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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

  • Amount of Marcell Ozuna’s Next Contract?

    MLB Trade Rumors "Outfielder Marcell Ozuna just wrapped up a dream season as a member of the Braves, with whom he slashed .338/.431/.606 and totaled a National League-leading 18 home runs in 267 plate appearances. The Braves couldn’t have expected better than that when they signed Ozuna, a former..." October 21

  • Braves GM: Team hopes to re-sign Marcell Ozuna

    AJC "Braves manager Brian Snitker has a game Tuesday night. Not the game he might have preferred – Game 1 of the World Series – but a game he’ll enjoy nonetheless. “Tee-ball game at 6 o’clock,” he said Tuesday morning with a grandfatherly..." 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

  • The ending to 2020 stings, but the Braves will be back

    Talking Chop "Well, that sucked. The Braves were on the doorstep of the World Series for three games, and then proceeded to lose all three to a Dodgers team that stepped up when their backs were against the wall. The Braves will finish the 2020 season as the second-best team in the National League..." October 19

  • Ian Anderson, Dustin May make history as G7 starters "Ian Anderson and Dustin May are about to make postseason history. When Anderson takes the mound for the Braves against May and the Dodgers in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday, it will be the first winner-take-all playoff game with two rookie starting..." October 18

  • MLB announces World Series schedule

    The Score "Major League Baseball announced the start times for the 2020 World Series beginning Tuesday in Arlington, Texas. After winning the American League Championship Series on Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rays will face either the Los Angeles Dodgers or..." October 18

  • This is why Joe Buck is not calling Game 7 between Dodgers-Braves

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers forced a Game 7 in the NLCS with a win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. Fans have grown accustomed to hearing Joe Buck call huge games on FOX, but that will not be the case for Game 7 of the NLCS this year. With sports calendars clashing more than ever this..." 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

  • Dodgers’ Will Smith Had Subdued Take On Getting To Face Braves’ Will Smith

    NESN "We had been waiting for this moment all series: Will Smith versus Will Smith. You see, both the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers have a Will Smith on the roster. The one that plays for the Braves is a relief pitcher, and the one that plays for the Dodgers is a catcher. " October 17

  • How Mookie Betts' G5 snag 'turned the momentum' "If the Dodgers go on to win the pennant and then the World Series, exorcising more than three decades of demons to bring a championship to Los Angeles, they may be able to point to the third inning Friday as the moment when everything changed. If the Braves continue their own quarter century of..." October 17

  • Twitter explodes watching Dodgers' Will Smith face Braves' Will Smith

    The Score "Game 5 of the NLCS created quite the stir when Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith came up to bat in the sixth inning. Awaiting him on the mound was none other than Atlanta Braves reliever Will Smith. It was the first time in MLB playoff history..." October 17

  • Marcell Ozuna costs Braves with baserunning error in Game 5 "Marcell Ozuna’s baserunning blunder in Game 5 of the NLCS at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, on Friday night cost his Atlanta Braves badly. The Braves were leading the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 in the bottom of the third. Ozuna singled to lead off the inning against Joe..." October 17

  • John Smoltz Accidentally Invented Twitter

    The Big Lead "One of the unexpected joys of parenthood is that dinner-bath-bedtime can become a four-hour affair that drags on in excruciating ways. Like a bad noon game between two air-it-out collegiate offenses. As a result, dear old dad is unable to completely lock into the televised sports. So I was only..." October 17

  • Marcell Ozuna To Red Sox? Braves Star’s Breakout Raises Valid Question

    NESN "It didn’t work out so well the last time the Red Sox went bear hunting, as Pablo Sandoval’s two-plus seasons in Boston were memorable for all of the wrong reasons. Yet one can’t let Kung Fu Panda’s colossal flop completely skew their free agency outlook,..." October 16

  • Dodgers' Walker Buehler gets potential Game 6 vs. Braves

    The Score "The Los Angeles Dodgers will go with Walker Buehler for Game 6 if they win Friday's Game 5 against the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series, manager Dave Roberts told media, including Ken Gurnick of The right-hander..." October 16

  • Dave Roberts’ decision hangs over Clayton Kershaw NLCS disappointment

    New York Post "The Clayton Kershaw playoff narrative isn’t going away, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and his bullpen didn’t help the cause Thursday night. The Dodgers ace turned in five strong innings Thursday night before a sixth inning in which Roberts may have stuck with him too..." October 16

  • Braves To Start A.J. Minter In Game 5 Of NLCS

    MLB Trade Rumors "With a chance to eliminate the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS on Friday and advance to the World Series for the first time since 1999, the Braves will turn to left-handed reliever A.J. Minter as their starter, Mark Bowman of reports. He’ll square off against the..." 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

  • Did this LA move set up Atlanta for pennant? "What if I told you one of the best things that happened to the Braves in this National League Championship Series actually occurred in the first inning of Game 3? “But wait!” you’d exclaim. “Wasn’t the first inning of Game 3 when the..." 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

  • Former All-Star upset over Marcell Ozuna selfie celebration on home run

    Yardbarker "Even though Marcell Ozuna had a huge game for the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of the NLCS on Thursday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, his celebrations left some annoyed. Ozuna has been taking mock selfies as a form of celebration this postseason. This..." October 16

  • 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

  • Dodgers set record with 11 runs in first inning of Game 3

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers lost the first two games of the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves, but they set out to change that in Game 3 on Wednesday with a record-breaking start. The Dodgers batted around in the first inning of Game 3 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, put up 11..." 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

  • Mark Melancon Calls Reporter's Question 'Terrible' and Refuses to Answer

    The Big Lead "The Atlanta Braves secured a 2-0 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS with an 8-7 win last night. They did not exactly have the easiest time of it, though; Atlanta was up 7-0 in the top of the seventh, then gave up three runs in the bottom of the inning and four..." October 14

  • The story behind surprise pick Ian Anderson "According to then Braves scouting director Brian Bridges, there was only one player that area scout Greg Morhardt had ever believed in as strongly as he did Ian Anderson prior to the 2016 Draft. That was back in 2009, when Morhardt was an area scout for the Angels and had New Jersey..." 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

  • Adam Duvall Exits NLCS Game 1 With Oblique Injury

    ESPN " Atlanta Braves left fielder Adam Duvall exited Monday's National League Championship Series opener with an injury to his left oblique, prompting rookie Cristian Pache to replace him in the middle of his second-inning at-bat. Duvall grabbed..." October 13

  • Braves add Johan Camargo to NLCS roster to replaced injured Adam Duvall

    Yardbarker "The Braves have added infielder Johan Camargo to the NLCS roster, the team announced. Camargo will replace Adam Duvall, who suffered an oblique injury in Game 1. While Duvall’s injury would likely have sidelined him anyway, his removal from the NLCS roster means..." October 13

  • Freddie Freeman’s wife shared video of their son Charlie hitting bombs

    Larry Brown Sports "Freddie Freeman is a four-time All-Star and the likely NL MVP winner for this year. And if these videos are any indication, his young son Charlie may be soon following in his footsteps. Freddie clubbed a 2-run home run to give his Atlanta Braves a 2-0 lead against the Los Angeles..." October 13

  • 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

  • Braves’ success offers blueprint on how to build around a young core

    Sportsnet "When the MLB playoffs reach the Championship Series stage, it officially becomes time to take stock of what can be learned from the teams who are on the brink of a title. Anyone can win a best-of-three wild-card series, but if you’ve made it all the way to baseball’s final..." 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

  • Braves rookie Ian Anderson will face Dodgers in Game 2 of NLCS

    SI "Atlanta Braves pitcher Ian Anderson has one of the five most deadly pitches in baseball.  " 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

  • 'This is the player he was supposed to be': Travis d'Arnaud finds home, success in playoffs with Braves

    USA Today "There’s just one player who in the past two seasons played for three of the four teams still vying for a trip to the World Series, which says plenty about the Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves and their never-ending quest to get better. It also says a lot..." October 12

  • Inside MLB's plan to have fans in the stands starting with NLCS opener

    ESPN "Every day last week, about 20 Texas Rangers employees fanned out to different parts of their glistening new ballpark, Globe Life Field, armed with what they hope will be vital in preempting the potential spread of the coronavirus at Major League Baseball's first game with fans in..." October 12

  • Dodgers to start Walker Buehler in NLCS Game 1 vs. Braves

    CBS Sports "When the Los Angeles Dodgers begin their best-of-seven National League Championship Series with the Atlanta Braves on Monday night, they'll have Walker Buehler on the mound. Manager Dave Roberts announced that decision on Saturday, according to Jorge..." October 12