• 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

  • What we know (and don't know) about arbitration hearing for Blue Jays' Bo Bichette

    Sportsnet "Later this week, a panel of arbitrators will sit in a Florida conference room and listen to competing presentations about Bo Bichette. The purpose of this get together? To determine whether the Blue Jays infielder will earn $5 million, the club's offer, or $7.5 million,..." 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

  • Angels manager has warning for MLB about Shohei Ohtani

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Angels manager Phil Nevin has a warning for the rest of the league about Shohei Ohtani’s motivation in 2023. In a recent appearance on SiriusXM MLB Network Radio, Nevin said Ohtani was coming back motivated for 2023 in part because he was frustrated at being denied..." February 07

  • Guardians, Phillip Diehl Agree To Minor League Contract

    NJ "Phillip Diehl is joining a new organization. FanSided’s Robert Murray reports that the left-hander is in agreement with the Cleveland Guardians on a minor-league deal. " February 07

  • Rockies owner: We've never tanked and 'never will'

    The Score "Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort insists his team - which has not finished above .500 for four consecutive years - is not mired in a rebuild and never will be. "I hate that word," Monfort said of 'rebuilding,' according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver..." February 07

  • Jon Berti, Marlins avoid arbitration with $2.125M deal

    ESPN "Jon Berti reached a deal on Monday with the Miami Marlins for $2,125,000 that avoided an arbitration hearing. Berti, an infielder and outfielder, gets a $2.1 million salary this year under an agreement reached before the scheduled start of Monday's hearing. The deal..." 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

  • Marlins Sign Johan Quezada To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins have signed reliever Johan Quezada to a minor league deal, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. The right-hander will presumably receive an invitation to major league Spring Training. Quezada, 28, began his professional career in the Twins..." February 07

  • Giants Sign Sean Newcomb To Minor League Deal

    CBS Sports "Once one of the more promising young left-handers in baseball, Newcomb has struggled to throw strikes over the past three seasons, and posted an 8.78 ERA in 20 appearances with the Cubs and Braves with a 24:15 K:BB in his 22.2 innings thrown. The southpaw will get a chance to win a..." February 07

  • Giants 1B Ronald Guzman attempting to become two-way player

    MLB Trade Rumors "A couple of weeks ago, it showed up in the transaction logs that the Giants had signed first baseman Ronald Guzmán to a minor league deal. The club today announced to reporters, including Grant Brisbee of The Athletic, a batch of players that would be in camp as..." February 07

  • Blue Jays Place Matt Gage On Release Waivers

    Blue Jays Nation "The Toronto Blue Jays have placed left-hander Matt Gage on unconditional release waivers for the purpose of contract termination, the team announced on Monday. Gage, a 10th-round selection from 2014, was designated for assignment last week after the club made Chad Green’s..." February 07

  • Twins, Parker Bugg Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have signed reliever Parker Bugg to a minor league contract, according to his transactions log at MLB.com. He’d reached minor league free agency at the end of last season following seven years in the Marlins’ system. Bugg, an LSU product,..." 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

  • Julio Urias aware 2023 could be last season with Dodgers

    Los Angeles Times "Don’t mistake his humility for weakness. Don’t confuse his silence for contentment. Julio Urías has pride. Listen to him carefully. It’s there. “I always try to give respect to whomever deserves it,” Urías said in..." 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

  • Nationals, Victor Robles Avoid Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals announced that they have avoided arbitration with Victor Robles by agreeing to a one-year contract for 2023 plus a club option for 2024. The financial terms were not disclosed. Robles, 26 in May, was once one of the top prospects in the league, with Baseball..." February 06

  • Parties drop lawsuits in Angelos v. Angelos case over Orioles’ owner’s fortune

    Baltimore Sun "The dueling lawsuits over control of the Orioles and other assets of longtime team owner Peter Angelos are being dropped by the parties, according to a court document. It says the suits, pitting members of one of Baltimore’s most famous families against one another, are..." 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

  • Shohei Ohtani won't have any restrictions from Angels about 2023 World Baseball Classic usage for Japan

    CBS Sports "Spring training camps open next week and, soon after that, many players will leave their teams to begin preparations for the World Baseball Classic. The WBC returns this spring after a two-year pandemic-related hiatus. The tournament begins March 8 and the championship game will be played..." February 06

  • Yankees prevent Luis Severino from participating in WBC

    The Score "The New York Yankees won't allow right-hander Luis Severino to participate in the World Baseball Classic, which kicks off March 7. "We support our players going (to the WBC), but when you have a player like Luis Severino who has had an injury history the..." February 06

  • Giants, Stephen Piscotty agree to minor-league deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants are in agreement on a minor league contract with free-agent outfielder Stephen Piscotty, reports Robert Murray of FanSided. The CAA client will be in big league camp this spring and would earn a $1MM base salary upon making the roster. It’s a return to..." February 06

  • Las Vegas site gives 'full support' to potential Athletics move if team can't -- or won't -- stay in Oakland

    Las Vegas Review Journal "If the Oakland Athletics relocate to Las Vegas, north Strip and downtown resort operators would strongly support the team building a $1 billion ballpark in their area. Resorts World Las Vegas President Scott Sibella confirmed that he and hotel owners from the north Strip and downtown..." 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

  • Dodgers sign Miguel Rojas to 1-year, $6M extension

    The Score "The Los Angeles Dodgers signed infielder Miguel Rojas to a one-year, $6-million extension, the team announced Saturday. Rojas is guaranteed to earn $11 million over the next two seasons, a figure that includes his $5.5-million salary in 2023 - the final year of his..." February 05

  • 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

  • Logan Webb, Brandon Crawford Open Up About Giants' Recruitment of Aaron Judge

    Bleacher Report "The San Francisco Giants heavily recruited New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge this winter before he re-signed with the Pinstripes on a nine-year, $360 million deal. Giants stars Logan Webb and Brandon Crawford were among those who met with Judge while he was in San Francisco,..." February 05

  • One last-minute move Padres must make to round out roster

    Clutch Points "The San Diego Padres were expected to be a perennial World Series contender after pushing all their chips in to acquire Juan Soto in a trade with the Washington Nationals. Instead of immediately competing for championships, the Padres’ title hopes were marred last season by..." February 05

  • Braves' Max Fried loses arbitration case, will earn $13.5M in 2023

    The Score "For the second straight season, the Atlanta Braves and Max Fried entered an arbitration hearing to decide the left-handers compensation for the upcoming season. Last season, Max came out on top. This season, it was the team the arb panel sided with, setting Fried’s 2023 salary..." February 04

  • 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

  • Pirates Sign Juan Minaya To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have added veteran right-hander Juan Minaya on a minor league deal, per John Dreker of Pirates Prospects. Minaya, 32, appeared in six games for the Twins last season, tossing 9 2/3 innings of 5.59 ERA ball. Just a year prior he had been an effective member..." February 04

  • Twins Re-Sign Aaron Sanchez To Minor League Deal

    CBS Sports "Sanchez ended the 2022 season with the Twins. The right-hander posted a disappointing .660 ERA in 15 appearances -- 10 starts -- over 60 innings with Minnesota and the Nationals. Once one of the more promising young arms in baseball, Sanchez now will have to pitch well in the..." February 04

  • Nationals Sign Chad Kuhl To Minor League Deal

    The Score "The Washington Nationals have added a veteran presence to their rotation, agreeing to a minor-league contract with right-hander Chad Kuhl, according to MASN's Mark Zuckerman. The pact reportedly comes with an invitation to Nationals spring..." February 04

  • Red Sox Sign Jake Faria To Minor League Contract

    SI "The Boston Red Sox reportedly added more pitching depth Saturday afternoon. Boston reportedly signed former Tampa Bay Rays, Milwaukee Brewers, and Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Jake Faria to a minor league contract, according to MassLive.com's Chris Cotillo.  " February 04

  • Vanessa Hudgens Gets Engaged to Cole Tucker

    TMZ "Vanessa Hudgens and her MLB player boyfriend, Cole Tucker, have just taken their relationship to a whole 'nother level ... TMZ Sports has learned they're engaged!!! A source close to the two tells us ... Tucker popped the question sometime at the end of..." February 04

  • Jake McGee Retires

    MLB Trade Rumors "Longtime MLB reliever Jake McGee is retiring, he tells Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The 36-year-old said he’ll return to Tropicana Field at some point next season to celebrate his time with the Rays’ organization. “I feel like it’s kind of..." February 04

  • 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

  • Red Sox manager Alex Cora used to brag about stealing World Series with Astros, according to new book

    Boston Herald "Alex Cora was nearly fired as bench coach for the Astros before he became the Red Sox manager, then bragged about cheating to win the 2017 World Series, according to details in a new book, “Winning Fixes Everything.” The book, published by HarperCollins and written by..." February 03

  • Marlins' Jesus Luzardo wins arbitration case, gets $2.45M

    MLB.com "Left-hander Jesús Luzardo won his arbitration hearing against the Marlins on Friday, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. Luzardo will earn $2.45 million in 2023. The club has not confirmed the news. Miami had filed at $2.1 million. Luzardo was in his first year..." February 03

  • A.J. Preller wants to retain Manny Machado beyond opt-out

    The Score "San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado could enter free agency after the 2023 campaign, but president of baseball operations A.J. Preller is making it clear he'd like to retain the six-time All-Star. "He's coming off another MVP-type season, and we..." February 03

  • Twins Appear Unlikely To Trade Max Kepler

    The Athletic "Whereas it seemed like a strong possibility two months ago, the probability of the Twins trading Max Kepler has been significantly reduced. Even with a roster full of similar players, the Twins appear content to keep Kepler. With Joey Gallo’s signing in..." 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

  • Yankees' Michael King: Astros can't 'stop us when we're rolling'

    The Score "New York Yankees right-hander Michael King believes the Bronx Bombers are better than the World Series champion Houston Astros when at their best. "There's no chance that an Astros team can stop us when we're rolling," King said on MLB Network..." 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