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  • 147 players entering the free agent market

    CBS Sports "Tuesday night the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their first World Series championship since 1988 with a win over the Tampa Bay Rays(LA 3, TB 1). With that, the abbreviated 2020 MLB season is over and the offseason is already underway. At 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday,..." October 28

  • The 2020-21 MLB Offseason Begins

    MLB Trade Rumors "The most unusual season in baseball history is officially in the books, as the Dodgers notched a 3-1 victory in Game 6 last night to clinch the World Series.  It was the Dodgers’ first championship since 1988, and the drought felt particularly long given the team’s multiple..." October 28

  • Wild MLB Trade Ideas We'd Love to See This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "There will be no shortage of speculative trade content written during the upcoming MLB offseason, and much of it will center around the same handful of names and potential landing spots. Before the hot stove starts cooking, we thought it would be fun to throw out a few..." October 27

  • George Springer 'Does Not Want to Return' To Astros In Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "The Houston Astros have made it clear they want George Springer back. The feeling does not appear to be mutual. Patrick Creighton of ESPN 97.5 Houston reported Monday that Springer, who will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, "does..." October 27

  • MLB lost $3.1B during pandemic-shortened season

    The Score "Major League Baseball took huge financial losses in order for the 2020 season to take place. The league lost $3.1 billion during the pandemic-shortened campaign, according to a MLB official who spoke with The Athletic's Evan Drellich. MLB totaled $3 billion in..." October 26

  • Clayton Kershaw passes Justin Verlander for all-time playoff strikeout record

    The Score "Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw tallied his 206th career postseason strikeout in the fifth inning of Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, passing Justin Verlander for the most in playoff history. Kershaw struck out Tampa Bay Rays..." October 26

  • Should The Astros Give Michael Brantley A Qualifying Offer?

    MLB Trade Rumors "The World Series will come to an end next week, meaning teams will soon have to decide whether to tag their impending free agents with the one-year, $18.9MM qualifying offer. If a team makes a player a QO which that player rejects, the team will be entitled to some form of draft..." October 25

  • Rob Manfred says MLB playoff format will change: '16 is too many'

    The Score "The most unprecedented Major League Baseball season concluded with the first 16-team postseason in the sport's history, but don't get used to it. "Well, look, let me start at the top: 16 is too many," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said when asked about the playoff..." October 25

  • Josh James Out 6-8 Months After Undergoing Hip Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Astros reliever Josh James underwent surgery to repair a labral tear in his left hip, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). The recovery period for James is expected to be somewhere from 6 to 8 months, which means he is likely to miss the beginning of..." October 24

  • Rob Manfred says MLB could limit defensive shifts

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has introduced a host of rule changes in recent years, but commissioner Rob Manfred suggested a bigger one may be yet to come. Appearing on Friday’s edition of “The Dan Patrick Show,” Manfred said that limiting defensive shifts is a frequent..." October 23

  • MLB: 54 days without a positive COVID-19 test

    Sportsnaut "There have been no new positive COVID-19 cases among players for 54 consecutive days, Major League Baseball and the Players Association announced Friday. A total of 3,597 samples were collected and tested from Oct. 16-22, including players and staff. " October 23

  • MLB has direct testimony that shows Jeff Luhnow was aware of Astros' sign-stealing

    CBS Sports "Former Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow is back in the news. Earlier this week Luhnow claimed he was unaware the Astros were illegally stealing signs during their 2017 World Series championship season. MLB suspended Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch one year for..." October 23

  • Trevor Bauer teases Astros fans ahead of free agency

    Larry Brown Sports "Trevor Bauer continues to drum up demand as he enters free agency. The 29-year-old teased the Houston Astros and their fans on Thursday. He posted a photo of a ticket for a flight he was taking from Las Vegas, Nev. to Houston, Texas. " October 22

  • MLBPA Announces 2020 Players Choice Award Winners

    MLB Trade Rumors "The MLBPA announced their Players Choice Awards today, which were voted on by the players prior to the postseason. Freddie Freeman was the biggest winner, taking home both the NL Player of the Year honor, as well as the NL Outstanding Player Award, which correlates to the..." October 22

  • 2020 Gold Glove finalists unveiled "The finalists -- three at each position in each league -- for the 2020 Gold Glove Awards were revealed by Rawlings on Twitter. The winners will be named on Tuesday, Nov. 3, on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET. AMERICAN LEAGUE PITCHEROctober 22

  • Astros Hold Club Option On Brooks Raley

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros’ acquisition of Brooks Raley over the summer appeared to be a mostly straightforward trade bringing a journeyman lefty to a beleaguered bullpen in exchange for a player to be named later. The 32-year-old Raley had less than a year of service time in the..." October 22

  • 'You have to start somewhere': Playoff plan provides a path for MLB to have fans in 2021

    USA Today "It’s been eight months since the United States began grappling with the novel coronavirus, mitigation ranging from casual to militant, lessons missed and learned along the way as the disease killed nearly a quarter-million Americans. For Major League Baseball, returning to..." October 21

  • Looking For A Match In A Francisco Lindor Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "The 2020 season ended in more disappointment for the Indians, who reached the playoffs but were once again unable to break a World Series drought that has gone back to their most recent title in 1948. The Indians may again try to contend next season, but it’s entirely possible..." October 21

  • Jeff Luhnow: 'A lot of evidence' proves I didn't know about Astros' sign-stealing

    USA Today "Former Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow feels he was unfairly targeted as a scapegoat in the sign-stealing scandal that raised questions about the legitimacy of the Astros' 2017 World Series title and ultimately cost him his job.  If he had known about it,..." October 20

  • James Click tasked with sustaining Astros’ excellence amid industrywide financial losses

    Houston Chronicle "For the last 14 years, James Click lingered in the background. He influenced decisions but did not make them. He offered advice, but someone else always had the final say. The Tampa Bay Rays built sustained brilliance on a budget, be it by drafting, development or discovering talent other teams..." October 20

  • MLBPA introduces annual Curt Flood Award to honor those who champion player advocacy

    CBS Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) has announced a new award to honor baseball labor luminary Curt Flood. The award, which will be part of the annual Players' Choice awards, will be given, in the words of a statement released by the MLBPAA, "a former player,..." October 20

  • James Click: Astros 'absolutely' have confidence in Zack Greinke

    The Score "Zack Greinke and the Houston Astros' front office had a discussion about his role with the team after the right-hander's comments during the American League Championship Series. "We had a long conversation. It was great. It was a very healthy conversation,"..." October 19

  • Carlos Correa has classy Instagram post about Randy Arozarena after ALCS defeat

    Larry Brown Sports "The vast majority of baseball fans were overjoyed to see the Houston Astros fall to the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALCS on Saturday, but Carlos Correa wants it to be known that he is not bitter about the way his team’s season ended. After the Rays defeated the Astros in Game 7,..." October 19

  • Astros enter question-filled offseason

    CBS Sports "The Houston Astros had quite a tumultuous 2020. Not only did their punishments come down for their sign-stealing scandal, which resulted in general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch getting axed, but the on-field ride was a roller coaster. They never really got things going..." October 18

  • 10 incredible stats, facts from Rays' Game 7 win "The Rays beat the Astros, 4-2, in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday night at Petco Park to advance to the second World Series in franchise history and the first since 2008. Houston was the second team in postseason history to force a Game 7 after..." October 18

  • Astros’ loss a small bit of justice in a rough 2020

    New York Post "Even a broken country, to tweak a timeworn phrase, is right twice a year.  Correct outcome number one finally arrived Saturday night at Petco Park. With apologies to the deservedly beloved Dusty Baker, Major League Baseball and the United States of America benefit from..." October 18

  • Ex-Yankees P throws shade at Astros after Game 7 loss

    Yardbarker "Many baseball fans got a chance to revel in the moment after the Houston Astros were eliminated from the MLB playoffs on Saturday with a 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 7 of the ALCS at Petco Park in San Diego, Calif. One of the people who enjoyed their elimination was longtime..." October 18

  • 10 stats that could decide today's games "At least one pennant will be clinched today, and there’s a chance for two, as the Astros, Rays and Braves each look to punch their ticket to the World Series, and the Dodgers hope to force a Game 7. There have been 10 days in postseason history where both League Championship Series were..." October 17

  • Never-Say-Die Astros Set Up Season's Biggest Game as Rays Continue Melting Down

    Bleacher Report "This is what a full-fledged meltdown looks like: Tampa Bay starter and 2018 AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell being hooked by manager Kevin Cash with two on, none out and a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning—and clearly unhappy about it. This is what a high-definition meltdown..." October 17

  • The Astros didn't get to Game 7 on momentum. And they won't win it with a narrative

    Yahoo! Sports "Don’t get distracted by the details.  The details this time looked like the Rays’ Yandy Díaz’s biceps. And his snarl while stepping toward the pitcher’s mound after Astros rookie Framber Valdez walked him in the bottom of the..." October 17

  • Dusty Baker has funny quote about Astros after Game 6 win

    Larry Brown Sports "Dusty Baker had a funny quote about his Houston Astros after the team’s 7-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 of the ALCS at Petco Park in San Diego, Calif. on Friday night. The Astros won their third straight game in the series to send things to a seventh game. They are..." October 17

  • Kevin Cash stands by decision to pull Blake Snell from Game 6

    Yardbarker "Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash made the controversial decision to remove Blake Snell from Game 6 of the ALCS with a lead, and he ended up paying the price. Snell got through four innings, allowing three hits and four walks with four strikeouts on 82 pitches. After Snell allowed a..." October 17

  • How MLB old school beat new: Inside the Astros' big inning that won ALCS Game 6

    ESPN "A few months before Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash was born, his 2020 American League Championship Series counterpart, Dusty Baker, supposedly co-invented the high five with his late Dodgers teammate, Glenn Burke. Cash was born on Dec. 6, 1977, and Baker had been a major leaguer..." October 17

  • Astros, Rays Set Game 7 Starters

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros are one win away from pulling off one of the greatest postseason comebacks in Major League Baseball history. After dropping the first three games of the American League Championship Series against the Rays, they have won three in a row to force a Game 7 on Saturday. The Astros will..." October 17

  • Houston evens ALCS with Game 6 win, joins 2004 Red Sox in playoff record book

    CBS Sports "The Houston Astros defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in Friday night's Game 6 of the American League Championship Series by a 7-4 score, staving off elimination for a third consecutive day and forcing a decisive Game 7 on Saturday. The winner will take the pennant and will advance to the World..." October 17

  • Blake Snell unhappy about quick hook in ALCS Game 6 as move backfires for Tampa

    CBS Sports "The Tampa Bay Rays are one win away from a World Series berth. That was also true Wednesday and Thursday, but the Houston Astros won Game 4 (HOU 4, TB 3) and Game 5 (HOU 4, TB 3) of the ALCS to force Game 6 on Friday. Houston is the fourth team ever to force a Game 6..." October 16

  • Dusty Baker Doesn't Have Time For the Things You Write About Him

    The Big Lead "Dusty Baker has stepped in admirably to manage the Houston Astros to the 2020 American League Championship Series. The scandal-rocked 'Stros are two games from a return to the World Series and Baker deserves a lot of credit for his steady hand managing them. But don't try to write about..." October 16

  • Resourceful Rays are once again a club to copy

    TSN "Baseball is a copycat league. When one team is successful, other clubs like to mimic what they are doing. We saw that after Michael Lewis’ book Moneyball came out. Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s found value in players with good on-base percentage, so other teams started valuing..." October 16

  • Meat Loaf's 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light' is the Best Baseball Song Ever

    The Big Lead "I was driving in my car recently when I hear Meat Loaf's Paradise By the Dashboard Light. It's a song I have heard many times in my life, but this time I was struck by the baseball portion of the song. Without basketball to distract me, I dove into a Meat Loaf wormhole. Not a..." October 16

  • Astros Haters Beware: Epic Comeback in Play

    Bleacher Report "You bet it was "Break Glass in Case of Emergency" time. Facing elimination for a second day in a row but still standing, Houston Astros cool-cat manager Dusty Baker invoked Mighty Mouse and blues greats Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf before Game 5. Good thing..." October 16

  • MLB has zero positive COVID-19 tests for 47 consecutive days

    Sportsnet "Major League Baseball and the MLBPA say there were no positive COVID-19 tests recorded among the remaining teams in the last week, bringing its streak of zero positive tests to 47 days. In the week beginning Oct. 9 and ending on Oct. 15, 5,026 samples were tested. " October 16

  • Carlos Correa called his shot before walk-off home run in Game 5

    USA Today "They know you hate them. They know the baseball world will never forgive them over their infamous cheating scandal. But, oh, how those Houston Astros refuse to go away, embracing the hatred. Carlos Correa, not only hit a dramatic one-out, ninth-inning homer in..." October 16

  • Future MLB general managers: Eight candidates who could eventually become your favorite team's next GM

    CBS Sports "The end of Major League Baseball's regular season means, among other things, the beginning of the hiring and firing season for the brain trust positions. Over the past handful of weeks, the Los Angeles Angels and Philadelphia Phillies have had their general manager roles..." October 16

  • Framber Valdez, Blake Snell To Start Game 6 Of ALCS "Thanks to the heroics of shortstop Carlos Correa, who hit a walk-off home run Thursday, the Astros forced a Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Rays. Both teams’ starters are set for that affair on Friday. The Astros will use left-hander Framber Valdez,..." October 16

  • Randy Arozarena, Rays' rookie sensation, ties MLB record with sixth postseason homer

    CBS Sports "No player in baseball has seen his star ascend this October quite as much as Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena. A relative unknown heading into the playoffs, he's taken the AL side of the tournament by storm. He entered Game 5 of the ALCS hitting .442 with a ridiculous .907..." October 15

  • Impressed now? Randy Arozarena once hit an infield triple "Stop me if you heard this one before: Randy Arozarena hit a home run. Sure, at times it feels like we need to take a picture and hold up a newspaper to prove which day he hit it, but yeah, Mr. "Rakes All Night Day Year" smashed another home run in Game 5 of the ALCS on..." October 15

  • Rays, Astros Set Game 5 Starters

    ESPN "The Tampa Bay Rays will use right-hander John Curtiss as their opener and the Houston Astros will go with rookie Luis Garcia in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday. " October 15

  • Zack Greinke takes shot at Astros, AJ Hinch over quick hooks in past

    Larry Brown Sports "Zack Greinke on Wednesday took a shot at A.J. Hinch and the Houston Astros over the way they have handled him in the past. The Astros won Game 4 of the ALCS 4-3 against the Tampa Bay Rays at Petco Park in San Diego, Calif. Greinke got into trouble in the top of the sixth with a 4-2..." October 15

  • Projected Arbitration Salaries For 2021

    MLB Trade Rumors "Matt Swartz has created a model to project salaries for arbitration eligible players, which we’ve been publishing at MLB Trade Rumors for ten years.  This winter, due to the pandemic and 60-game MLB season, there’s more uncertainty than ever with arbitration, as I..." October 15

  • Jose Altuve may have the yips, but he's also raking

    The Score "Jose Altuve, the Houston Astros' embattled second baseman, is having a rough go of it in the field right now. The prevailing diagnosis is a case of the yips. At any rate, Altuve's sudden inability to make routine throws cost the Astros dearly in Games 2 and 3 of the American League..." October 15