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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Mark Shapiro Expects To Remain With Blue Jays

    MLB Trade Rumors "Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro has fielded his share of criticism over five years at the helm, but now seems on the precipice of another term. As Shi Davidi of was among those to report, Shapiro strongly suggested that he’s going to re-up with the Toronto..." October 22

  • Nate Pearson’s future is bright, but there will be limits in 2021 for the Blue Jays’ young right-hander

    The Star "Major League Baseball’s abbreviated season wreaked havoc on almost every pitching staff across the league. Innings were down, regular routines were thrown into disarray and more guys than usual had to adjust to new roles. That’s particularly concerning for the Blue Jays..." October 22

  • Mark Shapiro: Toronto will have resources to add to roster in 'meaningful way'

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays aren't planning on standing pat this offseason. Team president Mark Shapiro said Wednesday the team expects to have an active winter and won't be restricted by tight budgets. "The resources are going to be there to add in a..." October 21

  • '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

  • 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

  • Blue Jays sign four international free agents

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays announced on Monday that they have agreed to terms with international free agent pitchers Jeury Hiciano (20), Geison Urbaez (20), Johan Simon (19) and Kendry Rojas (17). " October 19

  • The Blue Jays shouldn’t give Vlad Guerrero another shot at third base

    The Star "General manager Ross Atkins is on record saying his team’s fielding is one of the things that will need to improve before the Blue Jays can take another step forward in 2021. That begs the question: What should they do with the defensively challenged Vladimir Guerrero..." 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Jonathan Villar Switches Representation

    MLB Trade Rumors "Blue Jays infielder Jonathan Villar has changed agencies and is now a client of Wasserman, Robert Murray reports. We have made note of the switch in our Agency Database. The change in representation comes at a key time for Villar, who’s on the cusp of free..." 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

  • Blue Jays’ Teoscar Hernandez named finalist for Hank Aaron Award

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays slugger Teoscar Hernandez has been recognized for his outstanding 2020 campaign by being named a finalist for the Hank Aaron Award. The award is given annually to the best overall offensive performer in each league. Aaron and a panel of fellow Hall of..." October 14

  • Matt Shoemaker: COVID-19 could have 'huge' impact on Blue Jays' free-agency appeal

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Matt Shoemaker believes the coronavirus pandemic could impact the way free agents view playing in Canada during the 2021 campaign. "If COVID-19 is still a factor ... that could play a huge aspect in anybody coming to Toronto, and..." October 14

  • Hyeon-Jong Yang Expected To Pursue MLB Opportunities This Winter "Kia Tigers lefty Hyeon-jong Yang is expected to explore offers from MLB teams this winter, Jeeho Yoo of South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency tweets. The former KBO MVP is wrapping up a two-year deal with the same Tigers club with which he’s spent the past 14..." October 14

  • The Looming Arbitration Battle

    MLB Trade Rumors "The pandemic has had a massive effect on MLB team revenues, which most expect to translate to a frigid free agent market.  More quietly, a related battle looms: salary arbitration. The first marker will be Wednesday, December 2nd.  That’s when teams must decide whether..." October 14

  • Predicting 1 Trade for Every MLB Team During the 2020 Offseason

    Bleacher Report "With the 2020 Major League Baseball season creeping closer to its end, it's not too soon to look ahead to the offseason. Because every team in the league took a financial hit amid the coronavirus pandemic-shortened season, clubs may prefer to find impact talent on the trade market..." October 13

  • Trevor Bauer wonders if Blue Jays fans 'still hate' him after Randal Grichuk's Twitter campaign

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk wants to see Trevor Bauer pitch north of the border on a more permanent basis. Grichuk was campaigning for the right-hander to join the Canadian baseball team during a Twitter exchange on Tuesday, but might not have..." October 13

  • MLB posting period for KBO players pushed back due to pandemic

    Yonhap News Agency "The posting period for South Korean baseball players hoping to reach the majors has been pushed back by nine days this year, a fallout from the coronavirus-interrupted season here. The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) announced Tuesday that clubs now have between Nov. 10 and Dec. 14..." October 13

  • 2021 MLB Draft order to be set by 2020 standings, per report; Pirates get No. 1 pick

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball has decided that the final draft order for 2021will be determined by reverse order of the 2020 final standings, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports. That's the typical way of ordering draft selections, and for some time it's been believed..." October 13

  • MLB, MLBPA announce COVID-19 test results "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today the latest COVID-19 testing results under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan, through the end of Thursday, October 8th: MONITORING TESTING • Covered..." October 09

  • Forget the asterisk – MLB's 2020 champion will be totally legitimate

    USA Today "With Major League Baseball’s expanded playoff nearly whittled down to a final four, it’s time to make one thing clear. There’s no need for any asterisk. That symbol has dogged the game for more than a century, tied in an almost mythical sense to scandal or,..." October 09

  • Qualifying Offer Value Set At $18.9 Million

    Lone Star Ball "The qualifying offer to MLB free agents this offseason is increasing from the $17.8 million amount that was used for players becoming free agents after the 2019 season to $18.9 million for players after 2020, according to Evan Drellich on Twitter. This most likely doesn’t..." October 08

  • KBO’s Kiwoom Heroes To Post Ha-Seong Kim This Offseason

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Kiwoom Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization will post star shortstop Ha-Seong Kim for Major League clubs this winter, MLBTR has learned. He’d previously voiced a desire to be posted, and the team plans to honor those wishes this winter. All 30 Major League clubs will..." October 08

  • How Marlins’ Jon Berti used debut with Blue Jays as springboard to MLB success

    Sportsnet "During the fourth inning of his final home game as Toronto Blue Jays manager, John Gibbons spotted himself on the video board while on the mound for a pitching change, put his arm around Jon Berti and let the debuting infielder share in the love. "Honestly, I..." October 07

  • MLB Free Agency 2020 Big Board: Ranking the Top 25 Players Available

    Bleacher Report "The upcoming MLB free-agent class saw its most intriguing domino fall when Mookie Betts signed a 12-year, $365 million extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but there is still plenty of impact talent set to hit the open market. Catcher J.T. Realmuto, second baseman DJ..." October 07

  • Details Of Domestic Violence Allegations Surface Against Sam Dyson

    MLB Trade Rumors "Troubling allegations of domestic abuse have emerged surrounding free agent reliever Sam Dyson. In a piece from Katie Strang and Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic (subscription required), Dyson’s ex-girlfriend Alexis Blackburn reveals the details of her relationship with Dyson,..." October 06

  • Supreme Court clears way for class-action lawsuit from minor league players being paid below minimum wage

    CBS Sports "The United States Supreme Court is allowing a class-action lawsuit to proceed from minor-league baseball players who allege they are being paid less than the minimum wage. Attorney and former minor-league baseball pitcher Garrett Broshuis broke the news on Twitter on Monday morning...." October 05

  • 8 pitches that could dominate Division Series "A crazy Wild Card Series week is in the books, and amid all the nail biting, channel flipping and dinger celebrations, pitchers made their presence felt. Hitters combined to bat just .221, and with the scarcity of hits going around, they had to swing for the fences to score. Teams that..." October 04

  • Latest On Potential Playoff Expansion

    MLB Trade Rumors "To help compensate for the sport’s massive pandemic-driven revenue losses, MLB and the MLB Players Association agreed on a 16-team playoff field with a first-round, three-game wild card series for the 2020 season. That agreement covered this year only, but Commissioner Rob Manfred made..." October 03

  • Ross Atkins: Blue Jays open to acquiring 'super high impact' player in offseason

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays are fresh off completing their most successful season in four years after being eliminated from the playoffs by the Tampa Bay Rays, and general manager Ross Atkins already has his eye on the future. Toronto's general manager recently expressed a..." October 03

  • MLB playoffs; What we learned from baseball's unprecedented Wild Card Series

    CBS Sports "For the first time in Major League Baseball history, we just witnessed a full round of Wild Card Series. As all interested parties know by now, each league sent eight teams to the playoffs. Everything started on Tuesday with a three-game series determining which eight would be advancing to the..." October 03

  • Blue Jays' needs clear, but pandemic makes MLB off-season murky

    TSN "The off-season blueprint this winter isn’t all that different from a year ago. After spending a couple of years building up organizational depth and focusing on drafting and developing, the Toronto Blue Jays transitioned into a team eyeing impact big-league talent last year in..." October 03

  • Charlie Montoyo still matters as Jays go all in on analytics

    TSN "It feels like it was over before it even started.  A lot happened in those 27 hours from the start of the first game to the Toronto Blue Jays’ elimination from the playoffs at the hands, or should I say, the arms, of the Tampa Bay Rays. Their best-of-three Wild Card..." October 02

  • Blue Jays closer Ken Giles undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays closer Ken Giles underwent successful Tommy John surgery Wednesday and is expected to make a full recovery, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. It was a forgettable season for the 30-year-old, who is headed to free agency. He missed nearly..." October 01

  • Will fans be allowed to attend MLB playoff games?

    Pro Football Talk "After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games. There have been..." October 01

  • Rays sweep Blue Jays, will face winner of Indians-Yankees

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Rays have swept the Toronto Blue Jays in two games, winning 8-2 Wednesday to advance to the American League Division Series. The Rays have become the second team to make it through to Round 2 of the postseason, following the Houston Astros' sweep..." September 30

  • Likely 2021 MLB draft order gives Pittsburgh Pirates the No. 1 overall pick

    CBS Sports "While MLB has yet to announce the order of selections for the 2021 draft, at one point it was viewed as highly likely that it would be determined by the final 2020 standings.  According to the March agreement between MLB and the players association, commissioner Rob..." September 29

  • How should Alejandro Kirk be used in post-season?

    Sportsnet "Starting Tuesday, the Toronto Blue Jays play the Tampa Bay Rays in a best of three series for the right to advance to the American League Division Series. That much we know, but there are still plenty of unanswered questions surrounding the Blue Jays’ roster, pitching..." September 28

  • Blue Jays’ Robbie Ray could play important role in team’s wild-card pitching plans

    Sportsnet "On Wednesday, Robbie Ray started for the Toronto Blue Jays and motored through four innings of one-run ball against the New York Yankees. Back out for the fifth, he walked the first batter and allowed a single to the next. He was beginning his third trip through New..." September 28