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  • Cubs Place Alec Mills On Injured List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs are placing right-hander Alec Mills on the 10-day injured list with a lower back strain, Jordan Bastian of was among those to pass along (Twitter link). Fellow righty Tommy Nance was selected to the 40-man roster in a corresponding move. " May 16

  • Cubs Place Alec Mills On Injured List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs are placing right-hander Alec Mills on the 10-day injured list with a lower back strain, Jordan Bastian of was among those to pass along (Twitter link). Fellow righty Tommy Nance was selected to the 40-man roster in a corresponding move. Mills was..." May 16

  • Playoff Chances for Each MLB Team at 2021 Season's Quarter Mark

    Bleacher Report "Numerous MLB fanbases can take solace in the idea this season is a return to "it's a marathon, not a sprint." If this were another shortened 60-game season, some teams would be two-thirds of the way through it. But there's still a long way to go...." May 16

  • 6 MLB legends who wound up in unexpected uniforms during career twilights

    The Score "If the sight of Albert Pujols in Dodger Blue seems bizarre to you, you're not alone. But he's far from the first MLB legend to wind up on a different team in the waning days of a sterling career. Here are six players from the last 25 years who spent a year or two wearing a..." May 16

  • Here is one quick fix for each MLB team "The season is not so far along that, no matter where your team is, there isn’t a chance to recover. With that in mind, let’s look at a quick fix for every team in baseball -- a way to help one of their deficiencies so far, or at least aid the team over the next few months...." May 16

  • Cubs Activate Ian Happ, Designate Ildemaro Vargas

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have activated outfielder Ian Happ from the 10-day injured list and designated infielder Ildemaro Vargas for assignment, Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times tweets. Happ is returning after spending the minimum amount of time on the IL with a..." May 15

  • Ranking the Players Most Likely to Pass Mike Trout as MLB's Top Dog

    Bleacher Report "Mike Trout is the best baseball player on the planet. The 29-year-old has been one of the game's elite since exploding on to the scene with 10.5 WAR during his rookie season in 2012. He is having arguably the best season of his career right now as..." May 15

  • MLBPA Files Grievance Against MLB

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Players Association has filed a grievance against the league, claiming that MLB did not negotiate in good faith to play as many games as possible in the shortened 2020 season, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. The MLBPA grievance seeks as much as $500MM,..." May 15

  • Chicago Cubs activate Jake Arrieta to start vs. Tigers

    Sportsnaut "The Chicago Cubs activated right-hander Jake Arrieta from the 10-day injured list to start Friday’s road game against the Detroit Tigers. Arrieta went on the IL due to a cut on his pitching thumb. He missed one start. " May 14

  • 3-4 Teams Interested in Veteran Albert Pujols After Angels Release

    Bleacher Report "If Albert Pujols wants to continue his playing career, there are reportedly multiple teams interested in signing the 10-time All-Star. Per Robert Murray of FanSided, three to four clubs are in the mix for Pujols after he was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles..." May 14

  • Bold Predictions Between Now and the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The summer brings separation to baseball. MLB's contenders separate themselves from the rest of the pack, and the great players separate themselves from the good ones as the heat of the division races mimic the heat outside. Summer also means the trade deadline. It's more..." May 14

  • MLB announces three players tested positive for COVID-19 in past week

    Sportsnet "MLB and the MLBPA announced Friday that there have been 10 positive COVID-19 results, three players and seven staff, among 10,629 tests in the past week. The results amount to a positivity rate of 0.09 per cent. " May 14

  • Union’s $500 million grievance against MLB gives both sides new forms of leverage in CBA talks

    The Athletic "With a little more than six months before the expiration of baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, negotiations have a new but not unexpected wrinkle: a grievance worth roughly half a billion dollars. About two weeks ago, the Major League Baseball Players Association filed..." May 14

  • Is it time for MLB to eliminate the dropped-third-strike rule?

    CBS Sports "The 2021 MLB regular season is now six weeks old and I think we've all settled into the daily grind that is marathon regular season baseball. The 60-game sprint was fun in its own way last year given the circumstances. Give me the full 162-game experience every day of the week..." May 14

  • Todd Frazier hits the open market

    NJ "Todd Frazier is a free man. Last week, the Pittsburgh Pirates designated Frazier for assignment. Read More- May 14

  • Why the MLBPA has remained quiet on the Georgia voting rights law

    The Athletic "On May 3, nine U.S sports unions released a joint statement expressing their opposition to legislative efforts in certain states to restrict the right to vote. The Major League Baseball Players Association was not one of those unions. Nor did the MLBPA comment publicly when..." May 14

  • MLB base stealers have never been more successful, and here’s why

    The Athletic "Austin Slater drew a leadoff walk in the first inning. And the game was afoot. Padres left-hander Blake Snell threw a pickoff attempt to first base. Slater raced back. Another pickoff throw. Another retreat. A third time. It wasn’t a charm. When Snell..." May 14

  • MLB, ESPN agree to 7-year extension through 2028

    The Athletic "Major League Baseball and ESPN have agreed to a seven-year contract extension that will show 30 regular-season games in addition to wild-card games, the network announced Thursday. The deal will include 25 weeks of Sunday Night Baseball, the MLB Little League Classic, Opening Night..." May 13

  • MLBPA reportedly seeking $500 million from MLB over 60-game season

    Yahoo! Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is still frustrated over playing a 60-game season in 2020. The MLBPA reportedly filed a grievance against the league seeking $500 million in damages, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The grievance argues the league..." May 13

  • MLB Pitchers' Historically Awful Hitting Should Seal the Fate of a Universal DH

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball will hopefully never have another season like the one it did in 2020, but at least it offered an exciting glimpse of what baseball will look like when the designated hitter is universal. Sans pitchers hitting for themselves, last year saw National League clubs..." May 13

  • Minor League Baseball Owner Speaks on Keeping Staff Intact Amid Pandemic

    Complex "On May 4, the Iowa Cubs held their season opener in Principal Park, ending a 604-day hiatus due to COVID-19 pandemic. While the game ended in a 3-0 loss to the Indianapolis Indians, the Triple-A affiliate of the MLB’s Chicago Cubs still had to feel like..." May 13

  • One-time All-Star righty Chris Tillman attempting MLB comeback

    Yardbarker "Former longtime Orioles starter Chris Tillman is making a comeback attempt, reports Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic. Tillman has been working with Dave Wallace, his former pitching coach in Baltimore, at Cressey Sports Performance in Florida since February, Wallace tells..." May 13

  • MLB Baseball Cap Tiers: From the Yankees to the Nationals — the Iconic, Good, Just OK and Bad hats

    The Athletic "Baseball is perhaps the last bastion in sports for the fashion-averse. With their press-conference podiums, the NFL and NBA have occasionally transformed into something of a post-game fashion show for those who choose to participate. Even the NHL is getting into the act. Baseball? There..." May 13

  • Kris Bryant exits Cubs-Cleveland game after hit by pitch

    CBS Sports "The Chicago Cubs fell to the Cleveland baseball team in Wednesday afternoon's series finale, dropping their third straight game. Amed Rosario hit a two-out, bases-loaded single in the 10th inning on a 1-1 pitch from Keegan Thompson to give Cleveland the 2-1 win..." May 12

  • Cubs Agree To Minor League Deal With Adrian Sampson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs agreed to a minor league pact with right-hander Adrian Sampson, as Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register tweeted yesterday. The team didn’t make a formal announcement, but the 29-year-old Sampson is now listed on the roster of their top affiliate in..." May 12

  • Jose Bautista enjoying bat flips not being 'so taboo' anymore

    The Score "Once the standard-bearer for bat flips, Jose Bautista is certainly enjoying the current brand of Major League Baseball. "The game has changed in a lot of ways, but one of the best ways is how celebrations are not so taboo and people are allowed to enjoy them," he..." May 12

  • If Rockies deal Trevor Story, these clubs are best fits "With so much of the league bunched together in the standings -- only six of the 30 clubs were more than four games out of first place entering play on Tuesday -- there’s a lot that will happen between now and the end of July before we get a true sense of who will be buyers and sellers at..." May 12

  • Previewing 2021-22 MLB Opt-Out Clauses & Player Options

    MLB Trade Rumors "Next year’s free-agent class is a legitimately star-studded group even when focusing only on true free agents who’ll hit the market due to service time or an expiring contract. But the class has the potential to become even stronger depending on the play of this year’s..." May 12

  • Ranking the 10 Biggest Disappointments in MLB Thus Far

    Bleacher Report "Nearly one quarter of the 2021 MLB season is done, and there has been plenty of good and bad. Some of the bad has been quite glaring. Let's take a look at the 10 biggest disappointments in baseball this year. The list will include everything from players to teams and..." May 12

  • Cubs Acquire Outfielder Trayce Thompson from the Diamondbacks for Cash

    Bleacher Nation "If you have a rash of injuries in your outfield, why not add a little extra outfield depth, eh? Read More- 13 potential landing spots for Chicago..." May 12

  • Iconic MLB first basemen are an endangered species

    The Score "For so long, first base was where teams parked their top sluggers. Historically, it's been the best hitting position on the field, often with a dedicated player to fill the corner spot. But as the careers of some likely Hall of Fame players near an end, and as the nature of the position and..." May 12

  • What if Mark Cuban had bought the Cubs and Wrigley Field?

    The Athletic "The Chicago Cubs can rationalize almost every decision or deflect most controversies with one well-rehearsed line: But we won the World Series. That accomplishment will be listed on Theo Epstein’s Hall of Fame plaque. Players experienced a life-changing moment in a city where..." May 12

  • Kris Bryant exits Cubs' opener with Indians "One reason the Cubs have been able to maneuver through a series of injury setbacks has been Kris Bryant's willingness to move all over the diamond. On top of that, Bryant has been hitting at an MVP-caliber level again this season. But on Tuesday night at Progressive Field, the..." May 11

  • MLB pitchers are throwing harder than ever with less command, as a disturbing trend emerges

    The Athletic "Think about this: In 345 career games, Braves right fielder Ronald Acuña Jr. has been hit by 22 pitches. In 3,298 career games, nearly 10 times as many, Braves Hall of Famer Hank Aaron was hit by only 32. Think about this as well: While the season is less than six..." May 11

  • Cubs' Jake Marisnick, Jason Heyward latest injury losses

    Yahoo! Sports "Maybe the Cubs are never out of it, as Anthony Rizzo keeps saying. But they might soon be out of players if this rate of attrition keeps up. Exactly one week after a collision that landed center fielder Ian Happ and infielder Nico Hoerner on the injured..." May 10

  • Predicting The Big MLB Names Who Will Be Up For Grabs

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 MLB trade deadline might be over two months away, but it's never too soon to start projecting some of the names that could be on the block come July. From stars to guys on one-year deals and a number of veteran arms, numerous players have improved their trade..." May 10

  • Inside the MLB's mental health crisis

    SI "Ryan Buchter, 34, has spent almost half his life pitching in professional baseball. In those 15 years, Buchter has been traded four times, released three times, changed organizations 10 times, pitched for teams in 22 cities and only once spent a full season in the majors without being demoted..." May 10

  • These 30 MLB players still need to get it going "There are certain players you think you’re going to be able to count on, for every team. They’re the givens, the ones you don’t worry about while you’re worrying about all sorts of other things. But the thing about the givens is, well, nothing is a given. Sometimes your..." May 10

  • 5 current MLB stars who struggled in the Minors "One of the most exciting aspects of having Minor League Baseball back is watching the players we all expect to be our next great superstars. Other exciting aspects include: strange regional foods, dizzy bat races among lucky fans, the works. The point is, when we scour the Minor..." May 10

  • Chicago Cubs star Javier Baez (back) out of lineup vs. Pirates

    Sportsnaut "Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez was not in Sunday’s starting lineup against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates due to back soreness. The Cubs have an off-day on Monday, giving Baez a two-day break to deal with the issue. He left Saturday’s game early with back..." May 09

  • Here are MLB's top Mother's Day moments "There were no pink-bat walk-offs or special on-field moments to celebrate Mother's Day last year, but Major Leaguers will once again have Mom close to their hearts as they take the field today. Here's a look back at some of the top recent Mother's Day..." May 09

  • 13 potential landing spots for Chicago Cub's Kris Bryant "Reports of Kris Bryant’s demise have proven premature. The 2016 National League MVP is playing like, well, an MVP again here in 2021. He’s healthy, he’s adjusted to the high fastball and he boasts a fantastic .306/.391/.658 slash and entered Friday with a career-best..." May 08

  • Way-Too-Early MLB All-Star Game 2021 Roster Picks

    Bleacher Report "It's never too early to start predicting what the 2021 MLB All-Star Game rosters will look like. A little over a month into the season, we put together our way-too-early view on how the Midsummer Classic might take shape if the game were played today. Using the 32-player..." May 08

  • Cubs Select Nick Martini, Place Ian Happ On 10-Day IL

    Bleacher Nation "After a few days of evaluation, the Cubs decided Ian Happ just wasn’t going to be able to contribute any time soon. So he’s hitting the 10-day IL, with a flurry of other moves accompanying it. To replace Happ, the Cubs are bringing up outfielder Nick Martini, a minor..." May 07

  • Baseball Players Are Hustling and It's Extremely Exciting

    The Big Lead "One of the more perplexing things about baseball is that the athletes have gotten so much more athletic and yet the running game has been devalued. This makes sense, of course, if you weigh the cost-benefit structure but the risk-adverse approach too often robs fans of heart-in-throat moments..." May 07

  • Zero new MLB players test positive for COVID-19 over past week

    Yardbarker "Last Friday, MLB announced that nine teams had reached the 85% COVID-19 vaccination threshold among Tier 1 personnel that would allow the league to eventually loosen certain coronavirus-related health and safety protocols. Additionally, 81% of the league's Tier 1 "essential..." May 07

  • Cubs' Kyle Ryan DFA'd by Cubs

    CBS Sports "The 29-year-old was promoted Tuesday after a brief stint in the minors, and he lost his spot on the 40-man roster after giving up one run on two hits and a walk while not recording an out Wednesday. " May 07

  • 5 teams who might take chance on Albert Pujols

    CBS Sports "On Thursday, the Los Angeles Angels designated future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols for assignment. He is in the final season of his 10-year, $240 million contract, and club decided they can better use his roster spot on another player. The Angels are currently in last place in the AL West..." May 07

  • MLB's replay system is breaking. How can it be fixed?

    The Score "With the score tied in the top of the ninth inning on April 11 in Atlanta, Didi Gregorius lofted a fly ball into medium-deep left field. At third base, Philadelphia Phillies baserunner Alec Bohm tagged and broke for home. The throw beat Bohm, but it appeared he might have gotten his left foot..." May 06

  • MLB suspensions haven't made sense during 2021 season, and they could be a slippery slope

    CBS Sports "Tuesday, Major League Baseball issued a seven-game suspension to Reds reliever Amir Garrett for "inciting" a benches-clearing incident with the Cubs over this past weekend. Cubs shortstop Javier Baez was fined, but not..." May 06