• Mariners, Luis Castillo Agree To Five-Year, $108M Extension

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners and Luis Castillo are in agreement on a five-year, $108MM extension, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. There is a sixth-year vesting option that can take the total to $133MM. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic relays that Castillo will have full no-trade..." September 24

  • Why Each Top MLB World Series Contender Could Lose in 2022 Playoffs

    Bleacher Report "Don't worry about trying to slug through the final couple of weeks of the MLB regular season. Playoffs are around the corner, and we should have a good feel for who the top contenders will be in October. The NL East race is still compelling, with the New York Mets..." September 24

  • How the Angels could get more (yes, more) out of Ohtani

    The Score "In the visiting clubhouse at Progressive Field last week, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout performed a thought experiment that might have seemed absurd. I asked him whether the other superstar in the clubhouse, Shohei Ohtani, the major leagues' first two-way star player..." September 24

  • Red Sox Alex Verdugo’s fiery take on Gerrit Cole’s Yankees ejection

    Clutch Points "New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole did not get a borderline call on Friday night against the Boston Red Sox. Cole fired a 1-2 delivery to Boston Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo that just missed the outside corner. Verdugo proceeded to club a 3-run home run later during the at-bat. Gerrit Cole..." September 24

  • Albert Pujols not worried about HR ball for No. 700: 'Souvenirs are for the fans'

    The Score "St. Louis Cardinals legend and future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols isn't concerned about getting the ball he blasted into the bleachers at Dodger Stadium for his 700th career home run. "Souvenirs are for the fans," Pujols said postgame Friday..." September 24

  • Albert Pujols on Reaching 700 HRs: 'It Was Always About Winning Championships'

    Bleacher Report "St. Louis Cardinals legend Albert Pujols called hitting his 700th home run "pretty special" but said he won't focus too much on his individual accomplishments until retirement. Pujols, who became the fourth player in MLB history to reach the 700-homer plateau Friday..." September 24

  • Atlanta Braves RHP Spencer Strider on 15-day IL for strained oblique

    ESPN "The Atlanta Braves have placed right-hander Spencer Strider on the 15-day injured list with a strained left oblique muscle. The move is retroactive to Sept. 21 and Strider has not pitched since last Sunday. After that 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies,..." September 24

  • MLB Network host absolutely nailed his stunning Albert Pujols prediction

    Larry Brown Sports "Greg Asminger of MLB Network shall henceforth be known as Nostradamus. Albert Pujols made history on Friday night when he belted the 700th home run of his career. The 42-year-old became just the fourth player in MLB history to hit that mark. Most people were skeptical that Pujols..." September 24

  • Cardinals' Albert Pujols becomes fourth MLB player to hit 700 career home runs

    USA Today "In what may be a fitting capstone to a Hall of Fame career, Albert Pujols on Friday connected for his 700th home run as a major leaguer, a feat accomplished by only three other sluggers in baseball history. The milestone homer – Pujols' second of the night – came in..." September 24

  • The shocking team in the Jacob deGrom free agency sweepstakes, revealed

    Clutch Points "The MLB offseason hasn’t even started, and the race for the top names in the league are on. One of the biggest names available in the offseason is Jacob deGrom, who has publicly stated that he will test free agency in 2023. Because of that, teams like the Atlanta Braves are already..." September 23

  • Red Sox must change course, make major signings, trades this offseason

    The Athletic "The Red Sox (72-77) enter Friday’s game against the Yankees in last place in the American League East, 19 games behind their division-leading rivals. They are on track to finish in the cellar for the second time in three years, and based on their big-league roster and..." September 23

  • Barry Bonds wants Aaron Judge in Giants uniform as he threatens home run record

    New York Post "For now, Aaron Judge is chasing Barry Bonds. Later – as in, this offseason – Bonds might be the one chasing Judge. The all-time home run king is rooting for the Yankees slugger to surpass Roger Maris’ American League record of 61 homers – and even..." September 23

  • Aaron Judge, as HR pursuit continues, casts eerie silence over Yankee Stadium

    The Athletic "Attention, Yankees fans. Stop going silent before opponents deliver pitches to Aaron Judge. You’re freaking your pinstriped heroes out. “I start getting nervous when it’s that quiet,” catcher Kyle Higashioka said. “I wish they..." September 23

  • Aaron Judge will hit his 61st home run, New York Yankees fans need to let him work

    Sportsnaut "After Aaron Judge turned down a $213.5 million dollar deal, the best option was to tear it up in 2022. He has exceeded that benchmark by a landslide as he anticipates his 61st home run. Entering today’s play, the California native leads the American League in all three..." September 23

  • Only in Baseball: The Most Head-Scratching Results of the 2022 MLB Regular Season

    Bleacher Report "Over the course of a 162-game MLB season, the cream eventually rises to the top, and the bad teams lose roughly two out of every three games in the battle for draft position. But shrink the sample size down to a month, a week, a series or even a single game, and some truly weird..." September 23

  • Dodgers' Dave Roberts: Craig Kimbrel's 'stuff is starting to slide'

    True Blue L.A. "We end the week with a Leading Off with True Blue LA podcast that looks at Craig Kimbrel, whose hold on the Dodgers closer role is as tenuous as it’s been all year. The Dodgers rallied to win in the bottom of the ninth on Thursday, but had to do so after..." September 23

  • Five Diamondbacks players they can build around after step forward in 2022

    CBS Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks will not make the playoffs this season after being eliminated from contention on Thursday night. They won't finish with a winning record, either. Factor in the combination of a recent five-game losing streak and a remaining schedule that includes more..." September 23

  • How the Guardians turned the AL Central race into a one-team sprint

    ESPN "On the first day of spring training, Terry Francona called for a meeting with Jose Ramirez. That conversation between a manager and his star third baseman, way back in March, would set the tone for the surprising success of the youngest team in baseball -- a Cleveland..." September 23

  • Nico Hoerner showed the Cubs what he can do. Now it’s time to build around him

    The Athletic "The Cubs had already shut down Nico Hoerner for the season when he met the media in PNC Park’s visiting dugout late last September. There were questions about injuries, who would play shortstop next year and how the team could maintain or reestablish certain elements..." September 23

  • Every MLB Franchise's Most Heartbreaking Team Since 2000

    Bleacher Report "There is something about heartbreak as a sports fan that sticks with you above almost anything else, even the ultimate success. As a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, the 2003 season is just as vivid a memory for me as the 2016 World Series title, and every fanbase has that missed..." September 23

  • People Were Furious at Fox's Camera Operator on Aaron Judge's Flyout

    Larry Brown Sports "Fans were furious with a camera operator for FOX over the way they captured an Aaron Judge flyout on Thursday night. Judge was batting in the bottom of the 9th inning of a 4-4 game between his New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees slugger took a 2-2 fastball from Matt..." September 23

  • Orioles hired Goldman Sachs to assess sale, source says, but litigation likely to keep team with Angelos for now

    The Athletic "The Baltimore Orioles quietly hired Goldman Sachs months ago to assess the prospects for selling the team, sources told The Athletic, but the future of the team’s ownership is still very much up in the air, given the ongoing bitter lawsuits between members of the Angelos..." September 23

  • Yankees Designate Miguel Andujar For Assignment

    Bleacher Report "Third baseman Miguel Andujar's time with the New York Yankees could be ending. The team announced prior to Thursday's game vs. the Boston Red Sox that Andujar has been designated for assignment. Reliever Zack Britton has been activated off the injured list after..." September 23

  • Angel Hernandez rebukes MLB for referencing overturned calls outside scope of lawsuit

    The Athletic "Umpire Angel Hernandez responded to Major League Baseball in court Wednesday as part of his long-running discrimination lawsuit, accusing the league of a “hit piece” and “ad hominem attacks” for pointing out his three overturned calls in Game 3 of the..." September 23

  • Twins Designate Aaron Sanchez For Assignment

    CBS Sports "Sanchez joined the Twins on a minor-league deal in early June, and he's made seven appearances (three starts) for the big-league club since joining the organization. The right-hander has posted a 4.00 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 27 innings but will be designated for assignment for the..." September 23

  • Lucas Giolito searches for solution to keep poor season from becoming lost one

    The Athletic "After his Friday night start in Detroit, Lucas Giolito was asked to give a summary of his outing and responded with something like a knowing smile. “Not good,” Giolito said. “Stuff’s obviously just like, not really there.” Since..." September 23

  • Minor Leaguer Does Home Run Trot After Flying Out Harmlessly

    The Big Lead "Every so often we get an amazing moment in Minor League Baseball. That happened Thursday night. Delvin Perez thought he hit a home run to increase the Memphis Redbirds' lead over the Gwinnet Stripers. What he didn't realize is that he had flown out. The rest was magic. In the..." September 23

  • Why Buster Posey, Giants owner, is the most Buster Posey move ever

    The Athletic "When Brandon Crawford learned that Buster Posey had become his boss, in a manner of speaking, the longtime Giants shortstop took out his phone and fired off a text to the club’s newest principal partner and executive board member. Just so you know what..." September 23

  • Dodgers exercising team option on Daniel Hudson for 2023 season

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Dodgers are picking up right-hander Daniel Hudson's $6.5 million option for the 2023 season, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Thursday. The 35-year-old Hudson suffered a season-ending torn left ACL in June when his knee buckled while..." September 23

  • Twins’ Byron Buxton set for season-ending knee surgery as playoff hopes fade

    The Athletic "Had they been in a pennant push, the Twins hoped Byron Buxton would be back now. Instead, his season has ended and the All-Star outfielder will have knee surgery. Ten games out of first place in the American League Central and with their official postseason hopes..." September 23

  • Rays Designate Kevin Herget For Assignment

    CBS Sports "The move allows the Rays to add utilityman Miles Mastrobuoni to the 40-man roster. Herget gave up two earned runs with one strikeout in 2.2 innings over two appearances in September. " September 23

  • Yankees clinch 6th consecutive playoff berth

    The Score "The New York Yankees are headed back to the postseason for the sixth consecutive year after beating the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Thursday night via Josh Donaldson's extra-inning walk-off single, cashing in Marwin Gonzalez in the 10th. It's also New..." September 23

  • Julio Rodríguez Undergoing MRI Due To Lower Back Tightness

    MLB.com "In what could be a concerning development for Julio Rodríguez and the Mariners, the AL Rookie of the Year Award favorite exited during the first inning of Thursday’s 9-5 win over the A’s with lower back tightness, the same issue that forced him to miss..." September 23

  • Mike Soroka Shut Down For 2022 Season With Elbow Soreness

    Battery Power "Mike Soroka, who had been rehabbing in the minor leagues after twice tearing his Achilles tendon, will go on the injured list with elbow soreness, according to a report from Justin Toscano from the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Fortunately, the report also says there is no structural..." September 23

  • Predictions for Top 2022-23 MLB Free Agents with Offseason Approaching

    Bleacher Report "For MLB fans of teams that have fallen out of the postseason race, the focus has already turned to the rapidly approaching offseason and what promises to be another exciting free-agency circus headlined by Aaron Judge and Trea Turner. As the regular season winds to a close and before..." September 22

  • Clayton Kershaw 'leaning towards playing' another season

    The Score "Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw doesn't seem ready to hang up his cleats after this season. "As of now, I haven't really thought a whole lot about next year. But I do think I'm leaning towards playing over not, for sure," Kershaw..." September 22

  • Diamondbacks ace Zac Gallen is back and gunning for Cy Young Award votes

    The Athletic "Seven innings, one run. For the past two months, that mantra has bounced off the walls of Zac Gallen’s mind in an endless echo. In mid-July, as the season paused for the All-Star break, the Diamondbacks starter had looked upon his ERA in disappointment. In 17..." September 22

  • Yankees Trying to Move Friday's Game to YES Network amid Aaron Judge HR Chase

    Bleacher Report "New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is on the cusp of history, but there is a chance some fans won't be able to watch him achieve it. Judge is one home run away from tying Roger Maris' single-season franchise record of 61, and the Yankees are scheduled to take on the Boston..." September 22

  • As Aaron Judge chases history, the man who paid $3 million for Mark McGwire’s 70th HR is watching

    The Athletic "The man who paid the most money in history for a baseball is keeping an eye on Aaron Judge’s home run chase. Todd McFarlane, the comic book artist known for creating “Spawn” and the McFarlane Toys retail empire, told The Athletic on Thursday that..." September 22

  • What's next for Royals after end of Dayton Moore era?

    CBS Sports "The Kansas City Royals fired president of baseball operations Dayton Moore on Wednesday, ending his 16-year tenure with the organization. The Royals peaked under Moore when they posted four consecutive .500 or better seasons from 2013-16, a stretch that saw them win consecutive..." September 22

  • MLB’s new rules could mean more steals, higher averages, but which players benefit most?

    The Athletic "We know the rules will be different next season. We don’t know which players will be hurt or helped the most, though. There will be a pitch clock, set at 15 seconds with nobody on base. The bases will be bigger. To combat excessive shifting, infielders will have to be..." September 22

  • Why Aaron Judge's home run-filled 2022 season is even more impressive than it seems

    CBS Sports "New York Yankees cloutsman Aaron Judge recently became the author of the ninth 60-home run season in the history of Major League Baseball. Here's the company he now keeps -- i.e., the all-time single-season home run leaderboard:  Barry Bonds, 2001:..." September 22

  • MLB's All-Star Team for 2nd Half of 2022 Season

    Bleacher Report "The Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks have been playing for a whole lot of nothing over the second half of the 2022 MLB season, but try telling that to Nathaniel Lowe, Joey Meneses and Zac Gallen, who have been producing at an All-Star level for the past two..." September 22

  • Pirates' Eric Stout prepared for boos after Aaron Judge walk

    New York Post "How do you tick off 46,175 New Yorkers in the middle of an eight-run Yankees eighth inning? You walk Aaron Judge. Judge’s fourth at-bat Wednesday night came and went anticlimactically in the seventh inning, when he grounded out on the first pitch to him from the..." September 22

  • Catcher Stephen Vogt retiring after 10 big league seasons

    Real GM Baseball "Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt will retire after 10 Major League seasons. Vogt broke into the Majors at 27 and endured an 0-for-32 hitless streak to start his career. " September 22

  • OK, Phillies fans, I will say it — I was wrong!

    The Athletic "The column ended like this: “Changing managers would accomplish only so much for this team, if anything. The problems with the 2022 Phillies are not subtle. And they are not going away.” That was on May 31. Three days later, the Phillies fired Joe Girardi. And as..." September 22

  • Marlins' Jazz Chisholm to Play for Great Britain in 2023 WBC

    Bleacher Report "Miami Marlins infeilder Jazz Chisholm announced on Wednesday that he would be representing Great Britain at the 2023 World Baseball Classic. It will be his first game action since June, when the 24-year-old was sidelined with a stress fracture in his back, an injury that has..." September 22

  • Kurt Suzuki to retire after 2022 season

    Larry Brown Sports "After 16 solid seasons, The Kurt Suzuki Show is coming off the air. The veteran catcher Suzuki told reporters this week that he plans to retire upon the conclusion of the 2022 MLB season. “I feel like it’s time,” said Suzuki, per Jeff Fletcher of the..." September 22

  • Rangers Sign Kevin Plawecki

    MLB.com "The Rangers signed veteran catcher Kevin Plawecki to a Major League deal on Wednesday. The signing fills a roster spot after utility man Nick Solak was placed on the 60-day injured list with a right foot fracture. Plawecki is an eight-year MLB veteran who..." September 22

  • Mariners Designate Jake Lamb

    Lookout Landing "After months retooling his swing, fraught with occasionally public frustration, Jarred Kelenic is back in the big leagues. The 23-year-old (in his age-22 season) has been recalled by the Seattle Mariners as part of a four player move for the final 15 games of the season. The club..." September 22