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  • No one elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2021

    ESPN "For the first time since 1960, the membership of the National Baseball Hall of Fame will remain frozen. No player on the Hall's 2021 BBWAA ballot reached the 75 percent threshold needed for enshrinement in Cooperstown. The results of the writer's voting were announced by Hall..." January 26

  • No stranger to controversy, Alex Rodriguez joins Baseball Hall of Fame discourse

    USA Today "In 2022, Alex Rodriguez will begin a precipitous climb, a 10-year journey toward a summit he’ll likely never reach. And as A-Rod begins his ascent, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will be on their way back down, knowing how rough the terrain will be. After failing..." January 26

  • MLB is Becoming a Bigger Mess and It’s Annoying

    Baseball Essential "Arizona wants spring training pushed back because of COVID-19 spikes and concerns but yet they have sports going on with fans already. Also, as of now, there will not be a universal DH or expanded playoffs because of more conflict between the players and owners. If only the league had someone..." January 26

  • Storylines to watch on '22 Hall of Fame ballot

    MLB.com "Tuesday brought the end of an unprecedented streak of additions to the Baseball Hall of Fame, but will it be more than a one-year blip? That’s the question following Tuesday’s 2021 Hall of Fame election announcement on MLB Network, which revealed that no player..." January 26

  • Curt Schilling blasts Baseball Hall of Fame after barely missing immortal enshrinement

    Clutch Points "Curt Schilling was left out of the Baseball Hall of Fame once again by just a handful of votes, and he isn’t happy about it. Curt Schilling definitely has an argument to make that he should be in the Hall of Fame, but his antics on social media seemed to rub some of..." January 26

  • Ranking Trevor Bauer's Final Free-Agent Options and Predicting Contract Terms

    Bleacher Report "With clubs across Major League Baseball set to report for spring training in February, the free-agent sweepstakes for ace hurler Trevor Bauer may be nearing a conclusion. So, we thought we'd break down his remaining suitors and offer a fresh prediction for his..." January 26

  • MLB's second season of pandemic ball remains a balancing act: Cash, competition and COVID-19

    USA Today "It’s nice to think that Major League Baseball’s 30 owners, its hundreds of players and their many-tentacled business interests will keep public health front of mind when plotting and launching the 2021 season. It’s also helpful to note the many millions and billions..." January 26

  • Best fits for top unsigned MLB free agents

    CBS Sports "Spring training is less than a month away and it's clear MLB teams are way less active in free agency than last offseason. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led to wide-scale payroll slashing, and even with a recent uptick in hot stove activity, there are still dozens of quality players..." January 26

  • Justin Turner Reportedly Has 4 Teams to Choose From in Free Agency

    Dodgers Nation "The race to sign Justin Turner has been slow and steady this offseason. While the Dodgers continue to monitor his market and offers, JT is ultimately searching out a contract that will lead him into retirement.  The veteran third baseman has reportedly been seeking a 4-year deal..." January 26

  • 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame: Everything you need to know on ballot reveal day

    ESPN "Baseball Hall of Fame arguments used to be, dare I say ... fun? Bert Blyleven is underrated! Jim Rice is overrated! Jack Morris? Show me the back of his baseball card and let's debate. Well, welcome to the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot. It includes one player who was suspended for..." January 26

  • Cactus League adds new wrinkle to MLB, union’s game of chicken

    New York Post "MLB wants a universal DH. The players association wants a universal DH. These sides actually agree on something. Yet, there may not be a universal DH in 2021. Such is the relationship between these factions. MLB a few weeks back offered the universal DH as part of a larger..." January 26

  • MLB to hold 1st pre-draft combine from June 20-28

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will hold its first-ever pre-draft combine June 20-28 in Cary, North Carolina at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, a source told ESPN. The group of 88 invited players will be chosen in consultation with MLB scouts and the event will include a tournament..." January 25

  • MLBPA rejects MLB proposal that would have installed universal DH and expanded playoffs

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball is scheduled to kick off the 2021 season on Thursday, April 1 -- or, in 66 days. Yet the rules for the upcoming year are just now coming into place. On Monday, the league informed teams that the MLB Players Association had rejected a proposal that would have..." January 25

  • Cactus League, cities ask MLB to delay start of Arizona spring training because of pandemic

    USA Today " The executive director of the Cactus League, which houses 15 teams in 10 Phoenix-area ballparks during spring training, has formally requested that Major League Baseball delay the start of the season by a month. The proposal, sent by Cactus League director Bridget Binsbacher,..." January 25

  • Don’t Expect To See Any Players Elected To The Baseball Hall Of Fame This Year

    Five Thirty Eight "In baseball, every year is an election year. On Tuesday at 6 p.m. EST, we’ll learn which players will be honored with induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer (hopefully with an in-person ceremony in the Hall’s hometown of Cooperstown, New York). But unfortunately for..." January 25

  • 10 MLB free agents poised to bounce back in '21

    MLB.com "As any good investor can tell you, it’s hard to build a fortune by splurging on the hot, surging stocks. You make bank by buying the dip -- distressed or undervalued assets are due to rise. And in recent days, we’ve seen some teams buying the dip. The Yankees did it with..." January 25

  • 4 key questions about the 2021 Baseball HOF ballot

    The Score "On Tuesday, the National Baseball Hall of Fame will announce the results of the 2021 balloting. As always, candidates were voted on by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Candidates require 75% of the vote to be elected and need at least 5% to remain on the..." January 24

  • Results matter to Mariners pitcher Marco Gonzales, shortstop J.P. Crawford

    Seattle Times "It is clear listening to established Mariners leaders like pitcher Marco Gonzales and shortstop J.P. Crawford that their thoughts don’t mirror those of general manager Jerry Dipoto, who has expressed lessened expectations, such as just hoping to compete for a postseason spot, or the..." January 22

  • In wake of Jared Porter scandal, MLB needs to create safer spaces for women

    Sportsnet "On Tuesday morning, many in the baseball world woke up to the news that the New York Mets had fired general manager Jared Porter. And maybe, with that, many in the baseball world … woke up. You don’t need to be told why the actions that led to..." January 22

  • 3 teams who could give Trevor Bauer a big one-year deal

    CBS Sports "With less than a month to go until pitchers and catchers report for spring training, the top of the free-agent market is starting to move. Two of the five best players in the class have agreed to terms in the past week: DJ LeMahieu with the Yankees and George..." January 22

  • Mariners playoff contention ‘a possibility,’ but player development remains top priority, GM Jerry Dipoto says

    Seattle Times "With what has transpired over the past 360-plus days, the look and feel had to be different. The Mariners’ annual pre-spring training luncheon — a half-day of media availability in group and individual sessions at T-Mobile Park — couldn’t happen in typical fashion. The..." January 22

  • David Robertson Planning February Showcase

    MSN.com "Free-agent reliever David Robertson seems to be making progress in his recovery from August 2019 Tommy John surgery. The right-hander threw his first bullpen session of the offseason Thursday and is planning to hold a showcase for interested teams in early February, Mark Feinsand..." January 22

  • Why Baseball Hall of Fame could have an empty 2021 class, but not an empty induction ceremony

    CBS Sports "We are less than one week away from the reveal of the official results of the BBWAA vote for the 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame class. There was no veterans committee meeting this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, so if there are new Hall of Famers joining the Cooperstown museum this coming..." January 21

  • MLB Trade Fails That Will Keep Haunting Teams in 2021

    Bleacher Report "For Major League Baseball teams, the pain of a trade gone wrong can last for years. Allow us to illustrate. We've highlighted a handful of trades—officially 13, but with one two-for-one special and one three-for-one special—from recent years that have already..." January 20

  • MLB 'motivated' to hold scouting combine ahead of 2021 draft

    CBS Sports "Although Major League Baseball's amateur draft is less than six months away, the scouting schedule leading into the home stretch remains in flux. One key unresolved matter is the league's desire to host a medical combine-like event in June, just weeks before the draft unfolds. The..." January 20

  • What should the MLB do about the DH?

    Masn "Almost two full months have passed since the Orioles set their 40-man roster before the Rule 5 draft and chose to designate Renato Núñez for assignment. One of their arbitration-eligible players was redirected into free agency. Another team would have to be comfortable..." January 20

  • 6 blockbuster moves Blue Jays could still pursue

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have had a whirlwind winter in the rumour mill, but have not yet been able to acquire the type of high-end talent the fan base is clamouring for. Re-signing Robbie Ray and adding Tyler Chatwood should help the Blue Jays' pitching..." January 19

  • Five MLB free agent reunions that make sense

    CBS Sports "On Friday, the New York Yankees and infielder DJ LeMahieu agreed to terms on a six-year contract worth $90 million. The deal ensures LeMahieu will have the opportunity to build upon his first two seasons in pinstripes, during which he earned MVP consideration in both years..." January 19

  • MLB spring training is set to start in a month; here's what we know -- and don't know -- about 2021 season

    CBS Sports "Last week, Major League Baseball's commissioner Rob Manfred informed teams to prepare for a full-length season that will start as scheduled -- or, a clean break from the altered 2020 campaign. In about a month's time, then, pitchers and catchers will be reporting to various..." January 19

  • Top Landing Spots for Free-Agent OF Yasiel Puig

    Bleacher Report "It's comeback season for Yasiel Puig. According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, several teams are interested in seeing what the outfielder has to offer, including the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Miami Marlins and Baltimore Orioles. After sitting out the 2020..." January 18

  • Need a Shortstop? Now Is the Time to Get One

    SI "Not much has changed in the week since the Mets traded for Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco. The deal between the Big Money Mets and this offseason’s best trade candidate did not exactly jolt the market. Top free agents Trevor Bauer, J.T. Realmuto and George Springer remain..." January 18

  • 8 Blockbuster Trade Ideas to Shift MLB's Balance of Power

    Bleacher Report "The start of spring training is (hopefully) inching ever closer, but actual action on Major League Baseball's 2020-21 offseason market continues to be sporadic. So, it can't hurt to try to will some blockbuster trades into existence. We have ideas for eight..." January 18

  • Jeremy Jeffress generating interest from 10 teams

    The Score "Right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress is generating interest from at least 10 teams in free agency, sources told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. The Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays,..." January 18

  • Padres not among 5 finalists for Kirby Yates

    The Score "Free-agent right-hander Kirby Yates has narrowed down the offers he's considering to five teams, and the San Diego Padres are not one of them, a source told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Acee didn't name the clubs considering Yates but did..." January 18

  • Mariners Interested In Joakim Soria

    MSN.com "The Mariners are the latest team to show interest in free-agent reliever Joakim Soria, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi tweets.  Seattle joins the Twins, Blue Jays and all four of the Mariners’ AL West rivals as teams linked to Soria at some point during the..." January 18

  • Here are baseball's best defensive prospects

    MLB.com "If you think MLB Pipeline's sixth annual All-Defense team looks familiar, you're correct. Seven of the eight members have made previous editions of our squad of the best defensive prospects in the game. Braves outfielder Cristian Pache, a mainstay on the All-Defense team since..." January 17

  • Baseball's Savior? Theo Epstein Can Be MLB's Not-so-Secret Weapon to Fix Game

    Bleacher Report "Theo Epstein is deeply worried about the future. So he's taken a role with the league to fix what ails America's pastime. The architect of the Chicago Cubs' 2016 World Series win and the Boston Red Sox's 2004 and 2007 titles was hired by Major League Baseball..." January 15

  • MLB wants return of 7-inning doubleheaders, extra-innings runner

    The Score "Major League Baseball is proposing the return of seven-inning doubleheaders and starting each extra inning with a runner on second for the 2021 season due to the worsening coronavirus pandemic, sources told Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The rules were originally introduced for..." January 15

  • MLB rule changes: League still discussing universal DH and expanded playoffs for 2021 season

    USA Today " Major League Baseball, fearing that the pandemic could create havoc with their scheduling once again, is proposing the return of seven-inning doubleheaders and extra-inning games beginning with a runner on second base, two persons with knowledge of their discussions told USA TODAY..." January 15

  • Corey Kluber is highly coveted despite recent injury history; here are his 10 best fits

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week free agent and two-time Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber showcased himself for interested teams at the Florida training facility where he works out in the offseason. Injuries limited Kluber to one inning last year and 36 2/3 innings the last two years combined...." January 15

  • 7 big-name MLB starters waiting to be signed

    MLB.com "This offseason, we’ve seen one recent Cy Young Award winner get traded (Blake Snell, to the Padres), and are awaiting the signing of another (free agent Trevor Bauer). But those aren’t the only available starting pitchers with some impressive lines on their..." January 14

  • MLB players optimistic 2021 season will start on time despite COVID-19 concerns

    USA Today "Major League Baseball players watch the alarming number of COVID-19 cases sweeping across the country, keep their eye on the NBA with eight games postponed since Sunday, and know that in five weeks spring training is scheduled to start. They cautiously believe they can pull off a..." January 14

  • Three Free Agents the Yankees Can Pivot to if DJ LeMahieu Bolts

    Baseball Essential "Re-signing infielder DJ LeMahieu is the New York Yankees’ presumed top offseason priority. On the contrary, it’s January and the two sides haven’t reached a deal. Furthermore, Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown reports that LeMahieu “has become dismayed by..." January 14

  • If Red Sox trade Andrew Benintendi, where could he land and what would Boston get in return?

    CBS Sports "To date, the Boston Red Sox have been among the least active teams in baseball this offseason. They've signed outfielder Hunter Renfroe and righty Matt Andriese to low-cost one-year contracts, made a Rule 5 Draft pick (righty Garrett Whitlock), and that's..." January 14

  • MLB suspends political donations following pro-Trump mob's siege of U.S. Capitol

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball is the latest entity to suspend political contributions in the wake of last week's deadly invasion of the U.S. Capitol by insurgents loyal to President Donald Trump, reports the Associated Press. MLB is suspending political contributions from the..." January 14

  • These teams will win the next 10 World Series

    MLB.com "Off the top of your head, see if you can name the teams that won the World Series every year of the last decade, in order. You ready? No peeking. The answers are, of course: 2011: Cardinals over Rangers 2012: Giants over Tigers 2013: Red Sox over..." January 13

  • Marcell Ozuna's market beginning to take shape; AL, NL clubs involved

    The Score "The market for free-agent slugger Marcell Ozuna has begun to take shape in recent days, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi. Both American and National League teams are involved, even though there remains uncertainty about the universal designated hitter for 2021,..." January 13

  • 5 teams that should make Mets-like moves

    MLB.com "The Mets made the biggest splash of the Hot Stove season last Thursday, acquiring shortstop Francisco Lindor and right-hander Carlos Carrasco from Cleveland. Landing two players of that caliber -- especially a star as magnetic as Lindor -- is notable in any context. But it..." January 13

  • Corey Kluber expected to have strong market after solid showcase

    NBC Sports Boston "  The Red Sox reportedly got an up-close look at free-agent pitcher Corey Kluber, who would be a solid pickup for a Boston team in desperate need of starting pitching. But they were far from alone. Nearly 25 of Major League Baseball's 30 teams were..." January 13

  • Several MLB Ballparks Will Serve As Vaccination Sites

    Real GM Baseball "At least four Major League ballparks are going to serve as COVID-19 vaccination sites, with more likely to be following suit. " January 13