Things That Baseball Needs. The game is too long - and the pace of it too slow - so Manfred implemented a bunch of..." February 11

  • Joe Maddon: Cubs’ desire to ‘change everything’ led to parting of ways

    Sportress of Blogitude "Joe Maddon has opened up about the ending of his tenure with the Chicago Cubs, and the new Los Angeles Angels manager revealed that philosophical differences between himself and the organization played a significant role in his departure. Now with time to reflect on his Chicago..." February 11

  • Angels targeting May for Shohei Ohtani to start pitching

    Sportsnaut "Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani did not pitch a single game last season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery. While he was not on the hill, the Japanese sensation did pick up a bat. The 2018 Rookie of the Year hit .286 with 18 homers, 62 RBI and a robust .848 OPS as..." February 11

  • A Major League Baseball Selection Show Is a Cursed Idea

    The Big Lead "Major League Baseball floated a radical change to its postseason and it feels like a version of liquidating assets for a nice short-turn return without pause for what it will mean in the big picture. One of the motivating factors of expanded playoffs is to increase inventory for..." February 11

  • 4 Teams That Would Actually Benefit From Proposed New MLB Playoff Format

    12 Up "On Monday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred made perhaps the most absurd proposition in the history of the game, leaking the potential expansion of the playoff field to seven teams per league, and allowing the top seeds to choose their opponents. It's an interesting prospect, but one..." February 11

  • Angels' Taylor Cole: 'Every player I've talked to believes' Astros used buzzers

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Angels reliever Taylor Cole is not satisfied with MLB’s handling of the Houston Astros cheating scandal. Cole posted a note on Instagram Monday where he talked about former Astros manager A.J. Hinch’s interview with MLB Network that aired on Friday. Hinch,..." February 11

  • Angels Claim Jose Quijada From The Marlins, Designate Parker Markel "The Angels appeared set to head to camp without any left-handed relievers on their 40-man roster, but that changed on Monday, when they claimed lefty José Quijada from the Marlins and designated right-handed reliever Parker Markel for assignment. Quijada, 24, posted a 5.76 ERA..." February 11

  • Angels release statement after pulling out of Joc Pederson trade

    Sportsnaut "The Los Angeles Angels seemingly had a deal in place to acquire star outfielder Joc Pederson and starting pitcher Ross Stripling from the cross-town rival Los Angeles Dodgers last week.  This trade ultimately fell through due to the delay of the three-team..." February 10

  • MLB could add four more playoff teams, make radical format changes

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering the possibility of adding more playoff teams and making significant changes to its postseason format, and the new system could be in place as soon as 2022. According to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, MLB is seriously weighing the..." February 10

  • Miguel Andujar, Luis Rojas among biggest MLB questions entering spring training

    New York Post "A year ago, a far-from finished Hot Stove League dominated our annual “30 teams, 30 questions” feature, always published around the time pitchers and catchers report. This year? The big names have signed. The dust has only begun to settle, however, from the illegal..." February 10

  • Dodgers Plan to Put Joc Pederson on Trade Block After Angels Deal Falls Through

    SI "The Los Angeles Dodgers will attempt to trade Joc Pederson after the team's deal with the Angels fell through, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.  The Dodgers originally reportedly agreed to send Pederson and pitcher Ross Stripling to the Angels last..." February 10

  • Mookie Betts trade progressing; Twins still involved

    TSN "Another day, another twist in last week's blockbuster three-team trade. After LaVelle E. Neal III of the StarTribune reported Saturday the Minnesota Twins were pulling out of the trade sending Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers over concerns of prospect..." February 09

  • MLB Free Agent Tracker: Latest signings, top 50 ranking

    CBS Sports "For the sake of keeping you, the baseball enthusiast, informed of the latest hot stove moves, we present our 2019-20 MLB Free Agent Tracker. In this post we'll keep tabs on the top 50 free agents, as determined by our panel of MLB experts: R.J. Anderson, Katherine Acquavella, Mike..." February 09

  • Angels OF Justin Upton Changes Jersey to No. 10 in Honor of Kobe Bryant

    12 Up "Kobe Bryant's tragic death has impacted professional athletes in all sports, in addition to individuals around the world. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Justin Upton has been with the team since 2017 and has donned the No. 8 on his jersey. While that in itself is one..." February 08

  • Tony Clark, Scott Boras, Arte Moreno Upset With Mookie Betts Swap Hold-Up

    MLB Trade Rumors "Plenty of fans and folks in the game are no doubt frustrated by the uncertainty hanging over a dramatic duo of prospective trades centered around superstar Mookie Betts. MLBPA chief Tony Clark made clear that he’s got even bigger problems with the situation in a..." February 07

  • Rangers add veteran closer Cody Allen on minor league contract

    Dallas Morning News "Former Cleveland closer Cody Allen, a resident of Southlake, has signed a minor league contract with the Rangers and will join 37 other pitchers in major league camp when it opens on Tuesday. Allen, 31, averaged 29 saves for Cleveland from 2014-18, but stumbled after going to the Los..." February 07

  • Dodgers Defeat Joc Pederson In Arbitration "Outfielder Joc Pederson lost his salary arbitration case against the Dodgers and will earn $7.75 million in 2020, a source told's Mark Feinsand on Friday. The club has not confirmed the news. " February 07

  • A Kris Bryant blockbuster could fit for these 5 teams "There has been a lot of talk all offseason about a superstar getting moved in a trade, and it wasn’t until this week that such a blockbuster was finally agreed to, with 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts (along with left-hander David Price) reportedly going from the Red Sox to the Dodgers..." February 07

  • Steve Cohen will have hard time ever buying MLB team after deal falls through

    Yardbarker "Steve Cohen’s deal to purchase a majority ownership stake in the New York Mets is dead, and the deal falling apart will hinder the billionaire’s chances of ever buying an MLB team in the future, according to a report. Reports first emerged on Tuesday saying..." February 07

  • Using the 26th roster spot

    Beyond The Boxscore "This past week the Tampa Bay Rays signed Johnny Davis to a minor league contract. That seems like a non-event, especially considering that they had Davis on their roster last year and let him leave via free agency. He didn’t find any suitors via free agency and the..." February 07

  • MLB moves Joe Torre to advisor role, elevates Chris Young to head of on-field ops

    Hardball Talk "Today Major League Baseball announced a number of changes in the Commissioner’s Office. The most notable move: Joe Torre, who had been head of baseball operations since February 2011, and whose title was most recently “Chief Baseball Officer,” is being eased to the side in..." February 07

  • 4 Interesting Buy-Low Starters

    MLB Trade Rumors "With spring training right around the corner, the time for teams to make meaningful additions to their rotations by way of free agency has likely passed. There are very few starters remaining on the open market, though there’s a possibility – albeit slight – that pitcher-needy..." February 06

  • Angels reportedly add pitcher Ross Stripling from Dodgers in Joc Pederson trade

    Orange County Register "A day after news broke that Angels were on the verge of acquiring another hitter for their stacked lineup, they are apparently also going to pick up a pitcher to bolster their rotation. Former All-Star Ross Stripling will come to the Angels, along with outfielder Joc Pederson, in..." February 05

  • Dodgers Trade Joc Pederson To Angels For Luis Rengifo

    Dodger Blue "Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has been methodical in his pursuit of an elite player all offseason, ultimately failing to sign all of the best options available on the free-agent market. It appears he has finally struck on a blockbuster deal as..." February 04

  • Assessing Scott Boras’ Offseason

    MLB Trade Rumors "Regardless of whether you’re a fan of the outspoken Scott Boras, there is no denying he is one of the most successful and influential agents in the history of sports. Boras’ skill in landing mega-bucks for his clients has been on full display this offseason – a winter he..." February 04

  • Despite all of the new rules changes, baseball’s real issues will go unsolved

    Hardball Talk "The Super Bowl was yesterday. Yes, you’re still reading our baseball site. Don’t worry. What I mean by pointing out that the Super Bowl was yesterday is that once the final pass is thrown and the last knee is taken, we’ll be in the nascent hours of baseball..." February 03

  • 6 MLB Extensions That Need to Happen Immediately

    12 Up "With player movement as popular as ever in baseball, it's never been more pressing for MLB franchises to lock down their top assets for the foreseeable future, especially before they're ready to hit free agency. We've seen a number of deals go down over the last few years,..." February 03

  • 4 teams expected to improve big this year "We know the teams that have been the busiest this Hot Stove season. And if you want a cheat sheet of “winter winners,” my man Richard Justice has you covered. Alas, “busy” doesn’t always equate to “better.” In the offseason prior to the..." February 02

  • Dispute between MLB, minor leagues flares up following House resolution

    Washington Post "The messy, ongoing standoff between Major League Baseball and its affiliated minor league franchises over an MLB-proposed contraction plan has roared back into public view this week, with increasingly vitriolic rhetoric that has escalated the tension between the sides in this months-old..." January 31

  • Five outfielders who could be impacted by a Mookie Betts trade

    CBS Sports "It stands to reason that the longer the Boston Red Sox discuss Mookie Betts trade scenarios with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, the likelier a deal becomes. Where Betts ends up, and when he ends up there, still remain anyone's guess...." January 31

  • After failed MLB bid, slugger eager for 2nd opportunity

    Yonhap News Agency "He may be down, but he is far from out. South Korean slugger Kim Jae-hwan failed to sign a major league deal via the posting system this offseason, but the 31-year-old said Thursday he hasn't given up on his big league dreams. "I've always dreamed of playing in..." January 31