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  • Indians’ Terry Francona: “Francisco Lindor Not On Trading Block”

    MLB Trade Rumors "Indians’ manager Terry Francona spoke clearly and confidently during an appearance on MLB Network Radio’s Remember When. According to Francona, Francisco Lindor is not on the trading block. " January 18

  • Cubs Sign Former Indians LHP Tyler Olson to Minors Deal

    Cubs Insider "You’ll never believe this, but the Cubs have signed another pitcher to a minor-league deal. As first reported by’s Mark Feinsand, the club has reached an agreement with lefty Tyler Olson that will pay him $650,000 if he makes the roster. Though it wasn’t specified, the..." January 17

  • Indians' Mike Clevinger Goes Scorched Earth On Astros, 'Worse Than Steroids'

    TMZ ""This is worse than steroids." That's Cleveland Indians superstar Mike Clevinger going OFF on the Houston Astros ... ripping them for getting caught in a massive cheating scandal!! "They shouldn’t feel comfortable looking at any of us in..." January 16

  • How an episode of 'Hey Arnold!' is a perfect love letter to baseball and its beauty, power and simplicity

    Sporting News "Nostalgia can be a gift and a curse. Oftentimes, nostalgia operates as nothing more than beer goggles — distorting the view of something from afar while we slam Natty Light after Natty Light. Then, the sensation passes, and we're reminded of our jobs, our stresses,..." January 16

  • Dave Martinez Is Now the Only MLB Manager to Win a World Series with His Current Team

    The Big Lead "Dave Martinez stands alone. With the firings of Alex Cora and A.J. Hinch this week, the Washington Nationals manager has become unique in his sport. He's the only manager in Major League Baseball to have won a World Series for his current franchise. And it just happened in..." January 16

  • Yes, more teams than the Astros and Red Sox stole signs, but that doesn’t excuse them.

    Hardball Talk "There’s an element to all of this Astros and Red Sox news that keeps coming up that I want to dig in to. Indeed, it’s a thing that comes up every single time a team or a player gets in trouble for something. It’s the “hey, they weren’t the only ones doing it! They..." January 15

  • Managers, Top Front Office Execs On Expiring Contracts

    MLB Trade Rumors "Monday was one of the most stunning days baseball has seen in recent memory. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and A.J. Hinch, who oversaw several contending teams in Houston and led the club to a World Series championship, lost their jobs as a result of a sign-stealing scandal. Before..." January 14

  • With 3B market thinning, is Josh Donaldson next? "The Rangers are in agreement with veteran slugger Todd Frazier on a one-year, $5 million deal with a club option for 2021, pending a physical, according to's Mark Feinsand. The 34-year-old could fill a big hole at the hot corner for Texas, which missed out on..." January 13

  • Predicting Landing Spots for Top 10 Remaining MLB Free Agents

    Bleacher Report "Pitchers and catchers report in less than a month. Most of the top free agents have come off the board. Yet multiple impact players remain unsigned, ranging from genuine stars (Josh Donaldson, Marcell Ozuna) to high-upside gambles (Taijuan Walker, Yasiel Puig). As we await..." January 13

  • MLB, Rob Manfred face league-altering test amid probes and rule changes

    Sportsnet "This could be Rob Manfred’s decade. No, check that: it very much needs to be Rob Manfred’s decade. The recent passing of NBA commissioner David Stern gave all of us pause to reflect on the evolution of North American professional sports; to reflect on how the NFL has..." January 13

  • Nolan Arenado more likely to be traded than Mookie Betts or Francisco Lindor

    The Score "Of the league's superstars who are being mentioned in offseason trade rumors, Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is now more likely to be dealt than Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox or Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland..." January 13

  • Francisco Lindor, Indians Agree to $17.5 Million Contract to Avoid Arbitration

    Bleacher Report "The Cleveland Indians and superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor reportedly avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal Friday.  According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, Lindor will make $17.5 million plus additional awards in..." January 10

  • Who Will Be the Next MLB Players to Sign $300M Contracts After Gerrit Cole?

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball's $300 million contract club is rapidly expanding. Giancarlo Stanton became the first player to sign a $300 million deal when the Miami Marlins extended him for $325 million over 13 years in 2014. He was all alone until 2019, when Manny Machado,..." January 10

  • Five Potential Trade Destinations For Rockies All-Star Third Baseman Nolan Arenado

    The Big Lead "Nolan Arenada, the Colorado Rockies' 28-year old All-Star, is probably going to get traded, as reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Arenada signed an eight-year, $260 million contract in 2019, but the third baseman has an opt-out after the 2021 season so the Rockies could lose..." January 09

  • Ranking the Worst Moves of the MLB Offseason

    12 Up "The MLB offseason is the time for prospective contenders to either strike it rich with some big-name free agents like Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon or make some quality under-the-radar moves like the additions of Nomar Mazara and Edwin Encarnacion, just to name a few, in Chicago...." January 09

  • Tigers Acquire Eric Haase, Designate Dario Agrazal

    Bless You Boys "On Wednesday, the Detroit Tigers announced that they have acquired catcher Eric Haase from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for cash considerations. In a corresponding move to make room for Haase on the 40-man roster, righthander Dario..." January 09

  • Corey Kluber Pens Goodbye Letter to Cleveland Weeks After Trade to Rangers

    12 Up "Corey Kluber is now a Texas Ranger after he was traded in mid-December, but it sounds like he's going to miss Cleveland a whole lot. Drafted by the Padres, Kluber was lost for years in San Diego's minor leagues. By 2010, he was traded to the Indians, where he would make..." January 08

  • Indians expect Francisco Lindor to be Opening Day shortstop in 2020

    Canton Rep "The phone lines have remained open, and the Indians have fielded plenty of calls regarding their star shortstop. But, to this point, they haven’t received the one call (or text, or email) enticing enough to jettison one of the best players in franchise history. Speaking with..." January 08

  • How Yasiel Puig can bounce back this year "Depending on your point of view, Yasiel Puig was one of the most thrilling or one of the most maddening players of the past decade. Maybe both. But either way, he certainly has made an impression on the baseball world. Here’s the thing, though: For all the hoopla and..." January 08

  • MLB discussing use of technology to prevent sign-stealing

    The Score "Major League Baseball is discussing the idea of using on-field technology to encode communication between pitchers and catchers and help prevent sign-stealing, reports Hannah Keyser of Yahoo Sports. The commissioner's office is developing several prototype devices, sources..." January 06

  • Five MLB teams that could disappoint in 2020

    Sportsnaut "Many MLB teams have been busy this winter, turning over their rosters and making the moves necessary to take significant strides in the 2020 season. While some have stepped up this winter, others have fallen short. Whether due to front offices missing out on top free agents or..." January 06

  • 3 potential trade proposals for Nolan Arenado

    The Score "The likelihood of a Nolan Arenado trade is reportedly down to a coin flip, as the Colorado Rockies are fielding offers for the superstar third baseman and looking for a package that includes a controllable first baseman or center fielder. While 29 teams..." January 06

  • Angels Interested In Mike Clevinger "With the Angels’ fourth-round pick in the 2011 Draft, they selected a right-hander from Seminole State College named Mike Clevinger. Nearly a decade later, they’d love to have him back. Sources say the Angels and Indians have discussed a trade this offseason..." January 06

  • Robinson Chirinos Reportedly Nearing Decision

    The Union Journal "Veteran catcher Robinson Chirinos is “shut to creating a call” on his subsequent group, in keeping with’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). He has drawn vast curiosity thus far of the winter. It’s nonetheless completely unclear the place Chirinos..." January 02

  • Will Harris Weighing Offers

    Yardbarker "Righty Will Harris has drawn somewhat less pressing interest than might have been supposed entering the offseason. But the veteran is mulling offers from multiple teams and could soon sign, per’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). Harris is said to have drawn..." January 02

  • Marcell Ozuna's market 'gaining some clarity'

    TSN "Marcell Ozuna is one of the premier free agent bats left on the board, but that might not be the case for long. According to The MLB Network's Mark Feinsand, Ozuna's market is "gaining some clarity." He adds the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas..." January 02

  • Taking Stock Of The Center Field Market

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve glanced in at a few areas of the player market to see what’s left after a busy first few months of the offseason. With a New Year’s freeze in effect on the news cycle, let’s do the same for the center field market. The lack of supply sufficient to meet..." January 02

  • Countdown to Spring Training: A 30-team guide "The arrival of a new calendar year brings increased anticipation for Spring Training, and with camp now about six weeks away for Major League clubs, each has several questions that need to be answered before Opening Day. Here's a look at those questions, as well as a link to other important..." January 01

  • These are the most memorable recent 3-team deals "When it comes to pulling off a trade, three is sometimes not a crowd, but a necessity. While almost all deals involve two teams working out an exchange, sometimes the addition of a third brings some previously absent element into the mix that allows everyone to get what they want. It..." December 31

  • Five way-too-early bold predictions for the 2020 MLB season

    Sporting News "Happy (almost) New Year! Of course, for the baseball fans, the new year doesn't actually start until March 26, 2020. As we inch closer to Opening Day, we'll have more certainties and a better idea of what teams and players will be in the new league year. But until..." December 31

  • Taking Stock Of The Starting Pitching Market

    MLB Trade Rumors "Entering the offseason, the market for rotation upgrades was robust — arguably one of the strongest groups of free-agent starters we’d seen. Two bona fide aces — Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg — headlined a group that also featured the NL Cy Young..." December 30

  • Every team's top home run of the decade "As the 2010s come to a close, it's time to look back at the best home runs of the decade. There were 51,931 homers hit from 2010-19, but there are a choice few that will always stand out as the most memorable, whether they came in the clutch during the postseason, were milestone shots for..." December 30

  • Six Years After JAY-Z's Taunt, Scott Boras Gets the Last Laugh

    Complex "On an album that will largely serve as an afterthought in the catalog of (arguably) the greatest rapper of all time, there was a taunt that caused plenty of sports fans to perk up when they heard it.   In the first verse of the eighth track of his 2013 offering Magna..." December 30

  • Top plays from 2019 MLB season

    The Score "10. Pete Alonso walks off Home Run Derby The New York Mets first baseman was a tour de force during his first campaign in the majors. Before breaking MLB's single-season rookie homer record, Alonso won an epic long-ball derby with three walk-off dingers, including that blast to..." December 30

  • Why small-market excuses for not spending, from teams like the Indians and Brewers, don't hold up

    CBS Sports "For a number of teams, the Competitive Balance Tax (CBT) on payrolls provides all the rationale they need to tamp down on spending. Witness, for instance, the well heeled likes of the Cubs using the language of capability as opposed to choice when it comes to spending (they..." December 30

  • Indians Designate Eric Haase For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have designated catcher Eric Haase for assignment, the club announced. His roster spot was needed for César Hernández, whose one-year signing is now official. Haase, who just turned 27, has only tallied 34 plate appearances at the..." December 29

  • Indians, 2B Cesar Hernández finalize 1-year deal "It looks like José Ramírez will be able to remain at third base in 2020, as the Indians have found their starting second baseman. The Tribe officially announced on Sunday that it has signed César Hernández to a one-year deal. A source..." December 29

  • 10 biggest MLB stories from 2019

    The Score "With the calendar ready to turn to 2020, here's a look at the top 10 stories in Major League Baseball from 2019:  10. Free-agency freeze - and sudden thaw The stars of last year's free-agent class had to wait until spring training to find homes; only then did..." December 29

  • An insider's view of the contentious MLB-MiLB dispute, from ex-pitcher, lawyer Garrett Broshuis

    Sporting News "The current contentious dispute between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball became public in October, when Baseball America reported that MLB had offered a plan to eliminate as many as 42 minor-league teams after the 2020 minor-league season, when the Professional Baseball..." December 28

  • 3 Perfect Destinations for Bounce Back Candidate King Felix Hernandez

    12 Up "Reports indicate that Felix Hernandez has no intentions of retiring, even though he's statistically been of the MLB's worst pitchers across the last two campaigns. King Felix's career with the Seattle Mariners has surely concluded, and in perfect fashion at..." December 27

  • Ryosuke Kikuchi returning to Carp after failing to secure MLB contract

    Japan Times "Hiroshima Carp infielder Ryosuke Kikuchi said Friday he is giving up a bid to move to the majors this offseason via the posting system and will remain with the NPB club. Kikuchi, a seven-time Golden Glove winner, had until 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 2, 2020, to secure a deal with any of the 30..." December 27

  • Indians’ SP Carlos Carrasco Gives Gifts To Pediatric Cancer Patients

    Sportsnaut "Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco fought to overcome leukemia during the 2019 season. Now, before the year ends, he’s making sure to give back to those in a similar fight with a moment they’ll never forget. Carrasco visited The Cleveland Clinic..." December 26

  • Yasiel Puig 'a primary target' for this busy club "Yasiel Puig is on the open market for the first time since he signed a seven-year, $42 million deal with the Dodgers as an international free agent. Below is a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding Puig, who has averaged 25 homers over the last three seasons and recorded..." December 26

  • Saying the quiet part loud: Owners' greed defined baseball in the 2010s

    The Score "The Modern Era Committee, one of the National Baseball Hall of Fame's four auxiliary voting bodies, rectified a longstanding injustice when it posthumously elected Marvin Miller to Cooperstown earlier in December. Miller, as it happens, wanted nothing to do with the Hall of Fame, expressing..." December 26

  • 1 holiday gift for each MLB team

    The Score "A number of teams have already done the lion's share of their holiday shopping, with early winter moves galore this offseason. However, there are still plenty of chips to fall, so let's pick one gift each team could still use: Arizona Diamondbacks More free agents to..." December 25

  • With every top free-agent starter signed, where will pitching-needy teams turn?

    CBS Sports "The calendar has not yet flipped to 2020 and already almost every top free agent has signed. This offseason has been very different than the last two and that's welcome. Slow offseasons are boring. This offseason has been anything but. In recent days both Dallas..." December 24

  • These 5 starters could be Plan B options "Hyun-Jin Ryu is on the Blue Jays. Dallas Keuchel is set to become a member of the White Soxrotation. Madison Bumgarner will pitch for the D-backs. So what now for the other pitching-needy teams? For weeks, we’ve heard that the..." December 23

  • MLB's top 10 lineup tandems for 2020

    CBS Sports "Although they missed out on Gerrit Cole, the Los Angeles Angels landed a big fish during the Winter Meetings last week. They gave free-agent third baseman Anthony Rendon a seven-year contract worth $245 million, and will pair him with the great Mike Trout and the..." December 23

  • Scott Boras has officially signed players to over $1 billion in contracts this offseason

    Larry Brown Sports "Scott Boras has made his share of mistakes reading the market the last few offseasons, but everything seemed to break his way this offseason. Boras represented several of the top clients on the free agent market this year. He and his clients have gotten lucky that the right teams were..." December 23

  • Tribe, César Hernández agree on 1-year pact (source) "It looks like José Ramírez will be able to remain at third base in 2020, as the Indians may have just found their starting second baseman. A source confirmed to’s Jon Paul Morosi on Monday that the Tribe has signed César..." December 23