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  • Red Sox Acquire Zach Bryant From Cubs

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox have acquired right-hander Zach Bryant from the Cubs to finish the Josh Osich trade, per Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe (via Twitter). The Red Sox sent Osich to the Cubs at the August 31st trade deadline last year for a player to be named..." February 27

  • 10 pitchers poised for bounceback seasons "Last year’s sprint wasn’t kind to anyone who got off-kilter with the start-and-stop offseason, or busted slowly out of the gates when play began. It wasn't kind to evaluators, either, who are trying to piece together a myriad of narratives, injury returns and small sample sizes..." February 26

  • Javier Baez wants to stay with Cubs, will 'probably' set extension deadline

    The Score "If the Chicago Cubs want to retain Javier Baez beyond 2021, they may have to act sooner rather than later. The two-time All-Star is eligible for free agency following the upcoming campaign. While Baez wants to remain in Chicago, he'll "probably" set a..." February 26

  • MLB, MLBPA announce weekly COVID results "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today the second set of COVID-19 testing results conducted under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan. All Major League active roster players, non-roster invitees, and Tiers 1 and..." February 26

  • Cubs bring back Ryan Tepera on 1-year, $800K deal

    The Score "The Chicago Cubs have signed right-handed reliever Ryan Tepera to a one-year, $800,000 contract, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports. Tepera posted a 3.92 ERA and 1.40 WHIP across 20 2/3 innings during his first campaign with the Cubs in..." February 26

  • Marla Miller retiring as MLB's head of special events after 21-year run "Major League Baseball announced today that its longtime Senior Vice President of Special Events, Marla Miller, has begun the transition to the group’s new leadership. For the last 21 years, Miller has orchestrated the planning and logistics of many of MLB’s most well-known and..." February 26

  • Kris Bryant remains open to signing long-term extension with Cubs

    Cubs Insider "hough many people remain doubtful for some reason, Kris Bryant really is amenable to a contract extension with the Cubs. That was the case when he came up a day after the service-time deadline in 2015, it was true when a grievance was filed on his behalf, and it remains true to this..." February 25

  • Cubs' Kris Bryant Got 'Welcome to the Mets' Text amid Offseason Trade Rumors

    Bleacher Report "Kris Bryant received a false alarm this offseason.  The Chicago Cubs third baseman told reporters on Thursday that he received a "Welcome to the Mets" text, though after checking with Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer, he learned that..." February 25

  • Who is the MLB logo? "It's one of the mysteries of the ages, right up there with "Are we alone in the universe?" and "Who exactly bought all those Nickelback records?" -- just who is the inspiration behind the MLB logo? In the NBA, it's basically a known secret that..." February 25

  • Ken Griffey Jr. wants to help diversify Major League Baseball, get the sport 'back where it belongs'

    USA Today "Ken Griffey Jr. sits in front of his office computer at his Florida home, his fingers racing across the keyboard, searching to ensure his memory is as pristine as his baseball swing. There it is, he found it: April 13, 1989. His major-league debut in the Seattle Mariners’..." February 25

  • MLB spring training: Four young players, including Gavin Lux and Jo Adell, with something to prove in 2021

    CBS Sports "One of the most pressing questions about Major League Baseball's upcoming season is how young players will develop after last year's unusual and potentially disruptive campaign. The lack of a minor-league season because of COVID-19 concerns left prospects in an awkward position: most..." February 25

  • Every MLB Team's Offseason Report Card Ahead of Spring Training

    Bleacher Report "Baseball is nigh upon us. Pitchers and catchers reported to spring training last week, and teams began their first workouts this week. The 2021 season is in full swing. Some notable free agents—such as Jake Odorizzi and Jackie Bradley Jr.—remain unsigned...." February 24

  • These 10 sluggers could rebound in big way "The 2020 season came and went in the blink of an eye, and some of the game's brightest stars were left with less-than-stellar numbers, because the pandemic-shortened campaign didn’t provide much of an opportunity for players to bounce back from early slumps. But 2021 is a..." February 23

  • Braves Claim Phillip Ervin Off Waivers From Cubs

    AJC "Add another veteran to the Braves’ bench competition. The team claimed outfielder Phillip Ervin off waivers from the Cubs Monday afternoon. Ervin was designated for assignment over the weekend. The Braves will be his fourth team since September 2020. " February 22

  • Yoenis Cespedes holding showcase for MLB clubs on March 2

    The Score "Yoenis Cespedes isn't ready to call it quits. The free-agent outfielder will hold a showcase for MLB teams on March 2 with the intent of playing in 2021, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The 35-year-old opted out of the 2020 season after a brief..." February 22

  • MLB power rankings: 2021 outlook for every team entering spring training

    Sportsnaut "MLB power rankings: The 2020 MLB season is almost here. It’s been a slow offseason, with free agency slowed down significantly, leaving marquee talents available for the taking. With spring training right around the corner, it’s time to dive into our MLB power rankings for..." February 21

  • Each MLB team's most intriguing player this spring "With the necessary caveat that the numbers mean absolutely nothing, Spring Training is nevertheless a fascinating time for player evaluation. My friend Will Leitch recently wrote about one guy from every team who brings excitement to camp. But here we’re going to look at 30..." February 21

  • Important MLB spring training dates to know

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball spring training camps are officially underway across Florida and Arizona. MLB was unable to convince the MLBPA to agree to a delayed 154-game season and an expanded postseason, so spring training and the regular season will begin as scheduled. Assuming the pandemic..." February 21

  • Ranking MLB's 10 Best Shortstops

    Bleacher Report "As teams across Major League Baseball gear up for the 2021 season, our efforts to rank the top players at every position are ongoing. With first basemen, third basemen and second basemen all checked off, we're going to conclude our tour around the infield..." February 21

  • 2021 Arbitration Hearing Results & Post-Deadline Agreements

    MLB Trade Rumors "January 15 was the deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to officially submit salary figures for the 2021, and by the time the day was done, only 13 players didn’t reach agreement on a contract.  The majority of teams now adhere to the “file or trial”..." February 21

  • Jake Arrieta says being back with Chicago Cubs 'just feels right'

    ESPN "Former Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta is happy to be back in the city where he had his greatest success, saying Saturday that with the Chicago Cubs is "where I wanted to be." Arrieta, 34, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the team he helped to a World..." February 20

  • What we’ve learned or had confirmed in the first week of MLB camp

    Masn "We’re entering the fourth day of workouts for Orioles pitchers and catchers, along with a handful of position players who reported early. What stands out for me as I sit in front of my laptop and attend the daily Zooms? No matter how much I crank up the heat in my..." February 20

  • Fernando Tatis Jr. and Baseball's Top 25 Clutch Hitters

    Bleacher Report "The task is simple: Name the 25 best clutch hitters in baseball. However, there has never been a go-to way to quantify "clutch," so in order to put together this list, a number of different statistics were taken into consideration. After some digging and debating,..." February 20

  • MLB offseason grades: Yankees lack urgency; Mets, Dodgers, Padres get high marks; Cubs, Red Sox underwhelm

    CBS Sports "We are a little over a month away from Opening Day 2021. This offseason, we've seen nearly all of our top 60 free agents sign deals and there were even a few major trades that went down. So while we continue to wait for meaningful baseball games to return, let's..." February 20

  • Cubs bring back outfielder Cameron Maybin

    NBC Chicago "The Cubs are bringing back outfielder Cameron Maybin on a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Chicago on Friday night. Maybin, 34 in April, came over from the Tigers ahead of the 2020 trade deadline in a deal for minor-league..." February 20

  • 10 most interesting non-roster invites

    The Score "Baseball is back. Pitchers and catchers reported to spring training on Thursday, with position players set to arrive in the next few days. There will be some familiar faces showing up in different uniforms this year, with a number of them having to earn employment on..." February 19

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci cautiously optimistic about return of fans for 2021 MLB season

    ESPN "Dr. Anthony Fauci is cautiously optimistic about the prospect of fans returning to the stands for the 2021 MLB season, telling ESPN's Buster Olney there's a "pretty good chance" of it happening if the rate of COVID-19 infections continues to drop. "We could..." February 19

  • Mets' Talks with Cubs About Kris Bryant 'Do Not Appear to Be Ongoing'

    Bleacher Report "The New York Mets' trade talks with the Chicago Cubs about third baseman Kris Bryant reportedly didn't advance "past [the] first inning."  SNY's Andy Martino reported Friday the discussions aren't currently active but..." February 19

  • MLB sees 13 positive COVID-19 tests during initial spring training intake

    Sportsnet "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players' Association announced Friday the results of the first round of COVID-19 testing results at spring training, which found 13 positive cases among 4,336 tests (0.3 per cent). The tests were conducted by an independent lab in Utah as part of..." February 19

  • Ian Happ wins arbitration hearing vs. Cubs

    Bleed Cubbie Blue "The last unsigned arbitration-eligible Cub became signed Friday. Like a lot of arbitration cases, there wasn’t that much of a difference between the two figures, just $850,000. You’d think the Cubs and Ian Happ might have been able to meet in the middle, but that..." February 19

  • Why these five MLB stars will bounce back in 2021

    CBS Sports "Pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training and the long journey that is the 2021 MLB season has begun. The ongoing pandemic means it will be challenging, but MLB and the MLBPA believe they're up to the task of playing a full season, so let's hope they can do that without..." February 19

  • 'When I saw myself like that, I cracked up': How MLB Minis became a big hit with players

    ESPN ""Me next! Me next!" Hayden Parker could hardly believe it. On his screen was an Instagram direct message from one of his favorite Major League Baseball players, Chicago White Sox ace Lucas Giolito. Giolito had seen Parker's work -- a series of..." February 18

  • Cubs Designate Sergio Alcantara For Assignment

    Cubs HQ "The Chicago Cubs today agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Brandon Workman on a one-year major league contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In a corresponding move, the Cubs designated infielder Sergio Alcántara for assignment. Chicago’s 40-man roster remains at 40..." February 18

  • Jake Arrieta’s Deal with the Cubs Includes a Mutual Option for 2022

    Bleacher Nation "Although not initially reported as a one year deal plus an option year, the detailed terms are coming out for the Jake Arrieta signing, which should be official later today. The particulars include a mutual option for 2022. " February 17

  • The 10 Best Current MLB Players Who Were Traded Before the Big Leagues

    Bleacher Report "There is always risk involved when it comes to trading prospects. Some of the most lopsided trades in MLB history have seen teams ship out future Hall of Famers before they made their big league debuts in exchange for established veteran talent, only to watch those young..." February 17

  • Cubs To Sign Pedro Strop

    Bleed Cubbie Blue "Pedro Strop came to the Cubs in one of the best deals in franchise history — the one that also brought Jake Arrieta over from the Orioles in exchange for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger. You know, if that deal had just brought Strop it would have been a big..." February 17

  • Three Teams Who Could Sign Jake Odorizzi

    Baseball Essential "  Jake Odorizzi is coming off a brutal 2020 run with the Minnesota Twins. He was limited to four starts due to numerous injuries and posted a 6.59 ERA across those outings. At the same time, he’s a year removed from posting a 3.51 ERA and 178 strikeouts across 30..." February 17

  • Why more than half of MLB teams could be positioned to spend big next offseason

    CBS Sports "Due to circumstances we don't really need to discuss, an awful lot of Major League Baseball teams have been pinching pennies this offseason. It was to be expected, of course, but the circumstances should get a lot closer to "normal" by the end of the 2021 season (fingers..." February 17

  • Cubs agree to 1-year deal with Brandon Workman

    The Score "The Chicago Cubs agreed to a one-year, $1-million deal with right-hander Brandon Workman, reports MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Workman's deal reportedly includes $2 million in incentives. " February 17

  • Predicting next offseason's top 10 MLB free agents: Shortstops lead list; Noah Syndergaard is best starter

    CBS Sports "Spring training is nearly upon us, meaning the majority of baseball content produced across the world wide web concerns either last offseason or the upcoming season. Sometimes, it's good to have a foot on each side of the preview/review fence. With that in mind, today we're looking..." February 16

  • Matt Chapman Should Be New York Mets' No. 1 Trade Priority

    Bleacher Report "Sure, the New York Mets could trade for Kris Bryant. But since such a move wouldn't put them on the same level as the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Mets would be better off trying to do, well, better. For instance, Matt Chapman. Last Thursday,..." February 16

  • Cubs President Jed Hoyer Denies Kris Bryant Trade Rumors

    SI "Cubs president Jed Hoyer said Chicago is not involved in trade talks regarding Kris Bryant ahead of the 2021 season.  Bryant is slated to enter free agency after 2021. The Mets emerged as a potential suitor for Bryant in January, though any potential..." February 16

  • Spring reporting dates for all 30 teams

    CBS Sports "This week, Major League Baseball teams will kick off spring training. The 2021 season is set to be a full, 162-game slate with Opening Day on the calendar for April 1. The league and the players have worked out COVID-19 health and safety protocols for the season, and spring training will..." February 16

  • Trading A Cy Young-Caliber Starting Pitcher

    MLB Trade Rumors "Less than three months after their first-round playoff defeat to the Marlins, the Cubs traded second place NL Cy Young finisher Yu Darvish to the Padres.  This occurred after the Cubs won their division with a .567 winning percentage, which would have extrapolated to..." February 16

  • 8 Talented MLB Free Agents in Danger of Missing 2021 Spring Training

    Bleacher Report "Here we go again. As the labor tensions heat up between Major League Baseball and its players, a number of talents remain unsigned just days before pitchers and catchers are set to report to their respective camps. This has not been uncommon in recent seasons. In 2019,..." February 16

  • These 7 teams could be better than you think "The Dodgers are loaded. The Padres are electric. The Mets have a whole new energy. The Blue Jays are blossoming. The Yankees are the Yankees. There's plenty of hype for the 2021 baseball season, and there are plenty of hyped teams. But what about the surprises? Here are..." February 15

  • Picking Each MLB Team's Current Mount Rushmore

    Bleacher Report "It's Presidents Day, a holiday to commemorate some of the more heralded leaders in United States history. We thought we would mark the occasion by devising a modern-day "Mount Rushmore" for every club. That's right. Four players on the current roster who..." February 15

  • The History of Major League Baseball in Two Minutes

    The Big Lead "If there's one thing everyone says about me is that I love data. More specifically, data compiled and analyzed by smarter minds than my own that I can point a finger at and say, hey, that's pretty cool. If there's another thing I value, it's brevity. So there's no surprise..." February 15

  • MLB 2021 win totals: How we see the new baseball season playing out

    USA Today "There’s still far too many unknowns – regarding a pandemic, the fragile state of relations between Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association and other concerns – to lay out with any certainty how the 2021 season will unfold. We do know that 162..." February 15

  • Breaking down 2021 PECOTA projections for every team

    The Score "It's almost spring training, which means it's time for the prognosticators to get to work. Baseball Prospectus released its PECOTA projections for the 2021 season this week, and though more than a few free agents remain unsigned, it's as good a time as any to start..." February 14