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  • 7 important questions as baseball work stoppage appears likely this winter

    CBS Sports "Soon after the Astros or Braves are crowned World Series belt and title-holders for 2021, the focus of the baseball collective will shift to the labor negotiations that will be the catalyst for everything else that happens this coming offseason.  Said negotiations are predictably..." October 25

  • 2021 MLB Free Agents: Latest Rumors, Predictions Before World Series

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball may be gearing up for the World Series, but attention is already being paid to the offseason and the plethora of high-profile free agents who could be soon joining different teams. One such player is shortstop Carlos Correa, who is chasing his second World Series..." October 25

  • MLB 'almost certain' to have first work stoppage in 26 years

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball appears headed for its first work stoppage since 1994-95 players' strike. A work stoppage beginning on Dec. 2 is "almost certain," Ronald Bloom of the Associated Press writes.  The current collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the..." October 25

  • 2 trades Dodgers need to make 2022 World Series

    Clutch Points "As we saw in the Los Angeles Dodgers fourth and final loss to the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS on Saturday, it wasn’t meant to be two years in a row. On the heels of a 106-win season and a dramatic comeback against the San Francisco Giants (at least they beat them?), it definitely hurts to..." October 25

  • Fixing MLB's Problems Being Exposed During the Postseason

    Bleacher Report "As it always does, the Major League Baseball postseason provided plenty of fun times on the lead-up to the World Series between Atlanta and the Houston Astros. Really, what more could anyone want? Well, cleaner, better officiated games for one thing. And maybe more watchable games...." October 25

  • Will the 2021 MLB playoffs spell the end of starters pitching in relief?

    The Athletic "About a month before the 2014 American League wild-card game, as members of the Kansas City Royals front office and coaching staff strategized about facing a one-game playoff, they diagnosed a problem with their roster. “The sixth inning was a little bit of a black hole,”..." October 25

  • Jesse Barfield remains Blue Jays ambassador after tweets called status into question

    Sportsnet "Jesse Barfield remains an alumni ambassador for the Toronto Blue Jays after his status came into question through a series of since-deleted Twitter posts over the weekend in which he apologized for a protocol break. General manager Ross Atkins said the former all-star outfielder, the..." October 25

  • Where Will Max Scherzer Land in Free Agency?

    Bleacher Report "Max Scherzer joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in July with hopes of winning his second World Series ring. In no small part thanks to his tired arm, however, those hopes were finally dashed on Saturday. Regardless, now begins one of the most fascinating free-agent sweepstakes in..." October 24

  • Edward Rogers’ role as Blue Jays chair unchanged amid changes atop RCI

    Sportsnet "Edward Rogers’ roles as chair of the Toronto Blue Jays and control person with Major League Baseball are unaffected by this week’s manoeuvrings that led to his removal as board chair of parent company Rogers Communications Inc., according to two industry..." October 23

  • Realistic MLB Trades That Could Happen in 2021 Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Most of the focus on MLB offseason roster moves will be on the free agents, who will become eligible to sign with new teams somewhere in the Nov. 4-8 range, depending on how long the World Series lasts. But offseason trades can also have a big impact on expectations for the..." October 22

  • Blue Jays need to be patient with free agency decisions from Marcus Semien, Robbie Ray

    Sportsnet "Mark Shapiro, President and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays, said pending free agents Robbie Ray and Marcus Semien have earned the right to explore the free-agent market, and fans should give them time to make their decisions. "Those players have worked..." October 21

  • Each MLB Team's Biggest Disappointment of 2021

    Bleacher Report "Earlier this week, we ran through every MLB team's biggest surprise of the 2021 season, highlighting the likes of Cedric Mullins, Robbie Ray, Austin Riley, Garrett Whitlock, Ranger Suarez, Frank Schwindel and others who exceeded expectations this year. Now it's..." October 21

  • Shohei Ohtani, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bryce Harper headline MLBPA Players Choice Awards finalists

    The Score "Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani, Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper are the finalists for Player of the Year at the 2021 Players Choice Awards, the..." October 21

  • Two teams the Blue Jays should call for high-end pitching trade options

    Sportsnet "Here’s a simple way for the Toronto Blue Jays to address their pitching needs this off-season: sign Max Scherzer and Robbie Ray. Or Kevin Gausman and Carlos Rodon. Grab Zack Greinke and Anthony DeSclafani while you’re at it. You can never have too much pitching, right? If..." October 21

  • MLB's best home plate umpires aren't working its biggest games

    The Score "Before the robots take over - at least behind home plate - Major League Baseball ought to try something seemingly obvious: employ its best ball-strike callers as home plate umpires in the playoffs. Remarkably, that's not something MLB is doing. October 21

  • Will Carlos Beltrán get second chance as MLB manager?

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current landscape makes it hard to not think about Carlos Beltrán. Take a look this way, and two of the franchises Beltrán played for (the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets) are seeking new managers. Take a look that way, and two teams that his legacy will..." October 21

  • Why Robot Umps Aren't the Best Solution to MLB's Umpiring Problem...Yet

    Bleacher Report "Death, taxes and fans complaining about calls that don't go their way. As long as sports have existed, there has been an element of error that comes with living, breathing human beings officiating those sports. October 20

  • What’s Next For Reds Once Nick Castellanos Makes Opt Out Decision?

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds were competitive in 2021 but ultimately came up short of a Wild Card berth. Cincinnati now faces the potential departure of one of their middle-of-the-order hitters, which would leave general manager Nick Krall needing to find some other way to bolster the offense while restructuring a..." October 20

  • Each MLB Team's Biggest Surprise of 2021

    Bleacher Report "Was anyone a bigger surprise during the 2021 MLB season than Baltimore Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins? That's certainly up for debate, but each team had at least one player who surpassed even the most optimistic expectations over the course of the year. October 20

  • Ranking Top 25 Potential Trade Chips of the 2021-22 MLB Offseason

    Bleacher Report "The MLB offseason is right around the corner, and it's never too early to start setting the landscape for another busy winter of wheeling and dealing on the trade market. Last month, we counted down the top 25 upcoming free agents, and now it's time to turn our attention to..." October 19

  • Top MLB free agents of 2021-2022

    Sportsnaut "As the 2021 season concludes, baseball fans and teams are excited for the exciting crop of MLB free agents who will be available this winter. From young shortstops like Carlos Correa and Corey Seager to future Hall of Famer pitchers like Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw, a lot of money will be..." October 19

  • What Blue Jays can learn from Dodgers with big contract calls looming

    Sportsnet "If any team in baseball represents the modern ideal of sustained big-market success, it’s the Los Angeles Dodgers. After winning eight consecutive NL West titles, they tied a franchise record with 106 wins in 2021 only to lose the division to an even better Giants team led by..." October 19

  • Previewing The 2021-22 MLB Free Agent Class: Starting Pitchers

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve taken a position-by-position look at the upcoming free agent class at MLBTR in recent weeks. With the position players now all covered, we turn our attention to the starting pitching market. Each winter, free agency offers a wide variety of starting pitching tiers. There..." October 19

  • Blue Jays prioritizing roster improvement, not just re-signing FAs

    SI "Even when touching on positives from the Toronto Blue Jays 2021 season and offseason plans, President and CEO Mark Shapiro said there was a sense of "bitterness" watching the postseason play out without the Blue Jays involved. The feeling leaves Shapiro determined to improve..." October 18

  • Padres managerial candidates: Five names San Diego should consider, including Ron Washington and Mike Shildt

    CBS Sports "Nearly two weeks have passed since the San Diego Padres fired manager Jayce Tingler following a disappointing 2021 season. It wasn't all Tingler's fault, of course; the Padres suffered from myriad injuries, especially on the pitching side, and their underlying measures suggested they..." October 18

  • Major League Baseball to require teams to provide housing for minor league players starting in 2022

    ESPN "Amid mounting pressure from players and advocacy groups, Major League Baseball will require teams to provide housing for minor league players starting in 2022, sources told ESPN. While MLB has yet to outline its plan formally, six team officials told ESPN they are starting to prepare..." October 17

  • Ranking the Worst MLB Playoff Collapses of All Time

    Bleacher Report "No MLB postseason series lead is safe. According to Matt Kelly of MLB.com, there have been 14 instances in history when a team has blown a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven series. Those 14 losing teams make up our list of contenders for the title of worst playoff collapse in MLB..." October 17

  • Alex Rodriguez has message for the ‘analytics people’ in MLB

    Larry Brown Sports "Alex Rodriguez had a message for the “analytics people” in MLB on Saturday. Kiké Hernandez has been on fire this postseason. He hit two home runs in Game 1 of the ALCS and another homer in Game 2 on Saturday. He entered Game 2 of the ALCS batting .500 in the..." October 17

  • MLB Players Recently Electing Free Agency

    MLB Trade Rumors "As the offseason gets underway, players around baseball continue to elect minor league free agency.  While the threshold for big league free agency (six-plus years of Major League service time) is well known, there are several methods of qualifying for minor league free agency.  The..." October 17

  • Despite being part of the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, Carlos Correa should hit it big in free agency

    The Athletic "So who is worth more, Francisco Lindor or Carlos Correa? Oh, I know. Lindor signed a $341 million extension with the Mets because the team’s new owner, Steve Cohen, wanted to make a splash, show his fans he was willing to spend big. I can hear rival..." October 16

  • Previewing The 2021-22 Free Agent Class: Corner Outfield

    MLB Trade Rumors "With the League Championship Series having kicked off tonight, we’re moving ever closer to the offseason. With free agency approaching, MLBTR has taken a position-by-position look at the options who’ll be available on the open market. Today, we turn our attention to the..." October 16

  • Ranking the Cardinals' four best manager candidates to replace fired Mike Shildt

    Sporting News "Mike Shildt is out as the Cardinals manager, fired during a Thursday morning meeting with John Mozeliak, the club’s president of baseball operations.  It was a surprise to Shildt, as characterized by Mozeliak, who cited “philosophical..." October 14

  • Best and Worst Landing Spots for MLB's Top 5 Free Agents

    Bleacher Report "When the 2021 Major League Baseball postseason concludes in a few weeks, suitors will start lining up for one of the best free-agent classes in recent memory. It'll be up to those free agents to choose their next homes wisely. October 14

  • Ron Washington? Buck Showalter? Breaking down possible Mets managerial candidates.

    Yahoo! Sports "Round and round and round we go. For the fifth time in a five-year span, the Mets are searching for another manager. Following Terry Collins’ stretch at the helm from 2011-17, the Mets have gone through three managers and recorded losing records in three of their last four..." October 14

  • Grading MLB umpires: Meet the humans behind the Twitter bots that track balls and strikes

    The Athletic "An old Acer laptop sits on top of a mini fridge in a 17th-floor dorm room at Boston University. It has one job. Every morning, at 10:30 a.m., the laptop whirs to life and runs some simple Python code, scraping data from an internet library, generating graphics and spitting them out to more than..." October 14

  • Predicting 1 Trade for Every MLB Team During the 2021 Offseason

    Bleacher Report "It's never too early to start looking ahead to the MLB offseason. This year's free-agent class is headlined by middle infielders Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Marcus Semien and Trevor Story, first baseman Freddie Freeman, third baseman Kris Bryant, right fielder Nick..." October 13

  • Rob Manfred: MLB to Consider More Nontraditional Venues After 'Field of Dreams' Game

    Bleacher Report "MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that fans, players and teams can expect more nontraditional types of venues for games in the future, per Mark J. Burns of Sports Business Journal. Manfred mentioned he's interested in having games "where they don't..." October 12

  • Top available MLB free agents of 2021-2022

    Sportsnaut "As the 2021 season concludes, baseball fans and teams are excited for the exciting crop of MLB free agents who will be available this winter. From young shortstops like Carlos Correa and Corey Seager to future Hall of Famer pitchers like Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw, a lot of money will be..." October 12

  • Qualifying offers in MLB going down to $18.4M

    The Score "Qualifying offers for impending free agents this offseason will be $18.4 million, which is down $500,000 from last winter, sources told Buster Olney of ESPN. A player will reportedly have to accept or reject the qualifying offer before the collective bargaining agreement expires Dec...." October 12

  • Each MLB Team's Nightmare Contract by 2023

    Bleacher Report "By Friday morning, only four MLB fanbases will still be cheering their teams on in 2021. Most have already turned their attention to what might lie ahead in 2022. But we're taking that one step further for a look at the most troubling contract situations for 2023 and..." October 12

  • MLB Is Testing Ways to Fix Baseball’s Boredom Problem

    Bloomberg "Players and coaches in baseball’s Atlantic League had been dreading the change for more than a year. “I don’t understand why they’re doing it,” Danny Barnes, a relief pitcher for the Long Island Ducks, told me during batting practice a week before its debut at the..." October 11

  • Predicting When Every Non-Playoff Team Will Reach the MLB Postseason Again

    Bleacher Report "After implementing an expanded postseason field for the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the MLB playoffs returned to a 10-team format in 2021. That means 20 teams were on the outside looking in when the regular season ended, and each of those teams is facing a different set of..." October 11

  • Projected Arbitration MLB Salaries For 2022

    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 11 years. In the baseball industry, teams and agents determine arbitration salaries by identifying comparable players. To project the entire..." October 11

  • 1 Flaw Every Top Young MLB Star Needs to Fix This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Young talent has been and still very much is all the rage in Major League Baseball, but even the game's best young players can still get better. As for how? Well, we have ideas for 10 of them. October 11

  • These Teams Are The Best Match For A Willson Contreras Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "As to who would be interested in acquiring him, it would have to be a team with a need behind the plate, of course. But given that he only has one year of control, it would also have to be a win-now club. Let’s look at which teams could fit the..." October 10

  • Previewing The 2021-22 Free Agent Class: Center Fielders

    Yardbarker "As the offseason creeps closer and closer, we’ll continue our position-by-position look at the upcoming free-agent class. We’ve already covered catchers, first basemen, third basemen, second basemen and shortstops. Next up, center..." October 10

  • The Best and Worst Bang-for-Your-Buck Contracts of 2021 MLB Season

    Bleacher Report "Building an MLB roster is all about maximizing value from the high-priced superstars all the way down to the last guy on the bench. With that in mind, a team that gets good bang for its buck is going to be in a better position to field a competitive and well-balanced roster...." October 09

  • Previewing The 2021-22 MLB Free Agent Class: Shortstops

    MLB Trade Rumors "The quality of the 2021-22 free agent shortstop class has been discussed for years at this point. We’re just a few weeks away from that group actually hitting the open market, with a handful of young stars at the top of the class offering shortstop-needy clubs plenty of..." October 09

  • The greatest postseason moment for every MLB team

    Yardbarker "Every fall brings the chance of a magical moment that will be forever associated with baseball lore. However, for every team, fanbase, and generation, there are a handful of postseason events that stand shoulders above the rest. Here is a look at the memorable or noteworthy moment for each MLB..." October 08

  • MLB fined 140 players for mask violations in 2021. Every appeal was denied, irking some players

    The Athletic "Major League Baseball this season issued about 240 fines to about 140 players for failure to properly wear a face mask, people with knowledge of the process said. Although players routinely appealed the fines to the commissioner’s office, none have been overturned in a hearing, irking..." October 08