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  • MLB State of the Position 2023: Every Team's 5-Year Plan at Shortstop

    Bleacher Report "The money spent on free agents the past two offseasons is a great indication of how much high-end talent there is across baseball at the shortstop position right now, with Javier Báez, Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Trevor Story, Dansby Swanson and Trea Turner all securing..." February 07

  • Every MLB team’s best under-the-radar offseason move ahead of the 2023 campaign

    The Athletic "Aaron Judge’s decision to remain with the Yankees and Carlos Correa’s prolonged free-agency saga got most of the hot-stove ink, but seasons are often won and lost with winter transactions that don’t grab much attention. For instance: Many..." February 07

  • Mets DFA Khalil Lee, Claim RHP Sam Coonrod off Waivers

    Mets Merized Online "The New York Mets have designated outfielder Khalil Lee for assignment. Lee is under an active MLB investigation due to a lawsuit accusing him of assault last year. In a corresponding move, the Mets have claimed right-handed pitcher Sam Coonrod off of waivers from..." February 07

  • MLB expansion should include geographic realignment — so let’s build new divisions

    The Athletic "Another MLB season is almost here, and despite the many changes to the game this year — from new rules to a new schedule — 30 teams from six divisions will take the field on Opening Day, as they have for 25 years. But make no mistake, expansion is..." February 07

  • Why Scott Boras has a compelling Baseball Hall of Fame case after years as MLB's top agent

    CBS Sports "As things stand, there are zero agents in the Baseball Hall of Fame. It's likely to remain that way for a long time, if not forever. If there ever is a breakthrough, though, the first agent inducted into the Hall of Fame should be an easy pick: Scott Boras.  No, you don't..." February 07

  • Fresh Trade Packages for MLB's Top Rumored Targets

    Bleacher Report "Dr. Frankenstein has his laboratory, and we have ours. The only difference is that ours is strictly for cooking up trade proposals during times when there's not a whole lot happening with Major League Baseball's news cycle. In other words, right now. Our latest round..." February 06

  • What's behind Mets owner Steve Cohen's record-setting spending

    ESPN "Just outside the window of Steve Cohen's office at Citi Field, a crane peeks its neck high into the air, finishing preparations for the installation of the largest video board ever to grace a baseball stadium. Off in the distance sits a 50-acre parking lot that Cohen envisions turning into..." February 06

  • Major turnarounds are (probably) coming for these 5 MLB teams

    MLB.com "There were plenty of teams other than the Astros -- who won the World Series, after all -- that were happy with how their 2022 season went. The National League champion Phillies, surely; the Mets and Braves each won 101 games; and the Cardinals had a nostalgia party essentially every night out...." February 06

  • 2023 MLB ‘Wild-Card Era’ Franchise Rankings: Where does your team belong?

    The Athletic "With spring training upon us once again, it’s time to dust off the old calculator, find that scoring system we stole from The Athletic NFL writer Bob Sturm and crank out another edition of the tested, trusted, completely objective, never-been-questioned, all-math,..." February 06

  • MLB will see 10 rookie umps replace veterans as position faces more changes, challenges than ever

    The Athletic "A flood of new umpires will patrol games this season with 10 rookies replacing retiring veterans across Major League Baseball, MLB vice president Michael Hill said last month. It will be the big leagues’ largest first-year class of umps in more than 20 years. The newbies,..." February 06

  • Mets To Hire Carlos Beltran For Front Office Role

    CBS Sports "The New York Mets have hired Carlos Beltrán for a job in the front office, the New York Post reports. It's unclear exactly what his job or title will be, but the report notes that Beltrán will work under general manager Billy Eppler. Beltrán had..." February 05

  • MLB Players Primed for a Home Run Surge in 2023

    Bleacher Report "While there is no shortage of established power hitters around MLB, there is always a new crop of sluggers poised to join the ranks of baseball's home run elite. Guys such as Christian Walker (36 HR), Rowdy Tellez (35 HR), Anthony Santander (33 HR), Corey Seager (33 HR) and Willy..." February 04

  • How Jeff McNeil’s path to an extension with the Mets began with a simple dinner

    The Athletic "In late November 2021, with the baseball lockout looming, agent Joe Longo and Mets general manager Billy Eppler arranged a dinner to talk about Jeff McNeil. It would be an important first step in a process that officially ended on Tuesday, when McNeil stood on the dais at Citi..." February 03

  • Jeff McNeil extension signals Mets' commitment to homegrown players

    MLB.com "Jeff McNeil’s disjointed route to the Majors is, by this point, well documented. He did not play high school baseball until his senior year, preferring to focus on golf. He earned a scholarship to Cal State Long Beach anyway, became a 12th-round pick of the Mets and, after an..." February 03

  • New York Mets expected to make Shohei Ohtani ‘insane’ offer next winter

    Sportsnaut "Shohei Ohtani is expected to be the biggest name in MLB free agent history next winter, and the New York Mets reportedly could set the market with an “insane” offer for the incomparable baseball superstar. This offseason was the most expensive in MLB history and, in a way,..." February 03

  • Inside the Rising Cost of Winning in MLB Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "When Aaron Judge signed his massive $360 million contract this past December—and when Shohei Ohtani signs an even bigger one next winter—there was/will be arguments about whether the price was too high, too low or just right. But to decide whether a player lives up to the..." February 03

  • Shohei Ohtani’s fate with Angels among top spring training storylines

    New York Post "Pitchers and catchers report within two weeks, and as usual there are plenty of enticing storylines.   1. Will the Angels try to extend Shohei Ohtani, and do they have any chance? They want to try, and have two things going for them: 1)..." February 03

  • Picking MLB’s four best bounce-back candidates for 2023

    The Athletic "Optimism is a spring tradition, and it increasingly seems like this column is as well. The allure of dreaming of better days for those players who suffered through a poor 2022 is just something that resonates with anyone who has struggled before, especially right before pitchers and catchers..." February 03

  • Rich Hill rips MLB for repeatedly using different types of baseballs and not telling players

    WGR 550 Sports Radio "Major League Baseball can’t decide what kind of baseball it wants to use, and Rich Hill is getting fed up with it. Certainly, he’s not alone. The league reportedly used three different types of baseballs last season. That comes after two different..." February 03

  • MLB’s 2023 schedule changes: Everything you need to know and what it means for your team

    The Athletic "So … did you see the new 2023 schedule that Major League Baseball unveiled this week? Well, if you did, perhaps you’re wondering … Why would the Giants be spending Opening Day in New York … for the first time since 1956 …..." February 03

  • 25 Greatest First Basemen in Modern MLB History

    Bleacher Report "Welcome once again to Bleacher Report's series of the 25 greatest players at each position in modern MLB history. Up next, the first basemen. The first step in this exercise was to decide what "modern" means for the sake of this discussion, and we settled on everything..." February 03

  • Why is Darin Ruf still a Met? And what will they do at DH in 2023?

    SNY TV "Player A has a career OPS of .866 against left-handed pitching, and an .891 OPS versus lefties over the past three years. If you want to open up the hood for a Baseball Savant dive, this player’s wOBA against lefties since 2020 is .370. We could go on, but you get the picture:..." February 03

  • Kodai Senga also had iffy physical before Mets’ Carlos Correa saga

    New York Post "New Mets pitcher Kodai Senga throws 100 mph and has a forkball so good it’s called a “ghost” pitch, he has a career 2.59 ERA and five rings in Japan before age 30. Yet, with a $75 million deal, he got slightly more than mid-rotation starter Taijuan Walker. The reason..." February 03

  • Mets Sign DJ Stewart To Minor League Contract

    CBS Sports "Stewart went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in very limited action at the MLB level last season with the Orioles, but the 2015 first-round pick did at times flash impressive raw power during his time in Baltimore. He figures to act as organizational outfield depth for the Mets..." February 03

  • Why Mets prospect Brett Baty spent a critical winter working with Troy Tulowitzki

    The Athletic "Some days, Troy Tulowitzki would pause his trash talking, slide on a glove, and put on a demonstration that accomplished two things. The first was giving hands-on instruction to a willing student in Brett Baty. The second was reminding the highly regarded Mets prospect just who..." February 02

  • 10 MLB Stars Most Likely to Be on the Trade Block by 2023 Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Baseball fans everywhere are on the edge of their seats for spring training to begin, especially with just one football game left to pass the time. Yet we're already looking ahead at the big names who could be available by the trade deadline this year. Free agency was..." February 02

  • Bold 2023 predictions for MLB's top prospects

    ESPN "It's out! ESPN MLB draft and prospect expert Kiley McDaniel ranked his top 100 MLB prospects for 2023 this week, and now, it's time to have some fun with it. We asked our MLB experts to give us one bold 2023 prediction for the top-100 prospect they are most excited..." February 02

  • MLB offseason reset: Four pieces of unfinished baseball business as spring training approaches

    CBS Sports "Last week, the Houston Astros hired former Atlanta Braves executive Dana Brown as their new general manager. Brown's appointment completed a lengthy search, one that began shortly after the Astros won the World Series, and served as a good reminder that though the..." February 02

  • Derek Jeter graces cover of MLB The Show collector's edition

    MLB.com "Two days after the cover athlete for MLB The Show '23 was revealed, the cover athlete for a special collector's edition of the video game was announced live on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" on Wednesday. Marlins star second baseman/center..." February 02

  • 20 years of MLB free agency: The more it changes, the more it stays the same

    The Score "Major-league players can already boast of a record contract haul this offseason. Teams have spent $3.65 billion on free agents so far, surpassing the $3.14 billion spent on the open market last winter - the first time the $3-billion mark was exceeded. While MLB revenues hit..." February 01

  • MLB Players Most Likely to Be Impacted by New Stolen Base Rules

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball wasn't exactly feeling the need for speed as stolen bases plummeted in the first 23 seasons of the 21st century, but that's about to change this year courtesy of new rules that will introduce larger bases, a pitch timer and limits on pickoff..." February 01

  • MLB investigating Mets outfielder Khalil Lee over ex-girlfriend's assault allegations

    SNY TV "MLB is investigating assault allegations against Mets outfielder Khalil Lee made by his ex-girlfriend, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told SNY's Andy Martino. In a lawsuit that was filed in Syracuse federal court on Wednesday, which..." February 01

  • Predicting Every MLB Team's 2023 Opening Day Lineup

    Bleacher Report "As another long, cold winter starts to thaw, we're just a couple of weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in sunny Arizona and Florida. With the bulk of the offseason's free-agency and trade moves in the rearview, it's the perfect time for..." February 01

  • Mariners Claim Tayler Saucedo, Designate J.B. Bukauskas

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners announced that they have claimed left-hander Tayler Saucedo off waivers from the Mets. He was recently designated for assignment when the Mets signed Tommy Pham. In a corresponding move to get Saucedo onto Seattle’s roster, right-hander J.B...." February 01

  • Early MLB 2023 trade deadline preview for all 30 teams

    ESPN "The MLB trade deadline is still six months away, but it's never too early to start discussing who might be on the move, right? So, let's pull out the old crystal ball and come up with a trade candidate from each team. Even though most trades at the deadline involve minor..." January 31

  • The reason Jeff McNeil could not care less about MLB’s 2023 shift ban

    Clutch Points "New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil doesn’t care about MLB’s rules changes for the 2023 season. Shift or no shift, the reigning NL batting champion doesn’t believe there’s a defensive alignment that can stop him.  Along with the addition of..." January 31

  • MLB offseason grades for all 30 teams: Who got the highest (and lowest) marks?

    The Athletic "The Athletic’s baseball staff was tasked with assigning a letter grade to each team’s offseason. The average mark was a B-minus, an indication that the staff isn’t necessarily populated with overly tough graders. That said, there were a few outliers, ranging from a trio of..." January 31

  • David Peterson, Tylor Megill to be groomed for key Mets role

    New York Post "Even before the first official workouts of spring training begin in about two weeks, the Mets will be keeping an eye on their starting rotation depth. That is a sound philosophy for any team, given the fragile nature of elbows and shoulders in particular, but the Mets are headed to..." January 30

  • Aaron Hicks again? 5 other options for Yankees in left field

    ESPN "Left field was a major problem area for the New York Yankees in 2022 -- just ask any Yankees fan -- and, heading into 2023, not much has changed. Last season, Aaron Hicks largely manned the position, leading the team with 46 starts in left field, but the team tried..." January 30

  • 10 MLB Stars Ready for Bounce-Back Seasons in 2023

    Bleacher Report "A new Major League Baseball season is on the way, and more than a few players around the league are hoping that it will be a more pleasant experience than the last one. For our part, we want to look at 10 who can make bounce-back seasons happen in 2023. This kind of exercise..." January 30

  • Maximum money or security? Inside the calculation to sign an MLB extension

    The Athletic "The reported extensions of the Mets’ Jeff McNeil and Rays’ Yandy Díaz are worth a combined $74 million. The Rockies’ Ryan McMahon, when he was in the exact same service class as McNeil and Díaz nearly a year ago, got $70..." January 30

  • Kate Upton Celebrates With Justin Verlander

    Egotastic Sports "Kate Upton got glammed up this weekend to celebrate her husband Justin Verlander after he received his 3rd Cy Young Award. The MLB star accepted his award for being the best pitcher along with the Marlin's Sandy Alcántara but there was a catch to the celebration, the plaques were..." January 30

  • MLB Trade Fails That Will Keep Haunting Teams in 2023

    Bleacher Report "The most painful thing anyone can experience, save for maybe a paper cut, is the bite of a Major League Baseball trade gone wrong. Need examples? We got 'em. We've recalled 15 trades—some of which we've lumped together for [waves hands] reasons—from..." January 29

  • Justin Verlander, Sandy Alcantara accept error-filled Cy Young trophies

    The Score "Major League Baseball might want to start supervising its award engravers next year. The major award winners of 2022 received their trophies Saturday at the New York Baseball Writers' dinner. Unfortunately, the Cy Young Awards handed to pitchers Justin..." January 29

  • Jeff McNeil, Mets Reportedly Agree to 4-Year, $50M Contract Extension

    Bleacher Report "The New York Mets continued their winter spending spree on Friday by agreeing to a four-year, $50 million contract extension with Jeff McNeil, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. The deal is pending a physical and also includes a fifth-year option that could bring the value to..." January 27

  • Way-too-early 2023 MLB lineup rankings

    ESPN "We're calling these lineup rankings "way-too-early" -- and while that might well be true, maybe it's not. At this point of the winter, teams across MLB have largely completed their heavy lifting. We do still have a few free agents out there and some trades have continued to..." January 27

  • 5 riskiest acquisitions of MLB offseason

    The Score "Every offseason, MLB teams hand out lucrative, long-term contracts with the hope that players can replicate their past success well into the future. There have been a staggering number of megadeals handed out this winter and a few other head-scratchers that could leave clubs in trouble in the..." January 27

  • Playing Matchmaker with the Top Remaining MLB Free Agents

    Bleacher Report "With the top of MLB's free-agency market settled, some notable players remain unsigned. Spring training is around the corner, and while most teams know what they are working with, some of them could use these free agents still on the market. This may have been the plan..." January 26

  • 5 best MLB free agents still available late in offseason

    Clutch Points "The 2022-23 MLB free agency period has been as busy as could be. We saw the best shortstop market ever, with the likes of Dansby Swanson, Xander Bogaerts, and Trea Turner all finding new homes. Carlos Correa looked to be on his way out of Minnesota as well, but after two concerning..." January 26

  • Ranking 10 most intriguing opt outs after 2023 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2022-23 MLB offseason will be remembered as the winter free agency became exciting again. A record $3.8 billion has been committed to free agents thus far, among that two 11-year contracts (Xander Bogaerts and Trea Turner) and one nine-year contract (Aaron Judge). That doesn't..." January 26