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  • 10 things we learned in June, from MLB trade deadline rumblings to disappearing sac bunts

    The Athletic "Whaddaya know. Somehow or other, it’s July already. So you know what that means. In your world, it means it’s time to stock up on sandals and sunscreen. But in the world of baseball, it means we just survived one of the most action-packed Junes in..." July 02

  • Julio Rodríguez, Ryan Mountcastle and other hitters surging due to better batted-ball quality

    The Athletic "When Julio Rodríguez first got to the big leagues, he was just trying to stay afloat. Maybe it didn’t look that way, since he was hitting for a good average and stealing bases and smiling, but it wasn’t easy out there. A little bit of success allowed him to settle..." July 02

  • 3 MLB trades Red Sox must consider at deadline

    Clutch Points "The Boston Red Sox have endured a topsy-turvy 2022 season so far. Boston went from a 13-21 start to the 43-34 record they currently own. With rumors swirling around the contract extensions– or lack thereof- for Red Sox stars Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers, there were talks of the..." July 02

  • Guardians Announce Series Of Roster Moves

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Guardians announced a batch of roster moves prior to today’s doubleheader. Left-hander Kirk McCarty has been recalled as the club’s “27th man” for the twin bill. The club also recalled infielder Gabriel Arias, with outfielder Oscar..." July 02

  • Andres Gimenez had funny gesture after walk-off home run

    Larry Brown Sports "Cleveland second baseman Andres Gimenez showed some love to his bat following his two-run walk-off home run in Thursday’s 5-3 win against the visiting Minnesota Twins. Cleveland was down 3-1 heading into the ninth inning when Gimenez hit a towering shot over the center field..." July 01

  • Phillies Designate Oscar Mercado For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies announced that outfielder Oscar Mercado has been designated for assignment in order to open a spot on the roster for southpaw Bailey Falter, who has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to start today’s game. Mercado had only been claimed off waivers from..." July 01

  • The Biggest Question Marks for Contending MLB Teams Heading into Trade Season

    Bleacher Report "There is only one month of baseball until the MLB trade deadline. This season, we've learned the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets are clearly a step above the rest. The Yankees hold the best record in baseball. The Astros just stood..." June 30

  • Real or not? A midseason verdict on MLB's biggest surprise stars of 2022

    ESPN "Cardinals shortstop Tommy Edman recently made a play where he started on the shortstop side of second base before ranging well to the left of the bag to make a spinning, off-balance fling to throw out Christian Yelich at first base. It was a difficult play that Edman made..." June 30

  • Yankees' Aaron Judge Has Been Unreal, But the AL MVP Race is Far From Over

    Bleacher Report "If you're expecting to read a case for why Aaron Judge isn't the current frontrunner for the American League MVP, well, sorry. You'll get no such contrarianism from us. What we will say, though, is that Judge will have to keep doing exactly what he's doing if..." June 30

  • Which players could move at the MLB trade deadline? One pick for all 30 teams

    The Athletic "Baseball’s trade deadline looms in little more than a month. As far as trade targets, the usual suspects have already emerged. Consider the Nationals’ Josh Bell, who is in the midst of a career season just as teams begin zeroing in on impact bats. He is a veteran on an expiring..." June 29

  • Playing Matchmaker with MLB's Hottest Trade Targets Luis Castillo, Frankie Montas

    Bleacher Report "With Major League Baseball's Aug. 2 trade deadline now barely more than a month away, it's time to wildly overthink whatever rumors come out of the ether. In this case, we're going to have some fun with the latest on Cincinnati Reds ace Luis Castillo and Oakland Athletics..." June 29

  • Evaluating 3 potential Joey Gallo trade landing spots, deals for New York Yankees

    Sportsnaut "When the New York Yankees acquired Joey Gallo before the MLB trade deadline in 2021, it was viewed as a huge addition for a team with World Series aspirations. Fast forward a year later, the best team in baseball could be looking to dispose of one of its most expendable players. New..." June 29

  • Rob Manfred wants you to know: He doesn't hate baseball, he wants to save it

    ESPN ""DO YOU HATE baseball?" I pose this question to Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred deep into an interview at Citi Field in New York. "It is the most ridiculous thing, among some fairly ridiculous things that get said about me," he says...." June 29

  • Guardians Acquire Sandy Leon From Reds

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Guardians announced this morning that they’ve acquired veteran catcher Sandy Leon from the Reds in exchange for cash. He’s being added directly to the Major League roster, and right-hander Ian Gibaut has been designated for assignment in order to open a spot..." June 28

  • Panic Meter on Ronald Acuna, Bryce Harper and Slew of Injuries Shaking Up NL Playoff Race

    Bleacher Report "This weekend was a rough one for injuries in Major League Baseball, and especially for stars in the middle of the National League's crowded playoff race. To determine how much the biggest injuries figure to affect said race, we've dusted off the ol' panic..." June 28

  • U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee looking into Major League Baseball's antitrust exemption

    CBS Sports "Four members of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee have issued a letter to Harry Marino, the executive director of Advocates for Minor Leaguers, requesting insight on the impact Major League Baseball's antitrust exemption has on facets of the game, according to The..." June 28

  • Evaluating 3 potential Frankie Montas trade landing spots and deals

    Sportsnaut "The MLB trade deadline is approaching and Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Frankie Montas is the most coveted arm this summer. As the A’s continue their rebuild and payroll teardown, the ultra-talented righty will almost certainly be on a new team in July. Montas..." June 27

  • 1 Sentence to Describe the Current State of Every MLB Team

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 Major League Baseball season is creeping up on its halfway mark, so it's fair to say that we know a lot more about all 30 teams now than we did back on Opening Day. Enough to fill books, even. But since nobody has time for that, let's keep things simple and describe..." June 26

  • Ranking MLB's Top 10 Prospects at Each Position Right Now

    Bleacher Report "We've released updated versions of our farm system rankings and Top 100 prospect list over the past month, but how do the top prospects in baseball stack up to the players at their same position? Ahead, we've provided a rundown of the top 10 players at each..." June 26

  • Royals Exploring Andrew Benintendi Trades

    MLB Trade Rumors "With the Royals struggling, Andrew Benintendi has been seen as a logical trade candidate as the deadline approaches.  To this end, “the Royals are actively seeking a buyer for” the outfielder, The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham writes. There..." June 25

  • Yankees, Dodgers et al are obvious buyers, but mid-tier sellers have decisions to make

    The Athletic "With the trade deadline on the horizon, how do the Dodgers know exactly what they need to do? They don’t know if they’ll have Walker Buehler or Dustin May at even 80 percent on Labor Day. Or what condition the injured Mookie Betts will be in,..." June 25

  • Ranking Madison Bumgarner's Potential Landing Spots amid Trade Rumors

    Bleacher Report "Trade winds are starting to swirl around Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers, including four-time All-Star and postseason legend Madison Bumgarner. At 32-39, the Diamondbacks are more competitive than they were during their 110-loss slog in 2021. Yet they're still an..." June 24

  • Five pitches around baseball that should be thrown more often

    The Athletic "There are times when a pitcher will throw a sub-optimal pitch, and for good reason. Research shows that any additional pitch a starter throws over 10 percent of the time increases their ability to go deeper into the game and turn the lineup over more often. We can also see that though a..." June 24

  • The Most Improved Player on Every MLB Roster in 2022

    Bleacher Report "MLB teams go to great lengths to improve their roster during the offseason with blockbuster trades and big-ticket free-agent signings. However, sometimes the biggest impact can come from an in-house player taking a step forward in his development, or an under-the-radar addition who..." June 24

  • MLB’s expanded playoffs not yet boosting competition

    The Athletic "One of Major League Baseball’s great promises in pushing for an expanded postseason was increased competition. A team on the fringes of contention might push for one of the additional wild-card spots, producing better pennant races. Nearly halfway through the season, the..." June 24

  • Cole Hamels Targeting 2023 Comeback

    New York Post "Cole Hamels has decided to take his time with his comeback plans and try next spring rather than rush things. He called off a comeback a year ago when he experienced a setback after signing with the Dodgers. Hamels, 38, has thrown just 3 ¹/3 innings since 2019 but is a career 163-game..." June 24

  • Each MLB Team's Most Likely Trade Chip at 2022 Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 MLB trade deadline is still more than a month away, but the rumor mill is already starting to heat up as the line between contenders and non-contenders becomes more clear. Upcoming free agents on teams that have fallen out of the postseason hunt like Willson Contreras (Cubs),..." June 23

  • Will MLB’s new rules for muddying baseballs be the fix the process needs?

    The Athletic "In what might be an impossible search for consistency in how the major league ball plays, baseball has sent out a new memo and video detailing the process by which clubhouse attendants should apply mud to the balls before games. “We listened to best practices from all 30..." June 23

  • Are MLB's new hitting coaches faring any better than the old guard?

    The Score "Lost outside the spotlight of the lockout this past winter was an unusual volume of turnover at one particular position in the major leagues: the hitting coach. Of the 34 major-league hitting coaches this season (that includes four clubs that have two people sharing the position), 20..." June 23

  • Re-Grading the Biggest 2021-22 MLB Offseason Moves

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 Major League Baseball season is already nearing the halfway mark. That makes this a good time to check in on how the biggest signings and trades from the 2021-22 offseason are panning out. We've assigned fresh grades for all of the biggest transactions with a basic..." June 23

  • Cleveland announcer rips Miguel Sano for being ‘fat’

    Larry Brown Sports "Cleveland radio announcer Tom Hamilton did not at all sugarcoat things when it came to his comments about Miguel Sano on Wednesday. The longtime Cleveland announcer talked about Sano not being with the Twins during Wednesday night’s game between Cleveland and..." June 23

  • Ranking the Best Rookies of the 2022 MLB Season So Far

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 MLB season has been an exciting one for rookies, especially those at the top. Three of the game's top four prospects began the season on their respective Opening Day rosters. The fourth was injured at the time and has since been called up. Bobby Witt Jr., Julio..." June 23

  • 7 teams that could challenge the Yankees to sign Aaron Judge in free agency

    ESPN "The long-standing refrain about baseball free agents is that it takes just one aggressive owner to change everything. Arte Moreno swooped in to sign Albert Pujols for the Angels. The Mariners, needing a franchise reset in the moment, stunned other clubs by landing Robinson Cano for a..." June 22

  • Ranking Cubs' Willson Contreras' Potential Landing Spots Amid Trade Rumors

    Bleacher Report "As of right now, you can find Willson Contreras behind the plate for the Chicago Cubs and also in the No. 1 spot for All-Star votes among National League catchers. Come the other side of Major League Baseball's Aug. 2 trade deadline, who knows? Contreras has..." June 22

  • MLB Approves CBD Sponsorship Contracts for Team Jersey Patches, More

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball has officially approved CBD sponsorships for team jersey patches and more, it was announced during a conference call Tuesday, according to Terry Lofton of Sports Business Journal. That said, CBD sponsorships can only be sold if the company is certified by..." June 22

  • Guardians designate OF Oscar Mercado for assignment "The Guardians announced a host of roster moves before Tuesday’s contest with the Twins (relayed by Mandy Bell of Outfielder Oscar Mercado has been designated for assignment, while reliever Nick Sandlin was optioned to Triple-A Columbus. The moves clear active roster space for..." June 22

  • MLB trade deadline: Ranking the top 10 starting pitchers who could be traded, and their best team fits

    The Athletic "Last week, I shared my first big board of MLB trade deadline targets, which highlighted the 125 players most likely to be dealt between now and Aug. 2. This week, I’ll rank the top starting pitchers and position players who are available, and identify their best team fits. For our..." June 21

  • MLB Pitcher Power Rankings: How Every Team's Ace Stacks Up Around the League

    Bleacher Report "Who is the current ace of aces in Major League Baseball? And which "aces" wouldn't even sniff the starting rotation for the likes of the Astros, Dodgers, Padres and Yankees? The tricky first step in this process was deciding on the ace of each staff. For 23 of the 30..." June 21

  • Evaluating 3 ideal Willson Contreras trade destinations

    Sportsnaut "Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras is enjoying the best season of his career and is the biggest name being floated in MLB trade rumors this summer. With his team willing to flip the All-Star slugger for prospects before he departs in free agency, a trade seems..." June 21

  • Memo: MLB to require all teams to 'muddy' ball using exact same technique

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is now requiring teams to "muddy" baseballs before games using the exact same technique, according to a league memo sent to all 30 teams on Tuesday and obtained by ESPN. Muddying is the process of removing gloss from new baseballs to give pitchers a..." June 21

  • First tally sees battle for MLB All-Star Game starts heating up

    The Score "Major League Baseball released its first update for All-Star Game fan voting Tuesday, with New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge and Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Mookie Betts leading their respective leagues. Judge is the overall..." June 21

  • Baseball's Leading Hitter Is Defying the Trends of MLB Today

    Bleacher Report "As he's not so much fearsome as immensely frustrating for opposing pitchers, the best hitter in Major League Baseball today is a guy who basically doesn't belong in today's baseball. It's all there in his triple-slash ranks. This guy gets his hits and takes his walks,..." June 21

  • MLB Players Who Should Be on the Block at 2022 Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball's Aug. 2 trade deadline is inching ever closer, and some guys already seem as good as gone from their current teams. Suffice it to say that the next rumors about Frankie Montas, Luis Castillo and Willson Contreras will be neither the first nor the last. But..." June 18

  • 2 pitchers Blue Jays must add following Hyun-Jin Ryu’s Tommy John surgery

    Clutch Points "The Toronto Blue Jays are playing well and find themselves 10 games over .500 as of this story’s publication. However, they are still trailing the New York Yankees by 11 games in the AL East. While they have the Wild Card to fallback on, Toronto would prefer to win the..." June 18

  • The Current Best MLB Player at Every Position

    Bleacher Report "Voting for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game is well underway, which, in theory, should tell us who baseball's current best players are. But there's a fine line between "best" and "most popular." All-Star voting takes care of the..." June 17

  • MLB owners reportedly upset over Oakland Athletics financial decisions in 2022

    Sportsnaut "As Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher deals with criticism from fans for tearing down the roster amid demands for a new stadium, he is now facing criticism from his fellow owners. Oakland tore it down this offseason, tearing apart its roster after being a playoff contender for..." June 17

  • Overreacting to the Latest MLB Hot and Cold Streaks Around the League

    Bleacher Report "We all understand baseball is a streaky game. The season is long, data is immense and trends are fun to follow, especially when they help construct narratives. Beyond just following, overreactions are as good as it gets. This is the point of the season, about 40 percent of the way..." June 17

  • MLB Approves David Blitzer’s Purchase Of Minority Stake In Guardians

    The Athletic "Following months of conversations and negotiations between Guardians owner Paul Dolan and prospective investor David Blitzer, the league has approved the sale of a portion of the franchise to the New York-based businessman. Commissioner Rob Manfred, speaking at..." June 17

  • Rob Manfred downplays likelihood of MLB adopting robot umpires for 2023 season

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred downplayed the chances of the automated ball-strike system being installed at the big-league level ahead of next season on Thursday, according to Evan Drellich. Manfred, who held a press conference to mark the end of owners meetings, said he..." June 16

  • Predicting MLB Free Agent Contracts For Top Names of the 2022-23 Class

    Bleacher Report "There were 11 different players who received a contract of $100 million or more in free agency last offseason, led by Corey Seager who signed a 10-year, $325 million deal with the Texas Rangers. That list will likely be shorter this offseason, but there are still a number of..." June 16