• Mets land Wilson Ramos and give up J.T. Realmuto chase

    New York Post "The Mets have found their catcher, and it didn’t cost them Noah Syndergaard. The Mets agreed to a deal with free-agent catcher Wilson Ramos on Sunday, The Post’s Ken Davidoff confirmed. The deal, pending a physical, will be for $19 million over two years with a team option..." December 16

  • When will Bryce Harper, Manny Machado sign?

    Hardball Talk "Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Manny Machado will meet with the Phillies’ brass in Philadelphia next week. George King of the New York Post, meanwhile, says that he may very well meet with the Yankees next week as well, in what is apparently an east coast tour. Beyond those two..." December 16

  • Machado, Yankees to meet Wednesday in New York

    The Score "Manny Machado's free-agency tour is headed to the Bronx. Machado and the Yankees are reportedly scheduled to meet on Wednesday in New York, according to George A. King III of the New York Post. The shortstop is visiting four teams interested in signing him. In addition..." December 16

  • Carlos Asuaje to join Lotte Giants of KBO

    Hardball Talk "Rangers second baseman Carlos Asuaje is headed to Korea Baseball Organization, according to a report from Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan. Following a three-year campaign with the Padres, Asuaje was placed on waivers and subsequently claimed by the Rangers, who have yet to formalize the buyout..." December 16

  • Source: Braves no longer pursuing Realmuto trade

    MLB.com "While Atlanta has continued to be linked to J.T. Realmuto rumors, a source said Saturday night the Braves exited the Winter Meetings with the understanding there will not be any further reason for them to discuss trading for the Marlins' All-Star catcher. Though the Braves signed..." December 16

  • Yankees have more competition for their Manny Machado fallback

    New York Post "If the Yankees can’t get their hands on free agent Manny Machado, who could meet with them this week, they have an interest in Freddy Galvis playing shortstop until Didi Gregorius returns from Tommy John surgery. But they aren’t the only team looking at the switch-hitting..." December 16

  • Matt Adams will reunite with the Nationals after agreeing to one-year deal

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals have agreed to a deal with first baseman Matt Adams, pending a physical, a person familiar with the situation confirmed Saturday afternoon. The contract is for one year and $3 million, with a mutual option for 2020 and a $1 million buyout. Adams played 94..." December 16

  • Reds, Nationals, Braves in on Aníbal Sánchez

    Hardball Talk "Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Reds, Nationals, and Braves have all expressed interest in free agent starter Aníbal Sánchez. While a clear frontrunner has yet to emerge, it stands to reason that the Braves would have some edge on their competitors as the..." December 16

  • Astros talking to Cruz and Brantley, open to trading Reddick

    The Score "After falling short of repeating as World Series champions, the Houston Astros could be eyeing a massive shakeup. Houston is reportedly talking to a pair of a pair of free-agent hitters in designated hitter Nelson Cruz and outfielder Michael Brantley, and the team's at least..." December 16

  • Top spenders Red Sox owe nearly $12 million in luxury tax

    12 Up "The Boston Red Sox are your 2018 World Series champions, but the victory came at a literal cost. Boston had the highest payroll in baseball last year, and because they went over the luxury tax threshold, they will have to pay a penalty of $11.95 million.  The..." December 15

  • Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer reportedly more likely to stay with Cleveland

    Yardbarker "Persistent rumors of the Cleveland Indians trading one of their top starting pitchers may end up being false thanks to some astute roster moves in other departments. According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Indians are expected to be less aggressive in trying to clear salary after..." December 15

  • White Sox unwilling to make record-breaking offer to top free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Much has been made about the Chicago White Sox’ interest in both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, but their willingness to bring in one or both may not be as strong as it had been believed. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the White Sox do like both Harper and Machado a..." December 15

  • White Sox trade for first baseman Yonder Alonso, the brother-in-law of free-agent target Manny Machado

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox made a surprising move Friday night in their quest to upgrade their roster and lure free agents Bryce Harper or Manny Machado — or both. The Sox acquired left-handed-hitting first baseman Yonder Alonso from the American League Central rival Indians, a source..." December 15

  • Padres interested in pitcher Dallas Keuchel

    Sporting News "The Padres remain active in the free-agent market this offseason as they reportedly are interested in the best remaining pitcher on the board. According to The Athletic, San Diego wants to sign left-hander Dallas Keuchel, but at the moment, his price is too high for the..." December 15

  • Cubs among teams in contact with Tulowitzki

    The Score "The Chicago Cubs are among the teams that have been in contact with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and will send a scout to observe a workout, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports. Tulowitzki hasn't played a major-league game since 2017 but teams are going to be lining up to get a..." December 15

  • Mike Minor trade discussed by Phillies and Rangers

    Lone Star Ball "The Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers have “engaged” on the subject of Mike Minor, the lefthanded pitcher who the Rangers signed to a 3 year, $28 million deal last offseason, according to Jeff Passan on Twitter. Passan notes that the Phillies have also been pursuing Andrew..." December 15

  • Marlins Man Reveals Connection to 100-Year-Old Baseball Scandal

    The Big Lead "Number one baseball fan and orange enthusiast Marlins Man is PR savvy. He knows how to operate under the intense light of the public eye. Even better, he knows that even the slightest hint of controversy needs to be met proactively. As such, he has admitted his loose connection to the..." December 15

  • Diamondbacks sign Matt Szczur

    Yardbarker "The Diamondbacks have signed a minors deal with outfielder Matt Szczur, per an announcement from the club’s top affiliate. Szczur has been assigned to the Reno Aces to begin his tenure with the Arizona organization, but he’ll have a shot to earn a big league job in camp next..." December 15

  • Cardinals prospect Griffin Roberts suspended 50 games for a drug of abuse

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals right-handed pitching prospect Griffin Roberts has been suspended 50 games following his second positive test for a drug of abuse, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Roberts, 22, is currently ranked the Cardinals’ tenth-best prospect by MLB..." December 15

  • A’s Matt Chapman has shoulder surgery

    San Jose Mercury News "A’s third baseman Matt Chapman underwent shoulder surgery on Friday, his second surgery this offseason. The A’s expect him to be ready for spring training. He first experienced pain in the shoulder during a recent workout. Chapman had a procedure done..." December 15

  • Giants eyeing Blue Jays' Pillar

    The Score "The San Francisco Giants are interested in trading for Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar, sources told Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area. Pillar has a highlight reel of spectacular defensive plays on his resume and would fit in nicely in the spacious outfield at AT&T..." December 14

  • Joan Steinbrenner, wife of former New York Yankees owner, dies at 83

    USA Today "Joan Steinbrenner, the wife of late New York Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner, has died at the age of 83. The Yankees said in a statement Friday that Joan Steinbrenner, who served as vice chairperson in the organization, was surrounded by her family at her home in..." December 14

  • Ian Kinsler agrees to deal with Padres

    Boston Globe "Former Red Sox second baseman Ian Kinsler has agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with the San Diego Padres, according to multiple reports. Boston acquired Kinsler at the trade deadline this year, sending two Triple A relief pitchers to the Los Angeles Angels (righthander Ty Buttrey..." December 14

  • Cubs, Cardinals Pursuing Daniel Descalso

    12 Up "?Every team could use themselves a good utility player, and according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the ?Chicago Cubs are in "strong pursuit" of veteran infielder ?Daniel Descalso to fill said role on their roster. The 32-year-old utility man is..." December 14

  • Phillies, Yankees interested in signing Andrew Miller

    Larry Brown Sports "Andrew Miller is one of the top relievers available on the free agent market this winter, and big market teams are looking to add him. The Philadelphia Phillies, who have made it clear that they are going to spend big this offseason, have been linked to Miller for several weeks. Jim..." December 14

  • Yankees swing back over report of Yankee Stadium's unsanitary concession areas

    USA Today "After taking a hit regarding sanitary conditions at Yankee Stadium concession areas, the club swung back. A detailed report by ESPN’s Outside the Lines into food safety ranked Yankee Stadium last among MLB’s 30 ballparks, citing 34 high-level violations at 43..." December 14

  • It’s official: Brandon Hyde named new Orioles manager

    Hardball Talk "It was not a secret that the Orioles wanted Cubs coach Brandon Hyde as their new manager. Reports swirled three days ago that he was going to get the job, though the Orioles denied it, calling them “premature.” Now, however, it’s official: the Orioles just announced that Hyde..." December 14

  • Bryce Harper, Diamondbacks aren't perfect match now - but they are going forward

    USA Today "Bryce Harper, a National League MVP at 23, is a free agent at 26, peddling his services in an industry that’s grown to nearly $11 billion in annual revenues. His combination of skills, age and marketing cachet make him an excellent fit for any major league franchise. Even the..." December 14

  • White Sox reportedly sign James McCann

    MLB.com "The White Sox and catcher James McCann have agreed on a deal, pending a physical, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Terms of the deal were not immediately reported. " December 14

  • Nationals interested in Keuchel, wary of long-term deal

    The Score "The Washington Nationals are interested in adding free-agent left-hander Dallas Keuchel to their club, but not at the terms he's seeking. Even after committing $140 million in free agency to southpaw Patrick Corbin, Washington's front office is looking at Keuchel but are leery..." December 14

  • David Price: 2018 playoffs not about proving others wrong, but ‘proving myself right’

    Sportress of Blogitude "David Price entered the 2018 postseason with a checkered playoff past, to say the least, with almost all bad and little good appearing on his résumé. The Boston Red Sox pitcher certainly overcame his postseason jinx this past fall while playing an integral role in..." December 14

  • Agent: Tulowitzki narrowing field of suitors

    TSN "Troy Tulowitzki may have a new home soon. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Tulowitzki’s agent, Paul Cohen, said they are narrowing his field of suitors on Friday. As of late Thursday, six teams were in the running but not Tulowitzki’s..." December 14

  • Yankees, Tigers make a minor trade

    Hardball Talk "A minor trade goes down as everyone in baseball front offices recovers from, um, doing very little at the Winter Meetings: the Yankees acquired outfielder Tyler Hill from the Tigers for cash considerations. The Tigers had picked Hill from the Red Sox in the minor league portion of..." December 14

  • Cashman’s absence fans Manny Machado Yankees intrigue

    New York Post "When the Yankees announced assistant general manager Michael Fishman would address the media following Thursday morning’s Rule 5 draft instead of Brian Cashman, it was easy to wonder if the GM had left the winter meetings for a sit-down with free agent Manny Machado. That..." December 14

  • Machado will play third for the 'right contract'

    Philly Voice "Take it from Manny Machado’s longtime coach and baseball mentor. The Phillies' best — and possibly their only — chance to land the free-agent megastar might well be to bowl him over with billionaire owner John Middleton’s money. Bobby Dickerson has known..." December 14

  • The Red Sox could have an extremely active offseason that sets up a World Series repeat

    CBS Sports "Dave Dombrowski has never been subtle. When the Red Sox general manager wanted a top-of-the-rotation starter after the 2015 season, he showered David Price with 217 million reasons to come to Boston -- never mind that the industry tends to frown on such megadeals for starting..." December 13

  • Rockies discussing trade for Blue Jays' Smoak

    The Score "The Colorado Rockies have discussed Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak as a potential trade target, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports. Colorado has been eyeing an upgrade at first base and was previously tied to Edwin Encarnacion, who was traded to the Seattle..." December 13

  • Orioles select Richie Martin No. 1 from A's in Rule 5 draft

    ESPN "The Baltimore Orioles selected shortstop Richie Martin with the No. 1 pick in Thursday's Rule 5 draft. Fourteen players were selected overall in the major league phase of the draft with only the San Francisco Giants picking more than one player as they made two..." December 13

  • Scott Boras says Kris Bryant-Bryce Harper bromance won't have effect on free agent market

    NBC Sports Chicago "Kris Bryant strolled through Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Wednesday evening wearing a backwards hat and white hoodie. Before you get any ideas, "KB" apparently wasn't there to report back to the Cubs front office on his recent time as official Bryce Harper Pitch..." December 13

  • Christian Yelich would welcome Manny Machado on Brewers despite history

    TMZ "Christian Yelich REALLY hated Manny Machado when the two played in the NLCS this fall ... but the MVP says he's willing to squash the beef under one condition. IF MANNY SIGNS WITH THE BREWERS!!! You'll remember ... Christian went off on Manny after the Dodgers..." December 13

  • MLB executive: Bruce Maxwell’s kneeling may keep him from finding work, not his arrest

    San Francisco Chronicle "Catcher Bruce Maxwell, the only major-league player to take a knee during the national anthem, remains unsigned after Oakland let him go this winter and might not find work with a major-league organization again, several sources said. Maxwell, who turns 28 next week, was arrested on..." December 13

  • Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto pulled off a three-team trade from a hospital bed to close out MLB's winter meetings

    CBS Sports "Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital for precautionary reasons after he felt sick earlier in the week during MLB's winter meetings. That didn't stop him from making a deal. From his hospital bed, Dipoto pulled off a noteworthy three-team..." December 13

  • Jose Canseco makes pitch to be Trump chief of staff

    ESPN "Jose Canseco is ready to take a swing at politics. The former major league slugger has made his pitch for a big job at the White House, tweeting Wednesday to President Donald Trump: "u need a bash brother for Chief if (sic) Staff." Canseco told his "little..." December 13

  • Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto admitted to hospital with blood clots

    Larry Brown Sports "Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has been busy making moves to try to improve his team this offseason, but unfortunately he had bigger problems to worry about this week. According to Jim Bowden of CBS Sports, Dipoto was admitted to the hospital in Las Vegas during the..." December 13

  • Report: Edwin Encarnacion Traded to Mariners for Carlos Santana in 3-Team Deal

    Bleacher Report "The Seattle Mariners have continued their flurry of offseason activity after reportedly acquiring Edwin Encarnacion as part of a three-team deal.  Per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Encarnacion will be sent to the Mariners with the Cleveland..." December 13

  • What’s holding up a Sonny Gray trade from the Yankees

    New York Post "The Yankees’ efforts to trade Sonny Gray are ongoing, but unless their asking price in return goes down, it’s going to be a while before the veteran right-hander is dealt. Shortly after the Yankees were eliminated from the ALDS by the Red Sox, general manager Brian..." December 13

  • Report: Brewers to acquire Alex Claudio from Rangers

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers will be acquiring pitcher Alex Claudio from the Rangers. The Rangers will receive the Brewers’ competitive balance pick, No. 39 overall. Claudio, 26, is entering his first of three years of..." December 13

  • Manny Machado’s longtime coach says star would move back to third base only for ‘the right contract’

    Philly.com "Take it from Manny Machado’s longtime coach and baseball mentor. The Phillies' best — and possibly their only — chance to land the free-agent megastar might well be to bowl him over with billionaire owner John Middleton’s money. Bobby Dickerson has known..." December 13

  • Report: Kimbrel pursuing deal worth more than $100M

    The Score "Executives from two teams have reportedly said free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel is pursuing a contract worth more than $100 million over six years, according to Jayson Stark of The Athletic. Kimbrel, 30, is one of the greatest closers in history. His 333 saves rank 14th..." December 13

  • MLB Insider Claims White Sox Are Frontrunners to Sign Bryce Harper

    12 Up "Bryce Harper's camp is keeping their interests close to the vest at the Winter Meetings, but as information continues to leak out of Vegas, a clear favorite has reportedly emerged to land the 26-year-old former MVP. The Chicago White Sox, just a year removed from a strategic..." December 13