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  • Five MLB stars who could be traded this season

    Sportsnaut "The 2020 MLB offseason delivered plenty of trades for baseball fans to enjoy. While the trade chatter will quiet down for a few weeks, there could be even more movement with MLB stars getting dealt this season. After months of rumors floating about a blockbuster trade in the winter,..." February 27

  • MLB enforcing rule to stop use of foreign substances on balls

    SNY TV "MLB is cracking down on use of foreign substances in 2020, reportedly moving forward with stricter enforcement on a rule that has long been understood among players as a gentlemen's agreement. Senior vice president Chris Young has spent spring training at league-wide..." February 27

  • MLB Appoints Kerwin Danley as First African American Crew Chief

    Inside Hook "For the first time in history, Major League Baseball will have an African American umpire working as a crew chief when the 2020 season starts. Though the official announcement has not been made yet, MLB promoted umpire Kerwin Danley to crew chief this week, a person familiar with the..." February 27

  • MLB Teams Reportedly Pursuing Pre-Arb Extension Blitz

    MLB Trade Rumors "Pre-arbitration extensions aren’t exactly a new phenomenon. We’ve seen an increasing number of long-term deals with newer MLB players — and even pre-MLB players — over the past decade or so. (Way back in 2013, for instance, I referred to a “baseball-wide..." February 27

  • Here's 6 Potential Trade Targets For Yankees’ Rotation

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Yankees’ rotation took a beating Tuesday with the loss of ace-caliber right-hander Luis Severino, who will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire season. This will essentially end up as the second straight lost year for Severino, who starred from 2017-18 before..." February 27

  • Alex Bregman Gets Plunked by Cardinals as Endless Astros Beanball Tour Continues

    12 Up "Alex Bregman made a reputation of being the cockiest and loudest braggart on the Houston Astros i recent seasons. Of course, when the team was proven guilty of illegally stealing signs, the once-loud Bregman was uncharacteristically quiet. " February 26

  • Start of something? Carlos Martinez begins bid for rotation with performance on (and off) the mound

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As he detailed what he does to get ready in the days and hours leading up to a start, Michael Wacha realized, even now on his own as a New York Met, how much of his regimen is inspired by watching Adam Wainwright, right down to his pregame meal. “Peanut butter and jelly sandwich..." February 25

  • 2021 World Baseball Classic dates, venues announced

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball just announced the dates and venues for the 2021 World Baseball Classic The fifth installment of the WBC, which will be played from March 9-23, 2021, will take place at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan, Taoyuan International..." February 25

  • Predicting Each MLB Team's Most Valuable Player in 2020

    Bleacher Report "With spring training underway and Opening Day fast approaching, now is the perfect time for some predictions for the 2020 MLB season. Our goal this time around was to pinpoint each team's WAR leader during the upcoming campaign. While teams like the Los Angeles Angels..." February 24

  • Free Agent Market Still Stocked With Well-Known Players

    MLB Trade Rumors "As we all know, past performance — especially, long-past performance — is no guarantee of more in the future. Teams are looking at more than Baseball-Reference career totals. That said, track record does generally reflect a high degree of skill. And there’s always value in a..." February 24

  • How MLB Can Start to Regain Fan and Player Trust After Astros Scandal

    Bleacher Report "In case you're just now joining us, Major League Baseball is mired in its worst credibility crisis since the Steroid Era. Plenty of time has passed since the league investigated and punished the Houston Astros for a sign-stealing scheme that helped deliver the..." February 24

  • Andrew Cashner Being Marketed As Reliever

    MLB Trade Rumors "The 19 relief appearances that Andrew Cashner made with the Red Sox last year were his first bullpen outings since 2013, but it seems as though more could be in the offing. Cashner has been positioned as a bullpen option in recent conversations with teams, MLBTR has..." February 24

  • Wacky, weird, and confusing: The best photos from MLB spring training

    Sporting News "Some baseball players try to look serious and dignified in their photos, to convey the importance of the moment. Others might smile, or try to look menacing to intimidate the competition. And some just have too much fun with it. Here's a roundup of this year's..." February 22

  • With Milos Mikolas out at least a month, competition wide open for two spots in Cardinals rotation

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The absence of Miles Mikolas from the opening weeks of the regular season as he recovers from an arm injury has thrown open the competition for a spot in the rotation and widened the pool of pitchers from which the Cardinals could choose. Mikolas, the former All-Star and stalwart of..." February 20

  • Ex-Giant Will Clark On Astros Cheating: ‘They Got Caught, The Rest Of Us Did Not’

    Total Pro Sports "The fallout continues on the cheating scandal by the Houston Astros that has rocked the sport of baseball over the past few weeks. Many people have spoken out about the situation, mostly to bash the Astros, but not many are willing to believe that sign stealing has been going on for quite..." February 20

  • The Not-So-Secret Hangout Of MLB's Tightest Fraternity

    Bleacher Report "It was the Monday after the Country Music Association Awards last fall, and it felt as if the after-party had extended into the Vanderbilt baseball weight room. "It was like a block party," Chris Ham, the program's strength and conditioning coach, said. "There..." February 20

  • Major League Baseball Is Getting Angrier and Rob Manfred is Losing Control

    The Big Lead "Fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal continues to dominate Major League Baseball. Each time commissioner Rob Manfred opens his mouth, he manages to make things slightly worse than they were before. Each time a non-Astros player opens his, it's clearer that the..." February 19

  • MLB tightening intentional HBP rules for 2020

    The Score "Major League Baseball has distributed a memo to all 30 teams detailing new protocols to try and curb incidences of intentional hit-by-pitches, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Tuesday. Under the new guidelines, umpires will confer on the field to determine whether there..." February 19

  • Milos Mikolas, Cardinals unclear on next step to treat arm discomfort

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "With Miles Mikolas and his right forearm discomfort in a holding pattern, different medical measures might be tried, Cardinals manager Mike Shildt suggested Monday. “We got to a certain place and that baseline didn’t move,” Shildt said. “We’re at a point..." February 18

  • With Rob Manfred, the buck stops nowhere

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has completely and utterly stepped in it with respect to the Astros and the sign-stealing scandal. Everyone is mad, the highest profile players in the game are taking their turns raking him, the league, and the Astros over the coals, and the very integrity of the..." February 18

  • Closer casting call: Cardinals throw open ninth for competition, hoping one emerges from many

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The job opening isn’t posted on the corkboards inside the Cardinals’ clubhouse this spring, but every day the candidates are — and by now they know the qualifications. A few made their pitch for the vacancy as recently as October. Others have either done the job in..." February 18

  • Returning soreness to pitching arm slows Miles Mikolas's spring, will delay his appearance in games

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "A soreness in his right arm that Miles Mikolas pitched through at times last season returned in the first week of spring training and will delay his appearance in exhibition games, at the least. Mikolas was removed from his scheduled throwing program after experiencing renewed..." February 15

  • Dusty Baker: MLB needs to stop talk of retaliation against Astros

    Houston Chronicle "As opponents continue to assail Astros players for their electronic sign-stealing scheme and subsequent apologies, manager Dusty Baker pleaded with Major League Baseball to somehow cease the comments and stop any “premeditated retaliation.” “I’m depending on..." February 15

  • MLB, MLBPA Reportedly Discussing New Rules to Prevent Electronic Sign-Stealing

    Bleacher Report "Cheating by the Houston Astros has prompted new discussions between Major League Baseball and the player's union to develop new rules to prevent electronic sign-stealing.  According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the two sides are not far apart on a deal, but..." February 14

  • MLB players are not happy with the Astros’ ‘weak’ apology and lack of punishment

    SB Nation "One of the central goals of punishment is to discourage the recurrence of the event in question. The early read on the Astros sign-stealing penalties is MLB wasn’t nearly harsh enough. Astros players were granted immunity by Major League Baseball during their..." February 14

  • MLB raising minimum salary for minor leaguers in 2021

    Lone Star Ball "Major League Baseball is raising the minimum salary for minor league players as of the 2021 season, per the AP. Short-season players will now be at $400 per week, A ball players will be at $500 per week, AA players will be at $600 per week, and AAA players will be at $700 per week, per the..." February 14

  • Three Problems with Major League Baseball's Playoff Proposal

    The Big Lead "In the midst of the fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal, Major League Baseball had another juicy story this week. The New York Post first reported on Major League Baseball's proposal to increase its postseason format from 10 teams to 14, as well as..." February 14

  • Why MLB’s greed-driven playoff plan is doomed to fail fans

    New York Post "It’s clear MLB remains under the spell of the Greek goddess Preposterous. The seductive twin sister of Ponzious, she controls the destiny of mortals blinded by greed, those who seek solutions by making bad worse. This latest postseason scheme, as revealed by The Post’s..." February 14

  • Which MLB teams had the worst offseasons? Red Sox, Astros, Cardinals make list of disappointing winters

    CBS Sports "With pitchers and catchers reporting this week for spring training, it's time to shift into preseason mode. Part of that transition entails recapping what happened over the winter, including identifying which teams had the best offseasons, and which teams had the worst offseasons. For want..." February 13

  • Cardinals sign free agent infielder Brad Miller to one-year deal

    Fox Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals added a veteran infielder to their roster Wednesday, signing Brad Miller to a one-year deal for the upcoming season. In a corresponding move to create space on the 40-man roster, right-hander Jordan Hicks, who is recovering from Tommy John..." February 12

  • MLB announces rule changes for 2020 season

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball today announced the rule changes that will be in place for its 2020 Championship Season: THREE-BATTER MINIMUM: The Official Baseball Rules have been amended to require the starting or any relief pitcher to pitch to a minimum of three batters, including..." February 12

  • Who Can Actually Compete with the Juggernaut Dodgers for NL Supremacy?

    Bleacher Report "The 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers look like a team that can't be reasoned or bargained with, much less stopped. They're coming off a season in which they won 50 more games than they lost, and they just acquired an MVP (Mookie Betts), a Cy Young Award winner..." February 12

  • Introducing the LBS Plan: A solution to fix MLB’s playoffs and regular season

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering some radical changes to its existing playoff format in order to help increase interest in the sport, but we have a proposal that is much better than the one they are considering. THE PROBLEM One of the biggest issues plaguing..." February 12

  • Didi Gregorius Throws Shade at MLB for Rumored Playoff Format Changes

    12 Up "Major League Baseball is reportedly hoping to make a radical change to the playoff format. 14 teams would make the postseason and there would be byes, three-game opening series, and teams picking their opponents on live TV. This would serve as one of the more extreme..." February 12

  • Orioles Claim Ramon Urias From Cardinals

    CBS Sports "Ramon Urias was claimed off waivers by the Orioles on Tuesday. " February 12

  • The new postseason proposal would be terrible for fans and for the game

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday someone at Major League Baseball leaked a new postseason idea they have brewing for 2022. The upshot: wild cards would be eliminated, there would be seven playoff teams in each league, up from five, and from there the format of the postseason would radically..." February 11

  • Rob Manfred is once again trying to fix a problem that doesn't exist

    The Score "Since taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball five years ago, Rob Manfred has worked tirelessly to create the illusion that he's doing The Important Things That Baseball Needs. The game is too long - and the pace of it too slow - so Manfred implemented a bunch of..." February 11

  • A Major League Baseball Selection Show Is a Cursed Idea

    The Big Lead "Major League Baseball floated a radical change to its postseason and it feels like a version of liquidating assets for a nice short-turn return without pause for what it will mean in the big picture. One of the motivating factors of expanded playoffs is to increase inventory for..." February 11

  • 4 Teams That Would Actually Benefit From Proposed New MLB Playoff Format

    12 Up "On Monday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred made perhaps the most absurd proposition in the history of the game, leaking the potential expansion of the playoff field to seven teams per league, and allowing the top seeds to choose their opponents. It's an interesting prospect, but one..." February 11

  • MLB could add four more playoff teams, make radical format changes

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering the possibility of adding more playoff teams and making significant changes to its postseason format, and the new system could be in place as soon as 2022. According to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, MLB is seriously weighing the..." February 10

  • Miguel Andujar, Luis Rojas among biggest MLB questions entering spring training

    New York Post "A year ago, a far-from finished Hot Stove League dominated our annual “30 teams, 30 questions” feature, always published around the time pitchers and catchers report. This year? The big names have signed. The dust has only begun to settle, however, from the illegal..." February 10

  • Cardinals don't deal homegrown stars, but keeping one (Jack Flaherty) will be costly

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Are you following this Mookie Betts mess? You better believe Jack Flaherty is. The blockbuster trade of baseball’s offseason has done as much harm for the game as it will do good for the Dodgers. Fans in Boston are wondering why they pay sky-high ticket prices to watch..." February 10

  • MLB Free Agent Tracker: Latest signings, top 50 ranking

    CBS Sports "For the sake of keeping you, the baseball enthusiast, informed of the latest hot stove moves, we present our 2019-20 MLB Free Agent Tracker. In this post we'll keep tabs on the top 50 free agents, as determined by our panel of MLB experts: R.J. Anderson, Katherine Acquavella, Mike..." February 09

  • A Kris Bryant blockbuster could fit for these 5 teams

    MLB.com "There has been a lot of talk all offseason about a superstar getting moved in a trade, and it wasn’t until this week that such a blockbuster was finally agreed to, with 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts (along with left-hander David Price) reportedly going from the Red Sox to the Dodgers..." February 07

  • Steve Cohen will have hard time ever buying MLB team after deal falls through

    Yardbarker "Steve Cohen’s deal to purchase a majority ownership stake in the New York Mets is dead, and the deal falling apart will hinder the billionaire’s chances of ever buying an MLB team in the future, according to a report. Reports first emerged on Tuesday saying..." February 07

  • Using the 26th roster spot

    Beyond The Boxscore "This past week the Tampa Bay Rays signed Johnny Davis to a minor league contract. That seems like a non-event, especially considering that they had Davis on their roster last year and let him leave via free agency. He didn’t find any suitors via free agency and the..." February 07

  • MLB moves Joe Torre to advisor role, elevates Chris Young to head of on-field ops

    Hardball Talk "Today Major League Baseball announced a number of changes in the Commissioner’s Office. The most notable move: Joe Torre, who had been head of baseball operations since February 2011, and whose title was most recently “Chief Baseball Officer,” is being eased to the side in..." February 07

  • Cardinals Claim Ricardo Sanchez From Mariners

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals have claimed left-hander Ricardo Sanchez off waivers from the Mariners, as announced by both teams.  Infielder Ramon Urias was designated for assignment by St. Louis to create a 40-man roster spot for Sanchez. Sanchez was designated for..." February 06

  • 4 Interesting Buy-Low Starters

    MLB Trade Rumors "With spring training right around the corner, the time for teams to make meaningful additions to their rotations by way of free agency has likely passed. There are very few starters remaining on the open market, though there’s a possibility – albeit slight – that pitcher-needy..." February 06

  • Reds offered Marcell Ozuna nearly three times more than the Braves

    Distinct Athlete "We already know that the Cincinnati Reds are going all in for the 2020 season. That was almost taken to a whole new level late last month. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Cincinnati offered star outfielder Marcell Ozuna a three-year, $50 million contract before he..." February 04