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  • Draft Compensation For 8 Teams That Could Lose Qualified Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already looked at what pick(s) each of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball would need to surrender in order to sign one of the 10 free agents who rejected a qualifying offer last week. On the other side of the coin is what type of compensation each of the eight teams that issued a..." November 12

  • MLB will stop awarding prize belt to team that best suppresses salaries in arbitration

    NBC Sports "Earlier this year, Marc Carig of The Athletic published a report on a belt, awarded as a prize at the GM meetings every year to the team that did the most to “achieve the goals set by the industry.” That’s code for salary suppression in arbitration. MLBPA..." November 11

  • MLB rumors: Blockbuster trade seems likely this offseason

    CBS Sports "We've just dipped our toes into the MLB offseason of 2019-20, which means pretty much all the action has yet to transpire. That said, rumors regarding free agent player and team pairings and potential trades are already circulating, and we're here to get you up to speed on all the..." November 11

  • Brewers’ Christian Yelich Takes Next Step In Return From Knee Injury

    Sportsnaut "Milwaukee Brewers star outfielder Christian Yelich was having himself another banner season when the reigning NL MVP suffered a brutal knee injury back in September. It cost Yelich the remainder of the season and the playoffs. There’s now some good news on this..." November 11

  • Predicting 1 future MVP from each team

    MLB.com "On Thursday, we will find out the MVPs in the National League and the American League. When you win an MVP, you instantly go down in your team’s history. (Sorry D-backs, Rays and Mets: You still haven’t had an MVP.) It’s something both you and your franchise will have..." November 11

  • Cincinnati Reds to make ‘serious run’ at Yasmani Grandal in free agency

    Clutch Points "The Cincinnati Reds were a popular dark horse to make a playoff run in the National League in 2019. While David Bell’s club came up short, the starting rotation completely defied all expectations, as both Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray became bona fide aces and Anthony..." November 09

  • Christian Yelich's run game and other lessons from Bill James Handbook

    ESPN "So much happens during the World Series -- and there's always another game to look ahead to until the final one -- that a lot of small, important plays get lost in the big-picture takes. Two plays, quickly forgotten in aftermath of Stephen Strasburg's mastery and Anthony..." November 09

  • 3 Teams That Should Trade for Willson Contreras

    12 Up "On Friday, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported that the Chicago Cubs would consider trading starting catcher Willson Contreras, who has established himself as one of the best players at the position over the last three campaigns. When you couple his production -- he was an..." November 09

  • You're wearing that? Ugliest MLB uniforms in history

    USA Today "Remember that terrible 'Turn Ahead the Clock' promotion from 1999? Unfortunately, we all do. At least none of those uniforms accurately predicted the future. Case in point: the Pittsburgh Pirates ... Arizona Diamondbacks have a short and questionable history with sartorial..." November 09

  • 7 free agents who could sign early

    MLB.com "The slow burn of free agency in recent years has become the norm, with players and clubs dancing with each other throughout the offseason before ultimately matching up. But once in a while, a team and a player match up so easily, the signing gets done before the calendar turns to..." November 08

  • 10 Bold Predictions For The MLB Offseason

    Sportsnaut "The 2019 MLB season is over and with it comes the start of the 2020 offseason. There is no rest for MLB teams as the coming weeks and months will play a defining role in shaping rosters and ultimately the entire 2020 season. There will be plenty of All-Star level talent available for..." November 08

  • Tony Clark’s statement on collusion was a necessary stand against MLB

    SB Nation "There are two years remaining in Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement with its players, but a growing rift between the two sides suggests negotiations are going to be bumpy. The latest conflict stemmed from a conference call between reporters..." November 07

  • 4 Blockbuster Francisco Lindor Trades That Would Change MLB

    12 Up "With only two years left on his contract, Francisco Lindor may not be in a Cleveland Indians uniform much longer (as the team's owners have clearly stated, enjoy him!). As he enters his prime and becomes less affordable, the Indians may prepare to trade him before things get too..." November 07

  • 2019 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners announced

    Yahoo! Sports "On Tuesday, the winners of the 2019 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards were announced on MLB Network. Gold Gloves were handed out on Sunday, but Wilson has their own line of defensive awards. The differences between the two are that the Wilson awards are not as widely hailed and..." November 07

  • Rumor: Brewers could be an option for Cole Hamels in free agency

    Clutch Points "The Milwaukee Brewers are coming off of a disappointing season that saw them lose to the Washington Nationals in the Wild Card round of the National League playoffs. Washington went on to win the World Series, but it puts the Brewers in an interesting position of needing to..." November 06

  • Super Two eligibility set at earliest point in a decade

    Hardball Talk "MLB Trade Rumors reports that the Super Two cutoff has been set at two years and 115 days of service time. It’s the lowest the threshold has been set in a decade. Super Two eligibility is a salary arbitration concept. All players who have zero to two years of service time..." November 05

  • Electronic strike zone coming to Minor League Baseball in 2020

    Sporting News "Minor League Baseball will implement an automated strike zone in some stadiums for the 2020 season, the latest evolution on the path to so-called robot umps, according to a report from The Athletic. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told MLB Network recently that the technology for a..." November 05

  • Brewers decline Eric Thames' option, pick up Manny Pina option

    WTMJ "The Milwaukee Brewers have chosen to decline the option on the contract on first baseman Eric Thames, on the same day they picked up a minor league first baseman in a trade. The team announced they were letting Thames, 32, become a free agent. His contract option was set to be..." November 05

  • MLB awards: Finalists announced for 2019 MVP, Cy Young, Rookie and Manager of the Year honors

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball revealed the  finalists for each of the four major Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards for the 2019 regular season. Those four awards: MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year. There are three finalists for each award in both..." November 04

  • Lou Whitaker, Dwight Evans headline HOF's 2020 Modern Era ballot

    The Score "The National Baseball Hall of Fame revealed this year's Modern Baseball Era committee ballot Monday, with 10 candidates seeking induction as part of the Class of 2020. Nine former players - Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Thurman Munson, Dale..." November 04

  • Brewers decline option on Eric Thames

    Brew Crew Ball "With option decisions due today, the Brewers still had two decisions to make. They figured out one of the options earlier today by trading Chase Anderson to the Blue Jays. The other option was just finalized earlier, as the Brewers decided to decline the option on Eric..." November 04

  • Blue Jays acquire starter Chase Anderson from Brewers

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays began remaking their rotation Monday by acquiring starter Chase Anderson from the Milwaukee Brewers for double-A first baseman Chad Spanberger, according to two industry sources. Anderson, 31, pitched to a 4.21 ERA and 4.83 FIP over 139..." November 04

  • 7 possible landing spots for Stephen Strasburg

    The Score "Days after being named World Series MVP, Stephen Strasburg opted out of his contract with the Washington Nationals and will test free agency for the first time. By opting out, Strasburg leaves $100 million on the table and will roll the dice on the open market in the hope of..." November 04

  • The 2019 Gold Glove Award winners are ...

    MLB.com "The best fielders in baseball took home hardware on Sunday night, as the winners of the 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced. First-time winners such as Cleveland's Roberto Pérez and Milwaukee's Lorenzo Cain joined multiple honorees like seven-time winners..." November 04

  • Here are baseball's top 20 free agents

    MLB.com "If it feels like last year’s free agency just ended, that’s because it did. The “winter” technically stretched into early June, when Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel finally signed with the Braves and Cubs, respectively. But it won’t..." November 02

  • Here’s everything that’s happening in the 2019-2020 Off-season

    NBC Sports "Rogers Hornsby’s most famous quote goes like this: “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” Rogers Hornsby, of course, died in 1963 and back then they didn’t..." November 02

  • Yasmani Grandal, Mike Moustakas officially opt out of contracts with Brewers, become free agents

    Brew Crew Ball "This was a virtual formality we knew from the day they signed, but it’s official today -- both Yasmani Grandal and Mike Moustakas are declining their halves of their mutual options to become free agents. Jon Heyman reported Grandal’s plans to opt..." November 01

  • Report: MLB proposed deadline for multi-year free agent contracts

    Yahoo! Sports "The Athletic’s Evan Drellich reports that Major League Baseball made a proposal to the MLB Players Association, suggesting a deadline for multi-year contracts for free agents. The deadline would have been set for the end of the Winter Meetings, which this year will take place..." October 31

  • Yasmani Grandal Reportedly Declines Brewers' Option and Elects Free Agency

    12 Up "Yasmani Grandal took a gamble on himself last offseason, signing a one-year deal with the Brewers. Well, without a doubt, the gamble paid off, as the backstop turned in a career year with the Brewers, and has lined himself up for a lucrative pay day this offseason. Per..." October 31

  • 131 MLB players officially become free agents

    The Score "Major League Baseball free agency is nearly upon us, and the players' association announced the list of 131 players who officially became available following the conclusion of the World Series, qualifying as Article XX(B) free agents. Not all players qualify as Article..." October 31

  • Early 2019-20 MLB Free-Agency Contract Predictions for Each Top Star

    Bleacher Report "The MLB free-agency season won't begin in earnest until the World Series confetti has settled, but it's not too early to look ahead and predict how much the top stars will earn. The market has been volatile in recent years, with some high-profile players landing..." October 30

  • Is Anthony Rendon part of this contender's plans?

    MLB.com "On Tuesday, Matt Gelb reported in an article for The Athletic (subscription required) that the Phillies were proceeding with two sets of offseason plans -- one with the assumption of signing Gerrit Cole and one without. While the rotation is Philadelphia's most pressing..." October 30

  • Lions outfielder Shogo Akiyama to file for international free agency

    Japan Times "Seibu Lions outfielder Shogo Akiyama said Tuesday he will file for international free agency in order to pursue a career in the major leagues. The 31-year-old Akiyama declared his intention at the Japan national team’s training camp in Okinawa ahead of the upcoming Premier12..." October 30

  • Christian Yelich Says Knee Is 100% Healthy

    TMZ "The Milwaukee Brewers will have their MVP back to start next season ... Christian Yelich tells TMZ Sports his fractured knee cap is now feeling 100% healthy!! "I'm doing great, man," Yelich says. "All good." The superstar..." October 29

  • What “sustainable success” really means

    Hardball Talk "We live in a time in which Major League Baseball front offices are increasingly cutting payroll and are seemingly happy to be “competitive” while eschewing — and sometimes even fearing — taking shots at being truly great. As we’ve discussed a lot..." October 29

  • Is Yasmani Grandal an option for this NL club?

    MLB.com "Aside from one strong Devin Mesoraco season in 2014, the Reds have had trouble finding a productive everyday catcher in recent years. In 2019, Reds catchers Tucker Barnhart and Curt Casali combined for 600 plate appearances and produced a .721 OPS, a wRC+ of 84 and 1.8..." October 29

  • Models Julia Rose and Lauren Summer Banned From MLB For Flashing Their Chest At World Series

    TMZ "The game was briefly held up ... and security apprehended Rose and Summer and escorted them from their seats. Rose and Summer's accomplice, Kayla Lauren (also a model), claims the women were taken to police headquarters ... before being released. Rose posted a..." October 28

  • 6 trade fits for Mookie Betts

    MLB.com "Among the more interesting subplots of the upcoming offseason, aside from "who will sign Anthony Rendon and Gerrit Cole," and "what will Yankees fans do if their team doesn't sign Anthony Rendon or Gerrit Cole," is what's happening -- or about to happen --..." October 28

  • Playoffs proving MLB strategy grounded in search for immediate results

    Sportsnet "So, is baseball really back on its normal axis? That was all the talk ahead of the World Series, which after a post-season dominated by discussion of openers and bullpen games has settled into what used to be the norm: starting pitchers giving their team length, middle relievers holding the..." October 28

  • Pat Murphy In Consideration For Mets’ Managerial Opening

    New York Post "The Mets’ managerial search is likely nearing conclusion, but another known candidate has emerged. Pat Murphy, the Brewers bench coach, has interviewed twice with team officials, The Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed Sunday. The 60-year-old Murphy, who served as the..." October 28

  • Aroldis Chapman, Josh Hader named Relievers of the Year

    NBC Sports "Yankees lefty reliever Aroldis Chapman and Brewers closer Josh Hader were selected as the AL and NL Relievers of the Year on Saturday, per an official announcement from Major League Baseball. It’s the second consecutive award for Hader, who took home NL honors in 2018..." October 26

  • MLB umpire Rob Drake apologizes for tweets calling for civil war

    USA Today "The day after Major League Baseball said it was investigating a tweet from umpire Rob Drake calling for a civil war if President Donald Trump is impeached, the umpire unlocked his Twitter account and apologized in a string of tweets. "I want to personally apologize to..." October 24

  • Finalists for Gold Glove Awards revealed

    MLB.com "The finalists -- three at each position in each league -- for the 2019 Gold Glove Awards are being revealed by Rawlings. We'll be updating the list of finalists as they're announced. AMERICAN LEAGUE PITCHER Jose Berrios, Twins Mike Leake, MarinersOctober 24

  • MLB, players union have had 'positive' dialogue on opioids

    Sporting News "In the wake of the death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, MLB and its players’ union is aiming to crack down on testing for opioid drugs. “The dialogue in this has been really positive with the players association, a lot of common ground on addressing the..." October 24

  • 5 players who boosted free-agency value with postseason performance

    The Score "The World Series is underway, and that means free agency is drawing ever closer. The postseason provides an additional platform for the biggest names to showcase themselves to prospective suitors ahead of the offseason. Here are five players whose playoff performance boosted..." October 24

  • Mike Trout and Christian Yelich win the 2019 Hank Aaron Awards

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball announced today that Mike Trout and Christian Yelich have been selected as the American League and National League winners of the 2019 Hank Aaron Awards. The Hank Aaron Award, which was established in 1999, recognizes “the most outstanding offensive performers in..." October 23

  • MLB reportedly looking into umpire's controversial tweet

    Sporting News "MLB umpire Rob Drake has deleted a tweet saying he would go buy an assault rifle if President Donald Trump is impeached "this way." In a tweet posted Tuesday found by ESPN, Drake said "if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL WAR!!!..." October 23

  • Japanese Center Fielder Shogo Akiyama Adds To Open-Market Options

    MLB Trade Rumors "You may have noticed that this winter’s slate of free agents isn’t exactly teeming with high-end center fielders. That state of affairs led us to examine recently what could be a robust trade market for Pirates star Starling Marte. With so much demand and so..." October 22

  • Opioids in Baseball: “More people are going to die if this doesn’t get fixed”

    Hardball Talk "On July 1, Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs asphyxiated while under the influence of fentanyl, oxycodone, and alcohol in his Texas hotel room. Last weekend, ESPN reported that Eric Kay, the Los Angeles Angels’ Director of Communications, knew that Skaggs was an Oxycontin..." October 21

  • Morganna 'The Kissing Bandit' still in love with baseball 50 years after debut

    USA Today "Morganna Cottrell, a busty blonde known as 'The Kissing Bandit' because she ran onto major league baseball fields to kiss unsuspecting players, is still puckering up at the age of 72. “Put your cheek up against the phone,’’ she told a reporter..." October 21