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  • Rockies to retire Larry Walker’s No. 33 before game against Cardinals in April

    Denver Post "Larry Walker, the lone MVP in Rockies franchise history, will have his number retired Sunday, April 19, the team announced Friday. Walker’s No. 33 will join Todd Helton’s No. 17 on the right-field facade inside Coors Field. “There is no bigger honor an..." January 17

  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Examining Larry Walker's candidacy in his final year on the ballot

    CBS Sports "On July 26, 2014, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that it had decided to change the BBWAA voting rules. One of the changes was that players were only allowed to be on the ballot for 10 years before falling off; prior to that, the maximum was 15 years.  To this point, we..." January 17

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Marlins trade Austin Dean to Cardinals for OF Diowill Burgos

    Fish Stripes "The Marlins and Cardinals announced Tuesday afternoon that the recently DFA’d Austin Dean has been traded for Dominican outfield prospect Diowill Burgos. This landing spot comes as a surprise—Dean’s defensive..." January 14

  • Rockies, Cardinals exchanging names in potential Nolan Arenado deal "The Cardinals and Rockies have begun exchanging names in their discussions about a blockbuster trade involving superstar Nolan Arenado, one source told on Tuesday. While it’s too early to tell if there is momentum toward a deal, the source said negotiations have..." January 14

  • Obvious interest, complex trade: Cutting through the clutter on Nolan Arenado and the Cardinals

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When the Cardinals headed to California to woo Giancarlo Stanton and try to convince him, in person, to waive his no-trade clause and accept the trade the Marlins had to St. Louis, they had an advocate already in the room, one who already had the ear of the reigning NL MVP. His agent,..." 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? "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'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

  • Cardinals intent on adding a 'star-level' player before spring training

    The Score "The sky's the limit for the St. Louis Cardinals. The club is intent on adding a "star-level" position player before spring training opens next month, with Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado standing out as a possibility, sources..." January 13

  • Cardinals emerging in Nolan Arenado talks "The Cardinals have emerged in recent days as a viable suitor in the Nolan Arenado trade discussions, multiple sources said Sunday. One source said the Rockies and Cardinals have engaged in “preliminary” trade negotiations regarding Arenado, the five-time All-Star..." January 12

  • MLB Insider Claims Cardinals and Rockies Discussing 4-Player Package for Nolan Arenado

    12 Up "The St. Louis Cardinals are considering offering the whole shebang for Rockies' third baseman Nolan Arenado, and our speculation following the prized Matt Liberatore trade we thought could pay future dividends for the team is turning out to have legitimate..." January 11

  • The Cardinals have eased their outfield logjam via trade, but there's still some sorting out to do

    CBS Sports "Coming into the offseason, it was apparent that the Cardinals, reigning NL Central champs, had to address their outfield bottleneck.  Back were Dexter Fowler, Harrison Bader and super-sub Tommy Edman, who merits regular playing time somewhere. Also back..." January 11

  • This Red Sox-Cardinals Trade for Mookie Betts Could Actually Work

    12 Up "The St. Louis Cardinals swung an intriguing trade with the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, sending a package headlined by Jose Martinez to the Rays in exchange for elite pitching prospect Matthew Liberatore, catching prospect Edgardo Rodriguez and a post-second round compensation..." January 10

  • Who is pitching prospect Matthew Liberatore and how does he fit into the Cardinals' plans?

    Sporting News "It’s not often that a minor leaguer gets top billing in a six-piece trade involving an established big-league hitter, especially when that hitter has batted over .300 in two of the past three seasons and owns a career .298 average and 119 OPS+. But that’s what..." January 10

  • 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

  • 3 Corresponding Moves Cardinals Acquisition of Matt Liberatore Makes Possible

    12 Up "The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired top pitching prospect Matt Liberatore via a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, which signals far more for the team than simply "the St. Louis Cardinals have acquired top pitching prospect Matt Liberatore." Liberatore..." January 09

  • Cardinals, Rays make six-player trade involving José Martínez and Matt Liberatore

    NBC Sports "Per Passan, the Cardinals are sending 1B/OF José Martínez, outfielder Randy Arozarena, and a Compensation Round A pick to the Rays for Liberatore, a low-level catching prospect, and a Compensation Round B pick. Martínez, 31, has a .296/.361/.458 slash line..." January 09

  • Cardinals, Rangers Interested in Nolan Arenado

    Bleacher Report "As we wait to see if the Colorado Rockies will trade third baseman Nolan Arenado, at least two teams are still keeping a close eye on the situation.  Per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the St.Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers are among the clubs interested in the..." January 09

  • Cards acquire top prospect Matthew Liberatore from Rays

    TSN "The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired prized pitching prospect Matthew Liberatore from the Tampa Bay Rays, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. Liberatore, 20, was the 16th overall selection in the 2018 MLB draft out of Mountain Ridge High School near his hometown of Tempe,..." 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

  • Rockies may trade Nolan Arenado to Cubs or Cardinals

    Larry Brown Sports "There is still a chance that the Colorado Rockies could trade Nolan Arenado before the start of the regular season, and there are two teams they might be hoping become interested in their star third baseman. According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the Rockies are..." January 08

  • Oscar Hernandez Joins Cardinals on minors deal

    CBS Sports "Oscar Hernandez signed a minor-league contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The catcher will receive an invitation to big-league camp as part of the deal. " January 07

  • 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

  • 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’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’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). Harris is said to have drawn..." 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 "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

  • These are the most memorable recent 3-team deals "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 "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

  • 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

  • Free Agent Faceoff: Nicholas Castellanos Vs. Marcell Ozuna

    MLB Trade Rumors "The elite class of free agents – those capable of landing significant multiyear contracts – has shrunk to almost nothing since the market opened at the beginning of November. Third baseman Josh Donaldson, who could wind up with a contract in the $80MM vicinity (if not more)..." 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

  • Saying the quiet part loud: Owners' greed defined baseball in the 2010s

    The Score "The Modern Era Committee, one of the National Baseball Hall of Fame's four auxiliary voting bodies, rectified a longstanding injustice when it posthumously elected Marvin Miller to Cooperstown earlier in December. Miller, as it happens, wanted nothing to do with the Hall of Fame, expressing..." December 26

  • 1 holiday gift for each MLB team

    The Score "A number of teams have already done the lion's share of their holiday shopping, with early winter moves galore this offseason. However, there are still plenty of chips to fall, so let's pick one gift each team could still use: Arizona Diamondbacks More free agents to..." December 25

  • With every top free-agent starter signed, where will pitching-needy teams turn?

    CBS Sports "The calendar has not yet flipped to 2020 and already almost every top free agent has signed. This offseason has been very different than the last two and that's welcome. Slow offseasons are boring. This offseason has been anything but. In recent days both Dallas..." December 24

  • Scott Boras has officially signed players to over $1 billion in contracts this offseason

    Larry Brown Sports "Scott Boras has made his share of mistakes reading the market the last few offseasons, but everything seemed to break his way this offseason. Boras represented several of the top clients on the free agent market this year. He and his clients have gotten lucky that the right teams were..." December 23