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  • MLB says it's willing to walk away from minors deal, but what would take its place?

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball is angry with Minor League Baseball for continuing to negotiate a new business agreement in public. The feud escalated Friday to the point that MLB threatened to walk away entirely from its decadeslong partnership with the minors' governing body. Was that a..." December 14

  • Five MLB Blockbuster Trades We Would Love To See This Winter

    Sportsnaut "The 2019 MLB winter meetings are in the books and the four-day extravaganza provided plenty of movement across baseball. Now with many of the top free agents off the board, our attention shifts to this offseason’s top trade candidates. There is more MVP-caliber talent..." December 14

  • Anthony Rendon Signing Makes Angels an Immediate Contender

    The Big Lead "Anthony Rendon has made his decision, and the 29-year-old third baseman will be heading west. The Los Angeles Angels went big and agreed to sign the All-Star to a seven-year, $245 million deal. With Rendon on board and the other moves owner Arte Moreno has made over the past few months,..." December 14

  • MLB Winter Meetings are in the books, now let's reset the free agent and trade markets

    CBS Sports "A Winter Meetings most frenzied -- one in which more than $1 billion in guaranteed salary was cast about -- is freshly behind us. While the highest-profile likes of Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg are now spoken for, we've still got a number of..." December 13

  • After winter meetings spending spree, attention turns to MLB's trade market

    USA Today "The Chicago Cubs came to town ready to trade one of their stars, only to sit helplessly and watch other teams instead empty their checking accounts for free agents. The Los Angeles Dodgers were preparing to spend the most money on a free agent in franchise history, only to find..." December 13

  • Teams Reportedly Asked the Cubs About Yu Darvish

    Bleacher Nation "When Stephen Strasburg and Gerrit Cole signed to absolutely record-shattering contracts this week, it was a pretty natural instinct to look around at other, existing deals around baseball and consider their value through a new lens. In particular, to Cubs fans, the four years and $81..." December 13

  • Eight candidates to be MLB's next $300 million pitcher after Gerrit Cole's record-breaking Yankees deal

    CBS Sports "As the sun sets on the 2019 Winter Meetings, MLB executives will head home having seen two pitchers sign record contracts in the span of 30 hours or so. The Nationals gave Stephen Strasburg a seven-year deal worth $245 million on Monday. At the time, it was the richest pitching contract in..." December 12

  • Scott Boras pulls off huge free agency coup and gets money flowing back into baseball

    USA Today "Quite simply, it’s the greatest week by an agent in baseball history. In a matter of about 48 hours, Scott Boras had three clients sign contracts worth a staggering $824 million, with third baseman Anthony Rendon signing Wednesday night to a seven-year, $245 million..." December 12

  • Los Angeles Angels Welcome a New Era with Anthony Rendon, Mike Trout Super-Duo

    Bleacher Report "There's only one Mike Trout in Major League Baseball, but the Los Angeles Angels have finally added a superstar who can keep up with him. The newest Angel is third baseman Anthony Rendon, formerly of the Washington Nationals, who MLB Network's Jon..." December 12

  • Garrett Williams Headed to Angels to Complete Trade

    CBS Sports "Garrett Williams was traded to the Angels on Thursday in exchange for Zack Cozart and Will Wilson. Williams saw a heavy workload for Double-A Richmond in 2019, pitching 110 innings with a 3.60 ERA and 108:61 K:BB. The southpaw will head to the Angels' organization..." December 12

  • MLB to test for opioids, won't punish for marijuana use in 2020

    The Score "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have agreed to a new drug policy that will test for opioids but won't punish for marijuana use, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. The agreement will be implemented for the 2020 season..." December 12

  • Rob Manfred bashes Minor League Baseball’s response to his contraction scheme

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball’s plan to essentially contract 42 minor league baseball teams by eliminating their major league affiliations has not gone over very well with, well, almost anyone. It was immediately assailed by many the moment it was first reported by Baseball..." December 12

  • Dodgers Reportedly Didn’t Make Offer To Anthony Rendon

    Dodger Blue "Despite assurances from president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman the Los Angeles Dodgers were in position to spend however they saw fit, and manager Dave Roberts describing their approach as being more aggressive than years past, free agency has been an unmitigated..." December 12

  • Nationals' Trea Turner Has Hilarious Response to Anthony Rendon Signing With Angels

    12 Up "Anthony Rendon just signed a mammoth deal with the Los Angeles Angels, which means the reigning World Series champion Washington Nationals will be searching for a new third baseman. But more importantly, Nats SS Trea Turner will be searching for a new favorite player. The young stud is NOT..." December 12

  • Anthony Rendon agrees to 7-year, $245M deal with Angels

    ESPN "Third baseman Anthony Rendon has agreed to a seven-year, $245 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Wednesday. The deal includes a full no-trade clause and doesn't contain an opt-out clause, sources said. He is..." December 12

  • Angels Reportedly Interested in Corey Kluber Trade With Indians

    12 Up "The Los Angeles Angels were considered one of the favorites to land ex-Houston Astros ace Gerrit Cole before the 2019 regular season reached its conclusion. Los Angeles' dreams of adding the Orange County native ended late Tuesday night after the pitcher agreed to a record-breaking..." December 11

  • Rob Manfred confirms new three-batter minimum rule, and MLB managers aren't thrilled

    Sporting News "To say there was some uncertainty among MLB managers about the potential of new rules impacting the 2020 season would be putting it mildly.  Specifically, there were questions about the proposed three-batter minimum for relief pitchers, a rule aimed at reducing pitching changes..." December 11

  • Blue Jays, Reds among teams with interest in Kole Calhoun

    The Score "Free-agent outfielder Kole Calhoun is starting to get some looks from a variety of teams. The Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, and Miami Marlins are all showing interest in adding the 32-year-old, sources told Jon Morosi of..." December 11

  • Uptick in home runs attributed to seam heights and batting techniques, not juiced balls

    ESPN "Decreases in air resistance spurred by inconsistent seam height on the baseball and "changes in player behavior" that produced different launch angles and exit velocities led to the dramatic increase in home runs during the 2019 season, a committee of professors tasked by Major League..." December 11

  • What do the losers of the Gerrit Cole derby do now?

    Hardball Talk "Gerrit Cole is now a New York Yankee. Nine years and $324 million make that so. But though the Yankees are the only team who gets him, they weren’t the only team interested in him. So let’s take a look at what the losers of the Gerrit Cole derby — the Dodgers and the..." December 11

  • Four teams that should trade for David Price

    Sportsnaut "As MLB teams compete in bidding wars for the top free-agent pitchers, the recent availability of Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price could change everything for clubs looking to bolster their rotation. Boston is looking to shed significant payroll this winter and,..." December 11

  • Inaugural All-MLB teams announced

    Yahoo! Sports "On Tuesday at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, Major League Baseball announced the members of the All-MLB Team, recognizing the top performances by players in the 2019 regular season. It announced both a “first team” and “second team.” The fan vote accounted..." December 11

  • Angels Have Shown Interest In Josh Donaldson

    Yardbarker "Continuing their desire to land at least one of the premier free agents on the board, the Angels have shown interest in third baseman Josh Donaldson. They’ve “checked in on” the 34-year-old star, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. " December 11

  • MLB free agency is a booming business once again: 'Great teams want great players'

    USA Today "Scott Boras, who represents the cream of this year’s free agent crop, believes teams are being substantially more aggressive in pursuit of players than they have in years. The accusations of collusion that dominated the landscape the past few years at baseball’s..." December 10

  • Angels Join Dodgers & Rangers With Anthony Rendon Interest

    Dodger Blue "With Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals agreeing to a record-setting contract on the first day of the Winter Meetings, the focus now shifts to fellow free agency headliners Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon. Strasburg’s deal has seemingly raised the bar for what..." December 10

  • Giants sign P Kevin Gausman, acquire SS Zack Cozart

    TSN "It's been a busy day in San Francisco. The Giants announced Tuesday evening that they have signed starting pitcher Kevin Gausman to a one-year deal. Minutes later, the team announced they have acquired infielders Zack Cozart and Will Wilson from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange..." December 10

  • Yankees, Angels joined by 'mystery team' in Gerrit Cole pursuit

    CBS Sports "On Monday, as the 2019 Winter Meetings opened in San Diego, the Washington Nationals re-signed 2019 World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg to a seven-year, $245 million deal. The record-breaking contract gives Strasburg the highest average annual value and the most money..." December 10

  • MLB to remove marijuana testing for minor leaguers

    TMZ "Weed is now LEGAL in the MLB ... the league is lifting its ban on marijuana for minor leaguers, removing the drug from its prohibited substance list. As part of the MLB's efforts to crack down on opioid use in and around its league ... it has agreed to stop testing minor leaguers..." December 10

  • MLB holding 2020 draft days before CWS, moves location to Omaha

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball is set to relocate its annual amateur draft in an effort to increase interest in the event. According to Kendall Rogers of D1 Baseball, the 2020 draft will be held at the site of the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, rather than at the MLB Network..." December 10

  • 3 Players the Rest of MLB Should Fear the Astros Acquiring This Offseason

    12 Up "The Houston Astros nearly broke MLB hearts once again this season by getting to the World Series, but the Washington Nationals shocked us all by coming out on top. Despite that result, Houston remains as dangerous as ever. With the Winter Meetings underway, you better believe Houston..." December 10

  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge founder Pete Frates dies "Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball captain who inspired millions with his fight against ALS, died at the age of 34, his family announced on Monday. It was Frates who spawned the Ice Bucket Challenge five years ago, which raised over $200 million for amyotrophic lateral..." December 09

  • Sergio Romo Close To Deciding On Next Team

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran reliever Sergio Romo appears to be cruising towards his next deal. Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter) says there’s momentum towards an agreement, with a decision anticipated during the Winter Meetings. " December 06

  • Angels Have Met With Stephen Strasburg

    Yardbarker "The Angels have often been connected to right-hander Gerrit Cole, the No. 1 free-agent starter available, but they’re considering the second-best starter on the market as a contingency plan. The club has held a face-to-face meeting with Stephen Strasburg, according to Jeff..." December 06

  • Teams still don’t know if three-batter minimum rule will be in effect for 2020

    NBC Sports "According to Athletics GM David Forst, Major League Baseball has still not informed teams whether or not the proposed three-batter-minimum rule will be in effect for the 2020 season, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The league and the players’ union..." December 05

  • If Mookie Betts is dealt -- a big if -- here's who can get him "Let’s be clear about this: Mookie Betts is likely going to be playing for the Red Sox next season. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that multiple MLB executives believe it’s unlikely that Boston will actually trade him, and it makes sense. He is, after all, one..." December 05

  • Angels, Tigers among teams interested Josh Lindblom

    The Score "Josh Lindblom is attempting to make a comeback following a sojourn to the Korea Baseball Organization, and suitors are lining up for the right-hander. The Los Angeles Angels and Detroit Tigers are among the teams interested in Lindblom, according to Jon..." December 05

  • Angels won’t provide timeline for Shohei Ohtani’s return to pitching in 2020

    Sportsnaut "While Los Angeles Angels two-way Shohei Ohtani continues to recover from Tommy John surgery a year ago, general manager Billy Epler is making it clear that the team will take it slow with its star. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Epler declined to provide a timetable for..." December 05

  • The Hall of Fame Case for Tommy John

    Hardball Talk "On Sunday, December 8, the Modern Baseball Era committee of the Baseball Hall of Fame, which includes candidates whose primary contributions to baseball came between 1970-87, will vote on candidates for the 2020 induction class. Between now and then we will take a look at the ten..." December 05

  • Angels Reach Stadium Agreement With City Of Anaheim

    Orange County Register "Anaheim’s hometown baseball team would continue playing in Angel Stadium for another 30 years, and the city would sell the stadium and 133 acres around it to a business partnership including team owner Arte Moreno for about $325 million, under the proposed outline of a deal that Anaheim..." December 04

  • Player treatment, not discipline, likely for opioids

    ABC7 "Players who test positive for opioids would enter treatment and not be suspended under the change to Major League Baseball's drug agreement being negotiated by management and the players' association, according to union head Tony Clark. Talks to add testing for opioids..." December 04

  • Angels To Acquire Dylan Bundy

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have reached a deal to acquire right-hander Dylan Bundy from the Orioles, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports (via Twitter). Minor league right-hander Isaac Mattson is among the players headed back to the Orioles in the trade, which should be the first of..." December 04

  • Dodgers, Angels Have Held In-Person Meetings With Gerrit Cole

    Yardbarker "The Dodgers and Angels “have gotten face time” with free-agent ace Gerrit Cole, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Those teams have long rated among the top possibilities as a landing spot for the California native. Cole has recently been wooed in..." December 04

  • 'It's just getting worse': MLB's 'disgusting' minority hiring woes continue as job candidates shut out again

    USA Today "Major League Baseball has the power to discipline front-office personnel for egregious acts. The league can fine players for anything from wearing the wrong type of shoes to throwing their helmet after a strikeout. It can suspend players for using performance-enhancing..." December 04

  • Report: Yankees concerned Gerrit Cole will choose Dodgers or Angels

    Yardbarker "The New York Yankees are looking to make a major splash in free agency. The defending AL East champs are set to meet with Cy Young runner-up Gerrit Cole in Southern California on Tuesday. Unfortunately for the Yankees, money might not matter. Jon Heyman of MLB Network is..." December 03

  • Angels Non-Tender Kevan Smith

    Halos Heaven "The Angels have non-tendered catcher Kevan Smith, per Mark Feinsand.       According to a source, Kevan Smith will be the only Angels player non-tendered. — Mark Feinsand..." December 03

  • 3 Moves Cubs Could Make to Change Culture Without Trading Kris Bryant

    12 Up "The Chicago Cubs need to strike gold in the offseason to get back on the right track in the fierce NL Central, but doing so could mean that they are forced to part ways with star third baseman Kris Bryant. While a small section of the Wrigley faithful have resigned themselves to the..." December 02

  • Fighters outfielder Haruki Nishikawa reveals wish to play in MLB in 2021

    Japan Times "Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters outfielder Haruki Nishikawa would like to move to the majors as early as the 2021 season, the 27-year-old said Wednesday. Appearing at the Fighters’ team office in Sapporo to sign his contract for next season, Nishikawa is entering the second year of..." December 02

  • Major league teams looking for coaches in private sector and college baseball

    Boston Globe "At 32, Peter Fatse will be younger than some of the players he will work with as assistant hitting coach of the Red Sox next season. He also will be in uniform for the first time since 2012 when he was playing for the Florence Freedom in the independent Frontier League. It..." December 02

  • 5 teams feeling urgency to make a splash "The Braves have put the rest of the National League on notice that they see the 2020 season as an opportunity to win a third straight division title and intend to make a variety of improvements to their roster. That’s what a flurry of activity that includes the signings of free..." December 01

  • Kevan Smith Changes Agencies

    MLB Trade Rumors "Angels’ catcher Kevan Smith has changed agencies and will now be represented by Bryan Hamper of Fusion Sports Agency, MLBTR has learned. Smith, 31, entered the affiliated ranks as a seventh-round pick of the White Sox, with whom he spent the first eight seasons of his pro..." November 30