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  • Braves agree to Minors deal with Chris Rusin

    MLB.com "The Braves have agreed to a Minor League deal with left-hander Chris Rusin, according to a report from MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal. The club hasn't confirmed the deal, which is said to include a Spring Training invite. " January 18

  • Josh Donaldson on leaving Braves: Other offers were not in ‘same realm’

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Josh Donaldson cited three reasons for why he chose not to re-sign with the Braves, opting instead for a contract with the Twins this week. The free-agent third baseman signed a four-year, $100 million guaranteed deal that includes a fifth-year option and incentives that could make the contract..." January 18

  • Braves re-sign Adeiny Hechavarria to one-year deal

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves intended to address their depth before spring training, and they did so Thursday night in re-signing one of 2019’s pleasant surprises. Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria returned to the Braves on a one-year, $1 million deal, the team announced. Hechavarria, a 30-year-old..." January 16

  • How an episode of 'Hey Arnold!' is a perfect love letter to baseball and its beauty, power and simplicity

    Sporting News "Nostalgia can be a gift and a curse. Oftentimes, nostalgia operates as nothing more than beer goggles — distorting the view of something from afar while we slam Natty Light after Natty Light. Then, the sensation passes, and we're reminded of our jobs, our stresses,..." January 16

  • Braves, Yangervis Solarte Agree To Minor League Deal

    Talking Chop "While the Atlanta Braves remain in search of an offensive upgrade to plug the hole created when Josh Donaldson signed with Minnesota, the team is also in need of rounding out its bench. The Braves on Wednesday agreed to a minor-league contract that also includes an invite to spring training..." January 16

  • Dave Martinez Is Now the Only MLB Manager to Win a World Series with His Current Team

    The Big Lead "Dave Martinez stands alone. With the firings of Alex Cora and A.J. Hinch this week, the Washington Nationals manager has become unique in his sport. He's the only manager in Major League Baseball to have won a World Series for his current franchise. And it just happened in..." January 16

  • Braves to pursue Marcell Ozuna, Nick Castellanos

    Larry Brown Sports "The Atlanta Braves have a big hole in the middle of their lineup now that Josh Donaldson has signed with the Minnesota Twins, and some have wondered if the team could try to pull off a blockbuster trade to make up for that. However, they do not appear to be thinking that big. Jim..." January 15

  • Twins go commendably off-brand with Josh Donaldson's megadeal

    The Score "Opportunism propelled the Minnesota Twins to an unexpected division title in 2019. To be sure, the club wouldn't have dethroned the Cleveland Indians without considerable steps forward from several key holdovers, but outsized returns on the relatively low-cost additions of Nelson Cruz,..." January 15

  • Yes, more teams than the Astros and Red Sox stole signs, but that doesn’t excuse them.

    Hardball Talk "There’s an element to all of this Astros and Red Sox news that keeps coming up that I want to dig in to. Indeed, it’s a thing that comes up every single time a team or a player gets in trouble for something. It’s the “hey, they weren’t the only ones doing it! They..." January 15

  • Infielder Josh Donaldson, Twins reportedly agree to a 4-year deal

    Larry Brown Sports "The Minnesota Twins reportedly have added a huge piece in their quest to repeat as AL Central champs. The Twins and former AL MVP Josh Donaldson have agreed to a four-year deal, Mark Feinsand first reported on Tuesday. Ken Rosenthal says the deal is for $92 million over four years,..." January 14

  • Braves unveil Truist Park as new stadium name

    CNN "The Atlanta Braves unveiled the highly anticipated new name of its stadium: Truist Park. The name, announced Tuesday, replaces SunTrust Park, the stadium where the baseball team has played its home games at since April 2017. The team used to play..." January 14

  • Josh Donaldson's long-awaited payday may never arrive

    The Score "Josh Donaldson had no qualms about betting on himself last winter. Less than a month after the Boston Red Sox bludgeoned their way to a World Series title, Donaldson signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves, resolved to reestablish himself - at the age of 33 - as one of the..." January 14

  • Managers, Top Front Office Execs On Expiring Contracts

    MLB Trade Rumors "Monday was one of the most stunning days baseball has seen in recent memory. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and A.J. Hinch, who oversaw several contending teams in Houston and led the club to a World Series championship, lost their jobs as a result of a sign-stealing scandal. Before..." January 14

  • With 3B market thinning, is Josh Donaldson next?

    MLB.com "The Rangers are in agreement with veteran slugger Todd Frazier on a one-year, $5 million deal with a club option for 2021, pending a physical, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. The 34-year-old could fill a big hole at the hot corner for Texas, which missed out on..." January 13

  • Predicting Landing Spots for Top 10 Remaining MLB Free Agents

    Bleacher Report "Pitchers and catchers report in less than a month. Most of the top free agents have come off the board. Yet multiple impact players remain unsigned, ranging from genuine stars (Josh Donaldson, Marcell Ozuna) to high-upside gambles (Taijuan Walker, Yasiel Puig). As we await..." January 13

  • MLB, Rob Manfred face league-altering test amid probes and rule changes

    Sportsnet "This could be Rob Manfred’s decade. No, check that: it very much needs to be Rob Manfred’s decade. The recent passing of NBA commissioner David Stern gave all of us pause to reflect on the evolution of North American professional sports; to reflect on how the NFL has..." January 13

  • Who Will Be the Next MLB Players to Sign $300M Contracts After Gerrit Cole?

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball's $300 million contract club is rapidly expanding. Giancarlo Stanton became the first player to sign a $300 million deal when the Miami Marlins extended him for $325 million over 13 years in 2014. He was all alone until 2019, when Manny Machado,..." January 10

  • Could Dodgers jump back in on Josh Donaldson?

    MLB.com "Although Donaldson has received four-year offers from three teams (Braves, Nationals, Twins), the market for the veteran third baseman has reached a standstill. That could give the Dodgers an opening to jump back into the mix, MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal writes in an article for The..." January 09

  • Five Potential Trade Destinations For Rockies All-Star Third Baseman Nolan Arenado

    The Big Lead "Nolan Arenada, the Colorado Rockies' 28-year old All-Star, is probably going to get traded, as reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Arenada signed an eight-year, $260 million contract in 2019, but the third baseman has an opt-out after the 2021 season so the Rockies could lose..." January 09

  • Ranking the Worst Moves of the MLB Offseason

    12 Up "The MLB offseason is the time for prospective contenders to either strike it rich with some big-name free agents like Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon or make some quality under-the-radar moves like the additions of Nomar Mazara and Edwin Encarnacion, just to name a few, in Chicago...." January 09

  • Twins Still Pursuing All-Star Josh Donaldson

    Sportsnaut "While the Atlanta Braves are currently viewed as the favorites to re-sign Josh Donaldson, the Minnesota Twins reportedly remain in pursuit of the All-Star third baseman and still have a chance to sign him. According to KSTP’s Darren Wolfson, Minnesota remains engaged in..." January 07

  • Nationals Reportedly Keep Offer Open To Josh Donaldson

    MLB Trade Rumors "Even after a run of free agent additions that plug quite a few holes with veteran players, the Nationals do not appear to be shutting the door on top remaining open market star Josh Donaldson — at least, not entirely. The Nats could still make the third baseman fit, but..." January 07

  • Braves Reportedly Remain Favorites for Josh Donaldson

    12 Up "The Atlanta Braves remain in the driver's seat to re-sign slugger Josh Donaldson, especially after their main competition for his services -- the division rival Washington Nationals -- inked Eric Thames on Monday. Donaldson is the largest remaining free agent prize left..." January 06

  • MLB discussing use of technology to prevent sign-stealing

    The Score "Major League Baseball is discussing the idea of using on-field technology to encode communication between pitchers and catchers and help prevent sign-stealing, reports Hannah Keyser of Yahoo Sports. The commissioner's office is developing several prototype devices, sources..." January 06

  • Five MLB teams that could disappoint in 2020

    Sportsnaut "Many MLB teams have been busy this winter, turning over their rosters and making the moves necessary to take significant strides in the 2020 season. While some have stepped up this winter, others have fallen short. Whether due to front offices missing out on top free agents or..." January 06

  • 3 potential trade proposals for Nolan Arenado

    The Score "The likelihood of a Nolan Arenado trade is reportedly down to a coin flip, as the Colorado Rockies are fielding offers for the superstar third baseman and looking for a package that includes a controllable first baseman or center fielder. While 29 teams..." January 06

  • Who's left in the Josh Donaldson race?

    MLB.com "After being limited to just 52 games with the Blue Jays and Indians in an injury plagued 2018, Josh Donaldson signed a one-year, $23 million contract with the Braves and re-established his value ahead of another go at free agency. He is tied to Draft-pick compensation if he signs with..." January 05

  • Twins Reportedly ‘Pessimistic’ In Josh Donaldson Pursuit

    MLB Trade Rumors "Recent reports have indicated that Josh Donaldson’s reps have been pushing their asking price toward $110MM over a four-year term, and it now seems as if at least one bidder is preparing to push their chair back from the table. The Twins have..." January 05

  • Josh Donaldson holding out for $110M deal

    The Score "The Josh Donaldson sweepstakes seem to be down to whichever team will offer an extra $10 million first. Donaldson is reportedly mulling multiple four-year deals in the $100-million range from the Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves, and Minnesota Twins...." January 03

  • Latest On Josh Donaldson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves could lose third baseman Josh Donaldson in free agency, but they’re not going down without a fight. They’ve made the longtime star a four-year offer, David O’Brien of The Athletic tweets. They join the Twins and Nationals as teams known to have..." January 02

  • Robinson Chirinos Reportedly Nearing Decision

    The Union Journal "Veteran catcher Robinson Chirinos is “shut to creating a call” on his subsequent group, in keeping with MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). He has drawn vast curiosity thus far of the winter. It’s nonetheless completely unclear the place Chirinos..." January 02

  • Will Harris Weighing Offers

    Yardbarker "Righty Will Harris has drawn somewhat less pressing interest than might have been supposed entering the offseason. But the veteran is mulling offers from multiple teams and could soon sign, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). Harris is said to have drawn..." January 02

  • Nats willing to go four years for Josh Donaldson?

    MLB.com " The World Series champion Nationals have a big vacancy to fill at third base after Anthony Rendon signed with the Angels earlier this offseason. Donaldson is the only remaining star third baseman on the free-agent market, and a source has confirmed to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi that..." January 02

  • Marcell Ozuna's market 'gaining some clarity'

    TSN "Marcell Ozuna is one of the premier free agent bats left on the board, but that might not be the case for long. According to The MLB Network's Mark Feinsand, Ozuna's market is "gaining some clarity." He adds the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas..." January 02

  • Taking Stock Of The Center Field Market

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve glanced in at a few areas of the player market to see what’s left after a busy first few months of the offseason. With a New Year’s freeze in effect on the news cycle, let’s do the same for the center field market. The lack of supply sufficient to meet..." January 02

  • Countdown to Spring Training: A 30-team guide

    MLB.com "The arrival of a new calendar year brings increased anticipation for Spring Training, and with camp now about six weeks away for Major League clubs, each has several questions that need to be answered before Opening Day. Here's a look at those questions, as well as a link to other important..." January 01

  • Twins have made 4-year offer to Josh Donaldson

    Yardbarker "The Twins entered the offseason seeking “impact” starting pitching, but it doesn’t appear they’ll succeed in that quest. They agreed to one-year deals with Rich Hill and Homer Bailey on Tuesday, and with no high-end starters left..." January 01

  • These are the most memorable recent 3-team deals

    MLB.com "When it comes to pulling off a trade, three is sometimes not a crowd, but a necessity. While almost all deals involve two teams working out an exchange, sometimes the addition of a third brings some previously absent element into the mix that allows everyone to get what they want. It..." December 31

  • Five way-too-early bold predictions for the 2020 MLB season

    Sporting News "Happy (almost) New Year! Of course, for the baseball fans, the new year doesn't actually start until March 26, 2020. As we inch closer to Opening Day, we'll have more certainties and a better idea of what teams and players will be in the new league year. But until..." December 31

  • Taking Stock Of The Starting Pitching Market

    MLB Trade Rumors "Entering the offseason, the market for rotation upgrades was robust — arguably one of the strongest groups of free-agent starters we’d seen. Two bona fide aces — Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg — headlined a group that also featured the NL Cy Young..." December 30

  • Every team's top home run of the decade

    MLB.com "As the 2010s come to a close, it's time to look back at the best home runs of the decade. There were 51,931 homers hit from 2010-19, but there are a choice few that will always stand out as the most memorable, whether they came in the clutch during the postseason, were milestone shots for..." December 30

  • Six Years After JAY-Z's Taunt, Scott Boras Gets the Last Laugh

    Complex "On an album that will largely serve as an afterthought in the catalog of (arguably) the greatest rapper of all time, there was a taunt that caused plenty of sports fans to perk up when they heard it.   In the first verse of the eighth track of his 2013 offering Magna..." December 30

  • Top plays from 2019 MLB season

    The Score "10. Pete Alonso walks off Home Run Derby The New York Mets first baseman was a tour de force during his first campaign in the majors. Before breaking MLB's single-season rookie homer record, Alonso won an epic long-ball derby with three walk-off dingers, including that blast to..." December 30

  • Dallas Keuchel contract with the White Sox finalized, agrees to 3-year, $55.5 million deal

    Chicago Tribune "Dallas Keuchel is officially a White Sox player. The team on Monday announced it signed the veteran left-handed pitcher to a three-year, $55.5 million deal. The contract includes a team option for 2023. Under terms of the agreement, Keuchel will receive $18 million each..." December 30

  • Why small-market excuses for not spending, from teams like the Indians and Brewers, don't hold up

    CBS Sports "For a number of teams, the Competitive Balance Tax (CBT) on payrolls provides all the rationale they need to tamp down on spending. Witness, for instance, the well heeled likes of the Cubs using the language of capability as opposed to choice when it comes to spending (they..." December 30

  • Latest On Braves’ Third Base Plans

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves are unlikely to “aggressively” pursue a Nolan Arenado trade as long as incumbent starter Josh Donaldson remains on the market, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported on Saturday citing unnamed sources (link). Yesterday, our own Steve..." December 29

  • 10 biggest MLB stories from 2019

    The Score "With the calendar ready to turn to 2020, here's a look at the top 10 stories in Major League Baseball from 2019:  10. Free-agency freeze - and sudden thaw The stars of last year's free-agent class had to wait until spring training to find homes; only then did..." December 29

  • An insider's view of the contentious MLB-MiLB dispute, from ex-pitcher, lawyer Garrett Broshuis

    Sporting News "The current contentious dispute between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball became public in October, when Baseball America reported that MLB had offered a plan to eliminate as many as 42 minor-league teams after the 2020 minor-league season, when the Professional Baseball..." December 28

  • 3 Perfect Destinations for Bounce Back Candidate King Felix Hernandez

    12 Up "Reports indicate that Felix Hernandez has no intentions of retiring, even though he's statistically been of the MLB's worst pitchers across the last two campaigns. King Felix's career with the Seattle Mariners has surely concluded, and in perfect fashion at..." December 27

  • Ryosuke Kikuchi returning to Carp after failing to secure MLB contract

    Japan Times "Hiroshima Carp infielder Ryosuke Kikuchi said Friday he is giving up a bid to move to the majors this offseason via the posting system and will remain with the NPB club. Kikuchi, a seven-time Golden Glove winner, had until 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 2, 2020, to secure a deal with any of the 30..." December 27