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  • MLB State of the Position 2022: Every Team's 5-Year Plan in the Outfield

    Bleacher Report "The outfield is home to some of the game's biggest superstars. Aaron Judge, Ronald Acuna Jr., Juan Soto, Mookie Betts, Luis Robert and Bryce Harper are among the biggest names in the sport, and others like Riley Greene, Alek Thomas, Brennen Davis, Zac Veen, Robert Hassell III and..." May 21

  • Dodgers Sign Pedro Baez To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have brought righty Pedro Baez back to the organization on a minor league contract, reports Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times (Twitter link). The longtime Dodger setup man hit free agency following the 2020 season and inked a two-year, $12.5MM contract with the Astros..." May 21

  • Identifying 3 New York Mets trade targets after Max Scherzer injury

    Sportsnaut "The Max Scherzer injury was the latest blow for a New York Mets rotation already dealing with substantial losses. Now without their co-aces until after the All-Star Break, the Mets will likely need to add pitching before long. Scherzer and Jacob deGrom aren’t the only..." May 20

  • How much can Aaron Judge really get in free agency?

    ESPN "Aaron Judge is the most famous player on the most famous team in baseball. So far this year, he's that team's best player, too. And after he turned down a nine-figure extension offer from the New York Yankees on the eve of the season, he's set to become a free agent..." May 20

  • MLB what to watch for: One burning question for all 30 teams

    The Athletic "As we near completion of the first quarter of the season, The Athletic’s baseball staff has named both a surprise player and an underperformer from each of the league’s 30 teams. Now it’s time to turn our focus onto the teams..." May 20

  • The Outliers: 4 players with wonky stats and what they mean

    The Score "We're roughly one-quarter of the way into the MLB season, which means a lot of the statistics are reaching a large enough sample to be illustrative of successes or failures. Here's a list of players with outlier statistics and whether their performance will..." May 20

  • Even without Juan Soto, MLB trade market is well stocked

    New York Post "Last year’s trade deadline was a thrill-a-minute thanks to the Cubs and Nationals deciding late to sell, and having significant pieces to deal. It’s unlikely we can match a deadline where Max Scherzer, Trea Turner, both halves of Bryzzo (Kris Bryant/Anthony Rizzo) and so many other..." May 20

  • Can the Trade Market Help Mets?

    Bleacher Report "The New York Mets have a comfortable lead in the National League East, and it wasn't until the first half of this week that they finally lost a series. In these ways, at least, their 2022 season couldn't be going better. But as if it wasn't bad enough that they were..." May 20

  • Frankie Montas Linked to Yankees, Mets, Cardinals, More

    Bleacher Report "The fire sale in Oakland is likely to persist as Athletics right-hander Frankie Montas continues to generate interest from around Major League Baseball.  The New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees are among the teams that have..." May 20

  • The key reason why Carlos Rodon signed with Giants over Dodgers in free agency

    Clutch Points "Carlos Rodon put pen to paper on a two-year, $44 million agreement with the San Francisco Giants over the free agency period. However, there was a possibility that he could have signed with another NL West powerhouse instead. New York Post’s Jon Heyman revealed on Thursday..." May 20

  • Evaluating 4 potential Juan Soto trade landing spots

    Sportsnaut "Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto is one of the best players in baseball and on pace for a Hall of Fame career. Amid uncertainty surrounding Nationals’ ownership, the NL MVP candidate is now being floated in MLB trade rumors. According to Buster Olney of ESPN,..." May 19

  • One player from all 30 teams making you scream at your TV this season

    The Athletic "Back in the day, before the nerds came along and introduced FIP, barrel rate and BABIP, every slow start might have been enough to induce some level of panic. To be clear, that hasn’t gone away totally. Failure is never fun. But with better tools comes better understanding, and while some..." May 19

  • Ranking the 10 Biggest Disappointments in MLB so Far in 2022

    Bleacher Report "When spring training was shortened and the start of the MLB season was delayed because of labor negotiations, it was reasonable to expect some odd performances once baseball came back. The delay, however, did not temper expectations already set based on performances from..." May 19

  • Execs Think Nationals Could Trade Juan Soto amid Contract Talks

    Bleacher Report "The Washington Nationals may reportedly be "compelled" to move superstar outfielder Juan Soto ahead of the Aug. 2 trade deadline given the lack of progress toward a contract extension. ESPN's Buster Olney reported Wednesday the Nats would likely set a..." May 18

  • Cardinals' Albert Pujols Ties Eddie Collins for 10th on MLB's All-Time Hits List

    Bleacher Report "St. Louis Cardinals veteran first baseman Albert Pujols continues to work his way up the MLB record books. In the second inning of Wednesday's game against the New York Mets, Pujols hit a two-run single that was the 3,313th hit of his career, tying Eddie Collins for 10th..." May 18

  • Nine MLB storylines I’m watching in the 40-plus games before the All-Star break

    The Athletic "This MLB season is only just starting to take shape with teams about to begin the second-quarter stretch. Twists and turns await over the next 40-plus games before the All-Star break. Here are nine storylines I’ll be watching, from the performance of underachieving teams like..." May 18

  • Playoff Chances for Each MLB Team at 2022 Season's Quarter Mark

    Bleacher Report "The good thing about Major League Baseball expanding its playoff format from 10 teams to 12 is it allows more franchises to maintain postseason hopes deeper into the regular season. But even with three-quarters of the season yet to be played, there are already half a dozen teams..." May 18

  • MLB surprise starts: One player from all 30 teams who’s having a breakout season

    The Athletic "It’s early. We know. But every baseball season brings its share of breakout performances, and with Memorial Day looming, enough time has passed to at least take notice. Perhaps these players prove to be trade chips at the deadline, or for rebuilding clubs, pillars for the next winning..." May 18

  • 10 X factors as MLB trade market heats up

    ESPN "The summer trade market is weeks away from its final form, but the foundation has been poured already. Seven MLB teams are on track to win 100 or more games -- seven teams that will presumably be buyers in search of one last championship-level player. On a parallel plane, about six or seven..." May 18

  • Whatever happened to triples? If Pittsburgh Pirates DH Daniel Vogelbach can hit one, anyone can!

    ESPN "The biggest news Tuesday wasn't the Houston Astros hitting five home runs in one inning off Nathan Eovaldi, or even the Boston Red Sox fan sitting in the Green Monster seats who caught two of those home runs. No, the biggest..." May 18

  • The Best MLB Pitcher You've (Probably) Never Heard Of

    Bleacher Report "The pitcher who co-leads the American League in WAR with Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander is probably not the one you think. It's not New York Yankees sensation Nestor Cortes, who's seeing Verlander's 1.38 ERA and raising him a 1.35 ERA. Nor is it Toronto..." May 18

  • Women Start Brawl in Stands at Dodger Stadium

    The Big Lead "Another day, another fight at an MLB park -- and of course it was Dodger Stadium once again. During the Los Angeles Dodgers matchup with the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday night, a pretty vicious brawl broke out in the seats, and three women were involved in setting it..." May 18

  • Dodgers Designate Shane Greene For Assignment

    Dodger Blue "The Los Angeles Dodgers activated David Price off the COVID-19 injured list prior to the second game of their doubleheader against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Shane Greene was designated for assignment as the corresponding move on the active and 40-man rosters. Price had been on the IL..." May 18

  • MLB's Top Candidates for Positive and Negative Regression at Quarter Mark

    Bleacher Report "With the Major League Baseball regular season nearly six weeks old, there are a few statistical anomalies that appear to be unsustainable. Justin Verlander and Michael Wacha cannot possibly maintain their historically great marks in batting average against and baserunners stranded,..." May 17

  • Angels and Dodgers vs. Mets and Yankees: Which MLB town would you take right now -- L.A. or NYC?

    ESPN "More than a month into the 2022 Major League Baseball season, some East Coast/West Coast history is being made. Both New York teams -- the Mets and Yankees -- and both Los Angeles teams -- the Angels and Dodgers -- are on pace to win 100-plus games. But even more historic: All four..." May 17

  • Evaluating 3 best David Price trade options for Dodgers

    Sportsnaut "Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price is looking for an opportunity to start and it seems the club wants to make it happen. With Peter Gammons of The Athletic reporting the Dodgers’ willingness to move Price, he’s now one of the leading MLB trade..." May 16

  • Albert Pujols reflects on 1st career pitching appearance

    The Score "There isn't much left for St. Louis Cardinals legend Albert Pujols to accomplish in his career, but he tried his hand at something new Sunday - pitching. The 42-year-old entered the game as a reliever in the top of the ninth inning with the Cardinals leading..." May 16

  • Dodgers announcer reveals why Max Muncy was so upset in viral video

    Larry Brown Sports "A video clip involving Max Muncy went viral over the weekend, though we finally know exactly what happened. Muncy was batting in the bottom of the ninth inning on Friday night with his Los Angeles Dodgers down 9-7 to the Philadelphia Phillies. After starting the at-bat with a ball,..." May 15

  • In Defense of Umpires: Why Complaints About MLB's 'Ump Show' Problem Miss the Mark

    Bleacher Report "Take it easy on Major League Baseball's umpires, would ya? Yeah, I know. This isn't an easy ask in the best of times, and the 2022 season has only been the best of times for umpires if one unironically enjoys what they call the "ump show." To..." May 14

  • Max Scherzer prevented ceremonial first pitch

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Mets hosted the Seattle Mariners at Citi Field on Friday night and there was a special first pitch ceremony scheduled for Japanese Heritage Night. But Max Scherzer wasn’t interested in any of that. As Mikio Mori, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States,..." May 14

  • Dodgers got hosed by umpire Paul Emmel’s 10th-inning strike call

    Larry Brown Sports "Despite featuring 22 runs scored and 27 hits, Friday night’s game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies will most likely be remembered for a bad strike call by home plate umpire Paul Emmel. In the tenth inning of Friday’s game, Dodgers shortstop..." May 14

  • Trevor Bauer's appeal hearing with MLB over 324-game suspension will begin May 23

    USA Today "Trevor Bauer's appeal hearing with Major League Baseball over his 324-game suspension will begin on Monday, May 23, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the the details of..." May 13

  • 3 best Xander Bogaerts trade destinations

    Sportsnaut "The Boston Red Sox entered 2022 hoping to compete for a World Series and to sign a Xander Bogaerts contract extension. Nearly two months into the season, neither seem like realistic possibilities as Boston plummets down the MLB standings. Bogaerts, the..." May 13

  • PitchCom -- aimed at foiling MLB's would-be sign-stealers -- is (mostly) winning over the skeptics

    ESPN "Texas Rangers closer Joe Barlow was skeptical about PitchCom at first. The electronic device, used to transmit pitch signals from the catcher to the pitcher in an effort to curb sign stealing, is brand new in Major League Baseball this season, and Barlow wondered what..." May 13

  • MLB Report Card Grades for All 30 Teams Early in 2022

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 Major League Baseball season is nearly 20 percent completed (five out of 26 weeks), which is the perfect time for some early report card grades. Marks for each team are based on how their play has compared to preseason expectations. (Win totals via DraftKings.) In other..." May 13

  • Giants Sign Scott Alexander To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have signed left-handed reliever Scott Alexander to a minor league deal, reports Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America. Alexander, 32, was a sixth round pick of the Royals in 2010. He made it up to the big leagues and pitched out of the Royals’..." May 13

  • 10 Potential MLB Trade Deadline Rental Bats Off To Strong Starts

    MLB Trade Rumors "As always, this year’s trade deadline will prominently feature many players who will be eligible for free agency after the season.  Here’s a look at 10 rental hitters off to strong starts who could be available in trade.  All of the teams included in this post currently..." May 11

  • Dodgers Designate Robbie Erlin For Assignment

    True Blue L.A. "The Dodgers officially added pitcher Ryan Pepiot to the roster to start Wednesday’s series finale against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. He replaces pitcher Robbie Erlin, who was designated for assignment. Erlin was called up to the majors for Saturday’s..." May 11

  • MLB regular season games to be played in London starting in 2023

    Clutch Points "The MLB has announced future plans for games held in the city of London, beginning in 2023. The partnership features regular season games in 2023, 2024, and 2026. The MLB held games in London for the first time in its history back in 2019, where the Red..." May 11

  • Three MLB pitchers who are off to surprisingly strong starts in 2022

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball's regular season is now more than a month old. Every team has played at least 25 games, or 15 percent of its schedule. In other words, it's that time of the year when people start wondering, is their team's seemingly overperforming player for real? After all,..." May 11

  • Rob Manfred says league's goal for baseballs is consistency, gripping agent could be approved by next year

    CBS Sports "Just over a month into the 2022 Major League Baseball season, unfortunately, one of the biggest stories to this point has been the ball. The actual, physical orb we have long called a baseball is a discussion point, and mostly a negative one.  Here at CBS Sports, Mike Axisa..." May 10

  • Shohei Ohtani: 2022 baseballs 'aren't as juiced' as they used to be

    The Score "Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani believes the new baseballs being used this season have been responsible for a dip in offensive production throughout the league. "I do feel it personally, and just by watching the games, I feel like the balls aren't..." May 10

  • Dodgers To Promote Ryan Pepiot

    MLB Trade Rumors "3:42 PM: Right-hander Ryan Pepiot, selected by the Dodgers in the third round of the 2019 amateur draft, will indeed make his major league debut tomorrow, reports Juan Toribio of (Twitter link). As noted below, the move had been widely speculated..." May 10

  • Study Confirms Which MLB Team’s Fans Drinks The Most Alcohol

    Total Pro Sports "It’s no surprise that sports fans consume a ton of alcohol at games, but which fan base drinks the most in Major League Baseball. NY Gambling Online surveyed 2,000 MLB fans across the country to see which teams have the “booziest” fanbase. " May 10

  • How therapy helped Braves closer Kenley Jansen reclaim his place among the game’s elite

    The Athletic "Kenley Jansen began last Monday the way he tries to begin most mornings. Soon after he woke up, in a hotel room in New York, he meditated. He listened to music to enhance his focus. On the bus ride to Citi Field, seated beside his Atlanta Braves teammates, he did breathing..." May 09

  • A’s Designate Billy McKinney For Assignment "The Oakland A’s selected outfielder Luis Barrera from Triple-A Las Vegas and designated outfielder Billy McKinney for assignment, the club announced today. Barrera was hitting .286 with six doubles, a triple, three home runs and 10 RBI in 23 games with Triple-A Las..." May 09

  • Willson Contreras Grabbed Max Muncy's Junk on a Wild Pitch

    The Big Lead "The Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers are facing off on Sunday Night Baseball and a really weird thing happened. During a fourth inning at-bat, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras grabbed Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy in the crotch while chasing a wild pitch thrown by Justin..." May 09

  • How much impact has MLB's universal DH had?

    CBS Sports "The designated hitter rule, in which pitchers are not forced to humiliate themselves at the plate, is now a permanent presence in Major League Baseball. The DH has of course been in force in the American League since 1973, and the National League used it during the COVID-abbreviated 2020..." May 07

  • 1 Takeaway For Every MLB Team 1 Month Into 2022 Season

    Bleacher Report "Exactly one month ago today, the 2022 Major League Baseball season finally began after a protracted lockout and a shortened spring training.  We don't know everything about all 30 of the league's teams just yet, but we know a lot more than we did before. As such, it's..." May 07

  • What April attendance reveals about MLB's worrying trend

    The Score "MLB avoided the worst outcomes of losing regular-season games to the lockout, but the sport's overall attendance trends are still pointing downward. While no games were lost, the lockout generated significant negative publicity. That's nothing new. Attendance has declined..." May 07