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  • Draft Compensation For 8 Teams That Could Lose Qualified Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already looked at what pick(s) each of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball would need to surrender in order to sign one of the 10 free agents who rejected a qualifying offer last week. On the other side of the coin is what type of compensation each of the eight teams that issued a..." November 12

  • MLB will stop awarding prize belt to team that best suppresses salaries in arbitration

    NBC Sports "Earlier this year, Marc Carig of The Athletic published a report on a belt, awarded as a prize at the GM meetings every year to the team that did the most to “achieve the goals set by the industry.” That’s code for salary suppression in arbitration. MLBPA..." November 11

  • New Francisco Lindor Video Might Cause Indians Fans To Freak Out

    TMZ "Everyone wants to know if Cleveland Indians superstar Francisco Lindor will sign a new deal to keep him in CLE after the 2021 season. So, we asked him about that ... and this video could have Indians Nation super worried! Here's the deal ... Lindor was out in..." November 11

  • MLB rumors: Blockbuster trade seems likely this offseason

    CBS Sports "We've just dipped our toes into the MLB offseason of 2019-20, which means pretty much all the action has yet to transpire. That said, rumors regarding free agent player and team pairings and potential trades are already circulating, and we're here to get you up to speed on all the..." November 11

  • Predicting 1 future MVP from each team

    MLB.com "On Thursday, we will find out the MVPs in the National League and the American League. When you win an MVP, you instantly go down in your team’s history. (Sorry D-backs, Rays and Mets: You still haven’t had an MVP.) It’s something both you and your franchise will have..." November 11

  • You're wearing that? Ugliest MLB uniforms in history

    USA Today "Remember that terrible 'Turn Ahead the Clock' promotion from 1999? Unfortunately, we all do. At least none of those uniforms accurately predicted the future. Case in point: the Pittsburgh Pirates ... Arizona Diamondbacks have a short and questionable history with sartorial..." November 09

  • 10 Bold Predictions For The MLB Offseason

    Sportsnaut "The 2019 MLB season is over and with it comes the start of the 2020 offseason. There is no rest for MLB teams as the coming weeks and months will play a defining role in shaping rosters and ultimately the entire 2020 season. There will be plenty of All-Star level talent available for..." November 08

  • Tony Clark’s statement on collusion was a necessary stand against MLB

    SB Nation "There are two years remaining in Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement with its players, but a growing rift between the two sides suggests negotiations are going to be bumpy. The latest conflict stemmed from a conference call between reporters..." November 07

  • 4 Blockbuster Francisco Lindor Trades That Would Change MLB

    12 Up "With only two years left on his contract, Francisco Lindor may not be in a Cleveland Indians uniform much longer (as the team's owners have clearly stated, enjoy him!). As he enters his prime and becomes less affordable, the Indians may prepare to trade him before things get too..." November 07

  • 2019 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners announced

    Yahoo! Sports "On Tuesday, the winners of the 2019 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards were announced on MLB Network. Gold Gloves were handed out on Sunday, but Wilson has their own line of defensive awards. The differences between the two are that the Wilson awards are not as widely hailed and..." November 07

  • Super Two eligibility set at earliest point in a decade

    Hardball Talk "MLB Trade Rumors reports that the Super Two cutoff has been set at two years and 115 days of service time. It’s the lowest the threshold has been set in a decade. Super Two eligibility is a salary arbitration concept. All players who have zero to two years of service time..." November 05

  • Adam Rosales retires from baseball

    NBC Sports "Utilityman Adam Rosales announced his retirement from baseball with a Twitter post. He wrote, “Special thanks to the eight different organizations who have all given me the opportunity of a lifetime! Today, I’m hanging up these beat-up cleats and opening a new exciting chapter..." November 05

  • Electronic strike zone coming to Minor League Baseball in 2020

    Sporting News "Minor League Baseball will implement an automated strike zone in some stadiums for the 2020 season, the latest evolution on the path to so-called robot umps, according to a report from The Athletic. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told MLB Network recently that the technology for a..." November 05

  • Danny Salazar outrighted by Indians, elects free agency

    WKYC "Thirteen years after he was first signed and six years after his Major League debut, Danny Salazar's time with the Cleveland Indians is officially over. On Monday, the Indians announced they had reinstated the right-hander from 60-day Injured List before outrighting him -- and..." November 04

  • Lou Whitaker, Dwight Evans headline HOF's 2020 Modern Era ballot

    The Score "The National Baseball Hall of Fame revealed this year's Modern Baseball Era committee ballot Monday, with 10 candidates seeking induction as part of the Class of 2020. Nine former players - Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Thurman Munson, Dale..." November 04

  • Indians Outright Four Pitchers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced today that they have outrighted four pitchers from their 40-man roster. Lefty Tyler Olson and righties Cody Anderson, A.J. Cole, and Danny Salazar all elected free agency in lieu of a minor-league assignment. " November 04

  • 7 possible landing spots for Stephen Strasburg

    The Score "Days after being named World Series MVP, Stephen Strasburg opted out of his contract with the Washington Nationals and will test free agency for the first time. By opting out, Strasburg leaves $100 million on the table and will roll the dice on the open market in the hope of..." November 04

  • The 2019 Gold Glove Award winners are ...

    MLB.com "The best fielders in baseball took home hardware on Sunday night, as the winners of the 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced. First-time winners such as Cleveland's Roberto Pérez and Milwaukee's Lorenzo Cain joined multiple honorees like seven-time winners..." November 04

  • Here are baseball's top 20 free agents

    MLB.com "If it feels like last year’s free agency just ended, that’s because it did. The “winter” technically stretched into early June, when Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel finally signed with the Braves and Cubs, respectively. But it won’t..." November 02

  • Here’s everything that’s happening in the 2019-2020 Off-season

    NBC Sports "Rogers Hornsby’s most famous quote goes like this: “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” Rogers Hornsby, of course, died in 1963 and back then they didn’t..." November 02

  • Indians exercise ace Corey Kluber's 2020 contract option

    ESPN "The Indians on Thursday exercised starter Corey Kluber's $17.5 million contract option for next season. Team president Chris Antonetti said last month that the Indians would pick up Kluber's option. The club formally made the move Thursday while declining options on..." November 01

  • Report: MLB proposed deadline for multi-year free agent contracts

    Yahoo! Sports "The Athletic’s Evan Drellich reports that Major League Baseball made a proposal to the MLB Players Association, suggesting a deadline for multi-year contracts for free agents. The deadline would have been set for the end of the Winter Meetings, which this year will take place..." October 31

  • 131 MLB players officially become free agents

    The Score "Major League Baseball free agency is nearly upon us, and the players' association announced the list of 131 players who officially became available following the conclusion of the World Series, qualifying as Article XX(B) free agents. Not all players qualify as Article..." October 31

  • Early 2019-20 MLB Free-Agency Contract Predictions for Each Top Star

    Bleacher Report "The MLB free-agency season won't begin in earnest until the World Series confetti has settled, but it's not too early to look ahead and predict how much the top stars will earn. The market has been volatile in recent years, with some high-profile players landing..." October 30

  • Is Anthony Rendon part of this contender's plans?

    MLB.com "On Tuesday, Matt Gelb reported in an article for The Athletic (subscription required) that the Phillies were proceeding with two sets of offseason plans -- one with the assumption of signing Gerrit Cole and one without. While the rotation is Philadelphia's most pressing..." October 30

  • Lions outfielder Shogo Akiyama to file for international free agency

    Japan Times "Seibu Lions outfielder Shogo Akiyama said Tuesday he will file for international free agency in order to pursue a career in the major leagues. The 31-year-old Akiyama declared his intention at the Japan national team’s training camp in Okinawa ahead of the upcoming Premier12..." October 30

  • What “sustainable success” really means

    Hardball Talk "We live in a time in which Major League Baseball front offices are increasingly cutting payroll and are seemingly happy to be “competitive” while eschewing — and sometimes even fearing — taking shots at being truly great. As we’ve discussed a lot..." October 29

  • Cleveland Indians name Brian Sweeney bullpen coach, promote Ruben Niebla to big-league staff

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians have made one promotion and one addition to their big-league coaching staff. Brian Sweeney, entering his third year with the team, has been promoted to bullpen coach. Sweeney, who replaces Scott Atchison, who was fired at the end of the season, has been a coach on..." October 29

  • Report: Dodgers likely to pursue Francisco Lindor trade

    MSN.com "The Los Angeles Dodgers suffered a frustrating NLDS exit in 2019, and they look likely to make some aggressive moves in the offseason to try to prevent that from happening again. According to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com, the Dodgers are likely to pursue a trade for Cleveland..." October 28

  • Models Julia Rose and Lauren Summer Banned From MLB For Flashing Their Chest At World Series

    TMZ "The game was briefly held up ... and security apprehended Rose and Summer and escorted them from their seats. Rose and Summer's accomplice, Kayla Lauren (also a model), claims the women were taken to police headquarters ... before being released. Rose posted a..." October 28

  • 6 trade fits for Mookie Betts

    MLB.com "Among the more interesting subplots of the upcoming offseason, aside from "who will sign Anthony Rendon and Gerrit Cole," and "what will Yankees fans do if their team doesn't sign Anthony Rendon or Gerrit Cole," is what's happening -- or about to happen --..." October 28

  • Playoffs proving MLB strategy grounded in search for immediate results

    Sportsnet "So, is baseball really back on its normal axis? That was all the talk ahead of the World Series, which after a post-season dominated by discussion of openers and bullpen games has settled into what used to be the norm: starting pitchers giving their team length, middle relievers holding the..." October 28

  • Indians’ Nolan Jones Undergoes Thumb Surgery

    Cleveland Plain Dealer " Third baseman Nolan Jones, the Indians No. 1 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, underwent surgery on his right thumb Wednesday in New York. Jones is expected to be ready for spring training in February. Dr. Thomas Graham performed the surgery at Langone’s Hospital...." October 25

  • Cleveland Indians P Carlos Carrasco wins 2019 Roberto Clemente Award

    WKYC " Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco has been named the winner of the 2019 Roberto Clemente Award. Carrasco fought through a battle with chronic myeloid leukemia in the middle of the 2019 regular season, but always one to exhibit grace under pressure, he overcame..." October 25

  • MLB umpire Rob Drake apologizes for tweets calling for civil war

    USA Today "The day after Major League Baseball said it was investigating a tweet from umpire Rob Drake calling for a civil war if President Donald Trump is impeached, the umpire unlocked his Twitter account and apologized in a string of tweets. "I want to personally apologize to..." October 24

  • Baseball's Most Interesting Free Agents Entering The Offseason

    The Big Lead "With the World Series end apparently well on its way, baseball's offseason is looming large. The lack of on-field activity doesn't mean a quiet few months for America's Pastime, though. Some of baseball's biggest names are up for movement, after all... 1B/DH Jose..." October 24

  • Finalists for Gold Glove Awards revealed

    MLB.com "The finalists -- three at each position in each league -- for the 2019 Gold Glove Awards are being revealed by Rawlings. We'll be updating the list of finalists as they're announced. AMERICAN LEAGUE PITCHER Jose Berrios, Twins Mike Leake, MarinersOctober 24

  • MLB, players union have had 'positive' dialogue on opioids

    Sporting News "In the wake of the death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, MLB and its players’ union is aiming to crack down on testing for opioid drugs. “The dialogue in this has been really positive with the players association, a lot of common ground on addressing the..." October 24

  • 5 players who boosted free-agency value with postseason performance

    The Score "The World Series is underway, and that means free agency is drawing ever closer. The postseason provides an additional platform for the biggest names to showcase themselves to prospective suitors ahead of the offseason. Here are five players whose playoff performance boosted..." October 24

  • MLB reportedly looking into umpire's controversial tweet

    Sporting News "MLB umpire Rob Drake has deleted a tweet saying he would go buy an assault rifle if President Donald Trump is impeached "this way." In a tweet posted Tuesday found by ESPN, Drake said "if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL WAR!!!..." October 23

  • Japanese Center Fielder Shogo Akiyama Adds To Open-Market Options

    MLB Trade Rumors "You may have noticed that this winter’s slate of free agents isn’t exactly teeming with high-end center fielders. That state of affairs led us to examine recently what could be a robust trade market for Pirates star Starling Marte. With so much demand and so..." October 22

  • Adding Francisco Lindor and Gerrit Cole would put Yankees over the top

    New York Post "Deep breath. This is the hard time to take one. For two-thirds of teams, the season ends in late September with usually a long runway to prepare for it. But if it ends in October, suddenly, after such laser focus on every pitch, the pain, the anger, the reflex to want to blow up a roster is..." October 21

  • Opioids in Baseball: “More people are going to die if this doesn’t get fixed”

    Hardball Talk "On July 1, Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs asphyxiated while under the influence of fentanyl, oxycodone, and alcohol in his Texas hotel room. Last weekend, ESPN reported that Eric Kay, the Los Angeles Angels’ Director of Communications, knew that Skaggs was an Oxycontin..." October 21

  • Morganna 'The Kissing Bandit' still in love with baseball 50 years after debut

    USA Today "Morganna Cottrell, a busty blonde known as 'The Kissing Bandit' because she ran onto major league baseball fields to kiss unsuspecting players, is still puckering up at the age of 72. “Put your cheek up against the phone,’’ she told a reporter..." October 21

  • MLB umpire Eric Cooper, who worked in the majors for 21 seasons, dies at 52

    SI "Major League umpire Eric Cooper has died at the age of 52, the league announced on Sunday. "This is a very sad day across Major League Baseball," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "Eric Cooper was a highly respected umpire, a hard worker on the field and..." October 21

  • MLB Reportedly Pursuing “Radical Restructuring” Of Lower Minors

    Baseball America "The Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA) between Major League Baseball and minor league teams expires at the end of the 2020 season. But if a new MLB proposal were to become reality, more than three dozen cities with affiliated minor league teams will lose those teams a year from now and..." October 18

  • Joe Girardi Steps Down As Team USA Manager, Wants To Pursue MLB Manager Jobs

    NESN "Joe Girardi seems to really want to manage a Major League Baseball team again. So much so the former New York Yankees skipper is stepping down as U.S. men’s baseball team’s manager. According to ESPN, Girardi decided Wednesday to not be at the helm for Team USA so he..." October 17

  • 'Everybody's got their own version of ethics': Tipping pitches gets magnified in modern-day MLB

    USA Today "In baseball's new era of big data, high-definition cameras and tablets in the dugout, pitch-tipping – and how teams decipher and share the information – has become less about gamesmanship and entered something of an ethical gray area. It's..." October 15

  • MLB and the MLBPA are discussing opioid testing. This seems like the wrong move.

    Hardball Talk "Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported this morning that Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association are in discussions that could lead to the creation of a testing regime for opioids. This, obviously, comes in the wake of the July 1 death of Angels pitcher..." October 15

  • Alex Rodriguez safe, but ESPN may break up ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ team

    Sportress of Blogitude "Alex Rodriguez, entering the final year of his deal with ESPN, is expected to remain in his current analyst role on the “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team, but he could be the only holdover from the current crew next season. Andrew Marchand of the New York..." October 15