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  • MLB State of the Position 2023: Every Team's 5-Year Plan at Shortstop

    Bleacher Report "The money spent on free agents the past two offseasons is a great indication of how much high-end talent there is across baseball at the shortstop position right now, with Javier Báez, Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Trevor Story, Dansby Swanson and Trea Turner all securing..." February 07

  • What we know (and don't know) about arbitration hearing for Blue Jays' Bo Bichette

    Sportsnet "Later this week, a panel of arbitrators will sit in a Florida conference room and listen to competing presentations about Bo Bichette. The purpose of this get together? To determine whether the Blue Jays infielder will earn $5 million, the club's offer, or $7.5 million,..." February 07

  • Every MLB team’s best under-the-radar offseason move ahead of the 2023 campaign

    The Athletic "Aaron Judge’s decision to remain with the Yankees and Carlos Correa’s prolonged free-agency saga got most of the hot-stove ink, but seasons are often won and lost with winter transactions that don’t grab much attention. For instance: Many..." February 07

  • MLB expansion should include geographic realignment — so let’s build new divisions

    The Athletic "Another MLB season is almost here, and despite the many changes to the game this year — from new rules to a new schedule — 30 teams from six divisions will take the field on Opening Day, as they have for 25 years. But make no mistake, expansion is..." February 07

  • Why Scott Boras has a compelling Baseball Hall of Fame case after years as MLB's top agent

    CBS Sports "As things stand, there are zero agents in the Baseball Hall of Fame. It's likely to remain that way for a long time, if not forever. If there ever is a breakthrough, though, the first agent inducted into the Hall of Fame should be an easy pick: Scott Boras.  No, you don't..." February 07

  • Blue Jays Place Matt Gage On Release Waivers

    Blue Jays Nation "The Toronto Blue Jays have placed left-hander Matt Gage on unconditional release waivers for the purpose of contract termination, the team announced on Monday. Gage, a 10th-round selection from 2014, was designated for assignment last week after the club made Chad Green’s..." February 07

  • Fresh Trade Packages for MLB's Top Rumored Targets

    Bleacher Report "Dr. Frankenstein has his laboratory, and we have ours. The only difference is that ours is strictly for cooking up trade proposals during times when there's not a whole lot happening with Major League Baseball's news cycle. In other words, right now. Our latest round..." February 06

  • Major turnarounds are (probably) coming for these 5 MLB teams

    MLB.com "There were plenty of teams other than the Astros -- who won the World Series, after all -- that were happy with how their 2022 season went. The National League champion Phillies, surely; the Mets and Braves each won 101 games; and the Cardinals had a nostalgia party essentially every night out...." February 06

  • 2023 MLB ‘Wild-Card Era’ Franchise Rankings: Where does your team belong?

    The Athletic "With spring training upon us once again, it’s time to dust off the old calculator, find that scoring system we stole from The Athletic NFL writer Bob Sturm and crank out another edition of the tested, trusted, completely objective, never-been-questioned, all-math,..." February 06

  • MLB will see 10 rookie umps replace veterans as position faces more changes, challenges than ever

    The Athletic "A flood of new umpires will patrol games this season with 10 rookies replacing retiring veterans across Major League Baseball, MLB vice president Michael Hill said last month. It will be the big leagues’ largest first-year class of umps in more than 20 years. The newbies,..." February 06

  • MLB Players Primed for a Home Run Surge in 2023

    Bleacher Report "While there is no shortage of established power hitters around MLB, there is always a new crop of sluggers poised to join the ranks of baseball's home run elite. Guys such as Christian Walker (36 HR), Rowdy Tellez (35 HR), Anthony Santander (33 HR), Corey Seager (33 HR) and Willy..." February 04

  • Inside the Rising Cost of Winning in MLB Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "When Aaron Judge signed his massive $360 million contract this past December—and when Shohei Ohtani signs an even bigger one next winter—there was/will be arguments about whether the price was too high, too low or just right. But to decide whether a player lives up to the..." February 03

  • Shohei Ohtani’s fate with Angels among top spring training storylines

    New York Post "Pitchers and catchers report within two weeks, and as usual there are plenty of enticing storylines.   1. Will the Angels try to extend Shohei Ohtani, and do they have any chance? They want to try, and have two things going for them: 1)..." February 03

  • Picking MLB’s four best bounce-back candidates for 2023

    The Athletic "Optimism is a spring tradition, and it increasingly seems like this column is as well. The allure of dreaming of better days for those players who suffered through a poor 2022 is just something that resonates with anyone who has struggled before, especially right before pitchers and catchers..." February 03

  • Rich Hill rips MLB for repeatedly using different types of baseballs and not telling players

    WGR 550 Sports Radio "Major League Baseball can’t decide what kind of baseball it wants to use, and Rich Hill is getting fed up with it. Certainly, he’s not alone. The league reportedly used three different types of baseballs last season. That comes after two different..." February 03

  • MLB’s 2023 schedule changes: Everything you need to know and what it means for your team

    The Athletic "So … did you see the new 2023 schedule that Major League Baseball unveiled this week? Well, if you did, perhaps you’re wondering … Why would the Giants be spending Opening Day in New York … for the first time since 1956 …..." February 03

  • 25 Greatest First Basemen in Modern MLB History

    Bleacher Report "Welcome once again to Bleacher Report's series of the 25 greatest players at each position in modern MLB history. Up next, the first basemen. The first step in this exercise was to decide what "modern" means for the sake of this discussion, and we settled on everything..." February 03

  • 10 MLB Stars Most Likely to Be on the Trade Block by 2023 Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Baseball fans everywhere are on the edge of their seats for spring training to begin, especially with just one football game left to pass the time. Yet we're already looking ahead at the big names who could be available by the trade deadline this year. Free agency was..." February 02

  • Bold 2023 predictions for MLB's top prospects

    ESPN "It's out! ESPN MLB draft and prospect expert Kiley McDaniel ranked his top 100 MLB prospects for 2023 this week, and now, it's time to have some fun with it. We asked our MLB experts to give us one bold 2023 prediction for the top-100 prospect they are most excited..." February 02

  • MLB offseason reset: Four pieces of unfinished baseball business as spring training approaches

    CBS Sports "Last week, the Houston Astros hired former Atlanta Braves executive Dana Brown as their new general manager. Brown's appointment completed a lengthy search, one that began shortly after the Astros won the World Series, and served as a good reminder that though the..." February 02

  • Alek Manoah blasts analyst for doubting training habits

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah did not take kindly to criticism regarding his perceived training habits from former player Anthony Recker on MLB Network on Wednesday. "I love you, Alek. Just show me you're willing to put in a little more time in the..." February 02

  • Derek Jeter graces cover of MLB The Show collector's edition

    MLB.com "Two days after the cover athlete for MLB The Show '23 was revealed, the cover athlete for a special collector's edition of the video game was announced live on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" on Wednesday. Marlins star second baseman/center..." February 02

  • Blue Jays announce updates to coaching staff

    MLB.com "John Schneider’s first full season as Blue Jays manager will feature a familiar coaching staff, including a pair of moves made on the pitching side.  The Blue Jays have named Jeff Ware and David Howell assistant pitching coaches, with Ware working in the bullpen and Howell..." February 01

  • 20 years of MLB free agency: The more it changes, the more it stays the same

    The Score "Major-league players can already boast of a record contract haul this offseason. Teams have spent $3.65 billion on free agents so far, surpassing the $3.14 billion spent on the open market last winter - the first time the $3-billion mark was exceeded. While MLB revenues hit..." February 01

  • MLB Players Most Likely to Be Impacted by New Stolen Base Rules

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball wasn't exactly feeling the need for speed as stolen bases plummeted in the first 23 seasons of the 21st century, but that's about to change this year courtesy of new rules that will introduce larger bases, a pitch timer and limits on pickoff..." February 01

  • Predicting Every MLB Team's 2023 Opening Day Lineup

    Bleacher Report "As another long, cold winter starts to thaw, we're just a couple of weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in sunny Arizona and Florida. With the bulk of the offseason's free-agency and trade moves in the rearview, it's the perfect time for..." February 01

  • Blue Jays Designate Matt Gage For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have designated reliever Matt Gage for assignment, the club announced. The move opens a 40-man roster spot for Chad Green, who has officially signed his two-year deal. Gage, 30 next month, played eight seasons in the minor leagues after entering the..." February 01

  • Early MLB 2023 trade deadline preview for all 30 teams

    ESPN "The MLB trade deadline is still six months away, but it's never too early to start discussing who might be on the move, right? So, let's pull out the old crystal ball and come up with a trade candidate from each team. Even though most trades at the deadline involve minor..." January 31

  • Blue Jays agree to two-year contract with free-agent reliever Chad Green

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays and reliever Chad Green are in agreement on an $8.5-million, two-year deal that includes a multi-layered option structure, according to two industry sources. Under the incredibly creative contract, Green is guaranteed $2.25 million this year,..." January 31

  • MLB offseason grades for all 30 teams: Who got the highest (and lowest) marks?

    The Athletic "The Athletic’s baseball staff was tasked with assigning a letter grade to each team’s offseason. The average mark was a B-minus, an indication that the staff isn’t necessarily populated with overly tough graders. That said, there were a few outliers, ranging from a trio of..." January 31

  • Aaron Hicks again? 5 other options for Yankees in left field

    ESPN "Left field was a major problem area for the New York Yankees in 2022 -- just ask any Yankees fan -- and, heading into 2023, not much has changed. Last season, Aaron Hicks largely manned the position, leading the team with 46 starts in left field, but the team tried..." January 30

  • 10 MLB Stars Ready for Bounce-Back Seasons in 2023

    Bleacher Report "A new Major League Baseball season is on the way, and more than a few players around the league are hoping that it will be a more pleasant experience than the last one. For our part, we want to look at 10 who can make bounce-back seasons happen in 2023. This kind of exercise..." January 30

  • Maximum money or security? Inside the calculation to sign an MLB extension

    The Athletic "The reported extensions of the Mets’ Jeff McNeil and Rays’ Yandy Díaz are worth a combined $74 million. The Rockies’ Ryan McMahon, when he was in the exact same service class as McNeil and Díaz nearly a year ago, got $70..." January 30

  • MLB Trade Fails That Will Keep Haunting Teams in 2023

    Bleacher Report "The most painful thing anyone can experience, save for maybe a paper cut, is the bite of a Major League Baseball trade gone wrong. Need examples? We got 'em. We've recalled 15 trades—some of which we've lumped together for [waves hands] reasons—from..." January 29

  • Way-too-early 2023 MLB lineup rankings

    ESPN "We're calling these lineup rankings "way-too-early" -- and while that might well be true, maybe it's not. At this point of the winter, teams across MLB have largely completed their heavy lifting. We do still have a few free agents out there and some trades have continued to..." January 27

  • Blue Jays to move fences in at Rogers Centre, but raise walls

    CBS Sports "As part of ongoing renovations to their home ballpark, the Toronto Blue Jays are moving in the outfield fences at the Rogers Centre, which figures to make the venue even more accommodating for power hitters.  On Friday, the Blue Jays officially announced the new outfield..." January 27

  • 5 riskiest acquisitions of MLB offseason

    The Score "Every offseason, MLB teams hand out lucrative, long-term contracts with the hope that players can replicate their past success well into the future. There have been a staggering number of megadeals handed out this winter and a few other head-scratchers that could leave clubs in trouble in the..." January 27

  • Playing Matchmaker with the Top Remaining MLB Free Agents

    Bleacher Report "With the top of MLB's free-agency market settled, some notable players remain unsigned. Spring training is around the corner, and while most teams know what they are working with, some of them could use these free agents still on the market. This may have been the plan..." January 26

  • 5 best MLB free agents still available late in offseason

    Clutch Points "The 2022-23 MLB free agency period has been as busy as could be. We saw the best shortstop market ever, with the likes of Dansby Swanson, Xander Bogaerts, and Trea Turner all finding new homes. Carlos Correa looked to be on his way out of Minnesota as well, but after two concerning..." January 26

  • Ranking 10 most intriguing opt outs after 2023 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2022-23 MLB offseason will be remembered as the winter free agency became exciting again. A record $3.8 billion has been committed to free agents thus far, among that two 11-year contracts (Xander Bogaerts and Trea Turner) and one nine-year contract (Aaron Judge). That doesn't..." January 26

  • 5 great under-the-radar acquisitions this MLB offseason

    The Score "Every fan wants their team to sign the top free agent in the winter, but there's only one Aaron Judge. The fact is, there are a bunch of lower profile players who can also help a team win, and while they don't get the headlines of the New York Yankees retaining their record-breaking..." January 26

  • What were MLB’s most impactful offseason trades?

    The Athletic "This offseason has been filled with record-breaking signings but relatively few trades as player evaluation has become more similar from team to team thanks to sophisticated analytics and algorithms. There were still some terrific trades made this winter, highlighted by the three-team deal in..." January 26

  • Jeff Kent calls Baseball Hall of Fame voting an 'embarrassment' after falling off the ballot

    USA Today "2000 National League MVP Jeff Kent is speaking out against Baseball Hall of Fame voting after he failed to make it to Cooperstown in his 10th and final year on the writer's ballot. "The voting over the years has been too much of a head-scratching..." January 26

  • Previewing the 2024 MLB Hall of Fame ballot: It’s Adrián Beltré’s year, but who might join him?

    The Athletic "After David Ortiz was elected to the Hall of Fame a year ago, the debate started as to whether anyone would be elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America in 2023. Looking ahead to 2024, the question is not “if,” but “how many?” Luckily for those..." January 25

  • Blue Jays, Wynton Bernard Agree To Minor League Contract

    SI "One of the best stories in baseball last year is coming to Toronto. The Blue Jays have signed 31-year-old outfielder Wynton Bernard to a minor league deal, Robert Murray reports. After 10 seasons in the minors and over 800 MiLB games, Bernard made his MLB debut last season with..." January 25

  • Players on MLB 2023 Hall of Fame Ballot Who Are Getting Screwed By Voters

    Bleacher Report "The results of the voting for baseball's 2023 Hall of Fame class won't be announced until Tuesday evening, but it's not too soon to have bones to pick. Because based on how things are looking right now, some guys deserve better. It would be impossible to know..." January 24

  • Which current MLB players will make the Hall of Fame? Breaking down seven locks, dozens of others with a shot

    CBS Sports "The mind can wander. For the past six weeks or so, I've been pretty focused on the current Hall of Fame ballot. In the course of deep dives, my mind will wander to current players. On the downside, it causes procrastination from the task at hand, but the upside is huge because it's..." January 24

  • MLB teams spent $5.2 billion on players in 2022 season

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball suffered massive financial losses during the COVID-19 pandemic, cutting player salaries by more than half and only playing a 60-game regular season. Just two years later, baseball is spending more money than ever before. The salaries for..." January 24

  • The MLB Players Most Likely to Be Impacted by Shift Ban Rule Change

    Bleacher Report "Out of the new rules that will take effect during the 2023 Major League Baseball season, arguably the most welcome is the ban on defensive shifts. Though, to be sure, it depends on who you ask. The new regulations will require teams to have all four infielders..." January 23

  • These 8 MLB players need to stay healthy in 2023

    MLB.com "Injuries are an unfortunate part of baseball, even for some of the game’s best players. There are more than a few players who would likely have plaques in Cooperstown right now if they experienced better health during their careers. Injuries have taken a toll on some..." January 23